Linda Sinanian - Violin
Jeff Forden - French Horn
Dorothea Cook -- Theory
Barry J. Crawford - Flute
Christine Doré - Piano
Maria Antonia Garcia - Piano
Vanessa Ruotolo - Cello
Paul Hostetter - Conductor
Lisa Kozenko - Oboe
John Link - Composer
Leslie Perna -- viola
Linda Sinanian -- Violin
Violinist Linda Sinanian, has toured internationally and throughout the United States and Canada in performances of the solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire. As the winner of numerous competitions and awards, solo performances with orchestras and recitals in New York, Boston, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Canada and Europe launched her career and remain to fuel her musical life. She has successfully established several chamber ensembles on the eastern seaboard including the frequently recorded Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Long Island Chamber Players. European tours hail especially laudatory reviews and have developed lasting cultural exchanges across the Atlantic. Following many years performing in the major concert halls of the East coast as concertmaster of both the L¡¯Opera Lyrico Sperimantale in Spoleto, Italy and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, principal of the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Opera and the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Opera, Linda began focusing on her greatest love ¨C chamber music. Currently, Linda is the violinist of the New York based ensemble Chamberosity and the Atlantic Piano Trio. She is collaborating on a recording of the Brahms Horn Trio and other compelling but lesser known Horn trios deserving of wider audience exposure. Additionally, Linda serves as the concertmaster of the Atlantic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ardently dedicated to the musical education of the next generation of musicians, Linda is on the faculty of The Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College and maintains a private teaching studio. Linda has served on the faculty at Clayton State University, presented masterclasses at Georgia State University and the Conservatories in Puerto Rico, Italy and New York. She earned her Doctorate from the State University New York at Stony Brook and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Lazar Gosman, James Buswell, and Raphael Bronstein. Linda Sinanian is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival.
Jeffrey Forden -- French Horn
Jeffrey Forden has gained attention from audiences and the musical world for his flexibility of style and color in orchestral and chamber music performances. Mr. Forden is presently principal horn of the Atlantic Philharmonic Orchestra, and is one of the founding members of Chamberosity. He received his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from SUNY Stony Brook. A Canadian native, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Calgary. His principal teachers include William Purvis, Kurt Kellan, Philip Farkas and Tom Rolston. Mr. Forden has performed with numerous orchestras most notably the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Aria Festival Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Pops, Hungarian Festival Orchestra in Budapest, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber player he has performed with Brass Encounters Brass Quintet, The St. Jude Ensemble, Calgary Chamber Winds, The North Shore Pro Musica, and the Pacem Ensemble. His awards include first place in the University of Calgary concerto competition, Banff Center for the Performing Arts and Pro-Musica Chamber music award. Mr. Forden¡¯s recordings include David Amram¡¯s, An American Original, recorded with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra on Newport Classics and with the Brass Encounters Brass Quintet for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr. Forden is Founder and Executive Director of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival, a faculty member of the SUNY Stony Brook Pre College and maintains a private studio in New York.
Dorothea Cook -- Theory
Dorothea Cook majored in performance at the University of Washington where she studied violin with Emanuel Zetlin and harpsichord with Sylvia Kind. She
continued her studies in England with violin pedagogue Kato Havas and then went on to study theory and solfege at The Fontainebleau Summer Institute under the direction of Robert Levin and Nadia Boulanger. After many years as a professional violinist in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Cook moved to New York where she obtained a multidisciplinary degree in music and psychology at Stony Brook State University of New York. An active interest in Baroque performance
practice led her to study continuo realization with Arthur Haas and Baroque violin with Jorie Garrigue and Judson Griffin.
Ms. Cook is a member of Ensemble Leonarda, a period instrument ensemble. She also performs in the duo Silken Rags with her husband, composer-pianist Peter Winkler.
In addition to her performing activities, Ms. Cook conducts classes in violin, viola, keyboard basics, and musicianship. She is a certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor who received her Dalcroze training at the Dalcroze School of Music and the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City. She directs the Music Basics for Kids program at the State University of New York and is a member of the Dalcroze faculty at the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance in New York City.
Barry J. Crawford -- Flute
Long Island native Barry J. Crawford is Principal Flutist of the Jupiter Symphony and the Academic Symphony in New York City. He has participated in many prestigious music festivals, such as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. He has performed solo recitals for the Noonday Concert Series at Trinity Church, Musica da Camera, Music at Greenlawn, the Islip Arts Council, and has been a featured artist on WQXR's Young Artist Showcase. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Crawford has premiered new works at Purchase College, SUNY Stony Brook, Mannes Collge of Music, New York University, Merkin Hall, the Ethical Cultural Society of Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music and at the National Conference for the Society of Composers, Inc. Mr. Crawford received a B.F.A. from Purchase College Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. Mr. Crawford has been a concerto soloist with the Jupiter Symphony, the Mannes Orchestra, the Purchase Symphony, the Rushmore Festival Chamber Orchestra and the University Orchestra at SUNY Stony Brook. Mr. Crawford is a member of the Long Island Chamber Players and the Beekman Hill Ensemble. His teachers have included Judith Mendenhall, Carol Wincenc, Samuel Baron and Tara Helen
Christine Doré -- Piano
Pianist Christine Doré has received international acclaim as a chamber musician with wide interpretative capabilities. She began her musical studies in England at the age of six and went on to earn a Bachelor¡¯s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a Masters from the Mannes College of Music, where she attended on a full scholarship. Ms. Dor¨¦ enjoys an active and varied career as a chamber musician, accompanist, soloist and teacher. Ms. Dor¨¦ made her New York debut in 1996 as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie¡¯s Weill Recital Hall. She has twice toured eastern Europe, including performances in Prague and the palace in Czesky Krumlov. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Music At Greenlawn concert series and is a member of the chamber music faculties of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival and the Pre-College music program at the University of Stony Brook. She is a founding member of the Long Island Chamber Players. Ms. Dor¨¦ believes in the highest standards of musical education and is devoted to her many students.
Maria Antonia Garcia -- Piano
Pianist, Maria Antonia Garcia made her professional debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten. As a soloist, she has performed with the Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra, at the Ponce Museum of Art, and at the Inter-American Festival for the Arts, and at Christ and St. Sthepen's Church in New York Ctiy. A passionate and active chamber musician, Maria has performed in the United States, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Slovak Republic, and Venezuela with artists such as Carol Wincenc, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Scott St. John, Eduard Brunner, Jens Lindemann, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and as the pianist of the Piano Trio "Melange." Ms. Garcia earned a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Maria is a recipient of the W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship from the State University of New York for graduate studies where she earned her Master of Music degree and presently is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts. Ms. Garcia has recorded a CD for Michael Hynes' two-piano work FOUR which was premiered in 1997 at Toronto's Glenn Gould Hall and was broadcast live by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She has also toured throughout the US with the Mark Morris Dance Company. Currently residing in New York City she is on the faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, CUNY Queens College Preparatory Division, New Jersey City State University as well as holding a private studio.
Vanessa Ruotolo -- Cello
Vanessa Ruotolo, cellist, grew up in Stanford, California and began her studies with Irene Sharp at the age of 7. She later attended the New England and San Francisco Conservatories of Music where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music. For the last few years, she has focused primarily on musical works of the 20th century and has appeared with The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Berkeley Contemporary Players, Left Coast Ensemble, Santa Cruz New Music Works and is principal cellist of the San Francisco based Worn Chamber Ensemble, where she has performed several contemporary solo cello works. She recently worked closely with composer Gunther Schuller co producing and performing in a two-concert festival celebrating entirely his music. Last year Ms. Ruotolo joined 50 cellists around the world in commissioning Mr. Schuller¡¯s new sonata for cello and piano to be performed in the fall of 2004. In the late 1990¡¯s, Ms. Ruotolo toured Europe as cellist of the Del Sol String Quartet and recently toured the United States as principal Cellist with the San Francisco Western Opera Theater. She performed throughout Japan as principal cellist of the Pacific Music Festival under the batons of both Michael Tilson Thomas and Christophe Eshenbach. As educator, she has participated in San Francisco Symphony¡¯s Adventures in Music educational outreach program, is on the faculty at the Northern California School of Music and Art and has a private studio in both Palo Alto and San Francisco. Ms. Ruotolo has been on the faculties of numerous chamber music summer programs including Point Counterpoint in Middlebury Vermont, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop in Eureka California and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra¡¯s Summer Chamber Music Program. In addition to her solo and teaching obligations, she is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, led by pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, with whom she has performed several chamber music recitals, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mid-Summer Mozart Festival Orchestra, and plays regularly with the California and Key West Symphonies. Vanessa has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Brazilian Percussionist Helcio Melito and can also be seen with her newly founded string quartet Tango Porteno, which, together with dancers, presents multi media tango performances.
Paul Hostetter -- Conductor
Conductor PAUL HOSTETTER is the Artistic Director for the Winter Sun Music Festival and the Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Mr. Hostetter has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the New York City Opera, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Prism Chamber Orchestra, the Genesis Opera Company, the Daylesford Sinfonia (Bermuda), and the Performing Arts Institute in Pennsylvania. He also was the Music Director for the Lyric Orchestra of New York. On Broadway, he was the Associate Conductor for Leonard Bernstein's Candide where he led over forty performances, as well as for The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. As a recording artist he has collaborated with Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and Joe Lovano with strings from the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a recording for Telarc as well as with Heidi Grant Murphy and members of Aureole and the Metropolitan Opera for Koch. He has also recorded for the CRI, Zadick, Mode, Albany, and Milkin Archive labels.
A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Hostetter is the Conductor and Music Advisor for the Sequitur Ensemble, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and The League ISCM Composers. As a guest conductor he has led Ensemble 21, Phillip Glass¡¯s Music at the Anthology Series, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Mr. Hostetter has premiered over thirty works by composers including David Del Tredici, Tania Leon, Anne LeBaron, and David Rakowski.
An avid instrumentalist, Mr. Hostetter currently performs as a percussionist with the Perspectives Ensemble. Previously he performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with whom he toured and recorded extensively (including a Grammy Award). As a soloist he has appeared with the Little Orchestra Society, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Florida State University Symphony, and the contemporary music ensemble Music Mobile. He has recorded for the Argo, CRI, Decca, Delos, Deutsche-Grammaphon, Naxos, New World, Polygram, Pro-Arte, RCA Victor, Sony Classical, and Warner Brothers labels.
As an educator Mr. Hostetter has served as a consultant to Carnegie Hall's educational division and has developed programs for their successful Link-up series. He is the conductor for the New York Premiere Ensemble with whom he has given numerous performances of Raphael Mostel¡¯s ¡°The Travels of Babar¡± to critical acclaim in both English and French. He also is currently serving as a guest conductor for the Manhattan School of Music. A tireless advocate for minority representation in classical music, he helped to found and create the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School.
Mr. Hostetter holds degrees in performance from the Florida State University and the Juilliard School. He has participated in conducting master classes with Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachliff, Daniel Barenboim, and Christopher Wilkins, and has studied with Eric Stern (Broadway), Richard Woitach (Metropolitan Opera), Joseph Gifford (Boston University), and Phillip Spurgeon (Florida State University).
Lisa Kozenko -- Oboe
Oboist Lisa Kozenko, is currently the Principal Oboist of the New York City Opera National Company. In 2001 she was named the Third Prize Winner of the 15th Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. As Director of Chamber Music for the New York Youth Symphony, she was awarded the 1997 recipient of the Heidi Castleman Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching given by Chamber Music America. As a member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, Ms. Kozenko has won prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, Monterey, Yellow Springs, and Chamber Music Chicago competitions, and was a finalist in the 1994 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. Her concerto appearances include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the New Philharmonia of Portugal and the National Orchestra of New York. Her many commissions have been funded by the Minnesota Composers Forum and the Aaron Copland Fund for New Music. Ms. Kozenko has solo and chamber music recordings
on the Digital Concerto, Arabesque and Albany labels. Her solo recording of Doubles for oboe and piano by Judith Lang Zaimont was selected for "The Century List" published in June 1999 issue of Chamber Music Magazine.
John Link -- Composer
Composer John Link has written for diverse media including orchestra, chamber and jazz ensembles, rock bands, and electroacoustic instruments. He has received commissions from the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music (for the Ames Piano Quartet), The High Mountain Symphony, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, and the Lincoln Center Double Bass Quartet, and awards from the Centre Acanthes, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. His 1994 composition Shadow Traffic was hailed by the New York Times as ¡°an extended rhapsody, often lyrical in its horizontal movement but hard-bitten in mood and color.¡± About his 2001 Piano Concerto, the Newark Star-Ledger wrote "Link's modernist atonal language reveled in the contrasts he could pull from his different instruments, both individually and collectively." In 2002 he was the guest lecturer at the Oliver Knussen Elliott Carter Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and he is a founding member of Friends & Enemies of New Music, which presents an annual series of new music concerts in New York City and sponsors an annual composition competition.
Dr. Link¡¯s writings on music have appeared journals in the United States and Italy. He has received fellowships from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, for his work on Elliott Carter¡¯s sketches, and is the author of Elliott Carter: A Guide to Research (Garland, 2000). He also served as co-editor of Elliott Carter's Harmony Book (Carl Fischer, 2002). Dr. Link is Associate Professor of Music at William Paterson University, where he directs the Center for Electroacoustic Music. His Electronic Music II class won a Meritorious Achievement Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington D.C. for their original music for the William Paterson production of Sophocles¡¯s Antigone. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Leslie Perna -- viola
Leslie Perna, violist, has appeared as a performer and teacher across Europe,
North and South America, Asia and the Orient. Earning her performance degrees from Boston University and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, she studied chamber music at the Chautauqua and Blossom music festivals, and with members of the Emerson, Muir, Cleveland, and Kolisch Quartets. Her performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and television in Brazil, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Canada; on Georgia, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Public Radio, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings.
Ms. Perna performed throughout Japan as soloist and assistant concertmaster of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of orchestras and summer festivals throughout New England and the Midwest. Her solo and chamber music recitals include performances in Russia, France, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Boston, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Atlanta. Her Quartet was selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts ¡°Rural Residency¡± program, and was named one of the ten leading young quartets by the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
A respected artist and teacher, she was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Institute, the University of Southern Maine and Viterbo University, and is currently Associate Professor of Viola and Chamber Music and violist of the Esterhazy Quartet at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has presented master classes and performances at music schools such as Florida State University, Georgia State University, Boston University, Boston College, Berklee School of Music, and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Recently, she joined the renowned Da Vinci Quartet in Colorado, and is Artist-in-Residence at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and at Colorado College. She is also a founding member of the Concordia String Trio, which presents both standard and newly discovered repertoire, in addition to commissioning new works for the genre. She has released chamber music CD recordings for the Capstone, Albany, Centaur, Artaria, Berklee and CRI labels.