A native of Parisian, Thanos Adamopoulos started his musical studies with his father in Israel. He first came to the attention of the musical world in 1957, when he and members of his family appeared on US television with Leonard Bernstein and Issac Stern. At the age of 19 he was appointed solo violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following successful engagements as concertmaster of the Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Antwerp Philharmonic, Mr. Adamopoulos was named concertmaster of the Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Brussels, a position he commands today, while also teaching at the Brussels Royal Conservatory.
Pacalin Zef Pavaci
Paçalin Zef Pavaci joins the AYO violin artist-faculty with highest recommendations from Maestro Loren Maazel, who writes: “I am impressed by his talent as a violinist and as concertmaster. His dedication to the music is amazing . . . as are his musical talents . . . He animates the music and his colleagues . . . I relied on his leadership and his great experience….”
Born in Shkoder, Albania, in a family of firm musical traditions, Ms. Laca began studying the violin at the age of five under the guidance of her mother. In 1992 she moved to Italy to continue her musical studies and in 1997 she graduated with honorable mention at Turin Conservatoire. Subsequently, she attended the classes of Mo. Salvatore Accardo at the "W. Stauffer” in Cremona and of Mo. Pavel Vernikov in Fiesole.
Born in Kumamoto, Japan to the parents who are both Suzuki Violin instructors, Ms. Inomoto started violin lessons at a very early age mainly under her mother. She started playing in Kumamoto Youth Orchestra at age 7, and completed a Masters of Art degree at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Department of Japanese, Faculty of Language). Her music diploma studies, on viola and violin, were completed with distinction at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna). From 2000 - 2012, she played full time with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Viola Section.
In her training she was invited in 1999 to join the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as one of 3 principal violists. She joined Asian Youth Orchestra (music director: Lord Yehudi Menuhin) twice as principal 2nd violinist (90, 92), 1st violin (91), and viola (93). In 2000, also, she was asked to join Asian Youth Orchestra as principal violist. Both of Toko’s parents were centrally involved in starting the Kumamoto Youth Orchestra, one of the oldest youth orchestras in Asia, and her late father, Inomoto Otoya, played a critical role in the successful launch of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Japan. This is Ms. Inomoto second summer with AYO as viola coach.
Rhonda Rider, recently appointed Chair of Strings at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, served as the cellist of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet and Triple Helix Piano Trio each for over twenty years. Ms. Rider has adjudicated and served on the panels of Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff and Stulberg Competitions, American String Teachers' Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a frequent guest and teacher at the Asian Youth Orchestra, Green Mountain Festival, ARIA, Music from Salem and Tanglewood. Ms. Rider is heard on over 30 recordings of chamber and solo music, including numerous works written for her. Ms. Rider has been a member of the AYO Faculty since 2002. She will be on sabbatical leave this summer.
Upon finish his initial studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Alexander Boyarsky, Christopher Jepson continued his education at the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin, under Professor Hans-Jakob Eschenburg. After two years in the cello section of the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, he took up the position of Solo Cello in the Sinfonieorchester Basel. Since 2011 he is Solo cello of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Orchestra, and he plays regularly as guest principal cello in Orchestras across Europe including Luzern, Bergen, Deutsches Kammer Symphony, Berlin, and Kammerorchester Basel.
Kansas Native David Sheets started his career as Associate Principal Bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during his Sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music after playing for one season as a tutti player. Since then he has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is currently the Associate Principal Bassist of the Baltimore Symphony, where he has been a tenured member since 1996. In addition to playing solo bass with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, he has been featured in recital at the International Society of Bassists Convention and has taught master classes at a number of leading music conservatories. Mr. Sheets has been a member of the AYO faculty since 2006.
Paola Bonora was born in Milan, where she begun her first musical studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, graduating in 1985. That same year she moved to Paris where she started post graduate studies under Raymond Guiot at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz, obtaining first prize by unanimous consent. In 1987 she won the competition at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and was admitted to Alan Marion's class who guided her until she obtained in 1990 the Premier Prix both in Flute and in Chamber Music.
Maestro Marco Ambrosini was born in Bergamo Italy where he received his first degree in Oboe. Afterward he attended the “Musik Hochschule” of Zurig with Maestro T. Indermuhle and received his second degree.
Professionally he has played with many prestigious orchestras, such as La Scala and the Scala’s Philharmonic, the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna, the Symphonic Orchestra of S. Cecilia, the Phoenix of Venice, the Maggio Musicale and Parma’s Teatro Regio Orchestra, where he is currently the first oboe player. Maestro Ambrosini has enjoyed the opportunity to play with such prominent Italian and foreign conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Ricardo Chailly, Yuri Temirkanov and many more. This is his third summer with AYO.
Paolo Beltramini, Solo Clarinet of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), is the only Italian clarinetist to have won the First Prize at the prestigious Prague Spring International Clarinet Competition (1996). In duo, together with the pianist Roberto Arosio, he was the winner of the International Chamber Music Competitions in Paris (1996) and Trapani (1997). The forementioned awards brought Beltramini to the atention of audiences and critics and helped establish his reputation as one of the most interesting wind-instrument virtuosos on the international concert circuit.
Bassoon & contrabassoon
Principal Bassoonist of the Bergamo Music Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra del Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, and I Musici di Parma, Giorgio Versiglia was born in Pavia, Italy in 1962. He has worked with RAI's Orchestra, RTSI Lugano, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra da camera CARME, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Orchestra da Camera in Bologna, Orchestra Quartettone in Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Cameristi Lombardi, Orchestra Milano Classica, Symphony Orchestra Toscanini in Parma, Orchestra Teatro Regio in Parma, I Musici di Parma, Orchestra Stabile of Bergamo, Orchestra della Scala, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and Teatro dell'Opera in Roma.
Andrea Corsini, Principal Horn of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice in Venice since 1998, graduated in horn in 1985 at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan with Maestro Elvio Modonesi, and he specialized with Radovan Vlatkovic taking part at the courses of the School of Music in Stuttgart. Under his guidance Maestro Corsini also obtained a diploma of merit at Chigiana Academy of Siena in 1994.
An active orchestral performer, Maestro Corsini has performed with the Orchestra Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra OSI Lugano, the Human Rights Orchestra based in Lucerne, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Orchestra I solisti Veneti. As a soloist, he has collaborated with the Theatre des Variétés of Monte Carlo, the Chamber Orchestra of Belluno, the Orchestra of the Teatro Stabile di Bergamo, and the prestigious instrumental group Achille Berruti in Milan. In 1995 he won the international competition for the first horn soloist at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, holding the position until 1998. This is his fifth summer with AYO.
Principal Trumpet at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Prof. Fabiano Cudiz began his musical studies under the guidance of Prof. L. De Cecco, graduating in trumpet in 1987 at the Conservatory J. Tomadini in Udine. He completed advanced studies with Stanko Arnold in Ljubljana Slovenia, and later won the first prize at the post-graduate course at the National Conservatory of Versailles, France.
Trombone & tuba
Eugenio Abbiatici was the first trombone from 1985 to 1989 in the orchestra of the “Teatro Regio” di Parma and from 1989 to 1993, at the” Teatro alla Scala” of Milan, and is currently Principal Trombone in the Orchestra Della Radio Svizzera Italiana.
For 20 years he has also played with “I Solisti Veneti” directed by Claudio Scimone.
Mr. Abbiatici completed his studies at the Music Conservatory of Brescia with Guido Delmonte, and he has also participated in masterclasses with Branimir Slokar.
In his career he has collaborated with the most important conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov and Seiji Ozawa.
PERCUSSION & HARP
Danilo Grassi holds the Chair of Percussion Instruments at the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma and he is the principal instructor of the Master classes for percussionists under the patronage of the European Union. As a soloist, Danilo Grassi has participated in the preparation and performance of premieres by Luciano Berio, Chick Corea, Adriano Guarnieri, Giacomo Manzoni, Steve Reich, Max Roach, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, in venues such as the Paris Opera Bastille, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Centre, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera.
A leading harpist and teacher in Taiwan and Asia, Shannon Chieh has been principal harpist with the National Symphony of Taiwan and faculty of National Taiwan Normal University since 1999. Former principal harpist with the Knoxville and San Antonio symphony orchestras, Ms. Chieh presented her New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall in 2000. Since then, she has been active in the international harp scene, including served as soloist and jury member at Japan International Harp Competition and Singapore Harpfest. Currently, Ms. Chieh also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress.