Performance Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 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
Open your mind as well as your ears for a program that exemplifies Ensemble ACJW’s commitment to unorthodox, inventive programming. Hear the evolution of chamber music as ACJW’s adventurous players journey through time and place, from Mozart’s Vienna to New York in the new millennium, with a stop along the way for a little-known work from the fin de siècle.


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • RYAN GALLAGHER Oboe Quartet (NY Premiere)
  • CHARLES MARTIN LOEFFLER Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano
  • MOZART String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516


  • 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 on 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 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.

    David Kaplan

    First appearing in recital at the Bard Music Festival at the age of 10, pianist David Kaplan has won critical acclaim for his performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He is a veteran of many distinguished music festivals and series, including the Seattle and Northwest chamber music festivals, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart festivals. David's enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere works of many composers, including Ezra Laderman and Timothy Andres. Collaborations with the latter include the premiere of Home Stretch and a recording of Shy and Mighty for two pianos, released on the Nonesuch label. David studied at the Yale School of Music with Claude Frank. Since then, he has been based in Berlin under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, studying conducting and performing throughout Europe. As part of his Academy program, David teaches in Brooklyn at PS 241K.

    ToniMarie Marchioni

    Oboist ToniMarie Marchioni has performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the US. A member of the IRIS Orchestra and Continuum ensemble, she has also appeared with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Woodwind Quintet, and as soloist with the Orquesta Philarmónica del Ecuador. In 2008, she gave the US premiere of Jonathan Harvey's concerto Sprechgesang. ToniMarie has worked with conductors Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She teaches regularly with Sinfonia por la Vida (Ecuador) and has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, Las Vegas Music Festival, and the American Festival for the Arts. She earned her bachelor's from Harvard University and her master's from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, Eugene Izotov, and Mark McEwen. As part of her Academy program, ToniMarie teaches in Queens at MS 158Q. 

    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 the US and Europe. As a student of Alan deVeritch at Indiana University, Nathan was a prizewinner at the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and a first prize winner of the 2009 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. He continued his studies at theEscuela Superior de Música Reina Sofíain Madrid with professor Diemut Poppen. In April 2010, Nathan became the violist of the Bryant Park Quartet, an ensemble equally devoted to both great performance and serious community engagement. 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 and is featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with reporter Jeff Lunden.

    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 take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple nontraditional music venues across New York City. In past years, they participated in community-based group projects, including 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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Mozart String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 (Allegro)
Juilliard String Quartet
Doremi Records

At a Glance


Dedicated to Ensemble ACJW, Gallagher’s Oboe Quartet brings a unique timbral quality to the string quartet format by substituting one of the violins with an oboe. Receiving its New York premiere on tonight’s performance, the quartet features the oboe as the main soloist and weaves in and out of different tonalities and moods.

CHARLES MARTIN LOEFFLER  Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano

Composed in honor of two of his Boston Symphony Orchestra colleagues, Loeffler’s rhapsodies are based on poems by Maurice Rollinat and are written for the unusual instrumentation of oboe, viola, and piano. The composer’s affinity for French culture is evident in the impressionistic evocation of the poems’ imagery—a murky pond at midnight and the drones of bagpipe music.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516

The Marriage of Figaro was proving successful and Don Giovanni was in the works when news arrived to Mozart that his father was dying. The composer quickly—but masterfully—wrote two viola quintets before his father passed. The G-Minor Quintet dwells in the minor key, inviting listeners to explore the landscape of melancholic beauty.

Program Notes

ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax
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Lead Support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.

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 Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Judith and Burton Resnick, and the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

Additional funding provided by Breguet, in partnership with Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom.

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

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