Boston native Julia Glenn has recently joined the Lydian Quartet after teaching for three years at the Tianjin Juilliard School, where she served as violin faculty and was a member of the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble. Ms. Glenn has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall, the Beijing Recital Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. She has recently performed with the Shanghai Camerata, New York New Music Ensemble, ACRONYM, Cantata Profana, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and Soloists of New England. In January of 2016 she gave the world premiere of Milton Babbitt’s violin concerto to critical acclaim. As the recipient of Juilliard’s 2019 John Erksine Faculty Prize, she is currently working with Chen Yi on a video project to commission and film dance choreography for Chen’s Memory. This past summer she recorded a solo album of new and recent music by Chinese and Chinese-speaking composers. She is a 2018 graduate of Juilliard’s C.V. Starr doctoral program and obtained her master’s from New England Conservatory.
Julia Glenn, violin
Charles Overton, Harp
Equally at home in an orchestra or in a jazz club, it is the goal of Boston-based harpist Charles Overton regardless of the genre of music, to create a musical environment that is accessible, exciting and can resonate deeply with any audience. Charles has continued to perform all genres of music and has shared the stage with various groups, artists and orchestras. Charles, when not teaching, looks forward to performing with as many different artists as possible. As a jazz musician he has played in festivals abroad like the Harpes au Max festival in Ancenis, while locally frequenting jazz series like Jazz at Indian Hill, and Mandorla Music’s Dot Jazz Series. As a classical musician, he appears frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Boston-based ensembles the Walden Chamber Players, and Collage New Music, as well as at the Marlboro Music Festival. Charles was a part of the Experiential orchestra that won a Grammy in 2021 for the Ethyl Smyth piece, and has appeared on the Boston Celebrity Series.
Bracha Malkin, violin
Violinist Bracha Malkin joined the BSO at the start of the 2016-17 season; she has performed worldwide in recital as well as with orchestras in Europe, Russia, Israel, South America, and Japan. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Malkin collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Irena Grafenauer, Gary Hoffman, and Lynn Harrell in Germany at the Kronberg Academy’s “Chamber Music Connects the World 2008.” She spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed at the Menton Music Festival in France, the Delft and Storioni festivals in the Netherlands, and the Academy of Music Summer Festival in Nyack, New York. A prizewinner at the Wieniawski and Paganini International violin competitions, she is a member of the Malkin Duo. Ms. Malkin studied with her father, Isaac Malkin, at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music, Miriam Fried at Indiana University, and Boris Belkin at the Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands.
Clint Foreman, flute
Clint Foreman joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute at the start of the 2011-12 season. Formerly a member of the New World Symphony, Clint has performed with the Houston Symphony, Austin Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and the Florida Grand Opera. He was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2005 and 2006 while concurrently pursuing doctoral studies in the studio of Leone Buyse at Rice University. Clint completed his Master of Music degree as a student of Linda Chesis at the Manhattan School of Music, and he received bachelor’s degrees in both music and music education from the University of North Texas where he studied with Mary Karen Clardy.
Kristopher Tong, violin
Kristopher Tong began his violin studies in a public elementary school program in Binghamton, NY, later moving to Salt Lake City, where he studied with Leonard Braus. He received his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, studying with with Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried, and he completed his master’s degree at NEC in 2005. Kristopher is the second violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, in residence at NEC, and member of the chamber music and violin faculties. With the Borromeo String Quartet, he has performed in hundreds of concerts across the United States and around the world. In addition to his quartet appearances, Tong has taught and performed at numerous festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and at the Heifetz Institute. Tong has performed on such radio programs as NPR’s “Performance Today,” WGBH’s “Classical Performance,” and was featured on WGBH’s “Classical Connections” in a series entitled “Why Mass.?” From 2002-2004, Tong was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Marc Ryser, piano
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.
Alexander Velinzon, violin
Alexander Velinzon is the Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO and Boston Pops. A native of St. Petersburg, he began playing the violin at six and graduated from the Leningrad School for Gifted Children. After coming to the US, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and received his master’s degree from Juilliard. Mr. Velinson’s appearances as soloist with orchestra have included the Rondo Chamber Orchestra; the Absolute Ensemble, the Metamorphoses Orchestra, and Chappaqua Symphony; and the National Symphony of Santo Domingo. He has also been heard playing violin concertos of J.S. Bach for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Velinzon was a prizewinner in the Heida Hermann International Competition in the United States and in the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Artist International 1996 Young Artists Auditions.
Boston Artists Ensemble, going strong. Chamber Music Events, Jan. 1 through 15
By Keith Powers
Cellist Jonathan Miller retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2014, but his Boston Artists Ensemble—at 43 years, stretching back nearly as long as his BSO career—has kept going and is not looking back.
Concerts this weekend in both BAE homes—Salem’s Hamilton Hall, and Brookline’s St. Paul’s Church—continue the group’s resurgence from pandemic limitations. This weekend violinists Tatiana Dimitriades and Julianne Lee, along with violists Jessica Bodner and Rebecca Gitter, join Miller for two Mozarts quintets, and Haydn’s “Lark” quartet.
“In our January concerts we have a tradition of playing affirmative, gorgeous masterpieces,” Miller says, “music people love to hear. We also have a tradition of playing the Mozart string quintets, all very operatic. The mighty D major is a wonderful piece.”
Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Ayano Ninomiya is a winner of numerous prizes including the Walter Naumburg International Competition, Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, Young Performers Career Advancement, and Lili Boulanger awards. She has performed with orchestras across the U.S., Switzerland, Bulgaria, and most recently in Carnegie Hall, as well as at Marlboro, Ravinia, Moab, Bowdoin, Kingston, Adams (New Zealand), Canberra, and Prussia Cove (England) festivals. Ms. Ninomiya has been featured on Musicians from Marlboro tours in the U.S. and France, and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 at the University of Tokyo. She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet and was Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until 2015 when she joined the violin faculty at NEC. As a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest, Hungary, at the Liszt Academy after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School
Owen Young, cello
Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. He has appeared in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth’s music festivals. As soloist he has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Pops, Salisbury Symphony, Racine Symphony, and San Antonio Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Young is on the faculties of Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory Extension Division, and Longy. He began playing cello at six; his teachers included Eleanor Osborn, Michael Grebanier, Anne Martindale Williams, and Aldo Parisot. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, he served as principal cellist with the Yale Symphony.
Danny Kim, viola
Violist Danny Kim joined the BSO in 2016 and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-2018 season. He earned his master of music degree in viola performance from Juilliard, studying with Samuel Rhodes. Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a B.A. in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Mr. Kim appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children’s Museum. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet.
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.”
Marcy Rosen - cello
Marcy Rosen made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age eighteen. She was a member of the Cantelina Chamber Players and the Mendelssohn Quartet in 1986 when they made their recording debut with String Quartet No. 11 (Dvořák), Op. 61. She has since appeared with the Dallas Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Caramoor Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Jupiter Symphony and Concord Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and the Tokyo Symphony. Rosen has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Delaware. She has acted as the artistic co-director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. As of 2014, Rosen was Assistant Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as continuing to perform and record professionally.
Randall Hodgkinson - piano
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
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.
September Concert Review by Boston Musical Intelligencer
Headlined “BAE Introduces Important New Weir Work” the Boston Musical Intelligencer called the new piece “exquisitely written for the cello. The first section matched a shimmering, feathery piano to long, soulful cello lines, “supremely lyrical… will surely make a luminous and evocative addition to legions of cellists’ recitals” Read the full review here.