Emily Taubl | Program Director
Cellist Emily Taubl has been featured in The New York Times as a musician of great promise, and was called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” by the Hartford Courant. She has been featured as a performer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's composer portrait series, at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, as well as for The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration on Boston’s WGBH.
Having studied at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and the New England Conservatory, her major teachers include Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot and Ardyth Alton. In the past, she has worked closely with Itzhak Perlman, Jesse Levine, Claude Frank, Roger Tapping, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Emily teaches at the University of Vermont and privately and enjoys an active performing career. She has been published in Strings Magazine on several occasions and is passionate about working with students at the workshop each summer.
Malcolm Lowe | Boston University
Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster in 1984, becoming the tenth concertmaster in the orchestra's history and only its third since 1920. As concertmaster, he also performs with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Mr. Lowe is equally at home as an orchestral player, chamber musician, solo recitalist, and teacher. He appears frequently as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and he has returned many times to his native Canada for guest appearances as a soloist with the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Mr. Lowe is a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. Prior to his Boston appointment, he was concertmaster of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. The recipient of many awards, he was one of the top laureate winners in the 1979 Montreal International Violin Competition. Born to musical parents - his father was a violinist and his mother a vocalist - on a farm in Hamiota, Manitoba, Mr. Lowe moved with his family to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of nine. There he studied at the Regina Conservatory of Music with Howard Leyton-Brown, former concertmaster of the London Philharmonic. He later studied with Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Lowe also studied violin with Sally Thomas and Jaime Laredo and was greatly influenced by Josef Gingold, Felix Galimir, Alexander Schneider, and Jascha Brodsky.
Lucy CHapman | New England Conservatory
Violinist Lucy Chapman, chair of NEC's chamber music faculty, also served as chair of the strings studio faculty from 2001 through 2012.
Lucy Chapman has pursued an eclectic career spanning many musical worlds. She became acting associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony at the age of twenty-nine; from that position, she moved on to play two seasons as first violin of the award-winning Muir String Quartet. She has played solo and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, Korea, and Japan.
Her recording of Bartok, Stravinsky, and Ives with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Richard Goode won a Grammy nomination, and she has also recorded with Keith Jarrett, whose solo sonata she premiered in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
At NEC, Chapman performs regularly with her colleagues, including violinists Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein, violist Kim Kashkashian and Roger Tapping, and cellists Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and Laurence Lesser. Since joining the faculty at NEC, she spent ten summers teaching at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine and the past eight summers as a senior participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont.
B.M., Curtis Institute; M.Ed., Antioch New England. Studies with Dorothy Delay, Marc Gottlieb, Arnold Steinhardt. Recordings on EMI, CRI, New World, RCA/BMG. Former faculty of University of California/Santa Cruz, Boston University, Harvard University.
Carol Rodland | The Juilliard School
CAROL RODLAND, enjoys a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and teacher. First prize winner of the Washington International Competition and the Artists International Auditions, she made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager. Critics describe her playing as "larger than life, sweetly in tune, infinitely variegated", and "delicious" (Fanfare Magazine).
Ms. Rodland’s performance calendar includes regular collaborations with her sister, organist Catherine Rodland as the Rodland Duo as well as with pianists Marcantonio Barone and Tatevik Mokatsian, and cellist Scott Kluksdahl. She also performs frequently with the Portland Chamber Music Festival and the Halcyon Music Festival and for twenty years was a member of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Other recent chamber music collaborations have included appearances with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Central Chamber Music Series, and the Henschel Quartett. Festival appearances have included the Musikfestpiele Saar, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Killington Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Rodland has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, Adolphus Hailstork, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas. Her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma record labels have been critically acclaimed.
A dedicated and much sought-after teacher, Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School. She is also an artist-faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. Previous positions have included professorships at the Eastman School of Music, where she was also Co-Chair of the String Department, at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized in 2005 with the "Louis and Adrienne Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching", at Berlin’s "Hanns Eisler" Hochschule, and at Arizona State University. Recent guest teaching residencies have included master classes in the United Kingdom at the Royal College of Music in London, in Germany at the Hochschule Fuer Musik und Theater in Saarbruecken and at the Universitaet der Kunste in Berlin, in Norway at the Valdres Sommersymfoni, in Tel Aviv Israel with the Perlman Music Program, and in the United States at the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory ,Indiana University, University of Michigan, and the Walnut Hill School. In 2019, she will give master classes at San Francisco Conservatory and the Moore’s School of Music at the University of Houston and will also serve as a jury member, master class clinician, and featured recitalist at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and Workshop at the Isle of Man, United Kingdom.
Ms. Rodland is the founder of "If Music Be the Food...", a benefit concert series created in 2009 to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Teaching music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities is also part of the series’ mission. "If Music Be the Food..." is a fully volunteer endeavor; all of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the performance spaces, and audience members bring food or cash donations for the local food bank as the price of admission. "If Music Be the Food..." has inspired other prominent musicians to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.
Ms. Rodland holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle and was the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the Lillian Fuchs Prize. She also received an Aufbaustudium Diplom awarded with distinction from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar and Beebe Fund Grantee with Kim Kashkashian. She had the unique privilege of serving as teaching assistant to both of her mentors. She plays on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1791 and a bow made by Benoit Rolland in 2010.
PhIllip Ying| Eastman SChool of Music
Phillip Ying, as violist of the Ying Quartet, has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a recipient of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music, has won a Grammy for a collaborative recording with the Turtle Island String Quartet, and has been nominated three additional times, most recently for a collaborative album with pianist, Billy Childs.
He maintains a vital interest in new music with recent and planned premieres of works by Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas, Kevin Puts, Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Sebastian Currier, Paquito D’Rivera, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Moravec, and Kenji Bunch and is currently engaged in a multi- ‐year commissioning project with the Institute for American Music.
Mr. Ying also pursues creative projects across musical styles with other artists such as Garth Fagan and Tod Machover. During the summers, he has performed at the Colorado College, Bowdoin, Aspen, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Norfolk, Music in the Vineyards and Skaneateles Music Festivals. He has recorded on the Sono Luminus, Telarc, Albany, Elektra, and EMI labels. Mr. Ying is an Associate Professor Chamber Music and Viola at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. From 2001- ‐2008, he was named with the Ying Quartet Blodgett Ensemble in Residence at Harvard University. Additionally, he served a six year term as President of Chamber Music America, a national service organization for chamber music ensembles, presenters and artist managers, and has been published by Chamber Music magazine.
He is a frequent speaker, panelist, and outside evaluator on subjects such as arts- ‐in- ‐education, advocacy through performance, and chamber music residencies. Mr. Ying received his education at Harvard University, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music, and has studied principally with Martha Katz, Walter Trampler, and Roland Vamos.
Hans Jørgen Jensen | Northwestern University
Mr. Jensen has performed as a soloist and recitalist in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan including solo appearances with the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Symphony and the Irish Radio Orchestra. He has given numerous workshops and master classes across the United States, Canada, and Japan including those at the University of Cincinnati, the Royal College of Music in Calgary, the Music Bridge Festival in Calgary, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the International Banff Center, Southern Methodist University School of Music, the University of Arizona, the University of Denver, the University of New Mexico, the Texas Music Festival, the University of Colorado, the National Suzuki Convention, the Midwest Orchestra and Band Convention, and Indiana University School of Music.
His former students are members of major orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. His students are first prize winners in the MTNA National Competition, the ASTA National Competition, the Sphinx Competition, the Stulberg International Competition, the Madison Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Corpus Christi International Competition, the Chicago Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. They are also prize winners in the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, the Klein International Competition, and the Lutoslavski International Cello Competition.
Mr. Jensen was awarded the Copenhagen Music Critics Prize, the Jacob Gades Prize, the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs Grant for Musicians, and was the winner of the Artist International Competition that resulted in three New York Recitals. In 1998 he was named the outstanding teacher of the year at Northwestern University and in 1999, the outstanding studio teacher of the year by Illinois ASTA. In 2001 he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Education. He joined the faculty of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings as a Distinguished Artist in Fall 2011.
Norman Fischer | Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Norman Fischer has concertized on five continents and in 49 of the 50 United States. He was cellist with the Concord String Quartet through its 16-year career and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, two Grammy nominations and an Emmy. In over 1000 concerts the quartet performed 18 Bartok cycles, 36 Beethoven cycles and premiered 50 works. They also recorded 40 works for RCA Red Seal, Vox, Nonesuch and CRI. Mr. Fischer’s chamber music expertise has led to performances with the American, Audubon, Bair, Cavani, Chester, Chiara, Ciompi, Cleveland, Dover, Ensø, Emerson, Jasper, Juilliard, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg string quartets, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Banff, Chamber Music International, Context (including a complete Beethoven piano trio cycle on period instruments), and Houston’s Da Camera Society. He has also served on many competition juries including the Paolo Borciani and Banff International string quartet competitions.
Mr. Fischer is the cellist with the Fischer Duo, a group with pianist Jeanne Kierman that was founded in 1971 and specializes in both the classical masterworks of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann as well as music of our own time. They have over a dozen recordings. Most notable are: Imaginées: Music of French Masters, American Music in the 1990s, Complete Music for Cello and Piano of Chopin and Liszt, and Complete Cello Music of William Bolcom. The most recent album is Beethoven Cello and Piano Complete on the Centaur label that is the most comprehensive collection of Beethoven’s music for the two instruments. The Duo has premiered over 30 new scores by composers such as George Rochberg, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Sirota, Pierre Jalbert, and Richard Wilson. They continue to actively perform throughout the United States and twice have served as Artistic Ambassadors for the USIA with tours to South America and South Africa.
Mr. Fischer continues to be committed to music for solo cello. His 1983 New York solo debut of the Bach Six Suites in one evening was hailed by New York Times critic John Rockwell as “inspiring”. During the 1994 season, Mr. Fischer’s recording of William Bolcom’s unaccompanied cello score was featured on Broadway as incidental music for Arthur Miller’s most recent play, Broken Glass. Mr. Fischer was honored by being invited to open the 1995 Tanglewood Music Center season with a performance of Henri Dutilleux’s Trois Strophes sur le nom Sacher, and during the 1996 Tanglewood season was similarly honored in presenting the world premiere of Mr. Bolcom’s Suite in C Minor He has performed the standard concerto classics with conductors such as Lukas Foss, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Efrain Guigui. He has also championed new works for the genre, such as the Robert Sirota Cello Concerto (Tanglewood 1985), the Augusta Read Thomas Vigil (Cleveland Chamber Symphony, recorded on the GM label), Steven Stucky Voyages (recorded for Opus One in 1991), and Ross Lee Finney’s Narrative (with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, recorded for New World Records).
Mr. Fischer is currently Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello and Director of Chamber Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Before accepting this position in 1992 he held positions at Dartmouth College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Fischer also holds the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation Master Teacher Chair at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he has been on the summer faculty since 1985. He is currently on the board of directors of Chamber Music America.
IRis HSU | staff accompanist
Hailed an “exquisitely subtle pianist” by The New York Times, Iris Hsu is a prizewinner of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, as well as the Baltimore Music Club, Pacific Musical Society, and Ross McKee Competitions. As an active solo and chamber musician, she has appeared as soloist with the Palo Alto Philharmonic and Fremont Symphony Orchestra and given performances throughout the United States, Canada, Holland, Finland, Italy, and Spain.
Ms. Hsu has worked with numerous renowned artists including Leon Fleisher, Boris Berman, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Ann Schein, Menahem Pressler, Leslie Howard, Victor Rosenbaum, Mack McCray, Angela Cheng, Alvin Chow, and Marc Durand. She is a fellowship recipient of the Lime Kiln Foundation and Bay Area Steinway Society of California.
Ms. Hsu received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Subsequently, she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Matti Raekallio and was awarded a teaching fellowship to serve as faculty in the piano minor department. She is continuing her studies at Peabody with Boris Slutsky as a candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in piano performance, and currently resides in Boston, where she teaches privately and serves as a staff accompanist at the New England Conservatory of Music.