DIANA MITTLER-BATTIPAGLIA received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and her Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music.  Her piano teachers have included her parents, Regina and Franz Mittler, Edward Steuermann, Eugene List and Jane Carlson.  Further studies in chamber music were with Arthur Balsam, Louis Persinger, John Wummer, John Celentano, Carroll Glenn, and at Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center.  Dr. Mittler-Battipaglia has appeared as soloist with community orchestras and with the New York Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, and the National Orchestral Association, and in many solo and chamber music concerts and broadcasts in New York and New England.  She made a successful New York solo recital debut in 1977 and as co-founder of the Con Brio Ensemble, has presented an annual series of chamber music concerts in the greater New York area since 1978, and has recorded for Preiser Records – Vienna, Austria and Con Brio Records.  Of her playing, Alan Hughes of the New York Times said, “…there was a consistently musical approach to everything that gave the listener confidence in her artistic instincts.”

Dr. Battipaglia is currently Professor of Music and Choral Director at Lehman College of the City University of New York, where she performs regularly with the Lehman Chamber Players.  She has also served as an educational consultant to the New York City Board of Education, the New York State Education Department, and New World Records.  In 1993, she received a major award for “Excellence in Teaching” from Lehman College, where she also received the PRISM Award in 1996 from the President’s Committee on Pluralism and Diversity.


Her biography of her father, Franz Mittler: Austro-American Composer, Musician, and Humorous Poet, was published by Peter Lang Verlag in 1994.  In July 1995,      Dr. Battipaglia was featured performer at the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Austria.  During 1997-98, she performed at Merkin Concert Hall under the auspices of the Austrian Cultural Institute and in Vienna, Austria in programs sponsored by the Orpheus Trust.  In March 2001, she was featured on radio station 1010 WINS “Good for New York” series, and in July of 2005 CUNY-TV featured her and the Lehman Chorus on its “Study with the Best” series.  They also appeared in April 2009 on PBS Channel 21 in the film-documentary “Last Stop, Kew Gardens.”  In May 2009, Dr. Battipaglia was honored with a lifetime achievement award in music from the New York State Assembly.  In May 2011 she was elected Chair of the Music Department.

ALAN HOLLANDER, has been principal oboist as well as a featured soloist with numerous ensembles throughout the New York metropolitan area.  He has conducted the American Wind Ensemble, Larchmont Symphony and various other ensembles in the region, and has been the Music Director/ Conductor of the Westchester Band for the past 13 years.


Mr. Hollander is an adjunct professor of oboe at Hofstra University and is Professor of Music at Lehman College, teaching conducting and graduate music education courses.  He is the Director of the Lehman College Community Band, and Lehman Concert Chamber Ensemble. In May 2011, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Music Department.  Mr. Hollander stepped down from his full-time duties at Lehman College, and still continues to direct the band, lead the faculty woodwind quintet, as well as teach conducting.


Mr. Hollander is quite active as a clinician/ conductor in public school music throughout New York State, leading All County and All State Festival Ensembles. For the past 12 years, he has been the editor of the Oboe,English Horn, and Woodwind Quintet sections of the New York State School Music Association Manual.  For 29 years, he was the Director of Music and Instrumental Ensembles in the Edgemont Public Schools.  Recently. he has published his own arrangements of music for Oboe, Wind Quintet, and Concert Band.  He is also the sole manufacturer of Gordet Oboes.   In his “spare” time, he enjoys boating and is an avid Yankee’s fan.  He is currently working on a book detailing the techniques required to successfully operate a community band. 

 

ALEXANDER MESHIBOVSKY has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Hamburg Philharmonic, the RIAS Symphony of Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandthaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra in Hanover, the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra in Munich, the Bamberg Symphony and the European Union Youth Symphony.  He has been featured on programs with prominent conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ricardo Chailly, Edo de Waart, Klaus Tennstedt, Thomas Sanderling, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.


Mr. Meshibovsky was born in Kharkov, USSR.  After graduating from the Kharkov conservatory, he joined the Russian Concert Agency as a soloist, performing throughout the USSR.  In 1975 he began his career in the West, making solo appearances with European and American orchestras, performing on radio and television, giving recitals and master classes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Norway, and even returning for a triumphant tour of the USSR.


In 1979, Mr. Meshibovsky immigrated to the United States, to work with Jascha Heifetz.  In New York, he has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, New York University, The Bruno Walter Auditorium, and at Lehman College.  His extensive repertoire includes nearly 50 violin concertos from baroque to contemporary, early and modern Russian works, and his own compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions.


Mr. Meshibovsky has served for many years as Professor of Violin at East Tennessee State University and the University of West Virginia, and is currently on the faculty of the Music Department at Lehman College, Columbia University Teachers College, and Long Island University.











CON  BRIO  ENSEMBLE

Praised by critics for their “expressive grace and finesse” and playing that is “vibrant and focused,” the Miller Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005.  Anton Miller, violin and Rita Porfiris, viola first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. Their musical lineage can be traced back to famed pedagogues and musicians Ivan Galamian. Leopold Auer, Franz Kneisel, Joseph Joachim, and Josef Bohm, close friend and collaborator of Ludwig van Beethoven. In keeping with this distinguished pedigree, the duo has given concerts and masterclasses at festivals and institutions across the United States, Central America, and Europe.

Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” .

Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” (music of Bruch and Gliere), released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work”  by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile Magazines. Rita also received accolades for her transcription for violin and viola of Reinhold Gliere's Eight Pieces Op. 39. Highlights of recent seasons included sold-out performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Bruch Double Concerto with Lincoln's Symphony and a performance of the rarely performed Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy for Violin and Viola with the Concert Artists of Baltimore.

Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1992, American violinist ANTON MILLER has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He has performed over fifty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on three different continents.  His most recent solo release on Naxos features the Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Miller has also been concertmaster for a number of orchestras including almost thirty years with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. On the violin and chamber music faculty at the Hartt School and New York University, he previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Anton completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying with renown violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli. He has been a member of the Con Brio Ensemble for almost 30 seasons.

Violist RITA PORFIRIS has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide both as a chamber musician and as a soloist. She has been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Mooresʼ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. In her former 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician in top American and German orchestras, 15 of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. Rita received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. She is currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Chair of Chamber Music at the Hartt School, and was pleased to join the Con Brio Ensemble in 2011.


Cellist HAMILTON BERRY’s eclectic taste has led him to pursue a range of musical projects.  As a participant in Carnegie Hall’s “Porous Borders of Music” workshop, he performed Edgar Meyer’s Duet for Cello and Bass with the composer at Zankel Hall.  He has appeared as soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society, and in diverse roles at venues including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre, Terminal 5, and the Jazz Gallery.  He has attended the Olympic, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Banff, and Orford music festivals. 


In 2009, Mr. Berry received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Timothy Eddy.  In June 2010, he and several Juilliard colleagues presented master classes and interactive performances to children in the favelas of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the Guri Santa Marcelina program.  He is a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.



PAUL ROCZEK, born in 1947 in Vienna, studied the violin with Franz Samohyl and Max Rostal and receieved further musical inspiration from Sandor Vegh and Ivry Gitlis.  While still in his teens, he was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Vienna Soloists.


After winning several international competitions, he concentrated on chamber music serving for 30 years as the first violinist of the Austrian String Quarter and Webern String Trio performing with such renowned musicians as Vegh, Gitlis, Leister, Rampal, Berger, and Kontarsky.  He has been Professor of Violin at the Mozarteum since 1969.  Many of his students have become concertmasters of major orchestras, soloists, chamber musicians, and professors of music.  He has served many times as Acting Rector of the Mozarteum and from 1990-2002 was the artistic director of the institute's International Summer Academy.


In recent years he has been a visiting professor at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, the National Australian Conservatory in Melbourne, the China Conservatory in Beijing, the International Summer Academies of the Mozarteum and the Vienna Music University.  He has given master classes in conservatories and universities in Moscow, Brussels, Milan, Mannheim, Saarbrücken, Weimar, Munich, Prague, Talinn, Vilnius, London, Paris, Kobe, and Tokyo, as well as at Bowdoin, Indiana University, Temple University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Michigan.

As President of the Austrian National Youth competition “Musik der Jugend,” his mission is to nurture the next generation of Austrian musicans.  He continues to serve on the jury of major international violin competitions, such as the Mozart Competitions in Salzburg, and Augsburg, the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Louis Spohr Competition in Weimar, and the Georg Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne.


As a violinist he performs regularly with cellists Julius Berger and Andre Emelianoff, and with other colleagues and friends throughout the US, Europe, and the Far East.