BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KATHY SCHUMAN, president
MARTA MILLER, vice president
MATTHEW BIRD, treasurer
ADAM CHARLAP HYMAN, secretary
BILL PALANT, Étude Arts
MATTHEW AUCOIN artistic director
Matthew Aucoin is an American composer and conductor. He is both Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera and co-artistic director of the newly-formed American Modern Opera Company.
Aucoin’s next opera, Eurydice, a collaboration with the playwright Sarah Ruhl, has been co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera’s new works program and Los Angeles Opera, where it will have its premiere in 2020.
His orchestral and chamber music has been commissioned and performed by such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, the Brentano Quartet, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, tenor Paul Appleby, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Chanticleer. Aucoin’s operas include Crossing (2015), commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and subsequently performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Los Angeles Opera; and Second Nature (2015), a chamber opera for the young, commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
As a conductor, Aucoin regularly appears at the Los Angeles Opera, where his recent engagements have included Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, Verdi’s Rigoletto and his own opera Crossing. This summer, Aucoin made his Santa Fe Opera conducting debut leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, in a new production by Peter Sellars. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Rome Opera Orchestra, and Juilliard Opera.
Aucoin is a 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), where he studied with the poet Jorie Graham, and a 2014 recipient of Juilliard’s Graduate Diploma in Composition. Between 2012 and 2014, he served both as an Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and as the Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony, where he studied with Riccardo Muti.
ZACK WINOKUR artistic director
Stage director, Choreographer, Dancer, Zack Winokur, born in Boston, Massachusetts is a graduate of The Juilliard School. Upcoming performances in the 2018-19 season include Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Lotte de Beer at the Dutch National Opera; Perle Noir, with music by Tyshawn Sorey, text by Claudia Rankine, and starring Julia Bullock on the grand staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Theatre Carré in Amsterdam in collaboration with design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero and visual artist Cynthia Talmadge; and a new production of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón, starring Davóne Tines also at the Met Museum. Past recent work includes directing The Black Clown, an adaptation of the Langston Hughes poem starring Davóne Tines with music by Michael Schachter; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo, at the Cincinnati Opera; an immersive pairing of Gluck’s Orfeo and Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moment at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater; and Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate, with William Christie, and Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, with Stephen Wadsworth, at Juilliard. He also collaborated with grime artist Pepstar on a short film, performed in Gerard & Kelly's Modern Living at the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and gave masterclasses at the Dutch National Opera Academy and New York University.
Winokur’s world premiere production of The Black Clown, a sold-out three week run at the American Repertory Theater, was described as ‘pure poetry’ in the Boston Globe and ‘an exquisite show… precisely why we have and need theater’ by WGBH. His production of Cavalli’s Venetian baroque masterpiece La Calisto for The Juilliard School, was hailed as ‘one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season’ in Opera News, garnered rave reviews in a plethora of other publications including The New York Times and Vogue, and received a nomination for Best Production of the Year in Opernwelt, the only American production to be nominated. Additional productions include the The New Prince (Dutch National Opera—world premiere), Svadba (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Grand Theatre de Luxembourg—European premiere), Dido and Aeneas (La Nuova Musica at St John’s Smith Square), A Flowering Tree (Opera Omaha), Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Aldeburgh Music, DNO), Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Central City Opera, Juilliard Opera), Most of the Boys (Royal Opera House—world premiere), Mesh (International Contemporary Ensemble—world premiere), Triptych (Museum of Arts and Design), and a restaging of Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman for the Joffrey Ballet. He also co-directed, with Mary Birnbaum, a special performance in the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 82nd birthday.
Zack Winokur has worked on film with Academy Award-nominated director Mike Figgis, collaborating on Burlington Project, a commission from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Dancing on Glass, with pianist Rosey Chan and fashion house Boudicca, which was exhibited in Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Barcelona. His choreography also has been seen in the music video The Virus for A Tribe Called Red; at David Lynch’s Club Silencio and the Centre Pompidou; and in installations that took over the entire Royal Opera House, Covent Garden over the course of three days.
JENNIFER CHEN managing director
Jennifer Chen completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University (History of Art and Architecture cum laude) and is a 2017 MBA graduate of the Yale University School of Management. Her career has brought her from producing operas in dining halls at Harvard to working with institutions including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Peabody Essex Museum, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy.
JONNY ALLEN percussionist
Described by the Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw-dropping virtuosity”, Jonny Allen is a Brooklyn-based percussionist whose passion for music is contagious. He has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg, giving performances at Carnegie Hall and Schloss Hoch in Flachau, Austria, respectively. Jonny has also performed as a drum set soloist with Ghana's National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theatre in Accra. He performs across the United States and internationally with his percussion quartet, Sandbox, and his jazz trio, Triplepoint, and is the percussion director at Choate Rosemary Hall. Jonny is sponsored by Remo Drumheads and by the stick and mallet company Vic Firth. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he performed with the world-class Yale Percussion Group.
PAUL APPLEBY tenor
Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the most sought-after voices of his generation. A versatile artist, he is equally in demand on the world’s leading concert, recital, and opera stages.
The tenor’s dedication to making great music in the most distinguished concert halls of the world yields performances of Bernstein’s Songfest at Carnegie Hall with Marin Alsop leading the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Thomas Dausgaard on the podium of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as solo Art Song recitals at The Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau and on Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall stage with Natalia Katyukova. Operatic performances feature prominently in the second half of the 2018-19 season with the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande both at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and at Dutch National Opera conducted by Daniele Gatti, John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West at Dutch National Opera led by Grant Gershon, Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera with Cornelius Meister on the podium, and a debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the title role of Candide conducted by John DeMain. In the summer months of 2018, Paul Appleby made his debuts at the Ravinia Festival with Marin Alsop leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and at the Edinburgh International Festival in Handel’s Samson with the Dunedin Consort under the baton of John Butt.
DOUG BALLIETT double bassist, composer
Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. The New York Times has described his poetry as “brilliant and witty,” his bass playing as “elegant,” and his compositions as “vivid, emotive, with contemporary twists.” He is a tireless performer of new music, and is professor of historic basses at the Juilliard School. With a constant stream of commissions, a weekly show on New York Public Radio, and nearly 200 performances per year, Balliett has been identified as an emerging voice for his generation.
Balliett graduated from Harvard with high honors in 2007 and from Juilliard in 2012 with a Master’s in Historical Performance. Balliett has received commissions from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, the San Antonio Symphony, William Christie, Metropolis Ensemble, SOLI, and has written for some of today’s finest singers, including Grammy winners Estelí Gomez and Dashon Burton, members of the Trinity Wall Street Choir, as well as young breakout singers like Charlotte Mundy, Davóne Tines, and Ariadne Greif. Notable projects include the evening-length A Gnostic Passion, written with his twin brother and commissioned by CANTORI NYC, a cycle of songs based on stories from The Brothers Grimm which premiered at the Lucerne Festival, and a series of rap cantatas based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. His works have been performed at many major New York venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Juilliard, the Stone, SubCulture, (le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, ShapeshifterLab, and Spectrum. Alongside his brother and composers Elliot Cole and Majel Connery, Balliett is a member of The Oracle Hysterical, a half-band-half-book-club that has presented hip-hoperas, art-rock song cycles, rap cantatas, and other genre-bending works all over America and Europe.
Balliett maintains an extremely active career as a performer. He has performed as principal or solo double bass with Ensemble Modern, the San Antonio Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, and many other ensembles. He has collaborated with musicians from all walks, ranging from baroque opera at William Christie’s French estate, to tours with pop band Pink Martini, to appearances with MacArthur fellow Steve Coleman at the Newport Jazz Festival. Deeply committed to period instrument performance, Balliett is also principal bass of the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Bach Orchestra, 17th century string band ACRONYM, and has appeared as principal bass of Les Arts Florissants, Boston Baroque, the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Washington Cathedral. He performs regularly on the viola da gamba and the violone.
JULIA BULLOCK soprano
Julia Bullock is recognized as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano… poised for a significant career” (The New York Times). Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, she has captivated and inspired audiences through her versatile artistry, probing intellect, and commanding stage presence. Opera News extols, “Bullock’s radiant soprano shines brightly and unfailingly… Most compellingly, however, she communicates intense, authentic feeling, as if she were singing right from her soul.”
As a voice of social consciousness and activism that she considers fundamental to her work on the stage, Julia Bullock is Artist in Residence of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and curates throughout the 2018-19 season thought-provoking performances and commissions. Whether examining current art exhibitions, or those from the Met’s singular history, Julia Bullock utilizes some of the museum’s most iconic spaces—from the steps of the Great Hall to The Cloisters—in order to illuminate narratives of our past, and provide a voice for stories that have been made silent.
A new dramatic dialogue between past and present finds its place at Paris’ Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in the world premiere of Zauberland: An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe. A quintessential work of European Romanticism, Dichterliebe is infused with yearning for love and for landscapes that no longer exist; composer Bernard Foccroulle and writer Martin Crimp create sixteen new songs to be performed seamlessly alongside Schumann and Heine’s original work. Violence blazes across the Near East, and a young woman waits at a European border hoping to enter Zauberland ― a “magic world” of security and peace. But when she falls asleep, her dreams are haunted by strange images of the burnt-out city she has been forced to abandon. This new work that considers “Fortress Europe” and its eastern Mediterranean origin is performed by Julia Bullock and the brilliant French pianist Cédric Tiberghein, and is staged by one of Britain’s greatest living directors, Katie Mitchell.
JAY CAMPBELL cellist
Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” by The New York Times, “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post, and on WQXR by Krzysztof Penderecki for “the greatest performance yet of Capriccio per Sigfried Palm”. A 2016 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic director for Ligeti Forward for the New York Philharmonic Biennale. In 2017, he will be Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, where he will give the Swiss premiere of Michael Van der Aa's multimedia cello concerto Up-close, and the world premiere of a new concerto by Luca Francesconi, conducted by Matthias Pintscher in Lucerne's KKL Auditorium and Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie.
Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Jay has worked closely with some of the most creative musicians of our time including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and countless others from his own generation. His close association with John Zorn resulted in the 2015 release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik) featuring all works written for Campbell, and was listed in The New York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. Forthcoming discs include George Perle's cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot (Bridge), a disc of Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky and Pintscher (Victor Elmaleh Collection), and a collection of works commissioned for Campbell by David Fulmer (Tzadik). Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals.
ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO countertenor
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. He is an exclusive recording artist with Decca Gold, and his first album will be released in September of 2018.
Costanzo has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Spoleto Festival USA, Glimmerglass Festival and Finnish National Opera. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed at a wide-ranging variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden.
Costanzo is a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and won first prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his role in a Merchant Ivory film. He has begun working as a producer and curator in addition to a performer, creating shows for National Sawdust, Opera Philadelphia, the Philharmonia Baroque, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, Master Voices and Kabuki-Za Tokyo. Costanzo graduated from Princeton University where he has returned to teach, and he received his masters from the Manhattan School of Music. In his youth he performed on Broadway and alongside Luciano Pavarotti.
MIRANDA CUCKSON violinist, violist
Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson is a favorite of audiences for her performances of a great range of repertoire and styles, from music of older eras to the most current creations. From a strong grounding in the classical repertoire, she has become one of the most active and acclaimed performers of contemporary music. Downbeat magazine recently stated that she “reaffirms her standing as one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music.”
Called “a prodigiously talented player who [can] make even the thorniest contemporary scores sing” (New York Times), she appears as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls large and small, schools and universities, galleries and informal spaces. Recently, she made her Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in Piston’s concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her upcoming engagements include a new violin concerto by Georg Friedrich Haas which she will premiere in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Porto, the New York premiere of Michael Hersch’s violin concerto, and solo and chamber music at the West Cork Music Festival in Ireland. Her recent recital appearances include the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Breuer, Miller Theatre, Strathmore, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Look and Listen Festival in New York.
In addition to working with numerous emerging composing talents, Miranda has collaborated with an array of renowned composers including Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Adams, Boulez, Hyla, Mackey, Crumb, Iyer, Saariaho, Davidovsky, Ran, Hurel, Bermel, Wyner, Murail, Wuorinen and Currier. In 2012, the Library of Congress commissioned a work for her by Harold Meltzer, which she premiered there on a program honoring Fritz Kreisler.
Her latest album - violin music by Wolpe, Carter and Ferneyhough - was released in 2017 on Urlicht Audiovisual and adds to her adventurous and varied discography. Her first album for ECM Records - sonatas by Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski - was released in 2016, and her recording of Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura for violin and electronics on Urlicht Audiovisual was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by The New York Times.
Miranda is founder/director of the music non-profit Nunc, a member of the collective counter)induction, and a performer/curator at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. She studied at The Juilliard School, where she received her BM, MM and doctorate degrees and won the school’s Presser and Richard F. French Awards. She is on the violin faculty at the Mannes School of Music.
JULIA EICHTEN dancer, choreographer
Julia Eichten grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes. Upon graduation Julia received the Hector Zaraspe award in recognition of her choreography. She has shown her work around New York City, at venues ranging from, The Le Poisson Rouge to Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as choreographic residency at The Yard, in Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. She has performed professionally with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia is a founding member of L.A. Dance Project and she has had the pleasure to perform around the world, works by Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Martha Graham, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat, Sidi Larbi, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. In the spring of 2015, Julia had a world premiere of her piece, O'de, in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project and Lil Buck at the Palace of Versailles. Last summer at the Joyce Theater, she showed her work, Monsieur, which The New York Times dubbed, “an elegantly clumsy solo.”
EMI FERGUSON flutist
English-American performer and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Trained at Juilliard as a flutist, Emi can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as well as at home in New York City where she is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, NYBI, Argento Ensemble, and New Vintage Baroque. She has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including the Discovery Channel and TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today.
Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School teaching Ear Training in the Evening and Pre-College divisions and has taught on the faculty of the University of Buffalo. She received her BM in flute performance with Scholastic Distinction, MM in flute performance, and MM in historical performance from The Juilliard School. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City.
KEIR GOGWILT violinist, writer
Keir GoGwilt is a violinist, scholar, and poet, whose work spans a range of genres and disciplines. His creative work often reflects his critical work, which synthesizes performers' historical discourses on aesthetics, semiotics, phenomenology, and pedagogies of improvisation. He is at home in collaborative, often interdisciplinary work, in which creative labor is shared and recognized.
As a violin soloist he has performed with groups including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, and the La Jolla Symphony. He is a core member of the newly formed American Modern Opera Company.
His collaboration with dancer Bobbi Jene Smith on her show, “A Study on Effort,” has been featured at the Luminato Festival, PS 122’s COIL Festival, the ODC Theater, UCSD Dance&Theater, and the American Repertory Theater, among others. Their newest collaboration with dancer Or Schraiber and violinist Miranda Cuckson, "With Care," investigates the politics of empathy and apathy on the level of individual relationships.
Other recent work includes GoGwilt’s debut solo CD, re: d, with his writing set alongside music by Johann Paul von Westhoff and Carolyn Chen. He has collaborated with Celeste Oram in her explorative broadcasts on technological media, “Televisionmann,” and “Vera Wyse Munro: A Radio Séance.” He is also part of the creative team for Oram’s 3-hour show, "Tautitotito: An Alternative Genealogy of Aotearoa New Zealand Music" (commissioned by and premiered at the Darmstadt Summer Courses 2018).
His longest continuous collaborator, Matthew Aucoin, has written numerous pieces for him, including "Poem" and "Its Own Accord." They perform together frequently, and have appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Rockport Chamber Music, Music Academy of the West, Dumbarton Oaks, the San Diego Symphony's "Hearing the Future" festival, among others.
GoGwilt regularly collaborates with other San Diego musicians including Steven Schick, Mark Dresser (as part of the Dresser quintet/septet), and bassist/improviser Kyle Motl (as part of their duo, Treesearch). He can be heard on records released by Tzadik, Clean Feed, and BMOP (upcoming).
CONOR HANICK pianist
A pianist that “defies human description” for some (Concerto Net) and recalls “a young Peter Serkin” for others (New York Times), Conor Hanick is one of his generation’s most inquisitive interpreters of music old and new.
He has performed internationally to wide acclaim in repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the recently written, and collaborated with conductors Alan Gilbert, James Levine, David Robertson, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Anne Manson, Carlos Izcaray, Jeffrey Milarsky, and others. In addition to the Kennedy Center, Mondavi Performing Arts Center, the Kultur und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Kyoto Concert Hall, the Dewan Pilharmonik Peronas in Malaysia, Hanick has performed in virtually every prominent arts venue in New York City, ranging from (le) Poisson Rouge and The Kitchen to Alice Tully Hall and all three halls of Carnegie Hall.
A fierce advocate for the music of today, Hanick has premiered over 200 scores and worked with composers as diverse as Charles Wuorinen and Caroline Shaw. As the “soloist of choice for such thorny works” (New York Times), Hanick recently performed Milton Babbitt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic Biennale; Pierre Boulez’s sur Incises with James Levine at Carnegie Hall; and the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Piano Concerto with the Alabama Symphony.
This season Hanick plays Morton Feldman at The Clark Museum in the Berkshires; Luciano Berio and John Luther Adams at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota; Béla Bártok’s piano/percussion Sonata with members of the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall; Matthew Aucoin’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) at Jordon Hall; György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto in Iowa City and Chicago; and recitals in Denver, Los Angeles, and Aspen with violinist Augustin Hadelich. As a soloist, he will be artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa and Northwestern University.
Hanick is a solo piano faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West, an elite summer festival in Santa Barbara, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and The Juilliard School, where he completed his Master’s and Doctorate studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio.
COLEMAN ITZKOFF cellist
Hailed by Alex Ross and The New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.
Coleman made his professional debut at the age of 15 with the Dayton Philharmonic and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras across the country, most recently the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has worked alongside conductors including David Allan Miller, Carlos Izcaray, Eckart Preu, and Tomáś Netopil. Gold Medalist in the 2017 International Berliner Music Competition, Coleman was a multiple prize winner at the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. He has also taken prizes at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, and Young Texas Artist Competitions. In January 2013, Coleman was a featured guest artist for a weeklong residency on NPR’s Performance Today, recording interviews with host Fred Child and a full recital program.
Chamber Music is at the heart of Coleman’s musical life, beginning early on with weekly quartet readings with his parents, both professional violinists themselves. At the age of 10 Coleman began attending the Greenwood Music Camp where he began playing with other musicians of his generation and where his love of chamber music deepened. Since that time he has attended a great many summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn, and Music@Menlo. Coleman has also had the great honor of collaborating with distinguished artists of older generations, including Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, Glenn Dicterow, Lucy Shelton, David Finckel, Johannes Moser, Roger Tapping, Gil Kalish, and Peter Frankl.
Aside from his performing career, Coleman is a devoted and dynamic educator, and has taught and given masterclasses across the US at such institutions as the International Heifetz Institute, the Lev Aronson Cello Festival, Virginia Tech, NYU, and Harvard University. Coleman has also performed outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the county. He has received several grants and awards for these purposes, including the Sviatoslav Richter Grant for Music Outreach from Rice University, the Roman Goronok Fellowship from the 2016 Irving Klein Competition, and, in 2015, the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Award for his engaging talks and accessible performances for clinic patients. Upcoming projects include an artist residency at the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in Hunters Point, San Francisco.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Coleman was born in 1992 into a musical family and began playing cello at the age of 4. He holds a BM from Rice University and his Master’s Degree at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. Coleman performs on a Paul Siefried bow on loan to him from the Maestro Foundation and on a 1730 Gennaro Gagliano Cello, generously loaned to him by the Amatius Foundation of Austin, TX.
OR SCHRAIBER dancer, choreographer
Or Schraiber was born in 1992 in the city of Jerusalem, where he studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. After graduating, Or joined the Batsheva Dance Company, with whom he danced for seven years. In 2017, Or moved to New York City to study acting at the Stella Adler Studio. In 2018, he co-choreographed and starred in Boaz Yakin’s film ‘AVIVA.’ Or has appeared in numerous music videos, including collaborations with Yemen Blues, Moses Project, and Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, and has directed and choreographed several short dance films.
BOBBI JENE SMITH dancer, choreographer
Bobbi Jene Smith was born in Centerville, Iowa. From 2005-2014, she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her work has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, The Israel Museum, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, The CCA, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin’s repertory in schools and universities around the US. In 2015, Smith relocated to New York City, NY.
DAVÓNE TINES bass-baritone
“In a just world, one in which fame was proportionate to talent, Davóne Tines would be as big a name as Kanye West” proclaimed KQED following concerts given with the San Francisco Symphony. Breakout performances were given on both sides of the Atlantic in 2015-16 when Davóne Tines made a Dutch National Opera debut in the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains directed by Peter Sellars. The bass-baritone was exalted by The Los Angeles Times as “the find of the season,” for performances of works by Caroline Shaw and Kaija Saariaho with the Calder Quartet and with members of ICE at the Ojai Music Festival.
Performances of 2018-19 include the world premiere of The Black Clown by composer Michael Schachter with a libretto adapted from the Langston Hughes poem by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter; presented by the American Repertory Theater, The Black Clown– in a production directed by Zack Winokur – is a music theater experience that animates a black man’s resilience against America’s legacy of oppression by fusing vaudeville, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Hughes’ verse to life onstage. Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains returns to Davóne Tines’ calendar in performances at the Teatro Real and Lincoln Center and John Adams’ El Niño serves his debut with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. The artist reprises his acclaimed portrayal of Ned Peters in the European premiere of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West at Dutch National Opera. Davóne Tines makes a debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the world premiere of Fire Shut Up In My Bones by the creative team of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons and symphonic appearances of the season include concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, and Aram Demirjian leading the Kansas City Symphony.