11-20 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals. Concerts take place in the intimate, historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, and at Simms Auditorium at Albuquerque Academy. Santa Fe is not only the highest capital city of the United States; it’s also the oldest, with a very multicultural history. Between the altitude, the pinon-scented air, starry nights, and amazing food, there is no other place like it on earth.

For more information about the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival visit http://www.sfcmf.org/.


Mozart: Wind Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major, K. 375 (1782)
Bach: Mein Freund ist mein from Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (1731)
Brett Dean: Epitaphs, for String Quintet
Moskowski: Suite in G Minor, Op. 71
Cesar Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, M. 7 (1878-79)

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Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director – Mark Neikrug is an American musical jack-of-all-trades, equally comfortable at the piano and as a composer. He commands a sturdy and clean keyboard technique, which he uses to provide audiences with objective, unaffected interpretations of the literature. He has covered much ground as a composer, having written “traditional” tonal works and also works more obviously modern, clinically dissonant and atonal. His Piano Concerto (1966), whose solo part he himself played at the premiere, is the earliest large-scale work that he allowed to survive; one year later he composed a Sonata for solo cello for his father that has since become a cult favorite of some cellists. His theater-piece Through Roses (1980), for singer and eight instrumentalists, has been widely praised, as has the opera Los Alamos (1988), a compelling anti-nuclear statement. He has been Artistic Director at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival since 1998. More

Victor Santiago Asuncion, Piano - Victor Santiago Asuncion is recognized as a pianist of innate musical sensitivity, fiery temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in major concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and the Philippines. He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. He is currently an associate professor of piano, and Director of Collaborative Arts Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park. More

William Barnewitz, Horn – William Barnewitz has been principal horn of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 1996, has performed as a soloist with the MSO and other area orchestras, and has been a guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. Mr. Barnewitz is a faculty member at Northwestern University and has taught at U.W. Milwaukee, Lawrence University and he has been a regular guest clinician at U.W. Madison. His newest recording, Long Road Home on the Avie record label, is a celebration of battling adversity with the triumph of art, featuring some of the greatest artists in the world. Proceeds benefit the movers and shakers in Parkinson Disease research and education at the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.  More

Brett Dean, Composer, Violin - Brett Dean studied in Brisbane before moving to Germany in 1984 where he was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years. Dean returned to Australia in 2000 to concentrate on his growing compositional activities, and his works now attract considerable attention, championed by conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz and Daniel Harding. One of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, much of Dean’s work draws from literary, political or visual stimuli, including a number of compositions inspired by paintings of his wife Heather Betts. Dean also performs widely, as solo violist, chamber musician and conductor, and these performing relationships inform and enhance his world as a composer. More

Jeremy Denk, Piano – American pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists with an unusually broad repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, and appears often in recital in New York,Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia. Denk is also an avid chamber musician and gives numerous lectures and master classes. The artist’s widely-read blog, “Think Denk”, is highly praised and frequently referenced by many in the music press and industry. During the 2010-11 season Denk releases his first solo recording, Jeremy Denk Plays Ives, on which he plays Charles Ives’s PianoSonatas 1 & 2 (“Concord”).  More

Timothy Eddy, Cello – Cellist Timothy Eddy has earned distinction as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher of cello and chamber music. He has performed with numerous symphonies and music festivals. He has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions, including the 1975 Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Italy. Mr. Eddy is currently Professor of Cello at the Juilliard School and New York’s Mannes College of Music, and he was frequently a faculty member at the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Orion String Quartet, and has recorded a wide range of repertoire for the Angel, Arabesque, Columbia, CRI, Delos, Musical Heritage, New World, Nonesuch, Vanguard, Vox, and Sony Classical labels. More

Jennifer Frautschi, Violin – Avery Fisher career grant recipient violinist Jennifer Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. As the Chicago Tribune wrote, “the young violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities.” Equally at home in the classic repertoire as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works, in the past few seasons alone she has performed the Britten Concerto, Poul Ruders’ Concerto No. 1, Steven Mackey’s Violin Sonata, and Mendelssohn’s rarely played d minor Concerto, along with standards such as the Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Berg Concerti. More

Nancy Goeres, Bassoon - Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, joined the Symphony’s bassoon section in the 1984-85 season. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Sarasota, LaJolla and Mainly Mozart festivals; and most recently at New York’s 92nd Street Y Series, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Music in the Vineyards (Napa, Ca.), and Instrumenta Verano, Puebla, Mexico. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She is a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music and performs and teaches regularly at the Aspen Music Festival.  More

David Govertsen, Bass - Wheaton native David Govertsen is a master’s student at Northwestern where he has sung Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Basilio in The Barber of Seville, and Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles. In April he will sing the Herald in Otello with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti. Having recently completed apprenticeships with Santa Fe and Central City Opera, Mr. Govertsen will join the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago next season. More

Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Soprano - Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is quickly gaining acclaim for her vibrant vocal beauty, charming stage presence, and accomplished musicianship. Of her recent portrayal of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Opera News described her as “a natural object of attraction for the men in the play,” her voice as “light, flexible and vibrant — well suited to the part of a scheming maid and romantic ingénue.” Ms Guarrine is the recipient of numerous awards, notably the Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Jensen Foundation, as a 2007 Sullivan Foundation Award Winner, and a first place winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Districts. More

Bella Hristova, Violin – Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. In 2003, Ms. Hristova entered The Curtis Institute, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. First Prize Winner in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Hristova and made her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series during the 2009-10 season at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. More

Robert Ingliss, Oboe - Robert Ingliss is principal oboist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the chamber ensemble An die Musik (oboe, string trio & piano.) He has premiered works by composers as diverse as Charles Wuorinen and Paquito D’Rivera, appearing with groups such as Speculum Musicae, Da Capo Chamber Players, the New Music Consort, League-ISCM Chamber Players, and is a member of the important contemporary music group Ensemble Sospeso. Mr. Ingliss has recorded for over two dozen record labels, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia. More

Todd Levy, Clarinet – Todd Levy is Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Todd Levy is on the clarinet faculty at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. He made his debut at the age of seventeen performing the Hindemith Clarinet Concerto at Lincoln Center. Since then, some highlights of his solo career have included concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel-Aviv. Mr. Levy can also be heard on the 2008 release of Marc Neikrugs Through Roses chamber work for the Koch label, together with violinist Pinchas Zuckerman, actor John Rubenstein and the composer conducting. For a full discography, visit the recordings section of toddlevy.org. More

Teng Li, Viola - Teng Li joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola position at the astonishing age of 21 in 2004. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian describes her as “an extraordinary talent that everyone recognizes, and the Orchestra enjoys the wonderful experience of performing with this talent both as a section leader and as soloist.” Teng began the violin at age 5 in her native China. She entered the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 1992, and at age 16 was accepted to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Teng currently serves on the faculties at the University of Toronto and Conservatoire De Musique De Montreal. More

Cho-Liang Lin, Violin - Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. In a concert career spanning the globe for thirty years, he is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, as in a teaching studio. Cho-Liang Lin’s extensive discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS. His albums have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations. More

Kathleen McIntosh, Harpsichord - Harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh has traveled widely, performing with such groups as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow, the Vietnam National Symphony in Hanoi and the New American chamber orchestra in Spain. She has played in the Santa Fe Chamber Festival since 1996 and in the Bravo!Vail Valley Festival since 1999. She appears frequently with chamber groups, chamber orchestras and as a soloist throughout the western United States. A resident of Santa Fe, she performs with Serenata de Santa Fe, Santa Fe Pro Musica and many other New Mexico based groups. More

Philip Myers, Horn – Philip Myers has been Principal French Horn for the New York Philharmonic since January 1980, and made his solo debut with the Orchestra that month in the premiere of William Schuman’s Three Colloquies for French Horn and Orchestra. Mr. Myers began his orchestral career in 1971 with a three-year term as principal horn of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was third horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1974 until 1977. As principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra for a season and a half, he made a solo debut with that ensemble in 1979, performing Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1, Sir Neville Marriner conducting. A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Myers holds two degrees from Carnegie–Mellon University in Pittsburgh. More

Daniel Philips, Violin – Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with many of the country’s leading symphonies, including Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio and Yakima. He appears regularly at the Spoleto, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. Currently violin soloist with the renowned Bach Aria Group, he has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY, with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. More

Todd Phillips, Violin – Todd Phillips is currently a leading violinist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Deutsche Grammophon. He made his solo debut at age 13 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has since performed as guest artist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He serves on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. More

Michael Rusinek, Clarinet – Michael Rusinek has been principal clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Born in Toronto, Canada, his early studies were with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He later attended The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, he was appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich to the post of Assistant Principal Clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition to his position in the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, the St Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. More

Giora Schmidt, Violin - Violinist Giora Schmidt is quickly establishing himself as a virtuoso of the grand tradition with a distinctive sound. His performances are illuminated by a richness of color and effortless technique making Giora one of the most commanding young artists on the stage today. Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and at The Juilliard School. Committed to sharing his passion for music, Giora regularly seeks out new ways of reaching young violinists through technology and social media. Giora was the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant. His second solo album, Live from Miami, was released in May 2010 and is currently available on iTunes and Amazon. More

Peter Stumpf, Cello – After serving 12 years as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Stumpf became the Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the start of the 2002/03 season. At the age of 16 he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist’s Diploma from the New England Conservatory. He is currently on the cello faculty of the University of Southern California. More

Steven Tenebom, Viola – Steven Tenenbom is a member of the Orion String Quartet. He has worked with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea and appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble throughout the United States and Japan. His festival credits include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, June Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. He is also a member of TASHI and the piano quartet Opus One. More

Milan Turkovic, Bassoon – Milan Turkovic originates from an Austro-Croatian family, grew up in Vienna and today is among the few internationally-known bassoon soloists. He was a founding member of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, a woodwind quintet which he formed along with the principal players of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic. Since 1967 he has been a member of the Concentus Musicus of Vienna and has also been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York since 1993. Turkovic’s discography consists of 15 CDs of solo repertoire, 26 CDs of chamber music, over 200 CDs with Concentus Musicus, and a growing number of releases as a conductor.  More

Liang Wang, Oboe – Born in Qing Dao, China, in 1980, Mr. Wang comes from a musical family. His mother was an amateur singer; his uncle was a professional oboist, and Mr. Wang began oboe studies with him at the age of seven. In 1993 he enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, studying with Professor Zhu Dun, and two years later became a full-scholarship student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. Mr. Wang completed his bachelor’s degree in 2003 at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and has been Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic since 2006. More