What do you know about the chamber music masters from the American Virtuosi series? If you’re itching to find out more about who these world-class musicians are, here’s your opportunity! In this article, learn about the virtuosi ensemble made up of violinists Peter Winograd and Caterina Szepes, cellists Andres Diaz and Wolfram Koessel, violist Jim Griffith, and pianist Wendy Chen. Don’t miss your chance to see them play Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th.
Meet Violinist Peter Winograd
Peter Winograd holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard. Winograd has been a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School (where the American is Quartet-in-Residence) since 1990. He has also been a member of the American String Quartet for almost 20 years.
Meet Violinist Caterina Szepes
Caterina Szepes studied at the Karlsruhe Conservatory of Music with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher 1985-1991 and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein 1991-1993. Since then, she has played all over the world, and has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1997.
Meet Cellist Andres Diaz
Jim Griffith received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. He also received his undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music and attended Florida State University. He is a former member of the Hudson String Quartet in New York, faculty member of Point-Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont. He formerly served as principal violist of the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi. Currently, he plays viola in the Naples Philharmonic.
Meet Cellist Wolfram Koessel
Andres Díaz studied at the Georgia Academy of Music with Martha Gerchefski. Díaz graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and currently plays an active role in chamber music performances with the Conservatory’s faculty. Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances.
Meet Violist Jim Griffith
Wolfram Koessel is on the cello and chamber music faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and also in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and the Great Wall Academy in China. Since his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, cellist Wolfram Koessel has embarked on a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing internationally in the world’s most distinguished concert halls. Based in New York City, Mr. Koessel appears with a wide range of ensembles and chamber music groups such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Meet Pianist Wendy Chen
Wendy Chen debuted at the age of 15 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn. In 1990 she became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition, was one of the inaugural recipients of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts. Since then, her career has flourished, adding Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Washington International Competition to her numerous awards.
Performances by the Chamber Music Masters
Experience two captivating performances on April 14th and 15th when the American Virtuosi ensemble takes the stage. On April 14th, experience the American Virtuosi Concert, and then on April 15th, take part in the American Virtuosi Gala. The gala includes a gourmet wine dinner from G3 Catering, and a stunning performance from the chamber music masters. Be awed and inspired during this two-day event at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers! Get your tickets now.