A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush has performed often with many of the New York area's most renowned new music ensembles, including Bang on a Can All-Stars, Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Group for Contemporary Music, Newband, Sequitur, Parnassus and New Music Consort. Mr. Bush's efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. His discography as soloist and chamber musician has now reached 40 recordings on labels including Sony, Virgin Classics, Koch International, ASV, New World Records, Denon and many others. In 2012 he was appointed the Research Associate professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his "dazzling performance" by the New York Times and "scintillating playing" by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet. Recent season highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall (London,) La Salle Pleyel (Paris,) Teatro Colon (Argentina,) Suntory Hall (Tokyo,) Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia,) Carriage Works (Sydney, Australia,) Venice Biennale (Italy,) Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, The Morgan Library (New York,) the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland,) and the Salzburg Festival (Austria.) He has collaborated with many of today's most prominent composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has recorded for Mode, Albany, Carrier, Innova, Canteloupe, and New World Records.
Together with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, Dr. Streisfeld formed Duo Cortona, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for the unique instrumentation of mezzo-soprano and violin. Recent and upcoming performances include the Resonant Bodies Festival, SONiC Festival, The Stone (NY,) Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project (Princeton, NJ,) New Music on the Point (VT,) and The Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy.) He is also a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and preservation of Jewish art music. Dr. Streisfeld frequently collaborates with some of today's leading ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, Worldless Music Orchestra, and Weekend of Chamber Music.
A passionate and committed music educator, Dr. Streisfeld serves on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music as Assistant Professor of Violin Pedagogy. Dr. Streisfeld holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and his doctorate from Boston University.
New York City-based cellist Claire Bryant
enjoys an active and diverse career as a leading performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire in premiere venues such as Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Barbican Centre. Claire is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber music collective, Decoda - the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and is a regular principal cellist of Trinity Wall Streets chamber orchestra, Novus NY. Claire has collaborated closely with artists such as Daniel Hope, Anthony Marwood, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, Ron Carter, and the Weilerstein Trio, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet. She is a frequent guest artist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Carnegie Halls Zankel Band and Ensemble Connect, of which she is an alumna.
A native of Camden, Claire is equally engaged as an educator and advocate for inclusive arts in our society. Her international body of work in these areas was recognized in 2010 with The Robert Sherman Award for outstanding innovation in community outreach and music education by the McGraw Hill Companies. She is the director of Decodas justice initiative, Music for Transformation, which brings collaborative songwriting workshops into correctional facilities, juvenile justice centers, and high schools in South Carolina and New York. Decodas work in the justice system has been widely celebrated, most recently receiving an invitation to perform at the White House on two occasions for events dedicated to the arts and criminal justice reform.
Recently appointed to the Advisory Board of DePauw Universitys 21CM chaired by cellist Yo Yo Ma, Claire is spending the spring semester at the University of Northern Iowa on an appointment as Visiting Artist.
She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. She was in the pilot class of The Academy -- A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an Assistant Faculty for Professor Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School from 2007 2012. For more information please visit www.clairebryant.com