~ 2023 Festival Educational Residencies ~
The 2023 Educational residencies for the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival for masterclasses and informal performances for Festival Participants include Lawrence Dutton, The Pelia String Quartet and NU Quintet.
Violist, Emerson Quartet
Lawrence Dutton, violist of the nine-time Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet, has collaborated with many of the world’s great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Leon Fleisher, Sir Paul McCartney, Renee Fleming, Sir James Galway, Andre Previn, Menahem Pressler, Walter Trampler, Rudolf Firkusny, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, Misha Dichter, Jan DeGaetani, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, and Elmar Oliveira, among others. He has also performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Since 2001, Mr. Dutton has been the Artistic Advisor of the Hoch Chamber Music Series, presenting three concerts at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. He has been featured on three albums with the Grammy winning jazz bassist John Patitucci on the Concord Jazz label and with the Beaux Arts Trio recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57, and the Fauré G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 45, on the Philips label. His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge records was nominated for a Grammy award. Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia, among others. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla, the Heifetz Institute, the Great Mountains Festival in Korea, Chamber Music Northwest, the Rome Chamber Music Festival and the Great Lakes Festival. With the late Isaac Stern he had collaborated in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Stony Brook University and at the Robert McDuffie School for Strings at Mercer University in Georgia, Mr. Dutton began violin studies with Margaret Pardee and on viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and has received Honorary Doctorates from Middlebury College in Vermont, The College of Wooster in Ohio, Bard College in New York and The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. Most recently, Mr. Dutton and the other members of the Emerson Quartet were presented the 2015 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America and were recipients of the Avery Fisher Award in 2004. They were also inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and were Musical America’s Ensemble of the year for 2000. Mr. Dutton resides in Bronxville, NY with his wife violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and their three sons Luke, Jesse and Samuel. Mr. Dutton exclusively uses Thomastik Spirocore strings.
Kim Lewis, flute ~ Michael Dwinell, oboe ~ Kathryn Vetter, clarinet ~ Blair Hamrick, horn ~ Tylor Thomas, bassoon
Formed in 2021, Nu Quintet strives to establish a new tradition that celebrates and expands the wind quintet by reimagining the performance experience, repertoire, and classical music culture. As an ensemble, we want our performances to be engaging, accessible, and open a dialogue with the audience. We aim to support living composers writing for this genre by performing and recording their works as well as commissioning new ones. By doing so, we hope to aid in the creation of a new classical music culture and community that focuses on the voices of today. As of May, NU Quintet has 53 submissions for a "Call for Scores" and plans to start a new repertoire series in the fall.
NU Quintet has performed in the Chelsea Market, masterclasses with flute player Bart Feller, and coachings with bassoonist, Adrian Morejon.
Nathan Cottrell, cello ~ Heejeon Ahn, Delphine Skene; violin ~ Sung Jin Lee, viola
The Pelia String Quartet was formed through the Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University in 2019. In the first few months of playing together in its current formation and following the 2020 pandemic, the Pelia Quartet participated and received a special prize in the 2021 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, a bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and were winners of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. They have collaborated with artists David Shifrin, John Bruce Yeh, Tim McAllister, and Nicholas Phan.
The Pelia Quartet served as the resident string quartet for the SUNY Artist Residency in 2020-2021. The year-long residency focused on enriching and mentoring young musicians. Members of Pelia String Quartet taught private lessons, coached chamber ensembles, and created a curriculum of lectures and demonstrations. The quartet specifically designed the curriculum to teach aspects of playing in a string quartet and how to work together in a chamber ensemble.
The Pelia Quartet has received masterclass instruction from members of the Mirò and Vogler Quartets and Heime Muller, Valentin Erben among others, and continues to receive guidance from the Emerson String Quartet.
Upcoming appearances include a performance of Schubert’s Cello Quintet with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University and the Schumann Piano Quintet with Hiroko Sakurazawa at the PianoPlus! Series in Woodstock, NY.