Artist Biographies

Original photo by Jerome Milks; used by permission.

Since winning the 1991 Naumburg Viola Award, Misha Amory has been acclaimed as one of the leading American violists of his generation. He has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and has been presented in recital at New York's Tully Hall, Los Angeles' Ambassador series, Philadelphia's Mozart on the Square festival, Boston's Gardner Museum, Houston's Da Camera series and Washington's Phillips Collection. He has also performed at the Marlboro Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Festival, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Mr. Amory is a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet, which enjoys a distinguished concert career in the United States and abroad. Winners of the inaugural Cleveland Quartet Award and the 1995 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Quartet was also the inaugural group for the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center's new program, CMS Two. Touring worldwide, the Quartet has appeared in Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Konzerthaus inVienna; the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and at home in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York. The Quartet has recorded music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Charles Wuorinen, Bruce Adolphe, and Chou Wen-chung, and most recently concluded its recording of Beethoven's late quartets on the Aeon label, as well as the Schubert Cello Quintet with Michael Kannen on the Azica label. The Quartet was in residence at Princeton University from 1999 to 2014, and since 2014 has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music.

Mr. Amory holds degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School. His principal teachers were Heidi Castleman, Caroline Levine and Samuel Rhodes. Himself a dedicated teacher, Mr. Amory serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

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American violinist Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence."

In March 2016, Warner Classics released his debut recital CD. Highlights this season include his return to the Philadelphia Orchestra, both at home and on tour at Carnegie Hall; a ten-city tour of Australia, including debuts in Sydney and Melbourne; his debut with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony; and the world premiere of a new concerto written for him by Edmund Finnis with the London Contemporary Orchestra. He also returns to Europe to play with the London Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and for recitals at the Louvre, Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival.

The recipient of the prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award, in 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, a People’s Choice Award, and was named First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition.
Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.
He plays the "Engleman" Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Alan Bise

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 and a faculty member in the Audio Recording Degree Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is 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. His recording of the Brentano String Quartet (Late Beethoven, Vol. 1) was selected as a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice.” He is also committed to new audience development and created and produced “Offbeat”, a successful radio show that gives listeners an inside look in the world of classical music in a unique manner. 

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. Alan also produced music for Academy Award nominee Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.

 

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Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, "… who appears to excel in everything."  She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissingen Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A former member of CMS Two, she performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, that has become one of Tennessee's premier classical music presenters. 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. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Ms. Chien received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She holds the position of artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a Steinway Artist. Gloria's website.

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For three decades cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of a prestigious Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed to wide critical acclaim in nearly every state in the U.S., and in Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, and Hungary. His summer festival appearances include the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Santa Fe, Taos, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Bay Chamber Concerts, Ottawa, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals.

Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2003, and tours extensively with that ensemble, performing over 100 concerts annually throughout the world. As a member of the St. Lawrence, he is an Artist in Residence at Stanford University, where he teaches cello and chamber music and performs a wide variety of formal and informal concerts each season, from the stages of the University’s concert halls to student dormitories and lecture halls. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Costanza works regularly with the world’s most notable composers, such as John Adams, Jonathan Berger, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Applebaum, Pierre Boulez, George Tsontakis, Roberto Sierra, R. Murray Schafer, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. As a student, he had the honor of studying Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” under the guidance of the composer.

Mr. Costanza's wife, Debra Fong, and their daughter, Isabella, are both wonderful violinists; Isabella is currently an undergraduate at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
 

As a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, pianist Leon Fleisher was recognized as a “consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.”

The child prodigy began to study the piano at the age of four and by the age of nine, the legendary Artur Schnabel invited him to be his student, first in Lake Como, Italy and then in New York, where he nurtured and inspired the young Mr. Fleisher for the next ten years as he evolved into one of the great music masters of our time. Leon Fleisher made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Monteux when he was sixteen years old. Maître Monteux called him “the pianistic find of the century.”

Mr. Fleisher went on to international renown, becoming the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels in 1952. He subsequently enjoyed a prolific recording career, most notably with George Szell and The Cleveland Orchestra, recordings recognized as among the great collaborations in the concerto repertoire. In 1965, before a scheduled tour of Russia with The Cleveland Orchestra, Leon Fleisher began to suffer symptoms of a debilitating condition of his right hand, later diagnosed as focal dystonia, a neurological condition that causes the fingers to curl into the palm of the hand. 

After a period of great despair, Mr. Fleisher channeled his creativity in new directions, mastering the piano repertoire for left hand and initiating a career in conducting. He renewed his dedication to teaching at Peabody, where he has been the inspiration to hundreds of students since 1959. Leon Fleisher holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. As a teacher, he has carried on a tradition that descends directly from Beethoven himself, handed down generationally through Carl Czerny, Theodor Leschetizky, Artur Schnabel and Leon Fleisher himself. 

In the mid-90s, with the combined therapies of Botox injections and Rolfing, he regained sufficient use of his right hand, leading to an extraordinary career renaissance. In 2003, Mr. Fleisher joined forces with his wife, pianist Katherine Jacobson, to form the Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo, giving concerts world-wide and recording for Sony Classical. Leon Fleisher released the album "Two Hands" in 2004, which went on to hold a Top 5 Billboard Chart position and was hailed by critics as one of the best recordings of the year. "Two Hands" is also the title of the Oscar nominated documentary film about his amazing life story. In 2013, Sony Classical issued a 23-CD box set of his entire recorded output, and in 2014, Mr. Fleisher released his first solo CD in a decade, the Grammy nominated "All The Things You Are."

In 2006, in Paris, Leon Fleisher received the honor of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of the French government. 

At age 88, in addition to his teaching at Peabody, Mr. Fleisher continues with an international schedule of master classes, performances and orchestral guest conducting.

Percussionist Christopher Froh specializes in promoting and influencing the creation of new music through critically-acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. A member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Empyrean Ensemble, Rootstock Percussion, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Froh has premiered over 100 chamber and solo works by composers from 15 countries. As a soloist, he has appeared at festivals and recitals across Japan, China, Turkey, Europe, and the United States. He has recorded with the San Francisco Symphony on SFS Media; as a soloist on Albany, Bridge, Innova, and Equilibrium labels; and as a chamber musician on Music@Menlo LIVE. He teaches percussion at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.

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, Ms. Huang 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.

Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute’s intricately crafted performances and ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing ‘razor-sharp intelligence and wit' (The Washington Post) and as ‘an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight’ (The New York Times).  In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Labor Records released Ieva’s debut recording in 2010 to critical international acclaim, which resulted in recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Vilnius, and Toulouse.   Over the last seasons, she made her orchestral debuts with the Chicago Symphony; in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and, last season, with the American Youth Philharmonic.  In February 2017, Ieva will solo with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo in Uruguay.  Her piano trio—Trio Cavatina—won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition.  Ieva’s latest recording:  Returning Paths:  solo piano works by Janacek and Suk was also released to critical acclaim in 2014. 

In the fall of 2016, Ieva began a collaboration with the violinist Midori Gato, with recitals in Canada and at the Cartagena International Music Festival in Columbia.  They will perform in Germany, Austria this spring and tour Japan in September.

A much sought after chamber musician, Ieva’s collaborative endeavors have brought her to major stages around the world, such as:  Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.  She regularly appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Four Seasons, Prussia Cove in England.

Earning degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and from Mannes College of Music, her principal teachers have been Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode.  In the fall of 2015, Ieva began her tenure as Assistant Professor, Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.  This summer, Ieva will be a faculty member of Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.

The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. This season he appears with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, performs at the Ojai Music Festival, and holds a residency at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 2006 he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory for his outstanding contributions to music in America. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that flourished during the 1960s and 70s in support of new music. He is particularly known for his partnership of many years with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, as well as for current collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw and cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnik. As an educator and performer he has appeared at the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, the Marlboro Music Festival, and Music@Menlo; from 1985 to 1997 he served as chairman of the Tanglewood faculty. His discography of some 100 recordings embraces both the classical and contemporary repertories; of special note are those made with Ms. DeGaetani and that of Ives' Concord Sonata. A distinguished professor at SUNY Stony Brook, Mr. Kalish has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006.

Percussionist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. She has collaborated with many of the world’s most respected artists, including Emanuel Ax, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Jeremy Denk, to name a few. She gave the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History. She presented a solo recital at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall which was broadcast on NHK, the national public station of Japan. Other highlights of her performances include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, and collaborations with Portland-based dance company BodyVox at Chamber Music Northwest. Her performances can be also heard on the Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Bridge, New Focus, and Albany recording labels.

Since 2013, she has toured in the U.S. and Mexico extensively as a percussionist for Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi that addresses human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border. Most recently, the opera was presented as a special event at 2015 FIL/Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world.

A native of Japan, Ms. Kataoka began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She received her artist diploma degree from Yale University School of Music, where she studied with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. She is a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

American violinist Soovin Kim is increasingly sought after for the character, nuance, and excitement of his performances as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, both in the U.S. and abroad. Particularly known for his breadth of repertoire, Mr. Kim typically takes on everything from Bach to Paganini to big romantic concertos to new commissions within a single season. He has performed in the U.S. with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s and the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Indianapolis Symphonies, in Europe with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Prague Chamber, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestras, and in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and KBS Symphony. He has given solo recitals at Weill Hall in New York, Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., Ravinia, Tokyo’s Casals Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. Long associated with the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico, Soovin founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington VT in 2009.  His recording of Paganini's 24 Caprices for solo violin was released in February 2006 and was named Classic FM Magazine's "Instrumental Disc of the Month." Mr. Kim won first prize in the 1996 Paganini International Competition and was also awarded the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in autumn 2014.

Violinist Jennifer Koh, Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She has performed as a soloist with leading orchestras around the world and frequently appears in recital at major music centers and festivals. An adventurous musician, Jennifer has premiered over 60 works written especially for her, frequently collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines, and curates projects that uncover connections between music of all eras. Her recent projects include Mixtape, which explores the role of the violin concerto in contemporary American culture, with new concertos by Vijay Iyer, Andrew Norman, and Chris Cerrone, premiered this season at the Ojai Festival and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Symphony respectively; and Shared Madness, a recital series comprising short solo works by more than 30 composers that explores virtuosity in the 21st century. Jennifer is also an active recording artist, and her recent album of Tchaikovsky’s complete works for violin and orchestra, performed with the Odense Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, is her eleventh recording for Chicago-based Cedille Records. She is a winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Jennifer is also the Artistic Director of arco collaborative, a non-profit organization that promotes collaborations between artists of diverse disciplines and styles. Jennifer's website.

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Performing for over six decades before audiences across the globe, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. That debut inspired one critic to write: "In the 1920's it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930's it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo." 

In addition to beloved performances of Bach, Barber, Mozart, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn, Laredo's commitment to new works is ever-present and the recent premiere, to great critical and audience acclaim of the new Double Concerto by Andre Previn is one example. Additional works recently performed with his wife, acclaimed cellist Sharon Robinson, include the Rozsa Sinfonia Concertante, the Zwilich Double Concerto and the world premieres of four works written for them: In the Arms of the Beloved and A Child’s Reliquary for violin, cello and orchestra by Richard Danielpour, Masquerade by Daron Hagen and LCCMF's Resident Composer David Ludwig’s Double Concerto. The latter 3 works appear on the acclaimed Triple Doubles CD (recorded with Sarah Hicks, Troy Peters and the VSO for Bridge; released November 2011).  The premiere of two works, the recently Grammy nominated Prince of Clouds by Anna Clyne and David Ludwig's Season's Lost with former student Jennifer Koh, joined the Bach Double Violin Concerto and Glass' Echorus as part of their ambitious 2x4 touring and recording project celebrating the amazing relationship between teacher and student through music. 

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Eduardo Leandro is the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Chamber Players, the new music ensemble at Stony Brook University in New York, where he is also associate professor in percussion. He is a guest lecturer at the Peabody Conservatory, regular faculty at Yellow Barn Summer Institute in Vermont, at the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordao, and the Summer Academy at Femusc, both in Brazil.

He previously taught at the Haute École de Musique de Genève and directed the percussion program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Eduardo Leandro has conducted major works by Stravinsky, Bartok, Boulez, Xenakis, Ligeti, and Stockhausen among others, with ensembles such as Camerata Aberta in Brazil, Talea and Sequitur Ensembles in the United States, Ensembles Namascae in France, the Instrumental Ensembles in the conservatories of Geneva and Lausanne. He has recently conducted a concert of chamber music with musicians from the Orchestre Nacional de France at Radio France, with pieces by Andre Jolivet and Elliot Carter, and New York New Music Ensemble with music by Charles Worinen and Harvey Sollberger. Mr. Leandro has conducted the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra every season since 2010.

This season the program with SBSO consisted of Ravel’s La Valse, Richard Strauss’ Burleske, and Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Next season the program will include Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with Roomfull of Teeth. He has been invited to conduct the entire 2015-2016 season with New York New Music Ensemble (NYNME).

As a percussionist Eduardo Leandro has performed as soloist and with ensembles in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He is part of the Percussion Duo Contexto, ensemble in residence at the Centre Internacional de Percussion in Geneva for ten years. Duo Contexto has premiered dozens of works and recorded several Cd's, including collaborations with Swiss flutist Verena Bosshart and composer Flo Menezes. He played regularly with Ensemble Champ d'Action in Belgium, with Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and with Ensemble Contrechamps in Switzerland, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, and David Robertson among others. 

He has performed in music festivals throughout the world such as the Suita Music Festival in Osaka, Ferienkurse fur Neue Muzik Darmstadt, Festspiel in Salzburg, Ars Musica in Brussels, Archipel in Geneva, Nits de Altea in Spain, Espinho Music Meeting in Portugal, Izmir Music Festival in Turkey, Athenaeum Concert Series in Helsinki and Festival d'Automne in Paris. 

He has won the New Music Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the Eldorado Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  

Eduardo Leandro was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He attended the Sao Paulo State University, the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, and Yale University, having studied conducting with Gustav Meier and David Gier; and percussion with John Boudler, Jan Pustjens, and Robert van Sice. 

He has had the kind support of Vic Firth Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Pearl Instruments for the last several years.

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David Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, the Dover and Borromeo quartets, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and National Symphonies. In 2013 his choral work, “The New Colossus,” was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world.

This season’s highlights include the premiere of a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. 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 recent commission and performance highlights include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This year will feature the premiere of a new piano concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary.

An award-winning film composer, Ludwig scored Michael Almareyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Lionsgate), produced by Anthony Katagas (Twelve Years a Slave) and starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, and Dakota Johnson. The film was awarded a top spot and premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Ludwig is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

He has had multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Marlboro Music. After three years as Composer-in-Residence with the Vermont Symphony, he is their permanent New Music advisor. Ludwig has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. He was in residence at the Shanghai International Music Festival in 2012, and is resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University.

Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves on the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Dean of Artistic Programs and Performance and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble. 

Composer Marc Neikrug has had an international career for half a century. He has written chamber music, symphonic music, music-theater, and opera.

Major performances have taken place with the New York, Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the symphonies in Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New World (Miami), St. Louis, Milwaukee, Washington DC, Chicago, Utah, Dallas, Phoenix, New Mexico, the Minnesota and Cleveland orchestras, and the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras.

Festival performances have been at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Angel Fire, La Jolla, Marlboro, Menlo, Savannah, and Jerusalem Festival. Marc has been composer-in-residence at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Aspen, Bravo Vail, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and La Jolla festivals.

Among noted performers of his music are Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pinchas Zukerman, Jeremy Denk, and the Emerson, Vermeer, Tokyo, Shanghai, Flux, Jerusalem and Orion Quartets.

His music theater work, Through Roses, was commissioned by London’s South Bank Festival with the National Theater. Since its premiere in 1980 it has had hundreds of performances in fifteen countries and has been translated into 11 languages.  Los Alamos, an anti-nuclear opera written in 1988, is the only American opera ever commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Its American premiere was at the Aspen Music Festival.

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The music of Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964 in New York) is nuanced, majestic, elegant, capricious, lyrical, and colorful – “it is boldly considered music that celebrates the sound of the instruments and reaffirms the vitality of orchestral music.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Music critic Edward Reichel wrote, "Augusta Read Thomas has secured for herself a permanent place in the pantheon of American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is without question one of the best and most important composers that this country has today. Her music has substance and depth and a sense of purpose. She has a lot to say and she knows how to say it — and say it in a way that is intelligent yet appealing and sophisticated.”

The New York Times in 2015 stated that Augusta had the distinction of having her work performed more frequently in 2013-2014 than any other living ASCAP composer, according to statistics from performing rights organization. A Grammy winner, her impressive body of works embodies unbridled passion and fierce poetry. The New Yorker called her "a true virtuoso composer." Championed by such luminaries as Barenboim, Rostropovich, Boulez, Eschenbach, Salonen, Maazel, Ozawa, and Knussen, she rose early to the top of her profession.

As an influential teacher at Eastman, Northwestern, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, now she is the 16th ever University Professor (one of only 7 current University Professors) at the University of Chicago. She has said, “Teaching is a natural extension of my creative process and of my enthusiasm for the music of others.” She founded the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago.

Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award, and a Grammy Nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist, one of the most outstanding musicians of our time. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or member of the world-renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, critics and audiences alike respond to what the Indianapolis Star has called "A cellist who has simply been given the soul of Caruso."

Guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies, and in Europe, the London Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Zürich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and the English, Scottish, and Franz Lizst chamber orchestras.

In 2012, Sharon Robinson joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Highly sought after for her dynamic master classes, she brings insight to her teaching from her lifetime experiences as a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, plus countless solo recitals and concerto performances

Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include the world premiere of Quixote, an evening- length theatrical work with music by Amy Beth Kirsten and direction by Mark DeChiazza, a visit to the Adam Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, and world premieres by Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, Thomas Kotcheff, and Polina Nazaykinskaya, among others.

In early 2017, Mr. Rosenbaum released his first solo album, Memory Palace, on VIA Records. It features five commissions from the last several years and includes collaborations with Brooklyn Rider and Gina Izzo.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Foundry, and Novus NY. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Hailed for his warm, expressive sound and winning way with the audience, baritone Randall Scarlata is firmly established as one of the most highly regarded musical interpreters of his generation. His performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America have garnered raves from audiences and critics alike. Mr. Scarlata has appeared as soloist with great orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna's Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the American Symphony. He has also been a guest at international music festivals, including Ravinia, Cervantino, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Aspen, and Spoleto. A frequent performer of new music, he has given world premieres of works by Ned Rorem, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Christopher Theofanidis, Thea Musgrave, Daron Hagen, Samuel Adler, and Paul Moravec. His numerous recordings can be heard on the Chandos, Bridge, Naxos, Albany, Arabesque, CRI, and Gasparo labels. His awards include First Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received a Fulbright Grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He currently serves on the faculty of SUNY Stony Brook and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University. He is co-artistic director of the AlpenKammerMusik festival in Carinthia, Austria.

One of the world’s musical treasures, legendary pianist Russell Sherman continues to garner accolades from critics and audiences alike for his grace, imagination and poetry.  Sherman has performed with major orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, among many others.  Abroad, he has played in the major cities throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. His recital appearances regularly include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, among others, as well as such festivals as Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart and Wolf Trap.

As a recording artist, Sherman’s complete Beethoven sonata recording has been called “a set for the ages” by Fanfare Magazine. Other highly acclaimed recordings include the Liszt Sonata and Transcendental Etudes and the five Beethoven concerti.

Sherman studied with Edward Steuermann.  He has served as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and is currently a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. As an author of the highly acclaimed book Piano Pieces, a rhapsodic compilation of vignettes and personal anecdotes, Sherman has been praised not only as an ingenious virtuoso but as an insightful master and teacher who continues to explore, and to merit the title “a thinking man’s virtuoso.” 

“…by any measure one of the truly extraordinary pianists before the public”  The New York Times

Cellist Wilhelmina Smith has been awarded a 2015-2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. She made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music and in 1997 was a prizewinner in the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition. She has gone on to solo with orchestras including the Orquesta Millenium of Guatemala and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and has performed recitals across the US and Japan. A strong supporter of new music, she has worked frequently with composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom she collaborated to performed his cello concerto, Mania, and gave the American premiere of his solo cello work, Knock, Breathe, Shine.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed with Paul Tortelier, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Brentano, Miami, Borromeo and Galimir String Quartets in venues across the US and Europe. She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is a founding member of Music from Copland House. In 2005, she formed the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and violist Hsin-Yun Huang, a group that has performed across the US and Europe. She is founder and Artistic Director of Salt Bay Chamberfest on the coast of Maine.

Ms. Smith’s solo CD of sonatas by Britten and Schnittke with pianist Thomas Sauer was released on the Arabesque label in 2006. Her recordings of chamber music include the complete chamber works of Aaron Copland, works by Sebastian Currier, John Musto and Aaron Jay Kernis. She has performed frequently with pop musician Sting and can be heard on recent recordings for both Sting and Bruce Springsteen. She currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Mark Mandarano and children August and Giovanna.

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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 magazine, 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 theAmerican 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.