Nevada Chamber Music Festival 2016-17 Schedule

Bach By Candlelight

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

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

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

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

Masterworks I

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

Sonata Program

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

Masterworks II

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

String Showcase

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

Afternoon Classics

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

Masterworks III

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

Piano Showcase

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

Masterworks IV

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

Schubert Octet

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

All Beethoven–Festival Finale

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

2017 New Year’s Day Dinner at the Grove

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 quartets. 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.

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. He is currently general manager and bassist of Classical Tahoe, a summer festival that brings leading players from many of the world’s top orchestras to Incline Village for three weeks of orchestral and chamber music concerts. 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.

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.

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.”

A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Liu holds professorships at CSUF School of Music, La Sierra University and Riverside City College. She earned her DMA at the USC Thornton School of Music, have first completed her BM and MM degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and she is the recipient of numerous other academic and performance awards. Among her teachers are Rong-Yi Liu, Joseph Robinson and David Weiss.

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.

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.

Robert Vernon (Viola)

A violist of international reputation, Robert Vernon served as principal violist of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, 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 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Manwell.

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.


INFORMATION/TICKETS: (775) 348-9413 Ticket will go on sale October 20, 2016

Nightingale Concert Hall

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Free Parking available at Brian Whalen Parking Complex just north of Church Fine Arts on Virginia St.

South Reno United Methodist Church

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Ample parking available in the adjacent parking lot.

Trinity Episcopal Church

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Street parking available. Highly recommended that you use the parking lot on the SE corner of Court Street and South Sierra Street (across from Second Judicial District Court). There will be frequent shuttles to and from the parking lot to Trinity. Call for more details.