2017 Chamber Music Intensive Students
Our students were in residence at Taconic Music for four weeks last summer. In addition to daily coachings with our faculty and their NextGen concerts , students participated in masterclasses and performed at Manchester Community Library, Israel Congregation and other venues.
Joohyun Lee, violin
Violinist Joohyun Lee has been recognized as an emerging artist of fine collaborative intuition and a deep passion for music. Joohyun made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2013, after earning prizes in the American Fine Arts Festival and American Protégé competitions. She was also the second prize winner of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra competition in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Ithaca College, under the tutelage of Susan Waterbury (founding member of the Cavani String Quartet). During her time at Ithaca College, she received an award at the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium for her original research on Felix Mendelssohn’s 1834 concert aria “Infelice!” for soprano, violin obbligato, and orchestra. An aspiring chamber musician, Joohyun Lee has worked with members of the Shanghai and Manhattan String Quartets, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the Scheherazade Trio. She has studied at the Castleman Quartet Program and Laura Bossert and Terry King’s LyricaFest. She has also worked with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Metropolitan Opera, Rochester Philharmonic, and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras. Joohyun is currently completing her Master of Music degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She is a member of the Palm Beach Symphony and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and has served as a substitute player with the New World Symphony and South Florida Symphony. She is also an instructor at the Frost Preparatory Program and teaching assistant to the celebrated violinist Charles Castleman.
Jingting Liu, violin
Born in Anhui, China in 1996, Jingting Liu began studying the violin at the age of 5 with Jiaming Sun, Associate Professor at Anhui Artistic Vocational College. She was a winner of her age group in Anhui Provincial Violin Competition every year from 2006 through 2012. In 2013, she was accepted into the violin class of renowned Chinese violin teacher Xiongda Jiang, with whom she continued her violin study in Beijing. In 2014, she won First Prize in Hong Kong International String Competition (Youth Division). Currently, Jingting is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance under the guidance of Danwen Jiang at Arizona State University. Since arriving in the United States, Jingting has won the Vivaldi Concerto Competition in Arizona, which lead to a performance of Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto with the Four Seasons Orchestra, which was broadcast by AZ-KBAQ radio station. She was the winner for the String Area at ASU’s Concert of Soloists Concerto Competition in 2015. She has performed for the violin masterclasses of Cho-Liang Lin, Vadim Repin, Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Zazofsky, and Henry Gronnier, and studied chamber music with members of the Shanghai, Brentano, and Ying Quartets. In spring of 2017, her violin Duo (with fellow ASU violinist Sicong Chen) was invited by the InterHarmony International Music Festival to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Zoe Loversky, viola
Zoe Loversky was born in Davis, CA and raised in Washington, DC. She began her studies on viola at the age of 10 with George Ohlson at the Washington Conservatory. For college, she attended Carnegie Mellon University, studying with David Harding before transferring to study with Ivo Van Der Werff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Next year she will be a senior at the Shepherd School, and hopes to study there for graduate school as well. Zoe was on the Dean’s list for academics at CMU and has been nominated for a merit-based scholarship at Rice. She has attended festivals such as Banff, Aspen, Texas Music festival, Brevard, and Eastern Music Festival. At the moment her favorite violist is Lawrence Power because of his incredible tone quality and warm, rubbery sound; however, she also looks up to Antoine Tamestit whose attention to detail is phenomenal. Her favorite composer is Brahms most days of the week.
Heather Münch, violin
Born and raised in Vermont, Heather Münch began playing the violin at the age of five, studying with Rhoda Diehl in Castleton, Vermont. Heather has performed in a variety of settings, including orchestral music in Carnegie Hall, and on tour across North America, Europe and Asia. She has held concertmaster positions for the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Champlain Philharmonic, and the University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Heather has performed in masterclasses by members of the Kronos Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Trio Solisti, and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. She has also been heard performing alongside Trey Anastasio, Daniel Bernard Roumain and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Education holds an important place in Heather’s life as a freelance musician; she was on faculty with Face the Music, the country’s only youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing compositions by living composers. She is currently on faculty at Sacred Heart of Greenwich and has a private studio in Westchester County, New York. Heather completed Suzuki teacher training at Ithaca College and is a certified Suzuki Instructor. She received a BM from Castleton University, with a concentration in Violin Performance and a MM from Purchase Conservatory, where she studied on scholarship with Deborah Buck of the Lark Quartet.
Yeil Park, cello
Yeil Park was appointed to the Section Cello chair at Arizona Opera in 2014. Other orchestral engagements include the Castleton Festival Orchestra, where he sat assistant principal under maestro Fabio Luisi, and as a regular substitute with The Phoenix Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the Shanghai Quartet. Other highlights include a pre-concert performance for the Emerson String Quartet, Principal Cello for Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, and performing the Elgar Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations as the winner of ISU’s Concerto Soloist competition. Yeil Park is a DMA Candidate in Cello Performance at Arizona State University, where he is teaching assistant to Tom Landschoot. Yeil received his MM in Cello Performance at Arizona State University and was the recipient of the Atsumi Cello Scholarship. He received his BM magna cum laude at Iowa State University, where he studied with George Work of the Amara Piano Quartet (formerly the Ames Piano Quartet). Previous teachers include Dr. Julie McGinnis Sturm, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Stephen Geber, and Yehuda Hanani. He has participated in masterclasses with Peter Howard, Peter Stumpf, Philip Setzer, Sharon Robinson, Stephen Geber, Amit Peled, and Stefan Milenkovich. Additionally, he has received chamber coachings from Alisa Weilerstein, members of the Ames Piano Quartet, the Blair String Quartet, the Penderecki Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Brentano String Quartet. Festivals that Yeil participated in include the Castleman Quartet Program, Meadowmount School of Music, the Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the Castleton Festival (founded by Lorin Maazel), and the Manchester Music Festival.
Gavon E. Peck, viola
Gavon began playing the viola at the age of 9 in his elementary school orchestra in his hometown of Logan, Utah. His first serious instruction was with Rosemary Kimura Hatch, a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University, studying with Bradley Ottesen and the Fry Street Quartet. In his final two years at Utah State, Gavon was part of a pilot ensemble, the Erevna Quartet, which was directly affiliated with USU’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. The quartet gave lecture recitals and coachings on and off campus, and went on to place in state performance competitions; they received multiple coachings and master classes with the Fry Street Quartet, James Dunham, Paul Katz, Norman Fischer, Trio Solisti, the Jerusalem Quartet, and the Brentano Quartet, among others. Gavon is currently working on his Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory with renowned pedagogue and performer Victoria Chiang. He plays on a 2015 Daniel Salini viola.
Dan Sato, piano
Two decades have passed since Dan’s first piano lesson in Hawaii. He now resides in Miami (another popular vacation destination) and recently became Dr. Sato by studying at the Frost School of Music. Dan enjoys a simple life through ardent loves for music-making, cooking, reading, and most recently, jump-roping. Some important musicians have claimed that his playing exhibits “exuberant spontaneity, deep conviction, and serious compositional understanding,” and avid recital nappers commented on their inability to sleep through Dan's performances. He owes all such praise to his generous teachers and mentors, including Peter Coraggio, Frank Heneghan, André Watts, Judith Burganger, and Kevin Kenner. In addition to his relationship with the audience, he is generally known to maintain happy partnerships with instrumentalists and singers, and they are especially delighted when he agrees to play complex works that other pianists turn down. He has worked as an official pianist at the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and the Quartet Program, and was recently hired as the studio pianist of Laura Bossert and Terry King at Syracuse University. As a non-winner of prestigious international piano competitions, Dan has yet to make his debuts at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, as well as receive invitations as a soloist to play with major orchestras. He is currently on a mission of going through his “to-do” list of solo piano repertoire that has grown to over thirty recital programs — a daunting plan which will keep him out of trouble for the foreseeable future. Following the world premiere of Vincenzo Maltempo's solo piano transcription of Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé, he is currently attempting several other obscure transcriptions of the orchestral repertoire to satisfy his fantasies of being a one-man-band. Additionally, he is determined to learn how to legally drive automobiles and create his own website before next autumn.
Mark Serkin, cello
Mark Edward Serkin is a junior in cello performance at Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he studies with Professor Barbara Stein Mallow. Mark, who began studying piano at a young age, decided in 2009 at the age of 14 that he would focus his talents on the cello. In 2013, Mark took second place in the Korean Radio Broadcasting New York International Music Competition and was the Gold Winner at the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Merkin Concert Hall, New York. Mark is interested in chamber music not only as a player but also as a teacher. He is chamber music coach for the Face the Music program at Kaufman Center in New York City. Face the Music is the only youth ensemble in the country dedicated to studying and performing the music of living composers. This year Mark and his students performed at Roulette Intermedium, NYC. Mark has participated in many festivals such as Manchester Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute and Festival, Luzerne Music Center and Kinhaven Music School. In addition, Mark was substitute cellist in New York String Orchestra Seminar in NYC. Mark has performed in solo and chamber master classes for artists such as Julia Lichten, Gloria dePasquale, Robert DeMaine, Jonathan Spitz, Peter Stumpf, Kronos Quartet, and the Miró Quartet.
Cami Sylvia, violin
Born and raised in Rhode Island, violinist Cami Sylvia began her studies at the age of ten. A recipient of the full-tuition Helen Forman Special Talents Scholarship, she received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a minor in Rhetoric and Writing from Rhode Island College (RIC) in May 2015. Additionally, Cami completed the only Honors Thesis for the Music Department during her graduation year. While an undergraduate, Cami performed in masterclasses for the Muir String Quartet and contemporary violinist Tim Fain. Additionally, she led a student string quartet and the RIC Chamber Orchestra for three years. In May 2017, Cami received her Master of Music degree from SUNY Purchase Conservatory, where she studied on scholarship under the tutelage of Deborah Buck. While at the Conservatory, she led the Purchase Symphony Orchestra as concertmistress in 2015 under guest conductor Roger Nierenberg. In September 2016, Cami served as principal second violin for the recording of The Crucible by Albany Records with the Purchase Opera and Purchase Symphony. This past March, Cami had the opportunity to perform with Decoda, the first Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, as the only violinist selected by faculty. Cami is a member of the Conservatory’s graduate string quartet and the ensemble has performed in masterclasses for Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer of Emerson Quartet, and Kronos Quartet, and has participated in a live-streamed, archived masterclass at Rose Studio led by Sean Lee through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the fall, Cami will continue her studies at Purchase Conservatory with Ms. Buck in pursuit of her Artist Diploma.