Carmit Zori, violinist and artistic director
Violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the
age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold
Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ms. Zori is the
recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International
Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin
Competition. Carmit Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York
Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra,
among many others, and has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in
Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum
and the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed
throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan
and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug.
In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert
series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the "Y" series in
New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Bridgehampton Chamber
Music festival, the Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa
Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Cape
Cod Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite chamber music
festival in Madison, Wisconsin, Peasmarsh music festival in the UK, Orcas island chamber music festival.
Carmit Zori is a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in
Vermont. Ms. Zori, who for ten years was an artistic director at
Bargemusic, founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society in 2002.
She is a member artist of The Israeli Chamber Project.
Ms. Zori recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch
labels. She is a professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY
Purchase, where she also serves on the chamber music faculty.
Edward Arron, cello
Cellist Edward Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has appeared in recital, in chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Arron was the artistic coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber ensemble created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum's prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Mr. Arron is also the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi and of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Summit County, Colorado. For four seasons, he was the artistic administrator and resident performer for WQXR's "On A-I-R" series, a weekly radio program in New York dedicated to chamber music. 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. Past summer festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, the North Country Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Conference of the East, and Isaac Stern's Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. Mr. Arron has participated in the Silk Road Project and is currently a member of MOSAIC, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. Edward Arron began his studies on the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and, at age ten, moved to New York, where he continued his studies with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro.
Guy Ben-Ziony, viola
Guy Ben-Ziony grew up in Israel's Jezreel Valley. At the age of nine he began to study violin, and a short time later switched over to the viola, finding his true voice. He studied with some of Israel's leading teachers, including Chaim Taub, Gad Lewertoff, and David Chen. In Frankfurt, Ben-Ziony studied with Tabea Zimmermann and later continued his studies with Tatiana Masurenko at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. His performance of Bartók's Viola Concerto under the direction of Daniel Harding, capped his studies there. He has taken part in international music festivals, including the Lockenhaus Festival, the Young Artist's Festival in Davos, the Spannungen Heimbach Festival, and Prussia Cove, playing alongside artists such as Gidon Kremer, Lisa Batiashvili, Christian tetzlaff, and Menachem Pressler. He was also a member of the Denmark-based Zapolsky String Quartet and the Waldstein Ensemble Wien, performing in many of Europe’s major concert halls, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and London's Wigmore Hall London. As a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project he has collaborated with many of Israel's most celebrated composers and explored innovative cross-disciplinary projects in Germany, among them with the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests. Guy is a frequent guest leader with many of Europe's leading chamber orchestras, including the Camerata Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Camerata Nordica, or Camerata Bern. His Debut solo CD, Monodialogue,was released in 2016 to great critical acclaim. From 2006 until 2017 Guy was a viola professor at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. The 2017-2018 season featured him as member of the internationally-renowned Pacifica String Quartet and Visiting Professor at the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana.
Ettore Causa, viola
Awarded both the “P. Schidlof Prize” and the “J. Barbirolli Prize” for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2000, Italian-born violist Ettore Causa has been praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship. He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, and has performed at prestigious festivals. A devoted chamber musician, Causa has collaborated extensively with internationally renowned musicians.
At the Yale School of Music, Causa teaches graduate-level viola students and coaches chamber ensembles. He has performed on the School’s Faculty Artist Series and Oneppo Chamber Music Series and at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Before Causa joined the faculty of the School of Music in 2009, he taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy. He attended the International Menuhin Music Academy, where he studied with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree.
Causa has published many highly regarded CDs on the Claves label. One notable recording is Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano, on which he performs his own transcriptions, which was awarded a prestigious “5 Diapasons” by the French magazine Diapason.
In 2015, he was one of the honored guests at the 43rd International Viola Congress, where he performed his own arrangement of the Schumann Cello Concerto. Causa is an honorary member of British Viola Society and he performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudièrein 2003.
Catherine Cho, violin
International soloist and recording artist. Catherine Cho has appeared worldwide as soloist and recitalist. Her orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and National Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Edmonton Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Barcelona, Haifa, and New Zealand, the Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. She has been a regular guest on tour with "Musicians from Marlboro" since 1993. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Cho has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York's Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia's "Rising Stars" series in Chicago. Ms. Cho was a member of the Johannes String Quartet and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice. Ms. Cho was a recipient of both the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Korea's 1995 World Leaders of Tomorrow Award. She also received the 1994 Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence, and was a top prize winner at the 1991 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 1989 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition of Belgium, and the 1987 Montreal International Music Competition. Ms. Cho is a faculty member of the Juilliard School.
Tibi Cziger, clarinet
Cited as an “exciting soloist” by the New York Times, Israeli clarinetist Tibi Cziger is a passionate soloist and a sought after chamber musician. He has performed a vast amount of chamber music and recital literature for the clarinet in concert, television, and radio broadcasts across Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. Mr. Cziger is the artistic director and founder of the award-winning Israeli Chamber Project and is a member of the Israeli Contemporary Players. He is a regular participant in festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Musique en Brionnais, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa ChamberFest. Mr. Cziger has appeared as a soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, iPalpiti String Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, Israel Contemporary Players and Israel Chamber Orchestra, and served as the principal clarinetist of the Israeli Camerata Orchestra and co-principal at the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Mr. Cziger is a winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships and holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, a M.Mus from the University of Southern California, and a B.Mus. Magna cum laude from the Tel Aviv University. His principal mentors include Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Richard Lesser, and Itzhak Kazzap. He serves on the faculty of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv University), the Israeli Conservatory, and the Jerusalem Music Center. Mr. Cziger is a Selmer-Paris artist. He resides in the exciting city of Tel Aviv, with his wife, cellist Michal Korman, and their children, Iyar, Noam and Ivry.
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Since 1993, Hsin-Yun Huang has been firmly established as one of the leading violists of her generation. In that year she won the top prizes in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the highly prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, which included a scholarship grant and concerto and recital appearances in Japan. Ms. Huang was also the youngest-ever gold medalist in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Competition on the Isle of Man. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Huang currently resides in New York and is an active soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe. She is in constant demand in her native Taiwan, appearing annually with the National Symphony of Taiwan. Ms. Huang also recently appeared in a nationally televised solo recital for President Chen Shui-Bian. She has participated in various prominent chamber music festivals including the Rome Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Music Festival; Prussia Cove, England, St. Nazaire in France, Bridgehampton, the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Divonne in France, the Newport Festival, and many others. Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994-2000. With the Quartet, she participated in festivals worldwide and in such prominent venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, and Japan's Casals Hall. In 1998 the Borromeo String Quartet was awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and was chosen by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be members of "CMS Two" and featured in a "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast. Hsin-Yun Huang went to England at the age of fourteen to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Michael Tree, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes, where she earned her Master of Music. She is a dedicated teacher and currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Gilbert Kalish, piano, leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, Mr. Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabella Vengerova. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for thirty years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to the new music that flourished during the 1960's and 1970's. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles. His thirty-year partnership with the mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He maintains long-standing duos with cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and appears frequently with soprano Dawn Upshaw. As an educator, Gilbert Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1968 to 1997, he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, and served as Chairman of the Faculty at Tanglewood from 1985 to 1997. He participates at the Banff Centre, the Ravinia and Marlboro Festivals. Mr. Kalish's discography consists of more than 100 recordings, including his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and sonatas of Josef Haydn, an immense discography of vocal music with Jan De Gaetani, and many musical landmarks of the 20th century. In 1995, Gilbert Kalish was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago for distinguished service to the music of our time. In January 2002, he was the recipient of Chamber Music America's Service Award for exceptional contributions in the field of chamber music.
Ani Kavafian, violin
Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a very busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. This past summer, she performed in 8 different summer music festivals around the country. As the newly appointed concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, she has begun a project to perform the complete Mozart Concertos with them. For the past two years, Ani was also guest concertmaster and soloist with the Seattle Symphony. In December of 2009, she conducted workshops in Taiwan for talented young students alongside David Finckel, Wu Han, Leon Fleisher and Arnold Steinhardt. She performed and gave master classes in chamber music for young artists in Seoul, Korea. She appears frequently with her sister, violinist Ida Kavafian; they celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Carnegie Hall debut as a duo with a concert dedicated to them and their students presented by the Chamber Music Society. She has teamed with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist André-Michel Schub to form the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio has been touring with them in the US and Canada. She is also a founding member of the Triton Trio with William Purvis and Mihae Lee. Together with cellist Carter Brey, she was artistic director of Mostly Music, a chamber music series in New Jersey. She has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper on fortepiano, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, Henri Lazarof's Divertimento with the Seattle Symphony, Tod Machover's "Forever and Ever" with the Boston Modern Orchestra and the recently released piano trio of Justin Dello Joio with Jeremy Denk and Carter Brey. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she is a full professor at Yale University. Ms. Kavafian, who plays a 1736 Stradivarius, has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband, artist Bernard Mindich. Their son, Matthew, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington and now resides in Los Angeles.
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Known for her musical sensitivity and deeply engaging performances that transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, violinist Hye-Jin Kim leads a versatile career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician since her First Prize win at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of nineteen and a subsequent win at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Kim has performed as soloist with major orchestras worldwide including the Philadelphia, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, BBC Concert (UK), Seoul Philharmonic (Korea), Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), and Hannover Chamber (Germany) orchestras. She has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, the Kravis Center, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss, St. John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall in London. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she performed at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York and served as a cultural representative for Korea in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan through concerts and outreach engagements. A passionate chamber musician, Kim has appeared in notable chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Four Seasons, Music from Angel Fire, Music@Menlo, Seoul Spring, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards chamber music festivals and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. A dedicated teacher for the next generation of musicians, Kim is frequently presented in master classes throughout the U.S. and and teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she founded and directs the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute. Born in Seoul, Korea, Hye-Jin Kim entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14 and earned her Masters degree at the New England Conservatory. Kim’s debut CD, From the Homeland, featuring works by Debussy, Smetana, Sibelius, and Janacek is available on CAG Records. Currently, Kim is Associate Professor of Violin at East Carolina University and a member of the Cooperstown Quartet.
Michal Korman, cello
Prize winner at the Gaspar Cassado and Enescu International Cello Competitions, cellist Michal Korman has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, The Tokyo Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Tivoli Festival Orchestra (Denmark), The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Gardner Museum, People’s Symphony, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, among others, as well as in all of Israel’s major venues, including YMCA Jerusalem and the Red Sea Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Korman is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project with which she tours annually throughout Israel and in the US. She has participated in the Marlboro and Yellow Barn chamber music festivals, has toured with Musicians From Marlboro and participated in the Verbier Festival, Manchester International Cello Festival, and the Kfar Blum Festival to name a few. Ms. Korman has performed various concerts in live and recorded broadcasts on WQXR and Israel’s national radio and television. She has performed and toured in Europe and the US with The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra directed by Daniel Barenboim. Born in Jerusalem, Ms. Korman is a graduate of the Artist Diploma and Master of Music programs at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Joel Krosnick and Timothy Eddy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, studying with Hillel Zori. Prior to her academic studies she studied with Uzi Wiesel and Sabena Frankenberg and graduated from the Rubin Academy High School of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She has been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships and The Kleppel and Slatkin Scholarships.
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola part in string quartets during her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. This led her to pursue a graduate degree in viola from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as a Masters Degree from the Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.
In 2011, Ayane won the Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster, and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young, aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom heard works and commission new pieces. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and piano, which she premiered at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Every Chamber Series in Washington, D.C. with pianist Amy Yang.
Chamber music has also been a vital part of Ayane's musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Olympic Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2017-18 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, grand prize winner of the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition, and first prize winner of the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has proved to be a multi-faceted group, commissioning and touring works by world-renowned composers such as Caroline Shaw, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Paul Wiancko, Lembit Beecher, and Gabriella Smith. The quaret’s Grammy nominated debut CD “Blueprinting” was recently released on New Amsterdam Records, a record of works by the aformentioned composers. Ayane is also a member of the viola/cello duo “Ayane & Paul,” and eclectic string trio “Bird’s Eye Trio”, both known also for their creative programming and intimate connections with their audience.
From 2012 to 2016, Ayane served as the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra, and has played with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ayane’s past teachers include Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree. Outside of music, she loves to perfect her pie baking skills, create fonts, go camping, and run into the ocean.
Teng Li, viola
After more than a decade as Principal with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Teng Li was recently was appointed Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Li is also an active recitalist and chamber musician participating in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany) and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and with the 92nd St. “Y” Chamber Music Society. Teng was also featured with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season (2009), and was also a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two Program. She is a member of the Rosamunde Quartet (led by Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) and the Toronto-based Trio Arkel.
Ms. Li has been featured as soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta and Esprit Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WHYY (Pennsylvania), WFMT (Chicago), and Bavarian Radio (Munich).
She has won top prizes at the Johanson International and the Holland-America Music Society competitions, the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. She was also a winner of the Astral Artistic Services 2003 National Auditions.
Her discography includes a solo CD entitled '1939' with violinist Benjamin Bowman and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu (Azica), along with many Toronto Symphony Credits, most recently their Vaughan Williams disc featuring Teng performing Flos Campi (Chandos).
Julia Lichten, cello
Julia Lichten enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, as well as teacher and coach in the New York area. She received degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe and the New England Conservatory, followed by two years of professional studies at the Mannes College of Music. Ms. Lichten has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1995. She has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Taos, Library of Congress, Caramoor, Rockport and Evian. An active recitalist, she has performed in such venues as Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities and performs frequently with da Camera of Houston, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society and La Musica. She has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, Arabesque, Koch International Classics, Music Masters, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon. She is a member of the cello faculties at Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase.
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she is now a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, Tara regularly participates in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, the Great Mountains Music Festival, Chesapeake Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. A much sought after chamber musician and soloist, Tara is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape and the legendary Bach Aria Group. She has premiered hundreds of new works and has collaborated with the Orion String Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet and Emerson Quartet. Tara has appeared on A&E's "Breakfast for the Arts", Live from Lincoln Center and has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Bridge Records. Tara is associate professor of flute, head of the wind department and coordinator of classical music studies at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Tara is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory and the contemporary program at Manhattan School of Music and is a visiting artist, teacher and coach at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Maiya Papach, viola
Maiya Papach is the principal violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A member of the orchestra since 2008, she has made solo appearances with the SPCO in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with concertmaster Steven Copes, solo directed Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae and as soloist in Woolrich’s Ulysses Awakes.
Papach has made frequent national and international appearances as a chamber musician, with a versatile profile in her performances of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom she has performed frequently at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and dozens of experimental venues. She has toured extensively in the former Soviet Union with the Da Capo Chamber Players, across North America with Musicians from Marlboro, and has made appearances at Prussia Cove (UK), the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, the Chattanooga Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Quad Cities. She is also currently a member of Accordo, a Twin Cities-based chamber music group.
Papach is a 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by the MacPhail Center for Music. Through this fellowship and in collaboration with ICE, she co-commissioned a viola concerto by Anthony Cheung, performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival to critical acclaim by the New York Times. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and her principal teachers include Roland Vamos, Karen Tuttle, Benny Kim and Hsin-Yun Huang. She performs on a 19th century Turinese viola by Annibale Fagnola.
Jeewon Park, piano
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, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. As a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, Ms. Park has appeared at major concert halls across North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Park regularly returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival where she first appeared as a Rising Star in 2007 and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York. Jeewon Park has performed at prominent chamber music festivals throughout the world, including Spoleto USA, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Bridgehampton, Chautauqua, Lake Champlain, Seoul Spring, Great Mountains, Manchester, Taos, Norfolk, Emilia-Ro- magna (Italy), Music Alp in Courchevel (France), Kusatsu (Japan) Music Festivals. Currently, she is the co-artistic director, along with her husband, Edward Arron, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. In January of 2021, Ms. Park’s recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with cellist Edward Arron was released on the Aeolian Classics Record Label. The recording received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award from the Classical Recording Foundation. Ms. Park has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. 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.
Daniel Phillips, violin
Violinist Daniel Phillips was born into a musical family, and began violin studies at the age of four with his father Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He continued his professional training at the Juilliard School. As a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he performed recitals at New York's Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street "Y." Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. He appears regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. He is a Marlboro veteran and a past participant at the Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest. He has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. He also has recordings on the Nonesuch, Bridge, and Musical Heritage labels. Mr. Phillips is a co-founder of the Orion String Quartet which serves as the resident quartet of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is professor of violin at the Juilliard School, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and lives with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, in Manhattan.
Todd Phillips, violin
Violinist Todd Phillips has performed as guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Japan including the Pittsburgh Symphony, New York String Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Phillips has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Marlboro and Spoleto Festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music at the 92nd St Y and New York Philomusica. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Rudolf Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Richard Stoltzman, Peter Serkin and Pinchas Zukerman and has participated in eighteen "Musicians from Marlboro" tours. He serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Bard College Conservatory of Music, New York's Mannes College of Music and Rutgers University. He has recorded for the Arabesque, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon, Finlandia, Marlboro Recording Society, New York Philomusica, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical labels. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, violinist Catherine Cho, and is the father of four children: Lia, Eliza, Jason, and Brandon.
Robert Rinehart, viola
Violist Robert Rinehart, a member of the New York Philharmonic, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber music scene. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and Asia, and has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among many others. He has appeared at the Spoleto Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Festival, Chamber Music/West, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His recordings include albums which have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations and the Diapason d'Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin there with Isadore Tinkleman, and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone and Ivan Galamian. He is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.
Marcy Rosen, cello
Marcy Rosen has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout Canada, Japan, Europe, and all fifty of the United States. She made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen and has since appeared with the Dallas Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony. In recital she has appeared throughout the United States, and for many years hosted a series at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington entitled "Marcy Rosen and Friends." With pianist Diane Walsh she performs as half of the Rosen/Walsh Duo and she is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice. She is also a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She appears regularly at festivals both here and abroad. Since 1986 she has been the co-artistic director of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland and as a long-time participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has taken part in sixteen of their "Musicians from Marlboro" tours. Marcy Rosen won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was further honored with the Walker Fund Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Carreer Development Award. She is the winner of the Washington International Competition for Strings, and was the first recipient of the Mischa Schneider memorial award from the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation. Her performances can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks, and Phillips labels, among many others. Ms.Rosen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and teaches at Queens College and at the Mannes College of Music in New York.
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Baritone Randall Scarlata has been praised by The New York Times as “an intelligent and communicative singer” with a “compelling desire to bring texts to life.” Known for his versatility and consummate musicianship, Scarlata’s repertoire spans five centuries and 16 languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Richard Danielpour, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Hilda Paredes, Daron Hagen, Wolfram Wagner, and Christopher Theofanidis. He regularly performs the major German song cycles with pianists such as Cameron Stowe, Gilbert Kalish, Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, Inon Barnatan, Peter Frankl, and Laura Ward. He is a regular guest with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Lyric Fest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, and the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, among many others. In addition, Scarlata’s extensive recording catalog appears on the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque, Bridge, Albany, and Sono Luminus labels. His recording of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Scarlata has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Asia. He has been a soloist with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and with the Pittsburgh, San Francisco, American, Sydney, Ulster, Tonkünstler, National, New World, and BBC Symphonies, as well as the early music groups Wiener Akademie, Grand Tour, Tempesta di Mare, and Musica Angelica, among others. Many of the world’s great music festivals have sought him out as a soloist, including the Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Norfolk, Vienna, Music at Menlo, Gilmore, Salzburg, Norfolk, Aspen, and Spoleto (Italy) festivals. Scarlata is co-artistic director of the Alpenkammermusik Chamber Music Festival in Carinthia, Austria, during the summer, and gives master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He joins the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center in summer 2019. He previously served on the faculties of West Chester University and SUNY Stony Brook. Randall Scarlata holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School and was also a Fulbright scholar in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst.
Scott St. John, violin
Violinist Scott St. John is the Director of Chamber Music at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He leads the chamber music programs in the Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music and pre-college Music Academy. Scott is Concertmaster of the innovative ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Born in London Canada, early violin success gave Scott a path to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the chance to work with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir. After winning the Alexander Schneider Competition and playing a Carnegie Hall debut, NYC pulled Scott into its orbit, where Young Concert Artists gave him fabulous opportunities for performance. In addition to a magical year of working at the Disney Store in Times Square, Scott has been Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and won a Juno Award for recording Mozart with his sister Lara St. John. He has founded two chamber music awards for students: the Felix Galimir Award at University of Toronto and the Ida Levin Award at the Colburn School. Scott loves chamber music, Dvorak, new music, music by less-known composers, and a great espresso. He has been to all the Canadian provinces, 49 of the United States, and would prefer to travel by train when practical. He is married to violist Sharon Wei and they have a spirited daughter named Julia.
Peter Stumpf, cello
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years following a 12 year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16, he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an artist's diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet. has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Philadelphia and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and is a participant at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. The Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen. Concerto appearances have included the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Aspen Festival and most recently at the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Solo recitals have been at Jordan Hall in Boston, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series in Los Angeles and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition. He has served on the cello faculties at the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California.
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Europe, and Japan. He has garnered praise for his interpretations of music both old and new. Together with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Sykes is a founding member of the San Francisco Piano Trio. Praised for its virtuosic ensemble playing throughout a wide repertoire ranging from the trios of Haydn and Beethoven to those of Leon Kirchner and Astor Piazzolla, the trio has performed throughout the United States. Mr. Sykes’ other recent activities include a tour along the Danube river; performances in the US Virgin Islands; performances with the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society; a Carnegie Hall recital under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation; a live broadcast over WGBH, Boston Public Radio; and a tour of Chile sponsored by the US State Department.
Mr. Sykes is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival now in its twenty-sixth season. He is a regular guest artist in the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas and Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, California; and in 2007, he served as the guest artistic director of Music in the Vineyards. He has recorded for the Albany, CRI, Mandala, Centaur, and Cactus Pear record labels.
For eighteen years, Mr. Sykes served as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a preeminent producer and presenter of opera for children that has introduced more than 2 million children to opera. He works extensively as a vocal coach throughout the US and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He also joined the faculty of California State University-East Bay in the fall of 2008 where he directs the piano accompanying and vocal coaching programs.
Mr. Sykes holds degrees with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. He continued his education as a Fulbright scholar at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education, he completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bion Tsang, cello
Cellist Bion Tsang has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Mexico City, Moscow, Busan and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the National, American, Pacific, Delaware and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, the Saint Paul and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra and the Taiwan National Orchestra. Recent highlights include making his solo debuts at Orchestra Hall in Chicago with Zubin Mehta and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and at the Esplanade in Boston with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. He also gave the U.S. premiere of the Enescu Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8 with the American Symphony Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall and the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto for Cello Solo and Chamber Orchestra at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Tsang has collaborated with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kyoko Takezawa and Chee Yun, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher, among others. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.
In 2019, Tsang released Dvorak/Enescu Cello Concertos (SONY Classical) with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tsang’s latest album, released in June 2020, is Bach Cello Suites (SONY Classical). A versatile collaborator, Mr. Tsang was featured on the soundtrack to Recapturing Cuba: An Artists Journey, a PBS documentary by Trinity Films. He was a featured guest artist on the KLRU-TV and PBS television production, A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert, filmed in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, and aired nationally on PBS stations during their March 2009 pledge drives. Tsang has also been featured on KLRU-TV’s In Context recorded in the Austin City Limits studio, the first time classical musicians appeared in that space. A frequent collaborator with the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, he has performed solo cello onstage alongside the dancers in multiple productions.
Mr. Tsang made his professional debut at age eleven in two concerts with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. While still in his teens, he became the youngest cellist ever to receive a Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize and the youngest recipient ever of an Artists International Award. He was also chosen as a Finalist of the NFAA’s Arts Recognition and Talent Search and subsequently as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. At age nineteen, Tsang became the youngest cellist to win a prize in the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Born in Michigan to Chinese parents, Bion Tsang began piano studies at age six and cello at age seven. The following year, he entered The Juilliard School. Tsang received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other principal cello teachers have included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins, and Leonard Rose. Mr. Tsang resides in Austin, TX, where he is Division Head of Strings and holds the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Cello at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as visiting professor at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Mr. Tsang plays on a Wayne Burak workbench series cello made in April 2011.
Paul Watkins, cello
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, cellist Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at age 20, he performs regularly as a concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the world, including eight concerto appearances at the BBC Proms. A dedicated chamber musician, Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 to 2013 and joined the Emerson String Quartet in May 2013. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. Watkins also maintains a busy career as a conductor and, since winning the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, has conducted all the major British orchestras and many others in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Watkins has made over 70 recordings, including 18 solo albums for Chandos, as well as chamber music discs for Decca Gold, Deustche Grammophon and Hyperion.
At the Yale School of Music, Watkins teaches a studio of graduate-level cellists, coaches chamber ensembles, and directs the Yale Cellos with Assistant Professor Adjunct of Cello Ole Akahoshi. He has been featured in performance many times at Yale as a member of the Emerson String Quartet.
Born in 1970, Watkins studied cello with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps, and Johannes Goritzki. He plays on an instrument made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, circa 1730.
Assaff Weisman, piano
Pianist Assaff Weisman’s performances have taken him to some of the major venues in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. These include appearances at the Rudolfinum in Prague, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philips Hall in The Hague, and Lincoln Center in New York. As first prize winner in the 2006 Iowa International Piano Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Sioux City Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. His radio credits include WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” and “The Voice of Music” in Israel, as well as multiple appearances on WGBH radio in Boston, where he has recorded repertoire ranging from Bach to André Previn. His 2002 release of an all-Schubert recording for Yamaha’s “NYC Rising Star” series quickly became one of its best sellers. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weisman has collaborated with Isidore Cohen, Peter Wiley, and Michael Tree, among others, and has taken part in the Aspen Music Festival, Campos do Jordão (Brazil), Lima Chamber Music Festival (Peru), The Music Festival of the Hamptons, and Verbier (Switzerland). He is a founding member, and the Executive Director of the award-winning Israeli Chamber Project, with which he has toured since 2008. Mr. Weisman is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Herbert Stessin, and where he now is a member of the Evening Division piano faculty. Prior to his studies in New York, he studied with Professor Victor Derevianko in Israel where he was a winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. Mr. Weisman is a Yamaha Artist.
Paul Wiancko, cello
Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multifaceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator. As a student, Paul was simultaneously winning international cello competitions (which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and recording strings for local punk bands in his dorm room. His eclectic interests have led him to collaborate with artists ranging from Chick Corea, Etta James, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Max Richter to members of Arcade Fire, The National, and Blonde Redhead, among others. Paul has had the pleasure of performing alongside Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly, and members of the Guarneri, Takács, JACK, Parker, and Juilliard quartets. In 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Paul currently writes and performs as a member of the viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-inspired Bird's Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
Recently chosen as one of Kronos Quartet's "50 for the Future", Paul's own music has been described as "dazzling" (Star Tribune) and "vital pieces that avoid the predictable" (Allan Kozinn). Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award for Composition, Paul's recent commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Kronos, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, violinist Alexi Kenney, Banff Centre, Bargemusic, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. He has been invited to be composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals. His 26-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet's album Blueprinting, which was recently nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR's top 10 classical albums of 2018.
Paul performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and lives in New York. Though cello was Paul's first love, he also enjoys playing guitar, bass, violin, viola, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. He is passionate about woodworking and hiking, and never travels without a tenkara fly-fishing rod.
Peter Wiley, cello
Cellist Peter Wiley joined the Guarneri String Quartet in 2000, succeeding his teacher and mentor, David Soyer. He is also a founding member of Opus One, collaborating with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley was a member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987-1998. He has appeared at leading festivals throughout the world, including the Marlboro Music Festival, where Mr. Wiley continues his longstanding association dating back to 1971. In 1986, Mr. Wiley made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Schneider. As a recitalist, he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Wiley entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 13 as a pupil of David Soyer. At age 20, he was named principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra after having played one season with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Wiley currently serves on the faculties at Bard College, the University of Maryland and the Curtis Institute of Music.