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Flutist and artistic director Kate Steinbeck has distinguished herself across the US and abroad as a unique interpreter, passionate teacher and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College studying with William Hebert (Piccolo Emeritus Cleveland Orchestra) and a Master’s in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Tim Day (Principal Flute San Francisco Symphony). A former Fulbright scholar to Belgium, Kate won a First Prize in chamber music from the Belgian Royal Conservatory in Liège and thereafter spent several years in Germany while performing and teaching throughout Europe. Prior to moving to Asheville, she spent a decade free-lancing in San Francisco, where she was widely recognized for her work in contemporary music and was featured on many of the Bay Area’s most prestigious stages. Kate has produced two critically acclaimed CDs ~ Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch. She plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co. www.katesteinbeck.com
Bassoonist Rosalind Buda hails from Iowa. Since moving South in 2011, she has been very much in demand playing chamber music, orchestral repertoire and teaching throughout North and South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. She is the principal bassoonist for Pan Harmonia and has been lauded by audiences throughout the region. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Rosalind earned her Master’s Degree while studying with Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal, Richard Svoboda. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa where she studied with Benjamin Coelho.
Outside of classical bassoon performance, Rosalind pursues her other musical passion–traditional and modern Scottish/Celtic/world music and various forms of Celtic dance. She plays traditional reed instruments including highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes and Breton bombard. Rosalind performs with the band Brizeus and the Jamie Laval Band.
Ivan Seng received his MM from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied piano with Clifton Matthews and composition with Michael Rothkopf. He received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Schwartz and Sanford Margolis. Ivan has performed some of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire. While still in high school, he performed the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major with the NC School of the Arts orchestra. At 16, he gave a performance of Beethoven’s notoriously difficult Hammerklavier sonata.
In 2007, Ivan was chosen to be part of the Asheville Rising Stars series, performing at the Diana Wortham Theatre as part of the Bravo Concert series. His ensemble, the Feliks Trio, received first prize in the 2005 College Chamber Music Competition in Hendersonville. In 2005, he was also a finalist in the Beethoven Club 11th Biennial Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently resides in Asheville.
A versatile and engaging musician, Barbara Weiss’ diverse musical experiences range from recording and performing ancient classical Cambodian music to directing a baroque opera company to chairing a university’s early music program. She has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, as well as Concordia College and the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania. She regularly teaches at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Recorder Academy. This July she will be on the faculty of the Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop in Cullowhee, NC. Ms. Weiss has performed at the Boston, San Antonio and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Her collaborations include Belladonna, the Newberry Consort, Quicksilver, Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the King’s Noyse, Apollo’s Fire, the Chicago Opera Theater and Piffaro. Ms. Weiss has recorded with the Dorian, Flying Fish and Harmonia Mundi labels. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she performs with a new group, Muses Delight.
Frederick Lemmons, clarinetist, has lived in Asheville since 2009 after serving 21 years with “The President’s Own”, United States Marine Band in Washington, DC. He performed at the White House for five US Presidents and traveled the United States and Europe in hundreds of concert performances with the band. His education includes a BS in Music Education from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (his hometown) and a Masters in Clarinet Performance from Louisiana State University where he also did Doctoral studies. He is presently the clarinet professor at Mars Hill University. He also performs with the Asheville Lyric Opera, Brevard Philharmonic and the Hendersonville Symphony. (Photo by Frank Zipperer)