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Guest Artists 2017-2018

  Stephen Beus, winner of the 2006 Gina Bachauer competition and Vendome Prize, has been described by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as a pianist of “artistic instinct and natural charisma.” The fourth of eight children, Stephen was born and raised in Othello, Washington and began his piano studies at age five. Four years later he made his orchestral debut playing the Mozart Concerto K. 488. His recordings are on the Endeavor Classics and Harmonia Mundi labels ~ www.stephenbeus.com Stephen Beus, piano
  Michael Brown, winner of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” He appears regularly with the Seattle, Albany, Maryland, New Haven, and Erie Symphony orchestras; and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Michael is also a composer and has won ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award, among others. As Composer-in-Residence for the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-19 seasons, he has been commissioned to write a new symphony. ~ www.michaelbrownmusic.com Photo by Jamie Beck Michael Brown, piano
  Janice Carissa, all of 17, is recipient of numerous awards and honors: she is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation and winner of the 2014 piano competition at the Aspen Festival, Star Performance Award of the 2012 American Protégé Competition in New York, and top prize winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 Piano Competition (at age 8). Born in Surabaya, Indonesia, Janice has been featured on several television and radio stations in Indonesia as well as Voice of America, WHYY TV Philadelphia, WXQR at Greene Space, and NPR’s From the Top. Recent highlights include her debut as soloist playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with St. Peters by the Sea Orchestra in New Jersey, a Beethoven concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru, and at the 2014 United Nations Day Concert with Lang Lang. She has also performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Indonesia, and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. Together with her brother Ryan Ferguson, Janice played a duo recital in the “Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos” at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. She is currently studying at Curtis with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. Janice Carissa, piano
  Fei Fei, born in Shenzhen, China, is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn competitions. Praised by the Plain Dealer for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches,” she continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). As as concerto soloist, she has performed with many orchestras in the U.S., Hong Kong, China, and Germany. Her festival participations include Bravo, Lake George, and Music@Menlo; and as a recitalist, she has played on the Dame Myra Hess and Gilmore Rising Stars series, at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, and the Louvre. Fei-Fei was showcased in the documentary, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn competition, which aired on PBS in 2015, and is a member of the Aletheia Piano Trio. ~ feifeipiano.com  Photo by Jiyang Chen Fei Fei, piano

Ilya Itin, a profound musician, is winner of the Leeds, Gina Bachauer, Robert Casadesus, William Kappel, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Bunkamura competitions. Critical acclaim has come from many parts of the world, including the Daily Telegraph, which noted his “rare and exciting artistry” and “superb technique”; Der Standard Wien, which called him “The perfect pianist”; Washington Post, which heard “A delicious and rare talent”; and Le Figaro, which stated, “He plays marvelously with all his body and his soul: a very great pianist and musician.” Ilya was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia. ~ www.ilyaitin.com

Ilya Itin, piano
  Qi Kong, born in the Chinese province of Liaoning, which borders North Korea, has been praised by the New York Times for his “elegant and sensitive” playing. He was the first prize winner of Juilliard’s 2016 Munz Piano Competition, the 2013 Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition, and the 2009 Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition. Qi had his first piano lessons at the age of four. At age 10 he continued his studies at the Shenzhen Arts School, and in 2008 he was accepted to the Walnut Hill School of Arts in Massachusetts on full scholarship. At the age of 16, Qi made his orchestral debut with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto. Qi has performed throughout the U.S., Poland, and China, and has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and participated in numerous international festivals, including the Aspen, PianoTexas, and Shanghai. ~ www.qikongpiano.com Qi Kong, piano

Elizaveta Kopelman has been praised for “her great interpretive ability and formidable technique.” She has played critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, and her concerti appearances have been with the London Philharmonic at the Barbican Centre and the Iceland Symphony, among others. Elizaveta is also an avid chamber musician and performs regularly with her father Mikhail Kopelman. Moscow is the city of her birth.

Elizaveta Kopelman, piano
  Pianist Maxim Lando, age 14, has been described by the Berkshire Fine Arts as having an “ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels.” In 2015 he was the first American awarded the Gold Prize at the International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow. He is also winner of the 2014 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, and won second prize at the 2015 Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany. Maxim has been featured on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, CNC News, America’s Got Talent show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, as well as Bavarian Radio, Russian TV-Kultura, and television shows in Italy, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. Maxim is one of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s 5 Young Scholars, and has performed duets with Lang Lang on WQXR (broadcast live from Greene Space) and at the UN (sharing the stage with Sting). ~ www.maximlando.com Maxim Lando, piano
  Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. He won First Prize at the Guardian Dublin competition, and was recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2005 Andrew Wolf Award. Levinson has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, such as the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony. As recitalist, he has appeared at Wigmore and Tully Halls, Ravinia, and Lincoln Center’s “What Makes it Great.” An active chamber musician as well, he is Artistic Director of the San Juan Chamber Music Festival in Ouray, Colorado; and has collaborated with such artists as the Tokyo, Vermeer, and Borromeo Quartets, the Jacques Thibaud String Trio, Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, David Finckel, and Carter Brey. His festival participation includes Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Davos. Born in the Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles, Levinson began studying piano at age five. ~ maxlevinson.instantencore.com Max Levinson, piano
  Timur Mustakimov has been described by the Russian press in the Kamerton Magazine as “a pianist with his own style, recognizable and at the same time spontaneous.” Winner of the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Competition as well as prizes from piano competitions in Ufa, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine, and the Jacob Flier and 2011 Mannes College Concerto competitions in the United States, Timur won his first competition at age 12 in the Republic of Tatarstan. Born in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Timur began his piano studies at the age of 8, then enrolled in the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Kazan (the capital of Tartarstan). Timur Mustakimov, piano
  Adam Neiman, who is recognized as an artist of rare depth, sensitivity and virtuosity, is a Grammy nominee and winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and Silver Medal at the Alessandro Casagrande competition. He is featured in the documentary, Playing for Real, in which Jens Nygaard and Jupiter also make a brief appearance. Adam is a member of Chamber Music Society II of Lincoln Center and the Corinthian Trio. He was born in Hayward, California ~ www.adamneiman.com Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Adam Neiman, piano
  Drew Petersen, recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2017 American Pianists Awards, has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe since the age of five. At age 21, he also won 4th prize in the 2015 Leeds piano competition. For this season and in 2018-19, he is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. As soloist, Drew has performed with many orchestras. Leading up to a performance of a Mozart concerto under the baton of Lukas Foss when he was 11 years of age, he was the focus of a documentary, Just Normal, which was aired on Plum TV in the Hamptons, Cape Cod and Islands, Aspen, and Vail. His festival participation includes the Aspen, Taos, Tanglewood, Verbier in Switzerland, Euro Arts in Leipzig, Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy. Drew’s performances have also been broadcast on France Musique, PBS’s “From The Top,” the McGraw-Hill Company’s Young Artist Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman and aired on WQXR, among others. Drew Petersen, piano

Roman Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta before his 11th birthday, and he performed with the orchestra and Mr. Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. The Palm Beach Daily News recently noted, “Rabinovich has full technical command of the piano and plays with a great deal of sensitivity.” Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman now lives in Israel. He is also an award-winning artist, and his work will be exhibited at our Jupiter concerts. ~ www.romanrabinovich.net Photo by Balazs Borocz

Roman Rabinovich, piano

William Wolfram, winner of the William Kapell, Naumburg, and Tchaikovsky competitions, is recognized as an artist who combines powerful Romantic instincts with a truly formidable command of the keyboard. Millions have seen him on public television, where he was prominently featured throughout the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. The noted piano authority Joseph Horowitz in his book, The Ivory Trade, characterizes him as a polished Romantic virtuoso, worthy of comparison to the young Van Cliburn and Vladimir Horowitz.

William Wolfram, piano
  Nigel Armstrong is emerging as a dynamic and creative artist both within and beyond the realm of classical music. From his musical beginnings as a member of “The Little Fiddlers” in Sonoma, California to collaborations with tango musicians in Argentina, he has enjoyed using the violin in a versatile manner throughout his life. As soloist Nigel has performed with orchestras such as the Dusseldorf Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, the Pacific Symphony, and the Boston Pops, and with conductors including Sir Neville Marriner and Carlos Miguel Prieto. He received the 2nd Prize, the Ole Bull Prize, and the Nordheim Award at the 2010 Menuhin Competition Senior Division in Oslo, Norway, and got the 4th Prize plus the Commissioned Work Prize at the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition. As a chamber musician his concerts have taken him across the U.S. and abroad—highlights have included opportunities to share the stage with the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss. Nigel Armstrong, violin

Dmitri Berlinsky is head and shoulders above the average competition winner, a violinist with a beautiful tone, his own character, and tremendous musical finesse. “Berlinsky shone. He exuded the confidence and poise of a young Valentino. There was no shortage of brilliance, and his verve was a source of delight” The Washington Times. Dmitri is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and a winner of the Paganini, Montreal, Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth, and Young Concert Artists competitions. ~ www.dmitriberlinsky.com

Dmitri Berlinsky, violin
  Elizabeth Fayette, praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity,” made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 with the Juilliard Orchestra under conductor Alan Gilbert. In recent seasons, she debuted with the Houston Symphony as a prizewinner in the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, was a Second Prize winner in the Young Concert Artists Auditions and was awarded the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Grant. Elizabeth is a founding member of the Sheridan Piano Trio, which recently performed throughout Denmark. She also performs with the New York Classical Players, is a fellow in Ensemble ACJW, and will return to the Marlboro Music Festival this summer. Born into a musical family, Elizabeth began studying the violin with her mother at the age of two; she holds degrees from the Curtis and Juilliard, where she recently completed an Artist Diploma. ~ www.elizabethfayette.com Photo by Margaret Maloney Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  Francisco Fullana, a native of Majorca, is a recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and has won several competitions, including the Brahms, Sarasate, Julio Cardona, and TIM “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” prizes, and the Maria Paula Alonso Award, among others. The Boston Globe has recently called him “a very special violinist.” Acclaimed for his concerto performances in both Europe and the US, Francisco has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Bayerische Philharmonie in Munich with Sir Colin Davis conducting, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. He has also played for the King and Queen of Spain and members of the Spanish Royal Family, and collaborated with such artists as Jerome Lowenthal for Samuel Adler’s Birthday Celebration, Anthony Marwood and Questlove of The Roots. Francisco plays a 1679 Pietro Guarneri, generously on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. ~ www.franciscofullana.com Francisco Fullana, violin
  Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. He appears regularly with the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic, with such conductors as Christoph von Dohnányi, Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, and Michael Tilson Thomas. The Israeli has also performed at major festivals—Verbier, BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Ravinia, and Tanglewood, to name a few. Accolades for his extensive discography under exclusive contract with BIS Records have been garnered from Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, and Disc of the Month (ClassicFM, Strad, and BBC Music Magazine). Vadim plays the 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius, on extended loan through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. ~ www.vadimgluzman.com Vadim Gluzman, violin
  William Hagen is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition (the highest ranking American since 1980). Having captured the attention of the Belgian press and public during the competition, he has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com), who “plays with an obvious and sincere love for the very act of music making” (North Texas Performing Arts News). He also won second prize at the 2014 Fritz Kreisler Competition. At age 22, he is already a seasoned performer on concert stages in the U.S. and abroad, and has played with conductors such as Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falletta, and Keith Lockhart. Recent performances include a tour of Belgium with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and Brussels Philharmonic. William has spent summers at Verbier in Switzerland, and at Aspen. A native of Utah, he began violin lessons at the age of four. At age 10, he studied with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School, commuting to Los Angeles for lessons. William plays on an Andrea Guarneri violin made in Cremona, circa 1675. ~ www.williamhagen.com William Hagen, violin
  Mark Kaplan, internationally acknowledged as one of the leading violinists of his generation, has played with nearly every major American and European orchestra and juggles a busy performance schedule around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. In addition, he performs with his own Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, and is currently a professor of violin at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He plays a Stradivari made in 1685, named after the Marchese Spinola, whose family owned it for several generations. Photo Courtesy of Indiana University ~ www.markkaplanviolin.com Mark Kaplan, violin
  Alexi Kenney is drawing attention for his unique style, poise, and musical intellect. Praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful, aching tone,” Alexi is recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild, 2012 Menuhin, and Mondavi Center competitions. He has appeared as soloist with the China Philharmonic, in recital at the Kennedy Center, Napa’s Festival del Sole, and on NPR’s “From the Top.” A dedicated chamber musician, Alexi has collaborated with such artists as Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han and Arnold Steinhardt. For six years (beginning at age nine) he was a Young Performer at Music@Menlo. He recently completed a tour of Boston, New York, Havana (Cuba), and Chicago with Miriam Fried and musicians from Ravinia. Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi plays a violin made by Eugenio Degani in 1897, on generous loan to him from the Ravinia Festival. ~ www.alexikenney.com Alexi Kenney, violin

Mikhail Kopelman is renowned for his style of immense grace and beauty combined with a flawless technique. He has performed in a dizzying array of venues throughout the world as first violinist of the Borodin String Quartet for two decades and Tokyo String Quartet for six years. He now leads the Kopelman Quartet, a string quartet in the very best style and tradition of the old Russian School. For more than 15 years Mikhail Kopelman was closely associated with Sviatoslav Richter in numerous performances and recordings. Born in Uzhgorod in the former Soviet Union, he won Second Prize at the Jacques Thibaud International Competition, and in 1995 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honor.

Mikhail Kopelman, violin
  Abigel Kralik, born in Berkeley, California, began violin studies in Philadelphia at the age of four, and continued her lessons for three years in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Hungary in 2008. As a student of Eva Acsne Szily, she won numerous first-place awards, including a first and grand prize at the national Koncz János competition in 2010. In 2012 she won first prize at the international competition, Talents for Europe, in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia. Abigel has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Hungary, most recently with the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Vilde Frang and Nicholas Altstaedt, among many others. She attended the Perlman Music Program, and in 2018 she will be at the Verbier Festival Academy and was invited as a Performing Artist at the Moritzburg Festival. Abigel studied at the Liszt Academy of Music’s Young Talents Program in 2011, and is currently at Juilliard on the Kovner Fellowship under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Laurie Smukler. Abigel Kralik, violin
  Kobi Malkin is making his mark as an exciting soloist and a perceptive chamber musician. He has been praised by the New York Times for his “palette of emotions, from languid introspection to fevered intensity with gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity.” Kobi began his violin studies at the age of 6 at the Karmiel Conservatory, and made his debut in Israel at age 14. His winnings include the Kornhauser prize of the Aviv Competition, the New England Conservatory’s Concerto and Violin competitions, and the Canetti Violin Competition. Kobi has appeared as soloist with the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Symphonette Ra’anana, Ruse Philharmonic, and the Young Israeli Philharmonic. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Itamar Golan, Miriam Fried, Frans Helmerson, Kim Kashkashian, and Mitsuko Ushida; he was also a fellow of ACJW. His festival participation includes Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program, and Marlboro. Kobi performs on a 1701 Pietro Guarneri violin, on generous on loan from Yehuda Zisapel. ~ www.kobimalkin.com  Photo by Susan Wilson Kobi Malkin, violin
  Asi Matathias, a protégé of Pinchas Zukerman, is already recognized as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. He made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years. This success was immediately followed by an invitation from Mehta to play with him the following season. Since then, he has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. Asi is also a recitalist and has appeared extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., Asia, and Israel. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has participated in festivals such as the Jerusalem, Con Anima (Austria), Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, Israel, and Prussia Cove in England. Asi began playing the violin in Israel when he was 6. His teachers include Aaron Rosand and David Nadien, and he currently continues his studies with Zukerman. Asi Matathias, violin

Stefan Milenkovich is recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism. Winner of the Indianapolis, Paganini, Tibor Varga, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin, and Young Concert Artists competitions, he has performed for President Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II, and at the age of 16, played his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Stefan was appointed a “Child Ambassador” and received the 2003 “Most Humane Person” award in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the city of his birth. He is member of the Corinthian Trio ~ www.stefanmilenkovich.com

Stefan Milenkovich, violin
  Robin Scott enjoys a burgeoning career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. Winner of the California Young Artists, WAMSO, Yehudi Menuhin, Irving Klein, and Stulberg competitions, he has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, among others. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Jordan Hall in Boston, and has participated at Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and Kneisel Hall. Robin plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival. Robin Scott, violin
  Alexander Sitkovetsky, born in Moscow to a family with an established musical tradition, made his concerto debut at the age of eight, the same year he entered the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they performed the Bach Double Concerto and Bartok Duos on several occasions at St. James’s Palace; he also played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto under Menuhin’s baton. He has since performed in Europe, the U.S., and Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with such orchestras as the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony, among others; and has shared the stage with Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen, Misha Maisky, to name just three. Chamber music has always been very important to Alexander. He is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio with pianist Wu Qian and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, and since 2012 he has played in a string quartet project with Julia Fischer. Until recently he was a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center. His Trio has won various prizes, including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. ~ www.alexandersitkovetsky.com Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
  Josef Spacek, winner of the 2009 Michael Hill Violin Competition, was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. As soloist he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. Also an avid chamber musician, Josef has performed with various ensembles and is a regular at music festivals, such as Bravo in Vail, Angel Fire, and the Moravian Autumn festivals. His recordings include the complete Ysaÿe sonatas for solo violin and works of H.W. Ernst. Josef was born in the Czech Republic. ~ www.josefspacek.com Josef Spacek, violin
  Danbi Um, born in Seoul, Korea, is a winner of the Astral Auditions and a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. As soloist, she has appeared with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Vermont Symphony, among others. She has also performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Kennedy Center, Kumho, and Carnegie’s Weill Hall. As chamber musician, she recently toured with “Musicians from Marlboro.” She has also participated at such festivals as Marlboro, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. Danbi, a graduate of Curtis and Indiana University, started playing the violin at age two, then moved to Canada at age 8 to continue her studies. Danbi Um, violin

Xiao-Dong Wang has been called the most talented violinist ever to emerge from China. He began his studies at age 3 with his father, concertmaster of the Shanghai Symphony; he then studied with the renowned teacher Zhao Ji-Yang at the Shanghai Conservatory. At ages 13 and 15, he won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition; he is also winner of the First Prize and special Szymanovski Prize in the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Competition. Xiao-Dong has soloed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic in London and the Sydney Opera Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Concertante Chamber Players.

Xiao-Dong Wang, violin
  Areta Zhulla is recipient of the 2011 “Young Artist of the Year” award by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, the Triandi Career Grant and the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. She has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia, in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. At her Megaron Hall debut in Athens in 2010, she performed under the baton of Michel Plasson and the Athens State Symphony. Other recent engagements include solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of Greece, Westchester Philharmonic, Kenosha Symphony, and the State Symphony of Thessalonica. From 2012-2015 Areta was a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. For two seasons, she was a memeber of the LK String Quartet, and she has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Orli Shaham, and Donald Weilerstein, among others. Her festival participation includes Music@Menlo, the Perlman Program, Kneisel Hall, and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada. Areta is a graduate of Juilliard, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Areta plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin kindly loaned to her through the Beares International Violin Society.www.aretazhulla.com Areta Zhulla, violin
  Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2010 Freiburg Violin Competition, has been cited by the press as a “virtuoso of emotions.” He has performed as soloist with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden and Jerusalem Symphony, among others; and has been featured on WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” and performed a solo recital broadcast by Radio France at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. Itamar plays on a 1737 Pietro Guarneri violin from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel. ~ www.itamarzorman.com Itamar Zorman, violin
  Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonic; the National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. ~ www.paulneubauer.com Paul Neubauer, cello

Cynthia Phelps enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer states that she has “one of the richest, deepest viola timbres in the world.” Cynthia is First Prize winner of both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, and is recipient of the Pro Musicis International Foundation Award. Under the auspices of this philanthropic organization, she has appeared as soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Rome, and Paris, as well as in jails, hospitals and drug rehab centers worldwide. A native of Southern California, Cynthia is the fourth of five girls, all of whom are musicians.

Cynthia Phelps, viola

Caleb Hudson, a trumpet player of undeniable virtuosity, is winner of multiple first prizes at the National Trumpet Competition in the solo division. He was soloist at the 2009 Aspen Festival with Vladimir Feltsman in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet and in the New York premiere of John Adams’s City Noir at Carnegie Hall in 2010; he made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2013. Caleb is currently a member (since 2013) of the Canadian Brass Quintet, the world’s most famous brass ensemble.hudsontrumpet.com

Caleb Hudson, trumpet

Frank Morelli is one of the most influential bassoonists in the United States today. The Miami Herald has hailed his breathtaking virtuosity, and Gramophone has proclaimed his playing “a joy to behold.” The Orpheus recording, Shadow Dances, which features his playing, won a 2001 Grammy Award. Frank, who has made 9 appearances in Carnegie Hall as soloist,  was the first bassoonist awarded a doctorate by Juilliard. He is member of the renowned quintet, Windscape ~ www.morellibassoon.com

Frank Morelli, bassoon
  Korean-born soprano Hyunah Yu was a prizewinner at the 1999 Naumburg Competition and a finalist in both the Dutch International Vocal and Concert Artist Guild competitions. She also received the coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award upon the nomination of pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Known particularly for her performances of the music of Bach, Hyunah appears regularly with esteemed conductors such as Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Jaime Laredo, and Blanche Moyse; at well-known opera houses and festivals, and with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A highlight of her career has been her title role in Mozart’s Zaide in New York, London, and Vienna under the direction of Peter Sellars, conducted by Louis Langrée. She is also an avid chamber musician and recitalist. Her debut CD on EMI was released in 2007, and of her two solo recitals recorded and broadcast for the BBC Voices program, one was named Radio 3’s Best of 2004. The Washington Post wrote that she was “absolutely captivating...with exceptional style and effortless lyrical grace. The audience, to judge by the general swooning, was helplessly in love by the end.” Hyunah Yu, soprano

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