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The U.S. Army Strings Violin and Viola Workshop

April 18-19, 2015

Violin-Viola Workshop

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The U.S. Army Strings Violin and Viola Workshop has been established as a way to bring professional military and civilian performers, educators, amateur performers, and students together to expand their knowledge of the violin and viola. The U.S. Army Band’s headquarters, Brucker Hall, located on the Fort Myer side of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, will serve as the hub of the weekend’s activities to include: masterclasses, recitals, career round-table discussions, a mock audition, and a grand concert by The U.S. Army Orchestra featuring American Rhapsody by Kenneth Fuchs and special guest artists, world-renowned violinist Michael Ludwig and violist Katherine Murdock.

The Workshop is free and open to the public; no tickets to any events are required.

Registration Information

For events that include participation (mock audition, performing in a masterclass, etc.), registration is requested. Please send an email that includes your name, contact information, and the events for which you’d like to be registered: stringworkshop.usarmyband@gmail.com

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Artist Biographies

Michael Ludwig

Hailed by Strad Magazine for his “effortless, envy-provoking technique… sweet tone, brilliant expression, and grand style”, Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. A highly sought-after soloist, he has performed on four continents, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Sir Georg Solti, and John Williams among others. He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. In addition to the United States, Ludwig has performed throughout Europe and Asia, including concerts in Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Israel, China, and South Korea. Ludwig’s discography includes recordings of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Bruch Scottish Fantasy, and Dvorak Romance with the Virginia Symphony, as well as the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2, Corigliano Red Violin Concerto, and Suk Fantasy with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ludwig’s recording of the Corigliano Red Violin Concerto with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic is “hot, sharp, and close to the edge” writes critic Norman Lebrecht. His recording of the rarely performed Dohnanyi Violin Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has received extraordinary reviews worldwide, and has revived interest in these neglected romantic works. Ludwig’s discography has drawn critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. Fanfare magazine writes: “His phrasing is so sensitive—it could serve as an object lesson to every budding violinist.” And BBC Music Magazine praises his “persuasive playing, silky tone, sensitivity to colour and flair for golden-age’ style.” Ludwig’s new recordings released in 2014 include the works of Joseph Achron for violin and piano, as well as the Bartok Portrait No. 1 with the Buffalo Philharmonic, both for the NAXOS label.

As a chamber musician, Michael has shared the stage with numerous acclaimed artists, such as Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yefim Bronfman, Sarah Chang, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. His recording of the world premiere of Marcel Tyberg’s Piano Trio in F Major was released by NAXOS in August 2010. His chamber music performances include appearances at the Prague Spring Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, and a benefit appearance for the Terezin Music Foundation at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Michael Ludwig has been featured numerous times on Performance Today, a program that reaches approximately 1.2 million listeners on 230 radio stations nationwide. Ludwig’s media credits include live broadcasts at WRTI (Philadelphia) and WAMC (Albany, NY), as well as an appearance on the program “From the Top.” He has been featured on Bulgarian National Radio, Balkan Bulgarian Television, and the Korean Broadcasting System.

Michael studied violin with his father, Irving Ludwig, who was a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

Karin Brown

Violist Karin Brown received critical acclaim for her “strikingly rich and warm tone” (The Strad) after making her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Brown is a violist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently as a solo and chamber musician in the Baltimore/Washington area. She made her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerto debut performing the Britten Double Concerto with Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, of which The Baltimore Sun noted “Karin Brown sculpted her phrases in a rich, subtly shaded tone.” She will make her Chicago recital debut with radio broadcast at the Dame Myra Hess series in 2008.

Ms. Brown has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the William Primrose International Viola Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. She has been featured in Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series, and has attended festivals at Tanglewood, Pacific Music Festival, and Verbier. In addition, she has performed at New York Viola Society Concerts, and gives master classes and recitals across the country. An advocate for new music, she has performed several premieres, and strives to program music by women composers, lesser known masterworks, and American music. While still a student at Juilliard, Ms. Brown was a frequent substitute with the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, joining each for several international tours. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Nathan Gordon Memorial Viola Award. Ms. Brown has studied with Cynthia Phelps, Roland and Almita Vamos, Samuel Rhodes, and Zoya Leybin. A committed teacher, she has served on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival, and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. Her students have been accepted to Oberlin, Eastman, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody.

Lawrence Dutton

Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, has collaborated with many of the world’s great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Leon Fleisher, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir James Galway, Andre Previn, Walter Trampler, Menahem Pressler, Rudolf Firkusny, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Misha Dichter, Jan DeGaetani, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax and Elmar Oliveira among others He has also performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Since 2001, Mr. Dutton has been the Artistic Advisor of the Hoch Chamber Music Series, presenting three concerts at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. He has been featured on three albums with the Grammy winning jazz bassist John Patitucci on the Concord Jazz label and with the Beaux Arts Trio recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57, and the Faure G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 45, on the Philips label. His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge records was nominated for a Grammy award. For BRAVO television he recorded works by Stravinsky and Hindemith. Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia, among others. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla, Heifetz Institute, Great Mountains Festival in Korea, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Rome Chamber Music Festival. With the late Isaac Stern he had collaborated in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Stony Brook University and at the Robert McDuffie School for Strings at Mercer University in Georgia, Mr. Dutton began violin studies with Margaret Pardee and on viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and has received Honorary Doctorates from Middlebury College in Vermont, The College of Wooster in Ohio, Bard College in New York and The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. He resides in Bronxville, NY with his wife violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and their three sons Luke, Jesse and Samuel.

Katherine Murdock

Violist Katherine Murdock has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the musical capitals of the U.S., Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and South America. A frequent guest at music festivals throughout the world, she has appeared at the Edinburgh, Salzburg, Spoleto, and Gulbenkian festivals, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, and in the U.S. at Ravinia, Saratoga, Wolftrap, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Aspen, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. A past participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has toured with Music from Marlboro, and was invited to perform on the Marlboro Fortieth Anniversary Concerts in Philadelphia and New York’s Carnegie Hall. She has appeared on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center as a guest of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Born in Burlington Vermont to music loving parents, Ms. Murdock moved with her family to Toronto at the age of ten. A recipient of two Canada Council Arts Awards, she received her musical training at Oberlin and Boston University, and pursued graduate studies at Yale School of Music. She studied viola with Karen Tuttle and Joseph Silverstein, and for two summers she attended the Banff School of Fine Arts to study with the late William Primrose. She has studied chamber music with such teachers as Felix Galimir, Mischa Schneider, Sandor Vegh, and Eugene Lehner.

From 1988 to 1994 Ms. Murdock was a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. With this group she toured internationally and premiered many new works for string quartet, including works of Augusta Read Thomas, Bruce Adolphe, Tobias Picker, Bernard Rands, Tina Davidson, and Ned Rorem. She has also been a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Cambridge Chamber Players, the N.Y. Philomusica, and has toured New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand String Quartet. In concert she has collaborated with the Vermeer, Emerson, and Guarneri string quartets, members of the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets, and has performed with such artists as pianists Peter Serkin, Leon Fleischer, Claude Frank, and Menahem Pressler, violinists Salvatore Accardo and Jaime Laredo, cellist Janos Starker, and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Active in the field of contemporary music, she was a member for ten years of the contemporary chamber ensemble Boston Musica Viva, with whom she recorded and performed internationally. She has recently premiered several pieces written for her, including a work for viola and piano by Nathaniel Tull Phillips; her trio Polaris with her husband oboist Mark Hill has trios for viola, oboe, and piano by Steven Burke and Dana Wilson.

As a member of the Mendelssohn Quartet, Ms. Murdock served as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University and the University of Delaware. She has previously been on the faculties of Wellesley College, the Boston Conservatory, the Hartt School of Music, and for eight years at Stony Brook. In the summer she is a member of the artist faculty the Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals, and is on the faculty and Co-Director of the Chamber Music Program at the National Orchestral Institute. She served on the juries of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Peabody “Concours”, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Ms. Murdock’s extensive orchestral experience includes performances, tours, and recordings with the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic; for ten years she toured and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Ms Murdock has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Delos, CRI, Nonesuch, and John Marks Records; her discography includes a newly released Dorian DVD of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. She has been broadcast live and in recordings on NPR, West German Radio, the BBC Radio and TV, and the NBC “Today Show.” Ms. Murdock currently performs and records as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and the Left Bank Concert Society of Washington D.C.

Risa Browder

Risa Browder was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Her work as a violinist and violist has taken her all over Europe, Japan, Australia and the US. She has performed with many orchestras, among them, Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, London Classical Players, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and as concertmaster with the Washington Bach Consort and Bach Sinfonia. As a chamber musician she has performed and recorded with the Purcell Quartet, London Baroque, REBEL and the Folger Consort. The Washington Post has said of her playing: “the most flavorful and expressive musicianship of the evening came from Risa Browder.”

Along with her husband, cellist John Moran, she co-directs the chamber orchestra Modern Musick which has performed to high acclaim in Washington. Ms. Browder is the orchestra director at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia, teaches baroque violin and viola at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and co-directs their period instrument orchestra, Baltimore Baroque Band. She and her husband have two sons, one an artist and one a cellist.

Heather LeDoux Green

Heather LeDoux Green joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and became a member of the first violin section in 2007. She was previously the Assistant Concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and a member of the Fort Worth Symphony. She has performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto, Sun Valley, Music in the Mountains, and Round Top.

Ms. Green has participated in festivals including the Accademia Chigiana, Mozarteum Academy, Amadeus Quartet Program as well as a quartet concert at the National Gallery in London. Other honors include performing on Heifetz’s 1742 Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and an acclaimed performance of Vitali’s Chaconne in Washington’s National Presbyterian Church for a gala concert featuring its Aeolian-Skinner organ.

A soloist with the NSO in the summer of 2011, Ms Green performed the concert version of Tan Dun’s Hero with Tan Dun conducting. She has recently performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and National Chamber Players.

Ms. Green received her Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music degree from Rice University where she was the sole recipient of the prestigious Presser Music Award. Her main teachers were Camilla Wicks and Sergiu Luca.

Chrish Kresge

Chrish Kresge is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. She graduated from a four-year, 850+ hour training in the Feldenkrais Method in 1999 in Boulder, Colorado (USA), and has taught Awareness Through Movement© and Functional Integration® in Ghana, Morocco, France, Nepal and the United States since 1997. In order to maintain Guild certification, Feldenkrais practitioners are required to attend advanced trainings and other forms of further education on an annual basis. Chrish has also completed The Bones for Life® Training, and is a graduate of the Anat Baniel Method for Children®, both based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Chrish is also a performing artist and director, and has sung and acted in numerous musicals and plays, both in the U.S. and internationally. She trained in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama and studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music with Edgar Evans, former principle tenor soloist at the Royal Opera House. She has also taken courses in directing at the British Theater Association. Chrish enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. For non-native English speakers, she is fluent in French, German, Swiss-German and Arabic. Chrish maintains an active practice in her studio in Northwest Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.