46th Annual CMM Youth Concerto Competition Judges
Alexander Tatarinov – String Judge
Born in Moscow, Russia into a musical family, Alexander Tatarinov began to play the violin at the age of five and was accepted to the prestigious Central Music School in Moscow where he studied with Asja Kushner. He performed his first professional engagement at age seven. After two years of subsequent study at the Vienna University of the Performing Arts under the tutelage of Dora Schwarzberg, Alexander moved to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School in Rochester, NY with Professor Oleh Krysa. While at Eastman, Alexander received the Performance Certificate for outstanding performing abilities, as well as other prestigious scholarships. He was also a four-time Recipient of the Outstanding Young Musician Award from the Russian Collection of Unique Music Instruments and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Swiss Master Courses in Zürich under Maestro Vladimir Spivakov.
In 2008, Alexander began his studies as a Jacobs Scholar with Professor Mauricio Fuks at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he received his Master’s of Music degree in 2010 and the Performer’s Diploma in 2015. For the Doctor of Musical Arts degree Alexander returned to Eastman in the fall of 2012 to study with and serve as Teaching Assistant to Professor Federico Agostini.
Alexander's numerous recital appearances include concerts in Europe, Russia and North America. He enjoys giving solo performances, as well as collaborating in chamber group and orchestra settings. In 2011, as part of the Indiana University Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Alexander gave concerts at the Ravinia Music Festival with the violinist Joshua Bell. Recently, Alexander participated in the International Music Festival in Puerto Rico as the assistant concertmaster of its International Chamber Orchestra. He gave numerous performances, including the performance on live television. Alexander is a violin faculty at the Eastman Community Music School.
Heather Buchman – woodwind and brass judge
Heather Buchman is director of the Hamilton College Orchestra and Chair of the Department of Music. She has served as Education and Outreach Conductor for Symphoria, Syracuse’s professional orchestra. She has developed numerous innovative programs for Symphoria, as well as for the orchestral and chamber programs at Hamilton College. She appears frequently as conductor and trombonist with the Society for New Music and other organizations. Her work in arts advocacy has been recognized by the Society for New Music and Civic Morning Musicals.
She completed professional studies in conducting at the Juilliard School, and earned a M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and a B. Mus. degree in trombone from the Eastman School of Music. More recent studies include workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia, and classes in ballet, jazz, and tap dance in Utica, Boston, and Saratoga Springs.
Heather served as Principal Trombonist of the San Diego Symphony from 1988-1997. She won prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany and the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition; she continues to be professionally active as a trombonist.
Laura Amoriello – Piano Judge
Laura Amoriello joined the Ithaca College faculty as Assistant Professor of Piano in Fall 2015. Her expertise in piano pedagogy, combined with musical and scholarly achievement, offers a rich array of experience from which her students benefit.
Amoriello previously served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University from 2004 to 2015, where she was Co-Coordinator of Piano Secondary and Coordinator of the Visiting Artist Series. While at Westminster, she served on the faculties of the High School Piano Camp and the Educational Opportunity Program Summer Prelude. From 2004 to 2012, Amoriello was also Adjunct Instructor of Keyboard Skills at The College of New Jersey, where she helped to refine and expand group piano curricula for both music majors and non-majors and designed the course, “How We Learn,” for the Freshman Seminar Program. Amoriello returned to The College of New Jersey in 2015 to teach piano pedagogy.
Passionate about sharing pedagogical ideas with teachers, Amoriello has presented her research locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent workshops include “From Living Room to Stage: Helping Students Fight Performance Anxiety” for the 2014 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association State Conference and “Asking Questions in the Secondary Piano Class” for the 2014 National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum. A paper based on Amoriello’s dissertation, “Teaching Class Piano: A Study of Varied Perspectives,” was presented at the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Additional presentations include Westminster Choir College’s 2012 Piano Camp for Teachers (“What the Best Teachers Do”), the South Jersey Music Teachers Association, the 2007 European Piano Teachers Association Conference, and the 2009 World Piano Conference (“Musical Teamwork: Strategies for Student-Centered Piano Instruction”), and the 2010-2011 World Piano Conferences (“Addressing Learners’ Needs in the Secondary Piano Class”). Amoriello’s research interests encompass performance anxiety, the music of Prokofiev, secondary piano, and learning theories for piano teachers. She has been published in Piano Pedagogy Forum and Clavier Companion.
Amoriello is former President of the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers, having previously served as Publicity Chair. She is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has served as adjudicator for NJMTA, Shore Music Educators Association, and Piano Teachers Forum. Amoriello previously served the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy for two terms as a member of the Student Committee, and has contributed to the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum as Group Discussion Leader. She is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
A former winner of the Westminster Choir College Undergraduate Piano and Concerto Competitions, Amoriello frequently performs as soloist and collaborator. Most recently, she presented “Four-Hand Gems: Favorite Duets for Piano” for Jacobs Music in Willow Grove, PA and “The Music of Prokofiev,” a recital of select solo and chamber works, at Westminster Choir College. Annual lecture recitals for Summer at Westminster include the music of Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Schubert, and Prokofiev.
Amoriello holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Penn State University, respectively. During her studies, she received numerous awards and honors, including the MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award, the Arthur Judson Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Piano Majors, and the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Scholarship for Promise as a Creative and Inspirational Teacher. Her principal teachers include Mary DeTurck, Ingrid Clarfield, and Timothy Shafer. Amoriello holds the Doctor of Education degree in college music pedagogy from Teachers College of Columbia University with the dissertation “Teaching Undergraduate Class Piano: A Study of Perspectives from Self, Students, and Colleagues.”