Performing for over six decades before audiences across the globe, Violinist Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. His education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coaching with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of seventeen, Jaime Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the jury for the final round of the competition.

Recently retired as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Jaime continues to tour the United States as conductor, soloist, and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Jaime and his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, have greatly added to the double concerto canon with works written specifically for them by Richard Danielpour, David Serkin Ludwig, Andre Previn, Ned Rorem, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, among others. Jaime returns for the third time to LCCMF this year.

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 in Burlington, Vermont. He was bestowed an honorary doctorate by the University of Vermont for the LCCMF’s great contributions to its community. Gloria and Soovin are in their second year as artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest. Soovin 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.

“Mother of Peace” and “Lion” in Zulu, Nokuthula Endo Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician garner great attention.  Gramaphone proclaims her as “providing solidly shaped music of bold mesmerizing character.”  As a composer, Uptown Magazine featured her “A Poet of Sound.”

As a performer, Ms. Ngwenyama gained international prominence winning the Primrose International Viola Competition at 16.  The following year she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which led to debuts at the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street ‘Y.’  A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has performed with orchestras and as recitalist the world over.

Presently composing and performing, this 2021-22 season Ms. Ngwenyama collaborates with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio on the premiere of Elegy for piano quartet, lead commissioned by the Linton Chamber Series and supported by the Arizona Friends of Music, Chamber Music Monterrey Bay, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Tulsa, Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, the Kennedy Center, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Phoenix Chamber Music Society.  She joins the Oregon Mozart Players with maestro Kelly Kuo performing Dobrinka Tabakova’s ‘Suite in Old Style’ and returns to the Colburn School as an Amplify Artist, premiering Cars Talk for violin, viola, cello and bass.  As a member of the group Umama Womama she joins fellow instrumentalists and composers Valerie Coleman and Hannah Lash premiering a jointly written trio commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest, Phoenix Chamber Music Society and Clarion Concerts.  Primal Message, an homage to the Arecibo message that received its orchestral world premiere with the maestro Xian Zhang and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last season, is performed by her and the Orquesta Nacional de España, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New Jersey, Toronto and San Francisco Symphonies.

Ms. Ngwenyama has performed at the White House and testified before Congress on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  An avid educator, she served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She also served as director of the Primrose International Viola Competition and is past president of the American Viola Society.  She curates Composer’s Choice, a co-production of ASU/Kerr Cultural Center, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and Peace Mama Productions (PMP).  It features 21st century music and its creators – from the concert hall to television, game and beyond – in a chamber setting.

Born in Los Angeles, California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Nokuthula Endo Ngwenyama  (No-goo-TOO-lah En-doh En-gwen-YAH-mah) studied theory and counterpoint with Mary Ann Cummins, Warren Spaeth and Dr. Herbert Zipper at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences.  She also appeared on Sylvia Kunin’s Emmy-nominated ‘A Musical Encounter’ series with host Lynn Harrell and was an orchestral soloist in the American Film Foundation documentary Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper.  She is an alumna of the Colburn School for the Performing Arts (now the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts) and the Curtis Institute of Music, where her theory and counterpoint teachers were Edward Aldwell, Jennifer Higdon and David Loeb.  As a Fulbright Scholar she attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.  She is the first composer in residence of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society and plays on a 1597 Antonius and Hieronymus Amati viola from the Biggs Collection.

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. Currently, he is the co-artistic director with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The 2021-22 season marked Edward’s 15th and final season as the artistic director and host of the acclaimed Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Edward tours and records as a member of the renowned Ehnes Quartet, and he appears regularly at the Caramoor International Music Festival, where he has been a resident performer and curator of chamber music concerts for over a quarter of a century. In 2013, he completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. In January of 2021, Edward’s recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with pianist Jeewon Park was released on the Aeolian Classics Record Label. The recording received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award from the Classical Recording Foundation. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Edward currently serves on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award and a GRAMMY nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist and one of the most outstanding musicians of our time. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra or member of the world-famous Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, critics, audiences and fellow musicians respond to what the Indianapolis Star has called “A cellist who has simply been given the soul of Caruso.” Her guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies, and in Europe, the London Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Zürich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the English, Scottish and Franz Lizst chamber orchestras.

Recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the state of Vermont, Robinson divides her time between teaching, solo engagements, performing with her husband, violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo, and touring with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. In of fall 2012, she started teaching on the renowned instrumental and chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She previously taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2005. Highly sought after for her dynamic master classes, she brings insight to her teaching from the rare combination of her lifetime experiences as a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University, and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, plus countless solo recitals and concerto performances.

Committed to the music of our time, Robinson works closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, Arvo Pärt, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joan Tower, David Ludwig, Katherine Hoover, Richard Danielpour, and André Previn. She is admired for consortium building, putting together multiple presenters as co-commissioners of both chamber music works and concertos with orchestra. For the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s 35th anniversary, she gathered twelve presenters to commission Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Quintet, and for the 35th anniversary of her marriage to Jaime Laredo, she compiled eight co-commissions for Richard Danielpour’s Duets. In 2015, Robinson established the Cleveland chapter of Music for Food, which has raised funds to provide over 3,000 meals for area residents.

Double bassist Nina Bernat is the first prize winner at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and first and grand prize winner of the 2022 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. At the age of 19, she performed as guest principal of the Israel Philharmonic under Adrás Schiff and Osmo Vänskä as well as with the New York Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. As a recipient of the 2019 Keston MAX Fellowship, she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra on a subscription series concert at the Barbican Centre and in a chamber music concert for LSO Discovery Day at LSO St. Lukes.

Particularly interested in chamber music, she has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and been a part of Juilliard ChamberFest. Additionally, Nina performed Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall as winner of the Juilliard Double Bass Competition. In the summer of 2022, she will be performing at the Grace Note Farm Music Festival, which she helped to organize, as well as the Marlboro Music Festival.

Nina began studying under the instruction of her father and former member of the Israel Philharmonic, Mark Bernat. She has continued her studies with Tim Cobb and cellist Astrid Schween at The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. She has been an invited participant of festivals such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yellowbarn Young Artists Program, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Emi Ferguson is so excited to be back at the 2022 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival! Outside of LCCMF, Emi can be heard live in concerts and festivals with groups including the Handel and Haydn Society, AMOC*, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chamber Players. Emi’s recordings celebrate her fascination with reinvigorating music and instruments of the past for the present. Her debut album, Amour Cruel, an indie-pop song cycle inspired by the music of the 17th century French court was released by Arezzo Music in September 2017, spending 4 weeks on the Classical, Classical Crossover, and World Music Billboard Charts.

Her 2019 album Fly the Coop: Bach Sonatas and Preludes, a collaboration with continuo band Ruckus, debuted at #1 on the iTunes classical charts and #2 on the Billboard classical charts, and was called “blindingly impressive…a fizzing, daring display of personality and imagination” by The New York Times. In addition to her solo recordings, Emi has also been featured on recordings for New Focus Records, Old Focus Records, Canteloupe Music, National Sawdust Tracks, Brontosaurus Records, Coro, and MSR Classics. A passionate chamber musician of works new and old, Emi has been a featured performer at the Marlboro, Lucerne, Ojai, Lake Champlain, Bach Virtuosi, and June in Buffalo festivals, often premiering new works by composers of our time. For more information please visit: www.emiferguson.com

Admired for his “marvelous ringing tone” (Joseph Dalton, Albany Times Union) Bixby Kennedy is one of the most versatile clarinetists of his generation. He has performed concerti with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Bixby has performed throughout the US and Europe in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Marlboro Music Festival, and is the clarinetist for the “explosive” New York City based chamber ensemble Frisson. He has appeared as a guest artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Knights. As an orchestral musician, Bixby has performed with the MET Opera and NY Philharmonic in addition to regular engagements with the Albany and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. On period instruments, Bixby has performed classical repertoire on original and replica instruments throughout the US with Grand Harmonie Orchestra. He is a former member of Ensemble Connect and works as a teaching artist throughout the US. As an arranger, his works have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Schumann, Frisson, Ensemble Connect, and Symphony in C. He loves traveling, trying new foods, laughing, hiking, and playing tennis.

David Shifrin is the Samuel Sanford Professor in the Practice of Clarinet at the Yale School of Music as well as Artistic Director of the Oneppo Chamber Music Society at Yale, and Yale in New York. David is Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival and was Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1992 to 2004, and Chamber Music Northwest from 1981 to 2020.

David has appeared with numerous major orchestras, and at many chamber music and recital venues throughout the world. He has premiered and commissioned many of the worlds most respected composers. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas Symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony and the New Haven Symphony.

David is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize (2000) and the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1987), He has been awarded prizes at the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions, the Concert Artists Concert Guild, and three Grammy nominations. He holds Distinguished Alumni Awards from Interlochen and the Music Academy of the West, an honorary professorship from Beijing’s Central Conservatory, a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale awards from Chamber Music America and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music. David performs on Backun clarinets and Légère synthetic reeds. He is represented by CM Artists, NYC.

Roni Gal-Ed is a first prize winner at the International Lauschmann Oboe Competition in Mannheim, Germany, and a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation including and from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Roni has worked with conductors including Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Christian Thielemann, Sándor Végh, and Yoel Levy. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaj Znaider, Johannes Moser, Mathieu Dufour, Alex Klein, Dale Clevenger, Karl Heinz Steffens, Klaus Thunemann, the Jerusalem String Quartet, and the Carmel String Quartet.

Roni regularly participates in music festivals around the world, including the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the PRO Festival Rolandseck, Germany, the Verbier Music Festival, the Edinburgh Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.

Roni has played with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, was the principal oboist of the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, and played, toured, and recorded as a guest principal oboist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She has also performed and toured with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, and was a frequent guest principal oboist with the Stuttgart and Munich Chamber Orchestras.

In her native Israel, she served as the principal oboist of the Israeli Opera, and then as associate principal with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to New York in 2009, Roni has continued to be an active oboist, playing with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. In 2018, she performed the U.S. premiere of Matthew Greenbaum’s oboe concerto The Jig is Up at Lincoln Center.

Roni studied with Paul Dombrecht at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She then joined one of Europe’s leading oboe programs at the Musik Hochschule in Munich, under the leadership of the late Günther Passin, where she graduated with a Master’s degree.

Bassoonist Monica Ellis is a founding member of the twice Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds, who for over a quarter-century has dazzled audiences with their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, and commitment to new works and collaborations.

A natural organizer, Monica is the co-artistic and executive director for Imani Winds and their annual Chamber Music Festival and treasurer for their non-profit Foundation.

Influential teachers include Mark Pancerev, of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where she was raised, George Sakakeeny at Oberlin Conservatory (BM), and Frank Morelli at The Juilliard School (MM) and Manhattan School of Music (PS).

She has performed and recorded with dozens of world-renowned artists and organizations spanning genres and styles from the likes of Wayne Shorter to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a celebrated educator, Monica has given masterclasses and solo performances across the country and is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Monica is a frequent commentator on critical discussions regarding race, gender, and entrepreneurship in classical music. She is on the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Educational Advisory Committee and is a board member for Concert Artists Guild and the International Double Reed Society (IDRS).

In 2022, Imani Winds was Grammy-nominated for its ninth studio recording entitled BRUITS.

Monica religiously watches Jeopardy!, loves home decorating, and resides in the historic village of Harlem in New York City with the greatest joy of her life – her 8-year-old son, Oden.

Brandon Ridenour is a stylistically diverse trumpet soloist, collaborative artist, composer, and arranger. Recognized as “…heralding the trumpet of the future” (Chicago Sun Times) and for “full-bodied, atmospheric arrangements” (The New York Times) Brandon began learning about the wonders of music at age 5, studying piano under the tutelage of his father. This morphed into “tootelage” when he picked up the trumpet in 5th-grade band class in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This newfound brassery blew him over to “The” Juilliard School in New York City, where he still lives today. Upon graduating, Brandon immediately began touring the world with the Canadian Brass along with embarking on a solo career. Brandon is also an active composer/arranger, writing in a wide variety of styles for various instrumentations and artists. He has won competitions ranging from the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition to the American Composers Forum. Emphasizing the performer-composer, he assembled a group of similar-minded musicians based in Brooklyn, called Founders.

Brandon has played with a diverse array of musicians including Jon Batiste, Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Cockburn, John Williams, and esteemed ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Brandon is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and The New School where he’s passionate about developing a new model of education for a well-rounded, progressive musician-of-the-future. www.brandonridenour.org

William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career in the United States and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. He is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Yale Brass Trio, and the Triton Horn Trio, and is an emeritus member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous premieres of pieces for solo horn, horn concerti, horn trios, and woodwind quintets by such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Steven Stucky, and Elliott Carter. Purvis has also been a frequent guest artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society and has collaborated with many of the world’s most esteemed string quartets.

At the Yale School of Music, Purvis teaches a studio of graduate-level horn students and has been featured many times in performances on the School’s Faculty Artist Series. He is also Director of the Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments.

A Grammy Award winner, Purvis has recorded extensively for numerous labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos Records, Koch Entertainment, and Bridge Records.

Scott Hartman heads the trombone department at Yale University. Scott is a founding member of the Yale Brass Trio, the Millennium Brass, Proteus 7, Four of a Kind, and he is a longtime member of the Summit Brass. He began his chamber music career playing with the famed Empire Brass and has been the principal trombonist of the Brass Band of Battle Creek since 1993.

As a chamber musician and/or soloist, Scott has performed in all 50 United States and around the world. He has been a featured performer with many major United States symphony orchestras – including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony. Abroad, Scott has been a soloist with orchestras such as the BBC Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Caracas Symphony, the Simone Bolivar Symphony, the National Symphony of Taiwan and the Korean Orchestra in Seoul, Korea.

Each summer, Scott performs and coaches brass chamber music at the Norfolk Chamber Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Raphael Mendez Institute.

In addition to teaching and performing, Scott runs a publishing company for brass music, Firebird Editions, and has developed and produces his own line of Hartman mouthpieces. For more information, go to www.slushpump.com

Percussionist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She has been a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 when she was chosen as the first percussionist for the society’s prestigious residency program, The Bowers Program. A retrospective of her early life along with interviews and performances were featured on the CMS’ live stream program Artist Series in fall 2021. Ayano gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History. She presented a solo recital at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall which was broadcast on NHK, the national public station of Japan. Other highlights of her performances include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, and a performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Emanuel Ax. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Albany and Music@Menlo LIVE recording labels.

A native of Japan, Ayano began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She received her artist diploma degree from Yale School of Music, where she studied with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. She is currently a full professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Website: ayanokataoka.com

Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), pianist Jeewon Park made her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Since that time, Ms. Park has performed in major concert halls worldwide, 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. She came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea. Jeewon is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Yale University, and SUNY Stony Brook.

Gloria ChienTaiwanese-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.

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Anna has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. She has performed chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. Anna has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took a part in the European Broadcasting Union’s project to record and broadcast all of Mozart’s keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartet’s Perspectives Series. She is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

Anna made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her B.M. diploma from Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and in the summer at the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals.

Beginning in 2018, Anna performs in a trio with clarinetist David Shifrin and cellist Peter Wiley. Anna is a Steinway Artist.

Mark Howe has served as Director of Music and Canon Precentor of St. Paul’s Cathedral 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 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 has served as Editor of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and as a member of the staff of the Royal School of Church Music’s Newport (R.I.) Summer Training Course.

Mischa Santora is one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial conductors of his generation. Appointed music director of the Boston Ballet in 2018, he conducts the majority of their performances with the Boston Ballet Orchestra at the Boston Opera House. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Mr. Santora produced a number of creative audio and video projects, including compositions for soundtracks, editing and mixing of soundscapes, as well as producing, filming, and editing of musical film projects. In addition to his busy conducting schedule, Mr. Santora is the artistic director of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, with performances at Antonello Hall. Mr. Santora’s recent composition activities include music for theatrical productions, orchestral works, and soundtracks for film, TV/radio, and podcasts. He is the founder of a promising audio start-up company SONICITY, offering customizable high-fidelity soundtracks for creative professionals.

In North America, Mr. Santora has appeared with the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Louisville Orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston, National, New Jersey, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Richmond, North Carolina, Des Moines, Hartford, Princeton, Midland (Michigan), Eugene, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton (Ontario) Symphonies; as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

In Europe and the Middle East, he has led the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Basel and Lucerne Symphony Orchestras, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Matáv Symphony, the Miskolc Symphony, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra’s Chorus, the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

In the Pacific Rim he was invited by the West Australian Opera Company to conduct a production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In addition, he has appeared with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taiwan National Philharmonic, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. In Latin America, he has guest conducted in Mexico, Chile, and Peru.

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.

Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet was founded in 2010 and has toured widely throughout the United States and abroad, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The Quartet has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Haven Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and served as principal players and featured ensemble on tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi. They have performed at music festivals from Mainly Mozart to Juneau Jazz and Classics, the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the Festival del Sole. They played six concerts with Cécile McLorin Salvant for Jazz at Lincoln Center; their recording together won the 2018 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. They have performed in Russia, the UK, South Africa, South Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Colombia.

Their many collaborations have included work with the Harlem Quartet, the Imani Winds, Joshua Bell, Anthony McGill, and Stewart Goodyear as well as composers Jessie Montgomery, Kevin Puts, Caroline Shaw, and Joan Tower. Their UNCOVERED recordings and series celebrate formidable works by largely unknown Black composers like Samuel-Coleridge-Taylor and Florence Price. San Francisco Performances multi-season Uncovered series and festival expands on this project. Other recordings include The Bach/Gould Project, with Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Glenn Gould’s String Quartet Op. 1; Strum, the debut album of composer Jessie Montgomery; Bandaneon y cuerdas, tango-inspired music by JP Jofre, and Dreams and Daggers, their GRAMMY-winning album with Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Catalyst Quartet combines a commitment to diversity with a passion for contemporary works. They are faculty of the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute, and The Juilliard School.

Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, Grammy-nominated flutist and entrepreneur. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year. Umoja, Anthem for Unity was chosen by Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works.”

Coleman commenced her 2021/22 season with the World Premiere of Fanfare for Uncommon Times at the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In October 2021, Carnegie Hall presents her work Seven O’Clock Shout in their Opening Night Gala concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a performer, Coleman has appeared at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center and with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Bravo! Vail.

Coleman’s compositions are published by Theodore Presser and V Coleman Music.

Richard Kogan has a dDr. Richard Koganistinguished career as both a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program, and Co-Director of Weill Cornell’s Human Sexuality Program, he has been praised by the New York Times for his  “exquisite playing” and the Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.”

Richard has gained renown for his lecture/concerts that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors and psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of the great composers. A master storyteller, he has captivated audiences at medical conferences, music festivals and academic symposia throughout the world. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards in both psychiatry and the arts.

Richard is a graduate of Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College, and Harvard Medical School. He has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City.

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.

Ludwig 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.

In 2022 Ludwig was awarded the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the largest of its kind for chamber music. He 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.

In 2021 Ludwig was named a Steinway Artist by Steinway and Sons. He served on the composition faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music for nearly two decades before being appointed Dean and Director of Music at The Juilliard School in 2021. 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.

Cashel Day-Lewis (b. 2002) is a composer of acoustic concert music and a violinist steeped in both traditional Irish and Baroque music. Cash draws much of their inspiration from their background in traditional Irish music and historical performance. Both musical traditions inform Cash’ compositional style, and their music frequently uses melodic ornamentation and harmonic languages that are based strongly in improvisation––this often manifests itself in gestural, florid music. They currently reside in Oberlin, Ohio, where they are pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Oberlin Conservatory.

Cash’ music has enjoyed performances by the New York Philharmonic (Frayhayt for full orchestra, 2019) and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (Cobblestone Suite for mixed quintet, 2020), as well as Bard faculty member Helena Baillie (Scotch and Splenda for violin and piano). Most recently, Jasmine Choi and Dongmin Kim jointly commissioned Cash to write On the Sea of Moyle, a concerto for flute and string ensemble, which was premiered by the New York Classical Players in early February of 2022. Upcoming projects include a trio for piano, cello, and clarinet written for Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and a piece for two violins, harpsichord, and spoken-word soloist.

Sofia OutangSofia Jen Ouyang (b.2001) is a composer interested in the intersection and collision of varying artistic expression, fusing musical, literary, and philosophical concepts into her works. Sofia is currently pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Music and Philosophy at Columbia University, and studies with Andrew Norman at The Juilliard School as part of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. Past mentors include David Serkin Ludwig and Claire Chase. Sofia is a 2021 Blueprint composer fellow with National Sawdust and a recipient of the 2022 Gena Raps Piano Chamber Music Prize. She has also received honors from The American Prize (2022), BMI Student Composer Award (2021), Society of Composers Inc., Luna Lab (2020), and the National Young Composer Challenge (2019). She is currently working on a commission for the New York Virtuoso Singers.

Central to Sofia’s thinking are concepts, in no particular order: ideologies, binaries, ambiguities, indeterminacies, philosophies, literary theories, physicality, noise, gender, culture, sexuality, music, paradigms, hybridity, distortions, liminalities.

Sofia has worked with the JACK Quartet, violinist Juliette Kang, vocalist Brittany Hewitt, National Sawdust Ensemble, clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, pianist Cornelia Herrmann, percussionist Sae Hashimoto, and flutist Isabelle Gleicher.

American violinist Isabelle Ai Durrenberger is a rising young artist praised for her vivid musicality, genuine communication with her audiences, and passion for chamber music. She is currently completing her graduate studies with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory. Isabelle completed her B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo. Isabelle has enjoyed recent exposure to and exploration of contemporary music and compositions. In the summer of 2021, Jennifer Koh and ARCO Collaborative chose Isabelle as the Artist Fellow in the Alone Together educational project. Additionally, Isabelle spent her time as a chamber musician at Yellow Barn. Isabelle was awarded the Milton Preves Memorial 3rd Prize at the 2018 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She has collaborated with many American orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra. Isabelle performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2018 and 2015. Isabelle performs on a Terry Borman violin. In her free time, she enjoys baking, rewatching Downton Abbey, and playing with her dog. Isabelle will spend the summer of 2022 making music at Perlman Music Program, Marlboro Music Festival, and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, violinist Hannah Chaewon Kim is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory under the aegis of the Dean’s Scholarship after graduating from the Bachelor’s Degree (Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship). She received the first prize in the Manhattan International Music Competition, East Coast International Competition, SAC International Music Competition, Young Artist Competition, and many other major competitions. Hannah has performed at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and the Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium having won first prize at the New York Artists International Competition. She was selected as one of the Honors Ensembles at NEC in the 2021-2022 season as a member of Tavola Quartet and she was a member of NEC Chamber orchestra for the 2019-2020 season. Hannah has recently collaborated with Nicholas Kitchen, Yeesun Kim, Nicholas Cords, Rosemary Elliott, Samuel Suggs, Max Levinson, and Kyungsun Lee. She also performed at the Chamber Music Gala Showcase Concert and had many other chamber music appearances at the Jordan Hall of NEC. Hannah has previously performed with orchestras such as Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Cametara Orchestra, and the MostliPhilharmonic Orchestra. She had masterclasses with Marcy Rosen, Miriam Fried, Paul Watkins, Misha Amory, Mark Steinberg, ShlomoMintz, Zakhar Bron, Vadim Gluzman, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Mincho Minchev, Lucy Robert, Robert McDuffie, Frank Huang, and Aaron Berofsky. She was invited as a Young Artists Quartet member to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in 2021, and participated in Taos School of Music, Heifetz Institute of Music (Ashkenasi/Kitchen Chamber Seminar), Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Avila Music Festival, and Sejong International Music Festival. She is currently studying with Soovin Kim and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory.

Rosemary Nelis has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States and Europe, sharing her ebullient, imaginative playing in work that spans the great standard repertoire, historical performance, and extensive collaboration with living composers. She is known for her arresting expressivity and warmth, for the richness and depth of her sound, and for her insightful vision as an artist, colleague, and teacher.

In January of 2022, Rosemary became the newest member of the New York-based Cassatt String Quartet, with whom upcoming projects include recordings and performances of works by Victoria Bond, Rebecca Clarke, Shirish Korde, Tania León, Sato Matsui, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Florence Beatrice Price.

Rosemary received both B.M. and B.A. degrees from Bard College and Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Steven Tenenbom and majored in Chinese Language and Literature. She was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship during her Masters studies at The Juilliard School, where she worked with Roger Tapping and Misha Amory. Rosemary has spent summers performing at Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall, and in 2022 joins the faculty of the Kinhaven Music School. She plays a 1991 viola made by the maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

Jeffrey Ho, cellist from Santa Monica, CA, performs frequently in Southern California venues such as the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall, and Disney Concert Hall. He has recorded several chamber music performances through LACMA Bing and KUSC radio with Antonio Lysy, Movses Pogossian, and Neal Stulberg. He has appeared with USC Thornton Edge, UCLA Flux, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and the Phoenix Orchestra. He was a member of the UCLA Spikes Cello Quartet as part of the Gluck Foundation, which brought music to various parts of Southern California. Jeffrey performs as duo with his sister pianist/composer, Caroline Ho. Jeffrey received his B.A. from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music under the tutelage of Antonio Lysy and earned his M.M with Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music. Jeffrey currently studies at the New England Conservatory with Lluis Claret. He plays on a composite late 17th-century Milanese cello and has a keen interest in violinmaking. He recently completed making his first baroque cello bow.