Cello; Aug 7
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 24, 31
Eliot Bailen has an active career as an artistic director, cellist, composer and teacher. Strings Magazine writes, “At Merkin Hall ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music.” Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, now in its 36th year, whose performances the New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert,” Eliot is also Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble. Principal Cello of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society, Eliot also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, the Cape May Music Festival, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, as well as with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera and Ballet, the American Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony.
Heard frequently in numerous Broadway shows, in 2015 Eliot was solo cellist for ‘Allegiance.’ As a composer, he has received many commissions including a Double Concerto for Flute and Cello (2012) and his Saratoga Sextet, for the Saratoga Chamber Players (“The crowd loved it!” Schenectady Daily Gazette 6/14). Recently Eliot’s musical, The Tiny Mustache, received a third grant for further development from the Omer Foundation after its successful debut. He has received over thirty commissions for his “Song to Symphony” project, an extended school residency program that was recently awarded a special Alumni Grant from the Yale School of Music. 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, and has performed at the SLLMF since 1983.
Violin; Aug 14
Praised by the New York Times for her “sublime tone,” violinist Catherine Cho has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Detroit, National, Montreal, Edmonton, and National Arts Centre orchestras, the KBS and Seoul Philharmonic in Korea, the Barcelona Symphony, and the New Zealand Symphony. Her collaborations with distinguished conductors include Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, and Hugh Wolff. Her concert performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with the Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of Jo-Ann Falletta, was broadcast nationwide on PBS Television in January 2002.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Catherine has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Casals Hall in Tokyo as a member of the Casals Hall Ensemble, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd Street Y, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series. Catherine was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival from 1993 to 2001, and has taken part in eleven “Musicians from Marlboro” national tours. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice, and was a member of the Johannes String Quartet from 2003 to 2006.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Catherine won prizes at the Montreal, Hanover, and Queen Elizabeth international violin competitions. She is a member of the violin and chamber music faculty at The Juilliard School, and has taught at the NY String Seminar, Heifetz Institute, Great Mountains Music School and Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. Catherine is currently an Artist Member for Music for Food, a musician led initiative for fighting hunger in local communities. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Todd Phillips, and their son, Brandon. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Piano; Aug 7
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.
Viola; July 31
Violist Mary Hammann, an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer, has been heard extensively in North America, Europe and the Far East. One of five musical sisters growing up near Gettysburg, PA, Mary graduated from the Curtis Institute and Mannes College of Music, studying with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle and Walter Trampler. Mary has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music and The Grand Canyon Festival. She has toured and recorded with Orpheus, Philomusica, Solisti, the Brandenburg Ensemble and the Metropolitan Opera. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992, she has recorded on Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammaphon. Mary and Auréole, her award-winning flute-viola-harp trio, heard on the Koch label, have made eight recordings – one of which was short listed for the Grammy nominations. As a concerto soloist, she has performed at Lincoln Center with Solisti New York for Mostly Mozart and with the Jupiter Symphony. In addition to her recordings, she has performed live on many public radio programs, including Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday Morning. This is her first apprearance at the SLLMF.
Cello; July 17
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a “superb cellist with a large, expressive, singing tone, passionate musicianship, and magnificent playing” by the Journal Tribune, Armenian-American cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, and throughout Europe and the United States. Ani’s engagements this season have included tours with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra around the U.S. and Europe. She has performed at the American University of Beirut as well as solo concerts at Haigazian University where she performed a world premiere, ‘Yesterday is No More,’ written for her and violinist Rebecca Jackson by award-winning composer Polina Nazakinskaya. During her time in Lebanon, Ani gave outreach performances to underserved communities at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Insan School for Iraqi & Syrian refugee children, Byblos Birds’ Nest Armenian orphanage, and in the Syrian refugee camps.
A passionate chamber musician, Ani has performed at various festivals including the La Jolla, Great Lakes and the American String Project in Seattle as well as the Lichfield Festival in England, Pablo Casals Prades Festival in France, Mendelssohn on Mull in Scotland, Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Sarasota Festival in Florida, Apeldoorn Festival in Holland, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Chateau de la Moutte festival in St. Tropez. Recent performances include chamber music concerts at Weill Recital Hall, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Saugerties ProMusica, Pleasantville Music Society, a chamber music summer residency at Wellesley College, and at Music at Montauk Chamber Music Festival. Ani received an M.A. with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum and a B.A. from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Clarinet; Aug 7
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 17, 24
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 17
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 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14
Praised by the Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Korean-born pianist Mihae Lee maintains 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, she 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 festivalsincluding Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Medellin Festicamara, Gimhae (Korea), Seattle, OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, El Paso, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport, Bard, Norfolk, Mostly Music, Electric Earth Concerts, 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.
Mihae made her professional debut at the age of fourteen with the Korean National Orchestra after becoming the youngest grand prizewinner at the prestigious May 16th National Competition in 1972. In the same year, she came to the United States on a scholarship from The Juilliard School Pre-College, and subsequently won many further awards including First Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Mihae is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory studying with Martin Canin and Russell Sherman and 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 and has been the Music Director since 2016.
Viola; Aug 7
Violist Catharine Lees maintains an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and andragogue. As Professor of Viola at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), she served as Chairman of the String Department from 2009 to 2017. She was also the host chair of the 2010 International Viola Congress. She was a member of the Artist/Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Principal Violist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony for 25 seasons. She is also coordinator of the event exchange agreement between Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and CCM.
Catharine has been featured on numerous occasions as soloist with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, CCM Chamber Players, and Wired. Upcoming features include appearances with orchestras performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and with the CCM Philharmonia in Strauss’ Don Quixote. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with prominent artists including Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Sarah Chang, Alisa Weilerstein, Don Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Joseph Swensen, as well as members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Tokyo, Cleveland, American, LaSalle, and Ariel string quartets. She has been featured in broadcasts on WGUC, WFMT, NHK Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and WOSU.
Catharine’s passion for teaching and the advancement of pedagogy/andragogy led to her collaboration with Dorothy DeLay resulting in Essentials for Viola. She has presented annual master classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie-Mellon, University of Memphis, Beijing Central Conservatory, Sookmyung Women’s University, and Yeungnam University (Daegu, South Korea), as well as in Tainan and Taipei, Taiwan. Catharine earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory, where she studied viola with Masao Kawasaki, violin with Henry Meyer, and chamber music with the LaSalle and Tokyo string quartets. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Violin; Aug 7
Timothy Lees, Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, enjoys an exciting and eclectic career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Since his arrival in Cincinnati as Concertmaster in 1998, he has also been appointed as a member of the violin faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). A member of the Sarasota Festival faculty since 2004, Timothy has also been a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he performed as Concertmaster of both the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
From Bach to Bartok, Timothy’s flexibility and command of the solo violin repertoire is evident through his numerous solo appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony as well as on many other stages throughout North America. As a recitalist, he has been featured in solo recitals in cities throughout the United States and at festivals including Sarasota, Spoleto, Sebago-Long Lake, Mainly Mozart festivals, among others.
An avid and highly sought-after chamber musician, Timothy frequently collaborates with prominent artists including Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, Yefim Bronfman, Ida Kavafian, and Peter Wiley, and has appeared as guest artist with the St. Lawrence and Jupiter string quartets. He is featured regularly in chamber music series including the Linton Music Series, CCM Faculty Artist Series, Oberlin Conservatory Series, and Concert Nova, as well as the Aspen Music Festival Faculty Artists Series and the Spoleto Festival Series. He has recorded on the Telarc, Bridge Records, and Fanfare Cincinnati labels.
A native of Philadelphia, Timothy received the coveted Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Charles Castleman. Prior to his arrival in Cincinnati, he served as Concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival, the Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and the Charleston symphony orchestras. Timothy performs on a J. B. Vuillaume violin, c. 1845, and has performed at the SLLMF since 1999.
Violin; July 24, 31
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.
Bassoon; Aug 7
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, 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, the Talea Ensemble, and the Radius Ensemble, 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, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Boston Pops, and others. He is a prize winner of the IDRS Gillet-Fox and Moscow Conservatory international competitions and a Theodore Presser Foundation Grant recipient. He holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Brooklyn College. Adrian has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Violin; Aug 7
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.
Viola; Aug 14
Violinist Todd Phillips made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of thirteen and, since then, has appeared with many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Jacksonville and Honolulu symphonies, Camerata Salzburg and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Todd is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Orion String Quartet which has been the quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mannes College of Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Todd’s experience as a frequent leader of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has led to engagements as conductor/leader with the Camerata Nordica of Sweden, the New World Symphony, Risor Chamber Orchestra in Norway, the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Tapiola Sinfonietta of Finland, and the Mannes Sinfonietta in New York City. He serves on the violin faculties of the Mannes College of Music, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Todd began studying the violin at the age of four with his father, Eugene Phillips and later studied with Sally Thomas at The Juilliard School and with Sàndor Vègh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, violinist Catherine Cho and is the father of four children: Lia, Eliza, Jason, and Brandon. This is Todd’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Violin; July 24, 31
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; July 17
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.
Bass; July 17
A native of Valencia, California, bassist Andrew Roitstein has been featured in chamber music concerts in New York’s Zankel Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founding member of the award-winning Toomai String Quintet, an ensemble that has appeared in chamber music series at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y, among others. Andrew enjoys playing Latin American music and performs regularly with Argentinian tango greats and 2018 Grammy winners, Pablo Ziegler and Hector Del Curto. He has recorded for artists such as Joanna Newsom (Drag City) and Jessica Pavone (Tzadik Records). He was a semifinalist in the 2011 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and second prize winner in The Juilliard School’s 2007 Double Bass Concerto Competition. A dedicated educator, Andrew is Senior Music Curriculum Specialist for The Juilliard School’s Global K-12 Programs and was a faculty of the New York Philharmonic’s “Philharmonic Schools” program. As an arranger, his works have been performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, members of the New York Philharmonic, and Joshua Bell, among others. Andrew received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Eugene Levinson. This is his first appearance at the SLLMF.
Flute; July 24, 31
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.
Harp; July 31
Stacey Shames is recognized as one of the world’s foremost harpists, performing as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. Since making her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony, among others. Her extensive list of honors includes First Prize in the AHS Concert Artist Competition, and a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bargemusic.
Stacey’s performing schedule includes appearances at international festivals with celebrated musicians from around the globe. Her career has featured collaborations with Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, and Gil Shaham, in numerous recording, concert and television appearances. She has been featured on PBS “Live from Lincoln Center,” A&E “Breakfast with the Arts,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” She is the solo harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with whom she records and tours.
A devoted chamber musician, she is a member of the Aureole Trio, the preeminent merger of Flute, Viola and Harp. The group has released nine recordings and champions works by such composers as Toru Takemitsu, John Tavener, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jan Bach, and George Tsontakis. She may be heard on the RCA, Bridge, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Blue Note, Albany and Concord labels, having recorded major works by Elliott Carter and George Crumb, among others.
Stacey began her harp studies at the age of six, traveled internationally as a young soloist, and attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying harp, piano and composition. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Oboe; Aug 7
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; Aug 14
Artistic Director of Chestnut Hill Concerts since 1989, cellist Ronald Thomas sustains a full and active career as a solo performer, prominent chamber musician and administrator, an orchestral Principal Cellist, and a conservatory cello instructor. His solo appearances include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis, Baltimore and Seattle symphony orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Handel and Haydn Society, among others. Ronald has performed recitals in virtually every state in the United States, in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston and Los Angeles, as well as numerous concerts in Europe and Asia. In great demand as a chamber musician, Ronald was also co-founder and artistic director of the Boston Chamber Music Society for 26 years, where he appeared regularly and produced a number of highly acclaimed recordings. He has also appeared frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Other chamber music festival appearances include the Seattle, Bravo! Colorado, Chamber Music Northwest, Spoleto, Blossom and Norfolk festivals, as well as the festivals of Dubrovnik, Edinburgh and Amsterdam, among others.
Ronald was a member of the Players in Residence Committee and the Board of Overseers at Bargemusic in New York. While he was member of the Boston Musica Viva and the Aeolian Chamber Players, he premiered countless new works, including compositions by Gunther Schuller, Michael Colgrass, Ellen Zwillich, Donald Erb, William Bolcom and William Thomas McKinley. He was Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and artistic partner of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival. Before winning the Young Concert Artists auditions at the age of nineteen, Ronald attended the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute. His principal teachers were Lorne Munroe, David Soyer and Mary Canberg. He is currently on the faculty of Mannes College at the New School in NYC, and has taught at the Peabody Institute, the Boston Conservatory, MIT, Brown University and Wellesley College. This is his first appearance at the SLLMF.
Cello; July 24, 31
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.
Violin; July 17
Praised by Strings Magazine for possessing a sound “with probing quality that is supple and airborne” and for her “pure, pellucid bow strokes,” violinist Keiko Tokunaga performs globally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Banff Centre in Canada, Ohji Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Izumi Hall in Osaka, among others.
A passionate advocate of chamber music from all eras, she joined the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet in 2005. Since then, the Quartet has won numerous prestigious awards, including First Prize of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. They won Third Prize and the Australian Broadcast Corporation Classic FM Listener’s Choice Award at the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The Quartet served as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School from 2011 to 2013, and as artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2014-15 season. The Quartet is currently ensemble-in-residence at Texas University in San Marcos.
Keiko has been on faculties at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division, the Fordham University, the Hunter College of New York, the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. Her private violin students range from absolute beginners to winners of international competitions, and she welcomes students from all ethnic and cultural background. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and has recently released her debut album, Jewels, on the New York Classics label. Her partner-in-crime is a Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu
Violin/Viola; Aug 14
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 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, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony Marwood, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, 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 Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Chamber 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.
Cindy received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, and in 2010, she graduated from the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California with awards for excellence in both solo string instrument performance and chamber music. Her teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Ida Kavafian, Victor Danchenko, Steven Tenenbom, and Midori Goto. 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 and Artistic Partner of the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. Cindy plays on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin, 1918 Stefano Scarampella violin, and a 2015 Stanley Kiernoziak viola. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.