Sponsored by Jill & Steven Stone and Franziska Schoenfeld
Pianist Alessio Bax has been praised for his lyrical performances and compelling, insightful interpretations. He has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras. Find out more at alessiobax.com.
Violin & Viola
Beverly Franzblau Baker Young Artist Chair
Violinist/violist Yura Lee is a multi-faceted musician, as soloist and as a chamber musician, and one of the very few that is equally virtuosic in both violin and viola. Find out more about her at yuralee.com.
Shouse Institute Director & VIOLIN
Sponsored by Helen Rowin in loving memory of Gerald Rowin and Arlene Victor
Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, also tours and performs piano trios, teaches and gives master classes across the globe. Find out more at emersonquartet.com.
Sponsored by an anonymous donor
Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, violinist Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea and made her orchestral debut at age 11. Since, she has built a successful career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe. As a soloist she has performed with many orchestras around the world.
Artistic Director & Cello
Sponsored by Gail & Ira Mondry
Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as a solo cellist, conductor and chamber musician. Winner of the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, he became the first-ever Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra in 2009. Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 through 2013, when he joined the internationally acclaimed Emerson String Quartet. He was named Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in 2014.
Sponsored by Cecilia Benner
Wei Yu was recently appointed Principal Cello, the James C. Gordon Chair, of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the DSO, Yu was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons.
Sponsored by Cecilia Benner
Minnesota native Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age three. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in a burgeoning career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as Principal Bassist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Brown is a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.
Sponsored by Cecilia Benner
Flutist David Buck has been praised for his "supple tone, rhythmic dynamism, and technical agility." A native of Philadephia, Buck was appointed Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He was previously Principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Buck has performed witht he Oregon Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and numerous others. He is a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
With an international reputation established through performances, touring and recording, the ensemble is committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between 6 and 20 musicians. Now in its 34th year, DCWS presents an annual six-concert subscription series as well as the Nightnotes and Structurally Sound concert series. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre.
Escher String Quartet
Sponsored by Maurice & Linda Binkow Philanthropic Fund
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre LaPointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The quartet was a Festival Shouse Ensemble in 2007. Find out more at escherquartet.com.
The Nash Ensemble
Sponsored by Marguerite Munson Lentz & David Lentz
ADRIAN BRENDEL, CELLO; SCOTT DICKINSON, VIOLA; MICHAEL GUREVICH, VIOLIN; Stephanie Gonley, violin; RICHARD WATKINS, HORN; Ian Brown, piano
The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances, presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: the group has premiered over 300 new works, of which 197 have been specially commissioned. More at nashensemble.org.uk.
Christ Church Grosse Pointe Choir of Men and Girls
Scott Hanoian, Director
Founded in 1949, the choir consists of approximately 20 girls from 4th through 12th grade and professional singers from Grosse Pointe and the surrounding area who sing alto, tenor, and bass to complete the traditional choral sound. Find out more here.
Sponsored by Honigman
Silver Medalists at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Altius Quartet is currently the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Find out more at altiusquartet.com.
Sponsored by Kathleen O’Toole Schein and Randolph Schein
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music. More at frictionquartet.com.
Sponsored in honor of James Tocco by the Lawrence and Isabel Francis Smith Family Foundation
Information coming soon!
Trio Nova Mundi
Sphinx Apprentice Ensemble
Trio Nova Mundi is a dynamic all-women ensemble spanning the Americas in musical training and heritage. The trio embraces this heritage by showcasing the music and composers of the New World, in part by performing new or lesser-known works alongside the classics. Since its inception in 2001, the trio has appeared in concert and with regional orchestras in the US, Africa, Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador. More inforamtion at trionovamundi.com.
Daniel Gross has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. The New York Times has described his lyric baritone voice as “fine and creamy.” He is the cantor of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills.
Dramatic soprano Lauren Skuce Gross is distinguished for her versatility on both the opera and concert stage. Skuce has performed with many of the world’s top musical organizations, including the New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Hong Kong Opera, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others.
Piers Hellawell’s work has been performed around the world by leading artists, including Evelyn Glennie, Håkan Hardenberger, the Philharmonia, and Hilliard Ensemble. Hellawell’s chamber output appears in Britain and the USA during this 60th birthday year: currently he is collaborating with celebrated Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey and the Fidelio Trio. For more information, visit piershellawell.com.
Stone composer Fellow
Lauded by the New York Times as “plush, elusive” and “alluring”, the music of Loren Loiacono (b. 1989) has been heard at Carnegie Hall's Stern and Zankel Halls, Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall, the DiMenna Center, St. Petersburg's Small Hall, and on WQXR and WSHU. Hear her work at lorenloiacono.com.
Eugene Istomin Endowed Piano Chair and Stone Composer-in-Residence
Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music. He now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Find out more about him here.