2015 Summer Program

Methow Valley, July 23–Aug 1, 2015

Kevin Krentz has something to say...

Welcome to the 20th season of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. This will be a very special year. I have worked up a full roster of outstanding musicians and a program chock full of fresh, cutting-edge, hot-blooded, superb chamber music. Never dull, always satisfying, I hope it will thrill and inspire you.

Many of your favorite stars will return along with incredible new artists like Emilie-Anne Gendron, Ayane Kozasa, Elena Urioste. Jasper Wood and Allan Dameron, both very popular in our Valentine Concert, will be here. Our unique programs bring together some of the world's most exciting chamber musicians in transcendent combinations.

I hope you'll get your tickets early and come this summer to experience the incredible acoustics, breathtaking outdoor scenery and effusive joy of our audience and artists.

—Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director

2015 Festival at a Glance

  • 9:30 am   Open Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm   Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch
  • 6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Lynette Westendorf
  • 7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert
  • 10:00 pm   Enjoy the stars with Dave Ward and his telescope
  • 5:30 pm Fellowship Quartet event at Mazama Store
  • 8:00 pm Fellowship Quartet event at the Copper Glance in Winthrop
  • 9:30 am   Open Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm   Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch
  • 6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Verne Windham
  • 7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert
  • 5:00 pm   Fellowship Quartet at Sun Mountain Lodge
  • 9:30 am   Open Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm   Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch
  • 6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation about visual arts by the Confluence Gallery
  • 7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert
  • 5:15 pm   Fellowship Quartet event at Shafer Museum in Winthrop
  • 9:30 am   Open Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm   Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch
  • 6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation about visual arts by the Confluence Gallery
  • 7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert
  • 9:30 am   Open Rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm   Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch
  • 6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Dave Beck
  • 7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert

Thu 7/23

6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Lynette Westendorf
7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert, hosted by Verne Windham of Spokane Public Radio    (see program notes)

Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano

Paul Schoenfield (1947 – )

  • Samba
  • Tango
  • Tin Pan Alley
  • Square Dance

Elena Urioste, violin | Chris Hahn, piano


String Quartet in F Major

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

  • Allegro moderato – Très doux
  • Assez vif – Très rythmé
  • Très lent
  • Vif et agité

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Brittany Boulding, violin | Mara Gearman, viola | Eric Gaenslen, cello


Variations on a Theme

Niccolò Paganini (1782—1840)
arr. by Gregor Piatagorsky
arr. for two celli by Paul Wiancko


Paul Wiancko, cello | Kevin Krentz, cello


Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66, No. 2

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

  • Allegro energico e fuoco
  • Andante espressivo
  • Scherzo. Molto allegro quasi presto
  • Finale. Allegro appassionato

Sat 7/25

6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Verne Windham and Selected Debussy Etudes played by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert, hosted by Verne Windham of Spokane Public Radio    (see program notes)

History of the Tango ("L'histoire du tango")

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

  • Bordel 1900
  • Café 1930
  • Night-Club 1960

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, No. 13, D.804 ("Rosamunde")

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Andante
  • Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
  • Allegro moderato

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Brittany Boulding, violin | Mara Gearman, viola | Eric Gaenslen, cello


"Graceful Ghost Rag" from Three Ghost Rags

William Bolcom (1938 - )


Brittany Boulding, violin | Chris Hahn, piano


Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, No. 2, B. 162

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

  • Allegro con fuoco
  • Lento
  • Allegro moderato, grazioso
  • Finale. Allegro, ma non troppo

Tue 7/28

6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation about visual arts by the Confluence Gallery and Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 16 played by Allan Dameron
7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert, hosted by Weston Gaylord    (see program notes)

Piano Quintet (1981)

John Harbison (1938 - )

  • Overtura
  • Capriccio
  • Intermezzo
  • Burletta

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Grace Park, violin | Charles Noble, viola | Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, cello | Allan Dameron, piano


String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, No. 12 ("American")

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Lento
  • Molto Vivace
  • Finale. Vivace, ma non troppo

Elena Urioste, violin | Jasper Wood, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello


Romance, Op. 23

Amy Beach (1867 - 1944)


Elena Urioste, violin | Allan Dameron, piano


Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

  • Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
  • Scherzo: Molto vivace
  • Andante cantabile
  • Finale: Vivace

Thu 7/30

6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation about visual arts by the Confluence Gallery and selected Shostakovich Preludes played by Craig Sheppard
7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert, hosted by Dave Beck of KING-FM in Seattle    (see program notes)
10:00 pm    Enjoy the stars with Dave Ward and his telescope

A Sanguine Clockwork for String Trio (2014)

Paul Wiancko (1982 - )


Grace Park, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello


String Quartet in D Major, No. 2

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)

  • Allegro moderato
  • Scherzo. Allegro
  • Notturno. Andante
  • Andante – Vivace

Jasper Wood, violin | Kwan Bin Park, violin | Maurycy Banaszek, viola | Kevin Krentz, cello


Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 13

Gabriel Faure (1845 - 1924)

  • Allegro Molto

Grace Park, violin | Craig Sheppard, piano


Piano Trio No. 2

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

  • Andante
  • Allegro con brio
  • Largo
  • Allegretto

Kwan Bin Park, violin | Kevin Krentz, cello | Craig Sheppard, piano


Sat 8/1

6:30 pm   Pre-concert presentation by Dave Beck and musical recital by our Fellowship Quartet, visiting this week from the University of Washington
7:30 pm   Centerstage Concert, hosted by Dave Beck of KING-FM in Seattle    (see program notes)

Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

  • Allegro con brio
  • Adagio con espressione
  • Tema con varazione

Grace Park, violin | Kevin Krentz, cello | Natalya Ageyeva, piano


Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, No. 2, K. 493

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

  • Allegro
  • Larghetto
  • Allegretto

Jasper Wood, violin | Maurycy Banaszek, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello | Craig Sheppard, piano


Double Aria

Daniel Ott (1975 - )


Jasper Wood, violin


Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180 ("American")

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

  • Allegro non tanto
  • Allegro vivo
  • Larghetto
  • Finale. Allegro giusto

Grace Park, violin | Jasper Wood, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Maurycy Banaszek, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello


2015 Festival Artists

Thursday, July 23 to Saturday, August 1

Natalya Ageyeva, piano | Maurycy Banaszek, viola | Brittany Boulding, violin | Allan Dameron, piano | Eric Gaenslen, cello | Mara Gearman, viola | Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Chris Hahn, piano | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Kevin Krentz, cello | Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano | Charles Noble, viola | Grace Park, violin | Kwan Bin Park, violin | Michael Partington, guitar | Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, cello | Craig Sheppard, piano | Elena Urioste, violin | Paul Wiancko, cello | Jasper Wood, violin | Fellowship Quartet, University of Washington | Dave Ward, stargazer | with your hosts, Dave Beck, Weston Gaylord, Lynette Westendorf, and Verne Windham

Natalya Ageyeva, piano

Natalya Ageyeva, piano

Natalya Ageyeva has dazzled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, including Italy, Austria, and Israel, as well as on tour in her native Russia. Her performances have also been broadcast several times on KING-FM in Seattle and televised in Moscow and Chicago. She has appeared at a broad range of venues, including the Governor's Mansion in Olympia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. Her pianism prompted one reviewer to write “Immediately apparent was a tremendous technique at the command of a sharp musical intelligence and fingers of steel.”

Her artistry has earned her awards and recognition around the world, including the Young Artist Competition in Moscow, Brechemin Scholarship at the University of Washington, the Green Lake Music Festival Competition in Wisconsin, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New-York, and the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. An artist of great versatility, Ageyeva has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras internationally. She has also been an active participant in many music festivals, including the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival, Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, First Sunday at the Commons Series in Bainbridge Island, Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series in Seattle, and Green Lake Music Festival.

Ageyeva previously taught at Moscow Conservatory and University of Washington, and has adjudicated piano competitions in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver BC and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. www.russianchambermusic.org | Back to Artists

Maurycy Banaszek, viola

Maurycy Banaszek, viola

Maurycy Banaszek was born in Warsaw, Poland. He has performed at the Marlboro, Seattle, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, Moritzburg, Mozart, Kingston, Martha's Vineyard, and Warsaw Autumn festivals. Maurycy regularly tours with the Musicians from Marlboro and appears at the Bargemusic in New York. As a founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, Maurycy has played in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

In August 1998, Maurycy was invited by the members of the legendary Amadeus String Quartet to perform at their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in London. He was recently invited to be the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, with the New Jersey Lyric Orchestra at their Carnegie Hall debut performance, and with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall in Boston. Maurycy was also chosen by Gidon Kremer to participate in the Chamber Music Connects the World festival in Kronberg, Germany, where he performed with the Guarneri String Quartet.

Maurycy is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied with Michael Tree. He is a principal violist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, was principal viola with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of Sejong Soloists and the Metropolis Ensemble. Maurycy is also a founding member of ECCO, the new conductor-less chamber orchestra. In 2011 Maurycy joined the Concert Artist faculty at Kean University.

Maurycy plays a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in Philadelphia in 1997. | Back to Artists

Brittany  Boulding, violin

Brittany Boulding, violin

Violinist Brittany Boulding currently resides in Seattle. Recent solo appearances include performances with the New Haven Symphony, the Spoleto Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Brittany also performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera.

An avid chamber musician, Brittany has most recently performed in the Simple Measures, Second City, and Guemes Island chamber music series. During the summer season, Brittany attends the Bellingham Festival of Music and has appeared as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Center, and Spoleto Festival USA orchestras.

Brittany studied with Kenneth Goldsmith and Robert Lipsett. Her violin career also extends beyond her experience as a classical musician – since the age of 6, Brittany has performed with her family, the internationally acclaimed MAGICAL STRINGS, touring throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Ireland. Brittany has recorded on five of their 16 albums and been a featured soloist at their annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts, a celebrated Northwest tradition. | Back to Artists

Allan Dameron, piano

Allan Dameron, piano

Allan Dameron is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he fell in love with chamber music, vocal accompanying, and ballet, and it is these collaborative disciplines that have inspired him ever since. Ten years later, when working as a vocal coach at Chicago Lyric Opera, Allan was assigned to play a dance scene in Gounod's Faust under Maestro Georges Prêtre's direction, and this experience renewed his affinity for the choreography of George Balanchine. Shortly afterwards, Allan became solo pianist for Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet, where he was later appointed music director. He came to the attention of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell at Pacific Northwest Ballet, who engaged him as pianist and conductor. In that role, Allan has performed most of the active Balanchine repertory on four continents. | Back to Artists

Eric Gaenslen, cello

Eric Gaenslen, cello

Cellist Eric Gaenslen is a part-time artist-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music. He has been a member of the Rossetti Quartet since 1999. As a recitalist, Eric has performed worldwide at such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center in New York, and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As orchestral soloist, Eric has performed Bloch's Schelomo at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Mexico and he gave the premier performance of Laura Carnibucci's Siddhartha for cello and string orchestra. Chamber music performances at major music festivals include the Olympic, Aspen, Evian, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff, and Vermont Mozart Festival. Among the artists with whom Eric has collaborated are Eugene Istomin, Anton Kuerti, and Gautier Capuçon. He has been a guest artist with the Ying Quartet.

Born in San Francisco, Eric began his musical studies at the age of 7 with master pedagogue Irene Sharp. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University while studying with Aldo Parisot, and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick, cellist of the Juilliard Quartet. Other major influences on Eric include Robert Mann, William Pleeth, and Gyorgy Kurtag.

Eric is a committed teacher himself and has taught at the Mannes College pre-college in New York and at the University of California at Santa Cruz. | Back to Artists

Mara  Gearman, viola

Mara Gearman, viola

While still early in her career, violist Mara Gearman is already an accomplished player with extensive experience in both orchestral and chamber music settings. She regularly performs with the chamber groups American String Project and Seattle Chamber Players; and has collaborated with such prestigious performers as Ani Kavafian; Peter Wiley; Vladimir Feltsman; and Dale Clevenger, the legendary principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mara is also a founding member of the Barston String Quartet and of Trio Tara, with pianist Oksana Ezhokina and clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Mara has held or been awarded a number of orchestral appointments. She was principal viola (at age 20) under maestro Rossen Milanov, and principal viola of the Kansas City Symphony and of the Oregon Symphony under music director James DePreist. Currently Mara is the second-desk violist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under maestro Ludovic Morlot.

As a solo performer, Mara has won awards at the Primrose and Tertis International viola competitions, performing viola solos by American composers Alan Shulman and Derek Bermel and by Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa, among others.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mara had as her primary teachers Roberto Díaz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Karen Tuttle. She pursued additional study in Canada, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland with Nobuko Imai, Barbara Westphal, and Gérard Caussé. | Back to Artists

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” enjoys an active freelance career from her base in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, Emilie-Anne is a member of the Momenta Quartet, a two-time recipient of the prestigious Koussevitzky Foundation commission grant.

She also appears on the rosters of Musicians from Marlboro, Gamut Bach Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, A Far Cry, Toomai String Quintet, New York Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Sejong Soloists, where she is a core member and frequent leader. Recent performances include collaborations with artists such as Richard Goode, Leon Fleisher, Bruno Canino, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pro Arte, and Johannes quartets.

Emilie-Anne is a past winner of the Stulberg String Competition and took second prize and the audience prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition.

She was trained at the Juilliard School, where her principal teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. Emilie-Anne holds the distinction of being the first person in Juilliard’s history to be accepted simultaneously to its two most selective courses of study, the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a BA in classics, magna cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Columbia University as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program, and a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma from Juilliard. | Back to Artists

Chris Hahn, piano

Chris Hahn, piano

Dr. Christopher Hahn maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician, and author. He has been featured as soloist and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe, and has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall; the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria; The Music Gallery in Toronto; and at institutions such as Northwestern University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Stanford University. Chris had the honor of performing for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Metropolitan Opera's Leona Mitchell, and has also performed with such recognized artists as flutist Christina Jennings, trumpet/piano virtuoso Guy Few, pianist Lydia Brown, violinists Timothy Fain and Eugenia Choi, cellist Amit Peled, and the Russian dissident poet Evgeny Yevtushenko.

Chris pursued his early training through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has since furthered his study of performing and teaching in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He holds the Associate Diploma in Performance from the Royal Conservatory, and both the Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas in Performance from Trinity College of Music in London, England.

Additional performance studies include sessions at the Orford Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Québec (Anton Kuerti), the Adamant Music School (Menahem Pressler), the University of Michigan (Louis Nagel), and private study in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France (Jean-Paul Sevilla). He has coached with Yefim Bronfman, Constance Keene, Angela Cheng, Yong Hi Moon, and Marilyn Horne, and has received extensive chamber music coaching from members of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.

Chris is professor of piano at the University of Montana, where he teaches piano at the undergraduate and graduate levels. | Back to Artists

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock-solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, Ayane holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and artist certificates from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the Kronberg Academy Masters school in Germany.

Ayane’s solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom-heard works and to commission new pieces, an aspect of viola playing that she loves. Most recently, Ayane commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and cello, which they premiered in Washington, DC, at the S&R Foundation.

Chamber music has also been a vital part of Ayane’s musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kingston Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the current quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and the winner of the 2015 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Ayane is also the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a position that she has held since fall 2012.

Ayane is deeply grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and William Preucil. | Back to Artists

Kevin Krentz, cello

Kevin Krentz, cello
Artistic Director

Cellist Kevin Krentz enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, inventor, and artistic director.

A devoted chamber musician, Kevin is Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival in Washington state. He has been a winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with his trio In Flight 3 and a winner in the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy, and the Greenlake National Chamber Music Competition with Finisterra Trio.

With Finisterra Trio, Kevin is devoted to performing contemporary works as well as the standard repertoire. The trio has commissioned new works by modern composers.  Finisterra Trio are artists-in-residence at the Phoenix Series in New York.

Kevin's teachers have included Florian Kitt and Jontscho Bayrov in Vienna, and Gary Hardie, Owen Carman, and Toby Saks in the U.S. Master-class performances include Janos Starker, Matt Haimovitz, Paul Katz, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Chamber music studies include the Florestan Trio, Elsa Verdehr, Stephen Shipps, Ron Patterson, and Ralph Votapek.

Kevin is also founder of Krentz String Works, which primarily develops and sells his inventions, including the Krentz Modulator, which can be found in virtually every major symphony in the world since its launch in 2013. Other innovations involve all aspects of instrument-tone enhancement, to designs for cases and other accessories. For more information, visit KrentzStringWorks.com. | Back to Artists

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator, comfortable with music ranging from standard repertoire to electro-acoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group and contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird.

Ryan has performed at such festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Nohant International Chopin Festival; in March 2015 he co-directed Environs Messiaen, a festival at Cornell University celebrating the naturalist aesthetic of French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Interested in new music from an early age, Ryan has worked closely with composers George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime, and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th-century Polish-French composer Miłosz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable, and in January 2013 was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson's Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano.

Ryan holds his BA from Humboldt State University and M.Mus. from the University of Southern California, as well an Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School. He has studied primarily with Deborah Clasquin, David Louie, and John Perry, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Leon Fleisher, and Peter Serkin. Ryan is currently a DMA candidate in Contemporary Performance Practice at Cornell University, where he works with Xak Bjerken.

For more information, visit www.RMMpiano.com. | Back to Artists

Charles Noble, viola

Charles Noble, viola

Charles Noble has been assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony and with the Cascade and Sunriver music festivals. Prizes and awards Charles has received include the C.D. Jackson Award at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Israel Dorman String Prize at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and first prize at the Seattle Ladies Musical Club Competition.

Charles holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He was a member of the faculty at the inaugural 1998 National Youth Orchestra Festival, and is co-founder of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute, where he has served on the faculty since 1990. In addition, Charles has conducted master classes in orchestral audition preparation at the University of Nevada at Reno.

As a writer, Charles has published two articles in The Strad magazine, and he authors the popular classical-music blog NobleViola (www.nobleviola.com). In 2000, Charles was one of three American violists invited to tour Japan with an orchestra whose roster included members of the Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras.

Charles has been the principal violist with the Ernest Bloch and Cascade music festivals, and he is currently the co-principal violist of the Sunriver Music Festival. He was a featured performing artist at the 2002, 2004, and 2006 International Viola Congresses. Charles is a founding member of the Ethos and Arnica string quartets. | Back to Artists

Grace Park, violin

Grace Park, violin

Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s foremost concert halls to inner-city schools as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and multi-disciplinary educator. Currently in residence at Carnegie Hall as part of The Academy–Carnegie Juilliard Weill program, Grace pairs her elite musicianship with a fervent commitment to community engagement.

As a soloist, Grace has been the featured artist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles; Jordan Hall in Boston; Carnegie Hall in New York; the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Rudolfinum in Prague; and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. She is a laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloist Competition.

Grace has performed with chamber ensembles around the world. She performed the world premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ String Sextet and a Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Andy Akiho. Grace has been recognized for her work in the Vitas Quartet, her chamber collaborations at Trinity Wall Street’s “Concerts at One,” and for performances at the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.

While pursuing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, Grace achieved the unprecedented honor of sweeping both of the school’s concerto competitions in the same year. She represented the conservatory in an inaugural series of house concerts and a live performance on WGBH television. | Back to Artists

Kwan Bin Park, violin

Kwan Bin Park, violin

Kwan Bin Park holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, where he was a recipient of the Gluck Fellowship. He won the silver medal at the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy, competing with groups from 20 different countries as the representative of the U.S. Kwan Bin’s other awards include being a finalist at the National Chamber Music Competition at Greenlake, Wisconsin, and a finalist at the 2005 Brahms International Competition in Austria.

Kwan Bin has performed in numerous venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; Benaroya and Nordstrom Recital Halls in Seattle; and at the Busan and Seoul national arts centers in South Korea. He has toured extensively in Europe in cities including London, Paris, Vienna, Poertschach, Munich, Verona, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Kwan Bin’s performance of Daron Hagen’s complete cycle of piano trios (Naxos CD, 2010) was described as played “with… prowess and finesse, [it] deserves every second of your attention,” by Daniel Gilliam of National Public Radio (NPR). The recording was chosen as one of five Best American Contemporary Classical Albums of 2010 by NPR.

Kwan Bin has been the Artistic Director of the Mukilteo Christmas Concert for 17 years. | Back to Artists

Michael Partington, guitar

Michael Partington, guitar

Michael Partington is one of the most engaging concert players of his generation. Praised by Classical Guitar magazine for his “lyricism, intensity, and clear technical command,” this award-winning British guitarist has performed to unanimous critical praise. Audiences are put at ease by his charming stage manner and captivated by his interpretations. An innate rhythmic understanding and sense for tonal color combine to form some of the most memorable phrasing to be heard on the guitar.

Michael began playing guitar at age 6 while growing up in Wales, gave his first public performance at age 7, and won his first competition at age 9. He has trained with many of the world’s greatest guitarists, including Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernández, Manuel Barrueco, and David Russell. Russell commented on Michael’s “exquisite good taste and fluid perfection.”

Michael has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia as a soloist and with ensembles. He has performed live on radio in the U.S. and U.K., including BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC Wales, and Saint Paul Sunday on National Public Radio.

An advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Stephen Goss, Bryan Johanson, Toshio Hosokawa, Angelo Gilardino, Tom Baker, Kevin Callahan, and others. He released eight solo CDs for Rosewood Recordings, and can be heard on the Cadenza and Present Sounds labels. He is currently artist-in-residence and director of the guitar program at the University of Washington in Seattle. | Back to Artists

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, cello

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, cello

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo joined Seattle Symphony in 2009 after five seasons as associate principal cellist of the Utah Symphony. She began her cello studies at age 6 in her native city of San Francisco with Suzuki teacher Beth Goldstein. Other teachers include Julie Feldman, Irene Sharp, Stephan Geber, and Richard Aaron.

Meeka has been a prizewinner in several national and international competitions. At age 16, Meeka made her orchestral debut playing the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Pacific Symphony, under the direction of Carl St. Clair.

Meeka was offered a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Artist Program at age 15, where she finished her high school diploma, and then her Bachelor's degree in 2002. During her last year in Cleveland, Meeka performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the CIM orchestra under the direction of Wilson Hermanto, associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Recent concerto appearances include the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with the Utah Symphony, under the direction of Keith Lockhart.

As an avid chamber musician, Meeka has participated in many summer festivals, performing with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets. She has received invitations to the Aspen, Ravinia, Taos, Kingston, Sun Valley, and Kneisel Hall music festivals.

Meeka lives in Green Lake with her husband, the Emmy award–winning composer and trumpet soloist Anthony DiLorenzo. They have one son, Luca. She plays a 1908 cello by Stefano Scarampella. | Back to Artists

Craig  Sheppard, piano

Craig Sheppard, piano

Pianist Craig Sheppard has had a commanding presence on the international scene for the past 40-plus years. A graduate of both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York, Craig won the Silver Medal of the 1972 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, moved to London the following year and spent the next 20 years performing on multiple occasions with all the British orchestras, many in both the U.S. (Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, etc.) and on the European continent (including the Berlin Philharmonic and La Scala), and with many of the leading conductors of the day, including Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Arthur Fiedler, Aaron Copland, Yehudi Menuhin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Sanderling, and David Zinman.

Craig's devotion to collaborative work shows in the many artists of previous and present generations with whom he has performed, including Victoria de los Angeles, José Carerras, Ida Handel, James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, among others.

Craig possesses an eclectic repertoire from the Baroque to the present, having performed this season the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Op. 87, in Houston, San Francisco, Oberlin, Shanghai, and Beijing. His April 25 recital of the Shostakovich in Seattle's Meany Theater was recorded on the Romeo label for release in September 2015.

Since 1993, Craig has been Professor of Piano at the School of Music of the University of Washington in Seattle. With colleague Dr. Robin McCabe, he hosts the annual Seattle Piano Institute in July, dedicated to the growth of the well-rounded musician in today's demanding world. His website is www.craigsheppard.net. | Back to Artists

Elena Urioste, violin

Elena Urioste, violin

Elena Urioste, recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, has been hailed by critics and audiences for her rich tone, nuanced lyricism, and commanding stage presence. Since making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 13, she has appeared with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the London and New York philharmonics; the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Wales; the Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston Pops; and the Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras.

Elena has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Keith Lockhart, and Robert Spano; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Christopher O’Riley; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Shlomo Mintz, and Cho-Liang Lin. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and La Jolla music festivals, among others.

Winner of Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, a London Music Masters Award, a Salon di Virtuosi career grant, and the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Elena has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Telemundo, Performance Today, From the Top, and the Emmy award–winning documentary Breaking the Sound Barrier. Chosen by Latina Magazine as one of the “Future Fifteen,” she was featured in the magazine’s 15th-anniversary issue.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. | Back to Artists

Paul  Wiancko, cello

Paul Wiancko, cello

Cellist and composer Paul Wiancko has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Japan, and South Africa. In addition to solo performances with orchestras around the world, Paul has collaborated with artists from all walks of life, including Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, the Guarneri Quartet, Etta James, Dave Stewart, Joe Cocker, Stanley Clarke, and many others.

Paul has composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Barge Music in Brooklyn. His studio productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Recent highlights include scoring the new prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by Peter Smith, the principal investigator for NASA's Phoenix mission to Mars. Paul is currently the resident composer for the Twickenham Festival and will be Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.

Wiancko has toured regularly with Chick Corea, ECCO, and Musicians from Marlboro, and is a member of the Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Bright Wave. He spends his spare time woodworking; fly-fishing; and practicing guitar, bass, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen, and theremin. | Back to Artists

Jasper Wood, violin

Jasper Wood, violin

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has performed with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician, which have taken him to major cities worldwide in venues such as Dame Myra Hess concerts (Chicago), Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Jasper has been equally committed to performing in Canada’s smaller communities, such as the Northwest Territories and other parts of northern Canada.

Jasper performs with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Duo Rendezvous, and with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov in the piano trio Triple Forte. He also performs frequently with pianist David Riley, with whom he has performed for 20 years and collaborated on multiple recordings.

The Halifax Chronicle Herald wrote the following about Jasper’s musicianship: “As an added gift, violinist Jasper Wood played… with a gorgeous sound and brilliant control of his instrument. Wood sounded like an entire violin section unto himself.”

In 2013, Jasper’s CD project included a recording of the works of American composer Mathew Fuerst. Education and outreach has always been important to Jasper, and as such he regularly visits schools and gives master classes.

Jasper resides in Vancouver with his wife, Grace, and two children. He is Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia.

Jasper plays a 1914 Stefano Scarampella violin. See more about Jasper at www.jasperwood.net/en. | Back to Artists

Fellowship Quartet, performing in free venues around the Methow region

Fellowship Quartet

The Daana Quartet, a student ensemble at the University of Washington, holds a unique position at the University – a group of touring artists who perform in local schools and throughout the community. Known as the UW Music Link Program, the touring program is in its inaugural season, training artists to create educational curricula and concerts for performance in venues throughout the area.

Mentored by world-renowned music and education faculty at the university and by touring artists who perform in the UW World Series, the Daana Quartet has taken their educational performances to public schools throughout the Seattle area. As winners of the 2015 UW Chamber Music Competition, the Daana Quartet will be the official scholarship ensemble representing the UW School of Music on- and off-campus for the 2015–16 year.

It is therefore fitting that the quartet – Sol Im, violin; Erin Kelly, violin; Alessandra Barrett, viola; and Sonja Myklebust, cello – is featured this year as the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival's Fellowship Quartet, a scholarship program made possible through the generosity of the Betti Foundation. | Back to Artists

Dave Ward, Methow Valley News Contributor

Dave Ward, star-gazer

David Ward has been looking at the stars for over 60 years. Inspired by a family tradition spanning many generations, his interest in astronomy has become a life-long pursuit. For the past 10 years he has written a column about astronomy for the Methow Valley News. One of his favorite pastimes is sharing the wonders of the night sky with others.

If we are lucky, we can convince Dave to bring his telescope and host a stargazing session after one of the concerts. | Back to Artists

Dave Beck, KING-FM

Dave Beck, host

Dave Beck is an award-winning host and producer at KING-FM radio in Seattle. Before joining KING-FM, Dave got his start in 1985 at KUOW, as classical music host and music director. In 1993 Dave was promoted to co-host and interviewer on the KUOW programs The Beat, Weekday, and KUOW Presents.

Dave's national and regional broadcast honors include the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Award for Best Interview, and the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Regional Excellence Award. Dave is a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Classical Music Journalism.

An active musician (cellist) as well as broadcaster, Dave is a member of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, and he has played as principal cellist of the Bellevue Philharmonic and Seattle Philharmonic orchestras. He is currently a member of the Simple Measures board of directors. Dave has served as board president of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and has performed in the Seattle-based chamber music society Klassikon and in the Bravura String Quartet. | Back to Artists

Weston Gaylord, host of the 2015 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Weston Gaylord, host

Weston Gaylord is an actor, director, musician, writer, and lyricist from Seattle, who is currently attending Stanford University. As an actor, Weston has performed with Seattle Children's Theater, CalShakes, San Jose Repertory Theater, ArtsWest Playhouse, and numerous student organizations.

Recent appearances include roles in My Fair Lady (as Col. Pickering), The Fantasticks (as Hucklebee), and An Inspector Calls (as Inspector Goole). Weston is currently a professional member of Stanford Repertory Theater.

Weston directed American Buffalo in 2014 and projects with the ReDesigning Theater program at Stanford's Institute of Design. Favorite past roles include Fagin, Macbeth, and Tevye, but Weston hopes he will never actually become a pickpocket, a murderer, or a milkman.

Weston's writing includes librettos for two original musicals, A Campus Divided (produced in 2013) and Full Doom on the Quad (produced in 2012). Weston is a co-creator, writer, and actor for the original web series Higher Education, and the writer and host of the Starting on a Hat podcast.

Weston has narrated with the Seattle Symphony and performed original work for the 2013 season of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. He met Kevin Krentz accidentally in a crowd of thousands. | Back to Artists

Lynette Westendorf, Emmy-award winning composer

Lynette Westendorf, lecturer

Emmy-award winning composer Dr. Lynette Westendorf has been composing and performing her original works in creative jazz and modern classical music for over forty years. She has five CDs of original works to her credit, and her experience has encompassed works for the recital stage, modern dance, theater, sound installation, documentary film, and audio recordings. From her earliest compositions, she has embraced multiple musical styles—from traditional folk, avant jazz, modern classical, free improvisation, popular and eclectic styles. She designed and made a xylophone out of hub caps. Collaborating with the late sculptor Bernard Hosey, she recorded extensively, playing a 300-foot long aeolian harp. She often combines atypical combinations of styles into her unique artistic voice, and readily seeks out creative collaborators. A successful composition, to Lynette, is one that cannot be described according to established norms.

Among her works are two orchestra commissions—her award-winning first symphony was premiered in Idaho in 1984, and the second was commissioned in 2009. Since that time she has composed many works for choir, voice, piano, chamber ensembles of various instrumentation, in addition to many jazz pieces in smaller form. Her works have been performed throughout the U.S., in England, Spain, Germany, and British Columbia. Throughout her life, Lynette has been a dedicated music teacher. She has maintained a private piano studio since the 1970s—in Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Washington. She has taught college level theory, as well as music theory and fundamentals on a community level, and she has coached performing ensembles in many styles of music. She has presented numerous pre-concert lecture/demos pertaining to modern music, and is a sought after accompanist.

Lynette is an outdoor enthusiast and a quilter. She collects rocks. | Back to Artists

Verne Windham, host of the 2013 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Verne Windham, host

Verne Windham came to Spokane in 1971 to become principal hornist of the Spokane Symphony, having played in the orchestra while in high school in the 1960s. At the same time he became French horn instructor at Washington State University.

While playing in the symphony, Verne founded many music groups, which played everything from baroque to modern music. Two highlights were RSVP, a trio that played classical music in Henny's bar, and the Spokane Falls Brass Band, famous for ragtime and other American music.

In the 1980s Verne began announcing for the fledgling public radio station KPBX, becoming its music director in the early 1990s and, more recently, its program director.

In 1996 Verne found his dream job, as conductor of the freshest, most exciting and second-best orchestra in the region, the Spokane Youth Orchestra. Verne had previously conducted the Spokane Symphony on educational tours and at the Festival at Sandpoint. He has also conducted for Spokane Opera and Spokane Ballet.

Verne is married to the soprano Susan Windham. Their children sing and play drums and tuba. | Back to Artists

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  • Sandy Mackie, president
  • Mike Real, vice president
  • Jane Orme, secretary
  • Carolanne Steinebach
  • Carolyn Cilek
  • Delene Monetta
  • Dave Chantler
  • Howard Johnson
  • Liz Johnson, Executive Director

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