Faculty Bio: Young Artist Summer Program 2017-03-22T16:24:17+00:00

Directors

David Ludwig, artistic director and composition faculty

David LudwigDavid Ludwig’s music has been described as “arresting, dramatically hued…” (New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare); according to the Philadelphia Inquirer it “promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation.” In 2011, NPR Music listed him as one of the Top 100 composers under forty in the world. In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected as the first work performed at the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet at the president’s second inauguration.Dr. Ludwig has received commissions from prominent artists and ensembles including Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, eighth blackbird, and ECCO. His orchestral commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has held residencies with the Marlboro Music School, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, among others. He directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain festivals and has served as guest faculty at Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute. Active abroad, he was composer in residence at the Shanghai International Summer Music Festival in 2012, and is the resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University.Dr. Ludwig holds degrees and diplomas from Curtis, Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis he is on the composition faculty; serves as the dean of artistic programs and the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble; and holds the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies.Dr. Ludwig is artistic director for the Young Artist Summer Program, part of Curtis Summerfest. With Curtis Chair of Musical Studies Jonathan Coopersmith he developed and taught Curtis’s Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.

Amy Yang, program director and piano faculty

Amy YangHailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has made appearances in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and China; and at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as a chamber music coach, and has served as a juror for the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Temple University Concerto Competition, New Jersey Music Teacher’s Association Masterclass Competition, and CCC Toronto Piano Competition.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Yang has shared the stage with Richard Goode, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Roberto Díaz, among others. She is founder of The Schumann Project and is currently preparing her debut solo album.

Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music. Her teachers include Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl.

Ms. Yang joined the Curtis faculty in 2011. She is the program director and a member of the piano faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program, and also serves on the piano faculty of Summerfest’s Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults program.
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Strings

Ani Kavafian


Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Detroit, San Francisco, and Seattle symphony orchestras, among others. A renowned chamber musician, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. Her numerous solo recital engagements include performances at New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, as well as in major venues across the country. She also serves as concertmistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has recorded the Mozart violin concertos. She has participated in the Heifetz International Music Institute, Music from Angel Fire, the Bravo! Vail Valley and Great Lakes festivals, and the Bridgehampton and Norfolk chamber music festivals.

Ms. Kavafian appears frequently with her sister, violinist and violist Ida Kavafian. With violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Gustav Rivinius, she is a member of the Trio da Salo; and she has teamed with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Andre-Michel Schub to form the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio, with whom she tours frequently as violinist and violist. Along with cellist Carter Brey she is co-artistic director of Mostly Music, a chamber music concert series in New Jersey.

Ms. Kavafian has premiered and recorded a number of works written for her. A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was also a Young Concert Artists International Auditions award winner, has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions, and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Her recordings can be heard on the Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia, Arabesque, and Delos labels.
Ms. Kavafian studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. She is professor of violin at Yale University, and plays the 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.

Steven Copes


A native of Los Angeles, violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse musical life as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, and teacher. Since joining the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster in 1998 he has performed solo works by Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, and Weill; and led the orchestra from the chair in several eclectic, acclaimed programs. He gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Grawemeyer Award-winning Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003) and recorded the work for Koch Records.A frequent guest concertmaster, Mr. Copes has recorded and toured extensively in Europe and Asia with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has performed in the same capacity with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco symphonies; the London Philharmonic; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.Mr. Copes co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and is a member of the Twin Cities chamber group Accordo. He has also performed with the Boston and Seattle chamber music societies and at the Bridgehampton, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart, Mozaic, Norfolk, Salt Bay Chamber, Santa Fe Chamber, Skaneateles, and the Styriarte (Graz) festivals, among others. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.

Rebecca Harris

Violinist Rebecca Harris performs on both period and modern instruments and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader.

A specialist in historically informed performance, Ms. Harris serves as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Bach Collegium and associate principal violin of Tempesta di Mare, with whom she has extensively recorded for Chandos. She has performed with notable early music ensembles across the United States, including Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, and the Dryden Ensemble; and for the Haydn Society of North America/Society for Eighteenth Century Music. Ms. Harris is a member of the Franklin Quartet, performing early string quartet literature on period instruments.

Combining her passions for new music and collaboration with vocalists, Ms. Harris has performed and recorded with The Crossing, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Maren Montalbano, and Andrew Lipke. She is a native of the United Kingdom and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Richard Ireland.

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Anthea Kreston

Violinist Anthea Kreston is a member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet. Based in Berlin, she enjoys a robust concert schedule with regular appearances at major concert halls in Europe and the United States. She has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations, including the grand prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and Europe’s Echo Award for recording.

Ms. Kreston made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and continues to tour with the Amelia Piano Trio. She has also toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and has been recognized by Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abuse survivors and people with AIDS.

Ms. Kreston holds a B.A. in women’s studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is currently on the faculty at the Universität der Kunst in Berlin and at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet, and Isaac Stern.
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Desirée Ruhstrat

Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat is renowned as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher across Europe and the Americas. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, and has worked with such renowned conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Erich Kunzel, Max Rudolf, and Lukas Foss, under whom she made her solo debut at age twelve. Ms. Ruhstrat has won numerous awards including first prize at the National Young Musicians Foundation’s Debut Concerto Competition and top prizes at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, and the Mozart Festival violin competition. She was the youngest prizewinner at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais, also winning the award for best interpretation of the commissioned composition.

A member of the Lincoln Trio, Ms. Ruhstrat has performed throughout South America, Europe, and Asia; at such domestic venues as Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center; and as part of the Ravinia Festival and the Indianapolis Symphony’s Beethoven series. The trio received a 2016 Grammy nomination.

Ms. Ruhstrat serves as the String Chamber Music Coordinator at Northwestern University and was previously on the faculty at Indiana University. In 2014 she was awarded the Illinois-American String Teachers Association Outstanding Studio Teacher Award.

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Roberto Díaz

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed numerous times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he will premiere in the United States during the 13-14 season; and Edison Denisov, who invited Mr. Díaz to Moscow to work on and perform his viola concerto. Ricardo Lorenz and Roberto Sierra have written concerti for Mr. Díaz, and he will premiere a concerto by Jennifer Higdon in 2015.As a frequent recitalist, Mr. Díaz enjoys collaborating with young pianists, bringing a fresh approach to the repertoire and providing invaluable opportunities to artists at the beginning of their careers. In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. The Díaz Trio has recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels.Mr. Díaz’s recordings on the Naxos label with pianist Robert Koenig include the complete works for viola and piano by Henri Vieuxtemps and a Grammy-nominated disc of viola transcriptions by William Primrose. Also on Naxos are Brahms sonatas with Jeremy Denk and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto with violinist Charles Wetherbee and the Iris Chamber Orchestra led by Michael Stern. On the New World Records label is a live recording of Mr. Díaz’s performance of Jacob Druckman’s Viola Concerto with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upcoming releases include the Walton Viola Concerto with the New Haven Symphony and William Boughton (Nimbus) and the Viola Concerto by Peter Lieberson with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Scott Yoo (Bridge Records).Since founding Curtis On Tour six seasons ago, Mr. Díaz has taken the hugely successful program to North and South America, Europe, and Asia, performing chamber music side-by-side with Curtis students and other faculty and alumni of the school. In addition to Curtis On Tour, his tenure as president of Curtis has seen the construction of a significant new building which doubled the size of the school’s campus, the introduction of a classical guitar department, the launch of Curtis Summerfest which is open to the public, and the debut of an online stage called Curtis Performs. In the fall of 2013 Curtis will become the first classical music conservatory to offer free online classes through Coursera. Also under Mr. Díaz’s leadership, the school has developed lasting collaborations with other music and arts institutions in Philadelphia and throughout the world and has established the Community Artists Program (CAP) to develop the entrepreneurial and advocacy skills of young musicians.Mr. Díaz received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College and was awarded an honorary membership by the national board of the American Viola Society. In the fall of 2013 Mr. Díaz will become a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society founded by Benjamin Franklin. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was selected by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach to receive the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to “the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra.” Mr. Díaz received a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Burton Fine, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teacher was his predecessor at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph de Pasquale. Mr. Díaz also has a degree in industrial design.
In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he performed the entire standard viola concerto repertoire with the orchestra and gave a number of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr. Díaz was also principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. Mr. Díaz plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

Toby Appel


Violist Toby Appel has been heard in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared as a member of the Tashi chamber ensemble and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets; and, as a guest artist, with the Alexander, Manhattan, and Vermeer Quartets and jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Other performance venues include the United Nations; the White House; and the Angel Fire, Bravo, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, and Orcas festivals. Mr. Appel has also performed as a narrator for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat; and he is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. His chamber music performances can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels. Mr. Appel entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of thirteen, studying with Max Aronoff. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Sharon Wei

Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. A soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra principal, she has collaborated with conductors James Levine, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, and Yuri Termirkanov, among others. She has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and Ensemble Matheus in Paris. She has played chamber music with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Joseph Silverstein, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.Ms. Wei co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada, which won a CBC rising stars award and is currently ensemble-in-residence at Western University. She has given master classes throughout China, the U.S., and Canada and has taught at Yale and Stanford universities. Currently she serves as assistant professor of viola at Western University. She has created a course for performance majors in which students learn important off-stage initiatives such as networking, concert production, grant writing, website design, and managing finances. Ms. Wei is a 2004 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Soo Bae


Praised for playing that is “rich and romantic, with crisp incisive technique” (The Strad), Canadian-Korean cellist Soo Bae has won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, and the Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand. She has been honored as the musician of the month in Musical America and was a recipient of the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award from the Juilliard School.Ms. Bae has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has recorded the twelve solo caprices and Capriccio by Alfredo Piatti for Naxos. She plays the famed 1710 Guarneri cello, on a loan from a generous private donor.Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae gives master classes and is the founder and director of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying under Orlando Cole; and her master’s degree and artist diploma from the Juilliard School, where she served as an assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick.

Wilhelmina Smith

Cellist Wilhelmina Smith made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was a prizewinner at the 1997 Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, has given recitals across the United States and Japan, and has appeared as a soloist with such groups as La Orquesta Millennium in Guatemala and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. Ms. Smith was awarded the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians by the MacPhail Center for Music for the 2015–16 season.

A strong supporter of new music, Ms. Smith has worked frequently with composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom she has collaborated to perform his cello concerto, Mania, and the North American premiere of his solo cello work, Knock, Breathe, Shine.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed with Paul Tortelier, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Dawn Upshaw, and Benita Valente; and members of the Juilliard, Brentano, Miami, and Borromeo string quartets. She has performed as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is a founding member of Music from Copland House. In 2005, she formed the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and violist Hsin-Yun Huang.

Ms. Smith is the founder and artistic director of Salt Bay Chamberfest. Her recordings include the complete chamber works of Aaron Copland; works by Sebastian Currier, John Musto, and Aaron Jay Kernis; and a 2006 solo recording of sonatas by Britten and Schnittke with pianist Thomas Sauer. She performs frequently with pop musician Sting and can be heard on recent recordings for both Sting and Bruce Springsteen.

Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm joined the Sarasota Orchestra as principal cello during the 2016–17 season. She is also a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra and previously served as the cello fellow and principal cello with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Helm has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, including the Dana Point Symphony; the Louisville and Colburn orchestras; and the World Youth, Montgomery, and Richardson symphony orchestras. She has performed with the American Contemporary Ballet, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and the Yamaha Music Foundation.

Ms. Helm has won top prizes at several international competitions including the Lennox International and Blount-Slawson young artists competitions, and the Kingsville Young Performers Competition; and has appeared on NPR’s From the Top.

A native of Louisville, Ms. Helm studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her bachelor of music degree in 2011; and with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School, where she received an artist diploma in 2014. She plays on a Raphael Di Blasio cello from 1803.

Harold Robinson


Harold Robinson joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal double bass in September 1995. He previously served as principal bass with the National Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and principal bass of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (then known as Albuquerque Symphony). A prizewinner at the 1982 Isle of Man Solo Competition, Mr. Robinson has performed concertos with the Houston Symphony and Houston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Greenville (S.C.) Orchestra. A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Robinson studied at Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, and Europe.

Robin Kesselman

Robin Kesselman was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony in December 2014. He has performed as guest principal bass with the Saint Paul Chamber and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, travelled internationally with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and appeared with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore symphony orchestras.
Mr. Kesselman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has given master classes around the United States and abroad. During the 2016–17 season, he is featured as a soloist performing Serge Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto with the Houston Symphony. He has also performed as a soloist at Zankel Hall as a part of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra’s residency with Krzysztof Penderecki, performing the composer’s Duo Concertante.
Mr. Kesselman grew up in a musical family in Wheaton, Ill. He began his undergraduate studies at the Colburn School before completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California in 2012. He received an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers have been David Allen Moore, Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Paul Ellison, Chris Hanulik, and Virginia Dixon.

Heather Miller Lardin

Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin performs on double bass, violone, and viola da gamba with period instrument ensembles in Philadelphia and elsewhere. She appears regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium. This summer Heather will play both early and modern basses at the Staunton Music Festival. Previously she served as artistic director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY and was a member of the Virginia Symphony. Ms. Lardin directs the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University and the Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop, where she also serves as summer workshop faculty. Lardin has been a visiting lecturer in double bass and viola da gamba at Cornell University. She is a committed teacher of young bassists in her private studio and as a clinician at workshops including the Oberlin Bass Workshop (2015) and the Rochester Bass Retreat (2016). Heather holds a DMA in performance practice from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She recently returned to the Philadelphia area with her husband, Cliff, and two children, Joshua and Anna.

Harp

Coline-Marie Orliac


The accomplished young French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac has already enjoyed a career as an active and sought-after soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Orliac has performed with the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie; and has worked with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi and Simon Rattle. She has won the USA International Harp Competition, the Concours International de Harpe de la Cité des Arts de Paris, and the Vera Dulova Harp Competition in Moscow.Ms. Orliac’s festival appearances include the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Festival de Musique in St. Barthélemy, the Newport Music Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en Provence and the Spivakov Festival. Her recording Harpistically Yours, Chopin features her own arrangements of piano music and songs by Chopin.Ms. Orliac is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman and received the Joan Hutton Landis Award for excellence in academics. She has studied harp and piano with Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Marielle Nordmann, Judith Liber and Susann McDonald. She plays on a Lyon & Healy Concert Grand harp.

Woodwinds

Demarre McGill


Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician and is also recognized for performing new works. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Diego symphonies.As a chamber musician, Mr. McGill is a founding member of the Myriad Trio and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two. He has participated in the Marlboro, La Jolla, and Music@Menlo festivals; and the Santa Fe, Seattle, and Stellenbosch (South Africa) chamber music festivala. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the chamber music organization Art of Élan and, with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio.Appointed principal flute of the Dallas Symphony in 2013, Mr. McGill previously served as principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He continued his studies with Mr. Baker at The Juilliard School, where he received a master’s degree.

Mimi Stillman


Mimi Stillman is one of today’s most celebrated flutists. She has been hailed by the Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air,” and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “full-toned charisma.” Critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation, she has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Bach Collegium Stuttgart among other orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival, and Israeli radio Kol Hamusica. At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win the Young Concert Artists competition. She has won numerous other prizes and awards, including Astral Artists auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia. She can be heard on eight CDs, including Odyssey: Eleven American Premieres for Flute and Piano with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova Recordings), which has received rave reviews and radio plays on four continents. Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She has given flute master classes, lecture-recitals, and new music symposia at the Eastman School of Music, University of California, University of Arizona, National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and numerous other institutions. As artistic and executive director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ms. Stillman has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. According to the New York Times, “this adventurous Philadelphia ensemble has commissioned 23 pieces since its founding in 2005 by gifted flutist Mimi Stillman.” Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, has garnered an international following. www.mimistillman.org

Katherine Needleman


Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. She is a member of the conservatory faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to numerous solo appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, she has appeared with Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She has been guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, and New Zealand. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Woodhams, and has also studied a number of summers at Marlboro Music. She was previously principal oboist of the Richmond Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Paul Demers


Paul R. Demers was appointed bass clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in March 2006. Previously Mr. Demers performed as bass clarinetist with the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. He was also a regular substitute bass clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997 Mr. Demers won a position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure with the Marine Band, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and E-flat clarinetist as well as a section clarinetist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Demers has performed at the Saratoga and Kingston chamber music festivals, and with Dolce Suono and Network for New Music in Philadelphia. He serves on the faculty of Temple University. Born in Westbrook, Maine, Mr. Demers started playing clarinet at age 10 and began private lessons at age 14. He continued his studies with Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, and a Performance Certificate.

Yao Guang Zhai


Yao Guang Zhai is principal clarinet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.Mr. Zhai has won top prizes at the Hellam and Blount-Slawson young artist competitions and the Aspen Music Festival and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competitions; and is winner f the Spotlight Award. He has performed as a soloist with the Toronto, Pacific, and Shanghai symphony orchestras and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, among others. He has attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, and the CCOM International Clarinet Festival in Beijing; Music from Angel Fire; the Aspen Music Festival and School; and the Laguna Beach and Toronto Summer music festivala.A native of Taiyuan, China, Mr. Zhai began his musical studies at age three on the violin and began clarinet lessons at age ten. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Alex Eastley


Alexandra Eastley joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon in 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and earned her Master of Music degree in solo bassoon performance from McGill University.
From February through June 2016, Ms. Eastley is guest principal bassoon with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She has performed in the U.K. as guest principal bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the realm of improvised music, she has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam and Vitamin-S in Auckland.
In addition to teaching privately, Ms. Eastley has served as sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University. She joined the faculty of Brandon University in 2014.

Martin Garcia


Martin Garcia is the associate principal bassoon of the Cincinnati Symphony. He was previously a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Milwaukee Symphony, and a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Garcia has also performed with the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and has made appearances at Evian, Marlboro, Verbier, and Wien Moderne festivals. A recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to study in Austria, he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Bernard Garfield, Milan Turkovic, and William Winstead.

William Short


William Short was appointed principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012 and will join the faculty of The Juilliard School in fall 2016. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has toured the United States with Curtis on Tour and has performed and taught in Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds. His performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today and on WHYY’s Onstage at Curtis. Mr. Short has performed and taught at the Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Strings, Twickenham, and Verbier Festivals. In 2015 he made his solo debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performing David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World.A dedicated teacher, Mr. Short has coached students from the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and the New York Youth Symphony. He has presented classes at colleges and conservatories around the country, as well as at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield; and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.

Brass

David Bilger


David Bilger joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal trumpet in 1995, and previously held the same position with the Dallas Symphony. He has performed in recital throughout the United States and Canada and appeared repeatedly as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other solo appearances include the Dallas, Houston, and Oakland symphonies; Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In 1998 he performed the Tomasi Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and on tour in North and South America.An active chamber musician, Mr. Bilger can be heard on the Delos label in a recording of Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Canadian Brass, and the Empire Brass. He holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. Mr. Bilger joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1997 and also teaches at Temple University.

Vincent Penzarella


Vincent Penzarella joined the New York Philharmonic’s trumpet section in 1977, after eight years as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also played principal trumpet with the Baltimore and North Carolina symphony orchestras, and was a substitute musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed at Radio City Music Hall, in Broadway shows and recording sessions, and with the orchestras of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera. He has appeared as a soloist and/or principal with the University of Pennsylvania Band, the Temple University Orchestra and Band, and the Main Line Symphony Orchestra; and was honored at the New York Brass Conference in 2000. An alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has given master classes throughout the United States and internationally.

Yousef Assi


Joe Assi (Curtis ’07) is third horn of the Dallas Symphony, and principal horn of the Breckenridge Music Festival. He previously held the post of principal horn with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Palestine National Orchestra, and Verbier Chamber Orchestra. He is an active chamber musician and soloist, having made appearances in Sarasota and Breckenridge performing Strauss’s first horn concerto, and as a guest chamber musician at the Verbier Festival’s chamber music series.A sought-after guest performer, Mr. Assi has been guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, guest associate principal with the Dallas Symphony, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and many others. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Jerome Ashby and Jennifer Montone, and did work on a masters of music degree at Juilliard with Julie Landsman.

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith


Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993. An active chamber musician, she is artistic director of the Colonial Chamber Series and appears frequently in a variety of chamber music venues. She was a featured artist at the 2014 MidSouth Horn Workshop; the 2003 International Horn Society Workshop; and, with her colleagues, the recent MidNorth Horn Workshop. Prior to her work in Minnesota, she was co-principal horn of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Smith maintains an active teaching studio, is adjunct professor of horn at Bethel and Augsburg Colleges, and leads master classes around the country. A board member of the Twin Cities Horn Club and a brass sectional leader for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, she has also taught at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.Ms. Smith is a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Myron Bloom. She also attended the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin.

Adam Unsworth

Adam Unsworth is professor of horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Formerly a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, he has made several solo and chamber appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Unsworth has recorded five critically-acclaimed albums as a leader including: Balance, a jazz recording for horn, jazz sextet, and chamber orchestra; Snapshots, a recording of contemporary classical music in collaboration with composer and pianist Catherine Likhuta; and Just Follow Instructions, featuring the chamber music of saxophonist and composer Daniel Schnyder, among others. He is a member of the New York-based Gil Evans Centennial Project, which has received Grammy nominations for its recordings Centennial and Lines of Color and won the award for “Large Jazz Ensemble of the Year” in 2013 from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Mr. Unsworth has appeared as a recitalist and clinician at many universities throughout the United States, and served on the faculty at Temple University before his appointment to the University of Michigan. He studied at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Nitzan Haroz


Nitzan Haroz, who was born in Israel, joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal trombone in 1995. He served as assistant principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic and principal trombone of the Rishon-Le Zion Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He was also first trombone of the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.Mr. Haroz has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rishon-Le Zion Symphony, and the Sofia Radio Symphony, among others, and is an active chamber musician.He won first prize at the François Shapira Competition and received America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. He has commissioned and premiered several works for trombone and harp and has given recitals and master classes in Israel, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Haroz has also performed with the New York, Philadelphia, and Israel brass ensembles and the Rishon-Le Zion and Israel Defense Forces brass quintets.

Mr. Haroz is on the faculty of Temple University and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1998.

Achilles Liarmakopoulos


Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most renowned venues and institutions.
As a recitalist, Mr. Liarmakopoulos has performed in China, Panama, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece, and the United States. At the age of 18, he gave two solo performances at Walt Disney Hall as the grand-prize winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. He went on to win prizes at the Christian Lindberg International Competition, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, and the International Trombone Festival’s Robert Marsteller/Conn-Selmer and Larry Wiehe solo competitions.
Mr. Liarmakopoulos holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his native Athens, Greece. He is currently an adjunct professor of trombone at Brooklyn College (CUNY) in New York.

Matthew Vaughn


Matthew Vaughn has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and has been co-principal trombone since 2014. Previous positions have included principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony and service in the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Los Angeles and Israel philharmonics, Atlanta and National symphonies, and the “Super-World” Orchestra in Tokyo; and has been featured as a soloist with the San Antonio, Lafayette, Indiana University, and Richmond (Indiana) symphonies, as well as the Temple University and United States Air Force bands. Born in Dallas and raised in Richmond, Indiana, Mr. Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, continuing with graduate work in conducting at Indiana University and George Mason University. He taught trombone and was a member of the faculty brass quintet at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and currently teaches at Temple University. His former teachers include M. Dee Stewart, Milton Stevens, and David Brumfield. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.

Seth Horner


Seth Horner has served as acting principal tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2014. He also plays principal tuba with the West Virginia Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras and previously played with the Colorado Symphony. Mr. Horner has performed with numerous American orchestras including the Philadelphia, Louisville, and Kennedy Center Opera House orchestras; the North Carolina, Colorado, West Virginia, and Oregon symphonies; and the National and New Jersey symphony orchestras.Mr. Horner is adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Towson University and instructor of high school tuba and euphonium at Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute. He has adjudicated the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America since 2012.A native of Eugene, Ore., Mr. Horner attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was selected as valedictorian of his class; and the University of Oregon, where he graduated with honors. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory and resides in Baltimore, Md.

Craig Knox


Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Craig Knox previously was acting principal tuba of the San Francisco Symphony and principal tuba of the Sacramento Symphony. He has performed with the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit symphony orchestras.Mr. Knox graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Paul Krzywicki and co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, which has made five recordings for the Chandos label. He also played and recorded for several seasons with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet and has toured with the Empire Brass. As a soloist, he has recorded an album titled A Road Less Traveled, and has performed with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Andre Previn’s Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Horn and Tuba.Mr. Knox has presented master classes, seminars and recitals worldwide. He teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, and joined the Curtis faculty in 2014.

Paul Krzywicki

Paul Krzywicki was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1972 until his retirement in 2005. A native of Philadelphia, he attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and began studies with Leo Romano, continuing later with his Philadelphia Orchestra predecessor, Abe Torchinsky. He went on to receive Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and a performer’s certificate from Indiana University, where he studied with William J. Bell and became his teaching assistant.

Mr. Krzywicki received a Fromm Foundation fellowship to Tanglewood in 1965 and the same year performed Fantasy for Tuba and Strings by his brother, Jan, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed the premiere of Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by his brother and Concerto for Three Trombones and Tuba by Ray Premru, which was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985.

Mr. Krzywicki was a member of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point; Portland Symphony; New York Brass Sextet; and Boston Ballet, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Aspen Music Festival orchestras. He served on the Fulbright Grant screening committee for three years. He also received the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra, in 1985.

Mr. Krzywicki joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1972.

Percussion

Matthew Duvall


Matthew Duvall is a co-artistic director, founding member, and percussionist of the award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2016. The group, which records for Cedille Records, has received four GRAMMY awards. Its other honors include the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Chamber Music Award from the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Chamber Music America’s inaugural Visionary Award, and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. eighth blackbird has served as ensemble in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the universities of Chicago and Richmond, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.Mr. Duvall studied percussion with Michael Rosen at Oberlin College and Conservatory, also completing studies in classical civilization, art history, and religion. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University for graduate and post-graduate degree coursework.

Garrett Arney


Garrett Arney has a passion for developing the genre of percussion music which has inspired many composers and musicians. His recent projects include the commission and premiere of Book of Grooves by Alejandro Vinao and collaborations with composers Martin Bresnick and James Wood, among others. As a member of Ensemble ACJW he performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and works as a teaching artist at schools in New York City and along the East Coast. In 2012 he formed arx duo with fellow percussionist Mari Yoshinaga.A native of Michigan, Mr. Arney studied at Michigan State University, the Peabody Conservatory, and Yale University School of Music.

Mari Yoshinaga


Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga performs solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has worked with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Alan Gilbert. Her recent performances include recitals in Tokyo and Kagoshima in Japan; Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall; and the world premiere and recording of Paul Lansky’s Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion for Bridge Records, a collaboration with guitarist David Starobin. In 2012 she formed arx duo with fellow percussionist Garrett Arney. Ms. Yoshinaga holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music. www.arxduo.com www.mariyoshinaga.com

Piano

Anna Polonsky

Anna PolonskyPianist Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai quartets; and with Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. Ms. Polonsky’s festival appearances include Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor. She is a frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed at Bargemusic in New York City. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. With her husband Orion Weiss, she is a member of the Polonsky-Weiss Piano Duo.

A native of Russia, Ms. Polonsky emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended Interlochen Arts Academy before studying with Peter Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music and Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School. She serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. Ms. Polonsky is a Steinway artist.

Heather Conner


Pianist Heather Conner is the chair of pre-college piano at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Previously she was professor of piano at the University of Utah, where she served on the faculty for fourteen years.
As a recitalist Dr. Conner has performed in prestigious venues in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Haven, Moscow, Salzburg, and Salt Lake City, among others. In 2010, she performed a solo recital at the Zwischen den Jahren festival in Antweiler, Germany. She has appeared as recitalist and artist teacher at several venues in Seoul, South Korea.
Dr. Conner has won grand prizes at several international competitions, including the Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition and the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, and has performed on numerous occasions as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has recorded for the Naxos, Centaur and Acis Productions labels.
An avid chamber musician, Dr. Conner has appeared in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and at the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music.

Amy Yang, program director and piano faculty

Hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has made appearances in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and China; and at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as a chamber music coach, and has served as a juror for the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Temple University Concerto Competition, New Jersey Music Teacher’s Association Masterclass Competition, and CCC Toronto Piano Competition.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Yang has shared the stage with Richard Goode, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Roberto Díaz, among others. She is founder of The Schumann Project and is currently preparing her debut solo album.

Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music. Her teachers include Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl.

Ms. Yang joined the Curtis faculty in 2011. She is the program director and a member of the piano faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program, and also serves on the piano faculty of Summerfest’s Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults program.
www.amyjyang.com

Ieva Jokubaviciute

Ieva JokubaviciuteLithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has been praised as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight’ (New York Times). She has given solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Vilnius, and Toulouse. She made her orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony, and has been honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Jokubaviciute’s collaborative endeavors have brought her to such major stages as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Her piano trio, Trio Cavatina, won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition. She regularly appears at international music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Prussia Cove, and the Katrina Festival in Finland. She released her latest recording, Returning Paths: Solo Piano Works by Janacek and Suk, in 2014.
Ms. Jokubaviciute earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Mannes College of Music. Her principal teachers were Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode. In the fall of 2015, she began her tenure as assistant professor of piano at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.

Peter Miyamoto

Ieva JokubaviciutePianist Peter Miyamoto has performed to great acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America with notable engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and many other cities.

In 1990, Mr. Miyamoto was named the first Gilmore Young Artist. He has won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and the D’Angelo Young Artist, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic competitions. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Miyamoto has performed with Charles Castleman, Victor Danchenko, and David Shifrin, as well as members of the Pacifica Quartet and the Borromeo and Juilliard string quartets. His solo recordings have received critical acclaim in Gramophone, International Record Review, American Record Guide, and Fanfare.

Mr. Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Michigan State University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His primary teachers have included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Ralph Votapek, among others.

Mr. Miyamoto is on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and he formerly taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts. He serves as the executive director of the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

Composition

Missy Mazzoli

A well-established composer of contemporary music, Missy Mazzoli draws audiences equally into concert halls and rock clubs. Her unique music inhabits a gorgeous and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training from Louis Andriessen, David Lang, and others; and she was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York.

Ms. Mazzoli’s works have been performed by the Kronos and JACK quartets, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, the Detroit and Sydney symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Opera, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, and many others. Her chamber opera Breaking the Waves, based on Lars von Trier’s 1996 film, had its world premiere at Opera Philadelphia in September 2016 to critical acclaim. Other recent projects include a production of her 2012 opera Song from the Uproar at Chautauqua Opera, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vesper Sparrow for Roomful of Teeth, New New York Songs for the Young People’s Chorus of New York, Bolts of Loving Thunder for Emanuel Ax, and Quartet for Queen Mab for ETHEL.

Christopher Rouse

Christopher Rouse is one of America’s most prominent composers. His music has been played by every major orchestra in the United States and numerous ensembles overseas. His body of work has been described as “some of the most anguished, most memorable music around” (New York Times).
Mr. Rouse is composer in residence with the Eugene Symphony, and held a similar position with the New York Philharmonic for three seasons, from 2012 through 2015. During the 2016–17 season, Mr. Rouse’s Organ Concerto receives its world premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra with organist Paul Jacobs and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and his Symphony No. 5 is premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden. Other recent premieres have included Supplica (2014), Thunderstuck (2014), Symphony No. 4 (2013), Prospero’s Rooms (2013), and Heimdall’s Trumpet (2012).
In 1993 Mr. Rouse received the Pulitzer Prize for his Trombone Concerto. His works are published by Boosey & Hawkes.www.christopherrouse.com

Jonathan Holland

Jonathan Bailey Holland received his undergraduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied composition with Ned Rorem. He later received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where his teachers included Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky, Yehudi Wyner, and Andrew Imbrie.

Dr. Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, St. Louis, and South Bend symphony orchestras; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies; Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Orchestra 2001, and many others. He has received honors and awards from the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Music Center, ASCAP, and the Presser Foundation, among others. He has served as composer in residence for the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota; Ritz Chamber Players; the Detroit and South Bend symphony orchestras; and the Radius Ensemble.

Recent highlights include the recording of his composition Synchrony by the Radius Ensemble, released on their album Fresh Paint; the premiere of Equality, using the poetry of Maya Angelou, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; premieres at the Boston Conservatory and by the Berklee Wind Ensemble, Boston Opera Collaborative, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, vocalist Stephen Salters, and marimbist Nancy Zeltsman; and performances by the Da Capo Chamber Players.

Mr. Holland chairs the department of composition, theory, and history at the Boston Conservatory, and is a founding faculty member in the music composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has also been professor of composition at Berklee College of Music.

David Ludwig, artistic director and composition faculty

David LudwigComposer David Ludwig’s music has been described as “arresting, dramatically hued…” (New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare); according to the Philadelphia Inquirer it “promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation.” In 2011, NPR Music listed him as one of the Top 100 composers under forty in the world. In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected as the first work performed at the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet at the president’s second inauguration. Dr. Ludwig has received commissions from prominent artists and ensembles including Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, eighth blackbird, and ECCO. His orchestral commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has held residencies with the Marlboro Music School, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, among others. He directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain festivals and has served as guest faculty at Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute. Active abroad, he was composer in residence at the Shanghai International Summer Music Festival in 2012, and is the resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University.

Dr. Ludwig holds degrees and diplomas from Curtis, Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis he is on the composition faculty; serves as the dean of artistic programs and the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble; and holds the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies.

Dr. Ludwig is artistic director for the Young Artist Summer Program, part of Curtis Summerfest. With Curtis Chair of Musical Studies Jonathan Coopersmith he developed and taught Curtis’s Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.

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Instrumental faculty working with composers and performing their works

Barbora Kolářová

Violinist Barbora Kolářová is the co-founder, artistic director, and general manager at the Lake George Music Festival; a visiting performing artist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; and a Lincoln Center Stage performing artist for Holland America Line cruises. Ms. Kolářová is represented by Manhattan Concert Artists in New York City.

A former visiting member of the Czech Philharmonic, Ms. Kolářová has received top prizes at several competitions, including recent honors at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and the Grand Prize Virtuoso and Manhattan international music competitions. She has also received the Broadus Erle Prize, the grand prize at the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition, and awards from the New York International Artist Association, International Violin “Remember Enescu”, International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin, and Prague Junior Note competitions.
Ms. Kolářová has appeared as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Czech Radio and West-Bohemian symphony orchestras, the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague, and l’Orchestre de Limoges. She has performed at the Young Prague and Haydn festivals and appeared as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival in 2012, giving a presentation on Czech music in the 1960s at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kolářová serves on the faculty of the Sound of Piano, Strings, and Voice Music Festival in Xi’an, China where she has participated in numerous solo and chamber music performances and appeared on television and radio shows.
A native of the Czech Republic, Ms. Kolářová holds a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music.

Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm joined the Sarasota Orchestra as principal cello during the 2016–17 season. She is also a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra and previously served as the cello fellow and principal cello with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Helm has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, including the Dana Point Symphony; the Louisville and Colburn orchestras; and the World Youth, Montgomery, and Richardson symphony orchestras. She has performed with the American Contemporary Ballet, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and the Yamaha Music Foundation.

Ms. Helm has won top prizes at several international competitions including the Lennox International and Blount-Slawson young artists competitions, and the Kingsville Young Performers Competition; and has appeared on NPR’s From the Top.

A native of Louisville, Ms. Helm studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her bachelor of music degree in 2011; and with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School, where she received an artist diploma in 2014. She plays on a Raphael Di Blasio cello from 1803.

Thomas Kraines


Equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire, cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career. He is a member of the Daedalus Quartet and has performed with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and Network for New Music. He has appeared at the Bravo! Vail, Bard, Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab music festivals.Mr. Kraines is also an accomplished composer of chamber music, whose works have been performed by pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, and sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson. His free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, has performed and taught at the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the Jubilus Festival.Mr. Kraines is a faculty member at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa.

Mimi Stillman


Mimi Stillman is one of today’s most celebrated flutists. She has been hailed by the Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air,” and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “full-toned charisma.” Critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation, she has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Bach Collegium Stuttgart among other orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival, and Israeli radio Kol Hamusica. At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win the Young Concert Artists competition. She has won numerous other prizes and awards, including Astral Artists auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia. She can be heard on eight CDs, including Odyssey: Eleven American Premieres for Flute and Piano with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova Recordings), which has received rave reviews and radio plays on four continents. Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She has given flute master classes, lecture-recitals, and new music symposia at the Eastman School of Music, University of California, University of Arizona, National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and numerous other institutions. As artistic and executive director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ms. Stillman has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. According to the New York Times, “this adventurous Philadelphia ensemble has commissioned 23 pieces since its founding in 2005 by gifted flutist Mimi Stillman.” Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, has garnered an international following. www.mimistillman.org

Rob Patterson


Recognized for his “rich, luscious tone quality” (The Clarinet), Rob Patterson most recently served as acting principal clarinet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment to the BSO, he served as principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony and on the University of Virginia faculty. He has also served as principal clarinet for the Lyrique-en-mer festival in France and in his most recent appearance there appeared as the soloist with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.A passionate educator, Mr. Patterson has given masterclasses and presentations at such institutions as The Juilliard School, Teatro del Lago (Chile), Taipei Municipal University of Education, James Madison University, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also served on the faculties of the Yellow Barn Music Festival Young Artists Program, the Sewanee Music Festival and at the Garth Newel Music Center. Mr. Patterson is a proud Buffet-Crampon artist.

Rieko Aizawa


Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including such venues as the former Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the Wiener Konzerthaus.Ms. Aizawa made her United States debut at the age of thirteen in performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Schneider. She has since performed as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Shanghai, and Orion string quartets, and is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio. She is the artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and was the youngest participant ever to attend the Marlboro Music Festival.Ms. Aizawa is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She has studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin, and Peter Serkin. She is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and is a Steinway Artist.

Peter Miyamoto

Ieva JokubaviciutePianist Peter Miyamoto has performed to great acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America with notable engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and many other cities.

In 1990, Mr. Miyamoto was named the first Gilmore Young Artist. He has won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and the D’Angelo Young Artist, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic competitions. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Miyamoto has performed with Charles Castleman, Victor Danchenko, and David Shifrin, as well as members of the Pacifica Quartet and the Borromeo and Juilliard string quartets. His solo recordings have received critical acclaim in Gramophone, International Record Review, American Record Guide, and Fanfare.

Mr. Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Michigan State University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His primary teachers have included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Ralph Votapek, among others.

Mr. Miyamoto is on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and he formerly taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts. He serves as the executive director of the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

Conductors

Paul Bryan


Paul Bryan is the dean of faculty and students for the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently serves as director and conductor of Bravo Brass, conductor and music director of Philos Brass, and artistic advisor of the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra. Mr. Bryan has conducted performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia wind and brass ensembles, the Curtis Institute of Music Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Curtis 20/21 ensemble, and the Play On, Philly! Orchestra, among others. He has served as director of bands at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and as a conductor at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, N.Y. Mr. Bryan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. He studied trombone with Glenn Dodson and Eric Carlson and conducting with David Hayes, Arthur Chodoroff, and Larry Wagner. He joined the Curtis staff in 1993, became a member of the faculty in 2009, and was appointed to his current position in 2013.

Joshua Gersen


Joshua David Gersen has been music director of the New York Youth Symphony since September 2012, and will become the New York Philharmonic’s assistant conductor in September 2015. He recently finished his tenure as conducting fellow at the New World Symphony, where he led the orchestra in subscription, education, and family concerts. He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013 and will return in 2015; other orchestra engagements have included the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh symphonies.In 2013 Mr. Gersen was principal conductor of the renowned Ojai Music Festival in Ojai, California. In 2010 and 2011 he attended the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. The winner of the 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize, he served as the festival’s assistant conductor in 2012.
Mr. Gersen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and participated in master classes with internationally renowned conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, and Simon Rattle. Before attending Curtis, he studied conducting with Gustav Meier for six years.An avid composer, Mr. Gersen received a bachelor’s degree in composition from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Michael Gandolfi. He has collaborated with such living composers as John Adams, Mason Bates, Michael Gandolfi, Steven Mackey, and Christopher Rouse.

Patrick Kreeger


Patrick Kreeger enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, organist, and choral conductor. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York), Peterborough Cathedral (U.K.), Musee d’Augustin (France), and numerous other venues in the United States and Europe. He is associate organist at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.Mr. Kreeger made his concerto debut in April 2008 with the North Carolina Symphony and conductor William Henry Curry. He has been guest soloist with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (CO), the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, the SUNY–Purchase Conservatory Orchestra, Symphonicity, and the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra. He was a first-prize winner in the American Protégé International, Bradshaw and Buono International, and North Carolina Symphony Concerto competitions. He won the bronze medal and Chopin Award at the 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition; and first prize in the 2009 Augustana/Reuter National Organ Competition. Mr. Kreeger received his bachelor’s degree in organ from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Alan Morrison, and subsequently earned his master’s degree in organ at Yale University, studying with Martin Jean. He is now pursuing a doctoral degree at the Juilliard School, studying with Paul Jacobs.

Mark Russell Smith


Mark Russell Smith, a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, is artistic director of orchestral studies at the University of Minnesota, music director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.Mr. Smith has conducted the Saint Louis and Houston symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2007 and 2012 he returned to his alma mater to lead the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall, and he led Curtis On Tour in China and Korea in 2011. Other recent and upcoming appearances include the Colorado, Eugene, Hartford, Jacksonville, Phoenix, and Santa Barbara symphonies; the Tulsa Philharmonic; Orchestra London (Ontario); the Eastern Music Festival; and the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Ghent, Belgium. Mr. Smith collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on Bridge of Souls, a concert featuring world premieres by Asian and American composers.A firm believer in the use of technical innovation, he annually conducts the final round of the Minnesota International Piano e-Competition, streamed live online. Mr. Smith was previously music director of the Richmond, Cheyenne, and Springfield symphony orchestras. He studied cello at the Juilliard School with Claus Adam and conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolf and Otto- Werner Mueller.