Festival Artists 2022


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

KAREN KIM, violin


  Jasper String Quartet


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


  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.

Emily Brebach joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing English horn and oboe in the fall of 2012.

Brebach, a Philadelphia native, has performed with several orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Sarasota Opera. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brebach held the position of English horn and oboe with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Brebach is an Artist Affiliate Instructor of Oboe at Emory University, a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program, and also maintains an active private studio out of her home. She spends her summers in residence as English horn and oboe as well as artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. She has also performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Strings Music Festival (Steamboat Springs, CO), Festival Mozaic (San Luis Obispo, CA), Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. 

Brebach holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  She has performed in recitals at Merkin Hall in New York, NY; Reinberger Hall in Cleveland, OH; and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  She is also a founding member of The Merian Ensemble, a quintet of Atlanta Symphony women dedicated to commissioning and performing works by women composers.

Emily Brebach, oboe