Eliot Bailen, cello, artistic director, co-founder
Susan Rotholz, flute, co-founder
The 2015 SCE Bluegrass All-Stars
Eliot Bailen (guitar and vocals), Susan Rotholz (flute and vocals), Derrik Jordan (fiddle) and friends.
The 2015 Coffeehouse Band
Eliot Bailen (guitar and vocals), Susan Rotholz (flute and vocals), Bob O'Connor (guitar and vocals) and friends.
Sarah Adams, viola|
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichord
Keats Dieffenbach, viola
Dima Dimitrova, violin
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Thomson Kneeland, bass
Jill Levy, violin
Doori Na, violin
Chris Parker, drums, composer
Ted Rosenthal, piano, composer
Michael Roth, violin
Stacey Shames, harp
Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet
Peter Weitzner, double bass
Eliot Bailen, cello and Artistic Director, co-founder. Eliot Bailen's active career as a cellist, composer and teacher covers a broad span of activity. Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music." Principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Bach Artists, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society, Mr. Bailen is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble whose performances the New York Times has described as "the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.." Recently appointed Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Bailen performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Cape May Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival and is Founder and Artistic director of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York. He appears frequently such orchestras as the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York and is Assistant-Principal cello of the Stamford Symphony. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Deutsche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, BMG and Flying Dutchman Records and continues to be heard as solo cello in numerous Broadway shows. Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Graduating in 1977 with High Honors in Music and French Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Bailen also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University where he was awarded the coveted Slater Prize for Entrepreneurship. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking.
Mr. Bailen's commissions include an Octet ("For Ellen") for 3 winds and strings premiered by the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in August 2013; a 'Double Concerto for Flute and Cello' commissioned by the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and premiered in October 2012 with Mr. Bailen and his wife, flutist, Susan Rotholz as soloists; "Perhaps a Butterfly" a chamber work for Soprano, child soprano, flute and string trio commissioned by Cantor Rebecca Garfein at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York where it was premiered in 2011. "Perhaps a Butterfly" was recently selected along with another work for publishing by Transcontinental Music. Mr. Bailen's 'Saratoga Sextet,' commissioned by the Saratoga Chamber Players, was premiered to critical acclaim in June, 2014 at Filene Hall, Skidmore College as part of Saratoga Artsfest ("The crowd loved it!" writes the Schenectady Daily Gazette). Most recently was the premiere of Mr. Bailen's musical, "The Tiny Mustache," which received a second grant for further development from the Omer Foundation after its successful debut. As a writer and producer of children's music Mr. Bailen has gained national attention as Winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medal, winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards and appearances as a featured guest artist on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle" airing from 1993 through 1997. Mr. Bailen received over twenty-five commissions for his "Song to Symphony" project, an extended school residency program that presents children's original musicals in an orchestral setting; the project was the subject of a NY Times feature article. The Song to Symphony project was recently awarded a special Alumni Grant from the Yale School of Music. Susan and Eliot live in New York City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.
Susan Rotholz, flute, co-founder, praised by the New York Times as "irresistible in both music and performance" and winner of the Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and Concert Artists Guild as a soloist, continues to be in demand as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician and teacher. Susan is Principal flute of the Greenwich Symphony and The New York Chamber Ensemble and is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, The New York Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. She has toured extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and also performs with the American Symphony, New York City Ballet, Westchester Philharmonic, Gotham Opera Company, Encores! at City Center and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Broadway revival King and I. Susan is co-founder/director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Series, and was a founding member of the Young Concert Artists award winning group, Hexagon Piano and Winds. Susan performs each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Susan attended the Marlboro Music and Grand Teton Festivals, and continues to perform at the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. As an extension of her associations at the Marlboro Festival, Susan played principal flute and solo with the New England Bach Festival for twenty-five years conducted by Blanche Honneger Moyse. Rotholz was soloist with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto and Phoenix for Flute and String Orchestra by David Gilbert in the 2014 season and most recently this past fall, Susan played the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra with Jed Gaylin in Baltimore. Her recordings of the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, on the Bridge Records label received a New Classics review saying the "beguiling sounds and first-class performances make this an enchanting experience" and the Wall Street Journal described as "eloquent and musically persuasive." Susan, with pianist Margaret Kampmeier, just released through Bridge Records, American Tapestry, Duos for Flute and Piano by Beaser, Copland, Muczynski and Liebermann. "Remarkable on this recording is the stellar duo playing of Susan Rotholz and Margaret Kampmeier, who combine brilliant instrumental virtuosity with deep understanding of this quintessentially American repertoire" is how Bridge Records presents the CD. Susan has commissioned and premiered many new works by such composers as Robert Beaser, Elizabeth Brown, Edie Hill and Eliot Bailen and has recorded George Crumb's Night of Four Moons with the acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw, for Nonesuch Records. A devoted teacher and chamber music coach, Susan teaches at Columbia University, Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music, City College CUNY and at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Susan has also been a guest performer and teacher at the Colorado College Music Festival in Colorado. She holds degrees from Queens College (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM) where she studied with Thomas Nyfenger and Marcel Moyse. In 2002 she received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. She lives in New York with her cellist/composer husband, Eliot Bailen, and their three musical children.
Sarah Adams, viola, performs locally with the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Claring Chamber Players, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Friends of Mozart, and the Saratoga Chamber Players. She is principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Riverside Symphony. She is the violist of the Roerich Quartet, performing and recording in NYC, upstate New York and Vermont. Formerly violist with the Cassatt Quartet and assistant principal violist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Adams is a member of the American Ballet Theatre, and performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others. She has performed as soloist with the Jupiter and Riverside Symphonies in Alice Tully Hall as well as in recital with the New York Viola Society. Ms. Adams' festival appearances include the Bard Music Festival, the Cape May Music Festival, the Windham Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Music Festival, and the Catskill Mountain Foundation concerts. Ms. Adams has been teaching viola and chamber music at Columbia University since 1993.
Jesse Blumberg, baritone, is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages. His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, and Bernstein's MASS at London's Royal Festival Hall. Recital highlights include appearances with the NY Festival of Song and performances of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz. He has performed major works with American Bach Soloists, Oratorio Society of NY, Apollo's Fire, Boston Baroque, and on Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Jesse has given the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon's Green Sneakers, Lisa Bielawa's The Lay of the Love and Death, Conrad Cummings' Positions 1956, and Tom Cipullo's Excelsior, and he works closely with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble. Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City.
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist and conductor is one of the world's leading specialists in the music of the 18th century. Renowned for his improvisations and his expertise in ornamentation, long-lost 18th century arts, he has revived countless musical works, lending them extraordinary authenticity as well as great vitality. The possessor of a PhD in musicology from Columbia University, Kenneth Cooper is on the faculty there as well as at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is Chair of the Harpsichord Department and Director of the Baroque Aria Ensemble.
As Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, Kenneth Cooper has made a tradition of Bach at New Year's and is currently celebrating Berkshire Bach's 20th Season with a series of concerts centering on the different facets of Bach's work. Mr. Cooper has been heard at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival, Yale-Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival and the Little Orchestra Society's Vivaldi Festivals at Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared most recently at Music@Menlo, at the Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals, at Chamber Music Northwest and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed rrequently over the eyars with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.
Kenneth Cooper has made dozens of recordings and soundtracks, among them Bach's Gamba-Harpsichord Sonatas (CBS-Sony, with Yo Yo Ma), Scarlatti Sonatas for Harpsichord (Vanguard) and Bach Brandenburg Concerti and Goldberg Variations (Berkshire Bach Society, S. Egremont, MA); his spectacular versions of ragtime and other American delights may be heard on Silks and Rags (EMI) and Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot (Musical Heritage Society). Most recently, Kenneth Cooper has recorded (on fortepiano) the complete Bach Flute and Keyboard Sonatas with Susan Rotholz (Bridge), and the Six Bach Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano with violinist Ani Kavafian (Helicon: Kleos Classics). His latest CD, Peculiar Plants, featuring the ingenious set of harpsichord pieces composed for him by Victoria Bond, is now available on Albany Records. His 2004-5 editions of Bach's Two-Part and Three-Part Inventions (International Music Company) have won first prize Paul Revere Awards.
Keats Dieffenbach, viola, is qqually comfortable on the stages of Carnegie Hall and the set of Saturday Night Live, Keats Dieffenbach has established herself as a unique artist with infinitely varied interests and abilities. Lauded by the New York Times as an "impressive performer," she has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Keats regularly performs with Orchestra of St. Luke's, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and The Knights; and her chamber music partners have included Emanuel Ax, Christian Tetzlaff, and indie rock sensation Vampire Weekend. She has served as concertmaster under many of the world's leading conductors and has worked closely with composers Steve Reich, Shulamit Ran, Nico Muhly, and many others. Her dual specialization in both historical and contemporary performance keeps her in demand with New York City's leading contemporary and baroque ensembles. Keats recently completed a prestigious two-year fellowship in Ensemble ACJW during which she served as a member of Carnegie Hall's resident chamber ensemble. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Mann and New England Conservatory where she served as Donald Weilerstein's teaching assistant.
Dima Dimitrova, violin. A native of Bulgaria, Dima Dimitrova is a unique violinist and an active educator. She has performed with such distinguished artists as the Miro Quartet, pianist Lang Lang, pianist Herbie Hancock, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, amongst others. Ms. Dimitrova has been featured on the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, and NDR. She has also appeared in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London and the O2 World Arena in Berlin. Ms. Dimitrova, along with eleven other students at The Juilliard School, founded a two-week exchange program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where they primarily worked with NEOJIBÀ - a program based on the highly successful Venezuelan program 'El Sistema, providing a comprehensive, two-week orchestral training seminar for the students of NEOJIBÀ, including private lessons, master-classes, sectionals, and a side-by-side performance. They also donated instruments to the students and supported charity organizations (IBCM and Pracatum School) in the Salvador community through benefit performances and educational outreach. Currently Ms. Dimitrova is a faculty member at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, whose mission is to provide quality music instruction and teacher development in an environment that nurtures excellence and creativity.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano, enjoys a varied career as soloist, collaborative artist and educator. Equally fluent in classical and contemporary repertoire, she has concertized and recorded extensively and premiered hundreds of works. A founding member of the Naumburg award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, Ms. Kampmeier performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Mirror Visions Ensemble. As a recording artist, Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch, Bridge and Deutsche Gramophon labels.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Kampmeier teaches piano at Princeton University and is Chair and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. She has given lecture recitals on a wide range of topics including preludes and fugues through the ages, contemporary techniques, and the music of women composers. Ms. Kampmeier holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied with the esteemed pianist, Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Kampmeier is an avid reader, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. A native of Rochester, NY, Ms. Kampmeier resides currently New York City.
Thomson Kneeland, bass/composer, acoustic bassist and composer, performs as a leader and a sideman throughout the US and internationally. Though most often found performing in an improvisational jazz context, Kneeland has a variety of musical interests from traditional swing, classical counterpoint, and 20th century chamber music, to Indian Karnatic music, Indonesian gamelan, Balkan folk music, electronica, heavy metal, and more. He leads Kakalla, an ensemble devoted to the fusion of improvisation with composition, utilizing influences such as Balkan folk music, rock, chamber music, and free jazz.
Kneeland's latest project Mazurka for a Modern Man was released in early 2010. Besides composing for various jazz and improvisational idioms, Kneeland also composes chamber music, including a string quartet, a string trio and works for Ensemble Aletheia, a four horn wind ensemble with acoustic bass that melds chamber music and improvisation; he was also commissioned to write three pieces for the Longy School of Music Jazz Ensemble. As a leader, sideman, and composer, Kneeland has appeared on over 40 recordings to date and performed with such luminaries as Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Chris Potter, Gene Bertoncini, Lynne Arriale, Rick Margitza, Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, Peter Leitch, and many others. He has performed internationally at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Medellin University in Colombia, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Perth Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and more.
Jill Levy, violin, is concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She has made numerous solo appearances with them including the premiere performance of the Concerto for Irish Fiddle and Violin by Evan Chambers, which she has recorded on the Albany Records label. Ms. Levy is also the music director of the Saratoga Chamber Players, bringing together musicians from the United States, Canada and Europe to perform in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In addition to being heard regularly with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble she has been a participant in the Blossom Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Region Festival. Ms. Levy is a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony under the direction of Andre Previn; the Pittsburgh Chamber Players; the Orchestre del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, directed by Zubin Mehta; and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, directed by Lukas Foss. Ms. Levy is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt and Jascha Brodsky and chamber music with Felix Galimir and the Guarneri Quartet. She also worked with Franco Gulli at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. As a winner of student competitions she was soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the ages of 11 and 16. Currently Ms. Levy lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with her husband and daughter where she is an active and sought-after teacher.
Doori Na, violin began violin studies at the age of four and made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of seven with the Peninsula Youth Symphony. A winner of numerous competitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he has performed with the Palisades Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Fremont Symphony, and the Torrance Symphony. Doori has given solo recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shelter Island, and New York City. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Carol Wincenc, Cynthia Phelps, and Nancy Allen.
Currently living in New York City, Doori has performed with many different ensembles around the city ranging from Classical and New Music to Jazz. He has been regularly performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recent highlights include tours in Europe, Japan, and the US. In 2011, Doori participated in Chick Corea's album, The Continents, released by Deutsche Grammophon. Doori is also a violin soloist for the New Chamber Ballet and has toured Germany with the company along with many other performances in New York City.
Doori holds a Bachelors of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein. He was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and was chosen to travel to Sào Paulo, Brazil in 2012 where he gave masterclasses and performed for students.
Chris Parker, drums/composer, was born in Chicago, was playing drums at age three and began performing his first professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great, Paul Butterfield and then broke into the New York studio scene in 1970, doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live.
Toph, as friends know him, recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Salt n' Pepa, Stuff, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, and Suzy Boggus. He has toured with many artists, among them Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Joe Cool, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Akiko Yano and Ralph MacDonald.
Chris is currently leading his own band, Toph-e & the Pussycats, among other musical and artistic endeavors, including Dennis Collins, Damon Banks & Gwen Laster, Funkasaurus Rex, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Stuff Brothers & Sisters, Johnny Rosch & the Lost Session Boys, and Kelly Mittleman.
Chris recently performed at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Jennifer Holiday and Aretha Franklin. He is currently recording new projects with Funkasaurus Rex, Barry Manilow, John Zorn, Akiko Yano and his own trio featuring original compositions by Parker and Kyoko Oyobe on piano.
Ted Rosenthal, piano/composeris one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation. He actively tours worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody.
Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released fifteen CDs as a leader. Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), which features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio, reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes and Amazon. Wonderland (2013), was selected as a New York Times holiday pick, and received much critical praise: "Sleek, chic and elegant" - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune. Impromptu (2010), showcases his reimaginings of classical themes for jazz trio. "A serious listen to Impromptu will be a mind-changing experience...sit back and enjoy these wonderfully creative takes on ten compositions from the classical canon that have never sounded so cool." - Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz
Rosenthal's solo album, The 3 B's, received 4 stars from DownBeat magazine. It features renditions of the music of Bud Powell, Bill Evans and his improvisations on Beethoven themes. "With this subtly provocative solo recital, Ted Rosenthal merges three very different streams of piano history, putting his personal stamp on all of them. In Rosenthal's hands all this music sounds as though it sprang from the same muse, and that's the sign of a skilled, imaginative artist." - David R. Adler, All Music Guide.
Rosenthal has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In addition, Rosenthal is the pianist of choice for many top jazz vocalists including Helen Merrill, Ann Hampton Callaway and Barbara Cook. He appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio and performed with David Sanborn on NBC's Night Music.
Rosenthal's orchestral performances include solo and featured appearances with The Detroit Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Pittsburgh Symphony and The Fort Worth Symphony.
A recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosenthal regularly performs and records his compositions, which include jazz tunes and large-scale works. He has also composed music for dance, including "Uptown," for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "The Survivor," a concerto for piano and orchestra, has been performed by the Manhattan Jazz Philharmonic and the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, with Rosenthal at the piano. In 2011, Rosenthal premiered his second jazz piano concerto, "Jazz Fantasy," with The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in New York City.
Rosenthal received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Active in jazz education, he is on faculty and the Board of Trustees at Manhattan School of Music and also teaches at The Juilliard School. In addition, he presents jazz clinics throughout the world, often in conjunction with his touring. Rosenthal was a contributing editor for Piano and Keyboard magazine and has published piano arrangements and feature articles for Piano Today, The Piano Stylist and The Juilliard Journal.
Michael Roth, violin, is a native of Scarsdale, NY and received his early musical training with Frances Magnes at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, continuing his studies with Marilyn McDonald. At Oberlin, he won the Kaufman Prize for violin and First Prize in the Ohio String Teacher's Association Competition. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts where he worked with the distinguished American violinist and pedagogue Charles Treger and was a recipient of the Julian Olevsky Award.
Mr. Roth is currently associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has appeared in chamber music and as a soloist with the company, most recently in the debut of "Slice Too Sharp", a ballet of Biber and Vivaldi violin concerti, and "After the Rain", violin music of Arvo Pärt. In addition he is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal 2nd violin of the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Pops. He has served as concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years and often appeared as soloist there, as well as at the Caramoor and Bard Music Festivals. He has played and toured internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Roth has collaborated on violin and viola with artists such as Eugene Drucker, Menahem Pressler, James Buswell, Steven Doane, Hamao Fujiwara and members of the Brentano, Manhattan and Ying Quartets. He regularly participates in the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival and the Windham Chamber Music Festival and recently presented a recital of contemporary Cuban solo violin and chamber music in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the American Composers Orchestra.
With Orpheus, the Eos Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, The New York Pops, The American Composers Orchestra and others, Mr. Roth has recorded for the Sony, Angel, Telarc, Decca, BMG, Point Music, ESSA.Y. and Arbors Music labels.
Stacey Shames, harp, is recognized as one of the world's foremost harpists, performing as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. She is celebrated for her luxurious tone and an expansive repertoire, which encompasses Scarlatti to the most current composers of today. Since making her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 14, Ms. Shames has appeared as concerto soloist with The Saint Louis Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, and Juilliard Symphony, among others. This past season brought three performances of the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the New Jersey Symphony.
Her extensive list of honors includes First Prize in the AHS Young Concert Artist Competition, and a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel.
Ms. Shames' busy performing schedule includes appearances at major international festivals with celebrated musicians from around the globe. Her career has featured collaborations with Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, and Gil Shaham, in numerous recording, concert and television appearances.
As principal harpist of the Saint Louis Symphony, Miss Shames performed, recorded and toured under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also been principal of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the American Symphony Orchestra. She currently enjoys a busy schedule of performances, recordings and tours as the harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and of late, has been the acting principal harpist of the New Jersey Symphony.
Ms. Shames is a member of the Aureole Trio, the preeminent merger of Flute, Viola and Harp. The group has released nine recordings which include all of the standard repertory for the combination, as well as newly commissioned and championed works by such composers as ToruTakemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, John Tavener, Nicholas Maw, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jan Bach, and George Tsontakis. Also current are several discs, which cross into the popular and world music realm, including a collection of lullabies with soprano, Heidi Grant Murphy.
Ms. Shames began her harp studies at the age of six, traveled internationally as a young soloist, and attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying harp, piano and composition. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen.
Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet, leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, music educator, and interpreter of new music. A member of Sequitur, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony, she also regularly performs and tours with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the American Symphony, the Knights, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro. Following her undergraduate years in the combined Tufts University/New England Conservatory dual degree program, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at The Juilliard School with Charles Neidich. Currently, Ms. Sternberg maintains active teaching studios at home and at Princeton University; serves as an advisor for New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Program; and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony. In the summer months, she serves as founder and artistic director of The Maine Chamber Music Seminar; teaches and performs at the Chamber Music Conference & Composers' Forum of the East at Bennington College; and participates in numerous performance residences throughout greater New England. Ms. Sternberg resides in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Peter Weitzner, double bass, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord, and the New Jersey Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of Sheila Silver's Chant for bass and piano. Mr. Weitzner has been a frequent participant at international music festivals including Mostly Mozart, OK Mozart, Cape May, Festival of the Hamptons, Bratislava Music Festival, and the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Austria.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weitzner is currently the curator and host of the BPL Chamber Players in residence at the Central branch (Grand Army Plaza) of the Brooklyn Public Library. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orion Quartet, Enso Quartet, Trio Solisti, New York Chamber Ensemble, Yale at Norfolk, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Berkshire Bach Society.
He has also performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons as well as Merce Cunningham's 80th birthday celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in the New York premiere of Biped. He also participated in a performance at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) with the re-emerging Alice Coltrane shortly before her passing. For ten years Mr. Weitzner toured the world as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to become a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an arts education advocacy group comprised of arts related non-profits, musicians and educators.
His work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Albany, Pro Gloria Musicae, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Grenadilla, and Berkshire Bach Society record labels. He has also produced recordings of the Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Society and the critically acclaimed complete flute music of J.S. Bach with flutist Susan Rotholz and Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, released by Bridge Records.