Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Gabriela came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying with James Buswell. As a cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled Gabriela to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Boston critics have mentioned Gabriela as “a young violin master... Diaz shone in her extended solo passages.” Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, “…Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez’s 1991 Anthèmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz’s upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-out were miracles of color, texture, and feeling.” Others have remarked on her “vibrant playing,” “polished technique,” and “vivid and elegant playing.” Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort. In the fall of 2012 Gabriela will be joining the faculty of Wellesley College. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include performances of Roger Reynolds' solo work, "Kokoro," Mozart sonatas with Lois Shapiro, and Philippe Leroux's violin concerto, "(d')Aller" with Sound Icon . Gabriela can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records.
Kathleen Flynn has performed a repertoire spanning five centuries and in locales ranging from Japan to Aldeburgh. A Sullivan Foundation award winner, Ms. Flynn has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Julius Rudel, Robert Spano and Christopher Hogwood. She has performed diverse roles such as the title role in Handel’s Agrippina, Mrs. Grose The Turn of the Screw, Elvira in Don Giovanni, Sylvia/La Messagiera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Ermingarde in Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner, the Mother in Kurt Weill’s Der Kuhhandel, La Heine in Gluck’s Armide, and Florence Pike in Albert Herring. She has sung with Chicago Opera Theater, New York State Baroque, at the National Arts Center of Ottawa with the Winnipeg Ballet, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Juilliard Theater and The Kennedy Center. She is also an accomplished recitalist having performed in many chamber music programs and solo recitals in such locations as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center Theater, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Festival of Music. These performances included a benefit concert in Saranac Lake to preserve a former home of Bela Bartok. Ms. Flynn’s recent concert work includes her first Winterreise at Middlebury, Vermont with pianist Leo Erice, the alto soloist in a five voice version of Bach’s B minor mass at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Pales in Bach’s Hunt Cantata and Storge in Jephtha with the New York State Baroque Orchestra, mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Clérambault’s solo cantata Léandre et Héro. Ms. Flynn was honored to sing in the national broadcast of Robertson Davies’ memorial service. In 2007, Ms. Flynn completed her DMA at SUNY, Stony Brook. Previously, she completed her residency at the Juilliard Opera Center, after having received a master of music degree from Juilliard. She received a diploma in operatic studies from the University of Toronto’s Opera Division and a bachelor of music degree from Dalhousie University, and has performed in summer festivals at The Banff Centre for the Arts, The Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, Tanglewood, Aspen and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. Ms. Flynn is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Sullivan Foundation Award, Juilliard Scholarships, the Bori Grant for Language Study Abroad, a Canada Council Grant, Scholarships from the Canadian Opera Woman’s Guild, several Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards and the Portia White award. Recent engagements have included the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Castres, France; La Messagiera in Orfeo with Stony Brook Opera for the four hundredth anniversary of the work; a workshop presentation in Sweden of the chamber opera in progress, dreamseminar/drömseminarium, a work in progress opera she is co-writing with the cast; Schubert’s Winterreise at the Festival in Ribadeo, Spain; a world premiere with New York’s Argento Ensemble; and her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah. Upcoming performances include dreamseminar/drömseminarium, Sweden, June 2010, and the Carmel Bach Festival, July 2010.
Mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato has brought versatility to both her singing and teaching careers. In her lengthy singing career she has won many awards, including those from the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, the Naumburg Prize in Chamber Music, the C.D. Jackson prize at Tanglewood, and, most recently, Alumni Achievement Awards from both the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bucknell University, as well as the Jacobo Peri Award for Achievement in the Vocal Field. Professionally, she has created leading roles for such companies as the New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Kentucky Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Rochester Opera, and Opera San Jose, and other regional companies. As a Concert and Oratorio soloist, Fortunato has appeared internationally as a long-time member of the Bach Aria Group, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, New York’s Musica Sacra, the Boston Camerata, Rome’s Bach Festival Orchestra, the Telemann Chamber Orchestra of Japan, and Berlin’s Spectrum Concerts, amongst many others. Her festival appearances are numerous, as are her singing engagements with major Symphony Orchestras, including repeat performances with the top 10 American Symphonies.
D'Anna has 40 CDs to her credit, including 8 premiere Handel Opera CDs, plus 2 Grammy-nominated CDs and award-winning recordings of the songs of Amy Beach, and Charles-Martin Loeffler. First performances have included works of John Harbison, Roger Sessions, Stephen Albert, Elliot Carter, Milton Babbitt, Daniel Pinkham, and Andrew List.
Regie O'Hare Gibson
Former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson received his MFA from New England College. He’s lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe– most recently at Teatro Binario 7 in Milan, Italy. In 2008 as a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself and his work appear in "love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s a recipient of both the Walker Scholarship for poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and a YMCA Writer’s fellowship. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine and The Iowa Review among others. His volume of poems “Storms Beneath the Skin” received the Golden Pen Award. In 2010 Regie received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry and the 2010-11 Lexington Education Foundation Program Grant. He performs regularly with his literary music ensemble Neon JuJu.
Baritone Robert Honeysucker is recognized internationally for his brilliant opera, concert and recital performances. His voice has inspired critical acclaim: "...powerful, passionate and plaintive....a voice that possesses great richness and warmth." Honored as 1995 “Musician of the Year" by The Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer, Mr. Honeysucker has also been a winner of the National Opera Association Artists Competition and a recipient of the New England Opera Club Jacopo Peri Award.Robert Honeysucker's opera performances have included the roles of Amonasro, Escamilio, Germont, Miller, Iago, Renato, Rigoletto and Sharpless. He has appeared with such companies as Connecticut Opera, Delaware Opera, Eugene Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Company of Boston, Sacramento Opera, Tulsa Opera and Utah Opera. Overseas, Mr. Honeysucker has performed such roles as Don Giovanni, Figaro, Sharpless and Porgy in Auckland, New Zealand; Jake in Berlin, Germany; and Daedalus in the world premiere of Icarus, by Paul Earls, at Brucknerfest in Linz, Austria. Additionally, he has appeared in opera concerts in the Persian Gulf directed by Cesare Alfieri, as well as numerous concerts in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Robert Honeysucker has enjoyed many engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including an appearance as soloist in Beethoven'sNinth Symphony, in celebration of Seiji Ozawa’s twenty-fifth season as Music Director. He has most recently appeared as baritone soloist in All Rise (Winton Marsalis), conducted by Kurt Masur at Symphony Hall, with a repeat performance at Tanglewood. His other appearances with the Boston Pops include the annual Fourth of July concert on the Esplanade, conducted by John Williams, as well as concerts conducted by Keith Lockhart and Harry Ellis Dickson. Other solo appearances have included: Verdi’s Requiem, with the Cantata Singers, directed by David Hoose; Elijah with Handel and Haydn Society, directed by Christopher Hogwood; world premiere of Howard Frazin’s The Voice of Issac with PALS Children’s Chorus; Missa Solemnis with the Northwest Bach Festival Orchestra, directed by Gunther Schuller; Charles Ives' General William Booth Enters into Heaven, with the Pittsburgh Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas at Great Woods Performing Arts Center; Aaron Copland's Old American Songs with Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra; Carmina Burana with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Omaha Symphony Orchestra; and Hodie (Vaughn Williams) with the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Keith Lockhart, which was televised on PBS. He has also performed with St. Louis Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and Sacramento Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in Japan have featured him as soloist with Sapporo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; soloist with the Tokyo Symphony in Handel's Messiah; The Telemann Chamber Orchestra in Osaka in Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with Jeffrey Rink, conductor; and the Kansai Chamber Orchestra in Kobe and Kyoto in performance of Handel’s Messiah and Bach cantatas.
Mr. Honeysucker is a member of Videmus, as well as member and co-founder of the Jubilee Trio, which presents American art songs, including those of under-performed African American composers. Discography includes performances on four Videmus discs: "Music of William Grant Still" (New World), "Watch and Pray" (Koch International), "More Still" (Cambria), and Highway 1, USA (Wm. Grant Still) recently released by Albany Records. Mr. Honeysucker is also featured on the Centaur, Ongaku and Titanic labels.
Oboist Barbara LaFitte is a familiar face on the Boston music scene. She is the principal oboist in the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, and holds the English Horn position in the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She is a regular performer in Emmanuel Music’s Bach Cantata series where she has performed most of Bach's sacred works for oboe, and is a member of the cutting edge Grammy nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. LaFitte’s major studies were with Louis Rosenblatt in Philadelphia. She received a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, and participated in the Aspen and Spoleto Music Festivals. Locally, she has performed at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and has been a guest at the Ashmont Hill Chamber Series, Bay Chamber Series in Maine, the Monadnock Music Festival inNew Hampshire, the Andover Chamber Series, and Music at Eden’s Edge. Ms. LaFitte is a Professor on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she has developed an innovative oboe studio, coaches chamber ensembles, and manages the new Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. She joined the music faculty of Wellesley College in September 2003, where she teaches oboe and has coached for their Chamber Music Society. Ms. LaFitte can be heard on many recordings, most notably on the Danilo Pérez 2010 Grammy nomination, Providencia available on Mack Avenue Records.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Mr. Lippincott has spent the past 27 years teaching and performing throughout New England. Doug has performed with many of the areas leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra. He is currently performing and recording with B.M.O.P [Boston Modern Orchestra Project] and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.Mr. Lippincott’s talents have taken him beyond the concert stage into the world of Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Rock. He has had the pleasure of “gigging” with such varied artist as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Gil Evans, Johnny Mathis, “Yes," Brian Wilson, Kansas, the Moody Blues, and the Beasty Boys.In addition to extensive private teaching, Doug was an original member of the “New England Percussion Ensemble”. This percussion trio performs over 150 shows a year in schools through out New England and has been seen by well over 150,000 children. He is also in his 15th season with the “Brown Bag Chamber Orchestra” which has introduced Chamber Music to thousands of student at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall.In Fall 2010, Doug did a series of seminars on African Drums and Drumming and the Curtis Middle School in Sudbury MA. “I brought in well over 100 instruments that the students and I played throughout the seminar. We had a blast! I also felt it was important to tie in how African music is connected to what the kids are listening to. I drew from a recent National Geographic Feature 'Hip Hop Planet' by James McBribe that ties in West African 'Griots' or storytellers of the 17th century to present day Rap music. It’s fun to see a kid's face light up after you play a African bell pattern that has been played, danced, and sung for hundreds of years and show how Led Zeppelin used it in 1975!”
Already well known in Taiwan as a soloist and winner of several competitions, both as a pianist and clarinetist, Kai-Yun Lu came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory of Music and pursue a career as a clarinetist. In her sophomore year at the New England Conservatory she won the school's annual Concerto Competition, becoming one of the youngest students in the New England Conservatory's history to ever win this award. She has subsequently performed concertos with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 Ms. Lu was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. Kai-Yun Lu is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, holding the Muriel Bledsoe Chair since 1998. She also performs regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lu has worked under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Gunther Schuller, Keith Lockhart and John Williams. In June 2007 Kai-Yun Lu joined the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During the spring 2009 semester, Ms. Lu will be a member of the clarinet faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Ms. Lu holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and an Artist's Diploma from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent performances have included solo-engagements with the New England Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Recent recordings include Bernard Hoffer's Concerto di Camera no. 2 for cello and ensemble, written for him and Boston Musica Viva as well as the Allende cello concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, which has been released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts. Müller-Szeraws has been a guest artist at many festivals such as the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Music at Gretna and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. He is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva as well as founding member of QX String Quartet and Trio Tremonti. A former guest lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Chile, he is currently on the faculty at the Phillips Academy Andover and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation.
Matthias Naegele has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Asia. He has participated in music festivals at Marlboro, Apple Hill, Dubrovnik, Jerusalem, Curacaos, Aspen, Prussia Cove, and Edinburgh. Many of his performances are regularly broadcast over National Public Radio and Public Television, and he has also appeared on Dutch, French, Austrian, and British radio and television. Mr. Naegele performs regularly with numerous chamber music ensembles, including the Kaleidos Ensemble, the Prometheus piano quartet, The Music Project, The Chamber Music Society of N.Y., Anthony Newman’s Brandenburg Collegium, The Chamber Music Society of New Jersey, Sergio Luca’s Context, the twentieth century music ensemble Möbius in residence at Columbia University, An Die Musik, and the microtonal group New Band. Mr. Naegele has recorded with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society for Koch International. In 1995, he recorded with Dawn Upshaw for Nonesuch. With his father, violinist Philipp Naegele, he has recorded for Musical Heritage and Beyer Records. Matthias plays on a Mateo Gofriller made in Venice in 1735. This cello was previously owned by Hermann Busch of the Busch Quartet.
Henry Shapiro has participated in both the Marlboro and Aspen Music Festivals and appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe. In recent seasons, he has performed at the Mendocino (CA) Music Festival. He has taught chamber music at The State University of New York. Mr. Shapiro holds a PhD from Columbia University. His piano teachers include Claude Frank, Edith Oppens, and Leonie Gombrich, with whom he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. For the past six summers he has served as coach for the Quartet Program at Bucknell University. Mr. Shapiro writes fiction and has published a short study of the choreography of Balanchine. He teaches in the department of Writing, Literature and the Arts at Eugene Lang College of theNew School University in New York City.
Masako Yanagita began her violin studies in Tokyo at the age of six with Eijin Tanaka, continuing with Louis Graeler of the Kroll Quartet. In 1966, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a J.D. Rockefeller III grant, enabling her to study in the United States with William Kroll at the Mannes College of Music. During her first summer in the U.S., she was presented with the Silverstein Prize as leading violinist at Tanglewood, while studying on a scholarship given by Jascha Heifetz. She subsequently won top honors in several international competitions including the Paganini, Carl Flesch and Munich International. Ms. Yanagita has had an extensive solo career and has performed at numerous music festivals including Mostly Mozart, Mohawk Trail Concerts, Caramoor, Madeira and Newport. She is a member of the faculties of Mannes College of Music, Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, and the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College (VT). She has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Vox/Turnabout, Town Hall, and Music Minus One.
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