Guest Musicians, 2015



Guest musicians in the 2015 Charlotte New Music Festival:

Beo String Quartet
Great Noise Ensemble
Paul Bowman, guitar
Orlando Cela, flute
Tomoko Deguchi, piano
Erinn Frechette, flute
Anatoly Larkin, piano
Andrew Fierova, horn

Beo String Quartet

Beo Collage 2A shared desire of making musical output the most important end is what inspired the formation of Beo String Quartet (Hannah Whitehead, Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom). Whether playing canonized works, participating in a studio session for a local artist, or premiering a fresh work through a collaborative commission, the four individuals have introduced many audiences to music of both past and present and of varied genres. Now, as a collective unit, their mutual passion sets the stage for continued efforts to introduce music of today, while still paying homage to the masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire.


The members of Beo String Quartet hold degrees from some of the country’s top conservatories including the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. They have collectively studied chamber music with the Cavani Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Miami String Quartet, the Ying Quartet, and members of the Cleveland Quartet.


Beo believes that it’s most important role is to champion music of our time and to create a mutually inspirational relationship between living composers, modern audiences, and performers alike. Upcoming projects include Beo String Quartet’s debut recording on the innovative pop-art album, Dead Reckoning, and the commission of a large scale work for string quartet to be premiered in 2016, both by Beo violist and Pittsburgh composer Sean Neukom.


The members of Beo eagerly await their residency with the Charlotte New Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and the opportunity to work with the fresh voices of blooming composers from around the world.

Great Noise Ensemble

“Among the most exciting and ambitious new music ensembles in Washington, D.C.” (Kyle Gullings, A Composer’s Notebook), and “perhaps the DC region’s most exciting professional group dedicated to performing new classical music” (Jason McCool, The Pinkline Project), Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music.


Born in 2005 when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, Poul Ruders and Louis Andriessen. They have presented concerts in venues ranging from intimate community concert spaces like the Patricia M. Sitar Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring to prestigious locales such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


In 2008 Great Noise Ensemble became the Ensemble in Residence at The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, bringing at least two of its regular season programs to the university’s Ward Hall each year as well as fulfilling their educational mission by coaching student performers in rehearsals and performances of new works and through the reading and professional recording of new works by Catholic University student composers and headlining the graduate composition students’ annual New Voices Festival and competition. Great Noise Ensemble was also recently named the Ensemble in Residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, where they will headline a new music series beginning in the 2012-13 concert season.


Highlights of Great Noise Ensemble’s 2012-2013 season include world premieres of works by Daniel Felsenfeld, Sarah Horick and Armando Bayolo and performances at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, National Gallery of Art, the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Catholic University of America.

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New York-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Since their founding in 2008, their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a stylistic palette ranging from whistled Brazilian rhythms and microtonal jazz standards to the decoupled and deconstructed sounds of the second modernity. They have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a ‘formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. Symphony Space, Miller Theater, Da Camera of Houston, MATA, the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University and the Avant Music Festival are some of their recent presenters.


loadbang has premiered more than 200 works, including many written by members of the ensemble. Other composers who have written originals and new arrangements for loadbang include Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen and David Lang, Guggenheim Fellowship winner Alex Mincek, Eve Beglarian, Nick Didkovsky, Reiko Füting, and Andy Akiho and Alexandre Lunsqui, who were both recently commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. Not content to dwell solely in the realm of notated music, loadbang is known for its searing and unpredictable improvisations, exploring the edges of instrumental and vocal timbre and technique, and blurring the line between composed and extemporaneous music. To this end, they have embarked on a project to record improvisations and works written by members of the ensemble. These recordings are designed, fabricated, and released in hand-made limited editions.  They can also be heard on a 2012 release of the music by John Cage on Avant Media Records, a 2013 release of the music of loadbang member Andy Kozar on ANALOG Arts Records which was called ‘virtuosic’ by The New Yorker, and a 2014 release on ANALOG Arts Records titled Monodramas.


loadbang is dedicated to education and cultivation of an enthusiasm for new music. They have worked with students ranging from elementary schoolers in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program to college aged student composers at institutions including Princeton University, Cornell University, New York University, Yale University, Peabody Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music. They are in residence at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City and the Charlotte New Music Festival.

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Paul Bowman

Paul Bowman

Classical guitarist Paul Bowman is one of today’s passionate avatars of new music for the guitar. Over 50 works have been written for him by composers such as John Eaton, Ursula Mamlok, Charles Norman Mason, Craig First, Alain-Michel Riou, Dorothy Hindman, Keith Carpenter, Easley Blackwood and Yehuda Yannay. Recent new works for either solo or in chamber settings include from composers Aaron Gervais, Nicholas Deyoe, Paolo Cavallone, Kirsten Broberg, Yehuda Yannay, Alessandra Ciccaglioni, Yotam Haber, C.P. First, Harvey Sollberger, Andrew Mead, Charles N. Mason, William Neil and Jeff Nichols. Dr. Bowman won 1st Prize at the VIth International Competition for Classical Guitar (“Casa España”) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was a Finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Milwaukee. Solo concert appearances include in such cities as New York, Chicago, Boston, Birmingham, Cleveland, San Diego, Durham, Champaign-Urbana, Raleigh, Milwaukee, Berlin, Darmstadt, Dresden, Cologne, Giessen, Marburg, Offenburg, Paris, Orléans, Rome, Brindisi, Geneva, Cyprus, Tokyo and Singapore, among others. Ensemble appearances with New Yorker-new music groups include The Group for Contemporary Music, The New Music Consort, Musician’s Accord, The Bowery Ensemble and Ensemble Sospeso at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Great Hall at Cooper Union and the Alliance Français.


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Other performances with various new music groups include CUBE, Chicago 21st Century Ensemble, Ensemble Noamnesia, red fish blue fish, notabu Düsseldorf and Ensemble Mosaik Berlin. Performances at Festivals for new music include: “Podewil neue Musik Messe” Berlin, “Tage für neue Musik” Darmstadt, “Musik Ohne Grenzen” Düsseldorf, “Nuovi Spazi Musicale” Rome, “Spring Festival at U.C.S.D.,” “Encounters: the Music of Our Time” at Duke University and “FOCUS Contemporary Music Festival” at Baldwin-Wallace College. Dr. Bowman has worked closely with composers of distinction such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, David del Tredici, Harvey Sollberger, Pierre Boulez, Roger Reynolds, Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Spahlinger, Phillipe Manoury and Charles Wuorinen. He has also collaborated with esteemed conductors Stefan Asbury, Heinz Holliger, Harvey Sollberger, Steven Schick and Jeffrey Milarsky. Currently, he has joined forces with flutist and new music-guru Harvey Sollberger in ensemble “3 for 2” with performances at the Institute for Advanced Italian Studies at Columbia University New York, the Villa Aurelia at The Rome Academy and the “Midamerica Center for Contemporary Music” at Bowling Green State University. Also, he has engaged in highly productive collaborations with virtuoso violinist/violist Karen Bentely Pollick, and new music-mandolinist Dimitris Marinos.


He has B.M and M.M. degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and a D.M.A. in Contemporary Performance from the University of California San Diego. He has studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Carlos Barbosa-Lima, among others. Also, he has studied new music interpretation with flutist Harvey Sollberger, pianist Aleck Karis, bassist Mark Dresser and flutist John Fonville. Dr. Bowman has given masterclasses in classical guitar at exotic location’s such as Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus and, at the not-so exotic such as Birmingham-Southern College. Also, he has given concerts/workshops for composers – encouraging writing new music for guitar – at the Univ. of Illinois, U.C. San Diego, U.W.-Milwaukee and Bowling Green St. Univ., among others. His published recordings are found on SEAMUS, Albany, Vienna Modern Masters, Capstone, Hungaroton, Innova (Spring 2013), Univ. Illinois Experimental Music and Mode Records. To date, he has produced a 13 C.D. box set of published and unpublished studio recordings.

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Orlando Cela

Orlando CelaFlutist, conductor, teacher, and arranger Orlando Cela embraces all aspects of music.  From Vivaldi’s Double Concerto with Paula Robison to Indian classical music with Samir Chatterjee, Orlando is an accomplished musician in a wide variety of styles and settings.  He performs regularly with the I/O New Music EnsembleMusic at Eden’s Edge, Duo SopraVoce (with violinist Annegret Klaua), and as a solo performer, collaborating with musicians such as pianists Aaron Jackson, Yukiko Shimazaki, Sivan Etedgee, harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, and many more.  He has premiered many works by composers such asAnthony De Ritis, Maxwell Dulaney, Zhu Shu Jia, and Benoit Granier, to name a few.  He has performed in many parts of the USA and abroad in the Czech Republic, Austria, China, Hungary, Spain, and Great Britain.


As a conductor, Orlando is the music director of the Governor’s School Orchestra in North Carolina and the Willow Flute Ensemble. In the past he has conducted the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, TIMI New Music Ensemble, Brandeis New Music Ensemble, Newton Symphony Orchestra, the Scituate Choral Society, and the UMass Dartmouth Choruses.  He has commissioned many works for flute, and premiered many other works, including the American premiere of Hèctor Parra “InFALL,” Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Autoritratto nella Notte” and his opera “Lohengrin” – the latter with the Soria Chamber Players, a group he founded and led for three years.


Orlando has arranged a large number of works for multiple flutes which include not only Classical music favorites, but also  folk music from Romania, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Argentina, India, Croatia, Japan, and more.  His love for music from all over the world caused him to create “Las Paraulatas Bostonianas,” a group that expands the tradition of Venezuelan folk music, and he recently presented a paper on the influence of Asian music in western composition at the Seventh International Asian Music Conference in Ningbo, China.  Orlando is now working on his fifth recording, “Project Extended,” a compilation of pieces by contemporary composers who wrote works for him using nothing except extended techniques.  You can find his other recordings on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.  Orlando currently teaches at home.  In the past, he was on the faculty at College of the Holy Cross and at UMass Dartmouth, and has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Northern Michigan University, Escanaba Schools (MI), the Northern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra Flute Ensembles, Ithaca (NY), Syracuse (NY), China Central Conservatory and Ningbo University School for the Arts.  Orlando studied at DePauw University with Anne Reynolds and Eric Edberg, at the New England Conservatory with Paula RobisonTamara Brooks and Frank Battisti, and in Austria with Barbara Gisler-Haase.  He has performed in masterclasses for Raymond Guiot, Shigenori Kudo, Alain Marion and Trevor Wye.

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Tomoko Deguchi

Tomoko Deguchi headshotDeguchi, a native of Kobe, Japan, teaches courses in music theory and aural skills at Winthrop.  Her research interests include the music of Toru Takemitsu and other Japanese composers, musical form in the 20th-century music, music narrative, American composers, film music, and intersections between music theory and culture and aesthetics.  Her articles appear in the Journal of Film Music and Indiana Theory Review, and she contributed two chapters in a Japanese publication on the current trends in music theory in the U.S. (forthcoming).  She has presented papers at Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory South East, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Society of Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, Semiotic Society of America, and national and regional conferences of College Music Society.  She was invited as a guest speaker for the symposium in the 2007 conference of International Society of Contemporary Music held in Hong Kong, which she discussed Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s music and its relationship to the musical canon.  She also has been invited as a guest speaker at regional universities.  Deguchi also is active as a member of professional organizations where she has served as session chair (Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, Music Theory Society of Mid-Atlantic), on the diversity committee (Society for Music Theory), program committee (Music Theory Southeast, Music Theory Society of Mid-Atlantic, College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter), advisory board (College Music Society: Music Theory), and editorial board (peer-review journal Mosaic).

She also remains active as a pianist, specializing in contemporary music.  She has been a soloist and featured performer at numerous concerts including the 20th-Century Piano Music series, the Young Artist Concert series, Kobe Art Conference Competition concert, and the Buffalo Contemporary Ensemble Concert series.  She was selected as one of the six finalists in the Crane Festival of New Music, National Student Performers Competition.  She was the 1998 Concerto Competition winner at the University of Wyoming.  In the same year, she was invited as a guest performer at the Northern Illinois University, where she did a recording for her first solo piano album Syncopated Lady, featuring works of members of the American Composers Forum (1999, Capstone Records).  Her recording is included in the Music of Laurel Firant (2006, Capstone Records).  She continues to perform in composer’s conferences and contemporary concerts.  In 2008, she founded a new music ensemble, Out of Bounds, which she performs with other featured professional performers from the Charlotte region.  She is a regular performer for the Providence United Methodist Church Ensemble Series Concert.

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Erinn Frechette

Erinn FrechetteErinn Frechette joined the Charlotte Symphony as Piccolo/Third Flute in June 2002.  Previously she has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (an affiliate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Sorg Opera Company Orchestra.  As a chamber musician she has performed as Principal Flutist of the Ethos Chamber Orchestra and Queen City Virtuosi, with Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Suzuki and Friends Chamber Music Series (with former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Hidetaro Suzuki), Providence Chamber Music Series, and as a featured recitalist with the Myers Park Baptist Church’s Friends of Music Series.


Her reputation as an informative, engaging, and entertaining pedagogue has led to appearances as a Master Class Clinician and Recitalist at East Carolina University’s 2009 Flute Symposium, the Raleigh Area Flute Association,  The University of South Carolina, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Pembroke, Frostburg State University, Charleston Southern University, the South Carolina Flute Society’s Spring Flute Festival and Fall Seminar, and the 2006 Eastern Iowa Flute Association’s High School Flute Day.


Appearances include performances at the National Flute Association’s 2006, 2008, and 2011 Annual Conventions, Northwestern University’s  Tribute to Walfrid Kujala Concert, Charlotte New Music Festival, Fresh Ink Series, and the Florida Flute Association’s 2007 Annual Flute Fair and Convention.  Erinn has also served as an adjudicator for the 2006 NFA High School Soloist Competition and the 2008 and 2011 NFA Orchestral Audition Competition.


Erinn has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including first place in both the National Flute Association’s Young Artist and Piccolo Artist Competitions.  She holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she is a Doctoral Degree Candidate.  Primary teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Jack Wellbaum and Bradley Garner.


Erinn is proud to perform on a Burkart Silver Flute (M2/Gold Riser Head), a Brannen Cocus Wood and Keefe Grenadilla Wood Piccolos, and a Trevor James Alto Flute.

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Anatoly Larkin

Anatoly Larkin, pianoBorn in 1979, Russia, Anatoly Larkin has been studying and making music from around the age of 4. After undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK, Anatoly completed his doctoral studies in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, under the advice of Alexander Braginsky. During his years in Minnesota, he was a member of the new-music ensemble, Zeitgeist, fulfilling his passion for contemporary and avant-garde music. With Zeitgeist, Anatoly had premiered works by composers Paul Dresher, Scott Miller, Amy Wurtz, Jerome Kitzke, Bill Banfield, Anthony Gatto, Kathy Jackanich, Justin Rubin, Michael Wittgraf and many others. He continues to be an active improviser, having collaborated with trombonist Patrick Crossland, clarinetist Pat O’Keefe and violinist Yuri Merzhevsky.


In 2005, he moved to Raleigh, NC, to join Zenph, a music technology company. There he developed a software/manual process, subsequently trademarked as “Re-Performance®”, that made it possible to hear performances of golden age pianists in famous audio recordings (such as those on wax cylinders, or from 78s) live again, with the help of state-of-the-art reproducing piano technology. He oversaw the recordings of critically acclaimed albums such as, for example, “Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance”, “Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff” or “Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable”. In 2010 and 2012, his re-creation of Rachmaninoff’s and Marvin Hamlisch’s pianism (respectively) was featured in ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ PBS telecast, in collaboration with violinist Joshua Bell.


Anatoly continues to perform, as well as, occasionally, compose music. He is an enthusiastic music teacher who sees learning of music akin to learning a spoken language; in his teaching studio, he employs the successful ear-training method of his first music teacher, Nadezhda Matsayeva. His recent and upcoming projects include a presentation of piano works by “Russian Composers In Their Early 30s”, piano recording with piano technician Marc Wienert, performances of a 2-piano version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite Of Spring” with the Carolina Ballet, chamber performances with cellist Jonathan Kramer, as well as the continuing collaboration with composers John Starosta and Craig Bove.

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Andrew Fierova

BlueAndrew Fierova joined the Charlotte Symphony horn section in 2013.


Mr. Fierova is a native of Spartanburg, SC, where he began his horn studies in the public school system. He received his Masters degree in Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jennifer Montone and Julie Landsman and Bachelors degree in Music from The University of South Carolina, where he studied with Robert Pruzin. Mr. Fierova has performed concerts in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra and in London, England at The Royal Albert Hall in an orchestra combining members of The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music. As a Sylff (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) Fellow at The Juilliard School, Mr. Fierova joined students in Vienna from the Paris Conservatory and the University for Music and Performing Arts in a chamber concert broadcast live over the internet. At the USC School of Music, he was selected as a winner of the USC School of Music Concerto Competition where critics praised his “verve and stylistic excellence.”


Mr. Fierova has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Symphony in C, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Andrew enjoys teaching the promising students from North and South Carolina and has former students studying at the USC School of Music and The Juilliard School. Other teachers include Richard Deane, Dr. John Ericson, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Robert Rydel, Jeff Nelson, Eli Epstein, and Anneka Zuehlke.

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