2018 Chamber Music Intensive Students

Our students will be in residence at Taconic Music for four weeks this 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.

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Andrew M. Collins, viola

Violist Andrew M. Collins is pursuing his master’s in Viola Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a scholarship student of Atar Arad. Andrew received his Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies and bachelor’s in Music from East Carolina University, where he studied with Ara Gregorian. Andrew has competed in competitions and performed throughout the Midwest and Southeast.  In 2011, Andrew received an Honorable Mention in the MTNA Young Artists Competition. In the spring of 2018, as the violist of the Monroe Quartet, Andrew performed in the Kammermusiksaal at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. He has participated in chamber music concerts with the ECU Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Monroe String Quartet, been principal violist of the ECU Symphony Orchestra and GSYO, the assistant principal of NC Western Regional Orchestra, a member of the NC Honor’s Orchestra and Southeastern Orchestra Festival. Andrew has attended the Madeline Island Music Festival, UNCSA Summer Chamber Music Institute, and Music in the Mountains. Andrew’s teachers include Atar Arad, Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Melissa Reardon, Christina Placilla, Gregorio Midero, and Karen Collins. He has performed in masterclasses for Vicki Chiang, Ivo van der Werff, Jonathan Vinocour, Masumi Per Rostad, Maria Lambros, Kirsten Docter, Xiao- Dong Wang, Adam Neiman, Thomas Sauer, Sheila Browne, and the Frye Street, Jupiter, American, Penderecki, Pacifica and Ariana Quartets.  Andrew has collaborated with artists Robert McDonald, Xvi Plesser, Raman Ramakrishnan, Xiao-Dong Wang, Wendy Chen, Jorja Fleezanis, Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, and Emmanuel Gruber.

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Emily Hunt, Cello

Cellist Emily Hunt is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in cello performance at Arizona State University under Tom Landschoot. She attends ASU on a New American University Scholar Dean’s Award and has maintained the dean’s list every semester of her college career. Emily has played in masterclasses with visiting artists, including the Brentano Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, cellists Lynn Harrell, Andrew Mark, Yehuda Hanani, and violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Martin Beaver. She has participated in music festivals including the Fresno State Cello Festival, Red Rock Festival, Castleman Quartet Program, and Lev Aronson Legacy festival. Emily is an active member on the committee of Cellobration, a musical outreach program for student cellists in Arizona. She loves teaching cello private lessons and helping others find joy in playing music. In her free time, Emily likes to swim competitively and enjoys hiking around the diversified state of Arizona.

Emily Javarone, violin

Emily Javarone began studying violin at the age of 6. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, where she studied with Richard Fuchs and Jubal Fulks. During her time at UNC she was concertmaster of the University Orchestra and appeared as a soloist with the orchestra in 2014 and 2016. She was also the winner of the UNC concerto competition and the Southard Competition in 2015. Emily attended several chamber music festivals throughout her undergraduate career, including the Montecito Music Festival and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Emily graduated from Purchase College with her Artist Diploma and master’s degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Deborah Buck of the Lark Quartet. While at Purchase, she held several leadership positions in the symphony orchestra, and was a member of the graduate string quartet. She has participated in masterclasses given by Philip Setzer of Emerson Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Kristen Lee, the Kronos Quartet, and participated in a live-streamed masterclass at Rose Studio led by Sean Lee, given by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She recently attended Brevard Music Festival, where she was concertmaster, assistant concertmaster, and principal second of the Brevard Sinfonia, and assistant concertmaster under William Preucil with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Emily will be attending Florida State University this fall on a full tuition graduate-assistant scholarship to pursue her Doctorate of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Benjamin Sung.

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Christine Kim, violin

Christine Kim recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati–College Conservatory of Music with her Masters in Violin Performance, where she studied under the guidance of Timothy Lees, concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. During her time at CCM, she served as assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of CCM´s Concert Orchestra under Maestro Mark Gibson and Dr. Aik Kai Pung, playing repertoire ranging from Mahler’s First Symphony to Tchaikovsky´s Sleeping Beauty. Christine has substituted for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Tyson McLean Orchestra, played with the New Concerto Project Orchestra, was concertmaster with the Project Sacred Spaces Orchestra, and has served as concertmaster in the Hot Springs Music Festival. Christine has been awarded the Opera Fellowship in the Miami Music Festival for two consecutive years. She has a passion for chamber music and has studied a vast range of repertoire ranging from Schubert to  Piazzolla. Her coaches have included Yehuda Hanani, Giora Schmidt, the Ariel Quartet, Annie Boyle, Drew Irvin, the Monticello Trio, and many others. Christine has performed in masterclasses for, among others, Charles Castleman and Andrés Cárdenes. She is the co-founder and producer of Duo Kito, which has just released their first album, Soulfood. Looking ahead, she will be featured as the opening act in the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati exhibit called The Future is Female, which will be covered locally and nationally in August 2018.

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Alex Krew, cello

Alex Krew began his cello studies at age 5 at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, studying under Bai-Chi Chen and Alison Wells. After receiving his pre-conservatory certification, he continued his studies at Vanderbilt University on a full-tuition Cornelius Vanderbilt Merit Scholarship. While studying with Felix Wang at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Alex double-majored in cello performance and economics and earned his MBA, becoming the first music major in Vanderbilt’s history to complete a 5-year MBA program. In the spring of 2013, Alex spent a semester at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Julian Smiles of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the States to win Vanderbilt’s Concerto Competition in 2014, performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Vanderbilt Symphony. Alex has attended numerous music festivals around the world, including Yellow Barn, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aspen Music School and Festival, and Music Masters Course Japan. An avid chamber musician, Alex performed with the Aurelius Quartet from 2013 to 2016, placing second in the 2015 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition and being invited to the live round of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Alex is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studies with Eric Kim on a graduate fellowship and serves as solo cellist of the IU New Music Ensemble.

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Weilan Li, viola

Weilan Li, from Shenzhen, China, is now a third-year student at the Bard Conservatory, where she studies viola with Steven Tenenbom and Marka Gustavsson. In addition to studying viola, Weilan is pursuing anthropology as her second degree at Bard. Weilan began studying the viola in 2009 and attended the Xinghai Conservatory of Music Attached Middle School. In 2014, she won Second Prize in the Viola Category in the Hong Kong International String Competition. In the summer of 2016, Weilan was selected to attend the Pinchas Zukerman studio at the Young Artists Program of National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada, where she studied with Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and Grigory Kalinovsky. She also attended the the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China), where she was principal viola on tour in China, performing in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou with pianist Olga Kern, also performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall with Yujia Wang and Maestro Ludovic Morlot. Weilan has had coachings with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ira Weller, Peter Serkin, Raman Ramakrishnan, Nicholas Mann, David Geber, Weigang Li, Yi-Wen Jiang and Jay Liu. Weilan has also played in masterclasses with the Shanghai Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Peter Wiley, Ivan Chan, and Samuel Rhodes.

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Phuong-Nghi Pham, piano

Phuong-Nghi Pham is a senior at Amherst College, majoring in English, Music, and Psychology. She currently studies piano with Judith Gordon. While abroad in England, she studied with Sam Haywood and Martino Tirimo. At Amherst, she has participated in masterclasses with Jonathan Biss, Lydia Artymiw, and Stephen Kovacevich. An avid chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Phuong-Nghi works with a variety of college ensembles, including those for contemporary music. She has appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top, and played as a soloist with the New England Conservatory (NEC) Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall. She was the Max Reger-John C. Holtz Ambassador in the NEC Preparatory Program, from which she graduated with the Frances B. Lanier Award for most outstanding senior performer. Phuong-Nghi attends Amherst College as a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar and QuestBridge Match Recipient. 

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Chino Soberano, violin

Ramon Alfonso (Chino) Soberano is a Filipino classical violinist who performs solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Starting at age 7, he studied under notable teachers in the Philippines, including Rechelle Alcances-Frisardi, Rosario Molina-Cruz, Gina Medina-Perez, Alfonso Bolipata, and Professor Arturo Molina, whose students went on to Juilliard, Hans Eisler Berlin, Northwestern University, and Sydney Conservatory. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in Violin Performance at the University of the Philippines, he headed directly to the United States and earned his Master’s in Violin Performance at Western Illinois University under Dr. Julieta Mihai. He won WIU’s Concerto Competition, and was awarded honorable mention in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, held in Chicago in 2015. As graduate assistant to Dr. Mihai, Chino served as a second violinist in the Julstrom Quartet, the resident faculty quartet at WIU. As a member of the quartet, he also toured throughout Illinois to perform and coach various high school orchestras. Currently, Chino is a first-year Doctor of Musical Arts student at Arizona State University, under the tutelage of Professor Danwen Jiang, where he also serves as her Teaching Assistant. Chino is a member of the Herberger String Quartet, ASU’s resident graduate string quartet.

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Cami Sylvia, violin

Born and raised in Rhode Island, violinist Cami Sylvia began her studies at the age of 10. 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. 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 on numerous occasions and served as principal second violin for the recording of The Crucible by Albany Records with the Purchase Opera and Purchase Symphony. Cami also had the opportunity to perform with Decoda, the first Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a member of the Conservatory’s graduate string quartet, Cami performed in masterclasses for Ani Kavafian, Sean Lee of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Phil Setzer of the Emerson Quartet, and members of the Kronos quartet. Cami is currently continuing her graduate studies at Purchase Conservatory with Ms. Buck in pursuit of her Artist Diploma. In November 2017, Cami won the Purchase Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She will return to Purchase as an alumna to perform with the orchestra in 2019. Cami is also a violin and viola instructor at the Larchmont Music Academy in Larchmont, NY. Through Larchmont Music Academy, Cami made her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2018 as part of their annual performance in Weill Recital Hall.