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A native of Boston, Massachusetts, violinist Katherine Arndt has attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, the Perlman Music Program, the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and was selected to participate in the Kronberg Academy Master Classes and Concerts. She graduated from New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried and currently studies with Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music. Katherine attended Winter Workshop 2015 and 2016.
A native of Arlington, Texas, cellist Jonathan Butler received the top prize at the 2012 Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition. He has attended the Aspen, Storioni and Prussia Cove festivals, has collaborated with Ilya Gringolts, Elina Vähälä, Máté Szűcs and Paul Watkins, and was selected to perform in a masterclass for Yo-Yo Ma. Jonathan is currently studying with Natasha Brofsky at New England Conservatory and attended Winter Workshop 2017.
A native of Pyrton, England, cellist Frankie Carr won first prize in the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition and second prize in the Abingdon Concerto Competition. He has performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, and in Munich, Warsaw and across the United Kingdom. Frankie attended the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Thomas Carroll and currently studies with Darrett Adkins at The Juilliard School.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, violinist Carter Coleman toured Europe and Asia as a participant of the Pacific Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. He has attended Kneisel Hall and coached with members of the Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Jerusalem and Cleveland string quartets. Carter graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with William Preucil and currently studies with Laurie Smukler at The Juilliard School.
A native of Wading River, New York, violinist Abigail Fayette has appeared as soloist with the Sound Symphony, the Massapequa Philharmonic and the Bachanalia Orchestra. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall and has attended Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, the Taos School of Music, the Marlboro Music Festival and Music From Angel Fire. Abigail graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ida Kavafian and currently studies with Soovin Kim at New England Conservatory.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, cellist Daniel Hamin Go won first prize at the Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition and has attended Music Academy of the West and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He is a member of the Dolore String Quartet and has participated in master classes with Carter Brey and Hans Jørgen Jensen. Daniel graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Julia Lichten and currently studies with Desmond Hoebig at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
A native of Kungälv, Sweden, cellist Antonio Hallongren is a prize winner of Swedish and international competitions. He served as Artist-in-Residence at the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, is artistic director of Lövstabruk Chamber Music Festival and been invited to Music@Menlo and the Kronberg Academy Master Classes and Concerts. In the upcoming season he is scheduled to perform with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. Antonio studied with David Finckel and Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School and currently on trial for a job with the Swedish National Orchestra.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina, violist Marta Hortobágyi Lambert has attended Prussia Cove, Aspen, Norfolk, the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program and Kneisel Hall, has appeared at Alice Tully Hall and will appear in the Yale in New York series in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She studied with Ara Gregorian and Melissa Reardon at East Carolina University; Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory at The Juilliard School; and currently studies with Steven Tenenbom at the Yale School of Music. Marta attended Winter Workshop 2016.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, violist Nayoung Kim received the David Merit Award in the 2017 NSAL Solo Competition and first prize in the Music Years Solo Competition. She has attended the Pacific Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and served as principal viola at the New York String Orchestra Seminar under Jaime Laredo. Nayoung appeared at the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society in 2017 and currently studies with James Dunham at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, violinist Orin Laursen won the 2014 Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music and was a semifinalist at the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has attended the Kronberg Academy Master Classes and Concerts, the International Holland Music Sessions and the Taos School of Music, and currently studies with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman at the Glenn Gould School. Orin attended Winter Workshop 2015 and 2016.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, cellist Christine J. Lee was a laureate of the first Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony and the National Orchestra of Belgium. She has attended the La Musica Festival, Music@Menlo, the Marlboro Music Festival and Music from Angel Fire. Christine graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, violist Hwayoon Lee was the Grand Prix winner of the 2013 Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition, first prize winner of the 2010 Johannes Brahms Competition and is a scholar of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. She has appeared as soloist with the Moscow Soloists and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and her debut recording was released in November 2017 on Deutsche Grammophon with Daniil Trifinov and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Hwayoon currently studies with Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy.
A native of Plano, Texas, violinist Shannon Lee has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Nuremberg Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and has attended the Norfolk, Music@Menlo and Music From Angel Fire music festivals. She received the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016 where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. Shannon attended Winter Workshop 2017.
A native of Irvine, California, violinist Geneva Lewis won first prize at the 2017 NEC Instrument Loan Competition, YoungArts 2016, the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 ENKOR International Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 2014 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. She has attended the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and the Holland Music Sessions and is currently studying with Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory. Geneva attended Winter Workshop 2017.
A native of Singapore, pianist Churen Li won first prize at the International Young Talents Piano Competition of Barlassina and the “Pietro Argento” International Piano Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Klasiche Budapest Philharmonic, has appeared at the Norfolk and Aspen music festivals and currently studies with Jan Jiracek von Arnim at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Churen attended Winter Workshop 2016.
A native of Shanghai, China, pianist Ying Li won first prize in the 2017 Artist Series of Sarasota National Competition and the 7th Liszt International Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow. She has appeared as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, and has attended the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and PianoTexas. Ying currently studies with Jonathan Biss at the Curtis Institute of Music.
A native of Madrid, Spain, cellist Javier Iglesias Martin won first prize in the 2016 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition and the American Protégé String Competition, and third prize in the Villa de Llanes International Competition. He has attended Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program and the Heifetz International Music Institute and currently studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Javier attended Winter Workshop 2015 and 2016.
A native of London, England, violinist Juliette Roos won the Walter Todds Bursary prize at the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition, first prize in the St. James Quartet Competition and third prize in the 2015 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition. She has performed as soloist with the City of Canterbury Orchestra and has appeared at the Wimbledon International Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Concert Hall. Juliette currently studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A native of Hong Kong, pianist Aristo Sham won first prize at the New York International Piano Competition, the PianoArts North American Piano Competition and the Wideman International Piano Competition, and third prize at the Verbier Festival’s Vendome Prize Competition. He has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Mendoza Philharmonic and currently studies with Victor Rosenbaum at New England Conservatory. Aristo also studies Economics and French at Harvard University.
A native of Cergy-Pontoise, France, violist Chloé Thominet won the Ravel Foundation Prize in 2015 and has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic. Chloé has attended the Taos School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program and the Heifetz International Music Institute, and currently studies with Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman at The Juilliard School.
A native of Los Angeles, California, violist Emma Wernig won first prize at the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, the 2016 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition and the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Emma has attended Prussia Cove, the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, the Taos School of Music and the Heifetz International Music Institute, and currently studies with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory.
A native of Xi’an, China, pianist Yuchong Wu won first prize in the 2011 Beethoven Concerto Competition at PianoTexas, second prize in the 2016 International Young Concert Artist Auditions and third prize in the 2017 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the China National Orchestra and the Russian National, Fort Worth and Phoenix symphony orchestras. Yuchong currently studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School.
A native of Los Angeles, California, violinist Dian Zhang was a finalist at the 2015 and 2017 Shepherd School Concerto Competition and has attended the Yellow Barn and Norfolk music festivals, the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. He studied with Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in the Fall of 2017. Dian attended Winter Workshop 2017.
Pianist Robert McDonald has performed internationally as a recitalist and as a recital partner to Isaac Stern and other celebrated instrumentalists. He has appeared with the San Francisco, Baltimore and Milwaukee symphony orchestras and won the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition and the top prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Mcdonald has performed with the Juilliard, Takács and Brentano string quartets and is currently on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. View Full Bio
A 2001 Presser Music Award recipient, Sekino has performed with members of the Peabody Trio, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the Mendelssohn Quartet. She has appeared at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Persimmon Hall (Tokyo), Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Spain), Castello Caetani (Italy), and at festivals such as Ravinia, Kuhmo, Santander and Norfolk. Sekino is Associate Professor of Piano at East Carolina University.View Full Bio
Pianist Kwan Yi has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in many of the world’s greatest halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. He has performed as soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Festival Orchestra and has performed chamber music alongside Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried and Roberto Diaz. Kwan is Assistant Professor of Piano at East Carolina University. View Full Bio
Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Ara Gregorian made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has appeared in cities throughout the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki and has performed as a member of Concertante. Gregorian is a member of the Cooperstown Quartet and is on the violin faculty at ECU where he holds the Four Seasons Distinguished Professorship in Music. View Full Bio
The versatile violinist/violist Ida Kavafian has performed extensively as a soloist, as Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and as co-founder of Tashi, OPUS ONE and Trio Valtorna. Former member of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, she is a faculty member at The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School and Bard College. She has also found great success with her hobby, raising prize winning purebred Vizsla dogs. View Full Bio
Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, violinist Hye-Jin Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo and Seoul Spring music festivals. Kim is associate professor of violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio
Violinist Daniel Phillips is a founding member of the Orion String Quartet and has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston and San Antonio symphony orchestras. He performs regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Spoleto USA and Chamber Music Northwest, and won first prize at the 1976 Young Concert Artists Competition. Phillips is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, the Bard College Conservatory and The Juilliard School.View Full Bio
Since winning the 1991 Naumburg Viola Award, Misha Amory has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe and has been presented in recital at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Ambassador series and Philadelphia’s Mozart on the Square festival. He has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet. Amory serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. View Full Bio
Steven Tenenbom is the violist with the Orion String Quartet and Opus One, and he has appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts trios, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on the 92nd Street Y Chamber Series. He has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandenburg Ensemble on tour through the United States and Japan. View Full Bio
Winner of the Naumburg International Competition, Carr has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr trio, has performed with the Guarneri and Emerson quartets, and has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr is on the cello faculty at Stony Brook University. View Full Bio
Former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Emanuel Gruber was awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Concert Artists Guild Auditions. He participated in the Musical Spring Festival and the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and was on the jury of the 2nd Davidoff International Cello Competition. Gruber has been on the faculty of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and is currently Professor of Cello at East Carolina University. View Full Bio
A founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet and current member of the Cooperstown Quartet, cellist Michael Kannen has performed at the Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Four Seasons, Prussia Cove and Portland music festivals, and with the Houston-based group Context. Kannen is the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. View Full Bio