The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. CMS presents chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period in its extensive concert season in New York, its national and international tours, its many recordings and national radio broadcasts, its broad commissioning program, its online event streaming, and its multi-faceted educational programs. The Chamber Music Society’s performance venue, Alice Tully Hall, has received international acclaim as one of the world’s most exciting venues for chamber music. CMS produces its own recordings on the CMS Studio Recordings label, which has been highly praised for both the artistry and the recorded sound of the eclectic range of repertoire it has released. The newest media innovation, CMS Live!, offers recordings available only by download of extraordinary live performances, chosen by CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han from among each season’s many concerts. Through its Watch Live series, CMS live streams approximately 30 chamber music concerts and events a season to a worldwide audience online. These streams are free to the public and are available on demand for an additional 24 hours after the broadcast. View the complete schedule of Watch Live events at www.ChamberMusicSociety.org.
Chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the Year, Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has presented recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, Harvard Musical Association, Caramoor Musical Festival, Verbier Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She is the founder and artistic director of String Theory, a chamber music series in Chattanooga, and the director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival. Ms. Chien is a member of CMS Two and a Steinway Artist.
Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is a captivating performer of “poetic eloquence” (New York Sun) and “technical wizardry” (New York Times). He plays regularly at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, Camerata Pacifica, and Music from Angel Fire. Winner of the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals in New York and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Cannes’ Midem Prize. He is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two.
Violinist Bella Hristova is acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument. She has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. Her most recent recording, Bella Unaccompanied, was released by A.W. Tonegold Records. In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she won first prize in both the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society and a former member of CMS Two.
This is violinist Ani Kavafian’s 34th year performing with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her solo career has included performances with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is the concertmaster and a frequent soloist with the New Haven Symphony. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, and Justin Dello Joio’s Piano Trio with Carter Brey and Jeremy Denk. She is president of the Young Concert Artist Alumni Association and a full professor at Yale University.
Violist Pierre Lapointe has performed at numerous venues across the United States and abroad. He plays occasionally with the group Sejong Soloists and is currently the violist of the Escher String Quartet. A former member of CMS Two, an Artist of the Society, and a recent BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has recorded the complete Zemlinsky quartets and will record the complete Mendelssohn quartets for release by BIS. In 2012, Mr. Lapointe completed a thesis on Zemlinsky's Second Quartet and obtained a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the Gatineau Music Conservatory Orchestra.
Cellist Sophie Shao received an Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 19, was a major prizewinner at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition, and became a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. She has made recital and chamber music appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Middlebury College, and Vassar College. She can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (Marlboro Music’s 50th anniversary recording), and on Albany Records. Ms. Shao studied at The Curtis Institute with David Soyer and Felix Galimir, and, upon graduating, continued with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a Master of Music degree.