Ann Marie Bermont
Violinist and Halcyon Chamber Series Co-Director Ann Marie Bermont is the second prize winner of the 2011 Alexander & Buono International String Competition, and 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition semi-finalist, with the Bermont & Krafka Duo. She has toured internationally with the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, New Jersey Philharmonic, and Phantom of the Opera, and was a member of the 2011 Lucerne Festival Academy, directed by Pierre Boulez. At home she has appeared at The Kennedy Center, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and numerous times at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Off-Broadway productions.
In 2010 Ann co-founded Dynamic Motion Company with violinist Cynthia Marcus Smith. An interdisciplinary arts organization that pairs new choreography with the classical chamber music repertoire, Dynamic Motion Company performed at the Alvin Ailey Studios at the Joan Weill Center for Dance in February of 2010. In 2012, the Dynamic Motion Company Quartet was featured on the album American Variations, on which the quartet performs “Bartok in Brooklyn,” composed by Sunny Knable.
Ann received her performance degree from The Boston Conservatory. Post-graduation she continued her studies in New York with Neil Weintrob and Mela Tenenbaum. Ann is also a practicing attorney with Feller Energy Law Group, PLLC.
Check out Ann's album on SoundCloud.
Canadian violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” Her recent prizes include 1st Prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in the chamber division, Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, 1st place in the American Prize, and 2nd prize at the Osaka International Chamber Competition. Among her other top awards include the Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition.
Christina has performed as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Salina Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Banff Orchestra, Shattered Glass and the Hemenway Strings. Her solo and chamber credits include Carnegie Hall, Esterházy Palace, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Harbin Grand Theatre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Schneider Series, Rockefeller Tri Noon Series, Dame Myra Hess series, La Jolla Summer Fest, Kneisel Hall Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Harvard Club of New York, Montreal Chamber Festival, and Debut Atlantic. She has also been featured on WQXR New York. Christina has collaborated with artists such as David Chan, Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, Robert DeMaine, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Toby Hoffman, Chee-Yun Kim, Yura Lee, Cho-Liang Lin, and Bright Sheng.
Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magnum cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet, and plays in a duo with pianist Tatiana Tessman.
Anthony Bracewell is considered by many to be one of the most dynamic and diverse violinists active today. Possessing a unique blend of classical and jazz training, Bracewell enjoys a colorful career as a virtuoso violin and viola soloist, chamber musician, fiddler of all genres, recording artist, composer, producer, and teacher.
Born in the Canadian city of Windsor Ontario, Anthony began his musical studies at the age of five. His teachers, realizing his musical talents, encouraged him to learn other instruments, master music theory and ear training, and explore the world of music outside the classical realm. By the age of ten he was regularly performing concerts, improvising, and gigging, and at age eleven he gave his soloist debut with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
As a teenager, Bracewell served as the Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, working with renowned artists such as Sir Andrew Davis, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Leonard Slatkin, and Yo-Yo Ma. He was a grand prize winner in the 2008 St. Paul National String Quartet Competition as well as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award from the NPR National radio show, "From the Top".
Bracewell went on to study violin and viola with world renowned pedagogues Paul Kantor, Jaime Laredo, James Dunham, and Paul Neubauer. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School and Rice University. Throughout his studies, Bracewell continued to expand his interests and skillset, studying advanced musical analysis and ear training, as well as Dalcroze Eurythmics, music production, and sound engineering. In 2010 Bracewell formed the Contranuities Quartet an ensemble committed to pushing the boundaries of classical music and acoustic instruments into folk and jazz genres. Their recordings can be found on Soundcloud.
Anthony enjoys orchestral music making, and can often be found performing various roles in many different ensembles. In 2011 he served as Assistant Concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall, and in the past year has been invited to perform as Concertmaster of the Geneva Light Opera Company, principle violist and principle second violinist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, principle violist of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, principle second violin of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well as a frequent guest of the Shattered Glass ensemble. in 2018 he became a member of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
Bracewell has performed recitals worldwide, in places such as Paris, Belgrade, Prague, Montreal and NYC. In 2018 he recorded his debut album, which he released on his own label and is available worldwide.
A large part of Anthony's focus is in education, and sharing the knowledge and experiences he has been given with the next generation of musicians. He began teaching at the age of fourteen and continues to teach students of all levels to this day.
Anthony Bracewell resides in New York City with his wife and two dogs, Lily and Romeo. He can be found on stage performing solo recitals, collaborating with many wonderful NYC musicians, teaching various types of music lessons, working in the studio recording music for film composers, rappers, electronic artists, indie bands, and more, playing solo violin at an outrageous chuppah celebration, writing his own electronic music compositions, or chasing down his dogs at the park. He is always looking to connect with artists, students, audiences and friends alike.
Halcyon Chamber Series co-founder and director Luke Krafka (BM and MM in Cello Performance at the Boston Conservatory on full scholarship), regularly performs both chamber and solo recitals in Boston, New York City, Canada and Western Europe. Mr. Krafka has attended numerous music festivals around the world including the Heifetz International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Salem New Music Festival and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.
Major competitions won include 3rd Prize at the ICMEC International Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio, the Lumiere Trio and 2nd prize at the Alexander & Buono International Chamber Music Festival with his string duo, Bermont & Krafka. While Mr. Krafka attended school, he took masterclasses with Colin Carr, Dennis Hopper, Norman Fischer, Aldo Parisot, Ron Leonard, Tim Eddy, Allison Eldridge, and members of the Lions Gate Trio, Triple Helix Trio, and the Lydian Quartet.
Mr. Krafka has performed at some of the biggest music halls in the world including Symphony Hall, Paul Hall at the Juilliard School, Jordan Hall, Monticelli Hall in Italy and the Hatch Shell in Boston. Along with a very active orchestral, chamber and teaching career, Mr. Krafka donates his time to organizations such as Project Step (a program that helps get inner city children into classical music) and Winsor Music (a program that sets up chamber concerts for nursing homes and homeless shelters). Mr. Krafka recently finished up a tour of Germany playing assistant-principal with the JSB Ensemble and performing works by Bach in Stuttgart and Eisennach.
Visit Luke's website at www.lukekrafka.com.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ravenna began studying the violin at age four. She made her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto. She pursued her love of chamber music at such festivals as the Castleman Quartet Program, Meadowmount School of Music, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
Ravenna’s performance schedule has taken around the world to such places as New Zealand, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and China. This past March, she performed as a part of the inaugural Festival de St. Georges in Guadalupe.
Ravenna recieved her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with Axel Strauss, and The Juilliard School, with Ronald Copes and Laurie Smukler, with focuses on modern and baroque violin performance.
Drew Ricciardi has participated in various festivals, including the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Contemporary Composition and Performance Workshop of Aldeburgh, England, directed by Oliver Knussen, the Emerging Quartets Program, taught and founded by the Muir Quartet, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, as principal viola under the Berliner Symphoniker's chief conductor, Lior Shambadal. His world premiers include a gala performance of Marcel Tyberg’s Sextet for Strings, hosted by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, honoring Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, and Pressure, a work by Leah Reid for solo viola and electro-acoustics, performed at McGill University's Pollack Hall for their 2008 conference in electro-acoustic composition. As a chamber musician, Drew Ricciardi was violist of the Winsor Music Quartet with oboist, Peggy Pearson, and has collaborated with artists including the artistic director of Boston Chamber Music Society, Marcus Thompson, and the Portland String Quartet. As an educator, he has held the position of violin/viola faculty for New England Conservatory's Festival Youth Orchestra and the Common Time Chamber Music Workshop of Lexington, Massachusetts. Currently, he resides in Boston and studies regularly with Mela Tenenbaum in New York City.
ERIC SEDGWICK, pianist, has performed with many of music’s top talents including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice, Carole Demas and Debra Monk, and English hornist Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic. He is a staff vocal coach, accompanist and recital coach at the Manhattan School of Music, and for many years has been music director and pianist for the Junior Opera Theater there directed by Catherine Malfitano. He is also a staff accompanist for the Tanglewood Music Center, and has served as rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bard Summerscape productions. He is a regular pianist for events with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and has been a pianist for the International Vocal Arts Institutes in New York and Montreal. On the west coast, he has been a longtime coach and music director for the OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. Mr. Sedgwick is the official pianist for the Art Song Preservation Society in New York, a group whose regular masterclass series has included Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Grubb, Margaret Lattimore and Joan Dornemann. He performs regularly with local groups in New York including Opera Singers Initiatives, New Camerata Opera, the Stonewall Chorale, La Forza dell’Opera, and the Halcyon Chamber Music Series. He has appeared often with the Broadway Concerts Direct concert series in upstate New York, in cabaret shows at 54 Below and the Metropolitan Room, and as music director/pianist for “The World According to Kurt Weill” at UrbanStages. He can be heard on the soundtracks for the prize-winning short films “Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera),” “Something Blue (The Bachelor Opera)” and “Someone Like Me (The Facebook Opera).” He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered new works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Brown University.
Caleb van der Swaagh
Caleb van der Swaagh is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now know as Ensemble Connect) - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, The Knights, A Far Cry, Metropolis Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, Shattered Glass, Exponential Ensemble, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has appeared at the Chelsea Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, 23Arts Summer Music Festival, and Birdfoot Festival. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb is a member of Ensemble Échappé and has performed with Argento New Music Project, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and the Callithumpian Consort. He has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Sebastian Currier, Philippe Manoury, and David Lang as well as premiering many works by composers of his own generation. He also performs his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions that range from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.
A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012. For more information, visit www.calebvanderswaagh.com.