Carmit Zori, violinist and artistic director
Violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the
age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold
Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ms. Zori is the
recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International
Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin
Competition. Carmit Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York
Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra,
among many others, and has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in
Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum
and the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed
throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan
and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug.
In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert
series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the "Y" series in
New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Bridgehampton Chamber
Music festival, the Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa
Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Cape
Cod Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite chamber music
festival in Madison, Wisconsin, Peasmarsh music festival in the UK, Orcas island chamber music festival.
Carmit Zori is a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in
Vermont. Ms. Zori, who for ten years was an artistic director at
Bargemusic, founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society in 2002.
She is a member artist of The Israeli Chamber Project.
Ms. Zori recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch
labels. She is a professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY
Purchase, where she also serves on the chamber music faculty.
Rieko Aizawa, piano
A native of Japan, pianist Rieko Aizawa was brought to the attention of Alexander Schneider by the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida in 1988. Schneider engaged Ms. Aizawa as soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall. Later that year, Schneider presented Ms. Aizawa in her U.S. debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. Since then Rieko has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has performed with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
She is founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize winning Duo Prism. Rieko is artistic director of Alpenglow Chamber music festival. Ms. Aizawa has collaborated with the Guarneri and Orion Quartets, and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kammermusik Festival in Moritzburg, Germany and the Evian Festival in France. She is graduate of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music where she was awarded the prestigious Rachmaninoff Prize. She was the last student of Mieczyslaw Horszowski and also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin. She is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She lives in New York city with husband, violinist Jesse Milles.
Stephen Lee Anderson, narrator
Actor Stephen Lee Anderson has appeared in Shakespeare's Richard III at the Old Vic in London and at BAM under the direction of Sam Mendes. He has appeared in numerous productions on Broadway including Bright Star, Spider-Man, Julius Caesar (with Denzel Washington), The Crucible (with Liam Neesen), Footloose, The Capeman, and The Kentucky Cycle (with Stacy Keach). He has also performed at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Vineyard Theatre, MTC, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre (IRNE Award Best Supporting Actor, Bus Stop), Long Wharf, and Denver Center. His film and television appearances include The Treatment, Intrusion, Law & Order, Daredevil, Public Morals, Orange Is The New Black, Elementary, and Madam Secretary. He has collaborated with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on the development of Bright Star and with Paul Simon on The Capeman. Mr. Anderson was born in Whittier, CA and studied at San Diego State University, the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. He also studied German Lieder with Paul Shilhausky at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Daun and their two boys, Ian and Evan.
Edward Arron, cello
Cellist Edward Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has appeared in recital, in chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Arron was the artistic coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber ensemble created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum's prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Mr. Arron is also the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi and of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Summit County, Colorado. For four seasons, he was the artistic administrator and resident performer for WQXR's "On A-I-R" series, a weekly radio program in New York dedicated to chamber music. Mr. Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York's Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Past summer festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, the North Country Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Conference of the East, and Isaac Stern's Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. Mr. Arron has participated in the Silk Road Project and is currently a member of MOSAIC, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. Edward Arron began his studies on the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and, at age ten, moved to New York, where he continued his studies with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro.
Margaret Batjer, violin
Serving as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998, Margaret Batjer made her first solo appearance at the age of fifteen with the Chicago Symphony. She has appeared with a succession of major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the NY String Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony as well as throughout Europe with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Halle Symphony Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Claus Peter Flor. A respected chamber musician, Ms. Batjer has performed regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and on tour with "Music from Marlboro." She has appeared at the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, the La Jolla Summerfest, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and the Naples and Cremona festivals in Italy. Maurizio Pollini invited the Accardo Quartet, of which Ms. Batjer is a member, to perform at the Salzburg Festival in 1995 and 1999, at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2001, and in Tokyo during the 2002 season. She has recorded the Bach Concerto for Two violins in D minor with Salvatore Accardo and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Philips and more recently with Hilary Hahn and LACO, directed by Jeffrey Kahane, for Deutsche Grammophon. She has also made numerous chamber music recordings on the EMI, Nuova Era, BMG, and Dynamic labels.
In the spring of 2000, she and Jeffrey Kahane inaugurated LACO's chamber music series by performing the complete cycle of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles.
In 2017-2018 season Ms. Batjer launched In Focus, a chamber music series that performed the West Coast premiere of a new concerto by Jalbert with LACO.
Ms. Batjer graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ivan Galamian and David Cerone. She joined the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music in 2005and has served on the violin faculty at the Colburn Academy since 2014.
Catherine Cho, violin
International soloist and recording artist. Catherine Cho has appeared worldwide as soloist and recitalist. Her orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and National Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Edmonton Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Barcelona, Haifa, and New Zealand, the Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. She has been a regular guest on tour with "Musicians from Marlboro" since 1993. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Cho has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York's Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia's "Rising Stars" series in Chicago. Ms. Cho was a member of the Johannes String Quartet and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice. Ms. Cho was a recipient of both the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Korea's 1995 World Leaders of Tomorrow Award. She also received the 1994 Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence, and was a top prize winner at the 1991 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 1989 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition of Belgium, and the 1987 Montreal International Music Competition. Ms. Cho is a faculty member of the Juilliard School.
Jennifer Culp, cello
Jennifer Culp, cellist, is currently professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Chair of Strings. She has been an active chamber musician for over 30 years and performed worldwide. Culp was a member of the Kronos Quartet for seven years beginning in 1998, during which time included performances at Sydney Opera House, London's Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD Festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards, including Musical American's 2003 "Musicians of the Year" and a Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Music Performance of Berg's 'Lyric Suite' in 2004. Culp has collaborated with such diverse artists as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle, Irina Schnittke and the Romanian Gypsy Band 'Taraf De Haidouks'. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser. Other important mentors to mention are Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner and Sandor Vegh. Culp has performed at numerous festivals including Ravenna, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Kneisel Hall & Open Chamber Music of the International Musician's Seminar in Cornwall, England (for seven consecutive years). Culp was also cellist with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She was a frequent duo partner with the late pianist, Justin Blasdale. Culp has recorded numerous world premieres for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World, Sony and more recently Thomas Sleeper's Cello Concerto for Albany Records.
Timothy Eddy, cello
Cellist Timothy Eddy has earned distinction as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher of cello and chamber music. He has performed with numerous symphonies including Dallas, Colorado, Jacksonville, North Carolina and Stamford, and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Lockenhaus, Spoleto and Sarasota music festivals. He has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions, including the 1975 Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Italy. Mr. Eddy is currently Professor of Cello at the Juilliard School and New York's Mannes College of Music, and he was frequently a faculty member at the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall. A former member of the Galimir Quartet, the New York Philomusica and the Bach Aria Group, he collaborates regularly in recital with pianist Gilbert Kalish. He has recorded a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to avant-garde for the Angel, Arabesque, Columbia, CRI, Delos, Musical Heritage, New World, Nonesuch, Vanguard, Vox, and Sony Classical labels. Mr. Eddy is a member of the Orion String Quartet.
Pamela Frank, violin
The only child of pianists Claude Frank and Lilian Kallir, violinist Pamela Frank has been recognized as one of the most stimulating violinists of her generation. Her chamber music projects include performances with such artists as Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and her father, Claude Frank, and frequent appearances with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro. Ms. Frank began violin lessons with Shirley Givens at age five and later went on to study with Szymon Goldberg and Jaime Laredo. Her career formally begun in 1985 with the first of four appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra directed by Alexander Schneider. Her musical education later took her to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she is now on faculty. She won the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1989 and has made recordings for Music Masters Classics, Sony, and Decca. Ms. Frank has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris.
As a recitalist, she has performed in the major cities of the world. Her chamber music projects include performances with such artists as Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and her father, Claude Frank, and frequent appearances with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro. With Claude Frank at the piano, she has recorded the complete Beethoven sonata cycle for Music Masters Classics, and an all-Schubert disc. For Sony Classical, Ms. Frank recorded the Chopin Piano Trio, and Schubert Trout Quintet with Mr. Ax and Mr. Ma. On Decca, she has recorded all of the Mozart violin concertos, the Dvorak concerto, and, with Peter Serkin, the complete Brahms sonata cycle. In 1999 she was awarded a coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Ms Frank joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996.
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Since 1993, Hsin-Yun Huang has been firmly established as one of the leading violists of her generation. In that year she won the top prizes in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the highly prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, which included a scholarship grant and concerto and recital appearances in Japan. Ms. Huang was also the youngest-ever gold medalist in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Competition on the Isle of Man. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Huang currently resides in New York and is an active soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe. She is in constant demand in her native Taiwan, appearing annually with the National Symphony of Taiwan. Ms. Huang also recently appeared in a nationally televised solo recital for President Chen Shui-Bian. She has participated in various prominent chamber music festivals including the Rome Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Music Festival; Prussia Cove, England, St. Nazaire in France, Bridgehampton, the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Divonne in France, the Newport Festival, and many others. Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994-2000. With the Quartet, she participated in festivals worldwide and in such prominent venues as New York'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 and was chosen by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be members of "CMS Two" and featured in a "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast. Hsin-Yun Huang went to England at the age of fourteen to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Michael Tree, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes, where she earned her Master of Music. She is a dedicated teacher and currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Gilbert Kalish, piano, leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, Mr. Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabella Vengerova. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for thirty years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to the new music that flourished during the 1960's and 1970's. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles. His thirty-year partnership with the mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He maintains long-standing duos with cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and appears frequently with soprano Dawn Upshaw. As an educator, Gilbert Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1968 to 1997, he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, and served as Chairman of the Faculty at Tanglewood from 1985 to 1997. He participates at the Banff Centre, the Ravinia and Marlboro Festivals. Mr. Kalish's discography consists of more than 100 recordings, including his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and sonatas of Josef Haydn, an immense discography of vocal music with Jan De Gaetani, and many musical landmarks of the 20th century. In 1995, Gilbert Kalish was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago for distinguished service to the music of our time. In January 2002, he was the recipient of Chamber Music America's Service Award for exceptional contributions in the field of chamber music.
Ani Kavafian, violin
Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a very busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. This past summer, she performed in 8 different summer music festivals around the country. As the newly appointed concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, she has begun a project to perform the complete Mozart Concertos with them. For the past two years, Ani was also guest concertmaster and soloist with the Seattle Symphony. In December of 2009, she conducted workshops in Taiwan for talented young students alongside David Finckel, Wu Han, Leon Fleisher and Arnold Steinhardt. She performed and gave master classes in chamber music for young artists in Seoul, Korea. She appears frequently with her sister, violinist Ida Kavafian; they celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Carnegie Hall debut as a duo with a concert dedicated to them and their students presented by the Chamber Music Society. She has teamed with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist André-Michel Schub to form the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio has been touring with them in the US and Canada. She is also a founding member of the Triton Trio with William Purvis and Mihae Lee. Together with cellist Carter Brey, she was artistic director of Mostly Music, a chamber music series in New Jersey. She has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper on fortepiano, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, Henri Lazarof's Divertimento with the Seattle Symphony, Tod Machover's "Forever and Ever" with the Boston Modern Orchestra and the recently released piano trio of Justin Dello Joio with Jeremy Denk and Carter Brey. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she is a full professor at Yale University. Ms. Kavafian, who plays a 1736 Stradivarius, has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband, artist Bernard Mindich. Their son, Matthew, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington and now resides in Los Angeles.
Ida Kavafian, violin
Ida Kavafian, born in Istanbul, Turkey, came with her family to the United States when she was three. She began her studies at age six with Ara Zerounian in Detroit, continuing with Mischa Mischakoff, and ultimately earned her M.Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky. She made her New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, with pianist Peter Serkin, as a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1988. Kavafian has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras throughout the world. Her commitment to contemporary music has led her to perform in many world premieres of works by composers as varied as Toru Takemitsu, who wrote a concerto for her, and jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, with whom she has toured and recorded. She was a founding member of the innovative group TASHI. She has toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet (as violist) and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, of which she is an artist member. She and her sister, Ani, perform together regularly in recital and with major orchestras. They appeared together on CBS Sunday Morning and NBC's Today Show, and they have recorded for Nonesuch. Kavafian was the violinist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio for six years and formed the ensemble Opus One, along with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley. For more then 20 years she has been the artistic director of Music from Angel Fire. She founded the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and was the festival's music director for ten years. She also teaches at the Curtis Institute.
Julia Lichten, cello
Julia Lichten enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, as well as teacher and coach in the New York area. She received degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe and the New England Conservatory, followed by two years of professional studies at the Mannes College of Music. Ms. Lichten has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1995. She has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Taos, Library of Congress, Caramoor, Rockport and Evian. An active recitalist, she has performed in such venues as Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities and performs frequently with da Camera of Houston, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society and La Musica. She has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, Arabesque, Koch International Classics, Music Masters, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon. She is a member of the cello faculties at Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase.
Sivan Magen, harp
Sivan Magen, principal harpist of the Finnish Radio Symphony, is the only Israeli to have ever won the International Harp Contest in Israel. He is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award, as well the as 2012 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Mr. Magen has appeared as a soloist across the United States, in South America, Europe and Israel, in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Vienna Konzerthaus, performing with the Israel Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, among others. Sivan has released two solo albums for Linn Records, Fantasien, which includes mostly his own transcriptions of fantasies ranging from Bach to Brahms, and French Reflections, which explores connections between the French repertoire of the early 20th and of the early 21st centuries. Mr Magen is also an avid chamber musician. With flutist Marina Piccinini and violist Kim Kashkashian, he founded the trio Tre Voci, which has tours extensively in Europe and the United States, and has recorded for ECM. Mr Magen is also a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, formed in 2007, a group which performs in both outreach venues and major concert halls throughout the world. In addition, he has toured with Music from Marlboro, and appears regularly at the Marlboro, Kuhmo, Staunton, and Jerusalem International festivals.
Besides his activities as a performer, Mr. Magen has gained a reputation as a significant teacher of the harp. He has given masterclasses at many of the world's most important music schools, and has been invited to serve as member of the jury of the International Harp Contest in Israel, the first Netherlands International Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards and the National Harp Contest in Taiwan. A former faculty member of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, he was invited in 2017 to teach at the Paris Conservatory.
Born in Jerusalem, Sivan Magen studied the piano there with Benjamin Oren and Talma Cohen and the harp with Irena Kaganovsky-Kessler. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory, from which he graduated with a "Premier Prix," and earned a Master's degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Nancy Allen.
Kobi Malkin, violin
Israeli violinist Kobi Malkin, winner of the prestigious 2011 Ilona Kornhauser prize, is both a soloist and a chamber musician. Kobi has performed with important orchestras around the world including the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, has collaborated in chamber music with Itamar Golan, Frans Helmerson, Kim Kashkashian, Mitsuko Uchida and Peter Wiley, and has appeared at the Ravinia, Music@Menlo and Marlboro Music Festivals. A scholarship recipient of the America Israel Culture Foundation, he is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect - a joint program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute. Kobi holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Miriam Fried.He plays a 1701 Pietro Guarneri violin, generously on loan to him by Yehuda Zisapel.
Anthony Marwood, violin
Anthony Marwood combines appearances as soloist and director/soloist with orchestras around the world with recitals and participations at international chamber music festivals. He is currently Principal Artistic Partner of the Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and regular collaborations with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta in Helsinki, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and St Louis Symphony in the USA. Recent solo engagements have also included concerts with the Boston Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Paris.
His regular chamber music partners include the pianist Aleksander Madzar and Alexander Melnikov, the cellist Steven Isserlis, the violist Lawrence Power and accordionist James Crabb.
Anthony has had many works written for him, including Thomas Ades Violin concerto "Concentric Paths" which he premiered at Berlin Festival and at the BBC Proms with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the composer, followed by many national premieres around the globe, and a live CD release on EMI in 2010. Also composed for Anthony were Steven Mackey's "Four Iconoclastic Episodes," premiered in 2009 with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and concertos by Sally Beamish and the young American Samuel Adams.
Marwood's most recent CD release - his 50th on the Hyperion label - is a recording of Walton's Violin Concerto with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.
In summer 2018 Anthony performs at four festivals in the USA and returns to the international Musician's Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall in September. In the autumn he returns to the New Worlds Symphony in Miami and makes his debut as director/soloist on tour with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco.
Anthony was violinist of the award -winning Florestan Trio fo sixteen years. He is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, performs annually at Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2018 New Year Honours list. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers, and a 2018 violin by Christian Bayon.
David McCarroll, violin
David McCarroll, winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions and Silver Medalist at the Klein International Competition, he made his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players in 2002 and has since appeared in major concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on radio stations including WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Recent performances have included Stravinsky's violin concerto at the Konzerthaus Berlin, touring with Musicians from Marlboro, and performances of György Kurtág's "Kafka Fragments" for violin and soprano. In September 2015, he joined the Vienna Piano Trio. An active chamber musician, he has performed in many chamber ensembles with musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, Atar Arad, Marcy Rosen, Peter Wiley, Paul Katz, Timothy Eddy, and Laurence Lesser. He has appeared at festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor's Rising Stars Series, Ravinia, Prussia Cove's Open Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, Moab, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Siete Lagos (Argentina), Frutillar (Chile), and Felicija Blumental (Israel). David was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1986 and began studying the violin with Helen Payne Sloat at the age of 4. At 8, he attended the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley studying with Anne Crowden. When David was 13, he received an invitation to join an international group of 60 young music students at the Yehudi Menuhin School outside London where he studied for five years with Simon Fischer. David continued his studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and with Antje Weithaas in the Konzertexamen program at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin. In addition to music, David maintains an active interest in social concerns including the needs of those impacted by the AIDS pandemic and is currently working on projects of the Starcross Community to help AIDS orphans in Africa. He has played in programs encouraging world peace promoted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and has given benefit concerts for Doctors Without Borders. With other members of his family, David has worked to get strings to young music students in Cuba where such items are very difficult to obtain. David plays a 1761 violin made by A & J Gagliano.
Sophia Mockler, violin
Violinist Sophia Mockler, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was awarded her Masters of Music Arts Degree in 2017 from the Yale School of Music, where she was a pupil of Ani Kavafian. In 2015 Sophia received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Princeton University in the Comparative Literature Department with a minor in Music ('15). Her previous teachers include Catherine Cho at the Juilliard School, Carmit Zori and Itzhak Perlman. She has attended multiple summer music festivals including The Verbier Festival, The Norfolk Chamber Music Program, Kneisel Hall, The Perlman Music Program, Heifetz International Institute, Sejong Music Festival, and The Meadowmount School. Sophia has played in masterclasses for Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Gilbert Kalish, Alexander Kerr, and Clive Greensmith, among others. Sophia has served as the concertmaster for the Verbier Festival Orchestra as well as the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to violin, Sophia also enjoys singing opera, and sang the lead role of Dido in the Princeton University production of "Dido and Aeneas."
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Born in Brussels, Belgian American violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris). A recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Dimitri is a first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. Other awards include second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists. With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag, and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres, and recorded several solo works. An avid chamber musician, Murrath is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. He has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Mendelssohn, Takacs, Guarneri, Cleveland, Jerusalem, and Juilliard String Quartets. Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Rising Stars, Chamberfest Cleveland, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Juventus Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival. He has performed concertos with orchestras including Orchestre National de Lille, Toho Gakuen Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and London Mozart Players. Dimitri Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. He joined the viola faculty at New England Conservatory aged 26, and taught there for 8 years. He is now on the viola faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Dimitri Murrath participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.
Paul Neubauer, viola
Paul Neubauer was recently called "the most admired chamber violist in this hemisphere" by the Los Angeles Times. His recordings due for release this season include two works that were written for him, Wild Purple for solo viola by Joan Tower and Viola Rhapsody by Henri Lazarof which was recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz conducting. Other recent recording releases include the Walton Viola Concerto for Decca and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel on CRI that was commissioned for him by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki Philharmonics, National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth Symphonies, Santa Cecilia and English Chamber and Beethovenhalle Orchestras. Mr. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto as well as Concertos by Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott and Friedman. As Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic for six years, joining at age 21, he appeared as soloist with that orchestra in over twenty performances. Paul Neubauer is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is an Artist Member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Angela Park, cello
Born in 1987 in California to Korean parents, Angela started playing the cello at age 10 with Sung eun Hong and Kyungmi Lim. Performing from an early age soon thereafter, Angela won virtually every competition in Korea and made her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12. At age 14, she started her studies at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and the late Orlando Cole. There started her long relationship and love for the chamber
music literature while working with luminaries such as Steven Tenenbom, Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and MengChieh Liu. While at Curtis, she made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach.
Upon graduation, Angela was selected to study with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Fellowship, and graduated with Academic Awards, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma. Afterwards, she moved to Berlin to study with Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the Konzertexamen Program, where she was a DAAD Scholar (German Academic Exchange), graduating with highest distinction in 2013. Angela has been invited to festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, and Verbier. She has played one season with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the
direction of Mariss Jansons and served two seasons as associate principal of the Seoul Philharmonic, hired by former music director Myungwhun Chung.
In addition to her regular chamber music performances, she has translated Anner Bylsma's book on Bach's Suites into Korean, and is increasingly in demand as a continuo player. She is on faculty at the Korean National University of Arts' preparatory division. www.angelapark.com.
Daniel Phillips, violin
Violinist Daniel Phillips was born into a musical family, and began violin studies at the age of four with his father Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He continued his professional training at the Juilliard School. As a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he performed recitals at New York's Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street "Y." Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. He appears regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. He is a Marlboro veteran and a past participant at the Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest. He has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. He also has recordings on the Nonesuch, Bridge, and Musical Heritage labels. Mr. Phillips is a co-founder of the Orion String Quartet which serves as the resident quartet of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is professor of violin at the Juilliard School, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and lives with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, in Manhattan.
Todd Phillips, violin
Violinist Todd Phillips has performed as guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Japan including the Pittsburgh Symphony, New York String Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Phillips has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Marlboro and Spoleto Festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music at the 92nd St Y and New York Philomusica. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Rudolf Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Richard Stoltzman, Peter Serkin and Pinchas Zukerman and has participated in eighteen "Musicians from Marlboro" tours. He serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Bard College Conservatory of Music, New York's Mannes College of Music and Rutgers University. He has recorded for the Arabesque, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon, Finlandia, Marlboro Recording Society, New York Philomusica, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical labels. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, violinist Catherine Cho, and is the father of four children: Lia, Eliza, Jason, and Brandon.
Robert Rinehart, viola
Violist Robert Rinehart, a member of the New York Philharmonic, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber music scene. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and Asia, and has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among many others. He has appeared at the Spoleto Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Festival, Chamber Music/West, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His recordings include albums which have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations and the Diapason d'Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin there with Isadore Tinkleman, and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone and Ivan Galamian. He is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.
Marcy Rosen, cello
Marcy Rosen has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout Canada, Japan, Europe, and all fifty of the United States. She made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen and has since appeared with the Dallas Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony. In recital she has appeared throughout the United States, and for many years hosted a series at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington entitled "Marcy Rosen and Friends." With pianist Diane Walsh she performs as half of the Rosen/Walsh Duo and she is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice. She is also a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She appears regularly at festivals both here and abroad. Since 1986 she has been the co-artistic director of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland and as a long-time participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has taken part in sixteen of their "Musicians from Marlboro" tours. Marcy Rosen won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was further honored with the Walker Fund Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Carreer Development Award. She is the winner of the Washington International Competition for Strings, and was the first recipient of the Mischa Schneider memorial award from the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation. Her performances can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks, and Phillips labels, among many others. Ms.Rosen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and teaches at Queens College and at the Mannes College of Music in New York.
Tony Rymer, cello
Cellist Tony Rymer has performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. He was the Second Prize Winner in the 2014 Enescu Competition, won first prize in the 2009 Sphinx Competition Senior Division and took 3rd place in the 2009 Stulberg International String Competition.
A native of Boston, Tony began playing cello at age five, attended the Walnut Hill Arts School, was a Project STEP scholarship student from 1996-2007, and was awarded the prestigious Kravitz scholarship in 2007. One of the first recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Award on the NPR national radio show From the Top, he has also been heard as soloist on WGBH Boston, WCLV Cleveland, and NPR's Performance Today. Tony has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Martin Helmchen, and Dénes Várjon. He is a regular guest at the Ravinia Steans Institute, the Marlboro Music Festival, SOTA Music Festival, and Krzyzowa Music.
Tony studied at the New England Conservatory with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser, where he was the recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music, with highest marks, He completed his studies as at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he studied with Frans Helmerson, and completed the Master of Music degree program with highest marks.
Tony plays a cello made by the celebrated 19th century Parisian luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Sophie Shao, cello
At the age of nineteen, cellist Sophie Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, Taiwan and Japan. Winner of a top prize at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition and a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002, The New York Times applauded her "eloquent, powerful" interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb.
Highlights of this season include an opening night performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, world-premiere performances of Richard Wilson's Concerto for Cello and Mezzo-Soprano with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, and recital and chamber music appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (where she has appeared regularly since 1998), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Middlebury College, Union College-Schenectady, Vassar College, Music Mountain (with the Shanghai Quartet), Indianapolis Competition Laureate Series (with violinist Cho-Liang Lin) and other venues. She is a frequent guest at many of the leading festivals around the country including Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Bard Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Highlights of recent seasons include solo performances with l'Orchestre de Paris, the Houston Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taipei, and the Russian State Academic Symphony among many others. Ms. Shao last appeared in Houston during the 2006-2007 Season in a performance of Haydn's D Major Concerto with the Maggini Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist and in recital in cities throughout the country and has collaborated with such artists as Martha Argerich, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Andre Watts, and many other leading musicians of our time. Ms. Shao can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (for the Marlboro Music Festival's 50th Anniversary recording), and on Albany Records. Her recording releases in 2009 include Richard Wilson's Brash Attacks on Albany Records and Howard Shore's original score for the movie The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) on Howe Records.
A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Shao began playing the cello at age six, and was a student of Shirley Trepel, former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. At age thirteen she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying cello with David Soyer and chamber music with Felix Galimir. After graduating from the Curtis Institute, she continued her cello studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.
Peter Stumpf, cello
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years following a 12 year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16, he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an artist's diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet. has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Philadelphia and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and is a participant at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. The Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen. Concerto appearances have included the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Aspen Festival and most recently at the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Solo recitals have been at Jordan Hall in Boston, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series in Los Angeles and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition. He has served on the cello faculties at the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California.
Steven Tenenbom, viola
Violist Steven Tenenbom has established a distinguished career as a chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and teacher. He has worked with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea, and appeared as guest artist with such eminent ensembles as the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble throughout the United States and Japan. His festival credits include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, June Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado. A recipient of the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music award and a former member of the Galimir Quartet, he is currently a member of the renowned group TASHI and the piano quartet OPUS ONE. Mr. Tenenbom is on the faculties of New York's Mannes College of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has recorded on RCA Records with TASHI and the Guarneri String Quartet, and can also be heard on the Arabesque, Delos, ECM, Marlboro Recording Society and Sony Classical labels.
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, he has in recent years made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, and performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo's Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig. Chamber partners include James Ehnes, Frank Huang, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, David Finckel, and the Swiss Chamber Soloists. Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary works, he has premiered numerous works both in the US and Europe and worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. His 2011 recording on the Honens label was named one of Time Out New York's classical albums of the year, while a 2014 release on GENUIN received a 5/5 from FonoForum and widespread international critical praise. This season's projects include the Berg Kammerkonzert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, a tour with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart concertos with the Vancouver Symphony and Florida Orchestra, as well as multiple appearances with the Chamber Music Society. A former member of CMS Two, Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master's degree from The Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Peter Wiley, cello
Cellist Peter Wiley joined the Guarneri String Quartet in 2000, succeeding his teacher and mentor, David Soyer. He is also a founding member of Opus One, collaborating with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley was a member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987-1998. He has appeared at leading festivals throughout the world, including the Marlboro Music Festival, where Mr. Wiley continues his longstanding association dating back to 1971. In 1986, Mr. Wiley made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Schneider. As a recitalist, he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Wiley entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 13 as a pupil of David Soyer. At age 20, he was named principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra after having played one season with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Wiley currently serves on the faculties at Bard College, the University of Maryland and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Shai Wosner, piano
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity. His performances from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics. This season, Mr. Wosner tours with Schubert's music in his latest recital series Schubert: The Great Sonatas. Recitals take place at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and include appearances in Buffalo, Fresno, and Cambridge (MA). His latest solo recording, Impromptu (Onyx Classics) featuring an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Beethoven and Schubert to Gershwin and Ives. His concerto performances include appearances with the Detroit and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Musikalische Akademie of the National Theater Orchestra Mannheim.
Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award—a prize he used to commission Michael Hersch's concerto Along the Ravines, which he performed with the Seattle Symphony and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist and is a former member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two. He was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Mr. Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In the U.S., he has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed with the Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, LSO, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Belgique, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others.
His chamber music collaborations include a six-city U.S. tour with Orion Weiss playing works for 4-hands and two pianos by Schubert and Brahms, David Lang. concerts with the Emerson Quartet for CMS of Lincoln Center; and a Bridge to Beethoven concert with violinist Jennifer Koh on Baltimore. In addition to Impromptu, Mr. Wosner's recordings for Onyx include concertos and capriccios by Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish National Symphony conducted by Nicholas Collon; solo works by Brahms and Schoenberg; works by Schubert, both on a solo recording with new commissions from Missy Mazzoli; Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano with Ralph Kirshbaum. He also can be heard on recording with Jennifer Koh for Cedille.
Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky, as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu, and at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Wosner resides in New York City with his wife Ronni and his children Alma and Ori.