Chamber Music Intensive 2020

Chamber Music Intensive

August 3rd – August 9th

 Joana Genova & Ariel Rudiakov, Artistic Directors 
The Chamber Music Intensive is a rigorous one-week summer program for intermediate and advanced string players and pianists ages 15 and up. The 2020 program will include rehearsals, coachings, individual lessons, master classes, and concerts, all in a supportive atmosphere. The faculty members are dedicated to helping each student enjoy chamber music and grow as artists and musicians.  Faculty members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are experienced and seasoned educators.


The Chamber Music Intensive runs from Monday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 9th,  9am-4pm & Sunday 9-12. The program concludes with a concert of participants and reception on Sunday at 12:00 pm.

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Program Location: 

Western Connecticut State University, School of Visual & Performing Arts (VPAC), 43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06811.

Performances during the week will all be held in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall at VPAC. 

Tuition Upon Acceptance:

$550 by May 15, 2020

$600 after May 15, 2020

*Tuition is due by June 1, 2020 for all participants.


Application Process:

Application deadline 5/1/2020

Applicants must be at least 15 years old (or high school freshman) by August 1, 2020 in order to participate.

  • Fill out registration form here
  • Arrange a live audition or provide audition recording link, please contact Ariel Rudiakov by e-mail at
  • Pay $30 non-refundable application fee


CMI 2020



Joana Genova, violin
Faculty & Director of Chamber Music Initiatives, University of Indianapolis, Williams College, Artistic Director/Co-founder Taconic Music
Joana Genova is Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis, Artist Associate at Williams College and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, VT. Ms. Genova began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. 

Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She has taught at the Manchester Music Festival, Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar, InterHarmony International Music Festival and Music&More SummerFest. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Ms. Genova has been guest soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic and most recently with the University of Indianapolis Gala Orchestra under the baton of Raymond Leppard. Collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Horszowski Trio, Enso Quartet, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Atar Arad, Andrés Cárdenes, Carmit Zori, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Haber, Eric Kim, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Jon Klibonoff, Drew Petersen, Ran Dank, Soyeon Kate Lee, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others.

Ms. Genova performs as second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet, Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, the Midwest, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as internationally in Bulgaria, Holland, Germany, Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Ariel Rudiakov, viola
Faculty, University of Indianapolis, Artistic Director/co-founder Taconic Music, Music Director Danbury Symphony Orchestra

Ariel Rudiakov has a versatile career as a violist, conductor and educator. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont; Music Director of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, coaching chamber music and conducting the orchestra. Mr. Rudiakov grew up in Riverdale, NY and attended pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. He received Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Purchase and Master’s from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a scholarship student at Yale’s master’s program, he studied viola performance with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. 

Mr. Rudiakov was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival from 2000 to 2016, member of the New York Piano Quartet, Equinox String Quartet, and co-founder and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City). He has performed to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad with many fine musicians and ensembles including the Shanghai, Jupiter, and Indianapolis Quartets, Horszowski Trio, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Guarneri and Lark quartets, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, Jon Klibonoff, Drew Petersen, Austin Hartman, Carmit Zori, Deborah Buck, Sophie Shao, Todd Palmer, David Krakauer, among many others.
Mr. Rudiakov teaches at Taconic Music Summer Chamber Music Intensive program and has served on the faculties of Manhattan School preparatory division, Green Mountain, Bennington and Middlebury Colleges, Manchester Music Festival.  He has given numerous masterclasses, outreach concerts and lectures. Among Mr. Rudiakov’s recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saëns and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare Magazine described as “utterly superb”.  Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Ariel, who is active in commissioning and recording new music.
As a conductor he has worked with noted musicians like Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Michael Rudiakov, Bernard Greenhouse, David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, Drew Petersen, and many others. Former resident and guest positions include the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Bergen and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Sage City Symphony and the Dance Theater of Harlem. 

Heather Braun, violin
Faculty, Boston University, Tanglewood Institute, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Heather Braun performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet and as a member of the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in Boston. She was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and St. Anselm College in 2016, and teaches at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, Vermont and concertized throughout Canada, China, Italy, and the United States.  Recent venues include the Boston Athanaeum, Boston University, Williams College, The Clark Art Institute, Frederick Collection, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and Cabot Theater. Dr. Braun received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, studying with Peter Zazofsky. While at BU, she was twice given the String Department Award and received the Zulalian Foundation Award. Other prices include the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship from Emmanuel Music. Dr. Braun currently coaches chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Taconic Music Summer Festival, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and has been on the summer faculties of Point CounterPoint, Manchester Music Festival and Duxbury Music Festival. She can be heard on the Arneis Quartet album, “Arneis Quartet and Friends”, which was released in 2016 on Centaur Records, to critical acclaim. 

Asiya Korepanova, piano
Artistic Director, Festival Baltimore

The only pianist currently performing Liszt’s 24 Etudes as a single program and one of few to tout a concerto list that features over 60 works, Asiya Korepanova is a pianistic powerhouse and rapidly rising star. A result of her uncompromising dedication to the arts, Asiya is recognized not only for her achievements as a pianist, but also for her work as a transcriber, composer, visual artist, and poet. Asiya’s contributions to the solo piano literature—including her historic solo piano transcriptions of Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben and Rachmaninoff ‘s Cello Sonata—have given her a place among today’s formidable transcribers. A number of her transcriptions have been recorded through her YouTube vlog project, Midnight Pieces. Asiya’s communicative desires have culminated in several projects featuring original poetry and visual art that serve as an interpretive commentary to a particular cycle of works for the piano, including Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Tchaikovsky’s 18 Morceaux, Op. 72. In 2017 Asiya founded Festival Baltimore, a two-week chamber music series and summer academy dedicated to the performance and study of complete cycles. Furthering this effort, she founded Music for Minds, a non-profit organization that serves to promote classical performances in classrooms as well as to found and support music festivals featuring unique programming. Asiya was born in Izhevsk, Russia, to a musical family. She began studying piano with her mother at 4. She was taught to read music in orchestral clefs by her father, an exemplary composer, at 6, and started composing her own music. At 9, she made her orchestral debut, playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 8 with her own cadenza, and performed her first philharmonic recital. Her early bond with composition gave her an easy bond with new music, and she was invited to premiere three piano concertos by Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatov, with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. She has also premiered works by Matthew Evan Taylor, Michael Daugherty, Thomas Sleeper and Orlando Garcia. In 2012, Asiya moved to the United States at the invitation of renowned pianist, Santiago Rodriguez. Later that year, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition, which launched her upon her U.S. concertizing career. She has since continued to garner national attention with performances at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bargemusic Series, the Phillips Collection, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, the Miami International Piano Festival, and numerous others. She has been featured on CNN, NPR stations, WFMT, and WETA.

Thomas Landschoot, cello
Faculty, Arizona State University Artistic Director, Sonoran Chamber Music Festival

Praised for his charismatic playing and his virtuoso and poetic music making, Belgian cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe, South America and Asia and has appeared on national radio and television worldwide. He has soloed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Tempe Symphony, Prima la Musica, Symphony of the Southwest, Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Scottsdale Philharmonic, Bucharest Festival Orchestra, Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony, Loja Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band, and has appeared at Bargemusic, Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Eureka, Utah, Red Rock, Park City, Manchester, Fresno, Madeline Island, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli, ArchiMusic and Centaur Records. He is a member of world class Rossetti Quartet. Tom has also performed with the Takacs, Dover and Arianna Quartets and members of the Cleveland, Vermeer, Tokyo, and Orion Quartets. Past collaborations include Lynn Harrell, Peter Wiley, Gilbert Kalich, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver and Martin Katz. An avid promoter of music of our time, he has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works for cello, including concerti by Dirk Brosse and Frank Nuyts. He has served as a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, Castleman Quartet Program, Killington, Meadowmount, Foulger International, High Peaks, Madeline Island, Manchester, Montecito, and Texas Music Festival. Tom has given masterclasses at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, the U.S., Europe and South America. Tom teaches at the Arizona State University; his students can be found among the ranks of national and international competition winners, occupy principal positions in major orchestras and teach at Universities around the US and abroad. Thomas Landschoot is the Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival, as well as the President of the Arizona Cello Society. He Performs on a cello by Tomaso Balestrieri (1776) and a Dominique Pecatte bow.



 Special Guest Artists

Horszowski Trio

Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times), “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), and described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that they have commissioned and premiered.

In March 2019, the Horszowski Trio made its London debut in a sold-out concert presented by Wigmore Hall. In the same season, they also appeared at the 92nd Street Y in New York City; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; Schubert Club in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine; UCLA in Los Angeles; Dresden’s Moritzburg Festival (Germany); and venues in Boston, San Francisco, Canada, and Japan, among others. In addition, they released a recording of the complete piano trios by Robert Schumann on AVIE Records, receiving tremendous acclaim: “great care and affection” (BBC Radio); “intoxicating” (Gramophone); “exciting and deeply felt” (Strings); “fresh, supple and fantastic” (The Strad).

The Trio takes its inspiration from the musicianship, integrity, and humanity of the pre-eminent pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892–1993); the ensemble’s pianist, Rieko Aizawa, was Horszowski’s last pupil at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In New York City, Ms. Aizawa met violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, who had a decades-long musical partnership going back to their days at Juilliard and Marlboro, and the three immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.

Described as “power players” by the Los Angeles Times, the Horszowski Trio’s repertoire includes works by many of the composers with whom Mr. Horszowski had personal interaction, including Gabriel Fauré, Enrique Granados, Bohuslav Martinů, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns and Heitor Villa-Lobos. The Horszowski Trio’s debut recording – an album of works by Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Vincent d’Indy on the Bridge label – was released in 2014 and dedicated to the memory of Mieczysław Horszowski. Gramophone praised the “exemplary performance” of the “highly accomplished group,” concluding, “I long to hear more of the Horszowski Trio.”

The ensemble has performed the complete cycles of piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. They also actively cultivate hidden treasures from the repertoire, works by Arno Babajanyan, Leonard Bernstein, Vincent d’Indy, Arthur Foote, Germaine Tailleferre, and Morton Feldman. The Horszowski Trio is a passionate advocate for the music of our time. They have worked with the legendary composers John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, and Joan Tower, for whom the Trio recorded “For Daniel” in celebration of her 75th birthday. Recent premieres include works by Daron Hagen, Eric Moe, and (through a grant from Chamber Music America) Andreia Pinto-Correia. Forthcoming premieres include works by Scott Lindroth, Louis Karchin, and Charles Wuorinen. The Trio’s violinist Jesse Mills, a two-time Grammy nominee who is also a composer and arranger, wrote “Painted Shadow” for the ensemble; the work was commissioned by and premiered at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York in January 2015.

The Horszowski Trio enjoys opportunities to expand its chamber music horizons through collaborations, and has worked with such musicians as Aaron Boyd (from the Escher Quartet), Kikuei Ikeda (Tokyo Quartet), Masumi Per Rostad (Pacifica Quartet), Phillip Ying (Ying Quartet), and Roberto Diaz.

The Horszowski Trio is based in New York City. It is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and of the Leschetizky Association in New York City.