Birdfoot Festival 2015 Program

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“. . . fiery, committed, intensely personal readings . . . the risk-taking energy was palpable . . .” The Birdfoot Festival brings dynamic live chamber music to New Orleans each May. Named for the branching footprint of the Mississippi River Delta, Birdfoot has gained an enthusiastic local following and won glowing critical reviews for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-bending style.” Live Chamber Music Taking inspiration from the relaxed intimacy of New Orleans’s strong musical culture, Birdfoot events take place in jazz clubs as well as concert halls. They inspire dialogue between performers and audience members, no matter how familiar or adventurous the repertoire on the program.



International Quality with a Local Flavor Birdfoot fosters in-depth collaboration between emerging and established international artists who come together to study great works of chamber music and share them with the community. The result is a series of innovative live (and lively) chamber music concerts and events throughout New Orleans that engage fresh ears and experienced concert-goers alike. Mentoring, Education, and Outreach Coached, mentored, and inspired by Birdfoot’s outstanding artists, local music students experience the “communication and joy of playing with other musicians” in the festival’s three-week intensive Chamber Music Mentoring Program. Participants learn the teamwork, leadership, and ensemble skills intrinsic to chamber music. The Birdfoot Festival brings its music to diverse audiences through an ongoing series of Community Concerts throughout New Orleans. Past locations have included schools, community centers, and a daycare center for seniors and medically fragile adults.

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


I was introduced to live chamber music by a Tokyo String Quartet concert. Having previously only heard recorded chamber music, it took me quite a few concerts to begin to recognize the intangible qualities that made these live performances so different from their recorded counterparts. We enjoy the great treasure that is recorded music, but it can never have many of the dimensions which offer themselves only through live performance. Immediacy and spontaneity resist packaging for later consumption—live music performance offers the ever-renewing joy of the unexpected. The Birdfoot Festival seeks to amplify the live performance experience by revealing the artistic process that results in extraordinary concerts: Birdfoot opens rehearsals to the public, creates events where artists share and discuss their approach to the music, and holds reading sessions for local musicians. Collaborations with other art forms multiply the artistic dimensions of Birdfoot’s performances, while postconcert celebrations continue the exchange of energy between performing artists and audience members. I invite you to experience this process by sitting in on Birdfoot’s Open Rehearsals, the rare opportunity to step “backstage” and observe outstanding musicians craft, shape, polish, and finally perform great works of chamber music. I invite you to

simultaneously enjoy the great visual art on display in New Orleans’s Arts District and listen in as local music students, coached by Birdfoot artists, begin to cultivate their own artistic voices in the festival’s Chamber Music Mentoring Program. I further invite you to get to know Birdfoot’s artists and join in the musical conversations that follow each performance.



If you find Birdfoot’s concerts and events enriching and exciting, as I have for four seasons now, I invite you to join me and many other generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers by making a donation and/or lending your time and talents to the Birdfoot Festival. Your contributions are essential to the continued existence of this “remarkable enterprise,” as Danny Driver (internationally renowned pianist and 2012 & 2013 Birdfoot artist) describes this festival. If you are already a Birdfoot supporter, you’ve helped make possible everything Birdfoot does. I look forward to talking with you after Birdfoot’s 2015 concerts and events—if they don’t leave us speechless. Michael W. Ball President, Birdfoot Festival Board of Directors 7

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In the weeks and months leading up to Birdfoot 2015, I’ve found myself thinking about what it means to listen, and wondering how other people, especially people who aren’t musicians, hear music. Most of us are surrounded by noise, sound, and often music, in our daily lives—almost bombarded by it sometimes. This bath of sound can be pleasant, or it can make us uncomfortable. It often carries powerful messages—messages we’re all incredibly fast at categorizing and understanding: “I should feel like partying” music is clearly distinguishable from “this is a sophisticated restaurant” music. There’s music to make your baby smarter, music to put us in the mood to buy things, music to feel cool to, elevator music (for avoiding awkward silences with strangers?), and the strangely ever-popular category of “relaxing classics” (most of which aren’t actually relaxing if you stop to think about it). All of us are especially sensitive when it comes to identifying music that belongs to our own generation or social group, versus music that belongs to others, a category I like to think of as “Their Music” (NOT my music). For some people, “Their Music” might be heavy metal or hip-hop, while for others, “classical” music qualifies unmistakably as “Music-I-wouldn’t-be-caught-deadlistening-to.”

Even though these quick-fire labels allow us to build on what we know, to enjoy divergence from the expected, and to appreciate a particularly beautiful example of something we already love, they also get in the way of the main point (it seems to me) of actually LISTENING! If we instantly put things into tidy little boxes, have we actually heard the thing itself? I imagine telling myself, “C’mon, brain, stop jumping to conclusions already!”, realizing that this is a conversation with my very wiring…yet to have this conversation is to be human: The incredible fact that with a little attention, we can shift from the more passive mode of hearing to the more interesting state of listening, a role that makes each of us, and each one of you the audience, co-authors in our experiences. Because to listen is not just to have heard, but also to try to understand and absorb and experience. And imagine what might come next— empathy, respect, world peace (one can dream…)? Suddenly the simple act of listening starts to sound like a gift worth sharing, an activity worth living for.



Whatever your internal musical pigeon-holes, I hope you’ll find something worth really listening to during Birdfoot 2015. And I hope you’ll come and tell us about it…wait, what did you say? Jenna Sherry Artistic Director


Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM Spun Café, Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp Street, Downtown New Orleans Free Admission

New Orleans resident and composer Yotam Haber and Birdfoot Festival musicians discuss and perform Haber’s quartet for violin, viola and two cellos, Society of the Free and Easy, in preview of its New Orleans premiere at Café Istanbul on Wednesday, May 27. Get to know a real living composer, ask questions, and chat with Birdfoot Festival artists. This event features the following Birdfoot artists: Yotam Haber composer Clara Kim violin Matthew Carrington viola Michael Kaufman cello Daniel Lelchuk cello







SOCIETY OF THE FREE AND EASY Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM Café Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Faubourg Marigny

Andrew Norman Selections from The Companion Guide to Rome (2010) (b. 1979) III. Susanna VI. Clemente IX. Sabina Clara Kim violin Michael Kaufman cello Matthew Carrington viola Nathan Schram viola (III. Susanna)

Yotam Haber Society of the Free and Easy (2014) (b. 1976) Clara Kim violin Michael Kaufman cello Matthew Carrington viola Daniel Lelchuk cello Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920–22) (1875–1937) Allegro Très Vif Lent Vif, Avec Entrain 12

Kristopher Tong violin

Vladimir Waltham cello

Andrew Norman Light Screens (2002) (b. 1979) Garrett Hudson flute Karen Kim violin Roger Chase viola Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello



Anton Webern Langsamer Satz (1905) (1883–1945) Karen Kim violin Jenna Sherry violin Roger Chase viola Vladimir Waltham cello

This evening’s concert is sponsored by OffBeat Magazine.



BIRDFOOT @ ASHÉ: SPOKEN WORD AND MUSIC Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:00–7:30 PM Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Central City, New Orleans Free Admission

Join spoken-word poet Kataalyst Alcindor and Birdfoot Festival musicians for an interactive program of music, spoken-word poetry, and conversation honoring the visible and invisible legacies that still remain ten years after Hurricane Katrina. This event features a preview of excerpts from Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans (full performance on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Contemporary Arts Center). This event features the following Birdfoot artists: Kataalyst Alcindor spoken word Jenna Sherry violin Laura Lutzke violin Nathan Schram viola Joann Whang cello


To be recorded for broadcast in partnership with WWNO 89.9 FM Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM Basin St. Station, 501 Basin Street, Faubourg Tremé Free Admission—Limited Seating Advance Reservation Required Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” in a conversation about Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence from the elegant Basin St. Station, one of New Orleans’s newest live music venues. Tchaikovsky sketched ideas for this perennial musical favorite on a trip to Italy, but then finished composing the sextet upon returning to Russia. The delectable outcome is a blend of Italian and Russian flavors—imagine an Italian gelato made with Russian cream! This event is an opportunity to get inside the music alongside musicians from the Birdfoot Festival as they explore one of chamber music’s most joyful and seductive works. The event will be recorded live for future broadcast on WWNO 89.9 FM. Join the conversation! This event features the following Birdfoot artists:



Kristopher Tong violin Karen Kim violin Nathan Schram viola Matthew Carrington viola Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello Joann Whang cello 15

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Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM (Mentoring Program Pre-Concert at 7:15 PM) Freeport-McMoRan Theater, Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp Street, Downtown New Orleans

Thomas Adès (b. 1971)

Selections from Arcadiana, Op. 12 (1994) I. Venezia Notturna

IV. Tango Mortale

Jenna Sherry violin Laura Lutzke violin Nathan Schram viola Joann Whang cello

Kaija Saariaho Mirrors for Flute and Cello (1997) (b. 1952) Garrett Hudson flute Joann Whang cello Kataalyst Alcindor (b. 1987)

Poems and Interludes

VI. O Albion

VII. Lethe

La Mer (1903–05), arranged for piano trio by Sally Beamish (2014) I. II. III.

“De l’aube à midi sur la mer” – très lent – animez peu à peu (“From dawn to midday on the sea”) “Jeux de vagues” – allegro (dans un rythme très souple) – animé (“Play of the waves”) “Dialogue du vent et de la mer” – animé et tumultueux – cédez très légérement (“Dialogue of the wind and the sea”)

Laura Lutzke violin Prach Boondiskulchok piano Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello Kataalyst Alcindor (b. 1987)

Poems and Interludes

Samuel Barber Adagio (1936) (1910–1981) violin I Kristopher Tong, Clara Kim, Karen Kim violin II Jenna Sherry, Laura Lutzke viola Roger Chase, Matthew Carrington, Nathan Schram cello Vladimir Waltham, Joann Whang, Michael Kaufman, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir bass Paul Macres This evening’s concert is sponsored by the Downtown Development District of New Orleans.


Claude Debussy (1862–1918)





FINAL GALA CONCERT: SOUVENIR DE FLORENCE Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM (Mentoring Program Pre-Concert at 7:15 PM) Dixon Hall, Tulane University, Uptown

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285 (1756–1791) Allegro Adagio Rondo Garrett Hudson flute Laura Lutzke violin Matthew Carrington viola Vladimir Waltham cello Ernst von Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 (1877–1960) Allegro non troppo Intermezzo: Allegretto Moderato Jenna Sherry violin Michael Kaufman cello Clara Kim violin Prach Boondiskulchok piano Roger Chase viola

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1840–1893) Allegro con spirito Adagio cantabile e con moto Allegretto moderato Allegro vivace Kristopher Tong violin Karen Kim violin Nathan Schram viola Matthew Carrington viola Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello Joann Whang cello

This evening’s concert is sponsored by Moxie A. Gray & Loki B.N. Cape.




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Artistic Director, violin

From New Orleans, violinist Jenna Sherry has lived in the UK since she was selected as a Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008. An active performer, she has appeared at Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, the Barbican Hall, as well as the City of London Festival, the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and a Study Day on the Brahms violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, the Peabody Trio, violist Atar Arad, and pianist Danny Driver.

She has participated in chamber music festivals around the world, including the Taos Chamber Music School and Festival (USA), and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (UK) where she regularly attends the invitation-only Open Chamber Music sessions. 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. Jenna also enjoys playing with unconducted orchestras and works regularly with groups such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Britten Sinfonia, and Spira Mirabilis.

Jenna received a Bachelors of Music from Indiana University’s 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 Junior Fellowship at the school. Recent mentors include Ferenc Rados and Andras Keller.

Artist JENNA SHERRY Artistic Director, violin


Jenna is founder and Artistic Director of the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans, a chamber music festival that has been recognized for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-bending style.” Jenna is an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School (Surrey, UK), a specialist music school for students between 8–18 years old. You can learn more about Ms. Sherry at



Thai-born London-based pianist Prach Boondiskulchok is one of today’s most prodigiously gifted and soughtafter pianists, highly in demand as a versatile musician who is distinctive in both chamber and solo music. Mr. Boondiskulchok has established an impressive international career, performing at some of the world’s foremost concert venues, including London’s major concert halls (the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the South Bank Centre’s Purcell Room), and celebrated venues throughout Germany, Austria, France, and Thailand. Mr. Boondiskulchok’s piano trio, the Linos Piano Trio, recently won

the internationally coveted one-time achievement Royal Philharmonic Society Prize, and has been selected as an ensemble-in-residence at London’s Kings Place for mentorship by the organization ChamberStudio, an incubator for exceptionally talented chamber groups. Upon graduating from the Yehudi Mehuhin School (the world-renowned music school founded by Yehudi Menuhin), Mr. Boondiskulchok had the opportunity to perform for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand, the patron of classical music in Thailand. Her Royal Highness granted him the highly prestigious ‘Fund for Classical Music Promotion,’ as one of only three students ever to receive a full scholarship for undergraduate-level study. Mr. Boondiskulchok pursued his study in both piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with renowned pianists and pedagogues Martin Roscoe and Caroline Palmer. In addition to these

teachers, Mr. Boondiskulchok has also worked with world-famous artists Ferenc Rados, Pascal Devoyon, American pianist Richard Goode, Dominique Merlet, and the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Equally at home in musical languages from the early Baroque to the most contemporary repertoire, Mr. Boondiskulchok is a unique artist who combines core repertoire with a diverse range of newly discovered music. This year, his ensemble, the Linos Trio, has the honor of being the first piano trio to ever release a recording of C. P. E. Bach’s complete piano trios. An experienced educator, Mr. Boondiskulchok gives regular masterclasses, has been named Artistin-Residence at the Jersey Academy of Music, and has been on the faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin School since 2010. You can learn more about Mr. Boondiskulchok at





Violist Matthew Carrington enjoys a diverse performing career, from chamber ensembles to large orchestras, performing works from ancient times to the present day. He currently is a member of Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined, which performs music of all eras on period instruments to enthusiastic audiences. Prior to joining Mercury, he performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony. As a member of the Apollo Chamber Players for three seasons, he helped illuminate the intersection of classical and traditional folk music from around the world.

A native of Fresno, California, he benefitted from early instruction from Claudia Shiuh. Mr. Carrington received a B.M. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a M.M. and Performer Diploma from Indiana University. He counts among his primary teachers Roy Malan, Mimi Zweig, and Atar Arad, as well as secondary instruction from Stanley Ritchie and Yuval Gotlibovich.




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Born in London, Roger Chase studied at the Royal College of Music with Bernard Shore and in Canada with Steven Staryk, also working for a short time with the legendary Lionel Tertis. He made his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1979, and has since played as a soloist or chamber musician in major cities throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Middle East, India, most of Eastern and all of Western Europe, Scandinavia, and South Africa. He was a member of many ensembles including the Nash Ensemble for more than 20 years, the London Sinfonietta, the EsterhĂĄzy Baryton Trio, the Quartet of London, Hausmusik of London, and the London Chamber Orchestra, and has been invited to play as principal viola with many major

British orchestras and others in North America and Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded for EMI, CRD, Hyperion, Cala, Virgin, Dutton, Centaur, Naxos, and Floating Earth Records, demonstrating his diverse interests by playing with a folk group on an amplified viola, as a soloist on an authentic instrument, and as an exponent of the avant-garde.

Artist ROGER CHASE viola


Mr. Chase has taught in the UK at the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has been a professor at Oberlin College, and currently teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Roger Chase’s participation in the 2015 Birdfoot Festival is sponsored by an anonymous donation.



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An exciting cellist in the early stages of his career, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has already performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Concerto performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Gulda and chamber music engagements have taken him across the States and Western Europe. Michael has participated in several important chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Recent highlights include chamber music concerts with Midori, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, a month-long engagement playing principal cello of

La Monnaie in Brussels, and his trio, the Mühlfeld Trio, being selected as winners at the Beverly Hills Auditions.



Last summer he founded and directed the Sunset ChamberFest, a chamber music festival in Los Angeles with an emphasis on contemporary music. This year, he was a founding member of the new conductor-less Los Angeles–based chamber orchestra, Kaleidoscope. Michael’s previous teachers include Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate from the University of Southern California. You can learn more about Mr. Kaufman at


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Artist CLARA KIM violin

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Violinist Clara Kim has not only worked with some of today’s most influential composers on their own pieces — Donald Crockett, Michael Gordon, Grammy Award–winning Stephen Hartke, and Andrew Norman — but she has also collaborated with numerous young composers in the creation of solo works written for her. Performance highlights include Edward Nesbit’s Violin Concerto with Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the premiere of Jordan Nelson’s Violin Concerto with USC’s Thornton Edge, and the American Soundscapes Workshop with John Adams at Carnegie Hall.

Clara is the first prize winner at the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, and has performed at festivals across Europe and North America, such as Grachten (Netherlands), Heidelberg Frühling (Germany), and Prussia Cove (UK). She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the USC Thornton School of Music. You can learn more about Ms. Kim at



Allende Chamber Music Festival in Mexico; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney. Grammy Award–winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. She has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, appearing in such venues and concert series as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the San Miguel de

Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Karen Kim also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Esteemed for her versatility across a broad spectrum of musical idioms and artistic disciplines, Karen Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz,

Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, NOVUS NY, and Chameleon Arts Ensemble. She is also a devoted advocate of the music of our time, and has premiered works by Lera Auerbach, Wang Jie, Jeremy Gill, Patrick Castillo, Conrad Wilson, Craig Woodward, and others. A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Karen Kim received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance and her master’s degree in chamber music from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein; she also studied jazz violin with vocalist Dominique Eade.

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Artist LAURA LUTZKE violin

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Violinist Laura Lutzke enjoys a musically versatile career, with a passion for solo playing, chamber music and new ways of making music. Born in 1987 and raised in New York, her playing has been described as “liquid, radiant and shimmering, with beautifully played solo lines” by The New York Times. As an avid chamber musician, Laura was one of the “Rising Stars” at the Caramoor International Music Festival, collaborating with artists such as Atar Arad, Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt. In the summer of 2012, she was chosen to be a “Bowdoin Virtuoso” at the Bowdoin International

Music Festival, performing and teaching alongside musicians such as Frank Huang, Lewis Kaplan, Mikhail Kopelman, Kurt Muroki, and Paul Neubauer. She also participates regularly in the Saronic Chamber Music Festival in Poros, Greece, the Cervo Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and in Lake Tahoe SummerFest in California. She is a current member of the critically acclaimed American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), based in New York City, performing regularly at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joe’s Pub, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has collaborated with Alarm Will Sound, Björk, Gabriel Kahane, Johann Johannsson,

Max Richter, Paul McCartney, The National, Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, and Yann Tiersen, among others. She regularly attends the Open Chamber Music Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, UK, and she was chosen to participate in their 2010 Autumn Tour, ending with a performance at the Wigmore Hall in London. Laura earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Lewis Kaplan, and she has most recently completed a second postgraduate course in Violin Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Artist NATHAN SCHRAM viola




Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan Schram is a sought-after violist, composer, arranger, and improviser living in Brooklyn, New York. Working with many of today’s great composers, he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Brooks Frederickson, Elliot Cole, and Brad Balliet. He is a founding member of the string trio Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and performing their own compositions which released their debut album, Wedding Music, this year.

Nathan is also a violist in the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda. He explores other musical interests by playing with an array of adventurous ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, New York Baroque Incorporated, Le Train Bleu, and the Wordless Orchestra. Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York–based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory in Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. In addition to their work in the U.S., Musicambia has collaborated with projects in Venezuela and Scotland. Future engagements for 2015 include tours and performances with Björk, Gabriel Kahane, arranging, performing, and recording music with Becca Stevens, and teaching and performing at

universities such as UCLA, Vassar College, Bowling Green State University, and correctional facilities around the country. 2015 will also see the premiere of Nathan’s new work for bassoon, clarinet, French horn, cello, and viola in New York City. Nathan is an alumnus of Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s Ensemble ACJW. As an ACJW Fellow, Nathan participated in frequent chamber music performances throughout the city’s leading chamber music venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, and WQXR’s Greene Space. In addition to chamber music performances, Nathan partnered with Elementary School PS75k in Bushwick, Brooklyn, as the resident teaching artist. His experience as a teaching artist and ACJW fellow was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden as a two-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition. Nathan is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola Competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition, and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain, with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. Nathan has performed chamber music alongside Itzhak Perlman, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Phil Setzer, Atar Arad, Joshua Bell, Ron Leonard, and Jonathan Carney.


“Charismatic” (The New York Times) cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for which the LA Times praised her for her “emotional intensity.” Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello, she has performed solo with the Toronto and Iceland Symphonies as well as in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, and Disney Hall. A versatile artist, her 2014–2015 season includes solo recitals with San Francisco Performances Salons at the Rex and the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C., a return to Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions, performances of the Ligeti Concerto with Argento Ensemble, as well as concerts in the U.S. and Europe with the Manhattan Piano Trio.

Sæunn has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, and Cavani Quartets, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured. In addition to working closely with Daníel Bjarnason on his award-winning composition “Bow to String,” she has premiered dozens of works, including new pieces by Peter Schickele, Paul Schoenfield, Jane Antonia Cornish and Kendall Briggs. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sæunn lives in New York City. You can learn more about her at







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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-inResidence, and is a guest member of 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.



Though still in his twenties, French–British cellist Vladimir Waltham has already established an impressive international career. He has performed at some of the world’s foremost concert venues, including London’s major concert halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in­-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square), as well as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more.

Born in 1989 into a family of musicians, he joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6 to study cello with the world-famous cellist and pedagogue Lluís Claret. After a brief period in the Conservatoire of Pau, he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain to study with acclaimed cellist Pierre Doumenge. He continued his training with Mr. Doumenge at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also studied baroque cello and viols with the eminent teachers Alison McGillivray and Liam Byrne. Mr. Waltham’s talent and versatility have earned him numerous awards and prizes. He is in demand as both a modern and baroque cellist and has performed as a concerto soloist in England and France.

Mr. Waltham is a founding member of the award-winning Linos Piano Trio, recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2014 Frost Prize for chamber music, an award for young British chamber ensembles of exceptional talent. Mr. Waltham is also a founding member of the Hieronymus Quartet, which has received glowing reviews and is recognized as one of Britain’s most successful young quartets since taking both the main prize and the audience prize at the 2012 Cavatina Intercollegiate Prize for Chamber Music. In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by a lengthy audition process for support from the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which includes the loan of a rare baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano. In 2013 his cello duo, Duo Domenico, was the recipient of the audience prize at the internationally followed York Early Music Competition. His chamber music collaborators regularly include celebrated musicians such as Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras. Upcoming engagements include a busy season of concerts and appearances at leading venues and festivals in Dublin, Ireland, Frankfurt, Germany, London, and Berlin. You can learn more about Mr. Waltham at




Photo: Ben Gibbs


A Fulbright Grant recipient and first prize and audience prize winner at the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Competition, Joann Whang has performed as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, NJO New Music Ensemble, and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, as well as performing in numerous festivals including Birdfoot (her third season!), Delft, Domaine Forget, Giverny, Grachten, and Storioni. She has also been broadcasted in the Netherlands on Radio 4 and public television station VPRO’s Vrije Geluiden. Her affinity to contemporary music has led her to work closely with cellist

Anssi Karttunen at the Acanthes Contemporary Music Festival in France and study works by composers-inresidence Tristan Murial and Beat Furrer. She performed music of young composers and collaborated with Magnus Lindberg at Creative Dialogue V, an inspiring workshop in Santa Fe led by Karttunen. During three seasons at NJO Muziekzomer, she worked with flutist Camilla Hoitenga and composer Kaija Saariaho on her solo cello and chamber music works, and was soloist for Dutch composer Martijn Padding’s cello concerto Last Words. Joann has often performed with Dutch contemporary ensemble Asko|Schönberg, Vienna-based Solaris Duo, and is a founding member of Trio de Kooning. After returning to the

United States, she became a founding member of the Argus Quartet and Artistic Associate at MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit music organization in California. Joann has participated in masterclasses of Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Concertgebouw, Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig at ENCORE School for Strings, Lynn Harrell and Alan Harris in Aspen, Jian Wang, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She began her studies with Metta Watts and Orlando Cole in Philadelphia and with Nancy Green in Tucson. After graduating from the Colburn Conservatory with Ronald Leonard, she pursued graduate studies with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music and Michel Strauss at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague.

Artist JOANN WHANG cello



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Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee is a New Orleans–based photographer. A native of Chicago, he studied photojournalism at Ohio University. Since 2005, he has worked as a staff photographer at the Orange County Register and as a freelancer for The New York Times, CondÊ Nast Traveler, New Orleans Magazine, OffBeat Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Le Parisien Magazine, Jazzism, and many others. Beyond his editorial work, Ryan collaborates with numerous New Orleans nonprofits, businesses, and artists such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, WWOZ, the

Birdfoot Festival, Make Music NOLA, NOLA Green Roots, Cha Wa, the Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, and others to reach the public with photography that is both compelling and culturally responsible. Ryan also has a number of long-running personal projects exploring culture, music, and landscape in New Orleans and other unique communities across the nation. His website offers multi-media essays incorporating photography, text, audio, and video. Images from these projects have been featured in local, national, and international exhibits and collections. His photo essay on the 2014 Birdfoot Festival can be seen at

Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

audio documentarian

Joe Stolarick is a New Orleans-based audio engineer and musician. Originally from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Joe first visited New Orleans in 2010 as a member of AmeriCorps and permanently relocated in 2012. He now works as Audio-Visual Production Specialist for the Louisiana State Museum, recording, mixing, and documenting concerts and special events held at the Old U.S. Mint’s Performing Arts Center. He also supports digitization of the LSM’s internationally recognized Jazz Collection and other recorded media.

In addition to his work for the Louisiana State Museum, Joe freelances as an audio engineer and producer, frequently partnering with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM. His recordings have been featured on numerous public radio programs including American Routes with Nick Spitzer, Talkin’ Jazz with Fred Kasten, and Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins.

Joe earned his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Recording Technology and Percussion from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) in 2008. In 2007, he completed an audio production internship at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington, D.C. After graduation, Joe worked as Assistant Engineer at George Blood Audio/Safe Sound Archive, an audio preservation facility located in Philadelphia, PA.

An accomplished percussionist, Joe performs and records regularly with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park band. He has also shared the stage with many local musicians including Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, the Panorama Jazz Band, and Kelcy Mae.

Field and sound recordings that Joe recorded during the 2014 Birdfoot Festival can be heard on his SoundCloud site.

Artist JOSEPH STOLARICK audio documentarian



poet Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

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Kataalyst Alcindor is a New Orleanian who carries his city with him wherever he goes. His poetry is a continuous ode to those he respects, his ancestors, and his heroes. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, he was the only poet chosen from thousands of submissions to appear on the second season of the Lexus Verses & Flow national television series. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of An American Playlist: Music & Verse alongside Black Thought and Questlove of the legendary hip-hop house band The Roots, a performance that earned him the NAACP Image Award nomination.

He has performed at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, New York’s Nuyorican Café, and his city’s own Mahalia Jackson Theater. He can be seen online at Verses and Flow as well as on the indie music website


His music hailed by New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “deeply haunting,” by the Los Angeles Times as one of five classical musicians “2014 Faces To Watch,” and chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440, Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He is the recipient of a 2013 Harvard Fromm Music Foundation commission, a 2013 NYFA award, the 2007 Rome Prize, and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

He has received grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage, ASCAP, and the Copland House. Recent commissions include works for Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor; an evening-length oratorio for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, CalARTS@REDCAT/Disney Hall (Los Angeles); New York–based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Either/Or, and Alarm Will Sound; the 2015 New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series; the 2012 and 2014 Venice Biennale; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet,

Cantori New York, the Tel Aviv–based Meitar Ensemble, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation. He is currently working on Voice Imitator, an evening-length cycle of piano works with visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber, based on the stories of Thomas Bernhard; and a new work for the Kronos Quartet. Haber is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of New Orleans and Artistic Director Emeritus of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade. You can learn more about Mr. Haber at

Guest Artist YOTAM HABER composer



Guest Artist DANIEL LELCHUK cello


House Muscat (Oman) with the Castleton Opera. Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in Fall 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association.


Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” he is the recipient of an award from the Angela Prokopp Foundation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Having played throughout North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, he was invited as visiting cellist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha and also performed as principal cello at the Royal Opera

He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden and Salzburg, and has given chamber music concerts with such musicians as Alex Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Steve Wryczynski, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. He serves on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in the Adirondacks and is cellist for New Orleans–based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. Originally from New Hampshire, Daniel studied with Eric Kim at the

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington) where he received the Eva Heinitz scholarship and played as principal cello of the Indiana University Philharmonic and Opera orchestras. He began cello when not yet five, studying for ten years with Donna Denniston, followed by studies with Sato Knudsen (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and, for a year in Rome, with Francesco Strano (‘I Musici’ and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia). A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel served from 2010–2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.


Minnesota native Paul Macres is a bassist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with many ensembles across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he has played guest principal bass with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and has toured across the globe with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Paul often spends his summers performing in Colorado, this year with the Colorado Music Festival and previous years with the Breckenridge Music Festival. Other summer engagements include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, where he has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Steven Tyler, and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

An active teacher in the Greater New Orleans area, Paul has held positions at numerous schools and creative arts organizations throughout the city. Currently, he teaches at Alice Harte Charter School, Make Music NOLA, for the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Guest Artist PAUL MACRES bass


Paul holds a Bachelors of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, a Masters of Music from Rice University, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School. In his free time, he enjoys playing ping pong and setting his fantasy baseball lineup.




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: Spun Café, Contemporary Arts Center 7:15 PM, Friday, May 29, 2015 Dixon Hall Foyer, Tulane University 7:15 PM, Saturday, May 30, 2015


Lafargue Pianos, 1828 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana 6:00 PM, Sunday, May 31, 2015 (all participating groups)

Music Teachers of 2015 Mentoring Program Students: Dr. Lois Geertz Ben Hart Jiuka Jeleva Kent Jensen Dr. Marta Jurjevich Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko

Lauren Lemmler Philip von Maitzahn Susan Millar Karen Ray Bill Schettler Yuki Tanaka

“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

Miles and the Muses: Alea Zone violin I Catherine Cerise violin II (on viola) Lili Cerise viola Miles Lemmler cello Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 no. 4 (I. Allegro ma non tanto) Bass Clef Buddies: Emily Alves cello Jud Mitchell double bass Gioachino Rossini: Duet for Cello and Bass in D major (I. Allegro)

An Alternate World: Hiroki Fujioka violin Cecilee Robson viola Rachel Levine cello I Alyssa Cox cello II Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35 (II. Theme: Moderato; and Variations) Musique en Deux: Kristin Walther violin Laurel Walther violin


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Ignaz Pleyel: Duo Op. 8, no. 1

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