Artistic Director and Violin
Artistic Director, LAURIE SMUKLER, began her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Margaret Randall. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Ivan Galamian. Other teachers who have had a powerful influence on her development have been Josef Gingold, Donald Weilerstein and Robert Mann. As the founding first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, she spent eight years with that group, traveling and performing internationally. She also performed and toured as the first violinist of two school-affiliated string quartets: the Bard Festival String Quartet and the Purchase Faculty String Quartet. She has performed and toured with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Music From Marlboro. With her husband, violist Ira Weller, she directed and performed in the respected series “The Collection in Concert,” at the Pierpont Morgan Library for over ten years. She plays regularly at the chamber series, Da Camera of Houston. Laurie Smukler is a dedicated and passionate teacher. In addition to The Juilliard School, she is a respected member of the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College. She also spent 18 years as a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Purchase College Conservatory of Music; ten as Head of the String Department. She has been on the Kneisel Hall faculty since 1996. Laurie Smukler has a particular interest in contemporary music and has premiered works by Wernick, Rorem, Subotnik, Paulus, Shulamit Ran and Adolphe. She will be on campus the whole season.
ViolinConductor, violinist and eminent pedagogue JOEL SMIRNOFF, a native of New York City, was appointed President of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008 and retired from that position in 2016. A long-time member of the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ), he joined the Juilliard String Quartet as second violin in 1986 and in 1997 replaced Robert Mann as first violinist. In addition to his Grammy-nominated SONY disks with the Juilliard Quartet, Mr. Smirnoff also has an extensive catalog of solo recordings. As a music educator, Mr. Smirnoff served on the chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School since 1986 and on the violin faculty since 1989. Mr. Smirnoff was Chair of the Violin Faculty from 1992 until 2008 and served as conducting assistant to Maestro Seiji Ozawa and Head of String Studies at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, US, from 1995-2000. Mr. Smirnoff made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program. Since then he has led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Chicago Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and internationally, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Sinfonietta and at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. He will be on campus the last three weeks of the season.
ViolinRONALD COPES, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1997, has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America and serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of The Juilliard School in New York City. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan, he toured widely with Music From Marlboro ensembles and the Los Angeles and Dunsmuir Piano Quartets. Mr. Copes has received prizes in several competitions including the Merriweather Post and the Concours International d’Execution Musical in Geneva, and has recorded for CRI, Orion, New World, ECM, Klavier and Sony. He served on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1977–1997, and has been on the faculty at Kneisel Hall since 1987. He will be on campus the first four weeks of the season.
ViolinThe first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, AXEL STRAUSS has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major cities across North America. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world premiere of “Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby”—written for him by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Mr. Strauss frequently performs at various music festivals in the US and abroad. Since his European debut in Hamburg in 1988, Axel Strauss has been heard on concert stages throughout Europe. Mr. Strauss studied at the Music Academies of Lübeck and Rostock with Petru Munteanu. In 1996 he began working with the late Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became her teaching assistant in 1998. He has also worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff. Mr. Strauss has been residing in North America since 1996. He maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. Before moving to Canada he was Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Axel will be on campus the first session.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, violist DORIS LEDERER has performed and toured with the Marlboro Music Festival and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Seattle Symphony and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Released by Centaur Records, Ms. Lederer’s four CD albums of viola music featuring
KATHERINE MURDOCK, viola, has performed throughout the world as a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and with such groups as Music from Marlboro, Boston Chamber Music Society, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, St. Luke’s, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been a guest of the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri, Emerson, and Vermeer string quartets, and has performed live for West German Radio, the BBC, NPR “Performance Today”, “St. Paul Sunday”, and NBC’s “Today Show.”
Ms. Murdock received her education at Oberlin and Yale; her teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, William Primrose, Joseph Silverstein, Sándor Végh, Felix Galimir, Robert Mann, and Eugene Lehner. Currently Associate Professor at
JERRY GROSSMAN, principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986, has appeared in recital and with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. He has appeared as soloist with the Met Orchestra under James Levine playing Don Quixote by Richard Strauss, which they have also recorded. He has had a long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, including numerous Music From Marlboro tours and recordings. He is a former member of Orpheus and Speculum
A versatile performer, cellist DMITRY
Highlights of Mr. Kouzov recent seasons include his solo debuts with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Johannesburg and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras, recordings of cello concertos by Shostakovich and George Walker with the Sinfonia Varsovia and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, as well as duo recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York and Chicago.
A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Kouzov has collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Evgenii Sudbin, Joshua Bell, Nicholas Angelich, and Ilya Gringolts among others, and is a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio. As a recording artist, he is featured on Naxos, Onyx, Delos, Marquis Classics, and Albany
Currently, Mr. Kouzov is an Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Illinois. He holds Master of Music Degree from the Sibelius Academy and an Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have included Professors Mark Reizenshtock, Victoria Yagling, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins. He will be on
Described by the Daily Forward as “an exuberantly gifted cellist,” GWEN KROSNICK has appeared across the world as a joyous communicator and evangelist for music. In her life as a chamber musician, teacher, and concert presenter, Krosnick aims to creates space for people to connect and react; champions great contemporary music; and encourages a vibrant, thoughtful dialogue between wondrous pieces of music, old and new. Highlights of Krosnick’s current and recent seasons include recitals across the East Coast and Midwest with pianists Qing Jiang, Daniel Walden, and Lee Dionne, performing the music of composers from Brahms and Poulenc to Oliver Knussen, Ralph Shapey, and Lei Liang; and concerts of the complete Beethoven string quartets – presented in chronological order, with contemporary works alongside – on the concert series she presents at the Pucker Art Gallery in Boston. Krosnick has served as Visiting Instructor of Cello at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is on the faculty of the National Music Festival, where she appeared last summer in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the festival orchestra. Krosnick holds degrees from the New England and Oberlin Conservatories and from Oberlin College (a BA in Russian). She has studied with Natasha Brofsky, Darrett Adkins, Dmitry Kouzov, Laurie Smukler, and Seymour Lipkin. Away from the cello, Krosnick’s focus echoes her joyously-varied musical life: she is an accomplished home cook, a 200-hour-trained practitioner of yoga, and parent to Anya, her beloved Australian Shepherd rescue dog. She is a longtime alumna of Greenwood Music Camp and Yellow Barn; and of Kneisel Hall, whose faculty she joins in 2019. Gwen will be on campus the first session.
While a student at Columbia College he began a life-long involvement with composers and new music.
Krosnick has performed and premiered many new works including Donald Martino’s Cello Concerto and Ralph Shapey’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra and Concerto for Cello, Piano and Double String Orchestra. He also premiered Richard Wernick’s Cello Concerto #2 with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Mr. Krosnick was appointed to the faculty of The Juilliard School in 1974 and has been chair of the cello department since 1994. He has been associated with the Aspen and Marlboro Festivals, Yellow Barn and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has recorded for the Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Orion, CRI, New World, Koch International
BARBARA STEIN MALLOW
BARBARA STEIN MALLOW, cellist and
JANE COOP, one of Canada’s leading pianists, has appeared in some twenty countries as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. Her extensive discography includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin
Chinese-born pianist QING JIANG enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber and contemporary music. She has appeared in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, and Steinway Hall, and has also performed in the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall as a concerto soloist with Oliver Knussen and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Ms. Jiang has been featured at numerous festivals, including Aldeburgh, Yellow Barn, Ravinia, the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, and Aspen. She has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, Natasha Brofsky, and Gil Kalish, as well as with the Shanghai Quartet, the Parker Quartet, and individual members of the Emerson, Juilliard, and Kronos quartets. She is also a strong advocate of contemporary
Lithuanian pianist IEVA JOKUBAVICIUTE’s intricately crafted performances and ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing ‘razor-sharp intelligence and wit’ (The Washington Post) and as ‘an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight’ (The New York Times). In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
Labor Records released Ieva’s debut recording in 2010 to international acclaim, which resulted in recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Vilnius, and Toulouse. Her latest recording: Returning Paths: solo piano works by Janacek and Suk was released in 2014. Over the last seasons, she performed concerti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with the American Youth Philharmonic in Washington, DC, and with orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her piano trio—Trio Cavatina—won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and toured nationally from 2005-2015. In the fall of 2016, Ieva began a collaboration with the violinist Midori, with recitals in Columbia, Peru, Mexico, Japan, Canada, and throughout Europe.
Earning degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and from Mannes College of Music, her principal teachers have been Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode. In the fall of 2015, Ieva began her tenure as Assistant Professor, Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Ieva will be on campus the first session
Italian native ROBERTO PLANO performed all over the world appearing with prestigious orchestras (Kremerata Baltica, Houston Symphony, Berliner
First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda
Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. During his career he has been awarded several prizes, including the Lumen Claro, previously assigned to influential Italian people like soprano Barbara Frittoli, stylist Ottavio Missoni and economist Mario Monti.
A member of the faculty at Boston University since 2016, Mr. Plano joined Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2018. Mr. Plano will be on campus second session.
DARRETT ADKINS, cello, has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tochio Soloisten, National Symphony of Rio de Janeiro, Seoul’s Prime Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic
Director of the Balance Arts Center
ANN RODIGER is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center, New York City. She is also the Director of the Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years in New York City, Berlin