The Lampert Arts Center is where music & arts workshops, concerts, and radio programming create a space for cultural growth and dialogue.
With a background in music, journalism and performance psychology, Prof. Lampert founded "The Music Garden" in Boston as a resource for children and young adults where artistic expression was coupled with traditional academic subjects using innovative techniques which Lena developed while still in Russia. After 20 fruitful years in Boston, The Music Garden relocated to New York and was founded, together with her son, Julian Lampert, as The Lampert Center for Arts & Culture.
About the Founders:
Prof. Elena Lampert is internationally known as a musician, journalist and educator.
Since her immigration to the United States from the Soviet Union with her family, Elena worked extensively in Europe and the USA.
She obtained her doctorate in music with honours in 1974 from the Moscow Conservatory where her mentors were Prof. Theodore Gutman (piano) and Prof. Valentina Kholopova (musicology). Elena also studied with Dorothy Taubman who invited her to teach at the Taubman Institute of Piano in Massachusetts where she taught for 12 years.
In 1984, she founded the Music Garden, in Boston—later developed into the Lampert Center for Arts & Culture. Her work was endorsed by The Honorable Jerome Shestack, former U.N. Ambassador under Presidents Carter and Clinton. Elena was among the advisors for Mr. Shestack for cultural/artistic affairs.
For 30 years, Elena directed music and arts workshops for young people and adults at the Lampert Arts Center. She also established this Center’s radio program, “The Lena-Live Radio Hour” which featured musicians, artists, and writers, as well as Nobel-laureates within the sciences. Using her expertise in the psychology of performance, she established an approach that applies to artistic expression, public-speaking, academic achievement, and developing self-confidence among young adults.
Her son, Julian Lampert, established the Lampert Arts Concert Series which featured internationally renowned artists within classical and jazz music.
In Belgium, Elena created a series of interviews on Radio X featuring cultural figures from Brussels. Her guests included Paul Dujardin—CEO and artistic director of BOZAR—and Baron Arie von Lysebeth, the former president of the jury for the Queen Elisabeth Competition, 2018.
Julian Lampert's hallmark is Versatility; between his work as composer within several genres to his career as a concert pianist and distinguished teacher, Julian speaks a universal language of music marked by his multi-cultural background.
Born in Russia, Julian's family—of French, Polish and Russian origins—immigrated to the United States and settled in Boston in the 1990's where he was raised and educated. He studied piano, harmony and counterpoint with his mother, Prof. Elena Lampert, of the Moscow Conservatory.
At eight, he gave his first recital––an all-Tchaikovsky program. Four years later, he gave his orchestral debut as soloist with conductor Roman Totenberg, and later with Victor Rosenbaum in Cambridge Massachusetts. This brought him to the attention of Richard Probst—former Director of Concerts & Artists at Steinway and Vice President of Harold Shaw Concerts. Julian has been coached by such distinguished artists as Shura Cherkassky, Dorothy Taubman, Rudolf Serkin and Eliza Hansen who selected him for a Master-Course in Germany. Under Mr. Probst's auspices, Julian performed extensively throughout the United States, Western & Eastern Europe. Performances include:
Marlboro Music Festival
The Scotia Festival of Canada
Amherst College; recitals of solo and chamber music. Harpsichordist with Amherst's Bach Festival Orchestra conducted by Blanche Moyse
Recitals at the Hall of the Kosciuzko Foundation of New York in festivals directed by David Dubal—broadcaster and Juilliard professor
New York concerto debut: Beethoven's Fourth Concerto with the Symphony of Westchester—Barry Charles Hoffman, conductor
Bendheim Performing Arts Center—New York
Diamond Chateau—Presidential Palace, St. Martin, by invitation of First Lady Josianne Fleming
Harvard University—Paine Hall
French Cultural Institute of Boston
Woods Hole Music Festival—Cape Cod summer series
DuQuesne University Concert Series—Pittsburgh
Russia: The Scriabin Museum, The Gnessin Academy, Moscow State University
Radio France—collaboration with pianist Valery Afanassiev
Biarritz Music Festival at The Regina—France
Miremonde Arts Concert Series, in performance with the Kopelman String Quartet—New York
Radio and television appearances include WGBH—Boston, WCVB—Boston, WQED—Pittsburgh, and News-12 of New York.
At Amherst College, Julian worked with Lewis Spratlan—Pulitzer Prize winner, and Andrei Golovin of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow. His composition career began with Ludmila & Oleg Protopopov, the Olympic Figure-Skating legends who frequently used Julian's music throughout their tours. He is currently composing music commissioned by Dr. Jelle Atema of Boston University.
Julian's skills as composer and orchestrator for Film/Television/Radio spans nearly 500 years of musical styles—from the genres of choral music of the Renaissance, Baroque/Classical/Romantic music, to the most modern developments within jazz, latin, and world music. He scored three documentary films: "Kristin Linklater; A Tribute" (produced by Andrea Haring & Columbia University) "The Protopopovs; A Life in Three Spirals" and "The Return of The Protopopovs"—both for Russian Television; Channel 1 and NTV.
In addition, he has applied his foundation within classical music to other genres: He has collaborated with Andrew Jaffe—Director of Jazz at Williams College, Clayton Bryant—R&B vocalist, the Eddy Davis/Conal Fowkes duo, and has played in Salsa bands at several venues of latin music in New York City.
After his debut in Pittsburgh, Julian met Fred Rogers—creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. During their subsequent friendship, Mr. Rogers inspired Julian to write music for children. Much of this music was often featured in the Music & Art workshops conducted by his mother, who founded the Lampert Center for Arts & Culture.
Julian is producer of the "From The Heart"—a weekly program on Radio X of Belgium, focusing on the Arts & Sciences, hosted by his mother Elena Lampert. Distinguished guests have included Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate—biologist and chemist, Mark Barondess—celebrity attorney & author, Carol Roth—CNBC business contributor and New York Times best-selling author, and Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt—professor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University.