Praised by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience” and by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence,” the Momenta Quartet is celebrated for its innovative programming, juxtaposing contemporary works from widely divergent aesthetics with great music from the past. Momenta has premiered over 100 works and collaborated with over 120 living composers while maintaining a deep commitment to the classical canon. In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.” Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and internationally at festivals including Cervantino, MATA, Chelsea, Yellow Barn and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.
Joseph Alessi, TROMBONE
Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, in the spring of 1985. Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In April 1990 he made his New York Philharmonic solo debut, performing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. Mr. Alessi’s discography includes many releases and his recording of George Crumb’s Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999–2000. Mr. Alessi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.
Hugo Moreno, TRUMPET
Born and raised in Sunland Park, New Mexico, now living in Brooklyn, New York, Hugo Moreno enjoys freelancing with some of New York City’s prized ensembles. Recently featured as a soloist with the Chelsea Symphony and Yale Philharmonia performing the trumpet concerti of Hummel and Tomasi, and a former member of the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras, Hugo has performed at Marlboro and Spoleto USA and is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Further downtown, Hugo plays with Cumbiagra, Jarana Beat and The Gregorio Uribe Big Band. He has also performed at the Bang on a Can marathon, with acclaimed gospel musicians at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, with artist Rachel Mason and as Principal Trumpet of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra under Shinik Hahm.
Peggy Pearson, OBOE
Peggy Pearson is a winner of the Pope Foundation Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Music and has served as a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute in contemporary music. Ms. Pearson gave her New York debut with soprano Dawn Upshaw in 1995, a program featuring the premiere of John Harbison’s Chorale Cantata, which was written specifically for them. She has performed solo, chamber and orchestral music throughout the United States and abroad. A member of the Bach Aria Group, Ms. Pearson is also solo oboist with the Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra and Director of Winsor Music, Inc., has toured internationally and recorded extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal oboist, as well as with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music from Marlboro.
Samuel Rhodes, VIOLA
Samuel Rhodes is a consummate artist, well known as a recitalist, orchestra soloist, recording artist, composer and teacher. The New York Times has called him “a remarkably sensitive violist” and the Washington Post has described him as a “master of the viola fit to stand with the instrument’s greatest.” As a member of the Juilliard String Quartet for 44 seasons, Mr. Rhodes recorded an extensive catalogue of the string quartet literature on the CBS Masterworks, Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels and has won three Grammy Awards for the Debussy and Ravel Quartets, the complete Schoenberg Quartets, and the complete Beethoven Quartets. Mr. Rhodes serves as chair of viola at the Juilliard School and on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival since 1960.
Mei Rui, PIANO
Lauded by the Boston Globe as a “riveting” virtuoso, and by Boston Musical Intelligencer as a concert artist with “deeply felt and intense musicality,” pianist Mei Rui has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. As a soloist, she has played with the Beijing Radio Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic, and Yale Symphony Orchestra. Equally active as a chamber musician, Dr. Rui has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Louvre Museum, Yellow Barn, Perlman Festival, Taos, Music Academy of the West, Norfolk, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute. She has collaborated with such eminent musicians as Itzhak Perlman, George Manahan, Shinik Hahm, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and Peter Frankl. Dr. Rui graduated magna cum laude graduate from Yale, and holds duo-degrees in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (B.A.) and Music (M.M., A.D. D.M.A).
Judith Sherman, PRODUCER
A ten-time Grammy Award nominee and the winner in 1993, 2007, 2011 and 2014 of the award for Classical Producer of the Year, Judith Sherman has made an indelible contribution to the catalogue of recorded classical music. Early in her career she was employed at WBAI-FM in New York City, beginning as an engineer and over the course of four years working her way up to become Producer and then Music Director. During the summers of 1976 through 1994, she was the recording engineer of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She currently works as a freelance recording producer and engineer in New York.
She has collaborated with such artists as Rudolf Serkin, Ursula Oppens, David Golub, Jennifer Koh and Llŷr Williams; with the Kronos Quartet and the Cleveland, Ying, American and Pacifica String Quartets; with eighth blackbird and the American Brass Quintet; and with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Donald Runnicles and David Zinman. Her recordings in the field of contemporary classical music have been particularly noted, including work with such composers as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Steve Mackey, Charles Wuorinen, John Adams, Paul Moravec, David Rakowski, Philip Glass, Eric Moe, Joan Tower and Terry Riley. Her recordings have appeared on many labels, including Nonesuch, Telarc, Cedille, Bridge, New World, Albany and Centaur. She was a member of the board of directors of Chamber Music America from 2001-2007, serving as secretary in 2002 and thereafter as vice-president. She is currently serving on the board of the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival.