Birdfoot Festival 2013 Program

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“. . . fiery, committed, intensely personal readings . . . the risk-taking energy was palpable . . .” In its second season, the Birdfoot Festival brings dynamic live chamber music to New Orleans each May. Taking its name from the branching footprint of the Mississippi River Delta, Birdfoot combines the qualities of an international music festival with a New Orleans approach to live music. Live Chamber Music Chamber music is the ‘classical’ equivalent of a small jazz or blues band — intimate, expressive, and direct. Experience it played by today’s most exciting emerging artists collaborating with internationally recognized musicians. Mentoring, Education and Outreach Birdfoot Festival artists coach, mentor, and inspire advanced school-age music students on the teamwork, leadership, and ensemble skills intrinsic to chamber music. International quality with a local flavor Birdfoot builds on New Orleans’s live music tradition by bringing outstanding classical and contemporary chamber music to the community in relaxed and accessible settings.



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“Birdfoot delivered what I want from any Louisiana festival” — Chris Waddington, Times-Picayune


Welcome to the second annual Birdfoot Festival! Thanks to your enthusiastic and generous support, Birdfoot’s offerings have more than doubled this year and feature nine concerts and events performed in intimate and innovative venues, sixteen phenomenal artists from four continents, and an adventurous, inspiring program. The Birdfoot Festival’s community partnerships have also been key to this growth. Partners include the Madewood Plantation House, the New Orleans Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the RosaMary Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Downtown Development District, Loews New Orleans Hotel, the Little Gem Saloon, WWNO 89.9 FM, Tulane University, Bryant Subaru, Hall Piano, and an incredible array of fantastic restaurants and other businesses listed in this program. These community partners are essential to the Birdfoot Festival’s sustainability — your patronage and letting them know how much you value their support is the best “thank you” possible.

The music and the musicians who make it are at the very heart of the Birdfoot Festival. Perhaps the strongest affirmation of Birdfoot’s value comes from the musicians themselves, 100% of whom joined me as donors in support of last May’s inaugural season. Another affirmation has come from local music students and teachers: their enthusiasm for Birdfoot’s 2012 Chamber Music Mentoring Program nearly tripled the applications for this season!



Birdfoot’s rapid growth reflects the strong support of the community and individuals like you. I hope you will join me this spring as a donor to help this exciting festival continue to flourish. Sincerely, Mark A. Growdon President Birdfoot Festival Board of Directors



FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR As Birdfoot 2013 arrives, I am again inspired and humbled by the incredible support and belief that you, the community, have invested in Birdfoot’s vision of an international chamber music festival with a local and distinctly New Orleans flavor. As Artistic Director of the festival, I frequently have to find words that capture the essence of what Birdfoot is trying to do, and why it is important. I always begin with rhetorical questions: What makes this music relevant? Does live music still matter when you can download a recording of anything? Why do I value it as a performer? Sometimes the answers lie at such a deep and instinctual level that it takes me days or weeks to find words that even begin to satisfy these questions: How do you explain “in 1,000 characters or less” that chamber music is not a dust-covered artifact that belongs in a museum case, but a living alchemy of time, space, and sound waves that occurs in the crucible of collective listening between musicians and audience? How do you put a monetary value on the sense of community and connection that we feel through music, or the shared humanity that we find in this wordless communication?

As the festival arrives, the music begins to speak for itself more directly and eloquently than my words could ever manage: I watch a nine-year-old cellist fall in love with quartet playing while auditioning for Birdfoot’s Mentoring Program and know, joyously and definitively, why it all matters. Before the music starts, I want to turn the tables and ask you the questions. As the audience, you are half of what makes live music live music! Why do YOU listen to music? Why do you go to concerts? What does live music mean to you? I look forward to hearing from you, but if you’d prefer you can also just sing the answers back as you drive or bike or dance your way home. Sincerely, Jenna Sherry Artistic Director Birdfoot Festival


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This event is one part musical anatomy lab and two parts rollicking conversation about what makes music so great, why we find it so powerful, and what really goes on in the rehearsal room.




Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8 PM and 10 PM Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen Street, Faubourg Marigny 8 PM

Kaija Saariaho Cloud Trio (2010) (1952–) Calmo, meditato Sempre dolce, ma energico, sempre a tempo Sempre energico Tranquillo ma sempre molto espressivo Lisa Romain violin Dimitri Murrath viola Gwen Krosnick cello


Steve Reich Different Trains (1988) (1936–) 1. America—Before the war 2. Europe—During the war 3. After the war Alex Fortes violin Ari Isaacman-Beck violin Dash Nesbitt viola Caleb van der Swaagh cello Kristen Maguire audio engineer

Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 998 (1675–1750) Aria Var. 1 Var. 2 Var. 3 Canone all’Unisono Var. 4 Var. 5 Var. 6 Canone alla seconda Var. 7 al Tempo di Giga Var. 8 Var. 9 Canone alla Terza Var. 10 Fughetta Var. 11 Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta Var. 13 Var. 14 Var. 15 Canone alla Quinta

Var. 16 Ouverture Var. 17 Var. 18 Canone alla Sesta Var. 19 Var. 20 Var. 21 Canone alla Settima Var. 22 Var. 23 Var. 24 Canone all’Ottava Var. 25 Var. 26 Var. 27 Canone alla Nona Var. 28 Var. 29 Var. 30 Quodlibet Aria da Capo

Kristopher Tong, Jenna Sherry, Alex Fortes violin Daniel Arocha, Dimitri Murrath, Dash Nesbitt viola Caleb van der Swaagh, Gwen Krosnick, Joann Whang cello Prach Boondiskulchok, Danny Driver piano


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SALON AT THE LITTLE GEM Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8 PM (7 PM Mentoring Program pre-concert) Little Gem Saloon, 445 South Rampart Street, Downtown

György Kurtág 12 Microludes, Op. 13—Hommage à Mihály András (1978) (1926–) Microlude No. 1 Microlude No. 8 Con slancio Microlude No. 2 Microlude No. 9 Leggiero / Microlude No. 3 Pesante, con moto Microlude No. 4 Presto Microlude No. 10 Molto agitato – Microlude No. 5 Lontano, piu presto calmo, appena sentito Microlude No. 11 Microlude No. 6 Microlude No. 12 Leggiero, Microlude No. 7 con moto, non dolce Kristopher Tong violin Ari Isaacman-Beck violin Daniel Arocha viola Caleb van der Swaagh cello Gabriel Fauré Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 (1845–1924) Allegro ma non troppo Andantino Allegro vivo Jenna Sherry violin Jihyun Kim cello Prach Boondiskulchok piano

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)

Quatuor pour la fin du Temps Quartet for the End of Time

1. Liturgie de cristal Crystal liturgy 2. Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps Vocalise, for the Angel who announces the end of Time 3. Abîme des oiseaux Abyss of birds 4. Intermède Interlude 5. Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus Praise to the Eternity of Jesus 6. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets 7. Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps Tangle of rainbows, for the Angel who announces the end of Time 8. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus Praise to the Immortality of Jesus

Alexander Fiterstein clarinet Lisa Romain violin Joann Whang cello Danny Driver piano






Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8 PM (7 PM Mentoring Program pre-concert) Dixon Hall, Tulane University, Uptown Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 (1756–1791) Allegro Larghetto Menuetto Allegretto con variazioni Ari Isaacman-Beck violin Lisa Romain violin Daniel Arocha viola Joann Whang cello Alexander Fiterstein clarinet Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A minor (1875–1935) Modéré Pantoum (Assez vif) Passacaille (Très large) Final (Animé) Jenna Sherry violin Caleb van der Swaagh cello Danny Driver piano

Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2 (1913–1976) Jaren Philleo oboe Alex Fortes violin Dash Nesbitt viola Jihyun Kim cello Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 (1833–1897) Allegro non troppo Scherzo: Allegro Andante Finale: Allegro comodo Kristopher Tong violin Dimitri Murrath viola Gwen Krosnick cello Prach Boondiskulchok piano




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New Orleans–born violinist Jenna Sherry has lived in the UK since she was selected as a Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008. She received a Bachelors of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Mark Kaplan and a Wells Scholar. Following completion of a Masters in Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she was twice awarded a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

the Barbican Hall, and has recently appeared in the City of London Festival, the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and a Study Day on the Brahms violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall.

An active performer, she has appeared at Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna,

Jenna has participated in chamber music festivals around the world, including the Taos Chamber Music School and Festival (USA) and the International Musicians Seminar

She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, the Peabody Trio, violist Atar Arad, and pianist Danny Driver. She has also worked with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the City of London Sinfonia.

Active in contemporary music, Jenna recently performed Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? for solo violin and electronics in the BBC Total Immersion Series. The project involved collaboration with the original performers of the work at IRCAM and culminated in recording the piece for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In collaboration with pianist Prach Boondiskulchok, she co-directed several performances produced by the London-based Gazelleship Performance Collective. She also co-curated a series of three concerts across London in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum London entitled ‘Transfigured Moments: Snapshots of Vienna at the Birth and Death of Romanticism.’


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Prussia Cove (UK), where she regularly attends the invitation-only Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music sessions.

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Jenna works as an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School, a school that specializes in music performance. You can learn more about Ms. Sherry at


Daniel Arocha began his musical studies in Caracas, Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. Daniel has been a member of baroque orchestra Virtuosi de Caracas, Arcos Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Youth Symphony. He has participated in several music festivals, including The Great Mountains Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Texas Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall.

He has participated in masterclasses with Gerard Cause, Hideko Kobayashi, Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman and Roberto Diaz. Previous teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Lawrence Wheeler, Wayne Brooks, and Paul Neubauer.





Daniel received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2011. He is a currently an active member of the ARO Quartet. Mr. Arocha’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Mark and Martha Growdon.




PRACH BOONDISKULCHOK piano Thai pianist Prach Boondiskulchok came to England at the age of 13 in search of professional musical training. He joined the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Ruth Nye, and upon graduation, Prach was granted the prestigious Fund for Classical Music Promotion by HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana to further his studies in both piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Highly in demand as a versatile musician, Prach has been a Park Lane Group Young Musician for three consecutive years 2011–2013, selected for both his solo and chamber music playing.

His piano trio, Linos Piano Trio, winner of the Ivan Sutton Award 2010, recently was a finalist in the Ilzach International Competition, and has been appointed Artists-inResidence at the Jersey Academy of Music since 2009. Prach’s busy performing schedule has brought him to many prestigious venues and festivals such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, Schoenberg Centre – Vienna, Thailand Cultural Centre – Bangkok, Lichfield Festival, International Musicians’ Seminar (Prussia Cove, UK), Viana Festival (Portugal), and the Birdfoot Festival (New Orleans, USA).

His youthful performance of Bach Sinfonias in the Royal Festival Hall was praised by the Independent: “ecstatic . . . would have been a high point in any recital programme.” More recently he received critical acclaim in the Strad (April 2011) and the Times (January 2012) for his Purcell Room performances. You can learn more about Mr. Boondiskulchok at Mr. Boondiskulchok’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Dr. Jeff Eaton.

Danny Driver has attracted the attention of music lovers around the world with critically acclaimed performances and recordings of rare distinction on the Hyperion label. His playing has recently been described as ‘masterly, stylish, and full of dazzling pianism’ (Daily Telegraph), ‘superb’ and ‘riveting’ (The New York Times), and as being ‘marked by an exquisitely deft precision’ (International Piano). Highlights of Driver’s 2011 schedule included his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Andrew Litton, acclaimed recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the University of Houston’s International

Piano Festival, and the Husum Piano Rarities Festival (Germany), Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos at the Royal Albert Hall and Hong Kong City Hall, the Australian Chamber Music Festival, and two London concerts of Ligeti’s piano music in collaboration with video artist Netia Jones. In the United States he has appeared frequently at the Bard Music Festival (NY) and in New Orleans (both in recital and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra). As a Hyperion recording artist, Danny Driver has garnered consistent international acclaim, including two Gramophone Editor’s Choice selections and a 2010



Gramophone Award Nomination for his double-disc of York Bowen’s six Piano Sonatas. His recently released record of C. P. E. Bach’s keyboard sonatas was selected by National Public Radio as one of the Top Ten Classical CDs of 2010. Future releases are to include a second volume of C. P. E. Bach’s keyboard works, the piano concertos of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Rory Macdonald, and York Bowen’s complete works for violin and piano with violinist Chloe Hanslip.



Danny Driver studied at Cambridge University, the Royal College of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Piers Lane, Rita Sloan, Irina Zaritskaya and Maria Curcio. You can learn more about Mr. Driver at Mr. Driver’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is underwritten by two generous donors.


‘The clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein appears to be capable of anything a composer could possibly ask,’ writes Donald Rosenberg (Gramophone Magazine, 2012). Alexander Fiterstein is recognized for playing which combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. Considered one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players, he has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Recipient of a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by the New York Times for possessing

a ‘beautiful liquid clarity,’ and the Washington Post wrote, ’Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.’ Mr. Fiterstein is a first prize winner of the second Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Denmark. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Danish National Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

A founder of the chamber music group The Zimro Project, Mr. Fiterstein regularly performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is currently the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.





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Originally from San Diego, violinist Alex Fortes is increasingly being recognized for his musical versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances in Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia as well as throughout the United States with groups such as the Franklin and Momenta string quartets, the Talea Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Future In REverse (FIRE), the String Orchestra of New York City, and A Far Cry, which recently invited him to become a member. A strong advocate of social and civic engagement, Alex worked for the Longwood Symphony, an orchestra associated with Boston’s medical community that uses its performances

to raise funds and awareness for medical nonprofits. In May 2010, he was chosen by former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey to be the student speaker at the New School’s commencement, where he spoke about the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and civic engagement for fostering innovation and strong communities.




Mr. Fortes holds degrees from Harvard and Mannes College. His teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler. Mr. Fortes’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is underwritten by a generous donor.


Violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the second prize winner at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, during which he appeared as soloist in the Tonhalle in Zürich with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Shlomo Mintz. Following the competition, he was praised by the Swiss newspaper Le Nouveliste for his ‘impressive, masterful finesse.’ Isaacman-Beck has performed frequent solo recitals throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast, and appeared with the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the ensemble’s 2010 New York and summer seasons.

Prior to three summers at Kneisel Hall, Isaacman-Beck participated in the ENCORE School for Strings in Ohio. Isaacman-Beck received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Updegraff. While at the Cleveland Institute, he received the Joseph and Elsie Scharff Prize in Violin. At the New England Conservatory, he was the recipient of the Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award and performed the Mendelssohn Octet in Jordan Hall alongside the Borromeo Quartet, and, among other colleagues, Trio Cleonice’s cellist, Gwen Krosnick. Isaacman-Beck received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied

with Ronald Copes, as well as a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes as a student of Laurie Smukler and Mark Steinberg. Isaacman-Beck has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Bach Consort, the Minnetonka Symphony, and the MacPhail Orchestra. During Trio Cleonice’s residency at the New England Conservatory, Isaacman-Beck is a Graduate Diploma Candidate as a student of Donald Weilerstein and will serve on the chamber music faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division. Mr. Isaacman-Beck’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by the Critchfield-Cohn Family.






Gwen Krosnick, cellist, is a founding member of Trio Cleonice, formed in 2008, currently the Graduate Piano Trio-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. As a member of Trio Cleonice, Gwen has performed concerts across the U.S., including recent Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall debuts, and won top prize at the 2012 Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. Gwen has premiered works written for her by Ralph Shapey and Richard Wernick, and Trio Cleonice will premier a new piano trio by Wernick in spring 2013. A double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ms. Krosnick received her Bachelor

of Music Degree as a cello student of Darrett Adkins in addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Language and Literature. She currently studies with Natasha Brofsky at the New England Conservatory, where she is pursuing a Masters degree. In addition to her performing career, Gwen serves on the chamber music faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division and the Rivers School Conservatory. She has given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute Preparatory, and Husson and Baldwin-Wallace Colleges.

Ms. Krosnick spent five summers as a young artist at Kneisel Hall and was a student for four years at Greenwood Music Camp, where she returned as a counselor in 2010 and 2011 where she currently serves on their Board of Directors. A four-time alumna of the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Gwen performed as a participant in the main Yellow Barn Festival in the summer of 2012.





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Born in Brussels, Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington), the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels). A first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition, Mr. Murrath has won numerous awards, including second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition,

Verbier Festival Academy’s Viola Prize, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtág and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres of, and recorded several solo works. An avid chamber musician, Murrath has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Gidon Kremer,

Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists (Chicago), Verbier Festival Academy, Gstaad Festival (Switzerland), Caramoor Rising Stars (New York), Great Lakes Festival (Michigan), and Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont). Mr. Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky, and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. In addition to his performing career, he serves on the faculty of the Longy School of Music at the New England Conservatory. You can learn more about Mr. Murrath at Mr. Murrath’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is underwritten by two generous donors.



Kim Kashkashian, Menahem Pressler, Radovan Vlatkovic, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, David Soyer, and Mitsuko Uchida.




viola Dashiel Nesbitt, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has appeared as a soloist with the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Dash has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, the Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), and, best of all, the Birdfoot Festival. He has performed chamber works with Alexander Kerr, Eric Kim, Danny Driver, Kristopher Tong, and Wonkak Kim. As an orchestral player Dash has performed with the New York String Orchestra,

the Kammerorchester Basel, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in addition to extensive principal work in his university studies. Also an enthusiastic baroque violist, Dash has performed extensively with Robert Mealy as part of both Juilliard415 and the Yale Baroque Ensemble.

He completed his undergraduate degree in viola performance with Atar Arad at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and has just completed his master’s degree at the Yale University School of Music with Ettore Causa. He began playing the viola at the age of 12 in his local public school string program.




Mr. Nesbitt’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Gwen B. Smalley.


violin Described as a ‘keen personality’ by the San Francisco Classical Voice, violinist Lisa Romain has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across North America and Europe. As the winner of the 2012 Mannes Concerto Competition, she made her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall in March 2013, performing Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra. Other highlights of the 2011–12 season included appearances at the inaugural Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, United Kingdom, in masterclasses with András Keller.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with violinist Ulf Hoelscher, cellist Diana Ligeti, and pianist Jerome Lowenthal and has participated in the Chiara Quartet’s Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln, Mannes Beethoven Institute, Orpheus Institute at Juilliard, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Romain received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music as a scholarship student of Laurie Smukler and her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where her teacher was Sally Thomas.

She recently completed postgraduate studies at Mannes in their Professional Studies Diploma program where, upon graduation, she was presented with the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance.




She has spent the past four summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, in Blue Hill, Maine, an experience that has had a significant impact on her musical and personal development. Ms. Romain’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Wan Kim & HS Kim.




KRISTOPHER TONG violin Praised for his exceptional gift of insight, virtuosity and true creative flair, violinist Kristopher Tong has performed in hundreds of concerts across the world as the second violinist of the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. He has performed on such radio programs as NPR’s Performance Today, WGBH’s Classical Performance, and was recently featured on WGBH’s Classical Connections in a new series entitled ‘Why Mass?’.

Mr. Tong serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music with the Borromeo, NEC’s Quartet-in-Residence, and is a guest member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. He has taught and performed at numerous festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Music@Menlo, and at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. From 2002–2004, Mr. Tong was Principal Second Violin with the highly acclaimed Verbier Festival Orchestra, with which he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

He has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet, and was a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover. You can learn more about Mr. Tong at Mr. Tong’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Moxie A. Gray.

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Caleb van der Swaagh, a native New Yorker, graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University where he studied Classics and Medieval & Renaissance studies as a member of the Columbia– Juilliard joint program. He received a Master’s of Music with academic honors from New England Conservatory and he is currently studying at Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber.

An advocate of contemporary music, he has worked with such composers as Alvin Lucier and Philippe Manoury, and he has performed with The Callithumpian Consort and with members of IRCAM. Caleb has attended The Taos School of Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, and The Lucerne Festival Academy, and he is the recipient of the Tanglewood 2010 Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award as well as a grant from The Virtu Foundation. Caleb performed as a soloist with the Columbia University Orchestra and the NEC Bach Society and has appeared on Young Artists Showcase (WCXR).

A committed chamber musician, he has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, and he has performed in such venues as Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. Caleb plays on a cello made in 2006 by Michele Ashley in Boston. Mr. van der Swaagh’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Bruce A. Desselle.






cello Joann Whang is in her second season with the Birdfoot Festival in 2013. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Recent appearances include the Acanthes Festival, the Amsterdam Biënnale, the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals, the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget, the Grachtenfestival, and the Storioni Festival. In 2010, she was awarded both first and audience prizes at the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Competition, resulting in performances with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Her affinity for contemporary music has led her to work with Anssi Karttunen and composers Magnus Lindberg, Martijn Padding, and Kaija Saariaho. She has participated in masterclasses of Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mischa Maisky, and Jian Wang. Orchestral highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Joann began her studies with Metta Watts, Orlando Cole, and Nancy Green. After attending Colburn (B.M.) with Ronald Leonard and Yale (M.M.) with Aldo Parisot, she moved to Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship and graduated at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Michel Strauss and Jan-Ype Nota.




You can learn more about Ms. Whang at Ms. Whang’s participation in the 2013 Birdfoot Festival is generously underwritten by Blake Meike and Catherine Call.



Originally from Korea, Jihyun Kim studied cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy. While at Juilliard, she also pursued a career in music administration and worked for organizations such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, International Sejong Soloists, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Following five years as the operations and touring manager at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, Kim has recently joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as their director of artistic planning and production.

Guest Artist




Jaren Philleo is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jaren auditioned for the LPO following her graduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with Robert Atherholt. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with John Mack. Prior to obtaining her position with the LPO, Jaren was the principal oboist of the Sarasota Opera for two seasons. She has been a featured soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony, Washington Chamber Symphony in the Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jaren has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA. This summer will be Jaren’s first summer teaching at the Interlochen Oboe Institute and her sixth summer performing in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She currently teaches oboe and coaches chamber music at Tulane University.



Guest Artist



NPR veteran Gwen Thompkins grew up in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood of New Orleans and developed her musical interests and knowledge as a student at Ursuline Academy and Newcomb College. She began a journalism career in 1987 at The TimesPicayune and went on to become senior editor of NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Thompkins now resides in New Orleans where she is a commentator and correspondent for NPR, a writer, and the creator and host of WWNO’s Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins.


Host of Birdfoot Backstage



After ten years in this role (during which the program’s audience doubled) she established NPR’s East African bureau in Nairobi, Kenya. After four years in Africa, she returned to the U.S. as a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard University.




CHAMBER MUSIC MENTORING PROGRAM Birdfoot’s Chamber Music Mentoring Program challenges dedicated young musicians to expand their musical abilities, imagination, and leadership skills through an intense chamber music experience. Participating chamber ensembles are selected by audition and coached and mentored by the Birdfoot Festival’s outstanding professional artists. Selected ensembles are chosen to perform publicly before a Birdfoot Festival concert, and all participants interact with Birdfoot artists as VIP guests at concerts and events. Mentoring Program Pre-Concerts and Performances: Ramp Room, Little Gem Saloon 7 PM, May 24, 2013 Dixon Hall Foyer, Tulane University 7 PM, May 25, 2013


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Mentoring Program Teachers and Coaches: David Anderson Katie Antis Jane Gabka Sheryl Hadeka Harry Hardin Benjamin Hart Joan Jensen Dr. Kent Jensen Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko Lauren Lemmler Matthew McDonald

Alan Nesbit Christopher Pell Jaren Philleo John Rankin Karen Ray John Reeks Ila Rondeau Stacy Salay Byron Tauchi Carrie Telthorst Heather Zinninger

“Participating as a student was truly a transformative experience . . . The coaching I received opened my ears to so many elements of the music — the narrative entwined with each movement’s structure, the dynamic and temporal details integral to the emotional impact, the cohesiveness of phrases in the piece as a whole. I felt like I was both playing and listening to music differently after each coaching.” — 2012 participant

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (i. Allegro non troppo) Kyle Anderson, cello Kunrui Peng, piano David Anderson: Seven Duets for Cello and Bass Kyle Anderson, cello Sam Shreves, bass György Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet Category 5 Winds: Andre Toledano, III, flute Amy Cassier, oboe Taylor Sparacello, clarinet Kieron Oliver, horn Brandon Nath, bassoon Joseph Canteloube: Rustiques Five Reeds: Liam Oliver, oboe Christian Fernandez, clarinet James Pagnutti, bassoon W. A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 3 in G major, K. 156 (i. Presto) Miles and his Muses: Alea Zone, violin Sue Kim, violin Lili Cerise, viola Miles Lemmler, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18, no. 1 (i. Allegro con brio) Antonio Quartet: Michael Olejniczak, violin Dancheng Zhang, violin Kathryn Fagan, viola Rachael Levine, cello W. A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, “The Hunt” (i. Allegro vivace assai) Quartet Magnifique: Rebecca Horowitz, violin Ellye Groh, violin Catherine Cerise, viola Rachael Levine, cello


Participating Groups:

Astor Piazzola: Night Club 1960 (Histoire du Tango) Too Blue: Cosmo Centanni, violin Brian King, guitar Antonin Dvorˇák: Quintet in G major, Op. 77 (i. Allegro con fuoco) The String Beans: Cosmo Centanni, violin Joyce Zhao, violin Britney Washington, viola Emily Alves, cello Sam Shreves, bass












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Donor list is current to May 9, 2013. CONCERT SPONSORS ($5,000–$9,999) Madewood Plantation House RosaMary Foundation ARTIST SPONSORS ($3,000–$4,999) Anonymous Moxie A. Gray FELLOWSHIP SPONSORS ($1,000–$2,999) Chevron Humankind Critchfield-Cohn Family Bruce A. Desselle Mark & Martha Growdon Wan Kim & HS Kim Dr. Frederick & Ivy Kushner Louisiana Division of the Arts The McCall Fund Blake Meike New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Thomas & Tracey W. Sherry Gwen B. Smalley

BENEFACTORS ($750–$999) John and EvaBlanche Centanni Kellogg Organizational Effectiveness Fund Lexus of New Orleans PATRONS ($500–$749) Anne S. Bradburn Lakshmi Dasari Downtown Development District Melanie A. Edwards, M.D. Charles & Marcia Growdon John & Christopher McLachlan Drs. Ranney & Emel Mize Parkside Foundation Vicki & John Shreves Z Smith & Caz Taylor SUPPORTERS ($250–$499) Danny Boone Annemarie & Jerald Furphy Jonathan & Jane McCall John & Irene Cerise

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(Friends, continued) Rosemarie Robertson Lisa Romain Michael Dobrinski & Andrea Segar Margaret Shields Haeyoon Shin Lori Boyer & Steven Skoog Edith Forbes & Ruth Sylvester Emily Stolper Sally A. Trufant Michael Unterman Joann Whang Dennis & Jill Wyatt IN-KIND DONORS Madewood Plantation House Little Gem Saloon Tulane University Bryan Subaru Jacob Sherry Media, LLC Hall Piano Company Cypress Creative Cochon

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