Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author. ...Full Bio
Jaime Gorgojo (Violin) recent highlights include chamber music appearances with Yo-Yo Ma in the Chicago Symphony Presents series and the DePauw Discourse in Greencastle, IN. Born in Madrid, he has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in Spain, the US, France, Mexico and Canada. He has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Essa-Pekka Salonen ...Full Bio
Chihsuan Yang (Violin and Erhu) was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to the United States at the age of 15. Winner of the prestigious 3Arts Award in 2015, she has performed with a wide array of artists from Yo Yo Ma to the GRAMMY nominated Lupe Fiasco, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, DJ Spooky, Broadway star Idina Menzel, and was invited by the Dalai Lama to perform for him at Chicago's Millennium park. A member of the International Chamber Artists ...Full Bio
Dave Moss is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory and received his Masters degree from The Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond fellow, Moss has performed at The Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals (USA), The Spoleto Music Festival (USA), The Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and The Moritzburg Music Festival (Germany). He has also performed internationally on tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. ...Full Bio
Jocelyn (Cello) is an avid chamber musician. Her quartet became the quartet in residence at Indiana University for a year after winning the IU Kuttner Quartet competition. After arriving in Chicago, she was invited to perform in a string quartet coached by Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet. They performed on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series broadcasted live on Chicago’s classical station WFMT, and they performed several concerts in the Netherlands while studying with the Vermeer Quartet and the Jerusalem Quartet. ...Full Bio
Other Members of Our Team
Kalyan Pathak (Tabla) - Guest Percussionist
is a composer, musician, drummer and a percussion player of a multi-cultural experience. Born in Ahmedabad, India, formally trained, from age 9, in Classical Tabla with Ustad Kader Khan, and later an apprenticeship with the prominent drummer, Mr. Ranjit Barot, Teenage Kalyan came to Bombay in the mid 80’s. While devoting himself to western drumset, Kalyan concurrently did regular studio session work in Bollywood, and toured all over India playing with jazz and rock music bands. He has performed with international artists such as, Aretha Franklin, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Theordore Bikel, as a soloist with San Francisco Ballet, collaborative group member with Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Fulcrum Point New Music Project. Kalyan also created and performed tabla part and its Audio score for “Lahara Concerto for Sitar/Guitar and Tabla” by Fareed Haque, which debuted at the Orchestra Hall, Chicago, soloist Haque on Sitar/Guitar and Maestro, Zakir Hussain, on Tabla. ...Full Bio
Frank Donaldson - Guest Percussionist/Tabla
Mr. Donaldson was the drummer with the Ramsey Lewis Trio for eleven years recording four albums on Columbia Records including a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured world-wide at auditoriums, festivals and symphony orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. He is currently on the faculty of Columbia College. He has also toured and/or recorded with Curtis Mayfield, Angela Bofil, Ray Charles, George Shearing, Bill Withers, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turentine, Roy Ayers, Noel Pointer, Patty Austin, and Carmen Mac Crae. ...Full Bio
ALLEGRA MONTANARI - TEAM CELLIST
Allegra has performed extensively across the nation playing principal for orchestras of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Round Top Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA. Allegra has served as an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a Finalist for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. She is a section member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra has served as a member of the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, VA.
She has received chamber instruction from Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Roger Chase and William Preucil. She has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States and has collaborated with artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Stefan Hersh, Orion Weiss and the Fifth House Ensemble. As a founding member of The Battery String Quartet, Allegra joined one of only two quartets invited to work closely with composer Joan Tower and the Muir Quartet in the Deer Valley Music Festival’s Emerging Quartets Program. ...Full Bio
Rose Armbrust Griffin - Team Violist
Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University. During her time at The Curtis Institute of Music she held the James and Betty Materese Annual Fellowship. Most notably, Rose was awarded a Performers Certificate at the conclusion of her Masters for“recognition of her outstanding musical performance”. Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yung Huang, Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree and Atar Arad.
Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Curtis Chamber Orchestra and the Indiana University’s Chamber Orchestra. Composer Johnathan Graybill’s“Viola Concerto”, was written for and premiered by Rose along side the Ball State University Orchestra. Rose was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competitions and was a prizewinner at The Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. ...Full Bio