Classical Instrumental

Photo of Dr. Hristo Birbochukov Dr. Hristo Birbochukov Classical Instrumental Department Chair: Piano
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The Bulgarian-born pianist Hristo Birbochukov [B IH R – b oh – CH UU – k oh v] has appeared frequently in solo and collaborative music performances in Eastern Europe and in the United States, including a New York debut recital in 2012. Known for his “sensitivity” and “superb artistry” (Edward Lein, Intermezzo Concert Series), Birbochukov has performed as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and has participated in international music festivals, such as the International Festival for Contemporary Piano Music ppIANISSIMO (Sofia), and the International Festival of New Music (Florida).…

Photo of Josiah Bullach Josiah Bullach Brass

Josiah T. Bullach serves as Associate and Assistant Principal Horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since his appointment to the LPO in 2016, Mr. Bullach has played an active role as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. He is on the board of the New Orleans Chamber Players, on faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and is passionate about music education in the greater New Orleans area.…

Photo of Dr. Leslie Cain Dr. Leslie Cain Music Theory, Ear Training, Accompanist

Pianist Leslie Cain, D.M.A., has been widely praised for her delicate touch and nuanced sense of color at the keyboard. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with André-Michel Schub. She subsequently earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the studio of Paul Berkowitz.…

Photo of Dr. Zorica Dimova Dr. Zorica Dimova Classical Instrumental Instructor: Violin/Viola, Strings

Zorica Dimova is originally from Bulgaria. She started playing the violin when she was 5 years old. At 9 she joined the Youth Orchestra with which she toured Europe and won various awards. Mrs. Dimova graduated from the National Music Conservatory “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was featured as a soloist of the Symphony Orchestra in Stara Zagora and the State Academy Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.5, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D major.…

Photo of Dr. Jay Kacherski Dr. Jay Kacherski Guitar

“Virtuosismo” and “technical dominance” are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski.  A native of New York, Kacherski has performed around the world as a soloist and member of the highly praised Texas Guitar Quartet. Kacherski has performed at distinguished festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Guitarra de Taxco,  the Florida Guitar Foundation, the Brevard Music Center, Round Top, the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Mexico City, the New Orleans Opera, and the GHM International Guitar Art Festival in Shenzen, China among others. …

Photo of Mark-Anthony Thomas Mark-Anthony Thomas Vocal Instructor, Musicianship

Emerging tenor Mark-Anthony Thomas is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he studied vocal music and received a Certificate of Artistry under the tutelage of Phyllis Treigle. He was selected as a winner of the New Orleans Junior Philharmonic Society competition in 2009.…

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