Nathan Cole, Violin and Artistic Director, serves as First Associate Concertmaster with the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic. He moved to LA from having played in the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years. A native of Lexington, he has won numerous honors including a top prize at the International Violin Competition of Sion-Valais. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. Cole’s chamber music appearances have included the Marlboro Music Festival and the Mimir Festival in Fort Worth, Texas, for many years.
Alessio Bax, piano, is praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility. First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions – and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient – he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.
Akiko Tarumoto, violin began her violin studies at age five. Her principal teachers have been Masao Kawasaki, Dorothy DeLay, and Glenn Dicterow. A native of New York, Tarumoto studied at the preparatory division of the Juilliard School and received her Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature with honors from Harvard University in 1998. In 2000 she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and won a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2004 she was appointed to the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tarumoto has since returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic this fall as a member of the second violin section. Her husband, violinist Nathan Cole, was recently appointed First Associate Concertmaster.
Burchard Tang, viola, is a member of the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied with Choong-Jin Chang, principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Tang has appeared at many of the country’s top festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Seattle and Caramoor. He is also on the faculty at Temple University, teaching viola and chamber music.
Priscilla Lee, cello, is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and a winner of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious Bronislaw-Kaper Award. She has appeared as soloist with the American Youth Symphony, the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, and the Palisades Symphony. Lee studied with former Guarneri String Quartet cellist David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, and at the Mannes College of Music with Timothy Eddy. She was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two for two seasons and is a founding member of Trio Cavatina, with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute and violinist Harumi Rhodes.