The Festival's Resident Ensemble Program is an opportunity for a young professional string ensemble to be in residence during the summer Festival. This ensemble then returns during the following season for performances, community workshops, and to work with the ONE Strings students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy @ H.O. Wheeler School. During the Festival, members of the ensemble rehearse and perform with Festival musicians, and rehearse and record our Young Composers' works. The ensemble teaches masterclasses for local high school students and prepares a piece for performance, coached by Festival artists. In addition, they make their first visit to IAA, and meet with arts leaders in the Burlington area. There are also opportunities to shadow Festival artists during the week, and to engage with audience members and donors at a number of different events.
These players are selected because, in our view, they are the next generation of leaders in the music world.
During the 2017 Festival, the newly formed Kafka Quartet will be in residence. They will teach string masterclasses on Saturday morning, August 19, play in the Tuesday afternoon, August 22, Sounding Board, and perform in the FlynnSpace concert on the Wednesday August 23. In addition, they will be coached on the Schubert Death and the Maiden Quartet by Leon Fleischer on Monday August 21, and Misha Amory on Thursday August 24. They will perform the Schubert for the Festival audience on Saturday, August 26.
meet the 2017 Resident ensemble: the Kafka quartet
The Kafka Quartet was formed in the spring of 2017 with their eyes set on a debut performance at the the Lake Champlain Music Festival as part of the Resident Ensemble Program. The Kafka Quartet is comprised of musicians based in Boston and New York City who are passionately eager to share their music and give back to the community. Whether it be classical, baroque, and romantic masterpieces or new music by student composers, the quartet members hope their strong personal chemistry will enable them to explore and present this repertoire through bold, honest, and uninhibited interpretations.
Violinists Danny Koo, Becky Anderson, violist Cong Wu, and cellist Jiyoung Lee are graduates of Juilliard, Curtis, Manhattan School of Music, and the New England Conservatory.
“Unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), violinist Danny Koo has appeared as chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist all around the world.
Danny is tremendously excited to be a new member of Ensemble DITTO, an extraordinary chamber music group with a vision to introduce new audiences to the chamber music repertoire. An avid chamber musician, Danny has recently collaborated with Johannes Moser, Lluis Claret, Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joseph Kalichstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Richard O'Neill, Burt Hara, Donald Weilerstein, David Hetherington, and members of the Parker and Dover Quartets.
Danny has been invited as a ‘rising star’ to Summerfest at La Jolla, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Banff Chamber Program, and Music@Menlo, and has appeared recently at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Fanneuil Hall, Old South Meeting Place, and the Seoul Arts Center. In the Summer of 2017, in addition to LCCMF, Danny will go on tour with Ensemble DITTO all over South Korea and attend Music@Menlo as an International Program Artist.
A passionate teacher, Danny teaches at the New England Conservatory's Preparatory School as well as privately in Boston and Korea. A strong believer in creating a tangible change in the world through music, Danny has been a part of Kim Kashkashian’s ‘Music for Food’ initiative since its inception and is currently the coordinator for the Women’s Lunch Place Concert Series.
Born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, Danny received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from New England Conservatory, studying with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, and Malcolm Lowe, and was the recipient of the Beneficent Society Scholarship and Vernon Scholarship.
Violinist Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician based in New York City. Recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.
Ms. Anderson's solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras. Most recently, she was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition for senior division violin. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics and an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center. She was also awarded the bronze medal and Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition.
Ms. Anderson's passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, the Savannah Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and collaborations with Ani and Ida Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, and David Shifrin. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, studying with Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Ronald Copes, and Donald Weilerstein. Having recently completed the Rebanks Family Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, she is happy to be back in New York City as a fellow with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW) for the 2016-2018 seasons.
Recently winning Third Prize and Best Performance of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio in the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition, and the Special Prize in the Twelfth Tertis International Viola Competition, violist Cong (pronounced as Ts'ong) Wu has performed throughout North America and Europe. He has been recently appointed as the guest viola faculty of National Arts Center Summer Institute in Canada, the artist of Music@Menlo Winter Residency in California, and the assistant faculty of Manhattan in the Mountains Music Festival in New York. Cong is also a member of New York Classical Players, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and guest member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). His festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Encounters, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Born in China, Cong moved to New York in 2010. He won the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship and received his master’s degree with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang at the Juilliard School. Cong Wu is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship, studying with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec
Korean cellist Jiyoung Lee is known for her passionate interpretations, musical depth and sensitive performances. As a soloist, her performance credits include such orchestras as Korea’s Seoul Symphony Orchestra, New York’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic and New Jersey’s Bergen Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, she has played at numerous festivals, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summer Fest, Music From Angel Fire, Perlman Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland, and the Great Mountain International Festival, Korea.
Ms. Lee’s honors and awards include: winner, the New York International Artist Association 2014; winner, the Bergen Philharmonic Young Artist Competition; 2nd Prize, the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Competition, Harbin, China; winner, The 2012 Juilliard Schumann Concerto Competition; winner, the 2012 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, and 2nd Prize, the 2012 Hellam Young Artist Competition, Springfield, MO.
Lee holds her Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Peter Wiley, and her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Timothy Eddy. She also received the Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School studying with Joel Krosnick. Currently, Jiyoung is pursuing her doctoral degree in Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser.
previous Resident ensemble members
Robyn Bollinger, violin
Wenhong Luo, viola
Andrea Casarrubios, cello
Robyn Bollinger, violin
Wenhong Luo, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Caroline Goulding, violin
Hyujin Jang, violin
Alexi Kenney, violin
Daniel Koo, violin
Steve Laraia, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Emily Taubl, cello