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 Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician based in New York City and Philadelphia. Her recent appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with The Knights and members of eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.
Ms. Anderson is the newest member of the Vera Quartet. Her passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with [email protected], Chamber Music Northwest, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress.
Ms. Anderson was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Other awards include the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics.
Ms. Anderson is founding co-director of VOTESart, an organization that uses music to promote voter registration and civic engagement across the country. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).
Korean- Canadian 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.
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.
George Meyer plays the violin and writes music. He has performed his own compositions in a variety of settings, including Chamber Music Northwest, the Savannah Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Telluride and RockyGrass Bluegrass Festivals, the Rome Chamber Music Festival, and the Kyoto International Festival. In 2016, Ensemble Quodlibet premiered his Concerto Grosso, a 15-minute work for string orchestra with solo string quartet, in New York City. He has appeared in performance with his father Edgar Meyer, and with Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and Sam Bush.
His violin teachers include Naoko Tanaka, Laurie Smukler, Stephen Miahky, Lucy Chapman, Jennifer Frautschi, Carolyn Huebl, and Carol Smith. He holds degrees from Harvard College, where he studied with Elaine Scarry and Helen Vendler, and from the Juilliard School. He is from Nashville, TN.
Ben Russell is a violinist, vocalist and composer who has played all over the world with all sorts of people. He is a member of American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and co-creator of the songwriting collective Founders.
Ben began his career in 2005 by winning the Principal 2nd Violin chair of Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine which he held for 8 years. In 2006 he co-founded Bryant Park Quartet, a classical string quartet dedicated to teaching chamber music to high school and college students around the country. In 2008 he became a member of ACME, a daring new-music group focused primarily on the work of living American composers. In 2017, ACME released its first portrait album containing nearly all original music composed by members of ACME.
In the past 10 years, Ben has performed with several ensembles including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea, A Far Cry, Wordless Music Orchestra and Mark Morris Dance Group. He has toured and recorded with several artists including Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, The National, Blonde Redhead, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and has appeared on stage with Björk, Jonny Greenwood, and Paul McCartney.
After releasing his self titled solo album of original music for violin and voice in 2012, he co-created Founders which combines classical and folk musics with original compositions and pop arrangements. Founders released its debut album, You & Who, in early 2014.
Ben studied violin performance at BIOLA and Amsterdam Conservatory and received his Masters from New England Conservatory.
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.
A native of St. Louis, Henry William Wang has been described by the Washington Post as an artist “that makes the audience cheer lustily”. He has won several engagements as soloist with orchestras including the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the University City Symphony, the Belleville Philarmonic, and the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is also the winner of the Artist Presentation Society Auditions, the Missouri Federation of Music, a prize winner at the Chautauqua Music Festival Aria and Concerto Competition, Northwestern Thaivu Competition as well as the Norshore Scholarship Competition. Venues of solo performances have included The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Powell Symphony Hall.
Currently residing in New York, Henry performs with various ensembles including the Trinity Wall Street NOVUS ensemble, New York Classical Players, Metropolis Ensemble, the Manhattan Chamber Players, Melange Ensemble (formerly SHUFFLE) and is a substitute member of the New York Philharmonic. He also appears as guest concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony as well as concertmaster of the Uptown Philharmonic.
Henry is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied under Glenn Dicterow. He also received his Professional Studies and Master of Music in Orchestral Performance under the tutelage of Mr. Dicterow and Lisa Kim at the Manhattan School of Music. Previously, he attained his Bachelor of music as a student of Almita and Roland Vamos at Northwestern University.
Active in the cross-over classical music scene, Henry has also appeared on an album by the Roots as well as on the hit TV Show, America’s Got Talent.
Violinist Yezu Elizabeth Woo made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, where she became the youngest performer to play all 24 of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. Since then, she has been invited to perform at the United Nations and traveled extensively for performances at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in New York, Smetana Hall in Prague, and the storied Musikverein in Vienna. Yezu is a recipient of the “Best Outstanding International Musician of the Year” award by the Arts Critics Association, as well as “Artist of the Year” by the Gangwon Talent Support Foundation of Korea. Yezu co-founded and served as the Artistic Director of Shattered Glass, a conductorless string ensemble based in NYC, from 2012 to 2016, and she is currently the Artistic Director of New York in Chuncheon Music Festival in her Korean hometown of Chuncheon, where she was recently appointed Honorary Ambassador to the city. She received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music with Albert Markov, M.M. degree at The Juilliard School with Catherine Cho, and a Performance degree from Bard College with Laurie Smukler. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree at the Stony Brook University.
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).
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.
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.
Bassist Max Zeugner is currently Associate Principal Double Bass with the New York Philharmonic. Prior to joining the Philharmonic in 2012, he enjoyed a 7 year stretch in Europe which included stints as Principal Bass with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Philharmonic, and appearances with the London Symphony, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic. These days, when not on stage with the NY Phil, he enjoys playing and coaching chamber music and also working as a part time electric bassist and tennis coach.
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