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David Bowlin has won widespread critical acclaim for his solo and chamber music performances. A 2000 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is an accomplished performer of a broad range of repertoire, and has performed recitals and concertos across the United States. In 2007, Bowlin joined the violin faculty at Oberlin, having previously taught at the Juilliard School as assistant to Ronald Copes. He has taught on the faculties of the Okemo Young Artist Program, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Madeleine Island Chamber Music Camp, and the Mannes Beethoven Institute.
Bowlin is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, which tours in the United States and abroad. He's also had educational residencies at New York University, Northwestern University, and others. He is a member of the Oberlin Trio with conservatory faculty members Haewon Song and Amir Eldan, and is a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, whose recording of music by Chinary Ung was named one of NPR's Top 5 Best American Classical Albums of the year in 2010. This is Bowlin's second year on the jury of the Cooper International Competition.
Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor, and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Canada, as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, George Szell, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In recital, he is noted for adventuresome programming, regularly combining standard masterpieces with works that are less well-known. Buswell received a bachelor of arts degree at Harvard University with a major in early Renaissance painting and sculpture—all while maintaining an active concert career. Currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music, he resides in Boston with his wife, cellist Carol Ou. The unanimous praise for Buswell's "sensitive, evocative, compelling playing" continues unabated today.
"One of the violin greats of our era" according to Newhouse News, Stephanie Chase has performed in 25 countries as featured soloist with the world's top orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Her performances have been rewarded with a top medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. A remarkably versatile artist, Chase excels in the virtuoso's repertoire and contemporary music as well as historically informed performance practice. She offers a diverse repertoire of more than 60 major works for violin and orchestra, from Bach to Zwilich. Born in Illinois to musician parents, Chase gave her first public performance at age two and made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at nine as the youngest winner ever of the orchestra's youth competition. After her Carnegie Hall debut at 18, she became a favorite pupil of the legendary Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux and subsequently studied chamber music at the Marlboro Festival. As a music educator, she gives master classes throughout the United States and teaches violin at New York University's Steinhardt School.
Chair of the Cooper International Violin Competition for a second straight year, Gregory Fulkerson rose to prominence as a major exponent of American contemporary music, taking first prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center. As a result of that victory, Fulkerson began a very active performing career that included debuts in New York, London, Paris, Rome, and Brussels.
Fulkerson began playing violin at the age of four in the University of Texas String Project. His early studies were guided by Paul Kling, whose profound intelligence and deep love of music has proved a constant inspiration. Fulkerson is a 1971 double-degree graduate of Oberlin College. His early career included three years in the Cleveland Orchestra, a year as the founder of the Audubon Quartet, four years with the New York New Music Ensemble, and two seasons as concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony. He pursued graduate studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Fulkerson has been professor of violin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1982, and has also taught at Indiana University and New York University.
Hui Jin is a professor of the Orchestral Instruments Department of the China Conservatory of Music, a master tutor, string division director, executive member of the Council of Korean Musicians and Music Studies, and member of the Asia Musicians Association. As a soloist, he has performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the China Film Symphony Orchestra, and the China National Symphony Orchestra.
He has served as a member of review committees for several important domestic and international contests, such as the Ninth National Teenage Violin Competition in 2009, the Eighth Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music in 2011, the Hong Kong International Violin Competition in 2011 and 2012, and the CCTV Piano and Violin Competition in 2011. He was also invited by the Classic Arts Class of the National Center for the Performing Arts to give lectures on violin arts and performances. The People's Daily described him as a "violinist playing with his heart."
Michael Malmgreen is a cum laude graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied under Professor Erling Bloch. These studies were further augmented in Rome as a student of Professor Alberto Lysy. Malmgreen has been teaching at the Royal Danish Academy since 1985, as well as enjoying coaching and teaching in Europe (in Switzerland at the Menuhin Academy, in Spain, Italy, and Czech Republic) and South America.
His talent as a musician and organizer has taken him throughout the world. He has participated in several international festivals, including the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, and events in Amsterdam, Paris, and London. He has performed as a soloist at concerts with Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Maurice Gendron, Ana Chumachenco, and Martha Argerich. Malmgreen founded the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists and has organized numerous festivals and concert series. He is a standing member of the board of directors of the Jacob Gade Scholarship Foundation, in addition to board memberships with two important music competitions in Denmark.
A founding member of the Smithson Quartet and the Castle Trio, Marilyn McDonald has toured the world as a chamber musician in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. A pupil of Angel Reyes and Josef Gingold, she was awarded the Performer's Certificate at Indiana University. She is well known for her interest in performing on historical instruments, and former students in this area occupy positions of importance worldwide—including positions with the Boston and Houston symphonies and in several active string quartets—and have been international prize winners in the Locatelli, Berkeley Bach, Naumberg, Stulberg, and Fischoff competitions.
McDonald has been artist in residence at Boston University and has held visiting professorships at the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. She teaches each summer at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching award at Oberlin, where she is professor of violin. McDonald's recordings can be heard on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics, Decca, Gasparo, Smithsonian, and Telarc labels.
Photo of Chase courtesy of Carrie Feiner Management; photo of Bowlin by Tanya Rosen-Jones; photo of Fulkerson by Lisa Kohler; photo of McDonald by Tanya Rosen-Jones; other photos courtesy of the Conservatory of Music.