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 HAVERFORD, PA  - - The revered Nelly Berman School of Music will present  world-class pianist Dr. Mikhail Yanovitsky  and lyric soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya in an intimate concert at St. Lukes Methodist Church in Bryn Maw on December 18, 2012, 3p.m.. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and hear world renowned talent perform together.

Dr. Michael Yanovitsky is a world class pianist and a graduate of both the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories, considered among the most prestigious in the world. After journeying to the United States from the former Soviet Union at the age of 23, he was accepted into the renowned Julliard School. His path led him to Gary Graffman, the Director of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at that time. Mr. Graffman, very much impressed by Dr. Yanovitsky and seeking to promote this talented new acquaintance, contacted Nelly Berman of the Nelly Berman School of Music. Dr. Yanovitsky quickly became one of the most sought after teachers in the Nelly Berman School. Impressed by his talent, Mrs. Berman recommended Dr. Yanovitsky to Harvey Wedeen, the Chair of Temple University’s Department of Keyboard Instruction. He was accepted into the Doctorate Program and awarded an “An Artist in Residence” status. After winning the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Competition, Dr. Yanovitsky’s career took him all over the nation.

After several years away from Philadelphia, Dr. Yanovitsky was invited back to the city with an Artist-in-Residence position at Temple University. He has again joined the illustrious faculty of superb musicians at the Nelly Berman School of Music.

Equally as talented and born in Moldova, lyric soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya has emerged as a young artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty. She made her operatic debut with the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Philadelphia, singing the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci in 2001, while still attending the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music, which she completed in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Ms. Sakhnovskaya’s recital stage debut occurred in 2004 and was presented by the Tri-County Association for Emerging Artists. Ms. Sakhnovskaya has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships which include Washington International Competition in Washington DC, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition in New York, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, New York Vocal Artists Competition, Peabody Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Scholarship and grant, and Mayor’s Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania where Galina received her undergraduate degrees in music and computer science engineering.

Together they will undoubtedly delight their audience with such extraordinarily beautiful vocal repertoire as Richard Strauss’s “Four Last Songs”, Tchaikovsky’s “Lullaby” and Rachmaninov’s “Lilacs” among others. Tickets are adults:$15 and children: $10. available at the Nelly Berman School of Music located at 461 West Lancaster Avenue,

Berman started the school as a single teacher with only seven students.  Over the years her unique ability to unlock the musical potential of students, as well as her passion and intensity for children’s musical education has been inspirational in the development of the school.  She has raised the bar for high achievement and self accomplishment, encouraging children and teachers to seek and attain their personal best.  Today the school has over 40 faculty members and 400 students from Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  The school’s instructors have studied at many of the finest conservatories throughout Europe and the U.S.

Berman and her faculty have developed a unique method of instrumental and chamber music instruction that enables students to achieve a high level of proficiency early in their musical education.  This involves the Russian approach to music in which technical mastery of the instrument is combined with a keen understanding of the composer’s intent and the student’s own emotions.  Students of the Nelly Berman School have appeared in music festivals in Italy, France, Monaco, Israel, Russia, Germany, Tanglewood, and the Van Cliburn Institute, among others. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall and The Kimmel Center as well as on NPR’s “From the TOP”. Students have also won numerous prizes from competitions such as the West Chester Piano Competition, the Tri-County Competition, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Korean Music Association Competition, and the Delaware County Youth Orchestra.  In addition, students have performed as soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Delaware, Ocean City, Ambler, Pottstown and Old York Symphonies.

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