Guest Artists

Heather Wittels

Heather Wittels is a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra first violin section and the Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Festival Opera Orchestra.  In recent seasons she gave her Chicago recital debut on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, where she appeared again in 2014, and her Wisconsin recital debut on The Midday radio show.

Nazar Dzhuryn

A native of Lviv, Ukraine, cellist Nazar Dzhuryn graduated from the Lviv Music School, where he studied with Evgeny Shpitzer, and earned his Master of Music degree at the Moscow State Conservatory under Prof. Igor Gavrysh. Upon graduation, Nazar taught at the Moscow State Conservatory as an assistant professor before moving to Chicago in 1998. Since then, he has been in high demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.

Irina Feoktistova

Irina Feoktistova graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. A classically trained pianist, she has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist. In 1995, as a part of a piano duo, she participated in the Park Lane Group auditions and was chosen from 260 participants to perform at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall, one of the best in London.

Peter Ferry

"The ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry... in a bristling onstage performance that was a dance all its own." -Chicago Sun-Times

"An artist of vision... presenting percussion in a stunning, thoughtful way," -Democrat and Chronicle

Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist quickly gaining recognition for re-imagining the classical concert experiencethrough meaningful, entertaining performances of contemporary repertoire.