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Jupiter Players 2017-2018

VIOLIN
  Lisa Shihoten, winner of the Grand Prize at the Marcia Polayes National Violin Competition and the Nakamichi Concerto Competition, Lisa made her debut in 1995 performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Juilliard Orchestra under Kurt Masur. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has appeared at the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and at Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series. Lisa Shihoten, violin
  Rebecca Anderson from Portland, Oregon, won first prize at the 2013 American String Teachers competition. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics, and the bronze medal and Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg competition. She recently made solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and members of the eighth blackbird. She is also a passionate chamber musician, and a fellow with Ensemble ACJW for 2016-2018. ~ www.rebeccaandersonviolin.com Rebecca Anderson, violin
  I-Jung Huang is a top prizewinner of the 2017 Ima Hogg and 2016 Hudson Valley String competitions, among other awards. She has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic under conductor Günther Herbig, the Taipei Symphony, and Academy of Taiwan Strings; and has performed widely in Europe, the U.S., China, and Taiwan. A passionate chamber musician, I-Jung has participated at Ravinia, the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and Taos School of Music, collaborating with Robert McDonald, Hye-Jin Kim, and Michael Kannen, and also working with members of the Guarneri, Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano Quartets. She was a member of the Gioviale Quartet when she was a student at the New England Conservatory. I-Jung Huang, violin
  Fabiola Kim, hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliant soloist” of “extraordinary precision and luminosity,” is a winner of the Aspen, Corpus Christi, and Irving Klein competitions, and Kumho Prodigy Music Award. With a repertoire from the classical to contemporary music, she has performed at major venues with the Seoul and Suwon Philharmonic; Aspen Philharmonia; Koln Chamber Orchestra; North Czech Philharmonic; Orquestra Sinfonica OSUANL, Budapest Symphony, Westduetche Sinfonia, and Hofer Sinfoniker, among others. Fabiola was also concertmaster of the Colburn and Juilliard orchestras, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. And she has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and WQXR’s “Young Artists Showcase.” An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with such musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, and Roberto Diaz at various festivals, including Ravinia, Aspen, Ishikawa, and Courcheval. Born into a musical family, Fabiola made her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 7, just three years after studying the violin.  
  Mari Lee has been praised by Zürichsee Zeitung as “an outstanding musician…with an artful, expressive power.” She has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and the U.S. in such venues as the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, and Jordan Hall; and has appeared as a soloist with the London Mozart Players and Baden-Baden Philharmonic under the baton of Pavel Baleff. An avid chamber musician, Mari has also participated at Le Festival de Radio France Montpellier, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Krzyzowa in Silesia, Ravinia, and Marlboro. Artists with whom she has collaborated include Kim Kashkashian, Denés Varjon, Nobuko Imai, Bruno Canino, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Juilliard String Quartets. She is also a fellow of Ensemble Connect. Born in Japan, Mari entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 11. She plays on 1764 Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi kindly provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. ~ www.marilee.com Mari Lee, violin
  Maria Ioudenitch, born in Balashov, Russia, won 1st prize at the 2012 Young Artists Competition of the Kansas City Symphony and 2nd prize at the 2012 Johansen Competition. She has performed for the 50th anniversary celebration of Van Cliburn’s Tchaikovsky win, the Hamakua Music Festival in Hawaii, National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, a gala concert with the Mississippi Symphony, and the Russo-Finnish music and poetry festival, Towards Vyborg. She has also played many times with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City; and has appeared in concert at the University of Georgia as part of The Top NPR Radio Program which was broadcast in 2013. Maria began studying the violin at the age of three.  
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
  Matthew Cohen’s winnings include a top prize of the 2016 Citta di Cremona Viola Competition, first prize at the 2015 Vivo competition, and “Best Performance of a Commissioned Piece” prize at the 2014 Primrose competition. At age 15 he gave his first performance at Carnegie Hall in the New York premiere of Tomas Svoboda’s Sonata No. 2 for orchestra and solo string quartet. He also performed York Bowen’s Phantasy for viola and piano at Weill Hall, recorded on the Soundset label. Recent solo engagements include his European debut of Hummel’s Potpourri with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, his Italian debut of Bartok’s Viola Concerto with I Virtuosi Italiani, and presenting the world premiere of the video game score composer Garry Schyman’s viola concerto “Zingaro” with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, Matthew has performed at summer festivals, including Ravinia and Gstaad. He has also toured with Camerata Pacifica.  
  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
  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
  Cong Wu recently won Third Prize and Best Performance in the 2014 Primrose Viola Competition. He performs in North America and Europe, and has collaborated with musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, Itzhak Perlman and the American String Quartet. 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 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
CELLO
  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
  Nicholas Finch made his debut with the Boston Symphony at age 18, and has since established himself as an artist of great depth and diversity, performing a wide variety of repertoire both within and beyond the classical genre. He has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, Sarah Chang, Keith Lockhart, and composers Osvaldo Golijov and Bright Sheng. He has played with the Boston-based chamber orchestra “A Far Cry” and appears on two of their recent CDs, one of which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. Nicholas is currently Principal Cellist of the Louisville Orchestra. ~ nicholasfinch.com Nicholas Finch, cello
  Zlatomir Fung, of Bulgarian and Chinese parentage, won first prize in the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competition 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
  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.” Mihai Marica, cello
  Timotheos Petrin, a Russian-Greek native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions. 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. Timotheos is currently at Curtis, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. 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 premičre 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
DOUBLE BASS
  Xavier Foley, from Marietta, Georgia, won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 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
GUITAR
  Jordan Dodson is “One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today). In the Fall of 2011, he was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Jordan has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today. An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. ~ www.jordandodson.net Jordan Dodson, guitar
FLUTE
  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 is winner of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 2012 Career Advancement Award, as well as prizes from the National Flute Association, New York Flute Club and Astral Artists’ National Auditions. An “artistic and organic” musician, her “tone glows more than it sparkles, and it draws in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted,” observed the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has made solo appearances with such orchestras as the National and Baltimore Symphonies, and has toured the United Arab Emirates, premiering works by American composers. She was featured in Flutists Quarterly, and her performances have been broadcast on WQXR and WGBH. Julietta’s interests also extend to jazz and gospel—she can be heard on the Smithsonian Folkways album Praise the Lord! with The Curenton Family and on Miguel Zenon’s Grammy-nominated jazz album Alma Adentro—The Puerto Rican Songbook. ~ www.juliettacurenton.com Julietta Curenton, flute
  Sooyun Kim, a winner of many awards and prizes, including the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant and third prize at the ARD flute competition, has been praised for her “vivid tone colors” by the Oregonian and as a “rare virtuoso of the flute” by Libération. Since her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age ten, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio, Munich Philharmonic, and Boston Pops, among other orchestras. As a recitalist she has played at Budapest’s Lizst Hall, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Kobe’s Bunka Hall, with Sejong in Seoul, and at the Louvre (streamed live on medici.tv). An avid chamber musician, she is a member of Third Sound and has appeared at Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Yellow Barn, Rockport, Olympic, and Chamber Music Northwest festivals.  
  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.  
OBOE
  Hassan Anderson, from Jacksonville, Florida, is an avid chamber musician. He currently serves as Oboist with the innovative New York-based 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 is in his third year as a Teaching Artist with Jazz House Kids. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New Jersey, and was recently appointed to the Teaching Artist faculty of Carnegie Hall. 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
CLARINET
  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
BASSOON
  Gina Cuffari is a founding member of the prize-winning Scarborough Trio, which gave its New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2003. She performs frequently with orchestras such as Orpheus and the Opera Orchestra of New York, plays with the contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and performs live music to silent films with the BQE Project at Lincoln Center. She is also on the faculty at NYU and Western Connecticut University ~ www.scarboroughtrio.com Gina Cuffari, bassoon
  Bassoonist Joshua Elmore, a native of Cleveland, began his musical studies at the age 7 on piano. At age 11, he started playing the bassoon. While in high school, he was a bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for 3 seasons, and has also been a part of the 2015 and 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Valery Gergiev. Joshua has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award. He is currently a student at Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship. Joshua Elmore, bassoon
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
TRUMPET
  Paul Murphy’s work as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player has taken him to hundreds of cities in 18 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. A cofounder of Decoda, he was a “standout” fellow of ACJW and has performed with Orpheus, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony, New York Pops, and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. His work can be heard on major film and television soundtracks, including HBO’s Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire. He is also a teaching artist-faculty member of the New York Philharmonic. Paul Murphy, trumpet
  Brian Olson is principal trumpet with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the New York Chamber Soloists. He is also a member of Symphony in C and has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. And he is fellow with Ensemble Connect, and is actively involved with community outreach in New York as both a performer and teacher. His festival participation includes Hot Springs, Sewanee, Manchester, Aspen, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Brian Olson, trumpet

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