Teachers at Bel Canto Academy of Music
Alexander Barsov, Director – Piano
Russian-born composer Alexander Barsov teaches piano as well as composition and music theory. With a conservatory education in classical composition under his belt, as well as additional studies in piano with Alexander Budyonny, Distinguished Artist of Russia, and pedagogy with Natalia Budyonnaya, Alexander offers his students a breadth of insight. His teaching is informed by a strong classical background as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, music outside the classical genre. Alexander aims to equip students with the skills needed to play expressively and to experience music in all its richness.
Austin Burns, Voice
Austin is an active performer and educator. He has developed eleven seasonally themed programs which he arranges, curates, and performs all over New England with his ensemble “Sole Durato”, and has performed at various music festivals in Boston and Vermont, including Caspian Music Mondays and Newbury Nights. He has performed at the Boston Public library as part of the Never Too Late Concert Series as well as a Fundraising Gala for the Museum of Fine Arts.
Outside of his ensemble work, Austin has performed in the world premiere of the opera, Demopera, by Lee Johnson, the North American Premiere of the oratorio, La Celebre Nativita by Cartellieri, and the New England premiere of the opera, Gisela in Her Bathtub, by Neil Weisensel.
He holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory as well as an undergraduate degree in Composition from LaGrange College.
Ignacy Gaydamovich – Guest Artist
Ignacy is an active soloist, recitalist, teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the United States and is the winner of several international competitions, as well as the recipient of multiple awards from Austrian, American, and Polish institutions. He is the principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra. A passionate teacher and organizer, Dr. Gaydamovich has been a frequent guest at the Conservatory of Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO and has been invited to many festivals in the US and abroad. Gaydamovich holds degrees from F. Chopin Music Academy, Texas Christian University, Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. His most recent faculty appointment was at Mt. Holyoke College.