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South Shore Conservatory

Kathy Czerny, SSC President
Stephen Deitz, Festival Director
Amy Schomp, Managing Director
Nancy Meredith, Box Office and Duxbury Campus Manager
Michelle McGrath, Publicity Services
Rick Assmus, Building/Grounds
Rich Fell, Piano Technician
Louis Gentile, Piano Mover

(as of June 9, 2017)

Festival Sponsor
Mollie Baldwin Foley
Diane and Sherm Hoyt
Mead Witter Foundation
The Foundation for Creative Achievement
Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski

Tent Sponsor
Sheila and Richard Morse

Event Sponsor
Lee and Jack Barlow
Barbara and Fred Clifford
Cornelia and Stewart Clifford
Judy and Bill Gagnon
Nancy Herndon
Nancy and John Powell
Wendy & Vincent Spiziri
The Villlage at Duxbury

Student Scholarship Sponsor
Bernstein Alliance
Motoko and Gordon Deane
Barbara and Morgan Lamarche
Mary Ellen and Peter Lawrence
Hilary and Richard Lucier
Merck Foundation
Barbara & Peter Palfrey
Mary and Jerry Steinke
Jason Wolfson

Full Student Scholarship Sponsor
Mollie Baldwin Foley scholars (2)
The Safe Family Foundation
Pat and Wilfred Sheehan
Kathy & Warren Skillman

Festival Friend
Julia and Stephen Adams
Nancy Riegel
Sylvia and Dwight Rost

Festival Donor
Lyell & Kurt Franke
Linda and Gerald Jones
Gregg & Courtney Jordan
Marcia and Abbot Vose
Charles & Holly Weilbrenner

Festival Fan
Shirley Amory
Jane Carr and Andrew Hertig
Nancy Dana
Mary Danner
Sandra & Douglas Dapprich
Edward & Doris Kellar
Joan & Robert Kelly
Carol Loring
Flip Mulford
Thomas & Nancy O'Neil
Merle & Mary Ott
Olga & Richard Rothschild
Pat and Wilfred Sheehan
Joel & Catherine Stein
Lanci & Page Valentine

Concert Host
John Carnuccio
Barbara and Fred Clifford
Cornelia and Stewart Clifford
Mollie and Bill Foley
Judy and Bill Gagnon
Lee and Ray Wareham

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String Faculty


Heather Braun

Boston University, Boston

Violinist Heather Braun-Bakken performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet and as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, where she was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow in 2010-11. She was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and joined the St. Anselm College music faculty in 2016. She has recently performed recitals at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Williams College, Longy School of Music, Frederick Collection, Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, East-West Virtuosi (OR), and the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. Since 2010, she has toured in concert throughout China, Canada, Italy, and the US with the Arneis Quartet. Dr. Braun-Bakken has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, VT. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, studying with Peter Zazofsky. Twice a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize in 2005; other prizes include the Zulalian Foundation award in 2010. She has collaborated in concert with the Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, and members of the BU School of Music faculty. Dr. Braun-Bakken has coached chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Point Counterpoint, Manchester Music Festival, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She will join the faculty of Duxbury Music Festival and Taconic Music for the 2017 summer season. 

Emmanuel Feldman

New England Conservatory, Tufts University

Hailed by John Williams as "an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist", American cellist Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative and expressive cellists of his generation. Known for his intense soulful playing and a broad range of repertoire and styles, he enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, champion of new music and educator.

With concerts throughout Europe and North America, he has performed at the Casals Festival, Yellow Barn Festival, Schlesswig Holstein Musik Festival, on Radio France and was guest soloist with the Boston Pops, Nashville Chamber Orchestra and New England String Ensemble among many others. He was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed with Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Paul Neubauer, David Deveau, Borromeo String Quartet, pop/jazz artist Bobby McFerrin and with pianist Joy Cline Phinney whom he recorded several CDs. His concerto CD on Albany Records “Rider on The Plains” featuring Virgil Thomson’s Cello Concerto was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for producer Blanton Alspaugh (producer of the year) and was hailed as an “excellent recording…the concerto sounds exhilarating in this bracing and confident performance” by the N.Y. Times. Following his Boston Celebrity Series debut, the Boston Globe wrote “Emmanuel Feldman was superb in the Bach Solo Suites”. He has premiered new works by Harbison, Danielpour, Kernis, McDonald and Schuller among others. Co-founder of Cello e Basso with bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, they were called “a musical Lewis and Clark” by NPR’s Ron Schacter. His playing on his newly released CD “Our American Roots” on the Delos label was described by Gramophone Magazine as “an artist who combines communicative urgency with tonal splendor”. Mr. Feldman is on the cello faculty at New England Conservatory, Tufts University, the Heifetz International Music Institute, Duxbury Music Festival, VCU Global Music Institute and Killington Music Festival. For more information please visit www.Emmanuelfeldman.com.


Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster

One of Israel's best kept secrets Janna Gandelman was born in Kishinev, Moldavia in 1967. At the age of 5 she started to play violin taking lessons with Professor Weiner. Already at a very young age she has won numerous competitions still in the Soviet Union, National Violin Competition, Stoliarsky School Competition, International competition of USSR and Auer Competition.

After Immigration to Israel in 1979 she has continued her studies with legendary violin pedagogue, Professor Bondarenko, who was David Oistrach's assistant. Also in 1979 Janna was accepted to be a part of the most famous cultural foundations in the world, American-Israel Cultural Foundation, which promoted and still to this day promotes many prestigious cultural projects.  As a member of this foundation, Janna Gandelman has performed in many countries around the world. 

During her studies in Tel Aviv Music Academy with Professor Kless, Janna has won many competitions as: Clearmonunt and Shapira in Israel, Lipitzer in Italy, Atlanta competition, just to name a few.

Janna Gandelman has been a member of many great music ensembles of Israel, which include: Musica Nova, Caprizma, 21 century, Concertmeister of Israel Camerata and many more. As a soloist she has performed with many great conductors, Garry Bertini, Asher Fish, Mendi Rodan and many more. Janna has also been a concertmeister of Flemish Chamber orchestra.  

Being a very active chamber musician, she has performed with musicians as: Gidon Kremer, Isaak Stern, Eliso Versaladze, Sol Gabetta and many more, participating in world’s most prestigious festivals as Bloomington, Schleswig-Holstein, Israel, Jerusalem Chamber music Festival.

Janna Gandelman has given master classes all over the world including: Russia, Argentina, Brazil and a special project in Israel called Polyphony, which brings Arab and Jewish students together through music. Janna Gandelman is a concertmeister of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and teaches in Jerusalem Conservatory of Music.

Janna is playing on a J.B.Guadagnini violin loan from Yehuda Zisapel Foundation.

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Boston University, Boston

Michelle LaCourse, violist, has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on four continents, including recent performances in France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Korea. Her playing has been described by critics in such terms as “a miraculous blend of intense passion and artistic elegance” and “has a mastery of the instrument like a sixth sense, and with it reveals to us the most profound secrets.” An enthusiastic advocate for new viola repertoire, she has also commissioned and premiered many new pieces for the instrument. Her 2009 recording with pianist Martin Amlin, “Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano by James Grant” was released by MSR Classics (msrcd.com, MS1335) to rave reviews, praising “the raw emotion of her playing” and calling the disc “enough to make one reframe one’s image of the viola”. Her 2015 release on MSR, “An American Menagerie: Music for Viola and Piano by Martin Amlin, Robert Merfeld, and Monica Houghton” (MS1474) received high praise from Fanfare Magazine, noting “stellar performances,” including playing “in the sweetest and most exquisite way imaginable”, “stunningly realized”, and calling the recording “A surefire winner.” Audiophile Audition declared the disc “A gorgeous recital.”

LaCourse was formerly a member of the Lehigh Quartet, the Delphic String Trio and the Aeolian Trio. She has performed at numerous festivals such as Aspen, Bowdoin, Eastern, Interlochen, Skaneateles, Musicorda, the Heifetz Institute, and the International Festivals of Campos do Jordão, Brazil, of Positano, Italy, and of Vianden, Luxembourg, as well as at some of the world’s leading concert venues, such as Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal and Washington’s Kennedy Center. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and was formerly principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Grenoble France.

She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with, and was for many years teaching assistant to renowned pedagogue Karen Tuttle. Ms. LaCourse currently teaches viola and chairs the String Department as well as the Performance & Applied Studies area at Boston University’s School of Music, where she was awarded BU’s 2009 Metcalf Cup and Prize, the university’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. She frequently presents master classes at music schools across the United States and internationally, and during the summer months she also teaches and performs at the annual Karen Tuttle Viola Workshops and BU’s Tanglewood Institute as well as a number of other festivals and appearances. Many of her former students currently enjoy playing and teaching positions around the globe.

Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv
Kiev Virtuosi, Music Director
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate

Grammy nominated conductor, cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonksy was born in Moscow into a musical family. He began playing the cello when he was 5 years old and was accepted to the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of 9 he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn’s cello concerto.

Since then, his career had taken him to the most important stages in the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Teatre Mogador, Cite de la Musique, Louvre, among others.

He regularly plays with important artists as Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin, Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Yuri Bashmet, and has collaborated with artists as Monserrat Caballé, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina, ... He played Mº Penderecki’s Cello concerto with the composer at the podium.

He has also an important career as Conductor that begun in Camerino (Italy), where he had his first opportunity to conduct an orchestra. He was 26 years old and since then, has collaborated with many important orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (principal guest conductor 2000-2004), Novoya Rossiya (Principal Guest Conductor 2012- ), Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Antwerpen Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Maastricht Orchestra, Russian State Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Taiwan National Orchestra, Catania Opera Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, Bologna Chamber Orchestra, Ofunam (México), etc..

His mother is the famed pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, with whom he immigrated in 1977 to New York where he studied with Lorne Munroe (solo cellist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra), David Soyer, cellist of Guarneri quartet, and with Aldo Parisot. 

In the summer of 1979, at the age 16, Dmitry was accepted to participate in Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and was the youngest participant. There, he had the opportunity to meet many great musicians as M. Horszowski, M. Tree, M. Shneider, M. Foley... and after playing for David Soyer, cellist of Guarneri quartet, he offered him to come to Curtis Institute of Music to study with him.

In 2010 Dmitry Yablonsky received the Diploma of the Honorary Academician at the Independet Academy of Liberal Arts at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has transcribed and edited works for cello, which was released by International Music Company and Dover Publications. Naxos records released his recording of all 40 Popper etudes for solo cello in the fall of 2008, which received great critical acclaim.

Dmitry Yablonsky is head of International Relations at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and on the faculty of The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts Tel Aviv University.

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