Raphael Bell, cello
CELLIST Raphael Bell is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival (CCMF). He is the principal cellist of The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in Belgium and a founding member and Artist-in-Residence at La Loingtaine near Paris, performing throughout the year with La Bande de La Loingtaine, leading its Academy and giving master classes. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has collaborated with musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Martha Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes, and Ivry Gitlis.
Timothy Summers, violin & viola
VIOLINIST and VIOLIST Timothy Summers is co-founder and co-artistic director 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. Summers has performed at chamber music festivals across the world, including Toas, Tanglewood, Banff, Sarasota, Richmond, and Staunton.
Greg Beyer, percussion
Hailed as a "prodigiously talented percussionist" by the Chicago Classical Review percussionist Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in jazz, orchestral, and world music. He combines the many disciplines of 21st Century percussion into one artistic voice. Beyer is a member of the award winning Chicago based contemporary chamber music ensemble Dal Niente, and he is also an associate professor and head of Percussion studies at Northern Illinois University. Beyer has performed as a chamber musician and a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America.
I-Jen Fang, percussion
I-Jen Fang joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in 2005. She is the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in Staunton Music Festival, Heritage Repertory Theater, and performed the Ney Rosauro Marimba Concerto with the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. Taking up percussion at the age of nine, she came to the United States from Taiwan at age fifteen to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, she received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. As a founding member of Brooklyn Rider and a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, Johnny has closely worked with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, Mark Morris, Anne Sofie Van Otter, Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova and Joshua Redman. Gandelsman integrates a wide range of creative sensibilities into a unique style amongst today's violinists, one that according to the Boston Globe, possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination".Highlights of the past season include winning a Grammy award for Best WorldMusic album as a member and producer of Silk Road Ensemble's latest album, "Sing Me Home"; premiering newly commissioned Cinco Danzas for violin solo by Edward Perez in Minnesota, and performing Philip Glass' "Madrigal Opera" in Brooklyn NY.
Matthew Gold, percussion
Matthew Gold is a percussion soloist and chamber musician who appears across the U.S. and internationally presenting concert programs, master classes, and lectures. Based in Williamstown, MA and New York City, he is a member of the Talea Ensemble and the Talujon percussion group. Mr. Gold is an Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, I/O Ensemble, and the annual I/O Festival of New Music. Mr. Gold has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as Sequitur, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Orchestra of the League of Composers. He also performs regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York City Ballet, and the Albany Symphony.
Judith Gordon, piano
Pianist Judith Gordon gave her New York recital debut recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their Introductions Series. She has been soloist in works by Mozart, Ravel and Saint-Saëns with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and played Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Hindemith, Berg, Boulez and more with ensembles that include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received an Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009, Gordon appears regularly as guest artist at festivals such as Apple Hill, Bard, Bennington and Charlottesville, at ChatterABQ in New Mexico, and in Washington County, New York, where she is a consulting director of Music from Salem.
Mayuko Ishigami, violin
Mayuko Ishigami began studying the violin at the age of five, and when she was eight she was invited to the International Music Festival in Rome. At sixteen, she won 2nd place and the Audience Prize at the 77th Japanese Music Competition. She has also been the laureate of international music contests in Romania and the Czech Republic. As a soloist, Ms. Ishigami has collaborated with many renowned orchestras, such as the symphony orchestras of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Brasov. A sought-after chamber musician, she performs with artists such as James Ehnes, David Quiggle, and Matthew Lipman.
Min-Young Kim, violin
Violinist Min-Young Kim is a founding member of The Daedalus Quartet. She has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She 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 with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and New York Collegium. A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, Ms. Kim teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania, and was formerly on the faculty of Columbia University and the School for Strings in New York. Her major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann and Shirley Givens.
Sooyun Kim, flute
Since her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at age ten, she has enjoyed a flourishing career performing with orchestras around the world including the Bavarian Radio, Munich Philharmonic, Munich Chamber, and Boston Pops orchestras. She has been presented in recital series worldwide – in Budapest’s Lizst Hall, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Kobe’s Bunka hall. This season’s highlights include orchestral appearances with Glacier Symphony, Kobe City Chamber, and Amadeus Festival orchestras performing concertos of Christopher Rouse, Mercadante, and Mozart. As a member of Third Sound, she appears at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba. A winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, Ms. Kim has received numerous international awards and prizes including the third prize at the ARD International Flute Competition.
Thomas Kraines, cello
The Daedalus Quartet | Cellist Thomas Kraines 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, and the Network for New Music, and at festivals including the Bravo! Vail, Bard, the Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab. An accomplished composer, his works have been performed by artists such as pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson, and the English Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kenneth Woods. Mr. Kraines has taught at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, the Longy School of Music, the Killington Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Walden School, and currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
Keith Lipson, clarinet
Keith Lipson is a clarinet performing artist, educator and translator of classical literature. He is currently principal clarinet of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, guest professor of clarinet and chamber music at the Central Conservatory of Music High School, and conductor of the Poly Wedo Wind Orchestra. He was previously principal clarinet with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and has performed as guest principal of the KBS orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has appeared in the chamber music series at Barge Music in New York with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
As a devotee of new music, he is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble in New York, and has performed with them at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center with guest artist Peter Serkin. Keith is a co-founder of the Beijing New Music Ensemble whose debut album was recorded on the Naxos label featuring the works of Zhou Long and Chen Yi.
Lin Ma, pipa
Lin Ma is a Chinese pipa artist residing in New York City and is among the top ten pipa masters accredited by China Central Television. Ms. Ma has performed in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, France and Italy, and has been lauded by audiences around the world. She is the first Chinese folk instrumentalist to give a pipa recital at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City. As an active music envoy that bridges cultures, she has collaborated with United Nations Peace Concert and Renwen Society of China Institute in New York City to promote Chinese music and culture.
Dov Scheindlin, viola
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” Dov Scheindlin is a member 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. His chamber music career has brought him to 28 countries around the globe, and won him the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has appeared as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Paris Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. As a member of the Arditti Quartet, he performed in nearly 100 world premières, among them new works by Benjamin Britten, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág, Thomas Adès, and Wolfgang Rihm.
Mimi Solomon, piano
Ms. Solomon enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe, has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter, and National Public Radio.
Ms. Solomon regularly appears at music festivals such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Charlottesville, La Loingtaine, and Aspen. Ms. Soloman has taught at Cornell University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ithaca College.
Jessica Thompson, viola
Violist Jessica Thompson is a passionate chamber musician who has performed at the Marlboro, Portland (Maine), and Verbier (Switzerland) Music Festivals. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and performs frequently with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Before joining The Daedalus Quartet, Ms. Thompson was a member of the Chester String Quartet, the resident ensemble at Indiana University South Bend, where she served as Associate Professor of Viola. She currently teaches viola at Princeton and Columbia Universities. Ms. Thompson has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and has given recitals in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. She performed at the “Wall-to-Wall Bach” event at Symphony Space in New York in 2008 and at the International Viola Congress in Minneapolis in 2004.
UVA Chamber Singers conducted by Michael Slon
Founded in 2005 and conducted by Michael Slon, the University of Virginia Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers, and performs a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions. Recent performances have included Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Copland’s In the Beginning, Allegri’s Miserere, Byrd’s Mass for 5 voices, Pärt’s Magnficat, Glass’s Three Songs, Burtner’s Palladian Echoes, a program of English and Italian madrigals, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the University Singers. In addition, the group has performed popular standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and the Beatles, a spoof concert of P.D.Q. Bach, and new music by Meredith Monk (with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble) and Eric Whitacre.