NYSMTA 2016 Conference Guest Artist
DR. Jacob Ertl, Pianist |

Dr. Jacob Ertl is currently the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, China, Canada, Panama, and Mexico.


A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, on Chicago Radio's "Live from WFMT" series and Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem" series. He has performed as soloist with orchestras andwind ensembles, and is regularly invited to give guest recitals and master classes at universities, colleges, and arts high schools. He also frequently performs solo and chamber music at international summer music festivals including Nice, Gijon, Oviedo, Tel-Hai, Banff, Bowdoin, Quartet Program, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Piano Texas, Dakota Sky, and Lake George.

Ertl has recently recorded two CD’s in 2015: a world premiere recording of Fisher Tull’s Piano Concerto released on Naxos, and a digitally released disc with Eastern Standard trio, including world premiere recordings and composer commissions. Ertl has also recently completed a tour of China, where he gave four solo recitals and nine master classes at various universities.

An advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been the Artistin-Residence Fellow for PianoArts for eight years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over twenty public schools, colleges and universities. In 2013 and 2014, he also gave numerous education concerts at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival using eight unique interactive programs.


A strong supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society, Symphony Space). He has also toured to Panama for the Musicarte Festival of Contemporary Music as a guest performer with Pittsburgh based new music ensemble, Alia Musica. Ertl has also given numerous lecture recitals on Frederic Rzewski's De Profundis; a work for speaking pianist.

Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Rogé, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Emanuel Krasovsky, among others. His pre college teachers in piano and chamber music include Michael Kim and Carol Leybourn. In addition to teaching at Nazareth CollegeErtl is Director of Lake George Music Festival On Tour, and Coordinator of the Nazareth College Piano Camp.

At the NYSMTA 2016 Conference, Dr. Jabob Ertl will perform the music of Albeniz, Ravel, Rzewski and Stravinsky/Agosti on
Saturday late afternoon, October 8, 2016.  
View the full conference schedule here, along with other news from NYSMTA.

NYSMTA 2016 Conference Composer
Octavio Vazquez |

The music of Octavio Vazquez (b. 1972) has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, Cologne’s Philharmonie, and the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also written for film and collaborated with world music artists as an arranger, orchestrator and producer, most notably with Grammy Award winner Cristina Pato. His orchestration of “Negro Caravel” for Ms. Pato’s CD Muller was nominated for the 2011 Spanish Music Academy Awards.

His works have been recorded for the labels NAXOS, Delos, Landra Music, Gale Recordings, Ouvirmos, Fol Musica, and Bohemia Music, and by radio and TV stations such as PBS, PRX, the Spanish National Radio and Television, New York’s WQXR, and the Chinese International Radio. His catalog currently includes over sixty titles, all of them published by the Conwell Publishing Group of New York.
Notable performers of his works include conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk, Carlos Kalmar, Paul Daniel, Hansjörg Schellenberger, and Víctor Pablo Pérez, and soloists Hilary Hahn, Cristina Pato, Dmitri Berlinsky, Amaury Coeytaux, Jonathan Gandelsman, Nurit Pacht, Eric Jacobsen, Adam Levin, Viacheslav Dinerchtein, Adam Kent, and Eldar Nebolsin. He has received grants and commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Poulenc Trio, New York State Council on the Arts, New Music USA, Michigan State University, Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Meet the Composer, Guernica Project, Via Stellae, Fulbright Commission, Chi-Mei Foundation, SGAE/ Autor Foundation, and Xacobeo Classics 2010 among others. Festivals featuring his music include the Kölner MusikTriennale (Germany), Festival de Basse Navarre/ Navarra Internacional Festival (France and Spain), the Prokofiev International Festival (Russia), Macedon Music (Australia), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Camarissima International Festival (Mexico), California Summer Music, European Dream Festival, Composers Now, Queens New Music, and Southampton Arts (USA), and the AreMore, Via Stellae, Espazos Sonoros, Clásicos en Verano, and Música en Compostela International Festivals (Spain). A graduate of the Adolfo Salazar Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, Dr. Vazquez has given lectures and masterclasses at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Hofstra University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Salisbury University, and Texas Christian University (USA), Carlos III, Santiago de Compostela, and Complutense Universities (Spain), the XXXVII Congress of the International Viola Society (South Africa), and the Next Renaissance Confer nce (Netherlands). He teaches composition at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.
NYSMTA 2015 Conference Guest Artist
Gila Goldstein, Pianist |

Pianist Gila Goldstein is a versatile musician who has captivated audiences around the world with her unique artistry and soulful interpretations. She has performed as solo artist and as collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe and Israel. She has appeared with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Da Camera in Mexico City and the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska.


Her recital performances have taken place at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in New York City, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Beijing Concert Hall in China, Seoul National University in Korea, the Purcell Room at the South Bank Center in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musée de Louvre and Cité des Arts in Paris, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, Old First Church and Temple Emanu- El in San Francisco, Gardner Museum in Boston, Dame Myra Hess concert series, Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” Series and Symphony Hall in Chicago, ”Great Performances“ series in St. Louis, Israel’s Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum, among others. Gila Goldstein serves on the piano faculties at Boston University’s School of Music, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the New York University’s Steinhardt School Department of Music and Performing Arts.

She has given master classes and adjudicated international and national piano competitions throughout the United States, Israel, China, the Philippines and Korea. A board member of the American Liszt Society (ALS) and the Founder- President of its NY/NJ Chapter since 1992, she has been a frequent guest performer at the ALS annual festivals around the USA and Canada, along with appearances at the Great Romantics International Festival in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). Gila Goldstein obtained her music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Professor Nina Svetlanova and the Tel-Aviv University's School of Music, where her teacher was Professor Victor Derevianko.


Gila Goldstein has championed the music of Israel's leading composer, Paul Ben-Haim, over the past two decades as a performer and recording artist. She has recorded two volumes of Ben-Haim’s entire piano and chamber works on the Centaur label. Among the rave reviews these recordings have received worldwide, the American Record Guide has written: ”Goldstein is a charismatic performer who plays with great flair, delicate nuances, fluid tempi and brilliance”. PIANIST magazine in London wrote: “Goldstein has a technique as fierce and fiery as the color of her hair”. These recordings mark a significant addition to the commercial releases of Israeli classical music, contributing to a wider accessibility and understanding of this genre. They are also an important addition to the worldwide collection of recordings of 20th century piano music.

Gila Goldstein’s program as NYSMTA Conference 2015 Guest Artist on October 10, 2015 was at the College of Saint Rose and included music of Bach- Busoni, Brahms, Schubert-Liszt, Lior Navok, Poulenc, Mompou and de Falla.