Eugene Drucker, violin
Violinist Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, is also an active soloist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Hartford, Richmond, Louisville, Jerusalem, Raanana and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as with the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Mr. Drucker was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he appeared as soloist several times. He made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Mr. Drucker has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach, reissued by Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartók for Biddulph Recordings. His novel, The Savior, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and has appeared in a German translation
called Wintersonate, published by Osburg Verlag in Berlin. Mr. Drucker’s suite for string quartet, A Journey In My Head, was commissioned recently by the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark. It was premiered in Copenhagen and Reykjavik in August 2018.
Eugene Drucker has been on the faculty of Stony Brook University since 2002, and was appointed Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Society’s Bach at New Year’s Concerts in 2017. He lives in New York City with his wife, cellist Roberta Cooper.
Violins: Antonius Stradivarius (Cremona, 1686), Ryan Soltis (Moyie Springs, Idaho, 2015)
Roberta Cooper, cello
Roberta Cooper, cellist, won the Artists International Competition which sponsored her Carnegie Hall debut. She is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, which has performed extensively on major series in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and New York City and played several tours of Denmark. Ms Cooper is the assistant principal cellist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and Westchester Philharmonic, as well as a member of the American Composers Orchestra.
She has performed in the Berlin Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York City Opera and the ballet orchestras of both the NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Cooper has been a cellist with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and the Berkshire Bach Society for many years. She has performed as guest cellist with the Emerson Quartet in concerts all over the world. Roberta performed in festivals this past summer in Morocco, Napa, Denmark and Iceland. This summer she has been invited to perform at both at Festival Napa and The Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She has recorded many film scores, most recently for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “ True Grit”, as well as on many rock and jazz CDs. Recently she performed and recorded with Sting and Aretha Franklin and has played concerts with kd lang. She was featured as cello soloist on Linda Ronstadt’s album of jazz standards, “Hummin’ to Myself” on the Verve label. Ms. Cooper was a student of Lorne Munroe and Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and was awarded the William Henderson Prize for Outstanding Achievement.
Violist William Frampton has been praised by critics for his “impressive” performances (The New York Times) and “a glowing amber tone” (The Boston Globe). Since his New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, William has enjoyed a career of diverse performances around the world as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Recent highlights include over 100 performances with a string quartet led by Midori Goto in tours of Asia and North America, numerous appearances as guest principal viola with the American Symphony Orchestra, appearances as guest artist with the Johannes Quartet, and world premieres of chamber music by J. Mark Stambaugh and a concerto by Peter Homans.
William is the Artistic Director of Music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey he co-founded in 2008 that brings five professional chamber music performances to Gloucester County, New Jersey every year. The community built as a result of Music Bunker Hill has brought regular collaborations with schools, libraries, orchestras, and civic organizations, contributing to the cultural life of Southern New Jersey. William has performed at festivals including Bard Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, Verbier, and IMS Prussia Cove, and as soloist with conductors Joseph Silverstein and David Hoose. He holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and studied with Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Byrnina Socolofsky. William teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY.
Gili Melamed-Lev, piano
Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev is recognized for her artistic vision and innovative programming. She is an engaging, multi-faceted pianist who enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. Her unique artistry, soulful interpretations and her focus on creating a ‘conversation’ with listeners have enchanted audiences far and wide. Ms. Melamed-Lev was the founder and has been the Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent since 2012. For the past 5 years, she has been a member of the Lev- Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. For the past 4 years, the duo was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (Boscawen, NH), and their new CD with music by Brahms, Philip Lasser and Dvořák, was released this past January. She garnered rave reviews for her collaboration with Australian actor John McManus during their extended tour of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. She also partnered with the Actors’ Ensemble and Walking the Dog Theater (WTD). This past year she performed with members of the Israeli Philharmonic at the Targ Music Center in Jerusalem, at Taconic-Music Series in VT, at Camphill Village Copake and the Schenectady College Chamber Music Series (NY), in addition to her concerts at Camphill Ghent. She was the co-founder of the Music Coalition of Columbia County, dedicated to contemporary music, the artistic director of the 88 Keys Concert Series and co-director of Sunbridge College’s music department. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Canada, at the Goetheanum Stage (Switzerland), the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Music Center, the 11:11 Music Series in Tzavta (Tel-Aviv), the BPL Concert Series (NY), the Wisteria Chamber Music Society (NY), the Capital Chamber players (NY) and the Taconic Music Series (VT). A passionate advocate of music education, she teaches, performs, and gives master classes at the Schenectady Community College School of Music, and also works with students at Williams College, Bard College and her private studio. Born in Jerusalem, Gili Melamed-Lev studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, György Sándor, Susan Cohen and Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School and Montclair State College.