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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.

Maya Anjali Buchanan – Solo Violinist

Seventeen-year-old East Indian/Italian American violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan, has received major
prizes in three international competitions. A medalist at the 2017 Cooper International Violin
Competition, she captured the Silver Medal at the 4th Stradivarius International Violin Competition andhspace=
was the only American violinist to be awarded a top prize at the 2015 Johansen International
Competition. She recently received acclaimed review for her performance of Sibelius Violin Concerto in
Chengdu, China described as “flawless and with a passion one might expect from a veteran player
twice her age”, an “amazing performance…not to be soon forgotten.”

Ms. Buchanan made her solo debut at age ten and has since performed as a guest soloist on three
continents. She has performed in recital and with numerous orchestras at many diverse venues. This
summer she made her debut in recital at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik during the Harpa International
Music Academy Festival. In the upcoming 2017/18 season, Ms. Buchanan appears with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as the First Place Winner of the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO
Young Artist Competition, made her China debut with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra, debuts with
the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra as the First Prize Winner of the 2017 Bonnie and Lee Malmed
SVSO Young Artist Competiton, debuts with The New North Shore Chamber Orchestra and Peninsula
Music Festival and a return engagement with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.

Recently selected as "one of twelve exceptional young artists" worldwide to perform at the 2017
Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, Ms. Buchanan also participated in
the 2017 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses near Frankfurt. Since age nine, she has participated
seven summers in the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, was twice featured in live recorded
performances on National Public Radio's From the Top and on WFMT Chicago and named a 2017
National YoungArts Foundation Winner.

Ms. Buchanan, an alumnus of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, studies with Almita Vamos. She
currently receives the 2017 Farwell Trust Award from the Musicians Club of Women scholarship
audition. Most recently, she was awarded an exquisite violin by Guiesppe Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona
c.1730, on generous loan from The Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Anatol Lysenka

Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

Dr. Nattalia Lysenka

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor