SummerHu is a recent graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Peter Wiley. Ms Hu is substitute cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and an intern at Citibank China while pursuing a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms Hu is from Potomac, Maryland and started studying piano at age three and cello at five and has participated in master classes with cellists Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Jan Volger, David Geringas, Hai-Ye Ni and Jian Wang. Summer has won numerous awards including the annual Washington Performing Arts Society Feder String Competition. She has also appeared with Jonathan Carney, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert master, at the Civic Dedication Ceremony for the music center at Strathmore and as soloist with the Penn Symphony Orchestra. Summer is a member of the Young Artist Program at the 2013 Music from Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival.
Cellist JeongHyoun Lee is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma from Juilliard. Ms Lee is a recent graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the Milton Levy Fellowship and studied with Orlando Cole and Peter Wiley. Ms Lee served as co-principal cello of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with such renowned conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, and Alan Gilbert. In 2010, Jeonghyoun was selected as a member of Curtis on Tour in Europe, which performed in Paris, Berlin and Valencia. She was a member of the Young Artist Program of the 2009 Music from Angel Fire Chamber Festival in Taos, New Mexico and as a Rising Star at the Caramoor Center of Music and the Performing Arts. A native of Seoul, Korea, JeongHyoun has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korean American Youth Cultural Foundation Orchestra, at the Seoul Arts Center and the Young San Art Hall.
Cellist David Wiley is a recent graduate from Bard College. Mr Wiley is the cello teacher at the Harmony program at the United Palace of Cultural Arts in New York City. This program provides daily music lesson to disadvantaged children modeled after the Venezuela’s national music education program “El Sistema” David has assisted in the after school program at Bard High School, working with students and providing extra help in English and writing. David has also taught cello at the Danbury Music Centre and led private lessons, chamber classes and orchestra rehearsals at Buck’s Rock Summer Camp in Connecticut. David’s diverse performance experience includes appearances with the Woodstock Symphony, Danbury Symphony, New York Youth Symphony and recordings with Jonas Friedman and Y Stereo.
Cellist, Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet, Opus One, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001 he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. The quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Nothwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bidgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Photo credits: Pete Checchia and Sherryl Hauck
Ida Kavafian, Violin
Pamela Frank, Violin
Steven Tenenbom, Viola
Edward Arron, Cello
Benjamin Capps, Cello
Gabriel Cabezas, Cello
Cellist Nathan Vickery recently joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2013. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals including the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Festival, and throughout Europe with Curtis on Tour. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, and contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, among others. Additionally, he has appeared on National Public Radio's program “From The Top,” and WFMT in Chicago. He has won numerous competitions, including the Second International David Popper Cello Competition (Hungary) and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Maurer Young Musician's Contest. Mr. Vickery received his Bachelors degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley. He has served on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.
In addition to joining CelloPointe this season, BrookSpeltz will perform two Carnegie Hall recitals with Richard Goode, a two-week tour in Israel with the Shuffle ensemble, the Musicians from Marlboro east coast tour, a premiere of Chris Rogerson's Cello Concerto in Buffalo, NY and a performance of Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor with the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Based in New York City, Mr Speltz has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, as a chamber musician with the OMEGA Ensemble, Israeli Chamber Project, IMS Prussia Cove and East Coast Chamber Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including Grand Prize winner Ima Hogg Competition, Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Laper Award, ASTA National Competition. A lover of all facets of the music world, he has performed on extensive tours with the cello rock band Break of Reality. Brook studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley, Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick and Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles.
Canadian violinist, Nikki Chooi has been described as, “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times).The First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and a Laureateof the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, his many engagements haveincluded performances as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Auckland Philharmonia. His recital engagements have taken him to the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, La Monnai "Concertini" in Belgium, Chamber Music New Zealand, and Australia’s Musica Viva Series. An avid chamber musician as well, Nikki has performed in many international festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, the Moritzburg Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Festival, and the Montreal Chamber Fest. In the 2014-2015 season, he will be touring with Musicians from Marlboro.