Julia DeRosa, oboe
Oboist Julia DeRosa holds a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School and is currently a second-year master's-degree student at the same institution, where she studies with Elaine Douvas. At Juilliard, Ms. De Rosa was a recipient of the Peter Mennin Prize and a winner of the Oboe Concerto Competition. Other recent honors include being named the grand-prize winner in the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition, overall winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, winner of the Aspen Music Festival Winds and Harp Concerto Competition, and second-prize winner at the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
An active freelancer both within New York City and across the country, Julia has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Ethan Silverman, bassoon
Bassoonist Ethan Silverman has been active as a New York City freelancer since moving to the city to attend the Juilliard School. His bassoon teachers include Elias Carmen, Donald MacCourt, and Harold Goltzer. In addition to a standard schedule of work ranging from the orchestra pits of Broadway, opera, and ballet, Ethan has also been associated with a number of smaller and sometimes atypical ensembles—including an eclectic and wildly successful trio, Mozart on Fifth, with which he toured widely both in the United States and internationally over the span of a decade. Silverman spent much of the late '80s and early '90s overseas, teaching bassoon in Korea and performing in Holland with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Ethan is currently the associate principal bassoon with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992. He is active in labor-management relations, serving on the Orchestra Committee and as the City Ballet Orchestra delegate to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians [ICSOM].
Norman Weiss, piano
Norman Weiss is currently the assistant conductor and keyboardist for Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera. He has been awarded several honors for his writing for the musical-theater stage, and his work has been extensively performed across the globe. Weiss's instrumental compositions have been recorded and performed by members of the New York Philharmonic, amongst others. A graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Norman is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers [ASCAP] and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Emily Bruskin Yarbrough, violin
Emily Bruskin Yarbrough has performed as soloist with the Virginia, Pacific, Utah, and Nashville Symphonies, and has given chamber music recitals around the world in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Rome's American Academy, Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Lucerne's Festival Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall. As violinist of the Claremont Trio, named "one of America's finest young chamber groups" by Strad magazine, she has made critically acclaimed recordings on the Bridge, Arabesque, Tria, and Ongaku labels, and has commissioned new works from Nico Muhly, Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Sean Shepherd, Judd Greenstein, Donald Crockett, Helen Grime, and Hillary Zipper.
Ms. Bruskin Yarbrough has appeared at the Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia, Rockport, Norfolk, and Bard Festivals, and has given master classes at Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, Duke University, Middlebury College, Boston Conservatory, and SUNY Purchase. Ms. Bruskin Yarbrough was a grand prize winner of both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, and was a recipient of BBC Music Magazine's Critic's Choice Award and the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award. A graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint program, she holds degrees in Neuroscience and in Music.
On Broadway, Ms. Bruskin Yarbrough is currently concertmaster of the orchestra at Cinderella, with other credits including The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Newsies, Sister Act, and Sondheim on Sondheim. In December 2013, Emily also served as concertmaster of NBC's The Sound of Music Live!
Emily Brausa, cello
New York City–based cellist Emily Brausa continues to lead a diverse and dynamic performing career throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has toured and recorded with such artists and ensembles as Ra Ra Riot, Talib Kweli, Beck, American Contemporary Music Ensemble [ACME], Artemis Ensemble, and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. A two-time graduate of the Juilliard School, Emily just finished performing in the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and will begin working on Broadway's Fun Home in March.
Andrea Lam, piano
Lauded for her "melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence" (Australian) and pronounced a "real talent" by the Wall Street Journal, Australian pianist Andrea Lam is gaining recognition for her "great style and thrilling virtuosity" (Sydney Morning Herald) as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
Lam made her orchestral debut at age thirteen with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and since then she has given over seventy performances with orchestras across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. Ms. Lam was a semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, where she was praised for her "audience savvy, superb technique, and innate musical instincts." Other prizes include winner of the 2010 Astral Artists Auditions, silver medalist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, winner of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Young Performer of the Year Award in the Keyboard section, winner of the ABC Quest Competition Viewers' Choice Award, winner of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and winner of the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition.
Andrea is the pianist of the Claremont Trio with violinist Emily Bruskin Yarbrough and cellist Julia Bruskin, and their recently released Beethoven disc on Bridge Records has received universal acclaim. Ms. Lam holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.