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Week 1 July 17-20

Strata trio: Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; Audrey Andrist, piano


STRATA - clarinet, violin, piano trio


The musicians of STRATA (Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; and Audrey Andrist, piano) have been performing together since 1988, and have appeared in concert throughout North America.  All three members hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where they gave some of their first performances as an ensemble.  Praised by the Washington Post for program building as artful as its performances, STRATA is dedicated to presenting a wide spectrum of classical and modern styles in programs that enhance the unique expressive power of each work.  In trio, solo, and duo combinations, these musicians revel in the clarity of counterpoint and surprising blends afforded by their contrasting instruments.  Recent performances include concerts in California, Maryland, South Carolina (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York (Trinity Church in NYC, Shelter Island, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock).  The ensemble’s debut CD, recorded in 1999, is available on the AUR label.  They have also recorded the music of Robert Maggio for CRI.

Clarinetist NATHAN WILLIAMS has been hailed by critics as "outstanding for his musicality, breath control, robust, and brilliant tone, and flawless technique" (El Nuevo Dia Domingo, San Juan), "a highly effective soloist" (The New York Times), and "a stellar musician, capable of the most exquisite and expressive playing" (The Winston-Salem Journal).  He has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music performances at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Kaufmann Hall at the 92nd St. Y, as well as throughout the United States, and in Austria, Canada, China, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Japan, and the Czech Republic. He has recorded for Albany Records, CBC Radio, NPR, Naxos, NCRV (Dutch Radio) and Arizona University Recordings.  He earned the Artist’s Diploma from the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, and graduate degrees from Eastman (MM) and Juilliard (DMA).   Since 2001, he has been the Instructor of Clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

JAMES STERN (Violin, viola) has made recital and concerto appearances throughout the United States with additional recitals in France, Germany, Norway and China.  He has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff and Norfolk.  As Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific in California, he performed with the Sierra Chamber Society and at the Ralston Series, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and the Annenberg Theater.  Currently Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, he performs with the 21st Century Consort, the Contemporary Music Forum and the Smithsonian Chamber Players at such venues as the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Renwick Gallery, Strathmore Hall and the Library of Congress.  Stern has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Canadian pianist AUDREY ANDRIST is the 1994 first prize winner of the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and was presented in a cross-Canada solo recital tour as winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition.  She has appeared as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and the CBC Vancouver Symphony.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Andrist has performed in New York’s Merkin Hall and Steinway Hall, at Place des Arts in Montreal, Spivey Hall in Georgia, on NPR’s “Performance Today”, and the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  She has participated in premieres of new works in Canada and the United States, and has recorded for Albany Records, Summit Records, Capstone Records, and CBC Radio.  Ms. Andrist currently lives in Maryland with her husband, James Stern, and their son, Kenneth.          


Week 2 July 24-27

David Burgess, guitarist



Praised by musicians and critics worldwide, David Burgess is recognized as one of today's outstanding guitarists. His international appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Highlights of recent seasons include several concert tours of Europe, repeated recitals in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Phoenix, and Nashville, along with numerous appearances as an orchestral soloist, including featured performances with the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and the American Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

First prize winner in the Andrés Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City, he has also won top honors in the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar ‘81 Competition in Toronto and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich.

Mr. Burgess began studying guitar at the Estudio de Arte Guitarrístico in Mexico City with the renowned Argentine guitarist Manuel López Ramos. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at the University of Washington, and later earned a Diploma di Merito, while on full scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where he studied with Oscar Ghiglia. From 1984-1987 he periodically received classes from the great Spanish maestro, Andrés Segovia.

Through his extensive travels in both Spain and Latin America, Mr. Burgess has explored traditional guitar styles, along with many popular and folkloric types of music. He has acquired one of the largest collections of Latin American guitar music in the U.S., from which he often draws interesting and unusual works for his programs.

A former guitar instructor at the University of Washington, and the Cornish Institute of the Arts, Mr. Burgess currently resides in New York City where he has performed at Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. He has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Tritone, Athena and Camerata Records and has also recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Philharmonia Virtuosi on the CBS Masterworks label.


Week 3  July 31-August 3

Moscow String Quartet



Described by  Alfred Schnittke as "an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament",  the members of the Moscow String Quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our times. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors, including Yuri Yankelevich, Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet, and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet (with whom the quartet continued to study after graduation.)

The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest.  The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France.

Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, repeated appearances at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festival in Prades, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, and the Newport Festival. In North America, the Moscow String Quartet has performed in New York City (Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver and Montreal. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by Madeleine Albright to perform at a White House Christmas Concert. From 1991-96, the quartet was in residence at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, and since 1997 has been in residence at the University of Colorado in Denver. Upcoming engagements include engagements at the Concertgebouw, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Soc., the Ottawa Chamber Music and the Casals Festival in San Juan.

The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya released four CDs including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Mozart, Denisov, and Glinka.


Week 4 August 7-10

Elizabeth Joy Roe, pianist

ELIZABETH JOY ROE, Pianist      


Hailed “magnificent” (Piano & Keyboard Magazine), “an artist to be taken seriously” (The Chicago Tribune), “electrifying” (The Dallas Morning News), “a mature and fascinating interpreter and an artist of intelligence, insight, and a genuine grace” (The Southampton Press), American pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe has captured widespread accolades for her appearances as recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In November 2005, she made her New York concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, performing the Britten Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Conlon. In 2003, she stepped in on short notice to replace the legendary John Browning, astounding critics and audiences alike with her performances of the Barber Piano Concerto with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Viva Symphony, and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her 1997 debut with the Chicago Symphony II elicited high acclaim from John von Rhein of The Chicago Tribune : “Elizabeth Joy Roe supplied scintillation in the Grieg [Concerto]…. A lot of pianists play the Grieg but not many adults twice the age of Miss Roe could make this familiar score sing so poetically or with such spontaneity.” 

Since her career was launched at age 13 with a Grand Prize victory in the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy, she has garnered numerous awards in international and national competitions, and has been honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the National Association for Professional Asian Women, the Music for Youth Foundation, and the Samsung Foundation of Culture. She has performed at such major venues as Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York; the Seoul Arts Center in Korea; Salle Cortot in Paris; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Banff Centre in Canada; and the Fourth World Piano Pedagogy Conference. A Chicago native, she has performed extensively throughout the Midwest, including performances at the Ravinia Festival and in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She was exclusively chosen to perform for the Women for Women Association of the United Nations and for events celebrating the centennial year of The Juilliard School at Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center.  Highlights of the upcoming concert season include a return engagement with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, recitals in various American cities, and her South American debut in Buenos Aires. An avid chamber musician, she performs regularly with Greg Anderson as a piano duo team, and her trio won a top prize at the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Roe’s wide-ranging career includes world and U. S. premieres of new music, live performance broadcasts and interviews on TV and radio (appearing on PBS, the BBC, and MTV), and frequent artistic collaborations. Interested in a vast array of pursuits, she is a five-time laureate of the National French Contest, and she has written a thesis exploring music in the fiction of Mann, Proust, and Forster, for which she was honored with Scholastic Distinction upon her Juilliard graduation in 2004. She has won numerous academic awards, including the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She was invited to attend the 2006 International Achievement Summit as a student delegate. Committed to arts advocacy, she aims to incorporate innovative elements in her concerts. She has directed a groundbreaking interactive performance project featuring the Juilliard Piano Class of 2004, given community service concerts throughout the US, conducted master classes for young musicians, and currently serves as an adviser to the PianoArts National Competition. Ms. Roe earned her BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.


Week 5 August 14-17

TRIO TRAGICO, featuring Andy Biskin - Jazz


Trio Tragico is a chamber jazz ensemble of clarinetist Andy Biskin, trumpeter Dave Ballou, and bassist Kent McLagan.  The group plays a wide variety of Biskin compositions, from tightly-structured miniature tone poems to open-ended improvisatory forms.

ANDY BISKIN is a clarinetist and composer with a broad range of interests. In addition to leading several ensembles in the New York area, he has composed scores for film, dance, and theater. Born and raised in Texas, Biskin studied music and anthropology at Yale and later worked as an assistant to folklorist Alan Lomax. His music, scored for the traditional New Orleans front line of clarinet, trumpet, and trombone, recalls early jazz and social music, but with sudden shifts in unexpected directions. Biskin's compositions have been compared to Raymond Scott, Charles Mingus, Charles Ives, Carla Bley, and Lawrence Welk.

Biskin's debut album Dogmental, on Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings label, received widespread critical acclaim. The record was featured twice on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" and has been used regularly between news stories on "All Things Considered." (Click here to listen to Andy's informative interview on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," or click here if you'd rather read the transcript).

Ben Ratliff in the New York Times named Dogmental "Album of the Week", and wrote "It's hard to find gentle humor in jazz but the clarinetist Andy Biskin has perfect radar for it. Dogmental, his first album, is full of short pieces that break down into contrapuntal arrangements and short, pungent solos; it's a sweet-tempered album that doesn't take itself too seriously but has a lot of hidden virtues.... You can't say it's indicative of what jazz is up to or where it's going, but it's a little triumph nonetheless."

Biskin has released three recordings; “Dogmental” on Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, and “Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster” and “Trio Tragico” on Strudelmedia.  His multimedia production, “Goldberg’s Variations,” which has toured nationally, features Biskin’s animations of twelve Rube Goldberg machines accompanied by live cartoon music performed by Biskin and his sextet.

More information about Andy Biskin is available at     


DAVE BALLOU - Trumpet, has performed and recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Kevin Norton, Maria Schneider, Andrew Hill, Dave Leibman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steely Dan, Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Don Preston.  He has recorded seven CDs as a leader for SteepleChase Records.  Dave is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Music at Towson University.

KENT MCCLAGAN- String Bass, lives in Denver, Colorado, where he builds strings basses and plays music.  He particularly enjoys playing fluid forms in rhythmically and harmonically open settings.  In recent years, he has worked with Ron Miles, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby and Andy Biskin.



Week 6 August 21-24

DEAN & FRIENDS - Chamber music favorites! Music by Sarasate, Dvorak and Brahms.



Arcady’s Executive Director since 2003, Stein was named Artistic Director in September, 2004.  Last summer’s hugely successful Silver Anniversary Season was only the first product of his creative energies.  

Born in New York City, Stein began his studies at the age of five, under Margaret Berend at the Henry Street Music Settlement. He made his solo debut in New York performing the Sibelius Concerto with Joanne Falleta conducting. Continuing his studies at The Juilliard School, Stein earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees under the tutelage of Ivan Galamian and Lewis Kaplan. He pursued a doctoral degree with Dr. Gerald Fischbach at the University of Maryland where he studied chamber music with the Guarneri String Quartet.

Among his orchestra positions Stein has been Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony and Associate Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony. A highly sought after teacher, Stein has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, Bowdoin College, University of North Carolina, and University of Maryland.

Stein moved to Maine in 1996 as a violinist in the DaPonte String Quartet. Audiences throughout Maine heard his performances, including many appearances on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Stage, and Live at 11. His skills as violinist were noted by The Strad magazine, who wrote, “Dean Arthur Stein excels in the first violin’s improvisatory cadenza, his fierce yet luxuriant tone setting the mood of bitter intensity.” His recent tour with the Singapore Symphony included concerts in New York’s Lincoln Center, France and Spain, with soloists Yo Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham.     

Sha, violinist

SHA – Violin

Sha is one of China’s leading violinists on the world stage today. Her singing style and dynamic stage presence has mesmerized audiences from East to West. Born in Shanghai, China, Sha started the violin at age six, and as a child prodigy, appeared often on radio and television.

Sha’s earliest musical memories were of her father, Cao Peng, one of China’s most famous and respected conductors, leading the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They have often shared the international stage. Their memorable father-daughter collaborations include performances with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Russia Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Broadcast Symphony, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Sha’s Carnegie Hall debut came in 2003, in a sold-out performance with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Her solo appearances have also taken her to Scandinavia, where Swedish newspapers characterized her as, “a formidable interpreter of the music, with wide range, deep feeling and powerful expression.” Lisbon, Portugal praised her for “an enthralling musicality that is almost indescribable”.  In 1999, Sha was the featured soloist at the 40th anniversary concert celebrating the “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. A versatile performer, Sha has championed the works of living Chinese composers as well as traditional violin repertoire, performing new music for violin and Chinese traditional orchestra recently in Hong Kong and Singapore. Sha was a special guest soloist on the World Celebrity Series of the 2003 Imperial Garden Concert Series in Beijing. Her American debut was with the Florida Orchestra, winning her audience with “Beautifully rendered lines that come directly from the heart”. Following her performance in Dallas, Texas, Sha was made an “Honorary Citizen” for her contribution to the cultural life.

A film version of the “Butterfly Lovers”, starring Sha, was recently broadcast nationally in China and released on DVD. Her performance of this piece has also been released on her debut CD, recorded in Moscow with the Russia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sha’s musical training at the Beijing Central Conservatory began at age 11, where she studied with Ting-Sun Pang and Yao-Ji Lin. She won top honors at the Chinese National Violin competition, and her string quartet won the Chinese National Quartet competition, and the Menuhin Chairman Prize at the International String Quartet Competition of Portsmouth, England. Sha also studied in America with Dr. Eduard Schmieder and the Guarneri String Quartet.

YunJie Liu, violist


Born in Shanghai, Yun-jie Liu joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1993 as its Associate Principal Viola, and is currently its acting Principal.  He had also served as Principal Violist of the San Diego Symphony and in 1990, he was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to join the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.  He is the winner of many awards and competitions including the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Concerto Competition of the Music Academy of the West, and the University of Southern California Concerto Competition.

As a soloist, Liu has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, Woodland Symphony, Shanghai Youth Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra as well as the University of Southern California Symphony.  He also regularly gives chamber music concerts and solo recitals, having performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington DC, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  In 1999, he performed the USA première of George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola with Geraldine Walther.  Last year, he also gave the Chinese première of Bohuslav Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.  Liu has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival and the Hong Kong 97 Reunification Music Festival.  In 1994, he organized a chamber orchestra, bringing together 35 Chinese musicians from around the world for a historical concert tour to Shanghai and Beijing.

As an educator, Liu has given master classes in the USA, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Since 1999, he served as the viola teacher for the Asian Youth Orchestra.

Liu began his violin studies with his father.  At the age of 16, he entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Shen Xi-di and Wu Fei.  He was named Assistant Professor of viola upon graduation in 1985.  A year later Liu went to the United States to study with Donald McInnes and Alan DeVeritch at the University of Southern California.

Nicole Johnson, cellist


Cellist with the reknowned Cassatt String Quartet, Ms. Johnson has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Germany. She has appeared in performances with the Vermeer Quartet on their series in Chicago, on the Composers' Guild concerts in New York City and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Most recently, she was the cellist of the Avanti Ensemble in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she also chaired the cello and chamber music departments at the Renaissance Music Academy.

Ms. Johnson holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Andres Diaz, Alan Harris and Joel Krosnick.

Ms. Johnson plays an 1806 Nicholas cello.



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