Brant Bayless, viola
Born in Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless came to Utah after completing his studies in New York City. After early piano lessons and singing in his father’s various church choirs, Brant started the viola at age 12. Winning the Governor’s Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992 gave him his first glimpse of the musical world outside Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Kansas studying with Michael Kimber, Brant found his way to New York. Invited to study on scholarship with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, Brant finished his bachelor’s degree in 1997.
Brant started his career while still at Manhattan as the violist of the Arcata String Quartet. His performances with the Arcata were heard throughout the US and Europe, including concerts at New York’s Town Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie and London’s famed Wigmore Hall. The Arcata’s Beethoven Cycle at Wave Hill, the Bronx estate of Arturo Toscanini, and their many recordings, some of which are available still, continue to be memorable highlights. In 1998, the Arcata inaugurated a residency at Utah State University, a position that they held for three years.
Since joining the Utah Symphony in 2001, Brant has immersed himself in the vibrant musical community in Salt Lake City. From his regular performances on the NOVA and Intermezzo chamber music series, to a teaching post at Westminster College, occasional appearances with Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and Salty Cricket Composers Collective, masterclasses and teaching at institutions statewide, and such special events as the William Primrose Memorial Recital he gave at BYU in 2005, Brant remains busily committed to his art even when off the Abravanel Hall stage.
Summers take him further afield. Brant regularly performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Bellingham (WA) Festival of Music, and the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs (CO). This summer he will return to Bozeman, MT, playing with members of the Muir Quartet, and will also accept an invitation to teach at the Killington Festival in Vermont.
As guest violist, Brant traveled to Brazil in 2010 with the Fry Street Quartet, performing at the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba. More recently, he played as guest principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony under their music director David Robertson.
As concerto soloist, Brant has made regular appearances with the Utah Symphony: in March 2012 with conductor Jun Markl in Takemitsu’s “A String Around Autumn”; in August 2010 with conductor David Lockington in Bruch’s “Romance” and von Weber’s “Andante and Rondo Ungarese”; and in October 2008 with then Music Director Keith Lockhart and Concertmaster Ralph Matson in Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante.” Also recently of note was his NOVA series performance of Berio’s “Chemins II” in March 2011.
His viola is attributed to the Milanese maker Luigi Bajoni from 1858. Having fallen in love with the mountains and deserts of Utah, he spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, and seeking out backcountry ski descents. Brant was recently married to the cellist Anne Francis Bayless.
Louis Chiappetta, composer
Louis Chiappetta (b. 1989) is a New York-based composer whose works have been performed across the United States and abroad in venues such as the Helsinki Music Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School, Aldeburgh Music Festival and Musica nova Helsinki. His recent projects have included Fracture, a series of clarinet miniatures written for clarinetist Mark Simpson as part of a collaboration with the London Contemporary Dance School, a newly revised version of his quartet …and again… for Music from Copland House, and Lonesome Traveler for large ensemble, which was premiered at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival by members of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Adrift, Chiappetta’s first work for orchestra, was commissioned by Kaija Saariaho with funds from the Saariaho 60th birthday fund administered by Chester Music. The work, published by Chester Music, was premiered on the opening concert of the 2015 Musica nova Helsinki festival by John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which was televised live in Finland and webcast internationally.
Looking ahead, 2016 will see the premiere of several new works, including Circle Limit, a solo cello piece for Utah Symphony principal cello Rainer Eudeikis inspired by Escher etchings, and This is no less curious for pianist Andrew Zhou. A new work for the JACK Quartet will be premiered in September 2016 as part of their residency at Cornell University.
To date Chiappetta’s work has been recognized with awards from ASCAP (2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Award) and The American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011 Charles Ives Scholarship), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (2011 Donald Erb Prize). In 2012 he was also the recipient of a Fulbright grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State, and spent a year in London as a Fulbright postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Chiappetta began his formal composition training at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division at the age of thirteen, and holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His principal instructors have been Julian Anderson, Steven Stucky and Keith Fitch. He has also taken part in workshops and courses mentored by Kaija Saariaho, Oliver Knussen, Joan Tower and Derek Bermel amongst others. In March 2012 Chiappetta participated in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute professional training workshop lead by Kaija Saariaho and the cellist Anssi Karttunen which included the premiere of his string trio Loops, Clocks, and Shadows at Zankel Hall. Currently, he is a D.M.A. candidate at Cornell University under the tutelage of Steven Stucky and Kevin Ernste.
Kathryn Eberle, violin
Violinist Kathryn Eberle is the newly appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Previously, Ms. Eberle was a violinist with the St. Louis Symphony and Guest Concertmaster with the Omaha and Richmond Symphonies. She served extensively as Concertmaster for the Juilliard Orchestra, including the ensemble’s tour of China, as well as performances in Avery Fisher, Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls.
Ms. Eberle’s solo performances include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Bahia Symphony in Brazil and the Fireworks Ensemble at the Library of Congress. She has collaborated with such artists as Edgar Meyer, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Ricardo Morales, and members of the New York Philharmonic. Eberle garnered Grand Prize in the YMF National Debut, Pasadena Instrumental, and USC Concerto Competitions and top prizes in the Klein, Stulberg, and Corpus Christi International Competitions. An avid chamber musician, her festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Missillac (France), Sewanee, Laguna Beach, Innsbrook and Festival Mozaic.
Ms. Eberle received a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School studying with Sylvia Rosenberg. She previously studied with Robert Lipsett both at the Colburn School and the University of Southern California, where she received the String Department and Symphony awards upon graduation. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she was a pre-college student of Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. Ms. Eberle performs on a J.B. Vuillaume, Paris, 1870.
Rainer Eudeikis, cello
Rainer Eudeikis joins the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera as Principal Cellist starting in the 2014-2015 season, having been recently appointed by Maestro Thierry Fischer while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also Principal Cellist of the Central City Opera, a position he has held since 2012.
Past performances include the U.S. premiere of renowned composer Bright Sheng’s “The Blazing Mirage” for Solo Cello and String Orchestra (Bright Sheng conducting) at Music From Angel Fire, solo appearances with the Indiana University Chamber and Baroque Orchestras, performances with the Starling Chamber Players (alongside IU Professors Alex Kerr and Eric Kim), a tour of Andalucía, Spain as Guest Principal Cellist of the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, a live film-scoring project with Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, and other recital appearances around the United States.
He has participated in numerous international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh (UK), and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Vaison-la-Romaine (France). Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (directed by Jaime Laredo), where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.
Also an enthusiastic performer of Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments, Rainer has studied closely with renowned Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. He has performed on period instruments in concerto, recital, and orchestral settings, and has worked under conductors Gary Wedow, Paul McCreesh, and Nicholas McGegan, among others.
Born in Texas in 1990, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Eric Kim. In May 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.
Claude Halter, violin
Originally from Paris, France, violinist Claude Halter moved to the United States in 2001 and has since been heard nationwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Claude completed his Bachelor and Masters of music from Lawrence University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively.
As an avid chamber musician, Claude has performed alongside artists such as Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet), faculty members of the San Francisco Conservatory and members of the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and Utah symphonies. Claude is equally passionate about orchestral repertoire and has led many performances as concertmaster under great conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vaanska, Stephane Deneve and many others.
In January 2012, Claude joined the Utah Symphony and Opera as principal second violin. He was previously assistant concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia. When not in rehearsal, Claude enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing in the beautiful Wasatch mountain range.
Vedrana Subotic, piano
Pianist Vedrana Subotic has won international acclaim from critics and audiences for her refined interpretations, rich tonal palette, and supreme levels of technical and musical mastery. Her debut solo performance at age nine was broadcasted on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia. Upon winning the top prize in Yugoslavia’s National Piano Competition, Vedrana moved to the United States. She has since been active as a soloist and a chamber musician in the Americas and Europe. She performs in dozens of concerts a year, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Vedrana’s more recent performances include concert tours in Puerto Rico, the Utah premier of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto, appearing as a soloist in Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony, and Prokofiev’s third piano concerto at the Chautauqua Festival in New York, as well as chamber music concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Nis, Serbia, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and Intermezzo and Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has collaborated in recital with such artists as Joseph Silverstein and Paul Neubauer, and is a member of the Porter-Subotic Duo with her husband, Utah Symphony violinist David Porter. Vedrana has also performed concerts in Bratislava, Prague, Belgrade, London, and Venice, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. Vedrana’s artistry and extensive concert activity has attracted the attention of the Director of the Worldwide Concert and Artists division at the Steinway corporation in NY. In 2003, she was invited to join the distinguished roster of Steinway Artists. In addition to faculty recitals and lectures, Vedrana performs regularly in local concert venues, and has appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, and the Weber State and Snow College Orchestras. Vedrana is a founding member and Music Director of the Intermezzo Chamber Music Concert Series, hailed by the Salt Lake Tribune, in its first year (2003), as one of the top ten musical events in Utah. Vedrana has taught piano at Indiana University, Hartford Conservatory, and the Chautauqua Institution in NY where she was also Head of the Instrumental Accompanying from 1995-2001. In 2003, she founded the piano program at the Horne School of Music at Snow College (UT), an all-Steinway school, and directed it until 2008. An active clinician and adjudicator, Vedrana has served on the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition Jury, and is a frequent guest as a master-teacher at the Utah Symphony’s Youth Guild masterclasses. She has presented lectures on a variety of pedagogical and performance topics for the Utah Music Teachers Association and the Suzuki Piano Association. An avid admirer and dedicated champion of the piano traditions from the days of the “old-world” performing legends, Vedrana has been trained by internationally acclaimed pedagogues and performers who continued the legacy of Arthur Schnabel, Rosina Lhevinne, Robert Goldsand, Rudolph Serkin, and Vladimir Horowitz. In addition to her University of Utah piano studio, Vedrana maintains a private studio of gifted young students in Salt Lake City. Her students have continued their musical studies at leading music schools in United States and Europe and have won awards in numerous competitions. Vedrana graduated from the former Yugoslavia’s State Music Conservatory at age fifteen, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University four years later. She has since earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Ralph Votapek, Gyorgy Sebok, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Josef Gingold.
Joyce Yang, cello
Joyce Yang, a native of Seoul, Korea, started playing cello at the age of 16. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hanyang University in Seoul. She moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue her Master’s degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Eric Kim and Janos Starker. Joyce gave her solo debut recital at Sejong Arts Center and was selected as a Kumho Young Artist. She also performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, and TIMF, a contemporary ensemble commemorating composer Isang-Yun. Joyce has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Music Masters Course in Japan with Alan Gilbert, the Great Mountain Music Festival, Kronberg Academy, Kirishima International Music Festival, and Euro Music Festival in Leipzig. During that time she participated in master classes and lessons with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. Joyce enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, and watching the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall with her fiancé as well as with her dog, Cooper.