Uri Vardi, Cello – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Uri Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and his native Israel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, he studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was an artist diploma student at Indiana University, and earned his master’s degree from Yale University. Vardi has recorded and toured widely with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Sol-La-Re String Quartet. He has served as assistant principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta. In 1990, following an extensive teaching and performing career in Israel, Vardi was appointed professor of cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his work at Wisconsin, Vardi has taught and conducted master classes at numerous music schools.
Hagit Vardi – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hagit Vardi is currently the Feldenkrais Practitioner at the Integrative Medicine Clinic of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She also has a private practice in Madison. Hagit received a Bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Indiana University, a Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and a certification as a Feldenkrais Practitioner from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Hagit co-teaches, with her husband, Uri Vardi, the Feldenkrais for Musicians course at the University of Wisconsin School of Music, and she works extensively with musicians who suffer from plying related injuries.
Eric Pritchard, Violin – Duke University
Eric Pritchard has been serving as First Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University since 1995. His previous appointments as First Violinist of the Alexander and Oxford String Quartets included positions at City University of New York, San Francisco State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Miami University. A native of Durham, New Hampshire, he studied at the New England Conservatory, the Indiana University School of Music and the Juilliard School. Pritchard was awarded First Prizes at the London International String Quartet Competition and at the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions. He was also the winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in violin in 1981.
Erika Eckert, Viola – University of Colorado Boulder
Violist Erika Eckert is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center since 2011. Previously, Eckert served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace College, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York where she served as the coordinator of the chamber music program for the Music School Festival Orchestra for three summers. As co-founder and former violist of the Cavani String Quartet, Eckert performed on major concert series worldwide, garnered an impressive list of awards and prizes, including first prizes at both the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Cleveland Quartet Competition, and appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and National Public Radio.
Ian Swensen, Violin – San Francisco Conservatory of Music
A native of New York, violinist Ian Swensen comes from a musically gifted family of Norwegian and Japanese-Hawaiian descent. He has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacramento State University. He is a passionate pedagogue and his students have gone on to major positions in orchestras, teaching institutions and chamber groups around the world. Swensen also maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and others. He is one of the few musicians to have been awarded the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition’s top prize for both solo violin and chamber music
Carol Rodland, Viola – The Juilliard School
Carol Rodland enjoys a multi-faceted international career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. First prize winner of the Washington International Competition and winner of the Universal Editions Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager. She has premiered and recorded works by Kenji Bunch, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas and is a frequent guest artist at music festivals throughout the world. Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School and has previously held professorships at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She is also an Artist-Faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.
Steven Doane, Cello – Eastman School of Music
Internationally known soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and pedagogue Steven Doane appears at festivals and on concert series throughout the United States and overseas. Doane received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory and his MM from SUNY Stony Brook. As a member of the New Arts Trio, Doane was awarded the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1980. He made his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts in Don Quixote with David Zinman and the Rochester Philharmonic in 1983. His Tully Hall recital debut occurred in 1990, and has been followed by numerous recital appearances, including programs in London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Saunders Theater, and many other venues. Steven Doane currently holds the title of “visiting professor” at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he has done several residencies.
Mike Block, Cello/Improv – Silk Road Ensemble
Improv Workshop & Guest Artist
Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music. Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. Mike also served as Music Director for SRE’s acclaimed opening concert of New York City’s Central Park SummerStage 2011 season “Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder”.
As an innovator, Mike is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing. Employing his patented design, The Block Strap, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. The NY Times characterized the performance as, “Breathless … Half dance, half dare.”
Jenny Kallick, Professor of Music, Emerita – Amherst College
The Embodied Musician Workshop
Ph.D. Yale University (1985)
M.M.A. Yale University, School of Music (1973)
B.M. University of Southern California (1969)
Schubert Cello Quintet CD. Brentano String Quartet and Michael Kannen, cellist. Project Director and Executive Producer (October 2015)
“Behind the Eyes.” Brahms Piano Trios. CD essay. (October 2015)
Sound Installation at Mead Art Museum (2014)
ARCHITECT. A Chamber Opera. CD and DVD Original Video. Librettist, co-composer with John Downey and Lewis Spratlan, and videographer with Michiko Theurer. (2012)
ARCHITECT. European Video Premier, Milan Film Festival (2014)
ARCHITECT. New York & Chicago Video Premiers, Architecture & Design Film Festival (2011)
“Tyranny of the Domestic,” in Keeping Score (1997)
Paige Whitley-Baugess, Baroque Dancer
Baroque Dance Workshop
Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world as a soloist and with dance partner Thomas Baird. Paige is director of the Baroque Arts Project with Barry Bauguess and producer of two baroque dance DVDs: Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. In addition to her artistic collaborations with Thomas, Paige has stage directed baroque opera and theatre for UNC-Chapel Hill, Wingate University, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival (with Baird), Peabody Conservatory, East Carolina University, and VOX (Charlotte). She has served on the faculties of Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop.
Deborah Price, founder – Chamber Music Connection
Chamber Music Workshop
Violist Deborah Barrett Price is recognized throughout the country as an innovative pedagogue and versatile performer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. (CMC), a nationally recognized program providing education, service and performance opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels. In recognition of her work as a chamber music entrepreneur, pedagogue, and performer, Debbie has received numerous awards, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music, the Alumni Achievement Award from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year. She has also received multiple nominations for the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Arts Administration.