North Shore Symphony Orchestra 2008-2009 Soloists: The 48th Season


Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Artist in Residence: Anton Polezhayev, violin

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (Gypsy airs)

Anton Polezhayev

Violinist Anton Polezhayev, has been selected for the newly created position of Artist-in-Residence with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. He will be the featured soloist and concertmaster at NSSO’s opening concert on Saturday, November 15, 2008, and will perform Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). He past association with NSSO has included numerous solo appearances with the orchestra in performances of violin concertos of Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Bruch, and he was also the recipient of the first NSSO Young Artist Award while a student at North Shore High School in Glen Head.

Anton Polezhayev won “Grand Prix” at the “International Violin Competition Pierre Lantier” in Paris France, 1997, as well as numerous other competitions, awards and scholarships. Mr. Polezhayev was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2004, and prior to the Philharmonic, a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2002. In addition to his recital and teaching schedule, Anton Polezhayev currently holds the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As a soloist and recitalist Mr. Polezhayev was featured on the cover of Part II of Newsday on October 21, 1992, and the New York Times on January 18, 2004, and has performed on radio and television. His credits also include performances at the International Concert Series at Hofstra University, Tilles Center, Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and numerous concert halls in Europe and Russia. This past summer is was a performing Festival Artist at the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Polezhayev was educated at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dr. Albert Markov (1993-1999) and Principal Associate Concertmaster of New York Philharmonic Ms. Sheryl Staples (1999-2001). Mr. Polezhayev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1976, and at age 5 began his violin studies at the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory.


Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3 p.m.
Guest Artist: Josu De Solaun, piano

Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 for Piano in D minor, Op. 30

Josu De Solaun

“...he is an outstanding young musician - with flair and individuality and a marvelous personality at the piano.” Ruth Laredo, American concert pianist

“I consider him a very special talent.” Joaquín Achúcarro, Spanish concert pianist

“...exuberance, virtuosity...” New York Concert Review

The acclaim accorded to pianist Josu De Solaun by audiences and critics alike confirms his status as one of Spain’s most exciting new artists. A native of Valencia, the 26-year-old pianist is a recipient of the Francis Hall Ballard Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studies under the guidance of Horacio Gutiérrez in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program (D.M.A.). He also holds the Helen Cohn Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a Bachelor and Master in Music, which he completed under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova, a pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus.

In September of 2006 he received, by unanimous decision of the jury, the First Grand Prize at the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition, being the first Spanish pianist to ever win the coveted award in the 25 years of its existence. Soon after, he has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Washington D.C. (Kennedy Center), Paris (Salle Cortot), New York (Steinway Hall), Rome (Academia de España), and all major cities of Spain. Since a young age he has also performed in Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, playing under conductors such as Yaron Traub, Constantine Orbelian, Yuri Krasnapolsky and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez among others, as well with orchestras such as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Valencia Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and Bari Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on Spanish national radio, as well as on New York´s WQXR.

Future engagements include orchestral and solo performances in Spain, Italy, France and the United States, as well as a solo piano recording of works by Robert Schumann. Apart from music, Josu continues to unfold several interests in his life, including a near-completion of a Degree in Philosophy from UNED University in Spain.


Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Guest Artist: Matthew Kimura, violin

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

Matthew Kimura

Matthew Kimura will be the featured soloist with North Shore Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, May 9, 2009 in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Matthew began his studies at the age of six at the C.W. Post Suzuki program under the direction of Pat Rudoff. At the age of nine, Matthew began studying under the guidance of Elizabeth Chang at the School for Strings in New York City. He soon advanced to the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School of Music where he continues to work under the tutelage of Ms. Chang. Throughout his studies he has also attended the Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts.

Among the competitions he has won are the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council Competition, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival Competition, New York Music Competition and the Island Symphony Competition. He also earned Honorable mention in the LISMA Foundation International Competition. Matthew has given solo performances at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Roslyn Public library and Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. Most recently he performed as the soloist with the Island Senior Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Matthew has performed in master classes given by Ida Kavafian and Erica Kiesewetter.

Matthew resides in the town of Syosset and is the son of Bo Young and Joe Kimura, both professional musicians. He attends the local high school and is a competitive swimmer.


Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Guest Artist: Lukas Bentel, cello
1st Place Winner of the NSSO Young Artist Award Competition

Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor

Lukas Bentel

Lukas Bentel is a 16 year old cellist who studies with Yale Professor Ole Akahoshi at the Pre-College Program at the Manhattan School of Music. He previously studied with Andre Emelianoff (Pre-College Juilliard) as a private student and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2007, 2008), and with Dr. Diliana Momtchilova from The Children’s Orchestra Society (directed by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma).

He attends Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY where has been the principal cellist in the school orchestra (2007, 2008) and was co-principal in his freshman year. Lukas was a member of the Children’s Orchestra Society from 1999 to 2007 where he studied cello and piano. As a member of the COS Orchestra he performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2005 and at Lincoln Center in 2005 & 2006 and at Carnegie Hall in 2007. In addition, Lukas was the principal cellist in the COS Junior Orchestra.

He has been selected to perform at the All County and LI String Festival every year since studying the cello. He received a 100% on his All State audition in his sophomore year. He has attended the CW Post LIU Summer Festival (2003, 2004) and the Luzerne, NY Music Center (summer 2006) where he won the solo prize, was principal cellist, and had faculty play his composed piece for two celli. He performed a solo at the Morgan Park Summer Festival in Glen Cove, NY (July 2006) having won a runner up position at age 13 in the Junior Division (age limit 15). Lukas won the Rex Chao Scholarship (2005) and the George Rose Music Scholarship (2006) from the Waldorf School in Garden City. Additionally, Lukas studies with Massimo Maffei from the Boccherini Institute in Lucca, Italy each summer (since 2003) and attended the International Music Festival in Lucca, 2007, which was conducted in Italian (Quartetto di Fiesole in residence).

Lukas has performed as a soloist at numerous public libraries and at Bailey’s Arboretum on Long Island. He was the featured artist at The Tannery Auditorium in North Creek, NY in 2007. He was the featured young artist for the Island Chamber Symphony in October 2007 and November 2008. His composed music was recently featured on Cable Channel 29 (Long Island) and was performed by the Bentel Trio at Flushing Town Hall in March 2008. The Bentel Trio (Lukas and two siblings) recently had a joint sculpture show and composed music performance at the Locust Valley Library in October 2008. Lukas was admitted to the New England Conservatory Prep Program in Boston, 2007, but decided to stay in the New York area in order to study with Ole Akahoshi at the Manhattan School of Music. Most recently, Lukas was selected as one of four finalists for the LI Symphony Young Performers Award. Lukas is also on the cross country and track teams at Chaminade High School and loves to carve marble while at his grandfather’s house in Italy. He studies German and Italian.