DMITRY RACHMANOV is the Chair of Keyboard at CSU Northridge. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Roosevelt University, and has appeared as a guest artist/lecturer at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Beijing Central and Shanghai Conservatories. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and South Bank Centres, in major halls of China, and was soloist with Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto and Vidin Sinfonietta, among others.  He has recorded for Naxos, Parma, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels. Rachmanov is a founding member and president of the Scriabin Society of America; he also serves as the president of the American Liszt Society’s Southern California Chapter. A co-director of the CSUN biennial ChamberFest and a recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Rachmanov was named the 2018-19 Research Fellow at CSUN’s Mike Curb College. He is the current President of the Scriabin Society of America.

A passionate lifetime advocate for Scriabin, MATTHEW BENGTSON has received numerous rave reviews for his recordings of the complete piano sonatas: “Has Scriabin ever been played better? Only Horowitz and Richter can compare” (American Record Guide) and “a Scriabinist for the 21st century .. upon whom future generations can rely for definitive interpretations.” (Fanfare) In 2015 he marked the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death with numerous all-Scriabin recitals, including a solo recital in the multi-sensory festival “Scriabin in the Himalayas” in Ladakh, India. Co-author of Alexander Scriabin Companion, he currently teaches piano, fortepiano, and Piano Literature at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Vice President at Scriabin Society of America.

FARHAN MALIK is a lecturer, writer, teacher, and critic who has studied recorded piano performance from the beginning of the recording era through the present day while amassing a world-class collection of historically important piano recordings. His articles, reviews, and discographies have appeared in the world’s leading piano journals.  He has worked on numerous recording projects, including the acclaimed “Complete Recordings of Emil von Sauer,” and the 200-CD edition “Great Pianists of the 20th Century”. He has written about Vladimir Sofronitsky, Sviatoslav Richter, Alexander Scriabin, and many Russian musicians, and served on the board of directors of the Scriabin Society of America since 1997. He is currently the Treasurer at the Scriabin Society of America.

SHERRY GRANT, a Taiwan-born New Zealand concert pianist, cellist, poet, translator and mother of four woodwind players, is the artistic director of the 2022 International Scriabin 150 Festival and Scriabin Society of America International Liaison. Author of Bat Girl (2021) and 300 Love Poems for Scriabin (Vol.s 1-3), Sherry is co-editor of short form poetry journals such as Chalk on the Walk Haiku & MonokuHaiku Zoo Journal and Raining Rengay. She was the winner of 2021 Otoroshi Rengay Contest with writing partner Alan Peat (UK). Sherry and her youngest daughter, 8-year-old Zoe (winner of 2021 NZPS Haiku Competition, junior/school and illustrator for Bat Girl), work together in promoting poetry writing at international & local poetry workshops such as Rengay’s 30th Birthday Celebration (August 2022) and Haiku Down Under Virtual Conferenve (October 2022). This mother-daughter duo also collaborate in musical concerts and have been frequently interviewed as guest poets at radio stations around the world. Sherry is the pianist at Taioro ensemble (NZ) and an active member of the Live Piano Avengers. Since March 2022, Sherry has started performing themed piano recitals online regularly to introduce lesser known piano repertoire, and to include Scriabin’s music in every concert. Sherry organised/performed at the War and Peace Arts and Music Festival (2019), 100 Years Journey Concert Tour (2019) and 1st Hindemith & Copland Festival (2021, online).

Equally at home as a soloist, collaborator, presenter, and educator, JAMES PALMER is a dynamic young pianist based in Houston, Texas.  Palmer is currently a doctoral student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Dr. Robert Roux on full scholarship. He previously received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with legendary musicians Émile Naoumoff and Menahem Pressler.  A busy 2022-2023 season will see Palmer embark on a lecture-recital series, entitled What is a Piano Prelude?, in which he will present a set of newly-commissioned solo piano preludes by six award-winning composers.  He will also release a YouTube series of the same name, presenting these works in an innovative online lecture-performance series.  As the Secretary of the Scriabin Society of America, Palmer will perform a lecture-recital at the SSA’s upcoming Scriabin 150 festival in November of 2022.  He will also appear in a number of solo and chamber engagements throughout the United States.  Palmer has been a prizewinner and finalist in numerous international competitions and created the innovative YouTube series Scriabin Preludes Project from 2019-2020. He is currently the Secretary at the Scriabin Society of America.

HARLOW ROBINSON is an author, lecturer and Matthews Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of History at Northeastern University. His books include Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood’s Russians; Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography; Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev; The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok and Lewis Milestone: Life and Films.  His articles, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Musical America, Cineaste, Musical Quarterly, Slavic Review and other publications.  He has provided program essays for The Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival and Scottish National Opera. As a lecturer, he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Boston Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Aspen Music Festival and Guggenheim Museum. From 1994 to 2004 he appeared on the Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee radio broadcasts, and has provided commentary for NPR, PBS, BBC and CBC. Since 1970 he has made 27 trips to Russia and the former USSR. In 2010, he was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He received his B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

BOBBI BICKER is a Multi-Dimensional Artist born in Albania, currently residing in London. She studied Art and Textile Design in Tirana,Albania & Interior Design in London. She is an award winning Makeup & Bodypainting Artist and a Mentor. She combines her passions and talents to create thought provoking artworks. She finds inspiration in nature,  from  life experiences. people she  crosses paths with or meets  during her travels around the world. Her artworks are very vibrant and intricate, they tell a story. She uses her art for social good, to raise awareness for different causes and what affects humanity. She loves helping others and is involved with many charities and is involved on different projects that benefit society. Bobbi is very active on social media, she has been live-streaming Art Tutorials and Art Therapy classes for over 8years in hope to inspire and motivate people to get creative she says that “ Art is the best therapy anyone can do all you need is your imagination” Bobbi is a community builder and loves helping Artists thrive. In December 2021 she founded #ArtistsOnTwitter community on Twitter, a community of Artists from all over the globe, Art collectors and Art Lovers coming together to support each other and share  their work. She also has a show on #TwitterSpaces called  #ArtistsHighlight where she interviews Artists from all Art forms, where they share  their creative journey. You can find Bobbi across all platforms @BobbiBicker