Rohan Gregory, violin, a native of Keene, New Hampshire, and a longtime participant at Apple Hill, is a founding member of the internationally renowned Arden String Quartet, praised in the New York Times as “vivid, strong and colorful.” When not in the Boston area to perform with the Boston Lyric Opera, the New England String Ensemble, or the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rohan may be found on tour in Europe with The Klezmatics, in Thailand with flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, or in India with the Indo Jazz Fusion group Natraj.
Omar Chen Guey
Brazilian violinist Omar Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Kenya, and the Seychelles. He has been a featured soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, and the State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. Following a recital in Oslo, Norway, he had the honor of performing for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prize winner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions in Switzerland and Italy, respectively.
Ondřej Jurčeka is a trumpet player and performs with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is a Czech classical orchestra founded in 1945. Its resident venue is the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc.
John Page began his career with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in 2000. Prior to this he studied at King's College London, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Harvard University. In Ireland, his 2002 performances of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis with Opera Theatre Company garnered the prestigious Irish Times Opera of the Year award. He was subsequently invited to give a Lyric FM broadcast concert with the NSOI. He is also the Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.
She is a Boston-based pianist whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Rzewski. Her performances have led her to such diverse places as France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Slovakia, the Greek islands, her native Poland, and across the United States. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Rojahn has premiered over 100 new works by both established and up-and-coming composers. She has recorded 35 CDs of contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire for the MMC and Navona labels. These include two collections of chamber music in collaboration with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
Rojahn started her musical education in Warsaw, Poland, where she attended the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Music Conservatory under the guidance of Kazimierz Gierzod, a well-known Polish pianist and pedagogue. After moving to the United States, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Michael Lewin. Rojahn has appeared at several prestigious festivals in Europe, including Ticino Musica, Alden Biesen Festival, the International Piano Festival in Obidos, and the Samos Island Festival, where she had the opportunity to work with several European virtuosos, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Milosz Magin, Herbert Seidel, and Regina Smendzianka.
Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being Artistic Director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. For seven years he gave the annual Viola Masterclass, along with many solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Dartington International Summer School. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, and his first London South Bank appearance in 2001.
After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of QX and Mistral. Peter is also Artistic Director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and records for Centaur Records.
Petr Vronsky is a Czech conductor. From 1983-1991 he conducted the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently conducts the Moravian Philharmonic.
Jacques Lee Wood
Noted for his expressive warmth, sensitivity, and technical ease, cellist Jacques Lee Wood enjoys an active and varied musical career. His interest in teaching and research complements a performance career that covers a broad range of repertoire and interests: from historically informed performance on baroque cello, commissioning and performing new works on modern cello, to playing bluegrass banjo, mandolin, and cello with his NYC-based group Cathedral Parkway. A top prizewinner at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Wood has performed extensively across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Deeply committed to seeking out new areas in music to explore, Wood is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Boston-based Antico Moderno, a period chamber ensemble that commissions new works for period instruments, as well as co-founder of StringLab, a multi-disciplined cello/guitar duo with Simon Powis that produces original arrangements/compositions and commissions new works for the ensemble. Wood is currently the Artistic Director of Music at Eden’s Edge, a nonprofit chamber music organization based on Boston’s North Shore, and is a principal player with the Grammy-nominated Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bachsolisten Seoul, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the American Baroque Orchestra. He is a frequent guest artist with A Far Cry, Bach Collegium Japan, Firebird Ensemble, and Handel and Haydn Society. Since 2014, Wood has been a visiting artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest artist at the Bari International Music Festival, International Musical Arts Institute, and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival. Currently a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University, Mr. Wood received his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music and his MM at Yale University under Laurence Lesser and Aldo Parisot, respectively. Wood is an artist with the Swiss Global Foundation.
Photo by Pirjo-Leena BauerSergio Cervetti navigates distant musical worlds in TRIPTYCH REVELATION. Three compelling works reveal the range, sound palette and periods from his body of work from over four decades, and display evolutionary exploration, synthesis, techniques, and skills tailored to suit curiosity and fulfill creative ideas. He treats a shared apocalyptic theme drawn from the New Testament, 19th century French literature, and Flemish art of the 16th century; in addition to German Baroque music and technological advancements in electronic music since his work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Studio in New York City during the 1970’s. A gallery of works depicts three renditions of what has been foretold since the beginning of time: Mankind’s day of reckoning will come. Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani, an award-winning minimalist-leaning piece composed in 1973, is rooted in the Book of Revelation’s surrealistic account of the Apocalypse. Piano Quintet-Toward the Abyss is a masterful 2015 work rendered from Charles Baudelaire’s transcendent poetry that reverently culminates in a glimpse of J. S. Bach’s final chorale as he contemplated mortality. In contrast to these chamber works, The Hay Wain is an electroacoustic tone poem from 1987 inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s haunting and grotesque imagery of human folly and perdition that awaits Judgement Day.
SERGIO CERVETTI is a Uruguayan-born American composer who came to the U.S. in 1962 to study composition. In 1966 he attracted international attention on winning the chamber music prize at the Caracas Venezuela Music Festival. After studying with Ernst Krenek and graduating from Peabody Conservatory he was invited by the DAAD to be composer-in-residence in Berlin, Germany in 1969-70. From 1972 to 1997 and 2007-08 Cervetti was Master Teacher of Music at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts.
A traditionalist as well as an innovator, he has composed over one hundred works for the concert stage, dance, theater, and film; many commissioned and performed in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. After an early brush with twelve-tone and minimalism his current approach is free and flexible in works that range from acoustic to electronic, and blend European tradition, folk elements, and minimalist aesthetics in a post-modern synthesis of techniques from diverse periods and sources. Works for opera, song cycles, choral, chamber music, solo instruments, and collaborative choreography often reflect his South American heritage as well as interest in literature, painting, dance, and socio-political topics. Critics summarize that he is markedly independent, spanning distant musical worlds of distinct originality and poetry that show his essential qualities as melodist and colorist, rhythmic vitality, and harmonically modern sophistication which was recently described as “contemporary baroque.”
Contributions to the minimalist movement include Guitar Music (the bottom of the iceberg), Madrigal III, …from the earth…, Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani. Three Next Wave Festivals at the Brooklyn Academy of Music featured his extensive collaborations with New York City’s dance world. The Alicante Festival in Spain commissioned the harpsichord concerto Las Indias Olvidadas, and the opera Elegy For A Prince was premiered in excerpted scenes by New York City Opera/VOX 2007. Other career highlights were two tours in Spain with Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, and sections of The Hay Wain are heard in Oliver Stone’s film Natural Born Killers. This is the seventh Navona Records exclusive album of Cervetti’s work.
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