11-23 Music from Angel Fire

Music from Angel Fire
might be our smallest festival in some ways, but in other ways it’s huge. Big sky, vast vistas, 12,000 foot mountains, and a million dollar sound from soloists who perform in famous venues worldwide. When the musicians aren’t rehearsing or performing chamber music they enjoy golf and spectacular mountain hikes. Artistic Director Ida Kavafian and her husband, violist Steven Tenenbom, take their prized Vizslas on dog hikes every morning.

Festival concert venues are spread across Northern New Mexico in the communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Las Vegas and Raton where residents have become friends of the Festival as well as friends of the musicians over the years. Everyone who attends is thrilled with the quality of the music and the intimate settings.

For more information visit http://www.musicfromangelfire.org/.


Telemann: Concerto à 4 in A Minor for Flute, Oboe, Violin and Continuo
Robert Mirabal: Selections for Native American Flute
Chris Rogerson: String Quartet No. 1, (Festival Commission, World Premiere)
Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor for Strings, Op. 56: I, II, Voces intimae (Intimate Voices)
Lowell Liebermann: Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 114, (Festival Commission, World Premiere)
Brahms/Arr Christopher Nex: Serenade No. 1 in D Major for Winds and Strings, Op. 11

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Ida Kavafian, Artistic Director, Violin – Ida Kavafian continues to enjoy an international reputation as one of the most versatile musicians performing today. With a repertoire as diverse as her talents, Ms. Kavafian has electrified recital and orchestral stages nationally and internationally and her commitment to contemporary music has led to many world premieres by composers as varied as Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty, who wrote concertos for her, jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, and the noted Bluegrass Composer/Fiddler, Mark O’Connor, all of whom with which she has toured and recorded. Her television credits include a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. More

Guillermo Figueroa, Violin – Guillermo Figueroa is Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony, with whom he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004 and Spain in 2005. As a Guest Conductor in the US he has appeared with the Symphony orchestras of Detroit, New Jersey, Memphis, Phoenix, Colorado, Berkeley, Tucson, Santa Fe, Toledo, Fairfax, San Jose, Juilliard Orchestra and the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Photo by Kim Jew More

Pamela Frank, Violin – Born in New York City, Pamela Frank is the daughter of noted pianists Claude Frank and Lilian Kallir; the three have frequently played chamber music both at home and before the public. Ms. Frank began her violin studies at age 5 and after 11 years as a pupil of Shirley Givens continued her musical education with Szymon Goldberg and Jaime Laredo. In 1985 she formally launched her career with the first of her four appearances with Alexander Schneider and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1988, she graduated the following year from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. More

Bil Jackson, Clarinet – Bil Jackson enjoys a varied musical career that includes solo, orchestral, and chamber music appearances. Mr. Jackson is the principal clarinetist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony and has performed as principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh, St Louis, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Honolulu Symphony Orchestras. He also has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado, Honolulu, Denver, Charlotte, Dallas Chamber, and Aspen Chamber orchestras. Mr. Jackson commissioned, and premiered with the Honolulu Symphony, Dan Welcher’s Clarinet Concerto which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. He subsequently returned to the Honolulu Symphony to record the concerto for the Naxos label.  More

David Jolley, Horn – David Jolley has been acclaimed as one of his generation’s most notable horn players. The New York Times described him as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician of “remarkable virtuosity,” and Gramophone magazine has hailed him as “a soloist second to none.” His recital appearances throughout the United States include performances at New York’s 92nd St. “Y” and Alice Tully Hall. He is a frequent guest artist with the musicians from Marlboro, Guarneri Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, and the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. More

Ani Kavafian, Violin – Ani Kavafian is one of the most respected of American violinists, particularly in the field of chamber music and in the more modern repertory. Her father was born in Bulgaria to the family of an Armenian refugee from the notorious suppression of the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1914 and 1915. Her father, in turn, left Bulgaria, fleeing the Communist government there and settling in Turkey. Her father was the principal violist of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, where he met Ani’s mother, a member of the first violin section. More

Benny Kim, Violin – Garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike, Benny Kim has performed on five continents in nearly twenty countries. As the Washington Post observed, “Kim’s emotional depth and musical carriage are his real drawing cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violin playing.” His spectacular performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony, conducted by Keith Lockhart, resulted in the Salt Lake City Tribune writing, “Kim’s titanium technique was only surpassed by his and his violin’s exquisite, pearly colorations.” More

Eric Kim, Cello – Having made his solo debut at age fifteen with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kim was a featured soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on its critically acclaimed tour of the Far East, and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San Diego. Kim has collaborated with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Paavo Jarvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Sergiu Comissiona, and Lawrence Foster, and has appeared in recital in the cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He served as Principal Cello of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1989-2009, and has also held Principal Cello positions with the San Diego and Denver symphonies.  More

Peter Lloyd, Double Bass - Throughout his career Mr. Lloyd has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Klaus Tennstedt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Eugene Ormandy and James Levine. Mr. Lloyd’s orchestral career continues today, regularly appearing as principal bass with a variety of ensembles worldwide. Mr. Lloyd is currently a member of the faculty at The Colburn Conservatory of Music and Indiana University and has served as a member of the board of directors for The International Society of Bassists. More

Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano – The American pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott, began playing the Piano at age 5. From the beginning, she realized that music was the most natural language for her, the one in which she could express the broadest range of human emotions. By 12 she had performed the Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor with the National Orchestral Association at Carnegie Hall. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning, and participated in master-classes with such highly respected Artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Misha Dichter, Abbey Simon, Rosalyn Tureck, Michael Tilson Thomas and Mstislav Rostropovich. More

Robert Mirbal, Flute – Two-time GRAMMY winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Robert has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer – and travels extensively playing his music all over the world. Whether as a composer, songwriter or musician, Robert has won many honors including two-time Native American Artist of the Year, three-time Songwriter of the Year, a 2006 GRAMMY Award for Sacred Ground, and his 2008 GRAMMY for Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants, blending all of Robert’s influences into a musical landscape that conjures up both the historic and contemporary West.   More

Frank Morelli, Bassoon – Introduced to the bassoon through the public school music programs in Massapequa, New York, Frank Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music, and was the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School.
Frank Morelli has made nine appearances as soloist in Carnegie Hall. The Miami Herald has hailed his “breathtaking virtuosity” and the Toronto Globe and Mail proclaimed his performance: “the kind of Mozart even the most tireless concert goer is lucky to hear once a year.”  More

Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute – Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colourful tone in music of every era. She is a member of the innovative woodwind quintet Windscape, a founding member of the 1995 Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, and the flute soloist of the world renowned Bach Aria Group. A 2001 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she also received two Grammy nominations in January of 2003 for Osvaldo Golijov’s recording entitled Yiddishbbuk. She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Arcadia, CRI, Koch, and Bridge Records.  More

Daniel Phillips, Violin – Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with many of the country’s leading symphonies, including Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio and Yakima. He appears regularly at the Spoleto, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. Currently violin soloist with the renowned Bach Aria Group, he has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY, with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.  More

Keith Robinson, Cello – Mr. Robinson, a founding member of the Miami String Quartet, has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to founding the quartet, he was a member of the Thouvenel and Montani Quartets. Mr. Robinson has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras throughout Texas and Florida, and in 1989 won the P .A.C.E. “Classical Artist of the Year Award,” which promoted him throughout South Florida as a recitalist. Photo by Paul McQuirk More

Chris Rogerson, Composer – Composer Chris Rogerson has received awards from ASCAP, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, the New York Art Ensemble, the Society for New Music, and counter)induction, a composer/performer collective; he also recently received the Theodore Presser Award. He has been Young Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire, a fellow at the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk New Music Workshop and the Aspen Music Festival, and a guest presenter at the Chautauqua Institute and Vivace String Camp. His music has also been featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today. A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Jennifer Higdon, he now is pusuing his Master’s degree at Yale University, studying with Aaron Jay Kernis. Recently, Chris was chosen as the new Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence. More

Stephen Taylor, Oboe – Oboist Stephen Taylor, holds the Mrs.John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is also solo oboe with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (where he is co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra,the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, the renowned contemporary music group Speculum Musicae, and plays as co-principal oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  More

Steven Tenebom, Viola – Steven Tenenbom is a member of the Orion String Quartet. He has worked with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea and appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble throughout the United States and Japan. His festival credits include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, June Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. He is also a member of TASHI and the piano quartet Opus One.  More

Peter Wiley, Cello – Peter Wiley is a cellist and cello teacher. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music at 13 years of age, where he studied with David Soyer. He was then appointed principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony at age 20, after one year in the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and was nominated with the Beaux Arts Trio for a Grammy Award in 1998 and for another award with the Guarneri String Quartet in 2009. As a member of the Beaux Arts Trio, Wiley performed over a thousand concerts, including appearances with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. He continues his association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating from 1971. He has also been a faculty artist at Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” program and has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. He is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music and is a member of the Guarneri Quartet and Opus One Piano Quartet.  More

Robert Wolinsky, Harpsichord - Robert Wolinsky is a member of the New York based St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performing as soloist, and chamber and orchestra artist. Mr. Wolinsky has been exemplified by The New York Times as “an impeccable artist” and recently praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “spirit and precision” in his performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has toured Japan and Spain as soloist in the Brandenburg Concertos under the direction of Jaime Laredo, as well as touring Spain, Germany and Italy with Orpheus performing the Brandenburgs. Mr. Wolinsky has also recorded the Brandenburgs with St. Luke’s and Bargemusic. Mr. Wolinsky has appeared with prestigious festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Salt Bay, New England Bach, Aldeburgh, Bridgehampton, Spoleto (USA), Caramoor, Ravenna, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. His numerous recordings include the Bach Harpsichord Concertos for Music Masters and numerous CDs for Angel EMI, Telarc, Arabesque, Deutsche Grammophon and the complete Handel Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 with Orpheus.