1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
609-392-6409
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Grand Opening Festival
Classical Music Series
Classical Music Series:


Solo & Chamber Music Concert Series
Dr. Vladimir Dyo, Founder and Artistic Director
The Pearls of Classical Music
Featuring Child Violin Prodigies
Bethany Yang, Gabriel Huang, Sivani Srinivasan
and Exclusively Selected SCMCS Chamber Soloists and String Quartet
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing




Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present a classical chamber music concert, The Pearls of Classical Music, in the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing. This concert features child violin prodigies Bethany Yang, Gabriel Huang and Sivani Srinivasan together with exclusively selected chamber soloists and string quartet of the Solo and Chamber Music Concert Series, Dr. Vladimir Dyo, founder and artistic director: Azer Damirov, violin, Xuan Yao, violin, Laura Sensenig, viola, Mike Newman, cello, and Gretchen Hull, piano.

The program will feature selections from:

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 (J. S. Bach)

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 216 (Mozart)

Spanish Dances. Op. 21 (Sarasate)

Second Concert Solo, Op. 77 (Dancla)

Carnevale di Venezia, Op. 118, No. 6 (Dancla)

The Bee (L'Abeille), Op. 13 (François Schubert)

Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de Valse de C. Saint-Saëns (Ysaÿe)

Selections from Lyriske Stykker (Lyric Pieces) (Grieg)

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (“Rosamunde”), D.804 (Franz Schubert)

String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51, No. 2 (Brahms)


Founded by violinists Vladimir and Yevgeniy Dyo, the S & CM Concert Series offers outstanding recitals of classical music to communities in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Artists are invited based on their ability to touch listeners' hearts, thus making each concert unique and memorable for its beauty and excellence. Each concert program is thoughtfully crafted to meet the highest artistic standards.

From the heart — may it return to the heart! - Beethoven.

Vladimir Dyo
Since age 12, Vladimir Dyo has toured and performed in prestigious venues of the former USSR, Europe, Asia, and the United States, including Rachmaninoff Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, Column Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, UNESCO, KBS Hall, Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall. He has received numerous top awards from national and international competitions (including Grand Prize at the Michelangelo Abbado International Competition in Milan, Italy, 2nd prize at the International Yampolski Violin Competition in Moscow, Russia, etc.), foundations, and politicians. Vladimir has performed on BBC World Service program, and multiple times on Kazakhstan National Radio and Television. In 2015, he was honored to be invited as guest soloist along with coloratura soprano Sumi Jo to perform with Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), and at the United Nations’ Peace Concert at the UN General Headquarters in NY.

Vladimir was featured as soloist and chamber musician at the international music festivals including the Graduates of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Ost-West-Musikfest, Prague-Vienna-Budapest, and Mozarteum (Austria). The Cliburn Institute (USA), Seoul International Music Camp Festival, GwangJu International Classic Festival (Korea), the iPalpiti International Laureates Festival (Los Angeles, USA), and collaborated with eminent musicians. Critics write: "His mystic contour merged with instrument and hypnotized the audience....Subtlety and flawlessness of Rachmaninoff's endlessly versatile music created such an emotional reaction with the audience that many had tears on their eyes..." — musicologist N. Zemlyakova. "Dyo's Sarasate was dazzling..." — Michael Church, BBC World Service.

His teachers include Svetlana Abdussadykova, Raissa and Aiman Mussahadjaeva in Kazakhstan, where he studied in the famous Baiseitova School and Kazakh National Academy of Music (currently Kazakh National University of Arts). He studied with Dr. Eduard Schmieder at SMU and Temple University. He holds a B.S. in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Kazakh National Academy of Music (currently Kazakh National University of Arts), Artist Diploma and M.M. in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a D.M.A. in Violin Performance from Temple University.

A devoted pedagogue, Dyo continues the traditions of the Bel Canto Violin School (advocated by Schmieder). He currently serves as a full-time faculty member and coordinator of chamber ensembles at the Boyer College of Music and Dance; in addition, bi-annually serves as violin faculty at the Summer and Winter Music Camp Festivals in South Korea. Prior to joining Temple faculty, Dyo taught violin and conducted the symphony orchestra at the Kazakh National Academy of Music, Astana, Kazakhstan; served as violin professor and soloist at the international Summer Music Camp Festival in Seoul, South Korea; served as concertmaster of the Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, and was featured as faculty member and assistant conductor at the Summit Music Festival in New York. His research interests include application of bel canto style to violin performance, string performance and pedagogy.

Dyo's students have performed at various venues including prestigious Perelman Theater in Philadelphia and Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York, as winners of the international competitions. Adjudications include Youth Competition of Korean Musicians Association of Philadelphia in 2010 and 2012, and the Eastern Division Students Competition of Music Teachers’ National Association in 2011.

In March 2014, Dyo was appointed Concertmaster of the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, and since 2015 serves as artistic director of Gloria Youth Orchestra in Cherry Hill, NJ.


Bethany Yang
Bethany Yang is a 10 year old fourth grader at Beaumont Elementary School. Currently, Bethany studies violin with Dr. Vladimir Dyo. She began her violin studies at age five with Gerry Rice. Bethany started piano lessons at age four, and at present, she studies with Dr. Igor Resnianski and Elena Berman at the Nelly Berman School of Music .

In 2015, Bethany won second place in her age category at the Vivace Strings Competition. In third grade, she won second place in Math Olympics competing against six area schools. At school, she participates in the gifted program and is a member of the Reading Olympics club. Bethany also studies Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, speaks some Korean, and loves Korean food.

Gabriel Huang
10 year old Gabriel Huang is a 5th grader at Brandywine Spring School in Delaware. He began to study violin when he was five years old. In 2013, he came under the tutelage of Dr. Vladimir Dyo. He loves classical music and loves to share with his listeners its beauty through violin playing. Gabriel is the top student in school. In addition to being outstanding in math and reading, he is interested in finance, history and politics. He received awards from the Number Bee Competition of Delaware and the Delaware State Science Olympiad. Gabriel is the leader of the science club, Odyssey of the Mind and the Science Olympiad. He also plays piano and was invited to participate in the middle school piano program of Delaware's top Magnet School.

Sivani Srinivasan
Sivani Srinivasan, 12, attends 6th grade at Patton Middle School in the Unionville Chadds Ford School District in Pennsylvania. She is a resident of West Chester Pennsylvania where she has been studying violin since she was 5 years old. She currently studies with Dr. Vladimir Dyo. Sivani has been a member of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra (DYSO) for the past two years. She is in her school's gifted program. Her favorite subject in school is math, and she participates in mathcounts, as well as on the debate team, and in her school's orchestra. In 2015, Sivani was recognized for achieving High Honors in the 2015 Talent Search by John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She loves classical music, playing her violin, and dancing at her ballet school with whom she performs in the annual regional production of The Nutcracker.

Azer Damirov
Azer Damirov began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman, from which he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund, Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival in Russia. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007, Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. He has been a member of iPalpiti since 2009, including East Coast residency and performing in concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, and Los Angeles festivals. Last year, as founding member of the Philadelphia-based Trio Amaranth, Azer has performed a number of concerts in its debut season. In 2012, he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. Azer is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Music Performance at Temple University under the tutelage of Professor Schmieder.

Shirley Yao
Violinist Xuan Yao is a prize winner of multiple violin competitions in China including 2nd Prize at the Hunan Province Violin Competition, 1st Prize at the Chinese Junior New Artist Competition, Grand Prize at the Changsha Soloist Competition. She was an assistant concertmaster of the Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra and performed multiple solo and chamber music concerts in China. She came to the US in 2010 to study with Dr. Eduard Schmieder, and is currently earning a Master’s degree at Temple University. She has participated at the Mozarteum International Summer Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria and at the International Summit Festival in NY. In 2014, Xuan was awarded a Garrigues Scholarship. She is also a member of Symphony in C.

Laura Sensenig
Laura Sensenig has been a principal/associate principal violist of the Grammy-Nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra and has performed at important venues including Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. As a chamber musician, she worked in master classes with the distinguished Jerusalem, Miro and Dover Quartets. Laura has participated at the Credo Chamber Music Camp (Oberlin Conservatory), and in August 2016, her string quartet was invited to perform at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Her private teachers include Dottie Allyn, Agnes Maurer. She has also worked with violinist Vladimir Dyo, cellist John Koen, and guitarist/composer Allen Krantz. Currently, she studies with Kerri Ryan, an assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is pursuing a bachelor degree in performance and music education at Temple University.

Mike Newman
Michael Newman is a classically trained cellist from Southampton, Pennsylvania. He has been pursuing a career in cello performance at Temple University under the tutelage of Udi Bar-David, a cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and will graduate in May 2016. Michael will continue his education at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and will work with distinguished cellist Alan Stepansky.

An accomplished chamber musician, Michael has performed in various concerts, and had an opportunity to work with the Jerusalem Quartet, the Dover Quartet, the Miro Quartet and the Montrose Trio in master classes. In August 2016, Michael will participate as a chamber musician at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.

Gretchen Hull
Currently a doctoral student and graduate fellow at Temple University studying piano performance under Charles Abramovic, Gretchen Hull also received her master’s degree from Temple University and her undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where she studied under Fleisher student William Newbrough. Gretchen has performed recitals for WSKG’s televised series Expressions, the Classical Pianists of the Future series, the OASIS concert series, the Immanuel Episcopal Concert Series, and multiple times for the Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse). Gretchen has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café. A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, this summer she will be a participant in the PIANALE International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. She has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Balone, Angela Cheng, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord). Gretchen is also a member of the newly formed Philadelphia-based piano trio, Trio Amaranth, and a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Past teachers include Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc.




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