Hikaru Yonezaki Violin
Praised by the Boston Globe for her “silky tone,” violinist Hikaru Yonezaki is passionately committed to connecting to the world around her, having already been heard in Europe and South America, as well as the United States and Canada.
A special part of her latest tour included bringing music to less fortunate communities. As part of her commitment to the community, she worked with younger musicians to encourage their love for music in South America and arranged short programs for nursing facilities in Asia.
Her most recent international appearance was as a selected Young Artist at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, where she gave concerts at the Palazzo Barberini. She has spent several summers in Austria as a student of Michael Frischenschlager, where she has had the pleasure of collaborating with pianists Veronika Kopjova and Aki Maeda. She has performed for many galas, including the Fritz Kreisler Gala in Vienna and the Boston Philharmonic Rising Stars Gala.
At the age of 15, Hikaru served as the youngest concertmistress in the 48-year history of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, participating in a tour of Europe that ended with Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein.
Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, she is pursuing her master’s degree with Masao Kawasaki. She has performed in masterclasses for Pamela Frank and Frans Helmerson while at Juilliard, where she is also a member of the orchestra. Carrying a deep admiration for collaboration, she has a strong affinity to double concertos and chamber music works.
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.