Faculty Members

 

Tanya Bannister, piano (Founder & Co-Artistic Director)

Tanya Bannister, piano (Founder & Co-Artistic Director)

Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco tanyabannister.com dianesaldick.com Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister ’s recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of SYMPHONY Magazine, Ms. Bannister’s career has already b...
Randall Scarlata, voice (Co-Artistic Director)

Randall Scarlata, voice (Co-Artistic Director)

  http://www.randallscarlata.com/ “It is impossible to imagine Randall Scarlata singing a mechanical or thoughtless phrase. Scarlata searches out the Platonic essence of what he plans to sing and then uses every attribute at his disposal to create the most appropriate and fully dimensional realization possible.” The Washington Post Baritone Randall Scarlata enjoys a lively career encompassing opera, recital, chamber music and works for voice and orchestra. He has appeared on con...
Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

  www.musicintheround.co.uk Born of Italian and Danish parentage, the violinist Claudia Ajmone-Marsan is a member of Ensemble 360. She is a regular guest with Camerata Bern, Camerata Nordica and Ensemble Modern. She served as co-principal second violin of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London under C. von Dohnanyi, principal second of the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Kammerphilharmonie Amade, Germany. Always active as a chamber musician, Claudia was a co-founder of the...
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin

Ukrainian violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv is known for her work as a soloist and chamber musician, and she regularly appears on prestigious solo concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, and her performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television. Highly sought as a chamber musician, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis,...
Silvia Simionescu, viola

Silvia Simionescu, viola

Silvia Simionescu , internationally well-known violist enjoys a diverse career as a performing musician that has taken her all over the world. Her appearances in major venues such as Auditorium Barcelona, Philarmonia Saint Petersbourg , KKL Luzern, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Zurich Tonhalle, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Beethoven Halle Bonn, Wigmore Hall, and Mozarteum Salzburg have been praised for her exceptionally passionate, intense and intelligent musicianship. Born in Romania, Silvia Simionescu took ...
Emi Ohi Resnick, violin/viola

Emi Ohi Resnick, violin/viola

A native of New York City, Emi Ohi Resnick made her debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan since then. Recently Carolin Bietzker of the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger praised her with the headline “Interpretation on a World-Class Level.” Her presentation of the Saariaho violin concerto was praised by the Dutch NRC Handelsblad as, “a spellbinding, virtuoso performance.” Critic James Connely described her playing as, “Outstanding. Ms. Resni...
Joachim Eijlander, cello

Joachim Eijlander, cello

  The versatile cellist Joachim Eijlander has performed with, among others, the Borodin Quartet, Lisa Larsson, Robert Holl, Klara Wurtz, Inon Barnatan, Karl Leister and Olivier Patey. Joachim has recorded all of the suites by Bach on CD on the Navis Classics label. The CDs were critically acclaimed in the Dutch and international press. Joachim has given numerous performances at international music festivals in Sitka Alaska, Prussia Cove (UK), Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern...
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet

Dutch clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (1977) studied at the Juilliard School for Music in New York with clarinetist Charles Neidich on a sponsorship of the Fulbright International Scholarship Program. Lars has won several first prizes at international competitions such as the “International Competition for Youth” (Lisbon 1994) and the “RTBF Jeunes Solistes” (Brussels 1993). In 1999 he made his début in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and performed very successfully as a Rising Star in ...
Sam Armstrong, piano

Sam Armstrong, piano

English pianist Sam Armstrong has performed across Europe, Asia and North America as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. He has performed at some of the world's most important concert halls including the Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (as part of New Masters Series), Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Esplanade in Singapore and made his New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in January 2009,...
Laura Ward, piano

Laura Ward, piano

Pianist and Co-founding Artistic Director of Lyric Fest, Laura Ward has been gracing Philadelphia audiences with her powerful, sensitive accompanying since arriving here in 1998. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles. Recent and upcoming engagements include performing in recital with Denyce Graves, and premiering new works for piano, guitar and trombone by Allen Krantz with the New York Philharmonic’s J...
Margaret Hager, Administrator

Margaret Hager, Administrator

Margaret Hager , originally from Denver, Colorado, studied viola with Max Aronoff at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. During that time, she also attended the Aspen Music Festival for two summers. Margaret played viola in the Denver Chamber Orchestra for 7 years. She then played in the Colorado Springs Symphony for 8 years before moving to San Antonio where, in addition to free-lance playing, she worked in the offices the San Antonio Symphony for 15 years. Before playing in the Colorado...