Molly Carr, Violist

Molly Carr, Violist

Violist Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (The Strad) and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise” (AVS), was a top prizewinner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition.  As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Ms. Carr made her New York Concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall.  She is the recipient of major prizes and scholarships from the Davidson Institute, ASTA, ARTS, the Virtu Foundation, and the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music.  An avid soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ms. Carr has appeared across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel and Asia.  She is currently an artist of the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Malaga Clasica, Bari International Music Festival (Italy), Mozartfest (Wurzburg, Germany), Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn Music Festival, YAP Ottowa, and the Perlman Music Program.

Ms. Carr has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Donald and Alisa Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, and the Orion and American Quartets, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and the Jerusalem Music Center.  She is a member of the Solera Quartet (Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame) and a former member of the Serafin Quartet.  Ms. Carr recorded the Viola Sonata and early chamber works of Jennifer Hidgon on NAXOS with the Serafin Quartet; in 2016 she joins pianist Josu De Solaun in a NAXOS recording of Enescu’s Op. 16.  A native of Reno, Nevada, Ms. Carr holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, having studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, and Pinchas Zukerman.  She is on the Viola Faculties of the Juilliard Precollege Division and the Galamian School in Málaga, Spain.
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Josu De Solaun, Pianist

As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the I European Union Piano Competition, held in Prague, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Bucharest, Saint Petersburg, Washington, D.C., New York, London, Paris, Leipzig, Taipei, Mexico City, Prague, Rome, and all the major cities of Spain.  His performances have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio, Taiwanese National TV, and Czech National TV, as well as on New York’s WQXR, Princeton’s WPRB, and Chicago’s WFMT.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances as soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, New York’s American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera; a tour of Spain with the Basque National Orchestra; chamber music performances at the Virginia Arts Festival; solo recitals in Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Mexico City’s UNAM; and his conducting debut in Spain with the Joven Orquesta de Malaga.  In 2015, the NAXOS label released his recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces under JoAnn Falletta and members of the Virginia Symphony and Chorus, and in 2016, the NAXOS label will release his 3-CD Box Set of the complete works for piano of George Enescu.

Josu De Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where his two primary teachers and main musical influences were Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez. In Spain, where he studied until the age of 17, his main teachers were Ricardo Roca, Ana Guijarro, and Maria Teresa Naranjo. Throughout his almost 16 years of study in the USA, he has also benefited from the valuable advice and mentorship of Albert and Miyoko Lotto, Joaquin Achucarro, Matti Raekallio, Edna Golandsky, and Jerome Lowenthal.


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Jacob Fowler, Cellist

Cellist Jacob Fowler holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX.  His principal teachers include Alan Harris, Norman Fischer, Brinton Smith, and Desmond Hoebig.  As a chamber musician, Mr. Fowler has participated in several chamber music festivals including Charlie Castleman’s acclaimed Quartet Program and the Thy Masterclass festival in northern Denmark.  Mr. Fowler has performed on numerous occasions for the Masterworks Series at BargeMusic in Brooklyn, NY, collaborating with violinist Mark Peskanov.  Since moving to Virginia, Mr. Fowler has worked many times with Norfolk Chamber Consort, and is a faculty member of the Hampton Roads Chamber Players.

As a soloist, Mr. Fowler performed with the Shepherd School of Music Percussion Ensemble performing Tan Dun’s “Elegy: Snow in June.”  In November 2014, Mr. Fowler collaborated with Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company to perform the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassadó with choreography by Ricardo Melendez, opening with great success and critical acclaim.  His performance was praised by M.D. Ridge of Norfolk’s WHRO as “the pièce de résistance.  [Mr. Fowler] sang sweetly…and the result was spectacular.”  In the summer of 2015, Mr. Fowler helped found, and is now director of, the OBX Chamber Music Series, hosted by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The first festival of its kind in the area, the Series hosted five musicians, including Mr. Fowler, from all over the east coast and was received with great enthusiasm.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Fowler has received fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center (2008-09) and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (2011).  He served as principal cellist under Christoph Eschenbach performing in Istanbul, Spain, Austria, and throughout Germany. Mr. Fowler has been invited on several international tours, including the Houston Symphony’s tour of the U.K. in 2010.  As a principal cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie, he has performed on many political and cultural tours of China, performing in every major city in the country, and performed in the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 in a program honoring relations between the U.S. and Japan.  Since joining the Virginia Symphony in 2010, Mr. Fowler has also performed regularly with the Williamsburg Symphonia and Richmond Symphony.

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Francisco Fullana, Violinist

Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the U.S., Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances, as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician.  Recent appearances include his debut under Gustavo Dudamel performing Brahms’s Violin Concerto in Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Hall, as well as debuts with Maryland Symphony, Madrid State Orchestra and St. Petersburg State Capella.  Solo performances include engagements at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Spain’s National Hall and Hakuju Hall in Tokyo.

First Prize winner at the 2015 Angel Munetsugu International Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, Mr. Fullana also obtained all four special prizes, including Audience Prize, and the loan of the 1697 “Rainville” Stradivarius.  Other recent successes include First Prize at the Pro Musicis International Awards in New York, First Prize at the 2014 Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition in Austria, and multiple top prizes at the 2014 Henri Marteau Competition in Germany.  Mr. Fullana was named Artist-in-Residence of the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra in Spain last season, a three-year project that brings him back to his home country for multiple concerto performances each season.  Since 2013, he has been part of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival, and will be part of two Musicians from Marlboro tours in 2016, performing at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington D.C.’s Library of Congress and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.  Mr. Fullana is also the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, TX.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Fullana obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degrees with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki.  He is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with his mentor Midori Goto at the University of Southern California.  Mr. Fullana has been a recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago since 2013.
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Caroline Goulding, Violinist

Named “precociously gifted” by Gramophone, violinist Caroline Goulding has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Berlin’s ensemble mini, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  The 2015 – 2016 season brings forth engagements in Asia, Europe, and North America with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, and New West Symphony.

Ms. Goulding is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a Grammy nomination for her debut album on the Telarc label.  She has appeared on NBC’s TodayMARTHA hosted by Martha Stewart, Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón, and can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  Currently studying with Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, Ms. Goulding splits her time between Kronberg, Germany, and Boston, Massachusetts.  Other musical mentors have included Donald Weilerstein, Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.

A past member of the Stradivari Society, Caroline currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius (c. 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
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Andrew Janss, Cellist

The New York Times has hailed cellist Andrew Janss for his “glowing tone,” “insightful musicianship,” and “sumptuous elegance.” He has been featured at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Louvre Museum, and the Sydney Opera House. Classically, Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of the world’s greatest artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Takács Quartets. As a soloist, he has performed the concertos of Dvořák, Haydn,Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns. He has performed as principal cellist of the renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and from 2007 – 2010 was an artist at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society Two with the Escher String Quartet. He has performed at many major classical music festivals, including the Marlboro, La Jolla, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Music@Menlo Festivals.

Mr. Janss loves collaborations that take him outside the traditional concert hall. He tours regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing with them across the U.S. and internationally to Italy, China, and Australia. In 2015, he joins the cello band Break of Reality for tours of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Brazil, and Haiti. The 2013 premiere of Mr. Janss’ arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for string quartet and singer was attended by over 5,000 people at the Levitt Pavillion in Los Angeles to rave reviews. Respected as a clinician, he has been invited to residencies at Notre Dame, Tulane, VCU, SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Idaho. He also consulted for actor Christopher Walken on how to play the cello for the critically acclaimed movie A Late Quartet. Mr. Janss is Program Director of the Omega Ensemble, where he curates concerts of the best emerging classical artists.
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Brendan Speltz, Violinist

Violinist Brendan Speltz, a Los Angeles native, began his serious music studies at the Colburn School of Music, studying with Chan Ho Yun, Henry Gronnier, and later Linda Rose.  He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, studying with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer.  While at USC, Mr. Speltz was chosen by legendary violinist Midori Goto to participate in a string quartet program with the latter coaching from the second violin chair.  In 2012, he earned his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying with Laurie Smukler. At both institutions he served in a principal or concertmaster capacity.

Mr. Speltz has performed at a wide variety of music festivals as soloist and chamber musician, including the Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Encore, the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Niagara, Canada.  As a quartet musician, he has made appearances on Fox and NBC New York.  Most recently, he performed Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat during a joint Russian and Swiss event at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Speltz has also performed as a chamber musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and as violinist with the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Ballet Theatre, and Symphony in C.  He also serves as a seasonal artist on the New York-based chamber music series Omega Ensemble.  Most recently, Mr. Speltz has been traveling the globe with Shuffle Concert, a groundbreaking chamber music ensemble that gives the audience an opportunity to choose the program in real time.  Mr. Speltz plays on a 1925 Carl Becker violin.

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