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Yibin Li - Violin

Yibin Li - Violin

Chinese-born violinist Yibin Li has been playing violin since she was five years old. Shanghai Conservatory of Music invited Li to join the faculty as a lecturer as soon as she graduated. During her tenure, she gained a reputation as an artist with well-reviewed recordings and performances across China. In the US, further study earned Li a Master's Degree from The Julliard School under Lewis Kaplan. Ms. Li has been performed as a soloist and chamber music in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Since her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2001, she has performed solo and chamber music in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and she has performed as a soloist with orchestras including Beijing National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Grossmont Symphony and Hunter Symphony in New York City. She recently starred in Parisian theater director Irina Brooks theatrical piece, La Vie Matérielle, that debuted at the French Institute Alliance Francaise in NYC and enjoyed a month-long, sold-out run at La MaMa Theater. Learn more about Yibin Li.

Muneyoshi Takayoshi - Violin

Muneyoshi Takayoshi - Violin

Violinist Muneyoshi Takahashi has been concertmaster of Ensenble du Monde, Nova Philharmonic, One World Symphony, Toho Gakuen Orchestra Achademy, and guest concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic. He has also played with orchestras such as the American Symphony, Chaleston Symphony, Izmir Symphony(Turkey), New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. A graduate of Eastman School and the top hornor recipant from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, he has studied violin with Koichiro Harada, founder of the Tokyo String Quartet and Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the Borodin String Quartet. He was semi-finalist of Japan Music Competition and Grand-Prix winner of Toho Trancedental Technique Competition. He had master classes with Thomas Brandis, Zakhar Bron, Vadim Gluzman, Rainer Küchl, Philippe Quint and Zvi Zeitlin. He has participated in renowned festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Takefu International Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival, where he had opportunities to work with artists such as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, and Toshio Hosokawa. Mr. Takahashi is also devoted in education. He has been Music Director of Hamilton-Madison House Music School since 2008.

Entela Barci - Viola

Entela Barci - Viola

Violist Entela Barci is a native of Tirana, Albania. She has performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area as soloist and with chamber and orchestral ensembles. Her musical activities have taken her across North and South America, Europe, and Australia. An active chamber musician, Entela participated in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Concerts and Lectures Series, Maiden Lanes Arts in the Atrium Concert Series and Irish America Concert Series. As an orchestral musician she has performed with The New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Haddonfield Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, SAB Orchestra, ABT Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of New Jersey. She has performed in many of the major concert halls of New York, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y and Trinity Church. She has appeared in Chamber music recitals at the Weill Hall, where she was part of the Amici Piano Quartet perform- ing the complete Brahms and Mozart Piano Quartets. Ms. Barci has attended several music festivals including Spoleto Music festival, Tanglewood, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Music Acedemy of the West, Banff Centre and Clefworks Music Festival.
Entela received a Bachelor of Music and a Masters degree in viola performance at the Juilliard School having studied with Eugene Becker and Samuel Rhodes.

Sean Katsuyama - Cello

Sean Katsuyama - Cello

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Sean Katsuyama began studying cello at the age of fourteen with Lee Fiser and subsequently with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. Within five years he was accepted into the Juilliard School where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees under the guidance of Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. A dedicated orchestral player, he has performed as Principal Cello of the Long Island Philharmonic and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured Japan and worked with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, and Toru Takemitsu. He has also toured South Korea and Europe as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Currently residing in New York City, he has performed solo and chamber music in many of its important halls, including Carnegie's Weill, Alice Tully, Steinway, Merkin, among others, and had the honor to play for relief workers at the World Trade Center site. With colleagues Albert Tiu and Joseph Esmilla, he recorded original piano trio transcriptions of Astor Piazzollas music on the Northbranch la- bel. Aside from performing, Mr. Katsuyama is an Assistant Professor at the Globe Institute, where he teaches music appreciation, and also teaches cello privately. His hobbies include the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess, photography, and golf. He performs on a modern reproduction of the legendary Domenico Montagnana cello "The Sleeping Beauty of 1739.