Our Artists

Hyeyung Sol Yoon, violinist and co-founder

Hyeyung was a member of the Chiara Quartet which celebrated its last season in 2018. They launched “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” a project that brought the ensemble to over 50 clubs and bars across the U.S. and performed by heart, including the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók at the Ravinia Festival in 2016. Discography includes recording of Jefferson Friedman’s String Quartets, which was nominated for Grammy Award in 2011, and Bartók by Heart, the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók, released in 2016. She recently traveled to South Korea in Spring 2019 to research folk performances practices and is a founder of Asian Musical Voices of America, a platform created by and for Asian classical musicians.

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Gregory Beaver, cellist and co-founder

Cellist of the Chiara String Quartet for 18 years, Gregory Beaver performed over 500 concerts in concert halls on 3 continents, garnered a Grammy nomination, premiered 40 works, and recorded 7 major albums. In 2016, the quartet presented all 6 of Béla Bartók’s string quartets memorized in a 2 day period at the Ravinia Festival and regularly performed concerts with the quartet by heart. Gregory has composed several works for solo cello, duo, choir, and other ensembles. He is also a Senior Software Engineer and Manager at Citrine Informatics, where he helps create new sustainable materials with his software. He lives with his wife, violinist Hyeyung Yoon, 2 daughters and cat in Jersey City, NJ. He plays on a fine Roman cello made in
1725 by David Tecchler.

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Mathew Fuerst, composer

A recipient of two consecutive Palmer-Dixon Prizes for best composition presented by The Juilliard School, composer Mathew Fuerst (b. 1977) has also received numerous ASCAP awards. Fuerst's works have been performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the New York State Theatre, as well as in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Montreal, Paris, Budapest, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Zimbabwe. Fuerst holds a Bachelor's Degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Liptak, Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Sydney Hodkinson, and Augusta Read Thomas. He holds Master's and Doctorate degrees in Composition from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Beaser and John Corigliano. Fuerst is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Doane University. His music has been recorded and released on PARMA Recordings and Albany Records.

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Lin Guey, pianist

Lin Guey, PhD, is a biotechnology executive with more than 12 years of experience in Research & Development in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry. Lin is a former piano student of Gilbert Kalish and has participated in numerous music festivals including Yellow Barn and Ravinia. Lin obtained her PhD in Biostatistics from Stony Brook University and post-doctoral training in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at the Spanish National Cancer Center (Madrid, Spain). Lin lives outside of Boston with her husband, violinist Omar Guey, their two sons, and cat.

Omar Guey, violinist

Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has been a soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. He performed for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prizewinner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions. He has performed chamber music with Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, David Finckel, Lawrence Dutton, and Colin Carr. He received a DMA from Stony Brook University and a Master from Juilliard. He is a member of the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and violinist of the Camerata New England Trio. He was assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, in Spain, directed by Lorin Maazel. His premiere of the concerto for violin and orchestra by Jean-Charles Gandrille with the Qatar Philharmonic has been released on the French label Paraty.

Iman Habibi, composer

Iman Habibi, D.M.A. (Michigan), is an Iranian-Canadian composer and pianist, and a founding member of the piano duo ensemble, Piano Pinnacle.
Hailed as “a giant in talent” (the Penticton Herald), Dr. Habibi has been commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and collaborated with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, and The Calidore String Quartet, and has been programmed by Carnegie Hall, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York Festival of Song, The Canadian Opera Company, and Tapestry New Opera, among others. His awards include multiple wins at the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards, The International Composers’ Award at the Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS (2012), The Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Artist in Music (2011), Brehm Prize in Choral Music (2016), as well as numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and BC Arts Council.

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Myra Huang, pianist

Acclaimed by Opera News as being "among the top accompanists of her generation," and "...a colouristic tour de force" by The New York Times, Grammy® Award-nominated pianist Myra Huang is highly sought after for her interpretation of lieder and art song as well as her depth of musicianship and impeccable technique. Last season, Huang performed in recitals throughout the U.S., including The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center, The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and The 92nd St Y.  Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and The Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain. She was a staff pianist for the Operalia competition, directed by Placido Domingo, for fifteen years.  Huang is on the music staff of The Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, as well as The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera. Her album Gods and Monsters with tenor Nicholas Phan was nominated for “Best Classical Vocal Solo Album” at the 2018 Grammy® Awards.  Her most recent album, Clairières, features the music of Lili and Nadia Boulanger and has been released to critical acclaim. Huang is a Steinway Artist.

Raimundo Penaforte, composer

Inspired by a broad range of musical genres that span classical, Latin, jazz and traditional folkloric music from his native Brazil, Raimundo Penaforte has appeared nationally and internationally as a composer and performer. His works have been performed in venues as Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The White House and The Kennedy Center. Penaforte has composed and arranged for acclaimed groups and musicians, including Brazilian rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, L. A. Guitar Quartet, Chee-Yun, Mark Gould, Eroica Trio, Axiom Brass, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic. Valerius Ensemble has recorded a full CD featuring his works titled “Raimundo Penaforte: Between Sun and Snow.” Penaforte’s works have been recorded on Telarc, EMI/Classics, Pro Organo, Angel, Roméo Records, Aliud, Infiné, DENON, Con Brio Recordings, and Pomegranate Music. His concert arrangements of Bernstein’s West Side Story for violin and piano have been published by Boosey & Hawkes. Born in the city of Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil, he currently resides in New York City.

Nicholas Phan, tenor

American tenor Nicholas Phan is praised by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers," Phan’s previous albums for Avie, Illuminations, A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain and Winter Words have all made many “Best of ” lists, including those of The New York Times, New Yorker, Toronto Star, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. His album Gods & Monsters, was nominated for the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His growing discography also includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire, and Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to his work as artistic director of CAIC, he also has curated programs for WQXR in New York and WFMT in Chicago, and served as guest curator for projects with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Apollo's Fire, Laguna Beach Music Festival​, and San Francisco Performances, where he served as the vocal artist-in-residence from 2014-2018.

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Raman Ramakrishnan, cellist

Raman is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa.  The trio has performed across the United States, and in Canada, Japan, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, and England, and has recorded for Bridge and Avie Records.  As a member of the Daedalus Quartet from its founding until 2012, he won the Banff International String Quartet Competition, taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He is currently an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School; his principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff.  He plays on a Neapolitan cello made in 1837 by Vincenzo Jorio.  He lives in New York City with his wife (violist Melissa Reardon) and their son, Linus.

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Melissa Reardon, violist

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is the Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, ME, Artist in Residence at Bard College and Conservatory and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).  As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center to name a few.  Melissa won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions. She has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including tours with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro.  Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in NYC with their seven-year-old son Linus.

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Jen Shyu, multilingual vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist-dancer

Guggenheim Fellow, USA Fellow, Doris Duke Artist, multilingual vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist-dancer JEN SHYU is “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Born in Peoria, Ilinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrants and the first female and vocalist bandleader on Pi Recordings, she’s produced seven albums, performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a Fulbright scholar speaking 10 languages. Her Song of Silver Geese was among New York Times’ “Best Albums of 2017” and was named Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Rising Star Female Vocalist. She’s currently touring her solo ZERO GRASSES (commissioned by John Zorn) across all 50 states. She is also a Paul Simon Music Fellows Guest Artist and Steinway Artist.

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Michi Wiancko, composer

MICHI WIANCKO is a composer, arranger and violinist whose work has been performed by ensembles, bands and orchestras around the world. She has collaborated with artists from across a wide musical spectrum and performed with some of the great musical artists of our time. She has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Lyric Theater, On Site Opera, Ecstatic Music Festival, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern, The SPCO’s Liquid Music series, Aizuri Quartet, Enso Quartet, Sybarite5, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolis Ensemble. She also composes music for short and feature-length films, commercials, and for her own band, Kono Michi. Michi’s first opera, Murasaki’s Moon premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May of 2019. This work created in collaboration with librettist Deborah Brevoort and director Eric Einhorn from OnSite Opera. Michi is a 2018 recipient of an Opera America Commissioning Grant. Recent and upcoming projects include new works for the Jupiter Quartet, NOW Ensemble, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jason Vieaux, Andrew Yee, and Boston Chamber Music Society.

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Terrence Wilson, pianist

Acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun as “one of the biggest pianistic talents to have emerged in this country in the last 25 years” pianist Terrence Wilson has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Washington, DC (National Symphony), San Francisco, St. Louis, and with the orchestras of Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the 2019-2020 season, Wilson made his Boston (MA) recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to critical acclaim. He also made his Rochester (NY) recital debut at Hatch Hall at the Eastman School of Music performing the complete set of Rachmaninoff’s Études Tableaux, Op. 39, presented by the Gateways Music Festival. In March, 2020, Wilson substituted for Andre Watts, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Detroit Symphony. A native of the Bronx, he resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

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