"Music is a divine expression of love."
Sylph Chamber Music
Nadine Scharman - Flute
Andrea Randa - Crystal Singing Bowls/Vocals
Ann Zalkind - Piano
NADINE SCHARMAN, (flute) whose family ties include the illustrious name of Emanuel Feurermann, began her piano studies at the age of eight and flute studies at ten whose family ties include the illustrious name of Emanuel Feuermann, began her piano studies at the age of eight and flute studies at ten. She holds a degree from SUNY at Purchase and has studied with flutists Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger and Gerardo Levy. At twenty-two she was a semi-finalist in the Naumburg Competition and subsequently performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto under Oscar Shumsky’s direction. A versatile artist, Ms. Scharman has performed extensively in styles ranging from classical to jazz in the U.S. and in the Cote d’Azur of France.
She has played at Carnegie Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Caramour Music Festival and other venues in the New York area. The New York Times praised her as, “An unusually fine artist” and recognized “her musical phrasing and secure finger work.” Julius Baker has referred to Ms. Scharman as, “A most gifted flutist who will have a tremendous career.” She has been seen with the Soh Young Ensemble a 5 piece group for voice, cello, piano, flute and drums. Her CD and children's books, “Chasing Rainbows In Me” and "Treidel the Turkey Dreidel" are available on line at Authorhouse.com, and can be ordered from all bookstores.
Ms. Scharman is an experienced coach for instrumentalists of all levels and ages. She is also an occupational therapist.
ANDREA RANDA, (vocals and crystal singing bowls)
As a country music singer in the late 1970's through early 80's, Andrea performed in the New York City Area as a solo artist in music clubs such as The Dug Out, Dakota, Rodeo, O'Lunney's and Dillon's and and also was one of the lead singers and rhythm guitarist with the band Bluewater. While performing as a country singer, she studied opera and in 1982, sang her first operatic role as Siebel in Faust with Verdi Square Opera in New York City. For more than 20 years, she performed leading roles under the name Andrea Abushady, garnering reviews such as, Andrea Abushady, coloring her steady mezzo-soprano with great restraint, proved uncommonly convincing in a trouser role as the poet Don Ramiro (the New York Times, 1991, review of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera), Andrea, as Lola, turned in the finest performance of the evening both vocally and in stage presence (The Brooklyn Spectator, 1989, review of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana). Described both as “forceful” by Peter Goodman of Newsday (May 18, 1987) and offering, “nicely nuanced interpretations” by James Roos of the Miami Herald (June 28, 1993), Andrea easily traverses and expresses a wide range of emotions in her performances. Andrea is also a yoga instructor and sound healer utilizing crystal singing bowls and toning in workshops and concerts.
ANN ZALKIND, (piano)
Following a notable New York debut at Town Hall, Ann Zalkind has performed in the US and Europe to critical acclaim. The New York Times especially noted “her genuine poetic gift, knowledge of musical styles, clarity, precision, thoughtful deliberation and temperament.” Ann Zalkind has performed on the ‘distinguished artist series’ at the 92nd Street Y Kaufman Auditorium, at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and at Bargemusic with members of the New York Philharmonic. She has performed with the Horace Mann Chamber Chorus under the direction of Johannes Somary and has accompanied the Hempstead select choir at Carnegie Hall. She has been soloist with The Baltimore Symphony, The Albany Symphony and The Atlantic Chamber Players. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Graduate School and University Center of the City of New York. She has been on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory, Skidmore College, the Waterville Valley Music Festival in NH and the Hempstead School District. Ann Zalkind is the author of A Study of Catalan Composer Federico Mompou’s (1893-1987) Música Callada, Edwin Mellen Press, 2002, and What Matters Most: A Memoir, Palmetto Publishing Group 2019, available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.