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.
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 was on the faculty at the University of Boulder from 2008-2015, and 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. He also held artist residencies at the University of Chicago, Longy School of Music, and Northwestern University. (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.
Dynamic and versatile violist Sheila Browne has concertized in many of the world's major halls as soloist, chamber musician, and as principal of several orchestras, including the Juilliard, Mainz, Freiburg, German-French, and Madrid's Queen Sofia chamber orchestras, the Kiev Philharmonic and the New World Symphony.
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)
Pianist Hiromi Fukuda performs extensively across the United States and her native Japan. A former collaborative piano faculty member at the Music Academy of The West, Ms. Fukuda is currently an Instructor of Piano at Amherst College and staff pianist at Juilliard. Ms. Fukuda holds BM and MM in solo piano from the Tokyo College of Music and MM and DMA in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School.
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.
Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his intensely expressive music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. Following his Kennedy Center debut, The Washington Post proclaimed: “Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career.”
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.
Chin Kim, international soloist and pedagogue, is top and high prizewinner at the Concours International Musique de Montréal, Queen Elisabeth Competition, Paganini Competition and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He was soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Czech Philharmonic, and all major orchestras in South and North Korea. He is on the violin faculty at Mannes College of Music, Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center for doctoral studies, and Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Cellist Sarah Kim leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator and arts advocate. As a solo artist and chamber musician, she has performed across the U.S. and Europe in both the classical and alternative genres. A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Kim’s primary studies have been with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Steve Doane and Peter Howard. She holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University.
I-Hao Lee has performed extensively throughout the United States, Taiwan and Japan, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He is currently on the violin faculty at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. Born in Yilan, Taiwan, I-Hao Lee received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. His major teachers include Hyo Kang and Dorothy DeLay.
Irina Muresanu earned a B.M. from the Music Academy in Bucharest and a M.M. from the University of Illinois. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory (NEC). Muresanu is a top-prizewinner in the Montreal International Violin Competition, the Washington International Competition, the Queen Elizabeth Competition, the Schadt String Competition and theUNISA International String Competition, and she was awarded the Pro Musicis International Award.
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.
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.
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 University of Denver Lamont School of Music, the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York, and the Green Valley Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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.
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.