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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.
João Luiz Rezende, a highly trained and internationally acclaimed guitarist, is the head of the classical guitar program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. As a performer and composer, Rezende is equally at home with classical, Brazilian, and world music. His solo guitar and guitar ensemble repertoire covers all the main works in the guitar literature, from Dowland to Carter and Brazilian rhythms from choro to baião. He is a founding member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, and also performs with Quartenaglia, one of Brazil’s most important chamber music ensembles.
Rezende has recorded more than 10 CDs playing solo and in duo, trio, and quartet; all have featured his arrangements of classical or Brazilian works. As a soloist and teacher, he is on the faculty of important music festivals, such as Festival Eleazar de Carvalho and Santa Marcelina College in Brazil and the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes School of Music. In addition to his career as a performer, he writes guitar methods for beginners, designs the guitar curriculum, and trains instructors for an important music education initiative for underprivileged children, Guri Santa Marcelina, in São Paulo, Brazil.
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.
Toby Appel has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Alexander Quartets, as well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Bravo! Vail Valley, Chamber Music Northwest, and Marlboro Music Festival as well as festivals in England, France, Korea, Germany, Italy, Finland, Colombia, and Greece. In 1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all played by Toby Appel. In 1980, Mr. Appel was the winner of Young Concert Artists International.
Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age thirteen under the guidance of Max Aronoff. He is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City. Other teaching has included professorships at the State University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Yale School of Music. He has toured for the United States State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House. Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Argentine-born Pablo Aslan is in demand for his skills as a producer, bassist, and educator, and for his knowledge of traditional and contemporary tango. His most recent album as a leader is Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush Records 2011), a tribute to the late Nuevo Tango master. His previous CD, Tango Grill (Zoho Music 2010), was nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album and a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Aslan recorded Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Paquito Records 2010) with Cuban maestro Paquito D’Rivera and toured Europe the following year as music director of D’Rivera’s Tango Jazz Septet.
Aslan has performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Denyce Graves, Osvaldo Golijov, Pablo Ziegler, the New World Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. He has produced over a dozen albums for the Soundbrush label, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.
An active educator, he has produced educational programs for Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and Arts Connection in NYC, and lectured and taught at several universities throughout the US, including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. He is currently the Lead Instructor and curriculum developer at the Reed Tango Music Institute in Portland, Oregon.
Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy nominated composer, pianist, bandleader, vocalist and educator of musical depth and versatility. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat”, Assad is a highly prolific and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her vibrant and soulful musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.
World premieres for the 2017 season include commissions by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra for Dame Evelyn Glennie, Duo Noire, the Boston Classical Guitar Society, The Chicago Sinfonietta, OCAM, Jazz Meets Classical, arrangements for the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer, among other exciting projects. As a performer, Assad joined her family for two tours in May and August in Brazil, and a month long residency in Denmark presenting workshops and masterclasses as well as performing with percussionist Marilyn Mazur, bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek, 3XHess, drummer Jonas Johansen among other stellar artists from the Copenhagen area.
Clarice is currently working on commissions, that include a new work for the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient violist Matt Lipman, a double concerto for piano and strings for Inna Faliks commissioned by Tom Baron, a commission from the International Trumpets Guild and a collaboration between dancers and the Northwest Piano Trio.
She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Sybarite5, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s ensemble Opus One, the Ocean Reef Music Festival, Cedille Records, the Concordia Chamber Players, the BRAVO! Vail Music Festival and the La Jolla Music Festival, to name a few. Her works have been recorded by some of the most prominent names in the classical contemporary music scene today, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Ida Kavafian; pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Inna Faliks, flutist Eugenia Zuckerman and oboist Liang Wang. She has also written extensively for active members of the new music scene in the US such as the Cavatina Duo, SOLI ensemble and the all male choir Chanticleer.
As an arranger, Clarice has collaborated with guitarist Dennis Sungho and Korean pop star Insooni on a dozen arrangements for an extensive tour in Seoul. She has also served as the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s primary arranger from 2007-2017, orchestrating hefty works such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss’ Dance of the Seven Veils and the suite An American in Paris, by G. Gershwin.
Assad has served as composer-in-residence for the Albany Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Ms. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards in composition, Meet The Composer’s Van Lier Fellowship, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, NPR’s All Songs Considered, the Mcknight Visiting Composer Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation, The American Composers Forum National Composition Competition, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition. Ms. Assad has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Harrison House, the American Lyric Theater and the Yaddo Colony.
As a performer, Assad has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Anat Cohen, Nadia Sirota, Paquito D’Rivera, Tom Harrell, Marilyn Mazur, Mike Marshall among other outstanding musicians, and she is the founder of the international ensemble OFF THE CLIFF, featuring percussionist Japanese Keita Ogawa, Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek and Brazilian guitarist João Luiz Rezende.
She has performed at venues and festivals including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Katara in Doha, Qatar, the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, Carnegie hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concertgebow San Francisco Jazz, Le Casino de Paris in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and Jazz Montmartre in Copenhagen. She has appeared as a singer with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Michigan Philharmonic, the Chicago Composers Orchestra and the Salt Lake City Big Band Orchestra, to name a few. Assad, who has been hailed by the LA Times as “a dazzling soloist,” sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music. Such interest in the human voice, combined with her remarkable orchestration skills led her to write the first scat singing concerto in history, which she performs frequently with orchestras around the world.
A passionate educator, Clarice is the founder of the award-winning workshop VOXploration – which aims to explore the body and voice as a musical instrument for improvised music and as a compositional tool. Often paired with theater and dance, Assad has worked extensively with several multi-disciplinarian artists and organizations on large scale projects involving singers, dancers and audience members.
Assad’s music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Nonsuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Nonsuch, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS labels. Her latest album, titled “IMAGINARIUM”, features over 50 guests: a combination of professional and amateur instrumentalists and singers, which has received stunning reviews from Jazz Times, Jazz Weekly and World Music Report, among other publications. The album was rated “the most startling Brazilian jazz album in years” and Assad was voted highly among the “Top 10 artists influencing Brazilian music today” by Wondering Sound.
In Brazil, Assad has collaborated with renowned musicians in the music scene ranging from an incredible array of styles and genres such as wind player Carlos Malta, percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, cellist and producer Jacques Morelenbaum, rapper Ramonzin, pop singer Byafra, among others. As a child, Clarice sang and recorded on numerous jingles for radio and television, as well as albums including tracks for the Bahian pop singer sensation Luiz Caldas. During adolescence, she worked on several musicals as an arranger and pianist, under the tutelage of playwright and composer Tim Rescala.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Roosevelt University and a Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan School of Music, where she studied with Michael Daugherty, Susan Botti and Evan Chambers. Her works are published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brasil (Brazil) and independently by Virtual Artists Collective Publishing, (VACP) a publishing company co-founded with poet and philosopher Steve Schroeder. On its 10 year anniversary, VACP has published 55 volumes of poetry and music. Assad lives in Chicago, IL and is currently a board member of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
A native of Moncofa (Valencia, Spain) Jose Franch-Ballester, is one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. In 2008 he received the highly coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2007 he was one of a handful of participants selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with Emmanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman, and one of the year’s “most prominent emerging soloists”, as selected by the American Symphony League Magazine.
As First Prize winner in both the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and the Astral Artistic Services 2004 National Audition in Philadelphia, he has joined the roster of both organizations and performed countless concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Mr. Franch-Ballester is a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2 in New York, with which he has recorded Bartok’s Contrasts for Deutsche Grammophon.
He has played with such outstanding artists as Charles Wadsworth, Arnold Steinhardt, Warren Jones, Ida Kavaﬁan, Frederica von Stade and David Schifrin, the Saint Lawrence and Jupiter String Quartets, and as a soloist with such orchestras as Orquesta de la Radiotelevisión Española, I Musici of Montréal and Orchestra of Saint Luke’s.
(New York). He is a founding member of Nuevo Tango Zinger Septet (Valencia), performing and recording the music of Latin America throughout Spain, and a frequent artist with the International Music Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
He has commissioned new music and worked with contemporary composers such as Kenji Bunch, Paul Schonﬁeld, Edgar Meyer, John B. Hedges, David Schiﬀ, Jake Heggie and Kevin Puts and has been a dedicated music educator, developing new audiences by playing countless educational concerts and work-shops for young people and community audiences.
Mr. Franch-Ballester is in demand at numerous festivals, including Chamber Music North-west, the Skaneateles Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Usedomer Musikfestival, and Verbier Festival.
Originally from South Carolina, mandolinist David Benedict is a Boston-based performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. Alumnus member of Missy Raines & The New Hip and producer of the popular weekly Mandolin Mondays video series, David is now a part of the adventurous, young New England bluegrass band Mile Twelve.
In 2013, he graduated with a unique degree in mandolin music performance from Bryan College in Tennessee, where he studied with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner. Since then, David has played at venues and festivals across the southeast including the Savannah Music Festival and TEDx Conferences–sharing the stage with such musicians as Casey Driessen, Matt Flinner, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Tommy Emmanuel, and others.
Over the years, David’s broad tastes have led him to push the conventional boundaries of the mandolin by exploring a variety of musical styles including bluegrass, old time, celtic, jazz, classical, and more. He has also been observed to have a unique and authentic artistic voice as a composer. This distinct creative style is displayed in his two albums of original acoustic instrumental music: the first, Into the True Country (2014), which features a crew of outstanding studio musicians and was produced by Flinner, and the second, an intrepid duo album with Chattanooga finger-style guitarist Michael Moore, called Each by Side (2015).
Sam Bevan is a bassist, composer and arranger currently residing in Queens, New York. His musical life began in Oakland, California with classical piano lessons at the age of four. Sam’s adoption of the electric and acoustic bass followed periods playing jazz piano, singing professionally and getting a BA in French.
Following his university studies, Sam established himself as one of the most in-demand and creative bassists in the Bay Area canvassing a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, folk, African and Afro-Cuban disciplines intermingle. He was equally sought after as an arranger producer and MD since his overall musical concept is informed by a composer’s ear for melody and dynamics.
Throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including: David Grisman, Roswell Rudd, Joshua Redman, vocalist Kenny Washington, Stacey Kent, Tierney Sutton, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Peter Apfelbaum, Meklit Hadero, Joe Craven, Zigaboo Modeliste, Joe Locke, Mark Levine, Jacqui Naylor, Jesus Diaz, Fito Reinoso, Louie Romero, Karl Perazzo, Carlos Caro, Jackie Rago, The VNote Ensemble, Marco Granados, Matt Flinner, Scott Nygaard, Roberta Donnay, Lisa Engelken, Industrial Jazz Group, Mamadou Sidibe, Mads Tolling, Monk’s Music Trio, the Kin, Stevie Coyle, Nathan Clevenger Group, New Pickle Family Circus, Bjorkestra, Fil Lorenz Orchestra and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
“Bay Area jazzman Bevan is a bassist for all occasions, as his quintet session bounces easily from hard-bop to groove-oriented jazz rock. It’s Bevan’s combination of tone, swing and chops that makes this line so fine.” JD Constantine, Guitar World’s Bass Guitar
“Articulate, focused and highly musical, Bevan’s sense of melody and rhythmic thrust showcase his talent. Tight arrangements and well conceived writing goes to show that Bevan is a multi-dimensional artist with much to offer.” Randy McElligot, Jazzreview
Atlanta, Georgia native David Byrd-Marrow received his Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby. For his Master’s degree, David went on to study with William Purvis at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was then selected for fellowship in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble ACJW. David has also played with groups such as Carnegie Hall’s “Zankel Band,” The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Tokyo Symphony, The New York and Atlanta Operas and The New York Philharmonic.
Violist Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (STRAD) and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise… all in one package” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Ms. Carr made her New York Concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall. She is the recipient of top prizes and major scholarships from the Davidson Institute, the Virtu Foundation, ASTA, NFAA-ARTS and The Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music.
An avid soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ms. Carr has appeared across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel and Asia. Her 2014-15 concert season includes solo and chamber performances in Brussels, Malaga and Jaen, as well as New York, Sarasota and Washington, D.C. She is currently an artist of the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Bari International Music Festival (Italy), Mozartfest (Wurzburg, Germany), Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn Music Festival, YAP Ottowa, and the Perlman Music Program. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Donald and Alisa Weilerstein, the Orion Quartet, the American Quartet, and the Attacca Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. She is a former member of the Serafin Quartet, whose 2013 NAXOS recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Early Chamber Works featured Ms. Carr’s performance of the Viola Sonata. She performs regularly with the New York-based Omega, Solisti and Salome Chamber Ensembles, and has toured Korea with the Sejong Soloists.
A native of Reno, Nevada, Ms. Carr holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, having studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, and Pinchas Zukerman. She is on the Viola Faculties of The Juilliard precollege program and the Academia Internacional de Música IVAN GALAMIAN in Málaga, Spain. Ms. Carr is the founding and artistic director of Project: Music Heals Us, a new series of chamber music and outreach concerts on the Connecticut Shoreline. www.projectmusichealsus.com
Catherine Cho is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality. Praised by The New York Times for her “sublime tone”, she has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital. Her repertoire ranges from the traditional works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms to those of Bartók, Korngold and Berg, in addition to music of our time.
Catherine Cho’s orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and Washington DC’s National Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Edmonton Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Barcelona, Haifa, and New Zealand, the Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony performing with distinguished conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, Sixten Ehrling, Hugh Wolff, and Franz-Paul Decker. A regular guest on tour with “Musicians from Marlboro”, Ms. Cho has also been a frequent participant in their summer Music Festival in Vermont since 1993.
She has performed as special guest soloist with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for two ballets by renowned choreographer Peter Martins including the New York premiere of his ballet Viva Verdi. Her concert performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with the Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of Jo-Ann Falletta, was taped live and broadcast nationwide on National Public Television in January 2002. In broadcasts heard around the world, Catherine Cho has appeared on such stations as Radio Frankfurt (Germany), CBC (Canada), WQXR (New York City), and National Public Radio. Her performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Korean Chamber Ensemble was recorded live and released on Credia Classics last year.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Catherine Cho has performed on the prestigious stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series in Chicago. She has performed the complete cycle of Violin Sonatas by Beethoven at HOAM Art Hall in Seoul, Korea with pianist, Mia Chung, and a recital of five Beethoven Sonatas at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Cho has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Bridgehampton, Eastern Shore, Santa Fe, and Skaneateles Festivals as well as at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Richard Stoltzman, Andras Schiff, Anton Kuerti, Mitsuko Uchida; the members from the Guarneri, Orion and Juilliard String Quartets, and the Beaux-Arts Trio. She has been invited for several summers to teach at Mark O’Connor’s String Conference in San Diego where she has collaborated with Mark O’Connor and Natalie MacMaster. Ms. Cho was a member of the Johannes String Quartet from 2003 to 2006, and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Among her various awards, scholarships, and achievements, Ms. Cho was a recipient of both the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant and, Korea’s 1995 World Leaders of Tomorrow Award as presented by the Korea Central Daily News in recognition of outstanding achievement and commendable leadership in the Arts. She was the recipient of the 1994 Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence; a top prize winner at the 1991 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 1989 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition of Belgium, the 1987 Montreal International Music Competition. In 1995 Catherine Cho served on the jury of the Montreal International Violin Competition. In 1996 she was selected for the Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency Program at Goucher College. Ms. Cho holds a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang, and coached chamber music with Felix Galimir. Her former teachers include Ruggiero Ricci, Franco Gulli, and Michael Avsharian. Ms. Cho is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, and has taught at the Heifetz Institute, Killington Music Festival, Seoul Music Festival, Starling-DeLay Symposium, Perlman Music Program, and coached chamber music at the New York String Seminar. Devoted to the cause of promoting peace through music, Catherine Cho is VP of the Board of Musicians For Harmony.
Alice Dade was Acting Co-Principal Flute of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. Highlights of her time with the Radio include playing Principal Flute on the Deutsche Grammophon recording “Bad Boys” with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. Alice also performed in concert tours to Russia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and various cities in Sweden under conductors Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Harding.
To add to her list of international experiences, Alice and members of the New World Symphony are featured in the book: Feast For the Senses: A Musical Odyssey by Lin Arison and photographer Neil Folberg. Prose and modern interpretations of Italian Renaissance paintings follow their chamber music concerts throughout the Umbria region of Italy. Ms. Del Campo has also performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Bergen Philharmonic including tours to Denmark and Germany under music director, Andrew Litton. Representing The Juilliard School, Alice performed an evening of American and French music as part of Kyoto, Japan’s International Music Student’s Festival.
Recent chamber and solo appearances include an evening of flute trios, presented by Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, with members of Detroit Symphony’s flute section. As Principal Flute of San Luis Obispo’s Festival Mozaic, with music director Scott Yoo, Alice will perform J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4 as well as the Poulenc Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano. Past music festivals include Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.
Alice has also performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. Upon graduation from Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Del Campo attended The Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc and Sandra Church and received both her bachelor and masters degrees.
Beginning in the fall of 2011, Alice will be the Acting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Missouri as well as a member of the Missouri Woodwind Quintet. Recordings of the ensemble can be found on the Cambria label: Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 by American composer David Maslanka, and Romantic Winds, a collection of transcribed works by Grieg, Dvorak, and Rimsky-Korsakov. In 1999, the Quintet commissioned Quintet No. 3 from Maslanka, which appears on the Albany Records label.
Violinist Nick Danielson is a classical and Tango musician. He is the assistant concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and was a longtime member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He can be heard on many Orpheus recordings, including Stravinsky’s “Concertino” on the Grammy Award–winning CD, “Shadow Dances”. He has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and chamber musician as well as with numerous Tango ensembles. Among his most recent collaborations, Danielson has performed with pianist-composer Fernando Otero, sax master Paquito D’Rivera, and Tango legend Pablo Ziegler. His latest recording with Otero, “Vital” ( World Village ), won the 2010 Latin Grammy for best classical album. Danielson received his training at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian, after which he spent five years as first violinist of the Chester String Quartet. He has made New York his home since 1988.
Philippe Djokic is one of Canada’s leading soloists and chamber musicians whose career has brought him recognition throughout Canada and abroad. Having completed his studies at The Juilliard School, he subsequently won several prizes at major international competitions, most notably, the Nicolo Paganini and Jacques Thibauld international violin competitions. This led to many recital tours and appearances with orchestra.
His performances have been heard on CBC Radio and in recordings for the CBC and Naxos labels. He has an active career as chamber music performer, and has performed at important international festivals in Dubrovnik, Munich, Ottawa, Colorado and Alaska. He has been invited to give masterclasses at several prestigious institutions, among them, Northwestern University, the Glenn Gould School and the Domaine Forget Academy. Several of his former students currently hold positions in Canada’s major orchestras and leading music schools. Philippe has been professor of violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Novas Scotia since 1975, and performs on a rare Guarnerius violin made in the year 1740.
Instantly recognized by her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad), cellist Denise Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct and remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity. Acclaim for her powerful interpretations, bold command of her instrument and insightful playing has earned her world-wide recognition and appearances in some of the most venerable halls. Denise burst onto the international music scene when millions of television viewers watched her performance of Bach at the 2002 Grammy Awards following the lauded release of her self-titled debut recording on SONY Classical.
Since then, Denise has accrued numerous distinctions and accolades: she has been named one of the top “25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World” by Maclean’s Magazine, one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by Elle Magazine, and had her life and career chronicled by a special BRAVO! TV documentary entitled “Seven Days, Seven Nights”. A natural leader and advocate for classical music, Denise is equally at home on the podium as a keynote speaker, having presented at forums such as Idea City in Toronto and the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen’s University. Denise believes strongly in passing along her knowledge of music and her instrument. She serves on the Faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada each summer, has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, and frequently gives masterclasses.
Denise’s Carnegie Hall debut with the Edmonton Symphony and conductor William Eddins featured a performance of John Estacio’s Triple Concerto with pianist Angela Cheng and violinist Juliette Kang. Other highlights include her acclaimed Lincoln Center performance of Arturo Marquez’s “Espejos en la Arena” with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra conducting, appearances with the Academic Orchestra of Zurich in Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa at chamber music at festivals in Vermont, New York State, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ottawa, and in concert throughout the US with the Boston Trio.
As a recitalist, Denise performs frequently with acclaimed pianist David Jalbert. Recent performances have taken them to Washington D.C., San Francisco, Mexico City, Vancouver, Chicago, Tuscon, and New York’s Bargemusic. Denise and David also tour with Piano Plus, an organization which brings performances to Canadian communities in which the opportunities to hear live concerts are limited. In addition, her love of chamber music has brought her to the festivals of Ottawa, Caramoor, Park City, Ravinia, San Miguel de Allende, and Vancouver. In 2008, Denise gave the world premiere of Christos Hatzis’s “In the Fire of Conflict”, with percussionist Ryan Scott and dancer Peggy Baker at the Toronto Summer Music Festival. She appears frequently with New York’s Jupiter Chamber Players and also tours with her chamber music partner since childhood, her violinist brother Marc.
A Musical Family
Having grown up in a large musical family, Denise first began to learn the cello with her uncle and aunt, cellists Pierre Djokic and Michelle Djokic. Her parents, Lynn and Philippe, and brother Marc, are all musicians. Her early cello teachers in Halifax were Olive Shaw and Shimon Walt, before moving to Cleveland where she continued her studies with Richard Aaron and in Boston with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. Denise gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Denise currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband, Nelson and young son, Dominic.
Read more at her website: denisedjokic.com
Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist quickly gaining recognition for re-imagining the classical concert experience through meaningful, entertaining performances of contemporary repertoire.
A TEDx speaker, Ferry was invited to deliver the closing talk and performance on the creative power of collaboration between fields, which was titled “Striking at the Edge.”
Performing as a concerto soloist and in innovative recital projects, Ferry’s 2013-2014 season sees commissions of several new works and performances across the United States including New York, St. Louis, Rochester, Providence, Chicago, and Baltimore.
An alumni of the Eastman School of Music, Ferry graduated with high honors, an Arts Leadership Program certificate, the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate recognizing “outstanding performing ability.”
Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program has awarded Ferry a generous Post-Graduate Fellowship with Alarm Will Sound for the 2013-2014 season. This position allows Ferry to occasionally perform with the ensemble as he learns firsthand how it produces ambitious and innovative performances of contemporary music.
Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the US, Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician. Praised by Gustavo Dudamel as a “remarkable talent”, The Boston Globe called him “a very special violinist”. Performance highlights include Brahms Concerto under Gustavo Dudamel and his recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the winner of the 2015 Pro Musicis International Award. Francisco has also recently made his concerto debuts with Alabama, Dana Point, Guanajuato, Irvine, Maryland and Pacific Symphonies and the State Chapella of Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Francisco is currently in his second season as artist in residence for the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra, performing Bartok 2nd Violin Concerto under Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Other upcoming engagements include debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, San Antonio and Xalapa Symphony Orchestras, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Lyra Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland) and return concerto performances with the Guanajuato (Mexico), Central Aichi (Japan) and Atlantic Symphonies. Recital and chamber music appearances include Music in the Vineyards, Liquid Music and Newport Music Festivals, Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players, as well as a recital tour of Japan with pianist David Fung.
Next winter, Orchid Classics will release Fullana’s new recording, which includes Max Richter’s “Four Seasons Recomposed” with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Izcaray. Looking ahead, his ongoing collaboration with Argentinian bandoneonist JP Jofre will culminate in 2018 with the premiere of Jofre’s Double Concerto for bandoneon and violin, a work commissioned by the Balearic Islands Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Orchestra and NYC’s Metropolis Ensemble to honor Bernstein’s Centennial.
Highlights of past seasons have included a Mendelssohn Violin Concerto performance under the late Sir Colin Davis and Bayerische Philarmonie as well as concerto appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, both presented by Lyra Foundation. Francisco has also appeared with the Vancouver, Madrid and Hof Symphonies and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, under conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Adrian Leaper, Alondra de la Parra and Christoph Poppen among many others. Other concerto engagements have included performances with “El Sistema” Symphony Orchestra, Hof Symphony, Extremadura Symphony and many others. His music has been heard in concert halls all over the world: Spain, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Israel, Argentina, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Mexico and Japan, in front of distinguished audiences that have included the King and Queen of Spain.
The First Prize winner of the 2015 Munetsugu International Violin Competition in Japan, Francisco was also awarded all four special prizes, including the Audience and Orchestra awards. He was also awarded First Prize at the 2014 Johannes Brahms and the Julio Cardona International Violin Competitions, the Pablo de Sarasate National Violin Competition, as well the Maria Paula Alonso Award.
An accomplished chamber musician, Francisco was recently invited to join the roster of the prestigious Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two starting in 2018. He has been part of Marlboro Music and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours and has performed in the Da Camera Society, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, Concordia and Jupiter Chamber Players, alongside members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs and Cleveland Quartets. He has also performed with renowned artists Viviane Hagner, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich and Mitsuko Uchida and others. Fullana is the co-founder of COSA’s Chamber Music Institute in San Antonio and since 2016, the Principal Violinist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he obtained Bachelor and Master degrees with Don Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Southern California under the renowned violinist Midori Goto. Francisco started violin with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he studied with Manuel Guillén.
Francisco currently performs on the 1735 “Mary Portman” ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesu violin, kindly on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Jeff Garza is principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony and has been a featured guest artist with orchestras and chamber music series throughout the United States and abroad. During the summer season, he is principal horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in San Luis Obispo, California. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera and Utah Festival Opera and has served as guest principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Jeff served as principal horn during the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2007 Central European tour and has toured the United States and Europe with the San Francisco Symphony. Past engagements also include positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Jeff performs regularly with most of the leading chamber groups in South Texas including the Olmos Ensemble, Camerata San Antonio, SOLI Ensemble, Musical Bridges, and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in concertos by Mozart, Strauss, Telemann, Forster, Reger and Schumann. Jeff has been a featured artist at several music festivals, horn workshops and chamber music series throughout the United States, including the Menlo School Summer Brass Institute, Chamber Music International, Concordia Chamber Players, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Southwest Horn Convention, the Mid-South US Horn Workshop and the Texas Music Festival.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied with William VerMeulen and Roger Kaza. He is also an alumnus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded an Emerson Scholarship and the Young Artist Certificate, Interlochen Arts Academy’s highest artistic honor.
Jeff is adjunct professor of horn at Trinity University and St. Mary’s University.
Bassoonist Marc Goldberg’s work as musician and educator has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premier ensembles. A member of the renowned New York Woodwind Quintet, he is currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, and Riverside Symphony, having previously served as associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic.
A frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Orpheus chamber orchestra, he has toured with these ensembles across four continents and joined them on numerous recordings. Goldberg has also made guest principal bassoon appearances in Japan with Seiji Ozawa’s Tokyo Opera Nomuri, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, and in Korea with Myung Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Solo appearances include performances with the Brandenburg Ensemble at Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York’s Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall, and performances throughout the U.S., in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, Riverside Symphony, and New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Musicians from Marlboro, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival.
Grammy nominated pianist, SUSAN GRACE has performed solo and chamber recitals, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India and China. She has also performed in the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England. She is a member of Quattro Mani, an internationally acclaimed two-piano ensemble with pianist Steven Beck. Recent appearances have included the Austin and Alabama Symphonies, Colorado College and Subculture in New York City. This past spring they appeared at Bargemuisc and later this year will be performing at National Sawdust, both in NY. Two new recordings of the duo will be released by Bridge Records this fall.
Ms. Grace has recorded for Bridge Records, the Belgium National Radio, WFMT in Chicago, the Society of Composers, Wilson Audio, Klavier International and Klavier Music Productions. Her latest recording on the Bridge label of Stefan Wolpe’s violin and piano music was listed in the London Sunday Times as one of the top ten Contemporary recordings of 2015. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category.
Ms. Grace is Associate Chair, Artist-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer in Music at Colorado College. She is also music director of the renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival, now in its 32nd season. She has been awarded the Christine Johnson Professorship of Music beginning in the fall of 2014. In June 2014, Mayor Steve Bach and the city of Colorado Springs presented Ms. Grace with the Spirit of the Springs award for her work with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She is a Steinway Artist.
Praised as “extraordinary…” and “a formidable clarinetist” by the New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Ms. de Guise-Langlois performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo and at the Banff Center for the Arts. She is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was awarded the First Prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition; she was additionally a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Award. An avid chamber musician, Ms. de Guise-Langlois joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92nd Street, and Chamber Music Northwest among many others. She has performed as Principal Clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She has completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and is currently Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair University.
An artist defined by the critics as “tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing “the sweetest, most sonorous tone” (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the First Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
Juan-Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé, Nicolas Dautricourt, Misha Dichter, the Weilerstein trio, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Stanley Clark and Paquito D’Rivera to name a few. Recent festival and program appearances as guest artist and teacher include the Festival Pablo Casal (Prades, France), the Festival Des Arcs (France), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Festival Des Graves (Bordeaux, France), Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), the Salzburg Festival, the Brevard Summer Institute, the Mozaic Festival, Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz & Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium).
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel is the newest member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and a founding member of the Harlem Quartet with whom he performed from 2006 to 2012. Juan-Miguel is also a founder and member of the “Trio Virado” (Flute, Viola, Guitar) as well as the “Boreal Trio” (Clarinet, Viola, Piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire. From 2005 to 2010, he was also an active member of the I Palpiti orchestra, a cast of international laureates forming a world class string orchestra based in Los Angeles.
On radio airwaves and television broadcasts, Juan-Miguel has been heard and seen on nationally-syndicated programs throughout Canada, and the United States including NBC’s Good Morning America, The Today Show and the Telemundo Network. His discography includes four quartet CDs, released on the Naxos, Cedille records, the White Pine and Navona labels as well as multiple collaborations on various other labels including the album “Hot House” playing alongside Chick Corea and Gary Burton for which they won a Grammy, as well as Norah Jones’ album “Broken Little Hearts”. 2015 saw the release of Trio Virado’s debut album, “Mangabeira”, featuring music by Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer and original music by Sergio Assad.
His strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe has brought him to reach young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and outreach projects in Europe and North America. In the Fall of 2016 Juan-Miguel was appointed to the faculty of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music (London) as Professor of Viola.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada in 1985 and began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve under the tutelage of Jean McRae. He received his Bachelor degree from the Colburn Conservatory in 2010 studying with Paul Coletti and Graduate Diploma in the Professional String Quartet program in 2012 with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, working privately with Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath. He also worked before Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Robert Vernon.
Juan-Miguel plays a beautiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena, California.
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.
David Jolley has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his “remarkable virtuosity” (New York Times), and has been hailed as “a soloist second to none” by Gramophone Magazine. He has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and Japan, sustaining an active performance career. A chamber artist of unusual sensitivity and range, Jolley has frequently collaborated with such groups as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Jolley is currently a member of the virtuoso wind quintet Windscape; the Trio Valtorna, with violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Gilles Vonsattel; and Trio 101-New York, with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller and trombonist Haim Avitsur. Jolley was for five years a member of the Fleisher-Jolley-Tree-O, with violinist Michael Tree and pianist Leon Fleisher. He was also a founding member, now emeritus, of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured widely and made over two dozen recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label.
A frequent soloist with orchestra, Jolley has appeared with symphonies across the U.S., including Detroit, Rochester, Memphis, San Antonio, Phoenix, Florida West Coast, New Mexico, and Vermont. Internationally, he has appeared with the National Symphony of Brazil in Rio de Janiero, the Kamerata Orchestra of Athens, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Israel Kamerata in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Jolley most recently performed with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Enschede, where he performed Joseph Swenson’s Horn Concerto, “The Fire and the Rose.”
Jolley’s keen interest in enlarging the solo horn literature has led to the composition of many new works for him, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Concerto,” which Jolley premiered with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall. Other memorable works composed for Jolley include “Twilight Music” by John Harbison, “Dust and Shiver” by George Tsontakis, and George Perle’s “Duos for Horn and String Quartet,” premiered by Jolley and the Orion String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall. He most recently premiered the “Concerto for Horn” by Lawrence Dillon with the Carolina Chamber Orchestra.
He has performed in many summer festivals, including Marlboro, Sarasota, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Bowdoin, and the Music Academy of the West. Jolley has six solo recordings under the Arabesque label, including Mozart Concerti and Strauss Concerti with the Israel Sinfonietta. Jolley is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mannes College of Music, and Queens College-CUNY.
A native of San Juan, Argentinean bandoneon player and composer “J.P.” Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His music has been recorded by 16 Grammy Winner Paquito D’ Rivera and choreographed/performed by ballet star Herman Cornejo (Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre). A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has collaborated with many famous musicians in a wide range of musical styles, including Paquito D’Rivera, Kathryn Stott, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Argentina, Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Napa Symphony, Michael Guttman and Fred Sturm among others. Mr. Jofre has received commissions and been part of many prestigious festivals including the Celebrity Series of Boston, Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Seattle Town Hall’s Global Rhythms, Borislav Strulev’s Belgorod Music Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, American Virtuosi, Nina Beilina and Bachanalia Taiwan. For the world premiere of his Bandoneon Concerto, the Mercury News wrote: “…he is an electrifying composer-bandoneon player.” In 2012, Jofre was invited by the Free University of Bolzano and SudTirol Festival (Italy) to perform for the homage to Argentinean Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel. He proudly uses the New AA by Bandonion Fabrik Klingenthal. Mr. Jofre has recently received two commissions by violinist-conductor Michael Guttman and violinist Francisco Fullana in collaboration with the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra and Metropolis Ensemble to write two double concertos for violin and bandoneon.
J.P. Jofre began playing percussion and guitar at the age of 14 and later attended the Escuela de Musica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, where he studied drums, guitar, piano, voice, and composition, before deciding to dedicate himself to the bandoneón. In 2003, Jofre gave his debut performance as arranger and solo bandoneónista at the First International Festival of Chamber Music. For this event, Jofre arranged pieces for 12 Cellos and Bandoneon. In 2004 Jofre took privates classes with Martin Ferres and one year later auditioned for Daniel Binelli, one of the world’s most sought after bandoneonists and composers. With Binnelli’s recommendation, Jofre studied under Julio Pane, world-renowned educator and former bandoneónista for the legendary “Astor Piazzolla Sextet” through the financial endorsement of the Juan Victoria Auditorium and Autotransportes San Juan Mar del Plata. At the 2005 Clasura Concert of the Master Class given by Ingrid Zur and George Heyer (Germany) in San Juan, Jofre performed solo works of Bach and Piazzolla. That same year, he performed alongside Latin America’s most important musical figures Jairo, Horacio Ferrer, and Garello at the presentation ceremony for the book Adventures and Triumphs of Argentines in Paris at the Hall Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires. After winning the National Prize of the Arts Grant, Jofre traveled to Florence, Italy, performing as a soloist and arranger. In 2006, he toured Spain with the Mendocino Tango Sextet, giving both solo and group performances at the International Tango Festival of Granada and the International Tango Festival of Alméria.
At the inauguration ceremony for the Granada School for the Bandoneón, Jofre performed with bandoneon master Rodolfo Montironi. In 2008 Jofre appeared on NBC’s Rosie O’Donnell Live, performing alongside the Lombard Twins and violinist Nick Danielson. He is the founder of the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band, one of New York City’s hottest in-demand ensembles, which focuses on his own works as well as authentic interpretations of legendary composers such as Astor Piazzolla. Recently, the band has welcomed four outstanding performers to its ranks: violinist Eric Silberger, prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition, cellist Amy Kang, double bassist Ron Wasserman, principal bass of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and Argentinian pianist Pablo Cafici with guests Christopher Johnson (double bass) and Siyi Fang (piano).
photo: JuJu Rhee
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. A native of St. Paul, MN, he earned his Master of Music degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. He began his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, and then transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Danny completed his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Sally Chisholm, and received a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies.
A 2013- 2015 participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, Danny has spent past summers at the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival where served as the principal violist of the festival orchestras, and Kneisel Hall.
As a chamber musician, Danny has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated in performances with many distinguished artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, Nathan Hughes, and others. He also was a tenured member of Madison Symphony Orchestra and was awarded a position on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Danny has performed with several distinguished ensembles and artists including the Metropolis Ensemble where he collaborated with Questlove and The Roots, New York Classical Players, Camerata Virtuosi New Jersey, Symphony in C and appeared on Sesame Street with Maestro Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. Danny also recently completed a tour of South Korea with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and Richard O’Neill for his 10th anniversary concerts.
Past honors include advancing to the finals of the Juilliard concerto competition, and being a prizewinner of the 2011 Neale-Silva Young Artist Competition which was broadcast live on national radio. Additionally, Danny was the winner of the 2011 Tanglewood Music Center Maurice Schwartz Prize, the UW-Madison concerto competition, the Aspen Festival Orchestral String Fellowship, the UW School of Music Alumni Association scholarship and the Kato Perlman scholarship. He was also the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship during his graduate studies.
An ardent supporter of teaching and working with young people, Danny took part in a residency in May of 2013 with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela, coaching chamber groups and performing with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. He has also served as viola faculty at the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, MN and has led orchestra sectionals for The Juilliard Pre-College Division.
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.
“With a sound like this, the world is her oyster! ” (New York Sun) Yoon Kwon leads an extraordinarily versatile career. The 2015-2016 season marks her 10th season as a member of the first violin section with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Her new band with drummer Stewart Copeland from The Police, will feature her in both acoustic and electric violin on tour this season. Yoon also serves as violin faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
With her debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Yoon began her professional career as a thirteen-year-old, and made her New York debut at age 17 at Avery Fisher Hall. Since then, she has performed extensively with major orchestras on five continents, such as the Cologne and Warsaw Philharmonics, and the California, Cincinnati, Colorado, El Paso, Houston, Honolulu, New Jersey, New Mexico, Phoenix, St. Louis, Wichita, and Vancouver symphonies. Her debut album was released under the RCA/Red Seal label and Yoon is also featured on the jazz quartet album “Pheonix”.
An avid chamber musician, her festival appearances include Marlboro, Verbier, Tanglewood, Kuhmo, Rome, Aspen, La Jolla, Spoleto, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Yoon was also a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II between 2006-2009. As a recitalist, she has performed in over 100 cities, and toured extensively under CAMI with her sister, pianist Min Kwon. Yoon made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2008.
Yoon Kwon holds her BM, MM, and the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. A protégé of Dorothy DeLay, Yoon also studied with Cho-Liang Lin and Donald Weilerstein.
To learn more about Yoon, visit her Youtube channel, BYoonique.
Julie Landsman held the position of Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years until her retirement in 2010. She now enjoys a wide variety of musical activities, including performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which she is the newest member. A former member of the Houston Symphony, she has performed as a guest artist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego, the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed as a chamber musician at many festivals and concert series, including Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri Quartet. She performs and teaches during the summer at Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West. Ms. Landsman is on the faculty at The Juilliard School, and teaches frequently as a guest at the Curtis Institute. She has given master classes at such distinguished institutions as Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Oklahoma, and University of Southern Mississippi. She recently received the “Pioneer Award” from the International Women’s Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012.
Violinist Jessica Lee, first-prize winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has given debut recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, and has made festival appearances at Bridgehampton and Santa Fe. In 2010, she made her European solo debut, featuring a concerto performance with the Plzen Philharmonic and a recital at the Rudolfinum in Prague; she also made her solo orchestra debut at the Seoul Arts Center in a special New Year’s concert. Her 2006 concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall featured Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and was broadcast on WQXR. She is a member of the Johannes String Quartet, which toured with the Guarneri Quartet in its farewell season.
She has performed with Musicians from Marlboro at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less string ensemble. She has performed with such orchestras as the Grand Rapids Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, Modesto Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra. A native of Virginia, she graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music with a bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Robert Mann and Ida Kavafian and she completed studies for a master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2003. Currently on the faculty at Vassar College, Ms. Lee is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two.
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.
Nelson Lee is first violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet (jupiterquartet.com) which has performed extensively throughout North America and abroad. One of the leading ensembles of its generation, the quartet has been heard at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and Sejong Hall in Seoul. In recent years, the quartet has won first prize at the Eighth International Banff String Quartet Competition, Young Concert Artists Competition, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has been a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two program and received the 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award in 2007. The quartet is currently in residence at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
As a soloist, Nelson has appeared with the Cleveland Institute Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians from around the country. ECCO (eastcoastchamberochestra.com) has been heard to great acclaim at the Kennedy Center, New York’s Town Hall, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society among others. The group just released their debut CD on EOne records featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and an arrangement of Geminiani’s La Follia by Michi Wiancko.
Nelson has had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as David Shifrin, Joel Krosnick, Paul Katz, James Dunham, Roger Tapping, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Bob McDonald, Jeremy Denk, and Menahem Pressler. He has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society and has also been heard with the Park City Chamber Music Society and at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
An active and devoted teacher, Nelson has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals around the country including the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aspen Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Camp, and Music at Menlo. He also served as a teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein while attending the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Russian-born Israeli pianist and composer, the winner of the International Russian Music Competition 2011, has made his New York concerto debut in 2005 performing the Schumann Piano Concerto under the baton of Philippe Entremont.
In 2006 Mr. Levyatov made his Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. In reviewing this recital Allan Kozinn of The New York Times said “the performance as a whole had an appealing electricity.”
Recently, Mr. Levyatov has been heard in Bogota, Colombia with the Bogota Philharmonic, and at the Vermont Music Festival with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. In 2011 and 2012 Mr. Levyatov has toured Alaska performing at the Sitka Music Festival and Juneau Jazz and Classics.
In 2008 and 2009 he was a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Levyatov received the Harold Bauer Award, NY in 2005 and 2006; the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Recognition Award, NY in 2001 and 2004; and the Clairmont Prize, Tel Aviv, 2003. He has been a scholar of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1990.
Mr. Levyatov was the Silver Medalist at the International Boesendorfer Piano Competition, 2008.
Other appearances have included performances at Steinway Hall, Barge Music, United Nations, and the Prestige Series at IKIF, Mannes School of Music, New York City; Alaska Pacific Univesity, Anchorage; St.-Mary College of Maryland; Thornton School of Music at USC, San Francisco; Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix; Menora Hall, Manchester, England; Philharmonic Hall, St.Petersburg, Russia; Spiegelsaal, Rheinsberg, Germany; Auditorium de Cajacanarias, Tenerife, Spain; Jerusalem Music Center, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts.
Milan Milisavljević is currently Assistant Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. The Strad magazine has described his playing as “very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.” He has won prizes at competitions such as ARD, Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head, Lake Tahoe and Grand Teton Music Festivals. Milan has appeared as soloist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia etc. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as Robert McDuffie, Joseph Kalichstein, Augustin Hadelich, Sergiu Luca and many others. Prior to joining the MET, he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Milan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University and has coached violists at Verbier Music Festival, at Indiana University as a visiting lecturer, and as a volunteer at Ecole de musique St-Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His teachers include Atar Arad, James Dunham, Jutta Puchhammer and Nobuko Imai.
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention.
Since his concerto debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Mr. Mills has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra (in Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the Aspen Music Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Jesse Mills has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Boston’s Gardener Museum, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Mills is co-founder of Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Ms. Aizawa, Mills became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.
Mills is also known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-2003, Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years, in addition to frequent world premieres. As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR.
Jesse Mills began violin studies at the age of three. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Mills lives in New York City, and he is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College and at New York University. In 2010 the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC honored him with the ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement.
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others.
In her compelling debut as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Opera, Opera News said “Soprano Laquita Mitchell, in her first outing as Bess, dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” She has since reprised the role with New Jersey State Opera, the Atlanta Opera; Madison Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at both Tanglewood and Symphony Hall), and also the Robert Russell Bennett Porgy and Bess Suite with the Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony and with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Sopot, Poland.
Hailed in the New York Times for her portrayal of Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in New York City Opera’s 2012 season opener said “Ms. Mitchell’s voice is rich, shimmering and sizable, her singing was tender and expressive”. Other notable appearances include Micaela in Carmen at the New York City Opera; Leonora in Il trovatore in South Carolina as well as with Nashville Opera; the role of Sharon in Terrance McNally’s Master Class at the Kennedy Center; Musetta in La bohème in a return to the Los Angeles Opera; Mimì in La bohème with Cincinnati Opera and at the Utah Symphony and Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Florentine Opera, Portland Opera; and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey.
Also active as a concert artist, Ms. Mitchell most recently performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Louisville Orchestra, the world premiere of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap Van Zweden, her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as the soprano soloist in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise under Kurt Masur, and the soprano solo in Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall, with Branford Marsalis and the Garden State Philharmonic, and with the New York Festival of Song “Salute to Arlen” concert at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Mitchell made her debut with the New World Symphony in Alberto Ginastera’s: Cantata para la America Magica. Ms. Mitchell returned to the Cincinnati Opera in the role of Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen. She also was featured in the Cincinnati Opera’s Park Concert Gala held at Washington Park in downtown Cincinnati. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Mitchell was asked to give a solo recital with accompanist Craig Terry for the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, California under the auspices of PBS. Fall of 2014, Ms. Mitchell joined Beth Morrison Projects for David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field in the role of Virginia Creeper. Ms. Mitchell recorded The Difficulty of Crossing a Field as well as performed the piece for NPR radio at Roulette performance space. She recently made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguinin the 2015 Salute to Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. at Girard College. Ms. Mitchell’s 2015-2016 season begins with an appearance in two recitals with Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, performing works by Samuel Barber, John Carter and Lee Hoiby. Ms. Mitchell made her New York Philharmonic debut this fall of 2015 “In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy”. This special two day event celebrates ground breaking soloists who have influenced generations of singers. She was the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Color of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Mitchell will also sing the soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Princeton ProMusica. She then made her official debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin in the world premiere of “One Land, One River, One People” by Hannibal. Ms. Mitchell then made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in their Classical Roots Concert Honoring Jessye Norman, conducted by Roderick Cox, singing the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. She then sings the role of Bess from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Mitchell’s 2016-2017 season began with the Opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, conducted by Stephane Deneve. Mitchell sang excerpts from Hannibal’s “One Land, One River, One People” and was the soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ms. Mitchell debuted with the Arizona Opera in their 45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration singing excerpts from Verdi’s Aida and Puccini’s La Boheme and Turandot. She returns to Chicago where she was heard in recital at Roosevelt University with pianist Shannon McGinnis. She also made her role debut as the Countess in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with the Toledo Opera. In the early Spring 2017 Ms. Mitchell returned to the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Opera Arias and Choruses. Ms. Mitchell made her Hungarian debut in June of 2017 in the role of Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the St. Margetsziget Festival.
Laquita Mitchell is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize Winner, and was awarded a 2004 Sara Tucker Award. She was also the First Prize Winner of the Wiener Kammer Oper’s 2003 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and the First Prize Winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, as well as the winner of the Audience Choice award. Ms. Mitchell is an alumna of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She completed her Master’s and the Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music, and completed her Bachelor’s at Westminster Choir College. Ms. Mitchell is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from her alma mater the Manhattan School of Music. In May of 2015 Ms. Mitchell will receive the Alumni Award from her undergrad Westminster Choir College. In March of 2014 Ms. Mitchell can be seen in the San Francisco Opera’s DVD of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in the role of Bess.
Cortez Mitchell, countertenor, is a native of Detroit, Michigan who graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A in Music and a B.S in Mathematics and an M.M in voice from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. As Minnesota opera’s first Resident Artist countertentor, he performed the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other solo performances include J. S Bach’ s Cantata #147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben with the Dayton Philharmonic, Adolphus Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow and R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise, with the Lincoln Jazz Ensemble and the Paris Orchestra at the Theatre DesChamps Élysées, Joseph Haydn’s Mass in D at the Prague Castle of Prague, Czechoslovakia, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in St. Petersburg, Russia where he was reviewed by the Baltimore Sun as “the startlingly pure-toned countertenor”. Mr. Mitchell is currently a member of the world-renowned men’s a cappella ensemble Chanticleer.
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
Pianist John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras.
John Novacek’s major American performances have been heard in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space, Washington’s The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall, while international venues include Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Musée du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, as well as most of the major concert halls of Japan. He is also a frequent guest artist at festivals, here and abroad, including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival and those of Aspen, Cape Cod, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Colorado College, Mimir, Ravinia, Seattle, SummerFest La Jolla, Wolf Trap, BBC Proms (England), Braunschweig (Germany), Lucerne, Menuhin and Berbier (Switzerland), Majorca (Spain), Sorrento (Italy), Stavanger (Norway), Toulouse (France) and Sapporo (Japan).
Often heard on radio broadcasts worldwide, John Novacek has appeared on NPR’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday and, as both featured guest composer/performer, on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has also been seen and heard on television, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Entertainment Tonight and CNN International.
John Novacek is a much sought-after collaborative artist and has performed with Joshua Bell, Matt Haimovitz, Leila Josefowicz, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, Elmar Oliveira and Emmanuel Pahud, and, as well as the Colorado, Harrington, Jupiter, New Hollywood, St. Lawrence, SuperNova and Ying string quartets. He also tours widely as a member of Intersection, a piano trio that includes violinist Kaura Frautschi and cellist Kristina Reiko Coooper. Mr. Novacek has also given numerous world premieres and worked closely with composers John Adams, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, George Rochberg, John Williams and John Zorn.
John Novacek took top prizes at both the Leschetizky and Joanna Hodges international piano competitions, among many others. He studied piano with Polish virtuoso Jakob Gimpel at California State University, Northridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music degree from New York City’s Mannes College of Music, where his instructors were Peter Serkin in piano and Felix Galimer in chamber music. Mr. Novacek’s coaches in composition included Frederick Werle, Aurelio de la Vega and Daniel Kessner.
John Novacek’s own compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Pacific Symphony, The 5 Browns, Concertante, Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, Harrington String Quartet, Ying Quartet, Millennium, Quattro Mani and The Three Tenors. He has recorded over 30 CDs, encompassing solo and chamber music by most major composers from Bach to Bartók, as well as many contemporary and original scores. Mr. Novacek records for Philips, Nonesuch, Arabesque, Warner Classics, Sony/BMG, Koch International, Universal Classics, Ambassador, Pony Canyon, Four Winds, Arkay, Virtuoso and EMI Classics. CD titles include Road Movies (2004 GRAMMY nomination as “Best Chamber Music Performance”), Great Mozart Piano Works, Spanish Rhapsody, Novarags (original ragtime compositions), Classic Romance, Hungarian Sketches, Intersection, Romances et Meditations and, with Leila Josefowicz, Americana (GRAMOPHONE: “Editor’s Choice”), For the End of Time, Shostakovich and Recital (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE: 5 stars/June 2005’s chamber choice).
The Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero found his voice as writer, musician and bandleader when, at the urging of one of his music teachers, he began to incorporate the indigenous sounds of his native Buenos Aires into his work. A unique and provocative style developed, which combined the improvisatory thrill of jazz with a contemporary classical structure in compositions that were often fast–paced and intense, full of dramatic stops and starts.
Otero made a powerful impression in 2008 with his acclaimed debut album on Nonesuch: Pagina de Buenos Aires. In November 2010, he won the Latin Grammy for Best Classical album for Vital (World Village).
He has received a commission by the Kronos Quartet, The Cherry Tree, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2008, and has also composed for Imani winds, pianist Krisztina Wajsza, cellist Inbal Segev, the Ahn Trio, and a double concerto for two pianos performed by himself and Yana Reznik.
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who works in and around New York City teaching and performing. Influenced by all sounds resonating from New York’s vibrancy, he pursues a multitude of different performing opportunities from operas, orchestras and chamber groups to rock bands and performance art theater. Among others, Cesare has played with the Staten Island Philharmonic, Garden State Philharmonic, Regina Opera, Camerata Orchestra, and the Bleecker Street Opera. In addition, Cesare has been a frequent guest of the International Street Cannibals, an avant-garde chamber ensemble and Composer’s Concordance, a NYC based new music group. Recently released recordings include: Samplestra (NAXOS), a CD featuring his performance of Gene Pritsker’s percussion and electronics piece entitled “Destined to Shed,” and Salamander (Innova) featuring vibraphone work with the Peter Kerlin Octet.
Cesare is a founder/member of JustMusic, a marimba/percussion duo, Barbaric Yawp, a three-piece indie-funk band and Firebird, an art rock ensemble.
“American tenor Nicholas Phan’s many engagements this season include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Baroque and the Vancouver Symphony, as well as his return to the Houston Grand Opera for Sweeney Todd. He also appears in recital at Carnegie Hall, in Houston and in Istanbul.”
Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, and Saint-Denis festivals, and at the BBC Proms. Among the conductors he has worked with are Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone and Gail Williams. In recital, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Chicago. He is also a founder and the Artistic Director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire.
Also considered one of the rising young stars of the opera world, Mr. Phan recently appeared with the Portland Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, the Atlanta Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and the Seattle Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other opera performances have included his debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, as well as appearances with Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Acis and Galatea and Candide, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.
Mr. Phan’s most recent solo album, A Painted Tale was released on Avie Records in February of 2015. His previous solo album, Still Falls the Rain (Avie), was named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times. His growing discography also includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound), his debut solo album, Winter Words (Avie), the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Naïve), and the world premiere recording of Elliott Carter’s orchestral song cycle, A Sunbeam’s Architecture (NMC).
Cynthia Phelps is the Philharmonic’s Principal Viola (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair). Her solo appearances with the Orchestra have included performances on the 2006 Tour of Italy, sponsored by Generali, and the 1999 premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, which the Orchestra commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao. Ms. Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Bargemusic. She has toured internationally with the Zukerman and Friends Ensemble; appeared with The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Guarneri, American, Brentano, and Prague string quartets; and has given recitals in the music capitals of Europe and the U.S. Her honors include the Pro Musicis International Award and first prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola and Washington International String competitions. Her most recent album, for flute, viola, and harp, on Telarc, was nominated for a Grammy Award.She has released a solo CD on Cala Records. Ms. Phelps has performed on PBS’s NPR, Radio France, and RAI in Italy.
Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and teacher. A graduate of Juilliard, his major teachers were Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Nathan Milstein, Sandor Vegh and George Neikrug. He is a founding member of the 29-year-old Orion String Quartet, which is in residence at Mannes College of Music and performs regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Available on recording are the complete quartets of Beethoven and Leon Kirchner. Highlights of the season include tours with pianist Peter Serkin and a European tour that included Wigmore Hall. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA. Since winning the 1976 Young Concert Artists in 1976, he has been an emerging artist who has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Yakima symphonies.
This season marks his concerto debut with the Yonkers Symphony. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake Music Festival, and has participated in the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England since its inception. He also serves on the summer faculties of the Banff Centre and the Heifetz Institute. He was a member of the renowned Bach Aria Group, and has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bard College Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. He lives with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor on Manhattan’s upper west side.
Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Peter Wiley, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took part in the European Broadcasting Union’s project to record and broadcast all of Mozart’s keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartet’s Perspectives Series.
Anna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Polonsky was a recipient of the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and of the 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.
With the violist Michael Tree and clarinetist Anthony McGill, she is a member of the Schumann Trio. Polonsky also collaborates in a two-piano duo with her husband, pianist Orion Weiss. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.
Eric Reed is an internationally recognized horn player, chamber musician, and educator. Based in New York City, he has played concerts and presented master classes on five continents and in a variety of ensembles and musical styles. He is the newest member of the American Brass Quintet, and serves on the horn and chamber music faculties of The Juilliard School and New York University. In addition to his work with the ABQ, he performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is a former member of the Canadian Brass and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. Additionally, he has been on the rosters of the Oregon, New World, and Harrisburg symphonies, and has performed with dozens of New York City’s diverse cultural organizations. He holds degrees from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and The Juilliard School. He is a member of the newly formed Ensemble Échappé, a sinfonietta dedicated to music of the 21st century. He has recently given world premiere performances of works by composers Eric Ewazen, William Bolcom, Robert Paterson, Kenneth Fuchs, Eric Nathan, and John Zorn. In addition to his endeavors in and around New York, he maintains an active performance and teaching schedule away from home. He is on the faculty of the Round Top Festival Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School, and has appeared at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkleman, and at The Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone, and Ivan Galamian. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
A violinist praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe) Emily Daggett Smith is emerging as one of the most compelling artists of her generation. Her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, and she has been described as playing with a “very beautiful tone” (The Gathering Note) and “irrepressible élan” (The Seattle Times).
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Smith performs regularly at numerous festivals and series around the country such as the Concordia Chamber Ensemble, Festival Mozaic, Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Mainly Mozart Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She has shared the stage with many renowned musicians including current and former members of the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets, as well as pianists Claude Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, and Gilbert Kalish. Her performances have taken place at some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Vienna Konzerthaus, and have been featured on PBS’s national broadcast Live from Lincoln Center, NPR’s From the Top, Classical King FM in Seattle and WWFM The Classical Network in New York and Pennsylvania.
As a soloist, Ms. Smith made her New York concerto debut at the age of 21 in Alice Tully Hall, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Since then she has performed concerti with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Classical Players. Growing up in the Boston area, she has also appeared as soloist with various orchestras in New England including a performance at the Hatch Shell in Boston as part of the Landmark Orchestra Series. As a concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra she has worked with many renowned conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan.
In addition to performing the masterpieces of the 17th through the 20th century, Emily is also a strong advocate of new music. She has premiered dozens of new works, including the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Silvertone which was commissioned for her debut recital in Chicago at the Music in the Loft series. As the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet, she has worked closely with composer and pianist Lowell Liebermann, performing his Piano Quintet with the composer at the piano, and has recorded a world-premiere album of Harold Brown’s complete works for String Quartet on Albany Records. She is currently working on performance practice research on Kaija Saariaho’s Graal Théâtre (1994).
Despite her busy performance schedule, Emily is dedicated to education and maintains various teaching and outreach activities. She served on the Violin faculty of the undergraduate department of Stony Brook University and has given masterclasses and educational outreach performances wherever her violin takes her. One of the most rewarding musical experiences of her life was teaching, giving masterclasses, and performing with young musicians in the la Red music program in Medellin, Colombia over two consecutive years. Her teaching style is one that blends and deepens the traditions of her great teachers Soovin Kim, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein, with a deep understanding of what it takes to be a well-rounded musician in the 21st century.
Ms. Smith has received numerous awards and scholarships. She is a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the SYLFF Fellowship, the Brockton, Newton and Waltham Symphony Concerto Competitions, and the Gold Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in the junior division. Ms. Smith holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and as a recipient of the prestigious Staller Scholar Award, she is in the final stages of the Doctor of Music and Arts degree at Stony Brook University. She plays on a Johannes Cuypers violin and a Vuillaume bow, both generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.
Mr Solla (Mendoza, Argentina, 1962) got his degree in Classical Piano from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires in 1986. He studied composition, arranging, counterpoint, improvisation and conducting in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York with teachers such as Susana Kasakoff, Gabriel Senanes, Miquel Ortega and Bruce Barth. His former works cover a wide range of styles, from traditional Argentinean tango to classical, from rock to jazz, from theatre to dance, and include many recordings and concerts (in many occasions as arranger and musical director) in Latin America with a large number of well-known tango, pop and jazz singers, such as Jorge Sobral (first Piazzolla’s singer), Cecilia Rossetto, Miguel Cantilo and Alejandra Martin to name just a few. In 1983 he started to compose and play his own music, a fusion of modern Argentine tango and folklore with jazz and other contemporary music styles. His first band, Apertura, was praised by Astor Piazzolla as one of the most interesting new sounds in the Buenos Aires scene.
Nowadays, with six CDs as band leader for the prestigious Fresh Sound Records label and concerts all around Europe, Japan, and the US, he is considered one of the most outstanding and personal voices in this musical stream (generally referred to as ‘tango-jazz’). Solla moved to Barcelona in 1996, and to New York in 2006, always in search of personal and artistic growth, and to be able to develop his career. Since in New York, he has composed, arranged for and performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band and Pablo Aslan’s Avantango, among others, besides performing with his NY Tango Jazz Outsiders in some of the main venues in town, like the Jazz Standard or Dizzie’s, featuring Chris Cheek, Victor Prieto, Jorge Roeder and Richie Barshay. This quintet is releasing its first CD, Bien Sur! (Fresh Sound, 2009), with special guest Billy Hart. He continues to tour Europe twice a year with Emilio Solla & Afines, his Barcelona’s based quintet, while working as a free lance arranger and pianist in different projects in NY.
“Sentido is simply one of the best jazz albums of the year” (All About Jazz, NY, 2005)
“His ability as a composer and pianist are simply phenomenal. Solla possesses all the ingredients that make an artist standout from the pack” (Jazz Improv NY, July 2007)
Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia, and at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Smithsonian Museum and the Louvre Museum. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
He was invited to join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2006-2009 seasons and continues to appear with CMS both in New York and on tour. Recent engagements includes a tour of Israel, a solo appearance at the Dresden Music Festival, and a performance with CMS at the Wigmore Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Miriam Fried, Paul Neubauer, Fred Sherry, and Gary Hoffman.
Winner of several international competitions including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, the Andrea Postacchini Competition, and the Vatelot/Rampal Competition, Mr. Sussmann has recently recorded works of Beethoven and Dvorák with CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Arnaud studied with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman, who chose him to be a Starling Fellow, an honor qualifying him as Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years.
One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz; as a leader, he has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to trio albums rich in their melodic allure. Tepfer’s acclaimed Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” as the Wall Street Journal put it. New York magazine called the album “elegant, thoughtful and thrilling,” while DownBeat declared it “one of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of 2011.”
Tepfer’s newest release is Small Constructions — an album of duets with multi-reed player and Kneebody co-founder Ben Wendel, released on Sunnyside Records in March 2013. A set of songs without words, Small Constructions is a multi-tracked, multi-layered production featuring Tepfer and Wendel playing multiple instruments in multiple styles, extending from fresh versions of Monk tunes to pieces based on Handel and Messiaen motifs, from a standard given an artful makeover to originals that underscore the duo’s melodic flair.
Tepfer, whose mother was an opera singer and grandfather a jazz pianist, began classical piano studies at age 6 at the Paris Conservatoire-Paul Dukas. The young musician took a circuitous route to a jazz career, first earning a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. He played extensively on the jazz scene in college and even enjoyed a brief stint as an opera conductor. After graduating in 2005 from Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he completed his masters under the guidance of Danilo Perez, Tepfer moved to New York and quickly became an in-demand player, performing with such innovators as Steve Lacy, Paul Motian, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Ralph Towner, Billy Hart and Mark Turner. Tepfer was introduced by Martial Solal, one of his mentors in France, to Lee Konitz. The veteran saxophone luminary and the young pianist hit it off at once, sparking a partnership that would yield duet performances on both sides of the Atlantic and the 2009 Sunnyside album Duos with Lee. Described as “a benchmark of human potential” by Jazz Inside, the Tepfer-Konitz album embodies the notion of jazz as an artistic exchange across the generations, comprising mostly freely improvised pieces.
The Village Voice described Tepfer’s Goldberg Variations / Variations this way: “In a ballsy move that resounds with an unabashed yen for balance, the insightful pianist concocts a freeprov ditty for each of Bach’s most famous miniatures. On the classical side, the 60 tracks are a blend of grace and power. On the jazz side, they’re built with daring and élan. It’s easy to respect both.” The prelude to Tepfer’s Bachian explorations was his solo Twelve Free Improvisations in Twelve Keys (DIZ, 2009), an engaging, absorbing album rooted in some of his earliest musical explorations. Considering the contemplative reveries of this pianist, DownBeat said: “Tepfer has the ability to disappear into the music even as he’s making it.”
Tepfer’s first two trio albums — Oxygen (DIZ, 2007) and Before the Storm (DIZ, 2005) — saw the pianist in league with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Richie Barshay, longtime confreres with close rapport. Allying high instrumental finish to tight arrangements, the albums ranged from Tepfer’s irresistible, ever-lyrical originals to ingenious versions of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” — and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” It was such music-making that led Time Out London to say: “Tepfer is among the most accomplished and imaginative of the new wave of players emerging across the pond. He specializes in a rippling style that builds complex melodic layers of ideas… A piano star.”
For his third trio album — Five Pedals Deep (Sunnyside, 2010) — Tepfer convened a new, galvanizing partnership with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor. Whether on originals of great beauty by Tepfer (including some solo interludes) or covers of a Jacques Brel tune and “Body and Soul,” it was the sound of surprise that the pianist was after with this album. According to The New York Times, Tepfer’s Five Pedals Deep “lays out something like a personal manifesto\’85 Mr. Tepfer unfurls his lyricism in great silvery arcs.” All Music Guide described the album as “inventive” and “intense,” while Stereophile simply judged it “beautiful.” All About Jazz singled out Tepfer’s tune “I Was Wonderin’ ” for its brand of playful sophistication, with “its hints of swing, rock, and even classical\’85 there simply to service the nuanced shading of the piece.”
Tepfer’s playing — whether performing with Lee Konitz at the Village Vanguard or leading his trio at the Jazz Standard, going solo with his complete Goldberg Variations / Variations at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge or playing in an all-star Bud Powell tribute at Birdland — is always a mix of the gorgeous and the vivacious, lyricism balanced with swing, freedom with cohesion. The New York Times has called him “a pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody.”
All-around, Tepfer is “one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians,” according to New York magazine. He was voted a Best New Artist in JazzTimes in 2010 and a Rising Star in DownBeat in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Among his awards are the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. He has been named a Cultural Envoy of the U.S. State Department, with travels to Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Czech Republic. He has also lectured and led master classes from London to Warsaw to Seoul. Tepfer was commissioned by the Prague Castle Guard Orchestra to compose a concerto for symphonic wind band and improvising piano; the kaleidoscopic result, The View from Orohena, had its premiere at the Prague Castle in 2010.
Tepfer will have a new trio album out on Sunnyside in early 2014. The pianist is also going into the studio to record a duo album with bass great Gary Peacock, and in a collaboration further afield, Tepfer is teaming with young singer Yanet Valdes for sessions in Cuba with Bata drums.
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker”released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A brand new MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.
For nine years in Turtle Island Quartet, Mads spent most of his professional life on the road or in the recording studio. In ‘06 and ‘08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet Mads won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane.” Mads has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award.
In 2007 Mads Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album “Speed of Light.” The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. In it are some of the top Bay Area musicians, including Mike Abraham on guitar, George Ban-Weiss on bass and Eric Garland on drums.
Mads Tolling Quartet has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi’s San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Grass Valley Performance Arts, Blues Alley in Washington DC and Monterey Jazz Festival. MTQ will tour nationally and internationally in ’13-’14.
Mads grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue jazz studies. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. While still attending Berklee, the renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke’s band. Since then, Mads has performed more than one hundred concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and appears on Clarke’s album: “Toys of Men.”
Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his two most recent albums, Mads arranged one of his compositions for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra. Of his three prior recordings of original material, one features the legendary pianist JoAnne Brackeen. Mads has recorded with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, appears on RMB singer Teena Marie’s recording “La Dona” and on jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s “At Last.”He has additionally contributed numerous arrangements and compositions to Turtle Island Quartet’s repertoire. In 2014 Mads has been commissioned by Music Director, Michael Morgan to write a Violin Concerto for Oakland East Bay Symphony. Performance to take place in spring, 2015.
Mads has been a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. He has been active as a Yamaha clinician and has been involved in workshops, coachings and master classes throughout Canada and the U.S. Since 2010 Mads has been on faculty at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute mainly focusing on spreading the knowledge of jazz and groove
oriented styles to string players of all ages.
In his spare time Mads enjoys tennis, golfing and hiking. In 1999, together with his father, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Violinist Danbi Um has appeared as soloist with the Israel Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Herzliya Chamber Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and Dartmouth Symphony, and in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Perelman Theater at Kimmel Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kumho Arts Hall, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Bennett Gordon Hall of the Ravinia Festival, and for the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 National Auditions, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. With CMS, she has performed at the Saratoga Performance Arts Center, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theater, and St. Cecilia Music Center.
An avid chamber musician, she has made appearances at Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Prussia Cove, Caramoor, Moab, and North Shore Chamber Music Festival. She tours frequently with Musicians from Marlboro including a national tour, and has played with the Jupiter Chamber Players and Omega Ensemble. She received second prize in the Young Artists Division of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, and third prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. At age ten she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Her teachers include Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, and Hagai Shaham. She plays on a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.
Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. She has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and Ensemble Matheus. Sharon has played chamber music with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Claude Frank, James Levine, Peter Frankl, Joseph Silverstein, the St Lawrence Quartet and Amernet Quartet and appeared at festivals including Marlboro, Verbier, Curtis Summerfest, Scotia Festival and Prussia Cove.
Sharon co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada which won a CBC rising stars award. Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council. She has toured under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut.
Sharon was on the faculty at Yale and Stanford and is currently Assistant Professor of Viola at Western University. Sharon has created a course for performance majors in which students learn important off-stage initiatives such as networking, concert production, grant writing, website design, and managing finances.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has per- formed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.
Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.
Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.
Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and ﬁnalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. In all of these genres, he is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Franz Liszt and Beethoven and is a special champion for the music of modernist 20th century American composers.
His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the ﬁrst in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. He has also appeared with the San Francisco, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Grand Teton and San Luis Obispo Mozart festival orchestras, among many others. He enjoys regular and ongoing close associations with the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra in the United States.
Internationally recognized conductors with whom he has worked include Andrew Litton, Jerzy Semkow, Mark Wigglesworth, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Spivakov, Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jeffrey Kahane, James Judd, Roberto Minczuk, Stefan Sanderling, JoAnn Falletta, James Paul, and Carlos Kalmar.
Abroad, Wolfram has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Dublin), the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, the Warsaw, Moscow, and Budapest Philharmonics, the Capetown and Johannesberg symphonies of South Africa, L’Orchestre de Bretagne, and the National Symphony of Peru.
An enthusiastic supporter of new music, he has collaborated with and performed music by composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Kenneth Frazelle, Marc Andre Dalbavie, Kenji Bunch, and Paul Chihara. His world premiere performance of the Chihara re- orchestration of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs, was met with great critical attention and acclaim.
Wolfram has extensive experience in the recording studio. He has recorded three titles on the Naxos label in his series of Franz Liszt Opera Transcriptions and two other chamber music titles for Naxos with violinist Philippe Quint (music of Miklos Rosza and John Corigliano). Also for Naxos he has recorded the music of Earl Kim with piano and orchestra – the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland behind him. For the Albany label, he recorded the piano concertos of Edward Collins with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In print and other media Wolfram was the focus of a full chapter in Joseph Horowitz’s book, The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On television, he was a featured pianist in the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, William Wolfram resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
After beginning his musical studies at age three, Scott Yoo performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony at age twelve. He received first prize in the 1988 Josef Gingold International Violin Competition, the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, Mr. Yoo founded the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, conducting the ensemble in its series at Jordan Hall in Boston, and more than ninety performances on tour.
Scott Yoo has collaborated with eminent artists Sarah Chang, Edgar Meyer, Benita Valente, and Dawn Upshaw. He is currently Music Director and Principal Conductor of the 39-year old Festival Mozaic, which presents over 30 orchestral, choral and chamber music concerts and events each year on California’s Central Coast.
This year Yoo will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and will be touring Europe with the Britten Symphonia and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. He will continue his collaboration with Brad Mehldau at Disney Hall in January 2011, an event produced by the LA Philharmonic Society.
As a guest-conductor, Mr. Yoo has led the Colorado, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Utah Symphonies. He regularly conducts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and led their Elliott Carter Festival as well as numerous subscription series. He has conducted the New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the orchestras of Columbus, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kansas City, Louisville, Winnipeg, Mexico City, Nashville, and Phoenix. In Europe, he conducted the City of London Sinfonia, Orchestre de Bretagne, Odense Symphony and the Estonian National Symphony. He made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic in 2007 and his debut with Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo in 2009.
A proponent of the music of our time, Mr. Yoo has premiered 59 works by 30 composers. With Metamorphosen, Mr. Yoo has recorded Mark O’Connor’s American Seasons for Sony Classical; John Harbison’s chamber orchestra works with soprano Dawn Upshaw for Archetype, nominated for a 1999 National Public Radio Performance Today Award; and song cycles of Earl Kim with sopranos Benita Valente and Karol Bennett for New World, named a 2001 “Critics Choice” by the New York Times. His recent recording projects include complete orchestral works of Earl Kim with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland for Naxos and works of Mozart and Elliott Carter for Bridge Records.
Mr. Yoo studied violin with Roman Totenberg, Albert Markov, Paul Kantor and Dorothy DeLay, and conducting with Michael Gilbert and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
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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