Meme members have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin concert Hall, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Juilliard School in New York City; Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, Harvard, Boston University and the New England Conservatory in Boston, as well as at other universities. Festival performances include Lucerne, Aspen, FOCUS! and the Vermont Mozart Festival. As noted interpreters of contemporary music, Meme artists have worked with many of today’s leading composers such as John Adams, Gerald Barry, George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, Tania Leon, George Perle, Steven Stucky, Andrew Waggoner, George Walker, and Anna Weesner.
Molly Morkoski: Piano
Pianist Molly Morkoski has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. Molly Morkoski’s playing has been recognized by the New York Times as “strong, profiled, nuanced……beautifully etched.” In 2003, she performed on the inaugural concert of Carnegie’s Zankel Hall under the direction of John Adams. And, in June of 2007, she made her solo debut on Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman stage.
Ms. Morkoski’s performances include appearances at Carnegie’s Weill, Zankel, and Stern Auditorium/Perelman stages, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall , Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall of Boston, St Louis’ Pulitzer Museum, Portalnd’s Newmark Theater, the Smithsonian, Strasbourg Conservatoire, and the US Embassies in Paris and Nice. She has appeared as soloist at the Tanglewood, Bang-on-a-Can, and Pacific Rim festivals, and performed concertos with the Raleigh, Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of Ensemble Meme, Exponential Ensemble, Open End, and the Zankel Band; she has also collaborated with the NY Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, Speculum Musicae, Da Capo, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and has collaborated with some of today’s leading musicians including Dawn Upshaw, John Adams, John Corigliano, and David Robertson.
Ms. Morkoski was a Fulbright scholar to Paris, France where she was apprentice with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. She is also a recipient of the Teresa Sterne Career Grant and the Thayer-Ross Awards. She has recorded for the Bridge and Albany Record labels. Her principal teachers were Michael Zenge, Leonard Hokanson, and Gilbert Kalish. She currently resides in New York City and is Associate Professor at CUNY’s Lehman College in the Bronx. Visit: mollymorkoski.com for more information. TOP
Harumi Rhodes: Violin
Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Harumi Rhodes is gaining broad recognition as a multifaceted musician with a distinctive and sincere musical voice. Her generosity of spirit on stage is contagious, making her one of the most sought after violinists and chamber musicians of her generation.
As a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning ensemble, Trio Cavatina, Ms. Rhodes has enjoyed appearances at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap (Wash D.C), and San Francisco Performances, as well as its debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009. Continuing to build it’s reputation as one of today’s leading piano trios, Trio Cavatina has been touring internationally over the last few seasons with recent notable performances in Pablo Casals Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Filharmonija Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania. Ms. Rhodes has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed on several Musicians From Marlboro tours as well as at the festivals of Seattle Chamber Music, Bard, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards, Mainly Mozart, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. After completing her residency with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, Ms. Rhodes was appointed the newest member of the Boston Chamber Music Society in 2009 where she performs regularly at Sanders Theater at Harvard University and Kresge Hall at MIT.
An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Rhodes is a frequent guest artist with Music from Copland House, and has recorded Milton Babbitt’s Sixth String Quartet on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Deeply committed to the process of commissioning and premiering new music, Ms. Rhodes has collaborated with many composers including Richard Danielpour, Leon Kirchner, Benjamin Lees, Paul Moravec, William Bolcom, David Ludwig, and Lisa Bielawa. Recent solo engagements have included performances of Bernstein’s Serenade, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and No. 5, Beethoven Romances, and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra. Ms. Rhodes is also a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductor-less chamber orchestra made up of world- class chamber musicians and soloists. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, her principal teachers have been Shirley Givens, Earl Carlyss, Ronald Copes and Donald Weilerstein. Ms. Rhodes is currently Assistant Violin Faculty at The Juilliard School, and has most recently been appointed Professor of Violin and Head of Strings and Chamber Music at Syracuse University. TOP
Austin Hartman: Violin
Austin Hartman, founding member and first violinist of the Biava Quartet, has distinguished himself as both chamber musician and soloist with performances throughout the United States and abroad. As a member of the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman was the winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and has performed to acclaim in important venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Baroque Art Hall in Seoul. Other highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Rockport, Kingston and Aspen Music Festivals, Chautauqua Institution, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He has recorded for the Naxos and Cedille labels, has been heard on London’s BBC Radio 3, and was featured in String and Strad magazines.
Mr. Hartman has also earned much recognition as a solo violinist having appeared twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the Albert Greenfield and Mann Music Center Concerto Competitions. Mr. Hartman was awarded the Gold Medal Prize at the Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan and also appeared with the Kennett Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Landsdowne Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. As a recitalist, Mr. Hartman has performed solo recitals in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and was invited to perform as a guest artist at a state dinner for former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge. Mr. Hartman received a first prize scholarship for musical excellence from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and was most recently awarded a grant from Chamber Music America for continued work in community outreach. Committed to educating and inspiring audiences of all ages, Mr. Hartman is frequently invited to give masterclasses and lead community and educational programs at schools and conservatories around the country. In recent seasons, Mr. Hartman has served on the faculty of numerous music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Great Lakes, and San Diego Chamber Music Festivals. He has also taught at the Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook, David Einfeldt and Heifetz International Music Institutes, as well as the Luzerne Music Center. He has given public classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Penn State University, and the Peabody Institute.
Outside of his life in the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman enjoys using his music for community service. In 2003, he traveled with a group of musicians to Zambia as part of a multicultural music outreach. Recently, he piloted a concert initiative called the “Vivaldi Project,” the goal of which is to unite professional and community musicians in performances of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.
Austin Hartman has earned Artist Diplomas from both the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a teaching assistant for both the Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets and studied with teachers Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Choong-Jin Chang, and the late Jascha Brodsky. TOP
Liuh-Wen Ting : Viola
A multi faceted performer, Liuh-Wen enjoys collaborating with artists from diverse genres and mediums. She is a graduate of the Juiliard School with Bachelors and Masters degrees, studying with Karen Tuttle, William Lincer, and Eugene Becker. As an advocate of the contemporary music, she has been a staff member of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College since 1993. She has premiered and recorded numerous solo and chamber music works, including music by AACM members George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abraham and Leo Wadada Smith; as well as works by Frances White Susan Botti, Allen Brings, Shih Hui Chen, Gerry Hemingway, Mari Kimura, Elliott Sharp, George Walker, among others. In addition, she has performed at international festivals such as The Prague Spring Music Festival, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Primavera en la Habana international electro-acoustic music festival, Etnafest, the Seal Bay Festival and this summer at Sarajevo Music festival. For Ostrava New Music Days, she performed Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life with the Janacek Symphony Orchestra. Czech Music 2001 praised the performance as “an extraordinary experience”. She has commissioned numerous works for viola and combination of instruments, acoustically and electronically. For her debut recital at the Merkin Hall in 2001, she commissioned five emerging composers to each write a piece for viola and other mediums, based on the five elements of Feng Shui. Most recently, she premiered several commissions of music by Frances White and Elizabeth Brown at the Times Center Stage for the Interpretation Series. Upcoming commission include a trio by Frances White for Ensemble Meme, which received a grant for the composer from the Commissioning USA. In addition to advocating the contemporary music, she has appeared regularly with the six-members Rumi ensemble, performing with the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri and his son Hafez Nazeri to sold-out audience. In recent years, she has been working closely with the multi-talented vocalist/composer Fredo Viola, with concert tours in Europe and recordings being released. Her solo and chamber music recordings include: Centre Bridge-Electroacoustic Works by Frances White (Mode); Marilyn Ziffrin: Songs & Arias (North/South); Diverse Light/Meridian String Qt., Brings: Music Da Camera (Capstone); George Walker-60th Anniversary Retrospective (Albany Records); Hemingway: Chamber Works (Tzadik).TOP
Caroline Stinson: Cello
Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians nationally and abroad for solo and chamber music concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson’s performance credits include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series in New York, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian in the United States; Germany’s Koelner Philharmonie, Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival and France’s Cité de la Musique and Theatre at Rennes, in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has joined forces with the acclaimed LARK Quartet and Chamber Artists, renowned for its commissions of new works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. Caroline Stinson’s 2009-2010 season includes performances in the United States, Canada and France. Highlights include a solo recital at Bargemusic in New York in February, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in NJ in May, and a recital and masterclass at the Conservatoire Nationale de Région in Strasbourg, France. With the LARK in the spring of 2010, Ms. Stinson premieres ensemble commissions by Paul Moravek and William Bolcom at Merkin Hall in New York with Jeremy Denk and at Stanford University with Stephen Salters respectively. Caroline is a member of Open End (a new music and improvisation group founded with her husband, composer and violinist Andrew Waggoner) and CELLO. Her teachers have been Alan Harris (Cleveland), Maria Kliegel (Germany), Joel Krosnick (Juilliard) and Tanya Prochazka. Caroline is a teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School and is on faculty and coordinates the chamber music program at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.TOP
Barry Crawford: Flute
Flutist, Barry J. Crawford is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City and the international touring group, Poetica Musica. He regularly performs as a guest artist with some of New York’s leading ensembles. The New York Sun reported, “Mr. Crawford is a musician with guts….and brought a robust flute sound”, “Crawford always performs with steely accuracy and a superb, singing tone”. The Southampton Press said of his performance, ” … Crawford’s playing was superb. I admired his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.” “Crawford is a superb flutist with a silvery tone, exquisite phrasing, and a fluid deftness”. He has participated in numerous internationally recognized music festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and the Pablo Casals Festival, in San Juan, Puerto Rico . As part of Poetica Musica, he has performed and given master classes in over 15 countries. Mr. Crawford is a staff member at the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, an Affiliate Teaching Artist at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Flute and director of the flute ensemble at the University at Buffalo. TOP
Michael Norsworthy: Clarinet
Michael Norsworthy’s virtuosity and unique voice on the clarinet have made him a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator and garnered praise from critics and audiences around the globe. His performances have taken him to distinguished concert venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theatre, Boston’s Jordan and Symphony Halls, St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico and the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Norsworthy is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire. To date, he has given over 125 world premieres with leading contemporary music groups, including Klangforum Wien, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Fromm Players at Harvard, Boston Musica Viva, Callithumpian Consort in Boston, Ensemble 21 in New York and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has collaborated with composers from around the globe including Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, Helmut Lachenmann and Magnus Lindberg among many others. Recent seasons have included world premieres of works written for him by Michael Finnissy, Hans Tutschku and Pozzi Escot, domestic and international recital tours with pianists Marilyn Nonken and Tyson Deaton, radio appearances on Boston’s WGBH, multiple performances on the Composer Portraits Series at New York’s Miller Theatre, concerto performances with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Manhattan Sinfonietta, concerts with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Ibis Camerata and Midwestern tours with the Iowa Center for New Music and the Maia String Quartet. As soloist he has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti, ranging from Mozart to Ferneyhough, with the Manhattan Sinfonietta, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Callithumpian Consort, Pottstown Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica. As a recitalist, he regularly performs with pianists Yoko Hagino, Michael Finnissy and David Gompper. Mr. Norsworthy has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with pianists Judith Gordon, Stephen Drury, Mihae Lee and Aleck Karis, violinists Harumi Rhodes, Jonathan Crow and Norbert Brainin, violists Roger Tapping and Carol Rodland, cellists Rhonda Rider and Patrick Demenga, singers Tony Arnold and Timothy Jones, saxophonist John Zorn, the Borromeo String Quartet, and players from major orchestras in Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
Norsworthy is interested in breaking down barriers that exist between classical music and popular and jazz as well as collaborating with artists working in other mediums. He has shared the stage with such popular and jazz icons as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover and Bela Fleck. He worked in the motion picture industry and toured with numerous musical theater productions as a woodwind doubler on saxophone and been presented by the New Gallery Concert Series, Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston alongside works by major visual artists. His current discography numbers over 15 releases and can be found on the Albany, Mode, Gasparo, Canteloupe, BMOP/sound, ECM, Nonesuch, Cirrus Music and Cauchemar labels. Future projects include a CD of chamber music by composer Magnus Lindberg, clarinet music by Michael Finnissy and a CD of popular songs.
Currently, Norsworthy is Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Admissions Coordinator at The Boston Conservatory. He has served as artist in residence at Harvard University with the Harvard Group for New Music and was on the artist faculty at Columbia University. He is an active board member for American Century Music and Massachusetts State Chairman for the International Clarinet Association.
Mr. Norsworthy holds advanced degrees from New England Conservatory and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has attended Michigan State University. He has written scholarly works for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and articles for the quarterly journal The Clarinet. For more information, visit www.michaelnorsworthy.com. TOP
Alex Lipowski: Percussion
An advocate of contemporary music, Alex Lipowski is the Executive Director of the Talea Ensemble and has performed in ensembles such as the Argento Ensemble, Second Instrumental Unit, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and is the newest member of the Timetable Percussion Trio. He has been seen on concert stages throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. As a soloist and chamber musician he has collaborated with composers including Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, and John Zorn to name a few. Other recent collaborations include working with the Columbia Composers Ensemble and the Latin American composers group, altaVoz. Lipowski has presented guest lectures at the University of Virginia Commonwealth, Denver State College, and UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil. In the past, Lipowski has served as the director of the Juilliard Pierrot Ensemble and Duo Maintenant with whom he commissioned works extensively for french horn and percussion. During recent years he toured with Pierre Boulez through Europe and then to Japan performing Boulez’s work, sur Incises. Since 2007 he has served as Artist-Faculty at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. He has recorded works on Gravina Musica, Naxos, and the Living Artists Label.TOP