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Guest Artists 2014-2015


Stephen Beus, winner of the 2006 Gina Bachauer competition and Vendome Prize, has been described by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as a pianist of “artistic instinct and natural charisma.” The fourth of eight children, Stephen was born and raised in Othello, Washington and began his piano studies at age five. Four years later he made his orchestral debut playing the Mozart Concerto K. 488. His recordings are on the Endeavor Classics and Harmonia Mundi labels ~ www.stephenbeus.com

Stephen Beus, piano
  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

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

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. 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
  Canadian pianist André Laplante, one of today’s great romantic virtuosos, garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and capturing the Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, and critics have compared him with Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolph Serkin, placing him in the elite circle of virtuoso pianists who do not hesitate to take risks. Recently honored as an Officer of the Order of Canada, he has also received Opus Awards for live performances—“Best Concert in Montréal” and “Best Concert in Québec Province”—and for the 2010 “Best Performer of the Year.” ~ www.andrelaplante.com  Photo by Peter Schaaf André Laplante, 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

Seymour Lipkin won the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition at age 19 and has appeared with the top 5 American orchestras—New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago. “Technically his pianism far outshines Schnabel, while he is more consistent than Backhaus, more exciting than Arrau, plays with more tonal beauty than Brendel” American Record Guide. He has also collaborated and toured with many great artists, among them Jascha Heifetz and the Guarneri Quartet. Seymour Lipkin is artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival ~ www.seymourlipkin.com

Seymour Lipkin, 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
  Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Silver Medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn and winner of the 1999 Cleveland and 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competitions, appears regularly in the world’s major venues including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Salle Pleyel in Paris, to name a few. He has collaborated with leading conductors including Hans Graf, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Keith Lockhart, performing with the Houston, Fort Worth and Colorado Symphonies, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Paris-Radio France, and National Orchestra of Ukraine, among many others. His numerous recordings include a highly-praised album of songs by Poulenc and Edith Piaf—“The Rascal and the Sparrow”—arranged for solo piano, to commemorate the 50th year of the passing of both French musical icons. He was featured in two PBS documentaries—“Playing on the Edge,” about the 11th Van Cliburn competition, and “Concerto: A Sense of Self,” featuring his performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony and James Conlon. Antonio was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. ~ www.pompa-baldi.com Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
  Drew Petersen, now 18, has performed solo and concerto recitals in the US and Europe since the age of five. At age ten, he gave a recital at the Hamptons Festival, and was invited back in 2005 to perform a Mozart piano concerto for the opening night gala with Lukas Foss conducting. The story leading up to this performance was captured in the documentary, Just Normal, for Plum TV. In 2006 he was a featured performer on the PBS program, “From the Top Live from Carnegie Hall.” He was also featured many times on the McGraw-Hill “Young Artists Showcase,” hosted by Robert Sherman and aired on New York’s WQXR. His winnings include the 2010 Kosciuszko-Chopin competition, the Jan Gorbaty Award and Manhattan School of Music Concerto competition. 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
  Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as the Naumburg, Geneva and Honens competitions, his repertoire ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Xenakis. As soloist and chamber musician, the Swiss-born American pianist displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Featured in the spring 2008 issue of Esquire as one of several ground-breaking classical musicians, Gilles has shown significant interest in expanding the conventional classical concert experience. The New York Sun noted, “The big news is that Vonsattel is a superb pianist...he produced a pure and singing tone...everything, always, was in balance.” ~ www.gillesvonsattel.com Gilles Vonsattel, 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
  Shmuel Ashkenasi has been called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by The Vienna Express. He toured the Soviet Union twice and concertizes every year in Europe, Israel, and the Far East. He has performed with major orchestras such as the Boston, Chicago, and National Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Rotterdam, Geneva, and Stockholm. He has appeared with distinguished conductors, including Stokowski, Boehm, Kempe, Leinsdorf, and Kubelik; and he has collaborated with artists such as Rudolf Serkin, Thomas Hampson, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, and Menahem Pressler. As first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet, he received five Grammy Award nominations and has gained a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ashkenasi gave his first public performance at the age of eight, and is winner of the Merriweather Post and Tchaikovsky competitions, and was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth competition. Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin

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 Maloney Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  Jennifer Frautschi, two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant winner, has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. As the Chicago Tribune noted, “violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities.” And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel observed that she brings with her “sterling technique and a pure, focused sound...playing with tremendous depth of expression.” Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg. She has also had the privilege of premiering several new works composed for her by prominent composers of today. She performs on the 1722 “ex-Cadiz” Stradivarius, on generous loan to her from a private American foundation. ~ www.jenniferfrautschi.com  Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Jennifer Frautschi, 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
  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
  Philippe Quint “looked like a modern day Paganini—and he played like one, too” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer. From the moment he takes the stage, Philippe captivates his audience with his charismatic presence and is often lauded for a “searingly poetic lyricism.” He plays a 1723 Stradivari “Ex-Keisewetter” violin on extended loan through the Stradivari Society in Chicago. His impressive discography includes the William Schuman Violin Concerto that was nominated for two Grammies and named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and Strad, and the complete works of Miklos Rosza for violin and piano with pianist William Wolfram. The press has described his playing as “flawless,” “dazzling,” “extraordinary,” “astonishing.” ~ www.philippequint.com Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco hilippe Quint, 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
  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

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
  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
  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

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
  Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of this generation’s quintessential artists. Balancing a solo career with performances as an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Paul at age 21 was the youngest principal string player in the New York Philharmonic's history. He is also the Orchestra and Chamber Music Director of the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Paul Neubauer, cello

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

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