Santa Monica Symphony Guest Soloists
Vatché Mankerian, piano
As a multi-faceted artist, Vatché Mankerian distinguishes himself as a pianist, composer, conductor, lecturer and teacher. He has performed to wide critical acclaim in major cities on four continents. A prize winner of several international competitions, he has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Pasadena, Rio Hondo, Reno Chamber and Lark Symphony Orchestras.
On October 24, 1995, Mankerian performed his New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Southern California where he studied with Dr. Stewart Gordon, Eduardo Delgado and Nancy Bricard.
As an active composer, he has written pieces for the piano and incidental music for theatrical productions and cinema. He recently released his second album and is currently completing his third.
A member of the Music Teachers' national Association, Mankerian has been teaching full time since 1987 and has been a faculty member at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 1988. His students regularly perform in the Southern California area and have received prizes at many local music competitions.
Timothy Landauer, cello
Timothy Landauer was proclaimed by the New York Times as "a cellist of extraordinary gifts" in 1983 when he won the coveted Concerts Artists Guild International New York Competition Award. Since then, Landauer's extensive engagement include his highly acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Orford Arts Center in Montreal, City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong and in Hanover, Germany. Among his solo performances with orchestras are the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkin orchestra in Lisbon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards. Among these honors are the Young Musicians Foundation's national Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the national Solo Competition of the American String Teacher's Association, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize, the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Ward with resulted in a personal invitation by Mr. Rostropovich to perform in a recital at the final concert of the 1984 National Cello Congress honoring the late Gregor Piatigorsky.
Landauer is currently principal cello with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and he a much sough after chamber music player. He held the position of Lecturer at USC from 1987 to 1990 as Lynn Harrell's assistant. He has taught master classes in Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Timothy Landauer was born in Shanghai, the son of musical parents. He first studied with his father and later attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from which he graduated with distinction. He studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California where he earned his Master's Degree.
David Shostac, flute
David Shostac, well-known for his performances throughout North America, is also principal flutist and a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated as a featured artist with conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Iona Brown, Christopher Hogwood, Cristof Perick, Gerard Schwarz, Claudio Scimone, Karl Richter, Helmut Rilling, Jorge Mester and Henryk Szeryng. Solo appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ojai Festival, the Stratford (Ontario) Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival and four national Flute Conventions.
Mr. Shostac has been principal flutist of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans Symphony Orchestras as well as the Mostly Mozart, Ojai, Carmel Bach Festival and Aspen Chamber orchestras. In addition to his long tenure with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he has also been performing as principal flutist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra since 1982. Shostac us a former member of the American Symphony Orchestra with Leopold Stokowski and has performed with the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has appeared in recital with Roberta peters and Victoria de Los Angeles and can also be heard sound track of major motion pictures, recordings and television programs.
Shostac studied on scholarship at Julliard from which he holds a Master's Degree. As a student at Tanglewood he was awarded the Henry B. Cabot Prize as the outstanding orchestral player as well as the William Schwann Award. Recipient of two Rockerfeller performance grants, he was also a prize winner in the national Young Musicians Foundation solo competition and a first prize winner in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Formerly a professor at the University of Southern California, University of California at Irvine and the California Institute of the Arts, he is currently on the faculties of California State University at Northridge and the Aspen Music Festival.
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