HEATHER BRAUN, violin
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, cello
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, Richard Stoltzman, Jennifer Frautschi, Karen Dreyfus, Elmar Oliveira, Borromeo String Quartet, and pop/jazz artist Bobby McFerrin. 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 and Killington Music Festival. For more information please visit www.Emmanuelfeldman.com.
JANNA GANDELMAN, violin
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.
MICHELLE LA COURSE, viola
Boston University, Boston
DMITRY YABLONSKY, cello
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.