Violist Hannah Levinson is an active performer in New York City, devoted to performing music of the past 50 years. She is a founding member of the violin/viola duo andPlay, an ensemble that works to commission new works and perform lesser-known works for their instrumentation. She has worked with contemporary music groups such as ACME, ensemble mise-en, Talea Ensemble, North/South Consonance, and The Rhythm Method Quartet. Hannah also performs traditional classical repertoire regularly and is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Based in New York City, Hannah is an active teacher, and is on faculty at Western Connecticut State University. She completed her MM in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in both Russian and East European studies and viola performance. Hannah is currently pursuing a PhD in performance at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Artist Faculty member Karen Ritscher. hannahlevinsonmusic.com
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Cellist Jennifer DeVore received her BA in Art History from Harvard University before earning her Masters degree from the New England Conservatory, where her teachers were Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser. An active chamber musician and soloist, she has appeared at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel Hall, and Weill Hall, and at the Musicorda, Spoleto, and Yellow Barn festivals. She performs in violin/cello duo Zentripetal, and in seven)suns, a string quartet. Groups with whom she has performed include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Ensemble Pi, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Harrisburg Symphony. As a member of various groups, Ms. DeVore has toured Costa Rica, Europe, Israel, Russia, Southeast Asia, and the Ukraine. A champion of contemporary music, she has worked closely with composers John Cage, Ornette Coleman, and John Zorn, and has premiered many solo and chamber works, played in the Bang-On-A-Can Marathon, and on WNYC's "New Sounds." She has recorded pieces by Cage and Xenakis, as well as pieces by many American composers. Her diverse interests have led to recordings and performances with artists such as Alicia Keys, Il Divo, DJ Spooky, East Village Opera Company, Jay-Z, Josh Groban, Laura Brannigan, Suzanne Vega, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and many independent bands in NYC. TV appearances include spots on Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly, and the CW11 Morning Show. She teaches at the Packer Institute in Brooklyn and privately.
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Since she settled in NYC, Japanese violinist Mioi Takeda earned her reputation as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and as a seasoned new music specialist in town. As violin duo Miolina's artistic director, her mission is clear: encourage composers to write music for violin duo employing the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, without limitations. She also hopes to expand the violin-duo repertory for future generations. Mioi wants to help rediscover neglected violin-duo compositions by old masters, and to share the joy of current violin-duo music with her audiences. In addition, Ms. Takeda has performed with new music groups, including North/South Consonance as concertmaster, SEM Ensemble, and Composers Concordance, giving countless premieres. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Square Festival, Scandia Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Strathmere Orchestra, The Japan Philharmonic, and The New Japan Philharmonic. Ms. Takeda's performances can be heard on North/South and Naxos Recordings. Mioi was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School, and she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The City University of New York under the guidance of Itzhak Perlman. She also enjoys doing yoga and watching The Big Bang Theory when she is not playing the violin.
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