2017-2018 WinterMezzo Artists
Scott Yoo, Music Director and Violin
Scott began his public career performing with the Boston Symphony at age 12. He went on to win first prize in the Josef Gingold International Violin competition and received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Scott has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and numerous festivals. As guest conductor, he has led the Colorado, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New World, San Franscisco and Utah Symphonies and others. He was named Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic in 2016.
Anna Polonsky, Piano
Anna made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and earned her Master's Degree from The Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and in the summer at the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. She has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is a frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Anna is a Steinway Artist.
Meredith Clark, Harp
Meredith is a San Francisco based harpist, whose varied interests have taken her all over the world to perform. Recent performance highlights include performing as Guest Principal Harpist with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, a residency at the Lou Harrison House and soloing with conductorless chamber ensemble One Found Sound. As a chamber musician, Meredith has been featured in the Other Minds Festival and with San Francisco new music group Earplay. Meredith is the Principal Harpist for the Oakland Symphony and plays frequently with other Bay Area orchestras. Meredith earned harp performance degrees at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Yolanda Kondonassis. Learn more about Meredith at www.meredithclarkharp.com
Jessica Chang, Viola
Jessica is the founder and director of Chamber Music by the Bay, which brings concerts to over 1,600 youth in the Bay Area annually. Festival appearances include the Perlman Workshop, Aspen, Verbier, Tanglewood, IMS Prussia Cove, Music from Angel Fire, Savannah Music Festival, Taos School of Music and performances on NPR’s Performance Today. During the 2014-15 season, she was the violist of the Afiara Quartet, with whom she served as Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and visiting faculty at The Banff Centre. Jessica holds degrees from Yale, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute. She performs frequently with ensembles throughout Northern California including Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Tenth Avenue Players, and Ensemble San Francisco. Learn more about Jessica www.jessicatchang.com
Alice K. Dade, Flute
Alice is the Assistant Professor of Flute at The University of Missouri and Artist Faculty of Flutes by the Sea and PRIZM International Chamber Festival. A graduate of The Juilliard School and former Acting Co-Principal of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, she has performed as Guest Principal with the Bergen and Seoul Philharmonics. Recordings include Deutsche Grammophon, Arte Verum, and her first solo CD, Living Music, to be released on Naxos. A Powell Artist, Alice plays a handmade 14K Powell with a platinum headjoint. Learn more about Alice at www.alicekdade.com.
John Novacek, Piano
John regularly appears internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, a capacity in which he has performed over thirty works. He has performed in halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and major venues in Europe and Japan. John has appeared on NPR as a featured performer/composer on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed at dozens of festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Wolf Trap. Learn more about John at parkerartists.com/john-novacek.html.
Jonah Kim, Cello
Jonah made his solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. The same year, he also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Kim graduated from the Juilliard School and the prestigious Curtis Institute in spring of 2006 while still only 17 years old, and has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia, Symphony of the Americas, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional and many others. He has performed recitals at the Phillips Collection, Kimmel Center, Kravis Center and the Kennedy Center. He has recorded at Skywalker Sound and Hit Factory studios and is the recipient of two Grammy awards. Learn more about Jonah at www.jonahkimcello.com.