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Rachel Calin, Bass Faculty at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota
Rachel Calin began playing the bass at the early age of nine, and has since been called a bassist that “deserves a place in the sun,” and “a lyrical soloist in command of her instrument” by The New York Times. In 1994 she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition, making her concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with The Juilliard School Orchestra, and subsequently has made solo appearances with Sejong Soloists, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and has given numerous recitals throughout North America.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Calin has appeared in concert throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. She can be heard on NPR’s ‘Performance Today’, both in live and recorded broadcasts. Ms. Calin has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic, at Live from Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and has recorded numerous movie and commercial soundtracks. She has given the world premieres of works by composers such as Lera Auerbach and Mark O’Connor, and has performed with many new music ensembles including the New Juilliard Ensemble, Sequitur, the Composers Concordance, and Mosaic.
Ms. Calin received a BM and MM from The Juilliard School, where she studied with both Homer Mensch and Eugene Levinson and was the recipient of an instrument loan from the Karr Foundation. Recent concert appearances include performances at Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, Santa Fe Chamber Music Series, Kennedy Center, Taipei International Music Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art Chamber Music Series, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn, Live From Lincoln Center, and in a live broadcast from NPR’s Washington DC studios for Performance Today. Currently on faculty at The Perlman Music Program, Ms. Calin performs on a Bolognese double bass crafted by Matteo Minozzi in 1767.
Catherine Cho, Violin Faculty at the Summer Music School
Praised by The New York Times for her “sublime tone”, Catherine Cho has appeared worldwide as soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital.
Catherine Cho’s orchestral engagements have included performances with the Detroit and National Symphony orchestras, the Virginia Symphony, the Montreal, Edmonton, and National Arts Centre Orchestras in Canada, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Daejon Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic in Korea, the Barcelona Symphony, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.
She has toured Israel with the Haifa Symphony, and was the soloist on a concert tour in Japan and Korea with the Juilliard Orchestra and Hugh Wolff conducting. Her collaborations with distinguished conductors include Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, Sixten Ehrling, and Franz-Paul Decker. Ms. Cho’s 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. Her live recording of the Four Seasons with the Korean Chamber Ensemble was released in June 2003.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Catherine Cho has performed on the prestigious 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, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series in Chicago. She has collaborated with pianist, Mia Chung, in performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in the U. S. and Asia. Ms. Cho was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival from 1993 – 2001, and has taken part in eleven “Musicians from Marlboro” national tours. Ms. Cho has performed at festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Eastern Shore, Santa Fe, and Skaneateles, and has performed with the Boston Chamber Players. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice, and was a member of the Johannes String Quartet from 2003-6.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Cho won top prizes at the Montreal, Hanover, and Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competitions. She has served on the jury of international violin competitions and taught master classes worldwide. Ms. Cho is a member of the violin faculty at the Juilliard School, and has taught at the Starling-DeLay Symposium, Heifetz Institute, New York String Seminar, Killington Music Festival, Seoul Music Festival and Academy, and The Perlman Music Program. An advocate for peace through music, Ms. Cho is Vice President of the Board for the charity Musicians for Harmony. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Todd Phillips, and their son, Brandon.
Ronald Copes, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Praised by audiences and critics alike for his insightful artistry, violinist Ronald Copes has received international acclaim as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Having appeared as a featured performer in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Bermuda, Cheltenham, Colorado and Olympic music festivals, Mr. Copes has toured extensively with Music From Marlboro ensembles, the Los Angeles and Dunsmuir Piano Quartets, and, since 1997, with the Juilliard String Quartet in concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. During the 2011-13 seasons, he and Seymour Lipkin performed cycles of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Juilliard School.
He has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for labels including Sony Classical, Orion, CRI, Klavier, Bridge, New World Records, ECM and the Musical Heritage Society. Devoting considerable energy to the development and presentation of contemporary string literature, he has worked closely with composers including Stephen Hartke and Donald Crockett, and has given the first performances of solo and chamber works by Stephen Dembski and Robert Kraft, among others. With the New York New Music Ensemble, he recorded Ralph Shapey’s Three for Six, and was presented in solo recital by the International Society of Contemporary Music in New York.
Mr. Copes has garnered prizes in several national and international competitions including the Artists’ Advisory Council International Competition, the Merriweather Post Competition and the Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. For two decades, he served as Professor of Violin at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and, in 1997, joined the faculty of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chair of the violin department. With the JSQ and individually, Mr. Copes has coached string quartets and given master classes at Juilliard, Tanglewood and on tour. During the summer he is on the artist-faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
Kirsten Docter, Viola Faculty at the Summer Music School and Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Violist Kirsten Docter was a First Prize winner of the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions. She has made appearances at festivals including Aspen, Banff Centre for the Arts, Madeline Island, Mimir (TX and Melbourne, Australia), Sitka Summer Music, Interlochen, Kneisel Hall, Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk and Perlman Music Program. She served on the juries Primrose International Viola, the Fischoff National Chamber Music and the Sphinx Competitions. Ms. Docter has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Alisa Weilerstein, Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn, Alessio Bax as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács, Emerson, Borodin, and Amadeus String Quartets. She can be heard on the Azica, New World and Gasparo Records labels.
As the former violist of the Naumburg Chamber Music award-winning Cavani String Quartet, Ms. Docter served on the chamber music and viola faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Quartet performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Festival de L’Epau, France, and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The Quartet was featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS television, and received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, two Guarneri String Quartet Residency Awards and eight Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants.
Ms. Docter is Associate Professor of Viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has given numerous viola and chamber music masterclasses at Universities and Music Schools. She is on the viola faculty of the Perlman Music Program and the Madeline Island Music Camp. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, she continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Nathalie Joachim, Director of Contemporary Music at the Summer Music School
Recognized for her versatile and innovative performing and composing, Nathalie Joachim is “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute.” (The Washington Post) Critics hail the Brooklyn born, Haitian-American artist for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal)
Ms. Joachim was recently appointed flutist of the four- time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, eighth blackbird. She is also co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known for bringing their ingenuity and technical prowess to stages world-wide. Other performance experience showcases an impressive range, including featured appearances with Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry and Dan Deacon.
Ms. Joachim is a former faculty member of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) and is regularly engaged by elite educational institutions nationwide. This season, she joins the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School as Director of Contemporary Music. Notable commissions of her composition work include Land Bridge, an evening-length score for Helen Simoneau Danse (2016), Ulysses in 3, a collaboration with Ulysses Owens, Jr. as part of Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction program (2015), as well as a piece for solo cello written for Amanda Gookin of PUBLIQuartet (2017). Ms. Joachim is the only person to have successfully completed the MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs at The Juilliard School. She received her graduate degree education at The New School in audio production and sound design.
Yi-Fang Huang, Piano Collaborator at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota
Yi-Fang Huang, a native of Taiwan, received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School as a pupil of Martin Canin, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Susan Starr at Rutgers University. As soloist, chamber music musician and collaborative pianist, Ms. Huang has performed in venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Louvre Museum, Grenoble Museum and National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performed at the OK Mozart festival, International Viola Congress, New York Philharmonic: Insights Series, Interlochen Viola Institute, Great Mountains Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, and has premiered works by contemporary composers Somei Sato, Stuart Smith, and Alessandro Solbiati.
In 2008, Ms. Huang was both guest lecturer and collaborative pianist at the International Viola Congress. She has worked with top prize winners in the William Primrose Viola Competition, Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, Munich Viola Competition and with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Her radio credits include Radio France; WWFM 89.1, The Classical Network; and Public Radio Tulsa. She recorded the Loeffler Two Rhapsodies with New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps and associate principal oboist Sherry Sylar.
Ms. Huang currently serves as faculty at The Juilliard School, The Perlman Music Program, North American Viola Institute, and is the founder/faculty at NAVI Collaborative Piano Workshop. Also a devoted viola teacher, her mentors include Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom.
Kim Kashkashian, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. She studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Since fall 2000 she has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory.
Following Grammy Award nominations for several previous recordings, Kashkashian received a 2012 Grammy Award in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category for Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola, on the ECM Records label. Kashkashian's recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra.
Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt, and commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach, and Tigran Mansurian.
Marlboro and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals.
She has long-standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, and Yo-Yo Ma.
As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.
Kashkashian's musicianship has been well represented on recordings through her association with the prestigious ECM label in a fruitful collaboration that has been continuous since 1985.
Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, and now resides with her daughter in Boston.
Kim is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities.
Paul Katz, Artist Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop and Cello Faculty at Winter Residency in Sarasota
Paul Katz is known to concertgoers the world over as cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, which during an international career of 26 years made more than 2500 appearances on four continents, in all of the music capitals, great concert halls and music festivals of the world. As a member of this celebrated ensemble from 1969-1995, he performed at the White House and on many television shows including “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Grammy Awards” (the first classical musicians to appear on that show,) and was seen in “In The Mainstream: The Cleveland Quartet,” a one hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Katz has received many honors, the most recent including the American String Teacher’s Association “Artist-Teacher of the Year 2003;” Indiana University’s “Chevalier du Violoncelle,” awarded for distinguished achievements and contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching; Chamber Music America’s highest honor, The Richard M. Bogomolny National Service Award, awarded for a lifetime of distinguished service in the field of chamber music; and an Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts from Albright College.
Mr. Katz is a passionate spokesperson for chamber music the world over, and served for six years as President of Chamber Music America, the national service organization in the United States that has in its membership virtually all of the country’s 600 professional chamber music ensembles, as well as hundreds of presenting organizations, music festivals and managers. As an author, he has appeared in numerous publications and wrote the liner notes for the Cleveland Quartet’s three-volume set of the complete Beethoven Quartets on RCA Red Seal.
Mr. Katz has appeared as soloist in New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout North America. He was a student of Gregor Piatigorsky, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto and Leonard Rose. In 1962 he was selected nationally to play in the historic Pablo Casals Master Class in Berkeley, California. He was a prizewinner in the Munich and Geneva Competitions and for three summers a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Of special interest to cellists are his recordings of the Dohnanyi Cello Sonata for ProArte Records and the Cleveland Quartet’s recording on Sony Classical of the Schubert two-cello quintet with Yo-Yo Ma. The Cleveland Quartet has nearly 70 recordings to its credit on RCA Victor, Telarc International, Sony, Philips and ProArte. These recording have earned many distinctions including the all-time best selling chamber music release of Japan, 11 Grammy nominations, Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Recording and Best Recorded Contemporary Composition in 1996, and “Best of the Year” awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review.
In September of 2001, Mr. Katz joined the faculty of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, following five years at Rice University in Houston and twenty years (1976-1996) of teaching at the Eastman School of Music. He has mentored many of the fine young string quartets on the world’s stages today including the Ariel, Biava, Cavani, Chester, Jupiter, Kuss, Lafayette, Maia, Meliora, Parker, T’ang and Ying Quartets. One of America’s most sought after cello teachers, his cello students, in addition to membership in many of the above quartets, have achieved international careers with solo CD’s on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics and Sony Classical. They occupy positions in many of the world’s major orchestras including principal chairs of orchestras such as St. Louis, Oslo, Norway and Osaka, Japan, and are members of many American symphony orchestras such as Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, National Symphony, Pittsburgh, Rochester and St. Louis.
Mr. Katz has taught at many of the major summer music programs including twenty years at the Aspen Festival, the Yale Summer School of Chamber Music, The Perlman Music Program, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, ProQuartet in France, Domaine Forget, Orford, and the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the Steans Institute of The Ravinia Festival, and is a Director of the Shouse Artist Institute of the Great Lakes Chamber Festival. His hundreds of master classes worldwide include many of the major music schools of North and South America, Europe, Israel, Japan and China.
Mr. Katz frequently sits on the juries of international cello and chamber music competitions, the most recent ones being the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition and the international string quartet competitions of Banff, London, Munich, Graz and Geneva.
Mr. Katz plays an Andrea Guarneri cello dated 1669.
Clara Kim, Cello Faculty at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota
Cellist Clara Minhye Kim has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. She has been a guest performer and faculty at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in U.S., Seoul Music Festival, Busan Music Festival, Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, Beauvais Music Festival and Festival Music Alp in France etc.
Dr. Kim has been a Juror of the International Schadt String Competition, Young Performer's Music Competition, and the New York Music Competition where she is on board of the competition committee. She has recorded for CRI, SNK Korea, and Albany Records and and has collaborated with Claude Frank, DongSuk Kang, Stephen Picard, Mihaela Martin, Romano Pallotini, among others. Her book on cello method has been published under The Korea Economic Daily & Business Publications Inc.
As a recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowship grants from The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Columbia and Yale Universities, her principal teachers included Channing Robbins, Aldo Parisot, and Laurence Lesser. She has also served as a consultant at the Special Music School of America in New York City for five years and gives masterclasses throughout Korea and the United States. In 2011 she was chosen by U.S. Department of State as one of the Korean-American representatives in Arts for President Lee Myung-Bak and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's luncheons.
Dr. Kim's students have won numerous national and international awards such as From the Top Jack Cooke Awards, winners of the International Young Tchaikovsky Competition, International Andre Navarra Competition, Irving Klein International Competition, Johansen International Competition, to name a few. Dr. Kim teaches at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 2003, in addition to Columbia University.
Joel Krosnick, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Joel Krosnick has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As a member of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1974, he has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. With his sonata partner of more than 30 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has performed recitals throughout the U. S. and Europe. Since 1976, they have given annual series of recitals in New York City and in 2007 presented the series “American Milestones of the Last 100 Years” at The Juilliard School.
With Mr. Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has recorded the complete sonatas and variations of Beethoven and the sonatas of Brahms as well as works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Carter, Hindemith, Debussy, Janácek and Cowell for the Arabesque label. Especially noteworthy is their CD devoted to the cello and piano music of Ralph Shapey. Released in January 2012 is a CD, Forgotten Americans, featuring the music of Ernst Bacon, Otto Luening, Hall Overton, and Ben Weber.
Mr. Krosnick completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia College where he began his lifelong commitment to contemporary music. He has performed and premiered a large number of new works by composers including Donald Martino, Ralph Shapey and Richard Wernick. Joel Krosnick’s recording of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Artur Schnabel appears on the CP2 label, and his CD of Roger Sessions’ Six Pieces for Solo Cello is presented on Koch Classics.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Krosnick is chair of the cello department of The Juilliard School and is a member of the faculty of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. He has been associated with the Aspen, Marlboro and Tanglewood music festivals, and appeared for the third time as a member of the artist-faculty of the Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California. A recipient of the Chevalier du Violoncelle Award from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at the Indiana University School of Music, Mr. Krosnick holds honorary doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, Jacksonville University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Pei-Shan Lee, Piano Collaborator at the Winter Residency in Sarasota
Pianist Pei-Shan Lee’s active concert career has taken her to The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and tours of France, Germany, Belgium, and Israel. Her many summer festival appearances include The Mostly Mozart Festival, Caramoor Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Music Academy of the West, Heifetz International Music Institute, the International Piano Festival in Spain, the International Piano Festival at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, ProQuartet in France, and the Great Wall International Music Academy in China.
A member of the Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the New England Conservatory, Ms. Lee was also recently appointed to California State University Northridge, where she is creating a new MM in Collaborative Keyboard. Her most recent recording of the Strauss and Szymanowski Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Grzegorz Kotow will soon be released on the ArchiMusic label.
Since coming to the United States from Taiwan, Ms. Lee has collaborated with some of America’s most important musicians: violinists Donald Weilerstein, Ani Kavafian, Jacques Israelievitch, Joseph Silverstein, Ryu Goto, and Stefan Jackiw; violists Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath; cellists Paul Katz and Andres Diaz; flutist Jeanne Baxtresser; and pianist James Tocco. Her chamber music partners have included the Jupiter and Harlem String Quartets, members of the Bavarian Radio, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, San Diego Symphony Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In her hometown of Boston, Ms. Lee has performed at NEC, MIT, Boston Ballet, and in recitals with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also works with BSO’s guest conductors and soloists, and was the Boston pianist seen in rehearsal with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in her documentary “The Portrait”. Her live performances can also be heard onWQXR, WGBH, and WRCJ. In 2006, she was appointed pianist for Itzhak Perlman’s violin studio at the Perlman Music Program and has since joined its faculty in the Sarasota Winter Residency. She also served on the faculty of the Chautauqua School of Music, as staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the famed Meadowmount School for Strings. Ms. Lee’s artistry and comprehensive knowledge of the chamber music and collaborative literature have made her a highly sought after partner for many up-and-coming young artists, especially string and woodwind players.
Ms. Lee came to the U.S. for piano study after winning the Youth Division of Taiwan’s National Piano Competition. The Cleveland Institute awarded her the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in recognition of the highest level of artistic achievement in Collaborative Piano. Her doctoral thesis “The Collaborative Pianist: Balancing Roles in Partnership”, has become an important resource for schools wishing to begin/develop a Collaborative Piano program, and is available at ProQuest. Frequently invited to China and Taiwan for master classes and residencies, her dissertation is currently in the process of being translated by the Chinese.
Degrees: DMA, New England Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music; MM, The Juilliard School; BM, Manhattan School of Music
Former Teachers: Irma Vallecillo, Anne Epperson, Jonathan Feldman, Samuel Sanders, Solomon Mikowsky, 陳玉芸, 徐頌仁, 郭素梣, 及林淑真教授.
Sean Lee, Violin Faculty at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota
With performances described by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful”, violinist Sean Lee is quickly gaining recognition as one of today’s most talented rising artists. His debut album, “The Juilliard Sessions: Sean Lee”, was released by EMI Classics in 2012 and reached the iTunes top 20 classical bestsellers list.
Lee was selected as the winner of the 2012 Sanders/Juilliard/Tel Aviv Museum Prize, which took him to Israel for performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with Frédéric Chaslin and the Jerusalem Symphony. Other awards include prizes at the “Premio Paganini” International Violin Competition and the Young Concert Artists, Inc. International Auditions. Lee has also appeared as a soloist in recent years with the Utah Symphony, Orchestra Del Teatro Carlo Felice, Westchester Symphony, Bedford Chamber Players, Peninsula Symphony, Torrance Symphony, and Redlands Symphony. As a recitalist, Lee has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City, South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Festival di Carro Paganiniano of Italy, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Lee has also performed live radio broadcasts for KCSN (Los Angeles), WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York).
An equally involved chamber musician, Lee is currently in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a Chamber Music Society Two Artist. Lee also recently toured for a series of chamber music performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, performing in Miami, Virginia Beach, Toronto, and Valle de Bravo, Mexico. As a founding member, Lee performed for four years with the LK String Quartet, drawing praise from The New York Times as “…fiery and propulsive, with striking unanimity…”, and from The Washington Post for “warm tone, elegant finish, a vivid engagement with the scores’ drama and ensemble that was tight as a drum.” In recent summers, Lee has performed chamber music at Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, Maui Classical Music Festival, Deer Valley Music Festival, and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts at Central Park.
After studying with renowned violin pedagogue Robert Lipsett and legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci, Lee studied at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed Itzhak Perlman for a Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Music Degree, and graduated as a recipient of the William Schuman Prize. During his studies, Lee led the Juilliard Orchestra for four seasons as concertmaster for performances under the batons of David Atherton, James DePriest, Xian Zhang, Alan Gilbert, and David Robertson at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.
In addition to his performing life, Lee is a dedicated educator. Upon finishing his studies, Lee was a teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School for three years, and is currently a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. In 2010, Lee also joined the faculty of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute, and is a member of the violin faculty of the Perlman Music Program, where he was a student for six years.
Lee performs on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot violin.
Ron Leonard, Cello Faculty at the Summer Music School
Ron Leonard, cello faculty at The Perlman Music Program and professor at the USC Thorton School, has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist and teacher.
He was a winner of the Walter Naumburg Competition while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole. His first professional position was as a cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he sat on the second stand. Two years later, Mr. Leonard became principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic and at that time began teaching at the Eastman School of Music. He taught at Eastman for 17 years, spent one year as cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, and then was appointed principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a post he held for 24 years. During this entire period he has been very active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
Conducting is his most recent activity; Mr. Leonard is the conductor of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and he has been very involved at the Thornton School, working with the string sections of both the USC Thornton Symphony and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra.
Joseph Lin, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
An active solo and chamber musician, Joseph Lin has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Town Hall in Auckland. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ukraine National Philharmonic. His regular festival appearances include Marlboro, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Tucson Winter Festival.
Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2011, Mr. Lin has been on the violin and chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School. From 2007 to 2011, he was an assistant professor at Cornell University. There, he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency in 2009. The following year, Mr. Lin led a project with Cornell composers to study the violin Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and to create new music inspired by Bach. This culminated in a series of concerts in the spring premiering the new works alongside Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas.
Mr. Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. In 1996, Mr. Lin was awarded First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts the same year. In 1999, he was selected for the Pro Musicis International Award, and in 2001, he won First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand. His recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni on the Naxos label, the unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe on the N&F label, and the Formosa Quartet’s debut CD released by EMI. Most recently, he was part of the JSQ’s recording of Elliot Carter’s Quartet No. 5 released by Sony Classical.
Joseph Lin’s violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens and Lynn Chang. Mr. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000. In 2002, he began an extended exploration of China, spending 2004 studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar.
Li Lin, Violin Faculty at the Summer Music School
Li Lin currently holds a Professor of Violin position at The Juilliard School in New York City. Previously, he taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 20 years.
Li has produced numerous students earning the highest level of achievements, including top place winners at the Menuhin International Competition, Louis Spohr International Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Sarasate International Competition, Wieniawski International Competition, Tchaikovsky International Competition and Young Concert Artists. His students have collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, Peter Csaba, Joji Hattori, John Helmer Fiore, Yan Pascal Tortelier and musicians from Philharmonia Orchestra, St. Martin in the Fields, London Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Pops, Salt Lake City Symphony, Sinfonia Cymru, Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica De Navarra, Peking Sinfonietta, China NCPA Orchestra, and China Philharmonic.
Li was born in Guang Zhou, China and began playing the violin at the age of six. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He discovered his passion for teaching in his early 20s and has never stopped since. He is in demand as a guest clinician and a masterclass artist at music schools and festivals in North America, Europe and China.
Adam Meyer, Dean of the Summer Music School
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, violist Adam Meyer is an equally devoted chamber musician, teacher, and arts administrator. As the founding violist of the New York City based Bryant Park Quartet, Adam has performed at venues throughout the country including Lincoln Center’s Paul Recital Hall and the Recital Hall at the Staller Center for the Arts, and has participated in the Chamber Music Workshop at The Perlman Music Program, The Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and The Mannes Beethoven Institute. The quartet’s strong convictions about the importance of community and school outreach has led them to share their music with thousands of school children in rural Kentucky and Ohio, as well as to develop residencies aimed at introducing chamber music concepts to the string students in multiple school districts on Long Island as well as in Des Moines. In addition to his work with the Bryant Park Quartet, Adam has performed chamber music with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, David Finckel, Ronald Leonard, Merry Peckham, and Rohan DeSilva.
A dedicated teacher, Adam is currently on faculty at the Stony Brook University Pre-College Program, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, and is the co-founder of a summer chamber music camp for elementary students in Des Moines.
In addition to his work as a violist, Adam serves as the Dean of Students for The Perlman Music Program. He has previously served the program as Development Manager, raising funds from both government institutions and private foundations, before accepting his current position as Associate Dean for Administration at The Juilliard School.
Adam holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, and The Juilliard School, and his Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. His teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Kathy Murdock, Peter Slowik, and Hsin-Yun Huang.
Deborah Pae, Cello Faculty for the Summer Music School
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “exceptionally gifted” and “breathtaking," cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone...high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog) and "sophisticated technique" (San Diego Story). She has been admired for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship" (San Diego Union Tribune) and "novel vitality” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
Debuting at sixteen with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Korean-American Pae has since played concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the Westchester Philharmonic under the batons of Vassily Sinaisky, Thomas Wilkins, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, and Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Pae has also played solo recitals at the Neue Galerie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series, and in 2005 debuted in Europe at the Musée du Louvre and has since been invited to perform at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Flagey Radio Hall, and Musée de Grenoble. Many of her performances have been broadcast internationally on television and radio, most notably the 2003 Grammy Awards and the 75th Anniversary of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. In 2017, Outhere Music Label in partnership with Musiq3 Radio will release Ms. Pae's live recital recording on Series Prestige on their new series Digitale.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the cellist of the critically acclaimed Formosa Quartet (winners of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition) and founder of Trio Modetre (winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and Silver Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition). She has been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Kneisel Hall, Crans-Montana Classics, Festival Les Musicales de Colmar, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Ms. Pae has shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Johannes, Pro Arte, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.
Ms. Pae enjoys performing new and seldom-played works. Her debut recording released in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires, features Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor with conductor Christian Arming and the Liège Royal Philharmonique. In 2017, Trio Modetre’s debut recording Tribute to Frank Bridge: Masterpieces Among Peers will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bridge’s death and revive his second piano trio. Furthermore, American composer Jeffrey Mumford is currently writing a concerto of radiances blossoming in expanding air, which will be premiered by Ms. Pae and Boston-based ensemble, Phoenix, in 2018. Pae has also given world premieres of Fantasia Festa by Jonathan Crehan, Le Dormeur du Val by Roberto Kalb, and Song Recollections by Lei Liang.
Ms. Pae is currently Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University. She has served as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Académie et École Anglicorde in France, Visiting Guest Artist at Columbia University’s Music Performance Program, and Chamber Music Mentor at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She has also served as artistic manager of Music for Food Boston benefit concert series, and founder and curator of the WLP Lunchtime Series in Boston (2010-2012).
Beginning at four on a bricolage cello made of a Cheerios box wound with strings, three years later, Ms. Pae became the youngest cellist accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory and is a former Artist-in-Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium. Her mentors include cellists Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, and Joel Krosnick as well as violinists Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Sylvia Rosenberg, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Recognized for her artistic versatility, Ms. Pae has received major awards from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Belgian American Educational Foundation, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
Ms. Pae plays a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation.
Merry Peckham, Associate Director, Summer Music School; Director and Coach of the Chamber Music Workshop; Director of Chamber Music at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota
Merry Peckham, cellist, is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet winner of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Ms. Peckham has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam. Ms. Peckham has had the honor of performing with distinguished artists including members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence and Colorado String Quartets, the Weilerstein and Peabody Trios, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, Stephanie Blythe and Charles Neidich. Ms. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. Ms. Peckham and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year, received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award and five Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants.
Deeply committed to arts-education, Ms. Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities all over the world. As part of a cultural exchange between the Perlman Music Program, the Chinese Government and the Committee of 100, Ms. Peckham taught and gave special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory and was featured in the documentary “Perlman in Shanghai” by Oscar winning director Allan Miller which ran on PBS in the U.S. As a member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Ms. Peckham in collaboration with her colleagues has developed the Apprentice Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT.
Ms. Peckham is Assistant Director of The Perlman Music Program, Director of The Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program and is on the cello and chamber music faculties at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and is currently visiting-artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Ms. Peckham is the host for the radio program Offbeat which is aired weekly on WCLV, 104.9 FM. She received her BM with honors from Indiana University and her MM degree from the Eastman School of Music and pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors include Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff and Toby Perlman. Ms. Peckham resides in Cleveland, OH with her family, Robin, Jordan and Alex and in her free time enjoys making glass beads, arranging music and playing her guitar.
Itzhak Perlman, Violin Faculty and String Orchestra Conductor at the Summer Music School and Winter Residency in Sarasota; Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.
Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Itzhak Perlman was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2015 by President Obama for his meritorious contributions to cultural endeavors of the United States and for being a powerful advocate for people of disabilities. In 2003, he was granted a Kennedy Center Honor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States. He has performed multiple times at the White House, most recently in 2012 at the invitation of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama, for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush, for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero, for an audience of nearly 40 million television viewers in the United States and millions more throughout the world.
Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. An early recipient of an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, he came to New York and soon was propelled to national recognition with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Itzhak Perlman has established himself as a cultural icon and household name in classical music.
Mr. Perlman has further delighted audiences through his frequent appearances on the conductor’s podium. He has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004 where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
The 2015-16 season commemorates Itzhak Perlman’s 70th birthday with three album releases and worldwide concert tours. For the first time in many years, Mr. Perlman tours with pianist and longtime friend Emanuel Ax in special duo recitals that take them to eight cities across America including Los Angeles (Disney Hall), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall), Chicago (Ravinia) and Washington D.C. (Kennedy Center). In December 2015, he performs at Carnegie Hall in a rare trio collaboration with pianist Evgeny Kissin and cellist Mischa Maisky, marking the first time he and Mr. Kissin have performed together. In March 2016, he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his popular klezmer program, In the Fiddler’s House, in comeback concerts with klezmer greats Andy Statman, Hankus Netsky and special guests from the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Brave Old World in Boston (Symphony Hall), Miami (Arsht Center) and West Palm Beach (Kravis Center). On the orchestral front, Mr. Perlman performs season-opening gala concerts with the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck, and makes conducting appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. Throughout the season, he performs with his regular collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva, in recitals that take them across North America, Asia and to Europe in their first appearances as a duo in London (Barbican Centre), Paris (Philharmonie de Paris) and Munich (Gasteig).
Further to his engagements as violinist and conductor, Mr. Perlman is increasingly making more speaking appearances. Upcoming engagements include Elon University’s Fall Convocation in North Carolina and the Association for Financial Professionals’ 35th Annual Conference in Denver.
Itzhak Perlman’s recordings have garnered 16 GRAMMY® Awards and regularly appear on the best-seller charts. In 2008, Mr. Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. This season in 2015, Mr. Perlman sees three record releases in celebration of his 70th birthday: A new Deutsche Grammophon album with pianist Emanuel Ax performing Fauré and Strauss Sonatas, a 25-disc box set of his complete Deutsche Grammophon and Decca discography, and a 77-disc box set of his complete EMI/Teldec discography titled Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings.
In 2012, Sony released Eternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul, featuring a collaboration with acclaimed cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot in liturgical and traditional Jewish arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians, and in 2010, Sony released a recording of Mendelssohn Piano Trios with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax. Highlights of albums over the last two decades have included a Deutsche Grammophon album with Mr. Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic, a live recording with pianist Martha Argerich performing Beethoven and Franck Sonatas (EMI); Cinema Serenade featuring popular hits from movies with John Williams conducting (Sony); A la Carte, a recording of short violin pieces with orchestra (EMI) and In the Fiddler’s House, a celebration of klezmer music (EMI) that formed the basis of the PBS television special. In 2004, EMI released The Perlman Edition, a limited-edition 15-CD box set featuring many of his finest EMI recordings as well as newly compiled material, and RCA Red Seal released a CD titled Perlman rediscovered, which includes material recorded in 1965 by a young Itzhak Perlman. Other recordings reveal Mr. Perlman’s devotion to education, including Concertos from my Childhood with the Juilliard Orchestra under Lawrence Foster (EMI) and Marita and her Heart’s Desire, composed and conducted by Bruce Adolphe (Telarc).
A major presence in the performing arts on television, Itzhak Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about Mr. Perlman’s work as a teacher and conductor for the Perlman Music Program. In 2004, PBS aired a special entitled Perlman in Shanghai that chronicled a historic and unforgettable visit of the Perlman Music Program to China, featuring interaction between American and Chinese students and culminating in a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theater and a performance with one thousand young violinists, led by Mr. Perlman and broadcast throughout China. His third Emmy Award recognized his dedication to klezmer music, as profiled in the 1995 PBS television special In the Fiddler's House, which was filmed in Poland and featured him performing with four of the world’s finest klezmer bands.
Mr. Perlman has entertained and enlightened millions of TV viewers of all ages on popular shows as diverse as The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, The Frugal Gourmet, The Tonight Show, and various Grammy Awards telecasts. His PBS appearances have included A Musical Toast and Mozart by the Masters, as well as numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts such as The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years. In 2008, he joined renowned chef Jacques Pépin on Artist’s Table to discuss the relationship between the culinary and musical arts, and lent his voice as the narrator of Visions of Israel for PBS’s acclaimed Visions series. Mr. Perlman hosted the 1994 U.S. broadcast of the Three Tenors, Encore! live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. During the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006, he performed a live medley from the five film scores nominated in the category of Best Original Score for a worldwide audience in the hundreds of millions. One of Mr. Perlman’s proudest achievements is his collaboration with film composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos. He can also be heard as the violin soloist on the soundtrack of Zhang Yimou’s film Hero (music by Tan Dun) and Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha (music by John Williams).
Mr. Perlman has a long association with the Israel Philharmonic and has participated in many groundbreaking tours with this orchestra from his homeland. In 1987, he joined the IPO for history-making concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, representing the first performances by this orchestra and soloist in Eastern bloc countries. He again made history as he joined the orchestra for its first visit to the Soviet Union in 1990, and was cheered by audiences in Moscow and Leningrad who thronged to hear his recital and orchestral performances. This visit was captured on a PBS documentary entitled Perlman in Russia, which won an Emmy. In 1994, Mr. Perlman joined the Israel Philharmonic for their first visits to China and India.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Perlman has become more actively involved in music education, using this opportunity to encourage gifted young string players. Alongside his wife Toby, his close involvement in the Perlman Music Program has been a particularly rewarding experience, and he has taught full-time at the Program each summer since its founding in 1993. Mr. Perlman currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.
Numerous publications and institutions have paid tribute to Itzhak Perlman for the unique place he occupies in the artistic and humanitarian fabric of our times. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities are among the institutions that have awarded him honorary degrees. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005. President Reagan honored Mr. Perlman with a Medal of Liberty in 1986, President Clinton awarded Mr. Perlman the National Medal of Arts in 2000, and in November 2015, President Obama bestowed Mr. Perlman with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor. Itzhak Perlman’s presence on stage, on camera, and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.
Toby Perlman, Founder of The Perlman Music Program; Director of the Summer Music School
Toby Perlman has often said that she divides her adult life into two parts: chapter one, the years during which she was the prototype of the old fashioned housewife, identified by others as her children’s mother and her husband’s wife. It was a role she played for many years; complete with carpools and endless cooking – she could never go to the market enough to keep the house stocked for her five children and could never quite be on time to Carnegie Hall.
With her husband Itzhak by her side, Toby weathered their children’s illnesses and adolescent crisis and even battled cancer on multiple occasions. Through all this, she hadn’t had much time to think about what she might do when her children became independent. She had always been interested in child development and education and considered the idea of going back to school. Instead, she turned her focus to making her lifelong dream a reality.
Out of this dream, The Perlman Music Program was founded and the second chapter in Toby’s life began.
In addition to her work with The Perlman Music Program, Toby has appeared as a guest on various panels in New York City, speaking not only on behalf of The Perlman Music Program but also as a passionate advocate for the arts and education. She has also appeared as a frequent guest speaker for other educational institutions such as Public Television, The University of Michigan, and musical institutions including The Juilliard School and Chamber Music America.
Toby is the wife of reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Carol Rodland, Viola Faculty at the Winter Residency in Sarasota and the Summer Music School
Since making her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, Carol Rodland has established a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. Fanfare Magazine describes her playing as “larger than life, sweetly in tune, infinitely variegated” and “delicious” and her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma Record Labels have been critically acclaimed. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded works of Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rodland was recently appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School. She is also an artist-faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. Previous positions have included professorships at the Eastman School of Music, where she was also Co-Chair of the String Department, at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized with the “Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching”, at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, and at Arizona State University.
In 2009, Ms. Rodland founded “If Music Be the Food…”, a fully volunteer benefit concert series whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry through the sharing of great music. “If Music Be the Food…” has inspired musicians across the country to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.
Ms. Rodland studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School and as a Fulbright Scholar with Kim Kashkashian at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. She won first prizes at the Washington International Competition, the Artists International Auditions, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition, as well as the Universal Editions Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.
For further information please visit www.carolrodland.com and www.ifmusicbethefood.com.
Patrick Romano, Chorus Master of The Perlman Music Program
Patrick Romano has performed around the world, as both choral conductor and tenor soloist. In recent seasons, he has led choral performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, FL, the Henry Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Grand Theater in Shanghai, China. Mr. Romano is choral director at The Perlman Music Program and the Riverdale Country School in New York. He also directs ensembles at Sarah Lawrence University and The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division. In addition to his regular teaching, Mr. Romano has led workshops for high school choruses from the US, Canada, China, and Israel.
Prior to his conducting career, he was tenor soloist in the internationally renowned early music ensemble, The Waverly Consort. While with the group, he performed in concert series at Alice Tully Hall, The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, toured extensively throughout North and South America, and made several appearances on PBS’s Shakespeare’s presentations as musical entertainment. He won first place in the Geneva International Music Competition with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. He was also tenor soloist with the Rifkin Bach Ensemble, The American Bach Soloist’s, The Amor Artis Orchestra and Choir, The Dessoff Choirs, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Paul Hill Chorale in Washington D.C., and was twice soloist with the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Romano can be heard on recordings of Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Amor Artis Orchestra, Bach’s “B Minor Mass” with The American Bach Soloists, Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and in an arrangement of Schubert’s “Der Erlkönig” and “An Den Mond” with the Bryant Park Quartet.
Mr. Romano received his B.M. and M.M. in voice and conducting at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. In 2001, Mr. Romano was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Music at West Chester University. In his spare time, he loves bicycling, hiking, and crossword puzzles.
Astrid Schween, Cello Faculty for the Summer Music School
Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist and chamber artist. She has received acclaim for her performances at festivals as wide-ranging as the Istanbul Festival, Musicades, Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein, Reingau, Beleburg and Edinburgh festivals, Moscow’s Beethoven Festival, the Festival da Camera in St. Miguel de Allende, Würzburg’s Mozart Festival and Sweden’s prestigious Siljan Festival. During her 20 years with the Lark Quartet and as a guest with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, she performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, L’Opera de la Bastille, Herkules Saal, Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery and on tour throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Astrid Schween is a frequent guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Chamber Music Society, the InterHarmony International Music Festival, the Aria International Academy, and performed extensively as a member of the Boston Trio, an ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory. She has made guest appearances at Cello: An American Experience and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and frequently performs in recital with pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Michael Gurt. Invited by celebrated violin virtuoso and Artistic Director, James Ehnes, Ms. Schween performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival in January 2016. She also performed the Walker Sonata for Cello and Piano at Juilliard and the Harvard Club in New York last season at the invitation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker and the Juilliard School.
While still a teenager, Astrid Schween made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and went on to receive bachelors and masters degrees at The Juilliard School, where she was twice awarded the Juilliard Cello Prize. Her teachers there included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins and Ardyth Alton. She also studied with Bernard Greenhouse, Dr. H.T. Ma, Eugene Moye and in London with Jacqueline Du Pré. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the William Pleeth Cello Master Classes at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.
While a member of the Lark Quartet, Astrid Schween and her colleagues won numerous international prizes including the gold medal at the Shostakovich Competition in St. Petersburg and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in New York. They also recorded an impressive discography, which is featured on the Decca/Argo, Arabesque, Point, Agora, New World, CRI, Koch and Endeavor Classics labels. During her tenure, the Lark appeared on NPR’s Performance Today, Schickele Mix, and PBS; commissioned new works from many of America’s leading composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Peter Schickele, Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Julia Wolfe and Libby Larsen; and premiered many new works including Kenneth Frazelle’s music for Still/Here with celebrated choreographer Bill T. Jones. As a member of the quartet, Astrid was mentored by legendary musicians from the Budapest, Amadeus, Borodin, Guarnieri, Juilliard and Alban Berg Quartets.
For many years, Astrid Schween was Professor of Cello at the University of Massachusetts, where she succeeds cellist Matt Haimovitz. She also served on the faculties of the Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College, and holds a senior faculty position at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has served as juror for the Fischoff, Sphinx, New England Conservatory and Concert Artist Guild competitions and is an occasional speaker and panelist for organizations such as Chamber Music America and the Arts Presenters conferences. She has been a guest speaker at the American String Teachers Association and guest performer at the Bernard Greenhouse Celebration in North Carolina. Most recently, she was appointed to the Artistic Advisory Board of the new Global M-Prize Competition and invited by the Library of Congress to speak on the leading role of women in music.
In September 2016, Astrid Schween succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and joined the faculty at The Juilliard School. She joined the quartet last spring as a guest artist for performances of the Schubert String Quintet at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Ravinia Festival, and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Astrid Schween is represented by Rile-Gallant Artists.
Elizabeth Schumann, Piano Collaborator at the Summer Music School
Pianist Elizabeth Schumann has a diverse career portfolio of projects, recordings, and performances, which have brought her all over the world as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. The Washington Post Magazine noted her playing as “deft, relentless, and devastatingly good—the sort of performance you experience not so much with your ears as your solar plexus.”
The first place winner of both the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition and the Pacific International Piano Competition, Elizabeth has won over 25 prizes and awards in other major national and international competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Elizabeth was honored with the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was highlighted in a PBS Television documentary on the Gilmore Festival.
She has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide, in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Bösendorfer Saal, Toronto’s Koerner Hall, and Montreal’s Place des Arts. Featured at the International UNICEF benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina Victims, the Cannes Film Festival, the Gilmore Festival, Australia’s Huntington Festival, the Musica Viva chamber music series, the Ravinia “Rising Stars” Series, and National Public Radio's “Performance Today”, her recitals have been broadcast live on public radio and television in cities around the world, including Washington D.C., New York, Sydney, Cleveland, Montréal, Dallas, and Chicago. Elizabeth gave the world premiere performance of Carl Vine's Sonata No. 3, which the composer dedicated to her.
Passionate about creating public access to the arts, Elizabeth founded Piano Theatre, an artist group formed to engage audiences with innovative combinations of classical music, theatre, literature, art and technology. Piano Theatre’s recent tours of the US, Canada and Australia were acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Elizabeth founded and is president of Project Classical, Inc.¸ a 501(c)(3)organization whose mission is to support artist led initiatives that encourage public education and appreciation of classical music.
Concerned with the declining funding for arts education in the United States, Elizabeth devised Piano Carnival, a project to introduce free, high quality classical concert music to children, especially those in areas without arts education. Elizabeth directed Piano Carnival’s live performance tours on three continents and developed the Piano Carnival Interactive Ebook, which is available for free on iTunes.
Joel Smirnoff, Artist-Faculty of the Chamber Music Workshop
Joel Smirnoff, conductor and violinist, is President of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a native of New York City and former chair of the violin department at The Juilliard School. He has been a member of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1986, and the ensemble's leader since 1997. The Quartet, founded in 1947, has become a living American legend and won four GRAMMY Awards. Formerly the group's second violinist, Mr. Smirnoff attended the University of Chicago and The Juilliard School and was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for six years. Second Prize-winner in the International American Music Competition in 1983, he made his New York recital debut in 1985 at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as part of the Emerging Artists series and at Town Hall as part of the Midtown Masters series. In 1997, he was featured violin soloist at Tanglewood in a concert dedicated to the memory of violinist Louis Krasner, performing the Berg Violin Concerto under the direction of Bernard Haitink. Mr. Smirnoff has participated in the world premiere of numerous contemporary works, many of which were composed for him. Mr. Smirnoff is a Sony recording artist and has solo recordings on GM, CRI and Northeastern Records. Mr. Smirnoff has served as Chair of the Violin Department at The Juilliard School since 1993 and served as Head of String Studies at the Tanglewood Music Center during the late 1990s. Mr. Smirnoff has been on the faculty of Tanglewood since 1983. He has served on the juries of the Naumburg and Indianapolis Violin Competitions. He also pursues an active career as a conductor, both in the U.S. and abroad. In the summer of 2000, Mr. Smirnoff made his official American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program. He has also been a frequent guest with the New World Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In May 2004, he received rave reviews for his debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, replacing Peter Oundjian, who had fallen ill. In Europe, Mr. Smirnoff has conducted the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and a European tour with the Basel Sinfonietta and Charles Rosen as soloist in the Elliott Carter Piano Concerto. Mr. Smirnoff has led both the Juilliard Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra in concert. He has also appeared in concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Smirnoff also plays jazz, performing frequently as improvising soloist with Tony Bennett. His solos were featured on the GRAMMY Award-winning CD Tony Bennett Sings Ellington Hot and Cool. He has also been guest soloist with Gunther Schuller and the American Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Billy Taylor Trio. Mr. Smirnoff was born into an eminent New York musical family. His mother sang with the Jack Teagarden Band under the stage name of Judy Marshall and his father, Zelly Smirnoff, played in the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and was second violinist of the Stuyvesant String Quartet. Mr. Smirnoff has been president of CIM since 2008.
Roger Tapping, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Roger Tapping joined the Juilliard String Quartet in the summer of 2013. From 1995 until 2005 he was a member of the Takács Quartet since when he has taught viola and directed Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory.
The Takacs Quartet’s recordings for DECCA/London, including the complete quartets of Bartok and Beethoven, have won 3 Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, 3 Japan Record Academy Chamber Music Awards, the BBC Music Disc of the Year Award and the Classical Brits Award for Ensemble Album of the Year. As a member of the quartet, Mr. Tapping taught regularly at the Aspen Festival, the Taos Quartet School, and the Guildhall School of Music.
In London, Mr. Tapping played in a number of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly acclaimed CD’s, and touring for the British Council in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mexico before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet, with whom he played from 1989 to 1995.
He taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, and a member of the English Chamber Orchestra. He was a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a frequent participant in Sandor Végh’s International Musicians’Seminar in Cornwall, England.
Mr. Tapping is now on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, the Longy School and The Boston Conservatory and gives classes at other major schools in America. Summer Festivals include the Yellow Barn Festival and the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar. He performs both as a recitalist and as a chamber musician, playing regularly on WGBH and making frequent guest appearances with quartets from the USA and Europe. He was a jury-member and recitalist at the 2006 Tertis International Viola Competition.
Mr. Tapping is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Don Weilerstein, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. He studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968 he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo. For twenty years (1969-1989) Mr. Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet can be heard on the RCA, Telarc, CBS, Phillips, and Pro Arte labels. These recordings have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.
Mr. Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa , Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and at The Perlman Music Program.
He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janacek, Dohnanyi, and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.
Mr. Weilerstein is a very active as a member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio which is in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Their CD for Koch records was released in January ’06 and features trios of Dvorak. They can be visited at www.weilersteintrio.com.
Recently featured in Strad Magazine, Mr. Weilerstein was formerly a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, He is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. His students have been prize winners in major national and international competitions, including first prizes in the Indianapolis, Naumburg and Hanover competitions and 2nd prize in the Brussels competition. His students can be heard in many of today’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles.
Ms. Weilerstein has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. She has been featured in More Magazine and on the Jane Pauley Show in stories about professional mother/daughter teams.
Ms. Weilerstein is an active member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. Highlights of current and past seasons include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. They gave their London debut in spring ‘04 at the Royal Academy of Music. The trio’s new and highly acclaimed CD, featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, was released in January ’06 featuring music of Dvorak on the Koch label.
Critics and audiences have welcomed Ms. Weilerstein’s performances as part of the Weilerstein Duo, with violinist Donald Weilerstein. Among their many recitals across the country, the duo has performed at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano and the sonatas of Janácek, Dohnanyi, and Enescu for Arabesque Records and the complete Schumann sonatas for Azica Records. Fanfare declared the Bloch recordings a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and American Record Guide lauded both the Bloch and Janácek recordings. In 2006 the Weilersteins marked the occasion of their 30-year performing and recording career with recitals and the reissue of their Arabesque CDs. In addition to the duo and trio recordings Ms. Weilerstein has also recorded for the EMI Debut Series.
Ms. Weilerstein has performed at the major American music festivals, including the Marlboro, Aspen, Chamber Music West, Yellow Barn, Norfolk, Sarasota, Roundtop, and La Jolla festivals and the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program. She has been a guest artist at Kneisal Hall, the Young Musicians Festival in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She also taught and performed in Shanghai, China as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Caracas, Venezuela as part of El Sistema. This summer she will be a guest artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
Ms. Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program at the New England Conservatory, where she serves on the piano and chamber music faculties. She is also on the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School. She is in demand for master classes and residencies. She was formerly a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
For more information, please visit www.weilersteintrio.com.
Pianist Pauline Yang began her piano studies at the age of five and won her first international competition at the age of seven in Washington, D.C. In March of 1998, at the age of eleven, Ms. Yang made both her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
In the same year, Ms. Yang entered The Juilliard School, where she won both the Pre-College’s concerto and scholarship competitions in her first year. She has since studied with Lee Kum-Sing in Vancouver, Susan Starr in Philadelphia, and John Perry in Los Angeles. She has also studied and performed at a number of international music festivals, including the Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland, International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, Klaviersommerfest in Germany, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, the Orford International Academy in Canada, and several others. Ms. Yang is on the faculty of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program.
Her solo and chamber music appearances have taken her throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights have included an invitation by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation to represent the U.S. at the 22nd European Piano Teachers Association International Conference at the Franz Liszt Music Academy’s Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, the selection of her trio to perform in a series of master classes with Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank and Yo-Yo Ma at the Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall on the Chamber Music of Brahms, and cello-piano duo performances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and at the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles.
She has served as an Ambassador of Music for “Music in ME,” a non-profit organization that works with the United Nations to bring music to children in the Middle East and continues to serve as a Volunteer Artist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Massachusetts General Hospital. Other appointments have included positions on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and the National Women’s Political Caucus’ Los Angeles Board of Directors.
During her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC), she was a double-major in piano performance and political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and as the recipient of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Outstanding Graduate Award, the Theodore Presser Foundation’s Presser Scholar Award, and as a Renaissance Scholar from USC College. She received a masters in piano performance from USC and a masters in international law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she focused on the study of cultural diplomacy.
Ms. Yang was one of Glamour Magazine’s 2008 Top Ten College Women of the Year.
Praised by the critics for her “rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation”, Greek violinist Areta Zhulla is quickly establishing herself as a passionate and dynamic artist. She has been recently named “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, and is a recipient of the Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award.
Ms. Zhulla has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, at many renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. She has been featured on Auditorium du Louvre’s Rising Stars Series, and she made her Megaron Hall debut in Athens in 2010, performing under the baton of legendary French conductor Michel Plasson and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements include solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of Greece, the Boca Raton Symphonia, Westchester Philharmonic, and the State Symphony of Thessalonica.
A passionate educator, Ms. Zhulla currently serves as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. She also serves as chamber music faculty at Juilliard's Pre-College's division, as well as at the Perlman Music Program Summer School. Ms Zhulla has served as guest violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2012 and 2013, and frequently leads masterclasses in festivals nationally and abroad.
A chamber music fanatic, Ms. Zhulla has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists, and she appears frequently as guest artist with The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Ms. Zhulla was a member of the LK String Quartet, which was praised by The Washington Post for its “warm tone, elegant finish, a vivid engagement with the scores’ drama and ensemble that was tight as a drum.” Memorable collaborations include performances with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman, Orli Shaham, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Ida Kavafian, and the Cavani String Quartet. Ms. Zhulla has appeared in such music festivals as Music@Menlo, The Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada, and has studied for seven summers at the Perlman Music Program Summer School.
Ms. Zhulla holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the Vergotis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and Lefter Zhulla.
Ms Zhulla plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beares International Violin Society.