Kenneth Freudigman is Co-Founder of Camerata San Antonio, Principal Cello of the San Antonio Symphony, Adjunct Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at San Antonio, former Education Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and a highly-respected cello pedagogue.
Mr. Freudigman began playing the violin at age six and found his true love, the cello, at the age of nine. After six years of study, he was accepted to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. Upon graduating with honors in music performance, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music. He began his orchestral and chamber music career while at Eastman, winning a position with the Rochester Philharmonic and was also a founding member of the Esterhazy Chamber Ensemble. In 1992, Mr. Freudigman joined the New World Symphony, an advanced training orchestra for recent graduates of music schools, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids, Charleston, and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Mr. Freudigman was also a founding member of the American Sinfonietta.
His orchestra and chamber music engagements have taken him to the major concert halls of Europe, the Middle East, and throughout South and North America. Mr. Freudigman has performed chamber music with members of the Amadeus and Cleveland Quartets and with the pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He has been a featured soloist with the World Youth and New World Symphony Orchestras, the San Antonio Symphony and the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he was engaged to perform Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto. Mr. Freudigman can be heard in recordings on the Argo and Summit record labels, featured with Renee Fleming and the New World Symphony Orchestra performing Bachianas Brasileiras by Heitor Villa-Lobos on BMG Classics, and on Camerata San Antonio'sGrammy-nominated premiere CD on Bridge Records, Salon Buenos Aires: Music of Miguel Del Aguila.
Emily Watkins Freudigman joined the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in 2002 as Assistant Principal Viola and is Co-Founder of Camerata San Antonio. Emily holds degrees in viola performance from Southern Methodist University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Michigan and has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Muir, Concord and Tokyo String Quartets, and she has performed with the Grand Rapids, Maryland, Fort Worth and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
She maintains an active viola studio in San Antonio - her students perform in the Texas All-State orchestras, attend prestigious summer music camps, including the Eastern and Killington Music Festivals and Interlochen Center for the Arts and have gone on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory of Music.
A native New Yorker, violist Marisa Bushman’s musical career has reached all corners of the world. Ms. Bushman is currently a member of the San Antonio Symphony’s viola section. From 2008 to 2010 she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where she frequently sat principal under Michael Tilson Thomas and was a prominent fixture in the New World Symphony’s Chamber Music Series. Ms. Bushman is a three-time recipient of the Gluck Chamber Music Fellowship, a winner of the UCLA Collaborative Concerto Competition, and a former member of the prestigious Kuttner Quartet at Indiana University. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, traveled extensively throughout South and Central America with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and performed with her string quartet at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.
Aside from performing, Ms. Bushman is also a passionate educator who has consistently found involvement in youth education, no matter where she resides. She is currently involved in Project440, a non-profit organization that strives to bring music education and awareness to less advantaged youth in the Savannah, Georgia area. She has also been passionately involved with the New World Symphony’s Music Outreach program, the String Academy at Indiana University and the UCLA Music Outreach program where she taught underprivileged children in Compton, Califoria.
Marisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Masters in Viola Performance at Indiana University. Her principal teachers have included Atar Arad, Paul Coletti and Ralph Fielding. In her free time, Marisa enjoys taking walks with her husband Ignacio and their dog, Maggie, shopping for shoes and cooking up a storm.
Ms. Bushman's performances on our series are graciously sponsored by Fred Campbell.
Allyson Dawkins, Principal Violist of the San Antonio Symphony, has won consistent admiration for her playing as both orchestral soloist and recitalist. Critics have praised the “great sensitivity and intelligence” of her playing, as well as her “full-bodied, velvety tone.”
The San Antonio Express-News described her solo performance of Britten’s Lachrymae as “delicate and compelling…with poise, technical security, and in-the-groove freedom.” Of the Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes the Express-News said “Top marks go to Allyson Dawkins for a spitfire performance in her demanding solo.”
Ms. Dawkins is on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is highly sought after and widely respected as a private teacher. During the summer she serves as Dean of Students, teaches viola, and coaches chamber music at the Castleman Quartet Program. She is co-author, with Charles Castleman, of a technical instruction book for both viola and violin titled Fingerboard Memory. In May of 2012 she was elected to the Executive Board of the American Viola Society.
Ms. Dawkins has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, and as Principal Violist of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin and the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. She is currently a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Dawkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Strongly committed to community service, Ms. Dawkins is director of the San Antonio Symphony Caroling Project, a program that takes musicians to area hospitals, hospices, correctional institutions, and shelters during the December holiday season.
Ms. Dawkins' performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
Photo by MaryBeth Flower
Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein has quickly proven to be one of today’s most intriguing young musicians. His masterful technique, musical curiosity and probing interpretations have led to explorations of classical music and jazz, advanced degrees by the age of 20, a professorship in piano by the age of 27, and a full performance schedule at the world’s major music centers and festivals.
In January 2010 Mr. Gerstein was named the recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. Only the sixth pianist to have been so honored, the Gilmore Award is made to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. He was also honored by being awarded a 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant in April 2010.
Highlights of Mr. Gerstein’s 2011/12 season include debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony and at the Aspen Music Festival and London’s Proms; re-engagements with San Francisco, Detroit and Atlanta symphonies as well as with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; a three week Rachmaninoff concerto cycle with the Houston Symphony; and recitals at New York’s 92nd St. Y, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, London’s Wigmore Hall and in Vancouver, Miami and Sarasota.
Mr. Gerstein’s recent engagements in North America include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Vancouver symphonies among others; festival appearances at Chicago’s Grant Park, the Mann Music Center and Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony and Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra; and recitals in Boston, New York’s Town Hall, Cincinnati, Detroit and Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Internationally, Kirill Gerstein has worked with such prominent European orchestras as the Munich, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonics, London’s Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskappelle, Zurich Tonhalle, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Orchestras, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, as well as with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Caracas with Gustavo Dudamel. He has also performed recitals in Paris, Prague, Hamburg, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He made his Salzburg Festival debut playing solo and two piano works with Andras Schiff and has also appeared at the Verbier, Lucerne and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festivals.
His first recording for Myrios Classics of recital works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen was released in October 2010, following by a duo recital disc with Tabea Zimmermann.
Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Mr. Gerstein attended one of the country’s special music schools for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ extensive record collection. He came to the US at 14 to continue his studies in jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. However, he also continued working on the classical piano repertoire. Following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, he decided to focus mainly on classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees. He continued his studies with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid and Ferenc Rados in Budapest.
Kirill Gerstein was awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award and was chosen as Carnegie Hall’s “Rising Star” for the 2005/06 season. He became an American citizen in 2003 and is currently a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.
Mr. Gerstein's performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, in technique and sensibility, harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while possessing the passion and energy of the 21st century. Lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of great depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.
Early in his career Vadim Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern and in 1994, Mr. Gluzman received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. He plays the extraordinary 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Vadim Gluzman appears regularly with major orchestras such as London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Vancouver and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Minnesota Orchestra, Munich, Dresden and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, NHK and KBS Orchestras, among others, collaborating with world’s most prominent conductors such as the late Yehudi Menuhin, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Oundjian, Dmitri Kitaenko, Paavo Järvi, Jésus López-Cobos, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Claus Peter Flor and James DePriest. He has also performed at important festivals such as Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem, the Schwetzinger Festspiele and Festival de Radio France.
The future seasons will find Mr. Gluzman making his subscription debút with the Chicago Symphony under Paavo Järvi, appearing for the first time in recital in London’s Wigmore Hall, touring the US with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra including a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall and performing with numerous orchestras in the US, Europe and in Australia.
A highly acclaimed recording artist, Vadim’s recordings are released exclusively on BIS Records. His recent albums include the extraordinary release of the Glazunov and Tchaikovsky violin concertos with Andrew Litton conducting the Bergen Philharmonic which won ClassicFM Magazine’s coveted Disc of the Month as well as the Selection of the Month by the Strad Magazine; and Fireworks!, a collection of virtuoso violin show pieces.
Born in 1973 in the Ukraine, Vadim Gluzman began studying the violin at the age of seven. Before moving to Israel in 1990, he studied under Zakhar Bron and later under Yair Kless in Tel Aviv. He also studied in the United States under Arkady Fomin and at The Juilliard School under the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.
Mr. Gluzman's performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
With a passion for music, Morgen Johnson has established herself as a cellist of wide musical abilities. Her creative enthusiasm has led to performances of a vast array of repertoire in concert halls throughout Asia and North America, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, and the Shanghai Grand Theater. Originally from Michigan, she attended both The Juilliard School and Rice University, studying with Bonnie Hampton, Norman Fischer, and Christopher French.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Johnson has coached with many renowned ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Maia Quartet, and the Pacifica Quartet. In the 2007 season, Ms. Johnson’s professional ensemble, the Toomai Quintet, was awarded first prize in New York’s 92nd St. Y Chamber Outreach Competition. They performed an interactive concert for 900 Kindergarten through 4th Graders, entitled, “Traveling with Toomai” in which they successfully unlocked musical doors for the children, allowing greater absorption of musical concepts and increasing interest in classical music.
Ms. Johnson is very happy to have recently joined the San Antonio Symphony in the beginning of the 2010 season, and enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, knitting, baking, and volunteering with SNIPSA, an organization dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted animals.
Jun Yi Ma was born in Shanghai in 1972 and began violin studies at the age of 6, with Professor Ding at the Shanghai Conservatorium. At 9, he gave his first televised performance in Shanghai. Three years later he performed at the White House as Little Ambassador, representing the Chinese Government for the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Later he also played for two other U.S. Presidents, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, along with three Australian Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard.
In 1989 Jun Yi Ma was appointed inaugural Concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra, and in 1992 he was appointed Concertmaster and soloist with the Australian Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra. He pursued further studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with Professor Jan Sedivka, then at the Sydney Conservatorium with Charmian Gadd. He has also studied with Jascha Heifetz and participated in a master class with celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay.
In 1997 he was engaged as the Principal First Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and then became the Concertmaster of both the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Since then he has appeared regularly as Guest Concertmaster with the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Philharmonic, as well as appearing as Guest Concertmaster with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006 and 2009 Jun Yi Ma also took part in the prestigious Worldwide Chinese Artists Concerts in Shanghai and Beijing.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Jun Yi Ma has made numerous CD recordings featuring music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Bruch, Saint-Saëns and Britten. He often records solo and chamber music for broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Classic FM and his solo recordings have also been broadcast by New York Radio.
Jun Yi Ma has performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has appeared alongside superstar violinist Nigel Kennedy in the Vivaldi Double Concerto, and Chamber Music with Lang-Lang and Robert Chan (Concertmaster of Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
His competition successes include winning the New Zealand International Brass Woodwind and Strings Solo Competition, first prize in the solo violin section of the Prague Spring Youth International Competition, and twice being awarded winner of the ABC Young Performers Award in Australia.
Jun Yi Ma regularly appears as soloist with many orchestras in Australia and Asia. Most recently, in 2010, he played Goldberg Variations by Bach with Maestro Dimitri Sitkovetsky. He directs the Tasmanian Symphony Out of Town string concerts and since 2006 he has been a Professor for Violin at the University of Tasmania. He is also the Music Advisor of the Australian International Orchestra Summer Institute. In 2010, he was invited by the United Nations to represent Australia in performance in the New York Assembly Hall. Jun Yi Ma was selected to be featured in the Who’s Who in the World 2011 Macquarie Edition.
Mr. Ma's performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
David Mollenauer - coming soon
Renia Piotrowski-Shterenberg is an active musician in the San Antonio area. Formerly Principal Second Violin of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, (S.C.), she has been a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Austin Symphony, and is currently a member of the San Antonio Symphony’s first violin section. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Renia Piotrowski-Shterenberg began her violin studies at the age of 9. From that point on, she had the good fortune to study with several outstanding musicians, including Emanuel Borok, Kevork Mardirossian, Jorja Fleezanis, Sally O’Reilly, Paul Biss, and Joseph McGauley. She has also performed for such great artists as Andres Cardenes, Yfrah Neaman, Ruggiero Ricci, and Joseph Silverstein. She began her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, and also holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University. She has participated in such prestigious festivals as Breckenridge Music Institute, Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and the Britt Classical Festival in Oregon. She performs on a violin she commissioned from Andrew Ryan in 2011.
Mrs. Shterenberg's performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
He possesses that miraculous gift of an innate musical sense... music seemed to flow toward the infinite, as if divinely ordained."
- William Furtwanger, "Post and Courier" Charleston SC
A native of Ukraine, Ilya Shterenberg has successfully combined a career as soloist, chamber music performer and orchestral musician. Hailed by the press as a "natural and expert interpreter," "warm, elegant tone," "among the best in the business," he has performed extensively abroad and in the United States. In addition to the standard clarinet repertoire with orchestra, his frequent solo performances have included such rarely heard clarinet concertos as those by Franz Krommer and Karol Kurpinsky as well as the American premiere of the Richard Strauss's Serenade for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Shterenberg's performances have been heard on National Public Radio stations throughout the country as well Chicago's WFMT nationwide classical music network.
Ilya Shterenberg began his music education at the Kosenko Music College in Zhitomir, city of his birth. There he performed as principal clarinetist with various orchestras and chamber ensembles. After his immigration to the United States in 1989, Mr. Shterenberg has performed as principal clarinetist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, George Solti and Pierre Boulez. He has also performed at such prestigious music festivals as Tanglewood, Graz (Austria) and Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) under the batons of Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Dennis Russell Davies, Herbert Blomstedt and others.
Mr. Shterenberg's principal teachers include Larry Combs, Ross Powell, Stephen Girko and Charles Neidich. He received an artist certificate diploma from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, after which he did further study at DePaul University in Chicago.
Currently Mr. Shterenberg is the Principal Clarinetist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the University of Texas San Antonio. Prior to this he was the Principal Clarinetist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, SC, and has served on the faculty of the College of Charleston. His summer appearances have included the Colorado Music Festival, Britt Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival - USA. He performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber music artist with the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Olmos Ensemble, and the Camerata San Antonio.
Mr. Shterenberg's performances on our series are graciously sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Bill Byrd.
Vivienne Spy has performed as both a solo and collaborative pianist in throughout the USA and Australia. She currently plays orchestral piano with the San Antonio Symphony and is the Principal Keyboard player with the Colorado Music Festival. She enjoys all the keyboard instruments including piano harpsichord, organ and celeste but a particular favorite is the harmonium which was featured on a Camerata concert. Little known fact about the harmonium: it is the best gluteal workout on the planet- especially as in performance you have to keep a smile on your face! Vivienne was the Organist at the University United Methodist Church. She is married to Bruce Mitchell and they share 4 delightful children together, Brian Erin Jack and Zoe.
Ms. Spy's performances on our series are generously sponsored by Mr. Wayne Beyer.
Karen Stiles was born in Rochester , New York and began studying the violin at age 5. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College where she studied violin with Stephen Clapp and Gregory Fulkerson. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree at Indiana University and New England Conservatory where she studied violin with James Buswell and baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie. She toured throughout Europe and Scandinavia as a member of the New American Chamber Orchestra, an eleven member string ensemble, performing at many of the major European music festivals including the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland and the Uppsala Festival in Sweden.
Karen was Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestra for two seasons. She joined the San Antonio Symphony in 1991 and is currently Assistant Principal Second Violin. Karen has appeared as a soloist with the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony and the Laredo Philharmonic. She was a member of the Sierra Grande String Quartet and a founding member of the Sierra Grande Chamber Music Festival in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico . She has performed with several local chamber ensembles including the River City Consort, Olmos Ensemble, Soli Chamber Ensemble and Camerata San Antonio.
Anastasia Storer was born in Pittsburgh, PA and recently joined the San Antonio Symphony this past fall. Prior to her move to Texas, she spent three years in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, collaborating in chamber music concerts and rotating as concertmaster. The South Florida Classical review credits her playing as having “voluptuous tonal hues” and “nuanced phrasing.”
Anastasia has recorded and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony, taking her across Europe and Asia. She was a member of the tango ensemble, Tangueros De Ley, for four years until her move to Miami forced her resignation. She briefly followed her passion for tango music to Argentina, where she performed and taught classically, while being immersed in the milongas and Pugliese-inspired bands of Buenos Aires. Anastasia also enjoys contemporary music, and aside from Piazzolla projects, she has appeared as a soloist playing David Stock’s “The Philosopher’s Stone” and a staged version of William Bolcom’s “Orphée Serenade.”
For the past three summers, Anastasia has performed with the Meridian String Quartet in residence at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. As an ensemble they have collaborated with Andrés Cárdenes, Anne Williams, Rebecca Albers, and Claude Sim. Anastasia has also played at the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, KS and has been featured as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO.
Anastasia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Performance from Duquesne University, studying violin with Rachel and Charles Stegeman, and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes. Aside from music, she has an affinity for horses and the art, and sport, of dressage.
Ms. Storer's performances on our series are generously sponsored by Dean and Jenny Winter.
Bonnie Terry is currently the acting associate concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and a first violinist with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance. Ms. Terry attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where she graduated with honors. She soloed with the CIM orchestra as winner of the concerto competition, and at Eastman won the Starling Foundation Scholarship competition and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. Her teachers have included William Preucil, Paul Kantor, Andres Cardenes, Gerald Elias, Rosemary Malocsay, Doris Preucil, and Hiroko Primrose.
A native of Salt Lake City, Bonnie began playing the violin at age six. At age ten she soloed with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. While a student, she received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado where she was a member of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra for three summers. She has also been a member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Alexander Schneider New York String Seminar, and the Tanglewood Young Artist Quartet Program. After receiving her masters degree Bonnie spent a year with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Florida as both concertmaster and section violinist.
At age 25 she became concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Arizona. During her three years there she regularly soloed with the orchestra, performing the Barber and Tchaikovsky concertos and Vaughn Williams’ “The Lark Ascending”. In 2001 she was invited to be the guest soloist with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in Germany, playing Barber’s Violin Concerto. A career highlight came in 2003 when she premiered Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto in New York City for American Ballet Theatre’s production of a new ballet called “Sin and Tonic”. In 2005 she spent a year as concertmaster and Lecturer in Violin at the University of Virginia. Her orchestra engagements have included performances with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ontario, Rochester Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony.
Ms. Terry's performance on our series is generously sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony.
Hailed as “an artist with commanding technique, always at the service of the music and capable of taming any tigers the composer has unleashed” (Windeler, San Antonio Express-News), Carolyn True is a pianist equally at home on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. A member of the music faculty of Trinity University, True teaches individual lessons, accompanying, piano ensemble, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and other related courses. She walks the delicate balance between teaching in San Antonio, giving workshops, master classes, seminars, and adjudicating and actively performing as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
A compassionate and challenging professor, True is carrying on the family tradition. In 2000, True was recognized as the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year and in 2010 was awarded the highest honor to a faculty member at Trinity University – the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship award.
Dr. True holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music, an M.M. from the University of Maryland-College Park, and the B.M. from the University of Central Missouri (where in 2001, she was chosen as the Pi Kappa Lambda Distinguished Music Alumna) and was a prize-winner in national and international competitions. She was also the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for study at the Conservatoire National de la Musique in Lyon, France.
The CD, Carolyn True 1, features works of Ligeti, Bach/Brahms, Beethoven, and Bennett. A Duo Piano CD – Bradley Beckman & Carolyn True 2 – contains the works of of Barber, Bernstein, and Piazzolla. She has edited two volumes of intermediate piano works by Starer (Sketches in Color) and Milhaud (A Child’s Loves). In addition to her solo and duo work, she is a core member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the resident chamber ensemble of Trinity University. Their mission is to promote contemporary music to audiences of all ages. SOLI has commissioned numerous fine works, most notably from composers Mackey, Heuser, Gardner, Kramer, Rodriguez, and Rorem.
Dr. True's performance on our series is graciously sponsored by Alan and Didi Weinblatt
Angela Yoffe- coming soon
Matthew Zerweck currently plays with the San Antonio Symphony as the Assistant Concertmaster. Matthew graduated from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of Charles Castleman. He has performed at prestigious music festivals around the world, including the Pacific Music Festival and Spoleto USA. He enjoys playing great chamber music and teaches a select group of students in San Antonio.
Mr. Zerweck's performances on our series are graciously sponsored by Dr. & Mrs.Thomas R. Hamilton.