2012 OMFP Fellows
Born in Poland, Eska Laskus started playing the violin at the age of seven and moved to the United States three years later in 1992. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and economics at the University of Miami. In 2007, she completed her Master's degree in Violin Performance at the Arizona State University. Eska has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Eugene Symphony where she also served as the orchestra representative to the board. In addition to performing, Eska has worked as an arts administrator with numerous arts organizations including Arizona Commission on the Arts, LA Musical Salon, Classics Alive, Dilijian Chamber Music Series and The Colburn School. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance where she was responsible for formulating and implementing recruitment strategies for prospective students and building new partnerships with local arts organizations and schools. While at UO, Eska also started "UO Presents" - a new chamber music series based in Portland. This year, Eska was one of two people to be chosen for the League of American Orchestras Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. This program is the League’s premier leadership training program and is designed to launch executive careers in orchestra management. As part of the fellowship, she will hold residencies with the Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Symphony and the Pacific Symphony during the 2012-2013 season.
A native of Poland, Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev was raised in Turkey and came to the United States in the fall of 2000. She received her former training as a violinist and holds two Master’s degrees, in Violin Performance and Orchestral Studies.
She has performed around the globe in countries including the U.S., Poland, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Armenia and Germany. Additionally, she has been a devoted educator and private instructor and has organized numerous outreach programs throughout the United States and abroad.
However, Agnieszka has found her true passion in working as an arts administrator. Her extensive management experience combines a variety of positions, including those at the First International Chopin Competition in Turkey, Moores Opera House in Houston, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, amongst others. Most recently, she has served as the Artistic Operations Manager of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the nation’s only free summer-long outdoor classical music series.