FINE ART PIANO COMPANY - GOALS, ASPIRATIONS, BIOGRAPHIES
FINE ART PIANO COMPANY - We are a small group of performing musicians, centering around two pianists (and two pianos), performing traditional and unusual solo clasical piano works and compositions for duo-piano.
Along with other artists (singers or instrumentalists) an intimate "salon" style program is created, incorporating the spoken word through conversation, comments, quotes read, or poetry spoken. History and observations about the composers, the music, or personal philosophy and thoughts of the performers is spontaneously touched on and shared, in between performances of fine musical works, with the barriers between performer and listener gone. We create a close-up experience of the music for the attendees to become as involved with as they want, and to share music on a very equalized, common ground, with no limits.
We establish an environment in which to explore music, its performance and our understanding of it. Through the offering of interactive events such as workshops, innovative performances, and public education seminars and demonstrations, people participating are given the opportunity for having closer, more personally fulfilling experiences with the arts. Forming a physical gathering and listening place as a home-base, we create unlimited opportunities for our members to develop artisitic abilities, ideas and presentations that may be taken to other venues.
Thanks to Piotr's tireless help, we have been able to supply pianos for concert venues when a quality instrument (or even two, from time to time) are needed.
BIOGRAPHIES OF PRINCIPALS:
TATYANA RASHKOVSKY, Mezzo-Soprano
Tatyana was born in Moscow, Russia, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Musical College of Moscow State Conservatory. She came to the United States, where she joined Advanced Studies program at the University of Southern California. After a successful audition for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, she joined the company in the role of Die Vertraute in Sraussís Electra opposite Leonie Rysanek, conducted by Randall Behr.
Other highlights of her career include the roles of Enrichetta in I Puritani with Placido Domingo as a conductor, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Maddalena and Giovanna in Rigoletto, 3rd Lady in Magic Flute, Teresa in La Sonnambula and Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with opera companies of San Jose, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Jersey Verismo Opera and Vox Ama Deus. Ms. Rashkovsky orchestral and oratorio engagements include Alto Soloist in Mahlerís Symphony no.2, Handelís Messiah, and Mozartís C Minor Mass, Verdiís Requiem, Beethovenís Missa Solemnis, 9th Symphony and Choral Fantasy. Her recordings include Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Choral Fantasy and 9th Symphony by Beethoven and Verdi Requiem.
Tatyanaís resent engagements include a performance of Tchaikovskyís songs and opera highlights with Lyric Fest, Chopin and Barber recital concerts with Fine Art Piano Company. She will next appear in Vivaldiís Gloria with Vox Ama Deus in the Kimmel Center.
Ms. Rashkovsky has been teaching voice, choir and piano in the Philadelphia region for past nine years. She has been on the faculty of Fifth Stone Music School and presently teaches voice in The Philadelphia School and in her private studio.
INNA LOBANOVA-HEASLEY, Poetry Reading
Inna was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. At age 15, she graduated from Moscow Region School of Music with focus in piano performance and music theory. She then received her diploma in English as Second Language and Translation from the Moscow University of Foreign Languages.
From 1986 to 1990, Inna worked for the USSR Theater Union and served as a professional interpreter at numerous international arts festivals and workshops in Moscow, working closely with many leading Soviet and European artists from ballet, theater and film.
Inna first came to the United States in 1990 as a group manager and liaison for a joint cultural exchange venture between the USSR Theater Union and several East Coast theater companies. Upon settling in Philadelphia, she graduated with honors from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies; during 1997-2004, she worked as a bilingual paralegal with several law firms. In June of 2007, following her passion for advocacy of the arts, Inna founded a public relations company, PR Perfect LLC, that focuses on the promotion of performing arts organizations, through publicity, audience development and marketing (www.pr-perfect.com).
As a musician, Inna taught beginner piano at Lake Superior State University, Michigan, and in her private studio. Having a natural appreciation for vocal and choral music, she has been actively singing with Choral Arts Philadelphia, Berkshire Choral Festival, Vox Ama Deus, and Philadelphia Kantorei (a supporting chorus for the Pennsylvania Ballet).
Inna is also a Reiki II and Jin Shin Do Acupressure practitioner.