2022 Artists

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      Violinist David Bernat is a C.V Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he studies with Joseph Lin, and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Soovin Kim. David has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, at Red Barn Chamber Music in Iowa City, and in recitals throughout the United States, Germany, and China. He was recently featured on the BBC Radio 3 program, In Tune, and at WQXR’s Greene Space as part of Juilliard’s annual ChamberFest. 

     In the summers, David has been invited to Tanglewood as a member of the New Fromm Players, Marlboro Music Festival, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Moritzburg Festival Academy. In addition to his role as artistic director of Grace Note Farm Music Festival, David continues to be committed to expanding community access to classical music, and has twice been a fellow of New England Conservatory’s Community Performance and Partnerships program. He has shared his music at retirement communities, shelters, and hospitals throughout the Boston area, and at the Women’s Lunch Place as part of Music for Food. 

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       Cameron Chase, currently studies at the Juilliard School with Areta Zhulla and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance. In the Pre-College Program at Juilliard he studied with Mr. Hyo Kang and Mr. I-hao Lee. He has attended music festivals such as the International Academy of Music in Italy, Music Mountain Masterclasses in CT, and The Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. Cameron is also an avid chamber music devotee and has worked on various chamber pieces with musicians such as Mischa Amory, Mikhael Kopelman, Ayano Ninomiya, Daniel Phillips, Kim Kashkashian, and the Verona Quartet. He played Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; he won the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition where subsequently he played the first movement of Bruch violin concerto under the conducting of Christopher Hisey, and was a finalist in the Musical Club of Hartford High School Competition. Under the direction of Maestro Jonathan Yates for two years Cameron was the concertmaster of the Principal Orchestra of Norwalk Youth Symphony, and as one of the winners in the Bridgeport Symphony Competition he played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Bridgeport Symphony

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       Washington native and cellist Audrey Chen has performed around the world in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center. She has appeared on NPR’s From the Top Radio Show, concertized with the Seattle Symphony and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and has been featured as a chamber music artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Silk Road Ensemble, Argus Quartet, Parker Quartet, and Borromeo Quartet. 

       Audrey's festival appearances include being featured at Music@Menlo, Four Seasons Chamber Music, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.After receiving her Bachelor’s from Harvard University and Master’s in Music from the New England Conservatory, she is now pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her main teachers include Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, and Marcy Rosen. In her spare time, Audrey enjoys watching films, cooking/baking, and making greeting cards. This is Audrey’s second season at the Grace Note Farm Festival and she is very excited to be back to share more music with everyone!

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Lebanese-American pianist Elias Dagher values music's power to build community. Working with both vocalists and instrumentalists in his role as a collaborative pianist, he has been active as a Piano Fellow at Bard College, accompanying lessons, classes, and recitals. Some of his most influential piano teachers have included Eugene Kaminsky, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, Alexander Korsantia, Vivian Weilerstein, and Cameron Stowe. Elias has played with and performed alongside a Boston-based group of practitioners of traditional Zimbabwean music. In the summer, he will be performing regularly at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he will be a Piano Fellow.

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       Double bassist ​Nina Bernat​ is the first prize winner at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and Juilliard Double Bass Competition. At the age of 19, she performed as guest principal of the Israel Philharmonic under Adrás Schiff and Osmo Vänskä as well as with the New York Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Nina has been an invited participant of festivals such as Yellowbarn and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and most recently, Marlboro Music Festival. As an avid chamber musician, Nina has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players, Juilliard ChamberFest, and at the inaugural Grace Note Farm Music Festival. She is in the studios of cellist Astrid Schween and bassist Tim Cobb at the Juilliard School and is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.  

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       Jiarong Li Chinese pianist Jiarong Li enjoys sharing music with the community and collaborating with instrumentalists. Jiarong was a collaborative piano fellow at Bowdoin Music Festival and has been invited as a collaborative piano fellow at Music Academy of the West this summer. She featured as pianist for the 2019 production of the contemporary opera Oedipus in the District at the Tank in NYC, Modern Art Meet Chamber Music series at Stride Arts Gallery, Si-Yo Musical Phone Pal and Distant But Connected projects. Her upcoming engagements include recitals with Violinist David Bernat at Columbia University at St. Paul’s Chapel and Grace Note Farm in Pascoag, RI.

       She is currently pursuing her doctorate in collaborative piano with fellowship at Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with John Forconi. Jiarong holds a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Bruce Brubaker and Pei-Shan Lee, and a Bachelor of Music from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she was admitted with first place, and studied with Xiang Zou. Her former teachers include Heasook Rhee from Manhattan School of Music and Xianyu Ke from her hometown, Zhuzhou, China. As a solo pianist, she has won prizes at competitions including first prize in the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy Competition, the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, the International Music Competition-Best Schubert Performance, the Distinction Award of the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, and was a finalist at New England Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition and semi-finalist at Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts International Concerto Competition. Jiarong is a Si-Yo Artist.

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      Martine Thomas, violist and poet, has a Masters in Viola Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Harvard-New England Conservatory dual degree program. Martine is based in New York City, where she is beginning her Doctorate of Musical Arts at CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2021. She is an artist with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, performing the music of blended world traditions around the country. She performs traditional classical music as a soloist and chamber musician, working with Martha Katz, Paul Biss, Kim Kashkashian, JACK Quartet, and the Parker Quartet. Martine enjoys collaborating closely with composers of her generation, like Camila Agosto and Clifton Guidry III, as well as established composers, including Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, and George Lewis. Summers spent with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity have honed her interest in contemporary music, creative, and improvised music. Martine is also a poetry editor for Peripheries Journal and a recipient of the Joan Gray Untermeyer Poetry Prize and the Le Baron Russell Briggs Travelling Prize. Jorie Graham advised Martine’s senior thesis, a collection of original poems. You can find her recent poetry in Lana Turner Journal and the Colorado Review.

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After pursuing a career as a professional ping pong athlete for ten years, a new path in Ning Zhang’s life was opened up as she encountered her beloved instrument, clarinet, at the age of 14. With her talent and enthusiasm for music, just two years later, Ms. Zhang was awarded the First Prize of the National Wind Competition of China, transcending her sportsmanship to musical stages. In the following years, she has continued her success in solo competitions, winning major competitions including the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra Solo Competition.

       Ms. Zhang’s leadership as an emerging international musician is also shown in her endeavors to promote communication across cultures. During the past years, she has been invited as full a scholarship recipient to music festivals such as Verbier Music Festival (2014, 2016), Bowdoin International Music Festival (2019, 2020), and The National Orchestra Institute and Festival (2018), and many others, using her music to lift up audiences from all over the world. Moreover, she has been invited as a translator for over 100 international master classes and musical conferences worldwide. In 2018, her Chinese translation of Dr. Kornel Wolak’s Articulation Types, Clarinet Booklet has been published and used in conservatories in China, transmitting musical wisdom from the west across the pacific. Ms. Zhang is currently pursuing her D.M.A degree at The Juilliard School, under the celebrated clarinetist Charles Neidich.

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Violinist Lun Li is a native of Shanghai, China. Traveling between Shanghai and New York has brought him experience and honor; in 2021, He was awarded First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Lilian and Maurice Barbash J. S. Bach competition. In 2017, he served as the concertmaster of the Pacific Festival Orchestra under the conductor Valery Gergiev. In 2012, as a result of winning second place in the 2nd Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, his quartet was invited to perform in the Helsinki Music Centre Festival.

An avid chamber musician, he has participated in Marlboro Music Festival, Verbier Music Festival Academy, Music@Menlo international program and Music from Angelfire. He has had the pleasure to work alongside prestigious musicians like Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Marcy Rosen, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, and members from Calidore, Doric, and Miro Quartet.

Lun is a recent graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music with a Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian where he received the Jean J. Sterne fellowship. He is now pursuing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Catherine Cho and Joseph Lin with generous support from Charles Rosenthal.

Yunwen Chen is a classically trained cellist and holds a bachelor's degree from Eastman School of Music (under the guidance of Alan Harris), and a master’s degree from New England Conservatory of Music (under the guidance of Paul Katz). 

Born in Nanjing, China, her training in cello performance began when she was invited to study at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her passion for music and curiosity to see the world eventually led her to the journey in the U.S. at age 16, where she worked vigorously to learn a second language and embrace new cultures. In addition to performing in concert halls, she is especially enthusiastic about outreaches in community spaces where music brings comfort, inspiration, and hope. Last year she volunteered to teach students from Boston Arts Academy who could not afford the musical education they needed. She has collaborated with musicians around the globe at music festivals such as Kneisel Hall and Yellow Barn. 

Yunwen is currently at Manhattan School of Music pursuing the Professional Study certificate under the direction of Julia Lichten. She plays a 1771 instrument made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi.

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Hannah Ishizaki is a young composer from Pittsburgh, based in New York City. Hannah’s works often draw from the physicality and theatricality of performance practice. Immersed in the world of collaboration, Hannah frequently works with dancers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists to connect the seemingly unconnected and create innovative and multidisciplinary projects. In 2017, she became the youngest woman ever to have a world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she completed a residency in the Henriquez (“The Boat”) Studio at Banff. In the summer of 2022, she will be in residence at Hellerau in Dresden, writing a variety or chamber, orchestral, and vocal works.

 

Her compositions have been performed across the country and internationally and by renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, and the National Sawdust Ensemble. Hannah has studied with composers Andrew Norman, Robert Beaser, and David Ludwig, and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School.