Artists: Ayano Nimomiya, violin; Linda Chesis, flute; Quinn Bernegger, tenor; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord
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AYANO NINOMIYA, violin, has been praised for her “deeply communicative and engrossing” (The New York Times) recital at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured in major halls and with orchestras across the U.S. and in Europe, and in many festivals. A winner at the Walter Naumburg International Competition, Tibor Varga International Competition, and Astral Artists National Auditions, Ms. Ninomiya recently gave a TEDx talk on “Living Music.” She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet, with whom she recorded three albums. She is on faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music. She is also a watercolor artist and passionate Aikidoka.
ALEXIS PIA GERLACH, cello, has been lauded for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations; qualities which have led to a career striking for its wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. A founding member of Trio Solisti and Concertante, as a sought-after chamber musician she also performs at major festivals and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Gerlach has performed as on-stage solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and as a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel.
BRADLEY BROOKSHIRE is an assistant conductor and harpsichordist at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan, where he has performed in six productions so far, including The Enchanted Island, Handel’s Rodelinda, Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. He has recorded for Sony Classical, BBC Records, Vox Classics, Opus 111 (Paris), and Music and Arts. His study on William Byrd’s ‘Walsingham’ Variations,” was recently published in Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (Ashgate). Mr. Brookshire is currently at work on a biography of the pianist Edwin Fischer. He teaches music history, historical performance practice, and counterpoint at SUNY Purchase. SUNY awarded him its Chancellor’s Award in 2004.
Cooperstown native QUINN BERNEGGER, tenor, can be seen this summer in the leading role of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Chautauqua Opera. This year he was a resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera. He made his operatic debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at the prestigious Seagle Music Colony. A versatile artist, Mr. Bernegger also has performed the roles of Jack and Cinderella’s Prince in Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Jean Valjean in Schönberg’s Les Misèrables. Mr. Bernegger was a Young Artist at the Opera Company of Middlebury, and a finalist in the 2015 FAVA Grand Concours competition.
Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…