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.
A native of Romania, Tania Aniela Moldovan started playing the violin at age six. She participated in prestigious competitions in Romania and won numerous awards. She toured in France, Germany, and Greece with several orchestras.
In 2006 Tania was awarded a full scholarship at Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Performance under the guidance of Prof. Vasile Beluska. In 2015 Tania graduated from Florida State University with a Doctorate in Music where she studied with Prof. Eliot Chapo and Dr. Ben Sung. Her dissertation, “The Modern Romanian Violin School: An Analytical Introduction to Manual de Vioara by Ionel Geanta and George Manoliu” focuses on a famous violin method written during communist rule in Romania by two of the most significant Romanian pedagogues: Ionel Geanta and George Manoliu. Ms. Moldovan is a passionate teacher and her approach to teaching violin is based on the student's needs, desire, and finding the best way to help them develop as musicians. Tania has been teaching for more than a decade and currently, she teaches both privately and at the Green Willow Academy.
Ms. Moldovan is an active orchestra player and solo performer. She frequently performs with the Greenville, Chattanooga, and Pensacola Symphonies among others. She participated in numerous music festivals such as National Youth Orchestra (Romania), Ioanian Music Festival (Greece), and more recently, National Music Festival and Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, as a concertmaster. This is Tania’s third year as a String Fellow at Eastern Music Festival.
Kevin Maa has been playing the cello since 4th grade. He immediately fell in love with music and joined the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ). He conducted his first orchestral composition, Warriors of the Orchestra in 7th grade. He performed Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with his school orchestra in 8th grade. This lead to him performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with his High School Orchestra and the YOCJ. He was able to sit as principal cellist for NJMEA's Regional and All State Orchestra multiple times throughout his High School and Middle School years.
Kevin Maa began his undergraduate studies with Jonathan Spitz at Rutgers University, he was introduced to Nicholas Tzavaras his Freshman Year through a guest artist concert done by the Shanghai Quartet. The quartet would perform at Rutgers twice a year. Kevin took a less with Professor. Tzavaras and decided to transfer to Montclair State University to complete his undergraduate degree. He is now on track to graduate this May. He has participated in the Hot Springs Music Festival 2014, 2017, National Orchestral Institute 2015 and 2016, and Marrowstone Music Festival 2017, sitting as principal cellist at every festival. You can find Kevin on Instagram playing cello almost every day @kevinmaacello where he posts cello videos to an average audience of 4,000 people every day. You can also find him in downtown Montclair or Princeton street performing Bach or one of his improvisations. When he is away from cello, he loves to play Chopin and Debussy's works on the piano. He is also an avid long distance runner, another passion he had since High School.
Trombonist and Sackbut performer Alex Krawczyk is currently Principal Trombone of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra of Indiana as well as a freelance musician in the Chicagoland area. Previous to this Alex held positions as Trombon Solista of La Orquesta Sinfonica del Sodre in Montevideo, Uruguay during their 2015-2016 season, and Principal Trombone of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2013-2015. Besides performing with these ensembles Alex keeps an active concert schedule performing with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Eastern Music Festival, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. Alex is also an active performer of Early Music having performed with Sacabuche, the Bach Collegium, Forgotten Clefs and Musica Ecclesia. Alex is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Indiana University where his primary studies have been with David Gier, Carl Lenthe, Dee Stewart, Pete Ellefson, and Linda Pearse.
Trace Johnson is an adventurous musician and emerging talent from Madison, Wisconsin. Johnson won first prize in the 2014 Lyric Chamber Society of New York's Chamber Competition, 2014 Lynn Conservatory Concerto Competition, and was a 2015 scholarship recipient from the National Society of Arts & Letters South Florida Chapter. Johnson performed classical, cross-over, and improvised music with the contemporary string octet, Barrage 8, for their 2015-16 season throughout North America, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (www.barrage8.com). Son of legendary jazz bassist, Marc Johnson, Trace has had an affinity for alternative playing styles, improvisation, and composition from an early age. For the past two summers, Trace has appeared in both orchestral and chamber ensembles as an orchestral fellow with the Atlantic Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival. At AMF and EMF, Trace collaborated with composers George Tsontakis, Donald Crockett, and Ken Ueno, and shared the stage with eminent artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Midori, and Anne Akiko Meyers. In 2017, Johnson was appointed to the cello section at the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In June 2017 and 2018, Mr. Johnson performed with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Madison, WI as a member of their 'Dynamite Factory' Young Artist Program (http://bachdancing.org/) and also as a regular performing artist.
Isabel Dimoff currently studies with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She studied with Pam Kelly and Cleveland Orchestra members Mark Kosower and Martha Baldwin during her time in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s preparatory program. Isabel is currently a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and has won several competitions, including the Cleveland Cello Society’s Competition and the Lakewood Three Arts Competition. She has soloed with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Isabel has participated in summer programs including the National Repertory Orchestra, Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. She has worked with notable musicians such as Adriana Contino, Lynn Harrell, the Cavani Quartet, and Catharina Meints in a master class. She was awarded the Cleveland Cello Society’s Agnew Prize for Bach in 2016 and the Katie Galvin Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010. In her free time, Isabel enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her cats, friends, and family.
GinaBuzzelli is currently an active violinist in the Northern Colorado area. She received her Master's degree as well as a Graduate Certificate from the University of Northern Colorado And her undergraduate degree from Ball State University where she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship in the Arts as well as the Presidential Academic Scholarship. She began her violin studies at the age of seven and her teachers have included Jubal Fulks Anna Vayman Merwin Siu Ioana Galu and Mary Natvig. Gina has also had the opportunity to perform in Masterclasses with artists such as Hilary Hahn Felix Olschofka Anna Reider Felicia Moye St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra Tesla String Quartet and Trio Solis. During the Summers she has participated in the Round Top Festival Institute National Music Festival Miami Summer Music Festival Eastern Music Festival and the International Lyric Academy Opera Festival in Viterbo Italy. In addition to being classically trained Gina has pursued other Genres participating in jazz combos at both Ball State University and the University of Northern Colorado and attending the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop and Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. Furthermore, she was a featured soloist with BSU’s top jazz band on their European Tour in May 2015 and actively performs with the All Angles Orchestra and Dynamix String Quartet.
Violist Wanlin Cui, born in Harbin, China, is in her second year of Master degree in Viola performance at the University of North Texas, study with Prof. Susan Dubois. With a great passion of music, she started to play the violin at age 9 and had been admitted by Renmin University of China to pursue her Bachelor degree from 2012-2016. After that, she decided to transfer from violin to viola and has been admitted by the University of North Texas with Graduate Viola Performance Scholarship.
Sarah Cornett is currently a graduate student fellow and teaching assistant at Texas Tech University working towards a degree in viola performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kimberly Sparr. While at Texas Tech, Ms. Cornett performs as a violist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the Elysian String Quartet, of which she is a founding member. In addition to being a string fellow at the Eastern Music Festival, Ms. Cornett has enjoyed performing with orchestras and festivals across the country including the National Orchestral Institute, Chautauqua Summer Music Festival, National Music Festival, and Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. She received her undergraduate degree in both viola performance and music education at The University of Michigan where she studied with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician, Caroline Coade. Ms. Cornett is a native of Richmond, Virginia where she first began studying viola in her middle school’s orchestra. In addition to performing, Ms. Cornett also enjoys training for and running in half-marathons and other races.
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