Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today's most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.
The Peabody Conservatory has a distinguished woodwind faculty that includes principal and former principal players of such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. Several of the faculty have also performed with the National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. They have played as soloists and chamber musicians to critical acclaim, have collaborated with legendary performers and conductors, and have been recorded on major labels. Under their guidance, Peabody students go on to careers as recitalists and soloists and win positions in prestigious orchestras and ensembles all over the world.
Woodwind players at Peabody study and perform music representative of all styles and periods in the following ensemble areas: symphony and opera orchestras; wind ensemble; early music, contemporary and jazz ensembles; and a wide variety of chamber groups and ensembles coached by members of the faculty. Peabody students are engaged as substitutes in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and are also regularly employed by other metropolitan and community orchestras, chamber groups, and choral ensembles. The Baltimore/Washington area is rich in opportunities to hear symphonic, operatic, and choral music of all kinds. The vast cultural resources of Washington, D.C. are easily accessible by car, train, or bus.
Phillip Kolker began his professional career at the age of 14 as Second Bassoon in the Albany Symphony, where he played until he graduated from high school. In the fall of 2010, he retired as Principal Bassoon of the Baltimore Symphony after 38 years.
Internationally recognized as one of the leading saxophone virtuosi of our time, Gary Louie possesses a lively interpretive imagination coupled with a refreshingly understated artistry and a warm, supple tone, qualities that have earned him consistent praise from audiences and critics alike.
Jane Marvine joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second oboe in 1978 and was appointed to the position of English horn by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000. In addition, she has performed as acting assistant principal oboe with the BSO for extended periods.
Recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians, Anthony McGill was named principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic effective September 15, 2014.
Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. Since then, Needleman has been described as the “BSO’s sterling principal oboist” and a “boon for the orchestra.”
A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence.
Laurie Sokoloff was born into one of Philadelphia’s leading musical families. Both her parents were on the piano faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. At age fourteen, she was accepted into the program at the Curtis Institute, where she studied with William Kincaid.
Nicholas Stovall has served principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2008 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in December 2014. In addition to regular appearances with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Mr. Stovall has frequently collaborated with pianist Christoph Eschenbach in chamber music performances.