Music From Japan

Lecturer/Curator

Seiji Choki

Seiji Choki

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1958, Seiji Choki graduated from both Tokyo University and Tokyo University of the Arts. He is now professor at Tokyo University (Branch of Interdisciplinary Art Science) and Music Critic for Asahi Newspaper, Performing Arts Journal, Record-Art and others. He is the author of several books including Drifters of the Modern Music (1993), “Lichtzwang von Wolfgang Rihm: Analytische Bemerkungen zu einer Celan-Komposition” in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies 3 (1998), History of Japanese-Western Music after the World War 2 (co-author, 2011), and Opera in the 20th Century (2015) to name just a few.

Composers

Noriko Koide

Noriko Koide (featured and commissioned composer)

While Noriko KOIDE’s (b.1982, Chiba) music uses various compositional styles depending on the theme of each piece, her works can be characterized by the textures and colors formed by the resonance of innovative orchestration, fine musical shapes, and extended techniques.

Koide obtained her master’s degree in composition from Tokyo College of Music (2008), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2011), and Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (2014) with the grants from the Rohm Music Foundation (2009-13), Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (2012-2013), and the Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan (2013-14). She studied under Shin-ichiro Ikebe, Sunao Isaji, Masao Endo, Shin Satoh, Yutaka Fujiwara, Akira Fukuda, Toshio Hosokawa, Wim Henderickx, Martijn Padding, and Yannis Kyriakides. She has been interested in the methods of note decoration used in traditional Javanese Gamelan music, and studied Gamelan performance and its theory at the Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta, with grants given by the Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program, and the Nomura Foundation in 2014-15.

She has won the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition (2007) with her Keselanpatharan for orchestra. She has also received: the Audience Award, and placed second in the 76th Music Competition of Japan, 18th Idemitsu Music Award, and Arion Prize. In the Tongyeong International Music Festival 2016, she won the Asian Composers Showcase’s Goethe-Award and its Audience Award for the premiere of her Hotei. Her works have been performed and picked up by: the New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, Vox humana, Ensemble Genesis, Hiroaki Ooi, Yasuji Ohagi, Kousei Murata, Sumire Yoshihara, Takefu International Music Festival, International Gaudeamus Music Week (Utrecht), Shanghai New Music Week, Music From Japan Festival (New York), Toonzetters (Amsterdam), TV programs for TV Asahi, and NHK Educational, and NHK-FM Gendai no Ongaku (Music of today). She is currently a member of an avant-garde pop duo, Kishibojin Fumin Girls, and a multi-dimensional art group project that focuses on eroticism, Sukebeningen.

Chiku Komiya
photo by Ryu Furusawa

Chiku Komiya (commissioned composer)

Chiku KOMIYA was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1993. He is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music and Composition (Masters in Music Research) and designs computer works to generate a rethinking of the relationship between composition and performance. In his acoustic compositions, live electronics and sound installations, the act of performing itself engenders a fresh new sense of the player’s body in performance.

Chiku Komiya is a recipient of the Second Prize in the 87th Annual Music Competition of Japan, Composition Division, for an orchestral work, Obsessive Paroxysm for Orchestra, while his Nul for Orchestra had its premiere by campus selection at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. A  solo exhibition of live electronic works  entitled We Have to Keep on Swimming was presented at Tokyo Wonder Site (TOKAS) in 2016. Komiya’s VOX-AUTOPOIESIS, design: Yutaro Yamada, was published in 2018 by publisher thoasa (honkbooks: available at http://amzn.asia/d/10qNjOx https://chikukomiya.com/

Tomoko Fukui

Tomoko Fukui

Composer Tomoko Fukui was born in Kyoto, Japan. Probing the capabilities of individual instruments, Fukui is consistently pushing volume, register, and performance methods to their farthest boundaries as she pursues the severest extremes of tone qualities and noise. Her compositions always maintain the highest tension with sounds variously described as, for instance, “abounding in texture,” or “edgy.” Yet Fukui is careful to have consideration for the ears of her audience. It is that very unbalance that she sees as the identity of her music and her style.

Fukui has been invited or commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Music, ECLAT Festival Neue Music Stuttgart, Maelz Music in Berlin, Ars Musica Festival in Belgium, Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, Pan Music Festival in Seoul, among others. Her work has been performed as part of ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong (2002), Zagreb (2004), Slovakia (2013) and Austria (2013). She also organized the ensemble “next mushroom promotion” which plays mainly contemporary music. In 2005, the ensemble received the “Saji-Kenzo Prize” which was established by Suntory Music Foundation and is given to the musician or ensemble that held the most interesting and challenging concert in Japan each year. “next mushroom promotion” was also invited by Musicarama Festival (Hong Kong), Bartok Festival (Hungary), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Tong-Yong Music Festival (Korea) and more. It was the resident ensemble of Takefu Music Festival from 2008-2012. In 2019 she was elected to the executive committee of ISCM. Fukui is currently based in Tokyo.

Takeo Hoshiya

Takeo Hoshiya

Born in 1979, Japanese composer Takeo Hoshiya graduated with a doctorate from Tokyo University of the Arts. Along with Jun’ichirō Taku and Tomoki Tai, he co-founded the chamber ensemble Ensemble Bois, which premiered many new pieces in the early 2000s. Hoshiya participated in Ensemble Nomad’s British tour in 2005, won first prize in the 2007 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, was a guest composer at both the 2010 Takefu International Music Festival and the 2013 Daegu International Musical Festival, participated in the 2014 CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival in Hungary, and travelled to Canada in 2018 as part of the Japan-Canada Contemporary Music Exchange Project. He is also a member of Ensemble Contemporary α and the Composer Group Path. Since 2010, he and cellist Tomoki Tai have managed the Shape of Time Project group, which has produced concerts and CDs. In addition, he and clarinetist Hideo Kikuchi jointly founded and run a group called “Office Deku.” Hoshiya is an assistant professor at Fukui University and lives in Fukui City.

Yu Kuwabara

Yu Kuwabara

Tokyo-based composer Yu Kuwabara (b. 1984) makes music to ask herself who she is. She has been researching and studying traditional Japanese arts and music, and has worked with traditional Japanese artists in an effort to go as far back as possible to her origins and confirm her own sense of being. Kuwabara completed her master’s degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts and has taken part in the Darmstadter Ferienkurse, Lucerne Festival Academy Composer Seminar, Academy Voix Nouvelles Foundation Royaumont, implus, and Akademie Schloss Solitude. Her work has been performed by Ensemble Modern, Trio Accanto, Stefan Hussong, Camilla Hoitenga, Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller, William Lang, as well as soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, and Tokyo Philharmonic. Kuwabara’s work has been performed at major venues in Asia, Europe and the United States. Her scores are published by Edition Wunn, Germany. http://3shimai.com/yu/index_Eng.html

Yuka Shibuya

Yuka Shibuya

Yuka Shibuya was born in Kyoto in 1981, and graduated from the composition department of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Her doctoral work focused on microtonal intervals derived from unequal temperament and the use of microtonal intervals as musical resources. In recent years, she has been interested in exploring the relationships between individual tones, and writing many pieces utilizing microtonal intervals and unequal temperament. Her works have been performed in Japan, as well as in Canada, Germany, New York, and Italy by musicians such as Quatour Bozzini , Satoko Inoue, and Kumi Uchimoto. She studied composition with Jo Kondo, Teruyuki Noda, Kunitaka Kokaji and Atsutada Otaka at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She is a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Jummei Suzuki

Jummei Suzuki

Jummei Suzuki, born in 1970 in Tokyo, obtained both his bachelor’s (1995) and master’s (2000) degrees from the Tokyo University of the Arts, under the guidance of Teruyuki Noda, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Ryohei Hirose and Ichiro Nodaira. From 1997 to 2002 he studied composition with Gerard Grisey and Marco Stroppa, orchestration with Marc-André Dalbavie, and musical analysis with Michaiël Levinas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. From 1999 to 2001 he received a fellowship from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affaires, and from 2002 to 2003 he attended the one year course on composition and computer music at IRCAM with Philip Leroux. He has received several awards such as the 18th Japan Symphony Foundation Award (1996), the International Gaudeamus Music Week ’99 award, the 31st Bourges International Competition of Electro-acoustic Music and Sound Art award (2004), and the 24th Akutagawa Composition Prize. He was a finalist in the 64th Japan Music Competition (1995). His works have been commissioned by Music From Japan, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Suntory Foundation for the Arts, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005 he has been a lecturer at Toho Gakuen College Music Department and since 2012 he has been an associate professor in the department of composition at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Performers

Fred Ferry
photo by Ben Esner

Fred Sherry, conductor

A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all 50 United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers. Carter, Davidovsky, Mackey, Rakowski, Satoh, Wuorinen and Zorn have written concertos for him, and he has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Babbitt, Bermel, Foss, Knussen, Lieberson and Takemitsu, among others. Sherry was a founding member of Tashi and Speculum Musicae; he has been a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, of Berio’s Juilliard Ensemble and of the Galimir String Quartet; and he was a close collaborator with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He has been an active performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since the 1970s and was its Artistic Director from 1988 to 1992. Sherry has been a soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings. The Fred Sherry String Quartet recordings of the Schoenberg String Quartet Concerto and the String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4 were both nominated for a Grammy. Sherry is a member of the cello faculty of the Juilliard School, the Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His book, 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas, was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2011. In April 2018 C.F. Peters unveiled his treatise on contemporary string playing, A Grand Tour of Cello Technique. http://fredsherry.com/

Elizabeth Brown
photo by Peter Schaaf

Elizabeth Brown, flute

Elizabeth Brown combines a successful composing career with an extremely diverse performing life, playing flute, shakuhachi, and theremin in a wide variety of musical circles. Her chamber music, shaped by this unique group of instruments and experiences, has been called luminous, dreamlike and hallucinatory.
A Juilliard graduate and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Brown’s music has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia, South Africa and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe. She has received grants, awards and commissions from Orpheus, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Newband, the Asian Cultural Council, Music From Japan, the Japan/US Friendship Commission, Meet the Composer, the Electronic Music Foundation, the Cary Trust, and NYFA. She is known both here and in Japan for her compositions combining western and traditional Japanese instruments. A solo CD, Elizabeth Brown: Mirage is available on New World Records. http://www.ElizabethBrownComposer.com

Oren Fader, guitar
photo by Christian Miles

Oren Fader, guitar

Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Recent concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey Symphony, and David Del Puerto’s new concerto, “Zephyr”, with the New Paths in Music Ensemble. In addition to performing as a soloist, Mr. Fader is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival, Istanbul Festival, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Bard Music Festival, and Morelia, Mexico.

Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be heard on over 40 commercial recordings and films. His latest solo recordings include “Another’s Fandango”, featuring 500 years of guitar music, and “First Flight”, a disc of 10 premiere solos written for Mr. Fader by New York City composers. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Marianne Gythfeldt
photo by Matthew Dine

Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet and bass clarinet

Marianne Gythfeldt has distinguished herself in chamber music and contemporary music performance on the international stage.
She is equally at home in traditional, contemporary and alternative genres as clarinetist of Zephyros Winds, Consortium Ardesia, Collide-O-scope, SEM Ensemble, and former member of the Naumburg award-winning group New Millennium Ensemble.

Marianne is especially recognized in the fields of electro acoustic music, contemporary chamber music and performance education.
She was recently appointed Assistant Professor of clarinet and woodwind coordinator at Brooklyn College Conservatory where she will continue her work as a leader in arts engagement, outreach and development. Ms. Gythfeldt spent eight years as clarinet and chamber music professor at the University of Delaware where she won the Delaware Division of the Arts established artist award. Ms. Gythfeldt has recorded with CBS Masterworks, CRI, Albany, Koch and Mode Records.

Ryan Muncy

Ryan Muncy, alto and baritone saxophones

Saxophonist Ryan Muncy, praised for his “amazing virtuosity” (The Chicago Tribune) and his ability to “show off the instrument’s malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement” (The Chicago Reader), is a soloist and chamber musician who performs, commissions, and presents new music. His work emphasizes collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through new music. He is a recipient of the Kranichstein Music Prize awarded at the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt, a Fulbright Fellowship in France, the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, and has participated in the creation of hundreds of new works for the instrument. His debut solo album Hot was released by New Focus Recordings to critical acclaim, praised as “absorbing” (Alex Ross) and “one of the year’s best albums” (Time Out New York). His second solo album, ism, was released in 2016 by TUNDRA/New Focus Recordings.
Muncy is the saxophonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he serves in a hybrid role as co-director of the ensemble’s OpenICE program and Grants Director. He performs regularly with Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and holds the doctor of music degree from Northwestern University. ryanmuncy.com

Samuel Budish

Samuel Budish, percussion

Samuel Budish is a New York City-based percussionist who actively performs in a wide variety of musical traditions. He regularly performs with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has also performed with Orpheus, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Samuel was a member of the onstage band for the Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III and has also performed on the Late  Show with Stephen Colbert.  Dedicated to the music of today, Samuel has premiered works by Hiroya Miura, Joseph Pereira, David Fulmer, and Tan Dun and is a founding member of Ensemble Échappé. He received his BM and MM from the Juilliard School.

Masayo Ishigure

Masayo Ishigure, koto

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and throughout her career has redefined the limits of the koto despite her roots in traditional Japanese music. After initial studies with Tadao and Kazue Sawai, Masayo became a special research student in 1986 at the Sawai Koto Academy of Music. The aim of the academy was to shed new light on koto music by incorporating everything from Bach to jazz, thus changing the koto from being perceived as a strictly traditional Japanese instrument into an instrument accepted as capable of expression in many styles.

In 2005 , Masayo Ishigure was a recording artist for the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” by John Williams alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others. In 2001 she released her own solo CD entitled “Grace.” Ms. Ishigure moved to New York City in 1992 and has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Reciteal Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Japan Society, Symphony Space and was a guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 she was featured in the performance of “Melody of Japan” at the Kennedy Center.

Masayo Ishigure currently teaches at Columbia University and offers private lessons as the only Sawai Koto Academy instructor in the New York City and Washington DC area. http://www.masayoishigure.com

Erika Dohi
photo by Karjaka Studios

Erika Dohi, piano

Pianist Erika Dohi, a multi-faceted artist with an eclectic musical background that ranges from traditionally classical to improvisation, and new music, has been described as a “dynamic” performer whose “technique is decidedly unidiomatic” (Classicalite). Erika appeared at The Hollywood Bowl with indie band Wye Oak, opening for Bon Iver and Tu Dance with a Metropolis Ensemble performance of William Brittelle’s Spiritual America. Last year, she joined the six-piano group Grand Band, which was recently featured at the Liquid Music series in St. Paul. That performance included a commissioned world-premiere by composer Missy Mazzoli. As an improviser, she joined Wadada Leo Smith during his residency at The Stone and for his CREATE Festival in Spring 2019. Erika is a co-founder of BLUEPRINTS Piano Series, a project that unites pianists from different genres for eclectic concerts that mix classical music, contemporary, jazz and improvisation. Erika is also the co-founder of RighteousGIRLS with flutist Gina Izzo. The duo fuses classical, contemporary, and jazz, while inviting some of today’s most prominent composers to create genre-blurring new music. Currently she’s working on her solo debut album, consisting her own compositions and improvisation.

William Schimmel
photo by Paul Crisanti

William Schimmel, accordion

William Schimmel is a virtuoso accordionist, author, philosopher and composer. He is one of the principle architects in the tango revival in America, the resurgence of the accordion and the philosophy of Musical Reality (composition with pre-existing music). Regarded as the world’s greatest accordionist by National Public Radio, he has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in America (and the Kirov ) including a longstanding relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as virtually every chamber music group in New York including Ensemble Sospeso and the Odeon Jazz Ensemble. Pop star colleagues range from Sting to Tom Waits, who has made the legendary statement: “Bill Schimmel doesn’t play the accordion, he is the accordion”.

Dr. Schimmel now heads the Neupauer Conservatory Order of the Shield program, a private studies program for gifted students on a graduate and post graduate level.

Dr. Schimmel, and his wife, choreographer, director, filmmaker Micki Goodman co-founded and co- directs the Institute for Private Studies, a pluralistic think-tank. They have a 34 year old son, Michael, an accordionist and visual artist—and a Special Olympics gold medal winner.

Meaghan Burke
photo by Sascha Osaka

Meaghan Burke, cello and voice

Hailed as “outstanding,” with a “street-smart, feline voice” (The New York Times), Meaghan Burke is a cellist, vocalist, and composer working in the space between contemporary music, improvised music, and songwriting. She is a founding member of the contemporary feminist string quartet The Rhythm Method, avant-grunge band Forever House, bi-hemispherical performance trio Dead Language, and Viennese songwriter collective Loose Lips Sink Ships. Meaghan recently released her second album of her original songs, “Creature Comforts,” as well as Forever House’s debut album “Eaves” and Loose Lips Sink Ships’ self-titled debut.

Momenta Quartet
photo by John Gurrin

Momenta Quartet

Emilie-Anne Gendron – violin
Alex Shiozaki – violin
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Michael Haas – cello

Momenta: the plural of momentum – four individuals in motion towards a common goal. This is the idea behind the Momenta Quartet, whose eclectic vision encompasses contemporary music of all aesthetic backgrounds alongside great music from the recent and distant past. The New York City-based quartet has premiered over 150 works, collaborated with over 200 living composers and was praised by The New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence.” In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.”

The quartet came into being in November 2004, when composer Matthew Greenbaum invited violist Stephanie Griffin to perform Mario Davidovsky’s String Trio for events celebrating Judaism and Culture at New York’s Symphony Space and Temple University in Philadelphia. A residency through the composition department at Temple University ensued, and the rehearsals and performances were so satisfying that the players decided to form a quartet. Through this residency, Momenta gave two annual concerts highlighting the talents of Temple University student composers alongside 20th-century masterworks and works from the classical canon, and repeated the programs at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. From the outset, Momenta treated all music equally, devoting as much time, care and commitment to the student works as to the imposing musical monuments.

Word of Momenta’s passionate advocacy for emerging composers spread quickly. Composers started inviting Momenta for similar concerts and residencies at other academic institutions, among them Harvard, Brown, Cornell and Columbia Universities; the Boston and Cincinnati Conservatories; and the Eastman School of Music. Momenta has received two Koussevitzky Foundation commission grants: for Malaysian composer Kee Yong Chong in 2009 and for Bolivian composer Agustín Fernández in 2011; a Barlow Foundation commission for Claude Baker in 2016; a Jerome Foundation grant to commission Eric Nathan in 2013, and a Chamber Music America commission for Alvin Singleton, whose new work will be featured prominently in our 2018-19 season. Deeply committed to the musical avant-garde of the developing world, Momenta has premiered and championed the works of Tony Prabowo (Indonesia), Cergio Prudencio (Bolivia) and Hana Ajiashvili (Georgia). Upcoming adventures include a project to perform and record all thirteen string quartets by Mexican microtonal maverick Julián Carrillo (1875-1965) over the next three years.

Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Louisville Chamber Music Society, Washington University in St. Louis, Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic, and at the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival in Mexico.

Momenta’s recent and upcoming highlights include residencies at the Institute Laredo in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and closer to home at Williams College and Bates College, where they join the music department as the 2019-20 Artists-In-Residence. Other engagements include collaborations with the Cornell University gamelan ensemble and student composers at Brown University; concerts presented by Bard College, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and another installment of their annual member-curated Momenta Festival in NYC. Momenta also continues its collaboration with Mexican actor/director Fernando Villa Proal on “The Lost String Quartet,” a theatrical string quartet for children with an original score by Stephanie Griffin.

Momenta has recorded for Centaur Records, Furious Artisans, PARMA, New World Records, and Albany Records; and has been broadcast on WQXR, Q2 Music, Austria’s Oe1, and Vermont Public Radio. The quartet’s debut album, “Similar Motion,” is available on Albany Records.

Emilie-Anne Gendron
photo by John Gurrin

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Lauded by The New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity”, Emilie-Anne Gendron enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, Ms. Gendron is a core member and frequent leader of the Sejong Soloists; a member of the Toomai String Quintet; and on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians From Marlboro. Ms. Gendron is a past winner of the Stulberg String Competition and took 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Sion-Valais International Violin Competition. She was trained at the Juilliard School where her teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. She holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree from Juilliard, as well as a B.A. in Classics from Columbia as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program.

Alex Shiozaki
photo by John Gurrin

Alex Shiozaki, violin

Praised by The New York Times as “spellbinding,” violinist Alex Shiozaki is emerging as a strong advocate for the music of today. At home with music new and old, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Sendai Philharmonic, AXIOM Ensemble, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Other highlights include summer residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center as a New Fromm Player and a Japan tour with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A member of the Momenta Quartet since 2016, he also regularly performs with Le Train Bleu, ACME, and Argento Ensemble. As part of the Shiozaki Duo with his wife and pianist Nana Shi, Alex has given recitals in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and California. Holding a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.M. and D.M.A. from the Juilliard School, he counts among his teachers Ronald Copes and Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Chang, and Robin Sharp.

Stephanie Griffin
photo by John Gurrin

Stephanie Griffin, viola

Stephanie Griffin is an innovative composer and violist with an eclectic musical vision. Born in Canada and based in New York City, her musical adventures have taken her to Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Mongolia. Stephanie founded the Momenta Quartet in 2004; and is a member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Continuum; principal violist of the Princeton Symphony; and viola faculty at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges. She received prestigious composition fellowships from the Jerome Foundation (2017) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2016), and was a 2014 fellow at Music Omi. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Samuel Rhodes, and has recorded for Tzadik, Innova, Naxos, Aeon, New World and Albany records. www.stephaniegriffinviola.com

Michael Haas
photo by John Gurrin

Michael Haas, cello

Michael Haas is an accomplished and exciting young cellist, performing in New York City and around the world. In a recent performance his playing was noted as “refined and attractive” by the New York Times. Leading a varied musical life, Michael is equally at home performing chamber music and orchestral repertoire both old and new. He has recently appeared performing at Symphony Space, the New York Live Arts Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, as well as for Tertulia, a new series bringing chamber music to intimate settings around New York City. In addition to his work with Momenta, Michael has been a member of the New Haven Symphony since 2008. He regularly performs with the Princeton Symphony and in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Michael holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School studying with David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins. Also an active teacher, he received Suzuki teaching certification from New York’s School for Strings and has taught at the CUNY Bronx Community College.