Performers

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 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, 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.


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.


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.


Arash Amini, cello – Arash Amini, cello – Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Botswana, including in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at the Ravinia, Bard, Evian, and Verbier Festivals. His New York debut recital was in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. A graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, he has appeared on Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Alumni Recital series, and has performed chamber music with André Watts, Barbara Hendricks, Nigel Kennedy, Cho-Liang Lin, Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Sharon Isbin. He performs frequently in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Chamber Music, The Strad, Musical America, and Symphony, and on WQXR, WNYC, NPR, and Voice of America.


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.


Alan KayAlan 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.


David Jolley, horn – David Jolley has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his “remarkable virtuosity” (New York Times) and been hailed as “a soloist second to none” by Gramophone magazine. He has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and Japan, sustaining an active performance career. A chamber artist of unusual sensitivity and range, Mr. Jolley has frequently collaborated with such groups as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the virtuoso quintet Windscape and was a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Performance at summer festivals includes Marlboro, Sarasota, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Bowdoin, and the Music Academy of the West. He has recorded the Mozart and Strauss Concerti with the Israel Sinfonietta.


Marcantonio BaroneMarcantonio 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.