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Amy Lieberman, artistic director
Ilinka Manova, managing director
Prachi Dalal, artistic director
Moshe Knoll, composer-in-residence, director of musical research
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Amy Lieberman is a conductor equally at home in choral and orchestral music. For five years, she was Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory of Music, and before that, she was Director of Choral Activities and Music Director for the Opera and Musical Theater program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. She has appeared as guest conductor of the Portsmouth (NH) Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (FL), Lexington (MA) Symphony, Cappella Clausura (Boston), and the Aliento Chamber Players of Exeter, New Hampshire. She has also served as assistant conductor of Cantata Singers & Ensemble, Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Ms. Lieberman is now Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, where she teaches conducting and is working to restore the choral program.

Ms. Lieberman holds music degrees from Stanford University, and from the Yale School of Music, where she was Assistant Conductor of the Yale Glee Club and frequent guest conductor of the New Music New Haven concert series. She also studied conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic; she is currently completing her DMA in Choral and Orchestral Conducting at the Boston University School of Music.

As a public speaker, Ms. Lieberman has presented pre-concert lectures for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. She is also a founding member and Music Director of Vocollage, an ensemble that creates original theatrical pieces that unite words, music and dramatic concepts in live performance and for radio broadcast. She is also Artistic Director of ArtsAhimsa, an international performance series dedicated to promoting non-violence through the arts. Her work with ArtsAhimsa has taken her to New Delhi and Calcutta to teach masterclasses and to present concerts.


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Ilinka Manova, born in Macedonia in 1976, studied piano with Professor Arbo Valdma in Cologne, Germany, and with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music. She received a full scholarship to study with Stephanie Brown at SUNY Purchase, where she earned a Masters Degree and the Artist Diploma.

Ilinka is a winner of the Artists International Competition in New York. She gave a solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and received other awards including the prestigious DAAD German Scholarship in 1995 and the Yugoslav National Competition Award for Musicians in Sarajevo.

Ilinka has performed in Paris, Rome, Bonn, Cologne, throughout Eastern Europe and in major cities across the U.S. Her repertoire ranges from well-loved standards to contemporary music with a special focus on new works from her native Macedonia.

A much sought-after teacher, Ilinka is a member of the piano faculty at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. and chairperson of the Piano and Instrumental Department at Belvoir Terrace, a Fine Arts Center in Lenox, MA.


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Prachi Dalal is a dancer, artist and museum educator. A talented dancer trained in Kathak, a classical dance form from north India, she recently performed as part of ArtsAhimsa at the Summit of Iraqi and American Women organized by the Global Peace Initiative for women. She has performed in India, Washington D.C. and New York. She performed at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, the Folklife festival and at the annual festivals of the Indian Dance Educators Association based in the
DC area. She was also the first dancer to perform at the Diwali celebrations at the White House in Washington D.C. She taught Kathak at the Durga Temple in Fairfax, VA for three years. After moving to New York she has performed at the Queens Museum of Art and given a workshop at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Born in Bombay (India), she grew up learning dance, studied miniature painting from artists in Rajasthan, and completed her Bachelor in Commerce from University of Bombay. Growing up, she began to observe that many threads of a rich cultural fabric were gradually being lost with every passing generation. This kindled in her a keen desire to preserve artistic and cultural heritage by reaching out to people and nurturing in them sensitivity for the traditional arts by enabling them to make connections with these resources, and providing communities a more meaningful interaction with artistic and cultural traditions.

To achieve these goals, she joined a graduate program in Ancient Indian Culture at University of Bombay. In fall 2000, she arrived in Washington D.C. to pursue a Masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Destination Management and a focus on Cultural-Heritage Tourism at the George Washington University. Her goal through tourism is to enable tourists/visitors to interact with cultural heritage resources and help them cross boundaries, not only geographical but also cultural, kindle curiosity and a sense of exploration, help make connections to past and present, broaden perspectives and nurture human sensitivity.

During her work as a Museum Educator and Community Outreach Educator at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, she has been involved in a wide range of areas within the education department such as- community outreach programs, school programs, teacher workshops, docent training, and organizing performances and public programs. She also worked with the Smithsonian Center of Folklife as a cultural liason for a delegation of Indian artists for the 2002 Folklife Festival called "Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust."

As a teaching artist for the Freer and Sackler's multi-visit program, she has conducted dance workshops in inner-city DC Public. She has conducted dance workshops at the Freer and Sackler galleries for special groups. She presented Kathak at Asia-Pacific Heritage family festival at the museum called 'Dancing across Cultures' (May 2-3, 2003). She coordinated a performance called "Dances of Celebration: Folk traditions from India," on the Freer steps as part of 'Art Night on the Mall', which showcased four folk dances from four different regions in India involving about 30 dancers and musicians from the local DC area.

She started learning dance at the age of seven. As a disciple of Guru Madhurita Sarang, she bloomed under her careful guidance as a mature dancer. She has taken Kathak workshops with maestros such as Pt. Birju Mahara and Smt. Kumudini Lakhia. As part of the dance troupe at Nritya Darshan, she performed in several productions all over India including at the All-India Festival of Kathak in New Delhi, the Kathak festival in Lucknow, and at venues such as Nehru Center, Bombay. Currently she is also a part of the troupe of Sarang Academy of Performing Arts based in New Jersey.


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Moshe Knoll — Israeli Pianist-Composer Moshe Knoll received his B.M. and M.M. Degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied Piano with Herbert Stessin, William Masselos and Beveridge Webster; and Composition with David Diamond and Richard Danielpour. He holds a D.M.A. Degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied Piano with Ozan Marsh and Composition with Robert Muczinski and Daniel Asia. Dr. Knoll has also studied Harpsichord playing and Basso Continuo with Yochebed Schwartz and Miri Singer in Israel.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and living for many years in Israel before his recent return to New York, Moshe is a versatile performer whose repertoire embraces a variety of style-periods from the Baroque to our time. A Staff Pianist at The Mannes College, The New School for Music; Moshe has also taught at the Connecticut Conservatory of Music and Dance, New Milford, CT; The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, NY; Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY; The Music Institute of Long Island, Manhasset, NY; the Ra’anannah Municipal Conservatory, and at the Petakh-Tikva Municipal Conservatory of Music in Israel. He has also worked as Harpsichordist, Arranger and Librarian for the “Apollonia Ensemble for Early Music” in Herzliyah, Israel.

Currently, he holds the positions of Composer-in-Residence and Director of Musical Research at ArtsAhimsa; as well as Faculty member of the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival, at Belvoir Terrace, Lenox, MA.

Dr. Knoll has performed in Israel with noted musicians, such us the Chilean soprano Macarena Lopez-Lavin, the American flutist Wendy Eisler-Kashy (Duo Ha-Sharon), the French violin virtuoso Gabriel Chouraki, the Israeli flutist Ya’arah Wein-Tzafrir, and the Israeli cellist Rivkah Peled (Classical Duo Ha-Menagnim). Currently he performs with the noted American violinist Laura Goldberg (the Goldberg-Knoll Duo), as well as with the soprano Allison Charney. His solo performances have included recitals in NYC at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations; several concerto performances with orchestras in Venezuela, as well as a concerto recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. He won the “Artist of the year 1987 Award” from the Pianist’s Foundation of America, Tucson, AZ. Dr. Knoll’s compositions have been performed at various venues in both Venezuela and Israel; in the USA his music has been heard at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME, as well as at the Chautauqua Music Festival; Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations; the Donnell and Lincoln Center branches of the New York City Public Library, the PREformances Series at the JCC in Manhattan, the Calhoun School, LyricaFest Chamber Music Festival, Lincoln, MA and at the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival in Lenox, MA.
Dr. Knoll sits on the board of DAHA (Dvorak American Heritage Association). He has a published essay online “Music’s philosophy” which can be read on the website Intellectualsanonymous.

 




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