The Westerhoff Concert Returns – August 1, 2013

Helga and Gary Westerhoff.jpgU-1.jpgSince 2005 Helga and Gary Westerhoff have brought classical concerts to Rangeley featuring professional musicians that are faculty members at their Westerhoff School of Music & Art in Metuchen, NJ.( All school faculty members are professional musicians with degrees from music conservatories.  The concert will be presented on Thursday, August 1 at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Main Street in Rangeley and will begin at 7 PM.

This year’s concert will be very special. Under the direction of Music Director, David Iskowitz, the concert will feature compositions for two pianos on two separate grand pianos. To assure the highest quality of sound, these two pianos will be delivered to Rangeley from Portland, Maine on the day of the concert. The scheduled performers will be David Iskowitz, John Maxham, Linh Tran and Nikita Mamedov.

David Iskowitz  Photo.jpgDavid Iskowitz, pianist, is Music Director and senior faculty member of the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. He is also an adjunct faculty member and staff accompanist at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Mr. Iskowitz performs often in the New York metropolitan area, both as soloist and chamber musician. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University.

John Maxham_photo.jpgJohn Maxham, baritone, has sung with the Santa Fe Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and with opera companies in Europe and Taiwan. He was a leading baritone soloist in the Landesbuehnen, Sachsen, in Germany. He has a love for the art song, and is an avid recitalist. The San Francisco Chronicle described his voice as “encompassing about every style and color possible to his range – fine, well-trained, with intelligence to spare.” Mr. Maxham has most recently collaborated with the Sinfonietta Nova as writer, host, and performer. He teaches voice at the Westerhoff School and is co-director of the Joy of Singing, LLC.

Linh Tran Photo.jpgLinh Tran, pianist, was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam and started piano lessons at the age of five.  She completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Biola University’s Conservatory of Music in Southern California, and her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  Her primary teachers include Jennie Wong, Phillip Young, Li-Shan Hung, and Paul Hoffmann, and she has participated in master classes with Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio, Bela Siki, Nelita True, Ann Schein, Dorian Leljak and the Adaskin Trio.  She is a member of the piano faculty at the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. Linh is passionate about playing chamber music, as well as teaching, and desires to instill the same love for music in her students.

Nikita Mamedov Photo.jpgNikita Mamedov, pianist, received his undergraduate degree from  Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in piano performance and studied with Ingrid Clarfield. Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Mamedov graduated from the Rubenstein School of Music in Russia. He has received prizes in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association’s Young Musicians Competition, and Penn State’s Marion Garcia Piano Competition. He has performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York and at other venues in the New Jersey metropolitan area.

Works scheduled for performance include The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as other best loved music from the classical repertoire.

The concert is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts and the Westerhoff Family Foundation, Inc. Admission is free. The RFA will gladly accept donations to further fund their programs.

More information about the Westerhoff School of Music can be found via this link: