A special evening dedicated to the genius of Mozart, featuring his sublime clarinet quintet.
Mozart: Flute Quartet K. 285b in C Major
Mozart Quartet K. 575 in D Major
Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A major
Performers: Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Miho Saegusa and Katherine Fong, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Clancy Newman, cello; and Linda Chesis, flute.
Praised as “…extraordinary…” and “…a formidable clarinetist…” by the New York Times, ROMIE de GUISE-LANGLOIS has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. She is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was awarded the First Prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition; she was additionally a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Award. An avid chamber musician, Ms. de Guise-Langlois joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has performed as Principal Clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She has completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and is currently Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair University.
Violinist MIHO SAEGUSA enjoys a multifaceted career as a versatile chamber musician, orchestral leader, and soloist. She is a member of the Aizuri Quartet, which captured first prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in May. Her passion for chamber music has led to memorable summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, and Music@Menlo, as well as tours with Musicians from Marlboro. She has performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and for five years served as the Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. This year will mark Miho’s sixteenth season with IRIS Orchestra where she has held the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair on numerous occasions. Born in Kitakyushu, Japan, Miho has played the violin since the age of five, and her principal teachers include Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and earned her Master of Music and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School.
Violinist KATHERINE FONG leads a multifaceted existence as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, entrepreneur, and mother. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000. A native of Amarillo, Texas, she began playing at age four. Katherine frequently performs as soloist in Bogotá with the Orquesta Nacional de Colombia and runs her company Luxitune designing bejeweled fine tuners for string instruments. She has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble and Maestro James Levine at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Katherine received a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Eric Rosenblith, and continued her studies with Cho-Liang Lin and Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School, where she received her Master of Music degree. She is proud mommy to Ezekiel, age 2 and is married to violist Dov Scheindlin.
DOV SCHEINDLIN, viola, is a member and Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and an Associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets. He has performed in 28 countries around the globe, and won the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has appeared as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and has recorded extensively for EMI, Teldec, and others. He won the Gramophone Award in 2002 for the Arditti Quartet’s recording of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows. He has premiered chamber music by Britten, Carter, Kurtág, Adès and others. He has performed at festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, and Tanglewood with members of the Juilliard, Alban Berg, Tokyo, and Borodin String Quartets. Dov Scheindlin lives in New York and he plays a viola by Francesco Bissolotti of Cremona, made in 1975. He is married to Met violinist Katherine Fong, and they have a two-year-old son, Ezekiel.
Cellist CLANCY NEWMAN, first prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. He has performed as soloist throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia, and he has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro, and he is currently a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. As a composer, he has been featured on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Double Exposure” series and the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ “Freshly Scored” series, and has received numerous commissions. His piano trio, Juxt-Opposition, is available on Bridge Records.
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…