Performers


Raphael Bell | Cello

CELLIST RAPHAEL BELL is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. A graduate of the Julliard School, Bell has a varied career as cellist, chamber musician, conductor, teacher and festival creator. He is the principal cellist of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Belgium and a founding member and Artist-in-Residence at La Loingtaine near […]




Timothy Summers | Violin and Viola

VIOLINIST and VIOLIST TIMOTHY SUMMERS is co-artistic director and co-founder of the CCMF and second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet. A member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, he has also appeared in concert at the Wiener Festwoche, the Schumann Festival in Düsseldorf, the Berlin Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, and Ferrara Musica in Italy. Mr. […]




Alasdair Beatson | Piano

ALASDAIR BEATSON, Scottish PIANIST, is equally adept in solo and chamber repertoire. He has performed at venues throughout Europe, including London’s Wigmore Hall, where he has given six solo recitals. He as appeared recently as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Ensemble, and as soloist in […]




Igor Begelman | Clarinet

CLARINETIST IGOR BEGELMAN’s virtuosity and imagination on his instrument have been praised by critics and have earned him an impressive list of prizes, engagements and honors, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  In recent seasons, Mr. Begelman appeared as a soloist with I Musici de Montreal, Houston Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, […]




Jeroen Berwaerts | Trumpet

JEROEN BERWAERTS, TRUMPETER and jazz singer from Belgium, has a repertoire that encompasses every epoch, from baroque music to contemporary music to jazz. He is Principal Trumpet of the NDR Radio Symphony Hamburg and member of the Stockholm Chamber Brass, following many years as a member of the Canadian Brass. Since winning prizes as a […]




Gloria Chien | Piano

GLORIA CHIEN, PIANIST, made her concert debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and took prizes at the World Piano Competition and the San Antonio International Piano Competition. An avid chamber musician, she is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has also collaborated with artists such […]




Zach Cohen | Bass

ZACH COHEN is principal BASSIST of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Previously, Zach was principal bass with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a position he earned in his senior year of Juilliard at the age of 22. As an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Richard […]




I-Jen Fang | Percussion

I-JEN FANG, PERCUSSIONIST, described as an “intrepid percussionist” by Fanfare Magazine, joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at UVa in 2005 and is Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a marimba soloist with CUSO and with orchestras on four continents, and is director […]




Fitz Gary | Viola

FITZ GARY, VIOLIST, at the age of 27, has already begun transforming the role of the musician in our society. An active performer and social activist, in 2012 he founded Music Feeds Us, a benefit concert series designed to promote classical music and hunger relief, which has raised over 82,000 meals to date for the […]




Matthew Gold | Percussion

MATTHEW GOLD, PERCUSSIONIST, is a New York-based percussionist with a deep commitment to new music. A member of Talea Ensemble and the Talujon percussion group, and a former co-director of TimeTable Percussion, he performs regularly with Sequitur, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or, SEM Ensemble, the Glass […]




Eric Jacobsen | Conductor

ERIC JACOBSEN, CELLIST and CONDUCTOR has been hailed by the New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo” and has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s venerated Silk Road Project and as a founding member of genre-bending string quartet Brooklyn […]




Min-Young Kim | Violin

MIN-YOUNG KIM, VIOLINIST, is a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet. She has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated in festivals and performances with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Takács and Vermeer Quartets. In early music, she has performed and recorded on the baroque violin […]




Thomas Kraines | Cello

THOMAS KRAINES, CELLIST, a member of the Daedalus Quartet, has forged a multifaceted career, equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire. Mr. Kraines has been heard with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and the Network for New Music, […]




Blair McMillen | Piano

BLAIR MCMILLEN, PIANIST, has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today. The New York Times has named him one of the piano’s “brilliant stars.” Recent seasons included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Albany Symphony. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Rite of Summer Music […]




Dave Nelson | Trombone

DAVE NELSON, TROMBONIST, is Georgia born and has been working in New York City since the mid-’90s in the idioms of pop/rock, creative jazz and modern composition. His résumé includes work with artists ranging from David Byrne to Sufjan Stevens, the National, Jónsi, Martha Wainwright, John Adams, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Athens, Georgia creative […]




Virpi Räisänen | Mezzo Soprano

VIRPI RAISANEN, MEZZO-SOPRANO, is a star in her native Finland. She has performed leading roles at the Salzburg, Halle (Germany) and Turku (Finland) Festivals and Berlin Staatsoper, and has given recitals in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Riga. As soloist with orchestra, she has performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra […]




Melissa Reardon | Viola

MELISSA REARDON, VIOLIST, is the violist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, she has received multiple prizes and awards. Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), A sought-after collaborative musician, she has appeared with the Miami, Miró, Daedalus and […]




Erik Rönmark | Saxophone

ERIK RONMARK, SAXOPHONIST from Sweden, is the First-Prize winner of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, as guest with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and regularly appears in the contemporary group New Music Detroit, of which he […]




Dov Scheindlin | Viola

DOV SCHEINDLIN, VIOLIST, acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” is a member and Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets, and he has performed at festivals such […]




Axel Strauss | Violin

AXEL STRAUSS, VIOLINIST, in 1998 was the first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York. Later that same year he made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall. Since then he has given recitals in major […]




Mike Truesdell | Percussion

MIKE TRUESDELL, PERCUSSIONIST, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He was the first American ever to win a prize at the TROMP International Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy chamber ensemble under the baton of the legendary Pierre Boulez and toured with Maestro Boulez in Switzerland, […]




Angela Jones-Reus | Flute

Among Ms. Jones-Reus’ performances are a concert in Carnegie Hall with Jean Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker, a London Debut Recital at St John’s Smith Square, a Japan tour as soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and five performances—stepping in with one day’s notice— of the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto with the San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Italy. In 1991 Ms.Jones-Reus […]