Eugenia Zukerman is an internationally renowned recitalist and soloist. Honored by Young Concert Artists and by the Open University of Israel for her lifetime achievement in music, Zukerman continues her work with a diversified schedule as a flutist, writer, artistic director, television/web journalist and educator. As artistic director of the Vail Valley Music Festival since 1998, she has contributed significantly to its growth and development on national as well as international levels.
Zukerman has recorded for Delos, CBS Masterworks, Pro Arte, Vox Cum Laude and Newport Classics. Recent recordings for Delos include: China Song with the Shanghai Quartet; the live recording of American composer Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Aria, a collection of opera favorites; and her solo flute recording, Incantation. She is also featured in Classical Action: Performing Arts Against Aids's benefit recording of Jake Heggie's Flesh & Stone, a compilation of songs, released in Fall 2007 and also featuring mezzo-sopranos Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao, and Mary Phillips and composer/pianist Jake Heggie, among others.
Zukerman has also published two novels: Deceptive Cadence (Viking) and Taking The Heat (Simon & Schuster); the non-fiction Coping With Prednisone (St. Martin's Press), coauthored with her sister, Dr. Julie R. Ingelfinger and re-released in Fall 2007, newly updated and revised and published in the fall of 2008 by Souvenir Press in the UK; and the nationally acclaimed anthology In My Mother's Closet (Sorin Books), featuring the thoughts of forty diverse and accomplished women on the subject of mother/daughter relationships, as well as articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire and Vogue.
Zukerman has been given an honorary doctorate by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. A member of the faculty of New York University's Department of Music and Performing Arts, she is also in demand for master classes. Since 1981, she has been the arts correspondent for more than 300 profiles on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, and has appeared on a variety of other television programs including PBS's Charlie Rose Show, NBC's Today and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Zukerman entered Barnard College as an English major, but soon transferred to The Juilliard School, where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker. Early in her career, she won the Young Concert Artists Competition and made her New York debut, which was received with the same kind of rave reviews she continues to get more than 25 years later.
Svetlana Strezeva is a prominent, Russian born American soprano. She is a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and Glinka Vocal International Competition in Minsk. She did her professional studies at La Scala in Milan, Italy, under the guidance of opera diva Simionato.
Strezeva was prima donna of the Moldova National Opera Company and made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater as Shemakha in "Le Coq D'Or" by Rimsky-Korsakoff under the direction of Maestro Eugene Svetlanov. She also sang at the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg as Violetta in "La Traviata" under the direction of Eugene Colobov.
Strezeva has recorded with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, Moscow Pops Symphony and the orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments. She has been praised as "The Great Russian Nightingale" by Russia's St. Petersburg press. Now residing in the United States, she occasionally performs with her pianist and daughter, Milana Bahl, having given recitals in various parts of the country as well as Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and China.
Milana Strezeva is a Moldovan-American pianist who began studying piano at the age of six. She is a recipient of the Arts Recognition and Talent Search award and winner of the Young Artist Competition and Yamaha Piano competition. In 1998, she won the IBLA International Competition as a vocal collaborator, leading to her debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
A talented vocal collaborator and voice coach, Strezeva has been part of several opera productions including Dicapo Opera (NYC), Sorg Opera (OH), and American Opera Company (NYC). She completed her bachelor's and master's from Juilliard, and occasionally performs with her mother and renowned Soprano, Svetlana Strezeva (a.k.a. the Russian Nightingale).
Strezeva is the founding member of the award winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most prominent and active chamber music groups in America. Along with her trio, she has performed over 300 concerts in the past four seasons spanning 30 US States, South Africa and Australia.