LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 no. 2 (1793)
MONICA HOUGHTON (b.1954)
Wilderness Portraits: Three Places in Nevada (2012)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101 (1886)
Praised as an “expressive and passionate chamber musician” by the San Antonio Express-News, and described as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by Gramophone Magazine, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico. In addition to her active performing career, Stephanie is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many of whom have successfully chosen careers in music. Currently Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno, she is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Former First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnany, she toured and recorded internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons.
Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (CA) and the Lancaster Summer Festival Orchestra (OH), Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has a discography of over seventy-five orchestral and chamber music CDs. Audiophile Review described her recent Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas CD as “Fine readings of great finesse, rich coloring and complete understanding.” Her other releases include Late Dates with Mozart; and Going Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola on the MSR Classics label, and Argenta Trio: The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn on Bridge Records. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio studied with and was the graduate assistant to Donald Weilerstein at The Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree. Previously she received her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University as a scholarship student of Laurence Shapiro and James Oliver Buswell. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio plays a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan and a 2008 viola by Jacek Zadlo of Chicago. She and her graphic designer husband Gary Albright, enjoy exploring Lake Tahoe with their daughters, fourteen-year-old Isabel and twelve-year-old Gabrielle, who also study music and are avid soccer players.
Dmitri Atapine has been described as "a splendid, elegant cellist" (Mundo Clasico), a musician with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), and an artist whose "playing is highly impressive throughout" (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. His frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo Music Festival, La Musica Festival Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), and Aix-en-Provence Festival (France) among many others, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.
Mr. Atapine's multiple awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and the Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with the St. Lawrence and Parker String Quartets, as well as such distinguished musicians as Peter Wiley, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, and David Shifrin. In collaboration with pianist Hyeyeon Park, Mr. Atapine recently released a critically acclaimed world-premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano on the Blue Griffin label. Other recordings can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, and Bridge record labels.
Mr. Atapine obtained his bachelors and masters degrees at Michigan State University with Prof. Suren Bagratuni. He holds an Artist Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Argenta Concert Series and the Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival in Spain, Mr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a member of the faculty Argenta Trio.
Dr. James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Japan ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, and of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Group for Contemporary Music, and Bargemusic.
Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings by many renowned composers, among them 13 Pulitzer Prize winners (John Adams, Michael Colgrass, Mario Davidovsky, Norman Dello Joio, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Kernis, George Perle, Wayne Peterson, Mel Powell, Joseph Schwantner, Melinda Wagner, Charles Wuorinen, and Ellen Zwilich). He is currently a member of Argenta, UNR's resident chamber trio, the pianist of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and performs regularly in recital with internationally acclaimed New York based violinist Rolf Schulte.
An active recording artist, Winn is featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician, and composer. Dr. Winn's compositions have been performed internationally. He has received the University of Nevada -Reno College of Liberal Arts' Mousel/Feltner award for creative activity, an Artist Fellowship Grant in composition from the Nevada Arts Council, the 2007 Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the 2009 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.