·· Noémi Sallai, Clarinet
·· Christopher Goodpasture, Piano
·· Gergana Haralampieva, Violin
·· Brian Hong, Violin
·· Jennifer Liu, Violin
·· Suliman Tekalli, Violin
·· Caeli Smith, Viola
·· Meagan Turner, Viola
·· Ari Evan, Cello
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello
SHULAMIT RAN Bach Shards
BACH Contrapunctus X from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
SHULAMIT RAN Lyre of Orpheus
MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time
Ensemble Connect Artistry. Education. Advocacy. Entrepreneurship.
Ensemble Connect was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and partnerships throughout the fellowship with New York City public schools.
Ensemble Connect fellows—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—have come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.
Ensemble Connect has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble Connect gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community both in concert halls and informal settings around town.
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble Connect fellows partner with instrumental music teachers at New York City public schools to share artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble Connect fellows also take part in community work, performing at many unconventional music venues across New York City, including correctional facilities, homeless shelters, senior community centers, and organizations serving special needs populations. Throughout the two-year fellowship, Ensemble Connect fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to give them the tools to shape purposeful, personally rewarding career paths that give back to their communities. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, on- and off-stage engagement strategies, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.
Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect’s 119 alums are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 alums formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates of music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble Connect are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.