Our Artists
David Ehrlich
DAVID EHRLICH
Artistic Director and Violinist


Raised in Israel, violinist David Ehrlich started his professional career as concertmaster and soloist with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra and toured as guest soloist with other Israeli chamber orchestras. In the US, after studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi, he served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and was associate concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Later, he joined the Audubon Quartet as first violinist, and toured for 17 years all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious concert series, collaborating with many of the world’s great chamber musicians, and appearing on radio and television.

David conducted master classes/lectures at USC, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, Arizona State University, Tel Aviv University, Ireland, Venezuela, Prague, Beijing, and many others.

David is the head of Intensive Studies course at Ameropa, an international summer music festival in Prague, CZ. This highlighted in a series of performances at the prestigious Prague Spring Festival, where he was artistic director of a program dedicated to Schoenberg and Mahler. David also performs annually at the Red Rocks Music Festival, taking place in Phoenix, and Sedona, AZ. In 2013-2014, David helped mentor a new professional string orchestra in Hong-Kong, and conducted an intensive chamber music seminar in Beijing, China.

In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a nonprofit community music school located in Blacksburg, Virginia, which provides music lessons to children throughout all of southwest Virginia. In Blacksburg, David helped develop Virginia Tech’s Vocal Arts and Music Festival, where he is in charge of the instrumental chamber music program and intensive string quartet seminar. He is also the artistic director of Musica Viva, a chamber music concert series based in Blacksburg.

Since 2004, David has served as a Fellow of Fine Arts at Virginia Tech. He performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi (1735), through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Teresa Ehrlich
TERESA EHRLICH
Pianist


Ms. Ehrlich began her musical training at the age of four. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received her master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as a student of Donald Walker. Ms. Ehrlich’s other teachers have included Gyorgy Sebok, Menachem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher. She has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Israel and South America, where she has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras including the Sinfoica de Maracaibo and the Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela.

In addition to her solo and orchestral engagements, she is active as a chamber musician and has performed as a guest artist with the Audubon, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Vanbrugh quartets. Ms. Ehrlich has been a participant in the Banff Festival in Canada, Yale Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival in New York, and the Sanibel Island Festival. She has performed during numerous live broadcasts on radio station WFMT in Chicago and is also frequently heard on National Public Radio.

As well as being a founder of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, Ms. Ehrlich is also the Executive Director of the school and a member of the piano faculty. She is a member of the chamber group Avanti Ensemble which performs throughout Virginia. Since 2005, Ms. Ehrlich has been a faculty member in “Ameropa” an international summer festival in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Thomas Landschoot
THOMAS LANDSCHOOT
Cellist


Praised for his expressive virtuosity and poetic music making, Belgian cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe, South America and Asia and has appeared on national radio and television worldwide.

His solo career started after taking a top prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Jeunesse Musicales’ in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. He has performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Tempe Symphony, Prima la Musica, the Symphony of the Southwest, Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra, Scottsdale Philharmonic, Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony, Loja Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band and has appeared at Barge Music, Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Eureka, Utah, Red Rock, Park City, Manchester, Fresno, Madeline Island, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli, ArchiMusic and Centaur Records.

Since 2013, he is a member of the Rossetti Quartet. He has also performed with the Takacs and Arianna Quartets and members of the Cleveland, Vermeer, Tokyo, and Orion Quartets. Past collaborations include Lynn Harrell, Peter Wiley, Gilbert Kalich, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver and Martin Katz. An avid promoter of music of our time, he has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works for cello, including a concerto by Dirk Brosse. Upcoming engagements include 3 concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders with a new concerto of Belgian composer Frank Nuyts.

Thomas Landschoot has been involved in interdisciplinary public service projects through his music, such as raising funds and awareness for the need of building an orphanage and hospital in Tamil Nadu, India. As part of this humanitarian project, Landschoot was featured in a documentary film of a cellist performing across India, integrating photography, culinary, journalism and original music compositions.

He has served as a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Castleman Quartet Program in New York, Killington Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Foulger International Music Festival, High Peaks, Madeline Island, Manchester, Montecito and Texas Music Festival. Landschoot has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, the U.S. and Europe and South America.

His students can be found among the ranks of national and international competition winners, occupy principal positions in major orchestras and teach at Universities around the US and abroad.

Thomas Landschoot is currently Professor of Cello at Arizona State University, one of the top schools of music in the United States. Prior to joining the music faculty at Arizona State University, Landschoot taught at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of ASU’s prestigious Herberger College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award. Landschoot has served on the faculty of the Shieh Chien University in Taipei since 2008.

Thomas Landschoot is the founder and the Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival (www.sonoranchambermusic.com), as well as the President of the Arizona Cello Society.

He performs on a cello by Tomaso Balestrieri (1776) and a Dominique Pecatte bow. ​
Toby Appel
TOBY APPEL
Violinist/Violist/Narrator


Toby Appel has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Alexander Quartets as well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart (NY), Santa Fe (NM), Angel Fire (NM), Seattle (Wa), Bravo! Vail Valley (Co), Chamber Music Northwest (Or), and Marlboro (Vt), as well as festivals in England, France, Korea, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Greece. In 1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all played by Toby Appel. In 1980, Mr. Appel was the winner of Young Concert Artists International.

A most versatile artist, Mr. Appel has narrated performances including: A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten, Ferdinand, by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf, Ode to Napoleon, by Arnold Schoenberg, Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky, Masque of the Red Death, by Andre Caplet and Edgar Allan Poe, and Facade, by William Walton and Edith Sitwell. Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the guidance of Max Aronoff. He is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City. Other teaching has included professorships at the State University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Yale School of Music. He has toured for the United States State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House. Mr. Appel’s chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels.

Toby Appel lives in New York City with his wife, Carolyn. ​
Sergiu Schwartz
SERGIU SCHWARTZ
​Violin


Sergiu Schwartz’s international concert appearances have taken him to major music centers on four continents, including twenty European countries, Israel, Asia, Canada, and over forty U. S. states, as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts. “Following in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, he is a product of the best of European romantic interpretative style and 20th-Century American technical acuity,” states New York’s Newsday, while Le Soleil (Canada) notes that “he stands out as one of the best violinists of his generation.” Comparing him to the greatest violinists, Fanfare - The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, writes: his “warmth of sound and insight into the music raise to the level of expression achieved by Oistrakh” and his “tonal sheen approaches Milstein’s… for those who lament the passing of the great violinists of the middle of the last century, Schwartz’s collection should provide a great sense of optimism that a younger violinist still commands such assured rhetoric and expressive resources. Heifetz, Milstein, Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Francescatti – they all come to mind.”

Mr. Schwartz has performed in major concert halls, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Jerusalem Theatre and Rome’s Academia Santa Cecilia. Solo orchestral engagements include the Dresden Staatskapelle, Jerusalem Symphony, London Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, European Community Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chicago’s Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, among numerous other orchestras in the U. S. and worldwide, under conductors including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sergiu Comissiona, James Judd, JoAnn Falletta, Mehli Mehta, Peter Maag, Bruno Weil, Antoni Wit, and Enrique Batiz. Recent tours of the Asia have included performances with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (China), Mokpo Philharmonic and Busan Sinfonieta (Korea).

Sergiu Schwartz is a frequent guest at music festivals in the United States, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, England, France, Holland, Romania, Bulgaria and China, and serves on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin (Maine), Summit (New York) and Keshet Eilon (Israel) international summer music festivals. Mr. Schwartz has been featured in broadcasts for radio and TV stations, including NPR, CNN, WXEL-TV’s “Great Performances,” and the BBC. His honors include prizes in international violin competitions in the United States and Europe, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Mr. Schwartz's discography includes commercial releases on Naxos, Vox, Gega, Arcobaleno, and Romeo Records.

Sergiu Schwartz studied with Rami Shevelov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he also gained exposure to artists such as Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin during master classes at Jerusalem Music Center. He continued his studies, under a British Council grant, with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London, and, with Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School in New York, through scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Juilliard School. His musical growth has been further enhanced by violinists Sandor Vegh and Felix Galimir, pianist Leon Fleisher, and legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache. Mr. Schwartz combines his performing career with his position as Professor of violin holding The William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Music at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University. As a visiting artist, Mr. Schwartz regularly conducts master classes and lectures at music schools, colleges, and universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Israel, including USC, UCLA, Colburn School for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Jerusalem Music Center and Israel Conservatory, Reina Sofia Academy (Madrid), Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest), Royal Academy of Music (London), University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria), Conservatoire de Lausanne (Switzerland), Mount Royal College (Calgary, Canada), Shanghai and Beijing conservatories (China), Seoul’s Korea National University of the Arts and Busan University (Korea), Novosibirsk State Conservatoire (Russia), as well as master courses in Finland, France, Italy, Holland, Bosnia, Romania, and Bulgaria. In 2010, Mr. Schwartz began teaching full violin professorship at Lausanne Conservatory.

He also serves as a juror in major international competitions, including Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Oistrakh, Postacchini, Szeryng, Novosibirsk, as well as Canadian National, Sphinx, Stulberg, Blount-Slawson, Washington International, and others. His students have been top prizewinners in prestigious international violin competitions, including Paganini (Italy and Russia), Sarasate (Spain), Szeryng (Mexico), Oistrakh (Ukraine); Lipizer (Italy), Prix d’Europe and Canadian National (Canada), Sphinx and Blount-Slawson (US); as well as Carmel, Coleman (CA) and Evian (France) chamber music competitions.
Anna Kim Kazepides
ANNA KIM KAZEPIDES
Violinist ​​


Born in Seoul, Korea, Anna Kim Kazepides came to the United States to pursue her music studies at The Juilliard School. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees studying with teachers Joseph Fuchs, Margaret Pardee, Felix Galimir, and Joel Smirnoff.

Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony in September of 1997 as a second violin, Kazepides freelanced in New York City and performed with many orchestras, including the Jupiter Symphony and Riverside Symphony.

She gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1992. Additionally, she has performed at Tanglewood, Banff Summer Festival, the Meadowmount Summer School and the Bowdoin Music Festival.

Kazepides enjoys playing chamber music and can be heard performing with The Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra and The Downtown Chamber Series.

In her free time, she likes to work out at the gym and spend time with her son, Alex, and her husband, Michae
Michael Kazepides
MICHAEL KAZEPIDES
Bassist ​​


Michael Kazepides was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began his musical studies on the cello, switching to the double bass after 10 years of study.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, where he served as principal bassist for five years and also performed as a member of the Vancouver Symphony.

Kazepides earned his master's degree from The Juilliard School, where he performed the American premier of Bantun, a contemporary bass concerto written by Betty Olivero, with The Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. His studies at Juilliard include work with conductors James DePreist, Raymond Leppard, Leonard Slatkin and Kurt Masur.

Currently, Kazepides is the associate principal bassist of The Phoenix Symphony and is the bass instructor at Phoenix and Mesa Community Colleges.

He also carries a private studio of bass students from the Phoenix-metro area.

When he's not playing the bass, Kazepides is an avid hockey fan. He is the goalie of two Phoenix adult hockey league teams and plays two or three times a week.
Mikhail Yanovitsky
MIKHAIL YANOVITSKY
Pianist


Mikhail Yanovitsky was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where he began his study of the piano under the guidance of his mother. He graduated from the Leningrad Music School for Gifted Children (class of Marina Wolf) and then from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Mikhail Voskresensky. Yanovitsky continued to expand his piano career in the 1980s, making his debuts with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Leningrad Philharmonic.

​Mikhail relocated to the US and, in 1991, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, becoming their most frequently reengaged artist. While represented by Young Concert Artists, he played for the New York Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gerald Schwartz, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, and several other orchestras in the US, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and South America.

Yanovitsky has performed in thirty-four American states, including appearances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Carnegie Recital Hall (New York), Convention Center (Philadelphia), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Chicago Cultural Center, and Kennedy Center (Washington). Mikhail has also performed in fifteen European countries, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and China. ​​

Winning the Gina Bachauer Piano Graduate Scholarship in 1991 and 1992 allowed Yanovitsky to study with Seymour Lipkin at Juilliard School (New York). In 2002, he completed his Doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Harvey Wedeen, where he defended his thesis on Scriabin’s piano music. Several years later, the thesis was translated into Chinese, and published by a Shanghai music publisher under the title Early Piano Miniatures by Scriabin.

Mikhail Yanovitsky has won numerous awards. In 1998, after winning Astral artistic Services in Philadelphia, he was awarded 1st prize at the Concerto Competition (Cantù, Italy) and subsequently appeared at the Sala Verdi (Milan). In 1996, he was a prize-winner at the International Piano Competition (Sydney, Australia). He won the ProPiano competition (New York) in 1994, and the East Hampton Competition in 1992.

​Since 1994, Mikhail Yanovitsky has been regularly performing in Russia, including the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Rachmaninoff and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Scriabin Museum in Moscow, and the House of Architects, as well as the new Mariinsky Concert Hall in Saint-Petersburg.

In 2001, Steinway & Sons named Yanovitsky a “Steinway Artist.”

​Currently, Dr. Yanovitsky teaches piano at Temple University. ​

Critics around the world have praised Mikhail Yanovitsky as one of today’s leading artists:

​“Particularly striking was the sound: big without brutality, rich but always clear in focus” (New York Times)

​“His ability to execute the details while at the same time clothing the music in broad colors and expansive melodic gesture recalled a manner of Chopin playing from past generations” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

​“Yanovitsky will become one of the great piano talents of our time” (Duluth News-Tribune)

​“Yanovitsky has the gift to make each piece a unique work of art” (El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico)

​“Rarely does one leave a concert hall in such an elated mood as provokes the performance of Mikhail Yanovitsky… he is a true master.” (El Porvenir, Monterrey, Mexico)

“Through his performance of Liszt and Scriabin, Mikhail Yanovitsky established a higher caliber of music- making” (Starnberger SZ, Germany)
Nikola Djurica
NIKOLA DJURICA
Clarinet


Nikola started playing the clarinet at a very young age of six in Belgrade, Serbia. He progressed very rapidly and started winning special prizes and accolades in competitions in his country, plus Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia. He was invited to perform on television and radio in Serbia, and was honored as best young musician of the generation. Later, he was invited to a prestigious professional festival, BEMUS, where he was the youngest musician. Nikola attended summer festivals in Prague, CZ; Madrid, Spain; Amalfi coast, Italy; Austria, and Germany.

Nikola continued his studies in the US, where he went to Interlochen, and later the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was invited back to his country to receive a special award from the government, called; “New face of Serbia” which is given to the most successful or promising Serbians in their fields.

In his first year at Cleveland Nikola won the concerto competition and performed as soloist with the CIM orchestra.

Nikola is a member of the faculty in Ameropa, a chamber music festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and was one of very select group of faculty that were asked to participate in a special program at “Prague Spring”, one of the world’s most prestigious festivals.

Mr. Djurica is a founder and a member of an improvisational ensemble called “The Contranuities Quartet,” which” is dedicated to bringing diverse people together by exploring the intersections of musical genres and the cultures of the world. He currently resides in Serbia and Japan, where he performs regularly
Nokuthula Ngwenyama
NOKUTHULA NGWENYAMA
Viola


Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama’s playing as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing "with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”

Ms. Ngwenyama came to international attention when she won the Primrose Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at age 17. Plaudits followed her debut recitals in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and in New York at the 92nd Street ‘Y’, and in 1997 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Ms. Ngwenyama’s 2008-09 engagements include appearances in Europe and the United States, including Washington D. C.’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Merkin Hall. Ms. Ngwenyama’s 2007-08 engagements included a recital in Oakland, California for the Four Seasons Concert Series and performances with the Charlotte Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the New Jersey Philharmonic at New York's Avery Fisher Hall.

Ms. Ngwenyama’s past seasons include performances with the Charlotte Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Austin, Jackson and Memphis Symphonies, and appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also performed with Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Additionally, she “fascinated on viola and violin during recital” (Washington Post) at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C. and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Ms. Ngwenyama has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Domestic appearances include performances with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis Symphonies as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. She has been heard in recital at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Louvre, the Ford Center in Toronto, and the Maison de Radio France. Summer festival appearances include Green Music, Vail, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Marlboro Music Festival, and Spoleto USA.

Ms. Ngwenyama is no stranger to television and radio appearances. Her performance at the White House, commemorating the 10th anniversary of NPR’s Performance Today, also featured artists Wynton Marsalis, James Galway, and Murray Perahia. A vivid portrait of Ms. Ngwenyama was televised nationally on CBS Sunday Morning with cultural correspondent Eugenia Zukerman. She was featured on the Emmy Award-nominated PBS program Sound of Strings in the Musical Encounter Series, hosted by cellist Lynn Harrell. A dedicated advocate for the arts, she has testified before Congress on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts. As an artist recording on the EDI label, she has collaborated with pianist Mihae Lee on Grieg and Debussy and guitarist Michael Long on Bach Partitas as well as Corella’s Che! A Musical Biography. Her recent collaboration with pianist Jennifer Lim on the Rubinstein viola and violin sonatas was released September 2008.

In addition to her performance activities Ms. Ngwenyama served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where she taught instrumental music and lectured in the areas of African Music and Music and World Religions. She joins the faculty of Indiana University as visiting professor for the 2008-09 academic year and serves as director of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition. Born in California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Ms. Ngwenyama graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. As a Fulbright scholar she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.
Jan Simiz
JAN SIMIZ
Cello


A native of Romania, Jan Simiz studied at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Buchares. In 1980, Mr. Simiz arrived in Los Angeles and won the principal cellist position with Neal Stulberg and the Young Musicians' Foundation "Debut" Orchestra. He received his master's degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Eleanor Schoenfeld.

In 1985 Mr. Simiz joined the Phoenix Symphony and became assistant principal cellist in 1989. He is also principal cellist for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. He frequently performs in chamber music ensembles.