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Founder and Artistic Director Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
The Michael and Ella Bracy Cello Chair is held by Marcy Rosen

Marcy Rosen has established herself as one of the most important and respected artists of our day. Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass has called her “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” and The New Yorker Magazine calls her “a New York legend of the cello.” She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South America, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States. Sought after for her riveting and informative Master Classes, she has been a guest of the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and the Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia.

2018 saw the release of two new recordings from Bridge Records. The Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Felix Mendelssohn with the pianist Lydia Artymiw and the Sonatas of Richard Strauss and Edvard Grieg with pianist Susan Walters.

Ms. Rosen has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Peter Serkin, Marc-Andre Hamelin and Isaac Stern, among others, and with the Juilliard, Johannes, Emerson, Daedelus and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of La Fenice as well as the Mendelssohn String Quartet. With the Mendelssohn she was Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and for nine years served as Blodgett-Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University. Since first attending the Marlboro Festival in 1975, she has taken part in 25 “Musicians from Marlboro” tours and has performed in concerts celebrating the 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of the festival.

Since 1986 Ms. Rosen has been Artistic Director of Chesapeake Chamber Music in Maryland and she is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Rosen is currently professor of cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, also serving as Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Live concert series. She also serves on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

Artistic Director Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Praised by the New York Times for her “sublime tone,” CATHERINE CHO has appeared worldwide as a soloist with many orchestras, including the National, Detroit, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Aspen Chamber Orchestras.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York 92nd Street Y, the Gardner Museum in Boston and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series in Chicago. With pianist Mia Chung, she has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in the United States and Asia. She has also collaborated with such renowned artists as Richard Stoltzman, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, and as guest violist with the Orion String Quartet.

Ms. Cho has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Bargemusic and Santa Fe festivals, among others. She has also appeared regularly at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival since 1998. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice and a former member of the Johannes String Quartet.

A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Cho won top prizes at the Montreal, Hannover, and Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competitions. She has judged international competitions and taught master classes worldwide. She holds a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, and she is a member of their violin and chamber music faculty as well as their Community Engagement Seminar. She has taught at numerous Workshops and symposia, and she is also on the faculty of the Perlman Music Program. Devoted to the cause of promoting peace through music, Ms. Cho was V.P. of the Board of Musicians for Harmony for several years. She is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities. Ms. Cho resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Todd Phillips, and her son, Brandon. She is the stepmom of Lia, Eliza, and Jason. When she is not performing or teaching, she enjoys baking, practicing yoga, catching up with the NYT, or creating crafts with her family.


Acclaimed by the critics to have a very strong technique and powerful tone, pianist Rachel Yunkyung Choo has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia. At the age of 12, Ms. Choo gave debut public solo recital as part of the Prodigy Concert series in Korea and later made her U.S. debut at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra under maestro James Colon.

Her other engagements have included a live performance on Cleveland’s WCLV Radio and New Jersey’s WWFM and performances with numerous orchestras including the Korea National University of Arts Orchestra, the TBC broadcasting Orchestra, and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Choo is currently a DMA candidate at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She has completed her undergraduate and Master’s studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Choo is a member of piano ensemble “at65.” Outside of stage, she currently holds a position as a lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Described by critics as “scintillating” and celebrated for her “rich, expressive playing”

(MusicalAmerica), violinist Francesca DePasquale was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Earning the 2015 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award, her 2016 debut album includes works ranging from Bach to a new commission from composer Paola Prestini for violin and electronics. For the album and accompanying recital tour, Francesca was praised for “immaculate and discreet phrasing” (Strad Magazine) and was also featured in Strings magazine.

Francesca has appeared as soloist with the Riverside Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Orchestra, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Colburn Orchestra, Galesburg, Peninsula, and Santa Cruz Symphonies, and as recitalist for series such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and National Sawdust. An avid chamber musician, she is on the artist roster for the Manhattan Chamber Players, and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Olympic Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. dePasquale is the violinist of the Aletheia Piano Trio alongside pianist Fei-Fei Dong and cellist Juliette Herlin.

Francesca is a member of the violin faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and assistant violin faculty at the Juilliard School Pre-College Program. Previously, she served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman (2013-2016) and teaching assistant to Catherine Cho (2013-2018) at the Juilliard School. Additionally, she is a member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute.


Cellist Ari Evan was born and raised in New York. Prior to joining Ensemble Connect, he completed his master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Timothy Eddy. A versatile chamber musician, Ari has performed with renowned artists, including Colin Carr, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ani Kavafian, and Itzhak Perlman, as well as members of the Cleveland Quartet, Artemis Quartet, and Berliner Philharmoniker. His festival appearances include performances at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Krzyżowa-Music, IMS Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program, Olympic Music, and Four Seasons Chamber Music. While at Juilliard, Ari was a member of the Bordone Quartet.

A strong proponent of new music and cross-disciplinary collaborations, Ari regularly takes part in Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theater company that creates shows and plays centered on core Romantic chamber music and featuring actors, singers, and dancers. He has also played as part of the Metropolis Ensemble and the Cantanti Project.

A passionate teacher, Ari often coaches pre-college chamber music at Juilliard and held a cello faculty position at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music during the 2017–2018 academic year. In November 2017, he helped lead a weeklong music classroom workshop at the Nord Anglia International School Dubai through Juilliard Global Ventures. His musical endeavors have also brought him to Japan, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and Canada. As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Ari teaches at PS 52 Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.


Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York. Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.

Adam Golka has appeared as a soloist with dozens of orchestras, including the San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and New Jersey Symphonies. As a recitalist, he has performed at excellent venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York, Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, and Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, and at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Newport Music Festival and the Duszniki Chopin festival. Adam studied with the late Brazilian pianist José Feghali as well as with Leon Fleisher, and has worked privately in recent years with Alfred Brendel, András Schiff, Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, and Ferenc Rados. 

Adam Golka acts as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Violinist Gergana Haralampieva is a passionate chamber musician, educator, soloist, and speaker. Born in Bulgaria to a musical family, Gergana began violin lessons at the age of six in the Czech Republic. At the age of 11, she moved to Boston and continued her education at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. In 2016, Gergana received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. She recently obtained her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory as a student of Miriam Fried.

As a chamber musician, Gergana has participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and also attended the Verbier Festival Academy. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra as well as on NPR’s From the Top and Czech Radio. In addition to recognitions from several international competitions, she was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. As an educator, Gergana has held numerous community engagement fellowships at the New England Conservatory.

Gergana’s goal as a musician is to be an advocate for humanizing the classical musician and preserving tradition, while also presenting it in new mediums. As part of her fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Gergana teaches at City College Academy of the Arts in Manhattan.

The Harold and Martha Quayle Piano Chair is held by Ieva Jokubaviciute

Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute’s powerfully and intricately crafted performances have earned her critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” (Washington Post) and as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight” (New York Times). In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Ms. Jokubaviciute’s Alban Berg Tribute CD was released to critical acclaim in 2010. The New York Times described her as “an authoritative and compelling guide throughout this fascinating disc.” Her 2014 album Returning Paths: Solo Piano Works by Janáček and Suk was equally well received. She regularly gives solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. She made her orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and has since performed with orchestras in Rio de Janeiro; Montevideo; and Washington, DC. Her piano trio, Trio Cavatina, won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.

A much sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, notably with violinist Midori, Ieva has appeared on major stages around the world, such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Kennedy Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall. She regularly appears at music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Music, and Prussia Cove (England). She has also appeared in festivals in Finland, Germany, and Spain. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, she is currently assistant professor, piano at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.


Violinist Jennifer Liu delights audiences as a performer, teacher, and arts advocate. She began her violin studies at the age of four in Los Angeles with her mother. She moved to New York City at age 15 to study with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. She finished her studies as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein.

As a passionate chamber musician, Jennifer has worked with renowned artists and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, and Orion String Quartet. She has been a part of multiple festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn. She has appeared in performance at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and David Geffen Hall.

Jennifer rounds out her musical life by exploring recipes from David Chang, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Julia Child. Her deep love for food has helped her draw many parallels in music, art, and expression. As part of her fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Jennifer teaches at PS Q016 The Nancy DeBenedittis School in Queens.


Robert McDonald has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists.

He has participated in the Marlboro, Casals and Lucerne Festivals, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, and has broadcasted for BBC Television worldwide. He has appeared with the Takas, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets as well as with Musicians from Marlboro.

His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV, and CRI. Mr. McDonald’s prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award.

He has studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music which recently awarded him an honorary doctoral degree in Musical Arts. A member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School since 1999, Mr. McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007, where he holds the Penelope P. Watkins Chair in Piano Studies.

During the summer, he is the artistic director of the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico.


Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone spanning every musical era.  Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a two-time Grammy nominee and the first wind player chosen to participate in the Bowers Program, she is now a Season Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, Tara is a regular participant at music festivals, including Santa Fe Chamber Music, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart, Rockport Music, Manchester Music, Great Mountains (Korea), Bravo Vail Valley! and Chesapeake Music. Along with her husband Daniel Phillips, she is the newly appointed Co-Artistic Director of the Music from Angel Fire Festival in New Mexico.

Tara is a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, the legendary Bach Aria Group, and is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble.  She has premiered hundreds of new works and has collaborated with the Orion String Quartet, St Lawrence Quartet and Emerson Quartet.  She has appeared on A&E’s Breakfast for the Arts, Live from Lincoln Center and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Bridge Records.

Tara is Associate Professor of Flute, Head of the Wind Department and Coordinator of Classical Music Studies at Purchase College.  She is also on the faculty of Bard College, the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music and is a visiting artist, teacher and coach at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, violinist Daniel Phillips, and their two miniature dachshunds, Chloe and Ava.


Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and teacher. A graduate of Juilliard, his major teachers were his father, Eugene Phillips, Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Nathan Milstein, Sandor Vegh, and George Neikrug. He is a founding member of the 32-year-old Orion String Quartet, which is in residence at Mannes College of Music and performs regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Available on recording are the complete quartets of Beethoven and Leon Kirchner.

Since winning the 1976 Young Concert Artists Competition, he has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Yakima symphonies. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, and has participated in the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England since its inception. Along with his wife Tara Helen O’Connor, he is the newly-appointed Co-Artistic Director of Music from Angel Fire. He was a member of the renowned Bach Aria Group and has toured and recorded in a string quartet for Sony Classical with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.

A judge in the 2018 Seoul International Violin Competition, he is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bard College Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. He lives with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, in Manhattan.


Violinist Todd Phillips has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1983 and is also a member of the highly acclaimed Orion String Quartet. Mr. Phillips made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of thirteen and has since performed as guest artist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Japan, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with whom he has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982 with the New York String Orchestra, and solo performances in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and Boston’s Symphony Hall soon followed. He has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Spoleto music festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philomusica. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Rudolf and Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Pinchas Zukerman, and has participated in eighteen Musicians from Marlboro tours. He has recorded for the Arabesque, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon, Finlandia, Koch International, Marlboro Recording Society, New York Philomusica, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical labels.

Mr. Phillips began his violin studies at age four with his father, Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and later with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School and Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Rutgers University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory. He is also Visiting Chamber Music Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Phillips lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, violinist Catherine Cho, and is the father of Lia, Eliza, Jason and Brandon.


Violist Caeli Smith was born in Philadelphia and made her debut as a soloist at age 10 with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, and received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. She has collaborated with many distinguished musicians in chamber music settings, including Leon Fleisher, Ani Kavafian, Roger Tapping, and André Watts. In 2015, Caeli was a prizewinner of Juilliard’s Viola Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall.

Caeli has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Verbier Festival Academy, and has served as a principal violist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. She is a founding member and associate director of Frisson, a nine-piece touring chamber ensemble. Caeli is a member of the New York Classical Players and the Noree Chamber Soloists. She is on the faculty of the HeifetzPEG program and is a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic. As a teenager, Caeli was a frequent performer and recurring cast member on NPR’s From the Top. Her print articles have appeared in Strings, Teen Strings, and Symphony. As part of her fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Caeli teaches at PS/IS 226 Alfred De B. Mason in Brooklyn.


The award-winning Steinway Artist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in 46 of the 50 states and in 21 other countries. Highlights include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium and Miller Theater in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Great Hall in St. Petersburg, and Dvorak Hall in Prague.

Diane has appeared with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Rochester, Delaware, Syracuse and American symphonies, the Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin radio symphonies, toured with Orpheus, St. Luke’s and Prague Virtuosi chamber orchestras, and soloed with orchestras in Russia, China, the Netherlands, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. In the past few seasons she performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 with the Springfield Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony, and Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 and Clara Schumann’s Concerto with the Portland Symphony. In 2018 she made a tour of New Zealand, with recitals, master classes and guest appearances with the New Zealand String Quartet.

In 2009 Diane was the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moises Kaufman’s award-winning play 33 Variations (starring Jane Fonda), during which she gave 113 performances of Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli.

Diane has been happily coming to Chesapeake Music since the festival’s second season. Other summer chamber music festivals where she has performed include Marlboro, Bard, Portland and Skaneateles. She also led the Skaneateles Festival as artistic director from 1999-2004. She is a member of the quintet La Fenice and the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio.

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