An Evening of String Quartets

Katherine McLin, violin
Jennifer Ross, violin
Mary Harris, viola
Marc Moskovitz, cello

Featured musicians bios

Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of fifteen, Katie has made over 100 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country. In addition to performing the standard canon, she is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and has either premiered or given second performances of concerti by John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Hans Gal, and Joel Puckett.

Katie appears on 20 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Her live and recorded performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, NYC’s WQXR, and local television and radio stations throughout the country. As a member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with pianist Andrew Campbell and frequent chamber music collaborator with colleagues around the world, Katie performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She serves as a guest artist at numerous summer chamber music festivals, most recently with the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), Red Rocks Music Festival (AZ), and the Orlando Chamber Players at the Festival of the Black Hills (SD).

Since 2007, Katie has held the position of Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Previously she served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Michigan Sinfonietta, and the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

A committed and passionate teacher, Katie was awarded the Evelyn Smith Professorship in Music at Arizona State University in 2016, a three-year endowed position that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in their field. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.

Katie received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory, and for three years was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. Her former teachers include Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Kathleen Winkler.

Violinist Jennifer Ross has enjoyed a full and varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She began her career at the age of 19 as Associate Concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony, and after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, won a position in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra where she spent 5 seasons. Ms. Ross went on to spend nearly 20 years as the Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she performed under Music Directors Mariss Jansons and Manfred Honeck, touring world-wide, recording extensively, winning 2 Grammy Awards and performing as soloist. She has been a guest artist with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and L’Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal. She also served as Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony and is currently the Principal Second Violin of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Ross maintains an active chamber music career and has collaborated with many of the world’s great artists including Pinchas Zuckerman, Johannes Moser, Denis Kozhukhin, Lynn Harrell and Jaime Laredo. She has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and music festivals including the Detroit Chamber Players, the Colorado Chamber Players, Camera Lucida, Strings in the Mountains, and more than 35 years at the Grand Teton Music Festival. She is also a founding member of Jackson Hole Chamber Music.

Much in demand as a teacher, Ms. Ross coaches regularly at the New World Symphony in Miami, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and the National Orchestral Institute, where she serves as Artist in Residence for Orchestral Studies. She was a faculty member at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and sat on the jury for the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino String Players. Ms. Ross continues to give violin master classes, audition clinics, lectures and Yoga for Musicians Workshops at major music schools, universities and festivals across the country.

Among her pursuits outside the music realm, Ms. Ross is an avid hiker, cyclist, cross-country skier, and runner, completing 13 marathons including Boston. She is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team of Teton County. Recently retired from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ms. Ross makes Jackson, Wyoming her permanent home.

Mary E. M. Harris is Professor of Viola at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and member of the Oxford String Quartet. An avid performer, she is also principal violist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio and violist of the Nexus String Quartet. In addition, she is a founding member of Cosmos, a flute, viola and harp ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for this combination. Cosmos’ recent recording, American Premieres on MSR Classics, features works written for and premiered by the trio to critical acclaim.

A former member of the Dakota String Quartet and I Musici de Montreal, Ms. Harris has served as principal violist of the New American Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe extensively and performing at the Korsholm, Casals, and other international festivals. She also served as principal of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg and has performed with the Garth Newel Festival in Virginia.

For many years, Ms. Harris has spent her summers performing at the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Peter Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. She also performs at the Serafin Summer Music Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.

She is a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Georges Janzer. She holds M.F.A. and M.M. degrees from the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she studied and performed with members of the Fine Arts Quartet and performed on WFMT-Radio in Chicago.

Ms. Harris is an enthusiastic dog-lover, hiker and backpacker!

The son of a professional violinist, the musical path of cellist Marc Moskovitz has taken him from North Carolina to Indiana, Berlin, Virginia, Ohio, Boston and finally back to North Carolina. He has held positions at The University of Virginia and The University of Toledo, where he served as associate professor of cello and cellist of the Toledo Trio.  In 2001, Marc moved to Boston, where he performed with some of the city’s most venerable music organizations, among them The Boston Pops and The Handel and Haydn Society, both of with which he toured, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with which he frequently recorded. As co-founder and cellist of Montage Music Society, he gave the North American premiere of Zemlinsky’s rediscovered Cello Sonata at the Library of Congress, which the Washington Post called “an impassioned performance.”  His recordings include the music of cello virtuosi David Popper and Alfredo Piatti, both on the VAI label, and premiere recordings of music of Franz Reizenstein and Eric Zeisl (ASV).  Marc has also performed as a guest of the International Piatti Festival in Bergamo, Italy.  In addition to his work as principal cellist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, he performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony and is founder of the Trinity Park Salon Series, a house music concert series in Durham, NC. A former student of cellists Janos Starker and Gary Hoffman, Marc holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Indiana University and spent one year in Berlin with cellist Wolfgang Boettcher as a Fulbright scholar.

A committed scholar, Marc has written on a variety of musical subjects and for various music journals. He is the author of Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony and co-author of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World, both published by Boydell & Brewer (UK). In addition to writing the program notes for the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Marc has provided program notes for orchestras and opera houses in Germany, Spain and China as well as the U.S, and liner notes for the Melba and Naxos record labels. His entries on historical cellists are found in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

When in Columbus, Marc performs on a cello owned by Catherine Adams. The instrument was owned and played by her great-grandfather, a professional cellist-turned-homesteader, who immigrated to America after serving in the court of the King of Hanover.