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Maestro William Noll, Artistic Director
Conductor/Pianist William Noll is a performance veteran of the major concert halls of the United States and Europe. In the spring of 2000, he made his conducting debut in Beijing, for an outstanding sold-out performance of an all-Tchaikovsky program. From Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York to festivals and tours in Italy, Belgium and now China, Mr. Noll has established excellence in performance standards for almost three decades.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
Celebrating its 30th season in Southwest Florida, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra is increasingly recognized as one of the top regional orchestras in the United States. This elite ensemble employs 49 full-time resident musicians and is critically acclaimed as South Florida’s premier professional orchestra.
Vladimir Lande, Conductor
The Principal Guest Conductor of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande is also the guest conductor of the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington D.C.; Music Director of the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., and Johns Hopkins University Chamber Orchestra. He regularly appears as Conductor with the famous Donetsk Ballet Company in Europe and the United States. In addition to his busy conducting schedule, Maestro Lande has maintained a successful solo and chamber music career as an oboist. He is a member of the renowned Poulenc Trio.
Leonid Semeiko, Artist
Born in 1946, Leonid Semeiko is a native of Mariupol (now Ukraine). He currently lives in Moscow and is a graduate of the Tbilisi (Georgia) Academy of Arts. A member of several Artists unions, his works have been shown extensively in Moscow. His unique style harkens to the photo-realist traditions of the 20th century.
Michael Berkovsky, Pianist
“He was in all ways a servant of the music and gave us a performance that was nothing less than astonishing.” – The Baltimore Sun
Philipp Kopachevsky, Pianist
“A brilliant success… This very young Russian pianist has demonstrated amazing sensitivity and maturity!” (Classica FM)
Pavel Nersessian, Pianist
“Pavel Nersessian is a 33-year-old Russian pianist and a prizewinner in many competitions. He is also the sort of free spirit who can set a stage alight with high-flying bravura, personal colour and imagination. In an age still inclined to admire a more impersonal, tautly disciplined expertise Nersessian’s romantic freedom, his indifference to received wisdom or conventions, will surely both delight and provoke. ”– Gramaphone
ArtsNaples World Festival Chamber Orchestra
This group of outstanding string players will be the exciting partner for “The Three Pianists” performance at The Phil. Under the baton of by Maestro Noll, they will be performing the rarely heard Poulenc Double Concerto, along with the Bach Triple Concerto.
The Declassified
These featured musicians are drawn exclusively from alumni of The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. They will also be involved in the Festival’s educational outreach program. The educational residency of The Declassified is made possible in part by the kind generosity of Paula & Roger Weatherburn-Baker.
Opera Naples featuring Michael Todd Simpson
Opera Naples is collaborating with ArtsNaples for a grand concert version opera-seria, Eugene Onegin. Established in 2005, ON is the only professional opera company in Southwest Florida. Steffanie Pierce is Opera Naples’ Artistic Director. Michael Todd Simpson, direct from performances with the Met, will take the lead role of Onegin. Moscow born soprano, Inna Dukach performs the role of Tatiana.
Regent University MFA Graduates – Theatre Program
Regent University MFA Theatre Graduates. Regent University’s Department of Theatre Arts seeks artists who share a vision that seeks to shake the world of the theatre to its very core; a vision that embraces the mission of positively impacting upon the art form, the academy and the industry from the inside out. Their presentation of The Government Inspector is directed by Scott Hayes, with Jeff Fazakerley playing the inspector and Mike Salsbury portraying the Mayor.