2017 Season Performers
Previous Season Performers
Composer and violinist Devin Arrington's music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and as far away as the Great Hall of the Composers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jerusalem, his trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, was chosen for broadcast as part of the McGraw-Hill Company's Young Artist Showcase. He is the recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Other honors include a special distinction in ASCAP's 2005 Rudolf Nissim competition for his large orchestral work La Via Dolorosa, a 2005 Westport Horizon Award, a 2004 First Music Prize from the New York Youth Symphony, first place in the 2003 Harry Archer String Quartet Competition, and a scholarship from the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
At age eighteen, Devin taught violin and conducted the youth orchestra at Woodstock International School in India, where he also acted as assistant concertmaster with the Delhi Symphony. He studied composition with Su Lian Tan and Evan Bennett at Middlebury College, where he also played in a bluegrass band. Upon graduating summa cum laude in 2001, Devin directed the Quintown Community Strings Program in conjunction with the RCMS. He studied violin with Masao Kawasaki, Yehonatan Berick, and Salvatore Princiotti, and participated in the Aspen, Bowdoin, Masterworks, and Torroella de Montgri summer music festivals as a violinist or composer. Devin received his Master's degree in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a student of Leonardo Balada. He also studied conducting with Dr. Robert Page. Mr. Arrington performs regularly with the Westmoreland Symphony and teaches privately in Pittsburgh.
Mary Bonhag made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing scenes from David T. Little's new chamber opera Dog Days. She works closely with composers and has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Evan Premo, Lembit Beecher, and Shawn Jaeger. Passionate about chamber and orchestral music, Mary has performed as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Festival of Kalamazoo, MI, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Lancaster Music Festival, SongFest as a Stern Fellow, Yellow Barn, and with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mary has performed recitals at Smith, Dartmouth, and Western Michigan University. She has also been featured on the NPR shows Performance Today and From the Top. After studying at the University of Michigan, she earned her Master's degree at Dawn Upshaw's graduate vocal program at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions. Mary lives in the woods of Vermont where she runs Scrag Mountain Music, an innovative concert series with her husband, double bassist and composer Evan Premo. She has been on the faculty at Smith College and Johnson State College.
Laura Carnibucci is a versatile musician and composer who was an accomplished pianist from an early age. The addition of flute, bassoon, and harp helped her evolve into a composer and arranger.
As a flutist she has performed concertos with many major orchestras, played with noted chamber music ensembles and is an active recitalist. Her major influence was the renowned British flute instructor Geoffrey Gilbert of the London Symphony and the Guild Hall School of Music. Other influences included studies with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker. She has an active studio of private flute students.
Laura achieved her graduate and undergraduate degrees as a Piano, Flute and Composition Major at the San Francisco Conservatory while on a full bassoon scholarship. There she studied bassoon with Wayne Parrish.
Ms. Carnibucci's compositions have been performed worldwide and include works for solo instruments, chamber music, chorus with orchestra and full orchestral and concerto works.
Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang was appointed Principal Viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra in April 2006. He previously served as Associate Principal Viola in Philadelphia for twelve years. He was a double major in violin and viola at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with the late Jascha Brodsky and Joseph dePasquale. Mr. Chang was born in Korea and immigrated with his family to the Philadelphia area when he was thirteen. His solo appearances have included those with the Curtis Symphony, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center. He has participated in chamber music festivals around the world such as Caramoor, Las Vegas, Mostly Mozart, and Marlboro in the U.S., and Evian and Moritzburg in Europe. He has toured throughout the United States with the Musicians from Marlboro program. Mr. Chang devotes much of his time to teaching younger violinists and violists as a faculty member of the Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Preparatory Division.
Simon Chaussé has sung with opera companies in Canada and United States including McGill Opera Studio, L'Opéra-Francais de New York, Amato Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, Vermont Opera Theater, and Echo Valley Arts. In 2000 he created the role of Antoine in Erik Nielsen's opera A Fleeting Animal. In 2003 at the Barre Opera House Simon sang the role of Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute to great acclaim. Since then he has concentrated his soloist activities in Vermont, singing with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Capital City Concerts series with Artistic Director Karen Kevra, pianists Mary-Jane Austin and Michael Arnowitt, and the Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra under Rip Jackson. Last April he sang the bass solos in Haydn's Creation with the Northeast Kingdom Chorus.
Simon has sung in recital in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He often collaborates with pianist Dalton Baldwin, who invited him for a recital tour of Japan in November 2000. In 2001 Mr. Baldwin also invited him to Iceland to participate in a gala concert alongside Elly Ameling, among others. Simon has won several prizes in International Art Song Competitions in France, Spain, Canada, and the USA. He has studied interpretation with such artists as Frederica Von Stade, José Van Dam, Gérard Souzay, and Dalton Baldwin. In the last year he has sung recitals in Montreal, New York City, Middlebury College, and Montpelier, Vermont. More recently he was the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance conducted by William Metcalfe at the Vergennes Opera House.
Peter Clemente was the first prize winner in both the Guitar Foundation of America's International Solo Competition in 1986 and the Ovation Classical Guitar Competition in 1981. He also won second prize in the International Guitar Competition of Puerto Rico in 1985, and was chosen by Segovia as a finalist in the Segovia Fellowship Competition in 1984. Mr. Clemente has performed solo and chamber music throughout New England and has completed successful concert tours in California and in the southwestern United States. He has been featured live in concert/interview radio broadcasts on WGBH, Boston, and KPFK, Los Angeles, and in 1990 made his New York debut at Weil Hall with soprano Katherine Emory. Mr. Clemente has been a welcome guest soloist with many performing groups, including the Central Massachusetts Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Meliora String Quartet. In 1994, he was invited to record on the CD The Winner's Circle, which was released by the Guitar Foundation of America. In 2001, Mr. Clemente released a solo CD titled Serenade, which featured original compositions along with a variety of classics and seldom heard masterpieces. His most recent collaboration with guitarist Mark Small has resulted in the the release of a new recording from Shadow Mountain Records called Fast Falls the Eventide. It features a creative crossover of many musical styles including contemporary, spirituals, classics, as well as chamber music with guitar.
A native of Massachusetts, Clemente studied the guitar with Richard Provost at the Hartt School of Music, where he holds the distinction of being the only guitarist to receive the prestigious Applied Music Award for outstanding musical performance. Later training was with David Leisner at New England Conservatory and with Neil Anderson at the Boston Conservatory. Peter Clemente devotes considerable time to teaching and is currently a Lecturer in Music at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Matthew Dane is a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, serves as Principal Violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, and is on the faculty at both the Metropolitan State College in Denver and the University of Colorado. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart (Portland, Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), and Tanglewood. In summers Dane performs in the Colorado Music Festival, and will teach at the Texas Music Festival and Rocky Ridge Music Center. His doctoral document, which examines the teaching influence of Karen Tuttle, enjoys wide circulation among amateur and professional violists nationwide. Dane is editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society.
Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, the American cellist Geoffrey Dean is an Associate Professor of Music at the American University in Bulgaria and, since 1997, a member of the Sofia (formerly Dimov) Quartet, an official ensemble of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at Opera Bastille in Paris, Gasteig in Munich, Helsinki's Sibelius Academy, Vienna's Joseph Haydn Institute, as well as for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and Queen Margrete II of Denmark in Copenhagen. As a soloist, Mr. Dean has appeared with leading Bulgarian orchestras, including those of Sofia, Plovdiv, Shumen, and Bourgas. His ongoing advocacy of new and neglected works has resulted in world and regional premieres of about 200 compositions, notably the European premiere of Arthur Foote's Cello Concerto. In addition to regular live broadcasts on Bulgarian National Television, over 30 of which have been chosen for BNTV's Golden Archive, he has made numerous recordings for Bulgarian National Radio and has also been broadcast on PBS Radio and RV (USA) and Deutscheslandfunk (Germany).
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Indiana University School of Music, he is also a recognized writer on musical subjects whose articles have been published in Strings magazine (USA) and other publications. A founding music faculty member at the American University in Bulgaria and its Fine Arts Program Coordinator since 1996, Mr. Dean has presented demonstrations and master classes at universities in Greece, Turkey and the United States. He spends his summers in residence at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont.
Sara Doncaster earned her Ph.D. in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. She has received awards and commissions for her compositions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vermont Arts Council, the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ragale Foundation, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, among others. A resident of Irasburg, Vermont, Dr. Doncaster has been an elementary and middle-school music teacher in the Orleans Essex North Supervisory Union and a private piano teacher for six years. She is the director of the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, a three-day celebration of modern music taking place every three years in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Current projects include an opera, an orchestral work for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, a choral work for Social Band (Burlington), and a new work for tenor and six instruments for the Empyrean Ensemble in California.
John Dunlop has been performing in the Northeast for over twenty years as principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), Burlington Chamber Orchestra (BCO), Opera North, Vermont Mozart Festival, and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with notable area musicians. He studied under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory, and has played in master classes for Yo Yo Ma, Jerry Grossman, Steve Doane and others. John has also composed and recorded several award-wining film soundtracks for short films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont, where he called on his skills as a guitarist and bouzouki player in addition to cello. He has worked with Trey Anastasio of Phish on many of his solo albums. Besides his work at Dartmouth, John teaches privately in Richmond, Vermont, where he shares a studio with his partner, VSO violinist Laura Markowitz.
Gerald Elias is an acclaimed musician and award-winning author. He has been Music Director and Conductor of the Vivaldi By Candlelight chamber music series since 2004, and in recent years has concertized and taught in South America as a conductor, violinist, and Fulbright Senior Scholar. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the University of Utah, and in 1993 helped found the Abramyan String Quartet as its first violinist. Elias was also Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony from 1988 through 2011, after thirteen years in the Boston Symphony.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Elias has performed on five continents. His own compositions, including his Concerto Grosso in B-flat, The Raven, and Conversations With Essie, have been played by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in Utah and around the country. His orchestration of the Copland Violin Sonata was released on Albany Records in 2009 with Andres Cardenas as soloist.
Elias has authored mystery novels set in the world of classical music, published by St. Martin's Press. Danse Macabre was named one of the top five mysteries of 2010 by Library Journal and Book of the Year in fiction by the Utah Humanities Council. Devil's Trill was selected for the Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" 2009 catalog. Death and the Maiden was released in 2011, with Death and Transfiguration to follow in 2012.
Elias attended Oberlin College and graduated from Yale University in 1975 with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. His principle violin teachers were Ivan Galamian and Joseph Silverstein.
Benjamin Gish is the director of the Walla Walla Valley Academy String Orchestra and has a large studio of cellists and bassists ranging in age from pre-school through college. He directs the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra and is adjunct artist/faculty at Walla Walla University. Several of his students have won top awards in state, regional, and national competitions as well as major scholarships to colleges and universities.
Mr. Gish is assistant principal cellist of the Walla Walla Symphony. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Conducting, and is frequently asked to be a clinician for orchestra festivals and a guest cellist/teacher on various campuses. He adjudicates for state and local chapters of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and the National Association of Music Education (MENC).
For the past 26 years, he has attended summer music camps across the country as a student, parent, faculty, and guest artist. He has taught for Green Mountain Suzuki Institute, David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar, Hartt Suzuki Institute and currently is the co-director for the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute. This summer he returns to teach at the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute in Rochester, Vermont.
Mr. Gish is married to Connie Camp Gish and they have two children, daughter Dr. Julia Salerno (violinist on faculty of Eastern Washington University), and son Jamie, a sophomore at Walla Walla University. Ben and Connie are very proud grandparents of twins Dru and Luci now two-and-a-half!
David Greenberg is known primarily as a baroque violinist who also plays fiddle in the Cape Breton and 18th-century Scottish styles. He grew up in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., learning violin from age four and exploring various fiddling styles early on. David studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University in the 1980s and joined Tafelmusik (Toronto) for ten years, 1988-1998. He became a Canadian citizen in the 1990s and has lived in Halifax since 2000.
David co-founded several music ensembles, including the Medieval Quintet, Puirt A Baroque, Ferintosh, Tempest Baroque Ensemble, and Vortex 3. He currently performs mainly with Chris Norman, Red Priest, and Tempest. David is featured on dozens of recordings, including those with Seattle Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Symphony Nova Scotia, Doug MacPhee, Suzie LeBlanc, and Concerto Caledonia.
Newly formed in Boston, MA in 2009, Ensemble Poema is a Boston based chamber ensemble committed to fresh performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music and to the commissioning of new works by living composers. The members of Ensemble Poema have performed in numerous and varied ensembles such as Boston Symphony Orchestra, Arcadian Winds, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Emmanuel Music, Argento, Skogensemble, and played individually at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, Sanders Theater, and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. They hold degrees from Juilliard, Harvard, Yale, McGill and SUNY Stony Brook. The group features: Vanessa Holroyd, flute; Miriam Eckelhoefer, cello; Kathleen Flynn, soprano; Yukiko Sekino, piano.
Larry Hamberlin, an associate professor of music history at Middlebury College, earned his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2004 and has previously taught at Tufts University and Williams College. His articles have appeared in American Music and the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and he is a contributor to forthcoming reference books on Verdi, American music, and Jewish culture. His first book, Tin Pan Opera, was published last year by Oxford University Press, and next year W. W. Norton and Co. will publish his textbook An Introduction to American Music, co-written with Richard Crawford. An essay that appeared in The Unknown Schubert (Ashgate, 2008) began as a pre-concert talk for the RCMS. Larry lives in Middlebury and looks for excuses to come back home to Rochester whenever he can.
Heliand Trio is comprised of clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc, bassoonist Rachael Elliott, and pianist Cynthia Huard. Formed in 2006, their instrumentation creates a warm-sounding acoustic, with the mellifluous lower woodwinds complemented by the dynamism of the piano. Together, the three musicians bring spirited interpretations of classical and modern music to audiences in Vermont and beyond. Heliand Trio has performed live on VPR Classical, given interviews on WCVT, and been selected as a "Pick of the Week" by Seven Days.
The trio's programs span a range of historical styles, from C.P.E. Bach to Beethoven, from Mendelssohn to Villa-Lobos, and music of our time by living composers. The 2011–12 season includes classical trios by Beethoven and his English contemporary, Christian Potter, romantic works of Mikhael Glinka and Johannes Brahms, and a recent piece by Australian composer Padma Newsome.
Flutist Vanessa Holroyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University, a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from McGill University and an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music. Her teachers include Geralyn Coticone, Robert Willoughby, Timothy Hutchins, Michael Parloff, and Elssa Green. She was one of the top prizewinners in the 2002 Young Artist Competition sponsored by the National Flute Association including the award for the best performance of Dan Welcher's "Florestan's Falcon," commissioned specifically for the competition. Vanessa performs with Emmanuel Music, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Arcadian Winds, a Boston-based woodwind quintet specializing in contemporary music and 2004 recipient of Chamber Music America's "Residency Partnership Grant." Other collaborations include performances with the Boston-based chamber group Ensemble Poema and numerous recitals with pianist Joy Cline Phinney throughout New England and by invitation on the H. Lavity Stout College series in Tortola, B.V.I., the "Arts Alive" concert series in St. Thomas, and the Whim Candlelight Concert Series in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Vanessa is currently on the faculty of Philips Exeter Academy in addition to serving as their Concert Series Manager, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and taught as a guest faculty artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, NH, since 2007. In addition to her work as a performer and educator, Vanessa co-owns and operates the music agency Music Management in Belmont, Massachusetts. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Violist Hsin-Yun Huang, recognized as one of the leading violists of her generation, came to international prominence in 1993 when she was a winner of the top prize of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. In 1988, Ms. Huang was the youngest-ever Gold Medalist of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man. These and other honors have propelled a career as a soloist and chamber musician on stages of major concert halls throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East.
Hsin-Yun Huang has performed at prominent music festivals throughout the world. In North America, these include the Spoleto Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Newport Festival, La Musica in Sarasota, and the Mount Desert Festival in Maine. International Festivals have included Prussia Cove.
Ms. Huang has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk, and Menahem Pressler, to name a few. Recent collaborations include performances with the Guarneri, the Juilliard, the Orion, the Brentano, and the St. Lawrence String Quartets.
Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994–2000. With the Quartet, she performed in such prominent venues as New York City's Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, and Japan's Casals Hall. In 1998 the Borromeo String Quartet was awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, chosen by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be members of Chamber Music Society Two, and featured in a Live from Lincoln Center telecast.
She recently founded the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Wilhelmina Smith.
Hsin-Yun Huang came to England from her native Taiwan at the age of fourteen to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute with Michael Tree, and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes. Currently residing in New York City, she is a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music and has given master classes at Guildhall School in London, the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, the McDuffie Center for Strings, the Taipei Normal University, and East Carolina University.
Cynthia Huard, Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society and Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College, has appeared in recital as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe. Her versatile musicianship and her ability to make connections, both musical and personal, is one of the most outstanding features of her performances. As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society for 19 years she has appeared with many internationally known artists. Devoted to chamber music and collaborative music making, she has performed with the Johannes Quartet, Lark Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Aston Magna soloists, among others. In addition to performing chamber music repertoire, she frequently performs with nationally recognized vocalists. She has been a guest on National Public Radio, VPR and National Public Television. She has appeared as a featured performer with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she was featured at the Middlebury Bach Festival as concerto soloist and guest lecturer.
Ms. Huard spent three years as a fellowship student in Austria, studying piano, early keyboards, and earning a degree in Music Theory. At Indiana University, she earned advanced degrees in piano and harpsichord as well as studying modern chamber music with the Borodin Trio members, and early chamber music at the Indiana Early Music Institute. A generous grant for study of the Dorothy Taubman piano technique led her to Boston, where she established the Arlington Piano Trio, the Duo Florestan and developed classical music concerts for children.
As Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College she coaches young singers, directs music for baroque chamber operas, and teaches piano and music theory. Ms. Huard's joy in making music is communicated not only to her audiences but to her students and her community.
Yumi Hwang-Williams began violin studies at the age of ten in Philadelphia, one year after emigrating from South Korea. At fifteen she appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was accepted as a student of Jascha Brodsky and Yumi Ninomiya-Scott at the Curtis Institute of Music. She has served as concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and is concertmaster for the Cabrillo Music Festival. She is a faculty member of the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.
Her interpretations of Aaron Jay Kernis's Lament and Prayer, Michael Daugherty's Fire and Blood and Christopher Rouse's Violin Concerto have earned approval from the composers as well as critical acclaim. Yumi has performed with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Santa Rosa, and Fort Collins, and has made numerous solo appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The past season she performed Isang Yun's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. She was also soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart and Barber. The current season sees her perform Dvorak with the CSO, Brahms with the Denver Philharmonic, and Thomas Adès' new violin concerto at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz.
An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Yumi has collaborated with such artists as Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Joanna MacGregor, Christopher O'Riley, John Kimura Parker, and Robert Koenig, and has performed Lou Harrison's Grand Duo with Dennis Russell Davies as pianist. She is also a member of the piano trio Tre Voce, which made a triumphant Carnegie Hall debut in February 2006.
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 Carnegie 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 international 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.
Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” Ms. Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. Ms. Jennings is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and The National Flute Association Young Artists.
As broad-gauged in her musical pursuits as she is in her repertoire choices, Ms. Jennings is Principal Flute with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston) where the Houston Culture Map described her as a “flutist (who) glistened with golden pixie dust”. She also performs as Principal Flute with the Arizona MusicFest! Orchestra and has performed frequently with Orchestra 2001 including recent performances at the Library of Congress and in Havana, Cuba. She has worked with such diverse artists such as Jethro Tull, David Parsons Dance Company, and members of Pilobolus. Chamber music partners have included So Percussion, the Brentano and Takács Quartets, soprano Lucy Shelton, pianists Lura Johnson and Simone Dinnerstein, guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, harpists Bridget Kibbey and June Han, and cellist Colin Carr.
Christina Jennings can be heard in works by Alec Wilder alongside jazz great Marian McPartland in a shared CD for Albany Records. Also on Albany Records is a disc featuring Ms. Jennings as soloist in Shulamit Ran’s flute concerto Voices with the Bowling Green Philharmonia.
In great demand as a teacher, Ms. Jennings is Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and on the summer faculties of Greenwood Music Camp and ARIA. In 2008 she founded The Panoramic Flutist Seminar with Leone Buyse in Boulder. Trained in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics method, Christina’s teaching incorporates embodied movement. In recent seasons she has presented masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Rice University, the Peabody Institute, the Longy School of Music, and the flute associations of Seattle, Utah, and Texas. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, and her principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Leone Buyse, George Pope, and Jeanne Baxtresser. Ms. Jennings lives in Boulder with her husband, violist Matthew Dane, and their twin sons.
The Johannes brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee; the Principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the former Principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf. Their collaboration was forged at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and shaped and mentored by the Guarneri String Quartet whose style was influenced by the Budapest String Quartet decades before. They are continuing the legacy of excellence. In addition to its recent broadcasts on Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday and a triumphant Carnegie Hall debut, the Johannes has had great successes with audiences and critics alike in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC, among others.
The 2013-14 season opens with the quartet’s bi-annual residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and is followed by a two-part Special Project entitled “Mozart Magnified”, with Fred Child of Performance Today as host and narrator. The Johannes follows this with a Carnegie Hall mainstage performance with the NY String Orchestra as well as returns to Philadelphia and a glorious performance of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with Grammy-winner Kim Kashkashian on viola and renowned cellist Marcy Rosen in Chattanooga. Forthcoming recording: complete Brahms String Quartets.
A highlight of past seasons included the group’s collaboration with the legendary Guarneri String Quartet in a program featuring William Bolcom’s Octet: Double Quartet written for them and commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters as well as a newly commissioned string quartet, Homunculus, written for the Johannes by Esa-Pekka Salonen. For their performances of these groundbreaking works, they received acclaim from audiences at the Krannert Center (Urbana, IL), University Musical Society (Ann Arbor, MI), Penn State University, Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Orange County Performing Arts Society, San Francisco Performances, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, UCLA Live, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, Hayes University (KS), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.
Composer and pianist Martin Kennedy began his formal training at Indiana University, where he received Bachelors of Music in both Composition and Piano Performance. He went on to earn a Master of Music in Composition at Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Julliard School, where he was a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. His principal teachers in compositon include Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Claude Baker, David Dzubay, and Don Freund.
Kennedy's music has been performed internationally by numerous artists and ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, Haddonfield Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony.
He is the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, the "2 Agosto" International Composition Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a BMI Student Composer Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, the Lee Ettleson Award, the ASCAP Raymond Hubbel Award, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Indiana University Dean's Prizes in Composition.
Kennedy also remains in demand as a pianist and collaborator. He has toured with both violinist Lara St. John and flutist Thomas Robertello, and he regularly plays both solo and chamber music concerts. He is committed to the performance of new works, having been a member of both the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and the New Juilliard Ensemble.
Kennedy's music is available on Ancalagon, Anbardy, Centaur, Azica, and Riax labels. His works are published by the Theodore Presser Company and G. Schirmer Inc. He currently serves on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.
Vermont born violinist Owen Kevra-Lenz, has been performing solo, orchestral and chamber music for the past 16 years. He has played for some of the world's leading musicians including Jamie Laredo, Joseph Silverstein and Lawrence Dutton.
As a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for 7 years, Owen frequently assumed leadership positions including concertmaster during his senior year of high school. With the VYO, he had the opportunity to perform with world-renowned artists including violinist Jamie Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson, as well as the Amelia Piano Trio. During his time in the VYO they embarked on a tour of China, to numerous cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. He won the Vermont Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in his senior year, and he played the Barber Violin Concerto with the VYO on New Year's Eve.
Owen has also performed as a member of the Green Mountain Opera Festival orchestra in productions of The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor and Carmen. Other orchestral experience has included participating in the All State and All New England orchestras throughout high school. In 2010, Owen was part of a piano trio that performed Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in C minor for the renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. Owen is currently a junior at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory, where he has been an active member of the Symphony Orchestra and chamber programs as well as performing contemporary music and baroque choral works. Owen's teachers have included Lynn Chang, Theodore Arm, Evelyn Read and Mary Gibson. He currently studies with Laurie Smukler.
Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim performs as both a concert soloist and 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.
Erik Kroncke has been described by the New York Sun as “a bass of astounding depth and warm timbre.” He performs opera roles throughout the United States and Europe as well as winning competitions in the song repertoire. This season, Mr. Kroncke won an award from the Gerda Lissner International Competition in the Wagner division. He appeared as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Theater of the Rockies, and as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Satori Opera.
In 2008-2009, Mr. Kroncke sang with the Korean Philharmonic in Beethoven’s 9?th, was a winner of the American Wagner and St. Bonaventura Awards from the Liederkranz Wagner competition, sang Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with Opera San José, and Angelotti in Tosca, as well as a concert performance of the Coronation Scene from Boris Goudenov as Boris with the Sarasota Opera. He received acclaim as Mephistopheles in Faust, Ramphis in Aida, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Hunding in Die Walküre, and Daland in Die Fliegende Holländer. Erik Kroncke has appeared with Chautauqua Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Green Mountain Opera, Bronx Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Opera Colorado, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Opera in the Heights, and the Amato Opera.
Mr. Kroncke’s symphonic and oratorio performances include engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra in such varied repertoire as the Shostakovich 13th, Haydn’s The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, and “The Three Basses” concerts.
Elisabeth LeBlanc, clarinet, is a founding member of Heliand Consort. She was born in Québec and raised in St. Albans, Vermont, and earned performance degrees from the Juilliard School and McGill University. Recent solo performances include the world premiere of Don Jamison's "Through the Clouds" for clarinet, bassoon, and strings with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and multiple performances of Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings with Burlington Ensemble. This summer she will again join Burlington Ensemble for performances of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet and Herrmann's Souvenirs de Voyage Clarinet Quintet. An avid singer, Elisabeth is a member of Burlington's folk choir Social Band and enjoys integrating singing with chamber music. In 2011 Elisabeth and members of Heliand Consort had the unique opportunity to commission Don Jamison to write a piece for winds that called on the instrumentalists to sing. Jamison's "What Pan Was Doing" was premiered on Heliand's Summer Light Tour later that year. In addition to her freelance career, she is a certified personal trainer, marathoner, and triathlete. Ms. LeBlanc teaches clarinet in the Burlington area.
Volinist Jessica Lee is one of today's most sought after violinists. The New York Times says that Jessica Lee's artistry is "thoughtful" and the Chicago Tribune says ". . . Lee's breathtaking dexterity should enchant anyone within hearing distance." In recent seasons Jessica Lee has performed with and looks forward to repeat performances with the Pilsen Philharmonic, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Modesto Symphony and Fort Smith Symphony, among others. Jessica's solo recital appearances include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Phillips Collection, Caramoor Festival, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, Purdue University and the Asociacion National de Conciertos, among others. Jessica Lee can regularly be heard in performances each season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Johannes String Quartet.
Dan Levitan is the principal harpist with four professional orchestras: Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley (newly formed orchestra in place of San Jose Symphony, where he was principal harpist from 1978 until its closure in 2002), and Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley.
Levitan serves as the "first call" harpist with the San Francisco Opera; he completed performances of Puccini's Turandot the fall of 2011, as well as performances of Wagner's entire Ring Cycle in June and July 2011. He had the pleasure and privilege of performing in the inaugural season of the newly selected music director/conductor with the Carmel Bach Festival in July 2011. He has concluded a fifth consecutive season with the California Symphony as the acting principal harpist.
A popular soloist, he has performed at the Sonora Bach Festival, Philharmonia Healdsburg, the Mission Chamber Orchestra, the St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he commissioned and has performed a Harp Concerto from composer Craig Bohmler.
Mr. Levitan is featured in several commercial recordings including Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols for Chorus and Solo Harp, Claude Debussy's Trio for flute, viola, and harp, works by Lou Harrison, and numerous television and film recordings. Currently he is harp instructor at Sonoma State University..
Toronto-based conductor and pianist Yuri Meyrowitz has been gaining recognition for his musical abilities since his earliest years. Winning an award from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation at the age of nine prompted his family's move to New York, and soon afterward his musical development came under the guiding influence of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne, who, granting him a full scholarship, continued to oversee his musical progress until shortly before her death fifteen years later.
His teachers at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, in addition to Mme. Lhevinne, include Edward Steuermann, Nadia Reisenberg, Jan Gorbaty, Olga Strumillo, Jacob Lateiner, and Stefan Wolpe. Later on, he was a conducting student of Otto Werner Mueller at Yale University.
He has appeared numerous times in broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has concertized extensively throughout North America and Europe, and currently devotes most of his time to musicological research, chamber music, and teaching.
His piano playing has been hailed for its "great intensity and sensitivity, lyricism," and "exceptional artistry" (Frank Hruby, Cleveland Press), as well as its "breathtaking pianistic power" (Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal). The Ottawa Citizen's Jacob Siskind has said of him: "He is obviously a musician rather than [simply] a pianist," and the New York Times' Will Crutchfield, after praising his "transparent textures," his "shading [of] the dynamic spectrum with a fine hand," and his "brilliant virtuosic command of rhythm," concluded: "He is a pianist of decided profile; one would like to hear more."
Terry Moore, Concertmaster of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, is from Rochester, Minnesota, and has music degrees from Indiana University and the Catholic University of America. His violin teachers include Daniel Guilet, Dorothy DeLay, and Lorand Fenyves. He served in the U.S. Army “Strolling Strings,” performing frequently in the White House for the President. Terry was a member of the Toronto Symphony and for nine years was concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, where he also co-founded the Youth Orchestra in Tampa. He has performed with the orchestras in Richmond, Aspen, Grand Rapids, and Flagstaff and the Sarasota Opera, and was a faculty member at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He recently performed Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Hilton Head Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Savannah Orchestra. Terry is also a composer and arranger.
Padma Newsome, a native of Alice Springs, Australia, trained as a concert violist in Sydney and has toured throughout Australia, China, Fiji, the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Russia, and Turkey. He began formal studies in composition in the 1990s at the University of Adelaide and continued at Yale University on a Fulbright Post-graduate Scholarship.
As a concert violist, he has performed with the Seymour Group (Sydney), the Goossens String Quartet, Adelaide's Fresh Air, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, working under numerous conductors such as Sir Christopher Hogwood, Zdenek Macal, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Stuart Challender.
His musical palette expresses colors of the modernist avant-garde, folk music from India, and chamber music remnants along with the energy of the pop/rock world. He composes for traditional large and small ensembles, the electro-acoustic medium, improvised chamber ensemble, and for dance, theater, and film. Newsome's music has been performed by ensembles such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Melbourne, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Locrian Chamber Players, and by soloists including clarinetist Evan Ziporyn (Bang on a Can), guitarist Bryce Dessner, violinists Katie Lansdale and Jennifer Choi, jazz cellist Erik Friedlander, and violists Paul McMillan and Georgina Grosvenor.
Newsome is the musical director and composer for Clogs, a new and improvisational ensemble that has toured worldwide. The ensemble was awarded the prestigious CMA/NEA Special Commissioning Award in 2003 in recognition of its achievements in the field of new and improvised chamber music, and has also received several residency grants from Chamber Music America. Clogs has released five albums featuring his compositions: Thom's Night Out (2001), Lullaby for Sue (2003), Stick Music (2004), Lantern (2006) and Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (2010) on the Brassland/USA and Southern Records/Europe labels.
In addition to his work with Clogs, Newsome has been an orchestrator, violinist, and keyboardist with the American rock band The National. In his role as orchestrator/arranger, he has also mentored various "Indie" rock artists, such as Shara Worden and Johnny Rogers.
He is the recipient of six consecutive ASCAPLUS Awards, winner of 2008 Plug Awards, (Best Song, with The National), the 2004–2005 Fromm Music Foundation Commissioning and Residency Award at Harvard University, and an Artists Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (formerly CT Commission on the Arts). In 1998–1999 he was awarded the Rena Greenwald Scholarship (Yale School of Music) and in 2000 the Ezra Laderman Prize (Yale School of Music).
His teaching experience, both privately and at various institutions, including Yale, includes: composition, improvisation, aural skills, music technology, media instruction, violin and viola. He held a teaching fellowship at Yale in 2001.
Newsome was educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University, and Yale University. His teachers have included Dr. Martin Bresnick, Dr. Joseph Schwanter, Pundit Ashok Roy, Alexandru Todicescu, Graeme Koehne, Eleanor Havda, and Dr. Evan Ziporyn. He resides in Mallacoota, Australia, where he composes, teaches and conducts the Mallacoota Choir. He is currently working on a P'opera, 2 Moon Smile, and a new string quartet on themes of the Aboriginal painter, Albert Namatjira.
Erik Nielsen's catalog includes music for chorus, orchestra, wind ensemble, solo instruments, chamber music, and electronic music. His works have been performed in Canada, Europe, and Australia as well as the United States, by ensembles including the Amabile, Chiara, Emerson, and Ying String Quartets; the National Symphony Orchestra; the Killington and Manchester Chamber Players; Bread and Puppet Theater; the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble; the Vermont Symphony; the Vermont Youth Orchestra; and Village and Northern Harmony. He has won awards from ASCAP and the Vermont Arts Council, and in 1991 was chosen Vermont Composer of the Year by the Vermont Music Teachers Association. His most recent commissions include chamber works to be premiered by the Chiara Quartet in March 2008 and by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble in April 2008, in addition to the song cycle premiered this summer by the RCMS. He has also recently received commissions from the Vermont All-State Music Festival and the Vermont Youth Orchestra. His new work The Crane Maiden will be toured by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble during the 2008-9 season. Erik's Clarinet Quintet was premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2004, and in 1995 his Piano Quintet was performed at Carnegie Hall by the Manchester Chamber Players. In 2000 his opera A Fleeting Animal, a collaboration with David Budbill, was premiered to great acclaim at several locations in Vermont.
Erik is Composer-in-Residence at East Hartford, Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, and Simsbury High Schools in Connecticut, composition mentor at BFA-St. Albans High School in Vermont, and composition mentor with the Vermont Midi Project. He also teaches music theory and composition with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Erik lives in Brookfield, Vermont.
Robert Penny was born in Singapore and grew up in Australia. At Indiana University he studied with Helga Winold and Janos Starker and baroque performance practice with Stanley Ritchie. Robert is a software developer and an active musician in the Boston area folk dance community. He performs regularly at the New England Folk Festival, and plays for English country dances around Boston as a member of the Shandy Hall String Quartet. Formerly a frequent performer in chamber music recitals in the Boston area, Mr. Penny has played on WGBH's "Morning Pro Musica" program as a member of the Tamarak Piano Trio, and has played with many Eastern Massachusetts groups, including Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, and the Handel and Haydn Society. His recordings include Boston Baroque's CD of Handel's Concerti Grossi, op. 3, for the Telarc label. This fall Robert will present the world premiere of Tom Pixton's "Concerto Moldovanesc" at the Folk Arts Center of New England.
Double bassist and composer Evan Premo is a member of New York City based chamber music collective The Declassified with whom he performs in residencies around the world. This year he will lead his second residency 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. Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, "Simple Mysteries" inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered "Concerto for Bass and Orchestra" by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, "The Diaries of Adam and Eve" (text by Mark Twain), was commissioned by Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times, most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet. Evan has performed at summer chamber music festivals throughout the country and has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Evan lives in Warren, 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. When he's not performing and composing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, and simply being with Nature.
Julia Gish-Salerno grew up in Walla Walla, WA and currently teaches violin and viola at Eastern Washington University. She began her Suzuki studies before the age of two. Early teachers included Rhonda Burnham and Kathleen Spring. Julia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan with highest honors in 2005. During this time she was concertmaster for the Grammy award winning recording of William Bolcom’s ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ featuring the University of Michigin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Julia completed her Master’s and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees on full scholarship from the University of Southern California, studying with Lyndon Johnston-Taylor and Martin Chalifour.
Julia has been a top prize winner in a variety of competitions nationwide, and has also soloed with many orchestras throughout the US and in Europe including the Walla Walla Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, Spokane Symphony, and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Julia is also an active chamber musician and teacher. She frequently performs at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and also teaches at Suzuki institutes in Walla Walla, WA and Rochester, VT. In addition to her University studio, Julia maintains a large private studio in the greater Spokane area. She lives in Cheney, WA with her husband and twin toddlers.
She has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, and with the Boston Pops, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Amsterdam Symphony, Brazilian Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and the orchestras of Brisbane, Adelaide, and Auckland, among many others.
The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat."
Lara created her record own label, Ancalagon, in 1999, and has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and The Knights, with which she won the Juno award in 2011 for her Mozart album. Of her Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, American Record Guide wrote, "I simply don't know where else you can go to hear Bach played at this level of artistry. Once again she eclipses her competition."
Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal, and Hungary at ages 12 and 13, entered the Curtis Institute at 13, and spent her first summer at Marlboro three years later. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus.
She performs on the 1779 "Salabue" Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto. Lara St. John Personal Direction: Stephen H. Judson, Judson Management Group, Inc., 145 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone: 1-212-974-1917. Lara St. John records for Ancalagon Records.
Daniel Santelices is a member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Artists of Shreveport, and was formerly the Instructor of Violin & Chamber Music at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches. “Mr. Dan” has been on the faculty of the Centenary College Suzuki School in Shreveport since 1991, where he teaches violin and conducts the Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Santelices has twice been the recipient of Suzuki Association of America Grants for short-term teacher training and has been a clinician at Suzuki summer and weekend institutes in Texas, Michigan, Vermont, and New Hampshire. He was President of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony Orchestra Board and is Director/Founder of their Chamber Music Program. Mr. Santelices also has been a regular Guest Conductor-Clinician for the area's parish-wide Honor Orchestras. He was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006. In his spare time, Mr. Santelices enjoys playing racquet sports, in-line skating, and collecting thoroughbred racing memorabilia.
Byron Schenkman was voted "Best Classical Instrumentalist" by readers of the Seattle Weekly in 2006. He performs as a solo pianist, chamber musician, and as harpsichordist and artistic director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
A recipient of the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music, Mr. Schenkman has recorded more than thirty CDs of seventeenth and eighteenth century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As a pianist, he has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, and the Philharmonia Northwest. He has played solo piano recitals in Boston, New York, Peterborough (NH), Portland (OR), Seattle, Vancouver, Winston-Salem, and on a Chilean tour sponsored by Partners of the Americas.
His CD of Haydn sonatas on modern piano has been acclaimed for its "elegance, wit, and refinement" (American Record Guide), "imaginative, cleanly articulated form" (Seattle Times), and "astonishing sense of humor" (All Music Guide). In 2009 he participated in the Haydn and Mendelssohn bicentennial celebrations with performances at the Frick Collection in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his Master of Music degree with honors in performance, from the Indiana University School of Music. He is currently an adjunct instructor of piano and harpsichord at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Sarah Schenkman grew up in a musical family in Norfolk, Virginia. Among her teachers were Ronald Leonard, Joel Krosnick, and Claus Adam, as well as her brother Peter. She has played with orchestras in Grand Rapids, Toronto, Sarasota, Greenville, Richmond, Charleston, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Aspen Music Festival, and she was a member of the Savannah Symphony for 10 years. Currently she is co-principal cello of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and principal cello of the Savannah Orchestra, has a teaching studio, and is a frequent chamber music performer and a champion of new music for cello. Sarah is married to violinist Terry Moore and they have one son.
Peter Stumpf enjoys as multifaceted a career as any cellist. After serving 12 years as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Stumpf became the Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2002/2003 season. He is in great demand as a chamber musician around the world, performing on series at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Casals Hall in Tokyo with some of the greatest living artists such as Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Andras Schiff, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Mr. Stumpf has performed concertos with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony. He has also been heard in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston, at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington, D.C., and at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. As a member of the Boston Musica Viva he has explored extended techniques including microtonal compositions and numerous premieres. Mr. Stumpf served on the cello faculty of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory, and guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Musicorda Summer String Program. He received a bachelors degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory.
St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Their mission is to bring every piece of music to the audience in
vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer. Since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Alex Ross of the New Yorker magazine writes, "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection."
Whether playing Haydn or premiering a new work, the SLSQ has a rare ability to bring audiences to rapt attention. They reveal surprising nuances in familiar repertoire and illuminate the works of some of today's most celebrated composers, often all in the course of one evening. John Adams was inspired to write works expressly for the quartet after hearing them in concert. His "String Quartet", written for the SLSQ, was premiered by them in January 2009.
In spring 2011, the quartet will premiere a new work by Osvaldo Golijob, also composed for them. This forthcoming work is expected to build on the success of their previous collaboration, which culminated in the twice-Grammy nominated SLSQ recording of the composer's Yiddishbbuk (EMI) in 2002.
SLSQ maintains a busy touring schedule. The 2010–11 season included two trips to Europe with concerts in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland and Estonia. In North America, the SLSQ returns to Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, New York and Philadelphia in addition to concerts in North Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma. During the summer season SLSQ will continue its long association with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston S.C. and Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the quartet's founding in Canada, SLSQ in 2009 commissioned five Canadian composers and performed their work across the country. Since 1998, the SLSQ has held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. This residency includes working with music students as well as extensive collaborations with other faculty and departments using music to explore a myriad of topics. Recent collaborations have involved the School of Medicine, School of Education, and the Law School. In addition to their appointment at Stanford, the SLSQ are visiting artists at the University of Toronto.
Violist Lesley Robertson is a founding member of the group, and hails from Edmonton, Alberta. Cellist Christopher Costanza is from Utica, NY and joined the quartet in 2003. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John both grew up in London, Ontario; Geoff is a founding member and Scott joined in 2006. Depending on concert repertoire, the two alternate the role of first violin. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford in the Bay Area in California.
Since early childhood, Sara Traficante has been captivated by musical expression. She began flute study at age seven in her hometown of Dundas, Ontario, with David Gerry through the Suzuki approach and continued further studies with Suzanne Shulman. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music and was awarded the Performer's Certificate. She studied flute with Bonita Boyd, piccolo with Anne Harrow, and baroque flute with Kristian Bezuidenhout. While at Eastman Sara achieved honors in the chamber music department for her wind quintet and flute, cello, and piano trio. She completed her Master of Music degree from McGill University, studying flute with Timothy Hutchins. During her studies, she performed with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Group of the Electronic Music Studio.
In March 2004 Sara was awarded a debut recital in Montreal for Radio-Canada CBC and was broadcast on the series "Jeunes Artistes de la Cha'ne Culturelle." She has performed as soloist with orchestras on several occasions, and in recitals in Canada, USA, Ireland, and Taiwan. Newly appointed to the faculty of SuzukiMusic in Ottawa, Sara teaches flute and early childhood music. She maintains an active performing schedule with particular interest in commissioning and performing new works by young Canadian composers. Her other musical interests include singing, songwriting, and creating innovative arts education projects.
Soprano Beth Thompson is well known in the north country for her versatility and eclectic tastes. Her varied repertoire includes everything from art song, oratorio, and opera to Broadway and contemporary folk music. No stranger to Rochester Chamber Music Society audiences, she has presented recitals of songs and arias with Cynthia Huard (most recently last summer) and collaborated with Ms. Huard and French horn player Ted Thayer, as well as helping out with musical examples for Larry Hamberlin’s talk about popular songs inspired by Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly.
She received critical acclaim for her starring roles in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s productions of Puccini’s Tosca (June 2005) and Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (June 2006), and as Mrs. Segstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2007). Last summer she celebrated her seventh season on the Artist Faculty of the bi-annual Pitten International Music Festival in Austria. Ms. Thompson has been a featured soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Burlington Choral Society, and the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society, and has performed at the Warebrook Festival of Contemporary Music and on the Music at Lake Willoughby and Salisbury Church concert series, singing a wide repertoire including Dvorak’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Creation, Requiems by Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, the Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul. She is an avid recitalist, often performing at colleges, universities, and churches throughout the eastern U.S.
Ms. Thompson co-produces the Middlebury College Music Department’s annual Broadway musical revue. In 1999 she recorded a single-song CD of “The Journey” (written by Nick Kaiser) as a fund-raiser for breast cancer research and programs in Vermont.
Ms. Thompson holds degrees in singing from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Metropolitan Opera soprano Eileen Farrell. She taught singing at the University of Vermont from 1987 to 1993 and has served on the voice faculty of Middlebury College since 1992. She also maintains private voice studios in Middlebury, Rutland, and Dorset and at her home in Danby.
A native Philadelphian, Daniel Williams serves as the Philadelphia Orchestra's second horn player. He began his horn studies at the age of nine in the Philadelphia public school system and then went on to attend Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. While at Curtis, Dan performed with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in its summer season. In 1975, during his senior year at Curtis, he became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His primary teachers have been F. Mason Jones, John Simonelli, Ward Fearn, and Glenn Janson, all former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra horn section. Dan currently serves on the faculty of Temple University.
Violinist Katherine Winterstein holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Charles Castleman, and a Master of Music degree from Boston University's School for the Arts, where she studied with Peter Zazofsky. She was a member of the Seneca String Quartet and has collaborated in chamber music settings with Andres Diaz, Ida Kavafian, Ann-Marie McDermott, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Zazofsky. In addition, she has performed in Washington DC's Embassy Series, Boston's Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series, the Staunton Music Festival, and the McIntire Chamber Music Series at the University of Virginia. She appears regularly with the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Boston-based Chameleon Arts Ensemble, the Firebird Ensemble, the Art of Music Chamber Players, and Musicians of the Old Post Road. She has appeared as soloist with the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Virtuosi, and other orchestras. Katherine is concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, assistant concertmaster of the Portland Symphony, and the acting assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and she performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. Currently she is on the performance faculty of Middlebury College.