Nathan Meltzer Violin
Youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Nathan Meltzer has played solo violin with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Adelphi, Bloomington, Charlotte Civic, Evansville, and Muncie orchestras, among others, performing in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and across the US.
During the 2019-20 season, Nathan performs at the Musical de l’Orne in France, Giardini La Mortella in Italy, and in Denmark with the Aalborg Symfoniorkester. In November he gives the Gessner Schocken recital at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge and records his first CD with Rohan de Silva on the Champs Hill label in the UK. In the spring he returns to North Carolina to play the Brahms concerto with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and plays the Beethoven triple concerto with the Adelphi Orchestra in New York and New Jersey.
Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard. He began his music education in a second-grade orchestra class in Vienna, later attending Meadowmount, the Indiana University String Academy, the Perlman Music Program, and Juilliard Pre-College. Nathan joined Omega Ensemble in 2016. He has collaborated with Ulrich EIchenauer, Pamela Frank, Alexi Kenney, Joseph Lin, Jan Vogler, Mira Wang, and Itamar Zorman. Recent festival participation includes the Heidelberger Frühling, the PMP Chamber Workshop, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Verbier Festival Academy, and the Moritzburg Festival.
Nathan performs on the “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1734, which is on loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative. He is under worldwide general management with Hazard Chase.
Umi Garrett Piano
18 year old Umi’s has performed in a solo charity concert at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany in summer of 2016 to collaborate with the IPPNW, the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War; a concert tour with the Symphonia Boca Raton in Florida in early 2016; a debut concert at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California; a debut with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra lead by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in Hiroshima, Japan; a solo-recital concert tour in Japan and a return engagement with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Past engagements include a concert with Nicholas McGegan with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Mickelthwate. She made an appearance at the TEDxOC conference and the TEDxHarkerSchool conference in California as both a performer and a speaker. In addition, Umi gave solo recitals in the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 seasons in total of nearly 60 cities throughout the United States.
Umi’s other previous engagements with symphony orchestras include the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China; the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia; the Thayer Symphony in Massachusetts and the Indiana Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among her honors are first prize at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, the Chopin International Competition Chopin Plus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York in 2012.
A devout student of the piano, Umi is currently at the Juilliard School, studying with Prof. Matti Raekallio and Prof. Hung Kwan Chen. Umi has previously studied with Professor John Perry and Mrs. Mina Hirobe-Perry. Umi has learned in many international music festivals such as the Perugia Music Fest, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Banff Music Festival and more. Umi has taken masterclasses from the internationally acclaimed pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Lang Lang, Aldo Ciccolini, Ilana Vered, Felix Gottlieb and Pascal Devoyon. Umi was nine years old when she recorded and released her first album, Just For You. Her performance of Chopin’s Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 from this album appears on the soundtrack for the major motion picture, Jobs. Her second recording, Music in Life, was recorded in 2013, at the age of 12. Her third CD, Storybook, was recorded at age 16. At age 13, Umi was granted a title of the Young Steinway Artist, an honor only awarded to today’s most acclaimed young artists.
Leland Ko Cello
Leland Ko is a 21-year-old cellist from Weston, MA. He was most recently a disciple of cellist, teacher, and Cleveland Quartet co-founder Paul Katz of the New England Conservatory (NEC), and is now a fourth-year majoring in German at Princeton University. Prior to studying with Katz, Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry. In 2011, Leland was admitted to the Perlman Music Program (PMP) Summer Music School in New York run by Itzhak Perlman and his wife. For six summers, Leland studied with Ronald Leonard, former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with Merry Peckham – among many others – who helped cultivate in Leland an intense passion for chamber music. Now having attended PMP’s Chamber Music Workshop for the last three years, as well as Orford Musique in 2017 and 2019, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2018-2019, Leland has had the chance to study with and occasionally perform alongside artists such as Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, Joel Krosnick, Natasha Brofsky, Timothy Eddy, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Marcy Rosen, Ralph Kirshbaum, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, and Peter Salaff.
From its founding in 2012 until leaving Boston, Leland was also co-principal of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO), an orchestra that strove to create leadership as much as it created music, under the direction of Benjamin Zander. With the orchestra, Leland has toured all across Europe – the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. Prior to the BPYO, Leland was a long-time member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) under the direction of Federico Cortese.
Leland is also a dedicated tennis player (and even more of a dedicated tennis fan), having played competitively on the USTA circuit through much of his youth and serving as a stalwart on his high school’s team as well as the Princeton club tennis team. In the last few years, Leland has also become a long distance runner, which conveniently complements his other passion for eating (and occasionally cooking) food.
Leland plays one of the many cellos made in Maine over the last few decades by Nathaniel Slobodkin, and a Swiss-made bow by Pierre-Yves Fuchs.
Amy Shoremount – Obra – Soprano
Top Prize Winner of the 2018 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition Wagner Division, Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA made her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera Debut in October 2014 as “First Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, singing all nine performances of the opera, three of which were Sirius XM Satellite Broadcasts. She recently returned to the Met for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons for the revival of the English version of the opera in the same role. In previous seasons at the Met, she has covered the roles of “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni, “Anna” in Nabucco, “Clotilde” in Norma, “Aksinya” in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and “Queen of the Night” (also in Die Zauberflöte). Ms. Shoremount-Obra’s other recent operatic appearances have included “Maria” in Pacini’s Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra and “Marchesa” in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno with Odyssey Opera of Boston, the title role in Tosca with Maryland Opera in Baltimore, “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas, The Savannah Voice Festival, and NYC’s new Venture Opera, “Musetta” in La Bohème with the Savannah Philharmonic, “Fiordiligi” in Cosi fan tutte with Annapolis Opera, “Leonore” in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Grand Harmonie in Princeton, NJ, “Artemis” in the world premiere of Dan Visconti and Cerise Jacob’s “PermaDeath” videogame opera in Boston, “Freia” (cvr) in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” with the New York Philharmonic, and “First Lady” in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California. Recent solo concert engagements include: five appearances at Carnegie Hall – Brahms’ Requiem (2005) with the Juilliard Orchestra, Fauré Requiem (2013) and Schubert Mass in G (2016) with MidAmerica Productions, a performance at Zankel Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York as part of the Winners’ Concert for the Gerda Lissner Foundation (2018), and with the late Glen Roven for his concert at Weill Recital Hall titled “Three Baritones” (2018); a solo concert in Mexico with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua (2018); her first collaboration with Argentinean Bandoneon player JP Jofre at Blue Note Hawaii in Honolulu (2017) and an appearance with Taiko Artist Kenny Endo at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu (2016) with the Hawaii International Music Festival, a festival Ms. Shoremount-Obra co-founded in 2016; Kodály’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Oregon Music Festival (2019); Haydn Lord Nelson Mass/ Mozart Coronation Mass (2013), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (2017), Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass and Schubert’s Mass in G (2018), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mass in C (2019) with the Scarsdale New Choral Society; Verdi’s Requiem (2016) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (2018) with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center at David Geffen Hall; various performances at the Viennese Opera Ball of New York (2010-2016) and the Fire Island Opera Festival (2013, 2014) (including a concert in Marfa, TX with Marfa Live Arts 2015); appearances with the FL Keys Concert Association (2013, 2015); a concert of opera favorites at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ (2016); a recital with Tenor Cameron Schutza in Lincoln Center with the Wagner Society of New York (2017); an appearance with Opera America’s New Opera Showcase (2017); a concert with Violinist Eric Silberger and Pianist Carlin Ma at The Old Church in Portland, OR (2017); a special appearance at the Sherrill Milnes Gala in NYC (2017 & 2019); a concert appearance at the Savannah Music Festival (2016); a solo recital of Rachmaninoff with Pianist Chris Cooley at the Savannah Voice Festival (2015); Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at SUNY Purchase under the baton of Justin Bischof (2017); a recital at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma (2019); an appearance performing scenes from Tosca, Norma and Lohengrin with the Camerata Orchestra of NY (2019), an Artist-In-Residency at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua in collaboration with Opera Guadalajara which culminated with a performance with Mexican Tenor Manuel Castillo (2017); and a solo recital with pianist Eunjung Lee as part of the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center (2013). This recital aired live on WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Station. Ms. Shoremount-Obra made her European Operatic debut in 2004 as “Ifigenia” in Handel’s Oreste at the Spoleto Festival, Italy. A champion of new music, Ms. Shoremount-Obra has premiered/collaborated with some of today’s most popular and notable composers including Tarik O’Regan, Dan Visconti, John Zorn, and Paola Prestini. She completed a one-year residency in 2011/12 with American Opera Projects as part of their Composers and the Voice Program, where she premiered music written specifically for her, by a team of six composers/librettist teams. Ms. Shoremount-Obra is a 2004 New York Regional Winner and National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also won numerous awards from other organizations, including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, which she was awarded at her graduation from The Juilliard School and has since been supported with supplemental grants from the same foundation. She is the 2016 winner of the Ursula Springer Award from the Wagner Society of New York and 2019 Second Prize Winner in the Joy In Singing International Art Song Competition. She is a native of New Jersey and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM) and The Juilliard School (AD). In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Shoremount-Obra is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice at The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. Upcoming engagements include the title role of Turandot with Opera Grand Rapids, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Erie Philharmonic, an appearance at the Quadrille Ball in NYC and scenes from La Bohème with the Adelphi Orchestra, among many others. Please visit www.amyshoremount-obra.com for Ms. Shoremount-Obra’s complete schedule.