Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Ms. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.
Ms. Park gave a five-city recital tour in Korea and has performed at the Juilliard Theater in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Halls’ Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Ms. Park is the winner of the 2013 Jose Roca International piano competition and Russian International piano competition, 2009 “Prix Amadeo” and the 2009 Chopin Gesellschaft Klavierwettbewerb. She is the winner of the 2004 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at the Juilliard School and the 52nd Kosciusko International Piano Competition.
Ms. Park has recently formed a piano duo with her sister, Sun-A Park. Duo Amadeae has since won the Chicago International Duo Piano Competition and has appeared in numerous festivals, concerto performances and in duo recitals. The duo has been heard on WQXR as well as part of the Horowitz & Stecher foundation’s piano series.
Ms. Park has received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms. Park also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater (Hannover) under the tutelage of Bernd Goetzke, and has since received the Artist Diploma, Master of Musical Arts Degree and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Boris Berman. Since 2015, Ms. Park has been the assistant professor of piano and the director of Pre-College program at the East Tennessee State University.
Violinist Melanie Riordan began playing the violin at the age of ten in her hometown of New Rochelle, NY. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, Melanie received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with esteemed pedagogue Cyrus Forough. While at CMU, Melanie received the Harry G. Archer award for excellence in violin studies. She received her Masters in Music from McGill University where she studied with Toronto Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Melanie has attended the Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival among others.
A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Riordan performed in the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Émile, and Philip Glass’s opera Kepler. As a member of the Houston New Arts Movement, she appeared on Houston Public Media’s KUHA 91.7 and was chosen to perform the world premiere of Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone, commissioned and produced by the Houston Grand Opera. She has premiered numerous compositions as a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist, as a member of the Mud Turtle Guitar Quintet, and as the violinist for the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Orford Musique under the guidance of Véronique Lacroix, Artistic Director of the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. A versatile musician, Ms. Riordan has also performed with the Houston Baroque ensembles Mercury; The Orchestra Redefined and Ars Lyrica, and has performed folk music at the Austin City Limits music festival.
As an educator, Melanie is passionate about using music as a way to uplift children in underserved communities. She was one of the premier educators for the Houston Youth Symphony Coda Music program and has been a guest instructor for Sistemang Pilipino in Cebu City, Philippines. Both programs are inspired by the famed Venezuelan music program “El Sistema”, providing free music education to underprivileged children. She received her Suzuki Violin Method Certification under the guidance of Charles Krigbaum at the Dallas-Fort Worth Suzuki Institute. Melanie is currently pursuing a Professional Performers Certificate at the Lynn University Conservatory of music under the guidance of Professor Carol Cole.
Kelsey Philbrick currently resides in Boone, NC and performs frequently across North Carolina and Tennessee. She began her violin studies at the age of eight in the Chapel Hill area. In 2009, Kelsey soloed with the Duke University Strings School Youth Symphony and won a full scholarship to the Brevard Music Festival. The following year, she won first place in Solo Strings at the DMTA Performance Festival. Kelsey went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree from UNC≠Greensboro, where she studied violin with Dr. Fabián López and graduated with honors in 2014. She attended Appalachian State University on a full assistantship as the first violinist of the Hayes Graduate String Quartet, studying violin with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock and graduating in 2017. Kelsey has performed in numerous orchestras including the Johnson City Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Fayetteville Symphony, Durham Symphony, Gate City Camerata, and North State Chamber Orchestra. She has served as Concertmaster of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the North State Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Second of the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Kelsey won the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Western Piedmont Symphony in 2016. Kelsey has also performed in multiple chamber groups, including in masterclasses for the Daedalus String Quartet, Friction Quartet, and Madison Park Quartet. When Kelsey is not performing, she enjoys teaching private violin lessons to college students as an adjunct violin instructor at ASU and to children through their Community Music School.
David Parks, a native of Greensboro, N.C. has worked with artists such as Ben Folds, Terrance Blanchard, and film composer James Newton Howard. As a chamber musician, Parks has performed with Quartet San Francisco and the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet. In 2011, he was the winner of N.C. ASTA Competition and frequently served as concertmaster throughout his education. In addition, he lectured at the University of Miami and taught at the Frost Preparatory School. Currently, David Parks is a member of the Winston≠Salem Symphony. Parks holds a Master of Music in violin from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Music from UNC Greensboro.
Having collaborated with some of the world’s leading players including Wayne Lin, Emil Miland, Julian Schwarz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as members of the Neave & Rawlins Piano Trios, Alexander & Hausmann Quartets, Violist Justin Ouellet is quickly garnering a reputation as a top performer of chamber, orchestral and contemporary repertoire. He has worked with an array of conductors including the award-winning Gerard Schwarz, John McLaughlin Williams and Arnie Roth. As an orchestral & chamber musician, Justin has performed throughout the United States in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally in the countries of Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Puerto Rico & Switzerland. Locally, Justin has performed as a soloist/guest artist at the Noe Valley Chamber Music Series, Grace Cathedral, Live at Mission Blue, Noontime Concerts, Old First Concerts, Savage Jazz Dance Company, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, & 405Shrader. Residencies, fellowships & summer festivals include the Atlantic Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Festival of Youth Symphonies of Americas, St. Mark’s International Music Festival, PARMA New Music Festival, as well as the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Justin is in his fourth year on the faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts as co-director of orchestral studies and has continued his mission in expanding the chamber music and strings program. He is a core member of the new music repertory group CMASH which is committed to establishing and nurturing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. Current collaborations and premieres for the 2017-2018 season include works by John Grimmett, Leslie La Barre, & Derek Sup. Justin attended Temple University and holds a joint bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and Longy School of Music at Bard College. His primary teachers and coaches include Mimi Bravar, Che-Hung Chen, Dimitri Murrath, & coached by Sid Curtis, John Koen & the Pacifica String Quartet. When not playing classical music, Justin has worked with alternative/jazz/rock artists such as Air Traffic Controller, Patrick Anseth, Cava Menzies, Kev Choice, Mark Erelli, Dave Godowsky, Jennifer Johns and more. He lives with his wife Ann Moss in Richmond, CA and maintains a private teaching studio.
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