Albright’s 2017-2018 Season includes solo debuts at the Bergen International Festival (Norway), the Bard Music Festival (New York), with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as return engagements with the Seattle, Des Moines, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestras. He begins a third 3-concert series of concerts at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum entitled Chopin and Albright, consisting of all Chopin works and an entirely improvised concert by the pianist. Other highlights of the season include concerts at the Rockport Music Festival (Boston), the Discovery Series (Kansas City), the Howland Chamber Music Society (New York), the Friends of Music Series (New York), the Concordia College Concert Series, and the Venetian Arts Society (Ft. Lauderdale). Albright’s other engagements include a talk on improvisation at the 2017 National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy and judging the 2018 Northwest Chopin Festival National Piano Competition.
Albright has appeared as a frequently returning guest artist with such orchestras as the BBC Concert Orchestra (14-concert tour with Maestro Keith Lockhart, chosen as one of the “Best of the BBC 2015”); the Alabama, Baltimore, California, Edmonton (Canada), Fort Smith, Houston, Lansing, Mobile, Omaha, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, Victoria (Canada), and West Michigan Symphonies; the Kymi Sinfonietta (Finland); the National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra (Beijing, China); and the Boston Pops. He has performed worldwide, including at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Salle Cortot (Paris, France); the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami); the Kumho Art Hall (Seoul); the NCPA (Beijing); and Alice Tully Hall (Mostly Mozart Festival, New York). Albright regularly works with artists from all genres, including vocalist/conductor Bobby McFerrin and violinist Joshua Bell. He has collaborated five times with revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma: at the honorary degree ceremony at Harvard University for Senator Ted Kennedy; at a 10th anniversary remembrance of 9/11; at the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison; at the Aspen Institute’s Citizen Artistry conference in New York; and with the Silk Road Project.
Albright’s compositions and improvisations have been likened to “the great Romantic-era composer-pianists” by Classical Source and have been praised as “thrilling” by the DC Metro Theatre Arts.
Winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University, Albright was also named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Albright’s numerous awards include First Prize in both Solo and Ensemble categories at the 2006 New York National Piano Competition; First Prize and all other awards offered at the 2006 Eastman International Piano Competition; Third Prize at the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Semi-Finalist Award and Best Performance of a Work by Liszt in Stage I at the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition; and the Vendome Virtuoso Prize and the Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award at the 2009 Vendome Prize Piano Competition.
A firm believer in education, Albright founded the Charlie Albright Scholarship and Charlie Albright Piano, in collaboration with the Centralia College Foundation in his hometown. The Scholarship provides financial aid to music students, and money was raised to purchase a new 9-foot Steinway Piano for the college’s Corbet Hall.
Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist in the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program, completing a Bachelor’s Degree as an Economics major and Pre-Med student at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NEC in 2012, having studied with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, having studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Albright is an official Steinway Artist.
This past season, Ballerini sang Il Tenor Italiano in Der Rosenkavalier at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Argentino, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Atlanta Opera. He also covered the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In July of 2017, Ballerini returned to the Caramoor Festival in New York to sing Gualtiero in Bellini’s Il pirata opposite Angela Meade. In the 2015/16 season, he made his acclaimed United States debut at the Caramoor Festival as Fernand in La Favorite and sang the role of Tybalt in The Atlanta Opera’s production of Romeo et Juliette. After singing the role of Conte di Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the tenor returned to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires to sing Jünge Graf in Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten.
Highlights from previous seasons include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo alongside baritone Erwin Schrott, and performances at the Teatro Colon as the title role in Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Ballerini also sang Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Argentino; Belmonte in Die entführung aus dem Serail, Lord Perci in Anna Bolena, Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Teatro Avenida; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo et Juliette and Jaquino in Fidelio at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Libertador in Cordoba; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Colsubsidio Theatre’s re-opening in Bogota, Colombia.
In January of 2016, Ballerini was awarded the Grand Prize at the Laguna Magica International Vocal Competition in Chile, receiving invitations to sing Cassio in Otello with the Teatro Argentino and to sing with the Tenerife Opera. He was a semifinalist in the Fancisco Vinas Competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Argentine Finalist at the Neue Stimmen Competition in Dresden, Germany. He also won First Prize at the Festivals Musicales Competition, American Society Competition and San Juan Opera Competition. In 2014, Ballerini was named Argentina’s “Upcoming Opera Singer” by the Congress of Argentina and the Argentine Association of Critics. He was also a featured soloist for the “50th MET Anniversary Gala”, receiving a scholarship to study with Sherrill Milnes. Before starting his professional singing career, Ballerini was a pianist for nine years and studied Music Therapy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, specializing in addiction treatment.
In 2018, Bell tours with the Academy to the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, and Asia. With pianist Sam Haywood, Bell performs 10 recitals in Europe and America, and on February 7, 2018, reunites with collaborator pianist Jeremy Denk for a recital broadcast live from Carnegie Hall. Further season highlights include dates with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, and an all-Beethoven play/direct program with the Orchestre National de Lyon.
Recently Sony Classical released Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that displays Bell’s unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity. Slated for April, 2018 is Bell’s recording with the Academy of the Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and g minor Concerto.
Bell recently engaged in two tech projects: With Embertone, the leading virtual instrument sampling company, the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin was created for producers, artists, engineers and composers. Bell also teamed up with Sony for the Joshua Bell VR Experience featuring Bell performing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 in full 360-degree VR. This experience is available for free download for SONY PlayStation 4 VR.
Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He is also involved in Turnaround Arts, administered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts which provides arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools. Bell has devoted himself to several charitable causes, most notably Education Through Music, which puts instruments in the hands of thousands of children in America’s inner cities.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.
His early studies were with Harold Parker, Louis Kentner, then, at the Royal College of Music, London, with Kendall Taylor, David Parkhouse, and Bernard Roberts. He spends his time partnering with many different instrumentalists, especially flutists, in a variety of chamber-music combinations, as well as giving the occasional solo recital or concerto performance. He is the regular pianist for many flute festivals and conventions around the world. Last year included six trips to the United States, as well as China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and elsewhere, all working with flutists.
As an orchestral keyboard player, he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Orchestras, the Philharmonia, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Opera and currently with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also much in demand as a teacher in his home county of Essex.
Also distinguished as a chamber musician, Chase’s festival appearances have included Bravo! Vail, Kuhmo, Bargemusic, and Caramoor. She is a professor of violin and chamber music at New York University and an adjunct artist at Vassar College and is regularly invited to give master classes at prominent music conservatories that include The Juilliard School, Mannes, the University of Texas at Austin, The Frost School at the University of Miami, and the San Francisco Conservatory. She has judged for the violin concerto competitions at The Juilliard School; the Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy; Concert Artists Guild String Competition; Hudson Valley String Competition, and Cooper International Violin Competition.
Born in Illinois and renowned as a child prodigy starting at age two, Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas of The Juilliard School. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and at Carnegie Hall at 18. The Newport Music Festival welcomes Chase to her second season after her debut in 2017.
Prior to her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, Valerie was the understudy for flutist Eugenia Zukerman at Lincoln Center, featured soloist in the Mannes 2000 Bach Festival, two-time laureate of the Young Artist Competition at Boston University, recipient of the Aspen Music Festival Wombwell Kentucky Award, and was the inaugural recipient of the Michelle E. Sahm Memorial Award at the Tanglewood Festival. Recently, she appeared as guest artist at the Chenango Music Festival, teaching artist for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, was recipient of Meet the Composer's Edward and Sally Van Lier Memorial Award, and was showcased on the New York classical radio station WQXR. Most Recently, she is a recipient of the Multi-Arts Production Fund - a grant given to "support innovative new works in all disciplines and traditions of performing arts."
Valerie has a Double Bachelor's degree in Theory/Composition and Flute Performance from Boston University and a Master's degree in Flute Performance from the Mannes College of Music. She studied flute with Julius Baker, Alan Weiss, and Mark Sparks; composition with Martin Amlin and Randall Woolf; and has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program and Interschool Orchestras of New York. Currently, she is on the advisory panel of the National Flute Association.
Collegium Ancora aims to be "a professional chamber choir for the Ocean State". In addition to performing at venues statewide and around the region, this means cultivating innovative partnerships with other organizations, and sharing music as widely as possible. The ensemble relishes these opportunities, and welcomes invitations from communities and organizations throughout southern New England.
He has presented his Entreprenurial Clinic, “The Portfolio Musician” at The Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music, Belmont School of Music, University of South Carolina, University of Las Vegas, University of Missouri, Syracuse University, Kansas State University, University fo Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas City Conservatory and the Indiana Music Educators Conference. He is co-author of “The Portfolio Musician, Case Studies in Success” with Grammy Nominated Musician John Laverty
Del Pino has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and is a frequent guest at Segovia, Cadaqués, Ubeda, Ayamonte, and Alfas del Pi in Spain; Itu in Brazil; Morelia Festival in Mexico; Verbier in Switzerland; Musifleuves and Piano en Saintonge in France; the Haifa Chamber Music Society in Israel; and Chamber Music International in Dallas. He has premiered works by José Zárate, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nicolai Kapustin, Francisco Lara, and Antón García-Abril. In 2016 del Pino released Gypsy Inspiration, an album in collaboration with flautist Vicent Morelló, featuring works by Béla Bartók, Pablo de Sarasate, and Fritz Kreisler. His performances have been broadcasted in numerous media outlets, including the Spanish Public Radio (RNE); Spanish Public Television (RTVE); Taiwan National Television; SWR 2 in Sttutgart, Germany; Morelia in Mexico; Brasov and Cluj Televisions in Romania; WGBH in Boston; WFMT in Chicago; and Dallas, Libreville, and Sydney ABC radio stations.
Born in Lebanon to Spanish parents, del Pino studied piano with Julian Lopez-Gimeno at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica of Madrid. From 1998 to 2000 he studied with Joaquin Achucarro in the Artist Certificate program at Southern Methodist University, winning the Concerto Competition in his first year. He holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from Yale University where he studied with Peter Frankl graduating in 1997 and receiving the Elizabeth Parisot Prize as well as the Ellsworth Gruman Prizes to an outstanding pianist. Currently, he works as part of the faculty at Musikene, Superior Conservatory of the Basque Country. This year marks del Pino’s seventeenth season at the Newport Music Festival.
As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. A firm believer in the healing properties of music, Gabriela and her colleagues have performed in cancer units in Boston hospitals and presented benefit concerts for cancer research organizations in numerous venues throughout the United States.
Critics have acclaimed Gabriela as “a young violin master,” and “one of Boston’s most valuable players.” Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, “…Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez’s 1991 Anthèmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz’s upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-out were miracles of color, texture, and feeling.” Others have remarked on her "indefatigably expressive" playing, “polished technique,” and “vivid and elegant playing.”
A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area contemporary music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and Callithumpian Consort. She also plays regularly with Winsor Music, Mistral Music, Radius Ensemble, and Emmanuel Music. In 2012 Gabriela joined the violin faculty of Wellesley College. Gabriela is co-artistic director of the Boston-based chamber music organization Winsor Music.
Gabriela plays on a Vuillaume violin generously on loan from Mark Ptashne and a viola made by her father, Manuel Diaz and can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, Naxos, and Tzadik records.
In addition to his work in the classical world, Dover has an extensive background in jazz and improvised music. He held the clarinet chair for over 300 performances of the acclaimed OffBroadway musical Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812. Currently Mark can frequently be heard as a substitute musician on the Broadway show Matilda. He has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz, pop and musical theatre artists, including The Temptations, Vulfpeck, Bernard Purdie, Edward Simon, Brian Blade, Dave Binney, Scott Colley, Cyrille Aimée, Darren Criss, Dave Malloy, Phillipa Soo, Stephen Pasquale, Adam Deitch, Michael Thurber, Charles Yang, and many more. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark received his Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His major teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, Nathan Williams, and Jay DeVries.
Ms. Ellis went on to receive her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, studying with George Sakakeeny. While at Oberlin she participated as both an instructor and performer in the Panama Project; a month long camp for young Panamanian students. She then received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and also attended Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program, studying with Frank Morelli at both institutions.
Residing in Harlem, Ms. Ellis is an active New York freelancer, having performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Absolute Ensemble, Perspectives Ensemble, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, just to name a few.
Also a passionate teacher, she has taught at Conservatories of Music at Purchase College and Brooklyn College, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and Juilliard's Music Advancement Program. She is also a well renowned clinician, and has given masterclasses and solo recital performances across the country.
In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, a mission/outreach-centric festival held annually in his hometown, New Orleans. Mr. Fleming has been featured on a Live from Marlboro CD release on the Archiv Music label, and his recordings with the Attacca Quartet on Azica Records were released to widespread critical acclaim. He has performed as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Classical Players, and the Serafin and Canterbury String Quartets, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Columbus State University, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, among others. He has served on the faculties of the Innsbrook Institute, Renova Music Festival and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College, writes frequently for Strings Magazine, and is Lecturer-in-Residence for the concert series Project: Music Heals Us.
Mr. Fleming holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music from the Juilliard School, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State University. He is represented by Arts Global, Inc.
He is currently at work on If I Were You, a new opera based commissioned by the Merola Opera Program for Summer of 2019. In 2016, Heggie was awarded the Eddie Medora King Prize by the UT Austin Butler School of Music. He was also the recipient of the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in a private concert that featured a performance by the great Patti LuPone.
A Guggenheim Fellow, he serves as a mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and is a frequent guest artist and master teacher at universities and conservatories. Jake Heggie has collaborated as composer and pianist with some of the world’s most loved singers, including sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, and Talise Trevigne; mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jamie Barton, and Suzanne Mentzer; Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald; tenors Ben Heppner, Jay Hunter Morris, and Paul Groves; baritones Keith Phares, Nathan Gunn, and Bryn Terfel. He has also worked closely with extraordinary instrumentalists as well as the Brentano String Quartet, Miró Quartet and the Alexander String Quartet.
Jake Heggie lives in San Francisco with his husband, Curt Branom.
A rarity in the chamber music world, this elite trio is comprised of three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right. In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, violinist Misha Keylin has already sold over 150,000 copies of his Naxos CD series of the Henri Vieuxtemps violin concertos. These recordings have already and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards, including “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times, Gramophone, and The Strad.
Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergey Antonov became one of the youngest cellists ever awarded the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Antonov’s entry into this elite stratum has already placed him on stages at world-renowned venues from Russia’s Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Pianist Ilya Kazantsev – hailed by The Washington Post as “virtually flawless” – has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Russia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Kazantsev’s many awards and honors include first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition; he also won the International Chopin Competition and the 2007 & 2008 World Piano Competitions.
Sirena has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. Most recently, in February of 2017, Sirena was awarded First Prize at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and in March, she was awarded the winner of the New York Concert Artist. In 2009, she won First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year, she was also named the first Artist-in-Residence of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She is also a top prize winner at Singapore International Violin Competition as well as the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.
Sirena made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine, and has performed in seventeen countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Arts Series, Albuquerque Chamber Music Festival, “The Great Music for a Great City” series in New York City, and many others.
Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians, including President Obama and Elie Wiesel. At age eleven, she gave a TED talk that garnered more than 2.5 million views. In 2006, she received the honor of playing for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and thirty Nobel Prize Laureates at the World Peace Conference held in Petra. In 2007, under the invitation of former Czech Republic President Havel, she played in the Opening Ceremony of the “Forum 2000 World Conference” in Prague. In 2008, she was invited to perform during the ceremony in which the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity presented its Humanitarian Award to President Sarkozy of France.
In addition to her TED Talk in 2006, Huang has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and NPR’s “From the Top" as well as several interviews with WNPR, CNBC, WTNH, WTIC, WB20 and Beethoven Radio.
Keylin has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonic, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile. As an active chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has participated at the Aspen, Ravinia and Australian Chamber Music festivals, amongst others. In 2011, Keylin became a founding member of the Hermitage Piano Trio together with renowned soloists Sergey Antonov and Ilya Kazantsev.
Keylin began musical studies with his mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated to the United States at age nine and was accepted as a student by the legendary Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. After winning New York’s Waldo Mayo Award as Best Young Performer of the Year, he went on to capture top prizes in the prestigious Hannover (Germany), Paganini (Italy), Sarasate (Spain) and Viña del Mar (Chile) competitions. He has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and he currently resides in New York and performs on a violin made by Antonio Gagliano in 1831 and a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, West Branch International Festival and Academy, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS “This Morning”. Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000-2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Mr. Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. In the fall of 2007, he assumed the position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica, and Naxos. His CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz was nominated for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
Born in Saskatchewan, Robert Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee KumSing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lynch has spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and has performed with the Seattle and Philadelphia Chamber Music Societies. Her other summer festival appearances include The Oregon Bach Festival, The Newport Music Festival (RI), The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival. Her chamber music performances have been enthusiastically reviewed and broadcast on radio stations around the country, including on American Public Media’s Performance Today. She can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning Seattle Symphony label performing Dutilleux's Les Citations for oboe, harpsichord, bass, and percussion.
Ms. Lynch earned her BM and MM degrees at New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School respectively, studying with John Ferrillo, Elaine Douvas, and Nathan Hughes. Upon graduating from Juilliard, she was awarded the prestigious William Schuman Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Daniel Stolper. Now a devoted teacher herself, Ms. Lynch serves on the University of Washington faculty and has presented masterclasses at the University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute, Interlochen Arts Camp Advanced Oboe Institute, and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Ms. Ma, winner of the 2016 Pro Musicis International Award, is an avid citizen-artist who has enjoyed diverse teaching, leadership, and enterprise roles as Stanford University’s Arts Academic Theme Associate and Pre-Collegiate summer Institute’s Resident Counselor and as a Juilliard Gluck Fellow. This past summer, she was invited to partake in Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop as a multidisciplinary performer and stage manager, as well as Caroga Lake Music Festival as a Teaching Artist and Inter-Arts Symposium Speaker. Currently, she enjoys teaching on the music faculties of Avenues, The World School and ToneRow.com, and maintains a private studio in Manhattan.
Juliann Ma completed her studies at Stanford University (B.A. Music, Honors & Distinction, minor in Creative Writing), École normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot (Diplôme d’Exécution de Piano, Fulbright grant), Juilliard School (Master of Music), and Mannes, The New School for Music (Professional Studies). For her contributions to Humanities & Creative Arts, Juliann Ma was presented with the prestigious Robert M. Golden Medal at her Stanford graduation. Her performances have taken her across Europe, Jamaica, Japan, and the United States, including venues as Bing Concert Hall, Konzertsaal Bundesallee, Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Dôme de Grandes Écuries Chantilly, Herbst Theater, Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai, Three Palms Montego Bay, and Schoenberg Center. She gave her Carnegie Weill Hall solo debut this past November, and will be giving one at Salle Cortot, Paris, December 2018.
Muresanu’s project, Four Strings Around the World, a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world, won the Creative and Performing Arts Award at the University of Maryland, which allowed her to commission new works from Indian composer Shirish Korde and Native American composer Jerod ‘Impichchaachaaha’ Tate in 2015. An avid performer of new music, she has released numerous recordings of works by Thomas Oboe Lee, Elena Ruehr, Guillaume Lekeu, Alberic Magnard. She has also recorded the complete William Bolcom sonatas with pianist Michael Lewin, and recorded the world premiere of Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist Virginia Eskin.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and has taught at Boston Conservatory and in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin and an Etienne Pajeot bow. The Newport Music Festival welcomes her to her fourth season.
Among his engagements with Boston Brass, Pagliuca is also the Principal Trombonist of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, and Palm Beach Symphony. As a teacher, He was Faculty of EL SISTEMA in Venezuela for 12 years while in Venezuela. In the US, prior to join Boston Brass, he was Faculty at PBA (Palm Beach Atlantic University) for 2 years and at FIU (Florida International University) for 4 years. He has received 4 Latin Grammys as musician for the awarded Albums. He has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Quincy Jones among others, and also appears in more than 100 Albums.
Sam is the coauthor, with Patrick Sheridan, of the best selling pedagogy texts and DVD’s “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym”. Professor Pilafian previously served for 44 years on the faculties of Boston University, the Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music, Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.
As a freelancer, Porter has accompanied artists ranging from Pavarotti to Brian Wilson to YES, and as a rhythm section player on the string bass and electric bass, he has accompanied many more artists including Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Joel Grey, Helen Reddy, Rita Moreno, Patti Lupone, Charlotte Church and Bernadette Peters. In addition, Porter has played in numerous pit orchestras for musical theater, locally and on international tours, with shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Sound of Music and West Side Story.
Along with teaching at the University of Rhode Island, Porter teaches bass students at the Music School (founding faculty), the Wheeler School, Brown University, Rhode Island College, St. George’s School, UMass Dartmouth, Community College of RI, and Providence College. Additionally, he maintains a private studio of students. Porter’s degrees include a Master of Arts from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.
Mr. Scott has also experienced good fortune as a studio musician. He can be heard on movie soundtracks scored by Terrence Blanchard, Tan Dun and on commercial recordings with notable artists such as Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Chris Brubeck, Chico O'Farill, Robin Eubanks, Freddy Cole and Jimmy Heath, among others. Additionally, he has toured with artists such as Barbra Streisand and the late Luther Vandross.
Mr. Scott's arranging and composing credits are many, and include scoring the off-Broadway production of Becoming Something, The Canada Lee Story, the staged production of Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!, and many original works for solo winds as well as wind, brass and jazz ensembles. His works are published by International Opus, Trevco Music, To The Fore Music and self-published at Music by The Breadman.
Mr. Scott has been on the horn faculty of the music department at Montclair State University (New Jersey) since 2002
Jose is active in South Florida’s Latin music scene and toured the world extensively in Ricky Martin’s band for eight years . He appears in more than 150 commercial recordings with artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz. Jose has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live and the Grammys. José has recently been appointed Associate Trumpet Professor of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee.
Her chamber music credits outside of Imani Winds include playing with such esteemed groups as Alarm Will Sound and Camerata Pacifica. Ms. Spellman-Diaz graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory where she achieved her Bachelor of Music degree, and received her Masters and Professional Studies degrees from Manhattan School of Music. She is on faculty at Brooklyn College.
An extremely versatile cellist, Brook has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. First Prize winner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others, and is a regular performer at England's IMS Prussia Cove and on tour with Musicians from Marlboro. As an avid and sought-after chamber musician, Brook has been personally invited by musical giants such as Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode to collaborate in chamber music recitals and tours throughout the country. As a result of these collaborations, Brook was nominated for the inaugural Warner Music Prize, a newly established prize presented by Warner Music and Carnegie Hall.
Brook studied at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, after his formative years of study with Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles. He performs on a 1854 J.B. Vuillaume on loan from his father, a cellist and his first inspiration in a family of professional musicians.
Born in Anyang, South Korea, Mr. Sunwoo began learning piano at age 8. He gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul before moving to the United States in 2005 to study with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree there, his master’s at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music with Richard Goode. He currently studies under Bernd Goetzke in Hannover. Mr. Sunwoo credits each for their guidance in his artistic development and approach, and honored the late Mr. Lipkin by performing his cadenza during his Semifinal Round performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467.
The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Mr. Sunwoo launched his debut season in 2017–2018 with invitations to the Aspen, Grand Teton, Newport Music Festival, and Duszniki International Music Festivals. Recitals will take him to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, and he undertakes a nine-city tour of the United States with the National Orchestra of Cuba in the spring. In Europe, Mr. Sunwoo makes his United Kingdom concerto debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Cristian Macelaru, appears in the first full season at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and performs in Brussels, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Madrid, Helsingborg, and across Germany. His appearances in Asia include those in Beirut, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and across South Korea.
Record label Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 two weeks after his Cliburn win, which includes his award-winning performances of Ravel’s La valse and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata.
In previous seasons, Mr. Sunwoo has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, The Juilliard Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, Houston Symphony Orchestra with James Feddeck, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. He has appeared in recital in Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, and throughout South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Prague, and Morocco.
An avid chamber musician, his partners have included the Jerusalem and Brentano String Quartets, violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ida Kafavian, cellists Edgar Moreau, Gary Hoffman, and Peter Wiley, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. He has toured Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama with the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Inside Chamber Music Lectures, and been invited to the Summit Music, Bowdowin International, and Toronto Summer Music Festivals.
In addition to the Cliburn gold medal, Mr. Sunwoo has won first prizes at the 2015 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, the 2014 Vendome Prize held at the Verbier Festival, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition, and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Mr. Sunwoo enjoys finding pho in each city he visits and takes pride in his own homemade Korean soups.
She began at the top, when she received a contract from Sir Rudolf Bing during the Metropolitan Opera auditions, and since her debut in 1970 she has sung nearly all of her great roles with that company. In addition, Miss von Stade has appeared with every leading American opera company, including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Los Angeles Opera. Her career in Europe has been no less spectacular, with new productions mounted for her at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the Paris Opera. She is invited regularly by the finest conductors, among them Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, and Seiji Ozawa, amongst others to appear in concert with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.
With impressive versatility, she has effortlessly traversed an ever-broadening spectrum of musical styles and dramatic characterizations. A noted bel canto specialist, she excelled as the heroines of Rossini and Bellini and is an unmatched stylist in the French repertoire; in one critic’s words, “the Mélisande of one’s dreams.” Her elegant figure and keen imagination have made her the world’s favorite interpreter of the great trouser roles. Her ability as a singing actress has allowed her to portray wonderful works in operetta and musical theater and her repertoire is continually expanding with the works of contemporary composers.
Unparalleled in her artistry as a recitalist, Miss von Stade combines her expressive vocalism and exceptional musicianship with a rare gift for communication, enriching audiences throughout the world. Here, too, her repertoire encompasses a rich variety, from the classical style of Mozart and Haydn to the popular songs of Broadway’s greatest musicals.
She has made over seventy recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations and “Best of the Year” citations by Stereo Review and Opera News. She has enjoyed the distinction of holding simultaneously the first and second places on national sales charts for Angel/EMI’s Show Boat and Telarc’s The Sound of Music.
Miss von Stade appears regularly on television, through numerous PBS and other broadcasts. She has been seen on national television in a concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as part of the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and participating in the opening of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts performing in a concert together with Sir Elton John, Andre Watts, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other highlights of television appearances include a gala concert with the San Francisco Symphony to open the season at Carnegie Hall and a “Live from Lincoln Center” television event opening the season of the Mostly Mozart Festival, both broadcast throughout North America.
Frederica von Stade is the holder of honorary doctorates from Yale University, Boston University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (which holds a Frederica von Stade Distinguished Chair in Voice), the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and her alma mater, the Mannes School of Music. In 1998 Miss von Stade was awarded France’s highest honor in the Arts when she was appointed as an officer of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1983 she was honored with an award given at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
Born in England, Ian won a scholarship at age 14 to the Junior School of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He completed his studies with Flor Peeters in Belgium. In 1993, in recognition of his services to music, he was honored with an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music. Ian’s first major appointment was as Organist at St. Margaret's, Westminster Abbey, at the age of 19, a position he held for ten years. He also served as Music Director of the historic Christopher Wren church, St. James's Piccadilly.
Ian has appeared as soloist or conductor with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Scottish, English, Polish, Irish and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, Bremen Philharmonisches Gesellschaft, Rhein-Main Symphony, Colorado Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Handel and Haydn Society, English Baroque Soloists, and The Sixteen. He has also been featured on many recordings and film soundtracks including Amadeus, Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Restoration, Cry the Beloved Country, Voices from A Locked Room, and the BBC‘s production of David Copperfield.
Ian has recently completed a major project with violinist Susanna Ogata, to record the ten Beethoven Violin Sonatas on the CORO label, using period-instruments. The set has received extraordinary praise in Gramophone, The Strad, The New York Times BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare Magazine and countless others. describing it as “revelatory” and “groundbreaking”. His fortepiano recital in the 2016 Boston early Music Festival was included in the top picks of the year by the Boston Musical intelligencer. In honor of the Handel and Haydn Society’s 200th Anniversary in 2015, Ian conducted an outdoor performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Boston’s Copley Square. The audience was estimated at 6,000 people.