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Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

After six years as Summer Conductor of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Anatol Lysenka was appointed Principal Conductor by the Board of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

He was born in Belarus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union.  He earned his first Master’s Degree in conducting at the Belarusian Conservatory of Music.  In 1985 he received his second Master’s Degree in Opera-Symphony conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Lysenkal was awarded first prize for Symphony Orchestra Conducting in the Belarus Republic Contest in 1987.

Mr. Lysenka has participated in a number of major international and Belarusian festivals including the Spring Festival of Music, Belarusian Musical Autumn, Revival of Belarusian Chorus, and Music for Youth (where he did the world premier of the Wagner Symphony #3).  He has conducted numerous orchestras in Eastern Europe.

Since coming to the U.S. in 2000, Maestro Lysenka  has conducted a number of Symphony Orchestras in Illinois.  In 2005 he founded the Tutti Chamber Orchestra located in Chicago.  With American Music Festivals, Mr. Lysenka has guest conducted the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Community Players Orchestra, and the Glenview Symphony.  His orchestral arrangement of Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue #24 was premiered with the Glenview Symphony (2003), and subsequently performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Lysenka has provided valuable outreach for American Music Festivals into the Russian and Belarusian communities in the Chicago area.

Mr. Lysenka has been widely recognized for his orchestral arrangements.  Few conductors possess the level of advanced knowledge and expertise that
he has in interpreting and performing the complex music of Shostakovich and other works by great 20th century Soviet and contemporary Belarusian composers.  Many of these compositions are primarily based on Russian and Jewish folk music, and the history and traditions that are the inspiration for Belarusian music and art.  Mr Lysenka strives to share his native culture through performances and adaptations of these works.

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor

N. Lysenka is a native of Belarus, where she began studying the mandolin and piano at the age of 6. As a Natalia Lysenkamandolinist, she graduated from the Special School of Music for Gifted Children affiliated with the Belarusian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1981. She earned her Master's Degree in Mandolin Performance, Conducting and Pedagogy in 1987, followed by her Doctorate in Conducting in 1996, both from the Belarusian State Conservatory of Music in Minsk.

In 1987, Natallia started working for Belarusian college of Music and Arts. She had supervised the orchestral department and taught classes of the mandolin, conducting, and arrangement. She had been the conductor of the Russian folk orchestra in the college and participated in the teacher's orchestra as a mandolinist.

Natallia had assisted in publications of educational programs for the Belarusian College.

During 1996-2002 Natallia had been part-time professor of conducting at Belarusian Conservatory. Nowadays, her students are conductors of Russian and Belarusian folk orchestras. She has lived in the USA since July of 2002.

Harvey Treger, Founder

Harvey Treger

Harvey Treger, who founded the orchestra in 1980, was an innovator and creative organizer. Professor of Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois, Chicago, he had an international reputation for his pioneer work, research and publications in Police Social Work.

He designed, organized and directed a Police-Social Work Demonstration-Research Project, a model for university-community cooperation. By placing social workers and graduate students in police departments, social assessments and early intervention services were provided to misdemeanant juveniles and adult non-violent offenders in crisis with social and emotional problems who came to the attention of the police. This award-winning program has added a new specialty in social work practice - "Police Social Work" It is now in 57 police departments in Illinois, in communities throughout the nation, and in Europe.

Professor Treger turned his lifelong hobby of playing the cello and love of music into building the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, which provides opportunity and enrichment for many. He passed away on August 17, 2016,after organizing, managing, guiding and promoting the orchestra for 35 seasons.

Xiaoping Wang – Solo Pianist

Texas-born piano prodigy Xiaoping Wang first began his piano studies at age five studying with Dr. Oscar Macchioni at the University of Texas, where his musical gifts were recognized at an early age. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age seven performing Beethoven, and by age eight made his concerto debut with orchestra performing a concerto by J.S. Bach. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies with Meng-Chieh Liu, Brenda Huang, Sandro Tsomaia, winning in 3rd prize in the Sejong Music Competition in 2012. In 2013 Xiaoping began studies with Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger and subsequently won Honorable Mention in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and a $9,000 Full Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions in Piano in 2014, followed by a Second Prize in the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Xiaoping has also studied chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago, Midwest Young Artists, Montecito Music Festival in California and at Summit Music Festival in New York- where he was the only pianist in both Junior and Senior divisions selected to be a finalist in the Mary Smart Concerto Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention. In September 2015, he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy where he began studying with Dr. T. J. Lymenstull, while continuing private coachings with Ms. Merdinger when back in Chicago. He has participated in Master Classes and has had additional lessons or coachings with Efrem Briskin, Vadim Monastirsky, Phillip Kawin, and Lydia Boguslavsky. 

Xiaoping's repertoire includes both mature and virtuosic pieces such as Liszt's Paganini Etude No. 6, Beethoven's Sonatas Op. 10 No. 3 and Op. 53, Chopin's Ballade No.1, Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, plus numerous works by Mozart, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. His chamber music repertoire includes works for piano and strings by Beethoven, Dvorak, Schumann, and Brahms.  His concerto repertoire includes Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Chopin.  In 2017 Xiaoping will perform Saint-Saen's Concerto No.2 with FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois and with the Juarez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, and will compete in several national and international competitions. In addition to Carnegie Hall, Xiaoping has also performed in Chicago at the Chicago Public Library, several Steinway Piano Galleries, and Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, amongst others. 

In addition to his passionate gift for music, Xiaoping also loves to read, swim, watch movies and play video games. He aspires to pursue a double degree in college for Piano Performance and for Computer Science and Programming. 

Anatol Lysenka

Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

Dr. Nattalia Lysenka

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor