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2017 Prelude Music Faculty

Our Prelude faculty is comprised of nurturing young music professionals who perform regularly and have a passion for teaching young chamber musicians.

Julia Cash, Prelude Director, and violinist

Julia Cash

B.M. New England Conservatory. Diplomas from NEC, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik (Trossingen, Germany) and Dutch Royal Conservatory (The Hague).

Julia Cash is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Boston Area. She has served as principal second and assistant concertmaster of Opera Boston, and she performs regularly with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Boston and as concertmaster of Alea III new music ensemble. She is also an active chamber musician, performing in venues across New England. Other recent performances include guest concertmaster with the Orchestra of the European Union on tour in Boston Symphony Hall last year.

Ms. Cash is also an avid teacher and music educator. Along with her private studio, she has taught at schools and festivals throughout the US. She is currently on the faculty at Nobles and Greenough School, Boston Latin School and the Boston Youth Symphony. Ms. Cash has served as Music Director of the Prelude since its inception at Point CounterPoint in 2010.

Ms. Cash’s primary teachers have been James Bushwell, Federico Agostini and Vera Beths. She has attended many world renowned , including Accademia Musicale Chicigiana, in Siena, Italy, the Conservatoire de Amercaines in Fontainbleau, France, Kneisal Hall, the Britt Festival and Musicordia. As a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival, she received The National Music Clubs Award for outstanding performers.

Paola Caballero, violinist

Paola Caballero

BM and MM, New England Conservatory, Postgraduate Diploma, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

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 ongoing chamber music activities include include collaborations with the Barcelona-based contemporary group BCN 216, NeoArs Sonora and recently founded the Bcn Arts Quartet.

Paola Caballero holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as both Masters and Bachelor degrees from the New England Conservatory. 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.

Tudor Dornescu, violinist


A native of Romania, violinist Tudor Dornescu had obtained his Bachelors of Music in Violin performance from the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania, studio of Gabriel Croitoru. During 2005-06, Mr. Dornescu was an “Erasmus” International Exchange student at the Cork School of Music in Ireland, where he studied with Adrian Petcu and Gregory Ellis. Upon his graduation from the National University of Music from Bucharest in 2007, Dr. Dornescu went to the US where he pursued his Masters Degree in Violin performance from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, studio of Sergiu Luca. In 2013 Dr. Dornescu has received his DMA in Violin performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts, under the guidance of Dana Mazurkevich.

A prize winner, Dr. Dornescu has participated in competitions such as the “J.S. Bach Contest” at Boston University, “G. Avakian” and the “Romantic Miniatures”, at which he received the highest honors. Dr. Dornescu has actively participated in masterclasses with world-renowned artists such as Ilya Kaler, Sergiu Schwartz, Sherban Lupu, Yuri Mazurkevich, Ken Aiso, Alberto Lyssy, Liviu Prunaru, Mariana Sarbu and many others. His most recent participations in summer festivals include the 2013 Castleton Music Festival, VA under the guidance of Maestro Lorin Maazel, the 2012 Duxbury Music Festival in Duxbury MA, the 2010 “Spoleto USA” (Charleston, SC) and the “Yehudi Menuhin Summer Academy” (Blonay, Switzerland). Tudor Dornescu has performed across the US and Europe in venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall (Boston, MA) Concertgebow Amsterdam (Holland), National Concert Hall (Ireland), Romanian Atheneum and the National Radio Hall (Romania), Zilkha Hall (Houston, TX). Since 2007, Dr. Dornescu is an active freelance musician in the Boston area and performs regularly with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston University Marsh Chapel Collegium, Plymouth Philharmonic and Symphony New Hampshire among others. Dr. Dornescu serves as a violinist in the Mirage Violin Duo.

John Kramer, pianist

John Kramer

John is a pianist and composer based in Boston, MA. He has performed and had his music performed in and around Boston, New York, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and throughout New England. John has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist, has conducted choirs and taught mostly in the Boston area, but also in southeast Michigan. He has written music for the piano, organ, choir, and orchestra, and has several chamber music pieces in his portfolio. He recently had his song “Variations on the Word Sleep” premiered in NYC, and his composition for chorus and orchestra, “The Poet’s Calendar,” was be performed in Arlington, MA in January, 2014. He has been the recipient of many commissions, including one by the great organist Marilyn Mason. This commission, a Chorale Partita on Greensleeves, was published by Morningstar Press in June 2006. In 2008 he received the Vincent Brown Silliman prize for his choral setting of the e. e. cummings poem “i thank You God.” His CD of original solo piano music “Orange Earth/Blue Ether” is available from CD Baby. He is the Music Director at the Winchester Unitarian Society and teaches at the Winchester Community Music School and at his home studio. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with a Master’s degree in music composition and a Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.

Aleksandra Labinska, violinist

Aleksandra Labinska

Aleksandra Labinska originates from Poland and holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance from Boston University, College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Yuri Mazurkevich. She has performed concerts in Canada, France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Austria and the States. Dr. Labinska has received numerous awards including Ronald P. Matheson Award (Banff Centre for the Arts), David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award, Felix Galimir Chamber Music Excellence Award (University of Toronto), Nick Gelmych Violin Award (University of Toronto), and Honorable Mention at Boston University Bach Competition.

Dr.Labinska appeared as a soloist with the Mooredale Concerto Players in Toronto, and Ostinato Chamber Orchestra in Poland. She participated in numerous festivals including Banff Center Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, International Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling at University of Toronto, Lancut International Music Courses In Poland, InCite Boston University Festival in New York City, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, Castleton Music Festival in Virginia under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel and AIMS festival in Graz, Austria. Dr. Labinska served as an adjudicator in the Duxbury Music Festival Concerto and Solo Competition and her students have won prizes at the South Shore Conservatory Concerto and Solo Competitions, Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition, Russian Music Competition as well as Roman Totenberg Competition for Strings in Newton MA. Dr. Labinska’s concert activities had taken her to Boston’s Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), New York Town Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Stefaniensaal in Austria, and Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto). She had an opportunity to play for high profile artists such as Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, Mihaela Martin, Philip Setzer, Christian Tetzlaff, Brentano String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Muir String Quartet, Lara St. John, Roman Totenberg, Erika Raum, and Jacques Israelevich. Dr.Labinska has played under prominent cunductors including Colin Metters, Lorin Maazel, Richard Bradshaw, Raffi Armenian, Bramwell Tovey, Agnes Grossman, Alexander Kalajdzic, and Gunther Schuler.

Dr.Labinska currently performs and records with the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire among other Boston based ensembles. She is on faculty at the South Shore Conservatory and serves as a violinist with the Mirage Violin Duo.

Sam Ou, cellist

Sam Ou

B.A. Columbia University, M.M. Juilliard, D.M.A. New England Conservatory (NEC). Cello studies with Laurence Lesser, Aldo Parisot, Eleanore Schoenfeld. Chamber music collaborations with Borromeo String Quartet, Lucy Chapman, Yehudi Wyner, James Dunham, Marcus Thompson, James Buswell, Lois Shapiro. Performed at Tanglewood, Sarasota, Musicorda, Santa Fe, La Jolla Music Festivals. Visiting lecturer and cello teacher at Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. Faculty at NEC Preparatory School, Music on the Hill Belmont,MA. This is Sam’s sixth year on Prelude faculty.


Rebecca Thornblade, cellist

Rebecca Thornblade is a grand prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. 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. Rebecca has participated in the Aspen Music Festival Advanced Quartet Studies Program, Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem with Isaac Stern, the Colorado Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Fellowship Program, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival among others. Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Opera Boston, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a chamber musician with Lyrica Boston, Lyrica Chamber Music in New Jersey, the Suzuki School of Newton’s Artist Concert Series, the New Gallery Concert Series, The Radius Ensemble and The Firebird Ensemble. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is on the chamber music faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and an adjunct professor of cello at Wellesley College. Rebecca is a founding member of the electric cello band, The Cello Chix. BM Oberlin Conservatory, MM The Juilliard School.

Guiomar Turgeon, violinist

Gioumar Turgeon

Guiomar Turgeon received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University, and performs regularly with many Boston ensembles. She holds a tenured position with Boston Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society and has toured Europe with both groups. Ms. Turgeon is a third generation musician who began her career at the age of three. She has worked in orchestras under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Hogwood, Seiji Ozawa and John Williams, and performed at Tanglewood, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and for Pope John Paul II. She currently coaches chamber music for the Harvard University Chamber Music Society at Mather House and is the artist-in-residence at Hill Crest Academy in Norton, MA.




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