12-17 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival has a long history of bringing world-class music to the charming town of Norfolk, Connecticut. Ellen Battell, generous benefactor and wife of a man with family ties to Yale School of Music, left her estate to a private trust that ensures that it be used for Yale University’s summer music school. The festival has grown since its humble beginnings in the 1930s and now features 30 concerts in just nine weeks. True to its roots, the festival employs the best professional musicians and offers a chance for young musicians to learn and practice their craft.

Learn more here: http://www.norfolkmusic.org/


Smetana: Piano Trio in g minor, Op 15
Reinecke Trio in A Minor for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, op. 188: II, III, and IV
Böhme Trumpet Sextet in E-flat Minor: I and II
Bartok Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion: III
Mendelssohn String Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 87
Ives: Piano Trio: Scherzo
Dvorak Serenade Op. 44

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Ettore Causa

Ettore Causa studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Johannes Eskar, as well as with Michael Tree at the Manhattan School of Music. Upon completing his studies, Ettore Causa was appointed First Solo Viola of the Carl Nielsen Philharmonic in Odense (Denmark) and also became the leader of the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists. In 2000, he was awarded both the Peter Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England. He has since made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, performing in such important halls as Victoria Hall (Geneva), Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Barcelona Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Hall, and MSM Auditorium (New York). He has played at major festivals including the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad), Festival de Estoril (Portugal), Salzburg Festival, Festival del Pontino (Italy), Tivoli Festival (Copenhagen), Festival of Perth (Australia), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna, (Finland), and Lanaudiere (Canada).


Tokyo String Quartet

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 42 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet-Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)-has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following across the globe. Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito.


John Corkill & Yun-Chun Chiu

Holding the belief that percussion is as engaging to watch as it is to hear, the Wanmu Percussion Trio captivates audiences with theatrical percussion works that fuse the sonic and visual elements of performance. After winning the Yale School of Music’s prestigious Chamber Music Society competition in 2010, Wanmu gave the Carnegie Hall premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s theatrical masterpiece Dressur.

Calling for some fifty “found” instruments, ranging from chairs to nutcrackers, this piece perfectly blends the world of contemporary music with that of theater. Unique and mesmerizing, Dressur has become the cornerstone of the group’s repertoire. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, Wanmu was selected to represent Yale on the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project series.

This season, Wanmu will perform in Putney, VT as artists-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival. They will also appear at Chamber Music Northwest by invitation of artistic director David Shifrin.

The Wanmu percussion trio is the ensemble-in-residence at the New Haven Educational Center for the Arts for the 2010-2011 season. As part of this residency, the trio will work with a select group of student composers to create a body of new works for percussion trio, as well as commission ECA faculty member Tawnie Olson to write a percussion trio to be premiered at Hartford’s New Music Festival.

Wanmu was formed in 2009 at the Yale School of Music, where they studied with virtuoso Robert van Sice.


Allen Dean

Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale University School of Music and is currently performing with Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass and the Yale Brass Trio. In the early music field he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. Dean was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and free lanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years before joining the faculty of Indiana University in l982. Upon retirement of the New York Brass Quintet in 1984, Dean joined the St. Louis Brass. In 1989 he moved back to the Northeast to join the Yale faculty. At Yale, Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet.

Dean performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He is a frequent soloist with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. Dean has also appeared at the Speleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil) and the Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels including RCA, Columbia, Nonesuch, Summit and others. On early instruments he has recorded with Calliope, The New York Cornets and Sacbuts, The Waverly Consort, The Ensemble for Early Music and The Smithsonian Chamber Players.


Leschetitzky Trio of Vienna

Three musicians with different geographical, cultural and professional backgrounds met in Vienna: the Russian pianist Stanislaw Tichonow, the Austrian violinist Klara Flieder and the French-speaking Swiss cellist Christophe David Pantillon. Their joint creation, the Leschetizky Trio, bundles their respective experience, interest and ambition, as reflected in the variety of their repertoire and program offerings. The trio is named after Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915), pianist, piano pedagogue, composer and conductor, who was an important figure in the Viennese musical life of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. His international fame was a valuable asset to the multicultural and artistic reputation of the Habsburg Empire. The Leschetizky Trio made its debut at the Schubert-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus in November 2003. It has appeared in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the US and the Ukraine. Since the summer of 2006, the Trio has been invited to the Norfolk Festival. The Trio’s first CD (Preiser Records) was released in September 2004; the second, with works by Shostakovitch and Weinberg (Cascavelle VEL 3104) appeared in November 2006, and received the Pasticcio Prize from Austrian radio for the best recording of the month, as well as excellent reviews from all over the world.


Stephen Taylor

Lecturer in Oboe. 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, and the renowned contemporary music group Speculum Musicae. He plays as co-principal oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

He appears regularly as soloist and chamber musician at such major festivals as Spoleto, Caramoor International Music Festival, Aldeburgh, Bravo! Colorado, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein. Stereo Review named his recording of Mozart’s Sinfonie Concertante for winds (Deutsche Grammophon with Orpheus) the “Best New Classical Recording.” Included among his more than 200 other recordings are Bach arias with Itzhak Perlman and Kathleen Battle, Bach’s oboe d’amore concerto, as well as premier recordings of the Wolpe Oboe Quartet, Elliott Carter’s Oboe Quartet (for which Mr. Taylor received a Grammy nomination), and works of Andre Previn. He has premiered many of Carter’s works including A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa, Tempo e Tempi, Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet, and A6 Letter Letter.


Robert Blocker

Robert Blocker began his study of piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he concertizes throughout the world. His engagements have included performances in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, and Korea, Thailand, and several Pacific Rim countries. Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Houston Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony and Daejeon (South Korea) Symphony. His 2007 performance at the International Great Mountains Festival with the Sejong Artists was broadcast throughout Korea twice on KBS. These appearances have won him critical acclaim as noted in the Los Angeles Times review: “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.” Robert Blocker, has been the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, since 1995.


Randall Wolfgang

Randall Wolfgang, oboe, is an acclaimed musician whose career has led him to perform throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East. Currently holds the position of Principal Oboe with both the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera orchestras. A frequent performer and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Wolfgang also enjoys an active freelance career in the New York recording scene. His past accomplishments include many years as principal oboe and faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and Guest Artist and faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival in Nagano, Japan and appeared at the Marlboro and Monadnock Music Festivals.


David Shifrin

One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Shifrin has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as the the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A sought after a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.


Crystal Medina

Crystal Gloria Medina is a passionate solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist performing classical music of the past and the present. Ms. Medina has performed in some the most distinguished halls in New York City, such as Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall garnering avid fans.  She is equally at home with chamber and solo repertoire and has performed throughout the United States. She has made solo appearances with the Costa Contra Chamber Orchestra in celebration of Mozart’s 250th Anniversary and with the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Medina is a strong advocator for new music and has performed with the TACTUS contemporary ensemble and has performed in CIRCE, the new music festival in Mannes College. And was a participant  in the Institute Festival of Contemporary Performance.Her artistry has won her numerous awards. Crystal Medina is a two-time awardee of the 2007 and 2006 Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Euterpe Club Music. Other prizes include the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Competition and the UNC Greensboro Concerto Competition.


Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli, bassoon soloist, chamber musician and teacher, studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music and was the first bassoonist awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. A member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the woodwind quintet, Windscape, he has also made nine appearances as a soloist in Carnegie Hall. He serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook.


William Purvis

A native of Western Pennsylvania, William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, Mr. Purvis has participated in numerous premieres as hornist and conductor, including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson, Bayan Northcott, and Krzysztof Penderecki (New York premiere); trios for violin, horn, and piano by Poul Ruders and Paul Lansky; and Steven Stucky’s Sonate en Forme de Préludes with Emanuel Ax in Carnegie Hall. Recent world premieres include Eliot Carter’s Retracing II for solo horn and Nine for Five, Carter’s new wind quintet, with the New York Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Purvis is also a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Yale Brass Trio, and the Triton Horn Trio, and is an emeritus member of Orpheus. A frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he has also collaborated with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Daedalus, and Fine Arts string quartets.


Jacques Wood

Exhibiting a dynamic, expressive and thoughtful style, cellist Jacques Lee Wood is garnering attention as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Most recently, Mr Wood gave the Asian premiere of American composer Russell Peck’s Voice of the Wood with the Pohang Symphony Orchestra in Pohang, Korea.

Mr. Wood has received top prizes at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was only one of six American cellists invited to participate in the 2005 Rostropovich International Cello Competition. Mr Wood has collaborated and worked with many distinguished musicians such as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Peter Salaff, Leslie Parnas and members of the Juilliard, Vermeer, Tokyo, Rasumofsky and Keller String Quartets, to name but a few. He is a frequent participant in several festivals including the Banff Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the International Arts Institute. He is currently a member of the Grammy-nominated “Yale Cellos” and the recently formed collaborative partnership, Duo Chrysalis, with Japanese-Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani.


John Feeney

John Feeney is principal bass of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Grand Tour Orchestra, a period instrument group, and can be heard frequently playing chamber music in NYC’s major venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Feeney was first prize winner of the 1980 Concert Artists Guild and the Zimmerman-Mingus International competitions and a medalist and prize winner in the 1978 Geneva and Isle of Man competitions. His numerous performances of double bass concerti include appearances with such orchestras as the American Symphony and St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums and Symphony Space. He has recorded extensively for Sony, EMI, CBS, RCA, Telarc, MusicMasters, Nonesuch, BMG, and Arabesque Records. He began his bass studies with Linda McKnight and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of David Walter.


Martin Beaver

Martin Beaver is a prominent chamber musician and the founding member of two Canadian ensembles: the Toronto String Quartet and Triskelion. He has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Bargemusic, as well as at Ravinia, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Amsterdam. As a soloist, Mr. Beaver has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium and the Portuguese Radio Orchestra, among others. He was a top prize-winner at the international violin competitions in Indianapolis and Montreal, and won a silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. A former pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, he has served on the faculties of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore and has presented masterclasses in North America, Europe and Asia. He is currently on the faculty at the Steinhardt School at New York University.


Clive Greensmith

Clive Greensmith, cellist, joined the quartet in June 1999. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of Brahms Sonatas with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label.


Wei-Yi Yang

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia, in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and with symphony orchestras. Most recently, Mr. Yang was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall.

Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music; the Great Hall (Leeds, England); the Royal Dublin Society; and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others around the world. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yang has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic; the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras; the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Singapore, and London Symphonies; Orpheus and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; and Orquestra do Estado de Sao Paulo, among others. Wei-Yi Yang joined the faculty at Yale University in 2005.