ABOUT THE ARTISTS / PERFORMERS
Born in Hungary, Judith Neszlényi, internationally recognized pianist, composer, and music professor, is a Liszt specialist. She herself has studied under numerous renowned and celebrated musicians, including Zoltán Kodály. (Her own compositions and performances are too numerous to mention in such a small space as we can offer you here.) Since 1990 she has co-chaired the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for Pianists and Vocalists.
Violinist Lavinia Pavlish, 22, is from Cleveland, Ohio. She has performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in an Education Concert Series called “Time Travel with the Cleveland Orchestra,” and with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for their 10th anniversary celebration concert. She has also appeared on Cleveland Public Radio’s “Around Noon” arts program. Ms. Pavlish has participated in The Aspen Music Festival and School and the Music Academy of the West. She studied with Paul Kantor in the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Program and with Almita Vamos as an undergraduate Northwestern University. Ms. Pavlish is currently working towards her Masters Degree at The Juilliard School with Naoko Tanaka.
Emese Hajdamar Chmielewski is fifteen years old. Her Hungarian heritage has always been a main part of her life. She has been a member of the Zrinyi Ilona Hungarian Girl Scout troop for the past ten years, and also has been dancing with the Regös Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, as well as with the Csárdás Dance Company of Cleveland. She is currently a sophomore attending Rocky River High School.
Éva Ország is fifteen years old and a junior at Kenston High School. Since 1999, she has been an active member of the 34. Zrinyi Ilona Hungarian Girl Scout Troop in Cleveland. She also attended The Cleveland Hungarian School at St. Emeric’s for ten years, where she learned Hungarian history and grammar, and where she mastered the art of reciting Hungarian poetry.
Aladar Solymosi was born in Hungary and grew up in Rocky River, OH. He is married to Jennifer and is the father of two children, both of whom are fluent in Hungarian. Besides his theatrical and performance interests, he runs daily shop operations and designs, repairs, and manufactures fine jewelry at Young’s Jewelers in Cleveland.
Inkubátor tells the story of an unlikely reunion – one which involves a Hungarian rock opera performed in the Sierra Nevada mountains by a cast of 40-something Hungarian-Americans. They meet in the same exact spot they performed the Hungarian rock opera entitled Stephen, the King, 25 years ago during a summer camp in 1984. That summer the Soviets still had tanks stationed in Hungary, and the country was isolated behind the Iron Curtain. Many of these scouts had never been to Hungary, where their parents had been born. The reunion of this original cast, now living all over the world including Budapest, makes for an emotional and humorous portrait of one of many “incubators” operating in the U.S. over the years. They are meeting not only to reminisce, but also to figure out just who they’ve become, twenty years after the “Motherland” was liberated.
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