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BEDFORD CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Anthony Newman: director and
harpsichord
FRIDAY, Decemberr 15, 2017 at NOON
Anthony Newman
director and harpsichord
Described by Wynton Marsalis as ″The High Priest of Bach,″ and by Time Magazine as ″The High Priest of the Harpsichord,″ Anthony Newman continues his 50-year career as America′s leading organist, harpsichordist, and Bach specialist.

As keyboardist, he has performed more than sixty times at Lincoln Center, and has collaborated with many of the greats of music: Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, Jean–Pierre Rampal, Lorin Mazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Seji Osawa, and Leonard Bernstein.

No less prodigious as a composer, his works have been heard in New York and cities throughout Europe. His output includes four symphonies, four concerti, three large choral works, two operas, considerable piano music, and a large assortment of chamber, organ and guitar works. Newman has received 30 consecutive composer′s awards from ASCAP.
Cyrus Beroukhim
violin
Violinist Cyrus Beroukhim′s luxurious sound and innate eloquence consistently draw in audiences around the world. Recently appointed as Associate Professor of String Studies at NYU, he continues to perform as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, appearing at major venues internationally. His performances with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields were heralded as ″flawless and sensitive″ by the Zeitung im Espace Mittelland (Switzerland).

Mr. Beroukhim has served as principal second violin with the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 2009, and as guest concertmaster with a number of local orchestras. In 2007, he founded the Zukovsky Quartet, tackling challenging music by contemporary composers.
Renée Jolles
violin
Renée Jolles, violin, enjoys an eclectic career as soloist and chamber artist specializing in a wide variety of styles from the Baroque to the contemporary. Hailed as a ″real star″ by The New York Times for her New York Concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, she has premiered hundreds of works, including the American premiere of Schnittke′s Violin Concerto No. 2. Her concerto engagements have included the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York, among others.

Ms. Jolles is a member of the Jolles Duo (harp and violin), Continuum, Intimate Voices, and The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed at many festivals throughout the U.S. Ms. Jolles received her BM and MM degrees from Juilliard, where, she was presented with the school′s highest award, the William Schuman Prize.

She is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music.
Jesse Mills
violin
Since his concerto debut at the prestigious Ravinia Festival in 2004, violinist Jesse Mills has established a unique career, performing music from classical to contemporary,


as well as composing and improvising music of his own invention.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mills earned two Grammy nominations for his work on several discs of Arnold Schoenberg′s music, Mr. Mills can also be heard on recordings of compositions by Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, and Wuorinen.
He is co–founder of the prize winning Duo Prism and of the Horszowski Trio, as well as co–artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Silverthorne, CO.
Danielle Farina
viola
Danielle Farina, viola, a graduate of the Curtis Institute
of Music, and enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, teacher, and recording artist in both the classical and pop genres. As a soloist, Ms. Farina has recorded Jon Bauman′s Viola Concerto with the Moravian Philharmonic, Andy Teirstein′s Viola Concerto with the Kiev Philharmonic, and the premiere of Peter Schickele′s Viola Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony. As a member of the Lark and Elements Quartets, she has toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia.

She also performs with a number of ensembles in the New York area, among them the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke′s, and has served as principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Ms. Farina is on the faculties of SUNY Purchase, Vassar College, and the Juilliard School Pre-College division.
William Hakim
viola
William Hakim, viola, enjoys playing, composing, and arranging music in many styles. He is a member of the Iris Orchestra in Memphis, the le Poisson Rouge Ensemble (ELPR), the Orion Music Ensemble, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and the Glens Falls Symphony. In a jazz setting he′s played with Branford Marsalis, Gene Bertoncin, and with members of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Graduate Center of CUNY where he is pursuing a doctorate and researching improvisation methods for classically trained musicians.
Melissa Reardon
viola
Melissa Reardon, violist in the Grammy–nominated Enso String Quartet, has been lauded by Classical Voice for her ″elegant″ and ″virtuosic″ performances. The Massachusetts–born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and has won top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions, as well the Tourjee Award in 2002. Solo engagements have included performances at the
Stevens Center, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and
Jordan Hall.

Ms. Reardon has performed as a soloist with Camerata Notturna and the Boston Symphony, and with the Miami, Miro, Daedalus, and Borromeo Quartets, and Beaux Arts Trio. She has appeared in numerous festivals around the world, and has toured with Yo–Yo Ma′s Silk Road Ensemble.
Arash Amini
cello
Cellist Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Botswana, including at the Ravinia, Bard, Evian, and Verbier Festivals. He performed his New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall in 2010. A graduate of Curtis and Juilliard, he performed throughout the U.S. with Mark O′Connor′s piano trio, and has performed countless world and U.S. premieres of solo and chamber music works.

He is a co–founder, the Artistic Director, and an Artist Member of America′s Dream Chamber Artists, and performs frequently in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Arash Amini is a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Artist and the Artistic Director, Concert Coordinator, and an Artist of Musicians Emergency Fund.
Alexis Pia Gerlach
cello
Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the ″gripping emotion″ and ″powerful artistry″ of her interpretations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America, with conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian.

She has performed at Marlboro, Aspen, La Musica di Asolo and Caramoor festivals, as guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and as solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on tour in India and at New York′s City Center, and in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel.

Active in commissioning and premiering new works from preeminent composers, including Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian and Paul Moravec, she has worked with others, including Philip Glass, Thomas Ades, Osvaldo Golijov and Bright Sheng.
Alberto Parrini
cello
Born in Italy, Alberto Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010. He also performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras, and has toured Japan as principal cellist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a founding member of the Zukovsky Quartet, he has performed the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt.

Mr. Parrini has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and performed with Continuum, Proteus Ensemble, Mirror Visions Ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Stephen Sas
double bass
Stephen Sas, double bass, one of New York City′ s most in–demand players, performing with major ensembles in the area, such as the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the New Jersey Symphony, and Sejong
Soloists.

Stephen Sas has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and South America, and throughout the United States, and has performed at historic concerts at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and in major venues across the globe. A native of New York City, he received his Doctorate of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Eugene Levinson. His doctoral dissertation, ″A History of Double Bass Performance Practice″ was the first of its kind written in the English language.
Alex Sopp
flute
Alex Sopp, flute, completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School and now lives in Brooklyn. The New York Times has praised her playing with yMusic, The Knights, and NOW Ensemble as ″exquisite″ and ″beautifully nuanced. ″

Comfortable in many genres, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded with some of the most exciting composers and songwriters of our time, including Philip Glass. In addition to playing the flute, she is a singer and a visual artist.

A sought–after soloist, Ms. Sopp made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. She also plays frequently with the International Comtemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has made regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Andrew Rehrig
flute
Andrew Rehrig, flute, began his studies of the flute at the age of 11 in Atlanta, GA. While still an undergraduate, he was invited to become a member of the Columbus, Indiana, Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until graduation. Having completed his Master′s degree at Stony Brook University under the direction of Carol Wincenc, Mr. Rehrig appears regularly as a substitute flutist on Broadway, as well as with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Pops, and the Queens Symphony. He has recorded with groups ranging from the Knights to the Dirty Projectors, and has appeared with Barry Manilow, My Brightest Diamond, and Bibi Ferreira, among others.


 
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