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.

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.


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.

Ms. Comninellis' first opera, Paliokastro, will premiere in March 2017 at the Coen New Works Festival in Austin, TX.  The Boulder Symphony Orchestra will also  premiere of 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 song cycle “a man said to the universe…” and 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, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston and Dan Kellogg.

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

Elizabeth regularly collaborates with her brother, filmmaker Josh Comninellis.