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Tobias Werner has been Music Director of the Chamber Music Conference since 2015. He 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.
Los Angeles-based composer and conductor Donald Crockett has received commissions from a wide spectrum of organizations including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Composer-in-Residence, 1991–97), Kronos Quartet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hilliard Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Xtet, the San Francisco-based chamber chorus, Volti, the California EAR Unit, the Guitar Foundation of America, and the University of Southern California for its 125th anniversary, among many others.
Recent projects include an all-Crockett orchestral disc released in May, 2015 by Boston Modern Orchestra Project on BMOP/sound, commissions from the Harvard Musical Association for violist Kate Vincent and Firebird Ensemble, the Claremont Trio, 21st Century Consort, a chamber opera, The Face, based on a novella in verse by poet David St. John, and a consortium commission from twenty-two college and university wind ensembles for his Dance Concerto for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Wind Ensemble.
The recipient in 2013 of an Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for outstanding artistic achievement, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, Donald Crockett has also received grants and prizes from the Barlow Endowment, Bogliasco Foundation, Copland Fund, Copland House, Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA and many others. His music is published by Keiser Classical and Doberman/Yppan and recorded on the Albany, BMOP Sound, CRI, Doberman/Yppan, ECM, Innova, Laurel, New World, Orion and Pro Arte/Fanfare labels.
A frequent guest conductor with new music ensembles nationally, Donald Crockett has been very active over the years as a composer and conductor with the venerable and famed Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles. As conductor of the USC Thornton Symphony's annual New Music for Orchestra series, Donald Crockett has premiered over 125 new orchestral works by outstanding Thornton student composers. His recordings as a conductor can be found on the Albany, CRI, Doberman/Yppan, ECM and New World labels.
Deeply committed to education, Donald Crockett is Professor and Chair of the Composition Program, Director of Thornton Edge new music ensemble and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the USC Thornton School of Music, as well as Senior Composer-in-Residence with the Chamber Music Conference.
Violinist Sonya Chung joined the Richmond Symphony in 2008, after completing her graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory as a full-scholarship student of Violaine Melançon. Previous studies include the Yellow Barn Music Festival, a two-year fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival, and a degree with honors in Philosophy from Harvard College. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Peabody Trio, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Takács Quartets. Opera and orchestral performances include concerts under the direction of James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Roger Norrington, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Recent notable trips include Carnegie Hall in New York, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, and Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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.
Praised for her
nuanced Mozartian phrasing and her
delicacy and, when needed, force (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Amy Galluzzo enjoys an active career as both a chamber musician and soloist. For many years, Amy was a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, touring around the United States and internationally, performing a wide range of repertoire. Amy has performed at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Taos, and Sarasota Music Festival, and has collaborated with artists such as Masuko Ushioda, Carol Rodland, James Buswell and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. More unusual collaborations include Yihan Chen, pipa, Scott McConnell, steel pan, and Dariush Saghafi, santoor.
Recent highlights include Amy's 2017 Carnegie Hall debut with Carpe Diem String Quartet and the release of four recordings with the quartet: The Art of Calligraphy (Albany Records), featuring the music of one of NPR's 10 Favorites, Iranian-born Reza Vali, Volumes 4 and 5 of the complete String Quartets of Sergei Taneyev (Naxos Records), and Music for Mandolin and String Quartet by Jeff Midkiff. Current recording projects include the complete string quartets of D.C.-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff and the latest quartets by Reza Vali. Amy has performed many world premieres by composers such as David Stock, Reza Vali, Derrick Jordan, Jeff Nytch, Jeff Midkiff and Jonathan Leshnoff.
A finalist in the Naftzger Competition and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, and recipient of the Jules C. Reiner Prize for violin, Amy has been heard in recital and concert across Europe and America and has served as concertmaster under the batons of conductors such as Kurt Masur, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Christoph von Dohnányi.
Amy Galluzzo began her violin studies in Great Britain and went on to study with Dona Lee Croft, a professor at the Royal College of Music, London. Amy received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Honors and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell. She has studied with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai, American and Concord Quartets.
Amy maintains a private violin studio in Boston, and teaches through the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Continuing Education department. She has given masterclasses and workshops at Florida State University, Palm Beach University, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastern Arizona College and numerous music programs for students of all ages and has taught at the Chamber Music Conference since 2015.
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 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.
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 Chamber Music Conference faculty since 2000.
Ms. Reinhold is the founder and music director of Intimate Voices, which has been presenting chamber music concerts and community outreach events in New York since 2009.
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, and the Washington Square Music Festival. A founding member of the Aspen Soloists and Salon Chamber Soloists, she is also a member of the Elysium, Strathmere, and American Chamber Ensembles.
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 more recent releases are Allen Shawn's string quartet Sleepless Night and Mozart flute quartets on Albany Records and a duo CD with pianist David Oei titled Five Not-So-Easy Pieces 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 the Chamber Music Conference, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and the Mannes College of Music, where she teaches violin and chamber music. A regular performer at the Mezzrow Classical Salon directed by her husband, pianist David Oei, she lives in New York City with their pit bull Marian.
Masako Yanagita, winner of top honors in international competitions, has concertized around the world. At present, she is the concertmaster of Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts as well as Queens Symphony in New York. She is also active as a chamber musician, a teacher and coach. As a chamber music coach, she is a faculty member at the Chamber Music Conference (at Colgate University), Greenwood Music Camp and Princeton Play Week.
Masako began her violin studies in Japan at an early age and came to the United States to study with William Kroll at Mannes College of Music. She has recorded many chamber music and solo works including the entire Schubert repertoire for violin/viola and piano with her late husband, pianist Abba Bogin. She resides in both New York City and Charlemont, MA.
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 Karel Husa and Steven 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 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.
Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of Carpe Diem String Quartet. Critics have described her performances as
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.
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 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.
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 Chamber Music Conference Chamber Music Conference (at Colgate University, formerly at Bennington College), 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.
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 Chamber Music Conference (at Colgate University, formerly at Bennington College), 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.
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.
Cellist and Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross Jan Müller-Szeraws has an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Solo performances have included engagements with the New England Philharmonic, Concord Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile with repertoire ranging from concertos from the traditional repertoire such as Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Bloch, Shostakovich to contemporary composers Chou Wen Chung, Gunther Schuller, Shirish Korda, Bernard Hoffer and John Harbison.
Projects have included the release of "Anusvara", a disc with music by Shirish Korde for cello, tabla and carnatic soprano, the premiere and recording of "Suite for Solo Cello" by Thomas Oboe Lee as well as a disc with sonatas by Brahms and Chopin with pianist Adam Golka for Hammond Performing Arts. Most recently he has been pairing the Bach Cello Suites with works by Shirish Korde in his project
Bach & Ragas.
He is a member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and Boston/Andover based ensemble Mistral. Also on the faculty at Phillips Academy Andover, he is a frequent guest artist at many festivals and is founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, an intensive summer program for talented high-school and college students.
Müller-Szeraws studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and holds degrees from Boston University. He plays a cello by David Tecchler, on loan from the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation.
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 a soloist and a former member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Ms. Ou's exuberant performances have taken her to prestigious concert venues across the globe including Carnegie Weill Hall, Jordan Hall, National Gallery of Art, Gardner Museum, National Concert Hall in Kiev, and the National Concert Hall of Taipei.
At ease with the diverse musical styles of the last five centuries, Ms. Ou's creative programming is often a mélange of traditional European masterworks with more eclectic ones. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar and premiered several new compositions written for her. She gave the first performance of Hsiao Tyzen's Cello Concerto in Taipei and collaborated with Hsiao on the premiere of a number of solo and chamber music works throughout the US and Singapore. American composers Richard Toensing and Daniel Pinkham have also dedicated works to her. Recent new music performances have featured collaborations with crossover artists on the banjo, accordion, didgeridoo, erhu, pipa, and the Persian santoor.
Carol Ou's discography includes solo and chamber music discs issued by Chi-Mei, Naxos, CRI, and Albany Records. Her three solo and concerti recordings are all produced by the Chi-Mei Label in Taiwan. Among her many recordings with the Carpe Diem String Quartet are Volumes 4 and 5 of Sergei Taneyev's String Quartets on Naxos and The Book of Calligraphy—the solo cello and string quartet works by Reza Vali—released by Albany Records. Her recording of Walter Piston's Chamber Music won the 2001 Chamber Music America's Best Chamber Music CD award.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Ou received her BA magna cum laude from Yale College and her MM, MMA, and DMA in music performance from the Yale School of Music. A much sought after teacher, Ms. Ou serves on the artist cello faculty of New York University's Steinhardt School of Music and teaches preparatory cello students as well as college chamber music students at New England Conservatory of Music. Since 2015, as the assistant chair of the string department at the conservatory's School of Continuing Education, she also cultivates a music-loving adult community. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Ms. Ou travels internationally to teach cello and chamber music master classes, most recently in Hong Kong, Turkey, and Italy.
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 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.
See biography above.
Double Bass 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.
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.
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.
KEVE WILSONHailed by the New York Times for her
magnificently sweet tone,oboist Keve Wilson has spent years honing her craft by playing a variety of musical genres. She is currently oboist for the suspended 2020 Broadway revival Company (reopening in December 2021), in 2018 played in the orchestra for Carousel, as well as the 2014 Tony Winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Keve inspires visiting high school band and orchestra students from around the country with her original show Believe NYC---from the Band Room to Broadway. A past winner of Concert Artists Guild and solo oboist with the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, she has toured as principal oboist with American Sinfonietta, Quintet of the Americas, and Alarm Will Sound, and in NYC with American Modern Ensemble and On-Site Opera. A twotime recipient of the Cliﬀord-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve traveled to Makuleke Village in South Africa where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region. Keve has performed at music festivals including Newport Jazz Festival with Miguel Zenon, New Zealand Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Bremen Music Fest, The Tanglewood Music Center, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Mostly Modern Festival and many others. She spent 6 years in Los Angeles as second oboist of Opera Pacific, recorded for TV commercials and films, and premiered After Hearing Bach by Peter Schickele for oboe and string quartet.
From Hyde Park, NY and a graduate of Eastman School of Music, Keve studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Judith Handman and dance with Elizabeth Clark. Having played the oboe everywhere from Argentina to Dubai to South Korea, she lives in her favorite city, New York, with her husband Kerry and Portuguese water dog Bugsy.
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.
Clarinetist Garrick Zoeter's passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Clarinet recently described his playing as
remarkable, his tone is beautiful and he shows complete mastery of all the technical demands and effects that are required of this piece. His artistry and virtuosity are compelling. This is one of the finest clarinet performances I have reviewed. The Washington Post described a recent performance of his as
an utterly commanding performance, technically superb and radiant with otherworldly majesty, all played with exceptional insight.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Mr. Zoeter took his first serious clarinet studies with Kenneth Lee and National Symphony Orchestra clarinetist William Wright. He received his bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and his master's degree from Yale University as a student of David Shifrin. He made his solo debut at the age of seventeen in Weber's Concerto #1 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous competitions as a soloist including the 1991 International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition, as well as prizes in chamber music—the Grand Prize in the 1998 Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions, the silver medal in the 1997 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2002 Concert Artists Guild competition.
Mr. Zoeter is the founding member of the acclaimed multi-award-winning clarinet, violin, cello, and piano quartet Antares. From 1997-2013 with Antares, he annually gave performances around the United States at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Aspen Music Festival, Strathmore, Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, Carnegie Recital Hall, Market Square Concerts, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, and Cincinnati Chamber Music Society. His work with Antares resulted in the commissioning and premiering of over 20 new quartets from several of North America's top young composers including Mason Bates, John Mackey, James Matheson, Kevin Puts, Dan Visconti and Carter Pann. Zoeter is also a frequent performer with such diverse groups as Trio Solisti, the Audubon Quartet, the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, the University of Buffalo's Slee Sinfonietta, the PostClassical Ensemble, the Pressenda Chamber Players, Monadnock Music, and the New Orchestra of Washington. Recent performances have included Donald Martino’s Triple Concerto in Buffalo, NY, and chamber music appearances in Strasbourg, France and Medellin, Columbia, as well as an appearance at Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, TX. He is heard frequently in numerous chamber music performances around Washington D.C. including at Georgetown's Evermay estate.
A committed teacher as well as performer, Mr. Zoeter serves as the Anna Lee Van Buren Professor of Clarinet at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. His students from Shenandoah include numerous competition winners and can be found performing in professional ensembles such as
The President's Own United States Marine Band, teaching in university and public school positions, and serving as music therapists throughout the country and abroad. He served on the clarinet and chamber music faculty of Wesleyan University from 2002-2007, and from 1997-2004 was the clarinet professor at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho during the summer in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. Mr. Zoeter has recorded for the CRI, Newport Classics, Bridge, Innova, Naxos, MSR Classics, and New Focus Recordings CD labels. In addition to his performing and teaching, Mr. Zoeter serves on the advisory council of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Stephen Walt is Artist-Associate in Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College, where he also performs as a member of the Williams Chamber Players and the Berkshire Symphony. In June 2019 Mr. Walt retired from the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra after thirty-seven seasons with the orchestra. In addition, he had been Senior Lecturer in Bassoon at the University of Massachusetts from 1999 until 2017. Mr. Walt has performed with orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, including performances with the Borromeo, Lark, Muir, Amernet, and Shanghai 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. He also performs with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, of which he has been a member since 1995. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg. He has recorded for Naxos, CRI, Decca, Koch International, Gasparo, Nonesuch and Albany Records.
Mr. Walt plays on a Heckel bassoon made in 1958 for his father, Sherman Walt, the eminent former principal bassoonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The instrument is nicknamed
The Brussels as it was exhibited at the 1958 World's Fair in that city as an example of German artisanship.
As a founding member of the Poulenc Trio, bassoonist Bryan Young has performed across the US and internationally, premiered 20+ new works for trio, and toured with guest artists including violinist Hilary Hahn and clarinetists David Shifrin, Anthony McGill, and Alexander Fiterstein. The Trio regularly conducts masterclasses, with engagements at the University of Ohio, Tulane, San Francisco State University, Florida State University and the University of Colima in Mexico. The Poulenc Trio has recorded for the Delos and Marquis Classics labels.
Bryan was a finalist in the Gillet International Bassoon competition and has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and National Symphony Orchestras. Bryan is Principal Bassoon of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at Peabody with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli. Bryan has premiered several bassoon solo works, and in 2021 will premiere a new work by Roydon Tse, a winner of the International Double Reed Society's 50th Anniversary Commissioning Competition.
Bryan serves as a Vice President of the Board for Chamber Music America, President of Candlelight Concert Society in Maryland, and on the Board of Boulanger Initiative, a national organization championing women composers. He mentors young musicians as part of the Grammy organization.
In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is a healthcare executive, leading research and technology initiatives as Principal for Advanced Health Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at the MITRE Corporation.
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.
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 new instruments. She has given solo recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, NY, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Since her first concerto engagement at age 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, and she can be heard on the Innova, Albany and Reference labels. She was nominated in the Best Chamber Music Performance category at the 58th Grammy Awards for the recording of Tom Flaherty's Airdancing. In the Los Angeles area, Ms. Lee has been a guest performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music series at Disney Hall, Southwest Chamber Music, Jacaranda, Piano Spheres and the Hear Now New Music Festival. 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. 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, California, where she teaches piano, chamber music, aural skills and theory.
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 recent years he performed the Mozart Concerto No. 20, Brahms Concertos No.1 & No. 2, and Beethoven Concerto No.3 with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra and the Schnittke Concerto with the Washington Square Festival Orchestra.
Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists and a founding member of Aspen Soloists and The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach, he is currently a member of the Alaria Chamber Ensemble and the HD Duo with pianist Helene Jeanney, besides enjoying a longtime duo 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, OK Mozart, Washington Square, and Kuhmo.
His television credits include Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, CBS News Sunday Morning, and the Today Show. 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 '07 he conducted the Washington Square Festival Chamber Orchestra in a Gershwin/Weill concert titled Music as Political Statement.
He has recorded a wide range of chamber works for Delos, ADDA, Vanguard, CRI, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Albany, Grenadilla, and New World Records. 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 a duo CD with Eriko Sato titled Five Not-So-Easy Pieces on his new label Prestissimo. He recently released a solo CD of Steven Christopher Sacco's Book of Whimsy for the American Composers Alliance's USA label. This album is now available on Amazon, and MP3 downloads are available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. In the Fall of 2019 he recorded Sacco's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano with clarinetist Molly Wyrick-Flax, which is being similarly released by the ACA.
A former longtime faculty of Summertrios, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College of Music, he is currently a faculty member of the Chamber Music Conference (at Colgate University) and the Alaria Chamber Music Program. In the summer of 2014 he served as the director of the Smalls Chamber Music Salon at the Smalls Jazz Club and since 2015 he has been the director of the David Oei Classical Salon, a monthly chamber music series at Mezzrow, voted
Best Jazz Club 2015 by the Village Voice. An Artist of the New York Classical Music Society and the recipient of its 2017 Citation of Honor for his work with the Mezzrow series, David lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Eriko Sato, and their pit bull Marian.
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.