Daniel Phillips and Friends Play Music for Strings

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm


Dvořák: Selections from Miniatures, Op. 75a (two violins and viola)
Mozart: Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174
Mendelssohn: Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87

Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as a veteran chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. He began violin studies at age four with his father Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and graduated from Juilliard. His major teachers are Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Sandor Vegh and George Neikrug. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1976. In 1985, he toured and recorded in a string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Daniel Phillips is a founding member of the 29-year-old Orion String Quartet, which has residencies at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Mannes. Available recordings are the complete quartets of Beethoven and Leon Kirchner, and works written for them by Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, John Harbison, and Marc Neikrug. They performed the Beethoven cycle in London to inaugurate the new Kings Place Concert Hall. This season includes concerts at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is professor of violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY and serves on the faculties of Juilliard, Mannes College of Music, and Bard College Conservatory.

Born in Strasbourg, France and based now in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years.

Arnaud Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Lexington Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and France’s Nice Orchestra. Further concerto appearances have included a tour of Israel and concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Dresden Music Festival in Germany and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Belgian-American violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

A recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Dimitri was a first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. Other awards include second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists.

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt is the founding violist of the Dover Quartet, First Prize winner and sweeper of every special award at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2013 and winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her numerous awards also include First Prize of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo International Viola Competition and the Sphinx Competition.

Ms. Pajaro-van de Stadt’s summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Bowdoin, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Strings, Bravo! Vail Valley, and La Jolla Summerfest, as well as Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. In addition to appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Grammy-nominated cellist Peter Wiley attended the Curtis Institute at just 13 years of age, under the tutelage of David Soyer. He continued his precocious accomplishments with his appointment as principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony at age 20, after one year in the Pittsburgh Symphony. He made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall in 1986 with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider.

As a recitalist he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. A member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Wiley succeeded his teacher, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet from 2001 to 2009. He is also a member of the piano quartet Opus One, with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Anne-Marie McDermott. Mr. Wiley has enjoyed a long-term association with the Marlboro Music Festival and is currently on the faculties of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, and the Curtis Institute of Music.