|Max Bessesen, saxophone|
Max Bessesen is a performer, teacher and composer from Denver, Colorado. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have earned him accolades from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the Auraria Jazz Festival, and Oberlin Conservatory. Max currently holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz. Alongside his studies Max has had the pleasure of preforming with such jazz icons as Billy Drewes, Tim Reis, and Ingrid Jensen among others. In addition to his jazz work Max has recorded and performed with musicians from the pop and world music realms including The Fray, Simone Shaheen, and Gonzalo Grau. Max has performed all across the United States and was selected by the US Embassy as a part of a musical exchange to Amman, Jordan in January 2016. In June Max conducted a tour of the Netherlands with his jazz quartet Echoes. In September Max began a year of Carnatic music study in Chennai, India. https://maxbessesen.squarespace.com/
|Tyrone Clinton, conductor|
Tyrone Clinton, Jr. is studying choral conducting with Donald Nally as a DMA candidate at Northwestern University, and is a native of New York City. Tyrone holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from The Ohio State University. As a performer on the east coast, Tyrone has performed for both President Bill Clinton and President Jimmy Carter, and performed alongside musicians that include Jessye Norman, Denyce Graves, Lawrence Brownlee, Il Divo and Aretha Franklin. He has performed twice for the Tennis US Open Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and CNN’s AIDS Initiative Town Hall Meeting. Tyrone has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, and the Berkshire Choral Festival. Tyrone has conducted several collegiate ensembles including the Atlanta University Center Orchestra, both Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, Clark Atlanta University’s Philharmonic Society, the official choral ensembles of The Ohio State University, and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and was the chorus master for Northwestern’s production of Susannah. He has also served as The Ohio State University Conducting Fellow from 2010-2012. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Tyrone is studying authentic performance practice of the Baroque villancicos de negro at the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México in Mexico City.
|Rebekah Efthimiou, harp|
Rebekah Efthimiou holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory respectively where she was a student of Yolanda Kondonassis. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Ms. Efthimiou will study privately in London with harp pedagogue Karen Vaughan while exploring the harp’s history and evolution in the British Isles. Ms. Efthimiou has been the recipient of several awards including the Alice Chalifoux Prize in Harp and Finlandia Foundation Scholarship. She is a winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory concerto competitions and was featured on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Financial Showcase performing Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. An advocate for the harp’s voice in contemporary music, Ms. Efthimiou was a member of Oberlin’s renowned Contemporary Music Ensemble and has collaborated in recordings and premieres with composers such as Benjamin Broening, Philip Cashian, and Chen Yi. Her commitment to building harpist/composer relationships has led her to a collaboration with London-based composer Freya Waley-Cohen to commission a work for solo harp. As a chamber artist, Ms. Efthimiou has performed as a fellow in the Atlantic Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series and participated in several summer festivals including the National Music Festival, Round Top Summer Festival Institute, Saratoga Harp Colony, Jane Cauffiel Memorial Concert Series, Oberlin’s “Music at Oakton” in the Washington D.C. area, and as a guest artist with the Earth and Air String Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. In the fall of 2017, Ms. Efthimiou will begin a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she was a student of Joan Holland.
|Alyssa Hoffert, saxophone|
Concert saxophonist, avid chamber musician, and versatile music educator, Alyssa Hoffert has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with the University Circle Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, The Case Western Reserve University Symphonic Winds, and the Hartt Wind Ensemble. Hoffert has also been a winner of various competitions and awards, including a conducting fellowship for the Art of Wind Band conducting symposium at the University of Minnesota, winner of the Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) Leadership Academy scholarship, finalist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, winner of both the Joan Terr Ronis scholarship prize and concerto competition at Case Western Reserve University, and winner of the 2014 Paranov concerto competition at the Hartt School. A staunch advocate of chamber music, Hoffert is currently the soprano saxophonist of the La'Ventus Quartet, third-prize winners of the 2014 American Prize in Chamber Ensemble Performance and prizewinners in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance saxophone quartet competition, and finalists of the Astral Artists competition. Hoffert holds an MM in Saxophone Performance from the Hartt School and a B.S in Music Education cum laude from Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music. Her primary teachers include Carrie Koffman and Greg Banaszak, and she is currently studying saxophone at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, France under the tutelage of world-renown saxophonist, Jean-Michel Goury. She can be heard alongside grammy-nominated saxophone virtuoso, Greg Banaszak, on Music Minus One's, Romantic Music for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Alyssa is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) mouthpieces and saxophones.
|Vicki Powell, viola|
Praised by the New York Times for her "probing introspection", violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra and has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the Johansen International Competition. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Verbier, Ravinia, and Mortizburg music festivals, as well as Music from Angelfire, and Seiji Ozawa's International Music Academy of Switzerland, and performs throughout Europe with the delian::quartett. Ms. Powell is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Roberto Diaz and Misha Amory, and is currently a student of Máté Szűcs, Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.
|Tavi Ungerleider, cello|
Tavi Ungerleider was born into a musical family in 1990 and had his first cello lessons at the age of five in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University, New York, and completed a Master's degree at the Juilliard School. He was taught there by Joel Krosnick and Ronald Feldman among others and his musical development and career have been furthered by Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. Besides taking part in numerous festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival or the Ravinia Festival, he has appeared in concert with many US orchestras such as the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory. He was also given an opportunity, as part of the YoungArts MasterClass programme, to work with Michael Tilson Thomas, which was broadcast on US television by HBO. He became known to a wider public through broadcasts of musical renderings on the US radio channels WQXR and NPR. Tavi Ungerleider has already won numerous awards. In 2013 he won second prize in the Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards and the Gold Award in the International Crescendo Music Awards Competition in 2012. Since October 2014 Tavi Ungerleider has been studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. Ungerleider plays on a Raphael Gagliano cello, ca. 1740, on generous loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
|Vivian Cheng, piano|
Vivian Cheng holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she was a pupil of Gary Graffman and Leon Fleisher. Prior to entering Curtis, Vivian studied at The Juilliard School where, at fifteen years old, she became one of the youngest students in their history to be accepted as a college student. Previous major teachers have included Ruth Slenczynska, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Arkady Aronov. Furthermore, she has worked with famed pianists including Alicia de Larrocha, György Sándor, Claude Frank, Earl Wild, Boris Berman, Dmitri Bashkirov, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, Menahem Pressler, and Jacques Rouvier. Currently, Vivian is pursuing a Master of Music degree with Pavel Gililov in Salzburg, Austria. She is among the five youngest official Steinway Artists in the world to have joined the legendary roster. Vivian is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including Tureck International Bach Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Wideman International Piano Competition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition with Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. In 2012, she was named the winner of the inaugural Arts Arena–Curtis Institute of Music Award in Paris, France. As its laureate, Vivian made her French recital debut and received an honorary presentation from the U.S. Cultural Ambassador of Paris.
|Emily Deans, viola|
Violist and Baroque violinist Emily Deans has been awarded top prizes at the 2008 Primrose Viola Competition and the 2009 Washington International Competition for Strings, and she has performed in a number of internationally renowned venues, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Ms. Deans is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian and Garth Knox. She moved to Cologne, Germany in August 2014 to study Baroque violin after being awarded a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, and she currently lives in Bonn, where she is Stellv. Solo-Bratschistin in Beethoven Orchester. She has been studying privately with Professor Mary Utiger, who teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Ms. Deans has been accepted into Ms. Utiger's studio in Munich for a masters in Baroque violin and plans to begin her studies there in 2016.
|Bridget Haile, soprano|
Coloratura soprano Bridget Haile was awarded a 2014-2015 fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians to study opera and art song in Germany. She is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, were her operatic roles included Lisetta (La gazzetta), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), and Lucy (The Telephone). Bridget has performed as a soloist with groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Harvard University Choir, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra in venues such as the Loeb Drama Center of the American Repertory Theater and the Peabody Essex Museum. As an avid recitalist, Bridget recently worked with John Harbison on a performance of his Milosz Songs in NEC's Jordan Hall, and was a resident artist at Festival Daniou, a chamber music festival of contemporary music, in Brittany in 2015. Bridget is a graduate of Harvard University, and is a student of Carole Haber.
|Adam Romey, bassoon|
Adam Romey was born into a musical family and had performing experiences ranging from jazz and rock guitar to acting and musical theatre before finding his voice in the bassoon. He spent five years in Ontario, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (2010) and an Artist's Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (2012), studying with Nadina Mackie Jackson as well as working with the Toronto Symphony's Michael Sweeney and Samuel Banks and freelancing in the area. In 2014, he received his Master of Music Degree from Indiana University where he studied modern bassoon with William Ludwig and period instruments with Michael McCraw, while teaching as an Associate Instructor of bassoon. Adam has performed at the Brevard Music Festival and in recent years, has been the primary bassoon player in the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) orchestra in Sulmona, Italy. As a 2014-15 Beebe Scholar, Adam was based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and studied the musical and philosophical legacy of Brian Pollard, former principal bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1954-1996 and an influential wind coach and chamber musician. During his Amsterdam residency, Adam's primary mentors were bassoonist Jos de Lange of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and conductor Bas Pollard, Brian Pollard's son. In his research, Adam interviewed friends, former colleagues and students of Brian, as well as performed extensively with three Dutch orchestras across the Netherlands and in Belgium. Adam is currently shaping his research into different forms to share Brian Pollard's inspiring message and artistry with the next generation of musicians.
|Molly Joyce, composition|
Molly Joyce is a composer originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has been described as written to "superb effect" (The Wire) in an "emotionally appealing twenty-first century style" (Fanfare Magazine), and "vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart" (Prufrock's Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and/or performed by several distinguished ensembles such as the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles, and her music has been performed on the Bang on a Can Marathon. As a performer, Molly often performs on her vintage Magnus electric chord organ, an instrument she bought on eBay five years ago and has since performed on in multiple capacities; including solo, with toy piano, and with a beatboxer. Also an active participant in other aspects of the music industry, Molly is currently the Digital Content Manager for New Amsterdam Presents/Records and serves as an assistant to singer/songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. Molly has studied at The Juilliard School, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, and the Yale School of Music. For more information, please visit: www.mollyjoycemusic.com
|Benjamin Katz, harpsichord|
Benjamin Katz has performed as a harpsichordist since 2001, playing early and contemporary music. He studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas in NYC, with Lisa Crawford and Webb Wiggins at Oberlin Conservatory, and with Peter Sykes at Longy School of Music of Bard College. From 2010-13 he was based in Cambridge, MA where he worked extensively as a continuo player, appearing as a guest with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, Musical Offering baroque ensemble, and as a regular member of the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. Katz will spend 2013-14 in London as an Early Career Research Associate at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, studying partimento manuscripts in the British Library and performing concerts dedicated to partimento repertoire.
|Yoonhee Lee, violin|
Violinist Yoonhee Lee is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, where she worked with Masuko Ushioda and Joanna Kurkowicz. She has performed on stages in North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia in both chamber ensembles and orchestras. She has been featured on recital series in the States, Czech Republic, and Canada and on the WGBH radio broadcast in Boston, MA; competed in the Naumburg International Violin Competition and International Mozart Competition; and given numerous outreach and house concerts in and around her hometown Boston. Yoonhee has participated in numerous music seminars, workshops, and festivals - Perlman Music Program, Schleswig-Holstein Masterlcass Program, Great Mountains Music Festival and School, Centre d'Arts Orford, and Yellow Barn Young Artists Program to name a few - and has worked with Ana Chumachenco, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Anner Bijlsma, and Itzhak Perlman, as well as members of the Takacs, Cleveland, Borromeo, and Cavani Quartets. She is currently studying in Amsterdam with Vera Beths.
|Adam Rosenblatt, percussion|
American percussionist Adam Rosenblatt thrives in the world of contemporary chamber music and has collaborated with composers such as David Lang, Steve Reich, and James Wood. As a recent recipient of a fellowship from The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, Adam is continuing his studies in the Gent University’s Advanced Master’s program in Contemporary Chamber Music under the guidance of the Ictus and Spectra ensembles. Since beginning the program last year, Adam has performed with Ictus at venues in Lisbon, Brussels, Munich, Antwerp, and Lille among others. Additional projects saw performances in Basel, Switzerland and Jönköping, Sweden. This summer, Adam participated in IRCAM’s Manifeste 2013, working closely with percussionist Steven Schick, and with choreographers Mark Lorimer and Clinton Stringer for “In Vivo Danse,” a collaborative project between composers, choreographers and percussionists. This season, Adam will take part in a collaboration with the contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. entitled “Body and Sound” that juxtaposes the expressive realms of music and movement. Adam earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice.
|Yina Tong, cello|
Born in Shanghai, Yina was introduced to the cello at age six. Soon, her extraordinary talent was recognized and was chosen to play for the renowned cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, at the age of twelve. The master’s positive comments about Yina’s performance of the Haydn C major Concerto made her want to “master the cello”. In 2003, Yina moved to Calgary, Canada studied full-time with John Kadz. Since then, Yina has attended many international music festivals, among them the Morningside Music Bridge Program in Calgary, the Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Perlman Music Program, the New York Strings Seminar Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, the International Cello Festival in Winnipeg, the Verbier Academy in Switzerland, the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles, the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, and the Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany. Yina is the recipient of numerous awards, including top honors at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Bronze Medal at the Stulberg International String Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the Grand Prize ‘Nicolas Firmenich de Violoncelle’ at the Verbier Festival. Yina received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn School and studied with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory where she finished her Master of Music degree. This year Yina will be studying at the Musikhochschule Luebeck with Prof. Troels Svane in Germany.
|Sang Jun Yhee, cello|
Sang Jun Yhee, a rising cellist in the United States, was born in 1988 in Seoul, Korea and began his study of the cello at the age of seve. After winning numerous competitions within a few years of starting the instrument, he continued his studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School in New York under the direction of two renowned cellists, Harvey Shapiro and David Soyer respectively, for five years. Sang Jun Yhee received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick and David Soyer. Mr. Yhee has been the recipient of many distinctions, including first place and soloist winner of the Juilliard School of Performing Arts Shostakovich Cello Concerto Competition; quarter-finalist at the Concours de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland; first place at the Thavieu String Competition and the Society of American Musicians Competition Chicago, USA; Third Place in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition and the Schadt String competition. He has performed as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-college Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Northshore Orchestra. This year, Sang Jun Yhee has studied with Prof. David Geringas at the Schlewig-Holstein Festival, Chigiana Academy in Siena, and Usedom Music Festival. He continues to study privately with him in Berlin.
|Deborah Pae, cello|
Cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences on world stages as a seasoned recitalist and chamber musician. Since her international debut in 2003 at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards honoring cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and her European recital debut in 2005 on the Musée de Louvre recital series in Paris, Ms. Pae has performed across four continents and appeared at the invitation of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Musée de Grenoble, Neue Galerie, Strad for Lunch Series, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series. She has been featured at a number of highly regarded festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Amsterdam Cello Biënnale, 7th Adam International Cello Festival in New Zealand, International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program, and has been a participating artist on Ravinia’s 2012 Steans on Tour. This 2012-13 season, Ms. Pae is artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium where she is working with Gary Hoffman. She will be performing throughout Belgium, UK, Germany, Israel, the United States, and with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie under the baton of Augustin Dumay. She will also be recording the second cello concerto by Saint-Saëns with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège to be released by Fuga Libera in 2013. Ms. Pae plays on a Vuillaume cello (ca. 1860) generously on loan to her from the Ravinia Festival.
|Kirsten Paige, music history|
Kirsten Paige received her Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Theory with honors from the University of Chicago in 2011, where she conducted research under the guidance of Philip Gossett, Philip Bohlman, and Berthold Hoeckner. She is currently studying for an MPhil in Music at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Stefano Castelvecchi. Kirsten's research at Cambridge investigates the many ways in which elements of Italian folksong and popular song resonate with the brindisi scenes in Verdi's late operas. Additional research interests include nineteenth-century music and culture (particularly the oeuvres of Wagner and Verdi), aesthetics, music-text relations, prosody, and temporality in music. While at the University of Chicago, Kirsten won a Collegiate Fellowship (2010/11), the Leonard B. Meyer Thesis Prize (2011), the David L. Fulton Award (2009), and a Lowell Wadmond Travel Grant (2008). An Edison Research Fellowship from the British Library and a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund support her studies at Cambridge. Beyond her academic work, Kirsten is also a committed double bassist and has performed as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Britten-Pears Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Festival Orchestra, Zermatt Festival Academy, and the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra.
|Anne Slovin, soprano|
Anne Slovin, soprano, is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where she was a student of Theresa Brancaccio. She sang the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow with Northwestern Opera Theater as well as numerous solos with the Baroque Music Ensemble. Anne has been frequently featured on the operetta stages of Chicago, singing the roles of Aline in The Sorcerer, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers, and covering the role of Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard. She has also sung with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the North Shore Choral Society. In summer 2010, Anne performed the role of Cupidon in Orphée aux Enfers in Périgueux, France and the surrounding region. Anne is currently studying voice in Paris with soprano Anna Maria Bondi at the Schola Cantorum. As part of her project, she will make a specific study of the French operetta repertoire, culminating with recital performances in the spring.
|Matthew Thomas, percussion|
Matthew Thomas received a Beebe Grant in the Spring of 2011 to study Timpani and Percussion at the University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany. Originally from Texas, Matthew studied at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Bachelor of Music, and then went on to the Juilliard School in New York City for his Master of Music. Matthew has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Bochumer Symphoniker, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, and the Castleton Festival Orchestra. He has performed with conductors Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Xian Zhang, Daniel Boico, Neil Varon, among others.
|Yulia Van Doren, soprano|
Yulia Van Doren completed her graduate studies at Bard College as a member of the inaugural class of soprano Dawn Upshaw’s innovative new graduate program. Beginning her professional career while still an undergraduate at the New England Conservatory, recent and upcoming performance highlights include debuts with the LA Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival, Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Opera Royal de Versailles, Opera de Nice, Macau International Music Festival, and Cartagena International Music Festival, as well as debuts with the majority of the North American early music festivals and orchestras. As a Beebe scholar, she continues her training through private instruction in Paris, with a particular emphasis on the French baroque repertoire. The only singer to win top prizes in all four North American Bach vocal competitions, Yulia has has been a young artist with the Tanglewood Music Center, Villecroze Academie (France), and Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme (UK). She joined the Astral Artists roster as a winner of their 2009 National Auditions, and is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.