STUART BRECZINSKI is a New York-based oboist, improviser, composer, and educator whose early interest in making unusual sounds on the oboe has developed into a passion for creating and sharing innovative audio with audiences of all backgrounds. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Breczinski is a member of the City of Tomorrow, a woodwind quintet dedicated to the promotion and performance of contemporary works. He performs regularly as a chamber musician with NOVUS NY and the Talea Ensemble, and he has also performed with Bang on a Can, Contemporaneous, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and Signal. He received an honorable mention at the 2015 IDRS Gillet-Fox International Competition, and from 2012-2014 he was the oboist with Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
Soprano ARIADNE GREIF, praised for her "luminous, expressive voice," "searing top notes," and "dusky depths," (NYTimes), enjoyed a casual child career as a “boy” soprano at the LA Opera, eventually making an adult debut singing Lutoslawski's Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. She starred in operas ranging from Donizetti’s Elixir of Love with The Orlando Philharmonic, to Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Atthis, by G.F. Haas, which the NY Times called “a vehicle for Ms. Greif’s raw, no-holds-barred performance,” and "one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times.” Recent projects included performances at Den Norske Opera in Oslo with William Kentridge of the Dada masterpiece Ursonate, a “spine-chilling” recital in Australia presented by Resonant Bodies and the Sydney Chamber Opera, collaborations with The Knights, Gabe Kahane, Lukas Ligeti, and performances of Carmina Burana, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vespers K.231, and Babbit’s A Solo Requiem. ariadnegreif.com
First Prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition and the 2009 Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, Clarinetist MORAN KATZ also won the the First Prize and Overall Prize at the Midland/Odessa "National Young Artist Competition" in Texas, and Second Prize at the Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet in China. A clarinetist for Carnegie Hall's Affiliate Ensemble "Decoda" and Trinity Church's orchestra in residence "NOVUS NY", Ms. Katz often plays with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and with Copland House Ensemble. Ms. Katz received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Artist Diploma as a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. She taught at the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program, was on the faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival and gave masterclasses/workshops at the Manhattan School of Music. She is now on the faculty at Juilliard's Pre College Division and at Vassar College. katzmoran.com
Concert cellist SOFIA NOWIK enjoys a busy career as a performing and teaching artist in the New Jersey and New York City area. Ms. Nowik has performed and toured with Ensemble Mélange for four years, performs frequently with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with NYC based ensembles such as Shattered Glass, Ensemble LPR, and the Metropolis Ensemble. As a soloist she has performed concerti with local orchestras in New Jersey, including the Livingston Symphony, Manalapan Symphony, The Tim Keyes Consort, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Youth Orchestra, and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra in New York City. Ms. Nowik is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Pianist MIKA SASAKI is a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and educator whose performances and teaching have taken her to the U.K., Italy, Switzerland, Japan, and throughout the United States. Her solo debut album, Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann, released on Yarlung Records in 2016, was highly acclaimed by the Online Merker as "illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and creative exchange between three Romantic souls," Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. Currently based in New York City, she regularly appears at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and at various community venues and public schools as a pianist of Ensemble Connect—a prestigious fellowship program of Carnegie, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute, that focuses on entrepreneurship, community engagement, and teaching artistry. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M., M.M.) and The Juilliard School (D.M.A.), Mika is a faculty member at Juilliard, where she teaches piano and keyboard skills courses in the Evening Division, and Piano Topics in the College Division. mikasasaki.com
GRACE PARK, who has just been announced as the winner of the first prize in the 2018 Naumberg International Violin Competition, is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured soloist at The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg- with orchestras including North Czech Philharmonia, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Napoli Chamber Orchestra and most recently, an engagement with Maxim Vengerov at the Cartegena Music Festival and solo Bach alongside YoYo Ma at New York City Center. Upcoming concerto engagements include concerto debuts in Mexico and Poland with the Neilsen Violin Concerto. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. Ms. Park plays on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot, generously on loan from a private collection. graceparkviolin.com