Rene Schiffer, cello
Karina Schmitz, violin
Kathie Stewart, traverso
Joseph Gascho, harpsichord
Baroque is not described. It is felt. Where what has come before is challenged and new passion is breathed into what lies ahead, that is baroque. And nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the grace and grandeur of Apollo’s Fire. In addition to their illustrious performing and recording careers, Rene Schiffer, cello, and Kathie Stewart, traverso, are founding members of Apollo’s Fire. Joining them will be Karina Schmitz, violin, principal second violin with Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia and Joseph Gascho, harpsichord, whose recent performances include Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra.
Rene Schiffer, cello, studied with renowned baroque cellists AnnerBijlsma and JaapTer Linden in the Netherlands, and later studied viola da gamba with Catharina Meints at Oberlin Conservatory. He has toured the world with La Petite Bande and performed with the European ensemble Il Gardellino, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in numerous projects with Tafelmusik. He can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, and Sony labels. He is a featured composer on the Apollo’s Fire CD Vivaldi & Friends.
Karina Schmitz, violin, holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early music studies began at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, Miho Hashizume and David Breitman. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program while serving as concertmaster of the Case Baroque Orchestra. She is currently principal second violin with Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia, assistant-principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and violist with the Coriolan String Quartet, a period ensemble based in Boston.
JosephGascho, harpsichord, enjoys a multifaceted musical career as a keyboard artist, conductor, teacher and producer. He is on faculty at the University of Michigan where he teaches harpsichord, coaches chamber music, and conducts an early music choir and orchestra. In 2002, he won first prize in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. Recent performing highlights include concerts with the National Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and conducting Idomeneo for the Maryland Opera Studio. A graduate of the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland, he also teaches basso continuo and conducts the student orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.
Kathie Stewart, traverso, teaches baroque flute in Oberlin Conservatory’s Historical Performance Department, where she also the Curator of Harpsichords. A founding member of Apollo’s Fire, she has performed extensively with the ensemble as a soloist and in the flute/recorder section. She is an avid proponent of Irish music, playing Irish flute in Cleveland-based band Turn the Corner. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, ARTEK, Cleveland Lyric Opera, and Cleveland Opera.
Live music comes in all shapes and sizes. A vaulted concert hall that echoes with the masters of centuries past. A salon recital as intimate as a love affair. A dim, smoke-filled club tucked beneath the streets of Paris. Take the best parts of all three and what you have is an evening with Jack Schantz and Friends. Jack Schantz, trumpet, was a featured soloist with the Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Glenn Miller Orchestras and served as musical director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Joining Schantz on stage will be a virtual who’s who of Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz stars.
Jack Schantz, coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program at The University of Akron, Professor Jack Schantz is well known throughout the Northeast Ohio jazz scene and beyond. He has been the musical director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra since 1993 and has led the Bop Stop Jazz Unit, an ensemble dedicated to presenting new works by its members.
During the 1980s Schantz toured the United States and Japan as featured jazz trumpet soloist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, and Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd. He has worked with dozens of jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval, Jiggs Whigham, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Slide Hampton, Billy Byers, Dominick Farinacci, Joe Augustine, and many more.
In addition to his jazz activities, Schantz performs as a member of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Band.
Greg Banaszak, saxophone
Katherine DeJongh, flute
Sungeun Kim, piano
Quite simply, Greg Banaszak is one of the preeminent classical and jazz saxophonists of his generation. An ambassador of his craft, Banaszak was the first saxophone concerto soloist to perform with orchestras in the Middle East and Japan. A mainstay of the music world stage, we are honored that his journeys abroad have led him to our humble stage for an evening of classical saxophone (and perhaps a few surprises). Accompanying him will be Sungeun Kim, piano, first-prize winner of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and Katherine DeJongh, flute, Principal Flute with the Canton Symphony and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.
Greg Banaszak, one of today’s leading saxophonists, has performed with orchestras and at concert halls throughout the world. He has appeared as concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including the countries of France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Egypt, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, Finland and Japan.
Mr. Banaszak is one of the most sought after orchestral saxophone soloists of his generation. As one of the few saxophonists active in both the classical and jazz mediums. As a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Banaszak is a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He serves on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Banaszak is a B.M. cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music. He holds a M.M. degree “with distinction” from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and an Artist Diploma from the Centre Musical d’Annecy in France.
Pianist Sungeun Kim has given numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Spain, Korea and Italy. A first-prize winner of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, she has been invited as guest artist at the Texas Conservatory Piano Festival for Young Artists, the Virginia Rising Star Concert Series, the Palm Springs Concert Series and the 24th Concert Stage at St. Ivo in Rome. She has appeared with the Russian Federal Orchestra in Bolshoi Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Banff Festival Orchestra, the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome and the Gijon Symphony Orchestra. Sungeun Kim is Assistant Professor of Piano at Baldwin Wallace university
Katherine DeJongh, flute, enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Korea and the Middle East. Ms. DeJongh is on faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she serves as Chair of Orchestral Winds for the Preparatory Department, and teaches for Case Western Reserve University. DeJongh has also served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, The College of Wooster, and Hiram College.
Ms. DeJongh received her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her teachers include Jeffrey Khaner, Tim Day, and Mary Kay Fink.
Jesse McCormick,french horn
Richard Stout, trombone
Jack Sutte, trumpet
Music is to the soul what food is to the body. A life without one is like a day without the other. For one evening, indulge your senses at the intersection of revered tradition and courageous invention with the Factory Seconds Brass Trio. Comprised entirely of second chairs of the illustrious Cleveland Orchestra, Factory Seconds Brass Trio is Jack Sutte, trumpet, Richard Stout, trombone, and Jesse McCormick, french horn. Shakespeare said If music be the food of love, play on. And as any chef will tell you, there is no greater compliment than asking for seconds.
Jesse McCormick was appointed to the horn section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2006. He previously served three seasons with the Colorado Symphony, and two seasons as a member of the Denver Brass. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Mr. McCormick appeared on the nationally-televised PBS series Live from Lincoln Center, performing as guest associate principal horn with the New York Philharmonic. In 2005, he took top prize in the Professional Division at the International Horn Competition of America. He has also made solo appearances with the Denver Brass, Windworks Ensemble in Capetown (South Africa), and the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs.
McCormick has been a member of the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University since 2007. He has also lectured at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Case Western Reserve University. In recent years, Mr. McCormick has appeared as a clinician at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Denver, University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of Miami. He has also taught masterclasses in South Korea, South Africa, and Colombia.
Richard Stout joined the trombone section of The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. He was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 2000, serving as principal trombone from 1998 to 2000 and second trombone from 1988 to 1998. He has also been principal trombone of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival for twelve years.
Mr. Stout was born in Chicago and raised in Texas. He studied at Rice University in Houston and holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has performed as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony and at the Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Stout joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2001. In addition to teaching trombone, he also serves as director of CIM brass ensembles. Mr. Stout is a founding member of the National Brass Virtuosi and a frequent recitalist with his wife, pianist Christina Dahl.
Jack Sutte joined The Cleveland Orchestra as second trumpet in 1999. Prior to his Cleveland appointment, he was the principal trumpet in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. A native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned a bachelor of music degree, and the Juilliard School in New York City, where he earned a master of music degree. He studied with Frank Kaderabek at Curtis, Raymond Mase at Juilliard, and Chris Gekker at the Aspen Festival. Mr. Sutte has performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra with principal trumpet Michael Sachs, as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Haddonfield Symphony. He made his international solo debut in Argentina in 1995. Mr. Sutte is a lecturer of trumpet at the Baldwin WallaceUniversity Conservatory of Music, and has taught at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Sutte lives in Euclid, Ohio, with his wife, Audra Zarlenga, their children, Maya and Louis, and four dogs. His hobbies include running, cycling, and multisport racing.
It is a point of pride that each new season we dedicate an evening to the talent and artistry of one of tomorrow’s masters. Jinjoo Cho, violin, has been our Featured Young Artist once before. She returns to us as the complete expression of that evening’s boundless promise. Since that night, she has continued to forge her own path, spellbinding audiences the world over and solidifying her standing as one of the most captivating, compelling musicians of her generation. Accompanying Cho will be her regular collaborator, Hyun Soo Kim, staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University.
Gold Medalist of the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis, critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as a leading young violinist of her generation noted for her vibrant musical personality, warm and engaging tone, and sensual phrasing. Praised by the Times Argus of Montreal as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth…with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine,” Jinjoo won both the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award in the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Cho moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 14 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Young Artist Program student. Within a few years of arriving in the United States, she had won most of the local competitions for both high school and collegiate level students, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s collegiate level concerto competition.
Ms. Cho finished her Bachelor of Music degree both at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Paul Kantor, who has been her mentor since 2001. Jinjoo received her Master of Music degree at CIM with Jaime Laredo where she is in the Professional Studies program.
Hyun Soo Kim, piano, is a native of South Korea and began to play piano at the age of eight. He received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Delaware, where he was a recipient of the John D. Martini Award. He has performed as soloist with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Symphony Orchestra and numerous community orchestras in the Delaware region. He was recognized as a Delaware Representative in the Young Artist Category by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2008. HyunSoo Kim completed his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma Degree in Collaborative Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Anita Pontremoli, where he received the Rosa Lobe award in Collaborative Piano. Since 2012, Hyun Soo has been performing actively with violinist Jinjoo Cho and travelled extensively in North America. The duo coached with Gil Kalish, Jaime Laredo, Mark Steinberg, Donald Weilerstein, and Merry Peckham, and took part in the Chamber Music Residency at Banff Centre. They continue to perform together in various concert halls and community engagement venues with highly creative programs that include lesser known repertoires and the works of the living composers. In 2013 summer, Hyun Soo he served as a collaborative pianist at Interlochen Arts Academy, and spent 2014 summer in Siena, Italy, teaching and performing with vocal and instrumental students as faculty at ‘SessioneSenese per la Musica e l’Arte.’ Currently, Hyun Soo is a staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University.
Sophiéand Pierre van der Westhuizen have appeared in major festivals and venues throughout the USA, and has presented concerts in all the major concert halls of South Africa. South Africans Pierre and Sophié completed their studies at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Here they studied with renowned professor Frank Weinstock, as well as the legendary piano duo Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. They were the first piano-duo to be accepted into the prestigious PlanoTexas International Academy and Festival (formerly known as the TCU/Cliburn Institute), where they received masterclasses from Harold Martina, John Owings, Jan Jiraceck and the legendary Janos Starker.
The Westhuizen Duo resides in the Cleveland area, where Pierre is the President of the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC). Sophié teaches piano at The Aurora School of Music, The Cleveland Music Settlement and directs ArtsConnect, the community outreach program for the CIPC. They both previously served on the faculty of Heidelberg University as Assistant Professors of Piano and Co-coordinators of the Keyboard Division. Pierre and Sophié enjoy teaching masterclasses wherever they perform, and have repeatedly served as guest artists/faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Summer Sonata Festival. Other such festival appearances include Colorado International Piano Festival together with renowned pedagogue Nelita True; Chautauqua Piano Institute; Kent State University Summer Piano Camp; Cleveland/Baldwin Wallace Art Song Festival and others.