About Cherry Orchard Festival

Who We Are


Board of Directors:

Maria Shclover, Founder, Board Chair, Producer
Irina Shabshis, Founder, Board Secretary, Artistic Director
Charles J. Dishain, Volunteer Technical Director
Dasha Korol, Volunteer Communications Director
Mikhail Tartakovsky, Volunteer Creative Director
Olga Beilin, Board of Trustees, Director of West Coast Operations

Advisory Board:

Denis Matsuev, pianist
Vladimir Spivakov, violinist and conductor
Hibla Gerzmava, soprano
Levon Oganezov, pianist
Rimas Tuminas, director


MARIA SHCLOVER, Board Chair and Co-Founder was born in Moscow, where she studied piano at the prestigious Gnessin's Moscow Special Music School of Music. Maria went on to study at the State Gnessin Musical College. Upon graduation, in 1991, Maria immigrated to the United States. She continued her education in International Business and Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Maria founded Maestro Artist Management in 2005, which has successfully produced, promoted and managed touring companies of international performing artists in music, dance and theatre.

IRINA SHABSHIS, Board Vice President and Co-Founder was also born in Moscow, and began her music studies at age five at the Moscow Music School. She graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music as a Choirmaster, and served as an assistant conductor of leading choral groups. In 1989 Irina immigrated to the United States and studied technology and finance, initially working in banking. In 2005, Irina joined Maria to found Maestro Artist Management.

In 2011, Maria and Irina founded the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation to bring world class performing arts to wider audiences in New York and the US. Cherry Orchard Festival combines Maria and Irina’s expertise and industry experience with their longtime passion for family arts education. Their shared dream is to showcase performers and stage works from around the world for American audiences.