UPenn Prof. Ilya Vinitsky will give a public lecture on Pushkin's "The Gypsies" and the story of Rachmaninoff's opera "Aleko" - Russian Opera Workshop Artists will sing a Rachmaninoff Songs recital | June 25, 2012 - 7:30 PM - AVA Warden Theater. (Photo © 2011 L. C.
In 2013, Brad Cawyer returns for his third season with Russian Opera Workshop, leading the program's Russian language course.
Brad Everett Cawyer is emerging as a passionate and solid conductor following extensive training in Russia. Praised for the deep-founded musicianship that is evident in his clear and engaging style, his affable approach to working with orchestras inspires an atmosphere uplifting to
performers and audience alike.
A native of Dallas and a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Cawyer conducts opera and symphonic orchestra, also premiering new works for ensemble and for chamber orchestra and
collaborating with composers of many cultures. In 2010, he created the Contemporary East & West International Music Festival (St. Petersburg) to
foster transnational collaboration in that multicultural city. His debut at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic led to an invitation to be the conductor for the
Saint Petersburg-based new music ensemble SOUNDWAYS.
In the 2011-12 season, Cawyer was assistant conductor for Houston Symphony's production of Wozzeck and also worked with Orchestra of New
Spain in a staged production of Duròn's Las nuevas armas de amor.
Additionally, he has conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic's Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera, and Kapubandi of Helskinki's
Sibelius Academy. Cawyer holds diplomas from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where his teacher was Alexander Alexeev, and has studied with David Hayes, Jorma Panula, JoAnn Falletta, Markus Lehtinen, Kenneth Kiesler, and Gennady
In July, Cawyer will appear in the Discovery Concert Series for the Oregon Bach Festival, and he has been selected to participate in the 6th International
Prokofiev Competition in Conducting, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in October 2013.