Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American flutist Emi Ferguson is a performer who stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day instrumentalists. Emi’s can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as well as at home in New York City. She is passionate about developing new music for the flute and has premiered works by Wayne Oquin, Kendall Briggs, Elliott Carter and even CPE Bach. Emi has been a featured performer at the Marlboro Music and Lucerne Festivals, June in Buffalo, Twickenham Fest, and Chamberfest Dubuque, and has performed and taught with Juilliard Global in Brazil, PianoSonoma in California, Juilliard Baroque in Germany, and Les Arts Florissants in France.
As a baroque flutist, Emi is a frequent guest artist with period ensembles including Tafelmusik, the American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Juilliard 415 and has performed alongside William Christie and Les Arts Florrisants, and with Christophe Hammer, Massaki Suzuki, Christopher Hogwood, and Nicholas McGegan.
Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers have been Carol Wincenc, Sandra Miller, Robert Langevin, and Judy Grant.
Mary Lynch joined The Cleveland Orchestra as second oboe in August 2012. Born in Washington D.C., Mary completed her master of music degree at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with John Ferrillo. She is also a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a student of Daniel Stolper. Mary was principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. While a student in Boston, she performed as co-principal oboe of the Discovery Ensemble (2008-10) and as a frequent substitute with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent summers, she has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mary was the soloist in the premiere of Benjamin Pesetsky’s Oboe Concerto, which took place in Boston in 2009. She also performed as soloist with the Borromeo String Quartet as a winner of their 2009 Guest Artist Award. In 2010, the Boston Woodwind Society selected her as winner of the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Award. Mary was a Morse Fellow at the Juilliard School, and earlier was awarded a Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship from the New England Conservatory as a member of the woodwind quintet Sirocco Winds. With Sirocco, she presented educational concerts sponsored by the Virginia Arts Festival, Rockport Chamber Music, and Concord Chamber Music Society.
Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in February 2007, in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and most recently collaborated with the Orchestra playing Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto in September 2013. Frank served as principal oboe of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera from 2002-05. He has also served as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Frank holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe John Mack, and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. An avid chamber musician, Frank has spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. As a teacher, Frank holds the position of head of the oboe department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, teaches at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and is in demand as a guest artist and masterclass clinician in schools all over the world.
Paul R. Demers was appointed bass clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in March 2006. Previously Mr. Demers performed as bass clarinetist with the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. He was also a regular substitute bass clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997 Mr. Demers won a position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure with the Marine Band, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and E-flat clarinetist as well as a section clarinetist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Demers has performed at the Saratoga and Kingston chamber music festivals, and with Dolce Suono and Network for New Music in Philadelphia. He serves on the faculty of Temple University. Born in Westbrook, Maine, Mr. Demers started playing clarinet at age 10 and began private lessons at age 14. He continued his studies with Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, and a Performance Certificate.
A native of Moncofa (Valencia, Spain) Jose Franch-Ballester, is one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. In 2008 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2007 he was selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with Emmanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman, and was one of the year's "most prominent emerging soloists", as selected by the American Symphony League Magazine.
He has played with such outstanding artists as Charles Wadsworth, Arnold Steinhardt, Warren Jones, Ida Kavafian, Frederica von Stade and David Shifrin, the Saint Lawrence and Jupiter String Quartets, and as a soloist with such orchestras as Orquesta de la Radiotelevisión Española, I Musici of Montréal and Orchestra of Saint Luke's (New York), City of London Sinfonia. He is a founding member of Nuevo Tango Zinger Septet (Valencia), performing and recording the music of Latin America throughout Spain, and a frequent artist with the International Music Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
He has commissioned new music and worked with contemporary composers such as Kenji Bunch, Paul Schonfield, Edgar Meyer, William Bolcom, George Tsontakis, John B. Hedges, David Schiff, Jake Heggie and Kevin Puts and has been a dedicated music educator, developing new audiences by playing countless educational concerts and workshops for young people and community audiences.
He graduated in 2000 from the Conservatorio Superior Musica Joaquín Rodrigo and then he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Donald Montanaro. He is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2, and is both a Young Concert Artist and an Astral Artist.
Praised as “…extraordinary...” and “…a formidable clarinetist...” by the New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Romie performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo and at the Banff Center for the Arts. She is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was awarded the First Prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition; she was also a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Award.
An avid chamber musician, Romie joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92 Y Street, and Chamber Music Northwest among many others. She has performed as Principal Clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She has completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and is currently Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair University.
Hailed as "an extraordinary clarinetist" by the New York Times, "elastic, exacting, stupendous” by the LA Times and "clarinet genius" by Time Out NY, Dublin born clarinetist, Carol McGonnell, is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti.
Carol has appeared at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series, has performed as soloist in both John Adam's "In Your Ear Festival" at Carnegie and in LA's "Monday Evening Concerts," curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, St. Paul's Chamber Orchestra, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Decoda and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, and involving Museums such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, J.P. Getty in LA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Carol is on faculty at Sonoma State University and the Aaron Copland School of Music of CUNY. She is an alumna of the Carnegie/ Juilliard Academy.
Daniel Matsukawa has been principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, he moved with his family to New York City at age three and began studying the bassoon at age 13. He was a scholarship student of the pre-college division of both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Goltzer and Alan Futterman. Daniel went on to study at Juilliard for two years before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Bernard Garfield.
Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Daniel was principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony. Daniel also conducts regularly in Japan, including at the Pacific Music Festival since 2009. He has studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller, who was the head of the Conducting Department at the Curtis Institute of Music. Daniel is a regular member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University.
William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He had been Principal Bassoon with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
William toured the United States with Curtis on Tour and performed and taught in Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds. William has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Pacific, Spoleto USA, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Twickenham, and Verbier Festivals. In 2015 he will make his solo debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performing David Ludwig's Pictures from the Floating World.
William is a dedicated teacher and is committed to forging connections between audiences and performers, William's articles on the subject can be found on the MET Orchestra Musicians' website, which has been lauded not only by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, but also by noted arts consultant Drew McManus and prolific cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht.
William received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.
Katherine Jordan, from Charlotte, VT, was recently appointed second horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. She has also performed with Symphony in C, the Delaware Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony. Katie has performed at festivals including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Her performances have been featured on WHYY's Onstage at Curtis. In 2012, she toured China and South Korea with Curtis on Tour, and she performed with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in their 2014 Japan tour.
Katie received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jennifer Montone. She graduated with a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Erik Ralske and Julie Landsman.
Richard King began serving as principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of the 1997-98 season, having joined the ensemble in 1988 as associate principal at the age of 20. He has frequently been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra, including May 2009 performances of the Haydn Horn Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Horn Concerto No.1. Mr. King has also appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia.
A native of Long Island, New York, Richard King briefly attended New York’s Juilliard School and subsequently earned a diploma from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. He was a student of former Cleveland Orchestra principal horn Myron Bloom. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he is a member of the Center City Brass Quintet. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music professional training program.
Jennifer Montone joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in September 2006, and is currently on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She was principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony from 2003 to 2006, and formerly associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, where she was also adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Named Paxman "Young Horn Player of the Year" in London in 1996, she has since won many solo competitions and awards, including an Avery Fischer Career Grant in 2006. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Spoleto, Italy, and was Third Horn of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A native of northern Virginia, Miss Montone was in the National Symphony Fellowship Program studying with Edwin Thayer, and a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center She is a graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Julie Landsman.
Horn soloist Eric Ruske was named Associate Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, and he also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Evian Festival, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Festival Pablo Casals both in Puerto Rico and in France. His numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including a complete edition of the Mozart Concerti, are now available from Cimarron Music. In 2012, Albany Records released The Horn of Eric Ruske, a box set that includes two discs of horn concerti with orchestra, three of music for horn and piano, one disc for solo horn and a disc of chamber music for horn, violin and piano. Eric currently directs the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and is the Professor of Horn at Boston University.
One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher. From 1982 until 1990 he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Deutsches Symphonie Orchester); from 1992 to 1998 he held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. In 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, and since 2000, he has held the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid.
An advocate for new music, Radovan has performed the premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger and several Croatian composers who have written concertos for him. In May 2008 he premiered the Horn Concerto written for him by Krzysztof Penderecki together with the Bremen Philharmonic and the composer conducting.
Radovan has received the German Critics Award for several of his discs. His numerous recordings include Mozart and Strauss Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Tate, works by Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Neil Jenkins and the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin, Concertos for two horns by Leopold Mozart and Fasch with Herrmann Baumann and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and Iona Brown. More recordings including chamber music have been issued by EMI, DECCA, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Denon labels.