Piano and Winds

The Program

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of 11 constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

  • Mozart: Quintet in E flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, K. 452 (1784)
  • Barber: Summer Music for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn, Op. 31 (1955)
  • Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn (1953)
  • Françaix: L’heure du berger for Wind Quintet and Piano (1948)
  • Reicha: Quintet in D major for Winds, Op. 91, No. 3 (1818-1819)

The Artists

Michael Brown, piano

Michael BrownMichael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). He makes regular appearances with orchestras such as the National Philharmonic, the Seattle, Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany Symphonies and was selected by pianist András Schiff to perform an international solo recital tour, making debuts in Zurich’s Tonhalle and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Brown has appeared at the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Moab and Bard music festivals and performs regularly with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis. A prolific composer, Brown was the composer and artist-in-residence at the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-19 seasons and a 2018 Copland House Residency Award winner. He is the first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, and earned dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th century Steinway D’s, Octavia and Daria.

Tara Helen O'Connor, flute

Tara HelenTara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she was the first wind player to participate in The Bowers Program (then called CMS Two). A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, she regularly appears at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, the Great Mountains Music Festival, Chesapeake Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. A much sought after chamber musician and soloist, she is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble and a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape and the legendary Bach Aria Group. She has premiered hundreds of new works and has collaborated with the Orion String Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet and Emerson Quartet. She has appeared on A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, Live from Lincoln Center and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings with the Chamber Music Society and Bridge Records. She is associate professor of flute, head of the wind department and coordinator of classical music studies at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory and the contemporary program at Manhattan School of Music and is a visiting artist, teacher and coach at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Stephen Taylor, oboe

Stephen TaylorStephen Taylor, one of the most sought-after oboists in the country, holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair at the Chamber Music Society. He is a solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra and Speculum Musicae, and is co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His regular festival appearances include Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Bravo! Vail Valley, Music from Angel Fire, Norfolk, Santa Fe, Aspen and Chamber Music Northwest. Among his more than 200 recordings is Elliott Carter's Oboe Quartet for which Taylor received a Grammy nomination. He has performed many of Carter's works, giving the world premieres of Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa and Tempo e Tempi; and the U.S. premieres of Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet and A 6 Letter Letter. He is entered in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and has been awarded a performer's grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Trained at The Juilliard School, he is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. Taylor plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes.

Sebastian Manz, clarinet

Sebastian ManzClarinetist Sebastian Manz has been praised for his “enchantingly beautiful intonation and technical prowess” by Fono Forum. He began the 2018-19 season with performances with his wind quintet Variation 5 in Germany and Switzerland and then appeared with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In Australia, he debuted at the Huntington Estate Music Festival. He has performed with the Münchner Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Halle, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin and the Baden Baden Philharmonic. As chamber player, he works with a number of different ensembles including the Casal Quartett, the Danish String Quartet and the Boulanger Trio as well as the pianists Herbert Schuch and Martin Klett. At the ARD International Music Competition in 2008, he won not only first prize in the clarinet category, which had not been awarded for 40 years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. He is solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart and artistic director of the festival Alpenarte. He is also active in the Rhapsody in School organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. His recording of the complete works of Carl Maria von Weber was included in the list of the German Record Critics’ “Quarterly Critics Choice” and won an ECHO Classic award. Manz was born in Hanover and his teachers include the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle. He is a member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

Peter Kolkay, bassoon

Peter KolkayCalled “superb” by the Washington Post and “stunningly virtuosic” by the New York Times, Peter Kolkay is the only bassoonist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant and to win first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He has presented solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center and Centro Cultural Ollin Yolitzli in Mexico City. He is a regular performer at the Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo and Bridgehampton Chamber Music summer festivals. He actively engages with composers in the creation of new works for the bassoon; he gave the world premiere of Joan Tower’s bassoon concerto and will premiere a new work for bassoon and string quartet by Mark-Anthony Turnage during the 2018-19 season at the Chamber Music Society. He is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee and has served as guest principal bassoon of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, and studied with Frank Morelli, John Hunt, Jean Barr and Monte Perkins. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Kolkay serves as associate professor of bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and calls Nashville home. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

Radovan Vlatković, horn

Radovan VlatkovićOne of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher. Born in Zagreb in 1962 he completed his studies with Professor Prerad Detiček at the Zagreb Academy of Music and Professor Michael Höltzel at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. Radovan Vlatković is the recipient of many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Premio Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1983 – the first to be awarded to a horn player for 14 years. This led to numerous invitations to music festivals throughout Europe including Salzburg, Vienna, Edinburgh and Dubrovnik to name a few, the Americas, Australia, Israel, Korea as well as regular appearances in Japan.

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