|Meeka Quan DiLorenzo | John Michel | Tom Walworth | Jonathan Thomson|
|Anne Schilperoort | Jessica Choe | Barbara Balatero|
|Raymond Davis | Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel | Ray Carlsen | David Tonkonogui|
Páll Gröndal was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 15, 1935. Páll’s father, Haukur Gröndal and uncle, Ingi Baldur Gröndal, were active in musical life in Iceland. Páll’s father, a violist, was instrumental in forming the Hljómsveit Reyjvíkur, which became the Icelandic Symphony in 1950. Páll began the study of the cello at the age of nine with Hans Eidleman, a refugee from WWII Germany, and was soon participating in chamber music as part of a family string quartet.
Although Páll initially earned a degree in business and worked for several years in an import business, he resumed his study of the cello and graduated from the Tónlistaskóli Reykajvikur in 1972, receiving degrees in both teaching and cello performance. Páll performed as a member of the Icelandic Symphony for several years, and also served as headmaster of the Tónlistaskóli Hafnarfjardar between 1976 and 1980.
Páll immigrated to the United States in the early 1980’s, pursuing both an interest in mysticism and music. He studied electronic music at San Jose State University in California and worked as a professional sound engineer before moving to Bellingham, Washington in 1993.
For almost twenty years, Páll taught the cello and was an active chamber musician in Bellingham. He also served as principal cellist of the Whatcom Symphony for several years. A true Renaissance man, Páll continued to work as a sound engineer, was a keen HAM radio operator, pursued the study of mysticism, was a fine photographer, spoke five languages, was a sailboat skipper and a glider pilot (he was a champion glider pilot in Iceland).
Páll was a truly dedicated teacher and even though he had been diagnosed with aggressive cancer, continued to teach until a few months before his death in December of 2013.
Tom Walworth, composer, teaches orchestra and guitar for the Federal Way Public Schools at Thomas Jefferson High School and Sequoyah Middle School. He is the principal cellist for the Rainier Symphony and serves as a cello coach for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. He has studied with Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel, Hamilton Cheifetz, and performed in a master class with Janos Starker. He received his BA in Music Education and his MA in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound. Tom is also a published composer of choral music and lives in Des Moines with his wife, Ellen, their son, and their two cats.
Anne Schilperoort has been heralded by music critics as a '"sensitive accompanist", a "pianist of great versatility", and a "congenial partner". With a BMusic from the University of Victoria and a MM in accompaniment from USC, she established an accompanying program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Anne has studied piano with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, and Dr. Robin Wood. As a freelance artist in Toronto, Ontario Anne served as accompanist for the famous Amadeus Choir, worked with the Canadian Opera Company, and played for numerous young artists. She has toured most of the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Germany in Chamber Music Concerts. Two unique concert tours have taken her to Saudi Arabia and Romania as well. Anne now resides in Yakima, Washington with her husband and three children. She serves as professor of piano at Yakima Valley Community College and is principal pianist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
Korean American pianist Jessica Choe has won numerous prizes in the US and abroad and has performed solo recitals in such halls as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Lincoln Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Salle de Frank Martin (Geneva, Switzerland), Fondation Bemberg (Toulouse, France) and I Tatti (Florence, Italy). She was a recipient of the Presser Award in 2003, and in 2004, gave her Carnegie Hall debut under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation. A graduate of The Juilliard School and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, Choe enjoys a busy musical career in the Northwest. She is the founder and co-director of Chamber Music at Richmond Beach and serves as the Director of Music at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church. Choe began her piano studies at the age of 3 and has studied with Benjamin Pasternack, Eleanor Sokoloff and Herbert Stessin. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.
Nikolas Caoile is Director of Orchestras at Central Washington University. There, he leads the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras. Caoile has appeared with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Capital Area Youth Symphony, Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Portland State University Orchestra. Caoile has conducted internationally at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at the Institute Musical de Provence Aubagne in France. Caoile has also participated in the 2003 Vahktang Jordania Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine where he was one of 24 competitors invited to conduct the Kharkov Philharmonic. Caoile also participated in the 9th Cadaques Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain. His principal teachers include: Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, Peter Erös, Larry Rachleff and Daniel Lewis. Caoile also thrives in the opera repertoire. He has served on the music staff of the Aspen Opera Theater Center as a Coach Accompanist Fellow preparing many operas such as: Rigoletto, The Cunning Little Vixen, Die Entführung auf dem Serail, The Turn of the Screw, and Giasone. He has served as an accompanist with the Seattle Opera assisting in productions of Eugene Onegin and Norma. He was a coach pianist and chorus master for the Bel Canto Vocal Institute in Portland, Oregon, as well as the Music Director of the Willamette Opera Theater. Caoile has also led operas from the harpsichord in performances of L'incoronazione di Poppea, Giasone, Calisto, and Dido and Aeneas. Caoile has also conducted performances of Così fan Tutte, Il Matrimonio Segretto, Gianni Schicchi, The Bartered Bride, and Dido and Aeneas. In 2004, he assisted Martin Katz in the University of Michigan production of Hänsel and Gretel . In 2006, Caoile premiered Nancy van de Vate's "Where the Cross is Made" for the Annual His teachers include Martin Katz, Phil Kelsey, David McDade, and Kenneth Merrill.
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Lauren Edmondson (Rosenkranz) was born and raised in Kelso, WA. She began playing the cello at age 9. She joined the studio of Christopher Leach in junior high school and studied with him until college. She attended Central Washington University to study with John Michel and earn her bachelor's degree in Music Education. She then taught all musical activities at Discovery Lab School in Yakima, WA for two years before moving with her husband Michael Edmondson to Moscow, ID to earn master's degrees. She then moved to Pasco, WA to begin teaching strings and guitar at Stevens Middle School where she continues to love what she is doing. Lauren and Michael have a son, Sebastian, and a dog, Sprocket. Aside from playing the cello and teaching kids, Lauren enjoys road biking, hiking, and being outdoors.
Jonathan has been an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area since 2005. He has performed internationally in England, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and China. As a chamber musician, Jonathan has competed at the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and received guidance from the Kronos, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Lafayette, and Penderecki quartets. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University since 2008 and was a Teaching Fellow in the top-rated Musicology Department at UCLA. He has also taught for many years at private music academies and for prominent organizations like Harmony Project and Education Through Music—LA. If not teaching or practicing, you will most likely find him training for his next marathon or 10k. www.jtcello.com
Barbara Balatero graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance and a Masters of Music in Teaching where she studied cello with Andor Toth. Between 1974 and 1976 she served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, playing in the National Symphony, teaching cello and starting the Suzuki Program in the National Music School.
Barbara maintains a large private studio of Suzuki students in Seattle, and is the Director of the “Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute”. She is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a cello student of Rajan Krishnaswami.
John Michel enjoys his career as a teacher, chamber musician and soloist. More recently, in several recitals, he performed for memory all of the six Bach Cello Suites. He was one of seven cellists featured at the First Kobe International Cello Festival, Japan in 2001, where he gave a solo recital and a master class. At the World Cello Congress III, he gave the world premiere of the Solo Sonata “Othmar” by Maria Newman. In addition to regular solo recitals, he has performed with orchestras the Dvorak, Shostakovich, Haydn D, Elgar, Tchaikovsky “Rococo”, Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple Concertos, much of which one can hear at johnmichel.com. He is founder of the Internet Cello Society (cello.org), a cyber-community of cellists, which currently has over 14,000 members representing 84 different countries.
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Before joining the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2009, cellist Meeka Quan DiLorenzo was Associate Principal Cellist of The Utah Symphony for five seasons. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets and has received invitations to Aspen, Ravinia, Taos, Kingston, Sun Valley and Kneisel Hall music festivals. DiLorenzo’s recent concerto appearances include the Haydn C major Cello Concerto with The Utah Symphony. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, DiLorenzo has been a prize winner in several national and international competitions. She began her cello studies at age 6 with Suzuki teacher Beth Goldstein, and has since studied under Julie Feldman, Irene Sharp, Stephan Geber and Richard Aaron.