Praised as an “exceptional talent” by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, violinist Jessica Park captivates audiences from New York to Seoul with a diverse and compelling array of solo and chamber music performances. Equally at home on both modern and baroque violins, Ms. Park has appeared internationally at such venues as the Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Vienna Konzerthaus; and stateside at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
A versatile and imaginative artist, Ms. Park is in high demand as an interpreter of baroque and classical repertoire. She can be heard frequently with the country’s premier period instrument ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The American Classical Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated. Her duo with fortepianist Ji-Young Kim was recently featured at the Boston Early Music Festival, and in 2017 Ms. Park founded the Cramer Quartet, a period instrument string quartet.
Ms. Park’s commitment to the art of string quartet playing has resonated strongly throughout her career, resulting in performances at the Metropolitan Museum, the Morgan Library, the New York Historical Society, and WQXR. She has worked closely with members of the Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Orion, Tokyo, and Ying Quartets. In 2018, Ms. Park and the Cramer Quartet participated in an intensive residency program at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.
A native of Cincinnati, Ms. Park moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, as well as a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes School of Music. Ms. Park was also a Fellow at the Yale School of Music, where she was a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Ms. Park’s principal teachers include Mark Steinberg, Ronald Copes, Hyo Kang, and Robert Mealy.
Ms. Park resides in New York City, where she enjoys baking, reading, and running in Central Park.
A native of New Jersey, “sensational” baroque and modern violinist Alana Youssefian (San Francisco Civic Center) has quickly forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Hailed for her “incredible poise,” “sensitive dynamics,” and “plangent emotional involvement” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as presenting performances that are “utterly convincing” (Early Music America), Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. She most recently graduated from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program in Spring 2018.
As winner of Juilliard's 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, she performed Vivaldi's "Il Grosso Mogul" concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan. She has performed with Juilliard415 as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including their tours of India and New Zealand. She has also performed with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Mercury, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, Sonnambula, and Les Arts Florissants at Dans le Jardin de William Christie. Recent engagements as concerto soloist include Voices of Music and Philharmonia Baroque. She is a founding member of the baroque ensemble les soûls d’amour, and enjoys their residency at the Seabury Academy at St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, CT. Her latest ensemble, The Cramer Quartet, was selected for a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018. She was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018. In her free time, Ms. Youssefian enjoys spending time with her cats Jimmy and Django, learning new recipes, meditation coloring books, and rocking out to The Rolling Stones. More information can be found at alanayoussefian.com.
Stephen Goist, violist of the Cramer Quartet, is a multifaceted performer in both historical and modern traditions. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Stephen studied historical viola and violin with Cynthia Roberts and Elizabeth Blumenstock, viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham and Annalisa Pappano, and viola with Catharine Carroll Lees and Masao Kawasaki. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, India, and New Zealand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.
Stephen is currently principal violist with Mercury in Houston, Texas, a member of the viola section in the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, and a regular performer with Catacoustic Consort in Cincinnati, Ohio. This season, he will also perform with ensembles such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Sebastians, and the Four Nations Ensemble. Additionally, Stephen is an American Fellow of The English Concert, elected in 2018.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stephen began playing violin at age three with the help of his mother, a Suzuki teacher and violist herself. After being drawn to her viola’s dark, rich sound, Stephen chose to switch from violin to viola in fourth grade and never looked back!
When he isn’t performing, Stephen enjoys teaching private viola and violin lessons, cooking (and eating!), exploring new places, and spending time with his friends and family.
Internationally respected cellist and viola da gamba player Shirley Hunt brings fierce imagination and integrity to the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Contemporary eras. Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” she embraces an eclectic musical life as a multi-instrumental soloist and collaborator.
Ms. Hunt recently released her second solo album, J.S. Bach Suites & Sonatas Vol. 2. The recording is the second installment in an ambitious three-part recording project featuring Bach’s complete cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas. Ms. Hunt's previous recordings have been praised for her “soulful renditions,” “high-wire interpretations,” and “resonant, singing tone that stays in the mind" (Facts & Arts).
In high demand as viola da gamba soloist and continuo cellist for the Passions, Cantatas, and Concertos of J.S. Bach, Ms. Hunt has performed and recorded with the nation's leading period instrument ensembles including Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, Sonnambula, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity.
Ms. Hunt has performed solo recitals at DePaul University, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Boston Public Library, King’s Chapel, the Loring-Greenough House, the Early Music Series at the Bryon Colby Barn, and Spectrum NYC. Since 2011 Ms. Hunt has performed a yearly recital as an artist-in-residence at The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. She has also appeared at the Phillips Collection, The Strathmore Mansion, the Library of Congress, La Jolla Music Society, National Sawdust, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hunt was born into a musical family and is the younger sister of the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Ms. Hunt divides her time between Boston and New York City. She performs on a 1775 English cello by William Forster Sr.