Nina Siniakova, one of the most re-markable musicians of her generation, is active as a composer and pianist. A Doctor of Musical Arts, she received her education at Minsk Glinka Music College, St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov conservatory and Cologne Academy of Music. She also studied acting professionally.
Siniakova is a winner of Petrov Symphony Music Composers Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, where her Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra for the first time in the history of competition received two main prizes- First prize and People’s Choice award. Other awards include Grant of St. Petersburg Government, German DAAD stipend, residency at Flushing Town Hall, NYC through Exploring The Metropolis program. Among her compositions are orchestral works, ballet suits, chamber works, music for choir, children’s music, jazz compositions and incidental music.
As a composer and a pianist she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Symphony Space in New York, Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Harvard University, St. Petersburg and Minsk Philharmonic, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Zink Jazz Bar New York and many others. Siniakova’s performance style inspired distinctive Russian composers to write and dedicate their piano compositions to her.
In 2019 Nina Siniakova will release her solo album “One Step From Love” featuring original piano arrangements of popular tunes of 70s.
Olga Kradenova. Native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga holds bachelors Degree with distinction from St. Petersburg Conservatory and Royal Northern College of Music in United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree from Longy School of Music. She is an active performer with chamber music groups and symphony orchestras around the Greater Boston Area. In addition to performing, she gives private lessons and works at Brooks School in North Andover.
Marcel Krasner has been studying cello since the age of 7, and is an avid cellist, composer, and philanthropist. He was a student of the pre-college division of The Juilliard School for six years, double majored at Brooklyn College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance. Marcel is currently a student under Colin Carr at Stony Brook University, where he is pursuing his Masters in music performance. Marcel has performed worldwide at halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, Engelman Recital Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Le Petit Palais, JVNY music festival, and others , as a soloist and with several orchestras, including the New York Youth Symphony and the Inter-school Orchestras of New York. Marcel won the Brooklyn College annual concerto competition where he performed Dvorak’s cello concerto in B minor with orchestra. Marcel also founded the Velveteen Ensemble, whose mission is to provide opportunities by collaborating with composers, musicians, dancers and other artists. In his spare time, Marcel serves as Vice President of Tunes for Tots & Teens, nonprofit, in which volunteer musicians play concerts for disadvantaged children. Marcel’s goal is to open people’s eyes to the importance of classical music.
Marina Khankhalaeva, mezzo-soprano, studied opera at St.Petersburg State Conservatory and at the Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, Russia. She has been a soloist in Buriatiya State Opera and Ballet Theatre. She has also been a soloist in the Ensemble “Rozhdestvo” at Petersburg-Concert and participated in international competitions. Marina earned her graduate degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (class of Prof. Dale Dietert).
Maria Cook is a software engineer with deep musical roots. Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, she received her Master’s degree in Composition at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, where piano played a major role in her studies. She especially enjoys ensemble playing, and the opportunity for interaction and communication with other performers that it provides.
Katya Khan is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. She works on the intersection of visual art and landscape architecture. She studied fine art and environmental design at St.Petersburg Academy of Art and Design, Russia, and landscape architecture in Southern California. In addition to working in installation, sculpture, and painting, she sometimes completes related projects that include public space interventions, workshops, and various collaborative endeavors. To see her work visit www.urbanomad.com, to stay in touch follow her @random_stimuli.