Richard Zielinski, Music & Artistic Director
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 also serves as music and artistic director for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. Zielinski is in his fifteenth year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival. He is also a recipient of 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. Zielinski has conducted extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the opening concert for the 2014 International Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. His recent conducting engagements in Poland include the Filharmonia Gorzówska, Zielona Gora Filharmonic, Ołsztyn Filharmonia, and Akademia Sztuki Orchestra, Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China, and the Joseph Haydn Conservatory Orchestra in Eisenstadt. Previous conducting engagements include the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic among others.
A champion of new music, Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads orchestras in performances of contemporary works. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has recorded five CDs of music by many well known contemporary composers.The ensemble recently received the 2018 Grand Prix award at the International Choral Song Festival in Miedzyzdroje, Poland for their innovative and outstanding performances. Richard was also awarded Best Conductor of the Festival.
Don V Moses, Founding Director
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 third 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.
Judy Stafslien, rehearsal accompanist
Judy Stafslien, is a Coach/Accompanist at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she received her degrees in piano performance and music education. Well known as a collaborative artist in the upper Midwest she has accompanied soloists and choral groups throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Stafslien has served as a professional accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing , the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional Audtions, and the Schubert Club Auditions. She has accompanied solo, choral, and chamber works for the Classical Music Festival since 1987.
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 in China. 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, Vietnam, Hungary, Austria, and Croatia.
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.
Martin serves as Event Manager for the Classical Music Festival, coordinating arrangements for festival transportation, tours, housing, receptions, along with many other administrative needs that occur throughout the year. Martin has been working for the festival since 2012 and recently completed his International Business Relations (BA-degree) at the University of Applied Science in Eisenstadt while working part time in hotel management. He was recently hired as Event Manager for the Fachhochschule Burgenland.to coordinate various events offered through the university. Martin 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 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 assistant to the artistic director. He resides in Poland where he 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.