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WAYS TO WATCH ON JUN. 30:
The strings of summer! Join NWS Fellows for an evening of sharing chamber music together through the unique pairing of two string quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich originally titled his Third Quartet’s opening movement “Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm.” Although the music begins rather optimistic, we soon enter a world of sarcasm, fear and sorrow. In contrast, Mozart’s “Spring” Quartet invites the listener to a cheerful, lightly humored sound environment.
Cataclysm and Optimism is an NWS BLUE project. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet No. 14 in G major for Strings, K. 387, “Spring”
Allegro vivace assai
Quartet No. 3 in F major for Strings, Op. 73
Allegretto (Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm)
Moderato con moto (Rumblings of unrest and anticipation)
Allegro non troppo (Forces of war unleashed)
Adagio (In memory of the dead)
Moderato—Adagio (The eternal question: why? and for what?)
Chava Appiah is a third-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. Her performance experience spans from Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall, to more intimate settings such as Emmanuel Church of Boston and The Cleveland Institute of Art. She has collaborated with notable artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Emanuel Ax, Alisa Weilerstein, Geoff Nuttall and Chris Thile, as well as conductors Valery Gergiev, Herbert Blomstedt, Andris Nelsons and Leonard Slatkin, among many others. Prior to joining NWS she led a varied freelance career in Boston.
Passionate about orchestral and chamber music, Ms. Appiah has played with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Madeline Island Chamber Music, Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and most recently the Tanglewood Music Center. She was Principal Cellist with the Pacific Music Festival and Youth Orchestra of the Americas, as well as the Oberlin Orchestra and New England Conservatory Philharmonia. While at Spoleto, she performed the U.S. premieres of Vivaldi’s Farnace and Lachenmann’s Little Match Girl.
A strong advocate for making the arts more accessible to a wider audience, Ms. Appiah has engaged with various communities through organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Community Performances and Partnerships Program of New England Conservatory, Boston Philharmonic, Palaver Strings and her all-cello ensemble, Cellos Unleashed! She strives to challenge the common classical music venue and keep the live music experience available to all.
Ms. Appiah studied at the New England Conservatory with Natasha Brofsky and at Oberlin College and Conservatory with Catharina Meints, earning degrees in both cello performance and neuroscience.
In her free time, Ms. Appiah enjoys yoga, travel and exploring nature. She is an enthusiastic animal lover.
Katherine Kobylarz is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony.
Ms. Kobylarz has performed with many orchestras across the country, including the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Firelands Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony and Carmel Symphony. She has also toured abroad with orchestras extensively and has performed on major stages throughout Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and the United States.
In addition to her experience as a section player, Ms. Kobylarz has also performed in many principal leadership roles, including solo opportunities as Concertmaster that have taken place on major stages such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Severance Hall in Cleveland. For two seasons, she served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Indiana, where she sat Concertmaster for a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole. She also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Opera Theater Orchestra for a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
During the summer of 2018, Ms. Kobylarz held the position of Principal Second Violin with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge and had the opportunity to solo with the orchestra on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Other summer festival appearances have included the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston; National Orchestral Institute in Maryland and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.
Before coming to NWS, Ms. Kobylarz completed her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Rose, the Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to that, she studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Grigory Kalinovsky, where she completed her bachelor of music degree and a minor in European History in two years. Ms. Kobylarz started playing the violin at the age of three and began her musical education in the pre-college division of Manhattan School of Music.
Michael Rau is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West (2010) and Pacific Music Festival (2014), as well as performer at the Bard Music Festival (2016-2017) and the Grafenegg Academy Festival in Austria (2018). In addition, he is a member of the Florestan Quartet, which performs in a variety of venues throughout upstate New York. In 2017 the quartet toured in Taiwan, performing concerts and giving master classes in six different cities.
Mr. Rau began his musical studies in Iowa at the age of seven. He studied with Dr. Jonathan Sturm, a professor at Iowa State University, as well as former concertmaster of the Quad Cities Symphony Alan Ohmes. When he was 13, Mr. Rau moved to the Chicago area, where he studied with Almita Vamos.
Mr. Rau received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where his primary teacher was Paul Biss. He received his master’s degree from Bard College. He has performed as a concertmaster and soloist with various orchestras, playing in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. He has worked with several notable conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, Fabio Luisi, Dennis Russell Davies and Joann Falletta.
Gabriel Napoli is a second-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. He recently performed as a member of the Akron Symphony and as a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Canton Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Mr. Napoli has performed in master classes for renowned artists and pedagogues such as Paul Kantor, Linda Cerone, Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Paul Coletti. He has studied chamber music with the Dover Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet through their Intensive Quartet Seminar at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Napoli has also had the opportunity to perform chamber music alongside CIM faculty artists such as Ilya Kaler, NWS alumnus Si-Yan Darren Li and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
As a member of Quartet Ami, Mr. Napoli worked closely with members of the Vermeer Quartet and won first prize at the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians competition at Davidson College and first prize at Northwestern’s Dover String Quartet Competition.
During his summers, Mr. Napoli has attended the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival.
Mr. Napoli earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his master’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Almita Vamos, Robert Hanford, Robert Vernon and Mark Jackobs.
Scott Leger is a second-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. He currently holds the position of Principal Horn of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca. In addition, he has performed with the Omaha and South Dakota symphonies as a substitute musician, and has received fellowships to spend his summers at a variety of music festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute.
As a soloist, Mr. Leger has performed in international competitions, most recently receiving Second Prize in the University Division of the International Horn Competition of America. He received an Honorable Mention in the Woolsey Concerto Competition in 2017 for his performance of Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto, and in 2014 he performed Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Leger remains dedicated to chamber music of varying ensembles. Performing on the Yale School of Music’s Vista Recital Series and Oneppo Chamber Series, he has presented Brahms’ Trio in E-flat for Horn, Violin and Piano; Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and his own transcription of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 for wind quintet.
Mr. Leger is an active arranger and composer of music for horn, wind quintet and other instrumentations, with the explicit goal of finding compositional genres and styles that have eluded these ensembles and finding a way to make this music adaptable, to enhance both the repertoire of the ensemble and breathe new life into the music.
Receiving certification from the State of Texas to teach music for grades EC-12 in 2016, Mr. Leger has maintained an active teaching schedule. His primary teaching engagement prior to joining the New World Symphony was as the conductor of the All-City Honors Ensemble for the Yale School of Music’s Music In Schools Initiative. He also served this program as a Teaching Artist, and continues to present master classes and seminars to high school brass players in Houston and Dallas.
Mr. Leger completed his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music under the direction of William Purvis in 2018. He received his bachelor of music degrees in music education with certification and music performance, with minors in music theory and mathematics, in the studio of Gregory Hustis.