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2009 State Conference


Nancy Arganbright and Dallas Weekley

Nancy Arganbright and Dallas Weekley

Weekley and Arganbright made concert tours as piano duettists for 40 years under Community Concerts, Allied Concerts, and various European managements. They have focused entirely on the one-piano, four-hand medium, which they have always played from memory in formal concert settings. Concert tours have included the major cities of England, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, Korea, China, Taiwan, and with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dublin Symphony, among others. U.S. tours have included Carnegie Recital Hall and The Kennedy Center in Washington. The Weekleys, honor graduates of the Indiana University School of Music, taught for 28 years at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, and were given the title "Treasures of the University" upon their departure. As a part of their interest in the music education of young people, they made frequent appearances on the "Captain Kangaroo" TV program, and continue to present workshops and master classes in the art of duet playing. The Weekleys currently reside overlooking the ocean in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Max Vladimiroff

Maxim Vladimiroff

Maxim Vladimiroff, 2009-10 Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer, is a graduate of the Gnessin College of Music in Moscow, where he studied piano with Dmitri Serov and Yvette Shekhtman. In 1999, he attained the MFA in music composition from the University of California, and subsequently studied privately with composer Philip Lasser. Mr. Vladimiroff's compositions have been published by the Treble Clef Music Press and performed by the Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, members of the New York New Music Ensemble, the Lafayette College Choir and many other artists. Recently he received the Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction for writing a new choral work, "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls." Mr. Vladimiroff teaches piano in his private studio in Brookfield and teaches keyboard harmony at the European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris. He is Music Director at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Millette Alexander

Millette Alexander

Millette Alexander attended the Juilliard pre-college program, and after a successful career in the theater and television, she founded and is the current director of Chamber Music Central, a non-profit organization which for 13 years has provided hundreds of students the opportunity to experience the joy of making music together, developing their technical and artistic skills and working together to produce something beautiful. Her ensembles have had frequent local performances and have been winners in many chamber music competitions. She and her piano duo partner of 30 years, Frank Daykin, have performed extensively in the United States and France, championing the rich literature for 4-hand piano works. Their recording of "The Art of the Fugue" by J.S. Bach, on the Connoisseur Society label, was selected as one of the ten best recordings of the year by American Record Guide. Miss Alexander has adjudicated many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer competition at the Juilliard School. She was the chair of the committee producing a world-class chamber music series for the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut. She teaches and coaches chamber music in her Westport, Connecticut studio.

Bruce Brubaker

Bruce Brubaker

In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York's Avery Fisher Hall, from Paris to Hong Kong, and in his continuing series of recordings for Arabesque, Bruce Brubaker is a visionary virtuoso. Named "Young Musician of the Year" by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker has performed Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philip Glass on the BBC. He has premiered music by Glass, John Cage, Nico Muhly and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Profiled on NBC's Today show, Brubaker's playing, writing and collaborations continue to show a shining, and sometimes surprising, future for pianists and piano playing. He was presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall in New York, at Michigan's Gilmore Festival and at Boston's Institute for Contemporary Arts, as the opening night performer in the museum's acclaimed new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building. A longtime member of the faculty at the Juilliard School, Brubaker now chairs the piano department at New England Conservatory in Boston.

Bruce Brubaker's CDs for Arabesque include Time Curve (music by Philip Glass and William Duckworth), Hope Street Tunnel Blues (music by Glass and Alvin Curran, featuring Brubaker's transcription of a portion of Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach) and Inner Cities (including a live recording of John Adams's Phrygian Gates and Brubaker's transcription of part of Adams's opera Nixon in China). The first CD in the series, glass cage, was named one of the best releases of the year by The New Yorker magazine.

Following his New York debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Musical America named Brubaker "Young Musician of the Year." His subsequent London debut at the Wigmore Hall led to his first broadcast concert on the BBC - an all-Brahms recital. Brubaker has appeared at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, London's Wigmore Hall, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Antwerp's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Finland's Kuhmo Festival.

Bruce Brubaker was profiled by NBC's Today show in the U.S. and has appeared on RAI in Italy. He is featured in the documentary film about the Juilliard School, made for the PBS "American Masters Series." As a member of Affiliate Artists Xerox Pianists Program, he presented residencies and performed with orchestras throughout the United States.

Brubaker studied at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the school's highest prize. He joined the faculty at Juilliard in 1995. At Juilliard, he has appeared in public conversations with Philip Glass, Milton Babbitt and Meredith Monk. Brubaker has given master classes and forums at Columbia University, Leipzig's Hochschüle für Musik, the Ecole Normale in Paris, Ghent's Orpheus Instituut, North Carolina's Eastern Music Festival and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His articles about music have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Piano Quarterly, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, Chamber Music and other magazines. His article "Time is Time" appears in Unfolding Time, published by the University of Leuven in 2009 and available in the U.S. from Cornell University Press.

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