Meet the Artists

Featured Soloists
July 20/Soka University Performing Arts Center & July 26/Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dísella LárusdóttirDísella Lárusdóttir, Soprano
Iceland




Daniel BubeckDaniel Bubeck, Countertenor
USA



Violins

Peter RainerPeter Rainer, Concertmaster
Germany


Catharina Chen NorwayCatharina Chen*
Norway


Davide de AscaniisDavide de Ascaniis
Italy


Niv AshkenaziNiv Ashkenazi
Israel-USA


Irina ChepizhnayaIrina Chepizhnaya
Russia


Conrad ChowConrad Chow
Canada


Azer DamirovAzer Damirov
Azerbaijan




Nora HapcaNora Hapca
Romania


Kreeta-Julia HeikkiläKreeta-Julia Heikkilä
Finland


Jason IssoksonJason Issokson
USA


Nobuko KawamuraNobuko Kawamura
Japan


Alexandr KislitsynAlexandr Kislitsyn
Russia


Pablo Rapado JambrinaPablo Rapado Jambrina
Spain


Irakli TsadaiaIrakli Tsadaia*
Georgia


Akhmed MamedovAkhmed Mamedov
Turkmenistan


Violas

Joseph KauffmanJoseph Kauffman
USA


Can SakulCan Sakul
Turkey




Midori MaruyamaMidori Maruyama*
Japan


Adelya ShagidullinaAdelya Shagidullina
Georgia



Violoncelli

Lars HoefsLars Hoefs
USA


Yoni DraiblateYoni Draiblate
Israel




Jacob ShawJacob Shaw*
UK-Denmark


Hans Kristian GoldsteinHans Kristian Goldstein
Norway-USA



BASS

Mariechen MeyerMariechen Meyer
Republic of South Africa



Piano

Timothy DurkovicTimothy Durkovic*
Guatemala-USA



Guest Artists

Piano

Sonya Kumiko LeeSonya Kumiko Lee**
USA



Harpischord/Organ

Arthur OmuraArthur Omura***
USA



Percussion
(for Carmen Suite only)

Sidney HopsonSidney Hopson
USA


Aaron T. SmithAaron T. Smith
USA


Dr. Nicholas TerryDr. Nicholas Terry
USA




Derek TywoniukDerek Tywoniuk
USA


Kevin SchlossmanKevin Schlossman
USA



*Soloists July 7-13/Encinitas **July 27/LACMA *** July 26/Walt Disney Concert Hall
Critics around the world say

“iPalpiti provides polish for talented young professional musicians from around the world.”
Los Angeles Times

“…a fitting name for the vibrant string orchestra from which the conductor Eduard Schmieder elicited a lively pulse…the ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians’ hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.”
New York Times

“…rich sonorities [of iPalpiti] audibly took the audience’s breath away – especially whenever concertmaster Peter Rainer, whose technically immaculate tone throughout the night was sweet and thrilling, had a few bars to play – showed that iPalpiti had charms to soothe a hall well filled with music lovers of all ages.”
STRINGS Magazine

“This was an invigorating world-class performance by young players with technique to burn and a palpable desire to live every note.”
Los Angeles Times

“…the highlight of this astonishing musical odyssey was the sold-out performance at Disney Hall with elegant Maestro Eduard Schmieder at the helm, conducting this world-class group with a brilliant sense of balance, tension and phrasing.”
Beverly Hills Outlook

“…The musicians played with vivid unanimity and committment… The playing was masterly…”
Los Angeles Times

“iPalpiti played with striking unity and spirit and had an infectious way of making music…All [artists] clearly stimulated each other musically, showing mutual inspiration and respect.”
The Strad Magazine

“…cool display of virtuosity… unified to an often a startling degree…”
Los Angeles Times

“[iPalpiti] performance can be called righteously overwhelming…”
Noord Holland Dagblad

“Exhilaration, thrills, and awe conquer audiences…. These are the stock and trade of Young [iPalpiti] Artists International.”
Los Angeles Times

“When one hears these musicians play, one realizes there is a connection between the title and the musical outcome…when it comes to 24 very talented string players (some have independent successful careers) and a conductor who leads them with great musicality, the result is naturally captivating and exciting.”
Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Daily, Jerusalem

“…an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing… memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance…”
Los Angeles Times