CATHERINE GREGORY, flute and DAVID KAPLAN, piano
Australian flutist Catherine Gregory has built a diverse and accomplished career as a soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and teaching artist. The New York Times has called her playing “magically mysterious,” also writing that “Ms. Gregory left a deep impression… her sound rich and fully present.” Catherine has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Barbican Centre in London and at the Lincoln Center Festival and will make her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this fall.
Recently named as the 2018 Pro Musicis International Award winner, her solo engagements have included appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Washington, D.C., the Consulate General of France in New York, the 10th International Flute Festival of Chile and as soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Catherine has served as guest Principal Flute of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony, as well as with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. A sought-after chamber musician, she has performed at the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, Scrag Mountain Music, Chestnut Hill Concert series, Jupiter Chamber Players and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her performances have also been heard live on ABC Classic FM (Australia) as well as WFMT Chicago, WQED Pittsburgh, Vermont Public Radio and KUSC Los Angeles.
Pianist David Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” (NYTimes), and praised for “grace and fire” at the keyboard (Boston Globe). He has been soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre, and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in the Philharmonie. Known for diverse and creative recital programs, he has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Washington’s National Gallery, Strathmore in Baltimore, and Bargemusic. Kaplan’s New Dances of the League of David, mixing Schumann with 16 new works, was cited in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by The New York Times.
Kaplan has collaborated with the Attacca, Ariel, Enso, Hausman, and Tesla String Quartets, and is a core member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at the Bard, Seattle Chamber Music, Mostly Mozart, and Chamber Music Northwest festivals, and is an alumnus of Tanglewood, Ravinia-Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. Kaplan has recorded for Naxos and Marquis Records, as well as with Timo Andres in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010), for Nonesuch.
THE DAEDALUS QUARTET
Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post in turn has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “silvery beauty” of their Schubert and the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel, the Boston Globe the “finesse and fury” of their Shostakovich, the Toronto Globe and Mail the “thrilling revelation” of their Hindemith, and the Cincinnati Enquirer the “tremendous emotional power” of their Brahms.
Since its founding the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan.
The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. Among the works the ensemble has premiered are Huck Hodge's The Topography of Desire, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation; David Horne’s Flight from the Labyrinth, commissioned for the Quartet by the Caramoor Festival; Lawrence Dillon’s String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts; and Fred Lerdahl’s Third String Quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music America, as well as Lerdahl's Chaconne, commissioned by New Music USA.
The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists: these include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, Soyeon Kate Lee, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera, Ricardo Morales, Romie deGuise-Langlois, and Alexander Fiterstein; jazz bassist John Patitucci; and violists Roger Tapping, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Donald Weilerstein.
MIHAE LEE, piano
Praised by The Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee has been captivating audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals and chamber music concerts with her poetic lyricism and scintillating virtuosity. She has performed in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Academia Nationale de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, and Taipei National Hall. An active chamber musician, Ms. Lee is a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio with violinist Ani Kavafian and French hornist William Purvis and was an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society for three decades. Her recordings of Brahms, Shostakovich, Bartok, and Stravinsky with the members of BCMS were critically acclaimed by High Fidelity, CD Review, and Fanfaremagazines, the reviews calling her sound “as warm as Rubinstein, yet virile as Toscanini.”
Ms. Lee has appeared frequently at numerous international chamber music festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Groningen, Festicamara (Colombia), Great Woods, Seattle, OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport, Sebago-Long Lake, Bard, Norfolk, Mostly Music, Music Mountain, Monadnock, and Chestnut Hill Concerts. In addition to many years of performing regularly at Bargemusic in New York, she has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae; has collaborated with the Tokyo, Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets; and has premiered and recorded works by such composers as Gunther Schuller, Ned Rorem, Paul Lansky, Henri Lazarof, Michael Daugherty, and Ezra Laderman. In addition to her concert career, Ms. Lee maintains her commitment to give back to her community and help many worthy charities. At the invitation of the Prime Minister and the First Lady of Jamaica, for many years she has organized and performed in concerts in Kingston and Montego Bay to benefit the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation. She also brought world-class musicians, both classical and jazz, to perform in fund raising concerts for the Hastings Education Foundation in Westchester County, and launched an annual Gala Concert for the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, a free health clinic outside of Pittsburgh.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Lee made her professional debut at the age of fourteen with the Korean National Orchestra after becoming the youngest grand prizewinner at the prestigious National Competition held by the President of Korea. In the same year, she came to the United States on a scholarship from The Juilliard School Pre-College, and subsequently won many further awards including First Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. Ms. Lee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and her artist diploma from the New England Conservatory, studying with Martin Canin and Russell Sherman. She has released compact discs on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCMS labels, and is currently Music Director of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.
KATARAZYNA BRYLA-WEISS, viola
Praised for her virtuosity and versatility, violist Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss was born into a family of musicians and has gone on to earn more than two dozen prizes and awards in the United States, France and her native Poland. Bryla regularly works with orchestras, in chamber groups, and as a soloist in a flourishing career that has already taken her across three continents.
Katarzyna is currently a member of New York City Ballet and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and regularly appears with the New York City Opera. She was a soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in their tour of China in 2010, and was soloist for the noted Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition in 2001.
Katarzyna Bryla has performed in numerous renowned music festivals including the Classical Tahoe, the Napa Valley Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, TX, Bach Dancing and Dynamite in Madison, WI, the Singapore Sun Music Festival, the Las Palmas Music Festival in Grand Canary Island, Spain.
Her teachers include Christian Tetzlaff, Bartosz Bryla, David Cerutti, Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Hongang Li and Herbert Greenberg .
ANI KALAYJIAN, cello and Co-Artistic Director
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a “superb cellist with a large, expressive, singing tone, passionate musicianship, and magnificent playing” by theJournal Tribune, Armenian cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, educator, and musical ambassador that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, and throughout Europe and the United States.
Ani’s recent engagements have included tours with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra around the U.S. at Ordway Hall in St. Paul, Dartmouth University, the 92nd St. Y in NY, and in Rome, Bologna, Siena, Berlin and Vienna. She made several trips to Lebanon serving as principal cellist of the Lebanese Philharmonic for multiple concerts given at the American University of Beirut as well as solo concerts at Haigazian University. During her time in Lebanon, Ani gave outreach performances to underserved communities at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Insan School for Iraqi & Syrian refugee children, Byblos Birds’ Nest Armenian orphanage, Karageusian Foundation, and in the Syrian refugee camps. Upcoming performances include solo & chamber music concerts in Los Angeles at La Sierra University with members of the LA Philharmonic, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Saugerties ProMusica, Pleasantville Music Society, Nippon Club, Music at Montauk and Finger Lake Chamber Music Festivals in NY, and Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festivals in Maine and upcoming tours to the Middle East.
Ani received an M.A. with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum and a B.A. from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy. A passionate music educator, Ani is the head of the Cello department at the Elisabeth Morrow School.
KEIKO TOKUNAGA, violin
Praised by the Strings Magazine for possessing a sound “with probing quality that is supple and airborne” and for her “pure, pellucid bow strokes”, violinist Keiko Tokunaga spends most of her days touring and performing globally as a soloist and chamber musician. A passionate advocate of the chamber music of all eras, Ms. Tokunaga performed, toured and recorded extensively with the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet from 2005 to 2019. Ms. Tokunaga has soloed with various orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Banff Centre in Canada, Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao in Spain, Ohji Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Izumi Hall in Osaka among others. Ms. Tokunaga recently released her debut album, Jewels, from New York Classics Label.
Since Ms. Tokunaga joined in 2005, the Attacca Quartet won numerous prestigious awards, including the First Prize of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011; the Third Prize and the Australian Broadcast Corporation Classic FM Listener’s Choice Award of the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The Attacca Quartet served as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School from 2011 till 2013, and as as artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2014-15 season.
When she is not on the road, Ms. Tokunaga enjoys her career as an educator. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division since 2008, and she has served as violin faculty at the Fordham University, the Hunter College of New York, the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Tokunaga's private students range from absolute beginners to winners of international competitions, and she welcomes students from all ethnic and cultural background.
Ms. Tokunaga holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees as well as Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. She loves cats, pyramids and the Legend of Zelda.Ms. Tokunaga’s partner-in-crime is a Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900 and Nicolas Maire bow from circa 1850.
JEREMY JORDAN, piano
A member of the Young Steinway Artists roster and critically acclaimed, “a clear technical virtuoso”, “a rare talent”; “a true Wunderkind”, pianist and native Chicagoan Jeremy Jordan burst on the music scene at age 9 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in a live televised performance, followed by appearances on the acclaimed radio program From The Top and From The Top: Live from Carnegie Hall performing Liszt. He has twice again appeared at Carnegie Hall playing Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner. Jordan attended the Juilliard School where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance, studying on the Van Cliburn and Irene Diamond scholarships. He made his concerto debut with Maestro Alan Heatherington and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra playing Grieg, followed by performances and
recordings of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Paul Freeman. Mr. Jordan subsequently performed solo and chamber concerts throughout Europe and America including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rudolfinum in Prague, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival. Other notable performances include his appearances with renowned clarinetist Anthony McGill and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, recitals for the American Liszt Society in California and New York, and his own Juilliard lecture-recital celebrating the bicentennials of Liszt and Wagner. Jeremy studied with distinguished pianists Matti Raekallio, Yoshie Akimoto, and Regina Syrkin; and received tutoring from renowned artists including Andre Watts, Jerome Lowenthal, Eteri Andjaparidze,
Steve Million, and Ron Perillo.