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John Adams opens a new season of this co-presentation by 92Y and the New York Philharmonic at SubCulture with an evening of music handpicked by the composer himself.

CONTACT! connects you with the most engaging and innovative music of our time, played by Philharmonic ensembles in intimate and informal settings, with commentary from the composers and performers.

Musicians from the New York Philharmonic
John Adams, host

BJARNASON: Bow to String
MARSHALL: Muddy Waters
Missy MAZZOLI: Dissolve, O My Heart
BJARNASON: Five Possibilities for Clarinet, cello, piano
ANDRES: Early to Rise (New York premiere)


CONTACT! at SubCulture is a co-presentation with the New York Philharmonic with the generous support of Stuart and Linda Nelson.

This concert takes place in SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.

Artist Bios

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John Adams, curator & host

The works of John Adams, spanning more than three decades, rank among the most performed of all contemporary classical music. Among them are the symphonic Shaker Loops, Doctor Atomic Symphony and The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra; the symphonic choral work Harmonium; the Chamber Symphony and the Violin Concerto. The San Francisco Symphony recording of his Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine won 2013 Grammy and ECHO Klassik awards. The recording of the world premiere of On the Transmigration of Souls—a work co-commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic—received the Pulitzer Prize for Music as well as three 2005 Grammy Awards, including for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Mr. Adams’s recent works include the Saxophone Concerto, written for Timothy McAllister and recorded with the St. Louis Symphony; the CD was released earlier this year, together with his City Noir. In 2012 the San Francisco Symphony commissioned Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra, based on fragments of late Beethoven quartets, for its centennial. In March 2015 the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert and with Leila Josefowicz as soloist, will give the world premiere of Scheherazade.2—Dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra.

The Metropolitan Opera has just finished performances of Mr. Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, following acclaimed stagings of his Doctor Atomic and Nixon in China. Both productions have been released on DVD by Nonesuch; the Doctor Atomic release won a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Mr. Adams’s other stage works, all in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include El Niño, A Flowering Tree and the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which was recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.

As a conductor, Mr. Adams creates programs combining his own works with a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Ives, Carter, Zappa, Glass and Ellington. In the US he has conducted ensembles such as the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco symphonies. His international conducting engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms; the London and Sydney symphonies, and the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid.

Mr. Adams made his 92Y debut in a “Words & Music” program in October 2008, prior to the Met Opera’s premiere of Doctor Atomic. He is currently Creative Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he is the author of the highly acclaimed autobiography Hallelujah Junction and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His website is

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Timo Andres, composer

Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist whose new album of his orchestral works, Home Stretch, was released by Nonesuch in July 2013. His debut album, Shy and Mighty, which features ten interrelated pieces for two pianos performed by himself and pianist David Kaplan, was released by Nonesuch in May 2010. Mr. Andres’s recent works include a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned and presented by London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances. In February his new work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be performed at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Andres writes that the ten-minute, four-movement string quartet Early to Rise (2013) is “the most recent in a series of Schumann-inspired pieces I’ve written; this time, the seed is a five-note accompanimental figure from his late piano cycle Gesänge der Frühe (Morning Songs). At first, Early to Rise uses this figure in a canon, gently cycling through harmonies while its rhythms rub against each other in expanding and contracting patterns.… In the final section, momentum builds in the opposite direction with a simple downward-drifting chorale, picking up speed until it reaches a frenetic conclusion.”

As a pianist, Mr. Andres regularly performs with ACME. He has recently given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge and Wigmore Hall and for San Francisco Performances. His website is

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Daníel Bjarnason, composer

Composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason (b. 1979, Copenhagen) is based in Reykjavik, where he is part of the Icelandic music label/collective Bedroom Community. Since 2012 the Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned or premiered three of his works: the orchestral Blow Bright, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; The Isle is Full of Noise, for orchestra and children’s chorus, conducted by James Conlon; and Over Light Earth, a cello chamber concerto conducted by John Adams that was co-commissioned by the Barbican Centre and was inspired by paintings by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

Bow to String (2009) was originally composed for multi-layered cello and written for Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir. The first movement refers to an art installation by the Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson in which a small orchestra accompanies a performer repeatedly singing the lyrics “Sorrow conquers happiness.” Mr. Bjarnason describes Five Possibilities (2014), written for Trio Ariadne, as “five short movements that each follows its own logic, creating fleeting images or glimpses of larger worlds.”

Mr. Bjarnason has collaborated with artists beyond the classical music field; he worked with composer Ben Frost to create Sólaris, featuring visuals by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson; he provided string arrangements for the band Sigur Rós’ 2013 album, Kveikur; and he wrote the score for Baltasar Kormákur’s feature film, The Deep. Mr. Bjarnason has released three albums to date: Processions, Over Light Earth and Sólaris. His website is

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Ingram Marshall, composer

Ingram Marshall’s (b. 1942, Mount Vernon, NY) influences have included Indonesian and electronic music. Among his early works are “live electronic” pieces, such as Fragility Cycles, Gradual Requiem and Alcatraz, which blended tape collages, extended vocal techniques, Indonesian flutes and keyboards. Earlier this year Arc Light Editions reissued the 1984 recording of Gradual Requiem.

More recently, Mr. Marshall has focused on works for ensembles, both with and without electronics. His larger works include Dark Florescence, a concerto for two guitars and orchestra premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; and Psalmbook, premiered by the vocal ensemble Lionheart and ACME at Stanford University. Since 2005, Marshall has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Music.

Muddy Waters (2004), commissioned and premiered by Bang on a Can All-Stars, is based on a tune from the Bay Psalmbook of 1692, the first printed music in North America, titled Lichfield, itself based on Psalm 69: The waters in unto my soul are come, oh God me save, I am in muddy deep sunk down where I no standing have. Mr. Marshall writes “in the course of the piece the psalm tune goes through various transformations.… The affect shifts, chiaroscuro-like, from darkness and gloom to exuberance and sanguinity.” The conclusion shifts “away from the psalm tune to a reference to Muddy Waters (the blues singer), who has the last word.” His website is

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Missy Mazzoli, composer

Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980) has had her music performed by such artists as the Kronos Quartet, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, New York City Opera, Sydney Symphony and pianist Emanuel Ax. In 2012 her first opera, Song from the Uproar, received a critically acclaimed sold-out premiere at New York’s The Kitchen and was released on New Amsterdam Records. On January 29, Shai Wosner will perform her Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos, for Piano and Electronics, as part of his 92Y series, The Schubert Effect.

Dissolve, O My Heart (2010) was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for violinist Jennifer Koh’s Bach & Beyond project. (Ms. Koh will present the third program of her project at 92Y next January 31.) Ms. Mazzoli explains that “Dissolve, O My Heart begins with the first chord of Bach’s Chaconne, a now-iconic D minor chord, and spins out from there into an off-kilter series of chords that doubles back on itself, collapses, and ultimately dissolves in a torrent of fast passages.”

An accomplished pianist, Ms. Mazzoli is founder of the band Victoire. Their debut CD, Cathedral City, was named one of 2010′s best classical albums by NPR, The New Yorker and The New York Times, and their second album will be released next spring. She is composer in residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group and she teaches at the Mannes College of Music. Her website is

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Duoming Ba, violin

Violinist Duoming Ba joined the New York Philharmonic in 2003, having been a member of the New Jersey Symphony. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician internationally, and she has participated in festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival. Ms. Ba’s honors have included winning concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West and the North Shore Music Center, as well as Beijing’s Junior Violin Competition, and receiving the top prize at a music festival and competition in Okayama, Japan, in 1994.

Born in Beijing, China, Duoming Ba began violin studies at age five. She entered Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music in 1989 and made her solo debut at age 15 in the Beijing Concert Hall with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she later toured as a soloist to Malaysia and Singapore. Ms. Ba came to the US in 1996; she graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2002, having previously studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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Steven Beck, piano

Highlights of American pianist Steven Beck’s 2014/15 season include the premiere of a new piano work, composed for him, by Charles Wuorinen, as well as a new project recording all of Milton Babbitt’s vocal music, beginning with the Solo Requiem. He will again perform on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and he will repeat his annual performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Christmas Eve at Bargemusic.

A frequent performer of contemporary works, Mr. Beck has worked with Carter, Boulez, Dutilleux, Crumb, Perle and Lerdahl, and he has performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Metropolis Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble and the Da Capo Chamber Players. He is a member of the Talea Ensemble and the Knights, as well as Quattro Mani, a piano duo specializing in contemporary music. His discography includes Lieberson’s Third Piano Concerto for Bridge Records and Carter’s Double Concerto for Albany Records. His chamber ensemble’s debut CD, Pleasure is the Law, was released on Boston Records in 2009.

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Timothy Cobb, bass

Bassist Timothy Cobb joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Bass, The Redfield D. Beckwith Chair, in May 2014, after serving as principal bass of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and principal bass of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 1989. He has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals worldwide, including the Marlboro Music festival, through which he has toured with the Musicians from Marlboro series. A faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival, he is helping to launch a new bass program for the Killington Music Festival.

A UNESCO Artist for Peace, Mr. Cobb serves as principal bass for Valery Gergeiv’s World Orchestra for Peace, an invited group of musicians from around the world who donate their time biannually and perform to promote international harmony. He has an ongoing collaboration with actor Stephen Lang, for whom he recorded a solo bass sound track for Mr. Lang’s animated short film The Wheatfield. Mr. Cobb serves as bass department chair for The Juilliard School as well as on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College, and Rutgers University.

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Daniel Druckman, marimba

Daniel Druckman, Associate Principal Percussion, The Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Ulrich Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in 1991. His solo engagements have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, New York Philharmonic’s Horizons concerts, San Francisco Symphony’s “New and Unusual Music Series,” and recitals in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo. He has performed frequently with ensembles including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus, Steve Reich and Musicians, and Philip Glass Ensemble, and he has appeared at the major US summer music festivals.

As soloist and a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, Mr. Druckman has premiered works by composers from Babbitt to Wuorinen. He is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and where he serves as chairman of the percussion department and director of the percussion ensemble. Recent solo recordings include Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani on Bridge Records and Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water on Koch International.

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Oren Fader, electric guitar

Guitarist Oren Fader has performed in the US, Europe and Asia with a wide range of classical and new-music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. His recent concerto performances include Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the New Jersey Symphony. A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Fader has premiered more than 400 works with guitar, and he can be heard on over 40 commercial recordings and films. He performs and records new music with the Cygnus Ensemble. Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 1994. His website is

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Quan Ge, violin

Violinist Quan Ge joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Yumi Scott, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo, and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with David Chan. A native of Huai Nan, China, Ms. Ge was the recipient of a Fu Chenxian Scholarship, and she has won top prizes in both the China National Competition and the Jeunesses Music Competition in Romania. While a student at Curtis, she played as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Ge is an active chamber musician and recitalist, and she most recently worked with pianist Robert McDonald and the Borromeo String Quartet at the Taos School of Music in 2008.

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Lino Gomez, bass clarinet

Bass clarinetist Lino Gomez enjoys a diverse career in the orchestral, chamber and commercial music fields as both clarinetist and saxophonist. His chamber music credits include performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and Met Chamber Ensemble, and recordings with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including the Grammy-nominated Shadow Dances. Additionally he is a former member of the American and New York saxophone quartets.

Mr. Gomez is a frequent guest of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra and New York Pops; he has appeared as soloist with all of these ensembles, including performances of Eino Tanberg’s Concerto Grosso with the New York Philharmonic and the US premiere of Tan Dun’s Red Forecast with the American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Gomez’s commercial music credits include feature film sound tracks, radio and television commercials, and Broadway shows. He is a former member of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" band.

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Stephen Gosling, piano

Pianist Stephen Gosling studied at The Juilliard School, where he received the Mennin Prize and Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship, and was a four-time concerto soloist. He is a member of New York New Music Ensemble, Talea, American Modern Ensemble and Ne(x)tworks, and he has appeared as guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, among others. He frequently performs in the Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, and June in Buffalo festivals. His work has garnered constant critical acclaim, including a New York Times profile.

Mr. Gosling has collaborated with a multitude of composers, including Boulez, Carter, Ferneyhough, Knussen, Reich, Ruders and Wuorinen. He has worked extensively with John Zorn, with whom he has released several new recordings and performed worldwide over the last two seasons. He has also recorded the music of John Psathas on two award-winning albums, and he premiered Psathas’s concerto Three Psalms with the New Zealand Symphony. Mr. Gosling recently premiered Jorge Villavicencio Grossman’s Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru.

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Katherine Greene, viola

Violist Katherine Greene, The Mr. and Mrs. William J. McDonough Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in September 1990. She holds a master’s of music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with former Philharmonic Principal Viola William Lincer. Before joining the Philharmonic, Ms. Greene was assistant principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony. She has performed with the New York City and Santa Fe opera companies, and she regularly plays in studio recordings for film and television scores. While serving on the faculty of the Westchester Conservatory of Music, she developed a successful chamber music program for adult amateurs. In 1996 Ms. Greene participated in concerts in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, which included an historic Peace Concert in Geneva conducted by the late Georg Solti.

Also an accomplished pianist, Ms. Greene enjoyed an extensive career as soloist, teacher and accompanist before switching to viola. She is a member of the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble (winners of the Artists International Competition) and has recorded for CRI and Musical Heritage Society with the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and the Orchestra of the 20th Century.

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Eric Huebner, piano

Pianist Eric Huebner joined the New York Philharmonic in January 2012. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has been a guest pianist with the Philharmonic since 2004. In June 2012 he performed as soloist with Musicians from the Philharmonic in the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation—a double concerto for piano and percussion with percussionist Colin Currie—on the CONTACT! program, conducted by David Robertson.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Huebner has been featured at the Ojai Festival in California and appeared on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles, in addition to solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge. Since 2001 he has been a member of the quartet Antares, a winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition that has performed in major chamber music venues. Mr. Huebner is currently assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo, where he maintains an active piano studio and performs as part of the Slee Sinfonietta. His website is

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Patrick Jee, cello

Cellist Patrick Jee, who joined the New York Philharmonic in 2013, has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Salle Gaveau, and the Seoul Arts Center. He performed on CNN’s “American Morning” and at the UN’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. His solo engagements have included the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Toulouse and Orchestre National d’Île de France, and he has appeared at the Aspen, Banff, Caramoor, Casals, Kneisel Hall, La Jolla and Olympic festivals, among others.

Mr. Jee’s honors include Grand Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. He is a member of the New Piano Trio and a founding member of Ensemble Ditto, and he has performed with Sejong Soloists. Previously he was assistant principal cello of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and of the Grant Park Orchestra. Mr. Jee holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s from Yale. He can be heard on the Albany, Urtext and HM record labels. His website is

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Maria Kitsopoulos, cello

Cellist Maria Kitsopoulos joined the New York Philharmonic in 1996. She has performed as soloist with the Phoenix, Westfield and Graz symphonies and Athens State Orchestra. In New York she has performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York Chamber Symphony. Before joining the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Kitsopoulos performed contemporary music with Ensemble Intercontemporain, Music Mobile, Guild of Composers, and Continuum, with whom she appeared as soloist in New York premieres by Leon Kirchner, Valentin Silvestrov and Chinary Ung. As a member of CELLO, she performed music commissioned by that quartet at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and universities throughout the US.

Ms. Kitsopoulos received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, where she received the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and later served on the faculty. A finalist in the first Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition and prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition, she received fellowships from the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals. Ms. Kitsopoulos performs on a 300-year-old cello made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

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Pascual Martínez Forteza, clarinet

Clarinetist Pascual Martínez Forteza joined the New York Philharmonic in 2001, the first and only Spanish musician in the Orchestra’s history. Prior to the Philharmonic, he held tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony, where he served as second clarinet, starting in 1998, and as acting associate principal clarinet from 1999 to 2000. At age 18 he served as assistant principal and acting principal of the Baleares Symphony in Spain.

Mr. Martínez Forteza has performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle, and he appears regularly as a soloist, recitalist and master class teacher at international festivals and conservatories, including the International Clarinet Festival of Chanchung (China), the University of Southern California and The Juilliard School. Since 2003 Mr. Martínez Forteza and Spanish pianist Gema Nieto have played throughout Asia, Europe and the US as Duo Forteza-Nieto. Mr. Martínez Forteza is currently a faculty member at New York University. A Buffet Crampon Artist and Vandoren Artist, he plays Green Line Tosca Buffet clarinets and uses Vandoren reeds and M30D mouthpieces. His website is pascualmartí

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Eileen Moon, cello

Eileen Moon was named Associate Principal Cello, The Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Guenther Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in September 2007. Prior to joining the Orchestra in 1998, she had performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. A native of California, she began her studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory and subsequently received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School and a performance diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Moon won fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow in 1994 and second prize at the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1991, resulting in performances in France and a radio recording in Switzerland. She has performed chamber music at numerous venues in and around New York City and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall.

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Jayce Ogren, conductor

In the 2014/15 season, Jayce Ogren conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony; live orchestral accompaniment to a screening of West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall in London; and Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Recent highlights include appearances with the Detroit, Toronto and BBC symphonies; Robert Carsen’s My Fair Lady at Paris’s Théâtre du Chatelet; a semi-staged production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Steve Mackey’s Dreamhouse in the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

Mr. Ogren has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmoinc, Boston Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and The Cleveland Orchestra. Previously in Cleveland he was assistant conductor to Franz Welser-Möst. As music director of the New York City Opera, he led new productions of Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, as well as the US premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna, plus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Bernstein’s A Quiet Place.

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Anna Rabinova, violin

Born in Moscow, violinist Anna Rabinova joined the Philharmonic in 1994 and first performed as soloist with the Orchestra in 2009 in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel. She has toured Europe with the Moscow State Symphony and performed with the Halle Philharmonic; Schwerin Philharmonic; Moscow Radio, Moscow Chamber, Eisenach, Russian State, Berlin and American symphonies; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has appeared at the Schleswig Holstein, Tanglewood and Caramoor festivals and has given recitals in Berlin, Moscow, Rome, Leipzig, Belgrade and Washington, DC, as well as at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She has released recordings on the Auris-Subtilis and Naxos labels, and in 1998 her recording for an NHK-TV chamber series was broadcast worldwide.

Ms. Rabinova studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. She won first prize at the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade and the 1993 Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. She has taught at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and gives master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

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Robert Rinehart, viola

Violist Robert Rinehart, The Mr. And Mrs. G. Chris Andersen Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in 1992. A familiar figure on the New York chamber music scene, he has appeared with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as at Spoleto and the Vancouver and Santa Fe chamber music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkušný, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others.

Mr. Reinhart’s chamber music releases include recordings that have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or. A native of San Francisco, he studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkleman, and at The Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone and Ivan Galamian. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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Fiona Simon, violin

Violinist Fiona Simon, a member of the Orchestra since 1985, made her Philharmonic solo debut in November 1989, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins. Ms. Simon began her career in her native England, where she studied with Szymon Goldberg and won major prizes in the Carl Flesch and Jacques Thibaud competitions. For three consecutive years, she was London’s Young Artist of the Year. She has performed with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and the English Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has also been featured in many recitals and concerts broadcast by the BBC, and has made numerous appearances throughout Europe. Ms. Simon is a member of the Vanderspar String Trio and the Simon String Quartet. She was married to the late New York Philharmonic violinist Richard Simon, and has a son, Michael Paul, a poet.

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R. Allen Spanjer, French horn

French horn player R. Allen Spanjer, The Rosalind Miranda Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in February 1993 and has appeared with the Orchestra as a featured soloist in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in 1995 and 2001, as well as on the Philharmonic’s 1996 European Festivals Tour and 2001 Latin American Tour. He was also featured in 1996 in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns with Principal Horn Philip Myers.

Prior to joining the Philharmonic Mr. Spanjer was a full-time freelance musician in New York City, serving as a frequent substitute with the Orchestra, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and spending one season as second horn of the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM in Mexico. Mr. Spanjer, a Georgia native, began horn lessons at age 13. He studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy; The Juilliard School; the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Waterloo music festivals; and SUNY–Purchase. As a certified teacher of Alexander Technique, Mr. Spanjer maintains an active teaching studio in New York City. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and performs frequently as a chamber musician.

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Nathan Vickery, cello

Cellist Nathan Vickery joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2013. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony and as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals including the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Festival, as well as throughout Europe with Curtis on Tour. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank and Miriam Fried; pianist Jonathan Biss; and the contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird, among others.

Mr. Vickery has appeared on NPR’s "From the Top" and WFMT in Chicago. He has won numerous competitions, including the Second International David Popper Cello Competition in Hungary and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Maurer Young Musicians Contest. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley. Nathan Vickery has served on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

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Sharon Yamada, violin

Sharon Yamada, a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1988, has played extensively on both the East and West coasts. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall, and she has appeared with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. Ms. Yamada has performed frequently during the summer at the Grand Teton Music Festival; other summer activities have included the Aspen, Norfolk and Chigiana (Siena, Italy) music festivals. Formerly assistant concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Yamada has also appeared in concert with Orchestra New England and the Wallingford Symphony. She is a former member of the Hofstra String Quartet, which was in residence at Hofstra University.

Ms. Yamada received her master’s of music degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Szymon Goldberg and Syoko Aki. While earning her undergraduate degree in architecture from Yale College, she appeared as soloist and concertmaster with the Yale Symphony. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Yamada attended the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, and was a student of Alice Schoenfeld.

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Max Zeugner, bass

Acting Associate Principal Bass Max Zeugner, The Herbert M. Citrin Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2012. His previous posts included section leader of the Northern Sinfonia and principal of the London Symphony, for one season, and BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, England. He studied at The Juilliard School with New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien and at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where he won the 2005 Concerto Competition.

Mr. Zeugner has performed chamber music across the US, Europe, South America and the Far East. He has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, and he is a founding member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. He performs frequently as soloist with his wife, pianist/fortepianist Yi-heng Yang. In the non-classical realm, he was a member of the Eastern Jazz Project, Charles Ketter Quartet and Delfino Brothers Duo, and he has performed with Joanna Newsom, Kelly Polar and the Pet Shop Boys. Mr. Zeugner has served on the faculties of the Apple Hill Chamber Players’ Summer Chamber Music program, Royal Northern College of Music and Newcastle University.

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About 92Y YourStage

92Y YourStage provides a venue for independent curators, performers, and educators to mount a professional production. Yourstage events are confirmed once they meet a threshold for ticket sales by a certain date.

YourStage events that are ON have been confirmed; PENDING events need to generate more ticket sales; If an event fails to generate enough ticket sales, the event will be CALLED OFF, and all ticket holders will be refunded.

Get to the front of the line!

Priority registration puts you at the front of the line to register for courses and events for an upcoming semester.

Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.


Who is eligible for priority registration?

Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.

How do I know if I qualify?

Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.

Priority Registration Support

To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.