Support for the Arts
As its first major “arts project,” Serendipity was pleased to have been the initiator and a sponsor for Sound of the Sun, an exhibit of paintings, photographs, and ceramics from Vladimir held at Illinois State University in 1998. This multimedia show was organized by Debra Risberg, MFA, a Bloomington curator of contemporary art.
Sound of the Sun was reopened at the College of DuPage from January 4 to February 10, 2001.
As a follow on to the first Fulbright social studies program (see Educational Exchanges), we assisted with bringing a Vladimir art teacher to Illinois for a series of workshops in the summer of 2005.See Bringing Traditional Russian Art to the States by Tom Murdoch
Serendipity has also assisted two Vladimir quilt clubs, lacquer miniaturist painters, a wood carver, and other artists attempting to sell their work to tourists and here in the U.S.
Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition Finalist, July 2010:
Yuliana began singing seriously at age 7. By the time she turned 8 she was performing children’s songs with a major orchestra. She fell in love with jazz the first time she heard a recording by Ella Fitzgerald—who to this day remains her favorite singer. Even though she was just 10 at the time, she decided that she could not live without jazz.
In 2002, after graduating from a specialized music school in her home town of Vladimir several years ahead of the normal schedule, Yuliana was admitted to the State Musical College of Jazz Art in Moscow. In 2006 she completed the College’s program with distinction and enrolled in the Gnessin Institute of Music - with a full scholarship. She is currently in her 5th and final year of study there.
Yuliana has won International competitions in Italy, Turkey, Malta and Bulgaria. In 2008 she received the Russian Young Performer Encouragement Award in Music - Jazz; and in 2009 she won the all-Russia "Fascinated by Jazz" competition.
In 2004 Yuliana attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop with a partial scholarship - and help from American sponsors. In 2005 she once again attended the Workshop - with a full scholarship. (She has a standing invitation to return.)
Directly after the 2005 Workshop she performed at several Southern California jazz clubs before appearing on the main youth stage at the San Jose Jazz Festival - where she also has an invitation to return. Since then she has regularly performed with the top Moscow jazz orchestras and combos. (See the YouTube links below.) She in fact recently received a cash prize from the Gnessin Institute in recognition of her performance record.
In January 2010 the online magazine, jazz.ru,published an extended article on her.
After graduating from Gnessin at the end of this coming academic year, Yuliana intends to continue to pursue her love of jazz.