2023 Festival Artists
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
Celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2023, the Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today.
A recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling,” (The Strad) and described by Gramophone as “flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced.” The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.
The Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. In addition, the Quartet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts. The Jasper Quartet is committed to celebrating the diverse array of compositional voices writing for string quartet on every program.
J Freivogel and Karen Kim, violins
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello
photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco
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
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.
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
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.
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!
Jillian Linkowski and Razvan Stoian
Jillian Linkowski is a freelance movement artist based in New York City. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jillian moved to New York to attend Marymount Manhattan College for her BFA in Modern Dance and her BA in International Studies. Upon graduating in 2018, Jillian was a dancer in Graham 2 and performed at the Joyce Theater and American Dance Festival. She joined Battery Dance and has since traveled with the company to Germany, Palestine, Houston, and Indonesia. In addition to her work with Battery Dance, Jillian is also a collaborative member of Apogee Arts directed by Alison Chase.
Razvan Stoian hails from Romania and graduated from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, winning the Best Choreography and Best Interpretation awards. Prior to joining Battery Dance in 2016, he danced internationally with Tangaj Dance Company and Gigi Caciuleanu Romania Dance Company, with which he performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the National Theater of Bucharest, and other theaters in Europe. Razvan started his dance career as a champion ballroom dancer, winning competitions in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and more. He has toured with Battery Dance in the US, Germany, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.