Longy is proud to provide students with additional instruction from exceptional musicians and ensembles at the height of their performing careers. Current residencies include:
Boston-based Radius Ensemble, named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, has been an ensemble in residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College since 2011. Members of the Longy community are admitted to all Radius Ensemble concerts free of charge, including the season finale each season that features the student winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition.
Radius Ensemble liberates classical music for a new generation of music lovers with a fresh combination of eclectic programming and intimate performances by extraordinary musicians. Radius Ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs balance old and new, with repertoire ranging from beloved masterworks to riveting new music – brilliantly performed by some of the best musicians in Boston. Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with brief remarks that entertain and enlighten, and followed by a free reception where musicians, composers, and listeners truly connect. A chamber music ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, Radius Ensemble was founded in 1999 by oboist and impresario Jennifer Montbach. In addition to a four-concert subscription series at Pickman Hall, Radius Ensemble appears on concert series throughout New England, including Rockport Music and Clark University. Radius has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Boston-area composers and has won several Meet the Composer grants. Committed to community outreach, Radius presents a free Saturday-morning family concert in Harvard Square, and donates free tickets to disadvantaged children and their parents or mentors through local community service agencies.
Nine core members comprise Radius Ensemble. They are joined by additional musicians as repertoire warrants, including (but not limited to) harp, percussion, and double bass. The group has also collaborated with a thereminist, several narrators, and dancers; and has appeared with film, live and recorded electronics, and other multimedia.
Visiting faculty artist
Jessica Bodner, viola
Jessica Bodner, described by The New York Times as a "soulful soloist", is the violist of the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet. A native of Houston, TX, Jessica began her musical studies on the violin at the age of two, and then switched to the viola at the age of twelve because of her love of the deeper sonority.
Jessica joins Longy as a visiting faculty artist in fall 2016. She is also a faculty member of Harvard University's Department of Music, where she teaches in conjunction with the Parker Quartet's appointment as the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. She is often a guest teacher for Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, and will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music in the fall of 2016. She has most recently given masterclasses at institutions such as the New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Longy School of Music, Amherst College, University of Minnesota, and at the El Sistema program in Venezuela.
Individually, Jessica has appeared at the International Viola Congress, as a guest of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and been a finalist for a Pro Musicis Award. As a member of the Parker Quartet, she has won a Grammy Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. With the Quartet, Ms. Bodner has recently appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Library of Congress, Jordan Hall in Boston, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including Caramoor, Yellow Barn, McGill International String Quartet Festival in Montreal, Perigord Noir in France, Spring Arts Festival in Monte Carlo, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Cemal Recit Rey in Istanbul, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Heidelberg String Quartet Festival in Germany, and holds a visiting residency at the University of South Carolina.
Peter Serkin, piano
As Distinguished Artist in Residence, Serkin works with a small group of advanced Longy conservatory piano majors approximately four times a year. This study is in addition to regular lessons with their primary studio teacher. Students are selected at the recommendation of their primary studio teacher and the Department Chair.
Peter Serkin is one of the most revered and individualistic musicians in the world of classical music. Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1959, Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider and invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall soon followed. He has since performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri and Orion string quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member. His concerts explore a catholicity that is unmatched by his peers; in his programs, the works of Messiaen, Takemitsu, Wuorinen and Lieberson figure alongside seminal works by Schoenberg, Webern, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach.
As an ensemble-in-residence at Longy starting in Fall of 2016, the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) works closely with student chamber music groups in coachings, masterclasses, and performances across the academic year. Mills and Aizawa also teach as faculty artists in Longy's violin and piano departments, respectively.
Hailed by The New Yorker as "destined for great things," when the members of the Horszowski Trio – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom.
Since their formal debut performance at Rockefeller University in NYC in December 2011, the Horszowski Trio have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. and tours of Japan and India. They often collaborate with guest musicians, including violists, clarinetists and singers. Recent guests include members of the Pacifica, Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets.
Hailed by critics for its “bright and radiant music making” (Robert Sherman, WQXR Radio), praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey), the Neave Trio has been described as “a revelation” (San Diego News), "a consummate ensemble" (Palm Beach Daily Reader), and “a brilliant trio” (MusicWeb International), who has “exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum” (Fanfare Magazine). The Boston Musical Intelligencer ranked the Neave Trio among the finest chamber ensembles of their generation, citing their Rockport International Chamber Music Festival debut as among the "Best of 2014", writing: “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going” (Brightness and Radiance at Rockport, Steven Ledbetter). Trio members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia. As one of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has been enjoying tremendous international success on concert series and at festivals worldwide.