Arda Cabaoğlu, D.M.A., is an artist, scholar, performer, educator of music, resides in New York City and Istanbul, completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music, previously studied music at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden, and İstanbul Technical University (MİAM) in Istanbul.
Praised for her “alluring clarity” by the New York Times, Jamie Jordan sings modern and contemporary classical music, and has premiered several dozen works. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series; Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; and more.
Kevin van Kampen
Kevin von Kampen is a Tampa, Fl-based percussionist who is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He is currently the percussion instructor at the University of South Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a Master of Music in percussion from the University of South Florida, and is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music.
Saxophonist Doug O’Connor is passionate about sharing music that challenges audiences to explore, connect, and grow. His performances push the athletic limits of the saxophone and feature music from all eras and in many styles, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and electronic. He strives to champion new works, present adventurous and innovative chamber music, and perform with an improvisatory command of music from Bach to Coltrane.
Laura Usiskin enjoys a versatile career as a cellist and educator. Her playing has taken her to concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Symphony Hall (Boston), and New York venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Barge Music, Steinway Hall, and Klavierhaus.
Praised for her “expressive tone,” violinist Sini Virtanen concertizes through Asia, Europe, and the United States. A former member of WolfGang string quartet, she appeared in internationally renowned festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Turku Music Festival. As a soloist, Virtanen appeared with the McCormick Percussion Group, Helsinki Strings, Jyväskylä Philharmonia, Kauniainen Philharmonia, and the Youth Orchestra of Rimski-Korsakov Academy in St. Petersburg.
Dr. Katherine Weintraub (a native of Sarasota, Florida) is a decorated performer and passionate educator. She has been praised by composer Libby Larson for her “technical brilliance” and her “uncanny ability to communicate the music directly to the heart of the listener”. Dr. Weintraub is currently a private studio instructor and freelance performer residing in Tampa, Florida. She also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at The University of South Florida and Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.