Oregon Symphony Orchestra principal flute Martha Conwell Long is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. She began flute lessons at age 8, later attending the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where she studied with the renowned Jim Walker. As an undergraduate, Martha won first place at the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Pittsburgh Flute Club Young Artist Concerto Competition. She was also a two-time winner in the National Flute Association (NFA) Masterclass Performer Competition and a winner of the NFA’s Baroque Masterclass Competition. In Los Angeles she performed with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony and continued her orchestral studies during the summers, most especially at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
During her final year at Colburn, Martha was named principal flute of the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado, a position that she held subsequently for three seasons during college and graduate school. She continued flute studies at the New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Elizabeth Rowe, principal flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Martha spent four summers at Tanglewood Music Center and was a prize winner at the NFA’s Young Artist Competition. She then was named principal flute of the San Antonio Symphony, where she performed concerti by Bach, Mozart, and Telemann with the orchestra.
Martha joined the Oregon Symphony at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. During her first season in Portland, she performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments with the orchestra. In the summers she serves as principal flute for the Oregon Bach Festival. She maintains a small private teaching studio, coaches the flute section of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and coordinates the NFA’s Orchestral Audition Competition. Martha plays on a handmade Powell flute and is a Powell Artist.
Martha performed at Whitman College on September 15th, 2019.
Dr. David Kim, Associate Professor of Music, Whitman College, accompained on the piano.
Cellist Sally Singer Tuttle, born in the UK, has given performances of solo and chamber works in Europe and throughout the United States. She has toured in Britain, Italy, France and Austria. Her chamber performance highlights include the Tanglewood Music Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition (first prize), and British National Television. World premier performances include the works of composers Laura Kaminsky, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, Thomas Flaherty, and Marilyn Shrude. Sally is the Cellist and Artistic Director for New York’s Sankusem, which is dedicated to the exploration and performance of African music written for classical instruments. She is also a member of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio). A Seattle Times critic referred to her "protean precision" in a live performance of the Rachmaninov Sonata and the Journal of Arts in Bulgaria wrote of her Elgar concerto, "the sophisticated performance molded every sound and musical image with refinement. It was a performance of the highest caliber, which left long-lasting memories in the consciousness of every person in the audience." Dr. Singer Tuttle is currently a faculty member at Whitman College here in Walla Walla. She has given masterclasses in the U.S., the UK, and Australia and has judged young artist competitions throughout the U.S. She plays an English cello made by Samuel Bernard Fendt, 1835. She performed at Whitman College September 9, 2018.
The Volta Piano Trio has been hailed by Gramophone magazine for its "warmly considered playing" and "shadings of exquisite sheen and vibrancy." The Trio, formerly known as the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, is one of the Pacific Northwest's premier chamber ensembles. Its members originate from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia. Together or as individuals, Jennifer Caine (violin), Sally Singer (cello), and Oksana Ezhokina (piano) have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, the Royal Albert Hall, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. In 2015, the Volta Piano Trio was selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance. Recent highlights include performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia and with the Washington Idaho Symphony. The Trio's debut recording of Ravel and Schubert E-flat trios was released in 2008 under the Con Brio label, and was critically acclaimed by the American Record Guide, the Strad, Gramophone, and others. A second disc of trios by Haydn, Turina, and Shostakovich, released in 2010, has garnered rave reviews, including an endorsement by Fanfare as a "fantastic performance ... a must for all chamber music lovers." These recordings (both under the name Icicle Creek Piano Trio) and live performances have been featured on numerous radio stations across the country, including NPR's Performance Today, Seattle's KING FM, and Arizona's KBAQ. They performed at Whitman College September 9, 2018.
Early in David Jolley’s career, the New York Times declared, “When the French Horn is played as David Jolley [does] it … one regrets keenly the paucity of recital literature for the instrument. Mr. Jolley … has brought his command of the tricky instrument to an uncommonly high level. He can execute difficult music so reliably and so smoothly that it no longer sounds difficult.” (1981)
For decades, David Jolley has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his “remarkable virtuosity” (New York Times), and has been hailed as “a soloist second to none” by Gramophone Magazine. He has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and Japan, sustaining an active performance career. A chamber artist of unusual sensitivity and range, Jolley has frequently collaborated with such groups as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Jolley is currently a member of the virtuoso wind quintet Windscape; the Trio Valtorna, with violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Gilles Vonsattel; and Trio 101-New York, with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller and trombonist Haim Avitsur. Jolley was for five years a member of the Fleisher-Jolley-Tree-O, with violinist Michael Tree and pianist Leon Fleisher. He was also a founding member, now emeritus, of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured widely. A frequent soloist with orchestra, Jolley has soloed with symphonies around the world. His remarkable virtuosity and musicianship have led to the composition of many new works for him, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto, which Jolley premiered with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall. Other memorable works composed for Jolley include Twilight Music by John Harbison, Dust and Shiver by George Tsontakis, and George Perle’s Duos for Horn and String Quartet, premiered by Jolley and the Orion String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall.
David Jolley has six solo recordings under the Arabesque label which include Mozart concerti and Strauss concerti with the Israel Sinfonietta and he has made over two dozen recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label. He is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Queens College-CUNY. He performed at Whitman College September 24th, 2017.
Adam Lau’s bass voice has been praised as “real quality, with sonorous low notes” (Palm Beach Arts Paper). He is a rising star among American singers, having performed with the Santa Fe Opera (Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro) and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Lane/Merriman in Gerald Barry’s world premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest), as well as the Dallas Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Seattle Opera, among others.
Equally comfortable in concert, Mr. Lau has performed with several symphonic organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. Adam made his San Francisco recital debut in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series as a part of the San Francisco Opera Center.
Adam received a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School at Rice University and received an undergraduate degree in Music, Vocal Performance, from Whitman College. Adam performed at Whitman College September 25, 2016.
Alexander Bernstein, a San Francisco native, is a new star among American pianists. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Harvard University while he studied privately with Patricia Zander and Stephen Drury of the New England Conservatory; he completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Alexander is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Shenandoah Conservatory under the tutelage of John O’Conor.
After making his symphonic debut in 1999, Alexander has performed concerti with orchestras in the US and Europe, most recently including performances of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland. He has given solo recitals throughout the western hemisphere.
Alexander has won three international competitions and he recently recorded a solo CD of works by the Irish composer Ryan Molloy. He performed at Whitman College in 2015.
Violinist James Buswell has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major orchestras in North America and throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. In this capacity, he has played over one hundred works.
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has played a large role in Buswell's life. He narrated and performed in a documentary for the PBS network entitled "The Stations of Bach," and also released a recording of the complete solo sonatas and partitas on the Centaur label. On the Naxos label, he recorded award-winning CDs of the Samuel Barber concerto and the concerti of Walter Piston.
Buswell's training was at the Juilliard School where he was a pupil of Ivan Galamian while simultaneously enrolled at Harvard University where he majored in Renaissance Art. He is one of America’s most highly regarded pedagogues, training students at Indiana University and the New England Conservatory. Buswell performed at Whitman College in 2003.
The New York Times declared, "Mr Browning comes as close to perfection as one would hope to hear in this world."
A protégé of Joseph and Rosina Lhévinne, his career was launched after winning several international competitions, including the Steinway award, the Leventritt competition, and second prize at the Queen Elisabeth competition. At the height of his career he performed over one hundred times a year, appearing with every major orchestra in the world.
The Samuel Barber concerto was composed for Browning, which became a signature piece for him the rest of his life. His recordings of Prokofiev, Barber, Chopin, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, and many others, remain the legacy of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He performed in Whitman College's Cordiner Hall in 2000.