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Antoine Khouri, Doublebass
Michael Klotz, Viola, Violin
Mei Mei Luo, Violin
Trent Watkins, Violin
Robyn Savitzky, Viola, Chamber Music
SCOTT FLAVIN - UM Faculty
Scott Flavin (violin and conductor) is a lecturer in the Frost School of Music's Department of Instrumental Performance and also serves as artistic coordinator and resident conductor for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, and a director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Miami Bach Society, and founder and music director of the Miami Mozarteum. He regularly performs across the globe, and is a member of the newly-formed chamber ensemble, Pulse. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on American Public Media's radio program "Performance Today" and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has recorded two solo CD's, "Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet" and "the Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas". Flavin performs on a rare Italian violin made in 1780 by Tomaso Eberle.
Antoine Khouri is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts. His primary instruments are the piano and the double bass. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Strings Education from Florida State University. He holds Master degrees from FIU School of Music and is finishing his second Masters degree from The University of Miami Frost School of Music in Performing Arts Production and Media Writing and Production in which Raul Muarciano was his head professor. He has studied with Dr. Roby George, Gary Lindsay, Thomas Sleeper, Michael Allen, Robert Shaw, and Andrea Thomas. Mr. Khouri has worked for the Dade county public schools for the last seven years including The New World School of the Arts and is now an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. Mr. Khouri has conducted Honors Orchestras throughout Florida and was selected to conduct the 2003 Florida All-State Honors Orchestra at the Florida Music Educators' Conference in Tampa. He is an adjudicator for the state of Florida and solo and ensemble and district MPA evaluations. Mr. Khouri has an extensive performing background. Mr. Antoine Khouri was the Music Director with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony for the 7 years. Mr. Khouri is now co-music director of the Miami String project a top level youth string chamber ensemble. Along with teaching private lessons in double bass, piano, music theory, sight singing, and music motivation Mr. Khouri works as a freelance producer/songwriter who produces his own music and works as a producer and music director for other artists. Mr. Khouri has also worked in the music business with Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keys, Music Soul Child, Erikah Badu and the Isley Brothers and others doing backline gear for their concerts.
Michael Klotz is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master's Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. His teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Also a dedicated teacher, Mr. Klotz is Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University, where he teaches viola and chamber music. He has also been a member of the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Killington Music Festival. His former students currently attend and are graduates of prestigious conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and are already achieving leading roles in the music world.
MEI MEI LUO
Mei Mei Lou a violinist originally from China, earned her Bachelor's Degree from The Shanghai and Shenyang conservatory of music. She was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition of China, and is a recent graduate from the Master's program at the University of Miami.
Trenton Watkins grew up in Tampa, Florida and studied both classical and folk styles of violin. In 1998 he won first place in the Florida State Fiddle Contest. He went to the University of Miami where he graduated with a Bachelors degree, double majoring in Music Engineering and English. While there, he was a member of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, as well as vice president of the Audio Engineering Society. He works at various South Florida venues as a sound and recording engineer. He has engineered recordings for the Naples Philharmonic, the Tropical Baroque Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Miami International Guitar Festival, the Bergonzi Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the UM Salsa Orchestra, Glenn Basham Jazz Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Kurt Elling and Marvin Hamlisch. He is the founder of SummerPop Records and has a recording studio where he produces and co-writes with many local bands. His record label has two albums slated for release this winter. As a songwriter and performer, he has made appearances playing at the Gibson Showroom, PopRocks, the Colony Theatre, Telemundo, and many others. Trenton also teaches violin.
Robyn Savitzky is an active performer, teacher, and orchestral and chamber musician. She is a founding member of The Wild String Quartet, a dynamic ensemble that brings exciting, interactive, and relevant chamber music to non-traditional venues stretching along the East Coast from Miami, FL to Boston, MA. From 2009-2010, she performed and traveled extensively as a member of the Tea for Four String Quartet aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. Robyn completed her Bachelor's degree in viola performance at New York University, her Master's at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and her Artist's Diploma at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami, where she recently completed her doctoral studies. While at the University of Miami, Robyn was a Henri Mancini Institute Fellow, performing with artists such as Mark O'Connor, Gloria Estefan, Maria Schneider, and Dawn Upshaw. As an orchestral musician, Robyn has performed with the Florida Grand Opera, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute and Carmel Symphony Orchestras.