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Festival Artists 2023

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.

 

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Ivan Filipchyk, accordion

IVAN FILIPCHYK was born in Belarus, where he studied music and visual arts. After graduating from Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow in 2015 he moved to New York.

As a versatile virtuoso on both accordion and piano, Ivan has received honors in many international competitions and has performed on major concert stages from Japan to Canada, across Europe, Russia and Ukraine. A multi-faceted artist, Ivan composes, performs, teaches and also paints. He is currently expanding and integrating his artistic endeavors by actively combining music with visual art.

Nicholas Tamagna, alto

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NICHOLAS TAMAGNA is one of the world’s most fascinating altos. In recent seasons there were outstanding projects for the countertenor including the role of Disinganno in a new production of Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Hanover State Opera (house debut), Hasse’s Cajo Fabrizio at the Theater an der Wien, where the artist will perform the role of Turrio, the Refugee in a new production of The Flight at the Staatstheater Oldenburg, and Ruggiero in a touring production of Handel’s Alcina, a co-production with the Reisopera (in Enschede, Holland) and the Staatstheater Oldenburg (Germany), in the title role of Hasse’s Siroe, Re di Persia. At the Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Germany he also sang the role of Amore in L’Europa by Alessandro Melani at the Palace Sanssouci. Nicholas played the role of Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Handel Festival in Göttingen and at the Reisoper to great acclaim, the role of Timagene in Vinci’s Alessandro nell’Indie at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival, Ruggiero in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso in Paris and Dortmund and a tour of his solo program Die Liebe und der Wahnsinn in the Schloßtheater Celle for the first time in June 2022. He will make his house debuts at National Opera of Israel in Tel Aviv as Polinesso in Händel’s Ariodante and Pinchgut Opera in Sydney Australia as Giustino in Melani’s Il Giustino.  


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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  duoJalal

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duoJalal “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures'' raves the Toronto Star.  Like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, their music represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. duoJalal moves from Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz, with a skillful confluence  that is natural, exploratory, and passionate.   duoJalal has performed throughout the United States, Australia and Brazil regularly performing world premieres.

As the ensemble in residence for the Four Seasons in Music concert series, the duo have the luxury of collaborating with an array of top tier artists including string players, vocalists, clarinets, dancers and more!  Known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as drumming workshops to both children and adults. Kathryn and Yousif are proud to announce a new position as co-artistic directors and ensemble in residence of the Telluride MusicFest.  A festival housed in a gorgeous mountain home situated at 10,000 feet!  www.duojalal.org 

Casey Howes & Jacob Warren

CASEY HOWES & JACOB WARREN (@regally_serene & @leggybones) met while working with Pilobolus Dance Theater in 2017, where they performed, taught, and choreographed all over the world. After it became clear that they were inseparable, the two began creating their own work together. With sensibilities and partnering technique deeply rooted in the Pilobolus tradition, the two began expanding their horizons, exploring new material, and forging a choreographic language that was uniquely their own. In early 2020, amidst the pandemic-fueled industry-wide shutdown, the duo seized the opportunity to continue working in isolation, sharpening their partnering language, and began utilizing digital spaces to showcase their work. Numerous dance-films and digital-collaborations later, Jake and Casey continue their journey into the world of choreography, performance, and film, and are thrilled to be working alongside the prestigious duoJalal

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