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 where he has performed as soloist in the Stravinsky Concerto. He also 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 and is Steinhardt Associate Professor of Violin at New York University.
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 Iris Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra and with the New York Classical Players. She holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Currently she is on the faculty at Bard College Conservatory Pre-College and the Juilliard School.
Katie Hyun, violin – Katie Hyun has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, as well as the Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. She is founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble and founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which was a member of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two. On the Baroque violin, she frequently appears with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, SUNY Stonybrook, and the Yale School of Music.
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.
Carol Rodland, viola – As a soloist, Carol Rodland has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Central Chamber Music Series, the Henschel Quartet and the Ying Quartet. Festivals include Musikfestpiele Saar, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Heifetz International Music Institute, Killington Music Festieval and the Chautauqua Music Festival. She is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School having previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory. She is founder of “If Music Be the Food…” a benefit concert series to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the local community.
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.
Dana Kelley, viola – Violist Dana Kelley is an Artistic Director and member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Praised for her rich and beautiful tone, she has been a top prizewinner in the Sphinx Music Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. She also serves on the viola faculty of the Mannes School of Music at the New School. She received the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School as member of the Argus String Quartet and was 2016 Fellow in Ensemble Connect, the performance and teaching program of Carnegie Hall. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the New England Conservatory. She also performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Alberto Parrini, cello – Born in Italy, Alberto Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010; he also performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 he toured Japan as principal cellist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet he has given performances of the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago. His principal studies were with Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, David Soyer, Colin Carr and Enrico Egano; he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Alberto teaches cello at Princeton University and, in the summer, at Kinhaven Music School.
Peter Sanders, cello – A long-time member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Peter Sanders also performs with the Riverside Symphony and has recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured with the New York Symphonic Ensemble performing as soloist in Taipei and Singapore. Summer Festivals include Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles, Crested Butte, Eastern, Wyndham Chamber Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival.
Motomi Igarashi, violone/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 – 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 newly appointed member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center and has recorded for EMI, Bridge, NHK, CRI, Panasonic and CBC. Her debut solo recording was released in 2006 on the MSR label. Ms. Witek is active as a performer and teacher in the educational programs.
Alexandra Knoll, oboe – Alexandra was born in Zimbabwe and emigrated to South Africa at age ten. After graduating from high school, she worked professionally for two years in the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to the States. She is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Alex enjoys a multifaceted freelance career- she is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and plays frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the New Jersey Symphony and Orpheus. She is the oboist for the Broadway show Mary Poppins and has been featured on recordings by Rufus Wainwright, Lenny Kravitz and Antony and the Johnsons.
Kathy Halvorson, oboe – Kathy studied at the University of Wisconsin, the New England Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She performed with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Amsterdam Bach Soloists and the Opera, Ballet, Symphony and Radio Orchestras. Now in New York City, she has performed with the Argento New Music Project, American Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Opera Company, Northeast PA Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble and she is a member of Sylvan Winds. She has recorded for Naxos label as Principal Oboe with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. As an improvising oboist, she has arranged music of The Doors, Stevie Wonder and Charles Mingus. As a soloist she has appeared with the Stravinsky Ensemble in Amsterdam, Boston’s Indian Hill Symphony and with Alea III in Athens and Boston.
Lionel Party, harpsichord – Living now in his native Santiago de Chile after forty one years in New York City where he performed as soloist and resident harpsichordist with the New York Philharmonic, and served on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute, he has now created Il Telescopio di Galileo, a period instrument ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inspired by the feelings of Caccini, to move the affects of the soul, Bach, above all to display a cantabile touch, and Couperin, I’d rather be touched than surprised. One of the projects for Il Telescopio de Galileo will be performances of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with thirty-five performers, the same number Bach employed in its premier in 1727. Recipient of the first prize and a gold medal in harpsichord in the Fourth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1972, he has now served as juror for the past two events in 2010 and 2014. “He seems not restricted by the harpsichord but liberated by it. Party has unusual and fascinating talent; Everything he does is stimulating to hear.” The New Yorker.
Marcantonio Barone, piano – Marcantonio Barone has performed with major orchestras on four continents and has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg Filarmoniya, Weill Recital Hall in New York, and the National Gallery in Washington, and on the recital series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He has been a member of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble since 1987, and he performs annually as a member of 1807 and Friends and the Craftsbury Chamber Players. He teaches at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and at Swarthmore College. His recordings are available on the Albany, Bridge, Centaur, and Innova labels. Mr. Barone is a Steinway Artist.