Piatigorsky Foundation

Cellist Evan Drachman, following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky, has made it his life’s work to bring the highest quality classical music to audiences who might not otherwise hear it: in schools, prisons, retirement communities, houses of worship, community centers, and other non-traditional venues. He founded the Piatigorsky Foundation 25 years ago to make music part of daily life across the United States.

Leora Zeitlin

When she was 16 years old and studying at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, violinist Qing Li was selected to play in a master class with the renowned violinist Berl Senofsky, who then invited her to study with him at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Qing Li has been there ever since, performing as Principal Second Violinist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and maintaining a busy career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Leora Zeitlin

Richard Dowling has given almost 1,000 concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation, whose mission is to make classical music an integral part of everyday life for Americans all over the country. Piatigorsky artists perform in unusual venues, such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, and in rural communities that are not on the usual concert circuits.