Cyrus Beroukhim, violin – His performances of Bach and Vivaldi Concerti with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields were heralded as “flawless and sensitive” by the Zeitung im Espace Mittelland (Switzerland). Mr. Beroukhim has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 2009 and plays regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and several Baroque and chamber orchestras throughout the United States. He has performed as a member of the Zukovsky Quartet, the Rose Quartet and America’s Dream Chamber Artists. He holds the doctorate from The Juilliard School.
Emily Daggett Smith, violin – Emily Daggett Smith has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Hall, and Symphony Space in New York; Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and Symphony Hall in Boston. She is the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet and the West End Trio, and has appeared on PBS’s national broadcast, Live from Lincoln Center, as well as twice on NPR’s From the Top. She has performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra and with the New York Classical Players.
Mary Rowell, violin – In 1998 Rowell co-founded the string quartet ETHEL. She retired from the group in 2011 but continues to be very active in the downtown New York music community, where she is known as an electric violin soloist. She currently hosts the show “American Mavericks” on WQXR’s Q2 HD broadcast and internet radio station and is a frequent participant in the Tribeca New Music Festival. Prior to ETHEL, Rowell was a member of the indie band The Silos and the Grammy Award-winning Tango Project. Rowell’s best known solo work is her performance of Maxwell’s Demon by Richard Einhorn. She is a graduate of the Julliard School.
Danielle Farina, viola – Danielle enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher, and recording artist in both the classical and pop genres. She recorded Jon Bauman’s Viola Concerto with the Moravian Philharmonic, Andy Teirstein’s Viola Concerto with the Kiev Philharmonic and premiered Peter Schickele’s Viola Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony. She was a member of the Lark Quartet, touring extensively in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia. She was also a member of the Elements Quartet and currently performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Concertante and American Modern Ensemble. Ms. Farina has served as principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and is currently a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
Brett Deubner, viola – He is one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, having received acclaim for his powerful and sumptuous tone. Recent performances include concerto appearances with over 50 orchestras on four continents. He is recording Concerti of Amanda Harberg and Max Wolpert for the Naxos label. He has taught at Temple University and has been viola artist faculty at the Round Top Festival in Texas for five years. He has performed as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, the Filharmonic del Quito, the New Symphony of Sofia, the National Chamber Orchestra of Ukraine and the National Symphony of Ecuador.
William Hakim, viola – William Hakim has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC), the New York Symphonic Ensemble and performs with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Orion Music Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble. As a jazz player, he has performed at the Jazz Standard, Le Poisson Rouge and the Iridium. He is currently a doctoral candidate at City University of New York.
Arash Amini, cello – Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Botswana including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and at the Ravinia, Evian and Verbier Festivals. He has appeared on Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Alumni Recital series. A graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, his New York debut recital was in 2010 at Lincoln Center. He is co-founder, the Artistic Director and cellist of America’s Dream Chamber Artists and performs frequently in the New Jersey Symphony and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is cellist of the Mark O’Connor Trio and Avian Music and has been featured in the New York Times, The Strad, Muso and on WQXR, NPR and Voice of America.
Motomi Igarashi, bass – Motomi has appeared as a double bass, lirone, violone, and viola da gamba player, not only in the United States, but also in Japan and Europe. She currently plays with The American Classical Orchestra, the BEMF Orchestra, Concert Royal, Foundling Baroque Orchestra, Philomel, the New York Collegium, and Bach Collegium Japan. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1992, she spent several years in France, intensive studying Baroque style and the viola da gamba, and playing with Marianne Muller, Wieland Kuijken, and Paolo Pandolfo, among others. She also attended Accademia d‘amore in Bremen and has studied lirone with Erin Headley. She plays the viola da gamba and Lirone as a member of Anima.
Tanya Witek, flute – A graduate of Juilliard with the master and doctoral degrees, Tanya Witek has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Continuum and Musicians from Marlboro. She is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has recorded for EMI, Bridge, NHK, CRI, Panasonic and CBC. Her debut solo recording was released in 2006 on the MSR label. She is active as a performer and teacher in the educational programs at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and is currently on the faculty at Montclair State University, where she is a professor of flute and director of the MSU Flute Ensemble.
Alan R Kay, clarinet – He is Co-Principal Clarinetist and a former Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also performs as principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.” Mr. Kay is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Yellow Barn and Skaneateles Festivals. He just released a recording of Max Reger’s Compositions.
Lionel Party, harpsichord – The recipient of a Juilliard Alumni grant Lionel Party received the doctor of musical arts degree. He has played solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection, Alice Tully Hall, in Boston and Washington and has performed in Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra, German Bach Soloists, South German Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Instrumentale of the Gewadhaus of Leipzig. He was on the faculties of Juilliard and Curtis and was harpsichordist and soloist with the New York Philharmonic from 1983 to 2011. He has presented broadcast concerts over the RAI of Rome, the East and West German radio networks and U.S. public radio and television. Rrecordings include Desmar, Musical Heritage Society, Smithsonian, Titanic, Olufsen, and Orion record labels.
Marcantonio Barone, piano –Marcantonio Barone has given solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and Weill Recital Hall in New York and the National Gallery in Washington. He has appeared on the recital series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Ravinia Festival, San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, at Wigmore Hall in London, the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow and the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Filarmoniya. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras on four continents and as guest artist at the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Concerts. He is a touring member of Orchestra 2001.