Alexander Yudkovsky has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared on tour as a soloist with the New American Chamber Orchestra and with the Brandenburg Collegium, and as concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra for three years he was featured regularly in televised chamber music performances. Mr. Yudkovsky was born in Leningrad and came to the U.S. at the age of fourteen. He received his musical education at the Leningrad Special Music School, the Juilliard School, and the Rotterdam Conservatory. In recent years Mr. Yudkovsky has been increasingly recognized for his leadership in education in the arts. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of The School for Strings, Mr. Yudkovsky served as the Chairman of the Music Department at the Harlem School of the Arts and Music Director of the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra. Mr. Yudkovsky is also a founding member and co-director of the Lighthouse Chamber Players, an annual chamber music festival on Cape Cod.
Kerry was most recently the General Manager of the Belleayre Music Festival in the Catskill Mountains. He received a degree in Music Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles and performed in an array of musical situations throughout Southern California as a trombonist. After working on administration projects at the Young Musicians Foundation and the American Youth Symphony, Kerry went to work full time for the Henry Mancini Institute. Here he created education programs in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District and many other large educational institutions in Southern California. In 2007 he joined the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO as Executive Director. An opportunity to work with Alondra de la Parra at the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas brought him to New York City. Kerry’s wife, Keve Wilson, plays oboe on Broadway a Portuguese Water Dog named Bugsy.
Shanghai-born, Auckland-raised Eva Ding is an award-winning solo and chamber flutist.
In 2017, Eva made her New York debut with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra performing Honegger’s “Concerto da Camera”. She was invited back this season to perform Tailleferre’s “Concertino” for Flute, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra. An avid proponent of highlighting contemporary music, she gave the New Zealand premiere of “The Golden Flute” Concerto by Pulitzer-nominated, Chinese composer Chen Yi. Having performed with the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber, and Brooklyn Metro Chamber orchestras, Eva is also an accomplished ensemble musician.
Most recently, Eva was a resident artist with the Caroga Arts Collective, and performed alongside Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks of the Metropolitan Opera at the Maverick Concert Series. Her most interesting gig to date, however, has to have been when she was the opening musical number for pro-wrestler, Orange Cassidy, at Independent Wrestling TV’s “Family Reunion” match.
Eva received the Manhattan School of Music President’s Scholarship and completed a Master of Music with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to that, she gained her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors from the University of Auckland, under the tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd.
In her spare time, Eva plays with her poodle Chocco, who adores singing along to her flute practice.
Evelyn was born and raised in New Jersey. She has 2 beautiful daughters and 2 wonderful grandchildren. Evelyn has been a staff accountant/bookkeeper for more than 20 years, starting in legal accounting and then moving to an accounting firm with diversified clients. She has extensive experience with Quickbooks and tax preparation. Evelyn has been with The School for Strings since 2011.