Viola; July 14
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. Jonathan has performed at the SLLMF since 2019.
Cello; July 21
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 11
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.
Double Bass; July 14
Jered Egan has spent the last forty years as a professional freelance musician – equally at home on the concert stage, in a Broadway pit or at Manhattan’s leading cabaret venues. As a chamber musician, he has worked with Bargemusic, the New York New Music Ensemble, Electric Earth Concerts, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the North Country Chamber Players and at the June in Buffalo, Monadnock and Manchester music festivals. Orchestral work has included performing with the American Composers Orchestra, New York Pops, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, Jered has appeared with the Royal Ballet Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera, toured the U.S. and Asia with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and has held the position of principal bass with the Berkshire Opera, the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Italy and with the Martha Graham Dance Company. In the cabaret field he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Savannah Music Festival, Miami’s Performing Arts Center, the Algonquin Hotel’s fabled Oak Room, Café Carlyle, Birdland, 54 Below and Joe’s Pub. He has been a regular performer on the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y and at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, held at Town Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. On Broadway, Jered made his onstage debut playing and singing in An Evening with Jerry Herman. He has also appeared onstage in Patti LuPone on Broadway and below stage in many Broadway pits from Phantom of the Opera to The Producers. Jered studied at The Juilliard School and completed his training with fellowships at the Tanglewood and Waterloo music festivals, and at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto (Italy). This is Jered’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Guitar; July 28
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.
Clarinet; July 14
Benjamin Fingland interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature, performing with “spiritedness and humor,” “unflagging precision and energy,” “eloquence and passion” (The New York Times) and with playing described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). A proponent of the music of our time, he works closely with living composers. In addition to being a founding member of the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, he plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast, including NOVUS NY, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Network for New Music, the Argento Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and Sequitur. Benjamin is an artist faculty member of the annual Composers Conference, and a guest faculty member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists – ranging in scope from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet and the Horszowski Trio to Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John. Benjamin is the principal clarinetist of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet, which will soon celebrate 60 years of groundbreaking commissions and performances of wind chamber music. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from The Juilliard School, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the Third Street Music School Settlement. This is Benjamin’s first appearance at the SLLMF. www.benjaminfingland.com
Piano; August 4
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.
Violin; July 21
Lauded by the New York Times as “brilliant” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, she is a member of the Momenta Quartet (current Artists-in-Residence at Bates College), whose vision encompasses contemporary music of all backgrounds alongside great music from the past. She is on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians from Marlboro, and has appeared with A Far Cry, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ensemble Échappé, Gamut Bach Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, Sejong Soloists, and IRIS Orchestra (as one of its concertmasters). Her extensively varied international appearances have included recitals in Sweden and at the Louvre in Paris; festivals in Russia, Finland, and Jordan; and recently, major venues in China, South Korea, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, in collaboration with such artists as Rachel Barton Pine, Bruno Canino, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Edgar Meyer, and Gil Shaham, among many others. Emilie was trained at The Juilliard School where her teachers were Won Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. She holds the distinction of being the first person in Juilliard’s history to be accepted simultaneously to its two most selective courses of study, the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a B.A. in Classics from Columbia University, and a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma from Juilliard. This is Emilie’s first appearance at the SLLMF. www.emilieannegendron.com
Flute; July 14
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 has performed at the SLLMF since 1998.
Oboe; August 4
Born into a family of classical musicians, Noah Kay began playing the oboe at age fifteen. After three fast-track years of private instruction, he enrolled at the Eastman School of Music in 2012, completing his Bachelor’s degree in 2016, studying with Richard Killmer. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music in 2019, where he studied with Stephen Taylor. In 2017, after his first year at the Yale School of Music, he joined the Colorado Springs Philharmonic as Principal Oboe, taking a leave of absence from Yale to undergo a trial period with the orchestra. Noah returned to Colorado Springs in fall 2019, resuming his work with the Philharmonic and is continuing to build his private teaching studio. He has performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Washington, D.C., where they recorded an album of Mendelssohn’s piano concerti with soloist Jan Lisiecki on Deutsche Grammophon. Most recently, he joined the group in a premiere of a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons by Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth in Carnegie Hall, as well as Sarasota, Florida and Easton, Pennsylvania. Noah has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Princeton Symphony, ProMusica Columbus, and Symphoria. Noah has appeared at the Manchester Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Cape May Music Festival, and, more recently was Fellow of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. This is Noah’s first season at the SLLMF.
Viola; July 21
Laurie Brown 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 Performers 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, former music director of SLLMF, has performed at SLLMF since 1977.
Violin; July 14
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 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11
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.
Cello; July 14
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 14
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; 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.
Horn; July 14
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 21, 28
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 28, August 4
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 21, 28, August 4
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.
Clarinet; July 28
Clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. Jo-Ann is a member of the Borealis Wind Quintet, the Saratoga Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony; principal clarinet of the orchestras of the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Choral Society, and St. John the Divine; and regularly performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance, the American Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, and plays often in a number of Broadway musicals. Following her undergraduate years in the combined Tufts University/New England Conservatory dual degree program (BA in English/BM in Clarinet Performance) where she was mentored by Peter Hadcock, Jo-Ann continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at The Juilliard School with Charles Neidich (MA in Clarinet Performance). Currently, she serves on the faculties of the Music Performance Program of Princeton University, the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college, and she maintains an active teaching studio in New York City. Additionally, she is a mentor for the Juilliard Mentoring Program and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony. During the summer, Jo-Ann lives in Maine where she is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond, performs and teaches at the Chamber Music Conference & Composers’ Forum of the East, and participates in numerous festivals throughout New England, including past residencies at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Fest, Mount Desert Chamber Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Marlboro, Norfolk, and North Country Chamber Players. From September through May, Jo-Ann resides in Manhattan with her husband and children. She is a Selmer Artist and has performed at the SLLMF since 2003.
Cello; August 11
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 21, 28
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 21
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.
Cello; August 4
Praised for his “sublime” playing by Cleveland Classical, cellist Felix Umansky is a sought-after recitalist and pedagogue. His versatile career has taken him all over Europe as well as North and South America where he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. One of Felix’s missions as a performer is to bring a wide range of music to as many people as possible. He has been seen and heard playing everything from Bach to works written in the 21st Century in venues ranging from jazz clubs to 8th century abbeys to 1500-seat concert halls. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Felix has performed and premiered works by numerous living composers such as William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Vivian Fung, Chen Yi, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Chick Corea. Currently a visiting artist-in-residence at the Royal College of Music in London, Felix has also previously held similar appointments at Yale University and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and he has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories around the world. He has also performed and taught at many of the premier summer festivals in the USA. Felix holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an artist diploma from Yale University. Felix is the newest member of the Harlem Quartet, having joined the ensemble in 2015. Prior to this, he spent six seasons as a founding member of the award-winning Linden String Quartet. He also currently performs in the Schroeder-Umansky Duo with his wife, violinist Amy Schroeder. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling the world and going on snorkeling and diving adventures. This is Felix’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Viola; August 11
Cong Wu joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Viola, The Norma and Lloyd Chazen Chair, in September 2018, while pursuing his doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music. Winner of the Third Prize and the Chamber Music Prize in the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition, and the Special Prize in the Twelfth Tertis International Viola Competition, he has performed throughout North America and Asia, including solo appearances with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Macau Youth Orchestra, and New York Classical Players. An avid chamber musician, Cong has collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Itzhak Perlman, Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, Peter Wiley, Pinchas Zukerman, and the American String Quartet. He has performed at various festivals, including Marlboro Music Festival, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. Cong was recently appointed as a guest faculty member of the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute in Canada, and performed in the Music@Menlo Winter Residency. He also regularly appears with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and New York Classical Players. Born in Jinan, China, Cong moved to New York in 2010 after graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Wing Ho. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Patinka Kopec, and Pinchas Zukerman. This is Cong’s first appearance at the SLLMF.