Performers


Raphael Bell – Cello

Raphael Bell is principal cello of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, Belgium, and co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival in his hometown in Virginia. He has performed as a chamber musician at celebrated venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Alti Hall (Kyoto), the Berlin …




Timothy Summers – Violin and Viola

Violinist Timothy Summers is co-director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, which he also co-founded in 2000, and is second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet. A member of the first violin section of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, he has performed with the orchestra on violin, viola, and mandolin. As a chamber …




Rebecca Albers – Viola

Violist Rebecca Albers has performed throughout North America, Asia and Western Europe. Her performances have been seen on national television in the United States and China and heard on National Public Radio and French National Radio.  A native of Longmont, CO, Ms. Albers currently resides in Saint Paul, MN as the Assistant Principal violist of …




Alasdair Beatson – Piano

Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician. Highlights of 2012 include a fifth solo recital at Wigmore Hall, appearances as soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and solo recitals in Glasgow’s The Piano Festival and Bath’s Mozartfest. His recent CD of Mendelssohn piano music …




John Blacklow – Piano

Hailed for his “powerful and eloquent” playing (New York Times), as “a brilliant performer—a gifted musical presence with a high sense of pianistic fantasy” (Salzburger Nachrichten), pianist John Blacklow has been presented as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Louvre Auditorium in …




Ixi Chen – Clarinet

Second Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Ixi Chen enjoys an active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, artistic director, and educator. She is a member of the wind faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is the Managing Artistic Director and Founder of the chamber ensemble concert:nova, whose …




Lisa Conway – Horn

Lisa H. Conway, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2008 as second horn. Previously, she was second horn in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Boston, San Francisco, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Conway plays fourth horn in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and in past summers …




Joseph Conyers – Bass

Profiled in Ebony magazine as one of 30 Leaders 30 and Younger, Joseph H. Conyers joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2010 as assistant principal bass. He came to Philadelphia after a one-and-a-half year tenure with the Atlanta Symphony, three-and-a half years as principal bass of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and four summers as a …




Nicholas Cords – Viola

Violist Nicholas Cords is strongly committed to the advocacy and performance of music from a very broad historic and geographical spectrum. His busy touring schedule has led him in recent years to Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Library of Congress. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the …




David Cossin – Percussion

David Cossin is a specialist in new and experimental music, David has worked across a broad spectrum of musical and artistic forms to incorporate new media with percussion. David Cossin has recorded and performed internationally with composers and ensembles including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich and Musicians, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Meredith …




Jennifer Frautschi – Violin

Avery Fisher career grant recipient violinist Jennifer Frautschi has appeared in recent seasons with appearances as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her …




Jonathan Gandelsman – Violin

Jonathan Gandelsman’s musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States 14 years ago. Through his work with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy, Martin Hayes, Christina Courtin and Jenny Scheinman, Gandelsman …




Matthew Hunt – Clarinet

Matthew Hunt began his musical education as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. He later studied at the Guildhall School in London, and in Paris with Pascal Moraguès. Now much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Matthew has performed at venues around Britain and abroad, including the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and St. John’s, …




Colin Jacobsen – Violin

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, first played to critical acclaim at the age of fourteen, collaborating with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic in a performance that was hailed by the New York Times: “Jacobsen was the impressively accomplished soloist in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, sounding as if he were …




Eric Jacobsen – Cello

Mr. Jacobsen is a cellist and conductor residing in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with Rene Fleming on David Letterman and at the inaugural concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. Mr. Jacobsen has also appeared with The Silk Road Ensemble at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai. In 2006 Eric’s brother, …




Ieva Jokubaviciute – Piano

Known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs regularly for audiences in the US and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing ‘razorsharp intelligence and wit’ (The Washington Post) and as ‘elegant …




Valentin Martchev – Bassoon

Valentin Martchev was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, and started playing the bassoon at age 10. He went to the State Academy of Music in Sofia and Duquesne University, studying with Yordan Metodiev, Tony Komitoff, and Nancy Goeres. During his student years in the states he attended the Aspen, Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, …




Demarre McGill – Flute

Currently principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony, Mr. McGill has held the same position with the San Diego Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Winner of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill has performed concerti with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony …




David Quiggle – Viola

A native of the Pacific Northwest, David Quiggle studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik.  In 1992 he settled in Spain, where he held the position of Principal Viola in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (La Coruña), and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Radiotelevision Española (Madrid). …




Aki Saulière – Violin

French violinist Aki Saulière is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Karajan Akademie in Berlin, and later in master classes with Georgy Kurtag, Yuko Mori, and Ferenc Rados. As a founding member of the Capuçon Quartet …




Mimi Solomon – Piano

American pianist Mimi Solomon has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter and National Public Radio. An avid …




Jennifer Stumm – Viola

Violist JENNIFER STUMM is internationally recognized as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument. Her solo career was launched after winning three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva, and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize.) Hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of …




Brooklyn Rider

The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The musicians play …