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  • BRAD GEMEINHARDT, FRENCH HORN

    BRAD GEMEINHARDT, FRENCH HORN Praised by the New York Times as having performed “with poetry and backbone” at a recent performance on solo horn Mahler’s 5th Symphony at Carnegie Hall, hornist Brad Gemeinhardt is Principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has been a member of the orchestra since 2007. Over his extensive and varied career spanning the last quarter century, in addition to countless performances at the Met, Mr. Gemeinhardt has performed as a Guest Principal horn of such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also performed in numerous Broadway shows, as well as with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, among many others. Also he can be heard on television shows, radio jingles, commercial recordings and in many feature films, beginning with The Producers (2005) to the more recent The Joker (2019) and In the Heights (2021). Mr. Gemeinhardt also appears frequently with the Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble’s performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, where he has performed the Brandenburg 1st Concerto, the Brahms Horn Trio, Schubert Octet, among other pieces, all to great acclaim. Brad Gemeinhardt is sought after as a teacher and mentor for young, aspiring French horn players. He serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division and Columbia University, and is a Valade Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In addition, he is regularly invited to give master classes as a guest artist, most recently at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and New York University. Mr. Gemeinhardt received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied horn with the late Jerome Ashby. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Dana, his teenagers Alex and Marin and his cavapoo Macintosh.

  • Greg Anderson, piano

    Greg Anderson, piano The Anderson & Roe mission: To make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice ), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald ), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post ), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their five critically acclaimed albums have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of Anderson & Roe’s debut. Since forming their dynamic musical partnership as students at The Juilliard School, Anderson & Roe have toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists; appeared on NPR, MTV, PBS, and the BBC; presented at numerous international leader symposiums; and served as hosts of “From the Top” and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A live performance by Anderson & Roe was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary. While isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson & Roe performed several innovative and interactive virtual events, produced over a dozen new music videos, appeared in MasterVoices’ Myths and Hymns (2021 Drama League Nominee for Best Digital Concert Production) alongside luminaries of opera and musical theater, and hosted a year of Two Piano Tuesday livestream conversations on Facebook Live which drew an enthusiastic and devoted global audience each week.

  • Charles Ives | PCC

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  • DEMIAN AUSTIN, TROMBONE

    DEMIAN AUSTIN, TROMBONE Demian Austin is principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is also a member of the MET Chamber Ensemble, which performs regularly at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls. He has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Austin has played on numerous recordings including the Metropolitan Opera Brass CDs, several movie soundtracks, Dialogues with Double Bass with Jeremy McCoy on Bridge Records, the GM Recordings issue of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ First Symphony conducted by Gunther Schuller, and many recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, including Strauss’ Tod und Verklarung. He can also be heard regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Live at the Met Broadcasts, the Saturday Matinee Broadcasts of the Met, and on The Met: Live in HD worldwide movie simulcasts. At Juilliard he has been the Gordon Henderson Pre-College Trombone Faculty since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from Oberlin College, where he studied with Raymond Premru, and his Masters of Music degree in 1995 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Per Brevig. Aside from his career in music, Mr. Austin has a keen interest in film and has attended several intensive seminars on screenwriting.

  • STEFÁN RAGNAR HÖSKULDSSON, FLUTE

    STEFÁN RAGNAR HÖSKULDSSON, FLUTE Stefan Ragnar Hoskuldsson, a native of Iceland, is principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is quickly being recognized as one of the leading soloist in the country. Before winning the principal position in 2008, Stefan served as second flutist with the orchestra for four years. Under the direction of James Levine, Mr. Hoskuldsson regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall with the MET Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble. He has performed under the batons of Valerie Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Essa Pekka Salonen, Ricardo Muti and has collaborated with such artists as Alfred Brendel, Yifim Brofman, Gil Shiham and Diana Damrau. Stefan can be heard and seen on live HD broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera. One of these recordings include the 2008 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor where he collaborated with Anna Netrebko in the famous flute and soprano cadenza from the mad scene. In addition to his active schedule with the MET, Mr. Hoskuldsson performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, Europe, South America and Japan. In 2009, he was invited to be a special guest artist at the Sir James Galway International Flute master class in Lucerne, Switzerland where he performed a solo recital and had the honor of playing a duet with Sir James. Stefan returned there in the summer of 2010 to perform and give a workshop on the flute in operatic music. In March 2011, as a part of a European tour Mr.Hoskuldsson gave a series of very successful masterclasses and recitals at the Guildhall School and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at the Conservatorio Real in Madrid. He is also a regular guest professor at Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Stefan is a faculty member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. As an active soloist Stefan performed the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He will return in August 2011 to perform Mozart Flute Concerto in D major in the newly inaugurated Symphony Hall “Harpa” in Reykjavik. Other Concerto engagements include a performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York in October 2011. Stefan will also perform the Nielsen flute concerto and the Bach b-minor Suite with the New York Repertory Orchestra in February 2012. In demand as an orchestral soloist, Mr. Hoskuldsson was invited to play Guest Principal Flute with the Mostly Mozart Festival during the 2009 season as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the end of their 2010 -2011 season. Stefan attended the Royal Northern College where he studied with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany. While in Iceland he attended the Reykjavik College of Music studying with Bernhard Wilkinson. Stefan has recorded for the Naxos label-American Classics Series.

  • TICKETS ONLINE | PCC

    BUY TICKETS TO THE 2023-2024 SEASON COVID-19 Info for Parlance Chamber Concerts attendees: Read more here. 2023 – 2024 EVENTS Masking is encouraged but optional at Parlance Chamber Concerts’s events.

  • COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS | PCC

    COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS An Updated Message to Our Audience Members About Attendance Policies and Protocols August 1, 2023 The safety and security of our audience members, artists, and staff remain our highest priority. In view of recent changes in CDC guidelines and the availability of vaccines and boosters, please note the following updates in Parlance Chamber Concerts’s COVID-19 policies: Masking is encouraged but optional at Parlance Chamber Concerts’s events. While Parlance Chamber Concerts strongly recommends vaccination against COVID-19, proof of vaccination is no longer required at PCC performances. If you receive a positive test for Covid-19 or have any onset symptoms in the days prior to our events, please do not attend a Parlance Chamber Concert. You may request refunds, donate your tickets, or request ticket exchanges by writing to parlance@parlancechamberconcerts.org Please review Parlance Chamber Concerts’s Liability Waiver . Complete and up-to-date safety protocols —including any changes— will be included in pre-concert email reminders and our Covid-19 information Page . PCC will continue to monitor all state, federal, and local public health guidelines. We will continue to adjust our policies and protocols accordingly as the situation evolves.

  • ISABELLA BIGNASCA, VIOLA

    ISABELLA BIGNASCA, VIOLA Isabella, 22, recently completed her Undergraduate Degree at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer. Before she decided to begin her music studies in the US, she was a part of the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy program with Roger Benedict. Isabella won the Multiple Section of the 2015 NSW KPO Concerto Competition and had several recordings broadcast on Fine Music FM102.5 as part of the Young Performers Award Broadcast Series. She has toured around Europe, playing chamber music, and also performed several times in the Sydney Opera House. Past summer festival participation include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West and the Heifetz International Music Institute where she also later became a part of the Heifetz on Tour series.

  • DAVID KRAUSS, TRUMPET

    DAVID KRAUSS, TRUMPET David Krauss joined The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2001and occupies theBeth W. and Gary A. Glynn endowed chair. He has has performedwith James Levine in the MET chamber series at Carnegie Hall and has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. A native of Long Island, New York, he earned both Bachelor andMaster of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and studied Wynton Marsalis,William Vacchiano, Chris Gekker and James Pandolfi. Prior to joining the Met, heperformed with a variety of ensembles in and around New York City including Orchestraof St. Luke’s, The New Jersey Symphony, and on several Broadway shows. He coproduced three recordings, including the Metropolitan Opera Brass’s self titled debut album and the subsequent “Waltzes, Songs & Festive Scenes” and “Sacrae Symphoniae”, as part of which he was praised by the American Record Guide for his “singing tone which is luxurious and inviting.” He is currently trumpet professor at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University and teaches trumpet in the pre college division of The Juilliard School. In the summertime, he is the head brass coach and trumpet teacher at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. David lives in Manhattan with his wife Kristen and their four children Noah, Eli, Margot, and Ava.

  • JAMES THOMPSON, VIOLIN

    JAMES THOMPSON, VIOLIN Violinist James Thompson is forging a promising career as a versatile chamber musician, soloist, and music educator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program and is on faculty at Music@Menlo. In 2014, James made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. He was recently invited to perform in Budapest as part of the 1st Bartok World Competition and in Sendai for the 7th Sendai International Violin Competition. He has collaborated in concert with a multitude of established artists including David Finckel, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping, and a variety of musicians from both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music. James holds Artist Diploma, Masters, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he has studied with Jaime Laredo, William Preucil, and Paul Kantor.

  • MILAN MILISAVLJEVIĆ, VIOLA

    MILAN MILISAVLJEVIĆ, VIOLA Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the MET Orchestra, having served as Assistant Principal of the MET for twelve seasons. He has also performed as guest Principal Viola of orchestras worldwide, such as the Toronto Symphony. Milan’s solo album Sonata-Song, published by Delos Music, has been reviewed by the Strad magazine as “most recommendable” and “tonally alluring”, with the recording of A. Khatchaturian’s sonata on the album hailed as “definitive”. He has won prizes at competitions such as ARD, Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head and Aspen music festivals. Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Classical Tahoe, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río and many others. His teachers include James Dunham, Nobuko Imai and Atar Arad. In addition to his activities as a violist, Milan is increasingly in demand as a conductor and teacher worlwide.

  • ORION WEISS, PIANO

    ORION WEISS, PIANO One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. The 2015-16 season will see Orion performing with the Iceland Symphony, among others, and in collaborative projects including those with the Pacifica Quartet and with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Orford String Quartet in a performance of the Chausson Concerto for piano, violin, and string quartet. The 2014-15 season featured Orion’s third performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a North American tour with the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theater in an enhanced piano recital of Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux. In 2015 Naxos released his recording of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing – a major commission Orion debuted with the Albany Symphony – and in 2012 he released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok. That same year he also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. The 2013-14 season featured Orion with orchestras around North America, including the Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Vancouver Symphonies, and the 2012-13 season saw Weiss in repeat engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and New World Symphony. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, the violinists James Ehnes and Arnaud Sussman, and cellist Julie Albers, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.

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