Katha Zinn is a New York based violinist who works with a wide variety of music, ranging from contemporary to classics. She has completed her Bachelors Degree at the Juilliard School, where she graduated with Scholastic Distinction, as well as completing a Masters Degree at Mannes the New School for Music. Katha is a member of the newly founded group aTonalHits, which is dedicated to bringing contemporary and lesser known works to light. The group also produces small films, using the medium to explore music, art, and drama and animation in different ways. She has just released the first part of a two-set album of Schnittke Sonatas with pianist Illya Filshtinskiy, under aTonalHit’s label. As a performer, Katha has performed across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. She has given a concert tour of Holland, as well as several concerts in Taiwan and Japan with Illya Filshtinskiy.
Illya Filshtinskiy made his orchestral debut at age 15 playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. His most recent orchestral performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto with conductor Peter Stafford Wilson was broadcast on the public radio station WOSU. “Filshtinskiy demonstrates and impressive command of technique and an even more impressive command of interpretation. He is willing to hold out a moment, to suspend listeners in time almost to the point of uneasiness, in order to make a musical point. He is also willing to overwhelm a small space with sound, and to suddenly switch gears for a delicate, melodic passage.” — The Columbus Dispatch; regarding his solo concert in Columbus, Ohio. Illya made his New York debut in 2002 after winning Grand Prize in the 2002 World Piano Competition. As a result, he was invited to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the United Nations Headquarters. Since then he has performed in many to venues in New York including Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Steinway Hall. He has participated in a contemporary music tour of Turkey, as well as giving concerts in Holland, Taiwan, and Japan with violinist Katha Zinn. Illya holds a Bachelors Degree from the Juilliard School, a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes the New School for Music. He is now a member of aTonalHits, a group dedicated to bringing contemporary and lesser known works to light. Illya is responsible for all of the video work and photography produced by the group. In response to a video of Katha Zinn playing Bach’s Sonata in C Major, Illya has won the Juilliard Alum Video Competition. He has recently released the first part of a two-set album of Schnittke Sonatas.