2019 FACULTY AND GUEST ARTISTS
Joana Genova, violin and Artistic Director
Joana Genova is Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis, second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music. Joana began playing violin at the age of 6 in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra at 12, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Joana was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, Joana has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She was Artist Associate at Williams College, and a faculty member of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) and Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 Joana served as MMF's Education Director, organizing outreach programs and family concerts. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Joana has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra and Yonkers Philharmonic. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Trio Solisti, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andrés Cárdenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others. Joana performs with Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. She is on the summer faculty of Taconic Music’s Chamber Music Intensive and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy. Joana divides her time between Indianapolis, Vermont, and New York City with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children.
Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Artistic Director
Violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, conducting the chamber orchestra and coaching chamber music. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Riverdale, NYC, Ari 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, 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 master’s program, where he studied viola with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. 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, and pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, and Vassily Primakov, among many others. Former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and founding member and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), Ari was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival (Vermont) from 2000–2016. Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saëns 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 Ari, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. At the podium, he has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. 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, Sage City Symphony and recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda. Ari plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.
Richard Belcher, cello
New Zealander Richard Belcher, is a cellist based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the Principal Cellist of ROCO in Houston, TX, and is a frequent guest performer with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was the founding cellist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet. For twenty years he toured regularly with the quartet, both nationally and internationally, appearing in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Richard has taught and performed at many festivals including St Bart’s, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Madeline Island, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival.
Active in period, standard and contemporary repertoire, Richard has taken part in many live and pre-recorded radio and internet broadcasts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has been a frequent guest on satellite radio SiriusXM. Richard enjoys teaching, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Richard moved to the United States in 1998 to study with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, and it was while there that he co-founded the Enso String Quartet. Richard’s other principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Marc Johnson, and Alexander Ivashkin.
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. Heather 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. Heather earned 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. Heather has coached chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Point Counterpoint, Manchester Music Festival, Taconic Music's Summer 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.
Deborah Buck, violin
Described by The Strad magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist, and teacher. For 16 years, she was a member and first violinist of the Lark Quartet. Known for commissioning America’s most celebrated composers, the Lark has recorded for numerous labels. In April 2019, their newest CD will be released by Bridge Records, featuring the music of John Harbison, Kenji Bunch, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner. Ms. Buck is currently Acting Concertmaster of the Stamford Symphony; was the tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic; has held concertmaster positions in the Los Angeles Opera Guild and St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestras, Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata, Philadelphia Virtuosi; and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has performed recitals at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., for WFMT in Chicago, and in Los Angeles for KKGO. She has been a concerto soloist with the Little Orchestra Society, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and will be a featured soloist with the Stamford Symphony in March 2019. A frequent collaborator for music of varying styles, Ms. Buck has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Erikha Badu, Gary Graffman, Yasim Bey (Mos Def), Grizzly Bears, and Jeremy Denk, and has recorded for film and TV—most notably, as the soloist for the remastered silent-film classic The Scarlet Letter (Turner Classic Movies). Ms. Buck is Assistant Professor of Violin at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY and Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. She performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione graciously loaned by the family of Ray and Marcia Corwin.
Davide Cabassi, piano
Italian pianist Davide Cabassi studied with Edda Ponti at Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and at the International Piano Foundation in Cadenabbia, Italy, taking masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Turek and William Grant Naboré. He made his orchestral debut with Sostakovitch’s Second Piano Concerto at the age of thirteen with the RAI Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Delman. He has also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, as well as with several American and Italian orchestras, working with such conductors as Gustav Kuhn, James Conlon, and Asher Fisch, among others. In recital, Mr. Cabassi has played throughout Italy, as well as in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Russia, the U.S., China, and Japan, highlighted by appearances in Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Gasteig in Munich, Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, Roque d’Anthéron, the Louvre Paris, and Tiroler Festspiele. He has accompanied numerous ballets, including the La Scala extravaganza “Gala des étoiles” featuring star dancers Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru and Svetlana Zakarova, and has toured with the famed French ballerina Sylvie Guillem. A top prizewinner in the 2005 Van Cliburn competition, Mr.Cabassi is popular with presenters and audiences alike, appreciated for the warmth and sincerity he brings to his performances. Davide Cabassi's debut CD for Sony-BMG records, Dancing with the Orchestra, featuring works by Bartók, De Falla, Ravel, and Stravinsky, won the 2006 Italian Critics’ Award for "best debut recording of the season." He was the first non-Cuban pianist to record the 40 Danzas Cubanas by Cervantes. His numerous recordings have also been released on the Concerto Classics, Suonare, Allegro, Col Legno, Stradivarius and Amadeus labels, including a monographic release of Czech composer Leoš Janáček, and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Recent recordings for the DECCA label include Mozart and Beethoven sonatas.Mr. Cabassi is on the faculty of the Conservatory of Piacenza, and his students are regularly winners of major international piano competitions. He is artist-in-residence at the Col Legno festival in Lucca and at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, serves on the artistic committee of the Busoni Competition and is artistic director of the seasonal festival Primavera di Baggio. His upcoming CD for DECCA, Political Variations, to be released in 2020, will feature music by Beethoven, Krenek, Cage, Janáček, Rzewski, and Chopin.
Zachary DePue, violin
The Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue has established himself in concert venues around the world delivering virtuosic high-energy performances. He demonstrates command as a leader, soloist, collaborator, and improvisational artist reaching across a diverse landscape of music. His authentic warmth and generosity on stage invites audiences to join him in all his explorations. Zach became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) in 2007. For more than a decade, Zach served the orchestra as a passionate and dedicated leader both in and outside the concert hall. He was named a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, connecting Indianapolis’ emerging leaders to the issues and needs of the community. Zach rose to international prominence as a founding member of Time for Three, with whom he performed for 15 years. During his tenure with the category-defying trio, he made numerous tours and gave high-profile appearances, including a performance on the 2014 semifinals round of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. They were the ISO’s first ensemble-in-residence, charged with introducing new audiences to the symphony experience and breathing fresh creative life into the orchestra’s Happy Hour Concert Series. Zach recorded four albums of original music and arrangements with Time For Three. Their 2014 release featured collaborations with ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro on “Happy Day”, the uplifting DePue-penned opening cut; saxophonist Branford Marsalis in the rollicky original “Queen of Voodoo;” cellist Alisa Weilerstein in a quartet version of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”, and singer/songwriter Joshua Radin in four of his early songs. The trio members were active creative partners in the commissioning of new pieces which were vehicles for collaborations with orchestras and the ensemble. Composers Jennifer Higdon, William Bolcom, and Chris Brubeck each contributed substantial pieces leading the trio to performances with orchestras across the country including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at their home venue and for their 2013 Carnegie Hall appearance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Wheeling Symphony, Brevard Festival Orchestra, among many others. The Trio also recorded Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and appears on their 2012 Take Six release. Zach’s earliest introduction to the stage came through performances with his family. He is the youngest of four brothers—all violinists—who make up The DePue Brothers Band, an eclectic ensemble that blends bluegrass and classical music, with elements of jazz, blues and rock. Zach graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he performed in the first violin section for five years. He performs on a violin made by Giuseppe Rocca of Turin, Italy, in 1846.
Nicholas DiEugenio, violin
Praised for the “rapturous poetry” in his playing (American Record Guide) and as an “excellent” and “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile performing life as a chamber musician, leader, and soloist in music ranging from early baroque to current commissions. In this capacity, he performs in venues such as Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Trinity Wall St., Freiburg’s Ensemblehaus, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Together with pianist and duo partner Mimi Solomon, Nicholas is currently embarking on the project “Unraveling Beethoven,” a cycle of all ten violin sonatas combined with response works from composers Tonia Ko, Jesse Jones, Robert Honstein, D.K. Garner, and Allen Anderson. The award-winning album "Unraveling Beethoven" was released in 2018 by New Focus Recordings. Regarded as an inspiring teacher, Nicholas is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at UNC Chapel Hill, and is co-artistic director of MYCO, a non-profit chamber music organization for middle and high school students. Formerly Assistant Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music, Nicholas continues as a faculty member of the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont during the summers. Nicholas holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M, M.M), where he studied with David and Linda Cerone and Paul Kantor, and the Yale School of Music (D.M.A., A.D.), where he was a student of Ani Kavafian. Nicholas performs on a baroque violin made by Karl Dennis in 2011, and also on a 1734 violin made by Dom Nicolo Amati.
Paul Green, clarinet
From his TV debut at age 13 with Leonard Bernstein on the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Series to his current status as a master teacher and soloist, Paul Green has blazed new paths on the concert stage. Grounded and virtuosic in the classical tradition, he has pursued his passion for jazz and followed his instinctual yearnings to explore the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career. Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Green’s solo recitals have garnered rave reviews in The New York Times. He has collaborated with the Borromeo, Saint Lawrence, and Ying quartets, and has collaborated with cellist Jacqueline De Pre, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianists Richard Goode, Christopher O’Riley, William Wolfram, Ursula Oppens, and many others. In 1997, he was selected as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, for which he concertized in Moldova and the Middle East. He has participated in international festivals of contemporary music in Krakow, Poland and Chisinau, Moldova, and in the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Xian, China, the Wienermusikseminar Vienna, the EuroArts Festival in Pusan, Korea, and as a soloist in Brasov, Romania. He has also been soloist with the National Orchestral Association, the Charlotte Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra, and many others. He served as principal clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra and Symphony of the Americas. Paul Green founded the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in South Florida and The Summer Celebration of Jewish Music in the Berkshires. His discography includes “Return to the Concert Stage” (classical), “Klezmer East: Traditional Favorites” (Klezmer) and “Coming Together,” Jewish-Jazz fusion. A renowned expert and lecturer on Jewish music, Green created a band, Klezmer East, in 2003. A newly honed mastery of jazz has brought him to Miami’s Jazz in the Gables, the Jazz Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Castle Street Café in the Berkshires and other venues. In Florida, he served on the faculties of several universities. He now teaches at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. and the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, Mass. Green studied with noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff; Keith Wilson at Yale, where he received a bachelor degree in Theory and Composition; and Joseph Allard at the Juilliard School, where he received a master’s in clarinet performance. In 2009, he received an additional master’s degree in jazz performance at Florida International University. A former attorney and legal writing professor at Brooklyn Law School, he also has an LLM in taxation from New York University. In his third and newest CD, “Coming Together,” he brings an additional talent as an arranger as he fuses the elements of America’s homegrown art form jazz, within the Klezmer tradition.
Austin Huntington, cello
Austin Huntington was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 at the age of 20, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians of any major American orchestra. In 2018, he was a finalist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal cello position, and previously served as principal cellist in the Colburn Orchestra and Encore Chamber Orchestra, and as a substitute for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. Austin was the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2012 MUSICAAS International String Competition, the 2013 Aspen Music Festival’s Low String Strings Competition, and the 2009 MTNA National String Competition. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as violinists Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renaud Capucon, Augustin Hadelich, and Anne Akiko Meyers, violist Cynthia Phelps, cellists Robert DeMaine and Mark Kosower, pianists Wu Han, Garrick Ohlssohn, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and bassist Edgar Meyer. Since his first solo orchestra debut at age 10, he has gone on to perform as a guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Salomon Chamber Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, South Bend Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, among others. Summer festival participation includes the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Kronberg Academy in Germany, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, California, the Perlman Music Program, the Academie International de Music de Montpellier in France, the Credo Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Austin is a member of the faculty at the University of Indianapolis, where he is also the cellist of The Indianapolis Quartet, the university’s string quartet-in-residence. He is a board member of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy and was previously an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ronald Leonard. His previous teachers include Richard Hirschl, Brinton Smith, Paul Katz, David Finckel, and Richard Aaron.
The Indianapolis Quartet
Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello
Founded in 2016 The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance style. TIQ has collaborated with pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower and clarinetist Todd Palmer, and played standing-room-only performances to critical acclaim. In addition to their regular concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, TIQ performs in venues throughout central Indiana and made its Chicago debut in the spring of 2018. The quartet is exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach and represent The University of Indianapolis not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music.
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. Danwen 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. He is a Steinway Artist whose 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. Jon 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. Jon 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; he 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. Tom 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. Tom has given masterclasses at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, the U.S., Europe and South America. Tom 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.
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.
Haruka Ostojić, piano
Japanese native Haruka Ostojić received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Piano Performance, as well as her Performer Diploma, from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of the world-famous Russian pianist and founding member of Borodin Trio Luba Edlina-Dubinsky. She currently holds a position at the University of Indianapolis as Assistant Professor of Piano. In a decade-long career as a collaborator, Haruka has worked with the teaching studios of Jaime Laredo, Janos Starker, Andreas Poulimenos, Alex Kerr, and Sylvia McNair, to name a few. She is a frequent collaborator at the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions, the Carmel Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the World Piano Competition (Cincinnati). She has also made appearances as a guest performer and adjudicator at music festivals and competitions in the U.S. and Europe. Outside of the University, Haruka serves as the pianist for Indianapolis Arts Chorale, an auditioned community choir founded in 1972 that makes numerous appearances around Indianapolis each year, at venues such as the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Landmarks Center, and others. Haruka is also Executive Director of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, a world-renowned competition now in its sixth year, which attracts more than 160 young pianists from around the globe.
Nemanja Ostojić, guitar
As a winner of 16 international guitar competitions, Nemanja Ostojić has appeared as soloist in 19 countries. Nemanja Ostojić is a graduate of University of Belgrade, Serbia, as well as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed with orchestras like Turkish Bilkent Symphony Orchestra , Buffalo Philharmonic , Allentown Symphony , St. George Strings , Greek Athens Kamerata , while closely working with conductors like Leo Brouwer, JoAnne Falletta, Dianne Wittry, Bujor Hoinic and others. His discography includes the debut album "First Born" which received the rave reviews from the Guitar Foundation of America, and the Seichorde, the leading Italian journal for classical guitar. In 2007, the Italian label La Guitarra published a DVD of Nemanja Ostojić's live concert in Milan's Palazzina Liberty. A highlight of Ostojić's career is certainly his appearance with the legendary Leo Brouwer, performing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Greek Athens Camerata orchestra, at the 5th International GuitarArt Festival, in Belgrade, Serbia—for which he was selected to substitute for the Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Williams, and which marked the international launch of Ostojić's career. His top prize competition wins include the Tokyo Guitar Competition; the Niccolò Paganini Competition in Parma; the JoAnn Falletta Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, NY; the Anna Amalia Competition in Weimar, Germany; the Southwest International Guitar Competition in San Antonio; the Texas Guitar Competition in Dallas; the Schadt String Competition in Allentown, PA; the Wilson Center Guitar Competition in WI; Greece’s Volos International Guitar Competition , and more. And avid performer and pedagogue, Nemanja Ostojić is often seen on panels of international competitions like: Indiana International Guitar Festival ; Vissani Guitar and Mandolin Festival , Greece; Sinaia Guitar Festival , Romania; Texas Guitar Competition , Dallas TX. Ostojić has also given numerous master classes and classical guitar technique-related lectures at various universities like University of Texas at Dallas, UT San Antonio, Yale University, Chapman University (Orange, CA), Ball State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of Music, etc. Nemanja Ostojić is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis. He performs on a 2013 Keijo Korelin double-top guitar, supplied by Reverie Classical Guitars of Indianapolis. He is married to the pianist Haruka Ostojić.
Cicely Parnas, cello
Praised for her “velvety sound, articulate passagework, and keen imagination” (The New York Times), American cellist Cicely Parnas leads a dynamic career as an international performing artist. At nineteen years old, Ms. Parnas won first prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. Under the auspices of YCA, she presented recitals at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Additionally, she was featured as a guest artist with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in France, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and at YCA festivals in Beijing and Tokyo, among many others. In the season following her tenure with YCA, Ms. Parnas was featured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and at numerous summer music festivals, including the Brevard Music Festival, El Paso Pro Música, Northwest Bach Festival, and Sitka Summer Music Festival, where she has twice served as Artist Apprentice to Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey. Committed to the advancement of the cello repertoire, Ms. Parnas has premiered numerous works, including Jim McGrath’s “Concertino for Cello,” which she performed with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She also commissioned works for solo cello by two-time McKnight Artist Fellow Jocelyn Hagen, as well as Arsentiy Kharitonov. In addition to her solo career, she maintains an active performance schedule with Duo Parnas, a violin-cello duo with her sister, Madalyn Parnas. Together, they have recorded four albums, and have performed recitals and led masterclasses worldwide. A granddaughter of distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, Cicely started playing cello at age 4 and made her concerto debut at 11. She has studied with Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson. Cicely performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello.
Dan Sato, piano
Through a single-minded obsession over the piano literature, Dan Sato has steadily become a concert artist, scholar, educator, and chamber musician in high demand. His passion for the repertoire can be seen in his eclectic programs encompassing the canon, neglected and forgotten works, and freshly born compositions that are rendered with “exuberant spontaneity, deep conviction, and serious compositional understanding.” Dr. Dan’s performances have been rewarded with ovations at the New Orleans Piano Institute, Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Southeast Asia Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, and Taconic Music’s inaugural summer festival. Other appearances include the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and the Quartet Program as an official collaborative pianist, and he recently assumed the role of studio pianist for Laura Bossert and Terry King at Syracuse University. In the coming seasons, Dan will present all twenty-seven Chopin Etudes in concert in the US and Europe as an homage to his mentor, Dr. Frank Heneghan, as well as a program consisting of the two books of Brahms-Paganini Variations, the complete Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff, and an assortment of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes. Following the world premiere of Vincenzo Maltempo’s solo piano transcription of Ravel’s Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé, he is currently accumulating other obscure transcriptions of the orchestral repertoire to satisfy his fantasies of being a one-man-band.
Michael Isaac Strauss, viola
Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber, and symphonic musician. His love for the intimate concert setting has led to performances on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festival appearances across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with them, as well as a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart's complete viola quintets on Lyrinx. His solo work is featured on several other CDs - the first recording of Jennifer Higdon's Viola Sonata, David Finko's Viola Concerto (re-released in 2015), Stamitz's works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur), and the Suzuki Viola School CDs, Volumes 8 and 9. Additional chamber music recordings with the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 include pieces by living composers. In 2016, he released Wordless Verses - trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano - distributed by Naxos. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and Swarthmore College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a 1704 viola attributed to Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy.
Basil Vendryes, viola
Basil Vendryes has been Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. He currently serves on the faculties of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, the Quartet Program at SUNY Fredonia, New York, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Mr. Vendryes has served on the faculties of Biola University (CA), California Summer Music at Pebble Beach, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Montecito International Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy and the Music and More Summerfest in Trebinje, Bosnia . He is also the founder/director of the Colorado Young Sinfonia, now in its 18th year. Basil was born in 1961 to West Indian parents, and began his musical training in the public schools at the age of eleven. He received scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Sally O’Reilly, Francis Tursi and Heidi Castleman. Festival appearances include Spoleto, Heidelberg, Sunflower, Midsummer Mozart, Ouray, Lake Winnepesaukee, Las Vegas and the Grand Tetons. Basil has given classes in viola and chamber music at prominent schools of music throughout the United States. Mr. Vendryes has been a juror for many competitions, including the Sphinx Competition for African American and Latino string players and the Hong Kong International Music Festival. He has also served as guest principal violist for the the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Columbia, Phillips, Decca, RCA, BIS and Nonesuch, as well as chamber music for the Ariel, Cadenza Music, Centaur, CRI and Naxos labels. Mr. Vendryes plays on a rare Italian viola made in 1887 by Carlo Cerruti.
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.