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Mar 23, 2011 6:00 PM

200th Anniversary of the Prague Conservatoire.

CONCERT AND EXHIBITION. Organized by the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association. Admission Free.

Concert and exhibition on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Prague Conservatoire.


Michelle Lee - piano    

Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22

Elissa Miller-Kay - piano
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne op. 48 No. 1
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade in F minor op. 52
Franz Liszt: Gnomenreigen

Jan Mráček - violin
Michelle Lee - piano

Josef Suk: Pieces for violin and piano op. 17

                        1. Quasi ballata

                        2. Appassionato

                        3. Un poco triste

                        4. Burlesque

Antonín Dvořák: Mazurek for violin and piano op. 49


Michelle Lee is a student at New York University. She studied in Prague for the fall semester 2010 with Martin Vojtíšek, Professor of the Prague Conservatoire and Steinhardt Faculty for Study Abroad Program. As a pianist of 15 years, Michelle first studied with Sima R. Brodsky, at University of Hardford's Community Division music school. Throughout her years, Michelle has had extensive performance experience, as well as competing in local and statewide competitions in Connecticut since she was 11. Several competitions she has competed in and won include the Renée B. Fisher Piano Competition, the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition, Connecticut Young Artist's International Competition and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist's Concerto Competition. In 2008, Michelle made her debut performance with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, and also performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2010 she had a very succesful recital in the Palffy Palace in Prague.

Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay has been recognized for her interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, especially the music of Beethoven.  In 2009, she was the first prize winner of the 13th Biennial International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2006, Elissa Miller-Kay won the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, a scholarship given annually to an outstanding young Canadian musician. 

During past seasons, Elissa Miller-Kay has performed with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra and the York Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, she performed a duo recital with cellist Sascha Groschange at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Artists International Recital Series. Solo recital engagements have included performances at Steinway Hall in New York City, and Markham Theatre in Markham, Ontario. Engagements this season include performances with the York Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, as well as recitals in New York City, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Elissa Miller-Kay earned her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Oberlin College where she studied with Peter Takács. She completed a 4 year Honours Bachelor of Music degree in 3 years. Elissa Miller-Kay completed her Master’s degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum. She is currently a doctoral student at New York University where she studies with Martin Canin. At New York University, Elissa Miller-Kay is the recipient of the Dorothy Morse Scholarship and a Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship.

Jan Mráček is a violinist from the Czech Republic and a student at the Prague Conservatoire where he studies with prof. Jiří Fišer. Last year he was the winner of the Prague Spring International Violin Competition.



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Mar 23, 2011 6:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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