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.
Classically-trained percussionist and audio engineer, Catherine Cole works to expand repertoire and resources for percussionists while advancing her skills as an accomplished ensemble performer. A versed orchestral musician, Catherine spent the summer of 2017 at the Eastern Music Festival, having been awarded the Percussion Fellowship. She performed as a section percussionist with both the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra for three seasons. She is a three-year alumnus of EMF’s student orchestras and frequently participates in seminars and conventions across the country. Catherine has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) numerous times, most notably with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in 2017 and the PAS All-Star International Percussion Ensemble in 2015.
An advocate for new music, Catherine actively seeks collaboration with composers who create new sound combinations for percussion. Since 2012, Catherine has premiered twenty works for solo percussion, percussion ensemble, and mixed chamber ensemble, and is currently a member of multiple consortiums. Her ensemble musicianship can be heard on four critically acclaimed chamber percussion albums, as well as upcoming releases by the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia.
Catherine is an in-demand audio producer, working to increase the volume of professional recordings of percussion repertoire. An assistant engineer and producer for Garnet House Productions, LLC, she has produced eight albums of chamber percussion music, including over twenty premiere recordings. In 2018, Catherine completed a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, graduating with an Arts Leadership Certificate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Florida State University in 2016. Her primary teachers have included Michael Burritt, John Parks, Jim Ross, and Charles Ross.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kristin Baird is passionate about bringing music to diverse audiences as both a performer and educator. As the current Teaching Artist of the Florida Orchestra, Ms. Baird performs regularly with the Florida Orchestra as an extra while also working in the community to strengthen local public school orchestra programs. Her previous engagements include a fellowship with the New World Symphony, as well as positions with the Canton Symphony, Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, Cleveland Pops, and substitute with the Richmond Symphony. As an active participant in summer music festivals, Ms. Baird has attended festivals across the United States and Europe including the Aspen Music Festival, St. Augustine Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. She has also had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for Pamela Frank, Stephen Clapp, Jaime Laredo, and Peter Salaff.
A certified Suzuki Instructor, Ms. Baird maintained a private violin and viola studio at the Oberlin Community Music School. Ms. Baird has worked with students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from elementary strings to high school orchestra, at both the Cleveland School of the Arts and “CityMusic Kids” program in Cleveland, Ohio. Through the New World Symphony, Ms. Baird has led sectionals, master classes, and private lessons with both the Miami Music Project and the Academia Filmarmónica de Medellín in Medellín, Colombia. Additionally, Ms. Baird has taught at the Kemps Landing Magnet School and Old Donation School for the Gifted in the Virginia Beach City Public School system for the last three summers. Here, she served as a clinician leading students in grades three through eight in sectionals, private lessons, and string orchestra rehearsals and performances.
Participating in groups like Classical Revolution Cleveland, Ms. Baird enjoys performing extensively in a variety of non-traditional venues, from bars and art galleries to larger concert halls. Debuting in October 2017, Ms. Baird helped organize Classical Revolution St. Pete, the newest branch of the national organization Classical Revolution. Ms. Baird continues to co-manage and perform regularly at Classical Revolution St. Pete. The open-mic style event brings classical music in a casual setting to the vibrant, unique, and rapidly growing community of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Classical Revolution St. Pete takes place once a month and is hosted by the Iberian Rooster, a local restaurant.
Ms. Baird attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She concluded her studies by completing a Professional Studies Certificate. Her teachers include Ara Gregorian, Paul Kantor, Joan Kwuon, and William Preucil. Ms. Baird received her Suzuki certification under the guidance of Kimberly Meier-Sims. A child of two public school music teachers and a third generation musician and music educator, Ms. Baird supports the role of music education in the lives of children. Ms. Baird currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she is proud to serve as a liaison between the professional and educational worlds of classical music.
James Justin Kent was born in Washington D.C. and is currently Solo-Posaune of the Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has given masterclasses, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students all over the world.
Mr. Kent’s first position of note was as Principal Trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. Mr. Kent then won a position in a newly founded orchestra in Qatar, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent over four years in Qatar playing Co-Principal trombone where several renowned conductors conducted regularly, including Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski, and James Gaffigan. Mr. Kent also performed often with rock bands, big bands, and small jazz combos while living in Qatar with “Doha Jazz”. While in Qatar, he held teaching positions at the Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha. In 2012, Mr. Kent became the second/bass trombonist with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The following year, he became Solo-Posaunist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz.
Mr. Kent’s teaching experience also includes teaching masterclasses at Masses School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Carolina and San Diego State University. He has also performed with numerous orchestras across the world, including Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany), Boston Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Germany), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Niederbayerische Philharmonie (Germany), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (Austria), Hong Kong Philharmonic (China) and many others.
In his free time, Mr. Kent is an avid swimmer, basketball player, and triathlete. He lives in Hargelsberg, Austria with his beautiful wife Andrea and two sons Ryder and Bruckner.
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