In 2014 the Festival created an opportunity for a pre-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, the ensemble 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 2016 Festival, the trio performed with Festival artists on the opening August 21 concert, at the FlynnSpace concert on August 24, and for the Young Composers Sounding Board. In addition, they had a masterclasses on the Mozart Divertimento with Hsin-Yun Huang and Fred Sherry. They performed the Mozart for the Festival audience on Saturday, August 27. During the Festival, they met with IAA teachings to discuss plans for their ONE Strings residency.

meet the 2016 young trio-in-residence

Robyn Bollinger

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.

Wenhong Luo

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. 

Andrea Casarubbios

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.

previous ensemble-in-residence members

2015

Robyn Bollinger, violin
Wenhong Luo, viola
SuJin Lee, cello

2014

Caroline Goulding, violin
Hyujin Jang, violin
Alexi Kenney, violin
Daniel Koo, violin
Steve Laraia, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Emily Taubl, cello