Vayner in Utah, Oregon, Kansas City, Latvia and Lithuania
In January and February, Boris Vayner, associate professor of viola, performed in Utah and Oregon with the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, gave performances in Kansas City with the NewEar ensemble, and collaborated with the Missouri Western University clarinet instructor Trevor Stewart and KU Music's own Ellen Sommer in several performances. In February, Vayner conducted the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in a program of Russian music which also included a piece by KU Music's Ingrid Stölzel, assistant professor of music composition. In March, right before the lockdown, Vayner visited the National Music Academies in Latvia and Lithuania. The program included masterclasses and performances in a trio with the Dean of KU School of Music, Robert Walzel, and professor of piano from Ohio State University, Steven Glaser.