2003-2004 Participating Artists
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.
Jerome Lowenthal, piano
Jerome Lowenthal has distinguished himself as an artist of rare musical vision and integrity. His wide-ranging presence in a career spanning more than three decades has made him an important figure on the international music scene. Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at the age of 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1961, he returned to the United States after several successful years in Europe, and since then has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony. He has performed with some of the most distinguished conductors of our time including Barenboim, Bernstein, Dorati, Giulini, and Mehta, and has recorded under Sergiu Comissiona with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lowenthal's voluminous repertoire includes 59 performed concerti. He plays works by many living composers, among whom George Rochberg, Jay Reise and Ned Rorem have composed works expressly for him. Chamber music is an important part of Jerome Lowenthal's musical life. He has played duo recitals with cellist Nathaniel Rosen and violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as two piano programs with his late wife, the Israeli pianist Ronit Air. He is a regular participant in the festivals of Sitka, Alaska, the Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Holland, Chamber Music of Los Angeles, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Jerome Lowenthal is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and resides in New York.
Ju-Young Baek, violin
Ju-Young Baek won First Prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Mortimer Levitt Award for Women Artists presented Ms. Baek’s New York debut recital in the Young Concert Artists Series at the 92nd Street Y, and she debuted in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Korean Concert Society. She was also presented in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with YCA harpist Gwyneth Wentink. In May, 2002, she made her New York concerto debut with the New York Chamber Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz at Alice Tully Hall, and gave a performance at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the New York Senior Concert Orchestra. Ms. Baek has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among many others. Ju-Young Baek received a Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute, where she studied with Aaron Rosand, and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Robert Mann.
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.
Jesse Mills, violin
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. Lukes 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.