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.
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.
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.
Thomas Piercy, based in NYC and Tokyo, 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 defying categorization – 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 rap music video; playing hichiriki in Japan; recording with members of Maroon 5 and other pop groups; premiering many works composed for him; performing on Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, radio, and commercial recordings. A frequent performer of new music, Mr. Piercy has premiered over 300 compositions composed for him. The composers have ranged from 10 to 97 years of age, and come 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 Grammy Award, the Latin Grammy Award, the Takemitsu Prize, the Geneva Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. Studied at the Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music. Clarinet studies with Gervase De Peyer, Dr. Stephen Johnston, Leon Russianoff, and Kalmen Opperman; hichiriki studies with Hitomi Nakamura. Recordings for Albany, Capstone, DGI, Changing Tones, NJST, Tonada Records and more.
More information: www.thomaspiercy.com
Thomas Piercy is an official Rossi Clarinet, Forestone Reeds and Silverstein Artist.
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.