Artists in Residence
Konstantin Soukhovetski is rapidly earning a reputation as a “young pianist who captivates” with his “distinctive lyricism”, “immaculate technique” and “vigor…refinement… and drama”.
Following the premiere of his transcription of R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs at L'Esprit du Piano Festival in Bordeaux, France Konstantin has featured it on his South African Tour as well as many US venues including NYC's Lyric Chamber Music Society, Nevada City's Music In The Mountains, Sacramento's Crocker Museum and Pianofest in The Hamptons where Konstantin is Artist In Residence for the past 8 years.
This season Konstantin returns to New Orleans where he won First and Audience Prizes a decade ago at New Orleans International Piano Competition, with one-night only solo performance featuring his own transcriptions. He will also open the inaugural season of Eurasia Festival in New York City, appear with Musimelange and New World School of Music in Miami, FL as well as Mother’s Day Gala with Auburn Symphony in Auburn, CA.
Konstantin will also give a world premiere of a new ballet “Nostalgia” by russian-american composer Polina Nazaykinskaya choreographed by Pascal Rioult of Rioult Dance at the Joyce Theater in New York City.
Konstantin will do his first Vegas-style residency with his one-man-show “In His Shoes” at Southampton Inn’s Claude’s Restaurant this summer in Southampton, NY presenting a set of popular hits of Madonna, Celine Dion and other iconic pop artists in his own arrangements.
Konstantin also returns to Hong Kong to serve on the jury of Hong Kong Music Schools Festival.
In 2013 Konstantin made his directorial debut as Assistant Music Director of the new opera Magic Mirror in Boston. Konstantin’s work as and actor includes bother theater and film: narrator with Miami Symphony's Musimelange performance Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, Forbidden Juilliard as multiple characters at Juilliard School and Club Makkor in NYC and Victor or Children in Power as Young Victor at Moscow State Satire Theatre, Moscow, Russia.
Konstantin stars as Pavel Sidorov in 2014 feature film Dishonorable Vendetta directed by Andre Josef. His other film credits are NYU shorts Decent Men, Ossetia and Hansel and Gretel Purchase Film School shorts Carbon Based and Pictures.
Konstantin is a producer and host of "Real pianists of The Hamptons" - the first ever classical music webisodes made at Pianofest in The Hamptons where Konstantin is Artist in Residence since 2011. He appeared on many television and radio interviews including NPR’s “Performance Today” with Fred Child.
Highlights if Konstantin’s career include appearances with Johannesburg Philharmonic and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as part of his South African tour as well as Miami Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, Austin, Auburn, Westmoreland, Virginia and Asheville Symphony Orchestras.
His solo performances took him to London's Wigmore Hall, New York’s Weill Recital and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland to name a few. Following his 2006 William Petschek Debut Recital Award performance at Alice Tully Hall, in New York’s Lincoln Center, The New York Times headlined its review: “Romanticism so intense it warms up Philip Glass.”
Konstantin has worked with an array of distinguished conductors, among them: Daniel Meyer, Gérard Korsten, Eduardo Marturet, Rebecca Miller, James DePreist, Emmanuel Siffert, Jahja Ling, François-Xavier Roth, Doron Salomon, Timothy Muffitt, Conrad von Alphen, Michael Goodwin, Stephen Ramsey, Mary Woodmansee Green, Enrique Bátiz Campbell, Allan Stephenson, David Scarr, Omri Hadari, Andrew Grams, and Emil Tabakov.
Konstantin is a board member of Southampton Cultural Center, NY, Advisory board member of Hamptons Music Sessions, NY and Pegasus Orchestra, NJ and has adjudicated competitions such as Piano Ohio, Hong Kong Music Association and Connecticut Piano Teacher’s Association.
Konstantin is an alumnus of The Juilliard School where he has earned his BM, MM, and AD degrees under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Born in Moscow to a family of artists he studied at the Moscow Central Special Music School, under the auspices of the Moscow State Conservatory, with Anatoly Ryabov.
Konstantin is a recipient of over 15 awards, including: Second Prize, 2011 Iowa International Piano Competition; Third Prize, 2011 Bosendorfer International Piano Competition; Second Prize and Audience Prize, 2010 Ima Hogg International Competition; First Prize and Audience Prize, 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition; William Petschek Debut Recital Award; Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans; Second Prize, 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa; Third Prize, 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition; The Juilliard School’s Arthur Rubinstein Award; The Juilliard School’s 2003 Gina Bachauer Competition; First Prize, 2002 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Second Prize, 2002 Walter W. Naumburg International Piano Competition.
michelle a. cann
Concert pianist Michelle Cann is a young artist with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of repertoire throughout the US and to bringing the arts to local communities. Michelle made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. Coming soon in May of 2018, she will be soloing with the Knoxville Symphony on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Florence Price's Concerto in One Movement. She regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the US, China and South Korea at premiere concert halls including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Michelle is under the management of Lisa Sapinkopf Artists.
Michelle has been frequently featured on both WRTI 90. 1 and WHYY TV in Philadelphia on such shows as Creatively Speaking with Susan Lewis, Onstage at Curtis, and Philadelphia Music Makers where she was the host of the hour-long program which alternated between her own personal reflections and solo performances. Michelle recently soloed with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in New York City, an organization whose purpose is to bring to the forefront those female and minority composers too long lingering in the background of American music. She performed the New York City premiere of Concerto in One Movement by composer Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. Her performance was well received by the audience and press alike. The Boston Musical Intelliger wrote "Michelle Cann…was a compelling, sparkling virtuoso, bringing this riveting work to life in its first New York performance"
Hailing from a musical family in Avon Park, Florida, Michelle began the piano at age 7, but soon added organ, steel drums, trombone, tuba and violin. Her primary focus on the piano earned her top prizes in state, national and international competitions including the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Blount Young Artists National Competition and most recently the 2014 Wideman International Piano Competition.
Michelle received her Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro and received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Robert McDonald. Soon after, she was placed on the Curtis staff as one of the new Collaborative Staff Pianists. In addition, Michelle is on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center as a Coordinator/Instructor of Piano. Her summer festival appearances include the Taos Chamber Music Festival, YellowBarn Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Festival, and most recently, Artist in Residence at Pianofest in the Hamptons.
Michelle is a young leader in creating opportunities for music education in her community. During her time in Philadelphia, she has served as the choir director of two thirty-member children choruses in the El-Sistema inspired program, “Play On Philly”, and is the founder of a new program, “Keys to Connect”, which strives to strengthen the bond between parent and child through the shared study of piano. She served as one of three Curtis Institute of Music inaugural fellows of ArtistYear. Through that one year fellowship, Michelle worked with local community partners such as City Year, Teach for America and AmeriCorps to bring the arts to local Philadelphia communities where arts education and access are unattainable.
Michelle currently resides in Philadelphia, PA