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BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood
Beethoven, Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, Day, Ellington, Hughes and Debussy



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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

This concert opens with Beethoven’s String Trio in G, one of a set of three string trios representing the composer’s most important and substantial chamber music works of the 1790s. The concert continues with a potpourri of music for low brass instruments ranging from Gabrieli’s late 16th-century canzona and Contrapunctus IX from J.S. Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue’ to a new work by West Virginia-born composer and jazz pianist Kevin Day.

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Lauren Ambrose, host
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Lauren Ambrose has been seen on Broadway in Awake and Sing! and Exit the King. She also appeared Buried Child at London's National Theatre and in The Public Theater's Romeo and Julietand Hamlet. Her film work includes Where the Wild Things Are, Wanderlust, Sleepwalk With Me, Starting out in the Evening, I’m Coming Over, The River, Psycho Beach Party, Can’t Hardly Waitand In & Out. On television, she's best known for starring as Claire Fisher on Six Feet Under" and has also appeared on Dig, Torchwood, Law & Order and The X-Files.

Lauren Ambrose, host Alexander Velinzon, violin
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A native of St. Petersburg, violinist Alexander Velinzon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in January 2000, became assistant concertmaster in 2005, and was promoted to associate concertmaster in 2015. Since then he has played as concertmaster under the direction of James Levine, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, and other leading conductors. In addition, he has been invited to play as concertmaster with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, and NDR Radio Philharmonic. An active performer of chamber music, Mr. Velinzon is a member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He has been seen playing chamber music in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and since 2009 has been a member of the LiveArts string quartet.
Mr. Velinzon began playing the violin at the age of six and graduated from the Leningrad School for Gifted Children. After coming to the United States, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School, working under the guidance of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artist International Young Artists Auditions, after which Strad Magazine described his playing as "very musical and intensely serious." A prizewinner in the Heida Hermann International Competition in the United States and the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland, he has performed as soloist with the National Symphony of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and in Venezuela; made his New York debut with the Jupiter Symphony playing a Paganini concerto, and served as soloist/concertmaster for the Paul Taylor Dance Company at New York's City Center. Mr.Velinzon's other solo engagements in the United States have included appearances with the Rondo Chamber Orchestra, Absolute Ensemble, Chappaqua Symphony, and the Metamorphoses Orchestra.

Alexander Velinzon, violin
Toby Oft, trombone
Toby Oft, trombone View biography in full page >

Toby Oft is the twelfth principal trombone in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; occupying the J.P. and Mary B. Barger Chair, he was appointed in 2008 by then music director James Levine. Currently in his ninth season with the BSO, he has performed both as a soloist with the orchestra and as a chamber musician with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Mr. Oft previously held principal trombone positions with the San Diego Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra. International career highlights as a concerto soloist have included acclaimed performances of such works as Launy Grøndahl's Concerto for Trombone and Ferdinand David's Concertino for Trombone with a diverse variety of ensembles on several continents. Domestic solo performances range from Gunther Schuller's virtuosic Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik with "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C., to Leopold Mozart's rarely performed Serenade in D for trumpet, alto trombone, and orchestra with the Boston Classical Orchestra. Deeply committed to education, Mr. Oft has presented master classes and recitals around the world. Here at home, he is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. During the summer, he coaches at the Tanglewood Music Center and is a frequent guest teacher and performer at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In addition to prominent military band and teaching positions, Mr. Oft's students have won tenured positions in top orchestras such as Detroit, Jacksonville, Toronto, and Puerto Rico. Recent students have also been accepted to such distinguished festivals as the Verbier Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. As an Edwards Instruments performing artist, Mr. Oft helped design the new T350-HB tenor trombone model and has his own exclusive line of tenor and alto trombone mouthpieces with Griego Mouthpieces. In spring 2014, Toby Oft released his debut album, "First Look." As part of the lineage of the great Joannes Rochut, a former principal trombone of the BSO, he is currently recording all the Rochut Etudes in HD video for YouTube students worldwide. For links to these videos and more, please visit

Toby Oft, trombone Stephen Lange, trombone
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A native of Dallas, Texas, Stephen Lange joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trombone section in fall 2010. Previously, he held the assistant principal trombone chair of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2010, making his solo debut with the orchestra in 2007 in Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. During his time in St. Louis, Mr. Lange helped found, and was a member of, The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, a chamber group composed of the SLSO trombone section. The group gave masterclasses and recitals throughout the Midwest, culminating in a recently recorded compact disc, "4.1." Before joining the SLSO Mr. Lange performed one season with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Opera House Orchestra, the Extension Ensemble, and the Colorado Music Festival. He has taught at the University of Texas-San Antonio and, during his tenure in St. Louis, was an adjunct professor of music at Washington University. He has given master classes and recitals throughout the country, including The Juilliard School and the Tanglewood Music Festival. In May 1999, Mr. Lange completed The Juilliard School's Master of Music program as a student of Joesph Alessi. During his time at Juilliard he performed the U.S. premiere of Ruben Seroussi's trombone concerto Playtime with the New Juilliard Ensemble and, as a recipient of the Frank Smith Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Lange performed Nino Rota's Concerto for Trombone at the 1998 International Trombone Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Lange holds bachelor's degrees of science and music from Indiana University, where he was awarded Indiana University's Performer's Certificate. Other awards include First Prize in the Lewis Van Haney International Trombone Competition at the International Trombone Festival, and, with the Extension Ensemble, first place at the 1999 Carmel Chamber Competition and the 1999 Fishoff Chamber Competition. Mr. Lange's former teachers are Joseph Alessi, New York Philharmonic: Keith Brown, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, and Joe Dixon, instructor of trombone in the Dallas area.

Stephen Lange, trombone
James Markey, bass trombone
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James Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as bass trombone in fall 2012 following a fifteen-year tenure in the New York Philharmonic, first as associate principal (1997-2007), then bass trombone (2007-2012). He was also principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two years. He has had numerous solo appearances, including with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, United States Army Band, Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. A sought-after educator, Mr. Markey has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American (formerly Eastern) Trombone Workshop, and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions around the country. He currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and the Longy School of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, having formerly taught at the Juilliard School, Mannes College: the New School for Music, New York University, Purchase College (SUNY), Montclair State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. Mr. Markey has released four solo recordings: "Offroad," on tenor trombone (2003); "On Base," a solo bass trombone recording (2009); a two-disc album of orchestral and opera excerpts for bass trombone with Denson Paul Pollard, and a second solo bass trombone recording titled "Psychedelia" (2015). He is also a featured soloist on "A Beautiful Noise," a compilation of solos for tenor and bass trombone produced by the Columbus State University Trombone Choir, and on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilović's Concerto for Two Trombones. Mr. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor and master of music degrees in 2005 and 2006.

James Markey, bass trombone Mike Roylance, Tuba
Mike Roylance, Tuba View biography in full page >

Mike W. Roylance is the principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joining the BSO in 2003. Previously, Mr. Roylance performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the BSO, he was a member of Walt Disney World¹s "Future Corps" in Orlando, Florida. Being well-versed in many styles of music, Mr. Roylance also enjoyed a diverse and celebrated freelance career including performances and masterclasses throughout Europe, China and Japan.

Mr. Roylance has been a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band and has ushered in many new works including Gunther Schuller's Tuba Concerto No. 2, of which gave the critically acclaimed premiere. He also premiered Teutonic Tales, a new work for tuba written for him by Robert W. Smith, recording it for CD along with three tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

On faculties at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music as well as the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Roylance is an active teacher, coach and chamber musician. He has presented masterclasses and recitals at numerous locations around the United States and is often called upon as an audition coach. Additionally, he founded and directs the tuba/euphonium workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Mr. Roylance is on the advisory board of Kids 4 Harmony, an El Sistema-inspired program based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which transforms the lives of children by providing them with the opportunity to learn and play orchestral music at no cost to them.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his Master of Music degree at DePaul University in Chicago. An avid pilot with an instrument rating and an active cyclist, Mike Roylance lives in Boston with his wife Amanda and their three daughters.

Mike Roylance, Tuba
Adam Esbensen, cello
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Adam Esbensen joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2008 after spending five years as a cellist with the Oregon Symphony. Mr. Esbensen began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Stephen Geber. He went on to earn a master of music degree and performance award from the Mannes College of Music. During his two years in New York City he studied with Timothy Eddy and performed around the state as part of the Mozart and Chopin festivals. Mr. Esbensen joined the cello section of the Louisville Orchestra in 2001, where he played for two years before moving back to his home state of Oregon. While living in Portland, he took an interest in new music as a member of the Fear No Music ensemble and at the Ernest Bloch Composer's Symposium. He has spent summers at festivals in Taos, Vail, Spoleto-Italy, Bellingham, and San Luis Obispo. Mr. Esbensen's other teachers and influences include Hamilton Cheifetz, John Kadz, and Pamela Frame.


Member of the Boston Cello Quartet.

Adam Esbensen, cello Danny Kim
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Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-2017 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-18 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his master of music degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Having begun his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, he transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. As a teacher, he was in residence with El Sistema in Caracas and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, Minnesota. Mr. Kim also appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children’s Museum. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet, and has collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, among others. Mr. Kim toured South Korea in 2014 with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and violist Richard O’Neill, and was also a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra while earning his undergraduate degree. He was also one of the first musicians to participate in the Boston Symphony-Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra musician exchange, joining the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany during the 2018-19 season. Recently Mr. Kim joined the Boston University College of Fine Arts faculty as a Lecturer in Music.

Danny Kim
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