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Richard L. Aaron presently serves as professor of cello at the University of Michigan and The Juilliard School. Previously he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Aaron has given master classes in Spain, Germany, France, Korea, Japan, China and Australia, as well as at many of the leading music schools in North America, including Rice University, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Mannes, the Hartt School and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since 2003, Aaron has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and has taught at many other summer music institutes including the Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Peter the Great Music Festival (Groningen, Holland), Aria International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Innsbruck Summer Music Academy (Missouri), Chautauqua Institution (New York), the Idyllwild Summer Program (California), Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), Marrowstone Music Festival (Port Townsend, Washington), and Encore (Ohio).
Students performing Ladainha by Gustavo Tavares at the 2011 Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale.
John-Henry Crawford, 20 year old cellist, from Shreveport, LA, attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studies with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. John-Henry holds the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis. Having entered Curtis at age 16, this is his fifth year there.
John-Henry gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra last fall as First Prize Winner, Sr. Divison of the orchestra’s Greenfield Concerto Competition. He received praise from The Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that he “projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto.” He has been featured twice with Christopher O’Riley on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” show, and has given concerts in 14 states as well as Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Crawford has soloed with many orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Lewisville Lake symphony, and has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Lynn Harrell Competition of the Dallas Symphony, Music Teachers National Association, and Kingsville International. He was accepted at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland in 2012, where he was the only American cellist of eight selected world-wide. He also attended Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artist Program in Canada for the month of June and performed at MusicAlps in Courchevel, France in August. Recently, he performed the Brahms B Flat Sextet at Boston’s French Cultural Museum in a chamber music concert with Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Edward Gazouleas, also of the BSO, Curtis President Roberto Diaz, and the Borromeo Quartet. John-Henry and Curtis pianist Yue Chu were invited to perform the Beethoven A Major Sonata at Volkswagen Die Glasern Manufaktur in Dresden, Germany in May 2012. Last spring John-Henry was part of a Curtis on Tour series in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil, collaborating with artists Soovin Kim, Roberto Diaz, and Jason Vieaux. In Pennsylvania he has performed for Temple Beth-Zion Beth Israel, The Union League, The Philadelphia Club, Tenth Presbyterian Concert Series, and most recently in Pittsburgh for a new chamber music series. This fall, he will perform alongside cellist Amit Peled as part of the Washington Performing Arts countryside recital series.
He was chosen to perform for Baron Hirsch’s Ascending Artists Series in Memphis, the Memphis Chamber Music Society, Deerfield Presbyterian Church Recital Series in NJ, NPR fund-raisers for From the Top in Dallas, West Palm Beach, Princeton, and Wayne PA, and with fellow Curtis students Eunice Kim and Patrick Kreeger in the KCK Trio on the Marion Chamber Music Society series in Florida. Before coming to Curtis John-Henry studied with Andres Diaz, Hans Jensen, and Kristina Vaska-Haas. He has played for or coached with such artists and teachers as: Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jonathan Biss, Lawrence Dutton, Michael Tree, Zuill Bailey, Shauna Rolston, and Amit Peled. His chamber groups have performed for the Emerson and St. Lawrence Quartet master classes.
John-Henry is from a musical family and performs on the 200 year old European cello handed down from his Austrian grandfather and cellist Dr. Robert Popper. In addition to playing the cello he enjoys playing cooking, swimming, and performing magic tricks.
“Rafael Carrabba completely transformed my cello! The nearly 200 year old instrument was passed down to me by my grandfather Dr. Robert Popper, who smuggled it out of Austria in 1938 just weeks before Kristallnacht. It was in need of major surgery for a very long time. When I got the cello back, not only was it in absolute pristine condition, but it sounded many times more rich and vibrant. Honestly, I had no idea the cello was ever capable of sounding this fantastic, and every day I am more and more impressed by it. Mr. Carrabba and his fellow craftsmen are truly magicians, and extremely courteous and helpful."
Named Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel in 2012, the American virtuoso cellist Robert deMaine has been praised by The New York Times as "An artist who makes one hang on every note." Mr. deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and versatile musicians of his generation, having performed worldwide to vast critical acclaim from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Grieghalle and Den Norske Opera in Norway, KKL Luzern, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie.
A first-prizewinner in many national and international competitions, Mr. deMaine became, in 1990, the first cellist ever to win the Grand Prize at San Francisco's Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Schneider, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed virtually all of the major cello concerto repertoire with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Principal Cellist since 2002. Mr. deMaine has also served as principal in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway).
Robert deMaine's principal teachers include Leonard Rose, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot, Luis Garcia-Renart, and Felix Galimir, and counts among his chamber-music partners violinists James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Ani and Ida Kavafian, pianists Emanuel Ax, Orion Weiss, and Yefim Bronfman. He has made regular appearances at the international music festivals of Marlboro, Aspen, Heidelberg, San Miguel de Allende, Montréal, and Seattle, and is also the cellist of the highly acclaimed Ehnes Quartet.
From a military and musical family of French and Polish descent, Mr. deMaine studied at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany. For more information, please visit his official website at www.robertdemaine.com.
"Rafael and his team have worked on and set-up four different very fine instruments for me (including a Vuillaume and a Stradivari), each time with the best success in sound quality, projection, and playability. In addition to the ultra-accommodating and very rapid expert service that I have personally received every time I have visited, they have been very generous with their time, reasonable with pricing, and respectful in all of their dealings. I love this shop, and wish I could take them everywhere with me! Bravi tutti to Rafael and all the staff at Carrabba Violins!"
Described as “staggeringly virtuosic” by The Strad, violist Melia Watras has distinguished herself as one of her instrument’s leading voices: as a soloist, recording artist, and cofounder of the acclaimed Corigliano Quartet. An accomplished and adventurous performer, Watras has championed the works of living composers throughout her career. She has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous new compositions, while appearing onstage at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Highlights of the upcoming season include the New York City premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Shulamit Ran’s Perfect Storm (a solo viola piece that was written for and given the world premiere by Watras), and the release of Short Stories, Watras’s third solo CD.
A versatile performer, Watras has enjoyed collaborations with dance and theater. She played viola and danced in the premiere of Kathryn Sullivan's At Home, at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City. Music from her Viola Solo CD was featured in director Sheila Daniels’s production of Crime and Punishment at Intiman Theatre, and she worked as music consultant for Braden Abraham’s production of Opus at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Melia Watras was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and began her musical studies on the piano at age 5. Soon after, she turned to the viola and made her debut at age 16, soloing with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Her formal studies took her to Indiana University, where she studied with Abraham Skernick and Atar Arad, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. While at Indiana, Watras began her teaching career as Professor Arad’s Associate Instructor, and was a member of the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. She went on to study chamber music at the Juilliard School while serving as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet.
Watras serves as Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Washington, where she is chair of Strings, and a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellow. Watras currently resides in Seattle with her husband, Corigliano Quartet violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim. She plays a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
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