Charles Hogue

A native of Rochester, N.Y., violist Charles Hogue grew up in Las Cruces, N.M. His principal teachers were Julia Hardie and Dr. Marianna Gabbi. After graduating from high school he attended Baylor University to further his studies with Dr. Hardie. He then transferred to the Mannes College of Music in New York City where his teacher was Paul Doktor. Hogue then spent two years in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training orchestra run by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he studied with the assistant principal violist of the CSO, Li-Kuo Chang. Mr. Hogue has participated in masterclasses with such eminent teachers as Dorothy Delay, Joseph dePasquale, William Magers, Glen Dichterow, Robert Vernon and Michael Tree.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Hogue has been a member of the Las Cruces, El Paso, Chattanooga and Tuscaloosa symphonies as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is presently the principal violist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and teaches part time at UAH. Hogue has performed under the batons of Sir George Solti, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Erich Leinsdorf and Daniel Barenboim. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Hogue Sinfonietta, a local community ensemble.

Jorge Federico Osorio

  • Solo performances with the Concertgebouw, Orchestre Nationale de France, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony
  • Festival appearances include Ravinia, Grant Park, Newport, Mainly Mozart, and the Hollywood Bowl
  • Recordings on Cedille, CBS, EMI, and Naxos labels; winner, Medalla Bellas Artes, Mexico National Institute of Fine Arts

Christopher Coletti

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Chris Coletti, best known for his work with the legendary Canadian Brass (2009-2019), is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and new Assistant Professor at Ithaca College School of Music. Comfortable in many musical styles, he has collaborated with a broad spectrum of musicians ranging from the Metropolitan Opera Brass, New York Philharmonic Principal Brass, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ricardo Muti to Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. Chris also performs on the Baroque Trumpet with various early music ensembles in and around NY. Chris regularly performs with NOVUS NY, the all-star contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan.

With Canadian Brass, Chris has performed hundreds of concerts in the finest concert halls in the world, countless live TV appearances and radio broadcasts, and regularly appears in front of major symphony orchestras. Chris can be heard on 9 Canadian Brass recordings, most of which feature his original arrangements, and countless other recordings and music videos with world-class artists. Chris got his professional start in 2008 as Principal Trumpet of The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, a position he still holds. As an educator, Chris has taught master classes at top conservatories around the world, and his students have won positions in professional orchestras and have been accepted into top music programs including Manhattan School of Music, McGill University and Tanglewood. Chris’s articles have been featured in notable publications such as the International Trumpet Guild, International Trumpet Guild Youth Journal, SONIC – Magazin für Holz – und Blechinstrumente (Germany) and The Brass Herald (England), and have been translated into German, Spanish, and Japanese. Chris has been a featured guest on many music performance and music business podcasts, and maintains a popular blog and email newsletter for trumpeters and other musicians.

Chris received his Masters Degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelors Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Throughout his education Chris received multiple awards and scholarships, and won a number of competitions including the Music Academy of the West Chamber Concerto Competition, Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, LaGuardia Arts Concerto Competition, Staten Island Symphony Concerto Competition, The Tanglewood Music Center Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Fellowship and Susan B. Kaplan Fellowship, The Juilliard School Frieda and Harry Aronson Scholarship, and The Manhattan School of Music President Scholarship. Among his numerous accolades, Chris also has perfect pitch, is a professional whistler, and has the unique ability to sing an operatic high C.

Tai Murray

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray has established herself a musical voice of a generation.“Technically flawless… vivacious and scintillating… It is without doubt that Murray’s style of playing is more mature than that of many seasoned players… “
(Muso Magazine)

Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her personal phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato, remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). As a chamber musician, she was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004-2006).

She has performed as guest soloist on the main stages world-wide, performing with leading ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, and all of the BBC Symphony Orchestras. She is also a dedicated advocate of contemporary works (written for the violin). Among others, she performed the world premiere of Malcolm Hayes’ violin concerto at the BBC PROMS, in the Royal Albert Hall.

As a recitalist Tai Murray has visited many of the world’s capitals having appeared in Berlin, Chicago, Hamburg, London, Madrid, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris and Washington D.C., among many others.

Tai Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in February 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th Century was released by the Berlin-based label eaSonus and her third disc with the Bernstein Serenade on the French label mirare.

Tai Murray plays a violin by Tomaso Balestrieri fecit Mantua ca. 1765, on generous loan from a private collection.

József Balog

József Balog is one of the most talented pianists of his generation. This exceptionally gifted performer was surrounded by the astonishing heritage of the internationally well-known Hungarian piano tradition established by Franz Liszt, Ernst von Dohnányi and Béla Bartók. He is praised and compared to Horowitz and Earl Wild by critics and acknowledged by the audience for his brilliant technic and very deep, sensitive musicianship. Along with the standard piano repertoire, he plays jazz-influenced classical compositions, contemporary music, and works written by rarely played composers as well. He has also earned fame for premiering a large number of contemporary pieces and he regularly holds master courses at various prominent musical institutions.

For the last 20 years, he has given more than 1000 concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in more than 25 countries accross Europe, America and Asia. He performed in well-known concert halls such as the Koch Theater (Lincoln Center) in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, the Philharmonic Hall in Saint Petersburg, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, the Musikhuset in Aarhus, the Vredenburg Music Center in Utrecht, the Kensington Palace in London, Konzerthaus in Wien, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, the Macedonian National Philharmonic Hall in Skopje, the Brussels’s Théatre Royal de la Monnaie, the Equinoxe in Chateauroux, the Karsiyaka Opera House in Izmir, the CRR-Concert Hall in Istanbul, the TRT Radio Hall in Ankara, the Philharmonic Hall in Kiev and Opera House in Nizza. He also achieved great success at the following festivals: Shanghai China International Arts Festival, Bellagio and Lago Maggiore Festival, Chopin Festival in Mallorca, Tansman Festival, Lisztomanias in Chateauroux, Schubertiade in Roskilde, Beethoven Festival in Zutphen, Spring Festival in Russia, Liszt Festival in Sopron and Ankara, Budapest Spring Festival and, on more than one occasion the Festival Academy, Kaposfest and the Beethoven Nights staged in Martonvásár.

During his career he has appeared with a great many outstanding orchestras and ensembles including the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Ukranian National Philharmonic and Radio Orchestra, the UANL Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra, the Croatian National Radio Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Pécs Symphony Orchestra, and Opéra de Nice Orchestra. Furthermore, he has already been on stage with great conductors such as Zoltán Kocsis, Jesús Medina, David Nimrod Pfeffer, Győriványi Ráth György, Yeruham Scharovsky, Vitaly Protasov, Felix Carrasco, Volodimir Sheyko, Gerard Korsten, Balázs Kocsár, Tamás Vető, András Keller, Tibor Bogányi, Zsolt Hamar, Balázs Kocsár, Gergely Kesselyák and Gergely Vajda.

József has released altogether ten CD-s with Hungaroton, Brillant Classics and Convention Classic. Balog’s discography includes works by Chopin, Liszt (on Erard piano as well), Bartók, Kodály, Lajtha, Gershwin and Péter Wolf. His first album – entitled Hungaricum – won the „Liszt Grand Prix du Disque” prize in 2005, and his „Liszt: Transcendental Etudes” was chosen to be “the recording of the month” in June 2015. The 10 times international prizewinner pianist has received the “Liszt-Prize” from the Hungarian Govermnent in 2018.

Huntsville M.E.T.

Huntsville M.E.T. is a nonprofit theatre production company located in the North Alabama area. The mission of Huntsville M.E.T. is to continuously produce theatre of the highest quality in the Huntsville area, and to encourage and enable others who share a similar vision to pursue their theatrical goals in the local community.

Yevgeny Kutik

With a “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Yevgeny Kutik immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five. His 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (Marquis Classics), features music he found in his family’s suitcase after immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1990, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart. The album garnered critical acclaim and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The New York Times.  His 2012 debut album, Sounds of Defiance, also on the Marquis label, features the music of Achron, Pärt, Schnittke, and Shostakovich. Funded in large part by a Kickstarter campaign initiated by Kutik, the album focuses on music written during the darkest periods of the lives of these composers.

Kutik released his third solo album, Words Fail, on Marquis Classics in October 2016. The album uses Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words as a starting point to expand upon the idea that music surpasses traditional language in its expressive capabilities, and includes two new commissions by Timo Andres and Michael Gandolfi. Words Fail was Album of the Week on San Francisco’s Classical KDFC, LA’s Classical KUSC, and Seattle’s Second Inversion, which acclaimed in an accompanying review, “Kutik’s violin sings and dreams across two centuries of classical music.”

In April 2019, Yevgeny made his debut at the Kennedy Center, presented by Washington Performing Arts. Additional performances in his 2018-19 season include appearances with the Dayton Philharmonic, La Crosse Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, the Cape Town Philharmonic in South Africa, and recitals at the Honest Brook Music Festival, Bargemusic, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Kutik has performed with orchestras throughout the United States including the Rochester Philharmonic, Tallahassee East Texas, Greensboro, Greenville, Juneau, Lima, North State, Boca Raton, Pensacola, Las Cruces, Westmoreland, Baton Rouge, Lansing, New Haven, Asheville, Springfield (MO) and Wyoming symphony orchestras, as well as Florida’s SYMPHONIA, New York City’s Riverside Symphony and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Abroad, he has appeared as guest soloist with Germany’s Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and WDR Rundfunk Orchestra Köln, Montenegro’s Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, and Japan’s Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble. He has appeared in recital as a part of the Dame Myra Hess Concerts Chicago, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, Merkin Hall Tuesday Matinee Series, and National Sawdust in New York City, Hammond Recital Series and Milton Academy’s Gratwick Concerts in Greater Boston, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Lamar Chamber Series, the Embassy Series and The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and at the Lobkowicz Collections Prague presented by Prince William Lobkowicz. Festival performances have included the Tanglewood Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Pennsylvania’s Gretna Music, Germany’s Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Deeply committed to fostering creative relationships with living composers in addition to performing music from the standard repertoire, Yevgeny Kutik has been involved in commissioning and premiering several new works. In January 2016, Kutik and Timo Andres performed the world premiere of Words Fail, a violin and piano piece he commissioned from Andres, at The Phillips Collection as part of a three-concert series curated by Nico Muhly. Upon the release of Words Fail in October 2016, Kutik gave the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Arioso Doloroso/Estatico, which Kutik commissioned for the album, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Additional premiere performances include the world premiere of Ron Ford’s concerto Versus with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Ozawa Hall, the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ Violin Concerto No. 2 at the 92nd Street Y, and the world premiere of Sheila Silver’s Six Beads on a String, which he commissioned. He has also been involved in the performances of new and rarely played works by Kati Agócs, Nico Muhly, and Donald Martino.

As an extension of Music from the Suitcase, Yevgeny has commissioned a diverse group of today’s leading composers to form his new project, Meditations on Family: A New Collection of Music for Violin. The composers will translate a personal family photo into a short musical miniature for violin and various ensemble. Featured composers include Joseph Schwantner, Andreia Pinto Correia, Gity Razaz, Timo Andres, Chris Cerrone, Kinan Azmeh, Gregory Vajda, and Paola Prestini. Kutik will be recording and premiering the works throughout the 2018-19 season.

Passionate about his heritage and its influence on his artistry, Kutik is an advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that assisted his family in coming to the United States, and regularly speaks and performs across the United States to both raise awareness and promote the assistance of refugees from around the world.

Yevgeny Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize. He was a featured performer for the 2012 March of the Living observances, where he played for audiences at the Krakow Opera House and for over 10,000 people at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kutik was a featured soloist in Joseph Schwantner’s The Poet’s Hour – Soliloquy for Violin on episode six of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-television classical music concert series released on DVD by Naxos and broadcast nationally on PBS.

Yevgeny Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and went on to study with Zinaida Gilels, Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and currently resides in Boston. Kutik’s violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella.

Katherine Chi

Pianist Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique” notes The New York Times. Recent and upcoming performances include her debuts with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestras and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Other appearances include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and a return engagement at The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Sought after as a concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction, Ms. Chi is noted for the breadth of her repertoire. While hailed for her interpretations of Mozart, she is also acclaimed for performances of major romantic and twentieth century concertos. “…the most sensational but, better, the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev’s Third I have heard in years” writes The Globe and Mail. And when Katherine Chi recreated Stockhausen’s landmark work, Mantra, for two pianos and electronics the Boston Globe wrote “when the superb pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madzar took on the challenge at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday, it was a welcome opportunity: courtside seats at the creation.” “Chi and Madzar were ensconced among percussion, microphones, and MIDI controllers…, the form unfolding like a venerable suite even as it pushes the modernist envelope.”

She has appeared with the Alabama, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Grand Rapids, Huntsville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Modesto, Nova-Scotia, Philadelphia, Quebec, Richmond, San Antonio, Saskatoon, Symphoria, Tallahassee, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, CBC Radio Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Toronto Sinfonia. Festival appearances including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada’s Festival of the Sound, Launadière, Domaine Forget, Marlboro, Osnabrück Kammermusik, Germany’s Ruhr, Santander Summer Music, and Festival Vancouver.

Just a year after her debut recital at the age of nine Katherine Chi was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Master’s degree, Graduate, Artist Diploma and Doctorate. She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2000, Ms. Chi won first prize in Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the first woman to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition. Her debut recording, on the Arktos label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and a new CD for the Honens label was released in 2016.

Christie Weber

Christie Weber has been an active musician all her life. She’s performed various genres of music ranging from classical to musical theatre. Various roles include Hanna Glawari from Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Baby Doe from Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Mother in Ragtime, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Lily in The Secret Garden. A voice student of Dr. Ginger Beazley, Christie was also the state winner of NATSA Vocal Competition, Professional Division in 2008. In 2010 she performed Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915″ with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she performed the role of Musetta in the concert version of La Boheme with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, as well as being one of the soloists that same season on the Mozart Requiem. Past engagements include Mozart’s Grand Mass with the Nashville Community Chorus and Huntsville’s First Baptist Church on Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Ms. Weber was featured on Ben Fold’s recording University A Capella! and can be heard on recordings by Michael W. Smith.