Performers

Cyrus BeroukhimCyrus Beroukhim, Violin – Praised as the “crème de la crème” on National Public Radio’s  “Performance Today,” Cyrus Beroukhim has received international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber  musician.  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).  He has appeared at major venues worldwide including Novell Hall in Taipei, Theaterplatz and Paul Klee Zentrum in Bern, Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Kravis center in Palm Beach, The Barns at Wolf Trap in Washington D.C., Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Currently, Mr. Beroukhim is concertmaster and regular soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and is a member of the New York City Ballet. He is the newly appointed Violin Professor at New York University.
Emily Daggett SmithEmily 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.
Nancy Bean, violinistNancy Bean, Violin - A Seattle native, Nancy Bean has performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. She is first violinist of the Wister Quartet, 1807 and Friends and has played with the Academy Chamber Players and the Wilmington Music Festival. She has recorded with Koch International. Before joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1983, she was Assistant Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera Company. She has recently retired as Assistant Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra to devote her time to performing chamber music.
BoothDavyd Booth, Violin –  A long-time member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Davyd Booth is also a pianist and performs with various chamber groups playing violin, viola and piano. He was a member of the Philarte Quartet and with that group made several tours to South America, Asia, and Central Europe. He is now a member of the Wister Quartet. For four and a half years he was co-host of WHYY’s Great Singers Remembered.
Barbara GovatosBarbara Govatos, Violin – A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1982, Barbara Govatos has also been Music Director of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival since 1990. She founded the Academy Chamber Players and has performed as soloist and chamber musician with such artists as Riccardo Muti, Radu Lupu, Christopher Parkening, Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Emerson Quartet. As a soloist she performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Juilliard Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony. She has performed at the Marlboro, Salzburg, Saratoga and Marblehead Music Festivals. In 1998, she was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Maggio Musicale Festival Orchestra in Florence, Italy at the invitation of Zubin Mehta. In 2000, she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut performing the complete Violin Sonatas of Brahms with pianist Marcantonio Barone and they recently issued a recording of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas.
Catherine BeesonCatherine Beeson, Viola -   Assistant Principal violist with the Colorado Symphony, Catherine received the Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is on the faculty at Regis University and serves as Artistic Director of Loon Lake Live! a summer series in the Adirondacks. She has performed throughout the U.S., Austria, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands with groups including the New York City Opera National Company, the Handel-Haydn Society, the Asian Cultural Council, Santa Fe Pro Musica, two jazz quartets and a rock band. Dedicated to outreach, she has served as Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic, the Little Orchestra Society and in Denver for Up Close. She has authored curriculum for the New York Philharmonic KidZone website. She has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
FayPamela Fay, Viola - Born in Vancouver, Canada, Pamela Fay has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony, the Toronto Symphony and was Assistant Principal Violist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada. A former member of the Leclair String Quartet, she currently performs with the Wister Quartet, 1807 and Friends and with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She often assists as a substitute in the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
ChenChe-Hung Chen, Viola – Violist Che-Hung Chen has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2001 and has served as Acting Associate Principal Viola under Christoph Eschenbach. He was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet winning major international competitions. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, he has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and now performs at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival and has participated at festivals such as Ravinia, Caramoor, Saratoga, Bridgehampton and Music from Angel Fire.
Joey2013_smallArash Amini, Cello – Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Botswana, including at the Ravinia, Bard, Evian, and Verbier Festivals.  In 2010, he performed his New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  A graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, he performed as cellist of Mark O’Connor’s piano trio and has performed countless world and U.S. premieres of solo and chamber music works.  He is a co-founder, the Artistic Director, and an Artist Member of America’s Dream Chamber Artists, performs frequently in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured in The New York Times, Chamber Music, The Strad, Muso, and Symphony; and on WQXR, NPR, and Voice of America.  Arash Amini is a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Artist and the Artistic Director and Concert Coordinator and an Artist of Musicians Emergency Fund.
Lloyd SmithLloyd Smith, Cello – Now retired as Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lloyd Smith was a founding member of the Huntingdon Trio in residence at Drexel University with recordings on CRI and Leonarda labels. He has performed with the Academy Chamber Players, the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, Philomel and the Wilmington Music Festival. He is currently a member of the Wister Quartet and 1807 and Friends and devotes much of his time to composing.
GuidettiPamela Guidetti, Flute – Flutist Pamela Guidetti is the solo flutist with Orchestra 2001 and has toured Europe, including concerto performances in Russia. She was a featured soloist at the Prague International Music Festival and has also concertized in Canada, South America and Great Britain. As winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, she performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress and at Marlboro. For many years, she was the solo flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as with the Philly Pops.
Marcantonio BaroneMarcantonio Barone, Piano – In more than three decades of concertizing, Marcantonio Barone has given solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and Weill Recital Hall in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, on the recital series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, at the Ravinia Festival and 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 and in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and Malta. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras on four continents and as guest artist at the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Concerts. As a member of Orchestra 2001, he toured in Russia, Great Britain and Denmark.
Margaret SchedelMargaret Anne Schedel, composer, interactive media –  Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. She sits on the boards of 60×60 Dance, the BEAM Foundation, the EMF Institute, the ICMA, NWEAMO, and Organised Sound. She contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music and her article on generative multimedia was recently published in Contemporary Music Review.  An Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.
WisterThe Wister Quartet - Lloyd Smith, Nancy Bean, Pamela Fay, and Davyd Booth

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