The Musicians

PianoStephen Drury, Elaine Rombola, Yukiko Takagi
PercussionJeffrey Means, Mike Williams
Violin: Micah BrightwellGabriela DiazLilit Hartunian, Ryan Shannon, Stephanie Skor
Viola: Gabriela DiazAshleigh Gordon
CelloDavid Russell
Bass: David Goodchild
FluteSarah Brady, Jessi Rosinski
ClarinetAmy Advocat, Alexis Lanz, Rane Moore
Oboe: Elizabeth England, Ben Fox
Saxophones: Philipp A. Stäudlin
Bassoon: Adam Smith
Trumpet: Kyle Spraker
Horn: Neil Godwin
Trombone: Christopher Moore
Tuba: Beth McDonald
Harp: Franziska Huhn
Voice: Jennifer Ashe, Brian Church, Nina Guo, Thea Lobo
Electronics: John Mallia, Neal Markowski, Beth McDonald
ConductorsStephen DruryJeffrey Means


 

Hailed as “dazzling” by the Boston Globe, Dr. AMY ADVOCAT is clarinet/bass clarinetist with Boston Modern Orchestra (named 2016 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America), with whom she has performed recorded and premiered numerous new works. Highly sought after for her unique performance style, she has performed with Emmanuel Music, Boston Pops, Odyssey Opera, Harrisburg Symphony, Guerilla Opera, Collage New Music, Sound Icon, Firebird Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex. Monadnock Music, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. As a soloist, she has performed with BMOP, ALEA III, Society of Composers, Inc, American Composers Alliance, and the New Gallery Concert Series. Dr. Advocat is the Executive Director of the bass clarinet + marimba duo Transient Canvas, with whom she has commissioned and premiered nearly 60 works since 2011. Their debut album “sift” releases in Spring 2016.
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jenniferasheMustering up “rock solid technique” and “the kind of vocal velvet you don’t often hear in contemporary music” (Boston Phoenix), soprano JENNIFER ASHE has been praised for performances that are “pure bravuraŠriveting the audience with a radiant and opulent voice” (The Boston Globe). A strong advocate of new works, she has sung with Boston Musica Viva, Sound Icon, Fromm Festival, Boston Microtonal Society, Harvard Group for New Music, New Music Brandeis, New Gallery Concert Series, Guerilla Opera, Ludovico Ensemble, and the Callithumpian Consort. She also sings with the Blue Heron, The Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. Ashe holds a DMA and an MM in voice and vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory and a BM in voice and music education from the Hartt School of Music. Formerly on the faculties of the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University, she teaches for Music Together Arlington and the Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley and is the Handel and Haydn teaching artist at the John F. Kennedy School in Jamaica Plain, teaching K-3 general music.
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sarah bradyFlutist SARAH BRADY, called “enchanting” (Boston Globe) and “clairvoyantly sensitive” (New Music Connoisseur), is principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva and the Radius Ensemble. She has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s leading composers, including new music commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. In 2007 Sarah enjoyed a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. A prizewinner in the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, Sarah now serves on the National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee. Her solo, chamber and over 50 orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale, Cantaloupe and BMOP/Sound labels. Sarah is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Visit her online at www.bradyflute.com.
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MICAH BRIGHTWELL, a native of Hamilton, NZ, has performed extensively across Canada and the United States. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Micah studied primarily with Marka Wilcox-Akins, and was named the youngest concertmaster of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Micah graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master’s degree from Rice University, where she studied with Kenneth Goldsmith. Brightwell is currently working towards a Master’s of science in Arts Administration at Boston University. As a specialist in contemporary music, she has appeared in concert with the Callithumpian Consort, Ludovico Ensemble, Acoustic Uproar, Collage New Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Sound Energy Trio, ensemblenewSRQ, and the Rice University-based New Music Ensemble, as well as with members of the Bang on a Can All- Stars, eighth blackbird, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Ensemble Modern. Micah is also a classical chamber musician, having worked with artists such as Norman Fischer, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Thomas Jaber, Brian Connelly, and Kenneth Goldsmith. Other chamber music studies include Mark Sokol, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff and Samuel Rhodes, as well as members of the Cavani String Quartet. Mrs. Brightwell attended the Tanglewood Music Center as an orchestral fellow and a member of the Fromm String Quartet, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. She has worked with composers Marti Epstein, John Williams, Gunther Schuller, Jo Kondo, Jonathan Dawes, Alvin Lucier, Sean Shepherd, Jeffrey Mumford, Felipe Lara, Harrison Birtwistle, Nicholas Vines, Roger Miller, and Oliver Knussen.
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Georgia native GABRIELA DIAZ began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Gabriela graduated with honors from New England Conservatory, receiving Bachelor and Master’s degrees in violin as a student of James Buswell; at NEC, she received the George W. Chadwick Medal, and the John Cage Award for commitment to contemporary music. In 2012, Gabriela joined the violin faculty of Wellesley College. As a cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. A firm believer in the healing properties of music, Gabriela and her colleagues have performed in cancer units in Boston hospitals and presented benefit concerts for cancer research organizations in numerous venues. A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area contemporary music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and Callithumpian Consort. She also plays regularly with Winsor Music, Mistral Music, Radius Ensemble, and Emmanuel Music. Critics have acclaimed Gabriela as “a young violin master,” and “one of Boston’s most valuable players,” remarking on her “indefatigably expressive” playing, “polished technique,” and “vivid and elegant playing.” Gabriela can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, Naxos, and Tzadik records. Gabriela plays on a Vuillaume violin generously on loan from Mark Ptashne and a viola made by her father, Manuel Diaz.
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 STEPHEN DRURY has given performances throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, soloing with orchestras from San Diego to Bucharest. A prizewinner in several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Affiliate Artists, and Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller competitions, his repertoire stretches from Bach, Mozart, and Liszt to the music of today. The U.S. State Department sponsored two concert tours that enabled him to take the sounds of dissonance to Paris, Hong Kong, Greenland, Pakistan, Prague, and Japan. He has appeared as conductor and pianist at the Angelica Festival in Italy, the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, Spoleto Festival USA, and with the Britten Sinfonia in England, as well as at Roulette and the Knitting Factory in New York. Drury has also performed with Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Barishnikov in the Lincoln Center Festival, at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Great Day in New York Festival, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle and Moscow. A champion of 20th-century music, Drury’s critically acclaimed performances range from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and György Ligeti. He premiered the solo part of John Cage’s 1O1 with the Boston Symphony and gave the first performance of John Zorn’s concerto for piano and orchestra Aporias with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cologne Radio Symphony. He has commissioned new works from Cage, Zorn, Terry Riley, Lee Hyla, and Chinary Ung. Drury has given masterclasses at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Mannes Beethoven Institute and throughout the world, and served on juries for the Concert Artist Guild and Orléans Concours International de Piano XXème Siècle Competitions.  His recordings include music by Beethoven, Liszt, Stockhausen, Ravel, Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Frederic Rzewski, John Cage, Colin McPhee, and John Zorn.
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Hailed as a “stalwart” horn player by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, NEIL GODWIN is garnering a reputation as a specialist in new music through his numerous performances and recordings with both the Callithumpian Consort and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A very active freelancer, Neil performs more traditional fare as a member of the Plymouth Philharmonic and the Claflin Hill Symphony, and he has formerly held positions with the Discovery Ensemble, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, the Simon Sinfonietta, and the Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra. Neil has performed as a guest musician with many ensembles throughout New England including the Boston Philharmonic, the New Bedford Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Symphony by the Sea, just to name a few. Also an active chamber musician, Neil performs regularly with the Epic Brass Quintet, the Solar Winds, and the Boston Woodwind Society Octet. When not performing, Neil enjoys teaching young musicians in both private lessons and small ensembles at the Community Music Center of Boston where he serves as the Assistant Department Chair for Winds, Brass and Percussion and as the Assistant Director of CMCB’s Summer Music program. Neil is a native of West Monroe, LA, where he began his horn studies with Dr. Gary Greene at Northeast Louisiana University, and he went on to earn degrees in horn performance and conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a student of Dennis Behm in horn and Drs. Timothy Koch and Jay Dean in conducting. In 2001, Neil came to Boston in order to pursue further horn studies at Boston University under the tutelage of Eric Ruske. Additionally, he has performed in masterclasses and workshops with such noted horn players as Dale Clevenger, David Jolley, Roger Kaza, Jeff Nelsen, Karl Pituch, Denise Tryon, and Frøydis Ree Wekre.
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Photo Credit: Monika Bach Schroeder

Photo: Monika Bach Schroeder

ASHLEIGH GORDON has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions. As a contemporary music enthusiast, Ashleigh has performed with the Callithumpian Consort, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Germany), Ensemble Proton (Switzerland), the New York/Boston-based ECCE ensemble and the celebrated Ensemble Modern from Germany. Her strong desire to promote new music has led her to work with such composers as Beat Furrer, Thomas Adès, Luca Francesconi, Chaya Czernowin, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and Frederic Rzewski among others. Equally at home as an entrepreneur, Ashleigh is the Artistic Director of the Boston-based concert and educational series dedicated to promoting Black artistry through music: Castle of our Skins. In recognition for her innovative advocacy of social and cultural awareness, she has given presentations at IDEAS UMass Boston and 180 Degrees Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, and has been featured in print and on air in the June 2015 International Musician Magazine, the Boston Globe and All Ears podcast. Ashleigh is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient and can be heard on chamber music recordings under the Mode, Siemens, Navona and Musiques-Suisse record labels. Visit her online at www.violashe.com.
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Violinist LILIT HARTUNIAN performs at the forefront of contemporary music innovation in Boston and internationally. Described as “brilliantly rhapsodic” by the Harvard Crimson, Hartunian is regularly heard on stage premiering works written for her by leading composers, and has appeared as soloist in the SEAMUS, NYCEMF, Open Sound, and Third Practice festivals. Hartunian is the Creative Director of the Museum of Fine Arts’ ensemble-in-residence, Vellumsound, a role in which she conceives and performs chamber music programs celebrating the many rich intersections between visual art and music. She can also be heard performing with contemporary ensembles such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Sound Icon, Callithumpian Consort, Guerilla Opera, Equilibrium Ensemble, Boston Microtonal Society, and others. Locally, the Boston Musical Intelligencer has praised her “Paganiniesque virtuosity” and “captivating and luxurious tone,”. Internationally, she was one of twelve USA violinists chosen to attend the Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez. In addition to her performance career, Hartunian enjoys serving on violin and chamber music faculty at The Rivers School Conservatory.
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Harpist FRANZISKA HUHN is a vibrant musical force as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral performer. Ms. Huhn has given solo recitals throughout the United States and worldwide in Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including performances for German Presidents Johannes Rau and Horst Koehler at Schloss Bellevue. Ms. Huhn has been featured in recital on WGBH’s “Live from Studio 1” and as part of New England Conservatory’s First Mondays performance series. In 2007 Ms. Huhn’s recording Harp Solo was released and features both contemporary and classical works for harp. A 2003 Fromm Fellow, Ms. Huhn is known as a proponent of contemporary music for harp and performs works written especially for her by composers Daniel Pinkham, Lior Navok, and John Heiss. Ms. Huhn plays as part of contemporary chamber ensembles Callithumpian Consort, Collage New Music and Sound Icon. Since 2007 Ms. Huhn has served as a performer and coach at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory.  As a pedagogue Ms. Huhn holds faculty positions at New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Wheaton College. Ms. Huhn established herself as an artist of distinction at a very young age, earning first prize in the prestigious Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany at the age of fourteen. She was then invited to study on a full scholarship with Lucile Lawrence at Boston University and then continued her harp studies with Ann Hobson Pilot at New England Conservatory, where she became the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005. In 2007, she received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany.
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Hailed as “excellent”, “impeccable”, “limpidly beautiful”, “impressive”, “stunning”, and “Boston’s best”, Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano THEA LOBO‘s 2015-16 season includes performances with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, True Concord, fortepianist Sylvia Berry, The Shakespeare Concerts, Guerrilla Opera, Andover Choral Society, Emmanuel Music, Sarasota Choral Society and the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She has recently appeared with the Boston Early Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, Berklee New Music, Exsultemus, Amherst Early Music Festival, Cambridge Concentus, and the White Mountain Music Festival. Ms. Lobo has appeared under conductors Gunther Schuller, Harry Christophers, Joshua Rifkin, Martin Pearlman and Helmut Rilling, and has been featured by the Firebird Ensemble, Carmel Bach Festival, The Bermuda Festival, and Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart. Her dedication to new music, art song, and early music has seen her nominated for a 2016 Grammy on True Concord’s album ‘Far in the Heavens’, invited to the Carmel Bach Festival as an Adams Fellow, a prizewinner at the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers, a grant recipient of the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, a featured recitalist for the Boston Portuguese Festival, and performing as a soloist under the direction of composers Steve Reich, Fred Lerdahl, Christian Wolff, Lee Hyla, Stephen Paulus, and Louis Andriessen. A graduate of New England Conservatory and Boston University, Thea Lobo resides in Somerville, MA.
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Photo: Adam DeTour

Photo: Adam DeTour

BETH MCDONALD is a classically trained tuba player gone awry. She works largely in the fields of electroacoustic music, the American avant-garde, jazz, and free improvisation. Previously, Beth has performed with Lindenbomber Fleet, Boston Modern Brass, Sound Icon, Discovery Ensemble, Dog Brain Ragtime Band, and the Brian Friedland Big Band. As Artistic Director of the August Noise JP concert series for four seasons, she worked to bring unexpected music to public spaces and to engage her fellow musicians in their community. Beth received her Masters degree from New England Conservatory, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky. In a previous life she was an active concerto soloist, performing with Pershing’s Own Army Band, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and others. She has also been a fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the SICPP Electronic Music Workshop. Visit her online at www.bethtuba.com.
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 JEFFREY MEANS is a conductor and percussionist specializing in contemporary music. He has conducted many new music ensembles in Boston and elsewhere, including the Firebird Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Callithumpian Consort, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble and others. Means has worked with some of the most prominent composers of our time, including Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Steve Reich, Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Leroux, Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin, Jonathan Harvey, and many others. Means is artistic director of Sound Icon, whose 2012 performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ In Vain was named best new music performance of the year by the Boston Globe. He has conducted at contemporary music festivals in France, Italy, and Argentina, and has played percussion at such festivals as the Casals Festival in San Juan and Tanglewood. This year, Means will conduct and play at the Espoo Festival in Finland, including a performance of Pierre Boulez’s seminal Sur Incises. Means was one of two conductors selected to study with Pierre Boulez in 2009 at the Lucerne Festival Academy, and was invited back in 2011. He will return to Lucerne to act as conductor of the Roche Young Commissions program from 2015 to 2017. Jeffrey holds two degrees from New England Conservatory, where he received the 2005 John Cage Award, 2006 Tourjee Alumni Award,  and 2008 Gunther Schuller Medal. Means is currently assistant professor of conducting at Berklee College of Music.
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Clarinetist RANE MOORE is well-regarded for her thoughtful, provocative interpretations of standard and cutting-edge contemporary repertoire. Fiercely devoted to the new music communities of the East Coast and beyond, Moore is a founding member of the New York-based Talea Ensemble, which regularly gives premieres of new works at major venues and festivals around the world. Moore has joined the award winning wind quintet, The City of Tomorrow, for the upcoming season, and is also a member Boston’s Sound Icon. In addition to her very active performing schedule, Moore is on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory and has served in the ensemble-in-residence for advanced students in composition at many universities and conservatories around the world. Recent projects with saxophonist and MacArthur fellow Steve Coleman have led to recordings and performances at The Villiage Vanguard, Newport Jazz Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival, and Jazz à la Villette in Paris. Moore is also a regularly invited collaborator with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can All-Stars, New York New Music, Boston Musica Viva, Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra among others. Moore’s latest festival and series performances include high-profile events at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Wien Modern, Warsaw in Autumn, Darmstadt International Music Festival, Transit Festival in Belgium, Time Spans in Colorado, Contempuls 5 in Prauge, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow, June in Buffalo, as well as local and emerging series such as Monadnock Music, Rockport Music, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Town Hall Concerts in Seattle, and Trinity Wall Street in New York. Ms. Moore has recordings on Tzadik, Pi, Mode, Navona, New World, Bridge, and Gravina Música records. Critics have praised her “enthralling,” “tour-de-force,” and “phenomenal” performances.
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 Flutist JESSI ROSINSKI performs actively throughout Boston and has appeared with groups such as Collage New Music, Boston Musica Viva, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Microtonal Society, Xanthos Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ludovico Ensemble, and Harvard Group for New Music. Ms. Rosinski is the flutist of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, an artist in residence at Harvard, an associate with the Atlantic Symphony, and a regular sub with the United States Coast Guard Band. She has collaborated with the Emerson String Quartet, Hartt Percussion Ensemble, and The BSC electro-acoustic octet and has worked with prominent composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Jennifer Higdon, and Frederick Rzewski.
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Hailed as “superb”, “incisive” and “sonorous and panoramic” in The Boston Globe, DAVID RUSSELL maintains a vigorous schedule both as soloist and as collaborator in the U.S. and Europe. He was appointed to the teaching faculty of Wellesley College in 2005 and currently serves as Director of Chamber Music. A strong advocate of new music, Russell has performed with such ensembles as BMOP, Firebird Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Music on the Edge, Dinosaur Annex, Collage, the Fromm Players at Harvard and entelechron.  Recent projects include recordings of works by Eric Moe, Lee Hyla, Tamar Diesendruck, Donald Crockett, Chen Yi and Roger Zahab, premieres of chamber works by Barbara White, Daron Hagen, and Gilda Lyons, premieres of works for cello and orchestra by Sam Nichols and Laurie San Martin, and new works for solo cello by Andrew Rindfleisch, Nicholas Vines, Martha Horst and John Mallia. He is a busy performer in the Boston area, making regular appearances with such ensembles as Odyssey Opera, Cantata Singers and Ensemble, the Worcester Chamber Music Society and Emmanuel Music.  He served as Principal Cello of Opera Boston from 2006 to 2011. Russell has recorded for the Tzadik, Albany, BMOPSound, CRI, Centaur and New World Records labels.
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Montanan bassoonist ADAM SMITH, received his B.M. from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Gregg Henegar. While at NEC, he was a member of the Honors, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras as well as the Wind Ensemble where he worked on a recording with Frank Battisti. He has worked with coaches John Heiss, Jean Rife, Charles Peltz, Steve Drury and John Gibbons and with composers such as Mark Applebaum, John Heiss and Lee Hyla.  In Boston, Mr. Smith has performed with the Boston Ballet, New Bedford Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Hingham Symphony, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra, MIT Orchestra and is a performing and administrative member of the Callithumpian Consort.  Adam has also earned an MBA from Northeastern University and is currently working on a MS in Computer Science.
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KYLE SPRAKER is an active freelancer, chamber musician, and avid teaching artist, who joined Callithumpian in 2011. Currently, Kyle is the Third Trumpet of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, but also performs frequently with the Boston Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Symphony New Bedford, and tours to Japan annually with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. Kyle’s chamber ensemble, Redline Brass Quintet (with fellow ‘thumper Chris Moore), has contributed greatly to the performance of contemporary works for brass. In the past few years, RBQ has premiered several new works by local Boston composers. RBQ’s concert programs consistently feature significant works from the late 20th and 21st century, works by David Sampson, Jacob Druckman, Alvin Etler, Jan Bach, and André Previn to name a few. Additionally, RBQ actively presents these adventurous pieces in their educational outreach programs and to concert audiences in a way that invites listeners to more closely engage and embrace unfamiliar sounds in music. Kyle earned a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music in 2012, where he studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra- Benjamin Wright and Steven Emery. He has also been a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute, Idyllwild Summer Festival, and Castleton Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Visit him online at www.redlinebrass.com.
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PHILIPP A. STÄUDLIN is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist that has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His characteristic tonal qualities, deep sense of phrasing and superb technical skills make him one of the most unique voices in today’s classical saxophone world. Stäudlin is studied saxophone with Iwan Roth, Markus Weiss and Kenneth Radnofsky. He teaches at The Boston Conservatory and is also on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and MIT.
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 YUKIKO TAKAGI received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Veronica Jochum and Stephen Drury.  While a student at the Conservatory she was selected to perform in several Honors programs and appeared regularly with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble.  Ms. Takagi has performed with the orchestra of the Bologna Teatro Musicale, the John Zorn Ensemble, the Auros Group for New Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Harvard Group for New Music and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble.  She performs regularly with the Eliza Miller Dance Company and the Ruth Birnberg Dance Company and gives frequent duo-piano concerts with Stephen Drury.  Ms. Takagi is a featured performer with the Callithumpian Consort.  Her recording of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Cerimonial Dances was released by MusicMasters.  At New England Conservatory Yukiko Takagi has appeared on the First Monday series at Jordan Hall, and is a teacher and guest artist for SICPP: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.
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MIKE WILLIAMS has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “one of the city’s best percussionists.” He has performed throughout North America and Europe and is a regular performer in the Boston area. An advocate for contemporary music, he is a member of the new music sinfonietta Sound Icon and is the percussionist and artistic director of Guerilla Opera, with whom he has commissioned and premiered thirteen new chamber operas since 2007. He has also performed with groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and Harvard Group for New Music. Williams has worked with many of the leading composers of our time including Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Leroux, Salvatore Sciarrino, Roger Raynolds and Gunther Schuller and been involved in numerous recordings on labels including Cantaloupe, BMOP Sound, Albany, and Northwest Classics. Williams holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory, where he won top prize in the Concerto Competition. He also attended SUNY Stony Brook and completed a year of advanced study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam during which time he regularly performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under Peter Eötvös. His principal teachers include Peter Prommel, Pat Hollenbeck, Nancy Zeltsman, and Salvatore Rabbio. Williams is on the Music Theory faculty at The Boston Conservatory.
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