- History -
Green Valley Chamber Music Festival (GVCM) was founded in 2006 by Dr. Enrico Elisi and Shakeh Ghoukasian as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
The two founders shared a joined passion and a vision for chamber music studies. After several conversations both Dr. Elisi and Ms. Ghoukasian found themselves asking the question whether Las Vegas was ready to have a Chamber Music Festival, which can educate young string and piano players. With the support of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Music Department Chairman - Jonathan Good, who offered the use of the music department facilities, the mere idea of a festival took flight. The festival has enjoyed its home at UNLV Music department every summer for the past eight years. Located in the heart of a vibrant city, The Green Valley Chamber Music Festival provides young musicians with the opportunity to develop their musical studies. Each summer more than forty students, ages fourteen through post-college level join professional musicians for an intense week of chamber music making. In addition to rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in public performances. The combination of studying and coaching every day with distinguished professional musicians sets GVCM apart from other summer music institutions. Participants have the opportunity to receive instruction every day and interact with faculty on hourly bases and understand the world of a professional musician.
GVCM completed its 8th season in the summer of 2014. GVCM presented six public performances: two young artist recitals, two faculty recital and two chamber orchestra concert. GVCM’s Artistic Director Taras Krysa and Program Director Shakeh Ghoukasian envision continuing to elevate the artistic development of the festival and nurturing young musicians, by promoting a positive and creative environment to learn.