Chamber Music – May 15, 2016
CYNTHIA PHELPS, Viola
MARSHA HELLER, Oboe
Loeffler – Deux Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano
Turina – Scene Andalouse for viola, string quartet and piano
Barber – Summer Music for woodwind quintet
Bruch – Septet for winds and strings
Acclaimed chamber musician, solo artist and orchestral musician CYNTHIA PHELPS is a native of Los Angeles and has been Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic since 1992 (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair). Her solo appearances with this orchestra have included performances on its 2006 Tour of Italy, performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in 2010 as well as Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Violist Rebecca Young in 1999. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Ms. Phelps performs regularly as chamber musician with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Boston Chamber Music Society, and at the festivals of Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle and Chamber Music Northwest. Cynthia Phelps has performed in recital in Paris, Rome, London, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, and she is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award as well as top prize winner at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and Washington International String Competition. Appearances on television and radio have included Live from Lincoln Center on PBS, National Public Radio, Radio France and RAI in Italy. A former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, she is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.
Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, oboist MARSHA HELLER is a graduate of Oberlin College and pursued advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Juilliard School of Music. She made her New York solo debut as 1971 Winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition, and has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing with the American, Colonial and Queens Symphonies, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York Pops. Ms. Heller has been a frequent soloist at the Berkshire Bach Society, Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Double Entendre, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Bronx Arts Ensemble, and is featured as solo performer on many of BAE’s CDs. Marsha Heller is a faculty member at Montclair State University, where she has taught oboe and chamber music since 1993. An accomplished painter, she exhibits regularly throughout the Northeast as well as in Florida; her website is Marsha Heller Gallery, which lists her busy schedule of exhibits.
Pianist YI-FANG HUANG is Viola Coach at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music, and she has collaborated with musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and with top prize winners of the William Primrose Competition, Lionel Tertis Competition and Munich Competition. Ms. Huang has appeared at the New York Philharmonic Insights Series, Louvre Museum Concert du midi, OK Mozart, Great Mountains Festival and Music Academy of the West. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yi-Fang Huang has a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School and D.M.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and is a former student of Martin Canin, Susan Starr and Yu-Chiou Lu Tchen. She is also on the faculty of the Perlman Music Program and Founder of Orford Arts Centre Instrumental Collaborative Piano Workshop.