Performer Bios

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Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano

Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano is a Utah native with an active performance and teaching career.  Hailed for her artistry and beautifully balanced tone, she enjoys a career in opera, art song, early music, chamber music, musical theater, and oratorio.  Aubrey teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake city and recently accepted the position of assistant choral director. She holds a bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Master of Music from the University of Utah.

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Madeline Adkins, violin

Madeline Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as Concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this, she served as Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2005, and Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO from 2000-2005.

Adkins has served as guest concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, where she was featured in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. She has been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, Music in the Mountains, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, as well as a clinician and coach at the National Orchestral Institute and the National Youth Orchestra.

A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in 15 US states, Europe, Asia, and Africa. During her time with the BSO, she was featured semi-annually and has performed over 25 works with that orchestra. Her CD of the complete works for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Luis Magalhães on the TwoPianists label was released to critical acclaim in August, 2016. She subsequently embarked on a concert tour of South Africa to celebrate the disc’s release.

A champion of early music, Adkins has been active in baroque performance on period instruments since the age of 11. She has been a member of the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Dallas Bach Society, and Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore. With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Adkins appeared as conductor and soloist in several baroque programs of her own design, as well as hosting concerts on the Casual Series.

The daughter of noted musicologists, Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians. The siblings, who included titled players in the National, Dallas, and Houston symphonies, joined together to form the Adkins String Ensemble. She performed on viola and violin with this unique chamber ensemble for over 15 years, and the group has made numerous recordings, including Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Adkins received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with James Buswell. While a student, she served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and won first prize in a number of competitions, including the Stulberg International String Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. She was also a second prize winner in the Irving Klein International String Competition.

Adkins performs on the “ex-Chardon” Guadagnini of 1782, graciously loaned by Gabrielle Israelievitch to perpetuate the legacy of her late husband, former Toronto Symphony concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch (1948 – 2015).

 

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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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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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Represented by Mirshak Artists Management.
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Lisa Byrnes, flute

Lisa Byrnes is currently Associate Principal Flute with the Utah Symphony where she has played since 2000.  For the 2011-2012 season, she was Acting Principal Flute.  A native of Northern California, Ms. Byrnes studied at the Eastman School of Music and graduated with degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Her primary teachers were Julius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner and Timothy Day.  Prior to playing with the Utah Symphony, Ms. Byrnes played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas.  She also played Principal Flute with the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre as well as the Sarasota Opera Company.  She has performed in several music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Chatauqua Music Festival, the International Music Festival in Evian, France, the Edinburgh International Music Festival, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival and the Bear Valley Music Festival.  She has appeared as concert soloist performing works by Mozart, Ibert, Nielsen, Dubois, Rivier, Bloch, Vivaldi and Bach.  She has also appeared as guest soloist with the Utah Symphony performing the Bach B Minor Suite and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto #4.  Ms. Byrnes completed tours to Japan, South America and Europe with several orchestras, and she travelled extensively with tours of “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady”.  Ms. Byrnes currently serves on the faculty of the University of Utah, and she has been on the faculty of the Humboldt State University Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop since 1994.  She has been a guest faculty artist at the Northern California Flute Camp, and she has also taught at Brigham Young University.  She has enjoyed an active chamber music life performing with groups such as The Left Coast Ensemble, Alternate Currents, Nova, Intermezzo and Three Fish and a Scorpion.

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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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Eric Hopkins, percussion

Eric Hopkins plays the dual role of percussionist and associate principal timpanist in the symphony. His passion lies in both roles equally. For Eric, percussion is about negotiating the wide array of acoustic possibility, overcoming and embracing the challenges of each unique instrument. On timpani, the large copper kettle drums, Eric strives to maximize the sound color palette to vivify the emotional content of the music.

For both crafts, Eric finds himself pleasantly busy collecting and experimenting with instruments, sticks, and mallets. Some of these implements make it on stage at Abravanel Hall. A few of his timpani sticks started as wild bamboo from his mother’s back yard in Florida, with a toy car wheel attached at the top, covered with a layer of green felt from a billiard supplier sewed on using dental floss and a needle. Eric is constantly on the lookout for new percussion gear and admits to compulsively buying old tambourines and triangles on Ebay.

Eric won first place in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Modern Snare Drum Competition and first place in the Young Artist Competition at Alliance for the Arts in Southwest Florida. He is the recipient of the Big Arts Classical Music Award, New Leaf Arts Scholarship, David G. Robinson Performing Arts Scholarship, Tallahassee Music Guild Award, and the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. While at Florida State University, Eric was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Award. He can be heard as a vibraphone soloist on the CD, FSU Percussion Ensemble Vol. 1.

As of his appointment in 2013 at the age of 24, he is the youngest member of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Eric earned his Master of Music degree in 2013 from the Manhattan School of Music, where he also served as a teacher in the Pre-college division. He studied in the Orchestral Program with the life-changing faculty of Chris Lamb, Duncan Patton, and She-e Wu.

 

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Rei Hotoda, conductor

Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Utah, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as the Colorado and St. Louis Symphonies, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Her repertoire spans the masterful staples of the classical cannon to works by the leading composers of today. She is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium.

In the 2015-16 season Ms Hotoda assumes the titled position of Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra—the first female to hold this position in the Orchestra’s 75-year history. In this new role, she will lead the orchestra in various programs for community as well as chamber concerts, regional tours, and at the Deer Valley Music Festival concerts in Park City.  She will play an active role in the orchestra’s education department, conducting family, education and outreach concerts. She will also be a spokesperson for the Utah Symphony in pre-concert lectures and community events and will act as a mentor for several youth orchestras in a variety of regional guest clinics and performances. Additional highlights of Ms. Hotoda’s 2015-16 season include guest conducting debuts with the North Carolina Symphony and Atlantic Classical Orchestra as well as a return engagement with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony.

Ms Hotoda is also an accomplished pianist, appearing both as a featured soloist and conductor from the piano. She has appeared as soloist conducting from the piano with the Dallas, Edmonton, Utah, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, performing works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. As a soloist, she has presented works by Beethoven, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff with the Clinton and Muscatine Symphony Orchestras. She has also given solo piano recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia Music Festival, and the University of Illinois.

Ms. Hotoda is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors. Additionally, she has received a Peabody Career Development Grant, the Women’s Philharmonic Scholarship, and an Illinois Arts Council International Arts Exchange Grant.

Ms. Hotoda studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.

 

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Lun Jiang, violin

Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Cleveland, Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartets, to name a few. Lun has recorded for Eroica Classical Records and Newport Classical Records, including the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and a solo album with twin brother Quan. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a 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/Fort Worth, Indiana and North Carolina, among others. Lun has regularly appeared in music festivals, such as Manchester, Great Lake, Round Top and Martha’s Vineyard music festivals.

Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has studied with Stanley Bednar, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. Lun has also worked with Isaac Stern, Isidore Cohen, Joseph Silverstein, William Preucil and Alexander Kerr. Lun is currently a member of the Utah Symphony. He plays on a Tommaso Balestrieri violin, Mantua, ca.1750 and a Dominique Peccatte bow, Paris, ca.1830.

 

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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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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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Andrew Larson, cello

Andrew Larson joined the Utah Symphony in September 2015. Prior to this achievement, Andrew held a fellowship at the New World Symphony. He has performed internationally as part of the Verbier Festival (CH), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (DE), Pacific Music Festival (JP), Spoleto Festival (US) and New York String Orchestra Seminar (US), benefitting from close contact with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Larson regularly appears as a guest member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry. As a chamber musician, he performed for two years with the Futura Quartet, participating in the 2011 Acade ́mie Internationale de Quatuors a ̀ McGill (Montreal, ON), and studying with Andre ́ Roy, Gerhard Schulz, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, and the Borromeo Quartet. Mr. Larson holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teachers were Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and David Ying. Other influential teachers include Dorothea Figueroa (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Ronald Feldman (retired, Boston Symphony Orchestra).

 

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Scott Lewis, viola

Scott is a violist with the Utah Symphony and is an avid paraglidist. Scott is a graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington and has also been a member of the Victoria Symphony and Cape Town Symphony.

 

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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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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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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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Jed Moss, piano

As an in-demand collaborative and concert pianist, Jed Moss has shared the stage with artists from around the globe. He appears extensively in duo and chamber music concerts at colleges and universities from coast to coast, and has been the featured artist with orchestras in the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Washington DC, Texas, Idaho, Utah and California.

As a contracted soloist, Moss has toured Europe with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, and frequently performs piano concerti to fully choreographed productions with Ballet West. The Washington Times said, “Jed Moss relished the fiendishly difficult jazz piano solos that were once owned by Lukas Foss” when describing his performance of Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” at the Kennedy Center.
Moss is a regular performer at conferences, including the Music Teachers National Association convention, and has served as staff collaborative pianist for the International Clarinet Association as well as the International Double Reed Society.

Intensely involved in the promotion of new music, since 1987, Moss has participated in the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Composers Series, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah.  As a member of the Sundance Trio, he has toured the U.S., Ireland and the U.K., and continues to explore and commission new music for oboe, bassoon and piano.
Jed Moss appears on Centaur, Summit, Albany, Warner, Deseret Book and MSR Classics.

 

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Hugh Palmer, violin

Hugh is a violinist with Utah Symphony. Previously, he was a member of New World Symphony. He was co-concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012 and 2013. Hugh received his Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory under Robert Lipsett. He earned a B.M. in music performance at Northwestern University under Almita Vamos. He has served as concertmaster of the Colburn and YMF Debut Orchestras, and the Pacific Music and Chautauqua Festival orchestras.

 

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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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Lynnette Stewart, violin

Lynnette has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1969.  Born in Utah, she began her studies at the age of nine with Melba Lindsay Burton.  During her school years she was a student of Harold Wolf, and Oscar Chaussow, past concertmasters of the Utah Symphony. She attended the Sun Valley Music Institute directed by members of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Lynnette was a solo performer on the annual Salute to Youth program with the Utah Symphony and performed as soloist with various community orchestras as well.

Following a year of musical studies at Brigham Young University with Percy Kalt, she was invited to audition for the Utah Symphony and subsequently joined the orchestra that year.

Lynnette was a member of the Abramyan String Quartet for 10 years, working with fellow Utah Symphony colleagues, Gerald Elias, Scott Lewis, and John Eckstein.  The Abramyan Quartet performed regionally performing for underserved students as well as series performances in the state of Utah.  This quartet appeared in Japan on several occasions in venues throughout Tokyo.

Ms. Stewart has performed with several chamber groups including Nova, Intermezzo, Utah Virtuosi, and Colors of the Baroque.  She also performed with Grand Teton Music Festival for several years.  Lynnette participated as a teaching fellow in the Heifetz International Music Institute, then in Wolfboro, New Hampshire.

Lynnette is a member of the University of Utah Faculty of Music as Adjunct Associate Professor of Violin which position she held since 2004.

She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Bruce, and enjoys spending time with her three children and ten grandchildren.

 

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Lissa Stolz, oboe/english horn

Lissa Stolz just finished her fifth season as the English hornist of the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. She came to Salt Lake City from New Orleans where she played English horn with the Louisiana Philharmonic for three seasons. Originally from Iowa, she studied with Alex Klein and Grover Schiltz at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. While in Chicago, Lissa enjoyed performing frequently with the Chicago Symphony and the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra. She was also a founding member of the Fifth House Ensemble, a chamber group working to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs and forge meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues, artists of other disciplines, educational institutions, and audiences of every type.

 

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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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Frank Weinstock, piano

American Frank Weinstock has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator. His appearances as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. As concerto soloist, Mr. Weinstock has appeared with such conductors as Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Gunther Schuller, Markand Thakar, and Luthero Rodrigues. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weinstock has performed with the Tokyo and American String Quartets, Leonard Rose, Larry Combs, Glen Dicterow, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and with members of the Guarneri, LaSalle, Manhattan, and Berkshire Quartets.

Frank Weinstock is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he taught for thirty-one years until his retirement in 2011; towards the end of that time, he also served as that school’s associate dean and interim dean. He is featured in Benjamin Saver’s book, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. His current and former students hail from six continents, and are themselves prominent performers, competition winners, recording artists, and professors at universities around the world. Mr. Weinstock has been a member of the performing faculties at the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals, the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has been a juror for many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, Hilton Head, and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions, as well as the Canadian Music Competition and the American Pianists Association Competition.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Mr. Weinstock received performance degrees from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories of Music, studying with Emil Danenberg, Victor Rosenbaum, Claude Frank, Lilian Kallir, and Edith Oppens. Not limiting his interests to performing and teaching, he has also enjoyed success as a music-software engineer; his work Home Concert Xtreme was awarded the 2010 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award as the outstanding keyboard-pedagogy publication of the year.

He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Janell Weinstock, retired Vice President and General Manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

 

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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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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, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hanyang University. 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. She is currently acting Principal Cellist of the Ballet West Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute with the Utah Symphony.

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.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

 

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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.