Cellist Anthony Elliott is in great demand as a soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. Following his victory in the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition in 1987, Strad Magazine wrote of his competition appearance "His emotional communication is often profound, and his glittering silvery tone captivates the ear". Following quickly on the heels of his competition victory was a highly successful New York debut recital, which received a lengthy standing ovation from a capacity crowd.
Anthony Elliott's studies were with two legendary figures of the cello, Janos Starker and Frank Miller. Presently he is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has given master classes at most of America's leading music programs including Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Chicago's Music Center of the North Shore, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He devotes most of his summer to teaching and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and the famed Meadowmount School.
A frequent guest soloist with major orchestras, Anthony Elliott has performed most of the standard concerto repertory with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. As a soloist, his performances have been recorded and broadcast on radio and television across the United States and Canada. His recordings are available on a number of labels including Koch International, Collins Classics, Vox, and Equilibrium Records. His CD recording of sonatas by Kabalevsky, Martinu, and Shostakovich received a rave review from Strad Magazine, and was chosen as a "Best Buy" for 1991 by the Houston Post. Recent releases include the Cello Sonata Opus 11 of Paul Hindenith, the Lamentations Suite by Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, music by French composers, music by Slavic composers, and an all Rachmaninoff album.
Also in great demand as a chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist at the Sitka (Alaska) Summer Music Festival, the Seattle Shamber Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, New York's Bargemusic Chamber Series, Chamber Music International of Dallas, houston's DaCamera Series, the Victoria International Festival, and the Gateways Festival. He has also appeared as a member of Quartet Canada, with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord String Quartets. Additionally he has appeared in chamber music with the present and former concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He performs regularly with Michigan Chamber Players in Ann Arbor.
Native Houstonian TIMOTHY HESTER graduated from The Juilliard School as a student of the renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus. Currently, Mr. Hester is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music where he was named 2003 Faculty member of the Year. He also enjoys instructing students in the skills of sight reading, collaborative techniques and also serves as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. He works with many vocalists in the Houston area and has taught Opera Studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Woodlands Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic. Mr. Hester has performed at the Ojai Festival in California, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah, the Texas Music Festival, the Bargemusic Series in New York and the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma. He has also been a regular performer with Da Camera, a Houston-based chamber music ensemble directed by Sarah Rothenberg. He has had the pleasure of collaborating with such artists Ransom Wilson, Christiaan Bor, Nathaniel Rosen, Arturo Delmoni, Nina Beilina, Fredell Lack, William Sharp, Nancy Weems, Eugenia Zukerman, Katherine Ciesinski, Leon Speirer, Laszlo Varga, Vagram Saradjian, Lawrence Wheeler, Andrzej Grabiec, Mitchell Stern, Katherine Ciesinski, Paul Neubauer and Reiko Watanabe. Mr. Hester's discography includes twentieth century works of Robert Beaser, Arnold Rosner, Michael Horvit, Roy Harris, Samuel Barber and Bohuslav Martinu. In addition, Mr. Hester studied extensively with Albert Hirsh and maintains a busy accompanying schedule, also having played master classes for Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Carol Wincenc, Richard Stoltzman, Renato Capecchi, Vladimir Spivakov, Ruggiero Ricci and many others. Additionally, he is Chief Artistic Consultant for Rehearsalnet.com, an internet-based business which offers downloadable midi-file accompaniments for training soloists and accompanists in their musical preparation.
Lara Hanoian holds degrees from the University of Michigan in Music Theary and the University of Maryland in Collaborative Piano. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, majoring in piano performance. Her teachers include Rita Sloan, John Greer, Katherine Collier, and Martin Katz. In addition to keeping an active recital schedule throughout the east coast and midwest, she maintains a private coaching and teaching studio.