Dr. Joseph Murphy has studied with some of the best saxophonists in the world, including Fred Hemke, John Sampen, and Jean-Marie Londeix (as a Fulbright scholar). He is an educational clinician for the Selmer Corporation, and has written several pedagogical articles on the saxophone. He has performed over 500 concerts in all 50 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 30 countries on 6 continents, and has recorded six CDs. Memberships include MENC, NACWPI, MTNA, World Saxophone Congress, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Praised as “spectacular” (American Record Guide) and a “virtuosic tour-de-force” (New York Concert Review) cellist Patrick Jee has earned international acclaim for his bold musicality, rich sound, and passionate performances.
Mr. Jee has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall as well as special performances at the United Nations and on CNN, American Morning. He has given extensive tours of the United States, Europe, and Asia and has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Caramoor, Casals, and La Jolla. Solo engagements with orchestras include Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Toulouse, Edmonton Symphony, and the Chambre Orchestra Ile’de France.
Mr. Jee joined the New York Philharmonic in 2013 after previously serving as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Principal Cello of the Grant Park Orchestra. His transcription of the Glazunov Meditation, published by International Music Co., recently won the Music Publisher’s Association’s Paul Revere Award and his transcription of Corelli’s “La Folia” Variations was released in 2013. Upcoming transcriptions include Bach’s Two Part Inventions and Bernard Romberg’s Three Themes of Mozart both for violin and cello.
Mr. Jee holds a B.M. from the Juilliard School and a M.M. from Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He can be heard on the Albany, Urtext, and HM record labels. For more information please visit www.PatrickJee.com.
Praised as a musician of “compelling artistry and power” by the Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde is a multi-faceted artists who enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, artistic administrator, educator, and curator. He has performed in many of the major music centers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to popular and critical acclaim. Since 2014, he has served as the Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival near Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Elizalde has appeared with many of the leading artists of our time. He tours internationally with world-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams, and Anne Manson. He has collaborated with artists such as violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, baritone William Sharp, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets.
Mr. Elizalde is a passionately active educator, having recently served as a Visiting Professor of piano at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has given masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Emory University, Lawrence University, and the Music Institute of Chicago among others.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Elizalde received a bachelor of music degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Hersh. He holds master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald.
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In August of 2008, Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major ensemble. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse. As soloist, he has appeared in the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada under conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, and the late James DePreist. 2015 saw the release of his recording of all three violin concerti of Saint-Saëns with the MSO and Kent Nagano on the Analekta label, garnering a Prix Opus and an ADISQ nomination.
Mr. Wan has served as guest concertmaster for several North American ensembles including the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Houston, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Arts Centre. He frequently enjoys collaborations in chamber music recitals with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Daniil Trifonov, and Menahem Pressler.
Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. Currently on violin faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, he is a founding member of the Juno award-winning New Orford Quartet, director of the Soloists of the MSO for three albums with Analekta, Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival, and Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew Wan performs on a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.
Rapidly gaining recognition, the New Trio has been garnering enthusiastic reviews all over the country. The Washington Post describes them as “Ravishing,” with a “warm subjectivity, intensity, and consciousness,” and the Seattle Times adds, “Aside from individual virtuosity, there was a welcome flexibility and warmth of expression in everything they did.”
Formed in 2004 at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the trio has since gone on to win Grand Prizes at the 2008 Fischoff, 2007 Coleman, and 2007 Plowman Chamber Music Competitions in addition to being the recipient of the Harvard Musical Associations’ Arthur W. Foote Prize, given to the most promising ensemble of 2010.
The New Trio has given performances at prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Jordan Hall as well as being presented by chamber music series and festivals across the country including: The Cleveland Chamber Music Society, The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading (PA), The Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY), The Olympic Music Festival (Quilcene, WA), and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Highlights of the trio include being selected to perform for President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy at the Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City as well as collaborating with violinist Itzhak Perlman at Pro Musica Hebraica’s inaugural concert In Washington D.C. In 2008, the New Trio was awarded the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, which enabled them to bring chamber music to inner-city schools, hospitals, retirement homes, and shelters. The trio continues its commitment to education having given lectures and master classes throughout the Midwest, Pennsylvania, and San Francisco areas.
The New Trio’s members hold artist diplomas and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It has been in residence at the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory where they worked intensely with the Weilerstein Trio, Emanuel Ax, Robert McDonald, Mark Steinberg, Bonnie Hampton, Joseph Kalichstein and Charles Neidich.
Dr. Jennie Congleton holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Music Degree with Honors from The New England Conservatory of Music. She is a retired university professor of fine arts, and after an early retirement has spent several years traveling the world as a presenter on art and music history on luxury cruise ships. She has performed on the viola, violin, and baroque violin as a soloist, in chamber music groups, and as an orchesta member in the United States and Europe. Jennie’s continuing travels, interest in music and history, and sense of humor bring not just information to her audiences, but insight that enhances their artistic experiences.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Nuno Antunes began his music studies at the C.N.R. of Leiria, at the age of 11, continued his education at ANSO (Lisbon), and earned a MM at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with David Krakauer. Mr. Antunes’ appearance in competitions has resulted in several prizes, including the R.D.P. Young Musicians Prize and the Portuguese Young Clarinetist Competition.
Recognized for versatility in different musical styles, Nuno Antunes has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and in various professional orchestras, in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. His love for chamber music led to the creation of The Gene Project, a unique combination of clarinet, bassoon and harp. He is also a founding member of the Ensemble 54 clarinet quartet, and collaborates regularly with several other chamber music groups.
Mr. Antunes had his NYC debut as a soloist in 2007, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in the Musica Bella Concert Series. Invited to give a recital at the XX International Clarinet Conference (Lisbon, Portugal), he was also a soloist with the Orquestra Académica Metropolitana, and with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Antunes is a member of the IRIS orchestra and the Sylvan Winds quintet. He teaches clarinet at the Horace Mann School and is on the faculty for the Killington Summer Music Festival. Currently Mr. Antunes plays on the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof.
“The program succeeded in highlighting new talent…Saeka Matsuyama as a lyrical soloist in the last movement of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto”. – The New York Times
Saeka Matsuyama combines flawless technique with breathtaking artistry to create an inspiring, introspective, and invigorating musical experience. A native of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, the Japanese violinist remains in high demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
She has held recital and orchestra appearances in US, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South America, and Japan. Highlights of Ms. Matsuyama’s past seasons include concerto appearances with the leading orchestras of Japan: Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, among others. In July of 2008, she performed Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto as its Japan premier at Suntory Hall, Tokyo. Her recital appearance at the Philia Hall in Yokohama, Japan has been broadcasted on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
In 2007, she was invited to present at ‘Goodbye Alice’ to commemorate Alice Tully Hall’s renovation, and in 2008, she appeared at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as her Philadelphia Debut, presenting the Brahms Double Concerto. Most recently, Ms. Matsuyama released two CDs with the works of Brahms, Franck, short works, and completed a 6-week recital tour.
The recipient of numerous international competition and audition awards, Ms. Matsuyama’s past accolades include: the S&R Foundation Award in 2007, the Astral Artists 2006 National Auditions, the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Auditions, the 2005 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, 2004 Sendai International Violin Competition, the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 2000 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Competition, the 1999 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, and the 1998 Kobe Newspaper/Matsukata Hall Competition.
Saeka Matsuyama has participated in such internationally-renown summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Accademia Musicale di Siena, the Encore School for Strings, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She also continues to conduct private masterclasses in the United States and Japan.
Saeka Matsuyama started her violin studies at age two. She moved to New York from Japan at the age of nine, at which time she matriculated at Juilliard’s Pre-College program under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She earned a Bachelor, a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Michael Gilbert, Ronald Copes, Donald Weilerstein, and Glenn Dicterow. She served as an Assistant Teacher for Ronald Copes.
Throughout Saeka Matsuyama’s years at the Juilliard School, the conservatory has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.
Theodore Buchholz is the cello professor and head of strings at the University of Arizona. Described by newspaper critics as a “Virtuosic cellist,” he debuted in New York’s Merkin Hall, and this season he will perform as recitalist and chamber musician in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Tokyo, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Utah, Vermont, and Michigan. Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Theodore served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years, and has collaborated in chamber performances with leading ensembles. He is a member of True Concord whose CD recording is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the Cello Forum Editor for the award-winning journal American String Teacher. As a leader in music education, Theodore Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist, teacher, and clinician across the country. He currently serves as President of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona and is the Co-Director of the Tucson Cello Congress. During the summers Dr. Buchholz teaches and performs at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont and the Bay View Festival in Michigan.
Prizewinner of the Aleksander Glazunov International Competition (Paris), Dr. Elena Chernova-Davis has enjoyed a career as soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster in her native Uzbekistan and throughout the United States. After graduating with honors as a full-scholarship student from the Tashkent State Conservatory, she came to the United States to continue her studies with soloist Elmar Oliveira and first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet Shmuel Ashkenasi. She is a recipient of the Irene Alm Memorial Award for excellence in performance and scholarly research and has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Jeffrey Tate to name but a few. Collaborating with various New York ensembles including musicians from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, MET Opera Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony, her recent performing venues include Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, and the New Jersey State Theatre among others. As a passionate and dedicated teacher her philosophy is to guide development and tailor an individual approach to each student that encourages growth, curiosity and motivation. She is currently on the faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
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Hailed as an “Exemplary Leader” by the New York Times for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues in over 50 countries across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and over 30 United States. He is a prizewinner of national and international competitions and has soloed with orchestras around the world.
Daniel Andai is concertmaster, frequent soloist and guest conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO). He was also concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded multiple Billboard rated SONY Classical CD’s, made numerous televised solo appearances and was featured on AeroMexico’s inflight entertainment systems.
He has held concertmaster positions with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Miyazaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, and worked closely with members of major string quartets and symphony, opera and ballet orchestras around the world. He is also Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra.
Daniel Andai is the Dean of Music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Dr. Andai previously was the violin professor and The Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Edinburg and served on faculties at Miami-Dade College and New World School of the Arts. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, the Manhattan School of Music and Lynn University.
Zhi Yi (Emma) Dong, born in Beijing, China P.R.C., currently studies at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, PA. Emma has been playing the violin since the age of four. She took part in the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary in the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014. In the summer 2015, she studied and performed for five weeks at the Killington Music Festival. Emma has studied music theory and composition at Wyoming Seminary, and has written a string quartet which was performed at the school last spring. The same quartet was programmed again at the Killlington Music Festival. Emma has studied with Mr. Xiong Da Jiang and Mr. Hai Yu. She currently studies with Mr. John Michael Vaida.
Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. Born into a musical family, Mr. Phillips began violin studies at age four with his father Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He continued his professional training at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas, and has worked extensively with and served as teaching assistant to Sandor Vegh. As a winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1976, he performed acclaimed debut recitals in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street “Y.” Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with many of the country’s leading symphonies, and appears regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto USA and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. He has toured and recorded in a string quartet (for SONY) with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Daniel Phillips is a founding member of the Orion String Quartet, which tours internationally. They have residencies at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at the Mannes College of Music. Available on CD are the Mendelssohn Octet with the Guarneri String Quartet as well as an all-Dvorak CD with pianist Peter Serkin. A quartet written for them by Wynton Marsalis, called “At the Octoroon Balls” is also available on SONY. The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center presented the Orion Quartet in a cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets in six free concerts in May, 2000 each concert honoring a different children’s arts organization in New York City. They did Beethoven Cycles in Kansas City and Pittsburgh last season, and are doing the cycle this season at Indiana University in Bloomington and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In a year-long project, the quartet performed internationally in a unique collaboration with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Check out the quartet’s website, www.orionquartet.com, for a complete look at its accomplishments and busy touring schedule.
Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello, completed her musical studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, under the tutelage of Professor Susanne Mueller-Hornbach and has undertaken additional studies with Gerhard Mantel, Siegfried Palm, Hubert Buchberger, Ulrich Voss, Menachem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), and Edna Golandsky.
Before moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania, she taught at Justus-Liebig- University, Giessen, and headed the string department for the Buseck Music School while performing regularly both as soloist and chamber musician throughout Germany.
Currently a member of Marywood University’s string faculty, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida teaches applied cello, chamber music and cello methods, as well as all levels of cello instruction in Marywood’s award winning String Project. She also serves as artist-in-residence at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she teaches String Ensemble, music theory and chamber music while maintaining a private cello studio. In addition, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is the artistic director of an annual chamber music festival at Wyoming Seminary. Most recently the festival has featured the music of Arnold Schoenberg (2010), Alfred Schnittke (2011), Dimitri Shostakovich (2012), Ernest Bloch (2013), Bela Bartok (2014), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2015), and Antonin Dvorak (2016). During the summer, she is on the faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is an active free-lance performer with various chamber ensembles and orchestras in the region.
Having given solo and ensemble performances to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries across five continents, Amy Iwazumi enjoys a diverse career as a musician, web developer and graphic designer, and the co-founder and chief of operations of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society.
She has performed in major venues in the United States such as the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theater, and Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Lincoln Center; Harris Hall and the Bayer-Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado; and the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Abroad, she has given performances at notable venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, UK; Salle Cortot in Paris, France; Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Korea; and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. She has also made TV and radio appearances on NPR and CNN in the United States, Viva La Mañana and Tu Mañana in El Salvador, TeleClub in Costa Rica, KBS in South Korea, and NHK Radio in Japan.
She is no stranger as an orchestral musician, serving as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington performing the Brahms First Symphony. She has also served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Opera Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya performing the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ “Heloise and Abelard.”
She has performed at several music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Festival Ljubljana, Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea, Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands, La Jolla Summerfest, Pablo Casals Festival, Salzburg Sommerakademie, and the Taipei International Arts Festival.
Her compositions have also gained recognition, receiving a Special Citation from the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Competition. Her orchestral work, “Thoughts” has been chosen and performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Lincoln Center. Recently, “The Japanese Four Seasons,” an arrangement of four Japanese songs has been commissioned by the Inoue Chamber Ensemble and performed in Brazil to critical acclaim. The work has also been performed at Columbia University as part of their “Nuances of Peace” series.
At age eight she was accepted as a scholarship student to the Juilliard Pre-College Division studying violin with the late Dorothy DeLay and composition with Eric Ewazen. She continued her studies with Ms. DeLay at The Juilliard School receiving her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and studied chamber music with Martin Canin, the late Jacob Lateiner, the late Seymour Lipkin, and Joel Smirnoff.
“This is true talent, a genuine diamond that you so rarely see.”–St. Petersburg Times
An Inca Indian and a native of Peru, pianist Hwaen Ch’uqi is a world-renowned soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, Taiwan, and Japan. His labors have brought him to such venues as Seiji Ozawa Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Knitting Factory, and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is co-founder of several ensembles including Duo Feathers, a piano duo which performs completely from memory; the Florestan Piano Quartet; Blue Ivory, a piano-banjo duo which seeks to fuse elements of genres particular to each instrument; and Johnny Carcrash, a piano-saxophone duo specializing in free improvisation.
Mr. Ch’uqi’s gifts as a composer of the highest order are being increasingly recognized. In 2009, he, in collaboration with five other composer-pianists, was commissioned to produce a second book of Hexameron Variations. The work was a feature of the 2010 conference of the American Liszt Society. In 2011, he was commissioned by Lynnann Wieringa of Notes and Tones Music Studio to produce a suite of pieces with a pedagogical bent, written for piano students at the late intermediate/early advanced level. In March, 2012, he was a finalist at the 17th International Piano Duo Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan. He has completed a massive first piano sonata, several chamber sonatas, a song cycle, suites for solo piano, a cycle of twenty-five preludes for piano, four hands, and a children’s musical.
Mr. Ch’uqi’s published output includes four CD recordings and a growing collection of scores. He is currently authoring a partial autobiography called The Redemption of Hwaen Ch’uqi, and he is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled Coda.
Hwaen Ch’uqi holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Natalya Antonova. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the rare pianists to be three times invited as a fellow to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center; there, he studied with such luminaries as Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher. He was a semifinalist at the Second Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow and was awarded the Special Prize.
It is Mr. Ch’uqi’s fervent prayer that such music as he is privileged to render might serve as a catalyst for wondrous change in the lives of all who hear it.
Violinist and violist John Vaida performs regularly as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He is a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty at Mansfield University and Wilkes University, and Artist-in-Residence at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. During the summers he is on the faculty at the Killington Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, he is the executive director and co-founder of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, an organization dedicated to fostering the growth of chamber music in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.
He has given performances in the United States and Europe, most notably at venues such as Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Tenri Institute in New York City; the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York; the Goodrich Theater in Oneonta, New York; and the Kirby Center for Creative Arts in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous occasions on radio and television including most recently on WVIA FM’s Simply Grand concert series.
Mr. Vaida has collaborated with renowned artists such as Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet, Randolph Kelly of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and violinist Sergiu Schwartz. He has performed as a member of numerous groups and festivals including the Florestan Piano Quartet, the Terrace Piano Quartet, the Eastman Chamber Music Society, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Tangueros De Ley (an Argentinian Tango ensemble), the Killington Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Scranton Bach Festival, the Sunflower Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Waterville Valley Music Festival, and AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria. An advocate of new works, in recent years he has premiered compositions such as Three Little Lights by Baljinder Sekhon and the Viola Sonata no. 2 by Hwaen Ch’uqi, both of which were written for him.
Mr. Vaida’s principal teachers have included Charles Stegeman, Daniel Phillips, and Zvi Zeitlin. He holds a B.M. from Duquesne University and a M.M. degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and has studied chamber music with Randolph Kelly, Jean Barr, Richard Killmer, and members of the Ying Quartet.
Mr. Vaida plays on a violin made in 1974 by celebrated Chicago maker Carl G. Becker.
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career in multiple genres as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad. Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, The Roots, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and fusion band DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has also appeared on occasion with jazz band: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, and Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO series. Mr. Weber has also participated in television and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt. Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber has appeared as an on-screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010), the HBO Miniseries: “Mildred Pierce” (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made performance appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas: Live at Rockefeller Center”, PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his televised conducting debut in 2014, performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey and The Roots. Mr. Weber currently serves as a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music (CPSM) at Queens College (CUNY), the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has served on the faculties of the University of Buffalo Summer Strings Workshop, the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, and the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival at the University of Missouri.
“Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Weber continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In New York, she regularly performs at Bargemusic, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included the InterPlay duo and collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Memling Ensemble. She has performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Paragon Orchestra, and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the United States as principal cello. Her popular engagements have included a performance with Imagine Dragons on Saturday Night Live and Josh Groban at the US Open. Miho has held residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Schleswig-Holstein, and many others. She is the director of the strings and chamber music after school program at NEST+m, a specially gifted and talented public school in New York City and is a chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony. Miho is the founding director of InterPlay Chamber Music, an educational organization with the unique mission to create an inspiring learning environment for chamber musicians of all ages. During the summer, Miho has taught at the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta, Blue Mountain Festival at Franklin and Marshall College, and Point CounterPoint. She is also currently the music director of the Middlebury Community Music Center Chamber Music Workshop, and in the summer on faculty of the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival in residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia.