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Schubert's Trout Quintet

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Schubert's Trout Quintet

Monday, March 16 – 7:00pm

Monday, March 16 – 7:00pm
In Your Community
1 hour and 30 minutes

At the Steinway Gallery of Detroit

Experience a program curated and performed by DSO Musicians away from Orchestra Hall. As part of the DSO's community initiatives, audiences experience music in their neighborhoods.

Alexandros Sakarellos

Second Violin

Violinist Alexandros Sakarellos has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across five continents and in 25 countries.

A native of Greece, Alexandros received his early musical training at the Athens Conservatory—Greece's leading musical institution. While in Greece he enjoyed a very satisfying performing career from a very early age. By the age of 20 he was already appearing frequently as a soloist and recitalist; serving as Concertmaster of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra; and as a first violinist with the Athens State Orchestra.

In 2005 Alexandros moved to New York. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music with New York Philarmonic's Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Assistant Principal Lisa Kim and Professor Isaac Malkin.

During his years in New York, his activities included performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Concertmaster appearances under renowned artists such as Kurt Masur and Pinchas Zuckerman; performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum Of Modern Arts, the Onassis Foundation, and other such venues.

Alexandros has also appeared at the Festivals of Ravello in Italy, Miyazaki in Japan, Bellerive in Switzerland and Santo Domingo. In 2009 he was privileged to be invited by the prestigious Athens-Epidaurus Festival to give the Greek premiere of several works by the awarded American-Greek composer George Tsontakis.

Prior to joining the DSO, Sakarellos played for two years in the 1st Violin section of the San Francisco Opera.

He is currently playing on a very fine J.B. Vuillaume made in 1856.

Eric Nowlin

Principal Viola

Violist Eric Nowlin has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as abroad. Eric's performance of Berlioz’ Harold in Italy with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was described by Classical Source as "outstanding…his distinctive timbre and sovereign musicianship at one with Slatkin’s perfectly paced account… totally compelling."

Past accomplishments include receiving second prize in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Competition, first prize in the Irving Klein International String Competition; first prize in the Hellam Young Artists Competition; grand prize in the Naftzger Young Artists Competition; and winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. Performances have included solo engagements with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and the Kumamoto Symphony in Japan, as well as recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Mexico.

Eric is the violist of the Juno and Opus Award winning New Orford String Quartet. Other chamber music activities have included participating in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. He was a regular member of the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute. Eric was previously the Associate Principal viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has served as guest principal viola with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolis Ensemble, and Cleveland’s Citymusic, as well as substitute viola with the New York Philharmonic.

Eric is Assistant Professor of Viola at Michigan State University, and has previously been Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, as well as Instructor of Viola at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He spends time during the summer months teaching and performing at numerous music festivals in the United States and Canada.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes. Eric plays on a 1757 J.B. Guadagnini viola on generous loan from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as a viola from 1910 made by Giovanni Pistucci, and a viola made by Sam Zygmuntowicz made in 2019.

Abraham Feder

Assistant Principal Cello

Abraham Feder began his tenure with Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in the fall of 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2018, he served as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera. Abraham began his orchestral career as Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra and Cellist of the Sarasota String Quartet from 2008-2016.

Abraham has been featured as a soloist with the Sarasota Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, as a member of the Chroma Quartet, he founded the Tuesdays with Chroma concert series in Sarasota.

An avid chamber musician, Abraham has performed with Ricardo Morales, Amy Oshiro Morales, and Kerri Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; Richard Hirschl, Brant Taylor, Kenneth Olson, and Yuan-Qing Yu of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO); Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal cellist of the CSO; Desomd Hoebig, former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra; Danielle Belen; Joseph Silverstein; Ray Chen; Christopher O’Riley; and Leonidas Kavakos.

Abraham earned his Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music at The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley. His teachers have also included Richard Hirschl and Tanya Carey.

Stephen Molina

Assistant Principal Bass

Stephen Molina is Assistant Principal Bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served in the interim position of Acting Principal Bass from 2002-2008 and 2012-2014. Born in New York City, he began his musical training at the age of 6 and went on to graduate from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. His principal teachers were Marvin Topolsky of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Barry Green, former principal bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Stephen has attended many prestigious summer music festivals, including Interlochen, Aspen, and Tanglewood. He has also performed at the Utah Music Festival and at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY.

Prior to joining the DSO in September 1976, Stephen served as a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic and the New Orleans Bass Quartet. He has performed with several Detroit-area ensembles, including the Lyric Chamber Ensemble, the Renaissance City Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, the American Artists Series, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Ann Arbor Chamber Music Festival.

Stephen works with young musicians throughout the year teaching bass, coaching ensembles, and giving master classes. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Oakland University.

In 1983 the DSO engaged Stephen with the added responsibilities of Assistant Personnel Manager, which evolved into the position of Associate Personnel Manager in 1989 and Orchestra Personnel Manager in 1998. He retired as the Orchestra Personnel Manager at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Zhihua Tang

piano

Zhihua Tang is assistant professor in collaborative piano at the Michigan State University College of Music.

She has enjoyed an active performing career around the world and has been praised for her extraordinary versatility and profound artistry on the piano. Over the years, Zhihua has collaborated with some of today’s leading musicians: violinists Joshua Bell, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yuval Yaron, Robert Chen, Yoonshin Song, Emmanuelle Boisvert, and Yuan-Qing Yu; cellists Robert deMaine and Haiye Ni; violist Mahoko Eguchi; flutists Maxim Rubtsov and Jeff Zook; bassist Alexander Hanna; and oboist Dwight Parry.

Her chamber music partners have included numerous principal players from many major symphony orchestras, such as New York Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, National, Detroit, Dallas, among others. Since 2011, she has performed frequently with Detroit Symphony Orchestra in many of its concert series. In May 2013, she has appeared in Carnegie Hall with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin as part of Carnegie Hall’s annual Spring for Music Festival.

Zhihua was the top prize winner of the Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee and the Central Division of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition, Chopin Competition in Chicago. She has also received honorable mention at the XII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with many orchestras in different continents, including Detroit Civic Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, her performance of the Beethoven “Emperor” concerto with Detroit Civic Orchestra at Detroit Orchestra Hall was broadcast live on Detroit WRCJ radio station. As a recitalist, she has performed extensively across Europe, U.S., and Asia in major music venues such as Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Rackham Hall in Ann Arbor, Detroit Orchestra Hall, Beijing Zhongshan Music Hall, and Shanghai Centre Theatre.

She has held teaching positions at Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, University of North Dakota, and Summer Music Camp at Bowling Green State University. As an avid advocate for music in the community, she has worked as chamber music coach in the Detroit Civic Youth Ensemble, one of the premier youth music organizations in the country. She has been frequently invited to give performances and master classes throughout United States and her native China.

A native of Shanghai, China, Zhihua began her piano studies at the age of five with her father. She attended the Shanghai Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Fei Minyi Fellowship and Shen Xingong Scholarship. She received master of music degree from Indiana University as a scholarship student of Menahem Pressler. She later completed her DMA degree from Michigan State University College of Music under the tutelage of Deborah Moriarty. She has also worked with some of the most important pedagogues including Paul-Badura Skoda, Russell Sherman, Joseph Kalichstein, John Perry, Anton Kuerti, Martin Katz, Janos Starker, Elly Ameling, and Pamela Frank. Additionally, she has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Music Festival, Orford Music Center, and Gilmore Piano Festival.

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