- 2017 Summer Music Festival
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violinist Agnes Kwasniewska, born in Poznan, Poland, has been a vital part of the BONJ sound for several years. She has served as an inspiring concert-master since 2009 and has appeared as ensemble soloist in concerti by Bruch,Vivaldi, Reicha, Bach, Corelli Telemann and Dittersdorf. She has received high praise for these performances by critics and educators who commented not only on her virtuosic playing, but also on her ability to discover and successfully perform works too rarely heard by composers such as Johann Reicha and Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.
Her performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto was very well-reviewed by a critic, Sheila Abramson. (http://www.njartsmaven.com/2012/10/bruch-violin-concerto-reveals.html) who had this to say about her playing: “I was absolutely amazed by the Agnes Kwasniewska I saw Sunday. Her emotional commitment to the music was dazzling. She was one with the composer. It was an unforgettable performance that brought tears to my eyes. That doesn’t happen very often.”
While residing in Hong Kong, Agnes was a founding member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in 1999. She remains an active guest artist with the ensemble.The renowned conductors with whom she’s worked include Kurt Mazur, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Henryk Gorecki, Christopher Warren Green Sir Neville Mariner, John Rutter and recently Jose Serebrier.Agnes has appeared at Carnegie Hall, New York; The Art Center in Seoul, Korea; The Art Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Papal Hall, Vatican City, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
She has recorded with Koch, BBC, and NAXOS.
She was invited as a faculty member at the United Nations International School in Manhattan and at the Virtuoso Suzuki Academy in New York where she is currently serving as a director to over 150 students and many teachers.
She will be a violin soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with BONJ in April 2018!
Laura Ferraro performs on both modern and Baroque flutes. She has served as Principal Flutist for BONJ since 2016. She most recently was soloist on the memorable performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2. She performs frequently with the Fieldstong Ensemble. With the ensemble, in 2016 Laura premiered Five Course Dinner for Three by Robert W. Butts
Violist Heather Faust joined BONJ in Fall 2016 and currently serves as Principal Violist. She is also principal violist with several other orchestras in New Jersey. She also performs as principal with several opera companies, most recently for a spectacular performance of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Light Opera of New Jersey, in colloboration with Maestro Butts and BONJ.
Ms.Terlitsky received her Master of Music (Viola Performance) at SUNY-Purchase College, and her Bachelor of Music (violin Performance) at Manhattan School of Music. She has studied violin with Mela Tenenbaum, Lucie Robert, and Albert Markov. She has studied viola with Mela Tenenbaum, Karen Dreyfus, and Walter Trampler. Her Orchestra Repertoire Studies were with Enrico DiCecco of the NY Philharmonic.
Ms. Terlitsky has appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Virtuosi, Amor Artis Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, and Virtuoso Strings. She has had appearances at the Spoleto Festival, both in Italy and the USA, the Pacific Festival in Japan, the Waterloo Festival in NJ, and the Cape May Festival.
Ms. Terlitsky is a Faculty member at the Virtuoso Suzuki Academy, Thurnauer School of Music, the Hamilton Madison House Violin Program, and the Summer Strings Festival at the Elizabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ.
Effie Yuen, a native of Washington, DC, received her BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers were Abraham Skernick, Lillian Fuchs and Stanley Bednar. She is a veteran of the Meadowmount School of Music, the Southern Vermont Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. At one time she performed with the Taipei Municipal Orchestra and taught violin and viola at the College of Chinese Culture in Taipei, Taiwan. Now a resident of New Jersey, she has worked with a constellation of the area’s many organizations including the Plainfield Symphony, the Paper Mill Playhouse, the New Jersey Ballet, the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Garden State Opera and of course, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
BONJ Chamber Music Celebration
August 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Grace Church, Madison, NJ
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