Performers

Dr. Natalya Ageyeva

Natalya Ageyeva has dazzled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, including Italy, Austria, and Israel, as well as on tour in her native Russia. Her performances have also been broadcast several times locally on KING-FM in Seattle and televised in Moscow and Chicago. She has appeared at a broad range of venues, including the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. Her pianism prompted one reviewer to write “Immediately apparent was a tremendous technique at the command of a sharp musical intelligence and fingers of steel.” Her artistry has earned her awards and recognition around the world, including the Young Artist Competition in Moscow, Rotary Club Scholarship in Chicago, Brechemin Scholarship at the University of Washington, Solo Competition Award from the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, the Green Lake Music Festival Competition in Wisconsin, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New-York, and the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. An artist of great versatility, Ageyeva has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras internationally. She has also been an active participant in many music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival, Methow Valley Music Festival in Winthrop (WA), Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma (WA), First Sunday at the Commons Series in Bainbridge Island (WA), Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series in Seattle (WA), and Green Lake Music Festival (WI). Ageyeva began formal piano lessons at the age of thirteen when she was accepted by the prestigious Special Music School for Talented Children in Moscow, and graduated with honors in the Masters Program from the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Valeriy Kastelsky. While at the Moscow Conservatory, Ageyeva was offered extensive solo and orchestra appearances throughout the former Soviet Union. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Washington with distinguished pianists Bela Siki and Robin McCabe. She has also worked with well-known pianists John O’Conner, Victor Merjanov, and Helene Grimaud, and collaborated with conductors Vladimir Vais, Alexander Rudin, and Peter Erös. Ageyeva previously taught at Moscow Conservatory and University of Washington, and has adjudicated piano competitions in Chicago and Seattle. Ageyeva is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. It is starting its third successful year of bringing high-level chamber music to the Seattle area.

Kyle Liao

Kyle Liao is a 5th grader at Lakeridge Elementary School in Mercer Island, WA. Kyle has played the piano for over 4 years with Dr. Natalya Ageyeva. He won a gold medal in the Virtuoso Piano Competition 2021 and Russian Festival Piano Competition 2020. In the past three months, he won a silver medal in the Chopin NW Piano Competition and Russian Festival Piano Competition. Kyle also plays the violin in the Mercer Island school orchestra. In addition to music, Kyle loves math, coding and playing soccer as part of Mercer Island Football Club.

Misha (Mikhail) Myznikov

Russian baritone Misha (Mikhail) Myznikov sung most recent role of Zaretski and A Captain in Tschaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin with Seattle Opera; Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Marcello in La Boheme with Lyric Opera Northwest; made his Seattle Opera debut as Guillot in Eugene Onegin, 2002 and as Herman Les Contes d’Hoffmann,
2014 season; Tacoma Opera: Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Eugene Onegin in Tschaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin and Junius, The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten; For Puget Sound Concert Opera he sung Don Giovanni in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count di Luna in Verdi’s I/ Trovatore, Gellner in Catalan’s La Wally and Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; Emile, South Pacific by Rogers & Hammerstein for Lyric Light Opera; Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, David in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan with local opera companies.
Kyle Liao
Kyle Liao is a 5th grader at Lakeridge Elementary School in Mercer Island, WA. Kyle has played the piano for over 4 years with Dr. Natalya Ageyeva. He won a gold medal in the Virtuoso Piano Competition 2021 and Russian Festival Piano Competition 2020. In the past three months, he won a silver medal in the Chopin NW Piano Competition and Russian Festival Piano Competition. Kyle also plays the violin in the Mercer Island school orchestra. In addition to music, Kyle loves math, coding and playing soccer as part of Mercer Island Football Club.

Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi

Violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi enjoys a versatile career in music. After her solo debut in 1970 at the age of eleven with the Boston Symphony, she began studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College division with Sally Thomas and later Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi furthered her studies in New York with Erick Friedman at the Manhattan School of Music and later was accepted into the famed Jascha Heifetz Masterclass at University of Southern California in 1976. As soloist, Ms. Kransberg-Talvi has been featured with Boston Pops, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra, FinnFest Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Ballet Orchestra, among many others. She has appeared as recitalist on numerous occasions including engagements at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Barge Music and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. She has performed as concertmaster for a number of orchestras, including the 1983 Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Bernstein, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington D.C. Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi resides in Seattle with her famed violinist husband, Ilkka Talvi, and their new Boston Terrier named Oliver. She and Ilkka maintain an active teaching studio at their home in Queen Anne.

Alistair MacRae

Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its “rich sound and lyrical phrasing” (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States on WQXR, WWFM, WDAV, WCQS, KING FM, and Vermont Public Radio. Mr. MacRae is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound and the cellist of the Puget Sound Piano Trio. He is Principal Cello of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Acting Principal Cello of Symphony Tacoma, and also performs with his wife, soprano Allison Pohl, in the voice and cello duo Soprello. In addition, he is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. As a chamber musician and recitalist, he has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls; at Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; in New York City chamber music venues such as BargeMusic, Merkin Hall, the 92nd St Y, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University; at numerous colleges and universities; and on concert series throughout the United States. He has appeared on several series presented by Carnegie Hall; as a member of groups such as the Richardson Chamber Players, Berkshire Bach Ensemble, and Fountain Ensemble; and at festivals such as the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Monadnock Music, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. His past projects include recordings of chamber music by Kodaly, Telemann, and Laurie Altman; music for The Discovery Channel; and ensemble albums of music by Mozart and Scott Joplin. His eclectic collaborations have found him on stage with Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Westminster Choir, tap dancer Savion Glover, jazz bassist Ben Wolfe, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and the rock band Scorpions. A passionate advocate for new music, Mr. MacRae has commissioned and premiered new works for both solo cello and chamber ensembles, collaborating closely with composers. He has given premiere performances of 21st-century pieces at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Universities; and has performed his own compositions and arrangements in the United States and Canada. He is also a devoted teacher and has served on the faculties of the University of Puget Sound, Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College – CUNY. For over a decade, he has spent his summers performing and teaching at the Brevard Music Center.

Allan Park

Allan Park has been a premier piano instructor in Seattle, WA since 1990. He received his undergraduate studies with his primary teacher, professor Menahem Pressler. Past teachers included Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and supplemental Summer intensives with Leonard Hokanson, James Tocco and Michel Block at Indiana University. He then received graduate studies with Bela Siki at University of Washington. As a first prize winner of several major piano and concerto competitions, he performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada before deciding to focus primarily on teaching. He has performed with many orchestras throughout USA. He is currently the President of Pacific International Piano Competition and Pacific NW Piano Competition, President of Bellevue Symphony, Past President for Chopin Foundation of the United States, NW Council, Music Advisory Member for Seattle Young Artist Music Festival and board member of Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. As an adjudicator, he has recently judged San Francisco Chopin Competition and UW School of Music Concerto Competition. He has given various lectures for WSMTA and Seattle Piano Institute. Allan Park’s students have won top medals and prizes from various regional, national and international piano competitions including: Steinway Piano Competition, Canadian International Music Competition, Pacific International Piano Competition, International Grande Music Competition, Bellagrande International Piano Competition, Aloha International Piano Competition, Chopin NW, WMEA Solo and Ensemble, MTNA, Russian Chamber Music Competition, PAFE and SYAMFA. His top students have performed multiple times at KING FM, Ten Grands, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Meydenbauer Center and Luther Burbank Park. His concerto competition winners have performed with Bellevue Symphony, Everett Philharmonic Symphony, Federal Way Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Eastside Symphony, Mukilteo Orchestra, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, Heritage Symphony and Starry Night Orchestra. Allan loves all animals and enjoys teaching his studio of 50 piano students. He also enjoys conducting a small chamber orchestra and spending time with various non profit organizations.

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