Antonella Aloigi is the director of I PiccoliMusicisti-Centro Didattico Musicale, a specialist music school in Milan (Italy), where she also teaches Early Childhood Education classes, violin and conducts the students’ orchestras. She is a Conservatoire external examiner and has published a series of violin and chamber music books with CURCI-Edizioni Musicali, promoting a fresh approach to folk and classical music repertoire for children.

From 2008 to 2013 she held a position as Senior Strings Consultant for Allegro Music and Arts in Kuala Lumpur and collaborated with the Malaysia Suzuki Association. She is regularly invited as faculty to Suzuki institutes in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Antonella is a Suzuki violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher, certified by the European Suzuki Association, trained by Allison Apley and Clare Santer in London, Great Britain and Dorothy Jones in Luzern, Switzerland. She has attended Suzuki violin training sessions also with ASA trainers-prof. Hwang Kyung Ik in Manila (Philippine) and Dr.Lan Ku Chen in Jakarta (Indonesia).

Antonella was born in Rome, Italy, where she studied with A. Pelliccia and graduated in Violin Performance at the Conservatoire G. Verdi, Milan with F. Cusano. She attended international violin performance courses with L. Kaplan, J. Shroeder, D. Bogdanovic and M. Gundermannand played with several chamber ensembles and orchestras in Europe. Pursuing her passion for childhood music pedagogy, Antonella gained qualifications in many Music Education and Strings Teaching Methods: Essential String Method, Kodaly method, Dalcroze pedagogy and Gordon Music Learning Theory for newborns and infants.

Antonella enjoys performing as a chamber musician, with a repertoire which spaces from baroque to modern.

Dr. Cathleen Jeffcoat is currently Adjunct Faculty for Violin, Viola, Piano, Music Appreciation, and Director of Howard Community College Chamber Ensemble at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, Adjunct faculty for Violin, Viola, Piano, Colourstrings™ and Suzuki® for The Music Institute at Howard Community College, Adjunct Violin/Viola Faculty for Loyola University, MD and violin/viola/piano teacher at Damon’s Music Academy, Glenwood, MD. She is former Faculty from the Peabody Institute in Violin, Viola and Head of Chamber Music and former Adjunct Faculty for violin at Georgetown University. Cathleen holds a Bachelor of Music (Western Australian Conservatorium of Music), an Artists’ Certificate (Franz Liszt Music Academy), and a Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees (University of Maryland, College Park).

In Australia, Cathleen has received various prizes, awards and honors in competitions, and has received Masonic Scholarships and a Returned Servicemen’s League Scholarship. Her teachers have included Theresa Sopinski, Vaughan Hanly and Pál Eder. In 1993-96, Cathleen was awarded the prestigious Hungarian Government Scholarship – a scholarship given by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture to very few foreigners – and studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary. While studying under the finest professors in Hungary, she gave many solo recitals throughout Hungary, including one at the Residency of the Australian Ambassador to Hungary.

In the United States, her teachers have included Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Arnold Steinhardt and Ronda Cole. In 2000-2001, the University of Maryland recognized Cathleen’s contribution to the field of teaching with a “Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award.” In 2002, she graduated with a Doctorate of Music Arts degree in Violin Performance, with her dissertation project being “J.S.Bach Cello Suites on Violin.” In the same year, she received a prize with Honors for her work at the Graduate Research Interactive Day held at the University of Maryland. Her edition and recording of the Suites will be released in the future worldwide.

Dr. Jeffcoat has played with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio and Television Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus Ensemble, Camerata Ama Deus, Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, she gave masterclasses in Melbourne, Australia; in 2004 masterclasses were given at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, as a guest international clinician at the Autumn Suzuki Festival Conference in Melbourne and at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

Dr. Jeffcoat has given lecture presentations at the national conferences for American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Australian String Teachers Association (AUSTA) and the Maryland State Music Educators Association conference (MMEA). In 2015, Dr. Jeffcoat was made a National Guild Judge for Piano in the United States. For 2004-05, Dr. Jeffcoat was named in Marquis’ “Who’s Who of America” in recognition of her work in the field of music; for 2007 she was named in Marquis’ “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders of the US”.

Chia-Min Chen is an accomplished cellist and holds a Master’s Degree in Music, which she earned at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. While studying there she also performed with the Springfield Symphony and Commonwealth Opera, was a member of The Performing Arts School of Worcester, and participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, which was founded by her principal instructor, Cellist David Wells. She also had the honor of performing at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the famed San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied under well-known Cellist Irene Sharp.

As a professional cellist and educator. She has provided music instruction to students of all ages for nearly twenty years, with an emphasis on technique and expression development. Although her training is based primarily on the Suzuki Method, she customizes her instruction for each student to insure student safety through proper position and motion.

She also strives to inspire and encourage students with a goal of engaging them in a life-long learning process. As a result, many of her students have gone on to continue their studies at such prestigious institutions as UCLA, the Longy School of Music, Mannes Colleges of Music, Hartt School of Music, the Birmingham Conservatory, Leopoold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität,Hoschschule fur Künste Bremen, and others.

Ms. Chen stresses the importance of performing and has performed extensively in the United States and Taiwan, including a recent performance of Beethoven’s Trio Concerto with the National University of Tainan Symphony Orchestra. She is also an accomplished pianist and continues to perform informally as accompanist.

Since returning to Taiwan in 1997, Ms. Chen has been a faculty member at numerous institutions including the Tainan University of Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan National University of the Arts, the Chinese Culture University School of Continuing Education, and the TYPA,Taipei American School.

She is currently a member of the National University of Tainan Faculty Chamber Music Ensemble and on sabbatical from teaching, spending most of her time with her family in Singapore.

Gabriel Bolkosky has performed and taught across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and non-traditional works with different collaborative artists from many genres of music making.

In 2008 he made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the premiere of Frederic Rzewski's "Natural Things" for Carnegie Hall's Making Music Series. He has also collaborated with other composers, among them William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, Bright Sheng, William Albright, Andrew Kirshner, Lars Holmer, Carter Pann, Ed Sarath, Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Derek Bermel, and Bernard Rands.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gabe began his violin studies at age three. His primary mentors were Michael Avsharian of Ann Arbor, Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gabe earned a bachelor's degree in Music and a master's degree in chamber music, as well as studying improvisation at the master's level, at the University of Michigan. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Wellerstein's teaching assistant and won the Darius Milhaud prize. He attended the Aspen Music Festival/Institute from 1991–98 on fellowship, first playing with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and then the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for four years. During those four years he premiered hundreds of new works, and with his group, Non Sequitur, conducted workshops and concerts for thousands of students in the Aspen valley.

Gabe has released six CDs that show his breadth as a musician. His debut solo album, This and That, features classical and jazz music. Other albums include The Shape of Klez to Come with the klezmer group Into the Freylakh; The Orchestra Is Here to Play, a live recording teaming the Gemini children's-music group with a full orchestra; The Oblivion Project Live, showcasing the music of Astor Piazzolla; Non Sequitur, contemporary and experimental music, including one of his own compositions; Home from Work, an eclectic mix of jazz, folk and blues in collaboration with San Slomovits, and as sideman on John Lindberg's recording Two by Five.

Gabe is the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a musical resource for artists and educational institutions. Gabe also directs PhoenixPhest! and PhoenixPhest! Grande, two amateur chamber music festivals held each May and August. He also maintains a private violin studio.

Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze masterclasses throughout the United States and in Europe. He currently teaches on the summer faculty at Colorado State University where he founded and now directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has instructed undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States. The DSR offers Eurhythmics classes for children (pre-kindergarten through high school), adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, and pedagogy). Additionally, he has presented Dalcroze workshops at home and abroad including the World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, National Dalcroze Conference, American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Convention, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes, universities, and conservatories across the country. He also serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and functions as the Vice President of the Dalcroze Society of America. He recently has published books on Dalcroze Education: Embodying Music: A Textbook for Dalcroze Teacher Training, and the first of five books that correspond to the Rhythmic-Solfège youth program in place at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies.

In 2010, Dr. Dittus earned the Diplôme Supérieur, (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) from L’Institut Jaques- Dalcroze in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles. Before Switzerland, he had the honor of studying at the Longy School of Music for the Dalcroze Certificate and License. He completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the master of music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained bachelor degrees in piano performance and chemistry. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.

Kam Ning

Hailed by Strad magazine as a "strong artistic personality", Singaporean violinist, Ning Kam has gone on to perform all over the globe both as soloist and chamber musician. She was the Second Prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2001 and was praised by Belgium's De Standaard as "manifestly the best violinist of the competition". She also won the Flemish Radio and Television Audience Prize in that year. She has performed under the batons of conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Okku Kamu, Lan Shui, Louis Langree and Steven Smith with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Liege Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Orchestra Svizzera Italiana, Malaysian Philharmonic and City of London Sinfonia. Ning has also collaborated in chamber music with violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Patricia Kopachinskaja, cellists Marie Hallynck and Timothy Eddy and percussionist, Francis Kam amongst others.

Ning released her first recording in 1997, featuring the works of Enesco, Sarasate, her father, Kam Kee Yong. Since then she has released "Transatlantic", dedicated to the music of the Americas, "Cicada", dedicated solely to the music of Kam Kee Yong and her recording of August De Boeck's Violin Concerto with the Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot, under the Etcetera label. American Record Guide has praised "Transatlantic" as "energetic and virtuosic" as well as having "humour, lightness and strength". ClassicsToday.com has called Kam's playing "stunning" and "fiendish" and a 10/10 was given by the Belgian music magazine "Crescendo" for this original recording. Her latest disc,"Road Movies" was released in 2013 on Meridian Records, UK. Featuring the music of John Adams, John Corigliano and John Novacek, this disc partners Ning with pianist, Albert Tiu and has earned rave reviews from Fanfare magazine. It includes her own energetic and popular arrangement of John Newton's "Amazing Grace" for solo violin.

In October 2002, Ning Kam was invited to perform at the National Inauguration of the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Concert Hall in Singapore, where she partnered Sarah Chang in Bach's double violin concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. She has also been honoured by the National Arts Council of Singapore with the Young Artist Award, presented in 2000 to a young artist of extraordinary talent. She has been featured on the documentary "Portrait of the Artist" on SBC, Singapore, and has broadcasted on Singapore's Symphony 92.4FM, BBC Radio 3, Klara and Musique Trois in Belgium and CBC Radio Canada's "Music Around Us" Series at the Glenn Gould Studio. In 2009, Ning was invited to perform at the Singapore President's Command Performance at the Esplanade, a concert at the behest of former President Nathan of Singapore to honour and celebrate Singaporean artists.

Her interests include unusual repertoire which have brought her into collaboration with artists such as her brother and percussionist, Francis Kam. As a visionary artist with a reputation for musical integrity and imagination, Ning Kam also has a particular love for contemporary music. Since 2011, she has been the Artistic Director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge, a conductorless chamber orchestra with a focus on 20th and 21st century music. Under her leadership and adventurous programming, the HKOB has garnered a reputation as an orchestra with an exciting energy for a new generation in classical music. Ning is also a member of Loco Motive, a bluegrass, jazz and funk trio with cellist, Sebastien Walnier and bassist, Lisa De Boos. Engagements in the 2016-2017 season include concerts with the HKOB, Loco Motive, the Rheinische Philharmonie, Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well as a new recording with the Etcetera label with pianist, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort.

Since April 2012, she has been an Ambassador for International China Concern, a Christian charity that cares for the abandoned and disabled in China.

Ning Kam plays on a 1658 Nicolas Amati on generous loan from the Rin Collection, Singapore.

Leslie Tan, cellist of the internationally renowned T’ang Quartet has performed, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, to critical acclaim in major venues and festivals around the world. Some of these festivals include the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals in the USA; the Melbourne and Port Fairy Festivals in Australia; the New Zealand Festival; the Hong Kong Arts Festival; and the Prague-Vienna-Budapest Sommerakademie and Aarhuus Festivals in Europe. He has also been broadcasted by the BBC in London.

In 1980, after only 4 years of cello studies, Leslie was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in London where he graduated from both the Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music. Leslie went on to the Tchaikovsky-Moscow State Conservatory as a graduate-assistant of Natalia Shahkovskaya. In the USA, he was a pupil of Paul Katz and Norman Fischer.

Leslie was a cellist in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for 13 years. In a career that has spanned over 20 years, from orchestral to chamber and solo performances, he is very much sought after as a pedagogue as well as a performer. Leslie has ventured into other disciplines, collaborating with artists in dance, theatre and popular music. He also teaches at School of the Arts (SOTA) and conducts music workshops & talks to actively bring chamber music to a wider audience.

Leslie is now on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore and was with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2001 to 2005.

Lionel Tan began viola studies under Jiri Heger and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London where he graduated in performance and pedagogy. He was bestowed the Lionel Tertis Prize for outstanding performance.

Lionel started his professional career playing the viola in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Aside from extensive experience gained from 11 years as a violist in the Orchestra, he has also established himself as a prize-winning soloist and chamber musician which has taken him all over the world. Beyond his 11 years as a violist in the Orchestra, Lionel has performed and taught in international festivals, concert halls and educational institutions across 6 continents.

Lionel also studied the viola with Martha Katz and Karen Ritscher in the USA, and with Margaret Major, Christopher Wellington and Milan Skampa in Europe. As a member of the award-wining and critically acclaimed T’ang Quartet, he was a pupil of Paul Katz, Norman Fischer and Kenneth Goldsmith at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, USA.

Pushing his boundaries beyond that of classical music, Lionel has collaborated and experimented with various sound sonic artists and he spearheads The Ensemble Dimension Project, a series of community and outreach programmes to inspire chamber music appreciation across a wider base of ages and stratas of society and work towards a richer and nobler society, whilst nourishing the innate gift of song in every child.

Lionel is now appointed to the faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at National University of Singapore and joined the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2001 to 2005.

Prof. Dr. Peter Röbke studied music education (principal studies violin), musicology, educational science and germanistics in Essen and Bochum (Germany). He was an assistant professor at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and deeply involved in the reform of the music education studies (music school teaching), after that for ten years director of a music school in Berlin and head of the Berlin music school organisation. Started teaching at the Viennese Hochschule für Musik and Darstellende Kunst in 1989, since 1994 ordinary professor for general instrumental- und vocal education, head of the studies commission for instrumental and vocal education, head of the Institute for Music education.

Permanent author of „Üben und Musizieren.“ Projects and teaching in the framework of ERASMUS and at several European conservatoires (Basel, Lisbon, Utrecht, London, Berlin, Cologne etc. ) and a lot of activities in the continuing education field for music schools in Europe.

Most important publishings: „Der Instrumentalschüler als Interpret. Musikalische Spielräume im Instrumentalunterricht“ (The Instrumental Student as an Interpreter) Mainz 1990, „Vom Handwerk zur Kunst. Didaktische Grundlagen des Instrumentalunterrichts“ Mainz 2000, (From Craft to Art. Fundamental Concepts for Instrumental Teaching), „Musikschule. Wozu?“ (Why Music School?), Atzenbrugg (A) 2004, (with Helmuth Figdor) “Das Musizieren und die Gefühle. Instrumentalpädagogik und Psychoanalyse im Dialog” (Making Music and the Emotions. Instrumenal Education and Psychoanalysis), Mainz 2008, (with Natalia Ardila-Mantilla) „Vom wilden Lernen“ (Wild Learning) Mainz 2009, (with Natalia Ardila-Mantilla and Hanns Stekel) “Musikschule gibt es nur Plural” (Music Schools only exist in the Plural), Innsbruck 2015, (with Natalia Ardila-Mantilla, Christine Stöger and Bianka Wüstehube) „Herzstück Musizieren. Instrumentaler Gruppenunterricht zwischen Planung und Wagnis.“ (Core Area Making Music. Group Teaching between Plan and Risk. Mainz 2016

Randal Harrison Hoecherl lives in Madison, WI, USA where he is the founder and director of ESTEAM - the East Side Talent Education Association of Madison. As an inspirational traveling clinician, Randal teaches a world of fiddle styles, violin technique, improvisation, theory, and composition. You can regularly find Randal at the American Suzuki Institute, the Colorado Suzuki Institute, and the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin’s Winter Weekend Retreat. Additionally in 2016, Randal will be teaching workshops in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Singapore.

Randal grew up studying with Margery Aber, founder of the American Suzuki Institute - where he had masterclasses with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and studied with America’s pioneer Suzuki educators. As an adult, he’s worked with iconic bassist and NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis, jazz violinist Matt Glaser, and SAA teacher trainers Pat D'Ercole and Michele Higa George. Harrison is a past president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin, an EMMY nominated composer, and recipient of the Madison Area Music Awards for Best Blues Artist, Classical Artist of the Year, and Jazz Artist of the Year.

Violinist, Steffani Kitayama has performed and taught throughout the country. She holds performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Music and Northwestern University studying with Won-Bin Yim and Blair Milton. As a performer, she has been a part of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Repertory Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Aspen Music Festival. While playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she was a member of the community outreach based MusiCorps Quartet and worked closely with Yo Yo Ma for two years.

Currently residing in DC, she performs with Grammy nominated Inscape chamber orchestra, the New Orchestra of Washington, and various chamber collaborations throughout the States. A passionate chamber musician, she has studied with some of the greatest quartet players, notably Mathias Tacke of the Vermeer Quartet and members of the Takács, the Tokyo, and the St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Recently, she has performed with Simon Fischer, Peter Salaff, members of the Cavani Quartet, and is the second violinist of the Phoenix Quartet with Gabriel Bolkosky, Andrew Duckles, and Miriam Bolkosky.  The members of the Phoenix Quartet perform and teach around the country and are involved in PhoenixPhest, a chamber music festival intent on creative environment based in collaboration, self-confidence and joyful artistic expression.

As a teacher, she has taught in a variety of settings from public school outreach to group classes and private lessons. She currently maintains a private studio, teaches at the Washington Conservatory of Music, and teaches at institutes across the States.

Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin's unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors in the country. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world. His dynamic teaching career includes over 700 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. He is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 75 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren.
He believes in the magic of music's power to enrich our lives.