Peter Rainer, Concertmaster
PETER RAINER is iPalpiti Concertmaster since 1994. In his native Germany, he is a concertmaster and founder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam since 2000, and leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. He was the founder and leader of the popular Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on a repertoire written for the classical nonet, and has released three CDs. The latest CD with nonets by Spohr, Clementi and Mozart was chosen by Berlin-Brandenburg Radio (RBB) as one of the best in 2007. In 2008 he founded the Merlino String Quartet, which is touring throughout Germany. Since 2007 he has been on the faculty of the “Universitat der Kunste” in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students and is assistant to Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg. Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 10 years. His upcoming children project is a new concert-version of “Ferdinand the Bull” commissioned by the Kammerakademie Potsdam. In 2010 he appeared at the “Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt” together with “iPalpiti” alumni Tibi Cziger, Caroline v. Bismarck and Eliah E. Sakakushev. Peter studied violin in the U.S. with Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he received his Artist Certificate in 1994 and his Master of Violin Performance degree in 1995. Upon his return to Germany, he was concertmaster of the Brandenburgische Philharmonie in Potsdam from 1996 to 2000. He has been a faculty member at the University of Potsdam since 1997 and has worked as the assistant to Professor Schmieder at the Holland Music Sessions and at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Peter has been a member and leader of iPalpiti since 1994. In 2005 he received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture. During recent seasons Peter led iPalpiti in a special concert at the Nestle Center in Vevey, Switzerland, on its US East coast tour at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, and to the Bay Area in Northern California.
Born in Seoul, Korea, YESEUL ANN has been awarded the Prize of Honor in Bellan International Competition, 3rd prize FLAME Music Competition in France and prizes in various competitions in Korea. Yeseul studied with Roland Daugaréil at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Régis Pasquier, Philippe Aiche. Yeseul received her MM degree at the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian, and from this fall will continue with Professor Schmieder at Temple in the professional studies program. She has also worked under mentorship of the Ysaye Quartet, Itamar Golan and Vladimir Mendelssohn, and has attended master classes with Ida Haendel, Mauricio Fuks and the Julliard Quartet. Yeseul has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in New York at Steinway Hall and in Paris at Salle Cortot, Palais Bourbon Assemblée Nationale, l’Eglise d’arménie, Salle Pléyel, and Cathédrale Saint-Louis. As orchestral musician, Yeseul has participated in numerous Festivals in France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, including the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez. She has participated in academies at l’Orchestre de Paris with Christophe Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Essa Pekka Salonen; with the Asian Philharmonic Orchestra; and with the soloists of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra with Myung-whun Chung.
Davide de Ascaniis
Davide de Ascaniis is considered one of the most promising emerging Italian violinists for his exceptional talent and strong, passionate personality.
He began studying the violin when he was eight years old and graduated with highest honors under the guidance of Stefano Antonello by the age of sixteen.
Davide earned Master’s Degree at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and participated in master classes with Zakhar Bron, Sonig Tchakerian, Michael Frischenschlager and Igor Volochine.
He made his solo debut playing Bruch concerto with orchestras in France, and has since toured in Europe, Canada and Asia both as a soloist and as a member in chamber ensembles.
Winner of International Violin Competitions such as “Alpe Adria”, “Duchi d’Acquaviva”, “Rovere d’Oro”, and the AGIMUS, Davide has held solo concerts in Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Zurich, Graz, Vienna and Salzburg. He has been featured as a guest artist for major musical institutions and events such as the Musical Afternoons in Milan (Teatro dal Verme), the “Great Performers” in the Bologna Festival (Teatro Manzoni), the Cini Foundation, the Archivio Musicale G.A. Fano Foundation in Venice, the International Festival Dino Ciani in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Friends of Music in Padova, the International Music Festival Bled (Slovenia), the International Festival of the Arts Campus in San Gemini, the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Wiener Saal), the “City of Lucca” Festival, the Musical Weeks at the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza and more. More recently he performed at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, at the National Theater and at the National Concert Hall of Taipei and the Taipei Arena, as well as in Montreal (Canada), International Festival of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and in Tokyo for the Nippon Foundation (Suntory Hall). Prior to iPalpiti Festival, Davide will perform at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York at the invitation of Maestro Kurt Masur.
– I fell in love with the violin in Israel while my parents and I were strolling down a cobble-stoned street corner. We stopped in front of a street violinist and listened to his music.
I was enthralled. My world shrank to include only the violinist and his music. Even after he stopped playing, I didn’t want to leave. Though I was only two and a half years old, I knew then and there that I wanted to play the violin. I began playing the violin at the age of 6 and by the time I was 13, I knew I wanted a career as a violinist.
Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. Currently, he is studying at The Juilliard School with Itzhak Perlman and Glenn Dicterow for his M.M., where he also received his B.M. in 2012.
Highlights of 2011-2012 season included a performance at Carnegie Hall, honoring Nobel Prize winner Ralph Steinman, two recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (one as part of the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedys Inauguration and the other in honor of International Day of Persons with Disability).
As a winner of the 2007 VSA [Very Special Arts] International Young Soloist Award he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at the U.S. Department of Education and in front of Members of Congress. VSArts also invited Niv to perform for the 2009 Congressional Arts Breakfast, in conjunction with National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
As an orchestral musician, Niv has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Royce Hall, Disney Hall, and Alice Tully Hall under the baton of such maestri as Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, John Williams, and James Depreist. Niv studied chamber music with many teachers including Zvi Zeitlin, Vivian Weilerstein, Earl Carlyss, and his violin teachers include Ronald Copes, Stephen Clapp, and Linda Rose. Niv has participated in many master classes and festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Encore School for Strings, Keshet Eilon in Israel, performing alongside violinists such as Vadim Gluzman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Itzhak Perlman, Zvi Zeitlin, Shlomo Mintz, Joel Smirnoff, and Monica Huggett. In 2013, Niv attended the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.
Niv performs for many fundraisers such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), and Shanes Inspiration – an organization which builds universally accessible playgrounds for children living with disability.
“…beautiful tone, technically brilliant…charismatic and elegant…”
Born in Oslo, Norway in 1985, Catharina began studying violin at the age of 5 with her father. A soloist since the age of 8, she has soloed with all major orchestras in Norway. Well known to Norwegians through television and radio broadcast programs, Catharina is the recipient of numerous awards, and the youngest musician in Norway ever to be awarded the highly respected and prestigious Oslo City Culture Prize (2004).
Catharina is a Grand Prize winner in the third International Gnessin Violin Competition in Moscow, Russia (2003), and the 2nd Prize winner at the Jeuness Musicale International Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania (2007).
As participant in different international arts festivals she has given solo and chamber concerts in Norway, Italy, China, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and South Africa. She has been a soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Violin Concertos in consecutive seasons 2008-09. A Graduate of Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, a leading institution in Norway, where she studied with Arve Tellefsen and Henning Kraggerud, she continued her music education in the USA with the renowned Professor Eduard Schmieder, earning an Artist Diploma from Temple University in Philadelphia.
An iPalpiti artist since 2004, she has performed on the stages of Mozarteum Grosse Hall Salzburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, was a featured soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2008, Carnegie Zankel Hall in 2009, and in Israel in 2011. Catharina has been invited as solo recitalist to numerous concert series in California, including THE PREVIEWS in Manhattan Beach, Sundays Live! Broadcast series in the Bing Theatre of the Los Angeles County Art Museum, and Music in the Mansion in Beverly Hills.
In her native Norway, Catharina continues to be an attraction for the important musical and government occasions: in May 2008, she was the only artist invited to perform atthe opening of the prestigious Bergen International Arts Festival,with King and Queen of Norway in attendance. Winning the prestigious “Intro Classic” prize from State Concert Norway resulted in 2009-2011 engagements from solo recitals in New York, Washington, Milan to “Live Classical, Catharina with friends” in Tønsberg, Eurovision in Oslo, and tours with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra” and Oslo Camerata in Spain and Brazil, recitals in Holland, four weeks of touring across Norway, tour across China, India, and world premiere of “the Moon” by Martin Romberg during Expo in Shanghai.
In October 2011 Catharina was appointed concertmaster of the Norway National State Opera.
Born in Ukraine, Irina began her violin studies at the age of six. Between 1996 and 2009 she became First and top-prizes winner in eleven international and national competitions, including Grand-prix at the International violin competition “Forte-Maestro.” In 2007 her name was chronicled in the State book of Ukraine “The Pride of Nation.”In 1998 she entered the Music College of the famed Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, graduating cum laude from the Conservatory in 2007, and receiving postgraduate diploma in 2010 (with Professors Ivanov/violin and Bonduryansky/chamber music).
As a member of chamber music ensemble in duo with pianist Elena Kuznetzova, she won First prizes at the 16th International Chamber Music Competition in Thesaloniki, Greece, International Competition of Slavonic Music in Moscow, Russia (2006), and the 2nd International Chamber Music Competition named after T. Gaydamovich in Magnitogorsk (2009). She is a grant-recipient of the “Russian Performing Art” Foundation and the music foundation by Elina Bystrizkaya. Irina has received full scholarships and participated in summer festivals such as Mozarteum Summeracademie, Holland Music Sessions, “Zeist music days”, in International Master-classes in Weimar, with Jerusalem and Ysaye Quartets, and eminent violin professors.
Irina was selected to join iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international laureates in 2010 and since, performed with iPalpiti in Los Angeles, Israel, Philadelphia and New York. As a member of “Young Russian Talents” program she is engaged in touring Russia as a recitalist and giving master-classes to gifted children. Irina has performed in major halls throughout Russia, and has appeared as soloist with such renown orchestras as Russian National Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra (under Maestros Pletnev and Nikolaev), and with Moscow Philharmonic. Irina has been named a Soloist with the Moscow Philharmonia in 2010.
Born and raised in Toronto, Conrad has established himself as a foremost performer and teacher in his native Canada. A review in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald praised “the full, sweet, seductive intensity of Chow’s sound”, and his performance alongside Ani Kavafian with the Columbia Festival Orchestra was hailed as “ornate and satisfying” by the Albany Times Union. He is a prize-winner of the 2006 International Stepping Stone Competition in Quebec and the David G. Whitcomb Foundation’s Young Artist of 2003.Conrad began his violin studies at the age of three at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are from Indiana University’s School of Music, studying with Miriam Fried. Conrad completed his DMA from the State University of New York, Stony Brook (under noted violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer), and later pursued further post-doctoral work with Eduard Schmieder at Temple University in Philadelphia. He studied chamber music with the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet and is appearing in chamber music performances with Paul Biss, Christina Dahl, David Finckel, and Miriam Fried. His string quartet was winner of the Indiana University Kuttner String Quartet Competition, performing as the quartet-in-residence for the 2001-2002 seasons. As soloist, he appeared with numerous orchestras. Recital performances have included the St. Cecilia Concert Series, University of Toronto’s Hart House Sunday Concert Series, broadcast on CBC Radio, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Qingdao Music Hall in China, New York’s Staller Center for the Arts, Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and George Weston Recital Hall, and 2010 Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut. As a member of the prestigious iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international laureates since 2008, he performed at Carnegie Zankel Hall, Disney Hall in LA, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Israel. Being a teacher of one of the leading precollege private violin studios in Canada; his students are winners in many important national and provincial competitions and have made solo debuts with Canadian orchestras, in 2010 he has been appointed to a faculty position at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music’s elite pre-college academy.He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the 2006-2007 seasons, and was member of the faculty at the Summit Summer Music Festival in New York in 2010. Dr. Chow has served as jury member and adjudicator of various Canadian competitions, at the international “Remember Enescu” in Romania, and is a presenter of master classes in Canada, the United States, and Asia.
AZER DAMIROV began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder. He was a member of iPalpiti in its winter East Coast residency and concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, its Northern California tour, and iPalpiti festival of international laureates in Los Angeles. As a Winner of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2012 he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Nora Hapca has won awards in many national and international competitions, including second Grand Prize at the “Remember Enescu” International Competition in 2003 and the Special Artist Prize from Young Artists International in 2004 and 2005. As a soloist, Nora has soloed with numerous Romanian orchestras, and has given concerts and recitals in Romania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Germany. In May 2006, she was invited to represent her country in the “National Music Students Festival” in Kyoto, Japan.
Born in Romania in 1986, she began playing violin at the age of 6. She received her Bachelor Degree in 2008 at the National Music University in Bucharest and continued with the Master program at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, under Prof. Mihaela Martin.
As an iPalpiti member with iPalpiti Artists International since 2004, Nora toured the USA, Slovenia, Austria and Israel, performing in prestigious concert halls of Mozarteum in Salzburg, YMCA in Jerusalem, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Currently she lives in Germany and is playing in the Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin. She is also actively involved with the International Mahler Orchestra both as an orchestra player, as well as a regular member of their chamber music concert series in Berlin.
Pablo Rapado Jambrina
The Spanish violinist was born in Zamora, Spain in a musical family. He began his violin studies at age six, with Jesus Ramos at Zamora Music Conservatory. At 14 years of age, and with many solo apperances done, he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Conservatory orchestra. Pablo continued at the Oviedo Superior Conservatory of Music, also studying baroque music with Zeljko Haliti, performing regularly as a soloist.
During his musical studies, he performed with numerous Spanish and French orchestras, and took part in numerous violin and chamber music masterclasses with prestigious violinists, more recently with Albert and Alexander Markov. In 2006, he was awarded First Prize with honours in Paris, and in 2008 received Cum Laude Bachelor degree from the Maastricht National Conservatory of Music, Holland with teacher Robert Szreder.
Double-winner of the Sarasate International Violin Competition, Pablo performed as a soloist in the Berlin Konzerthaus with the JOSPA orchestra, in chamber ensembles with Albert and Alexander Markov at the Cordes et Pics Festival (France), and made his recital debuts in Paris in 2008 with pianist Christie Julien. In New York Pablo performed at Merkin Hall (Lincoln Center), WPM Concert Hall, Bargemusic, etc. Pablo began to teach in Spain in 2004, and from 2006 in France, also invited as a teacher at the Cordes et Pics Festival. In orchestral experiences from 2004-2011, Pablo has played at Navarra Symphony, Granada Symphony, Orchestra Les Arts (Valencia) under maestri Zubin Metha, Lorin Maazel, Lopez Cobos, among others. Nowadays he leads Premium Symphony Orchestra in Spain, also keeping residency in Brussels, Belgium, and touring.
Born in Toronto,Violinist Ellen Jung has performed as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician all over the world. She has been featured with the Korean Philharmonic, Taejon Symphony, Republic of Tatarstan Symphony, North York Symphony Orchestra, the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, and both the University of Toronto Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. An active chamber musician, Ms. Jung is a member of the award-winning Jung Trio with her two sisters, Jennie and Julie. Together, they have performed throughout North America, Germany, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Kenya and Mauritius. The Jung Trio was awarded the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, and the Bronze Medal at the Fischoff Competition. They were selected as Debut Artists for the 10th annual iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates, and perform regularly throughout the Los Angeles area. The trio is currently ensemble-in-residence, and Head of Chamber Music at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. Their first album was released by Groove Note Records.
She has worked with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Paul Katz, and while in residence at the Banff Centre, she collaborated with Krystof Penderecki, which culminated in the performance of many new works. She also performed the premiere of “A” for solo violin, written for her by the Canadian composer Lusiana Lukman.
Ms. Jung has participated in summer programs at the Meadowmount, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Mozarteum, and the Norfolk, Orford Festivals. Recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Jung completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto with Lorand Fenyves, and Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from Yale University School of Music studying with Syoko Aki. Ms. Jung lives in Southern California, and is on faculty at Vanguard University. Ellen Jung’s Website
NOBUKO KAWAMURA was born in Morioka, in Northern Japan. She started playing violin at the age of four, and received a Winner’s Medal at the Children’s Competition of Japan at age ten. She studied at the famous Toho Gakuen School of Music from 1998 to 2001 with Professor Kyoko Suzuki. In 2005 she graduated at the top in her class from Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Professor Tugio Tokunaga. Nobuko was selected as a soloist for the Graduation Concert, and also named Yomiuri New Young Artist in Tokyo. In 2007 she performed as a soloist with orchestras across Japan. In the Fall of 2006 Nobuko was accepted in the class of Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas into Artist Certificate Program, and followed him to Temple University in Philadelphia into the Artist Diploma Program. Nobuko is a member of iPalpiti since 2009 and has participated in iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. As a soloist and chamber musician Nobuko has performed in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Japan.
IRAKLI TSADAIA was born into a musical family in Tbilisi, Georgia. His first music training started with Tamaz Batiaschwili and Konstantin Vardeli – both members of the Georgian States Quartet and teachers at the Tiflis Conservatory. Since the age of eight he received regular lessons with Galina Turchaninova in Moscow and Germany, who also was the first teacher of Maxim Vengerov. In 1997, Irakli was accepted as a student at the Munich Conservatory, being only thirteen. While studying at the conservatory, he also attended the master classes of Alexander Brussilovsky, Boris Garlitzky, Felix Andrievsky and Victor Tretjakov. In 2002 he continued his studies with Professor Victor Tretjakov at the “Hochschule für Musik Köln” (Cologne). He received first prize at the music competition “Jugend musiziert” in Germany, diplomas in the Louis-Spohr International Violin Competition in Weimar (1999) and at the Paganini International Competition in Moscow (2006), and the 2nd prize at the International Violin Competition Valsesia Musica in Italy (2008). He was a winner of a competition in the instrumental foundation of the “Hochschule für Musik Köln” that gives young musicians an opportunity to perform on high quality instruments and was awarded with a G P. Maggini violin. In 2007 he recorded a CD of Four Seasons by Astor Piazolla released by Sony BMG, performing as a soloist with “Kölner Klassik Ensemble.” Irakli is performing as a soloist and in chamber music with internationally known musicians and conductors such as Alexandre Brussilovsky, Ivan Monighetti, Lev Markiz and Vakhtang Kakhidze. His concert performances of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and the Four Seasons by Astor Piazolla were recorded for Radio and Television and broadcast on ARD, SWR, BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), and in Tbilisi, Georgia. He was selected to join iPalpiti for its 2010 annual Los Angeles Festival of International Laureates. In 2012, he was a selected Prizewinner among ten from 1003 participants at the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg, and concluded the finale concert of the Salzburg Festspiele.
Victor de Almeida
The double prize winner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition, violist Victor de Almeida performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Southern California and the world. He has most recently been the Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Associate Principal Violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the guest Principal Violist for the Los Angeles Opera. While studying at the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he was the Principal Violist of the Annapolis Symphony and a regular substitute violist with the Baltimore Symphony. Mr. Almeida was born into a Brazilian and American musical family in Adelaide, Australia where his parents were the Principal and Assistant Principal cellists of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and began playing violin and piano at the age of three. He is completing his debut recording of his arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and “Suite Italienne” for Viola and Piano with pianist Harout Senekerenian with the sponsorship of the Stravinsky Foundation. He is also an avid collector of viola music and takes pride in performing those rare selections.
Joseph was born in Oakland, California. He began studying the violin when he was five with Dejin Sun, and later with Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summers, Joseph participated in international music festivals such as Interlochen, Luzerne, Music in the Mountains, Kinhaven, and Recontres Musicales International des Graves where he worked with many fine musicians and teachers.
Joseph graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a BM in Violin Performance, and was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award given out to one exceptional student. Joseph was a winner of the Beene, Kroulik, and Brewster competitions in Pennsylvania, and in 2008, received first prize in the PSU Philharmonic Concerto Competition where he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto. He returns to Penn State every summer for the Penn’s Woods Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Joseph founded “Valens” Piano Quartet which earned 2st Prize in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition.
Kauffman was accepted into the class of Professor Eduard Schmieder in 2008 where he began his studies in the master’s degree program at Temple University, where he is currently is in DMA program. With Prof. Schmieder’s encouragement, he began playing viola and was invited to join iPalpiti as violist for its Los Angeles festivals and on the east coast. As violinist, he often serves as concertmaster for Temple Orchestra in opera and symphonic performances. In 2010 Joseph was violin soloist with the Wayne Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and his newly formed piano trio premiered a new commissioned work for violin, piano, and horn. He is on the faculty at NBSM and actively performs in ensembles, including Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.
CAN SAKUL, born in 1987, Ankara, Turkey, is a member of Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra. His M.A.in Viola is from Lausanne Conservatory (Bruno Pasquier’s class) and B.M. in Viola from Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, where he has been awarded with a full scholarship. He also attended master classes of James Creitz, Rusen Gunes, and Tatiana Masurenko at the Ayvalik International Music Academy. Can joined the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and was its Principal Viola 2005- 2008. Other leading positions were at Bilkent Youth Virtuosos (2006 -2008), touring Turkey and Germany as Co-Principal with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Damiano Guiranna (2007), and in summer 2008, as the Principal Viola in the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2009, he became a member of the Camerata de Lausanne under the leadership of Pierre Amoyal. He has performed in many chamber music and solo concerts all over the world including Turkey, Switzerland, France, Russia, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Cyprus and participated in festivals such as the Cannes Festival, the Montebello Festival, the Saint-Riquier Festival, the International Students Chamber Music Festival in Stuttgart, the Youth composers and Youth performers, World Music Day, the Festival of Castle of Ankara, and VEKAM Art Festival. He has also performed at television and radio broadcasts on Mezzo, Radio Suisse Romande (La Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens) and Turkish National Television and Radio.
Stefan L. Smith was born (to Creole heritage) in Joliet, IL. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Stefan studied at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music on a full tuition scholarship for a Masters Degree in Viola Performance with Professor Donald McInnes. His two Bachelors of Music Cum Laude degrees are in Viola Performance and Music Composition from DePaul University’s School of Music in Chicago.
In LA, Stefan has branched into composition avenues of concert music commissions, film music, pop and R&B song writing, as well as extensive professional symphony playing. Stefan has been principal violist of the Torrance Symphony Orchestra, Glendale Philharmonic, USC Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage Opera Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Oistrach Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and many others in the Chicago area. He is also a sought after violist in the film industry as well as for commercial projects such as The Voice, Glee, 90210, and the BET Awards. Interested in fashion, Stefan is the founder and CEO of his own men’s clothing company, SLS Distributors Men’s Boutique. This season, Stefan was appointed to the Viola Section of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Stefan is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Award of Merit at the National Fine Arts Festival of 2000. In 2013, Smith was invited to the UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program Faculty where he teaches Violin, Viola, and Music Composition. He is also a William Harris Lee Artist playing on a 2003 Bronek Cison as well as a Maestro Foundation Artist playing on a Michael Yeats Bow.
Born in 1986 to a family of musicians, Yoni began his musical education at the age of five. Since the age of 9, he has won numerous prizes and scholarships, including America-Israel Cultural Foundation prestigious scholarships. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as: the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata, Tel-Aviv Soloists, has collaborated with renowned artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, and has appeared in numerous live recordings for Israel’s main classical music radio station Kol Israel. During 2008, Yoni was the Principal Cellist of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. After completing his mandatory 3-year service in the IDF under the title “outstanding musician”, Yoni continued studying in the Tel-Aviv University, graduating with Bachelors degree in Music Performance. He received Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory in May 2011 working with Prof. Lawrence Lesser. His other major teachers include Neomi Enoch, Schmuel Magen, Hillel Zori, as well as master classes with eminent cellists and artists as Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Natalia Guttman, Uzi Wiesel, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Boetcher, Alban Berg Quartet, and Amadeus Quartet. A diverse musician, Yoni enjoys a career playing various genres of music including Rock, Folk, Jazz and more. He has performed numerous times in well known music scenes today such as “Rockwood Hall of Music”, “the Red Fish” (Le Poisson Rouge), and “Songs from a room” (‘SOFAR’), New York. This includes a Television performance for NBC network with Andrew Lipke, who was voted Philadelphia’s best singer-songwriter for the year of 2012. Yoni is playing on a 1849 “Jacout” Cello, on loan from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Born in Toronto, Korean-Canadian cellist JULIE JUNG has performed throughout the world, both as a soloist and as a member of the award-winning Jung Trio with her two sisters Jennie and Ellen. The Jung Trio was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2002 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Fischoff Competition.
A prizewinner in the 2000 Eckhardt-Gramattee Competition, Julie has been presented in recitals by the Debut-Young Concert Artist Series in Montreal and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC Radio) across Canada and has also performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Chamber Academy, State Symphony of Tatarstan, Korean Philharmonic, Taejon Philharmonic, University of Toronto Symphony, Korean-Canadian Symphony and East York Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed in Germany, Malaysia and Japan and has participated in festivals including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Manchester Cello Festival (England), New York String Seminar and the Verbier Academy (Switzerland).
Ms. Jung has performed with iPalpiti in the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles since 2007 and appeared with the ensemble in Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and the Kimmel Center. The Jung Trio, selected as iPalpiti Debut Artists in the 2007 recently made their European debut with concerts in Germany and Austria. They regularly perform throughout the Los Angeles area and have also performed internationally in Russia, South Korea, Kenya, Mauritius and Canada. The trio completed studies in the Artist Diploma program at Yale and recently recorded their first album on the Groovenote Label that was released in July 2009. They are currently Trio-in-Residence and Head of Chamber Music at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA
Julie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto where she studied with Shauna Rolston. She received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Laurence Lesser and completed studies at the Yale School of Music with Aldo Parisot in the Artist Diploma Program. Ms. Jung currently resides in Los Angeles and is on faculty at Vanguard University. Julie Jung’s Website
British born Jacob Shaw has given acclaimed performances across Europe, USA and Asia. Laureate of numerous international awards and prizes, he was awarded the highly coveted 2012 award of the Danish “Harby Foundation” ($45,000 prize). These prizes, concerts and awards secure Jacob a position as one of the most prominent young soloists based in Scandinavia; his unique program ideas, original style, and enthusiasm have gained huge support and admiration as a performer from the public and professional colleagues alike. Born in 1988 into a family of professional musicians, Jacob Shaw studied with Genévieve Teulières-Sommer at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School before moving to the École Normale de Musique de Paris supported by the ASSOPHIE and Zaleski associations where he became the youngest ever cellist in history of the school to graduate the « Diplôme de Concertiste » with the highest honours. Further studies followed at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum under Prof. Julius Berger and in Denmark at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Prof. Morten Zeuthen. Together with his family Jacob Shaw founded the “Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente”, which is now the most important festival dedicated to chamber music based in south-west France that has grown steadily and continues to expand, with musical, culinary, and cultural events. In contemporary music Jacob works with composers such as Giovanni Bonato, Phillipe Hersant, Frangis Ali-Sade and Sofia Gubaidulina, who personally invited him to her 80th birthday celebration concert series performing her works. After this performance, she described his playing as “wonderful sensitivity, just perfect, absolutely perfect…” Jacob recently gave the official Danish premiere of Sir John Taveners piece “The Protecting Veil” for cello and orchestra. Frequently invited to China performing in the prestigious concert halls (Guangzhou Opera House, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tianjin Concert Hall) as well as to give masterclasses and lectures at the top Chinese universities and conservatories, in March 2013 he gave his Chinese concerto debut with Harbin Symphony Orchestra, China’s oldest professional symphony orchestra. Future recording releases include the Brahms cello sonatas with José Gallardo, whilst concerts will take him across Europe, South America, the USA and Asia. Numerous radio and television stations have broadcast performances and interviews with Jacob, most recently live feature on BBC Radio 3. Jacob Shaw plays a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, kindly on loan to him from the collection of the Royal Danish Academy of Music (presided by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark). More information at www.jacobshaw.de
Born in 1987 in Odessa (Ukraine), Dmitry Silvian began his cello studies at the age of 7 at the famed Stoliarsky School of Music. Two years later, he was accepted into at a music school for gifted children affiliated with the St. Petersburg Conservatory, in a class of Mark Reizenshtok, and at twelve, was giving concerts in Estonia, France, and at numerous venues with orchestras in St. Petersburg. In 2003, Dmitry moved to France where he entered the Boulogne Conservatory in France under Michel Strauss, and three years later was unanimously awarded a diploma of the highest degree.
In 2006, he entered the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique et de Dance in Paris under Michel Strauss and chamber music with Itamar Golan, earning Diplome Formation Superieur with special mention in 2010, and a Masters Degree in 2013 from Prof. Roland Pidoux and Marc Coppey classes. In France, Dmitry was invited to give a recital at the V. Spivakov Festival in Colmar, performed the Haydn Concerto in C major with the orchestra in Levallois, and soloed with Orchestra of Toulouse with Saint-Saens Concerto at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse. Recipient of numerous awards, in 2011 Dmitry was named a Laureate of Banque Populaire Foundation and young artist scholarship. In May 2013, Dmitry gave his Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut as a First Prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition.
Considered among most talented Russian cellists, Evgeny performs to international audiences since the age of 10, touring in Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the USA.
His achievements include First Prize and the Gold Medal at the 12th International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic, the Special Jury Prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition, and prizes for the best performance of contemporary music.
Born in 1982 in Moscow into a musical family, he studied at the Gnessin Music Academy (class of his father Professor Vladimir Tonkha) and continued with Professors Natalia Shakhovskaya and Valentin Berlinsky. Evgeny also took part in master classes with eminent cellists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, David Geringas, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal cellist Georg Faust, and has held the Daniil Shafran, Vladimir Spivakov, and Mstislav Rostropovich scholarships.
After graduating from the Russian Academy of Music, Evgeny was invited byProfessor David Geringas to post-graduate studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Since 2006, Evgeny has been collaborating with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra.
Under the baton of maestros Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons and Daniel Barenboim, he regularly performs with the Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthaus,
Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Hamburg Philharmonie and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.
As a resident participant of Russian and international festivals, Evgeny has performed at The Moscow Autumn, the Sakharov Arts Fesitival in Nizhny Novgorod, the Sofia Gubaidullina Festival, the Pablo Cazals Festival in Colmar, France, the Chopin Festival in London, Santander Festival in Spain, the Rodion Shchedrin Festival in Berlin, the Beauvais Cello Festival in France and the festival, dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the Berliner Philahrmoniker.
He collaborates with a number of contemporary composers, such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Mikhail Bronner, Victor Suslin, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Artyom Vasiliev, Elena Langer.
A Laureate of the “New Names” charity programme, his name is registered in The Golden Book of Russia’s Talents.
“Evgeny is one of the brightest talents of his generation” – Daniil Shafran
“He beholds an incredible sound. There isn’t anything that he doesn’t understand or can’t do.- Sofia Gubaidulina
Mariechen Meyer, bassist
Bassist/Republic of South Africa
Mariechen Meyer was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1989. After winning the coveted Avigail Bushakovich bursary, she started her studies at the University of Stellenbosch in 2008 with Roxane Steffens, completing her Bachelorr’s Degree Cum Laude in 2011.
From the age of 13 she was a principal bassist of the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in 2006 she joined the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of South Africa on a tour through Germany, also acting as principal bassist. Winner of numerous competitions in South Africa, including Musicon Soloists Competition, Mariechen received many grants to attend international chamber festivals, and took part in the MUSICA MUNDI International Chamber Music Course and Festival for Young Musicians, in Brussels, Belgium, and the Stift Festival in The Netherlands. At Interlochen Summer Camp in Michigan, USA, she was appointed as principal bassist for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist Mariechen performed with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She was one of three South Africans who have been invited to attend a Music Festival with a German Youth Orchestra, performing in Leipzig, Weimar and Dresden. In May 2011 she was one among five selected to attend the Pirastro Strings Elite Soloist Program held annually by Jeff Bradetich in Denton at the University of North-Texas, where she is currently in a second year toward her Master’s degree. This year Mariechen was chosen as one of ten semi-finalists to compete in the International Society of Bassists solo competition.
David Kaplan, Piano
Praised for his “grace and fire” by the Boston Globe, and by The New York Times for “striking imagination and creativity,” recent seasons brought David as a recitalist to Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chamber musician in the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. He has appeared as a guest soloist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and performed at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman. David is a veteran of many distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performed in Avery Fisher Hall. As a member of the New York-based Metropolis, Le Train Bleu, Declassified, and ACJW Ensembles, David has performed frequently in New York’s most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. Since 2011, Kaplan is Co-Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a New Jersey concert series now in its twenty-sixth season. Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere dozens of works, including piano concertos by Timothy Andres (2008) and Alex Weston (2012). Versatile far beyond the modern keyboard, Kaplan’s credits as a harpsichordist include Elliott Carter’s Sonata and the world premiere of Conrad Winslow’s Chariots, both for harpsichord and chamber ensemble, as well as numerous performances of Bach’s 5th Brandenburg with the Ensemble ACJW. Kaplan has drawn special notice as a Beethoven interpreter: he was featured in WQXR’s 2011 Beethoven Sonata Marathon, and his interpretations of the complete cello sonatas with Benjamin Capps were hailed by the Rutland Herald as “masterful and deeply compelling performances, seldom heard at this level except by the great masters.” A candidate for the DMA at Yale University, Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he devotes time to cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. www.davidkaplanpiano.com
iPalpiti Junior: Andrew Moses
Fourteen year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses is an emerging soloist who has been captivating audiences with his expressive talent. A recipient of From the Top’ Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, Andrew has appeared on From the Top on NPR. Other recent awards include top prizewinner in the 2013 Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale National Young Artist Competition, and a second prize in the 2012 International Clarinet Association High School Competition (the highest placing American as well as the youngest). As a winner of Beverly Hills Auditions 2012-13 season, Andrew gave solo recitals at the Music in the Mansion series in the Greystone Mansion (Beverly Hills), The Previews in Manhattan Beach, Music by the Sea in Encinitas, and numerous solo performances throughout Southern California. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their Young Artist Competition, with the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, and four times with the Glendale Youth Orchestra, having performed Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Invited by iPalpiti Artists International as iPalpiti Junior, Andrew will perform in chamber ensemble alongside iPalpiti artists during its 16th annual Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In chamber music, Andrew performs as clarinetist with the Colburn School Honors Woodwind Quintet and this summer will be part of the Yellow Barn Young Artists Festival in Vermont. Andrew studies clarinet with Dr. Margaret Thornhill and conducting with Brad Keimach, music director of the Glendale Youth Orchestra, where Andrew has been an Assistant Conductor.
The California Senate joined in recognizing his contributions to the local arts and presented Andrew with the 2013 “Making a Difference Award”. In his spare time, he enjoys martial arts (he is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo currently working towards his third-degree), cycling, youth group, community service, musical composition, and running with his dog.
Arthur Omura, harpsichord
Appears on July 27 (Walt Disney Concert Hall) concert.
Arthur is a specialist in historical keyboard instruments. He studied organ repertoire of the Baroque under Charles Rus in San Francisco, modern technique under Dr. Ladd Thomas at the University of Southern California, and harpsichord repertoire under Dr. Lucinda Carver at the USC, where he received his Master’s Degree.
He traveled to the Boston and Berkeley Early Music festivals and gave numerous performances as a member of the Early Music Ensemble. Omura keeps an active performance schedule as an organist and continuo player. He has worked with MicroFest, wild Up, Horizon Music Group, and the Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Omura can be heard on several recordings, most recently on a Yarlung Records release Featuring Soprano Sasha Cooke and the Colburn Orchestra. His interest in instrument making led him to work with harpsichord builder Curtis Berak, whom he has assisted in restoring several instruments, and with organ builder Manuel Rosales.