We are delighted to welcome the following artists for our 2020 season!
* designates a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO)
Artistic Director Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and a sought-after collaborative musician, the Massachusetts native has been lauded for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances. She performed around the world as a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, has appeared in numerous festivals nationally and internationally, and toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and with Musicians from Marlboro. First prize winner at the Washington International Competition and the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions, Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and they live in New York City with their son Linus.
At the age of 15, Na-Young Baek became the youngest winner in the history of the prestigious Choong Ang Times competition in Korea and also garnered the Virtuoso Prize at the first Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. Baek was a prizewinner in the Gyeongnam International Competition and won first prize in Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and Holland-America Music Society Competition. Her recital appearances have included a New York-debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, presented by the Korea Music Society, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. An avid chamber musician, Baek has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Isaac Stern Seminar in Israel.
Two time Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. An “eclectic with wide open ears” (Toronto Star), Bermel is acclaimed for music that is “intricate, witty, clear-spoken, tender, and extraordinarily beautiful [and] covers an amazing amount of ground, from the West African rhythms of Dust Dances to the Bulgarian folk strains of Thracian Echoes, to the shimmering harmonic splendor of Elixir. In the hands of a composer less assured, all that globe-trotting would seem like affectation; Bermel makes it an artistic imperative.” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence," Maja Bogdanovic continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today. The quality of her recital and chamber music interpretations continues to be applauded at many of the world’s leading venues and festivals which include the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Amphitheatre Sorbonne Paris, and Prinzregententheater Munich to name a few. Among her exceptionally wide repertoire, Ms. Bogdanovic dedicates a special place as a champion of contemporary music, and has premiered works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Philip Sawyers, Nicolas Bacri, and others.
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism," and the Philadelphia Inquirer praises its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture.” Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award; and in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
Pianist Peter Dugan has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Peter is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. The Wall Street Journal described his collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” His recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, St. John’s College Recital Series, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall. Peter was also recently named the new host of NPR's From the Top.
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
The critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) is a collective of dynamic like-minded artists who convene for select periods each year to explore musical works and perform concerts of the highest artistic quality. Drawing from some of the world's finest orchestras, chamber groups, and young soloists, ECCO strives for vitality and musical integrity; a self-governing organization, each member is equal and has a voice in every step of the artistic process, from programming to performance. ECCO believes that the best musical experience can speak to all audiences regardless of age or socioeconomic background and performs accordingly across a wide range of venues.
Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing,”violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer. Garnering attention for her compelling programs of solo violin and singing violinist music, in 2019 she performed solo concerts on Columbia University’s Miller Theater Pop-Up series featuring works written by American women, and at The Stone, an evening of music by composer Paola Prestini and the world premiere of Mathew Fuerst’s “Apple Silence” for singing violinist. First-violinist of the Chiara Quartet for eighteen years, Ms. Fischer is also a member of The Afield, a multidisciplinary collaboration with visual artist/writer Anthony Hawley combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media.
Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician sought after in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the Pacifica Quartet. As an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he has appeared at prestigious festivals and series such as Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Caramoor, Banff, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, Alpenglow, Plush, Whittington, Olympic, Concordia Chamber Players, Kon-Tiki, Bay Chamber Concerts, and with the Boston Chamber Music Society. Performances have taken him to far-flung places such as Chile and Greenland, and he plays regularly at chamber music festivals in France, Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England.
Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical” (David Srebnik, SiriusXM Classical Producer), Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band encompasses traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, Invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Ensō Quartet to beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon. Invoke believes in championing diverse American voices, including their ongoing commissioning project American Postcards, which asks composers to pick a time and place in American history and tell its story through Invoke’s unique artistry.
According to the New York Times, harpist Bridget Kibbey “…makes it seems as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the energetic figures and gorgeous colors she was getting from it.” Called the "Yo-Yo Ma of the harp," by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, an artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and winner of Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. Kibbey has fast gained a reputation for her diverse, energetic programming that spans the baroque, French Masterworks, and rhythmic migration in South America.
Siwoo Kim, an “incisive” and “compelling” (The New York Times) violinist, performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and is the co-founding artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, Siwoo gave the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto, and recorded the work on Linn Records to commemorate the composer’s 90th birthday. Siwoo made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in Stern Auditorium with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has since performed with orchestras around the world including the Staatsorchester Brandenburgisches Frankfurt, Columbus Symphony, Gangneung Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and Johannesburg Philharmonic.
Praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his “astonishingly confident technique” and The New York Times for “thrilling [and] triumphant” performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. In 2016, he garnered international recognition with a Second Prize win in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Most recently, he was awarded a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center – one of the most coveted honors bestowed on young American soloists. Kramer began playing piano at the relatively late age of 11 in his hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Praised for her “first rate and thoroughly engaging” playing, Taiwanese violinist Li-Mei Liang’s recent performance was described as a “powerhouse” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. An active performer, Liang has appeared in renowned concert halls worldwide, including those in Belgium, China, Japan, the Netherlands, and South Korea. Since 2013, she has served as the associate concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Recent highlights include performances in South Korea with the New York Classical Players, a 19-city tour in China with the Petrucci String Quartet, and regular appearances with the renowned East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
Allison Loggins-Hull is a flutist, composer and producer with an active career performing and creating music of multiple genres. In 2009 she and Nathalie Joachim co-founded the critically acclaimed duo Flutronix, which was praised by The Wall Street Journal for being able “to redefine the instrument.” Allison has been commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carolina Performing Arts, Alarm Will Sound and The Library of Congress. She was a co-producer of Nathalie Joachim’s celebrated album “Fanm d’Ayiti,” which was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY for Best World Music Album.
JOÃO LUIZ REZENDE
Two time Latin Grammy nominee guitarist, educator, and composer João Luiz, began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the critically acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, João has performed extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His versatility led him to be chosen to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto on a project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in a landmark concert in Cuba in 2014.
Praised by the New York Times for his "aptly traversed palette of emotions, from languid introspection to fevered intensity with gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity,”Israeli violinist Kobi Malkin is making his mark as an exciting soloist and a perceptive chamber musician. He is the winner of the prestigious Ilona Kornhauser Prize and the Canetti International Violin Competition, and appears regularly in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. An avid chamber musician, Kobi has collaborated with Frans Helmerson, Kim Kashkashian, Mitsuko Uchida, and Peter Wiley, among others.
Anthony Manzo’s vibrantly interactive and highly communicative music-making has made him a ubiquitous figure in the world of of classical music, performing at noted venues including Lincoln Center in NYC, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. He appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and serves as the solo bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra and as a guest with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry. Anthony is a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, and the Baltimore Symphony. Formerly the solo bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Germany, he is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston
British violinist Anthony Marwood, appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honors List, is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with chamber orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. Anthony is a celebrated champion of contemporary music, alongside more traditional repertoire. Among those new works composed for him is Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto Concentric Paths. Marwood premiered the work in Berlin and at the BBC Proms with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Adès conducting.
David McCarroll has been described as “a violinist of mature musicality and deep understanding of his repertoire whose playing is distinguished by clarity of form and line” by Musik Heute. Winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions and Silver Medalist at the Klein International Competition, he made his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players in 2002 and has since appeared in major concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on radio stations including WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, National Public Radio, and the BBC.
American baritone Thomas Meglioranza was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy In Singing competitions. Described in The New Yorker as an “immaculate and inventive recitalist”, his Songs from the WWI Era program was named one of the "Top Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year" in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His discography includes the Schubert cycles and assorted lieder, and French mélodies with pianist Reiko Uchida, songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort.
Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. She is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and her works are performed frequently around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. Her profoundly felt works have been described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post).
Violist Hannah Rose Nicholas has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Central City Opera (Principal), New World Symphony (Co-Principal), Philadelphia Orchestra, and is Principal Violist of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She also writes and performs her own music, and to-date has released four original songs. Hannah has been a viola soloist at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Lucerne Festival Academy, TriCounty Emerging Artist series, and the New World Symphony, where she was praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). Hannah also tours with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and has been a guest with the Manhattan Chamber Players.
Kenneth Olsen joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in 2005. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school’s prestigious concerto competition. Ken's other awards include first prize in the Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the 2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He also has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (the Ravinia Festival’s professional studies program for young musicians) and at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.
Equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, Angela Park has performed throughout the North and South Americas, Europe, and East Asia. Notable appearances include solo concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic, and chamber music appearances at the Marlboro, Verbier, and Ravinia Festivals. In recent seasons, Angela has performed with Helsinki Baroque, Anne-Sophie Mutter on her Virtuosi European Tour, Incheon Philharmonic, and has returned to the Marlboro Music Festival, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and Festival de los Siete Lagos in Argentina. She has been awarded the Silver Medal and SeongYawng Park Talent Award at the International Isang Yun Competition, in addition to prizes at the Stulberg International Competition and the Young Tchaikovsky Competition.
Australia native Susie Park first picked up a violin at age three, made her solo debut at five, and, by the time she was a teenager, had performed with every major orchestra in her country. Her international career was launched at age 16, when she took first place in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. Susie today performs internationally as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. She is first associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and joined the Enso String Quartet as first violinist for their final season.
Annaliesa Place has performed across the United States and abroad with ECCO, Classnotes, Alarm Will Sound, ACJW, Absolute Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble. She is featured on recordings with Absolute Ensemble for Sony Classical, ECCO for EOne Records, and Sting’s album Symphonicities. She has performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Michael Bublé and Paul McCartney, among others. Also a passionate educator, Annaliesa is the Director of Strings at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey where she founded StringJam, a conductor-less string orchestra.
Raman Ramakrishnan is a founding member and current cellist of the Horszowski Trio. As a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, Mr. Ramakrishnan won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. With the quartet, he has performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong, and Panama, and across Europe. Mr. Ramakrishnan holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. He lives in New York City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity." Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. Concerto performances in recent seasons have included Philip Glass with Orchestre de Picardie, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, Schnittke in Finland, Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons with the Ulster Orchestra and the world premiere of the Rogowsky Violin Concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” Dov Scheindlin is a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets. His chamber music career has brought him to 28 countries around the globe, and won him the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has regularly participated in summer festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, and Tanglewood, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Met Chamber Ensembles.
Alex Sopp, flutist of yMusic, The Knights, and NOW Ensemble, has been praised by the New York Times for her “exquisite” and “beautifully nuanced” playing. Comfortable in many genres, Alex has commissioned, premiered, toured, and recorded with some of the most exciting composers and songwriters of our time, including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds, Philip Glass, Bruce Hornsby, St. Vincent, José González, and The National. A sought-after soloist, Alex made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. In addition, she plays frequently as a guest with the International Comtemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has made regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic.
TIME FOR THREE
Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience Time For Three (TF3) live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world.
WALTER VAN DYK
Walter van Dyk was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Canada as well as the United States. He made his professional acting debut in the American Repertory Theatre's inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also worked extensively in London's West End in Olivier Award nominated shows as well as in film, and television. In film, he has worked with Kevin MacDonald, John Badham, and most recently with Ciaran Donnelly on the TV mini-series Harley and the Davidsons for the Discovery Channel.
Michi Wiancko is a composer, arranger and violinist whose work has been performed by ensembles, bands and orchestras around the world. She has collaborated with artists from across a wide musical spectrum and performed with some of the great musical artists of our time. Michi has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Lyric Theater, On Site Opera, Ecstatic Music Festival, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Aizuri Quartet, Enso Quartet, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolis Ensemble, to name a few. She also composes music for short and feature-length films, commercials, and for her own band, Kono Michi.
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Mr. Wosner’s penchant for eclectic pairings of diverse repertoire was on full display last October, when he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major alongside the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s new piano concerto Dissolving Margins on tour with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra) in Memphis, Philadelphia, and New York.
Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award and member of the genre-defying string band Time for Three, Charles Yang has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in concert in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Not only confined to classical violin, Charles's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists.
Violin, 2020 Emerging Artist