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Chad Burrow, clarinet

Clarinetist Chad Burrow has a multifaceted career as an educator, solo artist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. In 2009, he was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he serves as Associate Professor of Music. Additionally, Chad serves as principal clarinetist with the Ann Arbor Symphony and co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which includes regular performances throughout the year and a summer music festival in Oklahoma City. He also currently serves on the faculty and the artistic advisory committee for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Alpenkammermusik Festival, in Austria. Chad is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

Chad’s recent concert engagements have included performances in Austria, Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Strasbourg, France. Chad has presented recent masterclasses at the 4th International Clarinet Festival in Taiwan, Yale University, Northwestern University, the University of Texas, and Rice University among others.

Chad has recordings released by Albany Records, CD Baby and Centaur Records. The most recent recording, on Centaur, features Trio Solari in works by Bartok, Khachaturian, Milhaud and Edward Knight.

Chad performs exclusively on MOBA Clarinets and is an artist for Backun Musical Services and Vandoren. For more information and a list of upcoming performances and masterclasses, please see www.chadburrow.com.

Amy I-Lin Cheng, piano

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has appeared on concert stage in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, France and Israel. She has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.”  Late pianist Claude Frank describes her as “a brilliant, sensitive, imaginative and most beguiling pianist.” Amy’s live performances have been heard on WGBH, KCSC, WHYY, La Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2, and NPR. Amy has presented recitals at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and National Concert Hall in Taipei, as well as in concert series across the United States. Amy made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall under the direction of Benjamin Zhander. Since then, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the 'Musica Viva' Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Taichung Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Pines in Texas, University Symphony Orchestra (University of Michigan) and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among others. During 2015-2016 season, she gave the North American premiere of the Kapralova Piano Concerto at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor as part of the week long Kapralova Festival, hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

A dedicated chamber musician, Amy enjoys collaborating with others since a very young age. Currently, Amy is the co-Artistic Director of the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, a non-profit organization presenting chamber music concerts since 2003. In addition to regular season concerts, Brightmusic launched its first Spring Chamber Music Festival in 2012, and in June 2017, Brightmusic will present its 6th Chamber Music Festival with the music of Bach and Brahms. Formed in 1999, Duo Clarion (with clarinetist Chad Burrow) has performed in venues such as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and National Concerto Hall in Taipei, as well as venues across the US and Asia. Duo Clarion has released recording through CDBaby, Albany and WeiStudio. Duo Clarion’s most recent released recordings of music by Brahms and Schumann received an outstanding review in the ICA publication. Violinist Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang joined the duo to form Trio Solari in 2006. Trio Solari released its debut CD through Centaur Record in 2016. Amy has performed as a guest pianist with the American Chamber Players and America’s Dream Chamber Artists, and performs frequently on the Michigan Chamber Players Series (University of Michigan). As a chamber musician, Amy has been part of many commissioning initiatives and has recorded chamber music works by composers such as Edward Knight, Laura Schwendinger, Stephen Rush and Adolphus Hailstork on Centaur, Albany and the Block M Record.

A highly sought after collaborator, Amy has performed with artists such as Wenzel Fuchs, Sophie Shao, David Buck, David Shifrin, and Misha Quint, and has been Pianist in Residence for International Double Reed Society Convention in 2010 and 2011, as well as International Woodwind Festival in 2001, 2002, and 2012. Other festival chamber music appearances include the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, Taos School of Music, LaJolla SummerFest, OKMozart International Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounter.

A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and the New England Conservatory (DMA), Amy holds degrees in Piano Performance. Her principal teachers were Claude Frank, Wha-Kyung Byun, Rolf-Peter Wille and Yi-Hsien Chang. She studied chamber music with Robert McDonald (Taos), Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann and Boris Berman. Committed to music education of the younger generation, Amy devotes her time to instructing young pianists. She has worked with young pianists and young chamber music groups in summer festivals, at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Massachusettes, and at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. In addition, she maintains a studio of private students, age 6-15. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Amy was the Head of the Piano Area at Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School (2006-2009), and the Assistant Professor of Piano at the Oklahoma State University (2002-2006). After serving as a collaborative pianist for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, Amy joined the Piano Department faculty in 2012 as a Lecturer in Piano, where she teaches piano and chamber music. Amy lives in Ann Arbor with husband Chad Burrow, two children and two family dogs.

 

Catherine Cho, violin

Catherine Cho is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality. Praised by The New York Times for her "sublime tone," she has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital. Her repertoire ranges from the traditional works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms to those of Bartók, Korngold and Berg, in addition to music of our time.

Catherine Cho's orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and Washington DC's National Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Edmonton Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Barcelona, Haifa, and New Zealand, the Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony performing with distinguished conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, Sixten Ehrling, Hugh Wolff, and Franz-Paul Decker. A regular guest on tour with "Musicians from Marlboro," Ms. Cho has also been a frequent participant in their summer Music Festival in Vermont since 1993.

She has performed as special guest soloist with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for two ballets by renowned choreographer Peter Martins including the New York premiere of his ballet Viva Verdi. Her concert performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with the Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, was taped live and broadcast nationwide on National Public Television in January 2002. In broadcasts heard around the world, Catherine Cho has appeared on such stations as Radio Frankfurt (Germany), CBC (Canada), WQXR (New York City), and National Public Radio. Her performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Korean Chamber Ensemble was recorded live and released on Credia Classics.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Catherine Cho has performed on the prestigious stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York's Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia's "Rising Stars" series in Chicago. She has performed the complete cycle of Violin Sonatas by Beethoven at HOAM Art Hall in Seoul, Korea with pianist Mia Chung and a recital of five Beethoven Sonatas at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Cho has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Bridgehampton, Eastern Shore, Santa Fe, and Skaneateles Festivals as well as at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Richard Stoltzman, Andras Schiff, Anton Kuerti, Mitsuko Uchida; the members from the Guarneri, Orion and Juilliard String Quartets, and the Beaux-Arts Trio. She has been invited for several summers to teach at Mark O'Connor's String Conference in San Diego where she has collaborated with Mark O'Connor and Natalie MacMaster. Ms. Cho was a member of the Johannes String Quartet from 2003 to 2006, and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice.

Among her various awards, scholarships, and achievements, Ms. Cho was a recipient of both the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant and, Korea's 1995 World Leaders of Tomorrow Award as presented by the Korea Central Daily News in recognition of outstanding achievement and commendable leadership in the Arts. She was the recipient of the 1994 Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence; a top prize winner at the 1991 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 1989 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition of Belgium, the 1987 Montreal International Music Competition. In 1995 Catherine Cho served on the jury of the Montreal International Violin Competition. In 1996 she was selected for the Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency Program at Goucher College. Ms. Cho holds a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang, and coached chamber music with Felix Galimir. Her former teachers include Ruggiero Ricci, Franco Gulli, and Michael Avsharian. Ms. Cho is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, and has taught at the Heifetz Institute, Killington Music Festival, Seoul Music Festival, Starling-DeLay Symposium, Perlman Music Program, Great Mountains Music School and Festival, and coached chamber music at the New York String Seminar.

Devoted to the cause of promoting peace through music, Catherine Cho was VP of the Board of Musicians For Harmony for several years, and is an artist member of Music For Food, a musician led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.

Catherine lives in Brooklyn, New York with her devoted husband, Todd Phillips, and her sweet son, Brandon. She is the stepmom of three lovely stepchildren, Lia, Eliza, and Jason. When she is away from her teaching and performances, you may find Catherine making soup in her crock pot, baking, practicing yoga, catching up with the New York Times, or creating crafts with her family.

 

 

Yizhak Schotten, viola

Yizhak Schotten, violist and music director, came from Israel to study with William Primrose at USC. He won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York with his string trio, and performed in many of this country’s prestigious concert series. He has concertized around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and later became principal violist of the Cincinnati and Houston Symphony Orchestras. An active recording artist, he is on the faculty of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Katherine Collier, piano

Katherine Collier, pianist and music director, was the winner of the National Young Artist’s Competition and the Cliburn Scholarship Competition. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a concerto winner and awarded the Performer’s Certificate. She was a recipient of both a Rockefeller Award and a Kemper Educational Grant to study at the Royal College of Music in London for post-graduate work. A faculty member of the University of Michigan, she performs with many renowned musicians and has appeared in concerts throughout North America, the British Isles, Europe, Israel, and Asia. She tours and records with her husband, Yizhak Schotten.

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Rohan De Silva, piano

Rohan De Silva has partnered with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman in worldwide recitals, and with every notable violinist on the concert stage today. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the White House, at the invitation of President Barack Obama in 2012 for Shimon Peres, and at a State Dinner in 2007 hosted by President George W. Bush for Queen Elizabeth. A native of Sri Lanka, De Silva was invited in 2015 by the Prime Minister of his country to perform for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on his historic visit to Sri Lanka.

In the 2016/2017 season, De Silva performs with Itzhak Perlman in recitals that take them across North America, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kravis Center of West Palm Beach, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall. In the 2015/2016 season, De Silva toured with Perlman in sold-out concerts throughout Asia and to Europe in their first appearances as a duo in London (Barbican Centre), Paris (Philharmonie de Paris), and Munich (Gasteig).

De Silva began his piano studies with his mother, Primrose De Silva, and with Mary Billimoria. He spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and received many awards, including the Grover Bennett Scholarship, the Christian Carpenter Prize, the Martin Music Scholarship, the Harold Craxton Award, and the Chappell Gold Medal for best overall performance. De Silva was the first recipient of a special scholarship in the arts from the President’s Fund of Sri Lanka. This enabled him to enter the Juilliard School, studying with Martin Canin, Felix Galimir, and violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He was awarded Best Accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award presented to him by Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall.

De Silva has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS/Sony Classical, Collins Classics in London, and RCA Victor.

 

 

Allison Eldredge, cello

Active Concert Cellist and Recording Artist, Allison Eldredge has been performing in the world's premiere Concert Halls for more than 30 years. She is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, a National Grant awarded to American musicians demonstrating exceptional ability. Musical America, the world’s premiere performing arts resource, named Allison Eldredge “Young Artist of the Year.” Following the Artist's release of Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, American Record Guide wrote, “Hers is virtuosity wholly at the service of the music.”

Allison Eldredge gained national attention when Conductor Daniel Barenboim invited the Artist to make her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. The performances marked Daniel Barenboim’s first public performances of the Elgar Concerto since performing the piece with his late wife, celebrated cellist Jacqueline Du Pre, who had brought the Elgar Concerto to prominence. The Artist performed on Jacqueline Du Pre's 1972 Sergiu Peresson cello for the performances and was heralded as “a cellist afraid of nothing” by the Chicago Sun Times and "a musician of remarkable gifts" by the Chicago Tribune.

As soloist, Allison Eldredge has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Moscow Virtuosi, Berlin Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Symphony, Enschede Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony, Milan Symphony, Ukraine National State Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony and the Zurich Chamber Orkest in Switzerland.

In Asia, she has appeared with the China National Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.

In America, Allison Eldredge has been guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Utah Symphony, Vermont Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and regional symphonies throughout the United States.

She has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Krzysztof Penderecki, Evgeni Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Commissiona, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Eiji Oue, Mark Elder, Jorge Mester, Otto-Werner Mueller and Jaap van Zweden among many others.

Exceptional distinctions include a critically-acclaimed sold-out debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Warsaw Sinfonia and legendary Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the baton, a special performance in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, a guest invitation as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and a command performance at the White House.

An advocate for living composers, Ms. Eldredge has toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East with composer Krzysztof Penderecki performing his Viola Concerto transcribed for cello and orchestra. In 2013, she performed his Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos as first cellist with the composer at the podium in Poland. In 2008, Strad Magazine reviewed Eldredge's "high-voltage perfomance” in New York celebrating American composer Paul Schoenfield's works with the composer present. She has collaborated with composers Leon Kirchner, Shigeaki Saegusa, Lukas Foss, Marc O' Connor, Andy Vores and performed the works of many other living composers including Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, George Crumb and Ellen Taafe Zwillich.

As solo recitalist, Allison Eldredge has toured the world receiving critical acclaim in London, New York’s 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Weill Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Philip Museum, Los Angeles’s Center for the Arts at UCLA, San Francisco's Symphony Hall Recital Series, Ravinia’s Rising Stars in Chicago, Cleveland Institute of Music Recital Series, Suntory and Casals Hall in Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Allison Eldredge has released seven solo albums including Saint-Saens and Lalo Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor Hans Vonk, a self-titled album of pieces for cello and piano for Canyon Classics, beloved Works of Chopin and Faure for cello and piano and the Elgar Concerto on Denon Records and Denon Essentials available on Itunes.

A “Live” performance of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C is available on Arizona University Record. Her release of her first classical-pop album “If I Loved You” on Denon Records brought her universal critical acclaim.  Her second crossover album “Romantic Duets” with Dallas Symphony Music Director and Violinist, Jaap Van Zweden of famous opera arias is available on BMG. Eldredge’s other recordings can be heard on Denon Records, Pony Canyon Classics and BMG.

A passionate leader of music education, Allison Eldredge gives masterclasses regularly throughout her travels. She has visited more than 100 public schools promoting music education throughout the United States and internationally. In 2011, she Founded the Foulger International Music Festival, an inclusive modern summer music camp in New Jersey promoting intensive music education, performance and career development for young musicians with video-streamed concerts and masterclasses, supported by the Sid and Mary Foulger Family Foundation.

In 2014, she Co-Founded the Westport Chamber Music Workshop in Connecticut and she served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont for seven seasons (2004-2011). She has served on the Faculty of Harvard University from 2008-2011 and is currently on the cello faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She maintains a private teaching studio in Boston and in Connecticut. She studied at the Pre-College and College of the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Harvey Shapiro, Eleanore Schoenfeld, Felix Galimir, Ardyth Alton, Joan Lunde, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma.

An active chamber musician, Allison Eldredge has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Marc O'Connor, Jaap Van Zweden, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Chee-Yun, Max Levinson and many others. She was a member of the Boston Trio from 2001-2011. She has been a guest artist of Bay Chamber Music Festival, the San Juan Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia, Casals, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Rockport Chamber, Salt Bay, Waterloo, Colmar Festival (France), Davos Festival (Switzerland), Dvorak Festival in Prague, Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC, the Killington Music Festival and Rutger's Summerfest in New Jersey.

Allison Eldredge's radio and television credits include appearances on New York's WQXR, Boston's WGBH, VPR, NPR, Japan's NHK-National Television and Radio, ABC's Good Morning America, PBS with Florence Hendersen and a documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television.

She lives in Boston with her husband, Pianist Max Levinson, and their two daughters. She plays on the 2015 "Eldredge" Zygmuntowicz and a 1740 Carlo Antonio Testore cello.

 

 

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