Horn faculty Maria Serkin is an active performer and pedagogue, who began teaching at UNCSA in 2015. Previously, Dr. Serkin served as principal horn with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Charlottesville Symphony, and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music.
Dr. Serkin has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Her New York and Miami recording credits include work with The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, Gloria Estefan, and ESPN. Recent performance highlights include extensive work with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the Big Island, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, and the North Carolina Symphony. In 2018, Dr. Serkin premiered Kenneth Frazelle’s Hearken (Blue Ridge Airs III) at the 50th International Horn Symposium.
An avid educator, Dr. Serkin has taught horn master classes extending from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, to Sárospatak, Hungary. Prior to her role at UNCSA, she held teaching positions at the University of Virginia and the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Stefan de Leval Jezierski
Stefan de Leval Jezierski was born in Boston, Mass. His first instrument was the ukulele. While attending grade school in Durham, North Carolina, he joined the sixth grade band as a cornet player and in the eighth grade started playing horn. Stefan was a student of Fred Bergstone at UNCSA for eleventh and twelfth grades. He continued his studies with Myron Bloom at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As winner of the C.I.M. Concerto Competition he was the soloist in a performance of Mozart 3rd Horn Concerto with with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Principal Horn of the Kassel State Opera Orchestra.
At the age of twenty-three Stefan de Leval Jezierski was hired by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic to play high horn. Since then he has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic and co-founded the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. Stefan de Leval Jezierski appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at major music festivals and concert venues throughout Europe, America and Asia. He teaches horn at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as students from around the world in person and online. His enthusiasm for playing jazz on the horn inspired him to form his jazz quintet with top North American players living in Berlin, and has led to onstage improvisations with notable musicians such as Nigel Kennedy. Countless LPs, CDs and video recordings document his career.