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Elizabeth Miller, violin

Elizabeth Miller, violinist, studied at Indiana University with the renowned Professor Emeritus, Josef Gingold. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Music Performance. She frequently plays with the Orchestra of Saint Lukes and is a member of the Strathmere Ensemble, ensemble in residence at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She also teaches at Rutgers University-Newark, The Midori and Friends Foundation and is Principal Second of the Scandia Symphony, based at Trinity Church at Wall Street. An avid chamber musician, she frequently performs at the Paul Robeson Art Gallery and Dana Library Chamber Music Series at Rutgers. Guest performances have been with the Da Capo Chamber Music Players, Bordeaux Quartet, West End Chamber Players and New England Bach Festival. Solo appearances have been with the Scandia Symphony, Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony and Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra.
 

Pamela Whitman, flute

Pamela Whitman - FluteFlutist Pamela Whitman, a descendant of poet Walt Whitman, is known in the United States and abroad for visionary performances on her unique collection of flutes from around the world. The L. A. Xpress has described her concerts as “a unique blend of compassion, technique, style, cultural diversity and personality.” For fourteen years Whitman directed and starred in the touring ensemble WorldColor. Whitman has been the Principal Flutist of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra since 1989 and was Principal Flutist of the South Dakota Symphony for three years. Her international appearances include performances at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the International Juni Festwochen in Zurich, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy a world premiere performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s La Scala Production, Samstag Aus Licht in Milan and featured performances in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Whitman recently made her solo Chinese debut in Guangzhou.

A television documentary on Whitman’s work has aired in seventeen Asian countries. Her inspirational radio program, "Miracles" broadcast weekly for three years to 1.5 million listeners on the Himalayan Broadcasting Company. In 2002 she was honored in Hollywood in an international award ceremony for her humanitarian work as an artist.

Recordings - Her debut solo CD, Solo Flight was released on the Grateful Heart Records label in the United States and on Nu Media Records in Nepal. The Atlantic City Press described the recording as “Uplifting and peaceful. Whitman’s selections on ‘Solo Flight’ are inspired and her playing is breathtaking.” In 1999 Nu Media Records released "One Night In Kathmandu", featuring Whitman in collaboration with Nepal's "Shristi". In the year 2000 Dexo Music released "The Summit", in which Pamela co-creates and performs with Nepal's leading rock, folk and classical musicians. Her latest recording, “Flute Planet” features Whitman in collaboration with Lakota/Sioux Flutist Kevin Locke and Nepali Flutist Manoj Singh.
 

Mitsuru Tsubota, violin

PhotoViolinist Mitsuru Tsubota has been a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble since 1989. She began her studies at the age of five and was a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony at the age of ten. She came to the United States to study with Felix Galimir. She was also a soloist with the Hiroshima Symphony in 1983. Ms. Tsubota was formerly a member of the Primavera String Quartet. Since 1982 she has performed regularly with the New England Bach Festival under the direction of Blanche Moyse.

Ms. Tsubota is a co-founder and principal violinist of the Strathmere Ensemble, and has served as concertmaster for all of Westchester Oratorio Society's choral-orchestral performances. She is also concertmaster for many National Chorale performances, and the concertmaster for the Dennis Keene Choral Festival.


Daire FitzGerald, cello

PhotoCellist Daire FitzGerald was born in Ireland and educated in England and Switzerland under the guidance of Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich, before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School. While a student in New York, she was the first recipient of the Martin E. Segal award, which was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. FitzGerald has toured throughout Europe, Asia, and North America as soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist she has worked with all major Irish orchestras, Warsaw Sinfonia, Halle Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Central Beijing Orchestra of China. Ms. FitzGerald's chamber music collaborators include Yehudi Menuhin, Andrè Previn, Vladimir Feltsman, Gerald Ranck, John Browning and Lukas Foss. Ms. FitzGerald is a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and has performed with many other chamber music institutions in New York, including Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Barge Music. She has appeared as chamber musician as part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series and, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in PBS's "Live from Lincoln Center". She has performed in numerous chamber music broadcasts on Public Television all across the United States. Ms. FitzGerald is a co-founder of the Strathmere Ensemble, and is also the Music Director of the Bridge Theatre Company in Washington Heights. Ms. FitzGerald has recorded for Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca London, Music Masters, CRI and Nonesuch, among others.

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