Strings
Kim Kashkashian - Violist Kim Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. She has extensively enlarged the repertoire for the viola through her intense and continuous work with such composers as Gubaidulina, Kancheli, Kurtag, Mansurian and Penderecki. Each season includes several much-anticipated duo concerts with Robert Levin. During the 2002-2003 season she performed with RAI Turino, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. She has recorded widely on the ECM label and teaches viola and chamber music at Bostonís New England Conservatory.

Sergiu Luca, violinSergiu Luca - An early exponent of period tunings, bows, instruments and practices, Sergiu Luca is equally at home in modern and early music. His debut came as a soloist at the age of nine with the Haifa Symphony, and moved quickly into a career that has spanned the globe. His American debut came in 1965 under Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic, and he has since played with many major American orchestras, including the Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston and Baltimore symphonies. Mr. Luca has a long-standing relationship with composer-performer William Bolcom, culminating in an early 1999 Carnegie Hall celebration of Mr. Bolcom featuring Mr. Luca. He is the founder of Chamber Music Northwest, the Cascade Head Festival and Da Camera in Houston.  His ensemble, Context, released three CDs in early 2003, featuring the works on original instruments of Robert Schumann and Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia.  http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~musi

 

Tai Murray - Now 23, Tai Murray has burst on the scene with an energy and artistry that spans rarely-heard concerti to a broad array of chamber music. Recent seasons have included appearances with the orchestras of Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Dallas, Charlotte, Oakland, Sacramento and others throughout North America. She was invited to perform the DvořŠk Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in August 2005 in Berlin. She has toured three times with the Musicians from Marlboro, is in her second year as a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II and performs regularly with the Ritz Chamber Players. Her 2005Ė06 recital appearances include New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Louisville.

  

Thomas Riebl, violaThomas Riebl - Mr. Riebl won the 1982 Naumburg Viola Competition and has enjoyed performing remarkable concerts in America since that time. Heís performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony, and recitals at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), the Library of Congress and Stanford University. Other major concerts included the premiere of Gunther Schullerís Viola Concerto with the New Orleans Philharmonic, and performances with the Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio and Berlin Symphony orchestras, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Mr. Riebl was a member of the Franz Schubert Quartet and continues to tour with the Vienna String Sextet. He currently serves as Professor at the University Mozart Salzburg and has offered masterclasses around the world.

 

Nathaniel Rosen, celloNathaniel Rosen - Mr. Rosen achieved international stardom as the first American cellist to win a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, shortly after winning the coveted Naumburg Competition in 1977. Since then, he has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Czech philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philadelphia, Minnesota and Dresden State orchestras, and the London, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston and Vancouver symphonies. Mr. Rosen began cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld and continued with Gregor Piatigorsky. He has recorded several discs on the John Marks label, and teaches at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Meadows School at Southern Methodist University. He plays a 1738 Montagnana cello.

 

Axel Strauss, violinAxel Strauss - A young rising star, who was the first German artist ever to win the Naumburg Violin Award in 1998, and in the seasons since has performed throughout North America as recitalist and soloist with orchestras. His concerto appearances have taken him to Germany, Japan, China, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Strauss is frequently invited by music festivals in the States and abroad, including the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, International Music Festival of Saga in Japan, and the Kammermusiktage Mettlach in Germany. Mr. Strauss performs on an outstanding violin by J.F. Pressenda, Turin 1845, on extended loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago. In 2001 he joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory http://www.axelstrauss.com

 

Tsuyoshi Tsutumi, celloTsuyoshi Tsutsumi - Mr. Tsutsumi won the 1963 International Casals Competition in Budapest and has performed with Japanís leading orchestras (including his debut with Tokyo Philharmonic at age 12) in addition to renowned orchestras such as the ORTF, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam, Munich and Warsaw philharmonics and the Chicago, Indianapolis and Vancouver symphonies. He has premiered works by Miyoshi and Toru Takemitsu, toured the USSR, and appeared with Seiji Ozawa and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra at the United Nations, a concert that was telecast worldwide.  Mr. Tsutsumi teaches at Indiana University.
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