Jaroslaw Golembiowski - Program Manager

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Jaroslaw Golembiowski is President and Founder of the Chicago Chopin Society.  The composer/pianist is one of the leading Polish-American musicians in the USA, recently receiving the Cultural Achievement Award 2017 from the American Council for Polish Culture.  His music has been performed throughout North America and Europe, and he recently finished his fifth CD recording “Adorations,” with violinist Krzysztof Zimowski.   Mr. Golembiowski oversees logistics for American Music Festivals activiteies in Chicago.

Ilya Levinson - Composer in Residence

Ilya Levinson graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied composition with Alexander Pirumov and orchestration with Edison Denisov.  In 1988, he completed a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Chicago, studying with Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, John Eaton, and Howard Sandroff. Mr. Levinson is Assistant Professor at the Music Department of Columbia College Chicago and Music Director and Co-Founder of the New Budapest Orpheum Society. His music has been performed on American Music Festivals' programs in Chicago, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Sarajevo, and Hawaii.

Gong Qian Yang - Director of Outreach to China and the Far East

Composer Gong Qian Yang completed his undergraduate degree at the Central Conservatory of Music of China. As a Starling Scholarship International Competition’s First Prize winner, Yang pursued his graduate music study at CCM in Cincinnati and Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Yang has served as violin professor at the University of Dayton.  He recently released his seventh music album: “Sonic Fusion.”  Mr. Yang's music was featured on the Chinese New Year Concert 2017 in Chicago. Since then he has taken on the role of American Music Festivals' Director of Outreach to China and the Far East.

Anatol Lysenka - Associate Conductor

Anatol Lysenka is Founder and Music Director of the Tutti Chamber Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra.  Born in Belarus, he earned Master’s Degrees in conducting at the Belarusian Music Conservatory of Music and Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Lysenka was awarded first prize for Symphony Orchestra Conducting in the Belarus Republic Contest in 1987.  With American Music Festivals he has conducted the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Glenview Symphony, and Community Players Orchestra.  He also provides important new orchestral arrangements and outreach to organazations in the former Soviet Union.