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Guest Artists 2015-2016

  Michael Brown, a winner of the Gina Bachauer, Mieczyslaw Munz and Chopin competitions, has been hailed as “polished” and “committed” by the New York Times. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at Ravinia, Pianofest in the Hamptons and Tanglewood. Michael is also a composer and has won ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award, among others. His Four Miniatures for piano were aired on David Dubal’s WQXR show “Reflections from the Keyboard” ~ www.michaelbrownmusic.com Michael Brown, piano
  Janice Carissa, all of 17, is recipient of numerous awards and honors: she is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation and winner of the 2014 piano competition at the Aspen Festival, Star Performance Award of the 2012 American Protégé Competition in New York, and top prize winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 Piano Competition (at age 8). Born in Surabaya, Indonesia, Janice has been featured on several television and radio stations in Indonesia as well as Voice of America, WHYY TV Philadelphia, WXQR at Greene Space, and NPR’s From the Top. Recent highlights include her debut as soloist playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with St. Peters by the Sea Orchestra in New Jersey, a Beethoven concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru, and at the 2014 United Nations Day Concert with Lang Lang. She has also performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Indonesia, and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. Together with her brother Ryan Ferguson, Janice played a duo recital in the “Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos” at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. She is currently studying at Curtis with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald.  Janice will play on March 28 in place of Stephen Beus Janice Carissa, piano

Alon Goldstein is “truly a jewel” Reutlinger Generalanzeiger. It hasn’t taken long for the Israeli pianist to achieve the kind of success predicted for him by Leon Fleisher, Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. He made his orchestral debut at age18 with the Israeli Philharmonic; since then, his technical prowess and musical intelligence have earned him both critical acclaim and enthusiastic ovations. In recent seasons, Alon has performed with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. ~ www.alongoldstein.com

Alon Goldstein, piano
  Texan pianist Adam Golka, born to a family of musicians from Poland, is winner of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award and the 2009 Max Allen Award of the American Pianists Association. He has also won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” The Washington Post. With his extensive concerto repertoire, Adam has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He also performs as a recitalist, and his festival participation includes Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia, and Newport, among others. Adam’s first teacher was his mother, Anna Golka. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Photo by Juergen Frank www.adamgolka.com Adam Golka, piano

Ilya Itin, a profound musician, is winner of the Leeds, Gina Bachauer, Robert Casadesus, William Kappel, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Bunkamura competitions. Critical acclaim has come from many parts of the world, including the Daily Telegraph, which noted his “rare and exciting artistry” and “superb technique”; Der Standard Wien, which called him “The perfect pianist”; Washington Post, which heard “A delicious and rare talent”; and Le Figaro, which stated, “He plays marvelously with all his body and his soul: a very great pianist and musician.” Ilya was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia. ~ www.ilyaitin.com

Ilya Itin, piano
  Alexander Kobrin is winner of numerous international competitions, notably the 2005 Van Cliburn (Gold Medal), as well as top prizes at the Neigauz, Busoni, Hamamatsu, Glasgow, Caltanissetta, and Warsaw Chopin competitions. Critics have praised his “interpretative musicianship...considerable insight,” “elegance, grace and spirit.” Alexander tours extensively in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and has collaborated with many major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev conducting). He also performs as a recitalist and participates in festivals, such as Ravinia and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. Born in Moscow Alexander started playing the piano at age 5. www.alexkobrinpianist.com Alexander Kobrin, piano

Elizaveta Kopelman has been praised for “her great interpretive ability and formidable technique.” She has played critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, and her concerti appearances have been with the London Philharmonic at the Barbican Centre and the Iceland Symphony, among others. Elizaveta is also an avid chamber musician and performs regularly with her father Mikhail Kopelman. Moscow is the city of her birth.

Elizaveta Kopelman, piano
  Pianist Maxim Lando, age 12, is one of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s 5 Young Scholars representing the U.S. for the next few years. Through the Foundation, he performed duets with Lang Lang on WQXR (broadcast live from Greene Space) and at the UN (sharing the stage with Sting) and will participate at the Ravinia Festival this summer. Maxim recently won the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition and will perform the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Pre-College Orchestra on February 21 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. Last spring he appeared as a soloist on NPR’s “From The Top.” ~ www.maximlando.com Maxim Lando, piano
  Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. He won First Prize at the Guardian Dublin competition, and was recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2005 Andrew Wolf Award. Levinson has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, such as the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony. As recitalist, he has appeared at Wigmore and Tully Halls, Ravinia, and Lincoln Center’s “What Makes it Great.” An active chamber musician as well, he is Artistic Director of the San Juan Chamber Music Festival in Ouray, Colorado; and has collaborated with such artists as the Tokyo, Vermeer, and Borromeo Quartets, the Jacques Thibaud String Trio, Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, David Finckel, and Carter Brey. His festival participation includes Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Davos. Born in the Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles, Levinson began studying piano at age five. ~ maxlevinson.instantencore.com Max Levinson, piano
  Timur Mustakimov has been described by the Russian press in the Kamerton Magazine as “a pianist with his own style, recognizable and at the same time spontaneous.” Winner of the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Competition as well as prizes from piano competitions in Ufa, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine, and the Jacob Flier and 2011 Mannes College Concerto competitions in the United States, Timur won his first competition at age 12 in the Republic of Tatarstan. Born in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Timur began his piano studies at the age of 8, then enrolled in the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Kazan (the capital of Tartarstan). Timur Mustakimov, piano
  Adam Neiman, who is recognized as an artist of rare depth, sensitivity and virtuosity, is a Grammy nominee and winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and Silver Medal at the Alessandro Casagrande competition. He is featured in the documentary, Playing for Real, in which Jens Nygaard and Jupiter also make a brief appearance. Adam is a member of Chamber Music Society II of Lincoln Center and the Corinthian Trio. He was born in Hayward, California ~ www.adamneiman.com Adam Neiman, piano
  Drew Petersen has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe since the age of five. At age 21, he just won 4th prize in the 2015 Leeds piano competition; he is also a top prize winner of the Kosciuszko-Chopin, Hilton Head, and New York Chopin piano competitions. As soloist, Drew has performed with many orchestras. Leading up to a performance of a Mozart concerto under the baton of Lukas Foss when he was 11 years of age, he was the focus of a documentary, Just Normal, which was aired on Plum TV in the Hamptons, Cape Cod and Islands, Aspen, and Vail. His festival participation includes the Aspen, Taos, Tanglewood, Verbier in Switzerland, Euro Arts in Leipzig, Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy. Drew’s performances have also been broadcast on France Musique, PBS’s “From The Top,” the McGraw-Hill Company’s Young Artist Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman and aired on WQXR, among others.  Drew will play on November 9 in place of Seymour Lipkin Drew Petersen, piano

Roman Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta before his 11th birthday, and he performed with the orchestra and Mr. Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. The Palm Beach Daily News recently noted, “Rabinovich has full technical command of the piano and plays with a great deal of sensitivity.” Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman now lives in Israel. He is also an award-winning artist, and his work will be exhibited at our Jupiter concerts. ~ www.romanrabinovich.net Photo by Balazs Borocz

Roman Rabinovich, piano
  Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, at age 17, is already winner of the 2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award. The Californian made Juilliard history at age 14 as the youngest-ever admitted to the College Division. In 2009 he performed a solo recital at the White House, and in 2013 he performed in President Obama’s reelection inaugural concert at the Kennedy Center. In 2010 he was the first American soloist to perform in war-torn Baghdad with the fearless Iraqi National Symphony, electrifying the international audience of ambassadors, US soldiers, and Iraqis of all ages. General David Petraeus and the US Department of Defense acknowledged Llewellyn “for his courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts” and for “strengthening the ties that unite our nations” in a Pentagon ceremony and performance. In Rwanda, Llewellyn performed for President Kagame and a gathering of humanitarian and economic leaders, hosted by US Ambassador Symington to help Rwandans continue rebuilding from the 1994 genocide. CNN International featured him on “Connect the World” Day on May 31, 2010. He has performed 16 concerts for 20,000 students in the USA and Canada to excite more youth about the diversity of classical music, and also performed for 6,000 students in “Beethoven and the Bully” for an anti-bullying campaign. At age 5 he became a full-time student at Ventura College; among his teachers is pianist Ilya Itin. Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano
  Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, is recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists, whose lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and after six seasons as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, he is now its Conductor Laureate. Much in demand as a guest conductor, he has led orchestras worldwide, and partnered with such soloists as Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Garrick Ohlsson, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Mitsuko Uchida. As a soloist, his extensive touring schedule in the U.S. and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney, and collaborations with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. In addition to his recital appearances at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and many others from coast to coast in th U.S., Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East. An avid chamber musician as well, he has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, and in four-hand recital with Mitsuko Uchida. He has frequently appeared at international festivals, including Salzburg, Evian, Ludwigsburg, Caramoor, Ojai, Marlboro, Nizhniy Novgorod, and Moscow’s December Evenings. Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of Curtis and Tanglewood. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

William Wolfram, winner of the William Kapell, Naumburg, and Tchaikovsky competitions, is recognized as an artist who combines powerful Romantic instincts with a truly formidable command of the keyboard. Millions have seen him on public television, where he was prominently featured throughout the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. The noted piano authority Joseph Horowitz in his book, The Ivory Trade, characterizes him as a polished Romantic virtuoso, worthy of comparison to the young Van Cliburn and Vladimir Horowitz.

William Wolfram, piano

Dmitri Berlinsky is head and shoulders above the average competition winner, a violinist with a beautiful tone, his own character, and tremendous musical finesse. “Berlinsky shone. He exuded the confidence and poise of a young Valentino. There was no shortage of brilliance, and his verve was a source of delight” The Washington Times. Dmitri is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and a winner of the Paganini, Montreal, Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth, and Young Concert Artists competitions. ~ www.dmitriberlinsky.com

Dmitri Berlinsky, violin
  Elizabeth Fayette, praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity,” made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 with the Juilliard Orchestra under conductor Alan Gilbert. In recent seasons, she debuted with the Houston Symphony as a prizewinner in the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, was a Second Prize winner in the Young Concert Artists Auditions and was awarded the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Grant. Elizabeth is a founding member of the Sheridan Piano Trio, which recently performed throughout Denmark. She also performs with the New York Classical Players, is a fellow in Ensemble ACJW, and will return to the Marlboro Music Festival this summer. Born into a musical family, Elizabeth began studying the violin with her mother at the age of two; she holds degrees from the Curtis and Juilliard, where she recently completed an Artist Diploma. Photo by Margaret Maloneywww.elizabethfayette.com Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  Miriam Fried is one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician—she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) and technical mastery. Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the US and Europe. In recent seasons, she has had orchestral engagements with such prestigious ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. Since 1993, she been chair of the faculty at the Steans Institute at Ravinia. She is also a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Garrick Ohlsson and her husband, violinist/violist Paul Biss. Miriam Fried’s successful solo career was launched in 1968 after winning First Prize in the Paganini and Queen Elisabeth competitions. After childhood lessons with Alice Fenyves in Tel Aviv, she came to the US as a protégée of Isaac Stern and continued her studies with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard and with Joseph Gingold at Indiana University. Fried plays a particularly noteworthy violin, a 1718 Stradivarius said to have been the favorite of composer-conductor Louis Spohr. It was also owned by Regina Strinasacchi who, it is thought, used the instrument to play with Mozart the Sonata in B-flat, K. 454, which had been written for her. Photo by J Henry Fair Miriam Fried, violin
  Francisco Fullana, a native of Majorca, has won several competitions, including the Sarasate, Julio Cardona, and TIM “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” prizes, and the Maria Paula Alonso Award, among others. The Boston Globe has recently called him “a very special violinist.” Acclaimed for his concerto performances in both Europe and the US, Francisco has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Bayerische Philharmonie in Munich with Sir Colin Davis conducting, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. He has also played for the King and Queen of Spain and members of the Spanish Royal Family, and collaborated with such artists as Jerome Lowenthal for Samuel Adler’s Birthday Celebration, Anthony Marwood and Questlove of The Roots. Francisco plays a 1679 Pietro Guarneri, generously on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. ~ www.franciscofullana.com Francisco Fullana, violin
  Vadim Gluzman, one of today’s superb violinists, appears regularly with the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, with such conductors as Neeme Järvi, Marek Janowski and Itzhak Perlman. The Israeli has also performed at major festivals—Verbier, Ravinia, BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein and Lockenhaus, to name a few. Accolades for his extensive discography under exclusive contract with BIS Records have been garnered from Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica and Disc of the Month (ClassicFM, Strad and BBC Music Magazine). Vadim plays the 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius, on extended loan through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. ~ www.vadimgluzman.com Vadim Gluzman, violin
  William Hagen is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition (the highest ranking American since 1980). Having captured the attention of the Belgian press and public during the competition, he has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com), who “plays with an obvious and sincere love for the very act of music making” (North Texas Performing Arts News). He also won second prize at the 2014 Fritz Kreisler Competition. At age 22, he is already a seasoned performer on concert stages in the U.S. and abroad, and has played with conductors such as Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falletta, and Keith Lockhart. Recent performances include a tour of Belgium with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and Brussels Philharmonic. William has spent summers at Verbier in Switzerland, and at Aspen. A native of Utah, he began violin lessons at the age of four. At age 10, he studied with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School, commuting to Los Angeles for lessons. William plays on an Andrea Guarneri violin made in Cremona, circa 1675. ~ www.williamhagen.com William Hagen, violin
  Mayuko Kamio, gold medalist of the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso technique. The New York Times has called Mayuko an “exciting young musician” and “a radiant talent.” The Japanese violinist made her concerto debut in Tokyo at the age of ten under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Mayuko Kamio, violin
  Mark Kaplan, internationally acknowledged as one of the leading violinists of his generation, has played with nearly every major American and European orchestra and juggles a busy performance schedule around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. In addition, he performs with his own Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio, and is currently a professor of violin at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He plays a Stradivari made in 1685, named after the Marchese Spinola, whose family owned it for several generations. Photo Courtesy of Indiana University Mark Kaplan, violin
  Alexi Kenney is drawing attention for his unique style, poise, and musical intellect. Praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful, aching tone,” Alexi is winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild, 2012 Menuhin, and Mondavi Center competitions. He has appeared as soloist with the China Philharmonic, in recital at the Kennedy Center, Napa’s Festival del Sole, and on NPR’s “From the Top.” A dedicated chamber musician, Alexi has collaborated with such artists as Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han and Arnold Steinhardt. For six years (beginning at age nine) he was a Young Performer at Music@Menlo. He recently completed a tour of Boston, New York, Havana (Cuba), and Chicago with Miriam Fried and musicians from Ravinia. Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi plays a violin made by Eugenio Degani in 1897, on generous loan to him from the Ravinia Festival. ~ www.alexikenney.com Alexi Kenney, violin

Mikhail Kopelman is renowned for his style of immense grace and beauty combined with a flawless technique. He has performed in a dizzying array of venues throughout the world as first violinist of the Borodin String Quartet for two decades and Tokyo String Quartet for six years. He now leads the Kopelman Quartet, a string quartet in the very best style and tradition of the old Russian School. For more than 15 years Mikhail Kopelman was closely associated with Sviatoslav Richter in numerous performances and recordings. Born in Uzhgorod in the former Soviet Union, he won Second Prize at the Jacques Thibaud International Competition, and in 1995 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honor.

Mikhail Kopelman, violin

Stefan Milenkovich is recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism. Winner of the Indianapolis, Paganini, Tibor Varga, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin, and Young Concert Artists competitions, he has performed for President Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II, and at the age of 16, played his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Stefan was appointed a “Child Ambassador” and received the 2003 “Most Humane Person” award in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the city of his birth. He is member of the Corinthian Trio ~ www.milenkovich.com

Stefan Milenkovich, violin
  Marié Rossano was named First Laureate of the 2010 Stradivarius Competition and National Winner of the 2008 MTNA Junior Strings Competition, among others. Since her solo debut at age 11, she has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Seattle and Utah Symphonies. Her summers have been spent at the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Angel Fire, and Deer Valley festivals. She has also toured worldwide as soloist and chamber musician with Curtis On Tour, which included a performance at the Henry Kissinger Award Ceremony in Berlin in 2014. She also serves as concertmaster of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra. For the 2010 PBS documentary Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona, Marié performed on the 1715 “Baron Knoop” Stradivarius violin, courtesy of the Fulton Collection. Her teachers and mentors include Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Glenn Dicterow, James Ehnes, and Vadim Repin. Marié currently studies with Ida Kavafian at Curtis. She plays a 1767 Guadagnini, courtesy of the Curtis Instrument Collection. ~ www.marierossano.com Marié Rossano, violin
  Josef Spacek, winner of the 2009 Michael Hill Violin Competition, was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. As soloist he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. Also an avid chamber musician, Josef has performed with various ensembles and is a regular at music festivals, such as Bravo in Vail, Angel Fire, and the Moravian Autumn festivals. His recordings include the complete Ysaÿe sonatas for solo violin and works of H.W. Ernst. Josef was born in the Czech Republic. ~ www.josefspacek.com Josef Spacek, violin
  Joseph Swensen, of Norwegian-Japanese parentage, is currently Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Starling Professor of Music (violin) at Indiana University, and Founder/Director of Habitat4Music. He was Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris from 2009-2012, and Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005; and has held positions at the Malmö Opera, Lahti Symphony, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. With the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he toured extensively in the US, UK, Europe, and the Far East, and performed at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, and Ravinia festivals, the BBC Proms, Barbican, and Concertgebouw, among others. Swensen also performs as a violin soloist, and regularly plays/directs orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, London Mozart Players, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. With the latter, he made a series of internationally acclaimed recordings of the Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and 2nd Prokofiev Violin Concerti for Linn Records. As a chamber musician, Swensen is a member of a violin-piano duo with pianist Jeffrey Kahane, and of KahaneSwensenBrey (with cellist Carter Brey). As a composer, his orchestral works include Mantram, Latif, Shizue for solo shakuhachi and orchestra, and the Sinfonia-Concertante The Fire and the Rose. His Sinfonia in B, an orchestration of the rarely performed 1854 version of Brahms’ Trio Op. 8, has been recorded for Signum Records. Swensen and his wife Victoria are the founders of Habitat4Music, a non-profit group devoted to establishing participatory music education programs for children in underserved areas world-wide. Photo by Jack Dinewww.josephswensen.com Joseph Swensen, violin
  Danbi Um, born in Seoul, Korea, is a winner of the Astral Auditions and a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. As soloist, she has appeared with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Vermont Symphony, among others. She has also performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Kennedy Center, Kumho, and Carnegie’s Weill Hall. As chamber musician, she recently toured with “Musicians from Marlboro.” She has also participated at such festivals as Marlboro, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. Danbi, a graduate of Curtis and Indiana University, started playing the violin at age two, then moved to Canada at age 8 to continue her studies. Danbi Um, violin
  Elina Vahala made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s “young master soloist.” Since then, the American-born Finnish violinist’s career continues to expand internationally, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike as “a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by an abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination” (Chicago Tribune). With a repertoire that ranges from the baroque to the contemporary, she has appeared with many orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. She has toured throughout the U.K., Germany, China, Korea, South America, and in the U.S. with the Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective. In 2008 she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which was televised worldwide. She has also performed and recorded the violin concertos of John Corigliano and Jaakko Kuusisto for BIS in 2013. As an educator, Elina launched, in 2009, the Violin Academy, which offers master classes for highly talented young Finnish violinists, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. As a chamber musician, she has performed with Yuri Bashment, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, and Cho-Liang Lin, among many other noted artists. ~ www.elinavahala.com Elina Vahala, violin

Xiao-Dong Wang has been called the most talented violinist ever to emerge from China. He began his studies at age 3 with his father, concertmaster of the Shanghai Symphony; he then studied with the renowned teacher Zhao Ji-Yang at the Shanghai Conservatory. At ages 13 and 15, he won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition; he is also winner of the First Prize and special Szymanovski Prize in the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Competition. Xiao-Dong has soloed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic in London and the Sydney Opera Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Concertante Chamber Players.

Xiao-Dong Wang, violin
  Areta Zhulla is recipient of the 2011 “Young Artist of the Year” award by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, the Triandi Career Grant and the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. She has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Starting this season, she will be a member of Chamber Music Society II of Lincoln Center. Areta plays on a copy of Stradivarius’s “Viotti,” made by her father in 2009, Greek luthier Lefter Zhulla, who was also one of her teachers. ~ www.aretazhulla.com Areta Zhulla, violin
  Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2010 Freiburg Violin Competition, has been cited by the press as a “virtuoso of emotions.” He has performed as soloist with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden and Jerusalem Symphony, among others; and has been featured on WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” and performed a solo recital broadcast by Radio France at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. Itamar plays on a 1737 Pietro Guarneri violin from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel. ~ www.itamarzorman.com Itamar Zorman, violin
  Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonic; the National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. Paul Neubauer, cello
  Cynthia Phelps enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer states that she has “one of the richest, deepest viola timbres in the world.” Cynthia is First Prize winner of both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, and is recipient of the Pro Musicis International Foundation Award. Under the auspices of this philanthropic organization, she has appeared as soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Rome, and Paris, as well as in jails, hospitals and drug rehab centers worldwide. A native of Southern California, Cynthia is the fourth of five girls, all of whom are musicians. Cynthia Phelps, viola

James Austin Smith, praised for his “brilliant” performances by The New York Times, is a graduate of Yale and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany. His busy career focuses on chamber and new music—he is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, an artist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble, a regular guest of Orpheus and Cygnus, and an alumnus of ACJW. In 2012 he joined the oboe faculty of the State University of New York at Purchase. Festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen and Spoleto USA. The son of musician parents and eldest of four boys, James was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. ~ www.jamesaustinsmith.com

James Austin Smith, oboe

Caleb Hudson, a trumpet player of undeniable virtuosity, is winner of multiple first prizes at the National Trumpet Competition in the solo division. He was soloist at the 2009 Aspen Festival with Vladimir Feltsman in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet and in the New York premiere of John Adams’s City Noir at Carnegie Hall in 2010; he made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2013. Caleb is currently a member (since 2013) of the Canadian Brass Quintet, the world’s most famous brass ensemble.

Caleb Hudson, trumpet

Frank Morelli is one of the most influential bassoonists in the United States today. The Miami Herald has hailed his breathtaking virtuosity, and Gramophone has proclaimed his playing “a joy to behold.” The Orpheus recording, Shadow Dances, which features his playing, won a 2001 Grammy Award. Frank, who has made 9 appearances in Carnegie Hall as soloist,  was the first bassoonist awarded a doctorate by Juilliard. He is member of the renowned quintet, Windscape ~ www.morellibassoon.com

Frank Morelli, bassoon
  Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is expanding the definition of “Classical Guitarist” and changing the face of guitar programming through his solo, chamber, and concerto performances in the U.S. and abroad. The youngest First Prize winner in the history of the Guitar Foundation of America’s competition, he is also a Naumburg laureate, and recipient of the Cleveland Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award and Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. He has played with nearly 100 orchestras, and has released 12 CDs under the Azica Records label; PLAY won the 2015 Grammy Award. A dedicated teacher, Jason co-founded the guitar department at Curtis, and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001. In 2012 he launched the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar with ArtistWorks, an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with him for guitar students around the world.~ www.jasonvieaux.com Jason Vieaux, guitar
  Korean-born soprano Hyunah Yu was a prizewinner at the 1999 Naumburg Competition and a finalist in both the Dutch International Vocal and Concert Artist Guild competitions. She also received the coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award upon the nomination of pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Known particularly for her performances of the music of Bach, Hyunah appears regularly with esteemed conductors such as Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Jaime Laredo, and Blanche Moyse; at well-known opera houses and festivals, and with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A highlight of her career has been her title role in Mozart’s Zaide in New York, London, and Vienna under the direction of Peter Sellars, conducted by Louis Langrée. She is also an avid chamber musician and recitalist. Her debut CD on EMI was released in 2007, and of her two solo recitals recorded and broadcast for the BBC Voices program, one was named Radio 3’s Best of 2004. The Washington Post wrote that she was “absolutely captivating...with exceptional style and effortless lyrical grace. The audience, to judge by the general swooning, was helplessly in love by the end.” Hyunah Yu, soprano
  Mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita was a 2015 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and won the gold medal in voice and was the Grand Prize winner for the Young Texas Artists Competition. Currently a first year resident at the Academy of Vocal Arts, she most recently performed the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Last summer she sang the role of Fulvio in Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica at the Glimmerglass Festival, and will return to Glimmerglass next summer to sing the role of Pippo in Rossini's La gazza ladra. At the Aspen Festival, on fellowship, she performed Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. Allegra has a Master’s in Opera Performance from Rice University, and a bachelor’s in biology with a neuroscience concentration and minor in music performance, magna cum laude, from Sacred Heart University. A native of Trumbull, Connecticut, she began performing in regional theaters at age nine and has been in over 20 musical theater productions. ~ www.allegradevita.com Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano

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