Stamford Symphony Musicians
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Japanese violinist Akiko Hosoi is an active performer in New York City and across the United States. She is Concertmaster of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and has positions in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and performs with…… many tri-state area ensembles. Akiko continues to have an international presence with regular recitals in Japan as well as collaborations with Alexander Technique Studio Tokyo, Japan’s premiere school for training Alexander Technique teachers. Akiko has also performed across the UK, Finland, Malta, and Russia. In 2016, Akiko partnered with non-profit Nesin Cultural Arts to establish the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) whose mission is to serve the community and elevate the quality of life through artistic expression and cultural experiences, which is subsequently Akiko’s personal mission to the arts. She has collaborated with artists and organizations for outreach performances and veteran hospitals, hospices and state prisons across the US and has appeared regularly as a soloist for benefit concerts to raise relief funds for the 2011 Fukushima disaster. A strong believer in music education, Akiko maintains an active studio in New York and is co-founder of the Aspiring Young Musicians Program, a program designed to provide students with frequent contact with high-caliber performing artists who share the passion for music education. Akiko is a graduate of the Purcell School of Music (UK), Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, studied with David Cerone, Ronald Copes, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, and David Updegraff. To learn more about this musician, visit: www.akikohosoi.com
Louis Day , viola, earned his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Mannes College of Music. He studied with Karen Tuttle at Mannes College of Music, Wolfgang Krist at Wofgang Hoch Orchester Schule in Germany, and Bernard Kadinoff at Boston University. He has performed with…… numerous orchestras in the tri-state area and abroad, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Stamford and Fairfield Symphony Orchestras, the New York Pops, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Connecticut Grand Opera, the New York Virtuosi and the Broadway orchestras of 1776, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera as well as with the Orquestra Symphonica Portuguesa Sao Carlos Orchestra in Portugal, the Orchestra Sinfonica de Sevilla and the New American Chamber Orchestra in Spain.
Pam Greitzer is an active cellist and teacher in the New York area. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Alice Tully, Weill Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Her performance of the Barber Cello Sonata was hailed by Tim Page of the New York Times for its “Patrician Purity”. She is…… a member of the Stamford Symphony, the New York Pops Orchestra, and performs with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and in Broadway Orchestras. Ms. Greitzer appeared as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in several tours throughout Asia. She has been in residence as faculty and performing artist for several seasons at the St. Bart’s Music Festival. Ms. Greitzer was a faculty member at the School for Strings for 20 years, the Collegiate School and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division. She is currently on the faculty of the Dalton School and has a private studio in her home. Ms. Greitzer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School and can be heard on Crystal Records with the Maryland Bach Aria Group.
Andrew Trombley, hailed as a “stand-out performer” by the NY Concert review, is an often sought-out bass player in the tri-state area and abroad. Andrew holds the position of Principal Bass for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal Bass for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and is a section member of…… the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Andrew frequently performs with some of the world’s leading ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera. Andrew has also collaborated with international artists such as JP Jofre and his “New Tango Quintet,” Joseph Lin, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and members from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a recording artist, Andrew performed on soundtracks for “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Hundred Foot Journey,” and “Noah” to name a few.
A native of Monticello, New York, Andrew and his violinist-wife, Akiko Hosoi, returned to his roots to establish The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with local arts non-profit, Nesin Cultural Arts. Andrew currently serves as the ensembles Artistic Director and Principal Bass. The husband-and-wife duo also established the Aspiring Young Musicians program to offer private lessons and ensemble classes to dedicated students who wish to excel at their craft. Andrew’s commitment to the arts is not limited to performances as he regularly coaches students from his alma mater, the Monticello Central School District and the Wappingers Central School District. Andrew is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Timothy Cobb.
Connecticut native Kathleen Nester has been a member of the Stamford Symphony since 1994. She is also Assistant Principal Flute and Solo Piccolo for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen has performed with many of the top ensembles in and around NYC, including…… the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She also performs with the IRIS Orchestra with Maestro Michael Stern, and has played at the Bravo! Vail, Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center, and Oklahoma Mozart Festivals. She has been featured in concertos on flute, piccolo, and recorder with orchestras in the US, and abroad. She has recorded with such artists as Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle and jazz singer/trumpeter Bria Skonberg. An advocate of new music, she has premiered new works for flute and chamber ensemble as a member of “Musicians’ Accord.” Kathleen has been the flutist for many Broadway productions, most recently An American in Paris, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and Roundabout Theater’s 2016 production of She Loves Me, the first Broadway show to be live-streamed. She has recorded for Pickwick, Decca, Mode, Musical Heritage Society, and Sony Classical, and can also be heard on movie soundtracks such as Julie and Julia, Tower Heist, The Last Mimsy and The Greatest Showman. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the flute faculty at New York University. Kathleen also plays Baroque flute and is an avid knitter and bird watcher.
Keisuke Ikuma is currently a member of the Stamford Symphony and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ikuma received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Shari Hoffman is currently the second clarinetist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Stamford Symphony. She is also an Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Hoffman……regularly performs with many of the country’s finest orchestras, including those of the New York
City Opera and the New Jersey Symphony. Comfortable performing in many musical styles, Ms. Hoffman has been a member of numerous Broadway show orchestras including “My Fair Lady”, “The King and I”, and “South Pacific”. She is an active chamber musician, and a passionate teacher. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Ms. Hoffman completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her principal teachers were Jon Manasse, Eli Eban, and Ken Grant.
Maureen Strenge, bassoon, earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. Ms. Strenge is a freelance musician who performs with…… many different orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Pops, the Bard Festival, the Oratorio Society, the American Ballet Theater, and the Stamford Symphony. She has substituted in various Broadway shows including most recently, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fiddler on the Roof. Maureen loves teaching and has an active teaching studio. She and her husband, who have three grown sons, have recently adopted a rescue dog, who she hopes will someday be certified as a therapy dog.
David Smith is a native of Westport, Connecticut, a graduate of Yale University and has been a member of the Stamford Symphony horn section for many years. Mr. Smith has played and recorded extensively with the New York Philharmonic and has performed on a number of their US and international tours, including…… the historic tour to North Korea in 2008. He is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York City Ballet and Opera orchestras as well. David has also joined with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Moscow Virtuosi during their United States tours. He has been involved with the Vail Valley, Bard, Tanglewood, OK Mozart, Waterloo and New England Bach summer music festivals. Mr. Smith has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, BMG, RCA Victor, Koch International and Island Records and has been featured as soloist on recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Horns and Bach’s First Brandenburg Concerto. David has played in numerous Broadway shows and currently performs in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He is married to singer and Phantom cast member Patrice Pickering and they are the proud parents of their son Jeremy.
John Dent performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera, and the New York Pops. As a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, he performs at Carnegie Hall and at the Bard Music Festival. Solo appearances…… include performances on Live from Lincoln Center with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and at the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma. John is currently performing in the Broadway revival of Carousel. Previous Broadway credits include She Loves Me, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Candide, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, On the Twentieth Century, and The Sound of Music. A native of Tennessee, John is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Juilliard School.
Richard Clark, has long-time experience as one of the leading tenor/alto/bass trombone/euphonium players in the greater NYC region. He is principal trombonist of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival orchestra, the New York Pops orchestra, Northeastern Pa Philharmonic, the Amici New York Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra. Mr Clark…… has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque. He has been staff trombonist for many Broadway musicals, including On the Town, Billy Elliot, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Candide, and The King and I. Mr. Clark is adjunct professor of trombone and brass chamber ensembles at William Paterson University.
John Rojak became a member of the American Brass Quintet in 1991, joining their residencies at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. He is bass trombonist of the Stamford Symphony, New York Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, IRIS, and Little Orchestra Society. Rojak has performed and recorded with…… the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, and Solisti New York, and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. His Broadway shows include Les Miserables, Sugar Babies, and The Producers. Rojak has performed with Metallica, Peter Gabriel, and Styx, as well as for Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. Solo CDs include Rojak Rocks on Navona, The Romantic Bass Trombone on MMC, Bass Hits, the Bass Trombone Concerti of Eric Ewazen on Albany Records, and The Essential Rochut on Belle Records. Rojak has given master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and Mexico. He has been an adjudicator for Fischoff, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman and other solo and chamber music competitions. In addition to Juilliard, Aspen, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, he is on the faculty at New York University. Rojak is an artist representative for Michael Rath Trombones.
Brian Brown has been the Principal Tuba of The Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He is also Principal Tuba of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Philly Pops. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed…… and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He is the tuba player for NFL Films.
Mr Brown is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Delaware and is a lecturer in the Music Department of Princeton University.
Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood ,Vincent Penzarella and John Fletcher.
Benjamin Herman, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has been a freelance timpanist/percussionist around NYC for decades. He has performed with virtually every major arts organization. These include the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. In addition, he has played on Broadway, performed countless jingles, film scores and recordings. Mr. Herman has been the timpanist of the Stamford Symphony since 2005.
Kory Grossman holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and serves as principal percussionist with the Bard Music Festival. He is also principal percussionist with Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Other musical organizations he performs with regularly…… include the Stamford Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the American Composers’ Orchestra, and the New York Pops. He has played in numerous Broadway shows, performing most recently in Fiddler on the Roof and Sunday in the Park with George. Others include Follies, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, and Ragtime. Kory Grossman has worked with a variety of contemporary artists ranging from Chita Rivera to Queen Latifah.
Amy Berger started playing the harp at the age of 6. She graduated college with a BA in Music from Stony Brook University and an MM degree from Yale University’s School of Music. She has traveled internationally as well as in the US, performing with orchestras including NY City Opera National Company, NY City Opera, …… Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She has toured China, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Israel. As a freelancer, she has performed in Broadway shows, TV commercials, and movies, including “August Rush”. Her solo CD, “On Golden Harp” has been used for the documentary “One Hundred Years of Baseball”. She has recorded the Grammy-winning opera “Anthony and Cleopatra” by Samuel Barber. She has worked with Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Sara Vaughn, Sting, Van Dyke Parks, Rufus Wainwright, and Latin pop star, Juan Luis Guerra. Amy has been the principal harpist with the Stamford Symphony for over thirty years and teaches privately in New York City.
Originally a Renaissance and Baroque woodwind multi-instrumentalist, David Carp’s first position in publishing was as a rental librarian for Carl Fischer Music. In 2000, he began freelancing in the New York metropolitan area as an orchestra librarian and music preparer. David is…… the music librarian for American Ballet Theatre and has edited and produced orchestral materials for 50 ballets for New York City Ballet. He has also served as orchestra librarian for the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Westchester Philharmonic, and the Queens Symphony. He supplies opera and ballet materials for companies on a national and international scale. David’s work for the Stamford Symphony began in April 2010.
He developed an interest in Latin American music and dance during his 15 years as a producer at WNYC-FM; he has interviewed over 200 Latino musicians and dancers and co-produced “The Palladium Ballroom: Home of the Mambo” for National Public Radio. David lives in Leonia, NJ with Stamford Symphony principal oboist Melanie Feld and cats Navy and Choco.