PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Gabe Bolkosky

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Annie Fullard

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Anthea Kreston

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Peter Salaff

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Mari Sato

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Andrew Duckles

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Miriam Bolkosky

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Jason Duckles

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Avi Friedlander

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Melissa Kraut

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Merry Peckham

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Diana Gannett

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert

Vera Parkin

Sat

5/25/2013

7:30pm

Classical

PhoenixPhest Faculty Concert


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  • $15 General Admission
  • Gabe Bolkosky, violin
  • Annie Fullard, violin
  • Anthea Kreston, violin
  • Peter Salaff, violin
  • Mari Sato, violin
  • Andrew Duckles, viola
  • Miriam Bolkosky, cello
  • Jason Duckles, cello
  • Avi Friedlander, cello
  • Melissa Kraut, cello
  • Merry Peckham, cello
  • Diana Gannett, bass
  • Vera Parkin, piano

Event Details

PhoenixPhest is The Phoenix Ensemble's annual chamber music festival, now in its 13th year. This world-class faculty teaches in a noncompetitive, nurturing atmosphere. Hear this  one of a kind performance! For details click here.

PhoenixPhest participants receive two complimentary tickets to each concert. Quantity is limited; please call to reserve.

Program

Program includes the Brahms Sextet in B flat, Op. 18. Other works to be announced.

Gabe Bolkosky

Gabriel Bolkosky is the executive director and founding member of The Phoenix Ensemble. Through this organization and other projects, he has worked with great composers such as William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, George Tsontakis, Bernard Rands, Sydney Hodkinson, Derek Bermel, Ned McGowan and Christopher Rouse.

At the University of Michigan, Gabe studied violin with Paul Kantor, and jazz with Ellen Rowe and Ed Sarath. He also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Donald Weilerstein. Gabe maintains a strong interest across many musical genres and regularly performs in both classical and improvised settings.

Over the past decade, Gabe has devoted much of his time to working with young people. He has worked with thousands of students, teaching violin and improvisation. He has served as guest artist at many workshops and schools around the country including Harvard, Brandeis, Dartmouth, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Walden School and the Aspen Music Festival, where he played in the Contemporary Ensemble. He began teaching violin at the University of Michigan in 2009. For more information, see his web site: www.gabrielbolkosky.com

Annie Fullard

Annie Fullard is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet, which is a winner of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Cleveland Quartet Competition and the Banff, Fischoff and Carmel competitions. Ms. Fullard and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year 1989 and received the 1998 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the 2005 Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award and four Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Ms. Fullard has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including a Mozart 2006 tour of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Other appearances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam.

Deeply committed to arts education, Ms. Fullard has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities across the country. As member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Ms. Fullard in collaboration with her colleagues has developed the Apprentice Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT. Ms. Fullard is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and is currently visiting artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Fullard pursued additional studies at the Indiana University and Yale University. Her teachers and mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Earl Carlyss and Peter Salaff. A resident of Cleveland, Ms. Fullard has a son named Sam, a cat named Music, and four fish.
 

Anthea Kreston

Violinist Anthea Kreston has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including honors at the Melbourne and Banff International Competitions, the Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition. The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz-Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.” She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and tours actively with her piano trio, The Amelia Piano Trio. Anthea has won awards from Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abused children and AIDS patients in Hartford, CT.

The Amelia Piano Trio has enjoyed a busy performance schedule since its forming. One of the brightest young groups in America, the Trio was honored as a recipient of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. She has also enjoyed touring as part of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project, which brought her from Las Vegas to Kazakhstan.

Anthea holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is a professor of violin and viola at the Hartt School of Music. Anthea is actively involved with alternative music; she played in the Cleveland based rock band “Daria” for several years, and frequently performs with her violin and percussion duo, “Sweet Thunder”. Anthea can be heard on the labels New Tangent, Naxos, Cedille Records, Channel Classics, and Traditional Crossroads.

Peter Salaff

Peter Salaff was a founding member and second violinist of the Cleveland Quartet, which received a Grammy, seven Grammy nominations and “Best of the Year” awards from Time and Stereo Review for recordings of more than 50 chamber works. They also performed and toured the former Soviet Union, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and Israel, in addition to U.S. and Canadian tours. Mr. Salaff has served on the faculty at the University of Concepcion (Chile), Cleveland Institute of Music, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Eastman School of Music. He has also taught at Interlochen, Chamber Music in the Mountain at Echo Glen, Aspen Music Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, among others.

He has been a judge at many chamber music competitions, including the Yellow Springs Competition, the London International String Quartet Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Ensembles coached by Mr. Salaff have garnered prestigious international awards, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award, Banff International String Quartet Competition, Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, among others. These ensembles include the Anderson, Cavani, Chester, Colorado, Dakota, Franciscan, Lafayette, Lark, Lydian, Meliora, Rackham, and Ying Quartets.

Mr. Salaff was reappointed to the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty in September 1995 as director of string chamber music. He has also been a faculty member of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, since 1996.
 

Mari Sato

A native of Ontario, Canada, Mari Sato joined the Cavani String Quartet in 1995. Ms. Sato received her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the Cleveland Institute of Music and pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Her major teachers and mentors include Richard Lawrence, Ralph Aldrich, Julia Bushkova, David Cerone, David Updegraff, Paul Kantor, and Peter Salaff.

She is currently on the chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In her spare time, Ms. Sato enjoys cooking, jogging, and spending time with her husband and two children in Shaker Heights.

Andrew Duckles

Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles enjoys a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. From a very tall family of musicians, Andrew is the “runt” of the Duckles family, standing at a meager 6′4″. Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Mr. Duckles has made guest appearances as principal viola of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony and the New West Symphony. From 1999 to 2002, Andrew spent three seasons performing, recording, and touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Duckles appears regularly as a guest artist on a number of chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe and shares the stage frequently with the Alexander String Quartet. Andrew teaches viola and chamber music at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

As a recording artist, Mr. Duckles is featured on a number of studio albums, television and motion picture soundtracks. Andrew has been featured as a performer on television programs such as Saturday Night Live, The American Music Awards, The Grammys and the Tonight Show. Andrew has degrees from both the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory and is still working hard to pay back the small fortune he borrowed to pay for his musical education. His hobbies include cartooning, following international soccer and collecting great music. Andrew is married to culinary genius, master educator and French horn player extraordinaire Laura Strand. Together they live in Belmont Shore, California with their two sons.

Miriam Bolkosky

A native of Detroit, Miriam Bolkosky began her cello studies at the age of four and made her solo debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at fifteen. Ms. Bolkosky has performed extensively with the Boston Pops, National Lyric Opera, Berkshire Opera, New York City Opera National Company, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and Chicago‚Äôs Symphony II. The Washington Post applauded her performance as soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center as one filled with a “poignant beauty born of pathos.” Her recording of Donald McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata” can be heard on Albany Records. An active chamber musician, she has given numerous recitals including performances at Paul Hall, Harris Hall, the Cape May Festival, the Cayman International Chamber Music Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Ann Arbor based Phoenix and Cassini Ensembles, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, as well as Boston‚Äôs Radius Ensemble. She holds degrees from The University of Michigan and The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Solow, Erling Blondal Bengtsson, and Alan Harris.

Ms. Bolkosky has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Montclair University, and the Suzuki School of Newton. She currently freelances and teaches in Boston.

Jason Duckles

Jason Duckles has an active life as a soloist and chamber musician. Jason has received numerous awards for his chamber collaboration, such as grand prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and top prize in the Munich ARD International Competition. Jason is a founding member of the Amelia Piano Trio. Jason has also been a member of the Avalon String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has appeared frequently as the cellist for the Mark Morris Dance Group which tours throughout the United States and Europe.

The Amelia Trio maintains a busy performance schedule, which has brought them throughout North America and Europe. Recently, National Public Radio invited the trio to spend a week in their headquarters in Washington D.C. as a young ensemble in residence. The trio loves to expand the boundaries of classical music, and has created a new collaboration with the Sean Curran Dance Company. Dedicated to music of our time, Jason has commissioned works from many composers, including Pulitzer Prize Winner John Harbison. Jason is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and can be heard on the labels Sony, Naxos, Channel Classics, Traditional Crossroads, and Cedille Records.
 

Avi Friedlander

Avi Friedlander currently teaches at both Emory University in Atlanta and the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music performance degrees from The University of Michigan, and pursued his professional studies degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. A former Assistant Principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera and member of The New World Symphony, he also served as a substitute member of the Detroit Symphony and is currently a substitute member with the Alabama Symphony. Mr. Friedlander has also performed with The Columbus Symphony in Ohio, The Dayton Philharmonic and The Toledo Symphony. Mr. Friedlander is a former Adjunct Professor of Cello at both Andrews University in Michigan and Birmingham Southern College. He has been trained in Suzuki Method as a long term apprentice to Dr. Tanya Carey and in short term training with Pam Devenport and Gilda Barston. Mr. Friedlander has also been trained in Early Child Development for a Suzuki teacher with Ed Sprunger and teaching cello group classes with Carey Beth Hockett. His primary teachers have included Anthony Elliott, Stephen Geber, Tanya Carey and David Premo. He has also studied with Richard Aaron, Eric Kim, Yehuda Hanani, Hans Jensen, Mihael Mermegan, and Debra Fayroian.

Mr. Friedlander has participated in such music festivals as the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertoire Orchestra, Meadowmount School for Strings and National Orchestra Institute. Mr. Friedlander has performed in master classes with such cellist as Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, Steven Doane and Martin Meking. Mr. Friedlander has taught at workshops and festivals around the country including the Nashville Suzuki Workshop, Cincinnati Young Artist Workshop, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Workshop, Parker Elementary Workshop in Houston, Amarillo Suzuki Workshop, Eastern Tennessee Workshop, Birmingham Young Artist Workshop and Triada Music Festival.

Mr. Friedlander teaches at the New Mexico Suzuki Institute, New Orleans Suzuki Camp, Florida Suzuki Institute and Cincinnati Young Artist Workshop during the summers. Mr. Friedlander is the founder and director of STEP Birmingham and Birmingham Young Artist Workshop and holds an active studio in both Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA.

Melissa Kraut

Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Dr. Kraut holds degrees from CIM, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University, and has studied with Alan Harris and Hans-Jorgen Jensen. In addition, Dr. Kraut studied in the summers/masterclasses with cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Frank Miller, Yo-yo Ma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and David Soyer. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Europe. An active performer, Dr. Kraut has led a diverse career on stage, with solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe. She has held leadership positions in many orchestras, and has played under the baton of conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov. In the summer, she teaches at the Meadowmount School of Music, in upstate New York. Prior to teaching at Meadowmount, she was Cello Instructor and Head of Strings at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Kraut’s students have achieved great success, with top prizes in National and International competitions. Students of Dr. Kraut have won the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Hachioji, Japan, Grand Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association, Grand Prize in the Walgreen’s Competition, as well as prizes in many local and regional competitions. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her two daughters.

Merry Peckham

Merry Peckham is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet winner of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Ms. Peckham has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam.

Ms. Peckham has had the honor of performing with distinguished artists including members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence and Colorado String Quartets, the Weilerstein and Peabody Trios, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, Stephanie Blythe and Charles Neidich. Ms. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. Ms. Peckham and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year, received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award and five Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants.

Deeply committed to arts education, Ms. Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities all over the world. As part of a cultural exchange between The Perlman Music Program, the Chinese Government and the Committee of 100, Ms. Peckham taught and gave special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory and was featured in the documentary “Perlman in Shanghai” by Oscar winning director Allan Miller which ran on PBS in the U.S. As a member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Ms. Peckham in collaboration with her colleagues has developed the Apprentice Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT.

Ms. Peckham is Assistant Director of The Perlman Music Program, Director of the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program and is on the cello and chamber music faculties at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She is former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and is currently visiting-artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Ms. Peckham is the host for the radio program Offbeat which is aired weekly on WCLV, 104.9 FM.

She received her BM with honors from Indiana University and her MM degree from the Eastman School of Music and pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors include Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff and Toby Perlman. Ms. Peckham resides in Cleveland, OH with her family, Robin, Jordan and Alex and in her free time enjoys making glass beads, arranging music and playing her guitar.

Diana Gannett

Chair of strings and professor of double bass at the University of Michigan, Diana specializes in double bass. She has spent most of her professional life on the East Coast as teacher and performer. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the artists of the Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian, and Stanford Quartets and the Borodin Trio, as well as the Iowa Center for New Music, American Chamber Players, New Band, and the Oberlin Dance Collective. As a soloist, her programs have included over twenty contemporary premieres and several solo improvisations, as well as traditional repertoire. She is recorded on Irida records, has a solo CD titled Ladybass and a duo CD, Duetti Dolce. Previous appointments include the faculties of Yale University School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Hartt School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Connecticut, Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio, University of Iowa School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the University of South Florida. For many years she held the position of principal double bass at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her students have been winners in many solo competitions (ISB, ASTA, EMF, Aspen, and various regional competitions) and have also won positions in many fine professional orchestras and teaching institutions.
 

Vera Parkin

Vera has performed as a keyboardist in the St. Louis Symphony since 1987, participating in recordings, Carnegie Hall tours, Discovery and Pulitzer series contemporary concerts, and many Community Partnerships outreach concerts. In addition to experience as a Principal Keyboardist, she has worked in professional theatre and opera, is active as a pedagogue, arts administrator, chamber music and vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teaches theory and composition. As Artistic Director of the Webster University Community Music School Preparatory Program, she supervises the region’s most advanced young musicians. This work continues in the summer as Director of Student Life at the Innsbrook Institute and Festival. She received the BM and MM in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; undergraduate studies at Northwestern University; doctoral work at Washington University. Her teachers have included Gui Mombaerts, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seth & Maryse Carlin. She is a former Artist Presentations Society winner, former Principal Keyboardist with the Illinois Symphony, and extra keyboardist with the Memphis Symphony.