Ara Gregorian - Artistic Director, violin and viola
Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, 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, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and performed at the Casals, Storioni, Bard and Vail festivals. He has recorded for the Bridge and Kleos labels and performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.
Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and the Caramoor Virtuosi, Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and at New York’s Town Hall, and has appeared at festivals such as Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe and Seattle Chamber Music. Arron serves on the faculty of New York University.
A Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Aznavoorian has won the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, the Chicago Cello Society Competition, and was a top prize winner in the 1996 International Paulo Competition in Finland. She has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, Finnish Radio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic and the Helsinki Philharmonic. Aznavoorian is principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica.
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Violinist Aaron Berofsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. He has performed the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain and all of the Beethoven sonatas at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. His 2011 recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Phillip Bush has been met with great acclaim.
First-prize winner of the 2003 Washington International Competition, Bowlin’s performances have brought him across North America, Europe and Asia. He is a founding member of the highly acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a member of the Oberlin Trio and a former member of Da Capo Chamber Players. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, performed as guest concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities. Bowlin has recorded for the Arsis, New Focus, Naxos and Mode labels and is on the violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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.
A member of the Belcea Quartet, Chorzelski performs regularly on the world’s most prestigious stages, including those in London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. He conducted Ittai Shapira’s Violin Concerto “Concierto Latino” with the London Serenata Orchestra, which was released by Champs Records in May 2011, and recently recorded a recital disc with pianist Katya Apekisheva. Chorzelski is a viola professor at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Founding member of the Brooklyn Ryder and a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, violist Nicholas Cords has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has appeared frequently on television and radio shows including the David Letterman Show, National Public Radio and Good Morning America, and is a member of many other ensembles, including the Caramoor Virtuousi, The Knights, and for a decade as a core member of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Cords a member of the viola faculty at Stony Brook University.
Founder and director of Suzuki on the Island, Ani Gregorian Resnick has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Sister Act, Miss Saigon and Jane Eyre, on the Late Show with David Letterman, with Bono (of U2) and with Bryan Adams on MTV Unplugged. A former teaching artist for the NY Philharmonic School Partnership Teaching Program and the director of the North Shore Performing Arts Academy Suzuki Program, she has also performed in Italy with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and is currently a member of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and the New Choral Society of Scarsdale.
A musician of great diversity, Alicia Gregorian Sawyers has performed with famous artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Kanye West. Sawyers has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and has appeared at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music festival and The Perlman Music Program. A passionate teacher, Mrs. Sawyers has been teaching privately since the age of 16. She has a studio of over 30 students in Grand Rapids, MI, where she resides.
Top prize winner of the 1993 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, Huang has appeared as soloist with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony and the National Symphony of Taiwan. She has performed at the Marlboro, Spoleto, Aspen, Santa Fe, and Music@Menlo festivals, and is on the faculty at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.
A recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Ieva Jokubaviciute regularly gives recitals in major American and European cities. Jokubaviciute made her Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival in 2005, and in 2009 her piano trio, Trio Cavatina, won the Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition. She has performed on major stages around the world such as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, London’s Wigmore Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, and regularly appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Lubeck, Germany.
A founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet, Kannen performs chamber music as a member of the Apollo Trio, on period instruments with the Houston-based group Context, and at many major music festivals such as Yellow Bran, Chamber Music Northwest and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. He is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. He has recorded for the CRI label.
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.
Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Keefe was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and the 2009 Pro Musicis International Award. She has appeared at the Marlboro, Music@Menlo and Ravinia festivals and is an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Keefe has performed as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra and has recorded for the Deutsche Gramaphone, Naxos and CMS Studio Recordings labels.
Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and has appeared at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.
First prize winner of the Paganini International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic. He is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and is a professor of violin at Stony Brook University and the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University.
A former member of the Mendelssohn Quartet, the Grammy Award nominated Ridge Quartet and the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora Quartet, Lambros has appeared at the Aspen, Helsinki, Santa Fe, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals; collaborated with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion and Juilliard quartets; and performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Lambros is a member of the chamber music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the viola faculty at New England Conservatory.
Winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Award, Lark has performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra and the Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra. She presented her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, has been invited to the Yellow Barn, Ravinia Steans Institute and the Music@Menlo festivals and is a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi. Lark will release her debut CD recording of Telemann’s Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin in 2014-2015.
First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Soyeon Kate Lee has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras worldwide including the Clevelend Orchestra and London Symphony, and has given critically-acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. She is a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a recording artist for Naxos, and a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Lead mentor for the Fellows of the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy, Mannoia has performed abroad extensively in countries such as South Africa, Nepal, Serbia and Paraguay. Committed to educational outreach, he teaches and performs outreach concerts for the New York Philharmonic, and as a consultant, Mannoia has trained musicians, curated concerts and designed curriculum for many organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum. Since 2008 he has designed and hosted the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Saturday Pre-Concert Adventures in the Kimmel Center.
McDonald has performed internationally as a solo recitalist and as a recital partner to Isaac Stern and other celebrated instrumentalists. He has appeared with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Curtis symphony orchestras as well as with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional in Costa Rica and the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. He won the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and has performed with the Juiliiard, Takacs and Brentano string quartets. McDonald is a member of the faculties at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Nominated for a Grammy Award, Neiman has performed as soloist with the Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, Minnesota and the National Symphony orchestras. He has appeared in the PBS documentary film “Playing for Real” which aired worldwide, was a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has appeared at the Seattle, Moritzburg, Belgrade, Vancouver and Vail festivals, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
A featured artist at the world’s premier halls, Peled has appeared in London, New York, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv. He has recently performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, European Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and the Radio Symphony Saarbrucken, and has appeared at the Newport, Seattle and Marlboro music festivals. His performances have been broadcast on NPR, Radio France and Swedish National Radio. He is on the cello faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.
Plesser has performed to critical acclaim throughout North and Central America, Europe and Israel. He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has participated at the Marlboro, Cervantino, and Lapland festivals. Plesser is on the cello faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. During his eleven years with the quartet, he performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong and Panama, and across Europe. He has given recitals in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., and has performed at the Marlboro, Caramoor and Vail festivals. In 2011 he formed the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa.
First Prize Winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Requiro has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic. He has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center and is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and the Baumer String Quartet. Requiro serves as Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound and is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan.
Founding member of the world-renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet and Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Rosen has appeared on stage throughout Europe, Asia, South America and in all fifty of the United States. She has collaborated with the Juilliard, Emerson and Orion quartets and has appeared frequently at the Marlboro Music Festival. With the Mendelssohn String Quartet, she served as Artist-in- Residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Harvard University. Rosen is Professor of Cello at Queens College and serves on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music.
Director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, Sauer has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Marlboro, Seattle, Taos, Portland, El Paso Pro Musica, Music@Menlo and Salt Bay festivals; and Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concergebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Palaix des Beaux Arts in Brussels. He has recorded for the MSR Classics, Musical Heritage Society, Centaur and Arabesque labels and is on the piano faculty at Vassar College and the Mannes College of Music.
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, Parsimmon 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.
First-prize winner of the 1990 Munich ARD International Music Competition, Shaham has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein, Montpellier, Kuhmo, Pablo-Casals and Israel festivals. Shaham is a member of the faculty at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and is Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.
Winner of the 1998 Naumburg Violin Award, Strauss has performed as soloist with the Hamburg and New York Chamber Symphonies, the Seoul, Budapest and Bucharest Philharmonics, and has served as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and Montréal Symphony. He has appeared at the Library of Congress and Alice Tully Hall, at the Marlboro, Moab and the Kammermusiktage Mettlach (Germany) festivals, and with the Philharmonic Violins Berlin on tour in Japan. Strauss is on the violin faculty at McGill University in Montreal.
Vähälä made her concerto debut at the age of twelve with the Sinfonia Lahti in Finland. She is a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Israel Camerata as well as the MIAGI festival in South Africa. Vähälä is a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the top prize at the 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Vonsattel has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony orchestra at Tanglewood, the Utah Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He has appeared at the Rockport, Seattle and Bridgehampton festivals and is an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has recorded for the Deutsche Gramaphone, Pan Classics and Honens/Naxos labels.
Artistic director and founding member of Concertante, Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten and won the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition by the age of fifteen. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, the Sydney Opera and the Shanghai Symphony orchestras, and has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.