Ariadne Greif, soprano ♦ Itay Lantner, flute ♦ Francesca Anderegg, violin
Claudia Schaer, violin ♦ Erin Wight, viola ♦ Brian Snow, cello ♦ Yael Manor, piano
Soprano Ariadne Greif, praised for her “elastic and round high notes” (classiqueinfo), sang title roles in L’enfant et les sortileges, Rusalka, Phaedra and Hippolytus, the opera workshop of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Mileva, as well as Ivona in The Hunger Art, Lucy in The Telephone, Sandmann in Hänsel und Gretel, and Madeline in Debussy’s unfinished opera La Chûte de la Maison Usher with the Opéra Français de New York. She recently made her major orchestral debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra, and her Zankel Hall debut premiering Songs at the Well, a song cycle by Elena Langer. This October, she has been invited back for her third project with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK to star as Therese in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Ariadne founded Uncommon Temperament Baroque Band in 2009. In 2011 she was invited by Dawn Upshaw both to appear at the 2011 Ojai Music Festival in California and to be the first young singer in twenty years at the 2011 Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. This summer she returned to Yellow Barn, made her debut with the Greenwich Music Festival singing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and sang at the Cape May Music Festival in a concert curated by Alan Kay.
Flutist Itay Lantner performs regularly in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout the United States, Israel, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. He performed in distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música, and the Mann Auditorium (Tel Aviv). Mr. Lantner holds a Bachelor of Music from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music under the guidance of renowned flutist-conductor Ransom Wilson. While at Yale, he won the Yale Chamber Music Competition twice with his wind quintet, and received yearly scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation between 2003 and 2008.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Lantner worked with conductors Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian and Reinbert de Leeuw. He has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and currently serves as a flutist with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra. Mr. Lantner teaches at The Harmony Program, a New York-based music program that is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema: it provides daily music lessons to children from economically disadvantaged communities.
Violinist Francesca Anderegg made her New York debut in February 2007, performing the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Diego Masson. The New York Times lauded her performance for its “dark, mournful tone” and “virtuosic panache.” A versatile musician, Ms. Anderegg is equally at home as a soloist and chamber music artist. Her chamber music credits include performances with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program in major venues throughout the country, for which the Chicago Sun-Times praised her “astonishing assurance.”
Ms. Anderegg holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard as a student of Ronald Copes. Her former teachers have included Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Naoko Tanaka, and Lynn Chang. She has appeared at many music festivals, and currently is on the violin faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2010, Ms. Anderegg was awarded the Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing Arts, a major career grant. Her solo debut CD, containing music by Elliott Carter, George Perle, and Arnold Schoenberg, will be released on Albany Records in July 2012.
Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer, a versatile recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist, is known for her beautiful and intelligent interpretations, as well as her intriguing programming. Recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut, recital tours of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, and China; chamber music performances in England (Prussia Cove), Denmark (Thy), France (Fontainebleau), and Italy (Barga, with Berlin Philharmonic members). She gave the New York première of the Lifchitz violin concerto, and will give a world premiere of the Farrell violin concerto in 2011. Currently in the midst of an ambitious solo violin project, her programmes this year include a three-hour-recital of all six Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, the Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin, Boulez’s Anthèmes, the Ysaÿe Sonatas, and Honegger’s Sonata.
Ms. Schaer received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2011, mentoring with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank. She received Master’s and Bachelor degrees from the Juilliard School, where she assisted her mentor, Sally Thomas, and participated in the Scholastic Distinction programme.
Violist Erin Wight, a Midwestern transplant to New York City, is an active chamber musician and avid performer of new music. Described by The New York Times as “engrossing” and “surehanded,” she performs frequently as a member of the Red Light New Music Ensemble and Either/Or, has played with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Axiom, the Juilliard Electric Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Signal, Talea, FiRE, and worked closely with members of the Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In addition, Ms. Wight is a founding member of the Toomai String Quintet, 2007 winners of the 92nd St. Y’s Music Unlocked! Competition for emerging ensembles dedicated to educational outreach and a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program. Ms. Wight is deeply committed to community engagement and is on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program, and the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Wight completed her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School where she studied with Paul Neubauer.
Cellist Brian Snow pursues an active performing career in New York City, where he is a member of Newspeak Ensemble, the Omni Ensemble, and the Praxis String Quartet. Praised by the Boston Globe for his “…pugnacious, eloquent, self-assurance…”, Brian has appeared as a soloist with the Riverside Orchestra (New York City), the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and Crescent City Symphony (New Orleans). He has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, Fireworks Ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet, and Meredith Monk, and appears on recordings with a variety of artists, including the Yale Cellos, Sonya Kitchell, Ratatat, My Brightest Diamond, and Jonsi of Sigur Ros. Brian has won top prizes at the Paranov, Emerson String Quartet, and Longy concerto soloists competitions. A strong advocate for new music, Brian has worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly, Caleb Burhans, and David T. Little, premiering dozens of new works. Currently a DMA candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, he holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and from Yale, and his cello teachers include David Finckel, Aldo Parisot, and Colin Carr. A dedicated teacher, Brian is a faculty member at Brooklyn Conservatory and the Brooklyn Waldorf School.
Pianist and Artistic Director Yael Manor regularly collaborates with composers both as a soloist and a chamber musician. As a frequent performer of national and world premieres, she approaches each piece with creativity and imaginative interpretation. Driven by the belief that new music should be accessible, Yael works to ensure that each concert encourages open dialogue and understanding between audience members, performers, and composers.
In addition to various performances in Israel, Yael has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the United States including: the Kimmel Center, the Miller Theatre, the Dekelboum Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She has also been featured on New York City’s classical music radio station, WQXR, in a broadcast of the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase. Yael holds a Master’s degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.