Deborah Dewey has earned international acclaim for her pianistic talent. Critics have praised the “sparkling passage work,” “warm operatic lyricism,” “thoughtful interpretation,” and “sense of dramatic urgency” in her playing.
Dewey has performed extensively as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and as chamber musician. She has given piano recitals across the United States. She was guest soloist with the Oakland Symphony, Flint Symphony, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia and Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, among many others. She has performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Methow Chamber Music Festival, and on the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music and Russian Chamber Music Foundation Series. Many of her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio.
With pianist Lisa Bergman, she formed the celebrated four-hand duo, VENTIDITA, and, with the addition of Natalya Ageyeva, the dazzling six-hand group, THIRTYFINGERS, captivating audiences throughout the state of Washington. Her most recent performances, in Mexico City with pianist Fernando Garcia Torres, received effusive critical praise. Acclaimed for her sensitive musicianship and technical mastery, Ms. Dewey won numerous national and regional piano competitions throughout her years of study with Margaret Ott, Theodore Lettvin, Donald Currier and John Perry. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wellesley College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Yale School of Music where she won the prestigious Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition.
Devoted to the development of young musicians, she has been a member of the piano faculties at the University of Washington, Whitworth College, the Cornish Institute and Yale University. She is currently in great demand as a master teacher, competition judge, lecturer, piano instructor and performer and resides in Seattle, Washington.
Anastasia Dedik has performed on some of the most important stages in the world, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, L’École Normale de Musique in Paris, The Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, The Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza, Teatro Communale, San Remo and appeared on RAI (the largest Italian television Network) in Italy. She has also performed at The Great Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, The Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, as well as on the NordDeutscher Rundfunk (NDR TV and Radio). In addition, she has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist for ABC television in the USA. Ms. Dedik’s début Solo CD was released in February, 2008 by GPM Records, Recco, Italy.
Ms. Dedik is a first-prize winner of the 2001 “Ennio Porrino” International Piano Competition, Italy, 2005 Russian International Piano Competition, the 2006 Lee Biennial Piano Competition, the 2006 Rovero d’Oro International Piano Competition, Italy, the 2007 Buono and Bradshaw International Piano Competition, New York, Cliburn Institute/Piano Texas Concerto Competition, 2007, Asti International Piano Competition, 2007 Italy, the Pietro Argento International Piano Competition, Italy, 2009, New York Concert Artists & Associates International Piano Competition, 2010, Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, 2011, Tempe, Arizona.
Anastasia is also a founder of the Prima Trio, an ensemble that burst onto the international stage when they won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in 2007. The trio’s first album called “Prima” was released in April of 2012. Throughout the 2012-13 concert season, both Ms. Dedik and the Prima Trio performed over 50 concerts in 22 states all across the USA. The Prima Trio is managed by Lisa Sapinkopf Artists Management.
Anastasia has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Harold and Helene Schonberg Piano Scholarship and the Susan W. Rose Fellowship at The Juilliard School. After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 2004, Anastasia continued her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Her previous teachers include: Elena Shishko, Valery Vishnevsky, Sedmara Rutstein and Matti Raekallio. She has also participated in master classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky, John O’Connor, Vladimir Krainev and others.
Ms. Dedik’s recent and future concert appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, in Los Angeles, Sonoma and San Francisco as well as solo recitals and master classes in Bari, Italy, St.Petersburg and at the University of South Dakota (Sioux Falls).
Along with an active performing career, Ms. Dedik has served on the panels of the Sorantin International piano competition in San Angelo and the Connecticut State MTA 28th Annual Winter Competition.
Anastasia is the Founder and Artistic Director of the “Russian Heritage” Piano Competition for young pianists, which was held in March of 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Dedik resides in New York City and is on faculty of Gracias Music School at Mahanaim, NY.
Del Parkinson began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho. He now holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. He was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London. He was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years, and is now professor of piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.
His London debut recital was on the American Bicentennial Series, and his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall was sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has performed with the Guadalajara Symphony, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Utah Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic. He is featured on four compact disc recordings: The American Piano Quartet and The American Piano Duo’s Mendelssohn Two-Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff Duo Piano Works, and Celebrating Gershwin. He is the recipient of the Boise State University foundation scholar award for creative activity, the Boise mayor’s award for artistic excellence, the Morrison Center honor medallion, the Idaho Commission on the Arts career fellowship award, and the Idaho governor’s award for excellence in the arts.
Hailed as a “heroic virtuoso,” and “a dazzling performer,” Mark Salman’s performances have been described as “powerful,” “astonishing, exacting and evocative,” “dramatic,” “wildly imaginative” and “touchingly lyrical.” Of his performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata one authority stated, “there are probably only five or six pianists in the world who can play [it] as perfectly.” His performance of Liszt’s transcription of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony was named one of three “Performances of the Year” by the Seattle Weekly. Mr. Salman’s performances have taken him to Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and has been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts in the U.S. and in China. His account of his meetings with and playing for Vladimir Horowitz appears in David Dubal’s book, Evenings with Horowitz. Mr. Salman is a cofounder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which recently completed its seventeenth season. Recent performances have included his debut at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt in Seattle, three recitals featuring Schubert’s final three sonatas, a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy with Orchestra Seattle, “A Chopin Celebration,” a series of three recitals celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, and five recitals in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday. Mr. Salman is regularly heard as a concerto soloist with northwest orchestras, including Orchestra Seattle, Auburn Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, Federal Way Symphony, and the Northwest Sinfonietta. As a chamber musician, he appears regularly with Simple Measures. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist. Besides his wide-ranging repertoire, Mr. Salman is perhaps best known for his expertise on Beethoven, having performed the complete cycle of the thirty-two piano sonatas on both coasts as well as in 18 broadcasts on KING-FM in Seattle. Currently in production is Beethoven and his 32 Piano Sonatas – A Musical Universe, a sixteen-part video series featuring Mr. Salman’s performances of the complete sonata cycle, hosted by the noted author and commentator, David Dubal. DVD volumes one and two have recently been released on the Great Composers label, www.greatcomposers.us. Mr. Salman’s recordings include two all-Chopin CDs, including his newest release, Chopin’s Intimate Art: The Mazurkas, Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 488 and K. 503 with the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Transcendental Piano, featuring works by Alkan, Beethoven and Liszt, two DVDs in the series Beethoven and his 32 Piano Sonatas – A Musical Universe as well as American Interweave, featuring contemporary American works for cello and piano. Soon to be released are two recordings of Beethoven sonatas and one of late Schubert sonatas. Also available in limited release are the first four live performances from his 2004-2005 Liszt series and his Beethoven concerto performances with Orchestra Seattle. Mr. Salman is a native of Connecticut, where he began his studies at the age of eight and made his recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he studied with Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. He previously attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years, where he concentrated on chamber music and composition, studying with the noted composer, John Harbison.