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Hailed in the New York Times for "impassioned" playing and "clear articulation and unity of purpose," violinist Kate Ransom is a distinguished chamber musician, recitalist and teacher who has presented hundreds of concerts in major chamber music concert halls in North America and Europe. Ms. Ransom is founding violinist of Serafin String Quartet, lauded by Gramophone and Fanfare Magazine for the 2013 Naxos release of early works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and by The Strad Magazine and American Record Guide for the 2010 Centaur release. As founding and six-year member of the Alexander String Quartet, she received first prize and audience prize at the London String Quartet Competition and toured internationally. She is a frequent collaborator with other artists and ensembles including William Preucil, David Coucheron, Charles Abramovic, Steven Tenenbom, Sadao Harada, Eliot Fisk, Eroica Trio, Empire Brass Quintet and Orion, Attacca, and Vega String Quartets. Ms. Ransom’s recital and solo performances include the Bach Concerto for Two Violins; complete Brahms violin sonatas in PA, TX and DE; complete violin Beethoven sonatas in DE, FL, PA and VT; and the Mozart Symphonie Concertante in DE. She has recorded for Gallo, CRI, Centaur, Klavier and Naxos. Presently, Ms. Ransom is an adjunct violin instructor at the University of Delaware and she has previously held visiting artist positions at Brevard College and Lehigh University. She has also held Ensemble in Residence positions at University of Delaware, St. Lawrence University, SUNYPotsdam, Lehigh University and Brevard College. Ms. Ransom pursued post-graduate chamber music study at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann and holds master's and bachelor's degrees in violin performance from Yale University and University of Michigan, respectively. Her major teachers were Paul Makanovitzky, Szymon Goldberg and Ivan Galamian, and she was a chamber music protégé of Tokyo Quartet. Devoted to organizational advancement in the arts, she has held executive positions at music schools since 1990 and is currently president of The Music School of Delaware. Ms. Ransom plays a violin made in 1728 by the Venetian master, Sanctus Serafin.
Violinist Lisa Vaupel is an accomplished ensemble player who concertizes in the United States and abroad. She has been a returning collaborative guest artist at the Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO), Delaware Symphony's Champagne Chamber Series, Delaware Art Museum Concerts on Kentmere, First and Central's Noontime Series (Wilmington, DE), Sequoia Chamber Workshop (Arcata, CA), Sundays at Three (Columbia, MD), The Bach Concert Series of Baltimore, and the Yogurt Concerts held at Goucher College (Towson, MD). She has also been a returning guest artist on Live Connections' Bridges programs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Ms. Vaupel's recent solo appearances include Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her chamber music and solo appearances, Ms. Vaupel has performed internationally as a chamber musician and in many orchestral settings in festivals in Italy, Japan, Singapore and Russia, as well as being a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra for seventeen summers. She serves as a principal player for both OperaDelaware and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (Wilmington, DE), which presented her with the 2010 Albert Beekhuis Award for excellence in performance and community engagement. Devoted to engaging young musicians and young audiences in creative new formats and philosophies, Ms. Vaupel serves as a Teaching Artist for the School Partnership Program of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony's Education program. She has been a faculty member at Goucher College, and currently serves on the University of Delaware faculty. Ms. Vaupel received her bachelor’s degree in music with high distinction from Indiana University, and earned her master’s degree in music at the Peabody Conservatory. She plays a violin made by Carlo Antonio Testore (1741) courtesy of Dr. William Stegeman.
Hailed by the New York Times as a "stylish player” for a concerto performance at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, violist Sheila Browne is an accomplished international soloist, chamber musician and professor. Honored to be named the William Primrose Memorial Recitalist of 2016, Ms. Browne has performed in major halls on six continents, including in solo performances with the Juilliard Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, New World Symphony, in Carnegie Hall with the New York Women's Ensemble, South African International Viola Congress Orchestra, and the Viva Vivaldi!, Reina Sofia and German-French chamber orchestras. She has premiered a concerto written for her by Kenneth Jacobs at international viola congresses in Australia and South Africa, recently released on CD, and was the only viola finalist in the 2004 International Pro Musicis Solo Awards at Carnegie Hall. She has performed with Shmuel Ashkenazy, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Fried, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Joseph Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stolzman David Krakauer, Diaz Trio, and members of the Guarneri, Vermeer, Borromeo, Brentano and Calidore quartets. She has recorded CDs with Fire Pink Trio, Carol Wincenc, Audra MacDonald, Natalie Cole and Lisa Loeb, on Sony, Bridge, and Albany labels. She has worked on solo and chamber works with living composers William Bolcom, Krystof Penderecki, Joan Tower, Judith Shatin, and Gabriella Lena Frank, among others. Elected to the Executive Board of the American Viola Society, Ms. Browne is the first viola professor ever to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan for the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. She received a Naumburg scholarship and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where she was Karen Tuttle's teaching assistant for four years, studied with famed soloist Kim Kashkashian in Germany, and earned Master of Music degree from Rice University. A dedicated teacher, she serves as viola professor at University of Delaware, after teaching as Associate Professor of Viola at University of North Carolina School of the Arts for ten years.
Hailed for "style and elegance" and “drama and rhetoric” (Strings Magazine), and “lyrical yet impassioned interpretation” (Fanfare Magazine), Lawrence Stomberg enjoys a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Since his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1999, he has been a featured performer as faculty at the Eastern Music Festival and Texas Music Festival, performs annually at the Techne Music Festival, and was a founding member of the ensembles Trilogy, the Johannes Trio, and Brightmusic. Currently in his twelfth season as the cellist of the Serafin String Quartet, performing with them throughout the U.S. Recent seasons have brought him to venues across four continents, performing as soloist and collaborator in London, Vienna, and Bogotá, as well as across the nation, including recent premiere performances of British composer David Osbon’s Cello Sonata, a cycle of Beethoven’s Cello/Piano works across Europe and the U.S., and an early performance of a co-commissioned concerto by British-American composer Richard Prior. In the upcoming year, he will be presenting the complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach, with commissioned companion works by violinists/composers Mazz Swift and Alisa Rose, as well as concerto appearances in N.M. and N.J. His debut recording, The American Cello, was released in 2000, and he was a featured performer in two critically acclaimed CDs released in 2013, with music by American composers Jennifer Higdon (on Naxos Records) and Kirk O’Riordan (on Ravello Records). He has also recorded for the VAI and Centaur labels. As an orchestral performer, he served as Assistant Principal Cellist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and as a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Eastern Philharmonic Orchestras. An active and dedicated pedagogue, Stomberg served on the faculties at Truman State University in Missouri and Oklahoma State University before joining the music faculty at the University of Delaware in 2004, where he is currently Professor of Cello. Mr. Stomberg plays a School of Testore cello, circa 1727, obtained with the generous assistance of Dr. William Stegeman.
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