Festival Artists 2022

INESSA ZARETSKY

Inessa Zaretsky is the Director of the Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas.

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. She is the Artistic Director of Chamber Music on the Hudson. 

Jasper String Quartet

J FREIVOGEL, violin
KAREN KIM, violin
SAM QUINTAL, viola
RACHEL HENDERSON FREIVOGEL, cello

 

  Jasper String Quartet

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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 www.jasperquartet.com or www.facebook.com/jasperstringquartet.

 

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

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

  Jo-Ann Sternberg, Clarinet

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Clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. Jo-Ann is a member of the Borealis Wind Quintet, the Saratoga Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony; principal clarinet of the orchestras of the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Choral Society, and St. John the Divine; regularly performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance, the American Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, and plays often in a number of Broadway musicals.  

Currently, she serves on the faculties of the Music Performance Program of Princeton University, the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college. Additionally, she is a mentor for the Juilliard Mentoring Program and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony.  

During the summer, Jo-Ann lives in Maine where she is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond and The New England Music Camp Chamber Music Intensive and participates in numerous festivals throughout New England, including past residencies at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Marlboro, Norfolk, and North Country Chamber Players. She is a Selmer Artist.


As a member of the Horszowski Trio, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan has performed across North America, Europe, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and recorded for Bridge Records and Avie Records. For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world. Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor, at Bargemusic, with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at the Aspen, Bard, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Kingston, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. He has served on the faculties of the Taconic and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, as well as at Columbia University.

Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York. His father is a Nobel prize winning molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School.

Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

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  Chieh-Fan Yiu, viola

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Triple-prized winner of the Lionel Tertis Competition, including Yuri Bashmet’s President Of The Jury Prize, Taiwanese-born Canadian Chieh-Fan Yiu has established himself as one of the most exciting young violists on the international stage today.

 Artist-in-residence in Philosonia, Lisker Music Foundation, and New Asia Chamber Music Society, Dr. Yiu's performances have also taken him around the world in festivals such as Málaga Clásica, Music@Menlo, Moritzburg, Verbier, Aspen, and Sarasota Music Festivals. He is also a founding member of Ben Feng Music Festival in Taiwan, now in its eighth season. His solo engagements have included Aspen Festival Orchestra, New York Classical Players, Vancouver Academy Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony, and UBC Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Yiu is the violist of the Deka Quartet, serving as Artists-in-Residence at the State University of New York Rockefeller Institute of Government, where they teach and mentor college students at SUNY Schenectady as well as children in the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s CHIME program.

   Media coverage of Dr. Yiu’s performances and interviews include Music@Menlo Live, medici.tv broadcast from Switzerland, and BBC News in the UK. Mr. Yiu’s live recording of Nataliya Medvedovskaya’s Fantasy for Viola and Piano can be heard on WQXR Radio and ArkivMusic.

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. She is currently on Broadway as oboist for the celebrated revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, having wrapped up the Broadway production of Carousel with Renee Fleming as well as the 2014 Tony Winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. A past 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, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, New Zealand, Sicily, 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. She plays oboe for Encores! at City Center and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen on his upcoming 2022 album, Letter to You.

Keve has performed at numerous music festivals including Newport Jazz Festival with Miguel Zenon, New Zealand Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Bremen Music Fest, Mostly Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, Swannanoa Chamber Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, Juneau Jazz and Classics and many others. She has performed as principal oboist with many ensembles, including American Sinfonietta, Alarm Will Sound, Absolute Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, On-Site Opera, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. She premiered After Hearing Bach by Peter Schickele for oboe and string quartet.

Keve Wilson, oboe

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