Monadnock Music


Performer Bios

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson, violin

Violinist Rebecca Anderson has appeared worldwide as a recitalist and chamber musician. Known for her “incisive musicality” (The Oregonian), recent appearances include chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall and tours across Europe, Asia, and South America. 

Ms. Anderson’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, the Savannah Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and Verbier Festival. Performance highlights include collaborations with Ani and Ida Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, David Shifrin, Ben Folds, and Questlove. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Library of Congress. 

Solo appearances have taken Ms. Anderson across the country with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras. As a recitalist, she has toured internationally, with recent concerts in New York, California, Oregon, and Texas. Ms. Anderson was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, and she was awarded the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition.

A frequent guest with conductorless chamber orchestras, Ms. Anderson has toured with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has served as Guest Concertmaster with A Far Cry and the Knights. She has performed as Guest Principal Second Violin with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and is concertmaster of the New Orchestra of Washington in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Anderson has held faculty positions as Interim Director of the Violin Program at Cornell University and at the Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, and previously assisted in teaching the studio of Ronald Copes at the Juilliard School. She was Lead Faculty for the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard program in Switzerland in 2018, and has served for several years as a faculty member for the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. 

In 2018, Ms. Anderson co-founded VOTESart, a non-partisan organization that uses music to promote creative civic engagement across the United States, where she served as Co-Director for four years. Ms. Anderson co-founded the Anderson-Sasaki duo in 2019, creating residencies that strengthen community through varied interactive performances and presented recitals. 

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).

Victor Cayres

Victor Cayres - piano

Pianist Victor Cayres has earned praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet and as soloist with Boston Pops, Orchestre des Jeunes de Fribourg in Switzerland, and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. He has been a guest artist at Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Claflin University, Western Washington University, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and State University for Arts and Culture. He has recorded for Albany, Centaur, Navona, and Parma Records, and frequently performs in Brazil, Europe, South Korea, and in the United States, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. His concerts have been broadcast live at Brazil’s TV Cultura channel, Boston’s WGBH 99.5 All Classical, and Chicago’s WFMT Fine Arts Radio. Mr. Cayres currently serves as Visiting Lecturer at Boston University, Co-Director for Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program, and Faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Rivers School Conservatory. In his free time he enjoys cooking and playing soccer.

Heinrich Christensen

Heinrich Christensen - organ

A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen came to the US in 1998 and received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory, in addition to degrees from conservatories in Denmark and France. He was appointed Music Director of historic King's Chapel in the year 2000, after serving as affiliate organist under the direction of Daniel Pinkham during the final two years of Dr. Pinkham’s 42-year tenure at the church.

Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Handel & Haydn Society, and numerous choruses in the greater Boston area. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, and several others.  He has recorded several organ and choral CDs, and Daniel Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with Florestan Recital Project.

Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung - violin

Violinist Sonya Chung has performed across North America, the U.K. and Asia. She is a regular guest with the Kennedy Center Opera House and Baltimore Symphony orchestras, and frequently collaborates with The Knights and A Far Cry. Recent theater credits include performing as concertmaster for the Kennedy Center production of SPAMALOT and the international debut of HAMILTON in Asia.


Miki Cloud

Miki Cloud - violin

Miki Cloud enjoys a rich artistic life as a violinist, violist, educator and artistic director.  Passionate about music’s ability to cultivate connection and healing, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship.  Beyond the concert hall, music has been Miki’s invitation to gently enter the sacred spaces of her neighbors: five year olds in a Boston forest school, incarcerated men at Corrigan Radgowski Correctional Center, New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID in 2020, expectant parents of color with Neighborhood Birthing Center, infants at Boston Children’s Hospital, and communities affected by gun violence.

Since 2009, Miki has been a core member of the self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, where she serves as one of its violinists, 17 artistic directors, and since 2021, head of AFC’s Community Partnerships and Learning.  Acclaimed for her thoughtful and innovative approach to the listening experience, her programming and artistic direction has been described as “ingeniously crafted” by the Boston Globe and “intoxicating” by the New York Times. Miki is a former member of the New York-based Solera Quartet, winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award and 2018 Guarneri Quartet Residency from Chamber Music America.  She is also a former artistic director of the White Mountains Music Festival.
An alumnus of Harvard College, Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Perlman Music Program, Miki has been privileged to work with inspiring young people at Project STEP, Greenwood Music Camp, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Harvard, and Dartmouth Colleges.

Carley DeFranco

Carley DeFranco - soprano

Described as “sunny”, “supple” and “soaring,” Carley DeFranco is a passionate soprano committed to giving meaningful performances. Her 2023-24 season brought performances with Worcester Chorus (Handel Messiah), Lexington Symphony (Beethoven 9), Emmanuel Music (St. Matthew Passion), Back Bay Chorale (Rossini Giunone), Falmouth Chorale (Mozart Requiem), Monadnock Music (Respighi Il tramonto), Sarasa Ensemble (selections from the Bolivian Mission baroque), Boston Lyric Opera (L’amantanonyme) and her German debut at Bachfest Leipzig with Emmanuel Music. More of Carley’s recent
performances include a fully staged Les Illuminations (Britten) with Urbanity Dance choreographed by Shura Baryshnikov, the Angel in a film versionn of La Resurrezione (Handel) with Emmanuel Music,
singing and dancing onstage as a siren with Boston Ballet and Lorelei Ensemble in La Mer, the premiere of Lost Birds (Christopher Tin) with VOCES 8, a site-specific staging of Frauenliebe und Leben with Boston Opera Collaborative, and the premiere of Earth Symphony (Jake Runestad) with True Concord Voices & Orchestra. Carley regularly performs as a chorister with Handel & Haydn Society, Upper Valley Baroque, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Boston Lyric Opera Chorus and Emmanuel Music. She is the Director of After School Music at Dexter Southfield and a Voice Instructor in Harvard University’s Holden Voice Program. She offers private lessons (in-person or online) from her home studio. www.carleydefranco.com

Gabriela Diaz

Gabriela Diaz - violin

Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. ​ As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. This program is now part of Winsor Music. A firm believer in the healing properties of music, Gabriela and her colleagues have performed in cancer units in Boston hospitals and presented benefit concerts for cancer research organizations in numerous venues throughout the United States. A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, Unsuk Chin, John Zorn, Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin, Steve Reich, Tania León, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is concertmaster of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and plays regularly with Winsor Music, Castle of our Skins, Radius Ensemble, and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and A Far Cry. ​In 2012 Gabriela joined the violin faculty of Wellesley College. She also teaches at the Longy School of Music at Bard College. Gabriela is co-artistic director of the much beloved Boston-based chamber music and outreach organization Winsor Music. Please visit winsormusic.org for more information! ​ Gabriela's recording of Lou Harrison's Suite for Violin and American Gamelan was highlighted in the New York Times Article "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music." Gabriela can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, Naxos, and Tzadik records. ​Gabriela is proud to be a core member of the team that created Boston Hope Music, bringing music to patients and frontline workers during the pandemic. Beginning in the fall of 2024, Gabriela will be a new member of the Kronos Quartet. More info at Gabrieladiazviolin.com

Aaron Engebreth

Aaron Engebreth - baritone

Aaron Engebreth enjoys a varied solo career in opera, oratorio, recital and devotes considerable energy to the performance of established music and contemporary premieres, frequently collaborating with many of today’s preeminent composers. He is twice GRAMMY-Award nominated for Best Operatic Recording for his featured roles with the Boston Early Music Festival Opera and Radio Bremen. In the U.S. he is frequently featured as a guest soloist on stages from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Boston's Symphony Hall, to international appearances from Sapporo Japan's Kitara Hall to Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris and the AmBul festival of Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a guest of the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rockport and Monadnock Music Festivals as well as many of the country's fine symphony orchestras. His recent New York City Opera debut as monodrama soloist in Argento’s A Waterbird Talk performed at Carnegie Hall, compelled the New York Classical Review to state, "Engebreth is a marvelous actor, capable of holding his character’s many facets and motivations in tension." 

As a recording artist, Mr. Engebreth is featured on over 25 commercially released recordings from the baroque to modern premieres, many with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He produced and recorded The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson with Florestan Recital Project and New World Records, which is garnering international acclaim. Other releases include the world premiere of the Six Early Songs of Samuel Barber and Libby Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes, both for Florestan Records and Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge with the Firebird Ensemble.

Alex Fortes

Alex Fortes - violin

A native of San Diego, New York-based violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances in Indonesia as well as throughout North and South America and Europe. He is a member and frequent principal player of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s/St Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Knights, A Far Cry, and Quodlibet Ensemble, as well as the Toomai Quintet.  His playing is featured on A Far Cry's 2014 and 2017 Grammy-nominated albums, Dreams and Prayers and Visions and Variations, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014, and The Blue Hour, NPR's top classical album of 2022.

Noriko Futagami

Noriko Futagami - viola

Violist Noriko Futagami performs with some of the area’s most celebrated ensembles. She is a member of the Radius Ensemble, voted “Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble of 2016” by the Improper Bostonian, as well as working with the Boston Musica Viva, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers and Winsor Music on a regular basis. She is principal violist for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and section violist with Rhode Island Philharmonic. As principal violist for Albany Symphony, she has participated in several Grammy nominated recordings, winning in 2014 John Crigliano’s Conjurer/Vocalise.

Since moving to Boston in 2011, she has become a fixture of the freelance scene, performing regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera Orchestra and Monadnock Festival Orchestra, as well the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet and Boston Landmarks Orchestras. She is a faculty member at Brown University.

Rohan Gregory

Rohan Gregory, violin

Rohan Gregory, violinist, is a native of the Monadnock Region, receiving his early musical inspiration from study with the Apple Hill Chamber Players. He has cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music. He is a member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society, and of the Pedroia String Quartet, which recently had its first album of new works come out on Parma Records. He spent ten years as a member of QX, a string quartet that has been in residence at Clark University, and has recorded for Albany and Centaur records and he was also a founding member for ten years of the Arden String Quartet, performing new music concerts in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia.

On the world music scene Rohan has toured extensively. His travels have taken him to Europe with the Klezmatics, to Thailand with multi-ethnic flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj to the U.S. west coast with the Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Recently he spent ten years performing nationally and internationally with the flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual, and around the US with the Greek Folk band Revma. Locally, Rohan is a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Company. He has also performed with the Boston Pops, the Boston Ballet, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New England String Ensemble, the Portland Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, and numerous other groups

Rohan coached chamber music at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts for eighteen years, and presently teaches at the St. Paul’s School in Concord NH, the Putney School in Vermont, and with the Neighborhood Strings program in Worcester. He has an extensive private studio, and spends his summers coaching at Music at Port Milford in Ontario, Canada, at the WCMS Summer Chamberfest, and at the High School Composer’s Intensive at Boston Conservatory/Berklee.

Omar Chen Guey

Omar Chen Guey - violin

Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Qatar, Taiwan, Kenya and the Seychelles. He has been a featured soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, and the State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Qatar Philharmonic, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. Following a recital in Oslo, Norway, he had the honor of performing for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prizewinner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions in Switzerland and Italy, respectively. In the past few seasons he performed the Britten Violin Concerto and the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Fribourg Youth Orchestra in Switzerland.

He has been on the violin faculty of Dartmouth College since 2020. He is the assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, a member of the Boston Ballet and the New England Camerata Trio, which performs several chamber concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire each season. He was a member of A Far Cry, a two time Grammy nominated self conducted chamber orchestra. He is a regular guest artist with various ensembles around Boston, including the Radius Ensemble, Worcester Chamber Music Society, Walden Chamber Players, Dinosaur Annex, Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera and the Monadnock Music Festival, among others. In 2022 he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.

Mr. Guey premiered the Violin Concerto by Jean-Charles Gandrille with the Qatar Philharmonic. This performance has been released on the French label Paraty. He released the Bach Concerto for Two Violins on the Paulinas Label with the Brazilian soloist Elisa Fukuda and the Camerata Fukuda, of which he was also concertmaster. He premiered and released Chaza for solo violin by renowned French Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife on Nagan records. He participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop and has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, David Finckel, Lawrence Dutton, Kikuei Ikeda and Colin Carr.

Mr. Guey’s principal teachers were Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Sylvia Rosenberg and Elisa Fukuda. He was awarded a full scholarship from the Brazilian government, the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship. He was assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He has served as concertmaster of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and guest assistant concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

William Kirkley

William Kirkley - clarinet

Bill Kirkley, A.D., is in demand as an orchestral musician, recitalist, chamber performer and educator. and his playing has been labeled “emotional, committed, and intensely exciting” by the Boston Globe. The Boston Musical Intelligencer called him “a musician in total command of his instrument”.   
Bill’s playing has been heard in some of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Symphony Hall Boston, Orchestra Hall Chicago, the Royal Albert Hall, King’s Concert Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. 

He is principal clarinetist and one of the founders of the Lexington Symphony, principal clarinetist of Cape Ann Symphony, solo bass clarinetist with the Vista Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony. As a guest clarinetist, he can often be heard performing with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and City Ballet in NYC.

Bill is sought out as a concerto soloist and has been featured with the North Arkansas Symphony, Mesquite Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, Gordon Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, and the Lexington Symphony.

An avid proponent of chamber and new music, Bill is the clarinetist for Triage Woodwind Ensemble and Boston Musica Viva. He is also a bass clarinetist for Improbable Beasts, the North America’s premier professional bass clarinet Ensemble. He has worked with many of the leading composers of our era to realize their music, including Joan Tower, Martin Bresnik, Michael Gandolfi, Gunther Schuller, Donald Martino, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison. Bill’s recording of Camarata IV, a concerto for all the clarinets, was written for him by the esteemed New York composer Bernard Hoffer and was released in summer 2020 to rave reviews.    

Bill has recorded extensively on such labels as CRI, SEAMUS, New World, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur. His playing has been heard on WGBH Boston and the BBC from London. With Albany Symphony and soloist Evelyn Glennie, he is heard on the 2014 Grammy winning recording of John Coriglino’s Conjuerer. Additionally, if you play SimCity BuildIt! you’ve heard his playing behind the game.

A performer dedicated to educating, he is on the music faculties of Gordon College, Berklee College of Music, the College of the Holy Cross, and Groton Hill Music. 

Bill attended the University of Arkansas, Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University, where his major teachers were Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti, and Robert Umiker.

Aaron Larget-Caplan

Aaron Larget-Caplan - guitar

A “master guitarist” (Fanfare) with “astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “whose bold and energetic presence underscored his talents as a musician and actor” (The Arts Fuse), classical guitarist and composer Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international touring and recording artist and educator. He has performed solo and chamber music in Russia, Europe, Taiwan, and across the United States. At 16 he made his debut at the Tabor Opera House and has since premiered over 120 solo and chamber compositions, soloed with orchestras, performed for TEDx, directed concert series, created commissioning endeavors, and brought classical music into schools and communities. A gifted performer and speaker, he is sought for his deft programming of new and standard repertoire, while connecting with audiences with a Bernstein-esque ease. He has received numerous awards including from the Société Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres of Paris, France for his trailblazing work in music, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada.

Mr. Larget-Caplan has eleven critically acclaimed solo recordings, which have earned over 6-millions streams since 2021: Tracing a wheel on water (2006), New Lullaby (2010), The Legend of Hagoromo (2015), John. Cage. Guitar. (2018), Nights Transfigured (2020), Drifting (2021), A Guitar Holiday (2021), honey cadence (2022), God’s Time – Music of J.S. Bach on Guitar (2022), Spanish Candy (2023), Spanish Gems (2024). He is a Stone Records (UK) and Tiger Turn recording artist and is featured as a soloist and chamber musician on albums issued by Albany, Navona, and the American Composers Alliance.
Mr. Larget-Caplan’s compositions are published by the American Composers Alliance. His arrangements of John Cage are the first to be sanctioned for guitar by the Cage Estate and are published by Edition Peters. They have received accolades from critics and musicians alike with the Polish publication Six Strings of the World writing the volumes have “ennobled our instrument.” His latest published arrangement, ‘Mystic Flute, Op 22’ by Alan Hovhaness was issued by Edition Peters in April 2024.

Larget-Caplan’s groundbreaking New Lullaby Project has seen the premiere of over 70 solos by 65 composers from ten countries. Its three albums and two curated anthologies of scores are co-published with the American Composers Alliance (ACA), one of which won multiple Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Association of American.

As the founder of the Spanish classical music and flamenco dance ensemble ¡Con Fuego! (With Fire!), Larget-Caplan creates a passionate cross-fertilization of flamenco dance and Spanish classical music.

Aaron Larget-Caplan has received awards and grants from the American Composers Forum, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, New England Foundation for the Arts, D’Addario Foundation, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, and many more. He was named an ACME Honoree as a distinguished Artist and Educator by the international professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon.

A composer and board member of the American Composers Alliance, Mr. Larget-Caplan’s faculty appointments include the Boston Conservatory and University of Massachusetts Boston. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, he studied with David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, and coaching include pianists Stephen Drury and Seymour Bernstein. His principal teacher was Dmitry Goryachev. Larget-Caplan performs on an Olivier Fanton D’Andon guitar and Hannabach Strings. Raised in Colorado, he makes his home in Boston with his wife, healer and muse, Catherine.

Gregory Luce

Gregory Luce - viola

Honored by the Washington Post as an “appealing, natural player”, Mr. Luce has performed as violist and violinist in various ensembles with interdisciplinary performances involving modern dance, opera, musical theater, on-screen television work, and orchestra, but he has primarily spent his musical life exploring the world of chamber music.

From 2007-2017, Mr. Luce’s ten years in the multi award-winning, internationally renowned Aeolus Quartet instilled in him a profound appreciation for the deep well of collaborative principles required to perform professionally as a chamber musician. Following a performance in Norway, the Aeolus Quartet received praise from Strad Magazine with Mr. Luce receiving particular note as being “especially enjoyable”.

He aims to apply these collaborative principles to the highest degree in all musical endeavors, and does so as a quick study. Following a substitution at one hour’s notice for an ill colleague, the New York Times review reported “given that Mr. Luce had only a few minutes before show time to rehearse with the other players, [the performance] was admirably tight, and genuinely intense.”

He enjoys an ongoing working relationship with many excellent organizations and legendary artistic personalities, such as the Mark Morris Dance Group, Conspirare Symphonic Choir, the American String Quartet, Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the eclectic Ensemble MidtVest from Denmark, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. From January of 2018, Greg performed in the first national tour of “Hamilton: An American Musical” on both violin and viola, until the tour concluded in June of 2023.

Greg plays on a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz for celebrated violist Walter Trampler in 1991, the instrument on which Trampler performed and recorded during the final six years of his life, and on a beautiful bow made by John Dodd. The viola bears on the ribs a Latin inscription which translates, "it is not the age of a man that makes him, but his virtues."

Greg’s hobbies and interests include cooking, home-brewing beer, information security, and video games. He has volunteered at Animal Care Centers of New York and at the Nomi Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending slavish exploitation of women and girls worldwide.

Caitlin Lynch

Caitlin Lynch - viola

Violist and Grammy Award recipient Caitlin Lynch has performed across the globe in collaboration with artists from Itzhak Perlman to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. She is violist of the Aeolus String Quartet, and a member and co-Artistic Director of the conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Ms. Lynch’s performances as a chamber and orchestral musician, soloist with orchestra, and recitalist have spanned fourteen countries across five continents - from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House to the United Nations - and include appearances with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, and Guarneri String Quartets. Passionate about collaborations with other art forms, she enjoys performing with dancers (Mark Morris Dance Group, Wendy Whelan), artists from other musical genres (Bjork, The National), and on film (Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!). Ms. Lynch is the founder and Artistic Director of Project Chamber Music: Willamette Valley, a nonprofit organization that supports public school music programs and provides funds for private instrumental lessons for students for whom the cost would be otherwise prohibitive. She was an Artist in Residence at Cleveland’s Judson Manor senior living community, an intergenerational relationship that continues today and has been celebrated by CBS and NBC News, The Plain Dealer, and the New York Times. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series with the Aeolus Quartet, the Kennedy Center with A Far Cry, and BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Ms. Lynch performs on an 18th century viola made by English luthier William Forster, and thanks to the generosity of the Five Partners Foundation, a viola by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

Christopher Nunn

Christopher Nunn - viola

Chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and orchestral specialist. Born in Lichfield UK, now residing in Lincoln MA, holding degrees from Leeds University and University of North Texas. Chris has spent two decades collaborating in New England and nationally. Recent contracts and collaborations include Apollos Fire, H&H, Emmanuel Church and Marsh Chapel Orchestras Boston, Early Music NY, RI Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, American Baroque Orchestra, Miami Ballet, Boston Festival Orchestra, Broadway musical tours and a long list of choruses and smaller organizations. A-list private events including the White House, TV appearances on ESPN and HBO, plus many private functions allow Chris a very varied alternative to his career on stage, providing a way to share excellent chamber music in all settings. Chamber concert appearances this summer include NH Music Festival, South Coast Chamber Series and Monadnock Music. New for this season is Chris’s work as an arranger for private events, curating much needed repertoire for String Quartet and Trio. Regularly serving and sought as principal but equally happy collaborating at the heart of a section, Chris often performs weekly Bach cantatas, orchestral concerts and private functions. Beautiful tools assist, Chris performs on an Anthony Nickolds viola, Jason Viseltear baroque viola and a dynamic trio of bows provided by Roger Lotte, David Hawthorne and Louis Begin. When not immersed in performing, Chris is a devoted teacher, arts advocate, event manager, avid runner, cyclist, hiker and artist.

Heng-Jin Park

Heng-Jin Park - piano

Heng-Jin Park, founder and Artistic Director of Halcyon Music Festival, has been Hailed by the Washington Post as “a pianist of unusual artistry and musical imagination”. She is acclaimed for her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and music director. Born in Korea and raised in the Boston area, Ms. Park studied with Leonard Shure and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory. She also worked with Marie-Françoise Bucquet at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Ms. Park started playing the piano at age 5, and made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 15 in Symphony Hall. She has also appeared as soloist with A Far Cry, L'Orchestre Symphonique Française, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, and many others.

As a recitalist, she has performed in Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress, the Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, as well as concerts in Switzerland, France, Korea, and Canada.

Ms. Park is also a founding member and the pianist of the celebrated Boston Trio and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues internationally with this ensemble. She has collaborated with numerous world class musicians in her long career as a renowned chamber musician. Ms. Park has performed at many prestigious music festivals including Maui Classical Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Sanibel Music Festival, Banff, Ernen Music Festival, Newport Classical Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

Committed to training the next generation of musicians, Ms. Park enjoys an international reputation as a respected pedagogue of both piano and chamber music. She was the artistic director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and served on the faculty of Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival.

Ms. Park was Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University from 2009 to 2016 where she received the university’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award numerous times. She is an Affiliated Artist at MIT’s Music and Theatre Department.

Rafael Popper-Keizer (photo credit Matthew Wan)

Rafael Popper-Keizer - cello

Hailed by The New York Times as “imaginative and eloquent” and dubbed “a local hero” with “silken tone and subtle attention to each note” by the Boston Globe, cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer maintains a vibrant and diverse career as one of Boston’s most celebrated artists. He is principal cellist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and a core member of many notable chamber music organizations throughout New England, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble and Winsor Music. His 2003 performance with the Boston Philharmonic of the Saint-Saëns Concerto in A minor was praised by the Globe for “melodic phrasing of melting tenderness” and “dazzling dispatch of every bravura challenge;” more recent solo appearances include Strauss' Don Quixote with the Boston Philharmonic, Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Emmanuel Music; and the North American premiere of Roger Reynolds' Thoughts, Places, Dreams with sound/icon.

Mr. Popper-Keizer is a member of nationally acclaimed conductorless string ensemble A Far Cry, which has won recognition for both artistic excellence and its democratic model of collective decision-making at every level. In 2017, A Far Cry commissioned, premiered, and recorded a new piano concerto by Philip Glass, with soloist Simone Dinnerstein. The release of this recording was followed up a few months later by the group’s album Visions and Variations, which received two Grammy nominations. A Far Cry’s recent and upcoming performance schedule includes tours of California and Colorado, regular appearances at the Rockport Music Festival and Central Park in NYC, and a concert at the Kennedy Center in DC featuring the Tchaikovsky Serenade played from memory.

In 2019, Mr. Popper-Keizer was appointed Artistic Director of Monadnock Music, where he has been in residence every summer since 2002. Based in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the central mission of Monadnock Music is to bring free concerts featuring world-class artists to the villages and towns of the region. Over the course of the festival’s more than fifty-year history, Monadnock Music has worked closely with composers including Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Roger Sessions, and (in more recent years) Richard Danielpour, Dalit Warshaw, and Jing Wang.

Mr. Popper-Keizer has been featured on over two dozen recordings, including the premieres of Robert Erickson's Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra, Thomas Oboe Lee's cello concerto Eurydice, Yehudi Wyner's De Novo for cello and small chamber ensemble, and Malcolm Peyton's unaccompanied Cello Piece. His most recent solo recording, on Musica Omnia, is a disc pairing two monumental works for unaccompanied cello: Zoltan Kodaly’s notoriously virtuosic Sonata for Solo Cello and Ralf Gawlick’s At the still point of the turning world, a powerful exploration of sonority and silence written for and dedicated to Popper-Keizer.

As an alumnus of the New England Conservatory (A.D. 1999, M.M. with honors 1997), Mr. Popper-Keizer studied with master pedagogue and Piatigorsky protégé Laurence Lesser; at the Tanglewood Music Center he was privileged to work with Mstislav Rostropovich, and was Yo-Yo Ma’s understudy for Strauss’ Don Quixote under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. His prior teachers include Stephen Harrison of Stanford University, and Karen Andrie at the University of California in Santa Cruz. At the age of ten he began undergraduate coursework in mathematics at UCSC, where he was accepted as a full-time student two years later.

Mr. Popper-Keizer is currently on faculty at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and has previously taught at Philips Exeter Academy, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With A Far Cry, he has participated in college and university residencies nationwide, including guest lectures and presentations at Baldwin Wallace University and Connecticut College, and masterclasses at Yale University.

Mary Kay Robinson

Mary Kay Robinson - flute

Internationally acclaimed flautist Mary Kay Robinson has risen to prominence as a versatile musician, balancing roles as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, teacher, coach, artistic and executive leadership in the arts. “…dazzling virtuosity…a hugely talented and exciting soloist” critics heralded of her New York solo debut, where she performed two concerti on two different instruments on the same program. She has been a featured soloist at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony (NY), the Akron Symphony, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival and a frequent guest artist with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Portland, Vermont, Detroit, Kansas City, Rhode Island, Cleveland and Boston. As a chamber musician, she has performed with musicians from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Music from Angel Fire, ChamberFest Cleveland, New Hampshire Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Odenwald Festpiele, Cleveland Orchestra and the Amici and Dog Cove Quartets.

Faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Ithaca College, Franklin Pierce University and the Univ. of Akron where she teaches Chamber Music and Applied Flute and Piccolo.

Ms. Robinson founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society and the prize-winning mixed chamber ensemble Panorámicos, whose three CDs have garnered international critical acclaim, “Top Pick of North America”, “Editor’s Choice”-Gramophone. Principal Flute of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Piccolo with Grammy Award Winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded many new works featuring the Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute in solo and chamber capacities as well as mixed instrumentation chamber music with voice. She is the former Chair of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee. www.mkrobinson.org

Mika Sasaki

Mika Sasaki - piano

Praised as a “superb interpreter” (Fanfare) and for her “virtuosity… and sparkling sound” (Times Argus), pianist Mika Sasaki enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has performed across the U.S. and in the U.K., Italy, Japan, and Switzerland, appearing in notable venues such as the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Her performances have been broadcasted on WQXR, WFMT, WCRB, KQAC, and Radio Sweden. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Sinfonia of Cambridge, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 92Y Orchestra, and more recently, with the InterSchool Symphony Orchestra of New York, performing Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto.

An avid chamber musician, Mika performs regularly with the powerhouse sextet Ensemble Mélange, Decoda (affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall), Manhattan Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with her duo partners. Passionate about education and audience engagement, she has presented interactive performances at schools and community venues all around New York City and across the country, including weeklong residencies for String Theory at the Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), Skidmore College, and Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, OR).

She is an alumna of summer programs such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Music@Menlo, Accademia Chigiana, Yellow Barn, Aspen, Icicle Creek, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and Taos School of Music, and has performed at festivals including the Focus!, Weekend of Chamber Music, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Monadnock Music, Time:Spans, Shandelee, and the Rite of Summer. She has also taught and performed at pianoSonoma, Rushmore, Omaha Conservatory SoundWaves, Taubman Piano Festival, WCYO Charles Ives Music Festival, Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, and Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute.
 
Based in New York City, Mika is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, where she teaches keyboard skills, piano, and chamber music in the College, Pre-College, and Extension Divisions. She is an alumna of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M., M.M.), Ensemble Connect—a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education—and The Juilliard School (D.M.A.), where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein and received the Juilliard Career Advancement Grant upon graduation. When not at the piano, she can be found tending to her houseplants, folding origami, cooking, or chasing after her cat. mikasasaki.com

Matthew Vera

Matthew Vera - violin

Mexican-American violinist Matthew Vera is known for his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader.

As an orchestral musician, Matthew can be heard all over the country. He has been a member of the Boston Philharmonic’s first violin section since 2010 and is occasionally a guest concertmaster. Matthew will join the El Paso Symphony as concertmaster in the fall of 2024 where he has been serving as guest concertmaster since spring of 2022. Matthew frequents the stages of The Boston Ballet, The Portland Symphony, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, among others. Most recently Matthew served as concertmaster for the revival of Evita at the American Repertory Theatre during the summer of 2023, and is currently concertmaster for the new production of Gatsby at A.R.T.

An avid chamber musician, Matthew is the first violinist of the emerging Izarra String Quartet. Izarra explores fresh interpretations of the classic repertoire with a keen focus on amplifying compositional voices of the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. Matthew is a violinist with Castle of our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. He has also been heard with Aurea Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Monadnock Music.

Matthew made his solo debut on the viola with the Tucson Philharmonia at age 14. He has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, The Tucson Philharmonia, The Tucson Symphony, The World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and The New England Conservatory Symphony. He has attended numerous festivals including Tanglewood, The Heifetz Institute, Brevard Music Center, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and more.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Matthew’s early musical training was fostered through the Tucson Unified Public Schools and Tucson Junior Strings, a unique conductorless orchestra training program for young people. He is a graduate of The New England Conservatory where he studied with James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, and Donald Weilerstein. His mentors have included: The Borromeo String Quartet, Roger Tapping, Martha Katz, and John Heiss.

Andrew Jonathan Welch

Andrew Jonathan Welch - piano

Like Mozart, Fauré, and countless others before him, Andrew Jonathan Welch is a musician whose career combines performance, composition, leadership, and education. Andrew is the 15th artistic director of the Falmouth Chorale, which celebrates its 60th season this year with seven different programs including works by Mozart, Handel, Lutoslawski, and Rosephanye Powell, among others. Other recent performances include as a keyboardist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and as a conductor with the Epiphany Festival in Washington DC and the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.

This past summer he completed two piano-vocal reductions at the personal request of John Harbison and revised his reorchestration of Elgar’s The Music Makers, which was performed by the City Choir of Washington this spring. Recent recording projects include a CD on Tonsehen with trumpet player Luke Spence and on Albany Records with saxophonist Noah Getz, with whom he has premiered Chris Potter’s Sonata for Soprano Saxophone.

Additionally, Andrew is the director of music ministries at Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, MA, where he conducts the Allin Choir and plays the church’s historic 1912 Opus 197 E. M. Skinner organ. Andrew has written over twelve anthems for the Allin choir and has also designed and instituted a young artist-in-residence program which has brought numerous high school students to Allin to study church music.

Andrew studied at American University, the University of Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. Currently, he teaches music theory and chamber music at Brown University and the New England Conservatory. He also maintains a private studio at his home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Inspiration comes from the countless experiences of beauty that surround us every day. Among the countless stewards with which Andrew has traversed the frontier of music, he counts his principal teacher Rita Sloan, Yuliya Gorenman, Andrew Harley, Audrey Andrist, Carmen Balthrop, and his friend, Richard Giarusso, among the most influential.

Hikaru Yonezaki

Hikaru Yonezaki - violin

Praised by the Boston Globe for her “silky tone,” violinist Hikaru Yonezaki is passionately committed to connecting to the world around her, having already been heard in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She has a strong affinity to chamber music repertoire and currently enjoys freelancing and collaborating on various projects in Boston and New York City. She continues to be inspired by Masao Kawasaki and Hyo Kang, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music.


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