2019/2020 Guest Artists
Eunhye Grace Choi – piano, December
Korean pianist Eunhye Grace Choi has been praised for her “nice touch and excellent technique” (American Record Guide) and “meticulous attention to detail” (Fanfare). As an active pianist, Choi has performed extensively throughout the United States, France, Belgium, UK, and South Korea. She has recorded for Naxos and Emeritus labels and closely collaborated with renowned composers such as Libby Larsen and Bright Sheng. Her live and recorded performances are frequently broadcast on the radio, including NPR’s Performance Today. A versatile keyboardist, she appeared as harpsichord soloist in J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto cycle and collaborated with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Eastern Music Festival.
She is frequently invited as a resident pianist at prominent competitions and conventions, including International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest and Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. Dr. Choi is the Director of Collaborative Piano Program and Piano Faculty at Eastern Music Festival and serves on the music faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. As an orchestral pianist, she has closely worked with the renowned American conductor Gerard Schwarz at Eastern Music Festival since 2013. Prior to her appointment at UO, she was a member of the music faculty at Tennessee Tech University (2013-17). She has also worked as a faculty/collaborative pianist at Chapel Hill International Chamber Music Workshop, the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Interlochen Bassoon Institute.
Cellist Jason Duckles is from Vancouver, Canada, leads an active life as a chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Amelia Piano Trio which has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. As a chamber musician, Jason has been presented with an ASCAP award (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for adventurous programming, and top prize in both the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Munich ARD International Competition. Jason has performed as the solo cellist with the Mark Morris Dance group, and has toured with of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project in concerts from New York, to Kazakhstan. Jason’s involvement in education has always been central part of his musical life – he has taught at several universities across the United States, and for six years he had the pleasure of being the conductor for the Eugene Youth Symphony in Eugene, Oregon.
He has had the honor of performing in concert with members of the Beaux Arts trio, and the Artemis, Cleveland, Orion, Emerson, and Guarneri String Quartets. Jason can be heard on the recording labels Sony, Naxos, Channel Classics, Traditional Crossroads, and Cedille Records.
Violinist Anthea Kreston was a member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet. Based in Berlin, Germany, she enjoyed a robust concert schedule with regular appearances at the major concert halls of Europe, Asia and the United States. She records for Warner Classics, and has received the Echo Award, Europe’s Grammy Award. The Artemis Quartet has cycles in Vienna, Berlin and Munich.
Anthea has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including the Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition. The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.”
She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and continues to tour with her piano trio, The Amelia Piano Trio. Anthea has won awards from Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abused children and AIDS patients in Hartford, CT. She has also enjoyed touring as part of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project, which brought her from Las Vegas to Kazakhstan.
Anthea holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is currently a Professor at the Universität der Kunst in Berlin, a Master Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels, and returns to Curtis in the summers to teach and perform. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet and Isaac Stern.
“The interpretation of Artemis Quartet is not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but it offers as well a higher musical intensity than all the others!” — Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Building a versatile career as a professional flutist and educator, Dr. Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is committed to collaborating with distinguished artists, citizens, and thinkers to create inspiring and culturally unifying experiences for communities and artists alike. As a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect —formerly known as Ensemble ACJW— Jacqueline had innumerable opportunities to accomplish this mission, creating tangible impact as a performer, educator and community advocate. Ensemble Connect is a two-year artistic residency professional classical musicians in the United States combining musical excellence with teaching artistry, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Jacqueline recently completed her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music studying with Bonita Boyd with an additional certificate in World Music.
Her former teachers include: Bradley Garner, David Cramer, and Amy Porter. Equally at home on the orchestral stage, and as a recipient of the William D. Ford Fulbright Grant, Jacqueline was the first American to study extensively with principal flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic Andreas Blau and Emmanuel Pahud. Her training in Berlin initiated her success as an orchestral flutist, leading to performances with major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic. As a soloist, Jacqueline has performed with members Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Philadelphia Classical Symphony in Karl Reinecke’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major, Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings and Mozart’s Concerto in G Major for Flute and Orchestra.
Victoria began her cello studies at age eight in Los Angeles, California. In high-school she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to get her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Victoria taught privately in Austin for almost 20 years, with University of Texas String Project, as a chamber music coach and directed her own cello ensemble, The Wolff Tones. She performed regularly with the Austin Symphony as well as many groups both classical and non-classical.
She held a position as adjunct professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from 2007 until the birth of her son in 2014. She has enjoyed performing in Corvallis with The Chintimini Chamber Music Festival for many years and finally in 2017 has moved back to be with family here in Oregon. Victoria is married with two children and is fully appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Pilar joined the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra at age 19 as the youngest instrumentalist in its history. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London before returning to Eugene to double major in music and chemistry at the University of Oregon as a National Merit Scholar, Ruth Lorraine Close Scholar in Music, Outstanding Chemistry Student in both her freshman and senior years, Phi Beta Kappa scholar, and the UO Female Valedictorian during her senior year.
She studied at the Aspen Summer School of Music in the studio of legendary Juilliard Conservatory violin Professor Dorothy DeLay. She is the owner and senior partner at Eugene Pediatric Associates. In 2014 she was voted by over 13 million readers of Parents Magazine to be “1 of 7 Favorite Pediatricians in America” based on thousands of letters written by grateful parents in her practice. She plays on both an award-winning violin made by her great-grandfather Holzapfel and a 1681 Andreas Guarnerius violin.
Julia has studied with Lillian Manis for nine years. She began studying the violin at age four, and added viola three years ago. Julia serves as co-concert master of the Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra and has been honored to advance to the state level in the annual OMEA competition for the past three years, on both violin and viola. She has played in the Community Music Institute’s Chamber Players program for seven years and she plays with the Delgani Immersion Quartet. Julia adores Kinhaven Music School (in Vermont), which she has attended for the past two summers and which has been a highlight of her high school years. She loves any and all music by Bach, and animals, none more than dogs.
Michael is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis. He studies piano with Rachelle McCabe. In 2017, Michael won first place in the Music Teachers’ National Association’s Northwest Division Competition. In 2014, he performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor with the Oregon Mozart Players. He has studied at prestigious summer programs including the Aspen Festival, Seattle Piano Institute and John Perry Academy Summer Piano Festival. In addition to his passion for music, Michael enjoys reading and tennis.
Adrian is a Sophomore in the Spanish dual immersion program at Corvallis High School. He began his cello study at the age of four and has studied with Ann Grabe, Jason Duckles, and is currently a student of Dr. Steven Pologe at University of Oregon. Adrian has participated in many musical activities including various OMTA festivals, fundraising events, community services, summer camps and chamber music programs. He placed 2nd at the Vernon L. Wiscarson Young Musicians’ Competition in 2015, and was a 1st place winner in the Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloist Competition in 2016.
In 2018, he won the 2nd prize in the Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition and was a finalist in MetroArts Young Artist Debuts. In 2019, he represented District XI at the State Solo Music Cello Competition and placed 2nd in the State, and won the Concerto Competition in Vancouver, Canada. He has played in master classes taught by Zuill Bailey and Robert Jesselson, and has performed onstage as a soloist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony at its children’s concert, with the Oregon Mozart Players in its season finale, with the Corvallis Youth Symphony and with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada. Besides learning cello, Adrian also studies piano with Dr. Alexandre Dossin at the University of Oregon. In 2018, he represented Oregon to compete in the MTNA Northwest Division with his sister as a piano duet team. In addition, Adrian is an avid player of Magic the Gathering and enjoys theater performances.
Avery is a Senior in the Spanish dual immersion program at Corvallis High School. She started playing violin at the age of four and have studied with Robyn Silver, Jessica Lambert, Kathryn Lucktenberg, and Holland Phillips. She is currently a student of Kathryn Gray. Avery actively involves in many musical activities including various OMTA festivals, fundraising events, community services, summer camps, and chamber music programs.
She has participated in several competitions including the Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition (1st place), Vernon L. Wiscarson Competition (2nd Place, Honorable Mention), MetroArts Young Artist Competition (Finalist), and represented District XI at the State Solo Music Violin Competition the past three years (State 2nd and 3rd Place). She has played in masterclasses taught by Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, Charles Castleman, Janet Sung at the DePaul University, and by Violinist Ryu Goto. She is currently leading a project working with a local Latino organization to involve more Latino students in music beyond the elementary string programs. In addition to violin, Avery is a piano student of Dr. Alexandre Dossin at the University of Oregon. She was the winner of the Chamber Music Society of Oregon Competition in 2018 and the winner of the Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloist Competition in 2017, and performed onstage as a solo pianist with respective orchestras. Besides music, Avery enjoys reading, film making, computer programming, and beating her brother at ping pong.
Sarah is a junior at Marist Catholic High School. She is currently studying cello with Steve Pologe. She studied chamber music for many years through Community Music Institute, and now plays in Delgani’s Immersion Quartet. Sarah is the assistant-principal of Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra and will be performing with them Spring of 2020. She has attended numerous summer camps, including Portland Summer Ensembles, OSU Chamber Music Workshop, and Marrowstone Musical Festival. Sarah also enjoys running cross country and reading novels in her free time.
Katie is a Junior at South Eugene High School. She has played violin and viola since she was 6 years old. Currently participating in the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, she has played with many high school and college orchestral ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest. Recently she has expanded her horizons and spent the summer at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and can’t wait to experience more of the musical world. Ensemble playing and chamber music are truly her passions. Playing with others has always been something that has driven Siegfried to not only become a better player, but engage in a greater musical community.
Hung-Yun is a native of Taiwan who holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Soochow University in Taipei. She has been selected to perform in many competitions, including the International Taipei Piano Competition, and the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition. In addition to being an active collaborator in Eugene, she teaches music at Lane Community College and accompanies for the Choral Department at the University of Oregon, the Eugene Symphony Chorus, and the Oregon Bach Festival. She has made orchestra appearances with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and Orchestra Next.
MacIntyre has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres all over the country, and in films and television. He most recently completed filming a role in Alice Wu’s Netflix film The Half of It (future release). Before that he performed for eight years in legendary musical, The Fantasticks in New York. Some of his Broadway performances were in Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline, also PBS Great Performances), The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart), The Crucible (with Liam Neeson), Gypsy (Bernadette Peters), The Threepenny Opera (with Sting), Beauty And The Beast, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and the National Tour of Guys and Dolls.
At the New York Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It, Kevin Kline’s Hamlet (also PBS Great Performances), The Winter’s Tale (dir. James Lapine), Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew, Off-Broadway he was seen in Comic Potential, Arms And The Man & Room Service (Roundabout Theater), and Second City. He also co-created and performed in the comedy Stewed Prunes at the Circle In The Square. FILMS include It’s Kind of a Funny Story, School of Rock, In And Out, A River Runs Through it, Secret Of My Success, Popeye, and Reds. Television appearances in Law & Order, The Cosby Mysteries, Spenser: For Hire, All in the Family, Alice, Eight Is Enough, among others. He has previously appeared in Eugene with The Elsewhere Ensemble’s performances of Chekhov Triptych, Letter to Brahms, and The Happy Prince.
Arnaud Ghillebaert – viola, April
Arnaud has played under the baton of great conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Blomstedt and in the following orchestras: The London Symphony Orchestra, The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Opera, Opera North, touring all over Europe. A current member of the New Haven Symphony, he is also an avid chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, a chamber group mixing music and spoken word/theater. He just recently completed his Doctorate in viola and violin performance at Stony Brook University under Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet) and Nick Cords (Silk Road Ensemble) and is very happy to join the faculty at the University of Oregon as viola instructor.
Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg String Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. His New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. He was invited to perform for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in a CBC television and radio broadcast. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago.
Mr. Grossman served as the Concertmaster of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, a position he has also held with the Illinois Philharmonic, the Boise Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured at the Casals (Puerto Rico), Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy), InterHarmony (Germany) music festivals and, in the continental U.S., the Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Marrowstone, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals. Mr. Grossman is Professor of Violin at The University of Oregon and on the violin faculty at the Aria International Music Academy, Marrowstone Music Festival and the Northwest Music Retreat. He is the founder and creator of The Grossman Method, an internationally acclaimed course of study addressing musician’s health issues. The Grossman Method has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in String Research Award by the American String Teachers Association.
Eunhye has been praised for her “nice touch and excellent technique” (American Record Guide) and “meticulous attention to detail” (Fanfare). As an active pianist, Choi has performed extensively throughout the United States, France, Belgium, UK, and South Korea. She has recorded for Naxos and Emeritus labels and closely collaborated with renowned composers such as Libby Larsen and Bright Sheng. Her live and recorded performances are frequently broadcast on the radio, including NPR’s Performance Today. A versatile keyboardist, she appeared as harpsichord soloist in J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto cycle and collaborated with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Eastern Music Festival. She is frequently invited as a resident pianist at prominent competitions and conventions, including International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest and Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. Dr. Choi is the Director of Collaborative Piano Program and Piano Faculty at Eastern Music Festival and serves on the music faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.
As an orchestral pianist, she has closely worked with the renowned American conductor Gerard Schwarz at Eastern Music Festival since 2013. Prior to her appointment at UO, she was a member of the music faculty at Tennessee Tech University (2013-17). She has also worked as a faculty/collaborative pianist at Chapel Hill International Chamber Music Workshop, the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Interlochen Bassoon Institute.
Wonkak has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Constitution Hall as well as in Paris, London, Madrid, Ghent, Geneva, Seoul, Osaka, Costa Rica, and Brazil. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography: Gulfstream, a collection of new American chamber music, received many distinctions, including “Music US Choice” (BBC Music Magazine), “Recording of the Month” (MusicWeb International), and American Record Guide Critic’s Choice, and was praised for its “very highest quality” (Gramophone, UK). The International Clarinet Association Journal lauded Kim’s “sensitive playing, a lovely sound and consummate facility” in François Devienne: Clarinet Sonatas.
On his most recent Naxos release of Stephen Krehl’s Clarinet Quintet, American Record Guide wrote: “Kim renders the Clarinet Quintet with a clear and nicely rounded timbre … with seamless blend and excellent legato.” Kim’s live and recorded performances have been featured on Radio France, BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CJPX Radio Classique Québec, Hong Kong RTHK-HK, Korean Broadcasting System, and NPR stations around the US. Kim is Buffet Crampon, Silverstein, and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Tosca Clarinet and Vandoren products.
Cellist Kathryn Brunhaver currently lives in Eugene, OR where she has appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Rogue Valley Symphony, Elsewhere Ensemble, Amore Concert Series, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Harmonic Laboratory, and as Principal Cello with Orchestra NEXT, among others.
She completed a Doctorate in Cello Performance at the University of Oregon in 2017 and was named Outstanding Graduate Performer. As the recipient of the Eugene Symphony Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Kathryn was both a cello section member of the Eugene Symphony from 2013-2017, as well as a cello and chamber music instructor at the U of O Community Music Institute, where she still continues to teach. She will be rejoining the Eugene Symphony this season. Kathryn enjoys exploring innovative ways of playing the cello and has earned a reputation for specializing in new music, which has included premiering works for solo vocalizing cellist, as well as composing works for herself. This interest in new music extends across genres and has led her to join two regionally-acclaimed bands—Satori Bob and halie and the moon. Kathryn also holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute and Peabody Institute, where she was the recipient of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Orchestral Scholarship and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.
Colin Pip Dixon is a violinist and composer born and raised in New York City. He lived and worked in Paris, France for many years and arrived in Eugene in 2017. As artistic director of The Elsewhere Ensemble (www.elsewhereensemble.com) he has performed throughout France and in Belgium, Edinburgh, Montreal, Beirut and New York City. In Oregon he has produced and performed Elsewhere Ensemble’s Chekhov Triptych, The Happy Prince, and Letter to Brahms.
He has played frequently in the violin sections of the Eugene Symphony and on occasion with the Oregon Mozart Players, Microphilharmonic, Harmonic Lab, among others. In France he worked closely for many years as violinist and composer with the theater company Théâtre de l’Arc-en-Ciel performing in Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Bordeaux, Geneva, etc. In 2010 he was invited to play Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata at Les Invalides in Paris to honor the one hundredth anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s death. As a certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner he has taught workshops to professional musicians for years in France, New York and for various studios at the University of Oregon School of Music, as well as at StonyBrook University, Pacific University and the ASTA National Conference. His studies include a year on full scholarship as a musican/scholar at the European Mozart Academy in Poland, advanced violin studies and pedagogy with Patricia Reibaud in France, and a BA in music performance from Haverford College (PA) with teachers Carol Stein Amado and Barbara Krakauer.
Margret is known for her expertise as a harpsichordist and organist, currently teaches continuo and directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Oregon. Dr. Gries has also performed extensively on baroque violin and viola and was a founding member of several period-instrument ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, including the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Seattle Pro Musica (the original baroque orchestra in Seattle).
She served as instructor of harpsichord at the University of Washington, and for many years was continuo harpsichordist and lecturer for the Vancouver Early Music Programme. As music director of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra in Ashland and the Oregon Bach Collegium in Eugene, she continues to support the study and performance of early music in Oregon.
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