I am so excited to share my new recording of the Mozart Flute Quartets. I perform on a wooden headjoint, the string players use gut strings instead of metal, we recorded the D and C Major Quartets with doublebass instead of cello, we ornament freely; all these ideas designed to advance the knowledge of performance practice on modern instruments, and to invigorate these beloved works with enthusiasm and energy. - Bart Feller, March 2012
"Bart Feller has joined with an extraordinary group of artists to give us a delightful and a totally fresh experience of Mozart's flute quartets."
International Concert Flutist and Professor, New England Conservatory
"Stylish, poised, and spirited playing throughout; the musicians play as one with complete accord, yet conversationally at the same time. Beautiful playing from all and a real listening treat."
Baroque flutist and faculty, Historical Performance Program, Juilliard School
"The performances on this CD are wonderfully lively and creative on the part of everybody involved, and it's a real pleasure to hear Mozart chamber music sound so dramatic."
Music Director, Caramoor Festival Opera
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Bart Feller is Principal Flute of the New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Feller has also performed and taught in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea. 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, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, OK Mozart International 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.
Krista Bennion Feeney, violinist, is concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York City. She was a founding member and first violinist of the Ridge Quartet ('79-'91) winning the Diapason d'Or and a Grammy nomination for their RCA recording of Dvorak's piano quintets with Rudolf Firkusny. Currently she is the founding first violinist of the DNA Quintet and Loma Mar Quartet. Their world premiere recordings of Domenico Dragonetti's quintets and quartets, and a recently discovered divertimento of Joseph Haydn have received rave reviews worldwide. Ms. Feeney is the Four Nations Ensemble's baroque violinist, and a founder of the recently created Serenade Quartet (two violins, viola and bass/Viennese violone) focusing on the wealth of 18th and early 19th century Viennese music available to this string quartet. At 15, Krista soloed in Mendelssohn's violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, later collaborating with them in Mozart and Bach concerti. Other solo performances with orchestra include the St. Louis and Elgin Symphonies, New York String Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. From '99-'06, Ms Feeney was the concertmaster and music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a conductor less orchestra in San Francisco. Terry Riley wrote a concerto for Ms. Feeney and guitarists Gyan Riley and David Tanenbaum titled SolTierraLuna which received its world premiere with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in 2008, and Sir Paul McCartney wrote Haymakers and Midwife for her Loma Mar Quartet. Krista studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkelman and Stuart Canin. At the Curtis Institute she worked with Jaime Laredo, Felix Galimer and Mischa Schneider. She plays a Vincenzo Panormo violin dated 1770.
Daniel Panner enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. He has concertized widely as violist of the Mendelssohn and Whitman String Quartets, and has performed at music festivals in Marlboro, Tanglewood and Aspen. Recipient of the 1998 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, he currently teaches at the Juilliard School, the Mannes College of Music, the Queens College Conservatory of Music and Sarah Lawrence College. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and he has taken part in numerous tours with Musicians from Marlboro and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has served as the principal violist of such orchestras as the New York City Opera and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. An active performer of new music, he is a member of Sequitur and the Locrian Ensemble and has performed as guest with such new-music groups as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and Transit Circle. Mr. Panner studied with Jesse Levine at Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joseph dePasquale and the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes.
Loretta O’Sullivan , cellist, plays with many leading modern and period instrument ensembles. As a member of the Four Nations Ensemble she has appeared on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival. She performed at Esterhazy Palace and Wigmore Hall with the Haydn Baryton Trio, and toured the U.S. and Canada with the Classical Quartet. She is principal cellist of Opera Lafayette, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Grand tour, and can be heard on dozens of recordings. She has transcribed and recorded the Biber Passacagia for solo cello.
John Feeney, principal double bass of the American Classical Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, also appears as principal bass for Sinfonia New York, the Grand Tour Orchestra and Opera Lafayette. A chamber musician and soloist of international renown, he is a frequent guest with the Smithsonian Chamber players, the Four Nations Ensemble and Artek. He was first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus International Competitions and medalist in the Geneva and Isle of Man Competitions. In October, 2010 he gave the modern world premiere of Dragonetti's Concerto in D with the American Classical Orchestra of which the NY Times said: " a skilled and passionate performance...played with flair."