desirÉe ruhstrat, violin
The violin artistry of Desirée Ruhstrat has captivated audiences throughout Europe and the Americas. The Berlin Taggespiegel wrote, "...she played with such an intensive fire and sleepwalking assuredness that she was stormily celebrated by the audience." A seasoned performer, Ms. Ruhstrat made her professional debut at the age of twelve. AT age 16, Ms. Ruhstrat was invited by Sir George Solti to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
Ms. Ruhstrat has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, Radio Suisse Romande, Gottingen Symphony, Philharmonia Da Camera, Orchestra Symphonica Auguescalientes, Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Concerto Soloists Of Philadelphia, Utah Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, and National Repertory Orchestra. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Eric Kunzel, Max Rudolph, William Smith, Rico Saccani, Brian Priestman, Mats Liljefors among others. Ms. Ruhstrat has won numerous awards including first prize at the National Young Musicians Debut Competition in Los Angeles, where she was also lauded a special award for a young performer with extraordinary talent. She became the youngest prizewinner at Switzerland's Tibor Varga International Competition and also won the award for best interpretation of the commissioned contemporary composition. She went on to earn top prizes at the Carl Flesch, Julius Stulberg, and the Mozart Festival Violin Competitions.
Ms. Ruhstrat is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Aaron Rosand, Joseph Gingold, Harold Wippler and Dorothy Delay. Her discography includes the Stamitz Duo for Violin and Viola for Centaur Records ,the Ravel Duo for Violin and Cello for Albany Records, a 2013 GRAMMY nominated NAXOS release Annelies, based on the Diary of Anne Frank and multiple recordings with the Lincoln Trio on the Cedille Label.
A passionate teacher, Ms. Ruhstrat's students are prizewinners of national and international competitions and members of professional orchestras worldwide. Ms. Ruhstrat has been on Faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington and currently is Faculty and serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.
PAul martin, viola
LONDON BASED VIOLIST, Paul martin, IS EQUALLY AT HOME ON THE CONCERT STAGE AS WELL AS IN THE INTIMATE SETTING OF CHAMBER MUSIC. BEING A FORMER MEMBER OF THE RENOWNED BALENESCU QUARTET, PAUL TOURED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD INCLUDING APPEARANCES IN ROYAL FESTIVAL AND ROYAL ALBERT HALLS IN LONDON, AUDITORIO NATIONAL de MUSIC MADRID, ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, SULTAN of BRUNEI PALACE, MUSIKVEREIN , VIENNA and CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM. mR.MARTIN studied viola with nicolas roth and elizabeth turnbull at trinity college of music. HE APPEARS ON THE argo label WITH THE BALENESCU QUARTET. paul has APPEARED in numerous well known film scores over the years including "lord of the rings", "james Bond" and "harry potter" AND "THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY".
david cunliffe, cello
David began studying at the age of nine in his native England. Three years later he was chosen to receive a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. In 1984 Mr. Cunliffe went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and was the recipient of the Terrance Weill and Leonard Hirsch Quartet prizes and the Lady Barbirolli Chamber Music Award.
He completed his studies at the International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and toured throughout Europe with Yehudi Menuhin and the Camerata Lysy.
In 1995 he was asked to join the Balanescu Quartet, touring extensively to Australia, Europe and the United States appearing frequently on radio and TV, including featured performances on NPR and the BBC. He has served as Principal cello with the RNCM Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and for performances with BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Cunliffe can be heard on various recording labels including Enja, DMD, Albany and Cedille.
David is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and is a member of the Lincoln Trio and black oak ensemble.
Aurelien fort pederzoli, violin/viola
French-born violinist/violist Aurelien Fort Pederzoli has quickly risen to be known as one of Chicago’s most creative and sought-after collaborators.
Aurelien is a graduate of the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with world-renowned teacher Jean Lenert. He then attended the Bern Hochschule, Switzerland, where he was in the master class of Prof. Monika Urbaniak and received guidance from Prof. Igor Ozim. his primary teacher was veda reynolds, professor at the curtis institute of music in philadelphia.
In 2008, Aurelien founded the Anaphora Ensemble, a chamber music ensemble, which appeared frequently on national radio and performed in eclectic places, from the green mill to symphony hall. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Pederzoli was first violinist of the Corky Siegel Chamber Blues band and toured nationally and internationally with them.
other collaborations include Rachel kolly, christian chamorel, daniel baremboim, kent nagano, the ysaye quartet, h.j lim, members of eighth blackbird, shmuel ashkenasi, jean jacques kantorow, itzakh perlman and mathieu dufour to name a few.
From 2009 until 2014, Aurelien was one of the violinists, and founding member, of the grammy nominated Spektral Quartet, in residence at the University of Chicago.
jose ferreira, guitar
josé is a Brazilian guitarist born in 1979, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a self-taught musician, he began playing in his home town Goiania, where his talent was soon apparent.
The desire to develop his style through various musical influences led him to travel extensively throughout the United States, Argentina, The Netherlands, and France.
These journeys would broaden his musical horizons and expand his collaborations with numerous musicians. In 1999, Josè and guitarist Ricardo Mello formed a duo called Doubà, and moved to the United States to seek out new and diverse musical experiences. They released two albums: Soundflower in 2001, and Latitude in 2003.
Josè released his first solo album “Violao e Cordas” (guitar and strings) in 2005. Accompanied by Kailin Young on violin, Evan Orman on cello and by the Denver String Ensemble, he recorded works by Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali e Astor Piazzolla.
In 2006 he moved to Paris to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique with the renowned guitarist Alberto Ponce. In 2008 he received his diploma as concert performer and continued his development with the artist Tania Chagnot at the Haÿ-les-Roses conservatory.
Currently he shares his enthusiasm and passion for Brazilian music with Parisian audiences, frequently performing solo and as accompanist with several groups, including Duo In Uno, Trio In Uno, Travessias, and Bécots da Lappa.
Evan Orman, Bandoneon
Born in Colorado, Evan Orman studied cello at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre In Canada, and the New England Conservatory. His teachers include Colin Carr, Eleanor Shoenfeld and Robert Marsh. He has performed in master classes for Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker and the Guarneri Quartet and has worked closely with violinist Louis Krasner and composer Iannis Xenakis.
An enthusiast of Argentine tango, Evan has studied tango music and the bandonéon (a large, complex instrument which is a member of the concertina family) in Buenos Aires (through a grant from Tango Colorado) and plays the bandonéon in his Denver-based group, Extasis. His interest in the bandonéon, and in the music of Astor Piazzolla (the Argentine bandoneonista and composer) prompted him to acquire his first instrument in 1996. He has studied with Raul Jaurena, of the New York Tango Trio and in Buenos Aires with Camillo Ferrero, of Orquesta El Arranque. In addition, Extasis has coached with bassist Pablo Aslan (also of the New York Tango Trio). He now owns and plays on three bandonéons by Alfred Arnold (Germany) ca. 1925, 1926 and 1936 (the last of these instruments were made in the 1940’s).
American cellist Johannes Gray started playing at the age of two. Giving his first concert at three, he learned very early the joy of performing and sharing music with the public. His audiences are drawn in by his open personality, warm sound, sincere musicality, and effortless technique. He studied for many years in Chicago with Hans Jensen and Gilda Barston. There he won every competition there was to offer, and soloed with each regional orchestra including the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he decided to expand his horizons and went to Europe to discover the musical world there, taking part in many festivals and masterclasses, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, Kronberg Academy, and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. Johannes now studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris with Jérôme Pernoo.
Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning Chicago-based violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators.
THIS SEASON, RABIA JOINS THE PEORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT RAVINIA, COLLABORATES WITH RACHEL BARTON PINE, PERFORMS ON WFMT BROADCAST, PERFORMS WITH FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE AND MAKE MUSIC NOW SERIES, AS WELL AS SOLO VIOLIN PERFORMANCE IN CARNEGIE HALL, AND SOLO RECITALS AT CURTIS HALL, PIANOFORTE STUDIOS, NORTE ECOLE HALL, AND BUCKINGHAM SOLON SERIES. LAST SUMMER, SHE TOURED CENTRAL EUROPE WITH THE CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND PARTICIPATED IN THE CURTIS SUMMER FEST SERVING AS CONCERTMASTER OF THE YASP ORCHESTRA UNDER THE BATON OF JOSHUA GERSEN OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, PERFORMED WITH THE FORMOSA QUARTET AND BLACK OAK ENSEMBLE.
Passionately playing violin since the age of three, she has been honoured to study with Lei Hou of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Belavsky of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and perform in master classes for Daniel Rowland, Rachael Kolly d’Alba, and Ani Kavafian. Currently, she studies with and is coached by Desirée Ruhsrat of the GRAMMY-nominated Lincoln Trio.
Rachel Hsu is a junior at New Trier High School and currently studies violin with Desiree Ruhstrat. Rachel began playing violin at the age of three and since then has won numerous awards, making her solo debut at age 7 in 2009 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the DePaul Concerto Festival. She has been featured as both a violin and piano soloist on WFMT’s Introductions, Music in the Loft, the Young Steinway Concert Series, the LEARN charter concert program, WGN’s Chicago Live radio program, Pilgrim Chamber Players’ Stars of Tomorrow, ACDA’s Unite in Song, and Ravinia’s Kraft Kids Concert Series.
As CO-concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rachel has toured Central Europe in 2017, collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel Barton Pine, Ben Folds and Second City, and performed multiple times at the United Center during the halftime show for the Chicago Bulls. Also concertmaster of New Trier’s symphony orchestra, they toured Italy in 2016 and performed at Carnegie Hall this past April. Rachel also joined the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia along with the Lincoln Trio and various soloists on their tour in Colombia led by Dante Santiago Anzolini in 2016. In 2017, she participated in and was second violin principal at Curtis’ Young Artist Summer Program. She also performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2017 under Jaime Laredo, performing alongside legendary musicians Richard Goode and Pamela Frank.
Seventeen year old Grace Kim is a student at Neuqua Valley High School. She has been playing the violin for the past ten years and currently studies with Desiree Ruhstrat of the Lincoln Trio. Grace has served as a second violin principal of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and has toured Central Europe with them in 2017. She also participated in the Curtis Summerfest in 2017. Grace has served as the assistant second violin principal in the Chicago Youth in Music Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She was the winner of the 2017 New Philharmonic’s Young People’s Competition and was a member of the ILMEA All-State Honors Orchestra. In 2016, she joined the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia with the Lincoln Trio on their national tour led by Dante Santiago Anzolini.