North Country Chamber Players

RONNIE BAUCH, violin

A founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ronnie Bauch has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia with Orpheus and many other ensembles. As a soloist, Ronnie has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus, the Long Island Philharmonic, the American Composer's Orchestra, the New Orchestra of Westchester and the Orchestra da Camera. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at music festivals throughout the United States, including the Aspen Cabrillo, Bard and New Hampshire Music Festivals and has also participated in numerous radio and TV broadcasts. As the creator of the Orpheus Process demonstration, Mr. Bauch has been a featured speaker at the Wharton School, the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, California at Berkeley, NYU, Baruch...

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GABRIELA DIAZ, Violin

Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. A firm believer in the healing properties of music, Gabriela and her colleagues have performed in cancer units in Boston hospitals and presented benefit concerts for cancer research organizations in numerous venues throughout the United States. A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant...

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CHRIS FINCKEL, cello

Born into a family of cellists, Chris Finckel began his studies with his father George Finckel and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Mischa Schneider and Orlando Cole. Currently Mr. Finckel is the cellist of the Manhattan String Quartet with whom he performs on major Chamber Music series throughout the United States and Europe. A frequent guest artist with such renowned ensembles as the Tokyo String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Finckel has appeared at the Casals, Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Norfolk and Rockport Chamber Music festivals, and has recorded for the Nonesuch, New World, CRI, Bridge and Vanguard record labels. A dedicated performer of 20th century music, Chris Finckel has been involved in New York City’s contemporary music...

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KEMP JERNIGAN, oboe

Kemp Jernigan performs extensively in and around New York City in ensembles varying in size and style. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Kemp has been a guest artist at festivals such as Bridgehampton, White Mountains Music Festival,Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Ocean Reef, Washington Friends of Music, Black Hills Chamber Music Society, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival and Musical Bridges over San Antonio. He is a frequent guest performer with theOrpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, as well as a core member of the Exponential Ensemble and a founding member of the ensemble SoundMind. Kemp is on the faculties of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, SUNY Purchase, and Longy School of Music of BardCollege....

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AH LING NEU, viola

Violist Ah Ling Neu’s performing career has spanned several continents, including the U.S.,Europe, Australia and Asia. An avid chamber musician, she was a member of the renownedCassatt String Quartet, Ridge String Quartet and New York Phillomusica. She was invited to theMarlboro Music Festival for four summers and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She ispresently a member of the North Country Chamber Players in New Hampshire and is a frequentguest at the Barge Music in Brooklyn, NY. She has participated in festivals such as theBridgehampton Festival, the White Mountains Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival andInternational Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England. Born in Japan of Chinese parents, AhLing started viola in the San Francisco public school system at the age of 13....

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DONALD PALMA, bass

Donald Palma has an active career as double bassist, conductor, and educator. A native New Yorker, Don attended the Juilliard School and at the age of nineteenjoined Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra. As a member of thenewly formed contemporary music ensemble, Speculum Musicae, he went on to win the Naumburg Competition and secure management with Young Concert Artists. A founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don has toured the globe and recorded over fifty compact discs for Deutsche Grammophone, including theGrammy Award winning Stravinsky CD, Shadow Dances. Don has also been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and played Principal Bass in the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock. He played principal bass for LeonardBernstein on his...

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SUSAN PALMA NIDEL, flute

Susan Palma Nidel has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980. She has traveled with the orchestra throughout the world, often appearing as soloist, giving master classes and performing chamber music. Ms. Palma-Nidel is the principal flutist of the American Composers Orchestra and Naumberg award-winning Speculum Musicae with whom she has premiered countless works including compositions of Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Peter Maxwell Davies and Milton Babbitt. She has performed as principal flutist and soloist with the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham Dance Companies, the Stuttgart and Royal Ballets, the Bach Chamber Soloists, the Santa Fe Opera and Madeira and Oregon Bach Festivals. Since 1973 Susan Palma-Nidel has been the flutist of the North Country Chamber...

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BERNARD ROSE, piano

Bernard Rose, a graduate of Columbia College and the Juilliard School, has performed as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician across the country. He has toured the United States with the Young Concert Artists, served as musical director of the New York Community Opera Company, and worked on musical productions for educational television. His affiliation with chamber ensembles includes the Claring Players, West End chamber Ensemble, Laurentian Quartet, Audubon Quartet, the Rotterdam-based Daniel Quartet and Cremona Arts Trio. He has collaborated with numerous artists, including Walter Trampler, Noboko Imai, and Eugene Fodor. Rose is a dedicated teacher, and many of his students are active performers internationally. He has taught at Sara Lawrence College and at CUNY College of...

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BERNHARD SCULLY, horn

Bernhard Scully is currently the horn player of The Canadian Brass and the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois. He is the Artistic Director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, one of the premiere learning centers for horn in the world. Formerly, he was principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra where he was featured often as a soloist. He is on faculty at the Brevard Music Festival, and performs as principal horn of the Brevard Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Among his many awards are top honors at numerous competitions, most notably being the first classical brass player to win a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. As the Horn player of Canadian Brass, Bernhard annually tours the world over, is featured on many CD’s and videos, and performs in...

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JOEL TIMM, lecturer

Dr. Joel Timm’s distinguished career has encompassed virtually all the major areas in the field of music. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player with most of the major ensembles in both New York and Los Angeles. Acting as Associate Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic, he toured with the orchestra, made six recordings and appeared as soloist. He has served as principal oboist and soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony (English Horn), Virtuosi of New York, New and Newer Music Series at Lincoln Center and the orchestras of the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater. He has recorded chamber music for CBS Records, Columbia Records, Vanguard and the Musical Heritage Society labels.In Los Angeles, he has held the position of...

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