H. Peter Stern Concert Series: Bardian Ensemble
A vibrant chamber ensemble of musicians from Bard College and beyond play classics under the autumn foliage.
Wendy Sharp VIOLIN
Award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. She is on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and California Summer Music, and maintains a private studio. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist and a founding member of the highly acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet she toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Yale University, and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall. Ms. Sharp is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Yale School of Music, where she has also served on the violin faculty since 1997.
Sarah Adams VIOLA
Ms. Adams is a frequent performer of chamber music in the New York area. She is the violist of the
Cassatt Quartet, as well as a member of the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Sherman Chamber
Ensemble, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Opera, and performs frequently with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York City Ballet. She was formerly Principal Violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Associate Principal Violist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, and received her BA and MM from Kent State University, and attended The Juilliard School, where she earned the Professional Studies Certificate. Ms. Adams served as viola instructor at Long Island University and Queens College, and has been a Music Associate at Columbia University since 1993, teaching viola and chamber music. She is the founding director of Viola Hour, a performance opportunity serving the Columbia viola community. Sarah performs on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola, circa 1982.
Marka Gustavsson VIOLA
Ms. Gustavsson has performed chamber music in major halls across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., as well as Japan and Israel. She has appeared as a guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, on WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, with the Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, at Banff, and in Wall-to-wall and Music of Our Time at Symphony Space. Performing and recording contemporary solo and chamber repertoire, Ms. Gustavsson has worked closely with many composers including John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Katherine Hoover, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Harold Farberman, and Tan Dun. In 2000, Ms. Gustavsson joined the Colorado Quartet, an active touring ensemble offering traditional and new repertoire. The quartet’s discography includes the complete Beethoven Quartets on Parnassus Records. Highlights of recent seasons include premiering a viola concerto by Harold Farberman, teaching in the YAP program at Yellow Barn, completing a Beethoven cycle at Virginia Tech, and collaborating with Tamar Muskal and Lucy Shelton on Music of Our Time at Symphony Space in NYC. Ms. Gustavsson holds a teaching position at Bard College and Conservatory; with the Colorado Quartet she has served as faculty and co-artistic director at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and Quartet Institute.
Mimi Hwang CELLO
Award-winning cellist Mimi Hwang performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prize winner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition. She has also performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado and Ciompi Quartets as well as Raphael Hillyer, Laurence Lesser, and Michael Tree. She was a member of the Peabody Trio, winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. As a soloist, Ms. Hwang has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She received her Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and ther Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a founding member of the Cello Divas and Quartos and has appeared in the festivals of Aspen, Banff, Norfolk, Roycroft, Skaneateles, and Yellow Barn. Ms. Hwang is currently an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, a Lecturer in Music at Nazareth College and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She is Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program and serves on the Board of Trustees of Chamber Music America and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.
Julie Landsman HORN
Ms. Landsman held the position of Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty-five years until her retirement in 2010. She now enjoys a wide variety of musical activities, including performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which she is the newest member. A former member of the Houston Symphony, Ms. Landsman has performed as a guest artist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A master teacher, Julie Landsman holds teaching positions at the Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She has given master classes the Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Oklahoma, and University of Southern Mississippi. She recently received the “Pioneer Award” from the International Women’s Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012.
The H. Peter Stern Concert Series is named in honor of Storm King’s co-founder and honorary chairman. H. Peter Stern served as President and Chairman of Storm King over five decades. Among his many accomplishments that shaped Storm King, he developed a program of major site-specific commissions at the Art Center, which includes iconic works by Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, and Maya Lin. He also oversaw major landscape enhancements, the development of the South Fields, featuring large-scale sculptures by Mark di Suvero, and the introduction of the native grasses program. Stern has had a lifelong passion for music and is an avid violinist. This concert series celebrates his extraordinary legacy at Storm King and his love of great music and art.