These are the world-renowned artists joining us in 2021. Many have been with us for years and love returning to this area to perform for you.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only string instruments will be allowed in 2021.
Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Basses
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.
Praised by Strings Magazine for possessing a sound “with probing quality that is supple and airborne” and for her “pure, pellucid bow strokes,” violinist Keiko Tokunaga performs globally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Banff Centre in Canada, Ohji Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Izumi Hall in Osaka, among others.
A passionate advocate of chamber music from all eras, she joined the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet in 2005. Since then, the Quartet has won numerous prestigious awards, including First Prize of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. They won Third Prize and the Australian Broadcast Corporation Classic FM Listener’s Choice Award at the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The Quartet served as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School from 2011 to 2013, and as artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2014-15 season. The Quartet is currently ensemble-in-residence at Texas University in San Marcos.
Keiko has been on faculties at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division, the Fordham University, the Hunter College of New York, the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. Her private violin students range from absolute beginners to winners of international competitions, and she welcomes students from all ethnic and cultural background. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and has recently released her debut album, Jewels, on the New York Classics label.
Her partner-in-crime is a Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900. She has performed at the SLLMF since 2016.
Laurie Brown Kennedy has been principal violist and frequent soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra since 1981. She was the featured soloist with the PSO in 1997 for the opening of the newly renovated Merrill Auditorium. In October 2011, she performed the Bloch Suite Hebraique with the PSO, and in 2007 was soloist with violinist/conductor, Joseph Silverstein, in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Well known as a chamber music artist throughout the Northeast, Laurie has performed for over forty years at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival. She became co-Music Director of this Festival in 1985, and served as Music Director from 2000 to 2015. She has been commended for “some of the most evocative programming on the Maine summer music scene” (Portland Press Herald 2011), and for hiring artists from around the country who play “with passion and precision” (PPH 2015) – “chamber music one would expect to hear at Lincoln Center” (PPH 2014). Laurie is also founder, co-director, and violist with Maine Mountain Chamber Music, which has presented a spring and fall series at the University of Maine at Farmington since 2002. She is highly regarded for designing and narrating the popular Music for Kids and Discovery programs at SLLMF, and for her devotion and enthusiasm in presenting classical music to school children throughout Maine. She teaches viola, violin and chamber music in the Farmington area.
At the age of 21, Laurie joined the viola section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and later served as principal violist for the Vancouver Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. A native of Massachusetts, she received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College with Distinction, and her master’s as well as the coveted Performers Certificate from Indiana University School of Music.
Laurie has resided in Carthage, Maine since 1981. She is an avid gardener and enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, yoga, and traveling. Laurie has performed at SLLMF since 1977.
Massachusetts native Matthew Sinno was appointed Associate Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony in 2018. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Winner of the 2014 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Matthew performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra.
In 2019, He appeared as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, playing an arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” featuring solo viola as the voice of Freddy Mercury. Matthew has attended several summer festivals such as Perlman Music Program and Music Academy of the West. He also performs at Chestnut Hill Concerts in Connecticut.
Matthew holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Cynthia Phelps, Heidi Castleman, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel, Ed Gazouleas and David Rubinstein. Matthew has performed at the SLLMF since 2019.
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.
Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as Principal Cello in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and has frequently played with the Mallarme Chamber Players. She also performs regularly on the Washington Musica Viva series and in the summers she plays in the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.
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 Cello of the Denver Symphony for one season, and she played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991.
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 original home state of New Hampshire.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer and Elsa Hilger. Bonnie also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years 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 performs frequently with her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz. They have one son, Louis, who, as an undergraduate computer science major at NC State University, is gently introducing his parents to the tools of the 21st century! Bonnie has performed at the SLLMF since 2002.
Jered Egan 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.
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, Jered 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 he 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). This is Jered’s first appearance at the SLLMF.
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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only piano and string instruments will be performing in 2021.
Horns, Trumpets, Tuba, Trombones, and Bass Trombone.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only piano and string instruments will be performing in 2021.