Chamber Players

Williams Chamber Players
"Beethoven was here!"

Preconcert talk by Rebecca Kim at 7:15 p.m. in Presser Choral Hall


Beethoven: Piano Quintet, op. 16
Carl Jenkins, oboe; Susan Martula, clarinet; Stephen Walt, bassoon;
Orlando Pandolfi, horn; Doris Stevenson, piano

Hugo Wolf: Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Michelangelo

Keith Kibler, bass-baritone; Doris Stevenson, piano

André Previn: Tango, Song and Dance
Joanna Kurkowicz, violin; Doris Stevenson, piano

Schumann: Piano Quintet, op. 44
Joanna Kurkowicz & Joana Genova, violins;
Scott Woolweaver, viola; Ronald Feldman, cello;
Doris Stevenson, piano

Ronald Feldman, cello

Since joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section at the age of 19, Ronald Feldman has received critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Increasingly in demand as a conductor, Mr. Feldman was appointed assistant to Boston Pops conductor John Williams in 1989, a position he held until 1993. Mr. Feldman has appeared as cello soloist with many orchestras performing a wide range of concerto repertoire from Dvorak to Ligeti. His many chamber music affiliations have included performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Collage New Music Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, and the Williams Chamber Players. His performances include collaborations with artists Emanual Ax, Garrick Olsen, Gil Shaham, and Yo Yo Ma. He is on the faculties of Williams College, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and The New England Conservatory. Mr. Feldman’s teachers have included, Joseph Emonts, Claus Adam, Lorne Monroe, and Harvey Shapiro.

Joana Genova, violin

Ms. Genova began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria and has appeared as soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and Shumen Philharmonic. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert, members of the Daniel String Quartet and Prof. Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member for Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, she has lived in the US where she is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and is active as a free-lance orchestra and chamber musician in New York City. She recently accepted the position of Principal Second with the Berkshire Symphony, and will be a studio instructor in violin. Her collaborations include the Shanghai String Quartet, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Rudiakov, Ruth Laredo, Adam Neiman, Michelle De Young, among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Rockaway Symphony, Danbury Symphony and Manchester Festival Orchestra. She is on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival, Chamber Music Conference of the East and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont.

Carl Jenkins, oboe

Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York. He has studied oboe with Gennaro Mignola of the New Jersey Symphony, Albert Goltzer of the New York Philharmonic, and Humbert Lucarelli of New York City. Jenkins’ orchestral experience has been with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony, and with the Berkshire Symphony, where he is currently Principal Oboe. He has also performed many chamber and solo recitals in the Northern Berkshire area. Mr. Jenkins is Director of Music for the North Adams Public Schools and instrumental instructor at Drury High School in North Adams. In 2004 Mr. Jenkins was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service” Award for Music in the state of Massachusetts. At Williams College, he is the Studio Instructor of Oboe. He was the founding conductor of the Symphonic Winds, directing the ensemble for nine years, and for many years also directed Woodwind Ensembles at Williams. He has also served as double reed
adjudicator for many music festivals throughout New England.

Keith Kibler, bass-baritone

Keith has sung opera and the concert repertoire internationally. In this area he has appeared with the orchestras of New Hampshire, Vermont, Portland, Springfield, Worcester, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Boston, both in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood. Summer festivals include Saratoga, Monadnock, Wolf Trap, Finger Lakes, Norfolk, and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. His doctorate was earned at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, and he has won a Beebe Fellowship and the Kneisel Prize. His students have been accepted at Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School, Aspen Music School, and Tanglewood. In May 2004, the New Opera, which features rising stars and conductors, produced its first event, a performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. New Opera has proceeded to present several successful productions since its inception.

Joanna Kurkowicz, violin

Joanna has performed on many of the great concert stages of the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston and the Grosse Saal, Salzburg, and has appeared as a soloist with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the New England String Ensemble, the Berkshire Symphony, the Poznan Philharmonic, the Polish National Radio Orchestra in Katowice and others. She has received awards from the Samuel Chester, Presser, Kosciuszko, and Olevsky Foundations, the Harvard Musical Association, the Irving McKlein International Competition, the Carmel and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, and, in Poland, the Henryk Wieniawski and Tadeusz Wronski International Competitions. Ms. Kurkowicz currently serves as concertmistress of the Boston Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony. Her previous positions as concertmaster include the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (1999–2004) and the Vermont Symphony (1999–2001). She was a member of the acclaimed Metamorphosen and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras (1997–2003). Since fall 2002, she holds the position of “Artist in Residence” at the prestigious Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. An avid and sought-after chamber musician, she has collaborated with such eminent artists as Jaime Laredo, Charles Treger, Laurence Lesser and James Buswell. She is a founding member and Artistic Advisor of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival. As a guest artist, she has participated in the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, the Ravinia Festival, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. Ms. Kurkowicz is a strong advocate of contemporary music; she has premiered works by Schuller, Shapey, Ruders, Kechley and Bacewicz, and performs frequently with Boston Musica Viva.

Susan Martula, clarinet

Susan is the Studio Instructor of Clarinet at Williams. Ms. Martula earned the B.A. in Music from Smith College in 1962. She studied at Paris Conservatory, taking classes with Delecluse and Boulanger, She earned the M.Music in Clarinet from the Manhattan School of Music in 1964. She serves as principal clarinetist with Berkshire Symphony and the Albany Symphony. She has extensive experience in performance and the teaching of clarinet literature.

Orlando Pandolfi, French horn

Orlando has been an active performer in both Classical and Jazz idioms since the age of 14. He holds the positions of principal with the Berkshire Symphony and adjunct instructor at Williams. He earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in horn performance from The Juilliard School where he was a recipient of the E. and W. Naumberg Scholarship for Orchestral Instruments and twice winner of the Jerome Greene Fellowship in Music. He was also awarded teaching fellowships in both the Solfegge and Theory Departments. He has taught horn at the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University, and Amherst College. Equally comfortable as a jazz vibraphonist or orchestral and chamber hornist, Mr. Pandolfi has performed and recorded extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with ensembles such as The Gotham City Wind Quintet, The Nova Filarmonia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Winds, The Boston Civic Symphony, as well as The Bobby Greene Ensemble, the Wailing City Sound Superband, and various other jazz ensembles. In 1991, Mr. Pandolfi spent an academic year in Rome, Italy as instructor of horn at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and adjunct principal horn in the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the premier orchestra of that city.

Doris Stevenson, piano

Artist-in-Residence in Piano at Williams, Ms. Stevenson serves as Artistic Director for the Williams Chamber Players and maintains an active career as a recitalist and chamber musician. She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, in New York at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall, in major cities in 46 states, in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Salle Pleyel in Paris, on National Public Radio and on Public Television. Recordings include the Brahms’ Cello Sonatas with N. Rosen; Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonatas with A. Cardenes; the complete Mendelssohn Cello Works with Jeffrey Solow, and many others. In recent years, she has been collaborating with other chamber musicians to present Bösendorfer Concerts at Williams, performances which are frequently sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.

Stephen Walt, bassoon

Stephen Walt is principal bassoonist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and is a member of the Savant Wind Quintet. Mr. Walt has been on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1999 and is Studio Instructor of Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College. He has performed with orchestras, opera companies and chamber music ensembles throughout the eastern United States, including performances with the Borromeo, Lark, Muir, Leontovych and Shanghai String Quartets. Mr. Walt has been guest artist at the Monadnock, Musicorda and Hampton-Sydney Festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY), Music From Greer (AZ) and has appeared on the Mohawk Trail Concerts. In addition, Mr. Walt is a member of the faculty at the Chamber Music Conference of the East. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg. He has recorded for CRI, Decca, Koch International, Gasparo, Nonesuch and Albany Records. Mr. Walt was founder and Co-Director of Williamstown Chamber Concerts from 1988 to 2006.

Scott Woolweaver, viola

Scott graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music, where he won the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding participation in chamber music. He continued his studies with Walter Trampler at the Boston University School of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory. Scott was a founding member of the Vaener String Trio, which won the Grand Prize at Fischoff Competition, a founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and has been a member of the Ives Quartet, based in San Francisco, California, since 1999. He is the Studio Instructor of Viola at Williams and Principal Violist with the Berkshire Symphony.