Chamber Music Seminar Instructors
The St. Lawrence String Quartet
The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Its mission: bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer. Since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Alex Ross of The New Yorker magazine writes, “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.”
2022 Guest Artists & Faculty
2022 Guest faculty are:
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America, Australia, and Asia. A native of Sarajevo, his artistic curiosity has led him to explore both the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments and the music of contemporary composers such as Knussen, Carter, Cage, Henze, Nancarrow, Crumb, Adès, and many others. His many festival engagements include, among others, performances at Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Mostly Mozart, Newport, OK Mozart, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber Concerts, San Miguel de Allende, Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Holland, Melbourne, Aix-en-Provence, Dubrovnik, Merano, and Bratislava festivals. Mr. Muzijevic’s recording Sonatas and Other Interludesis available on Albany Records—it juxtaposes music for prepared piano by John Cage with composers ranging from W. F. Bach to Liszt.
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. From 2004-2007 Stephen was Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he conducted concertos from the keyboard, performed in chamber ensembles, conducted works of living composers, developed and arranged collaborations for their Engine 408 series of contemporary and world music, and wrote several new works for the orchestra. From 2009 – 2012 he was the Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music, South America’s largest festival of its kind, programming and curating concerts with themes ranging from Mozart celebrations, to eclectic evenings of folk and popular music of the Americas, to hybrid programs fusing art and dance music of multiple musical dimensions.
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Swiss-born American Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Comfortable with and seeking out an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, he has in recent years appeared with the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, while performing recitals and chamber music at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig. His 2014 New York solo recital was hailed as “tightly conceived and passionately performed…a study in intensity” by The New York Times.
Scott St. John, violin
Violinist Scott St. John, from London Ontario, is known for his joyful style of music-making and inspiring chamber music coaching. Scott is Concertmaster of the innovative ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and returns frequently to the summertime Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. From 2018 to 2021 he was Director of Chamber Music at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. In addition to a magical year of working at the Disney Store in Times Square, Scott has been Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Scott has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and won a Juno Award for recording Mozart with his sister Lara St. John. He has founded two chamber music awards for students: the Felix Galimir Award at University of Toronto and the Ida Levin Award at the Colburn School.
Nina Lee, cello
An active chamber musician, Nina Lee has collaborated with such artists as Felix Galimir, Jaime Laredo, David Soyer, Nobuko Imai, Isidore Cohen, and Mitsuko Uchida. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and participated in the El Paso and the Portland Chamber Music Festivals. She has also performed for the Helicon Foundation and Bargemusic in New York City. Her principal teachers have been Joel Krosnick, David Soyer and Anne Fagerburg-Jacob. She has received degrees and certificates from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. As an advocate of music education, Ms. Lee has served as returning guest faculty at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford and at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop. In 2012,she made a cameo appearance in A Late Quartet, a film which featured the Brentano Quartet on its soundtrack. Before joining the Yale faculty as a member of the Brentano Quartet, Ms. Lee taught at Princeton and Columbia Universities.
Paul Wiancko, cello
As a chamber musician, Paul Wiancko has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Olympic Music Festival, appearing alongside members of the Guarneri String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Ysaÿe Quartet (1984), and others. Wiancko performs with several New York-based music ensembles, including the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), TAK Ensemble, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Meridionalis, Bird's Eye Trio, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
In April 2018, Wiancko received the S&R Foundation Washington Award for his work as a composer. Wiancko has composed works for the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, Metropolitan Opera soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, yMusic, Bargemusic, and many others, and has been the composer-in-residence at Twickenham Fest, the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. In 2016, Wiancko composed the score for the prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a Mars exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist and NASA project leader Peter Smith.
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
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 (formerly CMS Two), she is now a Season Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, Tara regularly participates in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto Festival USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, Rockport Music, Bay Chamber Concerts, Manchester Music Festival, the Great Mountains Music Festival, Chesapeake Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Along with her husband Daniel Phillips, she is the newly appointed Co-Artstic Director of the Music From Angel Fire Festival in New Mexico.
Daniel Phillips, violin
Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and teacher. In 2020, he was named co-artistic director of Music from Angel Fire with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Phillips’s major teachers were his father, Eugene Phillips; Ivan Galamian; Sally Thomas; Nathan Milstein; Sandor Vegh; and George Neikrug. He’s a founding member of the Orion String Quartet, which was established in 1987. The quartet was in residence at the Mannes School of Music for 27 years, and it performs regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The quartet’s discography includes the complete quartets of Beethoven and Kirchner.
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Clarinetist Todd Palmer has appeared as soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. A three time Grammy nominated artist, he has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta, Houston, BBC Scotland orchestras; St. Paul, New York, Cincinnati, Montréal, and Metamorphosen chamber orchestras, as well as many others. He’s collaborated with many of the worlds finest string ensembles such as the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Borromeo, Pacifica, Daedalus and Ying quartets; and has also shared the stage with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Heidi Grant Murphy and Dawn Upshaw, and many other notable instrumentalists. He has championed Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind around the world and commissioned the theatre work Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon which was presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center in 2005.
Michael Kannen, cello
Cellist Michael Kannen has distinguished himself as a musician and educator of uncommon accomplishment who is comfortable in widely diverse musical situations and venues. He was a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet and for seven years performed with that group on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings. During those first seven years, the Brentano Quartet was awarded the first Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s award for best debut recital in England for the 1997-1998 season. With the Brentano Quartet, Kannen appeared regularly in such venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Chatelet Theater in Paris, and the Sydney Opera House.
Maria Lambros, viola
Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world as a member of three of the country’s finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvořák Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label. The recording won Europe’s prestigious Diapason d’Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Cleveland Quartet on the Telarc label. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Previous Faculty and Guest Speakers
The Chamber Music Seminar's previous faculty has included:
John Adams, composer
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Martin Beaver, violin
Pamela Frank, violin
June Goldsmith, music educator, concert presenter, and broadcaster
Osvaldo Golijov, composer
Paul Groves, tenor
Gryphon Trio: Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; James Parker, piano
Henk Guittart, conductor and coach
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Jesse Irons, violinist and founding member of A Far Cry
Michael Kannen, cello
Rob Kapilow, composer and commentator
Nina Lee, cello
François Malo, bowmaker
Bill McGlaughlin, composer and pianist
Douglas McNabney, viola
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Howard Nelson, physical therapist
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Frederik Øland, violin
Daniel Phillips, violin
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Masumi Per Rostad, violin
Mikael Ringquist, percussionist
Sebastian Ruth, violin/viola
Stephen Sano, conductor and choral studies faculty, Stanford University
Scott St. John, violin (former member of SLSQ)
Erika Switzer, piano
Alasdair Tait, cello
Gregory Wait, music director, Schola Cantorum, and voice faculty, Stanford University
Dr. Lisa Wong, guest speaker, author, pediatrician
Georges Zeisel, director and founder, ProQuartet, Paris
Samuel Zygmuntowicz, luthier