Montréal 2017

Gerhard Schulz

Gerhard Schulz

Born in Austria into a family of musicians, Gerhard Schulz studied violin with Franz Samohyl, Sándor Végh and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In 1972, upon the invitation of his mentor, Mr. Schulz attended Mr Végh’s violin Master Class at the first Interna-tional Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, which had an invaluable impact on his life as a chamber musician.

Founder of several chamber music groups, including the Salzburg String Trio, the Düsseldorf String Quartet and the Waldstein Ensemble, M. Schultz was also the Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra. Since 1978, he has been a member of the world famous Alban Berg Quartet with whom he toured worldwide and made several celebrated recordings.

Currently, M. Schulz is professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and a professor of Chamber Music in Stuttgart.

Peter Schuhmayer

Peter Schuhmayer

Born in Vienna, Austria, Peter Schuhmayer is a founding member of the Artis Quartet, ensemble that has been laureate of the EBU (Cambridge) and Evian international competitions. The quartet has recorded extensively on numerous labels and has been rewarded with many prizes and international distinctions, including le Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy, the Diapason d'Or, the ECHO Klassik in Germany and the INDIE Award in Los Angeles.

Mr. Schuhmayer studied violin with Josef Suk, Hertha Binder and Alfred Staar and chamber music with Hatto Beyerle and Walter Levin. His frequent collaborations with other artists have included appearances with Mischa Maisky, Philippe Entremont, Christoph Eschenbach and Till Fellner.

Mr. Schuhmayer is presently a faculty member of the Vienna University where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Michael Tree

Michael Tree

A founding member of both the famed Guarneri String Quartet and the Marlboro Trio, Michael Tree was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied the violin with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Following a Carnegie Hall recital debut, he appeared as a soloist on both the violin and viola with major orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and his native New Jersey. As a chamber musician he has concertized throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music masterpieces; prominent among them are ten piano quintets and quartets with Arthur Rubinstein. Mr. Tree serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and the University of Maryland.

Mr. Tree plays a Domenicus Busan viola, dated 1750, from Venice or Hiroshi Iisuka, Philadelphia, dated 1996.

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

A founding member of the Miami String Quartet, Keith Robinson has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music.

In 1988, the Miami Quartet won the grand prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and went on to garner prizes at the Evian, London, and the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York. In 1989, Mr. Robinson won the P.A.C.E."Classical Artist of the Year" award.

Mr. Robinson presently serves as an Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University and the Kent / Blossom Music Festival as well as visiting guest artist at the Hart School of Music. The Miami Quartet was recently appointed to the Chamber Music Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Yeesun Kim

Yeesun Kim

A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Ms. Kim has performed in the world's most illustrious concert halls and festivals. In addition to her extensive concert schedule with the quartet, she has concertized with members of the Guarneri and Julliard String Quartets, and appears frequently as a member of the Frank- Kim- Han piano trio. Her frequent collaborations with other artists have included appearances with Joshua Bell, Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, Rudolph Serkin, Russell Sherman, and Richard Stoltzman.

Recipient of the Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award and Lincoln Center's Martin Segal Award as a member of the Borromeo Quartet, Ms. Kim currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Her teachers have included Minja Hyun, Hyungwon Chang, David Soyer and Lawrence Lesser.

Ms. Kim plays a Peregrino Zanetto cello, circa 1576.

Nicholas Kitchen

Nicholas Kitchen

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Nicholas Kitchen grew up in a family of musicians. 
At the end of his studies at Curtis, Kitchen joined his schoolmates and founded the Borromeo String Quartet that went on to win the Grand Prize the Evian International Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists.

Mr. Kitchen has premiered many new works, including a violin concerto by Stephen Jaffe, which was written for him. His frequent collaborations with other artists have included appearances with Peter Serkin, Joshua Bell, Christopher Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Richard Stoltzsman, Josef Suk and the great Turkish traditional musician Erkan Ogur.

His teachers have included Giorgio Ciompi, David Cerone and Szymon Goldberg.
 Mr. Kitchen currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Mr. Kitchen performs on M. Goldberg’s Guarneri Del Gesu, known as the “Baron Vita”.

Martha de Francisco

Martha de Francisco

Professor for Sound Recording at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Martha de Francisco is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production. She has recorded with some of the greatest classical musicians of our time for the most prestigious record labels and in the best concert halls. She has credits on several hundreds of CDs, mostly for worldwide release.

A graduate from the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was a pioneer of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. Prof. De Francisco has been entrusted with the recording legacy of world-class soloists and orchestras from Alfred Brendel to the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with such artists as Jessye Norman, Claudio Arrau, the Beaux Arts Trio, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra among many others. Martha De Francisco is a frequent lecturer at international conferences as well as a guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in Audio.

Gordon Bloom

Gordon Bloom

Director of the Sports Psychology Research Laboratory at McGill University, Dr. Gordon Bloom has worked with the world’s leading coaches and athletes as both researcher and sport psychology practitioner for over 20 years. His research program addresses strategies employed by both elite and youth sport coaches in terms of knowledge acquisition, coaching style and behaviours, team building techniques, communication, and leadership styles.

From an applied perspective, Dr. Bloom has consulted Olympic, professional, and amateur athletes from many different sports, including those who have won Gold Medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

Dr. Bloom has also worked with musicians, dancers and actors and is developing a unique expertise to help them apply theoretical and practical aspects of sport psychology to enhance various factors affecting performances and artistic goals.