Paolo Bordignon’s diverse engagements have included recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Eustache in Paris, a performance for New York Fashion Week, and conducting appearances on NBC’s Today show. He was a featured soloist at the inauguration of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Copenhagen, and at a Juilliard Gala performance with Renée Fleming and Wynton Marsalis.
Mr. Bordignon has appeared on CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television with Orpheus and the Sejong string orchestra, performing with Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Kyung-Wha Chung, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Youngok Shin, and Lynn Harrell. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, David Robertson, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Hillier and, in 2008, with Midori on a series of concerts for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, playing Bach and Schnittke.
A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Bordignon has worked with composers such as Elliott Carter (performing his Double Concerto), Jean Guillou, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Theophanides, and Melinda Wagner. As harpsichordist for Jackson Hole’s Grand Teton Music Festival, he was recently a featured soloist with the Festival Orchestra in performances led by Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. He has participated at festivals in Bruges, Zurich, Aspen, Bridgehampton, at the Bard Music Festival, and at the Aston Magna Academy.
In 2008 he gave the world premiere of some newly rediscovered, unpublished works by Felix Mendelssohn, including a Sonata for Violin and Pianoforte, and the composer’s only surviving song cycle. He recently presented a series of ten recitals in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Musical Instruments.
Mr. Bordignon serves as associate director of music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, where he helps to oversee one of the nation’s preeminent church music programs. He directs the Boy & Girl Choristers, and plays the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs of the Chapel and Church, the latter being one of the world’s largest. Deeply committed to training the next generation of musicians, he serves on the VOICE Choral Music Charter School board of directors and is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
Paolo Bordignon earned master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees from The Juilliard School. He studied organ with John Weaver, harpsichord with Lionel Party, and is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Doctoral studies brought him to Leipzig and Berlin, where he examined Johann Sebastian Bach’s autograph and original performance materials of Cantata No. 67, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ.
From 1993 to1996 he was on the roster of associate organists for the Wanamaker Grand Court organ in Philadelphia, the world’s largest operational pipe organ. Mr. Bordignon is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He grew up in Toronto, where he studied organ with John Tuttle and received early musical training at St. Michael’s Choir School.
Matthew Dine, began playing the oboe at 15 after seeing a picture of it in the Webster’s Dictionary. He entered the Eastman school at 18, and graduated with the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Further studies at Juilliard has led to a 25-year career playing with New York City’s leading groups.
He has served as Principal Oboe with American Ballet Theatre since 1988, as well as Co-Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1986. He has toured with Orpheus internationally for over 25 years, and has over 50 recordings to his credit with them alone. He has held principal chairs with the San Francisco Ballet, American Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Santa Fe Opera, and has participated at the Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Colorado College and Aspen music Festivals.
His Broadway credits include original orchestra member of Jekyll & Hyde, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, and A Tale of Two Cities.
Also a serious photographer, Dine began photographing musicians in early 2010 for promotional purposes, which led to a freelance position with the New York Times which he continues to hold as Culture photographer. His work can be viewed on Facebook.
Stephen Taylor, one of the most sought-after oboists in the country, holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair at the Chamber Music Society. He is a solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae, and is co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His regular festival appearances include Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Bravo! Vail Valley, Music from Angel Fire, Norfolk, Santa Fe, Aspen, and Chamber Music Northwest. Among his more than 200 recordings is Elliott Carter’s Oboe Quartet for which Mr. Taylor received a Grammy nomination. He has performed many of Carter’s works, giving the world premieres of Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa, and Tempo e Tempi; and the US premieres of Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet, and A 6 Letter Letter. He is entered in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and has been awarded a performer’s grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Trained at The Juilliard School, he is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. Mr. Taylor plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes.