2017 Chamber Music Fellows
Canadian-born violinist SHANNON LEE grew up in Plano, Texas. At fourteen, she recorded an album of encore pieces for Telarc International and won the Davidson Fellows Award. Shannon has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Nuremberg Philharmonic, and Nashville Symphony. Her teachers include Jan Mark Sloman, David Nadien, Ida Kavafian, and Arnold Steinhardt. Shannon studied computer science at Columbia University before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a diploma student and ArtistYear Fellow. shannonleeviolin.com.
ZSCHE CHUANG RIMBO WONG, viola, made her concerto debut at Severance Hall and was critically acclaimed as a performer whose “prodigious technique and powerful ability to project was as stunning as her expressive playing” (ClevelandClassical.com). Originally from Hong Kong, Rimbo has a passion for chamber music and participated at Angel Fire, Taos, Toronto, Stanford (SLSQ), and Four Seasons chamber festivals. Rimbo finished her B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music and recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Roberto Díaz and Hsin-Yun Huang. Other than her musical activities, she enjoys biking and spending time with her friends and her cat Dumpling.
ARLEN HLUSKO, cello, is a dynamic and versatile young musician, who has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with ensembles including the National Arts Center Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic, and has collaborated in performance with members of the Guarneri, Orion, and Tokyo String Quartets, among others. Arlen has performed as principal cellist of several ensembles, including the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and New York String Orchestra. Committed to using her music to serve her community, Arlen served as a 2015-16 ArtistYear fellow, and won a 2016 Tarisio Trust Grant to present her own series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism. A native of Canada, Arlen is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. arlenhlusko.com
Violinist PAUL AGUILAR from South Carolina is a rising junior scholarship student of Jaime Laredo and Jan Mark Sloman at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). First-Prize Winner of the 2016 Milhaud Competition at CIM and the 2017 CIM Spring Concerto Competition, he is currently in the Intensive Quartet Seminar as a member of the Callisto Quartet. Paul has attended festivals such as Kneisel Hall, the JSQ Seminar, MISQA, Meadowmount, Music Mountain, and NYSOS (2014 and 2016).
Originally from Holiday Hills, Illinois, RACHEL STENZEL studies violin under Stephen Rose at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she is currently pursuing both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. At CIM she has participated in both the Intensive Duo Program and the Intensive Quartet Seminar. Although she loves both solo and orchestral playing, Rachel’s true passion is for chamber music and she hopes to one day play in a professional string quartet.
22-year-old violist EVA KENNEDY attends the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studies with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. In 2015, she spent a semester as an exchange student at the Paris Conservatory, where she studied with Sabine Toutain. Eva started playing chamber music at the age of seven through the Chamber Music Connection in her hometown of Worthington, Ohio and it has been her dream to play in a professional string quartet ever since
22 year old cellist HANNAH MOSES is pursuing her Artist Diploma degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Dr. Melissa Kraut. Hannah has been the recipient of the Dr. Bennett Levine Chamber Music Award, the CIM Alumni Achievement Award, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through “From the Top.” Hannah has performed in masterclasses for Zuill Bailey, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Alisa Weilerstein among others. Hannah has spent previous summers at the Banff Residency for Pre-Formed Quartets, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2014), and the Taos School of Music. Hannah is a student in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at CIM and cellist of the Callisto Quartet, CIM’s Apprentice Quartet.
CONNOR JENKINSON is a Melbourne-based trumpet player in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music working under the tuition of Mark Fitzpatrick (Principal Trumpet Orchestra Victoria). Connor’s love for music lead him to be a founding member of the Maverick Brass Quintet. He has performed with numerous orchestral groups including the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. Connor is also a part-time member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO).
OSCAR MASON is an emerging young musician, excitedly embracing the trumpet world. On completion of a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2016, Oscar made his orchestral debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey. Oscar is a founding member of Maverick Brass Quintet, enjoying the group’s recent successes in awarded First Place in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Chamber Music Competition, as well as receiving a fellowship to the 2017 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Emerging as one of Australia’s leading natural hornist, ISAAC SHIEH is a Melbourne-based musician, known for his sensitive and imaginative performances. An active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral hornist, Isaac is one of the founding members of the Maverick Brass Quintet, has performed as a guest with the Australian National Academy of Music, delighted audience in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and collaborated with numerous orchestras around Australia; including the Australian Chamber Orchestra. isaacshieh.com.
DAVID FARRELL is currently completing a Masters of Music (Music Performance) at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he is studying with Don Immel. He is a member of the Maverick Brass Quintet, and a guest musician with Orchestra Victoria and the Australian National Academy of Music. David regularly performs chamber music and has travelled to Hong Kong with The University of Melbourne Trombone Choir, as well as to Denmark and Germany with the MCM Brass Ensemble.
ALEX JEANTOU is a 20 year old tuba player based in Melbourne, Australia. Alex currently attends the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and studies with Timothy Buzbee. Alex has had success in many solo competitions including the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, Royal South Street, and Boroondara Eisteddfods. Aside from his solo playing, Alex thoroughly enjoys playing with the award winning Maverick Brass Quintet, and plays with the Australian Tuba Quartet, MCM Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Alex is very excited about the time he will spend at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
KATHERINE ARNDT lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music after completing her Bachelors of Music with teacher Miriam Fried. Past teachers have included Yuri Mazurkevich, Kelly Barr and Lynn Basila. She has performed as a featured soloist with several orchestras and also has been invited to perform at many events and festivals. These include masterclasses in Jordan Hall with Midori sponsored by Boston’s Celebrity Series, at NEC with the Juilliard Quartet, as guest performer with the Borromeo Quartet and Boston Trio, and most recently, in spring, 2017 as an active participant in the Kronberg Master Classes and Concerts in Kronberg, Germany, studying with Ana Chumachenco. In fall of 2017, she begins Masters of Music studies at the Yale School of Music under teacher Ani Kavafian.
Kate has attended several prestigious summer music programs, including the Taos School of Music, where she worked with the Borromeo, Miro, Brentano and Shanghai string quartets, the Perlman Music Program, studying with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, Li Lin and Merry Peckham, Heifetz International Music Institute, Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program and at Greenwood Music Camp.
Kate is an avid chamber musician and her former group, the Isolde Quartet, was featured on NPR’s From the Top in October 2015 for the 15th anniversary taping in Jordan Hall. The group also received an honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held in May 2015.
JOHN BELK, cellist, completed Bachelor’s degrees in music performance and computer science at the Bard College Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Wiley. He recently performed the Walton Cello Concerto with The Orchestra Now and Leon Botstein, and he has had the opportunity to collaborate with distinguished musicians and composers, including Peter Serkin and Joan Tower. In the fall John will be attending Rice University to study with Professor Desmond Hoebig.
Armed with eclectic interests ranging from music to food to art, cellist PETER EOM searches relentlessly, like a hungry clock, to shape his curiosity into something both thought-provoking and delicious. A U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Peter has found expansion through work with Augustin Hadelich, Joshua Bell, Robert McDonald, and members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Miró, and Tokyo String Quartets, as well as Clive Greensmith, with whom he studies at the Colburn Conservatory.
Violinist MICHELLE SHIN currently studies with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she recently received her Master of Music degree. Past teachers include Victor Danchenko at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Masao Kawasaki and Stefan Milenkovich at Juilliard Pre-College. She will be returning to Colburn Conservatory for the Artist Diploma program in the coming fall.
GRACE TAKEDA’S musical endeavors have taken her into various music genres including jazz, baroque, contemporary and free improvisation. A native of North Vancouver, Canada, Grace began her music studies on the violin at the age of four. She then continued her studies in Montreal at McGill University. Her love of lower frequencies prompted her to switch to the viola at the age of 21 and hasn’t turned back. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Juilliard School with Misha Amory.
MICHIKO THEURER, violin, has performed in the Lucerne Festival, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, and as Artist in Residence with the Boulder Bach Festival. She holds a DMA from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied with Harumi Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre. Her latest collaborative project, Circling the Waves, is a musical conversation between six composers writing in response to her paintings. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology at Stanford. michikotheurer.com.
Boston-based violinist LUTHER WARREN has become an active performer around the world since first picking up his brother’s school violin at the age of six. He has received numerous awards for his work, has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, has been featured on public radio, and has taken part in a number of festivals including Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget, and the International Holland Music Sessions among others. His string quartet, the Chroma Quartet, was invited to the honors program at the New England Conservatory during the 2016-17 academic year. Luther is currently completing his bachelor’s degree studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.
Graduated with honors and special mention from the Milan Conservatory, GIORGIO CONSOLATI is currently in the studio of Carol Wincenc at Juilliard. He performed under the baton of, Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, Gianandrea Noseda, Peter Oundjian and David Robertson in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall. Giorgio played at the NRO festival in 2016 where he had his US solo debut and is also a top prizewinner of several competitions. giorgioconsolati.eu
Oboist TIM FEIL recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Master’s of Musical Arts. He also holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. Past festival appearances have included the AIMS in Graz Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival. He currently operates a reed making business which has sold over 1000 oboe reeds to professionals and students in four different countries. You can learn more at ihateoboereeds.com
EVAN FOJTIK is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied flute with Ransom Wilson. In addition to performing with the Yale Philharmonia and New Music New Haven, Evan is an active chamber musician and has performed with a variety of groups at Yale. Before beginning his studies at Yale, he studied flute with Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music. He received a B.M. with a Performer’s Certificate from Eastman. During the summers, Evan has performed with the Round Top Festival Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, and as principal flute with the Wheaton Municipal Band near his home in Chicago. In the summer of 2016 Evan was a featured soloist in the Vermont Mozart Festival. Evan will be returning to Chicago in the fall of 2017 to begin his DMA studies with John Thorne at Northwestern University.
MATTHEW GREGOIRE holds degrees in bassoon performance from the Yale School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he was a recipient of the Andrew J. Bogigages Memorial Prize in Bassoon. He has been in attendance at the Colorado College and Chautauqua Music Festivals and has most recently performed with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has enjoyed playing in masterclasses for distinguished bassoonists such as Billy Short and Harrison Hollingsworth. His major instructors have included Frank Morelli, John Hunt, and Eleanor Taylor.
JILLIAN KOUZEL is approaching her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. Pursuing her bachelor’s degree in oboe performance, she studies with Andrew Parker and is a recipient of both the College of Fine Arts Student Excellence Scholarship and the Jack and Ginger Blanton Endowed Presidential Scholarship. As a freelance musician with a small studio, she professionally subs with orchestras around the area. Jillian aspires to pursue a lasting career as an orchestral and chamber music oboist.
ELISHA WILLINGER is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music (YSM). He has been a participant of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz (Austria), Sarasota, Aspen, National Orchestral Institute, and Banff festivals. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and has been invited to perform with the Charleston Symphony. In 2012 he won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and recently was a winner of YSM’s chamber music competition. He has studied under David Shifrin and Joaquin Valdepenas. Born in Taiwan and raised in Florida, he is a graduate of The Glenn Gould School in Toronto and the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.
Hailing from Taiwan, YEN-CHEN WU became the first bassoonist to win the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award for all woodwinds and brass instruments since 1983. Wu is also distinguished as a recipient of many other prizes.Wu earned her master’s degree with Frank Morelli at the Yale School of Music, and is now pursuing her doctoral degree with Frank Morelli at SUNY Stony Brook University.
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ALISON DRESSER is a recent graduate from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where she studied horn with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen. She will attend the Curtis Institute of Music in the fall, working toward a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Horn Performance. Alison has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Rogue Valley Symphony, and recently soloed with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon.
AIJA MATTSON is an active freelance musician from the Los Angeles area. She performs regularly with the American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra, and Hollywood Chamber Orchestra as well as many others ensembles. With these groups she has performed along side film composers Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, David Newman. Mattson has also been a part of many festivals including the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival, Marrowstone Summer Music Festival, and Banff Summer Arts Brass Residency. Mattson is very involved and devoted to her Latvian heritage, having performed in the Latvian Song and Dance Festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and even in Latvia. Being very versatile, Mattson has also performed and recorded horn for various jazz, pop, and film projects in Los Angeles. Mattson recently completed her Master in Horn Performance Degree at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music under Kristy Morrell and Steve Becknell.
Born to Lebanese-Japanese parents, NADIA AZZI, 18, is a recipient of numerous top prizes at national and international competitions. Nadia made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age eleven. Her recent highlights include performances at the Arabs Got Talent, NHK-FM Japan, FBC Japan, Fukui TV, NPR’s From the Top, WGN-TV Chicago, Piano Academy Eppan, Yellow Barn, Newport, and Aspen Music Festival, and a benefit concert for Syrian Refugees. Nadia was also featured on 98.7 WFMT Chicago, NBC, CBS, among others. She has performed with notable orchestras under distinguished coSnductors since at age twelve. Nadia has graduated from Juilliard Pre-College studying under Yoheved Kaplinsky, and is studying at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Fabio Bidini. nadiaazzi.com
Australian pianist DANIEL LE was born in Melbourne. He is the second prize winner of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition 2015 and Australian National Piano Award 2014. He has also been engaged several times with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Currently, he is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Ruby Fae Overstreet Ellenger scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studies with Andre-Michel Schub. danieltangle.com
Known for “great imagination and extraordinary musicality” (Shantou Daily), classical pianist LAM WONG made his debut with Liszt’s 12 Études d’exécution transcendante at the age of 14. He has appeared in Beijing Concert Hall, Ningbo Concert Hall, and other venues in New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Most recently, he attended the 2015 Aspen Music Festival and School. He is currently pursuing Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music, studying with Peter Frankl.
The New York Times described ETHAN BRAUN’S music as a “diaphanous haze” that “gave a heady taste of pure weightlessness.” Braun, a doctoral candidate in music composition at Yale University, has written music for the Albany, New York Youth, and Shanghai Symphonies (Shanghai, CN), the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble (NL), the Ictus Ensemble (BE), the Yale Percussion Group (New Haven, CT), NAMES Ensemble (Salzburg, AT) and Ensemble Synaestesis (Vilnius, LT) to name a few. In addition to his work in concert music, Braun has released two EPs of electroacoustic music with experimental music label Khalija records (Los Angeles, CA), and performed with the free improvisation group Out of Your Head (Baltimore, MD). ethanbraun.com.