2018 Artists

 
 
CLARINET
 
HORN
 
VIOLIN
 
 
CELLO
 
DOUBLE BASS
 
GUITAR
 
PERCUSSION
PIANO
 

Eliane Aberdam, composer

Eliane Aberdam was born in Nancy, France. As a child, she studied piano and theory at the Conservatoire National de Region in Grenoble.

She did her undergraduate studies in composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. In 1989, she entered the graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with George Crumb, and obtained her Master degree in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in Composition at U.C. Berkeley.

In 1998-1999, she taught composition, theory and Music technology at the University of Northern IOWA.

Her works are performed in Israel, France and the United States. She attended music festivals such as The Bartok Seminar in Hungary, June in Buffalo, the Summer Academie in Paris, and Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont (France). In 1995, she was selected by IRCAM for the Annual Course in electronic music, and for the commission of "PaRDeS", an electro-acoustic work for chamber ensemble and electronics.

In 2000, the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris) commissioned and premiered the chamber orchestra piece "Quoi? Ce point." (after Primo Levi's semi-autobiographic novel "Periodic Table". Her piece for band DOn't quIT, commissioned by the music department at George Washington University, was premiered in February 2002. In September 2003, her trio "Sans faiblir la nuit attend le soleil" was premiered in Grenoble by the trio ASSIEME, during the annual festival of jewish culture, organized by the Cercle Bernard Lazare - Grenoble.

She has recently completed an opera, Tamar, (libretto by Maurya Simon) premiered in March 2007).

She is now teaching composition and theory at the University of Rhode Island

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Efe Baltacigil, cello

Sponsored by Joanne and Ed Coombs

“[A] cellist of superb nuances and spontaneous musicality” (The Seattle Times).

Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. Recent highlights include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, performing Bottesini’s Duo Concertante alongside his brother Fora; performances of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Bilkent Symphony and the Seattle Symphony; and Brahms’ Double Concerto with violinist Juliette Kang and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

Baltacıgil performed a Brahms Sextet with Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman and Jessica Thompson at Carnegie Hall, and has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. He has also performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, has toured with the group Musicians from Marlboro, and is a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II.

Named String Player of the Year in Turkey in 2013, Baltacıgil has also received the Peter Jay Sharp Prize, the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, and first prizes in concerto competitions in Istanbul and New York, as well as in the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Schadt String Competition. He was the winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Baltacıgil started studying the violin at age 5 and changed to the cello at age 7. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mimar Sinan University Conservatory in Istanbul in 1998 and an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2002, where he studied with Peter Wiley and David Soyer. He was a recipient of the Curtis Institute’s Jacqueline du Pré Scholarship.

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Che-Hung Chen, viola

Che-Hung ChenSponsored by Patty Stout

Violist Che-Hung Chen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the spring of 2001, when he was hired by then-Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, becoming the first Taiwanese citizen ever to join the Orchestra. He has also served as acting associate principal viola under former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach. 

Mr. Chen was the first-prize winner at the Seventh Banff International String Quartet Competition as the founding member of the Daedalus Quartet; the Quartet was also awarded the Pièce de Concert prize for the best performance of a commissioned work and the Székely Prize for the best performance of a Beethoven quartet. A three-time, top-prize winner at the Taiwan National Instrumental Competition, Mr. Chen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with the legendary Joseph dePasquale. Mr. Chen has served as principal viola of the Curtis Symphony and recently appeared as guest principal viola with Japan’s Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Chen’s recording of Chiayu’s Twelve Signs for solo viola on the Naxos Label was praised in Gramophone magazine’s Awards 2015 issue for its ‘“mesmerizing intensity.’”

As a chamber musician, Mr. Chen was a participant at Marlboro Music, performing in its 50th anniversary concerts in Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and in several “Musicians from Marlboro” national tours. He performs annually at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island with his wife, pianist and Artistic Director Natalie Zhu, and has also participated in such festivals as Ravinia, Caramoor, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, and Music from Angel Fire. With Ms. Zhu, Philadelphia Orchestra colleague and First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and cellist Clancy Newman, he is a member of the Clarosa Piano Quartet, dedicated to exploring and enriching the piano quartet repertoire. Their debut performance earned praise from the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a combination of easy cohesion and unfettered, expressive freedom.” The Quartet made their debut for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in May 2016.

Mr. Chen serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He performs on a viola by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milan, Italy, c. 1756. He and Natalie resides in Narberth, PA, with their daughter, Clara.

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Emily Chen, violin

Emily Chen, graduate of the University of Rhode Island in music education and violin performance, is one of the founding members of La Bella Musica. Before attending URI, she played with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Ocean State Youth Orchestra, the All New England Orchestra, and was concertmaster of the RI All-State Orchestra throughout her high school career.  In 2001, she was an Emerson Electric Co. Scholar which enabled her to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Camp in Michigan tuition-free. As a member of the URI Undergraduate Honors String Quartet during her collegiate career, Emily traveled with the group in July of 2005 for the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence music festival in Forcalquier, France. Also in 2005, she was also awarded a plaque in “Excellence in the Artistic/Cultural” category by the URI Multicultural Center and was the second annual Kingston Chamber Music Festival Scholarship winner. Her most influential teachers were Laurette Vitello, whom she studied with for several years before studying with Ann Danis from 1999-2008. Alongside performing with La Bella Musica full time, Emily is currently the Artistic Director of the URI Summer Music Academy: String Camp, one of the conductors for the South Kingstown Summer Strings Orchestra, the strings teacher at the Narragansett Public Schools, a private teacher at the Moses Brown School, the RI Philharmonic Music School, as well as having a studio of her own, a member of the Chopin Club, the concertmaster of the Narragansett Bay Symphony and the South County Chamber Orchestra, a board member of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and is the music director for GEAR Production plays.

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Cathryn Cummings, horn

  

Cathryn Cummings is a dynamic musician who is passionate about bringing music and the arts to the public. She served for ten years in the United States Navy Music Program, during which she performed at hundreds of military ceremonies, including those for Presidents and international dignitaries. Public performances with the Navy Band include appearances with the Boston Pops, at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium, and on The Today Show.

A staunch advocate for new music, Cathryn is Principal Horn with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO), an organization dedicated to presenting new and non­standard repertoire for chamber orchestra and smaller ensembles. Some of HICO’s recent activities include commissions and performances of works by five Connecticut composers. Cathryn also serves as HICO’s Director of Development. Equally committed to standard orchestral repertoire, she has held the positions of Principal Horn and Second Horn with the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with numerous other regional orchestras including the Albany (NY), Greater Bridgeport, Hartford, Jacksonville, and New Bedford Symphonies.

Cathryn has performed as a soloist in Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and Connecticut. Her most recent solo appearances include performances of Lennox Berkeley’s Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano with HICO, Rheinhold Glière’s Horn Concerto with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Lake Jackson, Texas, and a lecture/recital focusing on transcriptions for the horn at The Hartt School.

As a dedicated music educator, Cathryn has maintained a private studio of middle school, high school, and adult amateur horn players for more than twenty years. In addition to URI, she is on the faculty of The Hartt School Community Division, where she teaches chamber music and serves as the Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music Coordinator.

Cathryn resides in Hartford, Connecticut with her husband, Eduardo, and their two adorable dogs.

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Zachary DePue, violin

DePueSponsored by 

Marjorie Jackson

Known for his virtuosic, high‐energy performances, violinist Zachary DePue successfully balances his roles as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, soloist, chamber musician, fiddler, community leader and mentor with passion and dedication.   

A rising star among both classical and crossover music fans, he was appointed concertmaster of the ISO in 2007 and became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country. He graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He earned a full‐tuition scholarship to Curtis and he also held the David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship. He served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to entering Curtis, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.

With an innate talent for improvisation and arranging, Mr. DePue found much of his inspiration from his three older brothers, all violinists and fiddlers. In 1985, the four classically‐trained brothers formed their own acclaimed group, which combines classical and bluegrass for an eclectic, fun concert experience. The group’s father is Wallace DePue, a composer and professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University.

Mr. DePue was a founding member of Time for Three, ISO’s first ever ensemble-in-residence, alongside his fell Curtis colleagues, violinist Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer. With its dynamic energy and unique mash-ups of bluegrass, jazz and classical music, Time for Three has reinvented the ISO’s Happy Hour Series and has introduced a new audiences to the symphony experience.

This season, Mr. DePue became a member of the 40th Class of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, a prestigious program that connects Indianapolis’ emerging leaders to the issues and needs of the community.

His violin was made by Ferdinand Gagliano of Naples, Italy, in 1757.

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Zachary Friedland, composer

Zachary Friedland’s symphonic band pieces have been performed and recorded by some of the finest ensembles on the eastern seaboard including The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, The Savannah River Wind Ensemble, and The American Band. Zach’s musical training began with piano lessons and a recital performance of “Tis a gift to be simple,” the Shaker song composed by Joseph Brackett. This performance, in a way, set the tone for his future work, as much of his composition and style has revolved around the theme of American music.

Zach attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music composition in 2013. Shortly after he moved on to pursue graduate studies at The Longy School of Music of Bard College, finishing his master’s degree in 2015.

During his time at URI Zach was an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity. In 2012, Zach made history when he was selected as the nation’s first recipient of Kappa Kappa Psi’s Francis W. McBeth Student Musicianship Award and authored an article for the organization’s national publication, The Podium. Recently, Zach returned to the 2016 Northeast District Convention to lead the All-District Reading Band in several works including his own “Mosaic” which was commissioned by the Marist College Chapter of the Fraternity. He was also a recipient of the Geoffery Gibbs Scholarship in Music Composition, the James Ladewig Scholarship in Music History, a Kappa Kappa Psi National AEA Scholarship, and a Richard Bureau Hope and Heritage Travel Grant.

Since 2013, Zach has been in charge of a summer project, The Rhode Island Recording Ensemble which he runs with fellow Rhode Island composer and band director Michael Konnerth. RIRE is a weekend festival held each June dedicated to its mission of promoting the art of new music, fostering the creation of music for the symphonic band genre, giving opportunity to young composers to learn and grow through practical experience and enriching the community of their profession through the collaborative recording experience.

Zach now spends most of the year in Columbus, Ohio where he is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at The Ohio State University, currently studying with Thomas Wells and conducting with Russel Mikkelson. Past composition teachers include John Howell Morrison, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Geoffery Gibbs, Eliane Aberdam, Dominique Schafer and Grammy nominated composer Joe Parillo. Zach has also studied conducting with Geoffrey McDonald, Gene Pollart, and Mark Conley.

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Noah Geller, violin

Sponsored by Pat and Gary Petersen

Violinist Noah Geller was recently appointed to the position of concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a post he will begin in September 2018. Until this point, Geller has been concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern since 2012. He has appeared frequently as soloist with the Symphony. He made his solo recording debut on the Kansas City Symphony’s most recent release with Reference Recordings featuring music by Saint-Säens. In addition to his activities at the Symphony, Geller is an enthusiastic music educator. Upon his arrival in Kansas City, he was appointed to the position of adjunct associate professor of violin at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Geller began his professional career in the first violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007 while still pursuing his master’s degree. He served as acting assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Geller also has performed as guest concertmaster with the Symphony Orchestras of Pittsburgh, Houston, and Beijing (China National Symphony). In addition to his large scale orchestral activities, Geller appears regularly with the dynamic and spirited conductor-less group, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).

An active chamber musician, Geller has performed at the Marlboro, Kingston, Saratoga, Heartland and Skaneateles festivals, and he has appeared on the Lyon and Healy (Chicago), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Lyric Chamber Music Society (New York) series, among others. He is an original member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the music of composers whose lives were adversely affected by the Holocaust. Geller has organized and presented concerts by Shir Ami for the Kansas City community, garnering remarkable support and enthusiasm.

Geller grew up in the Chicago area, studying privately with Jennifer Cappelli. He received his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Hyo Kang,
Donald Weilerstein and Cho-Liang Lin. Geller currently lives in Kansas City with his wife,
percussionist Mari Yoshinaga, and their dog, Monkey. He performs on a violin made by Andreas
Postacchini c. 1840.

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Ara Gregorian, violin

Known for his thrilling performances and musical creativity, violinist/violist Ara Gregorian made his New York recital debut in 1996 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall in 1997.  Since that time he has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians of his generation with performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in major metropolitan cities throughout the world including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Cleveland, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Helsinki.

Throughout his career, Gregorian has taken an active role as a performer and presenter of chamber music.  He is the founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, which will be celebrating its 19th Season in the year to come, and has appeared at festivals worldwide including the SpringLight (Finland), Storioni (Holland), Summer Solstice (Canada), Casals (Puerto Rico), Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong), Bard, Bravo! Vail Valley, Beethoven Institute, Santa Fe, Skaneateles, Music in the Vineyards, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Cactus Pear, Wintergreen, Mt. Desert, Madeline Island and Strings in the Mountains festivals.  He is currently a member of the Cooperstown Quartet, has performed as a member of Concertante and the Daedalus Quartet and has recorded for National Public Radio, New York’s WQXR radio station, and the Bridge and Kleos labels.

An active and committed teacher, Gregorian is the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Distinguished Professor in Music at East Carolina University where he has been on the violin/viola faculty since 1998.  He has taught at numerous summer festivals and seminars and has taken a leading role in creating opportunities for talented students and young professionals through the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Next Generation and Winter Workshop initiatives.

Gregorian received his bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joseph Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Robert Mann.  He performs on a Francesco Ruggeri violin from 1690 and a Grubaugh and Seifert viola from 2006.

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Hilary Hahn, violin

Sponsored by Peggy and Rob Leeson

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her dynamic approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite. Hahn's sixteen feature recordings have received every critical prize in the international press and have met with equal popular success. Her seventeenth album will be a retrospective collection that also contains new live material and art from her fans, in keeping with a decades-long tradition of collecting fan art at concerts.

Hahn’s distinct stylistic choices honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected. In the past two seasons in recital tours across the United States, Europe, and Japan, she premiered six new partitas for solo violin by composer Antón García Abril. The works were Hahn's first commissioning project for solo violin and her first commission of a set of works from a single composer. García Abril was also one of the composers for “In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores,” Hahn's multi-year commissioning project to revitalize the duo encore genre.

In 2017-18 Hahn returns to repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries, performing the Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, and first Prokofiev violin concertos, in addition to Bernstein's Serenade (after Plato's “Symposium”) for Bernstein's centennial season. As part of recent residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Seattle Symphony, and National Orchestra of Lyon, Hahn piloted free – and sometimes surprise – concerts for parents with their babies, as well as a knitting circle, a community dance workshop, a yoga class, and art students. She will continue to create these community-oriented concerts as the 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, encouraging music lovers to combine live performance with their interests outside the concert hall and providing opportunities for parents to enjoy live music with their infants. She also plays a free concert to promote a college membership program and participates in the Philadelphia Orchestra's ongoing educational activities.

Hahn is an avid writer, having posted journal entries for two decades on her website, hilaryhahn.com, and published articles in mainstream media. On her YouTube channel, youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos, she interviews colleagues about their experiences in music. Her violin case comments on life as a traveling companion, on Twitter and Instagram at @violincase. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine, and in 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Hahn was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has participated in a number of non-classical productions, collaborating on two records by the alt-rock band ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, and on the album Silfra with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka, which they entirely improvised following an intensive period of development.

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Juliette Kang, violin

Juliette Kang

Canadian violinist Juliette Kang serves as First Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Ms. Kang also performed for two seasons with the Boston Symphony as assistant concertmaster, and as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Kang’s solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, l’Orchestre National de France conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, and every major orchestra in Canada. Overseas she has also performed with the Czech Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony in Seoul.

She has given recitals in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Tokyo at Suntory Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, and in New York at the 92nd Street Y and the Frick Museum. As gold medalist of the 1994 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, she was presented at Carnegie Hall in a recital that was recorded live and released on the Samsung/Nices label.

Ms. Kang was a featured soloist in the 2012 Carnegie Hall performance with her hometown orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, and she made her Philadelphia Orchestra solo subscription debut performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Ms. Kang has been actively involved with chamber music since studying quartets at the Curtis Institute of Music with Felix Galimir. Festivals she has participated in include Bravo! Vail Valley, Bridgehampton, Kingston, Marlboro, Moab (Utah), Skaneateles (New York), and Spoleto. In New York she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Mostly Mozart Festival with her husband, cellist Thomas Kraines, and at the Bard Music Festival.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Jascha Brodsky, where she entered the school at age nine, she earned a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Robert Mann. She was a winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and she subsequently received first prize at the Menuhin Violin Competition of Paris in 1992.

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Jonathan Karoly, cello

KarolySponsored by Deborah Grossman-Garber and Jonathan Garber

Cellist Jonathan Karoly is a native of Chicago, where he began studying the cello at the age of three. He has been a prize-winning cellist, pianist, and composer from an early age. Following his studies in Chicago and New York, Karoly graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was a pupil of Ronald Leonard.

An avid chamber musician, Karoly has performed in many music festivals: Marlboro, Kingston, La Jolla Summerfest, Verbier, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, the International Laureates Chamber Music Festival, and Aspen, where he was a fellowship recipient. He has also been a frequent performer on Musicians from Marlboro tours across the country, and was invited to perform several concerts of chamber works with Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Karoly has appeared in live radio broadcasts of solo recitals and chamber music performances.

An accomplished competition winner, Karoly took grand prize in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition and first prize in the Chicago Cello Society Competition. He has performed concertos with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has been principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, among others. In 2009, Karoly was the featured performer and actor in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Symphonies for Youth program entitled The Spirit of the Cello, which told a fictional story about Karoly’s cello. These performances were repeated in 2016.

Karoly has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1997.

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David Kim, violin

Sponsored by Linda and Hays Rockwell

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2017-18 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during both subscription and summer seasons​; ​teaching/performance residencies at the Manhattan School of Music, Bob Jones University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; a solo performance on a soon-to-be-released CD with the Westminster Choir; as well as recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras in Korea and across the United States, including a Brahms Festival (complete Sonatas and Concerto) with the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim presents masterclasses at colleges, universities, and conservatories across the USA and Korea each season. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia, where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies. Additionally, Mr. Kim serves as Distinguished Artist at the ​Robert McDuffie Center for Strings ​at ​Mercer University ​in Macon, GA.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Brevard, Kingston, MasterWorks (USA), and Pacific (Japan). ​He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate. ​

​Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College​. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.

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Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Known for her musical sensitivity and deeply engaging performances that transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, violinist Hye-Jin Kim leads a versatile career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician since her First Prize win at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of nineteen and a subsequent win at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

Kim has performed as soloist with major orchestras worldwide including the Philadelphia, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, BBC Concert (UK), Seoul Philharmonic (Korea), Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), and Hannover Chamber (Germany) orchestras. She has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, the Kravis Center, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss, St. John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall in London. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she performed at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York and served as a cultural representative for Korea in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan through concerts and outreach engagements. A passionate chamber musician, Kim has appeared in notable chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Four Seasons, Music from Angel Fire, Music@Menlo, Seoul Spring, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards chamber music festivals and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. A dedicated teacher for the next generation of musicians, Kim is frequently presented in master classes throughout the U.S. and and teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she founded and directs the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hye-Jin Kim entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14 and earned her Masters degree at the New England Conservatory. Kim’s debut CD, From the Homeland, featuring works by Debussy, Smetana, Sibelius, and Janacek is available on CAG Records. Currently, Kim is Associate Professor of Violin at East Carolina University and a member of the Cooperstown Quartet.

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Stephen Kim, violin

Violinist Stephen Kim has received rave reviews from the critics. Following his performance at San Francisco’s Davies Hall when he was thirteen, the San Francisco Classical Voice proclaimed, “Stephen’s maturity of phrasing, not unlike Yehudi Menuhin’s, was the very soul of Romantic tastefulness.” Stephen has been commended for his abilities of “holding an audience spellbound” (Indiana Tribune-Star) and as “a fire-breathing, passionate communicator with his instrument” (The Aspen Times).

Stephen has been presented in many venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared as a soloist with the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana’s Carmel and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestras, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, and l’Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Italy, among many others. From December 2016 to January 2017, Stephen embarked on a nation-wide tour, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, as part of the all-Mozart Curtis on Tour in nine cities across the United States.

In the past season, Stephen was featured in the Stradivari Society recipient recital series, at the Verbier Festival Academy, as an artist-in-residence at the Hic et Nunc! festival in Korea, as well as with return performances in Japan, among others. In June, Stephen will perform at the Award Presentation Ceremony of Korea’s prestigious Ho-Am Prize.

Stephen has the singular distinction of being the first person in the history of the Aspen Music Festival to win all three of the violin competitions. He was the winner of the Festival’s 2014 Brahms Violin Concerto Competition, the youngest-ever recipient of the 2013 Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship, awarded to only one violinist of the Festival, at age 16, and the winner of the Festival’s 2011 AACA Mozart Violin Concerto Competition.

He has won major prizes at the 2014 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the 2015 Seoul International Violin Competition, the second prize at the 2016 Sendai International Violin Competition in Japan, and mostly recently the third prize at the 2018 Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.

Stephen studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Aaron Rosand. At Curtis, he was also a student of the late Joseph Silverstein.

Stephen currently plays the Guarnerius del Gesu violin, “ex-Moller” 1725, on generous loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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Priscilla Lee, cello

Sponsored by Kit Champlin

Priscilla Lee joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal cello at the start of the 2016-2017 season. A 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she began studying at age five and made her solo debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

A native of California, Priscilla studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and in 1998 went on to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with David Soyer.  In 2005, she received a master's degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy.

Ms. Lee has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, Delaware, St. Denis in Paris, Kingston, Lexington and Taos. She was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two for the 2006-2009 seasons.

She was a founding member of Trio Cavatina, a piano trio that won Grand Prize at the 2009 Naumburg International Competition. The trio made its debut at the New School and Merkin Hall's Rising Star Series, along with Boston’s famed Jordan Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Ms. Lee was the principal cellist of both Opera Philadelphia (from 2014-2016) and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (from 2015-2016). She resides in Newtown Square, Penn., with her husband, Burchard Tang (Philadelphia Orchestra violist) and their two daughters.

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Sydney Lee, cello

Sydney J. Lee, 21-year-old cellist from Oakland, NJ, began her cello studies with her mother at the age of six. At the age of eight, she was accepted into the Juilliard School’s Precollege Division where she studied with Minhye Clara Kim and Richard Aaron. At the age of 14, Ms. Lee made her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Hong in Heinz Hall. As the 1stplace winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Cello Concerto Competition in 2011, she was featured as a soloist with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. She also won 2nd place in the 2014 Lennox International Young Artists Competition. As a result of winning many competitions, Ms. Lee has appeared as a soloist with the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and Monmouth Symphony, the New Jersey Philharmonic, The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble 212. In 2014, Ms. Lee won 1st place in the 10th International Cello Competition ‘Antonio Janigro’ in Poreč, Croatia and subsequently made her debut with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra the following year. Ms. Lee is a 2015 National YoungArts finalist and participated in the National YoungArts Week in January 2015 in Miami, Florida. She was named a 2015 Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Ms. Lee was also the recipient of a Korean Honors Scholarship in 2015. 

In 2012, Ms. Lee was featured as a soloist on NPR’s "From the Top", a national radio broadcast performing at the Palladium Center of Performing Arts. She was also heard on Croatian TV Istra. In the summers, she has attended Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artist Program in Canada, the Aspen Music Festival as a Ruth Coates fellow, the Meadowmount School of Music, the MusicAlp Festival at the Academie Internationale de Courchevel, France, and the Sejong International Music Festival. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, she participated in the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, Canada on full scholarship and was awarded the Stewart Holland Memorial Award.

She has participated in masterclasses given by Jens Peter Maintz, Gary Hoffman, Maria Chaykovskaya, Colin Carr, Jian Wang, Desmond Hoebig, Andrés Diaz, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Irene Sharp, Kang Ho Lee, Laurence Lesser, Bonian Tian, and Clive Greensmith. 

Ms. Lee was the lead cellist of the Heartstrings Cello Ensemble from 2013-2015, a group dedicated to community service and supporting local as well as global missions. She is a founding member and the director of special events of the “Back to Bach Project,” a national initiative to inspire and encourage young school children to learn musical instruments and to instill a love of music in them.

Currently, Ms. Lee is at the Curtis Institute of Music for her undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. Ms. Lee is the Emily W. Sunstein Annual Fellow at Curtis. In the past, other influential teachers have been Julie Albers and Sophie Shao.  

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Jasmine Lin, violin

LinSponsored by Michelle and Chris Little

Jasmine Lin is a "magnificent player with superb tone and strong interpretive powers” and “a violinist of remarkable intensity,” maintain American Record Guide and Chicago Tribune.

As a member of Formosa Quartet and Trio Voce, faculty member at Roosevelt University and Music Institute of Chicago, Curtis Institute of Music alumna, confidante to a 1662 Cremonese violin, arranger of Grappelli tunes, prizewinner in the Naumburg and Paganini competitions, Grammy nominee, and recording artist on Con Brio, EMI, and New World Records, Jasmine likes to solicit magnificence and intensity while leaving raindrops on her nose un-wiped-off. Her biography contains precisely one hundred words.

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David Ludwig, composer

David Ludwig (http://www.davidludwigmusic.com/) is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare Magazine). In 2013, Ludwig’s choral work, “The New Colossus” was selected as the opening music for the private prayer service for the second inauguration of President Obama. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the “Top 100 Composers Under Forty” in the world.
 
This season’s highlights for Ludwig include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. Ludwig was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro “The Renaissance Band,” and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work will open the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Other current commissions include a piano trio for the Morgenstern Trio, and Moto Perpetuo for violinist Jennifer Koh for the New York Philharmonic’s second biennial.
Ludwig has received commissions and notable performances from many of the most recognized artists and ensembles of our time. In 2006, Ludwig conducted a tour of his Concertino, which was one of the top ten most frequently performed orchestra works by a living composer that year, according to the League of American Orchestras. In 2015, he wrote a violin concerto for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova.  The concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States and has now been played throughout the world.
 
An accomplished film composer, Ludwig recently scored Michael Almareyda's Cymbeline, which was produced by Academy-Award winning producer Anthony Katagas (Twelve Years a Slave). Variety magazine noted: "[the director] has stripped the play down to only the most essential dialogue, filling the remaining space with slick music..."
 
Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians. His grandfather was the pianist Rudolf Serkin and his great-grandfather, the violinist and composer Adolf Busch. His teachers included John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Richard Hoffmann, and Ned Rorem. Ludwig is chair of composition at Curtis Institute where he also serves as the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Theodore Mook, cello

Cellist Theodore Mook is a versatile performer, comfortable in avant-garde, classical, historical, and commercial styles. He has been an active proponent of new music, particularly microtonal music since 1980. After almost 30 years in New York City, he now makes his home in rural Rhode Island.

Mook has played new music at the Library of Congress, the American Academy in Rome, the venerable Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a veteran performer at the Bang on a Can Festival, and has appeared in MusikProtokoll im Steirischen Herbst in Graz, Austria, the International Festival Musique Actuelle in Canada, the New England Bach Festival in Marlboro, Vermont, the Bethlehem Music Festival, the USArts Festival in Berlin, the Synthesis International Festival for Contemporary Music in Skopje, Macedonia, the Tura New Music Festival in Australia, and the Bern Biennale. Recent concert appearances span the globe: Perth, Brisbane, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Porto, Brussels, Oldenburg, and Bremen. His extensive discography spans over 100 works, including a recent release on New World records performing the music of Annea Lockwood and Ezra Sims.

Mook is an enthusiastic performer on period instruments as well, and performed as a continuo cellist with New York’s Musica Sacra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, the Fairfield Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Long Island Early Music and for many years with the legendary Blanche Moyse at the Marlboro Festival.

Since the mid-1990s, he has developed a parallel career in computer technology, where he has worked in IT, programming for corporate clients, designed fonts for microtonal compositions, developed websites and worked as a music copyist and arranger.

At home in R.I., he teaches at the RI Philharmonic Music School, Bishop Hendricken High School, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with studio teaching in South County and Providence. He helps to convene concerts and string workshops at Narragansett’s historic Towers, with visiting artists Eugene Friesen, Gideon Freudmann, the Berklee World Strings, Schola Cantorum of Boston, the Bohemian Quartet and GUTS! (two baroque celli with harpsichord).

His upcoming work includes a new release on New World Records (cello music of Lois V. Vierk), producing recordings for the composer Eric Moe, a new commission for cello and ambient & electronic sound from the composer Annea Lockwood, performances of pieces by the iconic sound artist Alvin Lucier, the thoughtful Daniel Rothman, and J.S Bach, plus a series of chamber music concerts at Star Island, in the Isle of Shoals.

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 Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Sponsored by Sue and Ken Kermes

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21, under the direction of James Levine. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.  

Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra he soloed under the baton of Mr. Levine in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 with Charles Dutoit and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with Mr. Levine at the piano; at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival; on NBC’s The Today Show; and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and master classes, which have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In addition, he currently serves on the faculties of Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mr. Morales’s performances have been met with critical acclaim. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his appointment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, stating that “… in fact, may represent the most salutary personnel event of the orchestra’s last decade.” He was praised by the New York Times as having “ … fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.” Mr. Morales was also singled out in the New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, describing his playing as “exquisite” and declaring that he “deserved a place onstage during curtain calls.”

Mr. Morales’s debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. His recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. Mr. Morales has joined forces with internationally recognized master acoustician and instrument maker Morrie Backun to create MoBa, a company of top-of-the line clarinets and clarinet accessories, including mouthpieces, bells, and barrels.

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Jane Murray, oboe

Jane Murray holds the solo English horn chair with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 1978.  Her many solos have been hailed in the press as "elegant, haunting, wistful, beguiling, spellbinding and scrumptious"!

Long a champion of oboe d'amore and English horn, she has premiered several new works for the "deeper oboes", and was recipient in 2012 of a RI State Council  for the Arts Grant for a series of concerts of music for English horn and organ performed in several of the area’s magnificent churches.

She also is an accomplished oboist, and performs regularly with several New England  area orchestras and choruses, in the pit for Broadway tours, with the Hilltop Trio, and with the  wind quintet Northeast Chamber Ensemble, who were the recipients of a Continental Harmony Grant from the NEA, resulting in a series of concerts in  collaboration with Gospel choirs on both coasts.

She is a devoted pedagogue, training oboists of all ages, and is on the faculty of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, St Georges School, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island, where she  teaches Oboe and Pedagogy. She has served on the faculty of the Vermont Youth Orchestras Summer program, and was the artistic director of the Northeast Quintet Camp.

She has  performed as soloist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, Fall River Symphony and “Concerts on the Island" Chamber Orchestras, and  was the featured oboist at the Newport Music Festival from 1993-2003. She also appeared at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in 1995, 2008, and 2018, and at Vermont's Reveille Festival  from 2011-2014. She will premiere a new Oboe Concerto written for her by Geoffrey Gibbs during the 2018-2019 season.

She has performed much of  the solo repertoire for English horn and orchestra  including Copland's Quiet City (with trumpet virtuoso Rolf Smedvig), Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela, Reicha's Recitative and Rondo, Vaughn Williams' Folksong Variations and Donizetti's Concertino, as well as  Bach's Concerto for Oboe D'amore and Orchestra.

Since 2004, she has been a licensed Andover Educator, teaching Body Mapping for musicians: a somatic awareness curriculum which can help musicians of all ages retrain their movement to allow them to play without pain and avoid injury.   In addition to giving individual sessions in her home studio, she is in demand as a clinician and has presented classes and workshops at UMass Amherst, SUNY Purchase, Providence College, Boston Woodwind Society, and for the International Double Reed Society 2016 Conference in Columbus, GA. She teaches  the course for music majors at Rhode Island College and URI.

She shares a 3 acre spread in  Jamestown, Rhode Island with her husband,

wood artist Doug Brill, and their 2 dogs and 1  cat

 

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Clancy Newman, cello

Sponsored by Susan Hammen-Winn

Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. From Albany, NY, he began playing cello at the age of six, and at twelve he received his first significant public recognition when he won a Gold Medal at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against contestants twice his age. In the years that followed, he won numerous other competitions, including the Juilliard School Cello Competition and the Astral Artists National Auditions.

He has performed as soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. He can often be heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and has been featured on A&E’s “Breakfast With the Arts”. A sought after chamber musician, he is a member of the Clarosa piano quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman trio. He has also toured as a member of “Musicians from Marlboro”.
He developed an interest in composition at an early age, writing his first piece at seven. Since then, he has greatly expanded the cello repertoire, including pieces for solo cello, cello ensemble, cello and piano, and his Four Seasons of Life for cello and string orchestra. His wildly successful "Pop-Unpopped" project, in which he writes solo cello caprices based on pop songs, has been ongoing since 2014 and has led to an exploration of cello techniques heretofore unimagined, gaining over fifty thousand views on youtube. He has also written numerous chamber music works, and has been a featured composer on series by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. His piano trio, Juxt-Opposition, is available on Bridge Records.

Mr. Newman is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia. His teachers have included David Gibson, Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro.

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Ayano Ninomiya, violin

Praised by The New York Times as "deeply communicative and engrossing," violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools. Winner of numerous prizes including the Walter Naumburg International Competition,  Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, Young Performers Career Advancement, and Lili Boulanger awards, Ayano has performed with orchestras across the U.S., Switzerland, Bulgaria, and most recently in Carnegie Hall. She has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Moab, Bowdoin, Kingston, Adams (New Zealand), Canberra International (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England) festivals, among others.  She has been featured on Musicians from Marlboro Festival tours in the U.S. and France, and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 at the University of Tokyo. She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet and was Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until 2015 after which she joined the violin faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. As a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest, Hungary, at the Liszt Academy after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. Because of her own experience beginning the violin in a public school program in Boston, Ayano has given numerous programs for children. In her spare time, she loves to paint and practice Aikido.

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Amy Oshiro, violin

Amy Oshiro-Morales joined The Philadelphia Orchestra’s second violin section in January 2008; she was previously assistant concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony. She also previously held the associate concertmaster chair of the Colorado Symphony and was assistant concertmaster of the Grant Park (IL) Orchestra. She has also performed as a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic.

Ms. Oshiro-Morales made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 12 and has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and others. She has collaborated with such artists as Vadim Repin, Alban Gerhardt, Jason Vieaux, and Gil Shaham.  

Ms. Oshiro-Morales began violin studies when she was three years old. She studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the Dean’s Talent Award scholarship. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Robert Mann, the founder and former first violinist of the Juilliard Quartet.

In the summers Ms. Oshiro-Morales has been a guest artist at the Sun Valley Summer (ID) Symphony, the Cactus Pear Music Festival (TX), the Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), the National Orchestral Institute (MD), and the Innsbrook Institute (MO), among others.

Aside from music Ms. Oshiro-Morales enjoys hiking and running and has completed the Chicago Marathon and the New York City Marathon.  

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Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe

Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. She is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Hilltop Oboe Trio and is the Oboe/English horn instructor at Rhode Island College.  Denise has been oboist for the Mechanics Hall kids concert series since it’s inception in 1994. As English Horn Soloist with the Star Wars in Concert Orchestra, Denise has toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Orchestral work has included The Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela, where she performed in many Venezuelan cities and Islands in the Caribbean.  She free-lances throughout New England at venues including the Xfinity Center, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos, the Cape Cod Melody Tent, and Boston TD Garden. Denise also performs with the Portland, ME Symphony, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and orchestra, Chorus of Westerly, and Providence Singers.  She has performed with the Hartford Symphony, Plymouth and Cape Cod Symphonies, the United States Coast Guard Band and at the Newport Music Festival.

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Eliot Porter, double bass

Has performed concerts as principal and section bass in many area orchestras: Rhode Island Philharmonic, Worcester Orchestra,Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, Providence Opera Theatre Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Great Woods Festival Orchestra, ProArte Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Opera Rhode Island, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Providence New Music Ensemble, RI Festival Ballet,
PORTOpera, Boston Ballet, Opera Company of Boston.

Has appeared as soloist with orchestra in the Koussevitsky, VanHal and
Bottesini concertos. As a freelancer, has accompanied artists ranging from Pavarotti to Brian Wilson
to YES to Peter Gabriel. Has played in many pit orchestras for musical theater, locally and on
international tour with shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cabaret, Sound of
Music and West Side Story.

As a rhythm section player, on the string bass and electric bass, has
accompanied many artists including Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Joel
Grey, Helen Reddy, Rita Moreno, Patti Lupone, Charlotte Church and
Bernadette Peters;

Chamber music appearances include Newport, Bowdoin, Kinston and New Hampshire Music Festivals.

Attended the University of Michigan, Boston University (B.A.) and Brown
University(A.M.)

Has taught bass students at the Music School (founding faculty), the Wheeler
School, Brown University, Rhode Island College, St. George’s School, UMass
Dartmouth, Community College of RI, University of RI and Providence College; in addition to maintaining his own studio.

2 sons, Samuel and Elijah.

Enjoys hiking, running, cycling  swimming, sailing. Completed NH 4000 footers, most in winter; qualified for and finished Boston Marathon.
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Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

 

Sponsored by Eve and Marty Sadd

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa.  The trio has performed across the United States, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and records for Bridge Records. For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world.  Mr. Ramakrishnan is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor, at Bargemusic, with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at the Aspen, Bard, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Kingston, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals.  He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt.

Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York.  His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School.  His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He lives in New York City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon, and their young son.  He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.

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Melissa Reardon, viola

Sponsored by Eve and Marty Sadd

Melissa Reardon is the violist in the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions, as well the Tourjee Award in 2002. Solo engagements have included performances at the Stevens Center, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall. She has performed as a soloist with Camerata Notturna and the Boston Symphony. In 2006, she was chosen as one of four violists internationally to participate in “Chamber Music Connects the World,” in Kronberg, Germany, alongside Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet.

Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and is a sought-after collaborative musician. She has performed with the Miami, Miro, Daedalus, and Borromeo Quartets, and with members of the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Shanghai Quartets, and the Beaux Arts Trio. Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States, Europe, India, and Korea. She has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro.

Melissa holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Kim Kashkashian, Michael Tree, Joseph dePasquale, Karen Tuttle, Samuel Rhodes, and Hsin-Yun Huang, in addition to early chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner. Melissa held the position of Associate Professor of Viola at East Carolina University From 2006-2013. She is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.

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 Harold Robinson, double bass

Sponsored by Patricia Moore and Guy Geffroy

Harold Robinson joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal bass in September 1995.  He previously served as principal bass with the National Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995, and he also served as assistant principal bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra (1977-1985) and principal bass of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1975-1977, then known as the Albuquerque Symphony).

A prizewinner at the 1982 Isle of Man Solo Competition, Mr. Robinson has performed concertos with the Houston Symphony and Houston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Greenville (South Carolina) Orchestra.

A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Robinson studied at Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.  He is currently the bass instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music and has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, and Europe.

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Ronaldo Rolim, piano

Sponsored by Sophie Lewis

With “a special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte), Brazilian pianist RONALDO ROLIM is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review) and “mastery of phrasing, agogic accents, and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung), he has performed extensively over four continents, and in such venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He is a winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions.

​In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Rolim is featured in a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, with performances of the composer’s complete Goyescas at various venues in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil. Recent guest soloist performances include Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Debussy’s Fantaisie with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil, and a German tour of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with Ukraine’s Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. He has captured top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, Teresa Carreño, and the prestigious Concours Géza Anda in Zurich. A passionate advocate of chamber music, Mr. Rolim is the founding member of Trio Appassionata, formed in 2007 with violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios. Some of the ensemble’s most recent projects include tours of Brazil and China, and the release of its debut album gone into night are all the eyes, for Odradek Records. Featuring piano trios by American composers, Gramophone said the disc “deserves automatic respect”, presenting “music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff” (International Record Review). Mr. Rolim greatly enjoys working with diverse chamber musicians, and has performed with the Jasper, Aizuri and São Paulo string quartets, and members of Ensemble Connect, the Baltimore Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and Bronx Arts Ensemble.

​Mr. Rolim has performed with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many of Brazil’s foremost ensembles. A frequent presence at international music festivals, he has been featured in solo recitals and chamber music performances at Ravinia, Folle Journée, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Musikdorf Ernen, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, and the Lake George Music Festival.

Mr. Rolim’s performances have been featured in radio broadcasts in Brazil (Radios MEC and Cultura), the U.S. (Spokane Public Radio and WBJC Baltimore), and Europe (Radios SWR 2, BBC 3, Rai 3, and France Musique). He has also been featured in several television programs in his home country, including Brasil Piano Solo, a series of recitals dedicated exclusively to Brazilian music, presented by the TV Cultura Channel. He has also participated in the documentary Magda Tagliaferro: A World Inside The Piano, in which he performed music of Scriabin.

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Carl Schimmel, composer

Praised by The New York Times as “vivid and dramatic,” the music of composer Carl Schimmel is dense with literary and musical references, often humorous, and combines intensity of expression with a structural rigor which is influenced in part by his mathematics background.  In weaving his musical narratives from poetry, art, and even unusual words, he strives to construct emotional and culturally complex sound worlds that excite the listener’s imagination.

 

Winner of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Columbia University’s Joseph Bearns Prize, the Lee Ettelson Award, and the 2017 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Schimmel has received honors and awards from many organizations, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, New Music USA, and ASCAP.  His works have been performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and at other venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has received performances and commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, California EAR Unit, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, North/South Consonance, Quintet Attacca, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, and many others.  A graduate of Duke University (Ph.D.), the Yale School of Music (M.M.), and Case Western Reserve University (B.A. Mathematics and Music), he is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

 

Carl was raised in Wakefield, Rhode Island, where he attended South Kingstown public schools and graduated valedictorian of South Kingstown High School in 1993.  He took lessons at the University of Rhode Island (piano with Dr. Donald Rankin, and composition with Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs), and was active statewide in scholastic and musical activities, being a member of the Rhode Island state math team, a violinist in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and winner of the Rhode Island state spelling bee in sixth grade.  His other accomplishments in South County include making Awful Awfuls at Newport Creamery and delivering for Tony’s Pizza during the summers of the late 1990s.

 

Please visit www.carlschimmel.com

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James Austin Smith, oboe

Sponsored by Betsy Marcotte and Lloyd Feinberg

Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker), oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world.  Mr. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble and the Poulenc Trio as well as co-Artistic Director of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the oboe and chamber music faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music and is co-Artistic Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco.

Mr. Smith’s festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Spoleto USA; he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Parker, Rolston and Orion string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode and Kairos labels.  His debut solo recording "Distance" was released in early 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label. Mr. Smith received his Master of Music degree in 2008 from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” and is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education.  Mr. Smith’s principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli and Ray Still. The son of musician parents and eldest of four boys, Mr. Smith was born in New York and raised in Connecticut.

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 Mimi Stillman, flute

Sponsored by Colleen Holloran and Shaughn Robinson

Flutist Mimi Stillman, acclaimed by The New York Times as “not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar whose programs tend to activate ear, heart, and brain”, is renowned for her virtuosity, insightful interpretation, and adventurous programming. As soloist, she has appeared with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Orchestra 2001, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Sawdust, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Symphony Space, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, The Kimmel Center, The Verbier Festival, and Kol HaMusica. Ms. Stillman is the founding Artistic Director of the popular Dolce Suono Ensemble, “one of the most dynamic groups in the US” (The Huffington Post), performing Baroque to new music with 53 world premieres in 13 seasons in Philadelphia and on tour. At the invitation of Plácido Domingo, Ms. Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble enjoy a partnership with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

A wide-ranging and innovative artist, Ms. Stillman celebrates the canon while deeply exploring new music and Latin genres.  She is highly regarded for expanding the repertoire through her commissions, arrangements, and compositions. She can be heard on several recordings including Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano and Freedom, both with her longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic, and American Canvas performed by her Dolce Suono Trio (Innova). Her Syrinx Journey project, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary, garnered an international following.

Mimi Stillman made the leap from child prodigy to inimitable artist. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner and earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She received a MA and PhD (abd) in History at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history.

Mimi Stillman has won numerous competitions and awards including Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Bärenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds, Astral Artists Auditions, and the Philadelphia Women in the Arts Award. A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, strongly committed to excellence in education, she has taught masterclasses at institutions including the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, Southern Methodist University, Indiana University, the universities of Texas, California, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona, and at conservatories worldwide. A Spanish-speaker, Ms. Stillman won the Knight Foundation grant for her Música en tus Manos (Music in Your Hands) project to introduce chamber music to the Latino community of Philadelphia. She is on faculty at Temple University, Curtis Summerfest, and Music for All National Festival. www.mimistillman.com.
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Burchard Tang, viola

Sponsored by Tina and Steve Letcher

Burchard Tang began his musical studies on the violin at the age of three and, at 16, switched to viola, studying with Choong-Jin Chang, principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He continued his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Upon graduation, he was appointed to the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Tang has appeared at many of the country’s top festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Seattle, Kingston and Caramoor. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, and the Brandenburg Ensemble.

As the winner of the 1992 Albert M. Greenfield student competition, Mr. Tang appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Temple University Orchestra, where he presently is on the faculty, teaching viola and chamber music.

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Jaime Thorne, horn

Jaime Thorne, Adjunct Assistant Professor of French horn at Connecticut College, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, a Master's degree and a Performer's Certificate at the Pennsylvania State University.

After her time in Pennsylvania she earned an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Thorne was an active performer in Ohio, having participated in concerts with the Canton Symphony as well as the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, City Music Cleveland and the Akron Symphony in Ohio. After her appointment to the United States Coast Guard Band in 2006, her performance career shifted to New England. Since then she has performed with many orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, Clarion Early Music Society, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Wallingford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and recently accepted the third horn position in the Waterbury Symphony as well as Principal horn with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.

As a featured soloist, Jaime has performed with the United States Coast Guard Band, Warwick Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, International Horn Society, Seven Hills Symphony, and the Pennsylvania State University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Connecticut Woodwind Quintet, based in New London, CT.

Miss Thorne is the Rhode Island and Connecticut state representative for the International Horn Society. In addition, she was invited to be a guest soloist at the International Symposium performing in Memphis, Tennessee in 2013; London, England in 2014; and Ithaca, New York in 2016. Thorne's passion for orchestral and chamber performance is only exceeded by her skills as a music educator. She has spoken at several state music education conventions and travels the United States as an educator and soloist.

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Gigi Turgeon, violin

Guiomar Turgeon received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University, and performs regularly with many Boston ensembles. She holds a tenured position withBoston Baroque and theHandel & Haydn Society and has toured Europe with both groups. Ms. Turgeon is a third generation musician who began her career at the age of three. She hasworked in orchestrasunder the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Hogwood, Seiji Ozawa and John Williams, and performed at Tanglewood, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and forPope John Paul II. She currentlycoaches chamber music for the Harvard University Chamber Music Society at Mather House and is the artist-in-residence at Hill Crest Academy in Norton, MA.

 

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Reiko Uchida, piano

Sponsored by Brenda and Harold Bibb

Pianist Reiko Uchida enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing regularly throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. The New York Times has described her playing as “refined and exquisite.”  Ms. Uchida has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony, among others. A passionate chamber musician, she is a member of Camera Lucida and the ARK Trio. She is a past member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, as well as with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. She has collaborated with many of the leading artists of today including Jaime Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, Oslo Vänskä, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. She has performed as guest artist with the American Chamber Players, and the Borromeo, Talich, Formosa, Daedalus, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. She has partnered in recital with Jennifer Koh, Jessica Lee, Thomas Meglioranza, Anne Akiko Meyers, Anthony McGill, David Shifrin, and Sharon Robinson. "String Poetic,” her recording with Jennifer Koh, was nominated for a Grammy Award. A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School, Ms. Uchida studied with Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Edward Aldwell, Sophia Rosoff, and Margo Garrett. She has taught at the Brevard Music Center, and is currently a Music Associate at Columbia University.

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Jason Vieaux, guitar

Sponsored by Kathleen and Peter Hahn

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and he was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. Recent highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York's 92Y, Ravinia Festival, and many other distinguished series.

A first-rate chamber musician and programmer, he frequently collaborates with artists such as the Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro, and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. He has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras and his passion for new music has fostered premieres by Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, David Ludwig, José Luis Merlin, and more.

Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. Vieaux has upcoming releases on Azica, BIS, and Naxos, and recent recordings include Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. Jason Vieaux plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.

For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.

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Kensho Watanabe, conductor

Sponsored by Meera Viswanathan and Eric Widner 

Kensho Watanabe has been assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the 2016-17 season and was the inaugural conducting fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music from 2013 to 2015, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In April 2017 he came to worldwide attention when he stepped in at the last minute for an indisposed Nézet-Séguin to make his critically acclaimed debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra and pianist Daniil Trifonov. His 2017-18 season with the Orchestra includes the annual Free College Concert with violinist Hilary Hahn, a Family Concert, and numerous School Concerts.

Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Watanabe has led numerous operas with the Curtis Opera Theatre, most recently Puccini’s La rondine in 2017 and Puccini’s La bohème in 2015. Additionally he served as assistant conductor to Mr. Nézet-Séguin on a new production of Strauss’s Elektra at Montreal Opera. Mr. Watanabe’s future performances include re-engagements with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the San Diego Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony.

An accomplished violinist, Mr. Watanabe received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and served as a substitute violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2012 to 2016. Cognizant of the importance of the training and development of young musicians, he has served on the staff of the Greenwood Music Camp since 2007, currently serving as the Orchestra conductor.

Mr. Watanabe is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with distinguished conducting pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. Additionally he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale College, where he studied molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.

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Peter Weitzner, double bass

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weitzner is currently the curator and host of the BPL Chamber Players in residence at the Central branch (Grand Army Plaza) of the Brooklyn Public Library. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orion, Enso and Daedalus Quartets, Trio Solisti, New York Chamber Ensemble, Yale at Norfolk, Kingston (RI) and Cooperstown Chamber Music Festivals, New York Philomusica, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Berkshire Bach Society.

He has also performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons as well as Merce Cunningham's 80th birthday celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in the New York premiere of Biped. He also participated in a performance at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) with the re-emerging Alice Coltrane shortly before her passing. For ten years Mr. Weitzner toured the world as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to become a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an arts education advocacy group comprised of arts related non-profits, musicians and educators.

His work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Albany, Pro Gloria Musicae, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Grenadilla, Berkshire Bach Society and NY Philomusica record labels. He has also produced recordings of the Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Society and the critically acclaimed complete flute music of J.S. Bach with flutist Susan Rotholz and Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, released by Bridge Records. His most recent collaboration as producer is a CD of American flute music with Susan Rotholz and pianist, Margaret Kampmeier, also available on Bridge Records. He is also a frequent contributor of concert recordings to NPR's Perfomance Today, hosted by Fred Child.

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 Mari Yoshinaga, percussion

Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga performs actively as a member of arx duo, a contemporary music ensemble she formed with percussionist Garrett Arney. Their recent performances together include Dominic Murcott’s The Harmonic Canon at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, as well as performances and master classes across the country.

arx duo is in residence at the Artosphere Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and they serve on the faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mari is also a member of The Robert van Sice Percussion Collective. In it’s inaugural season, The Percussion Collective is enjoying a busy performing schedule across the country, premiering a large scale percussion sextet with film by Garth Neustadter, and a percussion group concerto by Christopher Theofanidis, scheduled for premier in 2019.

Mari has had the privilege of working with a number of composers on new works. Currently, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne is writing a double percussion concerto for arx duo and the Yale Concert Band. Mari recently commissioned and video recorded Table Talk by Alyssa Weinberg, available for viewing courtesy of Vic Firth on Youtube. arx duo is currently working on a new commission called Kalavinka Duos by James Wood for premier this Fall. Mari’s recording work includes Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion by Paul Lansky with guitarist David Starobin (Bridge Records), Cloud Polyphonies by James Wood (NMC Recordings), and The Harmonic Canon by Dominic Murcott will be released from the Nonclassical label in 2019.

Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an early age, she began studying piano at age three, marimba at age five, euphonium at ten, cello at eleven, and percussion at twelve. She moved to the United States when she was twenty years old to attend The Curtis Institute of Music where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and later she earned her master’s degree at Yale School of Music. With gratitude, she proudly endorses Adams instruments, Evans drumheads, Pearl drums, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

For more information, please visit www.arxduo.com

 

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 Natalie Zhu, piano 

Sponsored by Rosalyn Sinclair

The recipient of both 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, pianist Natalie Zhu is a winner of Astral Artistic Services' 1998 National Auditions. The Philadelphia Inquirer heralded Astral's recent presentation of Ms. Zhu in recital as a display of "emotional and pianistic pyrotechnics." The recital was later broadcast on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

Ms. Zhu has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed in the United States with the Pacific Symphony, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Astral Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and with the Colorado Philharmonic National Repertory Orchestra. Ms. Zhu made her European debut in 1994 at the Festival de Sully et d'Orleans in France, and has toured in Austria, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France and Turkey.

She collaborated with renowned violinist Hilary Hahn, stepping in for pianist Garrick Ohlsson in several performances of Ms. Hahn's October 2000 U.S. tour. Subsequently, Ms. Zhu and Ms. Hahn have maintained a partnership to this day with tours of the U.S., Europe, and Japan, including a hugely successful Carnegie Hall recital debut. The duo recorded the Mozart Sonatas for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Natalie Zhu has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the grand prize in the both the 1988 and 1989 Young Keyboard Artists Association Competition. She was the first prize winner in the Johanna Hodges Piano Concerto Competition in 1988 and 1991, having also received its 1991 Concert Series Award. In 1994, she was the top prize winner in the first China International Piano Competition. An active chamber musician, she is a frequent soloist at the Amelia Island Festival and has appeared at both the Great Lake Music and Marlboro Music festivals. In the year 2000 she was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Ms. Zhu began her piano studies with Xiao-Cheng Liu at the age of 6 in her native China and made her first public appearance at age nine in Beijing. At age 11 she immigrated with her family to Los Angeles, and by 15 was enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received the prestigious Rachmaninoff Award and studied with Gary Graffman. In 2001 she joined the Curtis faculty as staff pianist. She received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Claude Frank.

For further information, go to www.nataliezhu.com.

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