Cyrus Beroukhim, violin/viola – 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.
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.
Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin – As a soloist, Elizabeth Pitcairn has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and orchestras across the country and abroad in Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, also in China, Brazil, Mexico, Canada. She has performed recitals in many of the same countries. During the summers Elizabeth performs chamber music at the Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York where she directs the summer music camp and festival. A graduate of the U. of Southern CA, she served as Concertmaster of the New West Symphony and taught at both U.S.C and the Colburn 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 has appeared on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, as well as twice on NPR’s From the Top. As a soloist, she has performed with the Iris Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra and 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. She is the newly appointed first violinist of the Vega String Quartet in residence at Emory University in Atlanta.
Caeli Smith, viola – Called “intense, precise, and full of personality” after appearing as concerto soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Caeili Smith is an award-winning chamber musician, educator, and facilitator. She has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Sejong Soloists, Jordi Savall, and the Verbier Chamber Orchestra. Caeli is an alum of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, the post-graduate performance, education, and leadership program of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.
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 – Peter Sanders is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble.
Alex Cox, cello – Cellist Alex Cox has appeared as soloist with the New World Symphony and Boston Pops. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He co-founded the Omer Quartet while studying in Cleveland. The Quartet went on to win international competitions including Young Concert Artists International, Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, Premio Paolo International and the Fischoff, holding residencies at the New England Conservatory and at the Universities of Maryland and Yale.
Stephen Sas, double bass – As one of New York City’s in demand double bassists, Stephen Sas performs with The New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Sejong Soloists, the New Jersey Symphony and others. He has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, South America and across the USA. Stephen received the Doctorate of Music degree from the Juilliard School.
Motomi Igarashi, violone – 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.
Lionel Party, harpsichord – A native of Santiago, Chile, Lionel Party studied with Elena Waiss at the Escuela Moderna de Musica, graduating in 1965. In 1966 he was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst scholarship by the West German government to study piano with Rosl Schmid and harpsichord with Hedwig Bilgram at the Musikhochschule of Munich. In 1970 Mr. Party came to The Juilliard School to study harpsichord with Albert Fuller first as a Fulbright scholar and then as recipient of a Juilliard Alumni grant. He obtained his doctor of musical arts from Juilliard in 1976. Mr. Party has played solo recitals in New York City’s major concert halls including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection, Alice Tully Hall, Abraham Goodman House, 92nd St. Y – as well as Boston, Washington and other U.S. cities. He has made numerous appearances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Waverly Consort, Solisti New York, among other ensembles.
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 at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and she is currently on the faculty at Montclair State University, where she is a professor of flute and director of the MSU Flute Ensemble. She graduated from the University of Calgary and received her master and doctoral degrees from Juilliard.
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.