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The Team

The Directors and Founders: About

Anna Fedorova
Co-Founder, Co-Director

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Anna Fedorova is one of the top concert pianists in the world today. Anna's playing is "unfailingly sensitive, poetic and tasteful, the phrases flexibly shaped even when the technical going gets tough (...) she never forces her tone and never loses her cool” (Gramophone). From an early age, Anna demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her live recording of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto has more than 30 million views on YouTube and is highly acclaimed by critics and world-renowned musicians. She regularly performs at the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, New York's Carnegie Hall, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Tonhalle Zürich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, and many others.

Anna comes from Ukraine, and was born into a family of pianists. Both her mother Tatiana Abaieva and father Borys Fedorov are graduates of the famous Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and have been faculty of the Kiev Lysenko Special Music School for more than 30 years. They received  artist visas to move to the Netherlands and are the two main piano professors at the Davidsbündler Academy.

Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz
Co-Founder, Co-Director

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Born in Boston, double bassist Nicholas Schwartz began his studies at Boston University. His teachers included Edwin Barker and Matthew McDonald. He has worked regularly as a substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. During the 2012–13 season, he took part in the Berlin Philharmonic Herbert von Karajan Academy.

Nicky has won various prizes, including first prize at the International Society of Bassists and the Stulberg International String Competition. He has spent many summers playing in the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He performs with pianist Anna Fedorova as the Oyster Duo. Since August 2013, Nicholas Schwartz has been a member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Diana Jackson
Student Communications & Coordinator

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After studying Piano, Organ and Harpsichord at the Royal College of Music and taking a postgrad in music education, Diana spent her entire working life as a school class music teacher and private piano teacher.

Her passion has always been to guide young people to have the best possible experience of making music and as coordinator of the student application, timetabling and hosting side of the academy, she is constantly available to help students with their many queries.

 With a history as a voluntary proof-reader, concert organiser and promoter, she brings her organisational and communication skills to the team relishing attending to every tiny detail and  relentless in her pursuit of accuracy and efficiency.

Kate McDonnell

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Kate joined the Production team in September 2023. She is responsible for coordinating events by making project schedules for educational events, informing visiting artists about the details of the projects and coordinating the volunteers of the academy. She has had experience within the organisation of multiple Dutch Orchestras, for example the Dutch National Student Orchestra, and is the chair of the umbrella organisation of Dutch Student Orchestra's (KONSO). Besides her work at the academy, she is a full-time master student of Applied Physics at the Technical University of Delft.

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