Sanford picDavid Sanford
Composer, arranger, conductor

Director of the contemporary big band the Pittsburgh Collective, composer David Sanford has received commissions from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Speculum Musicae, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, Chamber Music America and the Barlow Endowment. In addition his works have been performed by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop, the Detroit Symphony under Leslie Dunner, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Chicago Symphony Chamber Players among others. His honors include the Rome Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Radcliffe Institute, and he was the arranger for cellist Matt Haimovitz’s Grammy Award-nominated disc Meeting of the Spirits. He received degrees in theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado, New England Conservatory, and Princeton University, and is currently Elizabeth T. Kennan Professor of Music at Mount Holyoke College.

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire, from early eras to the most current creations. Downbeat magazine recently stated, “Violinist Miranda Cuckson reaffirms her standing as one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music.” Praised for her “undeniable musicality” (New York Times), she has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Teatro Colón, Miller Theatre, 92nd Street Y, Guggenheim Museum, BAM, Museum of Modern Art, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and the Marlboro, Bard, Lincoln Center, Bridgehampton, Music Mountain, Portland and Bodensee festivals. She made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut in Walter Piston’s concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein.

Her nine solo/duo CDs include music by Nono (a New York Times Best Recording of 2012), Shapey, Hersch, Martino, Finney, Carter, Eckardt, Sessions, Haas, Xenakis, and concertos by Korngold and Ponce, on the Centaur, Vanguard and Urlicht labels. Her first CD for ECM Records, of Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski, will be released this year.

She has collaborated with such composers as Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Adams, Boulez, Hyla, Mackey, Crumb, Lachenmann, Saariaho, Lindberg, Davidovsky, Hurel, Bermel, Wyner, Haas, Murail, Wuorinen and Currier. The McKim Fund of the Library of Congress commissioned for her a new work by Harold Meltzer. Active with many organizations and ensembles, she is founder/director of Nunc and a member of counter)induction. She studied at Juilliard, where she received her DMA and won the Presser and Richard French Awards. She is on the violin faculty at Mannes College.


Members of Yarn/Wire:Laura BargerRussell Greenberg
Laura Barger, piano; Russell Greenberg, percussion

Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists. This instrumental combination allows the ensemble flexibility to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries.

Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today’s most adventurous music. The results of their collaborative initiatives with genre-bending artists such as Two-Headed Calf, Pete Swanson, and Tristan Perich point towards the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire that is “spare and strange and very, very new.” (Time Out NY)

Susan Palma Nidel, flute

Susan Palmer Nidel 2Susan Palma Nidel is principal flutist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The American Composers Orchestra and Speculum Musicae. She has toured throughout the world as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician and educator. Her extensive recordings include the highly praised CD of Mozart Flute Concertos, Grammy nominated and winning works of Stravinsky and Copland – all with Orpheus. Chamber music recordings include Mario Davidovsky’s Flute Quartet, Milton Babbitt’s Soli and Duettini, Steven Mackay’s Humble River. In 2012 Susan released her solo recording, Elegante, New flute music of South America-a venture into new and revisited Tango, Brazilian and Cuban works. Ms. Palma-Nidel is on the faculty of both Columbia University and Montclair State University.

Matthew Gold, percussionMatthew Gold - 144

Matthew Gold is a percussionist in the Talea Ensemble, where he also serves as Director of Operations, and a member of the Talujon percussion group. As a soloist and chamber musician he appears frequently on festivals and programs across the U.S. and internationally presenting concert programs, master classes, and lectures. Mr. Gold is an instructor of percussion at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, the I/O New Music Ensemble, and the annual I/O Festival of New Music. He serves on the artistic staff of the Wellesley Composers Conference and was a long-serving member of the resident ensemble at the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program.  Mr. Gold has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as Sequitur, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Williams College Wind Ensemble, has performed with the New York Philharmonic on its “Philharmonic 360” program at the Park Avenue Armory, and performs regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

 Margaret Kampmeier, pianoMargaret Kampmeier (1)

Pianist Margaret Kampmeier enjoys a varied career as soloist, collaborative artist and educator. A founding member of the Naumburg award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, Ms. Kampmeier performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  She has appeared with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, Kronos Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a recording artist, Ms. Kampmeier can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch, Bridge and Deutsche Gramophon labels.

A dedicated educator, Ms. Kampmeier teaches piano at Princeton University and is Chair and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, and is most grateful to her mentors, Barry Snyder, Gilbert Kalish, Julius Levine and Jan DeGaetani. Ms. Kampmeier is an avid reader, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. A native of Rochester, NY, Ms. Kampmeier resides currently in New York City.




Marc Ponthus, piano

Marc PonthusMarc Ponthus has spent his career in promoting and playing contemporary music. He is the first artist to have presented solo performances entirely devoted to a single composer of the post World World II era. Those include Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. He has also performed extensively the referential works of the past. He was the conductor of the Lower Eastside Ensemble and the Project Webern Ensemble, where he created stagings and was stage director. He has recorded for Neuma Records and Lorelt Records. He composes under the “nom de plume” Oữτις (a Homeric reference). He is a recipient of the Tanne Foundation’s Award for achievement in the arts. Ponthus was described “reinventing the piano recital experience just as Xenakis invented an entirely new sound world.” He is now moving further, creating video collages to be projected intermittently, entering the narrative of his recital together with a sporadic polyphony of texts, exploring the symbolic/semiotic of time. This is a completely new experience of live performance.

IFCP Ensemble

The IFCP Ensemble was created simultaneously with the IFCP Festival in 2004 to present collaborative performances that included IFCP faculty and soloists, guests from the New York Philharmonic as well as from Speculum Musicae, and select IFCP participants. Artistic Director Marc Ponthus has been the conductor of the ensemble in works by Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Mario Davidovsky, Georges Aperghis and Yan Maresz. Members of the Ensemble have included Allen Blustine, clarinet, Rolf Schulte and Curtis Macomber, violin, Andre Emelianoff and Maria Kitsopoulos, cellist, Satoshi Okamoto, double bass, Jill Sokol, flute, and Matthew Gold and Jim Baker, percussion.


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