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COMPOSER

CONCERTS

 

 Nick Dinnerstein, cellist and organizer of Composer Focus, has had a wide

 variety of musical experiences, classical and otherwise. In addition to performing

 recitals of repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary composers, he has

 recorded on over a dozen albums of local songwriters and bands, performing

 most recently with songwriter, Mary Bichner, as well as the band, Cake in the

 Dungeon. He is a former member of the chamber ensemble, Symphony Nova.

 Mr. Dinnerstein also plays baroque cello and teaches privately.    

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 A member of the Boston String Quartet since 2005, violist

 Chen Lin, has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall,

 Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Troy Music Hall. She

 has collaborated with Turtle Island Quartet, Mark O’Connor,

 Ryland Angel, and Orla Fallon. Described by the Boston Globe

 as “exploring different ways of sparking musical interest,” Ms.

 Lin’s Quartet frequently concertizes in the New England area,

 and has created its educational programs in collaboration with

 high school and college music departments throughout the

 United States. As an orchestra musician, Ms. Lin is currently a

 member of the Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Boston

 Chamber Orchestra, and Claflin Hill Symphony. As a founding

 violist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Lin recently

 toured Japan as a part of the Kyushu International Music

 Festival. Ms. Lin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola

 Performance from Boston University and Master’s degree from

 The Boston Conservatory. Her previous teachers include

 Teizo Yoshinaga, Roger Tapping, and Michelle LaCourse.

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 Boston based pianist, Paul Jacobs, has performed extensively

 throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician.

 His repertoire includes the standard classical canon, 20th century

 and new works, as well as contemporary improvisation.  Recent

 performances have included a recital at Bruno Walter Auditorium at

 Lincoln Center and concerts at Warebrook Contemporary Music

 Festival in Vermont, and White Lake Chamber Music Festival in

 Michigan. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Navano

 label.

 

 Mr. Jacobs is dedicated to new music and has worked closely with

 contemporary composers including Allen Anderson, Martin Boykan,

 and Yehudi Wyner. His contemporary and 20th century repertoire

 includes works by Lee Hyla, Eric Moe, Sofia Gubaidulina, and

 Charles Ives (the Concord Sonata).

 

 He holds degrees from Longy School of Music, Michigan State

 University, and Hope College.  He currently teaches at the Concord

 Conservatory of Music in the Massachusetts.

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 Award-winning pianist, Pei-yeh Tsai, has appeared at such

 prestigious venues as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall,  

 Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, and the Taipei National

 Concert Hall in Taiwan. Ms. Tsai is the winner of numerous

 awards, including the Viardo International Piano Competition,

 the New England Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and

 the Iowa International Piano Competition. In 2011, Ms. Tsai

 appeared in concerts at the Tribeca Performance Center in

 New York City, at the Art Complex Museum in Massachusetts,

 and at Berklee College in Boston, premiering four composers’

 new works that were written exclusively for her. Ms. Tsai

 studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins

 University with Boris Slutsky, subsequently receiving a

 Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard

 School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Currently at

 Boston University, Ms. Tsai graduated in December 2011 with

 a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance.

 

 Mezzo-Soprano, Wendy Parker, is an active performer in opera, oratorio,

 recital, and musical theater. Reviewers have described her singing as “rich,

 and resonant” and her acting as “fiercly focused.” Operatic roles include

 Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, the title roles in Carmen and La Cenerentola,

 Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Mrs.

 Nolan in The Medium, and Phoebe in Yeoman of the Guard. Her musical

 theater roles include Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music, Maria in West

 Side Story, and Rapunzel in Into the Woods. Wendy has appeared with

 Greater Worcester Opera, Reagle Music Theater, Savoyard Light Opera,

 Sudbury Savoyards, Rogue Opera, Portland Opera Concord Orchestra,

 Opera Providence, MassTheatrica, ACME Theater, the Oregon Symphony,

 and the Redding Symphony among others. Wendy trained at UMass

 Amherst, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, American Institute for

 Musical Studies in Austria, and OperaWorks in LA. Wendy is also an actor,

 songwriter, and voice-over artist.

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 Li-Mei Liang, an accomplished Taiwanese violinist, began playing the violin at

 age five. Li-Mei has performed across the world, with concerts in the United States,

 Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She has also appeared in many well-known

 concert halls, such as Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall at the New England

 Conservatory, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Tokyo

 Opera City Concert Hall, and Taiwan National Concert and Recital Hall.

 

 In the area of chamber music, Li-Mei's piano trio won first prize in the Taiwan National

 Piano Trio Competition in 2008. In 2010, she was invited to participate in the Lincoln

 Center Chamber Workshop in Taiwan and the Taos School of Music. From 2012 to

 2013, Li-Mei was a violinist in the Gioviale String Quartet, which won the Honor

 Ensemble Competition at New England Conservatory and gave their debut recital at

 Jordan Hall in Boston in May of 2013.

 

 Li-Mei grew up in Taiwan, where she graduated from the affiliated high school of

 National Taiwan Normal University and studied with Prof. Cheng-Tu Su. She received  

 Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New England Conservatory, where she studied

 with Nicholas Kitchen for six years. Li-Mei is now pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts

 degree at New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein.

 

 Violinist, Angel Valchinov, is a soloist, concertmaster,

 chamber musician, and teacher. A third generation musician,

 he is passionate about giving back to audiences of this and

 the next generation. Mr. Valchinov has performed as soloist

 with orchestras in the US and abroad, is currently

 concertmaster of several orchestras in the Boston area, and

 teaches at festivals throughout the summer. He is String

 Faculty at Northern Essex Community College and has a

 growing private studio. With his wife, violist, Chen Lin, he

 regularly presents recitals to varied audiences. He received

 his doctorate from Boston University.

 

 Abby Swidler is a violinist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and

 artist, born in the mountains of Missoula, MT. Abby has deep

 roots in Classical music and enjoys playing many kinds of

 music from around the world, blurring genre lines through

 improvisation and composition.

 

 Abby attended Eastman School of Music, receiving a

 Bachelors degree in violin performance from the studio of

 Charles Castleman, and a certificate in world music. She

 currently resides in Boston, MA, and recently graduated from

 New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation

 Masters program.

 

 Recent highlights include singing with The Bitchin' Kitchen  

 Soul Band, which opened for John Legend in Rochester, NY,

 and recordings of Ricardo John-Muldoon's composition, "Nino

 Polilla" for 'Bridge Records' and Jeremy Flower's song cycle

 with Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, and Jon Evans at Brick

 Hill Studioes