CHCMF 2001 Artists
Artistic Director and flutist JEFFREY COHAN has performed as soloist in 23 countries, having received international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the mid-19th century. He won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston, and the highest prize awarded in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua in Brugge, Belgium with lutenist Stephen Stubbs. First Prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards Competition, he has performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and worldwide for the USIA Arts America Program. He received the highest rating from the Music Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has recorded for NPR in the United States, and for national radio and television in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Many works have been written for and premiered by him, including new flute concerti by Roupen Shakarian and William O. Smith in 2000. He can "play many superstar flutists one might name under the table" according to the New York Times.
Harpsichordist J. REILLY LEWIS is founder and music director of the Washington Bach Consort, and has served since 1985 as music director of the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society. He was the keyboard artist and associate conductor of the Handel Festival Orchestra for ten years, and for six years was assistant staff pianist with the National Symphony Orchestra. He has been the organist and choirmaster at Claredon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia since 1971. As a recipient of both the Chester J. Petranek Award and Paul Hume Award, he has been honored for his outstanding commitment to enriching the musical life of Washington, D.C. He studied at Oberlin and Juilliard, and with Helmut Walcha in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. Other teachers have included Nadia Boulanger, Anthony Newman, and Albert Fuller. Lewis has been invited to perform for many international music festivals and has made several recordings, including the complete motets of J.S.Bach on the Pro Organo label and the Magnificats of J.S.Bach and C.P.E.Bach on the Newport Classic label, both with the Washington Bach Consort.
Cellist JOHN MORAN, a native of the Washington, DC area, holds performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is an active freelance musician appearing on cello, viola da gamba, and basse de violon in both Europe and the United States, performing with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Violins of Lafayette, Capriole, Folger Consort, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, The Consort of Musicke, and English Baroque Soloists. On top of his busy concert schedule Mr. Moran is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation Techniques of Expression in Viennese String Music (1780-1830) at King's College London and has recently begun work on a historical monograph of the cello for Yale University Press. Recording credits include Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Erato, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Musica Oscura. Mr. Moran has two young sons and is a founding member of Trio Riot, formerly known as the Reicha Trio.
An Associate of the Royal College of Music, violinist RISA BROWDER maintained a demanding concert schedule in London for nine years before returning to America. As chamber musician Ms. Browder has worked with Emma Kirkby, the Consort of Musick, the Purcell Quartet, and London Baroque and can be heard on recordings with them on Virgin Classics, EMI, Chandos, Hyperion, and Musica Oscura. She has played and recorded with numerous London orchestras including London Classical Players (Roger Norrington), English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner), Academy of Ancient Music (Christopher Hogwood), and English Concert (Trevor Pinnock). In Washington she has been active with ensembles such as the Smithsonian Chamber Players, theViolins of Lafayette, and the Washington Bach Consort. She is concert master of Capriole in Williamsburg and violinist in Trio Riot.
Harpsichordist JOHN WHITELAW studied in Montreal and Antwerp with Kenneth Gilbert. The winner of prizes in international competitions in both Bruges and Paris, he performs as harpsichord, clavichord and forte-piano soloist and ha performed regularly with Gerda Hartman and other sopranos, especially in the repertoire of the German Lied. He has conducted baroque and classical orchestras, has founded and directed several vocal ensembles, and was the harpsichordist of the remarkable "Five Centuries Ensemble", which performed programs of collages of early and modern music coupled with improvisations. Having recorded for European and North American radios, his recordings include harpsichord music of William Byrd and Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart Lieder played on fortepiano, and the lieder of Hugo Wolf and Paul Hindemith. John Whitelaw gives regular summer courses in harpsichord, as well as in the art of piano playing in the vocal repertoire, and is professor of harpsichord at the Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium.
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