New York Philomusica

Participating 2002/03 Artists

Susan Rotholz, flute
Gerard Reuter, oboe
Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
Richard Goldsmith, clarinet/bass-clarinet
A. Robert Johnson, horn

Rieko Aizawa, piano
Jeb Patton, piano
Robert Levin, piano
Meg Bachman Vas, piano

Deborah Buck, violin
Patrick Wood, violin
Naoko Tanaka, violin
Calvin Wiersma, violin/viola
Kirsten Johnson, viola

Ah Ling Neu, viola

Gregory Hesselink, 'cello
Michael Kannen, 'cello

Gail Kruvand, contrabass
Eddie Locke, drums



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2002-2003 Participating Artists

Susan Rotholz, flute

Susan Rotholz made her New York debut to critical acclaim in 1981 as winner of the Concert Artist Guild Award and winner of the 1987 Young Concert Artist award as a founding member of Hexagon piano and winds. She currently serves as principal flutist of the New England Bach Festival, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. She also performs and tours nationally and internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Stamford Symphony and the New York Pops. In March 2002, Bridge Records released her recording of the complete Bach Sonatas for Flute and Fortepiano and the Partita for Solo Flute with Kenneth Cooper to rave reviews. Ms. Rotholz serves on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College
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Gerard Reuter, oboe

Gerard Reuter, a recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award, has enjoyed a distinguished solo career touring the United States, Europe, India and Africa. Much sought after as a guest at summer music festivals, including Caramoor, Marlboro, La Jolla, Round Top and the Chamber Music Festival of the Library of Congress in the United States, and the Flanders Festival, the Dartington Festival and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Europe, he has also appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Jupiter Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi in New York, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member.

Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and was a founding member of the ensemble, An die Musik. As a guest, he has performed with many ensembles, including the Colorado String Quartet, Composers String Quartet, DaVinci Quartet, Aspen Wind Quintet, American Chamber Players, New York Philomusica and I Fiamminghi in Belgium.

Mr. Reuter has been heard on major radio stations throughout this country and in Europe and has been recorded in concert for worldwide broadcast on The Voice of America. He has recorded for Sony, New World, Telarc, Columbia, BMG-Catalyst, Dorian, Summit and Musical Heritage Society.

Mr. Reuter studied at the Juilliard School with Lois Wann and at the Royal College of Music in London. He is on the faculties of New York University and Sarah Lawrence College.  
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Joseph Rabbai, clarinet

Joseph Rabbai has been principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1980. Prior to that, he was principal clarinet of The Israel Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and a member of The New York City Opera Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinet with The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a position he has held since 1971. A graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Rabbai has been a teacher of clarinet and chamber music at a number of institutions including Queens College, Brooklyn College, The Graduate School of the City University of new York, The State University of New York at Purchase as well as at New Jersey City University. A highly respected New York recording artist, his records of works by Ned Rorem, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Olivier Messaien have met with much critical acclaim. An active participant in chamber music, Mr. Rabbai has performed extensively with the New York Philomusica and at The Caramoor Festival.  top of page


Richard Goldsmith, clarinet/bass-clarinet

Richard Goldsmith has premiered and recorded the music of many contemporary composers spanning a wide range of style and technique. In the performance of contemporary works, Mr. Goldsmith has been acclaimed for his "technical mastery, breathtaking playing and virtuosic flair" (N.Y.Times). An active performer on the New York scene, he has performed with Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, North-South Consonance, Erich Hawkins Dance Theatre Orchestra and New York Philomusica, among others, with Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and on commercial recordings. He has toured throughout the United States and Canada as a soloist and chamber musician and serves on the faculties of Queens College, the United Nations International School and Hunter College Elementary School. His major teachers were Joseph Rabbai, Charles Russo, and David Glazer.  
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Rieko Aizawa, piano

Rieko Aizawa was born in Japan and brought to the attention of Alexander Schneider by the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida when she was13 years old. Schneider immediately engaged her at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall; and in the same year he presented her in her U.S. debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She has since performed as soloist throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, such as at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Highlights of appearances include the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and, most recently, a performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Guarneri Quartet, and regular participation at the Marlboro Festival. Ms. Aizawa studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin, and Peter Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she received her master's degree.  top of page


Jeb Patton, piano

Jeb Patton attended Duke University, where he studied piano with Tibor Szasz, Douglas Buys, and Jane Hawkins. As a member of the Duke Jazz Ensemble under Paul Jeffrey, he performed with and/or arranged for more than 60 professional jazz artists. Studying under Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath, Jeb earned his Master of Arts degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY. In addition to numerous recordings and festivals, Jeb’s club appearances in New York City include the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard, Birdland, and the Iridium. Here he also appeared in the Opening Nights of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In September 2000, Jeb traveled to Greece with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jon Faddis and at the invitation of the Consulate General of the USA to perform Ellington’s "Black, Brown and Beige Suite." He has also appeared on three S.S. Norway Jazz Cruises as part of the Jimmy Heath Big Band, with Jimmy’s small band, and with the Heath Brothers.  top of page


Robert Levin, piano

Pianist Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and in Asia. He has performed with the orchestras of Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway with conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle and Joseph Silverstein. On fortepiano he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, the London Classical Players, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with conductors Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Robert Levin has made recordings for DG Archiv, CRI, Decca/London, Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Label, ECM, Nonesuch, Philips, SONY Classical and Turnabout. He is currently recording the complete Bach concertos with Helmuth Rilling as well as the six English Suites and both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier for Hänssler’s 169-CD Edition Bachakademie, a complete set which will be issued by July 2000. This season Decca/London is releasing the seventh disc in Levin’s complete Mozart concerto cycle with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music; and DG Archiv has issued the final recording of his Beethoven concerto cycle with John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, containing the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s arrangement of the Fourth Concerto for piano and string quintet together with his arrangement of the Second Symphony for piano trio.

Robert Levin’s active career as a chamber musician includes long associations with the violist Kim Kashkashian and the New York Philomusica. In addition to his performing activities, Robert Levin is a noted theorist and Mozart scholar, and is the author of a number of articles and essays on Mozart. His completions of Mozart fragments are published by Bärenreiter, Breitkopf & Härtel, Hänssler, and Peters, and recorded and performed throughout the world. He is the Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.  
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Meg Bachman Vas, piano

Meg Bachman Vas has enjoyed innumerable prestigious associations as a chamber musician, recital accompanist, and vocal coach. Lynn Harrell, Pinchas Zuckerman, Mark Kaplan, Berl Senofsky, Sidney Harth, Mildred Miller, Shirley Love, and Paul Sperry are among those with whom she has performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. Following her studies at the Juilliard School with Beveridge Webster, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Her many solo performances include several with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. Ms. Vas’ recordings include: George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for 3 Masked Players with the New York Camerata, two CDs with violinist Arturo Delmoni, several recordings of chamber works by such composers as Eleanor Corey, Michael White, and John Gibson, and Beethoven’s Quintet in E-flat, Op. 16, for piano and winds with New York Philomusica.  top of page


Deborah Buck, violin

Deborah Buck has been described by The Strad Magazine as… "Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound." She has performed as recitalist at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and was invited to premier a new series on KKGO radio. Highlights of past seasons have included a performance of the Brahms Sextet in G Major with Itzhak Perlman and a recording of all the violin solos for the original silent film "The Scarlet Letter" (Turner Classics). Ms. Buck has toured with the Lark Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of both the Perspectives Ensemble and the American String Project. Ms. Buck, now a resident of New York City, is a graduate of both The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Dorothy DeLay, and the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Robert Lipsett and was the 1996 Jascha Heifetz Violin Prize recipient.  
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Patrick Wood, violin

Patrick Wood earned a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University and is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in the UK, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain. In the US, he has appeared at venues such as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Recently he has played with the Berkshire Bach Society under the direction of Kenneth Cooper. He gave the first U.S. performances of the Violin Sonata (1768) by Thomas Linley, and the unaccompanied works for violin (c.1655-60) by Thomas Baltzar. He is on the faculty at the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey and at the Lawrenceville School, and is currently on the advisory committee for a Mexican art and music project for the Princeton University Concerts Office.  
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A. Robert Johnson, horn

Robert Johnson is the Founder and Artistic Director of New York Philomusica. After graduation from The Juilliard School in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree, he played one year in the National Symphony of Washington, DC, before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Seventh Army Symphony and Chamber Ensemble, based in Europe, for the duration of his duty in the army. Shortly before receiving his Honorable Discharge, he auditioned successfully for Leonard Bernstein, securing a position in the New York Philharmonic. During his seven-year tenure he was, for the last two-and-one-half years, Alternate Solo Horn. He founded New York Philomusica in 1971, following a succession of attempts that began with a hugely successful debut in the first Mozart Festival of 1966. His eventual success with the New York Philomusica has resulted in an ensemble renowned for finding the hidden beauties of the repertory and bringing them to life through recordings, national and international tours, and as a fixture on the New York musical scene through its subscription series. Mr. Johnson has performed extensively with the legendary jazz pianist, Sir Roland Hanna in the Hanna Trio, for flute, horn and ’cello, with Sir Roland as ’cellist and Frank Wess alternating on flute with Frank Perowsky. The trio made a tour of Japan in 1989. Sir Roland has been commissioned to write for the New York Philomusica and has performed with it in his own compositions and in the music of Mozart. In addition to playing the horn, Mr. Johnson’s other musical pursuits include composing and conducting. He owns de Neveu Publishing. Compositions and orchestrations by him include joint efforts with noted author and journalist, George Plimpton. Mr. Johnson performed in the longest running show in Broadway history, Cats from the opening to its close, a run of 18 years,. He played in the orchestra of many shows running through the 1970's, including those by Stephen Sondheim and Sugar Babies, in which Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney starred. Throughout these many varied activities, New York Philomusica has remained Mr. Johnson’s central interest.  top of page


Naoko Tanaka, violin

Naoko Tanaka was born in Tokyo and began her studies at the Toho School. Her career in the United States began at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay and Felix Galimir and gave her debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as the winner of the Artists International Competition. She is a member of the Theater Chamber Players of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the St. Luke’s Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she has led as a concertmaster in performance in Carnegie Hall, throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and on over 30 Deutsche Grammophon recordings. She has also performed in the Sitka, Caramoor, Ravinia, White Mountains, Saito-kinen (Japan), Aspen and Marlboro festivals. Ms. Tanaka is on the Assistant Faculty at The Juilliard School.  top of page


Calvin Wiersma, violin/viola

Calvin Wiersma was a founding member of the Figaro Trio and the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumburg, Fischoff, Coleman and Cleveland Quartet competitions. The Meliora Quartet was the Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the US, Italy and Australia. He has appeared with Speculum Musicae and the New York New Music Ensemble and recently completed a European tour with Steve Reich. He has been featured in solo performances with the International League of Composers of Music and for National Public Radio. He has been an artist-in-residence at Middlebury College, the California Summer Arts Program and the Institute for Chamber Music in Israel. Mr. Wiersma has recorded for the New York Philomusica Records and Telarc labels. He is classical coordinator for Culturefinder, the largest Internet address for the Performing Arts.  top of page



Kirsten Johnson, viola

Kirsten Johnson won first prize in the 1997 Washington International Competition and first prize at the American String Teachers Association Competition. She made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 17, and has performed with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. Ms. Johnson has participated in many chamber music festivals nationwide including Bargemusic, Caramoor, and Pensacola. She is a veteran of the Marlboro Festival and tours. She has performed with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Orion, Garner and Colorado Quartets, and is active as a solo recitalist. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and has pursued further studies at Juilliard.  top of page



Ah Ling Neu, viola

Ah Ling Neu was born in Japan of Chinese parents. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory with Gennady Kleyman and in Holland with Nobuko Imai. Ms. Neu has played in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, with the festivals of Marlboro, Chamber Music/West, Tanglewood, the International Musician's Seminar in England, Spoleto (Italy and South Carolina), the Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Chamber Music at the Y in New York. A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Ridge String Quartet, she is presently principal violist of the EOS Orchestra and the Brandenburg Ensemble.  top of page


Gregory Hesselink, violoncello

Gregory Hesselink leads a varied musical life as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher and interpreter of new music. He is a member of the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, New Band, Sequitur and the Locrian Chamber Players. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and his active interest in new music has led him to the premieres of more than 90 works world-wide including concertos by Daniel Weymouth at Princeton University, and James Tenney at the Donaueschingen Music Festival in Germany (on the tenor violin). In 2003 he will give the premiere of a concerto being written for him by Ross Bauer. He is currently on the faculty of the Mannes Preparatory Division, and his recordings can be heard on CRI, Nonesuch, Wergo, Bridge, Koch, Albany, Innova, PPI and Point Records.  top of page


Michael Kannen, violoncello

Michael Kannen was a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet and for seven years performed with that group on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings. During those years, the Brentano Quartet was awarded the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and was the first participant in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II program. In addition to his work with the quartet, Mr. Kannen has been a member of the Figaro Trio and has appeared at chamber music festivals around the country. He has collaborated with such artists as Jessye Norman, Paula Robison, Donald Weilerstein, Hilary Hahn, Stephen Isserlis, Sergiu Luca and the Ridge, Mendelssohn, Ying and Lark String Quartets. Mr. Kannen is currently a member of the Apollo Trio and is on the faculty of Dartmouth College.  top of page


Gail Kruvand, contrabass

Gail Kruvand graduated from Indiana University where she studied with James Buswell and Anthony Newman. In New York she studied with Julius Levine. She has performed in the Marlboro Festival and on its tours and is a member of the New York City Center Opera Company. In addition, she plays frequently with the American Composers Orchestra and a number of other ensembles that specialize in performing new music. She played in the Hofer Symphoniker (Germany) and toured Europe with Africanus Instructus, a Music Theater Group-Lenox Arts Center production. Ms. Kruvand has recorded for CRI, Bridge Records and the Marlboro Recording Society.  top of page


Eddie Locke, drums

Eddie Locke left his native Detroit in the mid-fifties and moved to New York, where he quickly established himself as one of the all-time great jazz drummers. During his illustrious career, he has enjoyed long associations with saxophonist Colman Hawkins and trumpeter Roy Eldridge, and he can be heard on many of their recordings. In addition, he has worked and recorded with Teddy Wilson, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Sir Roland Hanna, Ray Bryant, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Kenny Burrell, Red Allen, and many other jazz legends. Mr. Locke is one of the few remaining musicians immortalized in the classic jazz photograph "A Great Day in Harlem." Recently, in conjunction with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, Mr. Locke developed an informative and entertaining presentation of his own collection of photographs entitled "The Joy of Jazz."






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