Rose Armbrust

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Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University.  During her time at The Curtis Institute of Music she held the James and Betty Materese Annual Fellowship. Most notably, Rose was awarded a Performers Certificate at the conclusion of her Masters for  “recognition of her outstanding musical performance”.  Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yung Huang, Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree and Atar Arad.

Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Curtis Chamber Orchestra and the Indiana University’s Chamber Orchestra.  Composer Johnathan Graybill’s  “Viola Concerto”, was written for and premiered by Rose along side the Ball State University Orchestra.   She was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competitions and was a prizewinner at The Fichoff Chamber Music Competition.

As an active chamber musician, Rose has collaborated with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Peter Wiley and the Amernet String Quartet.  Her chamber music performances include concerts at The Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, Music from Angelfire, Zankel Hall, Ravinia’s Steans Institute and The Musica Bella Concert Series. She has been a guest artist at The North Shore Music, Chataqua and the Kingston Chamber Music Festivals and has performed with The Chicago Ensemble, The Jupiter Chamber Players, The Pilgrim Chamber Players,  The Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Rembrandt Chamber Players and the MusicNOW series.   Currently, she is an active member of the International Chamber Artists and can be heard throughout the year on WFMT.

Rose has served as principal violist of The Haddonfield Symphony and as guest principal of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Firebird Chamber Orchestra.  Other orchestral performances include Woodstock Mozart Festival, and the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival in Le Palais, France.  Rose is currently the Principal Violist of Camerata Chicago, Assistant Principal of The Lake Forest Symphony and guest musician with The Promusica Chamber Orchestra (OH).

Rose’s passion is music education.  During her time at Indiana University, she was awarded the merit-based Viola Associate Instructorship.  She has been a guest lecturer at Fort Hays University (KS) , Northern Illinois University, Washington and Lee University (VA) and Florida International University (FL).  She is currently the viola instructor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator and teaches an Introduction to Music History Course.   Because of her love of teaching and chamber music, Rose fills her weekends with coaching chamber music at Midwest Young Artists.

Rose has recorded for Albany Records.  She plays on a 1989 Marten Cornelissen that was borrowed during her time at Curtis and subsequently purchased after she realized she couldn’t live without it.

Sylvia McNair

mcnair-3set-400x168Two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner, SYLVIA McNAIR, lays claim to a three-decade, stellar career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the Ravinia Festival to The Plaza, from the pages of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the London Times and the cover of Cabaret Scenes. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop. She’s retracing her star route now with Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and Bernstein.mcnair-2624-0300x0381

Numerous Pops appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and others continue the reincarnation of her musical gifts in the most remarkable ways with the most rewarding results. A review of her performance with Marvin Hamlisch and the Milwaukee Symphony tells the tale: “…. she is that rare opera type who really gets the popular song. She reined in the vibrato and played to the microphone perfectly. Her matchless enunciation not only delivered the words and their sentiments, but also helped to etch the rhythms. Her wonderfully pure ‘Summertime’, purged of all diva carrying-on, is among the best I’ve ever heard.” Third Coast Digest

mcnair-2544-0300x0427It would be difficult to top Sylvia’s invitations to sing the Bach B-minor Mass with the Vienna Philharmonic for Pope John Paul II at The Vatican and a recital for The U.S. Supreme Court by special request of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But her engagements for nine of the last eleven summers at the Ravinia Festival with Broadway legends John Raitt, George Hearn and Brian Stokes Mitchell are what her dreams are made of. Her Great American Songbook cabaret shows have been heard in New York at the Rainbow Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Savoy Room at Sheldon Hall, The Colony in Palm Beach, Feinstein’s at the Regency, the Aspen Music Festival and the famed Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, which made critic Rex Reed swoon, “I could get used to this kind of ecstasy.”

mcnair-2362-0160x0160Sylvia has left an indelible audio trail documenting her vocal prowess with over 70 recordings ranging from Mozart arias with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields to the music of Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen with pianist Andre Previn. Most recently, Sylvia released a Christmas CD, PEACE, and a disc of Latin American jazz standards called ROMANCE. PEACE sold out its first run in a matter of weeks. ROMANCE received a rave review from Fanfare Magazine’s Lynn Rene Bayley: “…. here the record is, and it’s fabulous. In fact, it’s the biggest surprise of its kind I’ve encountered since Diana Ross’s live album of Billie Holiday standards.”If you are planning on buying or want to learn about Phentermine from UK have a look at this Phentermine website to buy Phentermine online or offline from United Kingdom.

mcnair-2544-dah-0400x0158A proud Buckeye from Mansfield, Ohio, Sylvia earned a Masters degree with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, received honorary doctorates from Westminster College (1997) and Indiana University (1998), the Ohio Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment (1999) and the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award (2011). In 2007, Sylvia received the Gaudium Award from The Breukelein Institute for “extraordinary and distinctive contributions to the arts and public life.”

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Emily Frederick

emily-frederick-160x160Emily Frederick, age 16, began her piano career at seven years old. Today, she attends school at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire where she is a sophomore honors student. She currently studies with international concert pianist Lyudmila Lakisova.

Emily has competed in the Fox River Academy of Music and Arts Young Artists Piano Competition and the annual Granquist Music Competition where she won top prizes, and took second place in the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association Roberta Salver Piano Competition where she competed in the most advanced level. Emily recently took third place in the Chopin Youth Piano Competition in Milwaukee. She was placed as a finalist in the New Music School of Chicago Young Artists Competition, and was later invited to attend a selective three day camp held by The New Music School where she studied with Mary Sauer, Principal Pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also studied with Dr. Pawel Checinski, internationally renowned Steinway artist, Dr. Shiho Saito, Director of the Lindeblad School of Music, Hugh Sung, collaborative pianist from Curtis School of Music, and international pianist Sveltlana Smolina. Emily has participated in numerous master classes with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and the Music Institute of Chicago, as well as many others. She is also a part of the Midwest Young Artists intensive chamber program.

Emily accompanied on harpsichord, the Pre-College Baroque Festival Orchestra, playing Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto in D Major directed by Drostan Hall. She continues to study with Drostan Hall as a supplement to her solo piano.

Ellen Maloney

ellen-maloney-4-300Ellen Maloney is Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

Ellen Maloney is 15 years old and has been studying the violin for 6 Years. She is a Sophomore at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. In Addition to her current position as Concertmaster for Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra, she is also a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, CYSO Chamber Music Program, Glenbard West Orchestra and Glenbard West String Quartet.

Ellen spent several years as a member of the Hall School of Music Training Orchestra and Baroque Festival Orchestra. She was also a member of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra program where she was also a member of their Chamber Music Institute.

Ellen was honored as the Co-Winner of the 2012-13 EYSO Philharmonia Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. In the last 2 years she has also received First Place in the Olympic Division of the Granquist Music Competition.

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Ellen also enjoyed participating in the Illinois Music Educator’s Association District 9 Honors Orchestra and also the 2014 Glenbard West’s Honors Recital. Other memorable highlights have been performing on WFMT Radio in The Hall School of Music’s Baroque Festival Orchestra, as well as Masterclasses with Elena Urioste and Grammy nominated violinist, Caroline Goulding.

Ellen studies violin with Drostan Hall, Music Director and Conductor of Camerata Chicago and President of the Hall School of Music in Wheaton. She also works in collaboration with pianist, Sooka Wang of LaGrange.

Marc Johnson

Camerata Chicago mourns the passing of Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson, 1947 – 2014

All at Camerata Chicago are deeply saddened by the passing of Marc Johnson, former cellist of the Vermeer String Quartet. Marc performed the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto with us in 2008, bringing a new and fresh interpretation in what was regarded as a wonderful series of concerts. Camerata Chicago and Drostan Hall, its Music Director, works closely with the Vermeer String Quartet’s members, particularly Mathias Tacke, our great concertmaster and Shmuel Ashkenasi who has for a long time been our world-renowned Artistic Advisor. Our thoughts are with these true friends at this time. Marc was kind and generous and brought the highest quality of playing to our concerts. Camerata Chicago extends it condolences to Marc’s family and wishes them peace at this sad time. Marc will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Also See:

Marc Johnson Obituary

Marc Johnson, Professor, School of Music, Boston University

Vermeer Quartet, Naxos Classical Music

Arts Journal Obituary by Norman Lebrecht

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The flyer for February 2008 Concert

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Mathias Tacke, concert master

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Mathias Tacke was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University.

Mathias Tacke was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008.He will undertake his new position beginning in the fall of 2008.

With the Vermeer Quartet Mathias Tacke gave performances in practically all of the most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, South Bank, Lucerne, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and Edinburgh, to name a few. Three of the Vermeer Quartet recordings were nominated for the Grammy Award.

Mathias Tacke appears internationally as a soloist and chamber player, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to music of our time.

A native of Germany, Mathias Tacke studied with Ernst Mayer-Schierning in Detmold, Germany, with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London, and with Sandor Vegh in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He won first prize in the German National Youth Competition and graduated from the Musikakademie Detmold, where he was later appointed to the faculty.

From 1983-1992 Mr.Tacke was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, one of the most important professional groups specializing in the performance of contemporary music. In this capacity he gave countless first performances, including works by most of today’s leading composers. He has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM. Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Cedille.

Aurélien Pétillot

Aurelien Petillot, Principal Viola

Violist Aurélien Pétillot has garnered much esteem as a versatile and engaging performer and pedagogue. He has been invited as a guest artist and soloist by many ensembles and orchestras, in Europe and North America, both on Baroque and modern violas.

A passionate chamber musician, and an ardent advocate of music by living composers, he is a founding member of the Chiaroscuro Trio, whose debut CD of world premiere recordings of contemporary American works for voice, viola, and piano was released by Albany Records in the summer of 2013. In a review of the CD, Fanfare Magazine commended his “rich, beautiful tone that would be the envy of many a chamber or solo violist today.” He has played with the Cavani String Quartet, members of the Azmari, Mirò, and Tosca String Quartets, and toured with The Young Eight, the only professional String Octet in America. He is also the founder and artistic director of Viola By Choice, a non-profit chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting the originality, versatility and importance of the viola and its repertoire. Viola By Choice received the 2009 Austin Table Critics Award for “Best body of work”, and was praised for “offering smart and alluring programs that feed the brain and the soul – and do so with polished, enthusiastic musicianship.” Viola by Choice released its CD, Florilegium in 2010.

Aurélien Pétillot holds a Bachelor’s in musicology and performance from the Paris-Sorbonne University, a Master’s from the Mannes College of Music, in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers, Jean-Claude Bouveresse, Alexander Brussilovsky, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Caroline Levine, and Roger Myers, are heirs of an impressive lineage of pedagogues and performers that traces all the way back to Vivaldi and Corelli.

Currently, Dr. Pétillot is lecturer of viola and theory at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, principal violist with the Camerata Chicago, co-principal violist of the Lacrosse Symphony, and conductor of the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was the music director of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, the viola and music history faculty at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a faculty artist with the Austin Chamber Music Center, and the viola faculty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also played regularly with the Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Victoria symphony orchestras, as well as the Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin. His lecture/recital entitled Death Symbolism as Creative Hallmark in Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, based on his doctoral thesis, has been presented in various universities in America as part of the commemorations celebrating the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth. Other lectures have dealt with humor in music, the inter-relationships between the arts, and of course, the viola. A review by the Austin American Statesman of a concert of viola works inspired by colors reads: “The concert epitomizes the kind of eclectic, inclusive, lively programming that Pétillot promotes. Dialogue with other musicians, collaboration with other art forms, supporting the emerging composers of his own generation, digging through archives to find the forgotten gems of the viola repertoire— these are things that ignite Pétillot.”

Drostan Hall Biography (French)

Drostan Hall, directeur musical

Drostan Hall, directeur musical

Drostan Hall, directeur musical et fondateur de la Camerata Chicago, est diplômé du Royal Northern College of Music de Manchester, en Angleterre, où il étudia le violon avec Yossi Zivoni, et de la Northern Illinois University, où il étudia avec des membres du quatuor à cordes Vermeer, dont Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pierre Menard et Mathias Tacke.

Drostan commença le violon à 4 ans et, à 12 ans, il reçut la bourse musicale Martin pour continuer ses études avec Frederick Grinke. Un an plus tard, il fut sélectionné pour participer au premier concours international de violon Yehudi Menuhin. L’Aldeburgh Foundation invita Drostan à participer à ses master classes de renommée mondiale à l’école Britten-Pears de perfectionnement des études musicales, où il étudia auprès de Ruggiero Ricci et de Norbert Brianin. Drostan, âgé de 14 ans, était le plus jeune violoniste à avoir jamais participé à ces master classes. En 1995, Drostan fit une tournée en Allemagne avec l’Internationale Junge Orchestraakademie, au cours de laquelle il joua le concerto de Bruch. En collaboration avec la pianiste Lyudmila Lakisova, il donna avec succès de nombreux récitals à Chicago et à la station de radio WFMT de Chicago. En 2001, il produisit un CD éducatif pour les enfants sous le label DMD Classics, Ferdinand & Friends, qui figura bientôt dans nombre de catalogues d’ouvrages pédagogiques et devint un best-seller. En 2003, il fit une tournée au Royaume-Uni.

Drostan Hall, Director of Camerata Chicago

Drostan Hall, directeur musical

Drostan fit ses débuts de chef d’orchestre en 2003, quand il fut invité à diriger le Messie de Händel dans une église de Chicago. C’est en travaillant la partition de cette œuvre qu’il décida de fonder la Camerata Chicago. Devenu son directeur musical, il collabora avec des artistes de renom tels que Wendy Warner, Peter Van De Graaf et Michelle Arezaga, Suzanne Hou et Caroline Goulding.

Caroline Goulding, Internationally Acclaimed Violinist

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Drostan entretient une relation particulièrement étroite avec le prestigieux quatuor Vermeer, et sa collaboration avec le premier violon du quatuor, Shmuel Ashkenasi, a produit l’enregistrement du 5e concerto de Mozart. En 2006, M. Ashkenasi devint conseiller artistique de la Camerata Chicago. En 2008, Drostan eut le bonheur de nommer Mathias Tacke, second violon du quatuor, au poste de premier violon solo, et il a depuis enregistré avec lui des concertos de Bach. Le violoncelliste Mark Johnson joua en solo avec Drostan en 2008. Aux États-Unis, Drostan fut chef d’orchestre dans de célèbres festivals tels que l’Utah Music Festival et le Woodstock Mozart Festival; en décembre 2011, il fut invité à diriger l’orchestre symphonique de Lacrosse, dans le Wisconsin.

Son travail avec la Camerata Chicago s’avéra très productif, donnant lieu à de nombreuses retransmissions en direct à la radio WFMT de Chicago et à la sortie de CDs chez Centaur et DMD Classics. En tant que directeur musical de la Camerata Chicago, il s’est produit à l’Art Institute de Chicago, au Harris Theater, au Chicago Cultural Center, à la Northeastern Illinois University, à la North Park University, à la College Church et à l’église catholique St. Michael de Wheaton. Drostan collabora avec Michelle Areyzaga pour diriger la première mondiale de Tenderness Songs de Gwyneth Walker.

Camerata Chicago rehearsing at Smetanova Litomyšl.

Camerata Chicago rehearsing at Smetanova Litomyšl.

2013 verra le chef Hall, la Camerata Chicago et la violoncelliste Wendy Warner en soliste entreprendre une grande tournée européenne, qui les amènera à jouer dans de nombreuses capitales un répertoire comptant en particulier une œuvre commandée spécialement au compositeur Mischa Zupko. Un enregistrement de concertos de Haydn et Myslivicek, avec Wendy Warner en soliste, verra aussi le jour chez Cedille Records.

Fondée en 2003 par le chef Drostan Hall, la Camerata Chicago est un orchestre de chambre aussi à l’aise dans le cadre intime d’une demeure privée que dans de grandes salles de concert. Son répertoire forme un riche éventail d’œuvres de musique de chambre, qui inclut des œuvres spécialement écrites pour elle. Solidement établie comme un orchestre de chambre de renom, les concerts de la Camerata Chicago sont souvent retransmis par la station de radio culturelle de Chicago, WFMT. Elle est également accueillie dans des salles telles que l’Art Institute de Chicago, le Harris Theater, le Chicago Cultural Center, la Northeastern Illinois University, la Cathédrale St. James, la North Park University, La College Church et l’église catholique St. Michael, à Wheaton dans l’Illinois. Moins d’un an après ses débuts, l’ensemble s’est vu offrir son premier contrat d’enregistrement chez Centaur Records, pour des œuvres de Stamitz.

L’orchestre a eu le plaisir de collaborer avec des artistes de renom tels que Wendy Warner, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Peter Van De Graaf, Michelle Arezaga et Caroline Goulding. La Camerata Chicago est particulièrement proche du quatuor à cordes Vermeer, de renommée internationale, et elle collabore avec le premier violon de ce quatuor, Shmuel Ashkenasi, qui a joué et enregistré le 5e concerto de Mozart avec elle.

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Drostan Hall et Mathias Tacke

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Shmuel Ashkenasi

En 2006, M. Ashkenasi est devenu conseiller artistique de la Camerata. En 2008, Mathias Tacke, second violon du quatuor Vermeer, en a été nommé premier violon solo. Depuis, il a joué et enregistré avec la Camerata Chicago des concertos de Bach. Et c’est aussi en compagnie de la Camerata que le violoncelliste du quatuor Vermeer, Marc Johnson, a interprété en 2008 le concerto de Haydn en Ré majeur.

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CDEn novembre 2012, la Camerata Chicago a enregistré des concertos pour violoncelle de Haydn et Myslivecek avec Wendy Warner, pour Cedille Records, une compagnie de Chicago à la renommée mondiale. En 2013, la Camerata Chicago, sous la direction de Drostan Hall, va entreprendre une grande tournée européenne, avec des concerts dans les capitales au passé musical prestigieux. La concertiste internationale Wendy Warner, native de Chicago, se joindra à l’orchestre en tant que soliste. La Camerata Chicago a demandé au compositeur Mischa Zupko, de Chicago lui aussi, d’écrire une œuvre tout spécialement pour cette tournée. Elle sera jouée en première à Chicago peu avant le départ de l’orchestre pour l’Europe.

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Bartholomew Hall

bartholomewhall-blackhat-9-500x734Bartholomew Hall was born in Grenoble, France and started playing the piano from the ages of 2 because his father, Graeme, sat him down on the piano stool as soon his fingers could be consciously moved, teaching him Twinkle (Twinkle Little Star). Playing the works of other composers never quite fully satisfied, and so he began composing at the age of 9, developing an unique, free and highly rythmic jazz style of his own. His musical heritage includes Isaac Nathan, the “Father of Australian Music,” who worked closely with Lord Byron, and is often credited with having written the tune to “Walzing Matilda.” He was the first to write down Australian Aboriginal music. Bartholomew composed some of his music, such as RainStorm, in the home of his uncle, the orchestral conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. Bartholomew is Operations Director of Camerata Chicago. He retains his Australian citizenship.

Wendy Warner

Wendy Warner, cello

Wendy Warner has become one of the world’s leading cellists. In May, 2010, The New York Times reported “Warner’s expressive playing and glowing tone were everywhere a pleasure.” The Chicago Tribune wrote, “If there was a truly prodigious performance during the evening, this was it,” while Strings has hailed her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique.” As jury member Frans Helmerson told The New York Times when Warner won first-prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, “she’s unbelievable.”

Audiences have watched Warner perform on prestigious stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, and Berlin’s Philharmonie. She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López-Cobos, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Neeme Järvi, Drostan Hall and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Wendy-1webHer 2010-2011 season began with the August 31 release of her first duo recording with pianist Irina Nuzova. Titled Russian Music for Cello & Piano, the Cedille Records collection of romantic works features Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor, and thefirst time the rarely-performed Sonata in A minor by Nikolai Miaskovsky has been recorded by an American on American soil. Also included are works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke, and Alexander Scriabin.

This season, Warner is the featured soloist for concerto engagements with the Fox Valley, Lake Forest, University of South Carolina, Millikin-Decatur, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. Warner, Rachel Barton Pine, Soojin Ahn, and Michael Larco will take part in a chamber music concert presented by the Norton Concert Series in Chicago. She will also play with the Boston Artists Ensemble, The Schwob Chamber Music faculty concert, and the Jupiter Players in New York City.

Recently Warner made her debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall performing unknownworks by Beethoven. which she has also recorded. Warner’s past North American engagements have included performances with the Chicago, Boston, Dallas, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Montreal, New Mexico, Omaha, Nashville, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras. Around the world she has performed with the London Symphony (Barbican Center), Berlin Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, and L’Orchestre de Paris, with which she performed the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Semyon Bychkov conducting. Warner has played with the European Soloists of Luxembourg at Frankfurt’s Alter Oper, and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. She has toured Japan as a soloist with NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic.

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Wendy has enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Camerata Chicago, making her debut with the orchestra in November of 2010 and subsequently recording Haydn and Myslivecek cello concerti with them on the Cedille Label. The album will travel with Wendy and Camerata Chicago on a tour of six concerts to Europe this June when she will perform Haydn’s cello concerto in D major.

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD

The child of professional musicians and the granddaughter of composer Philip Warner whose symphony premiered with the NBC Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting, Warner began studying piano at the age of four and began studying the cello at age six,under the tutelage of Nell Novak. At age 14 she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcast on WTTW-TV. She continued her studies with Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute from which she graduated. Her career took an auspicious turn in 1990 when she made her Washington D.C. debut with the National Symphony playing Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. In 1991, she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Schumann Concerto conducted by Rostropovich. She wasre-engaged to appear with the NSO on a North American tour in 1991. Under Rostropovich’s baton, she performed with the Bamberg Symphony for a 1991 European tour, making her debuts in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Köln, Düsseldorf and Berlin. “He made the Prokofiev Symphonia Concertante and Shostakovich No. 1 fit like a glove. He challenged me to new heights and made me feel that I had no limitations,” recalls Warner.

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Warner’s discography includes Plays Popper and Piatigorsky; Double Play: Twentieth Century Duos for Violin and Cello with Rachel Barton Pine, (all on the Cedille label); Hindemith’s Music for Cello & Piano for Bridge Records and the critically acclaimed Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 , featuring Barber’s Cello Concerto, with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, released by Naxos. The summer of 2013 will see the much anticipated release of Haydn and Myslivecek celli concerti on the Cedille Label with Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.

Warner performs on a Joseph Gagliano cello and a Carl Becker cello. Her bow is by Francoix Xavier Tourte of Paris, c. 1815, the “De Lamare,” on extended loan through the generous efforts of a patron from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. Passionate about cooking and Paris, Warner is the guardian of two cats, Antoine and Carina.

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Wendy Warner Biography (French)

artist-wendywarner400x400Wendy Warner, saluée par le magazine Strings pour son « jeu jeune et ample, sa présence naturelle sur scène et une technique presque effrayante », est devenue une des plus grandes violoncellistes au monde. Depuis qu’elle a attiré l’attention en remportant le quatrième concours international Rostropovich à Paris, en 1990, le public a pu l’écouter sur des scènes prestigieuses telles que le Carnegie Hall de New York, le Symphony Hall de Boston, le Walt Disney Hall de Los Angeles, la Salle Pleyel à Paris et la Philharmonie de Berlin.

Wendy a joué sous la baguette de grands chefs tels que Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, André Prévin, Drostan Hall, Jesús López-Cobos, Joel Smirnoff, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Neeme Järvi et Michael Tilson Thomas. Elle a récemment été accompagnée par les orchestres symphoniques de Santa Barbara, de Détroit, du Colorado et du New World, par le St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, la Camerata Chicago et le St. Petersburg Philharmonic, l’orchestre symphonique du Québec et le Calgary Philharmonic. D’autres concerts l’ont aussi amenée à collaborer avec les orchestres symphoniques de Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Caroline du Nord Jacksonville, Montréal, Nouveau-Mexique, Omaha, Nashville et San Francisco, ainsi qu’avec les orchestres du Minnesota et de Philadelphie.

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Ailleurs dans le monde, elle a joué avec le London Symphony (au Barbican Center), le Berliner Philharmoniker, le Hong Kong Philharmonic, l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, l’Iceland Symphony, L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse et l’Orchestre de Paris, avec lequel elle a interprété le Double Concerto de Brahms en compagnie de la violoniste Anne-Sophie Mutter, sous la direction de Semyon Bychkov. Les temps forts de la saison 2008-2009 ont conduit Wendy en Afrique du Sud avec l’orchestre philharmonique de Cape Town et à Chicago pour la première d’un trio de Beethoven. Cette saison, elle assurera des concerts avec le Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, le Cape Cod Symphony, l’Evanston Symphony, le Valdosta Symphony (Géorgie) et la Santa Fe Concert Association pour le concerto de Barber en compagnie de membres des orchestres symphoniques du Nouveau-Mexique et de Santa Fe.

Wendy3ColorAwebPassionnée de musique de chambre, Wendy Warner a collaboré avec les quatuors Vermeer et Fine Arts, et avec le grand violoniste Gidon Kremer. Elle a assuré des récitals au Music Institute du Nichols Hall de Chicago, à la Phillips Collection de Washington, à l’Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum de Boston ainsi que dans des salles de Milan et Tokyo. On l’a invitée à donner un récital et à jouer avec orchestre pour la célébration du 70e anniversaire de la naissance de Mstislav Rostropovitch à Kronberg, en Allemagne, et elle a interprété le concerto pour deux violoncelles de Vivaldi, à Reims, en France, avec Rostropovitch. Elle a aussi participé au festival Pro-Musica d’El Paso, au Festival de Musique de Grand Teton et au Beethoven Easter Festival de Penderecki à Cracovie.

Cedille Records Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CDWendy Warner a amorcé sa carrière musicale à l’âge de six ans sous l’égide de Nell Novak, jusqu’à ce qu’elle parte étudier avec Mstislav Rostropovitch au Curtis Institute, dont elle est diplômée. Elle fit ses débuts à New York avec le National Symphony Orchestra dirigé par Mstislav Rostropovitch en octobre 1990, concert au cours duquel elle interpréta le premier concerto pour violoncelle de Chostakovitch. Elle fut immédiatement engagée par ce même orchestre pour une tournée en 1991. La même année, elle joua aussi en soliste pendant la tournée européenne de l’Orchestre symphonique de Bamberg, toujours sous la direction de Rostropovitch. Elle fit ainsi ses débuts à Francfort, Stuttgart, Cologne, Düsseldorf et Berlin. De là, elle passa à d’importantes salles de concert dans le monde entier et collabora avec les Solistes européens du Luxembourg à l’Alter Oper de Francfort ainsi qu’avec l’Orchestre national Bordeaux-Aquitaine. En tant que soliste, elle a fait des tournées au Japon avec l’Orchestre symphonique de la NHK et la Philharmonie du Japon. En 2009-2010, Wendy Warner a sorti trois nouveaux CDs pour Cedille – des sonates de Popper, Piatigorsky, Rachmaninov et Miaskovsky, ainsi que des trios avec piano inconnus de Beethoven, dont une première mondiale. Ses enregistrements plus anciens comptent la série complète des œuvres de musique de chambre pour violoncelle de Hindemith, chez Bridge Records, et un disque de duos du XXe siècle pour violon et violoncelle en compagnie de Rachel Barton Pine, chez Cedille Records. La critique a salué le CD dans lequel Wendy Warner interprète le concerto pour violoncelle de Samuel Barber avec Marin Alsop et le Royal Scottish National Orchestra, diffusé par Naxos.

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Mischa Zupko, composer

Mischa Zupko, composer

Celebrated Chicago-based composer Mischa Zupko writes music that is emotionally charged, viscerally engaging and continually seeks to involve participation on a variety of levels. Having collaborated with a number of today’s most exciting performers, he has created a body of work that is intensely virtuosic and speaks with clarity of vision. In the words of New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini, Zupko’s Five Etudes for Piano were “Liszt-like in their florid generosity” and the L.A. Times has hailed his compositions as “engaging”. He was the 2010-2011 composer-in-residence with the Fulcrum Point New Music Project based in Chicago and was featured in a cover story of the Chicago Reader for his compositional activities in the Chicagoland area. He currently serves as the director of Beethoven Today, the modern music series of the International Beethoven Project’s widely acclaimed Beethoven Festival.

Mr. Zupko’s works have been championed, commissioned and premiered by leading U.S. orchestras and chamber groups including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, American Modern Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Corigliano Quartet, Lincoln Trio and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as members of the Kronos, Vermeer and Pacifica Quartets.

Mischa Zupko, ComposerMr. Zupko’s commissions include those from the Minnesota Orchestra the Pacific Symphony, Camerata Chicago chamber orchestra, The Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the St. Olaf Band, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, the Music Institute of Chicago and the New York Youth Symphony. He is also a recipient of grants from the Fromm Foundation and the Barlow Endowment. An avid proponent of virtuosity, Zupko has collaborated closely with such intrepid soloists as cellists Jeffrey Ziegler and Nicholas Photinos, trumpeter Stephen Burns, pianists Winston Choi and Lori Simms, saxophonists Timothy McAllister and Fred Hemke, flutist Thomas Robertello, harpist Maria Luisa Rayan, and organists David Schrader and Doug Cleveland.

Mr. Zupko’s numerous awards include first place in the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s ‘American Composer’s Competition’, first place in the Loudon Symphony’s American Composer Competition, the Lee Ettelson Composers Award from Composers Inc., co-winner of the USA International Harp Competition Composition Contest, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards including the first prize Kaplan Award, the ‘First Music’ award from the New York Youth Symphony, the Jacob Druckman prize from the Aspen Music Festival and finalist in the Rome Prize Competition. In addition, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Goldberg”, a collective commissioning project from the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival to which Zupko contributed his “Ghost Variation”, was selected by the International Piano Awards as the 2007 winner in the Best Sheet Music – New Work Category.

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Performances of Zupko’s works have been featured at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, The Harris Theater of Music and Dance in Chicago, Ravinia, Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall, Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Moscow Conservatory, the Dame Myra Hess Series, the American Modern Ensemble concert series, Barge Music, Keys to the Future, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and have also been included in live broadcasts on KMZT (Los Angeles), WFMT (Chicago) and WCLV (Cleveland). Included among his live broadcasts are featured performances on Make Music Chicago, the daylong music festival modeled on Paris’s Fete de la Musique. In addition, his works have been performed in numerous solo instrumental competitions, including the USA International Harp Competition, the Israel International Harp Competition and the Gaudeamus Interpreter’s Competition. Several of Mr. Zupko’s works have been recorded and are available on the Crystal, Innova, American Modern Recordings and ENF labels.

An accomplished pianist, Zupko has performed in numerous venues playing his own works as well as the works of his colleagues and more standard literature. Citing a performance of his work “Shunt” for piano and electronics, Chicago Classical Review declared his performance “powerful” having “matched the electronics beat for beat in an episodic composition that fused science-fiction scoring with all kinds of electronic effects.” Other performances include those with the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, violinist Mathias Tacke of the former Vermeer Quartet and members of the Lincoln Trio and Eighth Blackbird on the International Beethoven Project’s Beethoven Festival 2012: Revolution.

A dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Zupko serves as the composer-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and has held teaching positions at DePaul University and Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. He resides in Chicago with his wife, Minkyoo and son, Leo.