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Brenton Caldwell began viola studies at age 12 and has since performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the world. He was an inaugural fellow in the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education; and won prizes in the 2009 National Young Artist Competition, Watson Forbes International Viola Competition, and Lynn Concerto Competition. Solo appearances include the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg College Orchestra, and the Lynn Philharmonia.
Mr. Caldwell has performed in the viola sections of the Alabama Symphony, National Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. He has appeared as guest violist with the Amernet and Hyperion string quartets; and has performed at the Amelia Island, BRAVO! Vail Valley, Music@Menlo, Festicamara, Mozaic, Angel Fire, Banff, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals. Mr. Caldwell has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Roberto Díaz, Gary Graffman, Daniel Hope, Ida Kavafian, Menahem Pressler, Steven Tenenbom, Donald Weilerstein, and Eugenia Zukerman.
Mr. Caldwell received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. He has studied with Misha Amory, Roberto Díaz, Ralph Fielding, Jeffrey Irvine, Kim Kashkashian, Lynne Ramsey, and the late Karen Tuttle.
At age 14 Ms. Park entered the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Peter Wiley and the late Orlando Cole. There she nurtured a love for chamber music, working with Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Meng¬-Chieh Liu, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Steven Tenenbom. While at Curtis, she made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and was principal cello at the New York String Orchestra Seminar under Jamie Laredo.
Ms. Park received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Laurence Lesser. At NEC she received the Gregor Piatigorsky Fellowship and won the Haydn Concerto Competition. She then moved to Berlin to study with the Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin, graduating in 2013.
Ms. Park has participated in the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals, among others. Her chamber music colleagues have included Bruno Canino, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Matsukawa, and Peter Wiley.
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Oboist Alexandra von der Embse, from San Francisco, is a founding member of E39. Ms. von der Embse recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Woodhams. While at Curtis, she played in the renowned Curtis Symphony Orchestra, including their tour to open the Dresden Music Festival. She appeared many times on the Student Recital Series and appeared with Curtis On Tour in China and Korea.
Ms. Von der Embse has presented recitals at Columbia University’s Miller Theater, World Café Live, the Savannah Music Festival, and the AxD Gallery, among others. A champion of works by living composers, she has worked with such composers as George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, and Steve Mackey; and performed Harbison’s Oboe Concerto in 2008 with her own Frisco Bay Symphony Orchestra. She is a newly-appointed member of Camden’s Symphony in C and has played with the San Diego, Princeton, and Harrisburg symphonies.
Ms. von der Embse received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Robert Walters, Alex Klein, Laura Griffiths, and James Caldwell. She has also studied with Ariana Ghez and James Moore.
Clarinetist Moran Katz recently won all the top prizes in the prestigious 2013 Ima Hogg Competition — First Prize, Audience Prize, and Artistic Encouragement. She has also won first and second prizes respectively in the Freiburg (Germany) and Beijing International Clarinet Competitions.
Ms. Katz’s performance credits include recitals for the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago; a New York debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall; and a debut recital at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. She has also appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, United Nations Hall (Switzerland), Festival Les Musicales Festival in Colmar (France), Les Invalides in Paris, Music in Drumcliffe (Ireland) and Homburg Musiktage (Germany).
Ms. Katz received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. While at Juilliard, she was a member of Ensemble ACJW–The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the city’s public schools.
Bassoonist Natalya Rose Vrbsky appears throughout the East Coast as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. A member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, she is also a frequent substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performs regularly with Philadelphia’s major ensembles. She has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Virginia Symphony; and was guest principal with the orchestras of Harrisburg, Delaware, Syracuse, and Knoxville. She has been principal bassoon of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra since 2010.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Vrbsky has appeared with the Saratoga Chamber Players, the Bay Chamber Concerts, Astral Artists Concerts, the Knights, Orchestra 2001, and A Far Cry. She has participated in the Aspen, Marlboro, and Pacific festivals; the Tanglewood Music Center; and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Her performances have been broadcast nationally on public radio’s Performance Today. In Spring 2014, she will tour with Musicians from Marlboro.
For two years Ms. Vrbsky was a teaching artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program. In 2010 she traveled to Caracas, Venezuela to teach and coach through the world-renowned “El Sistema” program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, a master’s degree from Temple University, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. Her primary teachers were Richard Ranti and Daniel Matsukawa.
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