Lila Brown, (viola) is a co-founder and the artistic director of Music from Salem, founded in 1986, and director of the MfS Viola Seminar since 2011. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Brown was a member of the Boston Symphony from 1982-84. Moving to Austria, she studied with Sandor Vegh, and was principal violist of his Camerata Academica Salzburg. As a member of the Ensemble Modern, the renowned German ensemble for new music, Brown premiered works by Ligeti, Kurtag, Adams, Reich, Rhim, Zappa, and Lachenmann among others, and she has played chamber music tours of England with the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. Brown has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and is a frequent guest artist at the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Boston Artists Ensemble and Horten Kammermusikfest in Norway. She has been an assistant professor at the Vienna Hochschule, professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf, and returning to the US in 2009, joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory where she received a “Distinguished Music Faculty of the Year” award in 2012.
Judith Gordon (piano) gave her New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Introductions series in 1990, and was the Boston Globe 1997 Musician of the Year. As soloist with ensembles including the Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collage New Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, she has explored repertory from Beethoven, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff to Berg, Cage, and Boulez. She has collaborated with an exceptionally wide variety of instrumentalists and singers. Composers with whom she has worked closely in recent years are John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Peter Lieberson, James Matheson and James Primosch. Recent seasons have featured performances at Bard Summerscape and Bennington Chamber Music Conference, concerts at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series Boston, Sunday Chatter Albuquerque, and Dilijan Concerts in Los Angeles. Gordon is a graduate of New England Conservatory, where she was awarded an Outstanding Alumni award in 2009, and currently teaches piano and chamber music at Smith College. She is a consulting director at Music from Salem.
Rhonda Rider (cello) is a founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over twenty years, and is currently a member of the piano trio Triple Helix. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Symphony Space, and the Library of Congress. Rider was featured artist of the Robert Helps Festival of Contemporary Music (Florida), Emmanuel Music’s Bach and Schumann Series (Boston), and as guest artist with Boston Chamber Music Society and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Series. Rider was named 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Eleven solo cello pieces were commissioned for her residency. During the summer, she is heard at ARIA and the Green Mountain Festivals, as cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong, and most happily at Music from Salem. Rider is Chair of Chamber Music and on the cello faculty of The Boston Conservatory.
Violist, John Batchelder is a passionate chamber musician and soloist. He is a member of the award winning Julius Quartet, the former student quartet-in-residence at The Boston Conservatory. Furthermore, John has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles such as the Hemenway Strings, Worcester Bach Consort and Plano High Symphony Orchestra, as well as participated in various summer festivals and masterclasses, such as The Banff Centre Masterclasses, the Meadowmount School of Music, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Music from Salem Viola Seminar in Salem NY. Recent performances include the Music from Salem festival, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. In 2011, John was a winner of the Davis Projects for Peace Grant for his program designed to help, encourage and teach music to the young children of the favelas of Natal, Brazil. He has recently finished a Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory under the instruction of Lila Brown, and has stepped into the role of Artistic Coordinator at Project STEP; a nonprofit, music education program.
Saul Bitran, first violinist with the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, was born in Mexico City, to Chilean parents.
The Cuarteto Latinoamericano was established in 1982, and is known worldwide as the main exponent of the string quartet literature by Latin American composers. Winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, and nominated for two Grammys in 2002, the ensemble was Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where Saul was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at CMU’s School of Music.
The Cuarteto heads now the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema.
In addition to the quartet, Bitran is the violinist with the Boston based Trio Tremonti, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Bitran graduated from the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, Israel, where he studied with Prof. Yair Kless, During his stay in Israel, Saul played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, Saul performed throughout Israel and Europe.
Saul Bitran divides his time between Mexico City and Boston.
David Do (violin) is currently the second violinist of Montclair State University’s Graduate String Quartet in residence, The Julius Quartet. As a soloist, Do has appeared as an international soloist at the Chichibu International Music Festival in Japan, performing with the Chichibu Festival Orchestra. Furthermore, he has also performed as soloist with various orchestras in the Northern Californian region, including a commissioned work by Kerry Lewis with the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra, where he also served as concertmaster. As a passionate chamber musician, David has participated in various chamber music festivals and concerts such as the McGill International String Quartet Academy, The Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency Program, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Festival. Do completed his undergraduate studies at The Boston Conservatory where he studied with Markus Placci. Prior to his conservatory career, David began his formal training at San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory Division studying with Doris Fukawa. Presently, he is a student of Yi-Wen Jiang, the renowned second violinist of the Shanghai Quartet.
Judith Eissenberg, violin is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian String Quartet (lydianquartet.com), and is Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University. In addition to her position in the Music Department at Brandeis University she is Chamber Music Coordinator at The Boston Conservatory. With the Lydian String Quartet, she recently returned from concerts in Taiwan, and continues to tour throughout the US and abroad. The quartet has made numerous recordings with New World Records, Centaur, Music Omnia, Nonesuch, CRI, Neuma and others. She has received top prizes in the Banff, Evian and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions, grants and awards for commissioning, performance, recording and programming including two Grammy nominations. With an expertise in both modern and period violin, she has a commitment to the full range of the chamber music literature, premiering new works by established composers as well as performing standard repertoire. As a member of the Lydian String Quartet Ms., Eissenberg has long championed the works of living composers; 2017 marks the third Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize. The goal of this international prize is to encourage creativity and enhance the string quartet literature at the highest level of composition.
Ms. Eissenberg is a co-founder of Music From Salem, a chamber music festival in upstate NY. During the summer months, she has been on the faculty at festivals throughout the US, including the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and others. In Boston, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Boston Conservatory Players, Emmanuel Music, and has been a core member and soloist with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society.
Along with her work as a performer, Ms. Eissenberg has a commitment to education and cultural work in the arts. At Brandeis University, she founded and directs the residency and concert series program MusicUnitesUS which brings to campus artists of high accomplishment from around the world. The mission of MUUS is to deepen understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music. She teaches the World Music course at Brandeis as well as chamber music.
Rohan Gregory is a violinist that has has cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music. He has played with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Ancora Ensemble and award-winning Boccherini Ensemble and was also a founding member for ten years of the Arden String Quartet, performing new music concerts in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has recorded on for Centaur records.
On the world music scene, Rohan has toured extensively. His travels have taken him to Europe with the Klezmatics, to Thailand with multi-ethnic flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj and to the U.S. west coast with Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Recently he has played nationally and internationally with the flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual. Locally, Rohan is a member of the Lyric Opera Company and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He coaches chamber music for the Walnut Hill School, teaches at the College of the Holy Cross, and spends his summers coaching at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber music in New Hampshire, at Music at Port Milford in Ontario, Canada, and at the WCMS Chamber Music Camp.
Byron Hogan is a cellist and arranger from Lakeland, Florida. He holds a bachelors degree in music performance from Florida Southern College where he studied under Anne Parrette and Jeffrey Lang, a master’s degrees in performance and chamber performance from the University of South Florida where he studied under Scott Kluksdahl, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory under Rhonda Rider. From 2010 to 2012, he was an Artist in Residence at USF as a member of the President’s Piano Trio. He has played in groups such as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, The Osud trio, The St. Petersburg Opera, and the Miami ballet as well as performing as soloist with The Imperial Symphony and the Bogus Pomp Orchestra. Byron has recently taught master classes in Florida in addition to performing throughout the United States and Canada. He is currently pursuing a Performance Certificate at Montclair University under Nicholas Tzavaras.
Hailed as being a “superior [and] excellent” violinist (The Flint Jounal), Hyun Jeong Helen Lee has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. Leading into her conservatory career, she attended the Interlochen Center of Arts in the summer of 2009. While there, she was concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra for two terms. As a soloist, she has performed with the Chichibu Festival Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, and The Boston Conservatory String Ensemble as winner of the String Ensemble Concerto Competition. Furthermore, Helen was a winner of The Boston Conservatory’s prestigious String Honors Competition. Helen has also performed in masterclasses for various artists, including Phillipe Quint, Jorja Fleezanis and Joseph Silverstein. She has recently finished her Undergraduate Degree at The Boston Conservatory where she studied with Markus Placci, and is currently studying with Weigang Li of the celebrated Shanghai Quartet as part of the John J. Cali School of Music Graduate Quartet in Residence Program. Helen performs on a prize-winning violin by Geoffrey Ovington and a C. H. Bazin bow, lent by the maker himself.
Scott Kluksdahl, cello, made his debut with The San Francisco Symphony, and has been heard as chamber musician, recitalist and soloist in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Central and South America. His particular interest in modern music has led to significant affiliations with Robert Helps, Richard Wernick, Richard Brodhead, David Del Tredici and Augusta Read Thomas. Scott performed the premiere of Philip Lasser’s Vocalise for Cello and Orchestra with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and he is very excited by the recent release of his latest CD “Shelter” on the Pierian label with the rising star soprano Mela Dailey in works by C-20/C-21 composers Andre Previn, John Tavener, Robert Honstein, Jake Heggie and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Scott was a founding member of the Lions Gate Trio, and he performed and recorded for twenty years as its cellist. He has recorded on CRI, Albany, Triton and Centaur labels. He has well-established musical partnerships with pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, violist Carol Rodland, and with soprano Mela Dailey. He is founder of the Robert Helps Festival of Contemporary Music, artistic director since its inception in 2005. He has recently joined the award-winning Veronika String Quartet.
Scott has received Tanglewood’s Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, prizes in Naumburg and Washington International Competitions, and degrees from Harvard and Juilliard. He teaches cello at University of South Florida, and he tutors science/math/reading for fifth-grade students in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public School System. Inspired by the Rochester-based initiative, Scott serves as Tampa’s artistic director for the recently established food-for-music outreach concert series “If Music Be The Food…..” at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. His commitment to teaching prompted the renowned cellist Zara Nelsova to remark, “It is rare to find a cellist who is equally at home as a concert artist as well as a great pedagogue. In my opinion Scott Kluksdahl has one of the great talents of his generation.”
Originally from South Carolina, cellist William Laney is enjoying a multi-faceted career as both a performer and educator. William has performed extensively throughout the Southeastern United States, having performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has been a participant and performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School (CO), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), and the Cello Seminar at Music From Salem (NY). As an active orchestral musician, William has performed with many orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States, having served as guest principal cellist with the Long Bay Symphony (SC) and Brevard Philharmonic (NC).
Currently, he is a section cellist with the Long Bay Symphony and frequently performs with the South Carolina Philharmonic. While a student at Aspen, William was Assistant Principal of both the Aspen Philharmonic and the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC) orchestras. As a member of the Zara Piano Trio, William performed in the 2016 Boston Conservatory Millennial Honors Concert. Mr. Laney has collaborated with renowned artists including violinist Lynn Chang, soprano Arianna Zukerman, and cellists Rhonda Rider, Andrew Mark, and Scott Kluksdah. He has participated in masterclasses with Zuill Bailey, Joseph Silverstein, Melissa Kraut, Thomas Landschoot, Timothy Eddy, David Requiro, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Lawrence Dutton, Parker Quartet, and Calder String Quartet, among others. In addition to performing, William enjoys teaching a small pre-college studio in Boston, (MA). Recently completing undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Robert Jesselson, Mr. Laney is currently pursuing the Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory, as a student of Rhonda Rider.
American violinist, Jae Cosmos Lee, who’s performances have been acclaimed as “Delicate and beautiful” (Syracuse Post-Standard) and “Bursting with color” (Boston Globe), is Concertmaster of the Cape Symphony (Cape Cod, MA), and co-founder of A Far Cry, the Grammy nominated, resident chamber orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He is also Curator & Director of the Nth Degree Chamber Music Series based in Falmouth, MA, first violinist of the Boston based Pedroia String Quartet and the Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Jae has been a guest artist with the Audubon, Borromeo and Jupiter String Quartets, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ECCO, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Impact, the Firebird and Radius Ensembles, and has performed in concert halls throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has performed in many of the finest music festivals including Apple Hill, Aspen, Chautauqua, Norfolk, Sarasota, Vail, Banff, Seoul, Scotia, New South, Skaneateles, Salzburg, Ottawa, Prussia Cove and Kneisel Hall. Jae has worked closely with the members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács and Tokyo String Quartets and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the New England Conservatory. His performances have been heard widely on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH and New York’s WQXR, along with public radio stations across Georgia, Maine & Vermont.
Sharan Leventhal, violin, has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She has received grants from the NEA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, and the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, and has premiered well over 125 works. Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, is a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, the Kepler Quartet, and Marimolin, and can be heard on the New World, Northeastern, Newport Classic, Naxos, Navona, GM and Catalyst labels. She teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and is founder and director of Play On, Inc., a non-profit supporting chamber music programs for children.
Her blog can be found at http://justtuningin.wordpress.com
Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1971, Jonathan Miller held appointments as principal cellist of the Juilliard, Hartford, and San Diego symphonies. In addition, as a winner of the Jeunesses Musicales auditions, he was awarded a Carnegie Recital Hall debut.A protégé of Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, Miller also sought out the great pedagogues of different schools: Garbousova, Rose, Shapiro, and Lustgarten; and played in the master classes of Piatigorsky, Fournier, Rostropovich, and Casals.
Miller is founder and artistic director of the Boston Artists Ensemble. Created in 1980, the group presented in its first year 20 live concerts at WGBH in Boston, which were simultaneously broadcast nation-wide. He is a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, which has premiered many new works in addition to receiving critical acclaim for its outstanding performances of standard repertoire.
Miller has recorded the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Randall Hodgkinson for Centaur Records, and has recorded chamber music for Naxos, and Newport Classics.
Miller has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Hartford Symphony, Newton, and North Shore, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras of Boston. In 1990, and1996, at the invitation of Rostropovich, he was a soloist at the American Cello Congress Millerperforms on the Paganini-Piatti Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1700.
Matthias Naegele has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Asia. He has participated in the Marlboro, Apple Hill, Dubrovnick, Jerusalem, Curagao, California State Summer Arts, Aspen, International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, and Edinburgh music festivals. Many of Naegele’s performances are regularly broadcast over National Public Radio and Public Television. He has also appeared on Dutch, French, Austrian, BBC radio, and BBC television.
He performs regularly with numerous chamber music ensembles, including the Kaleidos String Quartet, the Prometheus Piano Quartet, the Music Project, the Chamber Music Society of New York University, Anthony Newman’s Brandenburg Collegium, the Chamber Music Society of New Jersey, Sergio Luca’s Context, An Die Musik, and the microtonal group New Band. He has performed on the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series.
Naegele has recorded with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society for Koch International. In 1995 he recorded with Dawn Upshaw for Nonesuch. With his father, violinist Philipp Naegele, he has recorded for Musical Heritage and Beyer Records. Mr. Naegele plays on a Mateo Gofriller cello made in Venice in 1735. This cello was previously owned by Hermann Busch of the Busch Quartet.
Markus Placci (violin) has been heard throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia in venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Kursaal in Baden-Baden, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Teatro Comunale and Mozart Hall in Bologna, the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton. Since his solo debut at age 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Placci has been soloist with symphony orchestras including Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, the Baden-Baden Philarmonie, Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra Milan, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, and the Annapolis Symphony, among others. He has been broadcast live on BBC Radio, Bartok Radio Hungary, RaiRadio, RTV Espana, and is the winner of the “Brahms Preis” in Germany, the “Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize” at Tanglewood, and of the prestigious “XXVI Vittorio Veneto Competition” in Italy. In 2005 Placci premiered the Violin Concerto by Spanish composer J. Cervelló in Madrid, and in 2008 he was appointed to the faculty at The Boston Conservatory. He plays on an 1871 J.B. Vuillaume violin, copy of the “Alard” Stradivari.
David Russell (cello) maintains a vigorous schedule in this country and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. He is especially active in the Boston area, regularly featured in concerts of ensembles such as Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music and, from 2006-2011, Opera Boston, where he was principal cello. A strong advocate for new music, Russell performs with with groups including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Firebird Ensemble, Music on the Edge, Dinosaur Annex, and the Fromm Players at Harvard. Among his recent projects are recordings of works by Eric Moe, Lee Hyla, Tamar Diesendruck, Chen Yi and Roger Zahab, premieres of Laurie San Martin’s Cello Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony, Eric Moe’s “Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral” for cello and piano and works for solo cello by Andrew Rindfleisch, Sam Nichols and John Mallia. Recordings on Tzadik, Centaur, CRI, Albany Records and New World Records. In 2005 he joined the faculty of Wellesley College, where he currently serves as Director of Chamber Music.
Violinist Cornelia Schwartz has established a vibrant and diverse career as chamber musician, orchestral performer and teacher. As chamber musician, she has performed with New School Concerts, New York Philomusica, Monadnock Music, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Guest Artist Series and the Islip Arts Council’s Dowling College Concert Series among others. Schwartz has also performed as guest artist with Alexander Schneider and Isaac Stern at the State Department in Washington D.C. and with the Stadler Quartett in Germany, Austria and Norway. A former member of Camerata Academica Salzburg, she has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the San Francisco Symphony. Summers have brought her to the Bach Aria, New Hampshire, Norfolk, Caramoor and Grand Teton Music festivals. A recipient of an Artist Opportunity Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Schwartz is a Lecturer of Music at Franklin Pierce University and a frequent faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. A native New Yorker, she holds B.M. and M.M degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Szymon Goldberg and Margaret Pardee. Her chamber music coaches have included Felix Galimir and members of the Budapest and Juilliard Quartets.
Philipp A. Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist that has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His characteristic tonal qualities, deep sense of phrasing, and superb technical skills make him one of the most unique voices in today’s classical saxophone world.
A native of Friedrichshafen, Germany, Stäudlin has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ensemble Sound Icon, Ensemble White Rabbit, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, Boston Ballet, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Stäudlin has won many awards as both a saxophone soloist and a chamber musician.
Stäudlin is the soprano saxophonist of the Radnofsky Quartet, a member of Ensemble Sound Icon, and teaches saxophone at The Boston Conservatory in both the standard degree and contemporary music programs, and is also on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He lives with his wife, pianist Yoko Hagino, and their daughter Anna in Melrose, Massachusetts.
Pianist DIANE WALSH, whose many awards include the top prizes at the Munich International Piano Competition and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, has toured worldwide, performing concertos, solo recitals and chamber music. She has soloed with the Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich radio symphonies, the American, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Rochester and Delaware symphonies, and the Orpheus, Prague Virtuosi and St. Luke’s chamber orchestras. She has given recitals in major venues in the United States, Europe and South America. Summer festivals where she has performed include Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bard, Chesapeake, Cape Cod, Salem and Skaneateles, where she was the artistic director for five seasons. Ms. Walsh performed Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations on stage during the Broadway production of 33 Variations, a play by Moisés Kaufman starring Jane Fonda. She has released seventeen recordings, including the “Diabelli” Variations and the first two volumes of the complete Schubert piano sonatas; her latest release is an all-Bach album. She is a Steinway Artist. More at www.dianewalsh.com.
Calvin Wiersma, violinist, has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions. Mr. Wiersma was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio and is currently a member of the Manhattan String Quartet.
In addition to his worldwide touring with the Quartet and Trio, Mr. Wiersma has been heard at numerous summer Chamber Music Festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Vancouver, Rockport, Bard, Portland, Crested Butte, North Country, Central Vermont,New Hope, Interlochen, Prairie School, An Appalachian Summer, Cape May, and Music Mountain Festivals to name but a few. Former member of New York Philomusica, and frequent performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has also performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, The Festival Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Music Society of New Hope, the Carnegie Chamber Players, and Close Encounters with Music.
A noted performer of contemporary music, Mr. Wiersma is a member of Cygnus, the Lochrian Chamber Ensemble and the Ensemble Sospeso, and has appeared with Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Parnassus, and the New York New Music Ensemble.
An active teacher as well as performer, Mr. Wiersma is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Ithaca College School of Music, and has has been on the faculty of the Purcahse Conservatory of Music, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, Florida State University, Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.
Mr. Wiersma has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.
For Helga Winold, teaching chamber music ensembles is a distinctive experience. “Nowhere else in music do we learn more about precision, timing, listening to each partner, and working together effectively,” she says. “We need to perform with authority and character, but totally in the service of the wonderful works that we are performing.”
Authority, character, and dedication are hallmarks of Winold’s teaching. For nearly 40 years, she has devoted herself to training exceptional performers and music teachers, generously drawing on her masterful musical knowledge, research, and experience as a performer.
The first IU graduate to earn a Doctor of Music in cello, Winold created two courses in cello literature that examine the cello’s development, literature, and performance practice from its beginnings into the twenty-first century. Her cello literature and pedagogy courses draw students throughout the Jacobs School of Music — including violinists, violists, bass players, and the occasional brass player — who seek Winold’s wisdom to broaden their understanding and discover new approaches. And of course, she instructs students privately in cello performance.
“She is a masterful private teacher of cello, who is able not only to inspire students by precept and example, but also to analyze students’ technical and musical problems and work with them to reach viable solutions for these problems,” says Distinguished Professor of Music Janos Starker, Winold’s mentor.