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Praise for the Taos Chamber Music Group!

“One of the great treasures of Taos” -The Taos News 
“Big magic…silken ensemble playing”
 -Albuquerque Journal
“A remarkable concert of juxtaposed styles”
 -Horse Fly 
“Depth, vitality and inventiveness” 
-Spencer Beckwith, KUNM

Press Release

Taos Chamber Music Group presents
“Taos School of Music On Tour”
Saturday, 4/20/24 and Sunday 4/21/24 at 5:30 p.m.
at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos

Taos School of Music alumni and faculty return to Taos for local performances as part of the Taos Chamber Music Group’s 2023-2024 Season. Four recent Taos School of Music (“TSoM”) alumni are returning to Taos in April to engage with the Taos community as part of the TSoM’s soundingTOGETHER community engagement project. The alumni, already enjoying successful performing careers, are being mentored by TSoM faculty member Nina Lee, cellist of the famed Brentano Quartet. The visit is part of the TSoM’s focus on enhancing the lives of Taoseños by increasing access to music.

Before their trip, the musicians will gather in New York for rehearsals under the guidance of Lee. Not only will they be perfecting their repertoire, but they’ll also create presentations that share their love of chamber music with young students in Taos.

On April 18th, the group will visit Ranchos Elementary, where they will present interactive musical performances for several classes. This is the TSoM’s second visit to the school. On April 19th, the group will host, in association with the Taos Chamber Music Group, a free rehearsal at the Harwood Museum for invited guests (details will be announced closer to the date on TCMG’s and TSoM’s websites). April 20th and 21st include performances presented by Taos Chamber Music Group at the Harwood Museum and tickets are available at taoschambermusicgroup.org. As part of their visit, TSoM will also provide a private morning performance for residents of the Taos Retirement Village.

The repertoire to be performed includes an early string quartet by the “father” of the string quartet, Joseph Haydn, and Franz Schubert’s beloved Cello Quintet – considered by some to be the most beautiful chamber music work ever written.

Executive Director of the TSoM, Dr. Erik Christian Peterson, has this to say about this program: “We’re honored to connect with Taos community members this spring. In addition to sharing the music of our inspiring alumni and faculty, we’re excited to provide an opportunity for our alumni to hone their community engagement acumen.”

Pam Morris, Executive Director of the Taos Chamber Music Group says, “We are delighted to be partnering with TSoM for this program and the intent is for this to become an annual event to be repeated in spring going forward in our future seasons. TCMG has a long-cherished history of working with and presenting TSoM alumni and faculty and we look forward to continuing this important relationship for many years to come.”

TCMG’s 31st Season will conclude in May 2024 with “The Overlook.” For more information on artists and performances, visit taoschambermusicgroup.org. For tickets visit taoschambermusicgroup.org. or harwoodmuseum.org.
TCMG is always looking for volunteers. Email pam@taoschambermusicgroup.org for more information.


Details about the Performers, TSoM and TCMG follow below:

Tiffany Chang, violin
Born in Arizona, Tiffany Chang began playing the violin at the age of three and soon discovered a passion for sharing and playing music with others. Always looking to broaden her collaborative endeavors, Chang has worked in various musical spheres, from Indie Pop recordings to a recent national tour with Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra, Delirium Musicum. Her love of music lies in the chamber world, where she finds the most creative freedom and expression. She has attended chamber festivals across the country including the Ravinia Steans Institute of Music, Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has worked with members of the Brentano, Miro, Emerson, and Borromeo quartets and has performed alongside distinguished musicians such as Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, and Amy Yang among others. Chang is a founding member of the piano trio, Trio Rai. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory. She is currently a doctoral fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Mark Steinberg. Outside of music, Chang enjoys consuming copious amounts of hot pot, watching the Phoenix Suns basketball team, and teaching tricks to her cat, Slim Bim.

Hannah Goldstick, violin
Hannah Goldstick is an enthusiastic chamber, orchestral, and solo violinist committed to exploring and sharing a diverse array of music. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she has performed in venues such as the Musical Instrument Museum, the Mesa Arts Center, and the Phoenix Art Museum as a soloist and as a part of a string quartet. In years past, Goldstick has participated in music festivals across the country, including the Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin Festival, Red Rocks Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, she attended the Taos School of Music. At New England Conservatory, Goldstick has performed in Jordan Hall as a part of the Borromeo String Quartet’s Beethoven Seminar. She has shared the stage with musicians such as Gilles Vonsattel, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Max Levinson, and others. Goldstick recently completed her Bachelor’s degree with a minor in poetry at New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree.

Nicolas Perkins, viola
Nicolas Perkins resides in New York City, where he studies viola under the tutelage of Hsin-Yun Huang at The Juilliard School. In recent years, he has attended the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, Gstaad Menuhin Academy, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was in the assistant principal pool and was chosen to play two concert cycles with distinguished artists such as Paul Huang, Matthew Lipman, and Timothy Ridout. He has had recent engagements playing a part of the “Juilliard Now” concert series at the Lincoln Center and at the Chelsea Factory. Perkins has participated in master classes for leading violists Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit, Ettore Causa, among others. As an avid chamber musician, he has worked with members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Cooperstown, Hagen, Juilliard, and Shanghai String Quartets. Perkins is a Virtu Foundation Scholar and was awarded a Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert viola that is on generous loan.

Elena Ariza, cello
Cellist Elena Ariza is rapidly establishing herself as one of today’s most creative and community-driven artists. She was a featured cellist on Yo-Yo Ma’s groundbreaking MusicArtLife project and on NPR’s From the Top. An avid chamber musician, Ariza has collaborated with luminaries such as Christopher O’Riley, Itzhak Perlman, Steve Tenenbom, and Vivian Weilerstein. Passionate about community activism, she has organized fundraiser concerts for the 2011 Japanese tsunami, the 2021 Haitian earthquake, and most recently, for those affected by the Russian war in Ukraine. Ariza is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard under Joel Krosnick and Astrid Schween.

Nina Lee, cello
Through a public school program, Nina Lee began learning cello in Chesterfield, MO at the age of ten. Six years later, she left home to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music at the Juilliard School in New York City with Joel Krosnick, attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, and toured with the Marlboro Music Festival where she collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Felix Galimir and Samuel Rhodes.

In 1999, Lee joined the Brentano Quartet with whom she has been privileged to perform throughout North America, Europe Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan. In addition, she has not only recorded the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven but has also championed new music represented in her quartet’s commissioned works of Stephen Hartke, Steve Mackey, Vijay Iyer, James MacMillan, Bruce Adolphe, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Shulamit Ran (to name a few). She has recorded for the Azica, Naxos, Mode, Cantaloupe, Albany and Tzadik labels. Among the various projects the Brentano Quartet has undertaken, it was asked to record the soundtrack to the 2012 film, A Late Quartet which centered around Beethoven’s Op. 131. The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener also features Lee playing herself in a cameo.

As important to her life as a musician, Lee has made a commitment to teaching chamber music. She has been on the faculty at Princeton and Columbia Universities and is currently coaching chamber music at the Yale School of Music where the Brentano Quartet has been in residence since 2014. Regular summer appearances in performing and teaching include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. Lee has also participated as a guest faculty member at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and this summer she will join the faculty of Kneisel Hall. She also has made numerous appearances at the Spoleto Festival USA and the La Jolla SummerFest. Lee has also served on the jury of the Salzburg International Quartet Competition in 2023 and future plans include joining the jury of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition Jury in 2025.

About the Taos School of Music
2024 is the Taos School of Music’s 61st season. Widely recognized as one of the most prestigious summer classical music schools and chamber music festivals, the TSoM accepts every summer 19 of the world’s most exciting early-career artists and immerses them in the study of chamber music with acclaimed professionally touring string quartets and preeminent chamber musicians. Both the Young Artists and faculty artists perform concerts throughout the summer in Taos and Taos Ski Valley.

About the Taos Chamber Music Group
Throughout its 31-year history, TCMG has sought out programming and partnerships that go beyond the classical music concert formula to redefine and enhance the very concept of chamber music. Its varied repertoire spans from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods and has combined classical masterpieces with lesser known and contemporary chamber music works, including compositions by Latin American, Spanish, Native American, Baltic, Middle Eastern, women and jazz composers.