CQP 2014 (45th Season) FACULTY and STAFF
Fredonia 1st session: member CAVANI QT(ex); faculty EASTMAN,HARTT, ITHACA,LONGY, MCGILL,OHIO STATE, UDENVER, UTEXAS(San Antonio),WELLESLEY
Fredonia 2nd session: members CONCORD QT(ex), CIOMPI QT(ex), PENDERECKI QT; faculty ARIZONA STATE, EASTMAN, MCGILL,WILFRED LAURIER, VANDERBILT
CHARLES CASTLEMAN (Founder, Director,Violin) -perhaps the world’s most active performer/pedagogue on the violin, has been soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai. Medalist at Tchaikovsky and Brussels, his Jongen Concerto is included in a Cypres CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances of the Brussels Concours’ 50-year history.
Mr. Castleman's solo CDs include Ysaye's six Solo Sonatas (made at the time of his unique performance at Tully Hall in NYC), eight Hubay Csardases for Violin and Orchestra, and ten Sarasate virtuoso cameos on Music and Arts, Gershwin and Antheil on MusicMasters, and contemporary violin and harpsichord music for Albany. As one of sixteen Ford Foundation Concert Artists he commissioned the David Amram Concerto, premiering it with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, recording it for Newport Classic. He is dedicatee of "Lares Hercii" by Pulitzer winner Christopher Rouse.
He has performed at such international festivals as Marlboro, Grant Park, Newport, Sarasota, AFCM (Australia), Budapest, Fuefukigawa, Montreux, Shanghai, Sheffield, and the Vienna Festwoche. He regularly participates in the Las Vegas, Park City, Round Top and Sitka festivals in the U.S. His recitals have been broadcast on NPR, BBC, in Berlin and in Paris.
Professor at Eastman, Mr Castleman has conducted master-classes in London, Vienna, Helsinki, Kiev, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, and all major cities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His students have been winners at Brussels, Munich, Naumburg and Szeryng, are in 30 professionally active chamber groups and are 1st desk players in 11 major orchestras.
Charles Castleman’s long-term chamber music associations have included THE NEW STRING TRIO OF N.Y. with BASF recordings of Reger and Frank Martin and THE RAPHAEL TRIO with CDs of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Wolf-Ferrari for NONESUCH, SONY CLASSICAL, DISCOVER, UNICORN, and ASV, and with premieres by Rainer Bischof and Frederic Rzewski for the Vienna Festival and Kennedy Center.
Mr. Castleman earned degrees from Harvard, Curtis, and University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek (teaching assistant of Sevcik, Ysaye student) and Ivan Galamian, his most influential coaches David Oistrakh, Szeryng, and Gingold. He plays the “Marquis de Champeaux” Stradivarius from 1708, and chooses from 80 bows.
LAURA BOSSERT (85-9, 93W) (26th year) (Chamber, Violin)
-- a Silver Medalist in the Henryk Szeryng
International Violin Competition, she has earned recognition for her artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and children’s music specialist. Ms. Bossert has appeared in collaboration with the Muir String Quartet, Amelia, Raphael and Mirecourt Trios, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society members Joseph Silverstein, Paul Neubauer, Kim Kashkashian, David Jolley, and Joseph Robinson. She has toured with jazz musicians David Amram, Chuck Mangione and performed with Emily Sailers of the Indigo Girls.At present, Bossert teaches at Wellesley College, the Longy School of Music, and in the summer months at The Quartet Program and LYRICAFEST. Ms. Bossert’s eclectic career has included serving as guest concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, being named a Texaco Rising Star by the Caramoor Chamber Music Festival, and recording for major motion pictures.“Music is Everywhere”, a program she co-authored, was awarded an ACMA/Dodge Partnership Grant in 2002, and in the same year LYRICA BOSTON was awarded the Roxbury Highland Charitable Foundation Grant. By the age of 35, Ms. Bossert has placed students in ensembles and positions as varied as the Boston Symphony, the Handel and Haydn Society, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, New Haven, Portland Symphonies, Santiago Philharmonic, Mikkkeli Finnish Chamber Orchestra, The Quartet Program and the Longy School of Music. Her international class consists of students from Russia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Poland, Australia, China, Japan, Canada, Finland, and throughout the United States. Last season's highlights included concerto appearances with Elmar Olivera, chamber music collaborations with Nathanial Rosen and Steven Ansell, and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University and at the Texas Music Educators Association.
ALLYSON DAWKINS (74-7) (18th year) (Dean, Viola, Chamber) -Principal Violist of the San Antonio Symphony, has won consistent admiration for her playing as both orchestral soloist and recitalist. Critics have praised the "great sensitivity and intelligence" of her playing, as well as her "full-bodied, velvety tone." The San Antonio Express-News described her solo performance of Britten’s Lachrymae as "delicate and compelling...with poise, technical security, and in-the-groove freedom." Of the Ginastera Variaciones concertantes the Express-News said "Top marks go to Allyson Dawkins for a spitfire performance in her demanding solo."Ms. Dawkins is on the faculty of Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is highly sought after and widely respected as a private teacher. She is co-author, with Charles Castleman, of a technical instruction book for viola titled Fingerboard Memory, and co-editor, with Mr. Castleman, of Emanuel Ondricek's Superior Finger Exercises . She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, and as Principal Violist of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin and the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. She is currently a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Dawkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, and a Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Strongly committed to community service, Ms. Dawkins works with cancer patients at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio. She is also director of the San Antonio Symphony Caroling Project, a program that takes musicians to area hospitals, hospices, corrcctional institutions, and shelters during the December holiday season.
CSABA ERDELYI (4th year) (Chamber), born in Hungary, made musical history when, in 1972, he won the prestigious Carl Flesch Violin Competition with the viola – the first, and so far, only time. Following the Flesch Prize, he was invited by Joseph Szigeti and Rudolph Serkin to the Marlboro Festival where he also worked with Pablo Casals. A viola student of Pál Lukács and subsequently Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Giuranna, Erdélyi became Menuhin’s partner in concertos and chamber music. Menuhin wrote to Benjamin Britten: “Erdélyi is an invaluable link between the two great musical cultures of Eastern and Western Europe.” Csaba Erdélyi was the viola player of the London-based Chilingirian Quartet, one of the world’s most celebrated and widely travelled ensembles (1980-1987). As a soloist, Csaba Erdélyi has recorded for Concordance, Decca, Hungaroton, Lyrita, Nimbus and Philips records. He was the viola soloist in the film score of Amadeus, with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He played viola concertos with leading British orchestras with Rudolf Barshai, Erich Bergel, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Louis Frémaux, Raymond Leppard, Sir Charles Mckerras, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Sanderling conducting. Erdélyi was principal viola player of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London from 1974 to 1978. He was guest principal violist of the BBC Symphony, invited by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. As a guest violist, Erdélyi has also performed with the Pauk-Frankl-Kirshbaum Trio, Fine Arts Quartet, Kocian Quartet, Lindsay Quartet, Smetana Quartet, St. Petersburg Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Végh Quartet. In the USA, Csaba Erdélyi was Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Indiana University, Rice University, Butler University, Bowling Green State University. His former students can be found in prestigious positions in music performance and education all over the world.
For over 20 years Professor Erdélyi researched the original manuscript of the Bartók Viola Concerto, the composer’s last work left in draft. In consultation with renowned Bartók scholars he restored and orchestrated the work in the most authentic manner. Both Erdélyi’s edition, published by www.promethean-editions.com and his world premiere CD with the New Zealand Symphony, available from www.concordance.co.nz have received world-wide professional acclaim. Since 1978 to the present, Csaba Erdélyi has frequently been a featured performer and lecturer at International Viola Congresses. Recently he performed his version of the Bartók Viola Concerto in the Gala Concert of the 2009 International Viola Congress held at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Csaba Erdélyi serves as principal viola of both the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera at the University of Illinois. He holds citizenships in his native Hungary, Great Britain and the United States. He is proficient in several languages. His favorite instrument is a magnificent viola made for him by master luthier Joseph Curtin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
ALAN HARRIS (3rd year) (Cello, Chamber) BM, University of Kansas; MM, Performer’s Certificate, Indiana University. Studied with Raymond Stuhl and Janos Starker. Recording for Vox. Master classes, solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States. Artist faculty, Aspen Music Festival (1974- ). Recipient, 2004 Eva Janzer Memorial Award at Indiana University for universal contributions to the art and teaching of cello playing. Performed with the Cleveland Quartet, the Eastman Quartet and Rochester Chamber Soloists. Principal cellist, Rochester Chamber Orchestra (1966-72) and Eastman Chamber Orchestra (1965-68). Assistant principal cellist, Rochester Philharmonic (1965-69). Faculty member, Inter-American University, Puerto Rico (1959-61), Ohio Wesleyan University (1961-65), Aspen Music Festival (1974-), Cleveland Institute of Music (1976-84, 1987-99), Northwestern (1984-87), Eastman (1965-76, 1986-87, 1994-98, 99- ).
KYOKO HASHIMOTO (12th year) (Collaborative Piano) -- was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three. After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School. She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School. Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
She has been regularly performing throughout the world, so far in more than 25 countries, including many major cities and halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc. She has been invited to many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. Besides performing Solo recitals and Concertos with distinguished orchestras such as the Prague Chamber philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, she has performed many duo recitals with Ruggiero Ricci(Vn), Thomas Zehetmair(Vn) and Antonio Meneses(Vc), and duo and chamber music concerts with artists such as Sandor Vegh(Vn), Mischa Maisky(Vc), Jean-Jacque Kantorow(Vn), Aaron Rosand(Vn), Ralph Kirshbaum(Vc), Steven Isserlis(Vc), András Adorján(Fl), Patrick Gallois(Fl), Maurice Bourgue(Ob), Hansjörg Schellenberger(Ob), Barry Tuckwell(Hr), Atar Arad(Va), Anthony Marwood(Vn), Nobuko Imai(Va) Sergio Azzolini(Fg), Isabelle van Keulen(Vn), Chantal Juillet(Vn), Hermann Baumann(Hr), Regis Pasquier(Vn), Matt Haimovitz(Vc), Charles Castleman(Vn) and Bruno Giuranna(Va)
Ms. Hashimoto was awarded numerous prizes such as the 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition. She has recorded many times for TV and radio all over the world including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio. She has also made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, and 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich. She is Associate Professor of Piano at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years. She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic. as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, U.S.A. Holland, Germany and Japan.A legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation”.
EINAR HOLM (37th year) (Chamber) -- is a founding member of the East-West Chamber Ensemble and the Ithaca Violoncello Quartet, and a former member of the Lenox and Vaghy String Quartets. A graduate of the Juilliard School under Leonard Rose, his other teachers included Colin and Bonnie Hampton, Margaret Rowell, Zara Nelsova, Gabor Rejto, Channing Robbins, and Harvey Shapiro. In his conservatory years he worked extensively with the Juilliard Quartet; an avid and precocious chamber musician, he had been a member of the "Junior Griller Quartet" along with Donald Weilerstein and John Graham, studying with the famed Grillers before reaching his teens. Founder-Director of the International Ithaca Violoncello Institute, Mr. Holm has taught at over thirty institutions, including San Francisco Conservatory, Oberlin, Accademia Internacional de Musica da Camera in Argentina and India. He has recorded for RCA, Columbia, CRI and Redwood, was a "musical Ambassador" to Expo'67 in Montreal, and was a participant in four films of the award-winning series "Pablo Casals Master Classes". He performs on a Giovanni Grancino cello made in 1705 in Milan, Italy
TERRY KING (17th year) (Cello, Chamber) -- was a protege of Gregor Piatigorsky, a former assistant in the celebrated master classes at the University of Southern California who was privileged to have joined his teacher in one of his last concerts, a duo recital. Mr. King is not only a unique cellist, but a scholar, chamber musician and conductor. He collaborated with Carole King on her Grammy Award-winning album "Tapestry" and was solo cellist for the movie "The French Lieutenant's Woman." He has been a member of two world-class piano trios, the Mirecourt and the International. His repertoire features both classic works and also previously unknown gems discovered by him. Many prominent American composers have written works for him and entrusted to him their premieres, including Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Halsey Stevens, Paul Reale, Paul Creston, Miklos Rozsa, Lou Harrison, Lukas Foss, and Otto Luening. Mr. King is presently engaged in a recording project of standard and American works for cello on Music and Arts. His recording of the complete Mendelssohn works for cello was praised in Fanfare, "..of all versions this is the most consistently thought out and expressively realized...intensely poetic." and was the preferred recording mentioned on the nationally syndicated radio program, "First Hearing." His ground-breaking series "Cello America" has been met with similar praise worldwide. Terry King records for MCA, ABC Classics, CRI, Innova, Genesis, Orion, A&M, Music and Arts, Bay Cities, Gasparo, and Erasmus Records. He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, California State University at Fullerton, Grinnell College, and University of Iowa, and is currently on the faculties of the Longy and Hartt Schools. A current member of his studio recently won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow.
JOHN KOCHANOWSKI (9th year) (Viola, Chamber) -CQPE- studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Julliard School where his principal teachers were Robert Mann and Walter Trampler. He also studied at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Bruno Giuranna. From 1971 to 1987, he was the violist and a founding member of the Concord String Quartet, which performed more than 1,000 concerts on major chamber music series in the U.S. and Europe. It presented the complete quartets of Beethoven 32 times and the complete quartets of Bartok 14 times. The ensemble premiered more than 50 works, many on commission from such composers as Bolcom, Diamond, Druckman, Foss, Henze, Johnston, Penderecki, Rochberg, and others. They recorded more than 40 works on RCA-Red Seal, Nonesuch, Vox, Turnabout, and the CRI labels. Kochanowski joined the Blair String Quartet in 1997. In addition to his many appearances with the Quartet, he has been an active performer. As soloist he has performed John Harbison’s Viola Concerto and Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy. He recorded the Sonata for Viola and Harp by Michael Kurek on New World Records (80497-2), as well as giving the world premiere of Kurek’s Sonata for Viola and Piano (2002), composed for him. He has also appeared in the Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and has appeared as guest artist with the Brentano and Cassatt String Quartets.
THOMAS LANDSCHOOT (7th year) (Cello, Chamber) -- joined the music faculty of Arizona State University
in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He performs virtually the entire standard and contemporary repertoires of the cello, and several composers have dedicated new works to him. Mr. Landschoot regularly performs as soloist and in recital in concert halls across Europe, the United States and Japan. Mr. Landschoot holds a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, an Artist Diploma from Indiana University and an Artist Diploma (cum laude) from the Conservatory of Maastricht, Netherlands. His major teachers include Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Antonio Meneses and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, for whom he served as a teaching assistant. He also enjoys a close relationship with Bernard Greenhouse, the distinguished former cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. Recipient of the 2005 'Distinguished Teaching Award", he has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. During the summers he has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Texas Music Festival in Houston, the Meadowmount School of Music in New York and many others.
NANCY NEHRING (13th year) (Dean) - started out as a piano major at the University of Kansas, but ended up with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance (with Distinction), and a Master of Music in Viola from the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she was principal of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble (under Carl St. Clair) and University Orchestra (under Gustav Meier), as well as a member of the Graduate Quartet (coached by Eugene Bossart) and the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers have included Mary Tuven Hoag, Karel Blaas, Michael Kimber, Frank Bundra, Nathan Gordon, and Wayne Crouse. A member of the Oklahoma Symphony for six years and Chamber Orchestra of Oklahoma City for five, she has also been assistant principal and principal of the Modesto Symphony and California Symphony, and a substitute with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She played with the Sacramento Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Women's Philharmonic, and the Saskatoon Symphony. Nancy has also participated in many summer festivals and orchestras, including the Grand Teton Festival, Aspen, the Colorado Philharmonic (now the National Repertory Orchestra), the Peter Britt Festival, and the Orquesta de la Minería (in Mexico City). She was Principal Viola of the Brandon Chamber Players from 1999-2006 and Administrative Officer of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition from 2003-07. Nancy moved to Columbus, OH in 2008 with her husband, cellist Mark Rudoff. Currently she is principal of the Central Ohio Symphony and a member of the Musicians Columbus string quartet, and accompanies students at The Ohio State University and around Columbus.
MARK RUDOFF (74-5) (17th year) (Chamber, Cello)-- In September, 2008, Mark Rudoff began an appointment as Artist-Teacher of Cello and Chamber Music at The Ohio State University, this following a distinguished tenure as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music and director of the Orchestra at Brandon University. Applauded as "an exceptionally gifted cellist" and “a charismatic performer,” Mr. Rudoff has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in
Cellist KATIE SCHLAIKJER (91,93) (3rd year)(Chamber,Cello) this year joined the award-winning Penderecki Quartet in residence at Wilfred Laurier University.
She is an accomplished chamber musician having performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is a regular guest at the Apple Hill center for chamber music and joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2010. During her three-year membership with the Avalon String Quartet she was awarded top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, participated in residencies at Ravinia's Steans Institute, Aspen's Center for Advanced Quartet Studies and studied under the Vermeer and Emerson String Quartets at the Northern Illinois University and Hartt schools respectively. Also with the Avalon Quartet, Katie participated in seminars runs by Issac Stern both in New York at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Following their final performance at the Stern workshop in Carnegie Hall the quartet was described by the New York Times as "altogether a superb team". From 2009-2012 she was a member of the Colorado Quartet.
A Boston native, Katie attended the Walnut Hill School for the performing arts and the New England Conservatory (BM earned with distinction in performance) where her teachers included Laurence Lesser, Andres Diaz, Peter Stumpf and Eugene Lehner. Katie spent three months as a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts where she performed and studied with David Takeno, Scott St John, John Perry and Edgar Meyer. She completed both her Master's and Doctoral degrees at Stony Brook University where her teachers included Timothy Eddy, Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish.
Ms Schlaikjer has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, Icicle Creek and Caramoor festivals, collaborated with artists including Renée Fleming, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Peter Wiley and recorded for the Albany and Naïve Classique labels. Katie is an active participant in NYC's music scene, and has appeared with SONYC (the string orchestra of NYC), Manhattan Sinfonietta, Azure Ensemble, and the new music ensembles Argento and Newband. An advocate of new music, she has worked with many composers including Gunther Schuller, Chen Yi, Laura Kaminsky and Lee Hyla. Over the past year, Ms Schlaikjer's appearances with the Colorado Quartet have included a world-wide live broadcast performance from Symphony Space's 2010 Wall to Wall marathon concert and performances in San Francisco, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware and the British Virgin Islands. Upcoming projects with the quartet include two performances of the complete Bartok quartets at the University of Connecticut and at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
A dedicated teacher, Katie maintained a private teaching studio in Stony Brook, NY for seven years and has taught cello at Bard Conservatory's Preparatory music program, coached chamber music at New England Conservatory's Extension Division, Stony Brook's pre-college program, Castleman Quartet Program (NY) and the Icicle Creek (WA), Mimir (TX) and Apple Hill (NH) chamber music festivals and given master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Delaware. She plays on a cello made by Paolo Castello in Genoa in 1775 and her bow is a Nicholas Maire.
Violist GEORGE TAYLOR (5th year)(Viola, Chamber) -is active in practically every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Taylor is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music. Before joining the Eastman faculty, he was a member of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University 1979 through 1986. He has taught at Musicorda, the Encore School for Strings, the Meadowmount School, the Manchester Music Festival and the Elan International Music Festival. He has served as a juror at international competitions in Europe and the United States. George Taylor has given numerous solo recitals and appeared as a chamber musician in concerts throughout the United States and at the Taiwan Cultural Center. He was co-founder and conductor of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra (Durham, NC), an ensemble that is still active in performance and recordings. An active advocate for the performance of music by African/American composers, Taylor was a participant in the National Black Arts Festival held in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, which presents music of African/American composers in concerts throughout the country. Mr. Taylor has performed and premiered works written for him by many composers, including Ron Carter, Noel DaCosta, George Walker, David Liptak and Carmen Moore. A native of New York City, Mr. Taylor attended the Manhattan School of Music where his teachers included Jaime Laredo, Raphael Bronstein and Burton Kaplan. Further studies on viola were with Michael Tree and Abraham Skernick. Chamber music studies were with such notables as Arthur Balsam, Joseph Seiger, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider,and members of the Guarneri Quartet.
BASIL VENDRYES (79-81, 83) (16th year) (Viola, Chamber) -CQPE- Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony (1982-95), the New York Philharmonic (1984-85) and the Rochester Philharmonic (1979-82). As violist with the Aurora String Quartet (1986-95) Mr. Vendryes performed in New York, London and Tokyo. He currently is on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, where he teaches both viola and chamber music. Mr. Vendryes has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Summer Music West, and the Raphael Trio Summer Chamber Music workshop. In Denver, he participates in educational programs that bring music to schools throughout the area. Mr. Vendryes is also the founder/director of the Colorado Young Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that comprises some of the best young talent in the Denver area.
Basil Vendryes was born in 1961 to West Indian parents, and began his musical training in the public schools at the age of eleven. He received scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Sally O'Reilly, Francis Tursi and Heidi Castleman. Mr. Vendryes won prizes in the 1981 American String Teachers Association and 1988 Bruno Giuranna Viola Competitions. He has appeared as soloist with the Colorado, Aurora, Jefferson, Littleton, Lamont Centennial, and Biola Symphonies, Evergreen, Artea and American Chamber Orchestras, Sinfonia San Francisco and the Boulder and Oakland Youth Symphonies. Festival appearances include Spoleto, Heidelberg, Ouray, Lake Winnepesaukee, Las Vegas, Marin, and the Grand Tetons. He has recorded chamber music for the CRI and Naxos labels. He plays on a fine Italian viola made in 1887 by Carlo Cerruti.
SUSAN WATERBURY (9th year) (Chamber)-- serves as Associate Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, NY where she teaches violin and performs regularly with the Ariadne String Quartet, the Pebble Piano Trio, and Kulmusik new music ensemble. From 1995-99, Waterbury was Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis where she taught violin and performed with the Ceruti String Quartet. On a year’s leave of absence from Memphis (1999-2000), Waterbury was Artist-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director for the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA where she performed chamber music concerts year-round. Waterbury was a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet for 11 years, having served as Quartet-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1988-95. As a member of Cavani, Ms. Waterbury performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. This included appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Phillips Collection and Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. The Cavani Quartet garnered many awards including First Prize in the 1989 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, Cleveland Quartet, and Carmel Chamber Music competitions as well as the 1989 Ohio Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Waterbury earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University School of Music which named her “Distinguished Alumna of 1995”. She studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Jens Ellerman, Michael Davis and Walter Levin (Cincinnati College- Conservatory) and was coached in chamber music by the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets.
Ms Waterbury is an active performer, playing recitals, concerti, and collaborations regularly with friends locally, and on national and international series and festivals throughout the year. Past collaborations include performances with Paul Katz, Colorado Qt., Cleveland Qt., Miami Qt., Frank Cohen, Josh Smith, David Cerone, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, and Ann Schein. Waterbury has recorded on the Azica, Albany, Pantheon, Polygram, and Cleveland Institute of Music labels. Summers, Waterbury has taught and performed for various festivals, including the Quartet Program, Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), Camerata Deia International Music Festival (Mallorca, Spain), Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada), Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, Music in the Mountains, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Orvieto Musica (Orvieto, Italy), and Garth Newel Music Festival.
*still subject to change