Guest Artists Bonita Boyd, Denis Bouriakov, Gregory Raden and Boris Allakhverdyan
Renowned flutist, Bonita Boyd, is an active concert soloist throughout the world with extensive concert tours throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia. She began her professional career at age twenty-one with her appointment as principal flutist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra making her the youngest principal flutist in a major U.S. orchestra at that time. Her Alice Tully Hall debut in New York was praised by the New York Times as “a flabbergasting display of her talents,” and her later Los Angeles and European debuts earned comparisons in the press to James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Ms. Boyd’s premieres and recordings of new works include those of Adler, Benson, Sierra, Bernstein, Liptak, Beaser, Rozsa, Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, and most recently, Eric Sessler. Her Flute Music of Les Six album won a Stereo Review Record of the Year Award and her CD recording of the Paganini Caprices was on the final ballot for the Grammy Nominations.
Ms. Boyd was appointed to the Eastman School of Music faculty in 1977 where she has been honored with the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a member of the artist faculty of the Aspen and Aria Music Festivals and is co-principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has also served as performer and/or artist-teacher at various festivals including the Marlboro, Bowdoin, Grand Teton, Johannesen, Eastern, Masterworks, Filarmonica de las Americas, and the Hamamatsu Seminar. She has been president of the National Flute Association, a 5000-member worldwide organization of flutists. Boyd concertizes regularly with famed guitarist Nicholas Goluses. The duo recently released their second CD, Quicksilver, on the Albany label. Her teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra; Roger Stevens; and Joseph Mariano, principal flute of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and legendary pedagogue at the Eastman School
Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Denis Bouriakov enjoys one of the fastest growing careers in the flute world. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Munich ARD, the Prague Spring, the Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe competitions.
Mr. Bouriakov is very active as a soloist, orchestra player and teacher; his recent engagements have included recitals and master classes in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. He has performed worldwide as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Odense Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble of Paris and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
Denis Bouriakov was born in Crimea (now the Ukraine). At the age of ten, he was given a place at the Moscow Central Special Music School, where he studied with Professor Y.N. Dolzhikov. With the support of the ”New Names” International Charity Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, he toured as soloist to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and the USA. He went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor William Bennett (OBE). His graduation in 2001 was accompanied by the “Principal’s Award”, the diploma for Outstanding Recital, and the Teaching Fellowship Award for the following year. In 2006, the Academy awarded him the title of ARAM, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. While in London, Bouriakov freelanced as principal flute with the Philharmonia of London, the LPO, Leeds Opera North and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
Bouriakov’s first position was Principal Flute with the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, where he also taught at the Tampere Conservatory of Music for 3 years. In 2008, he was appointed Principal Flute with the Barcelona Symphony under Eiji Oue. Later that year, he won the Principal Flute position in the Metropolitan Opera in New York. www.bouriakov.com
Principal Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony since 1999, Gregory Raden was previously Assistant Principal of the National Symphony and Principal Clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony. He has been heard as guest Principal with the orchestras of Minnesota, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Bergen (Norway), and Saint Paul.
Raden appears regularly at the Grand Teton, Newport, and Bravo Vail Music Festivals and has also performed at the Aspen, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Mimir, Bellingham, Bay Chamber, and Fort Worth Chamber Music Festivals. Raden has been heard in performance with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cavanni, Enso, and Arianna, String Quartets as well as with William Preucil, Jamie Laredo, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
As an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and Vandoren products, Raden has given recitals, masterclasses, and clinics throughout the United States. He has been on the faculty at George Washington University, the College of Charleston, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University.
Raden began his early studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College with David Weber and then continued with Donald Montanaro at the Curtis Institute of Music where he graduated in 1994.
Armenian clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan is one of the two principal clarinetists of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Prior to his appointment with The Met, he was the associate principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also served as principal clarinet of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder (CO) and Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville (OR). First-prize winner of the Hellam Competition, the Tuesday Musical Competition, and the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Boris has appeared as a soloist with Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy (under the direction of Pierre Boulez) and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale School of Music). His principal teachers include Franklin Cohen, Richard Hawkins, Rafael Bagdasarian and Valery Allakhverdyan. Boris frequently tours as a guest artist with internationally acclaimed chamber ensembles including the St. Petersburg and La Catrina String Quartets. He has performed as a soloist and with orchestras in Russia, Germany, Denmark, Venezuela, Switzerland and the USA. www.borisallakhverdyan.com
Professor Albert Lo is the newly appointed Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas where he is under the tutelage of Professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Professor Dennis Fisher, and Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Professor Lo received his Bachelors of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University. Mr. Lo served as the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. Under his direction, Churchill High School continued their tradition of excellence, placing in the finals at consecutive Texas 5A State Marching Contests, Bands of America Regionals, and The Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both Churchill Jazz Ensembles have been awarded Outstanding Jazz Ensembles at the Northern Colorado Jazz Festival in Greely, CO, and the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison, TX. The Charger Band was selected to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. and performed in the 50th anniversary celebration of Hawaii’s Statehood. In addition, two wind ensembles were selected simultaneously to perform at the Music for All Music Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. All four concert bands at Churchill continue to receive consecutive sweepstakes at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight-Reading Contest and have been awarded “Best in Class” at various national concert festivals throughout the country. The wind ensemble has continuously placed in the top three at the TMEA Region 12 and Area E Honor Band selections.
In addition to his career as a music educator in the public schools, Mr. Lo was a brass instructor and Caption Head for the nationally renowned Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Music for All, Texas University Interscholastic League, as well as other Judges’ associations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Lo is an active clinician and guest conductor who has taught, conducted and performed concert and jazz ensembles throughout Europe and Asia. Mr. Lo is a two-time Teacher of the Year recipient and was awarded Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Academy of Math and Sciences at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, Texas Music Educator Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.