Musicians

September 14, 2014 For the End of Time

Sergei Vassiliev is the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performs throughout Colorado with Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, and Fort Collins Symphony among others. During summers Mr. Vassiliev participates in music festivals around the country, including Music Academy of the West, Sarasota, Mozaic at San Luis Obispo, Hot Springs, Crested Butte, and Colorado Music Festivals. Recent chamber music engagements include an appearance at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Artists Concert Series. Mr. Vassiliev served as the principal clarinetist of Boise Philharmonic for the 2011-2012 season, performed on numerous occasions as part of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and joined The United States Air Force Academy Band on various tours. At age 12 he was a prizewinner at The International Young Artist Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine. During his ensuing studies, Mr. Vassiliev received several scholarships and awards from music institutions, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Rice Shepherd School of Music, University of Michigan, and University of Southern California. His honors include a career grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation and The Bruce Zalkind Memorial Music Award from the University of Southern California. His principal teachers are Yehuda Gilad, Michael Webster, Fred Ormand, Richard Hawkins and Sergey Nizkodub. Mr. Vassiliev is a D’Addario Artist.

Violinist Karine Garibova was born and raised in Moscow and started playing violin at the age six studying with Irina Svetlova, Yelena Mazor and Khalida Akhtyamova. Ms. Garibova earned a DMA in String Quartet performance from the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. Ms. Garibova is a founding member of the Veronika String Quartet, which launched itself onto the international arena early, taking top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition, and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition.  Since then, this foursome has appeared in important halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, and in Germany, France, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.  Noteworthy collaborations have included those with members of the Amadeus, American and Fine Arts quartets, and with guest artists Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith.   The quartet counts Valentin Berlinsky, formerly of the Borodin Quartet, and Henry Meyer, formerly of the LaSalle Quartet, as its primary influences. The group was able to create a unique bridge between its rich Russian heritage and the western tradition through studies under Isaac Stern, Natalia Gutman, and members of the Guarneri, Ysaye, Cleveland, and Tokyo quartets. Performances of the complete canon of the quartet repertory, coupled with its devotion to the modernist idiom, have resulted in a discography of nine recordings on Carlton Classics and Vienna Modern Masters, featuring an impressive array of works ranging from W.A. Mozart to Augusta Read Thomas. The Veronika String Quartet has been recording and broadcasting for Colorado Public Radio and presenting thematically adventurous concert series in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The Veronika String Quartet has held artistic posts at Colorado State University and at Ohio’s Lancaster Music Festival, where it currently performs as quartet-in-residence.  Since 2000 Ms. Garibova has also been playing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, where she became Associate Principal Second Violin in 2004. She teaches privately in Colorado Springs and coaches the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.

Katherine Adam-Johnson is from Colorado Springs, where she has been seen as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nedda in Pagliacci and Hannah in The Merry Widow with Opera Theater of the Rockies, as well as the First Lady in The Magic Flute with Colorado Opera Festival. Other operatic roles include: Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiordilidgi in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel with the University of Northern Colorado, and Mimi in La Bohème, Alida in Roman Fever, Bellezza in L’egisto and Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah. Katherine has appeared as a soloist singing Poulenc’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahm’s Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, and Fanshawe’s African Sanctus with such organizations as Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Springs Chorale, Larimer Chorale, Soli Deo Gloria, Colorado College, First United Methodist Church and the University of Northern Colorado Concert Choir. She has a Masters in Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently the music director of St. Mary Cathedral in Colorado Springs.

Praised for her “refined and exceptionally phrased and stylized” playing (Telavivcity.com), and her “rare ability to make music speak” (The Gazette), pianist Angelina Gadeliya has received high critical acclaim for her performances as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and across Europe. Angelina completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW- a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. As a member of the ensemble, she was actively involved in educational outreach in New York City, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Juilliard School. She and her colleagues from Ensemble ACJW have formed a new ensemble, Decoda, an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming. Angelina has participated in highly acclaimed residencies with the ensemble at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Princeton University, the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC, and most recently at Trinity Wall Street in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial.   She has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia of Colorado, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies. Angelina was invited to perform as part of Carnegie Hall’s Discovery Day for the Emerson String Quartet’s Beethoven Project in 2007, as well as for the Mahler Symphonies Project in 2009. Twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she has collaborated with such artists as Lucy Shelton, James Conlon, James Levine, David Stern, Andrew Manze, Paul Nadler, David Bowlin, principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. Angelina’s recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, The Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the New York Historical Society, and the German Consulate; and at such festivals as the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Beethoven Master Course in Positano, Italy, the Reynosa International Piano Festival in Mexico, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and David Dubal’s “Chopin and Schumann at 200” lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since the summer of 2009, Angelina has served as a faculty member at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. This past summer she also served on the faculty of the Vocal Arts Festival at Colorado College.   A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Angelina has given numerous premiers of works and has worked closely with such composers as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Steve Reich, Steven Mackey, Daniel Bjarnason, Matthias Pintscher, and John Harbison. In October of 2008, Angelina Gadeliya organized a benefit concert at NY’s Steinway Hall in order to aid refugees in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ms. Gadeliya has also toured Ukraine several times playing benefit concerts for families with special needs children. Angelina’s debut solo album, Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts, will be released by Labor Records and Naxos in the spring of 2014.   She has studied under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish, Angela Cheng, Pavlina Dokovska, and Julian Martin. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music, she also studied at CU Boulder, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Angelina serves as piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, as well as at the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music where she started a Faculty Recital series. Her performances have been featured on New York’s WQXR as well as WWFM radio stations.