New York Piano Society to Hold Free Concert

Madison , NJ (April 6, 2009) — The New York Piano Society will hold a free recital by performers of the New York Piano Society, featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and more on Sunday April 26 at 2 p.m. It will take place in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940.

The New York Piano Society is dedicated to discovering and nurturing talented performers whose primary professions lie outside the field of music performance. The New York Piano Society provides a nourishing environment through recitals, special events with concert artists, workshops and social events. The New York Piano Society also seeks to foster relationships between non-professional and professional pianists so they can learn from and inspire each other. The performers are artists whose professions range from being surgeons to executives to academics. The event will include a performance of Beethoven Trio by Alok Dutt, PhD, Juliana Pereira violin (an internet entrepreneur) and Robert Jacobs, cello (a software engineer). The concert is a part of the ongoing second season series of concerts presented by the New York Piano Society and the Becton College of FDU.

Also the concert will include the New Jersey Debut of a nine-year-old cellist, Nathaniel Sassoon who will perform Vivaldi’s Sonata with New York Piano Society pianist Alok Dutt.

Born in 2000, Sassoon had demonstrated his passion for music in early childhood. As a toddler, he was singing even before he started to talk. At the age of five, he was accepted to Metropolitan Opera Children's chorus, and in 2006 Sassoon started to study cello with Professor and renowned concert cellist Misha Quint at the Preparatory School of the Mannes College of Music. Quint will be the distinguished Guest-Artist for New York Piano Society's concert on May 2, 2009 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City. A third grader at Birch Wathen Lenox School, NYC, Sassoon is studying cello, piano, composition, and theory with established New York musicians.

Sassoon has performed publicly on many occasions, and in the summer of 2008, he performed a solo recital of his own compositions. Since 2007, Sassoon has been singing and performing in operas with New York City Opera children’s chorus. He also has sung with Chelsea Opera Company (“Gianni Schicchi”, 2007). His other interests include chess, physics, history, literature, and robots.

Based in New York City, The New York Piano Society, Inc. (NYPS) is a non-profit corporation founded in 2005 by pianist Elena Leonova. The primary objective of NYPS is to establish public performance venues and opportunities for accomplished amateur artists. Members are invited to participate in a regular audition process from which the performers and repertoire for the next concert are chosen.

The most important criteria in the selection process is a high level of preparedness for public performance as evaluated by professional review. Since it's first presentation in 2006, The New York Piano Society concert programs have been enthusiastically received by a wide variety of concert-goers including both seasoned classical music lovers and new audiences. Membership is comprised of individuals with a diverse range of ages and vocations, including scientists, journalists, medical doctors, lawyers, airplane pilots, graphic artists, financial analysts, fashion designers and secretaries 

Under the dynamic and visionary direction of its Founder and Artistic Director, pianist Elena Leonova, New York Piano Society presents numerous exciting concerts and special events with guest-artists at the Carnegie Hall/ Weill Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Concert Hall of the German Consulate, Hunter College , Steinway Hall, Liederkranz Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. The list of distinguished guests from past seasons has included the legendary pianist Byron Janis, renowned flutist Carol Wincenc and numerous noted established concert instrumentalists, vocalists and professors of the Mannes College, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and other leading musical institutions. The New York Piano Society is also offering monthly gatherings at the Kaufman Cultural Center in Manhattan. The Society is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation. It is supported by private tax-deductible contributions from people or organizations who believe in giving performance opportunities and exposure to amateur artists.

Elena Leonova emigrated from the Soviet Union, where she graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. A first-prize winner in several American piano competitions, she has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras at Lincoln Center, Kaufman Hall of the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Recital Hall. The New York Times has said of her performances, “Miss Leonova demonstrated dashing virtuosity, big ripe tone and sweeping dramatic power that allows the climactic moments to register with commanding authority and a maximum amount of visceral impact."

Leonova is currently on the faculty of Mannes College of Music. Her past teaching credits include positions at the New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase and Rowan University in New Jersey. She has served on the juries of numerous international piano competitions.



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