Cellist Elizabeth Kalfayan, soloist, chamber musician and educator, has performed with the Baroque Music Ensemble, the Metropolitan Lyric Opera, the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the State Repertory Opera Company and the Orchestra of St. Peter’s By the Sea. On the pop scene Elizabeth has appeared with k.d. lang, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Anne Murray, Smokey Robinson, and in Vh1 Classics Videos with Cindi Lauper and The Doors. Ms. Kalfayan is co-founder of the Encore String Quartet, Melody Arts Trio and the Harmonia Chamber Players, and founder of the Encore Piano Trio and Merritt Chamber Music Workshops. She also founded and manages the New Horizon Symphony Orchestra, which helps support communities through classical music performances.
As an educator, Elizabeth Kalfayan is especially known for her performance lectures that highlight the genius of great composers for the violoncello including Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Shostakovich. Her Interactive and Educational Program Series for young listeners encourages audience participation through improvisational movement, making connections with the lives and emotions of the composers. She was also Director of Strings at the River Dell School District and the ECLC School and has facilitated chamber music workshops at the Puffin Foundation and New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Ms. Kalfayan is the author of an iBook series, CELLO/PLAY SMART FROM THE START - A Handbook For Advancing Virtuosity. The interactive, multitouch iBooks constitute a full cello curriculum. Elizabeth Kalfayan holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Jacob Bernstein as well as Martha Williams, Arthur Balsam, and Rachmael Weinstock.
Violinist Alexei Sepe has been a student at the Calderone School of Music since 2008. A versatile musician, he has also studied alto saxophone, French horn and voice. At Parsippany Hills High School he plays French horn in the concert band and is drum major of the marching band as well as singing in several choruses. Alexei was a “top ten tenor” in the All-State Mixed Chorus, has been inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and participates in his church’s bell choir. He has been recognized extensively for his achievements by both CSM, where he has received Outstanding Achievement Awards, and the American String Teachers Association, which awarded him its highest grades. Alexei would like to thank his parents and brother for their wonderful support, as well as Professors Kathleen Calderone, Ala Epelbaum and Mrs. Teresita David for their amazing instruction and encouragement.
Violinist Amogh Anakru began studying violin at the Calderone School of Music at 6 years old. While he also played the flute for a period of time, his love for the violin and the support of his instructor, Professor Alla Epelbaum, helped him to excel on his CSM Annual Examinations as well as receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award at the CSM Spring Recitals. For the past seven years Amogh has also consistently been awarded the highest grades by the American String Teachers Association at their Annual Certificate Examinations. Amogh attends Newark Academy in Livingston and in the fall will attend Cornell University to study engineering physics. He plays first violin in his high school orchestra and second violin in the NJIO (New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra). Through playing his instrument, Amogh has developed a deep appreciation for classical music, especially gravitating to the pieces of the Finnish violinist and composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).