MOLLY CARR. Violist Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (STRAD) and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Ms. Carr made her New York Concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall. She is the recipient of major prizes and scholarships from the Davidson Institute, ASTA, Young ARTS, the Virtu Foundation, and The Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music.
MIKI-SOPHIA CLOUD. New York-based violinist, Miki-Sophia Cloud, enjoys a rich musical life as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestra-leader, and artistic director.
As a soloist and recitalist, she has appeared at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, and on NPR. Performance highlights include Barber’s Violin Concerto with Maestro Peter Oundjian, Berio Duos with Ani and Ida Kavafian at Lincoln Center, and a European recital debut in Graz, Austria presented by ORF, Austrian National Radio.
Since 2009, Cloud has been a core member of the self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, where her leadership as Concertmaster and soloist as well as her concert programming have been acclaimed by the New York Times and Boston Globe. Committed to the power of music as an agent of social change, Cloud directs the ensemble’s community partnerships and educational programs behind the scenes.
A passionate chamber musician, Cloud is a member of the Solera Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, the Arte Trio, and the New York Chamber Soloists. She is also artistic director of the White Mountains Music festival, a six-week chamber music festival in Northern New Hampshire. Her other chamber music festival appearances include Halcyon Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Aspen, and Music@Menlo.
An acclaimed artistic director and creator of adventurous and insightful programming, Ms. Cloud’s concert programs have been hailed as “ingeniously crafted” by the Boston Globe. Dreams and Prayers, the first album she developed for A Far Cry, was nominated for a “Best Chamber Music & Small Ensemble” 2015 Grammy award, and the second, Law of Mosaics, was hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker as one of the top ten albums of note in 2014.
An alumna of Harvard College, Vienna Music University, Yale School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program, Cloud is currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory. She has been blessed with the inspiring mentorship of such artists as Robert Levin, Ricardo Cyncynates, Ani Kavafian, and Miriam Fried. When not lost in music, Miki may be found salting a fresh tomato, savoring a smoky scotch, reading the paper, guzzling tea, or wandering around New York on foot. Get to know Miki at www.mikisophiacloud.com.
ANDREW JANSS. Hailed by the New York Times for his “muscularity and shimmering lyricism”, “glowing tone”, “insightful musicianship”, and “sumptuous elegance”, cellist Andrew Janss’ performances have been enjoyed across five continents in some of the most hallowed venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre.
Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets.
Finding inspiration and musical growth from exposure to great artists across all genres, Andrew has also performed alongside chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Florence + the Machine, and The Roots. As a writer/arranger, the performance of his arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for singer and string quartet at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people.
Janss is cellist of the acclaimed Solera Quartet, in residence at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation, and with whom he was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10. Janss has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Andrew tours and records for the groundbreaking band Break of Reality both in the United States and as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State to Haiti, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines, collaborating with local musicians and composers in each country they visit.
Respected nationally as a teacher and coach, Janss has given masterclasses at Notre Dame University, Tulane University, VCU, the University of Nevada, and the University of Idaho.
TRICIA PARK. Praised by critics for her “astounding virtuosic gifts” (Boston Herald) and “achingly pure sound” (The Toronto Star), concert violinist, Tricia Park, enjoys a diverse and eclectic career as soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, educator, and festival curator. Tricia is the Founding Artistic Director of MusicIC.
Tricia is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of “Korea’s World Leaders of Tomorrow” by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. Since appearing in her first orchestral engagement at age 13 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; the Montreal, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Honolulu, Nevada, and Lincoln Symphonies; and the Calgary, Buffalo, and Westchester and Naples Philharmonics. She has also given recitals throughout the United States and abroad, including a highly acclaimed performance at the Ravinia Rising Stars series. As First Violinist of the Maia Quartet from 2005-2011, she performed at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y in New York and Beijing’s Forbidden City Hall and was on faculty at the University of Iowa.
Other career highlights include Tricia’s recital debut at the Kennedy Center, appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival in Bright Sheng’s The Silver River, her Korean debut performance with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Orchestra and collaborations with composer Tan Dun, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Timothy Eddy and Steven Tenenbom. An appearance with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall garnered a glowing review from the Boston Herald that stated, “If you see the name Tricia Park in any future programs, buy a ticket.”
Recent season highlights include a performance of Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the South Bend Symphony; a recital at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble Peripherie; a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Notre Dame Symphony; a collaborative performance with violist Daniel Avshalomov; and a recording of works by Per Bloland on the TZADIK label with the ECCE Ensemble. Tricia is also the founding member of the Solera Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.
Tricia maintains an ongoing interest in new music and non-classical styles. She has performed with jazz musicians Matt Ulery and Zach Brock, has appeared with the rock band, Another Dead Clown and performs duo violin recitals with fiddler-violinist, Taylor Morris.
Tricia received her Bachelor and Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. She is a recipient of the Starling-DeLay Teaching Fellowship at the Juilliard School. She has studied and performed chamber music with Felix Galimir, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman, Paul Neubauer, Robert McDonald, and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets as well as the new music group, Eighth Blackbird. Other former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Hyo Kang and Piotr Milewski.
Currently, Tricia is full-time Violin Faculty and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Get to know more about Tricia at www.triciapark.com