Brave New Works Presents

 The Return of Are You Brave ? Festival bios








Performers' Bio

In alphabetical order

Winton Choi
, piano
Winston Choi was recently the winner of the Orleans International Piano
Competition (for 20th Century music) in France. Included in his prize are
solo recitals and concertos in France, Spain and Argentina, as well as
recording contracts with Empreinte Digitale France (the complete piano
music of Elliott Carter) and Quadro Frame Italy ("1980" in the Yearbooks
of the 20th Century Piano series). Currently a doctoral student of Ursula
Oppens at Northwestern University, his previous studies have been with
Menahem Pressler at Indiana University.

Tim Christie, violin/ viola
bio coming soon...

Celia Eidix, clarinet
bio coming soon...

Katri Ervamaa
Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is an alumni of the University of Michigan and the
Northern Illinois University. She teaches cello and chamber music at the
Bowling Green State University, Flint Institute and the School for the
performing Arts - Ann Arbor, and has performed all over the world
including the US, her native Finland, Europe and Taiwan.

Jennifer Goltz
Soprano Jennifer Goltz specializes in the performance of new music. She
has premiered works written for her by composers such as Evan Chambers,
Carter Pann, Kristy Kuster, John Berners, and Manly Romero. She performed
Luciano Berio’s Circles with Klangforum Wien in 1999 at the
Salzburg Music Festival, at the invitation of the composer. She is a
doctoral fellow in Music Theory at the University of Michigan, from which
she also holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance.

Chris Younghoon Kim is the founding artistic director of Brave New Works.
He has served as assistant conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New
Orleans. He is currently a professor at Tufts University in Medford, MA
and also serves as artistic advisor and conductor of the newly formed
Kalistos Chamber Orchestra based in Boston. This season he will guest
conduct Honolulu Symphony, Toledo Symphony and the Louisiana

Amy Ley, Harp
Amy Ley has both bachelor and master degrees from the University of
Michigan. She currently performs as the principal harpist for the Ann
Arbor, Lansing, Flint and Windsor Symphonies. She has enjoyed being a
part of Brave New Works since its inception in 1997.

Stephen Miahky
Steve Miahky is currently a master’s student studying with Paul
Kantor at the University of Michigan School of Music. He received his
B.M. from U of M and is Associate Concertmaster of the Ann Arbor
Symphony. He has won several competitions including the U of M Concerto
Competition, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and the
Louis Lane Competition. Stephen frequently performs with the Michigan
Chamber Players and was a Virtu Foundation Scholar.

Emily Perryman
Since receiving her master's degree from the University of Michigan,
flutist Emily Perryman has established an active free-lance career in the
Ann Arbor area, performing with the Flint Symphony, Plymouth Symphony,
Brave New Works, Phoenix Ensemble, Michigan Opera Works and Comic Opera
Guild. Ms. Perryman also holds degrees from the Ohio State University,
where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Theodore Presser
Foundation Scholarship.

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.

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