Faculty Biographies

ANAHID AJEMIAN, violin

A native of New York, Anahid Ajemian won the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Award while still a student of Edouard Dethier at the Juilliard Graduate School of Music. In the same year, she made her debut at Town Hall and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal from Mademoiselle Magazine as the Young Woman of the Year in music.

With her sister Maro, a pianist, she concertized in Europe and Canada as well as throughout the United States in a repertoire including works written for them by such noted composers as John Cage, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Ernst Krenek, Lou Harrison, Wallingford Riegger, Carlos Surinach, and Ben Weber. Together and seperately, the Ajemians recorded extensively for Columbia, RCA Victor, MGM, and Composers' Recordings Inc. They were the first instrumentalists to receive the Laurel Leaf Award of the American Composers Alliance for Distinguished Service to American Music.

Anahid made her radio debut on the Bell Telephone Hour and has made innumerable broadcasts and television apearances since, both in the United States and abroad. She has appeared as soloist under the batons of Dmitri Mitropoulos, Leopold Stokowski, and Izler Solomon, and recorded with the latter two. In the mid-sixties, she and her fellow violinist Matthew Raimondi founded the Composers String Quartet, which quickly earned an international reputation and has toured extensively in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Romania, Australia, India, the Middle East, China, and Africa.

Anahid has been a judge for many international competitions, among them the Naumburg Foundation Awards and the Rockefeller Foundation International Music Competition. She is married to George Avakian, a record producer and founding officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. They have three children.

 

ELIOT BAILEN, cello

Strings Magazine writes, "Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music" (July 1999). The New Haven Register describes Eliot Bailen's solo cello work as "impressive and inspiring... unusual sensitivity and accomplishment." Eliot Bailen appears frequently in major New York concert halls. Principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Bailen also holds the principal chairs of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and the Cape May Music Festival Orchestra. He has served as principal cello of the Long Island Philharmonic and the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra. In Connecticut, Mr. Bailen is co-principal cello and a frequent soloist with Orchestra New England, as well as assistant-principal cello of the Stamford Symphony.

Mr. Bailen performs regularly with the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Symphony, the New York City Opera and the American Ballet Theater; he has also been solo cellist in numerous Broadway shows. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Deutche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, and Flying Dutchman Records. Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Sherman, CT, Mr. Bailen is a regular guest artist with the Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. In addition, he has participated in the Caramoor, Grand Teton, O.K. Mozart, Norfolk, Aspen, Banff, Bach Aria, Cape May, and New England Bach and Berkshire Bach festivals and in the Mohawk Chamber Concerts. Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the Yale School of Music in 1990 where, as a student of Aldo Parisot, he was awarded the Lucy B. Moses Fellowship.

Mr. Bailen's other teachers have included Janos Starker, Gerald Beal, Daniel Morganstern, Robert Gardner, and Timothy Eddy. An active teacher himself, Mr. Bailen has served on the faculties of S.U.N.Y., at Purchase, NY, and the 92nd Street Y in New York. Mr. Bailen is also a writer and producer of children's music. With his partner, Karen Prager, Mr. Bailen was a winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medal and the winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards. "Karen and Tommy," their duo, have been featured guest artists on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle." Their work is also featured on Scholastic Production's music video "Song City U.S.A." and on BMG Records series for children, "Early Ears." "Dinosaur Rap" was voted the #1 song of the year in 1987 on the radio show "Kids' America." In January 1999, Mr. Bailen was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and his musical composition, Rainbow Crow, written in collaboration with elementary school children in Stamford, CT, was premiered by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Mr. Bailen and his wife, flutist Susan Rotholz, live in New York City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.

 

YARI BOND, cello

Cellist Yari Bond has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Ms. Bond has been a featured artist on WNPR Performance Today and appeared frequently on WNYC and Vermont Public Radio. She is a founding member of the Carnegie Chamber Players and the Thurnauer Chamber Music Society and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Mazerska Chamber Music Society in Sweden. A noted performer of contemporary music, she has premiered and recorded the music of many contemporary composers. Ms. Bond has performed in numerous ensembles in the New York area including the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Riverside Symphony, EOS and the Queen's Chamber Band.

Ms. Bond teaches cello at Columbia University,the Special Music School of America, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music and the Hunter College Elementary School. For many years Ms. Bond was on the faculty of the Queens College School for Preparatory Studies in Music. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School of Music where she was a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Other teachers include David Wells, Bob Gardner and Scott Ballantyne. Ms. Bond lives in Manhattan with her husband clarinetist Richard Goldsmith and and two boys Benji and Peter.

 

KENNETH COOPER, harpsichord

Harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and conductor Kenneth Cooper is one of the world's leading specialists in music of the 18th century and one of America's most exciting and versatile performers. He is famous for his improvisations, which lend extraordinary authenticity to his performances. The possessor of a PhD in musicology from Columbia University, Cooper is on the faculty there as well as at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is Chair of the Harpsichord Department and Director of the Baroque Aria Ensemble.

Cooper's association with the music of Bach has been the result of a lifelong passion and study. His harpsichord solo performances are authoritative and stimulating; his versions of the harpsichord concerti offer new perspectives; and his chamber music collaborations have been enthusiastically received. As Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, he has instituted a series of Concertofests, recreating the atmosphere of Zimmerman's Coffee-Haus, where Bach held his weekly concerts with his Collegium. Cooper was co-director of the legendary Our Bach Concerts, and he has been soloist and guest conductor with the American Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been resident at many music festivals, most notably those at the Grand Canyon, Yale-Norfolk, Santa Fe, and Spoleto-Charleston.

Kenneth Cooper was featured in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on Channel 13's Live From Lincoln Center telecast with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; his 1984 Playbill article Bach's Call to Action received special attention. He wrote, on that occasion (Bach's 300th birthday): "How Bach regarded [his mentor] Buxtehude is how we might well recognize Bach: as a master, not a god ... and stimulated to a human response, not a mindless, mechanical, or methodological one.... The great master would have desired us to be fired into action, not awed into obedience."

Among Cooper's Bach recordings are his J. S. Bach Harpsichord Recital (Musical Heritage Society), Flute and Harpsichord Sonatas (Vanguard, with Paula Robison and Timothy Eddy), Gamba and Harpsichord Sonatas (CBS, with Yo Yo Ma), and the recently released live performances of the Six Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble (Berkshire Bach Society BBS 2001/2), as well as the Goldberg Variations (BBS 2005).

 

WAYNE J. du MAINE, trumpet

Wayne du Maine currently performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Brass Quintet, and the Concordia Orchestra; he also performs with contemporary music ensembles, including the ST-X Xenakis, Sospeso, and Speculum Musicae. Mr. du Maine can be heard with Prince on his New Power Soul recording and on recordings with the New York Philharmonic, as well as on numerous commercial and movie soundtracks. Wayne is on the faculty of the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, where he teaches trumpet and conducts the MAP Orchestra. He is also on the conducting faculty at the Elisabeth Murrow String Camp. Mr. du Maine has performed at numerous festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Vermont Mozart, and Bowdoin. Wayne is a member of the New York Big Brass, the Connecticut Symphony, and the Springfield (MA) Symphony, and is now performing The Music Man on Broadway.

 

MARK GOLDBERG, bassoon

One of NY's busiest freelance musicians, Mark Goldberg's work as musician and educator has taken him throughout the country and around the world with a host of premiere ensembles. From 2000-2002 the Associate Principal Bassoonist of the NY Philharmonic, Marc has made numerous guest Principal appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, and has been a frequent guest of the BSO, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus, and the Eos Chamber Orchestra, touring with these groups across 4 continents and recording on an assortment of labels. His first solo appearances were with Alexander Schneider and the Brandenburg Ensemble at Boston's Symphony Hall and as part of the Great Performers Series at NY's Avery Fisher; he has since appeared as soloist with the ASO, Jupiter Symphony, NY Chamber Soloists, Sea Cliff Chamber Players, NY Symphonic Ensemble, and the NY Scandia Symphony around the US, in South America, and across the Pacific Rim. He has been a guest of the Da Camera Society of Houston, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Musicians from Marlboro, the Brentano Quartet, the Aspen Music Festival, and the NY Woodwind Quintet. Principal Bassoonist of the Bard Festival Orchestra since its inception and a frequent performer on the Festival Chamber Music Series, Mr. Goldberg has also been involved with organizing a music program at the Bard High School Early College in NYC. Mark is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Mannes College, the Hartt School, and Columbia University.

 

ANTIGONI GONI, guitar

Greek-born guitarist Antigoni Goni is considered one of the leading guitarists of her generation. Winner of 7 international guitar competitions throughout the world, Ms. Goni has extensively toured Europe, Russia, Canada, the Far East, and the United States, performing in some of the world's most famous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Covent Garden in London, Gasteig Hall in Munich, Athens Megaron, the Cappella Sale in St. Petersburg, Moscow's Bolshoi theater and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. As a soloist and lecturer she regularly participates in numerous United States festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the GFA Festival and Eastman's Guitar Fest, the Portland Guitar Festival, the Banff Summer Festival, and the Stetson Inernational workshop, as well as international guitar festivals in Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Greece, and Mexico.

A NAXOS recording artist, her CDs are praised for demonstrating "supple musicality and vigorous temperament" as well as for being "expressively poetic and technically exciting." She is currently the director of Juilliard's Pre-College guitar department and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

 

JUNE HAN, harp

A native of Korea, Ms. Han holds a Premier Prix in Harp and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in France and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music. A prize winner at the Soka International Competition in Japan and the Concerto Competition in Aspen, Ms. Han has appeared in numerous solo recitals and orchestral performances in Korea and France (with L'Orchestre de Paris) and throughout the United States. Ms. Han is also an advocate of contemporary music and chamber music and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, and, on a more regular basis, the Ensemble Sospeso, the Sequitur Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and New Music for a New Century.

Her summer festivals include the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center (as a Harp Fellow) in the United States; in France, she has attended Academies Musicales in Gargilesse, Nice, Le Blanc, and Villecroze. Most recently, Ms. Han was a featured soloist with the Colonial Symphony Orchestra in Morristown, New Jersey. She is currently a coach at the Chamber Music Program of the New York Youth Symphony, a faculty on the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and an Associate Faculty member in Music Performance at Columbia University. Ms. Han has studied with Nancy Allen at Yale and with Marie-Claire Jamet in Paris, and is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School.

 

DONALD HAYWARD, trombone

Donald Hayward received his B.M. from the Hartt School of Music. He has performed with the Group for Contemporary Music, the New Music Consort, the New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble, the Riverside Symphony, the New Band, and the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra; he has also played for numerous Broadway shows. Mr. Hayward has performed at the Prague Spring and Spoleto festivals, and has made recordings with John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Ben Neil, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Amor Artis, and the New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble.

 

ROBERT INGLISS, oboe

Principal oboist of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bachworks, and Philharmonia Virtuosi, Robert Ingliss has appeared with almost every important large ensemble in New York City, and also recently served as principal oboist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has toured worldwide with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and was a soloist in the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante when Orpheus became the first American orchestra to play in Vietnam since the war. As a chamber musician, he is a member of An die Musik - oboe, strings and piano, with whom he has premiered works by Jon Deak, Peter Schickele and John Harbison (April 2003), and served as oboist of the Aspen Wind Quintet for six years. Belonging to Cygnus and the Ensemble Sospeso, Bob is one of the most sought-after new music oboists in New York. He has appeared with the Da Capo Chamber Players, League-ISCM Chamber Players, New Music Consort, Parnassus, and Speculum Musicae among others, presenting many US and world premieres. He can also be heard on over two dozen record labels performing a wide range of repertoire. Mr Ingliss teaches oboe at Columbia University and has given masterclasses in oboe and/or chamber music at such places as the Juilliard School, University of New Mexico, and the Mexican National Conservatory. Robert Ingliss is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and studied with Robert Bloom and Arthur Krilov, as well as with Heinz Holliger at the Darmstadt New Music Courses.

 

SUE ANN KAHN, flute

"A master of every style" ....The New York Times

Sue Ann Kahn has been hailed as a consummate interpreter of music of all styles throughout her career. Highly regarded as a flute teacher and chamber music coach, Kahn was Professor of Music at Bennington College for two decades and also taught students at Williams and Sarah Lawrence colleges. She is now on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and continues to teach and give master classes here and abroad. She has coached and performed at the Chamber Music Conference of the East for the past twenty-one summers.

Kahn was honored with one of the first Solo Recitalist Fellowships from the NEA in recognition of her outstanding gifts as a flutist and received the American New Music Consortium Award for distinguished performances of contemporary music. Kahn continues to champion new music, and American composers as diverse as George Crumb, Harvey Sollberger, Ralph Shapey and Peter Schickele have written works especially for her. She won the coveted Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award as a founding member of the Jubal Trio and performs with the Trio in major concert halls throughout the United States. Kahn presents solo recitals of unusual interest with pianist Andrew Willis.

Kahn has recorded a wealth of literature of all periods for CRI, Musical Heritage, MMG, Capstone, Vox-Candide, New World, and Albany. She has been a board member of the National Flute Association and continues to serve on the New York Flute Club board of directors; she is also a former president of the club. Her flute teachers were William Kincaid, John Krell, Samuel Baron, and Julius Baker.

 

ARTHUR KAMPELA, guitar, composer

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Arthur Kampela was winner of both the 1995 International Guitar Composition Competition in Caracas, Venezuela and the 1998 Lamarque-Pons Guitar Composition Competition in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is internationally recognized both as a composer and as a virtuoso guitar player. He has received commissions and awards from the Rio Arte Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the New Music Consort, the Carioca Guitar Quartet, and the Helsinki Biennial; he has also received fellowships from the Brazilian Government and from Columbia University, and commissions from Holland electric guitarist Wieck Hijmans and Swiss harpist Anne Bassand.

Kampela has broken new ground in two particular ways: first, in his native country as a sort of "Brazilian Frank Zappa," he has fused popular and vernacular styles with contemporary textural techniques. His 1988 album, "Epic and Blessings of a Disenchanted Race," deconstructs popular music forms, mixing samba, twelve-tone atonality, jazz, and musical theater. Second, he has worked with new techniques for acoustic instruments in which structural compositional designs accommodate motoric considerations. In his series of "Percussion Studies" for solo guitar, Kampela has created an entirely new playing technique, combining traditional techniques and percussive effects in a compelling and seamless manner and to a degree never heard before. His "Tapping Technique" for the guitar exploits timbre, pitch, texture, and rhythmic design as a natural extension of instrumental playing.

Kampela was selected for the 43rd International Tribune of Composers of UNESCO, France, in 1995; that same year, he was guest composer for the "AVANTI" Ensemble in Tempeliaukion, Helsinki, and composed a viola piece premiered by the virtuoso Paul Silverthorne. The debut of his composition "Variations/Phallanges" for harp solo was performed by Anne Bassand at the 'Kammermusiksaal des Kongresshauses' in Zurich. He participated in the Synthese '94 festival in Bourges, France, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC'95) in Canada, and the Electroacoustic Music Festival in Aquila, Italy , with his piece "TEXTORIAS" for computer-generated guitar. In 1996, he participated in the "Sonidos de las Americas" with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and was selected for both the ISCM'96 in Copenhagen and the ISCM'97 in Seoul. He was a lecturer, guest composer and juror in 1997 at the International Guitar Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, and recently performed at the Festival Archipell in Switzerland with his piece "Quimbanda" for electric guitar.

In 1993, Kampela received private lessons from the British composer Brian Ferneyhough. In 1998, Kampela received a doctorate in composition from Columbia University, where he studied with Mario Davidovsky and Fred Lerdahl. Kampela's works have been performed in leading forums for contemporary music in South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. He recently completed a String Quartet and a piece for electric guitar in which he employs new techniques and micro-metric modulation - a system he derived from Carter and Cowell's metric ideas - to bridge complex rhythmic relationships. He presently lives in New York City with his wife Kim and their 3 year old son Julian Lua.

 

LEWIS KAPLAN, violin

Lewis Kaplan is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival as well as founder and violinist of the acclaimed Aeolian Chamber Players. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied conducting with Jean Morel and violin with the renowned pedagogue Ivan Galamian. He has toured for three decades as a soloist, conductor, and chamber artist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared as violinist and conductor with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Juilus Baker, Rudolf Firkusny, Szymon Goldberg, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Murray Perahia, Ruggiero Ricci, and Benita Valente, among others. Mr. Kaplan has premiered more than fifty works by many of the world's most distinguished composers. He has made numerous television appearances and has recorded for Columbia, CRI, Folkways, and Odyssey Records. Lewis Kaplan has served on juries of the following international competitions: Fritz Kreisler in Vienna, Austria, the Mozart International in Salzburg, Austria, the Japan International in Tokyo, and the Henryk Szeryng in Monaco. His chamber and violin students have included Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Pamela Frank, and Cho-Liang Lin.

 

MIN-YOUNG KIM, violin

Violinist Min-Young Kim has performed in a wide variety of styles in concert series and festival programs across the United States and abroad. As a member of the Daedalus Quartet, she recently won first prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, as well as the Szekely Prize for best performance of a Beethoven Quartet, and the Piece de Concert Prize for best performance of the commissioned work. As part of the first prize, the quartet will record a debut CD and perform a Canadian tour, including concerts in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Banff, and Vancouver, as well as concerts in Tokyo, Paris, and Barcelona. A graduate of Harvard University (Phi Beta Kappa '94) and the Juilliard School,

Ms. Kim has performed such 20th century classics as Alban Berg's Violin Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. In January of 2001, she performed her Carnegie Weill Recital debut in New York as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Kim has toured the U.S. with Musicians from Marlboro and the American Chamber Players, and has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in chamber music festivals across the United States, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Foothills Chamber Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival. An accomplished baroque violinist as well, she has recorded and performed as a soloist with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Her strong commitment to contemporary music has led her to premiere and perform many new works in the New York and Boston areas, including an Anthony Davis piece in which she improvised with jazz clarinetist, Don Byron. In addition, she has performed in new music festivals in Spain and Greece, and with such groups as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Harvard Group for New Music, ALEA III, and the Boston Underground Composers. Ms. Kim is currently on the violin and chamber music faculties of Columbia University and the School for Strings in New York. Her major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, and Shirley Givens.

"Ms. Kim is an excellent violinist with an easy but unostentatious technique and a lovely, variable tone. At home in a wide variety of styles... Ms. Kim made both (the Ravel Sonata and Schoenfield Fiddle Pieces) sound totally convincing and idiomatic; indeed in the Ravel, she succeeded in combining the French and American flavor unusually well." -Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review, Summer 2001

 

JEAN KOPPERUD, clarinet

"The American clarinetist JEAN KOPPERUD was absolutely smashing" (New York Post). A graduate of The Juilliard School and former student of Nadia Boulanger in France, Kopperud has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Caribbean and Australia as concert soloist and chamber musician. Presently she is performing with The New York New Music Ensemble, Omega, the ISCM Ensemble, Ensemble 21, New Music Consort, Modern Works and Washington Square Chamber Players. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Bridge Records, G M Recording, Koch, Musical Heritage and Centaur records.

Kopperud is also a performer on the cutting edge of the Music-Theater genre. National acclaim for her presentations of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Harlekin", the demanding performance work for dancing clarinetist, resulted in her Avery Fisher Hall debut presented by the New York Philharmonic.

Each holiday season she takes part in the Twelfth Night Festival in Westerly, Rhode Island where she is seen starring in unusual performance art roles. Working with Broadway director, Tom O'Horgan, Jean Kopperud developed "CloudWalking" a music-theater work that previewed at ClarFest in 1988 and toured for three years. "Cloud Walking" is a reference to Kopperud's passion for skydiving. She has found a way to include even that in her show which amuses and amazes audiences with her very special combination of musical and athletic abilities.

Currently Ms. Kopperud is on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the adjunct faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. At Juilliard she teaches a class called "On the Edge" as well as private and class clarinet in the Music Advancement Program. "On the Edge" is a course to practice performing that is also done in workshop around the country.

 

ANTHONY KORF, percussion

Anthony Korf was born in New York City; his early training included study of piano and winds. He completed his formal training at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Percussion (1973 & 1975). He studied timpani with Fred Hinger and percussion with James Preiss; he also studied jazz drumming privately with Ed Thigpen, among others.

Anthony Korf is an active conductor who has championed the music of living composers and 20th century masters. Since 1975 he has led Parnassus, the New York-based new music ensemble which he founded. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Riverside Symphony.

As a composer, Korf has been awarded commissions from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra. In 1988, he was honored with a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1987, he received a grant from the Astral Foundation to record his Symphony No. 2 for New World Records, and in 1979, he was the first prize winner in the inaugural ASCAP Awards to Young Composers. Korf has received commissioning and/or recording grants from the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

 

DAVID KRAUSS, trumpet

David Krauss was appointed to Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in April of 2001. Prior to this, Mr. Krauss freelanced in New York City, performing with many ensembles, including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus, the Riverside Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, and the New England Bach Festival Orchestra. David has also performed with the NY Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Commercial recordings include ABC's World News Tonight, NBC's Today Show, and CBS Sports. Recently, David performed with Metallica as part of the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a sold-out Madison Square Garden.

A native of Long Island, David Krauss earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Chris Gekker, William Vacchiano, and James Pandolfi. While in school, he performed as soloist with the Juilliard orchestra in Lincoln Center and on tour throughout France. Mr. Krauss has taught trumpet at Columbia University since 1998.

 

JEREMY McCOY, double bass

Jeremy McCoy is Assistant Principal double bass with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he has been a member since 1985. After attending the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music, Mr. McCoy began his career as a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in his native Ottawa, Canada. Apart from his orchestral duties, Mr. McCoy is active as soloist, chamber musician and commercial session player. He has performed as recitalist in New York and on CBC Radio and as concerto soloist at the National Arts Centre, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva of New York. Mr. McCoy's festival appearances include Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Banff and the Grand Tetons. He has collaborated with many distinguished chamber musicians including members of the Arditti, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo string quartets. Mr. McCoy has served on the faculty of Japan's Affinis Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He currently teaches at Columbia University and is a regular contributor to "Strings Magazine". As a performer of new music, Mr. McCoy appears with Speculum Musicae, Sequitur, the Columbia Sinfonietta and Ensemble Sospeso and has recorded for Koch Classics, CRI, Albany and Mode Records. His recording "Dialogues with Double Bass" was released on Bridge Records in 2005. Mr. McCoy was winner of the 1990 Olga Koussevitsky Competition and has been the recipient of awards from the Canada Council.

For more information on Mr. McCoy's activities, visit jeremymccoy.net

 

LINDA McKNIGHT, double bass

For over a decade, Linda McKnight has taught double bass at Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and Montclair (NJ) State University. She is an active and sought-after orchestral and chamber musician, performing as a member of the bass sections of the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey and the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her other orchestral affiliations have included the New Jersey State Opera, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Orchestra of New York, with whom she has recorded on the BIS-Sweden label.

Ms. McKnight has appeared in chamber groups throughout the nation, and has presented sessions at conventions of the International Society of Bassists. She has performed in faculty recitals at Manhattan School of Music and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. She has been a featured guest artist in workshops, masterclasses, and clinics from Maine to Texas, and is much in demand as a competition and festival adjudicator.

After having completed her public school education in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Linda McKnight received her Bachelor of Music Degree under Frederick Zimmermann at the Juilliard School. Additional bass studies were done with Stuart Sankey, Joseph Cascelli, Henry Portnoi, and Homer Mensch. Ms. McKnight succeeded her teacher, the late Frederick Zimmermann, as Master Teacher of Double Bass for the New Jersey Summer Conference of the American String Teachers Association, a position she has held for two decades. Ms. McKnight's writings have appeared in String Tones, Tempo, American String Teacher, and International Society of Bassists magazines. She is the editor of Paul Ramsier's Pieces for Friends, published by Boosey & Hawkes.

 

MARY MONROE, organ

Mary Monroe earned her B.A. from Carroll College, majoring in piano and sacred music. Following organ study at Columbia University with Searle Wright, she received the Master of Sacred Music [cum laude] from the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and the Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia. She holds the Associate and Choir Master certifications of the American Guild of Organists. Monroe studied piano with Margaret Diefenthaler and Lewis Whikehart, and harpsichord with Eugenia Earle. Further organ study was with Claire Coci, Alec Wyton, and Gerre Hancock, theory and composition with Searle Wright and Walter Hilse, and improvisation with Wright and Hancock.

At Columbia Monroe taught Music Humanities and directed the Collegium Musicum, and has frequently given lecture demonstrations at the historic 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the university's St. Paul's Chapel. She has served as Acting University Organist as well as Associate Organist at the chapel. Monroe recorded organ duets with University Organist George Stauffer for the 1996 CD [Great Organs of New York.] That same year she was appointed Curator of the Centennial Exhibition of the Department of Music. Her annotated catalogue of the exhibition, [Music at Columbia: the First Hundred Years,] was published in the Spring of 2000.

In addition to her appointment as Associate in Music Performance at Columbia, where she teaches organ at St. Paul's Chapel, Monroe is Organist and Director of Music at the Church at Point O' Woods in Point O' Woods, New York, where she leads an extensive music progam and conducts four choirs. She has served as both Artistic Director and organ soloist for a series of festival concerts and recitals,and has also been Music Director for Point O' Woods musical theater productions. Monroe has taught piano, theory, and music history as well as organ performance and improvisation, and has had a long and distinguished career as a church musician. She has reviewed books on seventeenth-century topics for [Opera Quarterly,] and is active as a solo and ensemble performer, conductor, and composer.

 

AH LING NEU, viola

Born in Japan of Chinese parents, Ah Ling studied at the San Francisco Conservatory with Gennady Kleyman and in Holland with Nobuko Imai. Ms. Neu's performances throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia have included the Marlboro Festival, Chamber Music/West, Tanglewood, the International Musicians' Seminar in England, the Spoleto Festival (Italy and the United States), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany and the Chamber Music at the Y in New York City. A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Ridge String Quartet, she is presently a member of the New York Philomusica Ensemble and has performed on several Musicians from Marlboro tours. She is currently principal viola of the Eos and Brandenburg Ensembles and is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and American Composer's Orchestra.

 

MORRIS NEWMAN, recorder, bassoon

Morris Newman plays and teaches recorder and bassoon; he also specializes in other early wind instruments, such as the rankett, the krummhorn, shawms, and dulcians. After studying at the Manhattan School of Music, he accepted his first position as first bassoon with the Kansas City Philharmonic at the age of seventeen. Subsequent New York orchestral jobs include City Center Opera, Symphony of the Air, and the Musica Aetema Orchestra. Newman now performs regularly with the Queens Symphony. In the area of chamber music, he has performed and recorded with the New Art Wind Quintet, the Festival Winds, and the New York Chamber Soloists. He participated in some of the country's first early music ensembles by recording and performing with the Krainis Consort and the New York Pro Musica, and by founding his own groups, the Trio Flauto Dolce and the Renaissance Quartet.

Morris currently teaches bassoon, recorder, baroque performance practice, and chamber music at Columbia University. He has taught and directed many American Recorder Society workshops, as well as the Provincetown Collegium. He has recorded for Columbia, Decca Gold, RCA, Project 3, and CRI.

Morris Newman passed away in October, 2006. We are grateful for his many years of dedication and devotion to his students.

 

MICHAEL NORSWORTHY, clarinet

Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy, "a dramatic performer...with beautiful tonal nuances" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), "demonstrates amazing tone in each of the clarinet's registers, his melodic lines are sinuous and simply beautiful, and his crescendos are subtle and effective" (Northeast Performer), and "one of the world's best clarinetists" (Michael Finnissy, composer) is acclaimed as both a soloist and sought-after chamber musician. He has collaborated with musicians including Marilyn Nonken, John Zorn, the Borromeo Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Klangforum Wien, Stephen Drury, Tony Arnold, Aleck Karis and Patrick Demenga. Mr. Norsworthy has been featured at concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), the Hot House (Chicago), Old First Concerts (San Francisco), Jordan Hall (Boston), St. Louis Pro Musica, the FestiVal Gardena (Italy), and the Aspen Music Festival and worked with conductors Knussen, Ozawa, Robertson, DePriest, and Muti, among others. His recordings are available on the Mode, Cauchemar and Gasparo labels. He is a member of Ensemble 21 in New York, former clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, co-artistic director of the Sound Encounters Festival in Boston and has premiered works by some of the most respected composers of our time including Elliott Carter, Michael Finnissy, Magnus Lindberg, Chris Dench, Lee Hyla, Jason Eckardt, Hans Werner Henze, Brian Ferneyhough and many others. Mr. Norsworthy holds advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where his teachers included Richard Stoltzman, Kalmen Opperman, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Eric Mandat. He is artist in residence at Harvard University with the ensemble White Rabbit and the Harvard Group for New Music and serves on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory and Columbia University. For more information, please visit www.michaelnorsworthy.com.

 

TARA HELEN O'CONNOR, flute

Tara O'Connor has been increasingly sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone, as well as for her large repertoire of works from every era. A professor of flute at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, she received a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Samuel Baron, Robert Dick, Keith Underwood, and Julius Levine. She gave her Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1986 and her solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in 1992. She is a founding member of the 1995 Naumberg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, which has released two CDs of American music; the first is entitled "Here Comes Everybody" on the CRI label, and the second is a CD of Morton Feldman's music on the Koch label. Ms. O'Connor is a member of the Bach Aria Group, following in the footsteps of Samuel Baron and Julius Baker. In 1996, she was the first wind player to be chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "Chamber Music Society Two" program for emerging artists.

Ms. O'Connor continues to perform regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, the Orion String Quartet, Barge Music (Brooklyn), Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, OR), and Music from Angel Fire (New Mexico); she also participates regularly in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Spoleto USA. She has performed often at the International Musicians' Chamber Music Seminar in Cornwall, England, and with Incontri in Terra di Siena in Italy, and has collaborated with the Borromeo and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Her recent solo performances include an appearance with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, in which she was concerto soloist as well as conductor. In the summer of 1999 she made her debut at the Mostly Mozart festival with Bach Brandenburg Concertos numbers two and four.

Ms. O'Connor has recorded for Arcadia, CRI, Koch International, Bridge and Soundspells Productions. Her recordings of the complete Etudes for Solo Flutes by Isang Yun was presented to the composer in honor of his 75th birthday. The fall of 2001 took her on a European and American tour which included pianist Peter Serkin, violinists Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank, and clarinetist David Shifrin; the group performed works of Schoenberg.

 

MUNEKO OTANI, violin

Muneko Otani is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, the Mozarteum Sommerakademie (assistant to Lewis Kaplan), and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. She is the first violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet, which was awarded an ASCAP - CMA Adventuresome Programming Award in 1996, a grant from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust in 1997, and a residency award from Chamber Music America for a residency at Syracuse University.3/4From 1998-2001 the quartet was3/4in residence at the University of Buffalo where they performed the Beethoven cycle3/4each year. As a member of the Cassatts, she has performed in major venues throughout the world, and recorded on the Albany,3/4New World and CRI labels. Ms. Otani holds degrees in both performance and education from Tokyos Toho-Gakuen School of Music and did graduate work with Masuko Ushioda at the New England Conservatory, and at Yale University as assistant to the Tokyo String Quartet.

 

SUSAN ROTHOLZ, flute

Susan Rotholz made her New York debut to critical acclaim in 1981 as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award. Since then she has performed widely in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, appearing as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the New England Bach Festival, the Greenwich Symphony, the Brandenberg Ensemble, the Jupiter Symphony, Solisti New York, the Westmoreland Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jaime Laredo. Ms. Rotholz is principal flutist of the New England Bach Festival, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the New York Choral Society and, most recently, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Susan is a member of the New York Pops and was acting principal for the 97- 98 season, and has served as principal flute of American Ballet Theater. She also performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Philharmonic, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 1988, Ms. Rotholz won the Young Concerts Artists International Competition as a founding member of Hexagon, a chamber ensemble for piano and winds which made its New York debut in 1989 and was featured on the nationally aired PBS documentary, "Debut," in 1990. Hexagon's CD, "Les Petites Nerveux," wasreleased in 1996 by Bridge Records. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Rotholz commissioned and premiered Robert Beaser's Variations for flute and piano, along with numerous other works for piano and winds, and gave the second New York performance of the Joan Tower Flute Concerto. Ms. Rotholz gave the world premiere of Elizabeth Brown's Anthem for flute and orchestra, a piece written for her, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and recently premiered Invocation, a flute concerto written for her by the award winning composer Edie Hill. Susan has also recorded George Crumb's Night of Four Moons with the acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw, for Nonesuch Records, and has recorded the Sonatas and Solo Partita of J.S. Bach with Kenneth Cooper, forte-piano, to be released in January 2001.

Familiar to audiences at music festivals around the country, Ms. Rotholz has performed at the Marlboro, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, Grand Teton, OK Mozart, and Cape May festivals. She also performs with Music from Salem, the Berkshire Bach Society, the Bach Aria Group, and the Sebago Long Lake Region Chamber Ensemble Summer Festival in Sherman, Ct. Ms. Rotholz holds degrees from Queens College (BA) and Yale University (MM) and is on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division. Her principal teachers were Marcel Moyse and Thomas Nyfenger. Ms. Rotholz has recorded on the Bridge, Deutche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Angel, New World, Marlboro Sound and Music Masters record labels.

Ms. Rotholz lives in New York City with her husband, cellist Eliot Bailen, and their three children, Daniel, David and Julia.

 

MARK SHUMAN, cello

Cellist Mark Shuman has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in concert halls throughout the world. A member of the Composers String Quartet for many years, he is also a founder of the period instrument group The Aulos Ensemble. He has worked with a broad spectrum of artists, ranging from Elliott Carter and Raymond Leppard to Streisand and Lenny Kravitz. In his efforts to expand the cello repertoire, Mr. Shuman seeks out contemporary and previously neglected works; he has recorded, for instance, the cello music of the Spanish composer and virtuoso Gaspar Cassad". His most recent release, on ASV Quicksilva, is the complete cello music of Mendelssohn, recorded with pianist Todd Crow.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Shuman is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He studied cello with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro, and chamber music with Artur Balsam, Emanuel Bay, Joseph Fuchs, Felix Galimir and Sascha Jacobson. He is currently a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra and is on the Columbia University faculty.

 

TAIMUR SULLIVAN, saxophone

Saxophonist Taimur Sullivan has won increasing attention in the United States and abroad as one of the important voices of his instrument. He has performed throughout Europe, South America and the United States, and has given the premieres of over forty works by established and emerging composers including Gerhard Sty"bler, Gunther Schuller, Jeff Nichols, Alvin Lucier, John Harbison, Olga Neuwirth, Keith Moore, Larry Polansky, Jason Eckardt and Ross Feller. Most recently he has performed as soloist with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the International Festival Lanaudiere, and as featured soloist at both the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference. During the 2000-2001 season he and his saxophone quartet, PRISM, will perform William Bolcom's new Concerto Grosso with the Detroit, Dallas, and Anchorage Symphonies, among others.

Mr. Sullivan has recently given recitals in the United States, England, and Germany, and has been a soloist at New York's Lincoln Center and Sonic Boom Festival, and Germany's MusicParadise Festival and EarMarks 1999 Festival. He has also presented lecture/performances on contemporary saxophone technique at the Manhattan School of Music, King's College London, Columbia University, and the Curtis Institute. As a jazz saxophonist, he was awarded an Outstanding Soloist Award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival, and has performed behind such greats at Louis Bellson, Jimmy Heath, Bunky Green, Marcus Belgrave, The Platters, and many others.

Sullivan lives in New York, where he performs with the PRISM Quartet, Ensemble 21, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ensemble Sospeso, League of Composers/ISCM, and others. He is also the co-director of the ThreeTwo Festival of New Music. He has studied at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University with Joseph Lulloff, Debra Richtmeyer and James Forger, and has recorded for the CRI, Mode, Innova, Capstone, Mastersounds, Zuma, and Bonk record labels.

 

WENDY SUTTER, cello

Cellist Wendy Sutter received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers were David Soyer and Aldo Parisot. A native of Seattle, Washington, she made her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony at age sixteen. An active soloist and chamber musician, Ms.Sutter has participated in the festivals at Marlboro, Aspen and Evian. Awarded the first prize in the Juilliard cello competition, Ms. Sutter made her New York solo concerto debut at Avery Fisher Hall in the New York premiere of Kaddish for cello and orchestra by composer David Diamond. Ms. Sutter has also participated as a soloist/ensemble player with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln center, the ensemble Sospeso, the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival, and New York's Music Today series. Ms. Sutter has also toured throughout Europe and Asia with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. From 1993 through 1998, Ms. Sutter was a member of the White Oak Chamber Ensemble, touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov throughout the U.S., South America, Japan, Europe, Turkey, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. As a soloist with the ensemble she premiered Jerome Robbins' A Suite of Dances, an onstage duet for herself and Mikhail Baryshnikov at State Theater, Lincoln Center. She continues to perform this work as guest artist with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.

 

SCOTT TEMPLE, french horn

Mr. Temple is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy and twice a recipient of fellowships to the Berkshire Music Institute in Tanglewood. Originally from Philadelphia, where he played with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Penn Contemporary Players, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, he is now a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is a member of the Sylvan Wind Quintet and performs chamber music regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, groups with which he has also toured and recorded. Mr. Temple has appeared as a soloist with the Delaware Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

 

REIKO UCHIDA, piano

Born in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Uchida graduated from The Curtis Institute, Mannes College, and the European Mozart Academy. Elected to the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two in 1996, she has toured with chamber ensembles in Japan, France, Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and has participated in the Taos, Tanglewood and Marlboro Festivals, where she has won Festival Awards. She was recently featured in recitals at The White House, Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Miller Theater. Recently, she has collaborated with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo, Hilary Hahn, and Sharon Robinson. Ms. Uchida has won several prizes, including the Bronislav Kaper Award which gave her an appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This season she will perform Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the Santa Fe Symphony. Ms. Uchida is a member of the Laurel Trio and a founding member of The Moebius Ensemble, currently in residence at Columbia. She joined the faculty of Columbia University in the Fall of 2000.

 

BEN WALTZER, jazz piano

The New York Times says: "Mr. Waltzer is an imaginative pianist and composer, and he's part of a valid new underground in the jazz of this city, building on a foundation of straight-ahead jazz and adding foreign concepts and fresh sensibilities to itA"he has a fistful of smart compositional ideas, and his regular quartet is spangled with some of the best young jazz players in New York: Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone, Reid Anderson on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums."

"There's a seat on the train next to fellow young pianists Bruce Barth, Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson and Bill Charlap. It belongs to Ben Waltzer whose taste and talent rival his peers." Michael G. Nastos, All-Music Guide

"Waltzer is an elegant stylist. If you enjoy the creative swing mainstream, In Metropolitan Motion is a must." David Lewis, Cadence

Ben Waltzer is from Lansing, Michigan and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he won awards from Downbeat magazine and the National Association of Jazz Educators. He then enrolled in a double-degree program at the New England Conservatory -- where he studied with pianists Geri Allen and Bevan Manson, and saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre -- and Tufts University. In 1991 Mr. Waltzer transferred to Harvard University to pursue a degree in American History and Literature. While at Harvard, he wrote a thesis on the jazz historian, essayist and novelist Albert Murray. He graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and was the recipient of Harvard's Braverman Award for artistic excellence. Mr. Waltzer then moved to New York and got a steady gig on New York's lower-east side, enabling him to perform with a wide range of dedicated young musicians, including Bill McHenry, Reid Anderson, Jorge Rossy, and Leon Parker. In 1996 he recorded his first CD, "For Good," featuring Jorge Rossy and bassist Reid Anderson for the burgeoning Fresh Sound/New Talent record label. Later that year, Mr. Waltzer moved to Barcelona for eight months to perform and teach, and recorded "Jazz is Where You Find It: Live at the Pipa Club" with the tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry, which Cuadernos De Jazz named the third-best worldwide jazz release of 1997. Cadence magazine called his latest record, "In Metropolitan Motion" (2000), a "winner because it revels in the jazz tradition rather than exploits it." Allaboutjazz.com referred to it as an "inspired statement." Jazz Times magazine recently hailed it the strongest of Fresh Sound's latest releases. Mr. Waltzer, who recently completed the musical directorship of Isaac Mizrahi's off-broadway show, "Les Mizrahi," is a regular on Mr. Mizrahi's weekly television program on the Oxygen network. Mr. Waltzer recently completed a tour of Europe, performing in Spain, Switzerland, and at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France. He teaches jazz piano at Columbia University and the Maine Jazz Camp, and writes about jazz for TheNew York Times.

 

STEVE WILLIAMSON, clarinet

Clarinetist Stephen Williamson received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Mr. Williamson began performing extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe. His European debut of Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor Fin du Temps at the Kammermusiksal der Philharmonie (Berlin) was critically acclaimed. Most recently his woodwind quintet, the Meliora Winds, were winners of the 1997 Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC, making this ensemble the first woodwind quintet to be on the CAG roster since the early 1970's. The Meliora Winds are currently artists in residence and faculty members of the American Festival for the Arts (Houston, Texas). Mr. Williamson is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/ Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition. As a chamber musician, he was a winner of the 1990 Coleman International Chamber Music Competition and the 1992 Hochschule der Kunste Kammermusik Wettbewerb. Mr. Williamson performs with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,the American Ballet Theater, the San Francisco Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Solisti NY Chamber Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, and the EOS Chamber Orchestra, and has recordings on Sony Classics, CRI, BMG, and Decca labels. His teachers have included Eduard Brunner, Charles Neidich, Peter Rieckhoff, Kenneth Grant, and Michael Webster. He resides in Rockland County with his wife Jill and their baby son Ryan.

JAMES WILSON, cello

For the past fifteen years, cellist James Wilson has consistently performed to the delight of audiences throughout the world, from small towns to the world's most illustrious venues. Acclaimed for his singing tone, and intelligent and soulful approach to music, the Los Angeles Times described Wilson as a musician "with something to say and a commanding way of saying it." He has appeared in America's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, Casal's Hall in Tokyo, and the Sydney Opera House. As recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed at music festivals around the world such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the City of London Festival, the Deutches Mozartfest in Bavaria, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

Wilson has collaborated with such diverse artists as violinist Joshua Bell, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianist Christopher O'Reily, guitarist Eliot Fisk, actress Claire Bloom, and the Tokyo String Quartet. He has performed with many ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Music of the Spheres Society, and the Alliance Players. A former member of the Shanghai and Chester String Quartets, he recorded and toured extensively worldwide with both groups. Mr. Wilson's performances have been broadcast on West German Radio and Bavarian Radio in Germany, CBC radio in Canada, CBS television and National Public Radio's Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday. He has also recorded for the Delos and Music Masters labels.

Championing musical works from all periods, Mr. Wilson's performs on Baroque as well as modern cello, in repertoire ranging from the seventeenth century to new works written especially for him. Mr. Wilson has premiered new works by Bright Sheng, Elena Ruehr, Lowell Liebermann, Mathew Burtner, John Hilliard and Zhou Long, among others.

A devoted advocate for the arts and arts education, Mr. Wilson has served on the faculties of Princeton University, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has led masterclasses in Hong Kong, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Mexico, and has served in educational projects in Michigan, Texas and Virginia. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Richmond Festival of Music in Virginia and is on the faculty at Columbia University in New York.