Yabing Tan, Violin
Violinist Yabing Tan, born 1990 in Hunan Province, China, has performed as a soloist throughout China, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Yabing started playing violin at the age of six in her native Guangdong Province. She was soon discovered by the legendary Chinese pedagogue Professor Lin Yaoji, of Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, enrolling after two years in the middle school of the Central Conservatory.
Yabing was chosen by the Central Conservatory for the school's 2006 DVD production of Jeno Hubay's Carmen Fantasy, and she was selected to represent the Central Conservatory in the Morningside Musical Bridge International Festival in Calgary, Canada. She has also attended the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing as a scholarship recipient every summer since 2006.
Yabing was awarded a Starling Scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. She has been selected to play in master classes led by David Kim, Midori Goto, Vadim Repin, Viviane Hagner, and Yair Kless, among many others. In 2009, Ms. Tan attended the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum at the University of Salzburg and in Cervo, Italy. That same year, she was awarded the First Prize of the Central Conservatory of Music’s “Chausson Poeme” Competition and performed with the CCM concert orchestra. Yabing is the youngest concertmaster of CCM Philharmonia. She was selected as one of six finalists in the 3rd China International Violin Competition in 2011.
After completing her Bachelor of Music degree, Ms. Tan moved on to her Master’s as a teaching assistant under University of Cincinnati professor Kurt Sassmannshaus. In 2012, Ms. Tan was asked to perform the Paganini Caprices for solo violin in collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet for its “Kaplan New Works Series”; the program later toured to New York’s Joyce Theater, where her performance received wide praise. She released her first solo album, The Great Wall Classic, the same year.
Recently, Ms. Tan was selected to compete in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, winning the special prize of “The Best Interpretation of Paganini Caprices.” She was also selected as a semifinalist in the 2016 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Ms. Tan is currently a Starling Fellow and a DMA student at the USC Thornton School of Music, while studying with the noted violinist Midori Goto.
Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin
Karen Bentley Pollick joined the Paul Dresher Ensemble in 1999 and champions a wide range of solo repertoire and styles on violin, viola, piano, and Norwegian hardangerfele. She studied with Camilla Wicks in San Francisco and attended Indiana University, where she received both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees and studied with Yuval Yaron and Josef Gingold. Recordings on her own label, Ariel Ventures, were honored at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. With Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov she has recorded <amberwood>, Homage to Fiddlers, and Russian Soulscapes. Karen has performed throughout the U.S. and the Czech Republic and at the American Academy of Rome.
Serving as concertmaster of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Kammerorchester, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the New York String Orchestra, Karen has performed at the June in Buffalo Conference, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Olympic Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, the Amelia Island Festival, the Next Generation Festival, the American Spring Festival, the Canberra Festival, the Huddersfield Festival, the Music Olomouc Festival, and the Permainu Muzika Contemporary Music Festival. She has also appeared as guest artist with Opus Posthumous from Moscow, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.
Karen premiered Ole Saxe’s Dance Suite with the Redwood Symphony, received a grant from the NEA for Solo Violin and Alternating Currents, and launched Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity with New York video artist Sheri Wills. She performs on a violin made in 1860 by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume and on a viola made in 1987 by William Whedbee, and she resides in Evergreen, Colorado, and in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she debuted in the program "Resonances from Vilna" with pianist Jascha Nemtsov in May 2014 and presented Climate Change Theatre Action “Nothing Is Forever” with director Aiste Ptakauske. Karen currently tours with Australian pianist Lisa Moore and the Paul Dresher Double Duo.
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Nicholas Carthy, Conductor
Nicholas Carthy, CU Opera Music Director, studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Mary Peppin and John York, and in 1981 won an Austrian government scholarship to study at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Hans Leygraf. After completing his studies he was offered a post as Kapellmeister at the Landestheater in Salzburg, where he made his operatic debut conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. During this time he was also an assistant at the Salzburg Festival, working closely with both Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti.
From 1990 until 1993 Carthy was assistant to Daniel Barenboim, working on the Erato recording of Don Giovanni in Berlin, at the Chicago Symphony for the Mozart/DaPonte series, in Le Châtelet in Paris (Wozzeck), and in Bayreuth.
In June 1992, Nicholas Carthy was appointed Musical Director of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Under his stewardship the orchestra received invitations to perform at the Lucerne Festival, the Concertgebouw, and the Goldener Musikvereinssaal in Vienna. Carthy has conducted opera productions in Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Winterthur, Milan, Rome, Naples, Eugene, and Tel Aviv. His repertoire ranges from Mozart to the contemporary. He conducted the first performances of Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face in Sweden, Israel, Switzerland, and Italy. A critical review in Opera magazine described the first performance in Italy as being “conducted with brilliant musicality.”
As a guest conductor Nicholas Carthy has worked with orchestras such as Camerata Academica Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra RAI di Torino, Orchestra San Carlo di Napoli, Accademia Filarmonica Roma, Orchestra Teatro Reggio Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica del Piemonte, L’Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra di Padua e del Veneto, Pomeriggi Musicale di Milano, Wiener Volksopernorchester, the Israel Contemporary Players, Stadtorchester Winterthur, RSO Prague, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Orquesta de San Sebastian, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, where he collaborated closely with Luciano Berio on several projects. He has worked with distinguished soloists including Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larrocha, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova, Waltraud Meier, Daniela Barcellona, Robert Dean Smith, and Wolfgang Holzmair.
Besides his activities as a conductor, Nicholas Carthy is a much-sought-after accompanist. He has performed in many of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bolshoi Theatre, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, La Scala, La Fenice, Santa Cecilia, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and the Berlin State Opera. He has also performed at festivals including Salzburg, Bad Kissingen, München, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
Carthy’s work as a musical educator has taken him all over the world. From 1996 to 2002 he was a guest professor at the opera school in Stockholm, and he is Musical Director of the Portland State University Summer Programme, Professor of Music and Opera Music Director at the University of Colorado, and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. Carthy gives master classes in opera schools and conservatories throughout Europe and the U.S. and conducts youth orchestra seminars in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Norway. He also sits on the jury of several international piano and singing competitions. Nicholas Carthy broadcasts regularly as conductor and pianist.
Lindsay Deutsch, Violin
With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist Lindsay Deutsch has emerged as a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. Described by the L.A. Times as having “the technical equipment and temperament for a big career,” she has thrilled audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship.
Selected by Symphony and Strad magazines as an “Up and Coming Young Musician,” Ms. Deutsch has become a sought-after soloist and entertainer. Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Lindsay: “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”
Ms. Deutsch’s Project: CLASSIFIED is gaining significant attention with classical music presenters as well as with local clubs, theatres, and pop music series. Project: CLASSIFIED targets the most recent generations of Americans who have not grown up with an appreciation for or knowledge of classical music. Offering a mixture of classical and crossover music, dressed down and performed in a familiar setting—such as a bar, restaurant, club, or outdoor venue—Ms. Deutsch is paving the way for today’s artists to reach a whole new generation of audience members. This “one-woman show” has reinvented the traditional classical violin recital by featuring the great classical repertoire alongside her own unique arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, and rock.
Lindsay’s down-to-earth and humorous conversations, in addition to her amazing violinistic abilities, bridge the classical and popular aspects of music, resulting in an astounding performance of virtuosity, groove, elegance, and energy. She frequently appears as guest soloist with American and Canadian symphonies. Her recent orchestral engagements include the Colorado, Fort Worth, Missoula, New West, Las Cruces, Pensacola, Irving, Cape, Knoxville, South Carolina, and West Virginia Symphonies as well as the Los Angeles, McGill, Portland, and Boulder Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Deutsch’s performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program.
Ms. Deutsch’s movie credits include playing the solo-violin sound track for the movie The Good Shepherd, starring Robert De Niro. She feels strongly that the young people of today need to have opportunities to be exposed to the world of classical music. In 2007, Lindsay and her sister, Lauren, co-founded a nonprofit organization, the Classics Alive Foundation (www.classicsalive.org), dedicated to building classical music audiences. The Youth Orchestra Residency Program, now in its fourth year, has grown into a popular nationwide program for youth orchestras in which Ms. Deutsch is actively involved.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Deutsch has collaborated with such musicians as Gil Shaham, Jeffrey Kahane, ChoLiang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Chee-Yun, Alisa Weilerstein, Gary Hoffman, and the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Ms. Deutsch received her education from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied under Robert Lipsett. She performs on an 1845 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.
Chloe Trevor, Violin
Silver medalist of the 2008 Ima Hogg Competition, Chloé Trevor, is one of the rising stars on today’s international violin scene. Critics have acclaimed Chloé for her “dazzling technique”, “excellent musicianship”, “huge tone”, “poise and professional grace”, and “bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability”. She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.
Chloé was the Grand Prize winner at the 2006 Lynn Harrell Competition, the 2005 Lennox Competition, the 2003 Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition and the 2000 Collin County Young Artists Competition. She has been a featured violinist in the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. At age thirteen she appeared on the nationally syndicated radio program From the Top.
In 2004, Chloé appeared as a soloist with the Lutoslawski Filharmonie (Poland), the Teplice Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Muncie Symphony and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. She was also invited as a soloist in the 2004 Young Prague Spring Festival to give recitals and perform the Mendelssohn Concerto in and around Prague.
More recent performances included a tour with the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony and Prokofiev's 2nd Concerto both at Sala São Paulo in Brazil and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as a result of winning the Cleveland Institute of Music's Concerto Competition.
She went on to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony and recitals at the Music in the Mountains Festival with pianist David Korevaar. She opened the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's 2010-11 season with the Barber Violin Concerto and the Missouri Symphony’s “Hot Summer Nights” 2011 Opening Gala with the Brahms Concerto. She returned to perform the Beethoven Concerto with the Knoxville Symphony for their Diamond anniversary season.
In 2013, Chloé performed the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Missouri Symphonyand was a guest soloist with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic for their annual Christmas concert. In November 2014, the Dallas Morning News described Chloé as an artist “supplying tonal refinement, technical facility and natural musicality” in her performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Upcoming engagements include performances with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, as well as her first tour of Australia in August 2015.
Chloé was introduced to the violin at age 2 by her mother, Heidi Trevor Itashiki, Dallas Symphony violinist. She later studied with Arkady Fomin, Dallas Symphony violinist and Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas. Chloé has made numerous appearances on the concert stage with her father, internationally recognized conductor and teacher, Kirk Trevor. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David and Linda Cerone, and her graduate degree as a scholarship student at Rice University studying with Kenneth Goldsmith. Chloé plays on a Carlos Landolfi violin made in Italy in 1771 and a bow by Etienne Pajeot.
Jonathan Tsay, Piano
Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Jonathan started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Carol Leone, Jonathan earned a Bachelors of Music with Honors at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). While at SMU, he was the recipient of the van Katwijk Award, the Roy and Sue Johnson Award, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Award. Jonathan entered l’Université de Montréal in 2005 as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and through an accelerated program received his doctorate in 2009.
Jonathan has participated in the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Le Centre d’arts Orford in Quebec, and the Banff International Keyboard Festival. Through these institutes Jonathan has received instruction from some of the premier musicians from around the world, including Joaquín Achúcarro, Boris Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Boris Petrushansky, Abbey Simon, Arnold Steinhardt, and Tamas Ungar.
Jonathan has remained active as a chamber musician; of an appearance in a concert with violinist Stirling Trent, Scott Cantrell (The Dallas Morning News) writes: “Their impeccable performance... was the afternoon’s highlight.” Jonathan has collaborated with some of the world's most recognized musicians such as Alessandra Marc, Chee-Yun, Nathan Olson (Co-Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic). Jonathan has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change and the Avant Chamber Ballet. Jonathan currently is the Artistic Director of ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas.
First prize in the 4th annual Concours de musique de Repentigny (2006), Jonathan made his Canadian solo debut during the following concert season. He was a top prizewinner in the collegiate division of the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award, and was also a top prizewinner in both solo and concerto divisions of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) piano competitions. He is also the winner of the South Central division of the 2004-2005 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano competition and was a national finalist. Performances in 2016 include performances for Fine Arts Chamber Players, Blanco Performing Arts, and a solo recital tour of Taiwan in December.
Jonathan’s other musical backgrounds include violin studies with Irene Lau, percussion studies with Joey Carter, composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting lessons with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips. Jonathan served as pianist, violinist, violist, and percussionist for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, where he also won the Young Artists’ Award.
Jonathan has composed scores to multiple documentaries; most recently he wrote music for Parker Brown’s exploration into college smoking entitled DRAG, which can be found on internet podcasts and public broadcasts throughout the US. Jonathan's recordings can be found in Brahms - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, published by Amadeus Press and available on amazon.com. A CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide May 2009.
Rony Barrak, Percussion
Internationally renowned Lebanese percussionist and composer Rony Barrak held his Darbouka (Middle Eastern tabla) at the tender age of four and began playing it intuitively. Led by early self-confidence, he made his first TV performance at the age of seven and then proceeded to improve his skills through school and family performances. At the age of seventeen, Rony distinguished himself in the world of music by winning the Gold Medal in a competition for talented young musicians in Lebanon and the Middle East televised by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI). This achievement encouraged him to unleash the Darbouka from the chains of its long-standing traditional context and explore its full potential. In 1990 he moved to London, where he studied orchestral percussion and drum kit at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; later he taught Middle Eastern Percussion at Trinity College of Music. Rony became a British citizen in 2000 and has dual citizenship in Lebanon and the U.K.
Blending eastern and western flavors, Rony is a versatile percussionist, composer, pianist, and arranger. He plays and composes his own fusion style—a colorful blend of Arabic, Latin, Jazz, funk, New Age, and chill-out. In addition to being the world's leading Darbouka player, he assembled his own unique percussion set. He incorporated into his performances fascinating instruments such as car parts, demonstrating an uncanny ability to create rare, exciting combinations out of found objects.
Rony’s love for classical music propelled him to compose symphonic pieces, taking his effort to bring together eclectic music traditions to the next level. Since 2009 he has written and premiered three compositions—dramatic, graceful, and spontaneous symphonic poems featuring his Darbouka—in the U.S. and Germany. Over the years, he has performed as a Darbouka soloist with many world-renowned symphony orchestras and conductors. He has also achieved breakthrough success since 2005 as a soloist with Symphonic Game Music Concerts produced by Thomas Böcker (Merregnon Studios) and with PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, receiving sponsorship from companies such as Electronic Arts for multiple game concerts. Subsequently, Rony was featured prominently in five video-game music albums.
Rony makes regular appearances on television and radio shows in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East, including interviews and solo performances, consistently demonstrating a strong rapport with worldwide audiences. In addition, he served as the Musical Director and Composer for a Saturday-night television show (Iktachafna el Baroud) on LBCI TV-Lebanon in 2006 and on “What the Viewers Want” on MBC TV in 1997.
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