Summerfest Faculty Recital: Britten, Clarke, Dittersdorf, and Ludwig

Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recitals, now in their fourth year, feature distinguished chamber musicians from the Curtis Summerfest faculty. These remarkable artists, many of them Curtis alumni, perform a variety of repertoire, from beloved classics to the music of today.

BRITTEN       Phantasy in F minor
Katherine Needleman, oboe
Anthea Kreston, violin
Toby Appel, viola
Natalie Helm, cello
DITTERSDORF       Sonata in E-flat major, K. 219
Toby Appel, viola
Heather Miller Lardin, double bass
CLARKE       Dumka
Anthea Kreston, violin
Toby Appel, viola
Peter Miyamoto, piano
LUDWIG       Spiral Galaxy
Rebecca Harris, violin
Natalie Helm, cello
Peter Miyamoto, piano


Katherine Needleman

Katherine Needleman (’99) joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. She is a member of the conservatory faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to numerous solo appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Rebecca Harris

Violinist Rebecca Harris performs on both period and modern instruments and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. A specialist in historically informed performance, Ms. Harris serves as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Bach Collegium and associate principal violin of Tempesta di Mare, with whom she has extensively recorded for Chandos. She has performed with notable early music ensembles across the United States, and is a member of the Franklin Quartet, performing early string quartet literature on period instruments.

Anthea Kreston

Violinist Anthea Kreston (’93) is a member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet. Based in Berlin, she enjoys a robust concert schedule with regular appearances at major concert halls in Europe and the United States. Ms. Kreston made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and continues to tour with the Amelia Piano Trio. She has also toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and has been recognized by Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abuse survivors and people with AIDS. She is currently on the faculty at the Universität der Kunst in Berlin and at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels.

Toby Appel

Violist Toby Appel (’70) has been heard in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  He has appeared as a member of the Tashi chamber ensemble and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets; and, as a guest artist, with the Alexander, Manhattan, and Vermeer Quartets and jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Mr. Appel has also performed as a narrator for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat; and he is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm (’11) joined the Sarasota Orchestra as principal cello during the 2016–17 season. She previously served as a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra and as the cello fellow and principal cello with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Helm has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, including the Dana Point Symphony; the Louisville and Colburn orchestras; and the World Youth, Montgomery, and Richardson symphony orchestras. Ms. Helm has won top prizes at several international competitions including the Lennox International and Blount-Slawson young artists competitions, and the Kingsville Young Performers Competition; and has appeared on NPR’s From the Top.


Heather Miller Lardin

Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin (’96) performs on double bass, violone, and viola da gamba with period instrument ensembles in Philadelphia and elsewhere. She appears regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium. Ms. Lardin directs the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University and the Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop, where she also serves as summer workshop faculty. She is a committed teacher of young bassists in her private studio and as a clinician at workshops including the Oberlin Bass Workshop (2015) and the Rochester Bass Retreat (2016).

Peter Miyamoto

Pianist Peter Miyamoto (’92) has performed to great acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America with notable engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and many other cities. In 1990, he was named the first Gilmore Young Artist. Mr. Miyamoto is on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and he formerly taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts. He serves as the executive director of the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.