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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.

Alexander Zintchenko – Solo Pianist

Alexander Zintchenko was born in Debaltsevo, Ukraine, in 1958. He began his formal piano studies at the age of seven. Already during his studies at the Artyomovsk Musical College, he impressed his audiences. After winning the National piano competition in Kiev at age 17, he studied at the Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory and then the (then) Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, a student of Tatyana Kravchenko. In this time Zintchenko was a featured soloist with some of the most widely known symphonic orchestras of the former Soviet Union, including the Leningrad Symphonic. During that period, his repertoire included the concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gershwin, among others.

Meanwhile, he also was teaching. Upon completing his post-doctoral courses, Mr. Zintchenko was the Chair of the Piano Department at the Slavyansk Pedagogical University in Ukraine from 1987 to 1991. After relocating to Poland in 1991, he continued his teaching and toured extensively in Poland and elsewhere in the eastern bloc. He also recorded on Polish National radio and television, and performed collaboratively in chamber music, including with singers.

Beginning in 1995, A. Zintchenko has lived in Chicago where he continued his concert career. He has performed in locations such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Irish-American Center, Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University and Fulton Recital Hall at the University of Chicago. He continued to teach piano as a private instructor while collaborating with students at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In the 2001-2007 period his concert activities expanded notably to Germany and recently especially France, Belgium and Denmark and also in repertoire—Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, and all the concertos of Rachmaninoff.
Since 2007, Professor A. Zintchenko has been a faculty member of the De Paul University School of Music. The wide variety of programs he participates in there includes Georgian and French music festivals at the De Paul University both as a solo performer and in a piano duo with the famous pianist, Professor Eteri Andjaparidze. At the end of April Dr. Zintchenko presented Three Last Sonatas by Beethoven.

Currently Alexander is collaborating with the Harper College, as well as with Lake County College. In addition, he is an Associate Organist in the St. Marcelline Catholic Church in Schaumburg.

Zintchenko has released 24 Preludes by Rachmaninoff; 4 Ballads and 4 Polonaises by Chopin; The Second Concerto by Rachmaninoff; and several other recordings.

Dr. Zintchenko is a favorite of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, having previously performed the Arensky Fantasy on Russian Themes and concertos of Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.  We are delighted to have such a distinguished artist perform with us again.


Anatol Lysenka

Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

Dr. Nattalia Lysenka

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor