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Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series: Fall Concert 2011
Nov 17 2011


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This concert series is devoted to rarely heard masterworks from the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections at YIVO, performed by gifted young artists from The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music and other premier conservatories in the metropolitan New York area. The Fall 2011 concert included works by East European, American and Israeli composers who were inspired by Eastern European Jewish folk music. The program presented a first New York performance of “Jewish Pictures" by Lev Aronson in a solo piano version. Mrs. Frances Brent introduced the work of this important cellist and composer, survivor of the Holocaust. Other pieces included "Tales of Chelm" for string quartet by prominent American composer Paul Schoenfield, "Klezmer Wedding Music" - a piano trio by the Russian-born Israeli composer Joachim Stutschewsky, "Jewish Melodies" for violin and piano by Hugo Lowenthal, composed in Terezin concentration camp in 1943, and "Der Kadish fun Reb Leyvi-Yitskhok" for soprano, piano and string quartet by Leo Zeitlin, a member of the famed St. Petersburg Jewish Folk Music Society.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Collections at YIVO are made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Mr. Krum, who came to the United States as a child from the Polish town of Anatolia and learned Yiddish folk songs from his mother. He was a lawyer but spent the bulk of his career as a teacher in the New York City public schools. Throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his Jewish heritage, particularly its music, and to the education of the young people of New York.

Sidney Krum Fall Concert 2011 Video

Introductory remarks by Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director, and Yuval Waldman, Music Director


Paul Schoenfeld (b. 1947)
"Tales from Chelm" for string quartet
Alla Marcia

Caeli Smith, violin 1
Niv Ashkenazi, violin 2
Adam Kramer, viola
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello


Lev Aronson (1912-1988)
Jewish Pictures
Rachel at the Well
Chassidic Dances

Robert Buxton, piano


Hugo Lowenthal (1879-1943)
Traditional Melodies for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkoth for violin and piano
(composed in Terezin, 1942)


Robert Buxton, piano


Joachim Stutschewski (1891-1982)
Klezmer's Wedding Music for violin, cello and piano

Caeli Smith, violin
Laura Kegeles, cello
Robert Buxton, piano


Leo Zeitlin (1884-1982)
Der kadish fun reb Leyvi-Yitskhok (Reb Leyvi-Yitskhok's Kaddish) for soprano, string quartet and piano
(edited by Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson)

Maria Dubinsky, soprano
Niv Ashkenazi, violin 1
Caeli Smith, violin 2
Adam Kramer, viola
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello
Robert Buxton, piano



Frances Brent, Lecturer
Frances Brent is the author of The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson (Atlas & Co., 2009). She writes articles about books and the arts for Lilith and Modern. Currently she is working on cultural biographies of the children's book writer Janina Domanska and the architect Sam Marx.

Yuval Waldman, Music Director
Born in Russia and educated in Israel, the United States and Europe, Yuval Waldman has enjoyed great success as a violinist, conductor, and educator. Waldman has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel and given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2005 Maestro Waldman founded Music Bridges International, to foster cross-cultural music exchange programs that feature the music of different countries. Under the Music Bridges banner, he organized the successful Young Artsist Strings Competition at the “Tchaikovsky’s Homeland” Center in Izhevsk/Votkinsk, Russia.

Niv Ashkenazi, violin
Classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. Mr. Ashkenazi has won numerous competitions including the Culver City Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2007 VSA International Young Soloist Award, which led to his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Ashkenazi has performed in recitals across the U.S. Most recently, Mr. Ashkenazi was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Inauguration. Mr. Ashkenazi is currently a senior undergraduate attending The Juilliard School, studying with Stephen Clapp and Ronald Copes. He was awarded the Lester Lanin scholarship by the Juilliard School.

Robert Buxton, piano
Robert Buxton studies with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music. Robert has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Donell Library, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, and the Greenwich House of Music. In 2006 Robert won the Piano Concerto Competition in the Pre-College Program at the Manhattan school of Music, and in 2007 he received the school’s Rosetta Goodkind Award. In October 2010, he was a prize-winner at the Panama International Competition.

Maria Dubinsky, soprano
Maria Dubinsky was born in Moscow, former USSR. In 1990 Maria immigrated to Israel to attend the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Since graduation, Ms. Dubinsky participated in several opera productions of the New Israeli Opera, as well as in numerous concerts and chamber opera projects in Israel and abroad. In 2010 Maria was invested as a cantor by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master of Sacred Music. Currently, Maria is serving as a cantor at North Shore Synagogue, NY. In July Maria will start working as an assistant cantor at the Temple Shaarey Tefila in Manhattan.

Laura Kegeles, cello
Laura Kegeles is an undergraduate student at the Mannes College of Music, where she studies with Timothy Eddy. Laura's performances have taken her to major halls in New York City, the Aspen and Bowdoin Music festivals, and festivals in Europe and Israel. Laura's performance at the Keshet Eilon Music Festival in Israel this summer is to be broadcast on WQXR in December.

Adam Kramer, viola
A native New Yorker, Adam began studying violin at the Turtle Bay music school at the age of four. At nine, Mr. Kramer began his studies at the Mannes College of music's preparatory program as a student of Adria Benjamin, and at age fourteen was accepted to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and the Performing arts. Currently Adam resides in New York and is pursuing his BM at the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of renowned violist and member of the metropolitan opera orchestra Ira Weller. As an active performer, Mr. Kramer has made numerous appearances in concerts and master classes with the New York Viola Society as well as at various music festivals including ENCORE school for strings, the Aspen music festival, Bowdoin music festival, and Orford. Past teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Jutta Puchhammer, Daniel Sweaney, Rebecca Albers, David Holland, Karen Ritcher, Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, and Glen Dicterow.

Valeriya Sholokhova, cello
Valeriya Sholokhova, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, is a student at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Bonnie Hampton. Ms. Sholokhova began to study the cello at the age of nine. In 2001, Valeriya’s family immigrated to New York, where she enrolled in the Special Music School for gifted children at the Kaufman Center, studying on a full scholarship. During her school years, she was a laureate in a number of international competitions, including the Liezen International Cello Competition in Austria and the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition for Juniors in Croatia. She has participated in several summer music festivals, such as The Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. A founding member of the EVI Trio, she has participated at The Juilliard School’s ChamberFest. In the summer of 2009, she served on the faculty of the SummerTrios Music Festival in Chambersbourg, Pennsylvania. In December 2009, she participated in the chamber music program at the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar. Ms. Sholokhova plays on a cello loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Caeli Smith, violin
Violinist Caeli Smith, born in Philadelphia, is a student at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet. Caeli made her debut as an orchestra soloist at the age of ten with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and has since soloed with numerous orchestras. She has collaborated with a wide range of musicians in recital and chamber music settings, including pianists André Watts and Christopher O’Riley, and soprano Julianne Baird. Caeli has performed as both a soloist and a chamber musician on From The Top, where she also served for three years as a traveling cast member in the role of “Roving Reporter.” An active journalist, Caeli has worked as an intern for Her print articles have appeared in Strings and Teen Strings magazines.