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2013 Summer Festival Guest Artists

Audrey Andrist

Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity,” Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has performed throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and while in high school traveled three hours one-way for lessons with William Moore, himself a former student of famed musicians Cécile Genhart and Rosinna Lhévinne. Ms. Andrist later studied at the Juilliard School with Herbert Stessin, winning first prizes at the Mozart International, San Antonio International, and Juilliard Concerto Competitions. She has performed in many of North America’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall. She is a member of the Verge Ensemble in Washington, DC, as well as the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, violinist James Stern, and Strata, a trio with Stern and Nathan Williams, clarinet. An avid performer of new music with many world premieres to her credit, Ms. Andrist can be heard on over a dozen recordings of both standard and modern repertoire. She currently lives in the Washington DC area, where she teaches at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the Washington Conservatory. Her CD of solo works by Robert Schumann is available on Centaur Records.

Aaron Berofsky

Violinist Aaron Berofsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. He has performed the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain and has appeared in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Corocoran Gallery, Het Doelen, L'Octogone, the Teatro San Jose and the Museo de Bellas Artes. His acclaimed recordings can be found on the Sony, Naxos, New Albion, ECM, Audio Ideas, Blue Griffin and Chesky labels.
Recent recital tours have taken him to Germany and Italy, and he was featured soloist on the 2009 NAXOS recording of music by Paul Fetler, performed by the Ann Arbor Symphony, including the debut recording of his Concerto No. 2. His recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Phillip Bush was just released as well.

Mr. Berofsky has been the first violinist of the Chester String Quartet since 1992. The quartet has been acclaimed as "one of the country's best young string quartets" by the Boston Globe. Mr. Berofsky is Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan and he taught at the Meadowmount School of Music for many summers, as well as the Chautauqua Institution. His interest in early music led him to perform with the acclaimed chamber orchestra Tafelmusik on period instruments, and he has recorded with them for the Sony label. With a strong dedication to new music as well, he has worked extensively with many leading composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, performing, commissioning and recording music by John Cage, William Bolcom, Zhou Long, Michael Daugherty, Aaron Jay Kernis, Susan Botti, Morton Subotnick, Paul Fetler and Bright Sheng.

Olivier Besson

Olivier Besson is a Boston based improviser and choreographer who hails from France. His work is informed by his training in Contact Improvisation and Bugaku (court dance from Japan) and his research in improvisational technologies. Most notably, Olivier’s work has been presented internationally at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), Die Pratze (Tokyo, Japan), the Art of Movement Festival (Yaroslav, Russia), Canaldanse (Paris, France), and in the USA at Dance Theatre Workshop (New York City), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Florida Dance Festival, the Dance Place (Washington DC), The Boston Conservatory and Boston University. He has collaborated with many individuals including Chris Aiken, Jane Shockley, Cathy Young, Lisa Schmidt, Debra Bluth, Ming-Shen Ku, Pamela Newell, Toshiko Oiwa, Emmanuelle Pepin, Liz Roncka and musicians/composers Mike Vargas and Peter Jones.
Olivier is currently on faculty at The Boston Conservatory and has been on faculty at Canal Danse (Paris), the French National Circus School (CNAC), Bates Dance Festival, Emerson College and the School of Fine Arts at Boston University.

Borromeo Quartet

The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. "To hear and see them perform has always felt to me like taking a private tour through a composer's mind," says Cathy Fuller of WGBH in Boston. "They probe and analyze from every angle until they discover how to best unveil the psychological, physical, and spiritual states that a great piece of music evokes.” Formed in 1989, the Borromeo Quartet performs worldwide and has collaborated with many of the great composers and performers of our time. They have worked extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress and are the longtime ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Considered "Simply the best there is" by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. They perform at the world’s most illustrious concert halls and music festivals. In 2003 they made classical music history with the pioneering record label, The Living Archive, making it possible to order on-demand DVDs and CDs of many of its concerts around the world, a feat only previously attempted in rock music. The Borromeo Quartet is additionally celebrated for pioneering the use of computer technology to enable each musician to perform from full scores and composer manuscripts, a revealing and transformative experience which has never before been possible.

Chandra Cantor

Chandra Cantor has had a lifelong relationship with movement --- dancing from the time she could walk, and beginning a dedicated yoga practice in her teens. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Emerson College in 1998 and that same year won Dance Magazine’s Outstanding Student Performer of the Year award. Over the years Chandra has continued to explore various styles of dance, ranging from African to Indian Classical to Tango and everything in between. She has performed with various Boston-based dance companies, performing mostly Modern, Improvisation and Arial Dance. She rediscovered Contact Improv 4 years ago and has been dancing CI as much as possible since then.
Chandra is a full time Yoga Teacher in Somerville, MA and a single mom to two rambunctious boys.

Daedalus Quartet

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the eleven years of its existence the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. Since its founding the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues and has garnered praise for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music.

To date the Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Daedalus Quartet has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005 and has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010. The Quartet’s debut recording, music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006. A Bridge recording of the Haydn’s complete “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20, was released on two CDs in July 2010. An album of chamber music by Lawrence Dillon (Fall 2010) and the complete string quartets of Fred Lerdahl (Fall 2011) followed, with a recording of quartets by George Perle planned for release in 2013.

The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University

Paul DeNola

A native of the San Francisco bay area, Paul DeNola joined the National Symphony in July of 2006. Before moving to Washington DC, Paul spent three seasons as a member of the Oregon Symphony in Portland. He has also performed with the LA Philharmonic, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, and many others. He was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Festival of Music and also spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West.

Paul completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University where he studied with former LA Philharmonic principal bassist Bruce Bransby. He then attended the University of Southern California where he studied with Nico Abondolo, had classes with Dennis Trembly, and studied privately with David Moore. His other teachers have included Barry Lieberman, Barton Frank, and Spencer Hoveskeland.

Paul is active as a bass teacher and was previously on the faculty at Linfield College in McMinneville, Oregon. His mammoth cello-shouldered double bass was made by Thomas Dodd in London, England, around 1810.

Enso Quartet

With a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the Enso Quartet has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting ensembles. Shortly after the group’s inception at Yale University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and has consistently received high praise for performances ever since. The quartet’s debut recording was described by Strad Magazine as “an auspicious start to their recording career,” and was followed by the recent Grammy-nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb International summed up this album as “playing of jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th century quartet literature … seek out this group – they are clearly bound for greatness.” The disc was selected as one of MusicWeb’s Recordings of the Year for 2009.

In addition to the success of their recordings, the Enso Quartet’s live concerts have been highlighted by audiences and critics alike, for their “edge-of-the-seat vitality few groups maintain throughout a performance” (Houston Chronicle), “thrillingly athletic performance” (Washington Post) and “neat, well-balanced and lyrical…lively and intelligent” playing (Gramophone). The group is equally at home in many styles, and is committed to the classics of the string quartet repertoire as well as being strong advocates for new music.

The Quartet has held residencies with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, and currently with the Interlochen Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp, and Connecticut’s Music For Youth. They were also featured in the inaugural Young Artist Residency with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and in 2010 they received the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet award from Chamber Music America for outstanding outreach activity. The Enso Quartet members hold degrees from Yale University, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).

Richard Faria

Clarinetist Richard Faria pursues an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has been a participant in such festivals as the Bard Music Festival of the Hamptons, Skaneateles Festival, and has collaborated with the Zephyros and Sylvan Wind Quintets, Atlantic and Arianna String Quartets. He has performed in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, as well as at the American Academies in Rome and Berlin, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A fervent advocate of new music, Richard premiered the Clarinet Sonata by Roberto Sierra at the International ClarinetFest 2007 in Vancouver, BC, as well as the premiere of Pyrrhic Suite by Kevin Gray at the ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, Texas. His first solo CD, Roberto Sierra: Clarinet Works, was described as “a superb recording that belongs on every clarinetist’s shelf” by the American Record Guide. His newest recording of Stephen Hartke's The Horse with the Lavender Eye is out on the Chandos label.

Richard is a contributing author to The Clarinet magazine, and studied at Ithaca College, Michigan State University, and SUNY Stony Brook, as well as the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the Stockhausen Courses Kürten. His teachers have included Joaquin Valdepeñas, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Charles Neidich. Since 1996 he has been on the faculty of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Jubal Fulks

Violinist Jubal Fulks is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and master teacher who specializes in both contemporary and Baroque repertory. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His orchestral experience includes the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in New York City, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall, in the Jazz at Lincoln Center series, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist, he has appeared at numerous summer festivals and concert series in the United States and has toured extensively in Europe with orchestras and chamber groups.

Dr. Fulks holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in violin performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his teacher and mentor was the late Mitchell Stern. While there, he won the prestigious Ackerman Prize for Excellence in Performance and performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gunther Schuller. A winner of national honors from the American String Teachers Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs, he has been awarded fellowships with Aspen Music Festival’s Contemporary Ensemble and the New York Institute and Festival for Contemporary Music.

Newly appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Alabama, Dr. Fulks served previously on the faculty of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Fulks has also taught at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and Michigan Technological University, and he continues to conduct master classes at universities throughout the country. During the summer months he has taught and performed at Lutheran Summer Music Festival in Iowa, in Vermont at Kinhaven Music School, Killington Music Festival, and at Saint Michael’s College in Burlington for the Vermont Youth Orchestra. He currently performs in several ensembles with colleagues from various universities and maintains an active recording and national recital schedule.

Joel Fuller

Joel Fuller is a member of the second violin section of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. He was appointed by Christophe Eschenbach in 2009 after serving four years as the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Mr. Fuller has degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Michigan where his principal teachers were Vartan Manoogian and Paul Kantor. As a student, Joel won both schools’ concerto competitions and was the Grand Prize winner of the ASTA competition in Michigan.

A lover of chamber music, Joel is a founding member of the Last Stand Quartet with members of the National Symphony and a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society. Recent solo engagements include concerto performances with the Londontowne Symphony, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Joel plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Omobono Stradivari in 1724 named the "ex-Powell."

Eric Gaenslen

Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Berlin Konzerthaus, and at the Spoleto (Italy), Maverick and Vail Bravo Music Festivals, with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Eugenia Zuckerman, Gautier Capuçon and Pepe Romero. Recent solo highlights include the world premiere of Siddartha for cello and string orchestra by Laura Carnibucci, and a performance of Bloch's Shelomo at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. From 2009-2011, Eric held the position of Acting Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

A devoted educator, Eric has given master classes in cello and chamber music across the country, including University of Missouri, Kansas City; State University New York at Purchase; California State Universities at Fresno, Northridge and Long Beach; University of Western Washington and Brevard Music Center. He has held faculty positions at the Mannes College in New York and at the University of California - Santa Cruz, and maintains a private studio.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His teachers have included Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth and Irene Sharp.

The Gramercy Trio

The Gramercy Trio (Sharan Leventhal, violin; Jonathan Miller, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano) tours the country presenting concerts and residencies with programs that include standard repertoire and new works. They have commissioned and premiered trios by composers such as Scott Wheeler, Lee Hyla, Grawemeyer-award winning British composer Simon Bainbridge, tango artist Sonia Possetti, and acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, Fred Hersch. The New York Times has called their performances “distinctive and memorable... beautifully wrought and sensitively balanced” (Allan Kozinn), giving “the refreshing impression that everything they were doing was fun and worth hearing” (Anne Midgette). Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe called their project Where Sound and Motion Meet “an ingenious program… The Gramercy’s performances throughout the night had the kind of kinesthetic energy and zest that hinted at the positive feedback loop between music and dance… the animating idea of a delightful evening.” The trio has received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording and the American Composers Forum and can be heard on the Newport Classic, Naxos and Parma recording labels.

Olivia Hajioff

Olivia Hajioff a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer.”

Olivia performs as part of the Marcolivia Duo, appearing as regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan. Marcolivia has performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, at the Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection (where they are included on several CDs of Series Highlights and Distinguished Performers). They have also been heard at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate and give master classes for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Olivia is also a founding member of the Phillips Camerata, giving regular chamber music performances at the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. During the summers, Marcolivia perform at various music festivals in Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and England. They have also taken part in US festivals such as Garth Newel, Blue Mountain, Las Vegas, and Shenandoah Performs.

David Hardy

David Hardy achieved international recognition in 1982 as the top American prize winner at the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He made his solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1986 with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting. Mr. Hardy was named Principal Cellist of the NSO by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. In 2004, he gave the world premiere performance of the Stephen Jaffe Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, with Maestro Slatkin conducting, followed by the European premiere in Slovenia in 2007, and the premiere recording for Bridge Records in 2008.

David Hardy has performed chamber music with NSO Principal Keyboardist Lambert Orkis since 1983. He is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and has appeared with this ensemble before enthusiastic audiences in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. He appears on two recordings by this ensemble, released on the Dorian label. Mr. Hardy’s recent release, Beethoven Past & Present, on Dorian Recordings and in collaboration with Lambert Orkis, contains two complete performances of Beethoven’s eight works for piano and cello performed on both modern and period instruments.

David Hardy is Professor of Cello at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Sue Heineman

Sue Heineman has been Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2000. Prior to joining the NSO, she held positions with the New Haven, Memphis, New Mexico, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the NSO on numerous occasions, as well as with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, comprised of principal players from the NSO. Ms. Heineman has performed as guest Principal Bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a frequent soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. A former member of the Aspen Wind Quintet, she has performed with the American Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. As a student she participated in festivals at Tanglewood, Banff, National Repertory Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.

Originally from Philadelphia, Ms. Heineman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and a Master's degree from Juilliard. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Salzburg. Her teachers include Shirley Curtiss, David Van Hoesen, Milan Turkovic, Judith LeClair, and Stephen Maxym. A frequent guest clinician at conservatories and festivals throughout the US and Canada, Ms. Heineman is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music.

Paul Kantor

Paul Kantor is considered one of the leading violin pedagogues in North America today. Appointed Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice University in 2011, he joined the faculty of the Shepherd School in August 2012. Mr. Kantor received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Julliard School. His principal teachers were Margaret Graves, Dorothy DeLay and Robert Mann. He served as chair of the string department at the University of Michigan for 14 years and has served on the faculties of The Julliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and Yale University. Mr. Kantor is also Artist-in-Residence at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

For the past 30 years, he has been an artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he has served as concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. Mr. Kantor has performed with the New York String Quartet, the Berkshire Chamber Players, the Lenox Quartet and the National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble. He served as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and as guest concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic.

Mr. Kantor has performed the world premieres of Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices. His recordings are on the Equilibrium, CRI, Delos and Mark Records. Mr. Kantor is married to the distinguished pianist Virginia Weckstrom.

Stefan Kartman

Stefan Kartman is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to solo performances, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo. He has given performances and master classes in conservatories and schools of music worldwide including the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), and the D’Albaco Conservatory of Music (Italy), among many others.

An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has served on the faculties of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. His early training in chamber music was with his father, Myron Kartman, of the Antioch String Quartet and during his formal training as a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Trio.

Stefan Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University, The Juilliard School of Music, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He has been teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris, and Anthony Cooke.

Bayla Keyes

Described as "a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan," violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion for a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at Curtis Institute and Yale University, Keyes performed with the acclaimed Music from Marlboro and went on to found the Muir String Quartet with whom she toured internationally, winning the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Recent concert highlights include numerous premieres of works with Boston Musica Viva, appearances on major American chamber series, solo concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, and frequent performances of the standard concerto repertoire. Her piano trio, Triple Helix, was in residence at Wellesley College from 1999-2012, where their series of Beethoven concerts garnered them the accolade of “Musicians of the Year” from the Boston Globe; they are now Artists-in-Residence at Rivers Conservatory. Keyes is Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University and has taught at its program at Tanglewood, Interlochen, and Kneisel Hall and on the violin faculty at New England Conservatory. She has recorded for Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Koch, Bridge, and New World Records, and her CD “A Sense of Place” with MSR was cited as “Best of North America” by Gramophone Magazine. Ms. Keyes served as a board member of Chamber Music America from 2003-2009 and has adjudicated at the Singapore, Stulberg, and Fischoff International Competitions.

Genevieve Feiwen Lee

A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, has dazzled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. She recently premiered a work by Kurt Rohde for speaking pianist, adding another dimension to her performing persona. She has given solo piano recitals at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Her performances in Changsha, China, were broadcast by Hunan State Television. She has performed in Amsterdam on a live radio broadcast (AVRO) from the Spiegelzaal at the Concertgebouw. She has been a soloist with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, the Vrazta State Philharmonic in Bulgaria, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. Her first solo performance with orchestra was at the age of twelve. A champion of new music, Ms. Lee has premiered and commissioned numerous works. Her solo piano CD Elements, on Albany Records, features the premiere recording of works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin. She is heard with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato on another Albany Records CD, An American Collage. She has been a guest performer with XTET, one of Los Angeles’s leading new-music groups, and is a founding member of the Mojave Trio which plays regularly on the “Sundays Live” concerts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has appeared regularly in chamber music festivals at the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia, and Incontri di Canna, Italy, and was a resident artist at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Ms. Lee received her degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, École Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Yale School of Music where she studied with Boris Berman. Before joining the faculty of Pomona College in 1994, Ms. Lee taught at Yale, Bucknell University, and The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York-Potsdam.

Robert Merfeld

Pianist Robert Merfeld began piano studies at an early age in New York City with Leonid Hambro. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Emil Danenberg and received a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Beveridge Webster. While at Juilliard, he pursued art song accompaniment with Viennese tenor Hanz Heinz and also worked in the studios of Jennie Tourel, Oscar Shumsky, and Leonard Rose. Mr. Merfeld was a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players with whom he toured nationally and internationally for over twenty years. He is a frequent participant on the Emmanuel Music Chamber Music series and has been a guest artist with many chamber ensembles such as the Mendelssohn, Philadelphia and Muir Quartets. Mr. Merfeld has recorded on the Centaur and Sine Qua Non record labels and is currently on the piano and chamber music faculties of Boston University, Dartmouth College and the Longy School of Music.

James Nickel

James Nickel has served as Third Horn in the National Symphony Orchestra since 2008.
Previously, he was the Assistant Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
and Associate Principal Horn with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also
served as Guest Principal Horn with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on their
European tour in 1998. He can be heard on recordings by the National, Dallas,
Detroit and Montreal symphonies

Mr. Nickel has been featured as a soloist with the National Symphony, the Dallas
Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and the
New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Nickel has performed throughout the DC area and at summer festivals such as Music in the Mountains, Bravo Vail, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Mr. Nickel earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, but now lives in Virginia with his wife Julianna and their two children.

Paul Nitsch

Paul Nitsch is the Carolyn G. McMahon Professor of Music and the Macavity Artist-in-Residence on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also serves as Artistic Director for the Friends of Music at Queens and as Executive Director for the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville, NC.

For twelve years, Dr. Nitsch served as Assistant Director, Pianist-in-Residence, and Pianist of the Garth Newel Piano Trio at the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Virginia. He subsequently served for nine years as Artistic Director for the Fontana Concert Society in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he earned an ASCAP award for “adventuresome programming.” He is particularly devoted to the study and performance of chamber music with piano. He has collaborated with many ensembles – including the Solaris Wind Quintet and the Cavani String Quartet – and with other chamber musicians, performing almost all of the standard piano chamber music literature during the last three decades, as well as many contemporary and commissioned works. His performances have been heard nationally on National Public Radio, as well as locally on WQXR in New York City, WCLV in Cleveland, and in Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina.

Nitsch was born in Great Bend, Kansas, and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He studied piano with professors George Crumb, David Burge, and Paul Parmelee at the University of Colorado during his junior high and high school years. He earned the Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, studying there with Walter Hautzig and Leon Fleisher. He was awarded two Fulbright Scholarship Grants for study with Dieter Weber and Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music with pianist Anne Epperson. He has also been an adjudicator for numerous piano festivals and competitions in GA, SC and NC, as well as for the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at Notre Dame University. Recently two of his students won the First Prize awards in the State, Regional and National Piano Duet Competition of the Music Teachers National Association, a first-time accomplishment for the nine-state Southeast Region.


Pontitango, "The Tango Ambassadors" Washington DC since 1993 are dedicated to promoting, entertaining and leading, to its maximum expression, tango lessons and events in business, life style and the entertainment industry. Over the years Pontitango has given opportunities to many dancers to join in and experience the beauty of Tango as performers in our cultural “Tango Crusade.” Pontitango curriculum is extensive: Wolf Trap, Strathmore, Smithsonian, National Building Museum, National Gallery of Art, The World Bank, IADB, Embassies and International Organizations, Argentine Tango Festivals, Colleges and Universities. The Embassy of Argentina and The Embassy of Uruguay have hosted many of its Tango Performances and Lessons. Pontitango has had the honor of sharing the stage with the most world-renowned Bandoneonists, and has performed accompanied by Tango Bands, Chamber Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras.
Ponti Del Mercado

Ponti Del Mercado, a Marketing Professional, Tango Performer-Instructor and a Movie and Theatre Actor, is the Founder and President of Pontitango "The Tango Ambassadors" Since 1993. Inspired by his mother, an Argentine Tango Dancer Blanca Mercado, he provides instruction, exhibitions, promotion and lectures on Tango in Washington DC.

Zuli Russi a Health Care Professional and Tango Performer-Instructor was born in Uruguay where she grew up amidst Tango. Her father, a Tango singer and poet, is responsible for instilling in her soul the love for the music of del Rio de la Plata. In 1999 she partnered with Ponti and became an associate of Pontitango and Tango dancer, hence achieving a dream she cuddled in her heart.

Marc Ramirez

Marc Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. His recitals have been broadcast in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986 he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful.”

Mr. Ramirez performs as part of the Marcolivia Duo, appearing as regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan. Marcolivia has performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, at the Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection. They have also been heard at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate and give master classes for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Mr Ramirez is also a founding member of the Phillips Camerata, giving regular chamber music performances at the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. During the summers, Marcolivia perform in Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and England at various music festivals. They have also taken part in US festivals such as Garth Newel, Blue Mountain, Las Vegas, and Shenandoah Performs.

Anna Reyes

Anna Reyes is from Austin, TX where she began her dance training at Tapestry Dance Company. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in May 2011, where she performed works by Alwin Nikolais, José Limón, Daniel McCusker, and student choreographers. Anna also trained at summer intensives such as Interlochen, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, LINES Ballet, The Paul Taylor Intensive, Jacob's Pillow, and the Movement Invention Project. Professionally, Anna was a founding member of Luminarium Dance and was a member of BoSoma Dance Company. Anna has presented her own choreography both in Boston and New York City, and also co-founded Synesthetic with local musician Jordan Maley. Synesthetic is an improvisation-based project which strives to bring all forms of art together both through video and performance. Currently, Anna is freelancing and choreographing in Boston.

Carlos César Rodríguez

Carlos César Rodríguez has gained recognition as a virtuoso pianist who not only generates unusual excitement in the Spanish and Latin-American keyboard repertoire (in recordings on the Omicron, Brioso labels) but also displays an extraordinary flair for Mozart and the great Romantics. An expert on early instruments as well, enjoying entrée to the Smithsonian Institution’s rare collection, he was chosen by the Smithsonian to perform in its 150th anniversary concert in Washington DC as well as a solo recital celebrating the 300th anniversary of the piano as part of the museum’s Piano300 exhibit He was heard on national television collaborating with Placido Domingo, with whom he works very closely as Zarzuela Director for the Washington Opera’s Young Artists program. Mr. Rodríguez made his New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at age 21, and has since performed in such major venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery, The Phillips Gallery, the White House, the Anderson House and the National Gallery of Art. As pianist he has performed and toured in Europe, the United Arab Emirates and the Americas. In 2005 he won first prize for the Georg Solti Foundation Award for young conductors. Currently he is Music Director for Word Dance Theater, guest artist at the Garth Newel Music Festival, and serves as Artistic Advisor for “In Series.” Mr. Rodríguez is a member of the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music.

Jan Müller-Szeraws

Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent performances have included solo-engagements with the New England Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Recent recordings include Bernard Hoffer's Concerto di Camera No. 2 for cello and ensemble, written for him and Boston Musica Viva, as well as the Allende cello concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, which has been released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts. Müller-Szeraws has been a guest artist at many festivals such as the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Garth Newel, Music at Gretna and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. He is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva as well as founding member of Trio Tremonti. A former guest lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Chile, he is currently on the faculty at the Phillips Academy Andover and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation.

Caleb van der Swaagh

Caleb van der Swaagh, a native New Yorker, graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University where he studied Classics and Medieval & Renaissance studies as a member of the Columbia-Juilliard joint program. He received a Master’s of Music with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb has worked with such composers as Alvin Lucier and Philippe Manoury, and has performed with The Callithumpian Consort and with members of IRCAM. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and has given performances in such venues as Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. Caleb has attended The Taos School of Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, and The Lucerne Festival Academy, and he is the recipient of the Tanglewood 2010 Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award as well as a grant from The Virtu Foundation. Caleb performed as a soloist with the Columbia University Orchestra and the NEC Bach Society and has appeared on “Young Artists Showcase” (WQXR). Caleb plays on a cello made in 2006 by Michele Ashley in Boston.

Third Coast Percussion

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. These “hard-grooving” musicians (New York Times) have become known for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, and more. The ensemble enhances the performances it offers with cutting edge new media, including free iPhone and iPad apps that allow audience members to create their own musical performances and take a deeper look at the music performed by Third Coast Percussion.

Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. They have the honor of being the first ensemble at the University of Notre Dame to create a permanent and progressive ensemble residency program at the center. The ensemble performs multiple recitals annually as part of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series season. Third Coast Percussion assumed the position of Ensemble-in-Residence at Notre Dame in 2013.

The ensemble champions the awe-inspiring music of John Cage, Steve Reich, George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Manoury, Wolfgang Rihm, Louis Andriessen, Toru Takemitsu, and Tan Dun, among others. Third Coast has also commissioned and performed world premieres by many of today’s leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Timothy Andres, Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, Marcos Balter, Ted Hearne, and ensemble members Owen Clayton Condon and David Skidmore.

Third Coast’s recent and upcoming concerts and residencies include the Ecstatic Music Festival (New York), Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C), the University of Chicago Presents, Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Millennium Park “Loops and Variations,” the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and more. Third Coast has introduced percussion to chamber music audiences in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois, securing invitations to return to many of these series. The ensemble has collaborated in concert with acclaimed ensembles Eighth Blackbird, Signal, and the Garth Newel Piano Quartet; pianists Amy Briggs and Lisa Moore; cellists Nicholas Photinos and Tobias Werner; flautist Tim Munro; vocalist Ted Hearne; and video artists Luftwerk.

The members of Third Coast Percussion —Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore—hold degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Rutgers University. Third Coast Percussion performs exclusively with Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Thomas Trotter

In a career spanning over twenty years, Thomas Trotter has interpreted over 40 roles in the operatic repertoire, sung most all of the standard tenor oratorio and orchestral repertoire, performed extensively in musical theater, and been a frequent recitalist. He has sung with opera companies and orchestras across the US and Canada, as well as with orchestras in France, Austria and Slovenia. His most recent appearances have been as the Governor and Vanderdendur in Candide, Candide in Candide, Mr. Angel in The Impresario, Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana, and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. At Garth Newel he was last heard in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, and Handel’s Look Down, Harmonious Saint.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Mr. Trotter maintains his own vocal studio in Atlanta, GA, and is currently the Director of Development for Charleston Chamber Opera in Charleston, SC. He is also beginning work on and Master’s degree and Doctorate in Vocal Performance.

Dmitry Volkov

A prizewinner in many International and National Competitions, 25-year-old cellist Dmitry Volkov is one of the brightest talents to emerge from Russia today. Winner of the 2009 Carlos Prieto International Cello competition, Mr. Volkov has also won First Prizes in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition (2012), Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artist Competition (2011), the Heifetz Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2009), and the Togliatti International Competition for Strings (2002), as well as Second Prize in the Teacher and Student International Competition (2003). He has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Holland Music Sessions’ New Masters on Tour (2011-2012), the Stephen Kates Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in Cello (2010, 2011, 2012), the First Act Heifetz Institute Scholarship (2008-2010), and
“The Gold Book” of New Names (Samara, Russia, 2009).

In May 2012, Mr. Volkov made his debut in several of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Theatre Odeon (Zwolle), Hervormde Kerk (Den Hoorn) and The Slovak Philharmonic (Bratislava), in addition to recording his first solo CD on the Urtext label in August 2012 in Mexico City, which will be distributed internationally by Naxos Label. Mr. Volkov is also a member of "The Russian Trio" which recently won second prize and the audience choice award in the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition (Easton, MD) and 1st Prize in The Coleman Chamber Music Competition (Pasadena, CA).

Born in Togliatti, Russia, Mr. Volkov has performed as a soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Samara Symphony (Russia), Togliatti Symphony (Russia), Naberezhnye Chelny Symphony (Russia) and many others. He has also appeared in solo recitals at the Abramson Recital Hall (Washington DC), the International Holland Music Sessions (Bergen, Norway), the W.M.P Concert Hall Series “Strad for Lunch” (New York), the Miguel Bernal Jiménez International Music Festival (Mexico), and
Le Poisson Rouge (as a part of the 2012 APAP Conference in New York).

Having graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the studio of Natalia Shakhovskaya in 2011, he is now pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Amit Peled.

Kathryn Votapek

A member of the Chester String Quartet for fifteen years, violinist/violist Kathryn Votapek now maintains an active career as soloist and as guest artist at chamber music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has participated in numerous commissioning projects and premieres and can be heard with the Chester Quartet on the Koch International Classics, New Albion, and Audio Ideas labels. Along with pianist Ralph Votapek and clarinetist Paul Votapek, she performs with the Votapek Trio and she also performs regularly with her husband, violinist Aaron Berofsky.

Ms. Votapek has been on the faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Las Vegas Music Festival, the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Quartet Program, the Banff Inernational Festival, and the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), as well as performing at the Speedside Festival (Canada), the International Deia Festival (Spain), the Garth Newel Festival, the Fontana Festival, and with the Chicago Chamber Musicians.

Ms. Votapek is currently on the faculty at University of Michigan and is the Associate Concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. She was Associate Professor of Violin and Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend. Ms. Votapek received her Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University and Masters degree from the Juilliard School. Her teachers were Robert Mann, Franco Gulli, and Angel Reyes.

Patti Wolf

Since being chosen at age nineteen as the youngest competitor of the 1985 Van Cliburn Competition, Patti Wolf has been in demand as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has collaborated in recital with many of the world’s most distinguished musical artists such as cellist Lynn Harrell, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, flutist Carol Wincenc, and others.
In August of 2004, Ms. Wolf made her Chautauqua, New York debut, playing a duo recital with Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl. Subsequently, she has appeared with the Audubon Quartet and the Chautauqua Wind Quintet. In 2008 she was appointed principal keyboard of the Chautauqua Symphony, America’s oldest summer festival orchestra.

As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Wolf has been featured at International Brass Conferences in Chicago and Kansas City. She has performed or given master classes at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Westminster College, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, and the Juilliard School of Music. She was a regular performer on the Saint Louis Symphony’s “Chamber Music Saint Louis” and KFUO-FM’s long-running live radio concert series From the Garden—Live!. Summer engagements have taken her to the Marrowstone Festival, the Cactus Pear Festival, Strings in the Mountains, and the Aspen Festival, where she worked as an accompanying fellow.

Ms. Wolf’s numerous awards and honors include the Kosciuzko Chopin Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association, the Artists’ Presentation Society, Music of the Americas, and the Yale Alumni Association Award. A scholarship student of Jane Allen at the Saint Louis Conservatory, she later studied with Joseph Kalichstein at the Juilliard School where she received a Bachelor of Music in 1987. In 1989 she earned a Masters Degree from Yale University School of Music, working with Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Boris Berman. From 2001 to 2009 she was a collaborative staff pianist at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, performing a vast repertoire of over 200 recitals. Recently relocated to Saint Louis, Missouri, she maintains an active private studio and performs regularly with the Saint Louis Symphony and the Chamber Music Society of Saint Louis.

Rachel Young

Rachel Young joined the cello section of the National Symphony in 1998, after serving for two years as principal cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Last Stand Quartet and the 21st Century Consort and has performed with many groups including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the National Musical Arts Society, the Embassy Series, the Washington Music Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Forum, on WGMS and WGBH Radio, at the Garth Newel Music Center, the John F. Kennedy Center and at the White House. Ms. Young has enjoyed solo appearances with the National Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute as well as a collaborative performance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Recordings include performances with the 21st Century Consort and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, a short film score, and a small contribution to a CD of bluegrass music.

Ms. Young is a Washington DC native. She began her musical studies at the age of 4, immediately wanting to become a cellist. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Laurence Lesser, and her Master’s degree in cello performance with Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England where she studied with William Pleeth. She resides just outside DC with her husband, bassist Anthony Manzo, their 2 children, 3 basses, 2 cellos and 3 cats.

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