Denexxel Domingo has been an active chamber musician and clarinetist in the Boston area since 2007. He is a clarinetist in Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, bringing varied repertory to the local audience as well as an educational mission to its many grammar and secondary schools. In January 2009, Denexxel made his Boston soloist debut with Discovery Ensemble, performing John Harbison’s Double Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, and String Orchestra with oboist Peggy Pearson.
Denexxel’s primary clarinet teachers include Gary Gray in Los Angeles and Thomas Martin, associate principal clarinet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Science degree in economic policy from Suffolk University.
Ruth Lomon’s compositions include orchestral works and concertos for piano, trumpet and bassoon; chamber music, large vocal works such as a Requiem for soprano, chorus and winds as well as an Oratorio for chorus, orchestra and soloists based on poetry of the Holocaust. Among her commissions are Massachusetts Council on the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts Foundation Pro Arte Orchestra of Boston, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and the Rebecca Clarke Society. In July '99 M. Lomon received the Miriam Gideon Composition award for her song cycle Songs of Remambrance. In 2001 she also received the Chicago Professional Musicians Award for the 10th song of the cycle which is set for mezzo soprano, English horn and piano. Since 1998 Ruth Lomon has been Composer/Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. A native of Montreal, Canada, Ruth Lomon attended Le Conservatoire de Quebec and McGill University. She continued her studies with Frances Judd Cooke at the New England Conservatory of Music and, later, with Witold Lutoslawski at Dartington College, England.
Born in Moscow and educated in Israel and the US, Matti Kovler wrote his first opera at the age of 17. His works have since been performed in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Boston, Oslo and New York, by the Metropole Orchestra (Hol- land), Fox Studios Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Ariel Quartet (Boston) and the Brillaner Duo (Berlin). Kovler’s music has been praised for its “emotive potency” (New York Times), and described as “notable for its pacing and bold orchestral colors” (The Boston Globe) and “part mystical, part comical” (Grade A Entrepreneurs). Recent projects included a Carnegie Hall commission—a mono- drama for soprano and chamber ensemble; the work, Here Comes Messiah!, was premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2009. A doctoral candidate at the New England Conservatory, Matti is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for study in the US. Among other awards are fellow- ships at the Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festivals, the Theodore Presser Award and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Called by Steve Smith of the New York Times “a potentially estimable operatic composer in the making,” Matti Kovler is just looking for a good librettist.
Since coming to study in the United States in 2005, pianist Artem Belogurov has emerged as a versatile artist. He has given numerous solo and chamber recitals in the New England area and throughout the country, performing at well-known venues, such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Duncan Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, University of North Texas, Harvard Music Association, Slosberg Recital Hall at Brandeis University, Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at Longy School of Music, and Jordan Hall on several occasions, including performance of Brahms Second Sonata as part of the Piano Future! Festival and Boston premiere of Carter’s “Catenaires”. He also appeared on WGBH radio station live broadcast with cellist Bong-Ihn Koh. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, in 2010 Artem Belogurov received a Presedential scholarship at the Longy School of music to study with Peter Serkin. Mr. Belogurov attended the prestigious Aspen and the Tanglewood Music Festivals, where he studied and participated in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Claude and Pamela Frank, Garrick Olssohn, Christian Teztlaff and Alexander Lonquich, among others.
Tomás Cruz's career was launched with a performance as a soloist with the legendary Jazz educator Phil Mattson at the Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, New York. He has since performed internationally at the Covent Garden (London), Sculler's Jazz Club (Boston), Vasteras Concert House (Sweden), Etta Jazz Club (Tel-Aviv), and Symphony Davies Hall (San Fran- cisco). Described as 'having a lyrical, intimate sound, that brings people in," Tomas's vocal flexibility has drawn him to a wide range of repertoire from traditional Jazz renditions to contemporary music. Tomás is currently pursuing his Master's degree on the Alice Canaday Foundation scholarship at the New England Conservatory, studying with Dominique Eade and Fred Hersch.
Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano, is an acclaimed soloist and recitalist whose singing has been praised for her "exquisite vocal color," "musical sensitivity," and "eloquent phrasing." Recent appearances include the premiere of a new John Harbison work, The Seven Ages, which she performed in New York, San Francisco, Boston and London. Ms. Dellal made her Kennedy Center debut under Julian Wachner in the B-minor Mass, and her Lincoln Center debut under conductor William Christie in Messiah. She has also performed with Seiji Ozawa, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Bernard Labadie and Roger Norrington. Operatic appearances include leading roles in Alcina, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, La Clemenza di Tito, Così Fan Tutte, Vanessa, The Rape of Lucretia, and A Winter's Tale. She has over twenty-five recordings to her credit, on the Artona, BMG, CRI, Dorian, Meridian, and KOCH labels. Ms. Dellal is featured on the recording of Ruth Lomon's Songs of Remem- brance, on the CRI label.
Denexxel Domingo, clarinet, has been an active chamber musician and clarinetist in the Boston area since 2007. He is a clarinetist in Boston’s ac- claimed Discovery Ensemble, bringing varied repertory to the local audience as well as an educational mission to its many grammar and secondary schools. In January 2009, Denexxel made his Boston soloist debut with Discovery Ensem- ble, performing John Harbison’s Double Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, and String Orchestra with oboist Peggy Pearson. Denexxel’s primary clarinet teachers include Gary Gray in Los Angeles and Thomas Martin, associate principal clarinet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds two Bache- lor of Arts degrees in music and economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Science degree in economic policy from Suffolk University. Jill Dreeben has performed in numerous solo flute and chamber music concerts in the New England and New York areas. She is a founding member of Solar Winds Woodwind Quintet and a member of Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. She has played with the Lumen Contemporary Ensemble, Compos- ers in Red Sneakers and has been soloist with Boston Secession and Cantilena choruses. She has premiered music composed for her by John Kusiak, as well as works by John Armstrong, Pasquale Tassone, Armand Qualliotine, Betsy Schramm and James Ricci. Ms. Dreeben plays with the New England Orchestra in Lowell and has performed with Emmanuel Music of Boston, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Dreeben studied with Craig Goodman, Louis Moyse, Lois Schaefer and John Oberbrunner. She earned a BA in Music from Cornell University and an MM in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. Jill teaches flute at Brandeis University.
Israeli cellist Yoni Draiblate played in renown concert halls across the western globe such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Hall in London, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Tivoli Hall in Ljubljana and Boston’s Symphony and Jordan Halls. As a soloist he appeared with the leading orchestras in Israel, including the Israeli Philharmonic, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, The Camerata Orchestra, Haifa Symphony and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. He has attended the Salzburg, Luzern and Ravello festivals among others, and played on the BBC proms. Yoni participated in masterclasses with such artists as Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Natalia Guttman, Franz Helmerson and Gary Hoffman. Presently, Yoni is pursuing his Master’s degree under Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music, on a scholarship from the America Israel Cultural Foundation. He is playing on a French "Jacouet" cello (1849) loaned to him by the AICF.
Ariadne Greif, soprano, praised for her “elastic and round high notes” (classique- info), made her major orchestral debut in April singing Lutoslawski's Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. In the 2009-2010 season, she sang L’enfant in L'enfant et les sortileges, Rusalka in Rusalka, Ivona in Jeff Meyer’s The Hunger Art, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Sandmann in Hänsel und Gretel, Phaedra in Christopher Park's Phaedra and Hippolytus, and Madeline, the only female role in Debussy's unfinished opera La Chûte de la Maison Usher with the Opéra Français de New York. She gave shared recitals of Barber's complete vocal works at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center and of unaccompanied 20th century music with cellist Madeline Shapiro; a recital of Dadaist 20th century music; and premiers of Erol Gurol’s Starry Messenger (as Gallileo) and a song cycle by Elena Langer at Zankel Hall. This season, among other things, she makes her American Opera Theater debut in Baltimore in a staged performance of Kurtag's Kafka Fragments for soprano and violin, directed by Timothy Nelson, and this week she returns to Ensemble 212 in New York for a performance of Bach's Wedding Cantata. Ariadne founded Uncommon Temperament Baroque Ensemble, with whom she made her Poisson Rouge debut, hailed as “...accomplished and winning...” by the NY Times.
Eileen Hutchins pianist, has concertized throughout the United States, France, England, and the Caribbean. Eileen made her orchestral debut in Lincoln Center performing the New York premiere of Messiaen's "Des Canyons aux Etoiles" with the Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble. She has been soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Rhine, the MIT Symphony, Worces- ter Symphony, New England Conservatory Orchestra, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Heights Orchestra and St. Joseph Pro Musica. She performs annually at the Delmarva Piano Festival in Delaware, which she co- founded in 1991. Eileen performed at the International Conference on Women in Music in London UK, the Chicago CUBE Ensemble and New York Da Capo Chamber Players. She graduated with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory, received her MM degree from the Juilliard School and DMA from the University of Maryland. She served as Chair of the Piano Departments of Andrews University and the Longy School of Music and presently teaches at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.
Sandi-Jo Malmon, cello, is an active chamber music and orchestral performer. She has appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. Ms. Malmon made her Lincoln Center debut in 1991 as a founding member of the Boston Quartet. As a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Music Ensem- ble, she performed at the Mill Pond Center for the Arts, Durham, NH. She is a member of the Eleva Chamber Players (Vermont) as well as the Lake George Opera Festival (New York). Ms. Malmon received degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Longy School of Music, and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and is on the adjunct ‘cello faculty of Northeastern University. She has recorded for the PBS NOVA series, for Blue Hill, North Star and Lakewest Records, also Pamet River recordings. Ms. Malmon is Librarian for Collection Development at the Loeb Music Library, Harvard University.
Hailed as a “fearlessly accomplished performer,” (Boston Globe), percussionist Michael Roberts is emerging as a distinct instrumentalist. As an orchestral musician, he has subbed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and plays frequently with many other local orchestras. As a soloist, he’s performed with the New England Conservatory Symphony and on German television playing a marimba duet with famed Martin Grubinger. In 2007, Michael won the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Percussion Mock Audition. In past summers he has attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, Scheslwig- Holstein Musik Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Music Academy of the West, where he also narrated Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.” In addition to percussive pursuits, he is also an avid pianist and composer published by Bachovich and Doug Wallace Percussion.
Born in 1986 in Israel to a family of musicians, Yoni had began his cello education at the age of 5 with Mrs. Naomi Enoch. He continued with Professor Schmuel Magen at the Givatayim Conservatory, and then with Mr.Hillel Zori at the Buchmann - Mehta school of music at the Tel Aviv university. He took part in masterclasses with leading artists and teachers from all over the world such as : Uzi Wiesel, Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Natalia Guttman, Franz Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser and many others.
After completing 3 years of military service in the IDF, Yoni studied at the Buchmann - Mehta school of music at the Tel Aviv university, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. At the University he won the first prize of the school competition. He took part in the leading music festivals, such as the Salzburg festival, Luzern festival, the BBC proms, Ravello festival, Koln festival, the Baltic sea festival, Kfar Blum music festival and many others. Yoni appeared in renown concert halls across the west such as the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Teatro Colon in Argentina, Salle pleyel in Paris, Tivoli hall, Jordan hall and Symphony hall in Boston. As a soloist he appeared with the leading orchestras in Israel, among them the Israel Philharmonic orchestra, the Israel chamber orchestra, the Israel Camerata, Tel Aviv soloists and other. He had also held the position of the First cellist in the Haifa symphony orchestra , while studying for a Bachelor of music degree . Yoni has numerous live and studio recordings, as well as live broadcasts for the Israeli national radio station "Kol Israel".
Today he is a student of professor Laurence Lesser at the New england Conservatory in Boston, and he is completing his studies for a Master's degree .
Yoni has been supported by the America-Israel Cultural foundation through scholarships since the age of 9, also by the Ronen foundation. He is playing on a french "Jacouet" cello loaned to him by the AICF .
Jennifer Thomas is an international performer and educator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and her master’s from the California Institute of the Arts. With two viola performance degrees behind her, Jennifer is currently teaching and performing in Los Angeles.
Jennifer's approach to music and teaching focuses on the discovery of personal style. Along with her western classical music training, she has studied a wide variety of musical disciplines, including North Indian Classical Music, Traditional American Folk Music, Jazz, Rock, and Pop. She has recorded and toured with performers throughout the United States and Europe. Jennifer recently booked the principal role for a national DOVE commercial highlighting a young female musician.