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David Hardy, cello

David Hardy, Principal Cello of the National Symphony Orchestra, achieved international recognition in 1982 as the top American prize winner at the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow.  Mr. Hardy won a special prize for the best performance of the Suite for Solo Cello by Victoria Yagling, commissioned for the competition.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, David Hardy began his cello studies there at the age of eight.  He was 16 when he made his debut as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  When he was 21 years old, Mr. Hardy won the certificate in the prestigious Geneva International Cello Competition.  The next year, he was graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Laurence Lesser, Stephen Kates and Berl Senofsky.  In 1981, he was appointed to the National Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello by its then Music Director, Mstislav Rostropovich.  In 1994, Mr. Hardy was named Principal Cello of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

Mr. Hardy made his solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1986 with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting.  A regular soloist with the NSO, Mr. Hardy, in 2004, gave the world premiere performance with Leonard Slatkin conducting of the Stephen Jaffe Concerto for Cello and Orchestra which was commissioned by the Hechinger Foundation.  Mr. Hardy gave the European premiere of the Jaffe concerto in Slovenia in 2007.  In 2008, Bridge Records released the premiere recording of the concerto with Mr. Hardy and the Odense Symphony of Denmark.

The National Symphony Orchestra’s recording of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 featuring Mr. Hardy’s solo cello performance won the 1996 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Album.”

David Hardy has performed chamber music with NSO Principal Keyboard Lambert Orkis since 1983.  He is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and has appeared with this ensemble before enthusiastic audiences in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater since 2003 and on an Atlantic Ocean crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2 this past September.  He appears on two recordings by this ensemble that have been released on the Dorian label including The Beauty of Two [duos for cello and piano by Grieg and Martinů performed with Mr. Orkis], and An Emotional Journey, Clarinet Works of Johannes Brahms, joining Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt and Mr. Orkis for the Trio in a minor, Op. 114.

Mr. Hardy’s recent release, Beethoven Past & Present, on Dorian Recordings and in collaboration with Lambert Orkis, contains two complete performances of Beethoven’s eight works for piano and cello performed on both modern and period instruments.

Mr. Hardy’s many chamber music performances include regular appearances at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and The Halcyon Music Festival in New Hampshire.  He is a founding member of the Opus 3 Trio, with violinist Charles Wetherbee and pianist Lisa Emenheiser.  The Opus 3 Trio has performed to critical acclaim across the country and has commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works.  Additionally, Mr. Hardy was cellist of the 20th Century Consort in Washington, DC, where he premiered works by Stephen Albert, Nicholas Maw, and Joseph Schwantner.  In 2008, for a Kennedy Center Chamber Players concert, he and Mr. Orkis premiered Sonata for Cello and Piano written for them by Stephen Jaffe.

Mr. Hardy’s playing can be heard on recordings under the Dorian/Sono Luminus, Bridge, Melodyia, Educo, RCA, London, Centaur and Delos labels.

Todd Phillips, violin

Todd Phillips made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of 13 and has appeared with many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan since then, including the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Jacksonville and Honolulu symphonies, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982 with the New York String Orchestra and conductor Alexander Schneider.

Return engagements at Carnegie Hall soon followed as well as solo performances in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Frankfurt Opera House.

Phillips is a founding member of the highly-acclaimed Orion String Quartet, which has been the quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mannes College of Music, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The Quartet’s television appearances have included PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center,” three performances on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts.” Their recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets have received acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Phillips’ experience as a frequent leader of the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has led to engagements as conductor/leader with the Camerata Nordica of Sweden, The New World Symphony, Risor Chamber Orchestra in Norway, The Brandenburg Ensemble, the Tapiola Sinfonietta of Finland, and the Mannes Sinfonietta in New York City.

Phillips serves on the violin faculties of the Mannes College The New School for Music, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Phillips began studying the violin at the age of four with his father, Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and later studied with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School and with Sàndor Vègh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also studied piano with his mother, Natalie Phillips, a professor of piano at the University of Pittsburgh.




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