Described by newspaper El Norte (Monterrey, Mexico) as an artist with “a special capacity of moving an audience through his performances,” Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Having performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and guest soloist in four continents, his refined pianism has been acclaimed by audiences and critics around the globe.

Ronaldo has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Tonhalle (Zurich), Wigmore Hall (London), the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing). He has been a guest soloist of orchestras such as Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Moreover, Ronaldo has been invited to participate in important music festivals, such as Folle Journée, Ravinia, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Académie Musicale de Villecroze and Lake George Music Festival.

Born in 1986, Ronaldo started his musical studies with his mother, having given his first public performance at the age of four.
In 1998 he was admitted at the Magda Tagliaferro School, in São Paulo, as a student of Zilda Candida dos Santos and Armando Fava Filho. After winning the Nelson Freire and the Magda Tagliaferro National Piano Competitions at the age of eighteen, Ronaldo moved to the United States, where he studied with Flavio Varani at Oakland University (Michigan), Benjamin Pasternack at the Peabody Conservatory, and Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. In the meantime, he earned various prizes at international competitions, such as James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon and, most recently, the prestigious Concours Géza Anda, in Zurich. Ronaldo has recently concluded his doctoral thesis on the wartime works of Karol Szymanowski at Yale University.

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Praised by the New York Times for having "traversed the palette of emotions" with "gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity" and described by Diario de Menorca as an "ideal performer" that offers "elegance,  displayed virtuosity, and great expressive power," Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios has played extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and America. She has collaborated in festivals such as the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Ravinia RSMI, Pablo Casals Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Verbier Festival.

First prize winner of numerous competitions and awards, Andrea is also a pianist, an active new music performer and a composer herself, and she has premiered several contemporary works including Meredith Monk's Backlight (2015) at Carnegie Hall, Maktub for three cellos, Andrea's own work, premiered at the VI Festival Luigi Boccherini (2013), and her latest composition, Speechless (2016), for cello and percussion, presented by Carnegie Hall at National Sawdust in New York City. 


Born in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, Lydia Chernicoff began her violin studies at the age of eight. Since then, Lydia has performed in prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Seiji Ozawa Hall, as well as in China, Europe and South America. She has performed with the PostClassical Ensemble, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and members of Alarm Will Sound. The festivals Lydia has participated in include the Baroque Performance Institute, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Also a passionate teacher, Lydia serves on the faculty of the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory, and is the director
of the chamber music program at Johns Hopkins University. She has given masterclasses at Georgetown University and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra.

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Lydia received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees as a student of Violaine Melançon. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland School of Music, where she studies with James Stern. Lydia’s doctoral dissertation focuses on the art of concert programming for the 21st century, and is a project she will explore through a series of three recitals.

Lydia’s recent engagements include tours of China and Brazil with Trio Appassionata, performances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and solo and chamber music concerts in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Ohio.


 

Lydia Chernicoff violin

Ronaldo Rolim piano

Andrea Casarrubios cello

Andrea began to play the piano at the age of two, and at the age of five she started to take cello lessons and became a student of Maria de Macedo in Madrid and Lluis Claret in Barcelona. Andrea expanded her undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Amit Peled, and in 2013 she completed her Masters at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum.

Andrea currently lives in New York City where she works with Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall. A passionate mentor, Andrea has taught at City College Academy for the Arts in Manhattan, The Juilliard School, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, as well as a small private cello and piano studio. Andrea's latest engagements include a tour of South Africa with the Brandenburg String Trio, a tour of China and Brazil with Trio Appassionata, and solo and chamber music concerts in Spain, New York, Vermont, Illinois, Maryland, and California.

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