Artistic Director, Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Clive Greensmith was the principal cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the cellist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet for 15 years, from 1999 until 2013. As a member of the quartet, he gave more than 100 performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, South Bank Centre in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein in Vienna, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
During a career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Greensmith has built up a catalog of landmark recordings, collaborated with International Artists, and noteworthy solo performances.
Deeply committed to the mentoring and development of young musicians, Mr. Greensmith has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In addition to a 15-year residency with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale University, Mr. Greensmith has served as a member of the faculty at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Northern College of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. He joined the faculty of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in 2013 as Professor of Cello and served as Co-Director of String Chamber Music Studies from 2013–2018. Students of Mr. Greensmith have gone on to secure major positions in orchestras throughout the world and have won a number of prestigious awards. In 2015, he was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen.
Mr. Greensmith has served as the NCMF’s Artistic Director since 2019.
Praised by the Cincinnati Enquirer as “a leader of exceptional musical gifts, who has a clear technique on the podium and an impressive rapport with audiences,” Maestro Kelly Kuo brings a dynamic versatility and nuance to a diverse repertoire, which includes nearly 100 operas and an expansive symphonic repertoire as well. Currently Music Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director and Conductor of Oregon Mozart Players and Associate Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater, his recent engagements have included productions with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Orlando, and the Brevard Music Center, and concerts with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunriver Music Festival, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Ballet Fantastique.
In 2008, Maestro Kuo became the first conductor of Asian descent to lead a performance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, making his company debut with Porgy and Bess. He has since returned to lead the Chicago premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and performances featuring artists of the Ryan Opera Center. Upcoming engagements include a return to Opera Columbus, his debut with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and leading workshops for American Lyric Theater.
An Oregon native and recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistant Award for young conductors, Kuo continues to concertize as a keyboardist as the only pianist to have studied with two pupils of the Russian virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz.
Ruth Lenz is concertmaster of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic. She performs as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in venues throughout the United States. She has shared the stage with such notable performers as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Luciano Pavarotti and Natalie Cole. In addition to the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Ruth has participated in the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, CO; Kammermusiktage (Germany); Mayshad Festival (Morocco); La Musica, FL; Sunriver, OR; Classical Tahoe, NV; Festival Napa, CA; and Spoleto Festival USA, SC.
Ruth began her violin studies with her mother at age 2, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno studying with Phillip Ruder, and her Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. In addition to performing, Dr. Lenz has a passion for teaching and maintains a large studio of violin and chamber music students. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian and outdoor enthusiast. Ruth Lenz plays a Simone Fernando Sacconi violin.
Dustin Budish is the Principal Violist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, where he also serves as Personnel Manager, and Principal Violist of the Reno Philharmonic. A native of Reno, after graduating from the Washoe County School District, he went on to study at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute with Jeffrey Irvine for which he received his Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance and then received his MM with honors at the New England Conservatory with Martha Katz. While in school, Mr. Budish was a founding member of the Mephisto Quartet, which worked with and performed alongside members of the Cavani, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Cleveland Quartets, and received the Russell Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2001. He has performed at the Ravinia, Norfolk, and Cactus Pear Music Festivals, and in 2005 was invited to Israel to perform with Maxim Vengerov’s Mozart Project with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the New World Symphony, Mr. Budish was featured as soloist with the orchestra as a winner of the annual concerto competition. He is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is also a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony.
Described as a cellist whose “playing is highly impressive throughout” (The Strad), DMITRI ATAPINE has appeared at leading venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. He regularly preforms with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a frequent guest at festivals including Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, La Musica Sarasota, Cactus Pear, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh, and Aix-en-Provence.
Mr. Atapine’s many awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International Cello, and the Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, the St. Lawrence and Miró quartets. Mr. Atapine’s recordings, including a world-premiere of works by Lowell Liebermann, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, BlueGriffin and Bridge record labels.
Cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and artistic director of Apex Concerts, Mr. Atapine holds a doctorate from the Yale School of Music where he was a student of Aldo Parisot.
John Lenz, virtuoso performer on both cello and horn, is both soloist and regular member of a number of regional orchestras, playing both instruments as Principal. Lenz has been principal Cellist with the Telluride Chamber Players, the Nevada Opera, and the Argenta Quartet. He is the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Hornist, and serves in that position with the Reno Philharmonic, and the Great Basin Brass as well.
Lenz holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and has been a professor of music at UNR.
Peter Lenz joined the Reno Chamber Orchestra in 1976, and became principal cellist in 1983. He also was awarded the principal cello position with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982. Peter has performed as principal cellist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and as soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Reno Philharmonic among others.
He has performed with Bella Hristova, James Buswell, Phillip Ruder, Molly Carr, Dustin Budish, Wendy Warner, and James Winn. Peter has shared the stage with Leonard Nimoy, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, The Captain and Tennille, Dean Martin, Luciano Pavarotti, and Itzhak Perlman.
Scott Faulkner is principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, where he was previously executive director and is a founding member of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Faulkner has served on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, and is on the faculty of the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar. He chaired the national committee for Ford Made in America and has served as a grant panelist for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. He authored the entry on Reno, Nevada for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his ‘impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique’, Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Vanhauwaert has appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall, National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. He has appeared with the Pacific Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Flemish Symphony and the Kyiv Kamerata.
James Winn is piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the Munich Competition. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
He has received an Artist Fellowship from the Nevada State Council of the Arts and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
The Alameda Quartet was founded in 2020 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California. Violinists Gallia Kastner and Adam Millstein, violist Cassia Drake, and cellist Nathan Mo met and began playing together as Conservatory students at Colburn. With a focus on creative programming, the Alameda Quartet has frequently collaborated with the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices. The purpose of this initiative is to promote and perform music by composers suppressed as a result of Nazi policies from 1933-1945. As a result the quartet has performed and recorded chamber music by Erwin Schulhoff and Mieczsław Weinberg.
In addition to being passionate chamber musicians, the Alameda Quartet members have also appeared as soloists and principal orchestra members with orchestras around the world. Members have collaborated with renowned artists such as Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, and James Conlon. This season they will be performing at the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Broad Stage, and Chigiana Summer Music Academy in Siena, Italy.
WindSync has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble. They won the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and were medalists at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. WindSync has appeared in recitals at the Met Museum, Ravinia, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, the quintet was invited by the Library of Congress to perform the world premiere of Paul Lansky’s “The Long and the Short of it,” commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.