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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.


Edward Arron, cellist

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2013, Mr. Arron completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as the Festival Series in Beaufort, South Carolina and Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC. Additionally, Mr. Arron curates a series, “Edward Arron and Friends,” at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the new Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. With violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, and violist Richard O’Neill, Mr. Arron tours as a member of the renowned Ehnes Quartet.

Mr. Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Bravo! Vail, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Kuhmo (Finland), Pyeong Chang, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Lake Champlain Chamber  Music,  Chesapeake  Chamber  Music,  La Jolla  Summerfest,  and  Bard  Music  Festival.  He  has  participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters.

Edward Arron began playing the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and continued his studies in New York with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro. In 2016, Mr. Arron joined the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst, after having served on the faculty of New York University from 2009 to 2016.

Colin Davin, classical guitar

Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) who “has the distinct ability to wring the depths of expressiveness from all that he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine), and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Recent and upcoming highlights include concertos with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Orchard Park Symphony; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the 92nd Street Y and the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society; and performances at the Aspen Musical Festival, the Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players, and the Maui Classical Music Festival.

Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside legendary soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the ELLNORA Festival at the University of Illinois, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and venues throughout the United States. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. From 2012 - 2015, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin and has four times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Davin’s debut solo recording, “The Infinite Fabric of Dreams” has been praised as “some of the finest interpretations I’ve heard...achingly beautiful...a thoughtful, perceptive interpretation, filled with details often missed” (American Record Guide) and "a first-rate disc… Davin knows the pieces deeply and delivers virtuosic and exciting performances... state of the art" (Soundboard Magazine). As a catalyst for the creation and performance of contemporary music, he has performed with Contemporaneous, Talea Ensemble, Present Music, Axiom, New Juilliard Ensemble, Nu Deco Ensemble, ensemblenewSRQ, and Mimesis Ensemble. Davin was the founder of The Millennial Music Festival, which promoted new commissions and intriguing programs featuring some of New York City’s most sought-after musicians, and currently runs the Century Guitar Project, a new initiative that seeks to commission 100 new works for guitar.

Colin Davin holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California with William Kanengiser; and preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux. He holds numerous prizes in international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of American International Concert Artist Competition. He currently serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.

Benny Kim, violin

Whether playing in the intimate setting of a string quartet or performing a concerto on the stage of a concert hall, Benny Kim’s “emotional depth and musical carriage are his real drawing cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violin playing.” (The Washington Post) Known for his versatility as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, Mr. Kim has been described as having “titanium technique” and producing “exquisite, pearly colorations.”

Benny is a proud product of the Suzuki Method, which he began at age 10 with Doris Preucil. He continued his violin studies with Almita Vamos and at age 15 won the Chicago Symphony Youth Symphony Auditions, making his solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. One year later he won the St. Louis Symphony Youth Auditions and the Julius Stulberg Auditions. Kim went on to graduate with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with legendary pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. In 1983, Mr. Kim won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at age 20. While at Juilliard, the residents of Macomb, IL, Benny’s hometown, heard the news that he was preparing to puchase a violin. This small community, along with faculty members of Western Illinois  University,  began  a  fundraising  campaign  to  contribute  to  the  purchase.  In  1987  he  acquired  a  1732 Stradivarius violin.

Collaborating with long-time friends plays an important role in Benny Kim’s musical career and has resulted in two EMI recordings with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Bella Italia and Night and Day, frequent performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and many engagements with his brother, cellist Eric Kim. In past seasons, Benny has performed in concert with violinist Daniel Hope at the Savannah Music Festival, Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and most recently at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, New York, NY.

Benny has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Detroit, and internationally with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquésta Sinfonica Nacional de México, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the major orchestras of South Africa. In recital, Kim has performed in virtually every major city in the United States, including critically acclaimed engagements at New York’s 92nd St. Y and at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

Mr. Kim is first violinist of the Miami String Quartet, winner of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, and Quartet in Residence at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Highlights of recent seasons include performances on the Quartets Plus Series at Carnegie Hall and the Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Kennedy Center. The quartet has also enjoyed working with students in limited residencies in Hong Kong and Bogotá, Colombia. The ensemble’s commitment to new music has led to many commissions and premieres, including Concierto de Cámara by Roberto Sierra, Septet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Angels by Joan Tower and Green Sneakers by Ricky Ian Gordon. Benny spends most summers playing chamber music with friends at festivals around the world, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mecklenburg and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals in Germany and the Bristol Festival in England.

Benny and his golden retriever, Cubby, make their home outside Kansas City on the Falcon Ridge Golf Course.

Jeewon Park, piano

Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious  exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

As a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, Ms. Park has appeared at major concert halls across North America, Europe and Asia. Recently, she performed as a soloist in the inaugural festival of the IBK Chamber Hall at the Seoul Arts Center, in addition to engagements at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tilles Center, Vilar Performing Arts Center, and Kumho Art Hall, among others. Ms. Park regularly returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival where she first ap-peared as a Rising Star in 2007 and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York.

A passionate chamber musician, Jeewon Park has performed at prominent festivals throughout the world, including Spoleto USA, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Bridghampton, Lake Champlain, Seoul Spring, Great Mountains, Manchester, Taos, Norfolk, Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Music Alp in Courchevel (France), Kusatsu (Japan) Music Festivals. Currently, she is the co-artistic director, along with her husband, Edward Arron, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

Ms. Park has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Additionally, her performances have been broadcast nationally in Korea on KBS television. She came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. Ms. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. She holds the DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish.

Scott St. John, violin

Scott St. John lives in London, Canada with his wife SharonWei and daughter Julia. Scott was a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and faculty member at Stanford University for seven years, from 2006 - 2013. From 1999 - 2006, Scott was Associate Professor of Violin at University of Toronto and founded the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award for the University students.

Currently Scott is Concertmaster of the ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas. He coaches chamber music at Western University (Canada) and participates in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont). Scott is a partner in the new Rebelheart Collective at London’s Aeolian Hall, an innovative chamber orchestra and youth mentorship program connected with the El Sistema movement.

August 2018 will be the debut of a new summer chamber music festival at Western University in London, Ontario, in partnership with Forest City Talent. As Artistic Director of “Western 360”, Scott will organize a week of intensity for string students, with a focus on chamber music, Canadian music, multi-cultural experiences and wellness workshops.

Recent concert highlights include recitals of early Canadian music in Ontario and Alberta with pianist Katherine Chi, a performance of Bruce Adolphe’s violin concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent” with the ROCO Chamber Orchestra, and Korngold’s Concerto with Sinfonia London.

A recording of Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante with his sister Lara St. John won a Juno Award for best recording: solo with orchestra. Working with composers has been important throughout his career; Scott has worked with John Adams, Charles Wuorinen and Oswaldo Golijov in the US, and Arsenio Giron, Gary Kulesha, Elizabeth Raum and many others in Canada.

Scott began his violin studies at age three with Richard Lawrence, in London. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied violin with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt, and chamber music with Felix Galimir. Current non-musical activities include serving on the board of Transport Action Canada, and supporting HanVoice, a lobby organization for North Korean refugees in Canada.

Sharon Wei, viola

Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and guest principal violist throughout North America and Europe. She has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Jean Christophe Spinosi and Yuri Termirkanov. She has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Matheus in Paris. Sharon has performed in chamber music settings with musicians including Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Quarrington, Jonathan Crow, James Campbell, and the Amernet and St. Lawrence String Quartets.  She has appeared regularly at festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Prussia Cove, Banff, and Ravinia. She has been on faculty at Curtis Summerfest, Tuckamore Festival, Port Milford and at Scotiafestival of Music as violist of the Supernova String quartet.

Sharon co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada. Winner of a CBC rising stars award, EMIC is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University and has performed and taught across Canada and the US. They have released two critically acclaimed CDs. They are strong advocates of new music and have premiered new works by John Burge, Christopher Mayo, John B Hedges, and Omar Daniel.

Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council. She has toured under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut and won the viola prize at Yale University. She has appeared as concerto soloists with orchestras such as Symphony of the Redwoods, Kingston Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestra of Southern Utah and Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra.

Sharon was on faculty at Yale and Stanford University and is currently Assistant Professor at Western University.  She has given masterclasses at the American Viola Society Festival, Beijing Conservatory and universities across Canada. At Western University, Sharon has created a course for performance majors in which students learn off-stage initiatives such as networking, grant writing, website design, and managing finances.

Peter Wiley, cello

Cellist, Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet Opus One, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001 he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet.  He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bidgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.


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