Tamás Kocsis, violin
Tamás is considered the youngest representative of the renowned Hungarian violin school, a tradition of playing that descends from Joseph Joachim (the dedicatee of Brahms’s Violin Concerto), through Jeno Hubay and Ede Zathurecky to Dénes Kovács, with whom he studied from the age of ten when he entered Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
After making his debut on Hungarian Radio at the age of eleven, Tamás made many solo and chamber music recordings for them. In addition to performances in his native Hungary, he appeared as soloist with orchestras and in recitals throughout Europe.
In 1989, Tamás received a full scholarship to Indiana University to work with Josef Gingold; subsequently, he spent several years studying with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. In 1995, he won the New York Artists International Competition and received an award from the European Council. He was knighted in Budapest in 2006 as recognition for his achievements in, and for, Hungarian musical life.
Prior to his 2010 appointment as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra, Tamás held concertmaster positions with the orchestras of Fort Worth, Orlando, Savannah, as well as the summer festivals of Breckenridge, Colorado Springs and Crested Butte. He has also served as guest concertmaster in Charleston, Tampa, Vancouver and Sydney.
With the Italian pianist Fabio Bidini, they have recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas and Piano Quartets, available on the EPR Encore label. An album of music by British composer Cecilia McDowell, was released on the Dutton Epoch label. Tamás is featured regularly on BBC Radio as a soloist and chamber musician.
Yuriy Bekker, violin
Yuriy Bekker, violinist and conductor, has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina) as Concertmaster since 2007 and was named its Principal Pops Conductor in 2016. Additionally, Bekker served as the orchestra’s Acting Artistic Director from 2010-2014 and Director of Chamber Orchestra from 2014-2015, playing a major role in the orchestra’s successful resurgence. Mr. Bekker has served on faculty as a violinist and conductor for the Miami Summer Music Festival in Miami, Florida since 2014. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the College of Charleston School of the Arts as a violin professor and as conductor of the College of Charleston Orchestra. He has been Music Director to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Spotlight Series and was given the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from the City of Charleston to honor his cultural contributions. Bekker has also held the position of concertmaster for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, and has held additional positions with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Bekker has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician, and critically-acclaimed soloist. In addition to over a dozen concertos with the Charleston Symphony, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony (British Columbia), Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Music Society, European Music Festival Stuttgart (Germany), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival, at the Kennedy Center, and many others.
Bekker earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were acquired from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied violin with Nelli Shkolnikova and Ilya Kaler.
William Goodwin, viola
William Goodwin, a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, has had a varied career. In addition to performing as leader of the viola section of the Ulster Orchestra, Mr. Goodwin has served as a university professor, at Eastern Kentucky University, and as violist of the Lindsayan String Quartet. As a member of the LSQ, he was the recipient of a grant from Chamber Music America. During the Summer months, he performs with Chamber Music of the Black Hills, and the newly-established Low Country Chamber Music Festival.
Adam Satinsky, cello
Adam Satinsky began his cello studies at age 6. When he was 12, he won the concerto competition at Interlochen National Music Camp and began studying with Stephen Kates at Peabody Preparatory. There, he received chamber music coaching from Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet and sat principal chair of the Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, performing a concerto with them shortly before beginning undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music. Adam received a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from Eastman and in his senior year won first prize at the American String Teachers Association national competition.
From 1992-95, he was in Janos Starker’s studio at Indiana University where he earned an artist’s diploma and won the concerto competition. He also performed at Merkin Hall with the I.U. New Music Ensemble and attended the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers. Adam has held the principal position in the Charleston Symphony and played summers at the Grand Teton, Bellingham and Colorado music festivals. He has been featured as a recitalist in concert series in Vermont, New York, Maryland and Iowa. Adam has been principal cellist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1997.
Jihye Chang, piano
Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Korea. As a recording artist, she has released several CDs on Albany, Centaur, Parma/Ravello, and Sony/BMG Korea.
Ms. Chang holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of György Sebök, Reiko Neriki, and Edward Auer. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Seoul National University. She also had the privilege to study with Emanuel Ax, Marc Durand, Claude Frank, Robert Levin, Yo Yo Ma, Ursula Oppens, and John
Perry at the Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency, Orford Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival.
Recently she was invited to serve as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University’s College of Music, where she is currently a lecturer. She has held the piano faculty position at the Brevard Music Center since 2013, and also regularly plays with the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble in Nashville.
Tatiana Roitman, piano
Tatiana has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe; radio broadcasts include H.Villa-Lobos’ Mystic Sextet, on NPR’s Performance Today, and B.Bartok’s Contrasts on New York’s classical music station, WQXR, G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on Little Rock’s KLRE. Mann’s recording of the original, big band version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was released on Naxos in the album Jazz Nocturne – American Concertos of the Jazz Age.
As a performer of contemporary works, she premiered Speak No Evil by E. McKinley at the American Composer’s Forum, and performed For Don by M. Babbitt, with the composer in attendance, in celebration of his 90th birthday at Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Festival. As the recipient of Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship at Tanglewood, she worked with James Levine, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, Charles Rosen and Claude Frank.
Tatiana Roitman Mann holds graduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from University of Minnesota. Her principal teachers include Prof. Tatiana Sarkissova, Prof. Alexander Braginsky, and Dr. Marc Silverman
In 2017 Dr. Mann accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies, at Texas Tech University.