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Dr. Svetlana Transky is an accomplished piano soloist, chamber music collaborator, and music educator. 

As a prizewinner of the Michelstadt International Music Festival in Germany and Missouri Southern International Piano Competition Svetlana had concertized as a soloist throughout Europe and the United States. Dr. Transky is in great demand as a chamber musician, as well as the vocal coach, collaborating with various chamber ensembles, prominent instrumentalists and vocalists.

Her professional partnership includes collaborative work with Yehudi Menuhin, Rodion Shchedrin, and Frederica Von Stade. She has performed for Sundays Live – KUSC Radio program from LACMA and was a recording pianist for PBS-NOVA movie special “Darwin’s Darkest Hour” shown on KCET. For several years, Dr. Transky was a pianist with Synergy chamber ensemble and performed in “Recovered Voices” series, founded by James Conlon. Svetlana is serving as a creative director, lecturer and a performer in a “Great Composers and Performers” series for Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation, and is a frequent artist with the Enlightenment Music Series, as well as with the Artistic Soirees music events. Dr. Svetlana Transky is on a piano faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she teaches applied private and group piano classes.

Harout Senekeremian is a concert pianist. Mr. Harout appeared at many prestigious piano masterclasses with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Robert Levin & Earl Wild, among others. In 1997, Senekeremian performed Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Glendale Symphony. He also actively collaborated in chamber music groups including a live performance of Brahms’ C Minor Quartet on 91.5 KUSC. Upon high school graduation, Harout entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Alvin Chow. In his freshman year at Oberlin, he had played all of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and his sophomore year he held a two-night concert performing all ten Scriabin Sonatas. At Oberlin, Senekeremian performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 18 with the conservatory orchestra. Upon graduation, Harout began his masters under Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music.

 Harout has taken a keen interest in non-traditional repertoire with a specialization in the solo piano music of French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, playing in concert all of the composers major works. He is also an eager participant in the performance of new music.

Emmy-winning composer Kristopher Carter is a seasoned musical storyteller, contributing scores to some of the most recognizable cinematic properties for over 20 years. He began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros, scoring his first episode of Batman: The Animated Series at the age of 22. He received an Emmy Award for Batman Beyond, as well as seven other Emmy nominations and four Annie Award nominations.

He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2001 with a commission from John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. As a conductor, he recently appeared at the Krakow Film Music    Festival in Poland and the Fimucité Film Music Festival in Tenerife, Spain, conducting his music. In the record world, he is the producer/composer of EDM project The Kr Protocol and also has collaborated with the Wallflower’s Rami Jaffee and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He has received concert commissions from cellist Carter Enyeart, saxophonist Robert Austin, flutist Gaspar Hoyos, and the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus. He was named Commissioning Composer of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association and also received a fellowship to Robert Redford’s Sundance Composers Institute. He served as the first Composer-In-Residence of the Bel Canto Northwest Opera Festival and has given clinics across the country on film composition.

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