Daria Kiseleva, piano

Born in 1989, Daria made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 10, performing Mozart Concerto no.8. Winning the First Prize of the prestigious IV BNDES International Piano Competition in 2014 brought her appearances with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Experimental de Repertório, recital series in most famous halls of Brazil, including Sala Sao Paulo, Theatre Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Theatre Municipal of Sao Paulo, in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, USA, and Salle Cortot in Paris. In October 2015 she became Laureate of Marguerite Long International Piano Competition, performing her finals with Orchestra de Chambre de Paris at Theatre of Champs Élysées. 

Along with the concerts series in Spain, Germany and France as a winner of the First Prize of Rotary Club International Piano Competition in Mallorca, Daria's performances include appearances in Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Salle Gauveau in Paris, recitals at 35 Londrina Festival (Brazil), Festival VII Virtuosi Gravata (Brazil), Schlern Festival (Italy), Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo, Foundation Oscar Americano in Sao Paulo, Aptos Keyboard Series in Monterey Bay, California. In July 2016 Daria became the First Prize winner of International Keyboard Odyssiad Festival in Fort Collins, CO, USA, winning both in piano solo and concerto competition divisions. 

Daria graduated from Moscow State Gnessin College in 2010 and continued her studies at Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Andrei Diev. Since 2014 she is pursuing her studies in TCU School of Music with Dr. Ungar. She attended masterclasses with such an esteemed maestros as Dmitry Bashkirov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Menahem Pressler, Steven Kovacevich, Konstantin Scherbakov, Hung-Kuan Chen, Alexander Schtarkmann. Her international piano competitions’ achievements also include 2009 National Competition «Young talents», Moscow, Laureate; 2011 M.Yudina International Competition, Sankt-Peterburg, Third Prize; 2012 Shabyt International Competition, Astana, Grand Prix; 2013 International Rubinstein Chamber Competition, Moscow,  Second Prize; 2014 Jean Francaix International Piano Competition, Moscow, Second Prize. She was an active perfomer in 53th Weimar Piano Festival (2011), Oxford Philomusica Festival (2013), PianoTexas 2014 and PianoTexas  2016. 
In recognition of her professional endeavors in music, Daria was awarded with Sviatoslav Richter (2005) and Henrich Neuhauz (2010) Premias of Rostropovich Foundation.

Mathieu D'Ordine, cello

Cellist Mathieu D’Ordine is a devoted interpreter of music ranging from 21st century solo compositions to 17th century basso continuo, and he has commissioned or premiered new works from brilliant rising composers such as Anthony Green, Trevor Villwock, and Steve Sachse. In November 2012, Mathieu was the featured soloist performing Austin Wintory's Woven Variations with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, music based on the Grammy nominated soundtrack to the video game Journey. Mathieu currently serves on the faculty of the Mt Blanca Summer Music Conservatory where, every July, he coaches chamber groups and teaches classes in music history.

An accomplished arranger, Mathieu has provided custom orchestrations (between 5 and 12 players) for small opera productions across the country. He has been hired by opera companies like the Boston Opera Collaborative, the Boulder Opera Company, and the Eklund Opera Program at CU Boulder. His commissions include Gounod’s Faust, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and a pastiche of Rossini pieces, in addition to a large assortment of isolated arias and scenes arranged for Boulder Opera’s fundraising galas.

Mathieu is currently Associate Conductor of the Boulder Opera Company, and served as music director for their 2014-15 season productions of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Handel's Orlando. He also conducted their December 2013 production of The Magic Flute, and will do so again for their December 2016 production of The Elixir of Love, for which he will also provide the orchestral arrangement. In August 2011, Mathieu took part in Cornish College's Accademia d'Amore, working with renowned music director Stephen Stubbs and world-class viola da gamba player and instructor Margriet Tindemans on a program of 17th century operatic scenes. Mathieu received his Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from CU Boulder in 2011.

Sarah Off, Violin

Violinist Sarah Off is recognized as an innovative and passionate performer and educator.  She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician and is a founding member of Tandem Duo and Sona Trio.  She has performed in Iceland’s Harpa International Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado and is a performing artist with the Fountain Hills Chamber Players in Phoenix.  

Having grown up in the rural town of Del Norte, CO Sarah is passionate about access to the musical arts in rural areas and presented on this topic for the 2016 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference. She is founder and Artistic Director of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory in Colorado.  She also holds positions as Violin Instructor and Orchestra Director at South Mountain Community College along with maintaining her own private studio in Phoenix.  

Sarah is an advocate for new music and recently performed the world premier of Kohei Kondo’s Suite for Solo Violin Op. 156 along with upcoming world premiers with Tandem Duo.  Sarah is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Violin Performance at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for the Arts.  She received her Masters in Violin Performance from Arizona State University and her Bachelors in Violin Performance from University of Colorado at Boulder.  

Ingrid Anderson, Oboe

Ingrid Anderson is an oboist and a Boulder native. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado, and her Masters of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Anderson has played with orchestras such as the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Opera, the Boston Civic Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony. Her teachers include Peter Cooper, James Brody and John Dee. 

Phoenix Avalon, Violin

Phoenix Avalon, 15, is in his 2nd decade of violin obsession.  Returning to the Boulder Symphony after soloing the past three seasons, Phoenix has also soloed with the New Mexico Philharmonic (2015) and Performance Santa Fe (2014). As a Performance Santa Fe EPIK Artist, he has performed in numerous solo concerts, as well as performing with Pro Musica CHAMPS, Serenata of Santa Fe, Canticum Novum, and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.

In September 2015 Phoenix was invited to play for the national radio show “From the Top” and was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He is the 3-time recipient of the Performance Santa Fe Davis Award, as well as a 4 year recipient of Starling Foundation/Meadowmount Grants for study at the Meadowmount School of Music. In 2015 Phoenix was the strings winner of the Jackie McGehee Young Artist Competition and received second place in the MTNA National Competition in Junior Performance.
This fall Phoenix began study at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo and continues his studies with Jan Sloman. He was a student of Carmelo de los Santos at UNM for the past 6 years and began his violin training with Rick Lohmann of Santa Fe Talent Education at the age of 3. 

In addition to the summer program at Meadowmount, Phoenix also attended the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Program and the Philadelphia International Music Festival. He has played in master classes for Joseph Silverstein, Chad Hoopes, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Daniel Han, Kimberly Fischer, Richard Rood, Martha Caplin and for the Szymanowski, Atrium, Brentano, Harrison and Jasper String Quartets. This fall he will be coached by members of the Cavani String Quartet.

Active in the Santa Fe community, Phoenix was honored to mentor the St. Michael's High School Orchestra, in addition to playing for numerous fundraisers, including the Gerard House, the Food Depot, the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, the Albuquerque Boy Choir, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and many others.

Phoenix is playing on an Amati Bros. violin, c. 1617, generously loaned by Kenneth Warren and Son Ltd. of Chicago. In addition to violin, Phoenix composed his first string quartet under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Juilliard Pre-College. He enjoys philosophical debate, history and snowboarding.

Yin-Feng Keynes Chen, Violin

Yin-Feng Keynes Chen began his violin study at four, and entered Chongqing School of the Arts at the age of eleven, then the prestigious Shanghai Music Conservatory when he was thirteen. In 1995, he moved his violin study to CU Boulder and received Master Degree of Music Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout Mr. Chen’s music career, he has received numerous prestigious awards which include the Dénes Koromzay Chamber Music Award; winner of CU College of Music’s Concerto Competition in 2000; winner of both the State and Regional Music Teachers’ National Association Music Competition in 2001; and first prize-winner in the 2002 Bruce Ekstrand Competition with his former quartet - Nacht Quartet - which was the Graduate String Quartet in Residence and the Performance Teaching Assistant ant CU Boulder.

He was chosen to attend the Takács Quartet seminar both in 1999 and 2001, and was awarded with full scholarship to participate in the Australian Chamber Music Festival in 1998, and scholarship to the prestigious Aspen Music festival in 1999. He was a first violin sectional member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and has lead as the concertmaster for its orchestra tour in 2000-2001. His frequent regional performances have included numerous performances in the CU Music School’s Faculty Concert Series, a solo concert with the CU Symphony Orchestra; a solo recital for the Colorado Music Festival in 2001; two solo performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Up Close and Musical Concert Series; and a duet performance with the world renowned Grammy winner, Kitaro, at the Boulder Theater in 2003; a series of chamber music concerts for the Backyard Arts Series in 2005; a duet concert for Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s 2007 concert series; a joint recital with pianist Mr. Weng Lei at CU Music School’s Guest Artist Recital Series in 2009, and as well as a quartet recital for Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series in 2010.

Besides Mr. Chen’s performance career, he has been teaching violin since 1994 and he has received this complete Suzuki pedagogy training under the famed Suzuki Pedagogue Dr. William Starr. Mr. Chen was the principle violin teacher for Englewood Arts’ Strings Attached program at five different Englewood public schools from 2003-2005. Mr. Chen Currently serves as the Music Director for Longmont Youth Symphony; He was also the Artistic Director for Boulder Youth Symphony and Conductor for Colorado Youth Symphony’s Sinfonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Chen has leaded a successful youth symphony tour in China which they have visited and performed in numerous cities. He also serves as the Executive Director of A Mid-Summer Day’s Dream String Camp in Boulder. Starting the summer of 2006, Mr. Chen became the first violinist for the Illuminati Quartet, and they perform and teach for the String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado at both Greeley and Fort Collins, Colorado. Because of his passion for music education, Mr. Chen and his wife Regan Kane, have also co-founded a high-standard music school in the Boulder area called Flatirons Strings Academy since 2007.


Paul Erhard, Double Bass

Dr. Paul Erhard performs as a soloist and teaches internationally in Europe and Asia, as well as throughout the USA.  His solo recitals promote the vocal beauty and richness of the double bass through a unique blend of traditional and contemporary double bass solo repertoire.  He has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras in New York, Colorado, Kansas, and Hawaii.  Paul Erhard is the winner of the 1984 Juilliard Double Bass Concerto Competition, performing the Mortari Concerto at Lincoln Center with conductor Isaah Jackson.  Frequent chamber music collaborations with wide variety of performers have included Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Takács String Quartet.  He has worked extensively as a jazz bassist in New York, Colorado, and Munich, and was a member of the Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble I.  Paul Erhard is principal double bass of the Boulder Bach Festival, and was principal bass of the Soviet Émigré Orchestra and the Albany Symphony in New York.

As a leading double bass performer exploring raga music of India, Paul Erhard’s pioneering efforts led him to form the Indo-American Fusion trio Atmic Vision (http://atmicvision.com) in 2004 with two of India’s leading musicians, bansuri flutist Annada Prasanna Pattanaik and tabla drummer Muthu Kumar.  With critically acclaimed tours in 2005, ’07 and ’08, Atmic Vision has performed 43 concerts in 10 states and Paris, and given 50+ Indian music workshops for 9000+ students.  A long-time singer in the Metropolitan Opera writes “Each member of Atmic Vision is stunning in his virtuosity.  Atmic Vision’s music has an indomitable and irrepressible life force.  This is only the beginning of an even more profound capacity to touch audience members with a pureness of joy I no longer thought was possible.”

Dr. Erhard has been a guest clinician at many double bass conferences in the USA and Europe, including BASS 2008 in Paris and BASS 2010 in Berlin.  He has been a jury member for numerous solo competitions in the USA, Europe, and South America, including the 1st, 2nd & 4th Johann-Matthias-Sperger Solo Competition in Germany.  He is one of seven jury members for the upcoming International Double Bass Solo Competition to be held May 5-14, 2011, in Markneukirchen, Germany. He was a guest clinician and master class teacher at the 2008 and 2009 American String Teachers Association Conferences in Albuquerque and Atlanta where he presented his integral approach to double bass technique that incorporates elements of Indian musical technique.  He is also a frequent presenter at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association conferences in Colorado Springs.  In 2009, he was a guest artist at international performers symposium “The Performer’s Voice” at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr. Erhard’s primary double bass teachers have been Homer Mensch, James VanDemark, Georg Hörtnagel and Franz Ortner.  He has his Doctorate and Masters degrees from Juilliard, and his undergraduate degree from Eastman School of Music.  Prior to Eastman he studied for two years at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.  He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Yale Summer Festival, and spent three summers at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors as a student of Maestro Charles Bruck.  Erhard is the founder and director of the Rocky Mountain International Double Bass Festival that fosters excellence, excitement, and camaraderie in double bass performance within Colorado.  Eighty double bassists from 6th grade through professional gathered for the 10th Festival in October 2009.  Guest artists for the 10thFestival included members of the Chicago Symphony, Paris Opera Orchestra (France), Chamber Grup Barcelona 216 (Spain), and Juilliard School/Aspen Festival.

Dr. Erhard has been the Double Bass Professor in the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music since 1986. In addition to double bass teaching, Dr. Erhard teaches “Improvisation for String Players,” drawing upon his experiences with Indian music and Jazz, and the “Orchestral Audition Class.”


Sebastian Laskowski, Composer-In-Residence

Sebastian Laskowski is a Vancouver-based composer whose music has been described as “bluntly energetic” (The Telegraph). Having a keen interest in collaborative environments, Sebastian has written music for chamber/ orchestral ensembles, film, dance, theatre, and visual art installations.

Project highlights include being commissioned by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Dance in 2011 to create “the sum of its parts” with choreographer Tiffany Tregarthen, and having his orchestral piece, “2.5 mg”, premiered by the Victoria Symphony in 2012. His first opera, “©alculated to death”, was staged in London in 2014 as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, King’s Cross and later on as part of Future Shorts Japan in Tokyo.

In 2015, he composed music for the British sci-fi flick, “Fluid”. Sebastian holds a BFA in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Music in Creative Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has lectured on collaborative processes at conferences across the UK, and his music has been presented in festivals in Canada, England, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and the United States.


Cody Garrison, Piano

As an avid collaborative pianist, Cody Garrison enjoys working with a diversity of musicians and genres. He is on faculty in Metropolitan State University Denver’s music department as a staff accompanist in the brass and woodwind departments. He is the principal collaborative pianist for the Boulder Music Institute, where he works with vocal coaches from throughout the country in private sessions and master classes designed to develop singers’ technique.

Cody performs regionally and nationally with vocalists and instrumentalists, and recently collaborated with members of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Boulder Symphony. He currently serves as the staff accompanist for the Boulder Symphony and works as the rehearsal accompanist for its opera productions. Cody also was the core accompanist for the University of Jamestown’s music department from 2004-2008 and has functioned as the pianist for the International Music Camp’s music theater program. He was a semifinalist in the Amateur Pianists International Competition in 2012.  When not following his passion for the piano, Dr. Garrison is a dentist in Denver, Colorado.

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis, Composer-In-Residence

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis (b. 1986) is a composer, singer, and pianist. She is a doctoral candidate in music composition at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Yevgeniy Sharlat and Russell Pinkston. She holds a master's degree in music composition from the University of Colorado- Boulder, and a bachelor's degree in music composition, with emphasis in vocal and piano performance, from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

She is primarily a writer of large chamber works, many of which have theatrical bent. She regularly seeks out collaborative projects with other artists, especially in the fields of theater and dance. Many of her ideas are drawn from her committed Christian faith, from literature, visual art, and from working with other artists. She also enjoys writing works for children and regularly composes pieces for her students to perform.

The Boulder Symphony Orchestra will premiere As Lightning Flashes for symphony orchestra in April 2017. Her piece White Birds, for clarinet and electronics, was presented at the 2015 New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. Her percussion trio, Bringing in the Boat, was chosen for the Women Composers of Hartford's 2015 international score call. She was awarded the Edward J. Levy Graduate Composition Prize for her chamber work, Flight. In addition, she is a recipient of the Kent Kennan Fellowship at the University of Texas.

Ms. Comninellis has studied with many acclaimed composers of modern art music, among them Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, Carter Pan, John Drumheller, Dan Kellogg, and Richard Toensing.

Comninellis is also active as a performer and teacher. She currently holds a studio in voice and piano at The Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX.