Encore: the 1997 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival CD The Musicians
The players on Encore are some of the finest chamber musicians performing in the US. Marji Danilow (double bass, Mendelssohn) performs, records, and tours with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and was recently appointed Associate Principal Bass with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Marji performs and records with the Smithsonian Chamber Players on gut-string instruments on the BMG Classics label, as well as with Anner Bylsma and L'Archibudelli on Sony Classical Vivarte. She also performs, records, and tours internationally with Mozzafiato, an original-instrument woodwind sextet with double bass.
Ms. Danilow has been involved with and featured on numerous recordings, most recently the Schubert Octet on Sony Classical with Mozzafiato and L'Archibudelli. Ms. Danilow appears regularly with the La Jolla Summerfest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and has provided a solid bass foundation for all three Stereophile recordings of the latter.
Michelle Kim (violin, Mendelssohn) is the Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony Orchestra of California. She has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the US and abroad, and as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Korean Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestras. She has also worked with Yuri Temirkanov, Yehudi Menuhin, Iona Brown, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Simon Rattle.
In the 1997-98 season, Ms. Kim performed at the Aeolian Series in London, Ontario, and appeared as a soloist with the 20th Century Unlimited Chamber Orchestra in New Mexico, the Asia America Symphony Orchestra, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas as a guest artist and faculty member. Ms. Kim received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern California, where she is now a faculty member.
Christopher O'Riley's (piano, Brahms, Mendelssohn) broad repertoire ranges from music of the English Renaissance and the French Baroque to the new works of today's leading composers, and includes many of his own arrangements and transcriptions. His honors include top prizes at the Van Cliburn, Leeds, Busoni, and Montreal competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Prize. He has performed as a recitalist at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, and throughout Europe. Mr. O'Riley has also been a popular guest with the foremost orchestras in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Kansas City, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, collaborating with conductors David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, John Williams, Edo de Waart, Yoel Levi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Hugh Wolff, and Andrew Litton. His recordings have been released on the Argo, Albany, Elektra Nonesuch, RCA, Centaur, and Koch International labels.