12-14 Chamber Music Northwest

Despite the nickname “Stumptown,” Portland is known for being one of the greenest cities in the nation. Portland offers a pro-biking attitude, excellent fair-trade coffee, lots of organic produce and many opportunities to explore the outdoors through hiking or even kiteboarding. It should come as no surprise that the love of the outdoors combines with a local long-lived passion for classical music every summer for the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Music Festival. Pre-concert picnicking creates a festive atmosphere for concerts which take place on the lush campus of Reed College and other locations throughout the city. In 2011, the festival celebrates its 41st year of incredible musicmaking with exciting new programming, including performances by Anne-Marie McDermott and the Emerson String Quartet. Learn more here: http://www.cmnw.org/


Shostakovich: Piano Quintet:  III, IV, V (Pei-Yao Wang, Phil Setzer, Jun Iwasaki, Paul Neubauer, Fred Sherry)

Stravinsky: Fairy’s Kiss (Stephen Copes, Shai Wosner)

Dvorak: Piano Quintet, op. 81: II, III, IV (Shai Wosner, Miro Quartet)

Traditional: Chinese Melodies for Erhu and Harp (Andy Lin, Bridget Kibbey)

Milhaud: Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (Shifrin, Ani Kavafian, Andre-Michel Schub)

Bolcom: Easy Winners and Frog Legs Rags (Shifrin, Ani Kavafian, Andre-Michel Schub)

Mahler: Der Abschied (Sasha Cooke, Ransom Wilson, Jun Iwasaki, et al)

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Ransom Wilson

Ransom Wilson has appeared internationally as flute soloist and as conductor with such distinguished ensembles as the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, I Solisti Veneti, and symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the United States. He has collaborated in recital with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Frederica von Stade, and with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets. Mr. Wilson is artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival, music director and principal conductor of Solisti New York, and music director of the San Francisco Chamber Symphony. He also has appeared as guest conductor with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, and has conducted the opera companies of Tulsa, Omaha, and Glimmerglass. A faculty member of the Yale School of Music, Mr. Wilson is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed frequently with Chamber Music Northwest.


Jun Iwasaki

Prior to being named concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, violinist Jun Iwasaki has served in the same position with the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007. Jun has also been a member of Sejong, a conductor-less chamber ensemble based in New York.

Born in Tokyo, Jun began violin study at the age of five and by twelve made his solo debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra In 2002, he and his quartet won the grand prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He appeared with numerous orchestras including the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Rome (GA) Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, Canton Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In addition, Jun has served as concertmaster of Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra (AAC) and guest concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa in 2006.


David Shifrin

David Shifrin, clarinetist, is sought after as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music artist. Artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest since 1981 and of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004, Mr. Shifrin was co-winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize (along with bassist Edgar Meyer) in 2000. He has appeared with such distinguished ensembles as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson string quartets, and with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Denver and Edmonton. A frequent guest at numerous summer festivals, Mr. Shifrin has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in its original version. The Delos recording by Mr. Shifrin and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra of this concerto received a Record of the Year award from Stereo Review, and Mr. Shifrin has been nominated for three Grammy awards.


Ani Kavafian

An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Kavafian is a regular performer at summer festivals including those of Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe, Bravo! Colorado, OK Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mostly Mozart. She has performed as soloist with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and those of Minnesota, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Seattle. Her numerous recital engagements include performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and the Krannert Center in Illinois. She is currently a member of the Kavafian-Shub-Shifrin Trio.


Andre-Michel Schub

Pianist André-Michel Schub is a sought-after soloist and recitalist, and an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Among his many awards are the 1974 Naumburg International Piano Competition, an Avery Fisher Recital Award in 1977, and the 198l Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he won grand prize. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago and Detroit symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bournemouth Symphony, and at the festivals of Tanglewood, Marlboro, Ravinia, Chamber Music Northwest, Wolf Trap and Casals in Puerto Rico. Mr. Schub performs annually in duo recital with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and his recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt are available on the Sony Classical label.


Andy Lin

Wei-Yang Andy Lin, recognized as one of the most promising young violists of today, is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Stony Brook University of New York, studying with Nicholas Cords. Born in Taiwan, he came to the US to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and later received his Bachelor and Masters’ degrees from The Juilliard School. Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions, including the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, 2008 Julliard Viola Concerto Competition (Top Prize) and the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. He made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Stefan Sanderling, playing Penderecki’s Viola Concerto. In addition to his solo career, Mr. Lin is an avid chamber musician and a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. The Amphion String Quartet was awarded First Prize in the Piano and Strings category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, Missouri. That same year, they received the 1st Prize at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition in New Haven, CT. Recently they have made appearances at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, the WMP Strad for Lunch Series in New York, as well as Yale University’s Sprague Hall.


Bridget Kibbey

Harpist Bridget Kibbey is a winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Recent engagements include New York debut concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at Le Poisson Rouge; concerto appearances with the Tallahassee Symphony as well as the Symphony in C at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, featuring the American premier of Sebastian Currier’s Broken Minuets for Harp and Strings; the New York premier of Elliott Carter’s Mosaic in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall; Stockhausen’s Freude at New York’s Guggenheim Museum; Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre with Dawn Upshaw in England and solo recitals in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Bridget Kibbey self-released a solo album entitled Love is Come Again, named one of 2007′s Top Ten Albums by Time Out New York. Her solo performances have been broadcast on NPR’sPerformance Today, A & E’s Breakfast with the Arts and WQXR.


Miro Quartet

The Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Regularly invited to perform at the world’s most celebrated concert halls, the Miró Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Kammermusiksaal, and Amersterdam’s Concertgebouw among many others. A favorite of summer music festivals, the Quartet has frequently appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Deeply committed to music education, the Miró Quartet is currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.


Pei-Yao Wang

Pei-Yao Wang made her official orchestral debut with the Taipei symphony Orchestra at age 8 and has since performed as soloist with the Stamford Symphony, Orlando Symphony, South Fingerlake Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic. She also has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia; including venues such as the Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, 92nd street Y, Merkin Halls in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Salle des Varietes in Monte-Carlo, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. As a chamber Musician, Pei-Yao has collaborated with members of the Guarneri , Orion, Chicago, Mendelssohn and Miro quartets; and has performed with other distinguished artists such as Claude Frank, Hilary Hahn, David Shifrin, and Mitsuko Uchida. She is also regularly invited to perform at festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor, Norfolk, La Jolla, Ravinia, and Bridgehampton in New York. She is currently a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, a program to promote emerging young artists.


Phil Setzer

Violinist Philip Setzer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. In 1967, Mr. Setzer won second prize at the Meriwether Post Competition in Washington, DC, and in 1976 received a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has appeared with the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony (David Robertson, conductor), Memphis Symphony (Michael Stern), New Mexico and Puerto Rico Symphonies (Guillermo Figueroa), Omaha and Anchorage Symphonies (David Loebel) and on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra (Louis Lane). He has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Setzer has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. He also teaches as Visiting Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook and has given master classes at schools around the world.


Paul Neubauer

Violist Paul Neubauer has appeared as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Taipei and Helsinki philharmonics, the National, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, and the English, St. Luke’s, and Santa Cecilia chamber orchestras. He presented the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto and has given premieres of concertos by Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Suter, Ott and Friedman. In demand as a chamber musician, Mr. Neubauer is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is music director of the chamber music series at the OK Mozart Festival. He has performed at the festivals of Verbier, Ravinia, Stavanger, Wolftrap, Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, Saratoga, Marlboro, and Ljubljana.


Fred Sherry

Cellist Fred Sherry is considered one of the finest interpreters of 20th century music, collaborating with such composers as Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Toru Takemitsu and Aaron Copland. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom he served as artistic director from 1989-1992, he has toured four continents and performed at the Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Tanglewood and Spoleto festivals, and at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany. As a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Tashi, he has appeared as guest performer with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Montreal Symphony, London Symphony, l´Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the New Japan Philharmonic. Mr. Sherry is a member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, and his recordings can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Vanguard, Arabesque, Columbia, CRI, RCA, Delos, Vox and Koch labels. Mr. Sherry organized the highly-acclaimed “A Great Day in New York,” which performed the works of 52 New York composers in January-February 2001, and is currently writing a treatise on contemporary string playing.


Stephen Copes

Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse and enthusiastic musical life as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He joined the SPCO as Concertmaster in 1998, and since then has led the orchestra from the chair in several highly acclaimed, eclectic programs. He also appears frequently as soloist with the SPCO, performing concerti by Bach, Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Schnittke and Weill. In addition, he has performed as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, the New Symphony in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Sioux City Symphony. A zealous advocate of the music of today, he gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003), which won the 2005 Grawemeyer award and has been recorded for KOCH Records, and also gave the NY premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subito(1992) for Violin and Piano. He recently performed John Novacek’s Four Rags with the composer on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.


Shai Wosner

Winner of a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2005 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Shai Wosner has been described by The New York Times as “a superb pianist” and by The Financial Times as “an artist to follow keenly.” Active as a soloist and chamber musician, his uniquely intellectual and poetic approach has caught the attention of audiences and critics alike.

Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim conducting, Mr. Wosner has performed with many major orchestras in the United States including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, and San Francisco; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, among others. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.


Sasha Cooke

The fast-rising mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been acclaimed for opera roles, as soloist with orchestra, as well as in song recitals. Last season included return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony singing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete. She also sang the role of Meg in Falstaff with the Seattle Opera and the role of Medea in Giasone with the Chicago Opera Theater. Ms. Cooke performs in song recitals at the Lied Center of Kansas, for the Marilyn Horne Foundation (NY), SummerFest in La Jolla (CA), the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (NY), with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Festival of Song, and at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.