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419 W 54th St,New York,NY 10019,USA

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Maxine Neuman

Cellist Maxine Neuman's solo and chamber music career spans North America,South America, Europe and Japan. A grant recipient from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts and a three-time Grammy Award winner, her biography appears in Who's Who in the World. She's a founding member of the Claremont Duo, the Crescent String Quartet, the Vermont Cello Quartet, and Duo Cellissimo (with her son, Mark Humburg), groups with which she has traveled and recorded extensively. Her long list of recording credits includes Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Angel, EMI, Nonesuch, Biddulph, CRI, Orion, Leonarda, Argo, Opus One, SONY/Virgin, AMC, Artek, Vanguard, Musical Heritage, Albany, Northeastern and CBS World Records. She has appeared as soloist before a sold-out audience in New York's Town Hall in the American premiere of Giovanni Battista Viotti's only cello concerto, and for Austrophon, she recorded Schumann Cello Concerto in Count Esterhazy's historic palace in Austria. She can also be heard in such diverse settings as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and with the rock band Metallica. She has expanded the chamber ensemble repertoire - especially for multiple celli and cello and guitar - by arranging and transcribing works from every period. A longtime champion of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered works by many of today's leading composers. Distinguished as a teacher as well as performer, Ms. Neuman has served as a juror for numerous international competitions. On the faculty at the School for Strings since 1995 and at Hoff-Barthelson Music School since 2002, she has taught at Bennington College, Williams College and C.W. Post University. Her cello is a J.B.Guadagnini, dating from 1772.

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Lisa Tipton

Violinist, Lisa Tipton, a vibrant, versatile musician, contributes as a performer, educator mentor, arts administrator and advocate. The seed for Lisa's love of chamber music germinated while growing up in a musical family. After several years studying science at Cornell University, the seed sprouted and blossomed when she caught the chamber music bug one summer at Kneisel Hall. Lisa, co-founder of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured internationally, held residencies and has won distinctions from the Evian International Competition, Artists International, and Chamber Music America. As a devoted interpreter of new music, Ms. Tipton established the "Made in America" series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This season Lisa, along with colleagues Adrienne Kim and Lisa Kozenko, launched the The NY Chamber Music CoOP, a new creative performance collaborative in New York City. Lisa's critically acclaimed recording of the Ives' violin sonatas was released in 2006 on Capstone Records. She is the Director of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program and on the faculty of The School for Strings and New York Summer Music Festival. She earned a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and is currently a D.M.A. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Photo: Noah O'Leary