Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim performs as both a concert soloist and recitalist. In 2009 he founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, which has quickly gained national attention for excellence in performance, innovative programming, educational outreach, and work with young composers and performers. Most recently, he and spouse Gloria Chien were appointed artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest.
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 joined the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2014, after teaching at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissingen Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A former member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), she performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. 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. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo has recently been appointed Artistic Directors Designees at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Ms. Chien received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She holds the position of artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a Steinway Artist. Gloria’s website.
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) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, the Dover and Borromeo quartets, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and National Symphonies. In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world.
This season’s highlights include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. Ludwig was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro“The Renaissance Band, and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work will open the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recent highlights include a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. Other recent commission and performances include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble. David’s website.
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.
Ara Guzelimian is Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School in New York City having been appointed to the post in August 2006. At Juilliard, he works closely with the President in overseeing the faculty, curriculum and artistic planning of the distinguished performing arts conservatory in all three of its divisions – dance, drama and music.
Prior to the Juilliard appointment, he was Senior Director and Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall from 1998 to 2006. He has given lectures at the invitation of the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Easter Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Taipei and the Jerusalem Music Center. He has also been heard both on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts and, as a guest host, on public radio’s Saint Paul Sunday. He currently serves as Artistic Consultant for the Marlboro Music Festival and School in Vermont.
Previously, Ara was the Artistic Administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School and Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival in California. He was associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1978 to 1993 — first as producer for the Orchestra’s national radio broadcasts and, subsequently, as Artistic Administrator.
Ara is editor of Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society (Pantheon Books, 2002), a collection of dialogues between Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. In September 2003, Ara was awarded the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to French music and culture.
Tod Machover has been called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times. He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he is also Academic Head and directs the Opera of the Future Group. Tod studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and soloists, and his work has been awarded numerous prizes and honors worldwide, including being named Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2016. Tod is also recognized for designing new technologies for music, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, and also for the general public; the popular video game Guitar Hero grew out of his Lab. Machover is especially celebrated for his visionary operas such as the “robotic” Death and the Powers that was Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and his most recent, Schoenberg in Hollywood, that premiered at Boston Lyric Opera in November 2018. He is also known for innovative projects that build community and promote collaboration, such as his City Symphonies that have been created sonic portraits of cities from Toronto to Edinburgh, Perth to Philadelphia, since 2013. Tod is currently working on new City Symphony projects on several continents, as well as on commissions for the Kronos Quartet and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, among others.
GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Daniel Chong is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. Since 2002, as the founding first violinist of the Parker Quartet, he has garnered wide recognition for his performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Musikverein and Wigmore Hall. Additionally, recent solo engagements include appearances at National Sawdust in New York City, Seoul Arts Center and Jordan Hall in Boston. Daniel has received several awards and prizes such as the 2009-2011 Cleveland Quartet Award and top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. In the recording realm he can be heard on the Zig-Zag Territoires, Naxos and Nimbus Records labels. Due to release in 2019, Daniel’s newest album will be released on the ECM New Series featuring the Parker Quartet and Kim Kashkashian.
Daniel has performed at major music festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Perigord Noir Music Festival. In addition to the core repertoire, Daniel is a strong advocate for new music. Some of the composers he has worked closely with are György Kurtág, Augusta Read Thomas, Helmut Lachenmann and Chaya Czernowin. In 2011, he won a GRAMMY Award with the Parker Quartet for their recording of György Ligeti’s string quartets.
Actively engaged in pedagogy, Daniel has given masterclasses throughout the United States and currently serves on the faculty at Harvard University.
Violinist Bella Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra, including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. She has performed recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. A proponent of new music and composers, Bella commissioned iconic American composer, Joan Tower, to compose”Second String Force for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Bella has performed as a member of The Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, as well as at festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she is the recipient of several prestigious awards including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Bella began violin studies at the age of six. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Bella plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin. She returns for her 5th LCCMF. Bella’s website.
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.
In the 2018-19 Season, Mr. Laredo toured the United States as conductor, soloist and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. This season on violin, he premieres Pas de Deux Chris Brubeck’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson at the Classical Tahoe Festival in Nevada with music director Joel Revzen. This work will be heard throughout this season and next with performances for the remaining co-commissioners. Laredo and Robinson have greatly added to the double concerto canon with worked written specifically for them by Richard Danielpour, David Serkin Ludwig, Andre Previn, Ned Rorem and Ellen Zwilich, among others.
Jessica Bodner, described by the New York Times as a “soulful soloist”, is the violist of the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet. A native of Houston, TX, Jessica began her musical studies on the violin at the age of two, then switched to the viola at the age of twelve because of her love of the deeper sonority.
Jessica is a faculty member of Harvard University’s Department of Music in conjunction with the Parker Quartet’s appointment as Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. She has held visiting faculty positions at the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music and has given masterclasses at institutions such as Eastman School of Music, Amherst College, University of Minnesota, and at the El Sistema program in Venezuela.
Jessica has recently appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Library of Congress, Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including Yellow Barn, Perigord Noir in France, Spring Arts Festival (Monte Carlo), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Cemal Recit Rey (Istanbul), and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hitzacker, and Heidelberg String Quartet Festival (Germany). As a member of the Parker Quartet, she has recorded for ECM, Nimbus, and Naxos.
Recent collaborators include clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Menahem Pressler and Shai Wosner, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Donald Weilerstein, violists Kim Kashkashian and Roger Tapping, cellists Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky, and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum.
Outside of music, Jessica enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, biking, and hiking with her husband, violinist Daniel Chong, their son, Cole Franklin, and their vizsla, Bodie.
Burchard Tang joined the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph DePasquale. He made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 16 as a prize winner of the Albert M. Greenfield competition. He has also performed with the Temple University Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Burchard has participated in festivals nationwide, performing at the Marlboro Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and the Delaware Chamber Music Festival.
Priscilla Lee joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello at the start of the 2016-2017 season. A 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she began studying at age five and made her solo debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A native of California, Priscilla studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and in 1998 went on to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with David Soyer. In 2005, she received a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music where she studied with Timothy Eddy.
Priscilla has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, Delaware, St. Denisin Paris, Kingston, Lexington and Taos. She was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two for the 2006-2009 seasons. She was a founding member of Trio Cavatina, a piano trio that won Grand Prize at the 2009 Naumburg International Competition. They made their debut at the New School and Merkin Hall’s Rising Star Series along with Boston’s famed Jordan Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Priscilla was the Principal Cellist of both Opera Philadelphia (from 2014-2016) and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (from 2015-2016). She resides in Newtown Square, PA with her husband, Burchard Tang (Philadelphia Orchestra violist) and their two daughters.
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. Her guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the 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.
Revered for her chamber music performances, Sharon co-founded the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio forty years ago. She collaborated with Rudolf Serkin and Alexander Schneider at the Malboro Music Festival and has appeared with some of the musical giants of our time, including Isaac Stern, Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Firkušný, Yo-Yo Ma, Engene Istomin, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and the Emerson, Guarneri, Miami, Juilliard, Cavani, Orion, and Tokyo Quartets.
Committed to the music of our time, Sharon works closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Richard Danielpour, Katherine Hoover, Leon Kirchner, David Serkin Ludwig, Arvo Pärt, André Previn, Ned Rorem, Stanley Silverman, Andy Stein, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Joan Tower. 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-commissioners for Richard Danielpour’s Inventions on a Marriage.
Composer and double bassist Evan Premo creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. His music has been commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, River Town Duo, Owen Dalby of St. Lawrence String Quartet, the International Society of Bassists, Diana Gannett, Paul Dwyer, The Pine Mountain Music Festival, Capitol City Concerts, and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.
Evan is a member of New York City based chamber music collective DeCoda with whom he performs in residencies around the world including four he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As a member of Ensemble ACJW Evan has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. As a chamber musicians he has performed at summer music festivals throughout the country and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Evan is artistic director and founder of “Beethoven and Banjos”, residency that brings together folk and classical musicians for cross-genre concerts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Evan lives in Marshfield, Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. Together they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music.
Evan holds degrees in performance and composition from the University of Michigan where he studied with composers Michael Daugherty, Susan Botti, and Evan Chambers and bassist Diana Gannett. When he’s not composing and performing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, fishing, and simply being in Nature.
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 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, Ms. Ferguson is a frequent guest artist with period ensembles including Tafelmusik, the 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.
Ms. Ferguson is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers have been Carol Wincenc, Sandra Miller, Robert Langevin, and Judy Grant.
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, and from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Roni has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Christian Thielemann, Sándor Végh, and Yoel Levy. As a chamber musician she 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, 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, 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 has 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.
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 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 additionally 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 of Lincoln Center 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, 92nd Street Y, 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, Romie 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. Romie returns for her 5th LCCMF. Romie’s website.
Clarinetist Bixby Kennedy is admired for his “suppleness and beauty of tone” (Portland Press Herald). He has performed concerti with the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Bloomington Sinfonietta, and Indiana University Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout the US and Europe in venues including: Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Caramoor. He is the clarinetist for the “explosive” New York City based chamber ensemble Frisson.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Kennedy currently holds titles as the Associate Principal Clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal in the Albany Symphony, and the Principal Clarinetist of Symphony in C. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in May 2019 on their Germany tour. On period instruments, Mr. Kennedy performs 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 New York City. He loves traveling, trying new foods, laughing, hiking, and playing tennis.
Called “stunningly virtuosic” by The New York Times and “superb” by the Washington Post, Peter Kolkay is the only bassoonist to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tenn.
Peter is associate professor of bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and was a member of the inaugural cohort of Chancellor’s Faculty Fellows. Peter’s recent seasons have included recitals at the Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Wolf Trap, and Merkin Hall; concerto appearances with the South Carolina, Rochester, and Westchester Philharmonics; and chamber music engagements at the festivals of Menlo, Spoleto, and Bridgehampton.
Peter actively engages with composers in and recently premiered a quintet for bassoon and strings by Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Kolkay earned a doctorate from Yale University as a student of Frank Morelli and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with John Hunt and Jean Barr. A native of Naperville, Ill., Kolkay holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He calls Nashville home, and his other interests include old mystery novels, modern and contemporary art, and spending time with his three nieces.
Praised by the New York Times for her “consistent, strong” and “smooth and full” horn playing, Wei-ping Chou was the first and only horn player in Juilliard School history to be awarded the Artist Diploma. A native of Taoyuan, Taiwan, she began playing the horn at the age of nine and continued her studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy under Kurt Snyder. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Jerome Ashby, and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman.
Prior to her return to New York in 2011, she was acting assistant principal horn for the San Diego Symphony from 2007-2011. As an active freelancer in New York City, she performed regularly with orchestras and chamber groups, such as The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, The Knights, Wind Soloists of New York, The Metropolis Ensemble, The Decoda Ensemble, and Genghis Barbie. As a chamber musician, she spent many of her summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and performs on “Musicians from Marlboro” tours.
Wei-ping currently holds the second horn position with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra. She is also one of the newest horn faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. When not playing the horn, Wei-Ping enjoys cooking, baking, crafting, and last but definitely not least, flying trapeze!
Richard King joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1988 at age 20 as associate principal horn. He served as principal horn from 1997-2015, and since 2015 is the fourth horn player. Rich has been featured many times as soloist with the Orchestra, performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Haydn, Britten and others. He has also appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia.
A native of Long Island, New York,Rich began playing the horn at the age 9 and spent six years as a student of Arthur Green. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his primary horn teacher was former Cleveland Orchestra principal Myron Bloom.
An active chamber musician and recitalist,Rich has performed as a member of the Center City Brass Quintet since 1985; their five recordings on the Chandos label have been met with wide critical acclaim. His two albums, Chamber Music for Horn and Schubert Lieder transcribed for horn and piano have been released by Albany Records. He has recently spent three summers as a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Mr. King heads the horn department at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he has served on the faculty since 1995. He plays a Conn 8D French Horn and is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer musical instrument company. Rich lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife Julie, a cellist, and their children, Charlie and Amelia.
As Principal trumpet of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Mark Emery has been featured in music of Barber, Copland, and Vivaldi and has recorded with Sharon Robinson and Jamie Laredo. In May 2018, he joined pianist and LCCMF co-artistic director Gloria Chien for Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano (and Trumpet).
Mark has performed with the Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony/Pops, Charleston Symphony, National Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. Engagements with the Boston Symphony include many trips to Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood and recording (2017 Shostakovich Festive Overture). He has also recorded with the Albany and Oregon Symphonies.
Boston Pops experiences include many tours, Fourth of July broadcasts, Red Sox World-Series and playoff performances, and PBS Great Performances tapings. He’s been asked to represent the Boston Pops in news broadcasts, chamber music performances, and private events, most notably joining Keith Lockhart at Boston Children’s Hospital during many holiday seasons.
Also an active chamber musician, in 2018 he performed with the North Country Chamber Players for multiple performances of Peter and the Wolf and spent a week at Tanglewood’s BUTI program with Triton Brass. Prior performances included several Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat with both the Providence Ballet and on Jordan Hall’s First Monday series. Mark has recorded with Huntington, Innovata, New England and Vermont Symphony Brass Quintets. Under pianist Stephen Drury, he performed and recorded music of Xenakis and Donatoni with Callithumpian Consort.
Mark teaches at Tufts University and can be heard on labels: Arsis Audio, Albany Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Delos, Bridge Records, Mode Records, and Stillwater Digital.
Pianist and composer Matan Porat has performed in distinguished venues including the Philharmonie in Berlin, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
An avid chamber musician, Matan has participated in many acclaimed festivals including the Marlboro, Lockenhaus, Ravinia, Verbier, Hohenems, Musikfest Berlin and Rheingau Festivals. Chamber music appearances include performances with the Artemis Quartet, Quatuor Ysaÿe, Cuarteto Casals, Pacifica, Modigliani, Schumann and Jerusalem Quartets.
Porat improvises live music for silent films, hailed by The New-Yorker’s Alex Ross as “an astounding feat of creative musicianship”.
Born in Tel-Aviv, Matan studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, Maria João Pires and Murray Perahia, obtaining his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. His composition teachers were Ruben Seroussi and George Benjamin.
Matan’s works have been commissioned and performed by Nicolas Altstaedt, Avi Avital, Kim Kashkashian, Andreas Scholl, Maria João Pires, Cuarteto Casals and Dover Quartet, as well as the Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Among his performed pieces are an opera, “Animal Farm”; a Requiem; a mandolin concerto; and a trilogy for an actor and ensemble based on texts by Kafka, Orwell and Thomas Mann.
Soprano Teresa Wakim is perhaps best known as “a perfect early music voice.” Upon completion of her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Wakim was named a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston, and won First Prize in the International Soloist Competition for Early Music in Brunnenthal, Austria. The last several seasons have seen her make solo debuts at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Opéra Royal at Versailles.
Teresa has appeared with many of the nation’s premier orchestras. She has sung with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Charlotte, Tucson, Alabama, Omaha, San Francsico, San Antonio, the New World Symphonies, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
In addition, Teresa’s affinity for the Baroque has brought her much success as a frequent soloist with many of the world’s best period instrument ensembles, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Dallas Bach Society, Pacific Musicworks, Early Music Vancouver, Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Tragicomedia, and Mercury Baroque Orchestra.
She has portrayed and recorded multiple operas from Monteverdi to Mozart, specializing in operas of the French Baroque. She can also be heard on numerous recordings with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Musik Ekklesia, and Seraphic Fire.
Martin Near has been acclaimed for the “sweet limpidity” of his singing (The New York Times), with a “cool, beaming countertenor” commended for its “crystal clear…beautiful, blooming top notes” (New York Classical Review). He enjoys a varied career exploring twin passions for early music and new music. Highlights of recent solo performances include a concert version of Machaut’s Remede de Fortune, created as a collaboration between Blue Heron and Cleveland’s Les Délices (Debra Nagy, director) and returning to Blue Heron’s 2018-19 season, and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Ophelia (1987) with Boston’s Odyssey Opera under the artistic direction of Gil Rose. Martub maintains a parallel career in the pipe organ industry, providing services in organ pipe reconditioning and repair, voicing, tonal finishing, and tuning for Spencer Organ Company of Waltham, and he has also been known to compose, arrange, and engrave using Finale.
Described by reviewers as “the consummate artist, wielding not just a sweet tone but also incredible technique and impeccable pronunciation” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), with an “alluring tenor voice” (ArtsFuse), Jason McStoots is a respected interpreter of medieval, renaissance and baroque music whose recent solo appearances include Le Jeu in Les plaisirs de Versailles by Charpentier; Apollo in Orfeo, Eumete and Giove in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and the Vespers of 1610, by Monteverdi; Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart; tenor soloist in the Christmas Oratorio and evangelist in the St. Mark Passion by Bach, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Handel’s Messiah. He has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Pacific MusicWorks, TENET, San Juan Symphony, Bach Ensemble, Casals Festival, Seattle Early Music Guild, Tragicomedia, and Tanglewood Music Center. He was proud to appear on BEMF’s Grammy-winning 2015 Charpentier recording; other recording credits include Lully’s Pysché, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Charpentier’s Acteon with BEMF (CPO), Fischer’s Vespers (Toccata Classics), and Awakenings with Coro Allegro (Navona). He is a core member of Blue Heron and can be heard on all the ensemble’s recordings.
Praised for his “elegant style” (The Boston Globe), Sumner Thompson is one of today’s most sought-after tenors. His appearances on the operatic stage include roles in the Boston Early Music Festival’s productions of Conradi’s Ariadne (2003) and Lully’s Psyché (2007) and several European tours with Contemporary Opera Denmark as Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He has performed across North America as a soloist with Concerto Palatino, Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Les Boréades de Montréal, Les Voix Baroques, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the King’s Noyse, Mercury Baroque, and the symphony orchestras of Charlotte, Memphis, and Phoenix. Recent highlights include Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and the new Vespers of 1640 with the Green Mountain Project, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Les Voix Baroques and Houston’s Mercury Baroque, Mozart’s Requiem at St. Thomas Church in New York City, a tour of Japan with Joshua Rifkin and the Cambridge Concentus, a return to the Carmel Bach Festival, and Britten’s War Requiem with the New England Philharmonic and several guest choruses.
Bass-baritone Paul Guttry enjoys the variety of opera, oratorio, and a specialization in early music. A former member of Chanticleer, Paul has performed throughout the USA and internationally with Sequentia, the Boston Camerata, and New York’s Ensemble for Early Music. In Boston he has appeared as soloist with Emmanuel Music, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, Cantata Singers, Boston Cecilia, Prism Opera, Intermezzo, Boston Revels, and Collage. This summer he sang the role of Osmin in the Connecticut Early Music Festival’s production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and in the spring will appear as the Father in Britten’s The Prodigal Son with Intermezzo. In addition to Blue Heron‘s discs, Paul can be heard on recordings of medieval music by Sequentia, Kurt Weill’s Johnny Johnson and French airs de cour with the Boston Camerata, and music of Bach by Emmanuel Music.
Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship connects him with orchestras and has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences to the concert hall.
Joshua’s career was launched after winning both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. He then completed a three-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Since then, his profile has grown in North America and abroad, including recent guest conducting engagements with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, San Diego, Calgary, Québec, and Vancouver, in addition to European orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, among others.
Joshua believes passionately in programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire and endeavors to include at least one piece by a living composer in each of his programs. He is committed to music education both on and off the podium and hosts a successful podcast, Sticky Notes, for music lovers and casual listeners alike. Mr. Weilerstein was actively involved in Young People’s Concerts during his time as the Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, and served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools.
Born in Durham, NC violinist Nicholas Kitchen is a solo violinist, chamber musician, teacher, video artist, technology innovator and arts administrator.
Embracing the possibilities of computer animation, Kitchen has developed his skills in drawing and graphic work to create animated material to be projected during live performance, including Childsplay, a video about Beethoven’s Op. 135 Quartet; and Ludwig’s Wig, a program about Beethoven which culminates in an abstract animation along with the second half of his Grosse Fugue.
His first effort in multi-media was in creating a video project using original artwork inspired by the poetry and music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that was created during a family Art Day at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The film was projected in synchronization with a live performance of the Four Seasons with Midori and the Borromeo Quartet.
Nick studied with Giorgio Ciompi at Duke as a very young child and at age 16 began studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he worked with David Cerone, Felix Galimir, Mieczslaw Horsowski, Szymon Goldberg, and Otto Werner Mueller.
Violinist Kristopher Tong has been praised for his depth of insight, virtuosity and creative flair. In 2005 Kristopher served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival’s Young Artists Program and from 2002-2004 was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Kristopher has appeared under the baton of some of the world’s premier conductors, including James Levine, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Paavo Jarvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, and Bobby McFerrin.Kristopher has performed with Mizayaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York String Orchestra, and appeared as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet. He was also a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.
First generation born in the United States (Binghamton, NY) to parents from Hong Kong and TaiwanKristopher began his violin studies in a public elementary school program in the Johnson City School District before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he was 11. As a student of Leonard Braus he was concertmaster of the Utah Youth Symphony for two years at age 15. He received his Bachelors degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with the late Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried. In 2005 he completed his Masters Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under Ms. Fried.
As a viola soloist Mai Motobuchi she has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Seiji Ozawa. As chamber musician she has performed at the finest concert halls in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Since joining the Borromeo String Quartet in 2000, she has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians.
Mai serves on the Viola and Chamber Music faculty at both the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and at the Tenrikyo Institute of Music in Tenri, Japan. She has taught viola, violin, and chamber music in the preparatory division at Rice University.
In 1989 Mai won the All Japan MBS Youth Music Competition and the 1990 and 1991 All Japan Ensemble Competition. She won the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Junior Division), the Henri Kohn Memorial Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, and, as a student at Rice University, received the John and Sally Cox Award, the E. Dell Butcher Award, and the Willie Muery Award, in addition to being named an Alice Pratt Brown Scholar.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mai started playing violin at age five. She received her Diploma from Tenrikyo Institute of Music in Japan, earned her Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University, her Master of Music from Rice University, and an advanced performance diploma from Internationale Meisterkurze Koblenz in Koblenz, Germany. Mai’s teachers have included Robert Dan, Martha Strongin Katz, Paul Katz, and Yoko Washio Iwatani. Ms Motobuchi plays a Moes and Moes viola, dated 1988.
Cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. As a member of the Borromeo Quartet since its inception in 1989, Yeesun has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and Festivals. She has had extensive involvement with NPR’s “Performance Today,” the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Yeesun has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and as a soloist. In addition to being a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin Segal Award, and the Evian International String Quartet Competition as a member of the Borromeo Quartet, she has garnered numerous awards individually as well.
Yeesun is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, with advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Lawrence Lesser, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Hyungwon Chang, and Minja Hyun. She currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and teaches each summer at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico. She plays a Peregrino Zanetto cello, circa 1576, one of the oldest in the world.