Tony Arnold, Soprano

 

Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song.  Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit” (Huffington Post). Hailed by the New York Timesas “a bold, powerful interpreter,” she is internationally acclaimed as a leading proponent of contemporary music in concert and recording, having premiered hundreds of works by established and emerging composers.  Since becoming the first-prize laureate of both the 2001 Gaudeamus International Competition (NL) and the 2001 Louise D. McMahon Competition (USA), Tony Arnold has collaborated with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage, and shares with audiences her “broader gift for conveying the poetry and nuance behind outwardly daunting contemporary scores” (Boston Globe). Her unique blend of vocal virtuosity and communicative warmth, combined with wide-ranging skills in education and leadership were recognized with the 2015 Brandeis Creative Arts Award, given in appreciation of “excellence in the arts and the lives and works of distinguished, active American artists.” 

As the soprano of the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble(ICE), Tony Arnold is a catalyst for dozens of groundbreaking projects, the most recent of which is David Lang’s Whisper Operain ICE’s touring production directed by Jim Findlay.  She has toured the U.S. extensively as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble, and has become the voice most associated with Crumb’s music since the beloved Jan DeGaetani.  A noted guest artist at international festivals on four continents, Tony Arnold has been featured at the Darmstadt Festival and Witten New Music Days (Germany); Time of Music (Finland); Cervantino (Mexico); Musica Sacra Maastricht (Netherlands); Tongyeong Festival (Korea); Perspectives XXI Festival (Armenia), and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  She regularly appears with leading ensembles including the JACK Quartet, Orion Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Talea Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Now, Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Sharon Harms, Soprano

Praised as "superb", "luscious-toned", "extraordinarily precise and expressive", and "dramatically committed and not averse to risk" by the New York Times, young American soprano Sharon Harms is known for fearless performances and passionate interpretations of works new and old for the recital, concert, and operatic stage.

Sharon has premiered the music of some of today's leading composers and her repertoire spans a versatile spectrum of periods and styles. A wide array of collaborations have put Ms. Harms in venues around the world. She is a member of the Argento Ensemble and the Curiosity Cabinet and has sung with Alter Ego Ensemble, Baroque Band of Chicago, Center for Contemporary Opera, counter)induction, Da Capo Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Signal, Juilliard Center for Innovation in the Arts, Larchmere String Quartet, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Limón Dance Company, MET Opera Chamber Orchestra, NC New Music Initiative, Network for New Music, New Chamber Ballet, New Dramatists, New Fromm Players, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Pacifica Quartet, Princeton Festival Opera, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, Southwest Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Third Coast Percussion. 

Sarah Brady, Flute

Called “enchanting” by the Boston Globe, flutist Sarah Brady is sought after across the country as a soloist, chamber musician, and master teacher. An avid promoter of new music she has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s top composers. Recent projects have included premieres of new solo flute and electronic music from Elena Ruehr, Andy Vores, Marti Epstein, Reinaldo Moya and John Mallia, Curtis Hughes as well as music for flute and strings from Marcos Balter, Nicholas Vines and Johnathan Bailey Holland. Her solo, chamber and over 50 orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale, Cantalope and BMOP/Sound music labels. As a leading interpreter of contemporary music, she was invited to read and record new music commissioned by Yo Yo Ma for his Silk Road Project at Tanglewood.

Linda Toote, Flute

A native of New York, Linda Toote is the Principal Flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera. A frequent performer with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras as Principal Flute, Second Flute and Piccolo, she has also appeared as soloist with these groups on several occasions. She has held Principal Flute positions with the Tampa, Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Orchestras. Ongoing invitations from the Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis Symphonies have included recording and touring with these orchestras. She has been engaged by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for multiple tours of European festivals.

Ms. Toote is the full- time flute instructor of flute at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, is the Director of Woodwind Chamber Music and serves as the Woodwind Coordinator. Ms. Toote has collaborated with the Muir Quartet in a residency of the composer Joan Tower at Boston University and has performed as soloist with both the Boston University Wind Ensemble and with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra.

During the summer months she serves as the Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Flute Workshop, continues a decade long association with the ARIA International Academy and beginning this summer will join the faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. In addition to an invitation to serve as guest recitalist and clinician at the Northern California Flute Camp, she has coached chamber music and masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Center.



Robert Sheena, Oboe

Robert Sheena has been the English horn player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1994, during which time his uniquely vocal style of playing has garnered accolades from audience members and the media alike. In his more than twenty years as a member of the BSO, Mr. Sheena has performed as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, most notably in the world premiere performances of George Tsontakis'sSonnets-a BSO commission composed specifically for him-at Symphony Hall in February 2016 with Andris Nelsons conducting, followed by a Tanglewood performance that August. He has also been featured in BSO performances at Tanglewood of André Previn's Reflections and Aaron Copland's Quiet City. With the Boston Pops Orchestra he has been featured at Symphony Hall in Quiet City and Michael Daugherty's Spaghetti Western.From 1987 to 1991 Mr. Sheena was the assistant principal oboe and English horn of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Since then he has made numerous trips to perform in Asia, not only with the BSO, but also to perform in Japan as a guest English hornist with the Super World Orchestra (2001), Affinis Music Festival (2009), and Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Orchestra (2014). From 1991 until joining the BSO he was assistant principal oboe and English horn with the San Antonio Symphony. From 1984 to 1987 he was a freelance oboist in the Chicago area, playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and frequently as a substitute oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sheena is an instructor of both the oboe and the English horn at Boston University's School of Music and Tanglewood Institute, at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, he works with the fellowship oboists there every summer as a TMC faculty member, coaching them in chamber music and giving English horn master classes. Mr. Sheena occupies the Beranek Chair in the woodwind section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Gary Gorczyca, Clarinet

A founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, clarinetist Gary Gorczyca is a ubiquitous presence on Boston’s classical music concert scene. Mr. Gorczyca has appeared as a soloist with the Angelica International Festival and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and performs frequently with Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Back Bay Chorale. He can be heard on many recordings on the BMOP Sound label, including Bernard Rands’ Canti Trilogy, Lee Hyla’s Lives of the Saints, and as a soloist on Elliot Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto. He also played on composer Marti Epstein’s recent recording, Hypnagogia, with the Ludovico Ensemble.

A frequent collaborator with composers and sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Gorczyca was a member of the Boston Musica Viva and the Fromm Players at Harvard, and has performed at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, with Callithumpian Consort, the Firebird Ensemble, Sound Icon, and the North Country Chamber Players. For the past several seasons he has performed with VentiCordi Chamber Music, winner of the 2016 and 2017 Down East Magazine’s reader’s choice award.  This past season, he was honored to perform in New England Conservatory’s First Monday series.

For many years he was a first call substitute with the Boston Symphony, where he received solo bows in Symphony Hall for Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid and Carnegie Hall for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Additionally, he has toured throughout the United States and Japan with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and appeared on their nationally televised 4th of July special for several years, performing with Steven Tyler and David Lee Roth, among others.

Gary Gorczyca began his musical career on the heels of an education from New England Conservatory, Boston University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shortly afterward he received fellowships to attend the Norfolk Chamber and Contemporary Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded a Jackson Prize for outstanding musical achievement. When not performing, he volunteers for many causes, including the Pan Mass Kids Ride, Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry, Boy Scouts of America, and recently donated his time to do a David Bowie/Phillip Glass benefit concert for cancer research with the Ambient Orchestra at MIT.  

Mr. Gorczyca is pleased to be performing several concerts this season with Collage.

Photo Credit: Susan Wilson Photography

Alexis Lanz, Clarinet

Born in Nyon, Switzerland, Alexis Lanz currently resides in Jamaica Plain, MA, where he maintains a multi-faceted performing career. Lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his “astonishing fluidity”, he has been principal clarinetist of the Boston Ballet Orchestra since 2011. He has also performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony New Hampshire.

An ardent promoter of contemporary classical music, Mr. Lanz is a member of both Sound Icon and the Callithumpian Consort, with which he has premiered works by many notable composers including Chaya Czernowin, Alvin Lucier, and Rand Steiger.

In March 2014, he appeared with the Parkway Concert Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Concerto in A major. He has performed in numerous musical festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performing Practice, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute.

Alexis completed his studies at the New England Conservatory, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. His teachers include National Symphony clarinetist Edward Cabarga, and Thomas Martin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Jason Snider, 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.

Robert Schulz, Percussion

Percussionist Robert Schulz is widely regarded as one of the finer all-around percussionists working today. With an expertise extending across a broad range of musical styles and instruments, he collaborates with an eclectic variety of artists, on local, national, and international stages. For 20 years he has served as principal percussionist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has managed the innumerable percussive complexities for more than 50 commercially released recordings and hundreds of concerts. He is principal percussionist for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and Dinosaur Annex New Music Ensemble. He is active as a timpanist in both classical and period performance styles, performing, touring, and recording with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Odyssey Opera, Monadnock Festival Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society. As a percussion soloist, he has performed concerti by Lukas Foss (multi-percussion), Tan Dun (water percussion), Eric Moe (drum set), Gail Kubik (cartoon percussion) and, most recently, Philip Glass (timpani).

Schulz has been a featured soloist with the Boston Celebrity Series and the Boston Chamber Music Society numerous times, playing anything from dinner plates to African drums. In 2004, Schulz received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance on Yehudi Wyner’s The Mirror (Naxos) and gave the Boston premiere of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto with BMOP. He tours nationally and internationally with pipa virtuoso Wu Man and was the featured soloist for the 2006 CrossSound Festival in Juneau, Alaska. Recent releases of Play by Andrew Norman (BMOP) and Seeing by Christopher Rouse (Albany Symphony) were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2015.

Franziska Huhn, Harp

Harpist Franziska Huhn is a vibrant musical force as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral performer. Ms. Huhn has given solo recitals throughout the United States and worldwide in Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including performances for German Presidents Johannes Rau and Horst Koehler at Schloss Bellevue. Ms. Huhn has been featured in recital on WGBH’s “Live from Studio 1” and as part of New England Conservatory’s First Mondays performance series. In 2007 Ms. Huhn’s recording Harp Solo was released and features both contemporary and classical works for harp. A 2003 Fromm Fellow, Ms. Huhn is known as a proponent of contemporary music for harp and performs works written especially for her by composers Daniel Pinkham, Lior Navok, and John Heiss. Ms. Huhn plays as part of contemporary chamber ensembles Callithumpian Consort, Collage New Music and Sound Icon. Since 2007 Ms. Huhn has served as a performer and coach at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory.

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.

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.

Anne Black, Viola

A multi-faceted artist fluent in many media, Anne Black has built a richly varied career in the performing and visual arts.

She is Principal Viola of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Cantata Singers and also performs with many Boston-area organizations, including Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music, Boston Lyric Opera, Masterworks Chorale, and the Record Players.  A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Black is violist of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and appears often with Collage New Music, including Collage’s Grammy-nominated recording of John Harbison’s Mottetti di Montale.  She has performed and recorded over a dozen works by microtonal composer Ezra Sims, and commissioned his “Concert Piece” for viola and chamber orchestra which she premiered and recorded with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston in 1990.  She was viola d’amore soloist in Meyerbeer's opera Les Huguenots with the American Symphony in 2009.

A tenured member of Handel & Haydn Society's period instrument orchestra, she also performs with Boston Baroque, Aston Magna Festival, Peregrine Consort, and Endicott Chamber Players.  She performed on Mozart's own Viola, during its first trip to the US, for a live performance and recording at WGBH in June 2013; her article about this experience was published in Journal of the American Viola Society.  She was viola d'amore soloist with Boston Baroque and the Blanche Moyse Chorale in Marlboro, Vermont.

She has produced and edited several album projects with her husband, recording engineer Frank Cunningham, including albums for violinist Daniel Stepner and pianist Sally Pinkas, violinist Masha Lankovsky and pianist Byron Schenkman, and currently, a solo album with Ed Barker, Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony.  She also produced two albums for Guy Fishman, Principal Cello of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra.

Ms. Black is a prize-winning photographer and visual artist in multiple media. She was a resident artist at the Arlington Center for the Arts for 13 years, and opened a studio in West Concord, MA., in June 2017.

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Mary Ferrillo, Viola

Violist Mary Ferrillo joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2019. An active freelancer, she was previously offered a position with the Rochester Philharmonic and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She has been a regular substitute violist with both the BSO and the Boston Pops for several years. Ms. Ferrillo spent three summers (2012–14) as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the 2014 Maurice Schwartz Prize. She returned to Tanglewood as a member of the New Fromm Players in 2016 and 2017, premiering works by John Harbison, Joseph Phibbs, Kui Dong, and Marc Neikrug, among others. She has also performed at the Spoleto Festival USA, Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she performs frequently in the Boston and Berkshire areas in concerts actively combining contemporary and classical repertoire to create engaging and unique programs. At the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 "Rochberg @ 100" centennial celebration, she performed Rochberg’s Seventh String Quartet with other Tanglewood colleagues alongside the Daedalus Quartet. Ms. Ferrillo earned her bachelor of music degree at the University of Maryland–College Park with Katherine Murdock. She received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Roger Tapping and Edward Gazouleas. She went on to work with Mr. Gazouleas at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Other teachers and mentors have included Cathy Basrak, Robert Vernon, Michael Tree, and Carol Rodland.



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.

Jennifer Lucht, Cello

Jennifer Lucht is a native of North Carolina. As a chamber musician, she has been heard in chamber music performances at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood, the Ravinia and Bravo! Vail Festivals, and on the Greater Philadelphia Performing Artists Series and NPR’s live broadcast “Performance Today”. Praised for "superb" playing by the Boston Globe and "beautiful, finely detailed sound" by the Boston Herald, she has been concert soloist with orchestras including the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Symphony.

Ms. Lucht is currently a member of the Calyx Piano Trio and performs with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in Boston and on tours throughout the US, Canada, and Japan. She is Co-Director and a founder of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern, North Carolina, and can be heard in chamber music recordings on the New World, Albany, and Archetype labels. Ms. Lucht received her Bachelor and Masters degrees with a Performer's Certificate from Indiana University and continued her education with post-graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her major teachers include Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Laurence Lesser, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey.

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.