Meet the Musicians
David Bowlin, Artistic Director
Violinist and CMQC Artistic Director David Bowlin's solo and chamber performances of a wide-ranging repertoire have won him critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, and have taken him across North and South America, Asia, and Europe. A passionate proponent of contemporary literature, among his dozens of premieres is Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Hermentin-Karastoyanova, and a violin concerto by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter, premiered in 2016 at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. His latest CD releases include concerti and solo works by Luciano Berio and Huang Ruo, and works by Dvorak, Shostakovich, and Joan Tower with the Oberlin Trio.
Bowlin is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Musical America's 2014 Ensemble of the Year. He is also former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, whose recording of music by Chinary Ung was named one of NPR's Top 5 Best American Contemporary Classical Albums of 2010. Other recording credits include works of over a dozen major composers for the Bridge, Naxos, Arsis, New Focus, and Mode record labels.
He has performed in live radio broadcasts for WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, WCLV Cleveland, and Vermont Public Radio, and has been heard in nationwide broadcasts of Performance Today. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition, and the Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University. He has made many tours with Musicians from Marlboro and has also served as guest concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra.
Bowlin is associate professor of violin and Division Director of Strings at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has taught and performed at many summer festivals across the U.S., including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Mostly Mozart, Ojai, the Mannes Beethoven Institute, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, ARIA, and Chamber Music Quad Cities, which he serves as Artistic Director. Bowlin is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University. (Photo by Aestheticize Media)
Tony Cho, piano
Pianist Tony Cho is currently a faculty opera coach at the Oberlin Conservatory. His professional career as an assistant conductor and coach/pianist includes engagements with such companies as Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Juilliard Opera Center, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sarasota Opera, Tulsa Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy. He has also been on the coaching staff at the Aspen Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Land of Enchantment Opera Institute, Taos Opera Institute, and Songfest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
He has performed concerts in such notable venues as Weill Carnegie Hall in New York City, Meany Hall in Seattle, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and at many others in the United States and abroad. His performances have been featured live on KHPR in Honolulu and KVOD in Denver. He has also been a guest artist at many music festivals, including El Festival Internacional de Jovenes Pianistas and the Italian Art Week Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay.
A native of South Korea, Cho earned a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Washington (2003), a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2000), and a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University (1998) with a minor in Spanish Literature. His primary teachers were Thomas Lanners, Frank Weinstock, Michael Chertock, and Craig Sheppard.
Prior to joining the opera faculty at Oberlin, Cho was a principal opera coach at the University of Southern California, faculty vocal coach at Chapman University (2007-15), and associate coach at The Juilliard School (2005-07).
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Katinka Kleijn's solo credits include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Youth Concerts; The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra; the Chicago Sinfonietta; the Symphony Orchestras of Sheboygan and DuPage; the New Millennium Orchestra; and the Illinois Philharmonic. Kleijn appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival's Rising Star Series, and at the Maverick Concerts Series.
An avid chamber musician, she has partnered with pianists Christoph Eschenbach and Richard Goode, cellist Lynn Harrell, and joined the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 2006. As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), she toured Poland and Mexico, and performed the American premiere of "Zona" for solo cello and 7 instruments by Magnus Lindberg at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. She regularly performs on the CSO’s MusicNow Series, recently in Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Kai" for solo cello and ensemble. Her May 2007 American premiere of "Eternal Escape" by Dai Fujikura is available on iTunes, and was described by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune as "a five-minute tour de force, played with wonderfully incisive bravado". Her 2003 recording of the David Baker Cello Concerto, with the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label, won rave reviews: The Strad magazine writes that "Kleijn gives infectious energy to the performance"; Fanfare comments that "Kleijn brings plenty of temperament and gorgeous tone to her solo part."
Kleijn performs in a variety of styles. Her duo with songwriter/guitarist Joel Styzens released its CD "Relax Your Ears" in April '09. It was immediately picked for "Editors Choice" by cdbaby.com and is available on http://cdbaby.com/cd/styzens. She is a member of the progrock metal band District 97, and the Greg Ward Sextet.
After winning the Dutch Princess Christina Competition at age 16, Kleijn studied with Laurence Lesser and Lynn Harrell before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995.
Yura Lee, violin and viola
Violinist/violist Yura Lee, recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, is enjoying a career that spans almost two decades, and takes her all over the world. Her musical integrity and her compelling artistry were praised by both the critics and some of the most respected artists of today.
As a soloist, she has appeared with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NDR Symphonieorchester, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and many others. Ms. Lee has performed with conductors Christophe Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikhail Pletnev, among many others.
Ms. Lee was nominated and represented by Carnegie Hall for its ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) series. For this series, Ms. Lee gave recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and at nine celebrated concert halls in Europe: Wigmore Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Stockholm Konserthus, the Athens Concert Hall and the Cologne Philharmonie.
At age 12, Ms. Lee became the youngest artist ever to receive the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the "Performance Today" awards given by National Public Radio. Ms. Lee received numerous international prizes, including the first prize and the audience prize at the 2006 Leopold Mozart Competition (Germany), the first prize at the 2010 UNISA International Competition (South Africa), and top prizes in the Indianapolis (USA), Hannover (Germany), Kreisler (Austria) and Paganini (Italy) Competitions. Ms. Lee's CD with Reinhard Goebel and the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, titled 'Mozart in Paris' (Oehms Classics) received the prestigious Diapason d'Or Award (France) in 2008.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Lee regularly takes part in the Marlboro Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, Kronberg Festival, Aspen Music Festival, among others.
Ms. Lee has collaborated with many artists including Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, Miklos Perenyi, Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, and Frans Helmerson. Ms. Lee is currently a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York City, as both violinist and violist. Ms. Lee was awarded two Artist Diplomas, by the Indiana University in Bloomington and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her main teachers included Namyun Kim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Thomas Riebl, Ana Chumachenko, and Nobuko Imai. Ms. Lee divides her time between the United States (Boston/New York City) and Germany.
Timothy LeFebvre, baritone
Nationally acclaimed baritone Timothy LeFebvre has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. Recent performances include Vaughan-Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Dona nobis pacem with Berkshire Choral Festival, solo recitals at Carnegie Mellon University and the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Pensacola Symphony and Oberlin Conservatory, Britten's War Requiemwith Jacksonville Symphony, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Westminster Choir College, and Mozart's Requiem with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has also recently given solo recitals at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and performed Elijah with New Dominion Chorale, Brahms' Requiem with Hamilton College, Beethoven's Mass in C with Wichita Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Brahms' Requiem with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.
LeFebvre has appeared in concert with the Jacksonville Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Rochester Bach Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, New Dominion Chorale, Williamsport Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Syracuse Chamber Music Society, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared in concert at New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
LeFebvre's frequently performed opera roles include Rigoletto, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Falke (Die Fledermaus), Marcello and Shaunard (La Boheme), and Father (Hansel and Gretel). His operatic experience includes performances with Central City Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
LeFebvre is associate professor of singing at Oberlin, where he teaches private voice and oratorio repertoire for singers, and coordinates the Freshman Voice Seminar. Prior to Oberlin, he was assistant professor of voice at Binghamton University and also taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Hamilton College, and Colgate University.
Anna Polonsky, piano
Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and many others.
Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. She has performed chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City.
Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall's Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took a part in the European Broadcasting Union's project to record and broadcast all of Mozart's keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartet's Perspectives Series. She is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.
Anna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master's Degree from the Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and in the summer at the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. With her husband Orion Weiss, she is a member of the Polonsky-Weiss Piano Duo.
Ms. Polonsky is a Steinway Artist.