Mr. Bermudez has been passionate about classical music since he can remember. Although his undergraduate degree was in business, during his time at Southern Adventist University he remained highly active in music. He studied cello with the late Dr. James Stroud, played in the university and local orchestras, established the school’s official string quartet, and produced a daily classical music radio show. After graduation, he formed a chamber ensemble, Con Brio which performed yearly concerts in the Chattanooga, TN area. Mr. Bermudez completed a Master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Maryland with a thesis on the late works of Shostakovich. Most recently, he has completed a second Master’s degree in cello performance, studying with Benjamin Karp at the University of Kentucky. There he performed with the Niles String Quartet, was co-principal of the UK Symphony Orchestra, and is a substitute cellist in the Lexington Philharmonic. This fall he will begin work on his doctoral degree with Ilya Finkelshteyn at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Elizabeth Lee began her cello studies with Metta Watts and Thomas Kraines when she was ten in Philadelphia. She has played in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Temple University, and the Settlement Music School as an Advanced Study Scholarship recipient. In 2014, Elizabeth performed concertos with the Lansdowne Symphony and the Ambler Symphony as a recipient of the Elmer and Louise Menges Scholarship. From winning competitions to performing with orchestras, she has appeared in well-known venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Seoul Arts Performing Center.
Elizabeth has collaborated onstage with distinguished artists such as Stephen Hough,Joshua Bell, Zuill Bailey, Luis Biava, David Noon, Eric Ewazen, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, the Johannes Quartet, the Penderecki Quartet, and the Dali Quartet. A chamber music enthusiast, Elizabeth devotes her time to her quartet, the Mipmik Quartet, which won a top prize at the Lyric Music Society Chamber Competition and performed in the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami. On behalf of Lynn Conservatory, she travelled to Jamaica with the Robertson Quartet to coach workshops, perform concerts, and teach masterclasses. She was accepted as a fellow at the Dali Quartet International Music Festival, won a top prize in the concerto competition at Music in the Mountains in Colorado, attended Chautauqua Music Festival as a scholarship recipient, and spent this past summer at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She also performs regularly as a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in cello performance studying with David Cole at Lynn University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree with Alan Rafferty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Sarah Huesman is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and began studying cello at the age of 6. While attending high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Sarah was a member of the Jia String Quartet, a semi-finalist at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. She studied privately with Brooks Whitehouse during her time at UNC School of the Arts.
Sarah recently graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She was an active member of the Stamps String Quartet, Frost Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Ibis (Contemporary Music), and occasionally played with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Sarah has performed in masterclasses for Zuill Bailey, Paul Watkins, and Sir James Galway.
Huesman’s summer studies and festival experiences have included participation in the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the International Music Festival of the Adriatic (IMFA) in Duino, Italy. More recently, she attended the Castleman Quartet Program in 2015 and 2016 and the National Music Festival in 2017. Sarah is currently a Masters student at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and a student of Alan Rafferty.
Phillip began studying violin at the age of 4, but switched to cello at age 9 because his mother didn’t want him and his twin brother competing on the violin. After growing up in Cincinnati, Phillip decided to stay local for the opportunity to study with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist, Alan Rafferty at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. There, he received his Bachelor’s of Music and is currently working on his Masters. Phillip’s career goal is to be an orchestral musician, and has already had success with auditions with Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Phillip intently follows and watches the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals games.
Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara is an active musician and member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra and Clermont Philharmonic. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
He believes that all students have a high level of learning potential and the teacher should guide them in the pursuit to achieve their goals using the most comfortable, intelligent and balanced way to master important skills. The teacher and student should work together in gaining understanding of how cello playing works through a combination of technique, physical abilities, the laws of physics and gravity, and music itself.
Li-Han Eliza Tseng is a Doctoral Musical Arts candidate in Cello Performance at the University of Cincinnati–College-Conservatory of Music on the Graduate Incentive Scholarship. Her mentors include Yehuda Hanani (well-known for his critically acclaimed recording of J.S. Bach: Six Suites, TownHall Records) and Lee Fiser (cellist of the LaSalle Quartet, 1975—87). Ms. Tseng is also a cello instructor at Northern Kentucky University-Music Preparatory.
Ms. Tseng began learning cello at the age of twelve. After two years of training, she took second place in the high-school cello division of the Eisenbach Music Competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was visiting scholar at the Internationales Musikkonservatorium Graz while she studied at National Taichung University of Education (NTCU)
Ms. Tseng graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) with Master of Music Degree under the instruction of Nikola Ruzevic (the director of the Upbeat International Music Festival, Japan). During her times at UNT, she was awarded the music scholarship from the UNT College of Music and she taught in the UNT- String Project. As an active musician, she has participated in music festivals and ensembles, including the full-scholarship Asian Youth Orchestra and Manchester Music Festival, and performances with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and the National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also worked at the National Youth Orchestra of China as an administrator and resident advisor and the Orchestra had its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2017.
Music of all styles and genres appeals to Li-Han, especially chamber music. She premiered David Leisner’s Three Moons in collaboration with choreographer Ka-Ron Lehman (Dec. 2015). She will premiere Bright Sheng's Seven Tunes Heard in China with Chinese Dance in October 2018.
Ms. Tseng is currently writing a DMA document on Prokofiev’s Solo Cello Repertory— a project to include the history, music, and performance practice for perofrmers and readers—under the guidance of Yehuda Hanani, Ilya Finkelshteyn, Jeongwon Joe, and James Bunte. She plans to continue teaching, researching, and performing while exploring musical art possibilities.
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