Described as a "true virtuoso" by the Viborg Folkeblad and praised for his "agile, incisive" playing by the South Florida Classical Review, violinist Alex Gonzalez has performed across the United States and abroad as a chamber musician, recitalist, and ensemble leader. Recipient of the Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Sphinx Competition, he has also been awarded grants and support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, Links Foundation, Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, and through the MPower Artist Grant.
An avid chamber musician, Alex was a recipient of the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music upon graduation from Eastman School of Music. He has performed at the University of Michigan, New World Center, Kirsten Kjær Museum, Mount Moiwa Forest Gallery, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and recorded for broadcast on Colorado Public Radio and Sky Arts Television Network.
As an ensemble player, Alex has toured nationally as a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi, performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and frequently serving as a principal player. He has also performed and toured with ensembles including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the Chineke! Orchestra as guest co-concertmaster. Alex regularly serves as concertmaster of the New World Symphony, where he is currently a violin fellow.
Alex has been invited to numerous music festivals including the Sarasota, Thy, Bowdoin, and Pacific Music Festivals, Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, and Aspen Music Festival and School as a two time fellowship recipient. He has also served as faculty for Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) Program, the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival Young Artist Program, and the Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia.
Alex completed studies at the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, and Carnegie Mellon University. His principle teachers include Shakeh Ghoukasian, Oleh Krysa, Paul Kantor, and Cyrus Forough. Chamber music studies were under Carol Rodland, Mimi Hwang, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, and the Ying Quartet. Alex plays on a violin made for him by Mario Miralles in 2017.
Based in New York City, violist Celia Hatton finds herself in a myriad of musical settings. From premiering new works for solo viola, to collaborating with dancers, to performing operas, Hatton’s ability to adapt to various creative backdrops has led her to a colorful career.
Hatton is the violist in residence at Periapsis Music and Dance, a company that creates new compositions and choreography simultaneously while incorporating the musician on stage with dancer.
She has given the world premiere of string quartets by Colin Matthews, Derek Bermel, and Felix Jarrar, as well as premieres of solo viola works “Wind” by Ansel Chang at Carnegie Hall and “Twine” by Jonathan Katz at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
After performing in the chamber music festival New York in Chuncheon, she is an Honorary Ambassador to the city of Chuncheon, South Korea.
She is a founding member of Shattered Glass, an Associate Musician at the Metropolitan Opera, has performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry, toured nationally with Sphinx Virtuosi, and toured internationally with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Hatton has performed at the Apollo Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Paquito D’Rivera, recorded on Mark Gross’ jazz album “+ Strings” and BIGYUKI’s electronic album “Reaching for Chiron.”
Hatton received her Professional Studies and Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Karen Dreyfus as the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory receiving a Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship and Frances O. and Elizabeth Hunnewell Scholarship.
Deborah Song, is a violinist born and raised in New York. It was her discovery of the late Beethoven string quartets as a teen that fueled her love for music. An avid chamber musician, she is a recipient of the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music and most recently, led a performance of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht at Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines in Fontainebleau that was awarded Best Chamber Music.
At age twelve, Deborah entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division. She has won top prizes at the Associated Music Teachers Association Competition, the European Division of the Queens College Competition, Yonkers Philharmonic Competition and the New York Music Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic, Westchester Mentoring Orchestra and the Merrick Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
Deborah holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Psychology from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. She has a Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Byung-Kook Kwak, Shirley Givens, Mikhail Kopelman, David Cerone, Stephen Clapp and Laurie Smukler.
After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal Khamis completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Niel Immelman, Simon Lepper, Ashley Wass and Andrew Ball. He was introduced to the piano aged 4, and was 10 when he first performed at the Wigmore Hall. Gamal’s recent appearance have included the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, as well as on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He has participated in festivals across Europe and North America and has been lucky to learn from musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher and Robert Levin, among many others.
Gamal has won major prizes at the Norah Sande, ESO Young Soloist and Christopher Duke piano competitions, as well the Award for Accompanists at the 2017 ROSL competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the 2017 Ferrier Awards. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Finzi, as well as premiering works by Timothy Salter, Andrew Toovey, Eleanor Alberga, Howard Skempton, Shiva Feshareki and Charlotte Harding. Last year Gamal made his debut at the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival and the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival Colorado, performed live on BBC Newsnight with violinist Vilde Frang, and gave four recitals as part of the Royal Over-Seas League Edinburgh Fringe Series. Upcoming plans include a tour of Gamal’s and actor Christopher Kent’s First World War show Never Such Innocence, and concerts in Australia and New Zealand alongside violinist Emily Sun. He is also a Park Lane Group Artist, Samling Artist, Concordia Foundation Artist, and a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet, who won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL Competition, and recently made their Wigmore Hall debut. Gamal is grateful to The Carne Trust for their continued generous support.
Cellist Jamie Clark of Boulder, Colorado has been praised for her sensitive, imaginative, and colorful sense of artistry. She has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Eastman’s Kodak Hall, New York City’s American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Most recently Jamie received the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award at the New England Conservatory, was a candidate in the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, and was the Recipient of the George and Elsie Hodder String Scholarship for Doctor of Musical Arts Studies at the New England Conservatory.
As a chamber musician, Jamie has had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Takács, Cleveland, Juilliard, Ying, Cavani, and Malibran Quartets, and individuals including Máté Szücs of the Berlin Philharmonic, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Rodland, and Oleh Krysa. She has also had the opportunity to play for and study with such distinguished musicians as Laurence Lesser, Ralph Kirshbaum, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Lluis Claret, and Steven Isserlis.
Both an enthusiastic chamber musician and entrepreneur of collaborative outreach programs, Jamie is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival. The festival celebrated its inaugural season “Crossing the Divide” in the summer of 2017. She has also participated in a variety of international music festivals including Thy Chamber Music Festival, The Holland Music Sessions, the London Masterclasses, and Violoncelles á Fontfroide.
Jamie serves as a faculty member at the Phillips Exeter Academy, the Boston String Academy, the All Newton Music School, and as teaching assistant to Laurence Lesser, Dr.Sean Gallagher and Dr. Katarina Markovic at the New England Conservatory. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the New England Conservatory and graduated with honors from both the Eastman School of Music (BM) where she was a student of David Ying, and the New England Conservatory (MM) where she was a student of Paul Katz.
Korean-American cellist Kenny Lee has been praised for his “lyricism, drive, tenderness and passion” by The Times Argus. He has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. He has won top prizes at the Hudson Valley String Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, Borromeo Guest Artist Award Competition, Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Music Competition. He has given solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Eastman's Kodak Hall, Rockport Music Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Kenny has performed concerti with several conductors, including with Neil Varon, William Drury, and Giancarlo Guerrero.
Festival appearances include Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Orford Academy, and Holland International Music Sessions. Kenny is also a Co-Founder and Artistic director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Kenny’s former mentors have included Paul Katz, Lluis Claret, Steven Doane, Hans Jensen, and Steven Pologe. He earned is Bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music with the John Celentano Award in Excellence in Chamber Music and his Master degree from New England Conservatory with honors. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the New England Conservatory, studying with Laurence Lesser.
Kenny is currently on faculty at the Phillips Exeter Academy, serving both as cello teacher and music director of Exeter Symphonia.
Marta Hortobágyi Lambert began her musical studies on piano and violin, later developing a love for viola. A passionate educator and advocate for the arts, Marta holds fellowship positions at The Juilliard School for music history and music theory, and is currently on faculty at Queens Pre-College. Marta’s devotion to chamber music has created opportunities to perform with classical music idols including members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Ensō, Orion, and Daedalus String Quartets, including special performances with Ida Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Colin Carr, Maria Lambros and Michael Kannen. Marta has also performed at music festivals including Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Thy Chamber Music Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Four Seasons-Winter Workshop, YAP at Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall, where she was a
founding member of the prize winning Blue Hill String Quartet. Marta
was recently awarded the Dean’s Prize, “the School’s highest excellence
award”, at Yale University in May 2019, and is a current recipient of the
C.V. Starr Fellowship for doctoral studies at The Juilliard School under
the tutelage of Roger Tapping and Steve Tenenbom.
New Zealand-born violinist, educator and arts entrepreneur Natalie Lin is the founder of KINETIC, a conductorless chamber ensemble based in Houston, Texas. Comprised of 16 diverse and passionate chamber musicians, KINETIC has been praised for its “visually arresting… superb performance[s],” as well as its “thoughtful, incisive programming” (Arts+Culture Texas). As KINETIC’s Artistic Director, Natalie has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for composers of our time, as well as curated four complete concert seasons for the ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Natalie has toured throughout New Zealand in concerts presented by Chamber Music New Zealand and in the UK with the Scottish Ensemble. She has appeared numerous times as guest artist with NZTrio and collaborated in performance with Paul Kantor, Jon Kimura Parker, Kyung Sun Lee, and Brian Connelly.
Natalie was a prizewinner at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2012 Klein International Strings Competition, and has performed with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Master’s Sinfonia (California), and Erie Philharmonic (Pennsylvania). Notable solo performances include at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio), and the Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Britten-Pears Young Artist from 2011-13, Natalie was concertmaster of the 2013 Britten-Pears Orchestra and a member of Aldeburgh Strings, which has recorded for Hyperion Records. She has been featured on Houston Public Media, Radio New Zealand and Cleveland’s WCLV, as well as in the Houston Chronicle, Arts+Culture Texas, Houstonia Magazine, Houston CityBook, and New Zealand Women’s Weekly.
As an educator, Natalie served as teaching assistant to leading violin pedagogue Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and taught four semesters of undergraduate courses in music theory at Rice University. Natalie is a Doctoral candidate at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and was recipient of the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship, the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach and the Mary Hobson Teaching Fellowship. Besides music, she enjoys graphic design, photography, and salsa dancing.
Nima Janmohammadi is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist. As a performer of Persian classical music, he has studied with great masters of Persian Music, including legendary Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Hossein Alizadeh. He has performed in numerous recordings and concerts including solo recitals in venues such as Boston's historic Jordan Hall, MIT, Harvard University, Tuft University, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. His solo Setar album, "The Kiss Belongs to Nobody," was published by “a-side records,” as well as the video recording of his live performances. As a composer, Nima has written for symphony orchestra, chamber music of various large and small ensembles, string quartet, and saxophone orchestra. He has also written open form and graphic scores that incorporate elements of composition and improvisation.
Deeply engaged in both Persian classical music and Western contemporary music, Nima believes that the East does not meet West, but that they collide. It is in the abyss of this collision that new sonic and temporal possibilities interact through a transcendental metamorphosis that exists outside of time, beyond the face of cultural signifiers. The idea of transcendence in Nima’s music is rooted in mysticism, not in its unifying, cyclic, and ritualistic form, but rather in its physical and bodily dynamic of release and constraint, expansion and collapse, chaos and emancipation. These physical phenomena escape narration and signification, and instead, are charged with different densities of energy, most important of which is silence.
As a scholar, Nima’s recent involvement in music theory includes the analysis of contemporary music, especially the works of German avant-garde composer Helmut Lachenmann, using Modular Theory and Gilles Deleuze’s concept of Difference and Repetition.
Honolulu-born violinist Patrick Yim has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist throughout the world, including performances in Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), and the Musikverein (Vienna).
He made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony after winning the Honolulu Symphony Concerto Competition. He has performed in the violin sections of the Hawaii Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, among others. He joined The Cleveland Orchestra on tours to New York City, Chicago, Bloomington, Iowa City, Miami, and major cities in Europe, including Paris, Milan, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne, Munich, and Vienna.
Yim has performed chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, St. Lawrence, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, and with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed chamber music at festivals in Canada (Banff and Toronto Summer Music Festival), China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and throughout the United States, including a recent performance in Carnegie Hall with members of the Emerson Quartet.
As Guest Music Director of the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, he collaborated with world-renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man and performed concerts at the Hong Kong City Hall as violinist and conductor.
He has performed world premieres at festivals in the United States and Europe, and he recently curated a series of concerts related to the Silk Road at the Hong Kong Museum of History in which he performed the world premieres of new works by Michael-Thomas Foumai (Honolulu), Austin Yip (Hong Kong), and Yao Chen (Beijing).
Yim has taught violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, and the Rushmore Music Festival. He has taught masterclasses in the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.
He is a graduate with honors of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of David Updegraff and William Preucil and was awarded the First Prize at the Institute’s Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition for two consecutive years. At CIM, he studied chamber music with the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he studied violin with Philip Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi, and Hagai Shaham, and chamber music with the Emerson Quartet.
He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University.
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Pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower has performed across the United States and abroad at Perlman Music Program, La Jolla Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, Pablo Casals Festival, and on WGBH Radio (Boston). Having completed her graduate studies in the studio of Vivian Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in 2016, she now frequently performs with her piano trio, the Beacon Street Trio, and with Mistral Music. Previous teachers and coaches include Kim Kashkashian, Lucy Chapman, Max Levinson, Randall Hodgkinson, Robert Levin, and the Boston Trio. She has performed in Jordan Hall in 2014 and 2016 as a winner of NEC’s Honors Chamber Music competition, as well as in 2015 as recipient of the Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award. Most recently, she performed extensively as a young artist at the Perlman Music Program in 2018, as well as with with her piano trio at La Jolla Music Festival's SummerFest in 2016, receiving guidance from luminaries such as Cho-Liang Lin and Itzhak Perlman. Scolnik-Brower graduated Magna cum laude in 2012 from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology, followed by a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer for at-risk New York City high school students. Deeply passionate about music education in underserved communities, Scolnik-Brower has spent part of the last few summers teaching piano in Haiti and hopes to continue to do so in the future.