2006-2007 Participating Artists
Gerard Reuter, oboe
Gerard Reuter, a recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award, has enjoyed a distinguished solo career touring the United States, Europe, India and Africa. Much sought after as a guest at summer music festivals, including Caramoor, Marlboro, La Jolla, Round Top and the Chamber Music Festival of the Library of Congress in the United States, and the Flanders Festival, the Dartington Festival and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Europe, he has also appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Jupiter Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi in New York, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member.
Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and was a founding member of the ensemble, An die Musik. As a guest, he has performed with many ensembles, including the Colorado String Quartet, Composers String Quartet, DaVinci Quartet, Aspen Wind Quintet, American Chamber Players, New York Philomusica and I Fiamminghi in Belgium.
Mr. Reuter has been heard on major radio stations throughout this country and in Europe and has been recorded in concert for worldwide broadcast on The Voice of America. He has recorded for Sony, New World, Telarc, Columbia, BMG-Catalyst, Dorian, Summit and Musical Heritage Society.
Mr. Reuter studied at the Juilliard School with Lois Wann and at the Royal College of Music in London. He is on the faculties of New York University and Sarah Lawrence College.
Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
Joseph Rabbai has been principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1980. Prior to that, he was principal clarinet of The Israel Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and a member of The New York City Opera Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinet with The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a position he has held since 1971. A graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Rabbai has been a teacher of clarinet and chamber music at a number of institutions including Queens College, Brooklyn College, The Graduate School of the City University of new York, The State University of New York at Purchase as well as at New Jersey City University. A highly respected New York recording artist, his records of works by Ned Rorem, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Olivier Messaien have met with much critical acclaim. An active participant in chamber music, Mr. Rabbai has performed extensively with the New York Philomusica and at The Caramoor Festival.
John Miller, bassoon
John Miller received his early musical training at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the New England Conservatory in Boston. He also holds a BS degree in humanities and engineering from MIT and was awarded a Fulbright grant for music study in Amsterdam. While in Boston he founded the Bubonic Bassoon Quartet and made the premier recording of the Hummel Bassoon Concerto, released with the Weber Concerto on Cambridge Records. He assumed his present position as Principal Bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1971, when he also joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Since then he has continued his solo career, performing many times with the Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous other orchestras, and has presented master classes and recitals at many of the world's major conservatories and music schools. For more than 20 years he was a member of the American Reed Trio. Among his solo recordings are four concertos by Vivaldi and the Mozart and Vanhal concertos, all conducted by Sir Neville Marriner on two Pro Arte CDs. His teachers have included Louis Skinner, Arthur Weisberg, Stanley Petrulis, Sherman Walt, Stephen Maxym, and Thom de Klerk. One of Mr. Miller's educational activities, the NORDIC BASSOON SYMPOSIUM, begun in 1984 as the JOHN MILLER BASSOON SYMPOSIUM, has attracted an international mix of hundreds of professional, student, and amateur bassoonists. Another, the Minnesota Bassoon Association, formed in 1983, presents bassoon related events, and has brought most of the world's prominent bassoonists to the Twin Cities area.
Katrina Russell, bassoon
Katrina Russell has established a career in the Early Music field in Britain, having studied in Canada and then with Dennis Godburn in Boston and New York. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from University of Victoria in Canada, Katrina performed for a year with Orchestral Training Programme Orchestra in Toronto. Acceptance into the respected Winter Cycle at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a resident artist gave her the opportunity to work intensively on the baroque bassoon and to work and perform with musicians such as harpsichordist John Gibbons and bassoonist Milan Turkovic. She was later awarded a Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance, which was granted with the prestigious “Distinction in Performance,” by The New England Conservatory.
Katrina has gained extensive experience on both modern and period instruments, with performances throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. While in the United States she was principal bassoon for the chamber groups The Talbot Ensemble and The Cambridge Bach Ensemble in Boston. Since moving to Britain in 1992 she has played and recorded with most of the period instrument ensembles including, The English Concert, The King’s Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and L’Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, as well as numerous smaller ensembles and chamber groups.
Andrew Clark, horn
Andrew Clark, principal horn player with the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, is known for his stylish
performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire on the natural horn. His
solo recordingshave been critically acclaimed, the Guardian saying of his
EMI disc of chamber music for the horn by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms: “This
invigorating disc brings together masterly performances of some of the most
important horn works in thechamber repertory.” He is the first horn player
to record the newly re-discovered Horn Concerto by Crusell and has
recordedthe complete works for horn and piano by Carl Czerny (both for
Hyperion), the Sonata da Caccia by Thomas Ades (EMI) andVivaldi’s Double
Horn Concerto (Linn). After playing in the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 he was
described in the Independentas “a staggering prodigy of the natural horn”
and the Scotsman wrote: “On his natural horn he was hugely
impressive,probably giving as fine a performance as will ever be possible
outside the recording studio."
Of his Lincoln Center performance of Haydn and Handel in April of 2004, the New York Times' Allan Kozinn writes:
"As it turned out, the evening's most captivating performances were the lively accounts of Haydn's Symphony No. 83 and movements from Handel's "Water Music" the orchestra, led by Ton Koopman, played on its own. Most striking was the exposed horn writing in the Handel, played virtuosically and with flawless intonation by Andrew Clark and Francois Merand, using perilously difficult 18th-Century horns. Maybe the Juilliard School should bring them over for master classes."
A. Robert Johnson, horn
Robert Johnson is the Founder and Artistic Director of New York Philomusica. After graduation from The Juilliard School in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree, he played one year in the National Symphony of Washington, DC, before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Seventh Army Symphony and Chamber Ensemble, based in Europe, for the duration of his duty in the army. Shortly before receiving his Honorable Discharge, he auditioned successfully for Leonard Bernstein, securing a position in the New York Philharmonic. During his seven-year tenure he was, for the last two-and-one-half years, Alternate Solo Horn. He founded New York Philomusica in 1971, following a succession of attempts that began with a hugely successful debut in the first Mozart Festival of 1966. His eventual success with the New York Philomusica has resulted in an ensemble renowned for finding the hidden beauties of the repertory and bringing them to life through recordings, national and international tours, and as a fixture on the New York musical scene through its subscription series. Mr. Johnson has performed extensively with the legendary jazz pianist, Sir Roland Hanna in the Hanna Trio, for flute, horn and cello, with Sir Roland as cellist and Frank Wess alternating on flute with Frank Perowsky. The trio made a tour of Japan in 1989. Sir Roland has been commissioned to write for the New York Philomusica and has performed with it in his own compositions and in the music of Mozart. In addition to playing the horn, Mr. Johnsons other musical pursuits include composing and conducting. He owns de Neveu Publishing. Compositions and orchestrations by him include joint efforts with noted author and journalist, George Plimpton. Mr. Johnson performed in the longest running show in Broadway history, Cats from the opening to its close, a run of 18 years. He played in the orchestra of many shows running through the 1970's, including those by Stephen Sondheim and Sugar Babies, in which Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney starred. Throughout these many varied activities, New York Philomusica has remained Mr. Johnsons central interest.
Rieko Aizawa was born in Japan and brought to the attention of Alexander Schneider by the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida when she was13 years old. Schneider immediately engaged her at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall; and in the same year he presented her in her U.S. debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She has since performed as soloist throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, such as at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Highlights of appearances include the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and, most recently, a performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Guarneri Quartet, and regular participation at the Marlboro Festival. Ms. Aizawa studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin, and Peter Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she received her master's degree.
Ya-Fei Chuang, piano
Acclaimed by critics in the United States and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at festivals including the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Brahms-Tage, the Bach Festival in Leipzig (Germany), the Shannon Festival (Ireland), Oulu (Finland), Ravinia, and the Oregon Bach Festival (USA). She has appeared with the Spectrum Concerts in Berlin, at the Fromm Foundation concerts at Harvard, at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge (USA), and performed in venues such as the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonien, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and in Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, as a duo partner with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, and is a member of the chamber ensemble Mistral. Her upcoming engagements include concerts with the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston’s Symphony Hall, at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Sarasota Festival, the European Music Festival in Stuttgart, the Piano Festival Ruhr, The Spectrum Concerts in Berlin Philharmonie, in the Warsaw Beethoven Festival with Christoph Eschenbach, and in duo recitals with Steven Isserlis.
Prizewinner in the Cologne International Piano Competition at age 18, Ya-Fei Chuang first performed on television in her native Taiwan at the age of eight and gave her first public recital at age nine. She won first prize at the nationally televised ‘Genius vs. Genius’ Competition at age ten and first prize at the National Competition (Taiwan) at age eleven. The following year she received unprecedented fellowships and scholarships that enabled her to pursue pre-college, undergraduate, and masters-level studies at the Freiburg Conservatory (Musikhochschule) with Rosa Sabater and Robert Levin. During this time she was awarded prizes including the Basel-Colmar-Freiburg Arts Prize and the Mendelssohn Prize in Freiburg. She subsequently received a concert diploma (final degree) at the Musikhochschule of Cologne. In 1993 Ya-Fei Chuang moved to the United States, where she earned a graduate diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, with Russell Sherman.
Ya-Fei Chuang’s mastery of the most challenging solo repertoire is complemented by extensive activities as a chamber musician and duo partner, and by her commitment to contemporary music, including world premieres of works by Stanley Walden and Thomas Oboe Lee. She is represented by ARTRA Artist Management of Chicago.
Jerome Lowenthal, piano
Jerome Lowenthal has distinguished himself as an artist of rare musical vision and integrity. His wide-ranging presence in a career spanning more than three decades has made him an important figure on the international music scene. Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at the age of 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1961, he returned to the United States after several successful years in Europe, and since then has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony. He has performed with some of the most distinguished conductors of our time including Barenboim, Bernstein, Dorati, Giulini, and Mehta, and has recorded under Sergiu Comissiona with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lowenthal's voluminous repertoire includes 59 performed concerti. He plays works by many living composers, among whom George Rochberg, Jay Reise and Ned Rorem have composed works expressly for him. Chamber music is an important part of Jerome Lowenthal's musical life. He has played duo recitals with cellist Nathaniel Rosen and violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as two piano programs with his late wife, the Israeli pianist Ronit Air. He is a regular participant in the festivals of Sitka, Alaska, the Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Holland, Chamber Music of Los Angeles, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Jerome Lowenthal is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and resides in New York.
Katharina Grossmann, violin
Katharina Grossmann, violin, began her studies in Germany, her native country, at the age of five. She won several first prizes in German youth competitions and received scholarships from the Rotary Club and the Marie-Luise-Imbusch Foundation. She studied with Christian Tetzlaff (Frankfurt), Stephan Picard (Berlin) and Nora Chastain (Luebeck) and took part in master classes with Franco Gulli, Walter Levin and Rainer Kussmaul. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the European Sinfonietta with which she toured all over Europe. In 2001 Ms. Grossmann moved to New York. She has since been playing with the Orchestra of St. Luke`s, the St. Luke`s Chamber Ensemble, Sonyc, N.Y. Collegium, Concert Royal, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and various other groups. Ms. Grossmann is the mother of three children.
Adela Peña, violin
Naoko Tanaka, violin
Naoko Tanaka was born in Tokyo and began her studies at the Toho School. Her career in the United States began at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay and Felix Galimir and gave her debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as the winner of the Artists International Competition. She is a member of the Theater Chamber Players of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the St. Lukes Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she has led as a concertmaster in performance in Carnegie Hall, throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and on over 30 Deutsche Grammophon recordings. She has also performed in the Sitka, Caramoor, Ravinia, White Mountains, Saito-kinen (Japan), Aspen and Marlboro festivals. Ms. Tanaka is on the Assistant Faculty at The Juilliard School.
Junah Chung, viola
Junah Chung is an active chamber musician and soloist, received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer. Junah has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Lincoln Center's Paul Hall, the Society for Ethical Culture, Meet the Composer, the National Museum of Iceland, Music in Chelsea, Festival of the Arts in South Nyack, and the Lotte Concert Hall in Yusong, Korea. He has performed at such festivals as the Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland, the Rhode Island Summer Chamber Music Festival, Stonybrook Summer Festival, Elan International Festival, Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Utah Chamber Music Festival, Ramapo Music Festival, and the Lake Winnepesaukee Chamber Music Festival. Junah has also been a member of the Reykjavik String Quartet. Last season, Mr. Chung gave the premiere of "Turner's Ghost" for viola and piano by Peter Robles. As an orchestral musician, Junah has held the post of Assistant Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta of Amsterdam and the Jupiter Symphony.
Ah Ling Neu, viola
Ah Ling Neu was born in Japan of Chinese parents. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory with Gennady Kleyman and in Holland with Nobuko Imai. Ms. Neu has played in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, with the festivals of Marlboro, Chamber Music/West, Tanglewood, the International Musician's Seminar in England, Spoleto (Italy and South Carolina), the Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Chamber Music at the Y in New York. A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Ridge String Quartet, she is presently principal violist of the EOS Orchestra and the Brandenburg Ensemble.
Gerald Appleman, violoncello
A student of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Appleman was formerly principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony and joined the New York Philharmonic in 1966, ending up as Assistant Principal Cellist before retiring in 1998. He has performed with numerous chamber groups in the New York Area and participated in the Marlboro Festival, the Festival Casals and the New Jersey Chamber Music Society.
Gregory Hesselink, violoncello
Gregory Hesselink leads a varied musical life as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher and interpreter of new music. He is a member of the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, New Band, Sequitur and the Locrian Chamber Players. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and his active interest in new music has led him to the premieres of more than 90 works world-wide including concertos by Daniel Weymouth at Princeton University, and James Tenney at the Donaueschingen Music Festival in Germany (on the tenor violin). In 2003 he will give the premiere of a concerto being written for him by Ross Bauer. He is currently on the faculty of the Mannes Preparatory Division, and his recordings can be heard on CRI, Nonesuch, Wergo, Bridge, Koch, Albany, Innova, PPI and Point Records.
Gail Kruvand, contrabass
Gail Kruvand graduated from Indiana University where she studied with James Buswell and Anthony Newman. In New York she studied with Julius Levine. She has performed in the Marlboro Festival and on its tours and is a member of the New York City Center Opera Company. In addition, she plays frequently with the American Composers Orchestra and a number of other ensembles that specialize in performing new music. She played in the Hofer Symphoniker (Germany) and toured Europe with Africanus Instructus, a Music Theater Group-Lenox Arts Center production. Ms. Kruvand has recorded for CRI, Bridge Records and the Marlboro Recording Society.