Performer Bios

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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.

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Karlyn Bond, Piano

Karlyn Bond caught the attention of Salt Lake City audiences when she gave her first solo recital at the Holladay Library at age eleven and first appeared with the Utah Symphony a few months later at age twelve. Since then her performing career has involved several concerto appearances and numerous solo, chamber, and lecture recitals around the country.

In 1989, Karlyn received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Walla Walla College where she studied with Leonard Richter. As a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship recipient she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and completed areas of concentration in piano performance, music history and literature, instrumental collaboration, and analysis of tonal music.

After graduating from USC in 1994, Dr. Bond moved back to Salt Lake City. She began teaching at Westminster College the next year where she now holds a full-time faculty position as Chair of the Music Department, member of the honors faculty, and Director of the Westminster Concert Series. She teaches a variety of music and interdisciplinary courses.

Since its debut in 2002, Karlyn has been a board member of the critically acclaimed Intermezzo Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake, a summer series in which she regularly performs. She is a member of the Salt Lake-based piano quartet, Quattro Amici, with Utah Symphony Orchestra members Lun Jiang, Roberta Zalkind and Pegsoon Whang.

Literature is one of Karlyn’s passions outside music, and she brought a musical perspective to one of her favorite writers in the independent release of her CD, Piano Classics from the World of Jane Austen in 1996. She also recorded a CD with Utah Symphony principal trombonist, Larry Zalkind, in 2002.

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Jim Dabakis, narrator

Jim Dabakis came to Utah from Massachusetts to go to college in 1971. Going to Provo was a necessity as there are no good institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts. He has called Utah home ever since.

 Dabakis was involved in radio and television from 1976 to 1989. He worked for all three major network television stations in Salt Lake City as well as numerous talk radio stations. Dabakis was recognized with national awards during his time as a journalist and talk show host. He was a guest on several national television shows including NBC’s Today Show, CBS Nightly News, and CNN. Dabakis was known as “Mr. Democrat” during his 13 years on Utah talk radio. Starting as a volunteer intern at a small radio station, Dabakis eventually ended up as a partner with a small chain of stations that he sold in the mid-1990’s.

Sensing opportunity in 1989, with the imminent collapse of Communism, Dabakis quit on-air broadcasting and moved to Eastern Europe with his partner (now husband–well, in some states husband) Stephen. He spent most of the next twenty years in Russia, China, and living abroad, successfully developing a business around his passion–art. As Communism was collapsing, Dabakis began funding bright, emerging capitalists. Jim Dabakis has met a payroll, every week, for thirty years, although he admits in the early years there were times, ‘when I asked our employees to hold their checks over the weekend while I hustled up cash.’

Dabakis is passionate about equality and was the chair for the Utah Pride Center and the founding chair of Equality Utah.

Jim has remained an active Democrat through the years, giving support and encouragement to office holders and candidates. He began his political service as a volunteer for candidate Scott Matheson during his first run for Governor of Utah in 1976. In July of 2011, Jim was elected Chair of the Utah Democratic Party. He called that full-time job (which paid $1 a year) “one of the most engaging, fun, challenging and exciting thing I have ever done. I love Utah Democrats!”

In December of 2012, Dabakis was elected to the Utah State Senate. Delegates elected Jim to fill the unexpired two years term of Mayor Ben McAdams. Jim Dabakis serves on the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee, and the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee. He also is a member of the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands.

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Mark Davidson, trombone

Mark Davidson, a native of Dallas, Texas, began playing the trombone at age 11. He began his studies under the guidance of James Wallace before attending the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2006. During his undergraduate studies, Mark was a student of Jan Kagarice and Tony Baker. After graduation, he went on to attend The Juilliard School and studied with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. During this time, Mark also attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition.

In 2007, Mark was appointed Assistant Principal/Second Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony. In 2009, Mark was the Acting Second Trombonist of the Cincinnati Symphony and for the 2010 season, he was the Acting Principal Trombonist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he returned to the San Antonio Symphony and also performed as a member of the San Antonio Brass Quintet. Most recently he joined the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2013 as Associate Principal/2nd Trombone.

Mark has also performed with several other orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the San Antonio Opera. In addition, he has been on the faculty of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy and has presented master classes and recitals at schools such as the Peabody Institute of Music, Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Utah.

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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.

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Julie Edwards, viola

Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Julie Edwards began studying viola in the public schools at age 9. Encouraged at age 10 by her orchestra instructor not to quit viola and switch to flute, because “Everyone needs violas, if you play viola you’ll always have work, but flute players are a dime a dozen,” Julie made up her mind to pursue a career in viola and went on to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in viola performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Atar Arad. After college, Julie began a series of moves that took her to locations that needed violas, including Chicago and Pittsburgh, and became a member of The Louisville Orchestra. Julie is currently a violist in the Utah Symphony, and hopes that everyone still needs violas.

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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.

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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.

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Jason Hardkink, piano

Pianist Jason Hardink is the Principal Symphony Keyboard of the Utah Symphony and Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series. His performances include a wide-ranging repertoire of music by living composers and works of the historical canon. Recent performances include concerti with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony. Over the last few seasons, he has given a series of lecture recitals on Beethoven’s piano sonatas, performed a cycle of recitals situating the late piano music of Franz Schubert in dialogue with works by Second Viennese School composers, and toured with Olivier Messiaen’s monumental cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.

Much sought after as a chamber musician, Mr. Hardink has recently collaborated with violinist Phillip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet and world-renowned soprano Celena Shafer. He has appeared on chamber music series all over the U.S., including Music in Context, fEARnoMUSIC, Music on the Hill, Aperio Music of the Americas, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Hardink has performed solo works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms on period instruments, and he has toured Norway with violinist Tor Johan Bøen performing the Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano on an 1853 Blüthner. In Salt Lake City he has worked with noted guest composers such as Tristan Murail and Frederic Rzewski as a member of the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and he has premiered works by Utah composers Morris Rosenzweig, Steve Ricks, Miguel Chuaqui, and Steve Roens.

Mr. Hardink’s leadership of the NOVA Chamber Music Series has created a dynamic environment through which audience and performers experience music both new and old; the 2013.14 season of NOVA includes important Utah and world premieres of works by Bruce Quaglia, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jason Eckardt alongside works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Fauré. This season on the series, Hardink will be performing a cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle.

Mr. Hardink has appeared as guest recitalist and adjudicator for both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. He has recently served as guest artist for the University of Utah Summer Chamber Music Workshop and the Idaho State University Summer Piano Institute. Hardink holds a DMA from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly; his Doctoral thesis “Messiaen and Plainchant” explores the varying levels of influence that Gregorian chant exerted on the music of Olivier Messiaen. He is married to pianist Kimi Kawashima, and they are parents of twin boys, Luc and Derek.

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Lun Jiang, violin

Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in Westchester, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Paul Katz, Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartets. Most recently, he performed at Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Lun has recorded the complete string quartets of Camille Saint-Saens for Eroica Classical Records. A new album was recently released featuring Lun and his twin brother Quan playing music of Ysaye, Rosza and Paganini. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a graduate quartet in residence at Rice University from 1999-2001.

The Gotham Quartet was a winner of Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and has appeared in New York, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Dallas-Fortworth, Indiana and North Carolina. Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has worked with Stanley Bednar, Isidore Cohen, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. He has coached chamber music with Isaac Stern, Joseph Silverstein, Miriam Fried and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets. Lun is currently a member of the Utah Symphony. He plays on a Januarius Gagliano violin made in 1780, Naples.

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Matthew Johnson, cello

Cellist Matthew Johnson was recently appointed to the position of Associate Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ron Leonard and Andrew Shulman. Prior to his appointment with the Utah Symphony, Matthew was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for six seasons. While in Kansas City, Mr. Johnson was an active chamber musician as a member of the Bach Aria Soloists and the cello quartet, CelloRondo. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Matthew was a faculty member of the Kansas City String Quartet Program. He has also participated in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, where he served as principal cellist.

A musician with Utah roots, Matthew moved to Salt Lake City from Massachusetts when he was twelve years old. He was a student of Richard Hoyt and Utah Symphony cellist, John Eckstein. While attending Skyline High School, he performed with many ensembles led by musicians of the Utah Symphony. In 1997, Matthew was featured as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, after winning the Symphony’s Youth Guild competition.

Mr. Johnson is married to violinist and former Kansas City Symphony member, Tina Cho Johnson. They have a six-month old daughter, Ella.

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Anne Lee, cello

Cellist, Anne Lee, a native of Calgary, Alberta, started music lessons at the age of 5 and has since enjoyed appearances in several music festivals, including Casalmaggiore in Italy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, the Banff Arts Festival, and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 2003, Anne made her solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music at McGill University with professors Antonio Lysy and Elizabeth Dolin. She then received her Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music with teacher Natasha Brofsky. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts grant and spent a year in Barcelona, Spain studying with Lluis Claret. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in 2011, Anne was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Aside from her love of performing the orchestral repertoire, Anne enjoys playing chamber music, teaching, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband Claude Halter.

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Alexander Martin, violin

Alexander Martin joined the Utah Symphony in February 2011. He came to Salt Lake City from Miami Beach, Florida, where he was a member of the New World Symphony and appeared as concertmaster under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas and other conductors. He also has served as concertmaster of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Terre Haute (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic.

Mr. Martin holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Alexander Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam, and with Paul Biss, the violinist, violist and conductor.

A chamber-music devotee and performer since grade school, Mr. Martin is a regularly featured artist in the Westminster Concert Series at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Reviewer Edward Reichel called his 2015 performance of Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, with pianist Karlyn Bond, “a magnificent presentation of one of the most technically challenging and significant violin works from the late 19th century.”

Mr. Martin has participated in many music festivals, including the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland; the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; and the Schleswig-Holstein festival in Germany, where he was concertmaster of the chamber orchestra. In the United States, he has played at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and at the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was concertmaster of the festival orchestra under the baton of noted conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Martin also served as principal second violin in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

In his spare time Mr. Martin enjoys reading string quartets, following the Washington Nationals, and playing his guitar. A longtime lover of heavy metal, he was featured in a Salt Lake Underground (SLUG) Magazine article discussing the surprising parallels between metal and classical music.

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Ted Merritt, bass

Edward Merritt, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the Utah Symphony’s bass section in at the start of 2014. Prior to this port he held principal positions in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also appeared as guest principal with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and CityMusic Cleveland, and as a substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

A rock-star at heart, Mr. Merritt enjoys performing music of all styles. He has performed with Marvin Hamlisch, Neil Sedaka, Ellis Hall, Joe Negri, Jimmy Heath, and others. 

Mr. Merritt received his Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, studying with Paul Ellison. He also studied briefly at Northwestern University with Peter Lloyd and Carnegie Mellon University with Micah Howard. He is very thankful for his early bass training with Jeffrey Turner, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances have included Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, New York String Orchestra Seminar and Tanglewood Music Center. 

Travis Peterson, trumpet

Travis Peterson, 29, joined the Utah Symphony as principal trumpet in 2013. He grew up on a dairy farm outside of the central Minnesota town of Milaca. He started playing trumpet at the age of 10 and joined the school band and jazz band. While in high school and during his first years in college, he was also a member of the drum and bugle corps, The Madison Scouts. After high school, he went on to study music education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Edmund Cord. After finishing his degree at IU, he went on to receive his Graduate Diploma in performance from The New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He studied with Ben Wright and Tom Rolfs, both of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for 3 years under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Travis has performed with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and Opera North. He has performed several times with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Mr. Peterson is happily married to the love of his life.

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David Porter, violin

David Porter is a violinist from Northfield, MN . There he spent the first dozen or so years of his life in a mostly intact Victorian house, infested with musical instruments, newspapers, paper bags, pets, New Yorkers, books, and mice.  There was a flutist, a cellist, an oboist, two violinists, and a pianist.  Because that was not enough, we added a viola, a virginal, a mandolin, a moldy clarinet, a dozen wooden flutes, a harpsichord, and a shawm, the last of which was used solely to torture the family dog.  Since then, David has been unable or unwilling to escape the joyful chaos of his early years, and now attempts to balance  time with his beloved daughter Divna, Intermezzo, the Utah Symphony, and his dozen or so tortured youth (otherwise known as students), by piling New Yorkers and paper bags indiscriminately about his dwelling. He has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1996.  

Hanah Elizabeth Stuart, hailed as a performing artist who “wields a violin with unmistakable panache” (Theater Mania), represents a new and exciting 21st century breed of violinists. Previously, Hanah was a violinist with the San Diego Symphony and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra. Hanah has served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and has also served various Principal roles in festival orchestras including the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival.

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Hanah Stuart, violin

Miss Stuart’s unique talents led her to Broadway in the spring of 2012 where she starred as Young Erica Morini in “the Morini Strad” along side of Mary Beth Peil and Michael Laurence. Media appearances include features on Harmony Film’s Documentary: “The Road to Carnegie Hall”, CBS’s “The Early Show”, 2009 Kronberg Academy’s Abschlusskonzertder Meisterschüler, Kronberg, Germany, an internationally-­‐broadcast performance for Keshet Eilon’s Gala Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, features on WGN, HBO, MTV, SpikeTV’s “Gamehead” and G4 at E3 Summer 2007 with her band; Corporeal, 2006 Academy Award-­‐nominated documentary, “Rehearsing A Dream”, and numerous NPR broadcast performances since 2002.

Miss Stuart made her solo debut at 10, performing at a Southwest Symphony benefit concert. She made her Symphony Center debut in Chicago at 16, and continued to solo with several American orchestras under Maestros Nicholas McGegan, Thomas Hinds, Francesco Milioto, and Allen Tinkham among others. Hanah has taken top prizes competitions including the Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, the Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition, and the NFAA ARTS Awards among others. 

Hanah has a Bachelor and Masters degree from The Juilliard School where she studied under David Chan and Joel Smirnoff. She previously studied Roland & Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. Other mentors include Kathleen Winkler, Shlomo Mintz, Ily Kaler, Rachel Barton-­‐Pine, Desiree Ruhstrat, Simin Ganatra, and Paul Kantor among others.

Hanah’s pastimes include painting, dancing, playing football and ultimate Frisbee, surfing, and skiing.

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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  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.

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Erin Svoboda, clarinet

Clarinetist Erin Svoboda is in her first season as associate principal with the Utah Symphony.  Originally from the East Coast, Erin began her musical studies with the piano at the age of five and added the clarinet at ten. She earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Thomas Martin, Ricardo Morales, and Mark Nuccio respectively. She spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.  Erin freelanced in New York City after she graduated, playing with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra.  She spent a year as the Assistant/2nd/E-flat clarinetist in the Colorado Symphony before moving to Utah.  Also an active chamber musician and soloist, she recorded the trio Tibetan Dances on Spring Dreams with Cho-Liang Lin on violin and the composer, Bright Sheng, on piano.  Erin also premiered Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. 

When not performing, Erin enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, camping, and biking, and recently learned to ski.  She looks forward to exploring Utah.

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Jens TenBroek, bass

Jens tenBroek comes from a long line of musicians. Born and raised in Oakland, CA he received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory. He has participated in many music festivals including Verbier, Aspen, New York String Orchestra Seminar and Music Academy of the West where he was the concerto competition winner. His primary teachers have included Lawrence Hurst, David Moore, Paul Ellison, Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd.

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Whittney Thomas, viola

First prize winner in the 2006 Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, and second placesenior laureate of the 2007 Sphinx Competition, violist, Whittney Thomas just completed a two-year fellowship in Japan playing with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.

Her past summers have included participating in the Schleswig Holstein Orchestral Academy asthe principal viola, where she toured Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Turkey; as well as the Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and many more.

As an avid chamber musician, Whittney collaborated closely with Midori Goto for three years,playing and performing extensively throughout the United States. She has also performed with several wellknown artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Isabelle van Keulen, ChoLiang

Lin, and Kathleen Winkler. Ms. Thomas has performed in masterclasses given by Richard O’Neill, Kim Kashkashian, Andrés Díaz, the Takacs Quartet, members of the Cleveland Quartet and the American String Quartet.

Born in San Diego, California, Whittney began her studies on the violin at age 8 and discovered her love for the viola nine years later. In 2009, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Donald McInnes and studied with Martha Strongin Katz at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Thomas plays on a 2003 Zanetto model by Mario Miralles made on loan to her through the Maestro Foundation. When she is not practicing, she enjoys cooking and baking and would like to extend her interests to many of the Salt Lake pastimes like hiking and skiing.

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Titus Underwood, oboe

Oboist Titus Underwood recently received his Artist Diploma at the Colburn School, where he studied with Allan Vogel. He received his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, and additional studies with Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a pupil of John Mack, legendary principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra. There he also studied with Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey Rathbun. Mr. Underwood has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. Festivals he has attended include Music Academy of the West, Breckenridge Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival and Domaine Forget.

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Pegsoon Whang, cello

Pegsoon Whang, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College, where she graduated as “Most Outstanding Graduating Student.” She has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she concertized in France, Italy, Germany, and the US. She is a member of Quattro Amici and the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado. Festival appearances have included the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival, where she was appointed principal cello.

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Lori Wike, bassoon

Lori Wike joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Bassoon in 2005. Originally from North Carolina, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Her principal teachers were John Hunt, Nancy Goeres, Mark Popkin, and Michele Grego.

A former member of the Louisville Orchestra, Ms. Wike has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Festival Opera, the San Bernardino Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony, she performed for three seasons with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Her solo appearances include performances with the Utah Symphony, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the University of California-Irvine Symphony and the Salt Lake Arts Festival. She is a frequent performer on both the Nova and Intermezzo Chamber Music series in Salt Lake and is also a member of the Three Fish and a Scorpion woodwind quartet. Ms. Wike is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Utah and Lecturer at Westminster College.

Julie Wunderle, violin

Julie Wunderle is a second violinist in the Utah Symphony. She joined the orchestra in the fall of 2012 having previously played with the Colorado Symphony, moving to Salt Lake City from Denver.

Obtaining her undergraduate as well as her graduate degrees from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, she was privileged to study with both Mimi Zweig and Alexander Kerr. Julie’s participation in music festivals were a highlight of her college career; attending both the Aspen Music Festival and the Schleswig Holstein Festival- which involved several tours throughout Europe and the United States.

Playing with the Violin Virtuosi under the direction of Mimi Zweig at Indiana University throughout junior high and high school, brought numerous opportunities for performance and touring to various countries in Europe as well as in Japan. The group also enjoyed collaborating with many guest artists.

In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her pets, reading chamber music, and participating in various outdoor activities. Skiing is on her list of endeavors for the coming winter months; an activity not readily accessible in her native Midwest locale.

Joyce Yang, cello