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Ondrej Lewit – Concert Hour
March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST| free
Born in Prague (Czech Republic), Ondrej Lewit graduated at State Conservatory of Music (BA) and at Academy of Performing Arts – HAMU (MA). As a member of Camerata Pragensis, Camerata Nova, concertmaster of J. Suk’s Chamber Orchestra and especially as a first violin of Cuartetto Cassoviae played in many cities of European continent and made recordings for the Czechoslovak Radio and Television, Italian RAI and recording companies such as Supraphon, Opus and Edigsa. In 1983 immigrated to Spain, where he became the concertmaster of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and later also leader of OST Chamber Orchestra, playing in numerous occasions as a soloist. He was a violin teacher and chamber music coach at Santa Cruz Conservatory as well as at OST’s Academy of Orchestral Studies (Director and Chair of the String Department). As a guest concertmaster he played with orchestras in Barcelona, Sabadell, La Coruna, Bilbao and Valladolid. From 1988 to 1992 he was an Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra member, chamber music player and a faculty at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. In 2005 was appointed concertmaster of Baja California Orchestra and violin teacher at Conservatory of Music in Tijuana, positions he held until 2010. He has his private violin and viola studio in San Diego. Born in Moscow (Russia), Irina Bendetsky showed musical promise as a small child and at age four entered professional music school, where her teacher was a student of the famous piano pedagogue Heinrych Neigaus. After completing Gnessin College, she entered Gnessin Conservatory of Music, graduating with unusual Red Diploma, awarded to those who have qualified as concert pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. At the Conservatory, she was the accompanist for famed violinist Michael Fehtengoltz. Ms. Bendetsky has made concert tours through Bulgaria to St. Petersburg and other Russian cities and has appeared with orchestras – in Russia and the United States – in concertos by List, Ravel, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Bach and Shostakovich. Ms. Bendetsky left the Soviet Union in 1989 and moved to San Diego. Since 1990 she has been on the music faculty of the University of San Diego, and she teaches privately. She has been also invited to perform with local orchestras. In 1995 she created the Encore Trio which has been successfully performing throughout San Diego.
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