Violin Faculty

Eliezer Gutman

Junior Session

BM, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

MM, University of The Arts

Joined LMC faculty in 2012

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Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

As a violinist, I feel very lucky to be the concertmaster of 3 orchestras, and to have played several concertos as a soloist with them. In addition, for the last 14 years, I have been the 1st violinist of the Copeland String Quartet, which performs extensively in the tri-state area and beyond. We recorded three CD's. I also teach at the Music School of Delaware and the St. Andrews High school with much success.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I love LMC. Everything excites me there. The atmosphere is great, the music-making is amazing and the students are very talented. It's the greatest environment for students to experience music, and for the faculty to perform and to teach.

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

I try to gear every student toward achieving their best at their level. Playing violin requires dedication and an understanding of the smart way of practicing. It's not the length of practice, but the way practice is approached. 

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Aleksandra Labinska

Junior Session

Performance Studies, Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music
BM, University of Toronto Faculty of Music
MM and DMA, Boston University College of Fine Arts

Joined LMC faculty in 2018

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Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I serve as a Violin Faculty at the Rensselaer Institute Department of Arts and Humanities in Troy, NY. I have served on faculty at the South Shore Conservatory and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Violin workshop. Over the years, my students have won competition such Roman Totenberg String Competition in Newton, Russian Music Competition based in NYC and performed in festivals and ensembles nationwide.  As a performer, I am a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Vermont Symphony. I perform extensively with Boston based ensembles such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston String Ensemble.  I have recently toured China with the Mirage Violin Duo taking part in the month long World Music Festival based in Beijing. My recent chamber music engagements include performances with Decompression Chamber Players and Virtuoso Soloists of New York. I have shared the stage with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Evanescence, Andrea Bocelli and have recorded for the BMOP sound, Albany label and NAXOS.

 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

LMC is a truly wonderful place to grow as a young artist. It offers comprehensive curriculum and combines it with great community, passionate about music making. This is going to be my first summer at LMC and I can’t wait to meet the students and collaborate with exceptional faculty!

 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

I offer a highly customized approach to the instrument. My main goal is to offer a new perspective and inspire the students to achieve their artistic potential. Together we will focus on tension free playing, overcoming technical difficulties, posture, and development of practice skills to name a few. Each week the students will receive a private lesson exploring violin repertoire and meet for a studio class addressing issues pertaining to technique, performance preparation, and goal setting. I’m looking forward to working with you all this summer!

Madeleine Jansen

Junior & Senior Session

BM, Boston University

MM, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Joined LMC faculty in 2014

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Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I maintain a very large and active private violin studio in New York City. My students have been prizewinners in numerous competitions, awarded opportunities to perform solos with orchestra, gained acceptance to competitive summer festivals, and held principal positions with various youth orchestras. As a performer, I have performed several times as soloist with various ensembles in NYC, including a performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins at Carnegie Hall with the principal 2nd violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Not limited to classical music, I have performed with Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and on NBC's Today Show. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Returning now for a 5th summer at Luzerne Music Center, I can attest that every single student who attends improves his or her musicianship during the course of our camp. I am constantly amazed by the level and talent of the students, and I love having the opportunity to work with students who come from all over the world.

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

My goal for my LMC students is to provide the musical and technical skills he or she will need to successfully perform orchestra, chamber and solo repertoire at camp. I know that at the middle and high school level of violin playing, technical limitations can get in the way of musical execution. I aim to provide students with tips, tricks, exercises, and advice to maximize their ability to prepare and master the music they will study over the course of camp, while working within the framework of his or her current level of playing. 

Rose Brown

Senior Session

BM, Indiana University

MM, University of Michigan

Joined LMC faculty in 2019

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Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am an enthusiastic performer and an experienced teacher of students from beginner to college level. I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, both in violin performance. I was a member of Indiana University’s Violin Virtuosi pre-college program under celebrated pedagogue Mimi Zweig, in an eight-member ensemble that toured South America and performed at Carnegie Hall with violinist Gilles Apap. In college, I toured South Korea with a chamber orchestra and gathered extensive orchestral and chamber music experience. I have been a member of several regional professional orchestras and have been coached by or played in masterclasses for renowned musicians including Joshua Bell, Midori, and Clara-Jumi Kang. I began violin studies as a Suzuki student at age three and have participated in annual summer music camps in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Vermont, and Quebec.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Having gone to summer music camps every year since I was in kindergarten, I am a big fan of spending uninterrupted time with friends and teachers, enjoying nature and practicing and performing together. I am really looking forward to sharing my love of music and helping students see the value of focused practice, the joy of etudes, and the benefits of being part of a community of musicians. 

 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

My own teachers instilled in me the value of working in small increments to build technical mastery. When I work with a student, I want to help each individual find his or her most natural playing position, and push through to be stronger and more confident as a player. I love scales and etudes and believe in their magic, and I hope to make those things fun and interesting. I also believe in the power of a really great showpiece.

Tudor Dornescu

Senior Session

DMA, Boston University

Joined LMC faculty in 2018

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Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I graduated from Boston University's Doctoral program in 2013 and since then, I have been teaching and performing intensively in the New England area and beyond. I have recently completed a month long tour of China with the Mirage Violin Duo, performing in over 22 cities and spanning the country's main regions. I perform regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Plymouth Philharmonic in the Boston area. I often perform chamber music as member of the Mirage Violin Duo, Trios Primavera and Voyage and have collaborated with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Chick Corea, Ramin Djawadi, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Evanescence. As a soloist with orchestra, I have performed violin concertos with ensembles such as the Boston Accompanietta, Cork Baroque Ensemble, Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra and others. As a teacher, I have enjoyed working with wonderful students over the years as an instructor for Boston University's Violin for Non-Majors Course as well as at many other established music programs across the greater Boston Area.

 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I believe the Luzerne Music Center is a wonderful opportunity for young players and faculty to meet and make music together. The daily chamber music practice is extremely beneficial for the students' overall artistic growth and it is an unique part of this Festival. This summer will be my first time teaching at the LMC and I very much look forward to meeting the students and faculty!

 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

I sincerely hope to inspire my students to become the best musicians they can be, by playing chamber music together and listen to one another during the process of collaborating. In the private lessons, the main focus will remain on overcoming any technical challenges and finding the best technical solutions in order to better serve the musical discourse of the pieces studied and thus enjoying the full experience of playing chamber music at a high level.

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203 Lake Tour Road

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

info@luzernemusic.org

518-696-2771

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