As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Taos School of Music, Perlman Music Program, and Kneisel Hall. Highlights of his 2016-2017 season included solo performances of the Schoenberg and Mendelssohn violin concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony of Missouri, respectively, as well as studies with Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England. In the fall, Brian will begin his studies with Laurie Smukler and Donald Weilerstein in the Artist Diploma program at Juilliard, as well as starting a two-year engagement with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect.
In recital, he has performed at London’s Steinway Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, DC. He has also performed at U.S. music festivals including Bravo! Vail, Aspen, PianoFest in the Hamptons, New York’s International Keyboard Institute Festival and at festivals in Italy, Belgium and Germany. At the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Gewirtzman won First Prize and five special performance prizes. Other recognition includes First Prize at the Louisiana’s Wideman International Piano Competition, the Piano Prize and Audience Prize at the America – Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competition, and First Prizes at many competitions in Israel.
Mr. Gewirtzman started his piano studies at the age of eight with Raaya Shpol at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and continued with Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. From 2008 to 2011, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces where he combined military service with music studies with Arie Vardi. He earned his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, working with Sergei Babayan, where he received the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He continues his studies at Juilliard in the Artist Diploma program.
Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, the Library of Congress, Merkin Recital Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, the Strasbourg Festival, and at IRCAM. His debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine: “…sheer élan and pianistic devilment…” He can also be heard on the Albany, Arktos, BIS, la Buisonne, Crystal, Intrada, Naxos and QuadroFrame labels.
Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He received his B.M. and M.M. from New England Conservatory (with academic honors) and is also a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies in Europe during the 2017 – 2018 academic year where he works with Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. His previous teachers have included: Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello on generous loan from a sponsor through Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Jesse received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Teng Li and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under Steven Dann. An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, Jesse was an intern for Music for Food (2015-17), a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.