2015 TCU Cellofest

GUEST ARTISTS


ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHIES

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Christopher Adkins

Christopher Adkins

Christopher Adkins, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, received his musical training at the University of North Texas and at Yale University, where he studied with the distinguished pedagogue Aldo Parisot.  During his tenure at Yale, Mr. Adkins held the position of principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony.  Upon receiving his Master of Music degree he assumed the duties of assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony.  After two seasons in the Rockies, Mr. Adkins’ longtime dream of a major symphony principal chair was realized with the offer of the post with the Milwaukee symphony.  In 1987, he returned to his native Dallas, to occupy the chair once held by his former teacher, Lev Aronson.

In addition to his duties with the Dallas Symphony, Mr. Adkins serves on the faculty of Southern Methodist University.  He remains an active recitalist and chamber musician.  A member of a large musical family, he has, with six of his brothers and sisters formed the Adkins String Ensemble, whose performances were praised by the Dallas Morning News as among the ten best concerts of the year.

Mr. Adkins enjoys gardening, songwriting and woodworking, but most of all spending time with his wife, Dallas Symphony violinist Alexandra Shtarkman, and his children, Ariel, Rachel, Rebekah, Theresa, Christian and Carmen.

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Dmitri Atapine

Dmitri Atapine

DMITRI ATAPINE has been described as "a splendid, elegant cellist" demonstrating "an astonishing showcase of virtuosity" and "effortless command of any stylistic device". As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. His frequent festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Cactus Pear, Nevada Chamber Music, Miguel Bernal Jiménez, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.

A first prize winner at the 2004 Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, Dr. Atapine's multiple other awards include top prizes at the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and the Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements include collaborations with the Parker and St. Lawrence String Quartets, as well as Wu Han, Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Richard O’Neill. In collaboration with pianist Adela Hyeyeon Park, Dr. Atapine recently released a world premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano on the Blue Griffin label. Other recordings can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, and Bridge record labels.

Dr. Atapine obtained his bachelors and masters degrees at Michigan State University with Prof. Suren Bagratuni. He holds a Doctorate and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Prof. Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Ribadesella Festival in Northern Spain and the Argenta Concert Series, Dr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a member of the Argenta Trio.

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Jesús Castro-Balbi

Jesus Castro-Balbi

Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi enjoys a dynamic presence on the international stage as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York City, to prestigious venues in China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, and Peru. Concerto engagements include the Leipzig MDR, Dallas, Fort Worth, Aarhus, Cannes, Aguascalientes and Xalapa Symphony Orchestras, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Lima. Among other distinctions, Dr. Castro-Balbi is the winner of the Aldo Parisot Prize, the Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York, and of the First Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition.

A devoted champion of chamber music and new music, Dr. Castro-Balbi is the cellist of the Lin / Castro-Balbi Duo, of the Clavier Trio, and of the music project Caminos del Inka. He appears in 12 compact discs and has offered 44 premiere performances and premiere recordings, including of 11 works written for him.

A sought-after pedagogue, Dr. Castro-Balbi has conducted master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatoire, Leipzig’s Hochschule, and the Yale School of Music. He coaches the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, and serves as the lead faculty at the new Carlos Prieto Mexican Cello Center. He has adjudicated for the Sphinx Competition, the Carlos Prieto and the Lutoslawski International Cello Competitions. The cello professor at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Castro-Balbi also serves as the founding artistic director of the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series, the TCU Cello Ensemble, and of the biennial TCU Cellofest. At TCU, he received the Dean’s Research and Creativity Award and the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar.

Of Peruvian heritage and raised in France, Dr. Castro-Balbi is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. He studied with Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.

Please visit www.jcbcello.com.

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Emilio Colón

Emilio Colón’s performances have been described in prose as “lively, exciting, expressive and absolutely beautiful.” (American Record Guide) Most recent engagements include soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Casals Festival, Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Festival Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony and San Angelo Symphony; recitalist for Tons Voisin Festival in Albi, France, La Musica International Chamber Festival in Sarasota, Flordia, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society and recital tours throughout Europe and Asia. He recently appeared performing on screen for the movie Un Poema a L’Exili "EL PESSEBRE" de Pau Casals y Joan Alavedra which received the Best Picture Award at the 2014 REUS International Festival in Spain.  His recordings are featured on the Enharmonic, Centaur, Zephyr, Klavier and Lyras labels.

At the age of 26, Emilio was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and has since established himself as one of the most sought-after pedagogues in the country. He has been invited to offer courses at the Paris Conservatoire, Geneva Conservatoire, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschüle für Musik in Stuttgart, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and Toho Gakuen in Tokyo, Japan. Recently he was asked to adjudicate the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest.

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Andres Diaz

Andrés Díaz

Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Mr. Diaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe) and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998. Andres Diaz’s numerous orchestral appearances have included return engagements
with the Atlanta Symphony under the late conductor Robert Shaw; performances with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle, Rochester under Christopher Seaman, the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival with Edo de Waart conducting, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Among the highlights of Mr. Diaz’s recent seasons are tours of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, and Canada performing in recital and with orchestra; appearances in Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, the Dominican Republic; a series of concerts in the Soviet Union where he performed as soloist with Russia’s Saratov Symphony in the cities of Saratov and Moscow; and a tour of the major cities in New Zealand with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Presently, he is Professor of cello at Southern Methodist University.
Website: www.andresdiaz.com

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Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer  first graced the international concert stage as cellist with the Concord String Quartet, a group that won the NaumburgChamber Music Award, an Emmy and several Grammy nominations, and recorded over 40 works on RCA Red Seal, Vox, Nonesuch, Turnabout and CRI. The New York Times recently said, "During its 16 years, the supervirtuosic Concord String Quartet championed contemporary work while staying rooted in the Western tradition."

He has performed in 49 of the 50 United States and on 5 continents. In addition to performing the major concerti, Mr. Fischer has premiered and recorded many new scores for cello and orchestra including two recorded with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony by Augusta Read Thomas and Ross Lee Finney. Recitals of unaccompanied cello works have received rave reviews such as "Inspiring" [New York Times] for his New York debut recital of the complete Bach Suites in one evening and "Coruscating" [Boston Globe] for his performance of Osvaldo Golijov's Omaramor   at the opening of the 1998 Tanglewood festival. During the 1994 Broadway season, Mr. Fischer's recording of William Bolcom's score was used for the premiere of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass. His chamber music expertise has led to guest appearances with the American, Audubon, Blair, Cavani, Chester, Chiara, Ciompi, Cleveland, Enso, Emerson, Jasper, Juilliard, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg string quartets, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International, Context, and Houston's Da Camera Society. Mr. Fischer joins pianist Jeanne Kierman and violinist Andrew Jennings as the Concord Trio, a group that has been performing together for over 30 years. Mr. Fischer also joins Ms. Kierman and violinist Curtis Macomber as co-artistic directors of the autumn chamber music extravaganza Musica Viva Festival headquartered in Norwich VT.

A devoted teacher and mentor to young players, Mr. Fischer has been on the faculty of Dartmouth College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is currently Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Violoncello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (Houston, TX). Since 1985, he has taught at the Tanglewood Music Center (summer home of the Boston Symphony), in Lenox, MA where he holds the Charles E Culpepper Foundation Master Teacher chair and is also Coordinator of Chamber Music.

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Emanuel Gruber

Emanuel Gruber is celebrated as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He has brought his “authority, sensitivity to musical values, wide dynamic range, and great mastery of his instrument” (Music Journal, New York) to collaborations with artists such as Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai, Shelomo Mintz, Pinkas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Philippe Entremont, Jean Bernard Pommier, Tamas Vasary, and Janos Starker. “One of our great artists” the Jerusalem Post wrote, citing “his extraordinary capacity for projecting the deepest meaning of the music”. Awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Philharmonic Orchestra, he also won the Concert Artists’ Guild Auditions early in his career. He has been principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and co-principal of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of Sequoia Quartet, Camerata Trio, Tel Aviv Piano Quartet, and leader of the Israel Cello Ensemble. Emanuel Gruber has performed in many major festivals including Salzburg ( Austria), Bath (England), San Sebastian (Spain), Northwestern (Portland), Eilat (Israel), Musike (France), Musical Spring (St. Petersburg) and Rostropovich Cello Festival (Riga). He was Jury member for the Davidoff International Cello Competition in Latvia and for the Salou Music Competition in Spain.
Mr. Gruber has been visiting Professor at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and has taught at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem. Currently he teaches cello and chamber music at East Carolina University. During summer he teaches and performs at Summit Music Festival in New York and Zodiac Music Festival in France.

 

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Germán Gutiérrez

Germán Gutiérrez is the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Orchestral Studies at TCU, as well as, the Director of TCU's Latin American Music Center and the biennial Latin American Music Festival. He also serves as Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. Gutiérrez is a frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Recent conducting engagements include tours to Italy with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, and Colombia with the National Youth Philharmonic of that country. Among his recent guest conducting invitations he counts, the Fort Worth Symphony in a concert with superstar Bernadette Peters, the Free State Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the Hu Bei State Symphony of China, the National Symphonies of Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru and Czech Republic, the Auckland and Bogota philharmonic orchestras and the Porto Alegre in Brazil, Xalapa and San Luis Potosi in Mexico, and Shanghai, symphony orchestras. Maestro Gutiérrez holds Músico Bachiller and Maestro en Música degrees from the Tolima Conservatory in Colombia, a master's degree from Illinois State University and doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He lives in Fort Worth with wife Silvia, and sons Nicolas and Gabriel.

 

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Lynn Harrell

 

Lynn Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony. In Europe he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Tonhalle, and Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman.
Recent highlights include the premiere of Augusta Reed Thomas’ cello concerto with the Boston Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach, closing the Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season alongside James Levine, appearing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a European tour with the Gewandhaus Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly, concerts with the China Philharmonic with Ji?í B?lohlávek, and Sydney Symphony. 
A summer festival veteran, Harrell has appeared at Verbier, Grand Teton, Tanglewood, and Aspen, the latter relationship spanning over 60 years, and where his 2014 performance reprised the Read Thomas Concerto.
Upcoming highlights include performances with symphonies of Detroit and Atlanta and the Seoul Philharmonic, a tour in trio with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yefim Bronfman in both North America and Europe, and a chair on the cello panel of Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, with connecting engagements with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
A majorly accomplished recording artist, Lynn Harrell’s extensive discography of more than 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites (London/Decca), and two Grammy wins with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy – in 1981 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and in 1987 for the complete Beethoven Piano Trios (both Angel/EMI).
Mr. Harrell plays a 2008 Dungey cello. He makes his home in Santa Monica, CA.

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Ko Iwasaki

Ko Iwasaki

First-Prize winner of the Japan National Music Competition in 1960, Ko Iwasaki studied cello with Hideo Saito. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen High School, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School under Leonard Rose. In 1965 he made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series. Later, he studied with Harvey Shapiro and Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico. He has won top prizes in numerous international cello competitions such as the Vienna, Munich, Budapest, Cassado, and Tchaikovsky competitions. In 1971, he received the Arts Minister Award for Young Artists and the Arts Festival Record Prize for his performance of contemporary Japanese cello music. In 1972, he made his European debut with the London Symphony Orchestra with Andre Previn.
Since 1974, he has been based in the United States where he has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber music player, as well as in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Japan. In addition, he has participated in numerous festivals, including Marlboro, Aspen, Santa Fe, Lockenhaus, and Kuhumo.

He has taught at Illinois State University, University of Illinois, and the Southern Methodist University. He also has been highly praised for his master classes conducted at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the World Cello Congress, and many other universities. Since 1990, he has been invited to serve as a member of jury at many international competitions such as the Cassado, Munich, the Tchaikovsky, Isang Yun. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Toho Conservatory in Tokyo, regular faculty member at the Institute for String (Dallas), and Montecito International Music Festival in California.

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Zhu Mu

Vibrant young cellist, Zhu Mu, has performed globally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been the featured artist in countries such as China, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States. Zhu Mu was the winner of the Central Conservatory of Music Cello Competition in Beijing, the 4th China National Duo Cello Competition, and prizewinner of the 2006 Bayreuther International Music Competition in Germany. 

A demanded educator, Zhu Mu has frequently been invited to give master-classes in music schools and conservatories throughout China. In 2011, Zhu Mu was named by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission as an Emerging Oustanding Young Teacher. Currently, Zhu Mu is Member of Cello Faculty at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing?and head of the Cello department at the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music.

Zhu Mu received the highest degree (PhD) with honors in the German music system in 2011 from the Hochschule für Musik Dresden. Zhu Mu has also received cello pedagogy master-classes held by Rostropovich, Misha Maisky, and Bernard  Greenhouse. His mentors include Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Stephan Forck, and Song Tao.

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Mu-la Na

Professor Mu-la Na, graduated from The Central Conservatory of Music, and started her cello teaching career at that institution. In 1994, she served as principal cello of the Asian Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, she was the first prize winner and the Best Chinese Piece Performance prize winner at the First China National String Quartet Competition. In 1996 she was a guest artist teacher at the Mid American String Music Festival. She is a frequent adjudicator at national cello competitions in China. Prof. Na has performed concerts in China, the US, Canada, Japan, France, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Her students have won numerous awards at cello competitions both in China and internationally, including the First Prize at the 4th Tchaikovsky International Youth Cello Competition and the First Prize at the Davidov International Cello Competition in 2006. Prof. Na’s teaching and performances are well known in China and are regularly featured in Chinese media such as CCTV, China Daily, Music Week, China Youth Daily, Beijing Evening News, and Beijing Radio. Among her many awards and recognitions are: winner of Excellent Professor prize of the 4th Tchaikovsky Youth Cello Competition; winner of China National Baogang Education prize; several times winner of Excellent Teacher prizes and Advanced Individual in Education prizes awarded by The Central Conservatory of Music; Best Cello Teacher at China Children Art Performance Competition in 2004; Excellent Teacher prize in the 6th China National Youth Professional Cello Competition in 2008. Her guest teaching includes: Morning Side Music Bridge Program, hosted by Mount Royal College in Canada, since 1997; and Beijing Foren Music College. Prof. Na is a Member of the Standing Committee and General Secretary of the China Cello Association. Prof. Na is currently the Director of the Cello Department as well as Professor and Post-graduate supervisor at the Music School Attached at The Central Conservatory in Beijing, China.

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Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto, Mexican-born and MIT-educated, is one of the most respected cellists in the world, regularly premiering works composed especially for him by Latin American, North American and European composers.

Prieto began playing the cello at age four, studying with the Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and later with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and Leonard Rose in New York.

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, and has been invited to many of the world’s most prestigious halls.

Remarkable is Carlos Prieto’s contribution to the cello repertoire. Since 1980 he has played and recorded the world premieres of close to 100 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries. 

Prieto has written seven books.  His book “The Adventures of a Cello” has appeared in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Russian. He was appointed in 2011 a Member of the Academy of the Spanish Language

Mr. Prieto’s unusual background includes degrees from in Engineering and in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which appointed him in 1993 member of its Department of Music and Theater Arts Visiting Committee.
He is a Member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Austin.
He is since 1995 Chairman of the Foundation of the Conservatory of Las Rosas, the oldest conservatory of the Americas and Mexico’s most ambitious music education project.

He has received many awards, such the French Order of the Arts and Letters; the Order of Civil Merit from the King of Spain; the National Prize for the Arts from the President of Mexico; the Pushkin Medal from the President of Russia; the Eva Janzer Award entitled “Chevalier du Violoncelle” from Indiana University; a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University; and a Commendation for Distinguished Leadership in the Arts from TCU.

Website: www.carlosprieto.com

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Rhonda Rider

Rhonda Rider

A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over twenty years, Rhonda Rider is now a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic's Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe. As a chamber musician she has won numerous prizes at Banff, Evian, Fischoff and Portsmouth Competitions. As a soloist she won the Concert Artists Guild Award as well as an Aaron Copland Recording Grant. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery, Wigmore Hall (London), Corcoran Gallery, Symphony Space, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Series. Dedicated to the performance of “new” music, Rider has premiered and recorded works by such composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Steve Mackey, Bright Sheng and Elliott Carter.

Ms. Rider has given numerous masterclasses at schools including Yale School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Princeton. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the American String Teachers’ Association and Chamber Music America. She has also adjudicated at the Concert Artists Guild, Stulberg and Fischoff Competitions.

In 2010 Ms. Rider was named Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Eleven pieces for solo cello were commissioned for her February and October residencies. The works were performed in fifteen concerts across the U.S. in a wide variety of venues from Boston and Dallas to Wupatki National Monument and rural New York State.

During the summer months, she performs and teaches at Music From Salem (NY), Green Mountain Festival (VT), ARIA and is the cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. Additionally she holds a Cello Seminar dedicated to contemporary music in Salem, New York. This season she will perform across the US, in Hong Kong and Japan.

Ms. Rider holds degrees from Oberlin and Yale. Her teachers have included the renowned cellists Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova and Richard Kapuscinski. She is currently the Chair of Chamber Music and on the Cello Faculty at The Boston Conservatory. She also teaches graduate students at Boston University.

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Brinton Smith

Hailed by New York Newsday for his “extraordinary musicianship” American cellist Brinton Averil Smith has performed at leading venues and music festivals throughout the world, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with orchestras throughout the United States Mr. Smith’s recent recording of Fauré’s Piano Trio and Après un Rêve with Gil Shaham for Shaham's Canary Classics label was chosen as one of BBC Music magazine’s best albums of the year. His recording of Miklos Rozsa’s Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Koch received widespread international critical acclaim. Gramophone praised Smith as a “hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist,” and continued, “The sheer bravura of Smith’s reading is infectious.”

Prior to joining the Houston Symphony as principal cellist in 2005, Smith was a member of the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith is also a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. A prize winner at the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, his performances have been broadcast throughout the world including, in the US, on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Performance Today. The son of a mathematician and a pianist, Mr. Smith was admitted part-time to Arizona State University at age 10 and completed a B.A. in mathematics at age 17. At the University of Southern California, he worked as a teaching assistant in mathematics and completed work for an M.A. in mathematics at age 19 while continuing his music studies. He then went to study with Zara Nelsova at The Juilliard School, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann. Mr. Smith lives in Houston with his wife, the pianist Evelyn Chen, and their daughter Calista.

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Bion Tsang

Bion Tsang

Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition, cellist Bion Tsang has appeared with the New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Saint Paul and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra and the Taiwan National Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Mr. Tsang has collaborated with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin and Kyoko Takezawa, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher.  He has been a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston and Camerata Pacifica in Los Angeles, and performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Portland, Tucson, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.  Mr. Tsang received his BA from Harvard University and his MMA from Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot.  His other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose.  Mr. Tsang is on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music.

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David Ying

Bion Tsang

DAVID YING, cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, performs widely, both in traditional concerts from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and in unusual presentations beyond the concert hall. The quartet's wide-ranging career and interests have led them to the White House as well as to juvenile prisons, and from farm towns to urban community centers. Their performing collaborators have ranged from eminent musicians such as pianists Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher, to folk musician Mike Seeger, dancers, actors, magicians, computers, and even Chinese chefs.
David can also be heard on the Ying Quartet's enthusiastically received recordings, four of which have received Grammy nominations.
An avid teacher, David serves on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. As a solo cellist, he has been prizewinner in the Naumburg International Violoncello Competition and the Washington International Competition.

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