Soovin Kim

Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim launched an international performing career at age 20 after winning the Paganini International Violin Competition. His enormous range of concert activities includes regular performances of the complete Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, sonatas for violin and piano ranging from Beethoven to Ives, Mozart and Haydn concertos and symphonies as a conductor, and world-premiere works almost every season.

For 20 years, he performed as violinist in the Johannes String Quartet, and now plays each season in the Chien-Kim-Watkins Piano Trio. Among his many commercial recordings is his acclaimed disc of Paganini’s Twenty-Four Caprices (“thrillingly triumphant” – Classic FM Magazine). He is the founder and artistic director (together with his wife, pianist Gloria Chien) of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (LCCMF) in Burlington, Vermont. He was bestowed an honorary doctorate by the University of Vermont for the LCCMF’s great contributions to its community. Chien and Kim are in their first year as artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest. Kim devotes much of his time to his passion for teaching at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and many of his students already enjoy successful performing and teaching careers.

Gloria Chien

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She made her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and she performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. She was subsequently selected by The Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, “who appears to excel in everything.” In recent seasons, she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009, she launched String Theory, a chamber music series in Chattanooga, Tennessee that has become one of the region’s premier classical music presenters.  The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The couple has recently been appointed artistic directors at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Chien studied extensively at the New England Conservatory of Music with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She is Artist-in-Residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and she is a Steinway Artist.

David Serkin Ludwig’s first memory was singing Beatles songs with his sister; his second was hearing his grandfather perform at Carnegie Hall; foreshadowing a diverse career collaborating with many of today’s leading musicians, filmmakers, and writers. His choral work The New Colossus, opened the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. The next year NPR Music named him in the world’s “Top 100 Composers Under Forty.” He holds positions and residencies with nearly two dozen orchestras and music festivals in the US and abroad.

David has received commissions and notable performances from many of the most recognized artists and ensembles of our time, including the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and National Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Dresden Music Festival, as well as Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo, David Shifrin, eighth blackbird, the Dover and Borromeo Quartets, and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet.

David received the prestigious 2018 Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage Fellowship, as well as the First Music Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, and awards from New Music USA, the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Detroit Chamber Winds, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

David served on the composition faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music for nearly two decades. He was recently appointed Dean and Director of the Juilliard School music division. He lives in New York City with his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova, and their four beloved cats.

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.

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch created several productions with the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre; Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen; A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky; and HK Gruber’s Gloria — A Pig Tale. The Philharmonic later performed Petrushka, one-half of A Dancer’s Dream, on tour at London’s Barbican Centre. Le Grand Macabre was remounted at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in May 2019. He has also created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bard’s SummerScape Festival. His Tanglewood production of Carter’s What Next? was screened at The Museum of Modern Art.

Doug directed and designed Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moments at National Sawdust, later remounted at Salzburg’s Landestheater and with Master Voices at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. At La Jolla Summerfest, he performed a live-animated version of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Inon Barnatan, and he directs Mark Neikrug’s A Song by Mahler in the 2020–21 season. Doug’s cabaret, Doug Fitch’s Art Gallery Variety Show, has appeared at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and at Columbia University’s Maison Française.

He is a co-founder of Giants Are Small, which, in co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, developed Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood — an iPad app, CD, and digital album featuring Alice Cooper as narrator and the German National Youth Orchestra. In May 2017 a live version was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra narrated by Doug.

Recent highlights include Los Angeles Opera’s remounting of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Pùnkitititi: Breakfast Included for Mozart Woche 2020 with the Salzburg Marionette Theater, and Pan in collaboration with Marcos Balter and Claire Chase.

Nicholas Houfek

Nicholas Houfek is a NYC based Lighting Designer working in Music, Theater, and Dance. Nick has worked with SoPercussion (Lincoln Center Festival and Carnegie Hall,) The Bang on a Can All-Stars (Carnegie Hall) and ICE (Mostly Mozart, Miller Theater, Roulette, BAC.). His works in Theater and Dance include: The Play about My Dad, The Momentum (Collaboration Town), The Capables (Gym at Judson), Coney (The New Ohio), Take Me Back (Walkerspace), Travis and the Brazen Women (ARSNOVA), unFRAMED, (John Jay College, SoloNova), Caucasian Chalk Circle (PPAS), Ian Spencer Bell Dance, William Isaac’s Kymera DanceThe 39 Steps (Olney Theatre Center). Co-Lighting Designs include: Natalie Merchant Tour 2014, Li’l Buck and YoYo Ma at (le) Poussin Rouge and the art installation Pharmacaphore with choreography by Silas Reiner at The Storefront for Art and Architecture. Nick toured with Natalie Merchant, Martha Graham, ArmitageGone! Dance, Deborah Hay, 360º Dance, and Jonah Bokaer as Lighting Supervisor. As an Assistant he has worked for New York City Ballet, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center Festival and Fall for Dance at NYCC. Nick is a graduate of Boston University.

 

The FLUX Quartet, “one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around” (San Francisco Chronicle), has performed to rave reviews in venues worldwide, including the Tate Modern with BBC Radio3, Park Avenue Armory, Kennedy Center, Mount Tremper Arts, EMPAC, Walker Art Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as international festivals in Australia, Europe and Asia. It has also premiered new works on numerous experimental incubators, including Roulette, The Music Gallery, and Mount Tremper Arts. FLUX’s radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. The group’s discography includes recordings on the Cantaloupe, Innova, New World, Passin Thru, and Tzadik labels, in addition to two acclaimed releases on Mode encompassing the full catalogue of Morton Feldman’s output for string quartet.

Strongly influenced by the “anything-goes” philosophy of the fluxus art movement, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX in the late 90’s. The quartet has since cultivated an uncompromising repertoire that combines late twentieth-century iconoclasts such as Cage, Nancarrow, Scelsi, and Ligeti with today’s visionaries, including Oliver Lake, Michael Hersch, David First, Alvin Lucier, Michael Schumacher, Sean Shepard, Wadada Leo Smith, Julia Wolfe, Matthew Welch, and others. Having premiered over 100 new works, FLUX has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Aaron Copland Fund, Meet-The-Composer, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America. FLUX also discovers emerging composers from its many college residencies, including Wesleyan, Dartmouth, Williams, Princeton, Bard, and the College of William and Mary.

The spirit to expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet, and to that end the quartet avidly pursues interdisciplinary projects, resulting in acclaimed new works with choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon, avant balloonist Judy Dunaway, digital collective The OpenEnded Group, and visual artist Matthew Barney. In the upcoming season, FLUX will perform and record the full string quartet output of Toshi Ichiyanagi, widely acknowledged as an influential pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde.

Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002.

The Parker Quartet is now in its seventh year as faculty members of Harvard University’s Department of Music in the group’s role as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence. Recent seasons included performances and residencies around the United States and Europe, including at the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago, the Wigmore Hall, the University of South Carolina, the Schubert Club, Skidmore College, and Kansas City’s Friends of Chamber Music.

The Quartet has been influential in projects ranging from the premiere of a new octet by Zosha di Castri alongside the JACK Quartet at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; to the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Helix Spirals, a piece inspired by the Meselson-Stahl DNA replication discovery; to the “Schubert Effect,” in collaboration with pianist Shai Wosner at the 92nd Street Y. Other recent highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Slee Series in Buffalo, and New York’s Lincoln Center Great Performers series. The Quartet also continues to be a strong supporter of their friend and frequent collaborator Kim Kashkashian’s project Music for Food by participating in concerts throughout the United States for the benefit of various food banks and shelters.

The Quartet has been particularly focused on recording projects. They have recorded Dvořák’s Viola Quintet for ECM Records, joined by Kim Kashkashian, as well as Kurtag’s Six Moments Musicaux and Officium breve in memoriam. Under the auspices of the Monte Carlo Festival Printemps des Arts, they recorded a disc of three Beethoven quartets, released in the fall of 2019. The Quartet’s recording featuring Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3, was widely lauded by the international press, and their debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires won praise from Gramophone: “The Parkers’ Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation… they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off.” Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to win this category).

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in-residence at the USC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas (2012–2014), Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota (2011– 2012), Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).

The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, and the Quartet was part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the original members of the Cleveland Quartet as well as Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, and Rainer Schmidt.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova is known for her passionate and powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument. Her numerous prizes include a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York String Orchestra, and the Kansas City and Milwaukee Symphonies. She has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and regularly appears with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2017, she and renowned pianist Michael Houstoun toured New Zealand performing and recording the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin.

A committed proponent of new music, she has commissioned composers Joan Tower and Nokuthula Ngwenyama to write unaccompanied violin pieces which she premiered and is performing in recitals throughout the United States and abroad. She further collaborated with her husband David Serkin Ludwig on a violin concerto written for her through a consortium of eight major orchestras across the country.

Bella began violin studies at the age of six in her native Bulgaria. She studied with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Bella lives in New York City with her husband and their four cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

Violist Misha Amory is an eminent soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Brentano String Quartet, which has concertized on five continents for more than twenty years, has recorded extensively, and currently serves as ensemble-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.  Misha is also a member of the viola faculty at the Juilliard School and at the Curtis Institute of Music, and has given masterclasses at numerous other schools and festivals.  A winner of the Naumburg Viola Award, Misha attended Yale College and the Juilliard School, and was a student of Heidi Castleman, Caroline Levine and Samuel Rhodes.  His latest recording features the complete unaccompanied sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach, with his wife, Hsin-Yun Huang.

Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. He received his first significant public recognition at the age of twelve, when he won a Gold Medal at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against people twice his age. Since then, he has performed as soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. He can often be heard on NPR’s Performance Today and has been featured on A&E and PBS. A sought-after chamber musician, he is a member of the Clarosa piano quartet and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro. As a composer, he has expanded cello technique in ways heretofore thought unimaginable, particularly in his Pop-Unpopped project, which been ongoing since 2014. He has also written numerous chamber works, and has been a featured composer on series by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In March 2019, his piano quintet, commissioned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, was premiered at the opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. Clancy is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia.

Vlatomir Fung

The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. A 2020 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Zlatomir’s impeccable technique demonstrates a mastery of the canon and an exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire. A winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2017 Astral National Auditions, Zlatomir has taken the top prizes at numerous competitions and was selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts.

 

Recent highlights include the Seattle, Ann Arbor, Asheville and Aiken Symphonies, a joint recital with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall with IMS Prussia Cove, and an Aspen Music Festival debut.

 

Of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage, Zlatomir began playing cello at age three and earned fellowships at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Zlatomir was selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts. Fung has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has appeared on From the Top six times. Fung is a student at the Juilliard School. He plays an W.E Hill and Sons cello from 1905.

Marcy Rosen has established herself as one of the most important and respected artists of our day. Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass has called her “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” and The New Yorker Magazine calls her “a New York legend of the cello”.  She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South America, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States. Sought after for her riveting and informative Master Classes, she has been a guest of the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and the Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia.

Since 1986 Marcy has been Artistic Director of Chesapeake Chamber Music in Maryland. That organization houses the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, an International Chamber Music Competition, a Jazz Festival, and YouthReach, an educational program that provides free lessons to beginning string players. She is also an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Marcy is currently a professor of cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, also serving as Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Live concert series.  She is on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Please visit her website at www.marcyrosen.com.

One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.

David has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hawaii and Phoenix symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as well as at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A much sought after chamber musician, he has collaborated frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.

David has been instrumental in broadening the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng, and Ellen Zwilich.

In addition to the Avery Fisher Prize, David is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the NEA, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2016 Concert Artist Guild Virtuoso Award. He was given an Honorary Membership by the International Clarinet Society in 2014 in recognition of lifetime achievement and at the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. In January 2018 he received the 2018 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award at the Chamber Music America Conference, an award which recognizes an individual or entity who has provided historic service to the small ensemble music field.

Mr. Shifrin performs on a MoBA cocobolo wood clarinet made by Morrie Backun in Vancouver, Canada and uses Légère Reeds exclusively.

Jennifer Johnson Cano

A naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry, Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for committed performances of both new and standard repertoire. For her performance as Offred in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale, she was lauded as “towering…restless, powerful, profound, she is as formidable as this astonishingly demanding role deserves,” by The New York Times. With more than 100 performances on the stage at The Metropolitan Opera, her most recent roles have included Nicklausse, Emilia, Hansel and Meg Page.

Recent engagements include Bravo! Vail with the New York Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival with Matthew Polenzani, Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala with Michael Tilson Thomas, and a Carnegie Hall recital with Anna Netrebko. Recent recordings include a live performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featuring conductor George Manahan, tenor Paul Groves, and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

Jennifer joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. Among her honors are a First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, a Sara Tucker Study Grant, a Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Award. Cano is a native of St. Louis and earned degrees from Webster University and Rice University.

Blythe GaissertMezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert has established herself as one of the preeminent interpreters of some of the brightest stars of new classical music. A true singing actress, she has received critical acclaim for her interpretations of both new and traditional repertoire in opera, concert, and chamber repertoire.  “Gaissert gave a dramatically powerful, vocally stunning portrait of a woman growing increasingly desperate and delusional from lack of contact with the outer world. Gaissert’s development of Loats’s personality was utterly believable, and she gave a virtuoso performance of this very challenging music” (Arlo McKinnon, Opera News for The Echo Drift). Known for her warm tone, powerful stage presence, and impeccable musicianship and technical prowess, ”… mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert was impossible to ignore as the headstrong Mother Marie. She has a pure, powerful and appealing voice and a forceful stage presence to match.” (Denver Post)

Arianna Zukerman

Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances, and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is considered one of the première vocal artists of her generation. An international artist known for concert and opera performances, Arianna is also an avid chamber musician and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. Recent engagements include performing as Gran Sacerdote in Cerere Placata with Opera Lafayette, performing as a soloist in Richmond Symphony’s Holiday Festival of Music, Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Arizona Symphony and with True Concord, Despina in Così fan tutte in concert with National Philharmonic, Mozart’s Mass in C-minor with the Richmond Symphony, a vocal chamber music concert for Classics on Hudson in Hudson, NY, Hours of Freedom, a multimedia concert drama for the Defiant Requiem Foundation. Arianna’s extensive career includes performances with an impressive group of conductors including James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Ivor Bolton, Constantine Orbelian, Julian Wachner, Jane Glover, Lawrence Foster, Rossen Milanov, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, Jose Luis Gomez, and Andrew Litton. In her chamber music collaborations, she has worked with such esteemed artists as violinist Daniel Hope; pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ken Noda, Navah Perlman, Joy Schreier, Giovanni Reggioli and Brian Zeger; clarinetists Bharat Chandra, Alex Fiterstein, Patrick Messina, and Anthony McGill; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; the Miami String Quartet; and The Lincoln Trio.

Arianna is the Director of Young Artists of America Classical: Voice, and the Chair of the Vocal Intensive at the Wintergreen Music Festival.

Ryan BradfordThis season finds Ryan Bradford covering the baritone role in the world premiere of Marc Neikrug’s chamber opera, A Song by Mahler LCCMF, Chamber Music Northwest, LaJolla Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Ryan was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with LA Opera and Songfest and during the 2018-19 season made a return to the Oakland Symphony, San Rafael Symphony, Rapides Symphony, and Livermore Valley Opera as well as joined Chamber Music Silicon Valley as a vocal fellow.

He recently completed a residency with Opera Colorado for their 2016-17 season singing Happy and covering Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West as well as covering Hannah Before in As One. For their touring productions, he sang Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and covered Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

A DePaul University alumnus (BM in Voice Performance and BA in Italian), he received a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2013. He has received distinction from the East Bay Opera League, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses, and Pacific Musical Society.

A proponent of contemporary opera, this past summer, he made the west coast premiere of Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein with West Edge Opera and last year made his Canadian debut in the world premier opera, Ours. He has performed concert work with Oakland Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Rogue Valley Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Opera Parallèle with Nicole Paiment. This past summer, he was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with LA Opera/Songfest. His is an alumnus of DePaul University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has received distinction from the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition, Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition, the Loren. L. Zachary Competition, East Bay Opera League, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses, and the Pacific Musical Society.

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Bass-baritone Kelly Markgraf has been hailed by The New York Times for his “heart-stirring” singing and “charismatic” stage presence. Respected as a singing actor of depth and versatility, he has performed music from the Baroque to that composed expressly for him. In the summer of 2017, he created the role of Paul Jobs in Mason Bates’ premiere The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Santa Fe Opera. He also created the role of Hannah-Before in Laura Kaminsky’s transgender opera As One, one of the most frequently performed new operas in the United States today. Since its widely acclaimed premiere at BAM, Kelly has thrice reprised the role, including recent productions with Opera Colorado and San Diego Opera.

As a frequent chamber music collaborator, Kelly has appeared at Alice Tully Hall with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and acclaimed pianist Wu Han, as well as the OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music@Menlo festivals. He has twice performed in recital with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated in recital with pianists Gil Kalish and Ken Noda.

Committed to unique collaborations and creating new works, Kelly gave the US premiere of Shostakovich’s War Front Songs at Symphony Space, presented rare songs of Holocaust composer Viktor Ullmann at Alice Tully Hall, portrayed the role of Allazim in Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and bowed as Mamoud in John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by the composer.

He holds degrees from Boston University, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School.