The Artists

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    Lynn   Christine    Maximilian        Nathan    Robert       Stephen        Susan      J.P. Torres

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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 director: “Dramatic . . Emotional . . . evocative, with arich, beautifully modulated tone . . . consistently striking.” The New York Times . . . specialty in the artists and music of Spain; premieres of many contemporary Spanish works throughout Europe, South America, United States; author of A Bibliographical Guide to Spanish Music for the Violin and Viola, 1900–1997 (Greenwood Press); “Cultural Specialist” in South America and Mexico with numerous performances, workshops, residencies (many under USIA) . . . Aspen, Banff, Olympic, Chenango music festivals . . . performances on Bavarian State Radio, South African Broadcasting Association, Canadian Broadcasting Company . . . former concertmaster, featured soloist, Munich Chamber orchestra . . . Fulbright scholar, Germany (Performer’s Certificate, Bavarian State Conservatory) . . . recordings, with Jill Timmons, for Capstone and Centaur . . . D.M.A., University of Texas . . . professor of violin/viola and chamber music, Colgate University.

Lynn Blakeslee: violin: Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wiener Ton-Künstler, Wiener Kammerorchester, among others . . . longtime member, Die Wiener Solisten; concertmaster, Theater an der Wien; member, Wiener Kontrapunkte and Deutsche Bach Solisten . . . Rockefeller Grant-sponsored European tour . . . first violin, String Quintet Mozarteum, 15 years; ran a chamber music festival and violin workshop at the castle of Raabs, Austria . . . teaching credits include Mozarteum (Salzburg), Bruckner Coservatorium (Linz), Casals Festival (Prades), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival . . . recordings for French, German, Austrian radio and for Lyrinx label . . . studied with Sascha Jacobsen and Efrem Zimbalist; Fulbright Scholar, Vienna (studied with Ricardo Odnoposoff); masterclasses, Sandor Vegh . . . teacher, Eastman School of Music.


Christine Diwyk, piano: Solo, chamber music, and concerto appearances throughout the United States . . . formal New York debut as winner, Artist International’s Young Musicians Auditions . . . as Artistic Ambassador for USIA, gave recitals and master classes in Spain, Israel, Algeria, Jordan . . . performed at the Kennedy Center under the aegis of the La Gesse Foundation and at festivals in France and Switzerland. . . conducted master classes in Hong Kong, Michigan, California . . . co-founder, Musicians for Peace, an organization dedicated to humanitarian causes . . . winner, Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition, Florence, Italy . . . B.M., M.M., Indiana University School of Music; studied with Marion Hall, Claude Frank, Nadia Boulanger.


max.gif (191757 bytes) Maximilian Dimoff, bass: Principal bassist, The Cleveland Orchestra, since 1997 . . . appointed assistant principal bass, San Antonio Symphony, in 1990, then promoted to principal . . . member, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, 1992–94 . . . in 1993 he returned to his hometown as a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra . . . in high school he studied with Ron Simon of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and at Northwestern University with Jeff Bradetich; further study with Warren Benfield, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Eugene Levinson, New York Philharmonic . . . head of double bass department, Cleveland Institute of Music.


Nathan Cook, cello, Colgate alumni guest artist: principal cellist, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra . . . soloist, The Summer International Festival/Institute (Round Top) . . . longtime member, soloist, Colgate University Orchestra and Chamber Players. . . central NY chamber music performances including Chenango Summer MusicFest . . . concert appearances with Aura, University of Houston’s contemporary music ensemble; American Radio City Chamber Orchestra. M.M., cello performance, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.


Robert Stallman, flute: Recitals at Carnegie Hall (N.Y.), Symphony Hall (Boston), and other major venues in the United States and abroad . . . soloist with American Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Strings of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia of England, Virtuosi di Praga . . . collaborations with Richard Goode, Placido Domingo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, John Williams . . . appearances with Muir, Mendelssohn, Orion Quartets . . . guest in series of Lincoln Center (N.Y.), Musique ŕ Cimiez (France), Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Suntory Hall (Tokyo) . . . 12 solo recordings on VAI, ASV, and others . . . International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in Entertainment . . . Solo Recitalist Award, National Endowment for the Arts . . . graduated with the highest prize from New England Conservatory; Fulbright Scholar, Paris . . . master teacher; editor and arranger of flute repertoire.


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 Zukerman, Jacqueline duPre,Yo-Yo Ma . . . performer, Aspen Festival’s chamber music series, 1971–1994, and Spoleto and Casals Festivals, as well as Chenango Summer MusicFest. . . studied with Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, Andor Toth. Dean/faculty member, The Juilliard School.      


Susan Salm, cello: Founding member, Raphael Trio . . . founder, director, Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop. . . as prizewinner of the Concert Artists Guild Award she debuted at Carnegie Hall . . . solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Wiener Festwochen, Palais Rasumovsky, BBC Lunchtime Concert Series . . . guest soloist with leading orchestras including the BBC Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Suisse Romande, San Francisco Symphony, and others . . . recordings for Sony, SNE, VAI, EMS, ASV, Unicorn, Discover, and Nonesuch . . . studied at Juilliard with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro and in masterclasses of Casals, Fournier, and Piatigorsky . . . Visiting artist, Hartt College of Music, Manhattan School of Music. 


Juan Pablo Torres and his Afro-Cuban Jam: Called the “best trombonist in Latin jazz” by the Miami Herald . . . a musician whose multifaceted prowess is steeped in the traditions of his Cuban origins . . . performances for President Clinton’s inauguration, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall, Radio City and internationally . . . has performed with Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Mike and Randy Brecker, Astor Piazzola, Gato Barbierei, Israel Lopez Cachao, Mario Bauza and others . . . JVC and Heineken jazz festivals, Ravinia International Arts Festival, Trombone Festival/Colorado University . . . more than 40 recordings including La Timba Gorda for Caiman Records and Pepper Trombone on Tropijazz; his first North American recording, Trombone Man, produced by Paquito D’Rivera, received a Grammy nomination in 1995.

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