Michell Ross, violin
Hailed as a "Renaissance Woman" and trained with Itzhak Perlman for over a decade, violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as both a solo artist and collaborative visionary. Michelle is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Last season marked Michelle’s Carnegie Hall Debut with Maestro Harry Bicket, and her European Debut as both soloist and conductor, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, in Cite de La Musique. Michelle also curates Music in the Mountains, a classical music festival presented by Summit Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.
As a chamber musician, Michelle has toured multiple times with Itzhak Perlman, and has collaborated with a range of artists that includes Mitsuko Uchida, Denes Varjon, members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland String Quartets. Michelle has been an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival since 2011, and has been touring with Musicians from Marlboro for every season since 2012. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Lucerne Festival, Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall, and YAP Ottawa. Michelle has performed at the Isabella Gardner Musuem, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Avery Fisher Hall, Virginia Arts Center, Union College Concert Series, Smith College, Westbury Gardens, Cite de la Musique, Luzerne Hall, Neue Galerie, Arscht Center Miami, Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
As a composer and improviser, Michelle is extemely interested in collaborative works. As a composer for contemporary dance, her work has toured with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet for two seasons through her collaboration with choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III, and has premiered in Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Joyce Theater. Inventing Wonderland, a multimedia piece, premiered in Lincoln Center's Beyond the Machine Festival. Michelle frequently collaborates across mediums to create works with choreographers, actors, visual artists, and filmmakers. Her work has also traveled to Germany and the Philippines.
Michelle holds a M.M. from the Juilliard School and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, Ronald Copes, Patinka Kopec.
Margaret Dyer Harris, viola
Margaret Dyer has carved out a unique career as one of the US’s finest chamber musicians. This season’s highlights have included appearances with the Daedalus Quartet, the Amphion Quartet, the Hausmann Quartet and alongside the acclaimed clarinet virtuoso, David Krakauer at his sold out residency at The Stone in New York City. In early Spring, she performed at the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi and in June was a featured artist at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
Margaret is in frequent demand as a guest artist with other chamber groups such as ECCO, Decoda, the Knights, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of Boston’s acclaimed unconducted string orchestra, A Far Cry. She has also collaborated with contemporary music ensembles Le Train Bleu, International Contemporary Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Periapsis, all based in New York City. As a member of Ensemble ACJW, a partnership of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, she has collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Tetzlaff, and Emanuel Ax. She has also played with the St. Louis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and was guest principal for both the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics.
Margaret has a strong passion for cultural collaboration and community involvement and in 2010, she was granted a fellowship position in The Academy: a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to creating engaging chamber music programs for hospitals, detention centers, and other community centers across the city, she was a guest teacher at Curtis High School on Staten Island during the two-year fellowship. She has also been a guest artist and teacher at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Festival and has given masterclasses in Mexico City, Lima, Abu Dhabi, and cities across the United States. Margaret combined her passion for music, engagement and travel when she went down the Amazon River for the Espacios y Canales sound project, an experimental sound project recording original composition against the sounds of the jungle.
Although her training was entirely classically-based, Margaret enjoys collaborating with artists of all styles. Some of these more household names include John Legend, Michelle Williams, Rufus Wainright, David Sylvian, Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallett, and David Saw. She recently performed on the soundtrack for the acclaimed film, Orchestra of Exiles, and she was a member of 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular orchestra. Margaret holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. She can be heard on recordings by NEOS Label, Iris Records, and Fortune Records.
Jia Kim, cello
Cellist Jia Kim began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation's National Debut Concerto Competition. Since then Ms.Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. Her performances have been reviewed by the New York Times, Vermont Today, South Florida Classical Review, the Hampton Roads and have been broadcasted on WQXR, PBS and KMZT Classical.
As a passionate and active chamber musician, Ms. Kim is one of the founding members of the Fidelio String Quartet and Tristan Piano Quartet which made their debut in New York's Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Ms.Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, Itzhak Perlman, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Orion String Quartet among others. She has appeared in performance at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Licoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, Miami's Arsht Center, Valle De Bravo in Mexico, Toronto's Royal Conservatory, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, EJ Thomas Hall, The Korea Society in NYC, Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Princeton University's Alexander Hall and many more.
Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including the Jack Smith Memorial Award, Most Promising Young Talent at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in California, and Performing Arts Scholarship at the Cerritos Center of Arts Education. She has received full Scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.
As a teenager, she spent five summers at The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island which gave her life changing experiences. She has also participated at Kneisel Hall in Maine, White Mountains Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to perform with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and in New York City.
Recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of International Music Sessions, a unique summer program bringing youth around the world to foster cultural exchange through music, Ms.Kim also serves as faculty of the Brearley School and the New York Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program. She was invited to do a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Hawaii and also at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Ms. Kim performs on a 2005 Mario Miralles Cello, by a generous loan from the Maestro Foundation. She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby&Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School for a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music.
Brook Speltz, cello
Praised for his “fluid virtuosity” and “soulful melodies,” Los Angeles native Brook Speltz has been inspired since childhood by the long tradition of deep musical mastery of artists such as Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Fournier, and the Guarneri String Quartet. As of May of 2015, he is the new cellist of the internationally renowned Escher String Quartet and an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
An extremely versatile cellist, Mr. Speltz has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. First Prize winner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others, and is a regular performer at England’s IMS Prussia Cove and on tour with Musicians from Marlboro. An avid and sought after chamber musician, Mr. Speltz has been personally invited by musical giants such as Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode to collaborate in chamber music recitals and tours throughout the country. As a result of these collaborations, he has been nominated for the inaugural Warner Music Prize, a newly established prize presented by Warner Music and Carnegie Hall.
A lover of all facets of the music world, Mr. Speltz has enjoyed performing on extensive tours with the cello rock band Break of Reality, whose online video of the Game of Thrones cover immediately went viral and has already received over 8.5 million views. Their recent U.S. tour raised funds and awareness for music programs in public schools all around the country. Mr. Speltz studied at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, after his formative years of study with Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles. He performs on a 1756 J.C. Gigli on loan from his father, a cellist and his first inspiration in a family of professional musicians.
Euntaek Kim, piano
Euntaek Kim is a classically trained pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. A native of South Korea, Euntaek began his piano lessons at age three and was admitted to the preparatory division of the Korean National University of Arts at age nine. At twelve, he took his first conducting lesson and gave his first public piano recital in Seoul, presented by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. A year later, Euntaek emigrated to the United States to begin piano studies at The Juilliard Pre-College.
Euntaek has appeared at numerous venues around the world, such as the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, CO, to name a few. Euntaek has participated in summer music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Euntaek has collaborated with members of the Enso, Escher, and Ying quartets. In recent years, Euntaek’s collaboration with Eric Gratz, the concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, led to a successful release of a CD album in 2016.
Euntaek holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and the Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. His private instructors include Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman, and Seymour Lipkin in piano, and Jeffrey Milarsky in orchestral conducting. Euntaek occasionally organizes orchestral concerts in New York City, in which he both performs and conducts.
He lives in New York City with his wife, Sara Rossi, a violist.
John Moore, baritone
A frequent performer in both Europe and the United States, John Moore is garnering praise for his energetic performances and burnished baritone in both operatic and concert repertoire. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, the upcoming 2016-2017 season sees the baritone in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia, singing the role of Jan. He also sings performances of Jan with the Prototype Festival, returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Moralès in Carmen, Seattle Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and to the Hyogo Performing Arts Center as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Future seasons include returns to the Glyndebourne Festival and Seattle Opera.
Last season saw several significant company debuts for the baritone including: Seattle Opera, as Count Almavivia in Le nozze di Figaro; the Bayerische Staatsoper, as Adario in Les indes galantes; Florida Grand Opera, as Tadeusz in The Passenger; Portland Opera, as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Opera Omaha, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. On the concert stage, he appears at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of NY, under the direction of Kent Tritle, and also the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
The 2014-2015 season saw John Moore return to the Metropolitan Opera stage as Moralès in Carmen, as well as Nachtigal in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and he appeared with their annual Opera in the Parks summer concert series. Additionally, he debuted at the Atlanta Opera as the Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and covered the role of Tadeusz in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of The Passenger.
During the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Moore appeared as Papageno in The Magic Flute and as Fléville in Andrea Chénier with the Metropolitan Opera, Donald in Billy Budd with Glyndebourne at BAM, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan. He also toured Russia with members of the Metropolitan Opera.
In the 2012-2013 season, the baritone returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Curio in Giulio Cesare and Simonetto inFrancesca di Rimini, and also returned to the role of Donald in Billy Budd with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Mr. Moore’s 2011-12 season featured a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Yamadori inMadama Butterfly, and Donald in Billy Budd. He was the baritone soloist in the American premiere of Juraj Filas’s Oratorio Spei with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola under the baton of Kent Tritle. In addition to his recital with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Mr. Moore also gave recitals at his alma mater, Simpson College, and at People’s Symphony Concerts in NY. In the summer, he returned to the Des Moines Metro Opera in a role debut as the titular character in Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin. Mr. Moore concluded the season as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Glyndebourne Opera’s touring ensemble in the United Kingdom.
In the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Moore appeared as Papageno in the Metropolitan Opera’s English production of The Magic Flute, toured with Musicians from Marlboro, performed in recital with the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, and returned to the Des Moines Metro Opera as Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. In addition, Mr. Moore took part in a studio recording of Peter Lieberson’s The Coming of Light with CCM.
During the 2009-10 season John premiered Lieberson’s The Coming of Light with Chicago Chamber Musicians, sang Abbé Lorenzo in a new production of Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming at Minnesota Opera, sang Fiorello at the Met, appeared in concert at the Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa and for the Des Moines Opera Guild, and made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England singing Donald in Britten’s Billy Budd. In 2007, he made his debut at theMetropolitan Opera singing Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Moore made his international debut at Welsh National Opera in 2008 singing Figaro in WNO’s acclaimed English Barber of Seville.
Adam Golka, piano
Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was recently selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York (organized by the 92nd Street Y). Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.
With his extensive concerto repertoire, Golka has appeared as a soloist with dozens of orchestras, among those the BBC Scottish, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Vancouver, Seattle, and Jacksonville symphonies, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Adam made his Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium Debut in 2010, performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony, and also performed a cycle of all five Beethoven concerti in 2011 with the Lubbock Symphony, under the baton of his brother, Tomasz Golka.
As a recitalist, he has performed scores of solo concerts, among those at excellent venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York (presented by the Musicians Emergency Fund), Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, and Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, and at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, the Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin festival. As a chamber musician, his festival appearances have included prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia, and Music@Menlo. Adam Golka has premiered solo works written for him by Richard Danielpour, Michael Brown, and Jarosław Gołembiowski. His début disc, featuring the first sonata of Brahms and the Hammerklavier Sonata of Beethoven, was released in 2014 on First Hand Records.
As a child, Adam studied with his mother, Anna Golka, as well as with Dariusz Pawlas. For most of his teenage years and as a young adult, Adam studied with the late José Feghali, whom he considers his most significant influence. Adam also spent four years at the Peabody Conservatory studying with Leon Fleisher. Since finishing his official studies, Adam has continued his work in inspiring lessons with great musicians such as András Schiff, Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, Ferenc Rados, and Rita Wagner.
Adam Golka acts as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Laura Weiner, horn
Laura Weiner is a passionate horn player and advocate for classical music based in New York City. An experienced chamber musician, orchestral performer, soloist, and teaching artist, she is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. A high-altitude native of Colorado, she received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University, and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship.
Laura has performed with diverse musical groups from symphony orchestras to Broadway pits, and plays regularly with chamber ensembles Decoda and Genghis Barbie. As part of Ensemble ACJW, she performed a wide variety of concerts all across New York in Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and neighborhood locales from clubs to correctional facilities. She was a featured soloist at Zankel Hall under the baton of Robert Spano in March 2013.
Laura has spent her summers performing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria, Bravo! Vail Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Texas Music Festival, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Laura’s principal teachers include Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, and Douglas Hill.
In addition to performing, Laura is enthusiastically devoted to education and community work. She is a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic in two public schools and has led songwriting workshops in residencies all across the United States. When she isn’t practicing, performing, or listening to music, Laura enjoys voracious reading, Tae Kwon Do, and semi-risky outdoor activities.
Jay Campbell, cello
Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times, “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by theWashington Post, and on WQXR by Krzysztof Penderecki for “the greatest performance yet of Capriccio per Sigfried Palm”. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jay has soloed in major venues around the globe including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Avery Fisher Hall, Lucerne’s KKL, as well as recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Kennedy, Mondavi, and Krannert centers. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013, and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic director forLigeti Forward for the New York Philharmonic Biennale.
Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Campbell has worked closely with some of today’s most creative musicians including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and countless others from his own generation. His close association with John Zorn resulted in the 2015 release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik) featuring all works written for Campbell, and was listed in theNew York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. Forthcoming discs in 2016 include a disc of Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky and Pintscher (Victor Elmaleh Collection), and a disc of works commissioned for Campbell by David Fulmer (Tzadik). Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with Stefan Jackiw and Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals.