Mimi Stillman is one of the most celebrated flutists in the concert world today. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Stillman has been critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation in performances as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Hilton Head Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez (Mexico City), Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Orchestra 2001. She has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Bard College, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Princeton University, Bay Chamber Concerts (ME), Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and Festival delle Nazioni (Italy).
At age 12, Mimi Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She was the youngest wind player ever to win Young Concert Artists, and counts among her numerous prizes and awards Astral Artists Auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, the Arthur W. Foote Award, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia. Ms. Stillman is Artistic and Executive Director of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Since she founded the ensemble in 2005, it has grown into a dynamic force in the chamber music world with concerts on its home series in Philadelphia, performances on tour, commissioning of important new works, making recordings, and engaging in educational outreach partnerships with Philadelphia public schools.
Ms. Stillman has recorded for EMI, Innova, Albany, DTR, Dolce Suono and Centaur Records. Her 2-CD set, “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano”, with duo pianist Charles Abramovic, was released by Innova in 2011. Her daily recording of Syrinx on her blog, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary, has garnered an international following. She is regularly featured in the national press, as guest on NPR, WGBH Boston, WRTI Philadelphia, WQXR and WNYC, New York, WWFM, NY-NJ, New England Public Radio, and international radio stations. She has performed with Paquito D’Rivera and recorded a film soundtrack for Kevin Bacon. Ms. Stillman holds an M.A. degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She teaches master classes at universities, conservatories, and flute societies.
Amy Oshiro-Morales joined The Philadelphia Orchestra’s second violin section in January 2008, and was previously assistant concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony. She also held the associate concertmaster chair of the Colorado Symphony and was assistant concertmaster of the Grant Park (IL) Orchestra. She has also performed as a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Oshiro-Morales made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 12 and has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and others. She has collaborated with such artists as Vadim Repin, Alban Gerhardt, Jason Vieaux, and Gil Shaham.
Ms. Oshiro-Morales began violin studies when she was three years old. She studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the Dean’s Talent Award scholarship. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Robert Mann, the founder and former first violinist of the Juilliard Quartet. In the summers, Ms. Oshiro-Morales has been a guest artist at the Sun Valley Summer (ID) Symphony, the Cactus Pear Music Festival (TX), the Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), the National Orchestral Institute (MD), and the Innsbrook Institute (MO), among others.
Cellist Philip von Maltzahn has been has been praised for his "soaring tone" (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and for solos "brilliantly played" (LA Times). He has been a member of Degas Quartet since 2002, performing in many of the finest concert venues across the United States. Career highlights includes performances at the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, UCLA's Clark Library, Chicago Chamber Music Society, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed solo recitals at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Furman University, and the University of Texas at Arlington, and was a solo performer at 2000 Third World Cello Congress.
An avid performer of new music, Mr. von Maltzahn has premiered works by Alan Schindler, Joan Tower, Laura Kaminsky, Armando Bayolo, Andrew Waggoner, Matthew Hindson, and Stefan Freund. As an educator, he has taught cello and coached chamber music at the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Appalachian State University. He was Assistant Principal Cello of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2011, with whom he performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in the fall of 2010. During the Degas Quartet’s Hickory Metro Residency from 2003 to 2006, he also served as Principal Cello of the Western Piedmont Symphony.
Mr. von Maltzahn studied at Indiana University where his principal teachers were Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janos Starker. Following his undergraduate studies in Bloomington he completed his Masters of Music at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Steven Doane. He began his studies on the cello with Dr. Elizabeth Morrow in Arlington, Texas.
Violinist Carolyn Semes is a Distinguished Honors junior at The Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, University Scholars Program. She is currently a student of Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard Pre-College. Carolyn was a recipient of a Starling Violin Scholarship at Temple University Music Prep, where she was a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. She is also currently a recipient of a Snitzer Advanced Studies Chamber Music Scholarship at the Settlement Music School.
Carolyn has won the competitions of the Old York Road Symphony, Ambler Symphony, and the Temple Music Prep Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Old York Road Symphony, Ambler Symphony, Olney Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, and Ocean City Pops. She appeared as soloist in 2009 with the Shanghai (China) Philharmonic and in 2007 with the Macau (China) Youth Orchestra as part of their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. Carolyn has also been heard on Shanghai Radio’s, “The Weekly Radio Broadcast” and on Hong Kong radio on RTHK as a guest on “Children’s Corner”. Carolyn has performed many recitals in area retirement homes since she was 4 years old, including Crosslands, Waverly Heights, Dunwoody, The Quadrangle, Plush Mills, and Ann’s Choice.
Carolyn has spent the last six summers as a student of Masao Kawasaki at the Aspen Music Festival, and has played in Master Classes for Pamela Frank, Robert McDuffie, the Johannes Quartet, and the Orion Quartet.