2019 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

Photo credit: Zoe Lin

Cellist and educator Michael Dahlberg has built an eclectic 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 was a founding member and principal cellist of ensembles such as Discovery Ensemble, Juventas New Music 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.

As Director of National Outreach Programs for NPR’s “From the Top,” Michael designed and facilitated over 80 interactive music events nationwide for more than 11,000 audience members of all ages. As facilitator of these events and accompanying leadership seminars, Michael worked directly with over 250 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 recently relocated to the Bay Area with his wife, Allesandra, and their 15-pound-cat, Gus. Learn more on his website: www.michael-dahlberg.com.

Peter Dugan, piano

Pianist Peter Dugan’s 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad.  This season, Peter can be heard nationwide as a guest host of NPR’s From The Top. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Peter is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.

A sought-after crossover artist, Peter has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Peter’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Peter’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.  His debut album with baritone John Brancy –  A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War. John and Peter won first prize at the 2017 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Peter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Peter is a Yamaha Artist.  More at www.peterduganpiano.com

Emi Ferguson, flute

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.

Doori Na, violin

Known for his sweet and “sumptuous tone” (New York Times), American-born Doori Na took up violin at the age of four and began his studies with Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the fall of 2018, he made his debut with The San Francisco Symphony performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Currently living in New York City, Doori plays with numerous ensembles around the city. He has played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with tours in the US, Japan, and Europe performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Musiverien in Vienna. Doori is also a member of Argento Chamber Ensemble performing works of living composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, and many more. New Chamber Ballet is where you can find Doori regularly performing solo works for dance and he has been a part of the company since 2013. Recent tours include performing in Lake Tahoe, Germany, and Guatemala.

Chamber music has also been an integral part of Doori’s musical career. He has collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and has been fortunate to tour with Itzhak Perlman at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Other notable experiences include performing at the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach with the Bonhoeffer Trio and Les Amies trio. In addition to performing, Doori has been active in teaching and doing outreach at schools. He has worked at the Juilliard School as a teaching assistant to Catherine Cho as well as working as a coach for the Pre-College Orchestra. Outreach to schools include going to Sarasota, Florida with the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates with Juilliard Global Ventures, and the British International School of Chicago with The Juilliard School President, Joseph Polisi.

Doori attended the Juilliard School with the Dorothy Starling and Dorothy Delay scholarships and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree where he studied under Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein. He was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and was fortunate to play on a Guadagnini and Vuillaume violin from the Juilliard School’s prestigious violin collection.

Tristan Teo, piano

Tristan Teo, twenty, was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where he started piano lessons at age six under the tutelage of Sasha Starcevich. He is a second-year master’s student at The Juilliard School where he studies with Jerome Lowenthal.

In addition to his musical studies, Tristan is a Secondary Piano Teaching Fellow at Juilliard, teaching piano to undergraduate and graduate instrumental music students. He was a teaching fellow in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, a Saturday instrument instruction program for talented children from backgrounds under-represented in American performing arts. In 2016, Tristan was selected to be a Performing Artist in a suite of online piano courses for aspiring pianists as part of Juilliard Open Studios, an innovative educational app from Juilliard Digital. Besides a love for teaching, Tristan has a keen interest in composing. Under the guidance of composer Philip Lasser, Tristan has composed works for violin-piano duo, chamber orchestra, and percussion ensemble, which have been performed in concerts at Juilliard. Tristan has also been heard on radio stations such as WQXR New York and CBC Radio Canada.

Tristan Teo is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard. He won the 2015 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Juilliard and was awarded Second Prize at the 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, as well as top prizes in numerous international piano competitions. Most recently, he was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tristan has also played for notable pianists, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl, Gary Graffman, Alexander Korsantia, Robert Levin, and Ilana Vered.

Since his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, Tristan has performed with several symphony orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Yakima Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has given solo concerts in the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Lithuania in venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California. Most recently, Tristan performed a solo recital for the Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he also gave a master class at the University of Tennessee.

Katsuya Yuasa, clarinet

A charismatic and versatile clarinetist, Katsuya Yuasa has performed widely in the United States and toured in Europe, South America, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Born in Kobe, Japan, he is presently the Concert Artist of Mu Phi Epsilon (MPE) and Professor of Clarinet at Florida A&M University, He completed  his doctoral degree this May under the guidance of Jonathan Holden and Deborah Bish while serving as their graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University. He studied under Janet Averett for his Bachelor’s at San Jose State University and Michael Norsworthy for a Master’s and Artist Diploma at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a founding member of Duo Esplanade (flute, clarinet) and Cosmos New Music (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano). He explores a wide repertoire of classical, jazz, ethnic, pop, and contemporary music.

Katsuya holds prizes from over 10 notable competitions and awards; among them are the Dallas Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition, ENKOR International Competition, San Diego Heritage Music Festival Director’s Award, Arthur W. Foote Award (finalist), and the MPE International Competition (first clarinetist to win). As a soloist, he has been featured with numerous ensembles. Recent performance include Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra (Whittier, CA), the premiere of Frank Proto’s Paganini in Metropolis with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Big Bend Community Orchestra (Tallahassee, FL), and the Artie Shaw Concerto with the Parma Symphony Orchestra (Cleveland, OH), and the midwest premiere of Daniel Freiberg’s Latin American Chronicles with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. He will be performing Finzi Clarinet Concerto with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA) in March 2019. He has given masterclasses at collegiate establishments in the US and overseas, most recently at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Ithaca College, California State University at Northridge, Eastern Michigan University, Radford University, and Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi Devlet Konservatuyari in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also an avid chamber musician, his Duo and Cosmos continually offer performances and master classes at several universities and institutions in southern regions. Their goal is to branch out to communities with limited access to the arts and to help encourage people with music. He has appeared on WFSU and WGBH radios, WTXL television, in Carnegie Hall, and in Boston Symphony Hall. He has been featured at the Florida Flute Association, the National Flute Association, and the International Clarinet Association’s Festival. Outside of his studio, Katsuya recently taught at pianoSonoma, Summer in the City Music Camp, Marching 100 Summer Band Camp, and New York Summer Music Festival.

Katsuya became a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2014. He is a member of the International Clarinet Association, College Music Society, Chamber Music America, and MPE.

For more information, visit: www.katsuyayuasa.com

 Angie Zhang, piano

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.

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