Cabrini Trio: July 12-13, 2018
Nuno Antunes, clarinet
Born in Portugal, clarinetist Nuno Antunes performs extensively with a variety of ensembles in and around New York City. Nuno is currently a member of Sylvan Winds, IRIS Orchestra and acting Principal Clarinetist with Opera Saratoga. He is a frequent collaborator with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Westchester Philharmonic, Miami Symphony Orchestra and New York City Opera. He played clarinet and bass clarinet for the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, and has been a substitute clarinetist for the productions of The King and I, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd. Nuno has appeared as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Duett Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra. Other solo performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes. He was invited to present a recital at the XX Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting. Nuno holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.
Gina Cuffari, bassoon/soprano
Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is a versatile musician who performs with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in the New York City area. Praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving” (Palm Beach Daily News), she is thrilled to become the newest member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as Co-Principal Bassoonist. A frequent performer with the group for many years, she has had multiple appearances in Carnegie Hall, and has toured with the ensemble throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Gina is also a member of the Lincoln Center-based Riverside Symphony, and is a regular performer with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Iris Orchestra in Germantown, TN. In addition, she has made several appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theater, Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony. On Broadway, she has performed in several productions, including Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard and My Fair Lady.
As a chamber musician, Gina is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Sylvan Winds, and Quintet of the Americas. She frequently collaborates with the Exponential Ensemble, and has performed with the renown California-based Camerata Pacifica. She has serenaded diners in NYC restaurants as part of the Tertulia ensemble, and has played live music with silent films at Lincoln Center as part of the BQE Ensemble. A founding member of the Scarborough Trio (a flute, bassoon, and piano ensemble), she has performed extensively throughout the US, and has garnered top prizes at the Fischoff, Yellow Springs, and Artists International Competitions – resulting in her professional debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Gina is excited to be featured with the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players throughout the 2018-19 season.
A proponent of new and contemporary music, Gina has appeared with the Argento New Music Project, ACME, and has recorded the Schoenberg Wind Quintet and Stockhausen Zeitmasse for Albany Records with the Phoenix Ensemble. As a frequent collaborator with Alarm Will Sound, Gina has toured and performed with the group as bassoonist, contrabassoonist, pianist, and vocalist, and can be heard on their recent Splitting Adams album (music of John Adams). Gina has premiered new works written for her two quintets, Sylvan Winds and Quintet of the Americas, and has commissioned and premiered solo works combining her two passions – bassoon and voice – at SubCulture NYC and Stony Brook University.
Gina is a passionate educator, and is on faculty at both New York University and Western Connecticut State University. She teaches lessons, coaches chamber music, and teaches classes including Reed Making, Bassoon Pedagogy, and Music History and Appreciation. She spends her summers teaching at NYU’s Summer Woodwind Institute.
Gina is a graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and recently completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University. She is grateful for her incredible teachers throughout the years – Kathy Reynolds, William Winstead and Frank Morelli.
Vlada Yaneva, piano
Vlada was born in Bulgaria to a family of a puppetry director and an engineer. She grew up with two older siblings, a big collie dog and lots of small animals (hedgehogs, rabbits, and the occasional rooster) in their apartment in the capital, Sofia. She started playing the piano in kindergarten and went on to study at the National School of Music and then at the Pantcho Vladigerov Conservatory. Later she graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC from the studio of Nina Svetlanova.
Music has taken Vlada on stages in Italy, France, Finland, Bulgaria, Greece, England and the United States. In NYC she has performed at Weill recital hall at Carnegie hall, Steinway hall, Yamaha hall, Trinity Church, Scandinavian House, St.John the Divine, Barge museum, Bulgarian Consulate and many more. She is the co-founder and piano duo partner of the Masterwork Conversations series where alongside husband Matthew Harrison she presents interactive storytelling concerts.
Ms. Yaneva cherishes the opportunity to share her passion for music and the arts through teaching. In March 2007 she became a team leader of the first Children’s Music Social Project at the New York Cares organization working with kids in transitional shelters for two years. Later in 2011 she joined the New Victory Teaching artist ensemble and continues to work currently with students from New York public schools. She also holds her private teaching piano studio in the city for the last sixteen years.
Folklife Fantasy: July 26, 2018
Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, guest composer
Emiliano Pardo-Tristán was born in Santiago de Veraguas, a tropical city in the middle of Panama, and has resided in Philadelphia since 1992. He attended the Royal Conservatory Superior of Music in Madrid, Spain (1978-1985) and holds a Masters degree in Classical Guitar and a Doctoral degree in composition from Temple University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development from 2008 to 2010.
He studied composition with Maurice Wright and has participated in composition seminars taught by Leo Brouwer at the Cordoba Festival, IRCAM’s Summer Academy in Paris led by composers Jonathan Harvey and Gérard Grisey and a workshop at Carnegie Hall on Le Marteau sans Maître with maestro Pierre Boulez. His music has been played by orchestras, ensembles and soloists from Europe, Latin America and the United States. Pardo-Tristán has been recognized with awards from the American Composer Forum, Presser Foundation, Society of Composers INC., the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Society of Music Theory and Ibermusicas. He received the Dr. John Henry Heller, Jr. Memorial Award for excellence in composition at Temple University. WYBE Public TV 35 has broadcast in several occasions the documentary “The Rhythm of Nostalgia: A Portrait of Emiliano Pardo-Tristán,” by Leo Aristimuño.
Pardo-Tristán has released four CDs, and has presented papers on his compositions for the “Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology” (Paris), “Society for Ethnomusicology” (Mexico City), and the “British Forum for Ethnomusicology” (Oxford). Emiliano teaches composition, music theory and classical guitar at Temple University, the Philadelphia Community College, and the Bryn Mawr Conservatory.
Charlie Powers, cello
Charlie Powers’ playing has been described by The Washington Post as “poised, elegant, supple of phrasing and mellow of tone.” He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s cello section during the 2013-2014 season. He previously served as Assistant Principal of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and performed regularly at the White House, the State Department, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Vice President’s residence.
Since making his solo debut at age 17, Powers has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and Brahms’ Double Concerto with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. A proponent of new music, Powers has recently performed works for cello and orchestra by Aulis Sallinen and Jennifer Higdon.
Powers is a founding member of two critically acclaimed chamber ensembles, the Teiber String Trio and The Phillips Camerata. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Morales and Peter Wiley. He received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood, where he served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center orchestra under James Levine. Other festival appearances include Banff, Heifetz, Aria, Icicle Creek and the 2000 World Cello Congress.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Powers began his cello studies at age three with Jeannette Chapman. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a Piatigorsky Scholarship recipient and studied with Colin Carr. Other influential teachers include John Michel, Richard Aaron, David Wells and Michael Mermagen.
Aimee Tsuchiya, piano
Pianist Aimee Tsuchiya has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. including several concerto engagements at Mechanics Hall, and live broadcasts on WGBH, Chicago Public Radio and CBC radio. Her broad performance repertoire has showcased works as various as Brahms’ first piano concerto and his complete chamber works; John Cage’s The Perilous Night for prepared piano; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in Jordan Hall; the world premiere of Abby Richardson’s Downstream for piano and orchestra with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; and a recital of early 20th-century violin repertoire with Karl Stobbe, concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Tsuchiya has worked with members of the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Guarneri Quartet, Peabody Trio, Gryphon Trio, and Cleveland Quartet, as well as pianists Emanuel Ax, Awadagin Pratt, Lydia Artymiw, Victor Rosenbaum, Irma Vallecillo, Margot Garrett and Andre Watts. Awards include competition wins in the Chopin Society Young Artists Competition, the Schubert Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, the top piano prize in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Symphony Concert Association, finalist in the New World Symphony auditions, and fellowships to Interlochen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Banff Chamber Music Festivals.
An active and versatile teacher in the Boston area for many years, Ms. Tsuchiya works with students of all ages and levels. Areas of instruction include solo piano, duo and chamber music, class instruction, lecture-recital and vocal coaching. She holds many chair and coordinator positions at New England Conservatory in addition to teaching in the Prep and Continuing Ed schools, and was for many years the Director of the Summer Chamber Music Festival at the Winchester Community Music School.
BM, summa cum laude (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), MM and DMA (NEC). Faculty, Asst Chair of Chamber Music, Accompanist Coordinator, NEC Preparatory. Piano/Collaborative Piano Chair, NEC Continuing Ed. Former faculty and Chamber Music Coordinator, Winchester Community Music School. Piano Faculty, Winsor School. Piano Faculty, Brookline Music School. Private studio, Jamaica Plain.
Greta Garbo in The Mysterious Lady: August 9, 2018
Cary Brown, piano
Cary Brown received a double degree from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music in film studies and piano performance. While at the U. of R., he was able to take film classes at the George Eastman House and benefit from the extensive film archive there, which he used for his own silent film series on campus for which he played piano accompaniment. After touring extensively in the 90’s with the Skatalites from Jamaica and the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, Cary settled in Putnam County, NY and became the musicians’ coordinator/ballet pianist at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He is also the music director for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, for which he composes an original dance suite every year. Over the last 5 years, Cary has played piano for the silent film series at the Julia Butterfield Library in Cold Spring, NY. He has also written for ABC television network, released his own jazz trio CD, and has an active private teaching and freelance career in the NY area. Recently, he helped develop www.irocku.com, an internet based piano teaching method for which he is creative director.