Ensemble Members

Kyle Bartlett

Composer

Kyle Bartlett began her musical studies as a flutist, later adding drums and then composition. She earned the Bachelor’s Diploma in flute performance from the Longy School of Music, and received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her works have been performed across the United States, including at the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, the MATA Festival (New York), the Boston Conservatory New Music Week, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as in Europe, notably at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse for New Music, on the Apartment House “Modern Britain” concert series (London), and in numerous performances by the Belgian ensemble Champ d’Action. Recent work includes “Chaotic Menagerie,” an installation and multiform work for the American Philosophical Society Museum and “The Lost Child,” a large-form theatrical work for flute with electronics, actor, percussion, and recorded sound. [ more ]

Douglas Boyce

Composer

Douglas Boyce’s music has been called “emotion-laden, vividly descriptive” and “drop-dead beautiful and insightful” by the Washington Post and “magical” by the New York Times. His work has been awarded the Salvatore Martirano Prize (2006), the Robert Avalon Prize (2010), and the League of Composers ISCM Composers Award (2005), and has been commissioned by Concert Artists’ Guild, the Catholic University of America, and violinist Miranda Cuckson. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Music at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. For information about his current projects, click here. [ more ]

Miranda Cuckson

Violin

In great demand as soloist and chamber musician, violinist Miranda Cuckson is highly acclaimed for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, from early eras through to the most current creations. She has been praised as “fiercely gifted” (Time Out NY), a violinist of “undeniable musicality” and “a brilliant young performer who plays daunting contemporary music with insight, honesty, and temperament” (the New York Times). She has made five lauded CDs on Centaur Records: concertos by Korngold and Ponce with the Czech National Symphony, and disks of violin music by Ralph Shapey (a two-CD set), Donald Martino, and Ross Lee Finney, for which she was awarded grants from the Copland and Ditson funds. Vanguard Classics released her CD “the wreckage of flowers” featuring the violin works of Michael Hersch. [ more ]

Benjamin Fingland

Clarinet

Benjamin Fingland’s playing has been described as embodying “spiritedness and humor”, and “unflagging precision and energy” (The New York Times). A proponent of the music of our time, he works closely with living composers, and plays with many of New York’s leading contemporary performance ensembles. As a recitalist, he has traveled worldwide – performing in South America, Thailand, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada, and Japan. His collaborations have ranged in scope from Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John. Mr. Fingland has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School in New York City. [ more ]

Jessica Meyer

Viola

Acclaimed for her “polish, focus, and excitement” (Allan Kozinn, The New York Times), violist Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a passionate advocate of new music, she has commissioned, written, and premiered pieces for solo viola throughout New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Jessica has also performed with the Either/Or Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Gotham Chamber Opera, Continuum, SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City), and Piaclava – a touring trio that is often called upon to perform interactive outreach concerts for Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Center for Arts Education. For more information, please see www.jessicameyermusic.com. [ more ]

Karen Ouzounian

'Cello

Cellist Karen Ouzounian has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. She has performed with such ensembles as Trio Cavatina, the Tessera Quartet, A Far Cry, The Knights, ECCO, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Continuum. During the 2012-2013 season she will tour with musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and appear on the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts’ Rising Stars series. Ms. Ouzounian has collaborated with such artists as Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Gilbert Kalish, Charles Neidich, Vera Beths, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Festivals include Marlboro, Ravinia, the Open Chamber Music Seminar at Prussia Cove (UK), and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany). She was a prizewinner at the Zara Nelsova Competition for Canadian Cellists in 2011, and is a winner of the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Currently residing in NYC, Ms. Ouzounian holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Timothy Eddy.  [ more ]

Ryan Streber

Composer

Ryan Streber is a composer and audio engineer based in New York City whose works have been performed in the United States and abroad by artists and ensembles such as The American Composers Orchestra, The Lucerne Percussion Group, The Juilliard Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Flexible Music, Line C3 Percussion Quartet, ACME, Boston Conservatory, Gemini Youth Orchestra, and many others. His most recent orchestral work, Arcuare, was read by The ACO in its 2007 Underwood New Music Readings. Other recent works include new solo pieces for guitarist Daniel Lippel, percussionist Haruka Fujii, and cellist Sumire Kudo, as well as ensemble compositions for the Boston Conservatory Saxophone Ensemble and BoCo Wind Ensemble, Bacchae Fragments for 12 percussionists which was commissioned by the Lucerne Festival Academy’s percussion ensemble. [ more ]

Ning Yu

Piano

Pianist Ning Yu has performed dozens of world premieres including the works of Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, Tristan Perich, and Cenk Ergün. She has appeared on stages worldwide, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. As a chamber musician, Ms. Yu has performed with leading new music ensembles such as Bang on A Can – All Stars, Signal Ensemble, and theater groups Mabou Mines and the Tectonic Theater Project. She is a member of the New York based percussion and piano ensemble Yarn/Wire. A native of Shenyang, China, Ning has been living and working in New York City since 2004. www.ningyupiano.com [ more ]

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