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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 recent CDs include her arrangements of Latin American and Spanish masterpieces, published by Albany Records. 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 the University of Wisconsin-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. (Website)
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)
Executive Director SAMANTHA CROWNOVER is in her 22nd year as executive director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. She is also involved in many freelance arts and architecture-based projects ranging from managing events for Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Mead Witter School of Music, to consulting on works-on-paper purchases and collections management, to caring for historic buildings. Past consulting projects include launching Arts Enterprise, a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to artists; undertaking architectural studies for the cities of Racine and Milwaukee; and acting as interim-director of the Madison Arts Commission. She has also served on the boards of directors of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation (president), Capitol Neighborhood’s First Settlement (chair), the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum (board president), and Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI (board president). She served as a curator of Tandem Press, a fine-art press affiliated with the UW-Madison Art Department, a well as an assistant at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and as staff to the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Along with her husband and daughter, she is a designated Superhost with Airbnb. (website)
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)
Cellist 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. (Website)
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)
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.
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. (Website)
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)
Pianist AMALIA RINEHART has performed at the Beethoven Institute at Mannes School of Music, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Washington; Yellowbarn’s Young Artists Program in Vermont; Colorado College Summer Music Festival; the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she was a Kaplan Fellow; Domaine Forget in Quebec; and the Sarasota Music Festival, through which she was featured on New York Public Radio's Young Artists Showcase. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree as a scholarship student of Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University. She earned her Master of Music degree from Stony Brook and her Bachelor's from Columbia University, from which she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While at Columbia, Ms. Rinehart was a recipient of the university's Rapaport Prize for summer music study. She also studied organ for eight years under the tutelage of William Peek and Dr. Paul Martin-Maki. (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.
STEPHANIE SANT'AMBROGIO enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Professor of violin and viola at the University of Nevada, Reno, she is also concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic and artistic director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Former first assistant principal second violin of the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, she toured and recorded internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico and has a discography of over 75 orchestral and chamber music CDs. In addition to her performing career, she is devoted to teaching string players, many who have won positions in America’s symphony orchestras and universities. Ms. Sant' Ambrogio performs on a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan. (website)
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 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 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 in Madison, WI. 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 appeared recently in The New York Times. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Mead Witter School of Music, she has collaborated on five projects combining music and imagery in live concert presentations, two of which are being presented this season at Interlochen and in New York and Miami.
Bayan player STAS VENGLEVSKI, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, is a two-time first prize-winner of the bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova. A graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where he received his Master of Music Degree, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1992 and has made a career as an accordionist, arranger, entertainer, and teacher. He has toured as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the U.S., including performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as with Doc Severinsen and with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion. He performed the world premieres of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and of Bayan and Beyond, composed for him by Dan Lawitts. His 15 albums include a transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for bayan. He is a regular participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education program, and in 2010 he founded the Accordion XXI Century Series to bring artists from all over the world to share their skills and cultures with midwestern audiences. (website)
Violinist CARMIT ZORI, at the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider, came to the U.S. from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ms. Zori is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra and in solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, and Tel Aviv Museum. Her engagements abroad have included performances throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. In addition to appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world and is the artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, which she founded in 2002. She has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. Ms. Zori is professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY Purchase. (Website)