Nevada Chamber Music Festival 2016-17 Schedule

Bach By Candlelight

Monday, December 26, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church Parking Information

Partita for Violin No 2 in D minor BWV 1004
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Cantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano; Rong-Huey Liu, oboe

Concerto for Violin in G minor BWV 1056R
Martin Chalifour, violin

Concerto for Violin and Oboe BWV 1060R
Josef Špaček, violin; Ron-Huey Liu, oboe

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 BWV 1049
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Martin Chalifour, violin; Josef Špaček, violin; James Winn, harpsichord

Masterworks I

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: Nightingale Concert Hall

Haydn Piano Trio in C major, H. 15/27
Tanya Bannister, piano; Josef Špaček, violin; Emilio Colón, cello

Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Eli Eban, clarinet; Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Martin Chalifour, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Wendy Warner, cello

Debussy Cello Sonata
Clive Greensmith, cello; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Faure Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15
Martin Chalifour, violin; Melvin Chen, piano; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello

Morning Classics

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
Wendy Warner, cello; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Bruch String Quintet in E-flat major
Josef Špaček, violin; Rebecca Hang, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Dustin Budish, viola; Emilio Colón, cello

Masterworks II

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 3:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Sinding Piano Quintet in E minor, Op. 5
James Winn, piano; Ruth Lenz, violin; Rebecca Hang, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Brian Schuldt, cello

Martinů Violin Sonata No. 3, H. 303
Josef Špaček, violin; James Winn, piano

Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101
Melvin Chen, piano; Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello

String Showcase

Friday, December 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Martin Chalifour, violin; Wendy Warner, cello

Schnittke String Trio
Josef Špaček, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Emilio Colón, cello

Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Clive Greensmith, cello; Melvin Chen, piano

Afternoon Classics

Friday, December 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Reinecke Clarinet Trio in A major, Op. 264
Eli Eban, clarinet; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Philipp Scharwenka Piano Quintet in B minor, Op. 118
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano; Rebecca Hang, violin; Ruth Lenz, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Brian Schuldt, cello

Dvořák String Quartet in A-flat major, Op. 105
Martin Chalifour, violin; Rebecca Hang, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello

Masterworks III

Friday, December 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Martin Chalifour, violin; Tanya Bannister, piano

Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
James Winn, piano; Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello

Mendelssohn String Quartet in A major, Op. 18
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Ruth Lenz, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Wendy Warner, cello

Piano Showcase

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Program to Follow
Location: Nightingale Concert Hall

Liszt Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata, S158c
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Schubert, arr. Liszt “Sei mir gegrüßt” (D. 741, S. 558/1); “Die junge Nonne” (D. 828, S. 558/6); “Frühlingsglaube” (D. 686, S. 558/7)
James Winn, piano

Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52; Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. posth., KK IVa/16
Tanya Bannister, piano

Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Melvin Chen, piano

Busoni Duettino Concertante nach Mozart
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano; James Winn, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov “The Story of the Kalender Prince” from Scheherazade, Op. 35
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano; James Winn, piano

Masterworks IV

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: Nightingale Concert Hall

Schubert Rondo in A major for Violin and String Quartet, D. 438
Josef Špaček, solo violin; Ruth Lenz and Rebecca Hang, violins; Dustin Budish, viola; Brian Schuldt, cello

Ysaÿe Sonata for 2 Violins in A Minor – first movement
Josef Špaček, violin; Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Ginastera Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a – Malambo
Emilio Colón, cello; Clive Greensmith, cello; Brian Schuldt, cello; Wendy Warner, cello

Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Tanya Bannister, piano; Martin Chalifour, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Wendy Warner, cello

Johann Strauss II Waltzes
Festival Strings

Kreisler Caprice viennois; Liebesfreud; Tambourin chinois; Midnight Bells Waltz
Martin Chalifour, violin; Festival Strings

Schubert Octet

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Schubert Sonatina in A minor, D. 385
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; Tanya Bannister, piano

Schubert Octet in F major, D. 803
Eli Eban, clarinet; Barrick Stees, bassoon; Michael Thornton, French horn; Ruth Lenz, violin; Rebecca Hang, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Wendy Warner, cello; Scott Faulkner, double bass

All Beethoven–Festival Finale

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: South Reno United Methodist Church

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; James Winn, piano

Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1
Tanya Bannister, piano; Ruth Lenz, violin; Emilio Colón, cello

Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Eli Eban, clarinet; Barrick Stees, bassoon; Michael Thornton, French horn; Josef Špaček, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Emilio Colón, cello; Scott Faulkner, double bass

2017 New Year’s Day Dinner at the Grove

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Location: The Grove

Buffet Dinner Menu
Organic Baby Spinach with julienned Apples, Red Onion, Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese & Toasted Almonds
Organic Mixed Artisan Greens with Maytag Bleu Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Bourbon-Honeyed Walnuts & Pear-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Seasonal Roasted Vegetables with Garlic Oil
Wild Rice Pilaf with dried Cranberries, Apples and Pecans
Pan-seared Swordfish with Citrus Glaze
Espresso-rubbed New York Strip Loin with Cognac Cream
Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
Specialty Chocolates for Dessert
Coffee and Tea Service
Beverage Service
Hosted wine with dinner
No host bar

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Nevada Chamber Music Festival 2016-17 Artist Lineup

The thirteenth annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce the lineup of artists for the 2016 festival. Many of the artists have become ‘regulars’ but there are some new names alongside some returning from both short and long hiatus. One very interesting item of note; the 2016 festival features the Concertmasters of three major orchestras: Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic; Martin Chalifour, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Josef Spacek, Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic.


Theodore Kuchar (Artistic Director and Viola)

The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded orchestral conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. Highlights of the 2016-17 include tours to the Far East with the Slovak Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta. In January-March, 2017 he will direct a 44-concert tour of North America with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005-2013) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004). He also served as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-2016 ) and the Reno Chamber Orchestra (2003- ). Since January 2013 he has served as Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina. An avid chamber musician, he served as the Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006), and presently serves as the Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival since 2005.

Highlights of the past several seasons have included a four-week, 20-concert tour of the U.S. with the Czech Symphony Orchestra and guest conducting engagements including the BBC Symphony, BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales, Berlin Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has collaborated with major artists including James Galway, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell, and Frederica von Stade, among others. His “Latin American Classics” recording on Brilliant Classics with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela was nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album. Other recordings include the complete symphonies of Nielsen, Kalinnikov, Lyatoshynsky, Martin? and Prokofiev, as well as major orchestral works by Smetana, Dvořák, 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 works by Walter Piston was hailed by Gramophone as a “Record of the Year” for 1999.

Mr. Kuchar’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jill M. Winter.

Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)

It’s not every prima donna who can boast a degree in biomedical engineering, but then, Isabel Bayrakdarian isn’t your average prima donna. In a career still in its second decade, an eagerly anticipated visitor to opera houses and concert halls the world over, she’s become as celebrated for her beauty, presence, and style as for a strikingly multihued voice that’s wholly in sync with the rest of her.

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions—the same year she graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with a Biomedical Engineering Degree—Ms. Bayrakdarian thereafter found her career taking rapid wing. She scored a notable success in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge; the following year, she walked away from Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition with first prize. More debuts followed, including her San Francisco Opera debut, as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and her Metropolitan Opera debut, in the New York premiere of Bolcom’s opera; a season later, she won plaudits as Teresa in the Met premiere of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini. Mozart became a specialty: Zerlina in Don Giovanni (New York, Houston, Salzburg), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Los Angeles, London), and Pamina in The Magic Flute (New York, Toronto). Her roles at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company range from Gluck’s Euridice to Debussy’s Mélisande to Poulenc’s Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites; and away from Canada, she has shone as Monteverdi’s Poppea in Barcelona, Handel’s Romilda (Serse) in Dresden, and Janáček’s Vixen in New York, Florence, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan.

Ms. Bayrakdarian’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Trudy and Ron Larson

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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Pat and Mark MacDonald

Noah Bendix-Balgley (Violin)

Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances. In 2014, he was appointed 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Noah was a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and he won 3rd prize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Noah won the 1st prize at the 2011 Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris and was awarded 1st Prize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the “Andrea Postacchini” Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy. Noah has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), and the Erie Philharmonic among others. Highlights of this season include recitals in Germany, New York City and Pittsburgh, and concertos with the North Carolina Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic. In June 2016, premiered his own Klezmer Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Bendix-Balgley’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Jane and James 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. 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Cecelia 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Lillian and Steve Frank.

Che-Yen Chen (Viola)

Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet and First-Prize winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. He was awarded the First-Prize in 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and has been described by Dallas Morning News as a musician who “played with silken finesse, and with elegant singers’ feelings for timing, shape, color and articulation” and by San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose “most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music”. Having served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, he has appeared as guest principal with numerous major orchestras in North America. Chen now dedicates his time with the Formosa Quartet and as a former member of Lincoln Center CMS2, and current member of The Myriad Trio and Camera Lucida, he is a frequent participant of festivals such as La Jolla Summerfest, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe, Kingston, Chamber Music International, and the Quartet’s own Formosa Chamber Music festival in Taiwan. As a promotor for new music, Chen’s active commissioning with Formosa Quartet and The Myriad Trio has contributed significantly to the 21st century’s chamber music literature. Most recently the Quartet premiered Lei Liang’s Song Recollections; based on music indigenous to aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, the piece is the result of a two-year residency project with Art of Elán which looks ahead to a new disc of music inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese folk traditions. Currently on faculty at USC Thornton School of Music, Chen has given masterclasses in major conservatories and universities across North America and Asia.

Mr. Yen’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Manwell.

Melvin Chen (Piano)

A native of Tennessee, pianist Melvin Chen is recognized as an important artist, having received acclaim for performances throughout the United States and abroad. As a soloist and chamber musician Mr. Chen has performed at major venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Frick Collection, Kennedy Center, and Boston’s Jordan Hall, in addition to other appearances throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. In recent seasons Mr. Chen’s concerts have included solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, concerto performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and the Paducah Symphony, along with numerous solo and chamber music appearances internationally and in the United States. He was the pianist in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, which was presented by Lincoln Center and which received a special citation from the Obie awards. Mr. Chen is associate professor of piano and deputy dean at the Yale School of Music. Previously, Mr. Chen was on the piano faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he was also associate director.

Mr.Chen’s appearance at the 2016 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Karen Penner Johnson and Marc Johnson.

Eli Eban (Clarinet)

Hailed by the international media for his “high-powered, electrifying performances”, Eli Eban was appointed principal clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Foss immediately after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music. He subsequently joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Zubin Mehta, where he performed and recorded all the major symphonic repertoire with the world’s finest conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Daniel Barenboim, Georg Solti and Kurt Masur.

Eban has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Salzburg Camerata Academica, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Israel Camerata/Jerusalem, among others. He tours extensively as a chamber musician, collaborating with renowned ensembles the Alexander, Orion, St. Petersburg and Ying ortquartets. A frequent participant of the famed Marlboro Music, Eban has recorded for the Saphir, Crystal, Meridian and Naxos labels.

Eli Eban taught at the Eastman School of Music before joining the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he holds a distinguished ranks professorship. He tours worldwide as a chamber musician and serves as the principal clarinetist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and of the Israel Camerata/Jerusalem, with whom he recently toured Australia. Upcoming engagements include a tour of Israel with the Aviv String Quartet.

Mr. Eban’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Atlantis Casino Resort & Heidimarie Rochlin

Scott Faulkner (Bass)

Scott Faulkner is principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic, and acting principal bassist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Formerly principal bassist of the Tacoma Opera and assistant principal bass of the Tacoma Symphony in Washington, he has also performed with the Fresno Philharmonic, Classical Tahoe, and numerous other orchestras. In addition to playing in the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, he performs regularly at La Musica Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota (FL). He has played 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 board member of the League of American Orchestras, he currently is a senior advisor for 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 double bass, and is married to Reno musical legend Andrea Lenz.

Mr. Faulkner’s appearance at the 2016 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 2016 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from John Tozzi

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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Heidemarie Rochlin.

Rong-Huey Liu (Oboe)

Dr. 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Mimi Ellis Hogan

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 the Owensboro Symphony and “Cantelli”. He has been a guest lecturer/instructor at Indiana University, University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech. Brian studied with Toby Saks at the University of Washington and continued under Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janos Starker at Indiana University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. From 1994-1996, Brian held the appointment of Assistant Instructor of Cello at Indiana University. He is currently Executive Director of Chamber Music Unbound.


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 Jiŕí 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Nancy Rose in memory of Jack Rose.

Barrick Stees (Bassoon)

Barrick Stees is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Instructor of Bassoon at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent/Blossom Music. Stees received a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with K. David Van Hoesen.

He has concertized extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, including a solo tour of Hong Kong and China. He has appeared at international music festivals in Italy, Germany, Argentina, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. He has given recitals throughout the United States. Solo appearances include performances with the Hartford Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Cass City Bach Festival.

Awarded the Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award from the United States Secretary of Education, he has taught at Michigan State University, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Brevard Music Center and the University of Akron. His former students occupy prominent positions in orchestras and universities throughout the United States.


Michael Thornton (French Horn)

Michael Thornton joined the Colorado Symphony as Principal Horn in September 1997. He has appeared with the orchestra as a soloist on numerous occasions. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, Michael left his studies at The Juilliard School for the Principal Horn position with the Honolulu Symphony. Mr. Thornton has also played guest Principal Horn for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Chatauqua Institute Festival Orchestra in Chatauqua, NY. He has performed many subscriptions and summer seasons with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including several Carnegie Hall performances. In June 2005, Michael toured Asia and recorded several Mahler Symphonies with them under Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. Michael has also performed with the Concerto Soloists Orchestra of Philadelphia, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the members of the New York Philharmonic Brass Section. Mr. Thornton has recorded on the Angel/EMI, Koch International, Naxos, Vox Classics, and Albany labels.

Michael is an active chamber musician and soloist. He is the Solo Horn of the Washington Island Chamber Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. He is also a member of both the Colorado Symphony Wind Quintet and the University of Colorado faculty chamber winds. Michael has performed and toured with various Colorado chamber groups, including the Colorado Chamber Players and the Denali Ensemble. He has performed on several occasions with the New York Wind Soloists Quintet, a group comprised of members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Michael especially enjoys playing chamber works for flute and horn with his wife, Colorado Symphony Piccolo Julie Duncan Thornton.

In addition to performing, Mr. Thornton became a member of the horn faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1999. He has presented masterclasses at conservatories and universities throughout the United States including the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Oklahoma, University of Washington, and numerous music camps and horn workshops. Michael has been a brass coach for the Denver Young Artist’s Orchestra and a horn instructor for the Colorado Honor Band. His students have gone on to major conservatories and orchestral positions.

Michael studied at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Temple University. His main teachers have included Jerome Ashby, Randy Gardner, Julie Landsman and J. C. Leuba. Mr. Thornton is a Conn/Selmer artist, and performs on an 300 000 series Elkhart Conn 8D..


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, amongst which the Maurice Lefranc award, the Rotary Prize, the Galiot Prize, the USC Concerto Competition, and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.

Mr. Vanhauwaert has appeared in the world’s leading venues such as the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Singel in Antwerp, the Great Hall of the Brussels Conservatory, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, as well as numerous other prestigious venues in Bulgaria, Hungary, the US, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Canada, Israel, the UK, Austria, Spain, and China.

His discography includes a solo album with works by Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Debussy, and two four-hands discs with pianist Danny Holt featuring music by Stravinsky, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc and Casella. In 2015 a new album was released on Sonarti Records with works by Woelfl, as well as another featuring sonatas from WWI with violinist Guillaume Sutre on the Hortus label. He is frequently invited to give guest lecture recitals and master classes in universities throughout the world. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

Mr. Vanhauwaert’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Gail McAllister.

Wendy Warner (Cello)

Wendy Warner has become one of the world’s leading cellists. The New York Times reported “Warner’s expressive playing and glowing tone were everywhere a pleasure.” The Chicago Tribune wrote, “If there was a truly prodigious performance during the evening, this was it,” while Strings has hailed her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique.” As jury member Frans Helmerson told The New York Times when Warner won first-prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, “she’s unbelievable.” A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia where she holds the Leah D. Hamer Distinguished Chair in Cello.

Ms. Warner’s appearance at the 2016 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 2007 Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the 2009 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Mr. Winn’s appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Kathy and Fred Jakolat.


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