Cello; July 25
Cellist Elizabeth Anderson joined the Cassatt String Quartet in 2014 and has toured extensively in the United States, Mexico, China and Japan. She is also Assistant Principal Cello of the New York City Opera, and has won the highest praise from critics for her recordings on the RCA Red Seal, Telarc and Nonesuch labels. Due to her deep commitment to new music, many renowned composers have dedicated works to her, including Samuel Adler, Michael Rose and Kenneth Frazelle. As a founding member of the celebrated Meliora Quartet, Grand Prize Winner of The Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Fischoff Competition, The Coleman Competition and The Cleveland Quartet Competition, she has performed at Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery, Library of Congress, and Jordan Hall. An active concerto soloist, Elizabeth has performed with the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist she has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has been a frequent guest at international music festivals around the world and in the U.S, including Aspen, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas, Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Elizabeth was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Middlebury College, and the Longy School of Music. Formerly Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she studied with Jacqueline DuPre, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Yo‑Yo Ma, Wallace Rushkin and Leonard Rose. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and California State University at Sacramento, and the Eastman School of Music. She is also a performer of North Indian classical music as a cellist and vocalist. Her newest CD, “Latifa Noor” includes improvisations on Indian Raga for cello and voice. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2013.
Cello; July 30, Aug 1, 8
Eliot Bailen has an active career as an Artistic Director, cellist, composer and teacher. Praised by Strings Magazine for his “warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music,” Eliot is Principal Cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble (CT) and Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom (NY). Recently appointed Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble, he also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, Cape May Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival, many of New York’s leading orchestras and numerous Broadway productions. Recipient of multiple ASCAP awards and commissions, he has received national attention for his musical compositions, especially for his works for children. Eliot received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and an MBA from New York University; he is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Eliot has performed at the SLLMF since 1994.
Horn; July 11
John Boden was Principal Horn of the Portland Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 2016, and has performed as a soloist and clinician throughout the Midwest, New England, in Austria and in the Republic of Panama. He is also active as a freelance musician, having worked with virtually all of the professional orchestras in New England. He is a long-standing member of the Portland Brass Quintet, was a member of the Block Ensemble, and has performed at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. In addition, John performed on the classical, baroque and early valved horn as a member of the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, and with Boston Baroque, Mercury of Houston, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, Apollo’s Fire of Cleveland, Sante Fe Pro Musica, the Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, the American Classical Orchestra of New York, and the American Bach Soloists. John’s favorite venture was with the early valved horn quartet, Universal Piston. Prior to coming to Maine, John was Principal Horn of the Omaha Symphony and a member of the Midlands Woodwind Quintet. During the 1995-96 season, John took a year leave of absence from the University of Southern Maine and the PSO and served as Principal Horn of the Utah Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. While in Utah, John taught horn at Weber State University in Ogden, UT and performed in the L. A. East Recording Studios. John holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory. His studies on modern horn have been with James Funkhouser, Frank Brouk and Dale Clevenger, Nancy Cochran-Block, and Philip Farkas. John teaches horn at USM where he retired from the full time faculty in 2007, and has performed at the SLLMF since 1983.
Bass; July 25
Originally from Long Island, New York, double bassist Anthony D’Amico is in demand as a freelance musician throughout the New England area. He serves as principal bass of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, and the Boston Philharmonic, and is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Portland Symphony. He is a frequent collaborator with the Boston Pops (including multiple national tours), Emmanuel Music, Ludovico Ensemble, and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. During the summers, he recently served as Principal Bass of the New Hampshire Music Festival orchestra, and currently participates in the Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, and the Landmarks Orchestra of Boston. His recordings of Elliot Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto I with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Lisa Bielawa’s Synopsis #4 for solo double bass are both available on the BMOP/Sound label. A versatile artist, Anthony’s career routinely encompasses a myriad of styles including symphonic and chamber music, jazz ensembles and national touring musical theater productions. He is a dedicated educator, and serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Holy Cross College, The Walnut Hill School, and The Groton School. Anthony is an alumnus of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has performed at SLLMF since 2000.
Piano; Aug 8
Pianist Yuri Funahashi has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia and in many of the major halls in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Jones Hall in Houston and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She has also been heard on many college campuses across the U.S., such as the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Goucher College, Colby College, Bates College, Kalamazoo College, Tulane University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Louisville, University of Connecticut, University of Southern California, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, and the University of Southern Maine, among others.
As a member of the Festival Chamber Music of New York City, Yuri performs regularly in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been a guest artist at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, The Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Mediterranean Music Festival and Royal Viking’s Music Festival at Sea. She has collaborated frequently with the Verdehr Trio, has appeared in performances with the Brentano String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, and is co-founder and co-director of the Maine Mountain Chamber Music series.
Born in Japan, Yuri moved to the U.S. at a young age with her family and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. She has recorded for Musical Heritage and John Marks Records and is on the faculty at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2006.
Clarinet; July 11, 18
Currently Principal Clarinet of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, he is the former Principal Clarinet with the Lincoln, South Bend, and Springfield Symphony Orchestras. Other summer festivals include the Chenango Music Fest (NY), the Peninsula Music Festival (WI) and the Omaha Chamber Music Society. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with James Pyne and Franklin Cohen and at the Oberlin Conservatory with Lawrence McDonald. He and his wife Lynn Castrianno, a research psychologist, have a son, Rosario, and a daughter, Antonia. He has performed at the SLLMF since 1986.
Violin, Viola; July 11, 18
Violinist/violist Gerry Itzkoff grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and studied violin there with Giovinna Sessions, Philipp Naegele, and Julian Olevsky. After studies with Raphael Bronstein in New York City, he began his professional career, becoming a leading freelancer in Boston, substituting with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, playing Baroque and Contemporary music, teaching, and playing as much chamber music as time would allow. He found his way north to James Bolles’ New Hampshire Symphony, serving as both Principal Second Violin and then Concertmaster, and there began his relationship with the Peterborough-based Monadnock Music Festival, at which he was a regular guest artist for more than 25 years. After moving to Cincinnati, he raised a family, began a long-running series of free chamber music concerts, and recorded two CDs of music for violin and piano, one a reading of several romantic-era sonatas, the other an all-Schubert disc. This fall Gerry begins his 25th season in the first violin section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Gerry has performed at the SLLMF since 2012.
Clarinet; Aug 8
Praised by the New York Times for his “spellbinding” performances and “infectious enthusiasm and panache,” Alan R. Kay is Principal Clarinetist and an Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as Principal Clarinet of New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also appears as Principal Clarinet with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Alan’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon, later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.” He is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Yellow Barn and Skaneateles Festivals, and his innovative programming for the New York Chamber Ensemble is a feature of the Cape May Music Festival. A virtuoso of wind repertoire, Alan has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, Orpheus and numerous other ensembles. His arrangements for wind quintet are available from Trevco Music Publishing and International Opus. Also a conductor, Alan studied conducting at The Juilliard School with Otto-Werner Mueller and has conducted orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the New York City area. In the past season, he was invited to conduct the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Orchestra in Long Island and the New York Concerto Sinfonietta in Manhattan. Alan taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany in 2004 and currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard and Stony Brook University. He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani, Italy, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Concert Artist Guild Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Alan has performed at the SLLMF since 1995.
Viola; July 11, 23, 25, 30, Aug 1
Laurie Kennedy has been principal violist and frequent soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra since 1981. She was the featured soloist with the PSO in 1997 for the opening of the newly renovated Merrill Auditorium. In October 2011, she performed the Bloch Suite Hebraique with the PSO, and in 2007 was soloist with violinist/conductor, Joseph Silverstein, in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Well known as a chamber music artist throughout the Northeast, Laurie has performed every summer for almost forty years at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival. She became co-Music Director of this Festival in 1985, and served as Music Director from 2000 to 2015. She has been commended for “some of the most evocative programming on the Maine summer music scene” (Portland Press Herald 2011), and for hiring artists from around the country who play “with passion and precision” (PPH 2015) – “chamber music one would expect to hear at Lincoln Center” (PPH 2014). Laurie is also founder, co-director, and violist with Maine Mountain Chamber Music, which has presented a spring and fall series at the University of Maine at Farmington since 2002. She is highly regarded for designing and narrating the popular Music for Kids and Discovery programs at SLLMF, and for her devotion and enthusiasm in presenting classical music to school children throughout Maine. She teaches viola, violin and chamber music in the Farmington area.
At the age of 21, Laurie joined the viola section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and later served as principal violist for the Vancouver Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. A native of Massachusetts, she received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College with Distinction, and her master’s, as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate, from Indiana University School of Music. Laurie has resided in Carthage, Maine since 1981. She is an avid gardener and enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, yoga and traveling. Laurie has performed at the SLLMF since 1977.
Violin; July 30, Aug 1
Violinist Min-Young Kim is a founding member and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Daedalus Quartet, winner of the Banff String Quartet Competition. With the quartet, she performs regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and has been presented by many of the world’s leading musical venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam. She has also toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated in festivals and performances with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Takács and Vermeer Quartets. An advocate for music of our time, Min-Young enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered and performed many new works. In early music, she has performed and recorded on the baroque violin with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and New York Collegium. A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, Ms. Kim teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania, and was formerly on the faculty of Columbia University and the School for Strings in New York. Her major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann and Shirley Givens. Min-Young has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Piano; July 11, 18, 25, 30, Aug 1, 8
Praised by Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Korean-born pianist and Music Director of the SLLMF, Mihae Lee, enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, and artistic director. She has been captivating audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in solo and chamber music concerts, in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Academia Nationale de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, and Taipei National Hall. An active chamber musician, Mihae is a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio with violinist Ani Kavafian and hornist William Purvis and was an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society for three decades. Mihae has appeared frequently at numerous international chamber music festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Medellin Festicamara, Seattle, OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, El Paso, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport, Bard, Norfolk, Mostly Music, Monadnock, Music Mountain, and Chestnut Hill Concerts. In addition to many years of performing regularly at Bargemusic in New York, she has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae; has collaborated with the Juilliard, Tokyo, Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets; and has premiered and recorded works by such composers as Gunther Schuller, Ned Rorem, Paul Lansky, Henri Lazarof, Michael Daugherty, and Ezra Laderman. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Martin Canin and Russell Sherman, Mihae has released recordings on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCMS labels. Currently serving as Artistic Director of the Essex Winter Series in Connecticut, she has performed at the SLLMF since 1995.
Piano; July 11, 18
Pianist Stephen Manes has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Esplanade, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Denver Symphony, under conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Sergiu Comissiona, Brian Priestman, Neville Marriner, Arthur Fiedler, Christopher Keene Semyon Bychkov, and Maximiano Valdes.
Stephen has given solo recitals in major U.S. cities, as well as in such European centers as London, Berlin, Amsterdam, the Hague, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Vienna. He has performed chamber music concerts with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Kronos, and Cassatt string quartets, and has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival. Every summer he performs at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine and is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College.
With his late wife, Frieda Manes, he gave concerts of four-hands and two-piano music throughout the United States and in Australia. In 1986, they recorded the complete piano four-hands music of Beethoven for Spectrum Records. Stephen is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University at Buffalo: The State University of New York, where he taught for 39 years and was pianist there of the resident Baird Trio. He has performed at the SLLMF since its inception in 1973.
Violin; July 18, 23, 25
VARTY MANOUELIAN made her American debut in 1993 with the North Carolina Symphony as First Prize winner of the Bryan International Competition. She has also been a prizewinner at a number of other competitions, including the Kotzian International Competition in Czechoslovakia, Performers of Connecticut, and the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland. Varty has recorded and appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States, Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, Poland, Spain, and Italy. Her chamber music performances include participation at the Marlboro Music Festival, the El Paso Festival, and the Olympic Music Festival, among others. She has collaborated with Bruno Canino, Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, Garrick Ohlsson, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Adès, and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Borromeo, and Mendelssohn string quartets. Varty spends her summers performing and teaching chamber music with her husband, violinist Movses Pogossian, and their children, Eddie, Cara, and Anoush, at the Apple Hill Chamber Players and Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in New England. Since joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004, Varty has frequently performed at the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new-music series, as well as at Camerata Pacifica and the Dilijan Series. Currently teaching at the Colburn School, Varty holds degrees from the State Music Academy in Bulgaria and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Boyan Letchev and Donald Weilerstein. She is a pathetic gardener, passionate back seat driver, and enjoys going to her kids’ soccer games and roasting coffee to perfection. Varty has performed at the SLLMF since 2001.
Cello; July 11
Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica won First Prize at the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and also won First Prize at the Irving M. Klein International Competition. A recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant, Mihai has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the United States.
In addition, Mihai has appeared in solo recitals in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, Canada, and the United States. A dedicated chamber musician, he has also appeared at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals, among others, and has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Mihae Lee, David Shifrin, William Purvis, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer.
Mihai is a former member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program and is a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, whose debut album was named one of the best classical music recordings of 2015 by the New York Times. He studied with Gabriela Todor in Romania and with Aldo Parisot at Yale School of Music, where he received his master’s degree and artist diploma. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Bassoon; Aug 8
Praised for his “teeming energy” and “precise control” by the New York Times and having “every note varnished to a high gloss” by the Boston Globe, New York-based bassoonist Adrian Morejon has established himself as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Adrian has appeared in New York, Boston, Vienna, Prague, Memphis, and Miami with the Talea Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Miami Symphony. He is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, Talea Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, bassoon duo Dark & Stormy, and the Gene Project, and has appeared with numerous other chamber ensembles and festivals. Adrian is co-principal of IRIS Orchestra and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Boston Pops, among others. He holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, and currently teaches at Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Brooklyn College. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Cello; July 18
Joel Noyes is Assistant Principal Cello of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician and recitalist, Joel has appeared throughout the United States at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bargemusic, Ltd. He performed with Renee Fleming in the opening night concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been seen there several times since as part of the Musicians from the Met chamber series with James Levine. He has performed at festivals including Marlboro Music, La Jolla Summerfest, Strings Music Festival of Steamboat Springs, and serves as principal cellist of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. He has also collaborated with many of the world’s leading chamber musicians, including members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Vermeer string quartets. Born into a musical family in the state of Maine, he began playing the cello at the age of three under the tutelage of his father. Joel graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with David Soyer. His other teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. A versatile musician, Joel composes his own music, plays Egyptian music in a band in New York, and has participated in numerous movie soundtracks. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2011.
Violin; July 30, Aug 1
Philip Palermo was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in January 1985 and appears frequently with the orchestra as soloist. A native of Barrington, Illinois, Philip made his concerto debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. He has also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Juilliard symphonies, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a chamber musician, his series and festival credits include the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Linton Chamber Music Series, the Utah Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. In Indiana, Philip can be heard frequently as a guest artist with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. Philip is featured as soloist on the Indianapolis Symphony’s CD, Yuletide Celebration, conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly. Philip received his first violin lessons at the age of eight from his father, George, a former member of the Indianapolis and Chicago symphonies. He began studies with Morris Gomberg at the Chicago Musical College at the age of 12 and at 15 won the Chicago Symphony Youth Award. Philip has also studied with Franco Gulli at Indiana University and with Dorothy DeLay at both The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music School. His additional awards include the Rudolph Ganz Memorial Award (Chicago Musical College), the Merek Weber Award (Indiana University), the Fritz Kreisler Memorial Award (Juilliard), and first prize at the 1975 Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition in New York City. Philip plays a 1705 Giovanni Grancino violin. He has a passion for violin bows and plays examples by F. Tourte, N. Maline, J. A. Vigneron, F. N. Voirin, James Tubbs, and E. Sartory. He has performed at the SLLMF since 1993.
Violin; July 18, 23, 25
Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut in 1990 performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops. Movses is a Prizewinner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the youngest-ever First Prize winner of the 1985 USSR National Violin Competition, previous winners of which included David Oistrakh and Gidon Kremer. An active chamber musician, Movses has performed with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets, and with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Jeremy Denk, Lynn Harrell, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Rohan de Saram, and Fred Sherry. He frequently collaborates with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, teaching annually at their summer music festival in New Hampshire. Movses is the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, which performs at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Passionately committed to new music, Movses has premiered over 50 works and works closely with composers such as G. Kurtág, T. Mansurian, J. Harbison, A. R. Thomas, L. Segerstam, P. Chihara, V. Sharafyan, and A. Avanesov. In Los Angeles, Movses frequently performs on Monday Evening Concerts, and is the recipient of the 2011 Forte Award. His discography includes solo violin CDs “Blooming Sounds” and “In Nomine,” both on Albany label, as well as G. Kurtág’s monumental “Kafka Fragments” on Bridge Records. Recent and upcoming releases include Complete Works for Violin by Stefan Wolpe, and Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Schoenberg’s Brentwood home with Kim Kashkashian and Rohan de Saram. Since his studies at the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Movses has held teaching positions at Duquesne, Bowling Green, Wayne State, and SUNY Buffalo Universities. His principal teachers were L. Zorian, V. Mokatsian, V. Klimov, and legendary Louis Krasner. Movses is currently Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2001.
Horn; Aug 8
William Purvis enjoys a multifaceted career both in the United States and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous world premieres and New York premieres, including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson, Bayan Northcott, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paul Lansky; horn trios by Poul Ruders, Paul Lansky and Györgi Ligeti; Sonate en Forme de Préludes by Steven Stucky; Retracing II for Solo Horn and Nine by Five with the New York Woodwind Quintet by Elliott Carter. As a devoted chamber musician, William is a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio with Ani Kavafian and Mihae Lee, and a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and the Yale Brass Trio. He has been a frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has collaborated with many of the world’s most esteemed string quartets, including Brentano, Daedalus, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Orion. In addition, William is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and an emeritus member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His extensive number of recordings on numerous labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos, Koch and Bridge, span a broad range from original instrument performance to standard solo and chamber music repertoire to contemporary solo and chamber music works. In addition, he has released numerous recordings of contemporary music as conductor. A member of the Yale School of Music faculty since 1999, William is currently Professor in the Practice of Horn and Chamber Music and also serves as Coordinator of Winds and Brasses, and is director of the Collection of Musical Instruments. He has been performing at the SLLMF since 2000.
Flute; July 30, Aug 1, 8
Praised by the New York Times as “irresistible in both music and performance,” flutist Susan Rotholz continues to be in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. Winner of Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and of Concert Artists Guild as a soloist, Susan is Principal Flute of the Greenwich Symphony and The New York Chamber Ensemble, and a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. She has recorded and toured internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, she also appears each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Susan attended the Marlboro Music Festival and was the principal and solo flutist with New England Bach Festival for 25 years. Her recording of the Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, is described by The Wall Street Journal as “eloquent and musically persuasive.” Recently, Susan released American Tapestry, Duos for Flute and Piano, performing the Beaser Variations, commissioned by Susan in 1982, Copland Duo, Muczynski and Liebermann Sonatas, presented by Bridge Records as “…brilliant instrumental virtuosity with deep understanding of this quintessentially American repertoire.” Susan has been newly appointed as Adjunct Artist in Music at Vassar College and continues to teach at Columbia University/Barnard College, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Susan also was guest performer and teacher at the Colorado College Music Festival. She holds degrees from Queens College (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM). In 2002 she received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. Susan has performed at the SLLMF since 1991.
Oboe; Aug 8
Stephen Taylor, one of the most sought-after oboists in the country, holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III Solo Oboe Chair at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae, and is co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His regular festival appearances include Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Bravo! Vail Valley, Music from Angel Fire, Norfolk, Santa Fe, Aspen, and Chamber Music Northwest. Among his more than 300 recordings is Elliott Carter’s Oboe Quartet, for which Stephen received a Grammy nomination. He has performed many of Carter’s works, giving the world premieres of Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa, and Tempo e Tempi; and the US premieres of Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet, and A 6 Letter Letter. He is entered in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and has been awarded a performer’s grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Trained at The Juilliard School, he is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. Mr. Taylor plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes. Being obsessed with buoyancy, he spends as much time as he can on old wooden boats in Maine. Stephen has been performing at SLLMF since 2014.
Cello; July 23, 25, 30, Aug 1
Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as Principal Cello in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and has frequently played with the Mallarme Chamber Players. She also performs regularly on the Washington Musica Viva series and in the summers she plays in the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine. Previously Bonnie was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg Chamber Music Competition. Early in her career Bonnie was Assistant Principal Cello of the Denver Symphony for one season, and she played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991. Bonnie has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her original home state of New Hampshire. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer and Elsa Hilger. Bonnie also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and as a case manager in home care nursing, during which time she was also a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Bonnie performs frequently with her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz. They have one son, Louis, who, as an undergraduate computer science major at NC State University, is gently introducing his parents to the tools of the 21st century! Bonnie has performed at the SLLMF since 2002.
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu
Violin/Viola; July 11, 25
Praised by the Seattle Times as “simply marvelous” and Taiwan’s Liberty Times for “astonishingly capturing the spirit of the music,” violinist/violist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Cindy has collaborated in concerts with renowned artists such as Teddy Abrams, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Miró, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and festivals such as the La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She has also collaborated as a guest violist with the Dover Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Orion Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet. Cindy is a recipient of many awards including the Milka Violin Artist Prize from the Curtis Institute of Music, and third prize at the International Violin Competition of David Oistrakh. She taught violin, chamber music, and string pedagogy at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2015, and has coached chamber music at the Encore School for Strings and Hotchkiss Summer Portals. She is currently the Artist in Residence of the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. Cindy plays on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin, and a 2015 Stanley Kiernoziak viola. Cindy has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.