Faculty


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Born in Japan, violinist, Akiko Hosoi has had an international career from an early age. While attending the Purcell School of Music in London under the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship, she performed throughout the country, as well as toured throughout Malta, Russia, Japan, and Finland. In 2006, she won third-prize in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, and performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. She then moved to the USA and enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Ronald Copes, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her previous teachers include Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch and David Cerone. Currently residing in New York City, Akiko enjoys an extensive performing freelance career. Aside from being a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Stamford Symphony Orchestra, she regularly performs chamber music with musicians in NYC as well as solo recitals annually in Tokyo. As an orchestral player, she has worked with many prestigious conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Fabio Luisi and Kurt Masur. As well as performing, Akiko teaches privately in New York City, and has been an active member of the Nesin Cultural Arts, a cultural awareness cultivating organization in Sullivan County, New York where she is a violin and chamber music faculty of the Summer Music Academy and co-founder of the Aspiring Young Musicians program.

Andrew Headhot reducedDouble bassist, Andrew Trombley, a graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School, has performed actively around New York City and abroad throughout his career. Andrew holds positions as Principal Bass for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal Bass for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra has performed with ensembles such as The New York Philharmonic, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, and Mostly Mozart Orchestra. In addition Andrew is active musician for film scores and can be heard on the sound tracks for “A Dog’s Purpose”, “Hundred Foot Journey”, “Noah”, the Oscar nominated film “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

Active as a chamber musician, Andrew has collaborated with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Weekend of Chamber Music, and with the JP Jofre Hard Tango Band. Andrew has also performed concertos with the Eleva Chamber Players and The Chelsea Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous recitals and benefit concerts for Nesin Cultural Arts where he collaborated with the late American composer, Lee Hoiby to perform “Three Songs for Solo Double Bass and Piano”

Andrew is co-founder of The Aspiring Young Musicians program which offers private lessons and performance opportunities to the students of Sullivan County, 80% of the students receive financial assistance. He is also on the co-founder and faculty member of the Nesin Summer Music Academy. In the summer 2016 through a partnership with Nesin Cultural Arts Andrew founded and accepted the role of Artistic Director of the Sullivan County Chamber

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Marina Lombardi, mezzo soprano/NCA General Manager, is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she studied under the tutelage of former Metropolitan Opera leading artist, Hilda Harris. She has performed a wide range of solo and choral music, including the New York premiere of Marjorie  Merryman’s, Beauty, Grief and Grandeur for chorus and chamber orchestra and the world premiere  of André Thomas’, My Good Lord’s Done Been Here with the Hartwick Summer Music Festival Choir  in Prague, Czech Republic. Stage credits include Acis and Galatea (Galatea), La Périchole (Périchole) and The Crucible (Rebecca Nurse). A native of Sullivan County, Marina has performed with many local companies including Delaware Valley Opera Company and the Forestburgh Playhouse.  Marina is the General Manager for Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA), a non-profit cultural arts organization in Monticello, New York.  She is a Resident Teaching Artist for the NCA Aspiring Young Musicians program which offers private lessons and performance opportunities to students in the greater Sullivan County area and voice faculty for the NCA Summer Music Academy.

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Judith Pearce, Flute: A chamber musician of distinction with a career that spans Europe and America, Judith Pearce’s work has encompassed collaborations with some of her generation’s most notable musicians, from Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies to Kathleen Battle and Eartha Kitt. She has played in many of the great concert halls around the world and has a long list of recordings to her credit, including many recitals for the BBC. A CD of the late British composer Nicholas Maw’s Flute Quartet was nominated for a Grammy.

A New York resident since 1985, Judith Pearce has played with several well-known US ensembles and she is probably best known in our area for her work as the Founder and Artistic Director of Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM), an innovative performing and arts education group based in Sullivan County. After close to twenty years leading WCM, Pearce passed her role on to Artistic Directors Waggoner and Stinson. As a committed teacher Pearce worked for many years with flute students and chamber musicians at Princeton University, and her teaching books for young players – in collaboration with English composer Christopher Gunning – are published by Faber Music, London.

Kenneth KH4 in SabbionetaHamrick, harpsichord: Kenneth Hamrick performs internationally as a conductor with a range of repertories – from Baroque to Contemporary, and as an award-winning harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist; a specialist in ornamentation, improvisation and basso continuo practices. In 1992 in New York City, he founded the music research and performance foundation, with the vocal and instrumental ensemble American Virtuosi to infuse Early Music interpretation with modern theatrical sensibility, exploring opera, theater, film and dance in contemporary formats that consistently garner critical acclaim. His crossover recording, Plaintive Melodies with members of the New York Philharmonic on the DELOS label topped many major charts. Trailblazing work with Broadway tap-dance legend Savion Glover, in Classical Savion linking Baroque Orchestra +Jazz improvisation, toured widely becoming an international sensation. Hamrick’s restorations of significant 20 th century drama-choreographies for the Limón Dance Company’s 60th Anniversary Season were produced as US National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masters/American Masterpieces.” His recent multi-year project with the Paul Taylor Dance Company was headlined by The New York Times as “A Leap Forward with Chamber Music.” He produced-conducted the debut of Elodie Lauten’s Baroque-inspired opera, “Waking in New York” with libretto by Allen Ginsberg, funded with the 2014 Robert Rauschenberg Prize by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. This past year he worked extensively in Italy with the NYC-Firenze series, Salon Sanctuary Concerts, with performances and recordings at the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Institut français in Firenze, and the Teatro all’antica, Sabbioneta.

Recognized as an inspiring teacher, he has participated in international scholar exchange programs with teaching at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music State University in Budapest; the Moscow Conservatory of Music and at many American universities, including recent projects at NYU, Yale, Princeton, Emory and Southern Methodist University. Active in American Arts Education advocacy, his teaching initiatives for the NYS Department of Education renewed the interlinked study of music, dance and poetry, resulting in the newly-released Americans for the Arts curriculum now adopted nationally.

He is a longtime musical presence in Upstate New York, previously performing for The Weekend of Chamber Music Summer Series that included several live NPR broadcasts. He also collaborated on numerous projects with his mentor, composer Lee Hoiby; and NY State Council on the Arts teaching residencies in the universities and public schools systems. Kenneth Hamrick with American Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. is a Founding Arts Partner of Nesin Cultural Arts.

Jessica Nesin 2017-18 HeadshotJessica Nesinpianist, received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance in 2016 from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, studying piano under Stephanie Brown.  She will be completing her Masters of Music in Spring 2018.  Jessica is a graduate of the Mannes Preparatory Shalom Division, studying under Sarah Crawford-Drogheo.  At Mannes, she won the 2012 Piano Accolades competition.  She is active as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, and accompanist for choirs, solo vocalists, and instrumentalists. Jessica is the piano accompanist for Temple Sholom, Monticello, NY for the High Holy Day services. She has participated in summer programs with The Weekend of Chamber Music, Shandelee Music Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, Pianophoria, Ithaca Summer Piano Institute, Nesin Summer Music Institute, and the Amati Music Festival.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Nesin Cultural Arts and teaches piano in their community programs and for their Aspiring Young Musicians program during the school year.

 

 

Bulgarian pianist, IvIvan Todorovan Todorov started piano lessons at an early age and soon began concertizing and winning top prizes at various competitions among which the Grand Prize at the 16th National competition “Varban Varbanov”, Bulgaria, 1st Prize at the International competition for pianists “Carl Filtsch”, Romania and 2nd Prize at the International competition “Pro Piano”, Romania. He gave his first solo performance with the Burgas Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 14.

After graduating from the National School of Music and Stage Arts “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in his hometown, Mr. Todorov then moved to Boston, MA where he received Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Piano Performance, with distinction, from the Longy School of Music studying under Eda Shlyam.

In his own teaching, heavily influenced by his main piano teacher, Eda Shlyam, as well as his Piano Pedagogy teacher, Dr. Faina Bryanskaya, both graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory, Ivan applies and follows the main principles of the true Russian school of piano playing, focusing and working towards building a proper and healthy technique for ease of playing and good sound production, as well as being musically expressive.

 

 gemma headshotGemma Hinson, violinist, is an active teacher and performer in New York City. She completed both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Lucie Robert and Grigory Kalinovsky. Prior to college, Gemma studied at Manhattan School of Music Precollege under the instruction of Julie Artzt Becker and Grigory Kalinovsky. An avid chamber musician,

Gemma Hinson has been coached by members of the Emerson and American string quartets and has performed in music festivals in New York, Italy, France, Maine, Texas, and Colorado. She has participated in master classes overseen by the Shanghai String Quartet and Robert Mann, former first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet. She also performed regularly in orchestras at Manhattan School of Music, including under the baton of Kurt Masur in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar orchestras of 2009, 2010, and 2012. As a member of the Salome Chamber Ensemble for the 2009–10 season, she performed concerts at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the summers of 2011 and 2012 she was an Orchestra Fellow at the Texas Music Festival, an intensive four-week program utilizing the talents of eminent conductors, including Carl St. Clair and Mei Ann Chen. Ms. Hinson’s professional development includes registered Suzuki Violin training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas through the Suzuki Institutes at Ithaca College and the Hartt School of Music. After completing Northwestern’s course “Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation,” she became a community mentor to help guide other teachers. A dedicated teacher, she maintains an active studio in the New York area, which has included teaching violin at the Browning School, Florentine Music School, and for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio. Gemma joined the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege division in fall of 2016.

D8B678F3-7484-4C00-881A-44B46CF45086Tomoya Aomori is a Jazz Cellist and Composer who has played in many musical settings across the world. Playing both Classical and Jazz music from a young age, he pursued his Classical studies at The Juilliard School, where he double majored as a Percussionist and a Double Bassist, receiving the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon graduating. He has experienced various musical settings, such as playing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, touring the world with chamber ensembles, as well as giving a Lincoln Center recital with his Jazz Quartet.
Tomoya’s passion for music leads to the idea that there is no boundary between different styles of music. He strives to always keep his musical freedom and versatility in his musical career.

 

 

 

Gallas Headshot Hi ResClarinetist, Nicholas Gallas has performed as a guest with a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including NOW Ensemble, the Imani Winds, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, the Knights, Decoda, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Princeton Symphony, Onsite Opera, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Symphony in C, Chamber Orchestra of New York, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the Metropolis Ensemble, Sylvan Winds, and the Broadway Chamber Players. He has also taught and performed in Mexico with Cultures in Harmony, an international cultural diplomacy project.

Gallas is currently a member of the American Modern Ensemble, a group devoted to celebrating American contemporary classical music. From 2009-2014 he was a member of the Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet that was founded in 1979 in Bogotá, Columbia.

He has performed on Broadway in the orchestras for The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and Sunset Boulevard, and has toured the U.S. with singer-songwriter, Duncan Sheik. Additionally, he can been heard on the soundtracks for the film Besa, scored by Philip Glass and the Spike Lee film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, scored by Bruce Hornsby.

Gallas received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Mike Mingo, Band Director/Percussionist, attended Nassau Community College, SUNY  Fredonia and NYIT and has studied with Dr. Kay Stonefelt, Ronald Gould, Michael Ostrowitz, Jim  Chapin, Bernard Woma, Larry Ramsden and Michael Vetter. Mike has been a music teacher for 17  years, the last 15 of which have been at Monticello Central Schools where he directs the middle  school band. He also teaches elementary, middle and high school brass, woodwind and  percussion lessons. Mike has performed in the pit of many shows, including “Guys and Dolls”,  “Grease”, “Footloose”, “The Wiz”, “King and I”, “City of Angles” and more. Mike plays or has  played professionally in wedding bands, big bands, community and professional orchestras and  wind ensemble. Also, he is very active at the state and national level for percussion with NYSSMA  and PAS. This includes coaching, giving master classes as well as performing. Mike currently    holds a percussion studio and currently has students pursuing a career in percussion.
 

barret germainBarret Germain, brass studies, is the principal tubist for the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Albany Pro Musica Orchestra, Signature Brass Quintet, and is a founding member of The Route Fifty 5. Barret is also the bakery manager for Gatherer’s Gourmet Granola in Schenectady NY, and is regularly called to perform with many classical and chamber ensembles based in the Capital Region and Southern Adirondacks. Additionally, he serves as the Community Programs Director for the Schenectady-Amsterdam Musical Union, and as the Music Director for The First Reformed Church of Scotia NY, which is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2018.