Fedor Ouspensky, 2014 graduate, currently a student at Juilliard school in New York City
Message from the Graduate
by Fedor Ouspensky
Many of the old students remember me as that young kid who
would peak into the room between students and see if there’s a younger sibling or someone to play with while one of the students is having the lesson and the parent is watching and taking notes. I think the most incredible part of being in the studio was seeing everyone grow up and change and improve. While I was here up through high school, I heard piano music and lessons all day coming from the basement and by now I can recognize and sing along almost any piano piece I hear them working on. The studio concerts are also wonderful for uniting the students and hearing each other perform and gaining the opportunity to play in front of an audience that knows the struggles and values the work.
As for the greatest challenges, for me personally it was always hardest to learn to practice a lot on a single piece
because I never had patience to repeat many times the same passage, the same bar, or the same piece. I would get easily worn out and disinterested, but as I’ve grown, I had to learn to love working on really developing my taste in the pieces I played and implementing the musical dreams into my hands and to the audience.
My dream has always been to become a conductor as far as I remember and it still is my dream. Every conductor must learn at least a single musical instrument in order to relate to the musicians and I am very excited to be on the road with this dream at Juilliard!
Biography of Fedor Ouspensky
Fedor Ouspensky was born in 1996 to a family of professional musicians. He started taking violin lessons at the age of 5 and a half with Olga Khroulevitch at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, moving later to Peter Sirotin and then to Rafail Sobolevsky and Oleg Rylatko, concertmaster of the Washington National Opera House Orchestra in Washington D.C. He currently pursues his BMA at Juilliard School in New York and studies with Naoko Tanaka. His past teachers include Oleg Rylatko at National Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program, Aaron Rosand, Rafail Sobolevsky, Peter Sirotin, and Olga Khroulevich. He also studied conducting with Maestro Mark McCoy in Virginia and Maestro Glaser at Juilliard Pre-College Division.
In 2015 Fedor was honored to be the youngest conductor attending the inaugural Wintergreen Conductors Summit where he studied with Maestro Victor Yampolsky and Erin Freeman. During the same summer he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall with Liana Isakadze and the World Chamber Ensemble Virtuosi. He also was invited back to join Castleton Festival Symphony Orchestra for its final season concert lead by Maestro Fabio Luisi of the Metropolitan Opera.
In 2012 and 2013 Fedor was invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel to join first violins section in the Castleton Festival Orchestra, the youngest ever musician to hold a position in that orchestra; during the 2012 and 2013 summer programs of the Castleton Festival Fedor performed 6 operas, 8 symphonic programs, was a featured soloist in numerous recitals and chamber music concerts; was the Assistant Concertmaster for the production of The Little Night Music.
August 2013 Fedor was the youngest semi-finalist in the Schoenfeld International Professional competition in Hong Kong; and in May of 2013 he was a participant of the Starling-DeLay Internationl violin Symposium in New York City. Fedor won First Places in the following competitions: Feuer Fairfax Symphony Young Artists Competition (2012); Virginia State Music Teachers Concerto Competition (2012); OKK Chapter International Talent Hunt (2012); Potter’s Violins Young Artists Solo Competition (2012); Cogen Concerto Competition (2010) and Marlin-Engel Solo Competition (2010) at Levine School of Music; Bachanalia Young Artists Competition and American Fine Arts Festival in New York City; Strings International Concerto Competition (2010) in Philadelphia, Alexandria Performing Arts Young Artists Competition, and Asian American Society Solo Competition in Washington DC area; Maryland Music Teachers Concerto Competition in MD. He performed publicly at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; was invited to perform at White House; played for master classes given by such prominent musicians as Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Midori, Ying Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and Zvi Zeitlin among others. Since age 12 Fedor is giving full program solo recitals.
Fedor’s 2012-2013 season highlights included a tour to Oman with Maestro Maazel with performances of La Boheme with the Castleton Festival Orchestra at the Muscat Royal Opera House; performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Shenandoah University Symphony Orchestra; solo performances in the Russian Ballet production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in Fairfax and Baltimore;
Since 2012 Fedor holds a position of the Assistant Concertmaster of the Bel Cantanti Opera, a professional opera company in Maryland with fully staged performances in Washington DC area of Rossini’s Barber of Seville; Mozart Cosi Fan Tutti,, Puccini’s MadamaBatterfly among other operas. For five years prior he was a concertmaster of three orchestras of the American Youth Philharmonic.
At the age of 8 Fedor was invited to perform an Accolay concerto with McLean Youth Symphony Orchestra, since then he appeared as a soloist performing concertos with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra in New York City and Capitol City Symphony in Washington DC.
Fedor was a recipient of Jack Kent Cooke (2007-2010) and Alfred A. Goodrich Memorial Violin scholarships (2005-2011) at Levine School of Music, and Washington Performing Arts Society Feder Competition Scholarship (2011).
Fedor is a very active chamber musician, he continuously participates in several chamber groups since age 7, and in the course
of the years he held leading positions in several quartets, trios, performed many sonatas; in 2011 one of his groups was a semi-finalist at Fischoff competition.
As a conductor Fedor performed with his high school orchestra, and was invited to conduct McLean Youth Orchestra during the 2013-2014 season. Fedor is also an arranger, he transcribed and adopted various compositions for his school orchestra.
Fedor is a devout promoter of classical music: in 2009 he became one of the founding performer-members of Arts Are For All Ages, a non-profit organization in Washington DC area, which provides classical music concerts to retirement communities. The organization’s membership consists mainly of high school young musicians, who volunteer their performances, and has grown to over 50 active performer-members and is providing about 30 concerts per year.
In 2013 Fedor started a strings and music education program at Cornerstone School in South East Washington DC area, a K-12 school dedicated to providing education to children from troubled and financially deprived families. Currently Fedor is one of the leaders of a high school students’ initiative working to establish a music company run by high school students, which will include a small orchestra and singers, and is planning to stage chamber operas and musicals, such as Cimarosa’s “Impresario” and “Phantom of the Opera”.
Teaching young musicians is another of Fedor’s passions: he has taught students of different ages and levels, he also coached young violinists in preparation for youth and school orchestra auditions. Fedor loves methodical approach to teaching, and he has built a system of individual plans and written follow-up assignments which he sends to his students to help them make better use of their practicing time.
Fedor had attended Russian Embassy School and Cooper Middle School. Currently he is a Sophomore at Juilliard School in New York City. He loves filming and photography, adventures, riding airplane, playing guitar, ballroom dancing, chess, biking, tennis, and games.