Lunchtime Concert ~ Maria Beltavski (violin) Ben Pawlak (piano)
June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Maria Beltavski, Violin
Benjamin Pawlak, Piano
Wednesday June 27th, 2018 – 1:00 PM
Red Newt Cellars, Hector, NY
Free admission – no reservations – lunch served 11am- 3pm
Praised by clevelandclassical.com for being “radiant both in presence and sound” and a performer “with utmost awareness and musical sensitivity,” Maria Beltavski is a senior conservatory student at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying violin performance with Jan Sloman and, prior to that, David Updegraff. Miss Beltavski was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for three years, holding several positions, notably Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin. She has studied and worked with several members of the Cleveland Orchestra both at CIM and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival in the summer of 2016 where she was concertmaster of the festival chamber orchestra. She has worked under the baton of many notable conductors such as Franz-Welser Möst, James Feddeck, Brett Mitchell and Hans Graf. Miss Beltavski has also worked with several notable artists including the Jasper String Quartet, the Fry Street String Quartet and the world-renowned trio Time For Three. She attended Credo Chamber Music for three summers, where she performed in solo master classes with violinists Stephen Clapp and Stephen Shipps. In addition, Miss Beltavski performed as soloist in the Brandenburg Project that toured Chicago and Cleveland. She was the winner of the 2013 Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition, which gave her the opportunity to solo with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Severance Hall. Recently, Miss Beltavski was appointed as principal second violin for one of the orchestras at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Two-time winner of the Ithaca College School of Music Concerto Competition, Benjamin Pawlak is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where he studied with Yale and Juilliard alumnus Dr. Vadim Serebryany, Juilliard alumna Dr. Jennifer Hayghe and the late Dr. Greg DeTurck. In high school he studied at the Ithaca College School of Music with Dr. Nathan Hess. He will be pursuing his Masters Degree in Piano Performance this fall at Texas Christian University with John Owings.
In the spring of his freshman year at Ithaca College, Benjamin was selected as one of the winners of the School of Music’s 2014 Concerto Competition which resulted in him making his solo debut playing Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with the School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he again won the competition for which he performed Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G Major. Benjamin has since made his professional concerto debut, playing the Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in September 2016.
From 2009-2015, Benjamin attended the Credo Chamber Music Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he honed his collaborative skills. There he studied under renowned chamber coaches including James Howsmon and Alvin Chow of the Oberlin Conservatory piano faculty, Steuart Pincombe of the baroque chamber group Apollo’s Fire, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Anne Martindale Williams, and the late Dean Emeritus of The Juilliard School Stephen Clapp.
Benjamin, a native of Horseheads, New York, is now preparing to move to Fort Worth, Texas, and will begin graduate studies at Texas Christian University in August. His first album, Snapshot, was released on September 23, 2016.