New York Philomusica

2004-2005 Participating Artists

Judith Bettina, soprano

Soprano Judith Bettina, hailed for her proficiency in a wide range of musical styles, has appeared as guest soloist with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. She has appeared with chamber groups throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances with the Bach Chamber Soloists, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Continuum, Bard Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Parnassus, Speculum Musicae, The Geneva Music Festival, Ensemble 21, Boston Musica Viva, San Francisco Contemporary Chamber players, the Monadnock Music Festival, and the Library of Congress.
Highly acclaimed for her performances of contemporary music, Ms. Bettina has had works written for her by Mel Powell, Tobias Picker, Christopher Berg, Chester Biscardi, David Rakowski, Richard Karpen, and David Olan. She has premiered works by Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt, Lori Dobbins, Richard Danielpour, George Tsontakis, and Vivian Fine. Ms. Bettina's recent performances have included Tobias Picker's Symphony No. 2: Aussöhnung and the premiere of Tres sonetos de amor, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and Edison Denisov's La vie en rouge.  
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Karl Kraber, flute

Karl Kraber was a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet for 19 seasons, and played with the New York Chamber Soloists and the Aeolian Chamber Players. Mr. Kraber was awarded a Solo Recitalist Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, and he recorded a solo album, American Music for Flute for Orion Records. He has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Austin Symphony, among others. He has performed widely in Europe, including Paris and Rome TV, the BBC, and German, Italian and Swiss Radios. Recordings include chamber works for Vox, Turnabout, Desto, and CRI labels. Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Kraber is currently Principal Flutist of the Austin Symphony.  
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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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Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet

Cuba-born and New York-based saxophonist and clarinet player Paquito D'Rivera has balanced a career in Latin jazz with commissions as a classical composer and appearances with symphony orchestras. At the age of six, young Paquito played the soprano sax already on a professional level. At age 10 he performed with the National Theater Orchestra of Havana, then began studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music and became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony at age 17. He was a co-founder of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna and served as the band's conductor for two years. In 1973 he joined eight members of the Orquesta to form the band Irakere, a top-rated Cuban-Jazz ensemble that toured throughout the world. While on tour in Spain in 1981, D'Rivera defected and moved to the U.S. starting a unique career in U. S. jazz and classical circuits.

Paquito played with Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, Michel Camilo and others and wrote compositions for chamber ensembles and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1988 he was a founding member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences into the jazz genre. With his own groups Paquito tours throughout the world. His appearances in classical venues include solo performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Lukes and many others. He recorded about 30 albums as a leader and received several Grammies. In 1991 he was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Latin music.  
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Andrew Clark, horn

Andrew Clark, principal horn player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, is known for his stylish performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire on the natural horn. His solo recordingshave been critically acclaimed, the Guardian saying of his EMI disc of chamber music for the horn by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms: “This invigorating disc brings together masterly performances of some of the most important horn works in thechamber repertory.” He is the first horn player to record the newly re-discovered Horn Concerto by Crusell and has recordedthe complete works for horn and piano by Carl Czerny (both for Hyperion), the Sonata da Caccia by Thomas Ades (EMI) andVivaldi’s Double Horn Concerto (Linn). After playing in the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 he was described in the Independentas “a staggering prodigy of the natural horn” and the Scotsman wrote: “On his natural horn he was hugely impressive,probably giving as fine a performance as will ever be possible outside the recording studio."

Of his Lincoln Center performance of Haydn and Handel in April of 2004, the New York Times' Allan Kozinn writes:

"As it turned out, the evening's most captivating performances were the lively accounts of Haydn's Symphony No. 83 and movements from Handel's "Water Music" the orchestra, led by Ton Koopman, played on its own. Most striking was the exposed horn writing in the Handel, played virtuosically and with flawless intonation by Andrew Clark and Francois Merand, using perilously difficult 18th-Century horns. Maybe the Juilliard School should bring them over for master classes."  
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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

Robert Levin, piano

Robert Levin has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and in Asia, in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts. He is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas. Mr. Levin can be heard on many of New York Philomusica’s CDs, as well as numerous recordings for other labels. He has recorded the complete Bach concertos with Helmuth Rilling as well as the English Suites and the Well Tempered Clavier for Hänssler’s 172_CD Edition Bachakademie. Other recordings include a Beethoven concerto cycle with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique for Archiv, and a Mozart concerto cycle with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music for Decca/Oiseau Lyre. 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 have been recorded and performed throughout the world. He is Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.  
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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

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.  top of page

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.  
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Maurycy Banaszek, violin

Maurycy Banaszek was born in Warsaw, Poland, where he began his violin studies at the age of 6. He has appeared in recital and as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and in USA. He has received numerous violin, viola and chamber music awards (including 1995 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig and 1998 Coleman Competition in Los Angeles). As a founding member of The Elsner String Quartet he has played in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, among others. In August 1998, he was invited by the members of the legendary Amadeus String Quartet to perform at the Amadeus Quartet 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in London. He has participated in many international music festivals (including Aldeburgh Festival in England, Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland and the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in USA. He has made numerous recordings and broadcasts for TV/Radio stations in Europe and USA (including regular live appearances at WQXR New York). His other musical activities also include contemporary music (he is a member of the Claremont Ensemble) as well as conducting. He regularly appears as a guest violist with the Szymanowski String Quartet. He was recently invited to be the soloist with the New Jersey Lyric Orchestra at their Carnegie Hall debut performance. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He recently won the Manhattan School Orchestral Performance Concerto Competition, was presented with the Harold Bauer Award and was featured as a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia.  
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Jesse Mills, violin

Jesse Mills graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Robert Mann in 2001. As soloist he has performed with the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New Jersey Symphony, the Sarah Lawrence College Symphony, the Plainfield Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Aspen Music Festival's Sinfonia Orchestra as winner of the Festival's E. Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition. As a chamber musician Mills has performed at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, New York City's Merkin Concert Hall and Bargemusic, the Rising Stars series at Caramoor, the Ravinia Festival's Bennett-Gordon Hall, and at the Marlboro Music Festival. He has performed chamber music with such artists as Richard Goode, David Soyer, Donald Weilerstein, Anton Kuerti, Peter Wiley, Miriam Fried, Claude Frank, and Fred Sherry. He performed on the opening night of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "A Great Day in New York" series with pianist/composer Peter Schickele, and this concert was broadcast live on WNYC 93.9 FM in New York. During this past season, Jesse performed with various ensembles in such places as Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and New Jersey. As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-2003, he played in many concert halls around the world, performing music composed during the last 50 years. Among these concerts were 3 performances of Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 3, a six-hour-long work of immense beauty. Currently, Mills is a member of Nurse Kaya, an ensemble comprised of string quartet plus bass and drums, which exclusively plays compositions written by its members. Jesse is an avid improvisor.  
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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

Junah Chung, viola

Junah Chung is an active chamber musician and soloist, received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer. Junah has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Lincoln Center's Paul Hall, the Society for Ethical Culture, Meet the Composer, the National Museum of Iceland, Music in Chelsea, Festival of the Arts in South Nyack, and the Lotte Concert Hall in Yusong, Korea. He has performed at such festivals as the Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland, the Rhode Island Summer Chamber Music Festival, Stonybrook Summer Festival, Elan International Festival, Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Utah Chamber Music Festival, Ramapo Music Festival, and the Lake Winnepesaukee Chamber Music Festival. Junah has also been a member of the Reykjavik String Quartet. Last season, Mr. Chung gave the premiere of "Turner's Ghost" for viola and piano by Peter Robles. As an orchestral musician, Junah has held the post of Assistant Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta of Amsterdam and the Jupiter Symphony.  top of page

Richard O'Neill, viola

Richard O'Neill has performed as chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States,Europe and Asia. An accomplished chamber musician, hefrequently collaborates with the today's finest musicians including members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Mendelssohn and Orion String Quartets, violinists Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Kyung-Wha Chung and Joshua Bell, among others. This is his first year in residence with The Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. He frequently tours the United States with Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Richard made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2000, and more recently performed and recorded Schoenberg's String Quartet Concerto with Fred Sherry and Robert Craft conducting the 20th Century Classics Ensemble and Elliot Carter's ASKO Concerto at Carnegie Hall. He is principal violist and soloist with the International Sejong Soloists (ICM Artists), a conductorless string ensemble, which he tours internationally performing as soloist and principal viola. A popular figure in Korea, he was the subject of two feature length documentaries made by the Korean Broadcasting System which were broadcast to over 10 million people worldwide. Mr. O'Neill has recorded for Naxos, Centaur, and Tzadik and recently was signed on by Universal Records to produce two solo albums. The first and only violist to be accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School. O'Neill performs on a viola made by Gasparo da Salo of Brescia Italy, circa 1590, a generous loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture.  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

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

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