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Icicle Creek Chamber
Music Festival
JULY 2 – JULY 24

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is proud to present the 27th annual Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival with performances from Canyon Wren Recital Hall and Snowy Owl Theater live-streamed and with limited in-person seating in accordance with state and local guidelines. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 5 at 12PM PST.

In person seating is very limited in Canyon Wren and Snowy Owl venues to allow space for distancing and live-streaming requirements. Please buy your ticket in advance as we expect many or all of these concerts to sell-out. Before and after checking out, please check your ticket order to make sure you have correctly chosen your virtual (livestreamed) or in-person ticket. Tickets are required for virtual (livestream) attendance as well as in-person.

Concerts are approximately one hour with no intermission. There will be concessions available outdoors after each concert.
We are following the guidelines and requirements set by government and local health officials. Masks are required for all patrons attending concerts in-person.

For ticketing questions please email alex@icicle.org or call (509) 548-6347 x1

Concert 1: Friday, July 2 at 7:00 PM PST
Canyon Wren Recital Hall

L. van Beethoven, 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’, WoO 46
Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Piano by Florence Price, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach
J. S. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Gabriela Lena Frank, Sonata Serrana No.1 for Piano 4-Hands (2012)
Artists: Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano; Hoorig Poochikian, violin; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; Yerin Kim, Emely Phelps and Oksana Ejokina, piano

Concert 2: Saturday, July 3 at 7:00 PM PST
Snowy Owl Theater

A. Berg, Seven Early Songs
Evan Williams, Cantigas
E. Chausson, Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 3
Artist: Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; Hoorig Poochikian, violin; Yerin Kim, Emely Phelps and Oksana Ejokina, piano

Concert 3: Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 PM PST
Canyon Wren Recital Hall

A. Scriabin, Preludes
Ruth Crawford Seeger, Four Preludes
Kaija Saariaho, Tocar for Violin and Piano (2010)
Paul Wiancko, American Haiku for Viola and Cello (2014)
Artists: Hoorig Poochikian, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello; Emely Phelps and Christina Dahl, piano

Concert 4: Friday, July 9 at 7:00 PM PST
Canyon Wren Recital Hall

George Walker, Sonata for Cello and Piano
M. Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Cello
M. Reger, Piano Trio No. 1 in B minor, op. 2

Artists: Marie Wang and Hoorig Poochikian, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; Christina Dahl and Oksana Ejokina, piano

Concert 5: Saturday, July 10 at 7:00 PM PST
Snowy Owl Theater

Leslie H. Adams, Intermezzo for Violin and Piano
B. Britten, Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65
L. van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, op. 130 with Grosse Fuga, op. 133
Artists: Artists: Marie Wang and Blaise Magniere, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and Cheng-Hou Lee, cello; Oksana Ejokina and Christina Dahl, piano

Concert 6: Thursday, July 15 at 7:00 PM PST
Canyon Wren Recital Hall

F. Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 13
B. Bartok, String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67
Florence Price, Five Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet

Artists: Chantel Charis and Alex Garza, violin; Kylie Little, viola; Dayoung Park, cello

Concert 7: Friday, July 16 at 7:00 PM PST
Snowy Owl Theater

J. S. Bach, Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in G Major, BWV 1019
Rebecca Clarke, Sonata for Viola and Piano
S. Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, op. 45
Artists: Blaise Magniere, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; Christina Dahl, Emely Phelps, and Oksana Ejokina, piano

Concert 8: Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 PM PST
Canyon Wren Recital Hall

A. Dvorak, Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola, op. 75a
Toru Takemitsu, Distance de Fee for Violin and Piano
L. van Beethoven, Piano Trio in G Major, op. 1, no. 2
Artists: Marie Wang and Blaise Magniere, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; Dayoung Park, cello; Emely Phelps and Oksana Ejokina, piano

Concert 9: Friday, July 23 at 7:00 PM PST
Snowy Owl Theater

W. A. Mozart, Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Todd Cochran, Soul Bird for Clarinet and Piano
S. Reich, Quartet for Two Pianos and Two Vibraphones
Artists: Rose Hashimoto, viola; Laurie DeLuca, clarinet; Matthew Kocmieroski and Paul Hansen, vibraphone; Emely Phelps, Oksana Ejokina and Daniel Anastasio, piano

Concert 10: Saturday, July 24 at 7:00 PM PST
Snowy Owl Theater

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Lament for Viola and Piano
M. Bruch, Selections from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, op. 83
B. Bartok, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110
Artists: Artists: Rose Hashimoto, viola; Laurie DeLuca, clarinet; Matthew Kocmieroski and Paul Hansen, percussion; Emely Phelps, Oksana Ejokina and Daniel Anastasio, piano

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Russian-born pianist Oxana Ejokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, among others. Two of her long-term collaborations are with pianist Christina Dahl and Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings for the Con Brio label received accolades in international music magazines such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. A sought-after teacher, Ejokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. She has been associated with the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts for nearly two decades, developing and directing classical music programs.

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Christina Dahl is a chamber musician, soloist and teacher who has been on the piano faculty at Stony Brook University for twenty-seven years. She has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, been a collaborating artist at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, and was a fellow both at the Tanglewood Center and at the Banff Center. Christina was both a faculty member and chair of the piano department at the Eastern Music Festival for nine years, and subsequently joined the faculty at the Icicle Creek Music Center and Yellow Barn Festival and School. She has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She is in frequent demand as a master class teacher, regularly appearing on such distinguished series as the Steinhardt Piano Series at NYU and the Art of the Piano at CCM.

Her work with Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook, crafting a holistic graduate program for pianists that emphasizes collaboration, immersion in new music and a comprehensive performance outlook has yielded a staggering number of successful pianists who have gone into the profession as university professors, chamber music players and members of new music ensembles such as Yarn/Wire and Bang on a Can.

Christina has recently taken the position of Graduate Program Director in the Music Department at Stony Brook, and helps to oversee and run that distinguished graduate program in addition to her work on the piano faculty. Administrative work has proven intensely interesting during a year and a half when most work must be done from home and at the computer.

Christina Dahl is married to trombonist Richard Stout, a member of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Paul Hansen

Paul has been active as one of the top percussionists in Seattle’s
music and theater circles for over thirty years, having performed with
many popular talents such as Johnny Mathis, Quincy Jones, and Michael
Feinstein to name just a very few.

As a concert musician he performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony
Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Auburn Symphony.

In Musical Theater he has been a mainstay in Seattle’s top pit
orchestras for the Paramount Theater, Fifth Avenue Theater, Seattle
Rep, and Village Theater with over 150 musicals to his credit, and is
a busy recording musician in jingles and film soundtracks. He has also
composed film and stage scores for his wife, filmmaker and director
Janice Findley.

Paul also serves as Managing Editor for sheetmusicnow.com, and is
co-founder of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet.

Matt Kocmieroski

Matthew Kocmieroski is the principal percussionist and a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. An active freelancer, he has appeared with the Seattle Opera, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as diverse popular acts such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, David Byrne, Moby, Perry Como and “Mr” Fred Rogers. In the field of chamber music, he served as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group, was a longtime member of the Composers and Improvisers Orchestra, and is a founding member of Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. He has often appeared with the Seattle Chamber Players, and at festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Washington Square Music Festival, and Internationally at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, and Warsaw Autumn festivals. Matthew also has a long association with Cornish College of the Arts, and the Seattle Youth Symphony. One of his greatest satisfactions is his work with numerous composers on their music including John Luther Adams, John Cage, George Crumb, Lou Harrison, Alan Hovhaness, and Toru Takemitsu, and the emergence of a number of new works and recordings from these collaborations. He may be heard on many recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as a wide variety of both Major and Independent motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks.

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Pianist Emely Phelps enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Praised by the Boston Globe for her “fleet, energetic, and bright-toned” playing, Emely is currently Artist-Teacher of Piano at Ohio University, where she chairs the keyboard division, teaches piano, chamber music, and keyboard repertoire, and directs the graduate collaborative piano degree program. Emely made her solo orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as the grand prizewinner of their Young Soloists Competition, and has since been a featured soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Little River Symphony, and the McLean Symphony. A finalist for the 2019 Pro Musicis International Award, she recently presented solo recitals in Ohio, Washington, Boston, North Carolina, and New York. From 2008-2016, Emely was the pianist of Trio Cleonice, with whom she performed in more than 15 states, toured Europe, won second prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition, and served as the Graduate Piano Trio-in-Residence at New England Conservatory. Emely received her doctoral degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Christina Dahl, and also holds a BM and MM from Juilliard. She is thrilled to be returning to Icicle Creek for a third summer.

11:18:56 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: Marie Wang, violin © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

Violinist Marie Wang, has been in the Avalon String Quartet since its inception in 1995. As a member of this award winning ensemble, she has captured top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and the Munich ARD international competitions. The quartet has been invited to perform at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie & Weill Halls, Alice Tully, 92nd St Y, Herculessaal (Munich),and the Library of Congress, among others. Marie has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish,Juilliard and Pacifica Quartets and members of the Emerson Quartet. Her recordings with the quartet can be found on Cedille Records, Bridge Records, Albany Records, and Channel Classics. Marie’s solo recitals have been broadcast on NPR and her Concerto appearances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada. Ms. Wang holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in Quartet Studies while she served as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet as a part of the Lisa Arnold Graduate Quartet Residency. Her previous teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Mauricio Fuks, Phillip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, and Mathias Tacke. Marie is a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she was an Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend.

11:56:59 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music,” the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. The Avalon captured the top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich and First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.

Since their founding in 1998, they have equally enjoyed performing and recording contemporary music and traditional string quartet repertoire. In 2018 the quartet released a recording of the complete quartets of Matthew Quayle for Naxos. Their performance of “Aqua” by Harold Meltzer for Bridge Records, received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Compendium. Their critically acclaimed 2015 recording on Cedille Records, “Illuminations”, featured music of Stacy Garrop, Osvaldo Golijov, Debussy and Britten. The Avalon String Quartet’s first CD, Dawn to Dusk, featuring quartets by Ravel and Janacek, was honored with the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for best chamber music recording.

The Avalon has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, and Merkin Hall New York; the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. They have presented the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Bartok, and Brahms in historic Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, a position formerly held by the Vermeer Quartet.

11:01:11 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: Anthony Devroye, viola © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, performing in major American venues as well as in Colombia, France, and Korea. Mr. Devroye is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz; and holds a B.A. in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he pursued concurrent viola studies at The Juilliard School under Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. Prior to joining the quartet, he held a two-year fellowship with the New World Symphony.
In addition to his numerous performances with the Avalon Quartet, Mr. Devroye is an occasional guest with the Chicago Symphony (with whom he has toured the United States, Europe and Mexico under Riccardo Muti), Chicago Chamber Musicians, Rembrandt Chamber Players and Grant Park Music Festival. His recitals, chamber music performances and commentary have been regularly featured on WFMT radio, and he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Illinois Philharmonic and Kishwaukee Symphony. He has served as Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts and the International Music Foundation in Chicago, organizations that make classical repertoire and new music openly accessible through free concerts and educational initiatives. Mr. Devroye is a Professor in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

Rose Hashimoto

Rose Hashimoto grew up in Seattle and recently returned to the area after a long stint in New York City. Rose has performed with ensembles including A Far Cry, Shattered Glass Ensemble, the Thalia Quartet, the Aeolus Quartet, and the Argus Quartet; as a soloist with the Mannes Orchestra; and at music festivals including Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, Taos, and Kneisel Hall. She played with the Experiential Orchestra on the Grammy-winning recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison and on A Far Cry’s Grammy-nominated album, Visions and Variations. Rose earned a B.M. from Juilliard and a M.M. and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College.
A dedicated violin and viola teacher, Rose currently serves on the faculty of Kaleidoscope School of Music and the Suzuki Institute of Seattle.

10:37:57 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: Cheng-Hou Lee, Cello © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

Cellist Cheng-Hou Lee has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Harvey Shapiro, Janos Starker, Mistilav Rostropovich, Paul Katz, and the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Alban Berg Quartets. He has appeared on WQXR in NYC and WFMT in Chicago, and he was a recipient of a career grant from the Quanta Education Foundation. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and he earned his DMA from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Lee has performed with Paul Katz, Don Weilerstein, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Kim Kashkashian, Rachel Barton Pine, Anthony McGill, Robert Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ruth Laredo, Richard Young, Yehuda Hanani, Yehonatan Berick, the Boromeo and Miami Quartets, and composer William Bolcom. He has performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Dame Myra Hess Series, and appeared with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, as well as solo appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheng-Hou is currently the cellist of the Avalon Quartet, which succeeded the Vermeer Quartet as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University. He has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Hot Spring Music Festival, and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp.

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Armenian-American violinist and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute alum Hoorig Taline Poochikian began playing the violin with her mother at the age of six. She has performed at a number of venues across North America including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Merkin Hall and the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada. She has also performed in Armenia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Currently based in New York City, Hoorig received her doctoral degree in violin performance at Stony Brook University, studying with Hagai Shaham, Arnaud Sussmann, Phil Setzer and Jennifer Frautschi. An avid chamber musician, Hoorig has had the privilege of collaborating with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, pianist Christina Dahl and composer Vache Sharafyan. She recently made her live radio broadcast debut on Classical KING FM in Seattle with pianist Oksana Ejokina. Formerly an associate member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Hoorig has held leadership positions in several orchestras. In addition to performing, Hoorig has a special passion for education. With over ten years of teaching experience, she teaches at various music schools on Long Island. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and tidying her space.

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A soloist, chamber musician and educator based in San Antonio, Texas, pianist Daniel Anastasio combines an intellectual curiosity with “technical prowess and emotional sensitivity” (Rivard Report). His performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, conducted by Leon Fleisher with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, was “the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house of standing ovation were any indication” (ECM reviews).
Anastasio is the co-founder of BLUEPRINTS Piano Series in Manhattan, Agarita Chamber Players in San Antonio, and Unheard-of//Ensemble, a group dedicated to commissioning composers and premiering their works. He also serves on the board of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.
Anastasio was a concerto competition finalist at Cornell University, Stony Brook University, and Juilliard, where he won the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. He received fellowships to Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival. He is currently on faculty full-time at San Antonio College, where he serves as the Director of Keyboard Studies. Anastasio received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and philosophy at Cornell University under Xak Bjerken, and a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under Jerome Lowenthal. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, under Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.

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Praised by Opera News for her “potent presence” and acclaimed by Cincinnati Post as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match,” lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho is thrilled to return to Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival this summer. Recognized for her sensitive artistry and winning execution on the recital, concert and opera stages in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, her repertoire is especially wide ranging–from canonical works from the 18th through 20th centuries to contemporary music by living composers. Dr. Cho has been featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem (Forbidden City Concert Hall in China), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus), Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Honolulu Symphony Orchestra) and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder (Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra). An advocate of new music and a lover of chamber music, Dr. Cho premiered works by Dominick DiOrio, Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, Michael Ippolito and Jake Heggie. Notable performances include performances at the Paris American Cathedral and Beaune International Festival in France, Ghent New Music Festival in Belgium, King Charles the Martyr Falmouth Summer Series in England and International Viola Congress in New Zealand. Dr. Cho is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Clarinetist Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986 following her education at Northwestern University where she studied with the celebrated clarinetist, Robert Marcellus. She is also a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble formed in 1989 boasting nearly one hundred commissioned works. While her roots are deeply planted in the Pacific Northwest, music has been a passport to the world, opening up opportunities to perform in historic concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Closer to home, Laura regularly performs with Music of Remembrance, Icicle Creek series and has soloed with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade and Rainier Symphonies. DeLuca has performed on over one hundred recordings and has worked with distinguished composers and performers such as Jake Heggie, John Luther Adams, John Zorn, Betty Olivero, Paul Schoenfield and Artur Avanesov.

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Praised by the International Piano Magazine as “pianist of beautiful finesse and golden tone”, and “powerful and engaging, poetic and expressive with some truly original interpretive insights, all performed with a great technique” by Phoenix Classical, pianist Yerin Kim has given concerts in various festivals and recitals in major venues internationally, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, and Place Flagey in Brussels. Her solo debut album “First and Last Words” can be heard on Sheva Label and her duo album “The Sound and the Fury” with violinist Brendan Shea will be released in fall 2021 by the Blue Griffin records. She is the founder and director of Sensory Friendly Music and Autism Concert Series and Co-artistic Director of Chamber Music in the Bend. Kim was recently appointed as the new piano professor at Central Washington University. Prior to CWU, she taught at University of Notre Dame as Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor and has taught at pre-college programs at Indiana University Bloomington and Stony Brook University. Kim holds a Double Degree in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin college, a MM from Indiana University Bloomington, and DMA from Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish.

10:50:10 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: Blaise Magniere, violin © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

Praised for his “virtuosic skill” (Stage and Cinema), “poised expression”, and “sweet, refined tone” (Chicago Classical Review), French violinist Blaise Magniere is a highly acclaimed chamber musician, active both in the U.S and abroad. He has toured extensively, including venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Herculessaal in Munich, the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, the Schneider Series at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla Festival and the Caramoor Festival. As the first violinist of the Avalon String Quartet, he was the top prizewinner of the Munich ARD Competition and Grand Prize winner at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.
His performances and conversation have been heard on BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and France-Musique. He has recorded for the Channel Classics, Cedille, Bridge, New Tangent and Albany labels, and earned the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award. He performed on the album “Songs and Structures” which was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium. A highly dedicated teacher, he has successfully prepared students for orchestral auditions and top graduate programs.
He is presently the Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin at Northern Illinois University. As an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet, he coached chamber music at the Juilliard School. He was on faculty at Indiana University South Bend before arriving at NIU.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Icelandic-American cellist, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Toronto, Seattle and Iceland Symphonies and her recitals and chamber music performances have taken her to some of the world’s most prestigious halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Elbphilharmonie and the Barbican Center in London. Sæunn has garnered numerous prizes in international competitions, including the Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb and she has been described by the press as “charismatic” and “riveting” (NYTimes) and her performances praised for their “emotional intensity” (LATimes).
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, St. Lawrence and Cavani Quartets and has performed in numerous chamber music festivals, including Santa Fe, Seattle, Stellenbosch, Orcas Island, Bay Chamber, Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured. She is cellist of the Seattle-based group, Frequency, and cellist of Decoda, The Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sæunn is the creator of Cello Sound Alchemy and teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. Recently, she released an album of Icelandic music for solo cello, “Vernacular”, and her recording of the cello concerto “Quake” by Páll Ragnar Pálsson with the Iceland Symphony was nominated for a 2020 Grammy award. For more information, visit www.saeunn.com