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Artists

We are delighted to welcome the following artists to Portland for our 2024 season!

* designates a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO)

Melissa Reardon
Jennifer Elowitch
Nathan Farrington
J Freivogel
Rachel Freivogel
Henry Kramer
Li-Mei Liang
Anthony Marwood
Tai Murray
Angela Park
Kenneth Olsen
Todd Palmer
Raman Ramakrishnan
David McCarroll
Dov Scheindlin
James Austin Smith
Brant Taylor
East Coast Chamer Orchestra
Kathleen O'Mara
Jessica Thompson
Nick Kendall
Susie Park
Kristin Lee
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MELISSA REARDON*

Artistic Director

Artistic Director Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Violist of the Borromeo String Quartet and founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), 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 with their son Linus.

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EAST COAST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Ensemble

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.

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JENNIFER ELOWITCH

Violin

Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine. Over the 25 years of her tenure, PCMF evolved into one of the premiere chamber music events in New England and a cornerstone of Portland’s vibrant arts community. She is also Director of Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts outside of Boston, where she was twice the recipient of the E.E. Ford Faculty Award for Exceptional Merit. She is the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and performs frequently with the Boston Symphony, with whom she has toured Europe and Japan. In addition to her work at Walnut Hill, she has presented workshops and masterclasses as a guest at the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute and she has served as a guest teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK.

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NATHAN FARRINGTON*

Bass

Nathan Farrington is a bassist, singer, and composer living in Los Angeles. He regularly appears in the bass sections of many of America's top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. In 2016, Nathan was named the Principal Bass of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra under James Conlon. He has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Olympic Music Festival, ChemberFest Cleveland, and at the Da Camera Society. Wherever he is performing, Nathan makes sure to take along his trusty guitar and pairs singing and playing operatic arias and folk songs alongside his bass playing.

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J FREIVOGEL*

Violin

J Freivogel is the founding and current first violinist of the Jasper String Quartet - winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Director of St. Paul Chamber Music Institute, and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts. The Quartet released its 8th album this year and has upcoming and recent commissions from Lera Auerbach, Patrick Castillo, Vivian Fung, Brittany J. Green, Aaron Jay Kernis, Akira Nishimura, Reinaldo Moya, Michelle Ross, and Joan Tower. J is the co-Director of Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas with his wife, cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel, and the co-Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. J has a thriving teaching studio in Philadelphia, PA, where he lives with Rachel and their two children, Leon and Evy.

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RACHEL FREIVOGEL*

Violin

Cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel is a founding and current member of the Jasper String Quartet. With the quartet, Ms. Freivogel has performed around the world and premiered and recorded many works. Her recordings include quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Vivian Fung, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Reinaldo Moya, Caroline Shaw and Franz Schubert among others. Ms. Freivogel is a faculty member at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Affiliate Artist at Haverford College, and maintains a robust private cello studio in her home city of Philadelphia. Ms. Freivogel is also a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts (Philadelphia, PA) and the Co-Director of the Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas (Asheville, NC). 

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NICK KENDALL*

Violin

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning violinist Nick Kendall reimagines and reinvents how a traditional violin virtuoso can transform the music world without boundaries. Nick is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed, genre-busting string band Time for Three (TF3). In all his endeavors, he is a restless innovator in shaping how modern audiences perceive, appreciate, and enjoy music and music-making. He co-founded and plays in the artist-driven East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and, in 2020, became Artist in Residence at New York’s Lincoln Center, where he unveiled his Residency event series in summer 2021. In fall 2022, Nick joined Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for their South American tour as the Orchestra’s guest leader.

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HENRY KRAMER

Piano

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.

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KRISTIN LEE*

Violin

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle and was recently appointed to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty as Assistant Professor of Violin. Lee has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hawai’i Symphony, and Korean Broadcasting Symphony. An accomplished chamber musician, Lee is also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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LI-MEI LIANG*

Violin

Praised for her “first rate and thoroughly engaging” playing, Taiwanese violinist Li-Mei Liang’s performance has been described as a “powerhouse” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). An active soloist and chamber musician, Li-Mei has performed across the United States, Belgium, China, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Taiwan in renowned concert venues. She has played with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is a core member of New York Classical Players. Recent highlights also include recording with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan as a soloist. An educator in both music theory and violin practice, Li-Mei has served as a Violin Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a full-time music theory faculty and Coordinator for the ear-training curriculum at the New England Conservatory (NEC). She also teaches violin at NEC’s Preparatory School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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ANTHONY MARWOOD

Violin

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. 

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DAVID MCCARROLL

Violin

David McCarroll was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2022, holding the Rachel Mellon Walton Concertmaster Chair. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Also an active chamber musician, he served from 2015 to 2022 as the violinist of the renowned Vienna Piano Trio with whom he toured and recorded extensively. The Trio’s recording of the complete Brahms piano trios was awarded the 2017 Echo Klassik prize and in 2020 the Trio’s Beethoven recording won the Opus Klassik award. Recent performances have included Stravinsky Violin Concerto at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Pittsburgh premiere of Schumann Violin Concerto, touring with Musicians from Marlboro, and performances of György Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments” for violin and soprano.

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TAI MURRAY*

Violin

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray has established herself a musical voice of a generation. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). She has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Shanghai’s Concert Hall, performing with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. As a recitalist Tai has appeared in Berlin, Chicago, Hamburg, London, New York, and Washington D.C. among many others. As a chamber musician, she toured with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious CMS Two program. 

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KENNETH OLSEN*

Cello

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.

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KATHLEEN O'MARA

Soprano

Soprano Kathleen O’Mara is currently a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and is a 2024 recipient of the prestigious Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. She made her LA Opera debut in the fall of 2023 as Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, which she will reprise for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2025. She has also been seen at LA Opera as Erste Zofe in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, conducted by James Conlon. Additionally in the 2024-2025 season she will sing Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at LA Opera, and debut Mimì in La bohéme at San Diego Opera. In the summer of 2024, she will be a Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she will appear as Duchess Christina in Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass and cover Mimì in La bohème.

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TODD PALMER

Clarinet

Clarinetist Todd Palmer is a three-time Grammy nominee and has appeared as soloist, recitalist, collaborator, educator, and arranger in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. As a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and grand prize winner in the Ima Hogg Young Artist Auditions, he has collaborated with some of the world's most renowned artists and ensembles. Todd has championed and recorded Osvaldo Golijov’s klezmer clarinet quintet, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, and also premiered David Bruce’s Gumboots at Carnegie Hall. His festival appearances include Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, and Tanglewood, where he received the Leonard Bernstein fellowship as a student. His Broadway credits include South Pacific, The King & I, Les Misérables, My Fair Lady and Sweeney Todd, where he recently appeared with members of the cast on NPR's Tiny Desk.

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ANGELA PARK

Cello

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. 

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SUSIE PARK*

Violin

Sydney 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 Australia. Her international career was launched at age 16, when she took first place in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. She has grown into a musician distinguished by unusual passion and versatility, and today performs internationally as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Susie is currently first associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), former violinist of the Eroica Trio, and joined the Ensō String Quartet as first violinist for their final season in 2018. 

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RAMAN RAMAKRISHNAN*

Cello

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan enjoys performing chamber music, old and new, around the world. For two decades, as a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and the Daedalus Quartet, he toured extensively through North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and recorded for Bridge Records and Avie Records. Mr. Ramakrishnan is currently a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. In the summers, he has performed at the Marlboro, Vail, Portland, and Kingston Chamber Music festivals, and served on the faculties of the Kneisel Hall and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals.

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DOV SCHEINDLIN*

Viola

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 appeared as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Paris Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. Mr. Scheindlin has recorded extensively for EMI, Teldec, Auvidis, Col Legno, and Aparté, and won the Gramophone Award in 2002 for the Arditti Quartet's recording of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Pulse Shadows.

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JAMES AUSTIN SMITH

Oboe

Performer, curator and on-stage host, James Austin Smith “proves that an oboist can have an adventurous solo career.” (New Yorker). He appears regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at leading national and international chamber music festivals, at Carnegie Hall and on tour as Co-Principal Oboe of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and as an artist of the International Contemporary Ensemble. As Artistic and Executive Director of Tertulia Chamber Music, Mr. Smith creates intimate evenings of food, drink, and music designed to engage audiences hungry for singular cultural experiences in New York, San Francisco and Serenbe, Georgia. He mentors graduate-level musicians as a professor of oboe and chamber music at Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music.

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BRANT TAYLOR

Cello

Before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1998, Brant Taylor was cellist of the award-winning Everest Quartet, prizewinners at the Banff and Fischoff competitions. A faculty member at DePaul University, Mr. Taylor's interest in teaching has taken him to music institutions and festivals around the U.S. A frequent guest at Miami's New World Symphony, he has appeared as soloist with that orchestra and led master classes and audition training seminars. With the band Pink Martini, Brant has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Late Show with David Letterman," and in nightclubs and concert halls across North America. He attended the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, where his teachers were Paul Katz and Janos Starker.

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JESSICA THOMPSON*

Viola

Violist Jessica Thompson is a passionate chamber musician who performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad as a member of the Daedalus Quartet. The quartet, Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition and resident quartet at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two from 2005-07, is currently in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. As a member of Daedalus, Ms Thompson has premiered works by such composers as Fred Lerdahl, Joan Tower, Richard Wernick, and Vivian Fung. Ms. Thompson has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed at numerous festivals, including the Halcyon Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. 

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SHAI WOSNER

Piano

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). Born in Israel, Wosner has studied with Opher Brayer, Emanuel Krasovsky, Emanuel Ax as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. The 2023/2024 season has seen Wosner delve into the enigma behind Beethoven’s relentless creative exploration with his new recording of the Diabelli Variations, premiere Vijay Iyer’s first piano concerto as well as tour with Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell.

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TIEN-HSIN CINDY WU

Violin

Praised by the Seattle Times as “Simply marvelous,” violinist/violist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Cindy has collaborated in concerts with renowned artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Orion, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and festivals such as La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Cindy is a recipient of many awards including the Milka Violin Artist Prize from the Curtis Institute of Music, and third prize at the International Violin Competition of David Oistrakh. She is currently the Music Director of New Asia Chamber Music Society and founded Sunkiss’d Mozart. 

Shai Wosner
Cindy Wu
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