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RAMAN,

MELISSA

&

FRIENDS

Sunday

October 1, 2017

@ 12:00 pm noon

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is a versatile performer whose playing spans all genres of the viola literature. A top prizewinner in several international competitions, Melissa’s playing has been described as “elegant” and “virtuosic” (Classical Voice). She has performed as soloist in halls throughout New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and North Carolina, and maintains an international performing schedule as a member of the Enso String Quartet. A founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Melissa is in high demand as a collaborator, and has performed with members of the world’s most prominent chamber groups including the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Guarneri, Brentano, St. Lawrence, Daedalus, Shanghai, and Borromeo String Quartets. She appears regularly at festivals across the US, Europe, India, and Korea, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and with Musicians from Marlboro. Melissa holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.

 

Please scroll down to watch a video of Melissa performing with the Enso Quartet.

Raman Ramakrishnan is a founding member and cellist of the Horszowski Trio. As a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, Raman toured across the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Panama, and Europe, and won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Written about by The New York Times as a cellist who plays "with lovely authority," Raman has performed as a soloist as well as chamber musician at festivals and and series around the world, has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. Born in Athens, Ohio, Raman grew up in East Patchogue, New York. His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. Raman holds a physics degree from Harvard and a music degree from Juilliard. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff.

Please scroll down to watch a video of Raman performing with the Horszowski Trio.

Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. A champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has worked closely with numerous living composers including Boulez, Zorn and Reich, and performs regularly with some of the most prominent contemporary music groups in the country. Acclaimed by critics as “indefatigably expressive” and “one of Boston’s most valuable players,” Gabriela teaches at Wellesley College, and is Co-Artistic director of the Boston-based chamber music and outreach organization, Winsor Music.

 

Please scroll down to watch a video of Gabriela performing the Ligeti Violin Concerto.

American pianist Mimi Solomon enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She has performed throughout the US, Asia, and Europe, has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter and NPR. Mimi appears regularly at international music festivals such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Charlottesville, La Loingtaine and Aspen. She also teaches and performs at Kinhaven Festival in Vermont, and has taught at Cornell University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ithaca College. A graduate of Yale and Juilliard, her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald.

 

Please scroll down to listen to Mimi performing the Enescu Sonata No. 3.

Born into a musical family, Alicia Lee grew up in Michigan, where she began playing violin and piano at the age of 5 and eventually switched to clarinet at the age of 12. Alicia performs with many prominent NYC ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Knights, Alarm Will Sound, NOVUS, and ACME, and has performed at numerous festivals around the world. She is a founding member of Decoda, a chamber music collective comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Alicia is also the director of the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, as well as the newest member of the contemporary composer/performer collective, NOW Ensemble. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, and holds degrees from Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and The Colburn School.

 

Please scroll down to watch a video of Alicia performing with Decoda.

Watch Melissa perform with her ensemble, the Enso Quartet:

Watch Raman perform live with his ensemble, the Horszowski Trio:

Watch Gabriela perform the Ligeti Violin Concerto:

Click on the photo below to listen to Mimi performing the Enescu Sonata No. 3 with her husband, violinist Nick DiEugenio.

Watch Alicia perform live with her ensemble, Decoda.

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