Lynn Bechtold, violin
Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout NA and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. She is a member of groups including Zentripetal Duo, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, and her performances have been broadcast on various TV and radio, including WNYC, 30 Rock, The CBS Morning Show, and Good Day NY. An active performer of all genres of music, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joe’s Pub. Her electroacoustic compositions have been performed around the city and she is currently working on a piece for solo violin and electronics based on the sounds of Kendo (Japanese fencing). She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes-The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir.
Oren Fader, guitar
The guitarist Oren Fader played Brilliantly." — The New York Times.
"His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly
evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling."— Guitar
Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader has performed in Asia,
Europe, and throughout the United States. Recent concerto performances
include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra, Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the New Jersey
Symphony, and David Del Puerto's new concerto, "Zephyr", with the New
Paths in Music Ensemble.
In addition to performing as a soloist, Mr. Fader is much in demand as a
New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts
with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met
Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New
York Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival,
Istanbul Festival, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Bard Music Festival, and
Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He
has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be
heard on over 40 commercial recordings and film. His latest solo
recordings include "Another's Fandango", featuring 500 years of guitar
music, and "First Flight", a disc of 10 premiere solos written for Mr.
Fader by New York City composers.
Mr. Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his
Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers
include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been
on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of
Margaret Lancaster, flute
“New-music luminary” (The New York Times) and “leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” (Village Voice), Margaret Lancaster has built a large repertoire of new works composed for her that employ extended techniques, multi-media, and electronics fusing music, theater and movement. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Ibsen Festival, Santa Fe New Music, Edinburgh Festival, Tap City, New Music Miami, and Festival D’Automne. A member of Either/Or and Fisher Ensemble, she has been a guest of many groups including Argento, American Modern Ensemble, and the New York Philharmonic. She has recorded on New World Records, OO Discs, Innova, Naxos and Tzadik, and was selected for Meet the Composer’s New Works for Soloist Champions project. Noted for her interdisciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as an actor, dancer, and amateur furniture designer, presents solo and chamber music concerts worldwide. Recent collaborations include projects with Jean-Baptiste Barrière, ArmitageGone!Dance, BMP’s Kocho, and playing Helene in the 7-year worldwide run of OBIE-winning Mabou Mines Dollhouse…
Miolina, violin duo, Lynn Bechtold and Mioi Takeda
Miolina was formed in 2012 when artistic director/violinist Mioi Takeda decided to form a violin duo with longtime collaborator, violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold. To date, the duo has had successful performances in NYC at The Church of the Transfiguration, Gallery MC, Greenwich House Music School, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Parsons School of Design, Queens Library, Spectrum, St. Mark's Church, and Turtle Bay Music School, as well as at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, at Monk Space in Los Angeles, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts and l'Institut Finlandais in Paris, France. In addition, they have performed on series and festivals such as Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, and Electronic Music Midwest. Miolina specializes in violin duo music that employs the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, with or without electronics and video. They enjoy collaborating on new compositions with composers, as well as discovering hidden gems of the past. Some of their recent collaborators include cellist Jennifer DeVore, percussionists Ian Ding and Eric Millstein, and composers Melissa Grey, Milica Paranosic, Karen Tanaka, and Eric Tanguy. Miolina's future productions include creating music for silent Japanese films of the 1920s, and a program about immigration and its influence on composers. Both violinists are longtime advocates of new music, and have performed with various new music groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance, Glass Farm Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, & VIA. They are recipients of a 2015 grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a 2014 grant from New York Women Composers.
Seth Noble, vibraphone
Seth Noble graduated with honors from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Seth currently resides in Southside Birmingham where he works as Artistic Coordinator for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, co-founder/director of the award-winning Iron Giant Percussion group, and freelance percussionist. He has performed for and in collaboration with several Alabama arts organizations, such as the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Sanspointe Dance Company, Clefworks, and City Equity Theatre. He has also recently performed as a marimba soloist at the Southeastern Composers League Forum and ComposerFest IX new music conferences. In his free time, Seth enjoys building percussion instruments and propagating the American folk tradition with his guitar, bass, accordion, and banjo.
Mioi Takeda, violin
Mioi Takeda has performed with new music groups including North/South Consonance as concertmaster, SEM Ensemble, and Composers Concordance, giving countless premieres. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Square Festival, Scandia Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Strathmere Orchestra, The Japan Philharmonic, and The New Japan Philharmonic. Her performances can be heard on North/South and Naxos recordings. She was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School and she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The City University of New York under the guidance of Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Takeda performs in a violin-duo group, Miolina, with Ms. Lynn Bechtold.