Here are the world-renowned artists joining us in 2022. Many have been with us for years and love returning to this area to perform for you.
Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Basses
Jonathan Bagg is Professor and Music Department Chair at Duke University. He is violist with Duke’s Ciompi String Quartet, with whom he has performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. and around the world. He is founding Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, and he directed the Monadnock Music festival from 2006-2011. As an artistic director he has organized many creative collaborations with composers, authors, poets, and choreographers, resulting in a unique multi-media works.
Jonathan has performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Sebago-Long Lake festival, the Great Lakes Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Highlands-Cashiers festival, the Mohawk Trail and Castle Hill festivals.
From 2015 he was principal violist and appeared as soloist with the CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra. As an orchestral player he performed with the Boston Symphony and held principal jobs at the Handel and Haydn Society, the New Haven Symphony, and the New Hampshire Symphony.
Jonathan’s most recent solo CD on the Albany label, titled “Elation,” brings together several works he commissioned, including works by Duke colleagues Stephen Jaffe and Scott Lindroth. Other solo discs contain music for viola and piano by Robert and Clara Schumann, and by the Viennese composer Robert Fuchs. Contemporary solo works by Robert Ward, Arthur Levering, Malcolm Peyton, and Donald Wheelock are on Bridge, Albany, Centaur and Gasparo Records. He has also made dozens of CDs with the Ciompi Quartet. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2019.
Eliot Bailen has an active career as an artistic director, cellist, composer and teacher. Strings Magazine writes, “At Merkin Hall ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music.” Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, now celebrating its 40th year, whose performances the New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert,” Eliot is also Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble.
Principal Cello of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society (The Michael B. Packer Chair), Eliot has performed regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, Cape May Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival as well as with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera and Ballet, Oratorio Society, American Symphony, Stamford Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and is heard frequently in numerous Broadway shows.
Among Eliot’s commissions are an Octet, a Double Concerto for Flute and Cello, Perhaps a Butterfly, Saratoga Sextet, The Tiny Mustache (a musical) and recently a Dectet (“Inclusion”) commissioned by the New Choral Society. He is recipient of over forty commissions for his “Song to Symphony” for schools (subject of a NY Times feature article Sept. 2006 and winner of a Yale Alumni Grant). In 2002 he received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking.
Eliot received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and an M.B.A. from NYU. He is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. He has performed at the SLLMF since 1994.
Jered Egan (Bass) has spent the last forty years as a professional freelance musician – equally at home on the concert stage, in a Broadway pit or at Manhattan’s leading cabaret venues. As a chamber musician, he has worked with Bargemusic, the New York New Music Ensemble, Electric Earth Concerts, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the North Country Chamber Players and at the June in Buffalo, Monadnock and Manchester music festivals.
Jered’s orchestral work has included performing with the American Composers Orchestra, New York Pops, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, he has appeared with the Royal Ballet Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera, toured the U.S. and Asia with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and has held the position of principal bass with the Berkshire Opera, the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Italy and with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
In the cabaret field, Jered has performed at the Kennedy Center, Savannah Music Festival, Miami’s Performing Arts Center, the Algonquin Hotel’s fabled Oak Room, Café Carlyle, Birdland, 54 Below and Joe’s Pub. He has been a regular performer on the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y and at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, held at Town Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
On Broadway, Jered made his onstage debut playing and singing in An Evening with Jerry Herman. He has also appeared onstage in Patti LuPone on Broadway and below stage in many Broadway pits from Phantom of the Opera to The Producers.
Jered studied at The Juilliard School and completed his training with fellowships at the Tanglewood and Waterloo music festivals, and at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto (Italy). He has performed with the Festival since 2021.
Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Over the 25 years of her tenure, PCMF evolved into a cornerstone of Portland’s vibrant arts community. She is currently Director of Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of E.E. Ford Faculty Awards for Exceptional Merit in 2016 and 2021. A noted chamber musician, she has appeared as a guest artist with Electric Earth Concerts, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Winsor Music, and Music from Salem. She has also performed with well-known contemporary ensembles including Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, and the Fromm Players at Harvard.
Jennifer is the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and performs often with the Boston Symphony, with whom she has toured Europe and Japan. In addition to her work at Walnut Hill, she has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the University of New Hampshire. Jennifer has presented workshops and masterclasses as a guest at New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music, and recently served as a guest teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. Her last appearance at the Festival was in 2005.
Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader (www.orenfader.com) has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey and the Omaha Symphonies.
Oren has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Bowers Fader Duo, New York Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has premiered over 250 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be heard on over 50 commercial recordings and film.
Oren received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He also directs the classical guitar programs at Montclair State University and SUNY Purchase. He has performed at the SLLMF since 2019.
“The guitarist Oren Fader played Brilliantly.” — The New York Times.
“His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”— Guitar Review
Violinist Min-Young Kim is a founding member and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Daedalus Quartet, winner of the Banff String Quartet Competition. With the quartet, she performs regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and has been presented by many of the world’s leading musical venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam.
She has also toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated in festivals and performances with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Takács and Vermeer Quartets.
An advocate for music of our time, Min-Young enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered and performed many new works. In early music, she has performed and recorded on the baroque violin with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and New York Collegium.
A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, Ms. Kim teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania, and was formerly on the faculty of Columbia University and the School for Strings in New York. Her major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann and Shirley Givens. Min-Young has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Varty Manouelian made her American Debut in 1993 with the North Carolina Symphony as First Prize winner of the Bryan International Competition. She has also been a prize winner at a number of other competitions in Europe, including the Kotzian International Competition and the Wieniawski International Violin Competition. She has recorded and appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States, Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, Poland, Spain and Italy.
Her chamber music performances include Marlboro Music Festival, Apple Hill Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, El Paso Festival, and Olympic Music Festival, among others. She has collaborated as a chamber musician with such artists as Yuja Wang, Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, Joshua Bell, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Adès, and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Borromeo, and Mendelssohn string quartets.
Dedicated teacher and educator, Varty is Lecturer of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, teaches violin and chamber music at the Colburn Academy and CSPA, and spends summers coaching chamber music at the Apple Hill Festival in New Hampshire. She has been an active participant at LA Philharmonic’s Music Outreach programs, having taught at YOLA since its inception. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004, she was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In Los Angeles, Varty frequently performs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new-music series, as well as at Camerata Pacifica, Monday Evening Concerts, and the Dilijan Series. Her recording credits include archival radio recordings for the Bulgarian State Radio, and CDs on Albany and Bridge Records labels. Her recent CD of Complete Violin Works of Stefan Wolpe (jointly with violinist Movses Pogossian) made the 2015 Top Ten list in Sunday Times (UK). She has performed at the Festival since 2001.
Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a First Prize winner of the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition.
A recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant, he has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the United States.
He has also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. A dedicated chamber musician, Mihai has performed at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer.
He is a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet and a member of the acclaimed Apollo Trio. A recent collaboration with dancer Lil Buck brought forth new pieces for solo cello written by Yevgeniy Sharlat and Patrick Castillo.
Mihai studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded master’s and artist diploma degrees. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Mihai has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Movses Pogossian made his American debut with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Prizewinner of several competitions, including the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, he extensively performed as soloist and recitalist worldwide. As chamber musician, Movses has collaborated with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Alexei Lubimov, Jeremy Denk, Rohan de Saram, and with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets.
Movses is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, currently in its 15th season (www.dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.org). Champion of new music, he has premiered over 80 works, and worked closely with composers such as Kurtág, Harbison, Saariaho, Mansurian, and Gabriela Lena Frank. His discography includes the Complete Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach, solo violin CDs “Inspired by Bach,” “Blooming Sounds,” and “In Nomine,” and recently released “Con Anima” album of Tigran Mansurian’s music on ECM label. In his review of Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments” (with soprano Tony Arnold) Paul Griffiths writes: “…remarkable is Pogossian’s contribution, which is always beautiful, across a great range of colors and gestures, and always seems on the edge of speaking—or beyond.”
Movses is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and also Founding Director of the UCLA Armenian Music Program. As Head of the Los Angeles Chapter, he actively participates in the Music for Food project which raises awareness of the hunger problem and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change. Movses has performed at the Festival since 2001.
New York based violinist and pedagogue Amy Schroeder is a founding member of the GRAMMY award winning Attacca Quartet and has been hailed by the Washington Post as “an impressive artist whose playing combines imagination and virtuosity.” She has soloed with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Amherst Symphony, the Clarence Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra with composer John Adams conducting, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.
The Attacca Quartet signed an exclusive recording deal with Sony Classical in 2021 and has since released two critically acclaimed albums on the label: “Real Life,” consisting of electronic music arranged and adapted for string quartet by the Attacca Quartet and electronic composer collaborators, and “Of All Joys,” an album of renaissance music juxtaposed with works from the minimalist period. Amy can also be heard on several critically acclaimed albums released by Azica Records: “Fellow Traveler” works of John Adams, “Seven Last Words,” by Haydn, “Songlines,” works of Michael Ippolito, and on Nonesuch/New Amsterdam Records, the GRAMMY award winning album, Shaw/Attacca Quartet ‘Orange.’
Amy also performs in the Schroeder Umansky Duo with her husband, cellist Felix Umansky of the Harlem Quartet. She currently plays on two different violins, a Fernando Gagliano made in 1771 on loan to her from the Five Partners Foundation, and a violin made by Nathan Slobodkin in 2012. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2019.
Stacey Shames is recognized as one of the world’s foremost harpists, performing as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. Since making her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, she has appeared as concerto soloist with The Saint Louis Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony, among others. Her extensive list of honors includes First Prize in the AHS Concert Artist Competition, and a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bargemusic.
Stacey’s performing schedule includes appearances at international festivals with celebrated musicians from around the globe. Her career has featured collaborations with Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, and Gil Shaham, in numerous recording, concert and television appearances. She has accompanied and recorded for some of the most popular musical figures today including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick, Jr., Lauryn Hill, George Michael and Celine Dion. She is heard on the soundtracks to over 150 films.
Stacey is the solo harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with whom she records and tours. A devoted chamber musician, she is a member of the Aureole Trio, the preeminent merger of Flute, Viola and Harp. The group has released ten recordings and champions works by current composers. She may be heard on the RCA, Bridge, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Blue Note, Albany and Concord labels, having recorded major works by Elliott Carter and George Crumb, among others.
Stacey began her harp studies at the age of six, traveled internationally as a young soloist, and attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying harp, piano and composition. She holds Degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. She is presently the Faculty Lecturer in Harp Performance at Princeton University. Her last appearance at the Festival was in 2018.
Matthew Sinno, a Massachusetts native, joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola during the 2021-22 season. Prior to that, he served as Associate Principal and Acting Principal Viola with the Kansas City Symphony. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as a substitute player.
Winner of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Matthew performed Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Other solo appearances include those with the Kansas City Symphony, Music Academy International Festival Orchestra and Boston Youth Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly at Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.
Matthew received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as well as his post- baccalaureate diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary instructors include Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman, Roberto Diaz and Cynthia Phelps. Matthew has performed at the Festival since 2019.
Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as Principal Cellist in 2000. She is an active chamber musician locally and plays frequently with the Mallarme Chamber Players. She is a member of Three For All, a clarinet trio with her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz and pianist Anatoly Larkin. She has also been a regular guest on the Washington Musica Viva series and has been teaching at the East Carolina University Summer Camp in the summers.
Previously Bonnie was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career Bonnie was Assistant Principal Cellist of the Denver Symphony and played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. Bonnie has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her native state of New Hampshire.
Bonnie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Norman Fischer and Elsa Hilger. She also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing during which time she was also a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Bonnie has
been performing at the SLLMF since 2002.
Winner of the 2019 GRAMMY Award for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance, violinist Keiko Tokunaga spends most of her days touring and performing globally as a soloist and chamber musician. Keiko has been praised by the Strings Magazine for possessing a sound “with probing quality that is supple and airborne” and for her “pure, pellucid bow strokes”. She has soloed with various orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra.
In 2021, Keiko founded an online concert series, Jukebox Concerts, in order to provide artistic outlets for musicians who lost their engagements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The performances were made available not only to the subscribers, but also to residents of nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities across the country. Later in the year, she created INTERWOVEN, a multi-cultural ensemble whose mission is to eliminate discrimination against the AAAPI (Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) community by integrating the musical traditions of the East and West.
While Keiko played with the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet between 2005 and 2019, the ensemble won numerous prestigious awards including the GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance; First Prize of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011; the Third Prize and the Australian Broadcast Corporation Classic FM Listener’s Choice Award of the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011.
Keiko is currently on faculty at Fordham University. Between 2008 and 2019, she taught at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. She plays on a J. B. Vuillaume violin from 1845, generously loaned by an anonymous donor. She also enjoys playing on a Baroque-style violin made by Antonio Mariani, circa 1669, formerly in the collection of Gabriel Schaff. Her bow was made by Nicolas Maire circa 1850. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Praised for his “sublime” playing by Cleveland Classical, cellist Felix Umansky is a frequently sought-after recitalist and pedagogue. His versatile career has taken him all over Europe as well as North and South America where he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. He has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories around the world, and he has performed and taught at many of the premier summer festivals in the USA.
As cellist of the world-renowned Harlem Quartet, Felix is currently Artist-in-Residence at Montclair State University as well as London’s Royal College of Music. One of his missions as a performer and educator is to bring a wide range of music to as many communities as possible. He has been seen and heard performing compositions from Bach to works written in the 21st Century in venues ranging from jazz clubs to 8th century abbeys to 1500-seat concert halls.
An avid supporter of contemporary music, Felix has performed and premiered works by numerous living composers such as William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Vivian Fung, Chen Yi, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Chick Corea, among many others. A native of Carmel, Indiana, Felix holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma from Yale University. Outside of Harlem Quartet, he performs with his wife, violinist Amy Schroeder, as the Schroeder Umansky Duo. Felix performs on an 1850 J.B. Vuillaume cello, generously on loan to him. This is his first appearance at the Festival.
Pianist Yuri Funahashi has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia and in many of the major halls in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Jones Hall in Houston and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
She has also been heard on many college campuses across the U.S., such as the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Goucher College, Colby College, Bates College, Kalamazoo College, Tulane University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Louisville, University of Connecticut, University of Southern California, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, and the University of Southern Maine, among others.
As a member of the Festival Chamber Music of New York City, Yuri performs regularly in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been a guest artist at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, The Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Mediterranean Music Festival and Royal Viking’s Music Festival at Sea. She has collaborated frequently with the Verdehr Trio, has appeared in performances with the Brentano String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, and is co-founder and co-director of the Maine Mountain Chamber Music series.
Born in Japan, Yuri moved to the U.S. at a young age with her family and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. She has recorded for Musical Heritage and John Marks Records and is on the faculty at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2006.
Praised by the Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Korean-born pianist Mihae Lee maintains a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, and artistic director. She has been captivating audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in solo and chamber music concerts, in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Academia Nationale de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, and Taipei National Hall. An active chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio with violinist Ani Kavafian and hornist William Purvis and was an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society for three decades.
Mihae has appeared frequently at numerous international chamber music festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Medellin Festicamara, Gimhae (Korea), Seattle, OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, El Paso, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport, Bard, Norfolk, Mostly Music, Electric Earth Concerts, Monadnock, Music Mountain and Chestnut Hill Concerts. In addition to many years of performing regularly at Bargemusic in New York, she has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae; has collaborated with the Juilliard, Tokyo, Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets; and has premiered and recorded works by such composers as Gunther Schuller, Ned Rorem, Paul Lansky, Henri Lazarof, Michael Daugherty, and Ezra Laderman.
Mihae made her professional debut at the age of fourteen with the Korean National Orchestra after becoming the youngest grand prizewinner at the prestigious May 16th National Competition in 1972.
In the same year, she came to the United States on a scholarship from The Juilliard School Pre-College, and subsequently won many further awards including First Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Mihae is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory studying with Martin Canin and Russell Sherman and has released recordings on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCMS labels. Currently serving as Artistic Director of the Essex Winter Series in Connecticut, she has performed at the SLLMF since 1995 and has been the Music Director since 2016.
Flutes, Piccolo, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, Contrabassoon, and English Horn.
Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is a dynamic and versatile musician who performs a variety of roles in the New York City area as orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, new music advocate, and educator. Praised for having a “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric and fast moving” (Palm Beach Daily News), she is Co-Principal Bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. For over fifteen years, she has performed and recorded throughout the USA, Europe and Asia with this prestigious ensemble, and is honored to have recently been elected to an Artistic Director position. Gina is also the Associate Principal/ Second Bassoonist of the Lincoln Center-based Riverside Symphony, as well as a frequent performer with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, and many more. In addition, she has played in recent Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard and My Fair Lady as a substitute bassoonist.
Gina’s passion for chamber music has led her to collaborate with many amazing musicians and ensembles over the years. She is currently a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Sylvan Winds, and Trio Cabrini – a clarinet, bassoon/voice, piano ensemble. She has always had a keen interest in new music, and has endeavored to support composers throughout her career. Gina has been a longtime collaborator with Alarm Will Sound – performing as bassoonist, vocalist and keyboardist – and has worked with many composers over the years, premiering a plethora of new works with the group. In NYC she has performed with Argento New Music Project and ACME, and has commissioned and premiered works that combine her two passions – singing and playing the bassoon – into one performing experience. Composers who have written for her include Jenni Brandon, Gregg August, Sunny Knable and Allison Loggins-Hull.
As an educator, Gina currently holds positions at New York University and Western CT State University where she teaches bassoon, coaches chamber music, and teaches a variety of other classes. She is a frequent guest clinician at Bard College for The Orchestra Now, and has taught masterclasses at universities throughout the United States. This is her first appearance at the SLLMF.
Benjamin Fingland interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature, performing with “spiritedness and humor”, “unflagging precision and energy”, “eloquence and passion” (The New York Times) and with playing described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
A proponent of the music of our time, Benjamin works closely with living composers. In addition to being a founding member of the critically acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, he plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast, including NOVUS NY, Music From Copland House, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Network for New Music, the Argento Ensemble, and the Locrian Chamber Players. He is an artist faculty member of the annual Composers Conference, and a guest faculty member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.
Benjamin has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a broad variety of other artists – ranging in scope from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet and the Horszowski Trio to Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John. He is the principal clarinetist of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, has held principal positions with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Benjamin is a member of the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet, which recently celebrated 60 years of groundbreaking commissions and performances of wind chamber music. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from The Juilliard School and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the Third Street Music School. This is his first appearance at the Festival.
Laura Gilbert, flutist, has performed worldwide as chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and guest lecturer. Previously co-artistic director of Monadnock Music, she is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Laura is a founding member of Auréole, a trio composed of flute, viola and harp; additionally, she has performed with many ensembles including Musicians from Marlboro, Brandenburg Ensemble, the Borromeo, Brentano and Saint Lawrence String Quartets, Chamber Music at the 92nd Street “Y,” Saint Luke’s Ensemble and Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and Speculum Musicae.
Laura also performs frequently with Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni: as advocates of folk-inspired classical music, the duo has commissioned many new works, some of which can be heard on their recording “From the New Village,” on Koch International Classics. Her discography includes numerous solo recordings and over 25 chamber music recordings (including a Grammy). She currently holds the principal flute chair of CityMusic, Cleveland and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Laura serves on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and Saint Ann’s School. She has performed at the SLLMF since 1998.
Born into a family of classical musicians, Noah Kay began playing the oboe at age fifteen. In 2017, he joined the Colorado Springs Philharmonic as Principal Oboe. He has performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Washington, D.C., where they recorded an album of Mendelssohn’s piano concerti with soloist Jan Lisiecki on Deutsche Grammophon. In 2020, he joined the group in a premiere of a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons by Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth at Carnegie Hall, as well as Sarasota, Florida and Easton, Pennsylvania.
Noah has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Colorado Symphony, Princeton Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and Symphoria. He has appeared at the Manchester Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Cape May Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra. Noah received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer, and his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music under Stephen Taylor. This summer is Noah’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
Bassoonist Adrian Morejon has been praised for his “teeming energy” and “precise control” by the New York Times and having “every note varnished to a high gloss” by the Boston Globe. As a soloist, he has appeared throughout the US and Europe with the Talea Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Miami Symphony. He will be featured in a recording of Joan Tower’s Bassoon Concerto, Red Maple, to be released by BMOP/Sound in 2022.
An active chamber musician, Adrian is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, Talea Ensemble, and Radius Ensemble. He has appeared with such groups as the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Imani Winds, Alarm Will Sound, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Essex Winter Series.
An experienced orchestral musician, Adrian is co-principal of IRIS Orchestra and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and others. He was a recipient of Theodore Presser Foundation Grant, 2nd prize of the Fox-Gillet International Competition, and a shared top prize at the Moscow Conservatory International Competition.
Adrian has participated in many other festivals, including the Composer’s Conference at Brandeis University, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Summer Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and the Monadnock Music Festival. An alum of the Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music, Adrian is currently on the faculty at SUNY Purchase College, CUNY Brooklyn College and CUNY Hunter College. He has been performing at SLLMF since 2016.
Praised by the New York Times as “irresistible in both music and performance,” flutist, Susan Rotholz continues to be in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. Winner of Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and of Concert Artists Guild as soloist, Susan is Principal Flute of the Greenwich Symphony, The New York Pops and The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Little Orchestra Society. She has performed as soloist and toured nationally and internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Susan is co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble presenting multi-genre chamber music concerts, and she also appears each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom and the Saratoga Chamber Players. She attended the Yale School of Music from 1979 to 1981 and the Marlboro Music Festival in 1980 and 1981, and through the Marlboro Festival, she became the principal flutist with the New England Bach Festival for the following 25 years.
Susan’s recordings of the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with the late forte-pianist, Kenneth Cooper and the more recently released American Tapestry, Duos for Flute and Piano with pianist, Margaret Kampmeier have continually been received with acclaim. Susan is Professor at Vassar College, Columbia University, ACSM at Queens College and Manhattan School of Music Pre-college. She has performed at the SLLMF since 1991.
Horns, Trumpets, Tuba, Trombones, and Bass Trombone.
William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous premieres including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson, Bayan Northcott, Krzysztof Penderecki (New York premiere), and Paul Lansky; horn trios by Poul Ruders and Paul Lansky; Sonate en Forme de Préludes by Steven Stucky; and recent premieres by Elliott Carter, Retracing II for Solo Horn and Nine by Five with the New York Woodwind Quintet.
William is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Yale Brass Trio, and the Triton Horn Trio, and is an emeritus member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has been a frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society, and has collaborated with many of the world’s most esteemed string quartets, including the Brentano, Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Daedalus, and Fine Arts string quartets. Recent Festival appearances have included the Chamber Music Northwest, Sarasota, Norfolk, Sebago-Long Lake, Chestnut Hill Concerts and Phoenix chamber music festivals in the U.S., the Great Mountain, Busan and Gimhae chamber music festivals in South Korea and the Kitakaruizawa Festival in Japan.
William has participated in performances on historical instruments with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and a recording of the Quintets for Piano and Winds by Mozart and Beethoven will be released in 2022. He has recorded extensively on numerous labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos, Koch, and Bridge. He is currently Professor in the Practice of Horn and Chamber Music at the Yale School of Music, where he is also Coordinator of Winds and Brass, and serves as Director of the Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments. He has performed at the Festival since 2000.