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, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine frequently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program. His multiple festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, La Musica, 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.
Mr. 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 the 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 String Quartet. Mr. 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.
Mr. Atapine holds a 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 cello professor and chair of the Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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.
Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient violinist 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, Salt Bay, Seattle, and Spoleto music festivals.
Her extensive discography includes several discs for Naxos: the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by 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 Robert Schumann’s three sonatas; 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: the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, the violin music of Ravel and Stravinsky, and 20th-century works for unaccompanied violin. Other recent 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, Ms. 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.
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, after having presided over the Italian branch of ESTA (European String Teachers Association), he was elected European president.
His viola parts and his transcription for string trio of the Bach Goldberg Variations are freely downloadable at www.giuranna.it.
Derek Han is without a doubt among the leading American pianists of his generation. His elegant, polished and compelling playing has dazzled audiences across six continents. Though he was originally identified with the concertos of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven – not least because he recorded them all to highly favorable critical responses – he possesses a vast repertory that includes the concertos of Mendelssohn, Chopin and MacDowell, as well as individual concertos by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, in addition to a large body of solo and chamber works. Han’s style is original though straightforward in its lucid tones, spirited character, and technical fluidity and accuracy.
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’s breakthrough came in 1977, when he captured first prize at the Athens International Piano Competition. He thus experienced a meteoric rise in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, 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 (at the behest of Rudolf Serkin) and at many major concert venues in the United States, South America and Europe: New York, St. Louis, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin, London, Warsaw, Moscow and elsewhere.
Considered one of the top stars of her generation, Korean-American cellist Christine J. Lee was a laureate of the first Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition in Brussels and winner of the First Prize at the Isang Yun International Cello Competition in Korea in 2018.
Following her successful American premier of Andrea Tarrodi’s Cello Concerto and her performance at the Berlin Philharmonie last season, her highlights from this season include a debut performance with the Luxembourg Philharmonic as well as the Flagey festival in Brussels with violinist Augustin Dumay. At the age of 12, she had already made her debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach and Seoul Philharmonic. Since then, she has performed with orchestras around the globe, including Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony, Houston Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, and the National Symphony of Belgium.
As a recitalist and a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared in many prestigious venues, such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musée du Louvre, and Victoria Hall. Some of her chamber music collaborators this season include Bruno Giuranna, Esmé Quartet, and Hermès Quartet.
She can be heard at some of the most prestigious music festivals, including Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, La Musica, and the Marlboro Festival.
Christine studied with Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley, and Carter Brey at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received a B.M.; and with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, where she completed her M.A. She holds an Advanced Performance Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she worked with Christoph Richter and Joseph Crouch on baroque cello.
Christine is currently an associated artist with the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. She plays on a Francesco Stradivarius cello on a generous loan from an anonymous sponsor.
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.
Brandon Ridenour is a stylistically diverse trumpet soloist, collaborative artist, composer, and arranger. Recognized as “… heralding the trumpet of the future” (Chicago Sun Times) and for “demonstrating the trumpet's huge potential for lyricism” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), he has combined his wide-ranging activities as soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.
At the age of 20, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. With the group, he played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded 10 albums, appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk, and received three Juno Award nominations. He also created a catalog of new arrangements for the ensemble, which are still performed today. Brandon rejoined Canadian Brass in 2019 and continues to create new repertoire for the group.
Brandon is a winner of numerous competitions, including Concert Artists Guild, International Trumpet Guild, and the American Composers Forum. He has played with a diverse array of musicians, including Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, John Williams, and esteemed ensembles, such as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019, Brandon launched Come Together, an album of reimagined Beatles music celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Lennon/McCartney song. Brandon has since developed this collaborative album into a larger social impact and environmentalism project, with the mission of conveying, through music, the importance of humanity coming together to take better care of our planet and each other.
Brandon began arranging both solo and collaborative music for the trumpet to expand the possibilities for his instrument, sometimes including a melding of musical styles and creating a new cross-genre repertoire. In addition to showcasing these works in his own recital and concerto performances, his arrangements are also featured by the ensembles Founders (a quintet featuring trumpet/piano, violin/voice, clarinet, cello and bass) and USEFULchamber, both of which Brandon is a founding member. He has recorded three previous solo albums, most recently Fantasies and Fairy Tales, which features his own virtuosic arrangements of classical masterworks for trumpet and piano.
Brandon began his musical journey at age five, studying piano with his father, pianist Rich Ridenour. Brandon grew up in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI where he took trumpet lessons from Gregg Good and Scott Thornburg. He received his B.M. from the Juilliard School of Music in the studios of Mark Gould and Ray Mase. Brandon currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in the contemporary performance program.
Outside of music, Brandon has studied sketch writing and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre company and has always been a not-so-closeted fan of comedy. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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