Glenn Dicterow, violin
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.
Timothy Hester, piano
Native Houstonian Timothy Hester graduated from The Juilliard School as a student of the renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus. Currently, Mr. Hester is Professor of Piano at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he also enjoys instructing students in the skills of sight reading, collaborative techniques and also serves as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. Named Outstanding Collegiate Teacher of the Year in 2014 as presented by the Texas Music Teacher's Association, Mr. Hester works with many vocalists in the Houston area and has taught Opera Studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Mr. Hester’s has appeared worldwide in venues in Britain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Greece, Singapore and Taiwan. He has been a regular performing faculty member of the Schlern International Music Festival in Northern Italy. In the United States, he has performed the NYC Bargemusic Series, the Ojai Festival in California, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah, the Texas Music Festival, and the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma as well as performing with Da Camera, a Houston-based chamber music ensemble. He has especially enjoyed collaboration with such artists as Paula Robison, Patricia Racette, Ransom Wilson, Christiaan Bor, Nathaniel Rosen, Arturo Delmoni, Nina Beilina, William Sharp, Eugenia Zukerman, Leon Speirer, Robert White, Mary Jane Johnson, Chi Liming, Carmen Pelton, Uri Pianka, Phyllis Pancella, Stefano Algieri, Lucy Shelton, Karol Bennett, Isabelle Ganz, Mitchell Stern, Paul Neubauer, Patrick Wroblewski, Joan Gibbons and Reiko Watanabe - as well as with his esteemed University of Houston colleagues.
Mr. Hester’s discography includes twentieth century works of Robert Beaser, Arnold Rosner, Michael Horvit, Roy Harris, Samuel Barber and Bohuslav Martinu as well as the solo CD “KUHF Sessions”, the first recording made in Houston Public Radio’s current studio. In addition, Mr. Hester studied extensively with Albert Hirsh and maintains a busy accompanying schedule, also having played master classes for Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Carol Wincenc, Richard Stoltzman, Elena Nikolaidi, Renato Capecchi, Vladimir Spivakov, Ruggiero Ricci and many others. Additionally, he is Chief Artistic Consultant for Rehearsalnet.com, an internet-based business that offers downloadable midi-file accompaniments for training soloists and accompanists in their musical preparation.
William VerMeulen, horn
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