Violinist Xiao Wang’s great talents have been recognized with many awards and prizes. As the first prizewinner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition, he performed with the Kodaly Philharmonic Orchestra during its Budapest Spring Festival as well as with the Gewandhaus Academisches Orchester in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Wang was also awarded first prize at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition, resulting in a solo performance with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and Maestro Lavard Skou Larsen. He has appeared under the baton of Maestro Andreas Ligeti in Hungary’s Bela Bartok National Concert Hall as well as in New York as part of the Young Music Forum Series, and been featured in live performances on Houston Public Radio’s “Front Row” series. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with Phillip Entremont, the American String Quartet, and members of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Wang began playing the violin at age five, and at the age of ten entered the Central Conservatory in Beijing with Professor Wei-dong Tong. He later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joseph Silverstein, and is currently completing his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Lucie Robert. He has played in master classes for Claude Frank, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt and Pamela Frank.
Violinist Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and has immediately been recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists as age 4, the foundation’s youngest member in history.
She was able to find her passion as she grew up performing within this foundation- to inspire others with her music, no matter what the venue. For years, she performed in local hospitals, nursing homes, and even museums with the HYAC until in 2008, under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist and performed on the NPR show From the Top, her first venture outside of Texas. She then went ahead further and went to Germany in 2009 for her first ever competition and won 3rd place in the Louis Spohr International Competition, and soon after won 1st place in the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition and American Protégé International Competition.
Yaegy then auditioned for the Juilliard Precollege division, and moved to NYC to attend from grades 8 to 12, under the tutelage of Catherine Cho. During these 5 years, Yaegy won top prizes in competitions such as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, LISMA International Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and most recently the Stulberg International Competition in May, 2015. Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician and won competitions in the chamber division at the KRB NY International Music Competition and the Crescendo International Music Competition. She was recently named a Young Arts Winner of 2015, and was a semifinalist of the Presidential Scholars.
Yaegy just had her Carnegie debut in June, 2015, with the Foundation of the Revival of Classical Culture, in which she is an avid member. She will attend The Juilliard School this coming fall, under Catherine Cho.
In her spare time, Yaegy loves to learn about philosophy, psychology, and reading classic literature. She has also gone to NYC public schools to speak to younger children about music and the arts, and loves spreading her love for her craft.
Violinist Abraham Appleman was born in Yokohama, Japan. He began his studies on the violin and piano at the age of four, soon after his family moved to the Boston area. His continued studies there led to his debut, at age fifteen, performing Max Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Since then, Mr. Appleman has had a multifaceted career, performing in Asia, Europe, and the Americas as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Voce Intimae and has served as concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida.
In New York, Mr. Appleman performs regularly in the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As one of the foremost violinists in the recording industry, he can be heard as a soloist on numerous CDs and motion picture soundtracks. During the summer season, Mr. Appleman is regularly invited to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Yevgenia Strenger joined the New York City Opera orchestra in 1979 and became the concertmaster of the NYCO in 2001. She is also a member of the New York City Ballet and has been a frequent player with the New York Philharmonic for many years. Ms. Strenger made her debut with the Lvov Symphony (Ukraine) when she was thirteen, performing concertos by Conus and Sibelius. Upon graduating with honors from the Moscow State Conservatory she toured the Soviet Union as a member of the Kalinin String Quartet. Ms. Strenger, in addition to orchestral playing, has appeared on television, radio and in recitals and chamber music concerts in USA, Russia and Belarus.
Violinist Tzu-En Lee was born in Tainan, Taiwan, where she began studying violin when she was only five years of age. From ages seven to seventeen, she won numerous local and national competitions, foremost of which was the Taiwan National Violin Competition. At the local level, she won the Tainan County and City Competitions, the Kao-Hsiung County and City (2008) Competitions, the Kao-Hsiung City Gun-Du-Bae Competition (1998), and the Yunlin County Competition. She studied in the Music Department of the Tainan University of Technology, where she was the principal second violin in the school’s orchestra, conducted by Huei-Ming Twu.
Since coming to the United States, Tzu-En Lee has studied violin performance at Mannes College, The New School for Music, in Manhattan. She graduated with a diploma in the Spring of 2012 and is currently pursuing further studies in the graduate program at Mannes under the tutelage of violinist Yuri Vodovoz. She is a member of the Mannes Community Orchestra, playing first violin, second stand. In addition to her studies, Ms. Lee has enjoyed taking part in the musical life of NYC as a free-lance musician. Since the founding in 2009 of the Pocket Opera of New York, she has performed with its orchestra on two productions (Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutti” and Handel’s “Messiah”), under the artistic leadership of its conductor Wei-En Hsu. Violinist Tzu-En Lee has also sought out opportunities for performing music by contemporary composers. She has participated in the Second and Third Annual Social Networking Concerts, produced and curated by American composer Douglas Townsend at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. (In the 2011 concert she was part of an ensemble led by pianist David Oei which performed a new piano reduction of Townsend’s triple violin concerto. In the 2012 concert she was part of a string quartet which included violinist Muneyoshi Takahashi and which world-premiered a work by Australian composer Houston Dunleavy. Both performances were audio podcast and videotaped for YouTube.)
Polish-born and New York City-based violinist Kinga Augustyn has been described as “an adventurous performer valuable to New York’s scene” (NY Concert Review), “a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Nowy Dziennik Polish Daily News), “stylish and vibrant” (The Strad Magazine).
She has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and Europe. Among them are the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, the Empire State Sinfonia, the Gateway Classical Music Society Orchestra, the Broadway Bach Ensemble, the Glacier Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her many orchestra appearances, she maintains a busy concert schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician with appearances at Carnegie Hall (in both the Stern Auditorium and the Weill Recital Hall), Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, The Kosciuszko Foundation, 7 World Trade Center, Bargemusic, Polish and Hungarian Embassies in Washington, DC, The Aspen Music Festival, and the Ethical Society in Philadelphia. She has also performed as a featured artist at music festivals such as the Paderewski Festival, the Sevenars Music Festival, and the Chopin & Friends Festival.
Her recent prestigious collaborations include solo performances with The Jose Limon Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in NYC. Ms. Augustyn is also a member of pianist Jeffrey Biegel’s Trio 21 with cellist Robert deMaine. The ensemble has recently recorded Glen Roven’s Runaway Bunny CD for GPR Records, with Catherine Zeta- Jones as a narrator, as well as Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Trio for Naxos. Ms. Augustyn’s Album of Polish music, was just released in June 2013 on Naxos.
Ms. Augustyn is committed to increasing awareness of music by Polish composers, as well as promoting contemporary music. She has premiered Michael White’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and his Trio Sonata, which were composed especially for her. She has also recorded his Quartet for Piano and Strings. Ms. Augustyn’s new album of contemporary music is coming out very soon on GPR Records. Her former discography includes a CD of Niccolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including First Prizes at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (NYC), Artist International Presentations (NYC), J.S. Bach String Competition (Zielona Gora, Poland), and Ackerman Chamber Music Competition at Stony Brook, NY. Other top honors include prizes at the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition (NYC), the Johannes Brahms International Competition (Poertschach, Austria), and the Kloster Schoental International Young Artist Competition (Kloster Scheontal, Germany).
Kinga Augustyn began her music studies at the age of seven in her native Poland. She eventually went on to study at The Juilliard School, where she worked with Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka, and earned both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees. She also holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she took lessons from Phil Setzer and Pamela Frank.
As a teacher, Ms. Augustyn has served as a Violin Faculty for The Alexander & Buono Festival of Music. She has also conducted various violin and chamber music masterclasses and workshops in the United States and Poland.
Kinga Augustyn is thrilled to perform again with the Broadway Bach Ensemble!
Violinist Muneyoshi Takahashi is an active freelancer in New York area. He is currently a member of Albany Symphony Orchestra and Iris String Quartet. He has been concertmaster of Ensemble du Monde, Nova Philharmonic, One World Symphony, Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy, and guest concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic. He has also played with orchestras such as the American Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Izmir Symphony(Turkey), New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
A graduate of Eastman School and the top honor recipient from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, he has studied violin with Koichiro Harada, founder of the Tokyo String Quartet and Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the Borodin String Quartet. He was semi-finalist of Japan Music Competition and Grand-Prix winner of Toho Transcendental Technique Competition.
He had master classes with Thomas Brandis, Zakhar Bron, Vadim Gluzman, Rainer Küchl, Philippe Quint, Shinichi Suzuki and Zvi Zeitlin. He has participated in renowned festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Takefu International Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival, where he had opportunities to work with artists such as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, and Toshio Hosokawa.
Mr. Takahashi is also devoted in education. He has been Director of Hamilton-Madison House Music School. He also coaches Trinity-Florentine Orchestra of Inter School Orchestras of New York.
Hailed by the New York press as “a spectacular virtuoso, [playing] with effortless brilliance, unbridled passion, and a remarkable flair,” violinist Olivier Fluchaire has established himself as one of today’s most exciting new violinists.
Performing extensively as featured soloist and chamber musician, he has been concertizing throughout the United States, Austria, Belgium, England, Germany, South Korea, Lithuania, Russia, and his native France.
Mr. Fluchaire was invited to solo with the Camerata Lysy Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Hunter Symphony, New York Repertory Orchestra, Manhattanville College Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Bronx, The French Philharmonia Orchestra, Bachanalia Orchestra, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, University of Alaska-Anchorage Sinfonia Orchestra and the Affetti Chamber Orchestra. His most recent concerto tour, performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto throughout Alaska, was reviewed as “a world-class performance […] technical and artistic perfection.”
Olivier Fluchaire was fortunate to perform on many occasions alongside his mentor, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, notably in J.S. Bach’s concerto for two violins and with members of the Guarneri, American, and Emerson string quartets. He has recorded for VOX label and his performances were broadcasted on France 3 Television, Bronxnet Television, the BBC Television, National Educational Television, Radio France, MDR Leipzig, “The Listening Room with Robert Sherman” WQXR-FM and National Public Radio.
Highlights for Mr. Fluchaire’s 2012-13 season include performances of the Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Beethoven violin concerti as well as Bill Whelan’s double concerto for violin and fiddle. He will also perform chamber music on numerous concert series and record for MSR Classics label.
As an avid teacher, Olivier Fluchaire serves on the violin, viola and chamber music faculty at Hunter College, CUNY (New York, NY), Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) and the College of Staten Island, CUNY (Staten Island, NY). During the summer, he teaches and performs at Summit Music Festival (Purchase, NY) and the Affetti Festival (Anchorage, AK) where he also serves as Associate Music Director.
Olivier Fluchaire studied with Daniel Phillips, Patinka Kopec, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Guen En Shen and Jacques Ghesthem. He is graduate of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in London UK, completed his bachelors and masters degrees, on a merit scholarship, at the Manhattan School of Music and his doctor of musical arts degree, as a recipient of a New York Times Fellowship, at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.
Olivier Fluchaire performs on a rare violin by Andreas Gisalberti made in 1720 in Parma, Italy.
Bulgarian violinist Dilyana Zlatinova-Tsenov started playing violin at the age of six and studied at the National School of Music “Liubomir Pipkov” in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2002 she came to the US to continue her studies. Since 1997 she has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the United States. Ms. Zlatinova-Tsenov has performed in major international venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fishery Hall, Weil Recital Hall and Bulgaria Hall. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Kurt Mazur, Pinchas Zukerman, Glen Dicterow, Rossen Milanov and the American String Quartet. Dilyana was the featured violinist with the National Youth Philharmonic, recording for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television.
Ms. Zlatinova-Tsenov is a winner of the International Competition “Young Music Talents.” She was a special guest of the International Youth Festival &8220;The Youth in the 21st Century” in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Dilyana completed her bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Montclair State University where she studied violin with Maria Radicheva, and chamber music with the Shanghai String Quartet. Ms. Zlatinova-Tsenov is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. At Montclair State University she has received The School of the Arts Advisory Board Talent Award; The MSU Foundation scholarship; The Undergraduate Citation award, The Shanghai String Quartet scholarship for strings; The Maria Radicheva scholarship; and the4 Bergen and Cosmopolitan scholarships.
Dilyana Zlatinova-Tsenov is an active chamber musician. She has been a member of the Montclair String Quartet since 2002. The quartet was named “The Honor String Quartet” by Montclair State University in recognition of its numerous successful performances. In Spring 2006 the Montclair String Quartet was chosen to participate in the Hungarian Music Festival at The Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, and performed at the inaugural season of “Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York” at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Montclair String Quartet is the first prizewinner of the international competition “Music and the Earth” in 2006, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2009 Dilyana Zlatinova-Tsenov earned her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she has studied with Professor Maria Radicheva. Ms. Zlatinova-Tsenov was a recipient of the Manhattan School of Music Foundation Scholarship.
Violinist Harumi Rhodes is in her second year of New England Conservatory’s Master of Music program studying with Donald Weilerstein.
Ms. Rhodes has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall, Kenosha Symphony, Long Island Sound Symphony, Northern Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rockland Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Broadway Bach Ensemble.
This March, Ms. Rhodes will be performing Bach’s a minor Violin Concerto in Jordan Hall. This May, she is looking forward to her second appearance with the Broadway Bach Ensemble performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with her father and violist, Samuel Rhodes.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Rhodes has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for the past three summers and has concertized with the “Musicians from Marlboro” this past spring on a tour including New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington D.C.’s Freer Gallery, Philadelphia’s Convention Center, and Boston’s Gardner Museum. Most recently, Ms. Rhodes was asked to be a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program giving her the great honor of working with her some of the most renowned chamber musicians of our time.
Ms. Rhodes has also performed on numerous occasions on the Bargemusic Series in Brooklyn, New York and has been a guest with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Walden Chamber Players, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Rhodes has performed a variety of newly composed works by many of her peers as well as many of the great established composers still living today. This past summer, the first recording of Milton Babbitt’s Sixth String Quartet was released on the Tzadik Composer Series Label with Ms. Rhodes as the first violinist.
Ms. Rhodes received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School studying with Earl Carlyss and Ronald Copes and studied with Shirley Givens at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division.
The Carmen Suites are two suites of orchestral music drawn from the music of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen and compiled posthumously by his friend Ernest Guiraud. They adhere very closely to Bizet’s orchestration.