Cello; August 6
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. Deeply committed 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.
Viola; July 16
Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice at Duke University and violist with the Ciompi String Quartet. His career with the Ciompi includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the world, as well as many recordings. Currently co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, he also directed the Monadnock Music festival from 2007-2011. His festival programming has included creative collaborations with authors, poets, and choreographers, resulting in many newly commissioned works. Most recently, in 2018, “A Forest Unfolding” involves 4 writers, 4 composers, and features novelist Richard Powers as narrator. Jonathan directs the chamber music program at Duke, where he has served as Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and is currently Director of Performance. He is principal viola of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Highlands, NC, Mohawk Trail, and Castle Hill festivals. Jonathan’s solo CDs contain music for viola and piano by Robert and Clara Schumann, and by the Viennese composer Robert Fuchs (Centaur records), and by Duke colleagues Stephen Jaffe and Scott Lindroth (Albany Records). Contemporary solo works by Arthur Levering, Malcolm Peyton, Robert Ward, and Donald Wheelock are on Bridge, Albany, Centaur and Gasparo Records. This is is Jonathan’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Cello; July 23, 30
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 1994.
Violin; Aug 13
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, and has performed at the SLLMF since 2018.
Romie De Guise-Langlois
Clarinet; July 16
Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by the New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. She won Astral Artists’ 2011 National Auditions and was awarded First Prize in the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation award. An avid chamber musician, Romie joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012. She has appeared on the concert series of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Musicians from Marlboro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Boston Chamber Music Society, Astral Artists, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Conservatory, Ravinia Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Salt Bay Chamberfest. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk, David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Scott St. John, Viviane Hagner, Larry Combs, Tara O’Connor, and the Silk Road Ensemble. Romie has performed as principal clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Pivot Chamber Soloists, Atria Ensemble, and Sospiro Winds. A native of Montreal, Romie received a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University. She also holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she received the Nyfenger Memorial Prize for excellence in woodwind playing. Her principal teachers include David Shifrin, Michael Dumouchel, and André Moisan. Romie recently completed her fellowship at The Academy – A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. A devoted educator, Romie is currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet at UMass/Amherst. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Guitar; July 23
Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader (www.orenfader.com) has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Recent concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey and the Omaha symphonies, and David Del Puerto’s new concerto, “Zephyr,” with the New Paths in Music Ensemble. In addition to performing as a soloist, Oren is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival, Istanbul Festival, Yellow Barn, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Bard Music Festival, and Morelia, Mexico. Oren is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works for guitar, and can be heard on over 45 commercial recordings and film. His latest solo recordings include “Another’s Fandango,” featuring 500 years of guitar music, and “First Flight,” a disc of 10 premiere solos written for him by New York City composers. Oren received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Oren has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. This is his first appearance at the SLLMF.
Piano; Aug 6
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.
Flute; July 16
Laura Gilbert has appeared around the world as chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and guest lecturer. In 2012 she co-founded Electric Earth Concerts, a year-round music festival based in Peterborough, New Hampshire. During her tenure as co-artistic director of Monadnock Music (2006-2011), she created award-winning programming, receiving major foundation support from the NEA, Argosy, Getty, Goelet, and many other organizations. In addition to founding and performing with Auréole, a flute, viola and harp trio, Laura has appeared with Musicians from Marlboro, Alexander Schneider’s Brandenburg Ensemble, the Borromeo, Brentano, Saint Lawrence, and Ciompi String Quartets, Chamber Music at the 92nd Street “Y”, Saint Luke’s Ensemble and Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and Speculum Musicae. Laura also performs frequently in a duo with the Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni. Laura’s extensive discography includes a Grammy award for Dawn Upshaw’s “Girl with the Orange Lips,” two solo recordings on Koch International: The Flute Music of Serge Prokofiev, and the Flute Music of Toru Takemitsu. Auréole Trio has released twelve discs on Koch International, the first of which was short-listed for several Grammys. Auréole is responsible for 50-plus original compositions and arrangements, many of which appear on their recordings. She has served on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, Harid Conservatory, Purchase College, The Aaron Copland School at Queens College, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. Laura studied with Samuel Baron, Julius Baker and Thomas Nyfenger, and received her Bachelor degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, and New England Conservatory of Music, her diploma and Master of Music from Juilliard, and her Doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook. She currently lives in New York City and is on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and Saint Ann’s School. Laura last performed at the SLLMF in 1998.
Violin; July 16
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 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13
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 6
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. Catharine has performed at the SLLMF since 2018.
Violin; Aug 6
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.
Cello; July 16
Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a First Prize winner of the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition. A recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant, he 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. He has also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. A dedicated chamber musician, Mihai has performed at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer. He is a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet and a member of the acclaimed Apollo Trio. A recent collaboration with dancer Lil Buck brought forth new pieces for solo cello written by Yevgeniy Sharlat and Patrick Castillo. Mihai studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded master’s and artist diploma degrees. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Mihai has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Bassoon; July 23
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.
Bass; August 6
Acclaimed for his musicality and virtuosity, Volkan Orhon has established himself as one of the top double bassists in the world today. He was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition. Volkan has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, the Emerson and Tokyo string quartets, and has performed recitals and as soloist with orchestras around the world including the Bursa State Conservatory and Eskisehir Anatolian University (Turkey), Paris Conservatory, Norwegian Academy of Music, Arizona State University, University of Michigan, Butler University, Northwestern University and North Carolina School of the Arts. As an orchestra musician, he served as principal bass in the Orchestra Iowa and performed with the Detroit Symphony, Hartford Symphony and Connecticut Opera Orchestra. Volkan has recorded CDs under the Albany, Centaur, and Crystal Records labels. Most recently he recorded the Double Bass Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, a work written for him by composer David Gompper. This recording will be released under the Naxos label in 2020. As a pedagogue, Volkan has been an invited clinician to workshops across the United States and abroad, including European double bass conferences Bass2018 LUCCA, Bass Bass2010 Berlin, Bass2008 Paris, Ouro Branco Festival in Brazil, Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teachers Association and the International Society of Bassists. Born and raised in Turkey, he spent much of his youth touring Europe. After graduating from the Ankara State Conservatory under the tutelage of Tahir Sumer, he became a member of the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra. Volkan came to the United States to continue his studies with Gary Karr. He is currently professor of double bass at the University of Iowa and has performed at the SLLMF since 2012.
Violin; August 6
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; August 13
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. Todd has performed at the SLLMF since 2018.
Violin; July 23
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 downtown 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. Kurtag’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.
Horn; July 23
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 23, 30
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.
Violin; July 30
New York based violinist and pedagogue Amy Schroeder has been hailed by the Washington Post as “an impressive artist whose playing combines imagination and virtuosity.” She has soloed with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Amherst Symphony, the Clarence Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. As a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, Amy has soloed with the Spanish National Orchestra with composer John Adams conducting, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting. Since its inception, the Attacca Quartet has won an array of awards including the grand prize in the Osaka International String Quartet Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award, the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association, and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. The quartet has also held residencies in prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and currently at the Texas State University in San Marcos. They recently spent six years performing all 68 of Haydn’s string quartets, and are currently performing the Beethoven Cycle in venues around North America. Amy also performs regularly in the Schroeder Umansky Duo with her husband, cellist Felix Umansky. She recently joined the violin faculty at Vassar College and also maintains a private violin studio in New York City. Amy studied at the Juilliard School where she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance as well as an Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies. She is currently playing on a Fernando Gagliano violin made in 1771, on loan to her from the Five Partners Foundation. In New York, Amy teaches violin and piano to students of all ages, and in her spare time she enjoys composing, traveling with her husband, and scuba diving. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Viola; July 23
Massachusetts native Matthew Sinno was appointed Associate Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony in 2018. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Winner of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Matthew performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. In 2019, He appeared as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, playing an arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” featuring solo viola as the voice of Freddy Mercury. Matthew has attended several summer festivals such as Perlman Music Program and Music Academy of the West. He also performs at Chestnut Hill Concerts in Connecticut. Matthew holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Cynthia Phelps, Heidi Castleman, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel, Ed Gazouleas and David Rubinstein. This is Matthew’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Oboe; July 23
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; August 13
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. Ronald has performed at the SLLMF since 2018.
Cello; July 23, 30
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 16
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; August 13
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.