Nevada Chamber Music Festival 2019


16th Annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival
December 26, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Clive Greensmith, Artistic Director

Nevada welcomes acclaimed cellist and chamber musician Clive Greensmith in his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Since being named to the position in January 2019, Greensmith has been crafting a week of chamber music which honors the history of the festival while bringing a new range of talented performers to Northern Nevada. This year’s festival will feature a guest ensemble for the first time, as well as new concert experiences throughout the holiday season. 

Mr. Clive’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from William Douglass.




Martin Chalifour—Violin


Chalifour has held the prestigious post of Principal Concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic since 1995. The recipient of numerous honors and grants, Chalifour has played hundreds of concerto performances under conductors including Boulez, Dutoit, and Eschenbach. 

Mr. Chalifour’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Lillian & Stephen Frank.


Ruth Lenz—Violin


Dr. Lenz is concertmaster of the RCO and the Reno Philharmonic, and performs as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician in venues across the western United States. Dr. Lenz has played with the Barth, La Musica, Sunriver, and Spoleto Festivals, among others. Dr. Lenz plays a Simone Fernando Sacconi violin. 

Dr. Lenz’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Heidemarie Rochlin.

Dustin Budish—Viola


A founding member of the Mephisto Quartet, Budish has performed alongside members of the Cavani, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Cleveland Quartets. Budish is a member of the RCO, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and substitutes with the San Francisco Symphony. 

Mr. Budish’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Cecilia Lee.

Brian (Che-Yen) Chen—Viola


Heralded for finding “the humanity hidden in the music,” Chen won first prize in the London International String Quartet Competition and in the Primrose International Viola Competition. Chen founded the Formosia Chamber Music Festival, an intensive chamber music training program. Chen is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, Camera Lucida, and The Myriad Trio.

Mr. Chen’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Mary & John Tozzi.

Dmitri Atapine—Cello


Described by Gramophone as a having “brilliant technical chops,” Atapine won top prizes at the Plowman, New England, and the Premio Virrorio Gui chamber competitions, as well as multiple awards in solo cello competitions. An avid chamber musician, Atapine performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, among others. 

Mr. Atapine’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Patricia (Pat) & Mark MacDonald.

Scott Faulkner—Double Bass


Founding executive director of the NCMF, and currently Principal Bass of the RCO and Reno Phil, Faulkner is dedicated to supporting the arts. He chaired Ford Made in America, served on the board of the League of American Orchestras, and is faculty at Essentials of Orchestra Management. Faulkner plays a 1735 Hornsteiner-Mittenwald bass. 

Mr. Faulkner’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Trudy Larson & Ron Luschar and James (Jim) & Mary Ann Kidder.

Ya-Fei Chuang—Piano


Alfred Brendel has praised Ya-Fei Chuang as “a pianist of extraordinary ability, intelligence, sensitivity and command . . . approaching the height of her powers.” Chuang has performed at international festivals including Bach (Leipzig), Beethoven (Warsaw), Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Gilmore, Newport, Ravinia, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Taipei; and performed with orchestras in Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Israel, Malaysia, and Tokyo, among others.  Classical Music Journal, Luxembourg, called her newly released Chopin/Liszt double CD “…masterful…thrilling…phenomenal”; and her recording of Hindemith chamber works was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review.

Ms. Chuang’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Barbara Fox.


James Winn—Piano


Dr. Winn is a member of Argenta, UNR’s resident ensemble, and is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Dr. Winn has premiered and recorded many new music works, ‘including those of 13 Pulitzer Prize ‘winners. Dr. Winn is a frequent guest with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Cactus Pear and La Musica Festivals, among others. 

Mr. Winn’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Fred & Kathy Jakolat and Cathy Chapman-Walters.

Steven Vanhauwaert—Piano


Generously sponsored by Jane & Jim Nichols, Vanhauwaert is hailed for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure, and monster technique, and has appeared in solo recitals in the world’s leading venues, as well as performing with the Pacific Symphony, Flemish Symphony, Lviv Philharmonic, and Prima la Musica. Vanhauwaert is he recipient of the Maurice Lefranc award, the Galiot Prize, and Grand Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. 


Chad Hoopes—Violin


Recipient of the Avery Fischer Career Grant, Hoopes is acclaimed for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone. Hoopes performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, and served as Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence. He plays a Zygmuntowicz, ex Isaac Stern violin. 

Mr. Hoopes’ appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Nancy Rose and Jill Winter.

Kristin Lee—Violin


A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, Lee has captivated audiences with her versatility and technique. Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music. Current projects include Americana, focusing on composers and works celebrating the rich history of American music. 

Ms. Lee’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Judith Simpson.

Blake Pouliot—Violin


Recognized for his bold stage presence and sensitive yet commanding artistry, Pouliot is one of Canada’s eminent young artists. Pouliot has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, and Bulgaria Orchestra. He performs on a 1729 Guarneri del Gesu, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. 

Mr. Pouliot’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Holly Walton-Buchanan & Kel Buchanan.

Oliver Herbert—Cello


Renown for his individual style and ability to make his cello sing, Herbert received the Pablo Casals prize and top prizes at international string and cello competitions, Herbert was recently featured with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others. Herbert performs on a 1769 Guadagnini cello on loan from the Janigro family. 

Mr. Herbert’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Judith Strasser & Les Cohen.


Calidore String Quartet

Calidore string Quartett Photo: Marco Borggreve

Founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet has won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competition, and was a recipient of the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Calidore String Quartet’s appearance made possible by a generous donation from Gail & Jack McAllister and Jennifer Smith & John Thayer.


WindSync is a quintet of wind musicians coming together to create intimate, joyful, and thoughtful concerts programmed with people and places in mind. Recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff competitions, WindSync has performed at the Met Museum, the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Schubert Club.

WindSync’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Cathy Chapman-Walters.

Artists and repertoire subject to change.