Arda Cabaoğlu, D.M.A. (b.1981) is an artist, musician, music scholar, educator resides in three different continents: New York City, Helsinki, and his hometown Istanbul. As broad as his cultural background, he completed his doctoral studies at Eastman School of Music, previously studied at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden, and İstanbul Technical University (MİAM) in Istanbul. Cabaoglu’s mentors include Håkan Hardenberger, James Thompson, Bo Nilsson, Olle Sjöberg, and Erden Bilgen.
Julianna Eidle is a Cincinnati-based performer, organizer, and educator. A passionate collaborator, Julianna is the Artistic Director of Cincinnati New Music and Associate Director of New Downbeat, a Cincinnati chamber ensemble rooted in intersectional feminism. An advocate for new music, Julianna has premiered over 50 works for solo flute and ensemble and performed at the BMI Composer Awards, Society of Composers, Inc. Student National Conference, and the Midwest Composers Symposium.
Jamie Jordan devotes herself to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Ms Jordan has collaborated with NY Philharmonic musicians on CONTACT!, the Orchestra’s new-music series, and their chamber music series at Merkin Hall. Other ensembles she has worked with include American Composers Orchestra, Bob Becker Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Experiments in Opera, LA Phil New Music Group, Mantra Percussion, New York New Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talujōn.
Kevin von 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.
Stefanovic is a passionate advocate for new music and the expansion of the viola repertoire, and he has commissioned, premiered and recorded a variety of solo and ensemble works, including the winning composition of the American Viola Society’s Gardner Prize, as well as participated in the 2020 and 2021 Composers’ Conference.
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. As a champion of new music, Virtanen is a co-founder/director of new music ensemble Strings and Hammers with
pianist Eunmi Ko and double bassist Julia Keller. She was featured as a guest artist at the 2016 Madrid Contemporary Music Festival, Ossia, Eastman Virtuosi, Tyler Time! at the Union College, Weill Recital Hall, Eastman Hatch Recital Hall, and USF New Music Festival with her long-time collaborators Eunmi Ko and Julia Keller.
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.
Benjamin D. Whiting
His music having being described as “marvelously intriguing” and “evocative” in a Fanfare review, composer and improvisor Benjamin D. Whiting is perpetually seeking to find new and exciting ways in which technology can assist composers and performers by augmenting their expressive potential.
Project Fusion strives to connect and inspire audiences through kinetic performances, adventurous programming, artistic kinship, and shenanigans. The quartet is a Laureate of Astral Artists, “…elevating the saxophone to its rightful throne” (Splash Magazine), and they have captured top prizes in the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Plowman, Chesapeake, and Music Teachers National Association chamber competitions. They are passionate, witty, daring, and devoted musicians who seek to share their bond with others through the excitement and intimacy of chamber music.