The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. In the 2011-12 season he commenced his tenure as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra since 2003. He has also served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, Queensland Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Boulder Philharmonic. In addition to his conducting activities, he has served as the Artistic Director of two of the world’s most important chamber music festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.
Conducting engagements during the 2017-18 season include the major orchestras and opera houses of Ankara, Antalya, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Helsingborg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kyiv and Prague, among others. In February-March of 2017, he conducted a 44-concert tour of the United States of America with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, and has been subsequently reengaged for the 2019-20 season. The opening months of the 2016-17 season included a three-week residency at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he opened that distinguished institution’s orchestral season and conducted daily masterclasses and seminars for advanced tertiary conductors and instrumentalists, and a two-week engagement with the Staatskapelle Weimar in Bayreuth, Dresden and Weimar.
Mr. Kuchar’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jill M. Winter.
Tanya Bannister (Piano)
Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister’s recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of Symphony Magazine, Ms. Bannister’s career has already brought her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As co-founder and Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik, Ms. Bannister has created an intimate musical experience in which music lovers from around the world can spend 12 days in a small Alpine village engaged in the study of chamber music. Sensing a demand for musical opportunity amongst amateur and pre-professional musicians, Ms. Bannister designed an experience for the participants that includes collaborating closely with a globally distinguished faculty on preparing for final public performances.
Ms. Bannister’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Pat and Mark MacDonald.
Dustin Budish (Viola)
Dustin Budish is the Acting Principal Violist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, where he also serves as Personnel Manager, 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. He has performed at the Ravinia, Norfolk, and Cactus Pear Music Festivals, and in 2005 was invited to Israel to perform with Maxim Vengerov’s Mozart Project with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. 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 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Cecilia Lee.
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 2017 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), Taipei International Music Festival, European Music Festival (Stuttgart), 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. 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 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Ursula and Richard Tracy.
Emilio Colón (Cello)
The sound of the critically acclaimed cellist Emilio Colón has been described in prose as, “His glowing tone became a caress of the ears, a prolonged kiss of melody, an embrace…” The American Record Guide has praised his performance as “lively, exciting, expressive and absolutely beautiful,” and has stated, his “playing is full of life and warmth.” Colón is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where at the age of 26, he was appointed as one of the youngest in the history of music schools in the United States. He has since established himself as a leading pedagogue having offered courses at the Paris Conservatoire, the Geneva Conservatoire, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Toho Gakuen in Tokyo, the Hochschüle für Musik in Stuttgart, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Conservatorio de Musica in Puerto Rico and on the faculty as conductor and cellist of the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas, and on the faculty of Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Colón’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Judith Strasser.
Bülent Evcil (Flute)
Bülent Evcil started his flute training at the State Conservatoire of Mimar Sinan University and graduated with the highest distinction in 1988. In the same year, he continued his studies at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire, graduating in 1992 with the Diplome Superieur avec Grand Distinction for flute, winning the Premiere Prix for chamber music as well. He continued his studies at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Music Academy. He won prizes and awards in various competitions, among which were the second prizes in Turkey’s National Wind Instrument Competition, the Wolfgang Hoffmann Wind Instrument Competition and in Best overall Performer Award at the fourth James Galway International Flute Seminar in Dublin, later giving him — from 1992 onwards — the possibility of being Sir James Galway’s student. This world-famous flute virtuoso acclaimed Evcil as one of the best flutists of his generation. In 1998, he was appointed to the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and also to the Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra as solo flautist, with which he still pursues his career as soloist.
Mr. Evcil’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Marilyn and Darrell Craig.
Scott Faulkner (Bass)
Scott Faulkner is principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic, and acting principal bassist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra. In addition to playing in the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, he performs regularly at La Musica Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota (FL). He has worked with the likes of Bruno Giuranna, Antonio Meneses, Edgar Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, Luciano Pavarotti, and Itzhak Perlman. From 2001 to 2015 he was executive director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and in that capacity, helped found the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Faulkner is very active in the League of American Orchestras. A past League board member, he currently is a senior faculty member of the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar, and teaches on behalf of the League around the country. He authored the entry on Reno for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and writes a monthly column for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Faulkner plays a 1735 Hornsteiner-Mittenwald bass, and is married to Reno musical legend Andrea Lenz.
Mr. Faulkner’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Ann and James Kidder.
Clive Greensmith (Cello)
Clive Greensmith joined the recently retired Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and performed with the quartet at prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. Previously, he held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, 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. Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. 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. He is a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Meadowmount School of Music.
Mr. Greensmith’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from William Douglass.
Rebecca Hang (Violin)
Rebecca Hang was born in Germany and began her violin studies at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz with Helga Waehdel. From 1987 until 1990 she lived in Israel where she studied with the concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic, Chaim Taub. Rebecca continued her musical education with Atar Arad and Paul Biss at Indiana University, where she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance. A member of the Felici String Quartet, she won first prize in the 1992 Michael Kuttner Competition at IU, the MTNA Competition in Indianapolis, the Russell Award of the 1993 Coleman Competition and was a prize winner of the International String Quartet Competition in Japan that same year. In June 1993 Rebecca gave her New York solo debut in Lincoln Center’s Juilliard Theater. As member of the International “Guido Cantelli” Chamber Orchestra in Milan, Italy, she toured throughout Europe and the U.S. before accepting the NEA Rural Residency Grant with the Felici Piano Trio in Mammoth Lakes, CA, in 1998. Rebecca dedicates much of her time to CMU’s Music School, teaching more than 125 violin students.
Ms. Hang’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Mary and John Tozzi.
Caleb Hudson (Trumpet)
Caleb Hudson is trumpet player for the world renowned Canadian Brass. Acclaimed by the New York Times as ‘brilliantly stylish,” Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Caleb has performed as a soloist across the USA, most recently as a recitalist at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, where he was also soloist with the UGA Wind Ensemble. Upcoming solo engagements include the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and a performance at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art with members of the Israel Philharmonic. An avid baroque musician, Caleb also performs with notable early music ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, The American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. As part of an exclusive agreement between the Conn-Selmer Corporation and Canadian Brass, Caleb performs on 24-karat gold-plated Bach trumpets.
Mr. Hudson’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Holly and Kel Buchanan.
Tessa Lark (Violin)
Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time. She is praised consistently by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi-genre programming and performance. Also the recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2014, Ms. Lark continues to expand her relationships with orchestras and presenters on stages worldwide. She has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. Ms. Lark has been soloist with the Cincinnati, New Haven, Hawaii, Santa Fe, Indianapolis, Cheyenne, Santa Cruz, and Peninsula symphony orchestras; the Louisville Orchestra; CityMusic Cleveland; the New Juilliard Ensemble Chamber Orchestras; and internationally with the Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, she has toured with musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and will appear on two tours with Musicians from Marlboro in 2018.
Ms. Lark’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Barbara and Robert Fox.
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 2017 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, 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 several major labels, including 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. Equally devoted to contemporary music, he has recorded a great deal of this repertoire, including the complete piano works of Dutilleux on ECM. Levin’s career as a chamber musician includes long associations with violist Kim Kashkashian and frequent collaborations with his wife Ya-Fei Chuang and with cellist Steven Isserlis. In addition to his performing, Levin is a noted theorist and Mozart scholar. His completions of the Mozart Requiem and C minor Mass have been performed worldwide. He is president of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig). From 1993 to 2013 he was the Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.
Mr. Levin’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Nancy Rose in Memory of Jack Rose.
Rong-Huey Liu (Oboe)
Rong-Huey Liu is one of Southern California’s most active oboists, serving principal positions in the Long Beach Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic and Riverside County Philharmonic. Rong-Huey Liu has been a featured performer at Sundays’ Live, Grand Performance, Ojai Summer Music Festival, Bruman Chamber Music Summer Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Chamber Music Unbound, Southwest Music Festival: International New Music Festival and International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Her extensive solo appearances have included oboe concertos by Bach, Handel, Marcello, Mozart, Kalliwoda, Corigliano, and Daugherty. She was the featured soloist in the U.S. premier of Ferrer Ferran’s El Bosque Mágico and in the world premier of Walter Saul’s Kiev 2014: Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra, which was recorded on Naxos CD. The Fresno Bee cited her playing as being “…sublime. Liu offered a crisp performance, technically adept but also filled with a quiet perseverance and passion.”
Ms. Liu’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Mimi Ellis Hogan.
Mark Nuccio (Clarinet)
Mark Nuccio officially began his position as Principal Clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-17 season after seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic, and now also serves on the clarinet faculty at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music. Mr. Nuccio performed thirteen years with the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist and four years as Acting Principal Clarinet. Prior to his service with the Philharmonic, he held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. An active soloist and chamber musician, Nuccio made his Carnegie Hall New York recital debut in 2001, has performed concertos on multiple occasions with the New York Philharmonic and will be a soloist with the Houston Symphony in the 17-18 season performing the Mozart Concerto. He is also an avid chamber musician performing in Europe, Asia, and across the United States. His own debut album featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in November 2006. A Colorado native, Mr. Nuccio has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a masterʼs degree from Northwestern University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus.
Mr. Nuccio’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jennifer Smith and John Thayer.
Brian Schuldt (Cello)
As a founding member of the Felici Piano Trio, Brian Schuldt has performed hundreds of critically-acclaimed concerts in the U.S., Europe and South America. His chamber music collaborations include renowned artists such as Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Edward Auer, Atar Arad, Corey Cerovsek, Hagai Shaham and Eli Eban. Brian was the cellist of the Arcadia String Quartet, which won the grand prize of the 1995 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and the Indiana University Kuttner Quartet Scholarship. He has appeared as soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Eastern Sierra Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Italy. He has served as guest principal cellist for the Fresno Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony and “Cantelli”. He has been a guest lecturer/instructor at Indiana University, University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech. From 1994-1996, Brian held the appointment of Assistant Instructor of Cello at Indiana University. He is currently Executive Director of Chamber Music Unbound.
Mr. Schuldt’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Ingrid and George Ryst.
Josef Špaček (Violin)
Josef Špaček is fast emerging as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. Since 2011 he has served as Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. He was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. April 2015 saw the Supraphon CD release of his highly praised recording of the violin concertos of Dvořák and Janáček, and of the Fantasy of Suk, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek (among others “Recording of the week” of The Sunday Times, “Recording of the month and of the year” of MusicWeb International and 5* in Diapason). In 2013 Supraphon released his recording of works for violin and piano by Smetana, Janáček and Prokofiev with pianist Miroslav Sekera. In 2010 he recorded works by H.W. Ernst for Naxos.
Mr. Špaček’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Nancy Rose in Memory of Jack Rose.
Steven Vanhauwaert (Piano)
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique,” Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert has made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles performing the world premiere of Fratello by Magnus Lindberg, and he was featured again in the Piano Spheres series at Disney Hall with a daring program consisting of 20th and 21st century etudes for piano, including special commissions by Veronika Krausas and Eric Tanguy. He also appeared as a soloist at the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kiev, amongst others. His discography features Schubert, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Stravinsky, Ravel, Schumann, and Debussy, as well as a wide range of lesser-known composers. His albums Joseph Woelfl: The Paris Years and Pensées Intimes were included in the Top 10 award on the Belgian radio and received 5 diapasons in France. His album Dispersion, featuring works by Hindemith, Vierne, Casella, Schulhoff and a world premiere recording by Belgian composer Raymond Moulaert, received rave reviews. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.
Mr. Vanhauwaert’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Gail and Jack McAllister.
Robert Vernon (Viola)
A violist of international reputation, Robert Vernon served from 1976 as principal violist of The Cleveland Orchestra, is chairman of viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and professor of viola at the Juilliard School of Music. He has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in more than 150 concerts, both in Cleveland and on tour in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, playing 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 U.S. His students hold major positions as chamber musicians, teachers, and members of over fifty orchestras, including virtually every major orchestra in America and Canada. He has appeared at leading music festivals including Aspen, Blossom, La Jolla, Marlboro, Ravinia, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Heifetz International Music Festival, and Yellow Barn. Mr. Vernon has recorded virtually the entire standard orchestral repertoire. As soloist, he has recorded Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and 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 on the Summit label, and has written a book on orchestral excerpts.
Mr. Vernon’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Manwell.
Wendy Warner (Cello)
Cellist Wendy Warner soared to international attention in 1990, winning top prize at the International Rostropovich Cello Competition at age eighteen. Her career took off with concerts conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich and debuts in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Köln, Düsseldorf, Berlin and New York at Carnegie Hall. Warner studied with Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute of Music from which she graduated. She has collaborated with prominent conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López Cobos and Michael Tilson Thomas, and has appeared with leading U.S. and international orchestras. She and pianist Irina Nuzova recently performed the complete Beethoven cello sonatas on tour, with a special appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Other collaborators have been Vadim Gluzman, Gidon Kremer, the Fine Arts Quartet and Chicago Chamber Musicians. Hailed by Strings magazine for her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique,” Wendy Warner can be heard on recordings for Cedille, Bridge, Naxos, and Albany Records. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Warner holds the Leah D. Hamer Distinguished Faculty Chair at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University. She plays a 1772 Joseph Gagliano cello.
Ms. Warner’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Lester Cohen.
James Winn (Piano)
James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Japan. 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 and of Hexagon, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Group for Contemporary Music. Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in world premieres and premiere recordings by many renowned composers, including thirteen Pulitzer Prize winners. Dr. Winn is a member of Argenta, UNR’s resident chamber group, the pianist of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and performs regularly in recital with New York based violinist Rolf Schulte. He is featured in more than three dozen CDs, and his compositions have been performed internationally. He has received the UNR College of Liberal Arts’ Mousel/Feltner award for creative activity, an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Nevada Arts Council, the Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Mr. Winn’s appearance at the 2017 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by generous gifts from Kathy and Fred Jakolat and from Kay, Randall, and Marjorie Dean.