Arman Alpyspaev: Viola
A native of Kazakhstan, Arman Alpyspaev was selected to study at the Moscow Central Music School for gifted children. During his studies he was twice picked to represent the Soviet Union as part of a string quartet at the International Festival Juenesse Musicales in Hungary. He then joined the class of world-renowned Professor Yuri Bashmet at the Moscow State Conservatory. He performed in halls such as Maly and Rachmaninov as well as took part in several Russian-American festivals, made another quartet trip to Bulgaria and played numerous concerts around the USSR. Arman completed degrees at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded full scholarships.
The geography of his musical career includes several continents. He has performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully in New York, among others. An active chamber music performer, he appeared many times at Bargemusic in New York, as well as in the NYCQ and Lumina string quartets. Music festivals include the Juenesse Musicales in Australia, Bulgaria and Hungary, Spoleto Festival USA and Italy, Mozarteum in Austria, Manchester chamber music festival, modern music series at MOMA, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley and Colorado festivals.
He has been a frequent guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera orchestra. He also performed as Guest Principal viola in the New York City Opera, the Miami Grand Opera, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonic. Like all versatile performers, Arman has participated in various projects in classical and cross-over genres. After returning from recent concerts and masterclasses in Kazakhstan at the Presidential Palace and the Organ Hall with the Academy soloists of Kazakhstan, Arman is finishing his Doctorate in Music Performance this fall.
Jeremy Lamb: Cello
Jeremy Lamb is currently the Assistant Principal of NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic and plays in the Broadway musical Aladdin. As an orchestral musician, he travels throughout the Northeast performing with the New Haven Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Orchestra Now, Binghamton Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and Sonos Chamber Orchestra. He is also a regular guest musician in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Jeremy Lamb is the Artistic Advisor and a frequent performer on the NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic Chamber Series. This season he was featured on their opening concert with violinist Erica Kiesewetter and pianist Spencer Myer, broadcast over WVIA, Scranton. As a recitalist, he has performed in numerous venues around New York and Boston with pianists Andrew Goodridge and Wei-En Hsu. He is also a member of the Aaron Teitelbaum Ensemble, traveling around New York and New Jersey for concerts and recordings.
Jeremy received his B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory with Alan Stepansky, former Associate Principal of the New York Philharmonic. He has performed in masterclasses with David Finckel, Lynn Harrell, Rafael Wallfisch, Philippe Muller, Matt Haimovitz, Clive Greensmith, David Geber, Alan Harris, Michael Mermeggen, Brian Manker, and many others. He has attended music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Tanglewood, Pacific, Aspen, Brevard, Bowdoin, International Musical Arts Institute, and spent four summers at the beautiful Domaine Forget International Music Festival in Quebec, Canada. In 2005, he was the principal cellist of the Oaxaca International Festival Orchestra in Mexico. In 2006, he toured with Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra on their summer and winter tours of Spain, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Jeremy is also a luthier at DZ Strad Violins in White Plains, and runs his own bow-rehairing business, Lamb’s Rehair. He likes literary magazines and copper mugs.
Jonathan Kahn: Violin
A graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music, Jonathan Kahn has been performing and teaching violin to students of all ages for over twenty-five years. A native New Yorker, Jonathan has been on the faculty of New York’s most prestigious private schools and music conservatories, including the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. the Brearley School, Trevor Day School Conservatory, and the United Nations International School.
Currently, Jonathan is on the string faculty of Birch Wathen Lenox School and Nightingale-Bamford School, where he is integrally involved in developing the strings program. In addition to his teaching career, Jonathan is an actively performing free lance orchestral violinist, appearing in New York’s most esteemed concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the halls of Lincoln Center.
Deborah Molodofsky: Violin
Deborah Molodofsky is the Founder and Director of the Amadeus Conservatory of Music. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, studying with Paul Makanowitsky, assistant to Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School. She received a master’s degree from Wayne State University where she studied with Mischa Mischakoff, former concertmaster of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini. She studied chamber music at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did post graduate studies with Piotr Milewski, silver medalist of the Queen Elizabeth Competition and assistant to Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School,.
Interested in the intersections between music and literature, she pursued doctoral studies, writing a dissertation on symphonic and atonal form in The Magical Mountain and Dr. Faustus by Thomas Mann and jazz in the USA trilogy by John Dos Passos. As she was finishing her dissertation she was invited to join the first violin section of the Mexico City Philharmonic with which she performed throughout the United States and Mexico.
She has performed in concerts in every major concert hall in the United States and in recital halls in Europe, including concerts in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria and has recorded extensively with Decca. She has been a member of the Joachim Trio, The Debussy Quartet, the Toledo Symphony String Quartet, the Toledo Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, Michigan Chamber Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota Orchestra) and the International Summer Academy Orchestra in Salzburg. She has participated on full scholarship in the Aspen Music Festival, Meadow Brook Music Festival and Meadow Mount. She is part of the Violin and Chamber Music faculty at Amadeus.