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About the Artists 2015-2016

Formed in 2012 to create the first recording of the complete “Alphabet Sonatas”of Johann Pezel, ACRONYM is a 12-member string band distinguished by an ambitious program to unearth and revive forgotten masterpieces of the Baroque era, including composers such as Alessandro Poglietti, Clemens Thieme, and Adam Drese, representatives of the Viennese and German composers of the period. Much of their programming is devoted to modern premieres of works newly transcribed from manuscript by the group’s leader, cellist and gamba player Kivie Cahn-Lipman, previously unpublished, unrecorded and unheard since the early 17th century. A second recording of instrumental sonatas by Antonio Bertali was released in early 2014 to critical acclaim: Alex Ross selected it as a CD Pick, and Early Music America magazine wrote, “The idiomatic performances and spacious recording by these young musicians are absolutely first rate. This is a disc…belonging in everyone’s collection.” Upcoming projects include concert tours featuring works of Pezel and Bertali, as well as the first recordings and modern performances of music by Samuel Capricornus, Johann Rosenmüller, and others. ACRONYM released a third album, modern premieres of Viennese composer Giovanni Valentini’s instrumental music, in 2015. Gramophone UK lauded the album, “played with expertise, enthusiasm and an almost tactile sense of timbre.” In an upcoming project, ACRONYM players are working closely with Les Canards Chantants on recently discovered works including sonatas and canzoni by Giovanni Valentini.

Prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, violinist YEHONATAN BERICK is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Performances as soloist include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa symphonies, and the Israel, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba chamber orchestras. He has collaborated with many world renowned artists, and toured as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the Lortie-Berick-Lysy Piano Trio, and the Huberman String Quartet among other ensembles. Festival appearances include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Ottawa, Great Lakes, and Music@Menlo. He has been featured in the world’s most important venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Musée du Louvre, Milan’s Sala Verdi and London’s Wigmore Hall. On CD, he has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, Equilibrium, Gasparo, Summit, and Helicon labels. Equally sought after as violin teacher and chamber music mentor, Berick serves as professor of violin at the University of Ottawa and visiting professor at the University of Toronto. His studies were at the Tel Aviv University Music Academy, followed by the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music with Dorothy Delay and master classes with Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng and Josef Gingold. Mr. Berick plays on a 1761 violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, generously on loan from the University of Ottawa.
Praised by Opera News for his “soothing, cavernous baritone that can soar to heights of lyric beauty,” Alabama-born MISCHA BOUVIER continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability. Mr. Bouvier has appeared with ensembles as diverse as the Folger Consort, Sting, Princeton Glee Club, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble, Colorado Symphony, Anonymous 4, Bronx Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group and The Knights. He made his professional musical theater debut with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart singing Jigger Craig in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in 2007 (now available on the Tanglewood 75 label). His 2014-2015 season included performances with American Bach Soloists, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Festival Casals Puerto Rico, Bach Collegium San Diego, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Stamford Symphony, as well as recitals across the U. S. He made his Lincoln Center debut singing the New York premiere of Jocelyn Hagan’s mass with Musica Sacra; sang in Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Evangelisti) for the “collected stories” series at Carnegie Hall, curated by composer David Lang; and was featured with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the baton of Iván Fischer. Recent roles include Moneybags Billy in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood; Lucifer in a semi-staged version of Handel’s La resurrezione with the Baroque Band in Chicago; and Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Dupage Opera Theatre. 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.


Pianist MICHAEL CHERTOCK has fashioned a successful career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Andrew Litton. His many orchestral appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony and he has won accolades with his solo performances in Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Mr. Chertock made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 with the Cincinnati Pops, performing Duke Ellington’s New World A’Comin’. In June 2005 with the Boston Pops Orchestra, he performed the world premiere of a work by Todd Machover, commissioned by the Boston Pops expressly for him. His 2003 performance on the Cincinnati Symphony’s recording of Petrouchka with Paavo Järvi turned in rave reviews in Gramophone and American Record Guide. In 1994, Chertock released his first CD on the Telarc label, a collection of his original arrangements of music from movies entitled Cinematic Piano. Since then, he has recorded three more discs with Telarc: Palace of the Winds, Christmas at the Movies and Love at the Movies, which have been praised for their lush, original arrangements and exquisite technical facility. He is a regular performer at Ravinia, Blossom Music Center, Grand Tetons Music Festival and Catskill High Peaks in Rensselaerville, NY. Mr. Chertock serves as chair of the keyboard division at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his master’s degree.
EDGAR CHOUEIR is a professor of applied physics at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Princeton University and the associated faculty at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Program in Plasma Physics. He is also director of Princeton University’s Engineering Physics Program and chief scientist at the university’s Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Lab, a center of research in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion. Additionally, he is the director of Princeton’s 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics (3D3A) Lab. An avid audiophile and acoustician, over the last decade, he has dedicated his time to the development, application, and refinement of a revolutionary, groundbreaking system of audio recording that captures lifelike 3D audio in picture-perfect fidelity. The author of more than 160 scientific publications and encyclopedia articles on plasma rockets, plasma physics, space physics and applied mathematics, he is Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the recipient of many awards and honors including a knighthood. He has been an invited speaker at symposia and leading institutions in the U. S., Russia, China, Japan, Poland, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, UAE, and many countries in Western Europe. He was recently elected president of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, whose members include hundreds of scientists working on plasma propulsion for spacecraft in more than 15 countries. Dr. Choueiri was selected by NASA in 2004 as the winner of a competition to lead a team of NASA and academic researchers on a 3-year research project to develop a high-power plasma rocket system intended for the robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars.


Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplifies pianist RAN DANK's 2015 summer festival appearances which included a world premiere for piano by Alexander Goehre at Santa Fe; the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Shanghai String Quartet at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock; and solo and chamber pieces at the Great Lakes Festival in Michigan. A favorite with New York audiences, he was recently presented by Peoples Symphony at Town Hall and soloed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. In 2013 he and pianist Soyeon Kate Lee performed the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s “Four Hands” at Le Poisson Rouge. Mr. Dank is assistant professor and director of piano studies at the College of Charleston and serves as artistic director of the college’s International Piano Series. He completed his doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Chancellor’s Fellow, having previously received a bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in his native Israel and a master’s degree and artist diploma from Juilliard. Among recent and upcoming highlights are appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the Charleston Symphony. In recital, he has been presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival, and Seattle Chamber Music Festival. The recipient of numerous honors, Ran Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition and the Naumburg and Sydney International Piano Competitions and first prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.


THE DOVER QUARTET catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. During the 2014-15 Season, the Dover performed more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Highlights included concerts for the Kennedy Center, Schneider Concerts in New York City, and Wigmore Hall in London. They also performed together with the pianists Andre Watts, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Jon Kimura Parker; the violists Roberto Díaz and Cynthia Phelps; and the Pacifica Quartet. The Dover won not only the grand prize but all three special prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. They have performed in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, the Festival Internacional de Musica de Cartagena, La Jolla SummerFest, Bravo! Vail, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and have been the Ernst Stiefel String Quartetin-Residence at Caramoor. Individual members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarneri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were in residence from 2011-2013. The Quartet has been mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Michael Tree. Its members are Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello.



By age twelve, clarinetist PAUL GREEN was already studying with the noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff. A year later, he was recommended to Leonard Bernstein and performed and recorded Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic. Invited by composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1965 to perform at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, he played with such artists as Jacqueline DuPre and Richard Goode. That year he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, giving his solo debut in New York in 1966. He attended Yale University, where he studied with Keith Wilson and became principal clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony. After receiving a BA in Theory and Composition from Yale, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School, receiving an MS degree in Performance. In 1997, he was an Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. Information Agency, performing in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 2007, he continued his musical studies at Florida International University, receiving an MM in Jazz Performance. Presently, he has an active musical career both in Western Massachusetts and South Florida. As co-director of “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music” and director of the Jewish Jazz Project, he presents a wide variety of Jewish music throughout Berkshire County. Festival appearances have included Colorado Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, Manchester Music Festival and the Festival at Sandpoint. He is a faculty member of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Berkshire Music School, and the Hotchkiss School. In Florida, he is the director of Klezmer East, a founding member of the Miami Jazz Coop, and principal clarinetist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.


Known for his thrilling performances and musical creativity, violinist ARA GREGORIAN made his New York recital debut in 1996 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall in 1997. Since that time he has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians of his generation with performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in major metropolitan cities throughout the world including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Cleveland, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Tel Aviv and Helsinki. Throughout his career, Gregorian has taken an active role as a performer and presenter of chamber music. He is the founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Greenville, North Carolina, celebrating its 16th Season, and has appeared at festivals worldwide including the SpringLight (Finland), Storioni (Holland), Summer Solstice (Canada), Casals (Puerto Rico), Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong), Bard, Bravo! Vail Valley, Santa Fe, Music in the Vineyards, Catskill High Peaks, Madeline Island and Strings in the Mountains festivals. He has also performed extensively as a member of numerous chamber music ensembles including Concertante, the Daedalus Quartet and the Arcadian Trio. An active and committed teacher, Gregorian is the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Distinguished Professor in Music at East Carolina University. He received his BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joseph Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Robert Mann. He performs on a Francesco Ruggeri violin from 1690 and a Grubaugh and Seifert viola from 2006.


First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist SOYEON KATE LEE has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.” She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Dominican Republic, Orquesta de Valencia, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic. In recent seasons, she has given recitals at New York’s Zankel, Alice Tully, and Merkin halls; Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Madrid’s National Auditorium, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. A Naxos artist, she records a double CD of Scriabin piano works this season following the Scarlatti and Liszt albums released earlier. Second prize and Mozart Prize winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, she has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. She is assistant professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank, and their son, Noah.


MICHELLE LEVIN, pianist and composer, has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike as a multi-faceted musician of extraordinary sensitivity, virtuosity and dedication to the art of making music. Ms. Levin is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music as a double major in piano and composition. She began her studies there at the age of eleven, and is the first woman ever to receive their Master’s Degree in Composition. The Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D. C. awarded her first prize, in competition with pianists from 14 countries. Ms. Levin has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Florida Philharmonic, Miami Chamber Symphony, Sinfonia Virtuosi, New World Symphony, Albany Symphony and the Virginia Symphony. She has also given solo and chamber music recitals in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America. In demand as a chamber musician, she has toured with violinists Joseph Silverstein, Peter Zazofsky, Ruggiero Ricci, Donald Weilerstein and Bayla Keyes; with violists Paul Neubauer, Atar Arad, and Steven Ansell; with cellists Yehuda Hanani, Ronald Thomas, and Wolfgang Boettcher; and with harpist Heidi Lehwalder. Ms. Levin appears regularly with the Muir String Quartet and as guest artist with the Miami String Quartet. In 2007, the Muir Quartet gave the world premiere of Levin’s own String Quartet No. 1, which was dedicated to them. In 2010, she joined members of the Muir in the world premiere of Joan Tower’s Piano Quartet. She has recorded for Koch International, Eco-Classics and Hungaroton.


Canadian violinist SARAH MCELRAVY is a founding member of the award-winning Linden String Quartet. She has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, performing in some of the world’s great halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. As an educator, Ms. McElravy has broad experience, having been in residence at the music departments of Yale University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Idaho and frequently presenting master classes, lectures, and educational outreach performances at other educational institutions. Notable residencies include those with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Caramoor Center for Music as the 2011-12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence. Ms. McElravy has worked closely with composers Gabriel Kahane, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Andy Akiho and recorded an album of music from eight prodigious young composers who were mentored by Chickasaw composer and pedagogue Jerod Impichaachaaha’ Tate, released by Azica Records. With the Linden Quartet, she was winner of the gold medal and grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, a management contract with Concert Artists Guild out of New York City, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition. Ms. McElravy is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Society México (CMSMx), an organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music in México City. She received her BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently completed a two-year graduate string-quartet-in-residence program at Yale University’s School of Music, mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.

KEN MOORE is the Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Associate curator and administrator in the Department of Musical Instruments since 1997, he began his career at the museum in 1970, working first as a security guard, then as the on-site coordinator of photography for the catalogue Treasures of the Kremlin Armory. He moved to the Department of Musical Instruments in 1979, where he was curatorial assistant, then assistant curator (1983) and associate curator (1990). Since 1990, he has been responsible for the curatorial care and display of the museum’s 3,700 non-Western instruments, as well as the organization of many lectures, demonstrations, and concert programs. As resident ethnomusicologist at the Metropolitan Museum, Mr. Moore has set standards in organology (the study of musical instruments) by advocating the application of contextual display methods of non-European instruments, for developing educational performance programs that emphasize world music cultures, and for devising descriptive cataloguing methodology. Outside the Metropolitan, he has made pioneering studies of the music of the Snake Handler cult in West Virginia, has served on the boards of the American Musical Instrument Society and the Society for Asian Music, and has been a member of the Council for the Society of Ethnomusicology, of which he was president of the mid-Atlantic chapter. He also composed music for the 1996 off-Broadway production of The Wilde Spirit, and has worked as a musical arranger and transcriber. Ken Moore, who lives in Manhattan, holds a BS in Music Education from Concord College (Athens, West Virginia) an MA in Ethnomusicology from Hunter College, and a doctorate in music from the City University of New York.


Internationally acclaimed pianist Walter Ponce has performed around the globe as a soloist with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber music. Of his appearance with the legendary Sir Georg Solti, the Chicago Tribune headlined “Pianist Shines with Chicago Symphony Orchestra—Walter Ponce is Magical in his Chicago Symphony Debut.” In contemporary music, he has given the world premieres of more than two hundred works, including those by Hugo Weisgall, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, William Bolcom, and Morton Gould and made the original recording of George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale under the guidance of the composer. He has been heard in every major city of North and South America, as well as concert halls in Europe, Japan, Korea, and Africa. Born in Bolivia, Walter Ponce’s musical beginnings took place in Buenos Aires, where he attended the National Conservatory. There he met Alberto Ginastera, whose notable piano sonata was part of Ponce’s New York City debut recital on the series “Introductions” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Ponce has participated in festivals at Ravinia, Marlboro, Caramoor, Aspen, Tangiers in Morocco, and Cervantino and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. He has performed with the Cleveland, Audubon, and American quartets and has made guest appearances with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society. Composers Paul Reale and Ezra Laderman have written piano concertos specifically for him. A frequent juror in numerous competitions, he has recorded for Columbia Masterworks, Vox Cum Laude, Library of Congress, CRI and with cellist Yehuda Hanani, the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven and works by the Cuban composer Jorge Martín. Mr. Ponce came to the U.S. with a Fulbright grant that continued for an unprecedented four years. He received a BS degree from the Mannes College of Music, and an MS and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard where he was one of three students chosen to play and study with Vladimir Horowitz. Formerly Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor at UCLA.

American tenor ALEX RICHARDSON is increasingly in demand as a leading tenor in opera companies around the world. Last season he sang in Salome at Opera San Antonio, in Susannah with Toledo Opera, was featured in Szymanowski’s King Roger with Charles Dutoit and the Boston Symphony, as tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as tenor soloist in a concert of opera highlights with the Carolina Philharmonic, and in Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He joined the roster of singers at The Metropolitan Opera this year, where he will be covering the role of Alwa in a new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, directed by William Kentridge and conducted by James Levine. In 2014 Mr. Richardson sang in Salome with the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons, was seen as Molqi in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer at Long Beach Opera, as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Dicapo Opera at The Tilles Center, and as the tenor soloist in Louis Andriessen’s De Materie with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall. He performed at the Spoleto Festival USA; was featured as a soloist in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Charles Dutoit and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood; sang the title role in the American premiere of Franco Faccio’s Hamlet at Opera Southwest and Baltimore Concert Opera; and wrapped up the year with performances of Cavalleria Rusticana with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Mr. Richardson has appeared with St. Petersburg Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis, New York City Opera, and Washington National Opera among many companies. Opera News has noted his “Vocal luminescence… singing with passionate lyricism and a deep burgundy coloring.” As a roster member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, he sang in recital on the concert series “On Wings of Song” and completed residencies and recitals in towns throughout America. Mr. Richardson has been a featured soloist at Tanglewood numerous times— most recently in the 75th Anniversary Gala Concert, which was televised on PBS’s Great Performances. Mr. Richardson debuted the role of the Soldier Ruiz Alonzo at Santa Fe Opera in Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, directed by Peter Sellars. Subsequently, he performed the role of the Bullfighter, making his debut with the Atlanta Symphony in Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center and at the Ojai and Ravinia Festivals. He made his debut in the same role with the Chicago Symphony at Chicago’s Symphony Hall. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mr. Richardson holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Manhattan School of Music.


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 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 MM degree from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with BA (Political Science) and BM 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.

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, and 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.
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