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Guest Artists 2021-2022

  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  Photo by Duston Todd Stephen Beus, piano
  Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been described by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” As a soloist he has appeared with the Seattle, Albany, Maryland, New Haven, and Erie Symphony orchestras, among others. Since joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two in 2015, Michael continues as a CMS Artist on a U.S. tour, and plays recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis. As a composer, Michael is in residence with the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-2019 seasons. ~ www.michaelbrownmusic.com Photo by Jamie Beck Michael Brown, piano
  Pianist Janice Carissa is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, a prize at the 2014 piano competition at the Aspen Festival, Star Performance Award of the 2012 American Protégé Music Talent Competition in New York, a top prize at the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 Piano Competition (at age 8), and she is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s Music Foundation. 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 New York’s Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top. Recent highlights include her debut as soloist playing a Mozart Piano Concerto with Orpheus, collaborating with Berlin Philharmoniker’s Scharoun Ensemble, and a solo recital tour in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and New York. Upcoming engagements include a performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recitals with cellist Zlatomir Fung for YCA, Ravinia on Tour with Miriam Fried, and Caramoor Festival. She has also performed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation for the Paris Auditorium opening in 2016, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2015 at age 16, at the 2014 United Nations Day Concert in New York with Lang Lang, at Oxford University, Ravinia Festival, and the Jay Priztker Pavilion at Milennium Park. And she has appeared at Kimmel Center, Weill Hall; Chopin University’s Grand Concert Hall in Warsaw; Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland; and at Rimini, Casena, and Ragusa in Italy. In Indonesia, she performed for the President and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Indonesia, and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. Together with her brother Ryan Ferguson, she played a duo recital in the “Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos” at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. Janice is currently studying at Curtis with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. ~ janicecarissa.com Janice Carissa, piano
  Fei Fei, born in Shenzhen, China, is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn competitions. Praised by the Plain Dealer for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches,” she continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). As as concerto soloist, she has performed with many orchestras in the U.S., Hong Kong, China, and Germany. Her festival participations include Bravo, Lake George, and Music@Menlo; and as a recitalist, she has played on the Dame Myra Hess and Gilmore Rising Stars series, at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, and the Louvre. Fei-Fei was showcased in the documentary, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn competition, which aired on PBS in 2015, and is a member of the Aletheia Piano Trio. ~ feifeipiano.com Fei Fei, piano
  Avery Gagliano, winner of the First Prize and Best Concerto Prize at the 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition, is a young artist who captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression. At her recital debut on NPR’s From The Top, music producer Tom Vignieri described her as “a compelling presence at the piano. She immediately draws you in—not because of histrionics… She has the technique and the musicianship, which is the ultimate combination of a young artist.” Other winnings include the Audience Prize at the 2019 Cliburn Junior Piano Competition, and First Prize at both the Aspen Concerto and MostArts Piano competitions. She was also a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation. Her success has taken her to venues such as Verbier, Ravinia, Aspen, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park, WQXR Greene Space, and GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, she has collaborated with several orchestras in the U.S., and she is an avid chamber musician with appearances in noted festivals, including Verbier in 2019. Avery began playing the piano at age five and made her recital and orchestral debuts at age nine. Originally from Washington, D.C., Avery currently studies at Curtis with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. ~ www.averygagliano.com Avery Gagliano, piano
  David Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” by the New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe for his “grace and fire.” He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. Known for diverse and creative recital programs, he has appeared at Ravinia, Washington’s National Gallery, and Strathmore. His New Dances of the League of David, a mix of Schumann with 16 new works, was cited in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by the New York Times. Kaplan has collaborated with the Attacca, Ariel, Enzo, Hausman, and Tesla string quartets, and is a core member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at the Bard, Seattle, Mostly Mozart, and Chamber Music Northwest festivals, and is an alumnus of Tanglewood, Ravinia-Steans Institute, and Perlman Music Program. Kaplan has recorded for Naxos and Marquis Records, and with Timo Andres in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty, for Nonesuch. Passionate about teaching, Kaplan was appointed Assistant Professor at UCLA (his alma mater) in 2020. His mentors include Claude Frank, Walter Ponce, Miyoko Lotto, and Richard Goode. With a Fulbright Fellowship, he studied conducting at the University der Künste Berlin with Lutz Köhler and received his DMA from Yale in 2014. When at home in Los Angeles, he enjoys practicing on his childhood piano, a 1908 Hamburg Steinway model A. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. ~ www.davidkaplanpiano.com David Kaplan, piano
  Pianist Maxim Lando, age 17, has been described by the Berkshire Fine Arts as having an “ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels.” 2020 Gilmore Young Artist, winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists Auditions, Gold Medal at the 2017 Berliner International Competition, in 2015 he was the first American awarded the Gold Prize at the International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow. He is also winner of the 2014 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition. Maxim has been featured on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, CNC News, America’s Got Talent show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, as well as Bavarian Radio, Russian TV-Kultura, and television shows in Italy, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. Maxim is one of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s 5 Young Scholars, and has performed duets with Lang Lang on WQXR (broadcast live from Greene Space) and at the UN (sharing the stage with Sting). ~ maximlando.com Photo by Matt Dine Maxim Lando, piano
  Mackenzie Melemed, at age 24, is laureate of numerous prizes including the 2018 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize and the 2018 Paris Recital Prize from Poland’s Prix de Tarnów Competition. Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist,” he has performed as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, in China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. And he has been named to the 2020 roster of Young Artists at the Centre for Musical Excellence. Mackenzie was recently invited to record the Ryu Piano Concerto with Ralf Gothóni and Sinfonia Varsovia on the Warner Classics label for a CD that commemorates 30 years of diplomacy between Korea and Poland. He has also appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and performed at the White House Holiday Open House for five consecutive years. ~ www.mackenziemelemed.com  Photo by Jiyang Chen Mackenzie Melemed, piano
  Evren Ozel’s achievements include scholarships from the Chopin Foundation and YoungArts Foundation, the Ambassador Prize of Concert Artists Guild’s 2021 Victor Elmaleh Virtual Competition, first prize at the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, second prize at the 2016 Thomas and Evon Cooper Competition, second prize as well as the Mozart and Chopin special prizes at the 2018 Dublin Piano Competition, and second prize at the Chopin National Piano Competition. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Pops. He has also performed twice on NPR’s From the Top as a soloist and chamber musician, and has participated in festivals such as Marlboro and the Mendelssohn Akademie Leipzig. His music education began at age 3 at the MacPhail Center for Music in his hometown of Minneapolis. In 2014 he continued his studies at the Walnut Hill School, then at the New England Conservatory, where he currently studies piano with Wha Kyung Byun. ~ www.evrenozel.com Evren Ozel, piano
  Pianist Drew Petersen has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe since the age of five. He is a recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2017 American Pianists Awards, and 4th prize winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, 2010 Kosciuszko-Chopin, Hilton Head, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and Manhattan School of Music Concerto competitions. As soloist, Drew has performed with many orchestras; among them, the Hallé Orchestra, the Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Tucson, and Hilton Head Symphony orchestras, and the Westchester Philharmonic. Leading up to a performance of a Mozart concerto under the baton of Lukas Foss when he was 11 years of age, Drew 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, Verbier in Switzerland, Euro Arts in Leipzig, Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Tanglewood, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. In New York City, he has played at Symphony Space, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, and Tenri Cultural Institute. Drew’s performances have also been broadcast on many radio programs, such as France Musique, PBS’s “From The Top,” the McGraw-Hill Company’s Young Artist Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman and aired on WQXR, and various public radio stations in the U.S. A master’s graduate of Juilliard, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal on a Kovner Fellowship, Drew is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Robert McDonald, and is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He has participated in master classes with Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Arie Vardi, Hung Kuan Chen, Claude Frank, and Menahem Pressler, among others. Drew also holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Harvard University. ~ drewpetersenpiano.com 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
  Albert Cano Smit, age 22, won First Prize at the 2017 Naumburg Piano Competition and was a finalist and CMIM grant recipient of the 2017 Concours International Musical de Montréal. With performances across Europe and America, Le Devoir affirmed, “a superb musician has spoken.” This season’s highlights include recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Wissembourg, Rheingau, and Bravo! Vail festivals, a recital tour, collaborations with Will Hagen and Anthony Trionfo across Europe and the U.S., and concerto debuts with the San Diego, OBC, and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has appeared at the Bozar in Brussels and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, performing with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Manchester Camerata, amongst others. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Ebène, Casals, Gerhard, Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Andrej Bielow, Gary Hoffman, and Lev Sivkov. ~ www.albertcanosmit.com Albert Cano Smit, 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. Photo by Steve J Sherman

William Wolfram, piano
  Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits around the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances, his deep rich tone, and searing lyricism. The Scotsman praised him as “a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining” and the New York Times noted that his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast.” His numerous engagements include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Sydney Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, to name a few. In recital and chamber music, he plays regularly in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Louvre, Philharmonie in Berlin, and Concertgebouw. His festival participation includes Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Prague Dvorak, Music@Menlo, and Marlboro, among others. His many honors include a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and London Music Masters Award. Benjamin plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. ~ benjaminbeilman.com Benjamin Beilman, 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
  Joshua Brown has been praised for his unique musical voice and instincts. At his debut as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 15, ClevelandClassical reported that “Brown was spellbinding throughout his entire time on stage.” Since then he has performed with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, including the Munich Radio Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, in concert halls such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Severence Hall. He has made solo appearances on NPR’s “From the Top” and WFMT’s “Introductions;” and has been featured on WFMT and Fox5DC. He has also been featured in recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Series, Tchaikovsky Festival in Moscow, and Cincinnati’s Matinée Musicale. Joshua’s numerous winnings include the 10th Leopold Mozart Competition (at age 19); IX Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians; and the Grand Prize at the 2016 ENKOR Competition. As a member of the Kairos String Quartet, Joshua won First Prize at the Barnett and Rembrandt competitions, and Gold Medals at the 2018 Fischoff competition. Joshua currently studies violin with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory. He plays a 1679 Pietro Guarneri on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. ~ www.joshuabrownviolinist.com Joshua Brown, violin
  Stella Chen has been lauded by the Jerusalem Post for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance.” She is the recipient of a 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Grand Prize‑Queen Mathilde Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth competition. Other honors include the first Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize at the Tibor Varga competition, and she was the youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin competition. As soloist, Stella has appeared with numerous orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonia, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmónica de Medellín, and London Chamber Orchestra. She debuted at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the Ravinia and Kronberg Academy Festivals; and gave solo performances at the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the Dame Myra Hess Series, as well as in Bhutan, Jordan, Israel, Cuba, and Colombia. Her festival participation includes the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, and YellowBarn. And she is a member of the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. An honors graduate of Harvard with a BA in psychology in a dual degree program with the New England Conservatory, she also earned an MM from NEC and is currently a doctoral candidate at Juilliard. Stella plays the “Huggins” 1708 Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. ~ stellachen.com Stella Chen, violin
  Violinist Jennifer Frautschi, two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. Equally at home with classic and contemporary music, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg. She has also premiered several works composed for her by today’s prominent composers. Jennifer has performed as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, to name a few. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in Weill Hall; and as part of the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Stars series, debuted at ten of Europe’s most celebrated concert venues, including the Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, and Brussels’ Théȃtre Royal de la Monnaie. She has also appeared in recital and in chamber music at Ravinia, La Jolla, the Phillips Collection in D.C., Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beijing’s Imperial Garden, Monnaie Opera in Brussels, La Chaux des Fonds in Switzerland, and San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico. Her extensive discography includes several discs for Naxos, 3 widely-praised CDs for Artek, and 2 GRAMMY-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet. Born in Pasadena, she began playing the violin at age 3, and has studied at Colburn, Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and Juilliard. She now teaches in the graduate program at Stony Brook University. Jennifer performs on the 1722 “ex-Cadiz” Stradivarius on generous loan from a private American foundation with support from Rare Violins in Consortium. ~ www.jenniferfrautschi.com  Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Jennifer Frautschi, 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
  Violinist Stefan Jackiw is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed by the Boston Globe for his “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity,” Stefan has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. Recent highlights include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and Juraj Valcuha, with subsequent performances in Dallas, Detroit, and Luxembourg; performances of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev as part of a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra; as well as performances with the St. Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Netherlands Radio Symphony with Ludovic Morlot at the Concertgebouw. In Asia, Stefan has appeared with the Tokyo Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic; he also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. In Australia, he toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra play-directing Mendelssohn. Recital highlights include playing the complete Ives violin Sonatas with Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood and Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the performance of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, which he recorded for Sony. He also recently recorded the Beethoven Triple with Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Alan Gilbert and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Stefan has performed in numerous festivals and concert series such as Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Schleswig-Holstein, New York’s Mostly Mozart, Philharmonie de Paris, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the likes of Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham, and forms a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao. At the opening night of Zankel Hall, Stefan was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine. Born to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of 4. His teachers include Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a B.A. from Harvard and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Stefan plays a violin made in 1750 in Milan by G.B. Guadagnini, on generous loan from a private collection. He lives in New York City. ~ www.stefanjackiw.com Stefan Jackiw, 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-Stumpf 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 ~ www.markkaplanviolin.com Mark Kaplan, violin
  Hungarian-American violinist Abigel Kralik is quickly gaining attention as “a shooting star in the truest sense of the word” (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Kultur) and was named Emerging Artist of the Wilmington Music Festival for the 2019‑20 season. She has also won top prizes at the New York International Artists Association, Vienna International Music Competition, Rising Stars (Berlin) Grand Prix, Talents for Europe International Competition in Slovakia, and Koncz Janos competition. As soloist, Abigel has appeared with the Savaria and MAV Symphony Orchestras as well as the Szentendre and Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestras. She is a passionate chamber musician and frequently performs with Jupiter. She also has appeared as a featured artist at the Verbier, Clasclas, Budapest, Krzyzowa, and Moritzburg festivals, as well as the Perlman Music Program and Festival Mozaic; and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Guy Braunstein, Vilde Frang, Viviane Hagner, Hsin-Yun Huang, Maxim Rysanov, Jan Vogler, and Gary Hoffman. Abigel began violin lessons at the age of 4 in Philadelphia, studied with Kristóf Baráti in Budapest, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. She is now pursuing her master’s degree with Perlman and Laurie Smukler on the Kovner Fellowship. ~ www.abigelkralik.com Abigel Kralik, violin
  Lun Li, born in Shanghai, has been described as having an “admirable command of all the possibilities of the bow, and uses it with delightful musical sense” by a Ludwig van Montréal critic. He is a First Prize winner in the 2021 Young Concert Artists Auditions, as well as the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, and was named the John French Violin Chair at YCA. He is also the joint First Prize winner at the recent Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition. Traveling between Shanghai and Philadelphia has brought him experience and honor. In 2012, as a result of winning second place at the 2nd Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, his quartet was invited to perform at the Helsinki Music Centre Festival. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, and Verbier. Lun recently graduated from Curtis with a bachelor’s degree under Ida Kavafian, on a Jean Sterne fellowship; he is now pursuing a master’s degree at Juilliard, studying with Catherine Cho and Joseph Lin. ~ www.lunliviolin.com Photo by Tam Photography Lun Li, violin
  Asi Matathias, a protégé of Pinchas Zukerman, is already recognized as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. He made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years. This success was immediately followed by an invitation from Mehta to play with him the following season. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. Asi is also a recitalist and has appeared extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., Asia, and Israel. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has participated in festivals such as the Jerusalem, Con Anima (Austria), Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, Israel, and Prussia Cove in England. Asi began playing the violin in Israel when he was 6. His teachers include Aaron Rosand and David Nadien, and he currently continues his studies with Zukerman. ~ asimatathias.com Asi Matathias, 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.stefanmilenkovich.com

Stefan Milenkovich, violin
  Oliver Neubauer currently studies at Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. He had previously been at the Perlman Music Program and PMP Suncoast as a student of Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Sean Lee. A recipient of the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition, he is also winner of the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a soloist, Oliver has appeared with the National Repertory Orchestra, Sound Symphony, and Symphony of Westchester. He has also performed at the Neue Galerie, American Museum of Natural History, Great Performers Series in Palm Beach, Weill Hall, and the Asian Cultural Center. His festival participation includes Mostly Music, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain, Chamber Music Northwest, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Angel Fire, and Art in Avila in Curaçao. In 2013, Oliver made his debuts with the New York Philharmonic as the narrator for Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Ensembles Concert. Outside of music, Oliver has competed in dozens of national chess tournaments. ~ www.oliverneubauer.com Photo by Jiyang Chen Oliver Neubauer, violin
  Julian Rhee is fast gaining recognition as an outstanding musician and performer in the U.S. Already a seasoned soloist, he made his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony at the age of 8, and has since performed with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Avanti Symphony, among others. In June 2017, he toured across Argentina and Uruguay performing the Brahms Concerto. Venues where he has played include the Kennedy Center, Teatro El Círculo in Argentina, the Musikverein in Vienna, and Bartok Hall in Hungary. Julian has also appeared on NPR’s From The Top and WFMT’s Introductions. A laureate as well, he won First Prize at the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, First Prize at the 2018 Johansen Competition; 2018 Aspen Violin Concerto Competition; 2nd Prize at the Irving Klein competition; and a 2018 Presidential Scholars in the Arts medal (received at the White House). An avid chamber musician, Julian’s performances on violin and viola earned him and his String Quartet First Prize at the 2018 Barnett and 2018 Rembrandt chamber music competitions, and Gold Medals at the Fischoff and M-Prize competitions. He is currently studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. ~ www.julianrhee.com Julian Rhee, 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
  Danbi Um, a native of Seoul, Korea, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound, and interpretive sensitivity. She has been described as “utterly dazzling” by The Strad, and the New York Classical Review has noted her “superb technique” and “mesmerizing grace.” A Menuhin competition Silver Medalist, winner of the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, a top prizewinner of the 2018 Naumburg, and a winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions, she showcases her artistry in concertos, recitals, and in collaboration with distinguished chamber musicians. As soloist, she has appeared with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Vermont and Dartmouth Symphonies, among others. And she has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Harris Theater in Chicago, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. An avid chamber musician, Danbi is an artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and violinist with the Escher String Quartet. She has also participated at such festivals as Moritzburg in Dresden, Marlboro, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of Curtis and Indiana University, Danbi started playing the violin at age 3, then moved to the U.S. in 2000 to continue her studies. She plays on a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati on loan from a private collection. ~ www.danbium.com Photo by Marco Borggreve 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
  Hao Zhou from Southern California has been captivating audiences worldwide with his unique exuberance and unbridled enthusiasm. Described as “dynamic” and “striking” by the Los Angeles Times, he was the Grand Laureate of the 2019 Montreal competition. As a member of the Viano String Quartet, which he cofounded, he has also won First Prize at the 2019 Banff, Grand Prize at the ENKOR, and Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall competitions. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Hao made his debut with the Four Seasons Symphony performing Vivaldi’s Double Concerto at age 9. More recently, he has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Colburn Orchestra, and Downey Symphony. Future engagements will feature a debut in Florence, Italy with the New Generations Festival, a recital debut in Switzerland, and an artist residency at Banff. During the pandemic, Hao was active with Viano (Ensemble-in-Residence at Colburn in 2019-2021), presenting numerous virtual concerts with various organizations. Dedicated to drawing audiences from outside of classical music, Viano has collaborated with actors and scriptwriters in a comedy theater show called “Over The Top,” and performed for thousands of elementary school children. Hao’s festival participation includes Kronberg, Ravinia, Norfolk, and Kneisel Hall, among others. A graduate of Colburn, he studied with Martin Beaver. Hao plays on a violin made in 1783 by Giuseppe and Antonio Gagliano, on generous loan from the Aftergood Family. ~ www.haozhouviolin.com Hao Zhou, violin
  Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” He recently made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with conductor Valery Gergiev. He also gave the U.S. Premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released on Signum Records, and his recording of the complete viola and piano music by Ernest Bloch with pianist Margo Garrett was released on Delos. 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 orchestras; 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 labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. Mr. Neubauer performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. ~ www.paulneubauer.com Photo by Rosalie O՚Connor 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. Photo by Richard Bowditch Cynthia Phelps, viola
  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
  Bridget Kibbey’s playing has been described by the Washington Post as going “from beauty to rarefied beauty…thanks…to [her] formidable technique.” She won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France; and made her NPR Tiny Desk debut last season. She is also an artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is noted for her diverse, energetic programming that spans the baroque, French masterworks, and South America music. Upcoming highlights include tours of her own adaptations of Bach’s keyboard concerti with the Dover Quartet in the U.S. and Canada; solo recitals in the U.S.; and the premiere of a new harp concerto with 4 American orchestras—composed by João Luiz Rezende, it explores the evolution of popular Brazilian dance forms. In past seasons, she has toured and recorded with Placido Domingo, Dawn Upshaw, and Gustavo Santaollalo for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon. Her debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. She has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR, WNYC, WETA, and on television in A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. She was also named “Best in Studio 2018” by WQXR. Her festival participation includes Schloss Elmau, Pelotas, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, and Music@Menlo. ~ www.bridgetkibbey.com Bridget Kibbey, harp

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