Gabriela Martinez (guest artist)
Sean Avram Carpenter
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.
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.