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. 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. As soloist, David has performed concertos with the Ft. Dodge Symphony and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and is a 3rd Prize winner of the 2020 World Bach Competition hosted by the Boulder Bach Festival and a semi-finalist of the 2018 Hudson Valley String Competition. In past summers, David was a fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and has attended Tanglewood Music Center, where he was concertmaster of the TMC Orchestra and a member of the New Fromm Players.
Violinist 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.
A Washington native, cellist Audrey Chen is a passionate solo and chamber musician dedicated to sharing the music-making process of discovery and collaboration with the rest of the world. She has performed across the globe, including at Carnegie Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has performed as a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, A Far Cry, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Parker Quartet, and the Borromeo Quartet.
Audrey’s festival appearances include at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program, Tanglewood Music Center, Taos School of Music, and Sarasota Music Festival. After receiving a Bachelor’s from Harvard University and Master’s in Music from the New England Conservatory, she is now pursuing a Doctorate in Musical arts from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her main teachers include Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, and Marcy Rosen. Audrey is also the cellist of the New-York based Argus Quartet.
Double bassist Nina Bernat is the first prize winner at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo 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. As a recipient of the 2019 Keston MAX Fellowship, she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and in a chamber music concert for LSO Discovery Day at LSO St. Lukes, and has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. In 2019, Nina performed Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall as winner of the Juilliard Double Bass Competition. Nina began studying under the instruction of her father and former member of the Israel Philharmonic, Mark Bernat. She has continued her studies with Tim Cobb and Rex Surany at the Juilliard School as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. She has been an invited participant of festivals such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yellowbarn Young Artists Program, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Chinese pianist Jiarong Li has won top prizes at national and international 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 Eastern Central Division of CCTV Piano and Violin Competition, the Distinction Award of the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, and was a finalist at New England Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition. Jiarong has performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States and China including: Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, the ZhongShan Music Hall and the National Theater of China in Beijing, BianZhong Hall in Wuhan. Jiarong is currently pursuing a DMA at Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with John Forconi. Former teachers include Heasook Rhee, Peishan Lee, Bruce Brubaker, and Xiang Zou.
Jiarong is a Si-Yo Artist™.
Sought after as a performer and teacher, Joseph Lin appears regularly throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School where he teaches violin and chamber music, leading artistic collaborations with both students and colleagues. Joseph was first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet from 2011 to 2018. Since then, his concert engagements have included period instrument performances of Beethoven and Schubert as well as the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas; a focus on Beethoven’s Late Quartets, his Violin Sonatas, and the Violin Concerto; performances of Bartók's Second Violin Concerto; and Musicians from Marlboro tours on violin and viola.
As a professor at Cornell from 2007 to 2011, Joseph organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency and led a project with Cornell composers to create new music inspired by Bach. Joseph Lin’s recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni with Benjamin Loeb, an album of Debussy, Franck, and Milhaud with Orion Weiss, and the complete unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe. His recording of Mozart’s A major Violin Concerto with original cadenzas was released in 2017. With the Juilliard Quartet, Mr. Lin recorded Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, Elliot Carter’s Fifth Quartet, as well as the JSQ’s most recent album of Beethoven, Davidovsky, and Bartók.
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.
David Rivera Bozon is a Colombian tenor, based in Boston, with more than seventeen years of experience in music performing. The core of his career has been to share with love the joy of singing; bringing his voice and heart on different latitudes and communities: From big theaters, to flash mobs in bakeries and shopping malls. He has performed extensively as soloist and part of the ensemble Operas, Zarzuelas, Oratorios, Chamber Music and Voice and Piano recitals. Recent highlights include Opera Talk Italy International Virtual Serenade, Opera on Tap OperaGrams, NEMPAC Balcony Series at Tresca, An Opera Evening with Veronica Robles Cultural Center; Misa Criolla with Monadnock Choir and Orchestra. Pinkerton cover with Central City Opera. The title role in Mozart´s Idomeneo with the New England Conservatory Opera, and Dallas from Service Provider by Stephen Weiss with Helios Opera. Mr. Bozón has been a proud Artist in Residence of the Grace Note Farm, Music at the Farm program for three seasons. David received degrees from New England Conservatory and National University of Colombia Conservatory.
Leona Cheung is a Boston-based collaborative pianist. Her deep devotion to vocal-piano repertoire has brought her to perform extensively in many international festivals, including Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Franz Schubert Institut and Songfest, where she worked with many esteemed artists and scholars across the United States and Europe. Currently, she is the resident artist of the Music at the Farm concert series, and staff pianist at the New England Conservatory. As a choral pianist, she has collaborated with Helmuth Rilling and Hong Kong SingFest in multiple choral-orchestral projects. She also joined as Collaborative Piano Fellow in the Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival, where she worked closely with the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. Leona was a founding member and pianist with Cantoria Hong Kong, and can be heard on the chinese choral music album entitled "Half Moon Rising", presented by the Edition Peters. Leona earned her Master of Music and Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory.