Biographies

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Nina Falk

Nina Falk, violin and viola, is a founding member of the Arcovoce Chamber Ensemble. She received her training from the Juilliard Preparatory Division, Oberlin Conservatory, and on a Fulbright fellowship in London and Rome. A former member of the Baltimore Symphony, she plays with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Folger Consort, Opera Lafayette, and the Cantate Chamber Singers. In a review in the Washington Post, Ms. Falk’s playing was described as “mesmerizing.” She is the founder and director of A Musical Heart which brings live music to the bedside of hospice patients.

 

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Elizabeth Field

Violinist Elizabeth Field, is the founder of The Vivaldi Project and is the concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Elizabeth performs with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the US: from Washington DC's acclaimed Opera Lafayette to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. A former member of Brandywine Baroque, Field was also a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet. In addition to period instrument recordings for Hungaroton, Naxos, and Dorian, Field has performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has held professorships at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Davis, and has served twice as the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette College in Easton PA. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Field holds a DMA from Cornell University in 18th-century performance practice and has coached student & professional performers throughout the U.S. including the Curtis Insituture of Music and The Boston Conservatory. She is a frequent guest artist with the Mallarme Chamber Ensemble and Magnolia Baroque. The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recording of seven unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) has been heralded as: “Superb...highly recommended “ (Fanfare Magazine). Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled: Performing the Score, was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring.”

 

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Rosa Lamoreaux

Soprano ROSA LAMOREAUX is known for her flawless sense of style, her incandescent presence, and “a wonderfully rich timbre and an amazingly flexible voice” (The Washington Post). She has been hailed for her versatile musicianship, her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing, and her many fine recordings. After winning the Handel Aria Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and an honor as finalist in the Oratorio Society Competition of New York, Ms. Lamoreaux went on to perform in Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Kennedy Center. In Europe she has appeared at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Reingau Music Festival, La Fenice, the Louvre and the Belvedere Schloss among other distinguished venues. A popular chamber music performer, she sings with the Folger Consort, the Vocal Arts Quartet, and Hesperus, and she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Ms. Lamoreaux’s recordings include Bach’s “Mass in B minor” on Dorian; “Luminous Spirit,” “Dancing Day,” Berlioz’s “Messe Solennelle,” “Four Centuries of Song,” “Gentle Annie,” “Spain in the New World,” “I Love Lucette,” and “My Thing is My Own” on Koch International; “Christmas with The Choral Arts Society,” and “Masters in this Hall “on the Gothic label; and a new recording of “Classical Cabaret.”

 

Douglas McNames

Cellist Douglas McNames has become a favorite with audiences in concerts of music that spans three centuries. As a member of the award-winning Delos Quartet, Mr. McNames appeared regularly throughout the United States and abroad. As soloist in recital, he has performed the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with pianist Michael Steinberg. A regular substitute player with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. McNames is also Principal Cellist with the Carmel Bach Festival and enjoys a busy schedule of performing with such ensembles as Brandywine Baroque, Melanomie, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mid Atlantic Chamber Music Society, Pro Musica Rara, and the Rider String Quartet. Mr. McNames has also been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Cassela Quartet, winners of the 1983 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Awarded the 1995 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, Mr. McNames can be heard on the Spectrum, Etcetera, Centaur, and Epiphany labels on both modern and original instruments

 

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Steven Silverman

Steven Silverman has performed extensively in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States on both piano and harpsichord. The New York Times called his New York solo piano debut “a splendid affair…his playing had dimension, atmosphere, energy and discipline – wedded to a sense of rhythm that would not quit.” Bernard Holland praised Mr. Silverman’s Weill Hall recital in the New York Times: “It took only a few bars of ‘Hommage à Rameau’ to hear that Steven Silverman is a pianist of taste and sensitivity…This young pianist also showed a big enough grasp – both technically and musically – to hold Charles Ives’s giant ‘Concord’ Sonata firmly in his hands. He is a sound and thoughtful musician, and his recital on Saturday gave pleasure.” The Washington Post said that his playing was “nothing short of electrifying. His incredible musicianship and sheer technical wizardry at the piano made themselves clear”. The Post also extolled Mr. Silverman’s performance of one of his specialties, the Ives Second Sonata: “a brilliant and deliciously evocative sojourn in which the pianist caught every tonal shade and exposed every melodic thread… The rest of the recital was just as good… his playing was blessed by the same warmth, intelligence and unshakable ability to capture the essence of the music.” Mr. Silverman performs not only much of the standard repertory and also has given acclaimed performances of rarely heard but outstanding works such as both of Charles Ives’s piano sonatas, the complete Goyescas of Granados, Elliott Carter’s piano sonata (in a performance praised by the composer), and de Falla’s harpsichord concerto. Mr. Silverman holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Eugene Bossart, Arthur Haas, Benning Dexter, Louis Nagel, Charles Crowder, Thomas Schumacher, Ann Schein, and the great pianist Andrzej Wasowski. In 2015, he made an acclaimed debut performance in Paris, France at the prestigious Salle Cortot performing two-piano music with pianist Michael Wladkowski.