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  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
  Njioma Grevious, described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a “thoroughly confident and mature violinist,” recently won a Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in April 2020, a Silver Medal with the Abeo Quartet at the 2019 Fischoff competition, and First Prizes for Performance and Interpretation at the 2018 Prix Ravel chamber music competition in France. With the Abeo Quartet, she appeared on WQXR Midday Masterpieces and WETA Classical Radio as well as in performances at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Montreal and Oslo, Norway. Her festival participation includes the Montreal String Quartet Academy, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount, Fontainebleau, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Born in Newton, MA, Njioma currently studies with Ronald Copes at Juilliard. Njioma Grevious, 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
  Geneva Lewis’s many awards include first prizes at the YoungArts, ENKOR, and 2019 NEC Concerto Competitions; and as a member of the Callisto Trio, she won the Bronze Medal at the Fischoff competition. The New Zealander from Auckland has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe—as a soloist with many orchestras, such as the Pasadena Symphony and Diablo Symphony; and with the Callisto Trio, she played in the Masters on Tour series at such venues as the Philharmonic Bratislava and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She was also a member of the Chimera, Incendium, and Ravos Quartets. Her summer festival participation includes Ravinia, the Perlman Music Program, Holland Music Sessions, Taos, Heifetz Institute, and Marlboro. Geneva is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree under Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. She plays on a 1731 Carlo Antonio Testore violin, generously on loan from the Ravinia Steans Institute.  Photo by Donald van Hasselt Geneva Lewis, violin
  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
  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 Suzuran Photography and Claire McAdams Photography Ayane Kozasa, viola
  Natalie Loughran is a member of the Kila Quartet—a part of the Honors Program at Juilliard—and has performed extensively with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland under the direction of Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. She also holds an apprenticeship position with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which tours internationally under the baton of Ivan Fischer; and has participated in Benefit Concerts for UNICEF Belgium and Argentina. Natalie is currently at Juilliard on a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, under the tutelage of Roger Tapping. Natalie Loughran, 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
  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 2019 Vienna and 2017 Manhattan competitions, and twice winner of the Australian States Concerto Competition. As a soloist, Lisa has performed the Bartok Viola Concerto at the Sydney Opera House, and she has played in chamber music recitals at Alice Tully Hall as part of Juilliard’s ChamberFest and Honors Chamber Music program. She has also performed for Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard, and has been heard live on Sydney radio broadcasts. Lisa is currently Associate Principal Violist of Symphony in C and is a guest violist with the New York Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her festival appearances includes Verbier, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, Taos, and Norfolk. A native of Sydney, Lisa is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Juilliard on a Kovner Fellowship, studying with Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps, and serving as principal violist of the orchestra. Lisa Sung, 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 the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division. He is also 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. Now 19 years of age, Zlatomir plays chess competitively, composes, and reads philosophy and literature in his spare time. ~ www.zlatomirfungcello.com Photo Matt Dine 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
  Christine Lee from South Korea is winner of the Isang Yun competition as well as a laureate of the Queen Elizabeth first cello competition in 2017. She aims to cross cultural boundaries and connect people around the world through music as a soloist and chamber musician. Her appearances include playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Belgium in venues such as Tully and Carnegie Halls, Musée du Louvre, and Victoria Hall. Her festival participation includes Music@Menlo, Caramoor, Angelfire, and Marlboro. She has also worked with eighth blackbird and Juilliard AXIOM; and she enjoys playing Baroque music, especially the Bach Cantatas. Christine began cello lessons at age 7, making her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic 2 years later. At age 10, she continued her studies at Curtis (B.M.) and Juiliard (M.A.). She is an artist-in-residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. Charitable and philanthropic causes are also in her realm of work—for refugee children and the homeless in Brussels. Christine plays on a Francesco Stradivarius on generous loan from an anonymous sponsor. ~ www.christine-j-lee.com Christine Lee, cello
  Karen Ouzounian, whose playing has been described as “radiant” and “expressive” by the New York Times and “nothing less than gorgeous” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, approaches music making with a deeply communicative and passionate spirit. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, currently the resident quartet at Curtis, Caramoor, and the Barnes Foundation. Her commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has led to her membership in A Far Cry and the new music collective, counter)induction. She has also played with such groups as the Knights and Trio Cavatina, and performed as guest principal of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Highlights of Karen’s recent seasons include performances of the Elgar Concerto in Chile with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, a tour in Japan with Orpheus, and a performance with the Silk Road Ensemble at the TED Conference in Vancouver. Born to Armenian parents in Toronto, Karen was a prizewinner at the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts competition. ~ www.karenouzounian.com Karen Ouzounian, 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
  Anne Richardson, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, won first prize in both the Juilliard and Pre-College Concerto competitions, the Strings Music Festival, Louisville Orchestra, and BAMSO competitions, among others. She made her solo debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra, later making five additional appearances. Other solo performances with orchestras include the Juilliard Orchestra at Geffen Hall and Massapequa Philharmonic. Anne has been featured twice on NPR’s From the Top and was presented in recital on the Moorings Park and the Trinity-by-the-Cove series in Naples, Florida. As a soloist, she has performed at the UN Chamber Music Society, Vail Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Great Performance Circle. Her participation in summer programs includes the Innsbrook Institute, Aspen, and Kneisel Hall; and she was named Kentucky Center’s “Gheens Artist in Residency” in 2019. Anne began cello studies at age six, and is now at Juilliard studying with Richard Aaron. Anne Richardson, 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
  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
  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
  Sooyun Kim, winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant and a top 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 Kennedy Center, Budapest’s Liszt Hall, Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Kobe’s Bunka Hall, with Sejong in Seoul, and at the Louvre (streamed live on medici.tv). An avid chamber musician, she is an Artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a member of Third Sound. Her festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Yellow Barn, Newport, Chamber Music Northwest, and Havana (Cuba). ~ www.sooyunkim.com Sooyun Kim, 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
  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
  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
  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

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