Miguel Romea, Conductor

Born in Madrid , Miguel Romea studied in Madrid Superior Conservatory where he obtained a Masters Degree and was awarded First Extraordinary Prize. He moved to Holland and Austria to the Rotterdam and Salzburg Mozarteum Conservatories. He also studied clarinet, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition.

Mr. Romea began his conducting career in 2002 as Assistant Conductor of Madrid Youth symphony Orchestra. He worked there with conductors such as Yuri Nashuskin and Lorenzo Ramos. After 2 years, he was named Chief Conductor of the Extremadura Youth Orchestra (Ojex). His many accomplishments with this orchestra have been remarkable, specially the cycle of Beethoven Symphonies . Under his baton, the Extremadura Youth Symphony has developed to become one of the most reknowned youth orchestras, performing in Spain, Portugal and Italy. He held this position until January 2013.

He has held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Verum Symphony Orchestra since 2009. As the first professional Symphonic Orchestra in Castilla la Mancha, Spain, most of the musicians taking part in this orchestra are the outstanding new generation of Spanish classical musicians. Some of the most important successes are the productions of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, The Song of the Earth, Tristan und Isolde, Der Rosenkavalier, Fantastic Symphony etc.

From 2004 to 2014 he is also Chief Conductor of Beethoven Philharmonic in Campo de Criptana. This is one of the oldest and most respected musical societies in Spain. He has conducted it around Spain, France and Holland.

As guest conductor, Mr. Romea has conducted on a regular basis orchestras as the National Orchestra of Spain, Radio television Orchestra of Spain, Madrid Orchestra ORCAM, Orquesta de Castilla y León, Navarra Symphony, Malaga Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, Cordoba Symphony, Extremadura Symphony, Andres Segovia Symphony, Orfeon Donostiarra, Symphony Wind Band of Madrid, El Paso Symphony, etc.
Mr. Romea has conducted as well Malaysian Philharmonic, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Kuopio Orchester , Jonkoping Sinfonietta, Orquesta Eduardo Mata (Mexico), among other orchestras around Asia and Europe.

Also, his commitment to Youth orchestras is strong and continuous. He appears frequently conducting Spanish Youth Symphony orchestra, Montreal Youth Orchestra, Madrid Youth Symphony, Extremart Ensemble, Musikene, Superior Conservatory of Aragon, etc.

He has conducted some world premieres, as the Operas : “Yo lo vi” of Tomás Marco and “Escenas de una vida cotidiana” of Marisa Manchado, the Violin concerto of “Juan Medina”, Caceres Concerto of Joaquin Clerch, and many other by Jose Luis Turina, Greco.

Mr. Romea is teacher of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Madrid Alfonso X. He is one of the most reputed pedagogues of orchestral Conducting since 2008, and gives master-classes of conducting throughout Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Mexico City, etc. He has fully renovated the orchestral conductor’s pedagogy , based in a development and approach to the fundamentals the technic of conductors like Claudio Abbado or Simon Rattle.

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Maria Radicheva,Visiting Faculty/Violin

Violinist María Radicheva has met with critical acclaim as recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber musician, appearing in major concert halls throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, Israel, Japan, and Asia. Her summer music festival appearances have included Aspen and Marlboro. Ms. Radicheva was presented in her New York recital debut as the winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award and cited by Musical America as a “young artist of the year” and a “talent to watch.” Ms. Radicheva has made numerous radio and television appearances, including on WQXR, Radio France International, and BRT. She has recorded for Balkanton and Musical Heritage Society, including an album of all four sonatas for violin and piano by Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev. She gave the world premiere of his third and fourth sonatas, which were written for and dedicated to her.

Ms. Radicheva is the recipient of the Premiere Prix Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Dame Myra Hess Trust Award. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Ms. Radicheva studied with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, and Yfrah Neaman and through the years has had the guidance of Lord Yehudi Menuhin. A noted pedagogue, she is invited regularly to adjudicate competitions and to conduct violin and chamber music master classes in the U.S. and abroad. Many of her students are top prize winners of international and U.S. competitions. Ms. Radicheva’s affiliations have included Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Montclair State University-John J. Cali School of Music, and N.Y.U. Steinhardt School of Music. She has been described by Yehudi Menuhin as “an artist of outstanding and exceptional talent.”

Ms. Radicheva is awarded with the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Honoris Causa, the highest academic award, given by the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Manhattan School of Music college faculty since 2005 and of the Precollege faculty since 2001.

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Leah Kim, Director/Violin, Viola

Ms. Leah (Kyoungwoon) Kim​ was born in Busan, S. Korea. She was an Associate concertmaster at Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and a guest concertmaster for Pottstown Symphony. As a violinist she performed with Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Opera, Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Elysian Camerata Trio Excelsior. She is the founding member of Tononi Quartet, Sori Duo and Caritas Trio.

Ms. Leah was faculty at Temple University, West Chester University, Valley Forge Christian College, West Catholic High School, Settlement Music School and Peabody Conservatory Prep. She was a director of string ensemble at Archbishop John Carroll High School, Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School, and director of music at Rebecca Davis Dance Company. Currently Ms. Leah is the Director of Music at Villa Maria Academy High School, Faculty at Eastern University, a violinist in La Croix Quartet and Director of Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, Pennsylvania Petit Ensemble and Vivace Competition and Chamber Strings Summer Camp.

Ms. Leah studied Performance and Pedagogy at Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory, National Conservatory in France and began her Doctorate in Music and Arts at Temple University.

Ms. Leah’s music majoring students have gone onto (recently working for Philadelphia Orchestra 2nd violin section), Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard Music School, Manhattan Music School, Eastman Music School, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston College, Swarthmore, Berkley, Michigan, Vanderbilt, University of Hartford, Moravian University and Temple University.

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Jennifer Jie Jin, Co-Director/Cello

Jennifer Jie Jin was the grand prize winner of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s 2016 Ovation Award for inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education. Her students won the top prizes in the competitions, attended NYO ( National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America) and NYO 2,performed in Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center,made The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles,NJMEA All-State Orchestra and PMEA All-State. Ms. Jin is Co-Director of Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and Chamber Strings Music Camp.

As an active Chamber Musician, Ms. Jin is the founding member of Pyxis Piano Quartet. The group is in their tenth season in residence at Delaware Art Museum. She joined Copeland Strings Quartet in 2017. Currently She is also a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Jin has been widely recognized for performances in music capitals in North America, Europe and Asia. She has appeared as a soloist with Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She held principal cello positions with Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,National Repertoire Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and performed with Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet and Princeton Symphony. Ms. Jin was the member of Harrisburg Symphony and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Jin has been invited to Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival,International Summer Academic Prague-Vienna-Budapest Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Margess International Festival, Daniel Music Festival and Amadeus Masterclass.

Before her move to the United States, she won First Prize in the National Cello Duo Competition of China, the Bao-gang Elegance Art Award and the Excellent Performance Prize in the National Competition of China. An active chamber musician, Ms. Jin is the founder of the Tang-gu-la String Quartet. The Quartet toured England, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Australia and China and received numerous honors, winning Second Prize in the First National String Quartet Competition. Shortly after, the quartet appeared in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart”, and performed for President Bill Clinton.

Ms. Jin received her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Master of Music at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University studied with Prof. Norman Fischer and the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music studied with Mr. Desmond Hoebig.


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Sylvia Davis Ahramjian, Violin/Viola

Sylvia Ahramjian has performed repertoire from all time periods and has many pieces by American composers in her repertoire. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in the Tri State region around Philadelphia including, The Delaware and Lancaster Symphony. With the Lancaster Symphony performances included a world premiere by Stephen Paulus, as well as concertos by Brahms, Korngold, Beethoven and Bach. Her many performances in Romania have included concerts as soloist with the Bucharest Sinfonia, the Ploiesti Philharmonic, and orchestras in Bacau, Ploiesti, and Rimnicu-Vilcea. She also toured with a group that performed concerts in the Czech Republic where she was featured as soloist. Trio Casals, Sylvia Ahramjian, violin, Ovidiu Marinescu, cello and Carl Cranmer, piano, have performed repeatedly on the Upper Hudson Chamber Music Society Chamber Series, the Keene Valley recital series and many other regular programs in the Delaware Valley. In the 2008-9 season they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Helena Montana Symphony and the South Eastern Pennsylvania Orchestra. Another chamber group of which she is a member, Trio International, played at Carnegie Hall this season and played a series of concerts in Wyoming this month.

A well-respected teacher, Sylvia Ahramjian is Professor of Violin and Viola at West Chester University, and a faculty member at the Temple University Preparatory School. Her students have attended Julliard, Curtis, and the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin and essentially all the Ivy League Schools. They have won many awards and honors, including performance opportunities with the Philadelphia, Lancaster, Delaware and Lansdowne Symphony Orchestras. Two of her students have won the National Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in the High School Division. Her student quartet from West Chester won the Eastern Division of that Competition and
was a finalist at the national competition.

Ms. Ahramjian is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student, working with Ivan Galamian and Margaret Pardee. She received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Josef Gingold, and did post-graduate study with Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois completing all course work for a DMA. Sylvia Ahramjian was the Concertmaster of the Lancaster Symphony for over 20 years. She has recorded the Khachaturian Trio on Golden Crest Records. She also has a recording “Crossroads”, with pianist Carl Cranmer. She also has recorded a CD with all viola music.

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Ieva Carucci, piano

Ieva Carucci has distinguished herself as a highly insightful and artistic piano instructor whose students consistently achieve excellent results at a variety of international and national competitions, festivals and exams.

Education: Ms. Carucci’s music education began at the age of 5 under an intensive system of training that was prominent throughout the Soviet Union. She graduated with honors from the Jazeps Medins Music College in Riga, Latvia in 1985. From there she continued at the Latvian Music Conservatory (now called the Latvian Music Academy), where she received instruction from Constantine Blumenthal, Ventis Zilberts, Gunta Sproge, Gunards Stade.

Performances/Awards/Honors: Ms. Carucci was the winner of the Latvian National College Concerto Competition in 1985. While in Latvia, she performed as part of a chamber ensemble throughout her native country and Europe. Since arriving in the U.S. in 2001, she has performed as both concert soloist and accompanist. In 2010 and 2014 she was named Best Teacher by the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey. She has also received certificates of excellence from the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, The Golden Key International Music Festival and the Crescendo International Music Competition. In 2013, Ms. Carucci was invited as a judicator at the Young Pianist of New Jersey Concerto Division and she is a chairman for Le Petit Concerto division for YPC in NJ.

Philosophy: Ieva Carucci adheres to the Russian system of piano instruction. The Russian system emphasizes individuality and the belief that technique is always connected with the imagery and idea of music. Special attention is given to hand position, fingering, posture and quality of sound. This method is excellent for students who want to perform at a high level or for students who want to play the piano for pleasure. All students in Ms. Carucci’s studio receive a carefully selected repertoire based on the goals chosen by the student and parents.

Results: Students from Ieva Carucci’s studio consistently distinguish themselves with high honors at competitions and festivals that include the following: Buono and Bradshaw International Piano Competition; The International Young Artist Competition; The Crescendo International Competition; The Little Mozart Competition; The Cincinnati World Piano Competition; Young Pianists of New Jersey; The Young Maestro Competition; The American Fine Arts Festival; The Golden Key Music Festival. Her students have performed with distinction at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Peabody Institute, Catholic University’s Ward Recital Hall, and The Curtis Institute. Since 2004 Ms. Carucci prepares students for ABRSM Practical and Theory exams.

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Beth Dzwil, Violin/Viola

Beth Dzwil is a founding member of the Fairmount String Quartet and the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble with whom she has been performing for over thirty years. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where she studied with long time principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph dePasquale. She was a founding member of the Elysian Camerata, with whom she has recorded one album. She served as principal violist of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years and has appeared as soloist with the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble, the St. John Festival Orchestra and the Buxmont Chamber Orchestra. In 1995, she was the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer feature article.

In addition to her classical work, Beth has studied jazz techniques with the Turtle Island String Quartet and has performed internationally and recorded six critically acclaimed jazz albums with the Tyrone Brown String Sextet. It is her work with this group that earned her the status of voting member in the Grammy organization. She also performs with the contemporary Christian band “For the Spirit”, with whom she has recorded one album.

She has been teaching violin and viola and coaching chamber music for over thirty years. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, she teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia and Germantown Friends School.

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Gareth Haynes, conductor

Gareth Haynes is excited to continue his association with the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra since he was last engaged as a coach with the ChamberStrings intensive in July. Mr. Haynes recently graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in music composition. While a student at Temple, he sang with the university’s concert choir and gained experience as a paid singer. His instrumental background includes three years playing clarinet with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Mr. Haynes currently serves as Music Director at Daylesford Abbey, where he plays piano and organ, and accompanies and directs a volunteer choir.

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Mae Huang, Cello

Mae Huang, originally from Taiwan, attended the Soochow University in Taiwan and received her bachelor of music in 1992. she was a graduate of University of Minnesota where she received her first master’s degree in music performance in 1995 and her second master’s degree in Music Education in 1999.

Mae has moved to multiple states between 2000 and 2005. With such a privilege, Mae owns teaching certificates/licenses valid in the states of Minnesota, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Mae has been teaching in the school district of Upper Dublin in Montgomery County since 2005.

In addition to her teaching career, Mae has served as the principal cellist in the Main Line Symphony Orchestra for the past several years. She also enjoys private teaching and serving as one of the coaches for Chamber Strings Music Camp and the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra.


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Fabián López, Visiting Faculty/Violin/Viola

Violinist Fabián López has toured extensively through the United States, Europe and South America, gaining recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. As soloist he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Spain, and France such as Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Hebert Springs Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Málaga, etc. Fabián was a member of the Manuel de Falla String Quartet from 2000-2003 and currently is the first violin of the Carlos Chavez String Quartet. In North Carolina he has appeared as concertmaster of the Greensboro and Ashville Symphonies.

In the pedagogical terrain, he is an active and dedicated teacher, maintaining a studio of prize winning, talented, and committed students. He taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music “Manuel de Falla” of Cádiz, Spain from 1999 to 2004 and has been teaching at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2007. Regularly he presents master classes through the United States, Mexico, and Europe. In the summers he teaches at the Richard Luby International Violin Symposium in Chapel Hill and the Chamber Strings Music Workshop in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

Fabián has a very diverse and extensive education that makes him “…a violinist that has everything…” and “…expressively thought with distinctive flair…” according to the press. At age eighteen he received a scholarship from the Hispanic-American Joint Commitee/Fullbright Commission to continue his studies in the United States. He holds degrees from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga (Spain), Baylor University (MM), and The University of Michigan (DMA). He has also studied at Louisiana State University, San Francisco Conservatory, and Reina Sofia School of Music. His teachers have been: Nicolae Duca, Zakhar Bron, Laura Kugherz, Kevork Mardirossian, Camilla Wicks, Bruce Berg, and Andrew Jennings.

Fabian’s love for etudes and infinite curiosity of the trades from the great masters of the past and present, leads him to be the author of a violin etude anthology “Master the Violin Etudes”. This is a comprehensive and on going five-volume collection with explanatory texts accompanying each etude and free access videos that can be found at www.mastertheviolinetudes.com.

He performs on a violin made by Ioan Guillami, 1756, which is called “little strad” among good friends.

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Peter Opie, Visiting Faculty/Cello

Peter Opie is associate professor of cello at Ball State University and cellist of the American Piano Trio. He has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, the United States, and his native Britain.

Recent concerto performances include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Vivaldi with the Daegu Melos Ensemble in Korea, the Provintsia Chamber Orchestra in Russia, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.

With the American Piano Trio he has performed at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Oxford University, Yonsei University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Anglia Ruskin University, the Great Philharmonic Hall in Minsk, Belarus, Chunma Arts Center in Daegu, Korea, and in Russia as a guest artist at the “Eighth International Conservatoire Week” at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also performed chamber music with Ida Kavafian, Paul Kantor, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Chester String Quartet, and at the Tolyatti International Chamber Music Festival.

As an orchestral player he has worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He spent a summer as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was also offered a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival.

Formerly on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University, he has given cello and chamber music master classes at many universities and conservatoires in the USA, Europe, Russia, and Korea. Additionally he has taught at number of summer festivals, including the Indiana University Summer String Academy, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, Cincinnati Young Artists Cello Workshop, Benefic Chamber Music Camp, Music For All Symposium, and ChamberStrings Summer Music Workshop.

His students have won competitions, attended major festivals (RoundTop, NRO, Aspen, Eastern) and have successfully auditioned to perform (either as a member or substitute) with numerous orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony (Miami), Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra, and Louisville Orchestra.He holds degrees from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA). His principal teachers have included Richard Aaron, Anthony Elliott, Oleg Kogan, and Raphael Sommer. Further studies were with Eleanore Schoenfeld and Marc Coppey.

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Shelley Beard Schleigh, Viola/Violin

Violist Shelley Beard Schleigh, prizewinner with the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition 2004, has sustained an active career as a chamber musician including performances at the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory, Temple University, Aspen Music Festival, Round Top International Festival-Institute, Credo Chamber Music Institute, and with members of the Minnesota and Cleveland Orchestras, among others.

Currently, Ms. Beard Schleigh is the Vice President of the both the Philadelphia Viola Society and the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association, Chair of the Wilmington Music School’s Suzuki Academy in Delaware, and an adjunct faculty at Temple University Music Preparatory in Philadelphia. Ms. Beard Schleigh is also President of the Philadelphia based non-profit Concerts for Causes.

Ms. Beard Schleigh holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Peabody Conservatory (BM in viola performance), and Indiana University (MM in viola performance and violin pedagogy). Her principal teachers include Victoria Chiang, Atar Arad, James Dunham, Heidi Castleman, David Holland, and Mimi Zweig (pedagogy).

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Sarah Sutton, Viola/Violin

Ms Sutton has an international profile as both a performer and teacher. As a performer she has brought music to some of the most eminent figures in the history of our time. She has played a command performance for the late Pope John Paul II; was invited to perform at the State Banquet and Celebrations in honor of Nelson Mandella and Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention performances for Diana, Princess of Wales, The Duchess of York and the Duchess of Kent. Her playing has been described by the Saanen Post (Switzerland) as “enthralling”, captivating audiences with her “range of emotion and the darkly melancholic timbre of the instrument”.

Ms Sutton has performed throughout Europe, North and South America. She has appeared as both soloist and principal violist with the Camerata Lysy Gstaad (Switzerland), and played at many prestigious venues, including the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Teatro Colon (Buenes Aires), the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and St John’s Smith Square (London). Festivals include solo and chamber performaces at the Summer Music Festival at Blackthorpe Barn (UK), the Menuhin Festival, Alpen Gala, and Verbier Summer Academy (Switzerland), and Tanglewood (USA). An avid chamber musician, Ms Sutton has collaborated with the Carmina Quartet as Guest Violist in performances as part of the Rencontres Musicales (Switzerland), and has appeared as a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, with members of the New World Symphony and Nicholas McGeegan.

As an orchestral player, Ms Sutton has held the Principal Viola position with the New World Symphony (directed by Michael Tilson-Thomas) and was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a guest Sub-Principal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (UK), participating in the historic EMI recording of Tristan and Isolde with Antonio Pappano and Placido Domingo, and the new production of Das Rheingold, which has been broadcast live on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3. Sarah has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia(formerly the Concerto Soloists) and also appears as Guest Principal Violist with the Princeton Symphony and guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Born in England, Ms Sutton is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music (UK), where she studied with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rowland-Jones, Yuko Inoue and Mauricio Fuks. She went on to accept a full scholarship at the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland) where her teachers were Johannes Eskaer and Maestro Alberto Lysy. Ms Sutton went on to study with Alan DeVeritch at Indiana University, where she was his Assistant.

Ms. Sutton resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, William Wozniak, and son Edward. She plays a beautiful viola by Sergio Peresson (anno 1970) named “The Geist”.

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Rachel Segal, violin

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A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.

Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.

Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach have taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.

In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai, an opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Band in Denver.

Rachel currently performs with various orchestras in Philadelphia, as a chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Media Lunas, an Argentine Tango band based in Media, PA. Rachel is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

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