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Meet the IRIS Musicians

Five times a year, IRIS musicians travel from around the world to gather in Germantown, TN and share their talent and love of music with the audiences of the Mid-South. Our musicians touch the lives of people of all ages through IRIS Orchestra concerts, chamber concerts, community engagement programs for adults and students, and ongoing relationships with their host families. At the end of each performance week, IRIS musicians return to their home cities, carrying stories of the warmth and generosity of the Memphis/Germantown community, becoming ambassadors who champion the reputation of the Mid-South across the country and across the globe.

STRINGS

 

ADDA KRIDLER

Described as “lyrical and precise” in the New York Times and lauded in the Miami Herald for her “incisive energy and lovely tone,” Adda Kridler has performed across the globe as a chamber and orchestral musician. In demand as a strong leader and sensitive collaborator, Ms. Kridler

ADRIANA LINARES

Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares is one of today’s most talented Latin American artists. Her playing has been called “meltingly beautiful” by

AJIBOLA RIVERS

The cello has proven to be Ajibola’s passports to the world of music. He loves being in front of a live audience and draws much of his performance energy from the audience and fellow musicians on stage. Ajibola is working with elementary and middle school string students in the orchestra program at Douglass K-8 Optional School.

 

ALEX SHIOZAKI

Praised as “spellbinding” by the New York Times, violinist Alex Shiozaki is a member of the Momenta Quartet and on faculty at the Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division. In demand as a chamber musician, he performs frequently with

ALISA COFFEY

Alisa Coffey joined the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as Principal Harpist in 2011 and has established an active performing and teaching career in Little Rock.  She currently teaches at University of Arkansas and Hendrix College.   Orchestrally, she performs regularly with the ensembles such as Artosphere

ALLISON OSTRANDER

Violinist Allison Ostrander is concertmaster of the Minnesota Opera, a member of the IRIS Orchestra and The Four Voices String Quartet, and performs regularly with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Previously, she has held positions with the Naples Philharmonic

ANDREA LEE

Cellist Andrea Lee, who has been praised for her “elegant solo work” (New York Times) and “sublime” playing (Times Union), enjoys a busy freelance and

ANNIE RABBAT

Violinist Annie Rabbat is a member of A Far Cry, and Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed with the Orpheus, St. Paul, and East Coast Chamber

ASHLEY VINES

Ashley is a Philadelphia native with strong credentials in both viola performance and teaching; she has already distinguished herself as a role model and instructor of young music students. She is creating a strings program within the music program at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School.

 

AYANE KOZASA

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer),

BENJAMIN HART

Benjamin Hart began playing the violin at age five in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Louisiana

BEVERLY SHIN

Beverly Shin made her solo debut with the Houston Symphony at age 17. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Bargemusic, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Cape Cod Chamber Music

CAITLIN SULLIVAN

Cellist Caitlin Sullivan is a chamber, orchestral, and contemporary music performer based in New York City. Ms. Sullivan is a member of The Knights, IRIS Orchestra, and Decoda – a chamber music collective recently named the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. She has performed with ensembles including the New

CARLOS RUBIO

Violinist Carlos Rubio began his musical career as a member of Venezuela’s famous Youth

CAROLYN HUEBL

Carolyn Huebl is Associate Professor of Violin at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and violinist of the Blakemore Trio. Prior to her appointment at Blair she was Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Assistant Professor of Violin at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her busy performing

CHIHIRO FUKUDA

Born in New York City and raised in Japan, Ms. Fukuda began playing the violin at the age of six

CHRISTIE KEIKO ABE

Faculty, Columbia College Chicago Community Music Division
An Australian Violinist, Christie-Keiko Abe is a member of Chicago

DAVID BJELLA

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player, and soloist. He is Professor of Cello at Stetson University, faculty member for the Cuerdas

DARA HANKINS

Dara Hankins is a cellist who joins us from New York City where she has been working as a freelance musician and coaching private students. Hankins grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia. She began playing the piano at age 7,

DOMENIC SALERNI

Domenic Salerni is the recently-appointed first violinist of the Dali Quartet. He moved up to Philadelphia from the Atlanta area, where he served on faculty as instructor and first violinist of Emory University’s quartet-in-residence, the Vega String Quartet.

ELENA URIOSTE

ELENA URIOSTE has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chicago, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio

ELISE BLAKE

Currently based in Washington, DC, violinist Elise Blake has performed with the Baltimore,

EMILIE-ANNE GENDRON

Emilie-Anne Gendron: Artist Diploma and MM, Juilliard; BA, Columbia University.
Lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist,” Gendron enjoys a dynamic freelance career based in NYC. She is a member of the Momenta Quartet and frequently plays with Musicians from Marlboro, Gamut Bach

EUGENIO FIGUEROA

Eugenio Figueroa is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Most recently, Figueroa has been studying at the Hartt School where he

FATIMA AAZIZA

Fatima Aaziza is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra where she’s been a member since

HAJNAL PIVNICK

Hungarian-American violinist Hajnal Kármán Pivnick was born and raised in Memphis,

JANE CORDS-O'HARA

Born and raised in Ireland, Jane Cords-O’Hara began playing the cello at the age of

JASON HEATH

Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music
and ideas associated with the double bass.

JESÚS MORALES

Jesús A. Morales Matos was born into a prominent musical family and is an active soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician.

JONATHAN CHU

Jonathan is assistant principal viola of the St Louis Symphony. He has been a member of the

KAREN OUZOUNIAN

Praised for her “radiant” and “expressive” performances (The New York Times), cellist Karen Ouzounian is a winner of the S&R Foundation’s 2016 Washington Award and at home in diverse musical settings. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was awarded First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in

KAREN POMMERICH

Karen Pommerich has played with IRIS since 2008.   A longtime member of the Jacksonville Symphony, she currently resides in Asheville, NC, performing with the Opal String Quartet, freelancing, and maintaining a private violin and viola teaching studio.  She spends her summers in Boulder at the Colorado Music Festival.

KIMBERLY PATTERSON

Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “superb cellist,” Dr. Kimberly Patterson was the founding cellist for the Tesla Quartet, winners of the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

LAURA COLGATE

Hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “remarkably poised… sensitive and majestic,” Laura Colgate, a native Memphian, is the first violinist of Excelsa Quartet.

LAURA METCALF

Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned as a compelling solo and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine), “gorgeous cello legatos” (Washington Post) and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent”

LEAH HOLLINGSWORTH

Leah Swann Hollingsworth is a violist, writer, and program consultant. Leah is a member of

LENNY SCHRANZE

Violist Lenny Schranze is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet and professor at the University of Memphis, and a Valade Fellow at Interlochen

LESLIE SHANK

Leslie Shank leads an active musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, 24 years as assistant concertmaster. Shank gave her

LINDA KLINE

Linda Kline is the Professor of Viola at Boise State University and is the Chair of the Department of Music. In the summer she teaches at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

LOUIS LEVITT

As a member of Sybarite5, Louis Levitt was the first double bassist to win the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Since then, he has performed with Sybarite5 in hundreds of concerts across

MARCIN ARENDT

Dr. Marcin Arendt is Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis, a member

MARCOS SANTOS

Marcos Vinicius Miranda dos Santos is taking a hiatus from the pursuit of his doctorate degree in violin performance at the University of Alabama. Born in Bauru, Brazil, Santos spent most of his life close to home.

MARI LEE

Mari has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and the U.S. and has been invited to numerous festivals such as

MARIA SAMPEN

Dr. Sampen teaches a talented studio of violinists at the University of Puget Sound. She also coaches chamber music, directs the New Music Ensemble and chairs the string

MARIAMA ALCANTARA

Mariama was introduced to music by her father, a professional guitarist in Brazil, and chose violin as her way to travel the world and gain exposure to different cultures. She is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Mariana is working with the orchestra programs at Kingsbury and Snowden Elementary Schools.

 

MARIAN SHAFER

Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and is a charter member of the Iris Orchestra.  She taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Memphis for 20 years

MARY JAVIAN

Mary Wheelock Javian’s goal as an artist is to use music to create positive social change in

MIA LEE

Mia Lee has been a member of IRIS since its inception. She

MICHAEL HAAS

Hailed as a “sterling musician” by the Washington Post, cellist Michael Haas is a member of the acclaimed Momenta Quartet. Known for its adventurous programming, Momenta has performed at the Library of Congress and the National Gallery, received two Koussevitzky

MIHO SAEGUSA

Violinist Miho Saegusa enjoys a multifaceted career as a versatile chamber musician, orchestral leader, and soloist. She is a founding member of

MILANA REICHE

Milana Elise Reiche, violin, holds a first violin position with the Minnesota Orchestra. She has

MILENA PAJARO-VAN DE STADT

Praised by Strad Magazine as having “lyricism that stood out…a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines”, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has already established

PAUL WIANCKO

Innovative cellist/composer Paul Wiancko has performed Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with Polish Radio Symphony, studied

REBECCA ANDERSON

Violinist, Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician based in New York City. Her recent appearances include solo performances with the Philidelphia Orchestra

ROSS MONROE WINTERS

Ross Monroe Winter is currently Instructor of Violin at the University of Northern Iowa, a member of the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and Director of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy where he also performs as Principal Second Violin with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He holds degrees from the New

SAM BERGMAN

Sam Bergman has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since February 2000. In addition to performing in the viola section, he served as host and writer for the orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and in 2011-12, he helped lead The MicroCommission Project, which

SAMI MERDINIAN

Hailed by La Nacion for his “beautiful sound and exquisite musicality”, Argentinean violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber

SARAH WHITNEY

Sarah Whitney has performed worldwide throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. She is a violinist in the acclaimed string quintet, SYBARITE5, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her teachers included Paul Kantor, William Preucil and Stephen Shipps.

SHANNON THOMAS

A Tennessee native, Shannon Thomas is a professor of violin at Florida State University and teaches violin & chamber music at the Kinhaven Music School. Shannon earned a doctorate at the Cleveland Institute of Music; her principal teachers have included Paul Kantor, Cornelia Heard, Jonathan Swartz, and

SHARON ROFFMAN

Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made

SHIRA MAJONI

Italian-born violist Shira Majoni grew up in a musical family, and from a very early
age expressed her passion and interest for languages, music being one of them. In
2013 she was awarded Top Prize for viola and Special Prize for Best Performance of
an Israeli Composition at the Aviv Competition in Israel. Her most recent
performances include recitals

SOH-HYUN ALTINO

Born into a family of musicians, Korean violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino began her violin lessons at age five and came to the U.S. to continue her studies at the Peabody Institute and the Cleveland Institute of Music where

STEPHANIE GRIFFIN

Described as enthralling by the Los Angeles Times, violist Stephanie Griffin is an active classical, contemporary and avant-jazz performer. She plays regularly as a soloist and with the Momenta Quartet, Continuum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Gordon Beeferman’s Other Life Forms

STEPHEN MIAHKY

Praised for his sweet, luxurious sound (Fanfare), and the thoughtfulness and seriousness (Nashville Scene) of his interpretations, Stephen Miahky is the Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin at Vanderbilt University and first violin of the Blair String Quartet. He has garnered acclaim

TIFFANY TIEU

Tiffany Tieu is a versatile teaching artist, educator, and performer. Currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Santiago, Chile, she

TIM PEARSON

Nashville native Tim Pearson performs regularly with the Nashville Symphony, Kansas City

TIMOTHY CHRISTIE

Violinist and violist, Timothy Christie, enjoys a busy career as performer, teacher, public speaker and recording artist. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of

TIMOTHY PITTS

Timothy Pitts has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile double bassists of his

WILLIAM HAKIM

William Hakim plays, composes, and arranges music of many styles, from jazz/rock to

ZOË MARTIN

Violinist Zoe Martin-Doike from Honolulu, Hawaii is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank.

WINDS

 

ADRIAN MOREJON

Adrian Morejon has been a member of IRIS Orchestra since 2002. When not in Germantown,

AGNES MARCHIONE

Agnes Marchione is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The University of Southern

AMY TAYLOR

Amy Taylor is currently the Second Flutist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2012. Amy is also the Adjunct Flute Professor at Northern Kentucky University.

ARPI ANDERSON

Flutist Arpi Anderson has been an active freelance performer in the Cincinnati area for over 15 years. She has played with many of the local orchestras and ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony

BILL KALINKOS

Bill Kalinkos is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri and a member of the resident Missouri Quintet. He enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Deviant Septet,

DANNY GOLDMAN

Danny Goldman is a multi-faceted musician, clarinetist, and producer.  He most recently became a core member of The

GINA CUFFARI

Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the New York City area. Praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving”, she is

HARRISON HOLLINGSWORTH

Heralded a “bold, emergent, personality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrison Hollingsworth is widely regarded as one of the premier wind players

JULIE WILLIAMS

Julie Gramolini Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2007 after two seasons as a member of the Omaha Symphony. She previously held the principal oboe post with the United States

MARK TIMMERMAN

Mark Timmerman, a native of Davenport, Iowa, is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. He is member of the New Jersey Symphony

NUNO ANTUNES

Born in Portugal, New York-based clarinetist Nuno Antunes is an active orchestral and chamber musician. He is a member of Sylvan Winds and Ensemble 54, and collaborates regularly with groups

PETER KOLKAY

Peter Kolkay is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and has been named a Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow for 2015-17. He is the only bassoonist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

REID MESSICH

Dr. Messich serves as the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Georgia’s Hugh

RENA KRAUT

Rena Kraut is an active freelance performer whose recent work includes concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota.

SAMUEL BLAIR

Samuel is currently the contrabassoonist/utility bassoonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He has music performance degrees from Southern Methodist University and Yale University. He then attended the New World Symphony in

SHANNON ORME

Shannon Orme, a native of Maryland, was appointed Bass Clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony in
2007. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo

TODD SKITCH

Canadian flutist Todd Skitch joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in September 2013. He is also a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players and is the Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Skitch started his orchestral career with the 

 

TONIMARIE MARCHIONI

Dr. ToniMarie Marchioni has been a member of the IRIS Orchestra since 2007. Most recently, she has been a featured artist at the Moab Music Festival, as well as in Carnegie Hall’s collected stories festival and the Stefan Wolpe Society’s series, Portrait of a Visionary. She has appeared with the National Symphony, American

VIVIANA CUMPLIDO WILSON

Powell Artist, Viviana Cumplido Wilson joined the Phoenix Symphony as Principal Flute in 2006. Her flute studies include

BRASS

 

ANDREW SORG

Andrew Sorg is an active performer, composer, chamber musician and trumpet teacher in the Boston area. Originally from New Jersey, he began playing trumpet at the age of eight. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Andrew is a proud member of two award winning

ANNA SPINA

Anna Spina, a native of Skokie, IL, has established herself as an active freelancer in the Nashville area, regularly playing in studio recording sessions and with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work in Nashville,

CHRIS BEAUDRY

Highly sought after freelance Bass Trombonist Chris Beaudry performs regularly in classical, jazz, chamber, and musical theater settings in Boston and throughout New England. Chris performs frequently with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Plymouth Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony and holds degrees in

CHRIS BUBOLZ

Christopher Bubolz is an active trumpet player in New York City.

DARIN KELLY

Darin Kelly (trumpet) appears frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other performing

DAVID MURRAY

David Murray was appointed second trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. Prior to joining the NSO, Murray was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati

JEREMIAH FREDERICK

Jeremiah Frederick is a Chicago-based horn player. He plays regularly with the Chicago Philharmonic, the Grant Park,

JOE SELLMANSBERGER

Joe Sellmansberger, tuba, resides in rural western Tennessee in a log cabin and performs with the Jackson Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the University of Mississippi Brass Quintet, several traditional jazz bands, and (of course) IRIS. Joe and his wife,

JOHN FREEMAN

John Freeman is a busy freelance trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay area, and has been coming to

JOHN ROJAK

John D. Rojak, bass trombone, American Brass Quintet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, NY Pops.

LYDIA VAN DREEL

Lydia Van Dreel joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2006. Ms. Van Dreel maintains an active performing career as an orchestral, chamber, solo and recording artist. A member of The Eugene Symphony Orchestra,

MICHAEL HOSFORD

Michael Hosford Principal, Sarasota Opera
Orchestral freelancer and composer. Performed with many distinguished NYC ensembles (Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). Avid chamber musician, former member of the

MIKE LORMAND

A native of Rayne, Louisiana, trombonist Mike Lormand moved to New York City in 2001.

NATHAN PAWELEK

BM (Oberlin Conservatory), MM (Yale University). Former principal horn of the South Dakota

PHILLIP OSTRANDER

Phil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and also holds the position of Principal Trombone in the Minnesota

TIM ALBRIGHT

Trombonist, Tim Albright enjoys a diverse musical life. He is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Riverside Symphony and Argento New Music Project. He

PERCUSSION

 

DAVID DEPETERS

David DePeters is one of the most sought-after percussionists on the east coast. He has been

PETER WILSON

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Peter Wilson now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, playing regularly with the Phoenix Symphony,

KEYBOARD

ADRIENNE PARK

Adrienne Park is the principal pianist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has been on faculty