Heralded as a “technically impeccable and musically profound” pianist, Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states.
Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Andrew Cooperstock has performed at New York’s Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill concert halls, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and in such global centers as Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Baltimore, London, Hamburg, Geneva, the Hague, Riga, Canberra, Lima, Kiev, Seoul, Sapporo, Beijing, and Accra.
An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by such American composers as Lowell Liebermann and Aaron Copland. He has also commissioned works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, and Dan Welcher.
A sought-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejér, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield. He is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, a regular soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and a founder of Trio Contraste, which specializes in commissioning and performing contemporary music for piano, violin, and clarinet.
With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two, Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin – piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In March 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon, and in August they were featured performers at Hong Kong’s premier chamber music festival, Hell Hot! Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called "one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has also recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording of Leonard Bernstein (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie, and their next CD, a 75th-anniversary tribute to American composer George Gershwin, will feature a newly commissioned Eric Stern arrangement of beloved songs from Girl Crazy.
Andrew Cooperstock’s media credits include performances on National Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, KVOD Denver, KUT Austin, and on Minnesota Public Radio, Radio France, and the Australian and British Broadcasting Corporations.
He has served as juror for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, China’s Giant Cup Art Talent Competition, the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, among others, and he has presented master classes widely, from Beijing to Nice to Vladivostok.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, he studied with Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan, and Walter Hautzig, as well as with collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders. Dr. Cooperstock is currently a senior member of the keyboard department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, chair of piano at Rocky Ridge Music Center, and faculty member at Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. He is a Steinway artist.
Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra.
Her interpretations elicit glowing reviews for their "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe), "stunning power" (Louisville Courier-Journal), "matchless technique" (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone). “Renowned for her impeccable intonation” (Temperament, Stuart Isacoff), her playing is also characterized by “great intensity and a huge tone, the epitome of the modern violinist” (The Baroque Cello Revival, Paul Laird).
A top medalist of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms.Chase has performed concerts in twenty-five countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Her full bio and other information is available at www.stephaniechase.com
Hungarian-born coloratura soprano Szilvia Schranz's voice has been called "breathtakingly perfect" and "expressive and pure". Even in the very early stages of her voice training, world-renowned pianist András Schiff recognized that the young soprano had "something special to say".
Today, Ms. Schranz is captivating audiences across America and Europe with her emotive performances and beautifully clear upper ranges, and is increasingly being recognized as a talented young coloratura soprano to watch.
Ms. Schranz was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of musicians that had worked for generations in the Hungarian National Opera and Hungarian Festival Orchestra. At the age of 10, her family escaped their country's oppressive communist government to relocate in Boulder, Colorado where her father's string quartet, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet, were appointed as musicians-in-residence at the University of Colorado School of Music.
Ms. Schranz schooled in Boulder at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains and later studied voice at the University of Colorado. With her rare strength and clarity in the upper coloratura ranges, she won First Prize in the school's prestigious Anderson Vocal Competition and received a full talent scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival. In 1998, she received a bachelor's of music.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Ms. Schranz performed at the Denver Center for Performing Arts with their Tony-award winning theater company in the Tempest. She then went to further her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with Vera Rózsa, who also
taught such renown singers as Kiri Te Kanawa and Anne Sofie Von Otter. After a year's study in London, she received a post-graduate diploma in vocal training.
While in London she appeared several times with the London Chamber Soloists, including solo performances of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as in Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Creation at St. Martin in the Fields. She also sang at a charity concert for the Kensington Housing Trust at the Leighton House in London.
Back in Boulder, she performed Il Tramonto by Respighi with the Takács Quartet before moving to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was taught by the world-renowned Mignon Dunn, best known for her mezzo performances at the Metropolitan Opera. While at Manhattan, she performed as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also went to the International Institute of Vocal Arts where she sang in L'Enfant et les Sortileges and won a scholarship to the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal. In 2003, she received a Master's of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
Today, Ms. Schranz studies with Julliard's Daniel Ferro, while expanding her career as a solo and opera singer from her home in Manhattan.
Pianist Soheil Nasseri has been lauded by The New York Times as "consistently interesting... consistently thoughtful... a vivid imagination. Filled with character..." and by the Berliner Zeitung as "Fantastic! A real talent. [In Beethoven] We in the audience could not possibly have had more fun.” In addition to critical acclaim for his playing, The New Yorker has noted that Mr. Nasseri is "one of New York's most prolific recitalists." Since 2001 he has performed 20 completely different solo recital programs in New York, all without repeating a single piece: at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and at Merkin Concert Hall. These concerts included 25 premières of contemporary works in addition to 30 of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, a part of Mr. Nasseri’s pledge to perform all of Beethoven’s works involving piano by the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.
Mr. Nasseri made his European debut in 2004 at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Since then he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world: in addition to his regular New York concerts, he has performed solo recitals or concerti at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Tokyo’s Musashino Center, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, and Palermo’s Teatro Politeama, as well as concerts in Montreal (Canada), Dublin (Ireland), Bucharest (Romania), Santa Cruz (California), Portland (Oregon), Baltimore (Maryland), Jacksonville (Florida), Savannah (Georgia), Norfolk (Virginia), and Tehran (Iran).
His full bio and other information is available at www.soheilnasseri.com
David Korevaar balances an active career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano.
David Korevaar presented his London debut at Wigmore Hall in 2007, as well as his German recital debut at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. He has been heard at major venues in New York including Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. He has performed across the United States from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, and San Diego, and he plays frequently in his home state of Colorado with orchestras, in chamber ensembles, and in solo recitals. International performances have included appearances in Australia, Japan, Korea, Abu Dhabi, and Europe. He has performed and taught in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as a cultural envoy under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department.
In addition to his position at the University of Colorado Boulder, Korevaar teaches and performs at the Music in the Mountains summer festival in Durango, CO, and the Music Center Japan.
David Korevaar's many CDs range from Bach to the present, including solo releases as well as ensemble collaborations. His online presence has been augmented by websites co-authored with Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations.
Please visit his website, www.davidkorevaar.com, for more information.
Hailed by the L.A. Times as having “… the technical equipment and temperament for a big career…”, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, brings a fresh perspective to classical performances. Taking the listening experience to the next level, she plays with a passion and energy that has thrilled audiences throughout the US and Canada. At 23, critics find that she demonstrates “…fine maturity even during the most physical and demanding passages” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “…has a stage presence and style far beyond her years and a charisma that enthralled her audience.” (LCF Outlook – La Canada, CA)
Ms. Deutsch is currently the Principal Guest Artist for Orchestra Nova. Upcoming and recent performances include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Orchestra Nova, the Cape Cod, Las Cruces, Colorado, Longmont, Eugene, Newport, New West, South Carolina, Brevard, West Virginia, Norwalk, Knoxville, Fort Worth Symphonies, as well as the Portland, Boulder, Mission, McGill, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. Her newly commissioned "Rhapsody in Blue" for violin and orchestra was recently premiered with the National Academy Orchestra in Toronto and will see its US premier this season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
She made her debut at the Disney Hall performing John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne with the California Philharmonic. Ms. Deutsch made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas.
As a recitalist, she has appeared on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Los Angeles Da Camera Society at the historic Doheny Mansion, at L.A.’s Gindi Auditorium, the Norton Building concert series in Chicago, the Oakmont series in Santa Rosa, as guest artist at the PepsiCo Recital Hall at Texas Christian University, and several solo performances for the Leonard Nimoy Concert Series. In addition, she performed a recital for the Colorado Symphony with Jeffrey Kahane. Ms. Deutsch has also appeared at Boston’s Jordan Hall, Houston’s Wortham Theatre, Theatre Aquarius in Toronto, Canada and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where she performed excerpts of Mark O’Connor’s “Strings and Threads” with the composer and the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she recently toured the United States in recital as a Live On Stage artist.
She was honored by being invited to perform the theme from “Schindler’s List” for John Williams at a gala dinner in his honor. As chamber musician, Ms. Deutsch has appeared at the La Jolla Summerfest and the Green Music Festival collaborating with artists Gil Shaham, Jeffrey Kahane, Adele Anthony, Cho-Liang Lin, Sheryl Staples, Arnold Steinhardt, Chee-Yun, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Alisa Weilerstein, Gary Hoffman, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Ms. Deutsch was a featured artist in the January 2010 issue of Symphony Magazine for her outreach work across the country. Also, the internationally known Strad Magazine featured her as their pick of “Up-and-Coming Musicians” in their April 2007 issue.
Her movie credits include playing the solo violin sound track for the 2006 movie “The Good Shepherd” starring Robert De Niro. She has also collaborated and is the featured “Pro” on the newly released See-Like-Me, Play Like a Pro DVD violin instruction series. Ms. Deutsch's performance of Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was selected for NPR's Symphony Cast program. Ms. Deutsch has also appeared as a soloist on the national radio program, From the Top in which her performance of Bartok’s Roumanian Folk Dances with Christopher O’Riley was selected for inclusion on the “Best of” CD produced by From the Top. She was featured on Live From WFMT in Chicago and her performance of Vivaldi’s “Summer” with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra was presented on the Sunday’s Live Series (K-Mozart radio).
In addition, Ms. Deutsch has been featured in numerous other performances airing on several National Public Radio stations including Performance Today which featured her in a performance of the Prokofiev “Duo for Two Violins” with Chee-Yun and the Piazzolla “Four Seasons” with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane conducting.
Ms. Deutsch feels strongly that the young people of today need to be exposed to the world of classical music. She is actively involved in outreach programs to present classical music in new and exciting ways that will thrill and inspire the young audiences of today. She also has a page on her website specifically aimed at young musicians and their parents which attracts 70,000 hits per month. She has garnered corporate support for this site which encourages young musicians and selects a “Student Musician of the Month” which highlights and recognizes outstanding young musicians from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Read more about Lindsay at www.lindsaydeutsch.com.
Frederik Støvring Olsen was born in Denmark in 1981. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen in trumpet performance in 2007 and subsequently focused his studies on conducting, studying with Kirk Trevor privately and in workshops in New York City and Czech Republic.
In 2012 he earned an Advanced Postgraduate degree in orchestral conducting from The Royal Acadamy of Music in Copenhagen. While there, he studied with Giancarlo Andretta, Giordano Bellincampi and Michael Schønwandt. As a part of this intense program he has worked with almost all major professional orchestras in Denmark.
In June 2012, he had his debut concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra with music by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, Tchaikovsky and Korngold.
In the summers of 2011 and 2012 he worked as Assistant Conductor for The Missouri Symphony Orchestra (USA) conducting a great variety of chamber concerts, family concerts, pops and classical concerts.
Since 2008 Olsen has been Music Director and Conductor of the Sankt Annæ Youth Symphony Orchestra. In just a short period, Olsen has transformed the SASO into one of the leading youth orchestras in Denmark. Olsen has lead the orchestra on several European tours.
In addition to the traditional repertoire, Olsen is known for his expertise in contemporary music. He has led numerous of premieres of works by young Scandinavian composers conducting in festivals as PULSAR and Young Nordic Music and with ensembles as Scenatet.
With a passion for choral church music, he co-founded Pro Musica Copenhagen in 2004 and served as Music Director from 2004-2009. With this group he has performed much of the major choral works including requiems by Mozart, Faure, Durufle, Handels The Messiah and works by Leonard Bernstein and other contemporary composers.
Read more about Frederik at http://stovringolsen.dk/.
Alfredo Muro was born in Lima, Peru. At the age of 10 he began teaching himself to play the guitar, and he progressed rapidly. He was soon awarded a scholarship to study with Maestro José Pepe Torres at his Guitar Academy.
At age 13, Mr. Muro took the top prize in a nationally televised competition featuring musicians from more than one hundred schools. In 1971, he was the winner in the year-long TV program Trampoline to Fame.
Mr. Muro continued his studies with two of the greatest Peruvian guitar masters, Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre, gaining mastery of harmonic theory and the rich variety of Peruvian folklore. After four years of intense studies he moved to the United States to broaden his musical skills, studying with great masters Manuel Lopez Ramos, Frank Costa, and John Doan.
Mr. Muro had the honor of representing Peru at the 16th Annual International Guitar Festival–2005 in Lima and for the second time at the 5th Annual International Guitar Festival–2007 in Arequipa. These juried events featured artists from thirteen countries, including Spain, Germany, Sweden, the United States, Argentina, and Japan. In 2008, Mr. Muro was invited to participate at the Entre Cuerdas International Guitar Festival in Chile and at the First International Guitar Festival in Junin de los Andes in Argentina. In April of 2009 he performed in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio do Janeiro, and in July of that year he was featured in three concerts in the cities of Numberg and Berlin, Germany.
While on tour in Europe, Mr. Muro played with his group Oro Del Peru for the late Pope John Paul the Second at a "Special Audience" at the Vatican.
Over the years he has been invited to participate in many international guitar seminars, and has been selected for Master Classes with some of the World's premier guitarists, such as Manuel Lopez Ramos (Argentina), Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Brazil) and Alfredo Escande (Uruguay). In addition, Mr. Muro has appeared on numerous recordings, stage, radio, and television programs.
Mr. Muro has presented concerts in Germany, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and in many venues throughout the United States. In 2007, he had the privilege to be the featured artist at the Kennedy Center for the Millennium Concert Series in Washington D.C. and at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Mr. Muro is not only an accomplished soloist, but is also an arranger and composer. His work as an accompanist has also won critical acclaim. In 1999, Mr. Muro released a solo CD, "Journey Through The Strings" to rave reviews, with the honor of having international artist Jose Feliciano endorse the CD. Mr. Muro has released five other CD's: "The Musical Sea", "Alfredo Muro and Friends Live at St. Gertrude Monastery", "Alma Brasileira, Volume 1", "Alma Brasileira, Volume 2"and his latest solo guitar works "Latin Impressions", released June 2009. Another important project in progress is the publication of his transcriptions of selected Brazilian solo guitar works.
His Repertoire ranges from classical music to Latin American and Spanish music, and from the Beatles, Baden Powell and Jobim, to Bach and Handel. Mr. Muro has a special love of Brazilian music. He has studied and mastered the intricate styles of Choro, Samba, Frevo, Bossa Nova and Afro-samba and interprets many South American composers such as Villa-Lobos, Barrios and Lauro with aplomb.
In March of 2005, Mr. Muro was selected for the Jack Rosenberg Memorial, Musician of the Month Award, by the Jazz Society of Oregon in their Jazzscene magazine. The Centinela Newspaper in Portland, Oregon, featured Mr. Muro as the "Hispanic of the Month". The Hispanic Yellow Pages Directory introduced him as the "Pride of the Hispanic Community".
Mr. Muro and his wife reside in Boulder, Colorado.
Read more about Guest at www.alfredomuro.com.