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.
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.
Junah Chung – Viola
Junah Chung’s dynamic and imaginative playing has been featured in recitals in America and internationally, from Korea to Iceland. His recent performances include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Seoul and Vaughn Williams Flos Campi with the Musica Viva in New York City. He was the assistant principal violist of the Iceland Symphony and is currently the violist/violinist for The Lion King. He also appears at The New York Philharmonic, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and American Ballet Theater. A passionate chamber music musician, Mr. Chung founded (with his wife, violinist Ragga Petursdottir) the Greenburgh Chamber Players. He often appears at festivals such as The International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, The Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland and Korea’s Daejon Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Chung holds a Masters degree from The Juilliard School where his viola teachers were Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer. He studied chamber music with Joseph Fuchs and Felix Galimir. An active private teacher, he is on the CUNY Graduate Center faculty.
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.
Lois Martin – Viola
Lois Martin, a native of York, PA, completed her undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Francis Tursi and continued her graduate studies at the Juilliard School with Lillian Fuchs. Currently, Lois is Principal Violist for the Stamford Symphony and The Little Orchestra Society and a member of the Orchestra of St. Lukeʼs and the American Chamber Ensemble. She frequently appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestra. Lois is also on the faculty of the Composersʼ Conference at Wellesley College and has taught at Princeton University. She is committed to contemporary music and performs with many ensembles such as the Group for Contemporary Music, Composers Forum and Steve Reich and Musicians. Lois has recorded the works of over 50 contemporary composers, including her commission of Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wuorinen’s Viola Variations. Recent highlights include a world and an upcoming USA tour with Esperanza Spalding.
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
A member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Frances Rowell received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. She participates annually in the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as a member of Amici NY and performs chamber music each summer in her home state of Vermont as a member the Craftsbury Chamber Players. President Emeritus of the New Jersey Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, Fran is on the adjunct faculty of Montclair State University and the roster of Young Audiences of New Jersey in a string quartet program. She has also served Young Audiences as a teaching artist working with young soloists from the radio program From the Top in presentations in public schools. An inventor as well as a cellist, she received a United States Patent for a portable endpin resonating platform for the cello and has designed a stool for students which helps address posture issues.
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.
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.
Elzbieta Weyman – Viola
Elzbieta Weyman joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as Assistant Principal Viola. A native of Newton, MA, Weyman began studying violin at age 4 and switched to viola at 13, studying with Boston Symphony member Michael Zaretsky. She continued her musical education at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and Michael Tree. Weyman was a member of the New World Symphony, an orchestral training program for postgraduate musicians, from 2011–13. Weyman has made several solo and chamber music appearances. She performed Walton’s Viola Concerto at the Aspen Music Festival under the baton of Leonard Slatkin in 2007 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Juilliard Orchestra with conductor Xian Zhang in 2010. In addition to the Aspen Music Festival, she has participated in many summer festivals, including La Jolla Summerfest, Saito-Kinen Music Festival and, most recently, the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
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.