Faculty Members (2018 complete faculty info coming soon)

 

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 ...
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...
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,...
Dan K. Kurland, piano

Dan K. Kurland, piano

Dan K. Kurland is establishing himself as one of today’s most talented and versatile collaborative pianists in both vocal and instrumental repertories. He begins the 2017 – 2018 season as Solorepetitor mit Dirigierverpflichtung at Theater Hagen (Germany). This past season included wide-ranging appearances throughout the United States, including an acclaimed performance of Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten at the Aspen Music Festival and School with tenor Spencer Lang, a recital with te...
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...