Winner of the 2023 Concert Artists Guild Competition, major prize winner of the 2022 Sibelius and Singapore International Violin Competitions, recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival Competition, violinist Nathan Meltzer is establishing a holistic and multi-faceted career as both a soloist and chamber musician, with passions for both standard and contemporary repertoire.
Nathan has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around the world. He has performed with the Aalborg Symphony, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Finnish RSO, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Charlotte Symphonies, among others, performing across Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
As a chamber musician, Nathan has performed with celebrated musicians through series such as Parlance Chamber Concerts, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Kallos Chamber Music Series, the Terezin Music Foundation, Project Music Heals Us, Midori’s Partners in Performance, and the Heidelberger Frühling, as well as at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyzowa Music, Moritzburg Festival, Ravinia Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and Verbier Festival Academy. He is also the Artistic Director of Opus Illuminate, a non-profit chamber music organization dedicated to performing, recording, and commissioning works of composers from historically underrepresented communities.
A Juilliard graduate and student of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman, Nathan plays on a Storioni violin on generous loan from the Rin Foundation.
Umi Garrett is a solo, collaborative, and chamber pianist based in New York City. Most recently, she was a finalist at the 2020 National Chopin Competition and awarded 1st prize in the Juilliard School’s concerto competition, performing Ravel’s G Major Concerto. As a highly-regarded interpreter of contemporary works, she has also performed and premiered numerous solo and chamber compositions by composers such as Samuel Adler, inti figgis-vizuela, Leaha Maria Villarreal, Kyle Rivera, Michelle Ross, and more, collaborating with organizations such as Chelsea Music Festival and Opus Illuminate.
As a soloist, she has also performed with many renowned orchestras, such as the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Wuhan Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia Boca Raton, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Boston Pops, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. As a passionate collaborator and chamber musician, she has performed with prizewinners in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition, 2022 Sphinx Competition, and the 2022 Montreal International Violin Competition, where she was awarded the John Newmark Prize for the Best Collaborative Pianist. Additionally, she made an appearance at the TEDxOC conference and the TEDxHarkerSchool conference in California as a performer and a speaker.
Umi has recorded 3 solo albums and will be releasing her debut chamber album of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5 Sonatas for Piano and Cello with Emily Mantone. Umi is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where she currently studies with Hung Kuan Chen. Umi is a Young Steinway Artist.
The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.
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