Pianist - William Hobbs has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestras and collaborative pianist with ensembles and singers throughout Europe, Asia and America. As pianist and conductor, he has worked at many of the world’s major opera houses, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and the Seattle andWashington operas. He has premiered works by many prominent American composers and joined the Piano and Voice Faculty at Westminster Choir College in 2010 and the Faculty of The Juilliard School in 2014
Violinist - Lucie Robert has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. She has performed over thirty different works as violin soloist with major orchestras throughout North America. As a recording artist, she has performed for National Public Radio, WQXR, the CBC Radio Network, Radio Canada and Radio France. She has served as violin professor for over thirty years at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music.
Bassoonist - Natalie Pilla is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,American Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She is also an advocate for arts education and has taught at both Juilliard and Mannes pre-colleges; and was a teaching artist for the 92Y’s Musical Introduction Series which brought music education to public schools in New York City. Natalie received a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Duquesne University.
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson
Flutist - Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is the principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a distinguished international soloist and chamber musician. Prior to joining the CSO, he served as principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2008-2015. He currently teaches at DePaul University in Chicago and has been a faculty member with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan since 2010. He has given master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music. He attended the Reykjavik School of Music in Iceland and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
Pianist - Jeffrey Cohen has been praised byThe New York Times for the “lucidity and poetry” of his playing. Both as soloist and chamber musician, his performances have taken him to three different continents. Recitals include appearances for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the National Arts Center of Ottawa. He has been a piano professor and member of the artist faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where he currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Master Classes and Departmental Competitions.
Violist - Chiu-Chen Liu enjoys a diverse career in orchestra, chamber music and pedagogy. Recent performances include engagements with the Chamber Music Hellas in Greece, American Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St.Luke’s. Currently residing in New York City,she relocated from her native Taiwan at age seventeen to study at the Manhattan School of Music. A dedicated teacher,she is currently serving as a full-time violin, viola and chamber music faculty at the Third Avenue Music School.