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Artists

Violin

Brendan Speltz

Noted for his “expressive warmth” [Chicago Classical Review] NYC based and Los Angeles born violinist Brendan Speltz has toured the globe as an in demand chamber musician. Recently appointed as second violinist of the prestigious Escher String QuartetHighlights this year include appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Wigmore Hall, among others. He’s also toured with groundbreaking ensembles such as A Far Cry, Ethel, the Harlem Quartet, Shuffle Concert, and the Manhattan Chamber Players, and with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Dover Quartets. An avid believer in the power of classical music to reach young adults, Speltz has produced innovative concert events across the U.S. and Canada which have been described by The New Yorker as “Thrilling, poignant, unexpected, and utterly DIY.” Recent productions include curating the closing concert experience of the prestigious Chamber Fest Ottawa in 2018 and before that co-creating a cross-disciplinary presentation of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with aerial dance troupe ABCirque which was sponsored by Meyer Sound Labs in Brooklyn. In NYC he has performed as guest with the New York New Music Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, The American Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s and as a founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Shattered Glass. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California with Los Angeles Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music with Laurie Smukler. He plays a 1925 Carl Becker violin.

Gabriel Lefkowitz

Gabriel Lefkowitz is an acclaimed violinist, conductor, & composer enjoying a dynamic and multi-faceted career as a performer, creator, and educator. Gabriel is the Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra (and its Cover Conductor for the 2021-2022 season), Artistic Director & Conductor of the Louisville Civic Orchestra, an active soloist and chamber musician, a frequent masterclass clinician, and a guest conductor with various orchestras and ensembles. Gabriel has also composed the music for several video games, various YouTube and Twitch channels, a circus show, and a themed resort, and was the featured violin soloist on the soundtrack for the film Harriet (Focus Features).

Julia Cash

Violinist Julia Cash has recently returned to Louisville after some 25 years pursuing an exciting musical career in New England and Europe. Brought back to Louisville by her family and her husband’s career, she has been named Interim Principal 2nd violin of the Louisville Orchestra.  Ms. Cash went to Boston to work with legendary violinist James Buswell at age 15 to pursue an already promising musical future. Winner of the National Music Club Prize as a Tanglewood fellow, and a two-time Outstanding Performer award winner at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, Ms. Cash has performed all over the United States and Europe as a chamber musician and recitalist. In Boston, she performs with the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, and has served as concertmaster for many prominent Boston musical groups such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Coro Allegro.  A huge new music advocate, Ms. Cash served as concertmaster of Alea III under Gunther Schuller to high accolades. Early in her career, she served as principal second of Opera Boston and has been on many Grammy nominated albums through her extensive recording career. Ms. Cash holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Germany and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. In addition to James Buswell, other notable musical mentors include Pamela Frank, Vera Beths and Federico Agostini. Ms. Cash is also an avid teacher and music educator.  Along with her private studio, she has taught chamber music, orchestral coaching and lessons at Harvard, Boston College and Boston Latin School.  She is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education and maintains a competitive studio of award winning students.  Currently she spends summers teaching for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and serves as Music Director at Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp in Vermont. She currently lives in Crescent Hill with her 3 daughters and violist/physician husband Tom, and is splitting her performing obligations between Louisville and Boston.

Julia Noone

Violinist Julia Noone is the Associate Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the LO on multiple occasions, including a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante during her first full season, and will perform the Korngold Violin Concerto during the 2021-2022 season. Julia has performed as a guest Concertmaster of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and Orchestra Kentucky, and as a guest Principal Second of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has additionally performed with the Boston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras as an auxiliary musician. During the summer, Julia is a member of the Sun Valley Music Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. Prior to Louisville, Julia was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, where she regularly performed as Concertmaster and was the featured soloist in Szymanowski's Second Violin Concerto after winning the NWS Concerto Competition. Also while at New World, Julia traveled to Medellín, Colombia to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto as part of the NWS's exchange with Iberacademy. Julia spent multiple summers performing with the Moritzburg Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize and spent three summers performing as Concertmaster. Other summer festival engagements include a performance as Concertmaster for Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Spoleto Festival USA and two seasons as Assistant Concertmaster of Charlottesville Opera. Julia received her bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Masuko Ushioda.

Siwoo Kim

SIWOO KIM is an “incisive” and “compelling” (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times) violinist who plays with “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune). Siwoo performs as soloist and chamber musician, and he is the co-founding artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Siwoo gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto which was written for him. He recorded the work on Linn Records to commemorate the composer’s 90th birthday, and the BBC Music Magazine praised his “notable fire & impassioned playing.” Siwoo made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in Stern Auditorium with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has since performed with orchestras around the world including the Staatsorchester Brandenburgisches Frankfurt, Columbus Symphony, Gangneung Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre, Seongnam Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, and Tulsa Symphony in venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and Lotte Concert Hall. Siwoo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied under Robert Mann and Donald Weilerstein with full scholarship. He went on to complete a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and spent his summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, collaborating with musicians such as Jeremy Denk, Denes Varjon and Mitsuko Uchida. Prior to college, Siwoo studied under Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. Siwoo performs on a 1753 “ex-Birkigt” Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin on generous loan through Rare Violins In Consortium. 

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