Lila Pollack is a NYC based violinist and the Director and Founder of Windsong Chamber Players of Lake Luzerne. She made her solo debut at eight years old. Since then she has performed at venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barge Music, Merkin Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kimmel Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and in countries outside the U.S. including Spain, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Wales, China and Holland. Ms. Pollack is on faculty at Avenues: The World School for Lower and Upper School as both strings teacher and curriculum specialist, and also instructs her private studio while still fulfilling her many other professional obligations. She completed the 2-year Suzuki certification program at School for Strings with Allen Lieb and Katherine Gerson. She has played with a number of orchestras as Principal in various venues, including HKFO; the Spitalfields Summer Festival and Pierre Boulez Festival; the Orpheus Sinfonia; and the Orion Foundation Orchestra, including on its 2011 summer tour to Aberystwyth, Wales. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Mikhail Kopelman and Charles Castleman. She served as Concertmaster of Eastman's Philharmonia Orchestra for two years. Ms. Pollack graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (London, England) with a Masters degree in violin performance while studying with Hu Kun, the only protégé of Yehudi Menuhin. There she earned her licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) teaching certificate and was awarded first place of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Prize 2011. Ms. Pollack's grandparents, Nanny and Poppy, and her uncle Paul inspired her to become a musician. She can't thank them and her parents enough for their unconditional love, support and encouragement.
Paul Roby’s first lessons were from his parents, a violinist and an oboist. His early studies continued with Mary Crowder-Hess and Roman Totenberg, students of Ivan Galamian and Carl Flesch, respectively. At the age of 16 Mr. Roby was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied violin with Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Jascha Brodsky, members of the Curtis Quartet. Immediately after graduation from Curtis, Mr. Roby won a position with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman and soon after became a member of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1991 Mr. Roby became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and in November 2000 was named associate principal second violin. Mr. Roby made his solo debut at age 12 with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and has since won such prizes as the best Wieniawski Polonaise Prize at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Lublin, Poland, and the Davidoff Prize for Outstanding Artistry at the 1989 Schleswig-Holstein Festival. As a founding member of the Salzau Quartet, Mr. Roby played a command performance for German President Weizäcker at his official residence. Photo: Jessica Griffin
Stephan Fillare is a violinist and conductor who has performed at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and has worked with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra as assistant conductor. He is the Concertmaster for New Amsterdam Opera, Manhattan Opera Studio and New York Repertory Orchestra. He is the Principal Conductor of Belle Nuit Concert Opera Series in Staten Island and the Assistant Conductor of the New York Repertory Orchestra. Stephan leads an active freelance career in the New York and New Jersey area, performing with several local symphonies and opera companies.He studied violin with Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez at Stetson University and Conducting with Maurice Peress at the Aaron Copland School of Music.
Brandon Gianetto, violist originally from upstate New York, enjoys a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, SUNY Purchase College and Manhattan School of Music, Brandon's principal teachers include Patricia McCarty, Ira Weller, and Karen Dreyfus. An avid orchestral musician, Brandon frequently plays with such ensembles as the Binghamton Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphoria, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Ridgefield and Westchester Symphonies. No stranger to summer music festivals, Brandon recently finished a three year fellowship with the Eastern Festival Orchestra and has previously participated in the Manchester, Tuscia (Italy), Meadowmount, and Wintergreen Festivals. As a chamber musician, Brandon has performed with members of the Miami and Manhattan quartets, and is also a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions, a chamber music and new music initiative based in southern Oregon. Brandon plays a viola made in 2003 by Alan and Sarah Balmforth and a bow made in 2016 by Vladimir Rudoslavlevic.
Praised by The Strad for his “…powerfully expressive style,” cellist Sebastian Bäverstam, cellist, is a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. His recent performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was noted in The Strad for its “consummate instrumental mastery,” with critic Dennis Rooney declaring “…the emergence of a mature artist.” This remarkable recital led to Mr. Bäverstam’s subsequent selection by Musical America as its “New Artist of the Month” for June 2011. Sebastian Bäverstam, has appeared multiple times on the nationally syndicated radio show From the Top, and he has also been heard on international radio broadcasts on Voice of America. On television, he was featured on the PBS version of From the Top, and he has participated in a PBS documentary filmed at Carnegie Hall, as well as a film by the Masterclass Media Foundation of Great Britain and a nationally televised commercial for Bose speakers. A winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, Mr. Bäverstam performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the BSO at Symphony Hall. Recent concerto performances include the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Boston Landmarks Orchestra University of Chicago Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Concord Symphony Orchestra and the Chernikov Symphony Orchestra, among others. Mr. Bäverstam offered his first full recital at the age of six at Harvard University and his first concerto with orchestra at the age of seven. In 2002 at the age of fourteen, he made his Weill Hall debut. Since then he has given numerous solo recitals, recently performing all six Bach cello suites at Williams College. He appeared as the featured young artist of the 2005 Williamstown Chamber Concerts and has also performed at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the ASCAP awards at Lincoln Center, the Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris and many other venues. A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, Sebastian Bäverstam has participated in master classes with Frans Helmerson, Orlando Cole, Pieter Wispelwey, and Bernard Greenhouse, among others, and he earned his undergraduate degree with Paul Katz at the New England
A native of Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer is Artistic Director of the Fox River Chamber Fest and Artist-in-Residence at the Apollo Music Festival. Joseph performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician across the country. Recent engagements include a collaborative recital with bassoonist Catherine Chen, and solo and duo performances at the Bermuda Piano Festival. Other venue and series appearances include the Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Windsong Chamber Players of Lake Luzerne, Odess Theatre (Sitka, AK), and Helen Bader Recital Hall (Milwaukee). He has soloed with the Oberlin Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. Joseph served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze. He received a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Takács. He was the Piano Accompanist Assistant at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in 2016, and also was Piano Accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Brooklyn College, and the Lucy Moses School while residing in NYC. When he is not engaged in classical music, he enjoys biking and improvising jazz.
Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) and versatile pianist whose performances and initiatives have engrossed audiences across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Since his first recital at the age of six, he has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition, Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and prizes in the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Island. Michael has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad, and his playing has been hailed as “elegant, stylish, and powerful” (Peninsula Reviews) and “poetic” (Het Nieuwsblad). Michael has performed in renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw, and the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a sought-after guest artist, appearing regularly at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele (Belgium), the Kwadrofonik Festival (Poland), Musiksommer Schloss Rosenegg (Austria), and the Thailand International Composition Festival. Additionally, Michael has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, among others. After attending the Paris Conservatoire, Michael obtained his B.M. in Piano Performance and B.A. in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively. He received his M.M. and M.M.A. at the Yale School of Music and is now a candidate for the D.M.A. there. Highlights of the current season include serving as music director and conductor for Idyllwild Arts’ production of A Chorus Line, performances at Spectrum in Brooklyn as part of Frederic Rzewski’s 80th birthday celebration, and solo and chamber performances throughout Austria, Belgium, Canada, Poland, Thailand, and the United States.
Jeremy Arnold is currently an Adjunct professor of tap dance at the University of Texas. He began his training at the Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts in suburban Philadelphia. He was a member of the Tap City Youth Ensemble directed by the American Tap Dance Foundation. He received his B.A. cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2012 where he double majored in Dance and Media and Communications. Mr. Arnold has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch. He is a graduate of the Tap certification program at Jacobs pillow under the direction of Michelle Dorrance. He is a former member of the nationally touring Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers and Chloe Arnold’s Apt 33. In 2013 Mr. Arnold started touring with Charles O Anderson’s Dance Theater X. In September of 2014 he moved to Austin, Texas to join Tapestry Dance Company where he is currently in his third year as a principal dancer. Mr. Arnold has served on the faculty of the Soul 2 Sole festival, Revive, True Sound Rhythm festival, Dance Olympus/Dance America, International Dance Challenge, Dance Masters of America, DanZa, Masquerade, and the Cecchetti Council of America. Third Coast Rhythm project, Tap Ties, and McClennan College have all commissioned his work.