The New York Viola Society's 2009-2010 Season of
Concerts, Recitals and other Viola Events
The New York Viola Society's Eighteenth Season:
- Day of Progressive Viola - October 5, 2009
- Masterclass with Garth Knox - November 16, 2009, The Nicholas Roerich Museum
319 West 107th Street, NYC
- Garth Knox - Viola Spaces - November 19, 2009
- Collegial Concert I - January 31, 2010
- Collegial Concert II - May 2, 2010
- Viola Fest 2010
- May 16, 2010, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ripley-Grier Studios 520 8th Ave., Floor 16, Room Q (between 36th and 37th Sts.) NY, NY
October 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Yamaha Artists Services, Inc.,
689 Fifth Avenue, NYC
New York’s Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI) will host the first-ever Day of Progressive Viola on Monday, October 5, 2009. The full-day event will feature famed violists John Graham (www.grahamviola.com), Martha Mooke (www.marthamooke.com) and Danny Seidenberg (www.dannyseidenberg.com). Presented by Yamaha and The New York Viola Society, the event will include improvisation clinics, instrument testing, electric strings workshop and a full performance by the featured artists.
Focusing on alternative styles of music specifically for the viola, the Day of Progressive Viola will showcase today’s leading figures of the emancipation of the instrument. They will discuss careers, demonstrate unique styles and offer insight for the next generation of viola players. This will be the New York Viola Society’s first event of the 2009-2010 season. Additionally, it marks the debut of its “Viola Explorers” series, where the organization investigates progressive sounds on a variety of new instruments.
The day-long event, curated by Yamaha Electric String Artist Martha Mooke, a pioneer of the electric 5-string viola, will culminate in a concert featuring performances by Ms. Mooke, former Turtle Island String Quartet violist Danny Seidenberg and one of the leading figures of progressive music for the viola, John Graham.
In the afternoon, the event will feature an electric strings workshop by Ms. Mooke and an improvisation workshop conducted by Mr. Seidenberg. In addition, throughout the afternoon and pre-concert dinner break, Yamaha instruments and equipment will be available for attendees to test and play. Yamaha staff, as well as clinicians, will be available to provide information and assistance.
John Graham’s multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber music ensemble artist and teacher has taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
During his 25 years as a top freelance violist in New York he performed as soloist, in chamber music ensembles, in new music groups, symphony, ballet, and Broadway orchestras, in film, TV, and commercial recording. He subsequently taught for eighteen years at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and is now Professor Emeritus of Viola.
Mr. Graham is a member of the Artist Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and has participated in the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Semaines Musicales (France) music festivals.
He has appeared as guest artist with the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Tokyo and Ying Quartets. His recordings include a solo four-CD series entitled Music for the Viola, as well as issues of contemporary and conventional ensemble repertoire, including the complete viola quintets of Mozart with the Juilliard Quartet and quartets of Berg, Debussy and Ravel with the Galimir Quartet.
Martha Mooke, composer/electro-acoustic violist, a pioneer in the field of electric five string viola, transcends musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. She is a Yamaha Artist and leading clinician on electric and alternative approaches to string playing. Founder and violist of the electro-acoustic Scorchio Quartet, featured on David Bowie’s Heathen CD, Mooke has toured internationally as a member of Barbra Streisand’s acclaimed orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with Bowie, Philip Glass, Enya, Lou Reed, Tony Bennett, David Byrne, Moby, John Cale, Trey Anastasio, Ziggy Marley, Luciano Pavorotti and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s to name a few.
Mooke’s genre-defying recordings, Enharmonic Vision and Bowing’s Café Mars (duo with electric guitarist Randolph Hudson) have attracted wide critical acclaim.
Her catalog includes works for electric and acoustic instruments, film, theater, dance and multimedia productions.
She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International among others. She was honored with an ASCAP Concert Music Award for conceiving and producing the new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring ASCAP composer/performers whose work defies categorization.
Danny Seidenberg has enjoyed a varied and eclectic musical career moving between classical, jazz and pop styles as a performer and composer, arranger, and educator. He made his solo viola debut at age 16 with the Pittsburgh Symphony as part of their Young People’s Concert series. A Juilliard graduate and veteran New York player, he is best known for his 12 years as the violist of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Danny left the quartet in 2003 for a successful tenure as a busy studio musician in Los Angeles, playing on hundreds of movie and TV scores. He has been in Oregon since 2007 and has been playing with the Portland Opera, Eugene Symphony, Corvalis Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, and newly formed Quartet Americano. Danny’s latest recording, ‘Alto Logic’, with his very special trio, the ‘Unbande’ (2 violas and the Chapman Stick) is available at CD Baby.
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November 19, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Church of Christ and St. Stephen's
Performers: Garth Knox (viola and viola d'amore),
Amelia Hollander Ames and
Kirsten Swanson (Violas),
Lauren Radnofsky (Cello)
Hans Werner Henze - Serenade (solo viola)
Akira Nishimura - Whirl Dance (solo viola)
Garth Knox - selections from Viola Spaces:
Beside the Bridge (2 violas)
Ghosts (3 violas)
Harmonic horizon (3 violas)
In between (2 violas)
Rapid repeat (4 violas)
Garth Knox - Malor me bat for viola d'amore and cello
György Ligeti - Hora Lunga from the Viola Sonata (solo viola)
Garth Knox - Viola Spaces with cello:
Up, down, sideways, round
Garth Knox - Viola Spaces: Variations on Marin Marais for 4 violas
About the Performers:
Garth Knox was born in Ireland and grew up in Scotland. Being the youngest of four children who all played string instruments, he was encouraged to take up the viola, and he quickly decided to make this his career. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Fredrick Riddle, where he won several prizes for viola and for chamber music. Thereafter he played with most of the leading groups in London in a mixture of all repertoires, from baroque to contemporary music.
In 1983 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, where he had the chance to do much solo playing (including concertos directed by Pierre Boulez) and chamber music, touring widely and playing in international festivals.
In 1990 Garth Knox joined the Arditti String Quartet, playing in all the major concert halls of the world, working closely with and giving first performances of pieces by most of today's leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag, Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen (the famous "Helicopter Quartet").
Since leaving the quartet in 1998, Garth Knox has given premieres by Henze (the Viola Sonata is dedicated to him), Ligeti, Schnittke, Ferneyhough, James Dillon, George Benjamin and many others. He also collaborates regularly in theatre and dance projects and has written and performed a one-man show for children.
Improvisation is also an important part of his musical activity, and he has performed with George Lewis, Steve Lacy, Joel Léandre, Dominique Pifarély, Bruno Chevillon, Benat Achiary, Scanner and many others. He appears on the Frode Haltli CD Passing Images. In the past decade he has begun to write his own music, and is much in demand for theatre, dance and film scores as well as concert pieces and instrumental works.
Garth Knox now lives in Paris playing recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts all over Europe, the USA and Japan. His solo CD with works from Ligeti, Dusapin, Berio, Kurtág and others (MO 782082) won the coveted Deutsche Schallplaten Preis in Germany, and his subsequent CD "Spectral Viola" (edition zeitklang) has been highly acclaimed.
Recent projects include exploring the possibilities of the viola d’amore in new music, with and without electronics, resulting in new works for this instrument as well as his recent CD "D'Amore" (ECM New Series 1925) which features old and new music for the viola d'amore. In addition, he has composed "Viola Spaces" (published as Schott ED 20520) made up of eight works exploring techniques such as sul ponticello, glissandi, tremolo, etc. These pieces are based on a simple concept - a particular way of causing the strings to resonate. Although conceived as a series of concert studies, these pieces soon take on a life of their own, creating vast musical (viola) spaces to which you can bring your own stories and pictures. They can be heard on the 2009 CD "Garth Knox - Viola Spaces" (Mode 207).
Beth Meyers is a founding member of the flute/viola/harp trio, "janus", and is committed to broadening the trio repertoire through working with composers and artists alike. janus is set to release it’s debut collobarative album in early 2010. Beth is also a member of the band, QQQ (viola, hardanger fiddle, acoustic guitar and drums) whose album “Unpacking the Trailer” (New Amsterdam Records) was called “georgeous … a bold statement of purpose disguised as an unpretentious lark” (Time Out NY).
As an orchestral violist, Beth has played with groups such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She has performed with ensembles including the Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Da Capo Chamber Players, Signal, and she currently subs in the pit orchestra of the Broadway musical, “Wicked”.
Beth's study of improvisation has found her at venues such as The Knitting Factory, the Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn’s Monkeytown. As a recording artist, she is featured on album’s including Alarm Will Sound’s “Steve Reich – The Desert Music” (Cantaloupe), Clare and The Reasons “The Movie” (Frogstand) and Sufjan Stevens’ “the BQE” (Asthmatic Kitty). Beth has worked with composers and artists including Darol Anger, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Martin Bresnick Helmut Lachenmann, Gregoire Maret, and Meredith Monk. She can also be heard singing Reich-ian “do’s” with So Percussion in Music for 18 Musicians and Drumming.
Beth is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM and MM) and has studied with George Taylor and John Graham. She currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and enjoys teaching pilates and riding her road bike whenever possible.
Graduating from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance in 2004, violist Kirsten Swanson spent 2005-2007 as Assistant Principal and section violist with the Charlotte Symphony. An extensive orchestral musician since high school, Kirsten has played with the North Carolina Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras, to name a few. Chamber music being her first love, Kirsten co-founded the Atticus String Quartet, a semi-professional quartet based in Eastern North Carolina. She was a regular on the Honor’s Chamber Recitals during college and was even featured on Eastman’s promotional cd distributed across the world. She has collaborated with such artists as Jon Nakamatsu, Calin Lupano, Garth Knox, and members of the Pacifica and JACK quartets. An avid fan of contemporary music, Kirsten has premiered new works by Eastman and World composers and has worked with many living composers as a member of Ossia and Musica Nova, new music ensembles at Eastman, and HGNM, the new music ensemble at Harvard. Her principal teachers include Joanne Bath, John Graham, and Roger Tapping.
Amelia Hollander Ames is the founder and artistic director of Con Vivo, an organization that produces chamber music concerts in the diverse neighborhoods of Jersey City, NJ. She is also an active freelance violist in the New York City area, and is on the violin and viola faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement.
From 2004—2007, Amelia was the violist of the award-winning Israel Contemporary String Quartet (ICSQ), with whom she performed throughout Israel and on tours to the U.S., Canada, and Asia. With the ICSQ, Amelia collaborated with composers such as Josef Bardanashvili, Judd Greenstein and Steve Reich, and with luminaries of the Israeli music, dance and theater worlds. The ICSQ was featured several times on Israeli national television and radio. While living in Tel Aviv, Amelia also performed with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, collaborating with Andras Scholl and Tabea Zimmermann, and was on faculty at Jerusalem’s Hasadna Conservatory.
Amelia has performed at such festivals as IMS Prussia Cove, the Singapore Arts Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Schleswig-Holstein, and has toured Europe and Asia several times with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, she traveled with Cultures in Harmony to Mexico, where she conducted the youth orchestra of the Ollin Yolitzli Cultural Center of Mexico City and performed concerts and led workshops for children, elderly communities, and indigenous villages in Michoacan.
Amelia has recorded for the Naïve, Nonesuch and Tzadik labels. An active improviser, she has performed with Anthony Braxton, Joe Maneri, Butch Morris, and Matana Roberts, among others, in a variety of settings. While completing her Masters degree at the New England Conservatory, Amelia spent much of her time studying in the Contemporary Improvisation department there. Her Bachelors in Viola Performance is from the Eastman School of Music. Viola teachers include Martha Katz, George Taylor, and Karen Ritscher. Amelia has played in masterclasses given by Heidi Castleman, Lawrence Dutton, Jesse Levine, Thomas Riebl, Yitzhak Schotten, Karen Tuttle, and Tabea Zimmermann.
Cellist Lauren Radnofsky is gaining notice as a persuasive advocate of contemporary music. She has performed at venues and festivals ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and the Ojai Music Festival to the Bang on a Can Marathon, Joe’s Pub, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Wordless Music Series, and The Stone in New York City. She has worked with a wide range of artists including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Meredith Monk, Garth Knox, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Lauren Radnofsky made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 with the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall, as the soloist in a concerto for cello and live electronics composed by Brad Lubman, with a video installation by Crush + Lovely. In December 2007 she made her debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, performing Kaija Saariaho’s Amers for cello and ensemble with electronics. In the Spring of 2010, Radnofsky will perform Lachenmann’s solo cello work Pression at venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and EMPAC. She can be heard on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Radnofsky is also cellist and founding co-artistic director of the NYC-based new music ensemble SIGNAL, recently hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most vital groups of its kind.” Under her direction, Signal has embarked on an ambitious array of projects, including a 2010 tour with Helmut Lachenmann, the premiere recording of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe’s collaborative multi-media work Shelter, a five-evening program of works for medium-large ensemble by Steve Reich, and the co-commission and premiere of a new work for Reich’s 75th-birthday year, 2011.
Ms. Radnofsky holds degrees from the Walnut Hill School and The Eastman School of Music, where her principal teachers were Benjamin Zander, Pamela Frame, and Steven Doane. Lauren also attended the HFK Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Alexander Baillie.
January 31, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Collegial Concert I
Paul Chihara - Viola Sonata (1994/2009)(New York premiere of revised version)
I. Allegro amabile
II. Tempo di menuetto
III. Allegro amabile
Kye Ryung Park - Flusso for Viola and Piano (2009)(World Premiere)
Tim Deighton, Viola
Enrico Elisi, Piano
Paul Chihara - Concerto Piccolo for viola quartet (2007)
ll. Tarantella (World Premiere)
Marshall Fine - Romance for Viola Quartet, Op. 98
The Penn State Viola Quartet:
Kalindi Bellach, Jacob Sustaita, Renata Ribiero, Di Lu
Frances White - “The Book of Roses and Memory” for viola, narrator and electronic sound
Liuh Wen Ting, Viola
James Pritchett, Narrator
Petr Eben - Loveless Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Viola (1963)
Evelyn Troester, Mezzo-Soprano
Natasha Lipkina, Viola
Roger Steptoe - Sonatine l for Viola Solo
Nicolo Paganini - La Campanella
Brenton Caldwell, Viola
Yi-Fang Huang, Piano
About the Performers
Timothy Deighton is Professor of Viola at Penn State University where he teaches viola, viola literature, pedagogy, and orchestral excerpt classes, chamber music, and directs the Penn State Viola Ensemble. Having long held a fascination for new music, he has commissioned and performed the premieres of more than fifty works for viola, including many composed for his viola and saxophone duo The Irrelevants. An upcoming CD entitled Dialogues will feature some of these works. His first solo CD, featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, was released in 2002 on the Atoll label. His playing on this disc was described in The Strad as “brilliant and differentiated,” and the New Zealand Listener ranked it one of the Top Ten classical recordings of the year. In the same year the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association recognized him as Outstanding String Teacher of the Year. He directed Penn State’s ViolaFest, a three-day event involving more than 200 violists from across North America and abroad. He serves on the boards of both the American Viola Society and the New York Viola Society. In the summers he serves on the faculty of the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine. His performances have been heard on U.S., European, and Australasian radio, and he is a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand. His articles have appeared in many national and international music periodicals.
Italian pianist Enrico Elisi regularly performs and gives master classes in Europe, America, and Asia. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in the US, Italy, and Portugal. He was featured as a recitalist in several radio broadcasts, including a German radio station which hosted a two-and-a-half-hour program about Elisi, most recently. With his versatility he has garnered top awards at such diverse venues as the Venice Competition and the Oporto International Competition - which led to a broadcast for Portuguese national television. An active chamber musician, Elisi has collaborated with many renowned artists and has also performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals. Elisi is equally at home with the standard repertoire as well as new music. He enjoys working with living composers and has premiered several works at debut recitals in Toulouse, France; Carnegie Recital Hall; as well as other venues in North and South America. He co-founded and directed the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival and previously, he was also the director of the Piano Institute of the Las Vegas Music Festival. Elisi worked extensively with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Elisi also holds two Italian degrees from the Conservatory of Florence and the world renowned "Incontri col Maestro" International Piano Academy of Imola, where he studied with Lazar Berman. Mr. Elisi is on the piano faculty at Penn State University and has formerly served on the faculty of the University of Nevada (UNLV)
The Penn State Graduate Viola Quartet is made up of students in the Mastersand Professional Performance Certificate programs at Penn State. Kalindi Bellach holds a Bachelor Music from NEC, Jacob Sustaita holds a Master of Music from Rice University, Di Lu holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and Renata Ribeiro holds a Bachelor of Music from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Russian violinist Natasha Lipkina received her education in the Central Special School of Music, the Moscow Conservatory, and Indiana University where she studied with Boris Belenky, Igor Bezrodny, and Miriam Fried. Ms. Lipkina has performed as a recitalist in Russia and in countries from the former Soviet Union and has performed with orchestras in Russia, Romania, Germany, Finland, Japan, and the United States. She has won prizes in the Enescu Violin Competition (Romania) and in the Shostakovich Chamber Music Competition (St. Petersburg). She has performed works by Mozart and Schittke on Moscow Radio. While at Indiana University, Ms. Lipkina began to study viola with Atar Arad and made her viola debut in the Dubinsky Quartet later that year. She has since participated in festivals both as a violinist and violist including the Norfolk, Marlboro, Rauma (Finland), Waterloo (Belgium), and Musique et Amitie (Switzerland) festivals, among others.
Ms. Lipkina is also a committed teacher and has been on the faculties of the music department New York University School of Education and the Children's Orchestra Society.
Evelyn Troester earned her Master´s Degree in music through combined study at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Richard-Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. Her extensive training in Classical and Jazz vocal performance, as well as choral conducting, Classical piano and music education, allows her to feel comfortable in both genres as a performer and teacher. Since the age of 16 she has been working with various music ensembles, such as choirs, a cappella groups, soul and big bands, as well as orchestras, as a musical director, arranger and lead singer. In the spring of 2006 she released her first solo-album MIND, a collection of contemporary and Jazz songs.
Since beginning viola studies at the age of twelve, Brenton Caldwell has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Brenton has received numerous awards including prizes in the 2009 National Young Artist in Midland, Texas and the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition in St. Andrews, Scotland. As a soloist he has performed with the Curtis and Banff chamber ensembles, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, he has appeared at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival as a member of the Vuillaume Quartet, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Banff, Ravinia, Verbier, Tanglewood, and the Pacific Music Festival. Brenton regularly performs alongside esteemed artists such as Roberto Díaz, Gary Graffman, Marc Johnson, Ida Kavafian, Menahem Pressler, Steven Tenenbom, and Eugenia Zukerman. With an ardent devotion to education, Mr. Caldwell has participated in numerous outreach projects and concerts and served as teaching assistant to his long-time mentor Karen Tuttle. Other major viola instructors include Ruth Morrow, Susan Dubois, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Roberto Diaz, and Misha Amory. Mr. Caldwell has studied chamber music closely with Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Cavani, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets. Through master classes, Mr. Caldwell has worked on numerous occasions with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Mr. Caldwell is a fellow of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Through the Academy he teaches in the New York City public school system and performs at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard as a member of Ensemble ACJW. A native of Tyler, Texas, Mr. Caldwell earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he held the Edward B. Garrigues fellowship.
A Juilliard graduate with a Masters Degree on the viola, Liuh-Wen Ting was a member of the Meridian Quartet from 1996 to 2001, and has performed most recently with the Berkshire Bach Society, Cassatt String Quartet, the Manhattan String Quartet, Ensemble l'art pour l'art and ensemble Pi. As a proponent of contemporary music, Liuh-Wen has been on the staff of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College since 1993, and has performed at international festivals such as The Prague Spring Music Festival, Ostrava New Music Days, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, and Primavera en la Habana international electro-acoustic music festival. Her solo performance of Morton Feldman’s Viola in My Life with the Janacek Symphony Orchestra was praised by The Czech Music 2001 as "an extraordinary experience". Ms Ting has recorded chamber music for Deutsche Grammophon, Albany, Mode, and Capstone Record. The Book of Roses and Memory was commissioned and premiered at the Time Center Stage in 2008 for the Interpretation Series.
Yi-Fang Huang, a native of Taiwan, received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at the Juilliard School as a pupil of Martin Canin, and continued her DMA studies with Susan Starr at Rutgers University. As soloist, chamber music musician and collaborative pianist Ms. Huang has performed in venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Louvre Museum, Grenoble Museum and National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and has appeared with Elmar Oliveira, Cynthia Phelps, Fred Sherry, Wu Han, Ransom Wilson, Tara Helen O’Connor, Sherry Sylar, and David Bilger. She performed at the OK Mozart festival, International Viola Congress, New York Philharmonic: Insights Series, Interlochen Viola Institute, Great Mountains Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. In 2008 Ms. Huang was both guest lecturer and collaborative pianist at the International Viola Congress. She serves as pianist and coach at the Perlman Music Program and the North American Viola Institute, and recently recorded the Loeffler Two Rhapsodies with violist Cynthia Phelps and oboist Sherry Sylar. Ms. Huang remains in demand as both pianist and coach at the Juilliard School, working primarily in the studios of Misha Amory, Hsin-Yun Huang, Steven Tenenbom and Heidi Castleman, with whom she also continues her studies as a violist.
About the Pieces
"The Viola Sonata was originally composed in 1994 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City where I was very sick and close to dying. I wrote it for my wife Carol (a violist), and it is filled with musical allusions to music that I love (Brahms and Mozart). The original version was in two movements, ending with a sad waltz. Fifteen years later, I have added a happy and lively third movement."
"The Viola Quartet (called Concerto Piccolo – as opposed to Concerto Grosso) was composed in 2007 for the noted viola virtuoso and educator Paul Coletti, for his students in Los Angeles. After hearing a wonderful performance of this Quartet by Tim Deighton’s students at Penn State University, I decided that the Concerto would be enhanced by a fast movement. I therefore composed a passionate Tarantella (in December, 2009) especially for his students and this premiere for the New York Viola Society."
PAUL SEIKO CHIHARA was born in Seattle, Washington in 1938. He received his doctorate degree (D.M.A.) from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. Mr. Chihara also studied with the renowned pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood. With Toru Takemitsu, Chihara was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in 1971, and also the first composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner, Conductor. More recently, he has served as the composer-in-residence with the Mancini Institute in Los Angeles.
Mr. Chihara’s prize-winning concert works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the U.S. and Europe. His numerous commissions and awards include those from The Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, the Naumberg Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His commissioned orchestral tone poem CLOUDS was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in their Millennium Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2001. His AMATSU KAZE (for soprano and five instruments) was premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Why Note Festival in Dijon, France. In February 2002, a concert of his choral music was presented by the Westminster Choir College at Princeton, New Jersey. His “An Afternoon on the Perfume River” received its world premiere by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in February of 2004. Sir Neville Marriner and the world-renowned guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero recently recorded his Guitar Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. Active in the ballet world, Mr. Chihara was composer-in-residence at the San Francisco Ballet from 1973-1986. While there, he wrote many trailblazing works, including Shin-ju (based on the "lovers' suicide" plays by the great Japanese dramatist Chikamatsu), as well as the first full-length American ballet, The Tempest.
In addition to his many concert works, Mr. Chihara has composed scores for over 100 motion pictures and television series. He has worked with such luminaries as directors Sidney Lumet, Louis Malle, Michael Ritchie, and Arthur Penn. His movie credits include Prince of the City, The Morning After, Crossing Delancey, and John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes. His works for television include China Beach, Noble House, Brave New World, and 100 Centre Street. Mr. Chihara also served as music supervisor at Buena Vista Pictures (Walt Disney Co.). Also active in the New York musical theatre world, Mr. Chihara served as musical consultant and arranger for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, and was the composer for James Clavell’s Shogun, the Musical.
Mr. Chihara’s works have been widely recorded. His compositions appear on many labels including BMG Records, Reference Recordings, CRI, Music and Art, Vox Candide, New World Records, The Louisville Orchestra First Editions Records, and Albany Records.
Mr. Chihara is a Professor of Music at UCLA and Chair of Visual Media (graduate film music).
Flusso in Italian means "flow." Flusso for Viola and Piano is inspired by music that flows like water without a fixed shape. It is slow, mysterious, and haunting. The opening gesture of open-fifths in the piano adds to the mood and is continued throughout the piece.
As a resident of both Asia and the United States, Kye Ryung (Karen) Park has worked to integrate many aspects of multi-cultural musical elements into her own artistic identity. Her music has been played at numerous music festivals and conferences including International Festival of Women Composers, Nevada Encounters of New Music, Pan Music Festival, June in Buffalo and College Music Society. Recently her piano Suite Reminiscences (2009) was broadcast on radio, KGCS. After earning her bachelor's degree in music composition at Seoul National University, she got her master's and PhD degrees in music composition and theory from UCLA.
The Romance op. 98 has a special place in Fine's considerable oeuvre for the viola (more than 75 works, out of a total of 200). Commissioned in 2000 by the Penn State Viola Ensemble, it is a personal statement of Fine's loyalty to his wife Michelle, also a violist (who was later to divorce him). Following hard on the heels of the phantasmagoric Sixth Sonata op. 97, it makes a welcome contrast of earnest intimacy.
The whole premise of the Romance is an association Fine made between Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and the Rolling Stones' rock ballad "Wild Horses". Whether real or imagined, this thematic likeness is relentlessly exploited within the traditional Romance form. Indeed, the work is so traditional as to have a Minore episode, modulating enharmonically from G-flat to F-sharp minor. Debussy is not the only connection here; there are also moments reminiscent of Bruckner, Mahler, Sibelius, Bartok, and Shostakovich. Juxtaposing these quick fixes is what gives the Romance its exalted mysticism.
Marshall Fine, (b. 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is the son, student, and colleague of Burton Fine, former Principal Violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (with whom he began violin studies in 1963). He continued his studies in viola, composition, and conducting, receiving his DMA in 1990 from the University of Memphis. His other teachers include Julian Olevsky, Francis Bundra, Judith Nelson, composer Donald Freund, and conductor Alan Balter. He is Assistant Principal Violist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, a charter member of the IRIS Orchestra on both viola and violin, and has served as principal viola of the Savannah Symphony and Dallas Opera orchestras. In 1995 he was named Memphis Composer of the Year.
Dr. Fine is a versatile performer and conductor who plays violin and viola with equal facility--one of the few composer/ performers today to do so on a string instrument--and is one of the most prolific writers for viola in history, including a solo concerto, a duo concerto, six sonatas with piano, and several Baroque concert transcriptions. He has appeared as soloist, recitalist, or conductor in his own works. His music is neoromantic, maintains touch with all serious and popular styles--two examples, Tango in Time of War and his 2004 commission A Flower of the Infinite Garden, were both premiered by IRIS--and seeks to integrate them into a whole, viable, personal style.
"The book of roses and memory is a kind of "sequel" to my earlier piece, The Old Rose Reader. It came about because violist Liuh-Wen Ting told me that she longed to play The Old Rose Reader. Neither of us felt right about having me merely make an arrangement, however. Following the example of composers such as Berlioz or Feldman, I decided to make a new composition that would use materials from the original piece, but also include new ideas, and a live narrator to read the text. I was particularly excited because there were many beautiful stories in the original text, by James Pritchett, that I was not able to use in the first piece.
The book of roses and memory is a kind of reflection on The Old Rose Reader. Its almost as if the viola of the second piece is somehow remembering the violin of the first. The sense of the violin, irretrievably lost, haunts The Book of Roses and Memory. Meanwhile, the narrator tells new stories that themselves reflect themes of memory and loss, while the violist alternately mourns for what is lost and contemplates what is discovered. The book of roses and memory was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, Liuh-Wen Ting”.
Frances White composes instrumental and electronic music. She studied composition at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has received awards, honors, grants, commissions, and fellowships from organizations such as Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France), the International Computer Music Association, Hungarian Radio, ASCAP, the Bang On A Can Festival, the Other Minds Festival, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the American Music Center, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Meet the Composer, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. She recently completed The ocean inside, a work commissioned by the Third Practice Festival at the University of Richmond for the acclaimed ensemble eighth blackbird. She is currently at work on three commissions: one from the Fromm Foundation to write a piece for the viol consort Parthenia; the second from the MAP Fund to write a work for trombonist Monique Buzzarté, and the third from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to write a dramatic piece for pianist/baritone Thomas Otten.
Ms. White's music can be heard on CD on the Wergo, Centaur, Nonsequitur, Harmonia Mundi, and Bridge Records labels. A CD devoted to her electroacoustic chamber works, Centre Bridge, was released in August of 2007 on the Mode Records label. Ms. White's music was featured as part of the soundtrack of three of Gus Van Sant's award-winning films: Elephant, Paranoid Park, and Milk.
Ms. White studies the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and finds that the traditional music of this instrument informs and influences her work as a composer. Much of Ms. White's music is inspired by her love of nature, and her electronic works frequently include natural sound recorded near her home in central New Jersey.
James Pritchett has a varied background; he has worked in the fields of music, writing, computers, digital sound, publishing, and information technology. As a musicologist, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the music of John Cage. His 1993 book The music of John Cage (Cambridge University Press) is the only critical study of Cage’s entire compositional output.
As a software designer/programmer, James Pritchett has collaborated with composers at the computer music studios of Brooklyn College–CUNY and Princeton University. He has worked on several projects with composer Frances White, including the interactive computer music installation Resonant Landscape (1990), and, more recently, The old rose reader (2004), for which he wrote the text and created the video.
Since 1999 James Pritchett has worked at the national headquarters of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic in Princeton, New Jersey. Pritchett is a technology development manager at RFB&D, where he supports the analysis, research, design, and development of accessible book technologies. He is currently working on another collaboration with Frances White, this time a retelling of the fairy tale The princess in the chest.
Petr Eben was counted among the best known Czech composers. He was well-known as a composer and organist, as well as a master of the art of improvisation. He was born in 1929 and spent his childhood in ?esky Krumlov where he also studied piano, violoncello and organ. Because his father was a Jew he had to leave school in 1943 and spent the rest of the war years in concentration camp in Buchenwald. That was to color Eben's life and the human, Christian attitude by which he was to live out his days. In one of his early works he reflected on this period and said of the work :
“ It is a remembrance of the dead in the mass graves and . . . a testimony of the wonderful faith of human beings. Faith and hope cannot be killed, the spirit cannot be defeated by external events. It was this same philosophy, this same faith and inner strength that sustained him through a further 40 years of political oppression under the Soviet rule. After hard years of occupation he entered the Prague Academy of Music to study piano and composition. He went to church every Sunday with his family -this did not help his career in a communist state.
In 1955-90 Eben was teaching at the department of musical science at Charles University before being designated professor of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts. After the 1989 Velvet Revolution he was appointed Professor of Composition and president of the Prague Spring Music Festival, among other important positions in Czech musical life. While holding the presidency, with typical modesty he refused to allow his own music to be played at the festival. Awarded his country's highest honor for artists by President Václav Havel, following his retirement and in spite of the onset of debilitating illness, he continued for many years to travel abroad to festivals in his honor. Petr Eben went on composing, mainly organ and choral pieces for church festivals, while living quietly in Prague. He died in 2007.
"Loveless Songs" were written in 1963. Composer himself mentioned that he wanted to create work that studies these many feelings that can follow some love stories - devastation, emptiness, loneliness, anger and hope - after all. He chose poetries from different authors (and one of them he did not know by the name), including famous verses from Anna Akhmatova.
May 2, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Church of Christ and St. Stephen's
Gottfried Rudinger - Divertimento for Viola, Saxophone and Piano, Op. 75
Ann Roggen, Viola
Tim Ruedeman, Saxophone
Steven Beck, Piano
Frank Bridge - Lament, for two Violas
Eddy Malave and Sheila Browne
Scott Ordway - "The Dreams We Dream for the City of Roses"
Jessica Meyer, Viola
Steven Beck, Piano
Joseph Jongen - Allegro Appassionato Op. 79, (1925)
Sheila Browne, Viola
Steven Beck, Piano
Henri Vieuxtemps - Elegie for Viola and Piano, Op. 30
William Frampton, Viola
Larry Weng, Piano
Nick Revel - Premiere of Broken Lines for Four Violas
Nick Revel, Nora Krohn, Liyuan Liu and Brian Lindgren
Henri Vieuxtemps (arranged by Frank Foerster) - Souvenir d'Amérique, Variations burlesques, Op. 17
Frank Foerster, Viola
Steven Beck, Piano
About the Performers
Violist Sheila Browne has performed in many of the world’s major halls as soloist, chamber musician, and as an orchestral principal. She has soloed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, New World Symphony, South African International Viola Congress Festival Orchestra, and the Viva Vivaldi!, Reina Sofia and German-French chamber orchestras. She is a member of the newly formed flute-viola-harp Fire Pink Trio. She has recorded concerto, solo and chamber works for the Nonesuch, Sony, Albany, Centaur and ERM labels, and has premiered a concerto written for her at the most recent international viola congresses in Australia and South Africa. The only viola finalist in the 2004 International Pro Musicis Solo Awards at Carnegie Hall, Sheila is a graduate of the Juilliard School, MusikHochschule Freiburg and Rice University. She was Karen Tuttle's teaching assistant for four years as well as a student of Kim Kashkashian, Karen Ritscher's teaching assistant, and Paul Katz was her quartet mentor. She has performed in many festivals including Banff, Donaueschingen, Evian, Great Lakes, Jeunesses Musicales, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, Port Townsend, Sun Valley, and Tanglewood. She has given recitals and /or masterclasses at many schools, including Eastman, McGill, Oberlin, Duke, and Boston University. She was appointed to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts faculty in 2006, New York University faculty in 2009 and is on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society. She is the first viola professor ever to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan at the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. She also teaches at California Summer Music, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Viva Virginia!. Upcoming projects include a Vivaldi-Primrose viola concerto recording, a solo CD, and performances with Joe Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt, and Shmuel Ashkenazy.
Violist Frank Foerster enjoys a varied career as orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He studied at the music schools of Hannover and Berlin and with Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland before coming to New York to study at the Juilliard School with Lillian Fuchs and Karen Tuttle. He received his doctorate from Juilliard, where he was appointed principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra. After winning several competitions in Europe, he became the first solo violist to win the Artists International Auditions in New York. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed under Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic and under Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic.
Since 1988, he has served as principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Zdenek Macal he was soloist in Bartok’s viola concerto with the NJSO. He is also first violist of the New York Scandia Symphony, and member of the Scandia String Quartet.
He has composed several works for viola and piano, as well as viola and orchestra. Many of his orchestral arrangements have been performed and recorded by New York Scandia Symphony. He taught at CUNY, at Columbia University and as guest artist at the Juilliard Pre-College. A participant in many summer festivals as teacher and performer, he was winner of the Aspen Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.
He performs on a viola made by the brothers Amati in 1620 from the NJSO’s collection of antique Italian instuments.
Violist William Frampton, born in 1986, is rapidly emerging as an exciting and unique artist. Having made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2009 at Weill Recital Hall, he has also appeared as soloist in Boston’s Jordan Hall in performances of Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” Concerto for Viola and Orchestra and Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy” with Joseph Silverstein conducting. William has appeared in recital in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Florida, and Wellesley. In 2008, he collaborated with conductor David Hoose and the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble for a unique recital featuring the premiere of a viola concerto by Peter Homans. An enthusiastic performer and promoter of new music, William has worked with composers such as Gyorgy Kurtag and Malcolm Peyton.
An avid chamber musician, William’s festival and workshop appearances have included Verbier Festival Academy, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and others. He has collaborated with such artists as Paul Katz, Roberto and Andres Diaz, James Dunham, Robert McDuffie, and others. William was a member of the Redwood Quartet, which was invited to study intensively with renowned composer and pedagogue Gyorgy Kurtag at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England, performing in Boston and England. William has been a soloist with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey twice, the winner of two New England Conservatory Concerto Competitions, and his recognitions include a Marian Anderson Young Artist Grant. An enthusiastic outreach performer, he has performed in schools, nursing homes, senior centers, and alternative venues. William is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey.
William’s primary studies were with Byrnina Socolofsky and Choong-Jin Chang. He recently completed his undergraduate studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music, and currently studies with Samuel Rhodes at the Juilliard School.
Violist Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Music and Hispanic Studies. She received her Masters degree in Viola Performance from SUNY Purchase College, where she studied with Ira Weller, founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. Summer studies include Eastern Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School, the Meadowmount School, and the Manchester Music Festival. A busy freelancer in New York City and the metro area, Nora also works part time at Tarisio Auctions, where she manages an inventory of over 1,000 instruments and bows.
Brian Lindgren is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied viola performance under John Graham. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to performing as a freelance violist, Brian Lindgren also composes and performs electronic music. He teaches strings at two New York junior high schools in addition to maintaining his private studio. Please visit www.brianlindgren.com for more information.
Violist Liyuan Liu has performed as a soloist for the President of Austria in the People’s Hall of China. She was the third prize winner at the National Viola Competition of China in 2003 (and also its youngest participant). Her orchestral experience includes being the principal violist of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as well as appearing in the New World Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has worked with members of the Juilliard, Shanghai, Takács ,Guarneri and Cleveland quartets. She has also performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Library of Congress, Music Mountain, and Bard Music Festival. While attending these festivals, she had the privilege of working with Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, John Tower, and Robert Martin. Having studied at the Central Conservatory of China and the Bard Conservatory, where she was under Ira Weller and Michael Tree, Ms. Liu is currently a full scholarship student at The Juilliard School studying with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom.
Eddy Malave was born on Long Island, New York where he began his musical training on the viola and piano under Irene Stitt. From this time onward, he has won many competitions and awards, participated in various summer music festivals and has performed with orchestras, chamber music and in recitals across the globe. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School in viola performance studying under the late William Lincer. Past teachers have also included Patinka Kopec, Margaret Pardee and Roland Vamos.
Eddy has performed a wide variety of musical genres from playing for President Bill Clinton at the middle east peace talks (Israel forum policy) to Elton John to collaborating with dj Victor Calderone along with many other prominent artist in various venues.
Musically he performs with the Sejong soloists, the Orchestra of St Lukes, and various broadway shows and is a certified Suzuki violin/ viola teacher (school for strings) and is currently on faculty at 3rd Street Music Settlement.
He is also trained certified teacher of the Alexander technique (American Center for the Alexander Technique), studies extensively with Thom Lemmons and John Nicholls. He is also serving on the faculty at the Steinhardt School, NYU (in professor Stephanie Baer's program).
Eddy has presented the technique at NYU, the British Columbia music teachers conference in Surrey, B.C., Canada, at A.I.M.S., Graz, Austria, at the Volterra Project in Volterra, Italy and at the National Conservatory in Amman, Jordan.
Acclaimed for her "polish, focus, and excitement" (Allan Kozinn, The New York Times), violist Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a passionate advocate of new music, Ms. Meyer is the the co-founder of the critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, which performs regularly in NYC and around the country. Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola at Merkin Concert Hall and the MATA Festival, and has played with ensembles such as Continuum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Glass Farm Ensemble, and SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City).
Jessica strives to perform a wide variety of chamber music and has appeared in many venues both large and small - including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Miller Theatre in NYC, Symphony Hall in Boston, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She is also the founder of Piaclava - a touring clarinet, viola, and piano trio that is often called upon to perform interactive outreach concerts sponsored by Lincoln Center and various other educational organizations. Equally at home with many other styles of music, Ms. Meyer has performed with singers ranging from Elton John to Sarah Brightman, and has improvised with tap dancer Savion Glover and his jazz band at the Joyce Theater and B.B. King’s Blues Club.
Preppy CT-grown kid, Nick Revel, aims to break down boundaries in the
world of classical music. By combining classical music with new sounds and
techniques in viola and popular instruments Nick brings new crowds together
in the concert hall...or club, wherever the show happens to be.
Violist Ann Roggen's talents stem from a wide range of solo and ensemble experience.
She has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, has recorded extensively for the Telarc, Sony and Deutsche Gramaphone recording labels.
She maintains an active and vital studio at William Paterson University where she is professor of viola, chamber music and orchestral studies, as well as in New York City where she teaches viola and chamber music. As a member of the Bennington College faculty, she has had great success in developing interdisciplinary cultural events designed to combine music with literature, history, dance and language in performance.
Ms. Roggen is a tireless advocate for unique and unusual repertoire for the viola in combination with other instruments and voice. In her role as Vice President of the New York Viola Society, she has been successful in creating numerous performance opportunities in New York City for dedicated violists to explore this repertoire, both old and new. In the fall of 2008, she was elected to the national board of the American Viola Society.
Some of Ms. Roggen's recent creations include an evening of music for multiple violas, with violists of the London Symphony Orchestra, concerts of viola music by film composers, as well as an event presented by the Pen and Brush organization devoted to the life and works of composer Rebecca Clarke.
Highlights of recent seasons include concerto performances with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra (Croatia), as well as recitals and master classes under the auspices of the American Cultural Centres in Zagreb and Vilnius, Lithuania.
Ms. Roggen received her musical training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Fuchs and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Steven Beck - "...one of the city's most admired young pianists..." - the New Yorker, Nov. 28th, 2005
American pianist Steven Beck was born in 1978. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin and Bruce Brubaker.
Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson), Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony.
Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, and the Walden School. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), and has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Christopher Caines Dance Company. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, and Charles Wuorinen, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, The Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble 21, Mosaic, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, the Omega Ensemble, the Fires of New York, Ensemble Sospeso, the Second Instrumental Unit, the Argento Ensemble, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the East Coast Composers’ Ensemble. He is a member of the Knights, counter)induction, Talea, Pleasure is the Law, and the new music ensemble Future In Reverse (FIRE). His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.
Saxophonist Tim Ruedeman has performed throughout the Unites States, Western Europe, and Asia. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Tim Ruedeman’s saxophone solos were the evening’s tour de force. He proved the extreme virtuosity required for playing slowly and softly, and the intricacy of holding a tone.”
Recent and upcoming seasons include performances at the Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Late Show with David Letterman, Bang On A Can Marathon, and the Macau China International Music Festival. A committed performer of new music, Dr. Ruedeman has given the premieres of over sixty pieces and is a member of the new-music ensemble, Flexible Music, and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet. He has appeared as soloist with the S.E.M. Ensemble, Greenwich Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Hanover Wind Symphony, and Metamorphosen Orchestra and as an orchestral and chamber performer with the Long Island Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Absolute Ensemble, Juilliard Orchestra, North-South Consonance, Bridgeport Symphony, Desshoff Choir, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Equally at home in commercial and jazz music Tim has toured with rock legends The Cars, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Denny Laine of the Moody Blues, Bo Bice of American Idol, Findlay Brown, M. Ward, and The Walkmen; and has shared the stage with jazz legends Muhal Richard Abrams, Ned Rothenberg, Billy Drewes, Bruce Arnold, and Peter Erskine. Dr. Ruedeman can be heard on recordings with the Absolute Ensemble, S.E.M. Ensemble, the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Flexible Music, and The Walkmen for the Naxos, Helicon, Allegro Records, New Focus Records, and CC’nC labels. Dr. Ruedeman is currently on the faculty of NYU, Montclair State University, William Paterson University, and C.W. Post Long Island University. He holds a BA in English Literature from Oberlin College, a BM in music performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and an MA and PhD in music performance from New York University.
Larry Weng began his piano studies at the age of seven with Dorothy Shi. At the age of eleven, he enrolled in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School under the tutelage Sylvia Chambless. Larry Weng is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians. He has performed in many renowned concert halls such as Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kaufman Center. He has also worked with numerous orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he was admitted to the joint degree program between Columbia University and The Juilliard School. In the past few years, Larry has continued to garner recognition in the music world, with top prizes from the New York Piano Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin competition.
Hailed by renowned professors and performers such as Arie Vardi and Paul Badura-Skoda as a "fine musician with a bright future," Larry is dedicated to not only the artistic creation of music in the concert hall, but also to education and outreach in the broader community. He firmly believes in the transformative powers of music, and the importance of immersing the youth in music in both an understandable and interesting manner. Larry has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Columbia University, is currently finishing his Masters degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio, and will be beginning the Artist Diploma program at Yale School of Music next fall.