A change in leadership can birth the jitters within an organization, but the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) is an exception. NJIO’s Board of Trustees is proud to announce its newly appointed artistic director and musical conductor, Farkhad Khudyev who will usher in the non-profit’s 17th year.
Mr. Khuvyed, 25, faces a unique challenge. The Intergenerational Orchestra is an ambitious group of players ranging in age from 10 to 70. His tenure follows that of Joe Gluck, a charismatic conductor whose stimulating programs stretched the abilities of the orchestra and broadened the audience experience. Under Joe’s baton, NJIO expanded to a three-concert season, added a Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed world premieres with professional soloists.
Mr. Khudyev arrives with impressive credentials. He received his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Shinik Hahm. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree on a full scholarship at the Oberlin Conservatory studying with Milan Vitek and Bridget Reischl.
Mr. Khudyev came to the United States in 2001 on a full scholarship from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Paul Sonner, Michael Albaugh and Yoshikazu Nagai. From Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, former Soviet Union (central Asia) Mr. Khudyev first studied violin and composition with Zinaida Ahmedzhanova and Vera Abaeva at the Special Music School for the most gifted musicians in the country. He distinguished himself at the age of 10 as the youngest performer ever selected to play with the National Violin Ensemble of Turkmenistan, and at 12 he won a scholarship to attend the New Names Festival in Suzdal, Russia, which was sponsored by the Moscow Conservatory. He was named as one of the most promising young musicians at the festival. Mr. Khudyev has performed in Ashgabat, Suzdal, Moscow, and Odessa (Ukraine), as both a soloist and as a member of the Violin Ensemble of Turkmenistan.
He currently serves as the Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the National Orchestra of Ashgabat. He was the Music Director of the Saybrook College Orchestra at Yale University, the Assistant Conductor of the Yale Philharmonia and the New Music New Haven ensemble, the Assistant Conductor of the NOYO Orchestra as well as the Guest Conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Khudyev was a finalist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor positions as well as the finalist for Music Director of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra and the alternate conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor position. Recently, Mr. Khudyev was invited to be one of 10 semifinalists from around the world to participate at the First International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition and Apprenticeship with Riccardo Muti.
Mr. Khudyev is the winner of the coveted Grand Prize and the Gold Medal of the 2007 National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as the member of Prima Trio. He has toured the United States and Europe receiving highly acclaimed reviews as both a violinist and composer. In June 2006, Mr. Khudyev won a prize at the 30th Annual Glenn Miller Competition, held in Clarinda, Iowa, the legendary musician’s birthplace. His other awards include the Neil Rabaut Prize, Yale Chamber Music Society Competition Winner, and a debut performance of his trio “Fleeting Miniatures” at the Tribeca New Music Festival in New York. He is a recipient of an honorable mention from the 2004 ASCAP Foundation, Morton Gould Young Composer awards, held at New York's Lincoln Center for his symphonic work Turkmenistan.
Musicians interested in getting a sneak preview of Mr. Khudyev can join him this summer where he will serve as a violin coach in NJIO’s Introduction to Chamber Music Workshop beginning June 9 at the Judith Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ. Registration deadline is June 1st.
For details about the workshop and to register, download an application from the NJIO web site, www.njio.org or, call the NJIO office at 908-603-7691 and leave a message. For more information, contact workshop leader and cellist, Martin Steinberg at (973) 953-4425 or, email, MSteinberg@njio.org