Jill Felber, Flutist
Jill Felber has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance." The British journal PAN writes, "Felber was stunning... not only refined but also full of fun."
"The incredible flutist...the dazzling flutist...the radiant flutist Jill Felber" (Santa Barbara Independent), who is known to excite audiences everywhere in concerts and recitals, "played with flair" (Los Angeles Times).
"The outstanding American flutist Jill Felber" (Gazeta Rybnicka, Poland) is acclaimed worldwide for her "consummate musicianship" (Fanfare).
Ms. Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and the United States. Also a tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her and for her flute duo ZAWA!, and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over four hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records, and ZAWA! MUSIC.
Dianne Frazer, Pianist
Dianne Frazer is recognized globally as a premiere collaborative pianist. Known for her wit and style on and off stage, she “exudes an energy and an excitement that is both irresistible and endearing”. She has performed with a “who’s who” of international artists, and has performed in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Merkin Hall. According to Branford Marsalis, “Dianne is one bad-ass pianist!!”
Dianne is on the faculty at Louisiana State University, is a principal pianist for the National Flute Association, International Society of Bassists, World Bass Festival in Poland, the MTNA Southern Division, the Florida Flute Association, and has performed at the Oberstdorf Music Festival in Germany, ISI Florence in Italy, Bradetich International Double Bass Competition, International Hornists Society, International Trumpet Guild, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Association, International Tuba Euphonium conventions, and numerous state and regional festivals. Dianne holds two performance degrees, was a two-time Fischoff finalist, and was an adjudicator for the prestigious Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.
Heidi Lehwalder, Harpist
“The main thing to tell you about Heidi is that she is simply a genius.”
- Leonard Bernstein, Nov. 1963
Heidi Lehwalder, harpist, has performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the symphonies of Phoenix, Buffalo, Louisville, Wichita, Savanna, Syracuse, and Honolulu. She has made 55 appearances as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and has collaborated with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Erich Leinsdorf, Arthur Fiedler, Gerard Schwarz, Lucas Foss, Andre Kostelanetz, Dennis Russell Davies, and Charles Dutoit. Her recent performances included a 10-city tour with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and two performances at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
An esteemed chamber musician, Lehwalder has performed in numerous concerts with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1972 to the present. She has participated in the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Santa Fe, and Spoleto Festivals. Lehwalder is the only harpist ever to be invited to tour with Rudolf Serkin’s famed Music from Marlboro. During the summer of 1987, she served as Professor of Harp in Korea’s First International Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Orpheus Trio, she toured for eight years throughout North America and Europe with flutist Paula Robison and violist Scott Nickrenz. She has also toured extensively with flutist Carol Wincenc.
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