Clint Foreman, Flute

Clint Foreman joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute at the start of the 2011-12 season. Formerly a member of the New World Symphony, Clint has performed with the Houston Symphony, Austin Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and the Florida Grand Opera. He was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2005 and 2006 while concurrently pursuing doctoral studies in the studio of Leone Buyse at Rice University. Clint completed his Master of Music degree as a student of Linda Chesis at the Manhattan School of Music, and he received bachelor’s degrees in both music and music education from the University of North Texas where he studied with Mary Karen Clardy.

James Snider, French Horn

Jason Snider joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops as fourth horn in 2007. Prior to that he held positions as second horn with Lyric Opera of Chicago and associate principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Snider attended Northwestern University and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons. After graduating with honors, he earned his graduate degree at Rice University. Mr. Snider has performed with the Chicago and Houston Symphony orchestras, Houston Grand Opera, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Collage New Music. He has also played with such varied music festivals as Sun Valley, Grant Park, the Grand Tetons, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Jerusalem International Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria in Mexico City. Currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory and Boston University, Mr. Snider teaches and performs regularly in recitals and master classes.

Craig McNutt, Percussion

Known for his distinctive style and thoughtful musicianship, percussionist Craig McNutt has become a vital performer in the realm of percussion performance. He has been featured as a soloist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic (Russell Peck’s Harmonic Rhythm) and Collage New Music (Steven Mackey’s Micro-Concerto). He has collaborated with some of the most celebrated composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, John Cage, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, George Rochberg, Charles Fussell, John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, and Lee Hyla, and performed under the direction of many noted conductors, including James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Roger Norrington, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Robert Spano, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, and John Williams.

As a performer, Mr. McNutt has worked with virtually all of Boston’s major musical groups, including the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Cantata Singers, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. He is Principal Timpanist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and performs regularly as Principal Timpanist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and Opera Boston. In the contemporary music genre, Craig is a featured percussionist for Collage New Music and ALEA III, and has performed with Boston Musica Viva and Dinosaur Annex. Equally at home in the field of historical performance, he regularly performs on baroque timpani with the period instrument groups Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Cecilia.

A Massachusetts native, Mr. McNutt holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and Yale University, and has completed additional studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a two time alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has also spent summers studying at the Aspen Music Festival, and as a fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Currently Mr. McNutt teaches at The New England Conservatory Preparatory School, The Music School of The Rhode Island Philharmonic, andWellesleyCollege. He has also served on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music.

Christopher Oldfather, Piano

Christopher Oldfather has devoted himself to the performance of contemporary music for over twenty years. He has participated in innumerable world premiere performances, featuring every possible combination of instruments, in cities all over America. He has been a member of Collage New Music since 1979 and New York City’s Parnassus since 1997. He also performs with the Met Chamber Ensemble and is keyboard chair of the American Composers Orchestra. He appears regularly in Chicago and has joined singers and instrumentalists of all kinds in recitals throughout the United States. In 1986 he presented his recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, which then closed immediately for renovations. Since then he has pursued a career as a freelance musician, which has taken him as far afield as Moscow and Tokyo and has seen him play virtually every sort of keyboard ever made, including the Chromelodeon. He is widely known for his expertise on the harpsichord and is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary works for that instrument. As a soloist Mr. Oldfather has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. He has collaborated with the conductor Robert Craft and can be heard on several of his recordings. His recording of Elliott Carter’s violin-piano Duo with Robert Mann was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1990.

James Cooke, Violin

James Cooke received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree from Boston University. A member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, he studied violin with Joseph Silverstein, Denes Zsigmondy, and Malcolm Lowe. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1987, Mr. Cooke was an active member of Boston's musical community, performing with such ensembles as the Handel and Haydn Society, Alea III, SinfoNova, and the orchestra of the Boston Ballet.

Catherine French, Violin

Canadian violinist Catherine French, a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994, has established herself as a versatile and accomplished soloist and chamber musician in addition to her distinguished orchestral career. Ms. French garnered the grand prize at the Canadian Music Competition, the C.B.C. Radio Competition and the National Competitive Festival of Music,Canada’s three major music competitions. She has performed as soloist with many leading Canadian orchestras and given recitals throughout North America andArgentina. Ms. French was featured with the Juilliard Orchestra and James de Preist, the Boston Pops and John Williams, and at Carnegie Hall in her debut with David Gilbert.

Lauded for her “superbly lyric” playing and her “amazing level of artistry” by Strad Magazine, Ms. French is a dedicated member of the Calyx Piano Trio and Collage New Music. Her avid interest in chamber music has led to performances at the Marlboro, Banff, Pórtland and Carolina chamber music festivals, quartet tours of Germany and China and annual concerts as part of the Prelude series at Tanglewood and the Curtisville Consortium. Ms. French has recorded for Albany Records and is featured in Donald Sur’s Berceuse for Violin and Piano with pianist Christopher Oldfather.

Catherine French began Suzuki violin at age four then continued her studies under the esteemed Canadian pedagogue Dr. Lise Elson. Ms. French graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate, then earned a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Her teachers were Miriam Fried, Felix Galimir and Joel Smirnoff. Ms. French has played with Collage New Music since the mid-nineties.

Ronan Lefkowitz, Violin

Born in Oxford, England, Ronan Lefkowitz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1976. Mr. Lefkowitz is a graduate of Brookline High School and Harvard University. His most notable teachers include Gerald Gelbloom, Max Rostal, Louise Vosgerchian, Joseph Silverstein, and Szymon Goldberg. While in high school, he was concertmaster of and a frequent soloist with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was also concertmaster of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. In 1972 Mr. Lefkowitz won the Gingold-Silverstein Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he now coaches chamber music. In 1984, he helped establish and endow the Gerald Gelbloom Memorial Fellowship for a violin student each summer at the Tanglewood Music Center.

That same year, he was featured on the PBS television program "Evening at the Pops" as a soloist with three of his Boston Symphony colleagues in a performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins. In 1986, Mr. Lefkowitz joined the contemporary music group Collage New Music. That summer, he performed the American premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Chain 2 for Violinist and Chamber orchestra as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood; leading to performances of the piece in its Boston Symphony premiere under the composer’s direction in October 1990. In the spring of 1988 he was one of five Boston Symphony members, all Greater Boston Youth Symphony alumni, to take part as soloists in the world premiere of Peter Lieberson’s Gesar Legend, which was composed for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent concert engagements have included two performances with Yo-Yo Ma–a benefit at Harvard for Philips Brooks House and a Tanglewood performance of the Ives Piano Trio with pianist Gilbert Kalish. Most recently, Mr. Lefkowitz has been involved with the Terezín Chamber Music Foundation, directed by BSO colleague Mark Ludwig, which seeks to find, perform, and record music written in the early 1940s by such composers as Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, Viktor Ullmann, and Pavel Haas during their internment at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In addition, he has recently recorded two compact discs of chamber music by Arthur Foote and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor for Koch International with Harold Wright, Virginia Eskin, and the Hawthorne String Quartet, of which he is first violin.

Kathryn Sievers, Viola

Kathryn Sievers joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February 2018. Ms. Sievers was born in Boston to a family of scientists and grew up in the Marshall Islands. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale and a master of music degree from Juilliard, furthering her viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Influential teachers include Robert Vernon, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Erick Friedman. As a fellow at the New World Symphony Ms. Sievers won the concerto competition and performed Béla Bartók's final concerto with the orchestra. After completing her studies she embarked on an active freelance career, including work with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Ms. Sievers worked frequently as a substitute musician with the orchestra and was a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Each summer she can be heard at Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Oliver Aldort, Cello

Oliver Aldort joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section at the start of the 2015-16 season. Raised on Orcas Island in Washington State, he began his musical studies on cello and piano at the age of six. He gave his debut recital at age seven, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras since the age of ten. Among these were performances with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. Co-principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the 2013-14 season, he performed at the Verbier Festival Academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia. Mr. Aldort has appeared on KOMO TV’s Northwest Afternoon, NPR’s From the Top, and CBC Radio. He was also featured in the 2008 British TV documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies. He has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2007 MTNA Junior Competition, as well as the 2008 and 2010 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Mr. Aldort received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in May 2015. His major teachers have included Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Lynn Harrell, Ron Leonard and Amos Yang.

Mickey Katz, Cello

Mickey Katz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2004. A native of Israel, he has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988.

As soloist, he has performed with several Israeli orchestras and locally with the Civic Symphony of Boston, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Mr. Katz is a passionate performer of new music. He premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg’s Cello Concerto with the Israel Defense Force Orchestra and has performed several American and Boston premieres of Elliott Carter’s music, working with the composer. He also worked with composers György Kurtág, John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner, and John Harbison in performing their music. Following his success in performing new music as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was invited back to Tanglewood in the summer of 2002 as a member of the New Fromm Players, an alumni ensemble in residence, performing challenging new works and collaborating with young composers.

An active chamber musician, Mickey has performed in such venues Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell’ Accademia in Venice, Italy, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as all the major venues of Israel. He participated in the Marlboro Festival and was invited to take part in the Musicians from Marlboro tour. He has collaborated in performances with distinguished players such as violinists Pinkhas Zukerman and Gil Shaham, violists Tabea Zimmermann and Kim Kashkashian, members of the Juilliard and Guarneri string quartets, and pianist Gilbert Kalish.

Mickey completed his mandatory military service in Israel as a part of the “Distinguished Musician Program,” playing in the Israel Defense Force String Quartet, a group that performs throughout the country both in classical concerts and in many outreach and educational concerts for soldiers and other audiences. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was a Piatigorsky scholarship student of Laurence Lesser. His teachers included Paul Katz, Uzi Wiezel, Hillel Zori, and Uri Vardi. He teaches privately and is on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Benjamin Levy, Bass

Boston Symphony Orchestra double bassist Benjamin Levy was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1980 and grew up in Pennsylvania and Colorado. While in high school he studied with David Potter, and spent two summers studying with Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Levy has had chamber music collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, New England Conservatory’s First Monday Series, Boston Musica Viva, and Collage New Music. In 2002, while a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Levy was the recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize and was reviewed in The New York Times for his performance of Jacob Druckman's Valentine for solo double bass. A graduate of New England Conservatory and winner of the George Whitefield Chadwick Medal, Mr. Levy joined the bass section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003 Tanglewood season and was appointed 3rd chair of the orchestra’s bass section at the start of the 2007-2008 season. Mr. Levy is also on the board of directors of Music For Autism, a non-profit organization committed to raising public awareness and improving the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families through music. In 2004 Mr. Levy joined the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, where he is currently the head of the school’s double-bass program. Mr. Levy is also a member of the faculty at Boston University’s School of Music. Mr. Levy's teachers have included David Potter, Todd Seeber, Timothy Pitts, Paul Ellison, and Stuart Sankey.