A native of South Florida, Wells Cunningham attended the University of Miami and in 1996 became the first cellist to win the university's concerto competition. Upon graduation, Wells was invited to tour Europe as principal cellist and soloist with a nationally assembled orchestra. While in France, Wells performed the Elgar Cello Concerto.
From 1996 to 1998, Wells attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where his teachers included Marcy Rosen of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and Alan Harris. In 1998, Wells received his master's degree in cello performance and returned to Miami to play with the New World Symphony for the next two years as both principal and section cellist.
Wells' playing has recently been featured in recordings by numerous artists including Nelly Furtado, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.
Stephanie Dierickx was born and brought up in Miami, Fl. Stephanieís main instrument is the violin which she has been playing from the age of six. She graduated from Gulliver Preparatory High School and received the junior orange bowl award for outstanding community service. She also received the most dedicated musician award, and the orchestra award. She spent her first year of college at Texas Christian University where she studied music education, but decided it wasnít the right place for her so she transferred to Jacksonville University for her second year of college. Stephanie then transferred to the University of Miami Frost School of Music for her third year of studying music education and is now a part of the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie has worked at the Young Musicians Camp in the past as a counselor, dorm counselor, music theory teacher, and a chamber group or private violin teacher. Stephanie has just received her Suzuki Book One teacher certification and is moving on to her junior year at the Frost School of Music.
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.
MEI MEI LUO
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.
Miss Luo has played as a member of the Philadelphia Concerto soloist as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is recognized as one of South Florida's finest violinists and until its closing was the assistant concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, where she remained until the final concert of the orchestra on May 9, 2003 when she was given the honor of being the Concertmaster for their final performance.
Miss Luo as soloist, has performed the Tchaikovsky, Mendlessohn and Bruch Violin concertos. As a leading chamber music violinist she performs with the Palm Beach chamber music festival and the Delray String Quartet for the fifth season.
Mei Mei Luo has recorded Chamber and Orchestra music on the Klavier, Harmonia Mundi Labels, Delray String Quartet recording on Poinciana Lables.
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.
Cameron Williams, cellist, holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Miami, where she studied with Professor Ross Harbaugh. She also received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Miami. She is presently an active freelancer with many ensembles in the South Florida area. Ms. Williams is a dedicated teacher and teaches privately and on the faculty of the Coral Gables Congregational Church Community Arts Program. She has also taught at the University of Miami String Academy and Young Musicians' Summer Camp program. Ms. Williams has attended several summer music festivals including the Catskill High Peaks Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival, where she has had the chance to pursue intensive study in chamber and orchestral music. She has performed with such artists as the Beach Boys, Gloria Gaynor, Nestor Torres, and Tiempo Libre as part of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the University of Miami.
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