Adrian Rosas

Bass-Baritone 

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Hailed by critics as a “mellifluous bass-baritone” with “theatrical flair” (Opera News, 2011), Adrian Rosas is an emerging young artist with “impressive experience and talent” (The Boston Globe, 2012). As a Gerdine Young Artist, Mr. Rosas made his Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut in the role of The Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as well as understudying the roles of Willy Wonka in a world premiere of Peter Ash’s opera, The Golden Ticket and the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. He made his Seattle Opera debut as the Sergeant in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as part of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program performed the roles of Procolo in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma, as well as Masetto and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In concert, Mr. Rosas has made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Angel Gabriel in Oh My Son, an opera by Spanish composer Marcos Galvany and has performed three times with the acclaimed New York Festival Of Song in Latin Lovers (’09), Killer B’s (’10), and A Modern Persons Guide to Hooking-Up and Breaking-Up (’12). Mr. Rosas holds a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University.

 

 

Alexandre Moutouzkine

Piano

pic-am-alexandre moutouzkine183x275Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. In recent seasons, he has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria and Tenerife symphonies in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic. His recital in London’s Wigmore Hall was hailed by International Piano magazine as “grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling.” Mr. Moutouzkine’s performance of Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia.

The winner of many renowned piano competition awards, Mr. Moutouzkine claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, and Arthur Rubinstein international competitions, among others. He is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions, and The Philadelphia Inquirer said of his Philadelphia recital debut under Astral’s auspices, “Moutouzkine’s kind of talent has an impact on his surroundings…[he gives] clarity to his musical choices, but heat to the conviction behind them,” and went on to say that his is “a career that will matter.” His recital with violinist Kristin Lee on Astral’s series also received critical acclaim. Highlights of the upcoming season include Mr. Moutouzkine’s return to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, chamber music concerts with violinist Mikhail Simonyan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bremen Musikfest, debut appearances with the West Virginia Orchestra, Flint Symphony, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and performances of “Between the Keys,” a program of the complete solo piano works of John Corigliano.

Recent highlights include Mr. Moutouzkine’s debuts at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Symphoniker, a chamber music concert in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse with the Jasper String Quartet, an appearance with The Philadelphia Orchestra on its “Beyond the Score” series, performances in Colombia, a recital in Puerto Rico, and recitals throughout Asia, including appearances in the Beijing Concert Hall and Japan’s Yokohama Hall. The Greenwich Citizen claimed of his recent debut with the Greenwich Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 that Mr. Moutouzkine is “poised to join the pantheon of greats…outperforming even the composer himself.” Following the success of a performance of his own solo piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, performed live alongside specially commissioned animation entitled Who Stole The Mona Lisa?, he opens Astral’s 2012-2013 season with a repeat performance, in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. He is currently a teaching associate at the Manhattan School of Music.

Alexandre Moutouzkine is an Astral artist.

Andy Cho

Clarinet

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Born in Korea, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, clarinetist Andy Cho is an active orchestral player and chamber musician. Andy has appeared as a soloist with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra on many occasions performing Clarinet Concertos by Copland, Mozart and Weber. As an orchestral player, Andy has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Symphony in C (New Jersey), and American Youth Symphony (Los Angeles). Andy has worked with renowned conductors such as James Conlon, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Carl St. Clair, and Bramwell Tovey among others.

A laureate of many competitions, Andy received 1st prize at the Vancouver Kiwanis Competition, Canadian Music Competition, and Burnaby Clef Competition.  He has also won the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Endowed Music Award, Scholarship Wind Quintet Award at the University of Southern California and the Koussevittzky Young Artists Award in New York.

Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University, Masters of Music and Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California, and Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He has participated at music festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, National Art Centre’s Young Artist Program, National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.  His primary teachers include Wes Foster, Ricardo Morales, Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, and Anthony McGill.

http://www.andreytchekmazov.com

Andrey Tchekmazov

Cello

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Hailed by critics as an “extraordinary musician” (Washington Post), cellist Andrey Tchekmazov is known for his versatility as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Mr. Tchekmazov was the Grand Prize winner of the Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition and the Premio Trio di Trieste and has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, appearing at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan, New York's Alice Tully Hall, Brazil's Sala Cecilia Mereles, Sala Sao Paulo and Teatro Alfa with orchestras such as the São Paolo Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Brazil National Symphony, the Kiev Philharmonic and the Teatro Alfa Symphony. He has also been a top prizewinner at the Koussevitzky Cello Competition in New York, the Schadt Competition, Artists International, Premio della Critica in Trieste and the Russian Kobalevsky Competition.

Ever since his critically acclaimed debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Mr. Tchekmazov has enjoyed an active career as recitalist and chamber musician, performing at such renowned venues as Zankel Hall, the Caramoor Music Center, Barge Music, the Rhode Island Chamber Music Series, Bar Harbor Festival, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and Hampden Sydney, where he was invited to perform by the members of The Emerson String Quartet.

As a performer with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, Mr. Tchekmazov impressed his audiences with a big, warm tone and Russian brand of virtuosity” (The Strad) by introducing them to rarely-performed jewels of classical music alongside the works of great masters.

He has premiered works and worked closely with contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Lukas Foss, George Warren, Ira Cremer and Ralf Ytrehus and has recently recorded the Cello Sonata by David Winkler and “Byzantine Chants, The Sacred Concerto for Solo Cello,” by Margarita Zelenaia, both which were written and dedicated to him. He has also participated in ambitious, unique projects such as performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s entire chamber music repertoire for cello at the Phillips Collection. 

An active educator, Andrey Tchekmazov has been a faculty member at the Rio de Janeiro Cello Encounter, the Lakewood Festival, Russish Abend Festival in Germany,  He has also performed at Westminster College and Brown, Bowdoin, Seton Hall and Princeton Universities. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Tchekmazov was appointed principal cellist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony. His performances have been featured on WQXR, WGBH, NPR and other TV and radio stations across Eastern and Western Europe and South America.

Born in Moscow into a family of professional pianists, Mr. Tchekmazov studied piano and later cello at the Gnessin Specialized Music School in Moscow. He continued his education at the Moscow State Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich’s protégé Nataliya Shakhovskaya,, and later at the Juilliard School as a Leonard Rose scholarship student of Harvey Shapiro. At Juilliard he worked closely with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets.  Mr. Tchekmazov has made several recordings including a recent release on NAXOS with the Russian National Phiharmonic as well as a recording for the Delos label.

Mr. Tchekmazov is currently on the faculty of The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

 

ANN SCHEIN, PIANO
About Ann Schein, The Washington Post has written, "Thank heaven for Ann Schein... what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away". From her first recordings with Kapp Records, and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein's amazing career has earned her high praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. Since her debut in Mexico City in 1957 when she performed both the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto and the Tchaikovsky B-flat Concerto, she has performed thousands of concerts on every continent.
She has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Over her many years performing in London, she appeared repeatedly in the Promenade Concerts in Albert Hall, including several Last Nights, when favorite soloists are invited to perform. In 1963 she was invited to perform at the White House during the Kennedy administration.
In 1980-81, Ann Schein extended the legacy of her teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Dame Myra Hess performing 6 concerts of the major Chopin repertoire in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall throughout an entire season to outstanding reviews and sold-out houses, the first Chopin cycle presented in New York in 35 years.
From 1980-2001 she was on the piano faculty of Peabody Conservatory, and since 1984 she has been an Artist-Faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
During the 2008-09 she served as a Visiting Faculty member at Indiana University. From 2007-2010, she was on the jury of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, culminating in the prize going to Kirill Gerstein as the winner of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award.
In 2010, she performed concerts and gave master classes in Beijing and Korea, followed by a month's tour in 2013 in Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore. In December of 2012, Peabody Conservatory honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award, and she gave a recital in celebration of the event.
In 2013, she performed the 3rd Rachmaninoff Concerto in Brazil, and served on the jury of the International Piano Competition in Panama. In 2013 and 2014, she was a judge for many competitions in the U.S., including Astral in Philadelphia, the Nadia Reisenberg Piano Competition at the Mannes School in New York, and multiple piano competitions at Juilliard and the Manhattan School.
Ann Schein has received many distinguished honors for her Chopin performances, beginning with her first recordings in 1958 for Kapp Records. In a special survey of outstanding Chopin recorded performances during the bicentennial of Chopin's birth in 2010, entitled "A Century of Romantic Music", Gregor Benko and Ward Marston cited her performances of Chopin stating in her biography, "Ann Schein was trained in her native United States, where she studied with both Mieczyslaw Munz and Arthur Rubinstein. Her first recordings, made when she was 18 and 19, established her as one of the premiere Chopin pianists of our time."
Her recent recordings include and album of Schumann for Ivory Classics, an all-Chopin recording of the Opus 28 Preludes and the b minor Sonata, Opus 58 for MSR Classics. An all-American album, also for MSR Classics, includes the 1945-46 Elliott Carter Piano Sonata and the Piano Variations of Aaron Copland, as well as a work written for her by double bass and guitar artist, Grammy Award winner and jazz great, John Patitucci, entitled "Lakes".
A recent book written by the music critic for the Washington Post, author and musicologist, Cecelia Hopkins Porter, entitled, "Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present" features Ann Schein as the 20th Century artist. She gave a recital in May of 2014 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the fifth in a series of five concerts and lectures by Cecelia Porter in honor of her book. Also in May 2014, together with her husband, violinist Earl Carlyss and cellist Darrett Adkins they performed an evening of Ravel and Debussy at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. Other 2014 performances included concertos of Chopin and Rachmaninoff in Harrisburg, PA and Purchase, NY as well as many recitals, lectures, and master classes across the U.S.

http://www.atonalhits.com

aTonalHits

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Since aTonalHits’ formation in 2011, the group has been dedicated to bringing contemporary and lesser known works of music to light. Its founding members are Illya Filshtinskiy (piano) and Katha Zinn (violin), although aTonalHits has swollen its ranks with many collaborators in music, film, design, composition etc.

Beyond the standard violin and piano repertoire, Illya and Katha first found a taste for newer music in the work of Alfred Schnittke. They have released an album of Schnittke Sonatas, as well as an album entitled “1910-1920”, which focuses on a variety of different violin and piano music within that decade. The latter was funded through an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, in which the group raised 233% of their original goal. Their newest recording, ‘ORIGINS: aTonalHit plays New Music’ is a compilation of premiers by young composers from around the globe.

aTonalHits has performed in numerous styles of venues, from outreach to the concert hall, to conducting masterclasses and a TEDx event. They play regularly around the globe, including a tour of both Holland and Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico- and closer to home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Liederkranz Hall, Symphony Space, and Spectrum among others. aTonalHits has also worked closely with the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, presenting a recital with three of Québec’s foremost composers, including a premiere of Jean Lesage’s “Portrait of a Sentimental Musician in a Distorting Mirror”. Largely dedicated to new music, they have premiered over 100 works.

The group has also recently designed two books for beginning violin and piano students- ‘Toogo’s Piano/Violin Adventures on Earth’, and ‘Toogo Goes Home’. The books take beginners through Toogo’s adventures with the help of creative illustrations and by introducing interesting techniques. Their teaching studio has expanded tremendously, as Katha and Illya devote more of their time to passing their knowledge of music onto the next generation.

They have been featured artists on the websites of the Juilliard School, Mannes the New School for Music, MySpace, and Avaloch Farm Residencies. Aside from performing, the group regularly focuses on video and music work, producing many classical and new music films, as well as a documentary focusing on John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” and Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Dancer on a Tightrope.

aTonalHits also reaches beyond live performance to the halls of the internet. Videos of their work are posted regularly on their YouTube and Vimeo sites, with footage not only of them playing, but of their animation, artwork, and video art.

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To learn more about aTonalHits, please visit www.atonalhits.com.

Barbara Ames

Piano 

Barbara has a diverse background in piano performance, choral conducting, Orff and Kodaly training, with extensive experience in music education from elementary level through middle school at Columbia Grammar and Prep School, Hunter College Elementary School, Satellite West Junior High, and P.S. 9K. In January, on Martin Luther King. Jr. Day, Barbara received a special tribute from her former student at Hunter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of “Hamilton”. Barbara is currently director of Junior and Intermediate Choruses at Mannes The New School for Music, Prep Division, (was founder/director of the independent Celebration Youth Chorus, formerly in residence at Mannes Prep), and member of The Aviva Players, most recently as music director/pianist for “Villa Diodati”, an opera composed by Mira Spektor. Educated at Juilliard Prep, with BA and MS in music from Brooklyn College, and postgraduate courses at Teachers’ College of Columbia Univ, and N.Y.U.

"Have Song Will Travel", lyrics & music by Mira J. Spektor; 
Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Barbara Ames, piano 

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"Il neige dans mon coeur", lyrics & music by Mira J. Spektor; 
Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Barbara Ames, piano 

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza. 

"Indian Summer", poem & music by Mira J. Spektor; 
Lars Woodul, baritone, Barbara Ames, piano 

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

Train Music and "So We’ll Go No More A’Roving" (from Villa Diodati), poem by Lord Byron, music by Mira J. Spektor; 
Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Lars Woodul, baritone, Barbara Ames, piano 

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"You Were There" (from Give Me Time), lyrics by Caroline Crippen, music by Mira J. Spektor; 
Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Lars Woodul, baritone, Barbara Ames, piano 

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

 

Benjamin Hopkins

Piano 

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Since winning first prize in the 2007 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won numerous local, national, and international awards and has performed in Rochester, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, England and Italy. In 2008, as a result of winning the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Ness Award, Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship, and Special Award, he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been honored with first prize at the David Hochstein Recital Competition, the prestigious Howard Hanson Award, and as a finalist in the first Pittsburgh Symphony Concerto Competition. Most recently, he was nominated for the 2013 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and won the 2013 Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Auditions. Hopkins has played in masterclasses for many renowned pedagogues and pianists, including Menahem Pressler, Julian Martin, Frederic Chiu, and Stephen Hough. An avid chamber musician, he works closely with violinist Henry Gronnier and performs frequently as a collaborator in the Los Angeles area. After earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was named as a Keyboard Department Outstanding Graduate, he is continuing his graduate studies at USC with Lucinda Carver. His past teachers include Norman Krieger and Brian Preston.

Bruce Lee Kubert, In Memoriam (1918-2010)

PAST MCNY President 

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Bruce Lee Kubert (1918-2010) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was an alumnus of Poly Prep '36 and Yale University '40. He retired from the US Navy as Lieutenant Commander, having served during WWII as the Communications Officer aboard the USS Brooklyn. After returning to New York City, he became Chief Executive Officer of Paper Sales Corporation. He was a life long fan and avid supporter of the performing arts. Among the many activities he dedicated his passion to were serving as president of the Musicians Club from 1981 to 2005 - the longest serving president in the Club's history - and as Chairman of the Musical Affairs and Special Events Committees at the University Club, both of New York.

New York Times Obituary

http://canadianbrass.com/caleb-bio/

Caleb Hudson

Trumpet

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Caleb Hudson, trumpet, is the newest member of Canadian Brass, having graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012 with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree. Acclaimed by The New York Times as “brilliantly stylish,” Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. He appears world-wide with the Canadian Brass, in addition to solo performances with artists such as Vladimir Feltsman and recently, the Israel Philharmonic.

Hudson has won first place at the National Trumpet Competition multiple times, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, Symphony in C, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, New York Trumpet Ensemble, and the American Brass Quintet. An avid baroque musician, Caleb also performs with notable early music ensembles, including Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Caleb is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall that promotes arts advocacy, community outreach, and music education.  Native to Lexington, Kentucky, Caleb currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Amanda.

Carlos Avila

Piano

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Filipino-American pianist Carlos Avila is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most sought-after pianists in the United States. He has performed in concert and recital in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Chile and in over half of the continental United States as well as at such prestigious festivals as Schleswig-Holstein, Holland, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest at the Hamptons, Gijon Piano Festival, California Summer Music, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic Music Festival and others.

Mr Avila has won numerous international, national and regional competitions – including top prizes in the 28th International Corpus Christi Competition, the San Francisco Pianist’s Competition, the International Sorantin Competition, and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard. He has also had the opportunity to work and study with many legendary musicians including the late Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor and members of the St. Lawrence, Tokyo, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, and Borodin String Quartets.

Mr. Avila has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including filling in for an ailing Stuart Goodyear at 24 hours notice to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the California Symphony – "a pinch-hit homerun" according to the San Francisco Classical Voice. As a young musician, he shared a long-time relationship with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in chamber music collaborations, coaching, performances, and events.

Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle says, "[Avila] possesses a nimble keyboard technique, eloquent legato, beautiful command of tone and mood...unruffleable savoir-faire." The Contra Costa Times says "[Avila] performs with poise and a level of artistry that seem far beyond his years."

Mr. Avila is also an avid collaborator with many musicians in recitals and concerts – based in New York City, he frequently collaborates with acclaimed Korean violinist Jay Oh, with whom he recently finished three 16-city tours of South Korea in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Last fall, he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast over WQXR New York radio as part of the McGraw-Hill recital series and last winter, he finished a mammoth long 29-city United States tour with acclaimed Baritone Leon Williams. Also a frequent collaborator with Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic's Michelle Kim, he often participates in the promotion of her Doublestop Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young musicians with no-cost loans of high-quality instruments. In the spring, he performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s All-Access Chamber series.

Mr. Avila also serves as affiliate-faculty at The Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. He received both his B.M and M.M from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal – previously he was a student at the Yale School of Music under the direction of Peter Frankl. In addition, he also spent three years at UC Berkeley pursuing a Legal Studies degree.

Carolyn Balducci

Dramatist & Lyricist

Carolyn Balducci's publications and productions include novels, biographies, poetry, original plays, reviews and translations of classical & contemporary comedies. Member, Dramatists' Guild, Aviva Players, BMI and LPTW. Distinctions include a special commendation from S.I.A.E. for the dissemination of Italian Drama in America.

(www.chingyunhu.com)

Ching-Yun Hu

Piano 

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Hailed for her “...superstar quality that everybody looks for...Musical, energetic and full of flair,” (The Jerusalem Post), the distinguished Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality and directly communicative performance style.

Ching-Yun Hu was named a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2008, she captured the top prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, resulting in a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 on only a week’s notice. Subsequently, her career has flourished with a host of engagements on five continents.

Highlights of Ching-Yun Hu’s season include recitals in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, California, Delaware, Taipei, Macau, Paris, Budapest, and a tour of Israel, as well as chamber music performances in Athens and Piraeus, Greece. She makes another tour of South Africa, with events including both recital and concerto performances. Ms. Hu also returns as guest soloist to Taiwan’s Taipei Chinese Orchestra and makes her debut with Yoav Talmi and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. She has also been guest soloist with the Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Delaware, DuPage (IL), Midland (MI), Mississippi and Northwest Arkansas, while abroad she has appeared with England’s Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, Portugal’s Orquestra do Algarve, Brazil’s Orquestra Filarmônica do Espírito Santo, Orquestra do Curitiba and Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio, South Africa’s Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, China’s Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra and Taiwan’s Taipei Chinese Orchestra and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. She has also toured with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

Recent recitals have included programs at New York City’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall, Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Munich’s Herkulesaal, Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Poland’s Chopin International Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Lodz), Tel Aviv’s Opera House, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Japan’s Osaka Hall. Ms. Hu is also a frequent guest artist at distinguished music festivals throughout the world.

Ching-Yun Hu’s debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwan’s 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. The fall of 2013 saw the release of her second CD - music of Granados, Mozart and Ravel - on the CAG Records.

A native of Taipei, Ching-Yun Hu made her concerto debut at the age of 13 with the Poland Capella Cracoriensis Chamber Orchestra on tour in Asia. One year later, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, working principally with Sergei Babayan and Karl-Heinz Kammerling. She also studied chamber music with Joseph Kalichstein and Seymour Lipkin, and received additional guidance from Richard Goode and Murray Perahia.

In 2008, Ching-Yun Hu was awarded an honorary prize from Taiwan’s Minister of Culture, recognizing her artistic achievements to date. In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the bi-annual Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival (www.yunhsiang.org ) and the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy at the Curtis Institute of Music, inviting to both some of the most sought-after artists from around the globe to perform at prestigious concert halls in Taipei and Philadelphia and to work with aspiring young musicians on their way to professional careers.

Ching-Yun Hu serves on the faculty at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia’s Temple University. 

In addition, the Musicians Club of New York is very proud that Ching-Yun was the 2006 First Prize Winner of the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards.


Darcy Dunn

Mezzo Soprano

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Darcy Dunn, mezzo soprano, performs opera, chamber music and cabaret in New York City. She sings frequently with Chelsea Opera, Bronx Opera, Downtown Music Productions (DMP), Magic Circle Opera and the Windham Chamber Music Orchestra (WCMO). Currently she is preparing the roles of Mrs. Bennet, Charlotte Lucas, Mrs. Yeobright and Meg for premieres of new works in the Spring, as well as a concert with DMP in April. Darcy is a graduate of the Magic Circle Training Program and a student of Ray Evans Harrell.

 

Darrett Adkins

Cello

 

DARRETT ADKINS, cellist, enjoys a great breadth of musical activity as a soloist and chamber musician. The Boston Globe has described him as ‘fiery’ and The New York Times wrote that his debut recital was “heroic” and “stunning.” His appetite for bridging established tradition and the avant-garde enables him to explore repertoire in almost every genre, from the classical cannon to the contemporary frontier. Recent presentations of his Hypersuite, a ground-breaking hybrid program interweaving solo Bach works with contemporary pieces inspired by them, have riveted both listeners and critics. His first Hypersuite CD was released in 2013 on Oberlin Music.  Forthcoming on Oberlin Music is a 3-concerto CD, featuring newly commissioned concertos from Philip Cashian and Su Lian Tan, as well as Richard Wernick’s Concerto for Cello and 9 Instruments. The Cashian Concerto was separately released in the UK in 2013 and the Sunday Times named it one of the top 10 CDs of the year. His recording of duos by Ravel, Kodaly and Sessions for violin and cello with Gil Morgenstern was a top 10 Amazon CD. In 2011, Adkins joined the Lions Gate Trio, which is in residence at the Hartt School and performs regularly in the US and Europe. Their recent CD features trios by Ravel, Ives and Rebecca Clarke.

Internationally, Adkins was named ‘Cellist of Honor’ at the Rio de Janeiro International Cello Encounter, where he gave master classes, recitals and concerto performances. He also appeared in Natal, Brazil, for the Semana de Musica. Winner of the Cultural Arts Grant from the American Scandinavian Society, he has performed many Norwegian works and with Norwegian musicians, including a performance of Nordheim’s Clamavi for King Harald in Oslo.  He has performed Wallin’s Concerto Grund at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and Nordheim’s concerto Tenebrae at Alice Tully Hall, both with Per Brevig conducting. In Korea, Adkins has appeared in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Haydn’s C Major Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto (Seoul) and performed in recital on Korean national television. He has performed in Tokyo’s Orchard Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic and throughout Japan in recital and concertos. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at the Melbourne, Australia Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, and throughout Europe.

Adkins performs both standard and contemporary concerti with numerous orchestras, including the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tochio Soloisten, Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, The Suwon Philharmonic, Seoul’s Prime Orchestra, Cleveland’s Red {an orchestra}, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the North Carolina and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras. He gave the first New York performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV which he has recorded for Naxos’ complete Sequenzas collection. He also performed the first New York Performance of Messiaen’s Concerto for 4 Instruments at Carnegie Hall. In high demand as a chamber performer, Adkins performs regularly on prominent chamber concert series and has recorded the string quintet by Jay Greenberg with the Juilliard String Quartet for SONY/BMG. From 1997 until 2002, Adkins was a member of Flux, an internationally-acclaimed string quartet dedicated to cutting-edge music, appearing in major festivals in New York, Melbourne (Australia), Southern California (Ojai), and Oslo. From 1998-2008 Adkins was a member of the Zephyr Trio featuring Lady Jeanne Galway (flute) and Jonathan Feldman (piano). Adkins has recorded for the Oberlin Music, NMC, Centaur, Mode, SONY/BMG, Naxos, RCA, Tzadik, Koch, MMC, Engine Company and CRI labels. 


Elena Mindlina

Soprano

 

 Russian-born soprano Elena Mindlina recently toured Russia with newly discovered songs of Nikolai Tcherepnin. Her recital was reviewed as a “challenging concert program [sung] with exquisite taste.” Ms. Mindlina was hailed for her vocal technique, “sophisticated musicality, and outstanding artistic talent that transformed each song into a dramatic scene.” The venues included the renowned Moscow Conservatoire Rachmaninov Hall, St. Petersburg Conservatoire Glazunov Hall and Saratov Conservatoire Great Hall, among others.

Ms. Mindlina's debut world premiere CD, 'Nikolai Tcherepnin: Songs', released by Toccata Classics in 2014, was reviewed as “… masterly performances that radiate the intense joy of each fresh musical discovery.” (Five Stars - BBC Music Magazine, July 2014); MusicWeb International wrote: “Mindlina brings just the right blend of Slavonic combustibility, dreamy introspection, fairytale fantasy, dark shadows, honeyed sweetness, girlish innocence, play-acting vocal characterization and operatic blow-torch.”

In the Fall of 2015, Ms. Mindlina toured Russia with the program “The Image of Woman in Three Centuries of Russian Art Song” in collaboration with pianist and composer Ivan Alexandrov. She also gave masterclasses in various Russian conservatories.

In April-May of 2016, Ms. Mindlina and Mr. Alexandrov will give recitals in five Russian cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg with the new all-American program “Love Theme in Three Centuries of American Art Song.”

Ms. Mindlina’s performances in New York included such renowned venues as Steinway Hall (Rotunda), Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall, Yamaha Piano Salon, American National Opera Center Recital Hall, the Masterclass series for Joy in Singing at Bruno Walter Auditorium at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, and others.

Before making a transition into the soprano operatic repertoire in 2012, Ms. Mindlina appeared in a number of mezzo-soprano roles, including Alessandro in Cavalli's Eliogabalo (New York première, Stony Brook Opera, 2009), Fyodor in Boris Godunov, Elena Franco in South Pacific, and Lo-Lo in Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company, 2011).

Ms. Mindlina received her early musical education in Russia. She started to play the piano when she was two and began her training as a violinist at five. She subsequently received her first Master’s degree in violin from the Saratov State Conservatoire, under Mikhail Mindlin (a graduate of both Moscow and St. Petersburg State Conservatories). In 2006, she came to New York to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. Immediately following graduation, she made her highly acclaimed Broadway debut at New York Town Hall and appeared in a concert program at Symphony Space, receiving standing ovations in both venues. A recipient of the Full Tuition Scholarship from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she received her second Master's in classical voice in 2010 and became a Doctor of Musical Arts in spring 2014. In addition to her performing career, Dr. Mindlina enjoys teaching voice and violin at her private studio in New York. She has given master classes on vocal repertoire and technique in the United States and Russia.

"Snow is Falling", poem by Boris Pasternak, music by Nataliya Medvedovskaya; 
Elena Mindlina, soprano, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"The music sounded in me" (World Premiere), poem by Yefim Medvedovskiy, music by 
Nataliya Medvedovskaya; Elena Mindlina, soprano, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

 

Espen Lilleslåtten

Violinist

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Espen Lilleslåtten is currently associate professor of violin at Louisiana State University and violinist with resident Logos String Quartet. He also serves as concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony. Previously he served for fifteen years as concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He began studying the violin at age five with his father, a violist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, Mr. Lilleslåtten continued his studies in the U.S., earning his Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Camilla Wicks, as well as an artist diploma in chamber music and violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. Among the artists with whom he has performed chamber music are Isaac Stern, Menahem Pressler, Sylvia Rosenberg, Bonnie Hampton, Natalia Gutman, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Lilleslåtten has on numerous occasions appeared as soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and in recitals at the Bergen International Festival. He performs frequently in a duo with his wife, violinist Renata Arado, premiering at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the Concerto of Psalms for two violins and orchestra by Dinos Constantinides and additionally a recital at Carnegie Hall. During the summers, Mr. Lilleslåtten is a member of the artist faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gregory D'Agostino

Pianist, Organist, Conductor 

Jurist - 2016 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards

 

Gregory D’Agostino creates a thrilling sense of drama described as a “stunning, controlled delirium” by The American Organist magazine.  With an international career that has taken him to three continents, Mr. D’Agostino has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center, Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, San Juan’s Casals Festival, London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, West Point Military Academy, and San Diego’s Spreckels Pavilion; as soloist with Japan’s NHK Symphony (live HD-TV national telecast), Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony, and as recitalist for various conventions of the American Guild of Organists.

Principal New York Times critic Allan Kozinn wrote that Mr. D’Agostino “gave deft, powerful performances that got to the heart of the music, the gentle and songlike as well as the robust and purely dexterous.”  As a champion of 20th century music, he has collaborated with composers including George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, Stephen Paulus, and Ned Rorem.  As a conductor he has worked with various soloists including pianists Jeremy Denk and William Wolfram, Metropolitan Opera trumpeter James Ross, and Metropolitan Opera singers Hei-Kyung Hong and Barry Banks.

Mr. D’Agostino earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he was also on the faculty. He has served as juror on competitions for the Organists’ Guild and the Schweitzer competition, and currently is Organ Faculty at Mannes The New School for Music. He is Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament near Lincoln Center.

 

Ha Young Jung

Double Bass

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"Ha-Young is a top talent on the double bass, among the very best I have ever seen." – Timothy Cobb, Principal Bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Double Bass Chair, The Juilliard School

The best double bass playing I have ever heard.” – Ida Haendel, CBE

 

“Disarming prodigy, who achieved the rare distinction of making her instrument seem worthy of solo status.” – Michael White, The Daily Telegraph

 

Double bassist Ha Young Jung has captivated audiences and music critics alike with her dynamic and engaging performances. Her list of national and international competition successes is considerable and includes the Silver Medal in the Serge Koussevitzky International Double Bass Competition in 2007 (St. Petersburg, Russia), First Prize in the International Society of Bassists’ Competition in 2007 (Oklahoma City, USA), the Grand-Prix in the International String Competition in 2006 (Moscow, Russia), and was selected to be the Solti Foundation’s Musician of the Year in 2006 (Belgium).

Ha Young has performed as a soloist and chamber music in notable venues around the world, including Cadogan Hall (London), Grieg House (Bergen), Opera House (Tel Aviv), Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Tchaikovsky Great Hall (Moscow), and The Wigmore Hall (London) and She was a guest artist in various national and international music festivals, including the Bergen International Festival, the Eilat International Festival (Israel), the Hardanger International Music Festival (Norway), and Wimbledon International Chamber Music Festival (London). As an orchestral musician she has worked with many distinguished orchestras performing in venues including Alice Tully Hall (New York), Carnegie Hall (New York), and Barbican Centre (London).

She has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, Yonsei Sinfonietta, and the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Ha Young has studied at the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School, and Yale University. Her principal teachers include Timothy Cobb, Rinat Ibragimov, Chang-Hyoung Lee, Tom Martin, and Don Palmer. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2009 under the auspices of the ESU Scholarship and has been a member of the Razumovsky Academy since 2006, where she was the recipient of the Razumovsky Trust Scholarship and works regularly with Oleg Kogan. At the Academy, she performed in masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Vadim Repin, Alexander Chaushian, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Pavel Vernikov and Maxim Rysanov.

 

Hannah Collins

Cello

pic-hc-hannah collins-250x373Cellist Hannah Collins, winner of De Link Competition 2010 for contemporary interpretation, is a dynamic performer and collaborator devoted to diverse forms of musical and multimedia expression. With support from the Presser Foundation, Hannah spent 2009-2011 in France and The Netherlands researching and performing contemporary cello repertoire.  While living abroad, she commissioned and premiered several unconventional works for solo cello including Monologue (2011), a 20-minute piece for speaking, singing and acting cellist by Dutch composer Patrick van Deurzen. With New Morse Code, her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello, Hannah continues to premiere new works and collaborate with composers, singers, dancers, and actors on new arrangements and interdisciplinary performances.

Hannah is also an active performer of early music, appearing frequently with the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and New York Baroque Inc.  She served as the lead continuo player on the 2009 Naxos recording of the Bach and Mendelssohn Magnificats with Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by Simon Carrington, and in 2011-2012 she was a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Music, studying 17th and 18th c. chamber music with Baroque violinist Robert Mealy.

In 2011, Hannah received a Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.  She also holds degrees in biomedical engineering and music from Yale University.  Her teachers have included Stefan Reuss, Ole Akahoshi, Aldo Parisot, and Michel Strauss.  She has been invited to give solo and chamber music performances at festivals throughout Europe and North America including Orford Centre d'arts (CA), Kneisel Hall (US), NJO (NL), Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Musique de Chambre à Giverny (FR). Hannah is currently a fellow of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. As part of her Academy program, she teaches at I.S. 61 William A. Morris in Staten Island and performs in New York City as a member of Ensemble ACJW.