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Hailed in the New York Times for "impassioned" playing and "clear articulation and unity of purpose," violinist Kate Ransom is a distinguished chamber musician, recitalist and teacher who has presented hundreds of concerts throughout North America and Europe in major chamber music venues. Ms. Ransom is founding violinist of Serafin String Quartet, lauded by Gramophone and Fanfare Magazine for the 2013 Naxos release of early works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and by The Strad Magazine and American Record Guide for the 2010 Centaur release. She was formerly a member of the Alexander String Quartet with which she received first prize and audience prize at the London String Quartet Competition (1985) and toured internationally. She frequently collaborates with other artists such as William Preucil, Charles Abramovic, Steven Tenenbom, Sadao Harada, Eliot Fisk, Sandra Rivers and James Tocco. Ms. Ransom performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in 2010 and the complete Brahms violin sonatas in 2012 in locations around the nation. She has served on the faculties of the University of Delaware, Brevard College and Lehigh University; she has also held Ensemble in Residence positions at University of Delaware, St. Lawrence University, SUNY-Potsdam, Lehigh University and Brevard College. She pursued post-graduate chamber music study at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann and holds master's and bachelor's degrees in violin performance from Yale University and University of Michigan, respectively. Her major teachers were Paul Makanovitzky, Szymon Goldberg and Ivan Galamian, and she was a chamber music protégé of Tokyo Quartet. Ms. Ransom currently serves as president of The Music School of Delaware. She plays a violin made in 1728 by the Venetian master, Sanctus Serafin.
Violinist Lisa Vaupel is an accomplished ensemble player who concertizes in the United States and abroad, joining Serafin String Quartet in 2013. She has been a returning collaborative guest artist at the Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO), Delaware Symphony's Champagne Chamber Series, First and Central's Noontime Series (Wilmington, DE), Sequoia Chamber Workshop (Arcata, CA), Sundays at Three (Columbia, MD), The Bach Concert Series of Baltimore, and the Yogurt Concerts held at Goucher College (Towson, MD). Ms. Vaupel's recent solo appearances include Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in Italy, Japan, Singapore and Russia and is a featured guest artist on the World Cafe's Live Connections Bridges programs in Philadelphia and Wilmington. In addition to her chamber music and solo appearances, Ms. Vaupel enjoys orchestral playing with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and as a principal player for both the Orchestra of St. John's (Ellicott City, MD) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (Wilmington, DE), which presented her with the 2010 Albert Beekhuis Award for excellence in performance and community engagement. Devoted to engaging young musicians and young audiences in creative new formats and philosophies, Ms. Vaupel serves as Teaching Artist and Coordinator for the School Partnership Program of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been a faculty member at Goucher College, and currently serves on the University of Delaware faculty. Ms. Vaupel received her bachelor's degree in music with high distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned her master's degree in music at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. She plays a violin made by Carlo Antonio Testore (1741) courtesy of Dr. William Stegeman.
Winner of numerous prizes and scholarships, most notably the Flora Matheson Goulden String Prize for the highest marked conservatory string player in Canada, violist Esme Allen-Creighton is a passionate performer and pedagogue. She has performed as principal violist of the Orchestra of Northern New York, Arcos Chamber Orchestra on their 2010 European tour CD for the NEOS label, and the Juilliard Symphony on their 2008 China tour. In addition, with Arcos Chamber Orchestra, she toured Europe and recorded on the NEOS label in 2010 and, toured China with the Juilliard Symphony in 2008. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Dr. Allen-Creighton has collaborated with among other: Steven Doane, Jesse Levine, Sabine Meyer, Alan Stepansky, members of the New York Philharmonic in a special "Genius of the Brandenburgs" concert. She has appeared in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Le Poisson Rouge and Scandinavia House as a chamber and orchestral musician and has also showed her versatility by playing with the band "Vampire Weekend" on Pitchfork TV and appearing on the debut CD of Lakewind Music from her native Toronto. Music festivals in which she has participated include Banff, Orford, Norfolk, Juilliard Chamberfest, Oberstdorfer Musiksommer and Academie Bad LeonFelden. A dedicated pedagogue, Allen-Creighton earned her bachelors and masters from The Juilliard School and a doctorate with honors from the University of Montreal. She served on the faculties of the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center and SUNY-Potsdam among other institutions before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, where she is now an assistant professor. Courtesy of Dr. William Stegeman, she plays an instrument made in 1754 by the Milanese master Carlo Antonio Testore.
Hailed in Strings Magazine for "style and elegance" and "lyrical expressiveness," Lawrence Stomberg enjoys a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Since his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1999, he has been a featured performer as faculty at the Eastern Music Festival and Texas Music Festival, and as a founding member of the ensembles Trilogy, the Johannes Trio, and Brightmusic. In addition to his work with the Serafin String Quartet, recent seasons have brought him, as soloist and collaborator, to venues throughout the United States and abroad, including concerto performances with orchestras in Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, and Bogotá, Colombia, as well as recital debuts in China and the United Kingdom. The 2014-15 season will bring recital appearances in London, Vienna, and across the United States. A committed interpreter of new music, he has championed new works by many American composers, both with commissions and first recordings. His debut recording, The American Cello, was released in 2000, and in addition to the Serafin String Quartet's CD release on Naxos Records in 2013, he was a featured performer in a critically acclaimed recording featuring music of Kirk O'Riordan (on Ravello Records). He has also recorded for the VAI and Centaur labels. As an orchestral performer, he served as Assistant Principal Cellist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and as a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Eastern Philharmonic Orchestras. An active and dedicated pedagogue, Stomberg served on the faculties at Truman State University in Missouri and Oklahoma State University before joining the music faculty at the University of Delaware in 2004, where he is currently Associate Professor of Cello. He lives in Delaware with his wife, cellist Jennifer Crowell Stomberg, and their three children. Mr. Stomberg plays a School of Testore cello, circa 1727, obtained with the generous assistance of Dr. William Stegeman.
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