A “new music dream team” (TimeOutNY) of independent artists who have worked closely with one another and with music director Brad Lubman over the last decade, able to appear in flexible configurations of 1-30+ players, based on the needs of each season’s diverse programming.
Violin: Olivia De Prato^, William Knuth, Yuki Numata, Courtney Orlando^, Chris Otto, Ari Streisfeld^
Viola: Caleb Burhans, John Pickford Richards, Victor Lowrie
Cello: Kevin McFarland, Lauren Radnofsky^, Caitlin Sullivan
Bass: Greg Chudzik
Flute: Kelli Kathman^, Jessica Schmitz
Oboe: Jacqueline Leclair, Christa Robinson^
Clarinet: Bill Kalinkos, Adrián Sandí^, Ken Thomson
Bassoon: Brad Balliett
Trumpet: Mike Gurfield
Trombone: Steven Parker
Piano/Keyboard: David Friend, Oliver Hagen^, Lisa Moore, Thomas Rosenkranz, Ning Yu
Percussion: Jamie Dietz, Doug Perkins, David Skidmore, Bill Solomon
Harp: Nuiko Wadden
Sound Director: Paul Coleman
^ denotes Artist also performing as soloist in 2015
2015 Guests: John Altieri, Tuba; Lauren Cauley, Violin; Katie Cox, Flute; Matt Evans, Percussion; Amy Garapic, Percussion; Molly Germer, Violin; Russell Greenberg, Percussion; Isabel Hagen, Viola; Jerry Hou, Conductor; Bridget Kibbey, Harp; Taylor Levine, Electric Guitar; Carson Moody, Percussion; Eleonore Oppenheim, Bass; Daniel Pesca, Piano/Harpsichord; Brendon Randall-Myers, Guitar/Electric Guitar; Sophie Rusnock, Harp; Lili Sarayrah, Violin; Kate Sheeran, Horn; Alice Teyssier, Flute
2015 Guest Soloists: Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord; Rachel Calloway, Mezzo Soprano; Martha Cluver, Voice; Eric Dudley, Voice; Andrew Fuchs, Voice; Mellissa Hughes, Voice; Jamie Jordan, Voice; Thomas McCargar, Voice; Caroline Shaw, Voice; Kirsten Sollek, Voice
Olivia DePrato, Violin
After moving to New York City, Austrian/Italian violinist Olivia DePrato quickly established herself as a passionate and versatile performer, described as "flamboyant...convincing" (New York Times). In 2010-2011 she toured the major concert halls of Europe with Esperanza Spalding. As a violinist with Signal, Victoire, and her quartet MIVOS, she has recorded for New Amsterdam, Tzadik, Cantaloupe, and Mode Records. She has attended the the Lucerne Festival Academy working with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Modern Academy. Olivia has performed with Signal since its 2008 debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
William Knuth, Violin
Violinist William Knuth currently resides in Boston where he serves as associate concertmaster of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble. As a Fulbright recipient, Mr. Knuth attended the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts as well as the Klangforum Wien’s IMPULS Akademie. Knuth tours internationally as a member of the violin/guitar group Duo Sonidos with guitarist Adam Levin and has given featured performances for members of the US Department of State and the United Nations Council. William has performed with Signal at venues and festivals including Zankel Hall, Miller Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, and has appeared with Signal since its debut at the Ojai Music Festival in 2008.
Yuki Numata, Violin
Hailed by the New York Times as as violinist with “virtuosic flair and dexterous bravery,” Yuki Numata has appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She was recently invited to perform Charles Wuorinen’s Rhapsody with the Tanglewood Orchestra at the composer’s request and has recently stepped in at the last minute to perform Wuorinen’s Spin Five for solo violin and ensemble under the direction of Brad Lubman. Yuki completed a three-year fellowship at the New World Symphony is on the faculty of the University at Buffalo. She has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
Courtney Orlando, Violin
Acclaimed as a violinist of "jaw-dropping purpose and intelligence" (The Washington Post), Courtney Orlando specializes in the performance of contemporary music. As a member of new music ensembles Signal and Alarm Will Sound, she has collaborated with John Adams, Steve Reich, and Oliver Knussen, among others, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, the Barbican in London, and on the Lincoln Center Festival. She can be heard on Nonesuch, ECM, Chandos, Bridge, Cantaloupe, Tzadik, and Winter & Winter records. Courtney has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Christopher Otto, Violin
Violinist/Composer Christopher Otto is a founding member of the JACK quartet, a string quartet devoted to contemporary music which has performed to critical acclaim at venues including Carnegie Hall, Muziekgebouw ann 't IJ, Library of Congress, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and Darmstadt Ferienkurse. He has worked closely with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, James Dillon, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, and Beat Furrer. Christopher has also performed with ensembles including Alarm Will Sound and the Knights. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings, and has recently appeared with Signal as soloist in Ferneyhough's Terrain at the Tanglewood Festival for Contemporary Music.
Ari Streisfeld, Violin
Ari Streisfeld has quickly established himself as an avid interpreter of contemporary classical music through performances with Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago) and Signal Ensemble (New York), and as a founding member of the critically acclaimed JACK Quartet (New York). Ari has worked closely with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, Steve Mackey, Toshio Hosokawa, and Georg Friedrich Haas, and has performed at venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Le Poisson Rouge, the Venice Biennale, and Wigmore Hall. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
John Pickford Richards, Viola
Called “wholesome-looking” by the New York Times, violist John Pickford Richards is a founding member of the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound, allowing him to work closely such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, John Adams, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich at venues including the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Venice Biennale, and the Donaueschingen Festival. John has recently performed as soloist with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra playing the solo part to Luciano Berio’s Chemins II under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
Kevin McFarland, Cello
bio coming soon...
Lauren Radnofsky, Cello
Lauren Radnofsky is founding cellist and co-Artistic/Executive director of Ensemble Signal. In her triple role as cellist and co-Artistic/ Executive Director, she manages all aspects of Signal’s varied season, including repertoire, program design, and project management; in addition to being a regular performer in the ensemble. With Signal, she has worked with composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Oliver Knussen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe and has appeared at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center Festival, Tanglewood, Ojai Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Kaija Saariaho's Amers and the Wordless Music Orchestra in Jonny Greenwood’s Doghouse for string trio and orchestra. She can be heard with Signal on harmonia mundi, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam and Orange Mountain; she recently recorded Lachenman's Pression for Mode records.
Caitlin Sullivan, Cello
Cellist Caitlin Sullivan enjoys a versatile career as a chamber, orchestral and contemporary music performer based in New York City. She regularly appears with ensembles ranging from the Knights to the New York Philharmonic, in diverse venues from Lincoln Center to (le) Poisson Rouge. As a graduate of the Carnegie Hall’s Juilliard Academy fellowship program, Ms. Sullivan has participated in numerous chamber music and teaching residencies nationally and abroad, including her role as a residency project leader in South Africa in summer 2011. She has performed with Signal since its debut at the Ojai Music Festival.
Greg Chudzik, Bass
After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, Greg moved to Brooklyn NY where he collaborates on several musical projects including the Wet Ink Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Signal and the David Crowell Ensemble. Greg has had the opportunity to work with several influential figures in contemporary music, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars at their summer music festival as well as Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival. In addition, Greg has worked with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Hilda Parades and David Felder. Greg’s recording credits include playing on the Grammy-nominated “Barcelonaza” by Jorge Leiderman, the album “Americans” by Scott Johnson (Tzadik records), multiple recordings with Ensemble Signal on New Amsterdam and Mode Records, the album “Grown Unknown” by Lia Ices (Secretly Canadian records), and the album “High Violet” by The National.
Kelli Kathman, Flute
Flutist Kelli Kathman has collaborated with new music ensembles such as Signal, Alarm Will Sound, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Steve Reich Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed at concert halls and festivals in the US and abroad including Carnegie Hall’s Stern and Zankel Halls, The Sacrum Profanum Festival (Krakow), Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, The Barbican, and the Library of Congress. She has recorded for Nonesuch, Warp Records, Naxos, Mode, Cantaloupe, and New Amsterdam Records. Her passion for new music has brought her to work with composers including Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, John Adams, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and many others. Kelli holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music and Yale University. She has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
Jessica Schmitz, Flute
Described as “graceful and athletic” by the New York Times and an “intrepid entrepreneurial player” by New York Magazine, flutist Jessica Schmitz is dedicated to the creation and future of contemporary music. Jessica is co Director and piccoloist of Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra with whom she has recently collaborated with Yoko Ono, TED, VH1 Save the Music, and Lincoln Center. She has performed with the Bang on a Can All-Stars (recently recording for Rock Band videogame), Alarm Will Sound, Signal Ensemble, and SO Percussion at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Barbican, and Lincoln Center. With Signal, she has recorded for Cantaloupe and Mode records, and has worked with composers ranging from Helmut Lachenmann to David Lang. She has performed with Signal since its debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Jacqueline LeClair, Oboe
Jacqueline Leclair is oboe professor at McGill University and has formerly been on the faculties of Bowling Green State University as well as the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program in New York City. Her supplementary edition of Luciano Berio's Sequenza VIIa is published by Universal Edition, Vienna, and her recording of the piece is on the Mode Records collection of complete Berio Sequenzi. She has recorded for labels such as Nonesuch, CRI, and CBS Masterworks. Jacqueline holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music and MM and Doctoral degrees from Stony Brook University. She has performed with Signal since its beginning.
Christa Robinson, Oboe
bio coming soon...
Bill Kalinkos, Clarinets
Originally from Queens, New York City, Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career. He is a member of Alarm Will Sound, with whom he has appeared at venues internationally ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Barbican, and has recorded for Nonesuch and Cantaloupe. Additionally, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and is principal clarinet of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Recognized by the Washington Post as a "notable contemporary music specialist," Bill has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, John Adams, and Wolfgang Rihm. He is on the faculty of University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2008.
Ken Thomson, Clarinets
Called "the hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business" by Time Out NY, clarinetist-saxophonist-composer Ken Thomson moves quickly between genres and scenes. He co-leads the Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can's internationally touring virtuoso street band, and directs a quintet featuring his own work, Slow/Fast. With his punk/jazz band Gutbucket he has toured internationally to 19 countries and 32 states over 12 years. With Signal, he has performed a wide range of contemporary classical music, working closely with composers ranging from Steve Reich to Helmut Lachenmann. He has performed with Signal since its debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Brad Balliett, Bassoon
Described as an artistic ‘instigator’ by the New York Times, NYC-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. Brad collaborates with groups including Signal, Anthony Braxton’s Trillium Orchestra, and ICE, and has appeared as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony, Houston Symphony and American Ballet Theater Orchestra. His hip-hop/new music trio Oracle Hysterical has presented music exploring the overlap between hip-hop, song, and contemporary classical music at the Lucerne Festival 2011 and in Chicago and New York. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005 with a degree in composition, and holds a Master’s degree in bassoon performance from Rice University. A devoted teaching artist, Brad completed a fellowship through Carnegie Hall, through which he taught at PS 315 in Brooklyn and led composition projects for students in the South Bronx. He has performed with Signal since 2010.
Mike Gurfield, Trumpet
Described as a "new music veteran" by New York Magazine, Mike Gurfield enjoys a a diverse career ranging from Broadway shows to indie-Rock with David Byrne and The Dirty Projectors, and contemporary music performances with Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will sound, and the Deviant Septet, appearing in venues including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Carnegie Hall's Stern and Zankel Halls and The Barbican Theater, as well as experimental spaces like NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge, The Tank, and The Kitchen. Mike's discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Brothers, Naxos America, New Amsterdam Records, Warp Records, Mode Records. Has has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
Steven Parker, Trombone
Trombonist Steve Parker has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and is presently a Donald D. Harrington Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin and Artist-In-Residence at the Blanton Museum of Art. He has performed at Spoleto Festival, Santa Fe New Music, and has attended The Lucerne Festival Academy working with Pierre Boulez. With Signal he has appeared at Tanglewood, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, and the Bang on a Can Marathon, and recorded for Cantaloupe and Mode Records. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings.
David Friend, Piano
David Friend is a New York-based pianist whose primary passion is contemporary music. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues across North America and Europe with Ensembles including The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Ensemble Signal, earning critical praise for his "streamlined virtuosity" (UK Guardian) and "enlivening vigor" (NY Times). He has worked with major composers of our time, including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Charles Wuorinen, and also greatly enjoys collaborating with emerging composers. In all his endeavors, he remains dedicated to ensuring the continued relevance of new music to contemporary culture and sharing his excitement for this vital repertoire with audiences and the general public. He has performed with Signal since 2010.
Oliver Hagen, Piano
Conductor/Pianist Oliver Hagen was born in New York City in 1986. For the last two seasons he has resided in Paris, where at age 24 he was named Assistant Conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain by Pierre Boulez and Susanna Mälkki. Oliver has also served as Assistant Conductor to Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy and to Brad Lubman at The Eastman School of Music. Oliver has appeared as piano soloist in Pierre Boulez’s Répons with Boulez conducting at the Lucerne Festival. He has also toured internationally with Pierre Boulez performing Boulez's sur Inces which was heard at venues including the Philharmonie in Essen and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Lisa Moore, Piano
Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Bang on a Can, Steve Reich Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Moore has released 6 solo CDs and over 30 collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, CRI, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany). She won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars from 1992-2008, winner of Musical America's 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award. She has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Thomas Rosenkranz, Piano
Thomas Rosenkranz has performed on four continents and is in demand nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist teacher. He is a recipient of the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association and he is a former Cultural Ambassador sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In recent years he has performed in many of the major cities of Asia, including Bangkok, Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai and Tokyo. He is currently on faculty at the SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy and at Bowling Green State University where he is Assistant Professor of Piano. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2008.
Ning Yu, Piano
Chinese-born NYC based pianist Ning Yu is an avid performer of contemporary music. A frequent collaborator with many new music organizations in the US, she has given numerous premieres, and worked with some of today's most distinguished composers. As a collaborator with the Bang on a Can All Stars, she performed in venues such as the Muziekgebouw, Köln Philharmonie, Kwai Tsing Theatre in Hong Kong, the Walker Art Center, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Ning has performed more than 100 performances of Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse. She is also a member of the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire. Ning has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Jamie Dietz, Percussion
James Michael Deitz has performed in a diversity of musical settings. He has attended festivals ranging from Acanthes to the Ensemble Modern's Klangspuren Academy and has performed with ensembles ranging from The Philadelphia Orchestra to Ensemble Signal. As a fellow of the Carnegie Hall Juilliard Weill Academy in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Deitz brought interactive programs into NYC public schools; he continues his strong commitment to educational outreach, as founding director of instrumental and vocal ensembles in the Ocean Township School District of Waretown, NJ. Deitz holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music. He has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2008.
Doug Perkins, Percussion
Hailed as a "percussion virtuoso" by the New York Times, Doug Perkins is active as a chamber musician, soloist, producer, and conductor. He founded So Percussion, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and performs regularly with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Signal, Camerata Pacifica, and eighth blackbird. Doug's productions of large-scale percussion works have been named Top Ten Performances in 2010 and 2011 by the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY. As an educator, Doug is on the music faculty at Dartmouth College, Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, and Artist-in-Residence with eighth blackbird at the University of Chicago. He has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
David Skidmore, Percussion
David Skidmore is active as both a percussionist and composer. David is a member of Third Coast Percussion, Signal, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He maintains a busy schedule both at home and abroad including performances at Carnegie Hall, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Bang On a Can Marathon. David is on the percussion faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. He has performed with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.
Bill Solomon, Percussion
Hailed by The Boston Globe as "a stand out among unfailingly excellent performances," percussionist Bill Solomon has appeared performing the solo vibraphone role in Pierre Boulez's Répons at the Lucerne Festival under the direction of Pierre Boulez in collaboration with IRCAM. He has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, Terry Riley, and Chaya Czernowin. He recently recorded for the film score of Philip Glass' Project Rebirth. With Signal, he has appeared at Tanglewood, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre and EMPAC, and has recorded for Cantaloupe and Mode Records. In addition to being a regular performer with Signal since 2010, he also serves as Signal's Assistant Executive Director.
Nuiko Wadden, Harp
Nuiko Wadden is the principal harpist of Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Cabrillo Festival. She is also a member of janus, a trio based out of Brooklyn, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Ms. Wadden is a graduate of both the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She has performed with Signal since its beginnings in 2009.
Paul Coleman, Sound Director
Equally at home in a variety of settings, Paul Coleman enjoys a multi faceted career as a composer and sound engineer. As Sound Director for Signal, Paul has engineered and directed sound for numerous performances, working with composers such as Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon. Of Mr. Coleman’s sound direction The New York Times said “…the sound mixing was more creative than usual. When the score’s textures were at their thickest, combinations of instruments were deployed to different speakers around the room, creating interesting spatial effects…” Paul has served as acting director of the Eastman School of Music’s Computer Music Center and is on the composition faculty of SUNY Fredonia. He has toured with Signal since its début at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Ojai Music Festival.