Anna Grudskaya, piano
Slavonic Rhapsody, Viktor Ullmann
Saxophonist Perry Roth is an accomplished solo artist, chamber musician and educator. Roth plays tenor saxophone chair in the Barkada Quartet, which he joined in 2017. As an avid performer, he has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Hartt Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the American Modern Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion and the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet. Roth has premiered new works for saxophone by composers Crystal Birdsong, Robert Carl, Kyle Grimm, Steven Kowaleski, Marc Mellits, Chris Niner, Jeffrey Perry, Jay Rauch and Jacob Shrum among others. As an educator, Roth is instructor of saxophone at The Hartt School Community Division and previously served on the faculty of the Louisiana Stage University Performing Arts Academy. Additionally, he serves as the saxophone instructor for the prestigious Wando High School band program in the summers. Currently a doctoral candidate at The Hartt School, Roth has earned a Master of Music from Louisiana State University, where he served as the saxophone teaching assistant. Additionally, he earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Performer’s Certificate from the University of South Carolina. Roth’s principal teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Connie Frigo, Carrie Koffman, Clifford Leaman and Deborah Chodacki (clarinet).
Anna Grudskaya was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a family of musicians and artists and began piano studies at the age of four. Winner of the Concerto/Aria Competition at Santa Clara University, the Van Waynen Piano Competition and the 2017 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, Grudskaya has performed in concert halls in the United States and abroad. She has performed in festivals including the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; International Keyboard Institute and Festival; Aspen Music Festival and School; Beijing International Music Festival and Academy; New Orleans Piano Institute; NYU Summer Piano Intensive; and Adamant Music School. She has earned degrees from Santa Clara University, Mannes College of Music, New York University, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at The Hartt School. Her major teachers have included Hans Boepple, Pavlina Dokovska, Eteri Andjaparidze and David Westfall.