Close Encounters With Music

Artist Bios 2016-2017 Season

Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist MICHAEL BROWN has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Equally committed as a pianist and composer, his programming often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions. Selected by Sir András Schiff for his “Building Bridges” series in 2016-17, Mr. Brown will make debut solo recitals in Berlin, Frankfurt, Florence, Milan, Antwerp, Zurich, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Recent highlights include debuts with the Seattle and Maryland Symphony Orchestras and the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. A member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, he performs with the Society in Alice Tully Hall and on tour. The New York Times has called Mr. Brown “a confident young composer with a talent for precision” and described his work as “darkly alluring.” Recent compositions include a Piano Concerto for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (with himself as the soloist) and four works for his duo with cellist Nicholas Cannelakis. Mr. Brown was awarded the 2011 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award and the 2009 Palmer-Dixon Prize from The Juilliard School. A native New Yorker, he earned dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano and Composition from Juilliard, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as winner of the 2012 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award; Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; the Louvre; the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Gilmore Festivals; and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in NYC. Other awards include first prize in the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Award.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN, founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprising some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highlyacclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, COK’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. In addition to an active schedule of presenting concerts and festivals in Moscow, COK tours regularly in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. With over twenty years of excellence under its belt, a devoted audience in its home base, Moscow, an awards-winning CD catalogue of over thirty CDs and an increasing demand for performances internationally, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin enthusiastically continues its busy schedule of concerts, festivals, recordings and touring.
KIVIE CAHN-LIPMAN holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the director of the new period-instrument ensemble ACRONYM. From 2005-12 he was a lecturer in music in a full-time position shared between Mount Holyoke College and Smith College in Western Massachusetts. With ICE he has recorded on the Naxos, New Focus, Bridge, New Amsterdam, Tzadik, Kairos, Mode, and Nonesuch labels. A CD/DVD set of music by Iannis Xenakis on Mode Records was released in 2013, as was ACRONYM’s debut recording of the complete “Alphabet Sonatas” of Johann Christoph Pezel. He recently released his first solo CD, the complete cello suites of J.S. Bach. Other recordings include the complete viol consort music of David Funck with Consort Conspiracy, a set of previouslyunrecorded sonatas by Antonio Bertali with ACRONYM, and a disc of solo cello and chamber music by Kaija Saariaho with members of ICE. As a chamber musician, Kivie has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Rose Theatre, and other major venues on three continents, as well as live on WNYC 93.9 in New York and WFMT 98.7 in Chicago. He performs regularly with the Arcadia Players in Northampton, MA, and the Sonnambula Viol Consort in NYC. He plays on a 2003 William Whedbee cello, and additionally performs on baroque and piccolo cellos, viols, and lirone.


Violinist DIANA COHEN enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concertmaster, chamber musician, soloist, and arts administrator. Appointed concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, she previously held the same position with the Richmond and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras, the Charleston Symphony and The National Repertory Orchestra, and has been guest concertmaster with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Phoenix Symphony. She has performed regularly in concerts across the globe with the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The International Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute at the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. Recently, her solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Series was heard live on Chicago public radio. As a founding member of the piano trio Trio Terzetto, Ms. Cohen has toured and recorded in cities across the US and Canada. She has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Steans Institute at Ravinia, the Chamber Music Festival of Giverny, France, The Perlman Chamber Music Program, Aspen and Piccolo Spoleto. Ms. Cohen has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Miro and Parker quartets, as well as with renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida and Garrick Ohlsson. She has played regularly with her family—Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen; Alexander Cohen, principal timpanist; and her late mother, bassoonist Lynette Diers Cohen. Recently, Ms. Cohen and her father released a CD of Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for clarinet and string quartet. Executive and co-artistic director of the new ChamberFest Cleveland, Ms. Cohen is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a winner of the Darius Milhaud competition.
THE ESCHER STRING QUARTERT has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of NYC, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this season presenting the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle in a concert streamed live from the Rose Studio. In 2013, they became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Within months of its founding in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, they were invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including Leon Fleischer, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, David Shifrin and guitarist Jason Vieaux. The Escher has played throughout Europe, in halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and for the Les Grands Interprètes series in Geneva. Last season also saw debuts at London’s Kings Place, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, and festival appearances at Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses and the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway. Alongside its growing European profile, the Escher continues to flourish in its home country, performing at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals. The ensemble made its first Australian appearance at the Perth International Arts Festival in 2012, and last season made its debut at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. Return engagements took them to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel and the Campos do Jordão Music Festival in Brazil for coaching activities. In Spring 2015, the quartet released Volume 1 of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets on the BIS label, received warmly by critics with comments such as “This is full-blooded quartet playing in the grand, classic manner: extrovert and eloquent… hugely engaging musicmaking” (BBC Music Magazine). The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.


RENANA GUTMAN Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing,” pianist Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. A top prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt competition and International Keyboard Festival in NYC, she has performed with orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Belgian “I Fiamminghi.” She was one of four young pianists selected by Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall where she presented performances of Hammerklavier and Appassionata to critical acclaim, and she spent three summers at the Marlboro Music Festival where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn string quartets. Closely affiliated with vocalists, she has performed with Lincoln Center soprano Susan Naruki and Metropolitan Opera mezzosoprano Tamara Mumford. Her piano trio Terzetto has won critical acclaim and was featured at the Banff Center, Canada. Recent appearances with her duo partner, violinist Dan Zhu, include Ravinia Rising Stars, Washington National Gallery, Stresa Music Festival, Italy, and a South African tour. A native of Israel, Ms. Gutman started piano lessons at the age of six and was soon recognized as a prodigy, garnering multiple awards and honors. Her most influential teachers were Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and mentors Victor Derevianko, Andras Schiff, and Vladimir Feltsman.


Attorney and author LINDA HIRSHMAN is one of our nation’s most incisive, and respected, cultural historians. Her most recent book, SISTERS IN LAW: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, was published in 2015 by HarperCollins. Over the past forty years, Hirshman has brought historical perspective and deep analysis of controversial headline issues and social movements to readers of her books and columns in The New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, Daily Beast, POLITICO, Glamour, and Salon. Hirshman predicted the recent Supreme Court ruling that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry three years in advance in her widely acclaimed 2012 Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution (HarperCollins). Earlier, and equally powerful books include Get to Work: A Manifesto For Women of the World (Penguin Books), The Woman’s Guide to Law School (Penguin Books) and Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex (Oxford University Press). She has been a guest on Sixty Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and most memorably, on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Before becoming a writer, Hirshman was a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University, professor of law at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, and visiting professor at Northwestern Law School. She received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a juris doctorate from University of Chicago Law School and a BA from Cornell University.
With a reputation for presenting masterful and insightful programs, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute IEVA JOKUBAUICIUTE regularly gives recitals in major American and European cities—most recently in France, Chicago, NYC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Vilnius, Lithuania, and at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery in Washington DC where she performed a program in conjunction with an exhibit on 19th century American painter James McNeil Whistler. The Washington Post called her a “splendid colorist” and described her performance as “magical tonepainting.” She made her Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival in 2005 under the baton of James Conlon and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Gratz University Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony. In 2009, her piano trio—Trio Cavatina—won the Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and made a Carnegie Hall debut and San Francisco debut at Herbst Theater. The trio has become a prominent force within the chamber music culture in the US and tours extensively. As a chamber music collaborator, Ms. Jokubaviciute regularly appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music and Prussia Cove, England. She has participated in the Schleswig- Holstein Festival in Lubeck, Germany; Aland Islands and Oulunsalo Chamber Music festivals in Finland; the Joaquin Turina Chamber Music Festival in Seville; Music in the Vineyards in the Napa Valley and the Lake Champlain Festival in Burlington, VT. Earning degrees from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and from Mannes College of Music in NYC, her principal teachers have been Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode. The Philadelphia Inquirer has remarked:“However impressive Jokubaviciute’s fingers were in the music’s execution, it is her brain that is most entrancing.”

Just a century ago, you could count on one hand the number of women composers whose works were heard in public. As recently as the mid-19th century, Fanny Mendelssohn's father declared it unseemly for her to publish her music--just a few decades before Edith Wharton family compelled her to publish her literary works under the name of her father's friend. On Sunday, November 20, 3 PM, Yale composer HANNAH LASH, who has been hailed by the New York Times for music that is "striking and resourceful...handsomely brooding," will provide first-hand insights into what has changed and what remains of this restrictive legacy.

Ms. Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. Lash obtained her Ph.D in Composition from Harvard University in 2010. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University, at Alfred University, and currently serves on the composition faculty at Yale University School of Music. Her works have been commissioned by orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra and has been presented in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is married to actor Stephen Routman, who has appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street and Inside Llewyn Davis, among many Broadway, TV and film productions.


The Grammy Award-winning LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. Comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians, they bring a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach, consistently playing to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and worldmusic realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, folk and American classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their “Don Quixote” collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences and the work “SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,” written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by composer Shingo Fujii, is connecting communities. Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their Guitar Heroes CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated LAGQ-Latin. Spin (Telarc, 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. LAGQ: BRAZIL (Telarc, 2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews; and their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange,” written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts. The live DVD of The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote was released on the Mel Bay label in spring 2012. Members of the LAGQ are John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant.


Canadian violinist and violist SARAH MCELRAVYCanadian violinist Sarah McElravy has performed worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and solo artist. A founding member of the award-winning Linden String Quartet, hailed as “polished, radiant and incisive” by The Strad, she has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing in some of the world’s great concert halls including Carnegie, the Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall. Ms. McElravy has a wide range of experience and expertise with the Linden Quartet, having been quartetin- residence at the music departments of Yale University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Idaho, with residencies that include those with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Caramoor Center for Music as the 2011-12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence. At the 2012 Caramoor Festival, the Linden Quartet gave the world premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s “Line Up!” which was composed specifically for them. Awards include gold medal and grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a management contract with Concert Artists Guild. Ms. McElravy is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Society México. She has collaborated with Tokyo and Cleveland Quartet members, pianists Peter Frankl and Gary Graffman, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and cellists Zuill Bailey and Yehuda Hanani. Ms. McElravy received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She subsequently completed a two-year graduate string-quartet-in-residence program at Yale University’s School of Music, mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.


Violinist RACHEL LEE PRIDAY, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerto engagements with the Pacific Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, and Cape Town Philharmonic. Her recital appearances have brought her to such venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series and Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” Series. As a chamber musician, she has been a guest artist at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Chamber Music Marathon” and the Moritzburg Festival in Germany. In Europe and Asia, engagements have further included recitals at the Musée du Louvre, the Verbier Festival, and concerto appearances in Graz, Austria, Hong Kong, and Singapore. A three-city tour of China, combining outreach and performances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Tianjin May Festival, and Shenyang Conservatory. Ms. Priday has performed numerous times in Korea, including repeat engagements with the Seoul Philharmonic, and on tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in interdisciplinary collaborations with Ballet San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley, and for a week-long run of the theatrical concert, Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart, with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at BAM. She been profiled in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and Family Circle Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, Fiddling for the Future and American Masters on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. A native of Chicago, Rachel Priday began her violin studies at the age of four. She holds a BA in English from Harvard University and an MM from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried through the joint dual-degree program with Harvard College. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin built in Naples in 1760.


ROMAN RABINOVICH Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling,” the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, the same year he replaced the eminent pianist Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel- Aviv. He has performed throughout the US, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Recital engagements include Vancouver Recital Society, Cincinnati Matinee Musical Series, Chopin Society in St. Paul, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Walter Reade Theatre, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. During the 2016-17 season Mr. Rabinovich presents his “Haydn Project,” comprising the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and at the Tel Aviv Conservatory in Israel and makes debut appearances with the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic. Last season, distinguished pianist András Schiff chose him for the “Building Bridges” series created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Under his aegis, Mr. Rabinovich was presented in a series of recitals in Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture. Mr. Rabinovich, “whose mature, selfassured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) madehis Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age ten and has been heard as soloist with all the Israeli orchestras, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, KBS Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra and many others. To date, Mr. Rabinovich has participated in such festivals as Marlboro, Lucerne, Davos, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and Prague Spring, and was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award for his CD Ballets Russes. Born in 1985 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, his early piano studies were with his mother, Mira. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and obtained his master’s degree at the Juilliard School. Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. Besides traditional painting, Mr. Rabinovich draws on his iPad.


One of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time, JULIAN RACHLIN has over the last 27 years captivated audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound and superb musicianship, establishing close relationships with many of the most notable conductors and orchestras of our day. Always expanding his musical horizons, he is also a violist and conductor. In 2015-16, he toured Europe and North America with the Orchestre National de France, opened the season of the La Scala Philharmonic with Riccardo Chailly, and performed at the Lucerne Festival with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. Other highlights included a tour with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev and his debut at the Edinburgh Festival with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt. Other major engagements include a residency at the Vienna Musikverein, where he performed with the Munich Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov. As conductor, he led the English Chamber Orchestra on its European tour and performed with the China Philharmonic, Shanghai, and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras. He also appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, the London Philharmonic, and Andrey Boreyko, the Bavarian State Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Alan Gilbert, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov. Mr. Rachlin completed his first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. This season he leads the Dusseldorf Symphony, Nice Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Israel Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, and Slovenian Philharmonic and will be Artist in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 2012, he performed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto Doppio, a work dedicated to him, with Janine Jansen and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Born in Lithuania in 1974, Mr. Rachlin immigrated to Vienna where he studied violin with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory. He gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the “Young Musician of the Year” Award at the Eurovision Competition in Amsterdam, becoming the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic and making his debut under Riccardo Muti. Since 1999, he has been on the violin faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University. Rachlin records for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. He plays the 1704 “ex Liebig” Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung, and a 1791 Lorenzo Storioni viola.


Internationally known conductor MISHA RACHLEVSKY, who makes a specialty of chamber music and repertoire for chamber orchestra, began his musical education at the early age of five with violin lessons. He studied at the college of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. In 1973, he left the Soviet Union to reside and work on three continents, settling in the US in 1976. In 1984, he founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO), which immediately became successful and toured Europe nine times in a fouryear period. Rachlevsky was engaged to bring NACO to Granada, Spain, for a residency in 1989, during which time he organized and conducted a new chamber orchestra for the city of Granada. Following this project, the Swiss record label Claves invited him to record works by Russian composers. A special ensemble of Russian musicians called the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra was organized for that purpose and it brought to disc compositions by Nikolai Miaskovsky, Mieczyslaw Vainberg, Tchaikovsky, Kalinnikov, as well as music by Danish composer Niels Wilhelm Gade.

Soprano DANIELLE TALAMANTES made her Carnegie Hall debut in a soldout solo recital in 2007. She has since sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Virginia, Seoul Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra of Peru, and The US Army Chorus. She has been Soprano in Residence and featured guest soloist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Talamantes made an exciting stage debut in the 2014-15 season as Frasquita in Carmen in a return to The Metropolitan Opera, as well as a return to the National Philharmonic for both Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate. Other engagements included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera and a début at Spoleto Festival USA. She returns to The Metropolitan Opera this season to reprise her role of Frasquita as well as debut as Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. In 2015-16, Talamantes sang the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation with Cathedral Choral Society, Händel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at the National Philharmonic and Violetta in La Traviata at Cedar Rapids Opera. She was soloist in Carmina Burana at New Dominion Chorale and took on the role of Mimi in La Bohéme at St. Petersburg Opera. Her debut album, Canciones españolas, was recently released on the MSR Classics label and her album Heaven and Earth, A Duke Ellington Songbook has followed, to critical acclaim. Talamantes first earned a spot on the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2011, covering the role of Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. She was subsequently reengaged to cover the role of the Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal, the soprano in the quartet of lovers in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, and most recently to perform in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten. Ms. Talamantes has been awarded first prize in several prestigious opera and vocal competitions, including the International Lotte Lehman Cybersing, Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series, the National Opera Association, Liederkranz Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia and Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied.


Violinist PETER ZAZOFSKY enjoys a richly varied career that includes performances with many of the great orchestras in America and Europe, recitals in major music centers, and recordings and tours as first violinist of the Muir String Quartet. A native of Boston, he studied with Joseph Silverstein and Dorothy Delay, before entering the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Jaime Laredo. Graduating in 1976, Zazofsky went on to win top prizes in several international violin contests, including the 1979 Montreal Competition and 1980 Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. Since then he has performed repeatedly with the Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic among many others, as well as the San Francisco Symphony, who also featured him on tour in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Long committed to teaching, Zazofsky holds the position of Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Boston University.
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