In alphabetical order
Christie-Keiko Abe, *
Violinist, Gabriel Bolkosky was born and raised in
Detroit, Michigan. He has performed hundreds of new
works including premieres of works by Thomas Ades,
Michael Torke and Andrew Mead. Recently, Gabe
performed in a duo with Marimba playing works by
Allejandro Vinao and Astor Piazzola, placing third in
the Vienna International Perrenoud competition. Gabe
also recently won the Cleveland Institute of Music
Competition playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
As a founding member of the new-music sextet, Non
sequitur, Gabe has performed all over the United
States and recently at the Karnatic Lab Music Festival
in the Netherlands. In April of 2001Non sequitur will
make its New York City debut playing music of Evan
Haus among other works. The sextet has also given
workshops in improvisation and musicianship to
thousands of children including nearly five thousand
in the Aspen, Colorado valley. The workshops
introduce music in a new light to the children and
demonstrate to them how to be more sensitive as human
beings through the musical process. Non sequitur has
also given workshops to young composers at the Walden
School in Dublin, New Hampshire. This coming July
they will serve a ten-day residency at the Walden
Recently, Gabe has been named the new executive
director of the nonprofit organization The Phoenix
Ensemble, an Ann Arbor based chamber orchestra and
experimental ensemble. He also acts as concertmaster
of the group.
As a teacher, Gabe currently works with twenty-one
students privately. For the last two summers, he has
been assistant director of the Cleveland, Ohio based
program, Strings Attached, an intensive, month-long
string program for inner city youth, sponsored by the
Twenty First Century Community Learning Project. In
the coming months he will serve on the faculty of
Suzuki Institutes in Portland Maine and Salt Lake
City, Utah. Last year he worked as the teaching
assistant for Donald Weilerstein (founding member of
the Cleveland String Quartet).
Currently Gabe is pursuing a Masters in Improvisation
at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Ed
Sarath and Ellen Rowe.
Winton Choi, piano
Darren C. Dunn was born and grew up in Rochester NY. He received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo. While at Geneseo he was very involved in gay rights activism and in numerous social psychology research projects (for which he
received two consecutive Undergraduate Research Awards). Simultaneously Darren was choreographing and performing with the Geneseo Dance Ensemble. During his summers Darren has: performed and internationally toured as a featured dancer with "Stephen Foster: The Musical", interned at the Jacob's
Pillow Dance Festival and been a scholarship student at the Doug Varone & Dancers Summer Dance Intensive as well as the Paul Taylor Summer Dance Institute. Currently Darren is working towards his MFA in Dance at the University of Michigan. There he has been the recipient of the Esther Pease Graduate Award in Dance and is a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) teaching non-major ballet and modern dance classes.
Jared Hauser *
a B.M. from the University of Michigan
and is a
is from London Ontario Canada and
has been a member of Brave New Works since its inception. Micah is a graduate of
the Interlochen Arts academy and has recieved both his Bachelors and masters degrees
from the University of Michigan studying with artist and mentor
Chris Younghoon Kim
began studying violin at the age of eight. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in 1995 where she studied privately with Christian Teal of the Blair String Quartet and chamber music with John Kochanowski of the Concord String Quartet. She received a Master's of Music degree in violin performance in 1997 under Stephen Shipps, studying chamber music with Andrew Jennings. Carolyn is currently residing in the Ann Arbor, MI area as a freelance violinist/violist and private violin/viola instructor. She has been Musical Director of the Monroe Youth Orchestra 1997 to the present and is a faculty member for the Michigan All-State High School and Junior High School Summer Festivals at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She is currently a member of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and performs with various other orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Ann Arbor area.
Dina Maccabee *
studies the viola with Yizhak Schotten at the University of Michigan. Originally from the Bay Area, her experiences there playing with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra under music director
Alasdair Neale inspired her to pursue a career in music. Since moving to Ann Arbor, she has performed as principal violist of the University Philharmonia Orchestra, and as a member of the Phoenix Ensemble, Michigan Opera Works, and Brave New Works. This year, Dina played in a workshop for composer John Zorn, in preparation for a performance of his improvisational game-piece, "Cobra." She has appeared with the improvisation-based Creative Arts Orchestra at Kerrytown's "Jazz at the Edge" series, and her playing is featured on Good Luck Fire Chief, an album released last year by Ann Arbor folk artist Brian Lillie. Other artists she has performed with include Peter Apfelbaum, Spencer Barefield, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Her previous teachers include Alan Bodman, Pamela Freund, Don Ehrlich, and Daniel Avshalomov, as Sam Pilafian, David Balakrishnan, and Ed Sarath. She is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Viola Performance and Honors History.
Sasha Margolis spent eight years as concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, both in Italy and America, during which time he led U.S. premieres of operas by Janacek, Bellini, Donizetti, Henze, and Kagel. He has performed chamber music with Andres Cardenes, Ann Williams, and members of the Pro Arte, Corigliano, and Arianna String Quartets, as well as pianists Sanford Margolis, Kenneth Cooper, Robert Weirich, Dady Mehta, and Jeremy Denk. In addition, Mr. Margolis has been soloist in concertos of Berg and Mendelssohn under the baton of Robert Spano. He received degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and Northern Illinois University, studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Paul Biss, and Gregory Fulkerson. While at
Indiana, he was concertmaster of the Richmond (IN) Symphony. Mr. Margolis is currently a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.
Timothy McAllister, alto saxophone
Violist Joanna Myers graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in 1995 and from Bowling Green State University in 1998, where she held a string quartet fellowship. Her primary teachers include Kathryn Plummer, Nancy Buck, Rami Solomonov, and Michael Hining. An active chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Myers has participated in Kent-Blossom, Aspen, and Roundtop music festivals, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In 1999 she was a member of Chicago's Civic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Joanna currently lives in Ann Arbor and performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Michigan Opera Works.
Esther Noh *
Building a career with an eye towards
versatility, Canadian pianist Gregory Oh holds graduate degrees from the University
of Toronto, where he trained with Marietta Orlov, and the University of Michigan,
where he trained with Martin Katz. As a chamber musician, he has shared the stage
with musicians like Shauna Rolston, Patrick Gallois, Mark Fewer and the St. Lawrence
Rachel Parker grew up in Farmington Hills Michigan. she has studied with Louis Stout and Soren Hermannson. Currently, rachel is a sophomore at U of M studying horn performance.
Emily Perryman *
Violinist, Maria Sampen *
is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, where she was a scholarship student of Paul Kantor in the School of Music. She completed her Masters of Music
degree at Rice University in May, 1999 where she studied violin with Kenneth Goldsmith and chamber music with Paul Katz and Norman Fischer. She is currently working on her doctorate in violin performance at the University of Michigan. Ms. Sampen made her solo debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She has since performed as concerto soloist with the Illinois Symphony,
the Evansville Philharmonic, the West Shore Symphony, the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the Michigan Pops Orchestra and was named winner of the concerto competitions at both the
University of Michigan (1996) and Rice University (1998) and received second prize in the William Byrd International String Competition (2000). She has spent her summers performing as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival as well at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg,
Austria and the Interlochen Arts Camp. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has worked with many composers including Pierre Boulez, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Bernand Rands and William Albright and has performed as violinist/violist in the new music ensembles at the Aspen Music Festival, the
University of Michigan and Rice University. Ms. Sampen concertizes frequently with her parents--saxophonist, John Sampen, and composer/pianist, Marilyn Shrude--with whom she made her New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium in June of 1996.
Emily Gosma Stoops,
began her cello studies at the age of four in her hometown Davenport, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa with dual degrees in Music Performance and English and received a Masters degree in performance from the University of Michigan. She has performed in numerous orchestras and ensembles including The Quad City Symphony as associate principal, The Cedar Rapids Symphony, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, and the EMLIJI piano trio. She has performed many contemporary pieces and several premieres with the University of Iowa Center for New Music and has played in master classes with Yo Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax, Uri Vardi, Laszlo Varga, and others. Other performances include local touring productions with the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, and Lalo Schiffrin. Her major teachers include Charles Wendt, Tanya Lesinsky Carey and Anthony Elliott. She has studied chamber music with Daniel Shapiro, Anton Nel, and Leopold La Fosse.
Tam Tran hails from Appleton Wisconsin. He did his early studies at the Lawrence Academy and later on at Lawrence University. In addition, he has studied with Emanuel Vardi at the University of Illinois. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois under the instruction of Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet. Currently, he is working on the Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan and studying with Yizhak Schotten.
Alejandra Urrutia, *
the twenty-five years old Chilean violinist, has captivated the audience by "her pure tone and her musical sensitivity" (El Sur). She was recently appointed as the new concertmaster of the Concepcion Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Urrutia has performed with the National symphony of Chile, National
Youth Symphony of Chile, Columbus State University Orchestra; USA,
Orquesta de Camara de Morelos; Mexico, collaborating with conductors
Wilfried Junge, Patricio Cobos, Rodolfo Fischer, Bundit Ungrangsee, L. Eugenio Urrutia, Kypros Marcou, Santiago Meza.
Her 2000-2001 season will be highlighted by solo performances with the Concepcion Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Young Players, Orquesta Filarmonica de Mendoza and the Orquesta de Camara de Cordoba, Argentina. In addition, Ms. Urrutia will offer master classes at Carnegie Mellon University, Butler University and Bradley University.
Born in Chile, Alejandra Urrutia began her violin studies at the age of eight with Patricio Damke. Soon after that she was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies with Patricio Cobos at Columbus State University. Today, She is a visiting professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Mercyhurst College, member of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Tennessee and member of the contemporary ensemble "Brave New Works" Ms. Urrutia is a Doctorate student of Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan.
Joel Wealer began playing french horn in Hannibal, Missouri in 1987. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Southwest Missouri State University in in 1998 and has been working toward the Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan since 1999. Joel performs regularly with many groups in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area including The Birmingham- Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and The Emerald Sinfonietta. He has also performed with the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Warren Symphony, Grosse Pointe Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Brass Quintet. Joel's principal teachers include Ann Ley, Dave Everson, and Soren Hermansson.
A master student in horn performance of Professor Soren Hermansson at The University of Michigan, Yuri Sampaio Zuvanov was horn teacher of The School of Music of Brasilia (Brazil) for two years. In Brazil he worked for 5 years with the pianist Maria Alice Braga in a horn and piano duet performing a good part of the horn chamber music repertory and Brazilian music arrangements. Recently in the year of 1999, together with the guitarist Carinhos 7 Cordas, Mr. Zuvanov created the Carlinhos 7 Cordas quartet specialized in a Brazilian musical stile called "choro".
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