Musicians – Strings

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, First Concertmaster

Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a violinist highly in demand, with a dynamic career that spans solo, chamber and orchestral appearances. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was the winner of a 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant in 1996, leading to numerous solo recitals. In 2007 she was invited by Mia Farrow and conductor George Matthew to be soloist for a Benefit for the Victims of Darfur, hosted by Ms. Farrow at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Greenville Symphony and many other ensembles, and her recital performances have been featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR and WFMT Chicago. Her solo performances also include the National Academy of Sciences, Dame Myra Hess Series and at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players, which is in residence at Jacksonville’s Times Union Center, and has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Madison Festivals and featured on NPR, BBC Radio, WNYC and WFMT Chicago. In addition, she has performed at Bargemusic. Ms. Hall-Tompkins has performed at many major festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Spoleto Festival and at the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Ms Hall-Tompkins has also served as grant panelist for The Massachusetts Cultural Council and Chamber Music America.

Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ distinguished orchestral career has included extensive touring with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Japan, Singapore and Scotland. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic under conductors Masur, Slatkin, Previn, Dutoit, Gergiev and others. She is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York and in 1999 joined the First Violin section of the New Jersey Symphony.

In 2005 Ms. Hall-Tompkins founded and now directs Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, a charity series that brings chamber music to homeless shelters in New York City. She has presented more than 30 concerts with artists including Emanuel Ax and Albrecht Mayer, and has been featured in Chamber Music America Magazine, Spirituality and Health Magazine and the Hallmark Channel.

A native of South Carolina, Ms. Hall-Tompkins earned a MM degree from the Manhattan School of Music under Glenn Dicterow, and served as concertmaster of the school’s orchestras. She earned a BM with honors in violin performance from the Eastman School, where she won the prestigious Performer’s Certificate Competition.

Daniel Khalikov, Second Concertmaster

Violinist Daniel Khalikov continues to command the international stages as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. A review from the Classical Source following the final round of the 2004 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, stated that “with a gifted command of the violin, and an innate Slavic intensity, Mr. Khalikov has established himself as a very special player, one who gets to the core of the music and projects it without affectation.”

Born into a musical family in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Daniel began his studies at the Upensky School of Music at the age of six. He has since performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey, and his native Uzbekistan. As a soloist, he has given recitals around the world in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa, the Brighton Philharmonic, the Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s BASSO Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, and he recently made his Aber Diamond Debut as part of the CBC Radio Canada Series. In 2004, Mr. Khalikov received Second Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. The jury also awarded him the Composer’s Prize for the best performance of a new composition by Robert Keeley, a work commissioned for the competition. Other accolades include First Prize at the Strad Violin Competition in Boca Raton as well as First Prize at the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. In 2007, Mr. Khalikov was selected to represent Manhattan School of Music for their 90th Anniversary in an outdoor performance at New York City’s Time Square which was projected live on the famous Panasonic AstroVision screen.

As a chamber musician, Daniel Khalikov has performed alongside such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, David Geber, Ralph Kirshbaum, Eric Friedman, as well as at festivals around the world including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Verbier Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. In the summer of 2007, he was chosen to lead the orchestra of the International Orchestral Institute at Attergau, a festival orchestra under the patronage of the Vienna Philharmonic. As Concertmaster under the baton of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, Mr. Khalikov led the orchestra in a culminating performance at Austria’s prized Salzburg Festival.

He is Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, a new ensemble of the city’s finest young professionals, and has recently been invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Mr. Khalikov recently completed graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, studying with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. He previously attended the Curtis Institute of Music and the Toulouse National Conservatoire and has studied with Raphael Druian, Burkhard Godhoff and Nathan Mendelssohn.

Mr. Khalikov currently is a member of the 1st violin section of prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Daniel plays on a violin by Robert Meadow, made in New York in 1993, generously on loan to him by Mr. Meadow.

Nicholas Pappone

Nicholas Pappone, lauded as a “first rate” violinist and a rising “future soloist” by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, makes a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician and teacher in New York City. Highlights of Nicholas’ 2014-2015 concert season include appearances at the Rutgers University Mallery Room Concert Series, the Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, the church of Christ and St. Stephen’s, New York, and as the featured artist of Chamber Music at the Evergreens in New Jersey.

Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, 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 is the youngest member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York and has a first violin position in the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama. Past solo recital and chamber performances in New York include the WMP Concert Hall’s Strad for Lunch, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Bohemian National Hall, as well as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Canada. He is also the founder of Delius Music Academy, a non-profit that provides music education to New York City schools.

Nicholas Pappone is a native of Los Angeles and is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Patinka Kopec. Nicholas began the study of violin at the age of ten. Playing the role of a prodigy violinist in an independent film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas’s career as a child actor began at the age of six. He spent three years on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless, made numerous guest appearances on existing television series, and starred in several television series pilots. He left his acting career at the age of thirteen to focus entirely on his violin study.

Solo competition wins include the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony Competition, the Palisades Symphony’s Young Artist Award, the Pearl Christlieb Award in the Valley Cultural Center Competition, and the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition. He has also been awarded scholarships by the Leni Fe Bland Foundation, the Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Southern California Conservatory of Music. In the summer, Nicholas has continued his studies at numerous music festivals including Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist’s Programme in Ottawa, Canada, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale University Music School, CT), Toronto Summer Music Festival, Domaine Forget Chamber Festival (Quebec), Heifetz International Music Institute, International Music Academy in Pilsen (Czech Republic), International Academy of Music in Italy, and the Encore School for Strings.

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 the 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 price 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. Durning 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 Bachelors and his Master`s of Music degree 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.

Russell Kotcher, Principal

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.

Sarah Charness

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.

Lavinia Pavlish

Lavinia Pavlish is a New York City based violinist. She performed as a soloist in Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra in education concert series Time Travel with the Cleveland Orchestra, and as a chamber musician, she has performed with Solisti Ensemble and the Pavlish Stokes LaNasa Trio in exciting venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. She has performed as a chamber musician with Troy Schumacher’s Ballet Collective, Michelle Wiles and Charles Askegard’s Ballet Next, and at the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute. Lavinia has performed as assistant concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under Alan Gilbert and Jeffrey Kahane, and has been a scholarship recipient at The Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, and Holland International Music Sessions.Lavinia studied with Paul Kantor in the Cleveland Institute of Music preparatory program and continued her studies as an undergraduate student of Almita Vamos at Northwestern University. Lavinia recently completed her Masters Degree at Juilliard with Naoko Tanaka, where she studied chamber music with Lara Lev and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is a member of the Rhythm Method String Quartet.

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.

Chloé Thominet, Co-Principal

(Biography – Coming Soon)


Santa Maria Pecoraro, Orchestra Manager

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 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

Adrian Daurov, cellist, born in St.Petersburg, Russia, studied at the St.Petersburg Conservatory with Anatoly Nikitin. From the early age Adrian appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on the main concert stages of St.Petersburg, Moscow, as well as in Europe and the U.S. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1997 with the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Adrian was awarded with 1st prizes at the international music competitions in Dobrich, Bulgaria (1996), Peter De Grote, Groningen, The Netherlands (2001)
and the LISMA Foundation Competition in NY (2006). In 2004 he toured Germany as a soloist with the St.Petersburg Chamber Orchestra and was appointed the Principal Cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra under conductor Peter Gulke.
He currently studies with David Soyer at Juilliard School of Music and performs chamber music with such distinguished artists as Mark Peskanov, Gerald Robbins, Dmitry Rachmanov, Julian Milkis and others. In June 2007, Mr. Daurov was appointed the Principal Cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of New York under conductor Salvatore Di Vittorio. He recently performed the World Premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran’s “Fountains Of Fin” at Bargemusic in New York. On June 12th 2008 Adrian was featured in Gala Concert In Celebration Of Russia’s Independence Day at Carnegie Hall among the world-famous soprano Elena Obraztsova and tenor Vladimir Galuzin.

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 Tsvetkova, Principal

A native of Rouse, Bulgaria, Victoria Tsvetkova 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. Tsvetkova 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. Tsvetkova 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 Tsvetkova 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.