Strings

 

Rachelle Betancourt, Violin
American violinist Rachelle Betancourt has performed to critical acclaim on five continents. She is a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) in Germany. After graduating from Rice University, summa cum laude, under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Germany with Ida Bieler at the Robert Schumann Hochschule for Music in Duesseldorf, where she earned both the Konzertexamen Diploma and Chamber Music Certificate with the highest honors. She has won competitions at the international and national level, and she regularly performs chamber music and solo concerts in America and Europe. Rachelle is also active in outreach and education programs on both continents and speaks English, German, and Spanish fluently www.betancourtviolin.com/rachelle/

 

Rafael Betancourt, Violin
Rafael Betancourt is a frequent guest on concert stages around the world. Born in Venezuela, he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with full scholarships at Florida International University (with Robert Davidovici) and Lynn University (with Elmar Oliveira and Stephen Majeske) respectively. In Germany he worked intensely with Professor Ida Bieler (Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf). He has performed in orchestras such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and Florida Grand Opera among others. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, and other major ensembles. He has given master classes in Europe and North and South America, and his students have won prizes in numerous competitions. www.betancourtviolin.com/rafael/

 
   

Timothy Cho, orchestra conductor
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yoon Sang Timothy Cho is a dedicated conductor and violinist in New York City. His current posts are Music Director/Conductor of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan Music Festival, and Amadeo Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Cho has made guest conducting appearances with K-Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, has worked with New York Classical Symphony Orchestra as the assistant conductor and with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. 
Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance, Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Cho is currently pursuing his DMA at Manhattan School of Music.

     

 

Max Jacob, Double Bass
Max Jacob, as a musician-entrepreneur, is the co-founder, executive director, and bassist of the conductorless string ensemble “Shattered Glass.” Max studied with Metropolitan Opera bassist Jeremy McCoy at Manhattan School of Music to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in orchestral double bass. Doubling on electric bass, Max has performed with Talib Kweli and Pumpkinhead. He currently performs and tours with Zusha as bassist and music director. As an active composer/arranger, Max has had string arrangement commissions from Kinetics & One Love, Vita Chambers, and Zusha. Max Jacob plays on an exceptional Milanese double bass from the early 19th century as well as a G&L L2000 electric bass. 

 

Elad Kabilio, Cello  
Praised by The New York Times for his playing “vibrantly”, “full of texture and nuance”, and with “marvelous imagination”, Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio is an active soloist, chamber musician and teaching artist. Among his recent performances are Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Morgan Library and the Joyce Theater in New York City. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Young Artist Festival in Bayreuth – Germany and was featured on WQXR Radio. Mr. Kabilio collaborates frequently with dancers from top ballet companies such as New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, and served as the music director of Ballet Next (2011-2014). Mr. Kabilio is committed to bringing music to new audiences and is the founder of MusicTalks, a chamber music series devoted to breaking down the barriers between musicians and audience. www.eladkabilio.com

 

Irena McGuffee, Viola
Originally from Bulgaria, violist Irena McGuffee is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the MTNA chamber music award and the Boca Pops Scholarship Competition. She has performed under many renowned conductors, Leonard Slatkin, Pierre Boulez, Gunter Schuller, Charles Dutoit, and Kurt Masur, among others. Ms. McGuffee received her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor degree Summa Cum Laude from the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She regularly performs with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, Matilda on Broadway and in chamber music settings in New York City, where she currently resides.

 





 
Everhard Paredes
, Violin
Everhard Paredes has appeared as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Venezuelan Chamber Orchestra, Chacao Symphony, Pan American Symphony, Orchestra Celebrate and others. Mr. Paredes is one of the products of the famous music program “El Sistema” in Venezuela. In November 2008, he was one of the two performers representing “El Sistema” to perform for the Quincy Jones Prize. He has also been featured multiple times at the “Strad for Lunch” concert series at WMP concert hall, playing on a three-million-dollar Stradivarius. Mr. Paredes has been on faculty at many music schools including the Youth Orchestra of Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Venezuela, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Noel Pointer Foundation in Brooklyn; he currently teaches at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey. Mr. Paredes plays on a 1797 Jean Francois Aldric violin loaned to him since 2005.