Sherry, cello - Perhaps
more than any of his colleagues, Fred Sherry looks the part of a musician;
his white mane seems perfectly consistent with one's image of a cellist.
He surprises in other ways, however, with his interest in Kung Fu movies,
body piercing and women pool champions. An Artist Member of the Society
since 1984, he was its Artistic Director from 1989 to 1992. He is a founding
member of TASHI, a frequent performer at Bargemusic and a member of the
faculty of The Juilliard School. Mr. Sherry has had close working relationships
with composers Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland,
Lukas Foss and Toru Takemitsu as well as jazz pianist and composer Chick
Corea. An ardent supporter of contemporary composers, he has premiered
works by Milton Babbitt, Mario Davidovsky and Steve Mackey, and in 1988
performed the premiere of Charles Wuorinen's concerto, Five, with choreography
by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, at New York City Ballet. Widely represented on
compact disc, he recently embarked on a series of recordings for Koch International
Classics. He has devoted much time to contemplating cello technique, and
is now preparing to write a book on the subject. He is a fan of Vladimir
Nabokov and an avid cook. His wife, Carol Archer, is a pianist.
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Tenenbom, viola - Steven Tenenbom's
impeccable style and sumptuous tone have built for him a reputation as
one of America's finest violists. In great demand as soloist and
chamber musician, Steven Tenenbom has appeared as guest artist with such
eminent ensembles as the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
and Beaux Arts Trios, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and
Chamber Music at the Y. He has appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Brandenburg Ensemble for performances in Boston's Symphony
Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Avery Fisher Hall in New
York City, and on tour in Japan. His 1996-97 season included recitals in
New York and La Jolla, as well as concerto performances in Michigan (Bartok
Concerto), Cincinnati, and Phoenix.
A member of the prestigious groups TASHI, Mr. Tenenbom has worked with such diverse composers as Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea. He has had a long association with the Galimir String Quartet and the Marlboro Music Festival, including many tours across the United States, Japan, and France. Other festival credits include the June Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music West, Music From Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado.
In addition to Mr. Tenenbom's distinguished career as a chamber musician and soloist, he is also on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the Hartt School of Music. He is the Chamber Music Coordinator for The Curtis Institute of Music, and is responsible for overseeing the chamber music department's studies and performances.
Mr. Tenenbom has recorded on RCA Records with TASHI and the Guarneri String Quartet, and can also be heard on the Sony Classical, Marlboro Recording Society, Delos, and ECM labels.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Tenenbom began his early studies with Max Mandel. He then attended the University of Southern California as a pupil of Milton Thomas, working with Heidi Castleman during the summers. Further studies carried him to the Curtis Institute of Music where he worked with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. Married to violinist Ida Kavafian, the Tenenboms live in Connecticut where they raise, train and show champion Vizsla purebred dogs under the kennel name "Opus One Vizslas".
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