Summer 2017 Artists

Ajax Quartet

Ajax Quartet

Ajax Quartet violinist Renée Hemsing Patten, a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico under renowned Brazilian violinist Dr. Cármelo de los Santos. She earned her Masters at the University of North Texas in modern violin under Emanuel Borok, and baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts. Additionally, Renée studied extensively with Paul Kantor and David Halen, including during the Aspen Music Festival. Currently, Renée is a teaching assistant and doctoral violin candidate at the University of Colorado.

With years of experience in professional orchestras and early music ensembles across the US, Renée has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, and Columbus Symphony, and most recently, the Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. As a Colorado resident, Renée is concertmaster of the Flatirons Community Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Boulder Symphony. Renée has been featured in violin master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Matt Albert, Stephen Rose, Peter Otto, Haroutune Bedelian, Augustine Hadelich, Frank Almond, and the Fort Worth & Miami String Quartets and has played under such conductors as David Zinman, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, James de Priest, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Stern, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Søndergard, and Marin Alsop. In Spring 2014, Renée was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine.


Cellist of the Ajax Quartet Eric Haugen started playing the cello when he was 3 and a half years old. He studied under Sonja Connell in his hometown of Bemidji Minnesota from 1996-2008 before continuing under the tutelage of Peter Howard in Saint Paul. In 2014 Eric received his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from The University of Michigan, where he studied with Richard Aaron. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree under David Requiro at the University of Colorado. Eric has performed numerous times with orchestras such as The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra.


Violist Mario Rivera holds a Graduate Teaching Assistant position at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is pursuing his Master’s Degree and is also member of the Ajax Quartet. Mr. Rivera began his musical studies at the Victoriano Lopez Music School in his native Honduras, where he graduated with honors. After graduating he held a teaching position in viola studies at the Victoriano Lopez Music School and gained the title of Assistant Principal Violist of the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Rivera has collaborated with many orchestras including the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, the Central America Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Rivera has appeared as Principal Viola with Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in more than twenty countries including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, and Sweden. Conductors he has worked under include Valery Gergiev, Keith Lockhart, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Matthias Bamert, Benjamin Zander, Helmuth Rilling, and JoAnn Falletta in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, and Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Mr. Rivera has been active as a chamber music player since winning the second prize at the 2015 MTNA National Competition with the Columbus String Quartet. He has also collaborated with renown musicians such as Alexander Kobrin, William Preucil, Wendy Warner, Klauss Stoll, Sergiu Schwartz, Scott Rawls and Jonathan Spitz.

His most recent achievements include a Quartet Fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder where the Ajax Quartet will have their residency for the next two years studying intensively with the renown Takacs Quartet. Mr. Rivera is currently a student of Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther. He holds a degree in music education from the Victoriano Lopez Music School (Honduras) and a Bachelor's Degree in music performance from Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, Georgia.


Tom Yaron began studying the violin at the age of nine and made his solo debut in 2006 with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO). He served as concertmaster of the ensemble and together with the group, appeared on NPR’s Grammy-winning nationally syndicated radio show, “From the Top.” Tom appeared once again as soloist with PACO in 2010, touring the west coast of the United States before embarking on a multi-city five-concert tour of Turkey which culminated in a solo performance at the Hagia Irene in Istanbul as part of the Istanbul Youth Orchestra Festival.

In 2012, Tom was appointed as a violinist of the Young Artist String Quartet in residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He appeared with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra as the violin soloist of Piazzolla’s fiery Four Seasons of Buenos Aires during the orchestra’s 2014 season.

As an orchestral player, Tom served as the concertmaster of the Moritzburg Festival in Germany and the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, and as associate concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and Fort Collins Symphony.

He has worked under the baton of such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Itzhak Perlman, Pablo Heras Casado, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Edward Gardner, Jaap van Zweden, and Essa Pekka Salonen.

His teachers include Jenny Rudin, Li Lin, Yuval Yaron, Catherine Cho, and Charles Wetherbee. Yaron holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and is currently a violinist of the Ajax Quartet in residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Summer 2017 Artists

Aletheia Piano Trio

Aletheia Piano Trio

Comprised of violinist Francesca dePasquale, cellist Juliette Herlin, and pianist Fei-Fei Dong, the Aletheia Piano Trio is quickly rising to acclaim for their impassioned energy and musical integrity. Praised as an “outstanding ensemble” with “confidence and understanding of musicians beyond their years” (Palm Beach Daily News), the trio was formed in 2013 at the Juilliard School and quickly gave debut performances at the Rose Studio and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York and the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. They have coached with artists such as David Finckel, Joseph Kalichstein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Ida Kavafian, Merry Peckham, and Vivian Weilerstein. In addition to their studies at Juilliard, the trio has attended the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, performing as an ensemble and with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Donald Weilerstein.  

Highlights of recent performances include debut appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Saint Vincent College Concert Series (Latrobe, PA), Shandelee Music Festival (Livingston Manor, NY), Harvard Club of New York, Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital series, Music at the Institute series at the Ukrainian Institute (New York, NY), and the Hewlett Woodmere Library series (Hewlett, NY), as well as return performances at the Second Sunday Concert series (Bethlehem, PA), and American Irish Historical Society (New York, NY).  

Members of the Aletheia Piano Trio bring together an extraordinary background of chamber music experience and cultural explorations, collaborating with artists such as the Brentano String Quartet, Gérard Caussé, Paul Coletti, Jérôme Ducros, Jennifer Frautschi, Alexander Kerr, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Anne-­Marie McDermott, Robert McDuffie, and Jérôme Pernoo. Additionally, they have performed as featured artists for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Bravo! Vail music festival, Olympic Music Festival, Manhattan Chamber Players, Marinus Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Music@Menlo, Music in the Vineyards, Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music series, Colburn Chamber Music Society, Yellow Barn, and Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn.

In addition to performing the classical repertoire, the Aletheia Piano Trio is committed to supporting the creation of new music for the piano trio medium, as well as discovering the lesser-known works of the repertoire. The trio recently gave the North American premiere of Ukrainian composer Hennadiy Lyashenko’s piano trio.  
The ensemble is named for Aletheia, the Greek concept of sincerity, which celebrates their approach to realizing musical works, as well as their connection with each other and their audiences.

Summer 2017 Artists

Korine Fujiwara, viola

Korine Fujiwara, viola

Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of Carpe Diem String Quartet. Critics have described her performances as “engaging” and “with finesse and perfection.” Festivals include: Olympic Music Festival, Marble Cliff Chamber Players, Snake River Chamber Players, MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, Victoria International Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Focus! Festival of 20th Century Music at Lincoln Center, and Summergarden Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Orchestras include: Brooklyn Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony, where she held the position of acting assistant principal second violin.

Named as one of Strings Magazine's “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch,” critics say of her music, “The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time,” “Contains a very rare attribute in contemporary classical music: happiness.” —Fanfare  “She knows how to exploit all the resources of string instruments alone and together; her quartet writing is very democratic, with solos for everyone; her solo violin writing is fiendishly difficult.” —Strings

A violinist and violist, Fujiwara holds degrees from Juilliard and Northwestern University, studied with Joseph Fuchs, Myron Kartman, Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnik, was a longtime faculty member of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is in great demand for master classes and clinics.

Korine performs on a 1790 Contreras violin, a 2004 viola by Kurt Widenhouse, and bows by three of today’s finest makers, Paul Martin Siefried, Ole Kanestrom and Charles Espey, all of Port Townsend, WA, USA.

Summer 2017 Artists

Walter Gray, cello

Walter Gray, cello

Walter Gray has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the Far East. He was a founding member of the Kronos Quartet and for over five years presented hundreds of concerts including numerous world premieres. Mr. Gray’s expanded contemporary music adventures have included working with Pearl Jam, Dave Mathews Band, Queensrÿche, Heart, and David Lanz. He has recorded works of John Cage, Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, and Chinary Ung and produced recordings for the London Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival and numerous solo and chamber musicians.

A member of the Seattle Symphony since 1979, Mr. Gray has performed as soloist with the orchestra several times. “Gray played with his usual intensity and flair…the cello’s lyrical possibilities are realized.” (The Seattle Times)  He has taught at SUNY Geneseo, Mills College, Western Washington University, and the University of North Texas.  In the summer he makes regular appearances at the Olympic, Marrowstone, New Hampshire, and Grand Teton Music Festivals.

Summer 2017 Artists

Eric Han, cello

Eric Han, cello

Korean born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. Following his debut led to many engagements with Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto chamber players and Symphony by the Sea in Boston. In collaboration with world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis, he recorded a live performance of the Elgar cello concerto on the Yamaha Canada label.

As an avid chamber musician, Eric has performed with many of world’s leading musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, Roberto Diaz, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Chee Yun, Lynn Harrell, Gray Hoffman, Paul Coletti, Jörg Widmann, Jan Vogler, Thomas Demenga Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux and the members of the Altenberg Trio, Borromeo quartet and Orion String Quartet. As a recitalist, Eric has performed in many of world’s prestigious halls, including Zankel Hall Carnegie, 92nd St. Y, St. Martin in the fields, and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Eric has been the recipient of many awards in Canada and the US, including the Tom Thomas Scholarship, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, and Schimidbauer international string competition and 2012 Sylva Gelber Award.  As a guest artist and artist-in-residence, Eric has participated at numerous festivals, including the Moritzburg Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Orford Arts Centre and is on faculty at Marrowstone music festival.

Eric studied with David Hetherington at the Glenn Gould School, and holds a B.M. from the Colburn School of Music, under the tutelage of Ronald Leonard. He is a recent recipient of an Artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Eric has joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as their 4th chair cellist and is the principal cellist for Seattle Opera Company. He plays on a cello made by Frank Ravatin (2010 Vannes), on generous loan to him from the Maestro Foundations.

Summer 2017 Artists

Brian Hong, violin

Brian Hong, violin

Brian Hong is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein.  Past mentors have included Sergiu Schwartz, Zvi Zeitlin, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. 

As soloist, Mr. Hong has performed with orchestras such as the Fairfax Symphony, the Chesapeake Orchestra, the US Army Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic, and has won top prizes in many major US Competitions, including first prize in the national finals of the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition (2012), first prize of the American String Teacher’s Association Competition (2016) and first prize in the Hellam National Young Artist’s Competition (2016).  Mr. Hong was also the first participant featured on NPR’s “From the Top” to perform on a period baroque instrument, playing an Uccellini Sonata with Christopher O’Riley on harpsichord. 

In addition to his many solo achievements, Mr. Hong has extensive experience as a chamber musician, having performed at such festivals as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Taos School of Music, the Perlman Music Program, and Kneisel Hall.  Mr. Hong was also a member of three different honors ensembles at NEC: the Atlas, Vasari and Neruda String Quartets, where he studied both classic and contemporary quartet repertoire with mentors such as Laurence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, and Lucy Chapman, and performed abroad in cities such as Chicago and Washington, DC.  Highlights of next season include a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kyle Pickett. 

Mr. Hong is currently in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Li Lin, where he is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

Summer 2017 Artists

Alexander Hersh, cello

Alexander Hersh, cello

Cellist Alexander Hersh is quickly establishing himself as a rising young talent. In 2015 Hersh made his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops and performed at the Kennedy Center. Recent engagements include solo performances with the Allen town Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals in Chicago, Boston, Houston, and Louisville, and chamber music appearances in New York, Chicago, Boston, Ames, and Des Moines.

Alexander Hersh has performed in the US, Canada, and across Europe. He has received numerous awards both a soloist and as a chamber musician, including: the 2017 Luminarts Classical Music Fellowship, the 2016 Schadt String Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, Society of American Musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Jules M. Laser National Chamber Music Competition, the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and is a three time winner of the New England Conservatory Honors Competition.

A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed the complete string quartets of Béla Bartok and Alban Berg and much of the rest of the chamber music canon. He has been heard in music festivals worldwide including: Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, Olympic Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Domaine Forget, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In the Summer of 2014, he served as principal cellist for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.

A 4th generation string player, Alexander’s parents, Stefan and Roberta, are both active professional violinists. His grandfather, Paul Hersh, is professor of viola and piano at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his great grandfather, Ralph Hersh, was a member of the Stuyvesant String Quartet, and principal violist of the Dallas and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.

Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He studied with Steve Balderston and Hans Jensen, and attended the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. As a high school student Hersh was heard twice on NPR’s “From the Top” and performed as soloist with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Oak Park River River Forest Symphony Orchestra. In May, Hersh received his B.M. from New England Conservatory with academic honors where he was a student of Laurence Lesser and recipient of the Clara M. Friedlaender Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his M.M. at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. He plays a G. Ceruti cello on generous loan from a sponsor through Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL.

Summer 2017 Artists

Stefan Hersh, violin

Stefan Hersh, violin

Violinist Stefan Hersh enjoys a varied career, equally at home as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and pedagogue. He is the Director of String Chamber music and artist faculty at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Hersh previously served as head of the string department on the faculty of De Paul University. He has been a featured guest artist nationally and internationally at venues including the Cremona International Music Academy in Italy, the Festival Campos do Jordao in Brasil, the Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, the Colorado College Summer Festival, the Olympic Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, the Taos Summer Music Festival, the Tucson Winter Festival and the Mendocino Music Festival.

Hersh’s career as a performer has included positions as Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony. Hersh was a founding member of the Chicago based Callisto Ensemble, and of the Chicago String Quartet.

Hersh is also an expert appraiser in rare violins and bows. He is a partner at Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago.

Summer 2017 Artists

Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Eric Jacobs is the newly appointed Clarinet and Bass Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. Prior to joining the Symphony, Jacobs was based in Los Angeles pursuing an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician and new music advocate. He has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of San Diego, Pasadena, Richmond and Santa Barbara. As a chamber musician he has performed with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Danish Radio Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many others in the United States, Canada, Denmark and Germany. 

A passionate supporter of new music, he has premiered many new works as a core member of the What's Next? Ensemble, HEAR NOW Music Festival, Jacaranda: Music at the Edge and the Long Beach Opera. He has also performed with Ensemble Modern, Green Umbrella, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and at Carnegie Hall under the guidance of John Adams and David Robertson in concerts of twentieth and twenty-first century American music.  During the summers he is clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, where he is working on a solo project combining his love of singing and clarinet to be premiered in 2017. 

He is forever indebted to his many great teachers over the years: Nancy Genovese, Yehuda Gilad, David Howard, Kenneth Lee, Thomas LeGrand, Charles West and Michael Webster.

Summer 2017 Artists

David Korevaar, piano

David Korevaar, piano

Pianist David Korevaar balances his active performing schedule with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano. He is a 2016 honoree as Distinguished Research Lecturer at the University of Colorado.

Since his New York debut at Town Hall in 1985, Korevaar has performed in many roles, as solo recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, as chamber musician and collaborator, as well as
(more recently) expanding into the world of theater and dance. He has performed throughout the United States, and he is heard frequently in his home state of Colorado. Internationally, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, and around Europe from Riga, Latvia to Heidelberg, Germany. He is a frequent visitor to Japan, performing and teaching. He has also performed and taught in Central Asia under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program. In May 2016, Korevaar spent two weeks teaching at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. 

A passionate and committed collaborator, Korevaar is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently resident at The Academy in Boulder, and performed for many years as a member of the Clavier Trio. He is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet, and has collaborated with other ensembles including the Manhattan, Colorado, Shanghai, and Chester Quartets. He continues to perform and record with distinguished colleagues including violinists Charles Wetherbee, Harumi Rhodes, Edward Dusinberre, violists Geraldine Walther and Matthew Dane, flutist Christina Jennings, among others.   

Korevaar’s most recent additions to his extensive discography are a Chopin CD for MSR Classics, featuring a compelling selection of the composer’s piano masterpieces, and a disc for Naxos with Charles Wetherbee of world‐premiere recordings of works for violin and viola with piano by the Hungarian‐born Parisian composer Tibor Harsányi. Korevaar is well‐known for his Bach recordings, which include the Six Partitas, Goldberg Variations, and both books of the Well‐Tempered Clavier. His explorations of standard repertoire include a discs of Beethoven Sonatas, Brahms Variations, music by Ravel, and more. He has also recorded solo and chamber music of Paul Hindemith (three discs), solo piano music by Ernst von Dohnányi, a disc of Fauré, and rarely heard treasures by French composers including Aubert and Roger‐Ducasse from the University of Colorado’s Ricardo Viñes Piano Music Collection. His work with the American composer Lowell Liebermann has resulted in four CDs to date, including two collections of solo piano music, an album with flutist Alexa Still, and a chamber music compilation with members of the Boulder Piano Quartet and baritone Patrick Mason. 

Summer 2017 Artists

Mae Lin, violin

Mae Lin, violin

Mae Lin joined the Seattle Symphony in 2008 as a member of the second violin section. In 2014, she joined the first violin section. Having grown up in Bellevue, she was very excited to return home to join her hometown symphony. She previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville with the Eykamp String Quartet. Ms. Lin received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka, and was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship.

While a student at Juilliard, summer music festivals were the highlight of every school year. Ms. Lin attended the Aspen Music Festival where she received the Orchestral and Mentor Fellowships, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Spoleto, Italy Music Festival, and the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She was invited to be on the faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in 2012 and assistant to Naoko Tanaka at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013. Ms. Lin has been serving on the board of the Seattle Youth Symphony since 2013. As an alumnus, she is excited to be a part of this organization which helps shape students through music.   

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Lin began the piano at age 4 and violin at age 7. She played flute and french horn in her middle school band as well. She holds a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, enjoys swimming, golf, playing tennis, and playing fetch with her dog, Scotch.

In the summer of 2014, Ms. Lin made her debut in Taipei, Taiwan with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall.

Summer 2017 Artists

Tanner Menees, viola

Tanner Menees, viola

Tanner Menees, performs the viola largely in a chamber music setting. Mr. Menees has collaborated in chamber music performances with notable artists such as Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, Clive Greensmith, Richie Hawley, Gary Hoffman, and Ronald Leonard. His summers have taken him to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Menuhin Festival String Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. Mr. Menees also performed on Ravinia’s annual tour in 2017, which performed at venues in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Stamford.   Mr. Menees is also a part of the Los Angeles Ensemble, a piano quartet based in LA.

He has served as principal viola for the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Marriner, and Robert Spano. In the 2015-16 concert season, he performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra under maestro Thierry Fischer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree.

Summer 2017 Artists

Jesse Morrison, violin

Jesse Morrison, violin

Recipient of the 2016 Sylva Gelber Award, Canadian violist Jesse Morrison recently earned a Masters degree at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, studying with Kim Kashkashian. As a recent winner of the NEC Concerto Competition, Jesse performed Bartók's Viola Concerto in April 2017. Mr. Morrison also won the NEC Concerto Competition in 2016 and led the NEC’s Chamber Orchestra in concert, performing Britten's Lachrymae in Boston’s prestigious Jordan Hall (2016).

Jesse is an avid chamber musician, and is an alumnus of festivals such as Yellow Barn, the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget and Kneisel Hall. He was a member of the Neruda String Quartet in 2015-16, which won the chamber music competition at NEC, resulting in a debut recital in Jordan Hall. Additionally, from 2011-2015, he was the violist in the Arkadas String Quartet, a Toronto-based ensemble which won the Felix Galimir Award at the University of Toronto.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Jesse received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Teng Li and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under Steven Dann. He has collaborated with artists such as David Alberman, Lucy Chapman, Jonathan Crow, Pekka Kuusisto, Kim Kashkashian, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser and members of the Amici Chamber Ensemble, Borromeo String Quartet and Boston Trio. As an orchestral musician, he regularly serves as substitute violist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company, and is an alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, he is currently an intern for Music for Food, a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.

Summer 2017 Artists

Yana Reznik, piano

Yana Reznik, piano

Pianist, speaker, producer, host, entrepreneur, and cultural leader, Yana Reznik’s passionate performances and compelling storytelling have captivated  the hearts of thousands of concert goers on her many tours across the United States. Known as the “Pianist with a Voice” Yana breaks with tradition by creating innovative programs that bring the beauty of classical music to wider and more diverse audiences.

Michael Walsh of Time Magazine wrote of her that “having heard every great pianist active since 1971, including Horowitz, Rubinstein, and Serkin, I can confidently say that Ms. Reznik is determined to follow in their footsteps; indeed, think of her as a young Martha Argerich and you will have some idea of the experience that lies in store for you.”

In 2010 Yana was invited to be a soloist and an actress with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Toyota Concert Series at Disney Hall. A winner of the Artists International Competition, Ms. Reznik gave a sold-out Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Debut in New York in 2004. In 2011 Yana was named an honorary “Artist of the Year” by Roland Corporation, US. As the only classically endorsed pianist Yana has presented the World Premier concert of V-Piano Grand at Zipper Hall (Los Angeles) and Lincoln Center (New York).

In 2008, as a Founder and Artistic Director of the Southern California Brahms Festival, Ms. Reznik performed the complete piano chamber works of Johannes Brahms. An active collaborator, Yana is a guest artist with the Gold Coast Chamber Players in San Francisco and often performs with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet.

Yana’s TV appearances include the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing with violinist Nicola Benedetti.  In 2010 Yana performed with Carrie Underwood at the ACM Awards on PBS. Her music has been broadcasted on WFMT Chicago, WWFM “Piano Matters with David Dubal”, NPR, “From the Top”, Interlochen Public Radio and KUSC Los Angeles.

Born in Moscow, Ms. Reznik holds a bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a master of music degree from the University of Southern California, and a professional studies certificate from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she was under the tutelage of Phillip Kawin and John Perry. She has also studied at the Rachmaninoff School of Music in Moscow, Russia with Raisa Bekerman, the Interlochen Arts Academy with Stephen Perry and privately with Joseph Matthews.

Yana’s has performed at the Aspen Festival, the Tanglewood Festival where she worked with the Mark Morris Dance Company and others, the Yale summer music festival at Norfolk, the Cleveland summer music festival at Kent Blossom, the Sarasota Festival, Piano Summers at New Paltz and the International Academy of Music in Russia.

In 2000 Ms. Reznik became an assistant conductor to Maestro Glen Cortese and served as a pianist, harpsichordist, and organist for the East-West International Symphony Orchestra and Academy in Altenburg, Germany. She also conducted the Academy Orchestra from the harpsichord in a performance of Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos.

Yana’s passion for inspiring a new generation to love classical music has led her to be a guest speaker for the TEDx Skid Row, the “Idea Project of LA”, the “Southern California Music Institute” and the “Idyllwild Arts Academy”.   

As a humanitarian, Yana Reznik created the 'Artistic Voyage' concert series of 2011, a visionary gathering of musicians and artists to benefit worthwhile charity organizations around the world. Another one of Yana’s celebrated achievements had been her work as Artistic Director, pianist and host for the 'Live at the Lounge' (Los Angeles) – a weekly concert series that featured over 130 world class performers who collaborated with Ms. Reznik in 2010.

Since relocating to Chicago in 2014 from Los Angeles, Yana has performed with Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Sympohony, Chicago Symphony All Access Chamber Series, Myra Hess Concert Series, PianoForte Foundation. WFMT 98.7 Radio has produced Yana’s new album exclusively used for the pledge drive. In February 2015 Yana launched “Playful Talk” show, a production that invites audiences to engage with renowned starts of classical music. As a founder, producer, pianist and host Yana collaborated with the members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Ensemble Dal Niente, Kontras Quartet and New Millennium Orchestra. Yana is an active member of the Musicians Club of Women and was a recepient of the Tikkun Fellowship Grant from the Jewish United Fund Foundation. For more information visit www.yanareznik.com.

Summer 2017 Artists

Charles Wetherbee, violin

Charles Wetherbee, violin

Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO).  He has performed in the French, German, Austrian, and Dutch embassies, the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery, the Freer Gallery, Strathmore Hall, Jordan Hall and many other important venues.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six.  He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orchestra Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony, among others.

A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. He is also the Artistic Director of the Dercum Center for Arts and Humanities, Keystone, Colorado. Charles is an assistant professor of violin at the College of Music - University of Colorado at Boulder.