Daniel Khalikov, Concertmaster

    Violinist Daniel Khalikov commands the world stages as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.
    Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Khalikov is the third generation of a highly respected family of classical musicians. Khalikov was a founding member of Chamber Orchestra of New York and then, in 2008, became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

    At Lincoln Center, and with the Met Opera Orchestra on tour, Khalikov has collaborated with such illustrious conductors as Levine, Muti, Rattle, Gergiev, Barenboim, Luisi, and Gatti in productions ranging from John Adams to Giuseppe Verdi. As a member of the Met Orchestra, Khalikov is in part a recipient of the numerous Grammy Award recordings won by the Orchestra.Over the years Khalikov has performed with Chamber Orchestra of New York as visiting concertmaster for Carnegie Hall concerts and high profile productions such as the Dolce & Gabbana show at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was also featured as a soloist in violin concertos by Vivaldi and J.S. Bach.
    As a chamber musician, Daniel Khalikov has performed alongside his mentor Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, and Emanuel Ax, at music festivals of Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Verbier, Norfolk, Music Mountain, the Perlman Music Program, the MET Chamber Players, and Lake Tahoe Summerfest.

    Mr. Khalikov plays a J.B. Vuilliaume.
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    Russell Kotcher

    Russell Kotcher is an avid chamber, solo, and orchestral musician. He has appeared as soloist several times in Germany with the Isny Festival Orchestra in both Isny and Munich, and was also a soloist at the Bodensee Festival in Bodensee, Germany.

    A member of the prize winning Muhlenberg Piano Quartet, Russell was awarded several grants to commission and premiere Eric Sessler’s Piano Quartet which took place at The Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School. Past teachers include Hal Grossman, Andrew Jennings, Camilla Wicks, Ian Swensen, and William DePasquale.

    He currently is a member of Symphony in C and the Chamber Orchestra of New York and serves as faculty at Temple University Preparatory School. Russell holds diplomas and degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and the San Francisco Conservatory.

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    Nicholas Pappone

    Lauded as a “first rate” violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, Nicholas Pappone makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, sought-after orchestral player, and teacher in New York City.

    Growing up as a professional child actor in Los Angeles, performing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Piano Trio, and the Zukerman Chamber Players. This includes collaborations with violists Paul Neubauer, Paul Coletti, Jethro Marks, and the cellist Paul Watkins. Nicholas has appeared as soloist with the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Symphony, New York Session Symphony, and the New Westchester Symphony.

    He also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra as violinist and actor on the Musically Speaking Series in a unique collaboration with actor John De Lancie. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, the Boulder International Duo Competition, Rutgers University, WMP Concert Hall’s Strad for Lunch, Teatro Principal in Burgos, Spain, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Canada.

    The 2019-2020 season features concerts with the Chelsea Symphony playing Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, and recital and chamber music appearances at the Islip Arts Council, Rutgers University, Bar Harbor Chamber Music Festival, and Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Nicholas is Principal Second violin of Amit Peled’s Mount Vernon Virtuosi, and a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. He served as Principal Second Violin of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama from 2016-2018. In the summers, Nicholas is violin and chamber music faculty at the International Academy of Music in Tuscany, Italy and the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain.

    Nicholas graduated Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman. Other influential mentors include Rodney Friend, Lucie Robert, and Grigory Kalinovksy. Nicholas has performed in masterclasses for violinists Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, and Vadim Gluzman.

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    Bela Horvath

    Hungarian born violinist, Bela Horvath began to play the violin at age 3. Starting his violin studies with his grandfather, Bela immediately showed outstanding talent for the violin. Therefore he was taken to the famous Hungarian violin teacher, Valeria Baranyai, with whom he studied with for many years. During those years, Bela won a number of national violin competitions in Hungary, as well as a few international violin competitions in Prague and Vienna.

    In 1996, Bela entered the Bela Bartok Conservatory, where he studied with former first violinist of the Festetics String Quartet, Istvan Kertesz. Bela won the National Janos Koncz violin competition in Hungary in 1997. The following year, he entered the 9th International Carl Flesch Violin Competition. As the youngest contestant, he won the 4th prize as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of Miklos Csemicky`s Solo Sonata for violin

    In the year of 2000, Mr. Horvath entered the Franz Liszt University of Music, where he began his studies with Hungarian concert violinist, Miklos Szenthelyi. In 2002, the renowned violinist, violist, and conductor, Pinchas Zukerman invited Mr.Horvath to study with him and his associate, Patinka Kopec, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. During his studies in New York, Bela Horvath has worked with the world`s leading violinists and pedagogues such as, Zakhar Bron, Leonidas Kavakos, Jaime Laredo, Gyorgy Pauk, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, and Joseph Silverstein. Mr. Horvath has also played a great deal of chamber music and has been coached by chamber musicians and teachers like Daniel Avshalomov, Steven Dann, Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, Timothy Eddy, Joseph Kalichstein, RobertMann, Sylvia Rosenberg, David Soyer, and Michael Tree.

    Bela Horvath made his debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2003. The debut of his Piano Quartet, Amity Players, was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in October 2006. They have recently released a recording of two piano quartets by J. Brahms for the Canadian label, Marquis Music. As a soloist and recitalist, he has played many concerts around the world, including the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France, England, Slovakia, Hungary, the United States and Canada.

    In February, 2008, he performed with Pinchas Zukerman at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Mr. Horvath, has performed in Carnegie Hall`s Isaac Stern auditorium as a soloist in June 2008. Mr. Horvath completed his Bachelor’s and his Master’s of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college division program since 2009.

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    Sarah Charness, Principal

    Sarah Charness has captivated audiences with her vibrant sound and vivacious performances. Sarah is a versatile musician, at home in the worlds of classical, contemporary, and popular music. Her performances have taken her from Lincoln Center to the Today Show.

    Sarah is a graduate of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she studied violin with Marylou Churchill, voice, chamber music, and orchestral performance. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance under the mentorship of Andrew Jennings at the University of Michigan. Sarah was awarded a Surdna Foundation Scholarship to attend the Young Artist Orchestra and String Quartet programs at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Sarah also attended the Encore School for Strings, the Mark O’Conner Fiddle Camp, and the Henry Mancini Institute.

    Sarah appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City Hall, and the Kennedy Center as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Sarah’s many chamber performances have taken her to Brandeis University, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the Noon Day Concert Series in Nantucket, the Newton Free Library, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Museum of Science, the Natick Center for the Arts, the DeCordova Museum, and the Museum of our National Heritage. Her performances have been broadcast on WCRB 102.5 FM in Boston, and she was featured on the National Public Radio. She was three times a finalist in the New England Conservatory concerto competition, a winner in the Brockton Symphony Concerto Competition, a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a finalist in the University of Michigan concerto competition. Sarah has performed annually at the Nassau Coliseum and the Continental Airlines Arena with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has backed up top recording artists Roger Daltry of the Who, Sarah Brightman, and British pop singer Mika. Sarah is a widely-sought teacher whose experience includes the New England Conservatory Charter School, Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, and numerous private students.


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    Caroline Drexler

    Caroline Drexler is a New York City based violinist. She is an enthusiastic orchestral musician and holds a tenured chair with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. In addition to Chamber Orchestra of New York, she can be seen performing with orchestras such as American Ballet Theater orchestra, Symphony in C, and the Savannah Philharmonic. Caroline’s NYC performances have taken her to venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall.

    As a recording artist, Caroline can be heard on projects for the Smithsonian Museum and Bungie Games. She has also appeared as a New York Fashion Week performer for designers such as Tory Burch and Dolce and Gabbana and as a guest performer on The Tonight Show.


    Caroline performs often with the Desdemona Ensemble, an all female chamber ensemble dedicated to championing the works of contemporary composers. Performances with Desdemona include the Larsen Young Artist Spotlight chamber series with the Savannah Philharmonic.

    She graduated with honors with a Masters in Music from the University of Tennessee.

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    Holly Nelson

    Violinist Holly Nelson is passionate about contemporary music and especially enjoys collaborating with composers. In 2019, she was named a Britten Pears Young Artist and performed in Aldeburgh, England where she was mentored by members of the London Sinfonietta as well as composers Matthew Collins and Mark Anthony Turnage. In 2018 she gave the premiere performance of Fabian Beltran’s work for violin and piano, Witchcraft-Incantos, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York with pianist Huizi Zhang. In 2017, as a Contemporary Ensemble Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, she premiered 22 works and served as the festival orchestra’s concertmaster and from 2014-2015, she toured Switzerland and Luxembourg as a member of the Lucerne Festival’s Young Performance Ensemble, performing Tod Machover’s work Fensadense for 10 musicians and interactive electronics developed by MIT.


    Also a lover of baroque music, in 2015, sponsored by an Arts Grant from the government of Taiwan, Holly completed a concert tour of three cities in Taiwan with harpsichordist Hsiu Tzu Ryan. Ms. Nelson has performed with some of the most sought-after early music ensembles in New York City: The Sebastians, Clarion Music Society and Project Amadeus. In 2015, she was invited as a full scholarship baroque violin fellow to The American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco. Other festival appearances include Domaine Forget, Banff, The Lucerne Festival Academy and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College.

    Ms. Nelson is an Artist in Residence for 2019-2020 at Twin Towers Life Enriching Communities in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she curates a monthly chamber music series. She currently serves as Giora Schmidt’s teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and also teaches in CCM’s Precollege Program.

    MAGGIE SNYDER, Principal

    Violist Maggie Snyder has performed as a soloist and in orchestras throughout the United States as principal violist, solo concerto player and under well-known conductors. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center, and has performed in Mexico, Greece, Korea, and Russia. She is currently the violist in the West Virginia Piano Quartet. She has performed under leading conductors, including James Levine, Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, James dePriest, Julius Rudel, James Conlon, and Michael Tilson Thomas and at such festivals as the Brevard Music Festival, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival where she was a Time Warner Fellow. In the last 24 months, she has played more than 100 recitals and concerts in 15 states and abroad. She greatly anticipates upcoming performances with Duo Allamagnetti, her ensemble with harpsichordist sister, Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, including a debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. That recital will feature three world premiere works written for the ensemble  by Thomas Pasatieri, Kamran Ince, and Garrett Byrnes.

    Ms. Snyder has given master classes, clinics, and performances at universities and music schools throughout the country, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, The University of Rochester, The University of Georgia, The University of Tennessee, The University of Kentucky, and the University of South Carolina, among others. She earned the Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she was the teaching assistant for Victoria Chiang. Her Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Memphis, where she was a Pressar Scholar. Her principal teachers have been Victoria Chiang, Heidi Castleman, and Lenny Schranze. She has been President of the Alabama Orchestra Association, and on the board of the Alabama Music Educator’s Association, the state chapter of Music Educator’s National Conference. She was born into a musical family and began her studies of music at the age of 3. She grew up giving concerts with her family both in the United States and abroad and continues to concertize with her family on the yearly New Years concert in Memphis. Ms. Snyder joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 2007, a post she took after teaching at Ohio University and the University of Alabama, where she was coordinator of the string area. She has also served on the faculties of the Brevard Music Festival, the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, and the Lutheran Summer Music Festival.



    Santa Maria Pecoraro

    A native of San Diego, Santa Maria Pecoraro is Orchestra Manager of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, where she is also a member of the viola section. As an experienced grants and finance manager, she also holds the position of Administrative Manager in the Laboratory of Virology & Infectious Disease at The Rockefeller University.

    Ms. Pecoraro has also performed with numerous orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including Staten Island Philharmonic, Adelphi University Symphony, Brooklyn College-Conservatory Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of Rome and Opera Festival di Roma, Orvieto Festival Orchestra, Stuttgart Ballet Orchestra, Filarmónica Internacional de las Californias, Orquesta de Baja California and Tijuana Opera Orchestra. She has also performed for several films, including Legend of 1900 (under Ennio Morricone and Cinecitta Orchestra di Roma), Kate & Leopold, and several Hallmark Channel movies.

    Ms. Pecoraro holds degrees from the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. Her principal teachers have been Evan N. Wilson (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Mary Gerard (San Diego Symphony). Her orchestral experience began at the age of thirteen with the San Diego Youth Symphony.


    Adrian Daurov, Principal

    A native of St. Petersburg, Russia and now living in New York City, cellist Adrian Daurov is one of the most dazzling artists of his generation.

    Highlights of Adrian Daurov’s current season include his debut with Colorado’s Longmont Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Elliot Moore, and a return engagement with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, as well as Northeast touring with the Indiana-based Euclid Quartet. Looking ahead to summer, 2020, he will make his debut at the famed New Hampshire Music Festival.

    Adrian Daurov, at the age of 15, made his debut as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, he earned top honors at three international competitions – Bulgaria’s 1st International Music Competition “Coast of Hope” (First Prize, 1996); The Netherlands’ Peter De Grote International Music Competition (Grand Prix, 2002); New York City’s L.I.S.M.A. International Music Competition (First Prize, 2004). In 2004, he toured as soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, performing in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw and throughout Germany, and was appointed to the dual position of principal cellist and soloist with the Bayreuth Youth Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Gulke. 2008 heard him as a featured participant in a gala Carnegie Hall concert celebrating Russia’s Independence Day, a program that included the distinguished Russian singers Yelena Obratztsova and Vladimir Galouzine.

    After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Adrian Daurov was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship for advanced studies at The Juilliard School with the renowned cello pedagogue David Soyer (of the Guarneri Quartet). At Juilliard, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, graduating in 2009. While still in school, he was appointed principal cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of New York. Mr. Daurov has also collaborated in chamber music programs with pianist Alexander Ghindin, violinist Mark Peskanov and flutist Eugenia Zukerman. Recent seasons have included debuts with the Dayton and Massapequa philharmonic orchestras as well as the symphony orchestras of Bozeman, Glacier, Kalamazoo, Longwood, Ridgefield, Westerville and Wyoming. In 2012, he Passionately devoted to the music of our own time, Adrian Daurov has already presented the world premieres of two important works – In 2008, Fountains of Fin for flute, violin and cello by the Persian composer Behzad Ranjbaran and, in 2009, The Epistle – Concerto for Cello & Chamber Choir by the Siberian composer Yuri Yukechev, written for Mr. Daurov and the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Nikolai Kachanov, Artistic Director.

    Originally from Southwestern Connecticut, Leigh began her cello studies at the age of nine. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School as a student of Steven Thomas and David Wells and her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of David Geber. A dedicated teaching artist, Leigh is on the cello faculty of the Diller-Quaile School.

    Adrian Daurov’s artistry has been heard on several radio and television stations, including WNYC, WQXR and NTV-America. He is also featured on a recent album by the young New York City-based jazz star Romain Collin.

    Adrian Daurov performs on a magnificent 1989 cello crafted by John Terry in Florence, Italy.



    Leigh Stuart

    Leigh Stuart is a versatile cellist who thrives on performing music from a wide range of styles and genres. She has toured the U.S. extensively as a chamber musician, performing in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Deer Valley Music Festival, the Library of Congress, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and countless others. She has recorded with Makoto Ozone and Paquito D’Rivera for the album Live and Let Live-Love for Japan, appeared with tap dancing virtuoso, Savion Glover, at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, songwriter, Sufjan Stevens, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Jay-Z, Beyonce, and The Roots at Radio City Music Hall.

    Leigh is a founding member of the boundary-breaking new music group, Fireworks Ensemble, described as “adventurous and ahead of the curve” by the Washington Post and “musically fearless” by Time-Out New York. With Fireworks Ensemble, Leigh has premiered over one hundred new works by emerging and established composers, including a recent commission by Pulitzer-prize winning composer, David Del Tredici. This season the ensemble will release an album of selected instrumental chamber rock pieces by Frank Zappa on E1 (formerly Koch Classics).

    As a member of the Brooklyn-based, acoustic, ambient ensemble, Bing and Ruth, Leigh has recently performed for the Wordless Music Festival, the MATA Festival, and the Darmstadt “Classics of the Avante Garde” series. She has collaborated with numerous other artists from a vast range of media, including songwriters, Fran Healy (lead singer of Travis), Lia Ices, Marty Wilson Piper (lead singer of The Church), and Shara Worden (lead singer of My Brightest Diamond), progressive rock band, The Mahavishnu Project, Brooklyn-based indie band, Oneida, multi-media dance company, Troika Ranch, and choreographer, Yoshiko Chuma (The School of Hard Knocks).

    Recently, Leigh has recorded for Cuneiform, E1, Rough Trade, and for the soundtracks of the PBS documentary, No Job for a Woman (2011), and feature films, Festival of Lights (2010) and Heterosexuals (2010). She also recorded Faure’s Elegy for an episode of the internationally broadcasted show, Law and Order: SVU and has since appeared as a cellist in dramas on CBS, NBC, in a music video for British pop star, Lucie Silvas, and in the Warner Brothers film August Rush.

    Originally from Southwestern Connecticut, Leigh began her cello studies at the age of nine. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School as a student of Steven Thomas and David Wells and her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of David Geber. A dedicated teaching artist, Leigh is on the cello faculty of the Diller-Quaile School.


    Victoria Morris, Principal

    A native of Rouse, Bulgaria, Victoria Morris joined the Chamber Orchestra of New York in the spring of 2007. Previously she appeared with Albany Symphony Orchestra and acted as a Principal Bassist of the Hudson Valley Symphony Orchestra.

    Widely traveled, Ms. Morris has performed throughout Europe and the United States including venues such as Teatro Carlo Felice in Italy and Carnegie Hall in New York. As a chamber musician she performed regularly at Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall and at Barge Music in Brooklyn.

    Ms. Morris attended the Music Academy in Sofia under the instruction of Professor Nikolai Nikolov and later received her graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, where her teachers included Homer Mensch, Orin O’Brien and Marji Danilow.

    Victoria Morris recently joined the Orchestra Philarmonica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she enjoys an active career of a soloist, chamber musician and Assistant-Principal Bass of the Orchestra.


    Christopher Johnson

    Christopher Johnson won his first orchestral job in 2007 with the New Haven Symphony. He was the principal bass from 2008-2011 in the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and co-principal of The New York Chamber Virtuosi in 2010. Chris has also filled in as a substitute bassist in Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony in Miami as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. The summer of 2010 Chris attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In 2013 he won a position in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and 1st place in the International Society of Bassist (ISB) Orchestral Competition. He has been playing with the Chamber Orchestra of New York since 2008.


    Ginevra Petrucci, Principal

    Hailed by the press as “one of the most interesting talents of her generation”, Ginevra Petrucci has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Villa Medici (Rome), Ohji Hall (Tokyo), as well as throughout China, South America and the Middle East.

    As a soloist, she has appeared in concert with I Pomeriggi Musicali, I Virtuosi Italiani and the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has released the first recordings of Edouard Dupuy and Ferdinand Buchner’s Concertos. Her chamber music experience has brought her to appear alongside pianists Bruno Canino and Boris Berman, and to a long-standing collaboration with the Kodály Quartet, with whom she has released the highly acclaimed recording of the complete Flute Quintets by Friedrich Kuhlau. Her recording of Robert Muczynski’s Sonata has been praised as “oozing with lifeblood and zest … enthralling and rousing”. In 2017 she has rediscovered and recorded Wilhelm Kempff’s Quartet for flute, strings and piano and toured Italy with its premiere performances.

    She has been heard on RAI3 Italian National Radio, and her recital with Jory Vinikour at Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago has been broadcast on WFMT. Her feature interviews on the conditions of the migrating artist have been published on the Huffington Post and La Voce di New York.

    In 2018, she has promoted the 200th anniversary of flute virtuoso Giulio Briccialdi through the release of the first recording of his four Concertos, where she was described as having “a beautiful phrasing, brilliant virtuosity and a legato worthy of a great singer”.  In the same occasion, she has founded the Giulio Briccialdi Online Catalogue, the only existing online platform with full downloadable catalogue dedicated to a flutist composer. Her lectures on Briccialdi and the Romantic Virtuoso Flute Concerto have been hosted by Columbia University, Eastman School, Stony Brook University, the Royal Academy in Dublin, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Paderewsky Academy in Poznan, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the Hangzhou University in China.

    Ginevra devotes much of her artistic endeavors to contemporary music. At Yale University she has collaborated with George Crumb, Steve Reich, Betsy Jolas and Kaija Saariaho, performing the American premiere of Terrestre. She commissioned Jean-Michel Damase’s last composition, 15 Rubayat d’Omar Khayyam for voice, flute and harp, and she has appeared at the Venice Biennale Contemporary Music Festival with a commissioning project dedicated to Witold Lutosławski. In 2018 she has founded the Flauto d’Amore Project, a large-spanning commission endeavor aimed to the creation of a new music repertoire for the modern flauto d’amore. After the premiere concert in New York City in May 2019, over twenty composers have written, or are in the process of writing new works for the instrument. The next premiere concerts, as well as one-off performances exploring the instrument in different musical styles, are planned for the next three years, as well as residencies, lecture-recitals, recordings, editions and outreach programs.

    She has curated the edition of over twenty musical editions, including Briccialdi Concertos for Ricordi/Hal Leonard and first editions of works by Mercadante, Jommelli, Morlacchi, Busoni, De Lorenzo and Brescianello for Keiser/ Southern Music Company and other editors. Her book on the history and repertoire of the flute is adopted in several Italian Conservatories as reference text for the Masters programs. Her scholarly articles appear in the Flutist Quarterly,  as well as in the leading flute magazines in Italy and France.

    She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, and a Master of Music at Yale University. Her education include a Master at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in her native Rome under the guidance of her father, and a Diplome Superieur at the École Normale in Paris.

    She is Principal Flute at Chamber Orchestra of New York.


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    Slava Znatchenii, Principal

    Slava Znatchenii has been called “a beautifully crafted musician” by The Met Opera Guild and the New York Times has noted Mr. Znatchenii for his shapely sound and velocity. The Times Union has described his oboe solos in the Brahms Requiem as “exquisite” and TheaterScene.net praised his playing for being “notably strong and expressive”. He has appeared as guest Principal Oboist with such orchestras as the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the American Ballet Orchestra and DiCapo Opera Orchestra. Slava Znatchenii has served as the Principal Oboe of Chamber Orchestra of New York since the fall of 2007.

    Most recently, Mr. Znatchenii became the principal oboist with the Classical Concert Chamber orchestra and toured extensively throughout Spain, France and several other European countries. As a member of the Verbier Chamber Orchestra in 2007, Mr. Znatchenii has toured throughout North America and Europe under the direction of Maxim Vengerov as soloist and conductor. Slava has also performed with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Samuel Wang, John Mauceri and John Rutter.

    A native of Moldova, Slava Znatchenii started his musical studies at the age of 10.He completed his Bachelor degree at the Mannes College of Music and holds a Masters and a Post Graduate Degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Joseph Robinson, the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic and Steven Taylor, the principal oboist of St.Lukes orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Slava also studied English Horn performance and chamber music with the renowned English Hornist Thomas Stacy, also of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, Slava Znatchenii resides in New York City where he also enjoys an active chamber music career and maintains a private teaching studio.

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    Merideth Hite

    Named a 2006-07 Fulbright Scholar, Merideth Hite studied Baroque and Modern oboe in the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany. Upon completion of her Fulbright Grant, Merideth received her degree of Künstlerische Ausbildung (KA) under Martin Stadler and Nicholas Daniel. Also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ms. Hite received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in 2006 and she currently studies at Yale School of Music under oboist Steven Taylor in pursuit of a Masters degree.

    Bringing a wide array of musical experience to her playing, Ms. Hite has performed orchestrally, as a chamber musician, and soloist. She was awarded first prize at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Oboe Concerto Competition in March 2005, and appeared as a soloist with the CCM Wind Symphony that same year. She also participated in the Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition in the Isle of Man, British Isles in August 2005.

    Orchestral experience, both on oboe and English horn, includes the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk (CT) Symphony, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, Opera and Chamber Music Festival of Lucca Orchestra, Cincinnati Choral Society, Yale and CCM Philharmonias, Yale Collegium Players, Nutmeg Symphony (CT), Waterbury Symphony (CT), and New Britain Sympony Orchestra (CT). Ms. Hite recently returned from an extensive tour of Asia with the Yale Philharmonia.

    Notable chamber music performances include the Divisi Quintet of CCM and others at the Banff Arts Centre, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Most recently, during the summer 2008 performed in chamber, orchestral, and opera performances in the Spoleto USA Festival in her home state of South Carolina.

    Merideth has continued her work on baroque oboe since returning from Germany under the tutelage of Marc Schachman. She performs on historical instruments with numerous Baroque ensembles at Yale and the New Haven area, including Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and the Amherst Early Music Festival Academy. Ms. Hite is a native of Abbeville, SC.



    Benjamin Baron, Principal

    Hailed as a player of great “emotion, skill, and intensity” (Sioux City Journal), who “played with reverence” (New York Sun) and demonstrated “clean, incisive clarinet playing” (American Record Guide), New York–based clarinetist Benjamin Baron enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, and clinician. He has performed with the New York Pops, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, West Point Band, Belgian Radio Orchestra, and the London Winds, and has toured across North America, Europe, and Asia.

    Baron can be heard as principal clarinet and soloist on recordings with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and The Knights Chamber Orchestra, all currently available on the Sony, Naxos, and Orange Mountain Music labels. As principal clarinet with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Benjamin performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on the orchestra’s thirty-fifth year of summer tours throughout Japan. Additional solo engagements have included the New Haven Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Ensemble du Monde, One World Symphony, as well as university bands and orchestras in both the United States and Europe.

    A versatile musician, Baron has performed with a varied set of chamber, new music, theater, and jazz ensembles—including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Sylvan Winds, Quintet of the Americas, Either/Or Ensemble, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Broadway productions of On the Town, Wicked, and Mary Poppins. Festival appearances include domestic and international engagements in Verbier, Graz, Delft, Williamstown, the Hamptons, Napa Valley, and with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra.

    As an educator, Benjamin serves as the director of instrumental music at Manhattan’s Calhoun School, and is an adjunct associate professor of music at Lehman College, City University of New York. He regularly presents master classes and clinics at universities throughout the United States, and has also taught within the precollege departments of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College The New School for Music. Baron holds graduate degrees from Yale University (M.M.) and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.), where he studied with David Shifrin, Mark Nuccio, and David Krakauer. Undergraduate studies were completed with Robert Spring at Arizona State University (B.M.), with additional degree work earned at the Royal Conservatory of Belgium with Eddy Vanoosthuyse, funded through a grant from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation.

    Baron’s book, The Audition Method, written in collaboration with Mark Nuccio, is currently available through GIA Publications. He is a D’Addario Performing Artist and an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Music Group. More information is available at www.benjaminbaron.com


    Stephanie Corwin, Principal

    Praised for her “warmth and composure” (Wichita Eagle), Stephanie Corwin has established herself at the forefront of up and coming bassoonists. She was named the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition in June 2005 and was a semifinalist in the 2007 Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition. An avid performer of chamber music, she received prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions.

    Stephanie has participated in the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.

    With interest in and passion for historical performance, Stephanie also performs extensively on baroque and classical bassoons. Studying with Frank Morelli, she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and her Master of Music degree from Yale University. Stephanie also holds a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where she studied with Michael McCraw.



    Natalie Pilla

    Natalie Pilla is quickly establishing herself as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician both in and around New York City. As a freelance bassoonist, Natalie has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, West Chester Philharmonic, and the Harrisburg Symphony.

    In 2011, Ms. Pilla joined the Metropolitan Opera on tour in Japan performing La Boheme, Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor. Under the direction of Fabio Luisi, she also performed with the Met Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. While in NYC, Natalie performs regularly at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall and has worked with such conductors as Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach and Alan Gilbert.

    Natalie is co-founder of the Aeolian Collective, a chamber music ensemble that performs works written primarily for wind and brass instruments. She has performed chamber music throughout the country as well as in South America, Europe and Japan. Ms. Pilla collaborates with various emerging new music ensembles in New York City and was a featured soloist with The Chelsea Symphony performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto.

    As well as being a performer, Natalie is also an advocate for arts education. She is a teaching artist for the 92Y’s Musical Introduction Series where she brings music education to inner city schools in both the Bronx and Harlem. Ms. Pilla teaches bassoon at the Rudolf Steiner School and has taught at both Mannes and Juilliard precolleges.

    Natalie received her Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music in NYC where she studied with Patricia Rogers. She received a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. Ms. Pilla’s principal teachers include Marc Goldberg, David Sogg and Shirley Curtiss.



    Aleksander Ozolins, Principal

    Originally from Verona, New Jersey, Aleksander Ozolins began playing horn at the age of 10. He went on to eventually complete his graduate studies under Michelle Baker, at The Manhattan School of Music in the highly acclaimed Orchestral Performance Department.

    As an orchestral performer, Ozolins has performed in countries throughout Europe and Asia under the batons of most notably, James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt. He has been a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Orchestra, and presently holds the position of Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra of The Americas.

    As a chamber musician, Ozolins also performs regularly on period instruments with groups including Sinfonia New York, Tempesta di Mare of Philadelphia, and the Trinity Consort of Portland, Oregon.

    In addition, Ozolins can be found performing anywhere from Broadway shows, to recording studios, to popular music venues.

    Aleksander Ozolins is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, since 2007.



    Thomas Boulton, Principal

    Appearing extensively throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, trumpeter Thomas Boulton has performed alongside members of the Canadian Brass, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and musicians on Broadway. Tom’s trumpet playing has been broadcasted live on television to over 200 million homes internationally, heard on numerous National Public Radio programs, and on live concert stages in front of crowds exceeding 25,000. As an educator, clinician, and recitalist, Tom appears at schools and universities across the country and is a published author in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Tom holds degrees from Rutgers University (Doctor of Musical Arts), Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), and Eastern Michigan University (Bachelor of Music). His principal teachers include Kevin Cobb, Thomas V. Smith, Carter Eggers, and Michael Bowman. He received additional individual instruction from trumpeting icons Håkan Hardenberger, Thomas Stevens, Gabriele Cassone, Stephen Burns, Edward Carroll, Jim Ross, Mark Gould, David Krauss, Peter Bond, Brian McWhorter, Ray Mase, and Robert Sullivan. Tom has performed under notable conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Masur and performs regularly in prestigious concert halls including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has recorded on the Sony Classical, Mark Masters, and Naxos Classical labels.

    More information can be found at thomasboulton.com


    Burt Mason, Principal

    Burt Mason currently serves as Principal Trombone of the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and has been featured as a guest artist of the New York Philharmonic Brass, the Metropolitan Opera Brass and Utah Symphony. Mr. Mason is on faculty at the Juilliard School serving as Trombone and Low Brass instructor for the Music Advancement Program.

    He was formerly solo trombone for the Miami Music Project as well as Principal Trombone and soloist of the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army. He has also appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles, performing throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Mr. Mason has performed under the baton of notable conductors such as James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Skitch Henderson, Gustavo Dudamel, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin amongst others in world-renowned venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Apollo Theater.

    Mr. Mason began playing trombone at age 12 but did not receive any formal lessons until he entered college at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam). Despite this lack of formal training in his early stages, his natural skills as a trombonist placed him as a finalist in the first annual New York Philharmonic Young Performers Audition, selection for the esteemed
    NAfME/MENC All-Eastern Band, the NYSSMA All-State Band and Orchestra, as well as winning several local music contests during high school. While in college at the Crane School of Music, Mr. Mason won the school’s most prestigious performing contest, the annual Crane Concerto Competition, as a freshman.

    As an advocate for diversity in the arts, Mr. Mason is founder and director of Ovation Concerts, an organization dedicated to balanced diversity in orchestral music. He appeared as a guest on WQXR’s “Conducting Business” with Naomi Lewin to discuss the history and future of classical music and diversity in symphony orchestras. In addition, he performs regularly with organizations and events that promote artistic diversity in classical music, including the Sphinx Competition and Symphony and the Gateways Music Festival.

    As a recording artist, Mr. Mason has been featured as a soloist on a variety of recordings with the New York Staff Band on the Triumphonic label. He has also completed several recordings with the Chamber Orchestra of New York on the Naxos label.

    Mr. Mason holds an MM in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music studying with David Finlayson of the New York Philharmonic. He has had additional studies with Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, Weston Sprott of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and obtained his BA in Music as a student of Mark Hartman at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He also holds an MBA in Arts Administration from SUNY Binghamton University. Mr. Mason is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.


  • HARP

    Kristi Shade, Principal

    Based in New York City, Kristi Shade began playing the harp at the age of two and has since become one of the preeminent emerging harpists in the industry. A diverse performer, Kristi performs in a variety of musical settings including classical, jazz, pop, Broadway and contemporary music. Kristi holds degrees from the University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music.

    Kristi is the Principal Harpist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, with which she has recorded several albums on the Naxos record label. She is a member of the flute-viola-harp trio, Hat Trick, and the harp duo, Duo Scorpio. Duo Scorpio released their debut album, Scorpion Tales, in the fall of 2012 on the American Modern Recordings label and were featured performers at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society Conference in New York City. Their album, Scorpion Tales, was included on the 2012 GRAMMY nomination ballot in three separate categories. Duo Scorpio were featured performers at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in July 2014, where they premiered their commissions by composers Nico Muhly and Andy Akiho. Duo Scorpio also performed at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in July 2017, where they premiered their commission by composer Paul Patterson. Duo Scorpio’s second album, Two Bridges, was released in the spring of 2017 and consists entirely of pieces commissioned by the duo.

    Kristi has been a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Her solo engagements have included concerto performances with the Miami Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Ensemble 212, and the Astoria Symphony. Kristi was the Principal Harpist for the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with which she toured Mexico and North America and recorded an album for Sony Classical.

    Kristi has performed on Broadway for several shows, including Carousel, Hello Dolly, Dr. Zhivago, Cinderella, Wicked, A Little Night Music, Gypsy and The Apple Tree. She can also be heard on the Official Broadway recording of Anastasia.

    Kristi currently resides in Manhattan where she maintains a vigorous performance and teaching schedule. She has been on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division since 2007.




    Jonathan (Jon) Salamon is a harpsichordist, pianist, and composer based in New York, NY. He has performed at festivals in the U.S. and abroad including the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Cambridge, MA, and at the Virtuoso & Bel Canto Festival in Lucca, Italy, among others. Jonathan has performed in masterclasses for artists such as Jordi Savall, Pierre Hantaï, Luca Guglielmi, Peter Sykes, and Ketil Haugsand. While in-residence at Yale, he played continuo for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, assisted in tuning at Yale’s Collection of Musical Instruments, and was a frequent collaborator on chamber music concerts.

    A passionate educator, Jonathan taught secondary harpsichord lessons at Yale and was a Teaching Assistant for a graduate course in the history of early music. He has presented lecture-recitals at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and at the Historical Keyboard Society of North America’s 2018 conference. He recently presented his DMA thesis, “The Leo: A Galant Schema and Its Affective Content,” at Temple University’s THEMUS Conference.

    With his colleague Felice Doynov, flutist and arts advocate, he co-founded HEAR Classical. HEAR stands for History, Equality, and Artistic Representation, and it is a resource and concert platform for music by women and minority composers throughout western music history. After an inaugural concert at Yale in April 2018, HEAR Classical partnered with the United Nations Chamber Music Society and in May of 2018 presented a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in New York, NY, with musicians from Yale and Juilliard, and featuring speakers from the United Nations.

    Jonathan was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from NYU, majoring in piano performance and minoring in law and society; his principal teachers included Seymour Bernstein (piano) and Dr. Morwaread Farbood (harpsichord). Jonathan holds a Master of Music degree in harpsichord from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Arthur Haas, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Yale.


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