Lydia Chernicoff, violinist, is the founder and Artistic Director of Q CONCERTS, a chamber music series taken out of the concert hall, defined by its daring programming and casual, lively atmosphere.
She has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the US, and in Europe, China, and South America. In 2007, Lydia founded Trio Appassionata alongside cellist, Andrea Casarrubios, and pianist, Ronaldo Rolim. The trio joined the artist roster of the Odradek Records label in 2013, and released its debut CD of American piano trios, gone into night are all the eyes, the following year. The recording was praised by the International Record Review for its "complete dedication and assurance... [and for] music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff."
Lydia has collaborated with the PostClassical Ensemble, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound. She has served on the chamber music faculty of Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, and as the director of the Homewood Chamber Music Program at Johns Hopkins University.
She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Violaine Melançon, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland where she studied with James Stern.
Hilary Glen, cellist, has been praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument.”
As an enthusiastic performer, she enjoys a varied career that has taken her from the Italian Alps, to Carnegie Hall, and many places in between. She has collaborated with musicians including Gil Shaham, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman, and The Who.
Formerly a cellist with the New World Symphony, Dr. Glen currently performs as the Assistant Principal in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Principal of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and is a section member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She recently completed a one-year position at the University of Alabama where she helped increase the visibility of the cello program by starting the first-ever Cello Day at the school.
Dr. Glen completed her BM at Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker. She earned her MM and DMA, studying under Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors, and/or dancing.
Pamela Hentges, violinist, has recently moved to Charleston after a fulfilling career as a professional violinist. During that time, Pam held the Assistant Principal Second Violin chair of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. for 21 years, Principal Second Violin of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, VA for 14 years, and Section Violin in the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Washington D.C., for 2 years.
Ms. Hentges began studying violin at the age of four with George Perlman in Chicago. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Catholic University of America where she studied with Robert Gerle as a full scholarship student.
She still maintains a private studio where she teaches students, and coaches many violin candidates in their preparation for professional orchestral auditions. In addition, Pam is thrilled to be collaborating with the wonderful musicians in Charleston, in her free time!
Dr. Kari Kistler is an in-demand performer of oboe and English horn repertoire, based in the Southeast. She is a core member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and also freelances in the greater region.
Kari has performed all over the US, including at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West. Prior to moving to Charleston she was a Fellow with the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami Beach, FL. She performed multiple times under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas while at NWS, as well as many other prestigious conductors—Christoph von Dohnanyi, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, and John Adams, to name a few.
Kari has performed recently with the New York Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, and the Savannah Philharmonic.
She earned her Bachelors of Music, summa cum laude, and her Doctor of Music degrees from The Florida State University, her Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Performance Diploma from Boston University. Her main teachers were John Ferrillo, John Mack, Robert Sheena, and Dr. Eric Ohlsson.
Cellist Daniel Mumm began his studies at age 10 in New Jersey and shortly thereafter attended the pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and did doctoral studies at Rutgers University.
An accomplished orchestral cellist, Daniel is a member of the Virginia Symphony and has served as principal cello of the Asheville Symphony and Augusta Symphony orchestras. He has performed with many well-respected ensembles including the Charlotte Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Symphony in C.
His recent concert engagements have included solo appearances with the Orchester der Künstuniversität Graz (Austria) and the Augusta Symphony. Daniel has extensive experience with contemporary music, including performances of the works of Harry Partch featuring the composer’s original instruments.
He is also an active studio musician and has recently recorded music for NFL films. In addition to his career as a performer, Daniel is a passionate music educator. He has served as adjunct professor at Seton Hall and William Paterson Universities and as cello instructor at the Rutgers University extension division. Daniel currently lives in Charleston, SC with his wife Mitsuko, son Keijo, and dog Winston.
Dan Urbanowicz holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mr. Urbanowicz is currently principal violist of the Augusta Symphony and performs regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Dan has played with the New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, Gulfshore Opera, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Orchestra, and the Plymouth Philharmonic. Urbanowicz has served as principal violist of Charlottesville Opera, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra.
His principal teachers include Martha Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Marylene Gingras-Roy. Mr. Urbanowicz’s viola was made in 2008 by Robert Clemens.