Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times magazine for her "versatile technique", by the British Flute Society's PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it", and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist", Dr. Falzon, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Amongst the list of works premiered are works by composers like Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Charles Camilleri, Akin Euba and Geoff Poole. The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants from, amongst others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, NY Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, and Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia University (Masters and Doctorate), she also studied in England with Royal Academy of Music professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell and with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick. Up until 2004 she was based in the UK, previous to which she was co-principal flute with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Malta. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble and ISSA Sonus ensemble and teaches at the City College of New York, and at Columbia University’s Teachers College in NYC.

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, Holland, and Switzerland, and has premiered works by and/or collaborated with composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, among others. In 2001, Alvin Lucier wrote a violin/electronics piece for her, entitled “Violynn.” As a member of groups including the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company band, Lumina String Quartet, the SEM Ensemble, Zentripetal, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Ms. Bechtold has performed around the world, and has been heard on CBC Radio, CBS-TV, NHK-TV, and WNYC. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ridotto, and Vision Into Art, among others. In addition, she’s performed with artists such as Boyz II Men, Sheryl Crow, Roberta Flack, J-Pop band SMAP, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer. She has appeared at diverse venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the Blue Note, the Frick Museum, Galapagos, the Harvard Club, Joe's Pub, Joyce Theatre, Merkin Hall, St John the Divine, & Zankel Hall. Festival appearances include Kneisel Hall, PMF, Scotia, and both Spoletos, among others. Ms. Bechtold holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Tufts University, and the Mannes College of Music, where she was one of the last students of noted violinist Felix Galimir. She is on the faculty at the Greenwich House School of Music in NYC.

Violinist Emily Ondracek a native of Chicago, Emily Ondracek started playing the violin at the age of 5, and began giving public concerts soon thereafter. She gave her solo debut at age 16 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and at festivals such as Aspen, Italy’s Festival de Due Mondi, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Summer Music festival, where she was awarded the Joseph Gingold prize for outstanding performance. In New York, she frequently gives recitals, regularly performing at such venues as Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge, recently giving the debut of Histoire de Babar for violin and piano at the Steinway Hall Recital Series. She has also performed with jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Ms. Ondracek records frequently for film and television, and has recorded for Naxos records. She is the two-time recipient of the Morse Fellowship, a grant for resident teaching artists in the New York Public School system. Ms. Ondracek also maintains a private violin studio in New York City. Ms. Ondracek who currently is the first violinist of the Voxare Quartet, studied with Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School where from she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Ms. Ondracek performs on a violin made by Francois Pique in1815.

Violinist Machiko Ozawa, the former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in February 2002 as a winner of Artists International Competition in 2001. As a soloist, she has performed with C.W.Post Chamber Orchestra, Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes. She commissioned and premiered her original concerto ‘Syrenes’ for violin, percussion and orchestra, by the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and performed Morton Gould's Tap Concerto as a tap dancer soloist with this orchestra in 2007. She was a finalist of the New York International Tango Competition in 2004 as a member of M2duo (formally M2O). She received an artistic grant sponsored by the YAMAHA Foundation and released her first Album, Vertical Voyage in JP in 2007. In 2010, she was a soloist with Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey and also with Pan American Symphony Orchestra in DC. Although trained classically in Juilliard School, Guildhall Music School and Tokyo National School of fine arts and music (Tokyo Gei Dai), she now extends her musical range to a variety of styles including jazz, tango, improvisation,world music and dancing/acting. She was chosen as one of the main cast members (as a tapdancer/violinst) for an award winning musical, AMOR LATINO at Thalia Theatre in 2009. She created her own style of performance called tapdanceviolin. Recently she extends her music world into Argentine Tango and has performed with Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto, Fernando Otero, Octavio Brunetti, Polly Ferman and Pedro Giraudo at NYC's major venues such as Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Winter Garden at Financial Center, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom as well as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

Violist Edmundo Ramirez's collaborations as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist include concerts with ensembles such as the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie (Germany), the Ensemble Intercontemporaine (France), the Absolute Ensemble New York, the Fine Arts Quartet, The Meininger Hofkapelle in Germany, The New York Symphonic Ensemble, The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas among some. He has performed in venues that include Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bellas Artes (Mexico) the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Berlin, Parco della Musica (Italy) and Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He has appeared in festivals including Aspen, Bach, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Festivals in the US; Menton and Aix-en-Provence in France; Bremen and Hamburg Music Festival; China Trust in Taiwan and Chiuhuahua en Mexico, and collaborated with, amongst others, conductors Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Kristjan Jarvi; pianists Saleem Abud-Askar and Mikhail Muntyan and Paquito de Rivera, Joe Zawinul and Goran Gregovich. Edmundo Ramirez started his violin and viola studies at the Municipal School of Music in Santo Domingo de Heredia and later at the National Youth Symphony Music Program, in Costa Rica. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Mannes College of Music, The Juilliard School in New York and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, receiving Diplomas di Honor and di Merito. His teachers include Miguel Arango, Yuri Bashmet, Jose Aurelio Castillo, Heidi Castleman, William Schuck, Walter Trampler, members of the Tokyo, Emerson and the Juilliard Quartet and master classes on violin and viola from Masao Kawasaki, Ida Haendel and Rafael Druian.

Violist Erik Peterson. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Milwaukee and New World Symphonies. His participation in music festivals include Sarasota, Blossom, Aspen, Grant Park, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy and the Encore School for Strings, where he was awarded the Kay H. Logan Award for chamber music performance. He has performed on WFMT in Chicago and on NPR radio. Mr. Peterson has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Brentano, and Cleveland Quartets, and also members of the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, leading him to perform in Carnegie, Alice Tully, and Avery Fisher Halls. He has also recorded on CD. He gave the world-premiere of Mark Nowakowski’s Viola Concerto. Mr. Peterson, a member of the Voxare quartet, studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory at the Juilliard School, and then at the Cleveland Institute of music where he has been teaching assistant to Stanley Konopka.

Cellist Adrian Daurov born in Russia, studied at the St.Petersburg Conservatory with Anatoly Nikitin. He has appeared as soloist on the main concert stages of St.Petersburg, Moscow, as well as in Europe and the U.S. Mr. Daurov was awarded with 1st prizes at the international music competitions in Dobrich, Bulgaria (1996), Peter De Grote, Groningen, The Netherlands (2001) and the LISMA Foundation Competition in NY (2006). In 2004 he toured Germany as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra and was appointed Principal cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra under conductor Peter Gulke. He was appointed principal cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of New York under conductor Salvatore Di Vittorio. He currently resides in New York City, where he is a frequent performer on many recital series, including Bargemusic. He has performed world premieres of works including Behzad Ranjbaran’s Fountains of Fin and The Epistle by Siberian composer Yuri Yukechev. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with David Soyer of the Guarneri Quartet and Andre Emelianoff, and the cellist of the Voxare quartet.

 
 

Cellist, Jisoo Ok has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Korea and New Zealand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Ms. Ok has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Caramoor International Music Festival and Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival at Princeton University. Since graduating from The Juilliard School in 2006, Ms. Ok has been deeply committed to tango music. She has closely collaborated with renowned tango musicians such as Pablo Ziegler and Hector Del Curto. Recent highlights include performances at the Miami International Piano Festival, Zero Hour Tango Festival in Indiana and Beaches Fine Arts Series in Florida with Pablo Ziegler, and Copa Fest in Brazil, Ibero-American Festival of the Arts in Puerto Rico and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music with Hector Del Curto. In 2003, Ms. Ok was the winner of the New Juilliard Ensemble’s Concerto Competition which led to the performance of Jonathan Keren’s Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She also premiered Matthew Kajcienski’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City. An active chamber musician, Jisoo had residencies at the Spoleto Festival "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Italy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chamber music workshop as well as participating in the Juilliard String Quartet seminar. Originally from Korea but grew up in New Zealand, Ms. Ok began cello studies at age eleven after studying violin. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry.

 
 

Cellist Aminda Asher is based in New York City. She has performed in several regional orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Riverside Symphonia, The Chelsea Symphony, and Astoria Symphony, and has also played for several musical theater productions with the Prospect Theater Company and Making Books Sing. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Asher regularly plays with a variety of chamber ensembles including neoLIT; a contemporary music ensemble that is especially dedicated to the performance of works by women composers. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, and (Le) Poisson Rouge. A dedicated teacher, Ms.Asher is currently on the faculties of Tenafly Music Academy in Tenafly, New Jersey, and the Herald School in Queens, New York. Ms.Asher holds a B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and SharonRobinson. She received her M.M in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky.

 
 

Cellist Andrey Tchekmazov is a Grand Prize winner of the Vittoria Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence and Premio Trio de Trieste in Trieste, as well as Premio della Critica in Italy.
Mr. Tchekmazov has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia. His appearances include the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan, Brazil’s Sala San Palo, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall. His many performances as concerto soloist with orchestras include appearances with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil
Among his other prizes and awards are the Koussivitzky Competition, Stadt, and the Russian National Competition in Moscow. As a frequent performer with the Jupiter Chamber Players and Lyric Chamber Music Society in New York, and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.,  Tchekmazov has “impressed his audiences with his big, warm tone and…Russian brand of virtuosity” (Strad, London-New York).

 
 

Double Bassist Troy Rinker—an enthusiast of contemporary music, has been a participant in hundreds of world premier performances and recordings by composers such as John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Charles Wuorinen, David Brynjar Franzson, Frances White, Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Toensing, Peteris Vasks, Mark O'Connor, Brian Ferneyhough, and Peter Kotik. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member Mr. Rinker regularly appears on all of New York's concert stages, including Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, the 92nd Street Y, BAM, and Carnegie Hall. A member of several ensembles, Mr. Rinker performs regularly with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, American Composer’s Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Stamford Symphony.  His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor.  Mr. Rinker can be heard on labels Sony Classical, Telarc, Mode Records, and North/South, in addition to several studio recordings for television and film.