Joana Genova, violin
Joana Genova is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis, and second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet. Joana began playing violin at the age of 6 in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra at 12, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Joana was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Since 2000, Joana has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She was Artist Associate at Williams College, and a faculty member of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) and Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 Joana served as MMF's Education Director, organizing outreach programs and family concerts. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Joana has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra and Yonkers Philharmonic. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Trio Solisti, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andrés Cárdenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others.
Joana performs with Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. She is on the summer faculty of Taconic Music’s Chamber Music Intensive and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy. Joana divides her time between Indianapolis, Vermont, and New York City with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children.
Ariel Rudiakov, viola and conductor
Violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, conducting the chamber orchestra and coaching chamber music. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Riverdale, NYC, Ari comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith, before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music, holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s master’s program, where he studied viola with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Ari enjoys a diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad, with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, and pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, and Vassily Primakov, among many others. Former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and founding member and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), Ari was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival (Vermont) from 2000–2016. Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saëns and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare magazine described as “utterly superb”. Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Ari, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. At the podium, he has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. Resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Sage City Symphony and recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda.
Ari plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.
Jane Duda, Communications Director
A native of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Jane Duda moved across the Hudson with her family to the small Bergen County community of Radburn, New Jersey. She attended Bryn Mawr College, concentrating in studio art and Romance languages, and earned a B.F.A. in Design with a minor in Art History from William Paterson University, cum laude. Degree in hand, Jane returned to Philadelphia’s Main Line to begin her career in advertising, where she enjoyed rapid advancement in account management at a pair of agencies, until she was recruited by Deb Shops to become the nationwide chain’s advertising director. Jane's management trajectory left her little time to put her design skills to practical use; in 1994, she made the leap into solo practice, delving into the burgeoning world of digital design and production. The following year, she married a Vermonter and moved her practice north, to the village of Wallingford, Vermont—where she and her husband, daughter, and tiny dog have been happily ensconced in an eternal fixer-upper ever since.
Over time, Jane found that her clients, who were typically startups or entrepreneurial businesses, frequently needed more than just a good designer. They needed help with their promotional copy, with strategy—and, often—with managing projects or events. With her advertising management background coupled with a design degree and extensive writing experience, Jane found herself becoming by turns a one-woman agency and an out-of-house marketing department, roles she continues to fill to this day. She has worked in-house at two area newspapers and at Manchester Music Festival, focusing on marketing and development, first as assistant to the executive director, and later as a marketing associate. In the early spring of 2017, Jane partnered with Taconic Music's artistic directors, Joana Genova and Ariel Rudiakov, providing design, marketing and planning services for their inaugural summer festival, as well as general business and box office consulting. That collaboration was so productive that, in the fall of 2017, Taconic Music engaged Jane as their Communications and Development Director. She also continues to run the box office, and maintains a small roster of private clients.
Alongside her work life, Jane is active in her community, having served on the board and as communications chair of the Rutland Jewish Center; as a board member for the Hayes Foundation, a Rutland County philanthropic organization; and as an elected auditor for the town of Wallingford. Her personal mission is to promote small businesses and help develop strong communities, building relationships that run deep and long—and always with the premise that small and entrepreneurial businesses deserve the same thoughtful strategy, goal-setting, and attention to detail as their larger counterparts.