Musicians

JESSICA TONG  Violin            Performing in our 2022 outreach programs

Canadian violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, having been described as an "outstanding talent" (Performing Arts in Canada) with "keen sensitivity and receptivity" (Bloomington Herald Times), who "allow[s] us to savour her sense of ardour and intensity, but never at the detriment of her tonal beauty." (ClassiqueInfo France) A recipient of a Canada Council Grant for Musicians and a DAAD scholar, she has been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatte, Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music, and Yellow Springs International Competitions, as well as the recipient of the David Ouchterlony Award for Outstanding Artist.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms Tong's performances have taken her to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, les Invalides in Paris and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and led to collaborations with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin and members of the Cleveland, Vogler, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. She has served as the first violinist of the Vinca and Larchmere String Quartets, holding the post of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana. She is currently Artistic Director of the chamber music residency organization Music Beyond the Chamber, Chamber Music Director for the Composers Conference at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and Assistant Professor of Violin at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

A pupil of Pamela Frank, Jessica has also studied with Kathleen Winkler, Donald Weilerstein, and Zhang yun Zhang, and has been mentored as a chamber musician by members of the Alban Berg, Vogler, Artemis and Brentano and Cleveland Quartets.

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JULIAN MÜLLER  Cello

American-German cellist, Julian Müller performs frequently as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the United States and Europe. Hailed as “...haunting and mesmerizing...” by the USA Today, Julian appeared as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, performing the world premiere of the ballet How They Fade, composed by him andart-pop band, YASSOU, on a commission from the Louisville Ballet Company. Müller has been presented on NPR Live, in collaboration with pianist, Sergei Babayan, performing works of Schubert and Schumann. Müller has performed with Simone Dinnerstein as a member of Ensemble Baroklyn and with Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, UCCELLO.Müller also appeared as a guest artist on the 10th annual Carolyn Warner and Friends concert, performing with, Stephen Rose, Peter Salaff, and Robert Vernon. Further, Müller has been in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at CIM, the Chamber Music Mentorship Program of Orchestra of St. Lukes, Mannes Baroque Ensemble, NewMusicMannes, and on many Mannes Sounds Festival Series concerts.As an orchestral musician, Müller performs frequently with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and is a member of the Montclair Orchestra. Müller served as principal cellist of the Mannes School of Music Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Empire State Youth Orchestra. He has also been featured as continuo player for the Mannes Opera’s production of Cosi fan Tutte and CIM’s opera production of Alcina. In 2012 and 2013, Müller was a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar under maestro Jaime Laredo. From 2008-2011, Müller held a section cello position with the Berkshire Symphony.Music festival appearances include; Aspen Music Festival and School, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, National Summer Cello Institute, Meadowmount School of Music, Manchester Music Festival Music School, and Yellow Barn (YAP).

In competitions, Müller has won first prize at the Uel Wade Music Competition and first prize at the Schenectady Symphony’s Stefan Concerto Competition.

A dedicated teacher and instructor, Müller served as Assistant Artistic Mentor and coach at the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio. Müller is a certified Suzuki Pedagogy teacher, receiving his instruction from Dr. Melissa Kraut. Müller has a private studio in New York City.

Müller holds a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma with honors from the Mannes School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Müller is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University, where he studies with Jonathan Spitz. Past teachers include; Timothy Eddy, Georg Faust, Ronald Feldman, and Sharon Robinson.

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ANTHONY BRACEWELL  Violin

New York City Violinist Anthony Bracewell is an active chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. He is currently a member of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Halcyon Chamber Ensemble. An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bracewell’s former teachers include Paul Neubauer, Jaime Laredo, Paul Kantor and James Dunham. He is also a passionate jazz musician, violist, and music producer.

EUGENE DRUCKER  Violin

Violinist Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, is also an active soloist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Hartford, Richmond, Louisville, Jerusalem, Raanana and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as with the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Mr. Drucker was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he appeared as soloist several times. He made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Mr. Drucker has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach, reissued by Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartók for Biddulph Recordings. His novel, The Savior, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and has appeared in a German translation called Wintersonate, published by Osburg Verlag in Berlin. Mr. Drucker’s suite for string quartet, A Journey In My Head, was commissioned recently by the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark. It was premiered in Copenhagen and Reykjavik in August 2018. Eugene Drucker has been on the faculty of Stony Brook University since 2002, and was appointed Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Society’s Bach at New Year’s Concerts in 2017. He lives in New York City with his wife, cellist Roberta Cooper. Violins: Antonius Stradivarius (Cremona, 1686), Ryan Soltis (Moyie Springs, Idaho, 2015).

WILLIAM FRAMPTON  Viola

Violist William Frampton has been praised by critics for his “impressive” performances (The New York Times) and “a glowing amber tone” (The Boston Globe). Since his New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, William has enjoyed a career of diverse performances around the world as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Recent highlights include over 100 performances with a string quartet led by Midori Goto in tours of Asia and North America, numerous appearances as guest principal viola with the American Symphony Orchestra, appearances as guest artist with the Johannes Quartet, and world premieres of chamber music by J. Mark Stambaugh and a concerto by Peter Homans.

William is the Artistic Director of Music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey he co-founded in 2008 that brings five professional chamber music performances to Gloucester County, New Jersey every year. The community built as a result of Music Bunker Hill has brought regular collaborations with schools, libraries, orchestras, and civic organizations, contributing to the cultural life of Southern New Jersey.  William has performed at festivals including Bard Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, Verbier, and IMS Prussia Cove, and as soloist with conductors Joseph Silverstein and David Hoose. He holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and studied with Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Byrnina Socolofsky. William teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY.    Photo by Matt Dine

ROBERTA COOPER  Cello

Roberta Cooper, cellist, won the Artists International Competition which sponsored her Carnegie Hall debut. She is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, which has performed extensively on major series in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and New York City and played several tours of Denmark. Ms Cooper is the assistant principal cellist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and Westchester Philharmonic, as well as a member of the American Composers Orchestra.She has performed in the Berlin Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York City Opera and the ballet orchestras of both the NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  Ms. Cooper has been a cellist with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and the Berkshire Bach Society for many years. She has performed as guest cellist with the Emerson Quartet in concerts all over the world. Roberta performed in festivals this past summer in Morocco, Napa, Denmark and Iceland. This summer she has been invited to perform at both at Festival Napa and The Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She has recorded many film scores, most recently for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and ” True Grit”, as well as on many rock and jazz CDs.  Recently she performed and recorded with Sting and Aretha Franklin and has played concerts with kd lang. She was featured as cello soloist on Linda Ronstadt’s album of jazz standards, “Hummin’ to Myself” on the Verve label. Ms. Cooper was a student of Lorne Munroe and Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and was awarded the William Henderson Prize for Outstanding Achievement.

SUSANNAH WOODRUFF  Mezzo Soprano

Susannah Woodruff is a mezzo-soprano from Carlisle, PA, currently based in Dallas, TX. She was most recently heard as a featured soloist with the Verdigris Ensemble, the premiere contemporary choral ensemble in Dallas, in touring performances of Betty’s Notebook, a choral work that made history when it was made into the first classical music non-fungible token in 2019. 

In May 2022, Susannah will be singing with Eugene Drucker and Paul Watkins of the

Emerson Quartet in a concert celebrating Market Square Concerts’ 40th anniversary season. This concert will feature selections from a cycle composed by Drucker for voice, violin, and cello, titled Of Troubled Times. In June, she will perform again with Eugene Drucker and other esteemed musicians in a series of concerts in New York and New Jersey, presented by Jazz and Classics for Change. 

This spring, Susannah will be recording songs set to Lucy Miller Murray's

poetry, with music by leading contemporary composers Jake Heggie, Paul Moravec, Jeremy Gill, Michael Brown, Richard Wilson, and Eugene Drucker. These recordings will be released on the Musica Solis label and will feature clarinetists David Shifrin and Seunghee Lee, pianist Yevgeny Yontov, and baritone Mischa Bouvier. 

In March 2020, at the invitation of Lucy Miller Murray, Susannah sang a selection of these songs in “Turning Into Song: A Celebration of Songs by American Composers”, a recital presented at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA. 

In the spring of 2020, Susannah was set to sing the alto solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Harrisburg Symphony as part of their 90th anniversary celebration concert, and the alto solo in Beethoven’s Mass in C at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, but unfortunately both concerts were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the operatic stage, Susannah was most recently heard as the Mother in Opera Amici’s inaugural production of Hansel and Gretel.

Previous roles include Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Anna (The Prodigal Child, US premiere), Bradamante (Alcina), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann). In 2013, she made her European debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at the Amalfi Coast Festival in Maiori, Italy. 

Susannah holds degrees from Florida State University and University of North Texas.

RAFI MALKIEL  Trombone

Composer, trombonist and euphonium player Rafi Malkiel, from Israel, has delighted audiences around the world, performing with artists such as Willie Colon, Arturo O’Farrill, Ray Anderson, and with Grammy-nominated Colombian singer Toto La Momposina, and he participated in Reggie Workman’s John Coltrane Africa Brass Live project and Jason Lindner’s Big Band. In 2003, he formed The Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, a group of virtuosi and versatile musicians living in New York City. The group plays original compositions and unique arrangements by Malkiel, fusing Jazz and Latin-American standards with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The music is both composed as well as improvised. Rafi Malkiel has performed in many prestigious venues and has recently recorded his debut CD, My Island. The CD also features some of the best Jazz and Latin musicians in New York City, including legendary tuba player Howard Johnson, bassist Andy Gonzalez, clarinetist Anat Cohen and many more.

Rafi has performed in numerous festivals around the world such as the JVC Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Summer Stage, WOMAD festivals in Greece, New Zealand, and Australia, the Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Red Sea International Jazz Festival in Israel. He has played in New York City in venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Carlyle Hotel with Bobby Short, Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Sweet Basil, SOB’s, and Smalls.

Rafi has recorded over forty Jazz, Latin, and Rock albums with notable artists such as Ray Anderson, Salsa Picante, Toto La Momposina, and Lauryn Hill. Rafi was cited in the Recommended Jazz Trombonists list on PBS’s website for Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, as well as in The Young Guns of Jazz, trumpeting the best of a new generation, by Chip Deffaa in The New York Post, July 2001.

Mr. Malkiel currently teaches at the Harlem School of the Arts, the 92nd Street Y, and at the Bloomingdales School of Music. He was the recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation music scholarships from 1985 to 1997.

FRANCO PINA  Drums, percussion

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JACK GLOTTMAN  Piano

Jack Glottman has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for the past 19 years, developing a voice on the piano, as an improviser and composer, that is steeped in tradition while maintaining the freshness of an ever-present musical narrative of his own. Additionally he has been involved in a huge variety of setting that range from musical theatre to Gospel music and Afro-Caribbean music, while maintaining jazz piano at the center. 

Recent work from the past year has included being musical director of the Lincoln Center theater show “Sancocho”, playing with his trio at New York venues, backing jazz start vocalist Lauren Henderson, and recording as well as composing his song (co-written with his sister Dora) “Si Te Vieras Con Mis Ojos” and recording it with the Latin jazz outlet “La Banda Ramirez.” 

Jack began his musical journey in his native Bogota, Colombia, and in his teens resided for over a decade in Israel where he attended the most prestigious music schools such as the Thelma Yellin high school. He has been a professional since his mi- teens and through the years has preformed and recorded with numerous top artists, among them Bobby Sanabria, Louis Hayes, Eric Alexander and Christian McBride, and the Fat Cat Big Band, to name a few. He has played for over 15 years with drum legend Billy Kaye with whom he has gained tremendous experience and a strong link to the rich NYC music tradition. He participated at artist residencies at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists in Ravinia, Illinois. He's participated in educational projects from Jazz at Lincoln Center, and continues as an active member of the NY scene. Jack’s playing and compositional skills are evident in many recordings as a leader and as a collaborator in albums. He resides in Brooklyn, rides a bike and has enjoyed a vegan diet and a pursue in animal-rights activism for over 15 years. 

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GILI SHARRETT  Bassoon

Bassoonist Gili Sharett has performed with the New York City Ballet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater, and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2004 and has also been a featured recitalist at the United Nations and the International Double Reed Society. Dr. Sharett is a member of the Ariel Winds woodwind quintet and The Greenwich Symphony in C.T. She has performed on many Broadway shows and on Encores! at City Center. Summer festival appearances include Verbier, Brevard Music Center, and Bard Summerscape.

Among Gili’s numerous recording credits are The Light in the Piazza for Nonesuch (Grammy nomination), Broadway Carols for a Cure, diverse projects with John Zorn’s label, PBS Television, Stephen Sondheim, Lauryn Hill, and Nathan Lane. Sharett studied with Mordechai Rechtman, Kim Laskowski, Arlen Fast, Lenny Hindell, and Dennis Godburn. Gili holds a DMA, and a master’s from Stony Brook University, where she won the concerto competition and performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds under the baton of Leon Fleisher. Dr. Sharett is a recipient of multiple American-Israel Cultural Foundation Creative Excellence Grants. Sharett earned her B.A. at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv Magna Cum Laude, where she won first prize in both the concerto and chamber music competitions. She lives with her husband, trombonist, composer, and Grammy award winner Rafi Malkiel, and her daughters, Mai and Liana.

ITAI KRISS  Flute, Percussion

Itai Kriss, a Grammy nominated recording artist praised by Jazzwax as “one of the most

exciting new flutist-composers” on the scene, commands a variety of musical genres with an eclectic style infused with Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds.

According to Downbeat Magazine, there is a “tangy, exotic flavor” to the New York

musician’s style, which can be heard on his debut album, The Shark (2010) as well as on his latest release, TELAVANA (2018). The Shark features Kriss’ “soaring technique and phrasing that is both aggressive and pastoral,” which displays the versatility of his command of the flute, shifting through genres from funk and reggae to salsa and Arabic stylings with fluid ease.

After spending the past 15 years working at the forefront of New York City’s Jazz scene while performing, recording and touring with some of the world’s top Afro-Cuban, Latin and Salsa artists, flute virtuoso Itai Kriss fuses the sounds of his native Israel with those of his adopted homelands in the Americas to create TELAVANA. From the desert shores of Israel to the tropical beaches of Cuba, TELAVANA bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures.

When not touring and recording with likes of Orquesta Akokán, Dafnis Prieto, Brian Charette, Edmar Castañeda, Yemen Blues, Gregory Hutchinson, Burning Spear, Los Hacheros, Pedrito Martinez, Omer Avital, Grupo Latin Vibe, Yosvany Terry, Avishai Cohen, Eric McPherson, Elio Villafranca, Kriss performs regularly at premiere New York music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, S.O.B.’s and Lincoln Center.

ANAT COHEN  Clarinet, Saxophone

Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless, even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments… she took my breath away.”

Anat has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the top clarinetist in both the readers and critics polls in DownBeat for multiple years running. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. As The Chicago Tribune has said about Anat, “The lyric beauty of her tone, easy fluidity of her technique and extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all.”

Since 2005, Anat’s series of releases via her Anzic Records label have seen the clarinetist-saxophonist range from infectious swingers to lilting balladry, from small groups to larger ensembles and back again, exploring a universe of music along the way. 


MARCELLO GONCALVES  Guitar

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One of Brazil’s most acclaimed 7-string guitarists, the Grammy-nominated Marcello Gonçalves is internationally renowned not only as a stellar performer but a sought-after musical director, arranger, producer and educator as well. His boundlessly warm nylon string tone, broad sonic range and irrepressible rhythmic finesse can yield a sound as full as an orchestra, revealing roots deeply planted in Brazilian popular, folkloric and classical music traditions. Gonçalves’ creative synthesis of all these elements has elevated his artistry to a rare and transcendent level. Gonçalves is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he created the first academic course for Brazilian 7-string guitar, an instrumental discipline unlike any other. Over many years he has had the opportunity to study with masters Dino 7 Cordas, Mauricio Carrilho and Helio Delmiro, among others. With clarinetist Anat Cohen, a major force in the New York and international jazz and world music scenes, Gonçalves recorded the duo album Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (Anzic Records), which received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, as well as a Premio da Música Brasileira (Brazilian Grammy) nomination for Best Instrumental Album. Gonçalves is also a longtime member of Trio Madeira Brasil, the Premio da Música Brasileira-winning group, with a celebrated catalog of recordings and a history of extensive worldwide touring. Gonçalves has served as a 7-string guitarist, musical director, arranger and/or producer for the likes of João Bosco, Ney Matogrosso, Roberta Sá and Chico Buarque. His duo recordings with cavaquinho player Henrique Cazes have explored the legacies of the early 20th-century Brazilian music pioneers Pixinguinha and Garoto. His work with the group Rabo de Lagartixa has shed new light on the music of legendary Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. In addition, Gonçalves’ collaboration with Portuguese singer António Zambujo resulted in a Latin Grammy nomination for the platinum album Até Pensei que Fosse Minha. As musical director for Brasileirinho, a documentary film about Choro music, Gonçalves helped draw international attention to this unique Brazilian idiom. Directed by Finland’s Mika Kaurismaki, the film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2005 and was screened in more than 25 countries.


KRISTA BENNION FEENEY  Violin

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Krista Bennion Feeney has enjoyed an unusually varied career much in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, music director, and concertmaster. Krista has been a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (serving for eight years as director of chamber music) and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 1983, where she performs frequently in the roles of concertmaster and violin soloist. She is currently involved in rediscovering and reviving a musical sound world from the past as the founding first violinist of the Serenade Orchestra and Quartet, playing music of the late-18th and early-19th centuries on historic instruments with original instrumental configurations. From 1999-2006, she was the music director of the unconducted New Century Chamber Orchestra based in San Francisco.

She has made several solo appearances with the San Francisco Symphony (making her debut in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor at age 15), with the St. Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of Sol Tierra Luna (a concerto written for her by Terry Riley), the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center, in addition to several historic instrument ensembles.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 season included performances of Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan, in which The New York Times review stated “…the violinist Krista Bennion Feeney spun out beguiling figurations and subtle melodic twists…” and Nardini’s e minor violin concerto and Paganini’s La Campanella on historic violin with the American Classical Orchestra. Of her performance in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, she was described by The Times as “…the superb violin soloist…”

She is the founding first violinist of the DNA Quintet, Loma Mar Quartet, and Ridge String Quartet (1979-1991), which, along with pianist Rudolf Firkusny, won theDiapason d’Orand a Grammy Award nomination in 1992 for its RCA recording of Dvorak’s Piano Quintets. The DNA Quintet, comprised of the Loma Mar Quartet with the addition of bassist John Feeney, has released world-premiere recordings of string quartets and quintets of Domenico Dragonetti on historic instruments to critical and popular acclaim, bringing this uniquely beautiful music to light after being hidden for more than 165 years in the British Library. The Loma Mar Quartet has also recorded original works written for the ensemble by Paul McCartney for EMI, and its members were recently featured as soloists in Arnold Schoenberg’s Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance performances. Krista studied violin with Anthony Doheny, then Isadore Tinkleman and Stuart Canin at the San Francisco Conservatory, working later at the Curtis Institute with Jaime Laredo, Felix Galimer and Mischa Schneider.

In May 2014, The Times praised Krista’s playing of a violin sonata by Jean-MarieLeclair, saying: “Her deep notes were rich and melancholy … there was a tender exuberance in both tumbles of notes and sustained phrases … a dramatic interplay of ferocity and light slyness.”

DAVID CERUTTI  Viola

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David Cerutti performs internationally as violist and violist d’amore. He is co-principal violist of Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has been a member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble since 2008. He appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has been a guest soloist for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is a regular participant in the Helicon Concert Series, founded by the late Albert Fuller. David is a former member of the Smithson String Quartet and has been a guest artist with the Brentano String Quartet and Cygnus Ensemble. He has collaborated with members of Ensemble Archibudelli on a recording of the Mendelssohn and Gade string octets, performed on Stradivarius instruments for the Sony Classical label, and his unedited performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 was chosen by National Public Radio as one of seven best live recordings of Bach fromPerformance Today.His recordings of Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 and Schoenberg’sVerklärte Nachtare soon to be released this year on the Meyer Media label. In 2012, David was featured viola d’amore soloist in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Janáček’sMakropoulos Case, and he is presently collaborating on a viola concerto with Mika Pelo, composer-in-residence at University of California, Davis. In the 2012/2013 season, he joined the Loma Mar Quartet (including fellow Orchestra of St. Luke’s members Krista Bennion Feeney, Myron Lutzke, and Anca Nicolau) in two weeks of performances of Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 for the San Francisco Ballet. He has composed several works and currently is writing a piece for the Seattle-based Odeon String Quartet.

MYRON LUTZKE  Cello

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Myron Lutzke is well known to audiences as a cellist on both modern and period instruments. He attended Brandeis University and is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro. Chamber music studies include work with Robert Koff, Eugene Lehner, and Felix Galimir. He is currently a member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Aulos Ensemble, Mozartean Players, Bach Ensemble, Loma Mar Quartet, The Theater of Early Music, and the Esterhazy Machine, and serves as principal cellist for Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Society and for 14 years, the Handel and Haydn Society with Christopher Hogwood in Boston. He has appeared as soloist at the Caramoor, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart festivals, and has been a regular participant at the Sweetwater Music festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Promusica, Smithsonian Chamber Players and Drottningholm Festival Opera orchestra in Sweden.

Myron’s numerous recordings include the complete Mozart and Schubert piano trios with the Mozartean Players and the album Working Classical with the Loma Mar quartet for Paul McCartney. He has recorded for the Sony, DG, Dorian, Atma, Arabesque, EMI, and Oiseau-Lyre labels. He has taught at the Indiana University Early Music Institute and is currently on the faculty of NYU where he leads the Baroque ensemble and Mannes School of Music where he teaches period cello and Baroque performance practice. Mr. Lutzke has been a faculty member at the Brixen Initiative in Italy and the Domaine Forget chamber music academy. He has also served as director of the Amherst Early Music Baroque Academy and Long Island Baroque Ensemble.

ELIZABETH MANN  Flute

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Orchestra of St. Luke’s principal flutist Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has played principal flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and recently recorded and performed as associate principal flute with the New York Philharmonic. She has been principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera and Minnesota Orchestra, flutist of the Dorian Wind Quintet, and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Liz has toured the U.S. performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of André Previn, soloed with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall, and performed the “Brandenburg” Concertos with Jaime Laredo in Spain and Japan. She gave the U.S. premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Flute and Violin with Gidon Kremer, and premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower and a concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies. Liz has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria, and Caramoor Music Festival. She can be heard on more than 100 recordings, including a critically acclaimed CD of Chopin flute and harp transcriptions with Deborah Hoffmann titledReflections. Liz is a well-known teacher in New York and gives masterclasses across the country. She is involved with the Orpheus Institute at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and teaches at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. After winning the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age12, Liz’s career began with a solo performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She attended The Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker.

JOHN FEENEY  Bass

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“a skilled and passionate performance ... bravura passages that feature rapid passage work and double stops, which Mr. Feeney played with flair.”- N.Y. Times.

“he produces a variety of effects and colores, phrasing melodic material with musicality and elegance, and executing passage work with due bravura.”- The Strad.

“charismatic double bass of John Feeney”- N. Y. Times.

Principal double bass of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, and Opera Lafayette, John Feeney is a chamber musician and soloist of international renown. First prize-winner of the Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus International Competitions and a medalist-prizewinner in the Geneva and Isle of Man Competitions, John is also an avid Viennese Violonist and arranger.

GILI MELAMED-LEV  Piano, Artistic Director

Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev is recognized for her artistic vision, unique artistry and innovative programming. She is an engaging, multi-faceted pianist who enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist.

Ms. Melamed-Lev is the co-founder and Artistic director of Jazz and Classics for Change, a concert series in the Berkshires, MA and a member of the Lev-Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. Ms. Melamed-Lev garnered rave reviews for her collaboration with Australian actor John McManus during their extended tour of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. She also partnered with the Actors’ Ensemble and Walking the Dog Theater (WTD).

Recent collaborations include Eugene Drucker, Aaron Boyd, Michael Roth, Kenneth Cooper, Jenia Pikovsky, Joana Genova, Joel Pitchon, Gilad Rivkin, William Frampton, Ariel Rudiakov, Dima Ratosh, Roberta Cooper, Ashley Bathgate, Ronald Feldman, Inbal Segev, Nathaniel Parke, Linor Katz, Volcy Palletier, Peter Weitzner, Paul Green, Gili Sharett, Judith Mendenhall, Eugenia Zuckerman, Lior Eitan, Shira Eliassaf, Omri Rave, Michael Slatkin, Uzi Shalev, Amanda Boyd-Grout, Lucille Beer, and composers Philip Lasser and Sheila Silver.

She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Canada, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NY), BPL Concert Series (NY), The Daniel Arts Center (MA), PS21 (NY), The Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem Music Center, with members of the Israeli Philharmonic at the Eden-Tamir Music Center (Jerusalem), Tzavta 11:11 Music Series (Tel-Aviv), Renewal Conference center (NH), Schenectady College Chamber Music Series (NY), The Goetheanum (Switzerland), Wisteria Chamber Music Society (NY), at Camphill Ghent, Camphill Village Copake (NY), Kimberton Hills (PA) and at Taconic Music Series (VT) to name a few.

For the past five years, the Lev-Evans duo has been in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (NH), and their new CD was released in 2018. Ms. Melamed-Lev was the founder and Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent from 2012-2019.

A passionate advocate of music education, she teaches, performs, and gives master classes at the Schenectady Community College School of Music, works with students at Williams College, Bard College and her private studio. Born in Jerusalem, Gili Melamed-Lev studied with Bracha Eden, Susan Swilich-Cohen,  Sascha Gorodnitzki, Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto and György Sándor, and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School, Montclair State College and The Rubin Academy (Jerusalem).

Special Thanks

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following people
who have participated in our programs in the past seasons:

David Bánóczi-Ruof, violin and conductor

Ashley Bathgate, cello - ashleybathgate.com

George Brooks, Saxophone - georgebrooks.com 

Roberta Cooper, cello

Emily Daggett-Smith, violin - emilydaggettsmith.com

Eugene Drucker, violin

William Frampton, viola - williamframpton.com

Gwen Gould - conductor and organist - hudsonfestivalorchestra.org

Utsav Lal, piano - utsavlal.com

Marianne Lockwood

Rafi Malkiel, trombone - rafi-malkiel.com

William Pilgrim, cello

Goni Ronen,  tuba

Liri Ronen,  French horn

Gili Sharett, bassoon - gilisharett.net

Jessica Tong, violin - jessicatong.com

Peter Weitzner, double bass - peterweitzner.com

Alon Yavnai, pianist - ayavnai.com

Yonatan Yavnai, drums

From our Previous Seasons:

ASHLEY BATHGATE  Cello

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate's philosophy as a performer. Dynamism drives her to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello's traditionally perceived voice. For ten years Bathgate was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is also a member of the chamber music group HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.

In 2015 Bathgate gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, as well as the world premiere of a new Cello Concerto written for her by Kate Moore for the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. Her debut solo album, Stories for Ocean Shells, featuring a set of works for cello composed by Moore, was released in 2016 on Cantaloupe Music. That year Bathgate also commissioned the ‘composer collective’ Sleeping Giant to write ASH, a six-movement suite for solo cello, which was released on New Amsterdam Records in the fall of 2019. Her forthcoming album, 8 Track, featuring new multitrack works by Alex Weiser and Emily Cooley, as well as a new rendition of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, is due this season on New Focus Recordings. Her latest project is a new evening length work by Michael Gordon, House Music, which premiered at the 2018 Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, NL. Her recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, New Amsterdam, Nonesuch, Starkland and Uffda Records.

Bathgate resides in Saratoga Springs, NY.

GEORGE BROOKS  Saxophone

George Brooks is an award-winning saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of seminal Indian fusion groups: Summit with Zakir Hussain; Bombay Jazz with Ronu Majumdar and Larry Coryell; Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Prasanna; Kirwani Quartet with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Elements with Kala Ramnath and Gwyneth Wentink.

Brooks has collaborated extensively with American composer Terry Riley and has performed with genre defining artists Etta James, Anthony Braxton, Jaki Byard, Talvin Singh, Kronos Quartet, The Temptations, Michael McClure and Ray Manzarek. He appears regularly at major festivals throughout India, and was a featured soloist on John McLaughlin’s 2008 Grammy nominated “Floating Point” CD.

As a composer, Brooks has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, EnActe Arts, Opera Piccola, Intermusic SF, Arts International, California Jazz Conservatory, USArtists, New Music USA, Real Vocal String Quartet, SFMOMA, Met Life Creative Connections and Gwyneth Wentink who premiered his solo harp composition, “The Alchemy of Happiness” at the 2013 Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

His compositions have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, members of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and can be heard in the Merchant/Ivory film, “The Mystic Masseur.”

EMILY DAGGETT-SMITH  Violin

Praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe) and giving performances of “irrepressible élan” (The Seattle Times), violinist Emily Daggett-Smith has performed across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. 

As a soloist, Dr. Smith made her New York concerto debut at the age of 21 in Alice Tully Hall, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and conductor Emmanuel Villaume.  Since then she has performed concerti with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Classical Players. She has performed solo recitals across the country at venues including the Kennedy Center and Music in the Loft in Chicago. As a concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra she worked with renowned conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas and Leonard Slatkin, and has appeared as guest concertmaster of orchestras including Iris Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic. 

An avid chamber musician, Dr. Smith has shared the stage with many renowned musicians including current and former members of the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets.  Her performances have taken place at some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Vienna Konzerthaus, and have been featured on PBS's national broadcast Live from Lincoln Center, NPR's From the Top, Classical King FM in Seattle and WWFM The Classical Network in New York and Pennsylvania. 

In addition to performing the masterpieces of the 17th through the 20th century, Emily is also a strong advocate of new music. She has premiered dozens of new works, including the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Silvertone which was commissioned for her debut recital in Chicago at the Music in the Loft series. Her extensive work with the chamber orchestra The Knights also speaks to her passion for an organic blend of old and new music, and as the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet, she recorded a world-premiere album of Harold Brown's complete works for String Quartet on Albany Records.

Despite her busy performance schedule, Dr. Smith is dedicated to education and maintains various teaching and outreach activities. She is on the violin faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Pre-College and the Juilliard School, where she is assistant to Laurie Smukler. She also served on the Violin faculty of the undergraduate department of Stony Brook University and has appeared as faculty at summer festivals including the National Music Festival and the Manchester Music Festival. Her teaching style is one that blends and deepens the traditions of her great teachers Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein. 

Dr. Smith has received numerous awards and scholarships.  She is a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the SYLFF Fellowship, the Brockton, Newton and Waltham Symphony Concerto Competitions, and the Gold Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in the junior division.  Emily holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and as a recipient of the prestigious Staller Scholar Award, recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University.  She plays on an 1801 Johannes Cuypers violin, which was generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.

UTSAV LAL  Piano

Utsav Lal is the rarest of pianists. Born and raised in New Delhi, where he trained in Indian classical music with dhrupad vocalist Ustad Wassifudin Dagar, Lal subsequently received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz and Western classical music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the New England Conservatory of Music. Lal was named aYoung Steinway Artist in 2010 by piano-makers, Steinway & Sons.

Known as the ‘Raga Pianist’, Lal has set a precedent with his innovative handling of Indian Classical music and has garnered an impressive career with solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre-London, Kennedy Center-DC, Steinway Hall NY and extensive collaborative work with Irish, Scottish and Indian musicians. Since his debut album release, “Piano Moods of Indian Ragas” (Times Music 2008), Utsav has released six subsequent CDs including a the world’s first solo on the microtonal 'Fluid Piano’.

Treading the careful line between an ancient tradition and the innate desire for innovation with utmost respect, Utsav Lal’s music is influenced by Indian classical tradition but also gains inspiration from Persian piano tradition, Australian minimalist piano trio, The Necks, and piano innovators like Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou and Cecil Taylor. Lal has challenged commonly understood ways of improvisation to develop his own unique voice for the piano.

Respected for his versatility, Lal is featured on international collaborations with Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Winifred Horan, Australian Contemporary Circus Theatre CIRCA, Talvin Singh, George Brooks, Miles Okazaki and Rajna Swaminathan. His music has a quiet intensity and is acclaimed for its sincerity and depth.

UTSAV LAL  Piano

From our previous Young Artists Series:

DAVID BÁNÓCZI-RUOF  Violin

DAVID BÁNÓCZI-RUOF is a senior at Bard College. David is a violin student of Erica Kiesewetter and a conducting student of James Bagwell, and has previously studied violin with Khullip Jeung and conducting with Scott Jackson Wiley. David is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music’s pre-college division, and of Green Meadow Waldorf School, where David attended from first through twelfth grade. In Summer 2020, David participated in Uri and Hagit Verdi’s Your Body Is Your Strad Institute, which explored the Feldenkrais Method and how it can be applied to the musician.The previous summer, David co- founded the Bard College Community Orchestra’s annual Midsummer’s Eve concert with Erica Kiesewetter, and made a conducting debut with music by Mendelssohn.This past year, David was principal second of the Bard Baroque Ensemble and the Bard College Community Orchestra, and has performed with members of the Bard Conservatory and The Orchestra Now.

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WILLIAM PILGRIM  Cello

Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, William Pilgrim started playing cello at the age of 5. He studied cello with Tom Austin from 2006 until 2010. In 2010 William moved to New York with his family. For the next ten years he studied with cellist David Gibson. He also took lessons from Astrid Schween (cellist of the Julliard Quartet) during the 2019/2020 year. Starting in 2018, William attended the New England Conservatory Preparatory School for two years where he played in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also enrolled in the chamber music program and music theory classes during his time at NEC Prep. William has just finished his first year at Bard College and the Bard Conservatory. He is studying cello performance at the conservatory with Peter Wiley.

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GONI RONEN  Tuba

Goni Ronen is an Israeli-American Tuba player. He currently attends Bard College, where he double majors in classical music performance and architecture. Goni’s instrumental studies includes three years of Euphonium instruction with Menachem Grudzinski and Samuel Ponder. His current tuba teachers are Derek Fenstermacher and Marcus Rojas. At age 15, while at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, he joined the Empire State Youth Orchestra, playing in many concerts including works by Sergei Prokofiev and Silvestre Revueltas. Goni is a recipient of the Uel Wade Music Scholarship Award. While at Bard, he discovered his passion for music not only in the classical realm, but also in other genres. Goni is a member of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and plays in an Oldies Rock band, and a traditional Klezmer band.

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LIRI RONEN  French Horn

Liri Ronen is an Israeli-American French horn player and composer, studying classical performance at the Bard College Conservatory. He currently studies French horn with Julia Pilant and Barbara Jöstlein Currie towards an advanced study certificate, having finished a dual degree bachelors at Bard in music and chemistry in Spring of 2021. At age 13 he toured in Scotland with the Kiryat Tiv’on Representative Wind Band, and at age 14 he was awarded an excellency scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Institute, shortly before immigrating to the United States. He then attended Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, played and toured in Portugal with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, and placed 2nd in the Uel Wade music scholarship competition. While at Bard, he discovered his passion for orchestral playing and music composition, which led him to many collaborations with students from the film department at Bard, producing film scores and soundtracks for various projects.

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