Archive For The “Virtuosi Musicians” Category

Virtuosi Concertmaster in Recital

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Brunilda Myftaraj

Virtuosi Concertmaster Brunilda Myftaraj in recital On Saturday, April 9 in Manchester CT. Enjoy the chemistry of two talented musicians who will present works by American composers — Gershwin, Bernstein, Ives and others.

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James Forgey, principal clarinet

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James Forgey, Clarinet A native of Jackson, Michigan, Jim Forgey has been an active performer and teacher in Connecticut since 1992. His musical training includes degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, and studies with renowned woodwind teacher Kalmen Opperman in New York City. In addition to his work with the Connecticut Virtuosi,…

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Douglas Lemke, principal double-bass

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Douglas J. Lemke currently serves as Principal Double Bass of The Virtuosi, and Associate Principal Double Bass of Konzert Opera Florence. He holds the current post as Professor of Double Bass at the Connecticut Virtuosi Music Academy. With three degrees in performance, two from The Hartt School and one from Penn State University, he has…

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The Virtuosi

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Violins: Brunilda Myftaraj, concertmaster Rachel Virgin Marianne Vogel Katalin Viszmeg, principal second Violas: Dorota Peglow Jessica Cortez Cellos: Kathleen Schiano Melissa Morgan Bass: Douglas Lamke Flutes: Jill Maurel-Davis Oboes: Johanna Lamb Mateusz Zechowski Clarinets: Jim Forgy Julie Asuma Bassoons: Jennifer Bruening Rebecca Noreen French Horns: Roger Caruk Jaime Thorne Trumpets: Julia Caruk Andrew Caruk Trombones:…

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Brunilda Myftaraj, violin, concertmaster

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Albanian violin prodigy Brunilda Myftaraj has drawn enthusiastic accolades from audiences as well as critical acclaim for her masterful musicianship in her native Albania, as well as Italy, Greece, France, Marocco, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and in the United States. She has been praised recently by the New London Day critic as an “especially fine and…

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Katalin Viszmeg principal second violin

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Katalin Viszmeg is a native of Makó, Hungary, playing the violin at an early age. By the age of 12, she had already appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on Hungarian National Radio. Ms. Viszmeg received top prizes at the Hungarian National Violin Solo Competition, the Hungarian National Chamber Music Competition, and also garnered…

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Melissa Morgan, cello (Oct. 23 & 25, 2015)

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Melissa M Morgan’s playing has been hailed as “deeply resonant” and “vibrant” by the Hartford Courant. An avid chamber musician, she has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada, as a member of the Bella Cosi String Quartet, the New World Trio and most recently in the Elektra Ensemble. Melissa has been heard on…

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Kathy Schiano, principal cello

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Kathy Schiano, Principal Cellist with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, and her Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied under Bernard Greenhouse. She has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, she is a cello…

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Dorota Peglow, Principal viola

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Dorota Peglow received her Master of Music degrees from Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland in 2001 and from Yale School of Music in 2004. She performed with various orchestras in Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and more recently in Connecticut. For last eight years she has been a viola principal of Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber…

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Jessica Heller, viola

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Jessica Heller, a native of Connecticut, began studying the viola at the age of seven and she grew up attending the Hartt School Community Division. She went on to study at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with maestro Joen Vasquez, assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, graduating with a degree in both Viola Performance and…

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Jill Maurer-Davis, principal flute

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JILL MAURER-DAVIS holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Flute from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a diploma from the Orff Institute-Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her principal teachers have included Louis Moyse, Thomas Nyfenger, James Galway, James Pappoutsakis, and Lois Schaefer. She retired from The United States Coast Guard Band and the USCG…

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Johanna Lamb, principal oboe

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Johanna Lamb received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree Cum Laude from UCLA and her Masters of Music in Oboe Performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She performs as the principal oboist of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In addition she has performed around the state with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, the…

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Julie Asuma Levene, second clarinet

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Julie Asuma Levene, clarinet, began her musical studies in her hometown of Duluth, MN. She then attended Lawrence University and went on to earn a Masters Degree in clarinet from the Yale School of Music. Her teachers have included David Shifrin, Charles Neidich and Fan Lei. She is a member of the Live Music Project,…

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Topher Logan, principal trombone

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Topher Logan (trombone), B.M., University of Connecticut; M.M., Baylor University, Texas, serves as the Director for the Community School of the Arts. A former member of the Waco Symphony, Mr. Logan is principal trombone of the Thayer Symphony and the Connecticut Virtuosi. He is also a member of the New Britain Symphony and Nutmeg Symphony….

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Kuljit Rehncy, principal timpani, percussion

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Kuljit Rehncy was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began his music career in 1986 upon winning The Percussive Arts Society’s Solo Timpani Competition. He went on to receive Bachelors Degrees in both Percussion Performance and Recording Arts and Sciences from The Peabody Institute of Music. After a stint at Nickelodeon Studios, Orlando, Florida, he moved…

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