May 2021 Artists

Zuill Bailey

In-Person

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award-winning, internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, artistic director and teacher.  His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

Jason Vieaux

In-person

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

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Midori

Virtual

Midori is a visionary artist, activist, and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience and breaks with traditional boundaries which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time.

Midori was born in Osaka in 1971 and began her violin studies with her mother, Setsu Goto at an early age. In 1982, conductor Zubin Mehta invited the then 11-year-old Midori to perform with the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve concert, where the foundation was laid for her following career.

this May, Midori will receive the Kennedy Center Honor in Recognition of Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Midori Photo (© Timothy Greenfield-Sande

2020-2021 Music Educators

Melissa Kraut

Dr. Melissa Kraut teaches cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and she co-founded the Sitka Cello Seminar in Sitka, Alaska with cellist Zuill Bailey. Dr. Kraut enjoys reaching students from all over the world through master classes and workshops. Her status as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, enables her to pass on her love of pedagogy to the next generation of teachers. In addition, she is passionate about public speaking and the ability to reach audiences of a larger scope, about topics broader than cello.

Kurt Nikkanen

At twelve, violinist Kurt Nikkanen gave his Carnegie Hall debut, performing with the New York Symphony; two years later he was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform the Paganini Concerto No.1 with the New York Philharmonic for a Young People’s Concert. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He is the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Nikkanen regularly receives invitations from leading orchestras and presenters in the USA and Europe, and has toured Japan and the Far East.  

Maria Asteriadou

Steinway pianist Dr. Maria Asteriadou teaches at Manhattan School of Music, Precollege Division, and at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where she is a Professor of Piano and Chamber Music, serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program and is the Artistic Director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Jason Vieaux

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

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Ivan Trevino

Ivan Trevino is a multi-genre composer, percussionist, writer and arts advocate. Named a music ambassador by the U.S. State Department in 2014, Ivan has shared his music with audiences around the world, from Asia to Brazil to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ivan’s work spans various media including storytelling, poetry, and film scoring. Space Junk, his children’s story set to music, will be released as an illustrated book later this year. Ivan is also well-known for his work as a drummer and songwriter with Break of Reality, an international touring cello rock quartet. Break of Reality has released four studio albums and has been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, Yahoo Music and is on regular rotation on National Public Radio.

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