ISC and Australian Embassy Host Defense and Collaboration Technology Event

The ISC continues to expand our network and global relationships. On March 12th, we brought together representatives of the Five Eyes Alliance, Australian Embassy personnel, and other US and Australian VIP’s in defense and intelligence to network and collaborate on issues relating to defense and intelligence. A concert benefiting Jill’s House followed.

The evening’s activities were as follows:

5:00-6:00pm Networking and Collaborating on Defense and Intelligence Issues
6:00-8:00pm Spring Classical Music Concert
8:00-9:00pm Reception and Networking

Tickets were $100/person, and all proceeds were donated to Jill’s House, a respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. To learn more about Jill’s House, visit www.jillshouse.org.

The Spring Classical Music Concert featured Natasha Korsakova, an award-winning violinist, and David Michael Wolff, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Carolina Philharmonic, and one of the foremost performing artists and pianists of his generation.

Here is some more information about the performers…

NATASHA KORSAKOVA
Virtuoso Natasha Korsakova, of Russian-Greek decent, is one of most popular violinists of her generation. The German Süddeutsche Zeitung describes her ability to play the violin as a “sinfully beautiful listening experience”. The young violinist who speaks five languages is currently a coveted guest for national and international orchestras, music festivals and concert events.

The award-winning violinist has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. She has co-operated with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G.Verdi, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Tainan Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Royal Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Dutch Radio Broadcasting, the Mainz and the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Orquestadella UNAM (Mexico), the Cape Cod Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic and many others.

In 1998, the violinist became “Artist of the Year” in Chile. In 2008, Natasha Korsakova was awarded the «Premio SirmioneCatullo» and became «Artist of the Year» in Italy. Further recitals followed in Palazzo Quirinale and at the famous Piazza Campidoglio in Rome, in the presence of the Italian State-President. Natasha Korsakova is a cultural ambassador of “Fondazione Sorella Natura” in Assisi, Italy. In the connection with the Audience for Fondazione Sorella Natura, she played for the Pope BenedictXVI at the Sala Nervi in Vaticano (2011), together with the outstanding Swiss violinist Manrico Padovani.

A passionate communicator, Natasha is often invited for guest-appearances at the Italian TV-transmissions and talk shows for programs RAI and SKY. The violinist was born into a music family in Moscow and began playing the violin at the age of 5.

Her first teacher was her grandfather Boris Korsakov. He was followed in her musical education by her father, the well-known Russian violin virtuoso Andrej Korsakov. Her mother is the pianist Yolanta Miroshnikova-Caprarica. After the early death of her father, Natasha Korsakova studied under the tutelage of Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer in Nuremberg and then later with Prof. Saschko Gawriloff in Cologne. Natasha Korsakova plays a precious instrument made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1851).

 DAVID MICHAEL WOLFF
David Michael Wolff is now in his seventh season as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Carolina Philharmonic. Under Maestro Wolff’s leadership, the orchestra has rapidly grown from a small chamber orchestra into one of the leading symphony orchestras in the region. Two of the Philharmonic’s first concerts were at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, and in the past year the orchestra has come full circle with a meaningful partnership with the famed hall, bringing its education programs to the children of North Carolina. Recent performance highlights include an acclaimed concert during the US Opens in Pinehurst, NC.

Wolff made his orchestral début as piano soloist at the age of twelve. Three years later he entered the University of Washington on full scholarship majoring in Romance Languages and Piano Performance. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in NYC under the direction of Byron Janis, celebrated pupil of Vladimir Horowitz, Wolff took up the baton. Three years of study in Rome led to performances throughout Italy, conducting opera and symphonic works, as well as leading piano concertos from the keyboard. Along the way, Wolff won numerous prizes in international competitions, including grand prize in the Naomi Management International Competition in New York City. Hundreds of performances across North America, Europe and Asia solidified his reputation as one of the foremost performing artists of his generation. He has appeared over a dozen times at Carnegie Hall, both as pianist and conductor.

Wolff resides in Pinehurst, NC with this wife and daughter. An avid linguist, Wolff is fluent in five languages and has been a sought-after coach of international opera stars as well as aspiring concert pianists. His diverse interests have led to collaborations with such artists as dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Ruth Davidson Hahn and to numerous commissions to arrange and compose works for opera, modern dance and other multi-media projects. Career high lights include a return to Carnegie with the Carolina Philharmonic, a performance for President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative in Arkansas, and performances in Shanghai at the World Expo and at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with renowned Diva, Angela Brown. Wolff is author of Zen and the Art of Piano.