Music in the Alps
Piano & Violin Summer Program

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Irena Portenko
Founder and Artistic Director (New York, USA)

Irena Portenko

Olga Yanovich
Professor of Violin (Washington, D.C., USA)

Alina Kozachenko
Professor of Piano (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Svetlana Gorokhovich
Piano (New York, USA)

Natalia Tolstaya
Professor of Viola (Lyon, France)

· Tuition, Accommodation and Excursion
· Private Lessons
· Reading Sessions
· Chamber Music
· Presentations on the Music Subject
· Masterclass and a Concert

July 20th-August 1st, 2016

Deadline for the application
June 1st.
Also, the non-refundable application fee $35, to be applied toward tuition.
Scholarships available.

Hotel Elizabeth-Park****
Two-meal plan is included.

General Schedule




About Irena Portenko
A Masterclass with Dr. Irena Portenko in Austria is a singular experience to enhance musicianship and broaden skills for dedicated piano students.
Irena Portenko’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital of Chopin’s Complete Etudes prompted Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times to place her “in a select company,” praising her “resourceful technique and admirably honest and clear- textured playing.” She appears regularly throughout the United States and Europe as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.
Ms. Portenko's auspicious solo debut with the Ukrainian National Orchestra at the age of eight has led to an impressive, multifaceted career. While bringing to the international stage the richness of her Eastern-European cultural heritage and her vibrant American educational and professional experience, as a devoted teacher she has inspired her students to appear in successful performances at venues worldwide.

"...a relaxed and resourceful technique... her playing was admirably honest and clear-textured... puts her in select circle"
The New York Times, USA

"...Brilliance and feeling, resonance and contrast."
Upper Austrian Newspaper, AUSTRIA

"... a terpsichorean, true and perfect."
Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany

"...easy fluidity of touch and tone"
Music & Vision, UK


About Olga Yanovich
Violin, viola - Music Director of Washington Youth Chamber Orchestra

Dr. Olga Yanovich, violinist, studied at the Moscow Gnessin Music Academy and at St. Petersburg Conservatory with the legendary violinists Boris Goldstein and Vladimir Spivakov.
Olga Yanovich has performed extensively as a member of a quartet and a soloist in Russia and many European cities.  In the USA, she appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras at Constitution Hall, Kennedy Center, Music Center at Strathmore, Warner Theater, The Smithsonian, Merkin Hall in New York.
Dr.Yanovich has coached violin/viola and chamber ensemble master classes in Russia, Finland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and at music festivals in the USA. Her students have been accepted into major music schools such as Manhattan, Juilliard, Eastman, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Royal College of Music in London, and the Moscow Conservatory; many of her students became winners of local and national competitions, as well as successful professional musicians.

“… a very fine performance of Bach’s Concerto ...”
 “…particularly elegant, impressive…” (Schubert’s “Trout quintet”)
Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post, USA

“Glowing performance of Haydn’s Concerto …” 
“…transported listeners to heaven with her chilling and poignant interpretation of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.1” 
The Mount Vernon Gazette, USA
”… perfect violin playing and internal connection with the music of Shostakovich.”
Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany


About Alina Kozachenko

Alina Kozachenko is a sought after performer and a teacher. The array of her professional activities combines solo performances, accompanying, teaching and working as an orchestra musician.
She has frequently traveled Europe, North America, Middle and far East in various capacities as an accompanist for the Ukrainian National Veriovka Choir and, as a member of Kiev Ballet and Opera Theater orchestra.
Professor Kozachenko has multiple publications and recordings. She has collaborated with the leading vocal and instrumental soloists. Her class at the National Music Academy of Ukraine flourishes with talented students, many of them are prize-winners of International Competitions. Former students of Professor Kozachenko are teaching at the music schools, universities and conservatories around the globe.


About Svetlana Gorokhovich

Svetlana Gorokhovich is internationally recognized pianist and a prolific recording musician. Her performances include major concert halls in USA, Germany, Holland, Japan, Caribbean, Iceland and Italy. Svetlana’s wide range of musical abilities makes her highly attractive as a soloist and chamber music partner. As highly demanded chamber musician Svetlana participated in international music festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy and New York during 2005-2014. Her latest performances include recitals in Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Ridotto Music Series.
Svetlana’s most recent recoding with cellist Misha Quint “Tempo Trapezio” was released in 2014 on Blue Griffin label. “One Piano Four Hands” was released in 2012 by SMH Records. In 2010 Volshebnik Productions released “Valse Sentimentale” recorded with cellist Misha Quint. During 1991-1996 Svetlana has worked with internationally acclaimed violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, touring worldwide. Their unique recording of Russian chamber music compositions, Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher (Helicon), released in 1997, received enthusiastic reviews. Ms. Gorokhovich is a winner of International Bartok-Kabalevsky Piano Competition at Radford University (1997) and IBLA International Competition in Italy (1999). Her solo recital in Carnegie Hall in 2000 was highly acclaimed by the New York Concert Review. Today Ms. Gorokhovich continues her busy recital schedule; she is also a highly sought-after teacher and coach. She is on the piano faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, White Plains, New York.


About Natalia Tolstaya

Natalia Tolstaya, co-principal solo violist at Lyon Opera House, France, was born in Moscow and began her music studies at the Gnessin School for children with exceptional musical abilities.
After graduation Ms. Tolstaya studied at Moscow Conservatory with world-famous violists Mikhail Terian, Yuri Bashmet, and with Mikhail Kopelman, 1st violin of the Borodin Quartet.
She served on the faculty of the Gnessin Music School as violin, viola and chamber music teacher. At the same time she became a member of the Composers Association String Quartet, and principal viola of “Vivaldi” Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
In 1991 N.T. she wins the position of assistant principal viola at the orchestra of Opera de Lyon, and moves to France, where she continues to work currently.
In 1991 Natalia Tolstaya was awarded the first prize of International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition in Spain. Natalia Tolstaya played numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in France, Italy, Russia, United States and Japan.
She has her own studio as a private teacher; among her most successful pupils is violinist Maria Milstein, winner of the Citta di Brescia International Violin Competition in Italy.