Past ArtistsThe Centre Symphony Orchestra regulary hosts renowned guest soloists, conductors and ensembles. These are some of the current and past artists who have appeared with the orchestra. We hope you enjoy their performances.

Muneko Otani

Muneko Otani

Muneko Otani is currently on the faculty of Columbia University and Williams College, the Mannes College of Music as assistant to Lewis Kaplan and has taught at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg.

As the first violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet she has appeared in the US, Canada and Mexico as well as in Europe and Asia. Major venues have included Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Bastille Opera House.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Walter Trampler, Martin Lovett, Marc Johnson, Colin Carr, Kazuhide Isomura, Masuko Ushioda and Lawrence Lesser.

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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth AndersonCellist Elizabeth Anderson has won the highest praise from critics. Her recordings for RCA Red Seal, Telarc and Nonesuch have been highly acclaimed including her release of premier recordings of Luigi Silva's extraordinary transcriptions. Ms. Anderson is also deeply committed to new music. Many renowned composers have dedicated works to her including Samuel Adler, Michael Rose and Kenneth Frazelle. As a founding member of the celebrated Meliora Quartet, she made numerous appearances on the world's most prestigious chamber music series, including those at New York's Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery and Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and at Jordan Hall in Boston. The Quartet was Grand Prize Winner of The Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Fischoff Competition, The Coleman Competition and The Cleveland Quartet Competition.

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Kaoru Fukuda

Karou FukudaPianist Kaoru Fukada made her New York debut in 2009 with The Centre Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Maestro José Alejandro Guzmán, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor. She was subsequently invited by conductor Scott Jackson Wiley to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto N. 4 with both the South Shore Symphony of Rockville Centre, New York and the Regina Opera Orchestra of Brooklyn. These performances capped over a decade of activity as a performer and teacher in New York City, and marked the beginning of an ongoing artistic relationship with The Centre Symphony. In 2013 she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto N. 1 with the orchestra, again at the invitation of Maestro Guzmán. The success of that engagement led to a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto N. 2 in F minor in 2015. A fourth appearance with Centre Symphony is forthcoming in May of 2018, this time with Beethoven's Triple Concerto, under the baton of maestro Wiley and in the prestigious company of Muneko Otani, violinist, and Elizabeth Anderson, cellist, both of the Cassatt Quartet.

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Alison Bolshoi

Alison BolshoiAlison Bolshoi, recently transitioned contralto, will cover Ortrud in Lohengrin at The Dallas Opera, in 2020. Ms. Bolshoi gave a solo concert for the Wagner Society of America, Chicago, this past October, and performed the role of Brangäne with The International Wagner Festival in 2016.

Soprano engagements include covering Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, with The San Francisco Opera; Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, with The Huntsville Symphony, Alabama; soloist for the Alfredo Silipigni Memorial Concert, New Jersey State Opera; soloist in a Wagner concert, with La Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; soloist at the Bach to Bartok Festival, Imola, Italy; soloist for a gala concert, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic with the Prague Symphony, and Foreign Princess in Rusalka. Ms. Bolshoi won the Liederkranz International Competition, Wagner Section, The Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, and the Altamura-Caruso Foundation Award.

Howard Fox

Dr. Howard FoxWhile Dr. Fox is a practicing podiatrist, his first and lasting love was music. His father played violin and viola and provided a rich musical environment for him as a child. He studied composition under Earl George at Syracuse University, and although changing his course of study to medicine “for pragmatic reasons,” he continued to compose in his favorite venue, large orchestral works. His music is uncharacteristic of most modern classical music in that its melodic and the harmonic structures are rather basic and established.

It wasn’t until writing for over 50 years that his first orchestral piece received a performance, a tone poem called Scenes in the Greenbelt depicting 5 areas of the Staten Island Greenbelt. The Staten Island Philharmonic performed this in November 2015 under the baton of Maestro Guzman. It was a natural expression of Dr. Fox’s love of the Greenbelt and his involvement with the Greenbelt Conservatory on Staten Island. He is now President of the Greenbelt Conservancy on Staten Island. A documentary film called Woodland Verse: A Glimpse into the Staten Island Greenbelt which made exclusive use of his music.

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Peiwen Chen

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Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Chen graduated from the National Academy of Art with highest honors in 1990, where she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. In 1992, she entered Mannes College of Music, where in 1994 she performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini under the baton of Maestro Michael Charry. Shortly after her graduation from Mannes with a special piano award, Ms. Chen made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the 1995 New York Concert Artists Competition. Frequently performing as a piano due with her husband Alexander Paley, Ms. Chen performs annually as part of the Alexander Paley Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, as well as Moulin d’Ande, France.

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Natalia Galebsky

Photo of Natalia GalebskyNatalia Galebsky is a native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she attended the prestigious Saint Petersburg Conservatory and studied with the eminent teacher Nora Veksler. Immediately following her graduation she served five years as a cellist at the Maley Opera House. In 1990 Ms. Galebsky immigrated to Israel, where she was appointed principal cellist of the Raanana Sinfonett. She toured Europe extensively with this orchestra, collaborating with such performers as Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, and Maxim Shostakovich. In 1999, Ms. Galebsky arrived in the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She now freelances with several symphonic and opera orchestras, including the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, the Centre Symphony Orchestra, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Regina Opera, and New Rochelle Opera. Ms. Galebsky has recently recorded a CD with jazz musicians Igor Butman, Lenny White, and Eddie Gomez.

Raymond Riccomini

Raymond Riccomini. Photo by Pedro DiazRaymond Riccomini, trumpet, joined the Metropolitan Opera orchestra trumpet section in 2004. Prior to this, Raymond held the positions of second trumpet in the New Jersey Symphony and Principal trumpet of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic while enjoying a varied freelance career. He has frequently performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, including as guest Principal trumpet. He has also performed as guest Principal trumpet of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Raymond was a founding member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet and was a winner in the 1993 Fischoff Chamber music competition.

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Christine Kwak

Christine Kwak

Violinist Christine Kwak has been described as “an extraordinary talent who will become one of the best of her generation,” by the late Dorothy DeLay, renowned for producing many of the world’s finest soloists. By the time Christine was 11 years old, she had already made her debut at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall, where her debut with the American Symphony was received with much critical acclaim; “at the tender age of nine, Christine is a complete violinist who would make any violinist envious...” She recorded the complete 24 Caprices by Paganini on a half-size violin at the age of 10, about which Dorothy DeLay has commented, “ of the most astonishing accomplishments and truly remarkable; one of the best caprices I’ve ever heard.”

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Candida Wiley

Candida WileyAfter a twenty-four year career as a full-time orchestra musician, including positions as Associate Concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic, Candida Wiley moved to Indianapolis in 2002 to to dedicate herself to teaching. Fascinated with the pedagogy of the violin, she has studied and taught Alexander Technique, which teaches the least forceful use of the body, and which has decisively shaped her approach to playing and teaching. She also pursued training in Suzuki Institutes for many years. In Indianapolis she maintains a busy private violin studio, and teaches violin at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Performing Arts. She is a graduate of Butler University and Indiana University, and is the proud mother of a fifteen-year old daughter.

Clara Abel

Born in 1995, cellist CLARA ABEL began her musical studies at the age of four, under the instruction of Liz Efroymson. Her principal teachers have since included William Grubb and Joel Krosnick.

As the winner of numerous concerto competitions, Ms. Abel has soloed with the Carmel Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony, the New World Youth Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, and the Fishers Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, as well as on Indianapolis Public Radio for a live broadcast of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition finals.

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Stephen Ryan

Photo of Stephen RyanStephen Ryan - An actor and director, Stephen has appeared on stage in 40 of the 50 states, Off and Off-Off Broadway, as well as in Ireland and Great Britain. Favorites include the 1st national tour of Sunday in the Park with George and a long run in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… in Washington D.C. Most recently he appeared in That Lady from Maxim’s at The Pearl Theater(NYMF) - New York Innovative Theater Award nomination, Going Solo at The Hudson Guild Theater and The Web at Theater at St. Clements. He recently directed Prelude to Tomorrow at the Times Square Arts Center and is helping develop the new 9/11 themed musical Operation: Dragon Slayer, planned for late 2016. Stephen studied with The Folger Shakespeare Conservatory, Oscar winner Beatrice Straight, and Yale Drama head Bobby Lewis.

Beth Johanning

Photo of Beth JohanningBeth Johanning Conductor of Wagner Treble Concert Choir and Artistic Director of Voyces and Young Voyces. In 2011 Beth Johanning founded the early music vocal ensemble Voyces. With the goal of study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, and drawing from the community of professional and semi-professional musicians, she has led the all-volunteer group in concerts, collaborations and musical events in venues on Staten Island. Young Voyces, the youth affiliate of Voyces, was established by Beth in 2013. The young singers perform in Staten Island and Manhattan on independent concerts and concerts with Voyces.

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Wagner Treble Concert Choir

Photo of Wagner Treble Concert ChoirThe Wagner Treble Concert Choir (WTCC) is one of the two major choral ensembles at Wagner College, Staten Island. This women’s choir, comprised of 16-25 singers, specialises in repertoire composed for trebles, as well as classics arranged for women’s voices.

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