Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tim Fain was selected as one of both Symphony and Strad magazine’s “Up-and-Coming” musicians, and was, most recently, seen on screen and heard on the soundtrack of the hit film Black Swan, and heard as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Fox Searchlight’s feature film Bee Season. Recipient of the Young Concert Artists International Award, he made his debuts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony and appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Hague Philharmonic, among others. Equally at home in virtually all genres of music, he is a fervent champion of 20th and 21st century composers with a repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Corigliano. His recitals have taken him to the Ravinia Festival, Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Mexico’s Festival de Música de Cámera, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, California’s Carmel Mozart Society, and New York’s 92nd Street Y.
He has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Goode, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, has appeared with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and appeared onstage with the New York City Ballet in the acclaimed premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Double Aria. He has also worked with jazz pianists Billy Childs and Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus), guitarist Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), and appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20). A sought-after chamber musician, he has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, appeared with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed at the Spoleto, Ravinia, and Santa Fe Festivals and recently toured Europe in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass.
His debut CD, Arches, combines old and new solo works, and his disc of American short works, River of Light, was just released on Naxos. Tim Fain performs on a violin made by Franceso Gobetti, Venice 1717, the “Moller” on extended loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Benjamin Millepied embodies the grace and elegance of modern ballet. Famed both as a choreographer and dancer, Millepied is a principal at the New York City Ballet, as well as the acclaimed choreographer of pieces such as Closer, Sarabande, Casse-Noisette and the feature film Black Swan, among others. Millepied's work is often characterized by an awareness and respect for ballet's traditions, as well as pointed individuality. Collaborating with composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, and David Lang, Millepied strives to create pieces that engage and delight contemporary audiences.
Born in Bordeaux, France, Benjamin Millepied began his career at the Conservatoire National de Lyon under Michel Rahn and made his first public appearance in 1992. After being mentored by Jerome Robbins, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. In 2007, Millepied received the United States Artists Wynn Fellowship. In 2010, he was made Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Nicholas Britell is a pianist, film composer, and producer known for his integration of classical music, jazz, and hip-hop. Britell’s most recent film work has included writing music featured in the film New York, I Love You and in Natalie Portman's directorial debut short film, Eve (which brought attention to his piece Forgotten Waltz No. 2). He is currently finishing scores for three films: Plastic, directed by Andrew Baker, and Jack Riccobono's two films Rage for Sale and The Rib. These add to a diverse film repertoire that includes the scores to the indie feature Domino One and to the Sam Waterston-narrated documentary Hammer and Cycle. Britell’s career as a pianist began from a very young age, giving his first public recital at the age of 10 in Manhattan. A winner of multiple regional competitions and awards, he performed concerti by Beethoven and Schumann with orchestras before the age of 14. A student of the late Jane Carlson at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, he has performed at venues including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard, Steinway Hall, the Palace Theater, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum of Art and Signet Society, and at the Aspen Music Festival. In addition, Britell was the keyboardist in the hip-hop ensemble The Witness Protection Program. The WPP opened acts for hip-hop groups including Blackalicious and Jurassic 5 and performed at venues ranging from the Paradise Theater in Boston to New York’s classic Arlene’s Grocery. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a degree in psychology with honors, and spent time doing independent study on film composition and on neuromusicology, the science of how music interacts with the brain.
Fred Child is the host of American Public Media's Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center and hosts NPR's Creators @ Carnegie. Before going to NPR, Fred was Music Director and Director of Cultural Programming at WNYC in New York, host of a live daily performance and interview program on WNYC, and for 10 years, a host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of important live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first ever concerts from Walt Disney Hall, the 2003 season-opening concert at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic's world premiere of John Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year's concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa's final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and James Levine's debut as Music Director of the Boston Symphony. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion, and the bagpipes. His percussion band opened for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum.
Kate Hackett is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A 2009 graduate of the UCLA Production/Directing program, Kate is the recipient of multiple awards for her short films as a writer/director, including the James Bridges Award, the Carole Fielding Award, the Deluxe Thesis Award, the FujiFilm Graduate Thesis Award, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Award for Excellence in Directing. Her first multi-media piece was a series of art films for the concert Ask Your Mama at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring The Roots and soprano Jessye Norman, which she co-directed with composer Laura Karpman. She also designed and directed films for The One-Ten Project, a new work commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera. Her work as a director and editor has been presented on CBS News, the Los Angeles Magazine website, the Carnegie Hall website, the PBS Newshour Website, and indieWIRE. She has edited two independent feature films, Homecoming, by director Sean Hackett, and Stealing Summers, by director David Martin-Porras.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Craig Black, began dancing at age 10 with South Bay Dance Center. In 2007, as Captain of his nationally ranked dance team The Lincoln Convertibles, he won the title Mr. Dance of California through Dance Masters of America. Craig received his B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School where he has performed works by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Bronislava Nijinska, Stijn Celis, and Alexander Ekman. While attending Juilliard, Mr. Black has been fortunate enough to tour internationally to Germany and France and receive the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. In his summers, Craig has attended Springboard Danse Montreal and Maximum Dance Course in Den Haag. Additionally, Craig has had the pleasure of performing works by Aszure Barton, Andrea Miller, Larry Keigwin, and Darrell Grand Moultrie.
Julia Eichten, dancer, is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School where she had the pleasure of performing a wide variety of works by world-renowned choreographers including Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Jose Limón, Larry Keigwin, Ulysses Dove, and Benjamin Millepied. Julia had the opportunity to be a part of Camille A. Brown & Dancers at the Joyce Theater in 2010. She has attended Springboard Danse Montreal for the past two summers and had the opportunity to perform works by Victor Quijada, Johan Inger and Shannon Gillen. Julia recently was awarded the Hector Zaraspe award for choreography and has a yearning to continue choreographing along with performing.
Haylee Nichele, dancer, was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. At the age of 14 she started her intensive training at a professional non-profit arts school, Arts Umbrella (Vancouver, BC) where she had the opportunity to work with many Canadian choreographers such as Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, and Shawn Hounsell. She continued her education, dance training, and outreach work at the Juilliard School where she worked with choreographers Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Mark Morris, Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Larry Keigwin, and Darrell Grand Moultire. Since entering Juilliard Haylee has begun her investigation as a young choreographer. In 2009 she had her first piece premiere in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, with original composition by Jeremy Howard Beck. Over summer of 2010 she completed a commission for the Juilliard School. Her 7-show run of Until Then was well received this past April for Juilliard’s Senior Production, with original composition by Jeremy Howard Beck. Her works have been performed in New York, New Orleans, Vancouver B.C, and Nanaimo B.C.
Composer/pianist William Bolcom has received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 12 New Etudes for Piano, the National Medal of Arts, and a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and was named Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2007. Recent premieres of his works include: The Hawthorn Tree, by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Romanza by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Prometheus by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel, Speedgetsem by the Brass Band of Battle Creek, First Symphony for Band by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Lucrezia, a one-act comic opera, by New York Festival of Song, Eighth Symphony by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Levine, and Canciones de Lorca by tenor Placido Domingo with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for the opening of its new Hall in 2006. For over 35 years Bolcom has accompanied his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, on over two dozen recordings and in concerts of American popular songs as well as Cabaret Songs he composed for her with poet Arnold Weinstein, his collaborator for 45 years. Bolcom is retired from the University of Michigan where he taught composition from 1973-2008.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including Book of Longing (Luminato Festival) and an opera about the end of the Civil War entitled Appomattox (San Francisco Opera). The English National Opera, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera, performed Glass’ Satyagraha in 2007-08. Glass’ latest opera Kepler premiered with the Landestheater Linz, Austria in 2009 and he is currently working on an opera about Walt Disney that will premiere at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2013. His Symphony No. 9 was completed in 2011 and will be premiered in Linz, Austria in January 1, 2012 by the Bruckner Orchestra with a U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 31, 2012 as part of the composer's 75th birthday celebration.
Aaron Jay Kernis received the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and is among the youngest Pulitzer Prize winners. His music figures prominently on concert programs worldwide, and he has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, Walt Disney Company, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Sharon Isbin. Recent and upcoming commissions include works for James Ehnes at the BBC Proms, Seattle Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Big Ten Band Association, an Astral Artist collaboration, and Eighth Blackbird. A CD of his orchestral works by Hugh Wolff and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was a Grammy nominee and winner of France's Diapason d'or Palmares and was rereleased on Phoenix. His Goblin Market, recorded by The New Professionals was recently released by Signum, and an Arabesque CD features the Lark Quartet in his Pulitzer-Prize winning Quartet No. 2 (musica instrumentalis) and 1st Quartet. He is director of the Minnesota Orchestra‘s Composer Institute, served as the orchestra’s New Music Advisor to for 10 years, and teaches composition at Yale School of Music, and was recently inducted to the Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also appeared as conductor at major music festivals in Chicago and Portland, and has led members of the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic.
The music of New York–based composer Nico Muhly has been played by such ensembles as eighth blackbird, the Britten Sinfonia, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, and sung by soloists including David Daniels, Mark Padmore, and Jessica Rivera. In addition to numerous recordings of his own music (available on Decca and Bedroom Community Records), he has collaborated on projects with Antony and the Johnsons, Bjork, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Grizzly Bear, Jonsi of Sigur Ros, and Teitur Lassen. His first opera, Two Boys, a co- commission by the Metropolitan Opera and the Lincoln Center Theater Opera/Theater Commissions Program, in a co-production with the English National Opera premiered in London in June 2011. His next opera, Dark Sisters, commissioned by the Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia premieres in the Fall in New York City.
Composer Kevin Puts’ work has been commissioned and performed by orchestras in the United States and abroad such as the New York Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestër (Zurich), and by leading soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. November 2011 will see the premiere of Silent Night, a full-length opera based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noel, commissioned by Minnesota Opera with libretto by Mark Campbell. Puts has received awards from the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP. He has served as Composer-in-Residence of Young Concerts Artists, California Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. He received his training as a composer and pianist at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Since 2006, he has been a member of the composition department at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Lev Zhurbin (LJOVA) divides his time between performing as a violist in diverse groups ranging from his own, Ljova and the Kontraband, to string quartets, jazz combos, and Gypsy bands; studying and arranging music for Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, Gustavo Santaolalla, Osvaldo Golijov, Alondra de la Parra, and others; and composing original music for film, TV, dance, and the concert stage. He is the author of more than 70 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to four feature films and over a dozen short films. With his main performing ensemble, Ljova and the Kontraband, he has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York's Museum of Modern Art, Joe's Pub. The Ensemble released its acclaimed debut CD, Mnemosyne, in 2008, and Ljova released his acclaimed solo debut recording, Vjola: World on Four Strings, in 2006. Ljova is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a pupil of Samuel Rhodes.