Marina Lomazov, an internationally renowned concert pianist whose New York debut performance was called “dazzling” by the New York Times chief music critic, Anthony Tommasini, will join the Eastman School of Music as Professor of Piano in the fall of 2018. Subsequent to winning prizes in numerous competitions, including the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the William Kapell International Competition, the Cleveland International, and several others, Ms. Lomazov has given debut performances in North and South America, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and throughout the United States. She is coming to Eastman from the University of South Carolina where she is the Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Piano and Founder and Artistic Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival
Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. Born into a musical family, Guy joined his brothers in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol Once in Royal David’s City, under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhermina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. His mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman .Johnston earned a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music in 2003 and is currently Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music where he was recently awarded an honorary ARAM.
Timothy Long has been appointed to the Faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester as Associate Professor of Opera and Music Director of Eastman Opera Theatre beginning in the fall of 2018. Long was named by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor at the Brooklyn Philharmonic and subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera for two years. He comes to Eastman from the faculty at Stony Brook University, as well as Music Director of Stony Brook Opera. Long earned a Master’s of Music from Eastman School of Music in 1992. Timothy Long is an Oklahoma-born pianist and conductor of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent whose early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers, and eventually to operatic engagements that have included companies such as the Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Juilliard School, New York City Opera, Opera New England, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Shreveport Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra.
Rachel Roberts has been appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester as the inaugural director of its new Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program. Roberts, who has been the Director of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at the New England Conservatory of Music since 2009, holds degrees from Eastman and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Roberts has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where she served as its first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement. She arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program, having worked with orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta. At the New England Conservatory, where she founded the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, her students have created and led numerous innovative entrepreneurial initiatives and organizations in the arts.
Anaar Desai-Stephens received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music (2004), a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Boston University (2009), and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Cornell University (2017). During her studies at Cornell, she received the Randel Dissertation and Teaching fellowship, the T. Temple Tuttle Prize for Best Student Paper from the Niagara Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the American Musicological Society’s Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship. Anaar has presented papers at meetings of the American Anthropological Association, the New York Council on Asian Studies, the Annual Conference on South Asia, the Indian Musicological Society, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. Anaar has done fieldwork and research in Mumbai, India on Bollywood and playback singers, Indian Idol, and women in classical Hindustani musical traditions. Her research interests include the intersection of musical practice, subjectivity, and embodiment; popular music and neoliberalism; musical affect; media and circulation; and the transnational life of the violin.
Boris Slutsky is consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry and emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions. Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 1993 and will be a Visiting Professor of Piano, part time, at Eastman starting in fall 2018.
Dr. Rachelle Fleming specializes in the training and vocal health of the contemporary vocal artist. Dr. Fleming holds a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Miami, a research master’s in Music Education from Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s of music in Voice Performance. She has completed a voice science course under Dr. Ingo Titze at the Summer Vocology Institute, and pedagogical coursework in two of the leading commercial vocal music training programs. Currently, Dr. Fleming is a full-time member of the musical theatre faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and continues to teach privately. Her students include those who perform on Broadway, in National Tours, Madison Square Garden, Signature Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, and regionally. Dr. Fleming has previously taught at The Actors Studio MFA program at The New School in NYC, The Eastman School of Music Community Division in Rochester, NY, and at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. She is in demand for master classes and as a visiting teaching artist internationally. A versatile performer, Rachelle has performed in plays, musicals, solo concerts, orchestral pops concerts, televised performances and recordings. She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Eastman part time starting in Fall 2018.