Violist, MOLLY CARR, praised for her “ravishing sound” (the STRAD) and “passionate talent and beautiful poise… all in one package” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Miss Carr made her New York solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang, performing the Bartok Viola Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in April 2010. She has won several other major honors, including first prize in the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher’s Association, an instrument scholarship from the Virtu Foundation, a scholarship endowment from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, top honors in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ prestigious Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program, and full scholarships for study at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.
As a recitalist, Miss Carr recently performed at the Jerusalem Music Centre in Israel, at New York City's Weill Hall, Neue Galerie, and W.M.P. Concert Hall,in Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, on the Firefly Concert Series in Charlottesville, Virginia, and on the Young Musician’s Forum series in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s From The Top as well as on Hungarian National Television. She has also been a soloist with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Carson City Symphony.
Miss Carr is an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with renowned artists Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Alisa Weilerstein, Franz Helmerson, Roger Tapping, Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Bonnie Hampton, Lucas Foss, the American String Quartet, and the Attacca String Quartet. She has attended Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music at Menlo, the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Oberstdorf Musiksommer (Germany), Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, NAC (Canada) Young Artists’ Program, and the Perlman Music Program. Recent performances have included a Leon Fleisher Young Artists Concert at Carnegie Hall; a Focus! 2010 concert with the Azur Quartet and an Insight Series concert with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center; and concerts with Perlman and the Perlman Music Program at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Jerusalem Music Centre. She is currently a member of the Serafin String Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware.
Miss Carr performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with the former Washington Chamber Symphony’s Viva Vivaldi! All Girl Orchestra. She also appeared on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center and CBS’s Kennedy Center Honors Program, with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and fellow students of the Perlman Music Program.
A native of Reno, Nevada, Miss Carr holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom. She serves as Teaching Assistant to Ms. Castleman in both the Juilliard undergraduate and precollege programs. Her former teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, and Virginia Blakeman Lenz.
Bassist Kris Saebo is a soloist, bass guitarist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. He most recently finished a two year residency playing chamber music and teaching with The Academy-a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. Kris performs regularly with The Chris Norman Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, SONYC, and Grammy Award-Winner Paul Halley. As a member of I Palpiti, the chamber orchestra of Young Artists International, he toured Europe, North America and the Middle East. He has also performed contemporary music with such groups as Alarm Will Sound, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ikarus Chamber Players, and Anechoic Chamber Ensemble.
Kristoffer is in Weill Music Institute's Teaching Artist Collaborative program. He also teaches bass in Manhattan at Louis Brandeis High School. Mr. Saebo received his Master and Bachelor of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School: in 2006 as a student of Orin O'Brien and in 2004 as a student of Homer Mensch.
Shawn Conley studied with George Wellington, Sr. for the first five years of his life as a bass player. During that time he won a position in the Honolulu Symphony, and both the State and Southwest divisions of the MTNA solo staring competition. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, under the tutelage of Paul Ellison. Shawn was awarded a Wagoner Fellowship to study a year in Paris, where he received both performance and teaching diplomas from Francois Rabbath. Uopn returning from Europe, Mr. Conley returned to Rice University to work with Paul Ellison toward his Master of Music degree. In June 2007, he was a winner in the International Society of Bassists Scott LaFaro Jazz competition.