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419 W 54th St,New York,NY 10019,USA

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Benjamin Grow

Multifaceted musician Benjamin Grow is active in many different areas of the musical world. In addition to his recent work as a conductor, he can be heard performing on several instruments. He has conducted the Our Silent Canvas ensemble in a world premiere, the Con Vivo ensemble, and Red Light New Music. This year, he conducted Lembit Beecher's oratorio, *And Then I Remember*, in "an expert performance" (WKCR). As a trumpeter, he has performed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Panama, and the West Bank, and at such venues as Bargemusic and The Stone in New York City. His interest in early music has led him to performances on harpsichord, fortepiano, and as a singer with both period and modern ensembles in New York, Montreal, and Houston. His arrangements and compositions have been performed by the Caravel Quartet, the Toomai Quintet, DZ4 woodwind quartet, Ensemble Counterpoint, and the Strangetet.

In addition to teaching music theory and conducting the chamber orchestra at The School for Strings, Mr. Grow is a dedicated music educator throughout New York City. He was the founding conductor of the 92nd St. Y Youth Orchestra and he is a music theory instructor at the same institution. Mr. Grow co-presents an annual lecture at the 92nd St. Y, "The Physics of Music," as part of their Mysteries of Science series, and has given pre-concert talks at the Museum of Biblical Art. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University, pursued graduate studies at McGill University, and was a Fellow at the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Lilit Kurdiyan

Originally from Yerevan, Armenia where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory under the tutelage of Medeya Abrahamian, Lilit Kurdiyan began teaching theory at School for Strings in the fall of 2005. Lilit also holds a second Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. As a member and Assistant Artistic Coordinator of the eclectic HyeArt Ensemble, Ms.Kurdiyan regularly joins her Armenian contemporaries in performances throughout the NY metropolitan area, the proceeds of which are frequently donated to various benefit causes. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian & English and has earned a proficiency in Italian. Recently Ms. Kurdiyan was invited to the Music Camp International in Kiev, Ukraine, where she taught and translated for elementary school children.

Eleonora Rotshteyn

Eleonora Rotshteyn received her Bachelors of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Mannes College of Music in piano and composition. Her primary teachers were Nina Svetlanova, piano, Robert Cuckson in composition and Dr. Carl Schachter in theory and analysis. Eleonora has performed at Weill Recital Hall; New York and New Jersey Steinway Halls. She won top prizes at the Leschetizky Society competition and the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. Ms. Rotshteyn holds the position of a Collaborative Pianist at Lucy Moses School and Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and she is on the faculties of Port Jefferson Music Academy and Shostakovich Music School.

Benjamin Laude

 Pianist Benjamin Laude holds both master's and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. As a soloist, Laude has been engaged across the country, including appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times described his solo performance of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase as “an amazing, absorbing feat,” and praised his playing of Shostakovich and Stravinsky as “superb in pace, tone, and eloquence.” An accomplished writer, Laude received the 2010 Juilliard Journal Award for his contributions to the school's official newspaper, and in 2012 founded The Yard, the first independent, student-run publication of its kind at Juilliard. His writings on music and society have been published in International Piano magazine, Jacobin magazine, and Yuga Cohler’s State of Art blog. Laude is also a dedicated pedagogue, holding a private studio in Manhattan while maintaining teaching positions at School for Strings and Bard College/Conservatory.