Praised for his "vibrant intensity," (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality," (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe.
2019 Artist Faculty
(on leave for 2019 season)
Described as “brilliant” and “lyrical” by the Washington Post, Lina Bahn is a violinist with a keen interest in collaborative and innovative repertoire. From 1998-2010, Dr. Bahn was a member of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet, and was the Executive Director and violinist with the VERGE Ensemble of the Contemporary Music Forum at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She currently teaches at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Sibbi Bernhardsson began playing violin at the age of six in his native Iceland. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet from 2000 to 2017 he performed over 90 concerts a year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. In 2017, Sibbi joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory of Music as professor of violin. He was previously on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 2012 to 2017 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. (second half)
A graduate of SUNY Purchase and Juilliard, former Boston Symphony member, Lila Brown, moved to Europe to study with and play in the Camera Academica Salzburg under Sandor Végh. She has taught at Hochschule in Vienna and Düsseldorf and was a member of the Ensemble Modern. Brown is the artistic director of the chamber music festival Music from Salem, in Salem NY, which she founded in 1986, and is currently on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and interim faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Hailed by the New York Times as a "stylish player” for a concerto performance Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, violist Sheila Browne is an accomplished international soloist, chamber musician and professor. She is newly appointed to teach at Tianjin Juilliard School, after holding Associate Professor positions at University of Delaware and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Acclaimed as a virtuoso of the highest rank, Julia Bushkova appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Julia Bushkova's former students are found in major orchestras and premiere ensembles: Cavani String Quartet, the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Elizabeth Chang, violinist, has established a multifaceted career as performer, teacher, and arts administrator. She has given solo recitals throughout the United States as well as in Europe and South America, and she has appeared as soloist with orchestras both in the U.S.and in Europe. She is currently a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.
Susan Dubois was the sole viola winner of Artists International's 23rd Annual Auditions and was presented in her solo New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Dubois has extensive experience as a chamber musician, performing and coaching throughout the Australia, South America and the United States. A former viola teaching assistant for Karen Tuttle at Juilliard, she is currently professor of viola at the University of North Texas in Denton. (second half)
The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”.
Violinist Jubal Fulks is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who specializes in both contemporary and Baroque repertory. He has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras across the United States, and has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician at numerous venues in the United States and Europe.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary—pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music, and initiating groundbreaking collaborations.
Violinist Carolyn Huebl enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She is currently Professor of Violin at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and violinist of the Blakemore Trio. Prior to her appointment at Blair, she was Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Assistant Professor of Violin at Carnegie Mellon University. Critics have called her performances “unfailingly sensitive”, “utterly fearless”, and “pristine”, and STRAD magazine declared that she “possesses a beguilingly warm sound and highly responsive expressive personality.”
Pianist Svetozar Ivanov has made numerous appearances as recitalist and orchestra soloist in Europe and North America. Recent performance venues include Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in New York, Salle Gaveau and Association Philomuses in Paris, Teatro del Sale in Florence, Italy, DDR Radio in Berlin, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Mansfield 22 in London, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Incontro sulla Tastiera in Italy, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Sequoia Concerts in San Francisco, The Steinway Series and International Piano Series in Florida. Svetozar Ivanov is Associate Professor of Piano at University of South Florida and serves as the Artistic Director of the Steinway Piano Series in Tampa.
Stefan Kartman represents the rich tradition of pedagogy and performance passed on to him by his distinguished teachers who embodied the rare designation of Artist/Teacher. Dr. Kartman currently serves as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches cello and chairs the string area.
Described as “a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan,” violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion for a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. After her first professional experience with the acclaimed Music from Marlboro, Keyes founded the Muir String Quartet and toured internationally, winning the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Ms. Keyes currently concertizes throughout America as recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, and as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the acclaimed piano trio,Triple Helix.
Cellist Sarah Kim leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an acclaimed instructor who was named 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year. Ms. Kim serves on the faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She also serves as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Young Artists, a nationally recognized program presenting advanced chamber music and cello workshops for pre-college and college students throughout the year at CCM.
Violinist I-Hao Lee’s active teaching career has culminated in notable achievements by his students, including top prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Young Concert Artists, and Cooper Competitions. Currently, Lee is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, DePaul University, and Music Institute of Chicago. (first half)
Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, and has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower.
Rictor Noren teaches violin, viola, chamber music, string fundamentals, and string pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory of Music. His collaborative approach emphasizes balance, goal setting, efficient practice techniques, musical development, and a hands-on approach to training. His work supports students overcoming technical barriers, conquering physical pain, and developing a professional identity.
Violinist Janet Orenstein has enjoyed an active performing career both in the United States and abroad as a chamber musician, soloist and advocate of contemporary music. She is a founding member of the Guild Trio and toured with them extensively in Canada, Europe and the United States for over ten years.
Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook, and recently has been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn with David Finckel and Wu Han.
A prizewinner in twenty competitions worldwide, Dmitri Shteinberg has appeared in concert across North America and Europe and Israel, soloing with the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Richmond, Baton Rouge and Charlottesville Symphonies. Shteinberg recorded for Summit Records and Sono Luminus labels and the Yamaha Disklavier. In 2011 he joined the artist faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Michael Strauss served as principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has taught at prominent schools of music including Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. His love for the intimate concert setting has led to performances, live broadcasts, and festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia as well as several critically acclaimed recordings including Mozart’s complete viola quintets with the Fine Arts Quartet and the debut recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata. Strauss is also the featured recording artist on the official Suzuki Viola School CDs, Volumes 8 and 9.
Violin playing described as “tonally resplendent and affectingly assured both stylistically and technically” (Fanfare Magazine) and a performer of "astonishing effectiveness, radiant inspiration, deep sensitivity, and colossal temperament" (Musical Horizons - Sofia), violinist Carolyn Stuart is heard regularly as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in prominent North American and European centers.
Brian Suits wears the various hats of pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. As pianist, Suits has performed concerti with both the Jupiter Symphony under the direction of Jens Nygaard, and the Sejong Soloists under the direction of Hyo Kang, among others. He joined the faculty at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music in fall of 2006, where he is Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, as well as art song coach.
Daniel Sweaney has performed and recorded in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has taught at the University of Alabama, the Orford Arts Centre, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He is currently on the faculty at the University of South Carolina.
Basil Vendryes has been Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. He currently serves on the faculties of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, the Quartet Program at SUNY Fredonia, Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy and the Music and More Summerfest in Trebinje, Bosnia.
In addition to being the cellist of the Blair String Quartet, Felix Wang is a founding member of the Blakemore Trio and co-principal cellist of the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada as a chamber musician, soloist, and in recital, receiving critical acclaim for, “beautifully wrought,” “dazzling,” and “soulful” performances. Mr. Wang is Professor of Cello at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
British cellist Alison Wells is on the cello and faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was a founding member of the British-based Pirasti Trio, whose performances have been described as "absolutely incandescent" (The Strad) and "eloquent, unfailingly stylish" (Gramophone).
Brooks Whitehouse has performed and taught chamber music throughout the US and abroad, holding Artists-in-Residence positions at SUNY Stony Brook, the Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, the University of Virginia, as a member of The Guild Trio, and The Tanglewood Music Center.
Violinist Sandy Yamamoto has dazzled audiences in concert performances around the globe for the past three decades as a soloist and as a member of the Miró Quartet. Since leaving the Quartet in 2011, she has been appointed Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
Won-Bin Yim is Associate Professor of Violin at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, which has awarded him the Glover Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served on the violin faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Juilliard Pre-College Division, as assistant to Dorothy Delay in the Juilliard College Division, and as dean and faculty member at the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in Korea.