Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Wraps Up Seasons with Announcement of New Artistic Co-Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2019
CONTACT: Don Buxton 410 819-0380
or Amy Steward 410-829-0436

 

Pictured left to right are Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music, presenting proclamations to J. Lawrie Bloom, retiring Artistic Co-Director of Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Bloom was honored for his 34 years of service with a number of proclamations from Maryland local and state government bodies.

Chesapeake Music has announced that violinist Catherine Cho has been named to replace clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom as Artistic Co-Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Bloom retired from the position this year after collaborating with Marcy Rosen for 34 years directing the music for one of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music festivals, held in June each year on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Cho has been playing with the Festival for 19 years.

Catherine Cho is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality. Praised by “The New York Times” for her “sublime tone,” she has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital at the Kennedy Center, Ravinia, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 92nd St. Y, and Salzburg Mozarteum, among others. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Juilliard where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, and Michael Avsharian Jr. She has been a member of the school’s College faculty since 1999 and of the Pre-College faculty since 1996.

Cho is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and La Fenice and was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as top prizes in the Hanover Competition, Queen Elizabeth Competition, and Montreal International Competition. Her repertoire ranges from the traditional works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms to those of Bartók, Korngold, and Berg, in addition to music of our time.

She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Todd Phillips, and their son, Brandon.

Marcy Rosen states, “Cathy will bring new ideas, new visions and an infusion of excitement to our programming and approach. I am so happy to have the opportunity to work together in this way!”

This year’s Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival had great success in reaching even larger audiences at its venues in Easton, Oxford, and Cambridge. At the Festival’s Gala, held at the new Temple B’nai Israel in Easton, Bloom was honored for his years of service with a number of proclamations from Maryland local and state government bodies.

Next year’s Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held in early June 2020. For further information, visit chesapeakemusic.com.

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#1: Pictured left to right are Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music, presenting proclamations to J. Lawrie Bloom, retiring Artistic Co-Director of Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Bloom was honored for his 34 years of service with a number of proclamations from Maryland local and state government bodies.

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