Four students from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program will study at Purchase College this fall. Ms. Ekaterina Zharinova from Russia will study Dance, Mr. Enrique Flower from Colombia, South America will study music in the Jazz Program, Ms. Gözde Yasar of Turkey will study in the Classical Program with a concentration in cello, and Mr. Diego Rebollo Mariscal of Spain will study Arts Management.
The program brings citizens of foreign countries to the United States for advanced degrees at U.S. universities or other institutions. Many are early career professionals who return to take leadership positions in their home countries. More than 1,800 talented individuals participate in the program each year. They are selected through a rigorous selection process in their home countries.
Ekaterina Zharinova of Russia graduated from Urals State University where she studied mathematics. She began dancing at age eight and trained at the Contemporary Dance School of the Ekaterinburg Contemporary Art Center. She was a dancer with the Provincial Dances Theater in Yekaterinburg, Russia from 2000 to 2005 and performed with the company at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., and at various festivals in London, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Rome, Stockholm, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Italy, along with many cities in Russia. Last season she studied and taught contemporary dance, Pilates and yoga at the Yekaterinburg Dance Institute. She performed in “White Natasha” by Evgeniy Mart’yanov and took classes and performed with Sasha Petrazhitskiy’s contact improvisation group. In the graduate program at Purchase she plans to expand her creativity and develop her skills as a choreographer, performing artist and teacher.
Enrique Flower of Columbia, South America studied at the Universidad de Los Andes beginning as a classical saxophonist, then adding private classes and seminars in jazz to pursue a lifelong interest in this music style. As a member of the Universidad de Los Andes Quartet he performed extensively in many major concert halls such as the Teatro al Aire Libre La Media Torta. He studied with Columbia’s prominent jazz musicians and other internationally renowned musicians such as Javier Colina, Anath Cohen and Jason Lindner. He has won numerous top awards and recorded his first album, Esencia, with the jazz band Capicua in 2005. He is a university professor of jazz at two prestigious institutions in Bogota, Universidad El Bosque and Universidad de Los Andes, and is also working on projects that intertwine traditional Columbian music with international jazz in hopes of elevating Columbia’s contributions to jazz onto the global stage. One of his goals is to train young people to become professional jazz musicians and make a positive contribution to music in his country.
Gözde Yasar of Turkey, a cellist, studied at Bilkent University where she earned her degree in music and performing arts. She has always been interested in music and won first prize in the Edirne Sixth International Cello Music Competition. She has been a soloist at many concerts, has performed with chamber music groups and performed as principal cellist in the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also gave concerts in her native Turkey and abroad as a member of the Anatolian Youth Chamber Orchestra. She performed in concerts with Mahir Cetiz, a composer and teacher for a project called “Ottoman Composers,” an interdisciplinary project of the Department of Music and the Department of History of Bilkent University, which included CD recording sessions. She plans to be a professional cellist and a professor.
Diego Rebollo Mariscal of Spain received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s in leisure management from Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain. He has also studied drama at the Actor’s School in Madrid, Spain and appeared in both theatrical and television productions in Madrid. He is passionate about theatre and sees the need for professionals on the production and management staffs in the growing musical theatre scene in Spain. He plans to use what he learns in the arts management program to fill that void.