Guest Artists

2015-2016 Season

Albina Asryan, soloist

Friday October 16, 2015 & Sunday October 18, 2015

Patrick Hsieh
Albina Asryan received her training at the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan (former USSR), and graduated with qualifications of Piano instructor, Concert Performer, Performer of Chamber Music, and Accompanist.
She holds a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance as well as combined Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Education.
Before coming to the United States, Albina Asryan served for 10 years as a faculty member at Ashgabat Music College, Turkmen National Conservatory, Turkmen National Boarding Music School, and Gavar Music College in Armenia (all in former Soviet Union). She taught applied piano, chamber ensemble, and history of piano music to undergraduate and graduate students. As an accompanist, Albina has 23 years of experience as of today. Her repertoire includes works for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn, saxophone, euphonium, voice, and choir.
A winner of national and regional competitions as both a soloist and collaborative pianist, Albina Asryan, has performed in Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and later, in the United States (Los Angeles and San Jose CA; Las Vegas and Reno, NV; Chicago, IL).
Currently, Albina Asryan is serving as a collaborative pianist for Ballet classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a private piano instructor, and active member of Music Teachers National Association.
She is a proud mother of a very talented dancer daughter who is a junior Dance Major at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Patrick Hsieh, violin

Friday September 18, 2015

Patrick Hsieh
Patrick Hsieh began his violin studies in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey with Barbara Barstow and continued with Thomas Lindsay of the New Jersey Symphony. He was a member of both the New Jersey and New York Youth Symphonies and spent many summers away at music programs, including two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival. While pursuing his degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, he was a member of the student-led Bach Society Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Harvard / Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. After graduation, he worked as an Associate Member of Technical Staff at SRI International’s David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey and was a member of several professional orchestras in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Riverside Symphonia, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and Trenton Symphony. Dr. Hsieh remained musically active throughout medical school and his residency in Emergency Medicine, performing regularly as a member or concertmaster of a number of civic and professional orchestras, including the St. Louis Philharmonic and Gateway Festival Orchestra. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2014-2015 Season

 

Helen Lyons, soprano

Friday May 1, 2015

A native of Vermont, soprano Helen Lyons holds degrees from Wellesley College (BA in Music, 1996) and The Royal Academy of Music (London, UK, Diploma of Vocal Performance, LRAM, 2001) and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM, 2008).

Ms. Lyons made her German stage debut in April 2011 as the title role in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with the Coburg Landestheater and in the 2011-2012 season sang with Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf) as Mme. Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She appeared in the 2012-2013 season as Chrysothemis in Mainz Staatstheater’s production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra.

Whilst at CCM, Ms. Lyons sang the roles of Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), and Mme de Volanges (Susa: Dangerous Liaisons), and performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paavo Järvi. She was also the soprano soloist in Mahler’s 2nd and Beethoven’s 9th Symphonies with the CCM Orchestra. After recital engagements in New York City and Frankfurt in 2010, Ms. Lyons has returned to Cincinnati on several occasions for performances with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra in the title role of Puccini’s Turandot (2011), as the Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (2013) and the role of Elisabeth de Valois in the US Premiere of the 5-Act Paris 1867 version of Verdi’s Don Carlos (2013). She will return again in 2015 to sing the title role in Richard Strauss’ Salome. She appeared with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem in March 2011 in Manila.

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Stephanie Weiss

Friday May 1, 2015

Stephanie Weiss, a San Diego native and regular guest artist at Deutsche Oper Berlin, holds degrees from New England Conservatory (voice), Tufts University (biology and drama), University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Mannes College of Music, where she was the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Ms. Weiss was a Regional Finalist in the Midwest Region of the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Some of her roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin have included Musetta in La Bohème, Erste and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Gerhilde and Grimgerde in Die Walküre, Schlafittchen in the Berlin premiere of Das Traumfresserchen, Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier, Aufseherin in Elektra, cover of Johanna in Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna, and the cover of Venus in Tannhäuser in the company’s tour to the Beijing Music Festival. With the Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler, she sang the role of Rose in Lakmé. She has appeared at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Marthe in Faust, at Oper Frankfurt as Musetta in La Bohème, and at Stadttheater Bern, Cologne Opera, and San Diego Opera as Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier. Other recent roles include Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Klementia in Sancta Susanna. In 2010, she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as the Cook in Le Rossignol conducted by Pierre Boulez. She debuted as Venus in Tannhäuser at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin in 2012. In 2013/2014, she sang the Wesendonck Lieder with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, and performed Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore with the San Diego Opera. In 2014, Ms. Weiss joined the faculty of University of Nevada, Las Vegas as Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to her teaching, in the 2014/2015 season, she has sung Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier at Opernhaus Dortmund, Grimgerde in Die Walküre at Oper Leipzig, a concert of Mahler (Symphony 4 and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) with the L’viv Philharmonic, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Singakadamie Potsdam, and will be appearing as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera Las Vegas.

Tod Fitzpatrick

Sunday April 19, 2015

Tod Fitzpatrick (B.M. Chapman University; M.M. & D.M.A. University of Southern California) Associate Professor of Music in Voice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is an active singer and teacher.  Interested in a variety of vocal repertoire, his performance experience includes over forty operatic and music theater roles in addition to a substantial number of oratorio and concert works.  He also has a passion for song recitals and new works for voice.  In December of 2013 he appeared as the Father in Virko Baley’s opera Holodomor at the national opera house in Ukraine.  Other ensembles with which he has sung include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Pacific, the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Sacramento Choral Society, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Utah Festival Opera Company.

American composers Jennifer Barker, Judy Cloud and Virko Baley feature him on recordings of their songs.  Current research includes the editing of unpublished works and recording of songs by the American composer Celius Dougherty with Alan Smith, pianist and Maria Jette, soprano.  Fitzpatrick is the past Cal-Western Regional Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is currently coordinating the 2015 NATS Intern Program at UNLV.  Students with whom he has worked have gone on to win national voice competitions, perform with professional opera companies, and earn university teaching positions.

Mark A. Thomsen, tenor

Friday May 1, 2015

As one of America’s most accomplished tenors Mark Thomsen enjoys a successful career in critically acclaimed performances. Often working repetitively with major companies, Mr. Thomsen has performed to acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, La Scala (Milan), Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera among others. Highlights of recent seasons include singing the role of Faust in Berlioz’ The Damnation of Faust (in English) in Anchorage, tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah and in Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ in Las Vegas, performing the tenor solos with the Indianapolis Opera in their multi-media production of Opera Goes To The Movies and singing the role of Dick Johnson in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, performing the roles of The Governor, Vanderdendeer and Ragotski in Portland Opera’s production of Bernstein’s Candide; jumping in at the last minute to sing the tenor lead with the Peoria Symphony in their rendition of Edward J. Collins’ Daughter of the South; singing a recital for the King and Queen of Sweden with Maestro Caraher at the piano in Minneapolis; performing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy; and performing the role of Don Ottavio in Opera Las Vegas’ production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In January of 2015 Mr. Thomsen directed and sang the role of Alfredo in the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata.

Mr. Thomsen is Founder and Director/Master Teacher of the vocal festival La VOCE Totale, http://lavocetotale.com/, which is based in Las Vegas, and co-founder of the vocal summer program IOPE, http://www.internationaloperaperformingexperience.com/, which is based in Italy. Mark Thomsen is appearing courtesy of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, where he is Professor of Music and Artist in Residence. www.markthomsen.com

Cathy Choi – Violin

Sunday April 19, 2015

Cathy Choi, sixteen-year old violinist born in Seoul, South Korea, began her music studies in violin at the age of 7. Throughout middle school and high school, Cathy has remained a passionate soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. She has served as the concertmaster for Coronado High School for the past 3 years, as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, which she has been participating in for 8 years.

Under the guidance of Shakeh Ghoukasian, Cathy has won numerous awards in competitions over the years. She was named the winner of the 2015 All-State Command Performance for Upper String Solo and is a two-time winner of the Bolognini Scholarship Competition. She was also chosen as 1st alternative for the 2015 Nevada MTNA Competition in the senior category and received an honorable mention in the 2014 LV Philharmonic Concerto Competition. This past summer, Cathy attended the Interlochen Arts Camp with a scholarship, serving as associate concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Cathy, a valedictorian candidate and president of two community service clubs at Coronado, strives to excel in academics as well. She has placed in the top 5 for various math competitions along with debate tournaments as a congressional debater. She is a part of Coronado’s Varsity Dive Team and enjoys volunteering at local hospitals.

Cathy plans to major in neuroscience in after graduation and continue playing music throughout college. She would like to thank her family and friends for their generous support.

Isabelle Adams – Cello

Sunday April 19, 2015

“Isabelle’s been thickening her calluses for almost 9 years now. Starting her cello career when she lived in New York, she’s since gained orchestral experience throughout Missouri and Nevada, performing with St. Charles County Youth Symphony, Webster University’s Young People’s Concert Orchestra, Webster University’s Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra, Las Vegas Youth Symphony (principal), Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, Las Vegas Honor Orchestra, Nevada All-State Orchestra, Zion’s Youth Symphony and Chorus (principal). Isabelle has studied with Michael Chilovich, Ken Kulosa, Andrew Smith, and Robin Reinarz—she hopes to open up her own music school someday so that she can inspire others as her teachers have inspired her. As a soloist, Isabelle has received 1-Ratings at District, Regional, and State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, was nominated for Nevada Command Performance, and won the Henderson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Although cello takes up the majority of her time, Isabelle is also a well-rounded student. A senior at Arbor View High School, Isabelle has a 3.97GPA and has actively participated in Student Council and National Honor Society. When she’s not busy doing all her AP homework, Isabelle enjoys reading, spending time with family, brushing up on her Mario Kart skills, helping with church activities, and hanging out with friends. Still unsure which school to attend, Isabelle has been accepted to the following universities: Dixie State University with a Presidential Full-Ride Scholarship as well as music scholarships and Brigham Young University with scholarships still pending.”

Ryan Tingle – Cello

Sunday April 19, 2015

Ryan Tingle is a senior at Green Valley High School and is in his seventh year of studying cello. He has been a member of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra for six years. He has been a participant of the Southern Nevada Honors Orchestra for five years as well as the Nevada All Sate Orchestra for two years. Among a myriad of instructors, Ryan credits his most influential to private instructors Dmitri Kourka and Lindsey Springer.

In expansion to his musical education, Ryan has traveled with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra to perform in various cities of Poland and Germany. He has received superior scoring in the Southern Nevada Solo and Ensemble Festival for six years. Ryan has also been involved in nontraditional works such as the world premiere of the high school production of the Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins.

Sunjoo Choi – Piano

Sunday April 19, 2015

Sunjoo Choi was born in Korea. She moved to America about three years ago. She has been playing the piano for 10 years. Her most favorite thing is playing the piano. She attends Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and majors in the piano. She is an accompanist at her local church.  Sunjoo Choi was selected to perform at the MTNA convention in 2015.  She will also continue to study the piano in college. She not only enjoys playing classical music but jazz as well.

Karen Kelley – Violin

Sunday April 19, 2015

Karen Kelley is a senior at Clark High School, where she plays with the Clark Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestras. She currently studies with Mary Straub at the Nevada School of the Arts and is a former student of Jennifer Hellewell and Caroll Berns. Karen was a Command Performance finalist her freshman year and has also repeatedly placed in the Silver State Competition, Bolognini Competition, and received honorable mention at the Music Teacher’s National Association statewide competition. A four-year participant in the Nevada All-State Orchestra and CCSD Honor Orchestra, Karen has also participated in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, and Green Valley Chamber Music Festival. She will be attending the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in the fall to study music performance and string pedagogy.

Dash Chrisman – Flute

Sunday April 19, 2015

Dash Chrisman is 14 and in the eighth grade at Las Vegas Day School. His favorite musicians are Yo-Yo Ma, the Beatles, Queen and David Garrett – favorite composer, John Williams and favorite conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. Dash’s flute accomplishments include: Winner Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series 2014. Winner MTNA Junior Woodwind State Competition 2011, 2012, 2014 and MTNA Division Alternate 2012, 2013, 2015. First Place Bolognini Scholarship Competition 2011, 2012, 2014. Dash plays with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. He has participated in master classes with Laurel Ann Maurer, Paul Fried, Mary Beth Norris, Tracy Harris and a chamber music master class with Jennifer Grim (in preparation for an MTNA performance and master class with Sir James Galway in March 2015). Dash has been studying flute with the wonderful Cynthia Man for 10 years. He is also learning to play the bagpipes. Dash enjoys history and science.

Maria Kolesnyk

Friday, February 6, 2015

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Maria Kolesnyk, eighteen-year-old Ukrainian pianist who was born in Chernihiv, Ukraine, began her music studies in piano at age of 5. While studying piano at middle school and high school in Ukraine, she won numerous local, regional and national competitions. Following graduation from Kiev Music High School (Ukraine), in 2013 she came to the United States to get her bachelor degree in piano at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where her teacher is Mykola Suk.

Most recently, she has been named the winner in the Nevada MTNA Competition ‘’Senior Performance’’. Also, she has been granted a full scholarship at International Keyboard Institute & Festival in summer 2014. This year, Maria, for the second year in a row, became a winner of the Gateway Arts Foundation Scholarship Award. While taking part in numerous masterclasses, she worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Emanuel Krasovsky (Israel), Vadim Rudenko (Russia), Nina Tichman (Germany), Jerome Rose (USA), among many others.

Tonight’s performance is not Maria’s first-time experience playing with orchestra. Previously, she performed Liszt’s Concerto no.1 with Symphony Orchestra “Philharmonia”, Chernihiv; she also played Concerto no.21 by Mozart and Rapsodia Sinfonica for Piano and Orchestra by Joaquin Turina.

Pavel Gintov

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pavel Gintov

Pianist Pavel Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Entertainer and as a “musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication Shikoku News.

 Following his debut at the Kiev Philharmonic Hall at the age of 12, when he performed Mozart Concerto no. 20 with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Roman Kofman, Mr. Gintov has been touring throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, appearing at such stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Verdi Nationale in Milan, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Kioi Hall in Tokyo with such orchestras as Tokyo Royal Chamber Orchestra, the State Orchestra of the Ukraine, Shizuoka Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. His performances were broadcasted by WFMT radio station of Chicago, WCLV of Cleveland, WPR of Wisconsin as well as numerous radio and TV stations in Japan, Russia and Ukraine.

A native of Ukraine, Mr. Gintov won a First Prize in the Premiere Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, where in addition he was awarded four special prizes, including the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. Other prizes include First Prize in the 2010 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, The Bach Prize in the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Italy, and the Prize for the Best Performance of Russian Music in the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, California.

Mr. Gintov graduated with honors from Moscow State Conservatory, where he was a student of Lev Naumov and Daniil Kopylov. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studies with Nina Svetlanova. For more information, please visit http://www.gintov.com/

Andrew Smith

Friday, September 19, 2014

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Principal Cellist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, he has performed chamber music concerts throughout the United States and in Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Denmark, and Ukraine, as well as Peru and Brazil. He is an original member of Camerata Deiá, a group founded in 2001 to be the resident ensemble of The Festival Internacional de Deiá, a summer festival in Majorca, Spain. He was also a founding member of The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, a summer music program in Italy where he taught and performed from 1998 – 2008. An active recitalist, Mr. Smith has collaborated with pianists Alfredo Oyagüez Montero, and Carl Pontén in cello/piano recitals in Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and Japan, as well as in Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia. During summers, in addition to The Festival Internacional de Deiá and The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival Smith has participated in several music festivals including Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA, Dakota Chamber Music, The Green Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, The Blue Mountain Festival and The Las Vegas Music Festival.

Mr. Smith is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a full scholarship member of the Young Artists String Quartet. He also has a Master of Music degree from The Mannes College of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt College of Music. He has studied cello with Timothy Eddy, Bernard Greenhouse, Ron Leonard, Geoffrey Rutkowski, and Leslie Parnas.

Oleh Krysa

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oleh Krysa

Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa, long esteemed in the former USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A prominent student of David Oistrakh, Oleh Krysa won major prizes in such international competitions as the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky and Montreal, and was outright winner of the Paganini Competition.

Oleh Krysa began his teaching career as chairman of the Violin Department at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1973 he took the same position at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and, two years later, returned to the Moscow Conservatory as Professor of Violin, where he remained until 1988. Currently he is Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and was a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of Arts in 2009. He is also a Honored Professor at Lvov Music Academy (Ukraine) and a Honored Member of the Japanese String Teachers Association.

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2013-2014 Season

Hailey Clark

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hailey Clark

Hailey Clark is a national award-winning soprano and fresh face on the opera scene.  Highlights of the 2013-14 season include (Despina) in Così fan Tutte with North Carolina Opera, (Lauretta) in Gianni Schicchi with Opera on the James, (Soprano Soloist) in Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.  In 2014 she returns to Fort Worth Opera for her role debut as (Leïla) in The Pearl Fishers, and to The Santa Fe Opera to cover (Marzelline) in Fidelio for her second summer as an Apprentice Artist.  In 2014 Clark was the winner of the Heafner-Williams vocal competition and recently an award winner and finalist at the Shreveport Singer of the Year competition. Recent engagements include (Barbarina cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro with Santa Fe Opera, (Dika/Alecto) in Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera, (First Lady) in The Magic Flute with Opera on the James, (Merry) in The Mighty Casey with Opera Saratoga, (Noémie) in Cendrillion with the Santa Fe Concert Association, and (Anne Trulove) in The Rake’s Progress, (Alice Ford) in Falstaff & (Soprano Soloist) in Carmina Burana with UM Opera Theatre Clark is a two-time Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  In addition to her classical career, the singer-songwriter/pianist plans to release an EP of original music in 2015.  For more information visit www.haileyclarksoprano.com

Tod Fitzpatrick

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tod Fitzpatrick

Tod Fitzpatrick, associate professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is an active singer and teacher. Interested in vocal repertoire, his performance experience includes over 40 operatic and music theater roles in addition to a number of oratorio and concert works. He also has a passion for song recitals and new works for voice. In December 2013, he appeared as the father in Virko Baley’s opera Holodomor at the national opera house in Ukraine. Other ensembles with which he has sung include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Pacific, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Sacramento Choral Society, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Utah Festival Opera Company.

2012-2013 Season

Diego Vega

Friday, October 4, 2013

Diego VegaDiego Vega is a Colombian composer. His music has been performed in some of the most important concert halls in the United States, Europe and Latin America by ensembles such as the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble X, Alea III, the Colombian National Symphony, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Quintet of the Americas, the Soli Chamber Ensemble, and internationally acclaimed soloists like pianist Stephen Prutsman, clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, cellist Andrés Díaz, and flutist Bradley Garner, among others. Diego has written commissioned works for the Colombian National Symphony, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, the Cornell Symphony and the Cornell Chorus, and the Salvi Foundation and the Cartagena International Music Festival. Vega has also been awarded the National Prize of Music in Composition in 2004, the Ensemble X composition competition in 2004, Alea III 20th anniversary prize in 2002, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Year in 1996 in Colombia, and prestigious scholarships such as Fulbright and the Sage Fellowship at Cornell University. Vega holds degrees from Cornell University (DMA), University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (MM), and Universidad Javeriana (BM) in Bogota, Colombia, and has served as faculty at Syracuse University and Universidad Javeriana. Currently he is professor of music composition and theory at UNLV. Among his composition teachers are Guillermo Gaviria, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Joel Hoffman, Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. Diego Vega has written music for soloists, a variety of chamber groups, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, choral ensembles, computer and electronic music. He has incorporated elements of Colombian traditional music into some of these works.

Jennifer Grim

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jeniffer GrimHailed as “a deft, smooth flute soloist” by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim’s remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire is gaining broad national acclaim. First prize winner in several national chamber music competitions, Ms. Grim has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. Other solo appearances include the Caramoor, Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals. Ms. Grim has been a featured soloist at the Vermont Mozart Festival, performing all of the Mozart flute concerti and the flute quartets. She has also collaborated as a chamber artist with pianists Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Charles Wadsworth, Philippe Entremont, and guitarist Eliot Fisk. Recently, she was recently invited by Maestro Entremont to be Principal Flute at the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra. A passionate advocate of contemporary music in addition to the standard repertoire, Ms. Grim has performed with some of the leading contemporary groups in New York City, including Speculum Musicae, Manhattan Sinfonietta, ensemble 21 and Sequitur. Ms. Grim has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, for a sold-out New York debut concert of the award-winning contemporary ensemble Proteus, of which she was a founding member, as well as making an appearance at Lincoln Center presented by Great Performances. She also recently played in an acclaimed performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Superscriptio for solo piccolo at the Yale Center for British Art, for which the composer was in attendance. Highlights of recent seasons included a performance celebrating the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy and the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Hai-Ting Chinn and the Proteus Ensemble in New York City. Other noted performances include an appearance as soloist in the Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G major with maestro Philippe Entremont and the Boca Raton Symphonia, and guest artist performances with the Boston Chamber Music Society. Ms. Grim has given master classes across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has appeared are the Juilliard School, Yale University, Arizona State University, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts egrees from Yale University. She is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and recently was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.