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. As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Innsbrook Summer Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, ENCORE School for Strings, Aspen Music Festival, Stony Brook University, the International Clarinet Association National Conference (Belgium), International Trumpet Guild, Northwestern University, Brancaleoni International Music Festival (Italy), and with the Bryant Park Chamber Players in New York City. Shannon has recorded for the Blue Griffin Records, and her CD celebrating the music of women composers Lera Auerbach, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Jennifer Higdon was released in 2018. Shannon Thomas currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin at Florida State University and previously served on the faculties of University of Southern Mississippi, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division, and Interlochen.
Cellist Alice Yoo has been 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 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, DC. Top prize winner several competitions including the Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, and Klein International String Competition, her solo appearances with orchestra include the USC Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Billings Symphony, and the Bozeman Symphony. As chamber musician, she has performed with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Kim Kashkashian, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Takacs, and Juilliard Quartets. Festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, Caramoor and VIVO Music Festival. Alice Yoo is on the chamber music faculty at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and was the guest cello faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder during the 2018-2019 school year.
Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by the New York Times, Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He has given recitals at the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC, Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, The Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, the and the Beijing Concert Hall in China. As soloist, he has performed concerti with the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Mr. Zalkind has participated in numerous music festivals including Marlboro and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours, Music from Angel Fire, Olympic Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Twickenham Festival, and Ravinia’s “Steans Institute.” As a former member of the acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured internationally with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Mr. Zalkind was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition and Korea’s Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition. He is the cello professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.