Guest Performing Artists

2017 Guest Performing Artists

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2016 Guest Performing Artists

Julie Rosenfeld, Peter Miyamoto, and the Missouri Saxophone Quartet

Violinist Julie Rosenfeld is an artist of great depth and passion.  In 32 years as the First Violinist of the Colorado Quartet, winner of both the First Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award within ten days in 1983, she played more than 1200 concerts, touring throughout every part of the United States and Canada, and in more than 20 other countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Korea, the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.  Their recordings of both standard and contemporary repertoire (most recently the complete Quartets of Beethoven) garnered praise from critics far and wide, as has their championing of many of today’s leading composers such as Karel Husa, Joan Tower, Richard Wernick, Katherine Hoover, George Tsontakis, Laura Kaminsky and Libby Larsen.  The Soundfest Festival and Institute of String Quartets, a music camp for players aged 10 to adult amateur, founded in 1991 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, was directed by the Colorado Quartet until 2013, and they were the Quartet-in-Residence at Bard College from 2000 until 2009.  They have held residencies at Oberlin, Swarthmore and Amherst Colleges, and have given Master Classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School and at Yale University, among others.

Ms. Rosenfeld plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, made around 1750, and owns bows crafted in the early 19th Century by Dominique Peccatte and Nicolas Maire.

Pianist Peter Miyamoto has enjoyed a brilliant international career, performing to great acclaim in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and in major US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 1990 he was named winner of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artist Award. He also won the American Pianists Association National Fellowship Competition, the D’Angelo International Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition, and was a prize-winner in the National Chopin Competition.

Currently Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Missouri, Peter Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.), Yale University (M.M. and A.D.), Michigan State University (D.M.A.), and the Royal Academy of Music (A.D.) in London. His teachers have included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Aube Tzerko, and Ralph Votapek as well as Szymon Goldberg, Felix Galimir, and Lorand Fenyves for chamber music.

The Missouri Saxophone Quartet (MSQ) was formed in 2009 and is devoted to exploring and promoting new music, particularly that of Missouri composers. The group has inspired several commissions which they have presented at venues such as the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, the North American Saxophone Alliance's Biennial Conferences at the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois, the United States Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia, and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series of Columbia, Missouri. The MSQ performs a wide variety of styles from baroque transcriptions, to traditional French repertoire, to jazz and tango, and the avant-garde. The MSQ is also committed to educational outreach, having performed at numerous high schools throughout the State of Missouri. MSQ is Leo Saguiguit, Neil Ostercamp, Joel Vanderheyden, and Matt Kendrick.

2015 Guest Performing Artists

New Muse Piano Duo
The New Muse Piano Duo (Paola Savvidou and Jonathan Kuuskoski) is an ensemble-in­residence at the University of Missouri School of Music specializing in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. They actively commission and perform newly composed works for four-hands and two pianos, incorporating visual and interactive components, often within unexpected concert formats.

In 2014-15, the Duo premieres new works by Amy Williams, Jeffrey Hoover, and Haley Myers in performances in Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Baltimore. Highlights include return performances to the Odyssey Chamber Music Series and a Guest Artist Recital at the Missouri Theatre for the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Conference.

During their inaugural 2013-2014 season the Duo curated a program of new works by living composers selected from a call-for-scores that generated more than 90 submissions from across the Americas and Europe. Guest artist residencies followed at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Truman State University, Missouri State University, the Ionian University in Corfu, (Greece), along with a lecture recital at the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Oslo, and guest artist recitals at the European Association for Music in Schools Conference and Biennial Euro-Mediterranean Musicological Conference at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

DRAX
DRAX (Megan Arns, percussion and Leo Saguiguit, saxophone) is the newest faculty ensemble­in-residence at the University of Missouri formed in fall 2014. Since then, the ensemble has already made its international debut at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. The duo has also performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 4 Conference in Norman, Oklahoma and the Missouri Percussive Arts Society's Day of Percussion. The ensemble is committed to exploring the existing repertoire for saxophone and percussion duo and commissioning new works for this dynamic combination.

2014 Guest Performing Artists

Prometheus -an American vocal consort
Prometheus is dedicated to an art form, which we collectively believe has the power to unite, heal, and enlighten. The group's eleven members are professional singers, conductors, teachers, and graduate students from all over the country. We approach each performance with the intent to connect ourselves and our listeners intimately to the music.

The inspiration for our name stems from our interest in the various facets in which fire imagery manifests itself in music. The Greek god Prometheus stole the spark of fire from Zeus and presented it to mankind. Like Prometheus, we desire to share the spark of passion in our music with our audiences.

2013 Guest Performing Artists

Katherine Skovira
American mezzo-soprano Katherine Skovira has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Katherine is a passionate advocate of new and contemporary music, having sung in numerous world and regional premieres of Georges Aperghis, Jennifer Bellor, John Cage, Gerard Grisey, Zvonimir Nagy, Robert Whalen and others.  As a soloist with the Contemporary Music Workshop of the University of Minnesota under the direction of James Dillon, she performed the regional premiere of Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil and Aperghis’ Récitations, as well as the Twin Cities centennial celebration of Pierrot lunaire and selections from Cage’s Songbooks.  Also in the Twin Cities, she was the soloist in Feldman’s I met Heine on the Rue Furstenberg and at the world premieres of Zvonimir Nagy’s Cantus Jubilus and Kirsten Broberg’s Collecting Winter.  She has collaborated on new works with such distinguished composers as James Dillon, Robert Aldridge and Augusta Read Thomas.

In concert, Katherine recently performed “Der Abschied” as mezzo soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the University of Chicago, the American premiere of John Ireland’s Psalm 42 and Mendelssohn’s Cantata no. 42 with Augsberg College, and Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture with the 2011 MMEA Conference.  With Noriko Kawai, she performed Schoenberg’s op. 2, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben, and the world premiere of Whalen’s Meditations.  In a recent Minneapolis recital, she paired Ravel’s Chansons madécasses and Olivier Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies with selections from Aperghis’ Récitations.  She has also sung Dominic Argento’s Letters from Composers and John Corigliano’s Three Irish Folksong Settings.

As an operatic performer, Katherine has performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Flora in La Traviata, Singer 1 in Cage’s Europera no. 5, Parasha in Stravinsky’s Mavra, Cathleen in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, and Jordan in Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, as well as in performances of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg at the Bard Music Festival Summerscape Opera.  She recently placed first in competition at the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Katherine holds degrees from Cornell University, Westminster Choir College and the University of Minnesota.  At Cornell, she was the recipient of the Barbara Troxell Vocal Music Award.

Jay Carter
American countertenor Jay Carter is quickly gaining recognition as one of the North America's finest. A frequent collaborator with both period and modern ensembles, Carter is recognized as a leading interpreter of Baroque repertoire. He has also gained acclaim for recital programs of modern classics typically outside the standard countertenor repertory by composers such as Brahms, Britten, Schubert, and Hahn.

Carter made his Carnegie Hall debut in Messiah with Musica Sacra directed by Kent Tritle and recently made his Kennedy Center Debut with The National Symphony under the baton of Matthew Halls in Messiah. Recent appearances include Bach's Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists, the Choir of St. Thomas and Concert Royal; Handel's Messiah with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; Handel's Saul with Musica Vocale and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium; and the North American Premiere of John Tavener's Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. He has worked as a soloist with noted conductors Ton Koopman, John Scott, Matthew Halls, Sir Philip Ledger, Arnold Epley, Simon Carrington and Helmuth Rilling. In the coming season Carter will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut and Philharmonia Baroque debut under the baton of Nicholas McGegan as well appearing in return engagements with The Kingsbury Ensemble, The National Symphony, The Houston Symphony, and The Choir of St. Thomas Church New York.

Mr. Carter is increasingly in demand as a guest lecturer on countertenor technique and repertory, frequently offering interactive lecture-recitals and masterclasses. He received a Masters in Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied with James Taylor, Simon Carrington, and Judith Malafronte and was singled out for the Louise E. McClain scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree in music from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife and two children, and serves as Artist-in-residence at William Jewell College mentoring undergraduate music students and leading the Schola Cantorum.

2012 Guest Performing Artists

Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano
Recipient of a 2008 Sullivan Foundation Award, soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird is rapidly gaining attention by major companies in her young career. Of a recent performance, the Seattle Times says “no one shone brighter than Anne-Carolyn Bird...her stage presence [is] nothing short of magnetic.”

In the 2009-2010 season, engagements include role debuts as Micäela in Carmen at Opera Carolina and Marguerite in Faust at Dayton Opera, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trittico and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. In concert, she will perform CPE Bach's Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu with Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, and an All-American concert at Merkin Hall with New York Festival of Song.

Ms. Bird opened the 2008-2009 season with two role and company debuts: Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera and Yum-Yum in The Mikado at Arizona Opera. Completing the season, she performed at Opera Carolina as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. as Camille in Louise and soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Three recital collaborations with Jocelyn Dueck rounded out the season, including one at her alma mater, the University of Georgia. During the summer 2009, she reprised the role of Yum-Yum in the Mikado at Opera New Jersey.

Ms. Bird made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007, singing two roles in a new production of Il Trittico, and then returned the next season to sing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Also in the 2007-2008 season she performed Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Grand Rapids and Rosina in Dayton Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In the summer of 2008, she returned to Wolf Trap Opera to perform Cunegonde in Candide with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Lord and starring Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander as Pangloss.

Concert appearances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Cleveland Orchestra, “An Evening of Musical Shakespeare” with the Atlanta Symphony, both conducted by Nicholas McGegan, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Evan Chamber’s oratorio The Old Burying Ground. Past performance highlights include Celia in John Musto’s comedic masterpiece Volpone at Wolf Trap Opera, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat with Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Noémie in Laurent Pelly’s highly-acclaimed production of Cendrillon at Santa Fe Opera. She has been seen in staged and concert versions of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar and can be heard on the Grammy award-winning recording. In 2006, she toured internationally with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform Golijov’s La Pasion de segun San Marcos(“luminous” ­The New York Times).

The Bhakti Project, Ms. Bird’s on-going recital project with Ms. Dueck, included a recent world premiere: Hillula by Judd Greenstein. Steve Smith from Time Out New York wrote of the performance: “Bird proved herself a singer capable of ... getting under the skin of a piece, touching its inner passions and revealing them to a listener.” Ms. Bird reprises Hillula with the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO as part of Beth Morrison Projects’ 21C Liederabend in the fall 2009.

Ms. Bird has been a recipient of grants and awards from many organizations, including the Santa Fe Opera, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Twice a Young Artist with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers and twice a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the University of Georgia. Ms. Bird keeps a blog chronicling her life as a singer; it is read daily by music writers, administrators, opera fans, and singers worldwide at theconcert.blogspot.com. She lives in New York City with her husband, bass-baritone Matthew Burns.

For more information on Ann-Carolyn Bird, visit www.annecarolynbird.com.

2011 Guest Performing Artists

Susan Narucki
Grammy award winning soprano Susan Narucki has earned international acclaim as a singer of luminous tone, superb musicianship and extraordinary expressivity. One of today's outstanding interpreters of contemporary music, she has presented over one hundred world premieres in opera, concert and recording, and has enjoyed close collaborations with many of the world's leading composers.

Ms. Narucki has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and at Carnegie Hall. and has worked with numerous conductors, including James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Herbert Blomstedt, and and Kent Nagano. She has appeared at major European festivals in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Warsaw, Torino, London, Vienna, Lisbon, Munich and Amsterdam, at the Aspen and Ojai Festivals and at the Cabrillo Festival of New American Music with conductor Marin Alsop.

The soprano has been a featured soloist with contemporary music ensembles across the globe, including the Asko/Schoenberg, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Nieuw Ensemble, ELISION, SMCQ, Remix, ICE, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Speculum Musicae, NYNME , Network for New Music and Collage. She has been a frequent guest on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series and of the Making Music Series at Carnegie Hall, on which she presented Kurtag's monumental cycle, Kafka Fragments with violinist Daniel Phillips, on a concert honoring the composer.

Ms. Narucki made her Netherlands Opera debut creating the role of Catherina Bolnes in Louis Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer, and traveled with the production to the Adelaide and Lincoln Center Festivals. She was also featured in the world premiere of Claude Vivier's Rèves d'un Marco Polo, directed by Pierre Audi. Of her performance, Vrij Nederland wrote "...one name we will never forget: Susan Narucki, the American soprano, who gave us all goosebumps and moved us to tears." The Netherlands Opera production was filmed for European broadcast and Opus Arte DVD. With T&M of Paris, Ms. Narucki gave the premiere of To Be Sung (the collaboration of composer Pascal Dusapin and American artist James Turrell) and travelled with the work for over fifty performances throughout Europe. Her recent portrayal of "Mama" in Elliott Carter's What Next?, directed by Christopher Alden, was praised by the New York Times as "compelling and luminous".

A distinguished chamber musician, she has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Santa Fe, Norfolk, Da Camera, Bridgehampton. Moab and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festivals. Ms. Narucki has been a guest of the Brentano, Orion and Schoenberg String Quartets; her numerous recital appearances include Kleine Zaal in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Princeton University, American Academy in Rome, and on the Horowitz Recital series at Yale University with pianist Boris Berman.

In 2007, Ms. Narucki and The Knights Chamber Orchestra presented the world premiere of Chance Encounter, a work that she co-conceived with Rome Prize winning composer Lisa Bielawa, which brings modern music to audiences outside traditional concert hall settings. The work, which earned grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, has since been performed at Yale University, and the Whitney Museum of Art, and in conjunction with visionary urban planner Robert Hammond, at the grand opening of the MAXXI Museum and as "Chance Encounter on the Tiber", both in Rome, Italy. The work will have its Canadian premiere at Music on Main's Modulus Series in Vancouver in October 2010.

Susan Narucki earned a 2000 Grammy award for George Crumb's Star-Child , and a Grammy nomination (Best Classical Vocal Performance) for Elliott Carter's Tempo e Tempi, both on Bridge Records. The soprano's extensive discography ranges from operas of Andriessen (Nonesuch) works of Schoenberg and Zemlinsky (Chandos) , Tavener's Song of The Angel (Angel/EMI), song cycles of Mario Davidovsky (Bridge) and a solo disc of music of Aaron Jay Kernis (Koch). Her performance of Jacob Druckman's Salome with the David Zinman and the Aspen Festival Orchestra was included in a two-CD set commemorating the Festival's 50th Anniversary Ms. Narucki's recent release, The Light that Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives, with pianist Donald Berman (New World), received international acclaim and was selected as Editor's Choice of BBC Music Magazine.

Ms. Narucki has been a guest faculty member of Yale University. She currently serves as Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego, where she directs the ensemble kallisti.  For more information, visit www.susannarucki.net.

Jaime E. Oliver
Jaime Oliver (Lima, 1979) – Computer Musician At the present time he works towards a Phd in Computer Music at the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD), where he studies with M. Puckette, P. Manoury, R. Reynolds, D. Wessel,

G. Balzano and F. Richard Moore. He is a researcher in the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) and collaborator to composer Roger Reynolds.

His current production consists of music pieces for computer, sound performance and installation. Borrowing from cognitive science, media and software studies, his research attempts to understand how, in their historical evolution, the diverse practices of electronic and computer music have designed and construed the concept of musical instruments to the point of redefining the term altogether to instruments that can listen, understand, remember and respond, as well as contain composed structures and exhibit agency or independent behavior.

Some recognitions include scholarships and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the University of California, Meet the Composer and the Ministry of Culture of Spain. He obtained the 1st prize in FILE PRIX LUX 2010, a GIGA-HERTZ-PREIS 2010 special prize from ZKM, the 1st prize in the 2009 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology and was finalist in the Bourges Electronic Arts Competition 2009. He served as member of the board of directors of Realidad Visual, an organization for culture and electronic arts and music curator of VAE, Lima’s Video/Art/Electronics festival.

For more information on Jaime Oliver and his music, visit www.jaimeoliver.pe.

2010 Guest Performing Artists

Lisa Moore
Australian-American pianist Lisa Moore is based in New York City where she has lived since 1985, collaborating with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists. The New York Times claims "her energy is illuminating" and the New Yorker magazine crowned her "visionary" and "New York's queen of avant-garde piano". Moore has released 5 solo discs (on Cantaloupe Music and Tall Poppies) and 30 collaborative discs (on Sony, Nonesuch, DG, CRI, BMG, Point, New World, ABC Classics and New Albion). Her solo EP "Seven" (music by Don Byron) has just been released on Cantaloupe. Two more solo EPs are scheduled for release in 2010 featuring original music by Annie Gosfield and Donnacha Dennehy.

Moore's performances combine musical and emotional power with vivid vocal theatricality-­whether in the delivery of the simplest song or the most complex score. She performs music and texts ranging from Randy Newman and Leos Janacek to Oscar Wilde and Kurt Schwitters. Her shows include "ipiano: my brilliant career", "Wilde's World", "Totally Wired Piano", "Janacek, from the street" and "Musically Speaking". Recent performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition have been widely praised. Moore has performed at La Scala, the Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and has made guest appearances at festivals such as Holland, Lincoln Center, Schleswig-Holstein, BBC Proms, Israel, Warsaw, Uzbekistan, Musica Ficta Lithuania, Prague Spring, Istanbul, Athens, Taormina, Southbank's Meltdown, Dublin's Crash, Graz, Huddersfield, Scotia, Paris d'Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Turin, Palermo, Barcelona, Heidelberg, Berlin, Perugia, Tanglewood, Houston Da Camera, Jacob's Pillow, Aspen, Norfolk, Sandpoint, Saratoga, Victoriaville, Ojai, Other Minds, NY's Sonic Boom, BAM Next Wave, MassMoca, Bang on a Can, Keys to the Future, Healing The Divide, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland, Canberra, Sydney, Sydney's Olympic Arts, Sydney Spring and Mostly Mozart, Brisbane Biennale, and the Darwin Festival.

Moore has performed with the New York City Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, BargeMusic, St. Lukes Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Steve Reich Ensemble, So Percussion, Don Byron Adventurers Orchestra, Signal, Da Capo Chamber Players, Paul Dresher Double Duo, Mabou Mines Theater, Susan Marshall Dance Co, Sequitur, Newband, Music at the Anthology, The Crosstown Ensemble, Australia Ensemble, Westchester Philharmonic, New York League of Composers ISCM, Newband, Alpha Centauri Ensemble, Terra Australis, Essential Music, and the John Jasperse Dance Co. As a concerto soloist she has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Queensland Philharmonic, under the baton of conductors Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester and Edo de Waart.

Lisa Moore won the silver medal in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. From 1992-2008 she was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars -­the New York based electro-acoustic sextet and winner of Musical America's 2005 "Ensemble of the Year" Award. As an artistic curator she produced Australia's Canberra International Music Festival 2008 “Sounds Alive” series, importing musicians from around the world for 10 days of music making at the Street Theatre.

Lisa Moore teaches at the Yale-Norfolk New Music Workshop Summer Festival and at Wesleyan University. She was born in Canberra and raised in Australia and London. Moore is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stonybrook. For more Moore please visit www.lisamoore.org.