Dimitri Dover, Piano, recently appeared in collaborative performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Koch Theater at Lincoln Center; in concerts of contemporary music with North River Music and Composers Concordance; in chamber music with North Shore Pro Musica; and in the inaugural solo recital of the Cronyn Center Space (Ontario).
Dimitri has performed in the composer's presence the works of George Crumb, Libby Larsen, Nicholas Maw, André Previn, Morton Subotnick, and Chris Theofanidis, among many others. Mr. Dover has been awarded fellowships to Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Summer Music Festival, and SongFest at Colburn. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory, where he was honored with solo and collaborative performances at Peabody commencement.
Currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, he studies with Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, and Brian Zeger.
Margery Fitts, Harp, studied at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Oregon, and the Aaron Copeland School of Music, where she earned her Masters Degree. She has performed widely with such groups as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Virtuosi, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Queens Symphony, the Choral Society of the Hamptons, Canta Libre, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of the Domincan Republic.
Ms. Fitts has also played in Broadway orchestras for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, and Gypsy and in the Josh Groban and Paul Potts orchestras.
Ray Furuta, Flute, has performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues such as the Liszt Academy of Music, the Chopin Conservatory, and Dvorak Hall. He has held principal positions in the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the UCSB Symphony, and the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music, and was a prize winner of the 2008 Long Beach Music Festival, the 2008 San Diego Flute Guild Competition, and the 2007 UCSB Concerto Competition.
Mr. Furuta has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Jon Nakamatsu, Charles Neidich, Dante Anzolini, George Manahan, David Benoit, John Perry, and Robert Koenig.
Stephen Gamboa, Harpsichord, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, where he received the Eisner Prize in Creative Arts and the Menn Memorial Prize. He is continuing his studies at Stony Brook University with Arthur Haas.
Gamboa maintains a private music studio, where he teaches organ, piano and harpsichord, and is choir director at the North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River. Stephen is the founder of the harpsichord duo known as, Zweikampf.
Mario Gotoh, Viola, is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in a dual degree program for violin and viola at SUNY Stony Brook. She has been concert master and principal viola in orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts and the Music Academy of the West and participated in many music festivals in Europe, Asia and North America.
Amy Iwazumi, Viola, has given solo and ensemble performances to critical acclaim over a dozen countries across five continents. She enjoys a diverse career as a musician and web/graphic designer.
Based in New York City, Iwazumi has performed in major venues such as the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, Weill Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. At age eight, Amy was accepted as a scholarship student to the Juilliard Pre-College Division, studying with the late Dorothy DeLay. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees.
Terry Keevil, Oboe, has performed with the Bach Aria Group and played Principal Oboe with Lazar Gosman's Tchaikovsky Orchestra. In addition to the North Shore Pro Musica, he is a member of the Tranfiguration Ensemble and Principal Oboe with Sinfonia Pacifica Chamber Orchestra.
Well known as a free-lance musician in the NewYork and Boston areas, Dr. Keevil received a DMA degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was a pupil of Ronald Roseman and Steve Taylor. He has a private teaching studio in Stony Brook, NY.
Emanouil Manolov, Violin, made his debut playing on Bulgarian National television. Since then, he has performed in concerts throughout his native Bulgaria, Germany, and the US. His many solo recitals include appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and on the Barge Music series.
Mr. Manolov received his Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. This is his second season with North Shore Pro Musica.
Elisabeth Palmedo, Soprano, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has performed widely thoughout the United States and China. She made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and has performed on the BBC, WNYC, and WQXR in programs of song.
Elisabeth has been involved in first performances of the music of Willard Roosevelt and John Lessard, among others. A founding member and now director of the North Shore Pro Musica, Ms. Palmedo is particularly interested in the chamber music repertoire.
Luba Poliak, Piano, was born in Siberia and immigrated to Israel, where she graduated from the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv. Poliak later continued her studies in Brussels and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She received her doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.
Luba received numerous grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and was a winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. She has performed all over the world. Recent performances have included the Embassy Series in Washington, DC, as well as recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, and Dudley Hall in Houston. Poliak will make her debut in Chicago at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. This is her first appearance with Pro Musica.
Luiza Raab-Portecorvo, Horn, was born in Poland, and holds a double major degree in horn and piano performance from the Chopin National Music Academy in Warsaw and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the SUNY at Stony Brook. She has performed with orchestras throughout Europe and Asia, including the Jeunesses Musicales in Salzburg, the Trinity Chamber Orchestra in London, and the Narvic Peace Symphony Orchestra in Norway.
Ms. Raab-Pontecorvo currently serves on the faculty at Hofstra University as both horn and piano professor, and conducts the Hofstra Horn Choir. She performs on Broadway and works with many music companies, including Patchogue and Smithtown Theaters, the Albany Symphony, and the Staten Island Philharmonic. She is a founder of Maestri di Musica, Inc., an education- and performance-oriented organization in NY.
Miho Zaitsu, Cello, is known for her thrilling performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances have included a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for children’s chorus, four violoncelli and harp for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Trinity Church Wall Street. The premiere was released by Naxos to great acclaim and presented on over 450 radio stations around the world.
A tour of Japan brought her to all of its major cities. In New York, she regularly performs at Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Bargemusic, the Stone, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as the cellist of the Memling Ensemble, as well as the cellist of Trio Felice.
Zaitsu started her musical studies in voice at the age of eight, studying with Margaret Schaper, voice chair of USC. She began cello at the age of sixteen with Yehuda Hanani and eventually earned a Bachelor of Music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Miho spent one year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and continued her studies with Lynn Harrell at Rice University, earning a Masters of Music.
Miho Zaitsu currently resides in New York City where she is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Marcy Rosen. Her dissertation is a critical edition and study of Anton Arensky’s String Quartet in A Minor. Miho has performed with the Paragon Orchestra and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the country. She is the director of NESTStrings, a strings and chamber music program at NEST+m and founding director of Interplay Chamber Music. During the summer, she is on faculty at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival at Franklin and Marshall College and New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta.