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Violin

Deborah Buck,

acting concertmaster

Described by Strad Magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built …

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Sebu Sirinian,

principal second

Born in Bucharest, Romania, was the first violinist of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet. He has performed internationally and held residences at Queens College, Bard College, Turtle Bay Music School though a grant by Chamber Music America and the Yale at Norfolk Summer Festival. Mr. Sirinian has performed…

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Elizabeth Lim-Dutton

 

Violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton began studies at the age of three and performed in a first student recital at the age of five. She started attending the Aspen Music Festival at the age of eleven and subsequently followed her teacher, Dorothy DeLay, to New York at the age of fourteen. She studied…

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Patricia Davis

 

Patricia Davis has been a member of Stamford Symphony since 1995. She performs in ensembles based at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway. Ms. Davis collaborates with composers on premieres of new chamber works, and was featured as solo violinist on WQXR (NYC) with…

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Gabriel Schaff

 

A native of Philadelphia, violinist Gabriel Schaff hails from a musical family. His mother was the acclaimed composer and musicologist Claire Polin, and an earlier musical ancestor was the revered 19th century Russian composer and pianist, Anton Rubinstein. At the age of 16, Gabriel was admitted…

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Susan Lorentsen

 

Violinist Susan Lorentsen has been honored and privileged to be a part of the rich New York musical scene for many years. Concerts, Broadway, chamber music, opera, ballet and recording are just some of her many areas of interest. She has performed with many of the freelance orchestras in New York, including…

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Lisa Tipton

 

Lisa Tipton, violinist and co-founder of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured internationally and held residencies at Queens and Bard Colleges. She won distinctions from the Evian International Competition, Artists International and Chamber Music America. As a devoted interpreter…

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Laura Bald

 

A member of the Stamford Symphony since 1984, Laura Bald has performed with numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Amici New York, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the OK Mozart Festival for fifteen seasons. She has served…

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Kathleen Thomson

 

Kathleen Thomson, violin, began her violin studies in her home town of Minneapolis and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Olaf College then moved to New York for her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Thomson has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, …

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Amy Wright

 

Amy Wright began playing the violin at the age of 4.  Since making New York City her home, she has enjoyed an active freelance career playing in the tri-state area.  In addition to playing with the Stamford Symphony, Ms. Wright plays with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension…

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Robert Zubrycki

 

Violinist Robert Zubrycki is Concertmaster of the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Moderne NYC and principal violin and frequent soloist with the Amici New York Orchestra. He has recently performed…

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David Steinberg

 

American born violinist David Steinberg has played with the Stamford Symphony since 1994 and became a member in 1997.  He was raised in Canada and brought to New York under the guidance of Ivan Galamian.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees…

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Lisa Steinberg

 

Born and raised right here in Connecticut Lisa began her studies at the Hartt School of Music. She is an active performer throughout the New York metropolitan area. In addition to Stamford Symphony…

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Suzanne Gilman

 

Suzanne Gilman, violin, is a Connecticut native, raised in Simsbury. Her teachers include Roman Totenberg, Szymon Goldberg and Joyce Robbins. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and received first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Suzanne is former concertmaster of…

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Louise Owen

 

Violinist Louise Owen has been praised as “a brilliant performer” by the Boston Globe.  She has enjoyed a diverse musical path over the years, performing annual chamber music concerts with world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, touring North America and Europe with Barbra Streisand, making her…

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Nazig Tchakarian

 

Violinist Nazig Tchakarian has given recitals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in May 2008, which was followed by additional recital appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In January 2010 Nazig toured Syria…

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Akiko Hosoi

 

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…

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Viola

Lois Martin,

principal

Lois Martin, a native of York, PA, began her viola studies with Arthur Lewis at the Peabody Preparatory School. She completed her undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Francis Tursi. During this time, she was a member of…

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Adria Benjamin,

 

Adria Benjamin is a longtime member of Stamford Symphony’s viola section and serves as the orchestra’s personnel manager. She performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and in NYC as a recording studio and Broadway musician.  She is a nationally recognized music educator through her work…

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Rebecca Osborn

 

Rebecca Osborn is from Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado and the Juilliard School.  She has lived and performed in South America and Europe and currently resides in New York City and Sitka, Alaska.

KC Still

 

Violist and violinist KC Still is an active teacher and performer. She is currently on the faculty at The Crowden Center in Berkeley, CA, as a Suzuki and Traditional violin and viola teacher, and teaches both Suzuki and Traditional students in her private studio. She teaches all ages and abilities, but specializes in…

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Shelley Holland-Moritz

 

Shelley Holland-Moritz grew up in Wolverine Lake, MI and attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a scholarship student for high school. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of William Lincer, principal violist of the NY Philharmonic. Besides being a member of…

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Liana Laura Mount

 

Liana Laura Mount, violist, was awarded a DMA from the Juilliard School.  Her teachers included William Lincer, Karen Tuttle, Leonard Mogill, Donald Wright, Stephen Clapp and Francis Tursi. She has performed throughout Asia and Europe with La Sinfonica Galicia. She appears frequently with orchestras in the Tri-State Area. She is…

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Leslie Tomkins

 

Leslie Tomkins, viola, is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Moab Music Festival (moabmusicfest.org) which has its 26th season in September, 2018. She is the Associate Director of Summertrios (summertrios.org) which offers chamber music coaching and performance opportunities to adult amateur musicians of all levels. When she…

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Louis Day

 

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…

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Cello

Caroline Stinson,

principal

Cellist Caroline Stinson is a native of Canada and has made her career across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in traditional, 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Cellist of the internationally acclaimed…

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Eliot Bailen

Eliot Bailen has an active career as an artistic director, cellist, composer and teacher. Strings Magazine writes, “At Merkin Hall ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music.” Founder and Artistic Director of…

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Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter has enjoyed tremendous versatility in her career as a performing artist. She has been a member of the Stamford Symphony for nearly three decades and always looks forward to playing with this wonderful orchestra!  Other orchestral affiliations include…

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Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed…

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Jacqueline Stern

Jacqueline Stern has been performing with the Stamford Symphony since 1984. She is an orchestral and chamber musician in groups including the trio Terzetta, Spirit (an improv ensemble) and the Encore Chamber Players. She has played Baroque cello with…

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Matthew Goeke

Matthew Goeke, cellist, performs as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player in a broad range of musical styles.  His experience with contemporary music spans the SEM Ensemble, Cross Town Ensemble, North/South Consonance, the Kitchen House Blend and Glass Farm Ensemble. Matt is…

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Pam Greitzer

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…

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Bass

Peter Weitzner

 

Peter Weitzner, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord, and the New Jersey Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of…

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Richard Ostrovsky

 

As an active freelance musician, Rick Ostrovsky performs regularly with some of the most respected ensembles in New York City. A member of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Stamford Symphony, other notable orchestras with which he plays include the American Composers Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  He has also…

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Troy Rinker

 

A member of several ensembles, Troy Rinker has performed with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, …

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Andrew Trombley

 

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…

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Flute

Elizabeth Mann,

principal

Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.  She is the Principal Flutist of the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble and is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  She has played Principal Flute with…

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Kathleen Nester

 

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…

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Oboe

Melanie Feld,

principal

Since 1980, Melanie Feld has been principal oboist of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and American Composers Orchestra and is principal oboist of the Westchester Philharmonic. She is the English Hornist of the American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with…

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Keisuke Ikuma

 

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.

Clarinet

Pavel Vinnitsky,

principal

Pavel Vinnitsky was appointed principal clarinetist of the Stamford Symphony in 2013. An avid orchestral musician, he regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. As chamber musician, Pavel Vinntsky is…

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Shari Hoffman

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…

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Bassoon

Cynde Iverson,

principal

Cynde Iverson is recognized as one of the finest bassoonists today. She is Principal bassoonist with the Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony and a member of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra.  She performs with…

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Maureen Strenge

 

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…

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Horn

Lawrence DiBello,

principal

Lawrence DiBello in addition to his role as Principal horn with Stamford Symphony, is Principal horn in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Co-Principal horn in the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, 3rd horn in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and 3rd horn in the American Symphony Orchestra. He has also…

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Eva Conti

 

Eva Conti , French hornist, is currently in her 8th season as a member of the Stamford Symphony. She is also in her 20th season as Principal horn with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is a regular member of the Boca Symphonia and Berkshire Opera Orchestras. She has held the position of principal horn with…

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Zohar Schondorf

 

Zohar Schondorf finished his Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 1995, Zohar Schondorf returned to his homeland of Israel for a total of six years to assume two positions, one as Associate Principal Horn with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the other as Principal Horn with the…

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David Smith

 

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…

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Trumpet

Donald Batchelder,

principal

Donald Batchelder has served as Principal Trumpet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1987. Recognized as an outstanding soloist and orchestral trumpeter in the New York area for many years, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and…

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John Dent

 

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…

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Trombone

Richard Clark,

principal

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…

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Bass Trombone

John Rojak,

principal

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…

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Tuba

Brian Brown,

principal

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…

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Timpani

Percussion

Daniel Haskins,

principal

Percussionist Daniel Haskins is currently principal percussionist of the Opera Orchestra of New York and the Stamford Symphony, and performs on period instruments as timpanist of the American Classical Orchestra. Daniel is percussionist in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra and formally timpanist of the New York City Opera National Company. He performed…

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Kory Grossman

 

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…

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Harp

Amy Berger,

principal

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, …

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Keyboards

Emily Wong,

principal

Librarian

David Carp,

 

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…

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