Calidore String Quartet

(Dec 26-28)

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.

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WindSync

(Dec 30-Jan 1)

 

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 Ann Wood and Kay & Randall Dean.

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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 Jill Winter and Nancy Rose, in memory of Jack Rose.

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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.

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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.

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Martin Chalifour, violin

(Dec 27-28)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Brian 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.

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Chizuko Ishikawa, viola

(Dec 27)

Chizuko Ishikawa began her musical studies at the age of 3 and graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. She went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and the Royal College of Music in London. During her time in London, Ms Ishikawa enjoyed diverse and successful career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. She has worked with extensive array of orchestras and ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Classical Players, the New London Consort and the King’s Consort. 

Ms. Ishikawa’s appearance made possible by a generous donation from a friend of  the RCO.

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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 Pat & Mark MacDonald.

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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.

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Peter Lenz, cello

(Dec 31-Jan 1)

native of Reno, Peter Lenz began his musical studies at the age of 6, with the cello becoming Peter’s primary instrument at age 10. Peter studied with Geoff Rutkowski, Louis Richmond, Bill Konney, and his brother, John Lenz, through college and graduate school.

Peter 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 a soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic and other regional orchestras.  He has performed chamber music with musicians including violinists Bella Hristova and James Buswell, violist Molly Carr and cellist Wendy Warner.  Peter performs on a Simone Fernando Sacconi cello.

Mr. Lenz’s appearance made possible by a generous donation from Cleta Dillard and Jim Mitchell.

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Clive Greensmith, NCMF Artistic Director, cello

 

From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha, and Emanuel Ax.

Formerly the principal cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and violinist Martin Beaver.

Mr. Greensmith has given guest performances at prominent festivals worldwide. In North America he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Fest, and the Ravinia Festival. He is a regular guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will undertake a national tour with Paul Huang, Wu Han, and Matthew Lipman in 2020. Internationally he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. As a soloist, Clive Greensmith has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome among others. 

Read Mr. Greensmith's extensive bio here...

Mr. Greensmith's appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Bill Douglass.

 

 

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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 Jim & Mary Ann Kidder.

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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 and Robert Fox.

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Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

 

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. 

Mr. Vanhauwaert’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Jim and Jane Nichols.

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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 CJ Walters.

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Ian Pritchard, harpsichord

(Dec 27)

 

Ian Pritchard, harpsichordist, organist, and musicologist, is a specialist in early music and historical keyboard practices. He has performed with many leading early music ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Florilegium.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Pritchard has collaborated with leading figures in early music, including Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Elizabeth Wallfisch, and Rachel Podger, and has won prizes in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, London (first prize), the P. Bernardi Competition in Bologna, and in the Bruges Competition.

Mr. Pritchard began playing the harpsichord at the age of 13, beginning studies in his native Los Angeles with Susanne Shapiro. He earned his Bachelor in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, and the prestigious DipRam award during studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He appears frequently with many of the leading Southern California ensembles such as the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale, and Musica Angelica. He has also performed as a concerto soloist with the LA Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Pritchard’s appearance made possible by a generous donation from Marilyn and Darrell Craig.

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Marina Roznitovsky Oster, harp

(Dec 27, Jan 1)

A native of Ukraine and raised in Israel, Marina started musical training at the age of 5. She focused on the harp at the age of 12, giving her first concerto performance just a year later. She has performed with professional orchestras in Europe and in the US, and some of her performances were broadcast on national Israeli and US television and radio. She studied with several world-known harpists and received her three degrees in Harp Performance from Indiana University, under distinguished professor Susann McDonald. She is currently teaching at the University of Nevada Reno and operates a large private studio. Marina is the principal harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic.

Ms. Oster’s appearance made possible by a generous donation from Steve and Kathie Jenkins.

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