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.
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.
Ettore Causa, viola
Awarded both the “P. Schidlof Prize” and the “J. Barbirolli Prize” for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2000, Italian-born violist Ettore Causa has been praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship. He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, and has performed at prestigious festivals. A devoted chamber musician, Causa has collaborated extensively with internationally renowned musicians.
At the Yale School of Music, Causa teaches graduate-level viola students and coaches chamber ensembles. He has performed on the School’s Faculty Artist Series and Oneppo Chamber Music Series and at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Before Causa joined the faculty of the School of Music in 2009, he taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy. He attended the International Menuhin Music Academy, where he studied with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree.
Causa has published many highly regarded CDs on the Claves label. One notable recording is Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano, on which he performs his own transcriptions, which was awarded a prestigious “5 Diapasons” by the French magazine Diapason.
In 2015, he was one of the honored guests at the 43rd International Viola Congress, where he performed his own arrangement of the Schumann Cello Concerto. Causa is an honorary member of British Viola Society and he performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudièrein 2003.
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.
Nick Eanet, violin
A native of New York City, Nick Eanet has earned a reputation as a master violinist, musician, and teacher. He is in great demand as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber music performer, and teacher. Mr. Eanet has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Harvard University, North Carolina School of the Arts, and has given masterclasses all over the globe. Mr. Eanet's exposure to solo work began when he was very young. At the age of eight, he was invited by Zubin Mehta to appear as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Two years later, he again performed a series of concerts as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and was invited to play at their New Year's Eve gala concert. Mr. Eanet has since performed as soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by James Levine at Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra with Sir Neville Marriner, and again with the New York Philharmonic. Appointed by James Levine in 1999 at the age of 27, Mr. Eanet was the senior concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra through 2014. As former leader and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, Mr. Eanet performed in all the famous concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. The Juilliard String Quartet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1946 and has mentored nearly every major American string quartet and has commissioned hundreds of new works. Mr. Eanet spends his summers at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Nick Eanet began his violin studies at the age of three with Nicole DiCecco, and was quickly an avid chamber musician, playing string quartets by the age of five. When he was eleven, his string quartet was invited to perform in Matsumoto, Japan, by Shinichi Suzuki. At the age of twelve, he was admitted to The Juilliard School Pre-College where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, continuing at the college level with DeLay and Robert Mann. Immediately after graduating from Juilliard, Mr. Eanet joined the Mendelssohn String Quartet as leader and first violinist. During his years with the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Mr. Eanet performed around the world in major venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
In 2011, Mr. Eanet was honored to receive a Grammy award for lifetime achievement.
Lauren Eberwein, soprano
Canadian/American soprano, Lauren Pearl Eberwein, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, was a member of Opera Philadelphia's Emerging Artist Program, and is currently a member of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio.
This season with the Canadian Opera Company, Lauren sings the role of Fünft Magt in Elektra, a performance of Musetta in La Boheme, and covers the role of Sabina in the World Premiere of HADRIAN by Rufus Wainwright. Last season Lauren sang the roles of Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, The Cook in The Nightingale, and a concert performance of Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She made her COC debut as Wellgunde in Wagner's G&0uml;tterdämmerung; and made her Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall, singing songs of Liszt with pianists Adam Golka and Orion Weiss. Lauren made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 singing Handel's Israel in Egypt with the New York Choral Society.
An avid and passionate chamber musician, Lauren has held residencies at the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, and The New York Festival of Song. Upcoming chamber music collaborations include projects with The Rosebud Quartet, Echo Chamber Toronto, The Aizuri Quartet, and a national tour with Musicians from Marlboro.
Lauren is the recipient of a 2016 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Grant.
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.
Zoltán Fejérvári, cello
Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal for piano and recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Zoltán Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and the United States in such prestigious venues as Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Gasteig in Munich, Lingotto in Turin, the Palau de Música in Valencia, the Biblioteca Nacional de Buenos Aires and the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Hungarian National Orchestra, the Verbier Festival and Concerto Budapest Orchestras among others, under such conductors as Iván Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Zoltán Fejérvári is a passionate chamber musician. He has collaborated with both the Keller and Kodály Quartets and has worked with such musicians as Gary Hoffman, Joseph Lin, Cristoph Richter, András Keller, Radovan Vlatkovic, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis. He has been a participant in Kronberg's "Chamber Music Connects the World" program, Prussia Cove's "Open Chamber Music", Lisztomania in Chateauroux, the Tiszadob Piano Festival and Encuentro de Música in Santander. At the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival during the summers of 2014 through 2016.
Zoltán Fejérvári's recording of Liszt's Malédiction with the Budapest Chamber Symphony was awarded the "Grand prix du Disque" in 2013 [HCD 32801]. His CD of four Mozart violin sonatas, with violinist Ernő Kállai, was released in 2014 by Hungaroton [HCD 32740].
Distinguished pianist András Schiff chose Zoltán Fejérvári for his "Building Bridges" series created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Under this aegis Mr. Fejérvári will give recitals in season 2017-18 in Berlin, Bochum, Brussels, Zürich and Ittingen among other cities.
Since 2014, Zoltán Fejérvári has been teaching at the Chamber Music Department of the Liszt Academy of Music.
Beth Guterman Chu, viola
Before joining the St. Louis Symphony in 2013 as Principal, Beth Guterman Chu was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician and recitalist. Playing chamber music, Chu collaborates with many artists including Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Orli Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Menahem Pressler, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, and Orion quartets. As a recording artist, she recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Tzadik, Naxos, and the CMS Studio Recordings. Chu has been a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra since 2008 and the Iris Orchestra since 2001.
This past summer, Chu spent her time performing and teaching at the Aspen Music Festival and School, National Youth Orchestra-USA, and played chamber music in Bridgehampton, Luzerne, and Skaneateles, New York. During recent summers Chu has performed in festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Bravo! Vail, and the Lake Champlain Music Festival.
Beth Guterman Chu received her Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian, and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School studying with Masao Kawasaki and Misha Amory. She lives in St. Louis with her violist husband Jonathan and their two sons.
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.
Alan R. Kay, clarinet
Alan R. Kay is Principal Clarinetist and an Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as Principal Clarinet of New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also appears as Principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.” Mr. Kay is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Yellow Barn and Skaneateles Festivals, and his innovative programming for the New York Chamber Ensemble is a feature of the Cape May Music Festival.
Mr. Kay has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, Orpheus and numerous other ensembles. His arrangements for wind quintet are available from Trevco Music Publishing and International Opus. Also a conductor, Mr. Kay studied conducting at The Juilliard School with Otto-Werner Mueller and has conducted orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the New York City area. In the past season, he was invited to conduct the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Orchestra in Long Island and the New York Concerto Sinfonietta in Manhattan. Mr. Kay taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany in 2004 and currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard and Stony Brook University. He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani, Italy, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Concert Artist Guild Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola part in string quartets during her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. This led her to pursue a graduate degree in viola from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as a Masters Degree from the Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.
In 2011, Ayane won the Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster, and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young, aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom heard works and commission new pieces. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and piano, which she premiered at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Every Chamber Series in Washington, D.C. with pianist Amy Yang.
Chamber music has also been a vital part of Ayane's musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Olympic Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2017-18 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, grand prize winner of the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition, and first prize winner of the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has proved to be a multi-faceted group, commissioning and touring works by world-renowned composers such as Caroline Shaw, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Paul Wiancko, Lembit Beecher, and Gabriella Smith. The quaret’s Grammy nominated debut CD “Blueprinting” was recently released on New Amsterdam Records, a record of works by the aformentioned composers. Ayane is also a member of the viola/cello duo “Ayane & Paul,” and eclectic string trio “Bird’s Eye Trio”, both known also for their creative programming and intimate connections with their audience.
From 2012 to 2016, Ayane served as the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra, and has played with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ayane’s past teachers include Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree. Outside of music, she loves to perfect her pie baking skills, create fonts, go camping, and run into the ocean.
Maria Lambros, viola
Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world as a member of three of the country's finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, New York's Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, the quartet in residence at New York's Town Hall and Harvard University and was a member of the Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which recorded Mendelssohn's Octet with the Cleveland Quartet for Telarc. Ms. Lambros has performed and taught at many major chamber music festivals, including the Spoleto festivals of USA, Italy and Australia, Tanglewood, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Caramoor, Aspen, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, DaCamera Society of Houston, with flutist Paula Robison at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has performed with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado and Orion Quartets, among others. She recently recorded the two Brahms Viola Quintets with the New Zealand Quartet. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice, the new Cooperstown Quartet and is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Yellow Barn Music School. Ms. Lambros is the founding executive director of Our Joyful Noise Baltimore, a non-profit organization that brings live music to veterans facing homelessness, people in prison, cancer patients and families living with autism. ourjoyfulnoisebaltimore.org
Richard Lester, cello
Leading chamber-musician, solo-cellist, orchestral principal and renowned teacher, Richard Lester appears regularly at the world’s foremost concert venues and festivals. He studied in London at the RCM with Amaryllis Fleming and in Germany with Johannes Goritzki. Now the cellist of the Gould Piano Trio, Richard was a member of the award-winning Florestan Trio, which for almost seventeen years maintained the same personnel, winning the Gramophone award in 1999 and the Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2000. Many of its records are benchmark recordings, nominated in collectors’ guides. The trio disbanded in 2012, finishing their career with a sold-out Beethoven series in London’s Wigmore Hall. Richard was also a founder-member of the ensemble Domus, a member of Hausmusik and the London Haydn Quartet.
Equally at home on both period instruments and ‘modern’, he was for many years principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has been principal cello with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1989. In addition, he is frequently called upon to be guest-leader of the cello sections of the major London orchestras, appearing with many of the world’s finest conductors and soloists.
He has performed as concerto soloist with, among others, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Camerata Salzburg, BBC Scottish SO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Ulster Orchestra, under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund, Sandor Vegh, Myung Whun Chung and Sir Roger Norrington. He has also appeared as director and soloist with COE, OAE, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and in Montreal and Quebec with Les Violons du Roy.
Richard is regularly invited to take part in chamber-music festivals around the world. He is artistic co-director, together with violinist Anthony Marwood, of the highly successful annual Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex.
He has made over 40 highly acclaimed recordings, twice winning the Gramophone award for best chamber-music. His recordings of the complete works of Mendelssohn for cello and piano and a disc of Boccherini sonatas on period instruments are available on the Hyperion label.
As well as teaching at the Royal College of Music, Richard gives masterclasses worldwide, and is a frequent guest teacher in Canada at the Banff Center and at Domaine Forget.
He plays on a cello made in Brescia, c.1700, by G B Rogeri.
Teng Li, viola
After more than a decade as Principal with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Teng Li was recently was appointed Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Li is also an active recitalist and chamber musician participating in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany) and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and with the 92nd St. “Y” Chamber Music Society. Teng was also featured with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season (2009), and was also a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two Program. She is a member of the Rosamunde Quartet (led by Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) and the Toronto-based Trio Arkel.
Ms. Li has been featured as soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta and Esprit Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WHYY (Pennsylvania), WFMT (Chicago), and Bavarian Radio (Munich).
She has won top prizes at the Johanson International and the Holland-America Music Society competitions, the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. She was also a winner of the Astral Artistic Services 2003 National Auditions.
Her discography includes a solo CD entitled '1939' with violinist Benjamin Bowman and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu (Azica), along with many Toronto Symphony Credits, most recently their Vaughan Williams disc featuring Teng performing Flos Campi (Chandos).
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.
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.
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.
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she is now a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, Tara regularly participates in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, the Great Mountains Music Festival, Chesapeake Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. A much sought after chamber musician and soloist, Tara is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape and the legendary Bach Aria Group. She has premiered hundreds of new works and has collaborated with the Orion String Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet and Emerson Quartet. Tara has appeared on A&E's "Breakfast for the Arts", Live from Lincoln Center and has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Bridge Records. Tara is associate professor of flute, head of the wind department and coordinator of classical music studies at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Tara is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory and the contemporary program at Manhattan School of Music and is a visiting artist, teacher and coach at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Maiya Papach, viola
Maiya Papach is the principal violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A member of the orchestra since 2008, she has made solo appearances with the SPCO in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with concertmaster Steven Copes, solo directed Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae and as soloist in Woolrich’s Ulysses Awakes.
Papach has made frequent national and international appearances as a chamber musician, with a versatile profile in her performances of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom she has performed frequently at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and dozens of experimental venues. She has toured extensively in the former Soviet Union with the Da Capo Chamber Players, across North America with Musicians from Marlboro, and has made appearances at Prussia Cove (UK), the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, the Chattanooga Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Quad Cities. She is also currently a member of Accordo, a Twin Cities-based chamber music group.
Papach is a 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by the MacPhail Center for Music. Through this fellowship and in collaboration with ICE, she co-commissioned a viola concerto by Anthony Cheung, performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival to critical acclaim by the New York Times. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and her principal teachers include Roland Vamos, Karen Tuttle, Benny Kim and Hsin-Yun Huang. She performs on a 19th century Turinese viola by Annibale Fagnola.
Jeewon Park, piano
Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. As a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, Ms. Park has appeared at major concert halls across North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Park regularly returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival where she first appeared as a Rising Star in 2007 and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York. Jeewon Park has performed at prominent chamber music festivals throughout the world, including Spoleto USA, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Bridgehampton, Chautauqua, Lake Champlain, Seoul Spring, Great Mountains, Manchester, Taos, Norfolk, Emilia-Ro- magna (Italy), Music Alp in Courchevel (France), Kusatsu (Japan) Music Festivals. Currently, she is the co-artistic director, along with her husband, Edward Arron, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. In January of 2021, Ms. Park’s recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with cellist Edward Arron was released on the Aeolian Classics Record Label. The recording received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award from the Classical Recording Foundation. Ms. Park has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. She came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. Ms. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. She holds the DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish.
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.
Ryan Roberts, oboe
Recognized for his “beautiful”, “eloquent” and “exquisite” playing by the New York Times, Ryan Roberts is the newly appointed English horn/Oboe of the New York Philharmonic and a member of the oboe faculty at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Ryan has performed as guest principal oboe and English horn with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Ft. Worth Symphony, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Ryan has worked with students in the US and abroad at The Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the music schools of Montclair State University, Cal State Long Beach, UC Irvine, and Chapman University. An award-winning oboist, Ryan received first prize at the International Double Reed Society's 2018 Young Artist Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2018 Woodwind Competition.
Before joining the New York Philharmonic, Ryan spent one season as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. In 2018, Ryan premiered Michael Torke’s Oboe Concertino with the Albany Symphony and recorded the work for Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, Ryan performs at the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer under artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss; he has also collaborated in recitals with the Pacifica Quartet, Emanuel Ax, and the Gamut Bach Ensemble at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
As a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard school, Ryan studied with Elaine Douvas and appeared frequently as principal oboist of the Juilliard Orchestra. Ryan has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar and spent three summers as the oboe fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2016, Ryan was featured as a recital soloist aboard the Crystal “Symphony" cruise line and toured Portugal, Spain, France and England.
Ryan is also an accomplished pianist, and made his concerto debut at age 11. When he isn’t busy making reeds, Ryan can be found practicing piano, surfing, or running on the beach with his retired racing whippet named Malley.
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.
Scott St. John, violin
Violinist Scott St. John is the Director of Chamber Music at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He leads the chamber music programs in the Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music and pre-college Music Academy. Scott is Concertmaster of the innovative ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Born in London Canada, early violin success gave Scott a path to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the chance to work with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir. After winning the Alexander Schneider Competition and playing a Carnegie Hall debut, NYC pulled Scott into its orbit, where Young Concert Artists gave him fabulous opportunities for performance. In addition to a magical year of working at the Disney Store in Times Square, Scott has been Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and won a Juno Award for recording Mozart with his sister Lara St. John. He has founded two chamber music awards for students: the Felix Galimir Award at University of Toronto and the Ida Levin Award at the Colburn School. Scott loves chamber music, Dvorak, new music, music by less-known composers, and a great espresso. He has been to all the Canadian provinces, 49 of the United States, and would prefer to travel by train when practical. He is married to violist Sharon Wei and they have a spirited daughter named Julia.
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.
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Europe, and Japan. He has garnered praise for his interpretations of music both old and new. Together with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Sykes is a founding member of the San Francisco Piano Trio. Praised for its virtuosic ensemble playing throughout a wide repertoire ranging from the trios of Haydn and Beethoven to those of Leon Kirchner and Astor Piazzolla, the trio has performed throughout the United States. Mr. Sykes’ other recent activities include a tour along the Danube river; performances in the US Virgin Islands; performances with the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society; a Carnegie Hall recital under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation; a live broadcast over WGBH, Boston Public Radio; and a tour of Chile sponsored by the US State Department.
Mr. Sykes is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival now in its twenty-sixth season. He is a regular guest artist in the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas and Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, California; and in 2007, he served as the guest artistic director of Music in the Vineyards. He has recorded for the Albany, CRI, Mandala, Centaur, and Cactus Pear record labels.
For eighteen years, Mr. Sykes served as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a preeminent producer and presenter of opera for children that has introduced more than 2 million children to opera. He works extensively as a vocal coach throughout the US and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He also joined the faculty of California State University-East Bay in the fall of 2008 where he directs the piano accompanying and vocal coaching programs.
Mr. Sykes holds degrees with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. He continued his education as a Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education, he completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bion Tsang, cello
Cellist Bion Tsang has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Mexico City, Moscow, Busan and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the National, American, Pacific, Delaware and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, the Saint Paul and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra and the Taiwan National Orchestra. Recent highlights include making his solo debuts at Orchestra Hall in Chicago with Zubin Mehta and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and at the Esplanade in Boston with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. He also gave the U.S. premiere of the Enescu Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8 with the American Symphony Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall and the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto for Cello Solo and Chamber Orchestra at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Tsang has collaborated with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kyoko Takezawa and Chee Yun, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher, among others. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.
In 2019, Tsang released Dvorak/Enescu Cello Concertos (SONY Classical) with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tsang’s latest album, released in June 2020, is Bach Cello Suites (SONY Classical). A versatile collaborator, Mr. Tsang was featured on the soundtrack to Recapturing Cuba: An Artists Journey, a PBS documentary by Trinity Films. He was a featured guest artist on the KLRU-TV and PBS television production, A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert, filmed in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, and aired nationally on PBS stations during their March 2009 pledge drives. Tsang has also been featured on KLRU-TV’s In Context recorded in the Austin City Limits studio, the first time classical musicians appeared in that space. A frequent collaborator with the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, he has performed solo cello onstage alongside the dancers in multiple productions.
Mr. Tsang made his professional debut at age eleven in two concerts with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. While still in his teens, he became the youngest cellist ever to receive a Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize and the youngest recipient ever of an Artists International Award. He was also chosen as a Finalist of the NFAA’s Arts Recognition and Talent Search and subsequently as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. At age nineteen, Tsang became the youngest cellist to win a prize in the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Born in Michigan to Chinese parents, Bion Tsang began piano studies at age six and cello at age seven. The following year, he entered The Juilliard School. Tsang received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other principal cello teachers have included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins, and Leonard Rose. Mr. Tsang resides in Austin, TX, where he is Division Head of Strings and holds the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Cello at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as visiting professor at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Mr. Tsang plays on a Wayne Burak workbench series cello made in April 2011.
Paul Watkins, cello
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, cellist Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at age 20, he performs regularly as a concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the world, including eight concerto appearances at the BBC Proms. A dedicated chamber musician, Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 to 2013 and joined the Emerson String Quartet in May 2013. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. Watkins also maintains a busy career as a conductor and, since winning the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, has conducted all the major British orchestras and many others in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Watkins has made over 70 recordings, including 18 solo albums for Chandos, as well as chamber music discs for Decca Gold, Deustche Grammophon and Hyperion.
At the Yale School of Music, Watkins teaches a studio of graduate-level cellists, coaches chamber ensembles, and directs the Yale Cellos with Assistant Professor Adjunct of Cello Ole Akahoshi. He has been featured in performance many times at Yale as a member of the Emerson String Quartet.
Born in 1970, Watkins studied cello with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps, and Johannes Goritzki. He plays on an instrument made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, circa 1730.
Paul Wiancko, cello
Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multifaceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator. As a student, Paul was simultaneously winning international cello competitions (which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and recording strings for local punk bands in his dorm room. His eclectic interests have led him to collaborate with artists ranging from Chick Corea, Etta James, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Max Richter to members of Arcade Fire, The National, and Blonde Redhead, among others. Paul has had the pleasure of performing alongside Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly, and members of the Guarneri, Takács, JACK, Parker, and Juilliard quartets. In 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Paul currently writes and performs as a member of the viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-inspired Bird's Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
Recently chosen as one of Kronos Quartet's "50 for the Future", Paul's own music has been described as "dazzling" (Star Tribune) and "vital pieces that avoid the predictable" (Allan Kozinn). Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award for Composition, Paul's recent commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Kronos, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, violinist Alexi Kenney, Banff Centre, Bargemusic, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. He has been invited to be composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals. His 26-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet's album Blueprinting, which was recently nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR's top 10 classical albums of 2018.
Paul performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and lives in New York. Though cello was Paul's first love, he also enjoys playing guitar, bass, violin, viola, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. He is passionate about woodworking and hiking, and never travels without a tenkara fly-fishing rod.
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.