Our Artists

New York Chamber Musicians features some of chamber music's top artists.

Philip Setzer, violinist

Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky.

Gilbert Kalish, pianist

Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making.

Gabriela Lena Frank, composer

Frank’s compositions have been described by critics as “luminous… bursting with fresh originality” (Los Angeles Times), “of unearthly beauty” (Miami Sun-Sentinel), and “brilliant” (Chicago Tribune). In 2011, the all-Frank Naxos CD “Hilos” broke into the top 100 classical recordings on Billboard in the first week of its release and earned Frank a 2012 Grammy nomination as pianist with the Alias Ensemble in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance.

Alan Kay, clarinetist

The NY Times recently called his performance of Messiaen’s Abîme des Oiseaux “spellbinding” and acclaimed his performance of Busoni’s Concertino with the Riverside Symphony in Alice Tully Hall for its “infectious enthusiasm and panache.” Clarinetist Alan R. Kay is an Artistic Director and a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society.

Sheila Silver, composer

Sheila Silver is an important and vital voice in American music today. She has written in a wide range of mediums: from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works; from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a rhythmic complexity which is both masterful and compelling. Again and again, audiences and critics praise her music as powerful and emotionally charged, accessible, and masterfully conceived.

Perry Goldstein, composer

Goldstein has been called a composer of “consummate structural and inventive artistry” (CD Spotlight) and his works have been called “percussive and pummeling” (The New York Times), “an-I-dare-you contraption” (Fanfare), “a raw-boned tour-de-force” (The Buffalo News), “genuine firework[s]” (Achener Zeitung), and “jazz-paced, abrasive, [and] ultimately cathartic” (The Los Angeles Times).

Joanna Kaczorowska, violinist

Acclaimed as an enormously accomplished violinist, Joanna Kaczorowska's playing features uncommon refinement, passionate expression and tonal sensitivity. Her artistry combines rare talent with ferocious enthusiasm: Joanna has an irrepressible passion for musical experimentation and discovery. In both classical and contemporary repertoire and world music traditions, Joanna has an ability to express herself in the deepest personal sense through her music.

Pablo Lavandera, pianist

Pablo Lavandera, the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in the collaborative artist category together with violinist Joanna Kaczorowska (Baltimore, USA), has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra and music educator through the Americas and Europe at such venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Steinway Hall and Yamaha Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as well as various venues in Germany and Poland.

José Menor, pianist

José Menor was hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding Spanish pianists of the new generation’ after his Wigmore Hall solo recital debut: ‘superb recital (...) a performance of gripping power and evocative colouring’ (The Daily Telegraph, Geoffrey Norris).

Nathan Schram, violist

A “born and raised” violist growing up around the world, Nathan Schram has established himself as a chamber musician devoted to bringing the music he loves to communities around the world. A prizewinner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and first prize winner of ASTA’s 2009 National Solo Competition, Nathan has gone on to perform in the most prestigious halls of the United States and Europe.

Yves Dharamraj, cellist

Whether his audience consists of students at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, criminal detainees at Rikers Island, budding talent of the Thai Youth Orchestra, elders in a Parisian nursing home, curious revelers at a Berlin bar, or season-ticket holders at Carnegie Hall, Franco-American cellist Yves Dharamraj captivates his listeners with a natural blend of brilliant virtuosity, impassioned artistry, personable interaction, and relevant insight.