Enso String Quartet
MAUREEN NELSON, violin
With a 2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the Enso String Quartet has quickly become one of the country’s most accomplished young ensembles. Shortly after the group’s inception at Yale University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and has consistently received high praise for performances ever since. The quartet’s debut recording was described by Strad Magazine as “an auspicious start to their recording career,” and was followed by the recent Grammy-nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb International summed up this album as “playing of jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th century quartet literature … seek out this group – they are clearly bound for greatness.” The disc was selected as one of MusicWeb’s Recordings of the Year for 2009.
Jasper String Quartet
J FREIVOGEL, violin
The Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as having “played with sparkling vitality and great verve... They are polished, engaged, and in tune with one another.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) This unity comes from a quartet belief in the timeless pursuit of music’s depth and meaning. They share a commitment to exploring each work to its fullest and to discovering new musical connections through each performance.
INESSA ZARETSKY has been at our piano for over a decade, the foundation instrument for so much of the chamber-music repetoire. Professor of Piano at Mannes School of Music, New York, she was a winner of the Frina Auerbach International Competition and has been the recipient of awards from Mannes College, Yale University and the Exxon Corporation. She maintains a busy performance schedule in New York City, and has emerged as an extremely gifted composer as well. For more information about Inessa visit http://www.inessazaretsky.com.
PAUL NITSCH is the Carolyn G. McMahon Professor of Music and the Macavity Artist-in-Residence at Queens University of Charlotte. He is also Artistic Director for the Friends of Music University, and is a noted chamber music performer, teacher and competition judge.
LYNN HILEMAN is assistant Professor of Bassoon at West Virginia University, principal bassoonist of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and plays in the Laureate Wind Quintet and the bassoon duo Tuple, and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, New Haven Symphany, and Buffalo Festival Orchestras. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Yale and the Eastman School of Music, where she was a Bogiages Prize laureate, and studied with John Hunt, K. David Van Hoesen, Frank Morelli, Christopher Millard, and Richard Beene. She has been a champion of contemporary music and innovative experimentation in concert programs, and was a co-founder of Rochester's “A\V” gallery and performance space.
SAXTON ROSE is Bassoon Professor and director of the contemporary music ensemble at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Principal Bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and member of Zéphyros Winds, an acclaimed New York-based wind quintet. Recent performances include engagements as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Colombia in Bogotá, the National Symphony of Panamá, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. This season he performed recitals in Mexico, China, Belgium, The Netherlands, and in Berlin at the Philharmonie. As Principal Bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2008 he performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, in the Casals Festival and on tours to Europe and throughout Latin America. Mr. Rose studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated with highest honors from the class of Stefano Canuti at the Conservatorio "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco-Veneto, Italy.
GEORGE POPE, flute. Professor of Flute at the University of Akron. He is a founding member of the Solaris Wind Quintet, and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Canton and Toledo Symphony Orchestras. His solo and chamber performances throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, and broadcasts on National Public Radio, have received unanimous acclaim.
CYNTHIA WATSON, oboe, is the Principal Oboe of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Watson has also served as principal oboe of the Albany Symphony, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and as a member the Solaris Woodwind quintet and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. From 1991-1994 she was a regular member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Virginia Opera Orchestra. Ms. Watson is on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, and the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She continued her studies with Ronald Roseman at Yale, where she earned a Master's degree. Her playing has been described as "creating a lasting impression with exquisite singing tone" (Times Union, Albany, N.Y.), "an evening of superlative work" and "[a performance] with soulful brilliance" (Schenectady Gazette). She has recorded on Telarc with the Akron Symphony, on Albany Records with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and CBS Masterworks with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Dr. REID MESSICH serves as the Assistant Professor of Oboe at The University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and is an active member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. He also serves as a co-principal principal oboist of the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Stern and spends his summers as the instructor of oboe and orchestra studies at The Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. Dr. Messich received his Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied extensively with Mr. Richard Woodhams. He also holds a Masters of Music and a Doctor of Music in Oboe Performance from The Florida State University where he studied with Dr. Eric Ohlsson. His other principal teachers include, Elaine Douvas, John Mack, and Joseph Robinson. Dr. Messich performs on a Yamaha, Kingswood YOB- 841 (duet).
Clarinetist ROSE SPERRAZZA is a tenured Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Sperrazza has formerly been on the faculties of Harper College, the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her teaching and coaching, Sperrazza is an active freelance clarinetist in Chicago. Her playing has been featured on WFMT live broadcasts with various Chicago-based chamber ensembles. Other performance credits include orchestral work with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Opera Orchestra, Light Opera Works Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sperrazza received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Master of Music Degree from the University of Akron; and a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePaul University. Her primary teachers were William Gasbarro, Larry Combs, David Bell, and Linda Bartley.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, and is on the Artist Roster for Vandoren, Inc.
DAVID BELL, clarinet, received his training at Oberlin Conservatory where he was a student of Lawrence McDonald and Northwestern University as a student of Robert Marcellus. Other teachers have included Larry Combs, Arnold Jacobs, and Clark Brody. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony and has toured internationally with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Solaris Wind Quintet.
Mr. Bell is the Professor of Clarinet at Lawrence University and has held faculty positions at the Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace College, the University of Akron, West Virginia University, and Western Illinois University. Former students perform with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony, and others hold appointments at colleges and universities throughout the country. David has held Principal chairs with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, and Akron Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Midsummer Music Festival. He continues to be a frequent guest teacher and clinician nationwide.
Mr. Bell is a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the La Crosse (WI) Symphony, and the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. He performs with the Fox Valley Symphony and appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the country.
DAVID KAPPY is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a member of Soni Ventorum, the NFB Horn Quartet, Mannheim Steamroller, and has supplemented the horn sections of the St. Louis and Seattle Symphonies. A Fulbright Professor, Mr. Kappy has taught in Japan, China, Brazil and Germany. He has numerous recordings on the Telarc, Musical Heritage Society, Crystal, Margun, and American Gramaphone labels.
WILLIAM HOYT is currently Professor of Horn at the University of Akron. He is also Music Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. He performs regularly with the Paragon Brass Quintet, the Solaris Quintet, the Jazz Unit, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Mr. Hoyt played in the Spoleto Festival, the Claremont Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival as well as many others. He has also performed with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Yale University and his primary teachers have been John Barrows, Barry Tuckwell, and Paul Ingraham.
As a soloist he has performed with many organizations including the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Juneau Symphony, and the Wooster Symphony.
As a jazz player, which is not common on the French Horn, Mr. Hoyt has performed regularly with the Jazz Unit, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and at the Tri-C Jazz fest. He has performed with the likes of Joe Lovano, Dan Wall, and many other great jazz players.
Internationally, Mr. Hoyt has performed and given master classes in China, Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Austria.
Arranging has always been an interest and he has arranged for many varied ensembles such as woodwind quintet, horn quartet, jazz ensemble and many others. Several of these arrangements have been published.
Mr. Hoyt was the winner of the coveted Concert Artists Guild Award in 1977 and as a result performed a debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City in December of that year. Mr. Joseph Horowitz of the New York Times reviewed the recital and declared Mr. Hoyt, "clearly a poised, sensitive horn player."
Mr. Hoyt can be heard with the NFB Horn Quartet on Crystal Records and GM Recordings, with the Solaris Quintet on Capstone Records, and with the Jazz Unit on the Go Bop label.
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