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 a performer and educator in the Boston area who teaches voice, piano, music theory, and guitar. He holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory as well as an undergraduate degree in Composition from LaGrange College.
Austin has developed 11 seasonally themed programs which he arranges, curates, and performs all over New England with his ensemble “Sole Durato.” Austin has also 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.
Edgar Brut – Voice
Edgar Brut, tenor, is an active performer and teacher. Born into a musical family, Edgar began his musical training at an early age — training which culminated in studies with renowned professor Sergey Danielyan at Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia. During his time at the conservatory, Edgar performed nearly ten operatic roles, and in 2008 was offered a soloist position at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater of Armenia. In the United States, Edgar has worked with the New Valley Symphony Orchestra and Burbank Chorale in California, as well as numerous other musical organizations on both the East and West coasts. In addition to his performance career, Edgar has gained extensive experience as teacher and mentor for students of different ages and professional levels, a number of whom continued their studies at highly-regarded institutions of higher education across the nation. His approach to teaching can be characterized by an individual approach to each student, as well as encouragement and assistance in discovering the wonder of singing. “Singing” says Edgar, “to me is not a profession; it’s a lifestyle.”
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.