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2016 International Music Festival Artists
Canadian violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” Among her awards and prizes include the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition. Christina has performed as soloist with the Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Banff Orchestra, Shattered Glass and the Hemenway Strings. Her solo and chamber performance credits include Carnegie Hall, Esterházy Palace, Yamaha Center Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard Club of New York, the Chromatic Club of Boston, Montreal Chamber Festival and the Indian River Festival. She has also been featured on WQXR New York. Christina has collaborated with artists such as Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Joji Hattori, Nicholas Mann, Irina Muresanu, and Bright Sheng. Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magnum cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student. In June 2014, as part of the 150-year celebrations on PEI, Juilliard dancers performed a modern dance to her first compositional commission for solo violin, with Christina playing it on the violin. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet. She plays a 1900 Scarampella on generous loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank.
A Kansas native, Jesse Henkensiefken performs regularly as a conductor and concert cellist. He is the founder of the International Music Festival at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he also serves as the Director of Orchestras & String Studies. Henkensiefken has concertized throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. As a guest conductor, he has performed with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Salina Symphony, the Salina Youth Symphony and the 2015 Kansas Music Educators Association South Central District Symphony Orchestra. He is the 2013 National winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foncannon Conducting Scholarship, and in 2014 was awarded a KWU Woodworth Grant to study conducting at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in Russia, under the director of Maestro Anatoly Levin. He has worked on the precollege faculties of Park University and the University of Kansas, and was the Assistant Conductor of the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble. In addition he was the Music Director of the Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra and Noel Pointer Foundation Youth Orchestra and is the current Assistant Conductor of the Salina Symphony. As a cellist Henkensiefken is a Sorbel Award winner of the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition and has recorded for film and radio abroad. He has served as Principal Cellist for the Empire State Sinfonia (Brooklyn, NY), Ensemble du Monde (NY, NY), the Kansas City Philharmonia and the Salina Symphony. Henkensiefken holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, and a performance certificate from Park University’s International Center for Music. His primary teachers include David Gilbert, Edward Laut, George Manahan, Martin Storey and Nikolai Uljanov. Henkensiefken has had further training with the likes of Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz and Yo-Yo Ma.
Violist Anna Sorokina was born in Moscow Russia. In 2005 she completed her Masters of Music degree at Moscow Conservatory under the direction of professor U. Bashmet; in 2011 she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the same conservatory. In 1999 and 2000 Anna Sorokina held the principal viola position in the International Regions Symphony Orchestra in Munich. During her training she has performed in Moscow’s main halls in chamber ensembles. In 2014 Anna Sorokina recorded a CD of “Sonata-Pastoral” of P. Markelov. She is currently studying on a second Masters of Music degree at Park University’s International Center for Music with Kansas City Symphony principal violist Christine Grossman.
Multiple prize-winning pianist Tatiana Tessman has performed as soloist with orchestras across three continents, including the World Symphony in Cincinnati, Shreveport Symphony, Bach’s Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philarmonia, Uruguay Philharmonic Symphony, Panama Philharmonic Symphony, Korea W. Philharmonic the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra upon a personal invitation from Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, to name a few. On the competition front, Tessman has had overwhelming success as she claimed first prizes at the Glenn Gould International Piano Competition in Ostra (Italy), Santorini International Piano Competition (Greece), 55th Wideman International Piano Competition, the Missouri International Piano Competition and the 50th Cincinnati World Piano Competition, in addition to multiple other awards at the Panama International Piano Competition, the Florida International Piano competition and the Eisenberg-Fried Manhattan School of Music Concerto competition in New York. Fueled by her victories on the grueling international competition circuit, Tessman is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Keyboard Studies at Kansas Wesleyan University.