Richard Zielinski, is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he conducted the opening concert for the 2014 international Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. He has also premiered performances of Die Schöpfung and Carmina Burana choreographed for ballet as well as numerous stage productions for music theater. In his eighth year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival, Zielinski also serves as conductor for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma.
Zielinski has conducted extensively both in the United States and abroad including The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and Poland’s Szczecin Philaharmonic Orchestra. He has also held several positions abroad including artistic director and conductor for Chor Akademicki Politechniki Szczecinskiej, In Terra Pax, and the International Festival of Choral Song in Poland. Recently, Zielinski was awarded the Gold Medal of Achievement for his artistic achievements and musical contributions in Eisenstadt as principal conductor and artistic director of the Classical Music Festival.
A champion of new music, Richard Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads the Norman Philharmonic in performances of contemporary works from composers like Libby Larsen, John Mackey, and Michael Daugherty. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has also recorded works by Norman Dello Joio, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daley, David Del Tredici, Alice Parker, and Eric Whitacre among others.
Throughout his career, Richard Zielinski has devoted time to working with students and young artists. In addition to creating and leading outreach programs with the Norman Philharmonic, he also has worked with students at numerous music festivals in the United States and abroad.
Don V Moses
Don V Moses, Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus, received his degrees from Kansas State University, Fort Hays, and Indiana University. A former Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois, Dr. Moses has held conducting faculty appointments at the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Among his many frequent guest conducting appearances with choruses and orchestras in the U.S. and internationally, he has conducted the Györ, Hungary, Philharmonic, and the Taipai Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Taiwan. With his love of Haydn and vision for musical performances, he founded the Classical Music Festival in 1975 and provided the leadership for 25 years of successful concerts, lectures, and seminars in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, and Vienna. His latest book, “The Masses of Joseph Haydn” is available at www.Haydnmasses.com.
Xiaocheng Jia, Concertmaster
Xiaocheng Jia is associate professor of violin at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, a position she has held since 2004. This is her second year as concertmaster for the Classical Music Festival after having served two years as assistant concertmaster. A frequent soloist and active chamber musician, she has performed in recital and concert with many well known orchestras throughout China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the United States. In 2016 she was Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at Indiana State University, performing several collaborative recitals in the U.S., including with Trio Bella Voce, with whom she recently released a CD recording. She is active as a guest teacher and clinician and was part of the highly acclaimed Orchestra Kids program in Beijing. A recipient of several national violin competitions, Xiaocheng studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for nine years before receiving her Bachelor's degree (2002) and Master's degrees (2004) in Violin Performance from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. She is also a member of the Chinese Musician's Association.
Dr. Brian T. Kilp, Orchestra Manager
Dr. Brian T. Kilp joined the faculty of Indiana State University in 1998 where he is Professor of Music/Horn and member of the ISU Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets. Brian has presented master classes and performed in Vladivostok, Russian Federation (supported by the US Dept. of State), at several Conservatories in P.R. China, as well as in numerous cities, towns, and villages in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and at National Taichung and National Taitung Universities in Taiwan. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Rajabhat University Maha Sarakham University, and in 2010 awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. He has been Visiting Guest Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University, and the Shenyang and Dalian Conservatories of Music. He is currently Principal Horn and Orchestra Manager of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria, principal horn of the Terre Haute and Danville (IL) Symphonies, a member of the MahlerFest Orchestra, in Boulder, CO, and the peerless New Sousa Band. He is a founding member of Trio Bella Voce and The Ambassador Brass, both of which have toured performed in numerous venues in China, and throughout Thailand, and Vietnam.
Dr. Ricky Duhaime
Dr. Ricky Duhaime, Mosher Professor of Music at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, serves as Principal Clarinetist and Coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music for the festival. He holds B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire, M.M. from the University of Illinois, and the first D.M.A. in Multiple Woodwind Performance granted by the University of North Texas. He appears regularly as soloist, clinician, and ensemble performer, including tours with the New Millenium, Galliard, and Walden String Quartets, the American Chamber Winds in Europe, and the Grand Avenue Quartet, specializing in 18th Century music on period instruments, as well as holding guest artist and visiting professorship appointments at the Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt. Recent publications include modern editions of the Missa brevis in D Major, KV 194, by W.A. Mozart, and the American Jazz Mass by Frank Tirro, both premiered on the Austin College campus.
Cathy Griffin, Festival Administrator, is a self-employed marketing consultant specializing in work with arts organizations and financial institutions. She has held marketing management positions with several major financial institutions before starting her own business. In addition to receiving a masters degree from the University of Tulsa, she has performed with opera companies in Seattle, Phoenix, and Indianapolis.
Born and raised in Eisenstadt, Martin serves as Staff Assistant and coordinates arrangements for festival transportation and tours, along with many other administrative needs that occur throughout the year. Martin has been working for the festival since 2012 and is currently studying International Business Relations (BA-degree) at the University of Applied Science in Eisenstadt while working part time in hotel management. He works tirelessly for the festival through the year, and especially during the time we are in Eisenstadt. He'll be one of the team members at the airport to greet you.
Susan UrbachSusan Urbach serves as Operations Manager with the Classical Music Festival. Most recently, she served as Regional Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Oklahoma, a position she held for the past 27 years. Being involved with the Classical Music Festival unites both her interests in business and music, having received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She spent 16 years as a church musician conducting the Tinker Air Force Base Chapel choirs for eight years and several other Oklahoma church music programs. In addition, she worked with MIDI for Kids in their early-stage business development and also produced a CD There Was a Time, Music of Stephen Foster.
Piotr Szulc, serves as the Production & Facilities Manager with responsibility for coordinating facility arrangements for the Festival. Piotr is highly experienced with producing festivals as the owner of a company in Poland which produces concerts throughout Europe. His work has also included producing and serving as emcee for a variety of events including international tennis tournaments, jazz festivals, artistic tours, as well as a wide range of special events for businesses. He also serves as Director of the International Festival of Choral Song in Miedzyzdroje, Poland and is a member of the Board of the Pomeranian Medical Academy Choir in Szczecin, Poland. Prior to this, Piotr was part-owner of a public relations and advertising agency for 20 years.
Anne Swedish Moses
Anne Swedish Moses has served as Administrative Director for the Classical Music Festival as well as soprano soloist for many years. After a successful career as a highly sought after soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera, she turned to public relations and management, bringing this expertise to the organizational work of the festival. Anne now serves as a member of the festival's board of directors.