Taiwanese-American violist CHE-YEN CHEN is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet and a First Prize winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. He was awarded First Prize at the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and has been described by San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose "most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music." Having served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, he has appeared as guest principal with numerous major orchestras in North America. A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two and participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, he is also a member of Camera Lucida and The Myriad Trio, and has been featured frequently at festivals such as the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International, and La Jolla Summerfest. He serves on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music.
ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN is recognized as one of today’s most exceptional clarinetists. He won First Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in 2001 and a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. As a soloist, he performs with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the world, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. A dedicated performer of chamber music, he frequently collaborates with distinguished artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, and Steven Isserlis, and regularly performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Fiterstein was born in Belarus and immigrated to Israel at the age of two with his family. He graduated from The Juilliard School and now serves as professor of clarinet at the University of Minnesota.
Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the FORMOSA QUARTET is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Its debut recording on the EMI label was hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and the quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and Wigmore Hall in London. Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage.
JULIANA HAN, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an active collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist. Ms. Han’s recent appearances include Carnegie Hall’s “The Song Continues” series, Alice Tully Hall, the Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She is currently a doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, where her teachers include Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Andrew Harley, and Brian Zeger. Ms. Han also holds degrees in biochemistry and law, both from Harvard University, and has worked as a biotech specialist at L.E.K. Consulting and as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
WAYNE LEE, a violinist originally from San Francisco, is an active chamber musician. He has been a member of the Formosa Quartet since 2012, and, with his Quartet colleagues, a founder and faculty member at the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Hualien, Taiwan. A member of the Manhattan Piano Trio since 2008, Mr. Lee has performed prolifically with the group throughout the United States and Europe. As a recitalist, he has in recent years performed complete cycles of the Beethoven violin sonatas and the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. With fortepianist Mike Lee, his frequent duo partner, he has explored sonatas of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Bach on early instruments. He has recorded for Marquis Classics, New World Records, and Delos Records. A graduate of and former teaching assistant at The Juilliard School, he currently lives in New York City.
"JASMINE LIN is a magnificent player with superb tone and strong interpretive powers” and “a violinist of remarkable intensity”, maintain American Record Guide and Chicago Tribune. As a member of Formosa Quartet and Trio Voce, faculty member at Roosevelt University and Music Institute of Chicago, Curtis Institute of Music alumna, confidante to a Cremonese violin, arranger of Grappelli tunes, prizewinner in the Naumburg and Paganini competitions, Grammy nominee, and recording artist on Con Brio, EMI, and New World Records, Jasmine likes to solicit magnificence and intensity while leaving raindrops on her nose un-wiped-off. Her biography contains precisely one hundred words.
Jasmine Lin's presence at PCMF 2017 is generously sponsored by Susan Chamberlain and John Chalik.
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “exceptionally gifted” and “breathtaking," cellist DEBORAH PAE is captivating audiences with her “superb tone...high level of interpretative intelligence” and “tremendous technical assurance” (Transcentury Blog). Since her orchestral debut at age sixteen with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Pae has enjoyed concerti appearances with Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (with whom she recorded Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2 on Zig-Zag Territoires label), Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, and Westchester Philharmonic with conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Thomas Wilkins, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, and Itzhak Perlman. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Pae is the newest member of the Formosa Quartet, a member of Trio Modetre, and has been a featured artist at renowned international festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and Amsterdam Cello Biënnale. Ms. Pae is former Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium and plays a Vincenzo Postiglione (c. 1885) generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation.
Firmly established as one of America’s outstanding flutists, JOSHUA SMITH is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He was appointed The Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flute at age 20, joining the ensemble in 1990. He appears regularly as soloist with the Orchestra, in repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Penderecki and Widmann. In September 2014, he was featured with the orchestra on tour in Europe, playing Jorg Widmann’s flute concerto at the London Proms, Lucerne Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Widmann Concerto was commissioned by the orchestra and written for Mr. Smith, who performed the world premiere in May 2011. He serves on the flute faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Award-winning harpist JULIE SMITH PHILLIPS has held the chair of Principal Harp with the San Diego Symphony since 2007. One of the most prominent American harpists today, Ms. Phillips is a 2-time medalist in the prestigious USA International Harp Competition (2001, 2004) as well as prizewinner in numerous other competitions around the United States. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, Ms. Phillips teaches at Arizona State University, is founder of the Nebraska Harp Workshop, and is a regular guest clinician at workshops during the summer. Ms. Phillips has a solo album, The Rhapsodic Harp, as well as a recording with The Myriad Trio entitled The Eye of Night. Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a native of Hastings, Nebraska.