Bun-Ching Lam

Described as “alluringly exotic” (The New York Times), and “hauntingly attractive” (San Francisco Chronicle), the music of Bun-Ching Lam has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as the Macao Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, The Vienna Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Albany Symphony. Born in Macao, Lam served as the composer-in-residence of the Macao Orchestra from 2008-2016. She began her piano study in her native city, then further pursued her music education in Hong Kong and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized with numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Chamber Music America, CrossSound Festival, Bang On a Can Festival, Sequitur, Continuum, Ursula Oppens, and the Arditti String Quartet. She also served as the Music Alive! Composer-in-Residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Lam’s work has been recorded on Mutable Music, CRI, Tzadik, Nimbus, and Koch International. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.

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For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the performance and promotion of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun-Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff, and many others. Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna, among others. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including six solo albums. For the past 31 years, Buckner has curated and produced the Interpretations New Music Series in New York City, seeking to support the relationship between composers and the growing community of virtuoso new music interpreters. thomasbuckner.com

A dynamic and multifaceted performer, Liuh-Wen Ting enjoys collaborating with artists from diverse genres and mediums. As an advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered and recorded numerous solo and chamber music works, including music by AACM members George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abraham, as well as works by George Walker, Bun-Ching Lam, Frances White, Shih Hui Chen, Elliott Sharp, Mari Kimura, and many others. She has performed at international festivals such as The Prague Spring Music Festival, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Primavera en la Habana international electroacoustic music festival, and the Ostrava New Music Days. Her performance of Morton Feldman’s Viola in My Life IV with the Janáček Symphony Orchestra was praised by the Czech Music 2001 as “an extraordinary experience.”

 

 

New York based French hornist Tim McCarthy appears regularly with numerous orchestras, opera companies, contemporary music ensembles, and on Broadway, in such wide-ranging venues as Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, and Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park.  He has performed with the Janáček Philharmonic (Czech Republic), New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (principal), DiCapo Opera Theatre (principal), Little Opera Theater of NY (principal), The Strathmere Festival Orchestra (principal), The New Philharmonic of New Jersey, and the School of American Ballet Repertory Orchestra.  A frequent and avid performer of contemporary music, he has performed and recorded with The Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble (principal), Ostravska Banda in the Czech Republic (principal), Ensemble Signal (principal), IFCP Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E), American Chamber Opera Orchestra, and STX Xenakis Ensemble.

 

 

Flutist Barry J. Crawford is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Talea Ensemble, Poetica Musica, and Ensemble Pi. He is principal flute with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Spectrum Symphony in NYC, and has performed as a guest artist with orchestras across the United States. He has performed and given master classes in over 20 countries on five continents. As a leading performer on the contemporary music scene, he has premiered hundreds of new works by emerging composers. In the fall of 2018, Crawford joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia and has previously served on the faculties of Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, University at Buffalo, and Sarah Lawrence College.

 

 

Hailed as a “singular harp virtuoso,” Mélanie Genin is known for her “desire to re-shape and re-invent classical music.” Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, Genin has performed in the world’s most prestigious halls, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall London, KKL Luzern, Avery Fisher Hall, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Pablos Heras-Casado, and Leonard Slatkin.

 

A sought-after chamber music partner, Genin regularly performs with Grammy-nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova (former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera). She forms a trio with flutist Lucian Rinaldo and cellist Samuel Maguil (Metropolitan Opera), and a duo with flutist Catherine Gregory.

 

 

Hailed as “impeccable players” (The Guardian), the Tana Quartet approaches music of different eras and aesthetics with equal intensity, creating a new tradition that links past and future. Tana has appeared at prestigious festivals and concert series worldwide, including Philharmonie de Paris, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Villa Medicis in Rome, Darmstadt, and Wigmore Hall. The quartet has been honored with numerous awards such as the Union of Belgian Composers’ Fuga Prize, an Octaves de la Musique for contemporary music, the Coup de Coeur of the Charles Clos Academy, and an HSBC Award at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.


Since its founding in 2010, Tana has been committed to promoting contemporary music in all its diversity and seeking out collaboration with composers, such as  Ivan Fedele, Philippe Hurel, and Hèctor Parra. The quartet has released 13 albums, including 
Seven, which comprises Philip Glass’s complete works for string quartet and was recognized by Classica magazine as a “best album of 2018”; and most recently, Bleu Ébène, featuring the complete string quartets of David Achenberg.

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