Ludmila V. Krasin
265 Fine Arts Center
Ludmila Krasin began studying piano with her grandmother, a distinguished pianist, in her native Leningrad, Russia at the age of 6. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both, the Rimski-Korsakov Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory and State Academy of Culture where she received Artistic and Teaching Diplomas in Piano Performance and Choir Conducting. In addition she received the State Licenses for Solo Piano Performance, Accompanying, and Lecturing in the State Philharmonic Society of Leningrad.
Before moving to the United States in 1996, Ludmila served on the faculty of the Teachers State College of Leningrad and had an active career as a collaborative pianist with some of St. Petersburg’s most distinguished artists and served as an accompanist for the State Theatre of Kominssarjevskaya. Notable among her professional accomplishments is The Return , an original musical and dramatic composition she created with renowned actor, Andrey Tolshin, based on the poems of the repressed poets. She performed this work throughout Russia, Ukraine and Latvia.
Mrs. Krasin currently is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches class piano and serves as a collaborative pianist for students and faculty. In addition to her duties at UMass she served as the Music Director of the Northfield Unitarian Society, accompanist for Smith College Choirs and Springfield Symphony Chorus. As a free-lance musical director/pianist, she appeared in various musical theatre productions in the Pioneer Valley, including, Some Enchanted Evening at Stage West Theatre , Springfield, 1997, Secret Garden, Shea Theatre, Turners Falls, 1998, Guys and Dolls, Williston Academy, Easthampton, 2002, Cabaret, Springfield College, 2004.
As a collaborative artist in 2013, with colleagues from UMass, Eric Berlin, trumpet and Greg Spridopoulos, trombone, she toured Boston University, University of New Hampshire, Oklahoma City University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, University of North Texas and Texas Christian University. With Greg Spiridopoulos she appeared as a duo recital at East Carolina University in 2015. Also, in 2015, she performed at the Northeastern Tuba/Euphonium Conference at Ithaca College with colleagues from UMass, John Bottomley, tuba and Joshua Michal, french horn. As a guest collaborative artist, Ludmila performed at the 34th New England Saxophone Symposium with soloist Kenneth Tse, professor of saxophone at the University of Iowa and UMass colleague Jonathan Hulting-Cohen in 2016.
In 2017 as part of the Eric Berlin Trio Ludmila represented the University of Massachusetts touring major music schools including Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, McGill University (Montreal) and Yale School of Music. Their tour culminated as the Featured Artist Recital at the 42nd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, June 2017. A new CD recording will be released in 2018 on MSR Classics.
Ludmila resides with her husband, Bruce Krasin, also a musician, in Northampton, Massachusetts, and in her ‘spare time’, enjoys downhill skiing, and teaching piano to her grandson.
(Photo by Eric Berlin)