Performance Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Weill Recital Hall


  • Ensemble ACJW
  • Jessica Rivera, Soprano


  • TIMOTHY ANDRES Trade Winds (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • SCHUBERT "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen," D. 965
  • BRAHMS String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes, including one intermission


  • Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, they have played a wide range of music-from works written centuries ago to those completed days before-with verve and total commitment to their art.

    The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community both in concert halls and in informal settings around town.

    All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support young professional musicians develop their careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

    Fellows of the two-year Academy program-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.

    In addition to performance opportunities at the highest level, a robust program of professional development is an essential part of The Academy. Fellows partner with New York City public schools to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs. In their second year, the fellows also develop innovative, community-based group projects. Among those produced in recent years were a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb's Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit to learn more.
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  • Jessica Rivera

    Jessica Rivera is considered to be one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on the great international concert and opera stages has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today's most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Nico Muhly. She has also appeared with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Her performances during the 2010-2011 season include Adams's El Niño under the composer's baton at the San Francisco Symphony and at the Edinburgh International Festival with James Conlon and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Golijov's She Was Here with Roberto Minczuk and the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Britten's Spring Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Rivera covers the role of Pat Nixon for The Metropolitan Opera's company premiere of Nixon in China directed by Peter Sellars, and joins the Grammy Award-winning Angelique Kidjo for the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff's Hope: An Oratorio at the Kimmel Center with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

    Hamilton Berry

    Cellist Hamilton Berry's eclectic taste has led him to pursue a range of musical projects. As a participant in Carnegie Hall's Porous Borders of Music workshop, he performed Edgar Meyer's Duet for Cello and Bass with the composer at Zankel Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society, and in diverse roles at venues that include Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre, Terminal 5, and the Jazz Gallery. He has attended the Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Banff, and Orford music festivals. In 2009, Hamilton received his master's from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Timothy Eddy. In June 2010, he and several Juilliard colleagues presented master classes and interactive performances to underprivileged children in São Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the Guri Santa Marcelina program. As part of his Academy program, Hamilton teaches in Staten Island at IS 61.

    Paul Won Jin Cho

    Clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho studied at the University of Southern California under Yehuda Gilad and at Yale University with David Shifrin. He has earned the Leni Fe Bland Music Scholarship, Koussevitzky Young Artists Award, Nyfenger Memorial Prize, and The Dean's Prize at Yale University. Paul has also won awards at Yale's Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and Korea's Donga Competition. He has performed as a soloist with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, and Yale Philharmonia. Paul has also appeared with the New Haven Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic orchestra under such conductors as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Myung-whun Chung, Plácido Domingo, James Levine, and Kent Nagano. He has participated in the Aldeburgh, Menton, Tanglewood, and Riva del Garda music festivals, as well as others in East Asia, including the 2010 Great Mountains Music Festival. As part of his Academy program, Paul teaches in Brooklyn at PS 200K.

    Yves Dharamraj

    A top-prize winner at Ima Hogg (Houston), Irving M. Klein, Juilliard, and the Florida Orchestra competitions, cellist Yves Dharamraj enjoys an international career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Past highlights include concerto performances with the Houston Symphony, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Last season featured a return engagement with Itzhak Perlman, an appearance with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de la Republica Dominicana, a performance of Morton Feldman's epic six-hour Second String Quartet, and several concerts in Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series with the Moët Trio, of which he is a founding member. Following studies with Mussie Eidelman and Scott Kluksdahl, Yves graduated cum laude from Yale University. As part of his Academy program, Yves teaches at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

    Keats Dieffenbach

    Equally comfortable on the stages of Carnegie Hall and on the set of Saturday Night Live, violinist Keats Dieffenbach has established herself as a unique artist with infinitely varied interests and abilities. Keats has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. She performs regularly with Orchestra of St. Luke's, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and Argento Chamber Ensemble; and her chamber music partners have included Paula Robison, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein, and indie-rock sensation Vampire Weekend. She has served as concertmaster under many of the world's leading conductors and has worked closely with composers Steve Reich, Shulamit Ran, Nico Muhly, and many others. Keats holds degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann, and New England Conservatory, where she served as Donald Weilerstein's teaching assistant. As part of her Academy program, Keats teaches in Queens at PS 63Q.

    Margaret Dyer

    Violist Margaret Dyer has charmed audiences worldwide as a chamber musician and soloist. She has appeared with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, New England String Ensemble, Ikarus Chamber Players, and the Brooklyn and Long Island philharmonics, where she also served as principal violist. Margaret was recently presented by the Brooklyn Philharmonic as a featured soloist at the Nuevo Latino Festival with the Tres Americas Ensemble. A founding member of A Far Cry, a self-conducted string orchestra, Margaret has served on the faculty for the Yellow Barn Music Festival's Young Artists Program and has recorded with several non-classical artists, including HUMANWINE, Grizzly Bear, the Monolith, and David Saw. Her playing can be found on Iris Records, Fortune Records, and NEOS Recording Label. As part of her Academy program, Margaret teaches in Staten Island at Curtis High School.

    Emily Popham Gillins

    Violinist Emily Popham Gillins has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Korea, and Israel as a soloist and chamber musician. As first violinist of The Degas String Quartet and a member of the Sejong Soloists, Emily has performed at the Library of Congress and at the Kennedy Center. Other collaborations include concerts at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, and the Aspen and Ravinia music festivals. She completed degrees from Indiana University, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Miriam Fried, Robert Mann, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Emily has served as concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera, and as a faculty member of the Summertrios festival in Pennsylvania. She is currently a member of the New York Chamber Soloists. As part of her Academy program, Emily teaches in Queens at PS 62Q.

    Marina Radiushina

    Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Radiushina is a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Ukraine, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Poland, and the Cleveland Institute of Music concerto competition. Marina made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 and appeared to critical acclaim as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician in various venues throughout Europe and the Americas. She is a recipient of the Presser Award at the University of Miami, the Sadie Zellen Prize at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was named a presidential scholar in her native Ukraine. Marina has studied under Sergei Babayan, Ivan Davis, and Alexander Bugaevsky. Marina holds degrees from Odessa Conservatoire, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Miami. As part of her Academy program, Marina teaches in Brooklyn at PS 130.

    Nathan Schram

    Growing up in a constantly mobile family, violist Nathan Schram developed his skills as a musician in multiple regions of the US. Initially beginning his studies in a Virginia public school, Nathan has gone on to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and throughout Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Spain, and Portugal. As a student of Alan deVeritch at Indiana University, Nathan was a prizewinner at the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. He has also been influenced by such mentors as Diemut Poppen, Yuval Gotlibovich, Martha Gulyas, Ralf Gothóni, Menahem Pressler, and Mauricio Fuks. Other performances include chamber music concerts with Joshua Bell and Atar Arad. An avid cyclist, Nathan has toured the US on bicycle from Indiana to San Francisco during the summer of 2008. As part of his Academy program, Nathan teaches in Brooklyn at PS75K.

    Michael Zell

    Percussionist Michael Zell is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2006, he has served as principal timpanist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Michael was an adjunct faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory, and also served as assistant to the director of bands at Yale University. He received his master's from the Yale School of Music, where he was a teaching assistant to Joan Panetti, and his bachelor's from the Peabody Conservatory. At both institutions, Michael was a student of Robert van Sice. As part of his Academy program, Michael teaches in Queens at MS 137Q.
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Major funding for The Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education–has been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Judith and Burton Resnick, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

The Academy School Partnerships benefitting NYC public school students are made possible, in part, by Bank of America.

The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Department of State, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

This performance is part of Chamber Sessions IV.