St. Petersburg, Russia, who cut her teeth on
the piano but gravitated to the fiddle at six
years of age. She attended the
St. Petersburg Conservatory and studied under Yakov
In 1980, she
relocated to the U.S. She became a first violinist with
the Houston Symphony Orchestra and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in
July 1991, she helped kick off the Tanglewood
season by participating in the BSO’s
pre-concert recital of the first movement from Gustav Mahler’s “Piano
Quartet in A minor” and Schumann’s “Quartet in E flat,
Op. 47”, with Emanuel Ax at the keys. The main event featured a
performance of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2” (“Resurrection”)
with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
She and her
husband, BSO cellist Jules Eskin, and pianist
Tatiana Yamplosky, interpreted works of Anton Arensky, Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich at Balsam Music Hall on 6th April
In 1993, she
went on a tour of Japan
with the Boston Pops, conducted by John Williams.
She and Jules
and BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe appeared at the Hampden-Sydney Music
Festival on 25th May 1996, where they performed the “Finale”
and “Scherzo” of Antonin Dvorak’s
“Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81” with violist Toby Appel and pianist Lydia Artymiw.
August 2002, she and Jules and pianist Jonathan Bass performed music of Arensky, Brahms, Claude Debussy, Dvorak and Felix
Mendelssohn at the Village
School in West
She and Jules
did double duty on 16th August 2002, performing in the BSO’s prelude concert, which consisted of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478”
and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir
In 2004, she
and Jules and pianist Fredrik Wanger participated
in the Passover Music Festival at Temple Sinai,
where they played works by Brahms, Ernest Chausson,
She and Jules
and violist Michael Zaretsky appeared at West Cummington Congregational Church on 2nd September
March 2006, the BSO were joined by mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who performed her husband Peter’s “Neruda
Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra”. The evening was rounded out by
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92”,
Elliott Carter’s “Three Illusions”, and Richard Strauss’s
“Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,
and Michael, along with pianist Charles Rosen, reprised Mozart’s “Piano
Concerto in G minor, K. 478” in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
on 21st July 2006.
August 2006, Aza, Michael, cellist Mihail Jojatu, pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist Tamara Smirnova
offered up the BSO’s pre-concert recital of
Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E flat, K. 493” and Shostakovich’s
“String Quartet No. 1 in C”. The concert in the Shed featured
Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15” with
pianist Imogen Cooper, Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture
and Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.
Roberto Abbado subbed for an ailing James Levine and conducted
the BSO on 18th March 2011 in a program that included Bela Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3”
with soloist Peter Serkin, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C
minor, Op. 67” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 93
In the field
of music education, she has given private lessons and worked as a coach
with the New World Symphony and project STEP. Her students have included Francesca
Bass and Miika Gregg.
She is also a
member of the Housatonic Valley Association.
with the Boston Pops include America,
American Visions, The Celtic Album, Chris Botti in
Boston, Holiday Pops, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.