2014 Summer Festival Guest ArtistsAudrey 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 each 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, of the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, violinist James Stern, and of Strata, a trio with Stern and clarinetist Nathan Williams. She is 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 at the Washington Conservatory. Her CD of solo works by Robert Schumann is available on Centaur Records. Visit her website at www.audreyandrist.com
Violinist Aaron Berofsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Canada. France’s Le Figaro calls his playing “beautiful, the kind of music-making that gives one true pleasure.” He presented the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain, and has appeared in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Corcoran Gallery, Het Doelen, L'Octogone, the Teatro San Jose, and the Museo de Bellas Artes. His 2011 recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Phillip Bush met with great acclaim. He is also heard on the Sony, Naxos, New Albion, ECM, Audio Ideas, Blue Griffin, Chesky, and Equilibrium labels.
For fifteen years, Mr. Berofsky was the first violinist of the Chester String Quartet, praised as "one of the country's best young string quartets" by the Boston Globe. His interest in early music led him to perform and record with the acclaimed chamber orchestra Tafelmusik on period instruments. 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 their pieces. Mr. Berofsky is Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan and served as visiting Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany.
Bryan Bourne has taught trombone at St. Mary's College of Maryland since 1990. He received his bachelor of music degree with high honors from Indiana University in 1979, having studied with Lewis Van Haney and Keith Brown. In 1989 he completed his Master of Music degree at Catholic University, where he studied with Milton Stevens of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Currently living in the Washington DC, area, he is a member of the “President's Own" United States Marine Band. He is principal trombone with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and was principal trombone with the RAI Orchestra in Turin, Italy. He is second trombone with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and has performed with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral experience, Bryan Bourne continues to perform regularly in two chamber ensembles of which he is an original member: the Washington Symphonic Brass and Percussion Ensemble and the Fessenden Ensemble.
In addition to teaching at St. Mary's, Mr. Bourne maintains a large studio at his home in Alexandria, Virginia, where he teaches a wide range of students.
Giorgia Bovo was born in Biella, Italy, where she lived until her dance studies took her to Firenze, to train on full scholarship at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. While in Italy she worked with Junior Balletto di Toscana and Kaos-Balletto di Firenze. Since moving to New York, Giorgia has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Armitage Gone! Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and Collective Body Dance Lab. She currently works with Gabrielle Lamb, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Indelible Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Bradley Shelver Dance Theater, and Untitled Collective, to name only a few. As a choreographer she has created work for Uselessness Project and Indelible Dance.
Dan Butterworth’s puppetry has taken him from performing locally at fairs and schools to an international career, leading large scale educational workshops, and appearing in operas and classical music festivals, and on film and television. His many different projects often involve collaboration, such as helping to create an Inuit show in Nunavut, Canada, and designing sets for the St. Petersburg, Florida, production of Strauss’s comic opera “Die Fledermaus.”
His work, breathing intellectual life into this often underrated art form, has been supported by the National Foundation for the Arts since 1979. In 2005, he was honored with the Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, for which his puppets took the bow. Grand sets, complex special effects, and elegant staging are key elements of the astonishing puppet-world of Dan Butterworth. Dan has also produced hundreds of pen and ink drawings, some of which have become models for his exquisitely moving shadow puppets and marionettes.
William Cannon began his dance training at age 11 at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio. As a student, he performed with the company in works by Artistic Director David Nixon. In 2002, Cannon was selected to participate in the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts "ARTS week." Following graduation from BalletMet's Professional Training Program in 2002, he became a BalletMet company member, performing works by George Balanchine and Stanton Welch, among others. Cannon went on to dance with Hubbard Street 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and was named one of "25 to Watch" by DANCE Magazine in 2005. He danced with Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet from 2008 to 2011, performing works by Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Jiri Kylian, and Cayetano Soto. From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of BalletX in Philadelphia, where he extended his repertoire in works by Matthew Neenan, Adam Barruch, Loni Landon, Gabrielle Lamb, and others.
Claire Lynch Band
Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. She has been honored with many other accolades, including two GRAMMY nominations and IBMA Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997.
Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest, and best lead voices in the music business today." Claire's harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites, and others.
Blazing her own trail in the mid ‘70s, when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005, and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics, and audiences across the US and beyond.
The Claire Lynch Band features two-time IBMA-winning bassist Todd Phillips, soulful mandolinist/guitarist Matt Wingate, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell, who at 18 achieved an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas, National Flatpicking Championship.
Jennifer Coates is a painter, writer, and musician living in New York City. Her paintings, which have been exhibited in solo shows and group shows around the country, juxtapose cosmic, ethereal eruptions with recognizable patterns and shapes from everyday life. She has published art criticism in many publications including Time Out New York and Art in America. She is also a violinist and singer/songwriter who can be seen performing regularly in and around New York.
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 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.
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 been 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, including music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006. A Bridge recording of the complete Haydn “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20, was released on two CDs in July 2010. Four more albums include chamber music by Lawrence Dillon, the complete string quartets of Fred Lerdahl, a quartet and piano quintet of Joan Tower, and the most recent recording of quartets by George Perle, praised by Strad Magazine for its "exemplary intonation and balance."
The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.
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 Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and at the Los Angeles Bach Festival and at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Festival of Music and 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, took 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.
Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Andrés Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe), and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998. His numerous orchestral appearances have included engagements with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw; the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall; the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle, and Rochester; the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestra; the Chicago Symphony, with Edo de Waart conducting, at the Ravinia Festival; and the National Symphony Orchestra. Among the highlights of Mr. Díaz’s recent seasons are tours of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, and Canada, performing both in recital and with orchestra. He has appeared in Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic, and in a series of concerts in the Soviet Union, where he performed as soloist with Russia’s Saratov Symphony in the cities of Saratov and Moscow. Mr. Díaz has also toured major cities in New Zealand with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra.
With pia¬nist Samuel Sanders, he recorded works by Manuel de Falla, Schumann, and Brahms; a compilation of short Russian works; and American Visions, featuring Barber, Bernstein and Foote. Mr. Díaz’s most recent release features the six Bach Suites on the Azica Records label. Andrés Díaz is very active with the Díaz String Trio, featuring violinist Andrés Cardenes and violist Roberto Díaz. They have two recordings: one featuring the music of Paganini, and the other with music by Penderecki, Dohnanyi, and Beethoven.
Andrés Díaz was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1964, and began studying the cello at the age of five. He graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and currently plays an active role in chamber music performances with the Conservatory’s faculty. He taught at Boston University and was Co-Director of the BU Tanglewood Institute Quartet Program. Mr. Díaz now lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Julie, and sons Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. He is Professor of Cello at Southern Methodist University and also holds The Koerner Chair in Cello at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
During his spare time Mr. Díaz races his 1997 Dodge Viper.
Lisa Emenheiser is one of Washington, D.C.'s most highly regarded pianists and has been performing with the National Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Emenheiser has performed in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and has appeared in many venues in DC, including the National Gallery, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian Institution, and the Kennedy Center. Her performances have earned high praise from esteemed critics, including those of the New York Times and Washington Post. Ms. Emenheiser has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and was one of the featured piano soloists at the Kennedy Center's Piano 2000 Festival. She was also soloist for the Kennedy Center's "Journey to America" Festival, and NSO's "Composer Portrait: Mozart." An established chamber musician, Ms. Emenheiser has performed across the United States, as well as many international venues, including performances with some of the world's most renowned artists. She is an avid performer of contemporary music, and is pianist for the 21st Century Consort and Opus 3 Trio. Lisa has recorded for Pro Arte, VAI Audio, Centaur, Arabesque, Delos, AUR, and Cascades labels. She has appeared on national television as an expert artist commentator and performer in the PBS documentary "Exploring Your Brain". A committed teacher, Lisa holds a private studio in her home and has represented the NSO by teaching master classes and as piano instructor for numerous cultural exchange liaisons.
Founded at Yale University in 1999, the Ensō String Quartet has, in a decade and a half, risen to the front rank of string ensembles. Described by Strad Magazine as “thrilling” and praised by The Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities,” the Ensō has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.” Apart from a busy touring and teaching schedule, the New York-based quartet has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. 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, Connecticut’s Music For Youth, and currently with the Interlochen Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp. The Quartet was 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 Ensō 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).
The ensemble’s name is derived from Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit.
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 and the Skaneateles Festival, and has collaborated with the Zephyros and Sylvan Wind Quintets, and the Atlantic and Arianna String Quartets. He has performed in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, and 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; he also premiered 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, featuring Stephen Hartke's The Horse with the Lavender Eye, is out on the Chandos label.
Richard is a contributing writer for The Clarinet magazine. He studied at Ithaca College, Michigan State University, and SUNY Stony Brook, as well as at 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.
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 a violin made in Cremona, Italy, by Omobono Stradivari in 1724, named the "ex-Powell."
Pianist Read Gainsford was recently described in the press as the possessor of “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision,” yet he is driven to pursue connections beyond the merely pianistic. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, he pursues connections wherever he can find them. From collaborating with noted oceanographers in presenting “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb to consulting with art historians and living artists to create a series of images to accompany his performances of Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus,” he is committed to reaching audiences in ways beyond the traditional.
Born in New Zealand, he studied at the University of Auckland before moving to London, where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He moved to the USA to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University. He has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing at the Kennedy Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Gainsford returns regularly to his home country, New Zealand, to see family, perform, and teach.
Highly in demand as a master-class clinician and teacher, Dr. Gainsford was appointed Associate Professor of Piano at Florida State University in August 2005. Before that he taught at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award in 2004.
Violinist Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. He is heard frequently on National Public Radio, including past live broadcasts on WFMT Chicago and WQXR in New York, and on the nationally syndicated program Performance Today. Several compact discs featuring Mr. Gearhart have been released in the last few years to rave reviews. A sampling from the press: "...a sizzling performance..." (The Wall Street Journal), "...supple and imaginative..." (The New York Times), and "Gearhart is a bold assertive player..." (Strad).
Exploring unique and seldom-heard music, Gearhart has championed the music of American composers Quincy Porter and Robert Casadesus on two discs released by Koch Entertainment. Mr. Gearhart has premiered several works written especially for him, including works by award-winning American composers David Crumb and Robert Kyr.
First violinist of the Chester String Quartet in the early ‘90s, Mr. Gearhart now performs regularly with the Oregon String Quartet, which released two discs on Koch: The OSQ and All That Jazz, featuring jazz violinist Diane Monroe, and a disc containing music by African-American composer William Grant Still. Mr. Gearhart received his Master's degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Earlier study at the Hartt School included work with Charles Treger and members of the Emerson Quartet. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music.
David Humphrey is a New York artist, born in 1955, who has been showing his paintings and sculpture internationally since the 1980s. Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, his work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. Blind Handshake, an anthology of his art writing, was published recently and includes a variety of reviews, essays, and curatorial statements. Humphrey has won the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a variety of grants, from the NEA, the New York State Council for the Arts, and others. Humphrey has done numerous solo exhibitions in New York at the McKee Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins and Co., and is currently represented by Fredericks & Freiser, where he had an exhibition in the fall of 2012. He received his BFA from MICA and an MA from NYU.
Described as "a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan," violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion of a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at Curtis Institute and Yale University, Ms. 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 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; the Trio is now Artist-in-Residence at Rivers Conservatory. Ms. Keyes is Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University and has taught at its program at Tanglewood. She has also taught at Interlochen, Kneisel Hall, and the 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. 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.
Gabrielle Lamb, a native of Savannah, Georgia, was trained at the Boston Ballet School. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2003. In 2009, she moved to New York City and was invited by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to join his company Morphoses. Her repertoire as a performer has also included principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Luca Veggetti, Shen Wei, Pontus Lidberg, and Shannon Gillen.
She has been choreographing since 2005 and is a self-taught animator and filmmaker as well. She won the 2009 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the 2013 Genesis International Choreographic Competition of Milwaukee Ballet, and the 2013 National Choreographic Competition of Western Michigan University.
Ms Lamb's dance works for stage and screen have also been presented by BalletX, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Jacob’s Pillow, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and the American Dance Festival. In addition, her work has screened on the Bravo and ARTV networks (Canada) as well as at dance film festivals in Australia, Belgium, Argentina, France, and Japan. She was recently named the recipient of the Banff Centre's 2014-15 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and is a 2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. Please visit her website at www.gabriellelamb.com
Anthony Manzo enjoys performing in a broad variety of musical forums – despite the attendant complications of airline travel with a double bass. A sought-after chamber musician who performs regularly at such noted venues as Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and the Garth Newel Music Center, Mr. Manzo is also the solo bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest artist with the National Symphony and the Smithsonian Chamber Players near his home in Washington DC. He performs frequently with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where recent collaborations included their summer residency at the Salzburg Festival. He toured with them twice as soloist in Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano” with bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff, with performances in Salzburg, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, and Istanbul. Other recent highlights include chamber music performances with the St. Lawrence Quartet at Spoleto and with the Auryn Quartet at Georgetown University; he appeared in Stanford Lively Arts Series with Menachem Pressler and in a critically acclaimed US tour with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. He is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and Opera Lafayette in Washington DC. Mr. Manzo is also a member of the double bass and chamber music faculties of the University of Maryland and the National Orchestral Institute.
Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel).
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, including 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.
Paige Morgan has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan as a soloist, and as a chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and New York’s Merkin Hall, and has performed at the International Double Reed Society and National Flute Association Conventions. She is currently assistant professor of oboe at Ithaca College and has been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival since 1996, where she plays principal English horn and second oboe with the BMC orchestra, teaches, and coaches chamber music. She was also named Coordinator of Operations and Programming for Light in Winter, 2004. She has performed regularly as a guest artist at Garth Newel since 1994.
Ms. Morgan served as principal oboist with the Midland-Odessa and Charlottesville Symphonies, was guest principal oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic on several occasions, and performed regularly with the Richmond and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. She has been on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, the Hochstein School of Music, and the University of Virginia.
Morgan received her Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Morgan is a dedicated teacher as well as performer. Among her many teaching duties at Ithaca College, she has developed a course titled "Reaching Out to Audiences," which is dedicated to exploring creativity in performance in order to broaden classical music audiences. She has recorded on the Sony, Musical Heritage, and AmCam labels.
As a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. With the quartet, he has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and in Japan, Hong Kong, and Panama, and across Europe. The quartet has been in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University, where Mr. Ramakrishnan maintains a teaching studio.
Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington DC, and has performed chamber music on Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series, at Bargemusic, with the Boston Chamber Music Society, and at festivals that include Aspen, Charlottesville, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, and Mehli Mehta (India). He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and performed in India and Egypt.
Born in Ohio, Mr. Ramakrishnan grew up in East Patchogue, NY. His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He lives in New York with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.
Joti Rockwell is an Associate Professor of Music at Pomona College, where he has been on the faculty since 2007. He teaches courses in music theory, American popular music, music and natural order, and rhythm, and he is a recipient of the school’s Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching. His scholarly work has centered around bluegrass music as well as topics involving music theory, and his writing has appeared in publications including Journal of Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, and Popular Music. Prior to his graduate work, he performed full-time as one half of the acoustic duo Rockwell Church, touring extensively across the US and recording five albums including one for the Nashville label Compass Records. He plays roots, bluegrass, and contemporary concert music on the acoustic guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and he also coordinates and performs in Pomona’s Balinese gamelan ensemble.
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the winner of the 2012 Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize. He has received commission awards from New Music USA – Commissioning Music/USA, the NEA, and the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. Mr. Rohde recently completed new works for the ZOFO Duet, the Lydian String Quartet, eighth blackbird, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble, pianist Genevieve Lee, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Kurt is currently working on a few opera projects and an ongoing installation project with the artist and filmmaker Shelley Jordon. His 2012 CD, ONE – chamber music of Kurt Rohde, was released by Innova Recordings, and his 2005 CD, Oculus – music for strings with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was released on the Mondovibe label. Kurt will be in residence at Copland House in the Summer 2014.
A Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the University of California at Davis, where he is co-director of the Empyrean Ensemble, Kurt is also a violist with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and a former member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra (1994–2014). He was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2012–13. Mr. Rohde is a graduate of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, and has attended the Montalvo, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Kurt Rohde lives in San Francisco with his partner Timothy Allen and their labradoodle Ripley.
Colin Patrick Ryan
Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Colin Patrick Ryan has spent the past year touring the nation with the American Shakespeare Center, where he played the Duke and Lodovico (Othello); Glendower and Bardolph (Henry IV pt. 1); and Sir Hugh (The Merry Wives of Windsor). A singer-songwriter, he has published two albums, “Wide Tree” (2012) and “Brother, Brother” (2013, Somewhere Records). As a clarinetist, Colin has performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In 2012, Colin was nominated for two BroadwayWorld Tennessee Theatre Awards for his work at the Roxy Regional Theatre portraying Franklin Hart in 9 to 5: The Musical and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. In 2010, he was awarded The Orchard Project Fellowship at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington DC. Colin holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma. He is represented in Oklahoma by Switzer Talent Agency. More information and contact is available online at colinpatrickryan.com
Bassoonist Matthew Shubin graduated from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow and attended the chamber music master classes of Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Gyorgy Sebok. He played Principal Bassoon in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1970 to 1975, and then joined the Cleveland Orchestra as Associate Principal, where he remained through 1978. Over the years, he has appeared at the summer music festivals of Tanglewood, Aspen, Blossom, and Apple Hill, and taught on the music faculties of Macalester College and Baldwin Wallace College. He has collaborated with musicians all over the world: at the Quito Music Festival in Ecuador, at the Szechuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China, in many of the major cities in Eastern Europe, and with Ensemble Resonance in Paris, with which he made two noted recordings. Most recently, he gave master classes and was featured as soloist and chamber music artist during the Quito Music Festival, and participated in the world premier of Dan Sedgewick’s Aria for Two Bassoons and String Orchestra. He is presenting a series of recitals with piano focusing on the sonatas of Bach and Brahms, as well as selections from their music for voice, which he has adapted for bassoon.
Phil Snedecor attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. He also studied arranging and composition with Professor Rayburn Wright, formerly arranger for Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Snedecor is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has held positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Baltimore Opera. He is Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Concert Artists of Baltimore. As a show player, he has recorded under the RCA, CBS, Gothic, Koss, and Summit labels. Phil’s solo CDs, The Lyrical Trumpet I and II are also available on the Summit Label. Mr. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In 1993, Mr. Snedecor and National Symphony Principal Trombonist Milton Stevens co-founded The Washington Symphonic Brass, a 17-piece professional brass ensemble. They perform regularly for the Washington National Cathedral, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. Their critically acclaimed CDs are available on the Summit and Warner Classics labels. In 2012, Mr. Snedecor founded the DC Pops Orchestra, a 30-piece ensemble featuring some of the best jazz and crossover artists in the region.
Mr. Snedecor is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Annie Stevens is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at Virginia Tech, where she teaches studio percussion and the VT Percussion Ensemble. She earned a DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied percussion with Michael Burritt. Annie has been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Computer Music Conference, and Eastman’s China Connection Ensemble. She has performed under the baton of David Robertson, David Zinman, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, while participating in the festivals of the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she has performed with New York’s Ensemble Signal and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, and she can be heard on albums by the Kelly Rossum Quartet and Escape Ten percussion duo. Escape Ten recently performed at the prestigious Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar. Annie also received degrees from Northwestern University (BM) and Rutgers University (MM); her teachers include Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, Alan Abel, and She-e Wu. She has held previous appointments at Christopher Newport University and the University of West Georgia. Annie is a Malletech Artist, a member of C.M.S., and an advisor to the music technology committee as a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
Pianist Lois Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary American piano music, and has performed as soloist at festivals and on concert series across the United States, and in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She has premiered more than a dozen works written specifically for her and has recorded for both Lovely Music, Inc., and Innovera Studios. Fanfare magazine wrote: "Svard's performance impresses … as so in keeping with the music's soul as to sound a syncretic marvel."
Svard is also known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music. Results of her work have been presented at major teaching hospitals; at national science conferences such as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Neuroscience 2006, and the Performing Arts Medical Association; and at national and international music conferences such as the International Society for Music Education in Thessaloniki and Beijing, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association.
She received her DMA in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and is Professor of Music Emerita at Bucknell University.
Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players. During the summers, she plays in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.
Ms. Thron was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career, Ms. Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season, and she played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991.
She has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer, and Elsa Hilger.
Ms. Thron also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing, while she was a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Ms. Thron and her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz, have a teenage son – pianist, clarinetist and computer whiz Louis.
David Stewart Wiley brings a strong national reputation to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO) as an experienced and energetic orchestra builder, sharing his many talents as conductor, concert pianist, pops arranger, and classical and film composer. He brings innovative and collaborative leadership, deep community involvement with outreach and education, and inspiring performances. The RSO’s current season marks Mr. Wiley’s 18th as Music Director. His work bringing classical music to youth in minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service. Collaborating on 80 performances a year in the US and abroad, Mr. Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of the RSO, New York’s Long Island Philharmonic, and Artistic Director and Conductor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.
Mr. Wiley has guest conducted such distinguished symphonies as Boston, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Oregon, Honolulu, and many others abroad. His career has taken him to dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Wiley holds a Master and Doctor of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and recently was named a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International. www.davidstewartwiley.com.
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, and flutist Carol Wincenc.
In 2004, Ms. Wolf made her Chautauqua, NY, debut, playing a duo recital with Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl. Subsequently, she appeared with the Audubon Quartet and the Chautauqua Wind Quintet. In 2008, she was appointed principal keyboardist of the Chautauqua Symphony.
As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Wolf has been featured at International Brass Conferences in Chicago and Kansas City. From 2001 to 2009, she was a collaborative staff pianist at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, performing a vast repertoire in over 200 recitals. She has performed or given master classes at many renowned music schools, including the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, University of Texas-Austin, and the Juilliard School. 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 studied at Saint Louis Conservatory, Juilliard and the Yale School of Music; having worked with Jane Allen, Joseph Kalichstein, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Boris Berman. She maintains an active private studio and performs regularly with the Saint Louis Symphony and the Chamber Music Society of Saint Louis.