Jonathan Miller, Cello, Artistic Director
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.
Steven Ansell - viola
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.
Saul Bitran - violin
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.
Lila Brown, viola
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.
Beth Guterman Chu
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.
John Ferrillo - oboe
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.
Judith Gordon - piano
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.
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.
Bayla Keyes, violin
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.
Sharan Leventhal, violin
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, violin
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.
Diane Walsh - piano
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.
Peter Zazofsky - violin
Peter 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.