As part of their Memorial Day weekend in residence at the Middlebury Community Music Center, faculty for the Chamber Music Festival will be offering private lessons to participants and local violin, viola, and cello students on Friday, May 27, 2016. Hour long lessons will be $60 payable directly to the faculty members. Lesson appointments are first-come first serve. You will receive confirmation of your lesson time via email. To sign up for a lesson, please use this google form:
Guest Faculty bios:
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career in multiple genres as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad.
Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Corey Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project, and fusion band DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has appeared as violinist with the vintage jazz band, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, and Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO series. Mr. Weber has also participated in television and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.
Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber has appeared as an on-screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010), the HBO Miniseries: “Mildred Pierce” (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made television appearances performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas: Live at Rockefeller Center” and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his televised conducting debut in 2014, performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey and The Roots. In 2012, Mr. Weber appeared as guest conductor for the 2012 NMEA All County Music Festival performing in concert at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University.
Jonathan Weber has been a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music [Pre-College Division of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY)] since the year 2000, where he serves as music director of the pre-college orchestras, head of the chamber music department, director of the CPSM Summer Chamber Music Festival, and member of the violin and viola faculty. In addition, Mr. Weber is a recurring faculty member at the University of Buffalo Summer Strings Workshop where he has served as orchestral conductor, chamber music coach, and jazz/rock improvisation instructor. Mr. Weber is also a member of the strings faculty at the the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
“Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Zaitsu continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In New York, she regularly performs at Bargemusic, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included the InterPlay duo and collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Memling Ensemble. She has performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Paragon Orchestra, and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the United States as principal cello. Her popular engagements have included a performance with Imagine Dragonson Saturday Night Live and Josh Groban at the US Open.
Miho has held residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Schleswig-Holstein, and many others. She is the director of the strings and chamber music after school program at NEST+m, a specially gifted and talented public school in New York City and is a chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony. Miho is the founding director of InterPlay Chamber Music, an educational organization with the unique mission to create an inspiring learning environment for chamber musicians of all ages. During the summer, Miho also teaches at the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta.