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Press Release

June 13, 2006

Apogee Provides Awards and Grants to Nine of Ukraine's Most Gifted Musicians in Collaboration with the Nation's Leading Music Schools

The Apogee Foundation jointly announced today with the Odessa Ministry of Culture and the administration of the Stolyarsky State Music School, the leading institution for the training of gifted young musicians in Ukraine, that it is providing awards and grants to nine of the nation's most outstanding music students and instructors, with further awards to follow at a festival to be jointly conducted later this year.

 

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"The Apogee Foundation is a welcome partner in fulfilling our aim of achieving excellence in the performing arts throughout our province, our nation, and the world."
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New York, June 13, 2006 (eMediaWire, PRWeb, PressBox) – The Apogee Foundation, a New York nonprofit dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performing arts, today announced that it is providing eight Excellence Awards to students and instructors of the historic Stolyarsky State Music School in Odessa, Ukraine's leading institution for the training of gifted young musicians, and that it also is providing its The Cherkassy Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts to the most promising musician at the Demutsky State Music School, the leading school for gifted musicians in central Ukraine.

Auditions by Stolyarsky School students for Apogee Merit Scholar awards

Sergey Maiboroda, Olga Zadorozhnuik and Aleksander Lisuk auditioning for the Apogee Merit Scholarship selection jury.

Seated on the aisle are Odessa Minister of Culture Youri Kuznetsov (front) and Stolarsky School Director Eugeni Lisuk. Left of Lisuk is Apogee Achievement Award laureate Pavel G. Kupin, and left of Kuznetsov is Apogee's Odessa coordinator Tatyana Markova.

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Apogee's Excellence Awards are provided to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in achieving, or enabling others to achieve, the apogee of human excellence in the performing arts. Students receive awards in the form of Apogee Merit Scholarships, whereas instructors are eligible for the Foundation's Achievement Award. Detailed information describing Apogee's award programs can be found on the Foundation's website at: http://www.ApogeeFoundation.org/awards/index.php

The Stolyarsky State Music School was founded in 1933 and counts among its graduates some of the most revered performing artists in history, including David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein and Emil Gilels. Laureates of the current awards were selected by a jury co-chaired by the Minister of Culture for Ukraine's Odessa Province, Youri Kuznetsov, together with the Director of the Stolyarsky School, Eugeni Lisuk, and Apogee President Kenneth Schneider. The newly announced 2005/2006 Apogee Merit Scholars selected by this jury are: Akim Anum-Dorhuso (piano), Vladislav Agramakov (piano), Yana Sharopanovskaya (violin), Sergey Maiboroda (violin), Olga Zadorozhnuik (piano), Aleksander Lisuk (cello), and Sergey Nikituk (piano). Another set of awards is to be provided later this year at a festival to be jointly conducted by Apogee and the Ministry of Culture, where gifted musicians from throughout the entire Odessa Province as well as Apogee laureates from other nations will participate.

Eugene Lisuk, Tatyana Markova, Kenneth Schneider and Yuri Kuznetsov

The Director and Vice Director of the Stolyarsky Music School, Eugeni Lisuk and Tatyana Markova, with Apogee President Kenneth Schneider and Minister of Culture Youri Kuznetsov.

The award jury is shown in the Stolyarsky concert hall where candidates auditioned for Apogee awards.

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Apogee also announced that it has awarded the inaugural Stolyarsky Honorarium for Excellence in Education, a special edition of the Foundation's Achievement Award named in honor of the founder of the Stolyarsky School, Peter S. Stolyarsky, to the school's senior cello instructor, Pavel G. Kupin. Professor Kupin was himself a student of Mistislav Rostropovich and has taught at both the Stolyarsky School and the Odessa Conservatory for decades, passing on the great traditions both of his teacher and of these preeminent institutions to future generations. He also is the teacher of Aleksander Lisuk, who was judged the top performer of this year's audition performances.

Mischa Elman as a Young Musician in Ukraine

Mischa Elman at the turn of the last century in Talnoye, a town in the heart of the Cherkassy District of Ukraine.

Elman exemplifies the world class talent which can emerge from remote regions to achieve the apogee of human excellence in the performing arts.

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In addition to its Excellence Awards, the Foundation provides Regional Awards to world class performing artists from designated geopolitical regions in order to promote local development of performing arts training and to offer high potential candidates from these regions opportunities for international support and recognition. The Cherkassy Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts is made available each year to the most promising performing arts student in or from the Cherkassy Province of central Ukraine. This award is made in honor of the great violinist Mischa Elman, who was born in this province and who exemplifies the elite artistic talent which can emerge from remote areas to achieve the apogee of human excellence on the world stage.

Apogee is assisted in the administration of its Cherkassy Award by the Talnoye Benevolent and Cultural Society as well as by the administration of the Demutsky State Music School, which is the leading training institution for gifted musicians in central Ukraine. A jury including the Director of the Demutsky School, Pavel Melnik, Odessa Conservatory professor Igor Boruch, and Apogee President Kenneth Schneider selected Bogdan Dekhtyaruk, a 13 year old trumpet prodigy and grand prize winnder of multiple national and international competitions, to receive the inaugural Cherkassy Award and its accompanying scholarship.

Bogdan Dekhtaruk in Performance at Odessa's Philharmonic Hall

Trumpet prodigy Bogdan Dekhtyaruk, a student of the Demutsky State Music School in Uman, Ukraine, was selected as the first laureate of the Cherkassy Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Dekhtyaruk is shown here in a live performance with orchestra in Odessa's Philharmonic Hall.

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For more information on Apogee's programs throughout Ukraine, please refer to the Foundation's earlier press release: http://www.apogeefoundation.org/awareness/
2005-2006/ukraine_programs.php

Youri Kuznetsov, Minister of Culture for the Odessa Province of Ukraine, said: "The Apogee Foundation is a welcome partner in fulfilling our aim of achieving excellence in the performing arts throughout our province, our nation, and the world. We look forward to building a brighter future together for talented artists and for everyone who benefits from empowering them to fulfill their potential."

Eugeni Lisuk, Director of the Stolyarsky School, said: "We are delighted to partner with Apogee in recognizing and supporting Ukraine's most promising young artists, and look forward to all that we can achieve together for many years to come.”

Pavel Melnik and Kenneth Schneider in Uman, Ukraine

Pavel Melnik, Director of the Demutsky School, with Apogee President Kenneth Schneider in Uman, Ukraine.

The Demutsky Music School is the leading training institution for gifted musicans in central Ukraine.

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Pavel Melnik, Director of the Demutsky School, said: "We are grateful to Apogee for their efforts to build a future where talented people in our region and around the globe can be recognized for their gifts and can be assisted in fulfilling their dreams."

Apogee President Kenneth Schneider said: “Ukraine's traditions of producing world class performing artists are as great as those of any nation on Earth, and it is a great privilege to collaborate with these institutions which have played such an important role in such a magnificent history, and to insure that they will continue to thrive in the new millennium.”

To view this news release with full photographic content and to download printer friendly and PDF formats, as well as to obtain translations into other languages, please refer to the Foundation's website: http://www.ApogeeFoundation.org/awareness/2005-2006/ukraine_gifted_musicians.php

About The Apogee Foundation ®
The Apogee Foundation began activities in Russia in 1997 and was incorporated in the United States in 2004 as a New York based not-for-profit corporation. Apogee is dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performing arts. It supports cultural institutions and individual artists, providing administrative, promotional, and financial support to help talented individuals achieve their full potential, and enabling this potential to be showcased to the world.

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