East Meets West - World Class Trio

October 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

East Meets West

Courtland Arts Council hosts event at Ada Lutheran Church

Courtland, KS – The Courtland Arts Council is excited to present on October 18, 2017, “East Meets West”, a trio of world-class musicians from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The venue, Ada Lutheran Church located in rural Courtland, KS, was chosen to accommodate the acoustics of the performance. Duo Kaspiana is made up of Diana Seitz (violin) and Maya Tuylieva (piano). The duo will feature special guest Esther Seitz (cello).

Duo Kaspiana is named for the Caspian Sea, which is located in the region where the Eastern world meets the Western world. Turkmen pianist, Maya Tuylieva was born and raised on the Eastern shore of the sea and violinist, Diana Seitz, from Azerbaijan, on the Western. It seemed only natural to perform together, when they met in Kansas, where Eastern US meets the Western. The mission of the ensemble is to introduce the music of their side of the world, since the music of their countries is a part of the world that is waiting to be discovered.

“A world-class musician with a strong following…” (Kansas City Star), whose performances are described as “exciting, powerful, energetic, noble and technically brilliant,” violinist Diana Seitz made her first public performance as a soloist with a chamber orchestra in Moscow, Russia, at the age of nine.

A pianist from Turkmenistan (former USSR), Dr. Maya Tuylieva was described as a profound artist, capable of commanding the attention of the audience with her inimitable sincerity and conviction of her performances by colleges and listeners around the world from Carnegie Hall to Japan.

Described as having a “lingering, singing tone” by the Kansas City Star, Cellist Esther Seitz made her solo debut as a teenager performing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto with chamber orchestra at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX).

“By chance, the Arts Council was connected to Diana Seitz’ music and was able to bring a one of a kind performance to our patrons at the historic Ada Lutheran Church.” – Tanner Johnson, Courtland Arts Council President.

Ada Lutheran Church is located 442 Valley Road, Courtland, Kansas. Direction from Courtland: 5 miles south and 1.5 miles east. Directions from KS HWY 148: 1 mile north and 1.5 miles east.

The Courtland Arts Council is a non-profit organization supporting the arts in North Central Kansas. The Arts Center is located at 421 Main Street, Courtland, KS 66939.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tanner Johnson at 785-374-4231 or email at courtlandartscouncil@gmail.com. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/courtlandarts or www.courtlandarts.com.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Diana Seitz

“A world-class musician with a strong following…” (Kansas City 
Star), whose performances are described as “exciting, powerful, energetic, noble and technically brilliant,” violinist Diana Seitz made her first public performance as a soloist with a chamber orchestra in Moscow, Russia, at the age of nine. As a teenager, Diana became a laureate of the Azerbaijan National Violin Competition and appeared as a soloist with the National Azerbaijan Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.1 in D major with the Cadenza by E. Sauret. 
Ms. Seitz received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. During her studies in Moscow, Diana had numerous opportunities to perform in Moscow area and served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Moscow Bach Center Orchestra.


Forced to flee her Homeland due to severe ethnic persecution, Seitz continued her studies in the United States. She received her Master’s Degree and DMA in violin performance from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied under FeliciaMoye, while serving as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and first violinist of the Crouse String Quartet. 


Dr. Seitz joined the string faculty of Washburn University (Topeka, KS) in August of 2011, coming from the University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX) where she served as the Assistant professor of violin, Associate Concertmaster of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the South Texas Lyric Opera. Her professional experience also includes conducting the annual Seitz and Sounds violin workshop in Columbus, OH, as well as teaching at the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic (Bloomington, IN), Kinhaven Summer Music School (Weston, VT), Meadowmount School of Music (Westport, NY), and teaching residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
A soloist in demand, Diana appeared with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan), Valley Symphony Orchestra (Edinburg, TX), Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra (Kansas City, KS) and Kansas City Civic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Felicia Moye, Haysun Kang, Michael Murray, Cheng Hou Lee, James VanDemark and Christopher Taylor. 
Dr. Seitz plays a 1759 Paolo Testore violin. 

 

Maya Tuylieva

A young pianist from Turkmenistan (former USSR), Dr. Maya Tuylieva was described as a profound artist, capable of commanding the attention of the audience with her inimitable sincerity and conviction of her performances by colleges and listeners around the world. 
 
She won her first competition at the age of six and made her national debut with a live performance on Turkmen National Television at the age of eight. She then entered the Turkmen State Special Music School, where she became the winner of numerous state competitions. Among those was the 1999 Turkmen National Young Artist Competition. 
 
Upon graduating from the Special Music School, Maya entered the Turkmen National Conservatory, where she worked and performed with the Turkmen Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestra of the Turkmen National Conservatory.  
 
In 2001 Maya got an opportunity to study in the US. She received a full scholarship to study at The University of Kansas, where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. While studying in Kansas the young pianist won several national competitions, including Crescendo Young Musician’s Guild Competition and Naftzger Young Artists Competition. Maya was also selected to perform with University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra for their
concerti series at Lied Center of Kansas for Performing Arts. 
 
In the spring of 2008, while earning her Master’s degree at Arizona State University, Maya Tuylieva won the Cosmo and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, NY. Consequently, she performed
in Carnegie Recital Hall at the Winners’ Recital Gala Concert in May, 2008. Recently Tuylieva earned her Doctorate degree from The University of Kansas. Maya's current performances include Young Artist Tour around Italy and concert series in Japan.

 

Esther Seitz

Described as having a “lingering, singing tone” by the Kansas City Star, Cellist Esther Seitz made her solo debut as a teenager performing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto with chamber orchestra at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX). Seitz is currently an undergraduate cello performance major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance studying under Professor Michael Mermagen. Other notable teachers include Carter Enyeart, Mark Gibbs, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and Julia Lichten. A young musician in demand, Esther has performed all over the United States. These professional experiences include performances at the Meadowmount School of Music where she was awarded a merit scholarship to study under professors Hans Jørgen Jensen and Julia Lichten, as well as the Endless Mountain Music Festival where Esther was awarded a scholarship to perform a series of six symphony concerts side by side with professional orchestral musicians from New York, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore areas. Esther is also listed on the Kansas City Symphony sub list.

Seitz has performed in numerous master classes for such prominent musicians as John Sharp, principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony, Keith Robinson, cellist of the Miami String Quartet, Ivan Chan, former first violinist of the Miami String Quartet, Steven Tenenbom, Violist of the Orion String Quartet and faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, and David Geber, a founding member of the American String Quartet and faculty at Manhattan School of Music. A budding new artist on the Kansas City music scene, Esther and her piano trio collaborated with the Kansas City Ballet for their “New Moves” production in 2016. Further delving into new projects, Esther participated in the annual Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers festival in Iowa where she performed newly composed works for professional musicians from all over the Midwest, as well as performed at the Electronic Music Midwest festival in Kansas City.  Seitz has also performed with Kansas City’s professional new music ensemble newEar, and the UMKC Conservatory's new music chamber ensemble, Musica Nova, on multiple occasions. With these ensembles, Esther has performed many original compositions by up-and-coming composers in the Kansas City area, some of those performances being world premieres.


 


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