Alexander Anisimov (violin)
Alexander Anisimov is the prize-winner of International competitions: “Citta di Moncalieri” (1999, Italy); “Hopes, Talents, Masters” (2004, 2007, Bulgaria); “Valtidone Competition” (2005, Italy) and others. He was awarded prizes in various categories: “Solo performance (Violin)”, “Chamber Ensemble”, “Composition”.
Since 2000, he has regularly performed as a soloist and conductor with various orchestras in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan (Tatarstan), Ufa (Bashkortostan), Astana (Kazakhstan) and others. His repertoire as a soloist includes concertos of Vivaldi. Mozart, Paganini, Wieniawski, Khachaturian; sonatas by Beethoven & Brahms, works of Sarasate, Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and many other composers.
Alexander also has been participant of Peter The Great Festival (Netherlands, 2008), New York Piano Festival (2014), Festival “Music Without borders” (Portland, Maine, 2018) etc.
Alexander was the first performer of works by contemporary composers and composes himself – Suite for Piano “Puppet Theatre”, String Quartet, Fantasy “Traviata”, Poem for Flute and piano , Romances for voice and Piano, Suite “Concert Dances” for symphony orchestra, etc. Alexander is a member of the All-Russia Composers Association.
Olga Tourkina (violin)
Olga Tourkina was born in Moscow, Russia and proceeds from a musical family. Olga was raised in Mexico where started violin studies at 8 and by the time she was 12 already was performing as a soloist with diverse orchestras throughout Mexico.
Between 2004 and 2008 Olga received scholarships to attend numerous international music festivals such as Bowdoin Music festival in Maine. In 2010 she was awarded to her undergraduate diploma from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Mikhail Kopelman and two years after she got her Artist Diploma certificate from the Long Island Conservatory being pupil of the renowned violinist Albert Markov.
Olga received numerous awards and prizes from competitions such as George Gershwin International Competition and Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow Competition. Also Olga has been teaching for over 15 years and she counts with her private studio. She has been a member of multiple Orchestras in the New York area such as Westchester Symphony Orchestra and Adelphi Symphony Orchestra.
Currently Olga plays with different chamber music ensembles, performing varied musical genres such as classical, jazz, pop and modern.
Kevin Charlestream (cello)
Kevin Charlestream began studying the violin and cello at age 3 in Boston Ma. By age 5 he was performing internationally as a soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, a resident orchestra at Carnegie Hall for Mid-America Productions in NY.
He is the youngest musician to ever perform with the orchestra. While on tour, soloists were always from within the orchestra and often called upon at random in the middle of a concert. He spent his childhood performing extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and across the U.S. With Mid-America Productions, he has appeared in over 300 performances in Carnegie Hall often under the direction of John Rutter while occasionally serving as principal cellist and soloist.
Notable teachers have been Caroline Worthington who was a student of Pablo Casals, George Seaman at Longy School and Dieuwke Davydov at Middlebury College, who were both students of Leonard Rose. All competitions entered have been first prize; Massachusetts Music Teachers Association String Competition in 1985, Thayer Young Artist Competitions in 1998 and 1999.
Kevin is a faculty member at Port Jefferson Music Academy and teaches Cello and Violin at Crossroads Academy. Inspiring excellence in his students since 1995, they have included some of today’s notable cellists and current students at the Juilliard School.
Stephen Gorgone (viola)
Stephen Gorgone is a professional musician and music teacher based on Long Island. He has played in the Emerson String Quartet Institute, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University, he has Masters and Bachelors degrees in Viola Performance from Ithaca College. In addition to maintaining a private studio of violin and viola students, he has taught undergraduate chamber music, music theory, and music education classes at both Stony Brook University and Ithaca College. Stephen Gorgone is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher and currently trains at the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in New York City.