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Jupiter Players 2018-2019

  Lisa Shihoten, a native of Chicago, enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Her numerous awards include honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program, and the Menuhin and Paganini violin competitions. She has performed concertos under the batons of Kurt Masur and Robert Spano; and as a chamber musician and soloist, she has appeared in concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her festival participation has included Caramoor, Ravinia, North Shore, Norfolk, Aspen, and Verbier. A Jupiter regular, she also frequently performs duo recitals with her husband, organist Ken Cowan. Lisa Shihoten, violin
  Claire Bourg, a laureate of many competitions, has been a featured soloist with several orchestras performing in such venues as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, as well as recently making her solo debut in Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and Chicago’s WFMT Introductions radio programs. An avid chamber musician, she has participated at Ravinia, where she collaborated with Kim Kashkashian and Frans Helmerson. Claire began her violin studies at age 5 in the Chicago area. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried, she is currently at Curtis under the tutelage of Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt. Claire Bourg, violin
  Diana Cohen was born into a musical family and has a multifaceted career. Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic since 2012 and founding member of Trio Terzetto, she has previously served as concertmaster and soloist with the Richmond, Charleston, and Kalamazoo Symphonies, and the National Repertory and Iris orchestras. As soloist, she has also appeared with the Holland, Rochester, and Grand Rapids Symphonies, among others. She regularly performs with Orpheus and ECCO and has played with Sejong Soloists, the Knights, the Cleveland Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. Diana is also the founder and Co-Artistic Director of ChamberFest Cleveland. As a chamber musician, she has played at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Aspen, Giverny, and Banff festivals. And she has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Miró, Cleveland, and Parker Quartets, and with renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Garrick Ohlsson, and Jonathan Biss. Diana was a recipient of the Jerome Gross Prize and winner of the Milhaud competition. Diana Cohen, violin
  Randall Mitsuo Goosby made his debut as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony at age 9, and his Carnegie Hall debut at age 13, when he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone...his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” (New York Times). He has since appeared with several major orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Under a Sphinx program, he appeared twice as soloist at Carnegie Hall. Randall is winner of many awards, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Adelphi Orchestra competition and 3rd prize and Audience Choice of the 2018 Sphinx Competition (senior division); and he was the youngest First Prize winner of the 2010 Sphinx Concerto Competition at age 13—a win that led to an invitation by Tony-nominated actor Delroy Lindo to perform at the 18th MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. He is also a 2015 Rising Star of the Stradivari Society, and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” in 2012. Randall plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini made in 1765, on generous loan from Juilliard. ~ www.randallgoosby.com Randall Mitsuo Goosby, violin
  Alina Ming Kobialka has been praised as a remarkable young soloist for her beautiful tone, effortless precision, and musical maturity beyond her years. The San Francisco Classical Voice described her as a “jaw-droppingly assured” soloist, who “made present and future converge.” The Las Vegas Review Journal added, “Watch for her name. She appears to be bound for greatness.” Among her winnings are the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition at age 13, the grand prize at the 2012 Mondavi competition, and second prize at the 2017 Elmar Oliveira competition. After her debut as a soloist at age ten, she has toured and performed with many ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. These include performances with the Berlin Philharmonie and at the Rheingau Musik Festival, and her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at their 100th Anniversary Reunion Concert (featured on NPR’s “From the Top”) and again in 2014 and 2016. An upcoming highlight will be the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Her festival participation includes Innsbrook, Aspen, and Marlboro. A graduate of Colburn, Alina currently studies with Ilya Kaler at the Cleveland Institute. Alina Ming Kobialka, violin
  Eunae Koh, the second prize and chamber music prizewinner of the 2015 Michael Hill competition, enjoys a blossoming career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. The South Korean native made her concerto debut at the age of 9 with the Seoul Symphony and has won many competitions in Korea. As a soloist, she made her debut performing the Brahms Concerto in Jordan Hall with the New England Conservatory Symphony as the school’s competition winner, and has also appeared with the Auckland Philharmonic and Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, among others. She gave her first recital at the age of 13 in Kumho Art Hall, and has been featured on KBS Classic FM several times. As a chamber musician, Eunae has collaborated with such musicians as Donald Weilserstein and Natasha Brofsky, as well as the New York Classical Players and A Far Cry. Her festival participation includes Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and Rockport. She is also an artist member of Music for Food, an effort for local hunger relief. ~ www.eunaekoh.com Eunae Koh, violin
  Dechopol Kowintaweewat’s playing has been called “deeply lyrical” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and New York’s Oberon’s Grove wrote that his “singing, satiny tone constantly reached the heart.” As a winner of Young Concert Artists Auditions (as a member of the Zorá String Quartet), he gave critically-acclaimed debut concerts in New York, Washington, DC, and Boston. The Quartet also won Grand Prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Germany’s Encore competitions. Dechopol has served as a concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony, as well as the Oberlin and Indiana University Chamber Orchestras. His festival participation includes Aspen and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Dedicated to sharing music with the young, he has played outreach concerts in schools in Thailand, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Dechopol began violin studies at the age of 8 and has degrees from Oberlin, Indiana University, and Curtis. Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
  Hannah Tarley, a winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions, Third Prize at the 2017 Elmar Oliveira Competition and First Prize at the 2015 New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s Shining Stars Competition. She has soloed with orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Kiev Soloists; and has debuted in venues such as Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Royal Festival Hall, and Leipzig’s Gewandaus as both soloist and chamber musician. Hannah began playing the violin at age two, and at age twelve she was appointed the youngest concertmaster in the history of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her festival participation includes the Perlman Music Program, Aspen, Olympic, Kronberg, Ozawa Academy, and Heifetz Institute, where she was Artist-in-Residence in 2015 and 2017. Hannah is the Founder and Artistic Director of Notes by the Bay Music Festival, a children’s music program founded in 2015. She also performs with Violins of Hope, bringing to life the history of the Holocaust and the stories of its victims and their violins. Hannah Tarley, violin
  Jordan Bak has won a number of prizes and awards including the 2017 Juilliard Concerto Competition and Presser Foundation Scholar Award. A recent highlight was his well-received performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Tully Hall, and he was among the elite at the 2016 Lac Léman Music Masterclasses in Blonay, Switzerland. The Jamaican-American has also been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe, and he especially enjoys music written around the turn of the 20th century. His festival participation includes Taos, Four Seasons, and Yellow Barn; and he will be at Marlboro in 2019. Jordan is a strong advocate of 21st century contemporary as well as Baroque music, and is working on programming the Classical music extremes in solo performance. He plays a viola made by Jon van Kouwenhoven in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, spicy food, and automobiles. ~ jordanbak.com Photo by Natalia Vilela Jordan Bak, viola
  Maurycy Banaszek, from Warsaw, Poland, joined the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in 2011. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Kronberg, Seattle, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, and Moritzburg, among others. Founding member of the conductorless chamber orchestra, ECCO, he has also toured with the Musicians from Marlboro, performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, and frequently appeared at Bargemusic in New York. He was recently featured as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. As violist of the Elsner String Quartet he was invited by members of the Amadeus String Quartet to perform at their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in London’s Wigmore Hall. Maurycy is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree. Maurycy Banaszek, viola
  Luosha Fang from China brings her adventurous spirit as violinist and violist to a wide range of music that includes 21st century premieres of works by Penderecki and Shen Yiwen. As a violinist she won the 2013 Astral Artists Auditions and has performed as soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orpheus, among others. As a violist she won 1st Prize in the 2018 Tokyo Viola Competition, and subsequently toured in Japan. She has also appeared with the Suzhou Royal Chamber Orchestra, frequently performs at Bard Music West in San Francisco and Krzyzowa-Music in Poland, and worked most recently with Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff and Steven Isserlis at Kronberg Academy’s “Chamber Music Connects the World.” As a chamber musician Luosha won the Silver Medal at the 2010 Fischoff competition as first violinist and founding member of the Chimeng Quartet. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Ravinia, Norfolk, Aspen, Kneisel Hall, Music from Angel Fire, and Incontri in Terra di Siena, collaborating with Mitsuko Uchida, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, among others, as well as members of the Guarneri and Juilliard string quartets. Luosha made her debut at age 8. She plays on a Pietro Guarneri violin made in 1734 and a Dominique Peccatte bow kindly loaned by Dr. Ryuji Ueno.. ~ www.luoshafang.com Luosha Fang, viola
  Ayane Kozasa is winner of the 2011 Primrose, 2012 Astral, and Irving Klein competitions. An avid chamber musician, she has participated in several festivals including Marlboro, Angel Fire, Ravinia, Aspen, Mimir, Norfolk, and West Cork in Ireland. Ayana has also toured in the U.S. with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn as part of “Curtis on Tour” and is a member of “Steans on Tour” as well. She has been featured in The Strad and Strings, and her performances have been broadcast on “Live from the Mayne Stage” for WFMT in Chicago, and on Philadelphia’s WHYY. ~ www.ayanekozasa.com  Photo by Andy Cook Ayane Kozasa, viola
  Sung Jin Lee, from South Korea, is a recipient of several awards, including a Special Prize at the 2013 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, and First Prizes at the 2009 Just Viola Festival and 2006 Seoul Youth Chamber Music competitions. She has since appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, and Academie Ensemble. She was Principal Violist of the Curtis Symphony, and is a substitute violist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphony in C. Sung Jin has also performed many solo recitals in Korea and participated at Music at Menlo, Angel Fire, Chamber Music Connects the World (Kronberg, Germany), Heifetz Institute, Carl Flesch Academy (Baden-Baden, Germany), and Great Mountains Festival. The artists she has collaborated with include Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Mate Bekavac, Peter Wiley, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer, and Keith Robinson. Sung Jin Lee, viola
  Ren Martin-Doike, a versatile performer, won the Fontys prize at the Rubinstein Competition, First Prize in the string quartet division at the Fondation Maurice Ravel Competition, and the Prix de musique de chambre at the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau. She has performed for diverse audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Duo RenJi, and Benny Rietveld Jazz Quintet. And she has been heard on Radio France, American Public Radio, NPR, and RTHK (Hong Kong). Most recently, she appeared in Death in Montmartre, an RTHK film for which she also recorded original arrangements. As principal viola of the Curtis 20/21 Chamber Orchestra, she went on tour with Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo as part of their Two x FourProject, which resulted in a Grammy-nominated album on the Cedille label. A graduate of Curtis, Ren earned her master’s degree in 2017 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, receiving a unanimous first prize from the jury. Ren Martin-Doike, viola
  Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has been praised by Strad Magazine as having “lyricism that stood out...a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines.” Among her winnings are First Prize and every special award at the 2013 Banff String Quartet Competition, the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Competition, First Prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo and Sphinx competitions. She has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Bowdoin, Bravo and Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. Milena is also the founding violist of the Dover String Quartet, the resident quartet at Northwestern University. Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
  Dov Scheindlin, acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” was until recently violist of the Arditti String Quartet, winner of the 1999 Siemens Musikpreis in Munich. The Quartet’s extensive concert schedule brought him to some 28 European countries. He was also a member of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Mendelssohn String Quartet (as acting violist). Born in Montreal, Dov was raised in New York City. ~ www.dovscheindlin.com Dov Scheindlin, viola
  Australian-Korean violist Lisa Sung was hailed by the Australian Daily Telegraph as a “viola prodigy.” She is a special prizewinner of the 2016 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, a top prizewinner of the 2017 Manhattan and 2017 Vivo competitions, and a two-time winner of the Australian States Concerto Competition. An avid musician, Lisa has frequently performed solo at the Sydney Opera House and in chamber music recitals at Alice Tully Hall, as well as in Europe and Asia. She has performed for Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard, she has been heard live on Sydney radio broadcasts, and is currently a substitute violist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her festival participation includes Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, Taos, Norfolk, and IMS Prussia Cove. She currently pursuing a master’s degree at Juilliard as a Kovner Fellow in the studios of Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps. Lisa Sung, viola
  Meagan Turner, from Toronto, is a recipient of a Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Career Grant in 2017, a scholarship from the Virtu Foundation, and Felix Galimir Award for Excellence (twice). With a powerful imagination and natural instinct, she has performed solo recitals throughout North America and has appeared as soloist with the Hart House Chamber Orchestra in Toronto. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Dover, New Orford, St. Lawrence, and Parker Quartets as well as pianists Stephane Lemelin, Pedja Muziejvic, and Walter de la Hunt. Her festival participation includes Ravinia, Tanglewood, Toronto (Summer), Luminato, Orford Arts Center, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Juilliard (M.A.) on full scholarship under Samuel Rhodes, Meagan is currently a member of Ensemble Connect. Meagan Turner, viola
  Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, from Hong Kong, garnered praised in ClevelandClassical when she made her concerto debut at Severance Hall: her “prodigious technique and powerful ability to project was as stunning as her expressive playing.” She has served as principal violist for Yale, Curtis, and festivals such as Verbier; and she performs regularly as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and A Far Cry. Passionate about chamber music, she has played at festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, Norfolk, Music from Angel Fire, Taos, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute and Curtis, Rimbo is currently completing her graduate studies at Yale, while holding a year-long position with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She also dedicated a year to the underserved in Philadelphia. Rimbo enjoys biking, doting on her cat, Dumpling, and creating various ways of wrapping and eating dumplings. Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola
  Cong Wu has been appointed Assistant Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic as of 2018. He won Third Prize in the 14th Primrose Viola Competition and a Special Prize in the 12th Tertis Competition. He performs in North America and Europe, and has collaborated with musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Paul Neubauer, Itzhak Perlman, and Cynthia Phelps. He was Principal Violist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, and James Levine. His festival participation includes Marlboro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Encounters, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, and Schleswig-Holstein. Born in Jinan, China, Cong had his first violin lesson at the age of four and began his viola studies in 2004. Cong Wu, viola
  Ani Aznavoorian is one of the premier cellists of her generation. Among her winnings are prizes from the Julius Stulberg, Paolo (Finland) and Bunkamura competitions, and she was also named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. In 2001 she substituted (to critical acclaim) for Natalia Gutman on 12 hours notice in 3 performances of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto. Her playing is indeed “breathtakingly lovely” Naples Daily News. Ani is a member of the Corinthian Trio, and she plays a cello made by her father Peter Aznavoorian. Chicago is her hometown. ~ www.aniaznavoorian.com Ani Aznavoorian, cello
  Zlatomir Fung, of Bulgarian and Chinese parentage, is winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2017 Astral National Auditions, winner of first prizes at the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competitions, and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein Competitions, as well as a silver medal in the cello division of the 2012 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland, among others. He has soloed with Symphony Pro Musica, the New England Philharmonic, Cambridge Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony and Lausanne Sinfonietta, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top in 2013. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Walden Chamber Players and the Arneis Quartet. Now 17 years of age, Zlatomir plays chess competitively, composes, and reads philosophy and literature in his spare time. ~ www.zlatomirfungcello.com Zlatomir Fung, cello
  Oliver Herbert, who “makes his cello sing,” is winner of a top and special prizes in the 2018 Lutoslawski competition, the first and Casals prizes in the 2015 Irving Klein competition, and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg competition. The San Franciscan with a distinct voice and individual style has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony; and on the SoundBox and Dame Myra Hess series as a recitalist. He has worked with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, and as a chamber musician, he has performed with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Pamela Frank, among others. His festival participation includes Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyzowa Music, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, and Verbier. He has also performed on a tour with violinist Miriam Fried, Ravinia’s director; and at the 2017 Verbier festival he was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich. Oliver plays on a 1769 Guadagnini cello that belonged to Antonio Janigro, on generous loan from the Janigro family. ~ www.oliverherbertcello.com Oliver Herbert, cello
  Coleman Itzkoff, born into a musical family in Cincinnati, has been praised for his “flawless technique and keen musicality” by Alex Ross of the New Yorker. He is a Gold Medalist in the 2017 Berliner competition and a multiple prizewinner at the 2016 Irving Klein and 2016 Boulder Chamber Music competitions, among others. He has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has soloed with numerous orchestras in the U.S. A recent highlight was his acclaimed Walt Disney Hall concerto debut in Tan Dun’s epic “Heaven, Earth and Mankind.” As an avid chamber musician, Coleman performs regularly at Bargemusic and has collaborated with such artists as Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and David Finckel. His festival participation includes Aspen, the Heifetz Institute, YellowBarn, Caramoor, and Music@Menlo. Passionate about contemporary music as well, he is a founding member of the interdisciplinary AMOC (American Modern Opera Company). ~ www.colemanitzkoff.com Photo by Tina Gutierrez Coleman Itzkoff, cello
  Connor Kim’s many awards include prizes won at the Menuhin-Dowling and American Fine Arts Festival competitions. In addition, his concerto competition wins led to solo debuts with the El Camino Youth Symphony, California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Fremont Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, Connor is a founding member of the Kila Quartet (formerly Lauder); and he has also participated at Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, and Music@Menlo, playing with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Timothy Eddy. He also collaborated in “D-Man in the Waters” choreographed by Bill T. Jones at Juilliard’s Spring Dance Repertory. A native of Los Gatos, California, Connor began music lessons at age 5; he is currently in Juilliard’s master’s program. Connor Kim, cello
  Christine Lamprea, noted for her “supreme panache” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, is First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx and Schadt competitions, winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions and recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As soloist, she has appeared with the Houston and New Jersey Symphonies, among others. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has participated at the Kneisel Hall, Banff Centre and Yellow Barn festivals. Christine has also played with members of the Baroque group Les Arts Florissants, studied sonatas on fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, premiered several new pieces, and worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on John Zorn’s game piece Cobra for musical improvisers and prompter. ~ www.christinelamprea.com Photo by Kate L Photography Christine Lamprea, cello
  Mihai Marica, winner of the Irving Klein, Vina del Mar, and Salon de Virtuosi competitions, made his debut recitals at Weill and Zankel Halls with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He has performed as soloist with orchestras, in recitals, and at festivals; and is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. He began his cello studies at the age of seven at the Music High School in Cluj, Romania. Upon winning the Klein competition, its director Mitchell Sardou Klein exclaimed, “We just witnessed a future superstar. Mihai is a brilliant cellist and interpreter of music. His playing is spellbinding.” ~ www.mihaimarica.com Mihai Marica, cello
  Thomas Mesa is one of the most charismatic and versatile performers of his generation. The Cuban-American is a winner of the 2017 Astral Artists Auditions, the 2016 Sphinx Competition, 2013 Thaviu Competition, and the 2006 Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a soloist he has performed with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. As a recitalist he has appeared at Mainly Mozart, Bargemusic, the Dame Myra Hess series, and Nantucket Musical Arts Society, among others. An enthusiastic interpreter of music for choir and cello, Thomas was a featured instrumentalist with the Crossing Choir’s American premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis and its 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Bonhoeffer. He has also appeared with them at the Metropolitan Museum, Longwood Gardens, and the Winter Garden (broadcast on WNYC). As a chamber musician, he has toured with Itzhak Perlman, both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet. Thomas plays on a Richard Tobin cello made in 1820. ~ www.thomasmesacello.com Thomas Mesa, cello
  Timotheos Petrin, a Russian-Greek native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions and a top prize winner at the Paulo competition in Finland, where he was praised for “a great and passionate soloist style: expressive, vibrant singing lines, sparkling rhythm...an interesting, original personality” Helsingin Sanomat. He has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In 2016 he made his debut performance with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting. He has also performed with the Athens and Thessaloniki state orchestras, among others. In 2014 he appeared in Asia and Europe with Curtis on Tour; and has been heard regularly on WHYY and ERT TV. A graduate of Curtis, Timotheos is currently studying at the New England Conservatory. Timotheos Petrin, cello
  David Requiro, First Prize winner of both the 2006 Irving Klein and Washington string competitions, is emerging as one of America’s most promising young cellists. His accomplishments include a première performance of Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June for cello and percussion at the Aspen Music Festival and the completion of the first half of the cycle of Beethoven’s works for cello and piano at the Phillips Collection, with future cycles scheduled. A native of Oakland, California, David is cellist of the Baumer String Quartet. ~ www.davidrequiro.com David Requiro, cello
  Brook Speltz, first prize winner of the Ima Hogg Competition and cellist of the Escher String Quartet, has been praised for his “fluid virtuosity” and “soulful melodies.” A versatile musician, he has performed as soloist with orchestras and premiered Chris Rogerson’s Cello Concerto. As chamber musician he has played with Prussia Cove and Marlboro on tour; collaborates with musicians such as Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode; performs with various groups, including Shuffle and ECCO; and toured extensively with the cello rock band Break of Reality, whose online video of the Game of Thrones cover went viral and received over 4.5 million views and counting. He plays a 1756 JC Gigli on loan from his father, a cellist and his first inspiration in a family of musicians. Brook Speltz, cello
  Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator. His winnings at several competitions have led, most notably, to solo performances with the Polish Radio Symphony and the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional in Brazil. He has also arranged and recorded strings for local underground punk bands, eventually collaborating with groups like Pennywise, Veruca Salt, and Yellowcard. His productions, ranging from experimental orchestral works to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums and film scores. And he has toured and performed extensively with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Chick Corea, and others, while working closely with them on arrangements. He appears on two of Corea’s albums, including Hot House, which won a Grammy in 2013; and has performed with the late Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl, and with Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival. As a chamber musician, Paul has participated at festivals such as Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley, and Richard Goode, among others. He currently writes and performs for the viola/cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-inspired Bird's Eye Trio, and tours regularly with ECCO and ACME. Winner of the 2018 S&R Foundation Washington Award for Composition, Paul’s many compositions range from works for solo instruments to the large scale. Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles cello. Paul Wiancko, double bass
  Lizzie Burns, a recent alumna of Ensemble Connect, specializes in small ensemble repertoire. In the two years with the Carnegie Hall based group, she cultivated community engagement skills on and off stage, and in public school classrooms and community settings. As a freelancer Lizzie regularly performs with A Far Cry, the Knights, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has appeared extensively at her home-away-from-home festival Yellow Barn, as well as Bravo! Vail, Bowdoin, and the National Orchestral Institute. Lizzie pursued her higher education at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. Lizzie Burns, double bass
  Xavier Foley, from Marietta, Georgia, is a recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and First Prize winner at the 2014 Sphinx Competition, which led to performances as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Brevard Concert Orchestra; his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi; and a tour with the group as a featured soloist in cities on the East and West coasts. Xavier was also the First Prize winner of the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) Bassists Society competition and Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as principal bassist of the New York String Seminar Orchestra, and appeared on NPR’s “From the Top.” Xavier is a composer as well, and was recently commissioned by Astral Artists to write a string trio, which received a stellar review from the Philadelphia Inquirer. His is currently writing a concerto for double bass and orchestra. Xavier’s bass was made by Rumano Solano. ~ www.xavierfoley.com Xavier Foley, double bass
  Ha Young Jung is captivating audiences and critics alike with dynamic and engaging performances. The Daily Telegraph of London called her a “Disarming prodigy who achieved the rare distinction of making her instrument seem worthy of solo status.” Her numerous wins include First Prizes at the 2013 Koussevitzky and 2007 International Double Bass competitions, the Silver Medal in the 2007 Koussevitzky, and Grand-Prix in the 2006 International String Competition in Moscow. As a soloist Ha Young has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Southbank Sinfonia, and Novosibirsk Symphony, among others. Her festival participation includes Bergen, Eilat in Israel, Hardanger in Norway, and Wimbledon. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR, BBC Radio 3, “Kol Hamusica” in Israel, and Kultura Channel in Russia. ~ www.hayoungjung.com Ha Young Jung, double bass
  Barry Crawford was principal flute of the Jupiter Symphony. The Southampton Press has called his playing “superb,” admiring “his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.” He has performed in Spoleto and with Mostly Mozart, in Tunisia and Poland, and with pianist Peter Serkin on U.S. tours. Barry Crawford, flute
  Julietta Curenton, through her “bold and dramatically characterized playing” and “tone that draws in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted,” has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She is winner of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s Career Advancement Award, as well as prizes from the National Flute Association, New York Flute Club, and Astral Artists’ Auditions. She has made several appearances with ensembles such as the National and Baltimore Symphonies, and the Temple University and Kennedy Center Institute Orchestras; and she has toured with Orpheus, including their tour in Japan. A highlight this season is a concerto appearance with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. In 2018, she was also appointed Interim Flutist for the Imani Winds. ~ www.jcurenton.com Julietta Curenton, flute
  Ji Weon Ryu, a top prizewinner at the 42nd National Flute Association, New York Flute Club, and Artur Balsam Duo competitions, is Principal Flute of the Albany Symphony and founding member of Frisson Ensemble. Praised by the NFA Chronicle for her “pure poetry,” “beautiful technique and sound,” she enjoys a career as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Since her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12, Ji Weon maintains a solo career in the U.S. and in Korea, and also performs with various chamber groups. Her festival participation includes Verbier and Caroga Lake; and Korea’s KBS has broadcast her recitals. Ji Weon Ryu, flute
  Anthony Trionfo has been praised for his “spellbinding” performances with “authoritative intellect” by the Santa Barbara Voice. He has performed concertos with the Las Vegas Philharmonic (his hometown orchestra), the “President’s Own” Marine Band, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, among others. Anthony was a recipient of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a first prize winner of the 2013 Alexander & Buono competition, a winner of the National YoungArts Foundation competition, and a winner of the Young Concert Artists 2016 Auditions. He is also the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording. At age 21, he will make his YCA recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and at Merkin Hall. Anthony has also appeared on From the Top, and was Principal Flute of the American Youth Symphony for its 2015-2016 season. ~ trionfoflute.com Photo by Matt Dine Anthony Trionfo, flute
  Israeli oboist Roni Gal-Ed has been described as an “Expressive, wonderful player” by the German SZ Magazine and “Outstanding” by the New York Times. She won first prize at the Lauschmann Oboe Competition in Mannheim, and is a recipient of grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Roni has worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, and Christian Thielemann, and as a chamber musician she has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim and the Jerusalem String Quartet, among others. She has also recorded premieres of new works as well as the Hindemith Oboe Sonata and Serenade for Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, celebrating the composer’s 100th birthday. Her festival participation includes the Jerusalem, PRO Festival Rolandseck in Germany, Verbier, Edinburgh, and Crested Butte in Colorado. As an orchestral musician, she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic under James Levine; she was Principal Oboe with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra and Israeli Opera; and she was guest Principal Oboe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer for 8 years. Since 2009 Roni plays with Orpheus and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. In 2018, she performed the U.S. premiere of Matthew Greenbaum’s oboe concerto, “the jig is up,” at Lincoln Center. ~ www.ronigaled.com Roni Gal-Ed, oboe
  Hassan Anderson, from Jacksonville, Florida, is an avid chamber musician. Noted for his clarity of tone, range of colors, and energetic stage presence, he was the oboist with the innovative Shuffle Concert Ensemble; freelances in New York, often performing as Principal Oboe with several ensembles; and was an oboe fellow at Marlboro for three summers on full scholarship. Dedicated to music education and pedagogy, Hassan was a Teaching Artist with Jazz House Kids, and is currently on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music (Precollege) and Juilliard’s Advancement Program. Hassan Anderson, oboe
  Rita Mitsel has performed as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra, and as a chamber musician with the Orion String Quartet and at Bargemusic, among others. She earned her doctorate at Juilliard and is currently principal oboe of Symphony in C. She has also performed as a substitute in several orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, and in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. Rita Mitsel, oboe
  Vadim Lando, who was born in Kiev, was principal clarinet of the Jupiter Symphony. A winner of top prizes in the CMC Canada, Yale, and Stony Brook competitions, he has been praised by The New York Times for his “consistently distinguished” and “vibrant, precise virtuosic playing.” His concerts have been broadcast on NPR. Vadim runs his own music school, the Great Neck Music Conservatory ~ www.greatneckmusicconservatory.com Vadim Lando, clarinet
  Eli Goldberger, at age 15, has already “delivered the goods...clean and nuanced, but also light and playful...rock-solid technique and a marvelous sense of dynamics and lithe phrasing” (Broadway World). Winner of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2019 Young Musicians Program and a finalist at Spectrum Symphony’s 2019 concerto competition, he performed as soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in 2018 and with the Czech Opera Symphony at MusicFest Perugia. Eli studies with Jon Manasse at Juilliard Pre-College. Eli Goldberger, clarinet
  Gina Cuffari, praised by the Palm Beach Daily News for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving,” is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the New York City area. Recently named co-principal bassoonist of Orpheus, she is also a member of Riverside Symphony, and often performs with the American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic, and St. Luke’s Orchestra. In addition, she is the bassoonist of Sylvan Winds and Quintet of the Americas, and performs and records with Alarm Will Sound. Gina is on the faculty at NYU and Western Connecticut State University. ~ www.scarboroughtrio.com Gina Cuffari, bassoon
  Marlène Ngalissamy won first prize at the 2012 Canadian Music Competition and subsequently performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the gala orchestra in Toronto. As a soloist, she has also performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal, among others, and will perform the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Edmonton Symphony this season. As part of the 2014 Montreal High Lights Festival at McGill University, she gave a recital which was recorded and broadcast on CBC radio2. Born in Moscow to a family from Congo-Brazzaville, Marlène moved to Canada at the age of 10 and began bassoon lessons 3 years later. She was a laureate of the 2013 Developing Artist Grant of the Hnatyshyn Foundation, earned her bachelor’s degree from Montreal Conservatory under Mathieu Harel and Stéphane Levesque, and is now at Curtis in the class of Daniel Matsukawa. Marlene Ngalissamy, bassoon
  Audrey Flores, a native of Texas, studied with Philip Myers at Mannes and graduated from Juilliard, where she was a student of the late Jerome Ashby. Audrey has played in such orchestras as the New World Symphony, Orpheus, and Jerusalem Symphony, and was Principal Horn of Symphony in C and the Allentown Symphony. As a chamber musician she has played with the OMNI Ensemble, and the Sunriver, Vermont, and Bravo! summer festivals. Audrey is also a Teaching Artist for Midori and Friends and arranges music for the Patriot Brass Ensemble. ~ www.audreyfloreshorn.com Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka Audrey Flores, horn
  Karl Kramer, from Norway, was principal horn of the Jupiter Symphony. His winnings include top prizes from the American Horn and Nordic Horn competitions. He is a member of the Dorian Quintet, a founding member of Concerts in the Heights, and a faculty member at Rowan University in New Jersey. He also performs as artist-member and guest artist at festivals. ~ www.karlkramerjohansen.com Karl Kramer, horn
  Eric Reed, the newest member of the American Brass Quintet, has performed with orchestras and as a chamber musician. Internationally recognized, he plays regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and was a member of the Canadian Brass and Ensemble Connect, as well as the Oregon, New World, and Harrisburg symphonies. He has played with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and International Contemporary Ensemble, and appeared as Guest Principal Horn with several orchestras. Eric is also a member of Ensemble Échappé, a sinfonietta dedicated to 21st century music; its premieres include works by John Zorn, Eric Ewazen, and William Bolcom. He is on the faculty at Juilliard, Aspen, and Round Top. Photo by Asuka Yano Eric Reed, horn

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