Amernet String Quartet

Amernet_bwLauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet’s busy performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, David Ehrlich, Guillermo Figeuroa, Yehuda Hanani, Gary Hoffman, Marc Johnson, Ida Kavafian, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Seymour Lipkin, Valentina Lisitsa, Anthony McGill, Rainer Moog, Christopher Rex, Nathaniel Rosen, Barry Snyder, James Tocco, Kyung Wha-Chung, and Zvi Zeitlin.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additionally, during 2004-2005 the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts. Among the Amernet’s notable engagements have been appearances at Ravinia, Lincoln Center, the Harvard Musical Association, and Princeton University, and at major festivals around the world, including Lucerne, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), Colima (Mexico), Great Lakes, Maui, Mostly Mozart, Music in the Mountains, Maverick Concerts, Morelia, and Bowdoin.

Rohan Gregory, violin

gregory_bw“Rohan Gregory, violinist is a founding member of QX, a Boston based string quartet, specializing in new music and crossover world musics. QX recently recorded for Albany records, and is performing in Boston’s Jordan Hall in March of 2007. Rohan also spent ten years performing with the Arden String Quartet, which has peen praised by the NY Times as “highly individual but powerfully united.”

Rohan presently holds contracts with the Boston Lyric Opera Company and the New England String Ensemble, and performs regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra. He has a wide and ranging interest in chamber music having played with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the international award winning Boccherini Ensemble, the Ancora Ensemble, the Amethyst and New Bohemian string quartets, and with the Calumet Quintet.

Rohan’s interest in new music encompasses world music ensembles as well. He has toured internationally with the Klezmatics, including a Tweeter Center performance with Itzahk Perlman and the Klezmatics He has performed in Thailand with the flute player Abbie Rabinovitz and Kaleidescope, in India with the indo-jazz group Natraj, and nationally with the Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Rohan has a strong private studio of students with whom he teaches both classical and ethnic styles. He coaches chamber music for the Walnut Hill School, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, for Music at Port Milford in Ontario, Canada, and at the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. His principal teachers were Marilyn McDonald from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Charles Treger from the University of Massachusetts.

Jessica Lizek, flute

lizek_bwFlutist Dr. Jessica Lizak has rapidly established herself as one of Boston’s most versatile young flutists. The Boston Music Intelligencer has described her performances as full of “youthful energy and rhythmic drive,” as well as possessing “light and free precision…a nearly jazz-like casualness.” She is principal flute of the Atlantic Symphony and Marsh Chapel Collegium, as well as section flute of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, all of which she has been a concert soloist. She also performs with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Opera Boston, Masterworks Chorale, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Collage New Music, and Zamir Chorale, among others. Nationally, she has joined the Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica, New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and the Albany Symphony (NY).

She has been a selected fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (MA), Music Academy of the West (CA), Domaine Forget (Canada), and Interlochen (MI). She was awarded top prizes in several competitions, including the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, Myrna Brown International Flute Competition, Bohemians Club of the Detroit Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a multiple winner of the Boston University Departmental Award for outstanding musical achievements. She has been a soloist at both the National Flute Convention and the Greater Boston Flute Association’s Flute Fair, and she has performed as a chamber musician on WGBH and WCRB. Her discography includes three commercial recordings available through the BSO website: a live performance of the American premiere of Carter’s opera What Next? conducted by James Levine, the first BSO release of live performances of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and a commemorative CD of Elliott Carter’s works performed at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. She has also extensively recorded with BMOP, Boston’s premier orchestra for newly composed and experimental orchestral works. She can also be heard on Natalie Merchant’s CD Leave Your Sleep, and in an upcoming children’s production in collaboration with John Lithgow. To be released later in 2014 will be two more CD’s of chamber music selections: Parma Record’s Godesses and Novona Record’s Polarities.

Dr. Lizak is also equally committed to education. She has already completed her doctorate (DMA) in music performance, which also includes a Concentration in Music Education from NEC. She holds full teaching studios with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Lexington Fine Arts Department, and Winchester Community Music School. She is also Secretary for the esteemed Pappoutsakis Flute Foundation.

Rane Moore, clarinet

moore_bwHailed by the Boston Phoenix as “phenomenal,” clarinetist Rane Moore performs regularly at home and abroad. An enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary repertoire, she has given numerous premieres of new works and appeared with the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Harvard Group for New Music, Raduis Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, and the Talea Ensemble of New York.

Ms. Moore was featured as a guest artist at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Wales and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Other festival appearances include Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), the Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo in Leon, Mexico, La Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, and the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea de Lima. She has recorded for Gravina Música and Mode records. Ms. Moore holds degrees from Indiana University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

muller-szeraws_bwChilean cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws made his debut at the age of twelve with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Concepción and has since been active as a soloist on several continents, appearing with the Orquesta Sinfónia de Chile, Markneugraefler Symphonieorchester, and the Balinger Kammerorchester as well as here in the United States. Jan plays regularly with Dinosaur Annex and Boston Musica Viva. Currently Jan is on the faculty of the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Robert Nairn, bass

nairn_bwA native of Australia, Rob Nairn received his Bachelor of music with Distinction from the Canberra School of Music and a post-graduate diploma from the Berlin Musikhochschule by courtesy of a two-year DAAD German Government Scholarship.

Rob’s experience covers Contemporary, Jazz, traditional Orchestral, and Baroque and Classical “authentic performance” Ensembles. His teachers have included Klaus Stoll, Tom Martin, and Max McBride. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, The Melbourne Symphony and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He has acted as guest Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Principle bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

In the Early Music world he holds the position of Principal Double Bass with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA; he also works with the Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble of NY and performs regularly in London as a member of ‘Florilegium’ (Baroque Ensemble-in-residence at the Wigmore hall) and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has performed recitals in Europe, the U.S. and Australia and performed in such international festivals as Salzburg, Glyndebourne and the London Proms.

Rob is active in commissioning new works for the Double Bass and has premiered more than thirty compositions for both solo bass and chamber music featuring the bass. As a soloist he has performed several concerti with the Australian Chamber and Adelaide symphony orchestras (including Bottesini’s Passiona Amoroso with Gary Karr). His first solo CD is due for release shortly.

Rob Nairn is Professor of Double bass at Penn State University where he also directs the University’s Baroque Ensemble and is president-elect of the International Society of Bassists.

Petr Nouzovský, cello

nouzovsky_bwCellist Petr Nouzovský hails from Prague, Czech Republic. His repertoire ranges from the classic violoncello compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy through the 20th century works of Shostakovich and Messiaen to contemporary works by living composers. His awards include first prize in the “Dresdner Europa Stipendiums – des Europäischen Förderpreises für Musik 2007,” the Worldtour Laureate of the International Holland Music Sessions, two recent invitations to Los Angeles for the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar, and in 2009 he is a finalist in the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. This sample of honors falls but briefly after his studies at the Dresden Hochschule, which he completed in 2007.

Petr has performed solo recitals in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw, in the Netherlands at the Diligentia Theater in the Hague, in Prague at the Rudolfinum, as well as Bratislava, Moscow, and St Petersburg. Since 2002 Petr has toured Japan annually in recital. Festival performances include the Prague Youth Festivals in 2003, 2004, and 2006; the 2003 Chamber Music festival in Bolzano, Italy; the 2004 International Music Student Festival in Kyoto, Japan; and the Prague Spring Festivals in 2005, 2007, and 2009. Though he has performed with several European orchestras and the Stamic Quartet, Nouzovsky is concentrating on solo recitals and concerti. His cello is the “Jean Baptiste Vuillaume 1835.”

Anna Reinersman, harp

ReinersmanAnna Reinersman, harpist, began her harp studies at the age of 7, holding her first position as Principal Harp for the Rocky Mountain Symphony in Utah at the age of 14. Praised by The New York Times as “an elegant harpist”, she performs extensively throughout New York and Boston.

Ms. Reinersman was the harpist for the entire run of the Broadway smash hit “The Producers”, and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, and has toured the country with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She maintains an active career as a chamber musician with the Locrian Chamber Players, a contemporary ensemble, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, a Boston based chamber group. Comfortable in a variety of musical settings, she has performed with such contemporary pop artists as Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, and the indie band Hem. Ms. Reinersman is also cofounder and Artistic Director of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and can be heard on the soundtrack of the recent “The Producers” movie.

Jessi Rosinski, flute

rosinski_bwFlutist Jessi Rosinski performs actively throughout Boston and has appeared with groups such as Collage New Music, Boston Musica Viva, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Microtonal Society, Xanthos Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Harvard Group for New Music. Ms. Rosinski is the flutist of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, an artist in residence at Harvard, an associate with the Atlantic Symphony, and a regular sub with the United States Coast Guard Band. She has collaborated with the Emerson String Quartet, Hartt Percussion Ensemble, and The BSC electro-acoustic octet and has worked with prominent composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Jennifer Higdon, and Frederick Rzewski. Ms. Rosinski has won top prizes at several competitions including the Pappoutsakis Memorial Competition, New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, and the Albert Cooper International Flute Competition.

Jessi is committed to bringing music to new audiences through performance outreach and is an avid teacher, holding positions at University of Massachusetts at Boston, Winchester Community Music School, and Milton Academy. Jessi has recorded for Mode and Capstone Records, and her writing has been published several times by the NFA Flutist Quarterly. She has earned degrees with honors from the Hartt School as a fellow of the Performance 20/20 Program and New England Conservatory where she was awarded the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. Ms. Rosinski has held fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center Summer Institute, and Stratford International Flute Festival and has performed at the Monadnock Music Festival, Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival, and Now & Present Flute Seminar. A 2007 recipient of the Saint Botolph Club Emerging Artist award, Jessi is working on a commission with composer Paul Elwood. Her recent projects include a solo performance with the Boston Pops and a solo recital and masterclass at the International Festival of Contemporary Arts in Leon, Mexico.

David Russell, cello

russell_bwHailed as a “superb cellist” in the Boston Globe, David Russell maintains a vigorous schedule both as soloist and as collaborator in the U.S. and Europe. He was appointed to the teaching faculty of Wellesley College in 2005 and currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor. He served as Assistant Principal ‘cello with the Tulsa Philharmonic and on the teaching faculty of Oklahoma City University from 2001 to 2003. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Eaken Trio, formerly in residence at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, he has toured extensively in France, Germany, Italy and England. A strong advocate and performer of new music, Mr. Russell has performed with such ensembles as Phantom Arts Ensemble for American Music, Dinosaur Annex, Collage New Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Music on the Edge, AUROS Group for New Music, Firebird Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and the Fromm Foundation Players at Harvard. He is a founding member of Furious Band, an ensemble devoted to the exploration and performance of works by young composers. Furious Band was the 2000 contemporary ensemble in residence at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.

Recent projects include the premieres of a new cello concerto by Laurie San Martin, a new concerto for quintet and orchestra by Derek Hurst with the Firebird Ensemble and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, new works for solo cello by Sam Nichols, Roger Zahab and Andrew Rindfleisch, a new work for cello and piano by Eric Moe, residencies at the University of California-Davis and the Icicle Creek Center for Chamber Music and, with Firebird, recordings of works by Lee Hyla and Tamar Diesendruck. Recent past projects included the premiere of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s chamber opera Comala at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, solo performances at Miller Theater at Columbia University, the Boston Conservatory, and the American Academy in Rome, U.S. premieres of works for solo cello by Harold Meltzer and Judith Weir, recordings of new works by Eric Moe, Eric Chasalow, Laurie San Martin, Allen Anderson and Edward Knight, masterclasses at the University of California-Davis, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and residencies at the University of South Carolina-Columbia and Tufts University. He teaches at the Cello Seminar, a summer program for study of contemporary cello music associated with Music from Salem and developed by Rhonda Rider. He has recorded for the Albany Records, New World Records and Composers Recordings labels.

Miroslav Sekera, piano

Asekera_bw child prodigy on violin and piano, Miroslav Sekera won numerous competitions on both instruments, gaining the attention of Milos Forman who cast him at the age of six as the child Mozart in the 1985 film Amadeus. Eventually, Mirek chose to concentrate on piano and in 1991 he won first prize in the Chopin Competitionat Mariánské Lázne. Other awards include first prizes in the National Competition of Czech Conservatories, the Baden Competition for Best Performance of a work by Leos Janacek, the 1999 Prague Academy of Music Arts, and the 2002 Johannes Brahms International Competition at Portschach, Austria. He has also achieved prize winning performances at the Gaillard International Piano Competition in France as well as the Nadezda-Sazinova Piano Competition. Sekera has performed solo recitals throughout the world, including Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France, the Caribbean, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

A perennial artist with The Shakespeare Concerts, he participated in both the 2003 debut season and the inaugural 2005 recording What A Piece Of Work Is Man. In his many seasons with The Shakespeare Concerts Mirek has premiered eleven compositions by Joseph Summer, including The Dumb Show in Boston in 2004. Critic Roger Lakins, writing about Sekera in the 2003 The Shakespeare Concerts, opined that he is “an awesome talent. As both a solo performer and accompanist, he is absolutely amazing… This young performer has so much going on that is far surpassing technical brilliance. His performance of the ‘Tempest Sonata’ of Beethoven was a mystical experience. This listener heard new things in a work that has been a favorite most of his life. In Sekera’s hands, the second movement is otherworldly. Form, line, harmony – they all disappeared. Just sheer beauty, beauty unfolding in all those ways and many more.” Mirek’s recording of Scarlatti piano sonatas, the Brahms piano sonata in f minor, and two bravura Moszkowski works is available under the title Augury of Amadeus.

Joseph Spacek, violin

spacek_bwThe young Czech violinist Josef Špacek is fast emerging as one of the most talented virtuosos of his generation. He has been guided by some of the most highly regarded pedagogues, including Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School. In May 2012 he was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels; in 2009 Josef won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand) and both Third Prize and the Young People’s Jury Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008. He currently combines a flourishing solo career with the position of concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a soloist, Josef has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Czech Chamber Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. He has soloed under conductors including Jiri Belohlávek, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, James DePreist, Asher Fisch, Roy Goodman, Jakub Hrusa, Eliahu Inbal and Rossen Milanov. A regular at music festivals, Josef has performed at the Dvorak Prague Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bohuslav Martinu Festival, Moravian Autumn Music Festival and the Prague Spring Festival.

The Supraphon label released Josef’s first recital recording in April 2013. Together with pianist Miroslav Sekera he performs works by Janacek, Smetana and Prokofiev. His 2010 recording of various works by H.W. Ernst was released on Naxos in March 2013. In 2006 he recorded his debut CD featuring the complete sonatas for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe. Future and recent concert highlights include solo performances with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Belohlávek and Jakub Hrusa (including concerts in Prague, the UK, Japan and Australia), the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Martinu Philharmonic, the Erkel Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and recital appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Josef Spacek plays a violin made in 1855 in the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Peter Sulski, viola

sulski_bwPeter Sulski, violist, leads a triangular existence. Here in the United States he is a member of the string quartet QX and Boston Musica Viva. Peter is Artistic Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and the Thayer Festival, and executive director of Worcester Collegium, the new chamber orchestra in residence in Mechanics Hall, Worcester. In the UK he run the Westgate Music Series, the Forest Row Camerata, and Concerts at St. Swithun’s.

Whilst in Palestine he is Cultural Envoy to the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and directs the Al Kamandjati Baroque and Summer Festivals.

SangYoung (Website)SangYoung Kim, Piano

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “Brilliant champion,” and by La Libre Belgique for her “poetic enchantment” and “epic performance,” internationally recognized pianist SangYoung Kim has gained attention through numerous competitions and performances throughout South Korea, North America, Europe, and Israel. In May 2013, Ms. Kim became a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.

Since her orchestra debut at age 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms. Kim has appeared as a soloist with the Yewon Orchestra and won numerous prizes in Korea. After coming to the United States in 2002, Ms. Kim has continued to meet with succession in competitions such as the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition and the Heida Hermannes International Music Competition, San Marino International Piano Competition, and obtained not only the Gold Medal but also the Russian and Chopin etude Prizes from the Usasu Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. Other prizes include the highest honors from the both the Yewon Art School and the Seoul Art High School, and the Carol and Robert T. Henderson Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory.

Ms. Kim has appeared as soloist with the NEC Philhamonia Orchestra, Concord Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in Belgium, and the National Orchestra of Belgium. Other featured performances include recitals at Chopin Hall, Kumho Gallery and Kumho Art Hall in Korea, Norris Cultural Center in Illinois, Williams Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Cleveland Play House Bolten Theater in Ohio, Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall and Roza Centre in Calgary, Canada, the Courchevel Music Festival and Music Academy of Villecrozein France, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Belgium, and the Paderewski Piano Academy in Poland. In 2009, Ms. Kim was invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington. D.C to give a recital as the part of the Millennium Stage Concert series.

As a chamber music lover, Ms. Kim’s chamber performances have been frequently heard in Jordan Hall, Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH Radio, and Harvard University. Ms. Kim participated in an extensive tour of the Boston area, playing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with other musicians including flutist Paula Robison as the narrator. She also collaborated with composer Michael Gandolfi in a performance of his Resin in Resonance (2008) which was broadcasted by WGBH. Recently, Ms. Kim’s commercial recordings of David Owens’ Piano Sonata for Two Pianos and of Joseph Summer’s “You May Think of Art” have been released by Albany Records in July 2014 and by Parma Recordings Company in February 2015.

After graduating from Seoul Art High School as a student of Kyung Sook Lee and Bon Hee Ku, Ms. Kim has studied at New England Conservatory under the guidance of Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree.