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
Percussion MARK BELAIR is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied in both the jazz and classical departments. He has recorded with jazz greats Bill Evans (Living Time) and Joe Lovano (the Grammy Award-nominated Rush Hour on 23rd Street) as well as performed and recorded with Gunther Schuller’s New England Ragtime Ensemble (including the Grammy Award-winning Red Back Book of Rags) and Mr. Schuller’s Mingus Epitaph band. With the New England Ragtime Ensemble he has toured extensively in the US, Europe, and Russia. He has performed with them at the White House, on PBS’s “Live at Wolf Trap” and on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. As a classical musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The many conductors he has worked with include such legends as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Eugene Ormandy. He also performed as a guest artist with the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. His versatility has made him in demand for show work. He spent twelve years as the percussionist with the hit Broadway show Les Miserables and, before that, four years as the drummer with the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, among many others. His “crossover” abilities are reflected in the wide range of music he has performed: with Don Byron’s Klezmer band; The Paragon Ragtime Ensemble; and the Radio City Christmas Show. Mr. Belair is also a poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times. markbelair.com
Viola KATARZYNA BRYLA-WEISS was born into a family of musicians and has gone on to earn more than two dozen prizes and awards in the U.S., France, and her native Poland. Ms. Bryla-Weiss regularly performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist in an international career that has taken her across four continents. In 2019 she became a member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the artistic core of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City. She is also a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and New York Pops Orchestra, and regularly appears with New York City Opera. Ms. Bryla-Weiss was a soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in their 2010 tour of China, and was soloist for the Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition in Cracow in 2001. She has performed in numerous music festivals, including Classical Tahoe, Napa Valley Music Festival, Central Vermont Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Singapore Sun Music Festival, and Las Palmas Music Festival in Grand Canary Island, Spain.
Bassoon CYNTHIA CAMERON-FIX is principal bassoonist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in a wide variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles including Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Con Vivo, Present Music, Black Marigold, The Music Fix, Wingra Woodwind Quintet, Whitewater Woodwind Quintet, Sinfonia Sacra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, and Madison Savoyards. She has performed on baroque bassoon with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and at Madison Early Music Festival. She has taught bassoon and coached chamber music at the UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater, and in her private studio. She regularly coaches the Winds of Southern Wisconsin, a chapter of the American Recorder Society. In addition to bassoon playing, Cindy performs on baroque recorder with Trio Chiesa, specializing in music of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. She also plays Celtic folk music on penny whistle and concertina with The Twa Dogs. Their first recording project, Moving On, includes jigs, reels and other dances along with traditional songs of Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Tuba ROBERT CARRIKER has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, Portland Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pop’s, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded with the New England Brass as tubist and piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union as tubist with the Grammy award-winning New England Ragtime Ensemble with Gunther Schuller. As a pianist and composer, he has written and arranged music for brass, orchestra, piano and liturgical settings with his pieces broadcast on radio and television stations including National Public Radio and PBS-TV. His compositions have been performed by numerous groups including the “Mattapan Rag“ by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and recorded by the New England Ragtime Ensemble. He has also been a choir director, organist, and cantor soloist at Immaculate Conception Parish.
Trombone ROBERT COUTURE is principal trombone at Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and is a member of the Boston Philharmonic. He is former principal trombone of the Handel and Haydn Society, has performed and toured with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has recorded with the Boston Ballet, New England Ragtime Ensemble, Boston Pops, Boston Camerata, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Dinosaur Annex, and the Handel and Haydn Society. One recording with the Handel and Haydn Society, Lamentations and Praises, by John Tavener, won two Grammy awards in 2003 for best chamber composition and best performance by a chamber orchestra. Another recording with the New England Ragtime Ensemble is featured in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, in which Mr. Couture has the trombone solo in Jelly Roll Morton's "Smokehouse Blues." He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, serves on the adjunct faculty at Tufts University, and is vice president of the Boston Musicians' Association.
Clarinet BRUCE CREDITOR has enjoyed a distinguished career in solo, chamber music and orchestral settings, receiving numerous honors including the Naumburg Award in Chamber Music with the Emmanuel Wind Quintet. His performance career includes with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston and Rhode Island Philharmonics, New Hampshire Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and others; Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, Alea III, Montage Music Society, the Grammy Award-winning New England Ragtime Ensemble, Aeolian Chamber Players; and at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Token Creek, and in Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has given the premieres of works by Schuller, Martino, Wyner, Harbison, Tower, Lerdahl, Ben-Haim and others, and has recorded for Nonesuch, Naxos, Centaur, CRI, GM, Albany, New World, Koch and Neuma. Creditor was General Manager of Margun/GunMar music publishers, and for over 30 years was the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
Piano INNA FALIKS is an Ukrainian-born American pianist and professor of piano at UCLA. After her teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Highlights of recent seasons include recital tours of China, and performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Festival Internacional de Piano in Mexico, the Fazioli Series in Italy, and Israel’s Tel Aviv Museum. Ms. Faliks collaborates with and premieres music by contemporary composers such as Billy Childs, Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres, and Clarice Assad. She created the poetry-music series Music/Words and regularly tours with her monologue-recital Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist, which tells the story of her immigration to the U.S. from Odessa. Her recordings include all-Beethoven and Rachmaninoff/Ravel/Pasternak discs for MSR Classics. Upcoming recordings include Reimagine Beethoven and Ravel (with nine world premieres) on Parma and the Master and Margarita project, with three world premieres and Liszt's Sonata in b minor, on Sono Luminus. Innafaliks.com
Horn DANIEL GRABOIS is associate professor of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he plays with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. He also conducts the UW-Madison Horn Choir; serves as curator of the interdisciplinary series SoundWaves, which he founded in 2012; and directs EARS (Electro-Acoustic Research Space), a research facility for faculty and students. For 30 years, Mr. Grabois has been a member of the Meridian Arts Ensemble, a New York-based new-music brass and percussion ensemble that performs around the world and has released twelve CDs. With Meridian, he has performed in 49 states, given over 75 world premieres, received two ASCAP/CMA awards for adventuresome programming, and has worked with students in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, South America, and Asia. Mr. Grabois has also played with many of the performing ensembles in New York City, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and New York City Ballet. As a composer, Mr. Grabois has published three etude books for horn as well as solo and chamber music. He recently released Air Names, his first solo CD recording, featuring his own compositions for electric horn, bass, and drums. Danielgrabois.com
Guitar JEROME HARRIS has won international recognition as one of the more versatile and penetrating stylists of his generation on both guitar and bass guitar. Harris’s first major professional performances were as bass guitarist with Sonny Rollins in 1978; from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins’ guitarist, and appears on five of his recordings. Over the past two decades, he has also recorded and/or performed live on six continents with jazz notables. His extensive international work has included several stints in Japan with Sonny Rollins, as well as tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department to six southeastern African countries with saxophonist Sam Newsome and guitarist Marvin Sewell; to India and southeast Asia with flutist Jamie Baum and guitarist Kenny Wessel; to India and several Middle Eastern countries with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard’s group; and to five African nations with saxophonist Oliver Lake’s reggae/jazz/funk band “Jump Up.” In 1999, Harris served as arranger, rhythm guitarist, and assistant to musical director Vernon Reid in the “Joni’s Jazz” tribute concert staged in New York’s Central Park–with Joni Mitchell herself in attendance–accompanying singers as diverse in style as Chaka Khan, Jane Siberry, Duncan Sheik, and P.M. Dawn. Other credits include a Broadway stint as guitarist in the South African R&B/rock musical Kat and the Kings, as well as work on industrial, commercial and film score dates for Galen Communications Group, Rick Lyon Music, and Richard Eisenstein. Mr. Harris’s scholarly interests have led to an essay, “Jazz on the Global Stage,” published in the anthology The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective, edited by Ingrid Monson (Garland). In this study, he offers an insider’s view of the history, present state and future implications of the spread and flourishing of jazz in locales far from its African-American birthplace. After earning a B.A. in psychology and social relations at Harvard College in 1973, Harris attended New England Conservatory of Music as a scholarship student in jazz guitar. In addition to his work on guitar and bass guitar, Harris performs as a singer, has done voice-over work for audio production houses, and studies several percussion instruments. Jeromeharris.com
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.
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.
Oboe LAURA MEDISKY is an oboist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Madison, Wisconsin. She has served as acting principal oboe in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 2018, and is currently acting principal oboe in the Rockford Symphony and third oboe in the Madison Symphony. She also performs in ensembles such as Capital City Theatre, Fresco Opera, Bel Canto Chorus, and Oakwood Chamber Players. Dr. Medisky has presented artist recitals at several International Double Reed Society conferences, and has performed concertos with orchestras in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Idaho. Her solo album, Personalities: 21st-century American Music for Oboe, is available on the Centaur Records label. Dr. Medisky presents oboe master classes and Alexander Technique workshops at music institutions, festivals, and conferences throughout the U.S. and was a featured guest on the “Mavericks” series of the podcast Double Reed Dish. In 2018, Dr. Medisky co-founded the LunART Festival in Madison, serving as a director for the first two seasons. Currently teaching at Edgewood College, she has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Luther College, and Maranatha Baptist University. Her solo album, Personalities: 21st-century American Music for Oboe, is available on the Centaur Records label. lauramedisky.com
Cello FREYA SAMUELS is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Samuels led an active musical life in Boston for several years. She was a member of the Opera Company of Boston Orchestra, the contemporary ensemble ALEA III (in residence at Boston University) and the Grammy-Award winning New England Ragtime Ensemble. She also performed frequently with the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras. A highlight of these years included performing as solo cellist in the American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera “The Lighthouse.” Other professional positions have included the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Toledo Symphony, The Colorado Music Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Currently living in Pittsburgh, Samuels plays frequently at the Benedum Center with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and the Wheeling Symphony. Summer of 2020 will be her 33rd season with the Peninsula Music Festival in beautiful Door County, WI.
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.
Violin CYRUS STEVENS is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the New England Conservatory. He has been on the faculty of the Hartt School and is currently a member oft he Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Stevens is active in the performace of contemporary music. He has been a member oft he Parnassus and of the chamber players of the League of Composers/ISCM in New York. For nearly three decades he was on the performing staff oft he Composers‘ Conference and Chamber Music Center, now at Wellesley College. Stevens has made numerous appearances as soloist in the Berg Violin Concert with the New York City Ballet’s production of „In Memory of...“ Recently, Stevens played Gheorghe Costinescu’s unaccompanied work "Voices Within“ at a concert honoring the composer’s eightieth birthday in New York.
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.
Piano JOHN WEST received his Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. It was here he joined the New England Ragtime Ensemble as primary pianist. Mr. West has toured extensively throughout the world, and has performed as a pianist, organist and vocalist. His performance credits include solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and as a featured artist for Pipedreams, a radio show for the organ. In 2014 he was featured on the Distinguished Organist’s Recital Series at Cadet Chapel, West Point, New York; and he is the featured organist at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. He got his first professional job as a staff writer on Motown Records, eventually becoming staff producer, working directly with founder Berry Gordy, Jr. He is also active as a musician in film, television, and recordings. He has worked as vocal contractor for such films as Hairspray and Godzilla, and his vocal performances are most recently heard in the soundtracks of Star Wars and Spiderman––No Way Home. Television appearances include the Academy Awards and his latest appearance in 2020 on the HBO series Perry Mason.
Trumpet BO WINIKER began his professional music career at ten years of age, performing in his hometown of Millis, MA alongside his mother, father, and older brother as the Winiker Family Band. Winiker went on to graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he joined the Grammy award-winning New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble. He remained a member of the group for 25 years, touring around the world under conductor and former NEC president Gunther Schuller. From 1972-1973, he was the featured jazz trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has also soloed with the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras. In 1992, Winiker recorded the movie soundtrack for “A League of Their Own” with Billy Joel. He has performed at the White House for President Ford, at President Carter’s Inauguration (with the Ragtime Ensemble), and at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball along with the incredible Aretha Franklin. Winiker conducted the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra for five consecutive sold-out New Year’s Eve Galas from 2013-2017. On NYE in 2018, Winiker was honored to once again take the stage at Symphony Hall, opening for the Pops with his swing orchestra. Winiker and his band members can be seen performing all over New England at a diverse range of parties and events.
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.