Conductors franz Anton Krager



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CONDUCTORS

Franz Anton Krager


Director of Orchestras, Moores School of Music; Music Director & Chief Conductor, Texas Music Festival; artistic director, Virtuosi of Houston; former music director, Brazos Valley Symphony & Sinfonietta; guest conductor, Houston Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Romanian & Kazan State Philharmonics, Grosseto Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Orchestra-of-the-Swan &Chetham's Symphony Orchestra (UK), Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Akademisches Orchester Leipzig, Honolulu & Florida West Coast Symphonies,

Riverside Philharmonic (CA); Lichfield & Aberystwyth International Arts Festivals (UK); Lunatica & Pianomaster Music Festivals (Italy); Interlochen (USA); recordings, Albany Records

Valery Polyansky


Music Director, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, with whom he had tremendous success on international tours of U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Italy, Croatia; has conducted the orchestras of Belarus, Iceland, Finalnd, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany and Holland; recordings on leading labels of works by Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Glazunov, Scriabin, Bruckner, Dvorak, Reger, Shostakovich, and the complete symphonic and choral works of Rachmaninov; his Chandos recording of Schnittke’s 8th Symphony was chosen “Best Recording of the Year;”
Stefan Sanderling

Music Director, The Florida Orchestra; principal conductor, Toledo Symphony; has conducted the Los Angeles, St. Louis, Montreal, Detroit, Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Vancouver symphony orchestras, among others; international appearances with London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Mozarteum, Staatskapelle Dresden, NDR Symphony Hamburg, Sydney (Australia), NHK Symphony and Osaka (Japan) orchestras; recordings on Naxos, Sony Classics, RPO, ASV labels


Giuliano Silveri

Conductor, Perugia and Umbria (Italy) Symphony Orchestra; director, Conservatory of Music, Perugia; former professor, “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory of Music, Rome; appearances with orchestras throughout Italy and summer festivals in Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, among others; opera performances at the Versailles Royal Palace Theatre; 1st prize winner, Casagrande International Piano Competition; composer of symphonic, chamber and music for television; 1st prize winner, National Composition Competition; graduate of “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory of Music, Rome, with degrees in piano, composition and conducting.


FACULTY


STRING

Andrzej Grabiec,* violin


Former concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio and Television Symphony, Wichita Symphony Orchestra; concertmaster, American Sinfonietta, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra; prize winner, Wieniawski and Thibaud International Competitions; faculty, Sarasota Music Festival

Fredell Lack,* violin


C. W. Moores Professor, University of Houston; former faculty, Meadowmount; recipient of many teaching awards; international recitalist and soloist with orchestras that include Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, those of Houston, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh; recording artist
Lucie Robert, violin

Soloist, orchestras including those of Montreal and Winnipeg and Mexico City; recitalist, U.S., Canada,Europe and Far East; broadcasts on National Public Radio's Performance Today, CBC Radio Network, Radio Canada and Radio France; debut recording critically acclaimed by Fanfare ; violin and chamber music faculties, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music


Sophia Silivos, violin

Acting Associate Concertmaster, Houston Symphony; member, Houston Symphony since 1992; B. M., Cleveland Institute; M. M., Performer’s Certificate, Indiana University; Artist’s Diploma, Cleveland Institute; studies with Josef Gingold, Yuval Yaron, Donald Weilerstein




Wayne Brooks, viola

Principal, Houston Symphony; solo appearances with Houston Symphony; chamber music performances with Joseph Silverstein, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony Chamber Players; Da Camera of Houston; appearances at Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival


Matthew Dane, viola

Faculty, University of Oklahoma; principal, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, member, Quartet Oklahoma; chamber music performances with Colorado Quartet, Dorian Wind Quintet, Context (Houston); Athelas Ensemble (Denmark), Fischer Duo, members of the Brentano Quartet; founder, Brightmusic (OK); has held orchestral positions with Houston Ballet, Hannover (Germany) State Opera, Springfield (MA) Symphony; editor, Journal of the American viola society; jury, 2005 Primrose International Viola Competition



Rita Porfiris, viola


Member, Houston Symphony since 1995; principal, Indianapolis, New World Symphony and Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra; section, Radio-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Baroque Orchester Berlin; Plymouth String Quartet; recipient, Prix Mercure; prize winner, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, William Primrose Viola Competition; recital and solo appearances, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Salzburg Mozarteum; recordings, Opus One and Modern Masters

Vagram Saradjian,* cello


Prizewinner, International Cello Competition, Geneva, and International Tchaikowsky Competition; concert tours to Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, Greece, and Latin America; appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Gergiev, Kondrashin, Rostropovich, M. Shostakovich, and Temirkanov; recitals in Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles; undergraduate and graduate studies with Mstislav Rostropovich, with top honors from Moscow Conservatory
George Work, cello

Cellist, Ames Piano Quartet, featured with the quartet on an acclaimed series of CDs on the Dorian, Albany and Musical Heritage labels; concert tours throughout North America, including appearances in New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle; overseas concert tours to Europe, Cuba (first American chamber group to be invited since the 60’s) and the Far East; graduate and undergraduate studies with Robert Sylvester; graduate, summa cum laude and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music



Eric Larson,* double bass


Member, Houston Symphony; former principal, Haddenfield Symphony; participant, Tanglewood and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals and National Orchestral Institute; faculty, Boston-University-Tanglewood Institute

Dennis Whittaker,* double bass


Winner, Gary Karr Foundation Competition (1987); principal, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; performs with Houston Symphony

WIND

Kimberly Clark,* flute


Woodwind Area Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Flute, University of Houston Moores School of Music; active recitalist with concerts in  Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Baden, Zurich, Washington D.C. and Dallas; radio broadcasts on KUHF-FM, Houston; recently completed debut CD featuring turn-of-the-century French music for flute with mezzo-soprano Monique Zubler and pianists Timothy Hester and Hiroshi Ishizaka
Aralee Dorough, flute

Principal, Houston Symphony; solo recording, IMP label with Christoph Eschenbach and HSO; regular solo appearances with HSO; premieres, including Bright Sheng’s Flute Moon, broadcast live on PBS; teachers have included Robert Willoughby, Thomas Nyfenger, Keith Underwood


Robert Atherholt, oboe

Robert Atherholt, oboe: Principal, Houston Symphony; solo appearances with orchestras in Europe, Japan, south America, and with the Houston Symphony; regular appearances with Da Camera Society of Houston, Context, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York and on tours; guest principal, Boston Symphony; faculty Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; former visiting faculty, University of Texas-Austin



Anne Leek,* oboe


Associate principal, Houston Symphony; former member, Pittsburgh Symphony; winner, Geneva International Music Competition; soloist, New York Philharmonic; concertized and recorded with Boston and St. Louis symphonies; recordings on DGG, Koch, Schwann and Gramola labels; European duo tours with Christoph Eschenbach

Randall Griffin,* clarinet


Principal, Houston Ballet Orchestra; has performed as acting Associate Principal, Houston Symphony and principal, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Venezuela; appearances as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South America, and the U. S.; active clinician and adjudicator

J. Jeff Robinson, * bassoon


Currently, acting associate principal and contrabassoon, Houston Symphony; principal, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; soloist, Houston, Chautauqua, New Mexico symphonies; chamber music appearances, Chautauqua Wind Quintet, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Winds of Texas, Greenbriar Consortium, performances with National Symphony, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; B.M., Eastman School of Music, studio of K. David Van Hoesen


BRASS

Jim Vassallo,* trumpet


Principal, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras; member, Moores Brass Quintet

Roger Kaza,* horn


Associate principal, Houston Symphony since 1995; principal horn, Chatauqua Symphony; former member, Vancouver, St. Louis, Boston, Boston Pops, and Portland (ME) symphony orchestras; soloist, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, St. Louis Philharmonic, and other orchestras; prizewinner, The American Horn Competition, 1987; active master class artist and conductor; faculty, University of Houston; former faculty, Rice University, University of Missouri, University of Illinois, Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Philip Stanton,* horn


Member, Houston symphony; former member, United States Navy Band; former faculty, Michigan State and Sam Houston State universities

Allen Barnhill, trombone


Principal, Houston Symphony since 1977; solo appearances with Houston Symphony, United States Navy Band (Washington), Lexington Sinfonietta (Boston), University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Woodlands Symphony; Swiss Prize winner, 1979 Geneva International Solo Competition; performances with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Ensemble, Houston Symphony Chamber Players, Atlanta Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic; has taught on the faculties of University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Rice University, University of St. Thomas; graduate of Eastman School of Music

Brian Kauk,* trombone


Principal, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; Houston Ballet Orchestra; performs with the Houston Symphony; numerous summers with Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and Utah Festival Opera
David Kirk, tuba

Principal, Houston Symphony since 1982; faculty, Shepherd School of Music-Rice University; guest tuba with the Boston, Chautauqua, Cincinnati, Chicago, Pittsburgh symphonies and the Philadelphia Orchestra




HARP


Paula Page*

Principal, Houston Symphony since 1984; former principal, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma symphony orchestras; guest harpist, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta symphony orchestras; principal, Grand Teton Music Festival; frequent chamber music performer; featured performer, national conferences, American Harp Society, World Harp congress; faculty, Moores School of Music-University of Houston, Shepherd School of Music-Rice University, Festival-Institute at Round Top



TIMPANI/PERCUSSION


Brian Del Signore*

Principal Percussion, Associate Principal Timpani Houston Symphony since 1986; performances with Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, former student of Alan Abel


Blake Wilkins*

Director of Percussion Studies, Moores School of Music, University of Houston; former member, Oklahoma City Philharmonic; specialist in solo classical marimba and contemporary music; active composer; recipient of Percussive Arts Society Composition Award; original works recorded on Albany Records label


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