heather ANTONISSEN

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Heather Antonissen has sung throughout the United States headlining as concert soloist, opera lead, recitalist, and featured cabaret artist.  A “charming singer and actor,” her singing is praised as “controlled and elegant, fun, fresh, everything a performance should be.” She has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Opera San Jose, Amore Opera, North Bay Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Verismo Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the San Francisco Choral Society and others. Operatic roles include Carmen in Carmen, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Mistress Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffman, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and as Mabel Dodge Luhan in the world premiere of Lorenzo’s Ashes.


SHEILA BROWNE

Violist Sheila Browne enjoys a career that includes solo, chamber collaborations and orchestral appearances. She has performed in major venues on six continents, including appearances at Berlin’s Schauspielhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and has recorded for the Sony, Nonesuch, Bridge, MSR, and Albany labels. She has been a member of the internationally prize-winning Arianna String Quartet. Browne has collaborated / recorded with Audra MacDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, Ruth Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc and members of the Brentano, Calidore, Guarneri and Vermeer quartets. As principal violist of the New World Symphony, she was selected by Artistic Director Michael Tilson-Thomas to be featured in the PBS documentary “Beethoven Alive!” A teaching assistant as an undergraduate of Karen Tuttle at The Juilliard School, she also studied with soloist Kim Kashkashian in Germany. She is Associate Professor of Viola at University of Delaware.


CHEAH CHAN DUO

Approaching its tenth season, the Cheah Chan Duo featuring Phillip Cheah, baritone and Trudy Chan, piano has become a mainstay of the New York musical scene with performances at The National Opera Center, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Cornelia Street Café, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, and Symphony Space. Lauded by Time Out New York for its “restlessly inquisitive” performances, the Duo’s concerts feature uniquely curated programs of art songs and piano works to bring greater cultural and social awareness to their audience. Notable appearances have included a retrospective recital at the historic Victoria Theatre in Singapore; a featured performance at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; a 90th birthday tribute concert to Ned Rorem and an evening devoted to the music of Frank J. Oteri and a Time Out New York-featured program of British art songs.


ANDREA CLEARFIELD

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer who has written more than 150 works for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. Recent works are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the Nepalese Himalaya. Dr. Clearfield was awarded a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship, a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, Copland House and the MacDowell Colony among others. Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard and Seeadot and recorded on the Bridge, Sony, MSR, Albany, Crystal and Innova labels. Passionate for building community around the arts, she is founder and host of the renowned Salon featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986. www.andreaclearfield.com


MATTHEW COHEN

Violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation.  Matthew has received the top prize at the 2016 Citta di Cremona International Viola Competition, first prize at the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and 2015 Vivo International Music Competition and as a recipient of the “Best Performance of Commissioned Work” prize at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition.  Solo engagements include his Lincoln Center debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and European debuts with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and the I Virtuosi Italiani orchestra in Cremona, Italy. He presented the world premiere of Garry Schyman’s viola concerto “Zingaro” with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony conducted by Dr. Noreen Green.


JONATHAN HULTING-COHEN

Saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen appears as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI), and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA). He presented solo recitals at the World Saxophone Congress, Mississippi University for Women, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and performed chamber music with David Shifrin at Chamber Music Northwest and under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. With the Admiral Launch Duo, Hulting-Cohen has commissioned and premiered ten works for harp and saxophone to be released on Albany Records. Co-founder of The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet, he performs popular chamber music internationally, recently winning First Prize at the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition. His current project, Timbre|ine, involves new works by composers whose aesthetics form the margins of classical music.  Jonathan is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at University of Massachusetts Amherst.


MICHELE MCGOVERN

Flutist Michele McGovern is renowned for her performances of classical and crossover repertoire and her ability to reach out to new audiences by integrating music, theatre, dance and performance art. Highlights include appearing as guest soloist under the baton of conductor/composer Lucas Foss at Carnegie Hall. Michele’s award winning music videos can be seen on her youtube channel at Michele McGovern Music. “Moonlight” debuted at Chicago Symphony Center and brought her 2 international “Best Music Video” awards. “Pavane” received “Best Music Video” from the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival. Her videos have over 3 million views on YouTube) Michele also created a hypnotic live interdisciplinary performance called “Lady Vadula Spellbound”. Her original music can be heard on her debut album, “Falling Leaves” on the Centaur Records label. Michele was awarded full music scholarships from Roosevelt University.


ROBERT MOBSBY

Baritone Robert Mobsby has appeared as an oratorio, concert, and opera soloist throughout the Eastern United States.  He was a semi-finalist in the Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition. His performances include opera with the Riverside Opera Company, Pittsburgh Chamber Opera and Connecticut Opera, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Schubert’s Mass in G with the Cornerstone Chorale, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at the Reformed Church of Bronxville and Thomas Beveridge’s Give Me the Splendid, Silent Sun with the New Amsterdam Singers.  Mr. Mobsby is a frequent duo-recitalist performing with mezzo-soprano Robin Lynne Frye as “Music Made for Two,” most recently at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York.


JULIANA OSINCHUK

Pianist Juliana Osinchuk has performed internationally to great critical acclaim. Her "superior technique, discipline and talent" Los Angeles Times have dazzled audiences and critics in solo and orchestral appearances.  Musical America  selected her as a "Young Artist to Watch" after her solo debut recital at Lincoln Center, NY. The Washington Post called her recital “spectacular” and the New York Times called her a "skillful and scrupulous ensemble player".  She is on the Steinway Piano roster of international artists. As a champion of American composers, Dr. Osinchuk has premiered numerous works. She received her formal education in Paris, and the Juilliard School where she graduated with a doctorate in music. Her teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Rosina Lhevinne, Nadia Reisenberg & Alexander Eydelman. 


MICHAL SCHMIDT

Michal Schmidt is an Israeli musician, active as cellist and pianist. Described as “an inspired and inspiring musician, a captivating artist”, she is a member of numerous performing ensembles including Philadelphia's Network for New Music, Piano4, Trio Camille, Trio MiReSol and Trio Tiadam in Israel. Ms. Schmidt majored in both piano and cello at Tel Aviv University Academy of Music and on a scholarship from the Israeli Arts Council she continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, receiving Artist Diplomas with Distinction on both instruments. In the US Michal studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of the Arts and Temple University. She teaches at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr college and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 Ms. Schmidt established a series in Philadelphia, “TRIBUTE: Music of Friends Performed by Friends” featuring works of contemporary composers.


NADINE SHANK

Nadine Shank is Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and rincipal Pianist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. She made her concert debut at age fifteen, performing the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 with the World Youth Orchestra of Interlochen where she received the Van Cliburn Scholarship. Other awards include MTNA, Mason and Hamlin, National Federation of Music Clubs, Oberlin Conservatory’s Rudolph Serkin and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prizes and Indiana University’s Concerto Competition. She is a frequent recitalist at UMass and has performed in numerous international festivals as well as in recital at the Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, Weill Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, 92 Street Y among others. She performed with the West Point Band and was their soloist in “Rhapsody in Blue” in their summer series. Ms. Shank’s performances appear on 18 CDs.


Concert pianist, attorney, and founder of Key Pianists at Carnegie Hall. Terry Eder brings total involvement and interpretive insight to her performances with the aim of touching her audiences in a personal way. Born in Detroit of Eastern European heritage, Terry showed prodigious talent by age 4. Ms. Eder won a research grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board that sponsored her year-long residency at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. There Ms. Eder specialized in twentieth century piano music by Hungarian composers and learned to speak Hungarian. Today she is recognized as an exceptional advocate of the music of Béla Bartók. She won the top Bartók prize in the 2008 IBLA Grand Prize and Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev competitions.

Ms. Eder is the founder of Key Pianists, a concert series that take place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Also an attorney, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Leschetizky Association since 2008, and has lent her expertise to human rights and musical organizations.

TERRY EDER