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Carmit Zori, Artistic Director

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photo 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 Leventritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. As a soloist, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, and has performed in recital at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner 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 performed chamber music at festivals and concert series around the world, including Chamber Music at the "Y" in New York, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music festival, the Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite in Madison, Wisconsin, Peasmarsh music festival in England, and the Orcas Island chamber music festival. She is also a senior artist 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 has performed in concerts sponsored by Music for Food, an organization providing local hunger relief, and Project Music Heals Us, a nonprofit community outreach organization targeting underserved populations. She is also a member artist of The Israeli Chamber Project. Ms. Zori has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. She serves on the faculties of Bard College, Rutgers University and SUNY Purchase.

photo Misha Amory, viola

Since winning the 1991 Naumburg Viola Award, Misha Amory has been active as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and has been presented in recital at New York’s Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Ambassador series, Philadelphia’s Mozart on the Square festival, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Houston’s Da Camera series and Washington’s Phillips Collection. Mr. Amory has been invited to perform at the Marlboro Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Festival, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society, and he has released a recording of Hindemith sonatas on the Musical Heritage Society label. Mr. Amory is a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet, which won the inaugural Cleveland Quartet Award and the 1995 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Dedicated and highly sought after as educators, the Quartet are currently Artists-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester, work closely with students in chamber music contexts, and spearhead the instruction at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summers. The Quartet has given numerous master classes and workshops across the country, and returns annually to the Taos School of Music as visiting faculty. Before coming to Yale, the Quartet served for fifteen years as Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University. Mr. Amory holds degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School; his principal teachers were Heidi Castleman, Caroline Levine and Samuel Rhodes. Himself a dedicated teacher, Mr. Amory serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.

photo 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.

photo Jordan Bak, viola

Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is in demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator. The 2021 YCAT Robey Artist and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a Grand Prize winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab. Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include recital debuts at Wigmore Hall, Merkin Concert Hall & Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series, chamber music tours with Musicians from Marlboro and CAG on Tour, and new music commissions from such composers as Tyson Davis, Shawn Okpebholo & James Ra. He has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Jordan Hall, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others, and in Europe at the Verbier Festival, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Centre de Musique Hindemith, and the Helsinki Musiikkitalo. A proud new music advocate, Bak gave the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Du gick, flög for viola and mezzo-soprano and the viola premiere of Jessica Meyer’s Excessive Use of Force. Bak also gave an acclaimed performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York. He has additionally championed works by composers H. Leslie Adams, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Quinn Mason, Jeffrey Mumford, Caroline Shaw & Alvin Singleton. Bak has been a presence at numerous chamber music festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Verbier Festival Academy, Juilliard ChamberFest, Taos School of Music, Encore Chamber Music, Four Seasons Winter Workshop & Lac Léman Music Masterclasses. He has collaborated and performed with ensembles including Verona Quartet and Merz Trio, and such artists as Jonathan Biss, Lara Downes, Ani Kavafian, Keith Lockhart, Charles Neidich & Marina Piccinini. Only the third violist to earn the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, Bak holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Kovner Fellowship. Additional honors and awards include The Presser Foundation Scholar Award and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Scholarship. Bak has studied with violists Hsin-Yun Huang, Dimitri Murrath & Samuel Rhodes. A New York native, Bak is jointly represented by Concert Artists Guild in New York and Young Classical Artists Trust in London. He has been invited to serve as returning Viola Artist Faculty for the Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, as Guest Artist Speaker for the Children’s Orchestra Society in Long Island, and as a jury member for the Boulder Bach Festival’s 2020 World Bach Competition. Bak is on the faculty of Opportunity Music Project in New York and served as Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School. He plays a 2016 viola made by renowned luthier, Jon van Kouwenhoven.

photo Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for committed performances of both new and standard repertoire. With more than 100 performances on the stage at The Metropolitan Opera, Cano also performs with major orchestras and conductors. She has undertaken numerous projects with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst and the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel in both the US and Europe. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic in both New York and Vail as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony with Manfred Honeck. Highlights of last year’s season included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Ségun in a world premiere of Kevin Puts's The Hours, a debut with the Chicago Symphony and Ricardo Muti and Beethoven's Ninth with the San Francisco Symphony. Opera roles included Dialogues of the Carmelites (Mother Marie) with the Houston Grand Opera, the world premiere of Gregory Spear's Castor and Patience (Celeste) with the Cincinnati Opera and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle (Judith) with the Roanoke Opera. Her other opera roles have included Donna Elvira, Carmen and Offred with the Boston Lyric Opera; the role of the Fox In Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Welser-Most; the Mother, the Dragonfly, and the Squirrel in L'enfant et les sortileges with the San Francisco Symphony; performances of El Nino with John Adams and the LSO; Carmen with the New Orleans Opera and the title role in Orphee with the Des Moines Opera. A native of St. Louis, she earned degrees from Rice University and from Webster University, where she was honored as a distinguished alumna and commencement speaker in May 2017. Recent recordings include a live performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony as well as Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 and Jeremiah with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She also recorded Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Cano joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition; she made her Met debut during the 2009-10 season. Among her honors are a First Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, a Sara Tucker Study Grant, a Richard Tucker Career Grant and a George London Award.

photo Janice Carissa, piano

Acclaimed Indonesian pianist Janice Carissa was recently named a Gilmore Young Artist and winner of Salon de Virtuosi. She has won prizes at Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition, American Protégé Star Performer Award, Indonesia Pusaka Competition and IBLA Foundation’s Piano Competition. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Weill and Stern auditoriums at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, United Nations, Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Mann Center, Kauffman Center, and Greene Space. Janice is an alumna of Lang Lang Young Scholar. In recent years Janice has made concerto debuts alongside Stéphane Denève, Cristian Măcelaru, Peter Oundjian, Jahja Ling; featured twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra; substituted Andre Watts as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and appeared as soloist with Des Moines Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, John Hopkins Symphony, Symphony in C, MYA Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Eastern Wind Symphony and St. Peters by the Sea Orchestra. Upcoming concerto debuts include Amarillo Symphony, Promusica Chamber Orchestra, Sacramento Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, and Battle Creek Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, Janice has toured with Miriam Fried and Musicians of Ravinia, appeared on the Evnin Rising Series at Caramoor, and participated at Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Oxford, and North Shore festivals, performing with artists such as Vadim Gluzman, Marcy Rosen, Paul Neubauer, Pamela Frank, Lucy Shelton, Sally Chisholm, Peter Wiley, David Shifrin and players of Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble. She is an active member of Ensemble 132 and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. She has also been featured on WHYY TV Philadelphia, WRTI, WQXR, PBS, Violin Channel’s Vanguard Concert Series and NPR’s From The Top. A pupil of Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald, Janice left Indonesia in 2013 and entered the Curtis Institute of Music with full scholarship from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest. Now graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, she will be attending Juilliard School of Music as a Kovner Fellow with Robert McDonald.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo Alan Kay, clarinet

Alan Kay is Co-Principal Clarinetist and a former Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also performs as principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Alan’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, and the Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon, later featured in the prizewinning documentary film Debut. Alan is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon, and he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include Skaneateles and the Cape May Music Festival, which features his programming for the New York Chamber Ensemble. Alan taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, and currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and SUNY-Stony Brook. He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Festival in Trapani, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Alan has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, and Orpheus. His arrangements for wind quintet are available from Trevco Music Publishing and International Opus.

photo Ayane Kozasa, viola

Violist Ayane Kozasa is a sought-after chamber musician, collaborator, and educator. Since winning the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition—where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances—Ayane has appeared on stages across the world, from Carnegie, Wigmore, and Suntory Hall to Ravinia, Aspen, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a passionate advocate for the expansion of viola repertoire, and has commissioned multiple new works featuring the viola, including “American Haiku” by Paul Wiancko and “K’Zohar Harakia” by Judd Greenstein. Ayane Kozasa is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, who were the 2018 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum and the grand prize winners of both the Osaka International String Quartet Competition and MPrize Chamber Arts Competition. The Aizuri Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting—which features the music of 5 American composers, all commissioned by the quartet—was nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018. Most recently, the quartet received the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, a biennial award given to a string quartet that is establishing a major career. They regularly lead student composer workshops at institutions such as the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and New York Youth Symphony. In 2020, the quartet launched AizuriKids, an interactive web series for children that explores relationships between music and themes ranging from astrophysics to cooking. As WQXR’s 2022 Artist Propulsion Lab winner, the quartet will be launching additional AizuriKids videos later this year. Ayane is also a member of the duo Ayane & Paul with composer and cellist Paul Wiancko, with whom she collaborated on Norah Jones’ album “Pick Me Up Off the Floor.” As a seasoned orchestral performer, Ayane has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where she served as principal violist from 2012 to 2016. Ayane’s most recent passion project Owls is a quartet collective with violinist Alexi Kenney and cellists Gabriel Cabezas and Paul Wiancko. Upcoming shows include appearances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Much of Ayane’s current work involves mentoring aspiring young musicians through programs like the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp and Olympic Music Festival. Beginning Fall of 2022, Ayane will be on the viola faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has previously served on the viola faculty at Adelphi University in Long Island, and has been guest faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ayane is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Kronberg Academy in Germany, and Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied viola with Misha Amory, Roberto Díaz, Nobuko Imai, and Kirsten Docter.

photo Jaime Laredo, violin

Performing for over five decades before audiences across the globe, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue and chamber musician. Describing Laredo’s orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, one critic wrote: “In the 1920’s it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930’s it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo.” Laredo’s education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coaching with Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of 17, Laredo won the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the jury for the final round of the competition. In past seasons Laredo has conducted and performed with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. Abroad, Laredo has performed with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the- Fields, Royal Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which he led on two American tours and in their Hong Kong Festival debut. His numerous recordings with the SCO include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (which stayed on the British best-seller charts for over a year); Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Italian” and “Scottish” symphonies; Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; Rossini overtures; and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The 2011-12 season marked Laredo’s 35th anniversary as the violinist of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. The Trio celebrated its three-and-a-half decades together with a national tour and three new commissions by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, André Previn and Stanley Silverman. Founded by Laredo, Robinson and pianist Joseph Kalichstein in 1976, the Trio performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y in New York and Kennedy Center, where they are the ensemble in residence. They have toured internationally to cities including Lisbon, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney and Melbourne. The trio was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year 2002. For fifteen years, Laredo was violist of the piano quartet consisting of pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Isaac Stern and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, his close colleagues and chamber music collaborators. Together, the quartet recorded nearly the entire piano quartet repertoire on the SONY Classical label, including the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Fauré and Brahms, for which they won a Grammy Award. Laredo has recorded close to one hundred discs, received the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize and has been awarded seven Grammy nominations. Laredo’s discs on CBS and RCA have included the complete Bach sonatas with the late Glenn Gould and a KOCH International Classics album of duos with Robinson, featuring works by Handel, Kodaly, Mozart and Ravel. His releases on the Dorian label include Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano with Stephanie Brown, and Virtuoso!, a collection of favorite violin encores with pianist Margo Garrett. Other releases include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Concertone with Cho-Liang Lin for Sony. As a duo, Laredo and his wife Sharon Robinson premiered a Double Concerto written for them by André Previn in November 2014. With his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh, Laredo performed the Double Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass and two newly commissioned concerti by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig, all with the Delaware Symphony. Subsequent performances have taken the duo to the Chicago Symphony, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Kennedy Center, among other venues. A sought-after violin teacher, Laredo has fostered the education of violinists including Leila Josefowitz, Hillary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, Ivan Chan, Soovin Kim, Pamela Frank and Bella Hristova. After 35 years of teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and seven years at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Laredo began teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012, where his wife, Sharon Robinson, also holds a teaching position. Additionally, Laredo is the conductor of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, which brings young musicians from around the world to the stage every December. Laredo has held the position of music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1999. Laredo began his tenure as principal guest conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic in 2014. In 2009, Laredo and his wife were named the artistic directors of the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Ohio. As former Artistic Director of New York’s renowned Chamber Music at the Y series, Laredo created an important forum for chamber music performances and developed a devoted following. His stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string community. A principal figure at the Marlboro Music Festival in years past, he has also been involved at Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as festivals in Italy, Spain, Finland, Greece, Israel, Austria, Switzerland and England. Born in Bolivia, Laredo resides in Guilford, Vermont, and Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Sharon Robinson.

photo Lun Li, violin

A native of Shanghai, China, violinist Lun Li won First Prize in the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, and was named John French Violin Chair at YCA. Additionally, he is also the recent joint winner of First Prize at the Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition. Lun has had the honor and privilege of traveling between Shanghai and New York bringing him a plethora of experiences. In 2012, as a result of winning the second place in the 2nd Haydn Chamber Competition (Shanghai, China), his quartet was invited to perform in Helsinki Music Centre Festival launching his international reputation. Furthermore, he has served as the concertmaster of the Pacific Festival Orchestra since 2017. He has appeared in major musical stages including Helsinki Music Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kulturpalast Dresden, Wiener Konzerthaus and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Next Season, he will make his solo recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. An avid chamber musician, he has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the Verbier Music Festival Academy, Music@Menlo’s international program, and Music from Angelfire. He has had the privilege of working alongside Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Marcy Rosen, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, and members of the Calidore, Doric, and Miro Quartets. In the next season, he will be on chamber music tours with Curtis Institute of Music, Marlboro Music Festival, and Young Concert Artists, bringing him to Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and others. Lun holds degrees from Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. His mentors include Ida Kavafian, Catherine Cho and Joseph Lin.

photo 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.

photo Kobi Malkin, violin

Recently appointed concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Israeli violinist Kobi Malkin is a unique and versatile performer. As a soloist, Malkin has appeared with the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Music Academy, Symphony Orchestra Haifa, New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia, Symphonette Ra’anana, the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic under the batons of such conductors as Ze'ev Dorman, Stanley Sperber and Hugh Wolff. Malkin’s musicianship has been recognized by many awards, including the Ilona Kornhauser prize in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competitions, New England Conservatory’s Violin Competition, Haifa Symphony Orchestra’s Zvi Rotenberg Competition, the Canetti International Violin Competition, as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and has performed at an array of venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Ruse’s Philharmonic Hall, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. As an avid chamber musician, Malkin has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Frans Helmerson, Kim Kashkashian, Mitsuko Uchida and Peter Wiley. He has performed at numerous festivals, such as Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program and the Marlboro Music Festival, and worked with notable artists such as Pamela Frank, Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Gluzman, Leonidas Kavakos, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. Malkin’s chamber performances are regularly broadcast on Israel’s classical music radio Kol HaMusika, and on WQXR and WMFT in the US. Malkin is frequently invited as a guest concertmaster with such orchestras as the American Symphony Orchestra and the Minas Gerais Filharmonica. Malkin is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School which trains the next generation of performers to be artists and teachers that hold a deep commitment to the communities in which they live and work. He holds a Master of Music degree from Juilliard, where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein, and a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, where he worked under the guidance of Miriam Fried.

photo David McCarroll, violin

Winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions and Silver Medalist at the Klein International Competition, David McCarroll made his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players in 2002 and has since appeared with orchestras including Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich (Simone Young, Grafenegg), Hong Kong Sinfonietta (Christoph Poppen), Santa Rosa Symphony, Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. In June 2022 was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in major concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on radio stations including WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, National Public Radio, Ö1, BR­-Klassik 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. From 2015 to 2022, he was the violinist of the Vienna Piano Trio, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. The Trio’s recording of the complete Brahms piano trios won the 2017 Echo Klassik award, and in 2020 the Trio’s Beethoven recording received an Opus Klassik award. An active chamber musician, he regularly plays at festivals including Marlboro, Schubertiade, Heidelberger Frühling, Grafenegg, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Siete Lagos (Argentina), ChamberFest Cleveland, Portland Chamber Music Festival, and with the Israeli Chamber Project. He has performed in many chamber ensembles with musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Marcy Rosen, Peter Wiley, Jörg Widmann, and Radovan Vlatković. David was born in Santa Rosa, California 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 was invited to join an international group of 60 young music students at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England 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, receiving a Master’s degree, and with Antje Weithaas in the Konzertexamen (Artist Diploma) 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.

photo Angela Park, cello

Equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, Angela Park has performed throughout the North and South Americas, Europe, and East Asia. Notable appearances are solo concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic, and chamber music appearances at the Marlboro, Verbier, and Ravinia Festivals. In recent seasons, Angela has performed with Helsinki Baroque, Anne-­Sophie Mutter on her Virtuosi European Tour, Incheon Philharmonic, and has returned to the Marlboro Music Festival, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and Festival de los Siete Lagos in Argentina. She has been awarded the Silver Medal and Seong­Yawng Park Talent Award at the International Isang Yun Competition, in addition to prizes at the Stulberg International Competition and the Young Tchaikovsky Competition. She has worked with Leonidas Kavakos, Peter Wiley, Bruno Canino, and Richard Goode, and has also performed the concerto repertoire with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Angela is increasingly in demand as a baroque cellist. She often performs the Bach Suites in a baroque setup, and has played continuo at the Pyeongchang Music Festival with Helsinki Baroque, as well as for the Gamut Bach Ensemble Philadelphia. Sha also has a deep interest in the music of our times, and has taken part in dozens of world premieres. Born in 1987 in California to Korean parents, Angela started playing the cello at age 10 with Sungeun 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 chamber music while working with luminaries such as Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and Meng­Chieh Liu. While at Curtis, she made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach. Upon graduation, Angela studied with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, and 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. She also seeks mentorship from the baroque cellist Kristin von der Goltz. Angela plays a Paolo Antonio Testore cello and a 19th century Flemish baroque cello, both generously on private loan. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

photo Chase Park, cello

Cellist Chase Park, winner of the 2021 Juilliard Cello Competition, began his musical studies at the age of 4 with Madeleine Golz at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. A performance of the Saint Saens Cello Concerto at age 9 led to an invitation to perform in Bruce Adolphe’s series at Merkin Hall. He was then invited to premiere Adolphe’s piece, If Only I Could Think in Music at the Thurnauer School of Music’s annual gala a year later. At age 12, he joined the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where he began his studies with Dr. Minhye Clara Kim. For 7 summers, he was a student at the Perlman Music Program, where he studied extensively with cellists Ronald Leonard and Paul Katz. In 2020, Chase graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received the Jacqueline Du Pre and the Valerija and Ladislaus Medveckis Fellowship, studying with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. At Curtis, Chase also spent much of his time playing for Pamela Frank, who was instrumental in his development as an interpreter and chamber musician. He is currently pursuing his masters degree at the Juilliard School, back with Dr. Kim. Other teachers whom Chase is grateful to have studied with include: Zvi Plesser, Timothy Eddy, Marcy Rosen, Christoph Richter and Colin Carr. An avid chamber musician, Chase has had the privilege of collaborating and performing with esteemed artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Samuel Rhodes, Hsin-Yun Huang, Anthony McGill, Carmit Zori, Atar Arad, Meng Chieh Liu, Benjamin Schmid, Pamela Frank, and Itzhak Perlman. In 2019, solo and chamber music performances through ‘Curtis on Tour’ brought him to international stages in Athens, Paris, Kempten, Teulada, and Berlin, launching his international reputation. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in D major with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in December of 2021. His love for chamber music has resulted in fellowships at the Perlman Music Program “Littles” and Chamber Music Workshop, Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Most recently, Chase was invited to join Sejong Soloists, led by Hyo Kang. Chase devotes all of his study to exploring new sound worlds and imagining ways of relating what he hears and sees to his listeners. He is currently immersed in the sound of solo cello and is working towards adapting film to all of the pieces he has explored since the pandemic.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo Anna Polonsky, piano

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. She has performed chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took part in the European Broadcasting Union's project to record and broadcast all of Mozart's keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartet’s Perspectives Series. She is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Anna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She later emigrated to the United States and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master's Degree from the Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and in the summer at the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. As of 2018, Polonsky performs in a trio with clarinetist David Shifrin and cellist Peter Wiley. Ms. Polonsky is a Steinway Artist.

photo Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

As a member of the Horszowski Trio, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan has performed across North America, Europe, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and recorded for Bridge Records and Avie Records. For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world. Mr. Ramakrishnan is currently an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor, at Bargemusic, with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at the Aspen, Bard, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Kingston, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. He has served on the faculties of the Taconic, Kneisel Hall and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, as well as at Columbia University. He is currently on the faculty of Bard Conservatory of Music. Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York. His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He lives in New York City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon, and their young son. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.

photo 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.

photo Sharon Robinson, cello

Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, Piatigorsky Memorial Award, Pro Musicis Award and a GRAMMY nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist and one of the most outstanding musicians of our time. Her guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies; and in Europe, the LondonSymphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Zürich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the English, Scottish and Franz Lizst chamber orchestras. Recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the state of Vermont, Robinson divides her time between teaching, solo engagements, performing with her husband, violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo, and is much in demand as a chamber player. She is co- artistic director of the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati and of the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard College. As of fall 2012, she began teaching on the renowned instrumental and chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She previously was a full professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has an Honorary Doctorate from Marlboro College. In 2015, Robinson established the Cleveland Chapter of Music for Food, which raises funds for food assistance for hungry families in NE Ohio. She was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University, and for 45 years played in the Kalichstein‐Laredo‐Robinson Trio. Committed to the music of our time, Robinson works closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, Arvo Pärt, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joan Tower, David Ludwig, Richard Danielpour and André Previn. This season, she gathered ten presenters to co-commission Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Elegy for Piano Quartet which was written as a response to the tragic events and social reckoning of 2020. Currently, Robinson is in the midst of putting together a consortium to commission Shawn Okpebholo’s Wind Quintet, which mourns racial inequity.

photo 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.

photo Tony Rymer, cello

Cellist Tony Rymer has performed major concerti to critical acclaim with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. He was the first prize winner in the Washington International Competition and the Sphinx Competition Senior Division, Second Prize Winner in the Enescu Competition, and took 3rd place in the 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. An avid chamber musician, Tony has collaborated in concert with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Martin Helmchen, and Dénes Várjon. Tony worked privately with Yo-Yo Ma and performed in master classes for Anner Bylsma, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, and Pieter Wispelwey. He completed his BM and MM at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser while holding the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. Tony then received a Masters of Music, with highest marks, as a student of Frans Helmerson at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo 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.

photo Shai Wosner, piano

Shai Wosner’s performances of a broad range of repertoire—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 around the world. Wosner is a resident artist with the New York-based Peoples’ Symphony Concerts (2020-23). He has received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In addition to his work as a solo recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed with major orchestras across the U.S., including the Chicago and San Francisco symphonies, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he has performed abroad with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Vienna Philharmonic, and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, among many other ensembles. He records principally for Onyx Classics, and his acclaimed recordings range from sonatas by Schubert and Sciarrino to chamber works by Bartók and Kurtág and concertos by Haydn and Ligeti. His most recent release on the label comprises four late sonatas by Schubert. Released in 2020, this double album marked the completion of his recorded series of the composer’s final six piano sonatas. Born in Israel, Wosner studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky and composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at Juilliard with Emanuel Ax. He teaches on the faculties of Bard Conservatory and the Juilliard School.