Season 10 Guest Artists
Grace Ho – piano, February 11, 2019
Dr. Grace Ho holds a D.M.A. in piano performance and arts administration from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, a Professional Studies Diploma in piano performance from San Francisco Conservatory, a M.M. in piano performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a B.M. in piano performance from Biola University Conservatory of Music. Currently, Dr. Ho works at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance as Professional Development and Academic Advisor for music graduate students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon Mozart Players and Delgani String Quartet.
Holland Phillips – viola, February 11, 2019
Holland Phillips a native of Mississippi, is principal violist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, and Oregon Bach Festival. During the 2012 summer season, Holland also performed with other Oregon festivals, including the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis and the Sunriver Music Festival in Sunriver. Since age 14, she has been an active recitalist, as well as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus (Germany), and Leeds Town Hall (UK). While living in Boston, she was a violin instructor and chamber coach at Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and taught violin in the Milton Public Schools (Milton, MA). [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]She won the 2008 University of Oregon Concerto Competition with the Nielsen Violin Concerto and competed at the 2008 International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in Odense, Denmark. Her teachers include: Ray Cheng, Kevin Lawrence, Cornelia Heard, James Buswell, and Kathryn Lucktenberg, on violin, and Leslie Straka on viola. In 2012 she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance and musicology at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, with a dissertation on the violin music of Carl Nielsen. This season she will be a concerto soloist with ESO and OMP.[/read]
Victoria Wolff – February 11, 2019
Victoria Wolff 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. [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]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.[/read]
Eunhye Grace Choi – piano, April 15, 2019
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 broadcasted on the radio, including NPR’s Performance Today.
[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]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 highly sought after as a collaborative pianist of wind literature having served as a studio pianist for the legendary saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Her recent collaboration with saxophonist Idit Shner has taken her to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University.[/read]
Tyler Abbott – bass, June 3, 2019
Tyler Abbott maintains an active performance schedule as an orchestral bassist, chamber musician, jazz bassist, clinician, and soloist, performing throughout the region and the nation. He has recently performed with, or is a member of, the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Spokane Symphony, OFAM’s “American Symphonia,” Eugene Opera Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, and Salem Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Oregon String Quartet Pacifica Trio, Beta Collide, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
Guy Few – piano/trumpet, June 3, 2019
Guy Few’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, “outrageous…simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times). He has performed with many Canadian and US orchestras as both trumpet and piano soloist, remains a committed chamber artist in ensembles Few Mara duo, Bellows and Brass, Few and Fewer, Spirit 20, Sounding Thunder and Project Aria, and has been a guest at many festivals including The Festival of the Sound, Tanglewood, Takefu International Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Sweetwater, Elora Festival and Ottawa International Chamber Music[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]Festival. A prolific recording artist, Guy has released CDs on numerous labels including S.N.E., Arsis Classics, CBC SM5000, Naxos, Hänssler Classics and MSR Classics labels. Recording awards include a JUNO nomination, (CCP/g27/Paetkau/MSR), a Grammy as orchestra member for Penderecki CREDO (OBF principal trumpet/Rilling/Hänssler), and Best Classical Orchestral Album from Just Plain Folks Music Awards (Bacchanale/TCO/Kevin Mallon/MSR). Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio, and NPR. He is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada, where he coaches chamber music and teaches trumpet. Guy Few is a Yamaha artist.[/read]
Pilar Bradshaw – violin, October 15, 2018
Pilar joined the Oregon Bach Festival 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 U of O 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.
Delgani String Quartet – October 15, 2018
Considered “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon Arts Watch, the Delgani String Quartet curates their own concert series in Eugene, Salem, and Portland while also appearing as guest artists throughout the state. Programming for their 2018/2019 season includes celebrated repertoire by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Debussy, among others. Guest artists include violinist Tom Stone from the Cypress Quartet and world-renowned clarinetist Wonkak Kim. The musicians of Delgani are violinist Jannie Wei and Wyatt True, violist Kimberlee Uwate, and cellist Eric Alterman. For more information, please visit www.delgani.org.
Hung-Yun Chu – piano, November 19, 2018
A native of Taiwan, Hung-Yun holds a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon, and a Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and obtained her Bachelors 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.
Carolyn Huebl – violin, November 19, 2018 is currently Professor of Violin at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her appointment at Blair, she was Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Assistant Professor of Violin at Carnegie Mellon University. Critics have called her performances “unfailingly sensitive”, “utterly fearless”, and “pristine”, and STRAD magazine declared that she “possesses a beguilingly warm sound and highly responsive expressive personality.” [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]Since her appearance as soloist with the Detroit Symphony at the age of seventeen, Carolyn has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Argentina, Europe, and Canada. In 2002, Carolyn founded the Blakemore Trio with cellist Felix Wang and pianist Amy Dorfman. Engagements have taken the across the country including a New York debut concert at Merkin Hall. The trio released their first recording of trios by Beethoven and Ravel on the Blue Griffin label. American Record Guide praised the Ravel as “Impressionism at its best”. In 2013, they released Gates of Silence, composed for them by Susan Botti, on the Albany label.
With pianist Mark Wait, Carolyn recorded the works for violin and piano by Igor Stravinsky, and the complete sonatas by Alfred Schnittke. In February of 2015, the duo gave the world premiere of Zwischen Leben und Tod, written for them by American composer Michael Hersch. They were subsequently invited to give the New York premiere of the work at National Sawdust, as well as the Icebox in Philadelphia.
Carolyn often performs as concertmaster of the IRIS orchestra, under the direction of Michael Stern. Frequently invited to summer festivals, Carolyn has taught at the Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Madeline Island Chamber Music. In addition to teaching at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, she and her husband, cellist Felix Wang, are proud to be Artistic Directors of the Hilton Head Chamber Music Center, a program for serious high school chamber musicians which will have its inaugural season in the summer of 2019.
Carolyn holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Andres Cardenes, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein.[/read]