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St. John Cantius Church Chicago, IL
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Deemed an "outstanding virtuoso" by the Berliner Morgenpost and "technically solid and musically sensitive" by Tages-Anzeiger Zurich, Henry Criz has made numerous successful concert tours in the United States, and the major halls of Europe. Under the auspices of the United States Department of State, he has played in a number of cities in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. His engagements have included appearances with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Washington National Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Mr. Criz made his debut at the age of 11 at a youth concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He has won the Dasch Award, the Lyon & Healy Award, and the McCormick Foundation Award, as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs Award, which led to a performance at The White House. His many recitals and broadcasts have included the Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) and Swiss Radio.
He was Concertmaster of the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for nine years, and has also been Concertmaster for and regularly appeared as soloist with the Elgin Symphony, the Suburban Summer Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Criz completed his musical training with Morris Gomberg at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors, and a Master of Arts degree with high honors. He has been on the faculty of the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, and is the Director and teacher at his Moraine Music Academy in Highland Park, IL.
Tatyana Stepanova is a noted performer and teacher, praised by the Chicago Tribune as a "fine" and "persuasive" pianist. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Kiev, Ukraine) and Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), where she worked as an assistant professor while completing her doctoral degree in piano performance under Prof. Tatyana Kravchenko.
Ms. Stepanova won first prize in the Russian National Piano Competition and taught piano at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory before moving to Chicago. Concert appearances here include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts; live WFMT broadcasts with the Heritage Trio; Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral; and performances with the Storioni Ensemble. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with Concertante di Chicago and is an active chamber musician, performing with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Chamber Musicians, among others.
She regularly accompanies faculty and students of Northwestern, DePaul, and Roosevelt Universities; she has also been involved for many years with The Stradivari Society. In addition, she has participated as an accompanist in the Oistrakh, Paganini, Wieniawski, and Indianapolis International Violin Competitions, as well as the Stulberg International String Competition and enjoys an active career as a teacher. Ms. Stepanova's piano students are among the winners and finalists of numerous competitions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. She has also served as a faculty member at various summer festivals within and outside the U.S.
St. John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL 60642