Paul is a Larsen Strings Performing Artist; administrator of Facebook Violists, the largest group of its kind dedicated to the viola; and professor of viola and chamber music at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona.
He has performed as guest principal viola with over 25 orchestras, participated in numerous festivals throughout Europe, and given masterclasses in many countries, including the US, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Colombia, Brazil, and Australia, along with his activities as a professor of viola and chamber music online.
Cortese has recorded numerous discs for solo viola of works by Paul Hindemith, Claude Debussy, George Rochberg, Elliot Carter, Ernest Bloch, Dmitri Shostakovich, Witold Lutoslawski, Darius Milhaud, Arnold Bax, York Bowen, J. S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, and many others. Paul plays three different violas: one by Agustín Clemente, Madrid, 2005; one by Guillem Gecubi, Barcelona, 2006; and one by Daniel Hoffman, New York, 2010.
For three decades, cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the recipient of a Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed to enthusiastic critical acclaim throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, and South Korea. In 2003, Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University; he performs dozens of concerts annually with that ensemble, worldwide. A strong proponent of contemporary music, he has worked extensively with a great many of the leading composers of our day, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Olivier Messiaen, Gunther Schuller, and Pierre Boulez. Mr. Costanza's discography includes chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI/Angel, Nonesuch, Naxos, and Albany labels, and his recordings of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach can be found on his innovative website, costanzabach.stanford.edu. Mr. Costanza received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied cello with Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Wells, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, and Leonard Shure. When not immersed in the world of music, Christopher enjoys a variety of interests and passions, among them, running, cooking, and passenger rail-related pursuits. As a runner, he has completed several full and half marathons, as well as a number of 5- and 10-K races; he finds running a perfect opportunity to explore exotic locales during his extensive travels. His cooking interests and skills focus on local, organic plant-based dishes. Mr. Costanza is particularly proud of his most recent musical adventure, a string trio with his wife, violinist Debra Fong, and his daughter, violist Isabella Costanza.
The Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue has established himself in concert venues around the world delivering virtuosic high-energy performances. He demonstrates command as a leader, soloist, collaborator, and improvisational artist reaching across a diverse landscape of music. His authentic warmth and generosity on stage invites audiences to join him in all his explorations.
DePue became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) in 2007. For more than a decade, DePue served the orchestra as a passionate and dedicated leader both in and outside the concert hall. He was named a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, connecting Indianapolis’ emerging leaders to the issues and needs of the community.
DePue rose to international prominence as a founding member of Time for Three, with whom he performed for 15 years. During his tenure with the category-defying trio, he made numerous tours and gave high-profile appearances, including a performance on the 2014 semifinals round of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars.” They were the ISO’s first ensemble-in-residence, charged with introducing new audiences to the symphony experience and breathing fresh creative life into the orchestra’s Happy Hour Concert Series. DePue recorded four albums of original music and arrangements with Time for Three. Their 2014 release featured collaborations with ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro on “Happy Day,” the uplifting DePue-penned opening cut; saxophonist Branford Marsalis in the rollicky original “Queen of Voodoo;” cellist Alisa Weilerstein in a quartet version of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise;” and singer/songwriter Joshua Radin in four of his early songs. The trio members were active creative partners in the commissioning of new pieces which were vehicles for collaborations with orchestras and the ensemble. Composers Jennifer Higdon, William Bolcom, and Chris Brubeck each contributed substantial pieces leading the trio to performances with orchestras across the country including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at their home venue and for their 2013 Carnegie Hall appearance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Wheeling Symphony, and Brevard Festival Orchestra, among many others. The Trio also recorded Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and appears on their 2012 Take Six release.
DePue's earliest introduction to the stage came through performances with his family. He is the youngest of four brothers—all violinists—who make up The DePue Brothers Band, an eclectic ensemble that blends bluegrass and classical music with elements of jazz, blues and rock. DePue graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he performed in the first violin section for five years. He performs on a violin made by Giuseppe Rocca of Turin, Italy, in 1846.
Bruno Giuranna, the distinguished Italian violist and conductor, was born in Milan into a family of musicians and completed his musical studies in Rome. He was a founding member of the celebrated I Musici and performed extensively in the legendary Trio Italiano d’Archi. He began his solo career under the baton of Herbert von Karajan in its world premiere of Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s Musica da Concerto per Viola e Orchestra, a work composed especially for Giuranna. Since that time, he has played with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and La Scala Orchestra in Milan under such illustrious conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir John Barbirolli, Sergiu Celibidache, Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Muti.
His extensive list of recordings for Phillips, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI include editions of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Franco Gulli, Henryk Szeryng and Anne-Sophie Mutter, the complete set of concertos for viola d’amore by Vivaldi and Mozart’s piano quartets with the Beaux Arts Trio. In 1990, the recording of Beethoven’s String Trios with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bruno Giuranna and Mstislav Rostropovich won a Grammy nomination. As conductor, Giuranna has won the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Academie Charles Cros in Paris for the recording of Boccherini’s cello concertos with David Geringas as soloist. His latest recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante was performed with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
Giuranna held the post of chair of viola at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin until 1998 and has taught at the Musik-Academie in Detmold, the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, the Royal College and Royal Academy in London, and has given master classes worldwide. Frequently invited to the Marlboro Festival in the USA, he currently teaches at the Fondazione Stauffer in Cremona and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. From 1983 to 1992 he was the artistic director of the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e il Veneto and in 1998 he presided over the First International Bruno Giuranna Viola Competition in Brazil.
Profoundly convinced of the importance of “playing together” as a unique and irreplaceable practice in the development of the musical personality, he has dedicated himself to the creation of chamber music projects where he plays alongside young musicians. In 1987, he was decorated by the Italian president with the title of Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito. He also received the D. Litt., honoris causa, from the University of Limerick in 2002. In 2011, From 2011 to 2020 he was President of the European String Teachers Association ESTA, and was appointed as Honorary ESTA President, in recognition of his leadership in the sector.
His viola parts and his transcription for string trio of the Bach Goldberg Variations are freely downloadable at .
From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over 100 performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha, and Emanuel Ax.
Mr. Greensmith has given guest performances at prominent festivals worldwide. In North America he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Fest, and the Ravinia Festival. He is a regular guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Internationally he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Mr. Greensmith has built up a catalog of landmark recordings, most notably The Complete Beethoven String Quartets for Harmonia Mundi with the Tokyo String Quartet, Mozart’s “Prussian” Quartets with the Tokyo String Quartet, Brahms Cello Sonatas with Boris Berman for Biddulph Recordings, and Clarinet Trios of Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse for Harmonia Mundi.
Clive has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In addition to his 15-year residency with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale University, Mr. Greensmith has served as a faculty member at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2013, Mr. Greensmith joined the faculty at the Colburn School where he teaches cello and coaches chamber music for the Conservatory of Music and the Music Academy.
Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and violinist Martin Beaver.
Derek Han (1957-2021) was without a doubt among the leading American pianists of his generation. His elegant, polished and compelling playing dazzled audiences across six continents. His career took him to musical capitals of the world, and his discography has been widely acclaimed, Mozart complete Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mendelssohn Piano Concertos with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, Rachmaninoff with Moscow State Symphony and Royal Philharmonic.
Mr. Han was born in the United States to Chinese parents – a precocious child, becoming proficient on the piano at an early age, and then graduating from Juilliard at 18. His most important teacher there was Ilona Kabos, but he studied under a string of even more prominent ones after graduating: Gina Bachauer, Lili Kraus and Guido Agosti. Mr. Han captured first prize at the Athens International Piano Competition in 1977. He thus experienced a meteoric rise, appearing as soloist with leading European and American orchestras and as a recitalist and chamber player at an array of important concert locales. He began to appear regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and at leading chamber music venues worldwide. His live recording of the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Joseph Silverstein at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and complete Brahms Piano Quartets with Isabelle Faust, Bruno Giuranna and Alain Meunier for Brilliant Classics are highly sought after. He gave masterclasses at Goldsmiths College in London and at conservatories in Russia. He had been artistic director of the Societa dei Concerti in Trieste, Italy since 2019.
Praised for her inexhaustible curiosity, Christine is one of most versatile artists of her generation who performs extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is the first prizewinner of the International Isang Yun Competition and a top laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition among her numerous competition victories. Her debut album, Voyage will be released in May 2021 through the recording label, Outhere, where she will take her listeners on a journey of self-discovery and building cultural bridges.
As a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Christine is passionate about bringing music to more diverse audience through using social media and collaboration with different mediums of art. She has launched Christine’s Notes on YouTube and carries out her weekly live interview series with the top musicians of her generation on Instagram.
Since making her debut concerto appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12, as one of the youngest soloists in history, she has performed with orchestras around the globe, including Houston Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic.
A sought-after chamber musician, some of her chamber music collaborators this season include Bruno Giuranna, Esmé Quartet, and Hermès Quartet. She has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals including, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, La Musica Festival, and the Marlboro Festival.
She has given masterclasses in USA, Korea, and Singapore and continues to teach privately. Committed to serving her community through music, Christine has organized fundraisers and charity concerts to bring unity through music. Currently, she is raising funds to build a moveable library for underprivileged children in North Philadelphia, which she considers her second home.
She plays on a Francesco Stradivarius on a generous loan from an anonymous sponsor.
Ruth Lenz became concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic and Nevada Opera Orchestra in 2010 and of the Reno Chamber Orchestra in 2011. She has also served as concertmaster for the Fresno Philharmonic and the Sunriver Festival Orchestra. As a chamber and festival musician she has performed with the Sacramento Chamber Music Society in California; the Argenta Series for the University of Nevada, Reno; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado; the Carpe Diem String Quartet in Columbus Ohio; Classical Tahoe in Nevada; and the Kammermusiktage in Barth, Germany. Recent engagements include the La Musica Festival in Sarasota, Florida; the Tahoe Chamber Music Society series in Nevada; the Aurelia Chamber Players and Festival Napa in California; the Mayshad Festival in Morocco; and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Lenz has had the honor of collaborating with such distinguished artists as Robert Levin, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Pascal Roge, James Buswell, Bruno Giuranna, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley and Carol Wincenc. Ruth has appeared as a soloist with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, the Carson City Symphony, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Toccata Orchestra, the Reno Baroque Ensemble and the Sunriver Festival. She recently collaborated with the Reno Chamber Orchestra in a conductor-less performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Ruth began her violin studies at age two with her mother. Other formative childhood teachers include Roy Malan, Suzanne Beia, Won Bin Yim and Cynthia Lang. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance from the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied with Phillip Ruder. She then went on to get her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. In addition to performing, Ruth enjoys teaching, being a mom and going for long walks with friends.
A top prize winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Steven Lin made his first performance with New York Philharmonic at the age of 12. He recently made a sensational Carnegie debut playing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1, and has been hailed by the New York Times for playing that is “… immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.”
Recent orchestral engagements include the Israel Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, and National Symphony of Mexico. He is highly in demand for recitals worldwide, including Kennedy Center in Washington, Carnegie Hall, Munich, Paris, Tokyo, and Shanghai. A frequent performer with summer festivals, Steven Lin has appeared in the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and La Jolla SummerFest. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with Gidon Kremer and Misha Maisky.
Steven Lin completed the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Curtis Institute of Music, and before that, he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School. When not making music, Steven describes himself as an “NBA basketball fanatic,” a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was eight years old. Despite living most of his life on the east coast, he is a passionate L.A. Lakers fan.
Dee Moses has been the principal double bass of The Florida Orchestra since 1975. His career, in addition to symphony and opera, has encompassed solo playing, chamber music performance, composition, and teaching.
He is adjunct instructor of double bass at the University of South Florida (currently on leave) and the University of Tampa, maintains a private studio, and presents master classes and recitals. Moses received his high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Lawrence Angell.
Summer affiliations have included the Florimezzo, Musica Viva, Cooperstown, Scotia, Eastern, Bowdoin, and Taipei festivals. In the summer of 2005, Moses began performing as principal bass of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in the mountains of Virginia. In 1996, Moses first performed chamber music with the esteemed musicians of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, with whom he has subsequently collaborated frequently. In 1999, Moses performed the Koussevitsky Concerto for Double Bass on the Masterworks concert series of The Florida Orchestra. He appeared as soloist in 2006 with the Paganini Moses Fantasy.
Recently, Moses has delved back into contemporary composition and performance in collaboration with his wife, modern dancer and choreographer Elsa Valbuena, who is often joined onstage by daughter Josianne. Their group, Gaudere Danza, was featured in a full-length evening as part of the first Cali En Danza contemporary dance festival in Cali, Colombia in 2006.
Moses has also been featured soloist in the Florida premiere of the John Harbison Concerto for Bass Viol as part of a consortium of orchestras whose co-commission was organized by the International Society of Bassists.
After 40 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, legendary principal harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot, retired at the end of the Tanglewood 2009 season. She became principal harp of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1980, having joined the BSO in 1969.
Ms. Pilot has had an extensive solo career. She has performed with many American orchestras as soloist, as well as with orchestras in Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. She has several CDs available on the Boston Records label, as well as on the Koch International and Denouement labels. The 2013 season brought the release of her new CD - music of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, for harp, violin and bandoneon, with Lucia Lin of the Boston Symphony and bandoneonist, JP Jofre on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Ms. Pilot was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bridgewater State College in 1988 and one in 2010 from Tufts University and another from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018 where she was also the commencement speaker. In June of 2017 the “Gold Baton” was presented to her by the League of American Orchestras. She has also received two Lifetime Achievement awards.
Ms. Pilot recently retired from the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University. She continues as the director of the Young Artists Harp Program for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. After the 2009 Tanglewood concerts and her official retirement, Pilot returned to the stage as soloist with the BSO opening the Boston Symphony season and the Carnegie Hall season with the premiere of a concerto written for her by John Williams, “On Willows and Birches,” a concerto for harp and orchestra. She continues to perform solos with orchestras and chamber music with various groups.
Riccardo Zamuner was born in Naples in 1997 and started studying the violin when he was seven. He graduated from the "San Pietro a Majella" Conservatory in Naples, with honors and special mentions, and from the same Conservatory obtained the Masterpiece of Arts in Viola with honors and special mentions.
He obtained his postgraduate specialization in violin with Maestro Sonig Tchakerian at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and recently obtained a Master of Arts in Music Performance at the Lugano Conservatory, in the class of Mr. Pavel Berman. He also attended the prestigious Stauffer Academy of High Specialization in Cremona in the class of Maestro Salvatore Accardo.
Riccardo won several national competitions and despite his young age he played over 100 concerts in duo (violin and piano) and as a soloist (violin and orchestra) for important associations in Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and Turkey, obtaining great success of public and critics.
In June 2016 he made his debut as a soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic performing the Vivaldi Concerto for two violins and orchestra in duo with the famous violinist Aiman Mussakhajayeva.
Riccardo also plays in various chamber ensembles and has collaborated with Bruno Canino, Mario Brunello, Sonig Tchakerian, and Bruno Giuranna; has participated in theatrical performances with actors Mariano Rigillo, Anna Teresa Rossini, and Gaia Aprea; and collaborates with Salvatore Accardo's "Orchestra da Camera Italiana."
He is the founder and the first violin of the Chamber Orchestra "I Virtuosi di Sansevero," which debuted at the 2017 Christmas concert in Cappella Sansevero in Naples.
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