Anastasiya Squires and Stephen Squires

January 27, 2021, 12:15 pm

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Flutist Anastasiya Squires and pianist Stephen Squires perform a program of Mykola Lysenko, Germaine Tailleferre, Franz Doppler, Zhanna Kolodub , and Theobald Boehm live from the Cultural Center.

In 2019, Mrs. Squires (Ganzenko) was named winner of the Aeolian Classics Emerging Artists Competition. As a part of her winnings, she performed numerous recitals at various venues in Illinois, and has had her debut CD produced on Aeolian Classics.

Since beginning her flute studies at the age of four and winning her first international competition at the age of seven, Anastasiya Squires has blossomed into a young artist with continued successes in international performance venues and competitions. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees (cum laude) from the National Music Academy of Ukraine (named after Tchaikovsky) in her native Ukraine. Mrs. Squires received her post-masters Solo Performance Diploma, under the tutelage of Richard Graef (former Associate Principal Flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Mimi Tachouet (Lyric Opera Orchestra), and Eugenia Moliner (Cavatina Duo) at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) of Roosevelt University.

She has appeared as concerto soloist and recorded with numerous orchestras, including the Lviv Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the Symphony Orchestra of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, the Lviv Chamber Orchestra, and Illinois orchestras. Special honors include performances for the President of Austria, the Ukrainian Minister of Culture, the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, and at the Palace of Wilanow, Poland.

Recent winner of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Classical Music Fellowship, the CCPA Concerto Competition and the Evanston Music Club Scholarship Competition, Mrs. Squires also counts among her many competition credits Grand Prizes at International Competitions in Europe and numerous national competitions in her home country.

In January of 2021, Anastasiya will have the distinct honor of performing for the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago.

Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.

Stephen Squires leads a multi-faceted career as a conductor, professor, and performer. His current professional affiliations include Resident Conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Fox Valley Orchestra, Music Director of the Millar Brass Ensemble, and Music Director of the Illinois Brass Band. He has guest conducted the Columbus (OH) Symphony, the Green Bay (WI) Symphony, the Rockford (IL) Symphony, the Syracuse (NY) Symphony, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra. He made a special appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducting Ives’ Holiday Symphony alongside Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas.

He has enjoyed many decades as a Professor of Conducting, currently approaching his twentieth year at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). At CCPA, he teaches skill classes in the core curriculum (including conducting, and a special advanced class he has designed – Rhythm and Intonation.) Additionally, he conducts the CCPA Wind Ensemble, an ensemble devoted largely to the music of living composers. Intensely committed to the music of our time, he has conducted well over one hundred premieres of new music for orchestra and wind ensemble.

Stephen’s educational background includes the Preparatory Department of the Eastman School of Music, an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, and a graduate degree in Trumpet Performance and Instrumental Conducting from California State University at Northridge. Additional conducting study was with Daniel Lewis, Maurice Abravanel, Helmuth Rilling, and Kenneth Kielser.

Mr. Squires remains active in performance as a freelance trumpeter and recital accompanist.

Biography courtesy of Roosevelt University.

Playlist

Fantasy on two Ukrainian Folk Themes, Op. 21, by Mykola Lysenko
Berceuse, by Germaine Tailleferre
Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26, by Franz Doppler
Poem, by Zhanna Kolodub

Grand Polonaise in D Major, Op. 16, by Theobald Boehm