AMY BARSTON

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Caramoor, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Banff Centre (Canada), The International Musicians’ Seminar (England), The Power House (Australia), and Chicago’s Symphony Center. At age seventeen, she appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live television, was the Grand Prize winner in the Society of American Musicians’ Competition & won First Place and the Audience Prize in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

Beginning at age three, Amy studied with Nell Novak at the Music Institute of Chicago, Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree. She also worked with Yo Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Richard Aaron, Tim Eddy, David Geringas, and Pinchas Zukerman. Amy has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Westchester Symphony & the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, among many others. She made her first solo appearance with orchestra in Guelph, Canada when she was twelve.

Amy is also Artistic Director of the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival in New York, and the cellist of The Corigliano Quartet, which has been hailed by Strad Magazine as having "abundant commitment and mastery," and whose recent Naxos CD was named one of the top recordings of the year by both the New Yorker and Gramophone Magazine. Amy has performed sonatas and chamber music with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Jon Kimura Parker, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse, Ani Kavafian, and Mark O’Connor. Amy is a devoted teacher, both at her home and at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division; several of her students commute for lessons from hundreds of miles away, some from as far away as Alaska and Japan. Amy’s recent solo recital performances include Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Rochester, Seattle, Chicago, and China.

ANTONELLA MARIA ALOGI

Antonella Alogi holds a master degree in Violin Performance from Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano, Italy; she is a certified Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher with the European Suzuki Association (UK and Switzerland) and a specialist in Gordon Music Learning Theory. Her teachers and mentors include F. Cusano, W. Luzzato, A. Apley, Ch. Bossuat, D. Jones.

She is the founder and Director of I Piccoli Musicisti, a specialist music school in Milano and has collaborated with both the Public School and Conservatoire systems in Italy. While living for five years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she was a Senior Strings Consultant for Allegro Music and joinedthe Malaysia Suzuki Association as a mentor in the Teacher Training program.

She currently holds a position as Strings and Suzuki Violin Specialist at Stamford American International School in Singapore, where she directs music ensembles and Suzuki groups, besides teaching Early Childhood Music Education and Violin classes.

Antonella is also the author of a fortunate series of books, named after the little frog “Alighiero”, which comprises 11 volumes of duets and repertoire for beginner violinists, published by CURCI-Edizioni Musicali, Milano.

She is regularly invited as a guest clinician during international conferences and Institutes by the Asia Regional Suzuki Association, Suzuki Music Association Indonesia, Thailand Suzuki Association, where she is able to share her enthusiasm and passion for the violin and classical music education, at the same time fostering musical and technical skills, developing character and confidence in her students. She enjoys playing chamber music with her friends and colleagues.

EDDY MALAVE

Eddy Malave is an active freelance violist based in New York City. A native of Long Island, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied under acclaimed violist William Lincer and received the William Gluck fellowship. His past instructors have also included Irene Stitt, PatinkaKopec, and Margaret Pardee.

Mr. Malave’s work as a freelancer has carried him around the world, performing in prestigious concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and the Americas. He's performed before President Bill Clinton at the middle east peace talks (Israel Forum Policy) as well as Pope Benedict & Pope Francis during their visits to NYC. He’s also performed alongside a diverse array of artists, including Sir Elton John, Patti LuPone, Andrea Bocelli, and Dmitri Rostropovich, and has also collaborated with artists such as DJ Victor Calderone, composer and producer A. R. Rahman, and others.

In New York City, Mr. Malave is a sought-after performer who plays in a variety of ensembles. In the past he’s performed with the Sejong Soloists and currently plays with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera and the Grace Church Choral Society. He also performs in a number of Broadway productions.

In addition to his work as a freelancer, Mr. Malave is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He’s presented the technique in countries around the world, including Austria, Italy, Jordan, Argentina and Canada, and at many institutions in the United States, such as the Juilliard School and New York University. He teaches privately in New York City.

Mr. Malave is also a certified Suzuki instructor for both viola and violin. In addition to his private studio, he’s a faculty member at both New York City’s Third Street Music Settlement and New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

GABRIEL BOLKOSKY

Gabriel (Gabe) Bolkosky has performed and taught across the United States and abroad. Heperforms a diverse repertory of classical and contemporary works with different collaborativeartists from many genres of music making.

Gabe released seven CDs that show his breadth as a musician focused in the areas ofcontemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music. Over the last two decades, Gabe spent six years as Guest Artist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor teaching violin and chamber music and as 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 musicfestivals held each May and August intent on creating an environment open to all levels and ages of musicians. Recently, he founded the organization, Musicians Take a Stand, encouraging musicians to hold concerts for humanitarian causes and raise money through social media platforms.

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 Prize winner 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 from 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.

LUCINDA GEOGHEGAN

Lucinda Geoghegan graduated in music from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, completed a postgraduate teaching qualification at Moray House College of Education and trained with the Kodály Institute of Britain where she gained an Advanced Diploma in musicianship with Distinction. She worked as a secondary music teacher in Edinburgh before deciding to specialise in Primary and Early Years Music Education. She was also member of staff with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus for 16 years and was Director of the NYCoS West Lothian Choir for 8 years.

She is currently a theory and musicianship lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland working in both the Senior and Junior departments and in addition since 2011 has been delivering and assessing RCS accredited modules in Kodály Philosophy to external students. She is a regular tutor, member of the Trustees and Chair of the Education for the British Kodály Academy and in 2017 Lucinda was elected as a Director on the board of the International Kodály Society.

Lucinda is the Education Director for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and her work increasingly includes Staff Development training across Britain, presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology. Lucinda is a guest lecturer on the summer and yearly courses at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and in addition has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, Canada and USA.

Publications written by Lucinda for NYCoS include – Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots, Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years (Books 1 and 2) Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years (Books 1 and 2) and with Dr László Nemes Singing Games and Rhymes for ages 9 to 99. With Christopher Bell she wrote the musicianship programme Go for Bronze, Go for Silver and Go for Gold.

STEFFANI KITAYAMA

Steffani Kitayama splits her time performing across the country, teaching with her husband Gabriel Bolkosky and dancing with a small ballet company in Michigan. She holds performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Music and Northwestern University where she studied with Won Bin Yim and Blair Milton.

While residing in District of Columbia the past few years, she performed with the Grammy nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, the New Orchestra of Washington and various chamber music collaborations throughout the States. A passionate chamber musician, she has studied with some of the great quartet players, notably Mathias Tacke of the Vermeer Quartet and has performed in collaboration with Yo Yo Ma, Simon Fischer, Peter Salaff, Nurit Pacht and members of the Cavani Quartet, Lincoln Trio and Artemis Quartet.

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 with her husband, Gabriel Bolkosky in Ann Arbor, Michigan and teaches at institutes across the States and abroad.

RANDAL HARRISON HOECHERL

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 taught 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.

TIMOTHY DURBIN

Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors throughout the world. 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 1000 workshops and institutes!

His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. He has been appointed principal conductor of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2016 season. He has directed the South Dakota and Montana All State Orchestras. He is the holder of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award for 2013. 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 140 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.

T'ANG QUARTET

Cutting an unmistakable silhouette on the local and global stage, the Quartet comprising Ang Chek Meng (2ND VIOLIN), Ng Yu-Ying (1ST VIOLIN), Leslie Tan (CELLO) and Lionel Tan (VIOLA) has been pushing the boundaries of classical music since 1992.

The Quartet started its professional career in 1999 with unanimity of purpose: to break new ground in sharing the sheer joy and pleasure of music to a larger audience, and set new standards of artistic achievement.
A playful reference to the last names of the Quartet’s members, ‘T’ang’ also symbolizes the golden age of cultural expression in the Tang Dynasty, a nod to their Asian roots.

Trained in London and Moscow, the Quartet found its genesis when Ang Chek Meng, Ng Yu-Ying & brothers Leslie & Lionel Tan were members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Forming the Quartet in 1992, they embarked on a musical journey together, exploring the frontiers of string chamber music. 25 years later, the Quartet continues to evolve, surprising and delighting audiences with its innovative dexterity.

Through various artistic commissions and collaborations, the Quartet has been able to extend the reach of classical music to wider audiences globally and locally. They have collaborated and performed with contemporaries and friends, such as John Chen, Fingin Collins, Marian Hahn, Qin Li Wei, Karin Schaupp, Noriko Ogawa, Tedd Joselson and Horia Mihail, and Carter Enyeart. Through finely crafted musical expression and an unparalleled repertoire, they have brought Singapore to the world stage, and unearthed new dimensions to buried treasures in musical history.

With their charisma and intuitive connection as a group, they have graced concert halls the world over with a winning stage personality that aptly mirrors their music: effortlessly smart, sharp, and cosmopolitan. Their musical output is an artful blend of East and West, seamlessly reinterpreting classical work for a contemporary audience.

T’ang Quartet has made three commercial recordings and a feature film soundtrack - Feet Unbound, directed by Ng Khee Jin that retraces the footsteps of China’s female soldiers during the Long March.
The debut album, The Art of War, received rave reviews in 2005. A second recording, Made in America, was released in May 2006. In 2008, the Quartet made a special CD recording for Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Art of Healing Programme.
In July 2017, the Quartet celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a new album, Trampled Souls.