Faculty

Strings

BARBARA ALLEN - Harp
M.M., The Juilliard School; B.F.A., SUNY Purchase. Summer Degree Program, Paris American Academy. Principal Harp, American Ballet Theatre since 1990. 2nd prize: Seventh International Solo Harp Competition in Israel, 1979; 9th prize: Sixth International Solo Harp Competition in Israel, 1976. Winner: Ruth Lorraine Close Award, 1976. Principal Harp: San Francisco Symphony 1980-1981. Recorded: DDG, RCA, EMI, CRI, Koch, Angel, Chandos, Nonesuch, Bridge and Arabesque labels. Faculty: Mannes College; Nyack College; Masters School.

BARBARA BERG - Suzuki String Department Coordinator, Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music

B.M., M.M., Eastman; M.A.T., Lehman; postgraduate study, Juilliard; Suzuki Teacher Certification, former faculty, School for Strings. Performed with Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, Radio City Music Hall. Performs: Chautauqua Symphony. Faculty: Queens College, Pleasantville Public Schools.

CHI-CHI LIN BESTMANN - Viola, Violin
B.M., Orchestral Conducting; M.M., P.S.D., Viola, Mannes College of Music. Studied: Michael Charry, Karen Ritscher. Chamber coaches: Felix Galimir, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Hiroko Yajima. Festivals: International Musician's Seminar, Prussia Cove. Former faculty: The Children's Orchestra Society. Faculty: Mannes College of Music Extension Division.

CLAIRE BRIGHT - Violin, Suzuki Violin
B.M., M.M., Juilliard. Studied with Hamao Fujiwara, Joseph Fuchs, Burton Kaplan. Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings. Performs with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Long Island Philharmonic.

LANI KING CHANG - Violin, Viola, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; New England Conservatory of Music with chamber music distinctions. Violin studies with Delay, Melikian, Abel. International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. Prizewinner, Coleman National Chamber Music Competition. Member, San Francisco Opera Orchestra 1980-1996; Apollo Chamber Players, London; Guest Concertmaster Taipei National Symphony, Taiwan; Concertmaster and soloist, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. Suzuki Pedagogy, Ithaca College; Dalcroze Eurhythmics training. Faculty: Usdan Center for the Performing and Cultural Arts, S.F. Conservatory. Performer: New York metropolitan area orchestras.

MICHAEL FINCKEL - Cello, Chamber Music
Concert artist U.S. and abroad. Founding member: Cabrini Quartet, Trio of the Americas. Member: Ensemble 21, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Ysaye String Quartet, Finckel Cello Quartet, Brooklyn Philharmonic. Director: Sage City Symphony. Recordings: CRI, Vanguard, Vox/Candide, ECM/Warner Bros. Faculty: Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East, Bennington; Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center, Wellesley College; Princeton; Cornell; Bennington.

SUZANNE M. FLEISHAKER - String Bass
B.A., Sarah Lawrence; studies at Oberlin Conservatory; M.A., NYU. Studied with Messing, Portnoi, Mensch. Participant: Tanglewood Music Festival. Orchestral performances in New York metropolitan area and Europe.

ADAM GRABOIS - Cello
B.A. Swarthmore College. Studied with David Finckel. Faculty (cello and chamber music) at Kinhaven Music School, Weston (CT) Music Center. Director, Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar. Cellist with New York Chamber Soloists. Recitals and chamber music performances throughout U.S. Recording: Reflex Editions (Music for Cello and Piano, Duos for Violin and Cello). Cello made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

NAOMI GRAF - Viola, Director, Viola Club, Co-Director, Chamber Music Program, Chamber Music, Suzuki Viola, Violin
B.M., Juilliard School of Music; M.M.,Yale School of Music. Studied: Lillian Fuchs, Paul Kantor, Donald McInnes. Former faculty, New Haven Suzuki School, All-Newton Music School, MA., Waldorf School, Ithaca. Active performer, area orchestras, chamber ensembles.

APRIL JOHNSON - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music
B.M. Oberlin; Advanced studies at Brooklyn College Conservatory. Studied: Kaplan, Kawasaki, Gabora, Clapp. Performed for Perlman, Rosenberg, Buswell. Former Concertmaster: Jupiter Symphony, Canton Ohio Symphony, Galatea Ensemble, Queens Oratorio. Associate Concertmaster: Norwalk Symphony. Current Member: New York Chamber Soloists, Oracle Trio. Recordings: Dorian, Lyrichord. HBMS faculty since 1993.

NICOLE JOHNSON - Cello, Suzuki Cello
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M. Juilliard. Studied: Alan Harris, Andres Diaz, Christoph Henkel, Joel Krosnick. Suzuki training: Nancy Hair, Alice Vierra, Barbara Wampner, Carol Tarr. Former member: Avanti Ensemble, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Former faculty: Renaissance Music Academy—cello and chamber music. Cellist: Cassatt String Quartet. Faculty: Special Music School, Manhattan; Westchester Suzuki Institute. Director: Cushing Cello Camp.

CHRISTINA KHIMM - Violin, Chamber Music
B.A. Sarah Lawrence. Studied: Dorothy Delay. Continued studies: Raphael Bronstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand. Winner: N.Y. Young Artist Competition, Manhattan School of Music Competition. Former concertmistress: Allegro Chamber Ensemble, Korean Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. Currently Director: Aaron Rosand Intensive Violin program at the Summit Music Festival. Official certificate Suzuki Method 1988. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Music Conservatory of Westchester.

PEGGY KLINGER - Violin
Licentiate, Trinity College of London. Scholarship to further studies in London. Performed extensively in South Africa and England. Former member: London Chamber Orchestra, Morley String Trio, London Mozart Players. Master Classes: Lima Conservatory. Former faculty: London College of Music, Music Conservatory of Westchester.

GARY KOSLOSKI - Violin, Chamber Music
D.Mus., Indiana University, principal teacher Josef Gingold. Additional studies: Franco Gulli, Tadeusz Wronski, Max Rostal. Chamber music studies: William Primrose, Menahem Pressler, György Sebök, Janos Starker. Founding violinist: Elysian Trio. Former concertmaster Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony. First violins: Detroit Symphony. Former chamber music coordinator: Music Academy of the West, Lucca Festival, Oberlin-in-Italy (Urbania). Articles: Strad, Strings and ASTA Journal. Translator: The Violin Within (Le violon intérieur by Dominique Hoppenot). Board Member: Madeline Bruser's Golden Key Music Institute; Former violin faculty: Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, University of Oklahoma, Florida State University.

DAVID KRIEGER - Cello
Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, full scholarship student. First prize: cello competition. M.M., Peabody Conservatory. Further studies: M.M.A., Yale University with Aldo Parisot; D.M.A., Indiana University with Janos Starker. Former solo/principal cellist, Israel Orchestra of the Kibbutzim; Westchester Philharmonic. Founding member: Emelin Trio. Director: Summit Music Festival. Adjunct professor: Fordham University. Former faculty: Columbia University, Purchase College Conservatory.

ELEKTRA KURTIS-STEWART - Violin, Suzuki Violin
B.M., Sibelius Academy of Music (Helsinki), degree in performance and pedagogy. School for Strings Suzuki Program. Studied with Arai-Kimanen, Ignatius, Piorkowski, Behrend. Performance: Kapyla Chamber Orchestra, Sibelius Academy String Ensemble, Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of the Great Theatre (Warsaw). Leader, world jazz quintet Ensemble Elektra; Leader, Elektra Kurtis String Trio. Faculty: Harlem School of the Arts.

MARK KUSHNIR - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Manager of Festival Orchestra
B.M., Cleveland Inst. of Music; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Interlochen Arts Academy; Suzuki Pedagogy, School for Strings. Studied with David Cerone, Linda Sharon Cerone, Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, Louise Behrend, and chamber music with Joseph Gingold, Claus Adam, and Rostislav Dubinsky. Attended Interlochen Arts Camp, Meadowmount School of Music. Former member: Laurentian String Quartet. Hoff-Barthelson Faculty member since 1983 and manager of the Hoff-Barthelson Festival Orchestra. Concertmaster of the Putnam Chorale Orchestra, principal 2nd violin of the Taconic Opera Orchestra, member of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and active performer in area orchestras and chamber ensembles.

MAXINE NEUMAN - Cello, Chamber Music, Suzuki Cello
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Solo recitals, North America, South America, Europe, Japan. Three-time Grammy winner. "Who's Who in the World." Grant recipient, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts. Performs: Belmont Trio, Claremont Duo, Crescent String Quartet, Duo Cellissimo, Por el Tango, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Classical Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic. Montreux Jazz Festival, Metallica. Solo and chamber recordings: Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Angel, EMI, Austrophon, Nonesuch, Biddulph, CRI, Orion, Leonarda, Argo, Opus One, SONY/Virgin, AMC, Thorofon, Vanguard, Musical Heritage, Albany, Northeastern, CBS World Records. American premiere, G. B. Viotti Cello Concerto (Town Hall). Judge: international competitions. Associate Music Director, Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Faculty: School for Strings, Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Former faculty: Bennington College, Williams College, C.W. Post University.

ANCA NICOLAU - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music
B.M., Juilliard; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; M.A., M. Phil., Columbia University; Suzuki Teacher Cert., School for Strings. Studied: Galamian, Bronstein, Ricci, Behrend. Finalist: George Enescu Competition. Winner: Roumanian National Competition, Silverstein Award. Participant: Tanglewood, Spoleto, Caramoor, Drottningholm, The Proms, Edinburgh Festivals. Member: Orchestra of St. Luke's; The Bach Ensemble, Drottningholm Ensemble, the Loma Mar String Quartet. Recording: E.M.I. Label, Loma Mar String Quartet - number one on classical music charts - 1999. Former Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Department, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Amati Conservatory. Former faculty: Brixen Academy for Early Music, Italy.

ERIKO SATO - Violin
Juilliard. Studied with Delay, Grumiaux in Brussels. International prize winner and recitalist. Soloist: Tokyo Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Co-concertmaster: St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Orpheus. Member: Elysium Chamber Ensemble, Strathmere Chamber Ensemble, American Chamber Ensemble. Recordings: CD with David Oei, piano; Prestissimo label, Music Masters, Deutsche Grammophon, Vanguard, ESSAY, Delos, Grenadilla. Radio and TV appearances, including CBS News Sunday Morning. Faculty: Mannes College of Music, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, ACMA/OSL.

ERICH SCHOEN-RENÉ - Cello, Suzuki Cello
B.M. Bard College, M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with David Geber, Luis Garcia-Renart, Maxine Neuman. Suzuki pedagogy training through book 10 with Pamela Devenport, Carey Cheney. Principal Cello, Chelsea Symphony. Member: DCINY Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Faculty: Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Studio, The Mozart Academy.

ROBERT SCHWARTZ - Cello, Young People's Symphonette, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music
B.A., Montclair State; M.A., Teacher's College; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence. Studied with Janigro, Ricci, Borodin Piano Trio. Cofounder, former cellist: Laurentian String Quartet, Aspen Music Festival. Faculty: Lakeland School District.

PETER SEIDENBERG - Cello, Suzuki Cello, Artistic Director, Contemporary Music Festival
B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied: Nell Novak, Marc Johnson, Paul Katz, Bernard Greenhouse, Larry Lesser, Alan Harris, Ron Leonard, Burton Kaplan. Solo work: Chicago Symphony (age 18), Eastman Philharmonia, DePaul Chamber Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka. Festivals: Marlboro, Norfolk, Aspen, Meadowmount. Current member: Elements Quartet, Queens Chamber Band.