BIOs

Gabriela Martinez (guest artist)

Lauded by the New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).Ms. Martinez has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto, and chamber music performance credits.  Since making her orchestral debut at age 7, Ms. Martinez has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific and San Francisco Symphonies, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, Nurnberger Philharmoniker, Symphonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Tivoli Philharmonic, and regularly performs with the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra.An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman, and the Takacs, Biava and Calder quartets.  Ms. Martinez has performed under the batons of conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Lawrence Foster, James Gaffigan, Dirk Brosse, Klauspeter Seibel, Giordano Bellincampi, Diego Matheuz, Christian Vasquez, Guillermo Figueroa, David Machado, Anne Manson, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Egmon Colomer, Pedro and Cristobal Halffter, among others.  Ms. Martinez has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York; Davies Hall in San Francisco; Bass Hall in Fort Worth; Palace of Versailles in Paris; Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg; Semperoper in Dresden; Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen; the Verbier Festival; Ravinia Festival; Dresden Music Festival; Snow and Symphony Festival in St. Moritz; Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto; the New Hampshire Music Festival; the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center; and the Tokyo International Music Festival.  She has performed both as soloist and chamber musician in over 50 concert halls in the U.S. and Germany, as well as in Salzburg, Copenhagen, Paris, The Netherlands, St. Moritz, Verbier, Sendai, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Montpellier, Rome, Venice, London, Spoleto, Brussels, Caracas, and Bogota.  Ms. Martinez has won numerous national and international prizes and awards.  Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden.  She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award. Ms. Martinez’s wide-ranging career includes world premieres of new music, live performance broadcasts, and interviews on TV and radio. Her performances have been featured on MDR Kultur (Germany), NHK (Japan), Radio France (France), RAI (Italy), Deutsche Welle (Germany), WQXR, WNYC, National Public Radio, CNN, PBS, 60 minutes, ABC, From the Top (USA), and numerous television and radio stations in Venezuela. Born in Caracas in 1984, Ms. Martinez began her piano studies with her mother Alicia Gaggioni, and studied with Miyoko Lotto at the Perlman Music Program.  She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, and her doctorate with Professor Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Martinez was a member of the fellowship "The Academy- a Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute.” Ms. Martinez has been a Career Grant recipient from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts since 2002. In  2008, Ms. Martinez was appointed Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey.

Sean Avram Carpenter

A graduate of Princeton University in 2003 and University of Cambridge in 2004 in political theory, Sean Avram Carpenter has since performed in numerous music competitions. He was a finalist in the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand (2005), and participant in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2005). Sean was principal violinist and co-concertmaster of several Juilliard and New York Youth Symphony Orchestra concerts, and co-concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra. In 2007, Sean worked for the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, a credit-oriented fund within Fortress Investment Group in New York. In addition to his role as the Co-Founder and President of the Salome Chamber Orchestra, Sean currently is a consultant to numerous domestic and international investors in fine and rare stringed instruments.

Lauren Sarah Carpenter

2002 Presidential Scholar Lauren Sarah Carpenter attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and was the violin student of Christina Khimm and conducting student of Jonathan Strasser. She was the top prizewinner at the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts competition in Miami, Florida. A winner of the 2004 and 2005 Princeton University Concerto Competitions, Lauren performed the Shostakovich Concerto No.1 and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Princeton University Orchestra under Michael Pratt’s direction, the same orchestra for which she served as Concertmistress. In 2006, she graduated from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Politics and minors in Germanic Language, Political Economics, Finance, and Music Performance. She has performed in masterclasses with Arnold Steinhardt, Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, and Aaron Rosand. Lauren currently works for Google in New York City and she continues to perform around the world with her musical siblings. In 2009, she co-founded the Salome Chamber Orchestra in New York City and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Barge Music, Steinway Hall , the MET Museum of Art, and MILK Studios with the ensemble.  An avid chamber musician, Lauren has performed with Christoph Eschenbach, Sharon Isbin and David Aaron Carpenter both abroad and in the United States.

Angelia Cho

Angelia Cho is a New York based violinist whose playing has been lauded by critics as expressive and dynamic. Her solo and ensemble performances have taken her all over the United States, England, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Vienna, and Israel. Angelia has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and she has appeared as soloist with many ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and Allegro Society, and the New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, and Brevard Symphonies. She has collaborated with conductors Mark Laycock, Daniel Meyer, Luis Biava, Shlomo Mintz, David Lobel, Donald Portnoy, Christopher Hogwood and Sir Simon Rattle. An avid chamber musician, Angelia was awarded 1st prize in The Rutenburg Chamber Music Competition in 2010 with her ensemble, The Ansonia Trio, just a year after it formed. One of many awards and distinctions, include the National Society of Arts and Letters, Montrone Scholarship from the New England Conservatory, Honors Ensemble. In 2007, Angelia was given a fellowship to join The Academy—a collaboration among Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. This program involved chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall and efforts to bring classical music into the NYC public schools Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Angelia began her musical life at age 3. She made her recital debut just a year later, leading to an appearance on NBC's critically acclaimed PM Magazine. She made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 11.  In 1996, Angelia entered The Curtis Institute of Music at age 15 to study with the late Jascha Brodsky. She then continued her studies with world renowned violinist Ida Kavafian. After earning her bachelor's degree, she attended The New England Conservatory where she completed her master's and graduate studies with Donald Weilerstein, founding member of the Cleveland Quartet. Some of Angelia's coaches and musical mentors include Felix Galimir, Gyorgy Kurtag, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Steve Tennenbaum and Daniel Phillips.

James Garlick

Violinist James Garlick has been hailed by critics as an “up and coming virtuoso” and his 2009 recital with pianist Judith Cohen was named by The Gathering Note as one of the ten “Best Concerts of 2009.”  James made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut performing the Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso to a packed house in the Isaac Stern Auditorium.  He has performed concerti with many orchestras, including the Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Octava Chamber Orchestra, and Port Angeles Symphony. 2010/2011 season highlights include the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Roman and the Everett Philharmonic and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Philharmonia Northwest. James is the new violinist of the critically acclaimed Onyx Chamber Players and frequently performs as Concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta. He earned degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory in both violin performance and neuroscience and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Stephen Clapp.

Katie Hyun

Violinist Katie Hyun recently completed her year as part of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy. She received her Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian, and her Masters Degree at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received her Bachelors degree. She has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber orchestra, Concerto Soloists Orchestra in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, and "Up Close and Musical," a string orchestra composed of members of the Colorado Symphony. Katie has appeared on the television program “Good Morning Texas,” and on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion”, NPR, with bassist Nathan Farrington. In 2006, she was invited by bassist Edgar Meyer to collaborate with him at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival and she also participated in his Carnegie Hall Workshop. Katie is a member of the award winning Amphion String quartet.

Marta Krechkovsky

Ukrainian violinist Marta Krechkovsky became a prizewinner at Kocian International Violin Competition in Czech Republic at the age of 10.  As a soloist, Ms. Krechkovsky has appeared with numerous orchestras in her native Ukraine, including the Lviv State Symphony Orchestra.  In Canada she has performed with Canadian Chamber Academy, Toronto Sinfonietta, Canada Pops Orchestra as a top winner of the Toronto Music Competition, and was also invited to perform the Brahms Double Concerto with the Oshawa-Durham Symphony together with Eric Picard, a principle cellist of Orchestra de Paris.  An experienced performer of orchestral and chamber music, she has been a substitute player with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra from 2005 -2009. Ms. Krechkovsky has participated in numerous music festivals such as, National Arts Center’s Young Artists Programme led by Pinchas Zukerman, ChamberFest at the Juilliard School. She has served as concertmaster at Pacific Music Festival in Japan, from 2004-2006 and in 2007 has joined Verbier Festival Orchestra as principal of the second violin section and in 2008 became a concertmaster where she worked with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rafael Frunbeck de Burgos, among others.  In 2005, Ms. Krechkovsky was personally invited by conductor Valery Gergiev to participate in his Russian Easter Festival in Moscow, where she was a concertmaster.  She was also invited by conductor Charles Dutoit to take part in the Miyazaki International Music Festival from 2008-2009 held in Japan.  Marta began studying violin at the age of 6 with her father.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and a degree in professional studies in orchestral performance from Manhattan School of Music.  Her teachers include Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Atis Bankas and Orest Krechkovsky.

Emily Smith

In 2009, Ms. Smith won first place in the Juilliard concerto competition and made her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, under the direction of Emmanuel Villaume.  As an active chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed with such artists as Andrés Diaz, Claude Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, Ida Levin, Daniel Phillips, and Eugenia Zukerman, in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill and Zankel Halls, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, and Symphony Space in New York. Ms. Smith has performed at various festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Banff International Masterclasses, Kneisel Hall, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and this summer will perform at the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia.
Ms. Smith has performed extensively as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, in concerts conducted by James DePreist, Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson-Thomas.  Ms. Smith received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Ronald Copes, Nick Eanet, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein.

David Southorn

New York City based violinist David Southorn has distinguished himself as a soloist, chamber musician, and Concertmaster and is enthusiastically pursuing a career in chamber music with the Amphion String Quartet. As soloist he has performed with the Fremont, Nova Vista and Portland Festival Symphonies and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival onstage with the State of Georgia Ballet Company. A passionate orchestral musician, Southorn frequently performs as Concermaster having led such orchestras as the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia and as guest Concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the New Haven Symphony and the New York Classical Players. A member of the Amphion Quartet, they were awarded the First Prize in both the Hugo Kauder Competion and Plowman Competition and received the 2nd Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions. Southorn has performed with the quartet at Music@Menlo, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes and most recently at the WMP Concert Hall and Chelsea Art Museum in NYC. He has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with Ani and Ida Kavafian and at the Mostly Music Series. He has performed at numerous festivals, including the Banff Music Centre, Spoleto USA, Tanglewood and Kneisel Hall. Southorn is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Professional Studies Degree under the tutelage of Glenn Dicterow.  Additionally, he holds an AD and MM from Yale, studying with Ani Kavafian, and a BM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Margaret Dyer

Margaret Dyer has charmed audiences worldwide as a chamber musician and soloist in New York City’s Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, numerous venues in Europe, Mexico, and along the Amazon River in Peru. This past season she appeared with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, New England String Ensemble, Ikarus Chamber Players and served as principal viola with the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics. Recently, the Brooklyn Philharmonic featured Ms Dyer during their Nuevo Latino Festival with the Tres Americas Ensemble at the Galapagos Art Space. Ms. Dyer is a founding member of the self-conducted string orchestra, A Far Cry, acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “one of Boston’s most promising classical music groups.” She has served on faculty for the Yellow Barn Music Festival’s Young Artists Program and has performed with musical personalities such as Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, Seymour Lipkin, Markus Schirmer and Gil Kalish. She has also performed and recorded with several non-classical artists, including Humanwine, Grizzly Bear, the Monolith, and David Saw. Ms. Dyer was named Presser Scholar and received her Bachelors Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and she was the recipient of the Parsons-Hunt Memorial Scholarship at the New England Conservatory, where she received her Masters Degree with Academic Distinction and Graduate Diploma. Her playing can be found on Iris Records, Fortune Records, and NEOS Recording Label.

Wei-Yang Andy Lin

Taiwan-born Wei-Yang Andy Lin, is recognized as one of the most promising young violists of today and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Stony Brook University of New York studying with Daniel Panner.  He holds his Bachelor and Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School.  Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions including the Tainan County and City competitions, Kao-Hsiung City Gun-Du-Bae Competition, Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, Top Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Stefan Sanderling playing Penderecki Viola Concerto.  Mr. Lin is also the winner of 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition and performed the Walton Viola Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lin is a member of the award winning string quartet The Amphion String Quartet where they have won the Frist Prize in the Piano and Strings Category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Competition.  In the same year, they also won the First Prize in the 2010 Kauder String Quartet Competition.  Mr. Lin has been a member of the LDX String Quartet, appearing on NPR’s “From the Top” radio broadcast; Kafka Piano Quintet, appearing at New York’s Taiwan Center and New Chinese Television, and currently is with the Asiana Virtuosi, where they frequently perform in Pennsylvania and has appeared on the Columbia Radio Broadcast “Sound of China”.  He has served as a principle violist in the Idyllwild Arts Chamber Orchestra, Ureuk Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.  He has also served as a principle in the International Sejong Soloists, which he was invited to be an artist at the Great Mountain Music Festival and School in Korea.  He is currently principle violist of the Carnegie Ensemble and the New York Classical Players.

John Stulz

  Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, violist John Stulz has gone on to live and study in Los Angeles, Boston and New York City. His artistic mentors include Donald McInnes, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, Donald Crockett, and Midori. John’s major performances include Berio’s daunting Chemins II with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, praised by the Boston Globe for his “taut control and poetic intensity”; West Coast premieres of works by Donald Crockett, Elliott Carter, and Krzysztof Meyer; as well as chamber music performances with Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Steven Mackey. As a musical entrepreneur, John partnered with conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni in 2008 to found the Los Angeles–based What’s Next? Ensemble. The group has since brought together more than 100 young musicians to perform the music of over 40 local composers under the auspices of their annual Los Angeles Composers Project. In addition to his viola career, John is an avid hiker, composer, and all-around enthusiast of radical aesthetics. John is currently a member of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. As part of his Academy program, John teaches in Queens at PS 877 The 51 Avenue Academy and performs around New York as a member of Ensemble ACJW.  

Vicki Powell

Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a star“ with “a voluptuous tone”, and as “a violist who can take one’s breath away,” Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals. Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell performs as a member of the Vuilliani String Quartet, and has been invited on tours across the country with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour. Ms. Powell has collaborated with prominent artists such as Miriam Fried, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, Jonathan Biss, Carter Brey, Steven Tenenbom, and Joseph Silverstein. Ms. Powell is a student at the Juilliard School where she studies with Misha Amory. She previously studied with Mr. Amory and Roberto Diaz at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Nathan Schram

A “born and raised” violist growing up around the world, Nathan Schram has established himself as an acclaimed soloist and a sought after chamber artist in the United States and Europe. A prizewinner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and first prize winner of ASTA’s National Solo Competition, Nathan has gone on to perform in the most prestigious halls of the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Nathan is regularly featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition with journalist Jeff Lunden. As a devoted chamber musician, Nathan has recently joined the Bryant Park Quartet, a string quartet equally passionate about performance as it is to educational outreach advocating great music in the community. An ensemble of the Ariel Artists roster, the BPQ frequents stages in America from coast to coast. Nathan is also a Fellow of The Academy – A program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute of Music in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. As an Academy Fellow, Nathan participates in frequent chamber music performances throughout the city’s leading chamber music venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, and WQXR’s Greene Space. In addition to chamber music Nathan is partnered with Elementary School PS75k in Bushwick, Brooklyn as the resident teaching artist. His experience as a teaching artist and Academy fellow is currently being documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden as a 2-year, multipart series for NPR’s Weekend Edition. Nathan is a former student of Alan de Veritch at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, as well as, Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. Other important musical mentors include: the Orion Quartet, Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, Sir Simon Rattle, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler, Jaime Laredo and Alex Kerr.

Mihai Marica

Romanian born cellist Mihai Marica won the first prize in the  2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the 2006 “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and he received the 2006 Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant.       Mihai played a Weill Hall debut recital and a Zankel Hall debut in early 2008 and has  appeared in recital performances  and as a soloist in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States and Canada. As a chamber musician he has  collaborated with prestigious artists such as  Ani Kavafian, Mihae Lee, Peter Frankl, William Purvis, David Shifrin, Andre Watts and Edgar Meyer.He is a member of the award winning Amphion String Quartet and will join The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two program in 2012. Mihai studied with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of music where he was awarded the Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees.

Hiro Matsuo

Praised by The New York Times as “striking,” American cellist Hiro Matsuo is quickly establishing himself as a rising talent of his generation. His performing career has taken him all over the world, and he has appeared in the most celebrated venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.  An avid chamber musician, Hiro has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Joshua Bell, David Aaron Carpenter, Roberto Díaz, Christoph Eschenbach, Ida Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Joseph Silverstein, among others. He has made appearances at summer music festivals of Kirishima, Lake George, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Salomé at The Hamptons. He performs regulary in the Chamber Players International concert series in New York City. He is an artist of the Metropolis Ensemble and Salomé Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest of Sejong Soloists and Solisti Ensemble.  Hiro has earned wide recognition winning numerous competitions and awards from an early age including first prizes in Kishwaukee, Musichorale, Music Teachers National Association, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Society of American Musicians, and University of Illinois Cello Festival competitions, among others.  As an orchestral musician, Hiro has served as principal for many concerts. He has played under the baton of renowned conductors John Adams, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Nicolas McGegan, Matthias Pintscher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, and Michael Tilson Thomas.  Hiro also enjoys collaborating with musicians outside the classical music genre. In 2011, he recorded for The Roots eleventh studio album “Undun.” To celebrate the release of the album, he appeared with the legendary band on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has shared the stage with famed artists Keren Ann, Natasha Bedingfield, John Legend, Florene Welch, and Michelle Williams.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He has worked extensively with Carter Brey, Timothy Eddy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, David Soyer, and Peter Wiley.

Laura Metcalf

Cellist Laura Metcalf, lauded for her “sensitive, melodic touch” (BlogCritics Magazine), has been a soloist with the One World Symphony, Ensemble 212 Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa, and has recently performed solo recitals on the Hewlett-Woodmere Gold Series, Shandelee Music Festival, Livingston Music Club, WMP Strad for Lunch, Church of Beethoven, and GiG Sante Fe Series. She is cellist of the Ansonia Trio, who won the Grand Prize at the 2009 Rutenberg Competition. She is cellist of Sybarite 5, a string quintet with whom she has given over 200 concerts at, among many other venues, the Library of Congress and Alice Tully Hall, and been featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today. She is cellist of Ten O’Clock Classics, with whom she toured 27 cities nationwide in 2010, of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, and has recently been selected as the newest member of the cello and percussion quartet Break of Reality. She has appeared on the Festival Chamber Music series at Weill and Merkin Halls, collaborating with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. She has attended the Aspen, Taos and Sarasota Music Festivals, the London Masterclasses, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (France) and the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music. She has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and The View. Laura received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy and was awarded the James E. Hughes award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where, as recipient of the prestigious Trustee Scholarship, she was the winner of the 2003 Bach Competition.

Brook Speltz

Brook Speltz, born in Los Angeles, graduated from the Curtis Institute Of Music in 2009, following studies with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.  Recently named Grand Prize winner of the Houston Symphony League Ima Hogg competition, Brook made his debut with the Houston Symphony this summer. As a soloist, Brook has performed concertos with the Curtis Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, The Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, and the Mozart Orchestra of Laguna beach, among others.  He has appeared as recitalist throughout the country, including guest appearances at the Montecito Music Festival, Pacific Serenades, Pasadena Restoration Series, the New Music New New Haven series, and the Idyllwild Arts Festival.  Brook has received top prizes in numerous national competitions, including the ASTA National Competition and Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards.  He has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals, which include: Music Academy of the West, ENCORE Music Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.  As a member of both the Vuilliaume String Quartet and Ares String Quartet, Brook participated at the BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival and Music From Angel Fire as a quartet in residence.  In 2011, Brook will begin his first year at the Marlboro Music Festival. A regular performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, Brook is currently pursuing a Diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Praised by the New York Times as "a charismatic cellist", Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the U.S., Germany, Poland, Italy, France and her native Iceland and has performed concerti with the Des Moines Symphony (Iowa) and the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland) among others. She has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions such as Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia and most recently, the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York City. An avid chamber musician, Saeunn has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Mitsuko Uchida and the Cavani Quartet in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Saeunn is a member of Ensemble ACJW and a former fellow of The Academy, a program in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the New York City Public Schools. An advocate of new music, Saeunn has premiered dozens of works, including most recently, commissioned works for cello by Daníel Bjarnason, Jeffrey Mumford, Nicholas Csicsko and Kendall Briggs.  She performs new music frequently in venues in New York City such as The Stone and Le Poisson Rouge.  Along with the masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Saeunn is constantly inspired by works composed in our time. In 2006, Saeunn received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music with the highest honors for accomplishments in both cello and chamber music, the Ellis A. Feiman Memorial Award in Cello and the Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music.   She continued her studies at The Juilliard School and completed a Master of Music in 2008. Her principle teachers included Richard Aaron, Tanya Carey and Joel Krosnick. Saeunn was a featured soloist on NPR’s ”From the Top” and PBS’s “Sunday Arts” and has performed in master classes for Zara Nelsova, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse and Lynn Harrell.  She has been invited to summer festivals including the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, Kronberg Masterclasses in Germany as well as the Sarasota and Marlboro Music Festivals. Born in 1984 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Saeunn now lives in New York City.  She plays on a cello made in Milan, Italy circa 1790.

Yanni Burton

Winner of the prestigious Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award, Yanni Burton was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, first came to the United States in 2005 to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He earned his undergraduate degree in Double Bass Performance studying with Stephen Tramontozzi (Associate Principal of the San Francisco Symphony) and Scott Pingel (Principal Bass of the San Francisco Symphony). Mr Burton graduated as Valedictorian of his class in 2009 and was the Conservatory's first double bassists to receive the Outstanding String Performance Award. Recently, Mr Burton graduated from the Masters program at The Juilliard School where he studied with Timothy Cobb, Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera and Acting Principal of the New York Philharmonic. During his time at The Juilliard School he was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, The Chairmans Grant and the Homer and Constance Mensch Scholarship. An advocate for arts and education, Mr Burton completed a four year position with the Conservatory In The Schools program in San Francisco. His position included teaching private and group lessons, coaching string ensembles and conducting class orchestras in public elementary schools across the Bay Area. Mr Burton is currently a Teaching Artist at P.S. 7 as a participant of Juilliard’s prestigious Morse Fellowship program. In 2009 Mr Burton made his chamber music debut at the Caroline Hume Concert Hall in San Francisco along side Menahem Pressler and Ian Swensen in a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet. Mr Burton has also been featured in chamber music performances at the New York String Orchestra Seminar, The Texas Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy. In addition to Mr Burton’s chamber music experience he has worked extensively with orchestral masters Harold Robinson (Philadelphia Orchestra), Eric Larson (Houston Symphony), Lawrence wolfe (Boston Symphony), and Thomas Martin (London Symphony Orchestra). He has performed under the baton of many world renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, John Adams and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Victoria Tsvetkova

Victoria Tsvetkova joined the Salome Chamber Orchestra in 2011 after performing as Principal Bass with the Chamber Orchestra of New York for several years. She served as Assistant Principal Bass of the Filarmonica de Minas Gerais, Brazil in the 2008-2010 season, and regularly performed chamber music and solo concerts in addition. As a member of the Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, a professional performingensemble specializing in Bulgarian polyrhythmic music, Ms. Tsvetkova has performedacross the United States and Western Europe.Victoria Tsvetkova was born in Rousse, Bulgaria and began her musical studies at the age of eight. She graduated from the Sofia Conservatory, where she received her first award, and at the age of 19 she made several appearances on the radio and television. Victoria received her Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York Cityunder the tutelage of Homer Mensch where she was a Grant recipient of the LCUfoundation award for four years.

Oran Eldor

Oran Eldor is an award-winning composer, conductor, music director and orchestrator. His arrangments have been highly praised by Stephen Sondheim, and the New York Times said “…[Oran's] arrangements evoked the conviviality of a Viennese chamber group: marzipan encased in multiple flavors of chocolate.” He has arranged concerts for such legendary performers as Hugh Jackman, Deborah Voigt, Paolo Szot, Kristin Chenoweth, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Kelli O’Hara, Glee’s Lea Michele and many more. He has also arranged for the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and is Assistant to Tony Award-winning orchestrator Doug Besterman. His original compositions have been heard on and Off-Broadway, as well as in the Israeli National Theater and on Israeli television, currently as the house composer of Sesame Street (Israel). He conducted Broadway Sensation at Alice Tully Hall and various concerts in the U.S. and Israel.  Before moving to the United States, he music directed over 40 productions in his home town of Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music; composition fellow at the Royal Opera House, London and a BMI musical theater writing workshop member. He has won several awards, including the Rokem Composition Award and the Esterhazy Quartet Composition Award.  Oran is very proud to be a part of the Salome Chamber Ensamble.

Grace Park

Violinist Grace Park has performed as a soloist at the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. As a recent winner of two concerto competitions at New England Conservatory, she made her Boston debut in Jordan Hall performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the NEC Philharmonia under the direction of David Loebel, and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the NEC Chamber Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Grace has performed at various festivals including Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music@Menlo festival, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music seminar, and Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop. While pursuing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory, Grace studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Starting the fall of 2012, Grace joined the prestigious Academy (ACJW Ensemble) as part of  a residency at Carnegie Hall for the next two seasons, performing at many of the prestigious venues all over New York City. Ms. Park currently plays a 1713 Francesco Gobetti generously on loan from an anonymous foundation. Her website is www.violinistgracepark.com.