Performance Monday, February 18, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Weill Recital Hall
The “fun, fearless, and effing great” (Time Out New York) Ensemble ACJW gives the New York premiere of a new piece by Missy Mazzoli, one of a small group of composers in the Big Apple whose work is “consistently inventive” (The New York Times). “I want people to feel, ‘Oh, this sounds familiar, I think I know where it’s going’—then to be continually surprised,” says Mazzoli. She’s a perfect match for the musically adventurous and always-entertaining Academy musicians, who also perform music by Poulenc.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • MISSY MAZZOLI Set That On Fire (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • POULENC Sextet for Piano and Winds
  • BRAHMS Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40


  • Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as it fresh and open-minded approach to performance and programming.

    All members of the group are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year program that supports them as they develop careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

    Nanci Belmont

    Bassoonist Nanci Belmont received a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Frank Morelli. A native Floridian, she has regularly performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She is also an alumna of the Sarasota and Chautauqua music festivals, Banff Festival Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute. As a freelance orchestral musician, Nanci has performed in several venues throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Alice Tully Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, as well as a performance at the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

    An active chamber musician, Nanci recently appeared with the Windscape woodwind quintet in a performance at the Manhattan School of Music, as well as in a performance of Stravinsky's Histoire du soldat at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC. Her interest in contemporary compositions has led her to premiere chamber works in both the US and Canada. As part of her Academy program, Nanci teaches in Brooklyn at PS 207K Elizabeth G. Leary.

    Thomas Bergeron

    Thomas Bergeron is a trumpeter, educator, composer, and improviser. At home in a wide variety of genres, he is dedicated to breaking down musical boundaries between performers, students, audiences, and presenters. His debut album on Daywood Drive Records features contemporary jazz chamber music inspired by the piano compositions of Claude Debussy. He has taught jazz, classical trumpet, and chamber music at Williams College, Bennington College, Amherst College, and Yale University. Thomas holds two advanced degrees in music from the Yale School of Music, as well as a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves as principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. He has performed with The Temptations, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Irish Tenors, Arlo Guthrie, and Byron Stripling. Thomas is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, dedicated to expanding the contemporary music repertoire for trumpet. He has commissioned and premiered works by Lukas Ligeti, Andy Akiho, David Kechley, Jay Wadley, and Jacob Walls. As part of his Academy program, Thomas teaches in the Bronx at Fordham High School for the Arts.

    Stuart Breczinski

    Stuart Breczinski is a New York-based oboist, improviser, composer, and educator whose early interest in making unusual sounds on the oboe has developed into a passion for creating and sharing innovative audio with audiences of all backgrounds. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Stuart is an original member of ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and The Generous Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Contemporaneous, Performance 20/20, and Tactus. As the 2009 winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition, Stuart gave the American premiere of Paul Patterson's "Phoenix" Concerto with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he was the 2007 winner of the Iowa Center for the Arts competition and a two-time winner of both the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition and the Midwest Oboe Competition. Stuart holds a master's degree from The Hartt School and bachelor's degrees in music and mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa, with additional study at the Manhattan School of Music. As part of his Academy program, Stuart teaches in Brooklyn at PS 112 Lefferts Park.

    Gabriel Campos Zamora

    Clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora was born in San José, Costa Rica, where he began his musical training at the Instituto Nacional de Música as a student of José Manuel Ugalde Quirós. He continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and later received his bachelor's degree in music from The Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. A laureate of several competitions, Gabriel received first prize at the 2008 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, in addition to winning the 2009 Aspen Music Festival, 2010 Music Academy of the West, and 2011 National Repertory Orchestra concerto competitions. He has been a participant at the Aspen, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto USA festivals.

    Gabriel is a versatile musician who has performed with jazz artists such as Stix Hooper and his Viewpoint ensemble, Hubert Laws, and Jim Walker's Free Flight band. An avid supporter of community engagement and arts advocacy, he was a mentor for Youth Orchestra LA, a program that models Venezuela's El Sistema in downtown Los Angeles. As part of his Academy program, Gabriel teaches in Brooklyn at PS 200 Benson School.

    Catherine Gregory

    Australian flutist Catherine Gregory graduated with honors from the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. After receiving her master's degree with high distinction, Catherine was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, Brisbane City Council's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, and American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grant. These awards supported her pursuit of an artist's diploma at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser.

    Catherine has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Paris Opera Ballet on its Australian tour. She has performed for both the Governor and Premier of Queensland, and was a featured soloist at the 60th anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Washington, DC. As a major winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition, Catherine was a featured recitalist and was invited to teach and perform at the 10th International Flute Festival of Chile. Catherine has won several prizes, including the James Carson Memorial Flute Competition, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque and Concerto competitions, and the 2011 Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award. As part of her Academy program, Catherine teaches in Manhattan at PS/MS 46 Arthur Tappan.

    Alexandria Le

    American pianist Alexandria Le enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. She is a winner of the 2011 Pro Musicis International Award, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and the 2012 Emerson String Quartet's Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. Alexandria frequently collaborates with members of leading orchestras and ensembles, and appeared last season in concerts with Frank Morelli, Pedro Díaz, Michael Powell, Kevin Cobb, and Øystein Baadsvik. She has also served as a resident collaborative pianist at The Banff Centre. She has been a guest faculty artist at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, undergraduate chamber music coach at Stony Brook University, and guest lecturer at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts.

    Alexandria earned a master's degree from Stony Brook University, where she is currently completing her doctorate. She holds a bachelor's degree from Eastman School of Music. Her teachers and mentors have included Christina Dahl, Gilbert Kalish, Douglas Humpherys, Erna Gulabyan, and her mother Michelle Le. As part of her Academy program, Alexandria teaches in Brooklyn at PS 241 Emma L. Johnston.

    Michelle Ross

    Violinist Michelle Ross enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. She has been featured as a soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle has also given recitals and lectures at the Neue Galerie New York, Old Westbury Gardens, Grand Central Academy of Art, and WMP Concert Hall. Festival appearances include performances at the Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. She will be touring with Musicians from Marlboro in their upcoming seasons.

    As a composer, Michelle's works have been premiered in Lincoln Center's Beyond the Machine festival and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and her music recently went on tour with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Michelle frequently collaborates with an array of exciting choreographers, visual artists, and actors. Having trained with Itzhak Perlman since age 12, Michelle went on to pursue a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She has also studied with Dorothy DeLay, Catherine Cho, and Ronald Copes. As part of her Academy program, Michelle teaches in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

    Laura Weiner

    A native of Colorado Springs, French horn player Laura Weiner received her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University and her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship. Laura has performed with musical groups as diverse as the New World Symphony, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Madison Bach Musicians. She has been a member of the LaCrosse and Beloit Janesville symphony orchestras in Wisconsin, and has played in orchestras at the Texas Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. As a chamber musician, she was a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Her principal teachers include Gail Williams, Douglas Hill, William Barnewitz, and Daniel Grabois.

    As an advocate for accessible and interesting performances, Laura has co-directed the chamber music collective Classical Revolution Madison and served as the programming director for Grace Presents, an outreach concert series in Madison. For four years, she directed a weekly mentorship program for at-risk youth in Evanston, Illinois, called the Breakfast Club. As part of her Academy program, Laura teaches in Queens at Grover Cleveland High School.

    Tyler Wottrich

    Pianist Tyler Wottrich has developed a successful career that spans chamber music, ballet, opera, art song, and gospel. He received the Emerson String Quartet's Ackermann Prize in 2011 and has been heard on classical radio stations, including Chicago's WFMT, Cleveland's WCLV, Minnesota's MPR, and Michigan's WNMU. Tyler has performed with artists such as violinist Jorja Fleezanis, the Pacifica Quartet, and Bolshoi prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, as well as the Grammy Award-winning African-American choral group Sounds of Blackness. Tyler appeared in Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall after winning honorable mention in the 2011 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and has been a vocal coach at the Music Academy of the West, Opera North, and Art Song Festival.

    Tyler graduated from the University of Minnesota summa cum laude with degrees in both piano performance and mathematics, and earned a master's degree from Stony Brook University. He has studied with Gail Olszewski and Lydia Artymiw, and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish. As part of his Academy program, Tyler teaches in the Bronx at the Pelham Academy of Academic and Community Engagement.

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Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds, 1. Allegro Vivace
Ensemble Wien-Berlin | James Levine, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

The act of artistic creation is a synthesis of unbidden inspiration and constant toil. For every composer and every work, this marriage is different. This evening's program presents three different perspectives on the relationship between revelation and process.

New York City-based composer Missy Mazzoli draws upon the guerrilla attitude of graffiti art for Set That On Fire. For her, the act of destroying a well-formed musical structure unleashes a hidden spark that can "come out of nowhere" and change the whole work.

In a very different time and place, Francis Poulenc liberally embraced the music that surrounded him, from his French contemporaries to popular street songs. In his Sextet for Piano and Winds, Poulenc recycles, re-sorts, and re-purposes this melodic pastiche with wit and polish. His originality, if not original material, speaks for itself in the energetic three-movement work.

And finally, Johannes Brahmsno stranger to artistic toil throughout his career—conceived a musical theme while on a leisurely stroll in the woods. Yet it was only in the midst of grief and crisis that he was able to utilize that subject in his dramatic, elegiac Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano.
Program Notes

ACJW Collaborates with Emanuel Ax
Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Major funding for The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

Additional support has been provided by The Bodman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, and Leslie and Tom Maheras.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW.

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