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George Borisov, President
George Borisov received his professional training in piano performance from the Rachmaninoff State Conservatory (B.A., M.A.) and the Glinka State Conservatory (D.M.A.) in the former Soviet Union/Russia, and has performed in solo and ensemble concerts throughout the former Soviet Union and the United States, as well as in Austria, France, Norway, and Indonesia. George has served regularly as an adjudicator for auditions at the NJMTA, MEA, SMEA, National Guild of Piano Teachers (USA), the Chopin International Piano Competition (Hartford, CT, USA), the Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna, Austria), Rome International Piano Competition (Rome, Italy), the Alberti International Piano Competition (Jakarta, Indonesia), the West Australian Pianist Competition (Perth, Australia), and others.  He is the founder of the Golden Key International Music Festival and Debut International Piano Competition.George Borisov also received a Doctorate in Musicology (Ph.D.) from the All-Russian Institute of Musicology (Moscow, Russia) with a dissertation on the history of musical societies in southern Russia. He has published a variety of articles on musicological subjects in professional journals both in the United States and Russia. Dr. Borisov is author of the books From the Past of Kuban’s Culture (Krasnodar, Russia, 1989); Domenico Alberti and His Sonatas (New York, NY, USA 2007); and From the Cradle of Classical Music (Freehold, NJ, USA 2013). For more than eight years he was the host and producer of the Russian television program “Lost Pages of our Culture,” which was devoted to the reanimation of the both the spiritual events and the names of the abandoned artists of pre-revolutionary Russia. Recently, his scientific interests are focused on researching the legacy of prominent Russian-American composers.Dr. Borisov holds an honorary professorial chair at Krasnodar State Institute of Culture, Krasnodar, Russia.
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Dr. Jim Manganaro, Vice President
Jim Manganaro is a chemical engineer having worked for 30 years at FMC Corp.'s R&D Center in Princeton. He received undergraduate degrees from MIT and a PhD from Rensselaer. He taught at Manhattan College for several years. He has retained a lifelong interest in music and in particular piano music, having received piano lessons as an adult for 5 years. He is greatly indebted to his music teachers for a truly priceless experience.He is currently consulting on biofuels at Stevens Institute of Technology and gaining background by auditing courses at Princeton University mainly on biology topics.
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Natasha O. Cherny, Director, Design and Development
Natasha Cherny comes from a family that has had professional musicians in each of five generations since 1870: six pianists, two composers, seven piano pedagogues, a violinist, a trumpet player and pedagogue, and a classical saxophonist. Although not herself a professional, she has studied piano and voice intermittently, and is passionate about classical music.Natasha's 25 years at IBM and Reader’s Digest centered on data identification, gathering, integrity, and analysis; on process analysis, design, and troubleshooting; database design and implementation; and project management. As a freelance data analyst and paralegal, she has spent the past 12 years managing a law practice and financial planning firm, and providing analysis to other attorneys for securities arbitration cases.Natasha is also a published writer whose articles in regional newspapers focused on environmental matters, and whose leadership following the Mamaroneck floods of 2007 (environmental inevitabilities she had long predicted) was valuable to that community. She is presently writing a quasi-autobiographical book that chronicles her family's disintegration in 1917 and reintegration nearly 100 years later, and what she calls the serendipities that led to that wholly unexpected turn of events.
Jim Sherry, Senior Adviser, Editor
Jim Sherry is a freelance writer, teacher, and web designer. He has a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University and taught at the University of Maryland and Barnard College for 5 years. He then went to work for AT&T, initially as a technical writer and later as the manager of a web design and development group.Since retiring from AT&T after 27 years, he has been taking courses at Rutgers, writing screenplays and designing and maintaining web sites for friends. In addition to his own and the Golden Key Music Festival site, Jim designed and maintains sites for David Brahinsky, a New Jersey-based folk singer, and the Roosevelt Arts Project.
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