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.
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.
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.
Troy Rinker, bass – By age 15 Troy was playing professionally with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Indiana University, the University of Central Arkansas, and The Juilliard School. He performs with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, and the Stamford Symphony. Summer festivals include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor.
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.
Julia DeRosa, oboe – Oboist Julia DeRosa is quickly gaining recognition as a leader of her generation for her vibrant playing and entrepreneurial accomplishments. Ms. DeRosa enjoys a rewarding career that has led her to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Ms. DeRosa attended the Juilliard School where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the studio of Elaine Douvas. She is the recipient of the Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant for graduating classical music instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding artistry and achievement in leadership, entrepreneurship, and breadth of engagement as well as the Peter Mennin Prize in recognition of outstanding achievement in leadership and music. Ms. DeRosa won the Juilliard Oboe Concerto Competition in 2010, resulting in her performance of the Martinu Oboe Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, James DePreist conducting.
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.
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.
Damian Primis, bassoon and recorder – Damian Primis a native of Eagle River, Alaska, holds the BM and MM from the Juilliard School and has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile bassoonists in the New York Metropolitan area, performing on both bassoon and contrabassoon. He performs extensively with the Absolute Ensemble, Barge Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Orchestra of the 18th Century in Amsterdam, the Lincoln Center Theater, the American Ballet Theater and the American Symphony Orchestra.
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 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.