Violinist Jenny Grégoire has been concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony, under the direction of Scott Speck, since 2001. Born in Québec, Canada, Ms. Grégoire began to play violin when she was five. At age six, she was admitted in the pre-college division of the Québec Music Conservatoire where she studied with Jean Angers and Liliane Garnier-Le Sage and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance. Upon leaving Québec, Ms. Grégoire attended Northwestern University where she received a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Myron Kartman. She was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons and worked with conductors Cliff Colnot, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim, among others. Ms. Grégoire left Chicago to play one season with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, in Miami, FL. Jenny Grégoire is extremely sought-after in the southeast, as she is also concertmaster of the Tuscaloosa and Meridian Symphony Orchestras.
In addition to her orchestral career, Ms. Grégoire remains active as a soloist and a recitalist. She has performed several times as a soloist with the Mobile Symphony, the Meridian Symphony and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. She has been heard in solo recitals in Canada, Alabama, Mississippi and New York. She co-founded the duo “Jouvence” with pianist Konstantza Chernov. Jenny Grégoire is Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Alabama. She has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 2004.
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Violinist Jennifer Rickard enjoys a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and teacher. She is a member of both the National Philharmonic and the Post Classical Ensemble. She also substitutes with the National Symphony, the Washington National Opera, and the Richmond Symphony. Ms. Rickard has made several notable recordings for the Naxos label with the Post Classical Ensemble. Of particular interest are both the CD entitled, “Dvorak and America” featuring the first ever recording of the “Hiawatha Melodrama” inspired by the great Longfellow poem and the DVD entitled, “The City” which features the music of Aaron Copland paired with the classic original 1939 film. Additionally, Ms. Rickard is featured on the QuinTango CD “Triumfal” which has won critical acclaim and remains an editor’s “Best Pick” in the Latin genre on CD Baby. QuinTango’s recordings can be heard on NPR, CNN, and network television in the US and Costa Rica. Ms. Rickard is a sought after teacher and clinician at both the secondary and collegiate level and maintains a private studio in her home. Prior to moving to Washington DC, Ms. Rickard was a member of the New Orleans and Phoenix Symphonies. She received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in New York and her master’s from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Ms. Rickard has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 1990.
Jennifer Puckett has just completed her tenth season as the principal violist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her tenure here in Memphis, she completed three years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. She has been on the EMF faculty since the summer of 2005.
Mrs. Puckett has been teaching private lessons since 1996. She has taught with different Suzuki programs and is the founder of the East Memphis Music Academy. Her current private studio consist violin and viola students of all ages.
Originally trained as a violinist, she received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Some of the summer music festivals she attended in the past are the Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and the Brevard Music Center.
The Aspen Music Festival led her to the University of Colorado in Boulder where she received her Master’s degree in viola performance. Mrs. Puckett held graduate quartet and teaching assistantships for the three years that she was at the University of Colorado.
Over the years she has played professionally with many other orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and the Arizona Music Festival to name a few. In addition to her position with the Memphis Symphony, her leadership experience includes principal viola on numerous occasions with the New World Symphony, and throughout her college career as concertmaster, principal second violin, and principal viola.
Violinist Jeffrey Multer has been recognized worldwide for his passionate performances, extraordinary depth of musical understanding and brilliant technique. A native of upstate New York, Mr. Multer made his Kennedy Center debut in 1993 and since that time he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout north and south America, Europe and Asia.
This year marks his sixth season as artistic director of chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Praised for his dynamic and accessible programming style, Mr. Multer has been appointed this season as artistic director of the newly formed Palladium Chamber Players in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior chamber music positions include the Oxford Quartet where at age 28 he was appointed first violinist. In 2001 he was asked to join the critically acclaimed Elements Quartet, whose New York series was named Best Classical Music Event of 2003 by The Washington Post.
Mr. Multer has performed numerous times at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Recently he has appeared at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Rudolphinium in Prague, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center and with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Past festival appearances include Great Lakes, Barga Tuscany, Tibor Varga in Budapest, Central Vermont and Breckinridge, CO. This season in addition to his busy concert schedule Mr. Multer made his debut at the Casal's festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In May he will be one of the few U.S. artists to travel to Cuba where he will be appearing as soloist and conductor with the Cuban National Orchestra in Havana.
Mr. Multer was appointed concertmaster to the Florida Orchestra in 2006 where he currently holds the Suzette and Monroe Berkman chair. In addition to his post with The Florida Orchestra, Multer currently serves as concertmaster at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Past concertmaster appointments include the Colorado Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute in Colorado, Washington Concert Opera, and Echternacht Festival in Luxembourg. In 2012 Mr. Multer joined the "All-Star" orchestra in New York City as associate concertmaster.
A committed educator, Mr. Multer is currently head of violin faculty at the Eastern Music Festival. He has recently taught and coached at the New World Symphony in Miami and at the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland. Previously he has held teaching positions at the Miami University of Ohio and in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School.
Mr. Multer began violin studies at age 5. At 16, he moved to New York City to continue studies at The Juilliard School where he was the recipient of a Lincoln Center Fellowship. His teachers include Lewis Kaplan, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Gerald Fischbach and Arnold Steinhardt. Coming from a long line of accomplished musicians, he is the seventh Multer to have attended Juilliard.
Mr. Multer has recorded for Albany and Naxos records.
JOHN R. KERNODLE, JR. CONCERTMASTER CHAIR
JEFFREY KAYEis an internationally acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Jeff is Artistic Director, Principal Trumpeter and featured Soloist for The Symphonia, Boca Raton. He performs frequently with
many South Florida ensembles including the Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera and the Festival Orchestra Boca. He is a core member of Michael Stern’s Iris Orchestra in Germantown Tennessee, where he has been a featured soloist. Jeff also leads the highly acclaimed Florida Brass and Jeff Kaye & Friends Jazz Quintet.
Jeff held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic from 1989 to 2003. He was also Principal Trumpet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and the Miami Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Kaye is presently on Faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University teaching Applied Trumpet and Trumpet Pedagogy. He hasalso served as Professional in Residence in Trumpet and Jazz studies at Louisiana State University and taught Jazz Studies as well as Applied Trumpet. Jeff also performed with the Norem Brass Quintet. Prior to Jeff’s appointment at LSU he spent two years as Artist in Residence at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Kaye served as Trumpet Professor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami where he received the “Teacher of the Year Award”. He also was the coach for the New World Brass Ensemble.
Jeff has been on the EMF faculty since 2009. Prior to that he was Principal Trumpet at Santa Fe Opera for 4 seasons. Other summer engagements include Aspen Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Festival where he was a fellow and played under Leonard Bernstein.
Jeff received both a Bachelors of Arts in performance and a Bachelors of Science in Music Management from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He was then awarded a talent scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance.
Jeff’s music can be heard on several recordings. Most notably is the award winning Florida Philharmonic CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony which received critical acclaim, notably for the Blumine movement: “The Blumine is especially welcome for the ineffably cool, poised tones of principal trumpeter Jeffrey Kaye.” - Orchestral Reviews BBC music magazine.
Grammy-winner JASON VIEAUX, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Vieaux is a 2017 artist-in-residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Recital highlights include performances at Caramoor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Ravinia, 92Y, Bard Music, Strings Music Festival and many others.
Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Arkansas, Edmonton, Illinois, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Vieaux recently gave world premiere performances of Visconti’s Living Language Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Reading Symphony. This season, Vieaux will be concerto soloist with Columbus Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic.
He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.
Vieaux has a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. Upcoming recording projects include a new album with Escher Quartet featuring Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet and Aaron Jay Kernis’ 100 Greatest Dance Hits (Azica), Jeff Beal’s Six Sixteen Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS), and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony (Naxos).
Recent recordings include Infusion (Azica), a collaboration with bandoneonist Julien Labro featuring the duo’s original arrangements Leo Brouwer, Piazzolla, Radamés Gnattali, Pat Metheny, and Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis.
Vieaux’s previous albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound and Soundboard; Images of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny; and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux’s albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
Jamie Hofman is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned performance degrees in violin (B.M.) and viola (B.M.), as well as a performer diploma for viola. His principal teachers have been Mimi Zweig, Jerry Horner, and Atar Arad. Mr. Hofman is on faculty at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Carroll University. He is Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and is also performs in the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Louisville, where he was also on faculty. Mr. Hofman has performed at festivals such as the Hirosaki Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, European Musik Festival, Jerusalem International Festival Symphony, Pacific Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Mr. Hofman won the second prize in the Chicago Viola Society solo competition and has performed as a soloist in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Catholic Symphony Orchestra, and on the Civic Music Artist and Ensemble series. Mr. Hofman is married to horn player Kelly Hofman and has been on the EMF faculty since 2005.
Ioana Galu, a native of Romania, has enjoyed a national and international career in both Europe and the United States. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, later joining the faculty as an assistant professor of violin and chamber music. After coming to the United States, she earned a second master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University and continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma. In 2012, Galu graduated with a doctorate in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University.
Galu has been awarded prizes in several national and international competitions, including Second Prize in the Mozart International Competition for Piano Trios (Romania), and First Prize and Special Prize of the SOROS Foundation at the George Enescu Violin National Competition (Romania). She also won Second Prize in the Starling Violin Competition College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM) and was the winner of the CCM Concerto Competition in February 2004.
Since September 2004, Galu has been on the faculty of the Heidelberg University Department of Music in Tiffin, Ohio and was the director of the Preparatory Department between 2005 and 2009. She joined the faculty at The College of Wooster, Ohio in 2014. In August 2016, Galu will join the University of South Dakota as an Assistant Professor of Violin and member in the renowned Rawlins Piano Trio.
In 2014 Galu performed the world premiere of Marilyn Shrude's violin concerto Libro D'Ore with the Central Ohio Symphony and the European premiere with the Sibiu State Philharmonic in Romania. She gave the US premiere in October 2014, and subsequently recorded the concerto for Albany Records. In January 2015, Galu recorded "Music Under Political Unrest” - Works for Two Violins by Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Górecki, and Michał Spisak with Iuliana Cotirlea, violin, to be released in May 2016.
In December 2015, Galu premiered “Elegy for Peter” for viola solo, commissioned in memory of cellist Peter Kozma. In April 2016, she will premiere “Unrest” for amplified violin, tape and percussion, co-written with percussionist Bridget Slone. The work expresses Galu’s personal reflections on the Romanian Revolution of 1989. During the season of 2016-2017, Galu will give the European premiere of Samuel Adler’s Violin Concerto in Romania.
HANNAH BARROW began studying violin and piano at age 5. In the eighth grade, she joined the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra where she discovered her love of orchestral music. Barrow received her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she studied violin with Professor Corinne Stillwell and viola with Dr. Pamela Ryan. She earned a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in orchestral performance from Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Katherine McLin.
Barrow served as the principle violist for the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. She also participated in the ASU Chamber Music Residency program, where she worked with the Brentano String Quartet and the Juilliard String Quartet. She performs as a violinist and violist in the Georgia Coastal Symphony, teaches music theory and conducts the repertory orchestra at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Prelude Chamber Music Camp in Jacksonville.
GREGORY COX returns for his 37th season as principal trombone with the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mr. Cox received the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. His major teachers include Kenneth Cloud, William Gray, and Emory B. Remington. Upon graduation Mr. Cox joined the North Carolina Symphony and the brass faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts. At the invitation of Kazoyoshi Akiyama, Mr. Cox returned to the Pacific Northwest to join the Vancouver Symphony as second trombone. He is currently serving as acting principal as well as teaching trombone, euphonium, and chamber music at the University of British Columbia and Western Washington University. Mr. Cox has performed as a guest musician with the Rochester Opera, Vancouver Opera, Rochester Philharmonic, the Regina and Winnipeg symphonies, and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Cox is active as an adjudicator, clinician, soloist, and chamber musician in Washington and British Columbia. He has recorded extensively on Polydor, Mark, CRI, and CBC labels and is also active as a studio musician and can be heard on numerous film and TV scores as well as the music for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Mr. Cox is married to Marie Turner, a violinist who performed many years at EMF. His daughter, Carolyn is a writer and actress in New York City.
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