2017 YPCA Facilitator
Nate Zeisler envisions a world where arts majors have a path to a sustainable career, creative minds are empowered to rule the workforce, and access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all. As the Director of Community Engagement and Career Development at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Nate is building a pipeline of sequential arts learning so that children of all backgrounds may experience a performing arts education. He supports the careers of world-class artists and passionate entrepreneurs, offering career advice and learning opportunities that prime them for the 21st century workforce.
Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, Cheng² Duo engages global audiences with its innovative programming and presentations of classical music. Comprised of cellist Bryan Cheng and pianist Silvie Cheng, the sibling duo has performed recitals at prestigious venues and festivals in North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Trasimeno Music Festival, and Ottawa Chamberfest, as well as live on CBC Radio and Vermont Public Radio. Captivating audiences and critics alike with its youthful spirit and mature artistry, the duo released its debut album, Violoncelle français, on the German label audite in October 2016.
Heigo Rosin (1989) is the first solo percussionist to emerge out of Estonia. He has appeared frequently performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and solo recitals in all over the Europe and the USA. In 2015 Heigo was accepted into the Sponsorship Program of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. In the same year Heigo was also selected as principal percussionist with full scholarship to the World Percussion Group tour in the USA. Since 2016, Heigo is endorsed by Malletech Percussion Instruments. Over ten years of karate practice has inspired Heigo to combine the movements of karate with his percussion playing. This unique aspect of his playing makes his performances extraordinary not only to hear but to see.
Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as having “exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum,” the Neave Trio recently gave the world premiere performance of Augusta Read Thomas's “Klee Musings,” which the esteemed composer wrote for them. 2016-2017 season includes residency at Brown University, release of all-American début CD on Chandos, and Piazzolla music video and CD on Azica label. Having appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and La Jolla Music Society, they aim to fulfill the Boston Musical Intelligencer's prediction: “it is inconceivable that [Neave] will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going.”
The Telegraph Quartet recently won the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, the prize that also launched the careers of the Emerson, Pacifica, Miró and Brentano Quartets. Telegraph also won the Grand Prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and were the only American quartet of the 15 from around the world invited to showcase at the 2016 Paris String Quartet Biennial. Formed in 2013 with a passionate commitment to the standard repertoire as well as contemporary and new music, Telegraph seeks to spread its music through education and audience engagement. The quartet's esteemed collaborators include pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
Cuban-American cellist, Thomas Mesa, is a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Thomas is the winner of the Sphinx Competition (2016), Vivo Competition (2016), Thaviu Competition (2013), Alhambra Competition (2006), member of the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet and Piano Quartet, and doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music. He has collaborated with artists of the highest caliber including Itzhak Perlman, Kikuei Ikeda, Ivan Zenaty, Andres Diaz, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and Barry Shiffman. Past and present faculty positions include Montecito Music Festival, John Jay College, Meadowmount School of Music, Brooklyn Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and St. Petersburg Academy.