Patricia Sunwoo enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, educator and member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Whitman String Quartet, winner of the 1998 Walter Naumburg Chamber Music Award, she concertized and gave master classes across the United States and Europe for five years. In 2001 she joined the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and Bard Festival String Quartet, with whom she currently tours. Ms. Sunwoo was on the faculty at Binghamton University from 2001 to 2006, and was a teaching artist for the Midori Foundation in New York City and American String Teachers Association String Institute at Ithaca College. Her musical adventures began with group violin lessons at the age of six in Vancouver, Canada, and were later fueled by the prospect of meeting new and old friends at Canadian youth orchestras, overnight summer music camps, competitions and festivals. She attended the Juilliard School in New York City with many of these friends, and there earned three degrees studying with Sally Thomas.
Violinist David Brickman is known for his great versatility and for his dramatic, highly personal interpretations of the solo and chamber music repertoire. In 2001, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer Marek Harris to write a work for solo violin and orchestra for Mr. Brickman. New Angels was premiered in May of 2002 to an enthusiastic and sold-out house. Mr. Brickman is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, now in its seventeenth season of touring New York State. A longtime favorite of audiences and critics at the Skaneateles Music Festival, Mr. Brickman has performed Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins with violinist Hilary Hahn, worked with pianists Jon Nakamatsu and Diane Walsh, guitarist Eliot Fisk, members of the Emerson String Quartet, and led the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Bach. Mr. Brickman has recorded several works of contemporary American chamber music for the Milken Foundation and is a featured soloist on the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary CD. He resides in Rochester, New York with wife, violinist Patricia Sunwoo, and his daughters Claire and Lillian.
Pianist Michael Salmirs is a founding member and artistic director of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. He is well known as a recitalist and chamber musician performing extensively in NY State. He has appeared as soloist with the Corning Philharmonic, Binghamton University Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured pianist on their Sunday chamber series.
As a performer of contemporary music, he has participated in such series as Binghamton University's Musica Nova, Cornell University’s Ensemble X, and has toured and recorded for the Syracuse Society for New Music.
Mr. Salmirs studied at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music; his teachers have included pianists Leonard Shure and Rebecca Penneys and composer Karel Husa.
Mr. Salmirs has taught at the Syracuse University School of Music and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is currently a faculty member at Binghamton University and Affiliate Artist at Cornell University. He maintains a private piano studio in Ithaca, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.