August 5 players

 

Richard Wolfe, viola, was born in New York City.  He studied violin there with Aaron Shapinsky, Mara Sebrionsky Dvonch, Dorothy DeLay and Patinka Kopec, and then did his undergraduate work at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, in the class of Walter Levin. He then returned to New York and had two years of studies with Gerald Beal. In 1977 Wolfe moved to Israel, where he joined the first violin group of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and made solo- and chamber music recordings for Radio Israel, among which the Mozart oboe quartet with Heinz Holliger. He also became active in this period as a viola player in chamber music ensembles.

In 1982 he settled in the Netherlands, and four years later became principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, a post that he still holds today.  With this orchestra he has often appeared as soloist, at home and throughout Europe.  He has, as well, enjoyed a varied chamber music career.  He was a founding member of 'Music in Context' in Houston, was a guest of the Axelrod Quartet at the Smithsonian Institute, and is a member of Enemble 'Explorations' in Belgium.  In Amsterdam he is a member of the Adelbaran Piano Quartet and the Spinoza String Quartet.

Richard Wolfe has been for many years a member of the viola faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory.  This past autumn he also joined the faculty of the Amsterdam Conservatory, and he teaches and performs each summer at the Ecole Americain for Music and Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France.

 


Elisabeth Perry studied at Yehudi Menuhin School; debut at Royal Albert Hall, London, at age 14 with Yehudi Menuhin; continued studies in New York with Dorothy Delay and Oscar Shumsky; has soloed with many of the world's major orchestras; Concertmistress of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra; member, Spinoza Quartet; faculty, Utrecht Conservatory.

 


Ralph Allen, violinist and violist, has a BA in Philosophy from Yale, and degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, SUNY Stony Brook and the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.  He studied with Dorothy Delay, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, and Vera Beths, and has performed with opera, baroque, and contemporary ensembles throughout Europe, Israel, the Far East, and the US. He participated in numerous festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, The Bach Aria Festival, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), “Encounters” with Isaac Stern and friends in Jerusalem, Kfar Blum (Israel), and Prussia Cove (England).

He performed as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Yale Symphony, The Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Stony Brook Orchestra. While living in Holland, Ralph played with contemporary music groups such as the Schoenberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Music Fabrik (Germany), and Ensemble Remix (Portugal). Recent performances include a tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and chamber music performances in New Hampshire, Vermont, Philadelphia, State College, PA, New Bedford, MA, and in Stamford, CT.

In the summers, Ralph teaches at Apple Hill in New Hampshire and the Elm City Music Festival in Connecticut. He teaches violin on Roosevelt Island and at Riverdale Country Day School, and freelances in New York City.

 


Raphael Ryger was born in Israel, and grew up in New York City from age three until his family returned to Israel when he was fifteen.  For five years before returning to Israel, Raphael studied violin at the Juilliard Pre-College.

In Israel, Raphael continued his violin studies in the Jerusalem Rubin Music Academy and at Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Ilona Feher, renowned Hungarian teacher of several famous Israeli violinists. He spent summers studying with Joseph Gingold and with Dorothy Delay, also among the most famous twentieth-century pedagogues.  He played solo repertoire and chamber music for Isaac Stern in several master classes that are video-archived at the Jerusalem Music Center.

Before beginning three years of military service, Raphael recorded the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Jerusalem Symphony, a recording that is played regularly on Israel radio.  He continued to appear as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony and with the Israel Chamber Orchestra during and after his military service.

Raphael has many academic interests outside his musical career.  He came to New Haven in 1982 for graduate study in Philosophy at Yale, and is currently finishing work toward a PhD in Computer Science at Yale.

In Connecticut, Raphael has been concertmaster and soloist with many of the area orchestras, including the Meriden Symphony, the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, and the Connecticut Grand Opera.  Since 1988, Raphael has been concertmaster of Orchestra New England, with which he appears as regularly as soloist in a broad range of repertoire.  Recent performances have included Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the Bernstein Serenade.

 

New Yorker and violist Marc Sabbah began his studies on violin in New York City at the age of 3. At the age of 11 he switched to the viola. He made his debut at age 5 playing at his local music school, Third Street Music School and furthered his studies at the Lucy Moses School for Music and Art, home to New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, where he played J.C. Bach concerto with orchestra. Marc finished his studies in the United States as a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the precollege division at the Juilliard School. Performing many times with the precollege's premier string quartet, Marc has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Marc has attended festivals and performed on stages in Cassalmagiore Italy; Music in the Valley in Israel; the Horowitz International Competition and Academy in Ukraine, taking first prize in their concerto competition; and in France, Spain, Germany, Canada, Russia, Austria and other nations. As well as winning and participating in competitions, Marc has performed Franz Anton Hoffmeister's Concerto for viola and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Ukrainian State Orchestra. In 2009, Marc received second prize at the first Amsterdam National Viola Competition, playing Alfred Schnittke's viola concerto on Dutch Radio 4. Marc has participated in masterclasses/lessons with violists Lawrance Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Roger Chase, Marjolein Dispa, Rivka Golani, Paul Neubauer, Garth Knox, cellists Anner Bijlsma, Uzi Wiesel, Christine Walevska, the Istvan Parkani Quartet, and principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Micheil Gieler. Marc performed and took part in the prestigious Tibor Varga masterclasses in Sion, Switzerland with soloists Nobuko Imai and Jean Sulem. Marc is an active chamber musician and feels that chamber music is one of the most intimate and truthful forms of interaction, both with the musicians and the audience. Marc is a former member of the Kubrick Quartet and premiered a work commissioned by the German Scandinavian Youth Orchestra for String Quartet and Orchestral Band, preformed at the Berliner Philharmonie. Marc was a member of the Moses String Quartet and graduated Cum Laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam as a pupil of Sven Arne Tepl and Nobuko Imai. Marc Sabbah plays on a Leroy F. Geiger viola, dated 1951, made in Chicago, USA.

 


Karen Ryger grew up on Long Island. She studied cello with Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School, with Bernard Greenhouse (of the Beaux Arts Trio) at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, and with Uzi Wiesel (student of Bernard Greenhouse and of Pablo Casals and teacher of generations of cellists in Israel) in Tel Aviv.  While living in Israel she was a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai, the Jerusalem Symphony under Lukas Foss, the Israel Pro Musica under Dalia Atlas, and the Jerusalem String Quartet.

Coming to New Haven for her husband's graduate study at Yale, she has raised two children while playing in many of the area orchestras, including Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony.  She appears frequently with husband Raphael and daughter Yonitte -- a Juilliard-educated violinist -- in chamber music programs.  She has been principal cellist for many events at the Oakdale/Chevrolet Theater, and recently was the cellist for the Buxtehude Project under the direction of Paul Jordan.

 


Born to Israeli and Moroccan parents, Cellist Leat Sabbah, has performed a variety of musical styles worldwide. An active, versatile soloist, improviser and arranger, Leat moves fluidly through the classical, pop, Middle Eastern and folk genres. She has won prizes in international competitions including the “Gradus ad Parnassum” Concerto Competition in the Ukraine, and the International Violoncello Wettbewerb in Austria. Leat has appeared as a soloist with the Deutsche-Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie, State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev Pop Symphonic Orchestra, Naumberg Orchestral Series, and the Chernigiv Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the concertos of Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Haydn and Boccherini, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie to the US Open.

In New York City she performs regularly with the Noam Faingold Orchestra, the all-female Jewish music ensemble Sheba (for whom she also composes and arranges), Violin Venus, and the New York Chamber Virtuosi. She has performed with artists including Mark O’Connor, Smadar Levi, Copal, and Steven Baggs (The Constant). Leat recently played in Natalie Weiss’ New York Fringe Festival acclaimed musical Camp Wanatachi, and performed Noam Faingold’s “Etiquette” for solo cello at a New York Times acclaimed concert by the composer’s Circles and Lines collective at the Poisson Rouge. She was invited to play a series of concerts with the Kubrick Quartet in Berlin, premiering a new piece for string quartet and big band in the Berlin Philharmonie, and teaching master classes to young string quartets. She also held an apprenticeship with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Maestro Pinchas Zukerman, completing a tour of Western Canada.  

As a songwriter and arranger, Leat composes original music for the Sheba Ensemble, and has arranged Jewish songs. Leat's style fuses her middle-eastern background with the sounds of New York - pop, hip-hop, reggaeton, and classical.

Leat has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, with additional studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her principal mentors were the late David Soyer, Vladimir Panteleyev, Christine Walevska, and Oleg Kogan. She has attended and performed at festivals in London, Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, and Italy, working with world-renown cellists including Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Uzi Weisel.

 


Sally Singer, cellist from the United Kingdom, has an extensive background in solo and chamber music performance. She has toured in Britain, France, Italy, Austria and Germany with ensembles and has played in the major concert halls of London, New York and Vienna. As a soloist, Sally has appeared recently with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, CT, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and the Pleven Philharmonic, Bulgaria, where the Polemics of Art Journal review referred to her interpretation of Elgar's cello concerto as "a performance of the highest caliber, which will leave life-long memories for every person in the audience." Ms. Singer was a top prizewinner in the Corpus Christi International Young Artists competition, won the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition and received two fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, as well as many awards and scholarships from her institutions of study. She has appeared on British National Television several times and has performed and interviewed live for National Public Radio, Seattle, King FM, Koho Radio and KUT. Ms. Singer was awarded First Class honors at the Royal Northern College of Music, has a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where she studied cello performance with Timothy Eddy. She has given master classes in New York, Texas, Washington and Australia, and has a flourishing private studio. Formerly a member of the Vovka Ashkenazy and Klimt Piano Trios, Sally is now a member of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, Ms. Singer is Co-Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek Music Center and Co-Director of the Center's summer Chamber Music Institute.

 


Harpsichordist Gabriel Shuford has performed with a diverse range of ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, L’Opéra Français de New York, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. In 2009 he appeared in recital with recorder player Paul Leenhouts at Jordan Hall, as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Other collaborations include concerts and silent film improvisations with violinist Kathleen Kajioka, recitals with double bassist Nicholas Walker, and recordings with saxophonist Lars Jacobsen. An accomplished soloist, he was awarded top-prize at the 6th International Mae and Irving Jurow Harpsichord Competition in 2007 and has performed J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with New Jersey’s Colonial Symphony. The New York Times called his performance of Elliot Carter’s Sonata, with the acclaimed new music ensemble Speculum Musicae, “assured, polished and beautifully nuanced.” Gabriel holds a Doctorate in harpsichord from Stony Brook University and last year was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.