Martin Chalifour (Interim Artistic Director and 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.
Martin Chalifour’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Lillian and Steve Frank.
Dmitri Atapine (Cello)
Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist 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 Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine has appeared with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, La Musica Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival. Mr. Atapine’s multiple awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and the Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. He holds the doctorate degree from Yale School of Music. Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival (Spain) and Apex Concerts, he is cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.
Dmitri Atapine’s appearance at the 2018 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.
Dustin Budish’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Cecilia Lee.
Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. She has performed with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors. Orchestral highlights include her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and Japan with the NHK Symphony, a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national television, and a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2016, Chee-Yun performed as a guest artist for the Secretary General at the United Nations in celebration of Korea’s National Foundation Day and the 25th anniversary of South Korea joining the UN. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun has toured with Music from Marlboro and appears frequently with Spoleto USA, a project she has been associated with since its inception. Chee-Yun’s first public performance at age eight took place in her native Seoul after she won the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition. In 1989, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and a year later she became the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Che-Yun Chen (Viola)
Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active performer and educator. He is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, recipient of the First-Prize and the Amadeus Prize of the 10th London International String Quartet Competition, and won First-Prize in the 2003 William Primrose International Viola Competition and the “President Prize” of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Having served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony for eight seasons, he is principal violist of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two and participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, he is a member of Camera Lucida, Concertante Chamber Players and The Myriad Trio. Currently teaching at both USC Thornton and California State University, Fullerton, Chen has previously served on the faculties of Indiana University South Bend, UC San Diego, San Diego State University and McGill University. A native of Taipei, Chen is a four-time winner of the National Viola Competition in Taiwan. He came to the U.S. in his teens to matriculate at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.
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.
Scott Faulkner (Double 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.
Scott Faulkner’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by generous gifts from Mary Ann and James Kidder and from Trudy Larson and Ron Luschar.
Aloysia Friedmann (Viola)
Aloysia Friedmann is a violinist and violist whose broad-ranging career has included tours in Japan, Europe, South America and the United States, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles, and a special onstage role on Broadway. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut. As a regular member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s she has performed classical symphonies in Carnegie Hall and rock’n’roll alongside Metallica in Madison Square Garden. She made her Broadway debut as the violinist in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Ms. Friedmann performed with the Soni Ventorum Quintet on the world premiere recording of William O. Smith’s “Jazz Set for Violin and Wind Quintet.” Ms. Friedmann is featured as both violist and producer on the CD Classical Music with a View: Islands and Vistas. She has been an Affiliate Artist of Viola at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. Trained at The Juilliard School and the University of Washington, Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola.
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.
Clive Greensmith’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from William Douglass.
Mak Grgic (Guitar)
The expansiveness of Mak Grgic’s repertoire winds its way through a dizzying array of approaches, from music of the Baroque and Renaissance to music of a cinematic nature, ethnic music of his native Balkan Peninsula, and avant-garde and microtonal music. Mak collaborates with many esteemed musicians, such as JACK Quartet, Martin Chalifour, Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate, and John Sant’Ambrogio. Grgic is also a founding member of Duo Deloro with Adam Del Monte and FretX Duo with Daniel Lippel. As a soloist, both with orchestra and in recital, he has performed at numerous venues worldwide. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He finished his Doctoral Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. This year he begins an artist diploma program at USC, where he is the first guitarist in the university’s history to receive such an honor. When he is not involved in music, Grgic helps fundraise for Bosnian children with financial difficulties.
Mak Grgic’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jane and James Nichols.
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.
Rebecca Hang’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Mary and John Tozzi.
Mark Kosower (Cello)
A modern player with a “signature sound” and distinctive style of playing, Mark Kosower embodies the concept of the complete musician performing as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras, in solo recitals and with pianist Jee Won Oh, and as a much sought-after chamber musician. He is Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, a scholar and Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Previous posts include Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006-2010, and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005-2007. Kosower began cello studies with his father. Important academic and life-long influences were Janos Starker, who invited him to study at Indiana University, and Joel Krosnick, with whom he studied at The Juilliard School. He is a former member of Chamber Music Two, a two-year residency program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and was top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello Competitions. His recordings include Eberhard Klemmstein’s Cello Concerto and the Victor Herbert Cello Concertos for Naxos International.
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.
Ruth Lenz’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Heidemarie Rochlin.
Jun-Ching Lin (Violin)
Jun-Ching Lin joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 1988 after a year as Concertmaster of the Augusta Symphony. He was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony, and has been the Concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and guest Concertmaster with the Florida, Fort Worth, and Phoenix Symphonies. Lin is very active in education, hosting educational residencies at Trinity School in Atlanta and in Kalamazoo. He has been the first violin coach of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for over 25 years and has taught at Emory University, Georgia Tech University, Meadowmount, Encore School for Strings, and Franklin Pond Chamber Music. Lin is the first violinist of the Franklin Pond String Quartet and a founding member of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. He has played chamber music on the violin and viola with Alan Gilbert, the Merling Trio, Robert Spano, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Lin has participated in festivals in Highlands-Cashiers, La Jolla, San Diego, and Steamboat Springs. Jun-Ching Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in Boston. He is a graduate of the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music. He met his wife, Helen Porter, during the first summer of Encore and they are the proud parents of Emma and Nicholas.
Jon Kimura Parker (Piano)
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, with multiple solo appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s South Bank, the Sydney Opera House, and the Beijing Concert Hall, Jon Kimura Parker continues to perform to great acclaim. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor. He performs as duo partner regularly with James Ehnes, Aloysia Friedmann, Lynn Harrell, Jamie Parker, Orli Shaham, and Cho-Liang Lin. He performs regularly with the Miró Quartet, and is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith. An active media personality, Mr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! and CBC Radio’s Up and Coming. A committed educator, he is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition. He has recorded for Telarc, CBC, and his own label. “Jackie” Parker won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann, and their daughter Sophie.
Jon Kimura Parker’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jennifer Smith and John Thayer.
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (Violin)
Described by Gramophone Magazine as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” and praised as an “expressive and passionate chamber musician” by the San Antonio Express-News, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno and member of the Argenta Trio, she is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Previously First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru and Chile. She has performed as first violinist with the Miami String Quartet and has been a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She toured Italy with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, toured throughout Ohio with Cleveland’s Myriad, and for ten years performed with the Amici String Quartet, of which she was a founding member. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio studied with and was the graduate assistant to Donald Weilerstein at The Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree.
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Lester Cohen.
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.
Brian Schuldt’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Judith Strasser.
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.
Steven Vanhauwaert’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Gail and Jack McAllister.
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.
James Winn’s appearance at the 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by generous gifts from Kathy and Fred Jakolat and from Kay, Randall, and Marjorie Dean.