About the Artists 2014-2015

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Hailed as a “sensitive virtuoso born for the stage,” DAVID ALADASHVILI is the laureate of many national and international competitions, including the International Competition for Young Pianists in Tbilisi (2001), the Vladimir Spikanov International Festival in Moscow (2005) and the Grand Prix at the Nikolai Rubenstein Piano Competition in Paris (2006). He has given recitals throughout Georgia, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Austria and the United States. In 2010, he gave his Carnegie Hall debut playing a recital at The Weill Recital Hall. That year he also participated in Lincoln Center’s “White Light Festival,” performing at Alice Tully Hall, and gave an all-Schumann recital at Juilliard’s Paul Hall celebrating the composer’s bicentennial. An enthusiast of new music, Mr. Aladashvili participated in the Focus! Festival under the direction of Joel Sachs, premiering works by contemporary Polish composers. He is founder of the charity foundation “Young for Young,” whose purpose is to bring together artists from around the world to perform for youth in need. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where he received a Bachelor’s degree.

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you—ears, mind and spirit—into its music," the AVALON STRING QUARTET has established itself as one of the country's leading chamber music ensembles. In the 2011-2012 Season, the Avalon performed the complete Beethoven quartet cycle at the Art Institute of Chicago in historic Fullerton Hall, presenting the complete Bartok cycle there a season later. They have performed in major venues including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London and Herculessaal in Munich. They have appeared at the Caramoor Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, NPR's St Paul Sunday, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Dame Myra Hess Series and the Ravinia Festival. The quartet captured top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (2000) as well as First Prize at Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York (1999). The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, a position formerly held by the distinguished Vermeer Quartet. This follows previous residencies at the Juilliard School and at Indiana University South Bend. Dedicated educators, they have taught at the Interlochen Quartet Institute and at the Britten-Pears School in England. Their debut CD, Dawn to Dusk, including the Ravel and the Janacek Second Quartets, was honored with the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Award for best chamber music recording.
Baritone MISCHA BOUVIER, winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has performed with the BSO, in Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood, under the direction of James Levine. Called a “delight to encounter for the first time” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and noted by The New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” he recently made a debut with The Knights, singing a newly commissioned orchestral piece, and gave his NYC recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Anonymous 4, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Long Island Philharmonic. In 2012-13, he joined the Colorado Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, sang Handel’s Apollo and Dafne with the American Bach Soloists, performed Bach’s St. John Passion at New York’s St. Thomas Church and appeared with Bach Collegium San Diego. A singer of tremendous versatility, Mr. Bouvier made his professional musical theater debut under the baton of Keith Lockhart in Carousel with the Boston Pops and has collaborated with Sting on Songs from the Labyrinth in Los Angeles. On stage, he has sung leading roles in Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He received his BM from Boston University and his MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Cellist PAUL DWYER brings to life everything from early music on baroque cello to brand new works by young composers. He has been prize winner of numerous competitions and is the recipient of the Javits Fellowship and Presser Award. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, and has performed with pianist Menahem Pressler, principal players of Apollo’s Fire, and artist-faculty of the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival as well as in ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, the ACRONYM ensemble and the DSQ. As a Fulbright Fellow, Mr. Dwyer studied privately with Anner Bylsma and Frances-Marie Uitti in Amsterdam. He holds a BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a DMA from the University of Michigan and recently completed additional graduate studies in historical performance at Juilliard. His explorations on the cello began as he was growing up in Vienna and Munich where, as a teenager, he co-founded a cello quartet dedicated to heavy metal music.
Bassoonist MARC GOLDBERG received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Harold Goltzer. Upon graduating, he embarked upon a varied and wide-reaching career, rapidly becoming one of New York's most active freelance musicians and developing a close relationship with a number of Lincoln Center organizations. Currently principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet in residence at Juilliard, he was associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic from 2000-2002 and acting principal bassoonist of the New York City Opera from 2004-2005. Mr. Goldberg has regularly appeared with groups such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the New York Woodwind Quintet, performing across four continents. He has played in Broadway shows, commercial and movie recording, and engagements with such diverse artists as Joni Mitchell, Sting, James Taylor, Joe Jackson and as soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble in Boston's Symphony Hall and as part of the Great Performer's Series in New York's Avery Fisher Hall. In demand as a teacher, Mr. Goldberg is a longtime faculty member of Juilliard and The Hartt School; he also teaches at Mannes College, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Columbia University.


A recipient of the Young Concert Artists award, violinist BELLA HRISTOVA'S outstanding talent has been recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Strad has raved, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and the Washington Post’s “Classical Beat” calls her “a player of impressive power and control.” Following engagements at music festivals including Mainly Mozart, Brevard, and Skaneateles, Ms. Hristova’s 2013-2014 season featured a mix of solo, recital and chamber music performance: she led and performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; toured with Musicians from Marlboro; was featured soloist at a Carnegie Hall Christmas Eve performance with the New York String Orchestra; and gave the world premieres of two concertos written for her. Recent highlights include the release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied; and performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, City of London Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Zealand’s Southern Sinfonia and Korea’s Cheongju Symphony Orchestra. Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Studies followed at The Curtis Institute of Music, and she received her Artist Diploma at Indiana University. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.


Originally from South Korea, DO YEON KIM began playing cello at the age of ten. Ms. Kim has won first prize in the Adrian Boyer Competition, the 34th Music Education Journal Competition, and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Madura Scholarship Competition, as well as second prize in the Chamber Music Competition at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kim has performed as a soloist with the Bayview Music Festival Orchestra and has presented several solo and chamber recitals in the United States. Ms. Kim has also participated in several summer festivals including The Quartet Program with Charles Castleman, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Aspen International Music Festival. Ms. Kim completed a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Cincinnati in the studio of Yehuda Hanani, a Master of Music degree Cello performance at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Alan Harris and is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati. An avid chamber musician, she has worked with members of the Ying, American and Shanghai quartets and is a member of the Dante Deo Trio and Miclot Chamber Players based in New York City.
PHIL KLINE is a composer and sound artist, who makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music. Raised in Akron, Ohio, he studied English Literature and music at Columbia. After graduation, he dived into the downtown New York arts scene: founding the rock band The Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborating with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and playing guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble. His early compositions grew out of his solo performance art and often used boombox tape players as a medium, most notably in the Christmas piece Unsilent Night, which debuted in the streets of Greenwich Village in 1992 and is now performed annually in dozens of cities around the world. Other early compositions include Zippo Songs, a song cycle for Theo Bleckmann, based on poems Vietnam vets inscribed on their Zippo lighters, The Blue Room and Other Stories, written for string quartet Ethel, and Exquisite Corpses, commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. He has received commissions from the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and for the gigantic Kotschmar Organ of Portland, Maine. A new monodrama for Theo Bleckmann, Out Cold, premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival in 2012. Mr. Kline is currently working on an opera, Tesla in New York, in collaboration with writer-director Jim Jarmusch.


Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and "expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), violist and composer JESSICA MEYER is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As an experienced teaching artist for Lincoln Center and various other organizations, she has led over a thousand experiential workshops, training musicians and classroom teachers on how to get students to connect to music. Her workshops have been featured at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and the Chamber Music America Conference. Ms. Meyer is also the founder of “Chops beyond the Practice Room,” a series of workshops that empower musicians with networking, communication, entrepreneurial and teaching artist skills so they can successfully connect to their audiences while being the best advocates for their own careers.


Hailed by the New Yorker as "a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist,” CHARLES NEIDICH appears as soloist and collaborator with leading ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, I Musici di Montreal, Tafelmusik, Handel/Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsches Philharmonic, National Symphony of Taiwan, and the Juilliard, Brentano, American, Colorado, and Cavani string quartets. Mr. Neidich has participated in numerous summer festivals—Marlboro and Sarasota festivals in the U.S; Orford in Canada; BBC Proms in England; Turku and Korsholm in Finland; Apeldoorn in Holland; the Kirishima and Lilia summer festivals in Japan, and the Beijing Festival in China. Mr. Neidich began clarinet studies with his father and piano studies with his mother. Eventually, clarinet won out, and he entered Yale University at age 17, working with the noted clarinet teacher Leon Russianoff and majoring in anthropology. He attended Moscow State Conservatory as the first recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in the Soviet Union. Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice, he has been influential in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public. Also an ardent exponent of new music, he has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, and Joan Tower. His recordings are available on the Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, and Bridge labels. Of late, he has turned his attention to conducting, leading with orchestras in Scandinavia, Japan, and Bulgaria, and the New World and San Diego symphonies (in a triple role of conductor, soloist, and composer). He serves on the faculties of Juilliard, Queens College, the Manhattan School, and Mannes, and has held visiting positions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and the Yale School of Music.


Flutist TARA HELEN O'CONNOR is sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone in music of every era. Last season she premiered a new chamber work by John Zorn, made appearances at the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curaçao, and performed concerts in Hawaii and Georgia. She also gave her debut performance at the Mainly Mozart Festival with Windscape and returned to the festival to perform a concerto with Maestro David Atherton. This season she premieres Jonathan Berger’s new opera with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet. Ms. O’Connor has appeared at Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, teaches at the Bard College Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, is professor of flute and head of the wind department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and holds a summer flute master class at the Banff Centre in Canada. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


PARSONS DANCE is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company based in New York City. Under the artistic direction of David Parsons, the company presents uplifting contemporary dance to audiences around the world. Parsons Dance is a company of 8 full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works by David Parsons, as well as commissions by emerging choreographers and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time, including Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon, Milton Nascimento, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz, among many others. In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance engages audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs. Parsons Dance was founded in 1985 and has performed in more than 350 cities, 30 countries and 5 continents for the most prestigious theaters, festivals and presenters worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maison de la Danse, and Teatro La Fenice.


Violinist DANIEL PHILLIPS enjoys a versatile career as chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. He has appeared with many of the country's leading symphonies, including those of Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, and San Antonio. He performs regularly at Spoleto USA, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. He has also served on the faculties of the Banff Centre and the Colorado College Music Festival. He is a member of the renowned Bach Aria Group, and has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY, with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. Upcoming are concerto appearances with the Nova Philharmonic in New York, and the Queens College Symphony under Maestro Maurice Peress. His major teachers were his father, Eugene Phillips, former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a composer; Ivan Galamian, Sandor Vegh, and George Neikrug. Daniel Phillips is Professor of Violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College, and on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and Bard Conservatory.


Born in 1979, Belgian violinist GUILLAUME PIRARD began his violin studies at age 8. By the age of 16, he received a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory. Mr. Pirard continued his studies at the Mannes School with Todd Phillips and at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang, graduating with an Artist Diploma. He has also studied the baroque violin with Mira Glodeanu. Mr. Pirard has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Belgian National Competition in 1995 and the Bromsgrove International Competition (UK) in 1998.He was the recipient of the Belgian Young Soloists Foundation and also of the SPES Foundation Award. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Pirard has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. European concert engagements have taken him to the Czech Republic, Spain, England, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, France, and Belgium. In the United States, he has appeared in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Sarasota, Aspen, and New York. Mr. Pirard has played chamber music under the tutelage of distinguished artists such as Felix Galimir, Jerome Lowenthal, Joel Smirnoff, and has been a participant in numerous festivals around the world such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Salzburg Summer Academy, and the Ameropa Festival in Prague. He has also performed as a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the Sejong Soloists, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and, currently, The Knights.

Violinist ADRIANE POST has been described as one of North America’s “brightest and best” by Early Music America. She has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with Juilliard415 under the direction of Jordi Savall and Nicholas McGegan and leads New Trinity Baroque as co-concertmaster and soloist. She performs with Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and has worked with Musica Angelica, Clarion Society, the Knights and A Far Cry, among others. A devoted chamber musician especially committed to Baroque through Romantic repertoire, she is a founding member of the Diderot String Quartet and ACRONYM. Ms. Post has performed under the direction of Harry Bicket with the English Concert and William Christie with Les Arts Florrisants. She was named a recipient of the English Concert American Fellowship in 2014. Other festival appearances include Carmel Bach and Ravinia. Touring in the US and abroad has brought her recently to Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. She holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM from Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.


In recent years, VASSILY PRIMAKOV has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Born in Moscow in 1979, his initial piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven and at seventeen came to New York to pursue studies at Juilliard with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while still at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. He took First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2009, Mr. Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine praised the first volume of Primakov’s Mozart concertos: “The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced…..By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation.” His extensive discography includes Beethoven Sonatas, Chopin Concertos, and music of Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Scriabin for Bridge Records. Recent engagements have been with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Philharmonic, and the KZN Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa; at the Newport, Manchester and Woodstock Mozart festivals in the US.


WILLIAM PURVIS pursues a multifaceted career both in the US and abroad as a horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous premieres including horn concertos by Peter Lieberson, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Paul Lansky; horn trios by Poul Ruders; Sonate en Forme de Préludes by Steven Stucky; and two by Elliott Carter: Retracing II for Solo Horn and Nine by Five with the New York Woodwind Quintet. In addition to being a member of the New York Woodwinds, he performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Yale Brass Trio, and the Triton Horn Trio. A frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society, Mr. Purvis has collaborated with many of the world’s most esteemed string quartets, including the Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion, Brentano, Sibelius, Daedalus, and Fine Arts. A Grammy Award winner, he has recorded extensively on labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos, Koch and Bridge. He is currently professor of horn and chamber music at the Yale School of Music, where he is also serves as director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

ROMAN RABINOVICH is winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Praised by critics for “vivacity and virtuosity” and his “impeccable clarity of execution,” he has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne and Davos festivals in Switzerland, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner museums, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Vienna's Musikverein, as well as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Les Invalides in Paris and Kennedy Center. At the age of ten he made his Israel Philharmonic Orchestra debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta, performing with that orchestra and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He has since appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra of Budapest, and the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), among others. In May 2008 he replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. Born in Uzbekistan, Mr. Rabinovich began his piano studies at the age of six with his mother. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and with a Master’s from Juilliard, he also excels as an artist, often combining concerts with exhibitions of his paintings.

JENNIFER RIVERA is a lyric mezzo soprano with a growing career in the United States and abroad. She recently debuted as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito with the Teatro Regio di Torino and with the Berlin Staatsoper as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. While still a student at Juilliard, Ms. Rivera was invited to join the roster of the New York City Opera, where she sang Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and, Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina. She has been praised repeatedly by the New York Times for her “radiant mezzo soprano,” her “warm dark tone,” and “fresh ready singing.” A favorite among living composers, Ms. Rivera created the starring role of Sharon Falconer in the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, which premiered at Nashville Opera in 2007. Awards and prizes include the Operalia Competition held in Madrid, in which she was a finalist who performed in the Gala Concert conducted by Placido Domingo; the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in which she was the winner of the Eastern Region and a national Semi-Finalist; the George London Foundation; the Opera Index Competition, and the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition. Her concert work has included recitals with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, a performance with Ms. Horne at Carnegie Hall, appearances at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in C and Bach’s B Minorr Mass with the Berkshire Choral Festival and The Mephisto Project with the L’Opera Français de New York. A California native currently residing in New York City, she attended Boston University for her undergraduate degree and Juilliard for her Master’s degree.

PETER ROSEN has produced and directed over 100 full-length films and television programs that have been distributed world-wide and have won awards at the major film festivals. He has worked directly with some of the most important figures in the arts such as Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Beverly Sills, Stephen Sondheim, Martha Graham, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Claudio Arrau, and I. M. Pei. In 1990, he won the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award for his production Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which also won a prime-time Emmy Award. The Cliburn—Playing on the Edge, sponsored by ExxonMobil, won the prestigious Peabody Award. A six-part series developed from the performances during the Van Cliburn Competition, Concerto, aired on PBS, hosted by conductor James Conlon. Other recent PBS national prime-time broadcasts of his films include: In the Key of G: The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for PBS; Great Conversations in Music commissioned by the Library of Congress; and Who Gets to Call it Art?, a feature-length documentary on curator Henry Geldzahler. Mr. Rosen produced and directed the documentary Khachaturian about the Russian/Armenian composer on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, which won Best Documentary Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Peter Rosen received a BA in Architecture from Cornell University and a BFA and MFA from Yale University.

Praised for his "virtuosic" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times), oboist JAMES AUSTIN SMITH performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world. Mr. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Chamber Music Society Two), the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble, Cygnus and Decoda, and is a regular guest of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the faculty of the State University of New York at Purchase and in the fall of 2014 he will join the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Festival appearances have included Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen and Spoleto USA. He has performed with the St. Lawrence and Orion string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode and Kairos labels. Mr. Smith received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik and is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. Mr. Smith’s principal teachers have been Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli, and Ray Still.


Award winning Israeli pianist and harpsichordist ASSAF SOMMER has established himself as a versatile musician, performing repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century on piano and harpsichord, and more recently on period pianos. Mr. Sommer received his Bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and has been a recipient of scholarship awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians. He arrived in the United States in 2002 to study with American pianist Eugene Istomin for his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. As a winner of Artists International he was presented in a solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall in 2006. Recent performances include solo appearances with the Cincinnati Ballet at the Aronoff Center, performing Beethoven Concerto No. 4; a solo piano recital at Steinway Hall in New York as part of CCM Steinway Series, and in the Close Encounters With Music chamber music series with his piano trio Troika. A recent review of his performance of Bach’s second and fifth Brandenburg Concertos with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra described his playing as “…utterly thrilling, bringing the rippling notes to life with polish and individuality…” Invited to Cornell University as a fellowship recipient to study period-pianos with fortepiano pioneer Malcolm Bilson, he is currently completing his doctorate in piano and harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Lutenist DANIEL SWENBERG concentrates on Renaissance and baroque performance practices, especially the role of basso-continuo playing and the instruments central to its practice: the theorbo/chitaronne, renaissance and baroque lutes, early guitars, and the gallizona/callichon. He works regularly with a variety of ensembles, including ARTEK, REBEL, Visceral Reaction, The New York Collegium, The Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New York City Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, Stadtstheater Klagenfurt,Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Les Violons du Roy, Spiritus Collective, Les Voix Baroques, Musica Pacifica, Sejong Soloists, Les Voix Baroques, Apollo’s Fire, and Lizzy and the Theorboys. Mr. Swenberg studied with Pat O’Brien at Mannes College of Music (New York City), receiving a masters in historical performance-lute. He also studied musicology at Washington University (St. Louis) and received a BM in classical guitar from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was recently appointed to the Juilliard historical practice faculty.


STEPHEN TAYLOR holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair at the Chamber Music Society. He is a solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae, and is co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His regular festival appearances include Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Yale at Norfolk, Santa Fe, and Aspen. Among his more than 200 recordings is Elliott Carter's Oboe Quartet for which Mr. Taylor received a Grammy nomination. He has performed many of Carter's works, giving the world premieres of A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa, and Tempo e Tempi; and the US premieres of Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet, and A 6 Letter Letter. He was awarded a performer's grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Trained at Juilliard, he is a member of its faculty as well as those of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. Mr. Taylor plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes.

XIAO-DONG WANG has been called the most talented violinist 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. As First Prize winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition at the ages of thirteen and fifteen, he was brought to the attention of violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay who arranged a four-¬year scholarship at Juilliard. Mr. Wang has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the London Royal Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland symphony orchestras and Sydney Opera Orchestra. His recording credits include the Bartok Concerto No. 2 and Szymanowski Concerto No. 1 for Polygram. He has also appeared performing on both violin and viola in chamber music concerts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen, Ravinia and festivals and music series worldwide. Wang was the resident soloist of the Shanghai Symphony for the 2012-13 season, during which he also performed as a soloist with other major Chinese orchestras, including the China Philharmonic in Beijing. He is artistic director of the chamber music group Concertante, collaborating with world renowned musicians and producing a vast number of recordings.

Grammy-nominated flutist CAROL WINCENC is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Arts and Letters and is winner of the sole Naumburg Solo Flute Competition. A muse of many of today's most prominent composers, she has premiered concertos written for her by Christopher Rouse, Lukas Foss, Henryk Górecki, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, Peter Schickele, Roberto Sierra and Tobias Picker. A prolific recording artist, her performance with the Houston Symphony on Telarc of Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto won the coveted Diapson d'Or Award as well as Gramophone's "Pick of the Month" recording with her hometown orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic (Naxos) with Maestro JoAnn Falletta. She has appeared as concerto soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, BBC, Warsaw Philharmonic and London Symphonies; as well as the Saint Paul, Mostly Mozart, Pro Musica and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras. She has preformed at music festivals in Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Spoleto, and Banff. Her recording of the Mozart Flute Quartets on Deutsche Grammophon with the Emerson Quartet is regarded as one of the definitive interpretations of these works. As a result of her fascination with the flute family, Ms. Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul featuring such diverse artists as the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, and Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Ms. Wincenc teaches at both Stony Brook University and her alma mater, Juilliard.

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