Angelia Cho, violin
Violinist Angelia Cho was born in 1981 in Columbia, South Carolina. She began to study violin at the age of three. A year later she made her public recital debut at South Carolina Women’s College, and she was asked to perform on NBC-TVs critically acclaimed PM Magazine. Angelia made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11 at the Mann Music Center and again in the Academy of Music three years later.
Angelia entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996 to study with the late Jascha Brodsky. She later studied with world renowned violinist Ida Kavafian. She then went on to complete graduate studies with Donald Weilerstein at The New England Conservatory.
Angelia has attended Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Festival, Verbier Festival, Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourses in Israel, International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England and the Yellow Barn Music festival.
Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, violin
Born and raised in the heart of Mexico, Maureen has embraced many styles and genres from classical and tango to rock and light jazz. She is a member of the tango ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA, AquiTango. Her improvisational skills have led to recordings with Vineyard Music on their Spanish CD and with the acclaimed Latin rock band ROJO.
As a solo concert violinist, Conlon has performed to much acclaim on many of the great stages throughout Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. Many of her performances have been aired live on radio and television including a special for the Telemundo channel in 2003. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras and chamber ensembles in Mexico and the U.S. including the renowned Orquesta del Estado de Mexico (OSEM) under the direction of Enrique Batiz and the Orquesta de la Universdad de Guanajuato (OSUG) with whom she toured Italy playing the Barber Violin Concerto in 2014.
Anne Donaldson, violin
Anne holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, where she was the teaching assistant of Blair Milton. Ms. Donaldson has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW). She is also a Suzuki specialist and has been a guest faculty member with the Suzuki Association of Georgia, Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, and Suzuki Music Columbus. Anne is the founder of Mount Pleasant Talent Education, and was the assistant director of the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Birmingham (AL) for 6 years. She was a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012.
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet, Project Costa Rica
Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is an active performer and educator. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, he has performed with groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Pilgrim Chamber Players and The Chicago Ensemble, among others. Mr. Garcia-Montoya has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his master's degree at Rice University. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and pursued additional post graduate studies at DePaul University. Mr. Garcia-Montoya lives in Chicago, IL and is currently principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago.
Juan Jaramillo, violin
Since his arrival in the US from his native country of Venezuela, Juan Jaramillo has established himself as a prominent violinist in a variety of music scenes around the country. He is a product of the internationally famous "El Sistema" orchestra program that started in Venezuela. Mr. Jaramillo has played with many ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and many more. Juan has also performed as Acting Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Principal Second of the Britt Music Festival. Currently he is the Principal Second of the Wheeling Symphony and first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Juan is also in his second year as the Artist-in-Residence at St. Matthews Church in Wheeling, WV, where he is the coordinator and performer of the "Chamber Music Project 2012". Mr. Jaramillo has performed at summer festivals such as San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Latinoamerican Quartet Seminar (Venezuela), Deep Creek Summer Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Britt Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He received his Bachelor's Degree and Artist Diploma from Duqesne University and also earned a Master's Degree from Penn State University. When he is not performing, rehearsing, or teaching, Juan enjoys running, cooking, and the movies.
Regino Madrid, violin
Regino, from Los Angeles, CA, is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays at the White House. Mr. Madrid is also the concertmaster of The American Pops Orchestra and has also appeared as guest concertmaster for the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Chesapeake Orchestra at St. Mary’s River Concert Series, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Mr. Madrid regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra. Since making his solo debut at 16, Mr. Madrid has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Brahms’ Double Concerto, and Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. Mr. Madrid received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music after pursuing a Physiological Science degree from UCLA. Mr. Madrid resides in Hollin Hills, VA where he enjoys photography and Scandinavian mid-century design and architecture.
Frank Shaw, viola, Costa Rica
Violist Frank Shaw has been a member of A Far Cry since 2007. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Audubon and Borromeo Quartets, and toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas as performer and teacher. Frank’s past and present orchestral engagements include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Camerata New England, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and The Boston Pops Orchestra. Recent appearances include performances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Ravinia Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna and Music@Menlo. As well, recordings and live performances can be heard on Centaur Records, Azica Records, PARMA Recordings, Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH as well as Maine and Vermont Public Radios. Frank is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.
D.J. Sparr, composer
An accomplished composer and electric guitarist, D.J. Sparr has caught the attention of critics with his eclectic style. D. J. Sparr recently completed his tenure as the 2011-2014 Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony where his works were premiered by Nicholas McGegan, Donato Cabrera, and Robert Treviño. Recent premieres have been by the Washington National Opera, eighth blackbird, the Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Hexnut. Sparr was awarded the $10,000 grand prize in the orchestra category of the BMG/Williams College National Young Composers Competition and has received awards and recognition from BMI, the American Music Center, Eastman School of Music, George Washington University, the League of Composers/ISCM, and New Music USA.
Katie Youn, cello
Katie Youn, cello
Korean-Canadian cellist Katie Youn has a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Ms. Youn has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Korea and Japan, in venues such as Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Suntory and Minatomirai Hall of Japan, Orpheum Hall in Canada and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Ms. Youn has held positions as cello instructor and chamber coach at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and was a founding faculty for Boston String Project, the string program at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Boston. During the summer, Ms. Youn has been on the cello and chamber music faculty at Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts and most recently was the assistant for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) String Quartet Workshop. Youn has newly been appointed as cello faculty at the Encore Music Academy and Jou Music Institute. Ms. Youn has appeared with Chamber Music Silicon Valley and next season highlights include performances with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Sonnet Ensemble, among others. Ms. Youn received Bachelor and Master of Music at the New England Conservatory and graduated Boston University with Doctor of Musical Arts.