Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wihelm Backhaus Award, at the 1981 William Kapell Internaitonal (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Gina Bachauer, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bem Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, the RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah and Toronto Symphonies. Mr. Slutsky has been heard on recital series’ throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and the Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky’s more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label as well as performances with many renowned artists.
Mr. Slutsky presented master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia and served as a jury member of many international piano competitions.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman.
Mr. Slutsky has joined the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1993, where he currently serves as the Piano Department Chair.
Dr. Carol Leone
Carol Leone is Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department and Associate Professor of Piano and at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas. She has performed and taught throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Winner of the 1989 National Beethoven Sonata Competition, she was also a prizewinner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and the International Masters Competition. Her professional training included study at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she received a diploma and was a student of the legendary Polish pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. She was also a student of Guido Agosti in Rome at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she received the Honors Diploma. An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Leone can be heard in recordings produced by the Augusta Read Thomas Label, Gasparo Records, and Crystal Records. She performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated contemporary music ensemble, Voices of Change.
Dr. Leone has taught in international festivals in Italy, Russia, Austria, the Czech Republic, China and South Korea. She is a frequent invitee to give masterclasses and presentations at national and international conferences and is considered one of the world’s leading researchers and proponents of ergonomic piano keyboards to promote a pianist’s wellness. Among Dr. Leone’s many awards, she was named the 2005-2006 Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year.
Additional Master Classes Taught by Jury Members
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