Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim performs as a concert soloist, a recitalist and with the Johannes Sting Quartet. In 2009 he founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, which has quickly gained national attention for its innovative programming, educational outreach, and work with young composers. Soovin received first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 which launched an international concert career. He later was a recipient of such distinguished prizes as the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Soovin has released nine commercial CD recordings in recent years including Niccolò Paganini’s demanding 24 Caprices and a French album of Fauré and Chausson with pianist Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter Quartet. He is currently working on a recording of the Bach works for solo violin. Soovin grew up in Plattsburgh, NY, and joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra as its then-youngest member at age 10. He is often heard in Vermont through his performances with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, on the Lane Series at the University of Vermont, on the Rochester Chamber Music Society series, at Middlebury College, with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and on Vermont Public Radio. Soovin is passionate about music education and will join the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music this fall.
David Ludwig is a “composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) as well as “supercharged with electical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was seleted to open the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet at his second inauguration. Last season featured an extensive tour with the East Coast Chamber orchestra (Virtuosity), a new work for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall (Swan Song), and the premiere of his bassoon concerto (Pictures from the Floating World) with bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra. NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world in 2011.
Born in Bucks County, PA, Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians. His grandfather was the pianist Rudolf Serkin and his great-grandfather, violinist Adolf Busch. His teachers include John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Richard Hoffmann, and Ned Rorem. His holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, Curtis Institute, Julliard School and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. David is on the composition faculty of the Curtis Institute where he serves as the Gie and Lisa Liem Dean of Artistic Programs and as the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.
A distinguished composer of opera, cabaret songs, and serious classical works on a scale large and small — sonatas to symphonies,William Bolcom has won Grammy awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, and a secure place in the history of American music. Born in Seattle, he began composition precociously at the age of eleven at the University of Washington and studied with George Frederick McKay whose voracious appetite for all American music is reflected in Bolcom’s thoroughly American eclectic work.
After McKay Bolcom studied serialism with Boulez, Stockhausen, and Berio but he was especially drawn to the fusion of jazz and classical while studying with Darius Milhaud. He has since dedicated himself to erasing the artificial boundaries in music composition. His early admiration for the poems of William Blake culminated in Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a massive work employing a mix of forces and styles as disparate as gospel, the blues, chorus, symphony orchestra. and harmonica.
From 1973 to 2008 Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he knew poet Jane Kenyon, author of Let Evening Come. Scores of artists and institutions have commissioned his work, including Lincoln Center, the Boston and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, James Galway, Gil Shaham, Sergiu Luca, the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Emerson, and Johannes Quartets, the Vienna and the New York Philharmonic, American Music Theater Festival, and Chicago Lyric Opera.for whom he has written three operas with Arnold Weinstein.
In 1975 he married mezzo-soprano Joan Morris and together they embarked on a long rollicking career performing American popular songs, Broadway show tunes, and his own cabaret works.
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb”, and the Washington Post says that she is “a player of impressive power and control”.
Bella’s 2013-2014 season featured a mix of solo, recital and chamber music performances among them performances of concertos by Korngold, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Barber, Beethoven and Bruch. Engagements of note include performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; a national tour with the Musicians from Marlboro; and a Christmas eve performance at Carnegie Hall. Her most recent CD,Bella Unaccompanied, was released last spring. A sought after chamber musician, Bella was selected as a member of Chamber Music Society Two and has frequently performed chamber music at Lincoln Center, as well as at major summer music festivals.
Born in Bulgaria, Bella began violin studies at the age of six. In 2003, she entered The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Bella plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.
Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he is currently the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma and the “Chamber Music Extravaganza” in Curaçao. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, he has recorded works by Schumann with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, as well as numerous pieces that were composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra and Wild Purple for solo viola;Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. His recording of the Walton Viola Concerto was re-released on Decca. He has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestral ensembles, including the leading symphony orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Saint Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, Bournemouth, and Washington, D.C., as well as the Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto and has performed contemporary concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott, and Friedman. Neubauer is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.
Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ed made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’sConcerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Ed has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ed has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. An active participant in summer music festivals, Ed has been Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, the Musical Masterworks series in Old Lyme, CT, and the Caramoor Virtuosi, the resident ensemble of the Caramoor International Music Festival. He also participated in the Silk Road Project and has toured and recorded as a member of MOSAIC, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music.
Ed began his studies on the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and, at age ten, moved to New York, where he continued his studies with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro. Currently, Ed serves on the faculty of New York University.
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.” She has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States.
A consummate soloist, Ms. Rosen’s superb musicianship is enhanced by her many chamber music activities. She has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stern, Robert Mann, Sandor Vegh, Kim Kashkashian, Jessye Norman, Lucy Shelton, Charles Neidich and the Juilliard, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, a group comprised of oboe, piano and string trio, as well as a founding member of the world renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet. She appears regularly at festivals both here and abroad and since 1986 has been Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. Since first attending the Marlboro Music Festival in 1975, she has taken part in 21 of their “Musicians from Marlboro” tours and performed in concerts celebrating the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the Festival.
Marcy is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she is also Artistic Coordinator of the concert series Chamber Music Live, and she serves on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Cellist Peter Stumpf enjoys a multi-faceted career. After serving 12 years as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter became the Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2002/2003 season. He took a year’s sabbatical from the LA Phil in 2011 to begin teaching full time at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. He left the orchestra permanently in 2012.
Peter is the founding cellist in the Johannes String Quartet. He is in great demand as a chamber musician around the world performing on series at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Casals Hall in Tokyo with Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Andras Schiff, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Peter has performed concertos with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony. He has also been heard in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C.. Most recently he has performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello of J. S. Bach on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Series and on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites Series in Los Angeles. As a member of the Boston Musica Viva he has explored extended techniques including microtonal compositions and numerous premieres. He is currently on the cello faculty of Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. In addition, Peter has taught at USC Thorton School of Music, the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory, and served as guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Musicorda Summer String Program. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory.
Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by The New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. She won Astral Artists’ 2011 National Auditions and was awarded First Prize in the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition. She also captured the top prize in competitions at Yale University, McGill University, and the Canadian Music Competition. Romie is a Yamaha Artist and her performances have been broadcast on WNYC, WFMT, WQXR, Houston Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and across Canada on Radio-Canada.
An avid chamber musician, Romie joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012. She has spent her recent summers at Marlboro Music and she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared on numerous concert series including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the 92nd Street Y, and has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk, David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Scott St. John, Viviane Hagner, Larry Combs, Tara O’Connor and the Silk Road Ensemble.
A native of Montréal, Romie received her bachelors degree from McGill University. She also holds a masters degree, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, Her principal teachers include David Shifrin, Michael Dumouchel, and André Moisan. Romie has recently completed her fellowship at The Academy – a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute.
Praised by the New York Times for her luminous voice and intensely expressive interpretations, soprano Sarah Shafer was named a singer to watch by Opera News. Although she is quickly emerging as a sought-after artist in opera, she still reserves plenty of time for the concert stage as well.
Sarah made her professional opera debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at England’s prestigious Glyndebourne Festival, also appearing at the BBC Proms in London. She has sung over twenty roles with the Curtis Institute, San Francisco Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Philadelphia. She created Mary Lennox in the world premiere of San Francisco Opera’s The Secret Garden and returns this season to create Rosetta in Two Women, a new opera based on Moravia’s novel and Sophia Loren movie, La Ciociara.
On the concert stage, Sarah soloed this season at Carnegie Hall in Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and recently sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Fauré’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Mass in c minor with various American orchestras. Her international appearances showcase her versatility: Mexico’s National Symphony in St John Passion, in England with the early music Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and in Poland with the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et ChantefablesAn avid chamber musician, Sarah will be touring for a second season with the distinguished pianist Richard Goode. She has also collaborated with guitarist Jason Vieaux performing works from Dowland to Britten. At the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms. Shafer worked with Benita Valente, Sir Thomas Allen, and Martin Isepp. In Aix-en-Provence she sang with the Mozart and Handel Académie Européenne de Musique.
Described by The Baltimore Sun as “a rising star — a lovely voice with diamond purity,” South Korean-born American soprano Hyunah Yu was happily working as a molecular biologist until her life was changed by the sudden death of her husband just two years after they were married, a victim of car-jacking. She sought solace in music by studying voice at the Peabody Conservatory. won the Naumburg prize, and gained recognition as a soloist inSt. Matthew Passion with the New England Bach Festival.
Hyunah has since performed at Shriver Hall in hometown Baltimore, with Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, in Cologne with the West Deutsche Rundfunk, at the Aspen Festival in Beethoven’s Ninth, and often at the Marlboro Music Festival and the New England Bach Festival. She made her New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall and has given solo recitals in Jordan Hall in Boston, at Lincoln Center, and at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
In opera a highlight of Hyunah’s career was singing the title role in Peter Sellars’ new production of Zaide conducted by Louis Langrée. The joint production of the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Wiener Festwochen played in Vienna, New York, Holland, and in London at the Barbican.
Hyunah has recorded two solo recitals for BBC Radio 3’s Voices program. Her first CD was picked as one of Radio 3’s Best of 2004. Her second, an EMI Debut Disc, features Mozart arias and Bach cantatas recorded with the Prague Philharmonia.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Joan Morris moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. With Clifford Jackson and Frederica Schmitz-Svevo she perfected her astonishing diction, the delight of audiences everywhere and the inspiration and despair of all actors and singers who hear her. She sang at the Cafe Carlyle and the Waldorf-Astoria and appeared off-Broadway and in road productions learning to embody dramatic characters.
Since 1975 Joan Morris has performed with her husband William Bolcom, singing music from Broadway, vaudeville, and the music hall, bringing to life songs from the ragtime era to the end of the 20th century, including Bolcom’s own cabaret songs. From 1981-2009 she taught music performance at the University of Michigan. She also produced and directed new musicals, including her own works, The Police Gazette and Barnum’s Nightingale, based on Jenny Lind’s American concert tour.
The Chicago Tribune observed “Her voice is notable for ease, flexibility, expressiveness; you understand every word she sings, and in these songs the words deserve to be heard. She projects not just a song, but the character singing it, and gives that character her own irresistibly funny and winning personality.”
Bolcom-Morris have 24 recordings to their credit, from their legendary debut album After the Ball to recent collections of songs by Yip Harburg, Gus Kahn and Arnold Weinstein/William Bolcom. Their newest CDSomeone Talked! is available on the Equilibrium label.
With warm sound, consummate musicianship, and communicative power, Randall Scarlata has established himself as a artist comfortable in Bach oratorio, Rossini operas, German lieder, Tin Pan Alley, and the newest of new music. He has appeared with orchestras such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, and Vienna’s Tonkünstler, as well as Early Music ensembles and is regularly invited to international festivals including Ravinia, Marlboro, Salzburg, Spoleto, and now LCCMF.
Randall’s repertoire spans four centuries and sixteen languages. A champion of new music, he has premiered works by Crumb, Rorem, Musgrave, and Ludwig, among others. With Tin Pan Alley songs he wins over lovers of art songs and popular music alike. He has appeared in recital on five continents. with Richard Goode, Cameron Stowe, Jeremy Denk, Ken Noda, Jonathan Biss, and Laura Ward.
Randall Scarlata studied at Eastman, Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik, and Juilliard. Personally influenced by the French baritone Gérard Souzay, he has also summered at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Académie Internationale d’Été in Nice, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Marlboro Festival.
Winterreise with Gilbert Kalish, Bernstein’s Mass, the premiere of Crumb’sAmerican Songbook, and Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Hyunah Yu are highlights of Mr. Scarlatta’s current season. He explores the music of Tin Pan Alley in six lecture recitals and will be seen in Gretry’s Le Magnifique at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center..
At home in Philadelphia, Randall works with numerous groups: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Network for New Music, Chamber Music Society, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and an art song project, Lyric Fest. He is a long-time volunteer with Sing for Hope.. On the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts in West Chester, he also conducts masterclasses here and abroad.
Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Caramoor and Verbier Music Festivals, Salle Cortot in Paris, Alpen Klassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Gloria has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009, Gloria launched String Theory, a chamber music series in downtown Chattanooga, as its Founder and Artistic Director. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival by Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han. A native of Taiwan, Gloria is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (DMA ’04, MM 01′, BM ’99) where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Gloria is a Steinway Artist.
Pianist Ellen Hwangbo is known for her expressive power and passionate interpretations. A top-prize winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s National Young Artist Competition in 2006, she has also performed to great acclaim across Asia, Europe, and North America, with recent performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. As a spirited chamber musician, Ellen has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Soovin Kim, Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautschi, William Sharp, Eduardo Leandro, Wu Han and Natasha Brofsky. As a founding member of Consortium Ardesia, a new-music ensemble with horn player Ann Ellsworth and clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, she has premiered and recorded compositions by Sheila Silver, William Pfaff, and Perry Goldstein. Her performances have been broadcast on several radio stations, including VPR Classical and WRCJ Detroit.
Ellen has appeared at the Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Lake Champlain, Sarasota, and Aspen music festivals, as well as Pianofest and the Banff Centre. She is currently a doctoral candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studies under luminary pedagogue Gilbert Kalish. Ellen also served for two years as administrator of the Stony Brook Piano Project, a concert series featuring faculty and graduate student pianists of SUNY Stony Brook, and for four years as a teaching assistant under Mr. Kalish.
Known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs regularly throughout the US and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” (The Washington Post) and as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight”(The New York Times). In 2006, she was honored with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
Labor Records released Ieva’s Alban Berg Tribute to critical acclaim in 2010. The New York Times described her as “an authoritative and compelling guide throughout this fascinating disc.” Ieva has recently given solo recitals in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, Vilnius, and in Toulouse, France. Over the last seasons, Ieva also made her Chicago Symphony debut and her orchestral debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ieva’s piano trio, Trio Cavatina, won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and made its Carnagie Hall debut in 2010.
A much sought after chamber musician and collaborator, Ieva’s chamber music endeavors have brought her to major stages around the world such as: Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. She regularly appears at intermational music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Prussia Cove in England, and the Katrina Festival in Finland.
Earning degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and from Mannes College of Music, her principal teachers have been Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s probing intellect and risk-taking won him early an Avery Fisher Career Grant as a pianist. Since then he has won international critical acclaim for his lyrical and poignant interpretations as both a pianist and a conductor. As a concerto soloist with major orchestras including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, he collaborated with distinguished conductors, eventually becoming a conductor himself. He led Baltimore, Seattle, Toronto, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and the Czech National Symphony, among others, as well as many of the major orchestras in Russia, partnering such world-renowned soloists as Richard Goode, Steven Isserlis, Garrick Ohlsson, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Mitsuko Uchida. He became Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2004. After six seasons he became Conductor Laureate and has since become Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Ignat studied in London with Maria Curcio, a student of Schnabel, and at Curtis with Gary Graffman. Since his New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, he has given recitals in major halls from coast to coast as well in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Solzhenitsyn has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, and in four-hand recital with Mitsuko Uchida. He has frequently appeared at international festivals, including Salzburg, Evian, Ludwigsburg, Caramoor, Ojai, Marlboro, Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow’s famed December Evenings.
Ignat serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was himself a student, and at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Born in Moscow and growing up in southern Vermont, Mr. Solzhenitsyn resides in New York City with his wife and three children.
With visionary zeal Leon Botstein champions masterpieces unfairly ignored by history and creates programs to engage the head as well as the heart. President of Bard College since 1975, he serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Summerscape and Bard Music Festivals. He recently celebrated his 20th year as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra and is Conductor Laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
As a music historian he edits The Musical Quarterly and has written extensively, his most recent book being an anthology of his essays, Von Beethoven zu Berg: Das Gedächtnis der Moderne. He is currently revising into book form his Tanner Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley on“The History of Listening.” He has been inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Philosophical Society and honored by Harvard, the Carnegie Foundation, the Bruckner Society, and even the government of Austria for his services to music.
In addition to recordings with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, NDR-Hamburg, and Jerusalem Symphony, Botstein’s performances with the American Symphony Orchestra can be downloaded online. The Los Angeles Times praised his recent concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as “the all-around most compelling performance heard all summer.” This season he was the first non-Venezuelan conductor invited by El Sistema to conduct the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas on tour.
Phillip Golub grew up in Los Angeles in a musical family. He began studying piano at the age of five, playing jazz at the age of twelve, and composing as a teenager. Phillip’s interests and experiences are wide-ranging, and include chamber music, improvisation, and poetry in music. He wrote a song cycle on the four seasons with new poems by his friend and young poet Pablo Uribe, which was premiered by the National Children’s Chorus. He has also been commissioned the New York Virtuoso Singers, for whom he is setting a poem by Anne Carson. Phillip studies at the five-year Harvard/New England Conservatory program, concurrently pursuing a BA with a concentration in English and an MM in Jazz Studies at the two universities. He has worked with James Matheson, Kati Agócs, and Samuel Adler for composition, and Fred Hersch, Tamir Hendelman, Bruce Brubaker, and Sophia Rosoff for piano, both jazz and classical. Phillip loves Vermont in the summer and has attended the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in Putney. He is very happy to be back.
Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, serves as Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and recently joined the Vocal Arts Faculty at the Juilliard School to teach History of Singing. She has been staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera (1997-2010), and Dramaturg for Washington National Opera’s Ring cycle, Opera Boston’s The Nose, and Offenbach!!!at Bard’s Summerscape. Active in developing new American opera, she teaches opera dramaturgy at American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. She creates supertitles for opera companies across America, and helped launch Met Titles, the Met’s simultaneous translation system. Her English singing translations include Hansel and Gretel (NYCO),La vestale (English National Opera) and Cheryomushki (Bard). She writes for the New York Times, appears on the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts, leads master classes for young singers worldwide, and has lectured at venues including the Royal Opera, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Canadian, Santa Fe and San Francisco operas.
Katie Ford is the author of Deposition andColosseum, which was named a “Best Book of 2008” by Publisher’s Weekly and by theVirginia Quarterly Review. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review,Poetry, and Poetry International. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Reading Award. She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, and lives with the writer Josh Emmons and their young daughter. Blood Lyrics, her third book, will be published this October.
Alan Bise has served as Classical Producer for Azica Records for 12 years, and is the owner of Thunderbird Records, dedicated to releasing musical works of contemporary American Indians. Thunderbird’s catalog includes artists such as the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, and the string quartet ETHEL. He is in demand as a producer for many labels and clients across the world. Known for helping to create exciting and passionate projects, Mr. Bise has produced records that have received Grammy Nominations, Latin Grammy Nominations, Nammy Nominations and appeared on the Billboard Classical Chart and Amazon Best Sellers list. 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, Mr. Bise has produced records for Azica, Naxos, Albany/Troy, EMI/Universal, Summit, AEON, Crystal, CRI, Walden, Skarbo, and Nuscope. He serves as Broadcast Producer and Director of Audio for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. In 2009 he was appointed to summer faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
In 1999 he was appointed Director of Audio Services at the Cleveland Institute of Music and a faculty member in the Audio Recording Degree Program. Mr. Bise is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Latin Recording Academy, the Native American Music Awards, and the Audio Engineering Society.