Nikita Wells, Composer of the Fantasy Overture, has dabbled in music most of his life. His parents were famous ballet dancers who performed with the Anna Pavlova Ballet company, Diagielev Ballet Russe, International Ballet (London), etc. so he was raised in a musical family. Nikita has created and managed the National Lyric Opera Company, which was performing in Lisner Auditorium and Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. The company performed fully staged operas by Verdi and Puccini.
Nikita is also a baritone and has performed in the United States and in Europe. Lately, Nikita has turned to composing romantic music. He is working on his new Halloween Opera, “Two Counts at Stake.” For the overture to the opera, Maestro Wells received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards Group. The performance by The McLean Symphony represents the premiere of the piece.
Marcolivia is an award-winning violin and violin/viola duo performing music of many styles and periods, including Folk Music, Jazz and Salon/Virtuoso works.
The Marcolivia Duo appears frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “Front Row Washington”. They are regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan, and have performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, at the Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection (where they are included on several CDs of Series Highlights and Distinguished Performers). They have also been heard at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate and give masterclasses for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society.
In 2011, Marcolivia were invited to be founding members of the Phillips Camerata, based at the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art. The Camerata gives several performances annually at both galleries – many of which have been broadcast.
Marcolivia performed at Chamber Music America’s 25th Anniversary Concert in NYC, alongside groups such as the Juilliard Quartet and were the only chamber music finalists in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2000. The duo is on the roster of the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Virginia Commission For The Arts Touring Roster.
Marcolivia also perform double concertos regularly with many of the DC area’s orchestras, including Alexandria and Fairfax Symphonies, and the National Gallery of Art Orchestra. In 2015 they were invited to perform with the St Petersburg State Orchestra (Russia).
During the summers, Marcolivia perform in Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and England at various music festivals. They have also taken part in US festivals such as Garth Newel, Blue Mountain, Las Vegas, and Shenandoah Performs.
Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez enjoy successful individual solo and chamber music careers: Ms. Hajioff, a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. In her native England she has performed chamber music at the Dartington International Festival with David Owen Norris and Stephen Kovacevich. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Ms Hajioff has also performed with Edgar Meyer, Awadagin Pratt and Led Zeppelin. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer”.
Mr. Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. His recitals have been broadcast on many radio stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986,he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful”.