Helena Baillie - Violin
With her ‘brilliance and poignance’ (The Strad), London-born Helena Baillie is emerging as an artist of exceptional communicative depth and a rare ease on both violin and viola. A prizewinner in international competitions including the Munich ARD, Banff and Tertis, Helena has performed throughout Europe and the United States, where her performances are regularly broadcast on Performance Today for American Public Radio. Helena has collaborated in chamber music with such eminent musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Steve Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Tokyo Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Her love of chamber music has taken her to the La Jolla Summerfest, Tucson Winter Chamber Festival, and the Kronberg Festival in Frankfurt, among others.
From 2010-12, Helena was honored by an Artist Fellowship at Bard College in Annandale-on Hudson, New York. During her residency, she produced and performed Bach Among Us, a collaborative project with dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In an unconventional staging that removed the traditional divisions between artist and audience, Helena invited audience members to share the stage with performers, creating a warm and immersive concert experience.
Helena is committed to outreach and education, and has traveled across the globe to engage new audiences under the auspices of Midori’s Music Sharing Foundation. She performs regularly at prisons and appears for New York-based Music Kitchen, a program that brings top musicians together to share the inspirational, therapeutic and uplifting power of music with disenfranchised New Yorkers.
Helena graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt and viola with Roberto Diaz. Isaac Stern, Felix Galimir, and Leon Fleisher guided Helena in chamber music, and she spent a year in Berlin studying with the eminent violist Wilfried Strehle. Helena's violin was made by Collin Gallahue in 2012, and her viola is a 2009 Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Malena Dayen - Voice
Ms. Dayen was the alto soloist in Honegger’s Le Roi David with the Oratorio Society of New York in their tour to Hungary in June, 2007, performing at the Palace of Arts in Budapest; she made her Carnegie Hall Debut as a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in May, 2007 both under the direction of Kent Tritle.
As a participant in the International Vocal Arts Institute, Ms. Dayen sang in several productions in the last five years in Israel, Puerto Rico and Canada. She appeared in galas in the Israeli Opera House, outdoor concerts in the old City of Jaffa with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico.
In February, 2006 she made her Merkin Concert Hall debut with Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé. A Spanish music specialist, she made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in December, 2005 performing De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas and Granados’ Tonadillas.
Since 2004, Ms. Dayen has been a featured soloist with the Columbia University Bach Society, performing Mozart’s Concert Aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te”, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Mahler’s Rückertlieder, the world premieres of works by composers Robert Cuckson and David Ames, and works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
Malena Dayen made her debut as Carmen in Natchez Opera Festival in May 09, conducted by Christopher Larkin. She started this year singing Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with Pocket Opera of New York and Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Bleecker Street Opera in
New York City.
Upcoming engagements include Carmen in Long Island, through the auspices of the International Vocal Arts Insitute, Carmen with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and Dorabella with Delaware Valley Opera.
In 2008, she was the soloist in a gala with the Teatro Colón Orchestra in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the direction of her husband David Rosenmeyer.
A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Ms. Dayen studied with Arthur Levy in New York City.
Lucy Dhegrae - Voice
Lucy Dhegrae is a passionate educator and ambassador of the arts. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), she has been fascinated by vocal pedagogy and singer development since she first began teaching in her undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she received the Dumesnil scholarship to study voice, earning her BM in vocal performance. While at U. of M. she had the opportunity to study vocal pedagogy with professor Frieda Herseth, voice science with the head of the laryngology department, doctor Norman Hogikyan, and with professor Greg Wakefield in the acoustic & electrical engineering department, where she did independent research analyzing the development of bel canto technique via digital acoustic analysis.
Since then she has maintained a private studio of young singers, several of whom have won competitions at the high school level and gone on to successful collegiate music programs. She served on faculty at the Chicago School of Music and teaches at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.
Ms. Dhegrae earned her MM in vocal performance with a scholarship from the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, led by Artistic Director Dawn Upshaw. At Bard she worked with such artists as Kayo Iwama, director Peter Sellars, Lucy Shelton, Sanford Sylvan, and Edith Bers. She has performed with the Da Capo Chamber Players, Contemporaneous, the Bard Music Festival, the Klangspuren new music festival in Innsbruck, Austria, the Aldeburgh Music Festival as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and Scandinavia House of New York City. She is the founder of the Prism Project, a collaborative arts group of visual, writing, as well as Co-Executive Director of Contemporaneous. She is a freelance singer in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Shawn Jaeger, a composer.
Nadeen Fankhauser - Clarinet
Nadeen Fankhauser is an accomplished and talented clarinetist based in New York City. She has degrees in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, Florida State University, and Oberlin Conservatory. She has held playing positions in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana and the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, as well as playing regularly with outstanding ensembles as an active free lance musician in New York and San Francisco.
Nadeen has been teaching the clarinet for almost 20 years, establishing significant private studios in Cincinnati, Chicago, and San Francisco at the Fei Tian Academy of Arts. Many of her students have been awarded placement into state and regional honor ensembles, concerto performance opportunities, and several prestigious college music programs.
She has spent a number of summers teaching at Appalachian State University's Cannon Music Camp in North Carolina and before that Friend's Music Camp in Ohio.
Tanya Gabrielian - Piano
Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian combines emotional vulnerability with commanding strength, captivating audiences worldwide with her gripping performances.
Ms. Gabrielian has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Sydney Opera House, Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Bonn Beethovenhaus, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. She has performed concerti with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. National radio broadcasts include NPR, WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago), KCSN (Los Angeles), WQXR (New York), and VPR (Vermont). Her debut CD, Kaleidoscope, was released in November 2010.
As founder of the MELER collective, Tanya Gabrielian is dedicated to promoting the artist as activist through art. Projects have included an installation with the artist Fran Bull for the exhibit In Flanders Field: A Meditation on War, recitals featuring composers with mental illnesses, highlighting the stigma around mental health issues, and a multidisciplinary collaboration combining Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross with final statements from executed death row inmates. Ms. Gabrielian has also founded a biweekly interactive performance series for patients at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was awarded the 2011 McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for her work.
Tanya Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, Sydney International Piano Competition, Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition, Pro Musicis International Award, and Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. Her Wigmore Hall debut, as winner of the coveted Wigmore Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Music, was reviewed as “revelatory, a feast of romantic pianism which held us enthralled” and “an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered… Remember the name—Tanya Gabrielian—you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure.” Ms. Gabrielian’s Southbank debut recital in the Purcell Room in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year 2006” by Seen and Heard International. She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.
Tanya Gabrielian received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Hamish Milne and Alexander Satz. Upon graduation, she was awarded with a DipRAM, the highest performing award of the Academy, and she received the prize for the best final recital for six consecutive years. Ms. Gabrielian then completed her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma program, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program, where she studied with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. She currently resides in New York City.
Solomiya Ivakhiv - Violin
Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity…” Daily Freeman.
Dr. Ivakhiv has performed at major festivals including Steamboat Springs, Normandy Chamber Music Festival, Prussia Cove; and her performances have aired on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television.
Dr. Ivakhiv was recently appointed Artistic Director of Music at the Institute Concert Series (MATI) in New York City. As a chamber musician, Dr. Ivakhiv collaborates with many of today’s finest artists including Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker from Emerson Quartet.
Dr. Ivakhiv is a graduate of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer.
In addition to her widely acclaimed violin performances, as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras, Solomiya Ivakhiv has a significant following as a violin teacher. She has conducted master classes at prestigious universities around the world including in the People’s Republic of China and Ukraine, and across America including in the states of Utah, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.
Shawn Jaeger - Composition
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, composer Shawn Jaeger writes music inspired by Appalachian ballad singing and Old Regular Baptist hymnody. Honors include an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Northwestern University M. William Karlins and William T. Faricy Awards, and two BMI Student Composer Awards.
Jaeger's works have been performed by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and Scrag Mountain Music at venues including Zankel Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Galapagos Art Space, the Chicago Cultural Center, and on radio station WUOL.
In 2010, Jaeger received a commission from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of a Professional Training Workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Donnacha Dennehy.
He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate aural skills and lectured on the music of the rock band Radiohead. Jaeger holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan (2007), and lives in New York City.
Ryan Kamm - Double Bass
Ryan Kamm holds a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction in Double Bass Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University; his teachers include Harold Robinson, Edwin Barker and Lawrence Hurst. He is an active performer, having held positions with the Nashville Symphony, New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Haddonfield Symphony. The orchestras in which Ryan has acted as a substitute include the New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. His festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto, National Repertory Orchestra and Kent/Blossom Chamber Festival. In addition to teaching in the Preparatory Division, Ryan’s teaching experiences include Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and the Diller-Quaile School in New York City.
Born in Siberia, Luba Poliak was eleven years old when she first appeared with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. After immigrating to Israel, she continued her studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv. She studied in Brussels and in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music where she earned a Master’s Degree with Honors. She completed her doctorate at the Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish. Her other teachers have included Patricia Zander, Michael Boguslawsky, Gabriel Chodos, Mark Shaviner, Michael Mereminsky as well as members of The Emerson Quartet, Pamela Frank and Colin Carr.
Mary Anne O'Malley - Arts & Crafts
Mary Anne O'Malley is a visual artist and architect. For the last 20 years she has specialized in painting using entirely natural materials. Beginning with a degree in Fine Arts, sculpture, painting and printmaking, then continuing on to earn an degree in Architecture, she developed a keen awareness of materials along with, visual , structural, and aesthetic disciplines. Mary Anne gives workshops in her home and in local Colleges. She was selected to give children's classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In teaching children, Mary Anne aims to allow the child to find their own expression while using the structure of a project to allow for a creative approach.
Luba Poliak - Piano
Barrett Radziun - Voice
Tenor Barrett Radziun has appeared on opera, oratorio, and recital stages throughout the United States. Described by Cleveland Classical as “…brilliant in his solo performances,” Radziun’s recent engagements include tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with members of the American Symphony Orchestra, the world premier of Elena Langer’s opera Four Sisters, Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Vergine (1610), Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, and Bach’s Cantata No. 80.
Radziun was the first place winner of Thursday Musical’s 2011 Young Artist Competition, and was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Radziun is an alumnus of music programs including SongFest, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and Seattle’s Accademia d’Amore Baroque Opera Workshop.
His teachers include Lorraine Nubar, Carol Eikum and Elizabeth Grefsheim. Radziun holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern College, and recently graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York.
Yael Rubinstein - Cello
A native of Israel, cellist Yael Rubinstein has performed across Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Israel. As a chamber musician, she performed in Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Library of Congress, to name a few. She has also collaborated with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma.
A principal cellist of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Yael works closely and plays concerts with the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, performing in most major halls around the globe. Recordings of some of the performances are available on Decca records.
Her most recent performances include concerts at Columbia University in NY, the Rolandseck Chamber Music Festival in Germany, as well as a live broadcast on NPR. Upcoming performances include the Salzburg fespiel House and the Luzern festival.
In addition to performing, Ms. Rubinstein is dedicating her time to music education. She has coached at New England Conservatory’s preparatory division, Bard’s preparatory division summer program, Brookline Public Schools, and has participated in outreach performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Rubinstein graduated from Tel Aviv Academy of Music as a student of Hillel Zori and Uzi Wiesel. She received her Master of Music from Mannes College in New York, studying with Marcy Rosen. Most recently she earned her Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory under the guidance of Laurence Lesser. She was supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation as well as by a special grant from the West Eastern Divan Foundation. She participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Wolfgang Boettcher, Philippe Muller and Steven Isserlis.
Ms. Rubinstein took part in the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, American School of Art of Fontainebleau, France, and the Nafplion and Corfu festivals in Greece.
Susanne Son - Piano
Canadian born pianist, Susanne Son made her debut with the Toronto Symphony at the age of 12. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras. In the U.S. she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center, Kravis Center in Florida, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, among others. She has also performed throughout Canada and Japan.
Festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Banff Centre School of Fine Arts.
A two-time recipient of a Canada Council Grant, she is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Ms. Son is a top-prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and has received the Chalmers Award from the Ontario Arts Council. Her principal teachers include Seymour Lipkin, Stephanie Brown, Paul Shaw and Jerome Lowenthal. In masterclasses, she has worked with Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Emanuel Ax, Jane Coop, Eugene List, and Misha Dichter.
Ms. Son has been Staff Pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music and was the official pianist for the Philadelphia Orchestra's Sound All Around series. She currently resides in New York City.
Anna Stoytcheva - Piano
Winner of the "Ettore Pozzoli" International Piano Competition in Italy, pianist Anna Stoytcheva is described this way: “Stoytcheva’s tonal palette was a whirl of fabulous colors. Her agility was stunning at lighting speed” (Coral Gables Gazette). Currently Ms. Stoytcheva is the Chair of the Executive Board of the “Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York” series, held at the Bulgarian Consulate and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She is also the pianist of American Chamber Players five-member ensemble, which performs extensively throughout the United States.
In New York City Ms. Stoytheva has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall. Ms. Stoytcheva has been a soloist with Orchestra del' Angelicum, The Juilliard Orchestra, The New World Symphony and Sofia Radio Orchestra among others. Some conductors she has worked with are Otto-Werner Mueller, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rossen Milanov and Alasdaire Neale. The Bulgarian National Television has made several documentaries about Ms. Stoytcheva and she has recorded two solo albums, available on the Gega New label.
Ms. Stoytcheva has attended Marlboro Music Festival, SummerFest at Lake Tahoe, Music Academy of the West, The Banff Center of the Arts, Pianofest, Kneisel Hall. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as pianist Charles Wadsworth, violinist Chee-Yun, clarinettist Anthony McGill, as well as members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and several Young Concert Artists winners, including violinist Bella Hrsitova, violist Naoko Shimizu and soprano Kyoko Saito. Ms. Stoytcheva holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School. Her teachers have been Seymour Lipkin, Veda Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Julia Ganeva and Lidia Kuteva.
David Temple - Guitar
Classical guitarist David Temple has performed throughout the country as a soloist and an ensemble player, carrying out the mission of presenting concerts full of color and variety. He has released four CDs, including original compositions, original transcriptions, and repertoire from past five centuries. He has taught guitar for the Friends Central School in Ardmore, PA, the Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia, and at his private studio in Red Hook, NY.
Alice Yoo - Cello
Cellist Alice Yoo has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues such as New York’s Weill and Zankel Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Yoo has collaborated with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Atar Arad, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Ana Chumachenko, Kim Kashkashian, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Anthony Marwood. She has been invited to esteemed festivals including Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Caramoor Rising Stars, IMS Prussia Cove, the Perlman Music Program, and the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Yoo is currently a member of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. As part of her Academy program, Alice teaches in Edward R. Murrow High School and performs around New York as a member of Ensemble ACJW.
As winner of the USC 2009 String Concerto Competition, Ms. Yoo performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with the USC Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester. She has won top prizes in the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, and Klein International String Competition. Ms Yoo has appeared as soloist with the USC Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, and the Bozeman Symphony. Her performances have been featured and broadcasted on Los Angeles’ KUSC and Boston’s WGBH. She has participated in master classes with some of the world’s most distinguished artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Leon Fleisher, Gyorgy Kurtag, Anner Bylsma, Boris Pergamenschikow, Claude Frank, and Gary Hoffman.
In 2011-2012, Ms. Yoo, with pianist Roman Rabinovich, performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas and Variations as Artist-in-Residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival. She is currently a member of the Ensemble U-HAC and the Caramoor Virtuosi. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Ms. Yoo earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from New England Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz. She received a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a masters degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum. Past teachers include Dr. Ilse Mari Lee and Richard Aaron.
Ms. Yoo currently resides in New York City.