The iCadenza Future of Music Festival - iCadenza

The iCadenza Future of Music Festival

Introducing . . .

The first annual iCadenza Future of Music Festival! The four-day festival consists of three concerts by groundbreaking young artists alongside other events and lectures featuring discourse on the new directions of the classical music industry and centered on the question, “On Our Own Terms: Where do artists want to take the future of classical music?” This will be a high-energy series of events highlighting young, exciting musicians who are redefining the world of classical music on their own terms. The festival will take place at The Colburn School, known as an innovative institution shaping the next generation of artists. The three concerts will be featuring dynamic pianists, opera singers, and members of the Israeli Chamber Project – an ensemble comprised of top Israeli-born soloists. Click here to download the complete concert programs.


Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite. Use promo code “festival2011” for a special discount!


The dazzling roster of musicians consists of young, innovative performers enjoying international careers, many of them well-known in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

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Israeli Chamber Project

Based both in New York and Israel, the Israeli Chamber Project is a new ensemble that brings together some of the finest young Israeli musicians to perform classic and contemporary chamber music of the highest quality. Having recently performed at the Morgan Library in NYC, the members of the group have been lauded for their “first-class individual and collective artistry” and even called “true magicians.” One of the founding members, violinist Itamar Zorman, received the highest violin prize awarded at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Philip Alongi” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-15.png[/image]

Philip Alongi, Tenor

A dramatic tenor known for his performances as Cavaradossi in Tosca and Luigi in Il Tabarro, Alongi most recently covered Radames in New Jersey Verismo Opera’s production of Aida. The former lead singer in a rock band, Alongi has appeared twice on NBC’s Today Show singing operatic favorites. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Cathleen Candia” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-7.png[/image]

Cathleen Candia, Mezzo-Soprano

Acclaimed for her performances as Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Salud in La Vida Breve, Candia is quickly becoming known for her rich, warm-toned sound, commanding stage presence, infectious personality, and gorgeous looks. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Rufus Choi” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-16.png[/image]

Rufus Choi, Pianist

Korean-American pianist Rufus Choi is regarded for his “white hot pianism” and passionate performances. A recent winner of the Jose Iturbi Competition, Choi is a rising star in the piano world. He has played at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and many other prestigious venues around the world. [/framed_box]

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Zachary Gordin, Baritone

“A powerful soloist,” Gordin is widely recognized for the intensity of his acting, the beauty of his voice and his athletic physique. Gordin holds many leading role credits, most recently as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with West Bay Opera, as well as numerous oratorios. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Armen Guzelimian” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-6.png[/image]

Armen Guzelimian, Pianist

Armen Guzelimian is internationally acclaimed for his versatility and wide-ranging repertoire as a brilliant soloist, a highly sensitive pianistic partner to some of the world’s great instrumentalists and vocalists, and as a master teacher/coach. [/framed_box]

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Max Levinson, Pianist

Cited by the LA Times as “extravagantly gifted,” Levinson’s career was launched when he won 1st Prize at the Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition. Levinson has performed with the SF Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, LA Phil and has garnered praise for his extensive recordings. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Laurie Rubin” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-14.png[/image]

Laurie Rubin, Mezzo-Soprano

Praised for her “compelling artistry,” Rubin has performed numerous leading roles, including Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at Greenwich Music Festival. In 2012-2013 she will be debuting a concert program, entitled “Do You Dream in Color?” paired with Rubin’s latest album and memoir. [/framed_box] [framed_box][image align=”left” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” group=”photo” title=”Assaff Weisman” width=”150″ height=”150″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Picture-18.png[/image]

Assaff Weisman, Pianist

“A stunning new artist” whose “style is clean and free of posturing,” Weisman is an avid performer and has captivated audiences with his intensity, lyricism and communicative style since his solo debut at the age of twelve. He is a founding member and US director of the Israeli Chamber Project. [/framed_box]


Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, located in exciting downtown Los Angeles, across the street from Disney Hall. Convenient parking is available in parking lots across the street.
“Zipper Hall is acoustically one of the best performance spaces in the Los Angeles area.”
– Southwest Chamber Music


To kick off the first annual Future of Music Festival, iCadenza is launching its first Young Artist Competition with the first round as a YouTube video competition, highlighting not only the artists of the future, but new and innovative ways to apply expanding technology to classical music. In a creative twist on the standard concert format, the winners of the competition will perform at the festival as “openers” to the scheduled artists.

Festival Schedule: Wednesday August 17th – Saturday August 20th, 2011

Wednesday, August 17th

  • 7 pm: Presentation given by iCadenza founders Jennifer Chernick and Julia Torgovitskaya on new trends in classical music promotion and career development
  • 8 pm: Concert featuring tenor Philip Alongi, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, and pianist Assaff Weisman and   winners of YouTube Young Artist competition

Friday, August 19th

  • 8pm: Concert featuring mezzo-soprano Cathleen Candia, baritone Zachary Gordin, pianists Rufus Choi and Max Levinson

Saturday August 20th

  • 3-5 pm: Vocal Masterclass with Baritone Zachary Gordin
  • 8pm: Israeli Chamber Project recital

Sponsorship opportunities available. For inquires about tickets, sponsorships, or press passes email info[at] or call (310) 896-8527.

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