White Nights Festival Faculty 2019


Vadim Monastyrski (Israel)

Vadim Monastyrski received his musical education from the Moscow Gnesin Institute under the guidance of Theodor Gutman (pupil of the legendary Henrich Neihaus). He is a Bronze medallist of Liszt – Bartok International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary in 1976, and a winner of a Gold medal at the Haendel International Festival in Halle, Germany in 1979.



Daria Monastyrski (israel)

“Daria has a rare wonderful gift of pianist talent which gets into the soul and spirit of the various compositions in an exemplary way” “Stadtecho” Hennef, Germany. Born in St.Petersburg (Russia), studied at the prestigious St.Petersburg Conservatory. Later graduated with highest distinction. At the age of 20 she moved to Israel where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with...

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Baruch Meir (Israel/USA)

“Baruch Meir is an exceptional artist. He did a beautiful performance of my piano work entitled ‘A Little Suite for Christmas,’ which was distinguished by deep musical insights and consummate technical skill. It was certainly one of the very finest performances this work of mine has ever received.” – George Crumb, composer; 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Music; 2001 Grammy award; 2004 Musical America...

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Christopher Harding (USA)

Pianist Christopher Harding maintains a flourishing international performance career, generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and pianistic mastery. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues as far flung as the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo...

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Alexey Sokolov (Russia/China)

Alexey Sokolov is the 1st prize and Grand Prix Winner of the Yamaha Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, Honorary Professor of Tianjin Conservatory, the bearer of a special diploma and UNICEF prize as the best teacher of UNICEF International Piano Competition, the winner of “Haihe Friendship” Tianjin City Award established by the city of Tianjin and “Award of Merit” of the Government of China...

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Frank Lévy (Switzerland/USA)

Pianist Frank Lévy has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of rare poetic insight and communicative powers. A prize-winner in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Frank Lévy has an international career as a recitalist performing on many of the world’s great stages, including the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Gusman Hall in Miami, Royce Hall in Los Angeles...

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Grigory Gruzman (Germany)

Grigory Gruzman was born in Sankt Petersburg (former Leningrad), Russia. He began his piano lessons at the age of five. Due to his exceptional talent, he was admitted to the Music School for the specially gifted children at the Leningrad Conservatory. During his school-time, he performed more than 300 times in Leningrad and in other Russian cities…

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Phillip Kawin (USA)

Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individual pedagogical approach that has established him as a much sought-after artist teacher. His concepts have evolved through an eclectic background of training that combines a variety of artistic and esthetic influences. He has created a teaching methodology that presents the principles of technique and musicianship in a detailed analytical approach…

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Past Faculty

Hie-Yon Choi (Korea)

One of the most sought-after pianists of her generation, South Korean pianist Hie-Yon Choi first appeared on the international piano music scene when she won prizes at high-profile competitions such as Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. Hie-Yon Choi has been since performing with prestigious orchestras of Europe, US and Korea such as das Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Northern Sinfonia...

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