Educational Bridge Project

30th Festival Fall 2016, Boston, USA:


EBP 30th Festival, Fall 2016 - Participants - PDF




Lidia Barkanova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from Baltic State Technical University ("VOENMEKH"), where she received her MS in Computer Science and Specialist (BS/MS equivalent) in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Currently she works as a QA Engineer is one of the top IT companies in St. Petersburg. Being fond of science, Lidia works as an assistant in Voenmekh.



Born in Leningrad, Georges Devdariani graduated with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Musical College. He continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp and later at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, graduating with a Master of Musical Arts in Music Theatre. A winner of international competitions, Mr. Devdariani takes part in a variety of international music projects and festivals, he tours as a clarinetist performing in Russia, the USA and Holland. Mr. Devdariani studied drama at the Amsterdam's Theater School De Trap from which he graduated in 2005. He starred in the movie "Hang" and won two awards at the International Film Festival of Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2010, a short film named "Desk Job" starring Georges won the "Best Foreign Black Comedy" Award at the International Independent Film Festival in New York. Mr. Devdariani has first participated at the Educational Bridge Project Festival in 2012, having narrated "The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke" by V. Ullmann - R.M. Rilke and having coached student actors of the Drama Department of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University during a master-class on Anton Chekhov "Uncle Vanya".



Tatiana Kholostova was born in Saint-Petersburg. After finishing school she entered the pedagogical Institute named after A. I. Herzen, which she graduated from with a degree in physics in English. She taught Physics, English, supervised the educational institutions in several cities of the country. Breadth of her interests has led Tatiana to the study of philosophy, sociology and psychology; she worked at these subjects in Arkhangel’sk, Murmansk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint-Petersburg, and in the United States. As a result, having completed postgraduate studies, she defended a dissertation on social philosophy. She is currently a Professor of BSTU “Voenmekh” St. Petersburg, Russia, where she not only teaches subjects, but involving students actively in extracurricular work and fosters in them a proactive stance. Her “know how” is presented by conference “Dialogue of Cultures”, which she will conduct in May 2017 for the tenth time. The conference is an integral part of the Educational Bridge Project, Boston, USA. At the conferences there attended more than 40 representatives of educational institutions, both professors and students, from Boston, USA. This year at the conference there were presented 45 reports prepared by the students from 6 universities of St. Petersburg. Tatiana and her students take an active part in the Educational Bridge Project, in St. Petersburg and in Boston.



Alexander Kushnarev was born in 1994 in Moscow. He began s his music studies with 4 years of piano at the Children Music School named after N. Myaskovsky with Irina G. Turusova. In the spring of 2008 Alexander graduated from music school where he studied piano. In 2009 he moved to a French horn class with Anatoly Grigorievich Tokarev, and in 2010 he entered the Moscow State College of musical performance in the class of Anatoly G. Tokarev. In 2014 he graduated from college with honors and entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of Professor Vladimir Stepanovich Shish (brass department). At present he is a 3rd year student.
Alexander leads an active concert life at the Moscow conservatory, in Russia and abroad. He is a winner of many prestigious International and All-Russian competitions, including 2 prizes at the Muse world competition (2014), and at the 21st Century Composers competition.
In 2015 he was a winner of the International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory, participated in the Summer Academy in Rheinau Music Festival in Switzerland, Alicante’s Province Youth Orchestra, and in 2016 received a Diploma in the Kyoto International Music Students Festival.



Maria Lyudko graduated with honors from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory having majored in musicology and solo singing. She continued her studies at the International J.S. Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany, The Young Singers Academy of the Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia, participated at master-classes by many famous singers in Russia and Europe. Maria is prize-winner of 8 All-Russian and International competitions (such as Hans Gabor Belvedere in Vienna, Austria, The Romansiada Competition in Moscow, Russia, The L. Sobinov Vocal Competition, Saratov, Russia). Maria regularly takes part at prestigious international music festivals and is jury member of a number of international vocal competitions. She has been giving master-classes at educational institutions in Russia, Europe and the US, including Harvard University. Among her students are soloists of many opera theaters in the world. Her voice has been heard at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Mariinsky Theater, The Komische Oper Berlin, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory, Boston, US, and The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. On stage Maria has created the characters of Violetta ("La Traviata") and Nannetta ("Falstaff") by G. Verdi, Donna Anna ("Don Giovanni"), Silberklang ("Der Schauspieldirektor"), Susanna ("Le Nozze di Figaro"), Konstanze ("Die Entführung aus dem Serail") by W.A. Mozart, Euridice ("Orfeo") by Ch. W. Glück, Ann Truelove ("The Rake's Progress") by I. Stravinsky, the Swan Princess ("The Tale of Tsar Saltan") by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tatiana ("Eugene Onegin") by P.I. Tchaikovsky. Her oratorial repertoire is just as broad- solo parts in Requiems by Mozart and Dvorak, "Carmina Burana" by Orff, the Messa's by Bach, Hyadn, Mozart, Christmas Oratorio's by Bach and Saint-Saëns. Maria has been performing for the media, recording sound tracks for movies; has recorded five solo albums.



Taisiia Makhova was born on December 16, 1988 in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) to a family of architects. In 2005 she entered Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in the school of architecture. On graduating with a Specialist's Degree she joined the well-known St. Petersburg architectural firm "Studio-17", where she works at the present time. In the firm, she is responsible for the design of competitions and actual projects in the field of residential and public buildings. In 2013, she entered the Master’s Studio in the Department of Architectural and Urban Planning heritage in SPSUACE, where she developed research work on the theme of "Open public space in the historic district of St. Petersburg – Kolomna". In May 2015, she was admitted to the St. Petersburg Union of Architects. In June 2015, she graduated from her Master’s Program at SPSUACE with honors. In addition, on the results of the XXIV International Review-competition of final qualifying works in architecture and design, her final work received the 1st Degree Diploma. In September 2015, she entered the PhD program at SPSUACE and was assigned to the Department of Architectural and Urban Heritage, where she has been exploring the topic of "Formation of open public spaces of St. Petersburg in the historical and urban planning context of the XVIII-XX centuries" together with her supervisor.



Alexey Osipov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1993. He graduated from the Special music school of St.Petersburg Conservatory (classes of Vladimir Ovcharek and Vera Dobrinina), followed by Bachelor and Master diplomas with Pierre Amoyal in Lausanne. Alexey is currently studying with Svetlana Makarova at the Conservatoire de Lausanne – HEMU in Switzerland. Alexey Osipov participates in many world-famous Russian and International music festivals such as Vladimir Spivakov festival in Moscow (year 2008, 2009), “Kissinger Sommer” festival in Bad Kissingen, Germany (years 2003 - 2009), Abu Dhabi Classics concert season. He regularly performs in Big and Small Philharmonic Halls, St.Petersburg State Capella, Jusupov Palace, Glasunov Hall of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Rimsky-Korsakov museum and many other concert halls of St.Petersburg. Alexey plays concerts in Holland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and USA. In the last decade he has won violin competitions throughout Europe.



Oxana Shevchenko is internationally recognized as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility, and versatility. She is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In 2010 Oxana won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition. “Shevchenko was next with Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. She has been, frankly, gobsmacking since the start, and was absolutely consistent in her delivery of the Prokofiev: total power, complete clarity of articulation and a phenomenal level of musicianship that is already world class.” ~ The Herald Right after her triumph Oxana worked with Delphian Records on her debut recording, released in 2011, which includes works by Shostakovich, Mozart, Liszt, and Ravel. “This is the most exciting debut disc to come my way for some time… I look forward eagerly to her future releases” ~ Gramophone (Editor’s Choice). She has taken prizes at many other competitions through Europe including Best Accompanist Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition.



Alexander Solovyev, Associate Professor, Dean of the Office for Foreign Students Affairs, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Born in Moscow, 1978. Graduated from the Gnessins State Music College (teacher: Asst. Prof. Vladimir Lyubarsky), then from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, both graduate and post-graduate studies (teacher: Prof. Boris Tevlin, People’s Artist of Russia). Participated in master classes “Russia’s Choral Conductors: Russian Choral Singing” (1998 & 2000), as well as in those taught by Prof. Kuno Areng (Estonia, 1997) and Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden, 2001).
Maestro Solovyev has been teaching at the Choral Conducting Department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory since 2004; Asst. Prof. at the Contemporary Choral Performing Art Department there since 2011. Since 2008, Artistic Director’s Assistant and Choirmaster of Russia’s Alexander Sveshnikov State Academic Chorus directed by Prof. Boris Tevlin; currently a guest conductor.
In 2008, Alexander Solov’yev founded a Concert Chorus at the Moscow State University of Pedagogy, which became a laureate of both the “Festos-2008” festival-competition of students’ creative works and the Choral Congress of the Forum “Classics” Moscow Music Festival.
Director of the Moscow Conservatory’s Autumn Choral Festival since 2005. To read more:



Maya Solovyeva is a fourth grade student at the Children's Music School of Academic Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Given Maya’s broad interests and her exceptional training in various areas, she has been participating in numerous aspects of Moscow cultural life. For example, she has performed in ballroom dance competitions (winning a grand prize in 2013), acted on stage along with professionals from one of the Moscow's highly recognized theaters, and participated in the concert series established at the Moscow conservatory to showcase alumni's children.
As a pianist, Maya has participated in master classes, including one with BU professor Boaz Sharon, and in “Ave Maya” project in honor of famous Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s Small Hall. In 2015 Maya Solovyeva performed and won first prize in the category "piano performance" in the Fourth Open Competition "VivatMusica!"
Maya enjoys singing, dancing, drawing and traveling in her free time.



Denis Sumin was born in Tashkent in 1992 and moved to St. Petersburg in 2000. He has always had an interest in art and drawing. He studied at the Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in the department of architecture. There, some of his training design work took first place in institutional competitions, and in 2014 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree. In 2016, he received a master's degree in Architecture. During his graduate studies, he focused on "University campus architecture under the existing historical buildings in St. Petersburg." His graduate training also involved competitive architectural projects, winning several domestic and international honors. In addition to his architectural work, he continues his interest in drawing oil paintings, some of which are in private collections in Russia.



The Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow:
Alexandra Platonova, student, producer/musical management, soprano
Andrey Gaponov, professor, producer department
Arseniy Rykov, student, jazz-piano, and
Sergei Obriadchikov, student, producer/musical management