Gloria Chien, Co-Artistic Director

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. Gloria 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.

Soovin Kim, Co-Artistic Director

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). 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 first 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.

David Serkin Ludwig, Resident Composer

David Ludwig

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.

Ludwig 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.

Ludwig 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.

Peter Espenshade, Executive Director

Peter Espenshade is an experienced non-profit executive with decades of experience in the management of key Vermont institutions. He is a long-standing fan of The Festival and supporter of the arts in Vermont. Peter notes that: “I’ve been lucky to work for key Vermont institutions such as The Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Vermont Community Foundation, and VAMHAR. My professional approach has always been to listen…and then to listen some more. Non-profits are public institutions: The Festival is your organization and I want to listen to you. I hope that you will call or email with you hopes, enthusiasms, and ideas for The Festival. I can’t wait to see you at one of our events in the coming months and years!”

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Hannah Sweet, Festival Manager

Hannah Sweet is an arts administration professional with a passion for helping facilitate world-class chamber music. In 2015, Hannah began working with LCCMF Co-Artistic Director Gloria Chien at String Theory in Chattanooga, TN as Operations Director. That same year, she interned with LCCMF and quickly fell in love with Vermont and the environment fostered by the festival. Over the course of the past several years, Hannah has taken on a larger role with LCCMF and now serves as Festival Manager, assisting in the production of the summer festival as well as the other year-round events. Hannah strives to create an easy, stress-free, welcoming environment for LCCMF artists, staff, and patrons so that everyone can focus on what is important – the incredible music we are all so lucky to experience at each LCCMF concert.

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Kathleen Kono, ONE Strings Teacher

Kathleen Kono has been a music educator since 1996 both in private violin and viola lessons and group orchestra classes. She received music degrees from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin. Her students have consistently excelled at the Regional Solo, Ensemble and Orchestral Competitions and are very active in their area youth orchestras. Kathleen has twice been named Teacher of the Year at two separate schools in Texas and her orchestra was named 2nd Runner-Up in the State of Texas Honor Orchestra competition, the most elite orchestra competition in the state.

In 2011, Kathleen and her family relocated to Burlington Vermont where she teaches over 25 private students, serves as the violin instructor for the ONE Strings Program at the Integrated Arts Academy @HO Wheeler School in Burlington. She has most recently joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association staff as the Conductor of the Presto Orchestras and is the Burlington High School orchestra conductor. Although teaching is her passion, Kathleen is honored to play with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in her spare time and volunteers frequently as a parent and musician with the Vermont Suzuki Violin Program.

Rachel Keyser, ONE Strings Teacher

Rachel Keyser, a Suzuki trained violinist from Vermont, started playing at the age of six. She began private and group lessons with Pam Reit, and later studied under Ira Morris and Evelyn Read. Rachel participated regularly in Vermont ensembles, and played with the Vermont Youth Orchestra for 3 years. Rachel attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California to study violin her junior year of high school.

Rachel attended the University of Vermont for 2 years while beginning her teaching at the Richmond Elementary School with the Green Mountain Strings program. She was then accepted at Denver University where she completed her Suzuki Book 1-8 Teaching Certificate while studying under James Maurer, founder of the Colorado Suzuki Organization. Rachel began teaching violin at a studio in Denver while completing her course work. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has attended many lectures and workshops about the art of teaching violin, including the Suzuki Institute for teachers at Indiana University. In 2016 she became director of the Burlington After-School String Program. She teaches private lessons in her South Burlington home and group lessons with Vermont Suzuki Violins weekly. She is thrilled to be teaching at the ONE Strings program at IAA with Kathleen Kono.


  • Lynne Bond, President
  • Simona Chubb
  • Drew Kervick, Vice President
  • Jane Kittredge
  • Arnie Malina
  • Stephen Mayer
  • Sandra Rendall, Secretary
  • Pia Sawhney
  • Claude Schwesig
  • Jan Stickle, Treasurer
  • Barbara York


To inspire a passion for chamber music


  • Programming delights and challenges diverse audiences who are enriched by an intimate and interactive environment.
  • Vibrant educational activities nurture present and future generations.
  • World-class musicians perform and are supported.
  • LCCMF is a financially healthy organization.
  • LCCMF’s collaborative partnerships sustain and promote a rich musical environment and the health of the arts community.


  • Excellence in performance
  • Education for all ages
  • The creation and performance of new chamber works