2018 Artists

2018 Artists2018-07-16T14:58:46+00:00
Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim performs as both a concert soloist and recitalist and with the Johannes String Quartet. In 2009 he founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, which has quickly gained national attention for excellence in performance, innovative programming, educational outreach, and work with young composers and performers. Soovin received first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 which launched an international concert career. He later was a recipient of such distinguished prizes as the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Soovin has released nine commercial CD recordings in recent years including Niccolò Paganini’s demanding 24 Caprices and a French album of Fauré and Chausson with pianist Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter Quartet. He is currently working on a recording of the Bach works for solo violin. Soovin grew up in Plattsburgh, NY, and joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra as its then-youngest member at age 10. He is often heard in Vermont through his performances with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, on the Lane Series at the University of Vermont, on the Rochester Chamber Music Society series, at Middlebury College, with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and on Vermont Public Radio. Soovin is passionate about music education and joined the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2014, after teaching at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

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.
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 concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. 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.

Recent highlights include 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. Other recent commission and performances 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.

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 as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble. David’s website.

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.

Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse and enthusiastic musical life as soloist,chamber musician and orchestral leader. He joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Concertmaster in 1998, and since then has led the orchestra from the chair in several highly acclaimed, eclectic programs. He also appears frequently as soloist with the SPCO, performing concerti by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Korngold, Weill, and many more. In addition, he has performed as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, the Orlando Philharmonic and The Knights. A zealous advocate of the music of today, he gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003), which won the 2005 Grawemeyer award and has been recorded for KOCH Records. He has also performed John Novacek’ Four Rags with the composer on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

An avid chamber musician, Copes has performed at festivals and concert series around the globe. He co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado as well as Accordo, a new chamber group based in the Twin Cities, now in its 8th season.

As guest concertmaster, Copes has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and performed in the same capacity with the Houston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from The Curtis Institute and Juilliard. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Anne, his two daughters Ella and Izzy, and their Berner, Lucie. Steven’s website.

Violinist Bella Hristova 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. She has performed recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. A proponent of new music and composers, Bella commissioned iconic American composer, Joan Tower, to compose”Second String Force for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Bella has performed as a member of The Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, as well as at festivals including 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, she is the recipient of several prestigious awards including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Bella began violin studies at the age of six. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Bella plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin. She returns for her 4th LCCMF. Bella’s website.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, cellist Edward Arron 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 chamber music series, Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. With violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, and violist Richard O’Neill, Ed tours as a member of the renowned Ehnes Quartet.

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! Vail, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Kuhmo (Finland), PyeongChang, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Chesapeake Chamber Music, La Jolla Summerfest, 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. He returns to LCCMF for his 5th festival, having performed in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Arron has served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2016.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times, and “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post. A 2016 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic-director for Ligeti Forward, a series featured on the New York Philharmonic Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Jay has worked closely with some of the most creative musicians of our time including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and countless others from his own generation. Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals.

Praised as “…extraordinary…” and “…a formidable clarinetist…” by the New York TimesRomie 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 additionally 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, 92nd Street Y, 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. Romie returns for her 4th LCCMF.  Romie’s website.

Pianist Marc-André Hamelinis ranked among the elect of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc.

Marc-André is a frequent recitalist for Chicago Symphony Presents, the Cliburn, Spivey Hall, Montreal Pro Musica, Music Toronto, WPA in Washington, the Boston Celebrity Series and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Princeton University, San Francisco Performances, and in all the major concert halls in New York. Recitals in Europe include regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, Munich, DeSingel in Antwerp, the Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, Moscow State Philharmonic Society, Perugia, the Heidelberg Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as a recent three-concert residency at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.

He has appeared repeatedly with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. At the last of these, he played the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Piano Concerto (written for him) with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In his 2014 debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto his playing was praised as “the very paragon of Classical purity, a fount of crisp, sparkling passages” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer, May 1, 2015).

In recognition of his remarkable discography, Marc-André was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in June 2015. Also awarded the 2006 lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Marc-André has recorded some 70 CDs for the Hyperion label, most recently a double disc of Mozart Sonatas and two recordings with the Takács Quartet featuring the piano quintets by Shostakovich and Leo Ornstein.

Winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition, Marc-André was born in Montreal. He began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Marc-André’s father, a pharmacist by trade who was also a gifted amateur pianist, had introduced him to the works of Alkan, Medtner and Sorabji when he was still very young. Marc-André’s principal teachers included Gilles Hamelin, Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen and Russell Sherman; he studied at the École Vincent d’Indy in Montreal and then at Temple University in Philadelphia. An Officer of the Order of Canada since 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec since 2004, Marc-André is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada and features prominently in the book The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm, published by Amadeus Press. Marc-André makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Marc-André’s website.

Ellen Hwangbo is known for her expressive power and passionate interpretations. A top-prize winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s National Young Artist Competition in 2006, she has also performed to great acclaim across Asia, Europe, and North America, with recent performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. As a spirited chamber musician, Ellen has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Soovin Kim, Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautschi, William Sharp, Hye-Jin Kim, Eduardo Leandro, and Natasha Brofsky. As a founding member of Consortium Ardesia, a new-music ensemble with horn player Ann Ellsworth and clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, she has premiered and recorded compositions by Sheila Silver, William Pfaff, and Perry Goldstein. Ellen’s performances have been broadcast on several radio stations including VPR Classical and WRCJ Detroit. She has appeared at the Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Lake Champlain, Sarasota, and Aspen music festivals, as well as Pianofest and the Banff Centre.

She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan where she studied under Logan Skelton, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied under Gilbert Kalish. Ellen returns for her 4th LCCMF, reprising her 2011 performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio.

Mark Howe has served as Director of Music and Canon Precentor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington VT since 1999. He began singing in a choir of men and boys at the age of 8, and he holds degrees from Westminster Choir College (B. Mus. in Organ and Church Music), Yale University (M. Mus. in Organ, with a diplomas in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School and in Sacred Music from the Institute of Sacred Music), and New York University (Ph.D. in Musicology). Mark has taught at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and McGill University. At St. Paul’s, he is responsible for overseeing the musical life of the Cathedral, playing the organ, training and directing the choirs, and consulting on liturgical matters. He serves as Editor of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has been a member of the staff of the Royal School of Church Music’s Newport (R.I.) Summer Training Course since 2010.

Mark says: “I keep a small icon of the Transfiguration on the organ, because I think that music helps draw us into the cloud of God’s presence, just as Peter, James, and John were taken beyond their own time and space on the Mount of Transfiguration. So a central part of my work is to help transfiguration occur at St. Paul’s Cathedral, by the immense power of music – whether we’re singing, playing, or hearing it.”

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, cellist Edward Arron 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 chamber music series, Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. With violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, and violist Richard O’Neill, Ed tours as a member of the renowned Ehnes Quartet.

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! Vail, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Kuhmo (Finland), PyeongChang, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Chesapeake Chamber Music, La Jolla Summerfest, 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.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ed has served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2016.

Ron Forrester is an American bow maker who works exclusively in the French tradition, creating bows entirely by hand using only traditional tools and methods. Working closely with each player, Ron creates a bow that will allow them to achieve their greatest musical potential. His years of experience working with some of the most accomplished players in the world has given him a broad spectrum of experience in this unique art form.

Ron began his career 24 years ago with a three-year apprenticeship under bowmaker Yung Chin in New York City, then worked for several more years with some of the finest French bowmakers providing a broad base of knowledge and variety of style.

For the past 10 years, Ron has been working for Rare Violins of New York as their resident bowmaker. His days are filled with making new bows and restoring fine antique bows. New York City provides a rare opportunity to work with some of the best string players and finest antique bows in the world.

Frank Morelli, the first bassoonist to receive a doctorate at Juilliard, has been soloist at Carnegie Hall on nine occasions, and performed at the White House for the final state dinner of the Clinton Presidency. Principal bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic, he was principal bassoon of the NYC Opera for 27 years. He teaches at Juilliard, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. His more than 170 recordings include MSR Classics solo CDs From the Heart, Romance and Caprice, Bassoon Brasileiro and Baroque Fireworks. The magazine, Gramophone, proclaimed: “Morelli’s playing is a joy to behold.” The American Record Guide stated: “the bassoon playing on this recording is a good as it gets.” Of his DG recording of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Orpheus Fanfare Magazine added that this recording “reset a reviewer’s standards at too high a level for comfort in a world more productive of ordinary music making.” The Orpheus CD Shadow Dances, which features Frank, won a 2001 Grammy Award.

A prolific chamber musician, he has appeared at the most prestigious national and international festivals. He is a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, ensemble in residence at Manhattan School of Music, and Festival Chamber Music. He compiled the landmark excerpt book, Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon for Boosey and Hawkes and has numerous transcriptions in print. His revision of the widely used Weissenborn Bassoon Method Book and Studies will soon be in print, commissioned by Carl Fischer Publishers.

A former Artist Member with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kurt Muroki began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study the double bass at The Juilliard School of Music. Kurt has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, 92nd St. Y, and Bargemusic. Festivals include Marlboro Music Festival, Festival L’Autonne at IRCAM, and Aspen Music Festival to name a few. Kurt is also active playing movie soundtracks, commercials, popular, and classical recordings with titles including the Oscar winning film The Departed, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Julie and Julia, Moonrise Kingdom. He has collaborated on albums and live concerts including projects with such artists as The Who, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Itzhak Perlman.

He has collaborated with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Tokyo quartets among others and has performed concerto tours throughout Asia and the United States. Kurt held faculty positions at Stony Brook University and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. He is also an artistic advisor for the Schneider Concert Series in New York City and is a D’Addario Strings Artist. Kurt plays on a double bass once owned by the famous double bassist Domenico Dragonetti and attributed to Nicolo Amati circa 1665.

Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramaphone proclaimed Thula as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique…and deep expressiveness.”

Thula gained international prominence winning the Primrose International Viola Competition at age 16. The following year she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which led to debuts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 1998 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant,

Thula has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. She has been heard in recital at Tokyo’s Nexus Hall and Suntory Hall, the Louvre, the Ford Center in Toronto, the Maison de Radio France, and the Xi’an Concert Hall. She recently gave premiere performances of her own Sonoran Storm for viola and orchestra with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thula has performed at the White House and has testified before Congress on behalf of the NEA. An avid educator, she served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. Born in California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Thula attended the Curtis Institute of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.

Thula has composed since childhood. While studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, her theory teachers included Edward Aldwell, David Loeb, and Jennifer Higdon. Her works have been performed in the United States, China, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Czech Republic. She is the first composer in residence of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, appointed in their 57th season.

Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Since that time, Jeewon has performed in prestigious venues across North America, Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. She regularly appears at prominent festivals throughout the world, including Spoleto USA, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Bridghampton, Lake Champlain, Seoul Spring, Great Mountains, Manchester, Taos, Norfolk, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Music Alp in Courchevel (France), Kusatsu (Japan) Music Festivals. Jeewon is the co-artistic director, along with her husband, Edward Arron, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. She performs annually at the Caramoor International Music Festival where she first appeared as a Rising Star in 2007, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York. Jeewon has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on NPR and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR, and her performances have been televised nationally in Korea.

Jeewon came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Yale University, and 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 recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His many New York City appearances have included solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall, concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and chamber music performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Morgan Library and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Highly respected as a teacher and lecturer, Michael has presented masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. In recent seasons, he has been a regular lecturer at Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and on Ponant Cruises. A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, he is also a conductor.

Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts in Ridgewood, New Jersey. PCC’s mission is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical chamber music by presenting the world’s finest singers and instrumentalists in affordable, innovatively programmed public concerts and educational events.

Bruno Price has been a dealer of fine instruments for over 30 years. He has established many important and trusting relationships with the world’s foremost musicians, collectors and instrument dealers. Born in Great Britain to a musical family, Bruno trained as a cellist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK), and later earned his graduate degree in Cello Performance at Northern Illinois University Dekalb where he studied with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. Bruno transitioned from cellist to instrument dealer in 1986 when he joined Bein & Fushi in Chicago. He later moved to the east coast, where in 2002 he formed Rare Violins of New York with Ziv Arazi.

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.

Ian joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two 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 2017-2018 season included The Industry’s world premiere production of Galileo, with music by Andy Akiho and a libretto by Yuval Sharon, a ten-city tour of the West Coast with Sandbox Percussion, and the world premiere of there is no one, not even the wind by John Luther Adams with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

In early 2017, Ian released his first full-length 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.

Ian 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. Ian endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth mallets, and Remo drumheads.

Lucy Shelton, soprano, winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards as chamber musician and solo recitalist, has worked closely with today’s composers and premiered over 100 works. She has been a guest artist with ensembles such as the Emerson, Brentano, Enso, Mendelssohn, Chiara and Guarnieri string quartets, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, 21st Century Consort, Speculum Musicae, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Da Camera of Houston, eighth blackbird, Dolce Suono Ensemble, the Ensemble Moderne, Nash Ensemble, Klangform Wien, Schoenberg-Asko, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Lucy has participated in numerous festivals including those of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ojai, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Kuhmo, Togo and Salzburg. Lucy has appeared with major orchestras worldwide including Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Cologne, Denver, Edinburgh, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Minnesota, Munich, New York, Paris, St. Louis, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo. In Pierrot Lunaire’s centennial year (2012) she performed the work with 10 different ensembles worldwide, as well as touring with eighth blackbird in a staged version. Lucy’s extensive discography is on the Deutsche Grammophon, Koch International, Nonesuch, NMC, Bridge, Albany and Innova labels, and in 2010 she received a Grammy Nomination (with the Enso Quartet) for the Naxos release of Ginastera’s string quartets.

Lucy has taught at the Third Street Settlement School in Manhattan, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute and the Britten-Pears School. She joined the resident artist faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1996 and in the fall of 2007 she was appointed to the voice faculty for Manhattan School’s innovative Contemporary Performance Program. Her primary mentor was the legendary mezzo soprano Jan De Gaetani. In recognition of her contribution to the field of contemporary music, Lucy has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Pomona College (2003) and the Boston Conservatory (2013). Currently, Lucy is a Board Member of Chamber Music America, Joy In Singing and Resonant Bodies Festival.

Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty states in the U.S. to the music of our time for over five decades. He has had a close working relationship with Charles Wuorinen, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Toru Takemitsu, Chick Corea, Pierre Boulez, Mario Davidovsky and others whose works he has premiered and recorded. He has been soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings; his discography ranges from Heinrich Schütz, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms through Schoenberg and Stravinsky to the 20th and 21st century works written for him.

Fred was a founding member of TASHI, Speculum Musicae, and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His performance career has taken him to on-and off- Broadway orchestra pits and soloing in Carnegie Hall; on stage with the NYC Ballet and the Newport Jazz Festival; playing movie soundtracks and concertos with major orchestras. He serves on foundation boards and the juries of international music competitions. His book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was published in 2011. A Grand Tour of Cello Technique was unveiled by C.F. Peters in spring 2018.

Fred is a member of the cello faculty of The Juilliard School, the Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist David Shifrin has served as Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, since 1981. A member of the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987, he is the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York concert series at Carnegie Hall. An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its Artistic Director from 1992 to 2004.

David has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. A sought after chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, and artists Wynton Marsalis, Emanuel Ax, and André Watts.

David’s recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially built basset clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review.

David continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including, among others, John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

David performs on MoBa cocobolo wood clarinets by Backun Musical Services and Légère premium synthetic reeds.

Joshua Smith joined the Cleveland Orchestra in September 1990 as principal flute and appears as soloist with the orchestra on a regular basis, in repertoire including the world premiere and European tour of a new concerto by Jörg Widmann written expressly for him. Joshua enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. He has released two albums of Bach sonatas on Delos with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, and is featured on a Grammy-nominated Telarc recording of works by Debussy and Takemitsu with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and violist Cynthia Phelps.

Intrigued with finding new outlets for his music and bringing classical music to new audiences, Joshua served as guest curator of music for the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2007, creating a series of chamber music concerts presented during the museum’s special exhibition “Monet in Normandy.” He has also been a driving force behind the innovative chamber group Ensemble HD, comprised of Cleveland Orchestra members and special guests. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joshua worked closely with renowned pedagogue Frank Bowen before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner.

One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularizing the horn as recording artist and teacher. Born in Zagreb in 1962 he completed his studies with Professor Prerad Detiček at the Zagreb Academy of Music and is the recipient of many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Premio Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1983 – the first to be awarded to a horn player for fourteen years.

As a soloist Radovan has appeared with many distinguished symphony and chamber orchestras around the world and is very much in demand as a chamber musician. Radovan has also been Artistic Director of the September Chamber Music Festival in Maribor, Slovenia.

He has participated in first performances of works by Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger, and several Croatian composers who have written concertos for him. In May 2008 he premiered the Horn Concerto written for him by Krzysztof Penderecki under the baton of the composer. In 2014 Radovan was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM), an honor bestowed upon only 300 distinguished musicians worldwide.

Applauded for her absolutely captivating voice with exceptional style and effortless lyrical grace (Washington Post), soprano Hyunah Yu has garnered acclaim for her versatility in concert and opera roles of several centuries, for her work in chamber music, for her support of new music written by contemporary composers, and for her recorded and broadcast performances. Known particularly for her performances of the music of J.S. Bach, Hyunah has appeared regularly with esteemed conductors, festivals and orchestras throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Hyunah has enjoyed re-engagements with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series, Alice Tully Hall, the Vancouver Recital Society, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Musicians from Marlboro, and many others. A highlight of Hyunah’s opera career was singing the title role in Peter Sellar’s new production of Mozart’s Zaide in the joint production of the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Barbican Centre and the Wiener Festwochen, played in New York, London, and Vienna. She has recorded Bach and Mozart Arias on EMI’s Debut Series and solo recitals broadcast for the BBC Voices program. Hyunah was a prizewinner at the Walter Naumburg International Competition and a finalist in both the Dutch International Vocal and Concert Artist Guild International competitions. Upon the nomination of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, she received the coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Hyunah also holds a degree in molecular biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

“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.

An avid and sought after chamber musician, Danny has recently collaborated with Soovin Kim, Randall Scarlata, Johannes Moser, Lluis Claret, Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joseph Kalichstein, Barry Shiffman Vivian Weilerstein, Burt Hara, and Donald Weilerstein. He performs with the Kafka Quartet, Music Street, Wellesley Chamber Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Constantia, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. From 2016-2017, Danny was a member of Ensemble DITTO, and in April 2018, Danny partnered up with double bassist, Minje Sung, to begin their journey as duo ‘PUNCH’; garnering attention with their sold-out concert at the Seoul Arts Center and features on: JTBC Classic Today and Mnet Classic Dominant.

Danny has been invited to Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (Kafka Quartet – Resident Ensemble), Summerfest at La Jolla, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Banff Chamber Program, and has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Fanneuil Hall, and Old South Meeting Place. In the summer of 2018, Danny will make his Rockport Music debut. The Kafka Quartet will also be making their return as the Resident Ensemble at LCCMF.

Born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, Danny received his BM and MM degrees from the New England Conservatory, studying with Malcolm Lowe, Soovin Kim, and Donald Weilerstein 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. Her recent appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and members of eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.

Becky was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Other awards include the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics.

Becky’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire festivals. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and is currently a fellow with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW) for the 2016-2018 seasons.

Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a violist who “brings personality to his viola’s distinctive deep, warm voice,” Steven Laraia is currently the Principal Violist of the Sarasota Orchestra. Steve recieved his BM and MM degrees from the New England Conservatory and was the recipient of the 2012-2014 Abraham Skernick Memorial Presidential Scholarship. During his time at NEC, Steven won the 2012 NEC Concerto Competition, 1st Prize in the 2014 Hellam Competition, 2nd Prize in the 2012 MUSICCAS International Young Artists Competition, the 2014 Borromeo Guest Artist Award and was a 3rd place laureate in the 11th Annual Sphinx Competition. Steve has collaborated with such artists as Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, Soovin Kim, Bonnie Hampton, and Ida Kavafian. Steve has participated in festivals such the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Steve has played concerts with ensembles such as Sejong Soloists, A Far Cry, and The Sphinx Virtuosi. Steve’s former teachers include Kim Kashkashian Dimitri Murrath, Cathy Basrak, Byrnina Socolofsky, and Che-Hung Chen. Steve is currently on the faculty at Florida Southern College.

Praised for “her sense of joyful virtuosity” as concerto soloist (South Florida Classical Review)Julia Yang is a dynamic and versatile cellist, founding member of the Merz Trio and current member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect

Julia has garnered top prizes at numerous competitions such as the Lennox International Competition and the Union League of Chicago’s Young Artist Competition and sha has performed as concerto soloist with the New World Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra among others.

An active chamber musician, Julia has been noted for her “deep tone” and “precision” (South Florida Classical Review) and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Europe, Australia. and Canada. Upcoming festival invitations include the Marlboro Music Festival, with previous festival appearances at Yellow Barn, Perlman Chamber Music Program, the Taos School of Music, Britten-Pears’ Young Artist Program, and Poland’s Krzyzowa-Music. Her chamber performances have been broadcast on radio in New York, Chicago, and in Germany, and she can be heard on the Aldeburgh Strings recording (Linn Records).

Merz Trio, Julia’s bold new piano trio presents innovative multidisciplinary concert experiences alongside its traditional concertizing, interweaving the piano trio genre with diverse art forms ranging from the visual arts, literature, and dance to theatre and the culinary arts.

An engaging orchestral leader, Julia has toured as principal cellist of the New World Symphony, and has performed as principal under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Susanna Malkki, James Gaffigan, John Adams, and Leonard Slatkin in halls ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall to D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Miami’s New World Center and Arsht Center.