2013 NCMF Musicians

Theodore Kuchar (Artistic Director and Viola)

The 2013-14 season is Theodore Kuchar’s eleventh as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and his tenth as Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. He also currently holds the positions of Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, and Resident Conductor at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, the educational institution and summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Maestro Kuchar served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine from 1992 through the beginning of 2000; upon completion of that contract, he was awarded the title of Conductor Laureate for Life. Until recently he was Principal Conductor of the Janacék Philharmonic (of Ostrava, Czech Republic). For sixteen years he served as Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, regarded as the pre-eminent chamber music festival of the Southern Hemisphere. He also served for ten years as Music Director of the Boulder Philharmonic. During the past several seasons, guest conducting engagements have taken him to major musical centers including Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Prague, Seoul, Sydney and Winnipeg. Soloists with whom Kuchar has collaborated include James Galway, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich and Frederica von Stade. Kuchar is one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade, appearing on almost 100 compact discs on the Naxos, Marco Polo, Brilliant Classics, and Ondine labels. His recordings include the complete symphonies of Kalinnikov, Lyatoshynsky, Martinu and Prokofiev, as well as ballet music and major orchestral works by Smetana, Dvorak, Glazunov, Moussorgsky, Mozart, Shchedrin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. His recording of Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 was awarded the ABC’s “Best International Recording of the Year” in 1994, and his Naxos recording with violinist James Buswell of the complete works for violin and orchestra by Walter Piston was hailed by Gramophone as a “Record of the Year” for 1999.

Mr. Kuchar’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jill Winter.


Dmitri AtapineDmitri Atapine (Cello)

Dmitri Atapine has been described as “a splendid, elegant cellist” (Mundo Clasico), with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist he has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine is making his debut this season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Cactus Pear, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. Mr. Atapine’s multiple awards include the First Prize at the 2004 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, and top prizes at the Plowman Competition, and the Vittorio Gui Chamber Competition. His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, Paul Neubauer, and St. Lawrence String Quartet. In collaboration with pianist Hyeyeon Park, Mr. Atapine recently released a critically acclaimed world-premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano on the Blue Griffin label. Other recordings can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, and Bridge record labels. Mr. Atapine holds the doctorate from the Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival (Spain) and the Argenta Concert Series (Nevada), Mr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mr. Atapine’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Ingrid and George Ryst.


Bendix-Balgley, Noah photo 2 cropped smallNoah Bendix-Balgley (Violin)

Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Noah Bendix-Balgley has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestra in Europe and in the United States, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, and Asheville Symphony. He has performed in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. A Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, he also won 3rd prize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. He won 1st prize at the Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris, and was awarded 1st Prize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the 14th International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” in Italy. A passionate and experienced chamber musician, Mr. Bendix-Balgley was the 1st violinist of the Athlos String Quartet from 2008 until 2011. In 2011, he performed on a North American tour with the Miro String Quartet. He has performed with artists including Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Lars Vogt, Ralph Kirshbaum, and percussionist Colin Currie, and has appeared at music festivals worldwide. His first recital CD, “A Musical Tour of the early 20th Century” (Anima Records), is now available.

Mr. Bendix-Balgley’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jane and Jim Nichols.


Dustin Budish (Viola)

Dustin Budish is the Acting Principal Violist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, where he also serves as Personnel Manager and Librarian, and Principal Violist of the Reno Philharmonic. A native of Reno, after graduating from the Washoe County School District, he went on to study at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute with Jeffrey Irvine for which he received his Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance and then received his MM with honors at the New England Conservatory with Martha Katz. While in school, Mr. Budish was a founding member of the Mephisto Quartet, which worked with and performed alongside members of the Cavani, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Cleveland Quartets, and received the Russell Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2001. As a Chamber musician, he has performed at the Ravinia and Norfolk Festivals, and in 2005 was invited to Israel to perform with Maxim Vengerov’s Mozart Project with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed at the Cactus Pear Music Festival. As a member of the New World Symphony, Mr. Budish was featured as soloist with the orchestra as a winner of the annual concerto competition. He is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is also a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony.

Mr. Budish’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Cecilia Lee, Ltd.


James Buswell (Violin)

Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has appeared with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States and Canada, as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, George Szell and Michael Tilson Thomas. James Buswell is as closely associated with new music as he has been with the standard repertoire. World premiere performances include works by Donald Erb, Charles Wuorinen, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, William Bolcom, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Recording credits include the violin concerti and chamber music of Walter Piston and a 2003 Grammy nomination for a recording of the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto. For many years a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Bach Aria Group, Mr. Buswell continues to appear as guest artist with many chamber music organizations. While pursuing an active concert career, James Buswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, majoring in early Renaissance painting and sculpture. Currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music, he resides in Boston with his wife, cellist Carol Ou.

Mr. Buswell’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from William Douglass.


Martin Chalifour (Violin)

Martin Chalifour has held the prestigious post of Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1995. He also is currently a professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18, and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1986, Mr. Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and was a laureate of the Montreal International Competition the following year. Since then he has concertized extensively, playing hundreds of concerto performances in a repertoire of more than fifty works under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Chalifour is a frequent guest at other music festivals, including the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Ottawa International Music Festival. Mr. Chalifour began his orchestral career as Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony in 1984. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in The Cleveland Orchestra where he also served as Acting Concertmaster.

Mr. Chalifour’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Lillian and Steve Frank.


Ya-Fei Chuang (Piano)

Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at numerous international festivals, among them the Beethoven Festival (Warsaw) with Christoph Eschenbach, the Taipei International Music Festival, the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the Bach Festival (Leipzig) Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Sarasota, NCMF, Tanglewood, and the Oregon Bach Festival. She has performed at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Schauspielhaus Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, and Symphony Hall in Boston. Ms. Chuang has performed as duo partner with James Buswell, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, and Robert Levin. The Ruhr Piano Festival has released two CDs of her performances there—her May 2007 solo recital (also distributed as a premium by the music magazine ‘Fono Forum’); and the Mendelssohn G-minor piano concerto. Fanfare Magazine hailed her “delicacy and fluidity of touch. Her recent engagements include concerts and recordings in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, appearances on national TV in Tel Aviv, at the National Concert Hall Taipei, in Hong-Kong, England, Germany, Austria, South America and throughout the US. She has recorded solo, concerto and chamber music works for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, ECM, and New York Philomusica Records. Her recording of Hindemith’s chamber music works with Spectrum Berlin was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review 2009.

Ms. Chuang’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Ursula and Richard Tracy.


Franklin Cohen (Clarinet)

Principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the great clarinetists of his generation. At age 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded first prize at the International Munich Competition. Mr. Cohen has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in nearly 200 performances with Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Franz Welser-Möst, and others. He recorded Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi, and his recording of Debussy’s First Rhapsody with the Orchestra and Pierre Boulez won two Grammy Awards in 1996. Mr. Cohen studied at the Juilliard School, and began his professional career when Stokowski chose him as principal clarinet for the American Symphony. Mr. Cohen has also been principal clarinet of the Baltimore Symphony and the Casals Festival Orchestra. He has participated in the Aspen, Marlboro, and Santa Fe music festivals and has performed with many leading string quartets, including the Emerson, Guarneri, and Takács. Mr. Cohen has collaborated as a chamber musician with leading artists including Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and Jessye Norman. Mr. Cohen has chaired the Cleveland Institute of Music clarinet department since 1976, and many of his former students hold important positions throughout the music world.

Mr. Cohen’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Kris and Patrick Ellingsworth.


Scott Faulkner bassScott Faulkner (Bass)

Scott Faulkner has been the principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic since 1996. He is also is a member of the Reno Chamber Orchestra bass section, the organization of which he has been executive director since 2001. He is the founding executive director and bassist of the NCMF. In April 2014, he will return to Sarasota, FL to perform at La Musica International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Faulkner has served on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, and is on the faculty of the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management executive training seminar. He chaired the national committee for Ford Made in America (the largest commissioning consortium in the history of American orchestras), and has served as a grant panelist for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. He authored the entry on Reno, Nevada for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition. Before moving to Reno, Mr. Faulkner was principal bassist of the Tacoma Opera and assistant principal bassist of the Tacoma Symphony in Washington. He holds music degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Nevada, Reno. He is married to Reno musical legend Andrea Lenz, and plays a 1735 Hornsteiner-Mittenwald double bass.

Mr. Faulkner’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous friend of the NCMF.


Greensmith, Clive photoClive Greensmith (Cello)

Clive Greensmith joined the Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and has performed with the quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. Previously, he has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Alicia de Larrocha, Sabine Meyer, Midori, András Schiff and Pinchas Zukerman, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. A regular visitor to many international festivals, Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music festival, The Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Yale Summer School of Music. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label. Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets, and the Mozart ‘Prussian’ quartets. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Greensmith is currently a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and the Meadowmount School of Music. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow.

Mr. Greensmith’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Joanne and Roger Hildahl.


Ruth Lenz (Violin)

Ruth Lenz is concertmaster of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, and Nevada Opera. She performs as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in venues throughout the western United States. She has shared the stage with such notable performers as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Luciano Pavarotti and Natalie Cole. Ruth has been a violinist with the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and with the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. She has also played in the Barth (Germany), La Musica, Sunriver, and Spoleto Festivals. Ruth began her violin studies with her mother at age 2, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno studying with Phillip Ruder, and her Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. In addition to performing, Dr. Lenz has a passion for teaching and maintains a large studio of violin and chamber music students. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian and outdoor enthusiast. Ruth Lenz plays a Simone Fernando Sacconi violin.

Ms. Lenz’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Heidemarie Rochlin.


Robert Levin (Piano)

Robert Levin’s solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna with such conductors as James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has made recordings for most of the world’s major labels. These include a Mozart concerto cycle for Decca/London with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music; a Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv with John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; and the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Helmuth Rilling; as well as the six English Suites (on piano) and both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier as part of Hänssler’s 172-CD Edition Bachakademie. He is equally devoted to contemporary music, having recorded a great deal of this repertoire, including the complete piano works of Dutilleux on the ECM label. Levin’s active career as a chamber musician includes long associations with the violist Kim Kashkashian, frequent collaborations with his wife, and NCMF artist, Ya-Fei Chuang, cellist Steven Isserlis, and performances with many other artists of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. In addition to his performing activities, Levin is a noted theorist and Mozart scholar. His completion of the Mozart Requiem and C-minor Mass have been performed worldwide and recorded. Levin is president of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, Germany). From 1993 to 2013 he was the Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

Mr. Levin’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Nancy and Jack Rose.


Ou CarolCarol Ou (Cello)

Cellist Carol Ou is known for her “fiery,” “marvelous,” and “meltingly melodic outpourings” (Boston Globe) and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique” (The Strad). Solo and chamber music engagements have taken her to prestigious venues in New York, Boston, Taipei, and Kiev. She currently serves as cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. She has collaborated with artists such as Hilary Hahn, Timothy Eddy, Midori, András Schiff, and Malcolm Bilson. Ms. Ou’s recordings, issued by the Naxos and CRI labels and Taiwan’s Chi-Mei Foundation, include beloved concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. Her Naxos recording of Walter Piston’s Chamber Music won Chamber Music America’s Best Chamber Music CD award in 2001. Ms. Ou received her BA magna cum laude from Yale College and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Yale School of Music. She has taught students at Yale, MIT and Harvard University and was the director of strings, chamber music and orchestral studies at Gordon College. She is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, and serves as chamber music director of the Heifetz International Summer Music Institute in New Hampshire.

Ms. Ou’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Karen Penner-Johnson and Marc Johnson.


Polonsky, Anna photoAnna Polonsky (Piano)

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Peter Wiley, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-4. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. With violist Michael Tree and clarinetist Anthony McGill, she is a member of the Schumann Trio. Polonsky also collaborates in a two-piano duo with her husband, pianist Orion Weiss. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.

Ms. Polonsky’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Allison Wren.


Sant'Ambrogio, Stephanie photo squareStephanie Sant’Ambrogio (Violin)

Praised as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by Gramophone Magazine, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico. Devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many whom have successfully chosen careers in music, she is currently Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Former First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnany, she toured and recorded internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons. Currently Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lancaster Summer Festival Orchestra, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has a discography of over seventy-five orchestral and chamber music CDs. Audiophile Review described her recent Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas as, “Fine readings of great finesse, rich coloring and complete understanding.” Ms. Sant’Ambrogio was the graduate assistant to Donald Weilerstein at The Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree. Previously she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University as a student of Laurence Shapiro and James Oliver Buswell.

Ms. Sant’Ambrogio’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Marsha and Les Cohen.


Robert VernonRobert Vernon (Viola)

A violist of international reputation, Robert Vernon is the principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra, chairman of viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and professor of viola at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He has appeared regularly as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in more than 150 concerts, both at home in Cleveland, as well as on tour in the US, Canada, and Europe. These concerts include performances in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Washington Kennedy Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and the Smetana Concert Hall in Prague. They have included more than 16 different works, including three world premieres of works commissioned for him by the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the US. His students hold major positions as chamber musicians, teachers and have won positions with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Canada; to date, over fifty orchestras. Mr Vernon has presented lectures and master classes in Europe, Canada, South America and Asia and has given classes at every major music conservatory in the United States. An active chamber musician he has appeared at most of this country’s leading music festivals including Aspen, Blossom, La Jolla, Marlboro, Ravinia, Round Top, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Eastern Music Festival, Heifitz International Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, among others. Mr. Vernon has collaborated with most of the great conductors of our time and has recorded virtually the entire standard orchestral repertoire. As soloist, he has recorded Berlioz Harold in Italy, Mozart Symphonia Concertante, Richard Strauss Don Quixote and with the Berlin Radio Orchestra has recorded Schonfield’s Viola Concerto. He can also be heard on a number of chamber music recordings, on the Decca London, Telarc, and Innova labels. He is featured on a CD study tool for violists in the orchestral pro series on the Summit label and has written a book on orchestral excerpts.

Mr. Vernon’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous friend of the NCMF.


Orion WeissOrion Weiss (Piano)

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. The 2012-13 season included repeat engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and New World Symphony. Weiss released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok in 2012, and also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Also known for his enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, pianist Anna Polonsky, as well as violinist James Ehnes, cellist Zuill Bailey, and ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. He performed the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Reno Chamber Orchestra in 2011.

Mr. Weiss’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Trudy Larson and Ron Luschar.


Peter Wiley (Cello)

Cellist Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987-1998. In 2001 he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. The quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. He is a member of the piano quartet, Opus One, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Nothwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bidgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Wiley’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Christine and John Worthington.


James Winn (Piano)

James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Asia ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), and the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Group for Contemporary Music, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, and Bargemusic. Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings by many renowned composers, among them 13 Pulitzer Prize winners. He is currently a member of Argenta, UNR’s resident piano trio, and performs regularly in recital with internationally acclaimed New York based violinist Rolf Schulte. An active recording artist, Winn is featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician, and composer. Dr. Winn’s compositions have been performed internationally. In 2009 he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Mr. Winn’s appearance at the 2013 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Carol Parkhurst and Stephen Wheatcraft.