Neighborhood Series: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader
Katherine McLin, violin
Jennifer Ross, violin
Solomon Liang, violin

Featured Musicians' Bios

Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman breathes new life and passion into the golden era of the 19th and 20th centuries‘ violin tradition. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music, and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears with world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Tugan Sokhiev with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Orchestre de Paris; Neeme Järvi with Chicago Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Riccardo Chailly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali with Gothenburg Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra under the batons of Hannu Lintu and Michail Jurowski. He appears at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Grant Park, Colmar and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, he has founded in 2011.

Highlights of the current season include performances with the Chicago Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, KBS and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, as well as concerts at Ravinia, Aspen, Blossom, Domaine Forget and Kronberg Festivals. Mr. Gluzman also continues to lead performances with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he serves as a Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

Gluzman has premiered works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Moritz Eggert, Giya Kancheli, Elena Firsova, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty and Lera Auerbach. In the upcoming seasons he will introduce new violin concerto by Erkki-Sven Tüür with Oregon Symphony, HR Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony.

Accolades for his extensive discography include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica magazine’s Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The StradBBC Music Magazine and ClassicFM.

Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches a selected group of young violinists, Gluzman performs on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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.

Taiwanese-American violinist Solomon Liang joined ProMusica in Fall of 2019. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and was a musician in their award-winning albums, including Bruckner Symphony No.9 and Brahms Symphony No.4. Solomon has also played with The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and Nashville Symphony. He was former principal second violinist of Canton Symphony for 9 years, and has served as concertmaster under Christopher Eschenbach at the Salzburg Festival.

Solomon has performed in many chamber music festivals such as Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Perlman Music Program and Caroga Lake Music Festival. His quartets held residencies at Banff International String Quartet Competition and Interlochen Summer Arts Academy, where they presented concerts in both formal and unusual settings. He has studied with renowned ensembles such as Emerson, Brentano, Tokyo, Cleveland, Artis and American Quartets. As a soloist, Solomon has been featured with Holland Symphony, Canton Symphony and Earth and Air String Ensemble, where his performance of Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto was described by as “musical sophistication that many musicians can only hope to achieve.”

Solomon was awarded Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also earned his Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. He received his B.M from California State University, Long Beach, and M.M from Yale School of Music. Solomon’s principal teachers included Stephen Rose, Syoko Aki, Linda Rose, Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. Besides music, Solomon is enjoying an IT career as a software engineer at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.