PCP 2017 Directors of Music
Philip Boulanger, Director of Music and cellist, Session 1
Philip Boulanger lives in New Haven, CT, where he serves as cellist of the Haven String Quartet and Resident Cellist of Music Haven, a nationally recognized and award-winning nonprofit organization that provides tuition-free lessons and instruments to 90 students living in the most underserved neighborhoods of New Haven. Philip directs Music Haven’s student chamber music program, maintains a full teaching studio, performs over 25 concerts a year with the Haven String Quartet, and leads Music Haven’s student orchestra, “Harmony in Action.”
Prior to joining Music Haven in 2013, Philip served as a Teaching Artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, designing new and innovative curricula for a variety of music education and outreach programs across Chicago Public Schools. Philip worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma on the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musician Initiative, including a performance together of Schubert’s Cello Quintet, and joined the CSO cello section for their MusicNOW series.
Philip received his Masters in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University and was the teaching assistant to Hans Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music. While at Northwestern, Philip also held the position of Assistant Principal Cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Philip received his Bachelors of Music from Boston University, and an Artist Certificate from the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland. Philip is also a Point CounterPoint alum, spending a memorable 14 weeks over two summers on Lake Dunmore in the 90’s.
Anton Miller, Co-Director of Music, and violinist, Session 2
Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, American violinist Anton Miller has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue.
Mr. Miller has performed over fifty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on four continents. His world premiere performance of Xiogang Ye’s “Last Paradise” for violin and orchestra in Beijing, China with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded for broadcast throughout Asia and released on CD. Mr. Miller has also been concertmaster for a number of orchestras including almost thirty years with Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. He was also concertmaster for an Argentinian tour of the American Ballet Theatre.
He has made a number of recital and chamber music tours to Europe with performances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Greece and England. A long time resident of the East Coast, Anton has performed more than a hundred chamber music concerts and recitals in the New York City area. Performances have included such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall. Mr. Miller’s dedication to expanding the violin repertoire can be seen in his frequent commissions and premieres of the music of living composers. Recently recorded and released CDs include three albums with violist Rita Porfiris (Miller-Porfiris Duo) one of which features new music for violin and viola by composers of the Americas. Another newly released CD features Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto. Anton’s complete discography can be found on Dorian, Jericho, Full House, Hugo, Naxos, Klavier and MP2 Records.
Anton Miller completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying with renowned violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate.
He is currently Professor of Violin at The Hartt School and on the violin and chamber music artist faculty at New York University. He previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Mr. Miller was a founder and Artistic Director of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota, as well as a co-Artistic Director of the Silver Bay Festival. Past and current festival faculty positions also include Foulger International Music Academy, the Intensive String Quartet Workshop at New York University, Aria International Academy, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Summer Festival of Thessaloniki, Musicorda, Hsing Tien Kon (Taiwan), Bearstown (Korea), Killington, Hot Springs, and New Arts Festival. As a chamber musician he can be heard in concert with the Miller-Porfiris Duo, Hartt Quartet, Con Brio Ensemble and the Phenix Ensemble. One of Anton’s first teaching jobs was at Point Countepoint in the 1980s. In 2010 he returned to be on faculty at the PCP Adult Chamber Music Seminar, and looks forward to continuing his association with this wonderful camp for many years to come. www.antonmiller.com
Rita Porfiris, Co-Director of Music and violist, Session 2
Violist RITA PORFIRIS has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and as a soloist.
Currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Director of Chamber Music and the 20/20 Ensemble at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and clinics across the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, and the Dominican Republic. In 1996 she was on the faculty of PointCounterpoint as part of the Plymouth Quartet, returning in 2010 to join the faculty of the PCP Adult Chamber Music Seminar.
Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Hartt String Quartet and the Miller-Porfiris Duo. As a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, she was in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She was the recipient of Austria’s prestigious Prix Mercure, a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition.
In her 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. Equally at home in a.wide variety of genres, Rita has shared the stage with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, to name a few.
Highlights of recent seasons include chamber concerts with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jamie Laredo; sold-out Bartok Concerto appearances at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of the rarely played Romantic Rhapsody for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Arthur Benjamin as part of the Miller-Porfiris Duo. In May 2016, the Baltimore Sun declared “Rita Porfiris proved an ideal soloist, as much for her richness of tone and impeccable articulation as for the warmth and subtlety of her phrasing.”
Rita’s transcriptions for the viola of both classical music staples and pop favorites have been enjoyed worldwide by audiences and performers. Gramophone Magazine called her transcription of Gliere’s Eight Pieces Op. 39, recorded on the Miller-Porfiris Duo’s second CD “Eight Pieces,” “satisfying” and “sung with beautiful warmth.”
Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors included Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro. www.ritaporfiris.com
Miller Porfiris Duo Bio
Praised by the press for their “haunting and picturesque” musical interpretations, the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005.
Anton and Rita first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. The duo has given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions such as New York University, Duke University, Kutztown University, Foulger Festival at Kean University, St. George International Festival in Greece, ARIA International Arts Academy at Mt. Holyoke College, Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca Mexico, Conciertos de la Villa Santo Domingo, and the Brunel Jazzbridge London. Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” and released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” and “vibrant and focused” playing by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile Magazines. Recent acclaim from Fanfare for the Duo’s third CD, entitled “Divertimenti” declares their playing “a lightning bolt” and speaks to the “color, fire, and passion.”
For more information about their CDs and schedule of concerts and masterclasses, visit their website at www.millerporfirisduo.org
Randy Hiller, Director of Music and violinist, Session 3
Recently retired from a career in Business, Mr. Hiller now pursues music full time. Randy is the Founder and Director of the Lexington Chamber Music Center, coaching small ensembles made up of local middle school and high school students and organizing performances at outreach facilities such as retirement communities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. As a freelance violinist, he has performed with many Boston ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and the Lexington Symphony.
He was concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra between 1999 and 2004. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in small ensembles in and around Boston including the Winsor Outreach Quartet, The Auros ensemble, and The Alcyon Ensemble, and has studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer, Robert Merfeld, and Leon Kirschner. Mr. Hiller serves on the board as immediate Past-President of Project STEP, a Boston-based program designed to provide string instrument training to talented minority children. BA Harvard University, MBA and PhD MIT.
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2017 Faculty Bios
Svava Bernhardsdottir, violist – Session 2
Svava Bernhardsdottir is currently a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and teaches viola and chamber music at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Before that she was co-principal of the Slovene Philharmonic, Slovenia and taught viola at the Ljubljana Music Academy, as well as being principal violist of the Slovene Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and member of the Osterc Contemporary Ensemble.
Ms Bernhardsdottir has always been a very active chamber music player and performer of contemporary music as well as early music and contemporary music on historical intstruments. She´s been featured as soloist with symphony orchestras (Mozart: Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bartok: Slovene Philharmonic, Hindemith: Juilliard Symphony) and recorded two compact disks; Svaviola and Svaviola II which contains Icelandic viola music. Ms Bernhardsdottir has performed in all continents of the world and taught at summer festivals in Slovenia, Norway and Iceland.
Svava Bernhardsdottir, studied viola with Nobuko Imai, William Lincer and Karen Tuttle and graduated in viola performance from The Juilliard School of Music, New York, with a Master of Music degree in 1986 and 1989 with the DMA degree: Doctor of Musical Arts. She then studied early music at Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland with Jaap Schröder and played with him in the Skalholt Quartet (Musica Omnia recordings).
Javier Caballero, violinist – Session 3
Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Caballero is a versatile freelancer, teacher and arts administrator based in Boston. His principal teachers have been Rhonda Rider and Scott Kluksdahl. While Mr. Caballero is equally at home performing musical theater shows at Boston Lyric Stage, early music with Florida Pro Musica or premiering a new contemporary opera with Guerilla Opera, he has also recorded several albums with Middle Eastern, New Age, Balkan and Indie Rock groups and has performed with Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Mr. Caballero has also toured China, Palestine, and Israel. In addition to performing, Mr. Caballero teaches strings and serves as the Artistic Administrator of Project STEP—a string education program for children from underrepresented communities in Boston.BM University of South Florida; MM, GPD Boston Conservatory.
Paola Caballero, violinist – Session 3
Over the past decade, violinist Paola Caballero has attended festivals all over North America including the Tanglewood Young Artists Program, Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West, and led the festival orchestra at the Banff Centre for the Arts under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki. In Europe she has also led various opera festival orchestras both in Montepulciano and Orvieto, Italy.
Upon completion of her studies in Boston and after returning to Canada for some time, Paola relocated to the United Kingdom to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her studies in London, Ms. Caballero founded the Esperanto Trio, giving their first public performance at St. James Church in Piccadilly, London. Later, the group was asked to perform in a live B.B.C. broadcast at the Barbican Centre as part of the New Music Festival hosted by the B.B.C. Symphony. During this same period, Ms. Caballero also freelanced with the Aurora String Orchestra, amongst other such prolific ensembles based in London including the London Symphony.
Since her time in the U.K., Ms.Caballero has now chosen to return to Spain to continue her professional career here in Barcelona. She has been leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Barcelona, performs regularly with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya. As well other on going chamber music activities include include collaborations with the Barcelona-based contemporary group BCN 216, NeoArs Sonora and recently founded the Bcn Arts Quartet.
She has studied with Jack Glickmann, David Takeno, Masuko Ushioda, and Eric Rosenblith. Ms. Caballero had also studied with Lorand Fenyves and Erika Raum at the Royal Conservatory, the institution that sponsored the use of a 1686 Nicolo Amati instrument.
Ms. Caballero is currently performing on a Bergonzi, 1792, from the generosity of the Maggini-Stiftung Foundation.BM and MM, New England Conservatory, Postgraduate Diploma, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Brian Clague, violinist – Session 3
Brian Clague, has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. In recital, he has appeared as violinist and pianist at the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He is active asa recording artist for national Public Broadcasting Service productions at WGBH studios in Boston as well as for film, major record labels, and commercial projects. He also has worked as a choral conductor.
Mr. Clague has served as concertmaster for many Boston-area orchestras and choral societies, including Boston Chamber Ensemble,Bel Canto Opera, Symphony Pro Musica, Civic Symphony of Boston, Brookline Symphony and MIT Summer Philharmonic. As an orchestral player, he has appeared throughout New England with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music,New Hampshire Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Portland Symphony and Indian Hill Arts. Mr. Clague’s teachers include Kato Havas in London, and George Neikrug in Boston. BM Montana State, University of New Mexico.
Patrick Doane, violinist – Session 1
BM, MM Juilliard Described as a ‘Compelling Violinist’ by the New York Times, Patrick has performed with ensembles including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Continuum Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and American Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has served as concertmaster for international tours with The Manhattan Symphonie as well as with The Orchestra of the Bronx, and The Musica Bella Orchestra. Patrick has appeared alongside artists such as Savion Glover, Keith Lockhart, Mark Dresser, and members of the Muir and Portland String Quartets. Patrick is also a composer and has had works commissioned for string quartet and chamber orchestra.
Erin Ellis, cellist – Session 1
Cellist Erin Ellis
leads a versatile career as a performer and teacher. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. She was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Cello at West Virginia University’s School of Music. Formerly based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Ellis has appeared as a chamber musician at venues including the University of Alabama, the Atlanta Public Library, and Georgia State University. She served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Atlanta Opera and continues to serve as Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA). Dr. Ellis is also an accomplished baroque cellist and a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated music educator, she joins West Virginia University from the faculty at Agnes Scott College and the Waldorf School of Atlanta. She also served as interim cello faculty at State University of New York at Fredonia. In demand as guest artist and clinician, she has conducted masterclasses at Georgia Tech, Furman University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was also invited to present at the American String Teacher’s Association Conference in Louisville, KY, and in Tampa, FL. She spends her summers in Leicester, VT, performing and coaching chamber music at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ellis began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. She went on to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was recognized with the Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology. She studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.
Andrew Eng, violinist – Session 3
Canadian violinist and violist Andrew Eng has gained a versitile reputation playing Classical, Tango, Jazz and Contemporary music. Classical New Jersey describes him as “intense and powerfully emotional.” A founding member of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Eng also plays as the violinist for the Bernardo Monk Tango Quartet.
Engagements as featured soloist include performances on the Boston Celebrity Series, the Hart House Orchestra of Toronto, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed at the Mohawk Trails Concerts, Camerata New England, Electric Earth, Lyrica Chamber Music and Marlboro College’s Music for a Sunday afternoon series. Andrew has collaborated as a soloist and chamber music with Elmar Oliveira, Eugene Drucker, Terry King, Victor Rosenbaum, Daniel Binelli, and Diane Monroe.
Summer Festival appearances include Spoleto, Yellowbarn, Orford, Domaine Forget, LyricaFest, Killington, Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Quartet Program at Bucknell University.
Mr. Eng is currently on faculty at the Indian Hill Music Center, Lexington High School through the Lexington Community Education program, and holds his own private studio split between Westford & Belmont, MA. In 2013 he co-founded the New England Chamber Music Festival in Montpelier, Vermont.
In 1998, Andrew received his A.R.C.T. Performer’s Certificate from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, and then in 2003 and 2005 respectively received his Undergraduate Diploma in Performance and Master of Music in Modern American Music at the Longy School of Music as a student of Laura Bossert and Peter Cassino.
Ariel Friedman, cellist – Session 1
Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator. A winner of ASTA’s Alternative Styles Award, she is steeped in both a broad range of classical repertoire as well as American roots traditions. Ariel tours the U.S. and abroad with her sister as Ari & Mia, award-winning songwriters and highly acclaimed as New England’s Americana sister act, and has performed nationally and internationally with many other folk-based groups including Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, The Sail Away Ladies, Childsplay, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offshoot ensemble, Classical Tangent. She is the founding cellist of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based group of performing artists who were selected as the first Quartet-in-Residence with El Sistema Somerville in 2014 and spent a week in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in both 2015 and 2016. Recent recipients of a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, their current repertoire spans from Beethoven to the present, emphasizing contemporary repertoire including works by Ariel.
An advocate of new music and a composer herself, Ariel performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has written music for and collaborated with many ensembles, including Palaver Strings and DC-based pianist and composer Sam Post.
2017 season highlights include two world premieres of Friedman’s work: “In Question” for string orchestra which was premiered by Palaver Strings in March, and another piece for string orchestra which will be premiered by the young artists of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in July. Other season highlights include performances with Semiosis Quartet, as well as Cardamom Quartet’s new season of music by all women composers.
In high demand as an educator, Ariel teaches at Brookline Music School and has her own private studio. She has taught at music camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand.
Ariel graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 and received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. Her primary teachers have included Hans Jorgen Jensen, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Stratis Minakakis.
Gillian Gallagher, violist – Session 1
Gillian Gallagher is making a considerable name for herself as a multi-dimensional artist and chamber musician, having collaborated with such eminent performers as violinist Arnold Steinhardt, pianists Claude Frank and Jerome Lowenthal, the Tokyo String Quartet, and violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Gillian tours the United States extensively as violist of both O’Connor’s acclaimed Appalachia Waltz Trio, with whom she has performed since 2007, and the O’Connor Quartet. Having participated in and performed at festivals around the world, such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and California’s Music@Menlo, Gillian has also given recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Gillian is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator, and has been on viola faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Mark O’Connor’s String Camps, and the New York Youth Symphony’s chamber music program. Currently she holds faculty positions at the Berklee College of Music Summer String Program, Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp, and the Praxis Youth Leadership Orchestra.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Gillian received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. Gillian lives, performs and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.
Trevor Handy, cellist – Session 2
Trevor enjoys an active career as a freelance musician in Los Angeles. A member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 2002, he is also Principal Cellist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and performs with ensembles such as the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, in various chamber music series, at festivals, and as a studio musician in Hollywood.
Trevor, who now teaches at Westmont College, has presented recitals and chamber music concerts. He has been a member of orchestras across the country, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu and Jacksonville symphonies.
While freelancing in New York, Trevor was a member of the Griffon String Quartet, which won the grand prize at the 1991 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and performed throughout the northeast and midwest for several years.
A native of Boston, Trevor made his solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and went on to study with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at The Juilliard School. While there, he also studied and played Baroque cello professionally under the tutelage of Albert Fuller and Jaap Schroeder. He spent summers at Aspen and Tanglewood, as well as in Switzerland at Yehudi Menuhin’s Summer Academy and at Lausanne’s Academy of Music in master classes given by Maurice Gendron.
Myanna Harvey, violist – Session 3
Myanna Harvey studied primarily with Estelle Kerner, and performed in masterclasses with Elmar Oliveira and David Cerone. She was a first place winner in the Bournemouth Music Festival Competition, and has premiered works by Ciach, Koprowski, and Clearfield. A dedicated teacher, she teaches more than 60 private violin and viola students, with many of her students going on to pursue music as a career. Myanna has been the strings director at the Upper Moreland Summer Arts Program for the past ten years, and was music director and conductor of the Cheltenham Youth Orchestra. She was editor for a series of published violin books, has written a number of arrangements and compositions for string orchestra which have been performed by area youth orchestras, andhas written and published three books of string duets.As a member of the Philmore Ensemble, Myanna has performed in recital at venues such as the Reading Public Museum, the German Society of Pennsylvania, the Trinity Center for Urban Life, An Die Musik LIVE!, Sundays at Central, Swarthmore College Recital Series, and the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. She has performed lecture recitals for Columbia University and Barnard College. In additionto being a member of thePhilmore Ensemble
and the Musicalia Ensemble, Myanna performs regularly as violinist and violist of theHarvey String Duo
.Myanna’s playing is featured on the compact disc release Duos and Trios from Five Centuries
Stefan Kartman, cellist – Session 2
As a teacher with more than twenty years of experience, Stefan Kartman has served on the faculties of Drake University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Rutgers University and is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
. An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has also served on the faculties of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival.
A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Northwestern University, and Rutgers University, Stefan Kartman was awarded scholarships and assistantships with some of the most noted pedagogues and performers to claim the title of Artist/Teacher including Harvey Shapiro, Zara Nelsova, and Bernard Greenhouse.
Dr. Kartman has given critically acclaimed performances and masterclasses in music conservatories and universities worldwide including performances and masterclasses at the University of North Texas, The Juniper Music Festival in Logan, Utah, Utah State University, The University of Maryland – College Park, Sungshin University School of Music and the Asiago Gallery Concert Artist Series in Seoul, National Chiao Tung University School of Music in Taiwan, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Cleveland Institute of music, and many more.
Jennifer Kloetzel, cellist – Session 2
A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel
has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Ms. Kloetzel has toured the world and performed at outstanding venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories nationwide.
Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She has given numerous recitals, including concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. Strad Magazine hailed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel is impressively passionate…” In the past few seasons, she performed the world premiere of a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia and a Cello Concerto, “Cloud Atlas” and unaccompanied cello work “Lift”, that were both written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr. The San Jose Mercury News
proclaimed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel shines in premiere” and called her a “terrific soloist…with a robust and earthy sound.” Ms. Kloetzel has recorded the Ruehr Cello Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. “Lift” is the title track of an all-Ruehr disc, released in January 2015 on the Avie label. Ms. Kloetzel is winner of The Juilliard School’s top award, the “Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Music”, and a Presser Music Award, as well as a Fulbright Grant to England. In 2004 she was honored with the McGraw-Hill Companies’ “Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach” in recognition of her years of outreach work in schools and community centers. She has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, the Britten-Pears School, the Prague Mozart Academy, and performed as cellist of the Cassatt Quartet during the 1995-96 season.
Growing up near Baltimore, Ms. Kloetzel began her cello studies at age six. Her teachers included Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, Harvey Shapiro, Stephen Kates and Paula (Virizlay) Skolnick, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet. After performing with pianist Andre Previn at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in 1992, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to appear as one of his select “Rising Stars” at the 1993 and 1994 Caramoor Festivals in New York.
From 2003-2009, Ms. Kloetzel taught cello and chamber music at San José State University, where the Cypress String Quartet was Ensemble-in-Residence. She has given master classes at The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory and at universities throughout the U.S. In September 2016 Ms. Kloetzel was appointed to the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ms. Kloetzel has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. As a member of the Cypress String Quartet, she has received the Copland Award for championing living American Composers and has also commissioned and premiered more than thirty works. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded 16 CDs with the CSQ, most recently the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets on the Avie label. In addition, she is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras, performing concertos by Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Lalo, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Haydn.
Arielle Levioff, pianist – Session 2
Described as “elegant” by Steve Smith in the New York Times, Arielle Levioff has established herself as a unique and versatile artist, in demand both as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall; performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and abroad in London, France and Italy. Ms. Levioff’s concerto engagements include the Lower Merion Symphony (Gladwyn, PA), the Goliard Chamber Orchestra (Queens, NY), the Astoria Symphony (Astoria, NY), the Christ Church Festival Orchestra (Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY), the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York, and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, LA). Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano and in July 2010 was invited by the Sorel Foundation to join the coaching staff at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany. From 1999 to 2009 Ms. Levioff was the principal pianist of Goliard Concerts, an organization dedicated to community outreach and the commissioning of new ensemble works by young composers. Starting in 2005 she served as Goliard’s artistic director, overseeing several tours of the Southeastern United States with performance sites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Ms. Levioff received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and has attended prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Kent/Blossom Festival and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. She has served on the piano and chamber music faculties of the 92nd Street Y School of Music in Manhattan since 2005, and teaches piano and “The Art of Listening to Music” for the 92 Street Y’s Himan Brown Senior Program. She is also the faculty pianist and music director of the Point CounterPoint Adult Chamber Music program, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University as a student of Gilbert Kalish.
Francis Liu, violinist – Session 1
With an inclination for eclectic projects, Francis Liu specializes in exploring contemporary works and period interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Based in New York City, he is an active member of the Sebastians, New York Baroque Inc., the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. He has also performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Les Arts Florissants (“Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie”), and has toured with the Baroque ensemble Musica Angelica and the actor John Malkovich in two productions: “The Infernal Comedy” and “The Giacomo Variations.” In addition to his work on Baroque violin, Francis performs with the New York-based contemporary ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and has appeared at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and the KLANGSPUREN Festival of Contemporary Music in Austria.
He maintains a private studio and has taught at the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s “Reveille!” festival. While attending the University of Maryland, Francis was a teaching assistant to David Salness. He received his BM and MM from Rice University, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith, and his DMA at the University of Maryland, studying with David Salness. He also has an MM in Historical Performance from Juilliard, where his principal teachers were Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. This will be his second summer teaching at Point CounterPoint.
Laura Mount, violist – Session 2
Dr. Mount teaches Violin; Viola and Chamber Music at Mannes Prep. She has performances throughout Asia and in Europe with La Sinfonica Galicia. Appears frequently with orchestras in the Tri-State Area. Member, Columbus Chamber Players and North South Consonance. Former faculty, Hunter College High School, Hunter College, Queens College. Faculty, Mannes Preparatory Division since 1994. She has been the Assistant to William Lincer at The Juilliard School 1986~1997. Dr. Mount participated in Aspen Music Festival, Spolete, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Round Top and Manchester Music Festivals.
Dr. Mount’s education: The Juilliard School; B.M. (summa cum laude), Temple University. Viola studies with William Lincer, Karen Tuttle, Leonard Mogill. Chamber music studies with Albert Fuller, Juilliard and American String Quartets.
Karl Ørvik, violinist – Sessions 1 and 2
Karl Ørvik currently resides in Boston, MA, where he enjoys an active career as both a performer and teacher. He has been featured in solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Norway and South Korea, and has performed as a guest artist at the Boston International Music Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is a violinist with both the Boston Public Quartet and Trio Klaritas, and has appeared in performances, recordings and live radio broadcasts with many other chamber ensembles, including PresentMusic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, L’Ensemble Portique, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ørvik has also performed as a concerto soloist, concertmaster and section player with numerous orchestras in New England and the Midwest.
Mr. Ørvik works easily with students of all ages and abilities, and is on the violin faculties of the Community Music Center of Boston, the Dedham School of Music and the Waldorf School of Lexington. He has been an Adjunct Instructor of violin at both Wisconsin Lutheran College and Alverno College, and has previously held positions as Director of the Milwaukee Center for Strings and string department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He particularly enjoys coaching chamber and orchestral ensembles, and has taught at many summer music festivals, including Point Counterpoint in Vermont and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. In addition, he has conducted several youth string orchestras, and has been a violin sectional coach with youth symphonies in Boston, Milwaukee and Green Bay. In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Mr. Ørvik has been published in the ASTA Journal
(May 2007), and in 2014 he completed New Scale Method
, an innovative scale book for advanced violinists.
A native of Canada, Mr. Ørvik began violin lessons at age eight with Philip Frank in Toronto, and later studied with Eduard Minevich in London, Ontario, and Stephen Kecskemethy in Portland, Maine. He studied chamber music with members of the Muir, Manhattan, Cleveland and Cavani string quartets, and was awarded a fellowship to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music in Milwaukee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University, studying with Calvin Wiersma, and his Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal teacher was Stephen Majeske. In January of 2012, Mr. Ørvik received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance from Boston University, where he was a student of renowned violinist and pedagogue Roman Totenberg.
Miki Sawada, pianist – Session 1
Miki’s 2016-17 performances have included solo recitals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, as well as chamber music tours in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Miki’s performances in the past have been featured at venues and occasions in the U.S. such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Stage, Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, Helsinki Music Centre, Spectrum NYC, Salon de Virtuosi (NYC), the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale, PianoFest in the Hamptons, and radio stations WQXR (NYC) and WFMT (Chicago). As a proponent of new music, Miki has premiered more than 50 new works by her contemporaries including works written for her, and also commissions new works for beginning chamber music students through her project NewMusic4Us. Her philosophy on chamber music education was featured in an article she authored for the Clavier Companion magazine. Miki founded the piano program at Music Haven, a nonprofit organization in New Haven which provides tuition-free music education to students from the New Haven’s underserved communities. Miki has served as the staff pianist for Yale School of Music’s string department, and also as a piano instructor at Yale University. She holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University. [www.mikisawada.com
Heidi Schaul-Yoder, violinist – Session 1
Lauded by the New York Times as “colorful, committed” and “finely polished,” violinist Heidi Schaul-Yoder lives in Manhattan and enjoys a diverse career as a chamber music performer, teacher, arts advocate and yoga instructor. With a passion for contemporary music, she has performed with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, premiered David Little’s well-received chamber opera, “Dog Days” with the Newspeak ensemble, and performed in Tokyo alongside musicians of the Ensemble Modern. As a devoted chamber musician, Ms. Schaul-Yoder has performed at such festivals as the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, and Domaine Forget. In 2013 she performed the complete Britten String Quartets for the centennial of the composer’s birth at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium. Ms. Schaul-Yoder maintains a private violin studio in New York City, serves as a teaching artist for the Frank Sinatra Performing Arts High School, and is on faculty at Concordia Conservatory. She has given masterclasses and interactive performances for students through the GURI Santa Marcelina Program in Brazil, and for students across the Adirondack Park Region with the outreach organization Associated Solo Artists. Ms. Schaul-Yoder was also on faculty for four summers at the Reveille! Festival for the Vermont Youth Symphony Orchestras. With a fascination for the mind-body connection, she also is a certified Aligned Flow yoga teacher. Ms. Schaul-Yoder holds degrees from Rice University and the Juilliard School, and has studied with Ronald Copes, Laurie Smukler, Naoko Tanaka, and Kathleen Winkler.
Jean Schneider, pianist – Session 3
Jean Schneider began her piano studies at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia at age seven, and by the age of fifteen had performed three times as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to other orchestral appearances, she has been heard in recital in the United States and Europe, as well as in numerous radio broadcasts. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with other artists in concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe and is Associate Piano Faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival and guest artist faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. Ms. Schneider earned her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Southern California, a doctorate in performance from Stony Brook University, and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg as a Fulbright scholar. She currently lives in New York City.
Rebecca Thornblade, cellist – Session 3
Ms.Thornblade is a grand prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, andhas had an active and versatile career as a chamber music and orchestral cellist. She has played with many ensembles throughout the country which include the award-winning Fry Street and Avalon quartets and as principal cellist of the New World Symphony in Miami and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.Ms. Thornbladehas worked withsuch renowned quartets as the Vermeer, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs and members of the Cleveland and Emerson Quartets. Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a chamber musician with Lyrica Boston, the New Gallery Concert Series, The Radius Ensemble, The Firebird Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is an adjunct professor of cello at Wellesley College. This is Rebecca’s sixth year on the faculty of Point CounterPoint.
Ertan Torgul, violinist, – Session 2
Balancing a tremendously busy career of recital engagements, a full calendar of chamber music concerts and until recently holding the post of Associate Concertmaster with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Torgul is a well rounded and much sought after musician. Before leaving his post in September 2012 he has been serving as Acting Concertmaster for four seasons. As a soloist and Guest Concertmaster he has performed with numerous orchestras around the country including San Francisco, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson and San Antonio among many others. His solo repertoire includes more than twenty concertos and his most recent performance of Astor Piazzolla/Desyatnikov’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires has earned him rave reviews.
His chamber music and recital performances have taken him around the world to such prestigious locations as Paris, Vienna, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Miami where he performed with renowned individuals and groups such as William Preucil, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philippe Quint, Miami String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Degas Quartet, ROCO Quartet and many others. Mr. Torgul has been a member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble since 1996 and has recently been appointed as Managing/Artistic Director. The group, which specializes in contemporary repertoire has been selected “best ensemble” two years in a row and made the “Top 10” performances list by San Antonio Express news. The Ensemble performs concerts and residencies around the country. Included in his busy chamber music calendar Mr. Torgul has performed regularly with Camerata San Antonio, Music at the Mission in Freemont California, Spectrum series, as well as Music at Market in San Jose, California. Mr. Torgul is a founding member of the critically acclaimed SUONO Duo with renowned pianist Aileen Chanco and also is a founding member of “Quinteto Quilombo” a Tango Quintet specializing in “Tango Nuevo”. Mr. Torgul is also a former member of the Plymouth String Quartet. The Florida based quartet received first prize in the Prix Mercure Wettbewerb in Vienna, second prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy. His summer engagements include Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego California, Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley California, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley Idaho.
Torgul started his violin studies at the Ankara State Conservatory at the age of twelve with Prof. Nuri Çeken. Later he was entered in the “Special status” program designed for gifted students where he studied violin with Professor Suna Kan, one of Turkey’s premier soloists. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1987 Mr. Torgul moved to the United States and continued his studies with William Barbini, Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony. He was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for two years before he went to Indiana University for further studies with Prof. Franco Gulli where he received his Performers Diploma. Shortly after Mr. Torgul joined the New World Symphony where he served as Concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas for two seasons, and recorded, under Argo Label, “Defining Dahl. The Music of Ingolf Dahl.”
Ertan Lives in Fort Worth with his wife Kimberly, the new addition to their family their daughter Ayla, cats Flapjack & Schnerfels and Rosy the dog.
Jeannie Yu, pianist – Session 2
Dr. Yu was awarded first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony International Concerto Competition, and the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas. She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree program at the Juilliard School where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree. Subsequently she was awarded an accompanist fellowship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.
Dr. Yu has performed as soloist with the Flint Symphony, Portland Symphony, Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Brandenburg Symphony, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.
As a soloist and collaborative artist she has performed on WQXR in New York, WOI in Des Moines, IPR in Interlochen, WFMT in Chicago, and numerous chamber music series such as the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Series, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music North, Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Frankly Music Series, Chamber Music Milwaukee, MidSummers Music, and the Rembrandt Chamber Players Series in Chicago of which she is a member.
Dr. Yu has performed and taught masterclasses as a faculty member of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Ohio Wesleyan Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute. She is the pianist in the cello/piano duo called the Florestan Duo in Milwaukee, WI who has recently recorded the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. She has also recorded numerous volumes of music for various instruments for Hal Leonard Publishing Company, the largest music publisher in the world.
PCP Summer 2017 Faculty Concert Dates:
TBD 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church: Summer Concert Series
TBD 7:30 pm Middlebury Town Hall Theater: Annual Constance Holden Memorial Concert
TBD 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church: Summer Concert Series