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.
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 alessiobax.com.
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.
2017 GUEST ARTISTS
Matt Ulery, Composer-in-Residence
Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader, Matt Ulery, has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music, from small, diverse chamber ensembles to full orchestras, is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk– specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He has been performing for 20 years on upright, electric, and brass basses.
For a decade, Ulery has been the leader of his own groups and frequent collaborator. Ulery has produced and released 7 critically acclaimed albums of all original music under his name including his most recent double album, "Festival," on his label, Woolgathering Records.
Ulery earned a Master of Music degree at Depaul University and Bachelors degree in music composition at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock, Jimmy Chamberlin, Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill and countless others. As a composer, Ulery has collaborated with ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird, New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Wild Belle.
When not touring parts of the U.S. and Europe, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago area music venues and has performed with his own groups at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and countless other fine music listening rooms. In addition to performing, recording, and writing, Ulery is on faculty at Loyola University Chicago and gives masterclasses and clinics nationwide.
Zach Brock, Artist-in-Residence
“I called the great French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and I said ‘So, who’s the new cat? Who’s got the stuff? And he said Zach Brock.” – Stanley Clarke
Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock's music draws on traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. His six solo recordings, as well as collaborations with Snarky Puppy, Stanley Clarke, Phil Markowitz, and Matt Ulery, prompted Downbeat Magazine to name him it's "Rising Star" violinist of 2013. A native of Lexington, KY, Brock grew up performing classical, folk, and jazz music with his family. He studied violin at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with Dr. Myron Kartman and stayed in Chicago to work extensively in the city's creative music scene for over ten years. Since moving to New York City in 2005 Brock has performed at Carnegie Hall with his first band, The Coffee Achievers, served as a musical ambassador to the Solomon Islands for the U.S. Department of State, and is currently an “Artist In Residence” at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA.
2016 GUEST ARTISTS
Avner Dorman, Saykaly-Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence. Avner 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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