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Marina Manukian, violin

Marina Manukian was born in Yerevan, Armenia where she attended the prestigious Tchaikovsky School of Music. At the age of 11 she became the youngest professional musician in the Republic. She received her musical training from Georgi Ajemian, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh and Sidney Weiss. Since childhood, Marina has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, former U.S.S.R. and United States. Currently, in addition to her solo appearances she is also actively working as part of Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, performing with such artist as Placido Domingo, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano and others. Marina has recorded numerous film and television soundtracks composed by such prominent composers as John Williams, Alan Silvestri, James Newton-Howard and Jerry Goldsmith. She is the winner of numerous music awards and prizes including the 1st prize from Bank of America for 1994 Young Artist Competition and Herb Alpert Music Award from A& M Records.

In a recent performance review The Los Angeles Times calls Marina Manukian “a violinist extraordinaire…whose virtuosity is exceeded only by her calmness and confidence, working through the intricacies with masterful grace and strength”.

Bryan Pezzone, piano

Bryan Pezzone has been a freelance performing and recording artist in the Los Angeles area since 1987. He is known as a versatile performer who is comfortable in classical, contemporary and improvisational styles. He performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams and John Adams and records on countless film and television soundtracks. He is the pianist in the group Free Flight; a crossover classical/jazz quartet. These concerts feature many of his own compositions. In addition, Bryan has initiated a performing series that he calls "Freedom Series" which involves improvisations and verbal musings on life.

He has been the principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from it's inception in 1993-1999 as well as the former chair and founder of the Multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts from 1987-2000. He abandoned both of those positions in order discover new paths and is passionate about continuously redefining himself and his role as an artist/musician/person in today's complex and eclectic culture.


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