Kate Vincent, Founding Director and violist of Firebird Ensemble is originally from Perth, Western Australia. Ms. Vincent recently moved to Los Angeles from Boston where she still maintains a presence as Artistic Director /Violist of the Firebird Ensemble, Principal Violist of Opera Boston and Associate Principal Violist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In addition, Ms. Vincent has appeared as Principal Violist with numerous other East Coast ensembles including Emmanuel Music, Opera Aperta and Opera Unlimited. As a chamber musician Ms. Vincent has appeared with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Alea 3, Chameleon Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex, the Fromm Foundation players at Harvard, Quartet X, Winsor Music, the Aurea Ensemble and on Emmanuel Music's Chamber Series. In Los Angeles she performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and has been a guest artist with the Eclipse Quartet, on the Dilijan Chamber Music Series and Monday Evening Concert Series. Ms. Vincent has also toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Russia and the United States and between 1999-2003 was also violist of the Arden String Quartet. Ms. Vincent has premiered chamber and solo works by Luciano Berio, Lisa Bielawa, Donald Crockett, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, John McDonald, Joseph Maneri, Eric Moe and recorded for labels such as BMOP sound, Tzadik, New World Records, Oxingale and Steeplechase. In 2006, Ms. Vincent was invited to join the faculty at the Longy School of Music as co-director of the new music ensemble, Longitude, and holds a double Masters Degree from New England Conservatory in Viola Performance and Music Education, where she studied with James Dunham of the Cleveland String Quartet.
Aaron Trant, Assistant Director of Firebird, deemed as both an “engaging” composer as well as a ”sure, adept, and nuanced” percussionist by The Boston Music Intelligencer, Aaron Trant is an active musician in the Boston area and beyond. Cited for his “melodic,if unpitched, voice” (Spendzine),Aaron’s eclectic knowledge of classical,jazz, rock, contemporary and improvised music has made him an asset to many ensembles throughout the United States. Aaron has received great acclaim for his original score and solo percussion performance of the Chris Marker film, La Jetée and is the cofounder, performer and composer for the After Quartet, one of the few groups dedicated to the art of live musical accompaniment of silent film. Aaron also acts as the assistant director, percussionist and composer the Boston based new music group Primary Duo. Recent commissions and performances of his work include collaborations with soprano Lisa Safer, Firebird Ensemble, Endy Emby, Mark Gould, Prana, Primary Duo, After Quartet, the Boston Modern Orchestra project’s Club Cafe Series and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Percussion Ensemble. His percussion trio, Spiral, can be found on Bachovich Music Publications. Aaron has most recently been awarded a Meet the Composer grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to compose a new score for the Manfred Noa 1922 German silent film ‘Nathan der Weise’. Mr. Trant is a founding member of Firebird Ensemble. Visit Aaron's site for more information: www.aatrant.wix.com/aaron
Hailed as "sumptuous and eloquent" by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. A strong advocate for new music, she is also the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series devoted to commissioning and uniting new music and contemporary visual art with their creators. Recognized as a risktaker, Ms. Bob is a grant recipient of the Trust for Mutual Understanding (which recently brought her to Bulgaria to present music by living American composers), the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, top prizewinner of the International Gaudeamus Competition, recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Grant-in-Aid Award, received the first annual John Kleshinski Award and the New England Conservatory's Outstanding Alumni Award. Ms. Bob has solo and chamber music recordings on the Tzadik and BMOP/sound labels as well as Cauchemar, NLM, and Albany Records with more recording projects underway. She is an original member of many ensembles including her piano/percussion group, Primary Duo and Radius Ensemble and teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston, College of the Holy Cross and privately. For more information, please go to www.sarahbob.net. Ms. Bob is a founding member of Firebird Ensemble.
Boston flutist, Sarah Brady, called “enchanting” (Boston Globe) and “clairvoyantly sensitive” (New Music Connoisseur), is principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston, and appears with the Boston Ballet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Brave New Works and the Radius Ensemble. She has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s leading composers, including new music commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. Sarah has been a prize winner at the National Flute Association’s 2006 Young Artist Competition, the Pappoutsakis Competition as well as a finalist in the Myrna Brown and Heida Hermann Competition. As a soloist, Sarah enjoyed a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. Her solo, chamber and orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale and Cantaloupe labels. Sarah teaches at Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Gabriela came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. As a cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled Gabriela to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, Osvaldo Golijov, Lee Hyla, Hans Tutschku, and Helmut Lachenmann. In the summer of 2007 Gabriela acted as Concertmistress under Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Rohan Gregory, violinist, is a founding member of QX, a Boston based string quartet and has also cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music. He has played with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Ancora Ensemble and award-winning Boccherini Ensemble and was also a founding member for ten years of the Arden String Quartet, performing new music concerts in New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Holland and St. Petersburg, Russia. On the world music scene, Rohan has toured extensively. His travels have taken him to Europe with The Klezmatics, to Thailand with multi-ethnic flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj and to the U.S. West coast with Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Locally, Rohan is a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Company, the New England String Ensemble and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He also coaches chamber music for the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music at Port Milford, Canada and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. Rohan has been a frequent guest with Firebird Ensemble since it was founded in 2001.
One of a younger generation of conductors dedicated to new and recent repertoire, Jeffrey Means has emerged as a prominent figure in contemporary music. Means leads many of Boston's new music ensembles, including the Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Xanthos Ensemble, and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble. Means is also the artistic director of Sound Icon, a sinfonietta ensemble dedicated to the most important works and composers of the past few decades. Means was one of two conductors selected to study with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in 2009; he was also invited back to Lucerne in 2011. Also in 2011, Means served as conductor of the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music in Auvillar, France, a post he will return to in 2012. Jeffrey has led many contemporary masterworks in Boston, including Boulez's Le Marteau sans Maitre, Elliott Carter's A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Han's Abrahamsen's Schnee, and Gerard Grisey's Vortex Temporum to name only a few. Highlights this season include US Premieres of large-scale works of Wolfgang Rihm and Beat Furrer, and a performance Xenakis' Anaktoria on a concert in honor of the tenth anniversary of the composer's passing. Means attended New England Conservatory, where he received the Gunther Schuller Medal at his graduation. He has recordings on Mode, Albany, Naxos, New World, and Albany records.
Hailed by the Boston Phoenix as "phenomenal," clarinetist Rane Moore performs regularly at home and abroad. An enthusiastic interpreter ocontemporary repertoire, she has given numerous premieres of new works and appeared with groups such as Boston Musica Viva, Raduis Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Hyperion Ensemble, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort and the Talea Ensemble. Ms. Moore has been featured as a guest artist at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Wales and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Other festival appearances include Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo in Leon, Mexico, La Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, and Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea de Lima, and Spectrum XXI in London. As an orchestral musician she has performed with the Lexington Symphony, Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic, and the New England Philharmonic. She has recorded for Gravina Musica and Mode records. Ms. Moore holds degrees from Indiana University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Moore is also an active and dedicated teacher of clarinet and saxophone and serves as a chamber music coach at Harvard University's Mather House.
Hailed as a “superb cellist” and as “sonorous and panoramic” in The Boston Globe, David Russell maintains a vigorous schedule both as soloist and as collaborator in the U.S. and Europe. He was appointed to the teaching faculty of Wellesley College in 2005 and currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor. He is a busy performer in the Boston area, serving as Principal Cello of Opera Boston and making regular appearances with such ensembles as Pro Arte Chamber orchestra of Boston, the New England String Ensemble, Cantata Singers and Ensemble, and Emmanuel Music. A strong advocate and performer of new music, Mr. Russell has performed with such ensembles as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Music on the Edge, Dinosaur Annex, AUROS Group for New Music and the Fromm Foundation Players at Harvard. Recent projects include the premieres of Laurie San Martin’s Cello Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony, Eric Moe’s “Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral” for cello and piano and new works for solo cello by Andrew Rindfleisch, Sam Nichols and John Mallia. Mr. Russell has been a core member of Firebird Ensemble since 2005.