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BSO Musicians in Recital from TanglewoodMozart, Roumain and Schubert

BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood
Mozart, Roumain and Schubert



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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

BSO violinist Julianne Lee plays a short, energetic piece written by another violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain, his Filter for solo violin. Lee performs with BSO violist Rebecca Gitter in Mozart’s Duo in G, one of two duos the composer wrote as a favor for his friend Michael Haydn—Joseph’s brother—who fell ill before fulfilling a commission. The G major duo is a substantial work of grace and elegance. Franz Schubert’s late string quartets rank among his greatest works. His songful Rosamunde Quartet, the only one of these to be published in his lifetime, takes its name from a melody it shares with music he wrote for the stage play by that name.

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Lauren Ambrose, host
Lauren Ambrose, host View biography in full page >

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 Julianne Lee, violin
Julianne Lee, violin View biography in full page >

Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she has been a member of the violin section since 2006. Ms. Lee has toured with the Marlboro Music Festival as well as multiple international tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as guest principal violist. She has performed at numerous music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber music at the Banff Centre, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Lee graduated with a unanimous first prize at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris in France. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in both violin and viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory. She is a member of ensemble Mistral and is on the faculties of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Berklee College of Music.


Julianne Lee, violin
Rebecca Gitter, viola
Rebecca Gitter, viola View biography in full page >

Born in Canada, Rebecca Gitter began studying Suzuki violin at seven and viola at thirteen. In May 2001 she received her bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Robert Vernon, having previously studied in Toronto, Ontario. While at CIM she was the recipient of the Institute's Annual Viola Prize and the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola, and twice received honorable mention in the school's concerto competition, resulting in solo performances. Among other honors, she was the 2000 recipient of Toronto's Ben Steinberg Jewish Musical Legacy Award and, prior to her BSO appointment, was offered a position in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was a summer participant in the Taos School of Music, the Marlboro Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the National Academy and National Youth Orchestras of Canada. Ms. Gitter joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 2001.

Rebecca Gitter, viola Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violin
Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violin View biography in full page >

San Diego native Lisa Ji Eun Kim joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra violin section at the start of the 2017-18 subscription season. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Hyo Kang and David Chan. Ms. Kim has participated in various festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Verbier Festival, under such mentors as Paul Kantor, Robert McDuffie, Ruggiero Ricci, Robert Lipsett, and Abram Shtern. She was runner-up in the Juilliard School’s annual concerto competition in 2013. For two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012, Ms. Kim won the grand prize of Musical Merit Competition, resulting in a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2012. Ms. Kim was a member of the Houston Symphony in the 2016-17 season. Ms. Kim is also an active chamber musician and soloist. She has performed as soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Grossmont Symphony, Saratoga Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony, and San Diego Youth Philharmonia.

Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violin
Steven Ansell, viola
Steven Ansell, viola View biography in full page >

Steven Ansell joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in September 1996, occupying the Charles S. Dana chair, having already appeared with the BSO in Symphony Hall as guest principal viola. A native of Seattle, he also remains a member of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet, which he co-founded in 1979, and with which he has toured extensively throughout the world. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle, Mr. Ansell was named professor of viola at the University of Houston at twenty-one and became assistant principal viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under André Previn at twenty-three. As a recording artist he has received two Grand Prix du Disque awards and a Gramophone magazine award for Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. He has appeared on PBS's "In Performance at the White House," has participated in the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Schleswig-Holstein, Newport, Blossom, Spoleto, and Snowbird music festivals, and premiered Ezra Laderman's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Berkshires Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ansell teaches at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. As principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he is also a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.  


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Steven Ansell, viola Oliver Aldort, cello
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Oliver Aldort joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2015.

Raised on Orcas Island, in Washington State, Oliver Aldort began his musical studies on cello and piano at the age of six. He gave his debut recital at age seven, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras since the age of ten. Among these were performances with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. Mr. Aldort was co-principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the 2013/14 season, and has performed at the Verbier Festival Academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia.

Mr. Aldort has appeared on KOMO TV's Northwest Afternoon, NPR's From the Top, and CBC Radio. He was also featured in the 2008 British TV documentary The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies. He has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2007 MTNA Junior Competition, as well as the 2008 and 2010 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.

Mr. Aldort received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in May, 2015. His major teachers have included Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Lynn Harrell, Ron Leonard and Amos Yang.

Oliver Aldort, cello
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