Bios: Concert V

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Robert Breault, tenor

Tenor Robert Breault enjoys an international career that features an extraordinary breadth of repertoire. His warm, flexible voice and superb artistic sensibilities combine to make him a consummate singing actor.

Robert Breault’s concert career highlights include performances with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, London Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Jerusalem Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Utah Symphony, to name but a few.

Robert’s opera career features a wide array of repertoire and companies. With nearly 90 roles to his credit, highlights of his career include appearances with New York City Opera in Carmen, La Traviata, and Semele, for which he was awarded the company’s “Kolozsvar Award”. He has performed numerous times with Utah Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Atlanta Opera, and Arizona Opera. Robert has also appeared with companies such as Portland Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Orleans, Florentine Opera, and numerous critically acclaimed performances with Chautauqua Opera.
Robert has served as Professor of Music and Director of Opera at the University of Utah since 1992. He was awarded the College of Fine Arts distinguished teaching award in 2003. He and his wife Julia live with their 9 mini dachshunds in Salt Lake City.

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Carl Johansen, viola

Carl Johansen holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music in violin performance where he studied both violin and viola. He was formerly a member of the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 1988 he won the John and Arthur Beare prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, held on the Isle of Man. Carl enjoys paragliding, skiing, chess, and South American cuisine. Carl Johannsen joined the Utah Symphony viola section in 2005. – See more at: http://www.lyceummusicfestival.com/guest-artists/utah-symphony-and-other-coaches/carl-johansen-violist/#sthash.0QSua0R3.dpuf

 

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Lee Livengood, clarinet

 Lee Livengood is currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra and a Past-President of the International Clarinet Association. He also performs regularly at the Grand Tetons Music Festival. His teachers include Stanley Hasty, Mitchell Lurie, Michael Webster, and George Silfies. He has been a member of the Savannah Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Livengood is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer, with clients around the world. When not performing in the Utah Symphony or refacing mouthpieces, Lee enjoys time in the outdoors with his wife and two sons, drinking great coffee, and playing the electric bass.

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Caitlyn Valovick Moore, flute

Caitlyn Valovick Moore joined the Utah Symphony as piccoloist/flutist in 2008. Prior to her Utah Symphony appointment, Caitlyn was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and she also performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and won second prize in the National Flute Association’s 2004 Piccolo Artist Competition. Locally, she has performed chamber music with both the Nova and Intermezzo Chamber Music Series. In November 2016 Caitlyn gave the world premiere of Simon Holt’s piccolo concerto, “Fool is hurt” with the Nova Chamber Music Series. An adjunct assistant professor of flute at the University of Utah, Caitlyn has also presented masterclasses at the University of Wyoming, as well as for the Utah Flute Association and the Hampton Roads Flute Faire, in addition to teaching privately. A native of northern Michigan, she attended her final two years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music from DePaul University, and her Master of Music from Northwestern University. Caitlyn’s primary teachers were Walfrid Kujala, Mary Stolper, and Stephanie Mortimore. She has also performed in master classes for William Bennett.

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Jeffrey Price, piano

Jeffrey Price is a professor of piano and opera at the University of Utah. He began competing and performing at a young age. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Utah Youth Symphony, the Paradigm Orchestra, and the Utah Philharmonia. During a versatile and multifaceted career, he has been extremely active as a pianist, coach, accompanist, soloist, chamber musician, conductor and musical director, (for opera, musical theater, and dance), as well as composing. As a pianist he has performed in solo and chamber recitals, as well as in collaboration with many top opera singers, in performances in many parts of the United States and Europe. He recently passed the half-way mark in his unreasonably ambitious project: to learn, and then record, the entire cycle of Scriabin sonatas.

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Karen Wyatt, violin

Violinist Karen Wyatt joined the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in 2013. Prior to joining the symphony, she performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2013. During her time with Pittsburgh Symphony, Karen toured nationally and internationally, and performed on many recordings. She also performed with the Baltimore Symphony and held a position with the Virginia Symphony.

Karen began her orchestral career with a 3 year fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas. During her fellowship at New World, Karen toured internationally and participated in a residency at the Opera Comique in Paris. She also performed as a principal musician with many notable conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Robert Spano and Itzhak Perlman.

Karen holds a Bachelors of Music and a Performer’s Diploma in violin performance from Indiana University where she studied with Paul Biss. She has also studied with Pavel Pekarsky, Alexander Kerr and Jennifer Ross.

Karen especially enjoys performing chamber music, baroque music, and teaching. When not performing with the orchestra, Karen enjoys gardening and baking.

 

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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.

 

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Paulina Zamora, piano

After precisely one hundred years of Claude Debussy’s writing of the Twelve Etudes on the seashore of Normandie, France, Chilean-American pianist Paulina Zamora was premiering them live, from memory and without pause for the first time in Santiago, Chile. The audience was profoundly taken by the mere cult of the genre of the Etudes, a type of repertoire which is rarely programmed in live concerts, and by the lavishing display of sound refinement rarely heard before. These event won her the Circle of Critics of Art of Chile Award in December of 2015. From then on, Paulina has been performing them in the same manner throughout Latin-America, North America and Asia.

Her solo renditions of complete works began with Bach´s Two and Three Voice Inventions from memory when Paulina was 11 years old. The following year the six volumes of Bela Bartok,s Mikrokosmos followed, also from memory. Later on, she embarked on Mozart´s entire solo Sonatas, complete Rachmaninoff’s Etude Tableaux Op. 33 and Op. 39, Chopin´s 24 Etudes, Liszt Concert Etudes and Debussy Twelve Etudes. Her love for Claude Debussy has made her work and perform the integral of his solo and chamber repertoire.

In her restless cause for complete sets of pianistic repertoire Paulina has also played the entire Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff chamber works for piano and strings, in addition to the whole cello repertoire and complete four-hands and two pianos repertoire.

She is a sought after collaborative pianist and has concertized with distinguished cellist Janos Starker in the United States and Europe, violists Atar Arad and Jodi Levitz, clarinetists Luis Rossi and Eli Eban, flutist Jacques Zoon, to name a few.

An advocate of contemporary music and the exploration of new and original instrumental tendencies, Paulina has performed, premiered and recorded more than 70 works for solo piano and chamber music by both North-American and Latin-American composers.

Lastly and influenced by her mother who was a professional singer, Paulina has also favored the voice as a medium of expression. She has collaborated with numerous singers around the world specializing in the Lied repertoire.

Her unyielding passion for teaching has taken her to many places around the globe, including University of Malaysia, Malaysia, Central Conservatory of Music, China, Seoul National University, South Korea, Conservatorio Simón Bolivar, Venezuela, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, Conservatorio de Lima, Perú, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte and Universidade do Rio Grande do Sud in Brazil, Leviv Conservatory, Ukraine, Lausanne Conservatoire, Switzerland, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, Universität für Musik, Wien, Austria, Freiburg Universität, Germany, University of Western Ontario, Canada, University of Utah School of Music, Ithaca College and Boston Conservatory in the United States among others, where she combines solo performances with exciting and engaging Master Classes.

Since 2010, with a strong conviction in education and a wish to professionalize the life of musicians and create academic programs of higher standards Paulina Zamora decided to come back to her native Chile, to teach at the University of Chile Department of Music, her Alma Mater where she is Associate Professor of Piano. In 2016, after three years of diligent work, she created and is at present coordinator of the Master degree in Instrumental Performance, unique in Chile and South America and is currently working in the designing of the Doctorate degree which she hopes to implement in the near future.

She was educated at the University of Chile (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Indiana University (DM). Her main teachers have included Rebecca Penneys, Gyorgy Sebok and Janos Starker.

She is currently a Delos recording artist. In April of 2016 her Delos CD recording of the Integral of Brahms Piano Trios with cellist Uri Vardi and violinist David Perry received a wonderful review from Gramophone “Sounds of America” Magazine.