About "20th Century Duos"...
"Bart Feller's inventively programmed CD, "20th-Century Duos," is an homage to musical friendship. His bright tone, polished technique, and impeccable musicianship are well matched by seven superb colleagues in performances of warmth, wit and virtuosity."
Principal Flute, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Faculty, Manhattan School of Music
"This is a wonderful disc! Anyone who hears Bart Feller's liquid, organic playing will realize immediately that he is a complete master of the flute. It is inspiring to hear him play."
Flute professor, Yale University
Artist-member, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
"Even before the entire set was finished I knew that I was listening to two outstanding professionals. It's great to hear such vibrant and expressive flute playing and Rena Feller's clarinet work is equally impressive. I can't imagine my Duos played better!"
Robert Muczynski, composer
Bart Feller is Principal Flute of the New York City Opera and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Feller has appeared as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Jupiter Symphony. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included Julius Baker and John Krell; he has also worked extensively with Keith Underwood. Among the summer festivals he has participated in are the Marlboro Music Festival, OK Mozart International Festival, Colorado College Chamber Music Festival, Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Feller is Professor of Flute at Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, and teaches in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School.
Artist Biographies ~ "20th Century Duos"
Harpist Victoria Drake has been a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and appears often as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She performs with many orchestras in the New York area, including the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has participated at the Aspen, Bard, Cabrillo, Fontainebleau and Vermont Mozart festivals and L'Association des Rencontres Culturelles d'Orbec in France. She performed and recorded Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti and Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp on period instruments with the Old Fairfield Academy. Ms. Drake has three solo recordings on the Well-Tempered Productions label: Harping on Bach, Scarlatti's Harp and Spanish Gold.
Clarinetist Rena Feller is second clarinet with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She has taught at Rhodes College, Memphis and maintains an active private teaching studio. From 1991 to 1999 she was principal clarinetist with the Berkshire Opera. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Feller has premiered and recorded numerous contemporary compositions, including works by Don Freund and Stanley Friedman. A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Ms. Feller holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School.
Mezzo-Soprano Theodora Hanslowe performs regularly in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, where she most recently appeared in the new production of Handel's Rodelinda. She is best known for her Rossini interpretations, which she has performed for San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Music Center, Opera de Monte Carlo, Staatsoper Dresden and the Met, among others. She has been a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Dallas and St. Louis, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals here and abroad. The New York Times recently acclaimed her “gorgeous singing with superb control” and the Stuttgarter Zeitung called her voice “a sound from another, more beautiful world.”
Bassoonist Kim Laskowski is associate principal bassoon with the New York Philharmonic. Before joining the Philharmonic, Ms. Laskowski was second bassoon with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and principal bassoon with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. She has performed with many New York City ensembles, including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra and Eos Orchestra. She received a master's degree from The Juilliard School, studied at the Conservatoire National Superieure de Paris on a Fulbright grant, and participated in the Tanglewood and Spoleto festivals. She can be heard on numerous television, radio and film scores, and holds two platinum records for CDs recorded with the rock group 10,000 Maniacs. She has performed and recorded several CDs with the noted chamber music ensemble Music Amici.
Pianist Linda Mark is a staff accompanist at The Juilliard School. An active soloist, chamber musician and music coach throughout the United States and Europe, she has concertized with such leading flutists as Jeanne Baxtresser and her mentor Julius Baker, and has appeared at the Casals Festival, the Chateau de Fountainbleu and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Mark teaches collaborative performing classes for prominent music conferences, including the National Flute Association Convention. She won first prize in the Baldwin Piano Competition and has received two grand prizes in the International Recording Competition. Recently, she was invited by the Richard Tucker Foundation to perform for Luciano Pavarotti. She recorded solo piano works for the soundtrack of the film, Letter Without Words, and is the staff accompanist at The Julliard School.
Flutist Kathleen Nester is second flute and piccolo with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as acting assistant principal of the NJSO and is a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and plays with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and other New York area ensembles. Ms. Nester has been a featured concerto soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, Solisti New York and Bargemusic. She has had a long association with the new music ensemble Musicians' Accord. Ms. Nester attended the Manhattan School of Music and is on the faculty of New York University. She has recorded with a variety of artists, including Kathleen Battle, Claire Bloom, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Aaron Jay Kernis.
Percussionist She-e Wu is assistant professor of music at Rutgers University. Ms. Wu has appeared as a solo artist at percussion festivals and conventions around the world. She has performed recitals and offered master classes at universities, colleges and conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Wu's compositions K-PAX and Blue Identity were commissioned by the percussion ensemble of the Paris Conservatory-CNR and the Taipei International Percussion Convention, and have been performed in Japan, France, Taiwan and the United States. Her recording of the Eric Ewazen marimba concerto has been released on Resonator Records. Her solo marimba CD was released in the fall of 2005.