Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. It currently plays some 180 concerts a year, and on May 5, 2010, gave its 15,000th concert — a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra.
Eileen Moon joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 and was named Associate Principal Cello,The Paul and Diane Guenther Chair, in 2007. A native of California, she began her studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory and subsequently received a bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School and a performance diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Ms. Moon won fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow in 1994 and second prize at the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1991, resulting in performances in France and a radio recording in Switzerland. She has performed chamber music at numerous venues in and around New York City and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall.
As both performer and presenter, Ms. Moon currently supports a number of charitable causes. Her passion for animals led to the establishment of Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, an auxiliary group devoted to fundraising through educational seminars and performances. In addition, Ms. Moon is involved with The Artemis Project, a non-profit animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption organization in New York City, which she co-founded in 2000 with Philharmonic violist Dorian Rence. Eileen Moon is a strong advocate for Celebrate Life Half Marathon in Sullivan County, New York, which assists cancer patients through treatment and associated care.
Curator and presenter of the Bethel Woods Chamber Music Series in Sullivan County, New York, Ms. Moon is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University and resides in Warwick, New York.
Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkleman, and at The Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone, and Ivan Galamian. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
A native of Mallorca, Spain, Acting Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet Pascual Martínez Forteza joined the New York Philharmonic in 2001, the first and only Spanish musician in the Orchestra’s history. Prior to his appointment with the Philharmonic, he held tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at age 18 he was assistant principal and later acting principal of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra in Spain. He has recently performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
Mr. Martínez Forteza appears regularly as a soloist, recitalist, and master-class teacher at international festivals and conservatories, including the International Clarinet Festival of Chanchung (China), ClarinetFest 2009 (Porto, Portugal), Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Festival (Jacksonville, Florida), University of Southern California, Mannes School of Music, The Juilliard School, New Jersey Clarinet Symposium, XI Encuentro Internacional de Clarinetes de Lisboa (Portugal), Mexico Clarinet Convention, and I Latinoamerican Clarinet Congress (Lima, Peru). Past and future engagements include solo performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Weber’s Clarinet Concertos Nos.1 and 2, Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Luigi Bassi’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto. He frequently collaborates with Philharmonic colleagues in New York City venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Since 2003 Mr. Martínez Forteza and Spanish pianist Gema Nieto have played throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States as Duo Forteza-Nieto. Together they founded the Benifaio Music Festival in Spain, where Philharmonic colleagues have joined them for a week of master classes and concerts. A decade ago Mr. Martínez Forteza founded Vent Cameristic, a wind ensemble of professional musicians from Spain. As a soloist with that ensemble, he has played every year at the Concerts d’Estiú in Valencia, Spain. In 2003 Spanish National Radio (RNE) produced a CD featuring selections from these performances. Mr. Martínez Forteza has also made recordings for radio and television in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Pascual Martínez Forteza started playing clarinet at age ten with his father, Pascual V. Martínez, principal clarinet of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra for 30 years and teacher at the Baleares Conservatory of Music in Spain. Mr. Martínez Forteza earned his master’s degree from the Baleares and Liceo de Barcelona Music Conservatories in Spain and pursued advanced studies with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California, where he won first prize in the university’s 1998 Concerto Competition.
Mr. Martínez Forteza is currently a faculty member at New York University and teaches orchestral repertoire at Manhattan School of Music. A Buffet Crampon Artist and Vandoren Artist, he plays Green Line Tosca Buffet clarinets and uses Vandoren reeds and M30D mouthpieces.
Howard Wall, a native of Pittsburgh, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in March 1994. Previously, he was a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly 20 years. He is also a former member of both the Phoenix Symphony and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York as well as in Europe and South America, and can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet. Mr. Wall, who began playing the horn at age 10, earned his bachelor of arts degree in music performance at Carnegie Mellon University. His wife, Elmira Darvarova, is a former concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), started playing the violin at the age of 3, gave her first recital at 4, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. She was a prizewinner of several international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and studied at some of the best music schools in Europe and America, such as London’s Guildhall School (on a British Council scholarship), the Geneva Conservatory (on a grant from her teacher Henryk Szeryng) and Indiana University, Bloomington (as one of Josef Gingold’s assistants). Elmira Darvarova was chosen by Herbert von Karajan to perform the Brahms Concerto for one of his film projects. She has led, as concertmaster, major American orchestras, such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. She caused a sensation, becoming the first ever woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra she has toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. She has also performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.
As a versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist, Japanese pianist Tomoko Kanamaru has garnered the respect of musicians and the acclaim of critics. Having been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “charismatic pianist,” Ms. Kanamaru continues to capture audiences’ attention with her stunning virtuosity and unequaled sense of lyricism.
Tomoko Kanamaru made her first public performance with a professional orchestra at the age of nine in Japan. She has since then been seen in numerous concert venues in the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York; Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; Sumida Toriphony Hall in Tokyo; and Stefaniensaal in Graz, Austria. She made her concerto debut in the United States with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra as part of the Orchestra’s classical series in December 2000. During the summer of the same year, Ms. Kanamaru was featured in one of the National Repertory Orchestra’s concerts at the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. Ms. Kanamaru recently appeared with the Toledo Symphony and with the Binghamton Philharmonic, performing Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka respectively. During the 2009-2010 season, she performed Liszt’s First Concerto with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) for its Season Finale Concert. For the 2010-11 season, Ms. Kanamaru is scheduled to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto with the Symphony of Southeast Texas as a part of the Classical Master Series Concert, in addition to her debut appearance as a guest artist for the Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.
Other past appearances include concerts presented by Karl Böhm Foundation in Germany, the Kravis Performing Arts Center in Florida, Rode Kruis Amsterdam in Holland, and Bechstein Piano Centre in New York for the Grand Opening Series among others. She recently performed the Mozart’s Quintet with the Philharmonic Quintet of New York. With an enthusiasm for new music, Ms. Kanamaru has performed works by acclaimed contemporary composers: she premiered Eric Ewazen’s Trio, Gold Cost Harmony with MirrorImage, horn duo, with which she also premiered Paul Basler’s Majaliwa during the Fall 2009 Tour at ten US venues. With hornist Randy Gardner and oboist Mark Ostoich, Ms. Kanamaru gave a premier performance of a Trio by Douglas Lowry in Denver, Colorado during the summer in 2008. Ms. Kanamaru’s performances have also been heard on radio broadcasts, television, and commercials in Japan and the United States. She has recorded solo and chamber music works for the Nippon Columbia label. She has also performed in the MirrorImage at the Opera, which was released from The MSR Classics during the summer 2008.
Besides maintaining an active performance schedule, Ms. Kanamaru has devoted herself to teaching piano and collaborative arts, and is a sought-after lecturer and guest speaker across the country. Through the invitation of the Yamaha Corporation of America, she has given master classes and seminars to teachers in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Ms. Kanamaru has written articles for several publications, in addition to co-editing more than 30 volumes of educational piano music with the Yamaha Music Foundation. During the summer 2009, Ms. Kanamaru presented a workshop at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, and the Washington Post included an interview with her on the subject during the same week. She was also interviewed for the BBC’s The World Today, which was broadcast worldwide. Having previously held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, College of Mount St. Joseph, Ms. Kanamaru currently serves as Associate Professor/Keyboard Area Coordinator at The College of New Jersey.
Ms. Kanamaru holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in music from Musashino Academia Musicaein Tokyo, an Advanced Certificate from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her principal teachers include Tetsuro Ishikawa, Jeffrey Kahane, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. She continues her studies with Benjamin Kaplan in London, while occasionally receiving coaching from Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn.