Pianist Peter Dugan’s 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.

 A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Branford Marsalis and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.  His debut album with baritone John Brancy – A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War. Brancy and Dugan won first prize at the 2017 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

 Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.  More at www.peterduganpiano.com

 Mezzo-Soprano  Kara Dugan  has been praised by the New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character”. Recently, Ms. Dugan and her husband, pianist Peter Dugan performed a recital for the Charles Ives concert series featuring all American composers, including Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, and Charles Ives. This season Ms. Dugan has enjoyed working with living composers Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has sung with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Opera highlights include  Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia.  She has spend her summers performing at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Amherst Early Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Joye in Aiken, pianoSonoma, Rite of Summer Music Festival, the Mainly Mozart Music Festival, and on three international tours with Juilliard's Historical Performance Department, Juilliard415. This summer she will join the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont.   

Mezzo-Soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by the New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character”. Recently, Ms. Dugan and her husband, pianist Peter Dugan performed a recital for the Charles Ives concert series featuring all American composers, including Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, and Charles Ives. This season Ms. Dugan has enjoyed working with living composers Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has sung with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Opera highlights include  Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia.

She has spend her summers performing at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Amherst Early Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Joye in Aiken, pianoSonoma, Rite of Summer Music Festival, the Mainly Mozart Music Festival, and on three international tours with Juilliard's Historical Performance Department, Juilliard415. This summer she will join the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont.

 

 Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s main concert halls as a soloist and chamber musician to giving masterclasses and teaching at universities around the country. As part of a residency at Carnegie Hall- Ensemble Connect (ACJW) program, Ms. Park pairs her elite musicianship with a commitment to community engagement. As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured soloist at The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg- with orchestras including North Czech Philharmonia, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Napoli Chamber Orchestra and most recently, an engagement with Maxim Vengerov at the Cartegena Music Festival and solo Bach alongside YoYo Ma at New York City Center. Upcoming concerto engagements include concerto debuts in Mexico and Poland with the Neilsen Violin Concerto. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. Ms. Park has performed world premieres of renowned emerging composers Samuel Carl Adams and Andy Akiho. Collaborations include working with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, members of Silk Road Ensemble, principal dancers of La Scala Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and has lead and worked with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ms Park has also performed at many leading music festivals including Yellow Barn Music Festival, Vail, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.  Ms. Park plays on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot, generously on loan from a private collection.   

Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s main concert halls as a soloist and chamber musician to giving masterclasses and teaching at universities around the country. As part of a residency at Carnegie Hall- Ensemble Connect (ACJW) program, Ms. Park pairs her elite musicianship with a commitment to community engagement. As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured soloist at The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg- with orchestras including North Czech Philharmonia, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Napoli Chamber Orchestra and most recently, an engagement with Maxim Vengerov at the Cartegena Music Festival and solo Bach alongside YoYo Ma at New York City Center. Upcoming concerto engagements include concerto debuts in Mexico and Poland with the Neilsen Violin Concerto. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. Ms. Park has performed world premieres of renowned emerging composers Samuel Carl Adams and Andy Akiho. Collaborations include working with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, members of Silk Road Ensemble, principal dancers of La Scala Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and has lead and worked with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ms Park has also performed at many leading music festivals including Yellow Barn Music Festival, Vail, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.

Ms. Park plays on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot, generously on loan from a private collection.

 

The 2018 Resident Artists:

Peter Dugan, piano        Kara Dugan, mezzo soprano    Mark Dover, clarinet

 Michelle Ross, violin       Grace Park, violin          Andrew Janss, cello         Brant Bayless, viola      

Michelle Ross, Artistic Director and Founder

Violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as both a solo artist and collaborative visionary.  Her debut Discovering Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, was recently released by Albany Records.  In 2013, she had her Carnegie Hall debut with Maestro Harry Bicket, and her European debut as both soloist and conductor, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris as part of Play/Direct, in Cite de La Musique. She is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

A noted soloist and chamber musician, Ross is also in demand as guest concertmaster all around the world, recent highlights including appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra throughout Europe, MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis in Russia, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse and the Orchestre d'Auvergne.  Ross is the Artistic Director and Founder of Music in the Mountains, a classical chamber music festival atop Summit Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.  In 2016 Michelle also launched the inaugural season of Chamber Music at Eleventh Street Arts Gallery in NYC.

As a chamber musician, she has toured extensively with Itzhak Perlman, and also collaborates with Mitsuko Uchida and Dénes Várjon, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland String Quartets.  Ross was an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival from 2011-2014, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro since 2012.

As a composer and improviser, Michelle is extremely interested in creating multimedia and collaborative works, and was recently awarded a New Music USA grant for her work with RendezVous. Her work has toured with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet for three seasons. She has also had premieres in Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Joyce Theater and in Lincoln Center's Beyond the Machine Festival.

Michelle holds a M.M. from the Juilliard School and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she studied in the Columbia/Juilliard joint degree program. She has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho and Ronald Copes.

  One of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation.   Praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing,”  Mark Dover’s  vast array of musical experiences have helped him establish himself as one of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation. In January of 2016, Dover joined Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds.  As both part of Imani Winds and as a featured artist, Dover has collaborated with pianists Gil Kalish, Fabio Bidini, Jon Nakamatsu, and Alpin Hong; violinists Caroline Goulding, Alexi Kenney, and Francesca de Pasquale; and cellist Brook Speltz of the Escher String Quartet. Dover has conducted master classes at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers Mason Gross School of The Arts. Dover has performed with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, the Cleveland Orchestra under David Zinman at the Kent/Blossom Festival, numerous times with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and other symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the Northeast. Dover has participated in numerous festivals, including Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Spoleto Festival, USA.  Dover is committed to new music, and has given several world premieres of works written for him. In 2017 Dover commissioned Jonathan Ragonese’s Non-Poem 4 and gave the world premiere live on WFMT Chicago and WKCR NYC with pianist Jeremy Jordan as part of the Live at National Sawdust series. In 2015, Dover performed the world premiere of Michael Thurber’s Quadruple Concerto, Three Musketeers, commissioned by and broadcasted nationally on NPR’s From the Top with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and soloists Kris Bowers, Charles Yang, and Michael Thurber.  In addition to his work in the classical world, Dover has an extensive background in jazz and improvised music. He is a frequent collaborator with Vulfpeck, an American funk band formed in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His playing can be heard on their album, Thrill of the Arts. Dover has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz, pop, and soul musicians, including Edward Simon, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, David Binney, Bernard Purdie, Cyrille Aimée, Darren Criss, Theo Katzman, Joey Dosik, Dave Malloy, Phillipa Soo, Stephen Pasquale, Michael Thurber, and Charles Yang. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Dover received his masters of music from Manhattan School of Music and his bachelor of music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His major teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, Nathan Williams, and Jay DeVries.       

One of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation.

Praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing,” Mark Dover’s vast array of musical experiences have helped him establish himself as one of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation. In January of 2016, Dover joined Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds.  As both part of Imani Winds and as a featured artist, Dover has collaborated with pianists Gil Kalish, Fabio Bidini, Jon Nakamatsu, and Alpin Hong; violinists Caroline Goulding, Alexi Kenney, and Francesca de Pasquale; and cellist Brook Speltz of the Escher String Quartet. Dover has conducted master classes at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers Mason Gross School of The Arts. Dover has performed with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, the Cleveland Orchestra under David Zinman at the Kent/Blossom Festival, numerous times with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and other symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the Northeast. Dover has participated in numerous festivals, including Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Spoleto Festival, USA.

Dover is committed to new music, and has given several world premieres of works written for him. In 2017 Dover commissioned Jonathan Ragonese’s Non-Poem 4 and gave the world premiere live on WFMT Chicago and WKCR NYC with pianist Jeremy Jordan as part of the Live at National Sawdust series. In 2015, Dover performed the world premiere of Michael Thurber’s Quadruple Concerto, Three Musketeers, commissioned by and broadcasted nationally on NPR’s From the Top with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and soloists Kris Bowers, Charles Yang, and Michael Thurber.

In addition to his work in the classical world, Dover has an extensive background in jazz and improvised music. He is a frequent collaborator with Vulfpeck, an American funk band formed in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His playing can be heard on their album, Thrill of the Arts. Dover has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz, pop, and soul musicians, including Edward Simon, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, David Binney, Bernard Purdie, Cyrille Aimée, Darren Criss, Theo Katzman, Joey Dosik, Dave Malloy, Phillipa Soo, Stephen Pasquale, Michael Thurber, and Charles Yang. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Dover received his masters of music from Manhattan School of Music and his bachelor of music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His major teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, Nathan Williams, and Jay DeVries.

 

 

 Born in Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless came to Utah after completing his studies in New York City. After early piano lessons and singing in his father's various church choirs, Brant started the viola at age 12. Winning the Governor's Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992 gave him his first glimpse of the musical world outside Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Kansas studying with Michael Kimber, Brant found his way to New York. Invited to study on scholarship with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, Brant finished his bachelor's degree in 1997.  Brant started his career while still at Manhattan as the violist of the Arcata String Quartet. His performances with the Arcata were heard throughout the US and Europe, including concerts at New York's Town Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie and London's famed Wigmore Hall. The Arcata's Beethoven Cycle at Wave Hill, the Bronx estate of Arturo Toscanini, and their many recordings, some of which are available still, continue to be memorable highlights. In 1998, the Arcata inaugurated a residency at Utah State University, a position that they held for three years.  Since joining the Utah Symphony in 2001, Brant has immersed himself in the vibrant musical community in Salt Lake City. From his regular performances on the NOVA and Intermezzo chamber music series, to a teaching post at Westminster College, occasional appearances with Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and Salty Cricket Composers Collective, masterclasses and teaching at institutions statewide, and such special events as the William Primrose Memorial Recital he gave at BYU in 2005, Brant remains busily committed to his art even when off the Abravanel Hall stage. Summers take him further afield. Brant regularly performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Bellingham (WA) Festival of Music, and the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs (CO). This summer he will return to Bozeman, MT, playing with members of the Muir Quartet, and will also accept an invitation to teach at the Killington Festival in Vermont. As guest violist, Brant traveled to Brazil in 2010 with the Fry Street Quartet, performing at the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba. More recently, he played as guest principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony under their music director David Robertson. As concerto soloist, Brant has made regular appearances with the Utah Symphony: in March 2012 with conductor Jun Markl in Takemitsu's “A String Around Autumn”; in August 2010 with conductor David Lockington in Bruch's “Romance” and von Weber's “Andante and Rondo Ungarese”; and in October 2008 with then Music Director Keith Lockhart and Concertmaster Ralph Matson in Mozart's “Sinfonia Concertante.” Also recently of note was his NOVA series performance of Berio's “Chemins II” in March 2011.  His viola is attributed to the Milanese maker Luigi Bajoni from 1858. Having fallen in love with the mountains and deserts of Utah, he spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, and seeking out backcountry ski descents. Brant was recently married to the cellist Anne Francis Bayless.

Born in Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless came to Utah after completing his studies in New York City. After early piano lessons and singing in his father's various church choirs, Brant started the viola at age 12. Winning the Governor's Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992 gave him his first glimpse of the musical world outside Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Kansas studying with Michael Kimber, Brant found his way to New York. Invited to study on scholarship with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, Brant finished his bachelor's degree in 1997.  Brant started his career while still at Manhattan as the violist of the Arcata String Quartet. His performances with the Arcata were heard throughout the US and Europe, including concerts at New York's Town Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie and London's famed Wigmore Hall. The Arcata's Beethoven Cycle at Wave Hill, the Bronx estate of Arturo Toscanini, and their many recordings, some of which are available still, continue to be memorable highlights. In 1998, the Arcata inaugurated a residency at Utah State University, a position that they held for three years.

Since joining the Utah Symphony in 2001, Brant has immersed himself in the vibrant musical community in Salt Lake City. From his regular performances on the NOVA and Intermezzo chamber music series, to a teaching post at Westminster College, occasional appearances with Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and Salty Cricket Composers Collective, masterclasses and teaching at institutions statewide, and such special events as the William Primrose Memorial Recital he gave at BYU in 2005, Brant remains busily committed to his art even when off the Abravanel Hall stage. Summers take him further afield. Brant regularly performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Bellingham (WA) Festival of Music, and the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs (CO). This summer he will return to Bozeman, MT, playing with members of the Muir Quartet, and will also accept an invitation to teach at the Killington Festival in Vermont. As guest violist, Brant traveled to Brazil in 2010 with the Fry Street Quartet, performing at the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba. More recently, he played as guest principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony under their music director David Robertson. As concerto soloist, Brant has made regular appearances with the Utah Symphony: in March 2012 with conductor Jun Markl in Takemitsu's “A String Around Autumn”; in August 2010 with conductor David Lockington in Bruch's “Romance” and von Weber's “Andante and Rondo Ungarese”; and in October 2008 with then Music Director Keith Lockhart and Concertmaster Ralph Matson in Mozart's “Sinfonia Concertante.” Also recently of note was his NOVA series performance of Berio's “Chemins II” in March 2011.

His viola is attributed to the Milanese maker Luigi Bajoni from 1858. Having fallen in love with the mountains and deserts of Utah, he spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, and seeking out backcountry ski descents. Brant was recently married to the cellist Anne Francis Bayless.

 Hailed by the New York Times for his "glowing tone", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”, and by the Washington Post for his “amber tone”, cellist  Andrew Janss ' performances have taken him across four continents, to some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Louvre.  Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, David Shifrin, Pepe and Angel Romero, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai, and Takacs String Quartets.  He has also performed alongside chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots.  In March 2012 he was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. From 2010-12, he was an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Janss has been engaged as a soloist by the New West Symphony, the Astoria Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony.  Andrew is also a sought after arranger of music of all genres. His quartet's recent performance of his arrangement of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for singer and string quartet at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people, to rave reviews.  In Fall 2010, Mr. Janss was named to the roster of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Music Ensemble. Highlight performances with the company have included premieres of new choreography in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans, and internationally in China, Italy, and the UK.  Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation. The Escher Quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10. During his tenure, the quartet gave debuts at the Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Santa Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, and Caramoor music festivals.  Andrew is respected nationally as a teacher and coach. He has given masterclasses at Tulane University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Idaho. During the 2007-08 school year, Mr. Janss was Visiting Lecturer in Residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, working closely with the famed resident Emerson String Quartet. He is the youngest faculty member in the history of the School of Music.  Mr. Janss has recorded for Albany Records, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Studio Recordings, WNYC’s Soundcheck, New York’s WQXR, and Minnesota Public Radio. Additionally, he has been heard on Los Angeles’s KUSC, Chicago’s WFMT, and numerous other radio stations across the United States.  Andrew Janss began his training on the cello at age ten with cellist Andrew Cook, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, studying cello with David Geber, and chamber music with Sylvia Rosenberg and David Soyer, founding cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. He graduated in May 2006 with the Hugo Kortschak award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. In 2011, Andrew was accepted to the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2012 with the Kreuter Foundation Musical Awards.  Mr. Janss is Assistant Artistic Director of the Omega Ensemble, a chamber music series in New York City that promotes young artists in the beginning stages of major careers. He is a regular Artist Faculty member of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.  Get to know Andrew at  www.andrewjanss.com.

Hailed by the New York Times for his "glowing tone", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”, and by the Washington Post for his “amber tone”, cellist Andrew Janss' performances have taken him across four continents, to some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Louvre.

Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, David Shifrin, Pepe and Angel Romero, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai, and Takacs String Quartets.

He has also performed alongside chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots.

In March 2012 he was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. From 2010-12, he was an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Janss has been engaged as a soloist by the New West Symphony, the Astoria Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony.

Andrew is also a sought after arranger of music of all genres. His quartet's recent performance of his arrangement of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for singer and string quartet at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people, to rave reviews.

In Fall 2010, Mr. Janss was named to the roster of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Music Ensemble. Highlight performances with the company have included premieres of new choreography in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans, and internationally in China, Italy, and the UK.

Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation. The Escher Quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10. During his tenure, the quartet gave debuts at the Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Santa Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, and Caramoor music festivals.

Andrew is respected nationally as a teacher and coach. He has given masterclasses at Tulane University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Idaho. During the 2007-08 school year, Mr. Janss was Visiting Lecturer in Residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, working closely with the famed resident Emerson String Quartet. He is the youngest faculty member in the history of the School of Music.

Mr. Janss has recorded for Albany Records, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Studio Recordings, WNYC’s Soundcheck, New York’s WQXR, and Minnesota Public Radio. Additionally, he has been heard on Los Angeles’s KUSC, Chicago’s WFMT, and numerous other radio stations across the United States.

Andrew Janss began his training on the cello at age ten with cellist Andrew Cook, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, studying cello with David Geber, and chamber music with Sylvia Rosenberg and David Soyer, founding cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. He graduated in May 2006 with the Hugo Kortschak award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. In 2011, Andrew was accepted to the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2012 with the Kreuter Foundation Musical Awards.

Mr. Janss is Assistant Artistic Director of the Omega Ensemble, a chamber music series in New York City that promotes young artists in the beginning stages of major careers. He is a regular Artist Faculty member of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.  Get to know Andrew at www.andrewjanss.com.