William Harvey, a graduate of The Juilliard School and Indiana University, has performed concerti with orchestra in the USA (including at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall) and in the Philippines, Mexico, and Argentina. He is the founder and director of the non-profit Cultures in Harmony, which has conducted nearly 40 cultural diplomacy projects in 14 countries from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea. He taught violin and conducted the orchestra at Afghanistan National Institute of Music, leading that orchestra in sold-out performances of his arrangements at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center on their historic US tour. He has served as concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony & the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UNSJ (Argentina) and guest faculty at Indiana University String Academy, Myanmar Music Festival, and Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (India), among others. His compositions have received well over a hundred performances worldwide. In 2016, he is traveling to every US state for one week for Cultures in Harmony’s “What is American culture?” project, soliciting answers to that question in the form of concerts, seminars, workshops, video interviews, and social media updates.
Katya Mihailova, Born in Kyrgyzstan in 1983, Ms. Mihailova was awarded the 1st Prize at the National Young Pianists Competition in Kyrgyzstan in 1997 and received the President’s Scholarship Award. She performed all around the US and received the Martha Lithmann Music Scholarship Award and Rotary Scholarship. Her debut performance in New York was with the Italian chamber orchestra Italiani Virtuosi. Further performances included venues such as Weill Hall, Poisson Rouge, Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, Ethical Culture Society and New York Public Library. She received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Arkady Aronov. Ms. Mihailova is a dedicated performer of the contemporary repertoire and has premiered works of numerous contemporary composers. Her performance with Beirut in the Wordless Music Series was broadcast on WNYC. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Mihailova taught piano in Afghanistan at the National Institute of Music as well as at Kabul’s University. Her performance for President Karzai was broadcasted on Afghan National TV