Performers

Raphael Bell – Cello

Raphael Bell is principal cello of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, Belgium, and co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival in his hometown in Virginia. He has performed as a chamber musician at celebrated venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Alti Hall (Kyoto), the Berlin […]



Timothy Summers – Violin and Viola

Violinist Timothy Summers is co-director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, which he also co-founded in 2000, and is second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet. A member of the first violin section of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, he has performed with the orchestra on violin, viola, and mandolin. As a chamber […]



Rebecca Albers – Viola

Violist Rebecca Albers has performed throughout North America, Asia and Western Europe. Her performances have been seen on national television in the United States and China and heard on National Public Radio and French National Radio.  A native of Longmont, CO, Ms. Albers currently resides in Saint Paul, MN as the Assistant Principal violist of […]



Igor Begelman

Igor Begelman – Clarinet

Clarinetist Igor Begelman’s virtuosity and imagination on his instrument have been praised by critics as “remarkable display of music making” and have earned him an impressive list of prizes, engagements and honors, including Avery Fisher Career Grant awarded to outstanding American artists. In recent seasons Mr. Begelman appeared as a soloist with the I Musici […]



Gloria Chien – Piano

Pianist Gloria Chien has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” Richard Dyer praises her for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration…Chien’s performance had it all, and […]



Joseph Conyers – Bass

Joseph H. Conyers was appointed assistant principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra after a one-and-a-half year tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, three-and-a half years as principal bassist of the Grand Rapids Symphony (MI), and four summers as a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra (NM). Described […]



Nicholas Cords – Viola

Violist Nicholas Cords is strongly committed to the advocacy and performance of music from a very broad historic and geographical spectrum. His busy touring schedule has led him in recent years to Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Library of Congress. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the […]



Kiera Duffy – Soprano

American soprano Kiera Duffy is recognized for her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship in repertoire that encompasses Handel, Bach and Mozart as well as the modern sounds of Berg, Glass and Carter. Ms. Duffy’s 2013-2014 season commences with concert performances of Bernstein’s Candide with the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany under the baton […]



James Ehnes

James Ehnes – Violin

Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In the 2013-2014 season James performs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Norway, […]



Jonathan Gandelsman – Violin

Jonathan Gandelsman’s musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States 14 years ago. Through his work with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy, Martin Hayes, Christina Courtin and Jenny Scheinman, Gandelsman […]



Matthew Gold – Percussion

Matthew Gold is a New York based percussionist with a deep commitment to new music. A member of Talea Ensemble and the Talujon percussion group, and a former co-director of TimeTable Percussion, he performs regularly with Sequitur, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or, SEM Ensemble, and many others. […]



Benjamin Hochman – Piano

Winner of 2011’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has been described by the New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist”. His eloquent and virtuosic performances have earned him critical acclaim and his rare combination of bravura and poetry has excited audiences and critics alike. His engagements have brought him to major […]



Colin Jacobsen – Violin

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, first played to critical acclaim at the age of fourteen, collaborating with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic in a performance that was hailed by the New York Times: “Jacobsen was the impressively accomplished soloist in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, sounding as if he were […]



Eric Jacobsen – Cello

Mr. Jacobsen is a cellist and conductor residing in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with Rene Fleming on David Letterman and at the inaugural concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. Mr. Jacobsen has also appeared with The Silk Road Ensemble at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai. In 2006 Eric’s brother, […]



Ieva Jokubaviciute – Piano

Known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs regularly for audiences in the US and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing ‘razorsharp intelligence and wit’ (The Washington Post) and as ‘elegant […]



Angela Kelly – Flute

Flutist, Angela Kelly, released her first CD, “Conversations, the Music of Gary Schocker” on the Azica label. She makes her home in Virginia while performing and teaching throughout the East Coast. Ms. Kelly is an international prize winner, as well as an accomplished soloist and orchestral player with an extensive list of credits including performances […]



Sooyun Kim

Sooyun Kim – Flute

A winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, flutist Sooyun Kim made her prize-winning debut at age ten with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2010, she became the first American to win a top prize at the ARD International Music Competition since 1964. Ms. Kim was also awarded a Special Prize for the best […]



Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh – Violin

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing […]



Carol McGonnell – Clarinet

Clarinetist Carol McGonnell has recently been hailed by Time Out NY as a “clarinet genius” and by the Los Angeles Times as “elastic, exacting, stupendous.” Ms. McGonnell has performed in the inaugural concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and appeared in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras […]



Aki Saulière – Violin

French violinist Aki Saulière is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Karajan Akademie in Berlin, and later in master classes with Georgy Kurtag, Yuko Mori, and Ferenc Rados. As a founding member of the Capuçon Quartet […]



Mimi Solomon – Piano

American pianist Mimi Solomon has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter and National Public Radio. An avid […]



Doug Schneider – Narrator

Doug Schneider is a well-known and highly respected actor, singer, teacher, and vocal instructor in the Charlottesville area. He has been teaching voice for over 30 years and runs his own studio out of his home. In addition, Mr. Schneider continues to act and sing in local theater. Most recently he was “Charlie Davenport” in […]



Brooklyn Rider

The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The musicians play […]