Cello, Executive Director of Random Access Music
Cellist KATE DILLINGHAM is a soloist, recording artist and an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Following her debut, which featured world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, the press deemed her "an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling … an adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music … an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth…".
She has performed as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and The Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic). She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Symphony Space, and The DiMenna Center in New York City. Kate was a student of Bernard Greenhouse at Rutgers University and of Maria Tchaikovskaya at the Moscow Conservatory. A long association with Mr. Greenhouse led to collaboration on an edition of the Sonatas for Violoncello and Keyboard, BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach, published by G. Schirmer Inc., which she presented in a combined concert and lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and recorded with renowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour for Affetto Records.
Kate has recorded albums of varied repertoire from Haydn to Higdon which are available at iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. As Executive Director of Random Access Music (RAM) and the Queens New Music Festival, (New York, USA) Kate is engaged in presenting, commissioning and performing music of the 21st Century. When Kate is not performing on her beautiful 235-year-old antique cello, she proudly plays one of two modern instruments (2011, 2015) by master maker, Zoran Stilin.
Artistic Director, Clarinet
Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed musician with orchestral, concerto, recital and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been described by The New York Times as “Brilliant…playing with refinement and flair…evoking a panache in the contemporary works.” A versatile artist – performing on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CDs and DVDs; performing with pianist Earl Wild and Frederica von Stade; working with Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE music video; playing hichiriki in Japan; recording with members of Maroon 5; premiering over 200 works composed for him; performing on Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, radio, and commercial recordings. Piercy has performed at many of the worlds acclaimed concerts halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Centre Pompidou, Wigmore Hall, Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), and Parthenon (Tokyo). He studied at The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music in NYC, and has studied traditional Japanese instruments in Tokyo. Mr. Piercy is an official Rossi Clarinet, Forestone Reeds and Silverstein ligatures artist. Recordings for Albany, Capstone, DGI, Changing Tones, NJST, and Tonada Records.
In addition to his performing activities, Piercy is the Artistic Director of Random Access Music and also the Director of “Tokyo to New York” concerts which since 2012 has premiered over 100 works by composers from all walks of life and experience: from university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with PhDs; from emerging composers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, the Geneva Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. As the Executive Director of a non-profit education/performing organization based in NYC for over 20 years, he has received 20 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Special Arts Services program grants, 19 NYSCA Music Program grants, 3 NYSCA composer commission grants, and 19 NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs grants. He has had the honor to serve as a Panel Review member for both NYSCA and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.
Mezzo-Soprano, Tammy Coil sings with “a vibrant voice,” heralds the New York Times, and “engagement and amber warmth.” (Anne Midgette, Washington Post) Tammy made her Carnegie Hall debut last season singing works by Mohammed Fairouz with the Mimesis Ensemble. She sang in the American Premiere of George Benjamin’s ‘Written on Skin’ as Marie and 2nd Angel at the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of the composer, George Benjamin. Tammy sang Zwei Dame in ‘Die Zauberflote’ with Opera Philadelphia, as well as singing her first Verdi Requiem with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Her recent performance as Mercedes in ‘Carmen’ with the Opera Philadelphia, “was truly outstanding in both vocals and characterization.” (Bachtrach Reporter). Additionally, she made her debut with Operaomnia as Minerva in the Moneteverdi opera, ‘The Return of Ulysses.’
She has sung with Sante Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chautauqua Institution and New Jersey Opera Theater. Ms. Coil has also participated in the inaugural Chateauville Festival singing the role of Nancy in ‘Albert Herring’ under the baton of Lorin Maazel and reprised the role with Cal Performances in Berkely, CA. Tammy was a member of the Opera on the Go! Program with the Opera Theater of St. Louis singing the role of Cherubino. Other past roles include L’Ecureuil, La Bergere and La Chatte in ‘L’enfant et les Sortileges’ as well as Zulma in ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’ with the Opera Philadelphia. Tammy holds a Masters of Music Degree from The Curtis Institute where she sang numerous roles, each “summoning up vocal fire,” (Diane Burgwyn, Opera Now) including Margaret in ‘Wozzeck’ and Lorca in Golijov’s ‘Ainadamar’ in collaboration with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center. Other roles performed during her time at Curtis include Cherubino in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro,’ Lady with a Hatbox in ‘The Postcard From Morrocco,’ and Sicle in ‘L’Ormindo.’ Ms. Coil holds a Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School where she sang Zwei Dame in ‘Die Zauberflote’ with The Juilliard Opera Workshop and Tasse Chinoise and the Libellule in ‘L’enfant et les Sortileges’ with Juilliard Opera Center.
Tammy has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist and with the Opera Theater of St.Louis as a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program. She participated with the Opera Theater New Jersey in their premiere season as the title role in ‘L’enfant et les Sortileges.’ At the Chautauqua Institution she performed Octavia in ‘L’incoronatizione di Poppea’ and Dorabella in ‘Cosi fan Tutte.’ Tammy was a soloist in the New York Philharmonic’s production of ‘Candide’ and has appeared at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch and Lorin Maazel.
Ms. Coil was a District Winner of the 2007/2008 Metropolitan National Council Auditions and placed second in the Denver Lyric Opera competition in 2009 and fourth place in 2010. Ms. Coil’s discography includes The Curtis Institute of Music’s Professional Release of Postcard From Morocco with Albany Records.
Seth Gilman is a graduate of Mannes College of Music, and received his master’s from the University of Michigan. Upon finishing his work in Ann Arbor, Seth returned to his native New York, freelancing primarily in the new and early music scenes. Since then, Seth has premiered many works, such as Osnat Netzer’s The Wondrous Woman Within, James Barry’s Sucker and Smashed, the orchestrated version of Ambiguous Kafka by Ronnie Reshef and Six Poèmes by André Brégégère. He has also premiered works by Guy Barash, Clint Borzoni, Ben Brody, Robert Cuckson, David Durst, Brian Erickson, Noam Faingold, Jeff Hudgins, Susan Kander, Jiří Kadeřábek, Lin Mu-Xuan, Eugene McBride, Pat Muchmore, Paul Pinto, Chad Raines, Edward RosenBerg III, Dov Rosenschein, Eric Shanfield, Karen Siegel, and Alex Temple.
Seth has collaborated with local ensembles and projects such as Anti-Social Music, the Center for Contemporary Opera, DETOUR, Doctor Faustus, Experiments in Opera, the Huxley Vertical Cabaret, New Brew, the New York Continuo Collective, An Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Opera on Tap, OPERAtion Brooklyn, and the Pioneers Go East Collective. In addition to performing, Seth has curated shows for New Brew, including a Wolfgang Rihm-centric one that received notice in the New York Times, one on Latin American themes, and a show of 10-minute operas. He also curates a series at Spectrum called Early/Late, in which selected ensembles explore performance of new music on historical instruments, and perform early music according to principles of contemporary performance practice, extended technique, and improvisation.
Laura Jean Goldberg
Violinist Laura Jean Goldberg, graduate of The Juilliard School, is a seasoned performer of chamber music, solo repertoire, and a dynamic teacher for students of all ages. She performed with the BSO, the Portsmouth Symphony, and has been a member of the chamber music faculty at The Juilliard School pre-college division for more than 25 years.
As a founding member of the Cassatt Quartet she was a prizewinner at the Banff, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions, has worked with living composers, toured the US, and performed in Europe and Asia. Goldberg is also the founder of ArtsAhimsa Music for Peace, a not-for-profit that brings music to audiences worldwide and director of ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival at Belvoir Terrace, where amateur adult musicians and professionals find inspiration and play together for one week each summer. A board member of Dvorak American Heritage Association (Dvoraknyc.org) and Associated Chamber Music Players Network (ACMP.net), Goldberg is committed to the future of chamber music for performers, students, and listeners.
Risa Renae Harman
American soprano Risa Renae Harman has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, “she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” On the concert stage, she has appeared as soloist in Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Philadelphia Singers at the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall, Handel’s Laudate pueri with The National Cathedral Choral Society, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate at the Kennedy Center, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals at the Brooklyn Library and the acclaimed Trinity Church, and guest artist with the Greenwich Chamber Players.
A favorite of composer, Sheila Silver, Miss Harman premiered songs composed for her based on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay with American Opera Projects at Symphony Space. She is currently workshopping Silver’s new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns with American Opera Projects. She also sings as Jenny Lind in Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale in America, a play with music by Kelly Hale, currently a work in progress. In appreciation of Miss Harman’s artistry, a local music-lover has endowed the position of The Karen Schuiling Endowed Chair, currently held by Miss Harman, at the Bay View Music Festival.
Operatic performances include The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as creating the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, and Lyric Opera Cleveland.
Miss Harman’s international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lee Schaenen Foundation, Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Washington International Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. She hails from Virginia and presently calls New York home.
Pianist Marija Ilic is an active performer of the traditional repertoire and new music in New York City and has been praised as a “clear and decisive musician,” “compelling,” and “poetic”, and noted for her “quiet intensity” by The New York Times. Her performances include recitals at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Hall, as well as many others.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Ilic holds her undergraduate degree from the Belgrade Music Academy, graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, and a doctorate in piano performance from Rutgers University, with J. S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue as her doctoral topic. Her piano teachers include Susan Starr, Pavlina Dokovska, Nina Svetlanova, Stephanie Brown, and harpsichord master Kenneth Cooper.
Yolanda F. Johnson, lyric soprano, has had an outstanding career as a performing artist, composer, educator, and as a supporter of the arts. Yolanda has performed nationally and internationally in opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on several musical subjects, specifically spirituals as related to the Underground Railroad and the works of women composers. Yolanda’s album of Spirituals, Feel the Spirit! was released in 2011 and in 2014 she became the co-creator of Music She Wrote, a celebration of women composers. She also actively composes new musical works.
Yolanda is a member of the SAI International Women’s Music Fraternity and the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Tarrytown and has been a featured presenter at Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference. She is also on the voice and music composition faculty at the Mozartina Music Conservatory. In addition to her life as an artist, she is President of Women in Development, New York and has developed a workshop, All the World’s A Stage,using performance practice for success in life and work. In 2018, Yolanda became the Founder and President of YFJ Consulting, LLC with a focus on fundraising, philanthropy and events for non-profits.
Pianist Pablo Lavandera has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra throughout the Americas and Europe. Performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Baruch College, WMP Concert Hall in New York City, James Madison University, Notre Dame University in Baltimore, Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as well as various venues in Germany and Poland. He is a pianist with New York Chamber Musicians, an innovative chamber music series created in 2012 and directed by violinist Joanna Kaczorowska. Performing at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, the series breaks with the old traditional concert setting, creating intimate experiences for both artists and audience while raising funds for charitable causes through its concerts.
Guitarist and composer Nadav Lev is an exceptional virtuoso on both classical and electric guitar. His proficiency in through-composed as well as improvis ed music and his inspired, profound performances of the music of our time have made him one of today’s most captivating new performers. An Andres Segovia Award winner (Musica en Compostela, Spain), Lev’s Carnegie Hall debut was hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “sensitive and nuanced performance … talented and engagingly musical… his stage presence is entirely gracious and personable.” Nadav was the only guitarist to recently win the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s prestigious Abroad Studies award, and he also won the Ra’anana Guitar Competition ’s first prize, the JerusalemGuitar Competition’s Rodrigo Prize, Artists International and the Lillian Fuchs Awards. He has been performing throughout the US, Europe, Israel and South America, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal and in festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Musique en Graves and Chaillol in France. Lev holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, a BM Cum Laude in composition from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv and a BA in Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. He studied guitar with Ruben Seroussi, David Starobin and David Leisner; also composition with Seroussi and Itzhak Sadai.
Alicia “Lish” Lindsey has performed at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall, and venues in Japan, China, Italy, England, and Wales. She was a regular flute substitute with the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in NYC.
Lish is the principal piccoloist with the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, principal flutist with the Eastern Wind Symphony, contrabass flutist with Centre Park Flute Ensemble, and performs/has performed with the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and South Florida Symphonies, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Center City Opera Theater, and others.
She is an adjunct flute professor/lecturer of music at Brooklyn College, NJ City University, and Wilkes University. Lish has been a regular competition judge/clinician and performer at several regional flute conventions and at the National Flute Association Annual Convention. She is the flute artist-in-residence for SummerMusicInTuscany.com (Sarteano, Italy).
Lish received her MA (flute performance) from New York University and BM (flute performance)/BA (English) from The College of NJ. Influential teachers include Julius Baker, Dr. Brad Garner, David DiGiacobbe, Dr. Dent Williamson, David Ancker, and Ronna Ayscue.
An active performer of diverse musical genres, Liuh-Wen Ting was a recipient of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society award, a member of the Meridian String Quartet, and has collaborated with, among others, the Manhattan String quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Cassatt String Quartet, Ensemble l’art pour l’art, singer/song writer Fredo Viola, and most recently the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri, with sold-out performances in major concert halls throughout North America.
She has recorded solo and chamber works for Capstone, Albany, Pogus, Tsadik and Mode records, and has been featured internationally at Ostrava New Music Days, Etnafest, Prague Spring, Warsaw Autumn, and Primavera en la Habana music festivals.
Originally from Tartu, Estonia, violinist Sabina Torosjan is both an active performer and teacher in New York City. A winner of various national competitions in Estonia, Sabina has since performed in prestigious concert halls such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bohemian National Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has performed in music festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Green Mountain Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and became a member of the new music group, Ensemble Mise-en in 2012. Sabina has recorded with iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, guitarist Terry Champlin, and songs by American Idol finalist and actress Jennifer Hudson.
Sabina studied with Kai Rebane, Valeriy Schevchenko, and Ann Setzer before receiving her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas and Lewis Kaplan.
Sabina has taught at the Hoboken and Encore Schools of Music. Aside from English, she is also fluent in Russian and Bulgarian. Sabina loves to play violin with her adorable two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sheyna, and enjoys traveling and meeting new people.