Katherine Collier, piano and music director
Katherine Collier has had a distinguished and versatile career as a soloist, chamber music artist, and accompanist. After her early training in Texas, she studied piano with Cecile Genhart and accompanying with Brooks Smith. She was awarded unanimously the Performer’s Certificate at Eastman. Professor Collier was the first prize winner of the National Young Artist’s Competition and the Cliburn Scholarship Competition and was the recipient of a Rockefeller Award. She won a Kemper Educational Grant to study at
the Royal College of Music in London, England. Collier has been asoloist with orchestras in Cincinnati, Dallas, Eastman-Rochester, and Houston, and is an active collaborator with many renowned musicians including Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Andres Cardenes, Erling Bengtsson, David Shifrin, and members of the Tokyo, Emerson, Cleveland, Orion, Vermeer, Miami, Shanghai, and Ying Quartets.
She has performed around the world and appeared at recital halls in Europe such as Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room (Southbank) in London, the Concertgebouw, the Brahms-Saal, and the Konzertsaal der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik. She has presented concerts at Merkin Hall, the Phillips Collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and the Y Music Society in Pittsburgh. She performs at the Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen, Meadowmount, and Skaneateles. As an accompanist, Ms. Collier worked in the studios of Dorothy Delay at Aspen and Nathan Milstein and the BBC in London.
Collier tours extensively with her husband, violist Yizhak Schotten. They are founders and music directors of the Maui Classical Music Festival in Hawaii and music directors of the Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs. Ms. Collier appears with her husband on four compact discs on Crystal Records and has recorded with other artists on the Pandora, Pearl, Crystal, and Centaur labels. Ms. Collier previously taught at the universities of Washington, Northern Kentucky, and Wyoming.
Yizhak Schotten, viola and music director
Yizhak Schotten, violist and music director, came from Israel to study with William Primrose at USC. He won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York with his string trio, and performed in many of this country’s prestigious concert series. He has concertized around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and later became principal violist of the Cincinnati and Houston Symphony Orchestras. An active recording artist, he is on the faculty of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 2020 Yizhak was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Viola Society.
Yaron Kohlber, piano
Steinway Artist Yaron Kohlberg, born in Jerusalem, is among today's top Israeli pianists. He is the President of Piano Cleveland, presenter of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, in which he was the silver medalist in 2007.
Kohlberg played in major halls in forty countries over five continents and has won over ten international prizes. His performances won critical acclaim. Kohlberg speaks six languages, including Mandarin Chinese, and uses them often during his performances worldwide. He has performed as soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kremlin in Moscow, the UN Hall in Geneva, Asahi hall in Tokyo, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Melbourne Recital Center, Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, Residenz in Munich, Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Phillipsaal in The Hague, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Bellas Artes in Mexico City and elsewhere. He has also played in the Israel parliament (Knesset) and the residence of the Israeli president. His performances have been broadcast on major TV stations in China, Korea and Japan.
International piano competitions in which Kohlberg won top prizes include the Cleveland International Piano Competition (2007), the international Parnassos competition in Monterrey (Mexico), the Shostakovich competition (Hanover), the international Grieg competition in Oslo, the international competition in Andorra, the Top of the World competition in Tromso (Norway), and the Tivoli competition (Denmark). He won the young artist and Clairmont competitions in Israel and received various additional awards. Kohlberg appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Cleveland orchestra, the Copenhagen philharmonic orchestra, the Beijing symphony orchestra, the Oslo radio orchestra and the Palermo orchestra in Italy. He also played with all the leading Israeli orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Camerata, Haifa Symphony orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble and others.
In recent years Kohlberg has teamed up with his friend Bishara Haroni to form the highly successful Duo Amal piano duo. He also cooperates regularly with top musicians and ensembles around the globe. Kohlberg holds a graduate degree (with distinction) from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University and is a student of the late Luisa Yoffe as well as Eitan Globerson and Arie Vardi. He served on juries of international competitions in the US, China, Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico and Israel. In some of his concerts he combines classical music with new arrangements of popular and world music. As President of Piano Cleveland, he creates original programming to engage new audiences to classical music. His articles about the subject have been published in various international publications, such as International Piano Magazine, Musical America, WFIMC publicity and GetClassical in NYC.
Kurt Muroki, double bass
A former Artist Member with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kurt Muroki began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study the Double bass at the Juilliard School of Music. Kurt has performed with the The Jupiter Chamber Players, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, 92nd St. Y, and Bargemusic. Festivals include Marlboro Music Festival, Festival L'Autonne at IRCAM, and Aspen Music Fesival to name a few. Kurt is also active playing movies, commercials, popular, and classical recordings with titles including the Oscar winning film "The Departed", "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", "Julie and Julia", "Moonrise Kingdom", The Who, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Itzhak Perlman . He has collaborated with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Tokyo quartets among others, and has performed concerto tours throughout Asia and the United States. Mr. Muroki held faculty positions at Stony Brook University and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. Mr Muroki is also an artistic advisor for the Schneider Concert Series in New York City and is a D'Addario Strings Artist. Kurt plays on a double bass once owned by the famous double bassist Domenico Dragonetti and attributed to Nicolo Amati circa 1665.
Sarah Oates, violin
Sarah Oates enjoys a varied career combining chamber music, orchestral leading and teaching. As the associate concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London she has performed regularly in the great concert halls and around the world. She is a sought-after guest concertmaster with other world class orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Opera House of Brussels, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Dutch National Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Sarah’s education began in her country of birth, South Africa, with Louis van der Watt. She went on to study with Yossi Zivoni at the Purcell School in London, then at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, completing her studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Pinchas Zukerman.
As an experienced chamber musician and member of the Devich Trio she has recorded four CD’s with Challenge Records to international critical acclaim. Recent recordings include a CD with Warner Classics, including works by Chausson, with her string quartet, the Philharmonia Chamber Players. She is a founding member of the Phoenix Festival, an annual chamber music festival in Brussels, with Brussels Muzique, an ensemble of international musicians. She is also a member of the Ubuntu Ensemble, a group of South African musicians currently based in the UK and Europe, who come together to perform classical repertoire as well as showcasing contemporary South African composers.
Sarah is a violin professor at the London Performing Academy of Music.
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- American Record Guide
"The quality of performance is amazingly high."
- Musical America
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