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.
Violinist Peter Zazofsky has enjoyed a career as soloist, chamber musician and educator that spans twenty years and thirty countries on five continents. He has performed with many of the great orchestras in the US and Europe, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with maestros such as Tennstedt, Ozawa, Ormandy, Kurt Sanderling and Charles Dutoit. As a recitalist, Mr. Zazofsky has given innovative programs in Carnegie Hall, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He also tours the world's music centers as first violinist of the Muir String Quartet.
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.”
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)
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.
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.
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.
Violinist I-Hao Lee’s active teaching career has culminated in notable achievements by his students, who have won top prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Young Concert Artists, Sarasate, Sion-Valais, Cooper, Postacchini International Competitions, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and performances with major orchestras such as the Boston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra.
(on leave for 2018 season)
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.
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.