ARTISTS

Jennifer Montbach, oboe, is the founder and artistic director of Radius Ensemble, named Boston’s Best (2016) by the Improper Bostonian, in residence at the Longy School of Bard College since 2011. She has been acclaimed for her “energetic and eclectic” programs that have “attracted a younger, more diverse audience” (Boston Globe), winning the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming from Chamber Music America in 2013. Jennifer curated and produced the ensemble’s debut album, Fresh Paint, and has commissioned and premiered more than twenty new works in her role as artistic director. As an oboist, she is known for her “evocative lyricism and nuanced phrasing” (Bay Windows); she has appeared with orchestras and ensembles throughout New England, including Evan Ziporyn’s Ambient Orchestra, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Composers in Red Sneakers, among others, and has held administrative positions at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard College and a Master of Music in oboe performance from New England Conservatory. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jennifer is a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and mentors families of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Sarah Bob, piano, hailed as “first class” by the Boston Globe, is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. Considered a “trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process…” (Northeast Performer), she is founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series that combines new music and new visual art along with their creators, and an original member of Primary Duo and Firebird Ensemble. Her accolades range from top prizewinner of Holland’s International Gaudeamus Competition to New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Outstanding Alumni Award and she can be heard on Tzadik, NLM, Cauchemar Records, Albany, Oxingale and BMOP/Sound labels. Sarah teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston as well as privately, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music and NEC. sarahbob.net

Miriam Bolkosky, cello, appears nationally as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, A Far Cry, Boston Pops, BMOP, Berkshire Opera, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, National Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and orchestras in New York, Washington, and Chicago. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cassini Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Faculty Chamber Players, and is a member of the Ann Arbor based Phoenix Ensemble. She has appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Paul Hill Chorale, and on classical and popular commercial recordings. Miriam has held faculty positions at Northwestern, the Music Institute of Chicago, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sarah Brady, flute, called “enchanting” (Boston Globe) and “clairvoyantly sensitive” (New Music Connoisseur), is principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston, and appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Michigan-based Brave New Works. She has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s leading composers, including new music commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. Sarah recently enjoyed a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. Her chamber and orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale and Cantalope labels. Sarah teaches at Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Gabriela Diaz, violin, began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. She studied at New England Conservatory, where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under James Buswell. A cancer survivor, Diaz is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment. In 2004, she was awarded a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation to organize a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has worked closely with many significant living composers, including Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva and Callithumpian Consort. She also appears regularly with Winsor Music, Mistral Music and Emmanuel Music. She is a member of the Wellesley College faculty and can be heard on New World, Naxos, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records.

Eran Egozy, clarinet, hailed as “sensitive and energetic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is a musician, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Harmonix Music Systems, which developed Guitar Hero, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, and Dance Central. Eran and his business partner are recipients of the Time 100, Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40” award, and USA Network’s “Character Approved” award. Eran is currently Professor of the Practice in Music Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches and conducts research on new forms of interactive computer music systems. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and music from MIT and studied clarinet with Jonathan Cohler and William Wrzesien at New England Conservatory. He has performed as soloist with the MIT Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with Emmanuel Music, A Far Cry, Winsor Music, and the Worcester Chamber Players. Eran has been a member of Radius Ensemble since 2001.

Noriko Futagami Herdon, viola, enjoys a distinguished career as a versatile and prolific soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She is Principal Violist for the Albany Symphony, an ensemble with numerous world premiere performances and recordings, and plays with their Dogs of Desire contemporary ensemble as well as the New Jersey Symphony. Now living in the Greater Boston area, she serves as Assistant Principal Violist for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Her dynamic virtuosity, combined with a passion for new music, has led to collaborations with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, Radius Ensemble and Winsor Music Chamber Series.

Anne Howarth, horn, is a freelance horn player and chamber musician, appearing regularly in area ensembles including the woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro, the Lexington Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. She appeared with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project in 2000. Anne is not only a founding member of Radius Ensemble, but also serves as its outreach director. She teaches horn and coaches chamber music at Tufts University, maintains a private studio, and is on the horn faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory and Continuing Education divisions, the Brookline Music School and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Anne studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and holds degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin College Conservatory, and New England Conservatory, from which she received a Master of Music degree in 1999.

Adrian Morejon, bassoon,praised for his “teeming energy” and “precise control” by the New York Times and having “every note varnished to a high gloss” by the Boston Globe, is New York-based soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Adrian has appeared in New York, Boston, Vienna, Prague, Memphis, and Miami with the Talea Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Miami Symphony. Morejon will be featured in a recording of Harold Meltzer’s Full Faith and Credit, double concerto for two bassoons and string orchestra, to be released by BMOP/Sound. Adrian is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, Talea Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, bassoon duo Dark & Stormy, and the Gene Project, and has appeared with numerous other chamber ensembles and festivals. He is co-principal of IRIS Orchestra and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Boston Pops, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Knights, and others. Adrian holds degrees from Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently teaches at Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Brooklyn College.

 

All photos by Kate Lemmon except for Bolkosky: Steve Emery; Howarth: Monika Bach Schroeder; Morejon: Peter Wang