Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ed made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
In 2013, Ed completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as the Festival Series in Beaufort, South Carolina and Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC. Additionally, Ed curates a series, Edward Arron and Friends, at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the new Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Ed has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Great Mountains, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Lake Champlain Chamber Music, Chesapeake Chamber Music, and Bard Music Festival. He has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters.
Ed began playing the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and continued his studies in New York with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro. Ed has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009.
Alan Bise is a Grammy Award winning producer, and has served as Classical Producer for Azica Records since 1999. He is Director of Recording Arts and Services at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the owner of Thunderbird Records which is dedicated to releasing musical works of contemporary American Indians. Known for helping to create exciting and passionate projects, Alan produced the Grammy winning record Play performed by guitarist Jason Vieaux, the 2015 Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Other records produced by Alan have received Grammy Nominations, Latin Grammy Nominations, Native American Music Awards, and appeared on the Billboard Classical Chart and Amazon Best Sellers list.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Alan has produced records for Azica, Decca, Naxos, Albany/Troy, EMI/Universal, Summit, AEON, Crystal, CRI, Walden, Skarbo, and Nuscope. He recently completed two movie soundtracks for worldwide release. A Late Quartet stars Christopher Walken and Phillip Seymour Hoffman among others, and features the Brentano String Quartet performing the soundtrack, released on Decca Records. Mr. Bise also produced music for Academy Award nominee Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem.
Alan serves as Broadcast Producer and Director of Audio for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (Blue Hill, ME) and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. In 2009 he was appointed to summer faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Alan is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Audio Engineering Society.
John Boggs is a composer, pianist and vocalist based in Lafayette, Colorado. He holds an M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous instructors include Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, Keith Fitch, Kristin Kuster and MaryAnn Griebling. He has had premiers by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, new music ensemble Contemporaneous, 303 Choir, Columbine Chorale, and the Colorado Children’s Chorale Touring Choir. He is a composer as well as the keyboardist and vocalist for experimental rock band Fifth Veil, whose music explores blending aspects of metal and progressive rock with Eastern European folk music. He currently teaches piano, voice and composition at the Dana V. School of Music in Louisville.
Violinist Robyn Bollinger made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve. Since then she has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Pops, the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival. Robyn has recently come to national attention through her residency on PRI's Performance Today, and she has appeared several times on NPR's From the Top.
Robyn has been recognized for her creativity in musicianship with a prestigious 2016 Annenberg Arts Fellowship for her multimedia performance project entitled CIACCONA: The Bass of Time. She was also awarded an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking Project Paganini, a similar performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices. A versatile performer, Robyn has received top prizes at the many international competitions, among them the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, and the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany. She has been specially recognized with prizes for her performances of Bach and Beethoven at several competitions.
Robyn is a dedicated chamber musician. She is a former member of the Newman String Quartet, which took the silver medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has collaborated with the Jupiter Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, Chameleon Ensemble in Boston, and members of the Borromeo and Cleveland quartets, among others. This spring she will appear with such artists as Midori, Soovin Kim, Desmond Hoebig, and William Vermuelen. Currently a member of both the GRAMMY-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Young Trio-in-Residence, Robyn will appear at the Marlboro Music Festival beginning in summer 2016.
Born in Philadelphia in 1991, Robyn is a former recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, where she is received both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees with honors. Her former teachers include Miriam Fried, Soovin Kim, and Paul Kantor. She currently resides in Boston, where she maintains a small private teaching studio. Robyn plays a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute Instrument Bank.
Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and America, collaborating with artists who include Daniel Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ida Kavafian, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad, Amit Peled, and Wing Ho. As a founding cellist of Trio Appassionata, Andrea recorded four American piano trios on a CD released in 2014 on Odradek Records. Andrea studied cello with Maria de Macedo in Madrid and continued with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute; she completed her master’s degree in 2013 at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. Andrea is a first-prize winner of many national and international competitions, and has been sponsored by the Wingate Foundation and the Spanish Cello Forum. She has collaborated in festivals such as the Verbier Festival Academy and the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Festival Pablo Casals in France, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Andrea teaches in Manhattan at the City College Academy of the Arts.
Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Caramoor and Verbier Music Festivals, Salle Cortot in Paris, AlpenKlassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, Gloria has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009, Gloria launched String Theory, a chamber music series in downtown Chattanooga, as its Founder and Artistic Director. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival by Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han. A native of Taiwan, Gloria is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (DMA ’04, MM 01′, BM ’99) where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Gloria is a Steinway Artist.
Emily Cooley (b. 1990) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music that ranges from delicate intensity to a pulsing, energetic sound described as "dramatic, forceful and filled with reverberation" (Sioux City Journal). In 2015, Emily was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music has received additional awards and recognition from the American Composers Orchestra, Tribeca New Music, ASCAP, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the LA Phil National Composers Intensive, PARMA Recordings, and others.
Emily has received commissions and performances from ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, as well as Network for New Music, the JACK Quartet, and Music from Copland House. She has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, CULTIVATE at Copland House, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, Emily is a recent graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and Yale University, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize. Past teachers include David Ludwig, Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Andrew Norman, Kathryn Alexander, and John K. Boyle. She currently holds the Anthony B. Creamer III Annual Fellowship at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with Jennifer Higdon. Emily is a founding member of Kettle Corn New Music.
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 of Lincoln Center 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, Romie 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.
Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. Highlights of her past season included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Tucson Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte, Chattanooga, Phoenix, and Toledo Symphonies and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This past summer she performed at the Ojai, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moab, Bridgehampton, and SaltBay Music Festivals.
Her discography includes the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Robert Craft, and two GRAMMY-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet, of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet. Her most recent releases are a recording of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk. With pianist John Blacklow she will release two discs on Albany Records this year: the first devoted to the Schumann sonatas; the second an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by American composers.
Born in Pasadena, California, Jennifer was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School; she also attended Harvard, NEC, and Juilliard, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan from a private American foundation.
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. She has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. Her most recent recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein and J.S. Bach. A sought-after chamber musician, Bella performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals including the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Australia, the Brevard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella is the recipient of numerous honors, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, First Prize of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Bella plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.
Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career as one of the leading violists of her generation. She has been soloist with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists and the London Sinfonia, among many others. She performs regularly at festivals, including Marlboro, Spoleto, Rome, Santa Fe among many others. She was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994 to 2000.
She is active in commissioning works for solo viola and chamber ensemble. Her 2012 recording, Viola Viola, for Bridge Records, included commissions from Shih-Hui Chen and Steven Mackey, and works by Elliott Carter, Poul Ruders, and George Benjamin. Upcoming recording project include complete Solo Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas on the Viola to be released in 2017.
A native of Taiwan, Hsin-Yun first came to international attention as the gold medalist and youngest competitor in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She was educated at the Menuhin School in UK prior to received degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She and now serves on the faculties of both schools and lives in New York City.
Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Pierre Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2007 Stoeger Award, given biennially "in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory", and a 2010 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Pierre has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources, from plainchant melodies to natural phenomena. His music has been performed worldwide, with four Carnegie Hall performances of his orchestral music, including the Houston Symphony's Carnegie Hall premiere of his orchestral work, big sky, in 2006. Other major works for orchestra include In Aeternam (2000), performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia Sacra (2001), written for the California Symphony; Les espaces infinis (2001), written for the Albany Symphony, Chamber Symphony(2004), commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fire and Ice (2007), commissioned for the Oakland East Bay, Marin, and Santa Rosa Symphonies through Meet the Composer Foundation's Magnum Opus Project, Autumn Rhapsody (2008), commissioned by the Vermont Symphony, and Shades of Memory (2011) premiered by the Houston Symphony. Recent orchestral performances include those by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2002-2005), California Symphony under Barry Jekowsky (1999-2002), and Music in the Loft in Chicago (2003). Select chamber music commissions and performances include those of the Emerson, Ying, Borromeo, Maia, Enso, Chiara, and Escher String Quartets.
Pierre is Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and he serves on the Artistic Board of Musiqa, a Houston-based new music group. His music is published by Schott Music.
Violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by the New York Times for “…immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” These qualities, paired with his distinctive poise, musical intellect, and thoughtful repertoire led to his win at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen.
Highlights for Alexi’s 2015-16 season include solo recitals at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and concerto engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic and the NEC Philharmonia at Symphony Hall in Boston, in a performance of John Adams’ Violin Concerto. Alexi began the season with a busy summer in residence at the Marlboro Festival, along with featured solo recitals at the Caramoor Music Festival and ChamberFest Cleveland, where he was praised for his “powerful musical magnetism” (clevelandclassical.com). Later this season, he will release his debut CD (CAG Records), featuring works by Schumann, Enescu and Westhoff – all works Alexi performed in his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital.
He has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and has been featured on NPR’s From the Top. Recent concerto engagements include the Santa Fe Symphony and Roswell Symphony in New Mexico, and the Hofheim Academy Orchestra in Bad Soden, Germany. Recent chamber music performances include those at Carnegie Hall, as part of a week-long residency studying with the Takács Quartet; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston; and a tour with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Miriam Fried.
Alexi has collaborated with Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff. He has also worked with members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Takács Quartets at festivals including Caramoor’s “Rising Stars,” Music@Menlo and its Winter Residency, and Yellow Barn. While at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, he was the youngest participant and a recipient of the Gene Witz memorial fellowship.
He is the recipient of top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (2012), the Mondavi Center Competition (2010), and the 2013 Kronberg Academy master classes. He was praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful, aching tone” for a performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing during the Menuhin Competition.
Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi attends the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried on the Richard Elias Scholarship. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.
Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. At the age of 20 he captured first prize in the Paganini International Competition and subsequently was the recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. Now Soovin enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor as well as big Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives with duo partner Jeremy Denk, and new world-premiere works almost every season.
Soovin performs as 1st violinist of the Johannes String Quartet. The quartet recently toured together for two seasons with the famed and now-retired Guarneri String Quartet in an unusual program that included world-premieres of quartets by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Derek Bermel, and an octet by William Bolcom. Mr. Kim maintains a close relationship with the famed Marlboro Music Festival where he often spends his summers.
Soovin is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in 2009 in Burlington, Vermont. Soovin is also a sought-after teacher; he previously taught at Yale University, Stony Brook University, and Peabody Institute in the U.S. at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. In the fall of 2014 he began teaching at the New England Conservatory. Soovin studied when he was younger at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein, and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with Victor Danchenko and Jaime Laredo.
Violinist Jessica Lee, first-prize winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has given debut recitals at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, and has made festival appearances at Bridgehampton and Santa Fe. In 2010, she made her European solo debut, featuring a concerto performance with the Plzen Philharmonic and a recital at the Rudolfinum in Prague; she also made her solo orchestra debut at the Seoul Arts Center in a special New Year's concert. Her 2006 concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall featured Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and was broadcast on WQXR. She was a member of the Johannes String Quartet, which toured with the Guarneri Quartet in its farewell season. She has performed with Musicians from Marlboro at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less string ensemble. She has performed with such orchestras as the Grand Rapids Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, Modesto Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra. A native of Virginia, she graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music with a bachelor's degree under the tutelage of Robert Mann and Ida Kavafian and she completed studies for a master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2003. Currently on the faculty at Vassar College, Jessica is a former member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two.
Teng Li is establishing herself as a diverse and dynamic performer internationally. Along with her TSO solo appearances, Teng has performed with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta and Esprit Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WHYY (Pennsylvania), WFMT (Chicago), and Bavarian Radio (Munich). Teng is also an active recitalist and chamber musician participating in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany) and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York, at Carnegie Hall and with the 92nd St. “Y” Chamber Music Society. Teng was also featured with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season, and was also a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two.
Teng has won top Prizes at the Johanson International and the Holland-America Music Society competitions, the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. She was also a winner of the Astral Artistic Services 2003 National Auditions. Teng is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
David Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet held before his second inauguration. In 2011 NPR Music listed him as one of the top 100 composers under 40 in the world.
David has written for many prominent artists, including soloists Jonathan Biss and Jennifer Koh, ensembles like eighth blackbird and ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and National symphonies. Recent and upcoming commissions and performances include the Dover and Borromeo quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and a seven-orchestra consortium commission of a new violin concerto for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova.
An award-winning film composer, David recently scored Michael Almareyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, produced by Anthony Katagas (Twelve Years a Slave) and starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, and Dakota Johnson. He has held residencies with Marlboro Music, the Gardner Museum, Music from Angel Fire, the Ravinia Steans Institute, the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, Seoul National University, and the Shanghai International Festival, among others. David directs composition programs at the Lake Champlain Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival, and he is the artistic director of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program.
David’s family lineage of musicians includes his grandfather, Rudolf Serkin, and his great-grandfather, Adolf Busch. He holds degrees and diplomas from Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Called “future star” and “violist of the future,” violist Wenhong Luo began the violin at 4 years old, and at the age of 9 she won the Silver Award of the first National Children’s Art Competition. She entered the Beijing's Music School attached to Central Conservatory of Music and changed to the viola in 2004. During her studies at the school, she held the post of principal violist in the China Juvenile Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, won first place in the Central Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and performed the Walton viola concerto with China Broadcast Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Martin Outram. She won the Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2010, and also the 3rd prize in the 19th Johannes Brahms international competition in Austria in 2012. She was one of the semi-finalist and special prize winners of the Lionel Tertis viola competition in the Isle of Man in 2013, returning in 2016 to be awarded 3rd prize. She is now studying with Kim Kashkashian in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. She plays a 1776 Gaspar Lorenzini viola on loan by Reuning & Son Violins.
Ricardo Morales has been principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. He has performed as guest principal clarinetist several times with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at age 21.
Ricardo made his Philadelphia Orchestra solo debut in 2004, and has appeared as soloist with that orchestra repeatedly. He has also been a featured soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the Chicago, Cincinnati, Flemish Radio, and Indianapolis symphonies; and the Seoul Philharmonic. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label.
An active chamber musician, Ricardo has performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and at the Santa Fe and Saratoga chamber music festivals.
A native of San Juan, P.R., Ricardo began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Música. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Indiana University. Ricardo teaches at the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School and Temple University.
Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation's quintessential artists. This past April, he gave the world premiere of a new viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra followed by performances with the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. This consortium commission culminates this season with his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut with conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. A two-time Grammy nominee, he recorded pieces that were composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. Mr. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto as well as concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott, and Friedman and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. He performs in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, with a wide range of repertoire including salon style songs, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1985.
Praised by Strad Magazine as having "lyricism that stood out...a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines", violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has already established herself as one of the most sought-after violists of her generation. In addition to appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, which was described in Strad as being "fleet and energetic...powerful and focused".
Milena is the founding violist of the Dover Quartet, First Prize winner and sweeper of every special award at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2013 and winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her numerous awards also include First Prize of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo International Viola Competition and the Sphinx Competition. Milena's summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Bowdoin, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota, Strings, Bravo! Vail Valley, and La Jolla Summerfest, as well as Italy's Emilia Romagna Festival. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Otto-Werner Mueller.
A violin student of Sergiu Schwartz and Melissa Pierson-Barrett for several years, she began studying viola with Michael Klotz at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2005. Milena graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree, Misha Amory, and Joseph de Pasquale. She then received her Master's Degree in String Quartet with the Dover Quartet at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, as a student of James Dunham. Milena performs on a 2004 copy of the Primrose Amati, originally made for Roberto Diaz by Gabrielle Kundert.
Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
In recent seasons, Ms. Park has performed at major concert halls across the U. S. and Korea. She performs as soloist with the Hwa Eum Chamber Orchestra in the Inaugural Festival of the IBK Chamber Hall at the Seoul Arts Center, as well as engagements at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Vilar Performing Arts Center, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. In addition, she returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival as a member of Caramoor Virtuosi where she was a Rising Star in 2007, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Jeewon has performed at prominent festivals throughout the world, including the Spoleto USA, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Appalachian Summer Festival, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the Taos Summer Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, the Emilia-Romagna Festival (Italy), the Music Alp in Courchevel (France), and the Kusatsu Summer Music Festival (Japan). She is regularly invited to collaborate with the members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, and has performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Vermeer, Brentano, Tokyo, Fine Arts, and Miami Quartets.
Recent and current highlights include several performances of Mozart Piano Concertos K. 414 and K. 415, a recital of Messiaen Preludes and Kurtag Jatekok, a solo recital at Caramoor, and U.S. tours with the Charles Wadsworth and Friends series. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Monterrey Symphony, the Mexico State Symphony, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Following her performance of the Mozart Concerto K. 453 with the Charleston Symphony, the Post and Courier acclaimed that “Park demonstrated rare skill and sensitivity, playing with a feline grace and glittering dexterity…. lyrical phrasing and pearly tone quality.”
Jeewon has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Additionally, her performances have been nationally broadcast throughout Korea on KBS television. She came to the U. S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. Ms. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. She holds the DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish.
Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008, Michael Parloff has been heard regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has collaborated with such noted artists as James Levine, Jessye Norman, James Galway, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, and the Emerson String Quartet and has performed on numerous occasions at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Highly respected as a lecturer, teacher, and conductor, Michael has presented masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. Mr. Parloff has been associated with the Marlboro Music Festival since the mid-1980s and has taught, coached, and lectured at such major venues as Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. He has been a member of the faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985.
Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts. The mission of Parlance Chamber Concerts is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music in Northern New Jersey by presenting the world's finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events.
He also maintains an association with the Metropolitan Opera, organizing a series of salon chamber concerts featuring members of the Met Orchestra in the homes of major Met patrons. In addition, since 1996 he has presented over 30 semi-annual benefit concerts for various nonprofit organizations and humanitarian causes in Northern Bergen County, New Jersey.
Michael has recorded extensively with the Metropolitan Opera for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, London, and Philips and has recorded recital repertoire and 20th-century chamber music for E.S.SAY, Gunmar, CRI, and Koch.
A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers. Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Fred, and he has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson and Toru Takemitsu, among others.
Fred was a founding member of Tashi and Speculum Musicae; a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Berio’s Juilliard Ensemble and the Galimir String Quartet; and a close collaborator with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He has been an active performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since the 1970s and was the Artistic Director from 1988 to 1992.
Fred created the series Bach Cantata Sundays at St. Ann’s Church and conceived and directed the acclaimed Arnold Schoenberg: Conservative Radical series at Merkin Concert Hall. He was the creator and director of A Great Day in New York, the groundbreaking festival featuring 52 living composers presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall.
In the vast scope of his recording career, Fred has been a soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings on RCA, Columbia, Vanguard, CRI, Albany, Bridge, ECM, New World, Arabesque, Delos, Vox, Koch and Naxos. The Fred Sherry String Quartet recordings of the Schoenberg String Quartet Concerto and the String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4 were both nominated for a Grammy.
Fred’s book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was released by Boosey & Hawkes in July 2011. It will be followed by the long-awaited treatise on contemporary string techniques.
Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ignat is much in demand as a guest conductor, having recently led the symphonies of Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Phoenix, Seattle, and Toronto, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Czech National Symphony, as well as many of the major orchestras in Russia including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Moscow Symphony. He has partnered with such world-renowned soloists as Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Leila Josefowicz, Sylvia McNair, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Garrick Ohlsson, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Mitsuko Uchida.
In recent seasons, his extensive touring schedule in the United States and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney, and collaborations with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerard Schwarz, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Maxim Shostakovich, Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman. In addition to his recital appearances in the United States at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, St. Paul's Ordway Theatre, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and many others from coast to coast, Mr. Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.
An avid chamber musician, Ignat has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, and in four-hand recital with Mitsuko Uchida. He has frequently appeared at international festivals, including Salzburg, Evian, Ludwigsburg, Caramoor, Ojai, Marlboro, Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow’s famed December Evenings.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ignat serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Born in Moscow, Ignat resides in New York City with his wife and three children.
Joan Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. During a career spanning more than fifty years, she has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets; soloists Evelyn Glennie, Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, and John Browning; and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC among others. Joan was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission of sixty-five orchestras. Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony recorded Made in America in 2008 (along with Tambor and Concerto for Orchestra). The album collected three Grammy awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance. Nashville’s latest all-Tower recording includes Stroke, which received a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In 1990 she became the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Silver Ladders, a piece she wrote for the St. Louis Symphony where she was Composer-in-Residence from 1985-88. Other residencies with orchestras include a 10-year residency with the Orchestra of St. Luke's (1997-2007) and the Pittsburgh Symphony (2010-2011). She was the Albany Symphony’s Mentor Composer partner in the 2013-14 season. Joan was cofounder and pianist for the Naumburg Award winning Da Capo Chamber Players from 1970-1985.
Hyerim Yoo, born in Seoul, 1990, started her music career as accompanist at the church. After graduating from Seoul Arts High School, she received tutelage in composition under Professor Shinuh Lee at the Seoul National University.
Deeply interested in associating literature and her music, while Remembrance (2012/2014) was based on actual literary works - poems by George Byron and Herbert von Goethe. Through the composition, Hyerim was able to achieve a better glimpse of literary works and thus apply the idea to her graduation project De casibus Virorum Illustrium (2013) for ten players (flute, two clarinets, string quartet, and three percussionists) is derived from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and is highly influenced by study with Prof. Lee. It was performed at Seoul National University in November 2013.
Currently enrolled as a postgrad composition student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she is studying under Christopher Austin. She is continues to examine the relationship between literary works and music, and is working on a piece for the Crouch End Festival Choir, which will be performed in May. She had participated in Blossom Street Singers, Bristol Animation Festival, and other collaborative projects with various artists in London, U.K.
New York-based composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy. Her electronic studio experience informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself. Nina’s music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the American Composers Orchestra, Inscape Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Orkest de ereprijs, Argento, Divertimento, Either/Or, JACK Quartet, Metropolis, Scharoun, Sixtrum, wild Up, and Yarn/Wire. Winner of the 2015-16 Rome Prize, Nina has received a Koussevitzky Commission, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the AAAL, the Martirano Award, the Druckman Prize, and honors from BMI, IAWM, and ASCAP/SEAMUS. Nina has held fellowship residencies at the Atlantic and Aspen Music Festivals, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne’s 2014 Forum, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
This season the Phoenix Symphony premieres Nina’s orchestra work Remnants; the ACO will premiere Out of whose womb came the ice – a work for baritone, orchestra, and electronics commenting on the ill-fated Ernest Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This fall Young heads to Aldeburgh for the Britten-Pears New Music New Media program where she'll develop a piece for violin and spatialization with Irvine Arditti and IRCAM. Young is collaborating with the Nouveau Classical Project on an evening-length, multimedia cantata titled Making Tellus – a work for voices, musicians, sustainable fashion, and interactive media that addresses the Anthropocene.
A graduate of McGill and MIT, Nina received her DMA from Columbia University where she was an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center. This fall she will begin as Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts at RPI. Nina currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of NY-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé.
Samuel Zygmuntowicz, violinmaker, was already a prize-winning sculptor before beginning his instrument-making studies at age 13. Since 1985 he has made instruments by advance commission for performers such as Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Yo-Yo Ma, Leila Josefowicz, David Finckle and the Emerson String Quartet members.
A 1994 violin that he made for Isaac Stern set a record for the highest auction price paid for a musical instrument by a living maker. The Harper Collins book The Violinmaker documents his making of a violin for Eugene Drucker.
He is a graduate of the SLC Violinmaking School, and studied advanced making and restoration with Carl Becker and Rene Morel. His faithful copies of classic violins won early acclaim, and he has designed many personal models as well.
In addition to his extensive studies of traditional violinmaking, often featured in The Strad, he has worked closely with acoustic researchers and is often on staff at both the Violinmaking and Violin Acoustics Workshops at Oberlin College. With Strad3D, he has brought together an inspiring group of scientists, violinmakers, musicians, filmmakers and designers.
He has presented his findings throughout the USA, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Friends of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Music@Menlo and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals, plus conferences including the American Society of Acoustics, Arts and Science at CUNY, the E.G. Conference in Monterey, CA, the Musical Instrument Museum in Pheonix AZ, and MOMATH in NYC, and presented internationally in Italy, Sweden, England, Belgium, Spain, Australia, and Canada, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Sam lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife and two young sons, and still plays fiddle with a variety of performing folk music groups. His CD recordings include Grand Picnic and Jump When The Trumpets Blow.