Distinguished Artists of the 2014 Winter Classics Music Festival

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Claude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley


 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Monte Belknap
Alexander WoodsClaude Halter

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Cheung Chau

Pianists
Pamela Jones

Bryan Stanley

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 




Virtuoso violinist/violist Monte Belknap's performing career spans thirty years with notable solo performances and accomplished mentors. He won the International Starling Violin Competition in Aspen, Colorado in 1989. This honor awarded full scholarship to the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where he earned his BM and MM degrees in violin performance as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Mr. Belknap served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and other respected ensembles. He studied Chamber music with some of the world's leading performing ensembles including the Julliard, Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Piano Trio. He soloed with the Illinois Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony and recorded on the Lagossa and Encore labels. In his home state of Utah, Mr. Belknap performs regularly with the Park City Music Festival, the Contemporary Music Consortium and as concert master for the studio recording orchestras that record the film scores for movies from around the world. In 2010 he performed on the Bargemusic Series in New York City along with Park City Music Festival Artists Leslie Harlow, Doris Stevenson and Russell Harlow. The same group, with the addition of cellist Julie Bevan will tour in Europe in June of 2011. His reputation and distinguished skills as an instructor of violin led many of his students to win competitions and perform as soloists with noted symphonies including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Mr. Belknap teaches a blend of technical master, memory, the use of modern technology and motion training. He recently joined the music faculty of BYU, having previously taught at BYU-Idaho and Western Illinois University. He champions music education with a bright vision for promoting the arts. He founded the Chamber Music Series for the Dayton Philharmonic, the "Meet the Artist Series" with the Dayton Philharmonic, the Monument Symphony Orchestra, the Prelude Strings Chamber Music Festival in Dayton, Ohio, and Western Illinois University's Summer String Camps in 1998. Mr. Belknap receives frequent invitations to serve as guest clinician in both public schools and private studios across the nation. He has conducted all-state orchestras and taught at many of today's finest music festivals. Professor Belknap also serves as a member of the Utah ASTA Executive Board.

Violist Leslie Harlow, Founder/Director of the Park City Music Festival, is both a solo and chamber performer. Leslie Harlow has performed as violist in chamber concerts with many of the finest artists of this era including violinists Charles Libove, Glenn Dicterow, Paul Rosenthal, Bill Preucil, Elmar Oliviera, Shlomo Mintz, Charles Castleman, Scott Yoo, Arturo Delmoni, Walter Olivares, Monte Belknap and Joseph Silverstein, and violist Paul Neubauer. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Leslie Harlow performed in master classes for William Primrose, Paul Doktor, Donald McGinnis, Heidi Castleman and Nabuko Imai and her primary teachers were Marna Street, Susan Schoenfeld, Paul Doktor, and violinist Harry Shub with additional lessons with Heidi Castleman, Donald Wright and Francis Tursi. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimer, Samuel Rhodes, David Soyer, Paul Doktor, Charles Castleman, Robert Sylvester and Julius Baker. Following graduation from Juilliard, Ms Harlow founded the Deer Valley (Utah) Chamber Music Festival in 1984. Renamed the Park City Music Festival, the festival continues as Utah's oldest classical music festival, having presented over 550 concerts. Co-Director of the Autumn Classics Festival, the Sonolumina Chamber Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah, Leslie Harlow also founded and directs the Park City Film Music Festival. Ms. Harlow also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Affetti Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Harlow has recorded as principal violist and soloist for film scores including the movies "Murder in the First" and "Surviving Picasso." Prior to Juilliard, Ms. Harlow was Assistant Principal Viola with the Oklahoma Symphony, performing at festivals in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and New York. While studying in New York, she performed chamber music and recitals in New York City and at the Skaneateles Festival. In Utah she has taught chamber music at Brigham Young University, served as director for the Virtuoso Series and Principal Violist with Ballet West before resigning to perform with the Utah Symphony. Ms. Harlow has also appeared as guest artist with the Sitka Festival (Alaska), Lyrica Series (New Jersey), Piatigorsky Foundation (New York), and Bargemusic (New York) as well as performing chamber music for the International Clarfests in Baltimore, Texas, Utah and Vancouver (Canada). She has performed on tour in Europe with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Utah Symphony. Recordings include Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings on the ISOMIKE Label.

 

Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation's premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. In 1996 Mr. Harlow performed the New York Premiere of the Ramiro Cortes Trio (written for him), along with the Brahms Quintet, at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York City. Harlow recently joined the artist faculty of the Affetti Chamber Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, and will perform on tour in Europe in June of 2011. The recent Sonolumina Ensemble recording featuring Mr. Harlow "Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings" on the ISOMIKE Label received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Europe. Russell Harlow is the co-Director of the Park City Music Festival, the Autumn Classics Music Festival, the Winter Classics Music Festival, The Spring Chamber Music Festival and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. He has performed for International Clarinet Association events throughout the world, also giving lectures on clarinetists of the past century. In addition to performances in Utah with the Park City and Autumn Classics Festivals, Contemporary Music Consortium and Sonolumina Orchestra, Mr. Harlow has performed with the Sitka and Anchorage Fall Classics Festivals (Alaska), the Amsterdam Chamber Players, the Puerto Rico Clarinet Festival, the Ars Nova, Lyrica and Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in New Jersey and with the Leonore Trio and Bargemusic in NYC. Russell Harlow studied with clarinetists Gary Foster, Mitchell Lurie, Harold Wright and violinist Charles Libove, and was coached in chamber music and attended the master classes by cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Harlow is featured on recordings with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, the Mirecourt Trio, the Park City Music Festival and the Utah Symphony. Mr. Harlow has recorded numerous solos for major filmscores and is featured on many Utah Symphony recordings. He founded and directed Utah's Nova Series until he joined the Park City International Music Festival as Co-Director in 1986. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21.

 

Alexander Woods, violinist/violist, enjoys a varied and diverse musical career. A graduate of the Yale University School of music with a Master of Music degree in violin performance, he has performed as chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player at some of the world's finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Mostly Mozart), The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Kennedy Center, and The National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada). Recently, Woods performed with the Orchestra of Saint Luke's (NYC) at the Rose Theater and the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles California. Woods also attended the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Pinchas Zuckerman and Patinka Kopec, and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona as a student of Mark Rush. At Yale Woods was a student of Syoko Aki and Robert Mealy, and performed with several early music groups including The Yale Baroque Ensemble, The Yale Collegium Players, and as a baritone with the Yale Schola Cantorum. Woods is a member of the music faculty at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Originally from Paris, France, violinist Claude Halter moved to the United States in 2001 and has since been heard nationwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Claude completed his Bachelor and Masters of music from Lawrence University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively. As an avid chamber musician, Claude has performed alongside artists such as Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet), faculty members of the San Francisco Conservatory and members of the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and Utah symphonies. Claude is equally passionate about orchestral repertoire and has led many performances as concertmaster under great conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vaanska, Stephane Deneve and many others. In January 2012, Claude joined the Utah Symphony and Opera as principal second violin. He was previously assistant concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia. When not in rehearsal, Claude enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing in the beautiful Wasatch mountain range.

Dr. Pamela Palmer Jones is the Coordinator for Musicianship at the University of Utah School of Music, and also teaches Music Theory and the Doctoral Performance Practice Seminar. Dr. Jones is also an adjunct professor of piano at Salt Lake Community College, and taught previously at Harper College and The College of Lake County, both located in the greater Chicago area. In 2009 she was awarded the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance granted by the University of Utah. Previously she earned an MFA degree from UCLA in Historical Performance Practice, and an ARCM Performers Diploma in Piano from the Royal College of Music in London, England. Her California competition awards include being named first place winner of the UCLA Concerto Competition,the Nancy Kendall Robinson, Atwater Kent, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Glendale Symphony competitions. She was also twice a winner of the University of Utah Concerto Competition. She has performed as piano soloist with the University of Utah, SummerArts, Harper College, Taylorsville/SLCC and Los Angeles Valley orchestras, and also the University of Utah Wind Ensemble on tour in Germany and England. Teachers and mentors have included Johana Harris (piano) and Bess Karp (harpsichord) at UCLA; John Barstow (piano) and Robert Woolley (harpsichord) at the Royal College of Music in London, England; Dr. Susan Duehlmeier, Alan Ball, and Solveig Madsen (piano) at the University of Utah; and Dr. Kenneth Drake (historical keyboard instruments) in Illinois. During the past few years Dr. Jones has played with the Park City Chamber Music Festival and the New Music Consortium, and also performs as harpsichordist with Vivaldi Virtuosi and Utopia Early Music. In 2011, Dr. Jones earned the Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, conferred by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Cellist Cheung Chau began cello lessons at age seven and soon received top prizes at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including first prize at the Commercial Radio Prize Competition at age twelve – the youngest musician ever to receive this prize. At fourteen, he was invited to perform as soloist, playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The Sing Tao Daily described him as "a rare gem in the musical field". Mr. Chau was a full scholarship recipient from the R. D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the Harid Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. He won the first prize in the "Artist of Tomorrow" competition in Los Angeles, among others. He holds the first double doctorate awarded from the New England Conservatory in Boston in wind ensemble conducting and cello performance. His cello teachers include Colin Carr, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Aldo Parisot and Johanne Perrron. He also played in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum and Lawrence Lesser. Dr. Chau performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Hong Kong, Macao, China, Germany, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland. He performed as a soloist with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Chamber Orchestra, Hemet Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra and recorded for Hong Kong Radio and Television Corporation, China Central Television, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Acte Préalable, Irish Radio and was heard on Polish Radio Merkury and TVP Poznan. He has performed in Merkin Hall and Yale Club in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Fine Arts Recital Hall at Ambassador College as well as performing in Miami, Providence, Salt Lake City, Stockholm, Warsaw, Beijing and Sardinia. He is a member of Atma Piano Trio, with pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski and violinist Blanka Bednarz. The ensemble performs worldwide in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, China, many times in the US, and has toured extensively in Poland. Their concerts merited high critical acclaim and have broken several audience attendance records. Chau can be heard both as cellist and conductor on a CD released by Polish label Acte Préalable (AP0181) in works by Roman Palester and Paul Kletzki, as well as on CD with Atma Trio, AP0172, Acte Préalable. He participated also on the recording of "Maria Szymanowska Complete Piano Works" released in2013 (AP0281-83, Acte Préalable). Chau has also premiered numerous new works as cellist and conductor.

Pianist-composer and educator, is Piano Chair at the Utah Conservatory in Park City, UT and Music Director at the Park City Community Church. He is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. Dr. Stanley has performed his "Cardinal Concerto" for piano and orchestra in St. Louis and Riverton Symphony Orchestra in Utah. Upcoming performances of his orchestral works will be in February 2011 with the Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have also been performed with the New Music Consortium and colleges in the Midwest. In 1997 the Des Moines Metro Opera premiered his prize-winning one-act chamber opera, The Cask of Amontillado. Dr. Stanley has a DMA in composition from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, an MM in piano performance from University of Missouri-Kansas City (1996), and a BM in piano performance from Simpson College (1994). Dr. Stanley has taught, performed and lectured under the auspices of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. He is a 1994 winner of the Des Moines Symphony Guild Piano Concerto Competition.