11-12 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Nestled among the San Juan Islands lies Orcas Island, arguably the most beautiful of all, it is home to an assortment of small hamlets, a private preserve, and Mt. Constitution. A popular spot with tourists and the occasional film crew, Orcas Island has no shortage of breathtaking views and beautiful coastlines covered with hundreds of twisting madrona trees.

So it is only natural that the creators of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival chose here as where they would give the world “Classical Music with a View.”

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

Music

Boccherini: Fandango from Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major
Tarrega (arr. Fisk): Recuerdos de la Alhambra for Two Guitars
Mendelssohn Sextet in D Major
Falla: Danza Española from La Vida Breve for Two Guitars
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello: IV
Glière (arr. Proto): Suite for Viola and Bass – Gavotte & Cradle Song
Ravel (arr: Kato): Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose)
Schumann Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: II
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major

Listen to an audio feature by Monique Mead and Matthew Olsen, about the Orcas Island Music Festiva’s unique education program:

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Artists

Aloysia Friedmann, Founder and Artistic Director; Violin, Viola – As a versatile New York-based freelancer for 15 years, Ms. Friedmann performed symphonic repertoire in Carnegie Hall, rock’n’roll with Metallica in Madison Square Garden and appeared on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, alongside Dustin Hoffman. She has toured Japan, Europe and South America with prestigious ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Orpheus. As a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s she can be heard in over a dozen recordings on Telarc.

Ms. Friedmann has been an Affiliate Artist of Viola at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. Aloysia Friedmann studied with her father Martin Friedmann and Emanuel Zetlin in Seattle, and with Margaret Pardee and Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School. Ms. Friedmann is married to pianist Jon Kimura Parker and they have a daughter, Sophie. More

Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor; Piano – Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker was born, raised, and educated in Vancouver. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given two command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, and has performed for the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan, and for the United States Supreme Court. A remarkably versatile artist, Mr. Parker has, in recent seasons, performed in Carnegie Hall (with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra), Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Sydney Opera House; toured the Canadian Arctic as part of “Piano Six” performing the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Nirvana, and Alanis Morissette on an electronic keyboard for over 1,000 Inuit school students; jammed with Doc Severinsen and the original Tonight Show Orchestra; been profiled in “Newsweek” magazine in Australia; and given an impromptu concert at the Victoria Falls Hotel while on safari in Zimbabwe. He also played himself in a guest appearance on the children’s program “Under the Umbrella Tree” on the Disney Channel. More

Martin Chalifour, Violin – Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1986 Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow; he was a laureate of the Montreal International Competition the following year. Since then he has concertized extensively, playing hundreds of concerto performances from a repertoire of more than 50 works. He has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. More

Chee- Yun, Violin – Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. More

Deborah Dunham, Bass – Deborah Dunham has toured internationally as a musician since 1981, maintained double bass teaching studios since 1991 and is currently on the faculty at Sam Houston State University’s School of Music. Her previous pre-college students have gone on to prestigious music schools at Rice University, Juilliard, Indiana University, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Harvard University. Deborah recently gave master classes at Boston University, Baylor University and Manhattan School of Music in New York. In addition she has made presentations and performed at the conventions of the International Society of Bassists. More

James Dunham, Viola – James Dunham is an internationally known soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Formerly violist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet, he has collaborated with such renowned artists as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Richard Goode, Lynne Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Sabine Meyer, Bernard Greenhouse and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs and Tokyo Quartets. He has also worked with such composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Paul Chihara, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Mel Powell, Bernard Rands, Christopher Rouse, Gunther Schuller and Joan Tower. Ms. Larsen has written a sonata for Mr. Dunham (2001) which he premiered at the Aspen Music Festival in July 2001 and has recorded for an upcoming Naxos CD release. More

Eliot Fisk, Guitar – Eliot Fisk is one of the most exciting and creative musicians before the public today. Known world wide for his adventurous repertoire and willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centers, and even logging camps and prisons!) he belongs as his great mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.” Eliot Fisk has transformed the repertoire of the classical guitar through his ground breaking transcriptions (including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, Albeniz etc.) through countless works dedicated to him by composers as varied as Luciano Berio, Leonardo Balada, Robert Beaser, Nicholas Maw, George Rochberg and Kurt Schwertsik, and through his countless creative collaborations with other musicians in classical, flamenco, jazz and world music styles. More

Arthur Grossman - Arthur Grossman began his professional career at the age of thirteen, when he joined the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. After four years, and a further season with the San Antonio Symphony, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music. Upon graduation he joined the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, during which time the Seventh Army Wind Quintet, later the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet, was formed. After two seasons when he served as principal bassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony and one with the Cincinnati Symphony, Soni Ventorum was asked by Pablo Casals to form the wind faculty of the newly created Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Seven years and several recordings later Soni Ventorum moved to Seattle to join the faculty of the School of Music of the University of Washington.  In January 1988 he became Divisional Dean for Arts of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, a position in which he served for ten years. He has continued to perform and record both as a soloist and with Soni Ventorum. 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 – Eric Kim has a diverse career performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Middle and Far East as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. 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

William McColl, Clarinet - William McColl received his diploma with honors from the State Academy of Music in Vienna (known today as the Hochschule). He began playing clarinet at the age of 12 and was soon attending the National Music Camp at Interlochen and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1951-1953). He is a founding member of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and the New World Basset Horn Trio, and is the former principal clarinet of the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Hungarica (Vienna). Mr. McColl was professor of clarinet at the University of Washington from 1968-2006. He has recordings on Musical Heritage, and Crystal labels (with the Soni Ventorum), as well as on the Atlantic, Decca and Harmonia Mundi labels. More

Zaira Meneses, Guitar – Born in the province of Vera Cruz Mexico Zaira Meneses began musical studies at the age of 7. Her unique talents led to participation in the chamber choir of the IPE conducted by Ana Elgarte and Jose Antonio Perez. She soon revealed an extraordinary double talent as singer and guitarist, and during her years of guitar study, she was the recipient of numerous prizes for guitar performances both nationally and internationally. Beginning in 1998 she participated in outreach concerts for children in Vera Cruz, Puebla, Villa Hermosa, and other cities in her native Mexico. That same year she also won first prize in the Paracho Michoacán International Guitar Competition and honorable mention in the National Guitar Competition of Xalapa. One year later she won the Competition of Guanajuato, Mexico and in the same year, was awarded a scholarship to the “Paco Marin” International Guitar Competition. More

Miro Quartet

Daniel Ching
Joshua Gindele
John Largess
Sandy Yamamoto

The Miró Quartet is an internationally performing professional classical string quartet based in Austin, Texas. The group is the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas and its members are on the faculty of the Butler School of Music. Its members are Daniel Ching, violin, Sandy Yamamoto, violin, John Largess, viola and Joshua Gindele, cello. The Quartet was founded in 1995 by four students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 1997, two members left the group and were replaced by two new members who have remained in the group until this day. Within the first five years of its founding, it had won first prizes in all the competitions it entered including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition(1996), the 6th Banff International String Quartet Competition (1998) and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award (2000). It was awarded Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in 2005 and was also the first ensemble to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant in that same year. More

Toby Saks, Cello – Toby Saks has been Professor of cello and chamber music at the University of Washington since 1976, and is the Artistic Director and the founder of The Seattle Chamber Music Festival since 1982. Ms. Saks has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, the (former) USSR and Israel. Her chamber music credits include the Sitka, Boston Chamber Music Society, Vancouver, Cascade Head, Bargemusic, St. Cere, New Mexico, Amsterdam, Juneau, Marlboro, Stratford, Spoleto, and Anchorage Festivals. In January of 1988, she led musicians of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival on a two-week tour of the Soviet Union. Ms. Saks was First Prize winner at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Israel and she was also a top prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. More

Andrew Staupe, Piano – American pianist Andrew Staupe is an internationally recognized soloist hailed for his compelling virtuosity and poetic lyricism by audiences and critics alike. In April 2010, Andrew completed a recital tour of Europe performing in both Romania and Latvia. He was immediately re-engaged for a recital tour of Russia in 2011 and will appear in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, among other cities. Staupe appeared as soloist on a European tour of Holland and Bulgaria in November 2009, performing in such prestigious venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Dr. Anton Phillipszaal in The Hague. He was recently a guest artist at the 2010 Orcas Island Chamber Festival, and performed with world-famous violinist Chee-Yun at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. More

Anne Martindale Williams, Cello – Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the Orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.” More