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Rowan is a versatile and accomplished violinist and educator based in New York City. She has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in Australia and North America, performing in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall and Melbourne Concert Hall in Australia and the Merkin Concert Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York.
Following early training in the pre-college department at the Sydney Conservatorium, Rowan studied at Indiana University and Michigan State University. She recently graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from Stony Brook Unversity.
As an orchestral violinist, Rowan has performed with the Opera Australia Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She has been second violinist of the Sydney String Quartet and given recitals for the Federated Music Clubs of Australia. Concerto performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney International Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the North Sydney Symphony and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic among others have been broadcast on ABC –FM and Fine Music FM.
Rowan was awarded the Licentiate of Music with distinction from the Australian Music Examinations Board at the age of 16. Her other achievements include 1st prize in the Gisborne International Music Competition (1996) and the Nescafe Big Break Award. She has been awarded grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Queen Elizabeth II Trust, the Ian Potter Foundation, the PPCA Performer’s Trust and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.
As an educator Rowan has worked as a Teaching Artist with the Salvation Army’s Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children based in Harlem and for the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School in the Bronx.
Praised by the Washington Post for his “precision, passion, and character,” violinist Timothy Barrus is an active performer and educator in Brooklyn, New York. A Texas native, Timothy holds a Bachelor in Music in violin performance from Baylor University graduating magna cum laude and a Masterʻs degree in violin performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. An avid chamber musician, Timothy has won numerous awards and recognitions from the Chamber Music International Competition and DownBeat Magazine. In addition to performing, Timothy teaches violin, viola, and piano in his home.
Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and has been recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists at age 4, the foundation’s youngest member. Under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist, performing on NPR radio show, “From the Top” and won the Louis Spohr International Competition, the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition, and the American Protégé International Competition.
While attending the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, Yaegy won top prizes in competitions such as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and most recently, the Stulberg International Competition. She has also been featured as a soloist with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Temple Symphonies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In 2015, Yaegy was a YoungArts finalist and had her Carnegie Hall debut with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. In September, 2017, she gave a solo recital on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Preston Bradley Hall.
Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician, and has attended festivals such as Yellow Barn, Ottawa Young Artists Program, Music @ Menlo, Sejong International Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has participated in community outreach projects in collaboration with Daniel’s Music Foundation.
Yaegy is currently a fourth year BM student at Juilliard studying with Catherine Cho and Joel Smirnoff, and plays a Zygmuntowicz violin on loan by the Maestro Foundation.
Annija Kerno is an active teacher and performer in the New York area. She received her master’s degree in viola performance from Northwestern University and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for three years after graduating. She has also performed multiple ensembles in the United States and Europe, including the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, which recorded a CD, as well as toured around Northern and Eastern Europe. A passionate educator, Annija is a violin teacher through the Harmony Program, coaches chamber music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and has a private studio of violinists and violists.
Noah Luft-Weissberg discovered his great-grandfather’s violin in the closet of his childhood home in Niskayuna, New York when he was two years old, and since then he has never put it down. During high school, he joined the Empire State Youth Orchestra as concertmaster, and he attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts’ orchestral studies program with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Luft-Weissberg obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance at Temple University, where he studied under William Depasquale, former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2008 and 2010 he was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, serving as Principal Second Violin and soloist. After university, Noah played with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and Catskill Orchestra. He currently resides in Manhattan, freelancing and teaching.
Nicholas Alexander Wilson, MS 358Q
Nicholas is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in violin performance. He has studied the subtleties of music as a healing art and incorporates many holistic and mindfulness practices in his teaching style, including breath work, visualization, and performance psychology. Nicholas also has a private practice using sound as prescribed wellness, incorporating tuning forks, violin, vocal toning, and crystal/Tibetan bowls among other instruments. He is also an active composer, singer/songwriter, dancer, and wellness consultant in NYC.
Julia Danitz is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a Master’s degree under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Li Lin. Prior to her graduate studies, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, where she was enrolled in the dual degree Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. She has been a fellow at many summer music festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has collaborated with a number of iconic musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble. When not performing, Julia is a devoted teacher, maintaining a full studio of private violin students. Her students have gone on to be accepted to pre-college programs such as Juilliard Pre-College and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, as well as Youth Symphony programs, such as the New Jersey Youth Symphony and New York Youth Symphony.
Marija Kovacevic, P.S. 124
Born in Serbia, Marija began playing violin when she was seven years old. From the age of 10 she started training, under the tutelage of Georgy Zazrovic, at The School for Musically Gifted Children in Cuprija, one of three institutes in Europe exclusively devoted to the teaching of stringed instruments. During these years, and before moving on to university, she traveled throughout Europe, competing and winning multiple summa cum laude musical festival awards for solo and ensemble playing. Marija earned her Master’s degree and graduated in 2010 from the University for Music Arts in Belgrade. Marija has performed in many ensembles with musicians of varying genres (including Willie Colon, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Marie Christine Katz, Ibo Cooper, Freddy McGregor, Ken Boothe, Hamish Kilgour). Along with exploring and expanding her repertoire, Marija privately teaches violin to students of all skill levels.
Katie von Braun
Katie von Braun received her Master’s degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory, and her Bachelor of Music with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is currently on faculty with Opus 118 East Harlem School of Music, and Fort Lee School of Music. She has also taught violin at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Amabile School of Music, BLUME Haiti, and Conservatory in the Schools in San Francisco. In New York City, Katie is Concertmaster of Utopia Opera and Blue Hill Theatre Troupe, and also performs with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Bronx and Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She has held the position of Concertmaster at Opera in the Ozarks, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and Phillips Academy Chamber Orchestra. Katie is a former student of Ian Swensen and Yehonatan Berick.
Abby Swidler is a performer, composer, and educator. A violinist, violist, and vocalist, Abby is a passionate collaborator with a versatile performance career. She received a Bachelor in Music in Violin Performance from Eastman School of Music and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory. Originally from Missoula, MT, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed across North America, Central America, and Europe and both performs her own compositions and is a thoughtful and imaginative interpreter of the music of others. She frequently performs with NYC’s Ennio Morricone inspired Italian film score band, Tredici Bacci, and performs her own compositions with a variety of ensembles in concert spaces and in collaboration with film, dance, and theater.
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