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BCP Musicians

January 30—Music of Traveling Composers: A Woodwind Celebration

John Romeri, flute

Full biography available at About BCP

Setsuko Otake, oboe

Full biography available at About BCP.

Christopher Cullen, clarinet

Clarinetist Christopher Cullen frequently appears with the New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Springfield [MA] Symphony, and Albany Symphony. On Broadway, Mr. Cullen has performed in the orchestras for South Pacific, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and Ragtime.


Christopher was formerly principal clarinetist with the New York City Opera National Company and acting principal with the Mississippi Symphony, and has performed with festivals in Cape May, New Jersey; Manchester, Vermont; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Moab, Utah. He holds master’s degrees from New England Conservatory and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Gilbert Dejean, bassoon

Bassoonist Gilbert Dejean is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Leonard Hindell and Steve Maxym. He is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, Chappaqua Orchestra, and the Saratoga Opera, and regularly performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic. 


Dejean performed in the orchestra for the Broadway productions of The Scarlet Pimpernel and West Side Story. He has recorded for BIS, Telarc, and Albany Records, and is a member of the Moose Hall Chamber Ensemble, which performs annually at the Inwood Shakespeare Festival.


Photo: Roy Lewis

David Byrd-Marrow, French horn

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, David Byrd-Marrow holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby, as well as a master's degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a student of William Purvis.


David performed extensively with Ensemble ACJW as a two-year fellow in Carnegie Hall’s Academy program. He is currently a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE], and the Talea Ensemble, and regularly performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, and the New York Philharmonic. On Broadway, Mr. Byrd-Marrow has performed in the orchestras for CinderellaBig FishMary Poppins, and South Pacific.

Edward Malave, viola

Violist Edward Malave holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with the late William Lincer as a recipient of the William Gluck Community Service Fellowship. Edward has performed before President Bill Clinton at the Middle East peace talks (Israel Forum Policy), for Pope Benedict during his visit to New York, and has also collaborated with Elton John, Placido Domingo, and Dmitri Rostropovich.


As an orchestral freelancer, Mr. Malave has performed with the Se Jong Soloists, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York City Ballet, as well as a number of Broadway shows including The Phantom of the OperaThe Lion King, Fiddler on the RoofSpamalot, and Promises, Promises.  Mr. Malave is a certified Suzuki teacher in violin and viola, currently serving on the faculty of the Third Street Music Settlement. As a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Edward is a faculty member in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University's Steinhardt School.


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