Nurit Pacht, violin

Violinist Nurit Pacht was selected as one of the “Stars of the Year 2000” by Le Monde de la Musique and since then her career has blossomed with appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Great Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, The People’s Hall of China in Beijing and at Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series. Chosen by director Robert Wilson to be the featured musician in his multi-media piece Relative Light featuring solo violin works by John Cage and J.S. Bach, Nurit is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the contemporary.

Last season, Nurit performed as soloist in collaboration with the dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones in one of Europe’s greatest cathedrals, the Duomo in Milan as well as at Kennedy Center and on tour in many U.S. capitals with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company culminating in performances at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. She is now in her third season serving as the artistic director of the Alliance Players, a dynamic group of musicians who perform innovative programs in New York City.

Nurit performed in duo recitals with Philip Glass playing the composer’s works for violin and piano. She commissioned and premiered works from other leading composers including, Michael Hersch, Noam Sheriff, Annie Gosfield and Octavio Vazquez.

Nurit has toured as soloist with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. She also performed the world premiere of Noam Sheriff’s Violin Concerto Dibrot, a work dedicated to her, with the Israeli Contemporary Players in a radio broadcast from Jerusalem and in the Contemporary Music Festival in Tel Aviv. Nurit was also the soloist on a tour of China with the Young Israel Philharmonic, performing in the major concert venues of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. In the United States she has been a soloist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Alliance Players, American Youth Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony. In Italy she performed with the Filarmonica di Roma, in Poland and Germany with the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra, with most of the major orchestras of Romania including the Georges Enesco Philharmonic and with the National Symphony of Columbia.

In the spring of 1996, immediately following the cease-fire, she concertized in six of the worst war-devastated cities of Bosnia to enthusiastic audiences of the three ethnic minorities, with the sponsorship of the United Nations and the European Mozart Foundation. At the invitation of the European Commission she also performed on the occasion of the inauguration of the European Monetary Union in Bruxelles.

She was heard at the festivals of Santa Fe, Mecklenberg Vorpommern, Divonne, Stresa, Kfar Blum, George Crumb, Tartini, Monadnock and, at the invitation of Christoph Eschenbach, performed in Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series. One of her live performances from Wigmore Hall was released by Nimbus records.

Nurit Pacht grew up in Texas and made her first solo public appearance on national television at the age of 12. In 1990, at age seventeen, she made her U.S. solo debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and has since won top prizes in international competitions in Europe and the United States, including the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland.

She plays on a violin made by P. Guarneri in 1750.

Curtis Macomber, violin

Curtis Macomber, violin

Curtis Macomber is recognized as one of the most versatile soloists and chamber musicians before the public today, equally at home and committed to works from Bach to Babbitt, and with a discography which includes the complete Brahms String Quartets as well as the Roger Sessions Solo Sonata.

A featured lecture/recitalist in the first American Violin Congress in June of 1987, he was Second Prize winner in the 1980 Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for the Performance of Twentieth Century American Violin Music.

Mr. Macomber has appeared in recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre, and the Kennedy Center , and has been soloist with the Musica Aeterna Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, Great Neck Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, and at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.

As first violinist of the award-winning New World String Quartet for 11 years (1982-1993), Mr. Macomber performed most of the standard repertoire as well as numerous contemporary works in performances i11 major halls throughout the United States and Europe, and with the Quartet was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University from 1982-1990; with that group he also recorded 14 discs and performed numerous times on Public Radio and Television in this country, and the BBC in Great Britain.

A founding member of the Apollo Piano Trio and the Bridge Horn Trio, and a member of the 20th-Century music ensemble Speculum Musicae since 1991, Mr. Macomber has also appeared with the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Group for Contemporary Music, New York Chamber Soloists, and in chamber music series across the country and in Europe.

He has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Vanguard, Pickwick, and Musical Heritage; CRI has recently released his second solo recording, entitled “Songs of Solitude”, which the New York Observer named one of 1996’s best instrumental solo discs; and the Violin-Piano Sonatas of Amy Beach and John Corigliano, with pianist Diane Walsh, are available on Koch.

Mr. Macomber is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School and the violin faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and has also taught at Utah State University, Montclair State College and Calvin College.

He holds his B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the Juilliard School , where he was a scholarship student of Joseph Fuchs and winner of the Morris Loeb and Walter Naumburg Prizes. (October 28, 2001)

Daniel Khalikov, violin

Violinist DANIEL KHALIKOV has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey, Kazakhstan and his homeland Uzbekistan. He has performed with numerous orchestras, at such venues as in Berlin Philharmonic Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

In 2004 Daniel won the 2nd prize and the “Composer’s” prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in London. He is also a winner of the Strad Violin Competition in Boca Raton and Concerto Competition at the Manhattan School of Music where Daniel is now a fifth-year student, completing his bachelor diploma in the studio of Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman.

Daniel was born into a musical family in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At age six, Daniel started taking violin lessons with Nathan Mendelssohn and entered the Uspensky School of Music. The year after, he gave his first public performance with the Beriot Violin Concerto at the Bakhor, the largest hall in Tashkent. In 1995, age eleven Daniel won 5th prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in England.

Daniel also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Toulouse National Conservatoire, has taken part in master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Tokyo String Quartet, Ida Haendel. As a chamber musician Daniel has taken part at the Tanglewood, Verbier, Norfolk, Perlman Music Program, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music festival. Daniel�s major hobby is a 35mm photography. His Canon EOS Elan camera is always with him.

Today, Mr. Khalikov plays Januarius Galliano violin, made in Napoli in 1785.

Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Since winning the 1998 Gold Medal of the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, JUDITH INGOLFSSON has established herself world-wide as an artist of uncompromising musical maturity, extraordinary technical command and charismatic performance style.

A native of Iceland, Judith Ingolfsson made her debut as orchestral soloist in Germany, at the age of eight. In the United States, she has been heard with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Austin, Binghamton, Dayton, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Memphis, New Haven, Omaha, Pacific, San Diego, South Carolina, Vermont, Victoria, West Virginia and Wichita; and she has collaborated with many of the acclaimed maestri of our time, including Jesus Lûpez-Cobos, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin. Ms. Ingolfsson was also heard as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on its 2000 15-city North American tour, highlighted by a performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, while, abroad, her engagements have included the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Tokyo and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she recorded the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto for the orchestra’s BPO Live label.

Highlights of Judith Ingolfsson’s current season include performances with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Louisville Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Columbus (GA), Dubuque, Fairfax, Greenwich and Long Bay (SC). She also appears in recital with pianist Vladimir Stoupel on Brooklyn’s famed Bargemusic series.

Judith Ingolfsson’s recital performances have taken her throughout the United States and around the world: National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Cleveland Institute of Music, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Reykjavìk Arts Festival, Pro Arte Musicale of Puerto Rico, La Asociaciûn Nacional de Conciertos de Panama, Macao Cultural Center and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Center. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Avalon and Miami String Quartets and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared, both on tour and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. Her festival appearances include the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Germany’s Bodensee Festival, Switzerland’s Menuhin Festival and the Orlando Festival in The Netherlands.

Judith Ingolfsson has frequently appeared on radio and television broadcasts, beginning with a performance on Icelandic TV at the age of five. Since then, she has been seen on PBS, “CBS Sunday Morning” and Japan’s National Broadcasting Company (NHK). In 1999, National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” named her “Debut Artist of the Year” for her “remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight.” She is also the recipient of the 2001 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for her debut CD for Catalpa Classics, featuring a varied program ranging from Bach to Ned Rorem.

At the age of 14, Judith Ingolfsson was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she pursued studies with the legendary violinist and pedagogue Jascha Brodsky. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Cerone, and continued her graduate studies at the same institution while working with Donald Weilerstein. Prior to her triumph at the Indianapolis Competition, Ms. Ingolfsson, who began violin studies at the age of three, was a prize winner at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City and the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.

Judith Ingolfsson makes her home in New York City.

Jinyeong Jessica Lee, violin

Jinyeong Jessica Lee, violin

Jessica, an American violinist of Korean descent, first captured national attention with a feature article in LIFE magazine at the age of 3. In 1989, at the age of 6, she performed at the White House in Manila, Philippines for then President Corazon Aquino. She has since been heard in four continents and at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. Jessica recently appeared on the Concerti di Mezzogiorno Recital Series at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Festival de Musica de Camera in Lima, Peru, and the FOCUS! Festival in New York which was reviewed in Strad magazine. She has also performed as soloist with the Hampton Youth Symphony, Broadway/Bach Ensemble, Richmond Symphony, and Richmond Philharmonic, and as one of the soloists with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Jessica began playing the violin at age three, and later studied with Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet. At age 14, she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Robert Mann and Ida Kavafian and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree four years later. In May 2003, she completed her studies with Robert Mann for a Master of Music Degree at the Juilliard School in New York.

An active chamber musician, Jessica has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival as well as at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and has been heard on the stages of Alice Tully Hall, the Spoleto Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the 92nd St. Y Tisch Concert Hall, as well as venues in the Netherlands and Korea. She is also a member of the DaGama Piano Quartet, which will be making its New York debut on the Trinity Church Concert Series this season, and the vibrant and exciting, newly formed East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

Future engagements include performances at Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Caramoor Festival, with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the American Chamber Orchestra, and on tour with Musicians from Marlboro in 2006.