Faculty Biographies

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Music DirectorTobias Werner

ViolinRebecca Anderson, Sonya Chung, Diana Cohen, Judith Eissenberg, Alex Fortes, Mayuki Fukuhara, Amy Galluzzo, Shem Guibbory, Sheila Reinhold, Eriko Sato, Andrea Schultz, Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro, Charles Wetherbee, Masako Yanagita

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

Cello Michael Finckel, Maxine Neuman, Carol Ou, Nathaniel Parke, Lutz Rath, Tobias Werner

Double BassJessica Powell Eig

FluteSue Ann Kahn, Conor Nelson

OboeJacqueline Leclair

Clarinet Michael Dumouchel, Jeremy Eig, Jo-Ann Sternberg, Pavel Vinnitsky

BassoonLauren Stubbs, Stephen Walt

HornJoseph Anderer, Daniel Grabois

Piano Tanya Bannister, Phillip Bush, Frank Daykin, Read Gainsford, James Goldsworthy, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, David Oei, Elizabeth Wright

Guest FacultyVirginia Anderer, Styra Avins, Perri Morris, Lutz Rath, Tobias Werner

Guest Faculty EmeritusJoel Berman

LecturersStyra Avins, Alex Fortes, Jacqueline Leclair

Music Director


Tobias Werner has been Music Director of the Bennington 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.

Website: http://www.tobiaswernercello.com

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Violin Faculty


Violinist Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who strives to bring intimate and direct musical experiences to a wide variety of audiences. Recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.

Ms. Anderson's solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras, and to Europe with a solo recital concert at the Conservatorio de Bologna in Italy. Most recently, she was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition for senior division violin. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics and an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center. She was also awarded the bronze medal and Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition.

Ms. Anderson's passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, the Savannah Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse in Israel, and collaborations with Ani and Ida Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, and David Shifrin. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress.

As an arts advocate, Ms. Anderson has done extensive outreach programs with the Savannah Music Festival and Music From Angel Fire. She was one of twenty individuals selected to be a part of the 2010 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, an arts advocacy summit whose members included actress Kerry Washington. Ms. Anderson also was a part of the 2012 Americans for the Arts "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington D.C, culminating in a performance with Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Anderson has performed on the nationally-broadcast radio show “From the Top,” and she was one of three musicians invited to a workshop with Michael Tilson Thomas that was filmed for the documentary series “Masterclass,” airing on HBO in 2010.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. She received her masters degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Ronald Copes and Donald Weilerstein. Having recently completed the Rebanks Family Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, she is happy to be back in New York City as a fellow with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW) for the 2016-2018 seasons.

Website: rebeccaandersonviolin.com

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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.

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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 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 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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A native of San Diego, violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia, as well as throughout North America with groups such as the Henschel Quartett, Dalí Quartet, Franklin String Quartet, Momenta Quartet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, Quod Libet, and A Far Cry. His playing is featured on A Far Cry’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014. He can also be heard on a forthcoming album with the Henschel Quartett and pianist Donald Berman featuring the music of Chris Theofanidis.

Fortes holds a strong interest in finding new contexts in which to experience familiar music. His recent arrangements of Schubert lieder and chamber music were hailed by the Boston Globe as uniformly resourceful and complementary…smart, subtle. In May 2016, A Far Cry premiered his arrangement with Sarah Darling of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Alex has participated in educational residencies in both English and Spanish related to entrepreneurship, music performance and education, at colleges and public schools throughout the United States. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Mannes College, and his teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler.

Website: toomaiquintet.com

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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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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.

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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.

Websites: shemguibbory.com

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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.

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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.

Website: www.erikosato.weebly.com

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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 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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Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro, born in Reading, PA, first discovered the violin at age four. She has since performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, China, and Korea.

Founding member and second violinist of the critically acclaimed Aeolus Quartet, her playing has been praised by Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in a beautifully balanced interlude wherein the second violin dances attendant to a heartfelt melody... Rachel Shapiro [was] outstanding here. Collaborations include a performance on the Metropolitan Opera stage alongside Renée Fleming, as well as appearances with Michael Tree, Jon Kimura Parker, the Juilliard Quartet, and the Miró Quartet. In demand as an ensemble player, Ms. Shapiro was invited to appear with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra on a subscription concert for the Philadelphia Orchestra's Chamber Collection series at the Kimmel Center. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Shapiro appears with the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble and A Far Cry.

Ms. Shapiro was appointed Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University in 2013. She has served on faculty at Stanford University's Why Music Matters Educational Program for Gifted Youth, the University of Maryland's High School Music Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Center Workshop, and Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp. As teaching assistant at the Juilliard School, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas, she coached undergraduate and graduate student ensembles and taught private lessons.

Ms. Shapiro holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, having earned her Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She attained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland in 2016. Having minored in English Literature, Ms. Shapiro is an avid writer and was recently published in Strings magazine.

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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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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 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, 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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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.

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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, 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 Chamber Music Conference, and Brooklyn College.

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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.

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Cello Faculty


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 formerly 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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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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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.

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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.

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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 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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Double Bass Faculty


Jessica Powell Eig is a freelance musician based in Washington, DC., specializing in double bass, violone and viola da gamba. Recently, she has appeared with Washington Bach Consort, New Orchestra of Washington, American Bach Soloists and Hesperus Viols.

In addition to her work as a performer, Jessica is active as a teaching artist and clinician. From 2013 to 2016 she was the director of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Young Players Workshop and her writing on classroom outreach has appeared in Early Music America. She maintains an active private studio and has received grants to support her music education projects from Early Music America, the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

In 2010, Jessica completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in double bass performance at SUNY-Stony Brook, as a student of Joseph Carver and Kurt Muroki, where her research focused on the music of Sofia Gubaidulina. She received her earlier training at CCM, Eastman and Juilliard. Following the completion of her DMA she pursued further private study in historical bass with Rob Nairn. She studied viola da gamba with Christel Thielmann, James Lambert and Martha McGaughey.

As a committed advocate for the arts, Jessica has consulted for and/or held development positions with many established as well as emerging arts organizations. She currently serves as Director of Development (as well as principal double bassist) for the New Orchestra of Washington. From 2013 to 2015 she served on the Executive Committee of the Viola da Gamba Society of America as Membership Secretary. Jessica is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 161-710), International Society of Bassists (ISB), and Early Music America.

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Flute Faculty


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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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


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: www.nuoboe.net

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Clarinet Faculty


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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Clarinetist Jeremy Eig's musical interests run the gamut from solo performing to chamber music, teaching, commissioning new music and arranging/editing works for clarinet ensemble. As a recitalist, he has been presented around the country, and will give his debut at the Arts Club of Washington in 2015. With his wife, Jessica Powell Eig, he co-directs the Neighborhood Concert Series, which presents free chamber music performances around Washington, DC. He also performs with and serves as orchestra librarian with the New Orchestra of Washington.

An active orchestral musician, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony and in such halls as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has served in the US Navy Band since July 2012, and holds the rank of Musician 1st Class.

Dr. Eig is a devoted advocate for new music, and particularly the expansion of the clarinet solo literature. In 2009, he founded the Clarinet Commission Collective, which helps individual clarinetists pool their resources to commission major composers to write for the clarinet. In addition to commissioning, Dr. Eig is also an enthusiastic arranger, and publishes his editions of transcriptions for solo clarinet and clarinet ensemble through JTown Publications.

As an educator, Dr. Eig has given masterclasses at Davidson College, Furman University, and Grand Valley State University, and served as a teaching assistant at Yale and Stony Brook Universities. He is available as a clinician, and maintains a large and vibrant private studio, Chevy Chase Music Lessons.

Dr. Eig completed his doctoral studies in 2008 at Stony Brook University. He received the degrees of Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University, Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Principal teachers include David Shifrin, Alan Kay, Fred Ormand, and Richard Hawkins.

Website: www.jeremyeig.com

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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 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, 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 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 Chamber Music Conference since 1982. Lauren is also the Assistant Music Director at 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 is principal bassoonist with the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. In 2017 Mr. Walt retired from his position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, where he had taught since 1999. He is currently Artist-Associate in Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College. 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.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.

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Horn Faculty


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 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


Lauded by The Washington Post for playing ...with intelligence, poetry and proportion, pianist Tanya Bannister has made a versatile career that is immersed in tradition combined with an entrepreneurship that seeks to create projects that inspire genuine connections between music and the world we live in.

As co-founder and Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik in Austria, Ms. Bannister has created an intimate musical experience in which music lovers and students from around the world can spend 12 days in a small Alpine village engaged in the study of chamber music with world class faculty.

Ms. Bannister has also co-founded Roadmaps Festival in New York City, an artistic, humanitarian and cultural venture. This year's festival centered around the crisis in Syria.

Ms. Bannister has been a winner of Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirming her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an Artist to Watch on the cover of SYMPHONY Magazine, Ms. Bannister's career has already brought her to many of the world's great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo's Nikkei Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

With a history of philanthropy, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which occurred soon after Ms. Bannister's victory in New Orleans, she joined forces with three previous winners of that competition to form Pianists for New Orleans. These artists have performed together across the US to achieve their ambitious mission to raise $100,000 to help support the classical music community of New Orleans. Ms. Bannister also has a live recital CD that she created together with renowned ethnobotanist Paul Alan Cox following the devastating tsunami in Japan to raise funds to support children that survived in the devastated remote island of Oshima.

Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Bannister has recently performed with quartets including Parker, Enso and Daedalus quartets and musicians such as Randall Scarlata, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Josef Spacek, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Martin Chalifour, Tessa Lark, Trey Lee and Wendy Warner.

Orchestral highlights of Ms. Bannister's recent seasons include Liszt's Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Brevard Symphony, Chopin's Concerto No. 2 in e minor with the Greenwich (CT) Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra and Mozart's Concerto in E-flat, K. 449 with the Arcadiana Symphony in Louisiana. Upcoming and recent appearances, warmly praised by The New York Times, include the highly regarded Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Reno Chamber Music Festival, Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Look and Listen Festival in New York, Scottsdale Arts and AlpenKammerMusik in Austria, where she also serves as Artistic Director.

In addition to mastering the traditional repertoire, she has a deep affinity for contemporary music and has premiered numerous works written for her, including Christopher Theofanidis, David del Tredici, Suzanne Farrin, Harold Meltzer and Sidney Corbett. She has released several CDs, including a CAG release of piano concerti of Mozart, Chopin and Schubert arranged with string quintet, which was selected for special mention by The New York Times. Ms. Bannister's debut recording, featuring three late piano sonatas of Muzio Clementi, was released in 2006 on the Naxos label. BBC Music Magazine declared: Barenboim's EMI Beethoven sonata cycle is readily brought to mind. Yet although she possesses enviable articulate and accurate fingers, she is also sensitive to the music's many lyrical asides. Her recording for Albany Records, This is the story she began, features solo piano music of American composers David Del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Suzanne Farrin and Sheila Silver; the New American Record Guide complemented her as exceptionally talented... with a scintillating tone and subtle sense of chording.

Born to an English father and Japanese mother, Ms. Bannnister started her musical education in Hong Kong and continued in London, Italy, Germany and the USA. Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London under Christopher Elton and Hamish Milne, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York's Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.

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Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility, with a repertoire extending from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. In 2001 he made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony, and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman's Harpsichord Concerto.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, appears frequently on New York's Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music Festival (Alaska), St. Bart's Music Festival, Bahamas Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), Cape May Music Festival, and many other festivals. He has also performed with the Kronos Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, and St. Lawrence quartets. Between 1991 and 1999 he performed over 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet Typhoon, and recorded five CD's with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts. In 1993 Mr. Bush founded MayMusic in Charlotte, a critically acclaimed and innovative festival in North Carolina that annually presented chamber and contemporary music, film screenings, and other cross-disciplinary collaborations. He served as Artistic Director of that festival from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Bush can be heard frequently on public radio in the US, including appearances on Saint Paul Sunday, and has had live performances broadcast frequently throughout the nation on television via the Classic Arts Showcase.

A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush has performed often with many of the New York area's most renowned new music ensembles, including Bang on a Can All-Stars, Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Group for Contemporary Music, Newband, Sequitur, Parnassus, and New Music Consort. Since 1995 he has been an artist-member of the Milwaukee-based new music group, Present Music. Mr. Bush's efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His discography as soloist and chamber musician has now surpassed thirty recordings, on labels such as Sony, Virgin Classics, Koch International, New World Records, Denon, and many others.

Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. From 2000 to 2004 Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan. He was Music Director of the Chamber Music Conference from 2006 through 2015. Today, in addition to his busy performing schedule, he continues to give master classes, sharing his insights with young musicians in venues throughout the nation. He makes his home in the Old Shandon neighborhood of Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, pianist Lynn Kompass, and their part-Siberian-Husky, Ruby.

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Frank Daykin, pianist, is equally known as soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher, and writer. He is particularly identified with the French piano and chamber music repertoire, having performed the complete solo piano works of Ravel on Ravel’s own piano at the Ravel house/museum in France. His 37-year partnership with Millette Alexander in piano duo performance has produced two award-winning recordings and a host of performances in the US and abroad, always to rave reviews. The Toronto Citizen named them surely the finest duo in the world today and the New York Times proclaimed, they make music as one. He continues with numerous chamber groups including the Ambrosia Trio and Gotham Trio. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and the Chamber Music Central summer camp for children (CT). His seminars on topics ranging from Schoenberg, to Schubert, French music, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Messiaen, and Schumann are some of the most popular events at the Conference. His The Encyclopedia of French Art Song: Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc was published by Pendragon Press in May 2013, and has since made its way to most conservatories and college music departments worldwide. Daykin has also had four volumes of poetry published, including 2016's I Have My Doubts. Many of his poems have been set to music by contemporary composers.

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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 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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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.

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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 Chamber Music Conference 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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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 2007 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 just finished recording a CD with his duo partner violinist Kinga Augustyn. He also 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.

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 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 he is currently the director of the Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei, a monthly chamber music series at Mezzrow, voted Best Jazz Club 2015 by the Village Voice. He is 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.

Website: www.davidoei.weebly.com

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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


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 has attended the 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 the Conference. 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 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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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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Guest Faculty Emeritus


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 Chamber Music Conference since 1966. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.

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