Guest Artists

Elizabeth Buck - April 29, 2017 Concert

Elizabeth Buck is Associate Professor of Flute at Arizona State University. Previous appointments include Visiting Associate Professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Principal Flute with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has performed as Principal Flute with the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera National Company and the Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Buck has performed as concerto soloist with the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. An active chamber musician in addition to orchestral performer, Dr. Buck is a member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet and performs regularly with ASU’s Ocotillo Winds. With the Manhattan Wind Quintet, Dr. Buck has recorded on Centaur Records, and has performed on such distinguished series as the Frick Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and the Da Camera Series in Houston, TX. With the Buck/Thiele Duo, Dr. Buck has recorded Sonatas for Flute and Harp and has appeared in recital throughout North America. As a recitalist and master class clinician, Dr. Buck has performed for the Arizona Flute Society, the National Flute Association Conventions in New York, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, Bowling Green State University, Butler University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Northern Arizona University, Penn State Erie, Rice University, SUNY-Fredonia, SUNY-Stony Brook, Texas Tech University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Internationally, she has given masterclasses and guest recitals with Traveling Notes at the Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Yonsei University (Seoul), Dankuk University (Seoul), Seoul International Summer Music Festival, and in Gwangju, Korea. Among her distinctions and awards, Dr. Buck has won the New York Arts Club Competition, the New York Flute Club Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. Summer festival appearances include Artist-Faculty at Brevard Music Center, Indiana University Summer Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Banff Centre Summer Music. Dr. Buck holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. She is an active and lifetime member of both the National Flute Association and the Arizona Flute Society. In her spare time, Dr. Buck enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and traveling.

For more about Elizabeth, you can read about her at ASU:  https://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/content/elizabeth-buck

Magda Schwerzmann - April 29, 2017 Concert

Magda Schwerzmann is faculty member of several Swiss musical institutions: the Universities of Bern and Luzern, Swiss Academy of Music Pedagogy and Kalaidos University of Music.

Since 2010 she is the Principal flutist of Collegium Musicum Luzern prinicpal as well as the member of Consortium Musicum Zurich. She studied with Peter-Lukas Graf, Aurèle Nicolet, Robert Aitken, Robert Winn and Philippe Racine, and graduated, with the Master of Concert, Master of Soloist and Master of Pedagogy. Her special interest in new music has enabled her to team up with such important composers of our time as K.-H.Stockhausen, G.Crumb, T.Demenga, R.Kelterborn and D.Schnyder, to name a few.

She gives debut performances and makes radio and television recordings of very diverse works. Her second CD, with all flute pieces of Daniel Schnyder, has been released by Neuklang in spring 2010.   Magda Schwerzmann studied and graduated with Master degree in Early Music from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Aiming to build a bridge between past and present, her artistic work stretches from early baroque performance practice over later chamber music and orchestra concerts, to music theatre and improvised performances, as well as live- electronic productions.    Aside from her solo appearances, she takes part as a chamber musician in different formations in the field of both, early and new music. For many years she played in the ensemble Contrechamps of Geneva. She is a founding member of the Music Forum Zug, which won the Margeurite de Reding prize of the Swiss Musicians’ Association. She is also a member of ENSEMBLE ZERO, NEW (new european winds) and the Trio LIRAS.    She is prize winner in the Nicati competition 2000 of the Swiss Musicians’ Association (competition for contemporary music), was awarded distinction from the Orpheum Foundation for the promotion of young artists and has won several times the promotion prize of the Zug artists and the Migros culture percentage prize.   Concert tours took her to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Poland, Bosnia, Russia and different countries in Latin America, the USA and South America.    She has been invited for masterclasses by such well known schools as Boston Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Musik in New York, Arizona State University, Houston University of Music, Tallahassee University of Music, Moscow and Petersburg Conservatories and  Musikhochschule Wien.

For more about Magda, visit her website at http://magda-schwerzmann.ch/Pages/index_eng.html

Marian Buswell - November 4, 2016 Concert

marian-buswellMarian Buswell was named principal oboe of The Phoenix Symphony at the beginning of the 1982-83 season.

An alumna of the University of Minnesota and the North Carolina School of the Art, Ms. Buswell came to Phoenix from the Kansas City Philharmonic where she was principal oboe and frequent soloist for five seasons. Additionally, from 1979 through 1984, she served as principal oboe in the Summer Eastern Music Festival. Buswell has performed with the Oklahoma City Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and the Piedmont (N.C.) Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Buswell studied with Dayna Larason Fisher, Richard Killoren, Joseph Robinson and John Mack. She resides in Scottsdale with her daughter.

Peter Anderegg - April 8, 2016 Concert

panderegg2Born in Boston, MA, Peter Lorenzo Anderegg began cello studies at the age of 4. He frequently performed with his twin sister Francesca, a violinist, and his father David, a pianist, as the Anderegg trio. His early studies were at New England Conservatory, where he performed on the pilot of the NPR program “From the Top” and was a member of the award-winning NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr.Anderegg joined the Phoenix Symphony in 2007 and became Acting Principal Cellist in 2010. Before joining TPS, he performed orchestral and chamber music with a variety of ensembles in the premier venues of the world, from Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center in the US to the Sydney Opera House and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. He was a member of the Springfield (MA) Symphony and the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, as well as performing frequently with the Boston-based Arcturus Chamber Ensemble and several ensembles and organizations in New York, including Ten O’Clock Classics, The Knights, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and the avant-garde New York Cello Fury. His festival appearances include the Greenwood, Tanglewood, Aspen, Lucerne, and Verbier Festivals and he is currently a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.

Shalom Christine Eis - April 8, 2016 Concert

shalomeisA native of Arizona, Shalom has won and placed in numerous local flute competitions through the Prescott Center for the Arts and Yavapai Symphony Guild, played as principal flute of the Yavapai College Symphony Orchestra, accompanied local choirs, played flute in the Central Arizona Concert Band, and played flute for Yavapai College’s musical productions, “The Secret Garden” and “The Music Man.” She has also enjoyed performing for elderly care centers and with the Fluties, a flute choir. Shalom has studied flute with Ellen McGowan since 2004.

Maria Vomlehn Flurry - February 28 & March 1, 2014 Concerts

mariaflurryLG2A versatile percussionist, Maria Flurry treats audiences to a blend of consummate musicianship and captivating performance style.

Ms. Flurry is an award-winning concerto performer and juried Roster Member of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She was educated at Interlochen Arts Academy, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Michigan. She has performed with the Detroit, Baltimore, Spokane, Phoenix, Toledo, and Annapolis Orchestras as well as with orchestras across southeast Michigan. Ms. Flurry has also been guest timpanist with the Michigan Opera Theater, Mannheim Steamroller, Phoenix Symphony and she served as principal timpanist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra for over a decade. She currently is principal percussionist with the Flagstaff Symphony.

Ms. Flurry received national attention as a founding member of Harpbeat, a percussion and harp duo. The group toured the Central States, made solo appearances with orchestras, and released three recordings to critical acclaim in Parenting and Family Fun magazines. Ms. Flurry has also recorded with Summit Brass and the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

Having returned to the Southwest in 2002, she co-founded Sticks and Tones, with her pianist/composer husband, Henry Flurry. The group, also a Roster Member of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, tours and performs across the Southwest.

Ms. Flurry is a co-founder of Chaparral Arts, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization supporting the arts in Arizona. She is also founder and artistic director of the Chaparral MusicFest, a music festival incorporating contemporary music of all styles.

Ms. Flurry’s Flint Symphony performance of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra was called “captivating, as indicated by the standing ovation” by the Flint Journal. After her Spokane Symphony performance, the Spokesman Review declared Ms. Flurry “a brilliant advocate for Tan’s music.”

In October 2006, Ms. Flurry premiered at the Phoenix Art Museum Kenneth LaFave’s Canto de Alba, a new concerto for world percussion and chamber orchestra she commissioned. She performed it again on Chaparral MusicFest 2007. In April 2008 Ms. Flurry joined the Tucson Chamber Orchestra for the Water Concerto, and in June 2008, she played Canto de Alba with the Phoenix-based orchestra, MusicNova.

Currently, Ms. Flurry is consulting on a concerto for marimba, Flamenco guitar, and dancer, a work she commissioned. The co-composers are Henry Flurry and Chris Burton-Jácome. The concerto, Impulso, will be premiered in the St. Louis area in February 2014 and performed again with the San Tan Orchestra in November 2014.

Steven Moeckel, Violinist - April 20, 2013 Concert

stevenmoeckel2Virtuoso violinist Steven Moeckel’s “brilliance, expression, energy and passion” have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. As both soloist and concert artist, he has captivated audiences with his musicianship, rich sound, and technical prowess. Moeckel has performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg with Erika Frieser and Dana Micacoi, and as first violinist of the Auraeus Quartet in concerts throughout Europe. His notable U.S. appearances include chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and concerto appearances in repertoire ranging from the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Andres Diaz to the dazzling Red Violin Concerto of John Corigliano.

The German born Moeckel’s versatility dates from an early age when he began performing first as a violinist in the United States, and then from the age of eleven, as principal soprano soloist of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Resuming his violin studies in his teens, he graduated with honors at the age of nineteen from the Mozarteum in Salzburg and immediately assumed the position of Co-Concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic, where he remained for three seasons. After returning to America for further study, he first became Concertmaster of the Tucson (Arizona) Symphony Orchestra and then assumed the same position with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. At home in styles from classical to jazz, Steven Moeckel enjoys a stimulating career as concertmaster, concerto soloist and recitalist. His principal teachers include Helmut Zehetmair, Leonidas Kavakos and the distinguished American violinist Miriam Fried.

James D'Leon, Pianist - January 27, 2013 Concert

D'LeonBorn in South Korea into a musical family, James D’León began the piano at the age of 4 and performed his first solo recital at the age of 5. After receiving early piano training from his mother, he was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious pre-college program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with May Kurka and Milton Salkind. As the winner of both the San Francisco Symphony and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra competitions, he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 at the age of 12. He then relocated to Pennsylvania where he honed his technique and performance skills and by the age of 14, he had won every regional competition culminating in his debut performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He continued his piano studies with George Sementovsky in Philadelphia, which resulted in top honors as a summa cum laude graduate from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. This study greatly influenced his style, refined his technique, and formulated his philosophy of piano performance, especially in regard to physical movement. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship to the Eastman School of Music in New York where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature.

From there, he competed and won praise in many international piano competitions such as the Bachauer, Kapell, Leeds, and the Cliburn. He was also a top-five finalist in the Naumburg International Competition where he was selected out of 250 extraordinary pianists. Afterwards, he received top honors in the Artist International Competition that led to his New York Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall, and the Gold Medal at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, which helped launch his performance career.

In 2009, he was selected as an International Steinway Concert Artist on both the prestigious New York and Hamburg, Germany rosters. Since then, he has performed in England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Canada, and 40 states (and counting)throughout the continental United States.

His performances have garnered critical praise from audiences and critics everywhere including the Philadelphia Inquirer, which stated that he performed with “exciting pianism and powerful emotion.” The Salt Lake Tribune commented that “D’León was a musical sorcerer who mesmerized the audience with every single note.” After his performance at the prestigious Reading Festival in England, International Piano Magazine stated that “D’León is one of the latest U.S. pianists to watch, and his recital was an absolute sheer and dazzling delight!” His busy summers have included performances at the Banff Festival in Canada, the Boyle Festival in Ireland, the Schlern Festival in the Italian Alps, and the Mendocino Music Festival on the northern California coast.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with many of the world’s finest chamber groups including the Muir String Quartet, and the Shanghai String Quartet, with whom he performed the Brahms Piano Quintet to a capacity audience that resulted in a 10-minute standing ovation. He is also in great demand as a master-class presenter and adjudicator. He has given master classes at more than 75 universities around the world and has served as judge in international piano competitions of all ages.

As a recording artist, the American Record Guide has called his performances “Remarkably played! The result is a revelation and a real treasure!” E-Music Magazine called his performance of Schubert and Liszt “Amazing…and if you think you have heard it all with this particular Schubert sonata, take a listen to this disc!” He has also recorded contemporary works for the German Col Legno record label including works by renowned Czech composer Ladislav Kubik. Upcoming projects include the first recording of Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla’s complete tangos transcribed for piano quintet.

Today, D’León is known as a rare and completely versatile pianist who is just as comfortable performing a concerto as he would be playing a full solo recital or collaborating with a world-class chamber group. He continues to dazzle audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats with his commanding technique, expressive body movement, and searching interpretations.

Dr. Robert Spring - October 20, 2012 Concert

rspring2Robert Spring has been described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists”, Arizona Republic, “dazzled his audience…flawless technique”, The Clarinet Magazine, and “a formidable soloist…played with great emotional life” Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. Spring’s recording of Grawemeier Award winning composer Joan Tower’s works for clarinet was described by The Clarinet Magazine as “truly outstanding….one would be hard pressed to find better performances of contemporary music….first rate music performed with the highest professional standards.” The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his recording, “Dragon’s Tongue”, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, “His musicality and technique make this recording a must for every CD collection.” Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, “Tarantelle”, music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin,being performed on clarinet, “This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds.”

The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, “Spring…is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties. His low and mid-range are especially warm, rich, and embracing and highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale. And boy what a finale! The pace is neatly judged to pick up at critical junctures so that, by the end, it feels like an improvised jam session.”

Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was recently awarded the “Citation of Merit Award” from the School of Music Alumni Society. His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller. Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has been heard in the United States on National Public Radio’s, “Performance Today.” He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques.

Spring was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for twelve International Clarinet Association conventions. He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently Professor of Clarinet. Dr. Spring is also principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH. He is a Buffet Artist, and plays the Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.

Katie Meyers, Violin - May 14, 2011 Concert

katiemeyerslgKatie Meyers, born and raised in Prescott Valley, Arizona, began playing the violin when she was seven years old. Since then, she has studied with Barbara McClymonds, Prescott’s prominent Suzuki teacher, Carter Pendell, a first violinist of the Phoenix Symphony, Mark Rush of the University of Arizona, and Steven Moeckel, concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony.

Her passion for orchestral playing began at the Young Musicians Foundation’s Mary Adam Balmat Debut Orchestra Camp (July ’01). It continued in the Phoenix Symphony Guild’s Symphonette for two years (one as concertmaster) and PSG’s Youth Orchestra (as a first violinist) for three years. She was concertmaster of Arizona’s Northwest Regional High School Orchestra and a first violinist of Arizona’s All-State Orchestra for four years. She has spent several summers in the Prescott POPS Symphony. In college, she was concertmaster for one concert of the Arizona Symphony at the University of Arizona. She began playing as a professional orchestral violinist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Katie’s private summer studies began with Michael Avsharian (’01). She studied with Dr. Ann Setzer at Meadowmount School of Music (’02, ’03, ’09, ’10, ’11). She attended Killington Music Festival (’08), where she studied with Alice Schoenfeld, Lynn Chang, and Irina Muresanu.
She has played chamber music at Meadowmount, Killington Music Festival, locally, and throughout college (Cesura String Quartet in Tucson, AZ). Her previous chamber music coaches include: Skye Carman, Steve Rochen, Mary Beadell-DiBartolo, Mark Votapek, John Milbauer, Scott Kluksdahl, Karin Brown, Joanna Mendoza, Theodore Arm, Patricia McCarty, and Alan Bodman. She performed the entire Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla with a guitarist for his doctoral recital and also played in other ensemble recitals at the University of Arizona. UA Presents hired her to solo in the pit ensembles for the musicals Company and Violet.

Katie’s most prominent award was winning the Grand Prize of the Prescott Fine Arts Association Competition three times in addition to winning first place six consecutive years. She won first place in the Yavapai Symphony Guild’s competition four consecutive years. She won the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Weldon Bright Memorial Scholarship twice. She was awarded the Phoenix Symphony Guild’s Conductor’s Choice Scholarship from Dr. Walt Temme and the PSG’s Symphonette Orchestra Outstanding Musician award. Aside from winning several music and academic scholarships at the University of Arizona, Katie also won their Harold Ashton Scholarship and was the College of Fine Arts’ nominee for the Lorena DeSanctis McDuff Memorial Scholarship. Lastly, she won the Yavapai Symphony Association’s third place college scholarship for the 2011 – 12 school year.

She shared a recital through the Yavapai Symphony Guild in ’05 and soloed twice previously with Prescott Strings (’05, ’07). She also performed in masterclasses for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Katie graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona in ’10, and she will begin attending Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City for her Master of Music in Violin Performance this fall, continuing her studies there with Dr. Ann Setzer.

Nikolaus Flickinger, Oboe - February 5, 2011 Concert

NickFlickingerHailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nik Flickinger recently completed his Master’s in Oboe Performance degree at Arizona State University. Nik is currently the second oboe player of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra, and beginning this fall Nik will assume the position of principal oboe of the Musica Nova Orchestra. Before Arizona, Nik attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Nikolaus’s previous performance experiences have been with Phoenix Symphony, the West Valley Symphony, Mesa Symphony, Musica Nova, Foothills Community Opera program, CCM Philharmonia, CCM Concert Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Starling Chamber Music Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Quintet. He has also attended the summer music festivals of Sarasota, Banff, Alberta, Brevard, La Domaine Forget, Quebec, and the Opera Music Theater festival of Lucca, Italy.

The primary teachers of Nik have included Martin Schuring, Mark Ostoich, Paige Morgan, and Joan Wright. He has also studied with Nancy Ambrose King, Neil Black, Allan Vogel, Eric Ohhlson, Linda Strommen, Elaine Douvas, and Richard Hawley. He has attended and participated in many masterclasses of John Mack, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Joseph Robinson, and Nicholas Daniel.

Nikolaus Flickinger has taught as the primary oboe teacher at East Walnut Hills high school, Cincinnati, and Campbell County Schools, Alexandria, Kentucky, and enjoys his wonderful private students.

Elizabeth Buck, Flute - November 12, 2010 Concert

EBuckPiclgElizabeth Buck is Associate Professor of Flute at Arizona State University. Previous appointments include Visiting Associate Professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Principal Flute with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has performed as Principal Flute with the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera National Company and the Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Buck has performed as concerto soloist with the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. An active chamber musician in addition to orchestral performer, Dr. Buck is a member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet and performs regularly with ASU’s Ocotillo Winds. With the Manhattan Wind Quintet, Dr. Buck has recorded on Centaur Records, and has performed on such distinguished series as the Frick Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and the Da Camera Series in Houston, TX. With the Buck/Thiele Duo, Dr. Buck has recorded Sonatas for Flute and Harp and has appeared in recital throughout North America. As a recitalist and master class clinician, Dr. Buck has performed for the Arizona Flute Society, the National Flute Association Conventions in New York, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, Bowling Green State University, Butler University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Northern Arizona University, Penn State Erie, Rice University, SUNY-Fredonia, SUNY-Stony Brook, Texas Tech University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Internationally, she has given masterclasses and guest recitals with Traveling Notes at the Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Yonsei University (Seoul), Dankuk University (Seoul), Seoul International Summer Music Festival, and in Gwangju, Korea. Among her distinctions and awards, Dr. Buck has won the New York Arts Club Competition, the New York Flute Club Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. Summer festival appearances include Artist-Faculty at Brevard Music Center, Indiana University Summer Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Banff Centre Summer Music. Dr. Buck holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. She is an active and lifetime member of both the National Flute Association and the Arizona Flute Society. In her spare time, Dr. Buck enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and traveling.

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