Yumi is a frequent soloist with the Colorado Symphony and has soloed with other major orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel(Switzerland), and the Bruckner Orchester Linz (Austria) in collaboration with conductors Marin Alsop, Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Graf, Paavo Järvi, and Peter Oundjian. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Jeffrey Kahane, Christopher O'Riley, Jon Kimura Parker, and Andrew Litton. This past season she played the Beethoven concerto with the CSO, horn trios at Carnegie Hall with Andrew Litton and CSO Principal Horn Michael Thornton, and the Isang Yun concerto #3 in Basel, Switzerland and Tongyeong, South Korea.
Since 2000 Yumi has been Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony. She was Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra for twelve years and Guest Concertmaster for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, at the invitation of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman. She's a frequent guest first violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and a faculty member at Denver University's Lamont School of Music.
Yumi plays on a violin made by Carlo Landolfi in Milan, c. 1752. She is married to Daniel Willams, a horn player in the Philidaelpia Orchestra, and they have a daughter, Ava.
Hsing-Ay Hsu, piano
In a nutshell:Since her stage debut at age four, classical pianist Hsing-ay Hsu has been winning international awards and audiences with her thoughtful programming and "explosions of energy". (New York Times)Since her stage debut at age 4, Chinese-American pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Europe and Asia. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won international recognition, including the Juilliard William Petschek Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition, and the US Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton at the White House.
A veteran soloist with many symphony orchestras, Ms. Hsu also loves to create themes for her solo projects and to collaborate with other artists, mostly recently a flamenco composer and a jazz pianist. and has presented public masterclasses for venues including Conservatoire Ravel in Paris.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Hsu has become a prominent cultural figure in the Denver-Boulder corridor, where she was named a “Denver Pathmaker”, and where she has solo-ed with the Colorado Symphony and created events for the Denver Art Museum. She feels privileged to mentor young/young-at-heart musicians and teachers, and to serve as a creative consultant for local organizations. As Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at CU-Boulder, she has brought in international artists to the region from Finland, Mexico, the U.K., and hosted celebrity masterclasses including Kronos Quartet and Béla Fleck. She has also taught as visiting piano faculty for several universities including CU-Boulder, organizations including the Rocky Ridge Adult Seminars and Friends of Chamber Music Denver, and has lectured at conferences including the MTNA National Convention. Her Conscious ListeningTM seminars bring dynamic teaching to festivals, private homes, music societies, and pre-concert talks for the CU Presents Artist Series. A beloved teacher, her students have won numerous solo and concerto prizes; her master classes include Conservatoire Ravel in Paris and Xiamen University. She also adjudicates regularly for national and international competitions. Besides chairing the CSMTA College Forum, she serves on the national editorial board of American Music Teacher magazine. Her recordings are frequently broadcast on CPR.
Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at Juilliard on scholarship prizes and at Yale University after she won a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and on fellowship at Tanglewood and the Ravinia Steans Institute. Her favorite pastimes are taking dance and improv classes, from which she draws inspiration for teaching and audience engagement. Ms. Hsu is married to composer Daniel Kellogg, and they have one daughter. www.hsingayhsu.com.
Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe.
Upon entering her freshman year at Juilliard, she won the William Kapell International Piano Competition silver medal. Hsu was also winner of the Ima Hogg National Competition First Prize, the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award. She was also named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House.
A versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.” Concerto collaborations include the Houston Symphony Orchestra as first-prize winner of the 2003 Ima Hogg National Competition, the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Pacific Symphony(CA), Colorado Springs, Florida West Coast, Fort Collins, New Jersey, Waterbury(CT), China National, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen orchestras. Television and radio feature broadcasts include Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Live from Tanglewood (for a 10,000+ live audience members and 3.9 million broadcast audience), NPR’s Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, TCI cablevision’s Grand Piano Recital (CA), CPR’s Colorado Spotlight, China Central National TV, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, and Danish National Radio. She has recorded CD/DVD’s for Pacific Records, Albany Records, and Nutmeg Press labels.
An advocate of new music, she has given numerous world premieres including Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. and Beshert; Ned Rorem’s Aftermath (2002) for baritone and piano trio; Daniel Kellogg’s scarlet thread at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and his Momentum, which she commissioned for the 1998 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; as well as Du MingXin’s Piano Concerto No.3 at the Gulangyu International Piano Festival and National Tour. Chamber music appearances include Carnegie Weill Hall, Bargemusic in New York, the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Detroit Art Museum, Denmark’s Viborg Hall, Taiwan’s Novel Hall, and a 2007 all-stars gala in Hong Kong for the 10th anniversary of the reunification. For her cultural projects, such as the multi-media recital China through the Lens of Piano Music, co-directing/performing in the George Crumb at 80 Music Festival, and producing/performing the Olivier Messiaen Centennial series, she was named a "Pathmaker" by the Denver Post.
Born in Beijing, Hsu studied piano with her parents and her uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, and later with Herbert Stessin at Juilliard and Claude Frank at Yale. She also trained in the fellowship programs at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Programme (UK), the Aspen Music Festival, and abroad.
Ms. Hsu is currently the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music and a visiting piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder. A dedicated educator and frequent adjudicator, she gives masterclasses and seminars at institutions including the University of Denver, and has been visiting piano faculty at Ohio University, Metro State University, and University of Northern Colorado. Her teaching honors include the 2010 NFMC Ouida Keck Award.
Ms. Hsu is a Steinway Artist and resides in Colorado with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg, and one daughter. Her concert schedule and recordings are available at www.hsingayhsu.com.
Arthur Houle, piano
Arthur Houle, DMA, is a professor of music at Colorado Mesa University where he teaches applied and class piano, piano pedagogy, keyboard literature, piano ensemble and accompanying techniques. He is founder and director of the Festival for Creative Pianists, a unique competition for young pianists that promotes classical and jazz improvisation, versatility, composition, individuality and repertory excellence in all styles. The festival's website contains a treasure trove of educational information on how to incorporate more spontaneity and creativity into piano teaching and performing.
Houle is also passionate about chamber music (performing often with colleagues and guest artists) and for the music of Chopin. He was the only pianist to be invited to perform twice, to critical acclaim, in the 1995 International Chopin Music Festival. He gives coast-to-coast lecture/recitals and master classes at prestigious institutions across the country and for various teacher organizations. Houle also presents often for national and regional professional conferences.
Houle is the recipient of five CMU Exemplary Faculty Awards and the 2011 Music Teachers National Association Fellow Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of music teaching. He has written for numerous professional periodicals. In 2008, the Hal Leonard Corporation published "Cowboy Jazz", a collection of Houle's original compositions for students. Houle's new publisher, Abundant Silence, recently published Cowboy Jazz II and is in the process of publishing other original Houle compositions.
Arthur Houle's teaching philosophy can be summed up as follows: A single class may be forgotten, but a revolution in perspective and process will last forever. Students are invited into the learning process with this empowering message from Houle "I can 'teach' you, or together we can discover how to learn. I would like to put myself out of business, to help you become so self-sufficient that I will no longer be needed."
Houle engages students via his innovative "blocking" approach (published and recognized at national conferences) and his emphasis on creativity, discovery and empowerment (learning how to learn). A private teacher since the age of 13, Houle taught previously at New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, the College of Idaho and the Universities of Iowa, North Dakota and Texas-Austin. Houle is editor of a newly published scholarly edition of Clementi'sSonatinas, Op. 36, an important set of pieces used worldwide in piano teaching. Houle's edition is the first and only one that accounts for every primary source, eliminates all the errors found in every other past and present edition, and includes extensive footnotes on creativity and performance practice.
Charles Farruggia, actor and singer
Charles Farruggia’s heritage is Sicilian and Lakota, and he grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As a business man, he has owned his own restaurant and worked in the construction industry. His college experience focused on studying psychology, literature, and theater. He managed a community theater company for many years in Grand Junction. His career as an actor and singer includes performing lead roles in many musicals, including “Once upon a Mattress”, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, and CMU’s 1999 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He also has a long-standing role each December as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for the Seraphim Theater in Rapid City. He has written and produced his own plays, as well as two books and much poetry. He brings his considerable talents as an actor, singer, and writer to the stage in “HOME SWEET HOME: Love, duty, honor, and music of the Civil War.”
Currently based in Boulder, CO the Altius Quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger), Altius strives to communicate art to a diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, I Care If You Listen, the Altius Quartet has garnered an international reputation and attracts audiences through their charisma and vitality. Having recently released an album of contemporary works, Quadrants, Altius is also dedicated to working with and performing works by living composers.
Altius has been a prize winner at the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In the spring of 2017, Altius released their debut album Dress Code on the PARMA label, and was highly praised for their musicianship and versatility. Review Graveyard remarked, “The appeal for this album is huge. It introduces classical music to those that are not normally fans…” For their second album, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, Altius has received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine describing them as “thrilling and enthralling” and their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”
The Altius Quartet maintains an active performance schedule at music festivals, universities, and concert series throughout the United States. Previous engagements include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the University of Northern Michigan, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. During the summer of 2019, Altius will be the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT.
Formed in 2011, Altius has held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. Altius Quartet has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Southern Methodist University, working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. Other mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, James Dunham, the Emerson String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Miró Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Kronos Quartet. Altius has also collaborated with celebrated artists such asHåkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Geraldine Walther and Bright Sheng.
The Altius Quartet is deeply committed to delivering chamber music to a wide variety of audiences, often performing concerts at alternative venues such as jazz clubs, bars, cafes, homeless shelters, and prisons. Altius also performs and teaches master classes at public schools throughout the country, and partners with Denver Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado.
When not recording or performing, members of the Altius Quartet enjoy experiencing the great outdoors and a friendly rivalry in their Fantasy Football league. Altius can be found on all platforms of social media via the handle @altiusquartet. An up to date performance schedule can be found on their website: AltiusQuartet.com.
Praised by The Strad for their "Wit and imagination", The trailblazing cello and guitar duo of Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton are known for their passionate performances and engaging stage presence as they bring the rich cello and guitar repertoire to audiences around the world. The duo have been featured on Performance Today on American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among others. Featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Patterson/Sutton Duo frequently concertizes throughout the United States and abroad with recent engagements as Juilliard Global Visiting Artists.
Formed in 2011 as doctoral students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the Patterson/Sutton duo released their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” on the MSR Classics label in May of 2013 to critical acclaim. Composer, Dušan Bogdanović declared: “Everything [on Cold Dark Matter] is performed with excellence and sensitivity. I especially like the beautiful tone and sense of lyricism, though the virtuosity of both is apparent.”
The Patterson/Sutton Duo are strong believers in the transformative power of educational outreach. Funded by the US State Department, the duo held a guest artist residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul in 2014, where they worked with the budding generation of young Afghan Musicians and gave a performance at the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. More recently, The Juilliard School sent the duo to Vietnam as guest artists to perform and teach at schools throughout the country as part of the Julliard/Nord Anglia global intuitive.
Their research in the field of cello and guitar music has culminated in lecture-recitals at the 2016 International Guitar Research Center Conference at the University of Surrey and the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. Soundboard magazine called their GFA talk “a deeply inspiring analysis and performance”. The Patterson/Sutton duo have presented concerts as guest artists at Shanghai Conservatory, the University of Denver, 2016 GFA Convention, Portland International Guitar Series, University of Colorado Guitar Festival, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, the University of Memphis, Denver Friends of Chamber Music Series, Knoxville Guitar Society, and the Front Range Chamber Players, to name a few. Upcoming concerts include performances at the Clyfford Still Museum, Dublin Guitar Symposium and the Florida Guitar Foundation.
Dr. Patterson holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The duo became husband and wife in June of 2017.
Sharon Park, violin
American violinist Sharon Park has captivated audiences across the country with her vibrant performances as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Her command on the stage and passion for performance has led her to the stages of some of the most prestigious concert venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, Macky Auditorium and the Verona Arena in Italy. Ms. Park was awarded 2nd prize and the Audience Favorite award in the 2014 Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Performance Competition, winner at the Honors Competition at CU Boulder and has claimed top prizes at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, ARTS Award in music by the National Foundation of Advancement in the Arts and a recipient of the Emerging Young Artist Award in California. Ms. Park has also been a featured soloist with the Herbert Zipper Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park artfully weaves together her brilliance as a violin virtuoso with her passion for music education and community outreach. A founding member of theLark Duo and a frequent collaborator with friends and colleagues, Ms. Park has a passion for bringing world-class performances and music education into local communities, all while providing support to the next generation of musicians. Working closely with New England Conservatory composer and theory professor Pozzi Escot, Ms. Park has traveled as a member of her ensemble giving performances of her works in Vermont, Boston and Hawaii. A founding member of the Azur String Quartet, the New York Times praised the ensemble for “a supple, convincing” performance of Walter Piston’s 5th String Quartet during the Focus Festival! at the Juilliard School’s Peter J. Sharp Theater.
Equally adept as an orchestral musician, Ms. Park serves as Principal Second Violin of Central City Opera, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Boulder Philharmonic, performs with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Boulder Bach Festival, and has been a guest violinist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. In 2009, Ms. Park was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for Maestro David Zinman’s prestigious program American Academy of Conducting, serving as Principal Second Violin. Adding variety to that summer, she was invited to accompany Italian pop pianist sensation, Giovanni Allevi, for his concert in Arena di Verona, Italy.
Holding an extensive interest for all aspects of the arts industry, Ms.Park combines her uncompromising integrity as a musician with her extensive experience in arts administration to present concerts that share a vision for bringing communities together through conversation and music. Recent engagements include Music Curator at the Dairy Arts Center, Marketing and Operations Manager at the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, and Operations Manager at the Colorado Suzuki Institute.
A native of Southern California, Ms. Park holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from CU Boulder, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal mentors include Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes, Ronald Copes, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Lipsett, Michelle Kim and Alice Schoenfeld.
Matthew Zalkind, cello
Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.
As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the, the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with celebrated conductors Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, and David Alan Miller, among others.
Mr. Zalkind has given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia, The Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, The Juilliard School in New York, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and the Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing, China.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Zalkind has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours, Music from Angel Fire, Olympic Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Twickenham Festival, and Ravinia’s “Steans Institute.”
With his partner Alice Yoo, Mr. Zalkind is the Co-Artistic Director of the brand-new Denver Chamber Music Festival. For more information, please go to denverchambermusicfestival.org.
Mr. Zalkind has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a former member of the acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured internationally with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Gary Burton.
Mr. Zalkind was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea’s Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as one of the eight concerto semi-finalists in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. He was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Zalkind is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
A Salt Lake City native, Mr. Zalkind’s primary mentors included Richard Hoyt, Pegsoon Whang, Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. Mr. Zalkind has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Mr. Zalkind plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine Maker Luigi Piatellini in 1760.
Hsiao Ling-Lin, piano
Pianist Hsiao-Ling Lin joined the keyboard department faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall of 2011. Her active performing career has take her to Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Isabella Stewart Garden Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Chicago Symphony Hall and Chicago Cultural Center, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Russia. Her summer festival appearances include the Meadowmount School for Strings in New York, Caramoor Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.
Since coming to the United States from Taiwan, Lin’s performances have been broadcasted live over the TV and radio stations, and she has collaborated in recitals with many artists, including her distinguished faculty colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder, violinists Lynn Chang, Nai-Yuan Hu, and Yang Liu; cellists Lynn Harrell, and Matt Haimovitz; flutists Carol Wincenc, and Lorna McGhee; oboist Basil Reeve; clarinetists Kenneth Grant, Steve Cohen; as well as members of the Takács and Tokyo String Quartet; members of the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Colorado, St. Louis Symphony Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Most recently, she has completed a tour of recitals in Asia and Europe with trombonist Peter Steiner.
Lin has held staff pianist positions at Musicorda in Massachusetts, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Summer Music Festival at Walnut Hill, the Boston Conservatory, the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, and the Meadowmount School for Strings in New York. Equally interested in promoting music of diversity and multiculturalism, Lin was appointed as the resident pianist for the Core Ensemble during 2009-2012: a chamber music-theater company that tours and gives workshops around the colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Lin is heard frequently in her home state of Colorado. Outside of the University, she performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony, and the local chamber series with members of Colorado Symphony. Beginning Spring 2016, she became rehearsal pianist for the Colorado Symphony Chorus, working closely with distinguished conductor Duain Wolfe. Her live performances can also be heard on KVOD, KCFP, and KCFR.
Lin earned her Doctor of Musical Art Degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts from Northwestern University under the guidance of James Giles and Elizabeth Buccheri; additionally, she holds Degrees from the New England Conservatory and DePaul University where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum, Irma Vallecillo and Eteri Andjaparidze. She has also participated in summer festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Musicorda, and Banff Centre for the Arts where she worked with Anne Epperson, Jonathan Feldman, Lydia Artymiw, and Bernadene Blaha.