Marcantonio Barone – Piano
Marcantonio Barone has given solo recitals in major concert halls in the United States and Europe. He has given the world premieres of works for piano by Ingrid Arauco, Richard Brodhead, David Finko, Ulysses Kay, Gerald Levinson, Philip Maneval, George Rochberg, Andrew Rudin, and Melinda Wagner. As a member of Orchestra 2001, he was the pianist for the first performances and recordings of the seven volumes of George Crumb’s American Songbook.
Barone performs annually at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, 1807 and Friends, and the Craftsbury Chamber Players.
He is head of the piano department and assistant director at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and an Associate in Performance at Swarthmore College.
He studied with Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His other teachers included Susan Starr and Leonard Shure.
Sarah Bob – Piano
Pianist Sarah Bob, hailed as “sumptuous and eloquent” by the Boston Globe, is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. Considered a “trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process…” (Northeast Performer), she is founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series that combines new music and new visual art along with their creators. She is an original member of Radius Ensemble, Primary Duo, and Firebird Ensemble. Sarah recently became the Classical Music Director of the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Her accolades range from top prizewinner of Holland’s International Gaudeamus Competition to New England Conservatory’s Outstanding Alumni Award. Her recording of Lift by Elena Ruehr was recognized by WBUR’s The ARTery as one of the best classical recordings of 2016. Sarah maintains her own private studio, teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music and the New England Conservatory. For more information, please go to sarahbob.net.
Kenji Bunch – Viola
Kenji Bunch enjoys an active career as both a composer and performer. As a violist, he is widely recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola, many of which are included on his 2011 debut CD Unleashed! Mr. Bunch also frequently performs both traditional and contemporary chamber music as a guest of ensembles and festivals throughout the country, and with his Oregon-based group The Thunder Egg Consort. Bunch actively seeks out musical connections with artists of different genres, and has a deep interest in American folk traditions and improvisation. As a composer, his music has been performed by over fifty orchestras worldwide, has been recorded on multiple labels, is featured in documentary films, television, and in numerous collaborations with dance and theater. After more than twenty years in New York City, Mr. Bunch returned to his native Portland, Oregon in 2013 with his wife, pianist Monica Ohuchi, and their family.
Keats Dieffenbach – Viola
Equally comfortable on the stages of Carnegie Hall and the set of Saturday Night Live, Keats Dieffenbach has established herself as a unique artist with infinitely varied interests and abilities. Lauded by the New York Times as an “impressive performer,” Keats’ dual specialization in contemporary and historical performance keeps her in demand with many leading ensembles with whom she appears on violin, viola, baroque violin, and mandolin. Keats is a member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, and The Serenade Quartet and has appeared frequently with The Knights, A Far Cry, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect with whom she held a two-year fellowship position. An avid chamber musician, Keats has collaborated with artists ranging from Emanuel Ax and Christian Tetzlaff to indie rock sensation Vampire Weekend. Keats studied with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School and served as Donald Weilerstein’s teaching assistant at New England Conservatory.
Joyce Hammann – Violin
Joyce Hammann’s distinctive versatility and virtuosity have won her praise and a loyal following whether appearing on the concert stage, in a jazz club, or before 17,000 screaming, rock concert fans. Hailed for “splendid soloing” and a “sweet, rich tone” by The New York Times, she has performed and recorded with such artists as Paul McCartney, Sting, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. Joyce’s discography includes John Zorn’s String Quartets, Sam Zyman’s Bashe, Uri Caine’s Wagner and Venezia, Mozart Re-imagined and The Othello Syndrome, Michael Breckers’ Grammy award winning Wide Angles, Gil Goldstein’s Under Rousseau’s Moon, Ted Nash’s Double Quartet and Mark Feldman’s Book of Tells. Currently Concertmaster for Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera, Joyce continues to perform with The Harlem Chamber Players, The Craftsbury Chamber Players (Vermont) and The Meeting House Players (Cape Cod). She will be touring Europe as solo violinist with Uri Caine’s jazz ensemble and as concertmaster for Fred Hersch’s Coma Dreams, jazz theater project.
Mimi Hwang – Cello
Award-winning cellist Mimi Hwang performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician and has recorded for Verdi Records. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, which has performed worldwide and was Quartet-in-Residence at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center. She has also performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado and Ciompi Quartets As a soloist, Ms. Hwang has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is currently Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, Lecturer of Music at Nazareth College, Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, NY.
Jesse Irons – Violin
Violinist Jesse Irons enjoys a busy and excitingly diverse musical life in and around his home city of Boston. A member and co-artistic director of the GRAMMY-nominated ensemble A Far Cry, he has appeared in concert across North America, Europe, and Central and Southeast Asia. Jesse’s playing has been described as “insinuating” by the New York Times, and he’s pretty sure they meant it in a good way. His historically informed alter ego appears with The Boston Early Music Festival, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and numerous small ensembles around Boston, including Gut Reaction. As an educator, Jesse has worked with students on entrepreneurship and chamber music at MIT, Yale, Stanford, Eastman, Peabody, and New England Conservatory.
Monica Ohuchi – Piano
Pianist Monica Ohuchi maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras across the country and abroad including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Marin Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. She is the Executive Director and Pianist for the Portland, Oregon-based new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, a founding member of the piano quartet, Thunder Egg Consort, and a member of the faculty at Reed College. Her debut CD, Monica’s Notebook, was released on the Helicon Records label in 2011. Monica holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School. After nearly two decades in New York City, she and her husband Kenji Bunch have relocated to Portland with their three-year-old daughter, nine-month old son, and Pitbull-mix rescue. This is Monica’s ninth season with the Craftsbury Chamber Players. www.monicaohuchi.com
Evan Premo – Double Bass
Double bassist and composer Evan Premo pursues a unique life path. As a member of Ensemble ACJW he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet.
Evan lives in rural Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. Together they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music. When he’s not performing and composing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, and simply being with Nature.
Frances Rowell – Cello
Cellist Frances Rowell was born and raised in Craftsbury Vermont. She got some of her earliest musical inspiration and instruction from the artists of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School before moving to Allentown, PA where she enjoyed a rich musical life as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and recitalist. Since 1995 she has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performances as a member of the orchestra, she performs chamber music concerts, conducts master classes, and performs school educational programs through the New Jersey Symphony’s REACH program. Fran teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University and performs on the roster of Young Audiences of NJ. Summers spent making music with colleagues of the Craftsbury Chamber Players continues to be a highlight of her concert season.
Mary Rowell – Violin
Critically acclaimed as one of today’s most important and exciting performers, innovative violinist Mary Rowell defies classification. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in contemporary classical music by co-founding the post-classical quartet ETHEL. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in “Avante-Pop” and, with composer/performer Eve Beglarian, is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is on the faculty of Middlebury College and concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.
Ben Russell – Violin
Ben Russell is a violinist, vocalist and composer who has played all over the world with all sorts of people. He was a founding member of Bryant Park Quartet and is a member of multiple groups including American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Founders, and Wordless Music Orchestra. Ben has recorded a solo album of Appalachian-influenced original songs, performed on albums by Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and Max Richter, and has shared the stage with Björk, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Jonny Greenwood, and Paul McCartney. Studying violin performance at Amsterdam Conservatory and receiving his Masters from New England Conservatory, he now lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife Anna and can often be found in his garden.
David Russell – Cello
David Russell (cello) maintains a vigorous schedule in this country and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. He is especially active in the Boston area, regularly featured in concerts of ensembles such as Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music and, from 2006-2011, Opera Boston, where he was principal cello. A strong advocate for new music, Russell performs with with groups including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Firebird Ensemble, Music on the Edge, Dinosaur Annex, and the Fromm Players at Harvard. Among his recent projects are recordings of works by Eric Moe, Lee Hyla, Tamar Diesendruck, Chen Yi and Roger Zahab, premieres of Laurie San Martin’s Cello Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony, Eric Moe’s “Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral” for cello and piano and works for solo cello by Andrew Rindfleisch, Sam Nichols and John Mallia. Recordings on Tzadik, Centaur, CRI, Albany Records and New World Records. In 2005 he joined the faculty of Wellesley College, where he currently serves as Director of Chamber Music.
Chad Smith – Saxophone
Chad’s talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him sought after as a Broadway, recording, and concert performer from New York City to Los Angeles. He has performed with major symphony orchestras for concerts and motion pictures, jazz ensembles and his own projects. Chad has appeared at music festivals all over the world, most recently the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France where he presented his vaudeville, multimedia concert, SAX-O-PHILM. He earned a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and a Master’s in Saxophone and Woodwind Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Chad also studied briefly with the late woodwind virtuoso, Al Gallodoro and considers him an inspiration and mentor. He plays Mr. Gallodoro’s gold plated alto saxophone from 1958. Mr. Smith is currently adjunct saxophone professor and coordinator of the Master’s in Woodwinds Specialization at Montclair State University. He is a Selmer performing artist.
Liuh-Wen Ting – Viola
A multi-faceted musician, Liuh-Wen Ting was a member of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet for six years and also co-founded Ensemble Meme in 2009, which debuted at Zankel Hall to critical acclaim. She has collaborated with artists across the spectrum, including Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Manhattan String Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, and most recently as a featured artist with the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri on a sold-out North American tour. A proponent of contemporary music, she has been on the staff of the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College since 1993. She has premiered and commissioned many works by American composers as well as recorded solo and chamber works for labels such as Naxos, Sony, Atlantic, Mode, Capstone, Albany, Pogus and Tzadik Records. Festival appearances include The Prague Spring Music Festival, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Primavera en la Habana international electro-acoustic music festival in Cuba, Ostrava New Music Days. Her concerto performance with the Janáček Philharmonic was praised by Czech music 2001 as “an extraordinary experience.”
Ms. Ting has been a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble for many years, participating in the New Years concert celebrations with Harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.
Katherine Winterstein – Violin
Praised by critics for “livewire intensity” as well as “delightfully effective” and “memorably demonic” playing, violinist Katherine Winterstein enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. She is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, acting assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Now in her 14th summer with the Craftsbury Chamber Players, Ms. Winterstein is also member of the Hartt String Quartet. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Champlain Philharmonic, the Boston Virtuosi, and the Vermont Symphony. She has served on the performance faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont since 2002, and joined the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in September of 2011.
Inessa Zaretsky – Piano
Russian-born Inessa Zaretsky is an award winning pianist and composer whose performances have taken her around the world while her music has been performed in England, Norway, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States. She studied piano with Richard Goode and composition with Robert Cuckson at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has collaborated with many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Enso, Jasper, and Cassat String Quartets, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra, musicians of the Boston, Chicago, and Orpheus Orchestras, members of the Metropolitan Opera and many others. Ms. Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music in New York. She has been a pianist and composer-in-residence and was recently appointed Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in Asheville, North Carolina. She is the Artistic co-director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York City.