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 Summer String and Orchestra Workshop


2015 Lebanon Summer String and Orchestra Workshop
28 June – 4 July 2015 - Notre Dame University
classes starts at 9.30 am till 5.30 pm daily

Please click HERE to register online or HERE to visit our Facebook page.

The 2015 Workshop will be the first opportunity for Lebanon’s talented string players to work with outstanding internationally recognized artist/educators, in collaboration with the string faculty from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. 

The seven full days Workshop ,9 am to 5.30 pm, will offer students Master Classes, Chamber Music, Orchestra Sectionals, and Orchestra Rehearsals, as well Faculty Concerts every afternoon by our visiting faculty. The Workshop is open to students of all levels of abilities.

The Lebanon Summer String and Orchestra Workshop will present a final concert at NDU’s Bechara Rahi Concert Auditorium on Saturday afternoon, 4 July 2015!

Germán Augusto Gutiérrez


Germán Gutiérrez has served as Director of Orchestras and Professor of Orchestral Studies at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (TCU) as well as Director of TCU’s Latin American Music Center and biennial Latin American Music Festival since 1996. Since 2000, Dr. Gutiérrez has also served as Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth (YOGFW).

Dr. Gutiérrez is a frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. He recently recorded a CD with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Binelli, bandoneon, and Polly Ferman, piano, as soloists.

2014/15 conducting invitations include a tour to Italy with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony in a concert with superstar Bernadette Peters, a tour with the National Youth Philharmonic of Colombia, and the Free State Symphony Orchestra of South Africa.

Recent invitations included the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico, the Hu Bei State Symphony of China, and the National Symphonies of Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru and Czech Republic. In 2011, the TCU Symphony Orchestra was awarded the Carlos Gardel Musical Prize for its CD “Cantar Latinoamericano” with Opus Cuatro as soloists. This award led to an invitation for the orchestra to perform in May, 2013 in Buenos Aires, La Plata, and Rosario, Argentina. Maestro Gutierrez was, for twelve consecutive years, the guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony’s Hispanic Festival.  In 2006, he was invited to conduct the Czech National Symphony in historic Smetana Hall as part of the 110th anniversary of Carl Orff’s birth, where he led the orchestra in a performance of Carmina Burana. Maestro Gutiérrez has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of Shanghai (China), Xalapa and San Luis Potosí in Mexico, the Fort Worth Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic (New Zealand), Bogotá Philharmonic, Puerto Rico National Symphony, Sinfónica del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), among others. In 2002, Maestro Gutiérrez was invited to the Trentino region of Italy to conduct Rossini’s Barber of Seville for the 30th anniversary of the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto.

Maestro Gutiérrez holds Músico Bachiller and Maestro en Música degrees from the Tolima Conservatory in Colombia. He also received a master’s degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado. For his involvement and dedication to TCU, Maestro Gutiérrez received the Dean's Teaching Award, the Dean's Award for Research and Creative Activity, and the 2003 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, the highest award that the university bestows.

He makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Silvia and two sons Nicolás and Gabriel.

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson is currently in her twelfth year of teaching orchestra in the Adams12 Five Star Schools. Her orchestras at Mountain Range High School have won numerous awards including a first place finish at the Heritage Festival in Colorado Springs and an invitation to perform in the renowned Orchestra Hall in Chicago, IL; home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sought after as a guest clinician and adjudicator along the Front Range, Johnson has worked with high school, middle school, and elementary orchestra festivals in Boulder Valley, Jefferson County, and Douglas County, as well as judged for numerous solo/ensemble festivals. In December 2013, she was named Colorado’s “Music Educator Who Makes a Difference” by the national publication, School Band and Orchestra magazine.

An active performer, Johnson has played viola in the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra since 2004. She conducts the Front Range Youth Symphony’s Concert Strings and Chamber Orchestra at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, and last summer she toured Europe as the orchestra director with the Colorado Ambassadors of Music.

Previously, Johnson taught for Boulder Suzuki Strings, Wheaton's pre-college music program, the International School of Bangkok, Thailand, and the public schools in Omaha, Nebraska and Boulder, Colorado. She spent 12 summers as Dean of Women and Interdisciplinary Faculty Instructor for the string chamber music program, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Johnson also served as concertmaster for the Niwot Timberline Symphony and violist in the St. Mary’s Baroque Orchestra.

Johnson received her bachelor of music education degree from Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois and her master’s degree in violin performance/pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She studied conducting under Daniel Sommerville, Mary Hopper, Paul Wiens, and Ernest Richardson.

Johnson lives in Broomfield, Colorado with her husband, Reid and their two children, Jordan and Ryan.

Ala Voronkova

Ala Voronkova

Ala Voronkova has not only inherited a musical tradition which unites technical precision, musicality and perfect tuning. Her obsession with the instrument began even before she had learned to speak and, as a child prodigy, she won many international competitions. In Ukraine and later in Russia, Voronkova’s career progressed meteorically, performing in the most important concert halls in both countries and on Soviet radio and television. 

The Ukranian violinist alternates her work as a soloist with playing in different chamber music groups and symphonic orchestras. After moving to Europe in 1991, she has consolidated her career thanks to the passion she puts in her performances, her lyricism, her phrasing and the virtuosity which identifies her as an exceptional player –a perfect mix between pure talent and the mastery of one of the world´s most important musical traditions.

Born in Kiev, she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, where she studied with the legendary Yuri Yankelevich. Later, she completed her doctor’s degree at the Gniesini Institute with Nelly Shkolnikova. She was invited to participate in the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra for a number of seasons, where she also played in the Chamber Orchestra and the famous Ensemble of Violins at the Muscovite Theatre, as well as founding the Bolshoi Trio and the Bolshoi Quartet, with whom she performed in various Soviet capitals. She was later hired as soloist by the Moscow Philharmonic.

After settling in Barcelona, she has worked as a soloist and leader with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and as guest leader with the Liceu Opera House Symphony. She has performed in various cities in Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the Ukraine both in chamber music groups and with symphony orchestras.

Although renowned for her performances of Russian repertoire, her musical interests have led her to experiment with other styles, both in concerts and in the recording studio. Examples of this are her renderings of the complete work for violin by Xavier Montsalvatge, or the sonatas for violin and piano by Pavel Juon. In her long catalogue of commercial recordings, the string quartets by Eduard Toldrà are outstanding, and won the Barcelona City prize.

Ala Voronkova also teaches and has given master classes in conservertories and universities all over the world. She also makes frequent recordings for Spanish National Radio, Radio Switzerland and Catalan Television. At the moment she alternates her career as a soloist with playing as a leader with various symphony orchestras, as well as in the Voronkov Duo, the Glinka Quartet and the Clara Schumann Trio.

Ala Voronkova’s violin is a Gio Paolo Maggini, Brescia 1600.

Carlos Rocha

Carlos Rocha

Carlos has done his violin studies and music :Departmental Conservatory of Huila in Neiva; Colombia Conservatorio Nacional in Bogota, Colombia; Hochschulefür Musik und Kunst Darstellende " in Stuttgart Germany; and Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken , Germany .

He was first violin in orchestras : Symphony of Colombia , Opera Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany; Orchestra of the Southwest German Radio in Kaiserslautern, Germany; Concertino assistant Symphony Orchestra of Colombia; Concertino director of the Chamber Orchestra of Caldas; Concertino principal of Valley Symphony Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster Symphony Orchestra EAFIT in Medellin. Guest concertmaster of the Philharmonic orchestras of Bogota and Medellin Philharmonic .

He has performed as soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia , Orchestra del Valle, Symphony EAFIT , Orchestra " Dolmetsch " Festival in England , Orchestra Festival " Castello San Martino ", " Carpineto Romano" and " Sabaudia " in Italy.

His work as a teacher has played in various music schools in Kaiserslautern, Worms, and Pirmasens in Germany. In Colombia he taught violin and viola in the Music School of Huila, and the Music Department of the National University of Colombia.

He was permanent workshop leader for several years of the National BATUTA of Colombia. Also, he was the FoundationTeaching Professor in the Conservatorio del Tolima, and Chair Professor of the Institute of Fine Arts in Cali, Colombia In addition, he was Full Professor of Violin and Viola EAFIT University of Medellin, Colombia; Professor of Violin and Viola at the Symphony Orchestra del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and Ongoing Guest Professor of Violin and Viola for several years in the "Eleazar de Carvalho" Festival in Fortaleza, Brazil.

From 2011-2013 Professor of Violin and Viola at the Conservatory of the Tolima. His activity as soloist and recitalist has received excellent reviews both in Europe and in Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela .

He has devoted much of his life to research the operation of the locomotor system in implementing the violin and viola.He has extensive experience as a technical trainer of youth orchestras.

Ignacy Gaydamovich

Ignacy Gaydamovich

Cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich appears as a soloist, recitalist, and a chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. He is a winner of several international competitions and a recipient of multiple awards from Austrian, American, and Polish institutions. He teaches at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Colorado, and is a co-founder of the Vivace Vilnius Summer Music Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In January of 2014 Mr. Ignacy toured Japan as the principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, and most recently performed at the Steinway Hall in New York. He gave an American premiere of Cellotronicum for cello and computer by Michal Talma-Sutt and appears on an improvised music compact disc “Cosmospir.” In 2012 he made the Albanian premiere of the Konrgold Cello Concerto with the National Radio and TvOrchetsra of Alabnia in Tirana.

Mr. Gaydamovich received degrees from F. Chopin Music University, Texas Christian University, Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. Currently he is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Hartford. He studied with Terry King, Jesus Castro-Balbi, Rhonda Rider, as well as with Lawrence Lesser and Aldo Parisot.

Thanks to Davi and Bruce Chabner Family Foundation Mr. Gaydamovich is playing on a modern copy of a 1566 cello by Andrea Amati, made by Wojciech Topa.

Lubnan Baalbaki

Lubnan Baalbaki

LubnanBaalbaki has been recognized as the youngest and one of the most sought after conductors in the Middle East. He is already recognized as an energetic artistic leader successfully engaging in both international and Arabic classical music repertoire through creating an unique bond between the oriental spirit and the occidental culture.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1981, into a family of artists, Lubnanembraced Art very young growing up among musicians and painters. He studied violin at the Lebanese Conservatory, before obtaining a B.A. in orchestral conducting at the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in 2009, under the guidance of Maestro PetreSbârcea in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he also studied Music composition with SzegöPéter.

He later earned a Master of Arts degree at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, graduating “cum laude” from the class of the renowned Romanian Maestro Horia Andreescu.

In October 2012, he was appointed chief conductor of the l’OrchestrePhilarmonique du Liban, and later established the Lebanese Higher Conservatory Youth Orchestra and became its principal conductor.

Highlights of the present season include performances with the l’OrchestrePhilarmonique du Liban ,MihailJora Philharmonic Orchestra Bacău, Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra- Craiova, Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, he will also conduct concerts with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, Cuenca Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador as well as an orchestral tour through Mexico starting with Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michel Kheirallah

Michel Kheirallah

Lebanese, born in 1954, Michel started his violin lessons in 1968 at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music with Professor Emil Nouné (a student of Galamian). He continued his studies at “Ecole Normale de Musique” in Paris, with Proffesor Jacques Prat from 1975 till 1979. From 1979 untill 1984, he attented the famous “Tchaikovsky Conservatory” in Moscow with Prefessor Galina Barinova. Currently he is the Dean of the String Faculty in the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. Mr. Kheirallah has been the concert Master of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra since its enception.

Mario Rahi

Mario Rahi

Mario Rahi earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Violin Studies from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia of Rome. In addition, he earned his Master of Music Degree from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, located in Rome, Italy, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world.

At the Chigiana Music Academy of Siena he participated in Master Classes courses with Salvatore Accardo, known for his interpretations of Paganini. Also, he attended MasterClasses for orchestral playing with Marco Fiorini, Concertmaster of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.

Mr. Rahi performed in the Rome Sinfonietta Orchestra conducted by Ennio Morricone, one of the most famous of composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the world. From 2006-2010, he was Concertmaster of the World Youth Orchestra.

Janine Youssef

Janine Youssef

Janine Youssef completed her violin studies with Andrzej Grabiec at Wichita State University.

She has played with the Wichita Symphony, Oklahoma City Chamber Orchestra, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and Wichita Grand Opera. As well, Janine performed with the Denver Chamber orchestra on tour with Western Opera Theater. She has participated in the Kneisel Hall Music Festival, and been on the faculty of the Music Festival of Arkansas.

Since 2005 Janine has been a member of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and a teacher of violin at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.

Roman Storojenco

Roman Storojenco

Born in Kaluga near Moscow, he began studying cello at the age of five. Roman graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, and hasperformed in several Moscow Symphony Orchestras, the Moldavian National Symphony and others. In additionto performance in many concerts in Europe, Asia and Latin America, he has held positiosn as a principal cellist since 1988 in several orchestras. Currently, he is the principal cellist in the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and teacher at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.

Ion Birovescu

Ion Birovescu

Ion Birovescu is the principal double-bass player in the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2000. He is teacher of double bass between 1984-2000 in Romania and in Lebanon since 2000.

Olga Bolun

Olga Bolun

Olga Bolun started playing piano and harp when she was 5 years old and did her first performance with orchestra at 10. She is a graduate of the State Higher Academy of Music, Moldova, majoring in Solo Piano, Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano and Professorship of Piano. In 1993 she worked as piano accompanist in Bucharest State Academy of Music, Romania with the rank of Lecturer, as well as collaborated with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra till her moving to Lebanon in 2000.

Being a professor of piano as well as collaborative pianist in the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, she contributed as a leading pianist in many concerts with chamber and symphony orchestras, in addition to solo and vocal recitals, playing either on piano, celesta, church organ or harpsichord. Also, she is an active musician in main Lebanese Festivals with the LPO (Baalbek, Al Bustan, Tyre, Beirut Chants).

Mrs. Bolun’s musical career in Lebanon is extended to cover piano competitions adjudication as well as many professional recordings.

Date of Issue: 30-04-2015

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