|Lecolion Washington, Jr. joined the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music faculty at the University of Memphis in the fall of 2004. He is the bassoonist of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and he serves as the co-coordinator of the University of Memphis annual double reed festival. Prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty, he was the bassoon professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Washington enjoys the versatility that he has as a performer. Based on auditions Washington has been offered positions with the Houston Grand Opera, the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, and the Victoria (TX) Symphony Orchestra where he spent 3 seasons as assistant principal bassoon including one season as acting principal. Washington also served three seasons as co-principal bassoon of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Chamber Orchestra, and he has served as guest principal bassoon with the Arkansas Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic.
Washington has performed chamber music with principal players from such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the New York Chamber Ensemble and the North Country Chamber Players, and in 2004 the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music invited him to perform on a chamber music concert of distinguished alumni. Washington serves on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa where he performs, coaches chamber music, and teaches masterclasses along with distinguished faculty from all over the world.
As a soloist Washington has performed concerti with the Round Top Festival Orchestra, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Professor Washington has given recitals and master classes at schools around the country including the Eastman School of Music, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. He gave a lecture-recital on music for bassoon by African-American composers at the 2007 National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music Conference, and he has performed at International Double Reed Conferences in 2005 and 2007. Washington attended the Texas Music Festival, the Cape May Music Festival, and the International Festival Institute at Round Top. He is married to Swedish clarinetist, Carina Nyberg Washington. In 2008 he released a CD of music for the bassoon by African-American composers on the Albany Records label which was recorded using a Fox 660.
Swedish clarinetist, Carina Nyberg Washington, received her Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and her MM in Performance from the University of Memphis. Her principal teachers have included Michael Schlyter, Bendt Neuchs Sorensen, Jorgen Jensen, Lee Morgan, Daniel Gilbert, and James Gholson.
While in Scandinavia, Washington was a freelance musician performing with such groups as the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Cantata Orchestra, and the Norwegian State Army Band. Before moving to the United States in 2003, Washington served as co-principal clarinet with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta. With them, Washington performed on several recordings and performed at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
After moving to America, Washington served two seasons as co-principal clarinetist of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra and currently performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Eroica Ensemble. She has performed under the baton of such conductors as Curt Sanderling, Christopher Hogwood, and Richard Spano.
As a chamber musician, Washington has participated in chamber music concerts throughout Europe and North America including venues in Paris, Stockholm, and Oslo. She has co-founded several chamber groups including the PRIZM Ensemble of Memphis. Washington recently joined the Memphis Woodwind Quintet.
Washington has attended the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas, Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), and traveled throughout Germany and Holland as the principal clarinetist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. As a soloist, Carina Washington has performed with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra and with the Södra Latin Symphony, Stockholm, as well as with the recently formed Wolf River Chamber Orchestra of Memphis. She has performed recitals across the United States and has given master classes at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Tech. Washington has also been on the faculty at Camp Encore-Coda, Main.
Washington has been awarded such prizes as the Lilla Alfvén Prize, Jacob Gades Stipend, Augustinus Fonden Grant, and the Månssons Legat Grant. She has performed at the 2008 International Clarinet Association (ICA) Annual Clarinet Fest in Kansas City, MO, and serve as faculty and artist at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, Southafrica.
She can be heard on the Albany Records recording of music for bassoon by African-American composers featuring bassoonist Lecolion Washington, and on the Highwater Classics recording of German Lieder featuring soprano Susan Owen-Leinert.
|Timothy Shiu, Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of memphis and a member of the Ceruti String Quartet, received his principal training from the Juilliard School, the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English. Mr. Shiu brings together in his artistry a diverse lineage of influences from his various principal mentors. As a result of his early formative years of study with Louise Behrend, he traces a line through her teacher, Louis Persinger, to the Franco-Belgian school of Eugène Ysaÿe. In addition, his work under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein connects him to the highly influential school of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay. Further study with Victor Danchenko has brought him into contact with the Russian school of David Oistrakh. Other major teachers include Sindey Harth and the late Joseph Fuchs, who himself was a pupil of the legendary Franz Kneisel.
An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Shiu has concertized extensively throughout the United States in venues including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, the Aspen Music Festival's Harris Hall, the Interlochen Arts Institute's Corson Auditorium, the New School's Schneider Concert Series, and Chamber Music Northwest. International engagements have included performances in Italy, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Brazil. Mr. Shiu is currently a member of the Ceruti String Quartet and was also previously a founding member of the Maia Quartet, with whom he played for thirteen years. In addition, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Muir, and Borromeo String Quartets, as well as with violist Roger Chase, cellist Patrick Demenga, pianist Ann Schein, and the late flutist Samuel Baron.
Mr. Shiu has previously taught on the faculties of the University of Iowa School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory; and his current summer teaching engagements include the Interlochen (MI) Arts Institute and the Five Seasons Music Festival (Cedar Rapids, IA), of which he is a founding member. He was formerly Coordinator of the Summer Chamber Music Fellowship Program the Garth Newel Music Center (Warm Springs, VA), and has taught as well at the Austin (TX) Chamber Music Festival, Conservatory Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO), the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, and the Snowmass (CO) and University of Memphis Suzuki Institutes.
|Violist Anthony Gilbert is currently serving as Executive Director of the Eroica Ensemble. Born in Memphis, he grew up playing violin in the Memphis Civic Orchestra, and community orchestra conducted by his grandfather, Noel Gilbert. After graduating from White Station High he went to Oberlin College. Upon his graduation from Oberlin in 2001, Anthony moved to Chicago where he earned a Master of Music degree in viola performance from Roosevelt University and was a violist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He was the violin teacher at the Merit School of Music and served as a member of the faculty at Northeastern Illinois University. Now living in Memphis, he can be heard on I Can’t Stop and Everything is OK, two recent albums from legendary soul-singer Al Green as well as Roots and Crowns, the latest recording from the Chicago-based band, Califone.
|Paul Vest is a Memphis-based freelance musician and a doctoral student at the University of Memphis, where he has studied with Professor Leonardo Altino. Paul earned a Master of Music Degree from Memphis in 2008, and previously attended Samford University for his undergraduate degree, where he studied with Patricia Pilon. Paul has played as a principal cellist for numerous orchestras in Memphis, including the Eroica Ensemble, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Jackson and Delta Symphonies, and has also subbed as a section player with the Tupelo and Pine Bluff Symphonies. Paul has played as a soloist with orchestra on several occasions, twice as a winner of Samford University’s Concerto-Aria Competition, as a winner of the Delta Symphony Concerto Competition, and again with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Beyond the cello, he is very interested in singing, having studied voice at Memphis, and also working as an assistant director with the graded and adult choirs at Independent Presbyterian Church. He has enjoyed playing with the Prizm Ensemble in the past year.
|Daniel Gilbert is a free-lance violinist currently residing in Memphis. He performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony. He is the concertmaster of the Corinth Symphony in Mississippi and a former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Roosevelt University in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Liberal Arts from Indiana University. He holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Memphis. Mr. Gilbert has performed in music festivals in Colorado, Prague, Japan, and Corsica.
|Dan Phillips, Associate Professor of Horn and Theory, joined The University of Memphis faculty in the fall of 1999. In addition to teaching duties, he plays in the Memphis Brass Quintet, the Memphis Woodwind Quintet and the Birth of the Cool Ensemble, all faculty ensembles in residence at the University. He holds degrees in horn performance from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame and has done additional graduate study at Indiana University.
His background as a hornist includes extensive experience in solo, chamber ensemble, symphonic, studio and operatic idioms throughout the US and in Europe, Brazil and Japan. Mr. Phillips has a broad background as a conductor, arranger, and teacher. He served three terms as Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University's campus in Nakajo, Japan; and in the spring of 1992, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga. He is webmaster for the International Horn Society.