Faculty & Staff

CQP 2018  ♦  49th Season

Faculty are members of, or faculty at:

Fredonia, 1st session
Chilingerian Quartet, The Eastman School, The Frost School of Music, Hartt College, Longy School of Music, The Ohio State University, University of Denver, and Syracuse University

Fredonia, 2nd session
Blair Quartet, Concord Quartet, Arizona State Univ., The Eastman School of Music, The Frost School of Music, McGill University, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio, Syracuse University and Vanderbilt University

Chilingerian Quartet, The Frost School of Music, Linfield College, Univ. of British Columbia,  Interlochen Arts Academy

LAURA BOSSERT (85-9, 93W) (30th 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; the Amelia, Raphael and Mirecourt Trios; and 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 Syracuse University, and in the summer months at The Castleman 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 Castleman Quartet Program and the LongySchool 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 Oliveira, 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.

ADRIENNE CARAVAN (8th year) (Dean)

ALLYSON DAWKINS (74-7) (22nd 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 (8th year) (Viola, 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, CuartetoLatinoamericano, 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.

PAMELA FRAME (8th year) (Cello) Formerly Associate Professor at The Eastman School, Ms Frame toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the Casals Festival and Skaneateles Festival . An accomplished visual artist she won an award in 2010 at her 1st juried production, at The Rochester Public Market (voted 1st in the nation) On her web site she details her work, including jewelry and furniture.

KYOKO HASHIMOTO (15th year) (Collaborative Piano)                            A legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation”.

Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three.  After graduating from the TohoGakuen 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 regularly has been performing throughout the world, 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 in many countries in Europe, North America and Asia, she has performed Concertos with  such distinguished orchestras as the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed over 1000 works from pre-Baroque to Contemporary. She has performed on Harpsichord and  Fortepiano. She has performed duo recitals with Ruggiero Ricci(Vn), Thomas Zehetmair(Vn) and Antonio Meneses(Vc), and duo and chamber music concerts with 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 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition.  She has recorded for TV and radio worldwide including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio.  She has been a frequent performer for CBC (Canada) and BBC (UK) and in 2012, the BBC “Schubert Marathon” grouped her  with Edwin Fischer, William Kapell and Wilhelm Backhaus as representative performances of the Schubert Impromptus.  She has made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich, 4 Impromptus by Schubert, 12 Preludes Book II by Debussy as well as Partita by Bach, variations by Beethoven, 16 Waltzes by Brahms, Dance Suite by Bartók and Mazurkas by Blumenfeld.

She is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Area 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 U.K.. She served as an International Jury member for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Artists Competition, CMC Stepping Stone Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition and YAMAHA Benelux Competition. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival (IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., Holland, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil and Japan.

ALBERT KIM (3rd year) (Chamber, Piano)  Albert Kim leads the Piano Faculty at Linfield College, He made his public debut at the age of ten, when he substituted on a day’s notice for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz to give the inaugural performance on the 500,000th Steinway piano at Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, including solo and chamber music recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, and the LaJolla Chamber Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony, the Tenerife Symphony, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Mozart, Bach, and Brahms Society Orchestras at Harvard. During the 1998-99 concert season he was selected by Carnegie Hall to participate in the European Concert Hall Organization’s “Rising Stars” program, making solo and piano-duo debuts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Athens Megaron, the Palais des Beaux Arts, and Weill Recital Hall. From 1991 to 2000 he performed extensively in a trio with violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Edward Arron.

After some years’ hiatus, during which he pursued a career in aviation, Mr. Kim matriculated as a student of Natalya Antonova at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing his M.M. and DMA in piano performance and literature. Winner of the 2008 concerto competition, he performed Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia. Albert received his B.A. cum laude in Music from Harvard University in 2000, where he conducted the Toscanini Chamber Orchestra and the Dunster House Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed in the chamber music master classes of Robert Levin and Menahem Pressler and coached with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Alexander Schneider, Leon Kirchner, Jean Barr, Lynn Chang, Daniel Stepner, and James Buswell. He was an Apprentice Artist at the Bravo! Colorado Music Festival in 1990 and 1991, and in 1996 he was selected as a keyboard fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he coached with Peter Serkin and William Bolcom and performed as an orchestral pianist under the batons of Robert Spano and Reinbert de Leeuw. He has collaborated in chamber festival performances with Pavel Vernikov, Asako Urushihara, Ida Kavafian, Ida Levin, Fred Sherry, Christopher Costanza, Ik-Hwan Bae, and David Chan. He has given world and European premieres of concerto and chamber works by Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Toshio Hosokawa, and Weezer lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo.

Mr. Kim ‘s principal teachers, beside  Natalya Antonova, have been Janice Weber, John Perry, Solomon Mikowsky, Donn-Alexandre Feder, and Futaba Niekawa. He has also worked with Vitaly Margulis and German Diez. Mr. Kim retains his private pilot’s license and a dream to own his own airplane one day.

TERRY KING (21st 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 (12th year) (Viola, Chamber) – 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 (11th 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 (18th 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, Francis 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 (Mexico City).

Her many administrative positions included Secretary-Treasurer of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra & Negotiating Committees, three-year ICSOM delegate for OSO,  Admin. Assistant for the Univ. of Saskatchewan Music Dept (1993-2000), and Admin. Officer of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (2003-07).  She was also Principal Viola of the Brandon Chamber Players (Manitoba) from 1999-2006, and a teacher & accompanist for the Brandon Suzuki Talent Education Program for 8 years.

Nancy moved to Columbus, OH in 2008 with her husband, cellist Mark Rudoff, and toured Ohio, Minnesota, & Wisconsin with him for several years as violist of the Chiarina Piano Quartet.  From 2009-17, she was principal of the Central Ohio Symphony, and subbed several times with the Wheeling Symphony.  Currently asst. principal of the Newark-Granville Symphony and principal of the Columbus Dance Theatre orchestra, she is first-call viola and personnel manager for Columbus Musicians LLC.  Nancy is the studio accompanist for mezzo Katherine Rohrer of The Ohio State University faculty, and also accompanies Columbus private string students.

MARK RUDOFF (74-5) (22nd 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 Canada and the United States, and his solo and chamber performances have been recorded for broadcast on CBC. Mark has appeared as guest artist at the Winnipeg Symphony’s Centara New Music Festival, the Prairie Festival of New Music, and on the University of Saskatchewan’s In Performance Concert Series, and performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music at Shawnigan, and the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar. He performs with the Galileo Trio, Emerado, and the Jarvis Quintet, and has performed with groups including the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Music Project, Parkland Ensemble, Allegri Quartet, Mount Royal Quintet, and Thomas and Isobel Rolston and Friends. Mark has also served as principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. Mark is a guest artist and chamber music instructor at the Mountain View Festival of Song in Sundre, Alberta; has served on the juries of the Fischoff and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions and the Eckhardt-Gramatté and Doris McClelland Competitions; was for three years director of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony; and has had articles published in the American String Teacher and Alberta Law Review.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick and Lorne Munroe, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

CRAIG SHEPPARD (2nd year) (Chamber, Piano) is a renowned pedagogue whose former students hold positions in major universities and conservatories in this country and around the world, including England, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Known for his passion at the keyboard, allied to technical mastery and a deep commitment to both scholarly and historical perspectives, Sheppard celebrates nearly fifty years on the international concert platform.  He has performed his most recent project, the 24 Préludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Opus 87, in New York, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Jerusalem and Oslo, as well as numerous universities and conservatories in the US.  His CDs of the Shostakovich have met with critical acclaim in both national and international press.  In the July, 2016 issue of Fanfare magazine, Peter Rabinowitz writes: “What’s especially impressive is Sheppard’s sense of the music’s changing landscapes, his ability to shape its emotional trajectories.  This is a set full of interpretive astuteness that repays repeated listening.”  Bryce Morrison writes in the February, 2016 issue of Gramophone: “…clearly at the zenith of his career, he achieves a brilliantly inclusive poise and brio that go to the very heart of Shostakovich.  He ends the Fugue No.24 in a blaze of maestoso glory and a storm of cheers.  Finely recorded, this is a memorable issue.”

In the April, 2011 issue of London’s International Record Review of Sheppard’s Last Three Piano Sonatas by Franz Schubert, Robert Matthew-Walker noted: ‘It was Hans Keller who said that All great artists are, by virtue of what they do, also great teachers, and those who have heard Sheppard’s recent recording on the Roméo label – particularly the complete Beethoven sonatas and Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Books I and II – will know the truth of that statement.  The City of Seattle and the students at its University are indeed fortunate to have him in their midst.’  Sheppard’s recital début at the Berlin Philharmonic, featuring Chopin’s 24 Préludes and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, caused one critic to enthuse: ‘The pianist revealed himself an intimate connoisseur of Bach’s soul.’  Following Sheppard’s appearance at a recent Minnesota Beethoven Festival, the reviewer exclaimed: ‘With the recitals of Yo-Yo Ma and Craig Sheppard, the festival is off to a great start!’ 

Craig Sheppard was born in Philadelphia and graduated both the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, studying with Eleanor Sokoloff and Sasha Gorodnitzki respectively.  He also worked at the Marlboro Festival with Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals, and in London with Ilona Kabos, Peter Feuchtwanger and Sir Clifford Curzon.  He gave his New York début in January, 1972 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and six months later won the Silver Medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.  Moving to London the following year, he played with all the major British orchestras on multiple occasions, as well as many on the European continent and many of the major orchestras in this country, working with conductors such as Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti, Kurt Sanderling, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Aaron Copland, Yehudi Menuhin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman and Leonard Slatkin.  During his London years, Sheppard taught at Lancaster University, the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in addition to giving masterclasses at both Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Sheppard returned to this country in 1993 as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington’s School of Music, becoming a Full Professor in 2004.  Sheppard’s repertoire is eclectic, comprising forty-plus recital programs and over sixty concerti spanning all major eras of Western classical music.  He has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, José Carreras, Ida Handel, Sylvia Rosenberg, Victoria de los Angeles, Irina Arkhipova, the Cleveland, Bartók and Emerson String Quartets, in addition to musicians of the younger generation, including James Ehnes, Stefan Jackiw, Richard O’Neill, Edward Arron and Johannes Moser.  He travels frequently to Europe, the Far East, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and South America to give concerts and masterclasses.

 In 2010, Sheppard co-founded the annual Seattle Piano Institute with colleague, Dr. Robin McCabe, a musical boot camp for gifted young pianists that includes frequent private lessons along with supervised practice in dedicated practice rooms, masterclasses and seminars.  Sheppard is known for his broad academic interests, particularly foreign languages, and his CDs can be found on the Roméo, AT-Berlin, Philips, Sony and Chandos labels.

GEORGE TAYLOR (9th 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) (20th year) (Viola, Chamber)  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.

ERIC WILSON (3rd year) (Chamber) Professor of Cello at University of British Columbia,  was awarded the Bronze Medal (1971) in the Geneva International Competition and co-winner of the Morris Loeb Prize for Strings (1973) at the Juilliard School. Eric Wilson was solo cellist of the Ensemble of New York in residence at the Lincoln Centre, New York. He was also a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet that won in 1978 the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg competition Prize for Chamber Ensemble.

Wilson has performed with such eminent artists as Menahem Pressler and Walter Trampler and with the Boston Chamber Soloists, New York Chamber Soloists, Lyric Piano Quartet, Quartet Canada, Pro Arte Quartet and the Melos Quartet. As guest artist, Wilson has appeared at the Wolf Trap; Newport (R.I.); Katonah (N.Y.); Banff, Alberta; Scotia; Meadow Brook and Vermont Mozart Festivals among others.

With pianist Patricia Hoy, Professor Wilson has performed extensively and received critical acclaim with the release of their CD of Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano and Stephen Chatman’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. In March 2004, Wilson gave a series of masterclasses and recitals in Taiwan including lectures at the National Teacher’s University in Taipei and a recital at the Taiwan National Theatre, also in Taipei.

LISA ZWEBEN (72-74,76) (2nd year) (Dean)  holds a DMA in viola performance and an MMus in violin performance from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in violin performance from SUNY-College at Purchase. Her doctoral essay is a catalogue of compositions for viola by US women composers. Following studies with Charles and Heidi Castleman she played in the Royal Opera Orchestra in Ghent, Belgium; and the Naples Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet in Florida, where she served as Assistant Principal Viola.
Lisa served on the faculty of Virginia Tech as an instructor in Women’s Studies and Humanities. At Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia she taught a full studio of violin students and coached chamber music. In addition she served as Assistant Principal Viola of the Roanoke Symphony and Principal Viola of Opera Roanoke. In Portland she teaches violin and viola, privately and at the Community Music Center, conducts an adult string orchestra, works with violin and viola students at Oregon State University, and freelances on both violin and viola.