A multitalented artist, American oboist HASSAN ANDERSON is a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Noted for his clarity of tone, range of colors and energetic stage presence, Mr. Anderson has performed and toured with Ensemble Mélange since 2011. With the ensemble, he has toured Israel three times and performed on series throughout the US and Canada. A popular collaborator, amongst his numerous guest appearances with distinguished ensembles, are performances with the American Ballet Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), and Harlem Chamber Players. Mr. Anderson currently serves as Director of Music at the Wetherby-Pembridge School in New York City, Juilliard MAP Faculty, and will join MSM Pre-College Faculty beginning Fall 2018.
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 with William Kentridge of the Dada masterpiece Ursonate, 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
NYC based violinist BRENDAN SPELTZ has toured the globe with groundbreaking ensembles such as the Manhattan Chamber Players, A Far Cry, and the Harlem Quartet, as well as Ensemble Mélange. As founder of FeltinFour Productions Speltz has produced innovative concert events across the New York City area which have been described by The New Yorker as “Thrilling, poignant, unexpected, and utterly DIY.” Most recently Speltz co-created a cross-disciplinary presentation of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with aerial dance troupe ABCirque which was sponsored by Meyer Sound Labs. In NYC he has performed as guest with the New York New Music Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, The American Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s and as a founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Shattered Glass. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He plays a 1925 Carl Becker violin.