Grigory Kalinovsky

Hailed by critics as a “superior poet” (Vancouver Sun) and praised for his “heart and indomitable will” (Gramophone), Grigory Kalinovsky has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg. As a recitalist and avid chamber musician, he has appeared at numerous concert series and festivals, including the Asheville Chamber Music Series, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Lucas Foss’s Festival at the Hamptons, Newport Music Festival, and Pavel Vernikov’s festival, “Il Violino Magico” in Italy, collaborating with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkeniasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, James Buswell, Dora Schwarzberg, and Paul Coletti, among others.

A devoted educator, Prof. Kalinovsky joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in the fall of 2013 and continues to teach at the Heifetz International Music Institute and IU Summer String Academy. Previously a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, he has taught at many summer music festivals, including Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada, Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel, Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland, Summit Music Festival in New York, “Il Violino Magico” in Italy, and Manhattan in the Mountains, where he was also one of the founding artistic directors. His book “ViolinMind” on theory and technique of playing using different tuning systems, written in collaboration with famed cello professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, has been published by OvationPress in 2019.

He has presented master classes at many major U.S. festivals and music schools, including New England Conservatory, the Colburn School, Meadowmount, University of Maryland, San Francisco Conservatory, and Seattle Conservatory, and at numerous European and Asian institutions, such as the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Buchmann-Mehta Scool of Music and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Germany, Beijing Central Conservatory in China, Seoul National University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul.

Prof. Kalinovsky’s students have won top prizes at national and international competitions, including the Spohr International Violin Competition, Tibor Varga Junior Competition, Menuhin Young Artists Competition in England, Andrea Postacchini Young Violinists Competition in Italy, and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in Chicago, and have gone on to study at institutions such as Curtis, Colburn, Juilliard, Yale, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, among others.

His recording with pianist Tatiana Goncharova featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Twenty-Four Preludes transcribed for Violin and Piano by Dmitri Tziganov – with several of the transcriptions commissioned by Kalinovsky from the celebrated composer Lera Auerbach – was released by Centaur Records to great critical acclaim and hailed by the composer’s son, conductor Maxim Shostakovich, as “a must-have for any Shostakovich music connoisseur.” The duo’s recording of the complete set of sonatas for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg was released on Naxos label in 2017.

Kalinovsky started his music education with Tatiana Liberova in his native St. Petersburg, Russia. After coming to New York, he continued his studies with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, where he served as a faculty member shortly after graduating and until his move to Indiana University.

Marina Alba López

AFSF 2022 Opportunity Award recipient

Marina Alba López was born in Madrid in 2001 in a family of musicians and started to play the violin at the age of 7. Her musical training began with singing, when she joined Madrid’s Community’s choir at the age of 5 -with whom she performed several operas at the Royal Theater of Madrid such as Tosca, Kröl Roger, Boris Godunov and Der Rosenkavalier.

She studied with Anna Baget in Adolfo Salazar Conservatory, where she finished her professional studies at the age of 16 with Honors and was awarded with the ‘Adolfo Salazar Extraordinary End of Studies Prize’.During the years of 2018-2020 she studied with Jesús Reina and Anna Margrethe Nilsen at the Galamian International Academy of Music (AIG).

She is currently a Sophomore at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with the world-renowned pedagogue and soloist Grigory Kalinovsky. At JsoM she is a member of the newly formed Morisot Quartet, with whom she is part of the Advanced Chamber Seminar -conducted by the Pacifica Quartet.

At IU JsoM she holds the Young Premier Artist Scholarship and the E H Claus Scholarship. Thanks to her excellent academic achievements she is also the recipient of Madrid’s Community Overseas-studies Grant, and is a member of the exclusive Hutton Honors College. Besides, her studies at IU JsoM are also financially supported by two private sponsors, Jacques and Brigitte Bauzon.

She has won the III International Violin Contest Forum Musikae and the Moritzburg Festival XIX Century Chamber Music AkademiePreis 2019.

As a young talent and artist, Marina has been supported by the Arkady Fomin Fundation, Aeterna Musica Foundation, Piu Mosso Foundation, IU Jacobs School of Music and Fundación Reina Nilsen.

She has performed in masterclasses for artists such asVadim Gluzman, Rudolf Koelman, Ingolf Turban, Grigory Kalinovsky, Sarah Chang and Krzysztof Wegrzyn among others. She took part in Pinchas Zukerman’s program “Young Artists Program 2018” in Ottawa, and Rudolf Kolman’s “Silkroad Summer Sessions 2018″ in Winterthur, Switzerland.

In the summer of 2019 she participated in the Miami International Festival and in the Moritzburg Festival Academy -Festival sponsored by Anne-Sophie Mutter. In August 2021 she was invited and sponsored to participate in the Moritzburg Festival Academy once again.

She has played in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Kulturpalast in Dresden – as part of Moritzburg Festival’s Orchestra-, National Auditorium of Music in Madrid, IU Jacobs School of Music’ Musical Arts Center, JSoM’s Auer Hall, IU JsoM’s Ford Hall, Moritzburg Castle, Conde Duque Hall in Madrid, Teatro Calderón, Madrid’s Cibeles’ Palace and Maria Cristina Hall in Málaga.

Marina Alba has performed as soloist with R. Koelman‘s ZHdK Strings, Classical Orchestra of Granada and twice with the Eduardo del Pueyo Summer Festival Orchestra in several occasions.

In September 2020 she performed as guest artist at the Chamber Festival Málaga Clásica, where she shared stage with artists such as Koh Cameda, Jesús Reina, Gabriel Ureña, Óscar Martín, Josu de Solaun or Erzhan Kulibaev.

She is an active supporter of new music and has premiered several pieces such as „Pirueta y Perspectiva”(2019) by Javier López de Guereña, „Obra para orquesta de cuerda” (2020) by Fernando Arroyo Lascurrain and “A memory among the fog” (2015) by Alejandro Gwinn. In March of this year she premiered with her quartet, „Rats don‘t pay subway fare“ (2022) by Matthew Levin.

Marina Alba is also a Jazz vocalist. She sings a wide range of styles within this genre, including brazilian Bossa Nova and latin Salsa. She is building up her vocalist career at the Jacobs School of Music where she is the lead singer of Wayne Wallace’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.