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Jupiter Players 2020-2021

  Claire Bourg, a laureate of many competitions, has been a featured soloist with several orchestras performing in such venues as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, as well as recently making her solo debut in Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and Chicago’s WFMT Introductions radio programs. An avid chamber musician, she has participated at Ravinia, where she collaborated with Kim Kashkashian and Frans Helmerson. Claire began her violin studies at age 5 in the Chicago area. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried, she is currently at Curtis under the tutelage of Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt. Claire Bourg, violin
  Njioma Grevious, described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a “thoroughly confident and mature violinist,” recently won a Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in April 2020, a Silver Medal with the Abeo Quartet at the 2019 Fischoff competition, and First Prizes for Performance and Interpretation at the 2018 Prix Ravel chamber music competition in France. With the Abeo Quartet, she appeared on WQXR Midday Masterpieces and WETA Classical Radio as well as in performances at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Montreal and Oslo, Norway. Her festival participation includes the Montreal String Quartet Academy, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount, Fontainebleau, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Born in Newton, MA, Njioma currently studies with Ronald Copes at Juilliard. Njioma Grevious, violin
  Ariel Horowitz, hailed by the Washington Post as “Sweetly Lyrical,” has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Kammerphilharmonie Hamburg, and Santa Fe ProMusica; and in recitals across the U.S., Europe, Israel, and South America. She has also premiered her original pieces for violin and voice at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. An avid teacher, she serves on the faculty of Mount Holyoke College and is the founder and director of Heartbeat Music Project, a tuition-free program that provides instruments, music, and Navajo (Diné) cultural knowledge for K–12 in the Navajo Nation. At home in a variety of musical genres and disciplines including improvisation, Ariel has performed a work for violin, bass, and spoken word in Auschwitz for Holocaust survivor Eva Kor; with artist-activists such Pete Seeger, and with the band Empire Wild in the song “Winter Wonderland.” Ariel’s numerous prizes include the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize, and winnings at the Grumiaux, Stulberg, and Klein competitions, and the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant. She is a recent graduate of Yale under Ani Kavafian. Ariel Horowitz, violin
  Dechopol Kowintaweewat’s playing has been called “deeply lyrical” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and New York’s Oberon’s Grove wrote that his “singing, satiny tone constantly reached the heart.” As a winner of Young Concert Artists Auditions (as a member of the Zorá String Quartet), he gave critically-acclaimed debut concerts in New York, Washington, DC, and Boston. The Quartet also won Grand Prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Germany’s Encore competitions. Dechopol has served as a concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony, as well as the Oberlin and Indiana University Chamber Orchestras. His festival participation includes Aspen and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Dedicated to sharing music with the young, he has played outreach concerts in schools in Thailand, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Dechopol began violin studies at the age of 8 and has degrees from Oberlin, Indiana University, and Curtis. Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
  Geneva Lewis’s many awards include the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, first prizes at the YoungArts, ENKOR, and 2019 NEC Concerto Competitions; and as a member of the Callisto Trio, she won the Bronze Medal at the Fischoff competition. The New Zealander from Auckland has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe—as a soloist with many orchestras, such as Orpheus, the Pasadena Symphony and Diablo Symphony; and with the Callisto Trio, she played in the Masters on Tour series at such venues as the Philharmonic Bratislava and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She was also a member of the Chimera, Incendium, and Ravos Quartets. Her summer festival participation includes Ravinia, the Perlman Music Program, Holland Music Sessions, Taos, Heifetz Institute, and Marlboro. Geneva is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree under Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. She plays on a 1731 Carlo Antonio Testore violin, generously on loan from the Ravinia Steans Institute.  Photo by Donald van Hasselt Geneva Lewis, violin
  Maurycy Banaszek, from Warsaw, Poland, joined the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in 2011. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Kronberg, Seattle, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, and Moritzburg, among others. Founding member of the conductorless chamber orchestra, ECCO, he has also toured with the Musicians from Marlboro, performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, and frequently appeared at Bargemusic in New York. He was recently featured as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. As violist of the Elsner String Quartet he was invited by members of the Amadeus String Quartet to perform at their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in London’s Wigmore Hall. Maurycy is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree.  Photo by Christian Steiner Maurycy Banaszek, viola
  Ayane Kozasa is winner of the 2011 Primrose, 2012 Astral, and Irving Klein competitions. An avid chamber musician, she has participated in several festivals including Marlboro, Angel Fire, Ravinia, Aspen, Mimir, Norfolk, and West Cork in Ireland. Ayana has also toured in the U.S. with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn as part of “Curtis on Tour” and is a member of “Steans on Tour” as well. She has been featured in The Strad and Strings, and her performances have been broadcast on “Live from the Mayne Stage” for WFMT in Chicago, and on Philadelphia’s WHYY. ~ www.ayanekozasa.com  Photo by Suzuran Photography and Claire McAdams Photography Ayane Kozasa, viola
  Paul Laraia, 1st Prize winner of the 13th Lionel Tertis and 14th Sphinx competitions, is enjoying an international career as soloist and chamber musician. Acclaimed by the Strad for his “eloquent” and “vibrant” playing, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Bogotá, among others. As a principal member of Sejong Soloists and violist of the Grammy Award winning Catalyst Quartet, Paul has given hundreds of performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also been an invited artist at festivals such as Yellow Barn, Vail International Dance, Festival Del Sole, Incheon Music Hic et Nunc, Hong Kong Generation Next Arts, and Banff, collaborating with Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Jorg Widmann, and Vadim Repin, to name a few. He studied with noted violists during his formative years in high school, then continued his studies under Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory. Paul performs on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola in the “viola d’amore” style and a Belgian bow by Pierre Guillaume awarded by the Bishops Strings Shop in London. Paul Laraia, viola
  Natalie Loughran is a member of the Kila Quartet—a part of the Honors Program at Juilliard—and has performed extensively with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland under the direction of Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. She also holds an apprenticeship position with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which tours internationally under the baton of Ivan Fischer; and has participated in Benefit Concerts for UNICEF Belgium and Argentina. Natalie is currently at Juilliard on a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, under the tutelage of Roger Tapping. Natalie Loughran, viola
  Zoë Martin-Doike, a versatile artist, is a top prizewinner at the Primrose and Lennox competitions on viola and violin, respectively. She has appeared as a soloist with the Honolulu and Indianapolis Symphonies, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and World Youth Orchestra in Rome, Italy. And she has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” and performed for his holiness, the Dalai Lama. A passionate chamber musician, Zoë was a founding violinist of the Aizuri Quartet—a top prizewinner at the Wigmore Hall competition and resident quartet at Curtis and the Barnes Foundation. In 2019 she joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra., following a principal second violin chair at Symphony in C and a frequent substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars, Ravinia, Norfolk, and Taos; and artist collaborations with Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, and Roberto Diaz, among others. Photo by Grittani Creative Zoe Martin-Doike, viola
  Devin Moore, a native of Pittsburgh, is twice winner of the Manhattan School of Music’s Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and 2018 “Harold in Italy” Viola Competition. This fall, he will be competing as a finalist in the 2020 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition in Birmingham, England. In 2020, Devin was the soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the Juilliard Orchestra. Other festivals he attended include Aspen, Sarasota, the Perlman Music Program, and Kneisel Hall, performing with Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, and the Pacifica String Quartet. Devin is also Cofounder and Director of Development for Opus Illuminate, an online concert series dedicated to performing and raising awareness for works by composers of underrepresented communities in order to expand the horizons of conventional programming. As an orchestral musician, Devin was Principal Violist of Juilliard’s various orchestras. A graduate Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship, he will pursue a master’s degree under Misha Amory and Samuel Rhodes. Devin Moore, viola
  Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has been praised by Strad Magazine as having “lyricism that stood out...a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines.” Among her winnings are First Prize and every special award at the 2013 Banff String Quartet Competition, the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Competition, First Prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo and Sphinx competitions. She has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Bowdoin, Bravo and Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. Milena is also the founding violist of the Dover String Quartet, the resident quartet at Northwestern University. Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
  Australian-Korean violist Lisa Sung was hailed by the Australian Daily Telegraph as a “viola prodigy.” She is a special prizewinner of the 2016 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, a top prizewinner of the 2019 Vienna and 2017 Manhattan competitions, and twice winner of the Australian States Concerto Competition. As a soloist, Lisa has performed the Bartok Viola Concerto at the Sydney Opera House, and she has played in chamber music recitals at Alice Tully Hall as part of Juilliard’s ChamberFest and Honors Chamber Music program. She has also performed for Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard, and has been heard live on Sydney radio broadcasts. Lisa is currently Associate Principal Violist of Symphony in C and is a guest violist with the New York Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her festival appearances includes Verbier, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, Taos, and Norfolk. A native of Sydney, Lisa is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship, studying with Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps, and serving as principal violist of the orchestra. Lisa Sung, viola
  Cong Wu has been appointed Assistant Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic as of 2018. He won Third Prize in the 14th Primrose Viola Competition and a Special Prize in the 12th Tertis Competition. He performs in North America and Europe, and has collaborated with musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Paul Neubauer, Itzhak Perlman, and Cynthia Phelps. He was Principal Violist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, and James Levine. His festival participation includes Marlboro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Encounters, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, and Schleswig-Holstein. Born in Jinan, China, Cong had his first violin lesson at the age of four and began his viola studies in 2004. Cong Wu, viola
  Ani Aznavoorian is one of the premier cellists of her generation. Among her winnings are prizes from the Julius Stulberg, Paolo (Finland) and Bunkamura competitions, and she was also named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. In 2001 she substituted (to critical acclaim) for Natalia Gutman on 12 hours notice in 3 performances of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto. Her playing is indeed “breathtakingly lovely” Naples Daily News. Ani is a member of the Corinthian Trio, and she plays a cello made by her father Peter Aznavoorian. Chicago is her hometown. ~ www.aniaznavoorian.com Ani Aznavoorian, cello
  Zlatomir Fung, of Bulgarian and Chinese parentage, is the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division. He is also winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2017 Astral National Auditions, winner of first prizes at the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein Competitions, as well as a silver medal in the cello division of the 2012 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland, among others. He has soloed with Symphony Pro Musica, the New England Philharmonic, Cambridge Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony and Lausanne Sinfonietta, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top in 2013. Now 19 years of age, Zlatomir plays chess competitively, composes, and reads philosophy and literature in his spare time. ~ www.zlatomirfungcello.com Photo Matt Dine Zlatomir Fung, cello
  Connor Kim’s many awards include prizes won at the Menuhin-Dowling and American Fine Arts Festival competitions. In addition, his concerto competition wins led to solo debuts with the El Camino Youth Symphony, California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Fremont Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, Connor is a founding member of the Kila Quartet (formerly Lauder); and he has also participated at Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, and Music@Menlo, playing with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Timothy Eddy. He also collaborated in “D-Man in the Waters” choreographed by Bill T. Jones at Juilliard’s Spring Dance Repertory. A native of Los Gatos, California, Connor began music lessons at age 5; he is currently in Juilliard’s master’s program. Connor Kim, cello
  Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea is a dynamic artist—a firebrand with a “commitment to the highest standards” (Palm Beach Daily News); the Boston Musical Intelligencer also noted her “supreme panache.” She won the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions, First Prize at the 2013 Sphinx and Schadt competitions, [and is a recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts]. As soloist, she has appeared with the Detroit, Houston, and San Antonio Symphonies, among others. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Tully Hall, Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center, and Metropolitan Museum; and has participated at the Kneisel Hall, Banff Centre, and Yellow Barn festivals, performing with such artists as Itzhak Perlman and Carol Wincenc. Recent highlights include a recital (and premiere) of her own arrangements of Colombian music for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Colombian Ambassador to the U.S; a performance of the Schumann concerto at Carnegie Hall; and replacing Lynn Harrell at the last minute for a performance with Symphony Silicon Valley. Christine also strives to expand her musical boundaries: she has played with members of the Baroque group Les Arts Florissants, studied sonatas on fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, premiered several new pieces, and worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on John Zorn’s game piece Cobra for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, she has worked with Ecuadorian youth in Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a program between Juilliard and “Sinfonia Por La Vida.” Christine studied with Bonnie Hampton at Juilliard and holds an M.A. from the New England Conservatory, under Natasha Brofsky. ~ www.christinelamprea.com Photo by Kate L Photography Christine Lamprea, cello
  Cellist Christine Lee, born in South Korea, is winner of the Isang Yun competition as well as a laureate of the Queen Elizabeth first cello competition in 2017. She aims to cross cultural boundaries and connect people around the world through music as a soloist and chamber musician. Her appearances include playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, and Berlin Philharmonie lunch series in venues such as Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musée du Louvre, and Victoria Hall. Her festival participation includes La Musica, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Caramoor, Angelfire, and Marlboro. She has also worked with contemporary ensembles like eighth blackbird and Juilliard AXIOM. And she enjoys playing Baroque music, especially the Bach Cantatas. In addition, she is an original member of “CelloPointe,” a group that combines ballet and music in intimate settings, from the Baroque to the contemporary. Christine began playing the cello at age 7, making her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic 2 years later. At age 10, she continued her studies at Curtis under the tutelage of Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley, and Carter Brey; then at Juilliard where she earned her M.A. under Joel Krosnick. She is an artist-in-residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, working with Gary Hoffman and Jeroen Reuling, and she is also pursuing an Advanced Performance Diploma with Christoph Richter at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Charitable and philanthropic causes are also in her realm of work—for refugee children and the homeless in Brussels. Christine plays on a Francesco Stradivarius on generous loan from an anonymous sponsor. ~ www.christine-j-lee.com Christine Lee, cello
  Mihai Marica, winner of the Irving Klein, Vina del Mar, and Salon de Virtuosi competitions, made his debut recitals at Weill and Zankel Halls with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He has performed as soloist with orchestras, in recitals, and at festivals; and is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. He began his cello studies at the age of seven at the Music High School in Cluj, Romania. Upon winning the Klein competition, its director Mitchell Sardou Klein exclaimed, “We just witnessed a future superstar. Mihai is a brilliant cellist and interpreter of music. His playing is spellbinding.” ~ www.mihaimarica.com Mihai Marica, cello
  Thomas Mesa is one of the most charismatic and versatile performers of his generation. The Cuban-American is a winner of the 2017 Astral Artists Auditions, the 2016 Sphinx Competition, 2013 Thaviu Competition, and the 2006 Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a soloist he has performed with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. As a recitalist he has appeared at Mainly Mozart, Bargemusic, the Dame Myra Hess series, and Nantucket Musical Arts Society, among others. An enthusiastic interpreter of music for choir and cello, Thomas was a featured instrumentalist with the Crossing Choir’s American premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis and its 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Bonhoeffer. He has also appeared with them at the Metropolitan Museum, Longwood Gardens, and the Winter Garden (broadcast on WNYC). As a chamber musician, he has toured with Itzhak Perlman, both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet. Thomas plays on a Richard Tobin cello made in 1820. ~ www.thomasmesacello.com Thomas Mesa, cello
  Karen Ouzounian, whose playing has been described as “radiant” and “expressive” by the New York Times and “nothing less than gorgeous” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, approaches music making with a deeply communicative and passionate spirit. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, currently the resident quartet at Curtis, Caramoor, and the Barnes Foundation. Her commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has led to her membership in A Far Cry and the new music collective, counter)induction. She has also played with such groups as the Knights and Trio Cavatina, and performed as guest principal of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Highlights of Karen’s recent seasons include performances of the Elgar Concerto in Chile with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, a tour in Japan with Orpheus, and a performance with the Silk Road Ensemble at the TED Conference in Vancouver. Born to Armenian parents in Toronto, Karen was a prizewinner at the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts competition. ~ www.karenouzounian.com Karen Ouzounian, cello
  Timotheos Petrin, a Russian-Greek native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions and a top prize winner at the Paulo competition in Finland, where he was praised for “a great and passionate soloist style: expressive, vibrant singing lines, sparkling rhythm...an interesting, original personality” Helsingin Sanomat. He has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In 2016 he made his debut performance with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting. He has also performed with the Athens and Thessaloniki state orchestras, among others. In 2014 he appeared in Asia and Europe with Curtis on Tour; and has been heard regularly on WHYY and ERT TV. A graduate of Curtis, Timotheos is currently studying at the New England Conservatory. Timotheos Petrin, cello
  Anne Richardson, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, won first prize in both the Juilliard and Pre-College Concerto competitions, the Strings Music Festival, Louisville Orchestra, and BAMSO competitions, among others. She made her solo debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra, later making five additional appearances. Other solo performances with orchestras include the Juilliard Orchestra at Geffen Hall and Massapequa Philharmonic. Anne has been featured twice on NPR’s From the Top and was presented in recital on the Moorings Park and the Trinity-by-the-Cove series in Naples, Florida. As a soloist, she has performed at the UN Chamber Music Society, Vail Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Great Performance Circle. Her participation in summer programs includes the Innsbrook Institute, Aspen, and Kneisel Hall; and she was named Kentucky Center’s “Gheens Artist in Residency” in 2019. Anne began cello studies at age six, and is now at Juilliard studying with Richard Aaron. Anne Richardson, cello
  Brook Speltz, first prize winner of the Ima Hogg Competition and cellist of the Escher String Quartet, has been praised for his “fluid virtuosity” and “soulful melodies.” A versatile musician, he has performed as soloist with orchestras and premiered Chris Rogerson’s Cello Concerto. As chamber musician he has played with Prussia Cove and Marlboro on tour; collaborates with musicians such as Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode; performs with various groups, including Shuffle and ECCO; and toured extensively with the cello rock band Break of Reality, whose online video of the Game of Thrones cover went viral and received over 4.5 million views and counting. He plays a 1756 JC Gigli on loan from his father, a cellist and his first inspiration in a family of musicians. Brook Speltz, cello
  Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator. His winnings at several competitions have led, most notably, to solo performances with the Polish Radio Symphony and the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional in Brazil. He has also arranged and recorded strings for local underground punk bands, eventually collaborating with groups like Pennywise, Veruca Salt, and Yellowcard. His productions, ranging from experimental orchestral works to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums and film scores. And he has toured and performed extensively with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Chick Corea, and others, while working closely with them on arrangements. He appears on two of Corea’s albums, including Hot House, which won a Grammy in 2013; and has performed with the late Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl, and with Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival. As a chamber musician, Paul has participated at festivals such as Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley, and Richard Goode, among others. He currently writes and performs for the viola/cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-inspired Bird’s Eye Trio, and tours regularly with ECCO and ACME. Winner of the 2018 S&R Foundation Washington Award for Composition, Paul’s many compositions range from works for solo instruments to the large scale. Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles cello. Paul Wiancko, double bass
  Yi Qun Xu, a native of China, has been praised by The Day for her “great poise and masterful technique” and her “amazing rich tone.” Passionate about chamber music, Yi Qun is the Artistic Director of Noree Chamber Soloists; and has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Carter Brey, Timothy Eddy, David Finckel, and Hsin-Yun Huang. Among her honors are first prizes at the 2017 Eastern Connecticut and 7th Antonio Janigro Cello Competitions; she was also the Prima Finalist of the 2019 Benedetto Mazzacurati Cello Competition. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Perlman Music Program, and Music@Menlo. She recently appeared in composer Lingbo Ma’s film, What’s Next. Yi Qun studied the piano and violin before switching to the cello after her 8th birthday. She currently studies with Joel Krosnick as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard, where she also received a Kovner Fellowship. Yi Qun Xu, cello
  Xavier Foley, from Marietta, Georgia, is a recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and First Prize winner at the 2014 Sphinx Competition, which led to performances as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Brevard Concert Orchestra; his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi; and a tour with the group as a featured soloist in cities on the East and West coasts. Xavier was also the First Prize winner of the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) Bassists Society competition and Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as principal bassist of the New York String Seminar Orchestra, and appeared on NPR’s “From the Top.” Xavier is a composer as well, and was recently commissioned by Astral Artists to write a string trio, which received a stellar review from the Philadelphia Inquirer. His is currently writing a concerto for double bass and orchestra. Xavier’s bass was made by Rumano Solano. ~ www.xavierfoley.com Xavier Foley, double bass
  Ha Young Jung is captivating audiences and critics alike with dynamic and engaging performances. The Daily Telegraph of London called her a “Disarming prodigy who achieved the rare distinction of making her instrument seem worthy of solo status.” Her numerous wins include First Prizes at the 2013 Koussevitzky and 2007 International Double Bass competitions, the Silver Medal in the 2007 Koussevitzky, and Grand-Prix in the 2006 International String Competition in Moscow. As a soloist Ha Young has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Southbank Sinfonia, and Novosibirsk Symphony, among others. Her festival participation includes Bergen, Eilat in Israel, Hardanger in Norway, and Wimbledon. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR, BBC Radio 3, “Kol Hamusica” in Israel, and Kultura Channel in Russia. ~ www.hayoungjung.com Ha Young Jung, double bass
  Gabriel Polinsky, age 21, won the 2019 Philadelphia Orchestra Allen Greenfield Competition, and took fourth prize at the Irving Klein Competition. He recently made his New York debut for the Soloists of New England showcase at Carnegie’s Weill Hall; spent two defining years at the Tanglewood Music Center and New York String Orchestra Seminar; and has participated in the Pacific and Aspen Festivals. In addition to the double bass and classical music, Gabe plays the piano and delves into different genres. From Lynbrook, New York, Gabe got his start on the bass at age 8, and is currently at Curtis, working with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson; he previously studied at Juilliard under Tim Cobb. Gabriel Polinsky, double bass
  Barry Crawford was principal flute of the Jupiter Symphony. The Southampton Press has called his playing “superb,” admiring “his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.” He has performed in Spoleto and with Mostly Mozart, in Tunisia and Poland, and with pianist Peter Serkin on U.S. tours. Barry Crawford, flute
  Sooyun Kim, winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant and a top prize at the ARD flute competition, has been praised for her “vivid tone colors” by the Oregonian and as a “rare virtuoso of the flute” by Libération. Since her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age ten, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio, Munich Philharmonic, and Boston Pops, among other orchestras. As a recitalist she has played at Kennedy Center, Budapest’s Liszt Hall, Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Kobe’s Bunka Hall, with Sejong in Seoul, and at the Louvre (streamed live on medici.tv). An avid chamber musician, she is an Artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a member of Third Sound. Her festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Yellow Barn, Newport, Chamber Music Northwest, and Havana (Cuba). ~ www.sooyunkim.com Sooyun Kim, flute
  Israeli oboist Roni Gal-Ed has been described as an “Expressive, wonderful player” by the German SZ Magazine and “Outstanding” by the New York Times. She won first prize at the Lauschmann Oboe Competition in Mannheim, and is a recipient of grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Roni has worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, and Christian Thielemann, and as a chamber musician she has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim and the Jerusalem String Quartet, among others. She has also recorded premieres of new works as well as the Hindemith Oboe Sonata and Serenade for Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, celebrating the composer’s 100th birthday. Her festival participation includes the Jerusalem, PRO Festival Rolandseck in Germany, Verbier, Edinburgh, and Crested Butte in Colorado. As an orchestral musician, she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic under James Levine; she was Principal Oboe with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra and Israeli Opera; and she was guest Principal Oboe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer for 8 years. Since 2009 Roni plays with Orpheus and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. In 2018, she performed the U.S. premiere of Matthew Greenbaum’s oboe concerto, “the jig is up,” at Lincoln Center. ~ www.ronigaled.com Roni Gal-Ed, oboe
  Clarinetist Vadim Lando has been praised by the New York Times for his “consistently distinguished” and “vibrant, precise, virtuosic playing.” He won a Gold Medal at the National Festival of Music Competition in Canada, as well as prizes at the Yale and Stony Brook competitions. As soloist, he has performed with numerous orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. His recitals and chamber music concerts include performances at the Tel Aviv Museum’s Chamber Music Series, Talalyan Brothers Festival in Yerevan, Armenia; Martha’s Vineyard Summer Festival; Forte Music Fest in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Music Festival of the Hamptons directed by Lucas Foss; and on the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago. His concerts are often broadcast on radio stations such as WQXR, WFMT Chicago, and National Public Radio. Vadim received his master’s degree at Yale and a doctorate at Stony Brook University; he was a student of Charles Neidich. He also runs his own school, the Great Neck Music Center. Vadim was principal clarinet of the Jupiter Symphony. ~ www.greatneckmusicconservatory.com Vadim Lando, clarinet
  Gina Cuffari, praised by the Palm Beach Daily News for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving,” is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the New York City area. Recently named co-principal bassoonist of Orpheus, she is also a member of Riverside Symphony, and often performs with the American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic, and St. Luke’s Orchestra. In addition, she is the bassoonist of Sylvan Winds and Quintet of the Americas, and performs and records with Alarm Will Sound. Gina is on the faculty at NYU and Western Connecticut State University. ~ www.scarboroughtrio.com Gina Cuffari, bassoon
  Karl Kramer, from Norway, was principal horn of the Jupiter Symphony. His winnings include top prizes from the American Horn and Nordic Horn competitions. He is a member of the Dorian Quintet, a founding member of Concerts in the Heights, and a faculty member at Rowan University in New Jersey. He also performs as artist-member and guest artist at festivals. ~ www.karlkramerjohansen.com Karl Kramer, horn

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