EMMANUEL FELDMAN, cello
New England Conservatory, Tufts University, the Heifetz International Music Institute and Killington Music Festival
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.
CHRISTOPHE POIGET, violin
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt
Christophe Poiget, violin, at the age of thirteen, entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he won first prize for violin and chamber music. He has studied with Jean-Pierre Wallez Boris Gutnikov, Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Yehudi Menuhin. Winner of several international competitions, Christophe Poiget has played in many countries including Japan, USA, Russia, and South America. Mr. Poiget has performed with artists such as Marie Paule Siruguet Pascal Devoyon, Michael Rudy, Henri Demarquette . Christophe Poiget plays with equal success the Baroque style on ancient instrument and the great Romantic repertoire and contemporary music. He worked closely with Claude Sautet for making the film A Heart in Winter. A renowned educator, Mr. Poiget is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and at the Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt.
LUCIE ROBERT, violin
Manhattan School of Music
Violinist Lucie Robert has received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike for the expressive lyricism and tonal beauty of her playing. Allan Kozinn, writing in The New York Times, lauded her “melting tone” and “wonderfully supple approach to phrasing.” Ms. Robert carries on the great violin tradition of her teacher and mentor, the legendary Josef Gingold.
Ms. Robert has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East in major music centers including New York, London, Chicago, Washington D.C., Vienna, Beijing, Seoul, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. She has performed over thirty different works as violin soloist with all of the major orchestras in Canada, including the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit. As a recording artist, she has performed for National Public Radio, the CBC Radio Network, Radio Canada, and Radio France, and received critical acclaim for her recording of violin sonatas by Faure and Saint-Saens. An active participant in the summer music festival scene, Ms. Robert has been guest artist or faculty member at festivals such as Bowdoin, the American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau, Musicorda, Meadowmount, Orford, Summit and Waterloo. She is currently on the faculties of the Texas Music Festival at the Moores School of Music and the MusicAlp Academy in Courchevel, France.Highly sought after as a violin pedagogue, Ms. Robert has served as violin professor for the past twenty-one years at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has given master classes throughout the world at prestigious institutions such as Seoul National University, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, the Glenn Gould School and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal. Her students have won prizes in major international competitions including Indianapolis, Young Concert Artists, Paganini, Sendai and the China International Violin Competition. Ms. Robert has served as an adjudicator for many competitions including the Montreal International Violin Competition and the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition.
MICHAEL STRAUSS, viola
Associate Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, Oberlin
Known for his “rich tone and lyrical acumen” (Chicago Tribune), violist Michael Isaac Strauss is on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He formerly served as principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. Strauss performs around the world as a soloist, chamber and symphonic musician. His love for the intimate concert setting has led to concert series and festival appearances across Europe, North America, and Asia such as Schleswig-Holstein, Montpellier, LaJolla, Caramoor, Banff, and Beijing International. A former member of the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet, Michael made several European and domestic concert tours with the ensemble, as well as a highly regarded live broadcast on Radio France and Lyrinx SACD recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets. Michael can be heard on several other recordings in works of new music including the debut recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata, and as the soloist in David Finko's Viola Concerto, as well as in chamber music works by living composers with the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001. Strauss is the featured artist in the Suzuki Viola School CDs, Volumes 8 and 9. Since his solo debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and multiple dates with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Strauss is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a viola made by Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy in 1704.
Photo: Tanya Rosen-Jones