2017 Artists in Residence


Our Artists in Residence collaborate with festival participants in guided chamber music and duo rehearsalsperform in public concerts together, and help to lead masterclasses. Learn more about our Artist in Residence Program here. 

Michael Dahlberg, cello | California program

Mike DahlbergCellist and educator Michael Dahlberg has built his early career exploring music as a vehicle for learning and community-building while maintaining a regular freelance schedule that has carried him from local gallery spaces to international concert halls.

A chamber musician noted for his “sensitivity and coloristic playing” (The New York Times), Michael graduated from New England Conservatory (NEC), where he studied with Yeesun Kim. During his degree, Michael worked closely with members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Concord, Juilliard and Takács Quartets as well as Lucy Chapman, Kim Kashkashian and Vivian Weilerstein.

Across his five summers at Tanglewood Music Center, Michael was awarded the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award (2009) and featured in contemporary chamber works as a New Fromm Player (2011-2013). Collaborators during this time ranged from artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn to the Mark Morris Dance Group and Laura Grill Band.

Locally in Boston, Michael has been a founding member and principal cellist of ensembles such as Discovery Ensemble and Phoenix Orchestra, groups aimed at revitalizing the way classical music is developed, presented and taught in New England. He earned entrepreneurial grants and awards from NEC and the St. Botolph Club for projects that “reflect the essence of reinvention and new thinking” (Tony Woodcock, NEC President Emeritus).

During the 2011-2013 seasons, Michael performed across New England as cellist of the Boston Public Quartet (BPQ). The BPQ presented concerts and workshops as Celebrity Series’ first “Artist in Community” and were featured as the fellowship ensemble at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in 2013. As teaching artists, the BPQ founded the non-profit musiConnects, providing Boston-area communities access to music instruction, forums for creative collaboration and free performances. Michael served as Managing Director of musiConnects in 2012/2013, helping to double private donations that year.

Currently, the Arts Leadership Program Manager for NPR’s “From the Top,” Michael has designed and facilitated over 70 interactive music events nationwide for more than 10,000 audience members of all ages. As facilitator of these events and accompanying leadership seminars, Michael has worked directly with over 200 of America’s top young musicians, to help expand the ways they empower, inspire and create change through music.

In his free time, Michael loves to cook, explore and play classic video games. He currently resides in Boston with his wife, Allesandra, and their 15-pound-cat, Gus. Learn more on his website: www.michael-dahlberg.com.


Peter Dugan, piano | Juilliard and California programs

Peter Dugan for pianoSonoma

Pianist Peter Dugan was hailed “a formidable soloist” by the Washington Post after his recent Kennedy Center debut with baritone John Brancy. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Peter is equally at home in classical, jazz and pop idioms.  He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and abroad in South America, the Cayman Islands and across Europe.  This season, Peter debuts as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

A sought-after crossover artist, Peter recently performed duos with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell in memorial concerts for Marvin Hamlisch at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York and The Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  Peter’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang, which the Wall Street Journal called a “classical-meets-rockstar duo,” has garnered critical acclaim across the United States. Peter’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, ARTS San Antonio, St. John’s College Recital Series and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.

Peter advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator and the pianist for OPERAtion Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has traveled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.

Peter, a Philadelphia native, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement.  Peter resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School Evening Division and the St. Thomas Choir School. Peter is a Yamaha Artist.

 Emi Ferguson, flute | Juilliard and California programs

Emi Ferguson for pianoSonomaHailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English- American flutist Emi Ferguson is a performer who stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day instrumentalists. Emi’s unique approach to the flute can be heard in performances that alternate between the Modern Flute, Historical Flutes and Auxilary Flutes, playing repertoire that stretches from the Renaissance to today.

Emi was a featured performer alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, and James Taylor at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of 9/11 at Ground Zero, where her performance of Amazing Grace was televised worldwide. Her performance that day is now part of the permanent collection at the 911 Museum.

Emi’s playing can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world, as well as at home in New York City. Emi is passionate about developing new music for the flute and has premiered works by Wayne Oquin, Kendall Briggs, Elliott Carter and even CPE Bach. Emi has been a featured performer at the Marlboro Music and Lucerne Festivals, Twickenham Fest, June in Buffalo and Chamberfest Dubuque, and has performed and taught with Juilliard Global in Brazil, pianoSonoma in California, Juilliard Baroque in Germany and Les Arts Florissants in France.

Emi is the 1st Prize winner of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, of the New York Flute Club Young Artist competition, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, and was a recipient of the 2014 Salon de Virtuosi grant.

Having passions for both “new” and “old” music, Emi is the only flutist to have worked simultaneously with conductors James Levine, Pierre Boulez and William Christie on modern and baroque flutes in Lucerne, New York and France. Emi has also been featured as a soloist and ambassador for Elliott Carter’s music in China and Japan. As a Baroque Flutist, Emi is a frequent guest artist with period ensembles including Tafelmusik, the American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Juilliard 415. She was the only flutist accepted to Juilliard’s inaugural Historical Performance class and has performed alongside William Christie and Les Arts Florrisants, and with Christophe Hammer, Massaki Suzuki, Christopher Hogwood and Nicholas McGegan, with whom she was a concerto soloist in Alice Tully Hall and on WQXR, New York City’s classical music station.

Emi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and has taught on the faculty of the University of Buffalo. Emi was the first person to have graduated from Juilliard with Undergraduate and Graduate degrees with Scholastic Distinction in flute performance, as well as a second Graduate degree in Historical Performance as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City.


Julia Glenn, violin | California program

Julia Glenn for pianoSonomaViolinist Julia Glenn’s playing has been described as “gripping” (New York Times) and “fully focused and betraying not one whit of insecurity” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). A third-year doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School, she obtained her master’s from New England Conservatory in 2013 and her bachelor’s in linguistics magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2012.

A devoted solo and chamber musician, Julia has concertized widely and has recently appeared on stages including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall, the Beijing Recital Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall. Projects from fall 2015 included work on a solo album and chamber projects with Alan Gilbert and the Aeolus Quartet. This spring she will make concerto appearances with the North Bay Symphony and the New Juilliard Ensemble, the latter of which will mark the world premiere of Milton Babbitt’s violin concerto.

Julia has a deep interest in exploring and sharing the music and culture of China. In addition to her role as performer, she also draws upon her background in linguistics to open up fruitful avenues in the arena of Chinese music theory. As a fluent Chinese speaker, she is particularly interested in the interface between lexical and musical tone. Most recently, she conducted research with phonology-focused music theorist Alfred Cramer and gave a lecture-performance at Harvard University exploring contour remediation in Bright Sheng’s “The Stream Flows” for solo violin.

Julia plays a Vuillaume on generous loan to her from Ms. Rhonda Rider.

Doori Na, violin | Juilliard and California programs

Doori Na HeadshotDoori Na began violin studies at the age of four and made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of seven with the Peninsula Youth Symphony. A winner of numerous competitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he has performed with the Palisades Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Freemont Symphony and the Torrance Symphony. Doori has given solo recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shelter Island and New York City. Also an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Cynthia Phelps and Nancy Allen.

Currently living in New York City, Doori has performed with many different ensembles around the city ranging from Classical and New Music to Jazz. He has been regularly performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recent highlights include tours to Europe, Japan and the US. Doori is also a violin soloist for the New Chamber Ballet and has toured to Germany, Lake Tahoe and Guatemala with the company, along with many other performances in New York City.

Doori holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein. He was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and was chosen to travel to Sào Paulo, Brazil in 2012 where he gave masterclasses and performed for students.

Julian Schwarz, cello | Juilliard program

Julian Schwarz

Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.  In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.

Julian made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium.  Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphonies  among others, and performed recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and in Palm Springs.

Julian’s recent and upcoming performance highlights include debuts with the Charlotte, Des Moines, West Virginia, Toledo, Amarillo and Washington/Idaho symphonies, Louisville Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose; return engagements with the Hartford and Boca Raton symphonies and the Northwest Sinfonietta; and recitals in Palm Springs, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia.  Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane as well as his debut in Hong Kong appearing at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He also returns to the Boca del Rio Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico.

Julian started piano lessons at the age of five and began his cello studies the following year with the late David Tonkonogui; subsequent teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary and Ronald Leonard.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in May 2014 where he studied with Joel Krosnick and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard.  He currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.


Angie Zhang, piano | California program

Angie ZhangDescribed as a “valuable advocate for classical music from her generation” by NY Concert Review, pianist Angie Zhang, 20, is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard and a senior studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. An active member of her school community, she has been Chair of Juilliard Student Council, a writer and photographer for the Juilliard Journal, a Student Ambassador, Admissions Tour Guide and Panelist, and a student in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program.  Angie was also chosen to be Murray Perahia’s Commencement Escort in 2015.

Charming audiences with her sensitive and thoughtful playing, she has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras since she made her debut playing under Grammy-nominated conductor Niel DePonte at the age of ten. Angie recently made her debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Fabio Luisi, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Andrews Sill, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra under Matthew Kraemer, and was also re-engaged by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Missouri Symphony Orchestra and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, which marked her fifth collaboration with Maestro Huw Edwards. She has also performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212 of NYC and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, among others.

A top prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the 2014 Aspen Music Festival and School’s Piano Concerto Competition, Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, Juilliard Pre-College Nordmann Scholarship Competition, New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the New York Ensemble 212 Young Artist Concerto Competition, she also won the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and earned top prizes in both the PianoArts and New York International Piano Competition.

Notable radio features include the National Public Radio’s popular show From the Top, Aspen Public Radio, WQXR, Portland’s All Classical 89.9 KQAC, Seattle’s KING FM 98.1 and WGBH in Boston.

Angie has not only proven herself a versatile solo and chamber musician but also a passionate educator. She was selected as a teaching fellow and gave private lessons and masterclasses to local students for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She also holds the 2016-17 Keyboard Skills Departmental Assistantship Position and teaches Keyboard Sight-Reading and Secondary Piano at Juilliard.

She has been a Maxwell Gluck Community Service Fellow for the past two years at Juilliard and gave interactive concerts with musicians, actors and dancers in all five boroughs. Angie has also worked with choreographers Aszure Barton and Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and has been featured on the Juilliard Open Studios app numerous times.


Artist Teacher: Vicky Wang, cello | California program

VickyWang063_EDITWinner of the Young Artist International Competition, cellist Vicky Wang made her New York debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2001. As an avid chamber musician, Vicky was a member of the award-winning ensemble the Aristos String Quartet. The ensemble performed in the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia and frequently collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its lecture-concert series.  Vicky’s concert highlights also include collaborations with legendary performers Ray Charles at the Belleayer Music Festival and Liza Minelli at Avery Fisher Hall.

Prior to relocating to California, Vicky served on the faculty of Mannes College of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She currently maintains an active teaching studio in Palo Alto. Her students have been featured as concerto soloists with El Camino Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy in Los Altos California and the San Francisco Cello Quartet. In 2017, Vicky will be returning as an Artist Teacher for The pianoSonoma Music Festival and will be joining the faculty of University of Pacific Conservatory of Music and serve as the cellist of its faculty ensemble – Trio 180.

Vicky began studying the piano and cello at age four and ten respectively and has been a frequent prizewinner in both instruments. She came to the United States in 1992 and became a scholarship student of Eleonore Schonefeld at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She continued her Bachelor and Masters studies in Performance at The Juilliard School with Zara Nelsova, Darrett Adkins, and Joel Krosnick and has studied with Alan Stepansky, Jonathan Feldman, Andre Emelianoff and members of the Cleveland, Guaneri, Shanghai, and Juilliard String Quartets. She has participated in music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), and Spoleto Music Festival (Italy) and Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). In 2011, Vicky received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from City University of New York under the guidance of Marcy Rosen. Her dissertation focused on a comparative analysis of cello teaching and the performing techniques of cellists Julius Klengel and Hugo Becker.


Guest Artist: John Brancy, baritone | California program

BRANCY-headshot2Winner of the Media Prize at the 2017 Belvedere Competition in Moscow, baritone John Brancy has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence”. The New Jersey native is also winner of the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition and the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Recent and upcoming engagements include the title role in Eugene Onegin for Florida Grand Opera, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera de Lorraine and Albert in Werther at Stadttheater Klagenfurt. John has appeared at Carnegie Hall, for Glyndebourne Opera, Opera Frankfurt, San Francisco Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony. “A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song” with pianist Peter Dugan is currently in release.

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