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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A Far Cry

Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, A Far Cry has nurtured a distinct approach to music-making since its founding in 2007. The self-conducted orchestra is a democracy in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players (“Criers”). This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative, and unpredictable programming — and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. Over the past year, A Far Cry has risen to the top of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, been named Boston’s best classical ensemble by The Improper Bostonian, and celebrated two Grammy nominations for its Visions and Variations. Through educational and community partnerships with students and members of Boston-area music organizations, A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.

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Valerie Coleman, flutist and composer

Valerie Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Performance, Chamber Music, and Entrepreneurship at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy® nominated flutist, composer, entrepreneur, and she is creator of the ensemble Imani Winds. Listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” in the Washington Post by critic Anne Midgette, Valerie Coleman is a highly sought-after clinician who has given masterclasses at institutions in 49 states, and over 5 continents. Her work, UMOJA, was listed by the Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works” and is a staple within woodwind literature. She is published by Theodore Presser and her own company, VColeman Music.

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Ran Dank, pianist

Ran Dank’s recent performances have included recitals at the San Francisco Performances Series, Gilmore, Ravinia, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, Steinway Hall, Gardner Museum, and Kennedy Center, and have garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Dank’s recent performance of the monumental set of variations “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at the University of Chicago has been selected as one of the top ten performances of 2017 by the Chicago Classical Review. Mr. Dank is an ardent advocate for contemporary music, and has performed in recent seasons Kevin Puts’ piano concerto “Night,” the Tobias Picker concerto, “Keys to the City,” Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” and William Bolcom’s Pulitzer-winning set of “Twelve New Etudes.” Ran Dank and his wife Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York SoHo art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle. Ran Dank is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

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Alex Fortes, violinist

A native of San Diego, New York-based violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances  throughout Europe, Indonesia,  South America, North America with groups such as the Attacca Quartet, Henschel Quartett, Franklin String Quartet, Momenta Quartet, Toomai Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, Quodlibet Ensemble, and A Far Cry.  His playing is featured on A Far Cry’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014. He can also be heard on a forthcoming album with the Henschel Quartett and pianist Donald Berman featuring the music of Chris Theofanidis.

Fortes holds a strong interest in finding new contexts in which to experience familiar music. His arrangements of Schubert lieder and chamber music were hailed by the Boston Globe as “uniformly resourceful and complementary…smart, subtle.” His arrangements of Prokofiev, as well as his playing, are featured on A Far Cry’s 2018 Grammy-nominated album, Visions and Variations.

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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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Gabriela Lena Frank, composer

Included in the Washington Post's list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), identity has always been at the center of composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank's music. Born in Berkeley, California (September, 1972), to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has traveled extensively throughout South America and her pieces often reflect and refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Gabriela also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship given each year to fifty of the country’s finest artists. In 2017, Frank founded the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, a non-profit training institution that offers emerging composers short-term retreats at Gabriela’s two farms in Mendocino County, CA.

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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.

Miles Hoffman, violist

Violist Miles Hoffman is founder and artistic director of The American Chamber Players.  Winner of prizes in the National Arts Club and Washington International Competitions, he made his New York recital debut in 1979 at the 92nd Street Y and has since appeared frequently around the country in recital, as chamber musician, and as soloist with many orchestras.  In 1982 he founded the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival, which he directed for nine years, and which led to the formation of the American Chamber Players. His musical commentary, “Coming to Terms,” was heard weekly throughout the United States for thirteen years – from 1989 to 2002 – on NPR’s Performance Today, and now, as Music Commentator for National Public Radio’s flagship news program, Morning Edition, he is regularly heard by a national audience of nearly 14 million people.  Mr. Hoffman is the author of The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z, now in its tenth printing from the Houghton Mifflin Company.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, and in 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in recognition of his achievements as a performer and educator.

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Zenas Hsu, violinist

With a sound palette ranging from a ‘commanding tone’ to ‘delicate sentiment’ (Calgary Herald), Taiwanese-American violinist Zenas Hsu leads a vibrant career filled with chamber music, orchestral leadership, and education. He is a founding member of Chamber Music by the Bay, a California-based interactive music series that reaches over 2,000 people annually. He is also a member of A Far Cry, a Grammy nominated ensemble in Boston, and is the concertmaster of Phoenix, an orchestra based in Boston focused on approachable concert experiences. 

Zenas is a frequent guest artist of Bard Music West and the Wellesley Chamber Players and has served as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. World and national premiere performances include works by Robert Honstein, Philip Glass, Matthew Aucoin, Jesse Montgomery, Lembit Beecher, and others. 

A native of California, Zenas received his early training in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music for his Bachelor of Music degree, and received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Wei He, Ida Kavafian, Nicholas Kitchen, and Donald Weilerstein.

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Jesse Irons, violinist

Violinist Jesse Irons enjoys a busy and excitingly diverse musical life in and around his home city of Boston. He is the Associate Concertmaster of Boston Baroque and he appears regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and with numerous small ensembles including Newton Baroque and Gut Reaction. He has recently appeared as soloist with Boston Baroque, Newton Baroque, Chicago’s Baroque Band, and the City Orchestra of Hong Kong. A member and co-artistic director of the multi-Grammy-nominated ensemble A Far Cry, he has appeared in concert across North America, Europe, and Central and Southeast Asia. Jesse’s playing has been described as “insinuating” by the New York Times, and he’s pretty sure they meant it in a good way. As an educator, Jesse has worked with students on entrepreneurship and chamber music at MIT, Yale, Stanford, Eastman, Peabody, and New England Conservatory.

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Texu Kim, composer

Texu Kim writes music inspired by everyday experiences; music about modern (South) Korea, reflecting its multicultural nature; and music that is humorous yet sophisticated. His works have also been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Oregon Symphony, San Diego Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS, Cardinal Singers, among others.  Upcoming performances include those by Detroit Symphony, the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, Baltimore Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  His arrangements have featured on numerous albums, with labels including DECCA and DG. An assistant professor of music composition/theory at San Diego State University, Texu taught at Syracuse University 2018-20 and served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18.  Fun fact: in 1998, he won silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Melbourne, Australia.

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Soyeon Kate Lee, pianist

First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.” A Naxos recording artist, her discography spans two volumes of Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, and two volumes of Scriabin works, with upcoming release of Clementi Sonatas. Ms. Lee’s recording of Re!nvented under the E1/Entertainment One (formerly Koch Classics) label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank and their children Noah and Ella.

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Andrus Madsen, keyboardist

Andrus Madsen is an active performer on the organ, harpsichord clavichord and fortepiano. He founded and directs Newton Baroque, and has also appeared with A Far Cry, Boston Baroque, Worcester Chamber Music Society and Exsultemus. Madsen is also known for his eloquent Baroque style improvisation. He strives to play written repertoire as if he is improvising, while his improvisations often sound as if they had been notated. His recording of keyboard music by Johann Pachelbel, has received significant critical acclaim. “Superb recordings of superb instruments by a musician who deserves to be better-known.” (Michael Barone of pipedreams) This album, played on organ, harpsichord and clavichord is available on Raven CD Recordings

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Laquita Mitchell, soprano

Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim on eminent international opera and concert stages worldwide. Opera News wrote she "dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” She has since reprised the role with The Atlanta Opera, The Tanglewood Festival, Madison Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toledo Opera, Springfield Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and many more. Ms. Mitchell’s most recent engagements included the title role in Tom Cipullo’s Josephine with Opera Colorado, Bess in Porgy and Bess with Grange Park Opera in the UK, Lithuanian State Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony, and the soprano soloist in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with the Columbus Symphony. Future engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Barber's Knoxville: Summer 1915 with Augusta Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deum with Colorado Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with Long Beach Symphony, and Brahms’ Requiem with Albany Pro Musica.  Ms. Mitchell will also make a long-awaited role debut as the title role in Aida with Virginia Opera as well as create the role of Julie in the World Premiere of Grammy Award-Winner Rhiannon Giddens’ OMAR with the Spoleto Festival USA.

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Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist spans more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (NYT), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, He is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and operatic works; has won an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and created large scale, site-specific musical events for public spaces. DBR has most recently created the musical score for The Just and The Blind, a collaboration with spoken word artist and writer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and a new work for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, Falling Black Into The Sky, based on the work of the artist James Turrell and his “light work” at Roden Crater.

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Carlos Simon, composer

Simon’s latest album, MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT, was released on the Navona Records label in April 2018. Described as an “overall driving force” (Review Graveyard) and featured on Apple Music’s “Albums to Watch”, MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT incorporates spoken word and historic recordings to craft a multifaceted program of musical works that are inspired as much by the past as they are the present.

As a part of the Sundance Institute, Simon was named as a Sundance Composer Fellow in 2018, which was held at the historic Skywalker Ranch. His string quartet, Elegy, honoring the lives of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner was recently performed at the Kennedy Center for the Mason Bates JFK Jukebox Series. With support from the US Embassy in Tokyo and US/Japan Foundation, Simon traveled with the Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI) on a two-week tour of Japan in 2018 performing concerts in some of the most sacred temples and concert spaces in Japan including Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

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Sonic Escape

Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Kaneko Millar founded Sonic Escape in 2009. Armed with flute & violin, their game plan - use hyper-instrumentals to fill hearts with indescribable joy - has landed them on hundreds of stages across 45 North American states, provinces and beyond! Maria and Shawn push themselves to the brink - singing, dancing, telling stories, and above all, playing their hearts out with a “wonderfully imaginative… anything goes sense of fun.” (The Washington Post)

Maria and Shawn have performed at Lincoln Center, Ottawa Chamberfest, Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, Gershwin Theatre on Broadway and Carnegie Hall. Their workshops and residencies have empowered students from Iqaluit, Nunavut down to Montgomery, Alabama and their alma mater, The Juilliard School. Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Chamber Music America and the Puffin Foundation have generously funded Sonic Escape's compositions, travels, and creation of a 5-day community residency.

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Anjna Swaminathan, composer

ANJNA SWAMINATHAN is a queer multidisciplinary artist, composer, violinist, vocalist, writer, theatre artist, and dramaturg. As an artist with a passion for sociopolitical work, community building, and critical consciousness, Anjna’s artistic practice is an extension of her activist spirit. Informed by her rigorous training in the Carnatic and Hindustani music traditions of India, Anjna creates in New York’s vibrant creative music and improvisatory scene, in hybrid classical compositional work, and in her own multidisciplinary projects. Since 2018, Anjna has been under the compositional mentorship of Gabriela Lena Frank with whom she is exploring the creative possibilities of using Western Classical notation as a mode of communication for her deeply rooted Indian classical compositional and improvisational ideas. Anjna is a Roulette 2020 Van Lier Fellow, made possible with funds provided by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust. Her new violin solo work, Anandham: A Homecoming, written for Hyeyung Yoon and commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music was developed during this fellowship and will be premiered at Roulette Intermedium in Fall 2020.

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Sybarite 5

“HYPER-ACCURATE YET FIERCELY VIVACIOUS”  (i care if you listen), ”Smart as a fox” (Limelight Magazine), and more fascinating than a jar of lightning, Sybarite5 is dazzling audiences around the world with their luxurious sound and unexpected programming. This exciting quintet is constantly evolving, defying categorization, and has been keeping audiences on their toes for 10 years. Their most recent album, OUTLIERS, consists entirely of new music written for them and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. The group has performed in 44 states and counting,"from the Library of Congress, (Washington DC) to Anchorage Concert Association, (Alaska) as well as concerts in Sybarite5’s home of New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, the Apple Store, and more. Committed to community engagement and educational activities, Sybarite5 works with over 5000 students annually and is known for their engaging corporate presentations in entrepreneurship and communication.

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