2019 Faculty

LAURIE SMUKLER

LAURIE SMUKLER

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.

Violin

Joel Smirnoff

Joel Smirnoff

Violin

Conductor, 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.
RONALD COPES

RONALD COPES

Violin

RONALD 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.
AXEL STRAUSS

AXEL STRAUSS

Violin

The 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.

Viola

DORIS LEDERER

DORIS LEDERER

Viola

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 20th century British composers such as Arnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, Frank Bridge and York Bowen have received widely published international critical acclaim. Currently professor of viola and director of chamber music at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, Ms. Lederer also serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland. Ms. Lederer has presented viola and chamber music Master Classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Kneisel Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Idyllwild Arts, the Marrowstone Music Festival and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories. Ms. Lederer represented the United States as a jury member at the Eighth Banff International String Quartet Competition in Canada and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. As the violist of the Audubon Quartet since 1976, Ms. Lederer performed throughout the world and recorded extensively on the RCA, Telarc, Centaur and Opus One labels. She will be on campus the first four weeks of the season. www.dorislederer.com

KATHERINE MURDOCK

KATHERINE MURDOCK

Violist

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 University of Maryland, she has served on the faculties of Boston Conservatory, The Longy School, Wellesley College, the Hartt School, Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and for nine years at SUNY Stony Brook. In the summer she is on the artist faculty of the Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall festivals. She is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and for twenty-one years was violist of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. In recent years she has toured New Zealand, Turkey, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Brazil to perform recitals and present master classes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and their dog Tessie.  She will be on campus second session.

Cello

JERRY GROSSMAN

JERRY GROSSMAN

Cello

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 Musicae, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Vermeer and Emerson String Quartets. He was the founding cellist of both the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Mr. Grossman was a member of the Chicago Symphony (1984–1986) and the New York Philharmonic (1974–1976). His teachers include Judith Davidoff, Joan Esch and Benjamin Zander. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied cello with David Soyer and chamber music with the other members of the Guarneri Quartet. He will be on campus the final three weeks of the season.

DMITRY KOUZOV

DMITRY KOUZOV

Cello

A versatile performer, cellist DMITRY KOUZOV has performed worldwide with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. A First Prize winner of the International Beethoven Competition (Czech Republic) and a recipient of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award, he was featured as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Symphony of Ukraine,  the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and the Juilliard Symphony to name a few, and has appeared at many prominent concert venues including  St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatoire, Sala Sao Paolo, and Alice Tully Hall among others.

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 recording labels.

 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 campus the first session.

Gwen Krosnick

Gwen Krosnick

Cello

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.

JOEL KROSNICK

JOEL KROSNICK

Cello

JOEL KROSNICK, former cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet, recorded most of the great quartet literature on the Sony label and has performed it throughout the world. As a member of the Quartet, in 2011, he received the  ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. With his sonata partner of over forty years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has recorded a great deal of the cello sonata literature. Additionally, the duo has presented annual New York recitals, the last of which on March 16, 2015 at Juilliard, featuring performances of Mieczeslav Weinberg Sonata No. 2 and Ralph Shapey Evocation II with percussionist Daniel Druckman.

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 and Arabesque labels. Mr. Krosnick was named to the new position of Artistic Advisor of Kneisel Hall in 2015. He will be on campus the entire season.

BARBARA STEIN MALLOW

BARBARA STEIN MALLOW

Cello

BARBARA STEIN MALLOW, cellist and alumna of Kneisel Hall, is recognized as a distinguished chamber musician, recitalist and soloist. From her early years she has been an accomplished pianist and was twice winner of the New York Philharmonic Young Composers Award. Her composition studies were with Bohusiav Martinu, Quincy Porter and Nadia Boulanger. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees at the Yale School of Music where she studied with Luigi Silva; other teachers include Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova. She was a founding member of the Carnegie String Quartet in residence at Brooklyn College and a founding member of the Chamber Arts Trio with her twin sister, violinist Carol Stein Amado. A respected teacher of cello and chamber music, she has been a professor at Bennington College and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is currently on the faculty at Mannes College/The New School. She taught also at the Perlman Music Program where she established the cello and chamber music programs. She is a member of the New York Violoncello Society. Ms. Mallow’s mother, Lillian Fuchs, and uncle, Joseph Fuchs, were instrumental in reestablishing Kneisel Hall with Marianne Kneisel in 1953. She will be on campus the entire season.

Piano

JANE COOP

JANE COOP

Piano

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 and Brahms, as well as concerti by Bartók, Prokofiev and Britten. Her release of the complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Beethoven, with Kneisel Hall former faculty member Andrew Dawes, was nominated for a Juno Award, her fourth such honor. She has been invited to collaborate with the Audubon, Manhattan, Penderecki, Lafayette, Orford, Angeles, Miami, Pacifica and Afiara String Quartets, as well as many distinguished instrumentalists and singers. Ms. Coop has recently left her long-time teaching position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to devote herself full-time to her performance career. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Canada, in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She will be on campus the first four weeks of the season.

www.janecoop.com

Qing Jiang

Qing Jiang

Piano

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 music, and has worked directly with leading composers Jennifer Higdon, Colin Matthews, Jörg Widmann, and others. Ms. Jiang is currently a Professor of Music at Bucknell University where she directs the piano program and the Bucknell Piano Series. Previously, she taught at New England Conservatory, the NEC Preparatory School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Yellow Barn’s Young Artist Program. Ms. Jiang was the first Chinese-born recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke National Arts Scholarship.  She is a graduate of Arizona State University, Juilliard School, and New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of Caio Pagano, Robert McDonald, Wha-kyung Byun, and the late Patricia Zander. She will be on campus the last three weeks of the season.

Ieva Jokubaviciute

Ieva Jokubaviciute

Piano

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.

A much sought after chamber musician, Ieva’s collaborative endeavors have brought her to major stages around the world, such as: Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. She regularly appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Kneisel Hall, Four Seasons, and Prussia Cove in England. 

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

www.ievajokubaviciute.com

ROBERTO PLANO

ROBERTO PLANO

Piano

Italian native ROBERTO PLANO performed all over the world appearing with prestigious orchestras (Kremerata Baltica, Houston Symphony, Berliner Philarmoniker Camerata, Festival Strings Luzern…) under the direction of renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman, Miguel Harth-Bedoya; as a recitalist he played at Lincoln Center, Sala Verdi, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall and at the internationally acclaimed Newport Festival, Portland Piano Festival, Ravinia Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, to name a few. An avid chamber musician as well, Mr. Plano played with some of the most prestigious string quartets in the world such as the Takacs, Cremona, St. Petersburg, Fine Arts, Jupiter, Muir.

First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn, Mr. Plano won the American Prize in the solo professional division this year. His engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” and on TV shows for PBS, France’s Mezzo and Japan’s NHK. He has recorded for Decca, Brilliant, Azica, Arktos, Sipario, DaVinci, Concerto, being awarded the maximum 5-star rating by several music magazines. Amadeus magazine featured twice Roberto’s photograph on the magazine’s cover.

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.

 

Guest Artists

DARRETT ADKINS

DARRETT ADKINS

Cello

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 and the New Hampshire, North Carolina, Greenwich, and Monadnock music festival orchestras. Other performances include his New York concerto debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the American Premier of Messian’s Concerto for four Instruments with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the American premiere of Donatoni’s Cello Concerto with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, with whom he also performed Birtwistle’s Meridian. Mr. Adkins made his Aspen debut in 2002 in Boulez’s Messagesquisse under James Conlon. He has given the world premiere performances of concertos written for him by Stephen Hartke, Su Lian Tan, Philip Cashian and premiers of concertos by Andrew Mead and Jeffrey Mumford He has given New York premiers of concertos by Arne Nordheim, Rolf Wallin, and Olivier Messian. He also played the first New York performance of Berio’s Sequenza XIV, which he has recorded for Naxos. An avid chamber musician, he tours regularly with the Lion’s Gate Trio, which is in residence at the Hartt School of Music and which has developed the annual festival “Ode to Joy” featuring surveys of single composers’ chamber music. From 1997 to 2002 he was a member of the Flux Quartet, which gave a historical first complete performance and recording of Morton Feldman’s monumental String Quartet No. 2, a continuous 6-hour work. He has recorded as a soloist and chamber musician on the Obelrin Music, Sony Classical, Mode, Koch, RCA, Tzadik, MMC, and CRI labels. His recent recording “Myth and Tradition” features three concertos (Tan, Cashian and Richard Wernick) with Tim Weiss and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.   His CD Hypersuite 2 wraps the D Minor Bach Suite around a contemporary solo cello recital (works by Carter, Golijov, Sessions, Nordheim and Verdie). Mr. Adkins joined the Juilliard School faculty in 2002, and the Oberlin Conservatory and Aspen Music Festival faculty in 2003.

ANN RODIGER

ANN RODIGER

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 and Antwerp. She has taught at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Body-Mind- Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium) and has been on the faculties of the University of Hawaee, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee among others. She is a specialist in Laban Movement Analysis. She has produced or co-produced Conference and Workshops: Freedom to: Move, Act, Play and Sing, Make Music and the Act of Writing. Ann has a BS from the University of Oregon and an MA from the Ohio State University.