ELIZABETH MANN, FLUTIST – STEPHEN TAYLOR, OBOIST – LAURA FRAUTSCHI, VIOLINIST – DAVID CERUTTI, VIOLIST – JULIA LICHTEN, CELLIST
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has played principal flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and recently recorded and performed as associate principal flute with the New York Philharmonic. She has been principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera and Minnesota Orchestra, flutist of the Dorian Wind Quintet, and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Liz has toured the U.S. performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of André Previn, soloed with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall, and performed the “Brandenburg” Concertos with Jaime Laredo in Spain and Japan. She gave the U.S. premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Flute and Violin with Gidon Kremer, and premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower and a concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies. Liz has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria, and Caramoor Music Festival. She can be heard on more than 100 recordings, including a critically acclaimed CD of Chopin flute and harp transcriptions with Deborah Hoffmann titled Reflections. Liz is a well-known teacher in New York and gives masterclasses across the country. She is involved with the Orpheus Institute at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and teaches at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. After winning the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age12, Liz’s career began with a solo performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She attended The Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker.
Oboist Stephen Taylor holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is also solo oboe with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (where he is co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, the renowned contemporary music group Speculum Musicae, and plays as co-principal oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He appears regularly as soloist and chamber musician at such major festivals as Spoleto, Caramoor International Music Festival, Aldeburgh, Bravo! Colorado, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein. Stereo Review named his recording of Mozart’s “Sinfonie Concertante” for winds (Deutsche Grammophon with Orpheus) the “Best New Classical Recording.” Included among his more than 200 other recordings are Bach arias with Itzhak Perlman and Kathleen Battle, Bach’s Oboe d’amore Concerto, as well as premier recordings of the Wolpe Oboe Quartet, Elliott Carter’s Oboe Quartet for which Taylor received a Grammy Nomination, and works of Andre Previn. He has premiered many of Carter’s works including “A Mirror on Which to Dwell,” “Syringa,” “Tempo e Tempi,” “Trilogy for Oboe and Harp” (US), “Oboe Quartet” (US), and “A 6 Letter Letter” (US). Trained at the Juilliard School with teachers Lois Wann and Robert Bloom, Taylor is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale School of Music, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Stony Brook, and the Manhattan School of Music. The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University awarded him a performer’s grant in 1981. Taylor collects and restores old wooden boats and plays on a rare Caldwell model Loree oboe.
Violinist Laura Frautschi has established a reputation as a versatile musician with a strong commitment to contemporary as well as classical repertoire. She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia, and collaborates frequently with living composers. She has given world premieres of violin concerti by leading American composers Lee Hyla and Augusta Read Thomas. Her recent chamber music activities include appearances at the Caramoor International Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wellseley Composer Conference, Moab and St. Bart’s Music Festivals. In addition, she is a concertmaster of the New York City Opera Orchestra, and has toured internationally as a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Frautschi’s extensive discography ranges from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Festival Strings Lucerne and Lee Hyla ’ s Violin Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, to twentieth-century chamber works by Bernard Rands, Chen Yi, and Margaret Brouwer. Laura Frautschi studied applied mathematics at Harvard College, and violin performance with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School.
David Cerutti performs internationally as violist and violist d’amore. He is co-principal violist of Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has been a member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble since 2008. He appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has been a guest soloist for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is a regular participant in the Helicon Concert Series, founded by the late Albert Fuller. David is a former member of the Smithson String Quartet and has been a guest artist with the Brentano String Quartet and Cygnus Ensemble. He has collaborated with members of Ensemble Archibudelli on a recording of the Mendelssohn and Gade string octets, performed on Stradivarius instruments for the Sony Classical label, and his unedited performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 was chosen by National Public Radio as one of seven best live recordings of Bach from Performance Today. His recordings of Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht are soon to be released this year on the Meyer Media label. In 2012, David was featured viola d’amore soloist in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Janáček’s Makropoulos Case, and he is presently collaborating on a viola concerto with Mika Pelo, composer-in-residence at University of California, Davis. In the 2012/2013 season, he joined the Loma Mar Quartet (including fellow Orchestra of St. Luke’s members Krista Bennion Feeney, Myron Lutzke, and Anca Nicolau) in two weeks of performances of Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 for the San Francisco Ballet. He has composed several works and currently is writing a piece for the Seattle-based Odeon String Quartet.
Julia Lichten enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher and coach in the New York area. She received degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe and the New England Conservatory, followed by two years of study at the Mannes College of Music. Her major teachers were Mischa Nieland and Paul Tobias. A member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1995, she has toured as a soloist with Orpheus, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro and the American Chamber Players. She has performed at the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Taos, Library of Congress, Caramoor, Rockport, and Evian; performs frequently with the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society; and has taught at Kneisel Hall, the Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. An active recitalist, she has performed in such venues as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton universities and toured Europe under State Department sponsorship as an Artistic Ambassador. She has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, Arabesque, Koch International Classics, Music Masters, Sony Classical, and Deutsche Grammophon. A member of the Manhattan School of Music cello faculty since 1989, she also serves on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.