Solo Spotlight: The Bass Plays Alone and With Others

Live Events | John Wilson, Piano / Douglas Aliano, Double Bass / Johanna Gruskin, Flute / Andrew Chilcote, Double Bass / Elizabeth Oka, Viola


Program Andrew Chilcote, bass John Wilson, piano Douglas Aliano, narrator Johanna Gruskin, flute Elizabeth Oka, viola Domenico Dragonetti Waltz No. 7 (1763 - 1846) Frank Proto Sonata (1963) (b. 1941) I. Slow and Peaceful II. Moderate 4 - Swing III. Molto adagio IV. Allegro energico Lucas Drew Zodiac Suite (1987) (b. 1938) Erwin Schulhoff Concertino (1925) (1894 - 1942) Andante con moto Furiant Andante Rondo Andrew Chilcote, a native of Irvine, California, is a third-year Bass Fellow at the New World Symphony. Before joining NWS, he previously worked with Michael Tilson Thomas in the YouTube Symphony’s 2011 worldwide broadcast from the Sydney Opera House. He held the position of Principal Bass with the Discovery Ensemble, a critically acclaimed chamber orchestra in Boston. In addition, he has been a section player with the Terre Haute Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and the period music ensemble Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In the summer Mr. Chilcote performs as a member of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and has previously played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Orchestra. His U.S. summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Chautaqua Music Festival and Texas Music Festival. Abroad he has played with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic, in addition to tours of Vatican City and Chile as principal bassist with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Chilcote is an eager mentor in the New World Symphony’s MusicLab outreach program, teaching and coaching regularly at schools throughout Miami and in collaboration with the Atlanta Youth Symphony and Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Donald Palma and James Orleans. While pursuing further studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, he studied with Bruce Bransby and was a member of the school’s New Music Ensemble.

Composers:
Domenico Dragonetti, Frank Proto, Lucas Drew, Erwin Schulhoff

Works:
Waltz No. 7, Sonata 1963, Zodiac Suite, Concertino (1925)

Instruments:
Double Bass, Piano, Viola, and Flute



John Wilson
Piano

A second-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony, John Wilson was lauded by the Baltimore Sun for his “admirable technical confidence and expressive sensitivity.” Mr. Wilson has performed extensively on the piano, as well as the organ, harpsichord and celesta, in a variety of roles from soloist to ensemble musician to répétiteur. Recent highlights include concerto performances with the New World Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He also serves as Principal Keyboardist of the Reading Symphony. He has been staff pianist at the Baltimore Lyric Opera since 2012.

As an orchestral pianist, Mr. Wilson has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jacques Lacombe, David Robertson, Stéphane Denève, Nicholas McGegan and many others, and has played with the Baltimore and New Jersey symphonies. He has also performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic and Aspen Chamber Orchestra as a Fellow for three summer seasons. As a chamber musician, he has performed in recital with Joshua Bell, and in ensembles with Daniel Hope and Robert McDuffie.

Mr. Wilson earned his bachelor of music, master of music and graduate performance diploma degrees at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Benjamin Pasternack and Marian Hahn, and was a recipient of the Presser and Clara Ascherfield awards. He additionally took part in master classes with Murray Perahia and Leon Fleisher. In 2012 Mr. Wilson made his solo performance debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.



Douglas Aliano
Double Bass

Douglas Aliano, a native of Long Island and the youngest of five double bassists in his family, is a first-year Bass Fellow at the New World Symphony. He is currently a substitute musician for the Charleston and Alabama symphonies, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and National Symphony. His 2016-17 season included performances with the Mozart Orchestra of New York with soloist Rachel Barton Pine, as well as a tour with the orchestra under Gerard Schwarz. Mr. Aliano’s performances have brought him to prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kitara Hall and Suntory Hall. He has appeared at festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was invited back as a second-year fellow this past summer.

Prior to joining NWS, Mr. Aliano performed in New York City, playing various styles ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz to Broadway, and pop to bluegrass. An active chamber musician and passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous chamber music projects and has premiered many new chamber music and orchestral works. Last season, Mr. Aliano appeared as a member of Echo Chamber, an NYC-based ensemble dedicated to performing new works specially commissioned for its distinctive instrumentation. Mr. Aliano’s interest in interdisciplinary collaborations led to his recent arrangement of a fully staged performance of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat featuring dancers and actors from the Juilliard community.

Mr. Aliano completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Albert Laszlo and was a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. A National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts YoungArts Winner, Mr. Aliano has also won the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition, and is recipient of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Genelle B. Taney Memorial Scholarship. He currently plays on a double bass made in Cremona, Italy by Giuseppe Ceruti c. 1800.



Johanna Gruskin
Flute

Johanna Gruskin is a first-year Flute Fellow at the New World Symphony. Previously she held the position of Principal Flute with the Knoxville Symphony and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. During summers, she has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, and as a concerto soloist with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.

A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Ms. Gruskin received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory and a professional studies certificate from The Colburn School. Her primary teachers include Bonita Boyd, NWS alumna Elizabeth Rowe and James Walker.

Ms. Gruskin won first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Woodwind Competition and the Rochester Flute Association Young Artist Piccolo Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Piccolo Competition. As a member of the wind quintet Midic Winds, she was a bronze medalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. The Midic Winds also appeared as soloists with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.



Andrew Chilcote
Double Bass

Andrew Chilcote, a native of Irvine, California, is a third-year Bass Fellow at the New World Symphony. Before joining NWS, he previously worked with Michael Tilson Thomas in the YouTube Symphony’s 2011 worldwide broadcast from the Sydney Opera House. He held the position of Principal Bass with the Discovery Ensemble, a critically acclaimed chamber orchestra in Boston. In addition, he has been a section player with the Terre Haute Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and the period music ensemble Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra.

In the summer Mr. Chilcote performs as a member of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and has previously played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Orchestra. His U.S. summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Chautaqua Music Festival and Texas Music Festival. Abroad he has played with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic, in addition to tours of Vatican City and Chile as principal bassist with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas.

Mr. Chilcote is an eager mentor in the New World Symphony’s MusicLab outreach program, teaching and coaching regularly at schools throughout Miami and in collaboration with the Atlanta Youth Symphony and Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Donald Palma and James Orleans. While pursuing further studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, he studied with Bruce Bransby and was a member of the school’s New Music Ensemble.



Elizabeth Oka
Viola

Elizabeth Oka is a second-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. Her most recent engagements include Des Moines Metro Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). She has also performed with the Charleston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Discovery Ensemble, Atlantic Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic and the Owensboro Symphony.

Hailing from Monrovia, California, Ms. Oka began her musical studies on violin, but quickly realized her true calling. She switched to viola at The Colburn School of Performing Arts before moving to the east coast, where she graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in English literature and music. Ms. Oka subsequently completed her master’s degree in viola performance at the New England Conservatory. Most recently, she served as the Associate Instructor in Viola while pursuing a performance diploma at Indiana University. As a fellowship student, she has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and the Round Top Festival-Institute. Ms. Oka’s many wonderful teachers include Ed Gazouleas, Martha Katz and Lenny Matczynski.

In addition to her orchestral playing, Ms. Oka loves the intimacy of chamber music. She has premiered new works in Jordan Hall, attended the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as part of a fellowship quartet, performed in retirement homes with an outreach group from NEC, and appeared in living rooms across Boston as a part of Groupmuse.

Outside of the viola, Ms. Oka enjoys drawing, hiking and reading.