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Trumpet MATTHEW ONSTAD A Wisconsin native, Dr. Onstad serves as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches applied trumpet, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. While earning his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from UW-Madison, Dr. Onstad performed with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence. He holds the rank of staff sergeant in the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Isthmus Brass. He held the position of principal trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2021. Dr. Onstad has previously taught trumpet at St. Ambrose University, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Oshkosh. He has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Onstad received his Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Oshkosh. matthewonstad.com
Violinist Paran Amirinazari, an avid chamber musician, is a founding member and artistic drector of the Willy Street Chamber Players. She is a former member of the Hunt String Quartet and has recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cello TRACE JOHNSON, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of settings in the U.S. and around the world. He is a cellist in the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida, and recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase, the University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City. traceljohnson.com
Conductor KENNETH WOODS was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and was recently appointed artistic director of both the Elgar Festival in Worcester, England, and the Colorado MahlerFest. As a guest, Mr. Woods has conducted ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the English Chamber Orchestra; has been featured on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; and has appeared at music festivals such as Aspen, Scotia and Lucerne. Under Mr. Woods’ leadership, the English Symphony Orchestra responded to the2020 Covid-19 lockdown, “Music from Wyastone," a series of virtual concerts including dozens of world-premieres of new works and new arrangements, such as a chamber version of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Mr. Woods’s blog, “A View from the Podium,” is one of the 25 most popular classical blogs in the world. He has spoken on Mahler on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular speaker on BBC radio programs. Kennethwoods.net
Bass NICK MORAN, a veteran of the Madison, Wisconsin, music scene, performs on both electric bass and the double bass in varied genres including jazz, Afro-Latin, hip hop, reggae, and funk. Mr. Moran has toured internationally and performed with a diverse collection of acts, including Ben Sidran, Lee ‘Scratch‘ Perry, Clyde Subblefield, and David ‘Fathead‘ Newman (Ray Charles’s sax player). He has also worked with such Madison music institutions as Harmonious Wail, the Gomers, Tony Casteneda, Anna Laube, Joy and the Boy, and the Tim Whalen Nonet. As a freelance bassist, Mr. Moran has recorded tracks and albums for a wide-ranging roster of artists including Gerri DiMaggio, University of Wisconsin-Madison music professor Les Thimmig, Clyde Stubbelfield, Hanah John Taylor, and reggae giants Natty Nation. His playing can also be heard in various Afro-Cuban, hip hop, R&B and funk loop libraries from Sony Music and Apple. In addition to his music career, Mr. Moran works as a production and development consultant for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. In 2014, he was named "Jazz Personality of The Year" at the Isthmus Jazz Festival by mayoral proclamation. In 2016, he joined the UW-Madison School of Music as jazz bass instructor.
Cellist KENNETH OLSEN joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal cello in 2005. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school's prestigious concerto competition. His other awards include first prize in the Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the 2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He also has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (the Ravinia Festival's professional studies program for young musicians) and at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. A native of New York, Kenneth Olsen is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of young musicians from orchestras and ensembles all over the country.
Baritone TIMOTHY JONES has performed in opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. In opera houses he has performed leading roles in "The Marriage of Figaro," "Carmen," Die Zauberflöte," "Cosi Fan Tutte," "Don Giovanni," "Don Pasquale," "La Boheme," "Falstaff," "Macbeth," and "La Traviata." He has been a frequent guest with the Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Ars Lyrica Houston, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. As a committed performer of contemporary music, Mr. Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions by leading composers of our time. He currently lives in Houston, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston.
Violin SUZANNE BEIA is co-concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. A native of Reno, Nevada, she began her musical studies on the viola at the age of ten. Three years later, she shifted her attention to the violin and made her solo debut at the age of fourteen with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony. Since that time, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Germany. Before coming to Madison, Ms. Beia held the position of principal second violin in the Wichita Symphony and has held concertmaster positions with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also held the assistant concertmaster position in the New World Symphony. Her chamber music experience has been extensive: she has performed at festivals such as Chamber Music West, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Token Creek, Festival de Prades, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Ms. Beia has served on the faculties of the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florida International University.
Artistic Director and flutist STEPHANIE JUTT's performances of new music, transcriptions, and traditional repertoire have made her a model for adventurous flutists everywhere. Her transcriptions of Brahms sonatas were published by International Music Publishing, and an all-Brahms recording with pianist Jeffrey Sykes, Stolen Moments, was released in 2005 on Centaur. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Jutt won the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis International Soloist awards and received solo recitalist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Jutt has performed in recital throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. She has served as a board member and program chair for the National Flute Association. Ms. Jutt is principal flute of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Margaret Rupp Cooper Award in honor of her years of service, commitment to the orchestra, and musicianship. A recipient of a grant by the Kauffmann Foundation for Entrepreneurship, she is the founder of UW-Madison Arts Enterprise, a multi-faceted initiative that enables student artists to survive and thrive in today's creative economy. Ms. Jutt recently retired from the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stephaniejutt.com
Artistic Director and pianist JEFFREY SYKES has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with oboist Gerard Reuter and flutist Stephanie Jutt under the auspices of the Pro Musicis Foundation. He holds degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his doctorate. He has garnered numerous awards, including the Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and a Fulbright grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Sykes serves on the music faculty of the University of California-Berkeley and California State University East Bay. He is a member of the San Francisco Piano Trio and resides in San Francisco. (Website)
SAMANTHA CROWNOVER is in her 23rd year as executive director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (BDDS). Her most recent project is the restoration of a stone house, Brisbane House, on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, which is now open for guest stays. A strong advocate for the arts, she is involved in many free-lance arts and architecture-based projects, ranging from managing events for Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music, to consulting on works-on-paper purchases and collections management, to caring for historic buildings and property management. Past consulting projects include co-founding Arts Enterprise, a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to artists, and architectural studies for the cities of Racine and Milwaukee. She has served as interim-director of the Madison Arts Commission and as a curator at Tandem Press, a fine-art press affiliated with the UW-Madison Art Department. A college semester in Florence led to positions as an assistant at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and as staff to the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She has also led the boards of directors of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, Capitol Neighborhood’s First Settlement, the Friends of the UW-Madison Geology Museum, and Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI. She is currently on the board at EAGLE School. Along with her husband and daughter, she is a designated “Superhost” with Airbnb and “Premiere Host“ with VRBO. Samcrownover.com
Violist TOBY APPEL has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of the TASHI ensemble and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Alexander Quartets and a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart, Angel Fire, and Marlboro, as well as festivals in England, France, Korea, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Greece. Mr. Appel has narrated performances of A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten and L'Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky, and is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He has toured for the U.S. State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House. He is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City. Mr. Appel’s chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels. (website)
Violist CAROL COOK has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls worldwide. Ms. Cook joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra in 2003 and was appointed principal violist in 2013. She has performed as soloist with the Chicago Philharmonic, Edinburgh Symphony, Guildhall Symphony, Cambridge Sinfonia, and Edinburgh Players and performed the Brahms Double Concerto alongside her brother Calum Cook with the Edinburgh Symphony. She has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players in Chicago, with whom she performs a wide variety of works ranging from baroque to contemporary commissions. She has appeared as a chamber musician at summer festivals in Banff, Verbier, Montreal, La Jolla, and San Antonio. At the Caramoor International Festival in New York, Ms. Cook was featured on the Rising Star series for two years running and performed as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi. Ms. Cook is a former member of the Appalachia Waltz Trio with the Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. A native of Inverness, Scotland, Ms. Cook holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, and Guildhall School. (website)
Cellist JEAN-MICHEL FONTENEAU is a founding member of the San Francisco Piano Trio and Quatuor Ravel String Quartet, which was awarded two prizes at the Evian String Quartet Competition and won the first French Grammy Award, Les Victoires de la Musique Classique. The quartet has toured extensively around the world and created the first-ever string quartet residency program in France. Mr. Fonteneau performs frequently with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Pro Arte, Escher, Tokyo, and Fine Arts Quartets. He served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France, until 1999, when he moved to the U.S. to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He appears regularly at summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Morges Summer Academy in Switzerland, and Oberlin at Casalmaggiore. Mr. Fonteneau's recordings can be found on the Musidisc-France and Albany Records labels. (Website)
Horn player KARL KRAMER JOHANSEN is a chamber musician and artist member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, Jupiter Chamber Players, and Concerts in the Heights. He has appeared as guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Munich Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Bergen Philharmonic. His recent solo appearances include Moscow’s 2014 Mozart-Marathon with the State Hermitage Orchestra of Saint Petersburg. Mr. Johansen is frequently invited to give master classes, lectures, and recitals at leading institutions of higher education, often performing his own original compositions. He has also has collaborated with composers such as Wolfgang Plagge, David del Tredici, Bruce Adolphe, Billy Childs, and Marc-Antonio Consoli in bringing new solo and chamber music repertoire to life. (website)
Textile artist CAROLYN KALLENBORN works with fabric and metal to create flowing garments and sculptural pieces. She shows her award-winning, hand-painted garments and sculptures in galleries and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in Beijing, China; Cheong-ju, Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana; and other shows and galleries in St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, her work has been featured in such magazines as Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She received her BA and MFA in Textile Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Kallenborn taught textiles and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before jointing the faculty at Kansas City Art Institute. She is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Design Studies Department. She was an assistant professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2001 - 2007. Ms. Kallenborn currently serves as the coordinator for "Off The Grid," the 2009 Surface Design Association international textile conference. She was conference coordinator for "Uncovering the Surface," SDA's 2005 conference and was coordinator and juror for two major exhibitions for the SDA's 2003 conference.
Cello PARRY KARP is artist-in-residence and professor of chamber music and cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 37 years. Mr. Karp is an active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the U.S., and has recorded six solo CDs. As a performer of new music, he has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas, and chamber music. Unearthing and performing unjustly neglected repertoire for cello is a passion of Mr. Karp's. In recent years he has transcribed for cello many masterpieces written for other instruments, including all of the Duo Sonatas of Brahms. As cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet he has performed over 1,000 concerts throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, and Japan. His discography with the group numbers over two dozen recordings and includes the complete string quartets of Ernest Bloch, Miklos Rosza, and Karol Szymanowski. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at UW-Madison. In 2016 he was inducted as a Wisconsin Academy Fellow.
Pianist THOMAS KASDORF is active in the fields of chamber music, art song recital, opera, and musical theater and has concertized throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Kasdorf has long held an interest in musical theatre. Beginning with his onstage debut at age 12 in The Wizard of Oz as a member of the Lollipop Guild, he has performed in over 200 productions as an actor, pianist, musical director, stage director, and conductor. With a special interest in the works of Stephen Sondheim, he has been called upon to prepare productions or perform in reduced orchestrations of Company, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Putting it Together, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Sweeney Todd. As a vocal coach, he has launched many of his students on careers in both musical theater and opera in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and internationally. He is currently artistic director of Middleton Players Theatre in Middleton, Wisconsin, and finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow.
Clarinetist ALAN R. KAY is principal clarinet and a former artistic director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. A founding member of Windscape Quintet, he is a regular participant in the Yellow Barn, Orlando (Holland), and Skaneateles (New York) festivals and directed a series at the Cape May (New Jersey) Music Festival for 25 years. Mr. Kay’s honors include the Classical Recording Foundation Samuel Sanders Award, the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Award, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon. Mr. Kay teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University. He has recorded wind chamber music with Hexagon, Windscape, and the Sylvan Winds. Mr. Kay recently released his first solo CD, Max Reger: Music for Clarinet and Piano on Bridge Records with pianist Jon Klibonoff. He also recently recorded Perry Goldstein’s Quintet with the “M” Prize-winning Calidore String Quartet as well as with Gruppo Montebello in the Netherlands. He has served on the juries of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Concert Artist Guild Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as of international chamber music competitions in Trapani, Italy, and Rolduc, Holland. (Website)
Violinist LEANNE KELSO LEAGUE is the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a member of the Ancora String Quartet. Ms. League was a fellow at the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas for three seasons, where she served as concertmaster and principal second violin. During that time, she also performed at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy for two summers. Ms. League enjoys playing the Baroque violin and has performed regularly with the Madison Bach Musicians, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and the Tallahassee Bach Parley.
Cellist BETH RAPIER has had a career as assistant principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra and chamber musician that has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Cuba, and South Africa. She was a founding member of the Rosalyra String Quartet and has twice been a recipient of McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships. Ms. Rapier is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals, including Cactus Pear, Music in the Vineyards, Orcas Island, and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. With her husband, Anthony Ross, she gave the Minnesota Orchestra premiere of David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos, and appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in the world premiere of Sinfonia Concertante by Kevin Puts. Recordings include piano quartets of Fauré, string quartets of Beethoven, Bartok, Shostakovich, and Brahms, and a Grammy Award-winning Sibelius Symphony cycle. Most recently she had the honor of recording Five Spirituals by James Scott Balentine, with baritone Timothy Jones. She has organized numerous benefit concerts for Habitat for Humanity and the American Refugee Committee. (Website)
Cellist ANTHONY ROSS has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1988. Through the years, he has soloed at subscription concerts in works of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Bloch, and David Ott. A graduate of Indiana University, where he studied with Fritz Magg, Mr. Ross also earned a degree at the State University of New York. Mr. Ross was awarded the bronze medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. His numerous other prizes include the Stulberg Award, the G.B. Dealy Award, and the Parisot International Cello Competition. Before coming to Minnesota, Mr. Ross served as principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic in New York and taught at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to serving on the faculties of the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, and Madeline Island Music Camp, he has performed in many festivals throughout the U.S. and in Greece and France. Mr. Ross has recorded Rachmaninoff and Carter sonatas for Boston Records and the Bernstein Meditations with the Minnesota Orchestra. (website)
Cellist ALISON ROWE is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University and a student of Colin Carr. Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include performances with the Three Village Chamber Players, the Steinem Quartet, and Taylor Ackley and the Deep Roots Ensemble, who recently released their debut album Songs from the Bitteroot (4Tay Records). In the past year, she performed with members of the Emerson String Quartet in the Chamber Music at the Barns series at Wolftrap in Virginia and the Hoch Chamber Music series at Concordia College in New York. As a soloist, she has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the U.S., including on Wisconsin Public Radio as a winner of the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition and the Rising Stars series in Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts under the tutelage of Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Richard Hirschl. While at CCPA, she performed the Barber Cello Concero as a winner of the concert competition.
Violin STEPHANIE SANT’AMBROGIO enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. She has performed throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile, and Mexico. As professor of violin and viola at the University of Nevada, Reno, for the past fourteen years, she has guided students to positions in symphony orchestras and universities. Celebrating her 26th season as artistic director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, she is also artistic director of Chamber Music Reno and concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic and the Lancaster Festival (Ohio) orchestras. She began her career with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, where she toured and recorded internationally for eight seasons. Her discography numbers over seventy-five orchestral and chamber music CDs, including Soaring Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio plays a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan, Italy.
In 1998, violinist AXEL STRAUSS became the first German artist ever to win the Naumburg Violin Award. Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major North American cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world premiere performance and recording of Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Mr. Strauss's discography includes the Brahms violin concerto, the three last violin concertos by Kreutzer, the complete Caprices for solo violin by Pierre Rode, and the complete works for violin and piano by George Enescu. Mr. Strauss has performed as soloist with orchestras in Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Bucharest, and Cincinnati, and has served as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony. In 2012 Mr. Strauss was appointed professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Before moving to Canada, he was professor of violin and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (Website)
Australian-born violist KATRIN TALBOT began her violin studies in Canada and continued them in Missoula, Montana, and Portland, Oregon, before abandoning violin for the lovely inner voice of the viola. On this instrument, she has appeared at the Red Hot Lava Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, as a guest artist with the Pro Arte Quartet and Monte Verde Quartet, and with the Oakwood Chamber Players. She is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and, on occasion, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as making an annual appearance in the Karp family Labor Day concerts. She has studied viola with Richard Blum and Guillermo Perich and violin with Eugene Andre and Raphael Spiro and has appeared on several chamber music CDs. Ms. Talbot is also a photographer; her book of photographs, Schubert’s Winterreise: A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image, and Song, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and her work has appeared recently in The New York Times. Combining music and imagery is a passion of hers, and she has collaborated on five such live concert presentations at the UW-Madison School of Music, including two of which are being presented this season at Interlochen, New York, and Miami.
Bayan player STAS VENGLEVSKI, is a two-time first prize winner of the bayan competition in his native Republic of Moldova. Mr. Venglevski is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where he received his Masters Degree in Music. In 1992 he immigrated to the U.S., where he has made a career as an accordionist, arranger, and teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions and a broad range of classical, contemporary, and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the U.S, including performances with Doc Severinsen and with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for him by Dan Lawitts. He is a regular participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program; has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra; has produced fifteen albums, including a transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for bayan; and has published several books of original compositions. (website)
Violin CARMIT ZORI was firmly established in her native Israel as an important young musician and was chosen at age 13 by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation to perform on the international television special "Music from Jerusalem." Two years later, at the recommendation of Alexander Schneider and Isaac Stern, she came to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute of Music, where her teachers included Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Arnold Steinhardt. Since then, Ms. Zori has appeared with a wide variety of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed throughout Latin America, Europe, Japan and Australia, where she premiered the Marc Neikrug Violin Concerto. Carmit Zori's recital engagements include her critically acclaimed recital in New York City's Lincoln Center, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Boston's Gardner Museum, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. An active chamber musician, Ms. Zori appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has performed as guest artist at New York's Chamber Music at the "Y" series, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the international Bruckner Festival in Austria, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the La Jolla Summerfest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the OK Mozart Festival, the Sitka Festival in Alaska and at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has been featured on many "Music from Marlboro" tours. Ms. Zori is one of the musical directors of Bargemusic, New York City.