2017 Faculty Biographies

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Music DirectorTobias Werner

Violin James Buswell, Diana Cohen, Judith Eissenberg (on sabbatical in 2017), Mayuki Fukuhara, Amy Galluzzo, Shem Guibbory, Sheila Reinhold, Eriko Sato, Giora Schmidt, Andrea Schultz, James Stern, Kristopher Tong, Susan Waterbury, Charles Wetherbee, Calvin Wiersma, Masako Yanagita

ViolaAmadi Azikiwe, Désirée Elsevier, Korine Fujiwara, Veronica Salas, Kate Vincent, Lisa Whitfield

CelloClaire Bryant, Michael Finckel, Maxine Neuman, Carol Ou, Nathaniel Parke, Lutz Rath, Ashima Scripp, Tobias Werner, James Wilson

Double BassKarl Doty, Anthony Manzo

FluteSue Ann Kahn, Conor Nelson

OboeJacqueline Leclair, Matt Sullivan

Clarinet Michael Dumouchel, Benjamin Fingland, Jo-Ann Sternberg, Pavel Vinnitsky

BassoonLauren Stubbs, Stephen Walt

HornJoseph Anderer , Daniel Grabois

PianoCynthia Adler , Victor Santiago Asuncion, Read Gainsford, James Goldsworthy, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Stephen Manes, Paul Nitsch, David Oei, Elizabeth Wright

Guest Faculty Cynthia Adler , Virginia Anderer, Styra Avins, Perri Morris, Lutz Rath, James Stubbs, Tobias Werner

Guest Faculty EmeritusJoel Berman

LecturersTo be announced

Music Director

TOBIAS WERNER

Tobias Werner was the cellist in residence and co-artistic director at Garth Newel Music Center from 1999 until 2012. He is the artistic director of Pressenda Chamber Players, teaches at Georgetown University, and is an Arts for the Aging teaching artist. He has performed at the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Villa Musica Mainz, the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, the Vail Valley Bravo! Colorado Music Festival, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Strathmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and Bargemusic.

Tobias has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the US, France, Germany, and Romania, and recent performances have included the concertos of Dvořák, Elgar, Haydn, and Boccherini. He has recorded on the ECM, Darbringhaus & Grimm, Bayer Records, and Orfeo labels. Recent CD releases include Piano Quartets by Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, and Martinů with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach, and the Sonatas for Piano and Cello by Beethoven with Victor Asuncion.

Tobias studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in Germany and at Boston University. His teachers have included Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, and Xavier Gagnepain. He plays on an 1844 J.F. Pressenda cello.

Website: http://www.tobiaswernercello.com

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Violin Faculty

JAMES BUSWELL

Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has appeared with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States and Canada, as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, George Szell and Michael Tilson Thomas. In recital, he is noted for adventuresome programming, regularly combining standard masterpieces with works that are less well-known.

James Buswell is as closely associated with new music as he has been with the standard repertoire. World premiere performances include works by Donald Erb, Charles Wuorinen, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Yehudi Wyner. Most recently, Mr. Buswell's recordings of the Piston and Barber violin concerti were released on the Naxos label, for which the latter received a 2003 Grammy nomination. For many years an artist-member of both the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Bach Aria Group, Mr. Buswell continues to appear as guest artist with many chamber music organizations.

While at the same time pursuing an active concert career, James Buswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University with a major in early Renaissance painting and sculpture. A faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music from 1987 through 2014, he resides in Boston with his wife, cellist Carol Ou. The unanimous praise for his “sensitive, evocative, compelling playing” continues unabated today.

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DIANA COHEN

Diana Cohen, violinist, has a multifaceted career as a concertmaster, chamber musician, soloist, and arts administrator. Currently concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, Executive and Artistic Director of ChamberFest Cleveland (www.chamberfestcleveland.com), and violinist of the piano trio Trio Terzetto, Ms. Cohen has previously served as concertmaster and appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony National Repertory Orchestra, Iris Orchestra, and Red {an orchestra}, and she has been guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Calgary, Rochester, and Phoenix.

As soloist, Ms. Cohen has also appeared with Holland Symphony, Rochester Symphony, and the orchestras of Lansing, Valdosta, and Hilton Head. She has performed regularly in concerts across the globe with the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Sejong Soloists, and The Knights, and as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Ms. Cohen has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Steans Institute (Ravinia Festival), Chamber Music Festival of Giverny, Great Lakes Festival, Perlman Chamber Music Program, and Aspen, as well as festivals in Maui, Dresden, Bennington, Saugatuck, Martha's Vineyard, and Gretna. Ms. Cohen has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Miro, Cleveland, and Parker Quartets, as well as with renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Garrick Ohlsson, and Kim Kashkashian. Ms. Cohen's solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Series was heard live on Chicago public radio. Recently, she and her father released a recording of Golijov's Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

Ms. Cohen is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, a recipient of the Jerome Gross Prize in violin, and a winner of the Milhaud competition. Her principal teachers were Donald Weilerstein, William Preucil, Paul Kantor, and Joel Smirnoff.

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JUDITH EISSENBERG

Judith Eissenberg is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian String Quartet, and is Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University. With the quartet she tours throughout the US and abroad and has made numerous recordings with New World Records, Centaur, Music Omnia, Nonesuch, CRI, Neuma, and others. She has received top prizes in the Banff, Evian, and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions and grants and awards for commissioning, performance, recording and programming including two Grammy nominations. With an expertise in both modern and period violin, she has a commitment to the full range of the chamber music literature, premiering new works by established composers as well as performing standard repertoire.

Eissenberg is a founder of Music from Salem, a chamber music festival in upstate New York. During the summer months, she has been on the faculty at festivals throughout the US, including the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and others. In Boston, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Boston Conservatory Players, and has been a core member and soloist with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. In addition to her position in the Music Department at Brandeis University, she is Chamber Music Coordinator at The Boston Conservatory.

Along with her work as a performer, Eissenberg has a commitment to education and cultural work in the arts. At Brandeis University, Eissenberg founded and directs the residency and concert series program MusicUnitesUS which brings to campus artists of high accomplishment from around the world. The mission of MUUS is to deepen understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music. At Brandeis, Eissenberg teaches the World Music course as well as chamber music.

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MAYUKI FUKUHARA

Mayuki Fukuhara began his musical studies at age seven, and, by age twelve, he had won the International Music Festival Grand Prix. He came to the United States as a scholarship student at the Curtis Institute of Music, and later did post-graduate work at Mannes College of Music, studying under Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Felix Galimir.

He performs with several of the New York metropolitan area's most prestigious chamber orchestras (Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke's, where he is a principal player, and others) and is a participating artist in such festivals as Marlboro, Caramoor, and the New England Bach Festival.

Mr. Fukuhara spends his summers performing with the Saito Kinen Festival of Japan under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. His recordings are available on the Musical Heritage Society, Music Masters, and other labels.

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AMY GALLUZZO

Violinist Amy Galluzzo, a native of Kansas, moved to Great Britain where she began her violin studies and won a competition where a piece by composer Benjamin Winstanley was commissioned for her. She went on to study with Dona Lee Croft, a professor at the Royal College of Music, London and to earn a Bachelor's, and Master's with Honors, and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell.

A finalist in the Naftzger Competition and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, Amy has been praised for her stunning rendition [of Danses sacrés et profanes] (WGBH Boston) and her incredible speed and energy (Sarasota Herald-Tribune).

She has performed worldwide in halls such as London's Barbican, Wigmore, and Royal Albert Halls, Boston's Jordan Hall, Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Koussevitsky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with artists including Masuko Ushioda, Carol Rodland, James Buswell, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has studied with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai, American, and Concord Quartets. She is the second violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Amy attended the Tanglewood Music Festival for several years, where she won the Jules C. Reiner Prize and served as concertmaster under renowned conductors such as Kurt Masur, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Christoph von Dohnányi. While there, Amy became very involved in performing the music of today's composers, and she has since worked closely with Roger Reynolds, John Zorn, Steve Mackey, and Gunther Schuller.

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SHEM GUIBBORY

Shem Guibbory has achieved recognition as an award-winning violin soloist, as a chamber musician, and as a music director and artistic producer.

His latest recording, Voice of the People – comprising two works of Gabriela Frank and the Shostakovich Violin Sonata – was released worldwide in June 2010 and has received great reviews. This CD is the first element of a series exploring linked relationships among multiple arts. The series also includes mini-documentary films and theatrical works.

Currently he is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. From 1997 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, winning two ASCAP/CMA Awards for Adventurous Programming (2001, 2002) in conjunction with Senior Composers-in-Residence Chen Yi and Donald Crockett. Mr. Guibbory was codirector of Special Projects for the Cal Arts Alumni Association (2006-2010), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Recording Musicians Association, NY Chapter (2011-present).

He is a coauthor of a groundbreaking music and theater work in collaboration with director Margaret Booker and writer Robert Schenkkan entitled A Night at the Alhambra Café, with its world premiere planned to take place at The Krannert Center, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

His recordings can be found on the ECM, Gramavision, Opus 1, DG, Bridge, CRI, New World, ALBANY and MSRCD labels. He is a featured artist in The Classical Hour at Steinway Hall, a joint production of NHK TV (Japan) and D'Alessio Media (USA). He has received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio) in 2002, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2003), and a fellowship at the Centre por Ars y Natura (Spain, 2004).

As a soloist, his interpretations of 20th Century music have received international acclaim. He was the original violinist in Steve Reich and Musicians, and his recording of Reich's Violin Phase (ECM) is now a classic of American avant-garde music. With Anthony Davis he recorded four albums, as well as Maps, a violin concerto cocommissioned with the Kansas City Symphony (Gramavision). Mr. Guibbory has had close associations with other composers such as Ornette Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jeffrey Levine, Earl Howard, and Gerry Hemingway. He has premiered over 60 compositions with more than 30 works written expressly for him.

He has appeared as soloist with the N.Y. Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra (Bonn), the Kansas City Symphony, and the Symphony of the New World. He has served as concertmaster with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and many NYC freelance orchestras, and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

From 1981-1985 he was codirector (with choreographer Joan Lombardi) of NovEnsemble, a company dedicated to performance of live music and dance. Mr. Guibbory has also collaborated with the Belgian choreographer Anne-Theresa de Keersmaker.

A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Mr. Guibbory studied violin with Broadus Erle, Romuald Tecco, Evelyn Read and Sophie Feuermann.

Websites: shemguibbory.com
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SHEILA REINHOLD

Sheila Reinhold gave her first performance as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine in the Kaufmann Concert Hall of New York's 92nd Street Y. At fourteen, she was invited by Jascha Heifetz to join his master class at the University of Southern California, where she studied with him for five years. She received her B.Mus. from USC and studied theory and analysis with Leon Kirchner and Earl Kim at Harvard University.

Ms. Reinhold's engagements have included solo appearances with conductors such as Zubin Mehta and André Kostelanetz, chamber music with Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky, and performances both as soloist and as chamber musician at festivals such as Chautauqua, Ives, and Mohawk Trail. She has premiered solo and chamber works for both violin and viola, worked on major films and Broadway productions, and appeared with popular artists such as Tony Bennett.

Ms. Reinhold can be heard as a chamber musician on the North/South and Albany labels, and is featured on a newly released CD of the music of Victoria Bond. Her teaching positions have included Resident Musician at Harvard and head of the string faculty at the Children's Orchestra Society, and she has been a member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference faculty since 2000.

Ms. Reinhold is the founder and music director of Intimate Voices, which has just completed its seventh season of chamber music concerts and community outreach events in New York.


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ERIKO SATO

Eriko Sato is a leading violinist on the New York City chamber music scene and a co-concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Of St. Luke's. She made her solo debut at age 13 and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Louisville, San Francisco and Tokyo. Ms. Sato was the winner of the Tibor Varga International Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation Competition, and three Japanese National Competitions. Ms. Sato has participated in the Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Sitka, Angel Fire, Gretna, Affinis, and Kuhmo Music Festivals, and has appeared regularly with Bargemusic, Chamber Music Northwest, The American String Project, Music From Japan, Caramoor, Dobbs Ferry, and Washington Square Music Festivals. A founding member of the Aspen Soloists, Festival Chamber Music and Salon Chamber Soloists, she is also a member of the Elysium, Ecliptica, Strathmere, and American Chamber Ensembles and the LED Trio.

As a concertmaster of Orpheus, she appears on Deutsche Grammophon recordings, where her releases include Vivaldi's Four-Violin Concerto and Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6. For MusicMasters, she appears with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble in the Bach Concerti and the chamber music of Hindemith and Beethoven. Her latest releases are Allen Shawn's string quartet Sleepless Night and Mozart Flute Quartets on Albany Records. Her first duo CD with pianist David Oei titled Five Not-So-Easy Pieces has been released on their new label Prestissimo. She has also recorded for Vanguard, Delos, Elysium, and Grenadilla labels and has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning. Ms. Sato has taught at Queens College and the Aspen Music Festival and is currently a faculty member of Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Amateur Musicians Project, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and the Mannes College Of Music Preparatory and NEXT Divisions, where she teaches violin and chamber music. She lives in New York City with her husband, pianist David Oei, and their pit bull Marian.

Website: www.erikosato.weebly.com

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GIORA SCHMIDT

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm," violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada's National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony.

In recital and chamber music, Giora (pronounced ghee-OH-rah) has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.

Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora was on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Program from 2005-2009. Through technology and social media he continues to find new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world. His Facebook page (facebook.com/gioraschmidt) has over 70,000 global followers.

Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. From 2004-2006 he was selected to be a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School.

Website: www.gioraschmidt.com

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ANDREA SCHULTZ

Violinist Andrea Schultz enjoys an active and versatile musical life as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She currently performs and tours with a wide array of groups, including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and Musica Sacra. A devotee of contemporary music, Schultz is also a member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Sequitur and has been involved in the premieres of more than a hundred works with groups that include Either/Or, Cygnus, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Locrian Chamber Players, Eberli Ensemble, the New York Composers Circle, the League of Composers, the Cabrini Quartet, and others. She has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Naxos, Albany, New World, and Phoenix labels. She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble for many years, touring the US, Britain, Japan, and Australia; and has performed as guest with the Cassatt String Quartet, Perspectives Ensemble, Avery Ensemble, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart.

Schultz spends summers performing and teaching at the Kinhaven Music School, the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. She and her husband, cellist Michael Finckel, also curate a summer chamber-music series in a historic carriage barn in North Bennington, VT. A graduate of Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Schultz studied violin with Betty-Jean Hagen, Sydney Harth, Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and Joyce Robbins. She plays on a violin made in 1997 by Stefan-Peter Greiner.

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JAMES STERN

James Stern is a multi-faceted musician whose violin playing has been heard worldwide and cited by the Washington Post for virtuosity and penetrating intelligence. He has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff and Bowdoin festivals as well as at New York's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. He did all of his formal training at the Juilliard School where his teachers were Louise Behrend, Joseph Fuchs, and Lewis Kaplan.

Stern is a member of two critically acclaimed ensembles, the Stern/Andrist Duo with his wife, pianist Audrey Andrist, and Strata, a trio in which they are joined by clarinetist Nathan Williams. The duo has performed throughout the United States, Canada and China, with additional recitals in Munich and Paris. The trio has received enthusiastic repeat engagements at San Francisco Composers Inc (for which they were listed as one of San Francisco Classical Voice's highlights of 2005), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and New York's historic Maverick Concerts. Strata has recently commissioned new works from Kenneth Frazelle and the late Stephen Paulus, giving the world premieres at, respectively, the Secrest Artist Series in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and New York's Merkin Concert Hall.

Well-known to Washington, DC audiences, Stern has performed as a member of VERGE ensemble, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Axelrod Quartet, at such venues as the Corcoran Gallery, the German and French Embassies, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, Strathmore Mansion, and the White House. In frequent appearances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland he has brought innovative programming that includes performing in multiple capacities (as violist, pianist, conductor, reciter, and arranger), and providing program annotations that are integral to the performance. His numerous chamber music and new music recordings can be heard on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, CRI, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Enharmonic, New Focus, and New World. His recording of the Sonatas and Partitas by Bach was recently released on Albany Records.

A passionately devoted teacher, Stern has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. He is currently professor and Chair of Strings at the University of Maryland School of Music. In summers he has performed and taught at the National Orchestral Institute, the Orfeo International Festival, the Schlern International Festival, ASTA International Workshops, California Summer Music, the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, the Master Players Festival, and the Starling/Delay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School.

Stern performs on a violin by Vincenzo Panormo built in 1781.

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KRISTOPHER TONG

Praised for his exceptional gift of insight, virtuosity and true creative flair, violinist Kristopher Tong has performed in hundreds of concerts across the world as the second violinist of the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. He has performed on such radio programs as NPR's Performance Today and WGBH's Classical Performance, and was recently featured on WGBH's Classical Connections in a new series entitled Why Mass? Mr. Tong serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music with the Borromeo Quartet, NEC's Quartet-in-Residence.

In 2005 Mr. Tong served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival's Young Artists Program and from he 2002-2004 was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has appeared under the baton of some of the world's premier conductors, including James Levine, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Paavo Jarvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, and Bobby McFerrin. Mr. Tong has performed with Mizayaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York String Orchestra, and appeared as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet. He was also a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.

A native of Binghamton, New York, Mr. Tong began his violin studies in a public elementary school program in the Johnson City School District before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he was 11. As a student of Leonard Braus he was concertmaster of the Utah Youth Symphony for two years at age 15. He received his Bachelors degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with the late Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried. In 2005 he completed his Masters Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under Ms. Fried.

First generation born in the United States to parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan, Mr. Tong has an older sister, Melissa, who is an accomplished violinist residing in New York City and a younger sister, Jessica, who dances with the famed Hubbard Street contemporary dance company in Chicago.

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CHARLES WETHERBEE

Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d'Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO). He has performed in the French, German, Austrian, and Dutch embassies, the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery, the Freer Gallery, Strathmore Hall, Jordan Hall, and many other important venues.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony, among others.

A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. He is also the Artistic Director of the Dercum Center for Arts and Humanities, Keystone, Colorado.

Charles is an assistant professor of violin at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music.

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CALVIN WIERSMA

Calvin Wiersma, violinist, has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed numerous solo recitals, including appearances in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Concerto Company of Boston, and the Lawrence Symphony, among others. In addition to his current membership with the Manhattan String Quartet, he was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions, and the Quartet-in-Residence of the Spoleto Festivals of the United States, Italy, and Australia, and was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio.

Mr. Wiersma has been heard at numerous summer chamber music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Vancouver, Rockport, Bard, Portland, Crested Butte, North Country, Central Vermont, New Hope, Interlochen, Prairie School, An Appalachian Summer, Cape May, and Music Mountain Festivals, to name but a few. Former member of New York Philomusica, and frequent performer at Bargemusic, he has also performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, The Festival Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Music Society of New Hope, the Carnegie Chamber Players, and Close Encounters with Music.

Mr. Wiersma's wide range of musical activities have recently included an international tour soloing with Kathleen Battle, national and international tours with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, appearances at the Berkshire Bach Festival performing the complete Brandenburg concertos, and concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with flutist Paula Robison. His recently completed recordings include Jacob Druckman's Third String Quartet for Philomusica, a recording of Elliott Carter's Syringa, Swan Song by Milton Babbitt, a recording of chamber music of Nils Vigeland, and an album of Chamber Music of Stephen Foster with Ms. Robison for Telarc.

A noted performer of contemporary music, Mr. Wiersma is a member of Cygnus, the Lochrian Chamber Ensemble, and the Ensemble Sospeso, and has appeared with Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Parnassus, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has recently completed European tours with Steve Reich and Ensemble 21, and has been featured in solo performances for the International League of Composers of Music.

Mr. Wiersma was the creator of the music program and served as the first Music Department Chair at the Bard High School Early College, an innovative New York City Public School for gifted students, and has been a music education coordinator for the American Symphony Orchestra.

An active teacher as well as performer, Mr. Wiersma is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, and has been on the faculties of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. He has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.

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SUSAN WATERBURY

Susan Waterbury, violinist, has performed in many parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, Turkey, and China. The New York Times commended Waterbury’s playing, writing, “Waterbury’s songful flights…were especially compelling”. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “...achieved strong, characterful playing – as was the case throughout the evening – of the excellent violinist, Susan Waterbury”.

Waterbury is Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, NY and maintains an active performing schedule. Former faculty positions include at the Cleveland Institute of Music with the Cavani String Quartet as String Quartet in Residence, at The University of Memphis as an Associate Professor of Violin and member of the Ceruti String Quartet, and at Garth Newel Music Center as Co-Artistic Director and Artist in Residence.

For eleven years, Waterbury was a founding violinist in the Cavani String Quartet. Cavani performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad and garnered many awards including First Prize in the Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, Cleveland Quartet, and Carmel chamber music competitions. Cavani also received prizes in the Banff International, Fischoff, and Coleman competitions.

Principal teachers were Donald Weilerstein at the Eastman School of Music; Jens Ellerman, Aspen Music Festival; Michael Davis, Ohio State University; and Walter Levin, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Extensive chamber music training was with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, Guarneri, and Juilliard String Quartets.

Susan plays on an 1865 Postiglione violin and also enjoys playing Old Time fiddle and other improvised music with her banjo-playing husband, playing on her grandfather's fiddle.

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MASAKO YANAGITA

Masako Yanagita began her violin studies in Tokyo at age six with Eijin Tanaka, continuing there with Louis Graeler of the Kroll Quartet. In 1966 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a J.D. Rockefeller III Grant, enabling her to come to the U.S. to study with William Kroll at the Mannes College of Music in New York. She was awarded the Silverstein Prize as leading violinist at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) during her first summer in the US, while studying there on a scholarship given by Jascha Heifetz. Subsequently, she won top honors in a number of competitions, including the Paganini Competition (Genoa), the Carl Flesch Competition (London), and the Munich International Competition. She appears regularly in concerts with numerous colleagues and continues to perform in many festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Grand Canyon, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and Caramoor. She is a member of the faculty of Mannes College, Greenwood Chamber Music Camp (MA), the Princeton (NJ) Play Week and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. With her late husband, pianist Abba Bogin, she recorded the entire repertoire for violin/viola and piano of Franz Schubert.

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Viola Faculty

AMADI AZIKIWE

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, on the Discovery recital series in La Jolla, at the International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean.

As a soloist, Mr. Azikiwe has appeared with the Prince George's Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, the City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, the National Symphony of Ecuador, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. He has also toured with Music from Marlboro, and performed at the Sarasota, Tanglewood, Aspen, Norfolk, and San Juan Islands Festivals, El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Festival, Maui Classical Music Festival, Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Yachats Music Festival, Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Mr. Azikiwe's performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today, on St. Paul Sunday, and on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, and the BBC, along with television appearances in South America.

Mr. Azikiwe was previously the conductor of the Old Dominion University Chamber Orchestra and the Atlanta University Center Orchestra. He was also a visiting faculty member of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. Most recently, he was on the faculty of James Madison University and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Currently, he is a Teaching Artist for ClassNotes, and Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted for the Intercollegiate Music Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association All-Collegiate Orchestra, Third Street Philharmonia, Gateways Music Festival, and Trilogy Opera Company.

Mr. Azikiwe has appeared as artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center, Hot Springs Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Killington Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Session, and the Aria International Academy in London, Ontario. As an orchestral musician, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as principal violist of the SHIRA Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and guest principal violist of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has performed under the batons of conductors Lorin Maazel, James DePreist, Christoph Eschenbach, Gerard Schwarz, Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Morgan, Pinchas Zukerman, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sixten Ehrling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Bernstein.

A native of New York City, Amadi Azikiwe was born in 1969. After early studies with his mother, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Sally Peck. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson and conductor Pascal Verrot, receiving his Bachelor's degree. Mr. Azikiwe was also awarded the Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor, and received his Master's Degree in 1994 as a student of Atar Arad.

Website: http://www.amadiazikiwe.com/

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DÉSIRÉE ELSEVIER

A New York native, Désirée Elsevier began her studies at the age of 5 on the violin and at the age of 12 on the viola, and she has been a regular member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University (where she also studied composition with Karl Husa and Stephen Stucky) and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Lillian Fuchs and Karen Tuttle.

An avid chamber musician, she appears frequently in the New York area, and she has been a coach at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 2004. In February 2013 she premiered Glen Cortese's Viola Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra in Buffalo, NY.

She is a member of the World Orchestra for Peace (founded by Sir Georg Solti, now conducted by Valery Gergiev), which performs concerts in the name of world peace and harmony across the world, from Chicago all the way east to Beijing. Her first job was as Assistant Principal Viola in the Orchestra di San Carlo in Naples, Italy.



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KORINE FUJIWARA

Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of Carpe Diem String Quartet. Critics have described her performances as engaging and with finesse and perfection. Festivals include: Olympic Music Festival, Marble Cliff Chamber Players, Snake River Chamber Players, MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, Victoria International Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Focus! Festival of 20th Century Music at Lincoln Center, and Summergarden Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Orchestras include: Brooklyn Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony, where she held the position of acting assistant principal second violin.

Named as one of Strings magazine's 25 Contemporary Composers to Watch, critics say of her music: The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time ... Contains a very rare attribute in contemporary classical music: happiness. (Fanfare) She knows how to exploit all the resources of string instruments alone and together; her quartet writing is very democratic, with solos for everyone; her solo violin writing is fiendishly difficult. (Strings)

A violinist and violist, Fujiwara holds degrees from Juilliard and Northwestern University, studied with Joseph Fuchs, Myron Kartman, Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnik, was a longtime faculty member of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is in great demand for master classes and clinics.

Korine performs on a 1790 Contreras violin, a 2004 viola by Kurt Widenhouse, and bows by three of today'’s finest makers, Paul Martin Siefried, Ole Kanestrom and Charles Espey, all of Port Townsend, WA, USA.

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VERONICA SALAS

Veronica Salas, violist, has won acclaim for her artistry in the U.S. and abroad. The New York Times described her playing as astringently lyrical, The Los Angeles Times praised her for presenting a strong case for the viola as a solo instrument with formidable control and singing tone, and Stradivarius Magazine found her performance of a solo work performed at the Lillian Fuchs memorial concert to be deeply moving. Ms. Salas has given five New York recitals including her highly successful debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She has traveled to Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Taiwan, where she gave recitals and master classes under the auspices of the State Department. Additional international venues include touring Athens and the Greek Isles as violist of the Elysium String Quartet, Italy as principal violist at the Spoleto Festival, and touring Japan with The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Ms. Salas, a native of Chile, has performed as soloist with the Aspen Music Festival orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of New York, as duo soloist with Heifetz protege Erick Friedman, University of Southern California Symphony, the Colonial Symphony Orchestra, The Queens Chamber Band and in 2005 performed the Bartók Concerto with the Long Island University Orchestra at the Tilles Center. In 1999 Ms. Salas performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton as acting principal violist with the Eos orchestra of New York.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Salas has collaborated in performances with great artists such as Paul Neubauer, Stanley Drucker, Yo-Yo Ma, Erick Friedman, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet, Charles Castleman, and Joseph Fuchs. Ms. Salas is a member of The Lyrica Chamber Players, The Elysium Ensemble, The Pierrot Consort, The Modern Works String Quartet, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, and The Queens Chamber Band, in which she plays concertos on viola and viola d'amore. Presently Ms. Salas is principal violist of the Colonial Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Manhattan Philharmonic. Ms. Salas has recorded with The New Music Consort and New York Virtuosi ensembles under The Musical Heritage and Vanguard labels and can be heard on two CDs released in 1999 under the Elysium label, an all-Mozart CD with clarinetist Stanley Drucker, and the Bach Brandenburg concerti featuring Lukas Foss. Ms. Salas is also one of the featured artists on a Virgil Thompson CD released on 2002.

Ms. Salas's love of the viola and teaching stems from her beloved teacher Lillian Fuchs, who supported her in many ways while working towards the B.M.A., M.M.A., and D.M.A. degrees that she received from The Juilliard School. Dr. Salas is presently on the faculty of New York University, Long Island University, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and Brooklyn College.

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KATE VINCENT

Violist Kate Vincent is originally from Perth, Western Australia. Her solo playing was recently described as having vivid color and palpable verve (Fanfare Magazine). Currently a resident of Los Angeles, in 2010 Ms. Vincent moved to the West Coast from Boston where she continues to maintain a presence as Artistic Director/Violist of the Firebird Ensemble, in addition to performing with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Vincent has served as Principal Violist with numerous East Coast ensembles including Opera Boston (2003-2011), Emmanuel Music, Opera Aperta, and Opera Unlimited.

As a chamber musician Ms. Vincent has appeared with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Alea 3, Chameleon Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex, the Fromm Foundation players at Harvard, Quartet X, Winsor Music, the Aurea Ensemble and on Emmanuel Music's Chamber Series. In Los Angeles she performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and has been a guest artist with the Eclipse Quartet, on the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and on the Monday Evening Concert Series.

Over the past two decades, Ms. Vincent has toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Russia and the United States, and between 1999-2003 she was also violist of the Arden String Quartet. In the summers Ms. Vincent is a faculty member at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and is a regular guest artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She has premiered chamber and solo works by Luciano Berio, Lisa Bielawa, Donald Crockett, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, John McDonald, Joseph Maneri, Eric Moe, Eric Guinivan, and Nicholas Vines, and she has recorded for labels such as New World Records, BMOP sound, Tzadik, Oxingale, and Steeplechase.

Between 2006-2012, Ms. Vincent was a member of the faculty at Longy School of Music as co-director of the new music ensemble Longitude. She holds two Masters Degrees from New England Conservatory of Music (Viola Performance and Music Education), where she studied with James Dunham of the Cleveland String Quartet.

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LISA WHITFIELD

Lisa Whitfield is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the Cleveland area, after having spent nearly 20 years performing in the NYC metropolitan area. She is a classically trained violist who has also performed as a vocalist and improvising violist. She especially enjoys performing new works for the viola, either alone or with piano or percussion; in 2003 she premiered Siddhartha's Dreams, written for her by composer Louis Fujinami Conti, and also performed composer Keith Fitch's Todestanzen. Ms. Whitfield has appeared with such varied artists as Ray Charles, Shirley Horn, David Murray of the World Saxophone Quartet, the Indigo Girls, and Sir Elton John. In 2005, Ms. Whitfield performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in the Lincoln Center production of Ocean, a Merce Cunningham/John Cage collaboration. She performed in the orchestras of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway productions of Tommy, Big, Frogs, and Victor/Victoria; additionally she has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Philharmonic Orchestra of NJ, Connecticut Grand Opera, and the Greenwich Symphony. In Northeast Ohio, Ms. Whitfield has performed with the Akron Symphony and in the touring production of Broadway's Porgy and Bess in Cleveland's historic Playhouse Square.

Ms. Whitfield was on the solfege faculty of the Juilliard Pre-College, Juilliard's MAP Program, and was a teaching fellow in the college division at Juilliard for 3 years. She is on the faculty of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, where she has served as a faculty representative to the board of directors. She was privileged to sit on the music panel of the NY State Council on the Arts and she taught at the Third Street Music School Settlement for fourteen years.

In her spare time, Ms. Whitfield is the mother of two incredibly talented musicians: a daughter who plays violin and sings, and a son who plays drums, keyboards, and tuba. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School and counts among her teachers Karen Tuttle, Jeffrey Irvine, and Lynne Ramsey.

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Cello Faculty

CLAIRE BRYANT

New York City-based cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a leading performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire in premiere venues such as Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Barbican Centre. Ms. Bryant is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber music collective, Decoda—an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and is the Principal Cellist of Trinity Wall Street's chamber orchestra, Novus NY. Ms. Bryant has collaborated closely with artists such as Daniel Hope, Anthony Marwood, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, and the Weilerstein Trio, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, and Danish String Quartet. Ms. Bryant is a frequent guest artist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Carnegie Hall's Zankel Band, and Ensemble ACJW, of which she is an alumna.

Ms. Bryant has appeared as a soloist with orchestras from South Carolina to California, and Honduras to Finland, performing concertos of Haydn, Elgar, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Vivaldi, among others. Recent festival appearances include the Barbican Weekender Festival (UK), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE), Danish String Quartet Musikfest (DK), Carnegie Kids at Suntory Hall (JA), Mainly Mozart Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Lincoln Center Festival, and Carnegie Hall's Making Music Series (USA).

Ms. Bryant is equally engaged as an educator and advocate for inclusive arts in our society. Her international body of work in these areas was recognized in 2010 with The Robert Sherman Award for outstanding innovation in community outreach and music education by the McGraw Hill Companies. In 2009, Ms. Bryant founded a community residency project through chamber music in her native South Carolina called “Claire Bryant and Friends.” This endeavor brings world-class artists to communities for weeklong residencies which go beyond the concert hall—bringing engaging pedagogy and performances into the public schools, advocacy forums supporting arts education, and community concerts and creative projects in diverse and innovative venues including hospitals, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities.

She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. She was in the pilot class of The Academy—A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an Assistant Faculty for Professor Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School from 2007-2012.

Website: http://clairebryant.com

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MICHAEL FINCKEL

Michael Finckel has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as cellist, composer, teacher, and conductor. A founding member of the Trio of the Americas and the Cabrini Quartet, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He also performs regularly with members of his family in the renowned Finckel Cello Quartet.

Finckel's passion for contemporary music has involved him in performances with many of New York's leading new-music groups including Steve Reich and Musicians, Speculum Musicae, Ensemble Sospeso, Columbia Symphonietta, Group for Contemporary Music, SEM Ensemble, and the American Composers Orchestra, as well as performances with members of the New York Philharmonic under the directions of Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein. From 1984 to 1995 he held the Gheris Chair as principal cellist of the Bethlehem Bach Choir Orchestra and earlier served as principal cellist of the Vermont State Symphony, touring the state with Dvorak's Cello Concerto and on several occasions conducting his own concerto for cello and orchestra with his brother, Chris Finckel, as soloist. He has also been a past member of the North Carolina and Puerto Rico Symphonies, the National Ballet Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Finckel has recorded for the Dorian, Opus One, New World, Albany, CRI, Vanguard, Vox/Candide, and ECM/Warner Bros. labels.

Since 1992, Finckel has been Music Director of the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. Along with its annual commissioning program, he has fostered a unique pilot program for young composers, annually premiering orchestral works by area High School and College students.

Finckel performs and coaches each summer at the Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop in Weston, Vermont, the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Bennington, Vermont, and at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia. He and his wife, violinist Andrea Schultz, co-direct the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn Summer Concert Series in North Bennington, Vermont. Having taught at Cornell and Princeton Universities, Bennington College, and The Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts, Finckel is currently on the faculties of the Mannes School and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York.

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MAXINE NEUMAN

Cellist Maxine Neuman's solo and chamber music career spans North America, South America, Europe, and Japan. A grant recipient from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a two-time Grammy Award winner, her biography appears in Who's Who in the World. She is a founding member of the Claremont Duo, the Crescent String Quartet, the Vermont Cello Quartet, Breve, and the Walden Trio, groups with which she has traveled and recorded extensively. Her long list of recording credits includes Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Angel, EMI, Nonesuch, Biddulph, CRI, Orion, Leonarda, Argo, Opus One, SONY/Virgin, AMC, Vanguard, Musical Heritage, Albany, Northeastern, and CBS World Records.

Ms. Neuman has appeared as soloist before a sold-out audience in New York's Town Hall in the American premiere of Giovanni Battista Viotti's only cello concerto, and for Austrophon, she recorded the Schumann Cello Concerto in Count Esterhazy's historic palace in Austria.

She can also be heard in such diverse settings as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and with the rock band Metallica. She has expanded the repertoire for multiple celli, and cello and guitar, by arranging and transcribing works from every period. A longtime champion of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered works by many of today's leading composers.

Distinguished as a teacher as well as performer, Ms. Neuman has served as a judge for numerous international competitions. On the faculty at New York's School for Strings and Hoff-Barthelson Music School, she has taught at Bennington College, Williams College, and C.W. Post University. Her cello is a J.B. Guadagnini, dating from 1772.

Website: http://www.maxineneuman.com

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CAROL OU

A versatile artist, cellist Carol Ou is known for her fiery, marvelous and meltingly melodic outpourings (Boston Globe) and her wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique (The Strad Magazine). As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she tours all over the US, performing over 50 concerts a year. She also appears frequently with her duo partner, the brilliant American violinist James Buswell, in duo recitals and concerto performances on five continents.

At ease with the diverse music styles of the last five centuries, Ms. Ou regularly performs a zesty mix of traditional and eclectic works in concert. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar. She premiered Hsiao Tyzen's Cello Concerto in Taipei. Current recording projects include a 20th century violin and cello duo CD, the complete set of Calligraphy solo cello and duo works as well as the string quartets by the Persian composer Reza Vali, and the last two Taneyev string quartets for Naxos.

A graduate of Yale University, Carol Ou has taught cello and chamber music students at the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale, and MIT, and at conservatories and music festivals world-wide. The Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan issues all her concerto recordings. Her chamber music recordings of the 20th century repertoire can be found on the Naxos and CRI labels. Her recording of Walter Piston's chamber music, issued by Naxos, won the 2001 Chamber Music America's Best Chamber Music CD award.

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NATHANIEL PARKE

Nathaniel Parke is a member of the Bennington String Quartet and is principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony and co-principal cello of the Berkshire Opera Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet with whom he can be heard performing new works by Boston composers on the MMC label.

He is currently artist associate in cello at Williams College, instructor of cello at Bennington College and at Skidmore College, and part-time lecturer at SUNY Albany, in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.

As a soloist, he has been heard with the Wellesley, Berkshire and Sage City Symphonies. His free-lance work in the Albany, N.Y. and Boston areas ranges from period instrument performances to premieres of new works. He can be heard on Albany records performing solo cello music by Ileana Perez-Velasquez.

He received his training at the Longy School of Music studying with George Neikrug, and in London with William Pleeth. He holds an MFA from Bennington College where he studied with Maxine Neuman. Mr. Parke performs on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G. Testore.

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LUTZ RATH

Born in Germany, cellist Lutz Rath is heard regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and performs in solo and chamber music recitals. Over the years he has been a regular performer in the Washington Square Music Festival, of which he is currently music director. Since 1986 he has participated in the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.

Mr. Rath has been a member of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and for 10 years was the cellist of the International String Quartet, which won Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition, Evian, France. While with the Quartet, he toured Europe, Asia, South America, and the US regularly, and recorded internationally.

From 1996 to 2000 Rath was the cellist of the Elysium Quartet and toured the USA and Greece, recording with Lukas Foss and Stanley Drucker on the Elysium label.

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ASHIMA SCRIPP

Cellist Ashima Scripp has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall, Tokyo's Opera City, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Symphony Center, and Boston's Jordan Hall. Ms. Scripp's performances have been described as expressive and nuanced and she is considered one of the nation's most versatile chamber artists. She has been invited to perform live on Los Angeles' KMozart, Boston's WGBH, Chicago's WFMT, and Texas Public Radio and given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago and at Highfield Hall.

A dedicated and sought-after chamber music collaborator, Ms. Scripp has performed hundreds of works from Bach to Schoenberg for audiences around the country and been invited to perform as part of the New Hampshire, North Country Chamber Players, VentiCordi, Hot Springs and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. In 2004 she was invited to join the critically acclaimed Walden Chamber Players, and became the ensemble's Artistic Director in 2012. With Walden Ms. Scripp performs a variety of classical and contemporary works on chamber music series nationwide. Walden is also well known for their work in chamber music education and Ms. Scripp has been central to the creation of many of the ensemble's successful chamber music residency programs.

Ms. Scripp has served on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music and Concord Academy as well as the Killington Music Festival, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and the International Summer Music Academy in Regensberg, Germany. Passionate about creating unique learning opportunities for musicians of all ages, she is the co-founder of the Cellobration Festival in Cambridge, MA, now in its 5th year, and Music at the Lake, a workshop for amateur adult cellists in Meredith, NH. She has also been invited to give master classes at the Killington Music Festival, the University of Idaho, Longy School of Music, and Bowdoin College.

Ms. Scripp has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including a Presidential Scholarship, an Ekenstein Fund Grant, the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Scholarship, the Mittenthal Scholarship, and the Eleanor Thaviu String Scholarship. Ms. Scripp received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky and her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University as a student of Hans Jensen.

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TOBIAS WERNER

See biography above.

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JAMES WILSON

Championing musical works from all periods, cellist James Wilson performs to the delight of audiences throughout the world with a repertoire ranging from the late-17th century to new works especially written for him.

As recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in America’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Kőlner Philharmonie, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed at music festivals around the world such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the City of London Festival, the Deutches Mozartfest in Bavaria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

A diverse performer, he is a member of the DaCapo Chamber Players (the Naumburg Award-winning ensemble devoted to the creation and performance of new works), performs on period Baroque and Classical cello throughout the United States and Europe, and is a former member of the Shanghai and Chester String Quartets. Mr. Wilson appears regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has served as guest principal cellist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Wilson’s performances have been broadcast on West German Radio and Bavarian Radio in Germany, CBC radio in Canada, Radio Shanghai, YLE Radio Finland, and CBS television and National Public Radio in the U.S.A.

A resident of both New York City and Staunton, Virginia, Mr. Wilson is currently the Artistic Director of the Richmond-based Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia and teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University in New York City.

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Double Bass Faculty

KARL DOTY

Born and raised in Duluth, MN, Karl Doty is one of the most versatile bassists of his generation. Passionate about the musical idiom of the chamber orchestra, Karl is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated self-conducted orchestra, A Far Cry, and enjoys frequent collaborations with groups like Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Being versed in different musical languages, Karl has shared the stage with Edgar Meyer, Väsen, Darol Anger, Mr. Sun, K2 and Morning Zephyr as well as with his wife, champion fiddler Liesl Doty, in their new duo: The Dotys. Though the bass isn't the most common concerto instrument, Karl has performed as a soloist with orchestras all over the country as well as at home and on national tour with A Far Cry. Summer appearances regularly include performances with the North Country Chamber Players at the White Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Halcyon and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals, with previous engagements at Ottawa Chamberfest, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Newport Music Festival, Chautauqua and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival. Karl received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Don Palma and Jim Orleans and currently teaches bass at Dartmouth College.

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ANTHONY MANZO

Anthony Manzo enjoys performing in a broad variety of musical forums—despite the ever-present complications of travel with a double bass! An artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Manzo is sought-after chamber musician who performs regularly at such noted venues as Lincoln Center in NYC, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In addition, Mr. Manzo is also the solo bassist of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society near his home in Washington, DC. Formerly the solo bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, he has also been a frequent guest with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where collaborations have included their summer residency at the Salzburg Festival, as well as two tours as double bass soloist alongside bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff in Mozart's Per questa bella mano (with performances in Salzburg, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, and Istanbul).

Mr. Manzo is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Manzo is a member of the double bass and chamber music faculty of the University of Maryland.

Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel!)

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Flute Faculty

SUE ANN KAHN

Flutist Sue Ann Kahn has been hailed as a consummate interpreter of music of all styles throughout her career. Honored with a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of her outstanding gifts as a flutist, she received the American New Music Consortium award for distinguished performances of contemporary music. She has been a founding member of the Waverly Wind Quintet, Bach's Uncle, The League of Composers Chamber Players, and the Jubal Trio, with whom she won the coveted Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. She was also a long-time member of The Philadelphia Composers' Forum, The Sea Cliff Chamber Players, and numerous other chamber groups. In 2009 she co-founded The League of Composers Orchestra, part of the NY Phil Biennial this year.

Ms. Kahn presents recitals of unusual interest and has received consistent critical acclaim for her recordings for CRI, Musical Heritage, MMG, Vox-Candide, New World, and, most recently, the Mozart Flute Quartets for Albany Records. She has commissioned and premiered the works of numerous American composers, including George Rochberg, Joseph Schwantner, Don Freund, Harvey Sollberger, Alba Potes, Peter Schickele, Ursula Mamlok, Allen Shawn and George Crumb. This August she will premiere a new trio by jazz composer Ali Ryerson in San Diego.

A former faculty member at Bennington College, Ms. Kahn taught flute and chamber music at Mannes College the New School for Music for over fifteen years and also directed its Pre-College Program. She now teaches flute and chamber music in the Music Performance Program of Columbia University. An active advocate for the flute and its music, she continues to give masterclasses on all aspects of flute playing throughout the United States. Ms. Kahn has been president of the New York Flute Club and a long-time member of the Flute Club Board of Directors. Ms. Kahn was president of the National Flute Association in 2005.

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CONOR NELSON

Praised for his long-breathed phrases and luscious tone by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Canadian flutist Conor Nelson is established as a leading flutist of his generation. Since his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, he has appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, and numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition. He recently performed two recitals in London, England and was featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio, WGTE Toledo, and WGBH Boston Public Radio.

As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for their genre, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall, and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. He has also collaborated with Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Spencer Myer, Colin Carr, Jesse Levine, and the Biava and Calder string quartets. With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions and performed at several prestigious concert series throughout the United States. He has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals across the country including the OK Mozart, Skaneateles, Yellow Barn, Cooperstown, Look and Listen (NYC), Norfolk, Green Mountain, Chesapeake, and the Chamber Music Quad Cities series where he is a regular guest. As an orchestral flutist, he has worked with the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Tulsa Symphony as well as prestigious summer programs including the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen, Banff, and Brevard summer music festivals.

A dedicated artist teacher of flute, Conor is currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University. Having previously taught at Oklahoma State University and Stony Brook University, he has also given master classes at schools such as the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Manhattan School of Music, Lawrence University Conservatory, Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, the University of Minnesota, Penn State, the University of Oklahoma, the Long Island Conservatory, Illinois State University, the University of Kansas and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory among several others. He has also served as guest faculty at the International Flute Institute at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Texas Summer Flute Symposium.

He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University, and he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Nyfenger Prize, the Samuel Baron Prize, and the Presser Award. His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis, and Susan Hoeppner.

Website: www.conornelson.com

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Oboe Faculty

JACQUELINE LECLAIR

Oboist Jacqueline Leclair, a vital performer who is considered a distinguished interpreter of new music, resides in New York City and Montréal, Québec. She was the oboe professor at Bowling Green State University for five years, and is now full-time oboe professor and the Chair of the Woodwind Area at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. She teaches privately in New York City and presents performance lectures and master classes nationally and internationally. Dr. Leclair is a member of the chamber orchestras Signal and Sequitur. She has premiered and is now focusing on championing the compositions of pre-college composers.

Dr. Leclair is the editor of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIIa published by Universal Edition Vienna. She studied oboe with Patricia Stenberg, Richard Killmer, and Ronald Roseman and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in oboe performance.

Website: http://nuoboe.com

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MATT SULLIVAN

Matt Sullivan has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as a virtuoso performer and master teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his gorgeously lyrical playing and the New Yorker has called his inventive programming the cutting edge. As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and compact discs, have been featured locally on WNYC, WQXR, and WBAI, and nationally on National Public Radio and Voice of America.

Matt Sullivan began his professional career at the age of 17 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and served at principal oboist with the Miami Philharmonic at the age of 21. Soon after coming to NYC in 1978, he joined Musicians Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players (Princeton University), Queens Symphony Orchestra, First Avenue, and Quintet of the Americas. Sullivan's solo performances include concerts ranging from Cyndi Lauper at Carnegie Hall to films including Miller's Crossing. Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, the Palladium, Roulette, The Kitchen, CBGBs, and numerous other uptown and downtown locations. He has served on the faculties of Long Island University C. W. Post, the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, and Rutgers University. Currently Sullivan is a Symphony Space All Star, a member of Quintet of the Americas (33rd season), and a member of the Faculty of both the Long Island Post Chamber Music Festival and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.

Matt Sullivan serves as Director Double Reed Studies at NYU Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and he teaches at Princeton University, where he has served as a Visiting Associate Professor. Matt Sullivan is a Performing Artist for Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes.

Website: mattsullivan.org

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Clarinet Faculty

MICHAEL DUMOUCHEL

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, clarinetist Michael Dumouchel has studied with Stanley Hasty, Robert Marcellus, and Harold Wright. Currently, Mr. Dumouchel holds the posts of solo E-flat clarinet and second B-flat clarinet with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra - posts he has held for more than 30 years. As a chamber musician, Mr. Dumouchel has been performed with Musica Camerata Montreal for the past 25 years. Mr. Dumouchel also teaches clarinet at McGill University. He has recorded on London/Decca, Centredisc CBC, DGG, and CRI.

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BENJAMIN FINGLAND

With performances conveying spiritedness and humor, unflagging precision and energy, eloquence and passion (The New York Times) and playing described as something magical (The Boston Globe), compellingly musical (The New York Times) and thoroughly lyrical...expert (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Benjamin Fingland interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature.

A proponent of the music of our time, he works closely with living composers. In addition to being a founding member of the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, he plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast: NOVUS NY, the International Contemporary Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, Nunc Music, the Network for New Music, Ensemble 21, the Argento Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and Sequitur.

He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists–ranging in scope from Brooklyn Rider and the Horszowski Trio to Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John.

Mr. Fingland has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is the co-founder of Piaclava—a touring piano, clarinet and viola trio dedicated to educational outreach—and is the newest member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of groundbreaking commissions and performances of wind chamber music. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.

Website: www.benjaminfingland.com

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JO-ANN STERNBERG

Jo-Ann Sternberg leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, music educator, and interpreter of new music. A member of Sequitur, the Saratoga Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony, she also regularly performs and tours with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro, and can often be heard playing in a number of different Broadway musicals.

Following her undergraduate years in the combined Tufts University/New England Conservatory dual degree program where she was mentored by Peter Hadcock, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at The Juilliard School with Charles Neidich. Currently, Ms. Sternberg serves on the faculty of the Music Performance Program of Princeton University, the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and maintains an active teaching studio from her New York City home. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Program and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony. In the summer months, Ms. Sternberg lives in Maine where she is the founder and artistic director of The Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond, teaches and performs at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and participates in numerous performance residences throughout greater New England. From September through May, Ms. Sternberg resides in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

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PAVEL VINNITSKY

Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinetist, has concertized throughout the world to acclaim, and is currently leading a versatile performing career in New York City. Born in Ukraine, Pavel immigrated to Israel where he appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles until he came to the US in 2003. An avid orchestral musician, he performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has been featured on numerous Met radio and HD video broadcasts. He also appeared as a guest clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony as well as the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, NYC Opera and Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra (ABT). In 2011 Mr. Vinnitsky was appointed principal clarinetist with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra.

In constant demand as chamber musician, Mr. Vinnitsky is a member of Le Train Blue and the Memling Ensemble and appears frequently with the Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Sylvan Winds, and Wall Street Chamber Players, among others. Dedicated klezmer music performer, Pavel Vinnitsky has appeared at some of the world's major klezmer music festivals and venues. He is also a founding member of the Jewish Arts Ensemble of New York. His discography includes recordings for the New World and Bridge Records labels and numerous broadcasts on WQXR, CBS, Israeli National TV, and Bavarian Radio, as well as major motion picture soundtracks.

Mr. Vinnitsky has appeared in lectures and master-classes at universities nation-wide. Beginning in fall 2013, he will be joining the clarinet faculty at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Mr. Vinnitsky holds degrees in clarinet performance from Tel-Aviv University and Yale University School of Music.

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Bassoon Faculty

LAUREN STUBBS

Lauren Stubbs has had a long and distinguished career performing in New York City as Principal Bassoonist with the American Composers' Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, PDQ Bach, the New Jersey Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet, Westchester Symphony, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and American Ballet Theatre. She also performed as Principal Bassoonist with the National Ballet of Canada for several years and has performed frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

Lauren received both the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School. She has recorded on Columbia Records, CRI, Leonarda Productions, and RCA. Lauren has performed with New York chamber music groups such as Orpheus, Parnassus, St. Luke's, Speculum Musicae, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the Solstice Ensemble. She has been much sought after as a chamber music coach and has been a chamber music coach at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 1982. Lauren is also the Assistant Music Director at Bennington Chamber Music Conference and a founding member of the New York Bassoon Quartet and has recorded numerous times with the Quartet.

Lauren, together with her husband Jim, is the co-founder of the West Coast Chamber Players.The WCCP performs throughout Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia as well as various venues in the Northwest.

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STEPHEN WALT

Stephen Walt is principal bassoonist with the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. He is a member of the Avanti Wind Quintet. Mr. Walt is Artist-Teacher of Bassoon at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he became a member of the woodwind faculty in 1999, and is Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College. As a free-lance musician he has performed with orchestras, opera companies and chamber music ensembles throughout the eastern United States, including performances with the Leontovych, Muir, Shanghai and Borromeo String Quartets. Mr. Walt has been guest artist at the Monadnock Festival, Musicorda, Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY), and Music From Greer (AZ) and has appeared on the Mohawk Trail Concerts and Williamstown Chamber Concerts series. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg. He has recorded for CRI, Decca, Gasparo, Nonesuch and Albany Records. Mr. Walt was founder and Co-Director of Williamstown Chamber Concerts for nineteen seasons.

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Horn Faculty

JOSEPH ANDERER

Joseph Anderer is principal horn and a founding member of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He has also been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's horn section since 1984, when he served as acting Principal Horn for season 1984-5, and is serving in this capacity once again for the 2003-4 season. Before joining the Met Orchestra, he was a frequent performer with the New York Philharmonic for 14 seasons, and participated in many concerts, recordings and tours in the USA and to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Eugen Jochum, Erich Leinsdorf, Thomas Schippers, Carlo Maria Giulini, Klaus Tennstedt, and Zubin Mehta.

He was also a member of the Boehm Quintette for many years, and premiered many works composed for that ensemble, including compositions by Ralph Shapey, Charles Wuorinen, Ben Weber, Norman Dello Joio, John Lewis, Don Stewart, Lucia Dlugoszewski and Irwin Bazelon. As soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Carnegie Hall and at the Caramoor Festival, Bargemusic, Inc., the Mt. Desert Island Festival, the New York Chamber Soloists, the Seacliff Chamber Players, and many others. He was heard in Schubert's Auf dem Strom with Hermann Prey and James Levine at Herr Prey's last New York recital prior to his death. He was also soloist in the American premier of Benjamin Britten's Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Recent New York performances included the Britten Serenade with tenor Matthew Polenzani and an ensemble from the Met Orchestra conducted by James Levine.

He holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ranier DeIntinis. Orchestral credits include the American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York Chamber Symphony, New York Pops, Long Island Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Orpheus and many others, including the Vienna Philharmonic for about 10 minutes. Mr. Anderer is active in the recording studio, with a range that encompasses chamber music, countless operas, symphonic works, solo works, TV commercials and films. He has also performed for albums by Dawn Upshaw, Billy Joel, Mandy Patinkin, Grover Washington, Jr., Marcus Roberts, and Tony Bennett & K.D. Lang.

Recordings include Brahms' Trio, Op. 40 with violinist Krista Bennion Feeney and pianist John Browning, the Beethoven Sextet Opus 81b, and the Hindemith Sonata for Four Horns (all on the Musical Heritage Society label), Michael Whalen's Montana for horn and 2 harps (Helicon), Hindemith's Horn Sonata (Kleos Classics), Irwin Bazelon's Wind Quintet (on CRI, the CD release of a 1977 LP recording), and, most recently, J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #1 with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble (St. Luke's Collection).

Mr. Anderer recently joined the faculty of the Steinhardt School at New York University.

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DANIEL GRABOIS

Daniel Grabois is Assistant Professor of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. He performs in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and serves as the Curator of SoundWaves, a series he created that combines science lectures with music performances. The former Chair of the Department of Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, he is also the hornist in the Meridian Arts Ensemble, a sextet of brass and percussion soon to celebrate its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. With Meridian, he has performed over fifty world premieres, released ten CDs, received two ASCAP/CMA Adventuresome Programming Awards, and toured worldwide, in addition to recording or performing with rock legends Duran Duran and Natalie Merchant and performing the music of Frank Zappa for the composer himself.

The author/composer of two etude books for horn, Grabois has appeared as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed in New York and on tour with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and many other ensembles. As a soloist, he has commissioned and premiered numerous works. He also appears on over thirty CD recordings, and he has recorded a concerto written for him by composer David Rakowski. Grabois taught horn for fourteen years at The Hartt School and has taught courses on the business of music at both Hartt and the Manhattan School of Music.

Website: http://www.danielgrabois.com

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Piano Faculty

CYNTHIA ADLER

Cynthia Adler, a native New Yorker, began studying at the age of four and completed her early studies at the Juilliard Preparatory Division. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Mt. Holyoke College, where she continued to perform, and returned to The Juilliard School for her Master's Degree. Her teachers have included Irwin Freundlich, William Masselos, Guido Agosti and Ernst Oster in Analysis (Schenkerian).

Ms. Adler has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and Israel. Since the mid 1980's she has been based in Tel Aviv and is a member of The Yarden Ensemble formed in 1991 whose members work both in Israel and Europe. It is known for finding and performing rarely heard works from the 19th and 20th centuries and has commissioned new music from Israeli and European composers. Recent performances include concerts in Zurich, Geneva (salle Frank Martin), The Hindemith Foundation (Blonay), Levin Hall in Tel Aviv, The Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem, and festivals at Clermont-Ferrand (France) and Luzerne-Weggis (Switzerland). The group has recorded for Kol Israel.

Ms. Adler is an active teacher, coach, and lecturer and has helped foster the development of amateur chamber music study in Israel. She has been a performer and coach at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 1973 and is on the faculty of The Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College.

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VICTOR SANTIAGO ASUNCION

Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, fiery temperament and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA. He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Bobby McFerrin, and Mei-Ann Chen.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Evan Drachman, Tobias Werner, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard, Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, and the Dover, Emerson, São Paulo, Serafin, and Vega String Quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, as well as the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons.

In addition to his active performing career, Mr. Asuncion is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan.

Victor Asuncion is a Steinway artist.

Website: http://www.victorasuncion.com/

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READ GAINSFORD

Pianist Read Gainsford was recently described in the press as the possessor of “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision” yet he is driven to pursue connections beyond the merely pianistic. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, reaching beyond the footlights to be what a magazine profile described as “Pianist of the People” he pursues connections wherever he can find them. From collaborating with noted oceanographers in presenting “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb, to consulting with art historians and living artists to create a series of images to accompany his performances of Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus; from historical reenactments of the famous piano duel between Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg of 1837, to playing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for live performance by a noted dance troupe, he is committed to reaching audiences in ways beyond the traditional.

Read Gainsford has also followed the standard route for a concert pianist.  Born in New Zealand, he studied at the University of Auckland before moving to London where he worked at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Joan Havill. He moved to the USA to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University.  He has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing in the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and others.  Gainsford returns regularly to his home country, New Zealand, to see family, perform, and teach.

Keen to work with other musicians, his latest collaborative project involves forming Trio Solis, a group dedicated to connecting with people beyond those who traditionally form audiences for classical music, and who made their Carnegie Hall debut in May 2009. As well as traditional concerts and residencies, they enjoy "Building Bridges" - collaborating with talented student musicians to share their experience of making music with younger players.  He has been associated for many years with the unique chamber music center Garth Newel, and has played with many leading musicians including the Audubon and Serafin Quartets, Richard Stoltzman, Jacques Zoon, Luis Rossi, Yuri Mazurkevich, Michelle LaCourse, Denis Brott, Carmen Balthrop and Jerrold Pope.  In 2004 Gainsford was involved in founding the highly successful  Light in Winter festival, whose purpose is to celebrate the intersection between art, nature and science.

Dedicated to the works of living composers, Gainsford was a member of Ensemble X, a contemporary music group in Ithaca, NY.  He recently gave the world premiere of the 3rd Piano Concerto by Ladislav Kubik, which he also recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno under the baton of Alex Jimenez, and recorded Ellen Taafe Zwilich's Images for two pianos and orchestra for Naxos.  He will give the world premiere performance and recording of Marc Satterwhite's Five Rivers of Hades in February 2011.  He has worked with many other composers including Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, John PsathasChristopher TheofanidisJames Matheson, Steven Burke, Robert Paterson, Mark Wingate, Karim Al-Zand, Diego Vega.

Highly in demand as a masterclass clinician and teacher, Dr. Gainsford was appointed Associate Professor of Piano at Florida State University in August 2005.  Before that he taught at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award in 2004.  His students have achieved success in many regional and national competitions.  Long fascinated by the use of the body in making music, he has studied the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method and yoga, as well as anatomy and physiology. His presentations have included As We Are Designed: use of the body in playing the piano and Music and Faith, as well as many lecture recitals on music ranging across the scope of piano repertoire.

Website: www.readgainsford.com/

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JAMES GOLDSWORTHY

James Goldsworthy has performed in Europe, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including broadcasts on Austrian National Television, the California cable television show Grand Piano, Vermont Public Television, BBC radio, and Minnesota Public Radio. While a Fulbright scholar in Vienna, Goldsworthy participated in German Lieder master classes with Hans Hotter and studied vocal coaching and accompanying with Erik Werba, Walter Moore, and Roman Ortner. He performed in one of the Musikverein 175th anniversary celebration concerts given in the Brahms Saal, and concertized in Vienna, Baden, and Spital am Semmering, Austria. More recently, he performed at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, and in Le Sax concert hall in Achère, France, and at the White House. He has appeared in chamber music concerts including celebrations of Milton Babbitt at The Juilliard School, Carnegie Recital Hall, and Cooper Union, James Levine's Met Chamber Ensemble, and in the Works & Process series at the Guggenheim Museum. He has accompanied the singers Judith Bettina, Lindsey Christiansen, Véronique Dubois, Elem Eley, Marion Kilcher, Benjamin Luxon, Sharon Sweet, and Edith Zitelli in recital, and performed in concerts with violinists Jorja Fleezanis, Lilo Kantorowicz-Glick, Rolf Schulte, and violist Jacob Glick. He has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Christopher Berg, Chester Biscardi, David Olan, Tobias Picker, Mel Powell, David Rakowski, Cheng Yong Wang, and Amnon Wolman. Goldsworthy is currently the Director of the New Works for Young Pianists Commissioning Project. He has taught at Goshen College, Stanford University, and the University of St. Thomas, and is presently on the piano faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His recordings with Judith Bettina of Chester Biscardi's The Gift of Life, David Rakowski's Three Songs on Poems of Louise Bogan, and songs of Otto Luening are on the CRI label. Most recently, he recorded works written for Judith Bettina with Bridge Records.

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GENEVIEVE FEIWEN LEE

A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Grammy®-nominated Genevieve Feiwen Lee has thrilled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. She enjoys finding music that challenges her to go outside of her comfort zone to sing, speak, act, and play many new instruments. She has given solo piano recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, NY, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Since her first engagement with the York Symphony at the age of twelve, she has appeared with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Brazil; the Vrazta State Philharmonic, Bulgaria, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. Her concerts in China appeared on Hunan State Television, and her performance from the Spiegelzaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was broadcast on live radio. Ms. Lee has premiered and commissioned numerous works. She recorded Kurt Rohde's ONE for speaking pianist (Innova), a solo piano CD, Elements (Albany), featuring works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin, and appears on three other CDs with music of Flaherty, Adam Schoenberg and Lee Hoiby. In the Los Angeles area, Ms. Lee has been a guest performer with XTET, Southwest Chamber Music, Jacaranda, and Piano Spheres. She is a founding member of the Mojave Trio and was a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet when they performed in Carnegie Hall. She has appeared regularly in chamber music festivals at the Garth Newel Music Center, Virginia, and Incontri di Canna, Italy. Ms. Lee received her degrees from the Peabody Institute, École Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Yale School of Music. She is the Everett S. Olive Professor of Music at Pomona College in California.

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STEPHEN MANES

Pianist Stephen Manes has performed in most major U.S. cities as well as in European centers, including London, Berlin, Amsterdam, the Hague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Vienna. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where three times he presented the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

Mr. Manes is equally distinguished for his formidable technique and interpretive refinement. A native of Vermont, where he received his early training with Lionel Nowak, he has appeared numerous times with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh, National, Detroit, Baltimore, and Denver Symphonies and at the Boston Esplanade, under conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Neville Marriner, Arthur Fiedler, Brian Priestman, Sergiu Comissiona, Christopher Keene, Semyon Bychkov, and Maximiano Valdes. In 1997, when he made his concert debut in Chicago with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra under Alan Heatherington, the music critic of the Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, remarked about Manes's robust and spontaneous reading of the Emperor. He further wrote, ...the pianist brought firm rhythm, a resilient attack and a largeness of vision to Beethoven's most brilliant piano concerto.

Stephen Manes's affinity for chamber music has led to performances with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Kronos, Rowe, and Cassatt String Quartets, and to appearances at the Marlboro and Chautauqua Music Festivals. With the Cassatt Quartet, he recorded It is My Heart Singing by Tina Davidson, available on Albany Records. He is on the faculty of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, held each summer on the campus of Bennington College in Vermont, and he is resident pianist at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine, where he served as co-Music Director from 1982-85. He has been a member of the Baird Piano Trio, in residence at the University at Buffalo from 2000-2007. The Baird Trio (with Movses Pogossian, violin, and Jonatahn Golove, cello) made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall (Weill Auditorium) in 2004 and its Los Angeles debut in 2006. In 2007, they again performed at Carnegie Hall and released their CD, entitled Thoughts and Dreams, on Albany Records. Also on Albany Records, in a 2010 release, he performed with cellist, Jonathan Golove, on a recording of contemporary Mexican music entitled Voces Internes.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Irwin Freundlich, Mr. Manes was a prize winner in the Leventritt, Kosciuszko, and Michaels Competitions. He recorded works of Tchaikovsky and Busoni for Orion Master Recordings and has made frequent radio appearances both in this county and abroad. With his (late) wife, pianist Frieda Manes, he performed programs of four-hand and two-piano music throughout the United States, as well as toured abroad, most notably in Australia. They recorded the complete piano four-hand music of Beethoven for Spectrum Records.

In recent years, he played the complete Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle in Buffalo, had several performances with the Baird Trio, including the Beethoven Triple Concerto, and gave several recitals and master classes in Sweden, Denmark and Mexico. Now a resident of Santa Monica, California, he has performed several times on the Dilijan Chamber Music series in Los Angeles.

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PAUL NITSCH

Dr. Paul Nitsch is the Carolyn G. McMahon Professor of Music and the Macavity Artist-in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. He teaches piano, and is a concertizing performer. He has performed most recently in the eastern United States and in Portugal, Austria, and Italy. He was awarded two Fulbright Foreign Study grants for study in Vienna, Austria, at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst), and has studied with highly recognized teachers and musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Walter Hautzig, Anne Epperson, and George Crumb. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md, and the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Nitsch also served for 30 years as Artistic Director for the Friends of Music at Queens, is past Pianist-in-Residence and Assistant Director of the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA., Artistic Director of the Fontana Concert Society in Kalamazoo, MI, and Executive Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville, NC. His hobby (as well as profession) is playing chamber music, and he enjoys cooking.

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DAVID OEI

David Oei, pianist, was a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. Mr. Oei is the winner of five Interlochen Concerto Competitions and the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation, and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Awards. A perennial fixture on the New York City chamber music scene he has made guest appearances with the Audubon Quartet, Claring Chamber Players, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2012-2014 he performed the Mozart Concerto No. 20, Brahms Concertos No. 1 & No. 2, and Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra. In 2014 he also performed the Schnittke Concerto with the Washington Square Festival Orchestra.

Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists and a founding member of the Aspen Soloists and the Intimate P.D.Q. Bach, he is also currently a member of the Elysium Chamber Ensemble, Festival Chamber Music, Washington Square Festival Chamber Ensemble, the LED Trio, and the HD Duo with pianist Helene Jeanney, besides enjoying a longtime collaboration with violinist Chin Kim. A former regular artist at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest he has performed at various festivals including Caramoor, Sitka, Bard, Gretna, Seattle, Chestnut Hill, Dobbs Ferry, OK Mozart, Washington Square, and Kuhmo (Finland).

His television credits include Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, CBS News Sunday Morning, and the Today Show. He has recorded a wide range of chamber works for Delos, ADA, Vanguard, CRI, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Albany, Grenadilla, and New World Records. He was the Music Director and Production Advisor for Music-Theatre Group's productions of Stanley Silverman and Richard Foreman's Africanis Instructus and Love and Science. He was also the Music Director for the Sundance Theater Workshop production of the Wallace/Foreman opera Yiddisher Teddy Bears. In the summer of 2007 he conducted the Washington Square Festival Chamber Orchestra in a Gershwin/Weill concert titled Music as Political Statement and he recorded the Strauss and Rachmaninoff Sonatas for cello and piano with Ruth Sommers to help launch the Festival Chamber Music label using CD-60, the Steinway Grand featured in James Barron's bestseller Piano. A very special project was his recording with Lutz Rath of The Lay of Love and Death of the Cornet Christoph Rilke by Viktor Ullmann for piano and speaker. In 2010 he released his first duo CD with Eriko Sato titled Five Not-So-Easy Pieces on his new label Prestissimo.

A former Volunteers Coordinator and Head Coach for Manhattan Special Olympics and a former longtime faculty of Summertrios, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College of Music, he is currently a faculty member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and the Alaria Adult Chamber Music Program. He is a member of the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, which has presented an annual Weill Recital Hall series for over three decades. In the summer of 2014 he served as the director of the Smalls Chamber Music Salon at the Smalls Jazz Club and he is currently the director of the Mezzrow Classical Salon, a monthly chamber music series at Mezzrow, recently voted Best Jazz Club 2015 by the Village Voice. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Eriko Sato, and their pit bull Marian.

Website: www.davidoei.weebly.com

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ELIZABETH WRIGHT

Elizabeth Wright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the USSR, and Japan. She has appeared in recital with many distinguished artists and was awarded the prize of Outstanding Accompanist at the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ms. Wright premiered and recorded many new works, performing in such groups as the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Festival and Orpheus. She is principal pianist with the American Symphony Orchestra and was for many years piano soloist for both the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has been an artist-teacher for the Lincoln Center Institute and has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bennington College, and Princeton University. Appearing frequently on PBS, Ms. Wright has recorded on the Gasparo, Opus One, and CRI labels.

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Guest Faculty

VIRGINIA BENZ ANDERER

Hornist Virginia Benz Anderer has been a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra for more than 35 years and a part of New York City's musical life since 1968, during which time she has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles, and chamber music groups, Young Audiences New York, the leading arts education organization, as well as Broadway shows. She is one of the featured performers on the critically acclaimed New York Philomusica recording of the Complete Mozart Divertimentos.

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STYRA AVINS

Styra Avins has attended the Bennington Chamber Music Conference as Guest Faculty since 1999. A New Yorker, she earned a B.A. in Social Studies from the City College of New York, then went on to continue cello studies at the Juilliard School and earn a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

As cellist she has played with the Seoul Symphony, the American Symphony, and the New York City Opera Orchestra, and she has been the cellist of several chamber music groups. For much of her adult life she has taught cello, including a ten-year appointment to the music faculty of the United Nations International School. For another ten years she was Adjunct Professor of Music History at Drew University.

Avins now divides time between performing and writing. She is author of Johannes Brahms, Life and Letters (Oxford University Press, 1997) and chapters for several standard works on Brahms, including Performing Brahms (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Brahms and His World (Princeton University Press, 2009), and the Oxford Companion to Music. Her latest project is for a Cambridge University book about the music Brahms wrote for domestic music-making – just the kind of music we perform at Bennington. She also contributes to a growing list of professional and popular music journals.

Styra is a member of the Queens Symphony in New York and freelances in New York and New Jersey.


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PERRI MORRIS

Perri Morris studied cello with Lawrence Lesser, Ronald Feldman, and Aldo Parisot. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree in Music Performance from UMass Amherst. She has participated in music festivals at Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds, and The Waterloo Music Festival, Gerard Schwartz, dir. Ms. Morris has been a member of the faculties at Mount Holyoke College, West Texas A&M, Keene State College and Westfield State College.

A resident of Bennington, Vermont, Ms. Morris performs with the Vermont Symphony and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra; she is Assistant Principal Cello of the Green Mountain Opera and the Middlebury Opera.

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LUTZ RATH

See biography above.

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JAMES STUBBS

Jim Stubbs was principal trumpet with American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Lal Scala and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Jim can be heard on the Columbia, RCA, Vox, CRI, Kultur, and BMG labels. He has also appeared as soloist on PBS Gala of Stars with Jessye Norman and Kiri Te Kanawa with James Levine conducting. During his career he performed with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Valery Gergiev, John Lanchberry, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, and Dennis Russell Davies. He performed as soloist in Quiet City with Aaron Copland conducting at Carnegie Hall and has performed the Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Victoria Symphony, and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jim Stubbs has conducted the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra and Choir in British Columbia in a wide range of works by composers including Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Handel, Barber, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Salieri, Poulenc, and Vivaldi. Jim has also conducted at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Solstice Ensemble in New Jersey. Jim and his wife, Laurie, founded the West Coast Chamber Players in 2015 performing chamber music in Vancouver, Victoria and the Northwest area.

Jim was a Professor at The College of New Jersey and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied trumpet under William Vacchiano/New York Philharmonic, Gil Johnson/Philadelphia Orchestra and Irving Sarin/Pittsburg Symphony; composition with Yehezkel Braun, Nicolas Flagello and Ludmila Ulehla; and conducting with James Robertson, Giuseppe Patane and Semyon Vechstein.

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TOBIAS WERNER

See biography above.

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Guest Faculty Emeritus

JOEL BERMAN

Joel Berman has concertized extensively in the United States and abroad, in recital and as soloist with orchestras. He has given solo and chamber music performances at venues including the Library of Congress, Town Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, Juilliard School of Music, the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, the Renwick Gallery, and the National Academy of Sciences, and he has performed a wide range of concerti with many orchestras. As a recording artist, he has appeared on the AmCam, Smithsonian, Orion, Vox, Columbia, and CRI labels.

As a member of the Beethoven-to-Bartók String Quartet, Dr. Berman presented numerous performance/lecture series featuring all of the Beethoven string quartets, the Bartók string quartets, and numerous 19th century string quartets, quintets and sextets. He continues to teach an occasional masterclass or graduate seminar for various colleges and universities as requested.

From 1957 to 1988, Dr. Berman was Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the University of Maryland Trio, which gave hundreds of performances from 1964 to 1980, commissioned and premiered new works, received three Creative Performing Arts Awards, and made recordings for Vox and Orion. He also performed with many other artists at the University of Maryland, including members of the Guarneri String Quartet. He was member of the American Camerata for New Music from 1974 to 2000 and was concertmaster and soloist for the Camerata from its inception. The Camerata attracted national attention, made numerous recordings, and has a subsidiary recording label, AmCam.

Dr. Berman has coached and performed at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 1966. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.

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