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.
Sonata in E-flat major, K. 219
Phantasy in F minor
Anthea Kreston (Violin '93)
Member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet and faculty at the Universität der Kunst (Berlin) and the Queen Elizabeth Chapel (Brussels)
Toby Appel (Viola '70)
Viola and chamber music faculty at the Juilliard School
Natalie Helm (Cello '11)
Principal cello of the Sarasota Orchestra and member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra
Heather Miller Lardin (Double Bass '96)
Director of the early music ensemble at Temple University and performer with Tempesta di Mare
Katherine Needleman 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. She has been guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, and New Zealand.
She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Woodhams, and has also studied a number of summers at Marlboro Music. She was previously principal oboist of the Richmond Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
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, including Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, and the Dryden Ensemble; and for the Haydn Society of North America/Society for Eighteenth Century Music. Ms. Harris is a member of the Franklin Quartet, performing early string quartet literature on period instruments.
Combining her passions for new music and collaboration with vocalists, Ms. Harris has performed and recorded with The Crossing, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Maren Montalbano, and Andrew Lipke. She is a native of the United Kingdom and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Richard Ireland.
Violinist Anthea Kreston 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. She has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations, including the grand prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and Europe’s Echo Award for recording.
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.
Ms. Kreston holds a B.A. in women’s studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is currently on the faculty at the Universität der Kunst in Berlin and at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet, and Isaac Stern.
Violist Toby Appel 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. Other performance venues include the United Nations; the White House; and the Angel Fire, Bravo, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, and Orcas festivals. 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. His chamber music performances can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels. Mr. Appel entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of thirteen, studying with Max Aronoff. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.
Natalie Helm joined the Sarasota Orchestra as principal cello during the 2016–17 season. She is also a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra and previously served 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. She has performed with the American Contemporary Ballet, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and the Yamaha Music Foundation.
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.
A native of Louisville, Ms. Helm studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her bachelor of music degree in 2011; and with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School, where she received an artist diploma in 2014. She plays on a Raphael Di Blasio cello from 1803.
Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin 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. This summer Heather will play both early and modern basses at the Staunton Music Festival. Previously she served as artistic director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY and was a member of the Virginia Symphony. 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. Lardin has been a visiting lecturer in double bass and viola da gamba at Cornell University. 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). Heather holds a DMA in performance practice from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She recently returned to the Philadelphia area with her husband, Cliff, and two children, Joshua and Anna.
Pianist Peter Miyamoto 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, Mr. Miyamoto was named the first Gilmore Young Artist. He has won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and the D’Angelo Young Artist, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic competitions. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Miyamoto has performed with Charles Castleman, Victor Danchenko, and David Shifrin, as well as members of the Pacifica Quartet and the Borromeo and Juilliard string quartets. His solo recordings have received critical acclaim in Gramophone, International Record Review, American Record Guide, and Fanfare.
Mr. Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Michigan State University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His primary teachers have included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Ralph Votapek, among others.
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.