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|Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)|
Jessica Linnebach (Violin)
Jethro Marks (Viola)
Amanda Forsyth (Cello)
Angela Cheng (Piano)
A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, Pinchas Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life. In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach, the renowned artist teamed up in 2002 with four protégés to form the Zukerman ChamberPlayers. Despite limited availability during the season, the ensemble has amassed an impressive international touring schedule and performed with some of today's most prestigious artists. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers has recorded four discs on the CBC, Altara and Sony labels, including Schubert's “Trout” Quintet and Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major with Yefim Bronfman, released in May 2008.
The Zukerman ChamberPlayers begins its 2012-2013 season with appearances at the Ravinia and Toronto Summer Music Festivals, and later tours the United States and overseas venues in China, Taiwan, Japan, Austria and Germany, as well as the group’s third tour of South America. Previous seasons have seen prestigious debuts for the Zukerman ChamberPlayers at New York City's 92nd Street Y, Berkeley's CalPerformances, Israel, Istanbul and China, and the group's first appearance in Russia as part of a televised concert at Moscow's December Lights Festival. The ensemble made its New Zealand debut in 2009, performing in six cities to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim.
The Zukerman ChamberPlayers has appeared regularly at the most prominent festivals throughout the United States, including the Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, La Jolla and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals. Additional worldwide engagements have included London's BBC Proms, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Italy's Cortona Festival, and performances in Vienna, Paris, Milan, Budapest, Naples, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Verbier, Warsaw and Yerevan.
Pinchas Zukerman's 2012-2013 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Zukerman is currently in his 14th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. In his fourth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble in concerts in Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom. Additional orchestral engagements include the Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Colorado and Kansas City Symphonies. Guest appearances with international orchestras include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Maarinsky State Theatre Orchestra, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Miyazaki Festival Orchestra and the Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples. Recitals with pianist Angela Cheng take the duo to Salzburg, Prague, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Milan, Taiwan, Madrid, Helsinki and Verbier, among others.
Born in Tel Aviv, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962, where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded a Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence, and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Over the last decade, he has become as equally regarded a conductor as he is an instrumentalist, leading many of the world's top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire's most demanding works. A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts.
Canadian violinist Jessica Linnebach has entranced audiences on five continents with her depth of interpretation and artistry. Since her debut at the age of seven, Jessica has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras throughout Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. Accepted to the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at the age of ten, Jessica remains one of the youngest ever Bachelor of Music graduates in the history of the school. At the age of 17, Jessica received her Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music under Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. She was named the Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in April 2010. Jessica plays the ca. 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin loaned by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
Violist Jethro Marks has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, and is a frequent collaborator with many artists and ensembles. Named principal violist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2011, he has performed at numerous music festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe and the Zukerman Summer Festival. Additional New York appearances include the String Seminar, as well as the Jupiter and Lyric Chamber Music Societies. He has been heard on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, performing with many American and European artists.
Canadian Juno Award-winning Amanda Forsyth is considered one of North America's most dynamic cellists. Her intense richness of tone, remarkable technique and exceptional musicality combine to enthrall audiences and critics alike. In 1999, Amanda Forsyth became principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, where she appears regularly as soloist and in chamber ensembles. She is recognized as an eminent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with leading orchestras in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. As a recording artist she appears on the Fanfare, Marquis, Pro Arte and CBC labels.
Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng performs regularly throughout North America as a recitalist and orchestral soloist. Angela Cheng has been Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Other awards include the Canada Council's coveted Career Development Grant and the Medal of Excellence for outstanding interpretations of Mozart from the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
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