James Rosamilia Laura De St. Croix Matt Lammers Eva Dove
Cello Viola Violin Violin
James Rosamilia, a native of Minnesota, has been a counselor and performer at Stringwood summer chamber music festival for the past seven years. In 2013 and 2014 he won first prize in the college strings divisions of the Thursday Musical and Schubert Club competitions. James is a 2015 graduate of Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge Massachusetts where he was awarded the school’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship. While attending Longy, James served as principal cellist for the Longy Conservatory Orchestra in performances of both opera and symphonic repertoire. James is currently studying in New Haven Connecticut at the Yale School of Music and will earn his Masters degree in May 2017. While at Yale, James was a member of the Yale Cellos, a Grammy-nominated ensemble made up of students of Aldo Parisot. James has attended, taught, and performed in music festivals in both the United States and Canada. James’ teachers have included Joanne Tierney, Daniel McIntosh, Robert Jamieson, Arek Tesarczyk, Mihail Jojatu and Aldo Parisot.
Laura De St. Croix, originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, began her musical journey in the fourth grade when she was introduced to the stringed instrument family by the middle school orchestra. From then on, she knew she wanted to play something, but not violin – everyone else played that. Cello and bass were too big at the time, so viola seemed to be a perfect fit. Years later, and having relocated to the Twin Cities, Laura now holds seventh chair in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the Mankato Symphony, Quad City Symphony, and the Lubbock Symphony. She has performed with artists such as Leon Fleischer, Christopher O’Reilly, Roberto Diaz, and Itzhak Perlman. Laura received a B.M. in viola from Texas Tech University with Renee Skerik, a M.M. from the University of Minnesota with Korey Konkol. She is continuing at the U of M and is in her first year of doctoral work with scholarship. Laura has worked with the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestras (LYSO) and a viola coach and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) as a rehearsal assistant. She also works part time for the Minnesota Orchestra in the Box Office. n...
Violinist Matt Lammers is a Master’s student of Paul Kantor and a Kirkland Mullen Scholar at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he is on the preparatory violin faculty, and is a graduate of the Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University) from the studios of Christian Teal and Carolyn Huebl. He studied pre-college with Ray Shows of the Artaria String Quartet. As an ensemble musician he is a prizewinner at the St. Paul String Quartet, MTNA, and Ravinia’s Discover® competitions, was invited twice to the Fischoff national chamber music competition, and has performed in concert with principal players of the Nashville Symphony and Blair School faculty. In addition, he was the 2016 Starling Foundation Fellow of Madeline Island Chamber Music, where he performed with violinist Geoff Nuttall (St. Lawrence String Quartet). This summer he will join the Cezanne Quartet (Quartet in Residence, Southern Methodist University) as first violinist for its residency at Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO. He is also a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and attended the Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. At Vanderbilt he was named winner of the Jean Keller Heard Prize for string performance, the inaugural Christian Teal Award for collaborative innovation, and the David Rabin Prize for excellence in musical performance following his performance of the Beethoven Concerto with the BLAIR Ensemble. He recently completed a recording project in collaboration with violinmaker Keith Hill, in which he recorded thirteen showpieces on thirteen of Hill’s violins, and has begun another to be released on the Naxos Label: the complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Marianne Ploger. An advocate of new music and historical performance, he gave the premiere of Jack Coen’s Hyperthymesia (for violin and electronics) in 2015 while working concurrently on a reverse engineering of J.S. Bach’s controversial BWV 565 organ Toccata and Fugue for solo violin (published 2016).
Violinist Eva Dove is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with Paul Kantor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She completed her Bachelor’s degree with Mr. Kantor as a recipient of the Starling Foundation Scholarship. Eva has appeared as a soloist with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra and the PA Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and has performed in masterclasses for Arnold Steinhardt, Aaron Rosand, David Kim, Grigory Kalinovsky, and the late Joseph Silverstein. At the age of 16 she was featured in Central PA Magazine as one of their “5 Rising Stars Under the Age of 25.” An avid chamber musician, Eva was the recipient of the Summit Music Festival’s chamber music award and has recently collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel, and Bion Tsang. She has studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Miami, Cypress, Ying, St. Lawrence, and Cavani String Quartets. Eva has been a scholarship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, the Montecito International Music Festival, and the Orchestra Institute Napa Valley. Eva currently resides in Houston, TX, where she maintains a small studio of private students. She is currently a Brown Scholar at the Shepherd School of Music and is on the chamber music faculty of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program. .