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


Laura Klugherz, violin: 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…Festilleseme (Paris), Banff, Olympic music festivals…frequent performer on NPR, Bavarian State Radio, North German radio, CBC…former concertmaster, featured soloist: Munich Chamber Orchestra, North German Radio Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchetra…former member, Trio Ciudad de Sevilla…performs recitals & workshops throughout US, Europe, Latin America…Fulbright scholar, Germany, Spain (post-doc)…Chenango! founding artist; founder/director Retiro Curanilahue (Chile)…recordings on Centaur and Capstone, duo concerts throughout US, Europe. Certified yoga/Feldenkrais instructor…professor of music/Latin American studies, Colgate University.
Mariam Adam, clarinet: One of the last students of legendary Rosario Mazzeo…founding member, Imani Winds, Klarinet Quartztet and TransAtlantic Ensemble…frequent performer on NPR, BBC, Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall…toured and performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Binelli, Wayne Shorter and Yo-Yo Ma…performed and soloed with Sacramento Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Jazz Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, New World Symphony, Clairemont Ensemble, Monterey County Symphony…recorded with Matchbox 20, Koch Classics, and soundtracks to several films…guest artist at Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music. Roberto Limon
Eli Epstein, French horn: Principal horn, Aspen Chamber Symphony since 2000…performed and soloed in the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras…performed at Severance Hall, Tanglewood, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center…guest conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Music Academy of the West, Boston Conservatory and Longy School of Music…performer, teacher, conductor and creator of “Inside Out” Concerts, designed to help people actualize their potential to enjoy music by assessing memories and activating imagination…faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen Music School.
Penelope Knuth, viola: Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University and The Juilliard School…studied with Trampler, Dawson, Lincer, Vardi…founding member, Avanti and Avila String Quartets, Caracas Sinfonietta…chamber music teachers were Joseph Silverstein, Felix Galimir, Eugene Lehner, and members of the Tokyo and Juilliard Quartets…past principal violist of the National Symphonies of Venezuela and Chile; current principal in Chile Chamber Orchestra and coaches violists in Chile Youth Orchestra program…featured soloist on Europe and South America tours, premiering works by Atehortúa and Gandini…Professor of Viola, Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. Roberto Limon
Martín Madrigal, guitar: Studied with Pedro Salcedo, Ángel Romero; M.M. Conservatorio Pablo Casals…master classes with Leo Brouwer, Costas Cotsiolis, Manuel Barrueco and José Luis Rodrigo… top prizes in competitions in Mexico and Spain…performed in Europe, U.S., central and south Americas…recordings with Sociedad Pro-Música and Quindecim…faculty member, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila…director International Northeast Guitar Festival, Mexico
Richard Hartshorne, string bass: Studied at Oberlin Conservatory, at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and at The Juilliard School…principal bass in several Latin American orchestras…member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players for 30 years…released his premier recording of the Bach solo suites in 1997 (originally made for cello)…formed non-profit Bach with Verse in 2004 supporting his passion to work with underserved audiences in schools, prisons, refugee camps and orphanages in U.S., Palestine and Afghanistan…performed at the Festival in Mazar e Sharif, Afghanistan. Roberto Limon
Steven Heyman, piano: Solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe; concerts in Oslo, Prague, Salzburg, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall…top prizes in national and international competitions…active in new music; numerous premieres, recordings on Opus One and Leonarda…teacher of piano, Syracuse University School of Music, Colgate University, Hamilton College…Grammy Award nominee…recent concerts, lectures and master classes in China…Chenango! artist 1999, 2000, 2002-2006.
Barrick Stees, bassoon: Assistant principal bassoonist, Cleveland Orchestra, since 2002…former principal, Illinois Philharmonic and Greater Lansing, Hartford, Savannah, and South Bend Symphonies… taught at Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp, University of Connecticut, Hartt School of Music, and Michigan State University…teaches at University of Akron and Cleveland Institute of Music…concerts and music frstivals worlwide, including solo tour of China…former chairman, International Double Reed Society Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition…member, Solaris Quintet… Chenango! artist 2006.
Roberto Limon
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 US 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 faculty, Ithaca College since 1994; has also served on the faculties of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute…Chenango! artist 2005.
Stephen Clapp, violin: Founding member, The Oberlin Trio…past concertmaster, Aspen Festival Chamber Symphony, Nashville and Austin symphonies…chamber music partner with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Jacqueline duPre, Yo-Yo Ma…performer, Aspen Festival’s chamber music series, 1971-1994, and Spoleto and Casals Festivals…studied with Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, Andor Toth…Dean/faculty member, The Juilliard School…Chenango! artist 1997, 1998, 2001. Roberto Limon
Mary Jo Ashenfelter, soprano: 1979 Colgate alumna… M.M. New England Conservatory of Music, B.M. The Boston Conservatory…early and middle Verdi repertoire specialist… Created and stars in original show The Life and Music of Jenny Lind…guest artist with orchestras and churches in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area.

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