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Chamber Feast

Friday June 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

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Friday June 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Alumni of our Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program — joined by New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill — serve up an evening of chamber treats! They perform works by Dvořák and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English composer born in 1875 to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father, who achieved international fame in his time but remains unfamiliar to today’s concertgoers. McGill, who has been championing his beautiful clarinet quintet, says: “Not only is [Coleridge-Taylor’s music] luscious — it has that romantic feel — it has sounds I can relate to as well. It sounds like the experience of someone I can identify with, someone who’s a Black man. Those melodies are singing to you directly, whoever you are.”

“He (McGill) showed a whimsical, rhapsodic wit, and was able to paint in numerous hues, evoking both intimacy and distance.”
New York Classical Review 


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Quintet in F-sharp Minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 10  
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 80 


Rubén Rengel, violin
Maria Ioudenitch, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Alexander Hersh, cello
Janice Carissa, piano  
Anthony McGill, clarinet  


About the Artists

Rubén Rengel, violin 

Described as an “excellent soloist” of “great virtuosity” (NY Concert Review), with performances depicted as “thrilling” (Boston Globe), violinist Rubén Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as a remarkably gifted artist. Rengel has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Venezuela Symphony, among others. He was the winner of the Robert F. Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Library of Congress. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, David Shifrin, Joel Krosnick, Timothy Eddy, and Gilbert Kalish. He has appeared at the Brevard Music Festival, [email protected], and the Perlman Music Program. He is an alum of Caramoor’s 2019 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program. 

In addition to classical music, Rengel enjoys performing Venezuelan folk music, Latin American music, and Jazz. He also has a strong interest in conducting and performs as a violist. Rengel’s teachers and mentors include Iván Pérez Núñez, Jaime Laredo, Paul Kantor, and Mark Steinberg. Currently, he is a Fellow in Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. 

To learn more about Rubén Rengel, please visit his website

Maria Ioudenitch, violin 

Russian-American Maria Ioudenitch received First Prizes at the Ysaye International Music Competition, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, and the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition. She has recently performed with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Camerata Bern, Lithuania Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Israel Camerata, and Kansas City Symphony. She has also performed chamber music in a wide range of international venues.  

An alum of Caramoor’s 2019 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program, Ioudenitch has participated in Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the International Summer Academy at Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.    

Her teachers have included Gregory Sandomirsky and Ben Sayevich in Kansas City, and Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute of Music. She recently graduated with her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she is now pursuing her Artist Diploma and continuing her studies with Miriam Fried. 

To learn more about Maria Ioudenitch, please visit her website

Ayane Kozasa, viola 

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa is a sought-after chamber musician, collaborator, and educator. 

Since winning the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, Kozasa has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Suntory Hall, and she has participated in the Ravinia, Aspen, and the Marlboro Music Festivals. She is also an alum of Caramoor’s 2012 and 2013 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program. She is a passionate advocate for the expansion of viola repertoire, and has commissioned multiple new works featuring the viola, including American Haiku by Paul Wiancko and K’Zohar Harakia by Judd Greenstein. 

Kozasa is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2015 – 16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor as well as the 2018 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum, grand prize winners of both the Osaka String Quartet Competition and M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and recipient of the 2022 Cleveland Quartet Award. The Aizuri Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, was nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018.   

Ayane is also a member of the duo Ayane & Paul with composer and cellist Paul Wiancko, with whom she performed on Norah Jones’ recent album Pick Me Up Off the Floor. She is currently on the viola faculty at Adelphi University in Long Island, and she has served as guest faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

To learn more about Ayane Kozasa, please visit her website

Alexander Hersh, cello

Having already performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and creative talents of his generation. He has received top prizes at competitions worldwide, including: the Astral Artists National Auditions, Salon de Virtuosi Career grant, National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artists Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, among others. 

A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed at music festivals worldwide, including Marlboro, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, [email protected], I-M-S Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He participated in the 2017 and 2018 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program at Caramoor. He serves as co-Artistic Director of NEXUS Chamber Music, an artist driven collective of musicians whose mission is to make classical music culturally relevant through live concerts and multimedia content.  

Raised in Chicago, Hersh began playing cello at age five. He received his B.M. and M.M. from New England Conservatory where he graduated with academic honors. In 2017, Hersh was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule for Musik Berlin. His previous teachers have included Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Kim Kashkashian, and Paul Katz. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello, courtesy of Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins.  

To learn more about Alexander Hersh, please visit his website

Janice Carissa, piano

Indonesian pianist Janice Carissa has been praised for radiating “the multicolored highlights of a mature pianist” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). She has won many competitions including the Gilmore Young Artist Award, Salon de Virtuosi, the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition, the American Protégé Star Performer Award, Indonesia Pusaka Competition, and IBLA Foundation’s Piano Competition. Her performances have captivated audiences in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, United Nations, Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Mann Center, and Greene Space.  

In recent years, Carissa has made concerto debuts alongside renowned conductors Stéphane Denève, Cristian Măcelaru, and Peter Oundjian; featured twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra; substituted Andre Watts as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and appeared as soloist with Kansas City Symphony, John Hopkins Symphony, and Symphony in C, among others. Her upcoming concerto debuts include Des Moines Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, and Battle Creek Symphony.  

An alum of Caramoor’s 2019 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program, Carissa has appeared at the Ravinia, Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Oxford, and North Shore festivals. She is an active member of Ensemble 132 and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, and she has been featured on WHYY TV Philadelphia, WRTI, WQXR, PBS, and NPR’s From The Top.  

Carissa is presently in her final year at the Curtis Institute as a Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow, studying with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. 

To learn more about Janice Carissa, please visit her website

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), clarinetist Anthony McGill enjoys a dynamic international solo and chamber music career and is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — the first African-American principal player in the organization’s history. He is the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards.  
McGill appears as a soloist with top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. He performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams. As a chamber musician, McGill has collaborated with the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takács, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as with Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. 
He serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is the Artistic Director for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. He holds the William R. and Hyunah Yu Brody Distinguished Chair at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2020, McGill’s #TakeTwoKnees campaign, protesting the death of George Floyd and historic racial injustice, went viral.  

To learn more about Anthony McGill, please visit his website

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