2018 Adult Workshop Faculty
Arielle Levioff, pianist
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.
Marina Brubaker, violinist
A native of Tucson AZ , Marina Brubaker is a violinist who has performed in concert halls here and abroad. Currently sitting as an assistant concertmaster with the Houston Symphony, she has also been a member of the Ft Worth symphony and has served as concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony.
She has been a frequent chamber music participant in festivals such as Lake Winnepesaukee and the Grand Teton music festival. In Houston she has been a member of the Greenbriar chamber music group since it’s formation.
Anton Miller, violinist
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. He is currently Associate Professor of Violin at The Hartt School and on the violin and chamber music faculty at New York University. He previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Mr. Miller is a founder and the Artistic Director of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota, and was the co-Artistic Director of the Silver Bay Festival. Past and current festival faculty positions also include 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. In the 2010-2011 Season, Mr. Miller performed the Sibelius and Vieuxtemps Concerti as well as the Beethoven Romance in D with orchestras in Nebraska and Florida, and recorded the Weill Violin Concerto for the Naxos label. As a chamber musician he can be heard in concert in collaborations with the Trio Respiro , Trio Nuovo, Con Brio Ensemble, and the Phenix Ensemble.
A winner of the Artists International Competition in New York, Anton Miller completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School studying with renown violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of theJuilliard 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.
Mr. Miller’s dedication to expanding the violin repertoire can be seen in his frequent commissions and premieres of the music of living composers. He is currently in the middle of a CD project of commissioned new works for violin and viola with violist Rita Porfiris. His world premiere performance of Xiogang Ye’s “Last Paradise” for violin and orchestra in Beijing, Chinawas recorded for broadcast throughout Asia and released on CD. His complete discography can be found on the Dorian, Jericho, Full House, Hugo, Naxos and Klavier labels.
Rita Porfiris, violist
Always trying to bridge the gap between popular culture and classical music, violist RITA PORFIRIS has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe including the New York Times, Chamber Music America, International Symphony Musician, the NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. She has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide and as a soloist has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, the New World Symphony and the Houston Symphony.
Currently the Associate Professor of Viola at The Hartt School, she is also on the faculty of New York University, the Texas Music Festival,and ARIA Arts Academy and has been on the faculties of the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University,and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given masterclasses and clinics across the U.S., Japan, Great Britain, Argentina and Brazil.
Ms. Porfiris is the Artistic Director and co-Founder of Musica da Camara Festival Eterna Primavera in Mexico and was a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She is 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. She was awarded the National Music Leadership award in 2007 by the Texas chapter of music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of music and string playing at the high school and university level.
In her former 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 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.
Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors have been Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin , Maurice Gendron, and Harvey Shapiro. She has published an article in the Journal of the American Viola Society detailing the importance of physical fitness in preparing for virtuosic modern works; her top push-up score is 134 in two minutes.
Enid Blount Press, clarinetist
Clarinetist Enid Blount Press has a diverse musical career in the New York City area, ranging from solo work and new music ensembles to orchestral and popular music. She has performed at many of the major performance venues in New York, including both Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as at numerous other national venues. Ms. Press has been a concerto soloist, performing Copland, Mozart and Weber Concertos. She has played a wide variety of new music concerts with groups such as Forecast Music, Vox Novus, and extensively as a new music soloist. As a chamber musician, Ms. Press has performed extensively, touring Germany and Italy as well as the U.S. Enid is the bass clarinetist of a new indie-rock group called Angels in the Chamber and plays clarinet with Connecticut Little Symphony.
Ms. Press holds the M.M. degree in Clarinet Performance from University of Southern California, B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory, and she also studied at UNC School of the Arts and University of Arizona. She has 19 years of experience teaching clarinet and chamber music to students of all ages and levels. Ms. Press teaches for the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
Leo Soeda, cellist
A multi-talented artist, Leo Soeda has performed, written music for, and taught at various notable international organizations and artists. As a cellist, he has performed in all major classical venues in NYC, including the United Nations, and overseas including the appearance in Iceland Airwaves rock festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has also appeared on national TV programs, and in commercial recordings such as Yeah Yeah Yeah’s It’s Blitz!
His compositions and arrangements have appeared on TV and radio, and he has recently written a theme music for a radio program in Nagano, Japan. His compositions have been premiered by notable artists such as members of the New York Philharmonic.
As an educator, he currently serves as a conductor and chamber music director at New Jersey State Youth Orchestra, and heads the strings department at Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, NJ. He also appears in international festivals such as World Peace Orchestra and 4Strings Music Festival as a faculty/conductor during the summer.