Luosha Fang
VIOLIN

Violinist and violist Luosha Fang is an artist of unusual imagination who brings an adventurous spirit to music ranging from canonical repertoire to world premieres. She has soloed with the Albany Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and was a winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions and S&R Foundation’s 2015 Washington Award.

Fang’s 2016–17 season includes Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, as well as performances -- as both solo violinist and solo violist -- of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, with the Suzhou Royal Chamber Orchestra in China (violin) and in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain, under Pablo Gonzalez (viola). She has recently performed the complete Ligeti Viola Sonata at Bard Music West in San Francisco, and will appear in Navah Perlman’s Lake Placid Pro-Musica Chamber Music Series, Kimberton Chamber Music Festival and Viviane Hagner's Krzyżowa-Music in August 2017. Later, she will participate in the Music from Marlboro Chamber Music Festival tour (2019).

Ms. Fang has a strong interest in championing contemporary works. She performed George Tsontakis' double concerto Unforgettable with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with whom she also recorded the work for release on NAXOS Records. She worked closely with composer Krzysztof Penderecki in preparation for a March 2014 Carnegie Hall performance of his Sextet. She also premiered Chinese composer Shen Yiwen’s violin concerto "Mulan" with the American Symphony Orchestra Recently, she appeared in recitals at Bard College and in Philadelphia, premiering a newly-commissioned solo violin work by Michael Djupstrom, “Lautar.” She also presented a concert of solo violin works by Jeffrey Mumford at Spectrum NYC.

A winner of the 2015 S&R Foundation Washington Award, Ms. Fang also was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as the first violinist of the Chimeng Quartet, of which she was a founding member. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in leading concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center and the Library of Congress. Her festival appearances include Marlboro, Ravinia, Norfolk, Aspen, Kneisel Hall, Music from Angel Fire, Incontri in Terra di Siena, and Bard, and she has worked with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Nobuko Imai, Bruno Canino, Cynthia Raim, Benita Valente, Marina Piccinini, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Paul Katz, Hsin-Yun Huang, Roberto Diaz, Anna Polonsky, eighth blackbird, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard string quartets between 2010-2016. In addition, she was a guest artist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Fang made her concert debut at the age of eight in China with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, and at sixteen moved from China to the US on a scholarship to the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. After graduating from Bard with degrees in both violin and Russian studies, she attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She also studied with Anatoly Reznikovsky at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and in 2016 began viola studies with Nobuko Imai and violin with Marco Rizzi at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. Always in pursuit of new artistic frontiers, she collaborated with the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and studied acting and theater at Bard College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Ruotao Mao
Concertmaster

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Violinist Ruotao Mao is an active soloist, chamber musician while holding numerous concertmaster posts in the tri-state area. His playing was described by The Classical New Jersey as "virtuoso display of world-class magnitude." and "The level of playing has reached far beyond mere technical competence." A native of Beijing, China, Mr. Mao graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with “distinction in performance” award. He earned his Master Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he studied under violinist Arnold Sternhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. He also studied with Dorothy Delay, Paul Kantor and Masuko Ushioda. As a chamber musician, he is one of the founding members of the former Beijing Piano Quartet, winner of “Artists International Chamber Music Series” with appearances in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center and also the highly acclaimed Amabile String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at Rutgers University(2000 and 2001). As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as the Jupiter Symphony, NEC Symphony, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Edison Symphony, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers University Orchestra among many others. In 2004, Mr. Mao premiered a violin concerto by Ernie Stires in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. He had performance tours in Korea and Colombia, South America. He performed on WNYC, WETS and WDVR-FM broadcasts and is a recording artist for the CRI and Beijing Broadcast Labels. Mr. Mao also serves as the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and most recently, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Mr. Mao has taught violin and chamber music at The College of New Jersey and Princeton University.


Angelo Xiang Yu
Violin

Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical talent have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music performances.

In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded 3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011 and was the youngest prize winner ever at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2006. And in March 2017, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, beginning with the 18/19 season.

In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include appearances with the Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Houston symphonies, as well as with the North Carolina, Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Modesto, Tucson, Elgin, Binghamton and Lake Forest symphonies. In the summer of 2016, he participated for the second season in a row in Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest festival and made his debut at the Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California. Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. He has participated as a chamber musician in several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bergen Festival in Norway and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York. During the 12/13 season, Mr. Yu was invited to tour with Miriam Fried and chamber musicians from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute and performed concerts in New York, Chicago, Florida and throughout New England. He was also recently featured as the Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast radio program Performance Today.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried and Kim Kashkashian, served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant, and was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.

 

Jorge Ávila
Co-Concertmaster

Hailed as “a strong violinist” by the New York Times, violinist Jorge Ávila has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, and Central and South America, including as a soloist and co-concertmaster with the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2012 with the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Orchestra and performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra the previous year.

In the New York City area, he has also appeared as a soloist with the Colonial Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, City Island Chamber Orchestra, and The Bronx Arts Ensemble.

As a concertmaster, he has appeared, in addition to the Bay Atlantic Symphony, with the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Colonial Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony, Oratorio Society, Musica Sacra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, St. Grace Church Orchestra, Gotham Opera, National Chorale, Verismo Opera, José Limón Dance Company,  Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia, the New Amsterdam Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Mannes College of Music Orchestra . He is also concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut, Long Island Masterworks, Distinguished Concerts International New York, and the Patrick’s Cathedral Orchestra, among other groups in New York City. During the visit to New York of Pope Benedict XVI to New York in 2008, Ávila had the honor of appearing as concertmaster for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at a televised Mass held at Yankee Stadium.

Ávila is a founding member of the Chalfonte Quartet and, as a chamber musician, performs with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Willow Ensemble, Prism Ensemble, Musicians’ Accord, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

He made his solo Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, in a recital featuring music from his CD of Spanish sonatas for violin and piano on the Centaur label.

Ávila has also performed in several Broadway productions, including the onstage violinist in The Music Man, and in the orchestras of The Scarlet PimpernelAidaAnnie Get Your GunThe Producers, and, most recently, South PacificWest Side Story, and Wicked.

He has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch, and Centaur labels, among others, and has performed live on television and radio.

Born in Honduras, Ávila has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and received his resident status in the United States under the “Extraordinary Talent” category. He was also awarded first prize in the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition.

Nurit Bar-Josef
VIOLIN

Nurit Bar-Josef was appointed Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2001 (then the youngest such appointee to a major U.S. orchestra) by Maestro Leonard Slatkin.  She was previously Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops from 1998-2001 and Assistant Principal Second Violin of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1997-1998.  She studied with Aaron Rosand at The Curtis Institute of Music and continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Robert Mann.

Ms. Bar-Josef’s solo appearances have included the National Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Britt Festival Orchestras, among others.  An active chamber musician, she has performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Festival (ME) and Aspen Music Festival, and festivals in Tanglewood, Portland (ME), Kingston (RI), Steamboat Springs, Garth Newel, and Caramoor, where she performed piano quartets with Andre Previn at his Rising Stars Festival.  She was a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players for nine years, and is a founding member of the Dryden Quartet.

Ms. Bar-Josef has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and has had the honor of performing at the White House with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.  She is currently playing on a J.B. Vuillaume dated 1871, generously on loan to her from the Library of Congress. 

Nurit resides in the Washington, DC area and enjoys long bike rides and hiking with her husband and dog in her free time.  

Jonathan Carney
VIOLA

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BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney is in his 16th season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after 12 seasons in the same position with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

After enjoying critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Mr. Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra in 1996. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London's Barbican Hall. He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Nielsen, sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck, and a disc of virtuoso works of by Sarasate and Kreisler with his mother Gloria Carney as pianist. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin.

Mr. Carney is passionate about music education and currently serves as Artistic Director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. He is also an artist in residence at the Baltimore School for the Arts, one of the country's premier high schools and also serves on its Board of Directors.

Jonathan is presently on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, an intensive seven-week summer music festival in the mountains of western North Carolina.  As a sought after clinician he also gives master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Carney performs on a 1687 Stradivarius, the Mercur-Avery, on which he uses "Vision" strings by Thomastik-Infeld. Mr.Carney's string sponsor is Connolly & Co., exclusive U.S. importer of Thomastik-Infeld strings.

Felix Hell
ORGANIST

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A native of Germany, Felix Hell is one of the most sought after concert organists in the world. He has been featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist in more than 850 concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The American Organist raved that he “sets standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal.”

Felix Hell’s discography includes 10 CDs. His most recent recording features music for Organ and Symphony Orchestra by Barber, Guilmant and Jongen. His recordings are frequently broadcast throughout the United States and across the world; he has appeared on television globally.

His project “Music Across America” allows him to travel with his own Touring Organ, performing organ concertos and recitals in spaces that do not house pipe organs, liberating the instrument from its historic confines.

Felix Hell is known for his diverse and innovative programming, drawing upon a repertoire encompassing five centuries. Furthermore, he has received global recognition for his marathon performances of the entire organ works of J.S. Bach, which encompass about 250 compositions and close to 20 hours of performance time. He has since performed the complete Bach cycle four times, most recently in in 2013 in Seoul, Korea.

Mr. Hell is an avid supporter of new music for organ and frequently collaborates with composers.

Felix Hell studied at the Juilliard School in New York, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (BM), the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (AD, MM, DMA). In 2007, he received Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Outstanding Graduate Award.

Mr. Hell holds positions of Organ Artist Associate at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Distinguished Organist-in-Residence at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, and Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Sunderman Conservatory in Gettysburg, PA. In 2011, Felix Hell was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea

Stefan Jackiw
VIOLIN

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Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.

Last season Stefan Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra. He also appeared in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas. In Europe, Stefan returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. And in Asia, he appeared for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returned to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. He also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. 

This season, Stefan will appear on tour throughout North America, including performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. He will also perform with Juraj Valčuha both with the Philharmonia Orchestra and RAI Turin Orchestra. Tours in Europe, will also take Stefan back to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Ludovic Morlot, and to the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony with Mario Venzago, and to the Munich Symphony. Further afield, he will appear on tour with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Shanghai and Mumbai. This season he also records Ives violin Sonata with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch Records, ahead of their North American tour in the 2017-18 season. Previous recordings include the complete Brahms Sonatas for Sony, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have”. 

In recent seasons, Stefan toured Australia playing Mendelssohn with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’s Violin Concerto No 2 “Jubilant Arcs”, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher. Other recent highlights include performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Juraj Valcuha.

Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Caramoor International Music Festival, the Celebrity Series of Boston, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris. As a chamber musician, Jackiw has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine.  
Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.

Lukáš Vondráček
PIANO

The indisputable winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2016, Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance at the age of four. His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technical ability have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbanski, Stéphane Denève and Alexander Lazarev.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre national de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquesta de Gran Canaria, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and a return to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He will tour Brazil, India and appear in recitals in Hong Kong, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Prague’s Rudolfinum and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

Recent recitals have taken Lukáš to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Casa da Música in Porto, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Washington Performing Arts Society, Boston Celebrity Series as well as Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Gilmore Festival and the renowned Piano aux Jacobins series in Toulouse amongst others.

He works regularly with ensembles such as the London and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Philharmonia and Gulbenkian orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras. Recent highlights include a tour of Spain with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and a highly successful tour of Australia including appearances with the West Australian and Sydney Symphony orchestras. 

International awards include first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

Following studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire Lukáš Vondráček obtained an Artist Diploma from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with Honours in 2012. 

His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia Records, was released in 2004 followed by another recital disc in 2012. His most recent CD, a recording of works by Brahms was released in autumn 2013 on the ORF label.

Kai Gleusteen
VIOLIN

Canadian born violinist, Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already at a young age, he had the opportunity to study with the most renowned violinists and teachers of his time, including Nathan Milstein, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Zakhar Bron. By the age of seventeen, Kai was awarded the top prize in the Commonwealth Concerto Competition in Australia, he had received the prestigious Skene Award in Scotland and had formed his first chamber orchestra: The Group of Twelve.

A strong believer in the musician as a multi-dimensional human being, Kai chose to combine his musical studies with academic pursuits. At the University of Michigan, he studied anthropology, geophysics, and philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree from Rice University under the tutelage of the person who would become his greatest inspiration on both a personal and musical level, the violinist Camilla Wicks.

In 1991, Kai moved to Europe to live in the heart of Western culture. Paris and Prague were his bases for nine years, allowing him to develop and perform both as a soloist and leader of numerous orchestras. In the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In 2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya. He continues to perform extensively as a soloist and a recitalist throughout Europe, North America and China and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

Since 2011, Kai has devoted has founded a festival of chamber music, called Kaimerata Concerts, in which he chooses one composer per season and shares his knowledge and passion of the works with the audience, by explaing, demonstrating, and performing the selected works.  After a seven successful seasons in Spain, Kaimerata Concerts has now a second home on Denman Island in the summer.  More details on kaimerata.com.

Kai has the great fortune to play on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini, "El Tigre" made in 1781.

Catherine Ordronneau
PIANO

"Une pianiste pas comme les autres.” These were the words of Pierre Petit, the well-known critique of the Figaro, after a performance of Catherine Ordronneau.

Although she performed her first solo concert at age 12, it is only when she turned 18 that she decided to devote herself entirely to music, receiving guidance from French pianist François-René Duchâble and the pedagogue Monique Deschaussées, herself a student of the great Alfred Cortot.  

After receiving the highest distinction in academics, and the prize of the “Foundation Lefébure,” she chose to avoid international competitions in order to develop an eclectic repertoire and grow as a thoughtful and well-rounded musician. Being a lover of literature and nature, she delivers “mesmerizing interpretation allied to a total musical integrity.” (The Times)

She performs extensively in North America, Europe and China. She was invited to play as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Lublin Philharmonic in Poland, and the Lebanon Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2008, she regularly goes to China and has played in the most prestigious halls, including the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the Performing Arts Center in Tianjin. She recorded live for CBC Radio, Bravo, TV2 in Spain, Radio France…

She also loves chamber music and takes part in many chamber music festivals.  She has worked and performed with Canadian violinist Kai Gleusteen for more than 15 years and their discography includes award winning recordings.

Catherine is professor of piano and chamber music in the Liceu Conservatorio Superior de Música.

Esther Yoo
VIOLIN

"Can the world take yet another brilliant young female violinist? Yes, if that violinist is Esther Yoo" wrote The Telegraph after the violinist’s performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2016. Esther Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, aged 16, she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. In 2012 the American-Korean violinist was also one of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and since 2014 she has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

In 2016/17, following her first BBC Proms appearance (with the BBC Philharmonic under Alpesh Chuahan), Esther debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä), Charlotte Symphony (Christopher Warren-Green) and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Karina Canellakis). She performs with the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow (Charles-Olivieri Munroe) and joins the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern for concerts with Shi Yeon Sung in Germany and Korea. Chamber music appearances include her US recital debut with Robert Koenig at New York’s Lincoln Center, and recitals in the UK and Spain.

Last season saw the release of her debut album by Deutsche Grammophon, of the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Aaron Cohen

Aaron is a native of Philadelphia now living in Atlantic City and has made a major commitment to the South Jersey business and philanthropic community over the last 10 years.  Presently the longest sitting Trustee on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Board and the Chair of Development & Fundraising, Aaron is a Past President and has also previously served as Secretary, Vice President and Chair of Strategic Planning.  He is a life-long audiophile, music lover and collector of rare recordings and has pursued numerous activities in the music and musical instrument industries throughout his adult life.  Aaron also maintains a serious collection of guitars and other musical instruments and plays informally on a regular basis with groups in New York City.   

A graduate of Temple University with post-Baccalaureate work in world affairs and history, Aaron is a very active businessman with ownership and leadership in companies in the title insurance, government contracting, medical technology, alternative energy and music/video/stage production industries.  His company Stage Trip Industries has provided audio, video, lighting and streaming services for many events in all kinds of venues and settings with particular focus on the music, medical, automotive, fashion, non-profit gala and private corporate event sectors as well as for private personal celebrations (weddings, etc.).  In medical technology, Aaron is Chief Executive Officer of a company possessing novel patented therapies for degenerative brain diseases and traumatic brain injury and is co-inventor on several pending patents in cancer immunology.  In alternative energy, he advises and represents a company that has devised a unique non-invasive method for mounting solar panels and other technical equipment to commercial and industrial rooftops; and in musical instruments he has advised numerous instrument manufacturers and is presently engaged in the re-launch of a world-renowned brand of jazz guitars after several decades of inactivity.  

Aaron has also served as a long-time Board member of two condominium homeowners associations in PA and NJ and briefly served as interim President of one of them.  He spent many years throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s in the mortgage and mortgage banking industries, has worked from time to time on Jewish causes, and has been a life-long cyclist and martial artist.


Robert Dragotta

For over a decade, Robert Dragotta has been involved in the New York theater world.  He is currently Executive Director for Culture Project a non-profit theater company that operates the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City. His  producing credits include, Girls Night: The Musical and the Late Nite Catechism series with Entertainment Events.  His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Sarah Jones: Bridge & Tunnel, Shout:The Singing 60’s Musical, Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jewsical the Chosen Musical, We’re Still Hot and White Chocolate. He produced Lorna Luft in Songs My Mother Taught Me at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale and in London’s West End. He co-produced the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song with Lea Salonga, and was producer of the national tour of Some Like it Hot, starring Tony Curtis.  Robert co-produced the Broadway revival of the hit comedy, Noise is Off, starring Patti Lapone and Peter Gallagher.  Other New York productions include: Minor Demons, Electra, Now Hear This!, Epic Proportions, How to Succeed in Business, The Elephant Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Gary Sinese and Russell Simon’s DEF POETRY


Loretta P. Finnegan, MD

Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan currently is Executive Officer of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and is President of Finnegan Consulting which addresses education, research, and treatment in issues relating to women’s health and perinatal addiction. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in these fields and amongst the first to develop a landmark program providing comprehensive services for drug dependent pregnant/post-partum women and their children. She is also credited with the development of an assessment tool for neonatal opioid abstinence which is used widely in neonatal units in the United States and many other countries. Past positions have included the following: Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University (Ret.), Founder and Former Director of Family Center, Comprehensive Services for Pregnant Drug Dependent Women, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Former Medical Advisor to the Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, DHHS (Ret.). Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Finnegan received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at the Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division. Dr. Finnegan has three honorary degrees: Doctor of Laws (Chestnut Hill College), Doctor of Science (Ursinus College), and Doctor of Science in Osteopathy (University of New England). Dr. Finnegan has been the recipient of many awards too numerous to mention. Over the past few decades, Dr. Finnegan has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications and has spoken at scientific conferences in the United States and in many international settings where she has given nearly 1000 presentations on topics related to health issues in women and children. She has participated in international symposia, conferences and technical consultations or has been a visiting professor in 32 countries including Italy, France, Ireland, England, Portugal, Canada (Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia), Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, the Philippines, Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide), the Soviet Union, New Zealand (Auckland, Palmerston, North, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch), Scotland, Austria, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, the Republic of Tatarstan-Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Spain, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Current and Past Volunteer Activities include: Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors (President-2012-2014); Drexel University’s Leadership Council for the President (2012-2014); Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Health Education Corporation of Drexel University (2012-2014); Avalon Yacht Club Board of Trustees, Membership Chair (2009-2015); Board of Directors, Avalon Performing Arts Council (President-2014-2016); Board of Trustees, Bay Atlantic Symphony (Fundraising Committee) (2012-present), Avalon Lions Club (2011-present) (Membership Committee). DUCOM Advisory Council to the President (2015-present).


Thomas A. Giegerich, DMD

THOMAS A. GIEGERICH, ORTHODONTIST.  BA, RUTGERS, DMD, UNIV. PENNA., MS, CASE WESTERN RESERVE, UNIV. 

Thomas Giegerich is a fourth-generation Island Native. His grandfather, Marcus, emigrated from Germany, to Atlantic City in 1886, to become the first salaried member of the Atlantic City Fire Department.

He attended Holy Spirit High. While attending, he played Varsity Football and was the Senior Class President.

He then went on to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He was a psychology major, and minored in science. During his college career, he was a Heavyweight Varsity Crew-Captain and a member of the CHI PSI Fraternity.

He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his DMD Degree. While attending UPENN, Tom was elected to the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, with a class rank of 10 out of 120.

Commissioned a captain, US air force and stationed for 3 years in Seville, Spain. Was the preventive dental officer for the military, 2000 dependents, and the base school system.

Bilingual in Spanish.

Orthodontic residency, Case Western Reserve, Univ., Cleveland. MS degree.

Tom later established a solo, private orthodontic practice in Cleveland. He owned the practice for 29 years, until he returned home to Margate in 2000.

In 1986 he, purchased the Colonial Manor Apartments, a 132-unit complex in North Ridgeville, Ohio. In 2010, he sold the Colonial Manor Apartments and purchased a CVS Retail Store in Brunswick, GA.

IN 1979, he formed a Panamanian corp. for the purchase and operation of the 192 ft. cargo vessel, Twillingate, from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Moved her to New Orleans and established a break bulk cargo service from the gulf to Central America.

IN 1984, he built the LOA 68 ft. Steel, square topsail schooner, Eagle, with coast guard certification for 49 passengers. It operated it in Newport, Florida, and St. Thomas for approx. 3 years it to a youth charter operation in Florida.

Tom has been a classical musical lover since college and maintained season tickets to the Cleveland orchestra for approx. 18 years. Likewise, since returning to Margate in 2000, he has been an avid fan and supporter of the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

In 2000, he took a 3-year travel sabbatical, bought the 46 ft. Sailing Ketch Osprey, and sailed the East Coast from Key West to Canada and back in 2001-2002. He made 3 Trans-Atlantic passenger voyages on the 360 ft. Sailing Ship, Star Clipper, and the 439 ft. Royal clipper.

In 2003, he returned to a part-time orthodontic practice, ultimately building a new office and private/solo practice in 2010 in Galloway.

Tom currently lives in his childhood home in Margate, NJ. He has 3 wonderful sons and 7 grandchildren in suburban Philadelphia, that occupy his time with their athletic activities and summer visits.

He has traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, Russia, Uzbekistan, Central and South America, and China.


Sheila F. Hughes, Esq.

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Sheila Hughes, Esquire is Staff Counsel at the Military Assistance Project ("MAP") headquartered in Philadelphia. MAP provides pro bono legal services to veterans and active service members facing financial crisis. Sheila is an AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow and a VA accredited attorney. Sheila is an Executive Board Member of the Atlantic County Bar Association and a Trustee of South Jersey Life Skills Lab, Inc. She is also a co-founder of SoPro, AC a "social professionals"  networking organization. Sheila spent 8 years as an associate in the commercial litigation department at Cooper Levenson in Atlantic City. During that time she was recognized as Atlantic County's Outstanding Young Lawyer 2014 and Atlantic City Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 2013. Sheila lives in Atlantic City and travels the world as much as she possibly can. 


Charles 'Shy' Kramer

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I graduated from Michigan State University in 1953 and it was there - that I met my wife, Janet. Today we have three children all married and seven grandchildren.

During the Korean War I served as a PIO - Pubic Information Officer in Seoul, Korea representing the Korean Communications Zone.

Upon discharge Jan and I made our home in Margate - where I worked as gen- eral manager of Garwood Mills. One of the first discount department stores in the country.

In 1977 - 79 I was the President of Congregation Beth Judah. It was then the largest Jewish congregation in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

I later served as President of the Jewish Family Service Agency.

In 1976 started my own marketing company - focusing on direct marketing in an industry where it was practically non-existant. Shy Kramer & Associates continues to serve clients in that industry across the entire country.

In 1995 I was selected as a “Dean” of the American Wholesale Marketers Associ- ation.

In 1996 I founded and served as publisher of the “Jewish Times” newspaper serving the Jewish communities of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. The paper merged with the “Community Voice” newspaper of Cherry Hill in April 2014.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony for the past eight years.


Dana Dunn Lisicki

Dana Dunn Lisicki completed her undergraduate education at Temple University in Philadelphia.  She then attended Philadelphia College and Textiles and Science to obtain her MBA, with a special concentration in Health Administration.     

Dana is the Assistant Vice President with oversight of primary care and ambulatory pediatrics for AtlantiCare Physician Group which employs more than 45 primary care providers and located in 21 different location across South Jersey.  She has been with AtlantiCare for over 7 years.  Prior to AtlantiCare, she was Director of Strategic Implementation at duPont Hospital for Children for 9 years.  

Noted accomplishments include recruitment strategies and acquisition execution to build the organization’s team of providers necessary to care for the populations served. Further, under Ms. Lisicki’s leadership the team received NCQA recognition starting in 2011 and deployed the Advanced Medical Home model to 18 primary care locations in 2015. 


Maria Jimena Mento

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Maria is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, a music lover and admirer of the enhancing and quintessential leadership of music director Jed Gaylin. She is married to composer and pianist Steven Mento. Maria has been a board member since October of 2015 and an avid fan since first hearing the Bay Atlantic Symphony in 2002.