Artistic Director / Cellist
Cellist Katie Tertell lives in the UK and enjoys a rich and varied experience as a freelance artist in Europe and America. A former member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Katie works with numerous European symphony and chamber orchestras. She is a current recipient of the prestigious Exceptional Talent visa awarded by Arts Council England and teaches cello at Durham University (UK).
Katie performs regularly in international music series and festivals and with her ensemble, Semibreve Collective, which received critical acclaim for their rural Autumn 2020 tour of North East UK that served communities left isolated and vulnerable by the Covid-19 pandemic. She is increasingly interested in folk and cross-genre collaborations and was awarded a competitive "Developing Your Creative Practice" grant from Arts Council England in 2021 to further explore her creative work.
Katie performs in live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM on a regular basis, and enjoys reaching audiences both near and far through various broadcasts and recordings including a number of films and award-winning discs.
Since making her solo debut with orchestra at the age of nine, American violinist Rachelle Hunt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She is a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester) in Germany since 2011. Ms. Hunt has been a top prize-winner in numerous international and national competitions, including the Kingsville and Corpus Christi International Competitions. She has been presented as a soloist and chamber musician at such venues as the Concert Hall and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Sendesaal of the Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany), the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and Casa de la Música (Ecuador), as well as being featured on the nationally broadcast “From the Top” on NPR, several German radio stations, and TV in Venezuela and Colombia. Her recordings of chamber works appear in the Mozart and Beethoven Archives as well as the ARD Mediathek in Europe, and she is regularly featured on digital concert venues such as ARTE Concert and Stage@Seven. After graduating from Rice University, summa cum laude, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Germany, where she earned both the Konzertexamen Diploma and Chamber Music Certificate with the highest honors. She is adjunct faculty at the Conservatory in Frankfurt (Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium). Learn more at www.rachelleviolin.com.
Violinist Audrey Pride is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance studying with Mark Kaplan. She continued on to Northwestern University to complete her master’s degree with Blair Milton, and at the same time, was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She has studied at such summer music festivals as the Aspen Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Audrey is a former member of the Dayton Philharmonic, and also taught violin in their after-school El Sistema-inspired program. Currently, Audrey is a full time member of the Knoxville Symphony, and through the KSO, can be seen performing on many stages and in many classrooms throughout Eastern Tennessee. She is recently married to her husband Alex, a trumpet player, and they enjoy cooking and exploring the outdoors together!
Violinist Domenic Salerni is a member of the New York-based Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet. He is also a member of the Chiarina Chamber Players, based in Washington, DC.
Domenic has recorded four new albums in his time with Attacca Quartet, including "Real Life" and "Of All Joys" on Sony Classical. As a member of the Chiarina Chamber Players, Domenic was a recipient of a 2020 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.
In 2020, as part of his response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Domenic helped set up the Philadelphia Musicians Relief Fund as part of AFM Local 77’s efforts to provide for its community of musicians in times of need. The Fund has raised over $100,000 and is now fiscally sponsored by CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia.
Domenic is also active as a composer and arranger and his works have been performed at venues such as Emory University and the inaugural Appalachian Chamber Music Festival.
Domenic was the first violinist of the Dalí Quartet from 2016-2020, and was the recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program’s Aspire Award in 2019. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale University School of Music. He has received numerous awards from institutions around the US and was a finalist in the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition and the M Prize.
Delcho Tenev began his music education in the “Dobrin Petkov” school under Prof. Darina Dankova in his hometown of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At age 14 he moved to the U.S. and attended high school at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, studying with Prof. Todor Pelev. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and then earned a Master’s degree and Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University. He has performed in international festivals, including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Music Festival. Delcho joined the violin section of the Colorado Symphony in September of 2015 and is happy to be playing great music with such a wonderful orchestra, as well as exploring the beautiful city of Denver.
Boston-based violist and Korean Adoptee, Lauren Nelson is a versatile chamber and orchestral musician who is equally at home on both modern and historically informed instruments. As a Waldorf student growing up in rural southern New Hampshire, she fostered a love for the arts from an early age. Inspired by the collaborative spirit of chamber music, she quickly recognized that her viola would be a lifelong companion.
She appears regularly with some of the nation’s leading period ensembles including Boston Baroque and Handel + Haydn Society. In the 2018-19 season Lauren was a featured artist on Emmanuel Music’s Lindsey Chapel Series, where she performed John Harbison’s solo Viola Sonata (1961).
Dedicated to contemporary music, Lauren is the violist of the Semiosis Quartet, whose recent projects include a residency at Tanglewood and a program of works by female composers supported by the American Music Project. She also performs and records with Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Cantata Singers, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Monadnock Music.
Lauren has over a decade of experience teaching violin, viola, chamber music, group classes and music theory to students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. In addition to maintaining her own private studio in Pepperell, MA, she also teaches at the The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program (ICP) and Waltham Public Schools.
Lauren holds degrees in music performance from New England Conservatory, the University of Kentucky School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Roger Tapping, Deborah Lander and John Graham. On baroque viola she has studied with Adam LaMotte, Patrick Jordan, Marc Destrubé, Robert Mealy, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Julia Wedman.
When she’s not practicing or performing you can find Lauren deep in the woods, foraging for mushrooms with her husband, composer Steven Snowden, or studying Korean.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, violist Danielle Wiebe Burke began her musical studies on piano and violin at an early age. At fifteen, she found her voice in the viola, performing her solo debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony only one year later. A Sphinx competition alumni, she was awarded third place and performed with the Sphinx symphony in the Senior competition in 2010. Since then, she has performed in venues across Canada, Poland, and the United States. Danielle holds a Bachelor in Music from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian; and a Masters in Music from Yale University, where she studied with Ettore Causa. Danielle is a Doctoral candidate at Yale University, and is completing the dissertation component of the degree with plans to graduate in May of 2021.
Danielle has attended numerous music festivals, including but not limited to Yellowbarn Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, and principal viola at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. An avid chamber musician, Danielle is a member of the Second Movement Ensemble and the Viviere Chamber Players. She has played with and worked closely alongside members of the Brentano, Borromeo, and Takacs quartets, and has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, and Gil Shaham. In 2019 Danielle was featured as a guest artist at ChamberFest Dubuque, at which she premiered works by composers Michael Gilbertson and Tracy Rush. She performs regularly in prominent venues in D.C. and across Virginia and the East Coast.
A strong advocate for music education, Danielle founded the Stringendo ensemble, a string orchestra for high schoolers in the area, while working with the Music in Schools Initiative in New Haven, CT. Under her direction, the ensemble performed in Morse Recital Hall at Yale University, and at several pedagogy conferences in New Haven. Danielle also coached several ensembles at the Ithaca College Summer Music Festival in Ithaca, NY in 2017. Following her move to Charlottesville she co-founded the Violin program at the James River Boys & Girls Club in Scottsville, VA, whose Summer Camp was awarded Program of the Year in 2019.
Danielle can be heard on composer Ethan Braun's 2020 release Read Me (figureight records), as well as on Statements (Naxos), a 2018 release featuring works by Hannah Lash, David Lang, and Ted Hearne. Her solo debut album, Bach for Viola, was released 8-15-2020 and consists of the first three suites for unaccompanied cello, transcribed for viola.
In January of 2018, Danielle won the principal viola position at the Williamsburg Symphony. Danielle plays on a 2009 Stefan-Peter Greiner viola made for violinist Kyung-Wha Chung.
Cellist Schuyler Slack has performed in orchestral, chamber music, and recital settings across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. The Alexandria, VA native was appointed to the Richmond Symphony’s Kenneth and Bettie Christopher Perry Foundation Cello Chair in 2016. Previously he held the joint position of Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville and Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, and is on the music faculty at Randolph-Macon College. He performs frequently in the cello sections of major orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Baltimore and National Symphonies. His primary teachers were Cleveland Orchestra principal cellists Mark Kosower and Stephen Geber at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
A devoted chamber musician and lover of string quartets, Schuyler has studied with and performed alongside members of the Tokyo, Orford, Cleveland, Brentano, Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets, Alban Gerhardt, Nadia Sirota, and Donald and Vivian Weilerstein. He has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; as well as given recitals at some of the countries top music schools, such as the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan.
Equally committed to the music of living composers and crossover musical endeavors, Schuyler has commissioned new compositions for the cello by composers Douglas Boyce, Steven Snowden, and Heather Stebbins. He was praised by the Washington Post for his “excellent” contribution – noted for his “pluck and scrape effects!” – to a new music-theatre adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis that was taken to the Prague Fringe Festival in 2015.
Applauded by The Strad for his “brilliant and compelling programming,” and by Oregon Arts Watch for his "mind-boggling" performance of original compositions, Sam Suggs was the first double bassist in a generation to win the Concert Artists Guild solo competition and has received first prize at the International Society of Bassists 2015 Solo Competition as well as awards at the Bradetich Foundation 2017 International Solo Double Bass Competition.
As a collaborative bassist, he has performed in Ghanain villages, medieval churches in Sweden, schools in Bermuda, at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and alongside PUBLIQuartet, the Dover, Escher, Rolston, and Argus Quartets. Sam is composer-in-residence and bassist with Frisson Ensemble (General Arts Touring) and was former principal bass of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while pursuing a degree in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University.
A native of Buffalo (and relatively quiet member of Bills Mafia), and alumnus of the Yale School of Music doctoral program, he has led masterclasses at the Colburn School, New England Conservatory, the Peabody Institute, and at Juilliard's Summer String program in Shanghai. Sam spends the majority of his time between the Northeast and the Shenandoah Valley performing with various chamber, crossover, and contemporary groups and currently serves as Associate Professor of Bass at James Madison University and on the faculties of the Heifetz Institute, Yellow Barn, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and BassWorks. @s3suggs
Pianist Efi Hackmey is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Chiarina Chamber Players, a concert series in Washington, DC, founded in 2015. A recipient of a prestigious 2020 Classical Commissioning grant from Chamber Music America, several grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the inaugural John Franzén Award for the Arts from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Chiarina has won critical acclaim for its artistry and innovative programming.
Mr. Hackmey is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage), Bargemusic, Arion Chamber Music, and the Friends of Mozart series in NYC. He performed many additional concerts in Alabama, California, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming. In his native Israel he performed as soloist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, as well as at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Jerusalem Music Center, and in special concerts presented by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. He has performed on Israeli TV Channel 2, and his recordings have been broadcast on the Israeli National Public Radio, and in the US on WETA, WTSU, WRWA and WTJB. His recordings include a 2013 album on the Naxos label, which includes several world premiere recordings (Polish Violin Music with violinist Kinga Augustyn).
A review of one of his New York performances quotes “excellent Israeli musician... under his fingers the piano sounded noble, and each phrase was full of character”, and further praises his “highly personal, thought-through interpretation.” (Roman Markowicz, “Nowy Dziennik”). A recent review of a Chiarina performance mentions that “Hackmey mastered the work’s challenges with aplomb, but the performance was just as notable for how sensitively he accompanied his musical partners…”(Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review).
Efi is also dedicated to performing for underserved audiences. He is on the artist roster of the Piatigorsky Foundation, and performed numerous tours with cellist Evan Drachman and with soprano Raquela Sheeran in North Carolina, Maryland, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Texas. These concerts included performances in nursing homes, retirement communities, public schools, public libraries, churches, and other community settings.
Mr. Hackmey has served on the piano faculty at DePauw University, and he also taught at the Indiana University system and Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and degrees in piano and conducting from Tel Aviv University. He studied with Menahem Pressler, Pnina Salzman and Dina Turgeman, and has had additional coaching with Lazar Berman, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Janos Starker, David Zinman, and Jaime Laredo.
Peter Cain joined the National Symphony Orchestra as its bass clarinetist in 2016. He previously held positions with the Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Peter has performed at recitals, conventions, and festivals from Italy to China to Aspen. In the Washington area he has performed on the NSO’s Millennium Stage, Mt. Vernon, SoundHealth, and In Your Neighborhood chamber music series. He also has been on faculty at Lee University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the country. Peter attended Vanderbilt University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He studied clarinet with Richie Hawley, Burt Hara, and Cassie Lee, and bass clarinet with Ron Aufmann.
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