Pianist Anna Billias
and cellist Julia Goudimova
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) announces that pianist Anna Billias assisted by cellist Julia Goudimova will perform a concert of romantic music on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church.
The AGAR/Bethany concert had previously been planned as a recital by pianist Jeanne Backofen Craig, a semi-finalist in the 2016 Cliburn International competition from Bedford, who has sustained a hand injury that will not permit her to play on Sunday. Mrs. Craig plans to be in the audience on Sunday, and AGAR and Craig hope to work with each other in the future.
Dr. Billias, who was born and raised in the Ukraine, is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Piano Studies and Collaborative Performance at Sweet Briar College Ms. Goudimova is principal cellist of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of Marlbrook string quartet, member of Saturn piano Quartet, participant of Ardo consort, and a cello instructor at Washington and Lee University and Southern Virginia University.
Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 4:00 pm
Where: Bethany United Methodist Church
732 High Peak Rd, Monroe, VA 24574
Adults/Seniors $15, Students k-12 - $2, College Students $5
Family $24 (up to six persons when in combination of children & adults)
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE PERFORMERS
Dr. Anna Billias was trained as a concert pianist at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music in Donetsk, Ukraine (originally the Prokofiev Conservatory of Music) and graduated with advanced degrees in both performance and instruction for piano. During her school tenure, Anna performed with the school’s symphony orchestra, where she was a featured soloist and frequent accompanist throughout the Donetsk Oblast. Anna was invited to perform in Paris, France, for the International Music Forum in the fall of 1997, and was a prizewinner in the Prokofiev International Piano Competition in 1995, where she competed against pianists from across Europe. Anna received her D.M.A. in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, Virginia.
She has performed in numerous concerts at Sweet Briar College, Hampden Sydney College, Lynchburg College, Liberty University, Randolph College, Shenandoah Conservatory, and James Madison University, and in London, England, Crimea, Russia, and Donetsk, Ukraine.
She has performed in Lynchburg for fundraising events for the Forte Chamber Music Festival, Opera on the James and for the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. Anna has been invited to judge CVMTA competitions, and is a frequent jurist for musical events in Amherst, Lynchburg and Charlottesville. In 2010, she premiered a performance of Joelle Wallach’s “Daughters of Silence.” Anna is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Piano Studies and Collaborative Performance at Sweet Briar College. In her spare time, she is the music director at a local church and runs a growing private piano studio. She is also the proud mother of three musically gifted children and her husband, Chris, is the Commonwealth's Attorney for Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington, VA.
Julia Goudimova was born in Moscow. She began studying piano at the age of five and cello at the age of seven. She studied in Tiraspol College of Music with Prof. G. A. Balykbaev and Belarus Academy of Music under the instruction of O.I.Studnitsky and E. L. Ksaveriev. She has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts in Belarus, Moldova, Germany, South Korea, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Since moving to the United States, Julia has been actively participating in the music life of South-Western Virginia and West Virginia, and is involved in symphony orchestra and chamber music performances in Washington D.C., Roanoke, Lynchburg, Lexington, Harrisonburg, as well as Bath and Rockbridge Counties. Currently Julia is principal cellist of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, founding member of Marlbrook string quartet, member of Saturn piano Quartet, participant of Ardo consort, and a cello instructor at Washington and Lee University and Southern Virginia University.
Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.