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2013-2014 ARTISTS

 

Peter Stickel, Violin

 

Peter Stickel co-founded the New England String Orchestra and became its executive director in 1994. Most recently, he has performed in theater orchestras at Boston's Lyric Stage, New Repertory Theatre, and Emerson Stage. He is the violinist for New England Tenors and a member of Symphony by the Sea. He also presents and performs for Presto Music and for his own concert series, Standing Room Only, based in Wakefield, MA.

Peter is also a Structural Integrator, having received certification by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a member in good standing of the International Association of Structural Integrators. Peter graduated from the American Institute of Natural Health in 1978 and from the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular Integration in 1979. In 1986 he received the Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health from Leslie University. Prior to this he earned degrees in psychology and music from Bucknell University.

Peter's hobbies include training to compete in masters track and field as a triple jumper. Twice he was the Eastern Masters Champion and has won All American honors from USA Track and Field. 

 

Yelena Beriyeva, Piano

Yelena Beriyeva was born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and since her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at the age of 5, she has performed regularly as a recitalist, a chamber musician and a soloist with orchestras in Rep. of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada, and the United States along with winning a number of local and international piano competitions.

Ms. Beriyeva received her early education at the Special Gymnasium in Tbilisi where students are chosen for their unusual musical talents, as well as in one of the central schools of general education in the city. While maintaining an A+ in the field of general education, she also performed on the stages of Tbilisi’s major concert halls. Her performances were broadcasted on national Radio and Television. After graduating from the Special Gymnasium at the age of 16, she then entered Tbilisi's State Conservatory as a student of Tengiz Amirejibi, a distinguished artist and piano professor, and completed her undergraduate study.

In May of 2002, Ms. Beriyeva immigrated to the United States and completed two additional years of undergraduate study at the University of Arizona. She then entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she received her Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of professor Alexander Korsantia to whom she served as a teaching assistant. During those years, Ms. Beriyeva was a fellow of the New England Conservatory Community Performance and Partnership Program, as well as the recipient of the Nanna Rose Endowed Scholarship.

Her recent performances include an appearance in Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory where she performed works of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bartok, Berg and others. Most recently, Ms. Beriyeva has been featured in "Sundays with Liz Walker" at WBZ TV Cannel 4, on WGBH radio while being aired with pianist Alexander Korsantia as piano duo partners, as a guest artist at the prestigious Great Romantics Festival of Canada in collaboration with Celebrity Concert Series at the McMaster University, as well as a guest artist in "Sundays Live" of Los Angeles, CA series of concerts in collaboration with LACMA and KCSN 88.5 FM while being broadcasted live online worldwide.

 

 

Diana Golden, Cello and Artistic Director

A passionate performer, teacher and avid chamber musician, cellist Diana Golden is the founder and artistic director of the Firebrand Concerts Series and chamber ensemble in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Malden (MA). Diana has participated in chamber music festivals including the Manchester Music Festival (Faculty and Guest Artist Series) and Killington in Vermont, Musicorda, and the Italian summer music festivals Zephyr and Musica Lozzo. An active freelance musician, Diana has performed with numerous ensembles throughout New England and New York State including Symphony by the Sea, Dartmouth Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, Waltham Philharmonic, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. In September 2011, Diana was one of a select few to perform the original version for solo cello of Meira Warshauer’s In Memoriam September 11 in Lincoln, MA as part of a global memorial and acknowledgement of the tragic loss from the attacks in September 2001. During the summer Diana traveled to Jacmel, Haiti, where she volunteered by teaching cello for two weeks at the Ecole de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste.  

 

While in London, studying with Felix Schmidt and where she received her Master of Arts in Cello Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, Diana was a member of the Orion Symphony Orchestra, FeMusa Ensemble, Orchestra Europa (2008-2009 Fellow), and Ardente Opera. Diana has also received instruction from renowned artists including Bernard Greenhouse, Colin Carr, Fred Sherry, Steven Doane, Alan Harris, Matt Haimovitz, Philip Mueller, Sadao Harada, and the St. Petersburg Quartet.

 

Devoted to using music as a tool for social change and cultural diplomacy, Diana is a cello instructor for Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC), a music program for Boston’s Haitian community “dedicated to engaging at risk youth into the world of music” and the Newcomer’s Academy, a school serving new immigrants to Boston. Diana also teaches individual and group cello classes for the Belmont’s Saturday Morning Music Program and the Lincoln and Lexington after-school program and is on the cello faculty at Tufts University’s Community Music Program.

 

Diana holds Bachelor degrees in English Literature from Cornell University and Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where her primary studies were with Jean Michel Fonteneau and Mark Kosower.  Awards have included a John Baker Career Development Award, Sir Stapley Educational Trust Award, and an LRAM Licentiate of Teaching and Bursary Award from the Royal Academy of Music. Diana is a member of Chamber Music America and the Boston Musicians’ Association and writes articles for the American Federation of Musicians’ International Musician Magazine, Upbeat. 

 

Jean Danton, Soprano

 

 

Jean Danton’s artistry as both a singer and actress has led to acclaimed performances throughout the United States and Europe in opera, oratorio, recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. She has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society under Christopher Hogwood and John Finney, Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, Boston Baroque with Martin Pearlman and the Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart and Bruce Hangen.  Ms. Danton’s festival appearances include concerts with Carmel Bach Festival, Winter Park Bach Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, N.Y. Bach Aria Festival and Associazione Culturale – Storici Organi del Piemonte in Italy. Ms. Danton made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Masterwork Chorus and her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, in both instances performing Handel's Messiah.  Her numerous concert appearances include the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Boston Camerata, Masterworks Chorale, Brockton Symphony, Providence Singers, Heritage Chorale, Salisbury Singers and the North Carolina Symphony.

Ms. Danton's operatic performances include roles with Boston Baroque, Greater Buffalo Opera, Cambridge Opera, Brown Bag Opera and Cambridge Community Chorus.  Her roles range from Dido in Dido and Aeneas to Polly in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Craig Smith and the American Repertory Theatre) and Quiteria in the U.S. premiere of Don Quixote (Harry Ellis Dickson and the Boston Classical Orchestra).  She has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Theatre and the Boston Early Music Festival. She is often a soloist for Pops concerts and musical theatre appearing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, North Shore Music Theatre, American Classics, Hillyer Festival Orchestra and New England Light Opera.  Her versatility also extends to jazz including concerts of Paul Whiteman jazz with Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra at Indian Hill and with the Rusty Scott Quartet at the historic Mishler Theatre in PA.

An acclaimed recitalist, Ms. Danton has performed on the N.Y. Trinity Church Concert Series in N.Y.C. and the Twentieth Century Music Series at the N.Y. Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  She has performed at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Yale Center for British Art, Mount Auburn Concert Series and the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival.  She is a strong promoter of American music and has premiered works by Leonardo Ciampa, Sharon Davis, Carson Cooman, Thomas Stumpf, William Moylan and Delvyn Case.  Her recent collaborations include the world premieres of Dichterliebe in Four Seasons with poetry by Elizabeth Kirschner and Stations, an oratorio by Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Ms. Danton has several solo recordings on Albany Records and Newport Classic. She can also be heard as Jeanette MacDonald on the newly released recording of New England Light Opera’s world premiere production of Yes, Yes Jeanette!. Her television credits include the PBS documentaries The Nobel Legacy, Apollo 13-To the Edge and Back, American Experiences: Stephen Foster and Mary Megdalen for Lifetime. Ms. Danton is on the voice faculty at Boston College, New England Conservatory-Continuing Ed., Eastern Nazarene College and Salem State. 

 

2012-2013 ARTISTS

Jean Danton’s artistry as both a singer and actress has led to acclaimed performances throughout the United States and Europe in opera, oratorio, recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. She has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society under Christopher Hogwood and John Finney, Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, Boston Baroque with Martin Pearlman and the Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart and Bruce Hangen.  Ms. Danton’s festival appearances include concerts with Carmel Bach Festival, Winter Park Bach Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, N.Y. Bach Aria Festival and Associazione Culturale – Storici Organi del Piemonte in Italy. Ms. Danton made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Masterwork Chorus and her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, in both instances performing Handel's Messiah.  Her numerous concert appearances include the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Boston Camerata, Masterworks Chorale, Brockton Symphony, Providence Singers, Heritage Chorale, Salisbury Singers and the North Carolina Symphony.

Ms. Danton's operatic performances include roles with Boston Baroque, Greater Buffalo Opera, Cambridge Opera, Brown Bag Opera and Cambridge Community Chorus.  Her roles range from Dido in Dido and Aeneas to Polly in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Craig Smith and the American Repertory Theatre) and Quiteria in the U.S. premiere of Don Quixote (Harry Ellis Dickson and the Boston Classical Orchestra).  She has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Theatre and the Boston Early Music Festival. She is often a soloist for Pops concerts and musical theatre appearing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, North Shore Music Theatre, American Classics, Hillyer Festival Orchestra and New England Light Opera.  Her versatility also extends to jazz including concerts of Paul Whiteman jazz with Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra at Indian Hill and with the Rusty Scott Quartet at the historic Mishler Theatre in PA.

An acclaimed recitalist, Ms. Danton has performed on the N.Y. Trinity Church Concert Series in N.Y.C. and the Twentieth Century Music Series at the N.Y. Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  She has performed at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Yale Center for British Art, Mount Auburn Concert Series and the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival.  She is a strong promoter of American music and has premiered works by Leonardo Ciampa, Sharon Davis, Carson Cooman, Thomas Stumpf, William Moylan and Delvyn Case.  Her recent collaborations include the world premieres of Dichterliebe in Four Seasons with poetry by Elizabeth Kirschner and Stations, an oratorio by Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Ms. Danton has several solo recordings on Albany Records and Newport Classic. She can also be heard as Jeanette MacDonald on the newly released recording of New England Light Opera’s world premiere production of Yes, Yes Jeanette!. Her television credits include the PBS documentaries The Nobel Legacy, Apollo 13-To the Edge and Back, American Experiences: Stephen Foster and Mary Megdalen for Lifetime. Ms. Danton is on the voice faculty at Boston College, New England Conservatory-Continuing Ed., Eastern Nazarene College and Salem State. 

 

Peter Stickel, Violin

 

Peter Stickel co-founded the New England String Orchestra and became its executive director in 1994. Most recently, he has performed in theater orchestras at Boston's Lyric Stage, New Repertory Theatre, and Emerson Stage. He is the violinist for New England Tenors and a member of Symphony by the Sea. He also presents and performs for Presto Music and for his own concert series, Standing Room Only, based in Wakefield, MA.

Peter is also a Structural Integrator, having received certification by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a member in good standing of the International Association of Structural Integrators. Peter graduated from the American Institute of Natural Health in 1978 and from the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular Integration in 1979. In 1986 he received the Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health from Leslie University. Prior to this he earned degrees in psychology and music from Bucknell University.

Peter's hobbies include training to compete in masters track and field as a triple jumper. Twice he was the Eastern Masters Champion and has won All American honors from USA Track and Field. 

 

Yelena Beriyeva, Piano

 

Yelena Beriyeva was born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and since her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at the age of 5, she has performed regularly as a recitalist, a chamber musician and a soloist with orchestras in Rep. of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada, and the United States along with winning a number of local and international piano competitions.

Ms. Beriyeva received her early education at the Special Gymnasium in Tbilisi where students are chosen for their unusual musical talents, as well as in one of the central schools of general education in the city. While maintaining an A+ in the field of general education, she also performed on the stages of Tbilisi’s major concert halls. Her performances were broadcasted on national Radio and Television. After graduating from the Special Gymnasium at the age of 16, she then entered Tbilisi's State Conservatory as a student of Tengiz Amirejibi, a distinguished artist and piano professor, and completed her undergraduate study.

In May of 2002, Ms. Beriyeva immigrated to the United States and completed two additional years of undergraduate study at the University of Arizona. She then entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she received her Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of professor Alexander Korsantia to whom she served as a teaching assistant. During those years, Ms. Beriyeva was a fellow of the New England Conservatory Community Performance and Partnership Program, as well as the recipient of the Nanna Rose Endowed Scholarship.

Her recent performances include an appearance in Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory where she performed works of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bartok, Berg and others. Most recently, Ms. Beriyeva has been featured in "Sundays with Liz Walker" at WBZ TV Cannel 4, on WGBH radio while being aired with pianist Alexander Korsantia as piano duo partners, as a guest artist at the prestigious Great Romantics Festival of Canada in collaboration with Celebrity Concert Series at the McMaster University, as well as a guest artist in "Sundays Live" of Los Angeles, CA series of concerts in collaboration with LACMA and KCSN 88.5 FM while being broadcasted live online worldwide.

 

Lauren Nelson, Viola and Director of Outreach Programming

 

Violist Lauren Nelson believes that music has the power to reach everyone. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she was a regular participant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music where she learned how classical music can bring people from all walks of life together, and how specifically chamber music has the power to build communities. Nowadays, she’s building a career that combines performing, teaching and social action to make an impact on her community. A recent graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory (with a Graduate Diploma) she is making an impact teaching music to the children of the Haitian community of Hyde Park, MA.

Lauren’s performance career takes her through many musical environments, from Boston’s Jordan Hall, to New York’s Whitney Museum with the Wordless Music Ensemble, from Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center to Sculler’s Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. She is an active freelancer in and around the Boston area and is starting to get involved with local bands. Lauren’s early influences have manifested themselves in extensive work within the string quartet repertoire. While working on her Master’s Degree at the Music School of the University of Kentucky she was the violist in the Niles String Quartet. With this group she worked with the Juilliard String Quartet at their Intensive Quartet Seminar and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta Canada.

Lauren is also a committed educator and arts advocate. She is fully behind the El Sistema movement, and is currently a dedicated teacher at the Youth and Family Enrichment Services after school program in Hyde Park. Here she focuses on musical and personal development through peer-teaching and rigorous lessons and rehearsals.

She received her Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Roger Tapping, Deborah Lander, and John Graham, respectively. 

 

Oliver Caplan, Composer in Residence and Director of Contemporary Programming

With memorable melodies and colorful interplay, composer Oliver Caplan’s music expresses a deeply felt romanticism. His compositions capture the ephemeral: in his music, the geographies of people, places, and ideas intertwine to become tales of transformation. Balancing striking beauty and haunting fragility, Mr. Caplan’s portfolio includes works for a diverse range of instrumentations, from chamber ensembles to full orchestra and chorus.

Mr. Caplan’s 2012 debut album “Illuminations” is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.  He has been commissioned by theBronx Arts Ensemble, Columbia University Wind Ensemble, Washington & Jefferson College Wind Ensemble, Sinfonietta of Riverdale, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Lorelei Ensemble. Hia music has also been presented by the Cleveland Contemporary Players, Boston New Music Initiative, 11:11 Theatre Company, Nebraska Chamber Players and dance choreographers Mary Chris DeBelina and Susan Graham, among others. Chicago’s 5th House Ensemble awarded him the Grand Prize in its Young Composer Competition (2010). Other accolades include selection as a Finalist for the American Prize in Composition (2012), a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2011), and recognition by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with ASCAPLUS Awards for emerging artists (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

Mr. Caplan (b. 1982) was raised in the Bronx, New York. He studied Music and Geography at Dartmouth College (B.A. 2004) and Composition at the Boston Conservatory (M.M. 2006). His composition teachers include Dalit Warshaw, Dana Brayton and Charles Dodge. Mr. Caplan currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts. An avid hiker, he finds inspiration through time outdoors.

 

Margo McGowan, Clarinet

 

Margo McGowan is a member of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the National Lyric Opera Company. She performs frequently with Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera Company, and Boston Classical Orchestra. She is a member of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts woodwind quintet North Winds, as well as the Northeast Quintet based in Rhode Island. Ms. McGowan has also been a guest artist for the Newport Music Festival. She has performed and recorded with the Kalman Opperman Clarinet Choir for the Sony/BMG label. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Longy School of Music, Phillips Academy/Andover, Brandeis University, and Eastern Nazarene College.  

 

Jessica Lizak, Flute

Flutist Dr. Jessica Lizak has rapidly established herself as one of Boston's most versatile young flutists, with a style described as "poised, gorgeous, musical, and very sweet."  She is principal flute of the Atlantic Symphony, Marsh Chapel Collegium, and section flute of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and has been a concert soloist with each.  She also performs with Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, Back Bay Chorale, Cantata Singers Orchestra, Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra, Zamir Chorale, and Portland Symphony.  Nationally, she has played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and the Albany Symphony in New York.  She has been selected to perform as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (MA), Music Academy of the West (CA), Domaine Forget (Canada), and Interlochen (MI).  She was awarded top prizes in several competitions, including the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, Myrna Brown International Flute Competition, Bohemians Club of the Detroit Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a multiple winner of the Boston University Departmental Award for outstanding musical achievements.  She has been a soloist at both the National Flute Convention and the Greater Boston Flute Association's Flute Fair, and she has performed as a chamber musician on WGBH, WCRB, and WBUR.

Dr. Lizak has appeared in concert across the United States, Canada, and Israel, and her orchestral solos have been heard in the great halls such as Carnegie, Jordan, and Symphony Hall.  In 2008, she was invited as a guest artist to perform at Tanglewood, specifically for the monumental Festival of Contemporary Music dedicated to the works of Elliott Carter.  Her discography includes three commercial recordings available through the BSO website:  a live performance of the American premiere of Carter's opera What Next? conducted by James Levine, the first BSO release of live performances of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and a musical memento of Tanglewood's 2008 100th-birthday celebration of composer Elliott Carter.  She regularly records with BMOP, Boston’s premier orchestra for newly composed and experimental orchestral works.  In addition, she has recorded with recording artists Natalie Merchant and Tim Janis.  Jessica can be heard on Ms. Merchant’s latest CD release, Leave Your Sleep.

Dr. Lizak is also equally committed to education.  She has already completed the highest degrees in music performance, which also includes a Concentration in Music Education from NEC.  She holds vibrant studios with the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Lexington Fine Arts Department, and Winchester Music School, and has been on the artist faculty with the Boston Youth Symphony.  While at BU, she established the first Flute Assistantship position to maintain the flute studio, offer masterclasses, and offer lessons to non-majors.  She has previously taught at Atlantic Union College, David French Music Company, and Interlochen All-State program.  Her inspirational teachers have included Nina Barwell, Leone Buyse, Geralyn Coticone, Marianne Gedigian, Renee Krimsier, Elizabeth Ostling, Fenwick Smith, and Jeff Zook. 

 

Sarah Orlovsky, Soprano

With her warmth and sparkling coloratura, soprano Sarah K. Orlovsky brings emotion and authenticity to her interpretations of art song and opera.  A relatively new face on the Boston classical music scene, Ms. Orlovsky hails from Belleville, Illinois and recently received her graduate degree in vocal music performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.  Opera performances include the roles Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Vi (Blue Monday).  More recent appearances include performances in Crittenden Summer Opera Studio (Boston) and Longy School of Music Opera Workshop.  In addition to operatic repertoire, Ms. Orlovsky is an avid performer and interpreter of art song.  She has given several public recitals in the central Midwest and Boston area, and is currently preparing a series of recitals in the greater Boston area this fall.  Currently, Ms. Orlovsky is the soprano section leader and soloist at Sacred Heart Parish of Newton Centre, and provides vocal technique instruction as a member of the Boston-based chorus, Sharing a New Song.  Currently a student of Ms. Carol Mastrodomenico, Ms. Orlovsky looks forward to pursuing her fall recital schedule and teaching in the Boston area.  In addition to managing her growing voice studio, Ms. Orlovsky looks forward to pursuing solo opportunities in the New England-area as well as collaborating with her husband, tenor Justin Moore.

 

 

Leah Zelnick, Violin

Dr. Leah Zelnick, professional musician, chamber and orchestral player, and Suzuki-trained violin and piano teacher, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University (May ‘11), where she studied with Philip Setzer, Soovin Kim and Pamela Frank. She received her Master of Music degree in 2007 from Stony Brook, under Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, and Philip Setzer. Her Bachelor of Music degree ('05) is from Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil.

Leah has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles and soloed around the world, including Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany and Austria, England, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Denmark. One of her greatest honors was being chosen to perform for the Crown Prince and Princess and an audience of thousands at the Opening Ceremony for the 13th World Suzuki Convention in Matsumoto, Japan in 1999. Orchestral participation includes the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Salzau, Germany, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Viva-Vivaldi Orchestra in Washington D.C., and the National Youth Orchestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Leonard Slatkin. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for several summers and was awarded the Governor’s Scholarship for the state of Iowa in 1999.

An active performer of contemporary music, Leah has participated in New York and Manhattan premieres of several works, one dedicated and written for her by colleague Tyler Capp entitled “Rag-theka”. She seeks out modern music projects and has collaborated with many living composers, including Scott Wheeler, Joan Tower, and Flo Menezes among others.  Chamber music and individual masterclasses include members of the Emerson Quartet, Midori, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Tina Dahl, Eduardo Leandro, Kurt Muroki, Frank Morelli, Arthur Haas, and Kevin Cobb.

Leah remains dedicated to teaching and has currently almost completed full Suzuki method certification. Additionally, she was part of the Quartet-in-Residence at Allegheny College for the summers of 2002 and 2003, and the Quartet-in-Residence at the Upper Valley Music Festival in the summer of 2007 with teaching and performing tours of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Leah currently is on faculty at Pakachoag School of Greater Worcester in Auburn, MA as well as its new satellite in Shrewsbury, while maintaining a private studio and performing in and around the Boston area. 

 

 

Julia Hunter, Violin

Hailed "Outstanding" by The Boston Phoenix, Ms. Hunter has made her most recent performances on the international orchestral stage in Germany and Austria with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra under Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, as well as Sapporo, Osaka and Tokyo Japan as Principal Second Violinist of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, under Maestro Fabio Luisi. She has also performed in over 30 cities across the United States and Mexico with Star Wars In Concert Orchestra, and in Charleston, South Carolina with Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA. Ms. Hunter can be heard most frequently with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, whose recent collaborators have included the Mark Morris Dance Group, Russel Sherman, Spectrum Singers, and composer-conductor John Harbison. In three seasons at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007 through 2009, Ms. Hunter performed as concertmaster under M. Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos with pianist Emmanuel Ax, as concertmaster under James Levine in three brilliantly successful performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and under Levine for several other symphony, staged and concert-style opera performances with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Ms. Hunter has performed in and around Boston for many seasons as a member of the Boston Philharmonic, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble, Juventas Ensemble, and as Concertmaster of Orchestra Nova, formerly the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She also serves as a frequent casual with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas where she was recently offered a prestigious full-time fellowship. Ms. Hunter earned degrees in Violin Performance (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music) from New England Conservatory of Music, and performs on an 1806 Johannes Cuypers.

 

 

 

Lino Tanaka, Violin

Violinist Lino Tanaka, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, performed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sao Paulo, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance. He later came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory of Music from which he received a Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma in violin performance. Lino has enjoyed an extensive career as a violinist and is the prize-winner of Sao Paulo State Orchestra Soloist Competition, 1996 (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Orchestra of Experimental Repertoire Soloist Competition, 1989 (Sao Paulo, Brazil), as well as New Hampshire on the Arts Grant, 2002- participated as soloist on March 3, 2002 concert in Conway, NH. The net proceeds of the concert were shared equally by IMAI and the Conway Historical Society (for the benefit of the Salyards Museum of White Mountain Art). The concert was video taped and used as material for application for funding for the IMAI "Northward Bound" chamber music series. This series is a project which provides under-served communities in Northern New Hampshire with chamber music concerts in three different towns throughout the month of July.

 

His solo appearances have included Hingham Symphony Chamber Players 2006, Accord Chamber Players 2005 , Boston, MA; International Music Arts Chamber Orchestra, Maine and N.H. 2000, 2002; Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, 1996; Experimental Repertoire Symphony Orchestra, 1989; Prados Festival Chamber Orchestra ,1989.

Lino Tanaka has also been a participant in numerous music festivals such as: International Music Arts Institute (Maine), Tibor Varga Festival (Switzerland), Londrina Music Festival (Brazil), Prados Festival (Brazil) and the Vulcan Festival (Brazil).

He is currently member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and performs with several other orchestras in the New England area.

 

 

 

Abby Swidler, Violin

 

Violinist, educator, and multi-instrumentalist, Abby Swidler is currently pursuing her Masters degree at the New England Conservatory. Originally from Missoula, MT, Abby graduated in 2011 from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the studio of Professor Charles Castleman, and a Certificate in World Music.

 

Abby has played as concertmaster and principal for the Eastman Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and the Montana All State Symphony. She has attended music festivals such as Music Academy of the West, The Quartet Program, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival. She has received high honors from the Stringed Orchestra of the Rockies, Montana Symphony Association, and Northwest Teacher’s Association’s young artist competitions.

 

In the fall of 2008, Abby recorded Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s composition “NiñoPolilla” for ‘Bridge Records.’ In 2010, Abby toured with the Eastman’s contemporary music ensemble “Eastman BroadBand” performing in the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. Recent performance highlights include performing with the California Guitar Trio at The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) and Regattabar (Cambridge, MA), and singing with The Bitchin’ Kitchen soul band opening for John Legend (Rochester, NY).

 

An active educator, Abby has taught violin, viola, and chamber music through the Eastman Pathways Program, Belvoir Terrace Arts School, and Youth and Family Enrichment Services. In spring of 2012, Abby adjudicated the Missoula String Teacher’s Association spring competition. Abby enjoys playing and singing classical, rock, soul, and folk music and was a finalist in the 2011 BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Contest.

 

 

 

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Arie Yaacobi, Violin

 

 

 

An Israeli born violinist and violist, Arie Yaacobi is an active performer and teacher in the Boston area. Mr. Yaacobi currently serves as the concertmaster of the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra inBoston. He has previously served as a concertmaster of the Boston Opera Company under the direction of the late Sarah Caldwell. During his tenure on the faculty of the Michigan Technological University, Mr. Yaacobi performed extensively as a soloist with the Superior String Alliance Symphony Orchestra, String on the Bay Festival Orchestra, and the Keewenaw Symphony Orchestra. He was an assistant director of the Collegium Musicum at the University of Connecticut. In addition, he has premiered new contemporary music including Andy Hurlbut's Romance for Violin and Orchestra, which he performed with the New England Conservatory Symphony orchestra. Mr Yaacobi studied with Dorothy DeLay and Paul Cantor in the US and with Ilona Feher, Yair Kless, and Vali Blutner. He holds a Master's Degree from New England Conservatory and Bachelor of Music and Artist Degrees from Tel-Aviv University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Vavilov, Viola

 

Violist Alexander Vavilov is a recognized soloist, chamber music and orchestra player in the greater Boston area. In addition to performing in venues such as Jordan Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall,and Carnegie Hall in New York City, he has had the honor of collaborating in a chamber music setting with outstanding artists as the Borromeo Quartet, James Buswell, Barbara Westphal, Ronald Leonard, Rhonda Rider, and Lynn Chang. 

 

Alexander is a principal of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Boston Ballet, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Xanthos, Marsh Chapel Collegium, Indian Hill Symphony, Plymouth Symphony—as associate principal, Worcester Collegium, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician and soloist, he appears regularly in various concert series and enjoys performing in duet with his wife, pianist Olga Talroze.

 

A veteran of many competitions, Alexander is a winner of the Spring 2006 Boston Conservatory String Honors Competition and the Chamber Honors Competition in both spring and fall of that same year.  He is a First Prize winner of the 2003 Massachusetts ASTA (American String Teacher Association) Players Competition and a finalist in a 2004 ASTA national competition. He is also winner of the 2009 Borromeo Guest Artist Award and finalist in the 2007 Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Other achievements include Diplomas in the Ukrainian National Viola Competition in Lviv and the New Names of Ukraine Competition in Kiev.

 

Alexander has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Meadowmount Summer School of Music, Bowdoin Summer Music Camp, in addition to the Triple Helix Chamber Workshop, and the Lydian String Quartet’s summer workshop. 

 

As a teacher, Alexander enjoyed teaching and coaching chamber music as well as performing in faculty concerts at the Point Counterpoint Music Camp during the summers of 2008-2010. He is a faculty member at Indian Hill Music School and Winchester Community Music School.

 

Originally from Ukraine, Alexander earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory where he studied with former BSO Associate Principal Patricia McCarty. He received his Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory where he was student of renowned viola soloist Kim Kashkashian.

 

 

 

Nina Bishop Nunn, Violin

Nina graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, the premier performing arts boarding school in the US, at the age of seventeen and subsequently attended the University of North Texas. Music festivals include Interlochen Arts Camp, Wethersfield Music Festival, Academie d'Ete de Nice, International School of Musical Arts, Manchester Music Festival and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Nina has studied with Michele Auclair, Roland and Almita Vemos, Atis Bankas, Danwen Jiang, Ben Holland at the Royal Northern School of Music in England, Cynthia Roberts (Baroque violin) and Julia Bushkova at the University of North Texas. Her graduate studies were with Dana Mazurkevich and members of the Muir Quartet at Boston University. Notable concerts include performances with Sir David Wilcox, Graeme Jenkins, the Eroica Trio, Kanye West's Touch the Sky tour, the Boston Early Music Festival and a nationally televised broadcast with Sheryl Crow. Regional groups include New Bedford Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Plymouth Philharmonic, The Samuel Felsted Project, Marsh Chapel Collegium and the new Baroque orchestra of Boston, L'Academie. In addition to her private studio, Nina teaches at Musical Arts of Exeter, NH and Apple Tree Arts in Grafton, MA. Nina founded Atlantic Strings in 2003.

 

 

Christopher Nunn, Viola

Chris Nunn, a native of Lichfield, England began studying viola at age eight. He earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Leeds in England and his graduate degree from the University of North Texas. Chris has performed in Masterclasses with David Douglass, Donald McInnes and Marilyn McDonald. He has additionally received full scholarships to attend the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. While attending UNT, Chris held the position of principal violist with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, co-principal of the UNT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and he performed regularly with the Abilene Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Richardson Symphony. Chris has participated in orchestral tours of England, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Chris is currently co-principal viola of Early Music New York. Prominent concerts include performances with Graeme Jenkins, Mark O'Connor, Sheryl Crow, Marco-Antonio Solis, Concert Royal and the Boston Early Music Festival. Chris performs regularly with New Bedford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Marsh Chapel Collegium, Apollo's Fire/Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and L'Academie. An avid chamber musician, Chris has received coaching from the Muir String Quartet, George Papich, Danwen Jiang and Jaime Laredo. Principal teachers include Roger Bigley, Susan Dubois and Cynthia Roberts (Baroque viola).

 

Daniel Broniatowski, Violin

Violinist Daniel Broniatowski is the artistic director of Maestro Musicians, a local agency that provides elegant music for all occasions. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from Boston University, a Master of Music degree from Royal College of Music (London), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Dr. Broniatowski has performed in many venues around the world, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has also soloed with the Philharmonia Czestochowa in Poland. As an avid chamber musician, Daniel Broniatowski has performed in music festivals in Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Maine, and Ontario.

 

Synthia Sture, Piano

Pianist Synthia Sture has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, France, Germany, South Korea, Japan and the former Soviet Union. In 2002 she and clarinetist Todd Brunel premiered a work by composer Vuk Kulenovich to critical acclaim. The Boston Globe wrote about this performance, mentioning a “tremendous virtuosity and heart”. Born in Riga, Latvia, Ms. Sture received a Bachelors of Music degree from the Latvian Music Academy, studied at the University of Georgia with Evgeny Rivkin and received a Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music where she studied with Wayman Chin and Peter Cassino. Currently Ms. Sture is completing her Doctoral studies at Boston University under the guidance of Shiela Kibbe. As a collaborative artist, Ms. Sture has appeared in recitals with Levon Ambarcumian and Rasma Lielmane; she is a member of the JYUGOYA contemporary music ensemble. Ms. Sture serves on faculty at the Sharon Music Academy in Sharon, Massachusetts.

 

Kay Rooney-Matthews, Violin

Kay Rooney-Matthews performs with several ensembles in Boston and the New England area, including Marsh Chapel Collegium, New Bedford Symphony, Gordon Symphony Orchestra, and Atlantic Strings. She serves as concertmaster for Parkway Concert Orchestra in Norwood, MA. Ms. Rooney-Matthews has toured with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, based in New York City. She also lived in Brazil, performing with the Amazonas Filharmonic and participated in the Festival Amazonas de Opera XII in Manaus. She has attended Killington Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Music Festival, and Illuminations, an outreach music festival on the outer banks of North Carolina. Ms. Rooney-Matthews is a sought-after string teacher and coach. She is a founding member of BASIC’S Music is Instrumental, an after-school program created to bring music education to Cranston, RI. She teaches at MusicalArts in Exeter, NH and the Chung Wah Academy of Music in Boston, and has private studios in Billerica, Dartmouth, and Boston. Ms. Rooney-Matthews received her Performance Diploma and her Master’s degree in violin performance from Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes of Triple Helix Trio and the Muir String Quartet. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with renowned pedagogue, Kevin Lawrence, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet.

 

Diana Golden, Cello and Artistic Director

A passionate performer, teacher and avid chamber musician, cellist Diana Golden is the founder and artistic director of the Firebrand Concerts Series and chamber ensemble in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Malden (MA). Diana has participated in chamber music festivals including the Manchester Music Festival (Faculty and Guest Artist Series) and Killington in Vermont, Musicorda, and the Italian summer music festivals Zephyr and Musica Lozzo. An active freelance musician, Diana has performed with numerous ensembles throughout New England and New York State including Symphony by the Sea, Dartmouth Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, Waltham Philharmonic, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. In September 2011, Diana was one of a select few to perform the original version for solo cello of Meira Warshauer’s In Memoriam September 11 in Lincoln, MA as part of a global memorial and acknowledgement of the tragic loss from the attacks in September 2001. During the summer Diana traveled to Jacmel, Haiti, where she volunteered by teaching cello for two weeks at the Ecole de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste.  

 

 

While in London, studying with Felix Schmidt and where she received her Master of Arts in Cello Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, Diana was a member of the Orion Symphony Orchestra, FeMusa Ensemble, Orchestra Europa (2008-2009 Fellow), and Ardente Opera. Diana has also received instruction from renowned artists including Bernard Greenhouse, Colin Carr, Fred Sherry, Steven Doane, Alan Harris, Matt Haimovitz, Philip Mueller, Sadao Harada, and the St. Petersburg Quartet.

 

 

Devoted to using music as a tool for social change and cultural diplomacy, Diana is a cello instructor for Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC), a music program for Boston’s Haitian community “dedicated to engaging at risk youth into the world of music” and the Newcomer’s Academy, a school serving new immigrants to Boston. Diana also teaches individual and group cello classes for the Belmont’s Saturday Morning Music Program and the Lincoln and Lexington after-school program and is on the cello faculty at Tufts University’s Community Music Program.

 

Diana holds Bachelor degrees in English Literature from Cornell University and Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where her primary studies were with Jean Michel Fonteneau and Mark Kosower.  Awards have included a John Baker Career Development Award, Sir Stapley Educational Trust Award, and an LRAM Licentiate of Teaching and Bursary Award from the Royal Academy of Music. Diana is a member of Chamber Music America and the Boston Musicians’ Association and writes articles for the American Federation of Musicians’ International Musician Magazine, Upbeat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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