Guest Artists

Glenn Dicterow, violin

Glenn Dicterow

One of today's most illustrious violinists, Glenn Dicterow is well known to audiences throughout Europe and North America, both as an orchestral soloist and a recitalist. He appears frequently throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Japan, Korea and China with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mexico City Symphony, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Shanghai Philharmonic, to name a few.

Mr. Dicterow was the celebrated Concertmaster and featured soloist of the New York Philharmonic for thirty-four years. At the end of the 2013/2014 season he will retire and return to California to take up a new position at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he has recently been appointed the first person to hold the Robert Mann Endowed Chair in Violin and Chamber Music. A newly established position, it honors the life and work of the founder of the Juilliard String Quartet.

Mr. Dicterow’s discography includes Copland’s Violin Sonata, Largo, and Piano Trio; Ives’s Sonatas nos. 2 and 4; and Korngold’s Piano Trio and Violin Sonata, all for EMI. Other recordings include Lee Holdridge’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony, Shostakovitch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic on a Radiothon recording, and the Philharmonic’s two recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with Yuri Temirkanov on the BMG label and with Kurt Masur on the Teldec label.

His most recent CD is a solo recital for Cala Records featuring Corigliano’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Korngold’s Much ado About Nothing, the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata and Martinu’s Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola.

An active teacher, Glenn Dicterow serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He and his wife, violist Karen Dreyfus, are founding members of The Lyric Piano Quartet, recently in residence at Queens College, and the Amerigo Trio.

A top prizewinner in many international competitions, Mr. Dicterow is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. Other teachers include Jascha Heifetz, Henryk Szerying, Manuel Compinsky, Eudice Shapiro and Naoum Blinder.

 Tali Morgulis*, piano

Tali Morgulis

Israeli-American pianist Tali Morgulis, a "pianistic firecracker" hailed for performances "full of power and emotion," delivers vivid, imaginative programs to an ever-growing international audience. Her love of the standard repertoire and passion for chamber music and contemporary works have led to a variety of engagements with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists in the finest concert halls.

Ms. Morgulis has appeared as soloist with the Thüringen Philharmonic, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaoshung Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra da Camera Theatro Sao Pedro.

Her collaborative performances have seen her paired with such brilliant violinists as Schlomo Mintz, Vadim Gluzman, and Uri Pianka and with numerous chamber ensembles, including the Jupiter Chamber Players, the Firebird Contemporary Ensemble and the Borromeo String Quartet. A regular performer with Houston's composer-led contemporary music group, Musiqa, her advocacy of new music has including commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Marcus Karl Maroney, Lei Liang and Lior Navok.

Ms. Morgulis began her musical studies at the age of four in her native Ukraine. When she was 15, her family immigrated to Israel, where she continued her music education, receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. With support from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, she came to the US, receiving her doctoral degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She was fortunate to study with such wonderful musicians as Esther Balasha, Michael Boguslawsky, Wha Kyung Byun, Lev Natochenny and Patricia Zander.

Winner of First Prize at the Stanislav Stancic International Piano Competition in Zagreb, Ms. Morgulis was also awarded the Special Prize for the Best Performance of a Classical Composition and the Award for Highest Artistic Achievements from the Zagreb Academy of Music. Other awards include Second Prize at the Pinerolo and Third Prize at the Jaen International Piano Competitions in Italy and Spain, respectively, as well as the Audience Choice Award and Third Prize at the Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition in Houston.

Ms. Morgulis taught for three years at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and, since 2008, is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. Other engagements as a teacher and judge have taken her to Brazil, China, Taiwan, Israel and Croatia. She enjoys working with an eclectic group of young performers who come from South America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the US and describe her as "a great motivator who has a unique approach to teaching and an amazing insight into sound."

Tali Morgulis' playing can be heard on her 2006 debut recording on IPA, featuring music by Rachmaninov, Lutosławski, Janáček and Shostakovich. In chamber works, she can be heard in a world premiere recording with Richard Hartshorne of the Brahms cello sonatas performed on double bass and a cello and piano recital program with Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Mickey Katz. Her second disc of solo works, highlighting Brazilian and Argentinean composers, has been released by Delos in 2013.

*replaces Timothy Hester

William VerMeulen, horn

William VerMeulen
Photo by: Eric Arbiter

Hailed as “an impeccable solo horn” by the Berlin Neue Zeit, William VerMeulen leads his generation of American Horn Soloists. In Tune magazine says, “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous!....clearly one of today's superstars of the international brass scene.” Fanfare magazine writes, “Horn virtuoso William VerMeulen may be the best of the lot, commanding his difficult instrument with suavity and grace.”

Mr. VerMeulen has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990. In addition, he has performed as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He previously played with the orchestras of Chicago, Columbus, Honolulu, and Kansas City. Mr. VerMeulen maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician with recent engagements in New York, Spain, Israel, Poland, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, Orcas Island, Virginia, Washington, and Texas.

Mr. VerMeulen has participated as a performer and on faculty with numerous music festivals and chamber music presenters including: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen, Music@Menlo , DaCamera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Bell and Friends, Methow, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, Pacific, Steamboat Springs, Orcas Island, Seattle, National Repertory Orchestra, Festival Institute at Round Top, Bowdoin, Colorado, Interlochen, Chamber Music Northwest, Kapalua and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he also serves as Principal Horn.

He has performed to critical acclaim on four continents as a soloist and chamber musician and is a popular artist at International Horn Symposiums. His recording of the four Mozart Horn Concerti with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony is heralded internationally with high critical acclaim and has sold out of its third pressing. A champion of new music, Mr. VerMeulen has had numerous pieces written for him including concerti by esteemed American composer Samuel Adler and Prix de Rome and Stoeger Award winner Pierre Jalbert. A winner of array of awards and honors, Mr. VerMeulen received first prize at the 1980 International Horn Society Soloist Competition and the Shapiro Award for Most Outstanding Brass Player at the Tanglewood Festival.

Arguably the most successful of horn teachers working today, Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with students performing in numerous major orchestras throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society and also serves as an adjudicator and board member of the International Horn Competition of America and has been a regular coach at the New World Symphony in Miami. In 1985 he was invited to the White House to receive a “Distinguished Teacher of America Certificate of Excellence” from President Reagan and the White House commission on Presidential Scholars.

Mr. VerMeulen received his training from Dale Clevenger at Northwestern University and at the Interlochen Arts Academy and performs on horns, handcrafted and custom made by Keith Berg of Canada and Engelbert Schmid of Germany. He is Founder and President of VerMeulen Music, L.L.C., which offers music and products for horn players worldwide.

Mr. VerMeulen is married to Houston Opera and Ballet violinist Sylvia VerMeulen and they have two lovely children named Michael and Nicole. In his rare free time he enjoys having good friends over to share in his passion for fine cooking and wine. Photo Credit: Eric Arbiter