Summer Hu 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.
Korean cellist Christine J. Lee is an artist-in-residence at Queen Elisabeth Chapelle Musicale. This year Ms.Lee will make solo appearances with the Monterey Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,Young Belgian Strings, and Orchestra of Mons. In 2015, she made her European recital debut at Musée du Louvre auditorium and was awarded 1st prize in Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and 2nd prize at the Ima Hogg competition. Ms.Lee has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Calgary Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has appeared at La Musica Festival, Music form Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Music from Angel Fire. Ms.Lee received a Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley and Carter Brey and a Masters of Music at The Juilliard School studying with Joel Krosnick.
Cellist and Assistant Director David Wiley enjoys a diverse and active career as an administrator, performer, and arts advocate. He serves as a Development Associate at the Kaufman Music Center, where he organizes fundraising events for the Special Music School and Lucy Moses School. Passionate about increasing access to music education, David worked for several years for Harmony Program, an El Sistema-inspired organization that provides free, intensive after school music lessons to underserved youth. As a Lead Teaching Artist for Harmony Program, David managed a team of Teaching Artists at the United Palace Theater and taught daily group cello classes, conducted the string orchestra, and created Harmony Program’s first chamber music initiative. He helped organize Harmony Program’s annual Orchestra Day and prepare students for the All-Stars Ensemble, both initiatives in partnership with the New York Philharmonic. David was also responsible for research and fundraising campaigns and facilitated scholarship opportunities for student alumni to continue their musical study. David graduated summa cum laude from Bard College with degrees in English and Classical Literature and a concentration in music and cello performance.
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 Northwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bridgehampton. 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
Edward Arron, Cello Pamela Frank, Violin
Benjamin Capps, Cello Jessica Lee, Violin
Gabriel Cabezas, Cello
Will Chow, Cello
Sang-Eun Lee, Cello
Sydney Lee, Cello
Timotheos Petrin, Cello
Brook Speltz, Cello
Nathan Vickery, Cello
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 Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, his engagements include 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, 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, Music from Angel Fire and the Montreal Chamber Fest. In 2015, Nikki joined the genre-breaking ensemble, Time for Three. He has recently been appointed as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the 2016/2017 season.
Ida Kavafian just completed her 32nd successful year as artistic director of Music from Angel Fire, the renowned festival in New Mexico. Her close association with The Curtis Institute continues with her large and superb class, the recent endowment of her faculty chair by Nina von Maltzahn, her service on the Curtis Board of Directors and most recently, the awarding of the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is presented in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding Curtis students. In addition to her solo engagements, she continues to perform with her piano quartet, OPUS ONE, and her newest ensemble, Trio Valtorna. Co-founder of those ensembles as well as Tashi and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (which she ran for ten years), Ms. Kavafian has toured and recorded with the Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and American string quartets; the Beaux Arts Trio; and with such artists as Chick Corea, Mark O'Connor, and Wynton Marsalis. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky, she was presented in her debut by Young Concert Artists. In addition to Curtis, she teaches at The Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory.
Violist Steven Tenenbom has established a distinguished career as a chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and teacher. He has worked with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea, and appeared as guest artist with such eminent ensembles as the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble throughout the United States and Japan. His festival credits include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, June Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado. A recipient of the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music award and a former member of the Galimir Quartet and TASHI, he is currently a member of the Orion Quartet and the piano quartet OPUS ONE. Mr. Tenenbom is on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, The Bard College Conservatory of Music and New York’s Mannes College of Music. He has recorded on RCA Records with TASHI and the Guarneri String Quartet, and can also be heard on the Arabesque, Delos, ECM, Marlboro Recording Society and Sony Classical labels. Mr. Tenenbom plays a viola made in 1560 by Gasparo da Salo.