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DMF 2017 DONORS
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Festival Sponsor
Mollie Baldwin Foley
Diane and F. Sherman Hoyt
Mead Witter Foundation
The Foundation for Creative Achievement
Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski

Event Sponsor
Lee and Jack Barlow
Barbara and Fredrick Clifford
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Sheila and Richard Morse

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Mollie Baldwin Foley Scholars (2)
The Safe Family Foundation
Pat and Wilfred Sheehan
Kathy and Warren Skillman

Student Scholarship Sponsor
Motoko and Gordon Deane
Barbara and Morgan Lamarche
Mary Ellen and Peter Lawrence
Hilary and Richard Lucier
Merck Foundation
Barbara and Peter Palfrey
Mary and Jerry Steinke
Jason Wolfson

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Lyell & Kurt Franke
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Gregg & Courtney Jordan
Diane Keller
Marcia and Abbot Vose
Charles & Holly Weilbrenner

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Shirley Amory
Carol Loring
Lanci & Page Valentine

Preview Concert Hosts
John Carnuccio
Judy and Bill Gagnon

Concert Hosts
Mollie Baldwin Foley
Rebecca and James Garrett

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Visiting Guest Artists - 2017

Oxana Yablonskaya, piano
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem

Oxana Yablonskaya’s charismatic piano playing and profound interpretations have brought her acclaim for over thirty years. Known for her powerhouse virtuosity, exquisite sensitivity, and deep emotional drive, Ms. Yablonskaya has enchanted audiences world-wide.

Oxana Yablonskaya was born in Moscow. As an adolescent she attended The Moscow Central School for the Gifted children. She later studied at the Conservatory of Moscow with the legendary Aleksandre Goldenweiser. At 22, she began a professional relationship with Tatiana Nikolayeva in the Doctorate Program, later acting as her assistant at the Moscow Conservatory. 

Following graduation with high honors, she was introduced to the Western World in Paris at the Jacques Long-Thibaud Competition in 1963, the Rio de Janeiro Competition in 1965, and the Vienna Beethoven Competition in 1969. She won top prizes in all three competitions, and received numerous invitations for return engagements, but because of the Cold War, was not allowed to do so.

While still in the USSR, Ms. Yablonskaya performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #1 with the Moscow Philharmonic under conductor Yury Simonov at the Composers Jubilee Concert in the Kremlin. She was the first performer to play Rodion Shchedrin’s “Basso Ostinato,” which became her signature piece. Her status as a consummate professional was heightened by many prominent Soviet and foreign composers dedicating their music to her.

In 1977 she was allowed to leave the country with her father and young son due to the diligence and petitioning by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Katherine Hepburn, Bar Ilan, and over 45 famous writers, musicians, senators, and actors.

Ms. Yablonskaya made her first New York appearance in a recital at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center only four months later, and received laudatory acclaim from the press. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital the following October was attended by a capacity crowd, and she has since taken her place among the major pianists of the world.

Following her triumph at her London recital debut in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1982, the Daily Telegraph wrote: “Yablonskaya is the sort of pianist who accomplishes with ease and naturalness what others struggle for a lifetime to achieve.” In 1986, following her Canadian performance with the National Symphony under conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, a music critic of the Toronto Star wrote, “She played Rachmaninoff’s 3rd as if it was written for her.”

In recent years, Ms. Yablonskaya has collaborated with her son, renowned cellist/conductor, 2007 Grammy Award Nomineee Dmitry Yablonsky. Their concerts have enjoyed vast public and critical acclaim. The New York Times called their Carnegie Hall debut, “A vibrant dialog.” Their recordings together include duo performances for cello and piano as well as Khachaturian and Glazunov piano concertos recorded with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Brahms, Liszt 1st concertos and Chopin 1st and 2nd Concertos with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to her success as a concert pianist and recording artist, Ms. Yablonskaya has held the position of Professor of Piano at The Julliard School in New York City. She has lectured numerous master classes at many distinguished music schools, academies, conservatories and festivals throughout the world such as Newport and Bowdin in USA, Flaine and Tours in France, Lago Maggiore in Switzerland, and Oxford Philomusica in England. Dr.Yablonskaya is a Co- Founder of Puigcerdà Musica Clasica International Festival in Spain since 1998, Gabala International Music Festival in Azerbaijan.

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