A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, violinist Katie Hyun has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, among others. Praised for her “sensitivity and top shelf artistry” (Cleveland.com), she has also been featured as concerto soloist with South Korea’s Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic. She has appeared in numerous festivals, including the Chelsea Music Festival (NY), Bravo! Vail (CO), Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival (Portland, OR), Bright Sheng’s “The Intimacy of Creativity” festival in Hong Kong, and the “New York in Chuncheon” and Busan Chamber Music festivals, both in South Korea. On Baroque violin, Ms. Hyun has recorded and frequently appears with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated.
Ms. Hyun is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra that debuted to great acclaim in 2008. The Ensemble has since performed at the Shepherd Music Series in Collinsville, the Yale British Arts Center, and at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Quodlibet Ensemble made its New York debut in March 2016, followed by an appearance at Rockefeller University. In the spring of 2014, the ensemble released its debut album.
Ms. Hyun was also a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which won the Concert Artists’ Guild Management in 2011, and a spot on the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program. The quartet’s debut CD was also featured among The New York Times’ “Best of 2015.” The ASQ has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and at Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the OK Mozart International Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Caramoor Summer Music Festival. The quartet has collaborated with such eminent artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Carter Brey, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri, James Dunham, and Deborah Hoffman.
Ms. Hyun received an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied Baroque violin with Robert Mealy, and modern violin with Ani Kavafian. She holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She also studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree.
Violinist Jae-Won Bang received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Colburn School and Yale School of Music respectively, and Master of Music in Historical Performance from the Juilliard School. As a soloist, Jae-Won has performed with orchestras and ensembles across Alberta, British Columbia, California, Connecticut and New York. In 2012, she was featured on the NEXT Young Artist series on CBC Radio Two as the first artist to be heard on both baroque and modern violins. Jae-Won has collaborated with Clive Greensmith, Ronald Leonard, Rachel Podger, Arnold Steinhardt, and has performed in Weill Hall, Kennedy Centre, Alice Tully Hall, the Greene Space at WQXR, as well as at Morningside Music Bridge, ENCORE, Enghien, Berwick/OBF, Mozarteum, Banff, Sarasota, Aspen, and Kneisel Hall music festivals. As well as being a member of the Quodlibet Ensemble, and Jae-Won was a member of NYSOS (2006), Yale Baroque Ensemble (2010-2011), and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014). A recipient of the 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellowship, she was selected by Rice University and the New York Philharmonic to be a part of their inaugural Global Academy. She has also appeared as a Young Artist with Da Camera Houston for the 2015/2016 season.
Her teachers include Gerald Stanick, Robert Lipsett, Ani Kavafian, Laurie Smukler, and Cho-Liang Lin on violin and Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett on baroque violin. Starting in the 2016/2017 season, she joins the first violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Praised for his “invigorating, silken” playing and “mysterious atmosphere” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and as an “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile life in music from Biber to Carter and beyond. DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon perform in the US and abroad. He has played concerts in St. Petersburg’s Glinka Hall, Merkin Hall, at the CMS of Lincoln Center, and at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. Recordings of the complete Schumann violin sonatas with fortepiano (Musica Omnia), as well as with the Sebastians and the Quodlibet Ensemble, will be released this year. Upcoming recordings include works for violin and piano of Steven Stucky and Robert Palmer. A passionate teacher, DiEugenio is Assistant Professor of Violin at UNC Chapel Hill, and was previously violin professor at the Ithaca College School of Music. He holds degrees from CIM and the Yale School of Music, where he earned a DMA.
Transcending her humble musical beginnings involving a macaroni box disguised as a violin, Chloe Fedor has since received critical acclaim for her “lovely, plush, seductive tone” (New York Times) and appears as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician in period ensembles throughout the country. She can be seen and heard performing with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Early Music New York, Clarion Music Society, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, The American Classical Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Bach Society of Charleston, among others. Highlights of this season include soloist for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Project Amadeus, Vivaldi’s Winter with the Sebastians, Concertmaster of Seckendorff’s Proserpina with New York Baroque Incorporated, and her debut with Quodlibet Ensemble and Musica Angelica. She completed her studies at The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, receiving two Master of Music degrees from the latter— both in Violin and Historical Violin Performance. Miss Fedor is one of ten Juilliard graduates to have received the esteemed Career Advancement Fellowship, and she enthusiastically continues her music-making and teaching from her New York City base.
Originally from San Diego, violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent chamber music and orchestral performances have included engagements in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia as well as throughout North America with groups such as the Dalí Quartet, Henschel Quartett, Franklin String Quartet, the Momenta Quartet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, and A Far Cry. His playing is featured on A Far Cry’s 2014 GRAMMY-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Mannes College, and his teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler.
Period violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, leader, chamber musician, and teacher. Praised for his “ravishing vehemence” and “soulful performance” (New York Times), he has appeared as a soloist and guest concertmaster with the Early Music New York, New York Baroque Incorporated, Quodlibet Ensemble, San Francisco Bach Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Yale Schola Cantorum. He has founded and co-directs the Sebastians, a period ensemble lauded for its “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing” (Early Music Today). As a violino piccolo specialist, he frequently appears as a soloist in Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto and cantata 140, and has given the modern-day premiere of his own transcription of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. He is on the violin, viola and chamber music faculty at Connecticut College and University of Bridgeport. More information can be found at www.danielslee.com.
Born in Belgium, Guillaume Pirard studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving a First Prize at the age of 16. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School with Hyo Kang, at the Den Haag Royal Conservatory with Vera Beths and the baroque violin at the Brussels Conservatory again, with Mira Glodeanu.
A founding member of The Knights, Guillaume has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, playing at some of the most prestigious festivals such as Ravinia, Tanglewood, the Festival de Paques and the Salzburg Festspiele.
He has performed with the Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Pacifica, A Far Cry, the Sejong Soloists and the Deutsche
He has taught at New York University and San Diego State University, and conducted the NYU Symphony and the Orlando Philharmonic.
Two-time winner of the Historical Performance Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School and recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize at the Yale School of Music, Edson Scheid has been praised for his “polished playing” (The Strad) and for being “more than equipped to deal with the virtuosic challenges” (Seen and Heard International). A native of Brazil, Mr. Scheid has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Juilliard415, Sejong Soloists, Sinfonieorchester der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. He has toured extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States, and has served as concertmaster of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard415 and the Yale Philharmonia. His many performances of the 24 Caprices of Paganini have been received with enthusiasm around the world. Mr. Scheid holds degrees from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Yale School of Music and is currently pursuing his Graduate Diploma degree in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Beth Wenstrom’s performances have been described by The New Yorker as “elegant andsensual, stylishly wild.” Ms. Wenstrom is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition. As guest concertmaster, Ms. Wenstrom has performed with the Sebastians, Baroque Orchestra of Maine as well as William Christie’s Les Rencontres musicales en Vendée in Thiré, France. Ms. Wenstrom also frequently enjoys playing in Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble and the 17th century band, ACRONYM. In addition to performing, Ms. Wenstrom was a sabbatical replacement at Oberlin Conservatory for both modern and baroque violin in Spring 2014. She has also taught violin undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook University and has coached baroque ensembles at Rutgers University and SUNY Stony Brook.
Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. Winner of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2015 career grant recipient from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, she has devoted her life to the advancement of both solo viola and chamber music repertoire. In addition to the Aizuri Quartet, she is also a member of “Ayane & Paul,” a viola/cello duo and the electro-acoustic string trio “Bird’s-Eye Trio”. Ayane has played with notable ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and diplomas from the Curtis Institute of Music and Kronberg Academy in Germany. She is grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree.
Violist Kyle Miller is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program, in which he was a student of Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett. Performance highlights from Kyle’s studies include concerts in England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, the Netherlands, and Singapore and performances of Bach’s sixth Brandenburg concerto and Mozart’s third string quintet, both alongside Monica Huggett. Kyle dwells in New York City as a swashbuckling freelance musician. A founding member of ACRONYM, Diderot String Quartet, and New York Baroque Incorporated (with whom Kyle has performed Telemann’s solo viola concerto), Kyle also has appeared in concert with Apollo’s Fire, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, Clarion Orchestra, the English Concert, Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastians, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Kyle was recently selected as an English Concert American Fellow, and he performed at the 2015 Carmel Bach Festival. In his free time, Kyle seeks out cutthroat matches of table tennis (ping-pong) and miniature golf (putt-putt).
Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan Schram is a sought after violist, composer, arranger and improviser living in Brooklyn, New York. Working with many of today’s great composers he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, and others. He is a founding member of the string trio Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and performing their own compositions which released their debut album, Wedding Music, this year. Nathan is also a violist in the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda. He explores other musical interests by working with an array of adventurous ensembles and artists such as Björk, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, The Sebastians, and the Becca Stevens Band.
Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory in Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. In addition to their work in the U.S., Musicambia has collaborated with projects in Venezuela and Scotland.
Cellist Hannah Collins, winner of De Linkprijs 2010 for contemporary interpretation, is a dynamic performer devoted to diverse forms of musical expression. Based in New York City, Hannah recently completed a two-year tenure with Ensemble ACJW, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy, supported by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. With support from the Presser Foundation, Hannah spent 2009-2011 in France and The Netherlands researching and performing contemporary solo cello repertoire. With New Morse Code, her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello, she continues to premiere new works and collaborate with composers, singers, dancers, writers, and actors in interdisciplinary performances. She appears frequently on modern and Baroque cello with Exponential Ensemble, NOVUS NY, Cantata Profana, the Sebastians, New York Baroque Inc., and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Hannah has been invited to give solo and chamber music performances at festivals throughout Europe and North America including Orford Centre d’arts (Canada), Kneisel Hall (US), NJO (The Netherlands), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), and Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France). She holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale College and graduate degrees in cello performance from the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Hannah is the co-director of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in Boscawen, New Hampshire and of the Kneisel Hall/Blue Hill Together in Music residency program in Blue Hill, Maine.
A long-admired figure on the New York scene, cellist Michael Nicolas enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and improvisor. His eclectic tastes and willingness to try just about anything have led him to forge a musical path of uncommon breadth, from performing masterpieces of the past in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, to free-form improvisation in a downtown New York experimental venue with giants of the genre, to working with contemporary composers of all styles, pushing the boundaries of musical expression and meaning.
The ensembles Michael plays in illustrate his commitment to diversity. He is the cellist of the intrepid and genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, which has drawn praise from classical, world music, and rock critics alike. He is also a member of Ensemble Ditto, a chamber group based in South Korea that has garnered extraordinary success in reaching young and new classical music audiences, selling out concert halls all over Korea, Japan, and China. As a member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has worked with countless composers from around the world, premiering and recording dozens of new works. Another group, Third Sound, which Michael helped found, made its debut with an historic residency at the 2015 Havana Contemporary Music Festival, in Cuba.
Highlights of the upcoming season include the release of Michael’s debut solo album Transitions on the Sono Luminus label, performances across South Korea with Ensemble Ditto and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, U.S. and European tours with Brooklyn Rider, and a 6-night residency at New York’s experimental music venue The Stone in December 2016.
Of mixed French-Canadian and Taiwanese heritage, Michael was born in Canada, and currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
A curiosity in the cultural background behind the music she plays led Sarah Stone to the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She currently performs with a number of ensembles including Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Mercury, Grand Harmonie, and the Sebastians. Next season includes tours to Montreal and California with Trinity Wall Street and Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes with Mercury as their Principal Cellist in February.
Sarah is passionate about performing chamber music; she is a founding member of the all-female ensemble, Filigree Baroque and the period string quartet, Quartet Resound. This past spring, Sarah traveled with Filigree to Pensacola, Florida where she taught elementary school students about poetry, composition, and baroque style. Quartet Resound has represented the Juilliard School at the Smithsonian and was quartet-in-residence at The Woodlands ChamberFest near Houston, TX this past June. Sarah holds a Masters in Historical Performance from the Juilliard School, a Masters from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors of Music from Rice University.
Joe Magar has spent his career exploring the versatility of the double bass and is as comfortable on the bandstand as he is in a bass section. Joe tours nationally with the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble and the Danny Burns Band. He has appeared at some of the country’s premier music festivals and theaters including Austin Celtic Festival, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Saltwater Celtic Festival, Appaloosa Roots Festival, City Winery (NYC and Nashville), World Cafe Live, Yachats Celtic Music Festival and Fire in the Kitchen.
As a chamber musician, Joe has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts. He is a founding member of Quodlibet Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring the repertoire of the past and present, and appears on the group’s debut recording of Arcangelo Corelli’s concerti grossi. He is also an enthusiastic performer of new music in many genres, with appearances including the Evolution New Music Series, the American Composers Orchestra’s Composers Out Front Series and the Incubator Arts Series.
Joe Magar is a Michigander by birth, a Baltimorean by choice and has received degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Yale.
Jeffrey Grossman’s extensive musical activities include frequent performances as a harpsichordist, pianist, and conductor. Acclaimed for his musicality, he has been praised as a “sensitive and fluent accompanist” of “flair and conviction” in Fanfaremagazine. As co-leader of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, last summer Jeffrey music directed Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in collaboration with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and this summer led Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with dell’Arte and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Connecticut Early Music Festival. In addition to frequent performances with the Sebastians, Jeffrey performs with numerous groups in the New York metropolitan area, including Quodlibet, PHOENIXtail, and the Bach Players of Holy Trinity. He also tours parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation. He can be heard on the Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University. He currently resides in New York City. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.jeffreygrossman.com