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.
Edwin Barker graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory and was appointed at age twenty-two to the position of principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Barker continues to tour and perform internationally with the BSO and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. His other performances include the world premiere of James Yannatos’ Bass Concerto (which was written especially for him), the New England premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Bass Concerto, appearances at Tanglewood, Carnegie Recital Hall’s “Sweet and Low” series, and recitals at major universities and conferences throughout the world. Edwin Barker’s solo CD recordings include Three Sonatas for Double Bass, on Boston Records, and James Yannatos’ Variations for Solo Contrabass on Albany Records.
Saul Bitran is first violinist with the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, which was established in 1982 and is known worldwide as the main exponent of the string quartet literature by Latin American composers. Winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, and nominated for two Grammys in 2002, the ensemble was Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pit
tsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where he was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at CMU’s School of Music. In addition to the quartet, Bitran is the violinist with the Boston based Trio Tremonti, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, he played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during his stay, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, he performed throughout Israel and Europe.
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.
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.
Thomas Hill has appeared on a broad array of concert and festival series, and is widely engaged as soloist and ensemble performer. Mr. Hill holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree with Honors from NEC. As a chamber musician he has performed, toured, recorded and broadcast throughout the Americas and in Asia as a member of the Aeolian Chamber Players and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Mr. Hill is principal clarinetist of the Boston Philharmonic, and has served as principal clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony, The Long Beach Symphony, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Cascade Festival Orchestra in Oregon. He has played with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Randall Hodgkinson (piano) won the International American Music Competition in 1981 and his October 1986 formal New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall under the competition’s auspices was greeted with critical acclaim. Mr. Hodgkinson has, in recent years, performed with orchestras including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Albany, Buffalo, Westchester, Oakland, and Caramoor and has collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein and Gunther Schuller. 1985 saw his European orchestral debut with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome. He is a featured artist on the Bosendorfer Concert Series aired over WNYC – FM in New York City and has recorded for the Nonesuch, CRI and New World labels. Mr Hodgkinson studied with Veronica Jochum and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory where he now serves on the faculty. He is a member of the Gramercy Trio.
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.
Jae Cosmos Lee is Concertmaster of the Cape Symphony and co-founder of A Far Cry, the Grammy nominated, resident chamber orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He is also the first violinist of the Boston based Pedroia String Quartet and the Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Jae has been a guest artist with the Audubon, Borromeo and Jupiter String Quartets, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ECCO, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Impact, the Firebird and Radius Ensembles. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has performed in many of the finest music festivals including Apple Hill, Aspen, Chautauqua, Norfolk, Sarasota, Vail, Banff, Seoul, Scotia, New South, Skaneateles, Salzburg, Ottawa, Prussia Cove and Kneisel Hall. Jae holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and NEC
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.
Pianist Marc Ryser performs in North America and Europe. Among the highlights of his solo career are the first performance in Bulgaria of Bela Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto, with the Vratsa Philharmonic, and concert tours in Switzerland which have included recitals and concerto performances with the Sinfonietta de Lausanne. He is a founding member of Music-by-the-Sea, a festival and artists’ residency on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, now in its seventh season.Mr. Ryser is a member of the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill School, the Rivers School Conservatory, and is adjunct piano faculty at Brandeis University. He has appeared as a guest artist at Music from Salem, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and with the Walden, MIT, Holy Cross, and Smith College Chamber Players. He is also well known at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where he was senior artist and resident collaborative pianist from 2003-2005.