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BAE Season Opens in Hamilton Hall to a Full House

BAE at Hamilton Hall

The Boston Artists Ensemble kicked off its 2014-15 season in its new Salem venue — historic Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street. BAE musicians Sharan Leventhal, Jonathan Miller, and Randall Hodgkinson performed piano trios of Haydn, Dvorak, and Shostakovich to a full and enthusiastic house.

BAE Artistic Director Jonathan Miller said, ” We are delighted to perform in this elegant space — and the acoustic are superb.” The group will repeat this performance on Sunday, September 21 at Trinity Church in Newton Centre

Bodner, Jessica, viola

Jessica Bodner ViolinJessica Bodner is the violist and founding member of the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet. In 2014 she joined the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Music in conjunction with the Parker Quartet’s appointment as the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. Jessica has appeared at the International Viola Congress, as a guest of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and been a finalist for a Pro Musicis Award. With the Parker Quartet, Ms. Bodner has recently appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including Caramoor, Yellow Barn, Perigord Noir in France, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. A native of Houston, Jessica began her musical studies on the violin at the age of two, and then switched to the viola at the age of twelve because of her love of the deeper sonority. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory, where her primary teachers were Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz.

Chu, Beth Guterman

Guterman-Chu_BethA native of Belmont, Beth Guterman Chu joined the St. Louis Symphony as Principal Viola in January of 2013. Before joining the orchestra, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performed with distinguished artists and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gil Shaham, David Fincke , Wu Han, Joseph Kalichstein, Edger Meyer, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Orion Quartet. Beth regularly teaches and performs at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra USA. She has recently participated in many summer festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. She has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Tzadik, and Naxos labels, and has toured across America, Europe, and Asia. She is a member of the conductorless East Coast Chamber Orchestra. She received her Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian, and her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from Juilliard studying with Masao Kawasaki and Misha Amory. Beth resides in St. Louis with her husband Jonathan Chu, and their three children.

Chu, Jonathan – viola

Chu_JonathanViolinist and violist Jonathan Chu can be found on many different musical stages. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and BSO, he toured throughout Asia and Europe. Most recently, Mr. Chu has joined the St Louis Symphony as assistant principal viola. Aside from his orchestral work, Mr. Chu has performed with the Musicians from Marlboro and Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at the Coleman Competition in Pasadena, CA, and is a founding member of the Io String Quartet. Chu can also be found on albums of the indie rockband Vampire Weekend playing both violin and viola. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and the Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music studying with Robert Mann. He plays on a violin made in 1823 by Nicolas Lupot, a gift from his former teacher Marianne Pashler, and a viola made in 2004 by Hiroshi Iizuka. He is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

Chong, Daniel, violin

Chong_DanielDaniel Chong, is the founding first violinist of the Parker Quartet, which has garnered wide recognition for his performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall. The quartet is currently the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University where they serve on the faculty of the Department of Music. In addition, Chong is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble DITTO, and has received several awards such as the 2009-2011 Cleveland Quartet Award and top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and NEC.  His teachers were Robert Lipsett, Donald Weilerstein, and Kim Kashkashian.

Chapman, Lucy, violin

Lucy Chapman violinLucy Chapman has played chamber music and solo concerts throughout the USA, Europe, Korea, and Japan. She was a member of the Muir String Quartet and served as Acting Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony. For the past fourteen summers, Lucy has spent her time between Kneisel Hall and Marlboro Music Festival. Her recording of Bartók, Stravinsky, and Ives with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Richard Goode won a Grammy nomination, and she premiered Keith Jarrett’s solo sonata in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Lucy is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Arnold Steinhardt and has also earned a master’s degree in education from the Antioch New England Graduate School. She currently teaches violin and chamber music at the New England Conservatory where she serves as Chair of the String Department. Her recordings can be found on EMI, CRI, New World, and RCA/BMG labels.

Gitter, Rebecca, viola

Gitter_REbeccaRebecca Gitter began violin studies at the age of seven and viola studies at thirteen. In May 2001 she received her bachelor of music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a student of Robert Vernon. While at CIM, she was the recipient of The Institute’s Annual Viola Prize and the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola. Among other honors, she was the 2000 recipient of Toronto’s Ben Steinberg Jewish Musical Legacy Award. Rebecca joined the viola section of The BSO in August 2001.

Lin, Lucia, violin

Lucia Lin violinLucia Lin, violinist, made her debut performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony at age eleven. Since then, she has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the 1990 International Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  Ms. Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and served as assistant concertmaster from 1988 to 1991 and 1996 to 98. During the 1991-92 season, she was acting concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and during the 1994 to 1996 seasons, she served as joint concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in solo recitals throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall in March 1991, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra,  the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Festivalorchester in Graz, Austria, and the Moscow State Orchestra.

Walsh, Diane – piano

Walsh_dianePianist Diane Walsh, whose many awards include the top prizes at the Munich ARD Competition and the Salzburg Mozart Competition, has performed concertos, solo recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide. She has appeared with the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies, the American, Indianapolis, Austin, Delaware, Syracuse and San Francisco symphonies, and Orpheus, St. Luke’s and Prague Virtuosi chamber orchestras. She has given recitals in major venues in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Russia, and has made summer festival appearances at Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bard, Chesapeake and many others. She led the Skaneateles Festival as artistic director from 1999 to 2004. Ms. Walsh has performed Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli well over 200 times, in the Broadway production of 33 Variations, a play by Moisés Kaufman starring Jane Fonda, and in three other productions in Washington, La Jolla and Los Angeles. She can be heard on eighteen recordings; her latest release is a selection of Bach keyboard suites. She was associate professor at Mannes College of Music for 32 years, and in the Fall of 2015 was Visiting Artist at Colby College. She is a Steinway Artist. Diane Walsh lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.

Zazofsky, Peter – violin

Zazofsky_PeterPeter Zazofsky, violinist, has performed in twenty-three countries on five continents. He has appeared as soloist with the BSO at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Born and raised in Boston, Mr. Zazofsky studied violin with Joseph Silverstein before attending the Juilliard Pre-College under Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. He then studied at the Curtis Institute, with Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt. In 1979, he won the Grand Prize of the Montreal International Competition, then the Second Prize of the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He also received the 1985 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mr.  Zazofsky is a member of the Muir Quartet and Professor of Violin and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the BU School of Music.