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Guest Artists 2013-2014

PIANO
 

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
  Maxim Lando made his Jupiter debut at age 6. He has already been featured twice as a pianist on Cablevision’s “Spotlight On Long Island.” Maxim played his first solo recital at the age of 5 at a nursing home in Massachusetts in honor of his great-grandmother Mae Borisy. In addition to music, he loves reading, biking and video games. ~ 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 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
 

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, 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

Roman Rabinovich, 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
VIOLIN
  Maria Bachmann combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence. The New York Times has described her as “a violinist of soul and patrician refinement” and she has been profiled by Time magazine, Mirabella, and CD Review. Highlights of her 2012-13 season include performances and the recording of Paul Moravec’s Violin Concerto with Symphony in C, and the release of her new CD of French sonatas on Bridge Records. Maria is the founding violinist of Trio Solisti and artistic director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado. Among her competition victories are first prizes at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, Concert Artists Guild Competition and Pro Musicis Award. She performs on a 1782 violin by Niccolo Gagliano. ~ www.mariabachmann.com  Photo copyright Robin Holland Maria Bachmann, violin
  Anton Barakhovsky is a laureate of numerous competitions, most notably the Tchaikovsky, Hannover, and Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. He is currently First Concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and performs as soloist with such conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch. Highlights of his career include performances of the complete Piano Quartets of Brahms with Leon Fleischer in Paris, a recital at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome for Pope John Paul II, and his collaboration with violinist Vadim Repin in 1999 for a CD, recorded live at the Louvre and released by Erato to critical acclaim. Anton was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. Anton Barakhovsky, 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
  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 Jennifer Frautschi, 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
  Augustin Hadelich, born in Italy of German parents, ranks in the top echelon of young violinists, with consistent praise from the press for his “gorgeous tone,” “poetic communication” and “fast-fingered brilliance.” The 2006 Gold medalist of the Indianapolis violin competition, Augustin is also recipient of Lincoln Center’s 2012 Segal Award, 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK. After a stellar concerto debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, he played an equally impressive debut with the New York Philharmonic. His busy schedule currently includes performances worldwide as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Augustin plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari, on generous loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society. ~ www.augustinhadelich.com Augustin Hadelich, 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
 

Misha Keylin, winner of the Hannover, Paganini, Sarasate, and Vina del Mar competitions, comes from St. Petersburg, Russia. “His playing was consistently vital, his dynamics well articulated and his penchant for lyricism definitive” Strad. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times adds, “Keylin displays a gorgeous, rounded tone and a distinctively Russian phrasing style…. His nuanced readings fully convey the operatic impulse that drives the violin writing, and he has the technique to sail easily through the virtuosic flourishes.” ~ www.keylin.com

Misha Keylin, 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
  Robin Scott enjoys a burgeoning career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. Winner of the California Young Artists, WAMSO, Yehudi Menuhin, Irving Klein, and Stulberg competitions, he has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, among others. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Jordan Hall in Boston, and has participated at Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and Kneisel Hall. Robin plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival. Robin Scott, 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
  Misha Vitenson, a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is a top prize winner of several competitions, including the Paganini, Sarasate, and Citta d’Andria violin competitions. Misha is currently First Violin of the Amernet String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University. Misha Vitenson, 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
VIOLA
 

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
CELLO
 

Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at age 12 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and has since been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. “It is easy to hear what the fuss is about, he plays like a God” (New York Stereo Review) and “can hold an audience in the palm of his hand (The Guardian). During his distinguished 40-year career, he has performed concertos with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, and Sir Simon Rattle, and has collaborated in chamber music with soloists and ensembles such as Yehudi Menuhin and the Amadeus String Quartet. He is currently cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet. Cohen studied with the legendary William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré and Mistislav Rostropovich, and has himself become an inspirational teacher. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. ~ www.robertcohen.info

Robert Cohen, cello
  Suren Bagratuni, Silver Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky competition and First Prize winner of Italy’s Vittorio Gui competition, has been described as “A cellist of uncommon attainments” by the Boston Globe and “phenominally gifted” by Strings magazine. He has since earned praise for his performances worldwide, playing with such orchestras as the Moscow Philharmonic under the baton of Gergiev, Boston Pops, and Weimar Staatskapelle, to name a few. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Suren began his music studies at age seven, and by age 14 played the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Armenian State Radio Orchestra. He currently teaches at Michigan State University. ~ www.surenbagratuni.com Suren Bagratuni, cello
BASSOON
 

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
SOPRANO
  British-Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead has been called by Opera Canada “…one of the most promising lyric sopranos. Her lovely voice, with a crystal clear, shimmering timbre, is smooth and even throughout its range and backed by a solid technique and that intangible quality we call musicality.” She is a recipient of the George London Award and has won Grand Prizes of the Concours de Chant in Toulouse, the Elora Festival, Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs, and National Music Festival competitions in Canada, and 2nd Prize in the Francesco Viñas Competition in Barcelona. A Master’s graduate of McGill in 2005, Jessica has since performed in major roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Volksoper in Vienna, at the Semperoper Dresden, with Glyndebourne on Tour in England, at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlo in Lisbon, and at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, mong others. She is also active as a concert soloist. ~ www.jessicamuirhead.com Jessica Muirhead, soprano


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