Faculty Members

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

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

Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “. . .with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister has made a versatile career that is steeped in old world pianism and traditions, balanced with an entrepreneurial spirit that seeks to create projects that inspire genuine connections between music and the world we live in. As co-founder and Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik in Austria, Ms. Bannister has created an intimate musical experience in which music lovers and stu...
Randall Scarlata, voice<br>(Co-Artistic Director)

Randall Scarlata, voice
(Co-Artistic Director)

“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  has been praised by the New York Times as “an intelligent and communicative singer” with a “compelling desire to bring texts to life.” 
He has also been acclaimed for...
Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

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 award winning Quince Quartet with whom she...
YooJin Jang, violin

YooJin Jang, violin

Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and is also First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. These two victories have resulted in a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto engagements, and also the release of two new recordings, including a CD of her prize-winning Sendai concerto performances. “Jang is a performer without f...
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 ...
Joachim Müller-Crépon, cello

Joachim Müller-Crépon, cello

Joachim Müller-Crépon was born in 1988 in Zurich, Switzerland. At the age of five he received his first cello lessons at the Jugendmusikschule [Children’s School of Music] in Zurich. In addition, he benefited from vocal education as a member of the Zurich Boys’ Choir under Alphons von Aarburg and participated in concert tours to Italy and the United States. As a soprano soloist he appeared at the Zurich Opera House (first voice in The Magic Flute under Franz Welser-Möst) as well as at the Zurich...
Rebecca Gilliver, cello

Rebecca Gilliver, cello

Rebecca Gilliver is principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Originally joining the LSO in 2001 as co-principal, she won the principal job in 2009. She has also played as guest principal with orchestras all over the world, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, and the World Orchestra for Peace. Rebecca studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Melissa Phelps and William Pleeth and the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) with Moray Welsh and Ralph Kirshbaum....
Chad Burrow, clarinet

Chad Burrow, clarinet

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. Burrow has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the globe. The European press has said that Burrow performs with "brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity." Danish critic, Henrik Svane, went on to describe a Burrow performance as filled with "virtuosity, energy, and power without compromise." The New York Times recently called a Carnegie Hall appearance 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,...

Former AKM Faculty

VIOLIN Daniel Bard (Israeli-Canadian violinist/violist)—Trio Mondrian, Israel Chamber Project, Amsterdam Sinfonietta https://www.daniel-bard.com/   Emi Ohi Resnick (Violin/V iola)—Blaeu String Quartetj, Ruysdael String Quartet, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Context Ensemble (with Sergiu Luca) http://emiohiresnick.info/Site/Welcome.html   Solomiya Ivakhiv —Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut and Professor of Violin at Longy School of Music of Bard College http://...