Tim Fain

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photo credit Michael weintraub

Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tim Fain, was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy nominated soundtrack to the film Black Swan, can be heard on the soundtrack to Moonlight and gave “voice” to the violin of the lead actor in the hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere’s violin in the film Bee Season. Recipient of the Young Concert Artists International Award, he has appeared internationally as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Pittsburgh, Hague and Buffalo Philharmonics, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestras, and National Orchestra of Spain. His recitals have taken him to the world’s major music capitals, he has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and around the globe in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass. His multi-media solo evening Portals premiered to sold-out audiences on both coasts and continues to travel world-wide. The centerpiece of the evening is a new work written for him by Philip Glass, and features collaborations with Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen, film maker Kate Hackett, radio personality Fred Child. He has collaborated with an eclectic array of artists from Pinchas Zukerman and Mitsuko Uchida, to the Mark Morris Dance Group and New York City Ballet to Iggy Pop, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Bryce Dessner (The National), and he has performed for the Dali Lama. His discography includes River of Light, (Naxos), and Philip Glass: The Concerto Project IV with the Hague Philharmonic and Tim Fain plays Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music), and First Loves (VIA). 

Tim Fain performs on a violin made by Francesco Gobetti, Venice 1717, the "Möller," on extended loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Nathan Lee

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Photo Credit han lee

At the age of 15, Nathan Lee’s budding career has already earned critical praise as well as standing ovations for performances of stunning musical maturity. Nathan won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, also picking up fourteen performance prizes.

Future engagements include Nathan’s New York and Washington DC debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series, performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s From the Top in March 2017, an appearance on Radio France with Jean-Yves Thibaudet in April, 2017, and a performance with the Seattle Symphony performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in January, 2018.

 Nathan has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Coer d’Alene Symphony, and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with conductors Jahja Ling, Pablo Rus Broseta, Uri Segal, and Mark Russel Smith. He also shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang at the Seattle Symphony Galas, raising funds for their music education program. Nathan has given recitals in Korea and the U.S. and has performed in Perugia, Italy with pianists Ilana Vered and Sasha Starcevich in a "Three Generations Concerts" to sold-out audiences. As a Seattle Symphony Young Artist, Nathan performed with Ludovic Morlot and the Orchestra in 2012 and 2016.

 An impressive list of special prizes was awarded to Nathan Lee at the Young Concert Artists Auditions, as follows: the Korean Concert Society Prize, which provides support for Nathan’s Kennedy Center debut, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, providing support for his New York Carnegie Hall debut, and the Ronald A. Asherson Prize. Performance prizes include the Candlelight Concert Society Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, The Friends of Music Concerts Prize, The Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, The Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, the Krannert Center Prize, the Sunday Musicale Prize, the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize, the Usedom Music Festival Prize, the Washington Performing Arts Prize, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Prize.

 Nathan, who lives just outside Seattle, Washington, began playing the piano at age 6 and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He studies with Dr. Sasha Starcevich.

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photo credit steve anderson

MIMI STILLMAN is one of the most celebrated flutists in the music world, critically acclaimed for her brilliant artistry, passionate interpretation, and innovative programming. Hailed by The New York Times as “a consummate and charismatic performer”, she is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she has appeared as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Hilton Head Orchestra, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn’s Roulette, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bard College, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and Kol HaMusica in Israel. A wide-ranging and innovative artist, Ms. Stillman celebrates the canon while deeply exploring new music and Latin genres. Her “Syrinx Journey”, with which she honored Claude Debussy on his 150th birthday by making a video of his three-minute masterpiece “Syrinx’ every day for one year, captivated a global audience.

As founding Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, she has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for its chamber music concerts of Baroque to contemporary music. Featured as Chamber Music America’s “American Ensemble”, Dolce Suono Ensemble boasts 44 commissioned works in 11 years. Ms. Stillman has premiered works by eminent composers including Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, David Ludwig, Zhou Tian, and the late Steven Stucky. Ms. Stillman has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with artists including Lucy Shelton, Eric Owens, Julius Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, David Amram, The Dover Quartet, Juan Diego Flórez, Anthony Newman, Roberto Díaz, and Jaime Laredo, and recorded a film soundtrack for Kevin Bacon. Orchestrally, she has played under the baton of conductors including Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, and David Zinman.

With an extraordinary range of accomplishments and intellectual interests, Mimi Stillman made the leap from child prodigy to inimitable artist. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She went on to receive a MA and PhD (abd) in history at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history integrating scholarship with her artistic vision in projects with her hallmark, thought-provoking depth. She is lauded for expanding the flute repertoire through her arrangements and compositions among them her award-winning Nuits d’étoiles: 8 Early Songs of Claude Debussy (Theodore Presser). She can be heard on several recordings including her critically praised “Freedom”, music for flute, piano, and the human spirit, and “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres” (Innova), both with her longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic.

Mimi Stillman has won many competitions and awards including Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Bärenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds, Astral Artists, and the Philadelphia Women in the Arts Award. Devoted to education, she has taught masterclasses for institutions including the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, Rutgers University, the universities of Texas, California, and Virginia, and at conservatories and flute associations throughout the world. Her Música en tus Manos project to introduce chamber music to the Latino community of Philadelphia won the Knight Arts Challenge Grant. She is on faculty of Curtis Summerfest, Music for All National Festival, and University of Pennsylvania.