Nathan Cole, violin First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music.

While in Chicago, Nathan taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.

Nathan is on the faculties of the Colburn Community School for Performing Arts and Azusa Pacific University, as well as an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks.


Pianist Alessio Bax’s quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility create “a ravishing listening experience,” with playing that “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), leading to what Dallas Morning News calls “an out-of-body experience.” First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle. Read more at


Burchard Tang, viola, began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 3 and at 16 switched to viola, studying with Choong-Jin Chang, principal viola of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He continued his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, former principal violist of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduation, he was appointed to the viola section of The Philadelphia Orchestra, with which he has appeared as soloist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Tang has appeared at many of the country’s top festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Seattle, and Caramoor. He is a founding member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. He has soloed with theTempleUniversity, and Temple University Music Prep Orchestras. He is currently on faculty at Temple Music Prep, where he teaches viola and chamber music.


AKIKO TARUMOTO, violin, began her violin studies at age five. Her principal teachers have been Masao Kawasaki, Dorothy DeLay, and Glenn Dicterow. A native of Eastchester, New York, Tarumoto studied at the preparatory division of the Juilliard School and received her Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature with honors from Harvard University in 1998. In 2000 she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and won a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 2004 she was appointed to the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, she performed on the Rush Hour and Chicago Symphony chamber series, at the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Northwestern University, and on the MusicNOW contemporary series.

Tarumoto returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the fall of 2011 as a member of the second violin section and was recently appointed to fifth chair of the first violin section. She is a frequent performer in the LA Phil’s Chamber Music and Green Umbrella series and has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra. She has been heard on the radio stations WFMT in Chicago and KROQ in Los Angeles. Tarumoto has participated in the summer festivals of Aspen, Taos, and Spoleto, Italy. She has also appeared at the Mimir Festival in Fort Worth, Texas, and at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington in Kentucky.


Priscilla Lee, cello, is a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. She began studying at the age of five and made her solo debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A native of California, she studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and in 1998 went on to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with David Soyer. In 2005 she received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy.

Ms. Lee has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, Delaware, St. Denis (Paris), Kingston, Lexington, and Taos. She was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two from 2006 to 2009. She was a founding member of Trio Cavatina, a piano trio that won the Grand Prize at the 2009 Naumburg International Competition. The Trio made its debut at the New School and Merkin Hall’s Rising Star Series, along with Boston’s famed Jordan Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Lee was the principal cello of both Opera Philadelphia (2014-16) and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (2015-16). She resides in Newtown Square, PA, with her husband, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Burchard Tang, and their two daughters.

WindSync, Ensemble-in-Residence. The Festival welcomes back the amazing WindSync as Ensemble-in-Residence. Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has distinguished itself among classical music ensembles as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The young, energetic group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building connections with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. WindSync was the Gold Medal winner of the Senior Wind Division at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. 


Check back soon for announcements of the 2017 Composer-in-Residence and Guest Artists!


Avner Dorman, Saykaly-Garbulinska Composer-in-ResidenceAvner Dorman writes music of intricate craftsmanship and rigorous technique, expressed with a soulful and singular voice.  Many of his compositions have become contemporary staples in the repertoire. Regularly performed by the world’s finest orchestras, conductors, and soloists his work has been championed by conductors including Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, and Andris Nelsons.
Dorman’s music has garnered numerous awards and prizes. At the age of 25, he became the youngest composer to win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's Award for his Ellef Symphony. He has earned several international awards from ASCAP, ACUM and the Asian Composers League. Dorman is an active conductor, and he is the current music director of City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. He holds a doctorate in composition from the Juilliard School and serves as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.


Jason Vieaux, Classical Guitar. This year, the Festival is excited to have world-famous guitarist Jason Vieaux as the inaugural David P. Reynolds Visiting Artist. Called “the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” by NPR, Mr. Vieaux’s solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. He has also performed as concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, and Buffalo. Mr. Vieaux’s 2014 album “Play” was awarded a 2015 Grammy award for best classical instrumental solo album. 


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