Alexa Ciciretti & John Wilson L’chaim - The Joy of Music in Jewish Life
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Alexa Ciciretti is a third-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Academy, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Aspen Chamber Symphony and American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. She served as Principal Cellist in the Oberlin Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concert and the Eastman Philharmonia’s concert with Itzhak Perlman. In 2014 she was a soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on a concert featuring works by André Previn. She was also a finalist in the Oberlin Concerto Competition and has performed in masterclasses for Steven Isserlisand Ronald Leonard. In 2016 she travelled to Venice, Italy to play a concert with the Miami-based group Flamenco Sephardit. An avid advocate for Baroque and Contemporary music, Ms. Ciciretti has performed with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, Eastman Collegium Musicum, Rochester Christ Church Consort and Eastman and Oberlin Viola da Gamba Consorts. In 2017, she played continuo on the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi's Farnace at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. She performed with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, Eastman’s Musica Nova on a concert featuring Irvine Ardittiand on the Bowdoin Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. In 2016 and 2017 she participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ms. Ciciretti has won numerous prizes including the Eastman Anne Hayden McQuay Scholarship, Oberlin Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize for Academic Excellence, Oberlin Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, Aspen New Horizons Fellowship and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestral String Fellowship. Ms. Ciciretti received her master’s degree and orchestral studies diploma from Eastman School of Music (2015) and her bachelor’s degree with a minor in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory (2013). She also studied at the NEC Preparatory Division (2006-09). Principal teachers include Steven Doane, Amir Eldan and Ronald Lowry. Other important influences include Darrett Adkins, Brian Alegant, Kathleen Kemp, Cathy Meints, Raphael Jimenez and Nancy Eaton. When not playing cello, she enjoys cooking, eating chocolate and enjoying the weather in her native New England.
Hailed for his “elegance and energy” (Classical Miami Magazine”) and described as a “marvelous, musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America) pianist John Wilson is a Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony Orchestral Academy. He has performed in North America, South America and Europe. Mr. Wilson has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony, and Orchestra Camerata. A top prize winner in international piano competitions, he most recently won the prize for the "Best Performance of an American Work" at the 2017 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. He is the recipient of the silver medal at the from the American Prize Foundation in Solo Piano Performance. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared in chamber ensembles with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and San Diego Symphony. He has performed in duo recital with violinist Joshua Bell numerous times, cellist Johannes Moser, and soprano Audra McDonald. He has additionally collaborated with violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Dedicated to contemporary music, he has performed on the U.S and World Premiere of solo piano works by Michael Tilson Thomas, Timo Andres, and ensemble works by Reinbert de Leeuw, HK Gruber, and Bernd Deutsch. As an ensemble musician he has appeared under the some of the world’s leading conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève, and John Williams. He frequently serves as Guest Principal Keyboard for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
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