Summer Music School Faculty

Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano collaborator
Catherine Cho, violin
Jun Cho, piano collaborator
Kirsten Docter, viola
Nathalie Joachim, contemporary chamber music
Clara Kim, cello faculty
Sean Lee, violin
Li Lin, violin
Adam Meyer, Dean
Radu Paponiu, chamber Music
Merry Peckham, Associate Director & Chamber Music
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Toby Perlman, Director
Kenneth Renshaw, chamber music
Zvi Plesser, cello
Carol Rodland, viola
Patrick Romano, Chorus Master
Astrid Schween, Cello Faculty
Jan Sloman, violin

Chamber Music Workshop Artist-Faculty

Kirsten Docter
Joseph Kalichstein
Joel Krosnick
Laurence Lesser
Merry Peckham (Director)
Itzhak Perlman
Patrick Romano
Peter Salaff
Joel Smirnoff
Roger Tapping
Don Weilerstein
Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein
Areta Zhulla

Chiao-Wen Cheng, Piano Collaborator at the Summer Music School

Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia. Her solo engagements include the Fort Worth Sym- phony, Greece Symphony, and Taiwan Shin-Min Orchestra. Cheng has won numerous piano competitions and awards, including First Prizes at the Schubert Club Competition (2012); the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition (2010); the Excellence in Accompanying Award at the Eastman School of Music (2010); and the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Excellence in Accompanying at Peabody Institute (2009).

A vibrant and dedicated chamber musician, Cheng has become a sought after collaborative partner. She performs with the Argos Trio and has appeared numerous times on the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester concert series. A particularly rewarding facet of her career has involved chamber music concerts with musicians from all of the world, including Juliana Athayde (concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra); Ian Bousfield (former principal trombone, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra); Astrid Schween (cellist, Juilliard Strong Quartet); and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto (principal trombone, Seattle Symphony Orchestra). Cheng has also enjoyed present- ing solo piano recitals in major venues around the world.

Cheng began piano lessons with her aunt at the age of four. She completed her bachelor’s de- gree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Frank Wein- stock, where she received a Van Cliburn Scholarship. She completed her master’s degree at Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University as a student of Benjamin Pasternack, where she received a full scholarship. Cheng holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Barry Snyder. At Eastman, Cheng was also the recipient of a graduate assistantship as a collaborative pianist and large ensemble pianist. Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music and a Piano Instructor at Eastman Community Music School.

Catherine Cho, Violin Faculty at the Summer Music School and Israel Residency

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.

Jun Cho, Piano Collaborator at the Summer Music School, Israel Residency and Sarasota Residency

Pianist Jun Cho has appeared as both solo and chamber musician at major New York venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Mr. Cho has also performed as concerto soloist with the orchestras of Rice University, The Juilliard School and The Mannes School. Prior to living in New York, Jun Cho received numerous awards in his native Korea, including first prize at the Korea Times and Samick competitions. In addition, he has appeared as a competitor in several international competitions including the Honens, Leeds, and Iowa competitions.

An avid collaborator, Mr. Cho has performed with renowned musicians including Kathleen Winkler, Toby Appel, and Nicolas Kitchen. He has given extensive collaborative performances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Sejong Music Festival, and served as a collaborative piano faculty at the Heifetz Institute.

He currently serves as a faculty member at the Perlman Music Program. Jun Cho received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees at The Juilliard School and currently resides in New York City while pursuing a doctoral degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Ronald Copes, Artist-Faculty Emeritus 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.

Francesca dePasquale, Faculty Emeritus at the Sarasota Winter Residency 

Described as “scintillating” (MusicalAmerica) and “a mature artist fully formed at a young age, equal to any challenge” (Peninsula Reviews), violinist Francesca dePasquale is the first prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Earning her the 2015 Young Artist of the Year Award from the Classical Recording Foundation, dePasquale recently recorded her debut album in collaboration with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, including a newly commissioned work for violin and electronics by composer Paola Prestini.

As soloist, dePasquale has appeared with the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Colburn Orchestra, Galesburg Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and Santa Cruz Symphony, amongst numerous others. Her recital appearances include performances for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, National Sawdust, Classics on Hudson, California Music Center, and Perlman Music Program.

A chamber musician and collaborator, dePasquale has performed with renowned artists Paul Coletti, Thomas Cooley, Jennifer Frautschi, Nicholas Kitchen, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Merry Peckham, Itzhak Perlman, Jeffrey Sykes, Roger Tapping, Richard Todd, and Donald Weilerstein. She has appeared on series and festivals such as the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Marinus Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Music@Menlo, Colburn Chamber Music Society, and Music in the Vineyards. Additionally, dePasquale has performed as a substitute for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the orchestral collective The Knights.

In addition to her performing activities, dePasquale is the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, where she is also teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. dePasquale is a member of the Stony Brook University Summer Chamber Music Camp faculty.

dePasquale holds a master of music degree and bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School and The Colburn School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Robert Lipsett. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt.

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.

Joseph Kalichstein, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop

Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences all over the globe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As an Australian critic exclaimed: “ To hear Kalichstein play is to fall in love with music all over again!”

With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and the late George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras, from the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras to the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony, from the NHK and New York Philharmonic to the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Kalichstein has also been a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and Emerson Quartets, with whom he played the Shostakovich Piano Quintet in their Shostakovich Cycles in London and Washington. 

Mr. Kalichstein's 15-16 season includes performances with the People's Symphony, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL, and a concert at the Fortas Chamber Music Series with Jaime Laredo and the Shanghai Quartet.

A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall’s “Keyboard Virtuosi” series. His latest CD releases include music of Schumann and Brahms (on Koch International) and of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert (“The Romantic Piano”, on Audiofon). He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also teaches a limited number of advanced piano students.

Born in Tel Aviv, he came to the United States in 1962.  His principal teachers included Joshua Shor in Israel and Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos at The Juilliard School. Prior to winning the 1969 Leventritt Award, he had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, and as a result he gave a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert on CBS. 

Joseph Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, now in their 38th touring season. The Trio continues to play in major music capitals as well as on all the great university concert series. Its most recent recording project is a CD devoted to works that the eminent American composer Ellen Zwilich had written for the Trio, just released on the Azica label. Bridge records has recently released their critically acclaimed 2-CD Schubert Cycle. 

Kim Kashkashian, Artist-Faculty Emeritus 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 Emeritus 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 Winter Residency in Sarasota and Israel Residency

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 Emeritus

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, Winter Residency in Sarasota, and Israel Residency

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.

Laurence Lesser, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop

A member of the New England Conservatory faculty since 1974, and president of the school from 1983 through 1996 (following a year as artistic director), Laurence Lesser teaches College and Preparatory cello students and brings unique value to the chamber music experience at NEC and in Boston through his artistic direction of the First Monday at Jordan Hall concert series since 1985.

In 2010, Bridge records issued Lesser's recording with pianist HaeSun Paik of Beethoven's complete music for cello and piano. The comprehensive documentation embraced by this three-disc collection includes two audio CDs as well as the DVD Behind the Beethoven Project with biographical material, a discussion of this repertoire, and clips from concerts held in Korea immediately following the recording sessions in NEC's Jordan Hall.

Laurence Lesser was a top prize winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a guest performer in the historic Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts and recordings. In 1976 he gave the premiere of Menotti’s Fantasia (written for him under a Ford Foundation grant) with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa; in 1991, he performed the New England premiere with the NEC Symphony conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. He has been a soloist with the BSO, the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other major orchestras. He has appeared at the Casals, Spoleto, Marlboro, Charleston, and Santa Fe festivals as well as London’s South Bank Summer Music Festival.

In 1994, Lesser was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005,he was named a "Chevalier du Violoncelle" by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University, awarded for distinguished achievements and contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching.

A.B., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College. Studies with Gregor Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California. Fulbright Scholar with Gaspar Cassadó in Köln, Germany. Recordings on Columbia, RCA, Melodiya, Desto. Former faculty of Peabody Institute, University of Southern California, Banff Centre for the Arts, Toho Gakuen School of Music.

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 Students at The Perlman Music Program

Adam Meyer, violist, currently serves as the Associate Dean and Director of the Music Division at The Juilliard School, the Dean of Students for The Perlman Music Program, and is on the faculty of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Adam was the founding violist of the acclaimed Bryant Park String Quartet, and has performed chamber music alongside artists including Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, David Finckel, Ronald Leonard, Merry Peckham, and many others.  Adam holds a Bachelor of Music degree from theOberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. His viola teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Peter Slowik, Kathy Murdock, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Sherida Josephson.

Deborah Pae, Cello Faculty Emeritus 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.

Radu Paponiu, Chamber Music Faculty for the Summer Music School

Romanian violinist and conductor Radu Paponiu began studying the violin at age seven, moving on to study privately with Carmen Runceanu and Stefan Gheorghiu After coming to the United States at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu continued his studies at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance, working privately with Robert Lipsett.

Winner of the “Rotari Atheneum” prize, Radu has made solo violin appearances with orchestras such as the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Conservatory Orchestra, “Ion Dumitrescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Lyceum Strings Orchestra, Central European Initiative Youth Orchestra, and Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra. As a recitalist, Radu has performed in Thayer Hall and Mayman Hall at the Colburn School, Romanian Atheneum, History Museum of Bucharest, and the Cultural Center of Arcus.

Radu has been a guest artist for music festivals in the United States, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, and Hungary, including the Perlman Music Program, Banff Chamber Music Workshop, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed chamber music with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Martin Beaver, Moses Pogossian, Clive Greensmith, Merry Peckham, and members of the Ebène String Quartet. Radu is former Concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Culver City Chamber Orchestra, Central European Initiative Youth Orchestra, as well as Assistant Concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony.  Radu has also participated in numerous masterclasses with artists such as Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Christian Altenburger, Alexander Arenkov, as well as members of the Tokyo, and American string quartets.

Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also Conductor Apprentice with the Handel&Haydn Society, working closely with Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Radu is in his second year as assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. During the 2017-2018 season, Radu conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly twenty different classical, education, and pops programs. Additionally, Radu served as cover conductor with the Dallas Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, assisting conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Cristian Macelaru, and Bernard Labadie. As a guest conductor, Radu appeared with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Jinhee Park, Piano Collaborator at the Sarasota Winter Residency

Pianist Jinhee Park has built an international reputation as a versatile artist of both vocal and instrumental chamber musician as she has given extensive performances in Italy, Korea,Taiwan, United States, and China. During her current residency in New York, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Lincoln Center featuring a wide range of repertoire with renowned musicians such as Bomsori Kim, Stella Chen, and Timothy Chooi. Aside from her performing career, she has worked with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Julius Drake, Robert McDonald, Roger Vignoles, Christoph Prégardien, and Craig Rutenberg. During the summer months, Ms. Park has given extensive performances in Aspen music festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institution. She currently works as the staff pianist at the Juilliard School and serves as a vocal coach in Manhattan School of Music and Chautauqua Instituion. Ms. Park received her Bachelor’s degree at the Seoul National University and received her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Andrew Harley, and Diane Richardson. Recently, she received her Professional Studies Certificate at Manhattan School of Music and she is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Manhattan School of Music with Warren Jones. 

Merry Peckham, Associate Director, Summer Music School; Director and Coach of the Chamber Music Workshop; Director of Chamber Music at the Summer Music School, Winter Residency in Sarasota, and Israel Residency

Cellist Merry Peckham is a dedicated performing artist and a longtime educator who has developed a host of accomplished performers. She joined the New England Conservatory faculty in Fall 2017 as chair of the College chamber music program and as a chamber music coach in both the College and Preparatory School.

As a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet (a position she held for 32 years) Peckham was honored with a Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year Award, and the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. With the quartet, she has performed thousands of concerts in the United States and abroad, was awarded the State of Ohio Governor’s Prize, and twice won the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.

A devoted teacher and deeply committed to arts education, Peckham has given masterclasses 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 and music training institutions abroad, Peckham has taught and given special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Jerusalem Music Center, and the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. She also appears in a short film by Bruce Weber entitled Virtuosos, produced for Spanish Vogue, was featured in the documentary Perlman in Shanghai by Academy Award–winning director Allan Miller, which aired on PBS in the U.S. and was featured on the Elyria Pictures online film series “Living the Classical Life.” She can be heard on recordings issued by Azica, Pantheon, New World, Albany, Gasparo, DFA, and Carlton Classics record labels. From 2004–2016 she hosted "Offbeat," an insightful, sometimes irreverent Saturday radio program on WCLV 104.9, Cleveland’s classical music station.

Prior to joining the faculty at NEC, Peckham was formerly the Coordinator and Teacher of String Chamber Music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Associate Director and Chamber Music Director for the Perlman Music Program, an organization founded by Toby and Itzhak Perlman dedicated to training exceptional young musicians, as well as the Director of the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program, and since 1988 she has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Peckham has trained members of numerous acclaimed chamber ensembles, including the Miro, Ariel, Biava, Aeolus, Ariadne, Cypress, Fry Street, Omer, Parker and Jupiter String Quartets. From 2005–2017 she was the cellist of the Elysian Piano Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She is an Artist Advocate for the National String Project Consortium and is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.

Peckham earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University and a master of music from the Eastman School of Music. She pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors have included Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff, and Toby Perlman. Peckham has the good fortune to perform on a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (a St. Cecilia model, dated 1849.)

Itzhak Perlman, Violin Faculty and String Orchestra Conductor at the Summer Music School, Winter Residency in Sarasota, and Israel Residency; 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, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, 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 June 2016, he received the 2016 Genesis Prize in recognition for his exceptional contributions as a musician, teacher, advocate for individuals with special needs and dedication to Jewish values. 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. President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and President Reagan honored him with a Medal of Liberty in 1986.

Mr. Perlman 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, he 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.

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.

Kenneth Renshaw, Chamber Music Faculty at the Summer Music School

With playing hailed as “gorgeous...positively ravishing, a marvel of emotional maturity and assurance" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and praised for its “natural, honest sense of communication” (The Strad), New York-based violinist Kenneth Renshaw is an emerging artist who is recognized for his  emotional depth and intensity of performances.

Kenneth gained international attention in 2012 after winning First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing. He was also a prize winner at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium, and was invited to join the roster of Manhattan International Artists as First Prize winner of their inaugural competition. 

As a result of these successes, he has been a featured soloist with orchestras internationally such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, and the Jenaer Philharmonie, and has performed recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Flagey Studios (Brussels), the Menuhin Festival Gstaad ,and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany. 

As a chamber musician he has made festival appearances at Caramoor's Evnin Rising Stars series, Ravinia,  and the Perlman Music Program, performing with renowned musicians such as pianist Leon Fleisher, violinists Pamela Frank and Cho-Liang Lin, and violist Kim Kashkashian. He will be a featured artist at the Marlboro Music Festival beginning 2020. 

Equally active as a teacher, Kenneth serves as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman and violin pedagogue Li Lin at The Juilliard School, where he holds the Starling Foundation Violin Teaching Fellowship. 

He has been a guest masterclass artist at the Santa Marcelina Cultura in Brazil, the Crowden Music Center, and the Island Arts Music Festival, and will be assistant chamber music faculty at the Perlman Music Program summer 2019. 

Kenneth is interested in finding new ways to musically communicate with audiences through multiple artistic mediums, resulting in ongoing collaborations with visionary pianist/filmmaker Yang Bao on films and multidisciplinary performance showcases featuring music, dance, film, and electronics.

Kenneth was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he holds both Master's and Bachelor's degrees. His major teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein.

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Zvi Plesser, Cello Faculty at the Summer Music School and Sarasota Residency

Israeli Cellist Zvi Plesser has a remarkably varied career, which has combined appearances as cello soloist, chamber musician, educator and music director.

Based in Israel, Mr. Plesser has concertized worldwide and collaborated with some of our time’s leading instrumentalists and conductors. As soloist he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Sofia Philharmonic under conductors Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner Asher Fisch, Omer Wellber, Guy Braunstein, Anu Tali, Steven Sloan and Sergiu Comissiona. In January 2015 Mr. Plesser appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert in Berlin Philharmonie. In the fall of 2016 Mr. Plesser toured Australia and Thailand as soloist with the Israel Camerata – Jerusalem, conducted by Avner Biron.

Mr. Plesser was a member of the Huberman String Quartet and was a founding member of Concertante. A dedicated chamber musician he collaborates frequently with leading instrumentalists including several collaborations with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra principal players. In recent season he has performed in such venues as: Paris Champs-Elysees, Musee du Louvre and Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthouse, Berlin Philharmonie, London Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre among others. Mr. Plesser frequently collaborates with the Jerusalem String Quartet with whom he played on a 14 concert tour of Australia.  He has participated in Music festivals around the world, including the Marlboro Festival in the US, the Cervantino Fetsival in Mexico, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival - Israel, Le Pont Festival in Japan, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Salon-de-Provence  in France and the Rolandseck Festival in Germany.

In 2011 he was appointed music director for the” Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee,” – Israel’s oldest chamber music festival. Mr. Plesser has revitalized the festival by introducing innovative programs that have gained the attention of both the audiences and the press.

In the last few years he has collaborated with his colleague and friend Hillel Zori in arranging and performing the Six Bach Solo Suites for two cellos.

Mr. Plesser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Zara Nelsova. His principal teachers include Zvi Harel in Israel and David Soyer in the United States. Mr. Plesser is a Professor on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he is head of the String Department and director of the Nazarian Chamber Music Program. In the past he taught at North Carolina School of the arts and in Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in Germany. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops in musical centers around the world. In 2013 he was invited to serve as a jury member in the Cassado Cello Competition in Japan.

Mr. Plesser has been heard on various radio and television programs and has recorded for Helicon, Kleos, Meridian and more. A graduate of the Jerusalem Music Center as part of the program for Outstanding Young Musicians headed by Maestro Isaac Stern, Mr. Plesser won the prestigious Francoise Shapira Competition, the 41st annual Washington International Competition and was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships.

Carol Rodland, Viola Faculty at the Summer Music School, Winter Residency in Sarasota, and Israel Residency

Praised by Fanfare for possessing a tone which is “larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated”, and for her “delicious” playing, Carol Rodland, violist, enjoys a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue.

Recent performance highlights have included recitals at both the 2016 American Viola Society Festival and the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Convention, at the Musikfestpiele Saar in Germany, on the String Masters Series in Boston, and on WXXI Public Radio’s Backstage Pass. Ms. Rodland collaborates frequently in recital with her sister Catherine Rodland, organist, as the Rodland Duo, as well as with pianists Marcantonio Barone and Tatevik Mokatsian, and cellist Scott Kluksdahl. She also performs regularly with the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma labels have been critically acclaimed. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, Augustus Hailstork, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas.

A dedicated and much sought-after teacher, Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at 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 in 2005 with the “Louis and Adrienne Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching”, at Berlin’s “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule, and at Arizona State University. Recent guest teaching residencies have included master classes in the United Kingdom at the Royal College of Music in London, in Germany at the Hochschule Fuer Musik und Theater in Saarbruecken and at the Universitaet der Kunste in Berlin, in Norway at the Valdres Sommersymfoni, in Tel Aviv Israel with the Perlman Music Program, and in the United States at the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory ,Indiana University, University of Michigan, and the Walnut Hill School.

Ms. Rodland is the founder and artistic director of “If Music Be the Food…”, a benefit concert series created in 2009 to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Teaching music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities is also part of the series’ mission. “If Music Be the Food…” is a fully volunteer endeavor; all of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the performance spaces, and audience members bring food or cash donations for the local food bank as the price of admission. “If Music Be the Food…” has inspired other prominent musicians in the US to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.

Ms. Rodland made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager and subsequently 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. She has also been the recipient of Fulbright and Beebe Fund Grants and Juilliard’s Lillian Fuchs Prize. Ms. Rodland holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle, as well as an Aufbaustudium Diplom awarded with distinction from the Musikhochschule Freiburg , where she studied with Kim Kashkashian. She had the unique privilege of serving as teaching assistant to both of her mentors.

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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.

Peter Salaff, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop

Peter Salaff was a founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, with whom he has received seven GRAMMY Award nominations, a GRAMMY award, and "Best of the Year" awards from Time and Stereo Review for recordings of more than 50 chamber works on major labels.

He has performed numerous concerts, including many tours of the former Soviet Union, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Israel, in addition to tours across the U.S. and Canada. Salaff has coached chamber music and given master classes in many conservatories and universities in the U.S., as well as in Germany, Japan, Israel and New Zealand. He has taught as a performing faculty member at the University of Concepcion, Chile; the State University of New York at Buffalo; the Eastman School of Music; and, during summers at Interlochen, Michigan; the Kneisel Hall Music Festival; Chamber Music in the Mountains at Echo Glen; the Aspen Music Festival; the Norfolk Festival; the Killington Music Festival; PhoenixPhest; and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany.

Salaff now spends his summers teaching and performing at the Music Academy of the West. He has been a judge at many chamber music competitions, including the London International String Quartet Competition, the Fischoff Competition, the Yellow Springs Competition and, in 2007, he served as a judge at the Coleman Competition. Salaff received the Yale School of Music Alumni Association's Certificate of Merit in 1979. He was reappointed to the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1995.

Astrid Schween, Cello Faculty at the Summer Music School

Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, China, Spain, Scandinavia and throughout the US, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York’s 92nd Street Y, Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Astrid Schween received her training under the guidance of Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Ardyth Alton and Dr. H.T. Ma, and was mentored as a young cellist by Jacqueline Du Pré and Zubin Mehta. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the William Pleeth Cello Master Classes in Aldeburgh and made her debut at the age of 16 with the New York Philharmonic.

This season, Astrid Schween will appear as soloist-special guest artist at the Violoncello Society of New York, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Cello Society, Gather NYC, Aronson Cello Festival and in Minneapolis at the 20th Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. In the spring, she will host a special event in honor of the Guarneri String Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other recent solo engagements have taken her around the US, with a performance of the Elgar Concerto in Boulder, CO last season and performances with the Memphis Symphony and at the Peninsula, Interlochen and Sewanee festivals. Astrid Schween was recently featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on various NPR programs, and was a guest speaker on Women in Music at the Library of Congress. She also appears on Classical music internet platforms such as “Living the Classical Life,” The Violin Channel and CelloBello. Her current collaborations include frequent appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, recitals with pianists Victor Asuncion, Randall Hodgkinson and a soon-to-be-released CD of Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt. Recent collaborative releases appear on the Sony, Centaur and JRI labels.

Astrid Schween is a member of the cello faculty at Juilliard and The Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island. She was for many years, senior cello faculty at Interlochen, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Holyoke College. She was also cellist of the Boston Trio, a frequent guest with the Boston Chamber Music Society and a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, with whom she earned the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lockenhaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and other prestigious venues.

Additional recordings appear on the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels. She is represented by Thomas Gallant of General Arts Touring.

Jan Sloman, Violin Faculty at the Summer Music School

Jan Mark Sloman is a highly-regarded violinist and dedicated teacher whose multi-faceted career speaks to his passion for the violin, its ability to communicate powerfully and his desire to develop true artistry in the students he guides. He has enjoyed a distinguished career leading orchestral violin sections throughout the United States and around the world. He served as principal associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Sloman was also a guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony and internationally with orchestras in Florence, Italy; Lugano and Geneva, Switzerland; and Melbourne, Australia.

Sloman has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Chailly. He has also mastered a wide range of repertoire as an orchestral soloist, performing works spanning Bach to Beethoven, and Tippett to Shostakovich. His recital and chamber music performances are highlighted by collaboration with artists such as Leonard Rose, Nobuko Imai and Yo-Yo Ma. Sloman was a University Scholar at Princeton University and attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of the legendary 20th century violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian. Other teachers include Joseph Silverstein, Paul Makanowitzky and Jaime Laredo.

In the past two decades, Sloman’s attention has increasingly turned to teaching. He has a large private studio and for nine years taught both graduate and undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Embracing the digital world, he recently added teaching via Skype, and is now able to mentor students throughout the United States. In  2015 Sloman accepted an appointment to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he teaches gifted students at the college, graduate and pre-college levels. His studio at CIM receives generous support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.

After having taught seven summers at Meadowmount, Sloman will now rejoin the faculty of the famed Heifetz International Music Institute, where his studio has also been granted significant support from the Starling Foundation.

Strongly committed to educational opportunities for young musicians, Sloman founded a nonprofit organization, The Institute for Strings, to provide students in the Dallas area the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive music program that included solo and chamber music performance opportunities, as well as concerts as part of a self-conducted string orchestra. This unique summer program allowed 40 elite string players each session the ability to work with experienced professional musicians to hone their technical and interactive music skills over the course of 19 seasons.

The success of Sloman’s students at major conservatories and competitions has brought him increasing national recognition as a teacher and mentor of the next generation of string players. His students have been finalists and received awards in both national and international competitions including American String Teachers Association, Kingsville, Music Teachers National Association, Sphinx, Stulberg and Andrea Postacchini (Italy). Additionally, his students have been selected to participate in the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Queen Elizabeth Competition, Sendai International Music Competition and the Geneva International Music Competition. In 2004, Sloman received the Pre-Collegiate Teaching Achievement award given by the Texas Music Teachers Association, and in 2010 was named YoungArts Performing Arts Educator of the Year by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Joel Smirnoff, Artist-Faculty Emeritus 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 world-renowned Juilliard Quartet and the Juilliard School viola faculty in 2013. In addition to its regular performance schedule in North America, Europe and Asia the Juilliard Quartet continues to add to its large recording catalogue, including a recent ground-breaking iPad video app of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, and  recent CD of music by Beethoven, Davidovsky and Bartók.

Mr Tapping had moved from London to the USA in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his decade with them, their career included many Beethoven and Bartok cycles in major cities all over the world. Their Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, placed them in Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame and won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, among many other awards.

In recent years he was on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he also directed the Chamber Music program. He has also taught at the Boston Conservatory and at Longy.

In the summers his faculty activities include the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar, Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall. He has also given viola master classes at Banff and at other festivals and conservatories in North America, Europe and Asia.

Born in England in 1960, Mr. Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly-acclaimed CDs, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at London’s Royal Academy of Music, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

He has performed frequently as a guest with many distinguished quartets from the U.S. and Europe, and he was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

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

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.

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Areta Zhulla, Artist-Faculty at the Chamber Music Workshop

Praised by the critics for her “rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation,” Greek violinist Areta Zhulla has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. She has been recently named “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association in Greece, and is a recipient of the prestigious Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. In 2018, Ms. Zhulla joined the Juilliard String Quartet as their first violinist, and serves on the violin and chamber music faculties at The Juilliard School.

Ms. Zhulla has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. Ms. Zhulla was a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed and toured regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. Memorable collaborations include performances with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as collaborations with legendary conductor Michel Plasson, Pinchas Zukerman, Gary Hoffman, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, and members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Cavani String Quartets. Her performances have been broadcast on PBS “Live from Lincoln Center,” The Kennedy Center Honors, and on WQXR, among other radio stations throughout the world.

A passionate educator, Ms. Zhulla has served as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard for the past two years. She is on the violin and chamber music faculties at Juilliard’s Pre-College division, and serves as chamber music faculty at the prestigious Perlman Music Program, of which she is an alumna. Ms. Zhulla is Artistic Director of the newly formed Perlman-Genesis Violin Project, a series of workshops at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory in Israel.

Ms. Zhulla holds 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 her father, Lefter Zhulla.