Kalistos Chamber Orchestra

updated 10.28.2003
Performers Bio 

Members of Kalistos Chamber Orchestra
Sasha Callahan, violin [founding member]
sasha.jpg A native of Portland, OR, Ms. Callahan received her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Rice University and her Masters of Music from Boston University. Her principal teachers include Lucia Lin, Sergiu Luca, Denes Zsigmondy, and Carol Sindell. As part of a west coast concert tour as the Corbett Duo, Ms. Callahan was featured with cellist Sara Stalnaker on Lewis and Clark College 2002 Emerging Artists series.  She has performed with the Corigliano Quartet in concerts and broadcasts in Minneapolis, Chicago, Utah, Indiana, Michigan, and Iowa and has been featured on recitals at the Mozarteum in Austria, the Leopold Auer Academy in Hungary, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC and additional solo and duo recitals in NY, San Jose, Portland, Houston and Seattle, as well as across New England.  In 2002 Ms. Callahan attended the Tanglewood Music Center as the Edward G. Shufro fellow, and was further recognized with the David Gritz Award.  She can also be heard as a member of the Portland, Indian Hill and Hingham Symphonies and with New Music Ensemble Boston, the Cantata Singers and the Hingham Symphony Chamber Players. In addition to an active performing schedule, Ms. Callahan also teaches violin and chamber music at the Brookline Music School.

Leo Eguchi, cello [founding member]

leo.jpg A native of Michigan, Mr. Eguchi began his cello studies at the age of twelve with Eva Ell and Louis Potter Jr. He recieved degrees with honors in Physics and Cello Performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied with Anthony Elliott. He recently completed his Masters degree at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where he studyed under George Neikrug. Leo has performed in masterclasses for such cellists as Janos Starker, David Soyer, Stephen Kates, Ron Leonard and David Gaber, and worked first hand with composers William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, George Crumb and Michael Daugherty. Mr. Eguchi is active in the Boston area as an orchestral and chamber musician, recitalist and teacher.

Andrew Eng, violin [founding member]

Andrew's pictureBorn and raised in Canada, Andrew Eng has emerged as a multi-faceted concert artist, performing with many orchestras including the Toronto Symphony.  Andrew's enthusiasm for chamber music reflects his natural passion for collaboration, and he has worked with musicians such as Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, Jaime Loredo, Victor Rosenbaum, Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Emmanuel Borok, Regis Pasquier, Peter Slowik, and members of the Penderecki, St. Lawrence, Mendelssohn, Orion, Brentano, Emerson and Juilliard string quartets.  In 1998 Andrew received the A.R.C.T. Performer's Diploma, achieving Honors with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.   In May 2003, Andrew completed his undergraduate diploma at the Longy School of Music.   He continues to attend Longy, working towards a Master's degree in Modern American Music, studying Jazz violin and viola with Peter Cassino.  Mr. Eng has studied with many violin teachers, including Zvi Zeitlin, Charles Castleman, and Laura Bossert, whom he continues to study with at Longy.   Andrew has spent time studying and performing at festivals such as the Orford Arts Center, Le Domaine Forget, Killington Music Festival, The Spoletto Festival, Lyricafest, Quartetfest, and the Quartet Program to name a few.   In 2002, he was involved in the creation process of a music festival where "culture meets agriculture".   Symphony in the Barn situated on a farm in Grey County Ontario had a second successful season this past summer. Andrew, as a member of the York String Quartet, has given many fine performances across Canada.   In addition to Andrew's work with chamber ensembles, he enjoys working with composers, performing many works from the twentieth and twenty-first Century.  In his free time, Mr. Eng composes various works for many combinations of ensembles.  His other pursuits include playing Baroque violin or viola, as well as improvising, and playing hockey.

Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor [founding member]
Chris' Picture was born in Seoul, South Korea. He has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan.  He has also been a student of Gerhard Markson at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  He is currently studying with Joe Gifford, a gifted conducting teacher in the Boston area.  In the fall of 2004 he will start his new position of director of Orchestras at Cornell University, where he will conduct the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra and guest conduct Ensemble X.
  As a proponent of new music Chris founded Brave New Works, a new music group based in Ann Arbor, MI. With BNW, he recently led a 10-day residency at Tufts University in May of 2004.  Brave New Works was a featured ensemble in resident at the New Music festival in Bowling Green University during October 2003 along with the Takac String Quartet.  Chris has collaborated with numerous New music ensemble such as the Boston based Firebird Ensemble and the BT Ensemble at the St Magnus festsival in Scotland.

Adda Kridler, violin [founding member]
Adda's PictureAs an active solo and chamber musician, Ms. Kridler has been performing extensively since she began the violin at the age of three. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Harvard University, and is currently pursuing a master's of music at the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include James Buswell, Gregory Fulkerson and Roland and Almita Vamos, and she has studied chamber music with many world?renowned musicians including Robert Levin, Daniel Stepner, Robert MacDonald and members of the Takacs and Chicago string quartets. She has played solo recitals in Boston, Oberlin and her native Coshocton, Ohio, and also played on a recital with Laurence Lesser in NEC's Jordan Hall. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Kridler is a member of theCallithumpian Consort at NEC and has also performed with NEC's
Contemporary Ensemble.

Bradley Ottesen, viola [founding member]
began his musical life at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa city, IA, studying for 11 years with William Preucil, Sr.  He attended Northwestern University where he studied with Peter Slowik.  He holds a Master's degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with James Dunham.  He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons.  During the summer he participated in Madeline Island Chamber Music, Musicorda String Program, and the International Music Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine.  In 2002, he received a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center.  He currently lives, teaches and performs in the Boston area.

Brian Perry, bass [founding member]
Brian's pic
Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brian Perry began playing the double bass at age 12 through the Putnam City public school strings program. After winning the grand prize in the Buttram String Competition, he went on to study with renowned bassist and pedagogue Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas, Brian was a winner in the 2002 U.N.T. Concerto Competition and received many awards including Best Undergraduate String Student 2001. Brian has participated in the Eastern, Kent/Blossom, and Pacific Music Festivals as well as the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute.  Most recently, Brian was accepted as a fellow at the 2002 Tanglewood Music Center.  Before coming to Boston in August 2002, Brian was a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and perf! ormed with many other leading Dallas/Ft. Worth area orchestras including the Ft. Worth Symphony, Richardson Symphony and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.  In addition, he has performed with both the Cleveland and Boston Symphony Orchestras.  Brian is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in double bass performance at Boston University as a student of Edwin Barker. 

Dimitar Petkov, viola [founding member]
dimitar.jpgA Bulgarian violist, Dimitar Petkov moved to Boston from Miami, Florida. He has performed recital and chamber music in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States. Mr. Petkov has served as principal viola with the Southwest Florida Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, and the Bulgarian State Academy Orchestra. Mr. Petkov was first-prize winner in the Bulgarian National Music Competition, and second-prize winner in both the Bulgarian National Music Competition and the Longy School of Music Concerto Competition. In 2002, he graduated from the Longy School of Music with an artist’s diploma. Currently, Mr. Petkov performs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and serves as principal viola of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a faculty member of the Power Music School and the Weston public school.

Nikola Takov, violin [founding member]
A Native of Sofia , Bulgaria, Mr. Takov began playing violin at the age of five. He received his Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Louisiana State University and his Masters of Music from Boston University. His principle teachers include Yuri Mazurkevich, Kevork Mardrossian, Dora Ivanova, and Elmar Oliviera. Mr. Takov has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Nikola Takov has won competitions and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in Europe and the United States, as well as performing in numerous master classes including those held by David Cerone, Joseph Silverstein, Camila Wicks, Sergiu Luca, and Charles Castleman. Mr. Takov currently performs with the Portland Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indian Hill Symphony.

Viktoria Tchertchian, violin [founding member]

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Ms. Tchertchian began playing violin at the age of five. She received her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Lousiana State University in 2001 and is currently completing a Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music. Her principle teachers include Laura Bossert, Kevork Mardirossian, James Alexander and Dora Ivanova. Ms. Tchertchian has participated in festivals including the Round Top International Music Festival, the Lyrica International Chamber Music Festival, and the Heber Springs Chamber Music Festival. She was a featured soloist with the Plovdiv National Catholic Choir in performances in France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and the Czech Republic. Ms. Tchertchian’s orchestral experience includes positions in the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana State Symphony, and the Plovdiv Philharmonic, and she currently performs with the Indian Hill Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony, and the Plymouth Symphony.

Kalistos Alumni members
Yi Ching Fedkenheuer, violin [founding member][on leave]

Ms. Fedkenheuer hails from sunny Southern California, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers include Peter Salaff, David Russell, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Charles Stegeman. Ms. Fedkenheuer has worked with artists such as Martha Strongin-Katz, Paul Katz, Anne Epperson, and members of the Cavani, Ying, and Miami String Quartets.Active in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings, she has appeared in concert in New York City, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Houston, Cleveland, and throughout Taiwan and Italy. She also maintains a private teaching studio and is currently on faculty at Powers Music School. Locally, Ms.Fedkenheuer performs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Ballet Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

Lelia Iancovici, violin [founding member] [on leave for 2003-2004]
A native of Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Iancovici began playing the violin at the age of seven under the tutelage of D.Ionescu and M. Tomescu. She has received numerous awards including first prizes at the “Concorso Internazionale di Musica 'Isola di Capri'” (Italy), the “'W. A. Mozart' Interpretation Festival” (Romania), and the “Contest for 'W.A.Mozart Violin and Piano Sonata Interpretation'” (Romania). Ms. Iancovici has performed in masterclasses for Sergiu Luca, Ana Chumanchenco, Emilian Piedicuta, Adelina Oprean, Chaba Erdely, and Claude Hobson. In 2001, she was a participant in the Kent/Blossom Festival where she received the Joseph Gingold Award and studied with William Preucil and Anton Nel. Ms. Iancovici received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with.Sherban Lupu, and her Master of Music degree from Boston University studying with. Peter Zazofsky. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for the 2002 season.

Annette Klein, viola [founding member][on leave]
Ms. Klein has concertized as a chamber and orchestral musician internationally. She lived in Germany for over 10 years as a member of Ensemble Oriol, a Berlin-based chamber orchestra, and played with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Freiburger Barockorchester. Locally, she is a member of the Radius Ensemble and is principal violist with the Indian Hill Symphony. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has studied chamber music with György Kurtág, Franco Rossi (Quartetto Italiano), Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner and the Muir String Quartet. She received her BA from Columbia College and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and is finishing up her MM at Boston University. Her teachers include Steven Ansell, Kim Kashkashian, Mary Ruth Ray and Leonard Davis. Annette is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music and the Indian Hill Music School.

Matt Reeder, bass [founding member][on leave]

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew Reeder moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2001 after completing his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst. Currently, Mr. Reeder is completeing a Master of Music degree at Boston University, studying with Boston Symphony member John Stovall. As a student at Boston University, he recently received the Dean’s Award for the 2002-2003 school year. Mr. Reeder won first prize in the International Society of Bassists' 1999 orchestral competition. He was a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2000 where he was invited to participate as the only bass player in the Bach Cantata Project. Since moving to Boston, Mr. Reeder has performed with the Indian Hills Symphony Orchestra, UMASS Boston Chamber Players, the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, the Harvard Women’s Chorus, and Emmanuel Music. Currently, he is serving as Principal Bass of the Hingam Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reeder has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Wendy Richman, viola [founding member][on leave]
has received international praise for her creative and committed performances. A 2001 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she has been a three-time prizewinner in her native Milwaukee's Civic Music Association competition and has also been recognized in the American String Teachers Association and Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competitions. Ms. Richman's affinity for contemporary music has led her to premiere numerous works for solo viola and for ensembles; she maintains a close collaboration with composer Jeffrey Mumford and has also worked closely with such distinguished composers as George Crumb, Thea Musgrave, Huang Ruo, and Joan Tower. She has recorded for Bloodshot Records, Between the Lines, and AURec, and will record music of Jeffrey Mumford for Albany Records in 2003. Summer activities have included Madeline Island Music Camp, the Quartet Program at Bucknell, Killington Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. This summer, she will attend Yellow Barn Music Festival and School in Putney, VT. Recent engagements include solo recitals at the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC) and Schwan Hall (Milwaukee, WI) as well as chamber music performances on the Cleveland Museum of Art's Aki Festival of New Music, Chicago's Music in the Loft Series, and the Cutting Edge Concert Series in New York City. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom she will premiere several works in Chicago this June and on next season's Bargemusik series. In the fall, she will appear twice at New York's Miller Theater in concerts of Huang Ruo's and Jeffrey Mumford's works. Ms. Richman has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her teachers have included Peter Slowik and Jeffrey Irvine (viola), Marlene Rosen (voice), and the St. Petersburg Quartet, Gregory Fulkerson, and Peter Salaff (chamber music). She recently moved to the Boston area and will pursue graduate studies at the NEC in the fall, where she will work with Carol Rodland and Kim Kashkashian.

Sara Stalnaker, cello [founding member] [on leave]
A native of Portland, OR, Ms. Stalnaker recieved her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her master's of music from Rice University. She is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and subs regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Ocean State Orchestra. Ms. Stalnaker makes her home in Providence, RI, where she plays in Circle, a quartet comprising of faculty at Community MusicWorks , a non-profit music program based in low-income neighborhoods. Ms. Stalnaker has participated in festivals including Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Round Top Music Festival. Major performances include solo appearances with the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Festival Symphony, and Rogue Valley Symphony. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Peter Rejto, and Hamilton Cheifetz.

Shieh-Jian Tsai, violin [founding member][on leave for 2003-2004]

Mr. Tsai was born in Taipei, Taiwan, where he began playing the violin at the age of seven. After coming to the United States, Mr. Tsai studied privately with Prof. Gerardo Ribeiro at the Northwestern University for several years. Mr. Tsai received his Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory. Principle teachers include Sherban Lupu and Masuko Ushioda. Mr. Tsai has participated in summer festivals such as the International School for Musical Arts and Musicorda, and he was invited to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center during the 2002 summer season.

Guest Artists

Antoaneta Anguelova, violin [Guest artist for 10/03 concert]
Ellen Barnum, bassoon [Vento Chiaro, guest artist for 10/03 concert]
Heidi Broschinsky, viola [guest artist for 3/03,  5/03 & 10/03 concerts]
Ana-Sofia Campesino, oboe [Vento Chiaro, guest artist for 5/03, 10/03 concerts]
Nicole Cariglia, cello [guest artist for 3/03 concert]
Gillian Clements, violin[Guest Artist for 10/03 concert]
Michelle Doyle, [Vento Chiaro, guest artist for 10/03 concert]
Nick Finch, cello [guest artist for 11/02 concert]
Cynthia Forbes, cello [guest artist for 9/02 & 5/03 concert]
Ira Gold, bass [guest artist for 5/03 concert]
Joanna Goldstein [Vento Chiaro, guest artist for 10/03 concert]
Jeb Kulevich [Percussion, Guest Artist for 10/03 concert]
Fabrizio Mazzetta, cello [guest artist for 11/02 concert]
Joanna Morrison, cello [guest artist for 5/03 & 10/03 concerts]
Laura Motley, oboe [guest artist for 5/03 concert]
Pedro Persone, harpsichord/conductor [guest artist for 5/02, 9/03, 11/03 concerts]
Ben Schawarz, cello [guest artist for 9/03 concert]
Barbara Shephard, horn [guest artist for 5/03 concert]
Gabe Solomon, viola [guest artist for 3/03 and 5/03 concerts]
Valentina Takova, Cello [Guest Artist for 10/03 concert]
Nick Upton, cello [guest artist for 3/03 concert]
Angel Valchinov, violin [Guest artist for 10/03 concert]
Jason White, horn [Vento Chiaro, guest artist for 5/03, 10/03 concerts]
Russell Wilson, viola [guest artist for 9/02 & 11/02 concerts]
Miwako Yamanaka, violin [guest artist for 5/03 concert]

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Forged from the fires of musical passion, Kalistos has emerged as the newest Chamber Orchestra to beat its heart in harmonic motion.  Coalescing from many nations and backgrounds, the members bring fresh insight to traditional repertoire and a keen glance at the cutting edge.  Beyond just a musical choice for an evening, Kalistos is a force bringing energy to education and other community programs.
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Our past concerts


October 9, 2003
Vento Chiaro
Evan Chambers, composer

November 20, 2003
Yuri & Dana Mazurkevich, violins

February, 2004
Laura Bossert & Terry King

May , 2004
Ed Barker, bass


Dean College Concert
February 22, 2003

Exeter Resideny
February 17-18, 2003

May 19, 2002
Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Osvaldo Golijov, composer

September 27, 2002
Georgy Valtchev, violin

November 1, 2002
David Gordon, tenor
Eric Rusk, horn

March 14, 2003
Winston Choi, piano

May 9, 2003
Mihail Jojatu, cello



 Origin of Kalistos:
Callisto   n.
Greek Mythology. A nymph, beloved of Zeus and hated by Hera. Hera changed her into a bear, and Zeus then placed her in the sky as the constellation Ursa Major. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the eighth in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest planetary satellite.
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