Trumpet lessons began at age 6. Between the ages of 7 and 10, he played in the highly esteemed Joliet, Illinois band program. By age 12, radio performances in Peoria, Illinois hinted at his future professional career. While attending Northwestern University, he performed as Principal Trumpet with Chicago Lyric Opera. He joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra following his senior year. During his 12 years with the CSO, he was Principal with the Grant Park Symphony Summer Orchestra. The Houston Symphony engaged him as Principal in 1978, where he performed for three seasons.
Performing solo and ensemble concerts as well as giving master classes on the double bass and period instruments on four continents, Paul Ellison is the Lynette S.
Critics have described American cellist Brinton Averil Smith as a â€śvirtuoso cellist with few equals,â€ť and "a proponent of old-school string playing such as that of Piatigorsky and Heifetzâ€ť Gramophone praised Smith as a â€śhugely eloquent, impassioned soloist,â€ť in his debut recording of MiklĂłs RĂłzsaâ€™s Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra while the American Record Guide praised his recording of chamber music ofÂ FaurĂ© with Gil Shaham as â€śStunningly beautiful,â€ť continuing â€śI cannot imagine a better stylistic match for Shaham.â€ť Of Mr.
Desmond Hoebig, Professor of Cello at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, has had a distinguished career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician.
Desmond was born in 1961 and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He studied with James Hunter, Jack Mendelsohn and Ian Hampton. In 1978 he moved to Philadelphia to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. He received his BM and MM at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins, and participated in master classes with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the Banff Centre.
Norman Fischer has concertized on five continents and in 49 of the 50 United States. He was cellist with the Concord String Quartet through its 16-year career and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, two Grammy nominations and an Emmy. In over 1000 concerts the quartet performed 18 Bartok cycles, 36 Beethoven cycles and premiered 50 works. They also recorded 40 works for RCA Red Seal, Vox, Nonesuch and CRI. Mr.
Timothy Pitts has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile double bassists of his generation. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has been heard in many of the worldâ€™s greatest concert halls.
Mr. Pittsâ€™ orchestral career began as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra after which he was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony, a position he held for seventeen years. Mr. Pitts also served as principal double bass of Bostonâ€™s Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of John Williams.
Ivo-Jan van der Werff has attained accolades as a chamber player, recitalist, guest artist and teacher throughout Europe and North America. As a member of the Medici String Quartet for 28 years, Mr. van der Werff has performed in over 2,000 concerts in major festivals and venues world wide, broadcasting regularly on radio and television. The Medici quartet made more than 40 recordings for EMI, Nimbus, Hyperion and Koch, and won many awards for works ranging from Haydn, Britten, Janacek, Schubert and the Beethoven cycle to more eclectic works of Saint-Saens, Wajahat Khan and Nigel Osborne.
Since entering the world of professional music in 1972, Benjamin Kamins has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as an orchestral musician, chamber player, solo performer, and educator. During his nine years as Associate Principal Bassoon with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. Kamins taught at St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges and was a member of the Aurora Wind Quintet. In 1981 he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Houston Symphony, a position he held until 2003.
Barbara Butler is Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at Rice Universityâ€™s Shepherd School of Music. Previously Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Butler has also held the positions of co-principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and acting associate/assistant principal trumpet of the Houston and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Ms.