St. Lawrence String Quartet
December 11, 2002
Created in Toronto in the fall of 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet combines the musical talents of Lesley Robertson, Marina Hoover, Geoff Nuttall, and Barry Shiffman. The ensemble has won numerous awards, as well as played in Brazil, Australia, Asia, and throughout Europe and North America. The quartet has also preformed at festivals around the nation, including Mostly Mozart, Spoleto USA, Newport, Santa Fe, and La Jolla, and by invitation for former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton.
" A thunderous announcement of musical individuality." - The New York Times
March 12, 2003
Since its formation in 1988, The Guild Trio, whom the Washington Post called "a model of effortless and seamless ensemble playing," has become one of the premier ensembles of its generation. The trio's international performing career has spanned the globe from Turkey to Australia, and its North American schedule has taken them to major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Guild Trio won the prestigious USI Artistic Ambassador Competition and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center. The trio, comprised of Cheryl Tschanz, Janet Orenstein, and Brooks Whitehouse, is frequently featured on NPR's Performance Today and has appeared on WNYC's Around New York, and WQXR's The listening Room. They have also appeared on the public television series Premiere Performances out of St. Louis
" ...the (Guild) Trio captured the audience in an irresistible sweep of sound..the encoe was simply exquisite..." - Palm Beach Daily News
April , 2003
Robert McDuffie has appeared as a soloist with many of the major orchestras in America, Germany, Italy, and Australia. He will also be performing this season in the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, and Croatia, and at the Caramoor and Aspen Music festivals. McDuffie is a Grammy nominated artist whose acclaimed recordings include the violin concertos o Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, and Rozsa, as well as Viennese favorites. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the "Ladenburg." This gifted musician has been profiled on NBC's Today, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS's Charlie Rose, A&E Breakfast with the Arts, and has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He ahs also served as a commentator for National Public Radio.
"one of America's best young violinists." - USA Today
January 15, 2003
Hailed by the New York Times as, "an absolutely first-rate player, flutist Marina Piccinini has earned an international reputation for her brilliant virtuosity, captivation presence, and tremendous range of tonal colors. She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and is a frequent guest at music festivals throughout the world. The first and only flutist ever to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Piccinini was also the First Prize Winner at the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada and New York's Concert Guild International Competition, and was named "young artist to watch" by Musical America.
" Maria Piccinini's superb abilities all came to the surface, including her mastery of technique, an awesome sense of musicality and tryly excellent vibrato that made way for one new tone color after another." - Palm Beach Daily News
February 12, 2003
Pianist Mari Kodama has established an international reputation since her debut in Japan at the age of seventeen, performing in concert and in recital in Europe. Highlights of her recent seasons include performances at the Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival. She ahs also been heard at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and at the Ravini, Aspen Music, and Midsummer Mozart festivals. Kodama has won prizes at the international competitions of Jeunesse Musicale de Suisse, Viotti-Valsesia, Citta di Senigallia and F. Busoni in Bolzano.
"...(kodama has) an elegant touch, and admirable sense of clarity and a rhythmic scrupulousness..." - the Los Angeles Times