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Deborah Boldin, flute
Robyn Bollinger, violin
Lizzie Burns, double bass
Vivian Chang-Freiheit, piano
Gloria Chien, piano
Vivian Choi, piano
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Nancy Dimock, oboe
Gary Gorczyca, clarinet
Joshua Gordon, cello
Susan Hagen, double bass
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Whitacre Hill, French horn
Mark Holloway, viola
Franziska Huhn, harp
Yoo Jin Jang, violin
Siwoo Kim, violin
Eunae Koh, violin
Danny Koo, violin
Mary Mackenzie, soprano
William Manley, percussion
Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Kelli O'Connor, clarinet
Grace Park, violin
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Damian Primis bassoon
Melissa Reardon, viola
Sarah Rommel, cello
Elizabeth Schumann, piano
Matt Sharrock, percussion
Jennifer Slowik, oboe
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Aron Zelkowicz, cello

Gabriel Langfur,
managing director

Hans Spencer,
education program

 
  Rhonda Rider
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Rhonda Rider

cello

A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over twenty years, Rhonda Rider is now a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix. Ms. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic's Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe. As a chamber musician she has won numerous prizes at the Banff, Evian, Fischoff and Portsmouth Competitions. As a soloist she won the Concert Artists Guild Award as well as an Aaron Copland Recording Grant. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery, Wigmore Hall (London), Symphony Space, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Series. Dedicated to the performance of “new” music, Ms. Rider has premiered and recorded works by such renowned composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Yu-Hui Chang, Bright Sheng and Elliott Carter. 

Ms. Rider has given numerous masterclasses at schools including the Yale School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Princeton University. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the American String Teachers’ Association, and Chamber Music America. She has also adjudicated at the Concert Artists Guild, Stulberg and Fischoff Competitions. During the summer months, she performs and teaches at festivals including Music From Salem, Green Mountain and ARIA, and is the cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. Each June she holds a Cello Seminar dedicated to contemporary music in Salem, New York. This season she will perform across the US and Asia. 

In 2010, Ms. Rider was named Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Eleven pieces for solo cello were commissioned for her February and October residencies. The works were performed in fifteen concerts across the United States in a wide variety of venues from Boston and Dallas to Wupatki National Monument and rural New York State. 

Ms. Rider holds degrees from Oberlin and Yale. Her teachers have included the renowned cellists Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova and Richard Kapuscinski. Her chamber music coaches have included Robert Koff, Simon Goldberg, Raphael Hillyer and Louis Krasner. She is currently the Chair of Chamber Music and on the cello faculty at The Boston Conservatory and on the cello faculty of Boston University.

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