Guest Artists 2020-2021
|Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been described by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” As a soloist he has appeared with the Seattle, Albany, Maryland, New Haven, and Erie Symphony orchestras, among others. Since joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two in 2015, Michael continues as a CMS Artist on a U.S. tour, and plays recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis. As a composer, Michael is in residence with the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-2019 seasons. ~ www.michaelbrownmusic.com Photo by Jamie Beck|
|Janice Carissa is a recipient of numerous awards and honors: she is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s Music Foundation, recipient of the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, a 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 performed a Mozart Piano Concerto with Orpheus and a Beethoven concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, collaborated with Berlin Philharmoniker’s Scharoun Ensemble, and with Lang Lang at the 2014 United Nations Day Concert. Upcoming engagements include a performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recitals with cellist Zlatomir Fung for YCA, playing with Ravinia on Tour and Miriam Fried, and at Caramoor Festival. Janice has been featured, too, 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. In Indonesia, she has performed for the President and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace, 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.|
|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|
|Pianist Avery Gagliano, all of 17, is a full scholarship piano fellow at Curtis, studying with Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman. The Washingtonian is a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, thrice winner of the U.S. Chopin Foundation Scholarship in 2016–2018, a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation in 2014–2016, and a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship from 2011 to 2016. Among her many prizes are wins at the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition, the Grand Prize at the MostArts Festival, and Grand Prix at the Chopin Piano Competition. At age nine, Avery made her orchestral debut with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, and performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. The following year, at her recital debut on NPR’s From The Top, the music producer Tom Vignieri described her as “a compelling presence at the piano. She immediately draws you in—not because of histrionics… She has the technique and the musicianship, which is the ultimate combination of a young artist.” As a soloist, Avery has appeared with the Aspen Philharmonic and MostArts Festival Orchestra, among others; and is also an avid chamber musician. Outside of music, Avery enjoys reading, dancing, and singing.|
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.
|Pianist Maxim Lando, age 17, 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.” 2020 Gilmore Young Artist, winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists Auditions, Gold Medal at the 2017 Berliner International Competition, 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. 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 Photo by Matt Dine|
|Mackenzie Melemed, at age 24, is laureate of numerous prizes including the 2018 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize and the 2018 Paris Recital Prize from Poland’s Prix de Tarnów Competition. Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist,” he has performed as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, in China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. And he has been named to the 2020 roster of Young Artists at the Centre for Musical Excellence. Mackenzie was recently invited to record the Ryu Piano Concerto with Ralf Gothóni and Sinfonia Varsovia on the Warner Classics label for a CD that commemorates 30 years of diplomacy between Korea and Poland. He has also appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and performed at the White House Holiday Open House for five consecutive years. ~ www.mackenziemelemed.com Photo by Jiyang Chen|
|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).|
|Evren Ozel’s achievements include scholarships from the Chopin Foundation and YoungArts Foundation, first prize at the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, second prize at the 2016 Thomas and Evon Cooper Competition, and second prize as well as the Mozart and Chopin special prizes at the 2018 Dublin Piano Competition. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Pops. He has also performed twice on NPR’s From the Top as a soloist and chamber musician, and has participated in festivals such as Marlboro and the Mendelssohn Akademie Leipzig. His music education began at age 3 at the MacPhail Center for Music in his hometown of Minneapolis. In 2014 he continued his studies at the Walnut Hill School, then at the New England Conservatory, where he currently studies piano with Wha Kyung Byun. He has also taken master classes with such artists as Andras Schiff and Richard Goode.|
|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. ~ drewpetersenpiano.com|
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
|Albert Cano Smit, age 22, won First Prize at the 2017 Naumburg Piano Competition and was a finalist and CMIM grant recipient of the 2017 Concours International Musical de Montréal. With performances across Europe and America, Le Devoir affirmed, “a superb musician has spoken.” This season’s highlights include recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Wissembourg, Rheingau, and Bravo! Vail festivals, a recital tour, collaborations with Will Hagen and Anthony Trionfo across Europe and the U.S., and concerto debuts with the San Diego, OBC, and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has appeared at the Bozar in Brussels and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, performing with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Manchester Camerata, amongst others. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Ebène, Casals, Gerhard, Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Andrej Bielow, Gary Hoffman, and Lev Sivkov. ~ www.albertcanosmit.com|
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.
|Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits around the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances, his deep rich tone, and searing lyricism. The Scotsman praised him as “a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining” and the New York Times noted that his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast.” His numerous engagements include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Sydney Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, to name a few. In recital and chamber music, he plays regularly in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Louvre, Philharmonie in Berlin, and Concertgebouw. His festival participation includes Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Prague Dvorak, Music@Menlo, and Marlboro, among others. His many honors include a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and London Music Masters Award. Benjamin plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.|
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
|Stella Chen has been lauded by the Jerusalem Post for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance.” She is the recipient of a 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Grand Prize‑Queen Mathilde Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth competition. Other honors include the first Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize at the Tibor Varga competition, and she was the youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin competition. As soloist, Stella has appeared with numerous orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonia, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmónica de Medellín, and London Chamber Orchestra. She debuted at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the Ravinia and Kronberg Academy Festivals; and gave solo performances at the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the Dame Myra Hess Series, as well as in Bhutan, Jordan, Israel, Cuba, and Colombia. Her festival participation includes the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, and YellowBarn. And she is a member of the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. An honors graduate of Harvard with a BA in psychology in a dual degree program with the New England Conservatory, she also earned an MM from NEC and is currently a doctoral candidate at Juilliard. Stella plays the “Huggins” 1708 Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. ~ stellachen.com|
|Elizabeth Fayette is first violinist of the Vega Quartet, in residence at Emory University. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity” and made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in 2013 with the Juilliard Orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert. The Vega Quartet recently made their recital debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, went on a tour of Denmark, and performed across North America, including in Alaska and Mexico. Born into a musical family, Elizabeth began studying the violin with her mother at the age of two. She completed her studies with Sylvia Rosenberg in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program, held a two-year fellowship with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), and was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and School. ~ www.elizabethfayetteviolin.com Photo by Margaret Maloney|
|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|
|Jennifer Frautschi, a two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. Equally at home with classic and contemporary music, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg. She has performed as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in Weill Hall; and as part of the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Stars series, she debuted at ten of Europe’s most celebrated concert venues. She has also appeared in recital and in chamber music at Ravinia, the Phillips Collection in D.C., Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beijing’s Imperial Garden, La Chaux des Fonds in Switzerland, and San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico. Born in Pasadena, she began playing the violin at age 3. Jennifer performs on the 1722 “ex-Cadiz” Stradivarius on generous loan from a private American foundation with support from Rare Violins in Consortium. ~ www.jenniferfrautschi.com Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Stefan Jackiw, born to physicist parents, is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed by the Boston Globe for his “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity,” he is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev as part of a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra, and with the Netherlands Radio Symphony and Ludovic Morlot at the Concertgebouw. In Asia, Stefan has appeared with the Tokyo Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic; and also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. Among his recordings is the Beethoven Triple with Inon Barnatan and Alisa Weilerstein. His festival participation includes Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Schleswig-Holstein, Mostly Mozart, Philharmonie de Paris, and Concertgebouw. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the likes of Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham, and forms a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao. At Zankel Hall’s opening, Stefan was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine. He plays a violin made in 1750 by Guadagnini, on generous loan from a private collection. ~ www.stefanjackiw.com|
|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|
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.
|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. ~ www.abigelkralik.com|
|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.|
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
|Oliver Neubauer currently studies at Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. He had previously been at the Perlman Music Program and PMP Suncoast as a student of Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Sean Lee. A recipient of the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition, he is also winner of the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a soloist, Oliver has appeared with the National Repertory Orchestra, Sound Symphony, and Symphony of Westchester. He has also performed at the Neue Galerie, American Museum of Natural History, Great Performers Series in Palm Beach, Weill Hall, and the Asian Cultural Center. His festival participation includes Mostly Music, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain, Chamber Music Northwest, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Angel Fire, and Art in Avila in Curaçao. In 2013, Oliver made his debuts with the New York Philharmonic as the narrator for Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Ensembles Concert. Outside of music, Oliver has competed in dozens of national chess tournaments.|
|Julian Rhee is fast gaining recognition as an outstanding musician and performer in the U.S. Already a seasoned soloist, he made his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony at the age of 8, and has since performed with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Avanti Symphony, among others. In June 2017, he toured across Argentina and Uruguay performing the Brahms Concerto. This July, he will make his debut with the San Diego Symphony, performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Venues where he has played include the Kennedy Center, Teatro El Círculo in Argentina, the Musikverein in Vienna, and Bartok Hall in Hungary. Julian has also appeared on NPR’s From The Top and WFMT’s Introductions. A laureate as well, he won First Prize at the 2018 Johansen Competition; 2018 Aspen Violin Concerto Competition; the Irving Klein competition; and a 2018 Presidential Scholars in the Arts medal (received at the White House). An avid chamber musician, Julian’s performances on violin and viola earned him and his String Quartet First Prize at the 2018 Barnett and 2018 Rembrandt chamber music competitions, and Gold Medals at the Fischoff and M-Prize competitions. He is currently studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.|
|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.|
|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|
|Danbi Um, a native of Seoul, Korea, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound, and interpretive sensitivity. She has been described as “utterly dazzling” by The Strad, and the New York Classical Review has noted her “superb technique” and “mesmerizing grace.” A Menuhin competition Silver Medalist, winner of the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, a top prizewinner of the 2018 Naumburg, and a winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions, she showcases her artistry in concertos, recitals, and in collaboration with distinguished chamber musicians. As soloist, she has appeared with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Vermont and Dartmouth Symphonies, among others. And she has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Harris Theater in Chicago, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. An avid chamber musician, Danbi is an artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and violinist with the Escher String Quartet. She has also participated at such festivals as Moritzburg in Dresden, Marlboro, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of Curtis and Indiana University, Danbi started playing the violin at age 3, then moved to the U.S. in 2000 to continue her studies. She plays on a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati on loan from a private collection. ~ www.danbium.com Photo by Marco Borggreve|
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.
|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|
|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 Photo by Rosalie O՚Connor|
|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. Photo by Richard Bowditch|
|Mark Kosower, Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, plays with a “signature sound” and distinctive style. His many honors include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals competitions, among others. Mark performs as concerto soloist, in solo recitals, and as a chamber musician in varied traditional and contemporary repertoire throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mark’s performance repertoire and discography are testaments to a deep devotion, not only to frequently heard repertoire such as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and concertos of Haydn, Walton, Elgar and Dvořák but, significantly, to less well-known concertos of Alberto Ginastera, Miklos Rozsa, Frederich Gulda, and Victor Herbert. His recordings for Ambitus, Delos, Naxos, and VAI include the first complete music for solo cello of Ginastera, described as a “powerful advocate of Ginastera’s art” by MusicWeb International, and Strings Magazine noted of his Hungarian album that “the music allows Kosower to showcase his stunning virtuosity, passionate intensity, and elegant phrasing.” He also teaches at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.|
|Jacqueline Kerrod, described as “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive,” is perfectly at home in multiple genres. The native of South Africa has performed in major venues in the U.S. and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Greene Space, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, the Apollo Theater, SF MoMA, Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed at Mostly Mozart, Radio Love Fest (BAM), the Norfolk and Aspen festivals, Harare Festival in Zimbabwe, the Asphalt Contemporary Festival in Düsseldorf, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, Jazztopad in Wroc?aw, Poland, with the legendary composer/multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton (a MacArthur Foundation genius grant recipient), and at the Savannah Festival with Grammy®-winning arranger and producer Robert Sadin. She is also an Aldeburgh World Orchestra Artist. Jacqueline was a featured performer at the American Harp Society National Conference in New York, has been a guest artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and toured with two-time Grammy®-nominee Seraphic Fire. ~ jacquelinekerrod.com Photo by Matthew Schmidt|
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