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Festival Artists 2019


Performing Program I, II,III, IV

Inessa Zaretsky is the Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival.

Ms.Zaretsky is an award winning pianist and composer whose performances have taken her around the world while her music has been performed in England,  Norway,  Canada,  Australia, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States. She studied piano with Richard Goode and composition with Robert Cuckson at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has collaborated with many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Enso, Jasper and Cassat String Quartets, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra,  musicians of the Boston,  Chicago and Orpheus Orchestras, members of the Metropolitan Opera and many others.

Ms. Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of Mannes College, The New School University, and is the Artistic co-director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York City.

Jasper String Quartet

KAREN KIM, violin


  Jasper String Quartet

Performing Program IV

Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel and Karen Kim, violins,  Sam Quintal, viola, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts.

The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and The New York Times named their latest album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical

Recordings of 2017. 

The Quartet founded Jasper Chamber Concerts in 2016, a Philadelphia series devoted to world class performances of masterworks from around the world and Philadelphia, featuring

Philadelphia-connected composers and performers on each concert. Jasper Chamber Concerts continues with its fourth season in 2019-20.

The Jasper String Quartet looks forward to their 2019 commission of Lera Auerbach, Akira Nishimura, Chris Theofanidis and Joan Tower for 4 Seasons | 4 composers, a work bringing the

brilliant muse of the seasons to the string quartet genre. The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.  For more information, please visit or



Performing  Program IV

Hired by the late Mstislav Rostropovich to join the National Symphony Orchestra and heralded as a “sterling cellist” by the Washington Post, STEVEN HONIGBERG gave his New York debut recital in Weill Hall and has since performed and recorded to critical acclaim. Honigberg has been featured numerous times as soloist with the NSO; most recently in May 2015 in a pair of performances at the Kennedy Center of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto with NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach conducting. He won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos performed with the National Symphony and conducted by Msistlav Rostropovich, with repeat performances on the NSO’s 1989 and 1994 United States tours.


Mr. Honigberg was the Director of the Chamber Music series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for ten years where he premiered a number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Herman Berlinski, Robert Starer, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Robert Stern and David Diamond.


Mr. Honigberg is a member of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, which in August 2012 convened in New York City to record 8 one-hour programs for PBS television. He is also a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Society and Phillips Camerata. As author, in 2010 his first book was published: Leonard Rose: America’s Golden Age and Its First Cellist. Honigberg performs on a Lorenzo Storioni cello made in Cremona in 1789. 

Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV-ski) takes inspiration from the musicianship, integrity, and humanity of its namesake, the great pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. Concert engagements have taken them throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Hong Kong. They make their European debut at Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2019. Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy – all composers Mieczysław Horszowski knew – was released by Bridge Records in the fall of 2014. Their recording of the complete Schumann trios will be released by AVIE Records in 2019. The Horszowski Trio has championed the work of Joan Tower, and has premiered works from Eric Moe and, most recently, Andreia Pinto-Correia, the latter through a grant awarded by Chamber Music America. The Horszowski Trio is based in New York City, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music in Boston.

  Horszowski Trio 

Performing Program I

Jesse Mills   VIOLIN

Raman Ramakrishnan   CELLO

Rieko Aizawa   PIANO


Keve Wilson

Performing  Program II

Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone,” oboist Keve Wilson would skip music theory and history as a kid to practice Irish jigs and reels instead. Recently oboist with the Broadway revival Carousel, Keve inspires high school band and orchestra students from around the country with her original show Believe NYC---from the Band Room to Broadway A winner of Concert Artists Guild and solo oboist with the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, she has performed in Amsterdam, Argentina, Austria, Dubai, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, New Zealand, and South Korea. A two-time recipient of the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve traveled to Makuleke Village in South Africa where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region. Oboist with the Tony Award winning show A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Keve can also be heard on the cast albums of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon with Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson. In New York, she has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Feinstein’s/54Below, and is a regular member of Concerts in Motion, OnSite Opera, American Modern Ensemble and Bridge Arts Ensemble. She has performed at numerous summer music festivals including Newport Jazz Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and Tanglewood Music Center, and played in the orchestras of 14 Broadway shows.

From Hyde Park, NY and a graduate of Eastman School of Music, Keve studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Judith Handman and dance with Elizabeth Clark. She lives in New York City with her husband Kerry Farrell.


Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has garnered top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Third Prize and the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, Third Prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition, and the Prize for the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music Niedersachsen at the 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.


The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion.”


Tesla String Quartet

Performing Program II, III 


Ross Snyder, violin
Michelle Lie, violin
Edwin Kaplan, viola
Serafim Smigelskiy, cello

Katherine Winterstein

Performing  Program IV

Praised by critics for “livewire intensity” and for both “delightfully effective” and “memorably demonic” playing, violinist Katherine Winterstein enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors, as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher.  Ms. Winterstein is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, acting assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and she performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  She is a member of the Hartt String Quartet, and 2014 was her 13th summer with the Craftsbury Chamber Players.  She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Champlain Philharmonic, the Boston Virtuosi, and the Vermont Symphony.  She has served on the performance faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont since 2002, and joined the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in September of 2011. 

Melissa Reardon

Performing Program IV

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres.  Melissa is the new Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, ME and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).  As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center to name a few.  Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions.  A sought-after collaborative musician, Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in NYC with their six-year-old son Linus.

John Dexter

Performing  Program III


JOHN DEXTER, violist, was born into a family of professional musicians who at an early age recruited him for the family quartet. He then traveled to New York City via a short army stay in the West Point Quartet to study at the Juilliard School with such luminaries as Dorothy Delay and Lillian Fuchs. Performing in a string quartet from his earliest years proved a powerful force on his performance career and he began his concertizing with the Madison String Quartet.

Since joining the Manhattan String Quartet in 1980, Mr. Dexter has made twenty critically acclaimed recordings; given Music Mountain radio broadcasts to millions; presented three Shostakovich cycles in New York City and on French radio. His touring with the quartet has taken him to North and South America, to Europe and on three historic tours of the former Soviet Union during the Glasnost era.

As Principal Violist he has performed with the New York City Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.


Susie Park

Performing  Program IV


Sydney native Susie Park first picked up a violin at age three, made her solo debut at five, and, by 16, had performed with every major orchestra in her country. 

Susie's international career was launched at age 16, when she took first place in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in France. This led to performances and reengagements throughout the US, Europe, and her native Australia, where highlights included performances for crowds of over 120,000. Susie went on to receive additional top honors at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the Wieniawski Competition in Poland.

Susie has since concertized around the world, soloing and touring with European orchestras including the Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, and the Royal Philharmonic; American orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony and San Francisco Symphony; Korea's KBS Orchestra; Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand; and all major symphony orchestras in Australia. Working with conductors including Simon Rattle, Hans Vonk, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi and Yehudi Menuhin, Susie has been heard in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Millenium Park, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Washington's Smithsonian Institute, Vienna's Musikverein, Cologne's Philharmonie, Düsseldorf's Tonhalle, and Sydney's Opera House.