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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Karen Follingstad (USA)

Karen Follingstad has been Professor of Piano at San Diego State University since 1984. She has also taught at Kent State University, the University of Akron, and was artist faculty at the Kent-Blossom Music Festival from 1992-94, where she coached chamber music and performed with principal members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

As a solo recitalist, Dr. Follingstad has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America and has recorded for the Hessische Rundfunk and the Norwegian Radio...

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Olga Ermakova (Russia)

Pianist Olga Ermakova was born in Orel, Russia. She graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 2000. Olga Ermakova is a laureate of international piano and chamber competitions. She has participated multiple times in international music festivals such as the "Baltic Piano Duets" in St. Petersburg and the “California International Music Festival” in Portugal and Germany. Olga Ermakova currently teaches at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and concertizes as both a soloist and chamber musician as well as in piano duo.

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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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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