Noted by the New York Times for “sparkling virtuosity, strong colors and intense lyricism,” violinist Young-Nam Kim has appeared widely in the United States and Europe in summer festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, Colorado, Sion, Sienna. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and those of Alabama, Binghamtom, Brockton, Columbus, Detroit, Lausanne (Switezerland), Rochester, Spokane, and Syracuse. In recital, Mr. Kim has performed at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. In addition to the standard repertoire, Mr. Kim has premiered more than fifty works by important composers of today. He also served on the jury of many competitions including the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy.
Mr. Kim, who soloed with the Seoul Philharmonic while still in his early teens, moved to the United States while still in high school and studied primarily with Louis Krasner in Syracuse and Boston. His other teachers include Felix Galimir in New York and Zino Francescatti in Switzerland.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Mr. Kim frequently performs in concerts with such distinguished artists such as Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt Samuel Rhodes, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Fred Sherry, Yo-Yo Ma and others. In 2001 Mr. Kim was the artistic director with Yo-Yo Ma for the “Hun-Qiao” project, to commemorate the Asian Tragedies of World War II. Hun-Qiao included a world premiere concert of four commissioned works by eminent American, Chinese, Japanese and Korean composers. Mr. Kim also recorded Chen Yi’s new string trio “Ning” with Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man for Sony Classics.
Mr. Kim's recording of two violin concertos written for him by Gunther Schuller and Peter Child with the MIT Wind Ensemble was released on Innova Records in the fall of 2004, to much critical acclaim.
In April of 2004 Young-Nam Kim made a historic appearance representing the U.S. in Pyongyang, North Korea, performing four concerts in the International Spring Arts Festival. He was invited again in 2008 to appear as the soloist with the Pyongyang National Symphony.
For over a decade Mr. Kim was a faculty member and head of chamber and contemporary music activities at Gunther Schuller’s Festival at Sandpoint. He is also founder and director the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute/Festival held annually in August on Burntside Lake near Ely, Minnesota.
At the University of Minnesota Mr. Kim co-directs the New Music Ensemble in addition to his violin studio, and was named the University’s Distinguished McKnight Scholar in 1999. He received a Presidential Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000.
In December 2001 Mr. Kim was honored as one of six and the only musician to be named “Artist of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Young-Nam Kim resides in St Paul with his wife, Ellen.
Maria Jette, soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra: the Symphonies of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Charlotte, Santa Rosa and Buffalo; Vocalessence (formerly The Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota), the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Master Chorale; and with original instrument ensembles Angelica Cantanti, Portland Baroque Orchestra and The Lyra Baroque Orchestra. She has been a regular guest at the Oregon Bach, Victoria Bach and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and on Public Radio International's A Prairie Home Companion. With conductor Helmuth Rilling, she has sung Bach, Mozart and Monteverdi in Germany, Spain, Japan, and Canada, as well as in Minneapolis, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In a 20+ year association with conductor Philip Brunelle, she first appeared as the coloratura dog, Fido, in Britten’s Paul Bunyan; and has gone on to sing everything from fully-staged operas by Mozart opera and Virgil Thomson through oratorios by Handel, William Bolcom and Francis Grier, and most recently, Dominick Argento’s glorious Evensong (2009).
Her 45+ operatic roles range from Monteverdi's Poppea and Handel's Cleopatra through Mozart's Pamina, Countess and Fiordiligi, many of them with the late, lamented Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities. With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she starred as the Mrs. in the May 2002 premiere of Garrison Keillor's operatic excursion, Mr. and Mrs. Olson. She has performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham for more than 50,000 kids, with symphonies and music festivals around the USA.
Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet and Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has had an extensive career in chamber music. As a founding member of the Thouvenel Quartet of Texas, Ms. Chisholm toured Europe, China and Tibet. Internationally known for its commissioning of great American composers, including Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Ernst Krenek and Mel Powell, the Thouvenel won first prize at the Weiner International Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist of New York's Naumburg Competition, and performed on NBC's TODAY Show.
Since joining the Pro Arte in 1991, Ms. Chisholm has performed at the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland, was a juror at the Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition in Warsaw, performed at the XXIII International Viola Congress, and has been featured on five CDs, including Piano Quartets by Beethoven, Fauré, Mahler, Schumann, and Strauss, the Trauermusik for Viola and Orchestra by Hindemith, and the Beethoven Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola. She performs annually in the Festival Der Zukunft in Ernen, Switzerland and is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, whose collaborating artists include members of the Juilliard String Quartet and musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In 1997, Ms. Chisholm gave two master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and performed for the Louis Krasner Memorial Concert at Jordan Hall in Boston with artists Felix Galimir, Young-Nam Kim, Samuel Rhodes, Joel Krosnick, and Gilbert Kalish. She gave the world premiere of the Andrew Imbrie Piano Quartet in March, 1998 with Bonnie Hampton, Nathan Schwarz and Young-Nam Kim.
Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, Anthony Ross has been a soloist many times with the group, performing concertos by Dvorák, Victor Herbert, James MacMillan, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Shostakovich, among others, as well as many chamber works. In October 2009, he was featured in the Schumann Cello Concerto under the baton of Stefan Sanderling; in May 2010 he played the Brahms Double Concerto alongside Acting Concertmaster Sarah Kwak in concerts led by Mark Wigglesworth; in October 2010, Ross performed Walton’s Cello Concerto under Gilbert Varga’s direction.
Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988, Tony was principal cello of the Rochester Philharmonic in New York. He assumed his current position in 1991.
Away from Orchestra Hall, Ross is active as a chamber musician, festival performer and educator. He has appeared in the Mostly Mozart, Cactus Pear (San Antonio) and Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (Madison) festivals, and has performed on stages from Pensacola, Florida, to Rhodes, Greece. Ross has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Aspen Festival and the Grand Teton orchestra seminar.
Ross’ recordings include Bernstein’s Three Meditations with the Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue, the George Lloyd Cello Concerto with the Albany Symphony under David Alan Miller, and works of Rachmaninoff and Elliott Carter for Boston Records.
A graduate of Indiana University, Ross earned a master’s degree at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. In 1982 he was awarded the bronze medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, and he received McKnight Fellowships in 2001 and 2005.
Noted by The New York Times for giving "the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness" and having "played with soulful flair," violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her fourth year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her solo debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans; she has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.
An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana now marks her 10th season as a member of the New Yorker-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, with whom she improvises, performs, composes, and records. Their debut CD of Earle Brown chamber works on the Mode Records label has now been followed by two self-release albums. In 2013, they made their international debut at the John Cage Festival in Berlin performing Cage’s “Song Books” to a packed house alongside the Maulwerker Company. She now marks her 9th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and Mid-East folk music, to the great chamber orchestra masterpieces of the 20th century. In January of 2015, the group released its seventh album, …the ground beneath our feet – a collection of live performances from a recent U.S. tour – for Warner Classics, on which Ariana is a featured soloist in Steve Reich’s Duet for two violins and strings, alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love” for 2015.
Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 11th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which presents a series of five, highly regarded subscription concerts each season, built on the legacy that the great Louis Krasner began with Dimitri Mitropoulos in the 1940s. Collaborations with the CMSM have included performances with pianist Leon Fleisher, violinist Robert Mann, cellists Fred Sherry and Peter Wiley, violists Samuel Rhodes and Nobuko Imai, and clarinetist Charles Neidich, among others.
Ariana has spent summers in the immersive chamber music worlds of the Ravinia's Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d'Arts. A passionate pedagogue, Ariana spends much of the academic year teaching and mentoring a full studio of talented collegiate students at Cornell; during the months of July and August, she serves on the faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute. She volunteers annually with two Title One schools in San Jose, CA and has presented master classes throughout the U.S. at such institutions as Kent State University, The MacPhail Center, Vanderbilt University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. She spent the last six months living, performing, and teaching in Italy on sabbatical from Cornell, and released her first solo album, "Routes of Evanescence" of music by American women composers in December 2015.