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.
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 since 2016, the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) works closely with student chamber music groups in coachings, masterclasses, and performances throughout the academic year. Mills and Aizawa are also 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 2011, the Horszowski Trio have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S., Europe, 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.
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
Ashleigh Gordon, Artistic & Executive Director
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.”