Blanche Abram, pianist and co-director of the American Chamber Ensemble, has performed throughout the eastern United States and the Caribbean and on TV and radio stations WQXR, WNYC, WFUV and News 12 Long Island. She is Adjunct Senior Professor of Music at Hofstra University and was a long-time faculty member of the 92nd St. Y. Professor Abram has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, including a presentation at the International Conference on Tension in Performance in England and is well known for her many workshops and Master Classes.
With her colleagues of the American Chamber Ensemble, she has given numerous premieres and recorded the works of Hindemith, Zaimont, Weigl, Tepper, Deutsch, Richardson, and, with Naomi and Stanley Drucker, the compositions of Richter, Siegmeister and Kupferman. She is represented on the Leonarda, 4Tay, Gasparo, Soundspells and Dionysian labels, with an upcoming release on Elysium Records. Honored by the Music Teachers National Association as a "Master Teacher", she received the 1998 Pathfinder Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Township of Hempstead in recognition of her work as both a performing artists and an arts advocate. Professor Abram is the author of numerous articles that have been published in Clavier magazine, Piano and Keyboard and Long Island Parenting, among others. Her work as a pianist is referred to in Clarinet Virtuosi of Today and American Keyboard Artists and a section of Beloved Tyranna, Joseph Rezits' book on Isabelle Vengerova is devoted to Blanche Abram.
Drucker, clarinetist, co-director of the American Chamber
Ensemble, has performed, recorded and toured with the New York Philharmonic.
She has performed in Japan, Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, France,
Canada and Argentina, and has appeared as soloist with the Nassau
Symphony Orchestra, New York Virtuosi, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Massapequa
Symphony, Long Island Baroque Ensemble. Long Island Symphony and West
has given performances at the International Clarinet Convention
in Paris, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Washington , DC. With her husband
Stanley Drucker, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic,
she has performed on a tour of eleven cities in Japan, at the
East Meets West Music Festival in Sweden, in 1996 at the International
Clarinet Congress in Paris, in Singapore, at the Music Conservatorium
in Sydney, Australia and at the Mykonos International Chamber
Music Festival. Principal clarinetist of the New York Virtuosi,
she began her career at age 21 as principal clarinetist of the
North Carolina Symphony. A graduate of Hofstra University and
an Adjunct Professor of Music at her alma mater, she received
the 1994 George M. Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award for career
achievement. With the American Chamber Ensemble, she has recorded
music of Zaimont, Hindemith and Weigl and has performed on New York Legends - Stanley Drucker for Cala Records and Naomi Drucker and Stanley Drucker Play Meyer Kupferman for Soundspells Records. A 1998 release, Music for Doubles, on Elysium Records, features Naomi and Stanley Drucker performing the Krommer Concerto, Op. 35, for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, Peter Tiboris conducting. Ms. Drucker enjoys a busy teaching schedule and is a strong supporter of her many friends who are Long Island composers.
Sherman Lehman, pianist, is an active soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and teacher in the N.Y metropolitan area. Described as a pianist of "utmost sensitivity and artistry,” Ms. Lehman has given many solo and ensemble concerts, including performances at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kaufman Concert Hall of the 92nd St. Y, The Beethoven Festival of Long Island and at libraries, museums and universities in the New York area. A N.Y. regional winner of the AMSA International Piano Competition, she has been guest artist on radio station WNYC and WEVD and has participated in chamber music festivals in Europe, California and Florida. Ms. Lehman received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Hofstra University and her Masters in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently Associate Adjunct Professor of Music at Hofstra University and in 2003 received the prestigious George M. Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award for career achievement from her alma mater. Ms. Lehman has been a longtime member of the Usdan Center for the Performing Arts performance, accompanying and teaching faculty. As a core member of The American Chamber Ensemble, she has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall for the last ten years, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and is represented on the American Chamber Ensemble CDs entitled "American Clarinet Treasures" and "The American Chamber Ensemble Plays Peter Schickele."
Sato, violinist, is a frequent concertmaster of the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the St. Luke's Chamber Orchestras.
Having made her solo debut at age 13, Ms. Sato has performed with
the Louisville Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Aspen
Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Imperial Orchestra and has been a winner
of the Tibor Varga International Competition, the Young Musicians
Foundation and three Japanese National Competitions. A founding
member of the Aspen Soloists and the Festival Chamber Music Society,
she has taught at both Queens College and at the Aspen Music Festival.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Sato has participated in the
Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Festival, Bargemusic and Chamber
Music Northwest. As concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,
she has led recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins and Mozart's A Little Night
Music. She has also recorded for Vanguard, Delos and Grenadilla
and has been featured on CBS News' Sunday Morning. She has been
a faculty member of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School since 1987.
Wong, violinist, is a graduate of the Juilliard School
of Music, where she earned both her Master's and Bachelor's degrees.
A winner of the Victor Herbert Award, she was a student of Dorothy
Delay. Miss Wong has been a featured soloist with the Hudson Valley
Philharmonic, the New England Bach Festival, the North Country
Chamber Players and the Stony Brook Symphony. Miss Wong is a veteran
performer with numerous chamber music societies and is a member
of the Hawthorne Piano Trio. Her affiliation with the Orpheus
Chamber Orchestra has taken her on many tours of Europe and the
United States, and has involved her in recordings with Deutsche
Grammophon. A champion of contemporary music, Deborah is a member
of the Atlantic String Quartet and performs with the Washington
Square Contemporary Music Ensemble and organizations such as ISCM
and the New York New Music Ensemble. Miss Wong has performed with
the Caramoor, Aspen, Spoleto and Waterloo music festivals.
Martin, violist, studied at the Peabody Preparatory School,
the Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Juilliard School under the tutelage
of Lillian Fuchs.
Martin is a founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet and
Fidelio, a unique ensemble consisting of viola, cello and piano.
She is also a member of Chamber Music Plus, the New York Chamber
Symphony, Concordia, String Fever, the Salon Chamber Soloists
and the American Chamber Ensemble. Her continuing commitment to
contemporary music includes performances with The Group for Contemporary
Music, the ISCM Chamber Players, the New York New Music Ensemble,
Speculum Musicae, the Composers Guild, the Da Capo Chamber Players,
the Composers Forum and Steve Reich and Musicians. Ms. Martin
is also on the faculty of the Composers Conference at Wellesley
College and has taught at Princeton University.
Finckel, cellist, began his studies with his father
George Finckel and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
A member of the Manhattan String Quartet and the New York New
Music Ensemble, Mr. Finckel has concertized extensively in Asia,
Australia, Europe, Central America and throughout the U.S. and
Canada. A frequent guest artist with such acclaimed ensembles
as the Tokyo String Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Speculum
Musicae, Mr. Finckel has appeared at the Casals, Santa Fe, Ravinia,
Saratoga, Norfolk and Rockport chamber music festivals. A dedicated
performer of the music of the 20th Century, Mr. Finckel
has participated in the premieres of over 100 composers works
and has recorded for the Nonesuch, New World, CRI, Bridge, and
Vanguard Record labels.
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Drucker, clarinetist, was Musical America's 1998
Instrumentalist of the Year, and is the principal clarinetist
of the New York Philharmonic.
That year marked his 50th anniversary with the Philharmonic.
He has made approximately 150 solo appearances with the orchestra.
Mr. Drucker has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, both times
as "Best Instrumental Soloist/Classical with Orchestra." The recordings
are Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with the Philharmonic
under Leonard Bernstein, and John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto, with the Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. He is featured on
several other recordings with the Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein,
including Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie, Nielsen's Clarinet
Concerto and the World Premiere live performance of the Corigliano
Concerto. Also on CD, he appears on the Philharmonic's CD box
set, The Historic Broadcasts: 1923-1987. His other recordings
include New York Legends: Recitals with Principals from the
New York Philharmonic, and Schumann's Complete Works for
Winds and Piano, the latter on Elysium Recordings. Mr. Drucker
began clarinet studies at age 10 with Leon Russianoff, and later
attended the High School of Music and Art in New York and the
Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mr. Drucker has the
distinction of being one of the few living orchestral musicians
whose biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of
Music and Musicians.