Eighth Annual
Seventh Annual
June 17-20, 2003
The Artists

Once again, gifted international artists offer their talents in a variety of concerts - journey around the world without leaving Hamilton.


Laura Klugherz, viola, festival founder and director: “Dramatic . . . emotional . . . evocative, with a rich, beautifully modulated tone . . . consistently striking” - the New York Times . . . specialty in the artists and music of Spain and Latin America . . . USIA cultural specialist in South America and Mexico . . . Aspen, Banff, Olympic Music Festivals . . . frequent performer on NPR, Bavarian State Radio, South Africa, Canada, and the United States . . . former concertmaster, featured soloist: Munich Chamber Orchestra, North German Radio Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra . . . Fulbright scholar, Germany . . . Duo with Jill Timmons (artist in residence, Linfield College; Chenango! founding artist); recordings on Centaur and Capstone, duo concerts throughout the United States, Europe. . . Certified yoga instructor . . . professor of music/Latin American studies, Colgate University.

Steven Heyman, piano: Solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe; concerts in Oslo, Prague, Salzburg, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall . . . top prizes in national and international competitions . . . returning Chenango artist . . . active in new music; numerous premieres, recordings on Opus One and Leonarda . . . teacher of piano, Syracuse University
School of Music, Colgate University, Hamilton College . . . Chenango! artist, 1999, 2000, 2002-2005.
Amy Giller Heyman, piano: Solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and concerto appearances around central New York, with Syracuse Symphony, Society for New Music, Civic Morning Musicals, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Camerata . . . performs frequently with husband Steven Heyman . . . Skaneateles, Deer Valley, Vermont Music and Arts, and Early Baroque Music Festivals . . . studied with Hans Graf, Edith Oppens, and Gyorgy Sebok . . . affiliate artist, Syracuse University; maintains private teaching studio… Chenango! artist, 2000, 2005.

Valerie Coleman
Chérie L. Hughes, soprano: soprano: 1994 Colgate alumna…Art song specialist, noted for rich vocal color and dramatic sparkle . . . numerous solo recitals and opera soloist performances, including appearances with Opera Pacifica, Rainier Lyric Opera, Kitsap Opera, Opera Theater Corvallis, among others . . . invited to perform complete Polish songs of Chopin by NW Chopin Foundation . . . former member, Colgate Chamber Players . . . winner of competitions including Lang Opera Auditions, Collegiate Voice winner of the MTNA-Wurlitzer New York State Competition, Aspen Opera Theater Center scholarship . . . DMA in voice, University of Oregon . . . studied with Dale Moore, coaches with Beth Kirchhoff, Dean Williamson, David McDade, Craig Ketter, Howard Watkins . . . Chenango! artist, 2005.

Roberto Limón, guitar: Latin Grammy nominee, recipient of Best Album of 2001, Union de Cronistas de Musica y Teatro (Mexico City) . . . performances in Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Korea, Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Latin America, and U.S. . . . orchestral soloist with Mexican orchestras, San Antonio & San Diego Symphony Orchestras, Leningrad State Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and others . . . premiered works for 11 composers . . . former member, Angel Romero Quartet . . . director, Centro Hispanoamericano de Guitarra; executive director, Orquesta de Baja California (Mexico).
Roberto Limon

Valerie Coleman
Dennis Parker, cello: Soloist, recitalist, collaborator, and guest professor at universities and festivals . . . performances and master classes in Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, and Turkey . . . former member, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, principal cellist, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil . . . researched, performed, and recorded works of composers who perished in the Holocaust . . . professor of cello and string chamber music, Louisiana State University School of Music.

Linda Rosenthal, violin: founder, artistic director, Juneau Jazz and Classics Music Festival . . . music director, String Chamber Music Symposium . . . international recital tour of Asia and Great Britain . . . soloist with National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich . . . festivals and concert series throughout North America, including Chenango . . . recordings of American music, Bay Cities and Town Hall labels . . . commissioned and premiered more than a dozen violin works . . . professor of music, University of Alaska Southeast.
Linda Rosenthal

Valerie Coleman
Elizabeth Simkin, cello: founding member, Ariadne String Quartet, Ensemble X, and the Taliesin Trio . . . longtime principal cellist, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra . . . recitals and chamber music festivals nationwide . . . extensive concerts abroad as U.S. Artistic Ambassador . . . former teaching assistant to renowned Hungarian-born cellist Janos Starker, with whom she studied . . . other major teachers include Steven Doane, Richard Kapuscinski, and Toby Saks . . . music performance faculty member, Ithaca College since 1994; has also served on the faculties of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute.

Nikola Takov, violin: founding member, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra; concertmaster, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra; member, Portland Symphony Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic . . . a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, he has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe in solo and chamber settings . . . winner of several competitions . . . M.Mus., diploma in performance, Boston University.
Roberto Limon

Valerie Coleman
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet: invited by Sir Georg Solti to join Chicago Symphony Orchestra as solo bass clarinetist . . . currently assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra . . . organizer, Chicago Pro Musica (1986 Grammy Award, Best New Classical Artist) . . . concerto performances with Chicago and as a soloist in Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Great Philharmonic Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia . . . co-founder, innovative visual-music quartet InVenTionS . . . wide critical acclaim for solo and chamber music recordings . . . guest artist, chamber music series and festivals worldwide . . . Frank Sinatra Musical Performance Award, UCLA; Juilliard School of Music; studies in Aspen, Marlboro, Tanglewood . . . faculty member, Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts and Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridon, Illinois

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