School of Music

The Artists

Ara Gregorian

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. Gregorian is a member of the Cooperstown Quartet and is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.  

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Rieko Aizawa

Rieko Aizawa, piano

Japanese pianist Aizawa has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, Canada and Europe including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Tokyo’s Casals Hall. She has performed as a guest with the Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai string quartets and is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and the prize-winning Duo Prism. Aizawa has appeared at the Boston and Philadelphia chamber music societies and is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

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Edward Arron

Edward Arron, cello

Artistic Director of concert series in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina, 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 and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls, and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Bravo! Vail, Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe and Seattle festivals. Arron is on the faculty of New York University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Christopher Buddo, bass

Christopher Buddo, bass

J. Christopher Buddo was named Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. As a bassist, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony. He has also appeared at the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival and the Bedford Springs Music Festival. 

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Colin Carr

Colin Carr, cello

Winner of the Naumburg International Competition and the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Carr has appeared as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. 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.

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Cooperstown Quartet

Cooperstown Quartet

The Cooperstown Quartet brings together four of the chamber music world’s most exciting and experienced performers. Its members - violinists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim, violist Maria Lambros and cellist Michael Kannen - are former members of some of this country’s most respected ensembles: the Brentano, Daedalus, Meliora, Mendelssohn and Ridge string quartets as well as the string sextet, Concertante. Having played together for years, they now make it official.

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Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher, piano

As a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, pianist Leon Fleisher was recognized as a “consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.”Mr. Fleisher went on to international renown, becoming the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels in 1952. He subsequently enjoyed a prolific recording career, most notably with George Szell and The Cleveland Orchestra, recordings recognized as among the great collaborations in the concerto repertoire. 

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Ani Resnick

Ani Gregorian Resnick, cello

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, Resnick has also performed in Italy with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. 

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Alicia Sawyers

Alicia Gregorian Sawyers, cello

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.

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Emanuel Gruber, cello

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.

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Zenas Hsu

Zenas Hsu, violin

Concertmaster and founding member of the chamber ensemble Phoenix, Hsu was a top prizewinner of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with Trio Concorde. He has performed as a guest member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has appeared at the Perlman, Yellow Barn and Banff festivals. Hsu is a founding member of the Zaffre String Quartet and attended Four Seasons’ Winter Workshop 2016.

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Hsin Huang

Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

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.

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Ieva Jokubaviciute

Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

A recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, 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 at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Jokubaviciute is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory. 

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Michael Kannen, cello

Michael Kannen, cello

A founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet, Kannen performs chamber music as a member of the Cooperstown Quartet, Apollo Trio, Context, and at many major music festivals such as Four Seasons, 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.

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Ani Kavafian

Ani Kavafian, violin

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She is a renowned chamber musician, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979.

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Ida Kavafian

Ida Kavafian, violin

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.

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Hye Jin

Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, 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 and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is a member of the Cooperstown Quartet and Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.

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Maria Lambros

Maria Lambros, viola

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 Four Seasons, 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 Cooperstown Quartet and chamber music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

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Javier Iglesias Martin, Cello

Javier Iglesias Martin, cello

Winner of the 2016 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition and the 2016 American Protégé Strings Competition, Martin will be making his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2016. He has appeared at the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Pablo Casals Festival in France and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Martin attended Four Seasons’ Winter Workshop 2015 and 2016.

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Robert McDonald

Robert McDonald, piano

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 and won the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition and the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition. McDonald has performed with the Juilliard, Takács and Brentano string quartets and is on the piano faculty of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Jesse Mills

Jesse Mills, violin

Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist  Mills has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, La Cité de la Musique (Paris) and the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels). He has appeared at the Four Seasons, Ravinia, Marlboro and Chamber Music Northwest festivals and is co-founder of the Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, which earned 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in 2006. Mills is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

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Adam Neiman

Adam Neiman, piano

Nominated for a Grammy Award, Neiman has performed as soloist with the Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Minnesota and the National symphony orchestras. He was a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has appeared at the Four Seasons, Seattle, and Bravo! Vail festivals, and is a two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Neiman is Assistant Professor of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Amit Peled

Amit Peled, cello

During the 2016-2017 season, Peled will continue sharing the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals with audiences around the world. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium and the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Marlboro, Newport and Seattle festivals. Peled is a member of the Tempest Trio and the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio and is on the cello faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. 

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Zvi Plesser

Zvi Plesser, cello

Cellist Zvi 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 Four Seasons, Marlboro, Cervantino, and Lapland festivals. Plesser is on the cello faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Raman Ramakrishnan

Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

Raman Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, grand prize winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has given recitals in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. and has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Chicago Chamber Musicians. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt and in 2011 he formed the Horszowski Trio with Jesse Mills and Rieko Aizawa.

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Marcy Rosen

Marcy Rosen, cello

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 Four Seasons and Marlboro festivals. Rosen is Professor of Cello at Queens College and serves on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music at The New School.

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Thomas Sauer

Thomas Sauer, piano

Pianist Thomas Sauer has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Four Seasons, Marlboro and Taos festivals; and Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s works for cello and piano with Colin Carr and has recorded for the MSR Classics, Musical Heritage Society, Centaur and Arabesque labels. Sauer is on the piano faculty at Vassar College and the Mannes College of Music.

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Keiko Sekino

Keiko Sekino, piano

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.

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Steven Tenenbom

Steven Tenenbom, viola

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.

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Elina Vahala

Elina Vähälä, violin

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 orchestra in South Africa. Vähälä is a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Xiao Wang

Xiao-Dong Wang, violin and viola

Artistic Director and founding member of Concertante, Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten and won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition by the age of fifteen. He is a frequent Four Seasons guest artist; has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Sydney Opera and Shanghai symphony orchestras; and has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.

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