FACULTY (to be confirmed)

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Roman Mekinulov, (cello) is a native of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia, and is the principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. After emigrating to the United States in 1989, Mr. Mekinulov studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he completed his bachelor and master degrees. While at Juilliard, he performed as a principal cellist with the Juilliard Symphony and Orchestra under the direction of Kurt Masur, Hugh Wolf, and Leonard Slatkin. Since 1995 Mr. Mekinulov has been repeatedly invited to substitute in the New York Philharmonic in concert, as well as in recordings for Teldec. He has been principal cellist of the North Carolina University Orchestra on their European tour, with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, and with Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo. As an active recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, Roman Mekinulov has performed extensively throughout the United States, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, Greece, Denmark, and Switzerland, as well as his native Russia. He lives in Buffalo with his wife, Sebnem, a lyric soprano, and their two children, Talia and Benjamin.

Mary Handley, (piano) is a respected pedagogue and pianist, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, St. Catharines Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco State Orchestra, and in numerous solo and chamber music recitals in United States and Canada.  Ms. Handley holds the ARCT degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and a BM and MA in piano performance.  She was on the Piano Faculty of San Francisco State University for 20 years and while there developed a Graduate Piano Pedagogy Training Program and Piano Preparatory Department.  She also was producer of many concerts and music workshops in California. Ms. Handley is Executive Director of BRAVO WORKSHOP, an Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and produces several annual figure skating events for Chautauqua Ice of Jamestown, and U.S. Figure Skating. 





Ansgarius Aylward, (violin) is Assistant Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. With the BPO he is frequently called upon to be a soloist, performing repertoire from the standard to the twentieth century. He has been concertmaster and soloist with the Ars Nova Musicians’ Chamber Orchestra and now appears annually as soloist at their popular “Viva Vivaldi” Festival. In 2001 Mr. Aylward founded the critically acclaimed “Chamber Music on Elmwood” Festival, which he serves as Director and as principal violinist. Prior to this he was first violinist of the Nichols Quartet. Mr. Aylward has been the Conductor of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and is currently Conductor of the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra. He travels regularly to Germany, where he is guest soloist and recording artist with the Stuttgart Musik-Forum. Mr. Aylward holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and from Yale University School of Music.


Jacqueline Galluzzo, (violin)  is on leave













Donna Lorenzo, (viola) 


Lynne Ruda (cello, adjunct faculty)

Derek Chazen (viola, adjunct faculty)

Sandy Paddock (violin, adjunct faculty)





Visiting Faculty

Jolyon Pegis (cello, Dallas Symphony)

Jacqueline Galluzzo (violin, Buffalo Philharmonic)

Callisto String Quartet








* faculty is subject to change