2022 Artist Faculty

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.

Violist Ann Marie Brink has performed in solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, Library of Congress, Severance Hall, Rockport Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chamber Music Chicago, and the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, and has been a featured soloist with the Dallas Symphony.  An avid chamber musician, Ms.

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.

New York City-based cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a leading performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire in premiere venues such as Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Barbican Centre.

A top prizewinner of the International Paganini Competition in Genoa Italy, violinist Lynn Chang has enjoyed an active and versatile international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator for over thirty years.

American violist Caroline Coade is a passionate educator who was named Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) in 2016. A San Diego native, Ms. Coade began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and switched to the viola at age 14. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (MI) and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Karen Tuttle, Joyce Robbins, Jeffrey Irvine, David Takeno, David Holland, and Eugene Becker.

Alexander Croxton is currently a faculty member at the Mannes School of Music Pre-College, Special Music School and The School for Strings. Mr. Croton has taught at workshops and institutes in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington D.C, Maryland, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts and Georgia.

Timothy Deighton is professor of viola at Penn State, where he teaches viola, chamber music, viola literature and pedagogy, orchestral excerpts classes, and directs the Penn State Viola Ensemble.

Ms. dePasquale is a member of the violin faculty at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School Pre-College Program. Additionally, she is a member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute, where she also serves as Director of their Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.

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.

Pianist Hiromi Fukuda performs extensively across the US and her native Japan. Her recent appearances include performances at the Highland Center and Dibden Center in Vermont, Hyde Hall at Glimmerglass, Music Academy of The West, Five College New Music Festival, Ongaku-no-tomo Hall in Tokyo, and Lincoln Center in New York City.

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.

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, and the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam. 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.

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 Christine Lamprea has performed with orchestras such as Costa Rica National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Symphony of Michoacan, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S. As a recitalist, Ms. Lamprea has appeared on prestigious series at Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. In demand as a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and has performed with such musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc.

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. Since 1990 he has served on the faculty of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, violinist Violaine Melançon is Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She was a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory until 2019 and was for thirty years the founding violinist of the Peabody Trio which was ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Conservatory from 1987 to 2016.

Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Roger Myers enjoys an impressive record of performing and teaching both here and abroad. He has traveled widely presenting critically acclaimed concerts and master classes in countries on four continents including Austria, Norway, Scotland, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.

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.

Nelson Padgett enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist and collaborator. He has appeared with the Houston, National, and North Carolina Symphonies, and his many awards include a silver medal at the William Kapell International Competition and a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. A former student of Leon Fleisher, he has toured the world with the Philip Glass ensemble for over 30 years, and has given recitals with such renowned violinists as Pamela Frank and Elmar Oliveira. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Padgett has lived in New York City since 1987.

Steven Pologe has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Sweden, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and New Zealand.

Cellist Rhonda Rider is a member of the acclaimed trio Triple Helix, and for twenty-two years was a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and adjudicated at Fischoff, Stulberg and Concert Artists Guild Competitions. Rider is Chair of Strings at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

A committed teacher and mentor, Gregory Sauer is associate professor of music at Florida State University in 2006. He taught eleven years at the University of Oklahoma, and was named Presidential Professor in 2005. Sauer holds the positions of principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony and assistant principal of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served nine seasons as principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she serves as Director of Chamber Music and a member of the violin faculty at the Yale School of Music, also maintaining a private studio.

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.

Renee Skerik serves as Instructor of Viola and Chamber Music, and Chair of Strings at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. She performs regularly with her string colleagues, Tina Xu, Ara Sarkissian and Patrick Owen, in the Interlochen String Quartet and serves as Principal Violist of the Traverse City Symphony.

James Stern is a multi-faceted musician whose violin playing has been heard worldwide and cited by the Washington Post for “virtuosity and penetrating intelligence.” He has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff and Bowdoin festivals as well as at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Well-known to Washington, DC audiences, he has performed as a member of VERGE ensemble, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Axelrod Quartet, at such venues as the Corcoran Gallery, the German and French Embassies, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, Strathmore Mansion, and the White House.

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.

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.

An eclectic musician, pianist Brian Suits appears on the concert stage primarily as collaborative artist and chamber musician. He is a skilled improviser as well, and feels at home in a variety of styles. Suits is also an occasional composer and arranger.

 

Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her exquisite tone and impassioned, bravura performances. She has conducted masterclasses at conservatories throughout the country, including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, Harvard University and the Juilliard School. In 2010, she was appointed Associate Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

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.

Cellist Emily Taubl has been called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” (Hartford Courant), and her playing has been described as “sheer poetry” (Rutland Herald).She currently serves as the Principal Cellist of the Springfield Symphony (MA), on the faculty of the University of Vermont, and maintains a busy schedule of solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances.

A Tennessee native, violinist Shannon Thomas has garnered a reputation for exciting, thoughtful performances as a chamber musician, soloist, and in recital throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent performing engagements have taken her to the Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, Bolivia’s Centro Sinfonico in La Paz, and the Banff Centre where she has collaborated with distinguished artists such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, David Halen, Richard King, Wendy Chen, Anita Pontremoli, and Midori.

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 1997 violist Lembi Veskimets was appointed to the Cleveland Orchestra, an orchestra long considered among the handful of the world's greatest symphonic ensembles.

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.

Cellist Alice Yoo has been warmly hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to teaching. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.