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Cincinnati

Kaylie Eriksen

Cellist

Starting at age 7, Kaylie has been enthusiastic about the cello.  She earned her BM in music from Butler University in 2003, the MM degree in cello in 2005, and was a doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, focusing on contemporary musical studies.  Kaylie is active in the greater Cincinnati music community, performing with groups such as the Kentucky Symphony, the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Middletown Symphony, and summer appearances with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.  She has also played with musical wonders such as Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  She is on faculty at the Center for the Arts (Wyoming), and also has a private studio for teaching.  Kaylie has been playing weddings and social events for more than 10 years, and enjoys the chamber music settings .

Jacquie Fennell

Violinist

Violinist Jacquie Fennell is a member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and also plays regularly with Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra,  Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Valley Symphony and String Orchestra of the Rockies. She also performs as a substitute violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.  Jacquie's also enjoyed playing for touring artists such as Pavarotti, Julie Andrews, Harry Connick Jr, Rod Stewart, Mannheim Steamroller, Igudesman and Joo, Celtic Woman, Johnny Mathis and others. Also active as a teacher, Jacquie holds an adjunct teaching position at Cincinnati Christian University and maintains a private violin studio.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, studying with Walter Levine of the LaSalle Quartet.

Heidi Yenney

Violinist

Heidi Yenney was raised in Palo Alto, California, where she was introduced to chamber music at an early age as a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in violin performance from the New England Conservatory. Heidi's teachers included Dorothy Delay, Burton Fine, Louis Krasner, Walter Trampler, Eugene Lehner and Leonard Shure. 

Heidi was principal second violin of the New Hampshire Symphony. She co-founded the New England String Quartet, whose summers were spent in residence at the Music festivals Norfolk, Meadowmount, and Tanglewood. At Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, she taught private violin, general music, conducted a chamber orchestra, coached chamber music, and performed with the faculty's Essex String Quartet. 

Heidi taught violin and directed the chamber music program at Xavier University in Cincinnati for seven years. She now teaches in the Cincinnati Public School system at North Avondale Montessori through the Suzuki Cooperative of CPS. Furthermore, Heidi is currently principal violist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, She is a founding member of both the popular group, concert:nova, and Amicus Chamber Players. 

When Heidi has free time she can be found either thrift-shopping or practicing yoga. 

Xinya Zhou

Cellist

Born in Chengdu, China, Xinya Zhou began studying the cello at age 4, and she entered the Yin Xing Art Groups at age 7. Prior to coming to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2005. In 2007, she participated in Young Euro Classic, a music festival in Germany sponsored by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2009, Xinya earned the bachelor’s degree in music from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After graduating, she joined the cello section of the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, which is considered to be one of the best orchestras in China. In 2010, offered with the full scholarship and an assistantship, Xinya came to Bowling Green State University for graduate studies under Dr. Alan Smith and became a member of the Graduate String Quartet. During 2011 to 2013, she became the principal cello of Bowling Green Philharmonia, and meanwhile joined Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra as the principle cello in Perrysburg, Ohio. Xinya was awarded the “Graduate Incentive Award” and is pursuing the doctoral degree in cello performance under Mr. Yehuda Hanani at the College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati. Since 2017, Xinya has been a core member of Lima Symphony Orchestra after winning the audition, under the maestro Crafton Beck. Meanwhile, Xinya plays with Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as a substitution quite often.

Isaac Selya

Cellist

A musician of remarkable versatility, Isaac Selya has extensive experience as a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, cellist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Opera, where he has led acclaimed performances that combine high-caliber opera with contemporary relevance, including the world premiere of the critical edition of Weber’s Der Freischütz with a focus on evidence-based approaches to gun violence prevention, a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni that featured workshops on sexual assault and consent, and the Ohio premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in collaboration with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He is one of the few conductors in the world who has conducted all of Mozart’s German-language operas. His performance of Wagner’s Siegfried was the first production of the work in Ohio in over a century. In recognition of his talent and entrepreneurialism, Musical America featured him as a Spotlight Artist. Committed to ensuring that music education is accessible to everyone, Isaac serves as a Cello Teaching Artist and conductor at the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra, an El Sistema-inspired program in Cincinnati.

 

Equally at home in the symphonic repertoire, Isaac made his German debut conducting the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in the fall of 2018. He has conducted the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Dayton Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Guatemala, the Chelsea Symphony, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, where he serves as Resident Conductor. He has served as Assistant Conductor for Cincinnati Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival, where he conducted the first-ever reading of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, with the composer present. He was recently named an inaugural Conducting Associate at the Defiant Requiem Foundation, which presents performances of Verdi’s Requiem in commemoration of artists interned at the Terezin Ghetto, who performed Verdi’s Requiem in defiance of the Nazis.Isaac’s work can also be heard on the soundtrack to the award-winning video game, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows. He started his professional music career at the age of 18 singing in the chorus of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem.

 

He holds a BA from Yale College, where he was principal cellist of the Yale Symphony and sang in Yale’s Schola Cantorum.He completed an MM in conducting at Mannes College, where he won a competitive grant from the New School Green Fund to present a concert dealing with environmental advocacy. And he holds a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where his research focused on Mozart’s use of the baritone voice.Isaac maintains a catalogue of parallel fifths and other voice leading irregularities he finds in the works of common-practice composers. You can see them, as well as his commentary on counterpoint at his blog, http://illicitfifths.tumblr.com/He has two cats, named Tosca and Aida.

Smiliana Lozanova

Violinist

Violinist Smiliana Lozanova is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts. An accomplished performer, her solo and chamber music recitals have earned critical acclaim in her native Bulgaria. Smiliana has soloed and appeared as concertmaster with orchestras on both continents, Europe and North America. A passionate chamber music ambassador, she was one of the founding members of Classical Revolution Cincinnati. She has shared the stage with celebrated artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Orli Shaham, 2Cellos, Igudesman and Joo, Rod Steward, Michael Buble, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra among others, and has performed under the direction of conductors as Paavo Jarvi, Gerard Schwarz, and many others. Smiliana has been featured on the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, as well as WYSU and the WV Public Radio stations both as a chamber and orchestral musician. Dr. Lozanova is currently working on her debut CD.

Miks Silis

Violist

Miks was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan when he was eight where he began playing the viola. Miks earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. He later attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he received his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma. Miks has attended the Aspen Music Festival as well as the European Music Masterclasses of Nancy, France, and Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves. He regularly plays with area orchestras and is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic. 

Amy Cluggish

Violinist

An active performer and teacher in the Cincinnati area, Amy began studying music in the Suzuki violin program in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Her love for music is now a lifelong passion, and Amy dreams of performing in one of the world’s great orchestras someday.

Amy is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts in Viola Performance at the College- Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll. She feels fortunate to have studied with great teachers for all of her life, and aims to incorporate all of their influences into her unique style of teaching. Amy also studies conducting, and has performed chamber music throughout the United States and Europe.

Greg Noland

Violist

Recently relocated to Cincinnati, Greg Noland still plays regularly as a violist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Greg performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. After studying in both Paris and Belgium, Noland received his Master's of Music degree from Butler University. Noland is an active freelance violist in the Greater Cincinnati area where he lives with his wife and two cats.

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