Ralph Allen
Amy Sue Barston
Keith Bonner
Song-A Cho
Junah Chung
Malena Dayen
Kate Dillingham
Geoffrey Duce
Roy Eaton
Raphael Fusco
Rachel Golub
Andrea Hallam
Kathy Halvorson
Gilad Harel
Gustav Highstein


Benjamin Hochman
Adam Hollander
Amelia Hollander Ames
Kyra Humphreys
Colleen Jennings
Iris Jortner
Francine Kay
Jan-Piet Knijff
Wojtek Komsta
Salley Koo
Eric Lamb
Laura Metcalf
Roberta Michel
Milan Milisavljevic
Matthias Naegele
Jane Cords O'Hara
Elisabeth Perry
Tawnya Popoff
Troy Rinker
Martin Rummel
Karen Ryger
Raphael Ryger
Leat Sabbah
Marc Sabbah
Claudia Schaer
Byron Schenkman
Jean Schneider
Gerald Serfass
Gabriel Shuford
Miranda Sielaff

Sally Singer
Kate Spingard
Mioi Takeda
Ella Toovy
Mintje van Lier
Paul Vasile
Anthony Vine
Lynette Wardle
Daniel Weiser
Amie Weiss
Richard Wolfe
Robert Wolinsky
Yi-heng Yang
Max Zeugner
Yonah Zur

Ralph Allen

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 U.S. Ralph 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. Ralph played recently at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Antony and the Johnsons, and on Late Show with David Letterman with the Orchestra of St Luke’s.

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.


Amy Sue Barston

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Banff Centre (Canada), The Power House (Australia), and Chicago’s Symphony Center. At age 17, she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live television, was the Grand Prize winner in the Society of American Musicians’ Competition, and won First Place in the Fischoff International Competition.

She has worked with Yo Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Tim Eddy, David Geringas, and Pinchas Zukerman. Amy has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Westchester Symphony, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, among many others. She has performed with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Jon Kimura Parker, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse, Ani Kavafian, and Mark O’Connor. Amy is also a devoted teacher: in her home, at the New York School for Strings, as an assistant teacher at Juilliard, and at numerous summer music festivals.


Keith Bonner

Flutist Keith Bonner has performed in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from symphony and opera orchestras to small chamber groups, Broadway pits and ensembles specializing in new music. Mr. Bonner is currently principal flute of the New York Symphonic Ensemble and Riverside Symphony. He has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of New Jersey, Greenwich and Stamford, CT, as well as Orchestra New England and the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics. Other positions have included principal flute with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Dicapo Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the National Orchestral Association New Music Project and the Patrick Grant Ensemble.

As soloist, Mr. Bonner has performed concertos by Gluck, Teleman, Bach, Doppler, and Mozart with various orchestras in the New York metropolitan area and across Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Keith has also performed much chamber music for flute with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, ElmCity Chamber Fest, Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Wind Soloists of New York, and on the St. Alban’s Recital Series. Mr. Bonner has traveled the country as principal flute of the National Touring Company of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera and as flute soloist during the 2005 Tim Janis Ensemble’s PBS Tour of America. On Broadway in New York, he has performed in the productions of Nine, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, and South Pacific.


Song-A Cho

An ardent performer and Founder of the Transfiguration Ensemble, violinist Song-A Cho is a winner of the Guderyahn String Competition and a recipient of many scholarship awards including the Edward John Noble Foundation Award from the distinguished Juilliard School. She tours extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician.

Her live broadcast concerto appearances with the Metropolitan orchestra and the Lake Placid Symphonia has been hailed by the media as “...the next prodigy to watch…” Her performance engagements have taken her to many prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center Washington D.C, and the Staller Center for the Arts. She is also a highly sought out orchestral performer and has held Concertmistress positions at the Tanglewood Music Center, New York String Orchestra, Bach Aria Festival Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra.

She has recently been appointed Concertmistress for the Peconic Chamber orchestra and a member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Song-A has worked with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Samuel Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Leon Fleicher, and Robert Spano. Her principal teachers include Joyce Robbins, Joel Smirnoff, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Lewis Kaplan. A dedicated educator, Song-A also serves on the faculty of the Stony Brook School and holds private teaching studio in Selden where she lives with her husband and two children.



Junah Chung

Junah Chung, violist, is an active chamber musician and recitalist. He received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer.

Junah has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Meet the Composer, the National Museum of Iceland, Music in Chelsea, Festival of the Arts in South Nyack. He has performed at such festivals as the Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland, the Rhode Island Summer Chamber Music Festival, Prussia Cove, Ramapo Music Festival, Daejeon Chamber Music Festival, and the Lake Winnepesaukee Chamber Music Festival. Junah is currently a member of Trio St. Germain, American Modern Ensemble and New York Philomusica.

As an orchestral musician, Junah has held the post of Assistant Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York Philharmonic. Junah is an avid golfer.


Malena Dayen

Mezzo-soprano MALENA DAYEN made her debut as Carmen in Natchez Opera Festival in May 09, sang the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Bleecker Street Opera last December, and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte last February with Pocket Opera of New York. She made her Carnegie Hall Debut as a soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York in 2007 and was the Alto soloist in their tour to Hungary that year. Malena was the soloist in a gala with the Teatro Colón Orchestra in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina. A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Ms. Dayen studies with Arthur Levy in New York.



Kate Dillingham

Kate Dillingham, cellist enjoys an active career both in the United States and abroad. She has performed as soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. At home in New York, she appears regularly with orchestras, opera companies, chamber music ensembles, premieres new works, and in Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King”.

Ms. Dillingham has recorded three solo CDs, which are commercially available through iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com. She made her New York debut in 2002 at Merkin Concert Hall, and since has appeared numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and Symphony Space in New York, and has been presented twice by invitation at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Ms. Dillingham is currently Instructor of Cello at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. This past season, she toured the western United States with the Barbizon Chamber Orchestra; a newly formed ensemble, as principal cellist and contractor. The Barbizon received standing ovations and high praise for their inspired and exciting performances. Other activities include having served as Artistic Director of FEAST; a series that combines chamber music performances and gourmet food. She is the artistic coordinator of Connecticut Alliance for Music’s outreach program in Bridgeport, CT that brings high quality performances and coaching to youngsters. She is currently developing programming centered on Music and Architecture, Music and Medicine and Music and the Environment to be presented at Lehigh University.

Ms. Dillingham received both a Bachelor (summa cum laude) and a Master of Music from Rutgers University, where she studied with Bernard Greenhouse. She also studied with Maria Tchaikovskaya at the Moscow Conservatory. Ms. Dillingham and Mr. Greenhouse collaborated on an edition of the Sonatas for Violoncello and Keyboard BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach, published by G. Schirmer Inc., which she presented in a combined concert and lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ms. Dillingham is highly sought after for her polished and sensitive playing. The press has deemed her “an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling. An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music, she performed with admirable control, conviction, and authority.”

 

Geoffrey Duce

Scottish pianist Geoffrey Duce has performed throughout Europe, in Japan, Hong Kong and in the USA. He has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, with numerous British orchestras, including the Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Philharmonic, and with the New York Sinfonietta.

Geoffrey has given recitals in London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall. He won the Young Artists Award from Britain's National Federation of Music Societies, and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Also in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist, he has recorded for BBC Radio and Hong Kong Radio, and has performed in Berlin's Konzerthaus and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Geoffrey initially studied in Manchester, before receiving a DAAD scholarship to the Universität der Künste, Berlin. He has just completed his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where he currently teaches.




Roy Eaton

ROY EATON first performed in Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 17, 1937 as a Gold Medallist in a competition sponsored by the Music Education League of New York.

In June 1950, he won the first Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award. He made his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s F minor Concerto under George Schick in 1951. He was reengaged to perform Beethoven’s 4th the following season, and also made his New York Town Hall debut in 1952. His career was “temporarily” interrupted by two years’ service in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, then approximately 30 years in advertising at Young & Rubicam, V.P. Music Director of Benton & Bowles, and running his own production company. In 2010 he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame for his innovative Ad work. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He returned to Carnegie Hall on December 9, 2002 as soloist with the NY Pops Orchestra led by Skitch Henderson.

1986 marked his return to the concert stage with a unique Alice Tully recital exploring the spiritual dimension of Chopin’s music, called “The Meditative Chopin.” The New York Times’s Tim Page said, ”the cumulative effect was deeply satisfying. One came much closer to the heart of Chopin—and by extension, to music itself.” Roy Eaton: I Play For Peace continues his lifelong exploration of the spiritual dimension of music.

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Raphael Fusco

New Jersey native Raphael Fusco is in high demand as a composer, collaborative keyboardist in America and Europe. As a harpsichordist he is co-founder of Corelli Collective and Uncommon Temperament and has performed with Fuma Sacra, I Cantori New York, Morningside Opera, Bachanalia, Monmouth Civic Chorus and numerous others in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Detroit Institute of Arts, Count Basie Theater, Santuario del Terzito, Teatro degli Astrusi, and the Cathedral of Siena. The New York Times hailed his performance with Uncommon Temperament at Le Poisson Rouge as “accomplished and winning.”

Recently his new composition for harpsichord Nouveaux Pieces de Clavecin was awarded a prize in the Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition. He has been awarded fellowships to work in Princeton Bach Week and Amherst Early Music Festival. He has studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas and Rita Peiretti. As a composer Mr. Fusco is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions and has served on the composition faculties of The Dwight School and Siena Summer Music Festival. His works combine elements of contemporary music, jazz, and popular genres with gestures and techniques of the Baroque and Classical eras. Mr. Fusco’s music has met with critical acclaim in prestigious venues throughout America and Europe. The Hartford Courant praised his music as “full of energy and lyricism.” El Mundo noted Mr. Fusco as “one of the most outstanding emerging composers.”

He began his piano studies at 8 and composed his first works by 10. After piano, composition, and conducting studies in the Manhattan School of Music he moved to Turin, Italy to study composition with Giulio Castagnoli and piano/harpsichord with Rita Peiretti at the G. Verdi Conservatorio. He later returned to the U.S. to study composition with David Loeb at the Mannes College of Music where he received his Master’s Degree in 2007. Other studies include composition with Michel Merlet at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and piano Laszlo Gereb in the Vienna Konservatorium. For more information please visit raphaelfusco.com.


Andrea Hallam

Andrea Hallam, viola, was a String Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, 1994. She received a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory, Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves.

Andrea is currently based in Vienna and enjoys a varied career combining solo recitals and concerto performances, chamber music and chamber orchestra work. She has been guest leader of the Ensemble Lyrique, Holland and the Austrian Ensemble for New Music, plays regularly with the Camerata Academica, Salzburg and is a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. An experienced chamber musician, Andrea is a regular participant at International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove-Open Chamber Music and the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival. She has performed with present and former members of the Amadeus, Tokyo, Endellion, Orion, Chilingirian and Belcea string quartets, Raphael and Schubert Ensembles and Florestan Trio.


Rachel Golub

Rachel Golub is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds.

After receiving her BA in Classics from Yale, she spent several years steeped in Indian music as a guest of Rajasthani folk musicians and as a satellite of maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, and studied in the violin studio of Lorand Fenyves.
Rachel is an EMI and Chesky Records artist, also featured in Universal and Warner Bros. pictures, on- and off-screen. She is also Executive Producer of the forthcoming Dave Eggar Quartet: The Yoga Sessions: Mozart.


Rachel re-emerged in 2009 as her alter-ego, Go-Ray: on vocals, sitar, and lush, filmi-style strings, she will release her first record with her band Go-Ray & Duke in 2010 on Yoga Organix.


Her love of distance swimming in the New York Harbor inspired her to create the Liminophone with Nick Didkovsky, an instrument that plays the Harbor in real-time. In January 2009, Rachel became the sixth person in history to swim the frigid narrows of the Strait of Magellan, in a string bikini.

Kathy Halvorson

A Wisconsin native, Kathy Halvorson studied at the University of Wisconsin and in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1995, Kathy moved to the Netherlands to further her oboe studies with Bart Schneemann. There she performed for six years with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Calefax Reed Quintet, and the Netherlands Opera, Ballet, and Radio Orchestra.

A creative flair for improvisation has singled her out as one of a handful of oboists worldwide with a truly unique voice. She has worked with the Mingus Epitaph, Jazz Composers Alliance, Aine Minogue, Michael Rabinowitz, Bjork, Andra Borlo, HEM, Martha Redbone, and others. Her oboe trio, Threeds, has performed at the Trinity Church Concerts at One series, and also performs Kathy’s arrangements of popular music incorporating improvisation.

Kathy has appeared as a soloist with The Stravinsky Ensemble in Amsterdam and with Alea III in Boston and Athens. She has performed in New York City with the American Symphony Orchestra, Argento Ensemble, Jupiter Chamber Players, Speculum Musicae, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. She has played Principal Oboe with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Berkshire Opera and with Opera 2005 in Cork, Ireland. She has recorded 12 CDs as Principal Oboe with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon and Nicolas McGegan and with the baroque orchestra, Aradia Ensemble, and played recitals with pianist Francine Kay and bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson. Kathy performed and was on the Oboe Faculty at the International Festival de Campos do Jordao in Brazil in July, 2009.

Kathy is currently a DMA Candidate in Oboe Performance at Rutgers University, studying with Jonathan Blumenfeld. “No praise is sufficient for the oboe playing of Kathy Halvorson” – Richard Dyer, the Boston Globe



Gilad Harel

A native of Israel, clarinetist Gilad Harel is an avid chamber music player, a new music promoter and an active klezmer/world music performer.

During this current concert season, Gilad Harel gave the world premiere of Jonathan Kerern's concerto for clarinet, piano, narrator and ensemble, at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Featured by the Manhattan Sinfonietta, Mr. Harel played Donald Martino's Triple Concerto at Lincoln Center's Merkin Hall and at Harvard University. Gilad also gave the American premiere of Ofer Ben Amotz's opera "The Dybbuk" - a chamber opera with the clarinetist being one of the actual characters in the play.

Co-Artistic director of Fountain Chamber Music Society, New York, Gilad Harel is also the clarinetist of the Proteus and the Fountain Ensembles. He is performing with the Manhattan Sinfonietta, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Sexteto Roberto Rodriguez, Klezshop, and the Metropolitan Klezmer Orchestra.

Gilad Harel is a graduate of the Juilliard School, New York, the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, and the Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv.


Gustav Highstein

Gustav Highstein is Principal Oboist of the Richmond Symphony. He studied under the direction of Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His major teachers include Alfred Genovese, Lois Wann, and John Ferrillo. He has played with a number of American orchestras on oboe and english horn including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Coming from a family of musicians, he played regularly with his brother, mother and grandmother growing up and still enjoys playing together whenever together. Highstein grew up in New York and Cape Cod. He has had the chance to travel the world through music, playing from Japan to France, from Scandinavia to Switzerland, and throughout the United States.

Highstein has been on the music faculty of the University of Richmond since 2005.

Benjamin Hochman

Pianist Benjamin Hochman is achieving widespread acclaim for his performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Mr. Hochman has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, New Jersey Symphony, and National Arts Centre Orchestra under eminent conductors such as Jaime Laredo, Jun Märkl, Bramwell Tovey and Pinchas Zukerman.

This Summer, Benjamin Hochman appears at the Bard Music Festival's Prokofiev-themed season, and will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August. During the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Hochman appears with the Daedalus Quartet at Atlanta's Spivey Hall, performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 with the Vancouver Symphony, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Overseas, recitals are scheduled for Barcelona, London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Mr. Hochman has also been invited by two renowned chamber ensembles, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Tokyo String Quartet, to appear in their respective series' at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Born in Jerusalem, Benjamin Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music where his principle teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
 

Adam Hollander

Born in the Bronx, Oboist Adam Hollander currently resides in Washington Heights. A graduate of The Curtis Institute and Yale University, Adam enjoys the vast and varying life of a modern classical musician.

As a member of the Knights, Adam recorded two albums for Sony this October and will travel to Germany and Ireland.

Besides a recent stint as Principal oboe of the Richmond Symphony, Adam has also recently performed with the New Jersey Symphony and the International Contemporary Ensemble.


Amelia Hollander Ames

Amelia Hollander Ames is the founder and artistic director of Con Vivo, an organization that produces chamber music concerts in the diverse neighborhoods of Jersey City, NJ. She is also an active freelance violist in the New York City area, and is on the violin and viola faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement.
From 2004—2007, Amelia was the violist of the award-winning Israel Contemporary String Quartet (ICSQ), with whom she performed throughout Israel and on tours to the U.S., Canada, and Asia. With the ICSQ, Amelia collaborated with composers such as Josef Bardanashvili, Judd Greenstein and Steve Reich, and with luminaries of the Israeli music, dance and theater worlds. The ICSQ was featured several times on Israeli national television and radio. While living in Tel Aviv, Amelia also performed with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, collaborating with Andras Scholl and Tabea Zimmermann, and was on faculty at Jerusalem’s Hasadna Conservatory.

Amelia has performed at such festivals as IMS Prussia Cove, the Singapore Arts Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Schleswig-Holstein, and has toured Europe and Asia several times with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, she traveled with Cultures in Harmony to Mexico, where she conducted the youth orchestra of the Ollin Yolitzli Cultural Center of Mexico City and performed concerts and led workshops for children, elderly communities, and indigenous villages in Michoacan.

Amelia has recorded for the Naïve, Nonesuch and Tzadik labels. An active improviser, she has performed with Anthony Braxton, Joe Maneri, Butch Morris, and Matana Roberts, among others, in a variety of settings. While completing her Masters degree at the New England Conservatory, Amelia spent much of her time studying in the Contemporary Improvisation department there. Her Bachelors in Viola Performance is from the Eastman School of Music. Viola teachers include Martha Katz, George Taylor, and Karen Ritscher. Amelia has played in masterclasses given by Heidi Castleman, Lawrence Dutton, Jesse Levine, Thomas Riebl, Yitzhak Schotten, Karen Tuttle, and Tabea Zimmermann.



Kyra Humphreys

Kyra Humphreys is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with most of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras and appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She has appeared as a soloist in the BBC Proms and performed in music festivals around the world. Her world premiere of John Casken’s ‘Après un Silence’ (orchestral version) was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and described as “authoritatively dramatic” by The Times.

As the violinist/violist of the Zanfonia Trio Kyra was a finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the trio performed frequently throughout the UK as award winners in both the Munster and John Tunnell Trust concert scheme competitions.

Since 1998 Kyra has been the Co-Leader of Northern Sinfonia. She has appeared as director and soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, performing a wide repertoire. Highlights include several Mozart Concertos, the Barber Violin Concerto and most recently Piazzola’s ‘Four Seasons’ for Violin Solo and Strings. She has also maintained a busy chamber and contemporary music schedule, playing regularly through the year in Northern Sinfonia chamber ensembles.

A Londoner by birth and a Mathematics graduate of Oxford University, Kyra Humphreys lives in Newcastle with her husband and four children.


Colleen Jennings

Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, COLLEEN JENNINGS has been performing and teaching around the globe for many years. As a member of the Kammerorchester Basel in Switzerland and a resident there for 4 years, she toured extensively throughout Western Europe. She continues her membership with the ensemble today making periodic appearances.

Also while in Switzerland, she co-founded the chamber ensemble Ex Luce with soprano, Ana Arnaz. The ensemble seeks to bridge early, contemporary and traditional music in its varied programs some of which include works written for the ensemble. Other performing highlights include a recent European tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra led by world renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, performing Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. Locally, Colleen performs as principal second violin with the Opera North Orchestra and as a section player with the Springfield Symphony.

She also teaches private violin lessons from her home and at the Williston Academy in Easthampton. In addition she offers a group Celtic Fiddle Class at the Northampton Community Music Center. Colleen received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters of Music degree from Rice University.
 

Iris Jortner

Iris Jortner, cellist, is a native of Israel. She has performed in important venues in Israel, Europe, China, Australia, and the United States.

Iris has collaborated in chamber music performances with Yefim Bronfman, Michael Tree, Itamar Golan, Levon Chilingrian, the Orion Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players. Iris was a member of the Aviv Quartet from 1997-2002. She has recorded the Hoffmeister Quartets for Naxos, and music for oud, cello and piano by Middle Eastern and Western composers for Live Classics. Iris taught cello at the Island Arts Music School (founded by Robin Russell), and cello and chamber music at the University of Virginia.

In the summers, she is on the faculty of the the Apple Hill festival in New Hampshire. She performed in numerous festivals including Verbier, Banff, Tanglewood, Taos, Prussia Cove, Dubrovnick, Kfar Blum, and Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, “Encounters”, Rolandseck, and Schlern. Her teachers include Uri Vardi, Aldo Parisot, Bernard Greenehouse, Paul Katz, Timothy Eddy, and members of the Alban Berg Quartet.


Francine Kay

Currently a member of the Piano Performance Faculty, and the Richardson Chamber Players at Princeton University, pianist Francine Kay has performed in Paris, Nice, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and throughout the United States and Canada.

She made her New York recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall, under the auspices of Pro Piano as winner of the Pro Piano Competition. She has appeared in recital at such places as The Phillips Collection, Salle Gaveau, The Dame Myra Hess Concerts, The Newport Festival, The Montreal International Festival, The Banff Summer Festival, Ambassador Auditorium, Music Mountain, among many others; and she has been soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestra London, Toronto Sinfonia, and Symphony Nova Scotia. A regular guest at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and at the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival, Francine Kay has made critically acclaimed recordings of solo works by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, and chamber music by Rachmaninoff and Janacek for the Analekta label. Her recording of the Debussy Preludes was nominated for a Juno award in Canada, and chosen as ‘Star of the Month’ by the publication Fonoforum in Germany. Francine Kay’s performances have been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, Radio France and the CBC.

A graduate of the Juilliard School where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees on scholarship in the class of Adele Marcus, Ms. Kay was also a chamber music Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Kay completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at SUNY Stony Brook studying with Gilbert Kalish. Francine Kay’s mentors were Marek Jablonski, Gilbert Kalish, Leon Fleisher and Gyorgy Sebok.


Jan-Piet Knijff

Jan-Piet Knijff was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He gained significant musical experience as a boy chorister at St. Bavo's Cathedral in his hometown. Following a high school education with emphasis on languages (especially Latin and ancient Greek) he studied organ, harpsichord, piano, sacred music, and musicology in Amsterdam and Utrecht. His teachers included Piet Kee and Ewald Kooiman, Kees Rosenhart, Boukje Land, and Thom Bollen.

After winning the International Bach Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1997, he moved to New York, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The City University of New York (2005). In addition, he completed coursework and passed all exams for the PhD in musicology. He was also made a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. Jan-Piet has taught music appreciation, organ, harpsichord, piano, fortepiano, chamber music, figured-bass accompaniment, music theory, and musicology at Fairfield University, Hofstra University, Purchase College/SUNY, and for more than ten years at the Copland School of Music at Queens College/CUNY, where he played a major role in the refurbishment of the Maynard-Walker Organ by Flentrop Orgelbouw. His private studio in New York included graduates from some of the world's foremost schools as well as students with a variety of special needs.

Jan-Piet's 35-year career in sacred music has included appointments at Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches on both sides of the Atlantic; occasional work in reformed denominations; and four years as music director of a synagogue in Brooklyn, NY. In Armidale, he frequently plays for services at St. Peter's Cathedral (Anglican) and at the Uniting Church (1879 Willis organ). He has extensive experience as a choral conductor with community choirs on three continents, conducting a wide repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day, and has recently conducted the Armidale Choral Society in a program with Bach, Beethoven, and Andriessen.

In The Netherlands, Jan-Piet worked for many years as a music journalist for Haarlems Dagblad, the world's oldest extant newspaper. His scholarly articles have been published in Het Orgel, Timbres, The Diapason, Bach Notes, the Dutch Journal of Music Theory, CrossAccent, Harpsichord & Fortepiano, and Classicum. He contributed a number of articles to The Organ, An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2006). In addition to music, Jan-Piet enjoys teaching Latin as well as ancient Greek, both in the community and at the university level.


Wojtek Komsta

Clarinetist Wojtek Komsta has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. At the Penderecki International Contemporary Music Competition in Krakow, Poland, Wojtek won the title “Most Talented Musician” for two years in a row in 1997 and 1998. Mr. Komsta gave the premiere in Krakow of Penderecki’s Viola Concerto transcribed for clarinet by the composer. At the Santa Cecilia Festival in Rome in 1995, Luciano Berio awarded him a prize by for the best performance of the Berio Sequenza for Clarinet. On concert tours of up to 55 concerts a year throughout Europe, he performed with numerous groups: the Silesia Quartet, the Silesia Chamber Orchestra, the Dafo Quartet, and the Capella Cracoviensis Orchestra.

Mr. Komsta recently gave solo performances at the Troy University Clarinet Festival, The Poznan Academy, chamber music with the Jewish Arts Ensemble in New York City and currently is playing with the Seattle Symphony. He is giving masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes School of Music, Susquehanna University and Indiana University.

After receiving his Masters at the Academy of Music in Krakow, where he received the National Award for Highest Academic Achievement, he studied chamber music at the International Mozart Academy with musicians such as Yo Yo Ma, Boris Pergamenschikow and Martha Argerich. As clarinetist of the Mozart Academy Reed Trio and principal clarinet of the Mozart Academy Opera he performed on Polish and Italian radio and television, and in the opera houses of Florence, Rome, Budapest, Lyons and Prague. On scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation, Wojtek Komsta completed his Performers Diploma at Indiana University in 2000. Mr. Komsta studied with Kalmen Opperman in New York City.


Salley Koo

Salley Koo is a versatile violinist who maintains an active career performing solo and chamber music. Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from Harvard-Radcliffe University, where she studied with Lynn Chang, Ms. Koo proceeded to earn both her Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from Yale University in the studio of Peter Oundjian, in addition to having worked with other renowned pedagogues such as Almita and Roland Vamos, David Taylor, Sylvie Koval, and Dorothy Kitchen.

Ms. Koo has been a guest soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States, and has performed recitals in Europe and across North America. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Koo has collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Peter Frankl, Yo Yo Ma, Colin Carr, and as well with members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Trio, Emerson Quartet, Takacs Quartet and the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Ms. Koo has performed with the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, and has served as concertmaster for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

A past participant of the Banff Centre Winter Residency, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Pacific Music Festival, Ms. Koo has served as a faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, Vermont’s Chamber Music Intensive Program at Yellow Barn, the Opus 118 We Want Music! program in East Harlem, New York, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut, in addition to maintaining an extensive private teaching studio. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer.

 

Eric Lamb

Eric Lamb is presently flutist of the International Contemporary Ensemble - ICE and an Altus Performing Artist. He has performed in festivals as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe. From 2002 to 2007 he was principal substitute flutist with the Radio Orchestra of Frankfurt. During that time he also performed with the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Opera Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Deutsche Philharmoniker and England’s City of Birmingham Orchestra. He most recently performed with the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam at Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Center in LA and with Ensemble Laboratorium Basel on their US tour.

Upcoming collaborations include performances with french pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Faust Quartet, and concerto and recital appearances throughout the US, Europe and South America.

Eric is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and holds both a Master’s of Orchestral Performance and a Soloist’s Diploma - Germany’s highest and most prestigious music degree - from the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main where he studied with Thaddeus Watson. He received additional musical training at the Sculoa di Musica di Fiesole, Italy under the guidance of Chiara Tonelli.


Laura Metcalf

Cellist Laura Metcalf is active in New York City and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. She is a member of the Sybarite Chamber Players (a string quintet dedicated to eclectic programming and active commissioning), the Tarab Cello Ensemble (a cello octet with whom she has performed in the US and in Mexico), and Ten O’Clock Classics (a collective of soloists devoted to performance and outreach).

She has appeared on the Festival Chamber Music Series in Weill and Merkin Halls, and performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Tenri Institute, Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, the J.P. Morgan Library, and many others. She has performed as a soloist with the Ensemble 212 Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa, and was a semi-finalist in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition. She has attended the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music, and the Taos, Aspen, Sarasota, and Fontainebleau (France) music festivals. Laura is currently assistant principal of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has appeared numerous times in the New World Symphony.

She serves on the cello faculty of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, through which she also teaches group cello lessons at New York PS 129. Laura received her masters degree in 2006 from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy.

Roberta Michel

A native of Maine, flutist Roberta Michel now lives in New York City and is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Michel recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall for which she was described in the New York Concert Review as a “solid craftsman” who “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing”. Michel has performed with groups throughout North America including the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, and The Kennedy Center.

Dedicated to the advancement of new music and described for her “extreme adventurousness” (New York Concert Review), Michel has premiered numerous works. She is a founding member of The Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. The group was recently signed on the New Dynamic Records label and will record its debut CD in 2011. For more information, please see CadillacMoonEnsemble.com. Michel’s flute and piano duo, Duo RoMi, in addition to performing standard repertoire, is invested in performing new works and promoting composers of our day.

Michel holds a BM with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MM from SUNY-Purchase College, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O'Connor, and Alexa Still. Michel was a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget.
 

Milan Milisavljevic

Milan Milisavljevic is currently Assistant Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera and a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The Strad magazine has recently described him as "resourceful and full of fantasy", "very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone." He has won prizes at competitions such as ARD, Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings Concerto Competition and has performed at festivals such as Marlboro, Cascade Head and Grand Tetons.

As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Robert McDuffie, Norman Fischer and members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn String Quartets.




Matthias Naegele

Matthias Naegele has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Asia. He has participated in the Marlboro, Apple Hill, Dubrovnik, Jerusalem, Curascao, Aspen, Prussia Cove and Edinburgh music festivals. Many of his performances are regularly broadcast over National Public Radio and Public Television. Matthias has also appeared in solo and chamber music performances on French, Austrian and BBC Radio and on BBC Television.

Mr. Naegele performs regularly with numerous chamber ensembles including the Prometheus piano quartet, the Music Project, The Arbor Chamber Music Society, Anthony Newman’s Brandenburg Collegium, and An Die Musik. Referring to Mr. Naegele’s debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times described his playing as “vigorous, capable and vivid...sincere and beautifully inflected.”


Jane Cords O'Hara

Cellist Jane Cords-O’Hara enjoys a busy and varied career in New York and abroad. She is a member of The Knights, Syrius Trio, Tarab Cello Ensemble and the Caravel Quartet.

In the past year, she has recorded two albums on the Sony Classical label with the Knights, and with the Syrius Trio, an album on the Toccata Classics label. She also plays frequently with SONYC, Argento, Wet Ink and the Walden School Players. Engagements in the 2010/2011 season include performances at the Stillwater Music Festival and Ravinia with the Knights, as well as a European tour in fall 2010, a US tour with SONYC, recording an album of contemporary cello ensemble works with Tarab, touring Ireland with the Syrius Trio, and continuing a residency with the Caravel Quartet at the Museum of Biblical Art in NYC.




Elisabeth Perry

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.




Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys a versatile career around North America. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera, she is a founding member of the Athabasca String Trio, and performs regularly with VisionIntoArt, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas.

She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, American Composers Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a member of the Cassatt Quartet, she was vitally involved in commissioning, premiering and recording works from leading American composers.

Tawnya Popoff’s viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, generously loaned to her by courtesy of his grandson.

Troy Rinker

An enthusiast of modern music, Troy Rinker has been a participant in hundreds of world premier performances and recordings by composers such as John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Charles Wuorinen, David Brynjar Franzson, Frances White, Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Toensing, Peteris Vasks, Mark O'Connor, Brian Ferneyhough, and Peter Kotik, to name a few.

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member Mr. Rinker regularly appears on all of New York's concert stages, including Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, the 92nd Street Y, BAM, and Carnegie Hall. A member of several ensembles, Mr. Rinker performs regularly with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, American Composer’s Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Stamford Symphony.

His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor. Mr. Rinker can be heard on labels Sony Classical, Telarc, and North/South, in addition to several studio recordings for television and film.
 

 

Martin Rummel

Martin Rummel is a virtuoso cellist who has infused almost every facet of his career to reflect an uncanny versatility: with a broad repertory of 40 or so concertos and countless other works, from Baroque to contemporary, he regularly appears as soloist with the major orchestras and as a passionate chamber music player.

Born in Austria in 1974, he studied with William Pleeth for ten years and, in 1997, graduated from Musikhochschule Köln with highest merits, having learnt from Maria Kliegel. He is probably the most recorded cellist of his generation with over 30 CD albums for Naxos, paladino music, Musicaphon, Gramola and Capriccio and is the editor of a much-acclaimed series of all major cello etudes for the Bärenreiter-Verlag.


Karen Ryger

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.
Raphael Ryger

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.
 
Leat Sabbah

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.
 
Marc Sabbah

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.
 
Claudia Schaer

With beautiful and intelligent interpretations, alongside intriguing programming, the versatile recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist Claudia Schaer meets with accolades from audiences and musicians alike.

Native of Calgary, Claudia Schaer at age 11 received the “Most Promising Violinist” medal at the Canadian "Kiwanis Music Festival," and won prizes in several international competitions thereafter. A graduate of The Juilliard School's Accelerated Bachelor/Master program, she served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony, and as teaching assistant to her mentor, Sally Thomas, as well as receiving the "Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship."

This past season, Ms. Schaer toured Germany and Switzerland with a recital programme entitled "Solo Violin: From Bach to Boulez," as well as giving her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Debut, (for which she invited the Echo-prizewinning David Orlowsky Trio to collaborate). Upcoming performances include Bartók's Solo Sonata at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Columbia University, and music for Violin and Harp in Pennsylvania in April 2010. Ms. Schaer performs chamber music at the Danish "Thy" Festival, and with Berlin Philharmonic members in Italy's "Barga" festival, and plays in the Chamber Ensemble of the Orchestra of St.Luke's. Her international commitment extends further to China, where she gave masterclasses in Guangzhou, Guilin, and is a Guest Professor of the Guangxi Arts College in Nanning. Claudia Schaer is currently a soloist and member of the New York's North/South Consonance Ensemble, with which she premiered the Lifchitz Violin Concerto. She is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, writing about Varèse, Boulez, and the intersection of mathematics, philosophy and music.
 
Byron Schenkman

Byron Schenkman is the pianist of the Mira Trio which was formed in 2007. He has been presented in solo recitals in the U.S., Canada, and Chile, and has appeared as guest pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, and Philharmonia Northwest.

In 2006 Schenkman was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the readers of the Seattle Weekly. His CD of Haydn Piano Sonatas has been acclaimed for its “elegance, wit, and refinement” (American Record Guide), “imaginative, cleanly articulated form” (Seattle Times), and “astonishing sense of humor” (All Music Guide). Previously harpsichordist and artistic director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, he received the Erwin Bodky Award for "outstanding achievement" from the Cambridge Society for Early Music in 1999. He can be heard as a harpsichordist on dozens of solo and chamber music CDs.

Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received the Master of Music degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. For more information: byronschenkman.com.


Jean Schneider

Jean Schneider began her piano studies at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia at age seven, and by the age of fifteen had performed three times as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to other orchestral appearances, she has been heard in recital in the United States and Europe, as well as in numerous radio broadcasts.

An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with other artists in concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe and is Associate Piano Faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival and guest artist faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. Ms. Schneider has earned degrees from the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry, the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany under Robert Levin, and Stony Brook University as a student of Gilbert Kalish.

As a Fulbright scholar, she studied for two years with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She currently lives in New York City where she teaches privately.


Gerald Serfass

Gerald Serfass, trumpeter, holds music performance degrees from West Chester University and the New England Conservatory. His principal teachers were Kenneth Laudermilch and Andre Come. Jerry’s versatility and love of travel led him on European and U.S. tours of Broadway shows such as A Chorus Line, Grease, Crazy for You, My Fair Lady, and Evita. He is currently a member of the Springfield and Allentown Symphony Orchestras where he enjoys performing many of the classics.

Critic Robert W. Plyler described a recent performance of the Brandenburg concertos: The concluding Concerto No. 2 features a small ensemble of four instruments, all playing difficult music, but in which the trumpet is required to play as high and as intricate a musical line as the flute or violin. Trumpeter Gerald Serfass gave nearly a perfect performance, striking stratospheric high notes with both power and precision and managing Bach’s tortuous melodic lines with nary a misplaced breath.


 
Gabriel Shuford

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.




Miranda Sielaff

Violist Miranda Sielaff has been featured in concerts at New York City’s most prestigious and most cutting-edge performance spaces, including Issue Project Room, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Bargemusic, and Carnegie Hall. She regularly performs with The Knights, the Caravel Quartet, and Wet Ink, all chamber ensembles based in New York. Recent projects have included a re-imagination of Ligeti’s Viola Sonata with jazz improvisers, and European tours with The Knights and Arcos String Orchestra. Miranda holds degrees from Rice University and the Juilliard School.




Sally Singer

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.

 
Kate Spingard

A native of Durham, NC, Kate Sanford Spingarn received her Masters Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, her Bachelors Degree (with honors) from the Oberlin Conservatory, and graduated high school from the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. An active freelancer in the New York area, Kate is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Gotham String Trio, and Pia*ce piano and cello duo; she has performed with numerous other orchestras and chamber music groups in the metro area, including the American Composer’s Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Kate spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and four at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, ME.

A dedicated educator as well as performer, she maintains a private teaching studio as well as teaching lessons at Packer-Collegiate Institute. Kate and her husband, the celebrated wine educator and author Evan Spingarn, are the proud parents of their toddler daughter Nora.

 

Mioi Takeda

Mioi Takeda, violin, has a demanding and versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmistress and advocates for contemporary music. She frequently performs at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony and Orchestra of St. Lukes. She also performs with North/South Consonance, the Antara Ensemble and the Church of the Transfiguration Orchestra in New York City. Ms. Takeda recently appeared at the Caramoor Music Festival and is the concertmistress of the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Takeda studied with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki as a scholarship student at The Juilliard School from where she received her M. A., and holds a D. M. A. from The City University of New York where she worked under the guidance of Itzhak Perlman.


Ella Toovy

Israeli Cellist Ella Toovy has performed worldwide in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, as well as in her native country of Israel. Noted for “possessing capacity of cantabile to great finesse–so well balanced with sonority and expression” (Cuban Daily Newspaper) and “breathtaking” (New Music Connoisseur), Ms. Toovy is an active performer and a frequent collaborator currently residing in New York City.

Following her growing interest in contemporary and twentieth century chamber music, she has founded the LINK ensemble, a mixed instrumental (Pierrot) ensemble, performing the growing body of repertoire written for this quintessential contemporary consort. The ensemble has generated growing interest from audiences and composers alike.

As a dedicated teacher in growing demand, she is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music Pre College Division, the Lucy Moses School and the New York Youth Chamber Music Program. Ella is a Doctoral candidate at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Mintje van Lier

Mintje van Lier is assistant leader of the 2nd violins of the Radio Kamer Filharmonie and she is a member of the Jenufa Quartet since 2009. At the age of five she started violin lessons with Anneke Schilt and subsequently Hans Scheepers, Joyce Tan, Mimi Zweig, Chris Duindam en Lex Korff de Gidts. She obtained her Bachelor Degree at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. She continued her studies in Berlin with Ilan Gronich at the Universität der Künste. In 2009 she obtained her Diplom en she is now studying for her Konzertexamen.

In 2004-2006 Mintje was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra under the guidance of conductors like Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paavo Jarvi en Sir John Eliot Gardiner. In 2007 Mintje was admitted to the academy of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. After her successful completion of the academy year, Mintje received a bursary from the Bernard Haitink Fonds voor Jong Talent. Mintje attended the Zermatt Festival twice with the Sharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Together with family and friends Mintje in 2008 set up the chambermusic festival Musical Remarks which is held every summer in Loudoun County, Virginia, US. Mintje regularly plays in orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk Symphonieorchester Berlin and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. In Berlin she plays with the chambermusic group Solistenensemble Kaleidoscoop. Mintje van Lier plays a violin built by Johannes Fransiscus Cuypers (1812), lent by the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds. To finance her studies in Berlin, Mintje received grants from the Fonds Jong Talent and the Jonge Musici Fonds. In addition she was supported by the VSBfonds, the Huygens Scholarship Program and the Fonds voor de Amateurkunst en Podiumkunsten.


Paul Vasile

Paul Vasile is a talented, versatile musician with a wide range of skills and interests. He presently serves as the Minister of Music at Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in New York City where he shares his passion for sacred music from diverse traditions and styles. Previously, he served as the Minister of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, Missouri and has also served as an organist, choir director and pianist for congregations in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Paul earned his Master of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Thomas Schumacher. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA where he studied with Mia Chung and Raymond Hanson. He has significant experience as a collaborative pianist, performing most recently in St. Croix, USVI and Myrtle Beach with bass/baritone Joe Chappel. He can be also heard on a newly-released recording of works by the American composer, Eliot Schwartz, distributed by the Innova label in 2009. As a composer, Paul has written a substantial amount of liturgical music. His most recent commission, Magnificat: Via Activa, was performed in Orvieto, Italy in June 2009 as part of the town’s annual Festival of Art and Faith. Es ist genug for trombone octet and organ, was premiered by the St. Louis Trombone Quartet and members of the St. Louis Symphony trombone section. He is also a founding member of Compagnia Colombari, a theater collective based in New York City and Orvieto, Italy.




Anthony Vine

Anthony Vine is a laparoscopic surgeon and violinist in New York City. His education has taken him from Phillips Academy, to Princeton University, to Vanderbilt Medical School, with Residency and Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. While at Andover, he studied at the Longy School of Music with Dr.Paul Roby and with Gerald Elias of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At Princeton his teacher was Geoffrey Michaels, laureate of both the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Competitions and whose teachers at Curtis were Zimbalist and Shumsky. During his Surgery Fellowship in Boston, he was concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra under Aaron Kula and played with the Longwood Symphony. He endeavors to balance a busy surgical schedule with his love for chamber music. His string quartet in New York City enjoys donating its time and services to performing at hospitals and nursing homes in the “Sing for Hope” Program (singforhope.org). For a week during each of the last three summers, he has played in the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. His current teacher in New York is Ralph Allen.



Lynette Wardle

Lynette Wardle is principal harpist of the Richmond Symphony and the Albany Symphony. As a freelance musician she performs with New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra. For the holiday season (2012) she is the harpist for A Christmas Story, the Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She also performs regularly at Wicked, The Fantastiks, and went on the national tour of the Tony award winning musical Light in the Piazza. She has a number of recordings, most notably her work with Trilogy, a flute, harp, viola trio and a contemporary recording made with a NYC orchestra AREA 31, which was nominated for a Grammy. She can also be heard on many Albany Symphony recordings and several movie soundtracks. Lynette has performed with many artists, such as Pavorotti, Josh Groban, Charlotte Church, Bjork, Jane Monheit, Olivia Newton John, Clay Aiken, Johnny Mathis, Neil Sedaka, The Irish Tenors, Marvin Hamlisch, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Bell and Deborah Voigt. Her formal education was completed at the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters in Orchestral Performance in 1998, where she studied with Sarah Bullen, now the principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony.


Daniel Weiser

Daniel Weiser, piano, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald and won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia.

He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Classicopia, a chamber music organization based in New Hampshire and now expanded to North Carolina, for which he also directed a summer music camp. He was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. He has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival, Musicorda, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival and has been the Music Director of the Da Corneta Opera Ensemble, the Opera North Young Artist program, and Opera New England. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama.

A native of Buffalo, NY, he recently moved from Vermont to Asheville, NC where he lives with his wife, Dr. Kisha Weiser, and their six-year-old twin daughters, Emma and Sophie.

 

Amie Weiss

Amie Weiss has recently performed with The Knights Chamber Orchestra, Sufjan Stevens, Columbia Composers, Lyric Chamber Music Society of NY, and others. She has toured internationally as a soloist with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and given regional premieres in the USA and France with Ensemble 21 and in Ireland with the Knights. Amie is the co-founder of a chamber music festival in her hometown of State College, PA and a member of the Allsar Quartet which has been in residency at Manhattan's Museum of Biblical Art since 2005. She has given world or regional premieres of music by composers including Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Jay Eckerdt, Alvin Lucier, Mark O'Connor, Stefano Scodanibbio, and Meredith Monk.

In an improvisational context, Amie has performed with the NY Soundpainting Orchestra, Information Night, Imaginary Folk, and Eunoia, in addition to studying North Indian classical music for many years with sitarist Hasu Patel. She has performed music of Asia and Eastern Europe with the Silk Road Ensemble (as a student of the 2004 Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop), Quartet T, Global Encounters, the Knights, and others. Amie graduated from Oberlin as a student of Milan Vitek.

Richard Wolfe

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 is 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.

 

Robert Wolinsky

Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord and keyboard player, has been a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 1976, appearing as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral continuo player. With over 50 recordings to his credit, Wolinsky can be heard on two complete recordings of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti and the complete Handel Concerti Grossi op. 6 with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

He has toured as a soloist in the Brandenburgs (with St. Luke’s and Orpheus) in Japan, the U.S., Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Wolinsky has performed with many of America’s leading ensembles, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philomusica, Helicon, Music for a While, New York Consort of Viols, Waverly Consort, Guido’s Other Hand, Ensemble for Early Music, New York Chamber Ensemble, Mark Morris Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Barbad Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has also appeared in many festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Caramoor International Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Bravo! Colorado, Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Brattleboro Bach, Bard Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamberfest, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape May Festival, Ravenna Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest.

He has also performed as a cabaret pianist throughout Germany, the U.S., Italy, and Austria, and he has performed in two Broadway shows and several off-Broadway shows. The Los Angeles Times praised Wolinsky’s performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5: “Wolinsky had both the sheer motor energy and pointed phrasing necessary to negotiate Bach’s manic challenge in the cadenza, and throughout he supported the flute and violin with spirit and precision.”


Yi-heng Yang

Yi-heng Yang is an active performer on modern and historical keyboards, and received a doctorate of music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert McDonald. She also earned a Master’s degree summa cum laude in fortepiano at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she was under the tutelage of renowned fortepianist Stanley Hoogland. Recent performances have been at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe, the Geelvinck Museum in Amsterdam, the Frederick Collection in Massachusetts, and The Apple Hill Music Festival in New Hampshire.

Ms. Yang was winner of The Juilliard School’s Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony Concerto Competition. She has been a soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble, the York Symphony Orchestra of Toronto, and The Juilliard Orchestra. A frequent collaborator with period and modern instrumentalists and vocalists, Ms. Yang is a faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and is the keyboardist in the newly formed early music ensemble The Elbereth Duo, with baroque violinist Dongmyung Ahn.

Past teachers include Yoheved Kaplinksy, Marc Durand, and Julian Martin on modern piano, as well as Audrey Axinn on fortepiano. She is the recipient of the Huygens Grant from the Dutch Ministry of Culture and The Harvey Fellowship from The Mustard Foundation, and currently resides in Manchester, England with her husband, double bassist Max Zeugner.


Max Zeugner

Bassist Max Zeugner was a scholarship student of New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien at The Juilliard School and Edwin Barker at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where he won the 2005 Concerto Competition. He has performed chamber music extensively in the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East. He has twice been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society and has performed with pianist David Deveau on Bank of America’s Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall in Boston. He has performed, recorded, and toured with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and has been on their Summer Chamber Music Faculty since 2006. He is a founding member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. Mr. Zeugner has performed with the Providence Quartet, Apple Hill String Quartet, and Quartet X and artists including Thomas Zehetmair, Ian Bostridge, Andrew Manze, and Gordon Nicolich.

As a soloist, Mr. Zeugner performs frequently with his wife, pianist/fortepianist Yi-heng Yang, including on the U.S. East and West coasts and in Europe. In the non-classical realm, he is a former member of the Eastern Jazz Project, Charles Ketter Quartet, and Delfino Brothers Duo and has performed with such artists as Joanna Newsom, Kelly Polar, and the Pet Shop Boys. In 2010, following a brief stint with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Zeugner was appointed principal double bass with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, England, where he recorded for the Avie Classics, NMC, Naxos, Chandos, Teldec, and LSO Live labels. He joined the New York Philharmonic in Sept. 2012.


Yonah Zur

An avid chamber musician, Yonah Zur has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York, and has performed at the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, and Tanglewood music festivals and throughout his native Israel. Mr. Zur is currently a fellow of the ACADEMY—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and in collaboration with the NYC Board of Education. He is a member of the String Orchestra of New York City and of New York Philomusica.

Chamber music collaborators have included Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Samuel Rhodes, Marcy Rosen, David Soyer, and Arnold Steinhardt. Mr. Zur has appeared as soloist with chamber orchestras in New York, Los Angeles, Jerusalem and in Manchester, Vermont.

A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Zur has given numerous world premieres and US premieres, and he is a regular guest with the various new music ensembles of New York City.

Yonah Zur received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in May 2001, having studied with Robert Mann. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1999 from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance having studied with Avi Abramovich, while serving three years in the Israeli Army as a member of the unit for outstanding musicians.

Mr. Zur devotes much of his time to education in various ways: he teaches music at PS 175 in Queens through the ACADEMY fellowship, he serves on the violin faculty of the Thurnauer School of Music and is coordinator of chamber music there, and he regularly presents educational concerts with NY Philomusica and with SONYC. He also plays the viola, and pursues an interest in conducting. He was a regular recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation awards from 1995 through 2001.