Joana Genova, violin and Artistic Director
Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova, Artist Associate at Williams College and Co-Artistic Director of newly founded Taconic Music, Inc., has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She began playing violin at the age of six, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra and is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Prof. Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms.Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, Ms.Genova has lived in the U.S., where she is the principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She was on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), Michael Rudiakov Music Academy and has taught at Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 she served as MMF's Education Director organizing numerous outreach programs and family concerts. Ms. Genova is a member of the Williams Chamber Players , Taconic Chamber Players, is a frequent guest at various festivals and concert series performing extensively on the East Coast as well as Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson trio, Trio Solisti, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Danwen Jiang, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony and Yonkers Philharmonic. She resides in Manchester, Vermont with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children.
Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Artistic Director
Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NYC, conductor and violist Ariel Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Rudiakov holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program where he studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra (CT) and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Inc. Mr. Rudiakov was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival (VT) from 2000 to 2016. He enjoys a diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad, with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, and Vassily Primakov, among many others. At the podium he has collaborated with violinists Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. Additional resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen, and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, and others. He is a former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and was a founding member and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City). Recent and upcoming activities include recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda, guest conducting Vermont’s Sage City Symphony and performing as a visiting artist at University of Indianapolis. Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare Magazine described as “utterly superb”. Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Mr. Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. Recent commissions include a piano quintet by Stephen Dankner and Dance of the Marionettes for mixed ensemble by Sato Matsui. Mr. Rudiakov resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova, and their two children. He plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.
Rieko Aizawa, piano
Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing”, Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus. On the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Ms. Aizawa was brought to the attention of the esteemed conductor, Alexander Schneider. Mr. Schneider engaged her at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall; later that year, he presented her in her U.S. début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice. Ms. Aizawa is also an active chamber musician. The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also performed as a guest with string quartets such as the Guarneri Quartet and the Orion Quartet. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning Duo Prism. Ms. Aizawa became artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. In 2005 Ms. Aizawa’s solo debut recording of Scriabin’s and Shostakovich’s “24 Preludes” was released by Altus in Japan, and her second album of Messiaen's and Faure's preludes is soon to be released. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute, where she was awarded the Rachmaninoff Prize. She also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School. She lives in New York City, and she is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Ms. Aizawa is a Steinway Artist.
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
A native of New York City, violist Amadi Azikiwe enjoys a global, multi-faceted career and reputation, known for his solo and recital performances, chamber music collaborations and community engagement events. In the United States, Mr. Azikiwe has been heard as a recitalist in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, DC, including a performance at the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also been a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, both in New York City and at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Internationally, he has toured in Canada, Central and South America, Switzerland, Israel, Nigeria, India, Japan, Hong Kong and throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Azikiwe has been guest soloist with the American symphony orchestras of Delaware, Fort Collins, Indiana University, North Carolina, Roanoke, Salisbury, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Winston-Salem and Western Piedmont, the Prince George’s and Richmond philharmonic orchestras. Amadi Azikiwe was born in 1969. After early studies with his mother, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, as a student of Sally Peck. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson and conductor Pascal Verrot, earning his Bachelor’s degree. Subsequently, he became a student of Atar Arad at Indiana University, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, served as an associate Instructor and received his Master’s degree. Among Mr. Azikiwe’s prizes and awards are those from the New York Philharmonic, Concert Artists Guild, North Carolina Symphony, National Society of Arts and Letters and the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with which he maintains a strong artistic and mentoring association.
Heather Braun-Bakken, violin
Violinist Heather Braun-Bakken performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet and as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Dr. Braun-Bakken was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and the St. Anselm College faculty in 2016. Recent performing highlights include recitals at Cabot Theater, Concord Free Library, Williams College, Frederick Collection, Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, and East-West Virtuosi. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, VT. Dr. Braun-Bakken received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, studying with Peter Zazofsky. While a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize; other awards received include the Zulalian Foundation Award and Silver Medal at the ICMEC Competition. Dr. Braun-Bakken has coached chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Point Counterpoint, Manchester Music Festival, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; she coaches chamber music for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She can be heard on the recently released, pale reflections...The Arneis Quartet and Friends on the Centaur Records label.
Austin Hartman, violin
Violinist Austin Hartman has distinguished himself as both chamber musician and soloist with performances throughout the United States and abroad. As first violinist and founding member of the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman was the winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and has performed to acclaim in important venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Baroque Art Hall in Seoul. Other highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Rockport, Kingston and Aspen Music Festivals, Chautauqua Institution, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He has recorded for the Albany, Naxos and Cedille labels, has been heard on London's BBC Radio 3, and was featured in String and Strad magazines. As soloist and educator, Mr. Hartman has also earned international recognition for his work having appeared twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra and capturing the Gold Medal Prize at the Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition. He has presented recitals in cities around the world and has collaborated with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Vermeer and Juilliard String Quartets. Mr. Hartman currently serves on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis as a professor of violin and director of string ensembles and has also served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook, Heifetz International Music Institutes, Manchester Music Festival, and the Luzerne Music Center. He has been invited to present masterclasses and lectures at music schools and universities around the world including the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Peabody Institute, Indiana University, Temple University, the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as well as the University of North Haiti. Mr. Hartman has earned Artist Diplomas from the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a teaching assistant for the Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets and studied with teachers Donald Weilerstein, Choong-Jin Chang, and the late Jascha Brodsky.
The Horszowski Trio
Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano
Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV-ski) takes inspiration from musicianship, integrity, and humanity of its namesake, the great pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. Concert engagements have taken them on tour throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. They are scheduled to make their debut in Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende in 2018 and their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2019. Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy—all composers Mieczysław Horszowski knew—was released by Bridge Records in the fall of 2014. The album was a featured Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International. Their next recording, in collaboration with violist Masumi Per Rostad, will comprise the complete piano quartets of Brahms. The Horszowski Trio has particularly championed the music of Joan Tower, whose work, “For Daniel,” they have performed on stages across the U.S. and overseas, and which they have recorded as part of a series of chamber music recordings to be released to celebrate the 75th birthday of Ms. Tower. Electric Earth Concerts, a festival in New Hampshire, commissioned a new work for the Trio from Eric Moe, “Welcome to Phase Space.” The work was premiered in June 2014. Chamber Music America has commissioned a work for the Trio from Andreia Pinto-Correia, to be premiered in November 2017 for the San Jose Chamber Music Society. The Horszowski Trio is based in New York City, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music in Boston.
Danwen Jiang, violin
Internationally renowned violinist Danwen Jiang has concertized extensively as a concerto soloist and recitalist throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has performed at world renowned concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., La Salle Gaveau in Paris, Beijing Concert Hall, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. She has appeared at international music festivals such as Festival du Quercy Blanc and Festival Dan le Gard in France, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy, Harpa International Music Academy in Iceland, Victoria International Music Festival in Canada, Rutgers SummerFest, Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Yale Chamber Music Series, Manchester Music Festival, and the Taconic Music Festival in Vermont. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed with distinguished musicians including members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Emerson and Shanghai String Quartets, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Chamber Players, and Soloists of the Pacific Rim as well as violinist Menahem Breuer, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, pianist Andre-Michel Schub, clarinetist Stanley Druker, harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, and Jazz violinist Regina Carter, among others. Many of her performances are available on CDs under Soundset Recordings, Eroica Classical Recordings, and the China Record Corporation labels. A recipient of the Professor of the Year Special Recognition Award (2012), President’s Tenured Faculty Exemplar Award (2008), and the Distinguished Teaching Award (2005) at Arizona State University, Jiang’s international reputation as an exceptional performer and teacher yields her frequent invitations to perform and present guest masterclasses at distinguished music institutions in China, Germany, Italy, Canada, Iceland, Australia, and the United States, among other countries. She has been featured as concerto soloist as well as collegiate-level violin masterclass clinician by the American String Teachers Association National Conferences. Prior to joining the ASU School of Music faculty, Professor Jiang has taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Ms. Jiang performs on a 1727 Antonio Stradivarius violin (the “ex-Ries”).
Jon Klibonoff, piano
A versatile recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician, Jon Klibonoff has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. His various honors include first prizes in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and the silver medal in the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Klibonoff has appeared as soloist with the Utah, Baltimore, Richmond, Denver, New Orleans, Oakland, Syracuse, and North Carolina symphonies, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Denver Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Klibonoff is a past recipient of a NEA solo recitalist's grant and has been sponsored by the Pro Musicis Foundation in recital throughout the world. A founding member of the acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, he has performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has appeared at many significant music festivals including Caramoor, Moab Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Juneau Music Festival, Grand Canyon Music Festival and Bridgehampton. His numerous guest appearances in chamber music include the Lark Quartet, Shanghai Quartet and members of the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets. Mr. Klibonoff is a also a principal member of Associated Solo Artists, an organization that performs concerts, educational programs and corporate events. Klibonoff has recorded for BMG, Bridge, and Naxos records. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters Degree in Music from The Juilliard School and has served on the music faculties of Purchase College Conservatory, Hunter College and Manhattanville College. Mr. Klibonoff is currently a member of the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Concordia Conservatory of Music.
Thomas Landschoot, cello
Praised for his charismatic playing and his virtuoso and poetic music making, Belgian cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe, South America and Asia and has appeared on national radio and television worldwide. He has soloed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Tempe Symphony, Prima la Musica, Symphony of the Southwest, Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Scottsdale Philharmonic, Bucharest Festival Orchestra, Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony, Loja Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band, and has appeared at Bargemusic, Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Eureka, Utah, Red Rock, Park City, Manchester, Fresno, Madeline Island, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli, ArchiMusic and Centaur Records. He is a member of world class Rossetti Quartet. Mr. Landschoot has also performed with the Takacs, Dover and Arianna Quartets and members of the Cleveland, Vermeer, Tokyo, and Orion Quartets. Past collaborations include Lynn Harrell, Peter Wiley, Gilbert Kalich, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver and Martin Katz. An avid promoter of music of our time, he has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works for cello, including concerti by Dirk Brosse and Frank Nuyts. He has served as a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, Castleman Quartet Program, Killington, Meadowmount, Foulger International, High Peaks, Madeline Island, Manchester, Montecito, and Texas Music Festival. Mr. Landschoot has given masterclasses at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, the U.S., Europe and South America. Thomas Landschoot teaches at the Arizona State University. His students can be found among the ranks of national and international competition winners, occupy principal positions in major orchestras and teach at Universities around the US and abroad. Thomas Landschoot is the Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival, as well as the President of the Arizona Cello Society. He Performs on a cello by Tomaso Balestrieri (1776) and a Dominique Pecatte bow.
Maxine Linehan, singer
International concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan has been hailed as an incredible talent by the thousands of audiences who have witnessed her performances. Ms. Linehan made her Paris debut at Théâtre du Châtelet with the wildly acclaimed What Would Petula Do?, a tribute to Petula Clark. As a concert performer, she has enraptured crowds in venues large and small, from New York’s Lincoln Center and The Town Hall, to Feinstein’s/54 Below and Birdland, to cities across America. Her ability to emotionally engage throughout a stunning vocal performance is unparalleled. Her solo show An American Journey, a story of immigration told through song, sold out its New York City run, and led to a live album. Ms. Linehan’s show Beautiful Songs (and album of the same name) also had a sold-out run and received rave reviews from the New York Times, USA Today and The Huffington Post. The most recent addition to her three albums, Beautiful Songs, What Would Petula Do?, and An American Journey, is a single of U2’s “One”. A live album of What Would Petula Do? at Théâtre du Châtelet drops in the Spring of 2017. A Barrister by training, Ms. Linehan studied at The Inns of Court School of Law in London, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a member of Actors’ Equity. She lives in Vermont and New York City with her husband and two children.
Jesse Mills, violin
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention. Since his concerto debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Mr. Mills has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a soloist with the Phoenix, Colorado, New Jersey, and Green Bay Symphonies, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra (in Buenos Aires), and the Aspen Music Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Gardener Museum, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Mr. Mills is co-founder of Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Ms. Aizawa, Mr. Mills became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. He is also known as a pioneer of contemporary works, an improvisational artist, and a composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001–2003, Mr. Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years, in addition to frequent world premieres. As a composer and arranger, he has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon, and Bargemusic in New York City. Mr. Mills began violin studies at age 3. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Mills lives in New York City. He is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College and at New York University. In 2010 the New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement honored him with the ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement.
Steven Moran, double bass
A native of Long Island, New York, Mr. Moran began playing the bass at age fourteen. By age seventeen, he had gone on to perform orchestral and chamber music on four continents. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School where he was the teaching assistant to New York Philharmonic Principal Bassist, Eugene Levinson and to the late renowned keyboardist/historian, Albert Fuller, all on full scholarship. As a chamber musician, Mr. Moran has been a member of New York City’s esteemed Jupiter Chamber Players and now regularly performs in both a chamber and orchestral capacity with NYC's Harlem Chamber Players. He's also currently solo bassist with Vermont's Taconic Music and with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He served for 22 years as a member of the Florida West Coast Symphony in Sarasota and is now a frequent guest of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony in Pennsylvania. He also is a member of New York City’s Sonos Chamber Orchestra and the Berkshire Symphony in Massachusetts. Among his other titled positions, Mr. Moran's past appointments have included Principal Bassist of Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony and of Florida’s Key West Symphony, as well as Assistant Principal Bassist of the Sarasota Opera in Florida. A champion of twentieth century music, he was the solo bassist in the world premiere of David Amram's Starry Night and before that, in the world premiere of Edgard Varèse's recently discovered work, Dances for Burgess at New York City’s Symphony Space. Another of his noted ventures into the promotion of serious contemporary music was in the New York premiere and then reprise of the gargantuan John Cage/Merce Cunningham collaboration, Ocean, at Lincoln Center. As a member of Sonos, he continues in this vein. Mr. Moran’s playing can be heard on major media and motion picture soundtracks and he has also recorded with the rock band, They Might Be Giants. He plays on a 1922 double bass by the early 20th century Cremonese master Romedio Muncher.
Molly Morkoski, piano
Pianist Molly Morkoski has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. In 2007, she made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman stage. Ms. Morkoski has performed in many of the country’s prestigious venues, including Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Gardner Museum, the Kimmel Center, Zipper Hall, and the Smithsonian. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with many of today’s leading performers and composers performing with the Camerata Pacifica, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and Chamber Players, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Lark, Chiara, and Momenta Quartets. Her current music projects include film and a large-scale commissioning Nocturne Project and a Goldberg Animation Project. Molly Morkoski was a Fulbright Scholar to Paris, and she holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington, and SUNY Stony Brook, where her teacher was Gilbert Kalish. She currently serves as a tenured member of CUNY - Lehman College.
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Todd Palmer is a three-time Grammy nominee and has appeared as soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. As a winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions and grand prize winner in the Ima Hogg Young Artist Auditions, he has appeared as soloist with many symphony and chamber orchestras including those of Houston, Atlanta, St. Paul, Cincinnati, Montréal, and BBC Scotland, and has given recital performances that include Weill Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Mr. Palmer has collaborated with some of the world's most renowned artists and ensembles such as the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Borromeo, Jupiter, Chiara, Lark, and Pacifica string quartets; and sopranos Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Dawn Upshaw. He has also worked with numerous composers including Thomas Adès, David Bruce, Ricky Ian Gordon, Christopher Rouse, Mason Bates, Ned Rorem, George Tsontakis, and Osvaldo Golijov. Mr. Palmer appeared as soloist in director Robert La Page's staging of The Nightingale and Other Fables at BAM, and gave the world premiere of Crosswalk, a new work for clarinet and dance especially created for him by choreographer Mark Morris. His Broadway credits include South Pacific and The King & I, both at Lincoln Center Theater, and most recently, Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close.
Nathaniel Parke, cello
Nathaniel Parke is a freelance cellist in the area and is principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, with whom he can be heard on the MMC label, performing new works by Boston composers. He is currently artist associate in cello at Williams College and instructor of cello at Bennington and Skidmore colleges, in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. Many of his students have been competition-winners and recipients of awards. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music, SUNY Albany, the Manchester Music Festival and is currently on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East. Mr. Parke performs on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G. Testore.
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The trio has performed across the United States, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and records for Bridge Records. For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world. Mr. Ramakrishnan is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculties of Columbia University and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor, at Bargemusic, with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at the Aspen, Bard, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Kingston, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro 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 performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York. 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 City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon, and their young son. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.
Sharon Robinson, cello
Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award, and a Grammy nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist, one of the most outstanding musicians of our time. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or member of the world-renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, critics and audiences alike respond to what the Indianapolis Star has called "a cellist who has simply been given the soul of Caruso." Ms. Robinson divides her time among solo engagements, teaching, performing with her husband, violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo, and touring with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Ms. Robinson and Mr. Laredo recently premiered André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, performing with the orchestras of Austin, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Toronto, as well as the Pacific Symphony in California. In Europe, they premiered the Previn with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammer-philharmonie. Currently, the pair are celebrating their 40 years of marriage by assembling a coalition of orchestras to co-commission a new double concerto for them by Chris Brubeck. Guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies, and in Europe, the London Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Zürich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and the English, Scottish, and Franz Lizst chamber orchestras. In 2012, Ms. Robinson joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Highly sought after for her dynamic masterclasses, she brings insight to her teaching from her lifetime experiences as a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, plus countless solo recitals and concerto performances. In 2009, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Laredo, became co-Artistic Directors of the famed Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati. The couple also continue as co-Artistic Directors of the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard College, and Artistic Advisors for the Brattleboro Music Center in Vermont. Ms. Robinson has recorded extensively, both as soloist and in conjunction with the Kalichstein- Laredo-Robinson Trio. Recently, BRIDGE Records released Triple Doubles, an album of three new double concertos written for Ms. Robinson and Mr. Laredo by Daron Hagen, Richard Danielpour, and David Ludwig, plus the complete Schubert Trios with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Keiko Sekino, piano
Pianist Keiko Sekino enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist and chamber musician in the U.S. and abroad, having performed at such venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain. She has participated in festivals including Ravinia, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn in the United States and Kuhmo, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, La Gesse, and Pontino in Europe. In 2006, Ms. Sekino was one of four pianists invited to participate in the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop with Thomas Quasthoff. As a duo with soprano Awet Andemicael, she worked with baritone Thomas Quasthoff and pianist Justus Zeyen on Lieder by Schubert, Wolf, and Strauss in public masterclasses and was presented in a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Her performances have also been featured on WFMT (Chicago)’s “From Ravinia's Steans Music Institute” series and on WDAV (Davidson, North Carolina). An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Sekino has shared the stage with violinists Ana Chumachenko and MinJung Kang, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Daedalus Quartet, and Enso Quartet. In 2016, her recording of Schumann’s complete works for cello and piano with cellist Emanuel Gruber was released on the Delos label. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Sekino was a pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she worked with conductors John Oliver, James Levine, and Keith Lockhart on symphonic, operatic, and choral repertoire. A compelling performer of contemporary music, she has worked with composers Sofia Gubaidulina, Joan Tower, Mario Davidovsky, Ross Bauer, and Jake Heggie. In the spring of 2018, she will premiere a piano concerto by Matthew Rickets as a part of the commission project by the North Carolina New Music Initiative. Keiko Sekino completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory and holds additional degrees from Yale University in economics and music. Among her teachers are Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald. She has also worked closely with Elisso Virsaladze, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, and Margo Garrett. She serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Applied Piano Studies at the East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, North Carolina.
Sophie Shao, cello
Cellist Sophie Shao received an Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 19, was a major prizewinner at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition, and a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. She has given the world premiere performances of Howard Shore's Mythic Gardens, a concerto written for her, and Richard Wilson's Concerto for Cello and Mezzo-Soprano with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart in performances of the Elgar and Haydn C Major concertos, performed the Saint-Saens La Muse et Le Poete with violinist Miranda Cuckson at the Bard Music Festival, and presented the six Bach Suites in one afternoon at Union College in Schenectady. She has made recital and chamber music appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Middlebury College, and Vassar College. She can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (Marlboro Music’s 50th anniversary recording), and on Albany Records, and will be releasing a double-CD set of the Bach cello suites this season. Ms. Shao studied at The Curtis Institute with David Soyer and Felix Galimir, and, upon graduating, continued with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Yale College and a Master’s of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Ms. Shao plays on an Honore Derazey cello previously owned by Pablo Casals and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two.
Caroline Stinson, cello
Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson, praised for her lyricism and fresh interpretations, performs across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Her invitations include recitals for Wednesdays at One at Alice Tully Hall, BargeMusic and the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series in New York, chamber music at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum and Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe, and as soloist at Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. This season, Ms. Stinson has performed across the US with the Lark Quartet, and, featuring the music of John Harbison, in duo with Molly Morkoski at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. In 2014, she appeared in recital in New York sponsored by the Finnish Consulate, in recital in Brussels, Belgium, with Accroche note in Strasbourg, France, and as a soloist with the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut under Eckart Steir, where she also serves as Principal Cellist. Ms. Stinson has commissioned works from solo cello to concerti, extensive chamber music with the Lark Quartet and Open End Ensemble and premiered John Harbison's Invention of a Theme of Shakespeare for solo cello and string quartet at his festival in Token Creek in 2013. As a recording artist, her debut solo CD Lines was released on Albany to critical acclaim. The Lark Quartet has recently celebrated two recordings released on Bridge records, featured and praised on the BBC, in Gramophone magazine and in the New York Times, and Ms. Stinson has contributed to more than a dozen other chamber music recordings. Born in Edmonton, Ms. Stinson studied with Alan Harris (Cleveland), Maria Kliegel (Germany), Joel Krosnick (Juilliard) and Tanya Prochazka, with grants from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund and the Canada Council. She has given masterclasses across Canada, the US and Europe, and was on the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University until 2013. Currently, Ms. Stinson teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School in New York City in the Pre-College Division, and as Assistant Faculty for Joel Krosnick.
Elizabeth Wright, piano
Elizabeth Wright, Artist Associate in Piano at Williams College, has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the USSR and Japan. She has appeared in recital with many distinguished artists and was awarded the prize of Outstanding Accompanist at the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ms. Wright premiered and recorded many new works, performing in such groups as the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Festival and Orpheus. She is principal pianist with the American Symphony Orchestra and was for many years piano soloist for both the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has been an artist-teacher for the Lincoln Center Institute and has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bennington, and Princeton. Appearing frequently on PBS, Ms. Wright has recorded on the Gasparo, Opus One and CRI labels.
Carmit Zori, violin
At the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider, violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of 15 to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. Ms. Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Her solo recitals include concerts at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Jerusalem Center to the Performing Arts. Her engagements abroad have included performances throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. In Australia, she premiered a violin concerto by Marc Neikrug. In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the Y series in New York City; Festival Casals in Puerto Rico; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; Chamber Music Northwest; the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Seattle Chamber Music Festival; Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival; the BDDS Chamber Music Festival in Madison, WI; and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She was an artistic director and frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York, and is now the artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, which she founded in 2002. She has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. Ms. Zori also serves on the violin and chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase.