Christie-Keiko Abe Faculty, Columbia College Chicago Community Music Division An Australian Violinist, Christie-Keiko Abe performs extensively as a soloist chamber and
orchestra musician. She has given solo recitals in the USA, Japan and Australia. As a soloist
performer, she has appeared with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Australian Musicians academy recital series, Akademie Konzert series in Austria, Concert series sponsored by Chicago-Japanese Association and Starling Recital series in Aspen. She is a founding member of IRIS orchestra. Her Television broadcasts, DVD performances include sound stage for WTTW 11 and ABC. She resides in Chicago IL, where she is a member of Elgin Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic and Ravinia Festival Orchestra. In 2008, She founded a Chicago Trio Summer Chamber Music Workshop to give opportunities for young students to create music together and to perform in recitals in the community. She is currently a violin faculty at Columbia College Chicago.

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Korbinian Altenberger Concert Artists, Alhambra, CA German born violinist Korbinian Altenberger received degrees from the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California. His teachers included Charles-André Linale, Donald Weilerstein and Midori Goto. Korbinian Altenberger has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and served as concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the WDR Symphony Orchestras.

Soh-Hyun Altino Faculty, University of Memphis, Ceruti String Quartet, Memphis, TN Soh-Hyun Park Altino was born in Seoul, Korea, into a family of musicians.  She began her violin lessons at age five and came to the United States at age sixteen to continue her studies at the Peabody Institute and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  In Cleveland, Soh-Hyun studied with the renowned violinist and pedagogue, Donald Weilerstein, for whom she served as a teaching assistant, and she received her degrees, bachelor's to doctoral in violin performance.  It was also during that time that her passion and commitment to teaching became her calling.  She has since taught in many festivals around the world and appeared in concert and as soloist in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Venezuela and the United States.  A chamber music lover to the core, Soh-Hyun plays in the Ceruti Quartet and is the founding member of the Dúnamis Trio.  She currently resides in Memphis with her husband and son, and teaches at the University of Memphis.

Marcin Arendt DMA Candidate, University of Colorado Dr. Marcin Arendt is an active chamber musician, soloist, & teacher. He is a member of IRIS Orchestra, TN, is on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, MI, & is Director of Music Ministries at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, CO. Dr. Arendt has performed solo & chamber concerts throughout the US & internationally including Wales (Beaumaris Festival of Music), Italy (Schlern International Music Festival), & Poland. Dr. Arendt has won numerous awards for his performances. He was a prize winner at the Kingsville International Competition, TX, the Schlern International Competition, Italy, & the 2nd Baltic International Violin Competition, as well as the first prize winner of the Missoula Symphony Young Artists Competition, MO, the Arapahoe Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, CO, & the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Competition, CO, to name a few. Marcin’s past teachers include Aaron Krosnick, Isaac Malkin, Henryk Kowalski, Alvaro Gomez, Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, & Krystyna Jurecka. He has earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Philosophy & Music from Stetson University, FL, a Masters of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, a Post-Graduate certificate in violin performance from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was the teaching assistant to Prof. Oswald Lehnert.

David Bowlin Moline, IL Violinist David Bowlin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin at the Oberlin Conservatory. He is a member of the Oberlin Trio, the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, and a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players. Bowlin has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and has performed across the United States and in Poland, Mexico, and the former Soviet Union. Bowlin has recorded for the Bridge, Naxos, New Focus, Arsis, Mode, and Albany labels.

Tim Christie Faculty, University of Puget Sound School of Music Violinist and Violist, Timothy Christie, is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He serves on the music faculties of the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Washington, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. The solo violist of Brave New Works since the group’s inception in 1997, Timothy has performed and premiered numerous solo and chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Timothy currently performs with the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra, IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, TN), the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, and on numerous chamber music series throughout the Northwest.

Diana Cohen Concertmaster, Kalamazoo Symphony Diana Cohen is a founding member of Trio Terzetto and is the concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony. She has also been concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony, The National Repertory Orchestra and The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and guest concertmaster of the Rochester and Phoenix Symphonies. Diana has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Ravinia Festival, Taos, Giverny, Maui and Dresden Chamber Music Festivals. She plays often with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has given solo recitals on the Myra Hess Series and at the Music Institute of Chicago, and has appeared as soloist with the Charleston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Valdosta and Hilton Head Symphonies, Kalamazoo and Lansing Symphonies, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She and her father, Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen, just released a CD of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.” Diana’s entire family is musical. Her brother Alexander is a timpanist, and her late mother Lynette Diers Cohen was a noted bassoonist.

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Laura Colgate Freelance, London England Laura Colgate received her Bachelor’s Degree with a Concentration in Music-in-Education as a student of Lucy Chapman at the New England Conservatory in 2006 and went on to study in London with David Takeno, founder of the Tokyo String Quartet, and Malin Broman of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. She graduated as a Leverhulme Trust Recipient with a Master’s Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2007. Ms. Colgate was a student of Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in the Graduate Diploma program at New England Conservatory from which she graduated in 2009. Ms. Colgate will be moving with her string quartet to Lucerne, Switzerland to study at the Conservatorium Dreilinden and in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet.

Emily Popham Gillins Freelance, New York CityEmily Popham Gillins has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Korea, and Israel as a soloist and collaborative chamber musician.  As first violinist of the Degas String Quartet and a member of the International Sejong Soloists, she has performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center.  Other collaborations include concerts at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar and the Aspen, Ravinia and Taos Music Festivals. Emily completed degrees from Indiana University, the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music studying with Miriam Fried, Robert Mann, and Sylvia Rosenberg.  She has served as concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra.  Emily is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists and a current fellow of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute.

Celeste Golden Boyer Second Associate Concertmaster, St. Louis SymphonyCeleste Golden Boyer, Bronze Medal Winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, earned her Bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, and her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She currently resides in Dallas,Texas, with her husband, Brandon, and is a first violinist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Carolyn Huebl Since her debut with the Detroit Symphony at the age of seventeen, Carolyn Huebl has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, and in Argentina and Canada. Formerly Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Carolyn is now Assistant Professor of Violin at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, violinist of the Blakemore Trio, and on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center. She lives in Nashville with her husband, cellist Felix Wang, and their three children

Michael Jorgensen Michael Jorgensen holds a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master's from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and a doctorate from Florida State University. He recently served as concertmaster for the 75th-anniversary national tour of Porgy and Bess. He has taught at Middle Tennessee State University, Covenant College, and the Wyoming Center for the Arts in their program for at-risk youth and has performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has served as concertmaster of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Belle Meade Baroque. As a soloist, he has performed at the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the Gateways Music Festival, the London School of Contemporary Dance, and various colleges to name a few.

Hye-Jin Kim Artist, Young Concert Artists Hye-Jin Kim began her career after winning the First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition when she was only nineteen and now performs actively as a soloist for Concert Artists Guild while enjoying frequent chamber music appearances internationally. 

Hye-Jin Kim earned her Master’s degree at New England Conservatory working with Miriam Fried following her study with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian at The Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Kim is Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and serves on faculty at Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. She joined IRIS in 2009 and loves her IRIS family and friends in Memphis.

Jean Kim Pacific Symphony Orchestra Jean Kim is a violinist currently residing in southern California. She is in the first violin section of the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa and has been a member of IRIS Orchestra since it’s inception in 1999. She also freelances in the Los Angeles area.

Mia Lee Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Mia Lee currently is a member of the Fairfax Symphony and is a free-lance musician in the DC area. Before moving to northern Virginia, Mia lived in Memphis and was a member of the Memphis Symphony for 4 years. She has been a member of IRIS since its inception in 2000. She received a DMA from the University of Miami where she was a member of the St. Augustine String Quartet. She now lives in McLean with her husband John, and 3 sons Julian, Jaime and Johnny.

John Macfarlane Violin, Lyric Opera Orchestra John Macfarlane has served as Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestras, and served as the first violinist of the Eykamp String Quartet. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in Violin from the University of Maryland. He recently joined the Lyric Opera Orchestra as Assistant Principal Second Violin. John lives in Chicago with his wife, violinist Karyn Macfarlane and their son, Ian.

Karyn Macfarlane Freelance, Chicago, IL Karyn Macfarlane began her violin studies in Chicago at the age of three with Betty Haag- Kuhnke and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has been a member of the Kansas City Symphony and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra where she held the positions of Assistant Principal Second Violin and later Associate Concertmaster. Karyn has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. She was a member of the New World Symphony, where she was also an active chamber musician, performing in Miami Beach and Boston. She participated in the New York String Seminar and the Aspen Music Festival, and her teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Piotr Milewski, David Taylor, and Joey Corpus. Karyn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame where she studied violin with Carolyn Plummer, and also attended the University of Southern California where she studied with Suli Xue and Martin Chalifour. Karyn lives in Chicago with her husband, violinist John Macfarlane and their son, Ian.

David McCarroll Freelance, Boston

Christina McGann Artist in Residence, Ohio University Christina McGann has an active performing career as a recitalist and chamber musician. She has also been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C.

Christina has had great success at national and international competitions, winning First Prizes at the National Symphony Young Soloist Competition, the Lennox Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, junior division. She was also awarded Third Prize at the Johansen International Competition and Second Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the iO Quartet.

Christina earned both her BM and MM from The Juilliard School, where she was accepted with Presidential Distinction.

Stephen Miahky Asst. Professor, Ohio University Stephen Miahky has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. His most recent engagements include performances at New York City’s Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Bargemusic, Atlanta’s ProMozart Society, Vancouver’s Sonic Boom Festival, and for the Dalai Lama on his most recent trip to the United States. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Concord, Colorado, and Los Angeles Piano Quartets, and can be heard on the Naxos, Bridge, New Dynamic, AMP and Edition Modern record labels. He has served on the faculty of Cornell University as well as a visiting artist to the American Academies in Rome and Berlin, and currently serves on the faculty of the Ohio University School of Music.

Allison Ostrander Freelance, Minneapolis/St. Paul Violinist Allison Ostrander currently performs as a member of the Minnesota Opera (serving as Concertmaster for the 2006-07 and 2008-10 seasons), IRIS Chamber Orchestra, the Four Voices String Quartet and as a regular substitute violin with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Previously, she has held positions with the Naples Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival orchestra as an orchestra fellow, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Spoleto festival, and has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s, A Prairie Home Companion. In addition to her performing schedule, Ms. Ostrander is a lecturer of violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she resides with her husband and daughter Lydia. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Benjamin Peled Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Benjamin Peled, originally from Chicago, was appointed to the first violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, in September, 2006. He is also a regular substitute player in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.  Directly preceding his appointment, he completed a Master of Music in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where he was a student of William Preucil.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance also from CIM as a student of Paul Kantor.  Previously, he spent a significant amount of his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since joining the RCO, Peled has had many opportunities to perform chamber music throughout Italy, Spain, Israel, Korea, Iceland, and The Netherlands, including in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw.  He has participated in the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Program, working with coaches such as Itzhak Perlman, Don Weilerstein, and Paul Katz.  As an orchestral player, Mr. Peled was a member of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago and the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras, as an orchestral fellowship recipient, and as a substitute player in both the New World Symphony and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Marisa Polesky Asst. Principal, Memphis Symphony Marisa Polesky is currently the assistant principal first violin of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She holds a holds a bachelor of music degree with Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where her teachers included Charles Castleman and Camilla Wicks.

Lev Polyakin Asst. Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra Born in Tashkent and educated at Moscow Conservatory, Lev Polyakin is currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has won several prizes in international competitions including Carl Flesch (London) and in Brescia, Italy.

He has also served as concertmaster of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen Music Festival. Solo appearances include Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He is featured on a CD recorded by Decca of the chamber music of Paul Schoenfield, which was nominated for a Grammy. Jazz is his other musical venue, and he has recorded three CDs with his jazz group, Russian Blue.

Karen Pommerich Jacksonville Symphony Karen Pommerich enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. In addition to playing with IRIS, she is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, freelances with other orchestras, performs as a chamber musician on violin and viola, maintains a teaching studio, coaches youth orchestra string sectionals and chamber music, and participates in Body and Soul, a program that brings music into rooms of health care patients in Jacksonville.

Miho Saegusa Freelance, New York City Violinist Miho Saegusa has performed as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony and Concert Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others.  Passionate about chamber music, she has been a participant at various festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Great Lakes and Music@Menlo in the United States, as well as the Kitakyushu International Music Festival in Japan. She has also collaborated with Musicians from Marlboro, Argento Chamber Ensemble, String Orchestra of NYC, Bryant Park Quartet, and the Andsnes Project. Ms. Saegusa has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, and has been a member of IRIS Orchestra since 2001. She was the first-ever recipient of the Dorothy DeLay fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, and additional honors include prizes at the New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Auditions, the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Competition, and the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. Born in Kitakyushu, Japan, Ms. Saegusa has played the violin since the age of five, and her principal teachers include Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 2001, and completed graduate work at The Juilliard School, earning her Master of Music in 2003 and Artist Diploma in 2005.

Maria Sampen Assoc. Professor, University of Puget Sound School of Music Violinist, Maria Sampen, hails from the flat lands of Bowling Green, Ohio. Her first trip to the Pacific Northwest landed her a job as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at the University of Puget Sound. Her wonderful husband, Tim, left his job in South Beach, Miami to join her on the other coast. They now have a beautiful three-year old daughter named Charlotte, a small Craftsman Bungalow with no heat on the second floor and a vegetable garden on the back porch. She is also a tenured professor at Puget Sound with two Thomas A. Davis Teaching Awards for excellence in teaching (2005 and 2008). In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Maria is a sought-after performer. She has appeared as a concerto soloist throughout the United States and as a chamber musician and recitalist in Europe, Asia and North America. Maria is also a member of the artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Maria loves spending time with Tim and Charlotte. She likes to force Tim to do home improvement projects and go on hikes in the beautiful Northwest. She has even managed to get him to go to a yoga class or two with her.

Bev Shin Instructor, University of Pennsylvania and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Beverly Shin teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the Community Outreach program for the music department. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and performs as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the U.S. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory and Masters and Bachelors degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Timothy Shiu Violinist Timothy Shiu has concertized extensively throughout the United States as a chamber musician and recitalist in venues including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, the Aspen Music Festival's Harris Hall, the Interlochen Arts Institute's Corson Auditorium, the New School's Schneider Concert Series, and Chamber Music Northwest. International engagements have included performances in Italy, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Brazil.  Notable collaborations include performances with members of the Guarneri, Muir, and Borromeo String Quartets, as well as of the Nash Ensemble of London.  Currently a member of the Ceruti String Quartet, he was formerly a founding member of the Maia Quartet. 

  Mr. Shiu is Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis and has previously taught at the University of Iowa and at the Peabody Conservatory. His current summer teaching engagements include the Interlochen (MI) Arts Institute, the InterHarmony International Music Festival (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), and the Five Seasons Music Festival (Cedar Rapids, IA), of which he is a founding member.   He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University and has studied under post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School and Peabody Conservatory.  His major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Victor Danchenko, Louise Behrend, Sidney Harth, and the late Joseph Fuchs.

Simeon Simeonov Teaching asst./Graduate candidate, University of Southern California A native of Bulgaria, Moni began playing the violin at the age of 5. At 15, he traveled to United States to pursue further musical studies. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University and is currently working on his DMA at the University of Southern California as a student of Midori`s. Moni is also the Assistant Concertmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic.

Jonathan Swartz Professor, Arizona State University A native of Toronto, violinist Jonathan Swartz has distinguished himself throughout North America both as a performer and pedagogue. While serving on the faculties at Arizona StateUniversity, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, and the Domaine Forget Academy, Swartz has managed to maintain a prolific performing career. He collaborates often with his sister Jennifer Swartz, principal harpist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and his wife, American pianist Wendy Chen.

Shannon Thomas Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin, University of Southern MississippiViolinist Shannon Thomas is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Paul Kantor. A Tennessee native, she earned her Bachelor of Music (Magna cum laude) from Vanderbilt University—Blair School of Music, where she studied with Cornelia Heard. After completing her Master of Music at Yale University under the tutelage of Ani Kavafian, Ms. Thomas joined the Herberger String Quartet, the graduate string quartet in residence at Arizona State University, where she also served as a teaching assistant to Jonathan Swartz. An active performer, Ms. Thomas has appeared around the United States as a chamber musician, soloist, and in recital. She has been a soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Youth Symphony Orchestra, Vanderbilt University Orchestra, and Sewanee Festival Orchestra.

Elena Urioste Concert Artist, New York City Elena Urioste, featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her rich tone, nuanced lyricism, and commanding stage presence. Since making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, and Sarasota symphony orchestras. In Europe, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok. First-prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition as well as the Sphinx Competition, Elena has made numerous media appearances including performances on NBC’s Today Show, Telemundo, Performance Today, From the Top, and the Emmy award-winning documentary film Breaking the Sound Barrier.

Liza Zurlinden Freelance, teacher Boston Violinist Liza Zurlinden, originally from San Francisco, enjoys a career rich with chamber music,orchestral playing and teaching. Based in Boston, Liza is a member of the self-directed chamber orchestra A Far Cry in Boston, IRIS Orchestra, directed by Michael Stern, in Memphis, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, led by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, in San Francisco. She also plays regularly with Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Boston, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in New York.


Jenny Anschel Freelance, Berlin; Mahler Chamber Orchester, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,
Camerata Salzburg

Jonathan Chu Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist and violist Jonathan Chu is widely sought-after as a chamber musician and recitalist. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has toured throughout Japan and Europe performing in some of the finest halls in the world as well as in New York. He also has a wide range of experiences with professional other ensembles: a member of the St Louis Symphony in 2006, Mr. Chu has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and has served as concertmaster with the Juilliard Orchestra and guest principal with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Mr. Chu joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as the viola section’s newest member.

Aside from his work with professional ensembles, Mr. Chu enjoys a range of other musical experiences. He has performed as part of Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at the Coleman Competition in Pasadena, CA. He is a founding member of the Io String Quartet. Festivals Mr. Chu has attended include Marlboro, Yellow Barn and Taos. He can also be found on the album of the rock band Vampire Weekend playing both violin and viola.

Mr. Chu is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree along with a second major in economics, and the Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music studying with Robert Mann.

Marshall Fine Asst. Principal, Memphis Symphony Marshall Fine, (b. 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is the son, student, and colleague of Burton Fine, former Principal Violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (with whom he began violin studies in 1963). He continued his studies in viola, composition, and conducting, receiving his DMA in 1990 from the University of Memphis. His other teachers include Julian Olevsky, Francis Bundra, Judith Nelson, composer Donald Freund, and conductor Alan Balter. He is Assistant Principal Violist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, a charter member of IRIS Orchestra on both viola and violin, and has served as principal viola of the Savannah Symphony and Dallas Opera orchestras. In 1995 he was named Memphis Composer of the Year.

Chihiro Fukuda Faculty-Opus 118, Harlem Born in New York City and raised in Japan, Ms. Fukuda began playing the violin at the age of six and the viola at seventeen. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Tokyo Geidai, and Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School. Ms.Fukuda has performed with orchestral and chamber music ensembles in Japan, the United States, and Europe. She made her Weill Hall debut as a winner of the Japanese-American Association’s Music Award in 2006 and 2008. As an orchestral musician, she was former assistant principal of the State Opera House Orchestra in Valencia, Spain. Currently she performs in the Saito-Kinen Orchestra in Japan, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera. She teaches viola at the Kaufman Center, and violin at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City.

Beth Guterman Chamber musician, Philadelphia and New York City Beth Guterman is one of the most sought after young violists of her generation. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. A member of the prestigious Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two program during the 2006-09 seasons, she recorded chamber works for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Starting in the 2010-2011 season, she will be performing and touring as an Artist of the Society.

Linda Kline Lamar Viola Professor, Boise State University Linda Kline Lamar is the Associate Professor of Viola at Boise State University and is on the viola faculty at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, CO. Kline Lamar holds viola performance degrees from Northwestern University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The University of Memphis. Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Patrick Connolly, Lenny Schranze, and Peter Slowik. She has performed with IRIS Orchestra since 2005.

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Beth Luscombe Memphis Symphony Beth Luscombe is a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. An active freelancer in the Mid-South; she formed the Beth Luscombe String Trio and Quartet and performs for many special music occasions. She has played on many well recognized commercial recordings with artists such as Kallen Esperian, Rod Stewart, Al Green, Cat Power, and the CD that travels with the Titanic exhibit. She also plays with IRIS Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony (TN), the Eroica Orchestra, the Orpheum Theater Orchestra, and many area churches. Prior to coming to Memphis, Beth was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (asst. princ.), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (asst. princ.), the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and was active in the theater and studio work in Cleveland, Ohio. Beth is married to Greg Luscombe, who also plays with IRIS and is principal trombone with the Memphis Symphony. They have two daughters, Sarah and Julia.

Michael Molnau Freelance, San Diego Currently residing in San Diego, Michael Molnau was formerly the principal violist of the Memphis Symphony. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the Britt Festival in Oregon. He performed frequently with the Memphis Chamber Music Society, and has served as guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He has been a guest principal of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, and the Key West Philharmonic. He has spent summers at the chamber music festivals of Norfolk, Kent/Blossom, and Kneisel Hall. A native of Idaho, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied with Yizhak Schotten. He went on to receive a Master’s degree from Yale University where he studied with Jesse Levine.

Maiya Papach Acting Co-Principal for the 2010-2011 season, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Maiya Papach is Acting Co- Principal Viola of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and also served as Acting Principal last year. She has made frequent national and international appearances as a chamber and orchestral musician, performing both traditional and contemporary repertoire. This past fall, Papach performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Concertmaster Steven Copes and the SPCO. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which is rapidly establishing itself as one of the leading new music ensembles in the United States. She is also a member of Accordo, a new chamber ensemble in the Twin Cities. Papach has performed across the former Soviet Union with the Da Capo Chamber Players and toured the Philippines with Cultures in Harmony. Prior to joining the SPCO, she performed regularly with IRIS Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In New York, Papach has performed in chamber concerts at Bargemusic, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Miller Theater, among others. As a former member of the Andros and Rothko string quartets, she was a finalist and prizewinner in a number of competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Concert Artists Guild. Papach has participated in such festivals as Kneisel Hall, Yellow Barn, and the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition, she performs with Musicians from Marlboro, the touring extension of the festival. Papach is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School and has studied with Roland Vamos, Karen Tuttle, Benny Kim, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

Jane Schranze Faculty, Rhodes College Jane Schranze, violist, is adjunct professor of viola and violin at Rhodes College, and maintains a large class of private students. Jane is a summer faculty member at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she teaches viola and chamber music.

Lenny Schranze Professor, University of Memphis, Ceruti String Quartet Lenny Schranze, violist, is currently professor of viola at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of music at the University of Memphis, and founding member of the Ceruti String Quartet He spends his summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he is the director of the strings and advanced chamber music programs.

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Leah Swann Hollingsworth Freelance, New York CityLeah Swann Hollingsworth, violist, currently works at Carnegie Hall as Associate of Community Programs at the Weill Music Institute. Continuing to freelance around New York, Leah often performs chamber music with other alumni of The Academy – A Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Leah was an Academy fellow from 2007-09 and appeared twelve times in concert at Carnegie Hall during this time. Leah has performed with many orchestras around New York, including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. Prior to her move to Manhattan, Leah studied at the New England Conservatory with Martha Katz, SUNY-Purchase with Ira Weller, and received a BA in English from Yale University. In addition to performing and working at Carnegie Hall, Leah is a freelance writer for both Strings Magazine and The Strad. Leah is always excited about new projects and desires to use her passion for music to serve others; over the past 12 years, she has organized numerous outreach and educational performances, music classes, interactive concerts, and school residencies in both New England and Texas.

Leah currently resides in Manhattan.

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Yung-Hsiang Wang Trio Solari Violinist and violist, Trio Solari (managed by Performance Management International); former faculty, Vanderbilt University, University of Houston; former teaching staff member, Stanford University; degrees from Curtis (BM,violin), Juilliard (MM, conducting, as Bruno Walter Fellow), Stanford (PhD, musicology and humanities); active recitalist, chamber musician, and Baroque player on three continents; performances in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Banff Centre, National Concert Hall of Taiwan; taught at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark) and Texas Music Festival, and performed at renowned festivals including Evian (France), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), OK Mozart International (Oklahoma), and San Luis Obispo Mozart (California); former violinist-in-residence, Guild of Composers (New York); television appearances include National Public Television of Taiwan, Nashville Public Television; radio broadcast in the US, Germany, Denmark, Taiwan; first prize, Taiwan National Competition; recent performances with Musiqa (Texas), IRIS Orchestra (Tennessee), Brightmusic (Oklahoma), Ars Lyrica (Texas); numerous papers presented at scholarly conferences.


Leo Altino Faculty, University of Memphis, Ceruti String Quartet Born in 1972 in Pernambuco, Leonardo Altino began his musical studies at the age of five and gave his first performance at age eight.  At the age of eleven he gave his first performance with orchestra.  His national breakthrough came in 1986 when Altino was the youngest winner at the Jovens Concertistas Brasileiros, a prestigious competition in Rio de Janeiro, which led to performances with every major orchestra and hall in his home country.  Praised by the Strad Magazine for his "exceptional musical intelligence and an exceptionally cultivated sound," Altino was the First Prize winner at the International Cello Competition in Viña Del Mar, and has since appeared as soloist and in recitals throughout Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.  The cellist presently resides in Tennessee where he teaches at the University of Memphis along with his wife, violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino.

Richard Bell Freelance musician/teacher, Kansas City Richard Bell grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and began studying the cello at the age of ten. Mr. Bell attended the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1976. He received a Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1978. In 1978 Mr. Bell joined the Columbus Symphony as the Associate Principal cellist. In 1985 Richard and two colleagues from the Columbus Symphony formed the Seraphin Trio. He and his wife, Clare, moved to Kansas City in July, 2008.

David Bjella Professor, Stetson University Cellist David Bjella is an active teacher, orchestral musician, chamber player and soloist. He is Associate Professor of Cello at Stetson University in Deland, Florida and has served as Viisiting Associate Professor of Cello at Florida State University. Bjella is a member of IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis and member of the Inman PianoTrio represented by Phillip Trucenbrod Concert Artists.. He is on the faculty at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado and also performing in the Bellingham Festival in Washington State. From 2002 to 2004 he taught in the Valade Master Teacher Program at the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan. He has been a member of the orchestras in Cincinnati, Annapolis, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers. A sought after chamber musician, he has appeared in concert with the Alexander and Ying String Quartets. Composers Kari Juusela and Michael DeMurga have written solo and chamber pieces for him. Mr. Bjella’s performance of Juusela’s cello quartet titled “Bliss” won Grand Prize at the Composers Guild competition of 1999.

David Bjella studied at Drake University with John Ehrlich and with Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory. At Peabody, he was the recipient of the Isreal Dorman String Award and also appeared with Kates on a recital in New York’s Merkin Hall. David Bjella resides in Deland with his wife, Joni, and their two daughters.

David Cho Freelance, Washington D.C.

Sofia Every Jacksonville Symphony Sofia Every earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Laurence Lesser. She has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Marlboro Music Festival and New World Symphony. She was a recipient of the Presser Foundation Award, as well as a finalist at Young Concert Artists, and a participant of the Tchaikovsky and Naumburg competitions. Sofia is currently a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and spends her summers performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Sofia is married to JSO Principal Timpanist Ken Every. The couple lives in Avondale with their son Miles, daughter Elena and dog Wilson. Favorite pastimes are climbing, hiking, camping, cooking, triathlons, practicing, and writing for her blog - in no particular order.

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Si-Yan Li Euclid Quartet, South Bend, IN Si-Yan Darren Li is a member of the Euclid Quartet and a cello faculty at Indiana University in South Bend. He was a prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. Mr. Li has appeared at prestigious venues in the U.S., France, Italy, Japan and Taiwan. He has also performed at Ravinia, Verbier, Kronberg Academy Festivals. Mr. Li received his B.M. from Juilliard and Artist Diploma from Peabody.

Si-Yan Darren Li currently resides in South Bend and Chicago.

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Caitlin Sullivan Freelance, New York City Cellist Caitlin Sullivan enjoys a versatile career as a chamber, orchestral and solo performer, and is also a teaching artist mentor in New York City and beyond. Ms. Sullivan performs regularly with renowned groups like Ensemble ACJW, the Knights, Argento New Music Project and Signal Ensemble, and has given presentations in public schools for the American Composers Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Academy- a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Sullivan completed her fellowship with The Academy in 2009, where she was given the unique opportunity to perform chamber music regularly at Carnegie Hall during the 2007-2009 seasons. A winner of numerous awards, Ms. Sullivan was a prize winner in the William C. Byrd Strings Competition in 2008 as well as Artists International, which arranged for her solo debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2006. Ms. Sullivan studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, with Steven Doane and Timothy Eddy.

Felix Wang Assoc. Professor, Vanderbilt University Felix Wang is currently associate professor of cello at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He is the cellist of the Blair String Quartet and Blakemore Trio. He has won several competitions, including the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition. Among the judges were Mstislav Rostropovich, Raya Garbousouva, and Lazlo Varga. He has appeared at many chamber music festivals, including the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Festival at Steamboat Springs, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival. He has taught at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, the Killington Music Festival, the Banff Centre, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and currently at the Brevard Music Center. At Brevard, he also serves as the co-principal cellist of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart. His teachers have included Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Laurence Lesser, Stephen Kates and Jeffrey Solow.

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Iren Zombor Asst. principal, Memphis Symphony


Scott Best Principal, Memphis Symphony

Chris Butler Memphis Symphony Chris Butler, a native of North Carolina, has been a member of IRIS Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since the 2007-2008 season. His studies include a high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University and a Master of Music from Indiana University. His musical career has taken him all around the world, including the Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, June in Buffalo, Evansville Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, American Opera Theater, Alabama Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony. Outside of the US his travels have taken him to France, Germany, Spain, Japan and China.

Mary Javian Freelance, Philadelphia Mary Wheelock Javian (double bass) is an active performing and teaching artist. She performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Network for New Music, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Philly Pops. Ms. Javian has worked as an education consultant for musical groups throughout the country and is currently the School Partnership Program Coordinator at the Philadelphia Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Ms. Javian studied with Harold Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She lives in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with her husband Tom, and two children, Zoe and Charlie.

Peter Seymour Dallas native Peter Seymour has performed with a multitude of highly acclaimed artists and ensembles. As a regular sub with the Cleveland Orchestra he performed under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst and as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He was the recipient of the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist in 1996 and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby McFerrin. 

The son of an educator, Peter has been very active in planning and performing community outreach activities throughout the country and served as events coordinator for the New World Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2004. Education/outreach is a huge part of the PROJECT Trio and he has organized thousands of events of the last  3 years reaching out to over 50,000 students on 3 continents.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master's Degree in Bass Performance from Rice University where he was a student of Paul Ellison. Peter is active composing and performing with the PROJECT Trio and presently resides in Brooklyn, NY.