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The Berkshire High Peaks Festival welcomes some of the most esteemed artists in the performance world today.

Yehuda Hanani
Yehuda Hanani
Cello and Artistic Director
Yehuda Hanani's charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and reengagements across the globe. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, I Solisti di Zagreb, Belgrade Philharmonic, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Taipei and Seoul symphonies, among others. He has been a guest at Aspen, Bowdoin, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Yale at Norfolk, Round Top (TX), Great Lakes, and Grand Canyon festivals, Finland Festival, Great Wall (China), Leicester (England), Ottawa, Prades (France), Oslo, and Australia Chamber Music festivals, and has collaborated in performances with preeminent fellow musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Aaron Copland, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Dawn Upshaw, Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman, the Tokyo, Vermeer, Muir, Lark, Escher, Avalon, Amernet, and Manhattan quartets, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Borromeo and Emerson. In New York City, Yehuda Hanani has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. His pioneering recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination, and his other discs have won wide recognition. On CD and in live performances, he has premiered works of Nicolai Miaskovsky, Lukas Foss, Leo Ornstein, Joan Tower, Thea Musgrave, Paul Schoenfield, Osvaldo Golijov, Jorge Martín, and Bernard Rands, among other composers. Mr. Hanani has been committed to extending the range of the cello repertoire and to collaborating with performers in many artistic realms, including actors Jane Alexander, Richard Chamberlain and Sigourney Weaver. Professor of Cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he presents masterclasses internationally at conservatories and for orchestras, including the Juilliard School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, New England Conservatory, McGill University, Peabody Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Hochschule für Music and Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Royal Academy of Music in London, Tokyo National University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Guildhall School, Central Conservatory of Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Beijing, and the New World Symphony in Miami. In recognition of his distinguished teaching, he was given the title of honorary professor at the Tianjin Conservatory, China. His engaging chamber music with commentary series, Close Encounters With Music, has captivated audiences from Miami to Kansas City, Omaha, Calgary, Scottsdale, the Berkshires, and at the Frick Collection in New York City. A three-time recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller grant, Mr. Hanani’s studies were with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and with Pablo Casals. His best-selling recording of the Unaccompanied Bach Suites has become a standard-setter, and of his recent Naxos CD with the National Symphony of Ireland Fanfare Magazine wrote: “Renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, great virtuoso that he is, handles this with astounding aplomb…This is certainly a splendid release, and should by no means be passed up.” Aimed at outreach for classical music, his weekly program on NPR affiliate station WAMC Northeast Radio, “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” has gained thousands of fans for the direct broadcast and podcast. A recent addition to his concert activities and educational mission is the founding of the High Peaks Festival, a teaching and chamber music festival founded in the Catskills and now in Sheffield, MA. Soloist, chamber musician, master teacher, essayist, and ambassador for the arts, Yehuda Hanani illuminates and enlightens audiences on the essence of music. "One of the most polished performers of the post-Starker generation and a consistently expressive artist..." -- The New York Times

"One of the most polished performers of the post-Starker generation and a consistently expressive artist..."
-- The New York Times

Annie Brooks, piano

Pianist Annie Brooks enjoys a varied and exciting career as a chamber musician, solo recitalist and opera coach. Passionate and engaged in the chamber music community, Brooks has performed with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, notably their Premieres! series, which features premieres and commissions from composers all over the world. Brooks’ work with her fellow artists has led her to performances from Seattle to Fort Worth, and New York to North Carolina. Working with a vast array of ensembles, she has taken part in the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, and Providence Chamber Music Series in Charlotte. Brooks regularly plays orchestral piano with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and is currently the pianist for the Charlotte Symphony Choruses. Equally as dedicated to vocal repertoire and opera, she has worked as a coach and pianist with Wolf Trap Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Occasional Opera Company, Aspen Opera Theater Center, North Carolina Opera, Opera Carolina and Fort Worth Opera. Her affinity for complex and contemporary operas has led to her participation a variety of premieres and workshops, including the premiere of David Brooks’ opera Urban Legend, and the Double Exposure project with Opera Philadelphia in May 2018. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Brooks received her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Western Washington University, and a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. She is Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Wingate University, where she gathers colleagues from around the country to collaborate as guest artists on Wingate University’s Recital and Concert Series.

From a strong grounding in the classical repertoire, violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson has become one of the most active and acclaimed performers of contemporary music. Called “a prodigiously talented player who [can] make even the thorniest contemporary scores sing” (New York Times), she appears as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls large and small, schools and universities, galleries and informal spaces. Some of those venues include the Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro Colón, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Miller Theatre, 92nd St Y, Guggenheim Museum, Bargemusic, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, and the Marlboro, Bard, Lincoln Center, Bridgehampton, Portland and Music Mountain festivals. She has made lauded appearances as soloist with orchestras in the US and abroad, including her Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in Piston’s concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include a new violin concerto by Georg Friedrich Haas in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Porto, the New York premiere of Michael Hersch’s violin concerto, and solo and chamber music at the West Cork Music Festival in Ireland. In addition to working with numerous emerging composing talents, Miranda has collaborated with an array of renowned composers including Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Adams, Boulez, Hyla, Mackey, Crumb, Iyer, Saariaho, Davidovsky, Ran, Hurel, Bermel, Wyner, Murail, Wuorinen and Currier. In 2012, the Library of Congress commissioned a work for her by Harold Meltzer, which she premiered there on Fritz Kreisler’s Guarneri del Gesu violin. Her adventurous and varied discography includes the Korngold and Ponce violin concertos, an album of Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski sonatas released by ECM Records in 2016, and Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura for violin and electronics (Urlicht AV), which was named a Best Recording of 2012 by the New York Times. Also on Urlicht Audiovisual, she released Melting the Darkness, an acclaimed album of solo microtonal and electronics pieces, and violin music by Wolpe, Carter and Ferneyhough. Miranda Cuckson is founder/director of the music non-profit Nunc and a performer/curator at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. A key figure on the vibrant New York music scene, she has collaborated with many ensembles, chamber groups and organizations. Her studies were at The Juilliard School, where she received her BM, MM and doctorate degrees and won the school’s Presser and Richard F. French Awards. She is on the violin faculty at the college and prep divisions of the Mannes School of Music/New School University.

Miranda Cuckson, violin, viola
(photo credit John Rogers)

Vincent Beer-Demander, mandolin

Mr. Demander
will be on leave
of absence in 2019

French mandolinist and composer Vincent Beer-Demander has carved out a remarkable career performing on one of the rarer instruments to be heard in concert halls. Born in 1982, he quickly accumulated diplomas and awards (more than ten first prizes) in European competitions. He is a regular collaborator of l'Orchestre National de France, l'Orchestre National de Lyon, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, l’Orchestre National de Toulouse, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, l'Orchestre National de Montpellier, l'Orchestre National de Nice, l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, l’Orchestre du CNSM de Paris, l'Orchestre Philarmonique de Marseille, l’Opéra de Toulon Provence Méditérranée, l'Opéra National de Paris–Bastille, Romania National Orchestra and Minsk Philharmonic. As a composer, he has produced a vast array of pieces, published by the Oz musical library (Canada), Mundoplectro (Spain) and Trekel (Germany); and his discography, filled with popular and contemporary works, reflects his musical eclecticism. With a degree in ancient instruments, he is a professor at the National Conservatory of Marseille in France and at the Royal Conservatory of Liège in Belgium. He frequently collaborates with such well-known musicians as Pierre Henri Xuereb, Philippe Muller, Patrick Gallois, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Dejan Bogdavovic, Hélène Dautry, Ricardo Sandoval, Fabrice Pierre, Yehuda Hanani and Nana Mouskouri. Composers Vladimir Cosma, Claude Bolling, Francis Lai , Jean Claude Petit, Richard Galliano, Hamilton de Holanda, François Rossé, and Félix Ibbarondo, have dedicated their mandolin concertos to him.

"… His creations reflect his musical versatility and virtuosity. Through a rich repertoire and a renewed vision of the mandolin, it helps to highlight this remarkable instrument."
–François Hollande, Président of the French Republic

"... The greatest mandolin player of the world, that is Vincent Beer-Demander!"
–Vladimir Cosma, composer

Mikael Darmanie
Mikael Darmanie, piano
As a soloist, MIKAEL DARMANIE has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Russia and the Caribbean. Recent festival appearances have included: The Weil Institute at Carnegie, Trinity Wall Street, Prototype, Bang on a Can Marathon, Close Encounters With Music, Berkshire High Peaks Festival, Cape Cod Symphony Nth Degree, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Mozarteum, Mainly Mozart, and L’Acadèmie de Musique de Sion, to name a few. As a member of the Warp Trio, he performs throughout the world in genres ranging from jazz to hip-hop, rock, fusion and electronic music. He DJs and teaches masterclasses and workshops to students of all levels kindergarten through university. Since his debut as a conductor with the Carolina Chamber Symphony in 2008, he has performed throughout the U.S., conducting various piano concerti from the keyboard and symphonic works. Also a composer, his works have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. A former New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, he currently pursues a P.H.D. at SUNY Stony Brook under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish and teaches undergraduate piano and music history and theory. 

DeYeon Kim
DoYeon Kim, cello
A native of South Korea, cellist DoYeon Kim has won first prize in the Adrian Boyer Competition, the 34th Music Education Journal Competition and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Madura Scholarship Competition.  She has performed as a soloist with the Bayview Music Festival Orchestra and Acronym Baroque and has been a guest performer with the chamber series Close Encounters With Music in Great Barrington. International summer festivals have included The Quartet Program, Bowdoin and Aspen. Kim completed her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Cincinnati in the studio of Yehuda Hanani, a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Alan Harris and is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. An avid chamber musician, she has worked with members of the Ying, American, Shanghai, Ariel, and Cavani quartets, and is a member of the Dante Deo Trio which was founded at the Eastman School of Music in 2012 and Miclot Production chamber society based in New York City.  She recently made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as first prize winner of the 2016 American Protege International Strings and Piano Competition.   She has been a scholarship fellow and music coordinator of Catskill High Peaks Music Festival since 2014 and now joins the faculty.
As an active chamber musician and recitalist, SAE ROM KWON (Korea) has performed in Italy, Canada, South Korea, and throughout the United States. Appearances include the Winner’s Concert at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Eastman Chamber Music Society Concert Series, Musica Da Camera in Spoleto, Italy, Buffalo Chamber Music Series and Young Artist Series at Young-San Art Hall in Seoul. Her most recent engagements include a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City and Seoul's Arts Center in 2013. A fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival and Spoleto Italy, she is a member of Animas Piano Trio and recipient of The Mendelssohn Fellowship 2013-2014. With this fellowship, her trio currently is engaged in various projects to promote chamber music in Korea, with David Finckel as Artistic Director. Ms. Kwon served on the faculties of Murray State University, KY, the preparatory division of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and the Starling Preparatory String Project. She has served as a faculty member at various summer festivals, including Bowdoin in Maine and Fine Arts Summer Academy in Tennessee. Currently, she teaches at Kang-Nam University in Korea. She holds BM and MM degrees from Eastman School of Music where she served as a teaching assistant to Alan Harris. She received her DMA degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Yehuda Hanani.

Sae Rom Kwon, cello

Jiaze Ma, cello

“A rising star with rich and beautiful tone” (SZnews), cellist Jiaze (Jiahua) Ma was born into a musical family in China. After being awarded the Edmund Builkolt String Scholarship and Francescbi Stoll Scholarship, Ma earned his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance at the University of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois University, with Dr. Lawrence Leviton and Dr. Cheng-Hou Lee. During his time at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, Ma’s quartet received the distinction of being named the Honor Quartet. Ma completed his Master of Music degree under Belgian cellist Thomas Landschoot at the Arizona State University School of Music, where he was also awarded a Special Talent Scholarship. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in cello performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he also works as the teaching assistant to world-renowned cellist and educator, Yehuda Hanani. In addition to assisting with the cello studio and various musical events, Ma also assists in teaching. He has appeared in many international music festivals and was a faculty artist and member of the chamber competition jury in the Big Apple Music Festival in Queens, NY. He has also assisted in teaching and organizing the international Berkshire High Peaks Festival for several years. An active performer, Ma has been invited to present recitals across the United States and China, including at the prestigious Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen Grand Theater Concert Hall, and Hong Kong City Hall. He has shared the stage with many distinguished musicians such as Yehuda Hanani, YoYo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Brentano Quartet and Shanghai String Quartet.
Praised by the Boston Globe as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist,” Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. She achieved early international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician winning top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions including the Montreal, Queen Elizabeth, Pro Musicis, Presser Music Award, and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association. Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Boston Pops, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), Syracuse Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), and the Boston Philharmonic. In 2013, Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world. In November 2015 she received a Creative and Performing Arts Award from the University of Maryland that will allow the commissioning of new works for this project. Her recent recording releases include the Thomas Oboe Lee’s Violin Concerto (dedicated to Ms. Muresanu) on the BMOP label and the complete William Bolcom Violin and Piano Sonatas on the Centaur label with pianist Michael Lewin. An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu is a member of the Boston Trio. Festival appearances have included Bay Chambers and Bowdoin in Maine, Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes Festival in France. Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and Boston Conservatory and has taught in the Harvard and MIT music departments. She received an Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin and an Etienne Pajeot bow.

Irina Muresanu, violin

Miki Sawada, collaborative pianist

Ms. Sawada
will be on leave
of absence in 2019

Miki Sawada is a musician who is free-spirited in her pursuit of adventure while showing deep commitment to fully realize classical music's capacity to nurture and strengthen community bonds. In August 2017 she launched her "Gather Hear Alaska" tour, in which she traveled in Alaska with a piano in a van. Accompanied only by a filmmaker, she gave 25 performances in mostly rural community hubs such as cafes, bars, parks, schools. In the 2016-17 season, Miki presented a solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess concert series in Chicago, broadcast live on WFMT radio. Other season highlights include a debut recital with cello partner Lukas Stasevskij at Helsinki Music Centre, solo recitals in Japan, Belgium, and the U.S., and contemporary music performances in New York City at venues such as Spectrum NYC, Dimenna Center, and Roulette. Miki’s performances in the past have been featured at venues and occasions such as:  Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line, the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), Music on Main (Vancouver), Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, the Banff Centre, and radio stations WQXR (NYC) and WFMT (Chicago). In the summers, she teaches and performs as a faculty member of Heifetz Institute and Point CounterPoint in addition to Berkshire High Peaks Festival. Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University.
Alexander Shtarkman’s debut recitals in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City prompted strong words of praise from audiences and critics alike. Martin Bernheimer wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “Alexander Shtarkman. Remember the name… He plays the piano with all the strength, flash and eagerness that his age would suggest. He also plays with the sensitivity and mellow refinement one associates with certain grand old men of the keyboard, most of them Russian.” James Keller of The New Yorker staff wrote of Mr. Shtarkman’s 92nd Street Y appearance - “Shtarkman’s was a debut recital of importance. In fact, debuts just don’t come much better than this. Of the young pianists currently entering the international spotlight, Shtarkman is unquestionably among the most musicianly.” Recital appearances in the United States include the Ambassador Foundation, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Tisch Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars Series, San Francisco Performances, Regional Arts Foundation at the Kravis Center, The Peace Center and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Orchestral appearances include the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall, Northwood Festival Orchestra, Marin Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque In August 1995, Mr. Shtarkman was awarded the First Prize of the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. As a result of this prize, he was offered over sixty recitals and orchestral engagements in Europe within the following seasons. Shtarkman is a major prizewinner of the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He won the First Prize of the First Taipei International Piano Competition and was engaged for numerous concerts throughout Asia. Mr. Shtarkman performs extensively in Europe and Asia, South and North America, Russia and the former Republics of the USSR. He is a frequent guest performer at the prestigious Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2002 Mr. Shtarkman has been on the Piano Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Pierre Henri Xuereb
Alexander Shtarkman, piano

Pierre Henri Xuereb
Michael Strauss, viola
Known for his “rich tone and lyrical acumen” (Chicago Tribune), violist MICHAEL ISAAC STRAUSS has performed around the world as a soloist, recitalist, in chamber music, and in symphonic settings. His love for the intimate concert setting has led to performances on concert series, live radio broadcasts, and festival appearances across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with them, as well as a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets on the Lyrinx label. He is a founding member of the new Indianapolis Quartet, in residence at the University of Indianapolis since 2016, where he also serves on the faculty. Strauss has also taught at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music since 2016 and is the violist for the Dana Piano Quartet, in residence at Youngstown State University. Strauss’ solo work is featured on several CDs—the debut recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata, David Finko’s Viola Concerto, Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur), and the Suzuki Viola School CDs, Volumes 8 and 9. He has also recorded chamber works by living composers with the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001, the complete string quintets by Mozart with the Fine Arts Quartet, and he recently released Wordless Verses (Naxos)—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano with the Jackson Trio. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a viola attributed to Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy in 1704.
“It’s not often that a fortunate operagoer witnesses the birth of a star!” critics hailed Danielle Talamantes’ recent role début as Violetta in La traviata. This season, Talamantes sings Mimì in La bohéme with Fairfax Symphony and returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Frasquita for their productions of Carmen. In addition, she will appear as a soloist in multiple classical masterworks including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic, Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Eugene Concert Choir, and in the National Philharmonic’s Bernstein Choral Celebration concert. In recent seasons, Talamantes performed the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Princeton Festival; Mimì in La bohéme with the St. Petersburg (FL) Opera and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; the title role of Susannah with Opera Roanoke; Anna in Nabucco and Frasquita in Carmen with The Metropolitan Opera; Violetta in La traviata with Finger Lakes Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; a début at Spoleto Festival USA as Sergente in Veremonda. Additional concert works include “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman!” with Close Encounters With Music in Great Barrington and at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Mozart’s Requiem with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, and Fairfax Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with National Philharmonic, Choralis and St. Mary’s College; Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, Bach’s Magnificat, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the National Philharmonic; Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Handel’s Laudate pueri dominum, and Charpentier’s Te Deum with The City Choir of Washington; Händel’s Messiah with Phoenix and La Jolla symphony orchestras, United States Naval Academy, National Philharmonic, The New Choral Society, and Austin Symphony & Chorus Austin; Poulenc’s Gloria with Arizona State University’s Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with Choral Artists of Sarasota and the Oratorio Society of VA; soprano soloist in Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at Alice Tully Hall; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at North Carolina Master Chorale; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Manchester Symphony Orchestra; and recitals and masterclasses with El Paso Pro Musica, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University and Point Loma University. Her debut album, Canciones españolas, was recently released on the MSR Classics label and the album Heaven and Earth, A Duke Ellington Songbook has followed.

Danielle Talamantes,

Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
Kerry Wilkerson’s solo career has taken him from coast to coast performing major oratorios and recitals. A singer with unique evenness in register, he has been described by the Washington Post as an “exuberant” performer possessing the “amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing.” He has enjoyed a celebrated career as a member of the United States Army Chorus, singing and conducting for world leaders, Supreme Court Justices, politicians and dignitaries of many nations during official ceremonies and protocol events. Wilkerson has sung professionally with the US Air Force Singing Sergeants and the critically acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Singers in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. He is well known to Washington, DC audiences through his solo recitals and regular guest appearances with choruses and orchestras such as the Händel Choir of Baltimore, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, City Choir of Washington, Choralis, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia. The 2018/19 season includes performinag the role of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Roanoke, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with American University Chorus, Händel's Messiah with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff's The Bellswith Spokane Symphony, Faure's Requiem with Eugene Concert Choir, Kodaly's Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival, Bach's B minor mass with City Choir of Washington, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Choralis and Durfle's Requiem with the Washington Chorus. His Carnegie Hall debut was made in June of 2017, as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' Sancta Civitas, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Highlights during the 2017/18 season included performances with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bach's Magnificat, Händel's Messiah with the Austin Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Fairfax Symphony and as a featured artist in a Bernstein & Friends concert with Close Encounters With Music in the Berkshires. Mr. Wilkerson has joined the faculty of George Mason University.

Violist Pierre Henri Xuereb (Paris Conservatoire) has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Eugène Istomin, Christian Ivaldi, Oleg Kagan, Gary Karr, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Janos Starker, and Walter Trampler, among others. He has made regular appearances on TV and in radio broadcasts and has recorded works of Ernest Bloch, Erwin Schulhoff, Arthur Honegger and Toru Takemitsu for Harmonia Mundi, Calliope, and Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Xuereb is professor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Gennevilliers. He regularly performs and teaches at international summer academies and festivals, including Académie de Courchevel, Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Hamptons Music Institute, the Flanders Academy, in Choggia, Italy, and at the Johannesen International School of the Arts in Victoria, British Columbia. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Xuereb was artistic director of the Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players in New York City. He is a member of the Patrick Gallois Quintet and an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music with the members of Ensemble Alternance and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. One of the last students of the great William Primrose, at the age of sixteen, he was awarded First Prize in Viola at the Paris Conservatoire, where he now teaches. His chamber music collaborations have been with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras—the Audubon, Enesco, Muir, Orlando, Parisii, Rosamonde and Talich quartets; Orchestre lyrique Région Alpes-Provence; Israel Sinfonietta, and Belgrade Chamber Orchestra.

Pierre Henri Xuereb
Pierre Henri Xuereb, viola

Mr. Xuereb
will be on leave
of absence in 2019

Violinist Peter Zazofsky (Boston University) enjoys a richly varied career that includes performances with many of the great orchestras in America and Europe, recitals in major music centers, and recordings and tours as first violinist of the Muir String Quartet. A native of Boston, he studied with Joseph Silverstein and Dorothy Delay, before entering the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Jaime Laredo. Graduating in 1976, Zazofsky went on to win top prizes in several international violin contests, including the 1979 Montreal Competition and 1980 Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. Since then he has performed repeatedly with the Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra,  Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic among many others, as well as the San Francisco Symphony, who also featured him on tour in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Long committed to teaching, Zazofsky holds the position of Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Boston University.
Peter Zazofsky
Peter Zazofsky, violin
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