Winner of the 2004 Salzburg Prize, Italian pianist Fernando Altamura has appeared as a soloist with the Bari Philharmonic, the Skopje Philharmonic, and the Rotterdam Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and has also performed at the Florence, Salzburg, and Leipzig Festivals. Mr. Altamura has won prizes at numerous international competitions, including second prizes at the 2008 Panama International Piano Competition and the 2006 Bitola International Pianofest Competition in Macedonia, the Debussy Prize at the 2010 Orleans International Piano Competition (France) and Third Prize at the 2010 International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Brazil).
Mr. Altamura received degrees from the Bari Conservatory, the Hogeschool voor Musiek in Rotterdam (Codarts) and Yale University. His principal teachers are Aquiles Delle Vigne, Maria Teresa Somma, Choong-Mo Kang and Peter Frankl. He has taught masterclasses, lessons, and given lectures extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. Mr. Altamura is the Executive Director of the Bari International Music Festival. www.FernandoAltamura.com
Molly Carr, viola
Violist, Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (TheStrad) and “passionate talent and beautiful poise” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the Primrose International Viola Competition. Ms. Carr made her New York solo debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra as winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and has also soloed with the Reno Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, and the Carson City Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Carr was a featured performer at the 2013 Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Perlman Music Program. She is a former member of the Serafin Quartet and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Alisa Weilerstein, and the Orion Quartet. Ms. Carr holds a Viola Faculty position in the Juilliard Precollege program and received a M.M. and B.M. from Juilliard, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom. www.Molly-Carr.com
David Fung, Piano
Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and praised as having “undoubted talent” by the Los Angeles Times, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for playing that is elegant and refined, yet deeply poetic and intensely expressive. In recent seasons, Mr. Fung has appeared as guest soloist with all the major orchestras in his native Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and internationally with orchestras including the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra.
A frequent guest artist of concert series and festivals throughout the world, Mr. Fung has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Bari International Music Festival in Italy, Edinburgh International Festival, Music at Menlo in California, Ravinia Festival, and in New York's Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Scotland's Queen’s Hall, Belgium's La Monnaie, Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio, the Sydney Opera House, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and Israel's Mann Auditorium. At his Edinburgh International Festival debut, Jonas Green of the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and probably [doing] ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.” Mr. Fung has recorded albums for Naxos, Yarlung Records and ABC Classics/Symphony Australia. He is the Artistic Director of the Bari International Music Festival and is an official Steinway Artist. www.DavidFung.com
Dennis Kim, Violin
Born in Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the United States, having worked in Asia for a decade and now working in Europe, Dennis Kim is truly a citizen of the world. Mr. Kim was first appointed Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He has since served as Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently holds this position in the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. Mr Kim has been guest Concertmaster on four continents including the Avanti Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Navarra, and the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with many of this generation’s greatest conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn and Sir Simon Rattle, to name a few.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed with many leading musicians including Pinchas Zuckerman, Jaime Laredo, Carter Brey, John Sharp, Marya Martin, and members of the Orion, Tokyo, and Guarneri string quartets. After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with every major orchestra in China and Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music, Dennis Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.
Jonah Kim, ‘Cello
Jonah Kim made his debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2002 after winning the top prize at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Competition. Described by Joseph McLellan of the Washington Post as "the next Yo-Yo Ma, Mr. Kim has has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among others. Mr. Kim has performed at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach), and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and at the Atlantic (Maine), Lancaster (Ohio), Encore (Ohio), Killington (Vermont), Sarasota (Florida), and Kneisel Hall (Maine) music festivals. He serves on the faculty of the Palm Beach Atlantic University's "Stringendo" summer music program.
A graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Kim has worked as Principal ‘Cellist for the Miami City Ballet and is currently the Associate Principal ‘Cellist at the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, of which he is also the youngest member. Jonah also discovered his passion for chamber music at an early age through constant collaborations with his friends at Curtis where he performed most of the standard piano trio literature with violinist Chen Xi and pianist Yuja Wang. He has also played in live concert with pop figures such as the Beach Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Vic Damone, Regis Philban, Kenny Rogers, and the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. www.JonahKimCello.com
Angelo Nasuto, Piano
Winner of the BIMF Prize 2013 Born in Foggia, Angelo Nasuto has distinguished himself as a first-prize winner of numerous national and international competitions. As a harpsichordist, Angelo was awarded the First Prize and Prize for the Best French Work execution at the International Harpsichord Competition "Wanda Landowska”. He has performed at a number of important festivals with such artists as Raffaele Napoli , Piotr Lachert , Ruscillo Augustine, Thomas Gindele and the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ovidiu Balan Bacau.
Angelo has furthered his studies in piano with Giuseppe Andaloro, David Fung, Sang Woo Kang, Aura Go, Riccardo Risaliti, Alexander Lonquich, Michele Marvulli and Aldo Ciccolini, and conducting with Ovidiu Balan. In 2013 he won the BIMF Award and in 2014 he performed as an organist with Michelangelo Martin at the St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. He has worked with Francesco Di Lernia as an organist, and completed his piano studies under the guidance of Cinzia Falco at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari.
Sherezade Panthaki, Soprano
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki's international success has been fueled by “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acclaimed specialist in early music, Ms. Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, John Scott, Matthew Halls, Mark Morris, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her 2013 New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.
Recent and upcoming solo engagements include performances with Bach Collegium Japan (Tokyo), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C), Mark Morris Dance Group (brand new production of Handel's Acis and Galatea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonie (Utrecht), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Houston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's (New York City) and Boston Baroque. Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. www.sherezadepanthaki.com
Liya Petrova, Violin
Born into a musical family in Sofia, Bulgaria, Liya Petrova had a number of debuts with orchestra at age six, and at the age of eight she was awarded the Mozart Medal and the title of the Youngest Artist of UNESCO. Since giving her debut in 2003 in Laeiszhalle-Musikhalle in Hamburg, she was invited to perform in some of the world's finest concert halls in Europe, including Accademia di Santa Cecillia in Rome, UNESCO hall in Paris, Dvorak Hall in Prague, Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco, BOZAR in Brussels and others. In the following years Liya appeared with Monte Carlo Philarmonic Orchestra, Weimar Staatskapelle, Norrdeutsche Philarmonie, Orchestra National de Montpellier, including a tour with DeFilharmonie under Phillipe Hereweghe, performances with Jian Wang in the Brahms Double Concerto with the Brussels Philarmonic and Philharmonie Luxembourg under Emmanuel Krivine.
She regularly appears as a chamber musician at some of Europe's most distinguished festivals, including Mecklenburg Vorpommen, Rheingau Music Festival, Martha Argerich's festival in Lugano, Athens Music Festival, Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, Festival de Menton, and the Musica Mundi Festival in Belgium. In March 2011, Liya was invited to take part in a chamber music concert series Martha Argerich and Friends in Athens, playing together with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capućon, Yuri Basmet and Misha Maisky. Among her collaborators were as well Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Gerard Causse, Antoine Tamestit, Gary Hoffman and others. In September 2010, Liya became an Artist-in-residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel working under the guidance of Augustin Dumay, and regularly takes masterclasses with french violinist Renaud Capuçon.
Holly Piccoli, Violin
Holly Piccoli is establishing herself as an international violinist, on both modern and baroque violin, having performed as soloist in Australia, the USA, the UK and Europe. Concurrently based in Australia and the USA, Holly works in every field; as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, TV and studio recording artist, covering all genres from baroque to pop. Holly’s most recent performances include the premier of composer Martin Bresnick’s opera, My Friend’s Story, as well as the New York City debut of ensemble Cantata Profana, being personally praised for her performance in the New York Times. Holly frequently performs with the Australia Chamber Orchestra, having toured with them on many national tours as well as internationally to the USA, Europe and Asia.
Specializing in baroque violin, in 2013 Holly toured Japan and Singapore with Maestro Masaaki Suzuki. This season Holly is a violinist in the New Haven Symphony, soloist with Yale based ensemble Cantata Profana and the violinist of the Melbourne Piano Trio.