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Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.
Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing regularly at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Mr. Brown’s engagements have taken him across four continents, with regular appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany Symphonies and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Louvre. He was selected by pianist Sir András Schiff to perform on an international solo recital tour, making debuts in Zurich’s Tonhalle, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Brown also performs regularly with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis.
Mr. Brown has been appointed the Composer-in-Residence for the New Haven Symphony from 2017-2019, a position that includes a symphonic commission, as well as the opportunity to mentor promising young composers. He has also received commissions from the Maryland Symphony, Bargemusic, Concert Artists Guild, Shriver Hall, Norton Building Concerts and a consortium of three gardens including Wave Hill, Longwood, and Desert Botanical. He also has written for various performers including Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe, and pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Roman Rabinovich, Adam Golka, and Orion Weiss.
A prolific recording artist, he can be heard as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in the music of Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto for LINN Records. Other albums include an upcoming release of Mendelssohn and Beethoven on First Hand Records (FHR), an all-George Perle CD (Bridge), a debut solo recording (CAG) and collaborative albums with pianist Jerome Lowenthal (CAG), cellist Nicholas Canellakis (CAG) and violinist Elena Urioste (BIS).
Mr. Brown was the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He has appeared in festivals such as Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Ravinia, Bard, Music in the Vineyards, Chamber Music Sedona, and Moab. He has earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included András Schiff and Richard Goode, as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent.
A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th century Steinway D’s, Octavia and Daria. For more information, please visit michaelbrownmusic.com.
Praised by the Seattle Times for “Simply marvelous” and Taiwan’s Liberty Times for “astonishingly capturing the spirit of the music”, violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Wu has collaborated in concert with renowned artists such as Teddy Abrams, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Miró, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and festivals such as the La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She has also collaborated as a guest violist with the Dover Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Orion Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.
Among Ms. Wu’s many awards are the Milka Violin Artist Prize from the Curtis Institute of Music, and third prize at the International Violin Competition of David Oistrakh. She taught violin, chamber music, and string pedagogy at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2015, and has coached chamber music at the Encore School for Strings and Hotchkiss Summer Portals. She is currently the Artist in Residence of the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles.
Wu plays on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin, and a 2015 Stanley Kiernoziak viola.
Cellist Michelle Djokic is Founder and Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players. Since its inception in 1995, this series has brought together the brightest talents of the chamber music world in thoughtful and adventurous programming with their performances broadcast regularly on WWFM in Princeton, NJ. Concordia Chamber Players commissioned “Obrigado”, Quintet for mandolin and string quartet by young Brazilian superstar, Clarice Assad, which received its world premier in the spring of 2011 with Mike Marshall on the mandolin. Michelle joined pianist, John Novacek at the 2011 Festival Mozaic for the world premier of Novacek’s “Singular Piece” for cello and piano commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Project. Her recording with Quartet San Francisco entitled “QSF Plays Brubeck” earned a 2010 Grammy Nomination in Best Classical Crossover. In 2007 she became a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra with whom she released the highly acclaimed recording “Together” in 2009. Upon moving to Northern California from the East Coast in 2005, Michelle served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony for two seasons.
Her greatest passions are chamber music collaborations with her colleagues around the world and sharing in the development of young musicians. Previous concert seasons have included collaborations with Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, Ensemble Matheus of France, Princeton Festival, Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards and the Mozaic Festival.
Michelle made her debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12 and made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony in 1985. She was awarded the coveted People’s Prize in the 1981 International Casals Competition and the Prince Bernard Award for Excellence at the Scheveningen International Cello Competition in addition to capturing first prize in numerous young artist competitions in the US.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.
Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician sought after in the United States and abroad. He has appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Performances have taken him to far-flung places such as Chile and Greenland, and he plays regularly at Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. He also frequently appears as a guest with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus. Mr. Holloway has been principal violist at Tanglewood and of the New York String Orchestra, and has played as guest principal of the American Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Camerata Bern, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at Bargemusic, the 92nd Street Y, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and on radio and television throughout the United States and Europe, most recently a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast. Hailed as an “outstanding violist” by American Record Guide, and praised by Zürich’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung for his “warmth and intimacy,” he has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, CMS Live, Naxos, Music@Menlo LIVE and Albany labels. An artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Holloway was a student of Michael Tree at The Curtis Institute of Music and received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
SIWOO KIM is an “incisive” and “compelling” (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times) violinist who plays with “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune). Siwoo performs as soloist and chamber musician and is also the founding co-artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
Siwoo made his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with James DePreist and the Juilliard Orchestra. He made his Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut shortly after. In addition, he has given concerto performances with the Columbus, Houston, Johannesburg, Kwazulu-Natal, Seongnam, Springfield (MO), and Tulsa symphony orchestras, among others. Siwoo gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto and will be recording the work in Germany this season to coincide with the composer’s 90th anniversary.
An enthusiastic collaborator, Mr. Kim founded Quartet Senza Misura. Praised for their “whip-smart performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the string quartet has performed at an array of venues such as Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Terrace Theater of The Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, La Fundacion Juan March in Spain, and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela. In recent seasons, Siwoo has been a violinist of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect (ACJW) and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has been featured internationally as guest artist at the Tivoli Festival in Denmark, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, and with Ensemble DITTO in South Korea. He has performed chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Takacs String Quartets.
Siwoo was named the recipient of the 2012 King Award for Young Artists. He took second place at the 2010 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, where he was also awarded special prizes for the best performance of solo Bach and violin performance. He has also been named top prizewinner in the California, Chengdu, Crescendo, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Juilliard, Schadt, Sejong, and WAMSO competitions.
Siwoo studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. He went on to receive both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.
Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the orchestra’s viola section during the following 2017-2018 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his master of music degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Having begun his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, he transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a B.A. in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro; he toured with Musicians from Marlboro in 2016 and will do so again in 2018.
As a teacher, he was in residence with El Sistema in Caracas and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, Minnesota. Mr. Kim has performed with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Metropolis Ensemble in collaboration with Questlove and The Roots, and the New York Classical Players. He appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children’s Museum.
As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, among others. Mr. Kim toured South Korea in 2014 with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and violist Richard O’Neill, and was also a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra during his undergraduate degree. Upcoming engagements for Danny include masterclasses for the Boston Music Institute, a tour of Europe with the BSO as well as joining the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, Germany for the fall season as a part of the BSO-Gewandhaus Alliance.
Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola part in string quartets during her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her commitment to pursue a life in viola led to a graduate degree from the Curtis Institute of music as well as a further masters degree from the esteemed Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.
Ayane’s solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances. Following the competition, she joined the astral artists roster and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom heard works and commission new pieces, an aspect of viola playing that she loves. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and cello, which she premiered in Washington DC at the S&R Foundation.
Chamber music has also been a vital part of ayane’s musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, The Kingston Music Festival, and The Ravinia Festival. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2014-16 quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and prizewinner of the 2015 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has proved to be a multi-faceted group, commissioning and touring works by world renowned composers such as Caroline Shaw, Yvgeniy Sharlat, Paul Wiancko, and Gabriella Smith.
From 2012 to 2016, Ayane served as the principal violist of The Chamber Orchestra Of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Iris Orchestra, and has played with notable ensembles such as the Jupiter Chamber Players, The Philadelphia Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ayane is deeply grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and William Preucil. Outside of music, she loves to bake pastries, create fonts, run long distances, and visit the ocean — all interests that fuel her musical creativity.
Named the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Korean-American violinist Kristin Lee has been praised by The Strad for “mastery of tone,” and “one of the most satisfying concerts in years.” A violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Ms. Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.
Ms. Lee’s recent engagements include her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and at Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, recitals in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Florida’s Kravis Center, and appearances with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She recently curated a program that premiered at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, in which she commissioned composer/performers to write works for the violin and steelpan, guitar, theremin, spoken word, and carnatic South Indian singing. The program was also performed at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge. She also tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in California, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
A winner of Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions and a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, Ms. Lee has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, and many others. She has appeared on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum, Steinway Hall’s Salon de Virtuosi, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. She has been featured on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars Series, and has toured throughout northern Italy. In April 2012, Ms. Lee organized a memorial concert at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center for the victims of the Oikos University shooting.
An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, following her completion of a three-year residency as a CMS Two artist. This season, she makes her debut appearance with the Camerata Pacifica of Santa Barbara. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Festival, Medellín Festicámara of Colombia, the El Sistema Chamber Music festival of Venezuela, and the Sarasota Music Festival, among many others. She is the concertmaster of the groundbreaking Metropolis Ensemble, with whom she premiered Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, written for her, and which appears on Ms. Fung’s CD Dreamscapes, released for the Naxos label CD in 2012.
Ms. Lee’s performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase,” and with guitarist Mattias Jacobsson on Annie Bergen’s “The Office Hours.” Other broadcasts include PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center,” the Kennedy Center Honors, and a guest artist performance on WFMT Chicago’s “Rising Stars” series. She also appeared on a nationally broadcast PBS documentary entitled PBS in Shanghai, that chronicled a historic cross-cultural exchange between the Perlman Music Program and Shanghai Conservatory.
Ms. Lee has received many honors, including awards from the 2011 Trio di Trieste Premio International Competition, the SYLFF Fellowship, Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Aspen Music Festival’s Violin Competition, the New Jersey Young Artists’ Competition, and the Salon de Virtuosi Scholarship Foundation. She is also the unprecedented First Prize winner of three concerto competitions at The Juilliard School—in the Pre-College Division in 1997 and 1999, and in the College Division in 2007.
Born in Seoul, Ms. Lee began studying the violin at the age of five, and within one year won First Prize at the prestigious Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the U.S. and continued her musical studies under Sonja Foster. Two years later, she became a student of Catherine Cho and Dorothy DeLay in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. In January 2000, she was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman, after he heard her perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lee holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein, and served as an assistant teacher for Mr. Perlman’s studio as a Starling Fellow. She is a member of the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and has served on the faculties of the LG Chamber Music School in Seoul, Korea, El Sistema’s chamber music festival in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival.
Anthony Manzo enjoys performing in a broad variety of musical forums – despite the ever-present complications of travel with a double bass! An artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Manzo is a sought-after chamber musician who performs regularly at such noted venues as Lincoln Center in NYC, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Mr. Manzo is also the Solo Bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, and the Baltimore Symphony when he’s at home in Washington DC. Formerly the Solo Bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, he has also been a guest principal with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where collaborations have included their summer residency at the Salzburg Festival, as well as two tours as double bass soloist alongside bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff, performing Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano”.
Mr. Manzo is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (where his playing has been lauded as “endowed with beautiful and unexpected plaintiveness” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer), and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco. Additionally, Mr. Manzo is a member of the double bass and chamber music faculty of the University of Maryland.
Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel!).
Born in Brussels, Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).
A first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition, Dimitri Murrath has won numerous awards, including second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists. He is a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres, and recorded several solo works.
An avid chamber musician, Murrath is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. He has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Mendelssohn, Takacs, Guarneri, Cleveland, Jerusalem, and Juilliard String Quartets.
Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Rising Stars, Chamberfest Cleveland, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Juventus Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival.
He has performed concertos with orchestras including Orchestre National de Lille, Toho Gakuen Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and London Mozart Players.
Dimitri Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky, and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian.
He is on the viola faculties of New England Conservatory and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Dimitri Murrath participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.
“(…) the warm and noble tome of Mr. Murrath’s viola glowed fiercely – for me the highlight of the concert.” New York Times
Violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ms. Zori is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. Carmit Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, and has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum and the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug. In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the “Y” series in New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music festival, the Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite chamber music festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Carmit continues her association with the Marlboro Music Festival inVermont.
Ms. Zori, who for ten years was an artistic director at Bargemusic, founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society in 2002. She has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. Ms. Zori is professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY Purchase, where she also serves on the chamber music faculty.
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