THE AEOLIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Lewis Kaplan, violin
Jerry Grossman, cello
Linda Chesis, flute
Charles Neidich, clarinet
Peter Basquin, piano
Brenda Patterson, mezzo-soprano
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Huang Ruo, composer and piano
The Aeolian Chamber Players, formed in 1961 by violinist Lewis Kaplan, are an American musical ensemble that is dedicated to the performance of chamber music. The Aeolians have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, including an acclaimed four-concert series of 20th century American music at the Salzburg Festival in August of 1992. They have been the resident ensemble at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine since 1964, and are recognized for their commitment to both tradi- tional and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble has commis- sioned and performed works by many of the world’s leading composers, such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, Chou Wen-chung, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Carman Moore, George Rochberg, Elliott Schwartz, Ralph Shapey, and Chinary Ung. The Aeolians’ recording of George Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons for Columbia Records was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Classical Album.
Violinist Lewis Kaplan is the founder of the Aeolian Chamber Players. He is also the cofounder and Director of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since its inception in 1964. Mr. Kaplan has premiered more than fifty works by many of the world’s most distinguished composers, has made numerous television appearances, and has recorded for Columbia, CRI, Folkways, and Odyssey Records. He has appeared as violinist and conductor with such distinguished artists as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaimie Laredo, and Michael Rabin, among others. Currently, Mr. Kaplan is a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of The Juilliard School and the Mannes College for Music, and since 1998, he has been Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music in London. For twenty years, Mr. Kaplan was a member of the faculty at the International Summer Academy “Mozarteum“ in Salzburg. In 2009, Mr. Kaplan was awarded the Knight’s Cross by the President of Germany. In 2010, he was named to the William Schuman Scholar’s Chair at the Juilliard School.
Jerry Grossman has been the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. His highly acclaimed New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was followed bythe American premiere of Kurt Weill’s 1920 Cello Sonata. He has appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall and on domestic and European tours with the Met Orchestra under James Levine. A long association with the Marlboro Music Festival figures prominently in Mr. Grossman’s chamber music experience. He is a former member of The Aeolian Chamber Players, Orpheus and Speculum Musicae, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Vermeer, and Emerson String Quartets. He was the founding cellist of both the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Mr. Grossman was a member of the Chicago Symphony for two seasons and the New York Philharmonic for two seasons. Mr. Grossman began his music studies in his native Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied cello and chamber music. Mr. Grossman has held faculty positions at the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival.
Linda Chesis, flutist and founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, James Levine and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal. Ms. Chesis received a B.A. from Yale College with a major in the History of Art. She was awarded two fellowships which allowed her to continue flute studies for two years with Jean- Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory. Ms. Chesis has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Bravo! Colorado, Tanglewood Music Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Music from Angel Fire, among many others. She has chaired MSM’s Woodwind Department since 1988 and joined the Pre-College Faculty in 2005. Linda Chesis is the co-artistic director of the 3rd annual Amateur Chamber Musicians Festival to be held at MSM in May 2013. Ms. Chesis regularly offers master classes at universities, conservatories and for flute associations around the globe. Ms. Chesis regularly offers recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories and for flute associations around the globe.
Clarinetist Charles Neidich is an internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Moscow State Conservatory. In 1975, Mr. Neidich was the first American to receive the prestigious Fulbright grant to study in the Soviet Union. As a recitalist, Mr. Neidich has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the Library of Congress. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the St. Louis, BBC, and Yomuri Symphonies, as well as the Minnesota and Berlin Radio Orchestras. In 1982, Mr. Neidich was the winner of the Munich International Competition, and in 1985, he won the Naumburg Competition. Mr. Neidich has recorded on Sony Classical, Vivarte, DG, EMI, and Hyperion. Mr. Neidich is currently a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and Mozzafiato. He has been on the clarinet and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School since 1989.
Sensitive musicality and virtuosity are the hallmarks of American pianist Peter Basquin, who first achieved prominence as the winner of the Montreal International Competition. Mr. Basquin has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has been a featured artist at the Caramoor Festival, Music Mountain, the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, and annually at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. He has also appeared with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio and the Cassatt String Quartet. Mr. Basquin is heard in the premiere recording of Gerald Levinson’s Dreamlight, in Colin McPhee’s Tabuh-Tabuhan with the American Composers Orchestra, and on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ films Baseball, Mark Twain and Brooklyn Bridge. After graduating with honors at the age of 19 from Carleton College as a student of William Nelson, Mr. Basquin studied with Dora Zaslavsky at the Manhattan School of Music. Soon after receiving his Master of Music degree, Mr. Basquin was appointed to the faculty at Hunter College, CUNY, where he is now Professor Emeritus. Carleton College awarded Mr. Basquin its Distinguished Alumni award and an honorary doctorate.
Brenda Patterson is described by The New York Times as “a voice you want to hear and, even more, an artist you want to follow.” The mezzo-soprano made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 as a Wood Sprite in Dvorak’s Rusalka. While in residence for three seasons at the Hamburg State Opera in Germany, she sang the roles of Idamante, Dorabella, Niklausse, Annio, Hänsel, Cherubino, and Rosina, among many others. A Juilliard graduate, she was the 2004 Winner of the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Competition in New York. She has participated in most of the major American music festivals, and has sung leading roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and others. Ms. Patterson has premiered over 30 vocal works, most recently songs by John Luther Adams and Su Lian Tan’s opera Lotus Lives with the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and will be singing the lead role of Brother in Stefan Weisman’s The Scarlet Ibis at the HERE Arts Center in New York. This year she made her La Scala debut in Milan in the role of Rosette in Manon, and will return to the Metropolitan Opera for her fifth season, and will also perform the role of Stephano at Opera Colorado.
American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is highly acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence and innovative programming. His wide ranging repertoire, which spans from Bach to Xenakis, has brought him to lead such accomplished groups as the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers. Mr. Milarsky is the Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition he is on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Percussion Ensemble as well as the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Performance Program. He is Music Director of AXIOM, The Juilliard School’s critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records. Milarsky received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School.
Recently awarded First Prize by the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize, Huang Ruo has been cited by The New Yorker as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, Western avant- garde, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic intergration using a compositional technique he calls “dimensionalism.” Ensembles that have premiered and performed his music include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Asko Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. Huang Ruo has collaborated with NYC Ballet’s Damian Woetzel and Christopher Wheeldon, in addition to kinetic painter Norman Perryman. The New York Times listed his Composer Portraits concert at the Miller Theatre as one of their “Top Ten Classical Moments of 2003.” Huang Ruo earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. Huang Ruo is currently a member of the composition faculty at SUNY Purchase.