Ida Faiella, soprano and artistic director
Ida Faiella is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of L'Ensemble which performs all facets of chamber music from unaccompanied sonatas to fully staged productions. She has performed from New York City's Lincoln Center to halls in rural areas, and from Moscow to London. Whatever genre of music she sings, Faiella applies the same exacting standards, and critics have applauded her efforts.
Barry Finclair, violin
A student of Jascha Heifetz, Finclair was chosen at the age of 13 by Leonard Bernstein to perform as soloist on The Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic which was nationally broadcast on CBS TV. His awards and prizes include First Place in The Merriweather Post Competition after which he was invited to appear as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.
Lincoln Mayorga, piano
Mr. Mayorga is an artist whose professional success transcends the varied worlds of concert, popular, jazz, studio work, and record production.
In collaboration with the Harmonie Ensemble of New York, under the direction of Steven Richman, Mayorga has recorded Gershwin's Concerto in F. This will soon be issued on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Allen Shawn, composer
Studied with Leon Kirchner at Harvard University and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Shawn’s recent premieres include his Violin Concerto (2009) a Rhapsody for violin and piano (2010), and his Piano Sonata No. 4 (2010).
His recordings include three volumes of piano music, a dozen chamber works, the chamber opera “The Music Teacher “ and his piano concerto, performed by Ursula Oppens and the Albany Symphony.
Dale Stuckenbruck, violin
Soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and teacher, Dale Stukenbruck has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, New York Virtuosi, Long Island Philharmonic and the Taipei City Symphony Orchestra. His lengthy recording career has included the violin concerto by Lou Pelosi on CRI, recording with Erick Friedman on Kultur Video and over one hundred films He has been featured in Strings Magazine, Newsday, the New York Times and Korean Monthly Music.
Heidi Jacob, composer
Composer, cellist, and conductor, Heidi Jacob is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Her solo and chamber music works have been performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Summer Stars Classics in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, at The Philadelphia Chamber Music Series, Rutgers University’s Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art installation .
Charles Ambramovic, piano
Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. Mr. Abramovic has performed often with such artists as Midori, Sarah Chang,Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian.
Bruce Williamson, woodwinds
Presently a member of the Broadway orchestra for Chicago, he is on the music faculty of Bennington College and has been a jazz clinician throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Jesse Levy, cello
Jesse Levy, a native New Yorker, has received numerous awards from some of the country’s most prestigious organizations, including seven consecutive “Most Valuable Player” awards from the National Academy of Recording arts and Sciences. Mr. Levy has played in many of America’s most prestigious concert halls and performs on either of two magnificent Venetian celli dating from the early 1700’s. Earlier this year Mr. Levy gave master classes and performed Elgar's cello concerto in South America.
Ashley Horne, violin
He was featured in Le Mozart Noir, the PBS documentary about the life of French violinist and composer Chevalier de Saint Georges. ﾠHe performs regularly with American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Bard Festival Orchestra. ﾠCurrently a member of Broadway's largest orchestra for Leonard Bernstein's ﾠOn The Town.
Olivia Koppell, Viola
A graduate of Bennington College, Koppell performs with The American Ballet Theatre orchestra and freelances with The New York Pops, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and on Broadway. She has also participated in the Caramoor, Spoleto, and Cabrillo music festivals in the United States and Europe. Koppell is a member of The Concert Society of Putnam and Northern Westchester and has been a member of the New Orleans, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and American Symphony orchestras.
Semyon Fridman, cello
Selected by Musical America as "outstanding artist of the year", Semyon made his critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall and has performed in most major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and may international performance sites.
JOSEPH ANDERER, French horn
Is the Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has performed in the horn section since 1984. He is also a founding member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He holds degrees from the Juilliard
School.Before joining the Met Orchestra.....
Sarah Adams, viola
Sarah Adams began her musical training in Cleveland where she won the inaugural Cleveland Orchestra String Competition. She studied at the Eastman School and received her BA and MM from Kent State University. Sarah attended the Juilliard School where she received the Professional Studies Certificate.....
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L'Ensemble's artist historyhistory
VIOLIST-Julian Barber, Irene Breslau and Rebecca Young
CELLISTS-Timothy Eddy, Semyon Fridman and Beverly Lauridsen
BASSISTS-Jon Deak, David Finck AND Otto Gardner
FLUTISTS-Samuel Baron, Robert Stallman and Ransom Wilson
CONDUCTORS-Marin Alsop and Joshua Rifkin
L'Ensemble has partnered with such extraordinary artists as
PIANISTS-Emanuel Ax, Martin Canin, Jonathan Feldman, Robert Levin, Jerome Loewenthal and Christopher O'Riley
VIOLINISTS-LaMar Alsop, Sanford Allen and David Nadien