Deerfield Academy artist in residence Andrew Wan, and Arianna Warsaw-Fan, Emlyn Van Eps ’12, and Peter Warsaw will collaborate in the chamber music of Mozart, Brahms, and Dvorak on Friday, April 6th from 7-9pm in the Deerfield Academy Choral Room. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the players below.
Andrew Wan, violin
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster, Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in 2008, making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, La Jolla, Newfoundland, Juilliard, Aspen, McGill Chamber and Edmonton under conductors such as Casadesus, Vengerov, Oundjian, and Stern. This May, he closes the MSO’s inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique de Montréal with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, conducted by Kent Nagano. Mr. Wan has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Cadogan Hall, and Salle Gaveau with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Gil Shaham, Andres Diaz, and Cho-Liang Lin. He has appeared as artist and faculty at the Seattle Chamber, Edinburgh, Aspen and La Jolla festivals. Discography includes Grammy and Juno nominated releases on the Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with James Ehnes, the Seattle Chamber Music Society and the New Orford Quartet. Mr. Wan received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. He is currently on faculty at McGill University as well as the Orford Music Festival.
Mr. Wan performs on a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, and he gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.
Deerfield Academy Academic Dean Peter Warsaw has performed solo, concerto, and chamber music concerts across the country. He has performed as soloist with various orchestras, including the Boston Pops under the direction of Arthur Fiedler (Ravel G Major) and, more recently, with the Andover Chamber Players (Beethoven and Mozart) and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (Bartok). Peter’s recitals have been broadcast by NPR; and he recorded a CD of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Ravel piano trios with the Abbot Trio, of which he is a founding member. Among his collaborations are performances of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 69 with Lynn Harrell, and of the Debussy Cello Sonata with Yo-Yo Ma. He holds a D.M.A. and an M.M. in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and an A.B. from Harvard College.
Arianna Warsaw-Fan, violin
Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan is an active soloist and chamber musician. As the winner of the Juilliard concerto competition, Arianna recently performed Witold Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Orchestra with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall as part of the 2011 Focus! Festival. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, WNYC’s Greene Space, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Guggenheim Museum. She has also made appearances at the Ravinia, Verbier, Rencontres de Musique de Chambre de Bel-Air, Music@Menlo, and Aspen Music Festivals. She has performed with such contemporary music ensembles as ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) and FIRE (Future in Reverse). Upcoming engagements in Canada include collaborations with the Chamber Players of Canada and a performance of concertos for two violins with violinist Andrew Wan and the McGill Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Boris Brott. As one of the concertmasters of the Juilliard Symphony and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, she has worked with such conductors as John Adams, James Conlon, Tan Dun, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, and Xian Zhang. She has performed with pianists Frank Braley, John O’Conor, and Rohan de Silva. Arianna received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Cho-Liang Lin, Lynn Chang, Magdalena Richter, and Almita Vamos.
Emlyn Van Eps started her musical career taking piano lessons at her Montessori preschool. Not happy with the giant instrument, however, she dreamed of playing the violin. At the age of five she began violin lessons at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, Connecticut. Moving quickly through the Suzuki books, she moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2003, where she began studying with Dorota Wilheim-Kohl in Greenfield, participating in the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and Pioneer Valley Symphony, and attending Luzerne Music Center in the summer. While serving as the concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, she won their junior concerto competition with Mozart’s Adelaide concerto first movement and senior competition with the Bruch violin concerto third movement. Three years later, in 2006, she borrowed an old viola to fill an empty seat in a string quartet at camp. Her viola teacher at that camp, William Goodwin, inspired her to continue playing the viola seriously. Upon her return to Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra that fall, she was named their principal violist. While attending Bement School down the road in Historic Deerfield, Emlyn was invited to join Deerfield Academy’s string program on viola. Now playing the viola almost full-time, Emlyn works for Blank Productions as a session musician recording violin and viola tracks for their music library. During the summer she attends Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, where she met her current teacher Mike Kelley.