Reno is Chamber Music Capital of the World for One Week

Posted by Brooke Sullivan on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 2:18pm

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival will bring incredibly accomplished musicians to the Biggest Little City for one week.

Taking place from December 26 to January 1 when the rest of the world is on a break, Reno will become the chamber music capital of the world. As the 15th NCMF makes its way to tow, the following roster will blow you away:

  • Martin Chalifour (violin): 2018 Nevada Chamber Music Festival artistic director; concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Rebecca Hang (violin): violinist, Felici Trio and Chamber Music Unbound
  • Ruth Lenz (violin): concertmaster, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra; violinist, La Musica Chamber Music Festival (FL)
  • Jun-Ching Lin (violin): assistant concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony
  • Chee-Yun (violin): internationally renowned violinist; soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, including U.S. tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony
  • Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (violin): University of Nevada music professor and Argenta Trio member; artistic director, Cactus Pear Music Festival; former concertmaster, San Antonio Symphony
  • Dustin Budish (viola): principal violist, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra; former principal violist, New World Symphony
  • Che-Yen Chen (viola): founding member of the Formosa String Quartet; first-prize winner, international Primrose viola competition; associate professor, University of Southern California
  • Aloysia Friedmann (viola and violin): member, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NYC) and Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; artistic director, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival; named one of the Top 30 Professionals of the Year in 2018 by Musical America
  • Dmitri Atapine (cellist): University of Nevada music professor and member of Argenta Trio; co-artistic director, Apex Concerts; cellist, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Clive Greensmith (cello): cellist, Montrose Trio; former cellist, Tokyo String Quartet; faculty, The Colburn School
  • Mark Kosower (cello): principal cellist, Cleveland Orchestra; faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music; acclaimed recording artist
  • Brian Schuldt (cello): cellist, Felici Trio; executive director, Chamber Music Unbound
  • Mak Grgić (guitar): founding member, Duo Deloro; soloist with numerous international orchestras
  • Scott Faulkner (bass): principal bassist, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra
  • Ya-Fei Chuang (piano): Steinway Artist; faculty Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory
  • Jon Kimura Parker (piano): pianist, Miró Quartet; founding pianist, Montrose Trio
  • Steven Vanhauwaert (piano): pianist, Felici Trio and Chamber Music Unbound; award-winning recording artist
  • James Winn (piano): University of Nevada music professor and member of Argenta Trio; recipient, Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; former solo pianist, New York City Ballet

Great Basin Brass:

  • Paul Lenz (trumpet): principal trumpet, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra; music faculty, University of Nevada
  • Jef Derderian (trumpet): acting second trumpet, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra
  • John Lenz (horn): principal horn, Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra; University of Nevada Foundation Professor Emeritus; recipient, Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Jim Albrecht (trombone): principal trombone, Reno Phil; music professor, University of Nevada; numerous performances and recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra
  • Russ Dickman (tuba): principal tuba, Reno Phil

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival not only presents acclaimed musicians from around the world, but they will perform alongside some of Reno’s treasured talents. The 10 concerts in these seven days will include an opening night performance by the Great Basin Brass, two “Baroque by Candlelight” concerts at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a lunch concert at South Reno United Methodist Church, a piano showcase on New Year’s Eve at Nightingale Concert Hall, a New Year’s Day brunch and a festival-closing Viennese concert that concludes with a bicentennial performance of Schubert’s beloved “Trout Quintet”.

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