Select master artists in classical music

Joshua Bell | Joshua Bell, one of the world's most celebrated violinists, brings a new generation of audiences to classical concert halls, and new music to classical audiences.  Among numerous awards and honors, he is an Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America's 2012 Instrumentalist of the Year. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. His discography encompasses critically acclaimed performances with most of the major violin repertoire, in addition to John Corigliano's Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.


Daniel Bernard Roumain | Daniel Bernard Roumain is a classically trained composer, performer, violinist and band-leader noted for blending funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into an energetic and experiential sonic form. Daniel’s acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades. His collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. Daniel has performed or shown works at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Olympics and the Sydney Opera House, among many others. He has released four albums.

Richard Danielpour | Richard Danielpour has been commissioned by many international music institutions, festivals and artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and many more. Richard created his first Opera, Margaret Garner, with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. He has received a Grammy Award, two Rockefeller Foundation grants, a Charles Ives Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other honors. In 2002, he was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy in Berlin and he was the third composer—after Stravinsky and Copland--to be signed to an exclusive recording contract by Sony Classical. On the Manhattan School of Music's composition faculty since 1993, Richard joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1997.

Vijay Gupta | Vijay Gupta made his solo debut as a violinist at age 11 with the Israel Philharmonic and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 19. He has a Master's in music from Yale and has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician on an international scale since the age of 8. He has appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Los Angeles Opera and Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia (Spain), and more recently as guest Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, UK. Gupta is also a TED Senior Fellow.

Christian Hebel | Christian Hebel has performed as a recitalist and guest soloist throughout North Amer­ica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and the West Indies at venues including Syd­ney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheater, O2 Arena, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, and Madison Square Garden. Christian has soloed with the Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Boston Pops and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hebel has toured, performed and recorded with musical luminaries including Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Bruce Springs­teen, Beyoncé, Tony Bennett, Jay-Z, Diana Ross and many more. His recordings include Platinum, Gold, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning albums. His filmography includes megahits and critically acclaimed features such as The Social NetworkLife of PiMoneyballX-Men and Alice in Wonderland and his theater credits contain Broadway productions such as The Light in the Piazza,The Last Five YearsAmerican Idiot and Next to Normal. He is currently the Concertmaster for the hit Broadway musical Wicked and just finished touring the world as the solo violinist for multiplatinum-selling superstar vocalist Josh Groban and was Music Consultant for Lionel Richie.

Jennifer Koh | 1994 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts | Jennifer Koh has won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant and has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. A prolific recitalist, she appears frequently at major music centers and festivals. Ms. Koh also brings the same sense of adventure and brilliant musicianship to her recordings as she does to her live performances. In addition to The Singing Rooms, released by Telarc, Ms. Koh has recorded six albums for the Chicago-based Cedille label, including Rhapsodic Musings: 21st Century Works for Solo Violin. Her GRAMMY-nominated recording String Poetic presents the world premiere of Higdon’s work for which the album is named, as well as works by John Adams, Lou Harrison and Carl Ruggles, performed with pianist Reiko Uchida.

Conrad Tao | 2011 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts | Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. During the 2015-16 season, Conrad performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Brazilian Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He also performs recitals of works ranging from Bach to Frederic Rzewski to Rachmaninoff to Julia Wolfe. His most recent album, Pictures, which slots works by David Lang, Toru Takemitsu, Elliott Carter, and Conrad himself alongside Mussorgsky’s familiar and beloved Pictures at an Exhibition, was released last October on Warner Classics.

Michael Tilson Thomas | Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and the reimagination of the concert experience. He has won eleven Grammys for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Jeffrey Zeigler | Jeffrey Zeigler was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Avery Fischer Prize and the Polar Music Prize. Zeigler has released over two dozen recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe, Tzadik and Smithsonian Folkways. In fall 2014 Zeigler released his first solo album, Something of Life, in a collaborative release with Innova and Vision-IntoArt Records. The album features new works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Paola Prestini and John Zorn.

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