Artistic directors and founders, Joseph Swensen and Victoria Eisen are U-HAC International's only permanent faculty. Together, at the U-HAC home base, they offer private instruction in violin, viola, conducting, composition, french horn, and piano in addition to consultations in musical career planning.
U-HAC's home base, located in Townshend, Vermont, USA, is a totally new kind of meeting, learning, working and living space for artists of all kinds, including professionals, amateurs and students. Seminars on a variety of subjects pertaining to the arts will be presented at the U-HAC home base throughout the year. The visiting faculty for these seminars, all prominent figures in their respective fields, will live at the home base for the duration of their event, teaching, giving lectures, showing or performing their works and simply being part of the U-HAC home base community just like the rest of the participants and residents.
U-HAC's Satellites, are envisioned somewhat differently. We hope to establish U-HAC Satellites in underprivileged and underserved rural communities across the world, these U-HAC Satellites will provide workshops and performances in the myriad arts of all cultures, using the arts as a means for social and economic revitalization. The visiting faculty for the U-HAC Satellites will include internationally renowned artists, members of the ENSEMBLE U-HAC, and teachers from the community that satellite serves. Still others will be volunteers from all corners of the globe. Each U-HAC Satellite will host its own world-class concert series.
For U-HAC's next home base seminar," Total Immersion in Mozart and Tchaikovsky", among the faculty members joining Joseph Swensen and Victoria Eisen will be the pianist, Roman Rabinovich, (winner Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition,) cellist, Mihai Marica (winner "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Competition), and violinist/violist Katie Hyun, (winner Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh competition). Roman, Mihai and Katie are also members of the ENSEMBLE U-HAC. All of our faculty members will be giving numerous performances at the seminar in addition to their teaching and coaching activities. Roman Rabinovich, also a celebrated painter, will be exhibiting many of his art works there as well.
Romanian born cellist Mihai Marica won the First Prize in the 2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and he received the 2006 Charlotte White's Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. In 2008 Mr.Marica played his New York City, Carnegie Hall debut recital in addition to his Zankel Hall debut performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony (Mexico), Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony (USA). He also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Amphion String Quartet, the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and will join Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two program in 2012. Mihai Marica studied with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded the Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees.
Twenty-four year old Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich has been praised by critics for his "vivacity and virtuosity" and for his "impeccable clarity of execution". He has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig's Gewandhaus and London's Wigmore Hall, Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Salle Cortot in Paris and the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He is a winner of the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 1st prizes at the Animato and the Arjil Piano Competitions in Paris, as well as the "Vendome Virtuosi" prize.
At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and since then he has performed with the IPO and Maestro Mehta in 1999 and 2003. He has performed as a soloist with most of Israels orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Dohnányi Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Delaware Symphony among many others. In May 2008 Roman Rabinovich replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv. In 2009 the Television channel "Mezzo" recorded one of his recitals, which has been broadcasted repeatedly in more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia. He has participated in many international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute, the Davos Festival, the Verbier Academy in Switzerland, and the Israel Festival. He was featured on radio and TV in numerous occasions in Europe and in the United States. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi.
Mr Rabinovich received his Bachelors degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and his Masters Degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.
Roman is also a gifted visual artist and has won prizes as a painter. For more information visit www.romanrabinovich.net.
Violinist Katie Hyun, has performed as a soloist with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Soloists Orchestra in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared on the television program "Good Morning Texas," and on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion", NPR, with bassist Nathan Farrington. Katie is involved with LE TRAIN BLEU, an ensemble formed by internationally celebrated flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson. Collaborations with other prominent artists include Edgar Meyer, Robert Mealy, Masaaki Suzuki, Ani Kavafian, William Purvis, Joseph Swensen, and Mihae Lee. Katie received her Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian, and her Masters Degree at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received her Bachelors degree. Katie is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, and is also a member of the Amphion String Quartet, the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.