2015 Artists

Soovin Kim, Artistic Director
David Ludwig, Composer-in-Residence
Steven Mackey, Distinguished Visiting Composer

  • Randall Scarlata, baritone
  • Robyn Bollinger, violin
  • Soovin Kim, violin
  • Misha Amory, viola
  • Wenhong Luo, viola
  • Paul Neubauer, viola
  • Deborah Pae, cello
  • Peter Stumpf, cello
  • Joseph Conyers, double bass
  • Kit Armstrong, piano and composer
  • Gloria Chien, piano
  • Gilles Vonsattel, piano
  • Emi Ferguson, flute
  • Mary Lynch, oboe
  • Frank Rosenswein, oboe
  • Paul Demers, clarinet
  • Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
  • Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
  • Carol McGonnell, clarinet
  • Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon
  • William Short, bassoon
  • Katherine Jordan, French horn
  • Richard King, French horn
  • Jennifer Montone, French horn
  • Eric Ruske, French horn
  • Radovan Vlatkovic, French horn

Loren Loiacono, Young Composer-in-Residence
Ara Guzelimian, Guest Speaker
Cori Ellison, Guest Speaker
Alan Bise, Recording Engineer

2015 Schedule

Saturday, August 22

Master Classes for violin, cello, and horn, 11:00am

A Breath of Music with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School. and Radovan Vlatkovic, horn, 1:30pm

Sunday, August 23

Festival Opening Concert, 3:00pm

Beethoven, Trio in B-flat, op. 11
D. Ludwig, Aria Fantasy
Brahms, Horn Trio

Radovan Vlatkovic, horn, Robyn Bollinger, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola,
Soovin Kim, violin, Deborah Pae, cello, Gloria Chien, piano, and Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Monday, August 24

Inside Pitch: The Winds of Beethoven, with David Ludwig, 10:30am

Festival Noon OnStage, 12:00 noon

Schumann, Dichterliebe

Randall Scarlata, baritone, and Gloria Chien, piano
Commentary by Cori Ellison

Tuesday, August 25

Bach in Church, 12:15pm

Bach, Suite No. 5 in c
Bach, Suite No. 2 in d

Deborah Pae, cello

Inside Pitch: The Winds of Mozart, with Larry Hamberlin, 3:00pm

Young Trio-in-Residence Masterclass, 4:30pm

String trio in c, op. 9, no. 3
Coaching by Peter Stumpf

Wednesday, August 26

Festival Wednesday Concert, 7:30pm

Telemann, “Paris” Quartet in D
Rameau, Pièces de clavecin en concerts

Emi Ferguson, flute, Soovin Kim, violin,
Peter Stumpf, cello, and Kit Armstrong, harpsichord

Thursday, August 27

Bach in Church, 12:15pm

Telemann, Fantasie No. 5
Bach, Partita No. 1 in e
Ligeti, Sonata

Inside Pitch: The Music of Steven Mackey, 3:00pm

Young Trio-in-Residence Masterclass, 4:30pm

String trio in c, op. 9, no. 3
Coaching by Soovin Kim

Friday, August 28

Festival Friday Concert, 7:30pm

Beethoven, Piano and Wind Quintet
L. Loicano, Sonatensatz
Beethoven, Septet

Emi Ferguson, flute, Mary Lynch, oboe, Frand Rosenwein, oboe,
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon, William Short, bassoon,
Richard King, horn, Jennifer Montone, horn,
Soovin Kim, violin, Misha Amory, viola, Peter Stumpf, cello,
Joseph Conyers, double bass, and
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Saturday, August 29

Young Trio-in-Residence Concert, 11:00am

Beethoven, String trio in c, op. 9, no. 3

Kit Armstrong On Stage, 1:30pm

Kit Armstrong, piano
Emi Ferguson, flute
Soovin Kim, violin
Deborah Pae, cello

Sounding Board, 3:00pm

Sunday, August 30

Festival Closing Concert, 3:00 pm
Concert presented in honor of Ann B. Emery

Mozart, Clarinet Trio in E-flat, (Kegelstatt)
Ligeti, Six Bagatelles for wind quintet
Mozart, Wind Serenade in B-flat (Gran Partita)

Emi Ferguson, flute, Mary Lynch, oboe, Frank Rosenwein, oboe,
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, Carol McGonnell, clarinet,
Paul Demers, basset horn, Romie de Guise-Langlois, basset horn,
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon, William Short, bassoon,
Katherine Jordan, horn, Richard King, horn,
Jennifer Montone, horn, Eric Ruske, horn,
Joseph Conyers, double bass, Paul Neubauer, viola, and
Kit Anderson, piano

Artist Bios

Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American flutist Emi Ferguson is a performer who stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day instrumentalists. Emi’s can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as well as at home in New York City. She is passionate about developing new music for the flute and has premiered works by Wayne Oquin, Kendall Briggs, Elliott Carter and even CPE Bach. Emi has been a featured performer at the Marlboro Music and Lucerne Festivals, June in Buffalo, Twickenham Fest, and Chamberfest Dubuque, and has performed and taught with Juilliard Global in Brazil, PianoSonoma in California, Juilliard Baroque in Germany, and Les Arts Florissants in France.

As a baroque flutist, Emi is a frequent guest artist with period ensembles including Tafelmusikthe American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Juilliard 415 and has performed alongside William Christie and Les Arts Florrisants, and with Christophe Hammer, Massaki Suzuki, Christopher Hogwood, and Nicholas McGegan.

Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers have been Carol Wincenc, Sandra Miller, Robert Langevin, and Judy Grant.

Mary Lynch joined The Cleveland Orchestra as second oboe in August 2012. Born in Washington D.C., Mary completed her master of music degree at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with John Ferrillo. She is also a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a student of Daniel Stolper. Mary was principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. While a student in Boston, she performed as co-principal oboe of the Discovery Ensemble (2008-10) and as a frequent substitute with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent summers, she has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mary was the soloist in the premiere of Benjamin Pesetsky’s Oboe Concerto, which took place in Boston in 2009. She also performed as soloist with the Borromeo String Quartet as a winner of their 2009 Guest Artist Award. In 2010, the Boston Woodwind Society selected her as winner of the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Award. Mary was a Morse Fellow at the Juilliard School, and earlier was awarded a Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship from the New England Conservatory as a member of the woodwind quintet Sirocco Winds. With Sirocco, she presented educational concerts sponsored by the Virginia Arts Festival, Rockport Chamber Music, and Concord Chamber Music Society.

Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in February 2007, in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and most recently collaborated with the Orchestra playing Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto in September 2013. Frank served as principal oboe of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera from 2002-05. He has also served as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Frank holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe John Mack, and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. An avid chamber musician, Frank has spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. As a teacher, Frank holds the position of head of the oboe department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, teaches at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and is in demand as a guest artist and masterclass clinician in schools all over the world.

Paul R. Demers was appointed bass clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in March 2006. Previously Mr. Demers performed as bass clarinetist with the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. He was also a regular substitute bass clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997 Mr. Demers won a position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure with the Marine Band, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and E-flat clarinetist as well as a section clarinetist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Demers has performed at the Saratoga and Kingston chamber music festivals, and with Dolce Suono and Network for New Music in Philadelphia. He serves on the faculty of Temple University. Born in Westbrook, Maine, Mr. Demers started playing clarinet at age 10 and began private lessons at age 14. He continued his studies with Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, and a Performance Certificate.

A native of Moncofa (Valencia, Spain) Jose Franch-Ballester, is one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. In 2008 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2007 he was selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with Emmanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman, and was one of the year’s “most prominent emerging soloists”, as selected by the American Symphony League Magazine.

He has played with such outstanding artists as Charles Wadsworth, Arnold Steinhardt, Warren Jones, Ida Kavafian, Frederica von Stade and David Shifrin, the Saint Lawrence and Jupiter String Quartets, and as a soloist with such orchestras as Orquesta de la Radiotelevisión Española, I Musici of Montréal and Orchestra of Saint Luke’s (New York), City of London Sinfonia. He is a founding member of Nuevo Tango Zinger Septet (Valencia), performing and recording the music of Latin America throughout Spain, and a frequent artist with the International Music Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

He has commissioned new music and worked with contemporary composers such as Kenji Bunch, Paul Schonfield, Edgar Meyer, William Bolcom, George Tsontakis, John B. Hedges, David Schiff, Jake Heggie and Kevin Puts and has been a dedicated music educator, developing new audiences by playing countless educational concerts and workshops for young people and community audiences.

He graduated in 2000 from the Conservatorio Superior Musica Joaquín Rodrigo and then he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Donald Montanaro. He is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2, and is both a Young Concert Artist and an Astral Artist.

Praised as “…extraordinary…” and “…a formidable clarinetist…” by the New York TimesRomie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Romie performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo and at the Banff Center for the Arts. She is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was awarded the First Prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition; she was also a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Award.

An avid chamber musician, Romie joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92 Y Street, and Chamber Music Northwest among many others. She has performed as Principal Clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She has completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and is currently Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair University.

Hailed as “an extraordinary clarinetist” by the New York Times, “elastic, exacting, stupendous” by the LA Times and “clarinet genius” by Time Out NY, Dublin born clarinetist, Carol McGonnell, is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti.

Carol has appeared at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, has performed as soloist in both John Adam’s “In Your Ear Festival” at Carnegie and in LA’s “Monday Evening Concerts,” curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Decoda and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, and involving Museums such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, J.P. Getty in LA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.Carol is on faculty at Sonoma State University and the Aaron Copland School of Music of CUNY. She is an alumna of the Carnegie/ Juilliard Academy.

Daniel Matsukawa has been principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, he moved with his family to New York City at age three and began studying the bassoon at age 13. He was a scholarship student of the pre-college division of both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Goltzer and Alan Futterman. Daniel went on to study at Juilliard for two years before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Bernard Garfield.

Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Daniel was principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony. Daniel also conducts regularly in Japan, including at the Pacific Music Festival since 2009. He has studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller, who was the head of the Conducting Department at the Curtis Institute of Music. Daniel is a regular member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University.

William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He had been Principal Bassoon with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

William toured the United States with Curtis on Tour and performed and taught in Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds. William has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Pacific, Spoleto USA, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Twickenham, and Verbier Festivals. In 2015 he will make his solo debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performing David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World.

William is a dedicated teacher and is committed to forging connections between audiences and performers, William’s articles on the subject can be found on the MET Orchestra Musicians’ website, which has been lauded not only by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, but also by noted arts consultant Drew McManus and prolific cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht.

William received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.

Katherine Jordan, from Charlotte, VT, was recently appointed second horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. She has also performed with Symphony in C, the Delaware Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony. Katie has performed at festivals including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Her performances have been featured on WHYY’s Onstage at Curtis. In 2012, she toured China and South Korea with Curtis on Tour, and she performed with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in their 2014 Japan tour.

Katie received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jennifer Montone. She graduated with a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Erik Ralske and Julie Landsman.

Richard King began serving as principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of the 1997-98 season, having joined the ensemble in 1988 as associate principal at the age of 20. He has frequently been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra, including May 2009 performances of the Haydn Horn Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Horn Concerto No.1. Mr. King has also appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia.

A native of Long Island, New York, Richard King briefly attended New York’s Juilliard School and subsequently earned a diploma from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. He was a student of former Cleveland Orchestra principal horn Myron Bloom. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he is a member of the Center City Brass Quintet. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music professional training program.

Jennifer Montone joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in September 2006, and is currently on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She was principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony from 2003 to 2006, and formerly associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, where she was also adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Named Paxman “Young Horn Player of the Year” in London in 1996, she has since won many solo competitions and awards, including an Avery Fischer Career Grant in 2006. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Spoleto, Italy, and was Third Horn of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A native of northern Virginia, Miss Montone was in the National Symphony Fellowship Program studying with Edwin Thayer, and a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center She is a graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Julie Landsman.

Horn soloist Eric Ruske was named Associate Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, and he also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Evian Festival, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Festival Pablo Casals both in Puerto Rico and in France. His numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including a complete edition of the Mozart Concerti, are now available from Cimarron Music. In 2012, Albany Records released The Horn of Eric Ruske, a box set that includes two discs of horn concerti with orchestra, three of music for horn and piano, one disc for solo horn and a disc of chamber music for horn, violin and piano. Eric currently directs the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and is the Professor of Horn at Boston University.

One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher. From 1982 until 1990 he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Deutsches Symphonie Orchester); from 1992 to 1998 he held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. In 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, and since 2000, he has held the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid.

An advocate for new music, Radovan has performed the premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger and several Croatian composers who have written concertos for him. In May 2008 he premiered the Horn Concerto written for him by Krzysztof Penderecki together with the Bremen Philharmonic and the composer conducting.

Radovan has received the German Critics Award for several of his discs. His numerous recordings include Mozart and Strauss Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Tate, works by Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Neil Jenkins and the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin, Concertos for two horns by Leopold Mozart and Fasch with Herrmann Baumann and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and Iona Brown. More recordings including chamber music have been issued by EMI, DECCA, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Denon labels.

Violinist Robyn Bollinger made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve. Since then she has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. Robyn has recently come to national attention through her residency on Fred Child’s Performance Today, and she has appeared multiple times on NPR’s From the Top.

Robyn has received top prizes at the many international competitions, most recently among them the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. She was also recognized for her creativity in musicianship with a prestigious Entrepreneurial Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking Project Paganinia solo performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices in combination with a multi-media historical presentation. A dedicated chamber musician, Robyn has participated in many of the nation’s top chamber music festivals and enjoys many collaborations. She is also a member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry.

Born in Philadelphia in 1991, Robyn’s former teachers include Soovin Kim, Miriam Fried, and Paul Kantor. She holds a BM from New England Conservatory and expects to complete her MM in May 2015.

Violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. After winning first prize at the Niccolò Paganini International Competition, Soovin’s artistry was affirmed by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. Today he enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor, big Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, and Ives, string quartets, and new world-premiere works almost every season.

Soovin  has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. He has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. As well as performing as a soloist, Soovin  devotes much of his time to playing chamber music, primarily as 1st violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, as founder of the MIK (“Made in Korea”) piano quartet, and at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival.

Soovin is a very active recording artist. He has commercially released 4 solo albums, most notably Paganini’s demanding 24 Caprices for solo violin that was named Classic FM magazine’s Instrumental Disc of the Month (“he emerges thrillingly triumphant…a thrilling debut disc.”), and 7 chamber music albums. Later in 2015 he will release a 2-disc set of Bach’s monumental 6 unaccompanied sonatas and partitas.

Soovin is also in great demand as a teacher. He has previously taught at Yale University, Stony Brook University, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and now lives in Boston where he recently joined the prestigious string instrument faculty at the New England Conservatory. His students already tour the world as soloists and in award-winning string quartets, and play in the world’s major symphony orchestras.

Soovin grew up in Plattsburgh, NY. He spent 5 years playing in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and performed as a teenager throughout the area with organizations such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and at UVM Recital Hall.

Violist Wenhong Luo began her studies as a violinist at the age of 4, and in 2006 won 1st place in the Central Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, making her debut  two years later made with the China Broadcast Orchestra. Her performances have garnered critical acclaim from major classical music publications, such as China Music and The Strad, which in 2008 coined her, “Violist of the Future.”  In 2010 Wenhong won the Theodore Holland Viola Prize, and in 2012 was awarded 3rd place in the Johannes Brahms International Competition. More recently she was awarded a prize as a semi-finalist in the 11th Lionel Tertis Viola Competition.

A native of Beijing, China, Wenhong holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from London’s Royal Academy of Music, and is currently a graduate student at the New England Conservatory, where she studies with Kim Kashkashian.

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “exceptionally gifted” and “breathtaking,” cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences with her “elegance, poise, and beauty” (Transcentury Blog). Since her orchestral debut at age sixteen with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Deborah has performed concerti with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, the Westchester Philharmonic, and Livingston Symphony Orchestra with conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Thomas Wilkins, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, and Itzhak Perlman.

A devoted chamber musician, Deborah has collaborated with many of the world’s celebrated artists including Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Roel Dieltiens, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets. Her piano trio, Trio Modêtre, won the silver medal at the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Born in the United States to Korean parents, Deborah holds a Bachelors degree from the Juilliard School and Masters from the New England Conservatory where she was mentored by cellists Joel Krosnick and Laurence Lesser, violist Kim Kashkashian, and violinists Miriam Fried and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Chapelle in Belgium where she is working with Gary Hoffman. Deborah plays a J.B. Vuillaume cello (ca. 1860) generously on loan to her from the Ravinia Festival.

Peter Stumpf began his professional career at the age of sixteen, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently served as associate principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra and principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Peter has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra; and at the Aspen Music Festival and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. A dedicated chamber musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet, and has performed at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. He has given solo recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Chamber Music in Historic Sites in Los Angeles; and at the Philips and Corcoran galleries in Washington, D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition. Mr. Stumpf studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He serves on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Described by the Grand Rapids Press as “a lyrical musician who plays with authenticity that transcends mere technique,” Joseph Conyers has performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony, the Flagstaff Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Sphinx Symphony. Joseph has performed throughout the United States and Europe at numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland, the Brevard Music Center, and the Britten-Pears Music Festival in England.

Joseph is committed to education and community engagement through music. He founded the Savannah, Ga.-based Project 440, which has reached thousands of youths, exposing children and adults to classical music. Acknowledging how the classical music industry must continually evolve with our ever-changing world, Project 440 educates musicians from around the country how to become active, relevant, and integral pillars within their communities.

Joseph received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He was the inaugural recipient of the Sanford Allen Award from the Sphinx Competition, and in February of 2010, he was the first Sphinx Competition laureate to serve on the distinguished jury panel for the Competition. Joseph performs on the “Zimmerman/Gladstone” 1802 Vincenzo Panormo double bass, which he has affectionately named “Norma.”

Kit Armstrong is one of the most remarkable phenomena in world of classical music today. Having been celebrated early on for his intelligence, musicality and technical skill, he is now recognized as a mature artist firmly set on the path to an extraordinary career. While his technique is flawless, his precocity and his intuitive musicality give him a profound connection to the music that is simultaneously analytical and deeply emotional.

Kit is firmly established both as a pianist and as a composer. He has made recital appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Noteworthy orchestral projects include concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen and tours with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. An avid chamber musician, he has recorded a CD together with violinist Andrej Bielow and cellist Adrian Brendel.

Kit Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Royal Academy of Music, London and a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Paris, VI.

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, AlpenKlassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A passionate 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. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival. 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.

Called a “wanderer between worlds” by the Lucerne Festival, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality.

Gilles began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He went on to win numerous prizes in major international events such as the Cleveland and Honens competitions, the 2006 Concours de Genève, and earned an Avery Fisher career grant. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut in 2002 and has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville, and Grand Rapids symphonies, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the San Francisco Symphony, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, Gilles Vonsattel has been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since the 2012-2013 season, and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two. He has performed with the Seattle and Philadelphia chamber music societies, and has collaborated with artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Jörg Widmann, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Jerome Lowenthal, David Shifrin, Heinz Holliger, Gary Hoffman, David Jolley, Carter Brey, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Gilles received his B.A. in political science and economics from Columbia University and his M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal. He is Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a Steinway Artist.

With warm sound, consummate musicianship, and communicative power, Randall Scarlata has established himself as an 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 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.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances of Schubert’s Winterreisewith pianist Gilbert Kalish, the CD releases of his celebrated performance of the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass (a Gramophone Editor’s Choice), as well as songs of Lori Laitman and chamber music of Paul Moravec, the world premiere and recording of George Crumb’s American Songbook, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Vienna and Los Angeles, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Hyunah Yu and pianist Ken Noda, and Brahms’ Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.