Clarinetist Julian Milkis stands as one of the most exciting and versatile artists performing today, as well as one of the leading practitioners of his instrument. The only student of clarinet icon Benny Goodman, Juilliard trained artist Julian Milkis has garnered an international reputation as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. Mr. Milkis has appeared on the principal stages of virtually every continent, including the Far East, Europe and the Americas, performing at such prominent stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many others. His numerous solo appearances include the Toronto Symphony, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Mozarteum, Edmonton Symphony, L’Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L’Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva, to name a few; performing under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Misha Katz, Mark Gorenstein, as well as Hugh Wolff, Mario Bernardi, Victor Feldbril, Uri Meyer, Nurhan Arman, Eric Bergel, Arnold Katz, Alexander Chernushenko, Valery Afanasiev, Alexander Rudin, and Hobart Earle. Aside from being an established soloist, Julian Milkis is a sought after chamber musician, having collaborated with some of today’s leading artists, including Valery Afanasiev, Yuri Bashmet, Gerard Causse, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, Alexander Rudin, the Borodin String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, St. Peter’s Trio, and others. Julian Milkis performs exclusively on Yamaha Clarinets and Rico reeds.
Era Lifschitz is a frequent guest professor and pianist at several international music festivals including the International Academy of Music, which takes place every summer in locations such as Italy, Spain, Russia and New York. She is also the artistic director for the “Sounds of Music Festival” in Palo Alto, California which is presented by the Oshman Jewish Community Center. Ms. Lifschitz began her piano studies at the Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow where she was a student of Theodore Gutman, a protégé of Heinrich Neuhaus. While a student she received several honors as well as prizes in competitions. Following her graduation, she was a professor of piano at the Scriabin College of Music outside of Moscow. She currently has a private teaching studio, the ‘Arpeggione,’ in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the mother of the world-class pianist and conductor, Konstantin Lifschitz.