Jonathan Miller (Artistic Director, cello) studied literature at the University of California at Berkeley. After attending a Pablo Casals master class, he dropped out of school to study the cello. Two years later was accepted as a scholarship student at Juilliard School, and then became a pupil of Bernard Greenhouse. Mr. Miller has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony; The Boston Pops; The Cape Ann Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, Newton Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Boston. Miller won the Jeunesses Musicales auditions, twice toured the US with the New York String Sextet, and appeared as a member of the Fine Arts Quartet. He performed as a featured soloist at the American Cello Congress in the spring of 1990 at the invitation of Rostropovitch, and also a soloist at the 1996 Congress. Miller has over the years collaborated in many chamber music concerts with distinguished musicians including: violinists Renaud Capucon, Eugene Drucker, Hillary Hahn, Daniel Phillips, Gil Shaham and Joel Smirnoff; violists Yuri Bashment, Roberto Diaz, Paul Doktor, James Dunham, and Kim Kashkashian; and pianists Emanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlson. He is a member of the Gramercy Trio, which has twice received glowing reviews in the New York Times for its New York City performances. The Gramercy Trio has recorded for Naxos, Navona, and Newport Classics labels. Miller has recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Randall Hodgkinson for the Centaur label. He performs on the ex-Pagannini-Piatti Goffriller cello which was made in Venice in 1700 and a bow by Boston maker Beniot Rolland.
Soprano Tony Arnold is a leading proponent of contemporary music in concert and recording, having premiered hundreds of works by established and emerging composers. She is is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University and a first-prize laureate of both the 2001 Gaudeamus International Competition (NL) and the 2001 Louise D. McMahon Competition (USA). Tony Arnold has collaborated with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage, and shares with audiences her “broader gift for conveying the poetry and nuance behind outwardly daunting contemporary scores” (Boston Globe). She is the soprano of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), has toured the U.S as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble, and is a noted guest artist at international festivals. She regularly appears with leading ensembles including the JACK Quartet, Orion Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Talea Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Now, Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms Arnold is a strong advocate for the creation and commissioning of new music and has recorded over 30 CDs
Jessica 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.
Violist Lila Brown is co-founder and artistic director of Music from Salem since 1986. After graduating from the Juilliard School she joined the Boston Symphony. She subsequently left to study with Sandor Vegh and become principal violist of the Camerata Academica in Salzburg under his direction. Ms. Brown then spent seven years as an assistant professor at the Vienna Hochschule, six years as a member of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and since 1997 is professor of viola at the Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf, Germany. Ms. Brown has taught chamber music and viola courses in Sweden, Austria and Germany.
A 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.
Violinist 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.
Daniel 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.
Born and raised in New York, Tatiana Dimitriades earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and an Artist Diploma, from the Indiana University School of Music, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in recognition of outstanding musical performance. A recipient of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Ms. Dimitriades has also won the Guido Chigi Saracini Prize, and the Mischa Pelz Prize. Ms. Dimitriades joined the BSO in 1987. She teaches at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and is the concertmaster of the New Philharmonia Orchestra. Her solo performances have included a Carnegie Recital Hall appearance sponsored by the Associated Music Teachers of New York and an appearance as soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Rebecca 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.
Bayla Keyes studied at Curtis and Yale and was a founding member of the Muir String Quartet. Her recent concert highlights include the Bargemusic series in New York City, solo appearances with the Richmond, Concord, and Ohio Chamber Symphonies, and premieres of concertos by Bernard Hoffer and Richard Festinger. Ms. Keyes teaches at Boston University where she is co-chair of the String Department, and at the Tanglewood and Interlochen Music Festivals. She had recorded for Video Artists International, Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France and New World Records.
Cellist Kee-Hyun Kim is a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet. Outside of the quartet, he has participated in many prestigious festivals, including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses and Festival, the World Cello Congress III, the Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program. Kee won top prizes in virtually all of the major competitions in Korea, including the Ehwa, Sae-gae, and Korean Newspaper Competitions, as well as placing second in the Pusan National Competition. He was the recipient of the Landgraf-von-Hessen Prize at the 1999 Kronberg Cello Masterclasses, and won second prize in the Hudson Valley String competition in 2002. As a member of the Parker Quartet, his awards and distinctions include 1st prize at the Bordeaux String Quartet competition, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and 2010’s Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Currently he is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Music, where the quartet was appointed Blodgett Artists-in-Residence in 2014. Kee plays on an 1844 Giaccomo Rivolta cello made in Milan
Sharan Leventhal has built an international reputation as a champion of contemporary music. Her more than 100 premieres include works by Schuller, Kraft, Oliveros, and Bainbridge. Her recordings include the entire violin and piano works of Virgil Thomson on the Northeastern Recordings label. Ms. Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Boston Ballet and the Milwaukee and Vermont Symphonies. She was a founding member of the duo Marimolin, is a member of the Gramercy Trio and has served on the faculty of Michigan State University.
Lucia 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.
Thomas Martin served as principal clarinet of the Alabama Symphony before joining the BSO in 1984 where he is now Associate Principal Clarinet and Principal Clarinet of the Boston Pops. Mr. Martin performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician and has been heard on Morning Pro Musica on WGBH. He has appeared in the Prelude Series at Symphony Hall, and Tanglewood and at Longy School of Music and the Gardner Museum.
Leonid Plashinov-Johnson was born in Russia and began studying the violin when he was three years old. He moved to the United Kingdom and was a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey where he studied under Lutsia Ibragimova. During his last year of school Leo switched to the viola and studied with Andriy Viytovych. Leo currently studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Leo has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member in over 15 countries, in venues including Wigmore Hall (London), Windsor Castle, Musicgebouw (Amsterdam), Saanen Church (Gstaad, Switzerland) and Reims Cathedral (France). He is a laureate of the ‘Young Virtuosos’ Competition held in Bulgaria in 2015. He also has toured across Asia as part of the ‘Covent Garden Soloists’ Orchestra, directed by Vasko Vassilev.
Pianist 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.