Andre Emelianoff, cello
Andre Emelianoff is known worldwide as a cello soloist, chamber artist, and teacher whose innovative recital programs interweave new works, neglected older works and the classics of cello repertoire. He has toured as soloist and chamber artist throughout Japan, Russia, Austria and England as well as North America and has given recitals in central Asia and the Mediterranean as an American Ambassador for the Arts. Mr. Emelianoff has been principal cellist of the New York Chamber Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Sacra and a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Da Capo Chamber Players, winner of the Naumburg Award and in residence at Bard College, he has participated in over 60 premiers and recorded Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunatre. A winner of a 1985 NEA Solo Recitalists award, Mr. Emelianoff has recorded for RCA, CRI, Opus One, New World Records, Nonesuch, GM Recordings, Bridge Records and Prop Arte. He has been guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Houston's Da Camera, Mozarteum Salzburg and the Round Top Festival in Texas. He is on the cello and chamber music faculty of the The Juilliard School of Music and its Pre- College Division.
Fang-Tao Jiang, soprano
Fang Tao Jiang, soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in John Rutter's Requiem in the 2002-03 season. Since then, Ms. Jiang has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, performing many solo recitals and concerts. Recent performance highlights include a concert tour in China as soloist with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carmina Burana with the Hunter Symphony Orchestra, and Le nozze di Figaro (Susannah) at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. As an active soloist, Ms. Jiang has performed at numerous benefit events, appearing at the National Arts Club and the United Nations. In 2008, Ms. Jiang sang the leading role of Concepción in Ravel's L'heure espagnole at the French May Festival; the production tours Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, and Tokyo.
Ana Mihanovic, mezzo-soprano
Ana Mihanovic, mezzo-soprano, is from Spilt, Croatia. She has been a featured soloist with the Southwest Symphony, American West Symphony, Legacy Chorale and Utah Philharmonic, and has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Contemporary Music Consortium and Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City. As a member of the University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble, Ana has performed in numerous productions including Street Scene, The Bartered Bride, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Orpheus in the Underworld. Just recently, Ana made her professional debut with San Antonio Opera singing Flora in their production of La Traviata. Ana also maintains an active involvement with Croatian Folk-Music Ensemble "Iskon," participating in competitions, performances, and recordings of the southern-Croatian folk song.
Ana is a five-time winner of the Northern Utah NATS Competition and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards for her academic and performing achievements. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Utah School of Music where she studied with Robert Breault. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.
Thomas Young, tenor
Lyric tenor Thomas Young has appeared as a principal soloist in the major concert halls and opera houses of some 20 countries, and under the baton of, among others, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Known for his unique dramatic and musical intelligence, as well as beauty of tone and exceptional technique, Mr. Young is recognized as today's foremost interpreter of tenor roles in contemporary opera. He has appeared in world premiere performances with the Chicago Lyric Opera, the New York City Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Opera de la Monnale in Brussels and the Tulsa Opera. In addition to his distinguished performance career, Mr. Young serves as a tenured Professor of Music at Sarah Lawrence College.
Zhou Long, composer
A Visiting Professor at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dr. Zhou graduated from the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, and served as the Composer-in-Residence with the China Broadcasting Symphony from 1983-85. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Professors Chou, Davidovsky and Edwards. In more than a decade as the music director of Music From China in New York city, he has received Adventurous Programming Award from ASCAP in 1998. He has been appointed Composer-in-Residence of Seattle Symphony’s Silk Road Festival in 2002, supported by the MTC/ASOL Music Alive program. Fellowships: American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. Recording Grants: Mary Cary Trust and Aaron Copland Fund For Music. Honors: Masterprize (BBC/EMI/London Symphony), Winner of Barlow International Competition (performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic), CalArts/Alpert Award, among others. Commissions include: Koussevitzky and Fromm Music Foundations, Meet The Composer, Chamber Music America (Peabody Trio), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Cork Music Festival of Ireland, New York Festival of Song, Kronos/Shanghai/Ciompi/Chester Quartets, and a whole evening concert Rites of Chimes with Yo-Yo Ma and Music From China from the Smithsonian Institution. Zhou’s music is published by Oxford University Press, and recorded on EMI, CRI, Teldec (with 1999 Grammy Award), Cala, Delos, Avan and China Record Corporation.