2022 Artists

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BRUNO GIURANNA

Dmitri Atapine

Cello

Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, National Taipei Concert Hall, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Atapine frequently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). His multiple festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival among many others, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.

Atapine’s many awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, and the St. Lawrence and Miró quartets. Atapine’s recordings, among them a world-premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, BlueGriffin, and Bridge record labels.

Atapine holds the doctorate degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. Born into a family of musicians, his teachers have included Alexander Fedortchenko and Suren Bagratuni. The artistic director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival (Spain) and Apex Concerts (Nevada), he is the co-director of Young Performers Program at Music@Menlo and the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Daniel Avshalomov

Viola

Daniel Avshalomov is the violist of the American String Quartet, now enjoying its fifth decade of international acclaim. Recently hailed by Strad magazine as “one of the finest occupants of that chair, both instrumentally and musically, of any quartet now active,” Avshalomov finds time each season for concerto appearances, recitals, and collaborative concerts, and returns as a featured performer to festivals across the country.

He has appeared with the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Tokyo quartets as well as collaborating with Norbert Brainin, Bruno Giuranna, Frederica von Stade, Claude Frank, PDQ Bach, and Steve Martin, among others.

His articles appear in Notes and Strings, and he has edited several viola works for publication and contributed to ASTA’s “Playing and Teaching the Viola.” The subject of two articles in Strad and one in Classical Pulse, Avshalomov developed “Inside Passages,” first presented to the New York Viola Society in 2000. He gave the world premiere of Giampaolo Bracali’s Concerto per Viola; the American premiere of Alessandro Rolla’s Esercizio 3; and recorded the CD “Three Generations Avshalomov” with pianists Robert McDonald and Pamela Pyle, which was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He has been on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music since 1984 and of the Aspen School since 1976.

Wendy Chen

Piano

Born in California, Wendy Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 15 under conductor André Previn. She won First Prize in the National Chopin Competition, the Young Concert Artists auditions, was an inaugural recipient of the Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts. Chen is one of the most sought-after pianists and chamber musicians, performing on many of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. She has appeared in unique programs that also featured musical legends Art Garfunkel and James Taylor, and in a private concert for the justices at the U.S. Supreme Court presented by The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Highlights have included an all-Chopin recital at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw; recording with The London Philharmonic; Spoleto USA tours; and duo recitals with violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, James Ehnes, Chee-Yun, Elina Vähälä, and cellists Stephen Kates, Carter Brey, and Andrés Díaz. Other notable appearances have included a concert for tsunami relief for Japan with Anne Akiko Meyers; tours throughout South America, Finland, The Forbidden City in Beijing, China; and at Festival Week in Tokyo, presented by CHANEL.

Chen’s performances are regularly heard on NPR's Performance Today. She gives masterclasses and lectures throughout the world and has served many years as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jennifer Frautschi

Violin

Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient, Jennifer Frautschi has appeared as soloist with innumerable orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As chamber musician she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, Music@Menlo, Tippet Rise Art Center, Toronto Summer Music, and the Bridgehampton, Charlottesville, Lake Champlain, Moab, Ojai, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Spoleto music festivals. 

Her extensive discography includes several discs for Naxos: the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, conducted by the legendary Robert Craft; and two Grammy-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet of Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet. Her most recent releases are with pianist John Blacklow on Albany Records: the first devoted to the three sonatas of Robert Schumann; the second, American Duos, an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by contemporary American composers Barbara White, Steven Mackey, Elena Ruehr, Dan Coleman, and Stephen Hartke. She also recorded three widely praised CDs for Artek: an orchestral recording of the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony; the violin music of Ravel and Stravinsky; and 20th-century works for solo violin. Other recordings include a disc of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Born in Pasadena, California, Frautschi attended the Colburn School, Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz,” on generous loan from a private American foundation with support from Rare Violins In Consortium. She currently teaches in the graduate program at Stony Brook University.

Wu Han

Piano

Pianist Wu Han, recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, enjoys a multi-faceted musical life that encompasses performing, recording and artistic direction at the highest levels. Currently artistic co-director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s innovative chamber music festival, she also serves as artistic advisor for Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music in the Barns series and for Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts. Her recent concert activities have taken her from New York’s Lincoln Center stages to the most important concert halls in the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition to countless performances of virtually the entire chamber repertoire, her recent concerto performances include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She is the founder and artistic director of ArtistLed, classical music’s first artist-directed, internet-based recording label (1997) which has released her performances of the staples of the cello-piano duo repertoire with cellist David Finckel. Her more than 80 releases on ArtistLed, CMS Live and Music@Menlo Live include masterworks of the chamber repertoire with numerous distinguished musicians, the latest being Schubert’s Winterreise with baritone Nikolay Borchev. During the past season, Han designed and produced more than 200 digital media projects, including concerts and innovative educational programs, which have sustained the art of chamber music in dozens of communities across the United States. At CMS, Han was instrumental in transforming the CMS Two Program into today’s Bowers Program, which admits, through rigorous and highly competitive auditions, stellar young musicians to the CMS roster for a term of three seasons. Passionately dedicated to education for musicians of all ages and experience, Han directs the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo, which immerses some 40 young musicians every summer in the multi-faceted fabric of the festival. Han was privileged to serve on multiple occasions as a faculty member of Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, New York and Japan. A recipient of the prestigious Andrew Wolf Award, Han was mentored by an elite selection of some of the greatest pianists of our time, including Lilian Kallir, Rudolf Serkin, and Menahem Pressler.

Married to cellist David Finckel since 1985, Han divides her time between concert touring and residences in New York City and Westchester County.

Benny Kim

Violin

Benny Kim’s “emotional depth and musical carriage are his real drawing cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violin playing.” (The Washington Post) Known for his versatility as soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Kim has been described as having “titanium technique” and producing “exquisite, pearly colorations.”

Kim is a proud product of the Suzuki Method, which he began at age 10 with Doris Preucil. He continued his violin studies with Almita Vamos and at the age of 15 won the Chicago Symphony Youth Symphony Auditions, making his solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Kim graduated with bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with legendary pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.

Collaborating with long-time friends plays an important role in Kim’s musical career and has resulted in two EMI recordings with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Bella Italia, and Night and Day; frequent performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; and many engagements with his brother, cellist Eric Kim. In past seasons, Benny has performed in concert with violinist Daniel Hope at the Savannah Music Festival, Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and most recently at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York.

Kim has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Detroit, and internationally with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquésta Sinfonica Nacional de México, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the major orchestras of South Africa. In recital, Kim has performed in virtually every major city in the United States, including critically acclaimed engagements at New York’s 92nd St. Y and at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

Kim is first violinist of the Miami String Quartet, winner of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, and Quartet in Residence at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Highlights of recent seasons include performances on the Quartets Plus Series at Carnegie Hall and the Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Kennedy Center. The ensemble’s commitment to new music has led to many commissions and premieres, including Concierto de Cámara by Roberto Sierra, Septet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Angels by Joan Tower, and Green Sneakers by Ricky Ian Gordon.

Kim spends most summers playing chamber music at festivals around the world, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Bravo!-Vail Valley Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mecklenburg and Schleswig–Holstein festivals in Germany, and the Bristol Festival in England.

Christine J. Lee

Cello

Praised for her inexhaustible curiosity, Christine J. Lee 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, was released in May 2021 through the recording label, Outhere.

As a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Lee is passionate about bringing music to diverse audiences through 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 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, and the Marlboro Festival.

She has given masterclasses in the United States, Korea, and Singapore and continues to teach privately. Committed to serving her community through music, Lee has organized fundraisers and charity concerts to bring unity through music. 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.

Kristin Lee

Violin

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle and was recently appointed to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty as assistant professor of violin.

Lee has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ural Philharmonic of Russia, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Dominican Republic. She has performed on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Louvre Museum, the Phillips Collection, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. An accomplished chamber musician, Lee is a member of both the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, sitting as The Bernard Gondos Chair.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee began studying violin at age five and within one year won First Prize at the Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the United States to continue her studies under Sonja Foster and in 1997 entered The Juilliard School’s Pre-College. In 2000, Lee was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman. Lee holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

Ruth Lenz

Violin

Ruth Lenz is concertmaster of both the Reno Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Classical Tahoe Orchestra. She has also served as concertmaster for the Sunriver Festival Orchestra, Nevada Opera, and Fresno Philharmonic. Lenz appears regularly with La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Apex Concerts, Festival Napa Valley, Aurelia Chamber Players, and the Tahoe Chamber Music Society. Past performances include the Spoleto and Telluride Chamber Music festivals; Carpe Diem String Quartet; Kammermusiktage in Barth, Germany; and the Mayshad Festival in Morocco.

She has had the honor of collaborating with such distinguished artists as Noah Bendix-Balgley, James Buswell, Natalie Cole, Pamela Frank, Bruno Giuranna, Robert Levin, Johnny Mathis, Edgar Meyer, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Pascal Rogé, Peter Wiley, and Carol Wincenc. She has appeared as a soloist with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, the Carson City Symphony, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Toccata Orchestra, and the Reno Baroque Ensemble. She recently led the Reno Chamber Orchestra in a conductorless performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Lenz began her violin studies at age two with her mother Paula Lenz. 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 studying with Sunriver Festival legend Phillip Ruder. She went on to earn her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, studying with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang.

Dee Moses

Double Bass

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.

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.

Cynthia Phelps

Viola

A familiar and much-admired figure at the world’s foremost concert venues, Cynthia Phelps’s vibrant career includes appearances as soloist, chamber musician, and principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, with which she has appeared as soloist on major stages across the globe in a wide range of repertoire, including the premiere of a recent viola concerto written for her by Julia Adolphe. Other solo engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra; Shanghai, Vermont and San Diego symphonies; Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Rochester and Hong Kong philharmonics; and she has given recitals internationally in the major music capitals.

Featured in nationwide “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts, on National Public Radio, Radio France, Minnesota Public Radio, and Italy’s RAI, she collaborates with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as with ensembles including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and the American and Brentano string quartets. She is a frequent guest at Summerfest LaJolla, Bridgehampton, Vail, Seattle, and Santa Fe festivals. She is a founding member of “Les Amies,” a flute-harp-viola trio, and the New York Philharmonic String Quartet; garnered first prize in both the Lionel Tertis International and Washington National competitions; and was winner of the Pro Musicis International Award. Her recording, Air, for flute, harp and viola, was nominated for a Grammy Award and her recording of Harold in Italy with the New York Philharmonic can be heard on iTunes. She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Shanghai Academy, Music Academy of the West.

Jason Vieaux

Guitar

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”

Vieaux recently made his debuts for Domaine-Forget Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Wolf Trap, and made returns to San Francisco Performances, Caramoor, Ravinia, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Other recent venues include the National Gallery of Art, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the 92Y, Seoul Arts Center, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

In March 2021, Vieaux performed the premiere recording of a new solo work, “Four Points of Light,” composed for Vieaux by jazz legend Pat Metheny for his new album Road To The Sun. Vieaux performed the live recording of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with Nashville Symphony in 2019 (Naxos). Vieaux’s passion for new music has also fostered recent premieres from Jeff Beal (House of Cards Symphony, BIS, 2017), Avner Dorman, Vivian Fung, Mark Mancina, Dan Visconti, and many more. Slated for spring 2022 release is a new solo Bach recording on Azica. Of his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album Play, The Huffington Post declared that Play is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” 

Vieaux’s multiple appearances over the years with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and others have forged his reputation as a top chamber musician. Regular collaborators include the Escher String Quartet, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. 

As a teacher, Vieaux co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 25 years. Vieaux’s online guitar school has subscribers from over 30 countries.


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