Classical Music in Manchester Vermont

Manchester Music Festival 2015 Guest Artists

Ariel Rudiakov Ariel Rudiakov, viola
Artistic Director and Conductor

Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NYC, violist and conductor 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 has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester (VT) Music Festival MMF since November 2000 and is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (CT). Ari 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.

In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the USA 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, Lillian Kallir, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman. He has participated in solo and chamber music master classes with violinists Felix Galimir and Raphael Bronstein, violists Michael Tree and Csaba Erdely among other noted musicians.

At the podium he has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson, Bernard Greenhouse, pianist Christopher O'Reilly 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 (the String Orchestra of New York City). Most recently, Ariel conducted recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov's ballet Raymonda, performed at Lincoln Center in April.

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 Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music.

Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith. He playes a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.

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Deanna Baasch Deanna Baasch, viola
Guest Artist

Deanna Baasch began studying the violin at the age of 8 with William Cridge of Granville. In her early years she performed with the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra at Castleton State College. While in high school, Deanna was a student of Joana Genova at the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy.

As a member of the New England Youth Ensemble, the Southern Maine Ensemble, and the Baasch Family Ensemble, she has performed both violin and flute in more than 30 countries including China, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and throughout Europe. She has also toured with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the direction of John Rutter, both at Carnegie Hall and internationally.

Deanna earned both a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance and a Master's in Social Work from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, where she studied under the direction of Mark Reneau and served as concertmaster of Southern Adventist University's Symphony Orchestra for two years. Since moving back to Vermont, Deanna has been freelancing as a violinist, performing with the Manchester Festival Orchestra and the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Deanna joined the faculty of the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, teaching violin and viola.

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Edward Arron Edward Arron, cello
Guest Artist

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2013, Mr. Arron completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as the Festival Series in Beaufort, South Carolina and Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC. Additionally, Mr. Arron curates a series, “Edward Arron and Friends,” at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the new Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Mr. Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Great Mountains, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Lake Champlain Chamber Music, and Bard Music Festival. He has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters.

Edward Arron began playing the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and continued his studies in New York with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro. Mr. Arron has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009.

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Heather Braun Heather Braun, violin
Guest Artist

Based in Boston, violinist Heather Braun is a faculty member at Boston University, teaching violin and chamber music. She performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet; the Quartet has recently performed at venues including the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Modulus Festival in Vancouver, Stanford University's Lively Arts Series, Aspen Music Festival, Reggio Emilia, Boston University, and Swarthmore College. Ms. Braun performs as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, and was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow in 2010-11. Other recent performing highlights include the Frederick Collection recital series, Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, East-West Virtuosi, and the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. Ms. Braun has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, VT. Dr. Braun received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music; her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were completed at Boston University while studying with Peter Zazofsky. Awards received include the BU String Department Award, Zulalian Foundation Award, and Tanglewood Music Center's Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize. She has collaborated in concert with the Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, and other members of the BU School of Music faculty. She is a faculty violin and chamber music coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Manchester Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and East/West Virtuosi Chamber Music Institute.

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Michael Brown, piano
Guest Artist

The New York Times has declared Michael Brown "a young piano visionary," praising him for "a magnificent performance" and a "powerful technique and a vivid imagination." He is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. As winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Mr. Brown performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, and he performed a recital at Alice Tully Hall as winner of Juilliard's 2012 William Petschek Piano Recital Award. Mr. Brown is an equally dedicated composer whose unique artistry is reflected in a creative approach to programming, where he often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions. He has appeared on four continents, in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2013 he spent his third summer as a participating artist at Marlboro Music. He joins the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Two program in 2015.

Among the highlights of Mr. Brown's 2013-14 season are his Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium debut with the New York Youth Symphony; a recital at London's Wigmore Hall with violinist Elena Urioste; a ten-concert European tour with violinist Caroline Goulding, including a performance at the Louvre; an appearance on Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series; a performance at Alice Tully Hall with his duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis; and concerts at Spivey Hall, the Vancouver Recital Society, New Orleans Friends of Music, the DiMenna Center, Music Mountain, Bargemusic, Dumbarton Oaks, Danbury Concerts, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Brown's recent schedule has also included engagements with the New Haven, Bakersfield, Roswell, and Santa Maria Orchestras; recitals at Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and Gilmore Festival's Rising Stars Series; and performances at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Moab, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Beijing International, and Kyoto International music festivals.

His compositions have been described as "darkly alluring" by The New York Times and as "intriguing" by The Washington Post. He is the recipient of the 2011 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award and the 2009 Palmer-Dixon Prize from Juilliard. Recent commissions include a multimedia work for cello, piano, and film premiered in 2013 at New York's Look & Listen Festival; a new four-hand piece for Bargemusic's Here and Now Winter Festival, a set of songs for mezzo-soprano Naomi O'Connell; a new piano piece commissioned by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation; Violin Sonata for the Tekalli Duo; and Folk Variations for pianist Adam Golka. Constellations and Toccata, written for pianist Orion Weiss, was premiered at the Kennedy Center in January 2012. Mr. Brown's compositions have also been performed at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Olympic Music Festivals, as well as in such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, SubCulture, and Bargemusic. He is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Mr. Brown's debut solo CD, featuring works by Schubert, Debussy, and Brown, was released on CAG Records in fall 2012. Upcoming CD projects are an all-Schubert disc for Naxos, a recording of solo piano works by George Perle for Bridge Records, and a four-hand album with pianist Jerome Lowenthal for CAG Records.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown began his piano studies at six with Herbert Rothgarber and later studied with Adam Kent. He earned dual bachelor's and master's degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He is a two-time winner of The Juilliard School's Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Raeburn Award for Artist of Special Promise from the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition. He has also worked with violinist Pamela Frank and pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Richard Goode.

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Benjamin Elton Capps Benjamin Elton Capps, cello
Guest Artist

Cellist Benjamin Elton Capps enjoys an extraordinarily versatile performing career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie´s Stern Auditorium, Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center´s Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Rose Halls, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Mann Hall in Tel Aviv, Meyerson Hall in Dallas, and the Auditorio Nacional, the Palace of Fine Arts and Sala Nezahualcoytl in Mexico City. Mr. Capps is principal cellist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. An ardent promoter of new music, he is committed to performing new music of today´s composers, and has premiered numerous new cello works. His recording of Andrew Violette´s Songs and Dances for unaccompanied cello on Innova Records was released in June 2010. A native and current resident of New York City, Mr. Capps began playing the cello at age four. He earned his bachelor's from the Manhattan School of Music in 2008, and his Master of Music from Juilliard in May 2010, both under the guidance of David Soyer.

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Arthur Dibble Arthur Dibble, violin & viola
Guest Artist

Juilliard-trained violist and violinist Arthur Dibble is enjoying a wonderful free-lance musician's life in New York City. Diverse styles of music have taken him all over the world, from touring with Barbra Streisand, Led Zeppelin, various string quartets and the St. Louis Symphony to right here at home on the major stages of New York with orchestras, chamber groups and Broadway stars. Arthur enjoys teaching and performing for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Midori Foundation. He is also the Business Manager and serves on the faculty for Summertrios, a summer festival for amateur musicians. You can often find him in recording studios during the day and Broadway show pits in the evenings or feeding his espresso obsession in a café.

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Julio Elizalde Julio Elizalde, piano
Faculty Artist

Praised as a musician of "compelling artistry and power" by the Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde is one of the most sought-after and multi-faceted artists of his generation. He has performed in many of the major music centers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to popular and critical acclaim. After three seasons as co-Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival near Seattle, Washington, the summer of 2015 marks Mr. Elizalde's debut season as Artistic Director of the 32-year-old arts organization. Mr. Elizalde has appeared with many of the leading artists of our time. He tours internationally with world-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams, and Anne Manson. He has collaborated with artists such as violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, baritone William Sharp, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets.

Mr. Elizalde is a founding member of the New Trio, with violinist Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of L'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Patrick Jee, cellist of the New York Philharmonic. The New Trio was the winner of both the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions and is the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association's prestigious Arthur W. Foote Prize. As part of the New Trio, Mr. Elizalde has performed for leading American politicians such as President Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Henry Kissinger, and the late senator Ted Kennedy. He was a featured performer for the soundtrack of the 2013 film Jimmy P, composed by Academy Award-winner, Howard Shore.

Mr. Elizalde is a passionately active educator, having recently served as a Visiting Professor of piano at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Since 2011, he has been a member of the faculty at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and has given masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University, and the Institute of Music of Chicago. He has also appeared at various summer music festivals including Yellow Barn, Taos, Caramoor, Bowdoin, Kneisel Hall, and the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Elizalde was a juror for the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Elizalde received a bachelor of music degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Hersh. He holds masters and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald.

Mr. Elizalde regularly performs with the assistance of an Apple iPad Air using forScore music reading software. Page turns are executed by a wireless foot pedal by AirTurn. Twitter & Instagram: @JulioThePianist

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Mitsuko Flynn Mitsuko Flynn, cello
Guest Artist

Cellist Mitsuko Flynn received a Bachelor of Music degree from Montclair State University where she is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma. She was awarded the John J. Cali Young Artist Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Mitsuko has performed in masterclasses held by world famous musicians such as Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Carter Brey and Peter Serkin. She also has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. Miss Flynn is the associate principal cellist of the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra and a member and manager of the Cali Camerata, a conductor-less chamber orchestra. Her recent concert engagements include performances at The Van Vleck House in Montclair, NJ and Carnegie hall's Weil Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium. Miss Flynn is also an active music educator and she serves as cello instructor at the Montclair State University Prepatory Center for the Arts. Mitsuko is a student of Nicholas Tzavaras and studies chamber music with members of the Shanghai Quartet.

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Joana Genova Joana Genova, violin
Faculty Artist

Violinist Joana Genova, Artist Associate at Williams College and Education Director of the Manchester Music Festival has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria, 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 teachers included 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 US where she is the principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont and has thought at Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Ms. Genova is active as chamber musician for the Manchester Music Festival and the Williams Chamber Players and frequent guest at other festivals and concert series. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson trio, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov,Yehuda Hanani, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Adam Neiman and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony and Manchester Festival Orchestra.

In addition to the MMF concerts in the summer of 2014 Ms. Genova will be performing at The Telluride Musicfest, CO, Park -McCullough House in Bennington, VT, and Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington, MA.

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Alexis Pia Gerlach Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello
Faculty Artist

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. She has collaborated with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian, and with The Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Fort Worth Symphony , the Charleston Symphony, the Lakeforest Symphony (Chicago), and Boston's Metmorphosen Chamber Orchestra.

In May 2009, Ms. Gerlach was the soloist in the World Premiere of a work by Kevin Puts for Solo Cello and string quintet. She has performed Bach's Solo Cello Suites in a concert presentation for Rob Kapilow's "What Makes it Great" series. Other highlights of 2009-10 include the world premiere of Philip Glass's String Sextet at Trio Solisti's festival, Telluride MusicFest, in Telluride, CO, and the New York premiere of the Glass Sextet at the Baryshnikov Arts Center as part of the Glass Chamber Players.

Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label. With the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ms. Gerlach performed solo cello music on a month-long tour of India and at New York's City Center, and she has collaborated in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel, at the Caramoor Festival.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Gerlach has been a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and La Jolla Chamber Music Society and has performed at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Piccolo Spoleto and Caramoor, where she is a Texaco Rising Star. She has toured the United States and France with Musicians From Marlboro and is a member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City. Ms.Gerlach graduated from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music where she studied with Aldo Parisot.

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Matthew Gold Matthew Gold, percussion
School Residency Week

New York based percussionist Matthew Gold is a member of the multi-media chamber group Sequitur, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Orchestra of the League of Composers/ISCM, the IFCP ensemble, and a co-director of the TimeTable percussion trio. An advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered numerous new works and has performed frequently with the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Washington Square Ensemble, ISCM Chamber Players, Ahn Trio, SEM Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, and has been a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He appears regularly with the Westchester Philharmonic, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York City Ballet, and was the percussionist for the Lincoln Center Theater production of The Light in the Piazza. Mr. Gold is an instructor of percussion at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, co-directs the in-residence ensemble I/O New Music, and serves as principal percussionist in the Berkshire Symphony.

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Yehuda Hanani Yehuda Hanani, cello
Faculty Artist

Yehuda Hanani's charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and reengagements across the globe. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Taipei and Seoul symphonies, among others. He has been a guest at Aspen, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Yale at Norfolk, Round Top (TX), Bowdoin, Great Lakes, and Grand Canyon festivals, Finland Festival, Great Wall Festival (China), Leicester (England), Ottawa, Prades (France), Oslo, and Australia Chamber Music festivals, and has collaborated in performances with preeminent fellow musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Aaron Copland, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Dawn Upshaw, Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman, the Tokyo, Vermeer, Muir, Colorado, and Manhattan quartets, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Borromeo, and Emerson quartets. In New York City, Yehuda Hanani has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium. His recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata -the first ever-received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination, and his other discs have won wide recognition. On CD and in live performances, he has premiered works of Nicolai Miaskovsky, Lukas Foss, Leo Ornstein, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, Osvaldo Golijov, William Perry, and Bernard Rands, among other composers.

Mr. Hanani has been committed to extending the range of the cello repertoire and to collaborating with performers in many artistic realms, including choreographer David Parsons and actors Richard Chamberlain, Jane Alexander, and Sigourney Weaver. Professor of Cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he presents master classes internationally at conservatories and for orchestras, including the Juilliard School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, New England Conservatory, McGill University, the Peabody Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Berlin Hochschule für Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Tokyo National University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Guildhall School in London, Central Conservatory of Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Beijing, and the New World Symphony in Miami. His engaging chamber music with commentary series, Close Encounters With Music, has captivated audiences from Miami to Kansas City, Omaha, Calgary, Arizona, and the Berkshires. A recipient of three Martha Baird Rockefeller awards, Mr. Hanani's studies were with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and with Pablo Casals.

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Austin Hartman Austin Hartman, violin
Faculty Artist

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. 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 Naxos and Cedille labels, has been heard on London's BBC Radio 3, and was featured in Strings and The Strad magazines.

Mr. Hartman has earned wide recognition as a solo violinist, having appeared twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the Albert Greenfield and Mann Music Center Concerto Competitions. He was awarded the Gold Medal Prize at the Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan and also appeared with the Kennett Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Lansdowne Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. As a recitalist, Mr. Hartman has performed solo recitals in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and was invited to perform as a guest artist at a state dinner for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Mr. Hartman received a first prize scholarship for musical excellence from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and was awarded a grant from Chamber Music America for continued work in community outreach.

Committed to educating and inspiring audiences of all ages, Mr. Hartman is frequently invited to give masterclasses and lead community and educational programs at schools and conservatories around the country. In recent seasons, Mr. Hartman has served on the faculty of numerous music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Great Lakes, and San Diego Chamber Music Festivals. He has also taught at the Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook, David Einfeldt and Heifetz International Music Institutes, and the Luzerne Music Center. He has given public classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Penn State University, and the Peabody Institute. Currently, he serves on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis as professor of Violin and Director of String Ensembles.

Outside of his life in the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman enjoys using his music for community service. In 2003, he traveled with a group of musicians to Zambia as part of a multicultural music outreach. Recently, he piloted a concert initiative called the Vivaldi Project, the goal of which is to unite professional and community musicians in performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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 Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Choong-Jin Chang, and the late Jascha Brodsky.

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Danwen Jiang, violin
Faculty Artist

A winner of China's National Violin Competition in 1984, 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 and the Manchester Music Festival, where she has been an anchor faculty artist since 1993. 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 André-Michel Schub, clarinetist Stanley Drucker, harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, and Jazz violinist Regina Carter. Her latest CD of Debussy, Frank and Ravel sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Walter Cosand, released in 2012 by Soundset Recordings, was described as "Absolutely exquisite" by Fanfare magazine. Her performances can also be heard on public radio networks in the United States, Canada and China as well as on Eroica Classical Recordings and China Record Corporation.

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 master classes at distinguished music institutions around the world, including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Iceland Academy of the Arts and College of Music in Reykjavík, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada, Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, and major universities across the United States. She has been a featured concerto soloist and master class clinician for violin at the 2005 and 2008 American String Teachers Association National Conferences. Prior to joining the ASU School of Music faculty, Jiang taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois. Her students have been winners of national and international violin and chamber music competitions in the United States, China and Europe. Many of her former students have embarked on high-powered positions such as concertmasters for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera Orchestra and the Symphony of the Southwest in Arizona, Associate Professor of Violin at Western Illinois University, members of the Julstrom String Quartet, Vinca String Quartet, Tetra String Quartet who are currently Faculty Associates at Arizona State University School of Music, among other performing and teaching positions across the United States and abroad.

Danwen Jiang studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt, Oscar Shumsky, Taras Gabora and Weijian Zhao. Additional teachers and chamber music coaches include Joseph Gingold, Felix Galimir, Alexander Schneider, Jaime Laredo and Michael Tree.

Ms. Jiang performs on a 1727 Antonio Stradivarius violin (the "ex-Ries").

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Marina Kifferstein Marina Kifferstein, violin
Guest Artist

Praised for her intensity and "stunning" performances (The Brooklyn Rail), violinist Marina Kifferstein is an active performer, educator, and experimenter living in New York City. She is a member of TAK, the Nouveau Classical Project, and the Rhythm Method, and has performed with a wide range of ensembles in the US and internationally. Marina has premiered countless new works, working closely with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Philippe Manoury, and Helmut Lachenmann. Highlights of the past season include a concerto solo of Luciano Berio's "Corale" with the Tactus ensemble, a performance as concert master and soloist under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and a tour of Switzerland and Germany with Helmut Lachenmann, as concert master with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Along with performing, Marina teaches a studio at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory in upper Manhattan, and presents a concert series in midtown called Vox Hebraica. She is a contributing writer for Q2 Music and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Marina holds a BM in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a BA in English from Oberlin College, and an MM in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. For more information and a list of upcoming concerts, visit www.marinakifferstein.com.

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Caren Levine Caren Levine, piano
Guest Artist

Caren Levine has established a reputation as one of today's most compelling artists. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as "a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship." An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Met as Assistant Conductor/Prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy for Best Opera Recording of John Adam's Doctor Atomic. An active performer, Ms. Levine's collaborators include Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Laurent Korcia, Susanne Mentzer, Lawrence Brownlee, Morris Robinson, Susanna Phillips, and soprano Barbara Bonney, with whom she has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia since 1996, when the two first performed together at Tanglewood. She has also been featured on WNYC "Soundcheck" with Bass Morris Robinson and on ArtsPass with Tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Highlights of her recent engagements include pianist/continuo for the LA Phil production of Don Giovanni with Maestro Dudamel, prompter for the Met Opera premiere of The Tempest, Doctor Atomic, Satyagraha and Two Boys, and faculty at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Ms. Levine received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She has studied under Samuel Sanders, Ken Noda, Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida.

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Christopher Lewis Christopher Lewis, piano
Guest Artist

Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the U.S., Italy and British Columbia since graduating from SUNY Purchase in 1979. He has performed in concerts in such major venues as Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls in NYC; Orchestra Hall in Detroit; Empire State Performing Arts Center in Albany. He has won prizes at the American National Chopin Competition and NY Leschetizky Society and made recordings on the Newport Classics label. He held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City. An accomplished organist, he is currently Organist and Director of Music at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, VT. He has served on the faculty at Bennington College since 2003. Christopher resides in South Londonderry, VT with his wife and five sons, ages 24, 17, 15, 13 and 8.

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Conor Meehan, percussion
Guest Artist

Conor Meehan is a versatile and sought-after drummer who has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performed in Japan, Europe, Brazil and North America. He currently lives in New York City, where he regularly performs and records with many different artists. Some career highlights include playing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, a Blue Note jazz club tour of Japan, and many TV appearances, among them Late Night with David Letterman. Musically, Mr. Meehan's versatility and interest in varied styles such as jazz, rock, Brazilian, folk, and blues have afforded him opportunities to work with musicians ranging from Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell, blues guitarist Albert Cummings, and numerous others, including Heiruspecs and HoneyHoney. Conor Meehan earned a Bachelor of Music from Purchase College in 2004, where he studied with John Riley. Since 2005 he has been an adjunct faculty member at Williams College. He has also taught at Bennington College, UMASS Amherst's Jazz in July summer workshop and Interplay Jazz Workshop in Woodstock, Vermont.

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Stefan Milenkovich Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Faculty Artist

Honored as Serbia's Artist of the Century (2002), Most Humane Person (2003), and Brand Personality of the Year (2010), Stefan Milenkovich is a unique artist with extraordinarily productive longevity, professionalism and creativity. His musical philosophy and lifestyle are a true definition of eclectic, exploring general human, musical heritage and personal experience to connect directly with audiences and provide fun, engaging and energetic performances.

Mr. Milenkovich's 2013-14 season includes performances with Orchestra del' Arena di Verona (Italy), Evansville Philharmonic (USA), Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), as well as performances with Orchestra Maderna (Italy). This season also includes various performances at some of Italy's most renowned Opera Houses: Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova. Other performances include collaboration with internationally acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn.

As a musician of broad stylistic interests, Mr. Milenkovich performed with five-time Grammy Nominee rock band Gorillaz in one of the world's most renowned venues, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. The critically acclaimed performance was featured live on MTV. Recent collaborations include performances with Grammy Award Nominee lutist Edin Karamazov, as well as an intense musical partnership with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, where Mr. Milenkovich explored the realm of improvisation and acoustic-electric violin. Other collaborations include the Tango Story project with accordionist Marko Hatlak and Slovenian ensemble Ars Tango, where he performed both as a violinist and a dancer.

Mr. Milenkovich's numerous appearances with orchestra include the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, and has performed under the baton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniel Oren and En Shao. An avid chamber musician, he performs frequently with the Jupiter Chamber Music Series in New York City, Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, High Peaks Chamber Music Festival in New York's Catskill Mountains, and Zagreb Chamber Music Festival in Croatia. In 2012, Mr. Milenkovich accepted the position of Artistic Director of the DoCha Chamber Music Festival in Champaign, Illinois.

Milenkovich started his career very early. He performed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC at age 10. The following year, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev in Belgrade, Serbia. At 14, he played for Pope John Paul II and at 16, Mr. Milenkovich gave his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. By 17, he was a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland), Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy), Paganini Competition (Italy), Ludwig Spohr Competition (Germany), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).

Deeply committed to international humanitarian causes, in 2002 Mr. Milenkovich received the Lifting Up the World with Oneness-Heart award for his humanitarian activities, handed to him personally by the guru Sri Chinmoy. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris with such artists as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and was active as the First Child Ambassador during the Balkan wars in the early '90s.

Mr. Milenkovich's discography includes four commercial releases on the Italian label Dynamic, featuring J. S. Bach's Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Complete Music for Solo Violin; Nicolo Paganini 24 Capricci, N. Paganini Recital, and N. Paganini In cuor piu non mi sento. He has also released numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP. Milenkovich's recent CD releasea include a First Recording with the Manchester Music Festival of Vittorio Giannini's Piano Trio and Piano Quintet.

Firmly dedicated to pedagogical work, Mr. Milenkovich taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York City and the Perlman Music Program before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, he also accepted the position of visiting professor at the University of Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia.

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Steve Moran Steve Moran, bass
Guest Artist

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 five 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 then New York Philharmonic Principal Bassist, Eugene Levinson and to the late renowned keyboardist and 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 is currently the Solo Bassist with the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and the Solo Bassist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with which he just returned from a critically acclaimed, seven-city tour of Russia. He served 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, Pennsylvania's Harrisburg Symphony, Florida's Jacksonville Symphony and the the Berkshire Symphony in Massachusetts.

Mr. Moran's playing can be heard on major 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.

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Erin  Nafziger Erin Nafziger, soprano
Guest Artist

Soprano Erin Nafziger is a frequent soloist with the Williams Chamber Players and The New Opera Company.  She has performed at the historic Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA for the Made in the Berkshires Festival, and she was featured in an abbreviated version of The Marriage of Figaro as Countess Almaviva at the Adams Memorial Theater in January of 2013.  Other roles include Micäela in La Tragedie de Carmen, Mimì in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas,Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Soeur Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Jenny in Company.  Other New England area performances include appearances as the soprano soloist in Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces, Handel's Messiah andOrff's Carmina Burana in Vermont, and J.S. Bach's Magnificat in New York.  She received First Prize in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Vocal Concerto Competition, Third Place in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and was a finalist in the Rochester Classical Idol Competition of 2014.  She was the soprano soloist in John Adams' Grand Pianola Music, Fauré's Requiem, Vaughn Williams' Hodie, and Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from DePaul University, and a Master's Degree from Northwestern University in Vocal Performance.  She has been an Artist Associate at Williams College since 2006, and is a co-director of the Williams Opera Workshop.

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Jeewon Park Jeewon Park, piano
Guest Artist

Praised for her "deeply reflective playing" (Indianapolis Star) and "infectious exuberance" (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin's First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

In recent seasons, Ms. Park has performed at major concert halls across the U. S. and Korea. She performs as soloist with the Hwa Eum Chamber Orchestra in the Inaugural Festival of the IBK Chamber Hall at the Seoul Arts Center, as well as engagements at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Vilar Performing Arts Center, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, among others. In addition, she returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival as a member of Caramoor Virtuosi where she was a Rising Star in 2007, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, among others.

An avid chamber musician, Jeewon Park has performed at prominent festivals throughout the world, including the Spoleto USA, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Appalachian Summer Festival, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the Taos Summer Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, the Emilia-Romagna Festival (Italy), the Music Alp in Courchevel (France), and the Kusatsu Summer Music Festival (Japan). She is regularly invited to collaborate with the members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, and has performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Vermeer, Brentano, Tokyo, Fine Arts, and Miami Quartets.

Recent and current highlights include several performances of Mozart Piano Concertos K. 414 and K. 415, a recital of Messiaen Preludes and Kurtag Jatekok, a solo recital at Caramoor, an appearance at Lincoln Center's "What Makes It Great" series, and U.S. tours with the "Charles Wadsworth and Friends" series. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Monterrey Symphony, Mexico State Symphony, and KBS Symphony Orchestra. Following her performance of the Mozart Concerto K. 453 with the Charleston Symphony, the Post and Courier acclaimed that "Park demonstrated rare skill and sensitivity, playing with a feline grace and glittering dexterity... lyrical phrasing and pearly tone quality."

Ms. Park has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York's Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Additionally, her performances have been nationally broadcast throughout Korea on KBS television. She came to the U. S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. Ms. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. She holds the DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish.

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Nathaniel Parke Nathaniel Parke, cello
Faculty Artist

Nathaniel Parke is a member of the Bennington String Quartet, principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony and co-principal cello of the Berkshire Opera Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet with whom he can be heard performing new works by Boston composers on the MMC label.

He is currently artist associate in cello at Williams College and instructor of cello at Bennington College in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music, Skidmore College, SUNY Albany and the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East. As a soloist, he has been heard with the Wellesley, Berkshire and Sage City Symphonies.

His free-lance work in the Albany, N.Y. and Boston areas ranges from period instrument performances to premieres of new works. He can be heard on Albany records performing solo cello music by Ileana Perez-Velasquez. He received his training at the Longy School of Music, studying with George Neikrug, and in London with William Pleeth. He holds an MFA from Bennington College, where he studied with Maxine Neuman. Mr. Parke plays on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G. Testore.

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Vassily Primakov, piano Vassily Primakov, piano
Faculty Artist

In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance. Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete," and the American Record Guide stated: "Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist." Music Web-International called Primakov's Chopin concertos CD "one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty." In 1999, as a teen-aged prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "How many pianists can make a line sing as the Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician."

His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov's Mozart concertos: "The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety. By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation."

Vassily Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Records that include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass, Arlene Sierra and Poul Ruders.

In 2011, Mr. Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a new and vibrant record company, L.P. Classics, Inc. Their first release was Anton Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos. Most recently, they released Primakov's Live in Concert Album that includes works by Medtner, Schumann, Brahms' Handel Variations and Ravel's La Valse. www.lpclassics.net.

In March 2012 Vassily Primakov became a Yamaha Artist.

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Sophie Shao Sophie Shao, cello
Guest Artist

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.

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Max Sopher Max Sopher, violin
Guest Artist

Born in New Hampshire to non-musician parents, Max Sopher began learning the violin from Theresa Carr at age 5. He was a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra from 2004-2005 and made his solo debut in 2006 with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra at age eleven. His love for chamber music began at Kinhaven Music School, where he spent four happy summers from 2009-2012 studying with Nick DiEugenio, Anna Elashvili, and Patrick Wood Uribe. Max continued his studies with Svetlana Gurina at Phillips Exeter Academy, and following graduation in 2013 he enrolled at Williams College. He now studies with Joana Genova and is a member of the Berkshire Symphony. Max is planning to major in Music and has a special interest in composition. He also plays guitar and enjoys creative writing.

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Caroline Stinson Caroline Stinson, cello
Faculty Artist

Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after in North America and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Ms. Stinson's solo invitations include the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series, Poisson Rouge and Bargemusic in New York; Cité de la Musique Strasbourg, the Lucerne Festival in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada, the Banff Festival and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestras, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and the Interlochen World Youth and Syracuse symphonies. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has commissioned concerti from Steven Bryant, Andrew Waggoner, and Patrick Carrabre, in addition to chamber music with the Lark Quartet and her new music and improvisation group, Open End Ensemble. Her début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records, and she has over a dozen other chamber music recordings to her credit on labels from Bridge to Naxos. Her teachers were Alan Harris, Maria Kliegel, Joel Krosnick and Tanya Prochazka. Ms. Stinson is co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music in NY State and teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School in the Pre-College Division and as Assistant Faculty for Joel Krosnick.

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Liam Veuve Liam Veuve, cello
Guest Artist

Born and raised in Brooklyn, cellist Liam Veuve is an active performer, freelancer, and teacher. Liam has performed in wide array of settings, including orchestral and chamber music in Carnegie Hall, a solo performance in Avery Fisher Hall, and concerts in Severance Hall in Cleveland. He recently appeared as a guest artist with the North Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Route 9 Ensemble. Upcoming engagements include the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute with the Puck Quartet in January, and a fellowship with the Louis Moreau Institute, which will hold its inaugural season in New Orleans in March 2015.

As an orchestral musician, Liam has worked under conductors such as Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Benjamin Zander, and has held the principal cello position in the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas' 2012 tour of Chile. He has participated in numerous summer music festivals, including the Manchester Music Festival, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College, and Oberlin in Italy. Recent studio projects include recording music for producer Alvaro Domingo's upcoming feature film, The Bohemians, based on Puccini's La Bohéme, and a collaboration with the Nouveau Classical Project.

Liam holds a BA from New York University, an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase. His principal teachers have been Julia Lichten, Richard Weiss, Merry Peckham, Astrid Schween and Katharine Brainard. Dedicated to music education and outreach, Liam is currently on cello faculty at the Mahanaim School in Huntington NY, and assistant faculty at the Manhattan in the Mountains summer festival.

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