Telegraph Quartet, quartet in residence
The Telegraph Quartet, consisting of violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin, and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, was formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire, alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2017 as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was most recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Past prizes include the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has since gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions from Los Angeles and New York to Italy and Taiwan, including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Recital Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. In 2016, the Quartet was invited as one of a handful of emerging professional string quartets from around the world to perform in Paris, France at the Biennale de quatuors à cordes, a showcase for major concert presenters of Europe and Asia taking place at the Philharmonie de Paris.
David Balakrishnan, violin
David Balakrishnan, composer/violinist and founder of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet born in Los Angeles, California in 1954. After graduating from UCLA in 1976, he quickly established his reputation as a young and talented improvising violinist, appearing on many recordings and making guest appearances with the David Grisman Quartet and jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli. Under his direction, Turtle Island has won two Grammy awards and David himself has been nominated six times, the most recent being a 2015 nomination in the instrumental composition category for his piece, “Confetti Man”. Several distinguished musicians have played with the TIQ, including clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, guitar legends Leo Kottke and the Assad brothers, pianists Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and Ramsey Lewis, singers Tierney Sutton and Nellie McKay and the Ying Quartet. A distinguished musician/composer,David won Chamber Music America’s prestigious Classical Commissioning Program grant in 2015, supporting a full-length work commemorating the quartet’s 30th anniversary season.
Randy Fisher, viola/violin
Committed to chamber music since 1973 (before CMA!), Randy Fisher’s ensembles bore chamber music traditions from coachings with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland and Budapest quartets as well as Lillian Fuchs and Joseph Gingold. Since moving to California, Fisher has coached regularly at Humboldt, CalCap, SoCal, CMNC, Santa Barbara, Golden Gate and Grand Pacific workshops. Previously, he played in symphonies and string quartets based in seven states and five countries, taught chamber music at colleges in Colorado, Virginia and Hong Kong, and served as Director of Education and Community Outreach for five symphonies.
Anne Harley, soprano
Canadian soprano Anne Harley tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, BAM Next Wave Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Tanglewood Festival. Her solo performances of new music and modern-day premieres of early music are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia, einKlang and BMOP/sound, among others. In 2011, she founded the new music commissioning project Voices Of The Pearl. A prize-winning performer-scholar, director and educator, and chair of the Scripps College music department, she has been invited to give master classes and teaching residencies at Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing University, Brown College, among others.
Emma Rubinstein, violin
Emma has appeared in concerts both nationally and internationally as a guest soloist and chamber musician. She became concertmaster of the Idaho Falls Symphony in July 2009. Prior to arriving in Idaho Falls, she was Assistant Professor of Music and first violin of the Oxford String Quartet at Miami University of Ohio (“Quartet art at the highest level” – Salzburg, Austria). She is also the former first violinist and founding member of the Anacapa String Quartet (“Consummate interpreters” – San Jose, Costa Rica).
Peter Henderson, piano
A versatile pianist, Peter Henderson is active as a performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Henderson is Associate Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Maryville University, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. He performs frequently as an ensemble keyboardist with the St. Louis Symphony, and made his debut as a subscription concert soloist with the Symphony in January 2008. During January and February 2016, Henderson was the piano soloist in the St. Louis Symphony’s subscription concert and California tour performances of Oliver Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles…. Critics described him as a “powerhouse soloist” (San Francisco Chronicle) and an “excellent pianist” (Los Angeles Times), and praised his Messiaen playing for its “intense focus and thrilling vibrancy” (San Jose Mercury News). In addition to his work as a keyboard performer with the St. Louis Symphony, he occasionally gives pre-concert lectures from the Symphony’s Powell Hall stage, introducing subscription concert programs. Henderson has also served as Principal Keyboardist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since 2015.
Henderson is an advocate of new music, having given several premieres of solo piano and chamber works. In recent years, he has programmed solo recitals exploring focused repertoire: during the 2011-12 season, he performed the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven; in November and December 2012, he presented the complete piano works of Debussy; and in November 2013, he played Chopin’s 27 Études in a single concert. Henderson’s discography includes collaborations with violinist David Halen, flutist Mark Sparks, violist Jonathan Vinocour, bass trombonist Gerry Pagano, soprano Marlissa Hudson, and The 442s, a Saint-Louis based crossover group. He appears on CDs published by AAM Recordings, AMP Records, and other labels, and is the piano soloist on a disc released during 2015 that features Fred Onovwerosuoke’s 24 Studies in African Rhythms. His second solo CD, “A Celebration of African Composers for Piano,” was issued in 2017.
Henderson is a member of the Ilex Piano Trio, along with violinist Kristin Ahlstrom (his wife), and cellist Anne Fagerburg. Both Kristin and Anne are St. Louis Symphony members.
Henderson holds the degree Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington, where his piano instructor was Dr. Karen Shaw. Prior to attending Indiana University, he studied piano with Dr. Jay Mauchley at the University of Idaho, Moscow. In addition to his performing activities, Henderson also works as a recording producer and composes music. He and Kristin live in St. Louis with their lively, sweet beagle/terrier-mix Zinni.
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
Praised for his “delicate keyboard touch and rich expressivity” (San Francisco Chronicle) and playing that is “deeply moving, probing, entirely felt as in the moment” (Eduard Laurel), Jeffrey LaDeur performs worldwide from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the San Francisco Jazz Center, from the Shanghai Conservatory to the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. LaDeur is founder and artistic director of New Piano Collective and the San Francisco International Piano Festival.
A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur has concertized internationally with the Delphi Trio. The Trio received the dedication of William Bolcom’s first Piano Trio. Jeffrey has collaborated with such artists as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Anne Akiko Meyers, Toby Appel, David Requiro, and the Alexander, Telegraph, and Aifara Quartets.
LaDeur holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He counts among his teachers Mark Edwards, Douglas Humphreys, Yoshikazo Nagai, and Robert McDonald. His formative musical training was from pianist Annie Sherber, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.
Rachel Huang, violin
Rachel Huang, violinist on the Scripps College faculty, performs locally and abroad with The Gold Coast Trio, The Mei Duo and Duo 209; recent engagements have ranged from Quito, Ecuador to Xiamen, China. She also performs with Trio Lykos and Quartet Euphoria, ensembles in residence at Scripps College. Holding degrees from Harvard University and SUNY at Stony Brook, she has received grants for performance and scholarship from the NEA and the NEH. Her scholarly interest in music analysis extends to Jazz: with Hao Huang, she has co-authored published articles on the performance practice of Billie Holiday. For the past 30 years, she has had the privilege of sharing with her violin students the legacies of three great teachers, with whom she studied: Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay and Robert Koff, all of them both late and lamented.
Gayle Blankenburg, piano
Gayle Blankenburg has performed extensively to great critical acclaim as a solo pianist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. She was a roster artist with Southwest Chamber Music from 1996 to 2003, with whom she regularly performed and recorded. Among nearly a dozen award-winning CDs recorded for Southwest Chamber Music on Cambria Records are her performances of Elliot Carter’s song cycle Of Challenge and of Love (with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson) and the Carlos Chavez Invencion for solo piano. She has also performed with Phyllis Bryn-Julson at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, in New York City at Cooper Union, and in Vienna, Austria in a residency at the Schoenberg Institute. Her recording of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the LA-based ensemble “inauthentica” has received the highest critical acclaim from Gramophone Magazine, Opera News, and The American Record Guide. Released recently was a CD of solo piano and chamber music works of composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe.
The Los Angeles Times has reviewed her playing on numerous occasions, saying, “Blankenburg played with elegant power and poise… Her crisp touch and light pedaling produced crystalline, pensive, haunting sequences… This is a gratefully idiomatic piece for a pianist with both power and a palette, requirements Blankenburg met easily.”
Recent performances include a concert at the National Opera Center in New York City last October, four concerts of modern music in New Zealand in mid-March, and all-Beethoven concerts in the Sacramento area in April and May.
Ms. Blankenburg was a student of the distinguished pianists Menahem Pressler (of the Beaux Arts Trio) and Abbey Simon at Indiana University, where she received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance, and where she was also awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate. She is currently on the piano faculties of the Claremont Colleges, teaching at Pomona College and at Scripps College.
Angela Lee, cello
Since giving her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, Angela Lee’s “amazing finesse, control and coloration” [San Francisco Chronicle] and “astonishingly rich tone” [San Francisco Examiner] has been celebrated with recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House in New York, Chicago’s Cultural Center, The Phillip’s Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen’s Nationalmuseet and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre in London. She has soloed with orchestras including the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Concert Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the CAMS Orchestra, the Central Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paraiba Symphony, São Paulo State Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony, and the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra (UK), performing works of Boccherini to Barber to Kernis. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout North and South America, Australasia, Europe and Asia. She is frequently invited to festivals including St. Petersburg’s Revelations, IMS at Prussia Cove, Cagayan Valley International Music Festival, Taipei Summer Festival, Pontino Festival, La Musica, Banff, Marlboro Music Festival, Anneberg Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Music Mountain, and Mahler-Jihlava Festival, collaborating with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Isabelle Faust, Cho-Liang Lin, Alexander Lonquich, Franco Petracchi, Stephen Prutsman, Andras Schiff and members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri Quartet and Canadian Brass.
Ms. Lee is dedicated to working with and performing the music of leading composers, among them Lukas Foss, Aaron Jay Kernis, Philip Lasser, Tania León, Jane Cornish, and Yehudi Wyner. As an opera, theater and ballet enthusiast, Angela Lee was the solo cellist in Harris Yulin’s production of Don Juan in Hell starring Ed Asner, Cherry Jones and René Auberjonois. She has worked as 2nd Solo-Cellist with Det Kongelige Kapel in Denmark, as Principal Cellist with Opera North Leeds in England, and with Eliot Feld at Ballet Tech, premiering Feld’s The Last Sonata, set to Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata. She has also collaborated with writer Mark Salzman in Music & Story, performing J.S. Bach Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello.
Using music to foster peace and goodwill, Angela Lee has made numerous humanitarian trips to the Republic of the Philippines and the former Yugoslavia. While on a U.N.-sanctioned tour of six war-torn cities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina, she performed for American and NATO troops and displaced civilians. As part of The Lee Trio with her sisters–Lisa, violinist, and Melinda, pianist–Angela Lee traveled to Ukraine in 2010 and to Romania in 2017 to work with and perform for underprivileged children. Last season the three sisters taught master classes and performed at University of Utah as well as the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania. The Trio serves as the 2018 Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the Performing Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Known for their “primal force on the stage” [Piedmont Post], the Trio won top awards at the 2004 Gaetano Zinetti and Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competitions in Italy and Finland and continues to teach and perform throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Angela Lee began her cello studies at age four at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Irene Sharp. At age twelve she was accepted to study with William Pleeth, commuting between San Francisco and London for several years. She graduated from The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music as a scholarship student of Aldo Parisot. In addition to her formal studies, she has been mentored by Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel and Morten Zeuthen. She is the recipient of the Ruth T. Brooks Achievement Award for Continued Excellence in the Arts, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her cello is a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano from Naples.
Kate Hamilton, viola
Kate Hamilton, the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has been described by critics as “hot viola playing, she uses her bow to draw out a rich stew of colors….. and has a sound like liquid gold” (Minnesota Public Radio, 2015). In demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, she also holds the title of International Artist of Viola at the University of Chile (Santiago). Recently, she has been heard as soloist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Central Oregon Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (Costa Rica), Cartago Symphony (Costa Rica), Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra (Brazil) and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Her recent solo recitals have been heard in Beijing, Paris, Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil and throughout the USA. Her 2011 recording of Tedesco’s Sarabande for Viola and Cello for Soundset Records received high praises from Fanfare Magazine.
Recent highlights include guest principal viola of the Bodo Sinfonietta- 2016 (Norway), Guest Principal Viola of the Augusta Symphony ( 2016-17),master classes at the Boccherini Conservatory (Lucca, Italy), Sydney Conservatory of Music (Australia), Yong Cho Conservatory (Singapore) and solo recitals in New Zealand, Italy, France, Brazil, China and as an invited guest duo at the 43 rd International Viola Congress in Cremona, Italy. In March, 2017 she will be as soloist with the Irvine Symphony (CA).
A committed teacher, she has been Artist-in-Residence and violist of the Esterhazy String Quartet at the University of Missouri and Associate Professor of Viola at Illinois State University. From 2006-2008, she was guest lecturer at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Co-President of the String Teachers Association of New Zealand.
Active in charitable work, Ms. Hamilton has been a guest teacher at the Lugano String Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2001-2006, she was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund a string program that offered low-cost lessons to young children in rural areas of central Illinois. As a result of this highly successful program, she was awarded the 2002 Faculty Research Award from Illinois State University.
Kate began playing the viola at eight years of age in the public schools of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory, and was a full scholarship student at the Aspen Festival of Music. She studied with Karen Tuttle and Jeffrey Irvine.
Clara Kim, violin
Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber musician, and educator.
By commissioning, premiering, and championing works from living composers, Clara has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music. She has had the honor of working with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative musical voices such as Chris Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and the Sleeping Giant Collective. Over the last few years, Clara premiered several new concertos written for her by emerging composers, and has also played concertos by Edward Nesbit (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Montreal) and Jonathan Harvey (Thornton Edge, Los Angeles).
Clara is the first prize winner of the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, and also won the MPrize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the Argus Quartet. As a chamber musician, she has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Lincoln Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Also dedicated to community engagement and education, Clara directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori. This summer, she will also be on faculty at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard.
Clara holds diplomas from Tufts University (English Literature), New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Please visit www.clarakim.info for more information.
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Admired as much for his artistry and as for his sense of humor, Armen Ksajikian started out his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhazian State Philharmonic in the former Soviet Union. Since 1976, Armen has been very active in LA’s musical life, working with such notables as Heifetz, Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Rosza, Giulini, Baryshnikov, Cage, Mancini, Corea, Dudamel, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman, Zubin Mehta and James Cameron, and with groups such as the Eagles, Incubus, System Of Down, and with the Duke Ellington, Dancing with the Stars and Academy Awards orchestras.
Armen has appeared as a soloist with the Nacional Orchestre du Brazil, Pacific Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, and regularly subs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a member of several ensembles including The Catgut trio, The Rio Trio, California String Quartet and the award-winning Armadillo String Quartet, with whom he performed Haydn’s complete string quartets in a 34 ½ hour marathon. He made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering a quartet by PDQ Bach in 1999 and has appeared in the Cabrillo, Colorado, Banff, Sitka Summer, Oregon Bach, High Desert, Park City and Venice Film festivals; the Rio International Cello Encounter and Jasper Festival of Music and Wine.
In 1993, Armen made his ‘limousine-driving” debut in James Cameron’s True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. Also a busy recording musician – he has over 1,100 movies to his credit – Armen played his own “death scene” in the movie.
Armen’s performances in “less conventional” venues include 16-day whitewater tours down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, “concerts for grizzlies” inside a clarifier tank of an old pulp in Sitka, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and at Neverland Ranch. He is particularly proud to have soloed with the Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.