Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today, on the cover of Clavier Magazine, and his recordings are streamed worldwide.
Acclaimed by critics worldwide for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, 23-year-old American violinist Chad Hoopes has been appearing with numerous ensembles throughout the world since he won the first prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
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.
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.
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.
Violaine Melançon is the founding violinist of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, which has established itself as one of the leading piano trios in the world.