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Performer Biographies

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 from 10am-4pm, Symphony Hall, Boston


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Rivers Youth Symphony Orchestra 
The Rivers Youth Symphony is the most advanced orchestra at The Rivers School Conservatory.  Conducted by Christopher Memoli, The Rivers Youth Symphony provides outstanding orchestral training for advanced musicians from the Greater Boston area. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs several concerts throughout the year at Regis College in Weston and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.  Many of the musicians also perform in chamber ensembles offered through The Rivers School Conservatory. There are four additional orchestras offered through the conservatory for all ages and abilities. 

New England Conservatory Youth Symphony
The New England Conservatory Youth Symphony is composed of advanced young musicians, most between the ages of 13 and 18. Members are selected from hundreds of applicants through annual auditions. As one of NEC's senior Preparatory School orchestras, the Youth Symphony has performed in NEC's Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, and the Boston Opera House in collaboration with the Boston Ballet School. Additionally, this orchestra tours internationally every two years.

Steven Karidoyanes
Steven Karidoyanes (carry-doh-YAH-ness) is in his tenth season as conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. Since his appointment in 2004, he has led them in their regular concerts in Jordan Hall, concerts in Symphony Hall, and in tours of Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, and Eastern Europe. He also is the conductor of the Plymouth Philharmonic, a professional orchestra on Boston’s South Shore, and Masterworks Chorale, a group that performs choral/orchestral masterworks in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre.

From the Top
From the Top is a radio program that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people from throughout the country. It is heard on 99.5 WCRB Classical New England Sundays at 7pm. Each show, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley, combines virtuosic performances with wonderfully compelling personal interviews with young guests. From the Top tapes for live audiences across the country and will be back home in Boston on Feb 8th at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.
 
Brioso TrioThe Brioso Trio is based at New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, where they are coached by Laura Blustein. They appeared recently on an episode of From the Top, taped in San Marcos, Texas. The trio includes: 12-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, who studies with Dorothy Shi; 11-year-old violinist Hannah Ryu from Lexington, who studies with Kazuko Matsusaka; and 11-year-old cellist Evan Hsu from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, who studies with Blustein. 
 
Tessa LarkTessa Lark is a popular violin soloist and award-winning chamber musician. Born and raised in Kentucky, she started playing violin at age six, studying with Cathy McGlasson. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she studied from 2006-2012 with Miriam Fried, Lucy Chapman, and Paul Biss. In 2012, she won the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition.


CABOT-CAHNERS (Piano) 
 
Steinway Society of MASteinway Society Pianists
The Steinway Society of Massachusetts is a not-for-profit organization committed to encouraging young piano students and young emerging artists, as well as fostering an appreciation of piano music among the general public. The Society provides opportunities for pianists and other musicians to meet and perform in order to further their art. The highlight of the Society’s year is our annual Piano Competition. This high profile event held every spring is an eagerly anticipated showcase for young pianists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. All divisions compete at M. Steinert & Sons’ historic Steinert Hall, 162 Boylston Street, Boston.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School 
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School serves more than 2,000 students through lessons, classes, and ensembles at its state-of-the-art music teaching facility in East Providence, RI, and reaches more than 20,000 students annually through partnership programs with area schools, community centers, and social service agencies. An innovator in arts education and performance, the Rhode Island Philharmonic is the largest professional symphony orchestra in the nation to devote more than 50% of its programmatic budget to music education and community engagement.
 
Ancient Brass (Boston Conservatory Brass Quintet)
Formed in the fall of 2013, Accent Brass (Boston Conservatory Brass Quintet) brings together five of Boston's finest young brass players, each enrolled at The Boston Conservatory. The group’s members have toured and performed in venues across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Each member is committed to performing the standards of the brass quintet repertoire and commissioning new works, including music from the ensemble's tubist and composer in residence, David Vess. Accent Brass' mission is simple: to perform at the highest level, and to inspire the next generation of young musicians. 

Project StepProject STEP
Celebrating over 30 years in Boston, Project STEP is an independent, non-profit organization formed in partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory. Recognizing that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music, Project STEP’s mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities and providing participants in its programs with a comprehensive program of music education and string instrument instruction. Since its founding in 1982, 100 percent of Project STEP graduates have gone on to study at college or conservatory, including Juilliard, Yale, Harvard, and the New England Conservatory.

Harps Uncovered
The Harp Uncovered is a presentation by students from Ina Zdorovetchi’s harp studio. Currently, Zdorovetchi is the principal harpist with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Opera Boston, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and is on the faculty at Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College and New England Conservatory Pre-College.  

Southshore ConservatorySouth Shore Conservatory
South Shore Conservatory, recently recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is celebrating more than 43 years of enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts. SSC was founded as a not-for-profit community music school in 1970 and now has two beautiful campuses in Hingham and Duxbury.  Currently serving more than 3,000 students of all ages and abilities, SSC is the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. 

Handel and Haydn Society Educational Outreach Quartet
The Handel and Haydn Society Educational Outreach Quartet performs selected highlights from its 2013-2014 season's show, "What's an Oratorio?,” and brings this traditional musical genre alive for the enjoyment of young audiences of all ages. 


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Marimba MagicMarimba Magic 
Marimba Magic is a performance group from The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston. The student ensemble rehearses once a week and all members take private lessons at Rivers. Many of the players entered the Marimba Magic program in kindergarten or first grade, and have been playing together ever since. The Marimba Magic Ensemble has performed at conferences throughout the United Stares as well as in Europe under the direction of its founder Sarah Tenney.  

WheelockWheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock Family Theatre has received praise both locally and nationally for its commitment to accessible, multi-cultural, and multi-generational productions for families. Recognized by the Boston Theatre Critics’ Association and the Independent Reviewers of New England in 2011 for its more than 30 years of excellence, the theatre has been hailed as a Massachusetts treasure, receiving the 2005 Commonwealth Award. The theatre also received the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Award in recognition of its access programs for people with disabilities.

Nancy Hair and Little CellistsCellos 352 (Nancy Hair and the Little Cellists) 
Cellos 352 (Nancy Hair and the Little Cellists) has been together for many years, performing with dance ensembles, in churches, for celebrations, and just for fun. The uniqueness of the group is that it brings beginning and advanced players together. Players range from age four through adult!!  We have a lot to learn from each other. The beginners experience surround sound and hear where they are going, while the more advanced students are connected to their past and can nurture future players. Everyone has fun! 
 
Boston Conservatory Logo, Cartoon FestBoCo Children’s Opera: Mooch the Messy 
The Boston Conservatory Opera Department will be presenting the delightful children's opera Mooch the Messy. Mixing humor, music and fun, it tells the story of a rat, Mooch, who lives right here in Boston. Mooch learns about neatness, responsibility and being true to himself when his father comes for a visit. Mooch the Messy is based on a book by Marjorie Weinman. 

Boston Ballet School
Boston Ballet School, the official School of Boston Ballet, operates three state-of-the-art dance facilities: at Boston Ballet’s headquarters in the South End of Boston; in Newton, MA; and in the Salem/Marblehead, MA, area of the North Shore. With four core programs designed with a progressive, age-appropriate curriculum for toddlers to senior citizens, the school provides unparalleled dance education and ballet training for more than 5,000 students annually. 

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra 
Founded in 2009 by musical director Peter Blanchette, the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra is a true avant-garde ensemble, comprised of 20 talented, enthusiastic, acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. HVGO creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic mix, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO captivates audiences with music of significant contemporary and legacy composers whose works Blanchette has arranged to exploit the unique tonal characteristics and strengths of the ensemble. HVGO is a resident performance group at the Northampton Center for the Arts.