Now in the sixth decade of a distinguished global career, MISHA DICHTER remains one of America’s most popular artists, extending a musical heritage from the Russian Romantic School, as personified by Rosina Lhevinne, his mentor at The Juilliard School, and the German Classical style that was passed on to him by Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. He also studied composition and analysis with Leonard Stein, a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg.
Born in Shanghai to parents who had fled Poland at the outbreak of World War II, Misha Dichter and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two; he began studying the piano at five. At the age of 20, while enrolled at the famed Juilliard School in New York City, he won the Silver Medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which helped launch an enviable concert career. Shortly thereafter, on August 14, 1966, Mr. Dichter was the guest soloist in a Tanglewood performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a concert that was broadcast nationally on NBC and subsequently recorded for RCA. Two years later, he made his New York Philharmonic debut under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, collaborating on the same concerto. Appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the principal London orchestras and every major American orchestra soon followed.
A recognized champion of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony #2, Age of Anxiety, Misha Dichter performed this great work with David Zinman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. During the 2017-18 season, he collaborated on Age of Anxiety with Maestro Zinman and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Itkin and the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Misha Dichter has performed and recorded with some of the most illustrious conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Lawrence Foster, Valery Gergiev, Carlo Maria Guilini, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kiril Kondrashin, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy, Carlos Prieto, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Gerard Schwarz, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, William Steinberg, Michael Tilson Thomas, Hans Vonk, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and Pinchas Zukerman, while notable chamber music collaborations have included violinists Itzhak Perlman, Mark Peskanov and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellists Lynn Harrell and Yo-Yo Ma and the American, Argus, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Harlem, St. Petersburg, Tesla and Tokyo string quartets. With his wife, pianist Cipa Dichter, he has toured North America and Europe, presenting both masterworks and neglected scores of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires. Mr. Dichter has been seen frequently on national television and was the subject of an hour-long European television documentary.
Misha Dichter’s discography on the Philips, RCA, MusicMasters and Koch Classics labels are legendary, iconic and musically omnivorous, encompassing the major scores of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. A noted exponent of Liszt’s piano works and a champion of the composer’s forward-looking contributions to the development of music, Mr. Dichter was honored in 1988 with the “Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt,” presented for his Philips recording of the master’s piano transcriptions. His first recording with Cipa Dichter is a three-CD set of Mozart’s complete piano works for four hands and is available on the Nimbus label. American Record Guide called the album “an unmitigated delight,” and Music Web International named it a 2005 “Record of the Year.”
In 2007, Misha Dichter took a three-month hiatus from the concert stage to deal with the onset of Dupuytren’s Disease, a contracting of one or more fingers. After successful surgery and physical therapy, Mr. Dichter returned to public performance and became a supporter of, and spokesperson for, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. A brief audio/video presentation, “Dupuytren’s Contracture: Misha Dichter - A Pianist Reborn,” is accessible on YouTube.
Misha Dichter is an accomplished writer, having contributed articles to many leading publications, including The New York Times. He is also a talented sketch artist, and in 2012 an e-book of his music-related illustrations, “A Pianist’s World in Drawings,” was released by Rosetta Books. Available on Amazon.com, BN.com and from iTunes, the e-book compiles over 50 original drawings that were created over the span of Mr. Dichter’s half-century career. (For more information, visit www.apianistsworldindrawings.com)
Fiercely dedicated to extending his artistic traditions to new generations of pianists, Misha Dichter conducts widely attended masterclasses at major conservatories, universities and music festivals, including Aspen, Curtis, Eastman, Harvard, Juilliard, Yale and Holland’s Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Misha Dichter and his wife, Cipa Dichter, reside in New York City, in a household ruled over by Baxter, their amiable Springer Spaniel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He remains an avid tennis player and jogger.
Víctor Díaz Guerra
Spanish clarinetist Víctor Díaz Guerra (Cáceres, 1996) has most recently appeared as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tung-Chieh Chuang, and other orchestras such as the Extremadura Youth Orchestra, with maestro Andrés Salado. Víctor received 1st prize in several solo and chamber music competitions around Spain; as well as the High School Solo Competition 1st Prize from the International Clarinet Association in Assisi, Italy (2013); Young Clarinet Competition 1st Prize from European Clarinet Association, in Katowice, Poland (2014) and 1st Prize from the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition in California (2016).
A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Denis Bouriakov, José María Villegas, Vivian Fan, Fabiola Kim, HyeJin Kim, Rodolfo Leone, Elsa Silva, Joachim Becerra, Albert Cano Smit and António Saiote in venues around Europe, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Víctor has been regularly invited to perform solo recitals and give masterclasses in Spain and Portugal. In 2016, he performed for the King and Queen of Spain at the Palacio Real ‘El Pardo’.
Under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève, Matthias Pintscher, Ludovic Morlot, or James Conlon between others; Víctor has perfomed as member of the Colburn Symphony Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, International Clarinet Orchestra ‘Príncipe de Asturias’ and Extremadura Youth Orchestra.
He has received master classes from clarinetists as Michel Arrignon, Martin Fröst, Wenzel Fuchs, Burt Hara, Florent Héau, Harri Mäki, Nuno Pinto, and Valdemar Rodríguez.
Víctor started his clarinet studies at the age of 7 with professor Alejandro Parejo at the Conservatory of Cáceres, Spain. After graduating at the age of 16 and receiving the Final Year Award and the High School National Music Award, he attended the ‘Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo’ in Porto, Portugal, where he obtained Bachelor of music degree at the age of 19 with professor António Saiote. Víctor obtained his Master of Music degree in 2018 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, in the class of professor Yehuda Gilad, and is now continuing at the school to pursue an Artist Diploma.
Violinist Misha Vayman, grandson of the Soviet violinist Mikhail Vaiman, began his musical studies at the age of four in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has studied with a number of prominent pedagogues, including Kurt Sassmannshaus, Mauricio Fuks, ISO concertmaster Zachary DePue, and acclaimed concert violinist Joan Kwuon.
Misha has won a large number of fellowships and has performed as recitalist and chamber musician at many prestigious festivals in the USA and internationally. In 2016 he added a faculty position at Benefic Chamber Music Festival to his summer schedule, involving himself in coaching and private teaching, as well as having the opportunity to perform with the internationally renowned American Piano Trio. He has been named the first prize winner at the ENKOR International Violin Competition, the Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Lakes concerto competitions.
Misha has performed as a soloist with a great number of orchestras, including the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, China, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Lakes Orchestras, Indiana, the Lake Charles Symphony, Louisiana, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia. His performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally.
Both his live and recorded appearances have been met with critical acclaim. North Star called his playing “Poetic and sincere” “Lyrical… with serious technical gifts.” Journal Star noted that “The crowd rose to its feet”. Steven Trinkle, artistic director and conductor at Trinkle Brass Works, Inc. said that Misha demonstrated “Some of the best string playing I’ve ever heard.”
In 2011 Misha starred in the music video “Stronger” with groundbreaking string trio Time for Three. The video was featured on CNN in 2012.
Misha earned his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is now a MM candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with renowned violinist and pedagogue Martin Beaver.
As a private teacher in Southern California, Daniel has worked with beginning students through college graduates. His students have performed with local orchestras, and have won scholarships to such programs as Crossroads School, Colburn Music Academy, Center Stage Strings, and Aspen Music Festival.
In Summer of 2014, Daniel was on the cello faculty at Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York. There, he performed chamber music with principal players of the Sarasota Orchestra, soloist and music center president Elizabeth Pitcairn, and assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Michelle Kim.
Holding a bachelor degree and graduate certificate from the University of Southern California, and master's from California State University Northridge, Daniel has studied under the nation's finest teachers including Dr. Richard Naill, Ron Leonard, Eleonore Schoenfeld, and Alexander Suleiman.
During his three-semester tenure as cellist of the Midori Chamber Music Seminar at USC, Daniel rehearsed and performed multiple works with the internationally renowned concert artist.
As an active performer throughout Southern California, Daniel can be heard appearing with local bands, in recital, or soloing with area orchestras. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Southern California Coastline in pursuit of uncrowded waves.
During nearly 30 years as a full‐time concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has carved out a career characterized by an exacting approach to music‐making and a wide variety of musical interests.
Moyer was born into an artistic family. On his mother's side, his grandfather, Paul Green was a Pulitzer‐prize‐winning playwright, and his grandmother, Elizabeth, a poet. His other grandfather, David Moyer was a concert pianist and professor of piano at Oberlin College, a student in Berlin of Ferrucio Busoni and Ernst von Dohnanyi. His grandmother, Jessie, was a singer. Moyer's father, Bill, a trombonist, was a member of the Boston Symphony for 35 years, and his mother, Betsy, a pianist, harpsichordist and singer.
Moyer began piano studies with his mother at the age of seven. Musically eclectic from the start, his youthful obsessions moved from the Tijuana Brass to Oscar Peterson to Sergei Rachmaninoff. In junior high and high school, he studied jazz intensively. Moyer received a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia while still in high school. He later attended Indiana University. His major teachers were his mother, Theodore Lettvin, Eleanor Sokoloff and Menahem Pressler.
Shortly after graduation, his acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall launched Moyer on a career that has flourished ever since, taking him to 43 countries, to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle and the Kennedy Center. Moyer has appeared as piano soloist with the major orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Boston, Singapore, Dallas, Buffalo, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. Conductors under whom he has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Gunther Schuller, and David Zinman.
Moyer's repertoire reflects an affinity for the complete range of classical music and beyond. He has recorded five Mozart concerti for the Norwegian radio, and performed three Rachmaninoff piano concerti with the Japan Philharmonic. His 24 recordings span the piano repertoire from Baroque to contemporary works. Composers who have written for Moyer include David Ott whose Second Piano Concerto Moyer recorded with the London Symphony, Donal Fox whose Etudes of 2002‐2006 were commissioned under a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, and Pulitzer Prize winners George Walker and Ned Rorem. Moyer has performed with chamber ensembles at Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood, in collaborations with baritone Benjamin Luxon, violinist Salvatore Accardo, cellist Nancy Green and the Muir String Quartet, among others. He is a member of the Jazz Fred Moyer Jazz Trio (piano, Arts Trio, (piano, bass and drums) which plays note‐for‐note transcriptions of improvisations by the great jazz piano trios of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner and others.
Moyer's enthusiasm, artistry, and adventurous programming have made him a favorite among audiences of all ages. In recital, his delightful commentary from the stage takes the audience into the heart of the musical experience.
Moyer's wide‐ranging interests have contributed to classical music in unique ways. Art museums have engaged him to create art‐music presentations that interpret works of visual art. He contributes his musical talents to causes including Habitat for Humanity and a music school in Port‐au‐Prince, Haiti, which he visits regularly to teach and perform. In 1992, Moyer started JRI Recordings which supports the work of many world‐class musicians. An avid computer programmer, he incorporates technology into his musical regimen, having written computer programs that help him analyze, memorize, practice and perform. His CD of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto was the first commercial recording of a large‐scale Romantic work using an orchestra created from sampled sounds. His Mussorgsky/Mendelssohn CD was the first commercial recording using the the Bosendorfer 290 SE Recording Piano. In 2009, he and Dr. Paul Green presented to the public an unfinished piano sonata by Robert Schumann. The next year, he and Green published for the first time an early version of the finale movement to Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 3.
Moyer's residencies of one day to three weeks combine major performances, master classes, workshops, school performances and other activities that promote classical music within communities.
Moyer's activities have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the United States Information Service, the Alcoa Foundation, the Astral Foundation, the Paul Green Foundation, Affiliate Artists, Concert Artists Guild, the Western States Arts Federation, the US China Arts Exchange and the Korean Cultural Foundation.
Fred Benedetti was born in Sasebo, Japan and began playing the guitar at age 9. In 1986 he was one of 12 guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC where Guitarra Magazine wrote, "...Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the (Bach) Chaconne..." Fred has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico and locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.
Presently he is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College where he is chair of guitar studies, and is the head of the classical guitar faculty at San Diego State University. Fred is listed in the prestigious "Who's Who Among America's Teachers-2002" and received an "Outstanding Faculty Award" in 2001 from SDSU, the "NISOD" Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and an "Outstanding Chair" award in 1990 from Grossmont College.
Equally at home playing classical music or contemporary music, he records on the SBE label and Domo Records with four noted ensembles: Keltik Kharma (a celtic band), The Odeum Guitar Duo, recently given the honor by the magazine, Acoustic Guitar, as being one of the ten best independently produced guitar CDs for the year 2000, "Blurring the Edges" a recipient of the 1994 San Diego Music Awards "Best Pop-Jazz" album of the year featuring jazz musicians Peter ,Tripp, and Hall Sprague, and the acclaimed Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo.
As a BMI affiliated composer, Fred has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions and as a studio musician for 30 years his playing is featured on over 200 CD's, numerous movie soundtracks, and TV commercials. He has shared the stage with Mason Williams, Eric Johnson, Doc Watson, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Art Garfunkel, Michael Franks, Mark O'Connor, Michael Hedges, and Ottmar Liebert, and has recorded with Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Paul Overstreet, Patty Loveless, Tom Barabas, Big Mountain, Matthew Lien, Ronny Robbins and William Lee Golden. He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ravi Shankar.
The Benefic Piano Trio
The Benefic Piano Trio, Grand Prize winners of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition, and Artists in Residence at the Benefic Chamber Festival, was formed at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, in 2017.
The Trio has had great success among music critics and media, most notably being interviewed and featured as a rising ensemble in the August 2018 issue of 'String & Bow', South Korea's premier classical music magazine.
Featuring three dedicated chamber musicians and solo prize winners coming together to channel their artistic intent with integrity and energy into tasteful and expressive music making, members Sunhwa Kim, piano, Misha Vayman, violin, and Cello (Qiele) Guo, cello, have all received numerous accolades, including full fellowships, residencies, and competition titles nationally and internationally.
The Benefic Piano Trio is currently based in Los Angeles where it was founded, and has performed at numerous venues throughout the sprawling city, including Zipper, Thayer, and Mayman Halls. Internationally, the Trio recently performed at the Debussy Hall in Lyon, France.
The Trio has worked intensively with Colburn faculty such as the legendary Arnold Steinhardt, former first violin of the Guarneri String Quartet, Fabio Bidini, prize winning concert pianist and member of Trio Solisti, and Martin Beaver, acclaimed former first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet, and a member of the Montrose Trio.
For more information, visit https://www.beneficpianotrio.com