André Emelianoff is widely known as a cello soloist, chamber artist and teacher. He studied at the Juilliard School with Luigi Silva, Channing Robbins, Claus Adam and Leonard Rose. Mr. Emelianoff has been principal cellist of the New York Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwartz and a member of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and Pierre Boulez. As cellist of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players in residence at Bard College, he has participated in over 70 premieres and recorded “Pierrot Lunaire”. He is also a member of the Aeolian Chamber Players in residence at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. Mr. Emelianoff is on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School and has recorded for RCA, Nonesuch, CRI, and Bridge Records. During 2008-2009 he presented a series of three solo concerts at Merkin Hall titled “Musical Journeys with the Archetypical Cello.”
Alexander Meshibovsky has appeared as soloist with major European orchestras including the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the RIAS Symphony in Berlin, North German Radio Orchestra in Hannover, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich with prominent conductors such as Ricardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Edo de Waart, Klaus Tennstedt, Thomas Sanderling, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Mr. Meshibovsky was born in Kharkov, USSR where he studied with Ilya Dobrshinetz, a student of Leopold Auer, and Adolph Lestshinsky who studied with Karl Flesch. In 1972 he became a soloist with the Moscow Concert Agency performing throughout the USSR and studying with Boris Goldstein. After leaving Russia in 1975, he gave recitals and master classes throughout Austria, Gemany, and western Europe. In 1979, he emigrated to America and coached for a number of years with Jascha Heifetz before serving as Professor of Violin at East Tennessee State University and the University of West Virginia. He is currently on the faculty of Lehman College-CUNY.
Diana Mittler-Battipaglia received both Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science Degrees from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Eastman. Her piano teachers have included her parents Regina and Franz Mittler, Edward Steuermann, Eugene List, and Jane Carlson. Further studies in chamber music were with Artur Balsam, Louis Persinger, John Wummer, Carroll Glenn, and at Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. She has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, the National Orchestral Association, and made a successful New York solo recital debut in 1977. As cofounder of the Con Brio Ensemble, she has presented an annual series of chamber music concerts in the greater New York area since 1978 and recorded for Preiser Records.
Dr. Mittler-Battipaglia has been Professor of Music and Choral Director at Lehman College of the City University of New York since 1986 where she performs regularly with the Lehman Chamber Players and has received major awards for “Excellence in Teaching”, and the “Prism Award for Pluralism and Diversity”. She was recently was featured in CUNY TV’s “Study with the Best” series, and in the PBS documentary, “Last Stop, Kew Gardens”. In 2009, she received a lifetime achievement award in music from the New York State Assembly.
Con Brio Ensemble can be found on the internet at: www.my space.com/conbriomusic