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Chamber Faculty

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Violin A

Judith Ingolfsson

Violin A

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, uncompromising musical maturity, and charismatic performance style. Based in Berlin and Baltimore and enjoying a global career, she performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician and in recital as the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel, founded in 2006.

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Violin B

Grigory Kalinovsky

Violin B

Hailed by critics as a “superior poet” (Vancouver Sun) and praised for his “heart and indomitable will” (Gramophone), Grigory Kalinovsky has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg.

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Amy Lee

Violin B

Violinist Amy Lee enjoys a varied performing and teaching career, equally at home in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Currently, Ms. Lee is the associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra,

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Violin C

Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler

Violin C

Praised by critics for her "deep, soulful sound" and "powerful, enchanting renditions," Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler has toured three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist-teacher, balancing her performing and teaching careers with equal success.

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Ilya Kaler

Violin C

Described by the Gramophone as a “magician, bewitching our ears” for his hauntingly beautiful sound, flawless command of the instrument and mesmerizing phrasing, Ilya Kaler is the only violinist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981).

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Karla Donehew Perez

Violin CViolin D

Admired for her “luscious melodies” (New York Concert Review) and enlightened programming, violinist Karla Donehew Perez is a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning Catalyst Quartet as well as an acclaimed soloist, educator, and creative collaborator with numerous world-class artists and ensembles.

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Violin D

Karla Donehew Perez

Violin CViolin D

Admired for her “luscious melodies” (New York Concert Review) and enlightened programming, violinist Karla Donehew Perez is a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning Catalyst Quartet as well as an acclaimed soloist, educator, and creative collaborator with numerous world-class artists and ensembles.

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Desirée Ruhstrat

Violin D

Since her debut at age 12 with Lukas Foss and the Milwaukee Symphony, Ms. Ruhstrat has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, Radio Suisse Romande, Gottingen Symphony, Philharmonia Da Camera, Symphonica Auguescalientes Mexico, Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Concerto Soloists Of Philadelphia, Utah Symphony, Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles,  National Repertory Orchestra and by special invitation of Sir George Solti in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.

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Viola

Paul Laraia

Viola

1st Prize winner of the 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, 1st Prize winner of the 14th National Sphinx Competition, and Gold Medalist with High Distinction at the 5th Manhattan International Music Competition, violist Paul Laraia has established an international career performing as soloist and chamber musician.

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Rictor Noren

Chamber MusicViola

Rictor Noren teaches violin, viola, chamber music, string fundamentals, and string pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory. He also teaches at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Prelude Music Academy, and the New World Symphony.

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Masumi Per Rostad

Viola

Praised for his “burnished sound” (The New York Times) and described as an “electrifying, poetic, and sensitive musician,” the Grammy Award-winning, Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad hails from the gritty East Village of 1980s New York.

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Cello

Alan Rafferty

CelloCello Festival

Alan Rafferty has firmly established himself as a preeminent cellist, educator, arts leader and entrepreneur.

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Karlos Rodriguez

Cello

An advocate for multifaceted musical diversity in the 21st century and a founding member of the GRAMMY award winning Catalyst Quartet, Cuban-American cellist Karlos Rodriguez is an avid soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, clinician, recording artist, writer, and administrator.

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Sarah Kim

CelloChamber Music

Sarah Kim, D.M.A. leads a vibrant and diverse career as a cellist, professor, and arts leader.

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Melissa Kraut

CelloCello Festival

Co-head of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.

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Piano

Michael Linville

Piano

Pianist, percussionist, conductor, arranger and educator, Michael Linville is currently the New World Symphony’s Dean of Instrumental Performance,

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Anita Pontremoli, Collaborative Piano

Piano

Anita Pontremoli is an in-demand chamber musician who has performed with a myriad of internationally renowned artists, Cleveland Orchestra artists and gifted younger musicians.

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Michael Chertock

Piano

Pianist Michael Chertock has fashioned a successful career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Andrew Litton. His many orchestral appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, the Toronto Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony.

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Vladimir Stoupel

Piano

Vladimir Stoupel is an individualist with an extraordinarily rich tonal and emotional palette. The Washington Post praised his “protean range of expression” and Der Tagesspiegel Berlin described his performance as “enthralling and atmospherically dense.”

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Chamber Music

Catalyst Quartet

Chamber Music

Hailed by the New York Times at its Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished... playing with earthy vigor,” the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet believes in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine their programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.

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Sarah Kim

CelloChamber Music

Sarah Kim, D.M.A. leads a vibrant and diverse career as a cellist, professor, and arts leader.

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Rictor Noren

Chamber MusicViola

Rictor Noren teaches violin, viola, chamber music, string fundamentals, and string pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory. He also teaches at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Prelude Music Academy, and the New World Symphony.

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Collaborative Pianists

Ying-Ho Joanna Huang

Collaborative Piano, Chamber

As a native of Taipei, Taiwan, Ying-Ho Joanna Huang began her musical journey by studying the piano at 5 and the french horn at 9. She is a recent graduate of Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM)

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Lu Niu

Collaborative Piano, Chamber

Lu Niu, a Chinese pianist, is active in field of collaborative piano and chamber music performances. She has appeared in several music festivals including Music Academy of West

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