2020 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, Senior Artist, 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.

Kara Dugan, Senior Artist, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by The New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character.” Recent highlights include her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall debuts with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting his new work, Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with poetry by Carl Sandburg. Kara’s work with living composers also includes performances in the roles of Amadora and Stelladora in John Musto’s opera Bastianello for Festival Napa Valley and a final workshop performance as Mrs. Van Buren in Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, Intimate Apparel commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater. Additional orchestral work includes three international tours with Juilliard415 and conductors Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, and Nicholas McGegan, culminating in a performance as the Soprano II soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor. Kara also enjoys recital work with her husband, pianist Peter Dugan. The husband and wife duo perform together at festivals throughout the United States. Recent guest artist appearances include the Joye in Aiken Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, and Moab Music Festival. In her 2020-2021 season she will make her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. Kara has sung with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Alice Tully Hall, and Aspen Music Festival. Kara earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Peter Dugan, Senior Artist, piano

New York, NY – April 18, 2019 – Pianist Peter Dugan photographed at the Yamaha Salon in Manhattan

Pianist Peter Dugan’s debut 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 is heard nationwide as the newly announced host of NPR’s beloved program From the Top. He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. This year he makes his debuts at Wigmore Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and can be heard as the piano soloist on a new release of Ives’ Fourth Symphony from Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, a recording which the New York Times named one of the top classical albums of 2019 .  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 multi-genre artist, Peter has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renee Fleming 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 has been presented in chamber music recitals by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, Moab Music Festival, and recently in recital with Joshua Bell at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. He was the 2019 featured recitalist for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, New World Symphony, and Mid-Texas Symphony.

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 toured this program across North America in commemoration of the centennial of WWI, including performances at The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Stanford University, the United States Naval Academy, and the Smithsonian Institute. Together, John and Peter won first prize at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Peter advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society.  As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled 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 holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Peter is a Yamaha Artist.

Gioia Gedicks, violin

Gioia Gedicks began her studies as a Suzuki student at the Hartt Community Division (HCD), studying with Cynthia Knotts and Teri Einfeldt, and is currently pursuing a degree in violin performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying with Katie Lansdale. Gioia has won the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Concerto Competition (Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Boston, MA), the Lee Strebel Memorial Competition (Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca, NY), the Rhodes Competition (Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, MA) and was named alternate to the national Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Competition (MTNA). She has performed as a soloist with Boston Conservatory’s Hemenway Strings and Conductor’s Orchestra, as well as serving as concertmistress with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Berklee Performance Orchestra. Gioia has performed as an Emerging Artist with the chamber festival Music from Salem directed by Lila Brown. She is recipient of the John Jorgensen Memorial Award, the Hartt Community Division Director’s Award, and the Abraham M. Huang Memorial Senior Award. Gioia has performed across the United States and throughout the world, including Germany, Spain, and Canada. Additionally, she is a featured soloist on a Cannes International Film Festival Official Selection, as well as featured on several albums released by singer/songwriter Charles Paul. Gioia plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1867, on loan from the estate of Wanda N. Rider.

Doori Na, Senior Artist, 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.

Montserrat Siles, violin

Montserrat Siles started studying violin at the National Institute of Music in Costa Rica at the age of five. She won first prize at the Vivaldi Strings and Young Soloists National Competitions, debuting with the Costa Rican Philharmonic (2007) and the National Symphony Orchestra (2013). In 2014, Montserrat received a scholarship to study at Interlochen Arts Academy and won first prize at the American Protege International Talent Competition, making her solo debut in Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall. She has attended international music festivals like Femusc Music Festival, Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center, and has had masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Leon Spierer, Dylana Jenson, Rachel Barton Pine, Midori Goto, Roberto Diaz, and Shmuel Ashkenasi, among others. In 2017, she was the winner of the “Best Contemporary Performance” award in the Senior Division of the Massachusetts-American String Teachers Association Solo Competition. She currently attends Boston Conservatory at Berklee for her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and is a senior student of Markus Placci.

Nathaniel Taylor, cello

Nathaniel Taylor, an African-American/Filipino cellist, is establishing himself as a passionate and charismatic performer with a variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music engagements across the United States. Nathaniel is the Grand Prize winner of the ASTA Masters Competition (2016) and winner of the Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition (2017), and he has received fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center (2017/2018) and with

the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (2018). Nathaniel made his solo debut in 2016 with Jonathan McPhee and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. He has appeared as a soloist with the Lexington Symphony, cello ensemble “BoCoCelli”, the Hemenway Strings (a conductorless chamber orchestra led by internationally acclaimed violinist Lynn Chang), and the Orchestra of Indian Hill, performing Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No.2 under Maestro Bruce Hangen.

An active chamber musician, Nathaniel has been chosen numerous times to play in the Chamber Music Honors Concerts at Boston Conservatory at Berklee in performances of Berg String Quartet Op.3, Ravel String Quartet, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Dvorak “Dumky” Trio, and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. He has received chamber music coaching from Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, the Juilliard Quartet, Judith Eissenberg of the Lydian Quartet, and Norman Fischer. In 2016, he was invited to play on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and Sirius XM Radio with the BoCoCelli Quartet and the “No Strings Attached” Brass Quintet. He has also played at Lincoln Center (2018) and Zankel Hall at Carnegie (2018) with the Soloists of New England. During the summer of 2018, Nathaniel performed Beethoven String Quartet No.9 Op.59 no.3 in Ozawa Hall under the guidance of pianist Emmanuel Ax. Highlights of this season include a performance of Schubert’s famous Cello Quintet in C Major with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (2019), chamber music at Weill Recital Hall (2019), and performances in South Korea (2020) with Soloists of New England.

Nathaniel received his B.M. (2015), Graduate Performance Diploma (2017), and Professional Studies Certificate (2018) from Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studied with cellist Rhonda Rider. Currently, he is studying with cellist Patrice Jackson at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he will be a candidate for the institution’s most prestigious program, the Artist Diploma. Nathaniel currently plays on a Kevin Kelly cello and a gold-mounted Salchow bow that was generously gifted to him by the Manganaro Family and Curme family.

Christine Wu, piano

American pianist Christine Wu has performed in concert venues throughout North America and Europe, including Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Teatro San Rocco (Seregno), Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), and Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).

Praised in the New York Times by chief music critic Anthony Tommasini for her “arresting” playing, Christine’s performance of Oliver Knussen’s Variations (1989) was described as “one of the highlights of the program” at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. Christine has received recognition in international competitions, such as the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, Chautauqua Institute Piano Competition, Washington International Competition, American International Paderewski Piano Competition, and Oneppo Chamber Music Competition.

Christine has performed as a solo and chamber musician in music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Chautauqua Institute, Leipzig International Mendelssohn-Akademie, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Aspen, PianoTexas, and Bowdoin International Music Festivals. Upcoming projects include a debut album to be produced by the Sheva Collection Label, featuring works by Schubert, Liszt, and Schumann, as well as a second album by Blue Griffin Recordings.

Born and raised in Troy, Michigan, Christine’s formative training began with Logan Skelton. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where her principal teachers included Julian Martin, Choong-Mo Kang, and Hung-Kuan Chen. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music, where she has studied under Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton, and Peter Serkin. Christine is currently based in New York City.

Angie Zhang, Senior Artist, piano

Angie Zhang

Recognized as an inquisitive and authentic musician, Angie Zhang is a unique 21st-century artist, dedicated to the modern piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord alike, who has boldly expanded her creative footprint to encompass improvisation and conducting. Praised as “warmly expressive, sensitive, and polished” as well as “a valuable advocate for classical music” by New York Concert Review, she has appeared in major venues including the Kennedy Center, LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Lincoln Center. Angie combines a decorated performance career with a focus on arts activism and interdisciplinary collaboration, and is the first pianist in decades to win the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.

Angie has been invited by and worked with some of the world’s leading conductors and artists, most recently Anne-Marie McDermott and Jeffrey Kahane. She is a 2020 Gilmore Festival Fellow, was handpicked as a 2019 Bravo! Vail Piano Fellow, and will return this summer to pianoSonoma as Senior Artist-in-Residence as well as Sarasota Music Festival to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with violinist Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the LA Chamber Orchestra and cellist Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the LA Philharmonic under conductor Larry Rachleff. Major international prizes in competitions including the New York, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU, Charles Wadsworth, and Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition have been awarded to Angie, who is a rare three-time winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition.

A seasoned soloist with orchestra, Angie made her debut at the age of 10 under Grammy-nominated conductor Neil DePonte. She has since performed nearly two dozen solo concerti with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, as well as for UNICEF and with musicians of the Met Opera Orchestra, among others. Her sold-out performance at Alice Tully Hall of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 under Fabio Luisi, was followed by her conducting debut at the piano of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. In March, she will make her ninth appearance with the Olympia Symphony under Huw Edwards, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5.

Passionate about collaborations of all kinds, Angie is an alumna of Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop and an inaugural member of Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music Program, coached by Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, David Finckel, and Robert Levin. A vocal advocate for new music, her trio has commissioned multiple works by living composers and is featured in the video series “Life After Juilliard.” She has also been invited to collaborate with internationally-acclaimed choreographers Aszure Barton and Kate Skarpetowska in performances glowingly reviewed by the New York Times.

As an educator, Angie is the youngest Juilliard student to hold concurrent teaching positions in the pre-college, college, and evening divisions. She was also an influencer at Juilliard, as Chair of Student Council and one of twelve students selected for the Presidential Search Committee commissioned to appoint Joseph Polisi’s successor as President. Angie’s pedagogical talent has also been recognized by the Aspen Music Festival which engaged her for three successive years as a teaching fellow.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Angie, a Yamaha Artist, holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors, and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and was a student in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program. She remains extremely grateful to Suzie and Bruce Kovner for their generosity in awarding her the Kovner Fellowship throughout her studies at Juilliard.

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