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CONTACT! at National Sawdust

Location

National Sawdust

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Price Range

$35

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

8

Jan, 2018

Monday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

A Co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic and National Sawdust

CONTACT! returns to Brooklyn’s National Sawdust for another season of “must-hear adventures” (The New York Times). Experience music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (our very own Kravis Emerging Composer), Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun, and more.

Program

Sarah Kirkland Snider

Thread and Fray

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Ashley Fure

Therefore I Was

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Du Yun

Tattooed in Snow, for String Quartet (New York Premiere)

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Fernanda Aoki Navarro

Parthenogenesis (New York Premiere)

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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Artists

Paola Prestini

Host

Paola Prestini

Host

Host

Composer Paola Prestini is the co-founder and artistic director of National Sawdust. Called “the imaginative composer” by The New York Times and “Visionary-In-Chief” by Time Out New York, she was recently named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Musical Innovators; is on Brooklyn Magazine’s latest list of “influencers of Brooklyn culture ... in perpetuity” alongside such household names as Chuck Schumer and Spike Lee; one of The Washington Post’s “Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music”; and one of NPR’s “Top 100 Composers in the World.” Ms. Prestini’s music and works have been commissioned by and performed at The Cannes Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, BAM, Barbican Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Choir of Trinity Wall Street, among others. Since 1999, when she co-founded the multimedia production company VisionIntoArt (now merged with National Sawdust) while at The Juilliard School, she has collaborated with poets, filmmakers, conservationists, and astrophysicists in large-scale multimedia works, often in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects. New works include The Amazon, her newest eco-cantata with film-maker Murat Eyuboglu (collaborator on the acclaimed The Colorado); a piece by Royce Vavrek, Old Man and the Sea; an opera-theater work with Robert Wilson and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler; an opera with poet Brenda Shaughnessy for Atlanta Opera; Film Stills, a monodrama for mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti, director R.B. Schlather, and Cindy Sherman; and the opera Edward Tulane, with librettist Mark Campbell, to be premiered at Minnesota Opera. She was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and studied with Peter Maxwell Davies, Samuel Adler, and Robert Beaser at The Juilliard School.

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Steven Beck

Piano

Steven Beck

Piano

Steven Beck

Piano

American pianist Steven Beck was born in 1978. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin and Bruce Brubaker.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson), Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony.

Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and the Wellesley Composers' Conference. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), performs frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has performed with the New York City Ballet. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, and Charles Wuorinen, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, The Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Mosaic, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, the Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Counterinduction, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the East Coast Composers' Ensemble, the Fountain Ensemble, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Lost Dog, and Antisocial Music. He is a member of the new music ensemble Future In Reverse (FIRE) as well as the notorious Knights of the Many-Sided Table. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

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Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur. He has since appeared as soloist almost every season, and was featured during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he gave two performances of the cycle of all six of Bach’s cello suites. Most recently, he was the soloist in performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto on the Orchestra’s CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets,The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy) and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

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Daniel Druckman

Marimba

Daniel Druckman

Marimba

Daniel Druckman

Marimba

Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist, concertizing throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons concerts, the San Francisco Symphony’s "New and Unusual Music Series," and in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. He has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1991, where he serves as Associate Principal Percussionist, and has made numerous guest appearances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Brass Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus, Steve Reich and Musicians, and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Mr. Druckman has also participated in chamber music festivals at Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Tanglewood, and Aspen.

An integral part of New York’s new music community, both as soloist and as a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, Mr. Druckman has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, Poul Ruders, Joseph Schwantner, Ralph Shapey, and Charles Wuorinen, among many others. Recent appearances include collaborations with Alan Feinberg at Dartmouth College, with Fred Sherry at BargeMusic, with Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall, and solo concerts at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Recent solo recordings include Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani on Bridge Records and Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water on Koch International. Mr. Druckman is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chairman of the percussion department and director of the percussion ensemble.

Daniel Druckman was born and raised in New York City. The son of composer Jacob Druckman, he had invaluable exposure to music and musicians at an early age. He attended The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Morris A. Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship and the Saul Goodman Scholarship, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music in 1980. Additional studies were undertaken at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Henry Cabot Award for outstanding instrumentalist.

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Blair Francis

Bass Flute

Blair Francis

Bass Flute

Bass Flute

Flutist Blair Francis is performing with the New York Philharmonic in the 2017–18 season. She previously held the Edgar and Patricia Harris Flute II Chair of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Francis has also performed with the Oregon Symphony, Augusta Symphony (Georgia), and Palmetto Opera (South Carolina) orchestras. She was a prizewinning finalist in the Young Artist Competitions of the Florida Flute Association and the South Carolina Flute Society, and was a winner of the National Flute Association Master-class Performers Competition. She has also been a winner of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Carolina concerto competitions. Ms. Francis has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center. She received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, a master of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor of music degree from the University of South Carolina. Her principal teachers include Robert Langevin, Marianne Gedigian, and Jennifer Parker-Harley.

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Quan Ge

Violin

Quan Ge

Violin

Quen Ge

Violin

Violinist Quan Ge joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Yumi Scott, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, and a master's degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with David Chan. A native of Huai Nan, China, Ms. Ge was the recipient of a Fu Chen Xian Scholarship, and has won top prizes in both the China National Competition and the Jeunesses Music Competition (Romania). While a student at Curtis, she played as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Ge is an active chamber musician and recitalist, and most recently worked with pianist Robert McDonald and the Borromeo String Quartet at the Taos School of Music in 2008.

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Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Pianist Eric Huebner joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in January 2012. A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, and has been a guest pianist with the Philharmonic since 2004. Mr. Huebner has been featured in orchestral works by Stravinsky, Ives, R. Strauss, and Milhaud, among others.

In June 2012 he will perform as soloist with Musicians from the Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation — a double concerto for piano and percussion with percussionist Colin Currie — on the CONTACT! program, conducted by David Robertson.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Huebner has twice been a featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California. He has also appeared on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles in addition to solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge. He has performed at Zankel Hall as soloist in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and at Alice Tully Hall in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, both conducted by David Robertson. Since 2001 Mr. Huebner has been a member of Antares, a quartet comprising clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. A first-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares has performed in major chamber music venues throughout the United States.

Eric Huebner is currently assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo, where he maintains an active piano studio and performs as part of the Slee Sinfonietta. He has recorded a wide variety of solo piano and chamber music for the Col Legno, Centaur, Bridge, Albany, Tzadik, Innova, New Focus Recordings, and Mode Records labels.

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Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor

Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor

Jeffrey Milarsky by Peter Konerko New York Philharmonic

Conductor

Making his sixth appearance as part of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series, American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence, and innovative programming. His repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to Xenakis. In recent seasons he has worked with ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood Festival orchestras. Mr. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording, and performing works by American composers, which was reflected in his recently receiving the prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award, established in 1945 and the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music (past honorees include Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Alan Gilbert). A dedicated teacher, Jeffrey Milarsky is a senior lecturer in music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra, he is the music director of AXIOM, The Juilliard School’s critically acclaimed contemporary-music ensemble, and serves on the conducting faculty.

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Rémi Pelletier

Viola

Rémi Pelletier

Viola

Pelletier

Viola

Rémi Pelletier joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in July 2013, having served in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2007. Previously, he was a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and performed with The Haddonfield Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. He served as guest principal viola of the International Orchestra of Italy in the summers of 2011 and 2012, principal viola of Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, and assistant principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Pelletier was a regular guest at the Société de musique de chambre de Québec and performed with Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière and Musica Camerata, as well as with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series. His honors include the CBC/McGill Music Award (2003) as well as first prize at the Concours du Québec and Canada’s National Music Festival Competition.

A native of Québec, Mr. Pelletier was a scholarship recipient at Encore School for Strings and the Orford Arts Centre. He performed a recital on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Debut Series. In addition to attending master classes with Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Diaz, and others, Rémi Pelletier studied with Michael Tree and Joseph De Pasquale at The Curtis Institute of Music, and with André Roy at McGill University, from which he graduated with the distinction of Outstanding Achievement in Viola Performance and where he was principal viola of the McGill Symphony Orchestra.

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Anna Rabinova

Violin

Anna Rabinova

Violin

Anna Rabinova

Violin

Violinist Anna Rabinova performs nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist. She joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994, two years after arriving in the United States from her native Russia; in the 2008–09 season she was a soloist with the Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel.

Ms. Rabinova has toured Germany, Italy, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Bulgaria, performing concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and numerous other European orchestras. They include the Halle Philharmonic, Schwerin Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Orchestra (Vladimir Fedoseev conducting), Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Eisenach Symphony, Russian State Symphony, and Berlin Symphony (Lior Shambadal conducting). In the United States, she has made solo appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra (Leon Botstein conducting), and Memphis Symphony, among others, and has premiered works by John Corigliano and Alfred Schnittke.

As a recitalist, Ms. Rabinova has appeared in numerous halls, including the Shauspielhaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall in Moscow, and Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, as well as in venues in Rome, Leipzig, and Belgrade. In the U.S. she has performed at the Phillips Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, and on the Rockefeller University concert series. In April 2004 she served as concertmaster of the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra. Her festival performances have included appearances at the Schleswig Holstein, Berlin Chamber Music, and Long Island Mozart festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and at Tanglewood and Caramoor.

Ms. Rabinova’s recordings include works by Schuman (for Germany’s Auris-Subtilis) and David Winkler’s Violin Concerto (Naxos); in 1998 she recorded sonatas by Brahms and Schubert for an NHK-TV (Japan) chamber series, which was broadcast worldwide and produced by Paul Smaczny. She has been interviewed and has performed on WLIW-TV in New York, as well as on German and Russian radio.

Anna Rabinova was born in Moscow and performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Violin Concerto, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony at the age of 13, later studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Igor Bezrodnyi. She was a first-prize winner at the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade, in addition to winning the Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and the 1993 Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. She has taught at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the Manhattan School of Music, and LaGuardia High School, in addition to giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

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Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkleman, and at The Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone, and Ivan Galamian. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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Meighan Stoops

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Meighan Stoops

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Clarinetist Meighan Stoops has enjoyed an active and diverse musical life in New York City since 1999. As a member of the Naumburg Award–winning Da Capo Chamber Players (now in its 47th season) for almost two decades, she has participated in the premieres of dozens of new works, toured nationally and inter-nationally, and recorded several critically acclaimed recordings. Ms. Stoops has also played with Music from Copland House, Quintet of the Americas, Sylvan Winds, American Modern Ensemble, Walden School Chamber Players, and Lincoln Center Theater’s 2015 revival of The King and I. She studied with Russell Dagon and J. Lawrie Bloom at Northwestern University, as well as with David Shifrin at Yale University and Alan Kay at SUNY–Stony Brook, and currently serves as music director of the Calhoun School.

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Na Sun

Violin

Na Sun

Violin

na sun

Violin

Violinist Na Sun joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2006 and holds The Gary W. Parr Chair. A native of China, she began playing the violin at age seven, and at nine, was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After attending the conservatory’s elementary, middle, and high schools, she received her bachelor of arts degree there with highest honors, studying with Yao-ji Lin, and was the winner of the conservatory violin competition. She received her artist diploma from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2005, studying with Roman Totenberg, and was the grand prize winner of the university’s Bach competition.

Ms. Sun, who has performed in numerous recital and chamber music concerts since arriving in the U.S. in 2003, was a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 2005, and served as concertmaster in a program led by James Levine. She attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, and the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, both on full scholarship.

Ms. Sun has performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Icelandic National Opera Orchestra. Previously, she was concertmaster of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra; principal of the second violin section at the Central Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; and was the soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, conducted by Michael Feldman.

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David Taylor

Trombone

David Taylor

Trombone

Trombone

A Juilliard graduate, bass trombonist David Taylor began his career as a member of Stowkowski’s American Symphony Orchestra, performed with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, was a member of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra, and recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones. He performs recitals and concertos around the world, and, in addition to his own compo-sitions, has commissioned numerous new works. He has played chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis; appeared with Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin; and has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orpheus, and St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. He received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, and is the only bass trombonist to win the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award. He has recorded numerous solo CDs and performed on Grammy-winning recordings. David Taylor is on the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College faculties. He plays Edwards bass trombones and Griego / Taylor mouthpieces exclusively.

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Nathan Vickery

Cello

Nathan Vickery

Cello

Vickery

Cello

Cellist Nathan Vickery joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2013. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals including the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Festival, as well as throughout Europe with Curtis on Tour. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, and Miriam Fried; pianist Jonathan Biss; and the contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, among others. Mr. Vickery has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and WFMT in Chicago. He has won numerous competitions, including the Second International David Popper Cello Competition (Hungary) and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Maurer Young Musicians Contest. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley. Nathan Vickery has served on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

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Shanshan Yao

Violin

Shanshan Yao

Violin

Yao

Violin

Chinese violinist Shanshan Yao joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2013. Previously, she was a member of the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for four years. She recently performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Manfred Honeck, as well as with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. As a soloist Ms. Yao has also performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Banff Centre Chamber Orchestra, and Japan’s Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2009 she received critical acclaim for her debut recital at Canada National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She was invited to appear in a special performance for former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the Eisenhower Fellowships conference in Philadelphia in 2006. Ms. Yao served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College Music Program in the summer of 2013.

Ms. Yao’s numerous honors include first prizes in the Calgary Concerto Competition and Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition (Canada), second prizes in the Shean String Competition (Canada) and Hellam Young Artists Competition (U.S.), as well as prizes in the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings (U.S.) and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand). As one of the winners of the CBC Radio’s Up and Coming series, a showcase of promising young talents, she shared the stage with pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Yao has participated in the Aspen, Summit, and Sarasota music festivals; Music from Angel Fire; The Banff Centre; and Music@Menlo, where she served as a chamber music coach in 2009. Her piano trio won second prize in the National Music Festival in Canada in 2002. Ms. Yao has collaborated with such renowned artists as Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, Jeremy Denk, and Ransom Wilson.

A violinist since the age of six, Ms. Yao enrolled at Shanghai Conservatory of Music when she was nine. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 12 with the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, and continued her studies in Canada as a full-scholarship student in Mount Royal Conservatory’s Academy Program. Shanshan Yao received her bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and her master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers included Aaron Rosand, Donald Weilerstein, Ronald Copes, William van der Sloot, and Xiaoming Wu.

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Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello, who joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006, has performed regularly as a recitalist in her native Taiwan and in the U.S. A founding member of the Formosa Quartet, formed in 2003, she has served as acting principal cello of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera, in addition to performing with a string quartet of principal players from the San Diego Symphony. She has made solo appearances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts’s International Music Program Orchestra, and Kuan-Jen School Orchestra, and is the winner of numerous competitions.

Ms. Yeh, who has been performing professionally since the age of 10, moved to the U.S. at 13 to study with Orlando Cole at the Temple Preparatory School. In her last two years of high school she studied with Robert Marsh at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Yeh received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser, and received her master’s degree and artist diploma from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.

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