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onika Nierychlo-Fryklund is an accomplished violist with degrees from the H. Wieniawski School of Music, G.K. Bacewicz Academy of Music, Oklahoma City University, and Southern Methodist University. Born in Lodz, Poland, Monika grew up in a musical family. Her father and mother both play for the Lodz Opera and her brother is a member of the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark.

Monika started learning music at age 6 and was schooled at the conservatory. After graduating with MM, Monika received a full scholarship to attend Oklahoma City University. It is there she met her husband, composer Aaron Fryklund. They currently live in Garland, TX with their two children. Both Monika and Aaron are educators and performers in the community.

Monika has won awards for her performance in string quartets and piano quartets including at the Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition, and for her individual performance in the concerto competition at Oklahoma City University. She has toured the world with the acclaimed “Polish Camerata” Chamber Orchestra and Ladies First Symphony Orchestra. Her principal teachers have included Prof. Zbigniew Frieman, Prof. Roza Wilczek-Plaziuk, Prof. A. Krochmalska, Prof. L. Blaszcyk, and Prof. B. Hustis. Monika has performed with numerous orchestras including the Lodz Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, and Irving Symphony.

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hu Lee began studying piano at the age of four and the violin at the age of six in Taipei, Taiwan. At age 13, he won first prize at the Taiwan music competition for violin. At the age of 14, he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and at 15, the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lee is also a winner of the first Taipei Symphony concerto competition. In 1989 Mr. Lee received the prestigious Diploma d'Honour at the Maria Canals International competition in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1993, was a Silver medalist at the Sorantin Young Artist Competition in San Angelo, Texas. Since 1997, he has been a guest artist at the Fryburg Academy Music Festival in Maine.

Mr. Lee frequently appears in recitals, concerto appearances and chamber music performances throughout the United States, China, Europe and Mexico. He was given an award by the Mexican government for his great contribution to culture and art.

Mr. Lee is presently a violinist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Texas.

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an-ky Kim was born in korea and started his vocal studies as a lyric tenor at the Australian National University Institute of Music, after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Australian National University. Winning the Australia - New Zealand Foundation Award enabled him to further his studies in the U.S.A., at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music. While completing his Master of Music degree there, San-ky made his professional debut with the Philadelphia Opera Company, as the finalist in the famed Pavarotti Competition, in the role of the Emperor Altoum in Puccini’s Turandot.

Soon, San-ky’s operatic career led him to Europe; Helsinki, Biel, Bern, Amsterdam, Brussels, Gent, Bregenz, and Prague, before settling in Germany. San-ky’s repertoire encompasses over 50 operatic tenor roles ranging from works by such early composers as Monteverdi to the contemporary composers as Henze, Rihm and Argento.

In 2004, San-ky received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. His research on contemporary art song repertoire led to many innovative concert programs. San-ky has taught at Temple University, and Lincoln University, before taking up his professorship at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2005. San-ky maintains an active international concert and guest appearance schedule, while in summer, San-ky is the resident voice faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in Siliar, Italy.

In April 2010, San-ky is scheduled to sing the tenor solo in the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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sergey tsoy

ergey Tsoy, 2nd prize and two special prizes winner of 2007 International Violin Competition of Sion-Valais (Switzerland), was born in Sochi, Russia. He began studying piano at age four and violin at age five. At age eleven, he won competitions and awards, including 1st prize in All-USSR "Young Virtuoso" Competition in Ukraine and "Titular Stipend" from Lenin's Soviet Children Fund in Kazakhstan.

After coming to the U.S., he graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and received an Artist Certificate Diploma from Southern Methodist University. He won competitions, scholarships, and awards, including the Herbert Zipper Certificate of Instrumental Excellence, and 1st prize in Chamber Music International Chamber Music Competition on viola.

In 2003, he joined the Dallas Opera Orchestra. In 2007, he joined the Fort Worth Symphony.

Sergey has performed solo and chamber music at concerts and festivals throughout the U.S, former USSR, and Europe while collaborating on both violin and viola with a number of internationally recognized artists.

Sergey also composes in the traditions of the Nineteenth-Twentieth Century Romantics. His compositions were featured in concerts and festivals throughout the U.S., including Young Artists International (YAI) Concert Series, "Sundays at Two" Beverly Hills Library Recital Series, The Academy of Music in New Jersey, and recently at Festival International de Musique Sion-Valais in Switzerland.

Sergey has been a private student of Mikhail Kopelman since 2005 and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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eleste Golden Boyer, Bronze Medal Winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, began her musical studies at three years of age. At 9 years old, she became a student of Arkady Fomin, and at fifteen, Celeste was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Curtis in 2005, and in 2007, she received a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Cerone and Paul Kantor.

Celeste has performed with numerous symphony orchestras around the world, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in numerous series and festivals including that of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Festival de San Miguel de Allende, the Innsbrook Institute Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Marlboro Music Festival.

Celeste won a three-year fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2004, and was subsequently awarded the Dorothy Delay Memorial Fellowship by the festival, an award given to only one violin student each summer. Ms. Golden was the concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2005 with concerts at Carnegie Hall. She also performed as concertmaster for Orchestra of St. Luke's in the New York City premiere of John Adams' opera, "A Flowering Tree" at Lincoln Center in 2009.

In March of 2010, Celeste joined the first violin section in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and in April of 2010, she married her husband, Brandon Boyer. They currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, Celeste has won the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where she will begin performing at the start of the 2011-2012 season.

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urt Thompson is Founder and Executive Director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, held annually at TCU where he serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Studies. The Festival recently celebrated its 10th season and has enjoyed critical acclaim by area audiences and media. Both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram have cited Mimir twice in their annual "Top 10 Musical Events of the Year" listings.

Thompson has performed recitals throughout Europe, Central America and South America including performances at Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Bulgarian State Academy of Music (Sofia) and the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (San José). With TCU colleagues Messrs. Feghali and Castro-Babli he performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, featuring the world premiere of Search for Piano Trio by composer Samuel Zyman. Thompson has been a featured artist in the Copland/Shostakovich Festival in Rio de Janeiro, the Festival de Primavera in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Seventh Centennial Festival of Villarobledo, Spain. His debut recording on the Naxos label of the violin sonatas by Charles Ives has received outstanding reviews worldwide, including Gramophone, The Strad, The Wire and The New York Times, where it was included in a listing of "Critics’ Favorites" and was called "…a hole in one…perfectly demonstrating [Ives’] spicy, earthy rawness and appeal…." His performance of the four Ives sonatas in 1998 was included in the "‘Top 10’ Musical Events of the Year" listing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. As a concerto soloist, Mr. Thompson has appeared with several orchestras including the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Texas Chamber Orchestra and the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia). He is Concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony and the Texas Chamber Orchestra and has served as Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony (by special invitation) and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy).

In addition to his duties at TCU, he has appeared in master classes at several institutions including the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Bulgarian State Academy of Music (Sofia), El Escorial Conservatory (Spain) and the University of Saõ Paulo (Brazil). In 2007 he served on the jury of the Pancho Vladigerov International Violin Competition (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). During the spring 2002 semester, he maintained a violin studio as Guest Artist/Lecturer at his alma mater, Indiana University, where years earlier he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate while studying with Nelli Shkolnikova. In 2003 Thompson completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University where he studied with Sergiu Luca.

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nia Bard, is a pedagogue, chamber musician, recitalist, orchestral musician, and a soloist. Born in Poland, Ms. Bard earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, and Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Currently, she is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Professor Julia Bushkova, to whom she serves as an assistant.

Ms. Bard is a winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Foundation Competition. Till this day, Ania Bard has performed as a recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician on four continents and in fifteen countries of: Europe, Middle East, North and South Americas.

As a chamber musician, and orchestra member, Ms. Bard performed at: Berlin Philharmonic; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein, Vienna; Megaron Hall, Athens; National Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw; Jordan Hall, USA, among others. She worked under such conductors as: John Axelrod, Niksa Bareza, Sergio Comissiona, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Antoni Wit.

Ms. Bard is an avid propagator of musical education for children, youth and adults, who are underprivileged and do not have access to musical education in their immediate environment. She has been involved in outreach programs as a recitalist and lecturer in: Chile, Israel, and the United States.

Ms. Bard was born to a musical family, with both parents being active performers and music educators. While growing up, she performed with her older sister, a violinist, and her younger sister, a pianist, in Poland and abroad.

Most recently, Ms. Bard joined the faculty of the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy, and she plays locally with the Irving and Plano Symphonies as interim concertmaster and with the Dallas opera.

Outside of the music world, Ms. Bard is an ardent photographer.
To learn more about Ania Bard, visit www.aniabard.com

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rina Schuck received her formal violin education at the Samara Conservatory, and later at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  Since graduating from the Kharkov Academy of Performing Arts with a master concert performer's degree, Irina played with many different orchestras in the former U.S.S.R.  After Irina finished her engagement with the orchestra in Riga she accepted the invitation to play in Western Europe. Irina was a member of Vorpommern Philharmonic Orchestra, and Coburger State Theater Orchestra in Germany and Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.  As a member of Controverse, an ensemble specializing in contemporary music, Irina has traveled widely in Europe and Scandinavia.

In the United States, Irina has played with the Little Rock Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony Orchestra.  She spent the 2008 – 2009 season as a member of Symphony Orchestra of Murcia, in Spain.  Irina is currently a member of the Delaware Symphony and Opera Orchestra as well as the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.  With Mélange Musical, an ensemble based in Dallas/Fort Worth area, Irina frequently collaborates in performances of new repertoire for unique instrumental combinations. During the summer season she performs in the Shippensburg Music Festival.

Irina has been a faculty member of TCU preparatory division and has appeared frequently with the TCU Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Series.  She also is a faculty member of Nelly Berman School of Music in Philadelphia.

Irina has recorded two compact discs with the German operetta orchestra, Flotten Geist, and a compact disc of music for solo violin and harp with the harpist Christine Huebner, both released under Bonton (Czech Republic) label.

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an Zhang was born in Harbin in the People's Republic of China and began cello lessons at the age of five.  Ms. Zhang came to the United States at age 15 to study at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California.  She earned an artist certificate diploma from Southern Methodist University. For the last three seasons, Nan has played in the Dallas Opera Orchestra as assistant principal cello. 

Nan has also participated in a number of festivals in China, Canada, and the US. where she studied with world renowned cellists including Janos Starker and Natalia Gutman.  She has also studied cello privately with Eleonore Schoenfeld.  Nan has soloed with orchestras while receiving awards and prizes from many competitions, including 2nd prize at the All-China Youth cello Competition at the age of 10 and 1st prize in the 1st Annual Chamber Music International Competition in Dallas.

Currently, she resides in Dallas with her mother and her three year-old daughter, Nadya, and is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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lizabeth Morrow joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington in 1991 and holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Music. She was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California under Eleonore Schoenfeld. Dr. Morrow played her debut as soloist with the South Bend Symphony at age 16 and performed one year later with the Indianapolis Symphony. She attended Indiana University, received an "artist's diploma" from the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg, Germany and a Master of Arts degree in Cello Performance from California State University Fresno. 

An eight-year residency in Germany and Switzerland has afforded Dr. Morrow a very unique opportunity to personally explore the styles and interpretations of our classical music heritage. Her repertoire extends beyond traditional classical periods and styles to incorporate jazz and 20th Century compositions and she has a special interest in and commitment to performing newly-commissioned and lesser-known works in the cello repertoire. In support of that mission, Dr. Morrow released her solo compact disc, Soliloquy: Contemporary Works for Unaccompanied Cello, with Centaur Records in 1999.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has concertized extensively in Europe and North America. In fall 1999, Dr. Morrow released her first solo compact disc, Soliloquy: Contemporary Works for Unaccompanied Cello, with Centaur Records. In summer 2000 she was featured performing a selection from Soliloquy at the World Cello Congress III in Towson, Maryland. In the past few years, Dr. Morrow has enjoyed residencies in Mannheim, Germany and Seoul, Korea teaching numerous talented young students and performing. In fall 2004 she was a jury member of the Antonio Janigro International Junior Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia and returned to Croatia in January 2006 to adjudicate in the Rudolf Matz International Competition. Dr. Morrow has presented her pedagogical approaches numerous times at the American String Teachers Association conferences and the organizational journal AST has published several articles, including "Battling the Bridge," 2005 and "A Question of Balance," 2006. Elizabeth Morrow is a dedicated pedagogue and is founder/director of the Texas Cello Academy, an annual summer course and festival held at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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ikola Ruzevic has established himself as an international performer and teacher. His career, to date, has taken him to many countries around the world where he has received critical acclaim for his artistry.

Mr. Ruzevic has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician with such renowned groups and artists as Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Solisti di Zagreb, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Bartok String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Sebastian String Quartet, Zagreb String Quartet , Viotti String Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Members of the Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Members of the München Philharmonic Orchestra, Fresno Cello Ensemble, Mitani On, Yossi Reshef, Joan Tower and Dora Schwarzberg. Mr. Ruzevic has earned his Bachelor of Music degree, Magna cum Laude and Masters of Music degree at the University of Southern California under the instruction of Prof. E. Schoenfeld. His other teachers include M. Flaksman, D. Berkovic-Magdalenic, V. Despalji, D. Grigorian, R. Kirshbaum and A. Janigro.

Nikola Ruzevic has held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of Zagreb, Croatia, University of Texas at Arlington, Zagreb Music School, Croatia, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and principal cellist positions in the following orchestras: Fresno Philharmonic, Fresno Opera, and Los Angeles Guild Opera. At present, Mr. Ruzevic is the professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of North Texas, Denton and a regular professor at the "Uzmah Hvar" International Summer School, Croatia, the Texas Cello Academy and Festival, USA, the Accent Music Festival, USA and the Upbeat International Music Festival, Japan. Nikola Ruzevic is a recording artist for A Classics and Croatia Records.

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ohn Landefeld holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Anthony Ross, former principal cellist on the Rochester Philharmonic and Steven Doane. Mr. Landefeld has attended the summer music festivals of Tanglewood and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Festival Orchestra and has held principal cello positions with numerous symphony orchestras including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) Eastman Philharmonia, National Repertoire Orchestra, the New World Symphony and most currently, the Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the National Repertoire Orchestra, the CWSO and the Irving Symphony Orchestra.

In 1980, Mr. Landefeld studied the Suzuki cello method with Karan Nagase and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. He has also taken Suzuki pedagogy coursework with Gilda Barston, Jean Dexter, Anastasia Jempelis and Barbara Wampner. Mr. Landefeld has taught at the Park Avenue Suzuki Studios in Rochester, New York and the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, where he served as Suzuki Cello specialist and chamber music coach for nearly ten years.

For more than a decade, Mr. Landefeld has been sought after as an orchestral cellist. In 1993, he accepted a special invitation to be a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. There he performed as co-principal cellist under the acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1994, he attended Southern Methodist University (SMU), performing the duties of principal cellist in the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. While studying at SMU, Mr. Landefeld studied with Christopher Adkins, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Landefeld has performed with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony.

Mr. Landefeld is also cellist of the classical crossover group, Neo Camerata, with which he has has the pleasure of playing for enthusiastic audiences around the globe. With Neo Camerata he has helped to create what critics have called a "genre-busting," "technically impressive," "emotionally stirring" and "totally cool and amazing" experience.

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udrun Raschen, a native of Hamburg, Germany, relocated with her family to South Africa in 1986. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Orchestral Studies and a Masters in Chamber Music at the University of Cape Town where she graduated with distinction in cello performance.   She won the concerto competition twice, performing with the University of Cape Town Symphony.

Gudrun moved to the United States to continue her studies at the University of North Texas and is currently in the final stage of her Doctorate in Double Bass Performance with the renowned teacher and performer Jeff Bradetich. She has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience, performing as principal cellist with the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra for five years and has played in other orchestras including: South African National Youth Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Natal Philharmonic and in the US with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas and Texas Chamber Orchestras, Richardson Symphony, East Texas Symphony and The Orchestra of New Spain.

Gudrun has given concerts in South Africa, Namibia, the US and Germany. In 2005 she was invited to perform at the International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa and in 2006-7 at the Mittenwald International Masterclasses in Germany. She has performed in solo and chamber music recitals on Cello and Double Bass as well as in Early Music concerts on violone and baroque cello, including performances at the Boston Early Music Festival.

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terri sundberg

erri Sundberg is Associate Professor of Flute and Chair of the Instrumental Division at the University of North Texas College of Music.  She was recently a featured concerto soloist at the 2007 Jeju International Music Festival in Korea and is a member of the Crested Butte Festival Orchestra in Colorado.   Ms. Sundberg has performed extensively in New York City as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, including performances at Lincoln Center/Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall.  She was also an Artist-in-Residence with the North Coast Chamber Players, a mixed wind/string chamber group that toured primarily on the West Coast.  She has been on the faculty of several international music festivals and has presented masterclasses and performed solo and chamber recitals across the United States and abroad, including concerts in Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Austria, Ireland, England, Kosovo and the Philippines. 

Terri has been a guest artist at flute festivals across the United States, including St. Louis, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, California, Oklahoma and Texas and has been a featured artist, teacher and adjudicator at several National Flute Association conventions.  She has played Principal Flute with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, the Eisenstadter Sommerakademie in Austria, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has also played with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra.  Ms. Sundberg has collaborated on solo and chamber CD recordings for the Klavier, Innova and Capstone Record labels.

Terri Sundberg holds degrees from Yale University and Lawrence Conservatory and her principal teachers have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Thomas Nyfenger and Ernestine Whitman.    She has great passion for her work on the board of the Shropshire Music Foundation, whose mission is to foster ethnic tolerance, promote peace and improve the quality of life for children and adolescents of war-torn countries through the establishment of on-going music education and performance programs. For more, please visit TeachingChildrenPeace.com.

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robin karevaar

founding member of the Dallas-based Camerata Winds chamber ensemble, Robin Korevaar has enjoyed a long career as a freelance clarinetist. has performed with the Colorado, Dallas, Ft. Worth and New Orleans Symphonies, and is currently the second clarinetist with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Locally she has also worked with the East Texas and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestras, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Wind Symphony and many churches. She made her debut in Japan in June of 2011, performing both solo and chamber works in a number of venues.

An innovative and dedicated teacher, Mrs. Korevaar is the primary clarinet instructor for the Highland Park and Lake Highlands cluster schools. She is a regular clinician for the Allen Clarinet Solutions festival and for area band programs. Mrs. Korevaar's students perform well in regional and state competitions, and often receive outstanding performance awards at their solo and ensemble festivals. Her degrees in music therapy and social work, and training in motherhood and triathlons, add depth to her instructional style. Mrs. Korevaar receives regular requests to design outreach concerts for Camerata Winds, and enjoys these opportunities to bring music into her community.

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oward Hilliard is a fifth generation Californian where he studied at the University of Southern California and received his Bachelor and Master of Music. At the invitation of principal conductor Zubin Mehta, he was invited to play principal horn in L’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence Italy’s main orchestra) for over six years. As part of that orchestra he recorded on many of the major classical labels as well as the original “Three Tenors” concert from Rome, which was the biggest selling classical CD of all time.  After returning to the United States, Dr. Hilliard received his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas College of Music. His most recent concerto engagements in Texas include performances with the Garland, Las Colinas, San Angelo and Symphony Arlington orchestras.

Dr. Hilliard has performed as principal horn in numerous symphonies through out the United States, Europe and Latin America. Orchestras and wind ensembles he has performed as principal horn with include: "I Solisti Fiorentini", "Solisti dell'Ensemble Cameristico Pistoiese", “Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL” in Monterrey, Mexico, Boston Civic Symphony, North Shore Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Plano Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony, Dallas and Texas Wind Symphonies, Corpus Christi Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, West Side Symphony, Burbank Chamber Orchestra, Glendale Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony and Desert Symphony. He is currently the principal horn of the Garland, Las Colinas, San Angelo and Symphony Arlington orchestras.

Some of the conductors Dr. Hilliard has played principal horn for include: Riccardo Muti, Carlo Maria Guilini, Eduardo Mata, Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Georges Prètre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, Myung-Wha Chung, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Frederick Fennell as well as Zubin Mehta. He has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, which selects the "Grammy" awards each year. In addition to being an active freelancer in the DFW Metroplex, he teaches French horn and trumpet, repairs brass instruments, does custom horn work and publishes both pedagogical articles and sheet music.

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eter Unterstein is the contra bassoonist and utility bassoonist with the Fort Worth Symphony. He maintains an active teaching and performing schedule by instructing over 50 bassoon students annually in the Plano and Frisco areas as well as by performing as the second bassoonist of the Abilene Philharmonic and the principal bassoon of the Plano symphony. He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony, The Detroit Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, the Naples (Florida) Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Kalamazoo Symphony and the Greenville (South Carolina) Symphony. He holds degrees from the Florida State University and the University of Michigan as well as an artist certificate from Southern Methodist University. His primary teachers are Will Roberts, Richard Beene, and Jeff Keesecker.

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arold Martina, pianist, was born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. He has performed in Europe, the United States of America, Latin America, Israel and Japan with extraordinary acclaim by both audiences and critics. Mr.Martina has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1993, he ended a tour in Belgium and Holland with a recital in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In 2001 College of Fine Arts of the University of Antioquia in Colombia named its music hall "Harold Martina Auditorium". At present he is Professor of Piano at the School of Music of the Texas Christian University.

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ichael Schneider has been hailed by critics as "a pianist with exceptional insight" and a "performer with great panache" in performances across the states and overseas to Poland and France. He was awarded the 'Demonic Liszt' Prize at the Competition Internationale held in Sante Fe, New Mexico and won six awards at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, including first prize in the Concerto Division and first prize in the Longer Work Category (Dante Sonata). In 2005, he was a top prize winner in the 3rd International Franz Liszt Competition held in Wroçlaw, Poland.

Mr. Schneider has performed in such venues as the legendary château of George Sand in Nohant, France, performing an all-Chopin recital as a guest artist in the International Chopin Festival and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as a prizewinner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, also winning the prize for the best performance of a work by an American composer. Recently he was a featured guest artist at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, directed by Lukas Foss. Appearances with orchestras include the Bydgoszcz and Wroçlaw Philharmonics in Poland, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (IL), the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (TX), the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra (OK), the Big Spring Symphony (TX) and the San Angelo Symphony (TX).

Mr. Schneider is a laureate of many international piano competitions, including the 10 th Pacific Piano Competition in Vancouver, the 7th San Antonio International Piano Competition, the 4th International Paderewski Piano Competition held in Poland, the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in New York, the Texas Steinway Society Career Development Award and the Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago.

As a devotee of the music of Ignaz Jan Paderewski, Mr. Schneider brings this music to a variety of venues. At the 8th Annual Paderewski Festival in California, his performance of the grueling Paderewski Sonata prompted three standing ovations and three encores. Recent projects include performances with violinist Iryna Krechkovsky of the Corigliano Violin Sonata and performing solo piano works written by Jonathan Sheffer, New York-based conductor and composer and Cleveland-based composer Klaus George Roy. For more, please visit his site.

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aredjan Baya Kakouberi, pianist, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and made her piano debut at the age of eleven. After graduating from Tbilisi Special School of Music for the Talented and Gifted, she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she continued her studies on the Master’s and Doctoral levels under the tutelage of famous pianist and professor, Sergei Dorenski and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist Vladimir Krainev.

Ms. Kakouberi has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Moscow, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Italy and the United States. In 1996, she was among the “World’s Ten Most Distinguished Pianists” chosen by the Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Kakouberi was chosen as recipient of the “Most Outstanding and Distinguished Pianist” award in the IBLA International Competition in Italy. In addition to her solo recitals, she has appeared as guest soloist in concerts throughout the US and Europe, including performances at Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Cerritos Center for Performing Arts in California, As a chamber performer Ms. Kakouberi made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York in February, 2002.

Noted as an outstanding Chamber Music Artist, Ms. Kakouberi is the Artistic Director of the”Blue Candlelight Music Series” in Dallas Texas, where she enjoys collaboration with internationally renowned artists. The program started as a venue for Ms. Kakouberi to introduce her musician friends from overseas to the American audience. It now puts on four concerts each year in a mansion living room at the Baron House that seats about 100 people. The music is broadcast on a classical station in the Dallas area. For more information visit her website. Ms. Kakouberi is the Adjunct piano professor in the Cedar Valley College TX.

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umiko Endo Schlaffer has been steadily gaining a reputation as a masterful artist ever since her impressive American debut recital in May 2000 at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, shortly after her completing her Masters degree from the Juilliard School.  She has been a recipient of numerous awards, including First Prizes in the Japan International Harp Competition –in both Young and Advanced divisions.  Ms. Endo Schlaffer is one of the most distinguished harpists in her native Japan and she was honored with the opportunity to perform at the Imperial Palace for Her Majesty the Empress and Her Royal Highnesses.  In 2004 and 2006, she gave her major solo recitals in Tokyo to sold out audiences and was soon after invited to perform as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her recent engagements include a performance of Mozart Flute and Harp concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, playing with Mathieu Dufour, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and appearances as soloist with the San Angelo Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Basically Beethoven Festival in Dallas, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony.

Ms. Endo Schlaffer has given numerous solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including such renowned venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York and Orchestra Hall at the Symphony Center in Chicago.  As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, she performed many world and U.S. premiers of contemporary chamber works at Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard Theatre and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

She is also an accomplished orchestral harpist, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as New York Philharmonic.  From 2001 through 2004, she served as the principal harpist of the New World Symphony Orchestra, where she was featured as a concerto soloist in 2002 and 2004.

Ms. Endo Schlaffer began her musical training at the age of three and learned musical theory and Piano.  While taking lessons with Ayako Shinozaki, she received her Bachelors degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.  She also studied extensively throughout Europe with Marie-Claire Jamet and Isabelle Moretti of France and Marisa Robles of England.  Ms. Endo Schlaffer earned her Masters degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Nancy Allen, principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic.  She then pursued her further studies with Sarah Bullen, principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She has been serving as a board member of American Harp Society in Dallas since 2007. For more, please visit her site.

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Carol Reynolds

About Carol Reynolds

For more than 20 years, Dr. Carol Reynolds was Associate Professor of Music History at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Carol also is a uniquely talented and much sought-after speaker for arts venues and general audiences. Never dull or superficial, Carol brings to her audiences a unique mix of humor, substance, and skilled piano performance to make the arts more accessible and meaningful to all.

Carol has led arts tours to Russia, Austria, Germany, San Francisco, and Broadway on behalf of several arts organizations. Her enthusiasm and boundless energy give tour participants an unforgettable experience.

She makes her home on a farm near Bowie, Texas, where, with her husband and teenage daughter, she raises La Mancha goats and soaks up the rich cultural heritage of rural America. She maintains a second residence in Weimar, Germany — the home of Goethe, Schiller, Bach, and Liszt, and the focal point of much of Europe’s artistic heritage.

What Others Say about Carol

“This is not your typical snore-inducing pre-concert lecture.  ‘Windnotes with Professor Carol’ is like an impassioned sermon combining history, music theory, and behind-the-scenes dirt on the pieces and composers featured in the evening’s program.”  Dallas Wind Symphony

“Yesterday’s event was memorable as I watched you improvise this show in the most brilliant way. It was like jazz: you knew the theme and came up with all these variations and pulled those tricks collected from years and years of experience in teaching and public speaking. I was truly in awe with the way you took the show and ran with it at 1000 miles per hour. 50 minutes had passed and no one noticed it. In fact, when over, I saw smiles on the faces of every member of the audience. No wonder that so many, if not all, of them rushed to sign up for the season, which will now result in chartering a second bus for this group.”  Sevan Melikyan, Van Cliburn Foundation

“Carol makes anything she talks about fascinating.”

“Her enthusiasm, her stimulating lecture manner, her obvious knowledge of the subject, her kindness and love of people show through!”

 

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