Abi Fayette, violin
25 year-old violinist Abigail Fayette, from Wading River, New York, is the youngest of four children in a musical family. Ms. Fayette first picked up the violin at age three beginning her studies with her mother. In 2004, Ms. Fayette entered the Juilliard School’s Pre-college Division as a scholarship student of Ms. Shirley Givens. Other teachers she has studied with include Ann Setzer, Kyung-Wha Chung, Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. A Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Fayette is currently pursuing her masters degree at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Soovin Kim.
Ms. Fayette made her Lincoln Center Debut at the age of 10 as the winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra concerto competition. Since then, she has won several other competitions such as the Bachanalia Orchestra Concerto Competition and was named alternate for both the Tchaikovsky and Glazunov violin concerto competitions at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Ms. Fayette has performed in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. A frequent participant in The Curtis Intsitute’s touring program, Ms. Fayette has toured within the United States as well as Europe. During the 2016/17 season, Ms. Fayette toured with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra as a soloist performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major along with four other students and Shmuel Ashkenazi and Roberto Diaz.
In addition to performing as a soloist, Ms. Fayette has served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra Seminar during the 2014/15 season. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Fayette has collaborated with artists such as Hal Robinson, Gary Hoffman, Steve Tenenbom, Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Peter Wiley, and Joseph Silverstein. Ms. Fayette is a frequent substitute violinist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has toured extensively both domestically and internationally with the ensemble.
Ms. Fayette has participated in several summer programs including Music from Marlboro, The Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, Music from Angel Fire and the Tanglewood Music Center. This summer she will return to Music from Marlboro.
George Fu, piano
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Hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, Chinese-American pianist George X. Fu has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University. He has performed at various venues, such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the National Auditorium of Mexico City. His live performances and interviews have been featured on several public television and radio broadcasts throughout the United States, such as On Stage At Curtis, Articulate with Jim Cotter, Performance Today, and Philadelphia’s Music Makers on WRTI Radio in Philadelphia.
Interested in interdisciplinary work, Fu has worked in various capacities: from collaborating in a ballet project with dancers Isaac and Esteban Hernandez to a capacity crowd in Mexico City; to performing piano etudes by Dmitri Tymoczko in Brooklyn alongside dancer and choreographer Barbara Gail Montero. An avid performer of contemporary music, George has collaborated with Krzysztof Penderecki, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Matthew Aucoin, and Freya Waley-Cohen.
After a widely acclaimed performance as piano soloist in Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie alongside Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2016, Fu was then selected as a New Fromm Player for Tanglewood’s 2017 summer season, being featured as a piano soloist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques with Vinay Parameswaran, studying the solo piano works of Messiaen with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and focusing intensely on the work of living composers alongside the quartet in residence.
A native of Frederick, Maryland, Fu received a graduate diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jonathan Biss and Meng-Chieh Liu. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in economics. He is currently completing a masters’ degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor.
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Timotheos Petrin, cello
Timotheos Petrin is emerging as a dynamic artist that strives to advocate for the beauty and sublimity of classical music and communicate it with modern audiences.
He gained international recognition as a top-prize winner at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland (2018), where he was praised for "a great and passionate soloist style: expressive, vibrant singing lines, sparkling rhythm", "an interesting, original personality" (Helsingin Sanomat, newspaper).
In 2016, Mr. Petrin made his US debut performance with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Spano. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Susanna Malkki on Shostakovich's rarely performed second cello concerto. Also important collaborations include performances with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiolla Sinfonietta, the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra.
In 2017 he was named Young Artist in Residence at the Performance Today radio program of the American Public Media, the most listened-to classical music program in the US. Several of his recordings were broadcasted and received with great success throughout 2017.
As part of the Curtis on Tour initiative, Mr. Petrin has appeared as chamber musician and recitalist in major concert halls in Taiwan, Korea, Hong-Kong, Germany, Greece. Especially important was his return to the musical scene in his native Greece as part of the Curtis on Tour in 2015.
An avid chamber musician, he often collaborates with important musical figures such as Noah-Bendix Balgley, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, Yura Lee, Roberto Diaz, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Alexey Goribol, Meng-Chieh Liu, Plamena Mangova, Miri Yampolsky.
He was recently accepted to the Marlboro Music Festival and is expected to make his first appearance there in summer 2019. Other festivals he frequently participates in include, the Chamberfest Cleveland, the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, the Moritzburg Festival, the Dimitria Festival. He was also a chamber music collaborator at the Lake Como Piano Summer School in 2016.
In addition to his concert appearances, Mr. Petrin is an advocate for charity and philanthropic causes. In spring 2016, in collaboration with the non-profit organization 'Podari.Life' and the renowned Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, he appeared in performances aiming to raise funds for children diagnosed with oncological diseases.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, into a family of musicians, Mr. Petrin entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 where he studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley, and received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2017. He has also worked with musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Truls Mørk, Paul Katz, Colin Carr and Dimitris Patras.
Mr. Petrin is a scholarship recipient and fellow of the Onassis Foundation and currently studies at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of cellist Laurence Lesser. Aside from his musical endeavors, Petrin is also a visual artist. His most recent paintings strive to underline the relationship between sound and colour.
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Chelsea Wang, piano
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Merkin Hall in New York City. She is a prizewinner and finalist of many national and international piano competitions, and has performed alongside eminent musicians including Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Roberto Diaz, Anne-Marie McDermott, Anton Nel, Hsin-Yun Huang, Jose Franch-Ballester, and other inspirational mentors.
Ms. Wang has been a soloist with orchestras across the country, including Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra. Her festival appearances include the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Music@Menlo, Pianotexas Academy and Festival, Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, Music from Angel Fire, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival, Banff Piano Masterclass, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Wang has been featured on radio shows including NPR’s “From the Top”, “What Makes It Great”, along with programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York’s WQXR, and Philadelphia’s WHYY Public Radios.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied with Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Meng-Chieh Liu. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at Peabody Conservatory studying with Leon Fleisher.
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