Apple Hill Chamber Players
The Apple Hill Chamber Players, resident artists of Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, have won international praise for vital and elegant performances of chamber music literature, from 18th century masterpieces to new and commissioned works by leading composers. They serve as performing artists and core faculty for the internationally celebrated Summer Chamber Music Workshop held annually at Apple Hill. During the regular concert season, they travel across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and other areas performing concerts, conducting educational activities, and awarding scholarships to musicians of diverse backgrounds as part of the acclaimed Playing for Peace™ Project.
Elise Kuder, violin
Elise Kuder is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Monica VanderBaan, Marilyn McDonald, Joel Smirnoff and David Takeno, and as a Fulbright scholar, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Elise has been concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and first violinist of the Tate Quartet, which made its successful debut at Wigmore Hall in London.
Sarah Kim, violin
Sarah Kim began her musical studies at the age of three, and has performed extensively in Europe and the United States. She has been a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall String Ensemble, and the Samara Philharmonic in Russia. As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Wigmore Hall in London, with the Apple Hill Chamber Players in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and has participated in numerous festivals, including the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, and the Takacs String Quartet Seminar. She has received degrees from Indiana University and the Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers have included Josef Gingold, Miriam Fried, Peter Oundjian, and David Takeno.
Mike Kelley, viola
Mike Kelley received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. His teachers have included Lenny Matczynski, Jeffrey Irvine and Karen Tuttle. A prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition at the age of 18, Mike has been performing and teaching internationally with the Apple Hill Chamber Players for over 10 years. An active composer and electronic musician, he has been a Teaching Fellow in Electronic Music at Juilliard, and has created scores for everyone from Yale University to the acclaimed Disco group Metro Area. His recent award-winning recording has been described as "gorgeous—one of the top albums of 2005" ((Stylus Magazine) and has been highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Spin Magazine and the Guardian.
Rupert Thompson, cello
Rupert Thompson made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Mihaly Virizlay and Timothy Eddy, holding degrees from the Peabody Institute (BM) in Baltimore Md., and SUNY Stony Brook of New York (MM and DMA). Rupert has received a career grant from the Concert Artist Guild, as well as the C.D Jackson Memorial Award of Merit from the Tanglewood Music Center. Live radio broadcasts of his solo engagements include WFMT of Chicago and WQXR in New York City. In addition to his active concert schedule, Rupert is also a photographer and film composer.