Cyrus 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 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.
Christina McGann, Violin – Christina McGann enjoys a diverse performing career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, Musica Bella Orchestra in New York, the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., Ohio University New Music Ensemble, and most recently the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony in Russia.
Catherine 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.
Danielle Farina, Viola – With the Lark Quartet, Danielle toured North America, Europe and Scandinavia. With the Elements Quartet she premiered “Snapshots” featuring music of modern composers. She performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Concertante and American Modern Ensemble. She has served as principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, guest principal of the American Symphony and is currently a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. She is on the faculties of Vassar College, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College, and the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.
John Haines-Eitzen, Cello – Currently Senior Lecturer and Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University, John Haines-Eitzen was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1995 until 2005. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Vandermark Ensemble. His solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to such diverse locations as Sapporo, Japan, Sau Paulo, Brazil, and to the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, and numerous concert series throughout the United States and abroad. In reviews Mr. Haines-Eitzen’s playing has been described as “romantically yearning,” “forceful and emotional,” and “warm and noble.” His acclaimed dual CD recording of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello was released in 2011.
Arash 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.
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 - A member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 2002, Alan currently serves as the Orchestra’s Program Coordinator. The founding member of Windscape and Hexagon, he has served as principal clarinetist of Orpheus, Riverside Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Da Camera of Houston, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and soloist with orchestras on the East Coast. He serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt Conservatory and the Juilliard School.
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 – 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.
Natalie Zhu, Piano – Natalie is a winner of Astral Artistic Services’ 1998 National Auditions and is the recipient of both the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. She has appeared on NPR’s Performance Today. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and China as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician and has appeared with the Pacific Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Bergen Philharmonic. She was a student of Claude Frank at the Curtis Institute and is now on its faculty. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival.
Margaret 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.
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