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Gulf Coast Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble Concert August 21

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/5/2010 - The Gulf Coast Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble will perform in concert on August 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The concert will feature the music of Schnittke, Beethoven, Coleman and Shostakovich. Admission is free; however donations are suggested at the door.

The Gulf Coast Virtuosi ensemble with Leonid Yanovskiy, violin, and Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano, held its inaugural recital in Chicago in July 2010. In the next three months, the ensemble is scheduled to perform numerous recitals along the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana.

Leonid Yanovskiy is Professor of violin and viola, and Director of Strings and Orchestra at the University of West Florida. In addition to being co-director and principle violinist with the Gulf Coast Virtuosi chamber ensemble, Yanovskiy serves as the Concertmaster and frequent guest soloist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Yanovskiy has recorded solo with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow and the Goliard Ensemble, NY. As violinist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the American Symphony, and as principal violinist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi, Yanovskiy appeared on stages of the Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Opera (NYC), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and Symphony Hall (Chicago). He holds degrees from the prestigious Moscow Gnessin College and Institute of Music. He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Rutgers University, NJ. Among his teachers were Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree, the founding members of the Guarneri Quartet.

Kadisha Onalbayeva is on the faculties of Pensacola Junior College and the University of Mobile where she teaches piano and composition and is also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Mobile. Dr. Onalbayeva attended the Jubanov Special School for Talented Children in Almaty, Kazakhstan where she studied piano and composition and went on to win first prize in the Soviet Union's New Talent competition, national piano competitions and Central Asia piano competitions.

After graduating from the Jubanov School, Onalbayeva entered the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music where she was awarded the President's Award for Young Artists and Chevron's Award for Talented Students in piano and composition. She has earned her M.M. in composition and M.M. in piano performance from the University of New Orleans as well as her DMA in piano performance at Louisiana State University.

For additional information on the Chamber Ensemble or other events hosted by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, visit the NFSO website at