The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director & Conductor
Arkady Leytush: One of Russia’s most gifted conductors, Leytush has directed orchestras in Europe and the United States to great acclaim. Critics have described him as a conductor in the Grand Russian Tradition” and his dynamic interpretations have made him an audience favorite. Leytush’s artistry is known throughout the former Soviet Union, but it was not until 1994 that he gained recognition in the United States when he, on a week’s notice, made a stunning debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, replacing Yuri Temirkanov.
Since 1980 Leytush has worked with a wide variety of Orchestras including Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia), New World Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonic De Buenos Aires, Orquestra Nacional Do Porto, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv Philharmonic, Kremlin Orchestra. Sofia and Varna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Leytush is conductor of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of National Orchestra of Ukraine, Music Director of Interfaith Committee of Remembrance and Music Director of Nathan Rakhlin International Festival in Yalta (Ukraine).
Arkady Leytush is also a Professor of Conducting and Orchestra Class at Long Island Conservatory.
Arkady Leytush made numerous transcriptions and orchestrations of music by composers such as Bach, Buxtehude, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Albeniz, Sisler, Czerny, Guastavino, Shostakovich, Borodin, Liadov, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Dargomyzhski, Artsibushev, Sokolov, Mayer.
Artistic Advisor & Assistant Conductor
Edmund A. Moderacki serves as Artistic Advisor and Assistant Conductor of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Moderacki graduated with honors from Montclair State College. He holds a MA from Hunter College (CUNY) and has done additional studies at Seton Hall University, Newark State College and the Center for Understanding Media. He is currently a music teacher in the River Vale (NJ) Schools, and has been conductor of the Waldwick Concert Band since 1978. Active in education and the arts, Mr. Moderacki is president-elect of the Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc., serves as a member of the Steering Committee of Bergen County Teen Arts and sits on the boards of several arts and education organizations. He was also the conductor of the 2001 All Bergen County High School Band and RSO Project Symphony 2003 at River Vale, Riverdale, and Wayne.
Director of Strings
Jina Choi serves as our Director of Strings. Ms. Choi is an active chamber musician, concert soloist and orchestra player in the metropolitan area since she came to the United States in 1996. She performs regularly as a soloist at Merkin Concert Hall, and as a soloist of the chamber ensemble Sonata da Chiesa.
In November 2009 she successfully performed Bruch violin concerto with Korean American Symphony Orchestra at the Bergen Performing Art Center in New Jersey.
Jina Choi has a passion especially for the orchestra. She lead many orchestras like Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, PMF Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra as well as Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as a concertmistress and principal.
She received numerous awards and prizes at the Ehwa- Kyunghyang Competition, Korea Music Festival Youth Competition, Yeum Chamber Music Competition and Mannes Chamber Music Festival Competition and also performed with Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra and Hwa-Eum Chamber Orchestra in Korea. She participated in Young Virtuosos’ Artist Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Kumho Music Festival in Finland and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Ms. Choi received her Professional Study Diploma at Mannes College of Music and Bachelor and Master Degrees from Seoul National University. In the year of 2006 she was invited to Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the audition for season 2006-2007. Currently, she is acquiring Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rutgers University under Mr. Arnold Steinhardt as a full scholarship student.
She studied with Jong-Sook Lee, Ik-Hwan Bae, currently with Michelle Kim and Arnold Steinhardt at Rutgers University.