Graduate Student Steven Cohen presents recital with Dr. Natasha Kislenko, Dr. Jeb Wallace, Dr. Matthew Nelson

Event Date: 

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

UCSB graduate student, Steven Cohen, presents a recital with guest artists Dr. Jeb Wallace (horn) and Dr. Matthew Nelson (clarinet), with UCSB faculty member Dr. Natasha Kislenko on piano. The program will include works for solo horn by Schumann and Messiaen, solo clarinet works by Finzi and Donatoni, and chamber music by Schuller and Brahms. January 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. in UCSB's Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Dr. Jeb Wallace serves as Assistant Professor of Horn and Brass Area Coordinator at Utah Valley University, and maintains an active and diverse career as performer and educator. He has performed throughout the country with numerous ensembles including the Utah Symphony, American Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, and Dallas Wind Symphony among others. A member of the Alpine Chamber Winds, Inverness Trio, and Utah Brass Quintet, he regularly performs chamber music across the region and has recently been featured at the Calgary Hornfest!, Park City Spring Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven Festival, Salty Cricket Composer's Collective, Springville Art Museum, and at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary.

Dr. Wallace is also an active member of the International Horn Society and recently performed as a soloist and chamber musician at IHS 44 and 45, and at several regional workshops. He has presented master-classes and recitals at many schools including Boise State University, Oklahoma State University, the Swedish National Orchestral Institute, Ithaca College, Arizona State University, University of Dayton, Interlochen Arts Academy, and many others. An advocate for contemporary music, Dr. Wallace has collaborated with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, TACTUS, New Music New Haven, and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and has premiered more than a dozen new works featuring the horn. He is currently recording a CD of new works for horn for Beauport Classical.

In addition to his duties at UVU, he serves on the faculty at the Gifted Music School in Sake City and at the Performing Arts Institute in Kingston, PA, a summer program for talented high school and college students. Dr. Wallace previously served on the faculty at Susquehanna University, Dickinson College, and James Madison University, and received his education at Stony Brook University (DMA), the Yale School of Music (AD), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and Southern Methodist University (BM). His primary teachers were William Purvis, Eli Epstein, and Gregory Hustis.


Dr. Matthew Nelson is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Louisville, where he performs with the Louisville Winds woodwind quintet and the Grawemeyer Players contemporary music ensemble. He maintains an international profile as both performer and pedagogue, and in 2014 he was invited to give master classes and perform at the 2? Curso Internacional “Eduardo Ocón” in Málaga, Spain.

Prior to his appointment at the UofL, Nelson held the position of principal clarinet with the Utah Chamber Orchestra (Ballet West), and he performed regularly with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. He served on the faculty of Utah Valley University for five years, where he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Alpine Chamber Winds woodwind quintet. He was a Nova Chamber Music Series artist from 2011 – 2014, and he also held an artist/faculty position at the Tuacahn Summer Symphonic Institute in St. George, UT. In 2013 he gave master classes and performed at the Instituto para el Desarrollo Musical in Castellón, Spain. Nelson’s frequent chamber music collaborations have reached enthusiastic audiences at the Schumann Festival, the Gentse Vleugels Festival, the Utah Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival Park City, and the Park City International Music Festival. He has also performed at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest in Baton Rouge, Assisi, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

An advocate of new music, Nelson has worked closely with many prominent contemporary composers, including Shulamit Ran, William O. Smith, Andrew Rathbun, Joël-François Durand, Bruce Quaglia, Morris Rosenzweig, Diane Thome, Dan Welcher, and Eric Flesher. In 2015 he gave the world premieres of Steve Rouse’s Ten Little Things with percussionist Greg Byrne and Daniel Gilliam’s Variations with the Kentucky Center Chamber Players.

Nelson completed his doctoral work in clarinet performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2009 with his thesis, Morton Feldman’s Clarinet Works: A Study Through the Words of the Note Man. He received a MM in clarinet performance and a BA with distinction in English from the University of ?Washington. His principal teachers include Michael Webster, William McColl, Richard Gellman, and Scott Wright.

“Matthew Nelson…infused the music with impressive energy and tremendous dexterity. Nelson’s command of his instrument’s wide dynamic range and his impeccable intonation contributed to a forceful performance…”    —Matt Dixon, for Reichel Recommends


An in-demand freelance horn player, Steven Cohen is a frequent guest with the Omaha Symphony and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, while performing with various national touring Broadway productions such as Wicked and The Lion King. Additionally, he holds positions in various orchestral and chamber ensembles in Nebraska. From 2010-2012, Steven was Principal Horn with The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables. Prior to his appointment with Les Misérables, he was Principal Horn with The Manhattan Symphonie (NY). Steven was a National Finalist in the 2014 Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artists Brass Competition and was soloist with the Mannes Conductor’s Orchestra in April 2010 and the University of Nebraska Symphony in March 2013.

Steven’s love of the horn far extends just being a performer. As a scholar, he has presented at the national and international level. Steven had the pleasure of presenting “from ON stage to UNDER it: Transforming from an Orchestral to Pit Hornist and Back,” a lecture that explored the world of Broadway pit performance and interpretation, at the 45th International Horn Symposium. He has also presented lectures at various workshops on the implication of teaching and performance practices in the works of J.S. Bach which feature the horn. Aside from his scholarly work, Steven has worked with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music to develop and produce live concert webcasts and recordings.

Steven holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His principal teachers include Dr. Steven Gross, Dr. Alan Mattingly, Philip Myers, and R. Allen Spanjer.

Steven Cohen is a Siegfried’s Call Artist and plays horns by Engelbert Schmid.


Pianist Dr. Natasha Kislenko has concertized extensively in Russia and former USSR, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Paraguay and across the United States. Critics praise her “great artistry,” “perfect technique,” and “extraordinary richness of nuance and color.”

Ms. Kislenko is a versatile artist with a broad range of experience. On stage, she is frequently heard in both solo and collaborative recitals, as well as chamber music concerts. Recent solo engagements include the Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Turkey (2015),  the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional, Asunción, Paraguay (2013), and the Varna Chamber Orchestra, Bulgaria (2013). Since 2010, Natasha has held a principal keyboard position with the Santa Barbara Symphony. With this orchestra, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.1, Op.35, Grieg Piano Concerto, Op.16 and most recently Clara Schumann Piano Concerto Op.7, earning great critical acclaim.

Ms.Kislenko has played chamber music with many distinguished artists including Sarah Chang, James Buswell, Theodore Kuchar, Donald Weilerstein, Richie Hawley and Leone Buyse, to name only a few. In 2011 she, along with violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, released a CD “Russian Sonatas” for violin and piano, available on, itunes and other websites.

Ms. Kislenko received international awards such as a Third (1992) and a Second (1995) prize at the “J. S. Bach” competition in Saarbrücken, Germany, and various prizes in piano competitions in France, Slovak Republic, Italy and Portugal. Summer studies at the famed Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, brought its highest award: the Diploma di Honore. Natasha made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after taking the Grand Prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996.

Born in Moscow, Natasha holds graduate degrees in piano from the famed Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University, NY. Primary teachers included Anatoly Vedernikov, Yuri Slesarev, Joaquín Achúcarro and Gilbert Kalish. 

In addition to a successful performing career, Dr.Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to the younger generations of aspiring musicians. A collaborative faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, CA since 2004, Natasha joined the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 after serving at California State University, Fresno for five years. She has recently appeared with performances and masterclasses at University of Maryland College Park, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Houston Moores School of Music (TX), Morgan State University (MD), Tulane University (LA), Fort Hays State University (KS), Ankara University (Turkey), Scuola Musicale di Sesto Fiorentino (Italy) and Würzburg Musikhochschule (Germany) in addition to numerous adjudications for MTNA and MTAC.


Jeb Wallace (courtesy photo).
Matthew Nelson (courtesy photo)