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Eugene Moye, Eleanor Valkenburg, Maria Antonia Garcia and Petr Macecek
at a recent Old Westbury Gardens concert.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Maria Antonia Garcia | Beth Levin | Martha Caplin | Barry Crawford | Oren Fader
Henrik Goldschmidt | Tim Frederiksen | Petr Macecek | Eugene Moye | Gerald Ranck
Eleanor Valkenburg | Amy Zoloto | William Zito

MARIA ANTONIA GARCIA, pianist, is a native of Puerto Rico where she studied piano with Luz N. Huchinson. She received her Bachelor's of Music with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and was awarded the W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship from SUNY at Stony Brook where she attained her Master's of Music under the pianist, Gilbert Kalish. Ms. Garcia made her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra, at the Inter-American Arts Festival, at the Banff Center for the Arts and at the Ponce Museum of Art Music Series. As a chamber musician she has performed in the United Kingdom, the Slovak Republic, Canada, Israel and throughout South America and has recorded with the Slovak National Radio. As part of the chamber ensemble Poetica Musica she has toured the Czech Republic, Tunisia and Poland.

Ms. Garcia has recorded a CD of Canadian composer, Michael Hynes work for two pianos entitled, "Four" and has premiered this work at Toronto's Glenn Gould Hall where it was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Presently she is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, New Jersey City University, the 92nd Street Y, and the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival. She has performed at the Inter-American Arts Festival 2004; as a soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in the Pueto Rican premiere of Ricardo Llorca’s Tres Piezas para Piano y Orquesta, and at chamber music recital alongside the Madawaska String Quartet. She has also given chamber concerts in Germany with the Bamberg String Quartet and will tour Norway, Denmark and Sweden with Poetica Musica during the 2005 season.

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BETH LEVIN, pianist, made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12 and was selected to study with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. A prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition, Beth Levin made her debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Levin has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra under such conductors as Arthur Fiedler, William Smith, Milton Katims, and Joseph Silverstein.

As a Music from Marlboro artist, Ms. Levin has toured the United States and Canada and recorded for Columbia masterworks. She has appeared with the Audubon Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Trio Borealis, The Reykjavik Woodwind Quintet, and the Boston Chamber Players and has participated in the Marlboro, Casals, Harvard, Amherst, and Blue Hill summer music festivals.

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MARTHA CAPLIN, violinist, has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1982 and has led the conductor less ensemble in many Deutsche Grammophon recordings, including numerous Haydn symphonies, Mozart’s German Dances, Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, and their Copland recording, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Ms. Caplin has played an integral role as concertmaster in the performance of Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Of particular interest is a recording on the Verve label featuring the collaboration of Orpheus and Herbie Hancock.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Chaplin has performed the Glazunov concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra as well as numerous concertos with Orpheus, most recently Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and the Mendelssohn concerto. As a member of the Amabile Piano Quartet, she has expanded her activities to include educational programs in the schools and master classes and is also involved in Santa Fe’s new chamber music series, the 20th Century Unlimited. She has been as a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and on the 92nd Street Y’s Chamber Music Series. As concertmaster of the Atlantic Sinfonietta, she has recorded for Koch International Classics, including the premiere performance of Jongen’s Concert a Cinq for string trio, flute, and harp. Ms. Caplin was a founding member and the first violinist of the Primavera String Quartet, which won the Naumburg Award.

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BARRY CRAWFORD, flutist, is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Poetica Musica, Chamberosity, the Sedna Winds, Ensemble Pi, and the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly performs as a guest artist with some of New York’s leading ensembles, including the American Ballet Theater, Brandenburg Ensemble, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Quintet of the Americas. This year, Mr. Crawford performed in major concert halls around the U.S. with the Brandenburg Ensemble, with soloists Peter Serkin and Tara Helen O’Connor and conducted by Jaime Laredo. He has participated in numerous internationally recognized music festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the L’Ocotobre Festival du Carthage in Tunsia, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and, the Rushmore Festival under the baton of world renowned conductor/composer, Lukas Foss. He has been a featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase on WQXR and has also been heard on WNYC as well as several television commercials, pop music recordings and Off-Broadway productions. Mr. Crawford attended the Mannes College of Music where he received an M.M. and a Professional Studies Diploma and was a winner of the 2000 Concerto Competition.

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Barry Crawford, Eleanor Valkenburg and Oren Fader

OREN FADER, guitarist, is distinguished for his performances of both contemporary and traditional music. Guitar Review magazine stated: “His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”

Mr. Fader’s concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, New World Symphony, Absolute Ensemble, American Composers' Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Music from Japan, New Amsterdam Singers, New York Festival of Song, Poetica Musica, and Speculum Musicae. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, and Morelia, Mexico.

He is a member of the award-winning Cygnus Ensemble, and Fireworks, where he has premiered over 50 solo and chamber works with guitar, including compositions by Babbitt, Biscardi, Currier, Machover, Naito, Pollock, and Wuorinen. He can be heard on over 20 recordings, in repertoire ranging from the 16th century (Dowland) to the late 20th (Carter). His next recording will feature solo guitar works by ten New York based composers written for and dedicated to him. Since 1994, Mr. Fader has been on the guitar faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, where he directs the Guitar Chamber Music program.

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HENRIK GOLDSCHMIDT, oboist, is the solo oboist of the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra. He is a member of The Danish Wind Octet, which won the Danish Chamber music Competition’s First Prize in 1991, and a Grammy award for best classical release in 1993. Henrik Goldschmidt has received a number of music awards, including the Jakob Gade Award in 1983 and the Royal Danish Theatre Award in 1994. His EMI recording “Phantasy –music for Oboe” from 1996 was for eight successive weeks voted the no. 1 album on “The Classical Hit List” of the Danish Radio Company.

Goldschmidt has performed with leading orchestras of the world including The Berlin Philharmonic and has been selected to represent his country in The World Symphonie Orchestra. As a Klezmer musician, Mr. Goldschmidt has founded “Shlechte Kapelle” and “Klezmer Zahav” and has introduced the oboe into a completely new context.

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TIM FREDERIKSEN, violin/viola was appointed Principal Violist in the Danish National Radio Symphony in 1980 and from 1983-1996, he was Leader of that orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with most Danish orchestras and has premiered Jan Yngve’s viola concerto which was dedicated to him. He has recorded Vagn Holmboe’s chamber concertos for viola and Jan Maegaard’s solo piece, Labirinto I.

Tim Frederiksen is a much sought after chamber musician playing all over the world. He has recorded the collected string quartets of Nielsen, Brahms, Norholm and Hindemith. Mr. Frederiksen founded Trio Soleil, which recently released a CD of works by Mozart. Schumann and Bruch. In 1995 Mr. Frederiksen was appointed Professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

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PETR MACEČEK, violinist, is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and has been the winner of several prizes including a special prize at the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Mr. Maceček has been the concertmaster of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, and the Suk Orchestra He has served as concertmaster of the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Czech Republic's most renowned conductor less orchestra.

As a soloist, Mr. Maceček has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, South America, the United States and Asia. He has recorded on the Naxos, Vox Classics, Koch Discover and BMG labels. In addition to his performing activities, Mr. Maceček has conducted master classes in a number of prestigious festivals including the Darlington Festival in Great Britain. He is currently touring the United States as a member of the Talich String Quartet.

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EUGENE MOYE, cellist, is the principal cello of American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played the world premier of a cello concerto by Francais Thorne at Carnegie Hall and the “Millenium Concerto” by Harold Farberman at Avery Fisher Hall. He also premiered the concerto by David Baker with the New York Philharmonic. After his recital at the 92nd Street Y the New York Times called him one of the “foremost cellists of his generation.” In addition, he has collaborated with virtually every major pop artist including Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Kiss on recordings, live performances and videos.

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GERALD RANCK, harpsichord, was a piano scholarship student of Joseph Echaniz at the Eastman School of Music and studied harpsichord with Sylvia Marlowe at the Mannes College of Music. Mr. Ranck made his New York debut in 1996 when he gave the first New York performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. He also performed it at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Mr. Ranck has appeared as a soloist with the Teheran Symphony, the Jupiter Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Y Chamber Symphony, the Bach Aria Group, and the Clarion Concerts. In 1990, he appeared as soloist at the Drottingholm Court Theater in Sweden. Mr. Ranck regularly appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center and has appeared at the Mozart Festival in Long Island. He has recorded for Newport Classics, Soundspells, and Musical Heritage Society. He is Music Director for the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

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ELEANOR VALKENBURG, soprano, and Artistic Director of Poetica Musica received her training at the SUNY at Stony Brook and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a Master’s Degree in voice. She completed her formal training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and participated in the apprentice-training program at the New York City Opera. She made her concert debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in an All Bartok concert.

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Ms. Valkenburg has participated in chamber music festivals and music series in Europe, the Middle East, and North America including the Janacek in Hukvaldy Festival under the auspices of the Janacek Foundation, the South Bohemia Festival, the Concentus Moraviae Festival in Brno, the Festival of the Five Petals in Cesky Krumlov, the Martinu Festival in Policka, Czech Republic, the L’October Festival du Carthage and the L’Octobre Festival de Sousse in Tunsia, and the American Days Festival in Poland and the Sarajevo Winter Festival in Bosnia. As a recitalist, Ms. Valkenburg has performed in concerts in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Toronto, Prague, Berlin, Zagreb and Belgrade. Upcoming projects include a tour of Bulgaria and Slovakia and performances in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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AMY ZOLOTO, clarinetist, is a native Chicagoan, earning a degree from DePaul University. She was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony and has performed with the Chicago Symphony under the batons of Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim. Ms. Zoloto has performed much new music, including a premiere performance and recording of "Memphis Wood" by composer Stella Sung and has performed at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the Bard Music Festival. Most recently, she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Opera. Ms. Zoloto has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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WILLIAM ZITO, guitarist, began studying the guitar at the age of twelve. He studied with Rodrigo DeZayas on the lute, Rey de la Torre on guitar and composition with Julian Orbon. Mr. Zito made his formal debut at Alice Tully Hall in New York where he received critical acclaim. Soon after, he was chosen by Hi Fidelity Magazine as one of the Young Artists of the year. In 1980, Mr. Zito was an Artist International Competition prizewinner.

Mr. Zito has performed in Merkin Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall and is at home on the renaissance lute as well as the guitar. He has performed in France as solo lutenist in the 1601 opera “Euridice” by Caccini. Mr. Zito has also premiered many new works for the guitar.

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