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Lydia Boguslavsky - Piano
One of the most distinguished pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union, Lidia Boguslavsky has captured audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Russia with a "brilliant combination of technical assurance and sensitivity." Since her debut with the Byelorussian State Philharmonic at the age of 14, Ms. Boguslavsky has been recording and performing extensively, both with orchestras and in solo recitals in major cities of the Soviet Republics. Among her many honors and awards are the Byelorussian Government's Honorable Award, the Superior Teaching Award from the Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition in New York, and top prizes at the Byelorussian National Competition and the Soviet All-State Competition. A major advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Boguslavsky has premiered and recorded many works by leading Russian and Byelorussian composers whom often wrote works in consideration of her artistic individuality. Her passion for collaborative work resulted in a highly successful partnership with the celebrated Metropolitan Opera soloist, Dimitri Kavrakos. Lidia Boguslavsky began her distinguished teaching career early, becoming one of the youngest piano professors at the Byelorussian State Conservatory upon receiving her Doctorate at the age of 25. Among her students are many successful soloists, chamber musicians and collaborative artists who actively perform and teach both in Russia and abroad. A highly sought-after pedagogue, Ms. Boguslavsky has published numerous scholarly works, including Working on New Repertoire and The Art of Legato, where she introduced her own methods that reflect on the celebrated Russian school of piano playing. Lidia Boguslavsky has presented master classes in St. Petersburg, Moscow, New York, as well as in Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Spain and has served as a judge at various competitions, including the MTNA State Competition and The Young Pianists Competition in New Jersey. Ms. Boguslavsky holds degrees from the Moscow Gnessin Pedagogical Institute (DMA), the Moscow Conservatory, and the Byelorussian Academy of Music. Among her teachers are such renowned performers and pedagogues as Yakov Milstein, Alexander Yoheles and Eugene Malinin. Lidia Boguslavsky is a member of the piano faculty at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and the Summit Music Festival in New York. She has also taught and performed at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, the Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota, the Weimar Festival in Germany as well as serving on a faculty at the College of Staten Island, the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase and Wagner College.