Longy is proud to provide students with additional instruction from exceptional musicians and ensembles at the height of their performing careers. Current residencies include:
Named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, 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 Boston-based musicians. Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with “live liner notes,” brief remarks that enlighten and entertain. 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. Radius’s subscription season includes a four-concert series at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the group has been Ensemble in Residence since 2011. Radius has also appeared 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, donates free tickets to disadvantaged children and their parents or mentors through local community service agencies, and works with students at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.
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.
In-residence at Longy since 2016, the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) works closely with student chamber music groups in coachings, masterclasses, and performances throughout the academic year. Jesse Mills, Rieko Aizawa, and new member Ole Akahoshi are also faculty artists in Longy’s violin, piano, and cello departments, respectively. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn sparks exhilarating expressive freedom.
“The most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio is a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that they have commissioned and premiered. They often collaborate with guest musicians, including violists, clarinetists and singers, including Aaron Boyd (from the Escher Quartet), Kikuei Ikeda (Tokyo Quartet), Masumi Per Rostad (Pacifica Quartet), Phillip Ying (Ying Quartet), and Roberto Diaz.
Alumni Artists / Ensemble-in-Residence
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.
Sandra Piques Eddy, praised for her “dark, sensuous mezzo and charming stage presence” (Opera Magazine) has performed at the Florentine Opera in the role of Mistress Revels in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, traveled to the Metropolitan Opera to perform the role of Novice in Suor Angelica, and then on to the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan for a Concert of Timeless American Musicals. Ms. Eddy also reprised the role of Carmen with Maestro Seiji Ozawa in Japan. She is delighted to join the roster as visiting artist at Longy School of Music for her second year.
photo: Cory Weaver
Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.
photo: Monika Bach Schroeder
Musicians from Marlboro tours are noted not only for their joyous and thoroughly prepared performances but also for offering valuable touring experience to artists at the beginning of their careers and for featuring programs of unusual as well as beloved chamber repertoire.
Praised by Opera News as “the kind of performer who makes it all look easy,” Heather Buck is best described by opera critic David Shengold as “a lithe and impactful actress with an uncommonly beautiful soprano for the high-lying and testing repertory she serves.” Renowned for her work in both standard and new music repertoire, Ms. Buck recently received accolades from the New York Times for her LoftOpera debut in a staged production of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater: “Ms. Buck was wonderful, her vocalism soaring, strong and pure,” while the Observer hailed her as “an astonishing actress with the face of a young Katharine Hepburn.”