La Sierra University Orchestra | Guest Conductor: Sebastiano De Filippi | Guest Artist: Mira Khomik, violin
Italian-Argentine music director and orchestral conductor, Sebastiano De Filippi, will guest conduct the La Sierra University Orchestra on Saturday evening January 23, 2016. The ensemble will also be joined by violinist Mira Khomik. The event will be held at La Sierra University's Hole Memorial Auditorium at 7p. This is a free event. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:15p. The program will include the following:
Glinka Ruslan Ludmilla
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2
About the Conductor
Sebastiano De Filippi is considered by the press as one of the most interesting conductors among the maestros emerged in recent years from South America. Unanimously praised for his interpretation of the great classics of Western music, he is also highly respected for his work towards presenting lesser known pieces and for his commitment to his community’s cultural life.
He studied with a pupil of Antonino Votto, a legendary figure who was Arturo Toscanini’s main assistant and also Riccardo Muti’s only teacher. He is a licentiate of the United Kingdom’s Royal Schools of Music in symphony orchestra music direction, with the highest marks (“with distinction”). He has perfected his studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy), at the Escuela de Altos Estudios Musicales in Cordova (Spain) and at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He had the privilege to complete his background by following conductors like Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti in rehearsal.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ukrainian-born violinist Mira Khomik is a laureate of several international competitions, and had been awarded numerous performance scholarships and honors throughout her studies in Ukraine and the US.
At the age of sixteen, Ms. Khomik made her début as a soloist with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine. Among her international competition prizes are Enescu Young Artists Competition 2000 in Romania, Ugzhorod Silver Bells 2001 in Ukraine, as well as New Names of Ukraine 1998, when she appeared on the national radio and television as one of the rising talents of Ukraine.
Upon moving to the US to pursue further studies in music, Ms. Khomik won first prize of the Bach Competition in Lancaster, California, among others. She was a guest soloist with Orange County Youth Symphony for a series of season concerts in 2003 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, as well as with Chapman University Symphony in 2004.
Ms. Khomik toured throughout the US and performed as a soloist and a collaborative artist in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Connecticut, Hawaii and California. Her passion for collaborating with musicians around the world led her to international solo and chamber music appearances in Vietnam, Thailand, Sweden, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Italy. Ms. Khomik performed with Rose Chamber Orchestra, Orange County Symphony, Capistrano Valley Symphony, Fullerton College Symphony and Montage Civic Orchestra in California, as well as with Ho Chi Minh City Symphony and Ballet Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta, and the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Khomik graduated with Performance Certificate from Lviv National Krushelnytska School of Music in Ukraine, and she earned Bachelor of Music Degree at the Chapman Conservatory of the Arts in California, as well as the Master of Music Degree at the California State University, Fullerton. In the recent years Ms. Khomik had an honor to work with James Buswell, James Ehnes, Renaud Capucon, and Midori among others. Among her primary violin teachers and mentors are Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, Ihor Tchetchko, Mischa Lefkowitz, Yuri Smetanin, and Oksana Tsap, whos pedagogy comes directly from the legendary Leonid Kogan, David Oistrach, Joseph Gingold, Franko Gulli and Semyon Snitkovsky.
Ms. Khomik regularly performs in recitals and concerts as a soloist, as well as a chamber musician, appearing at the Muckenthaler Classical Series, Dana Point Concert Series, La Senora Classical Chamber Music Series, Oxford Society of Los Angeles, UCLA Camarades Concert Series and LACMA among others locally and internationally. Her passion for chamber music led to the start of the chamber music society Camerata Solisti, in 2008. Ms. Khomik served as the Artistic Director of the Warne Young Artists String Scholarship program and was a founder of the Warne Chamber Soloists in 2010-2012. She was a fellowship recipient at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 where she currently serves as a Chamber Music Teaching Assistant and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance.