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Gordon Judith

Pianist Judith Gordon gave her New York recital debut recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their Introductions Series. She has been soloist in works by Mozart, Ravel and Saint-Saëns with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and played Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Hindemith, Berg, Boulez and more with ensembles that include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. She has premiered and recorded music by Martin Brody, Peter Child, Alan Fletcher, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Libby Larsen, Peter Lieberson, Salvatore Macchia, James Matheson, James Primosch, Eric Sawyer and Donald Wheelock. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received an Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009, Gordon appears regularly as guest artist at festivals such as Apple Hill, Bard, Bennington and Charlottesville. She is on the faculty at Smith College.

Ferrillo John

John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe, Boston Symphony Orchestra joined the BSO as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, having appeared with the orchestra several times as a guest performer in recent seasons. From 1986 to 2001 he was principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo grew up in Bedford, MA, and played in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with John deLancie and received his diploma and artist’s certificate. Mr. Ferrillo has taught and performed at the Aspen and Waterloo festivals and at the Mannes Bach Institute, and currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Bitran Saul

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 Pittsburgh 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.

Ansell Steven

Steven Ansell joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its principal violist in September 1996. A native of Seattle, Mr. Ansell also remains a member of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet, which he co-founded eighteen years ago, and with which he has toured extensively throughout the world. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. Mr. Ansell was named professor of viola at the  University of Houston at twenty-one and became assistant principal viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under André Previn at twenty-three. As a recording artist he has received two Grand Prix du Disque awards and a Gramophone Magazine award for Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. Mr. Ansell  currently teaches at the Boston University School for the Arts.

World Premiere Recording of “Three Chorales”

Three Chorales was commissioned by Jonathan Miller and received its world premiere by the Boston Artists Ensemble on September 23 and 25, 2017 at Hamilton Hall in Salem, MA and St. Paul’s Church in Brookline, MA to open their 2017-2018 season

Mr. Miller states, “As Judith’s only cello-piano work. I find its utterly unique, honest voice a gift from a truly great composer — the three movements form a triptych that illuminate the human condition. In my opinion it is a masterpiece, and I am certain that it will be played often in the future.”

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Hodgkinson Randall

Randall Hodgkinson 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.

BAE Hosts 24 Students from Beacon Academy for final concert of 2017

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The Boston Artists Ensemble worked with Boston’s Beacon Academy — a 14-month school between 8th and 9th grades designed to prepare motivated and promising urban students for success in competitive independent high schools and beyond — to bring 24 students to our season finale. On the program was Messiaen’s “Quartet for the end of Time”, written when the composer was a prisoner of war in German captivity during WW2, and Schubert’s delightful “Trout” Quintet.

 

April Concert Review by Boston Musical Intelligencer

HomeFEATURE_April16Headlined “Unbeatable Choices from BAE” and referring to the “Sumptuous blend” that “could be another way of praising BAE’s Mozart. So, too, could sustainability, in their ability to maintain an elevated vision yet always with the spirit of human endeavor, which places BAE’s performance of the quintet at the top of my list.” Read the full review here.

January 2016 Performance Review by ArtsFuse

arts-fuse-header-for-web-site-01The January 10  BAE concert of string quartets by Bartók and Ravel drew praise from David Janssen from Boston’s ArtsFuse. Noting that the BAE “is serving up world class performances of chamber music” and delivered a performance “full of bravado, virtuosity, subtlety, and charm”, the review went on to express appreciation for the musician’s virtuosity and presentation of the pieces. “As gorgeous as the work may be, it is no less technically demanding than the Bartók. The virtuosity of the performers turned sounding beautiful into an easy task…The performers provided seamless intonation throughout the work; their detailing was particularly impressive during very bare spots in the third movement.” The full review can be read here on the ArtsFuse website.

Boston Musical Intelligencer reviews “South of the Rio Grande”

SouthRioGrande_ReviewThe November BAE concert of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera drew kudos from the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Citing the possibility that “more downtowners will be eager to seek it (the BAE)  out in the leafy corner of Brookline, the publication lauded the programming and the performances.  Saying “the string quartet drawn from BAE’s roster offered up a sampler of some of the best quartet music ever produced south of the Rio Grande.” The full review can be read here on the Intelligencer website.

BAE Brookline Move Featured in “Wicked Local”

Jonathan_Tab_9-15” The Boston Artists Ensemble (BAE), a chamber music group known for providing deeply moving concerts, is moving itself.” The BAE’s move from Newton Centre to St. Paul’s Church in Brookline was the subject of a feature article in “Wicked Local Brookline” this week. Read the full article here.

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