Board President Stanislav Ioudenitch:
Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch has captured the imagination of the music world for his individuality and musical depth, and he has garnered notable successes in music competitions including the Gold Medal in the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. The Cliburn Competition launched a career that has taken Ioudenitch around the world for appearances with major orchestras in many of the world’s important musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ft. Worth’s Bass Hall, the Gasteig in Munich, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the International House of Music in Moscow, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the “Forbidden City” Concert Hall in Beijing. He has appeared at major festivals including the International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Aspen Music Festival in the United States, the Ruhr Music Festival in Germany, and many others.
Stanislav has collaborated with a wide range of international conductors including James Conlon, Mikhail Pletnev, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Spivakov, Günther Herbig, Pavel Kogan, James DePreist, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, Carl St. Clair, and Justus Franz, and with such orchestras as the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Munich Philhamonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and numerous others. He has also performed with the Takács, Prazák and Borromeo string quartets and is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio.
Stanislav has recorded with the Harmonia Mundi and Academy labels and has collaborated with the imminent producer Thomas Frost on a recording of Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka. He also appeared in Playing on the Edge, Peter Rosen’s Peabody Award-winning documentary for PBS about the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition, and in Rosen’s historical documentary The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold. In addition to concertizing, Stanislav has held a lifelong passion for teaching. He currently serves as Professor of Piano at Park University and Artistic Director of the International Center for Music. He also serves on the faculty of the International Piano Academy Lake Como, and is continually invited to teach master classes around the world. He is also co-founder of the Ioudenitch Academy of Music and Arts. Among his former and current students and master class participants are winners of major international competitions and artists with major careers, including Behzod Abduraimov, Francois Dumont, Benjamin Moser, Severin von Eckardstein and others.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Stanislav studied at the Uspensky School of Music in Tashkent, the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the International Piano Academy Lake Como, “The International Piano Foundation ‘Theo Lieven’” in Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the UMKC Conservatory of Music. A former student of Natalia Vasinkina and Dmitri Bashkirov, he also studied with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, William Grant Naboré, Leon Fleisher, Fou Ts’ong, Rosalyn Tureck, and others.
Board member KC Knudsen:
KC has developed and managed real estate in Hawaii, Nebraska and Iowa. An advocate for classical piano, he has traveled the world to experience the highest calibre performances by pianists associated with the Lake Como Academy.
Board member Ellen Bergstone Wasil:
With a background in Music and Art History, Ellen Bergstone Wasil has worked many years in arts administration, managing arts and film organizations. She is currently the Executive Director of Portland Piano International which presents a series of world-renowned piano soloists each year. She was formerly the Executive Director for the Portland Chamber Orchestra, one of the oldest chamber orchestras in the U.S., and Film Action Oregon / Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s nonprofit film palace. Prior to her work in the Portland art scene, Ellen was the Director of Grants and Special projects for the Portland Schools Foundation, providing grants to the largest school district in Oregon.
Ellen has experience volunteering with civic organizations and school support organizations. She lives with her husband, two children, two Great Pyrenees, two guinea pigs and six chickens in Portland, Oregon.
Director of Development: Daniel A. Wasil
A visual artist by predilection and training, Daniel received his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University. A co-founder of the nonprofit Installation Gallery in San Diego, he also was hired as Curator at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, managing exhibitions including international shows from Japan, France and Australia. Several years in philanthropy at the San Diego Community Foundation gave him a deep understanding of the needs and processes of the nonprofit sector, and a lifelong love of bridging community needs and those of wealthy philanthropists. A seasoned Development professional, Daniel has raided funds for a variety of interests and projects including HIV/AIDS for Zimbabwe, higher education, Montessori school, Young Audiences arts in schools, and international renewable energy and clean water for third world countries.