The Festival’s Young Artists Ensemble Program is an opportunity for a young professional ensemble to be in residence during the summer festival. This ensemble then returns during the following season for performances, community workshops, and to work with the ONE Strings students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy @ H.O. Wheeler School. During the festival, members of the ensemble rehearse and perform with festival musicians, and rehearse and record our Young Composers’ works. The ensemble prepares a piece for performance, coached by festival artists. There are also opportunities to shadow Festival artists during the week, and to engage with audience members and donors at a number of different events.
These players are selected because, in our view, they are the next generation of leaders in the music world.
During the 2022 Festival, we welcome a string quartet. They will have two coaching sessions on the Brahms String Quartet in C minor, op. 51, no. 1, the first by violinist and LCCMF C0-Artistic Director Soovin Kim on Monday, August 22 at Elley-Long, and the second by cellist Edward Arron on Thursday, August 25. They will perform this work on Saturday, August 27.
Meet the 2022 Young Artists Quartet:
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 the 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 has 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. Hannah was invited as a member of the LCCMF Young Artists Quartet 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.
Violist 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.