Roman Borys, cello
Rachel Buchman, teaching artist
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Hector DelCurto, bandoneon
Pedro Giraudo, bass
Owen Kotler, clarinet
Monique Mead, violin, teaching artist
Jisoo OK, cello
Ian Parker, piano
James Parker, piano
Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Yizhak Schotten, viola
Bion Tsang, cello
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Pablo Ziegler, piano
Aloysia Friedmann | Artistic Director violin, viola
Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (www.oicmf.org) in the Pacific Northwest, Aloysia Friedmann’s broad ranging career has included national and international tours, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a special onstage role on Broadway alongside Dustin Hoffman in The Merchant of Venice. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut.
Recent and upcoming festival performances include Amelia Island, Cactus Pear, Green Music, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Strings in the Mountains, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, performing with musicians including Peter Schickele, William Preucil, Chee-Yun, Alisa Weilerstein, Gabriel Kahane, Lucy Shelton, the Miró Quartet and Lynn Harrell. Aloysia Friedmann is featured as both performer and producer on several festival recordings. Chamber Music America recognized Ms. Friedmann’s artistic leadership with its 2008 CMAcclaim Award and most recently she was invited to be on the 2011 CMA National Conference Committee.
In Houston, Ms. Friedmann is Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and also was Acting Concertmaster for Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. She has taught as an Affiliate Artist of Viola and Violin at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Ms. Friedmann graduated from The Juilliard School and also studied at the University of Washington. She is married to concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker and they have a daughter, Sophia Keila. Aloysia Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola, both made in Milan in the late 17th century.
Jon Kimura Parker | Artistic Advisor piano
One of the most sought-after performing pianists today, Jon Kimura Parker performed an unprecedented array of piano concertos in the 2010-2011 season, including Rachmaninoff No. 3, Brahms No. 2, Tchaikovsky No. 1, Barber, Gershwin, Beethoven No. 4, Beethoven “Emperor”, Grieg, and several by Mozart. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the United States Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor.
Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras nationally and internationally, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Deutsches Symphonie, The Warsaw Philharmonic, and the NHK Tokyo Orchestra. Conductors he has recently worked with include James DePreist, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, Arild Remmereit and Pinchas Zukerman.
He performs as duo partner regularly with James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell and Cho-Liang Lin. An unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. As a member of the outreach project Piano Plus, Mr. Parker toured remote areas including the Canadian Arctic, performing classical music and rock ‘n’ roll on everything from upright pianos to electronic keyboards. In commemoration of his special performance in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares. An active media personality, Mr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! Canada, and CBC Radio Two’s Up and Coming. His YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat videos, promoting the piano concerto repertoire.
Last summer Mr. Parker gave a recital tour of Taiwan with Cho-Liang Lin, collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa, performed at Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, and was the featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival.
A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He has lectured at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University.
“Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker privately, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School.
Mr. Parker has recorded for Telarc, CBC, and OICMF. For further information, please see www.jonkimuraparker.com.
Roman Borys | cello
A founding member of the Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio, cellist Roman Borys is one of Canada’s most active chamber musicians and producers. The Gryphon Trio tours regularly throughout Canada, the United States and Europe and to date the ensemble has released 16 celebrated recordings for the Analekta label. Roman has been Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society since 2008, programming over 100 concerts per season for the Society’s annual Chamberfest, and oversees the production of the Gryphon Trio’s various projects and outreach initiatives.
As a producer, Borys oversaw the theatrical development of Christos Hatzis’ Constantinople. An 85-minute multi-media celebration of cultural diversity, Constantinople brings the Gryphon Trio together with two vocalists in a performance environment that is enriched by projected visuals, lighting and staging. Premiered in 2004, Constantinople has toured throughout Canada and been performed in the US and at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in London, England. Other multi-media projects include several Gryphon Trio projects combining chamber music with projected images, including Chan Ka Nin’s And the masks evoke… and Landscapes for the End of Time, which pairs Messiaen’s classic Quartet for the End of Time with landscape paintings by Canadian artist Stephen Hutchings.
Borys is passionate advocate of audience development initiatives. In 2010 he conceived and launched Listen Up! in Almonte, Ontario. A groundbreaking classical music outreach model, Listen Up! teaches the skills needed for a lifetime appreciation of classical music through a hands-on workshop in basic musical composition and involves an entire community in collaborative arts creation. Listen Up! Almonte, was a 9 month project in which 30 grade 8 students from Almonte’s Naismith Memorial Public School wrote poetry and composed music for their own school choir and the Gryphon Trio. Future Listen Up! projects are planned across Canada in upcoming seasons.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Roman Borys studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. Borys now teaches at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music along with Gryphon Trio pianist Jamie Parker and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon. Outside of chamber music, Borys enjoys contributing to film sound tracks and has been featured in Kenneth Lonnergan’s You can count on me and Guy Madden’s The saddest music in the world.
Rachel Buchman | teaching artist
RACHEL BUCHMAN has performed and taught in the United States, Europe and Israel, New York’s Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her latest of 7 albums is Rachel Buchman’s Homemade Band. Her 6 previous albums, on Rounder Records and A Gentle Wind labels, include: Shine Little Candles – Grammy Awards semi-finalist; Sing a Song of Seasons – named one of 6 Best Recordings by Sesame Street Parents Magazine; Hello Everybody! Playsongs & Rhymes from a Toddler’s World – winner of The American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, and Oppenheim Toy awards.
Miss Buchman’s artistic career ranges from musical performances of American folk songs to John Cage, in venues as diverse as elementary schools in under-served communities, Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts and Congregation Beth Yeshurun, where she writes and performs services for families with young children. In 2009, Miss Buchman appeared as Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera directed by Leslie Swackhammer, conducted by Cristian Macelaru. Since 2004 she has collaborated with conductor Larry Rachleff creating original family concerts and narrations.
Miss Buchman is a Lecturer in Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She founded and heads the Young Children’s Division, a Dalcroze eurhythmics based program for children ages 2-10, in the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program. In collaboration with oboist, Janet Rarick, she coaches and advises JUMP, an outreach performance program for college students. She also coaches musicians playing pieces that require them to both narrate and play.
Andrés Cárdenes | violin
Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances.
Since capturing the Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as soloist with over one hundred orchestras on four continents, including those of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Moscow, Bavarian Radio, Dallas, Helsinki, Shanghai, Caracas and Barcelona. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.
Mr. Cárdenes is in growing demand as a conductor. His appearances with the Bavarian Radio, Dallas Symphony, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, New West Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Fundacíon Beethoven (Santiago, Chile), and the OFUNAM Orchestra of Mexico City have received rave reviews. Headlines proclaimed “Cárdenes conducts Pittsburgh Symphony with epic mastery” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) after stepping in for an ailing Robert Spano. Mr. Cárdenes served as Artistic Director and Leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra from its inception in 1999 through 2009. This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. Cárdenes’ discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.
Mr, Cardenes has twice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and was on the jury of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The year 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of Mr. Cárdenes’ renowned teaching and pedagogical career, which began as an assistant to his teacher and mentor Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Today, Mr. Cárdenes continues Professor Gingold’s legacy and discipline while holding the title of Distinguished Professor of Violin Studies and the Dorothy Richard Starling/Alexander Speyer Jr. Endowed Chair at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music. In addition, Cárdenes gives Master Classes regularly at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Manhattan School, Cleveland Institute, The Curtis Institute, and at virtually every major university and conservatory in the United States.
Chee-Yun | violin
Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.
Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include return subscription weeks in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, as well as the Colorado and Austin symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic.
Philip Cutlip | baritone
Philip Cutlip has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his performances across North America and Europe. Established on both concert and opera stages, he has performed with a distinguished list of conductors that includes Nicholas McGegan, Yves Abel, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Gerard Schwarz, and Donald Runnicles. His appearance as Joseph De Rocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking,with Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade for Houston Grand Opera, has been released on Virgin Records.
Philip Cutlip’s 2013-14 engagements include Stanley in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Grand Rapids, and baritone soloist in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne with Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra. He returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, under Nicholas McGegan, in Messiah; to North Carolina Symphony in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; and to Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. He also debuts with the Eugene Symphony in Haydn’s The Creation. In 2012-13 he sang Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera; as soloist in Messiah with Vassar College and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; returned to Toledo Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni, and to Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana; sang Carmina Burana with Toledo Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s War Requiem for the American Choral Directors Association; and performed Faure’s Requiem at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC).
Mr. Cutlip has also appeared as soloist with nearly every major North American orchestra. His extensive list of concert credits include performances with New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed such works as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Handel and Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, Brahms’ Requiem with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn’s The Seasons with Philadelphia Baroque. He also performed Handel arias written for Mantagnana with La Stagione Frankfurt ensemble as well as Handel’s Belshazzar at the Göttingen Festival in Germany.
Frequently heard in performances with New York Festival of Song, Cutlip gave the world premiere of American Love Songs, a set of 10 commissioned pieces for vocal quartet, at the Tisch Center for the Arts and at the 92nd Street Y; appeared in a program of commissioned works at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and toured with NYFOS to Louisville for Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen.
Hector Del Curto | bandoneon
Praised by the New York Times as a “splendid player”, Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto’s career spanning for more than twenty–five years has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. He has performed with the world–renowned tango legend Astor Piazzolla, clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho–Liang Lin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Colón Ballet among many others.
By the age of 17, he had won the title “Best Bandoneon Player Under 25″ in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango.” In 1999, Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As conductor, he directed the spectacular show “Forever Tango” on Broadway and founded the “Eternal Tango Orchestra” a ten piece ensemble.
Héctor Del Curto recently released his second album “Eternal Piazzolla” with a sold out concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. His first CD “Eternal Tango” was featured on Public Radio International’s “The World” and BBC News. Mr. Del Curto’s recordings include performances with Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla on “Finally Together”, Pablo Ziegler on the albums “Asphalt” and “Quintet for the New Tango” (BMG), “Tango Magic” (Sony Music) and “Tango and All That Jazz”, and Luis Borda Cuarteto on “Linea de Tango”. He appears as guest artist in recordings such as Latin music legend, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri’s Grammy Award–winning collaboration “Masterpiece”, mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves’ “The Lost Days” (BMG), Paquito D’Rivera’s “Funk Tango”, Ricardo Arjona’s “Santo Pecado” (Sony International), and Shakira’s “Laundry Services”.
Pedro Giraudo | bass
Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. A highly versatile bassist, composer, conductor and arranger, he has become an in-demand artist performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both with his own award winning ensembles and as a member of several prominent ensembles ranging from tango to jazz. Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Grammy award winner Pablo Ziegler, 9 time Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera, and Latin American icon Ruben Blades, as well as
jazz living legends Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, and violin virtuoso Philippe Quint among many others. He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout The Americas, Europe, and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria & USA), London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC). Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world renown WDR Big Band and
Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world’s leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, and on movies including Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street II’. He is also the principal bassist of the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and the Música de Cámara String Ensemble. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers: D’Addario and the outstanding Keeley Electronics. His award winning discography includes ’Córdoba’ (Zoho Music 2011), ‘El Viaje’ (2009) , ‘Desconsuelo’ (2005), ‘Mr Vivo’ (2002) and ‘Destiny of Flowers’ (2000).
Owen Kotler | clarinet
Owen Kotler has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada concertizing and sampling the local cuisine, wine and culture. Born in the Bronx, Kotler studied at the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music with the great clarinet teacher, Leon Russianoff. Owen lives in New York and has performed regularly with the New York Pops, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, The Discovery Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and other freelance groups including the P.D.Q. Bach Orchestra and the Opera Orchestra of New York. A versatile performer, Owen regularly plays on movie soundtracks and other studio recording work, has played in over thirty Broadway shows, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and has been featured as a jazz soloist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has also taken part in a number of summer festivals including the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Windham Chamber Music Festival, and the Peter Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Monique Mead | violin, teaching artist
Inspired and mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Monique Mead has been building young audiences of classical music lovers since 1997 and has become one of Germany’s most celebrated presenters of youth and family concerts. Appearing regularly on German radio and television, she has brought classical music into the public eye, setting a new standard for educating music teachers and young audiences. As a regular guest of the Munich Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Cologne Philharmonic, Düsseldorf Symphony, and Neue Philharmonie Westfalen among others, she has created long-term partnerships between orchestras and schools in more than 20 German cities.
In the U.S., she performs chamber music, presents concerts, leads seminars and develops audience-building projects for organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart and the String Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, where she and her husband Andrés Cárdenes, serve as Music Directors. Monique’s relationship with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival includes visits as Artist-in-Residence to support community and school music groups. She recently released her CD, “Mother Goose meets Father Bach,” which was generously funded by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Her passion for chamber music was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship enabling her to pursue studies in Germany. She plays a violin made in 1687 by Niccolo Amati.
Jisoo Ok | cello
Cellist, Jisoo Ok is a multi–faceted musician who has distinguished herself as an interpreter of classical, tango, jazz and contemporary music. She has closely collaborated with distinguished musicians such as pianist Pablo Ziegler, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto and clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera and performed with jazz violinist Regina Carter, bassist Ron Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.
Jisoo performed worldwide in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Birdland, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Laguna Beach Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Miami International Piano Festival, Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Italy, Copa Fest in Brazil, Houston International Festival, SummerStage at Central Park among others.
Jisoo Ok’s recording appearance includes two critically acclaimed albums, “Eternal Tango” and “Eternal Piazzolla”, which she co–produced with her husband, Hector Del Curto and “Rojo Tango” with Erwin Schrott released in 2011 on Sony Classical. She appears as a guest artist on “Horizon: Piano and Chamber works by Gareth Farr” with pianist Henry Wong Doe on Trust Record, on “Django Festival Allstars” with Dorado Schmitt and on “Introducing Letizia Gambi” with Lenny White, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Gil Goldstein and Patrice Rushen.
Born in Seoul, Korea but grew up in New Zealand, Jisoo began cello studies at age eleven to escape from studying violin. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry and she studied chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann.
Ian Parker | piano
Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Calgary, Erie, Hamilton and Louisiana, as well as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Greenwich, Honolulu, Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach, National (Washington, D.C.), Pensacola, Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Virginia and Winnipeg. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include appearances with the Eugene Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, in addition to performances at both the Britt and Brott festivals.
An enthusiastic recitalist, Parker has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada on tours with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004. Among his appearance in the upcoming season, Parker will play recitals presented by Camerata Musica and the North Okanagan Community Concerts Association. He will also perform with the Vogler Quartet in a concert presented by Chamber Music Vancouver, and will collaborate for the first time with the Borealis Quartet during a tour of the Vancouver islands.
First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, Parker has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. At The Juilliard School, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and, on two occasions, was the winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition. Heard regularly on CBC Radio, he has also performed live on WQXR (hosted by Robert Sherman) in New York.
Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”
James Parker | piano
In the realm of Canadian pianists, James Parker, quite simply, is among the best known. Accomplished, versatile, brilliant, are descriptors all frequently linked to this most sought after artist. Mr. Parker’s achievements are both lengthy and impressive. James’ musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum Sing Lee, and then went on to complete his Masters and Doctoral with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. Dr. Parker continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Awards came early and often. Beginning in 1984 with a first prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition, James served notice that he was a rising star. The CBC competition concurred, selecting him winner of the 25th National Competition for Young Performers. The Virginia P. Moore Award as the most promising young classical artist soon followed, further solidifying Parker’s place as one of Canada’s best.
On-air programs have repeatedly sought out his performances. Mr. Parker has made frequent appearances on CBC, and performances on Bravo!, the CanWest Global Network, MuchMusic and a myriad of stations across the globe.
Concerts given by Mr. Parker are artistic wonders. James’ style has earned him The Globe and Mail’s praise as “One of the most searching musical intellects and 10 of the nimblest fingers in the business.” James has enthralled audiences in North America and Europe, counting diplomats and dignitaries among his receptive audiences.
A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the pianist for Canada’s foremost ensemble: the Gryphon Trio. Add to this Mr. Parker’s critically acclaimed performances with major Canadian symphonies like Toronto, Vancouver, National Arts Centre, Nova Scotia and many in between, one is reminded of the scope of his contributions to the national classical music scene. With two JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography, James Parker continues to graciously strive to do it all.
Annalee Patipatanakoon | violin
Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is one of Canada’s most respected performing artists. A laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition in Brussels, Belgium, as well as a First Prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for Canadian Music, Annalee is a graduate of Indiana University and the Curtis Institute of Music, and is Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
As a founding member of the two-time Juno Award winning Gryphon Trio, Annalee can be heard on the Trio’s sixteen recordings on the Analekta and Naxos labels, and maintains a busy touring schedule across Canada and the United States each season. She serves as Artistic Advisor to the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, and is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and Trinity College. Gryphon Trio performances are regularly broadcast nationwide on CBC Radio Canada.
Equally in demand as a teacher of violin and chamber music, Annalee has taught and conducted masterclasses at Rice University, Stanford University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Hochshule für Musik-Mainz, Domaine Forget, the Orford Academy, the Tuckamore Festival and School, Mount Royal University, and many more. With the Gryphon Trio, Annalee leads educational projects in music schools and communities across the country, including the group’s flagship Listen Up! outreach program which will travel to the communities of Powell River, BC; Parry Sound, ON; and Orcas Island, USA in 2013-14.
Yizhak Schotten | viola
Israeli-born Yizhak Schotten was discovered and brought to the United States by William Primrose. He studied with the renowned violist at the University of Southern California and Indiana University and later with Lillian Fuchs at the Manhattan School. Mr. Schotten has performed in Japan, Israel, Holland, Austria, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mexico, England, and Canada and his solo appearances with orchestras in this country and abroad have included performances with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Sergiu Commissiona, Thomas Schippers, and Arthur Fiedler, among others. He has also appeared on many of this country’s prestigious concert series including Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, and Merkin Hall in New York, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Library of Congress and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and broadcasts on National Public Radio. As a member of the Trio d’Accordo, he won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York. He has performed and taught at many festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Banff, Meadowmount, and Chautauqua. He and his wife, Katherine Collier, are founders and Music Directors of the Maui Classical Music Festival in Hawaii and were Music Directors of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for fifteen years.
Yizhak Schotten was formerly with the Boston Symphony and principal violist of the Cincinnati and Houston Symphonies. Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he is a teacher of prize winning students and is very active giving master classes to violists around the world. He has six solo discs on Crystal Records and one on CRI that was chosen as “Critic’s Choice” in High Fidelity Magazine.
Bion Tsang | cello
Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition, cellist Bion Tsang has appeared with the New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Saint Paul and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra and the Taiwan National Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Tsang has collaborated with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin and Kyoko Takezawa, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston and Camerata Pacifica in Los Angeles, and performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Portland, Tucson, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.
Mr. Tsang received his BA from Harvard University and his MMA from Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose. Mr. Tsang is on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music.
Anne Martindale Williams | cello
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the Orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. She made her London debut performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn conducting. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”
Mrs. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and solo and chamber music performances in America and Europe. She has given master classes at many universities and festivals throughout the country, including The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony in Miami, Aspen, Credo at Oberlin College and the Masterworks Festival. She also has performed at many of America’s prestigious summer music festivals.
The Pittsburgh Symphony has commissioned OICMF participant and friend, Jake Heggie, to compose a work for cello, voice, and orchestra, that will be premiered by Ms. Williams in New York and Pittsburgh in 2015.
Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701. She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband Joe, a Youth Pastor, and their daughter Claire who is 17 years old.
Pablo Ziegler | piano
For decades, Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler has been one of the most important figures in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classic tango and American jazz. Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times writes, “He is cool, understated and makes everything look easy and natural… Just as a really suave tango dancer seems not to move with feet but on wheels, Ziegler skates the keyboard,” and Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz affirms “When [Astor] Piazzolla departed this Earth in 1992, the torch was passed to his longtime pianist who’s been carrying it proudly ever since… Ziegler has taken the tradition one step further.”
After performing in tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade, and appearing on iconic Piazzolla recordings including Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra and Central Park Concert, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 20 years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the tango tradition. Ziegler has been featured as guest soloist with major orchestras around the world, playing his own compositions as well as the music of Piazzolla with the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Metropole Orkest in Netherlands, and Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra in São Paolo, Brazil.
Ziegler’s most recent recording, 2013’s critically acclaimed Amsterdam Meets New Tango, sees his quartet paired with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest. In 2011, Ziegler’s work as music director, arranger and pianist for bass-baritone opera star Erwin Schrott earned an Echo Klassik Award for the album Rojotango. Ziegler’s 2005 release, Bajo Cero, won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, and in 2008, his album Buenos Aires Report made the final list of nominees for the same honor.