Recipient of the 2020 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Nathan has been a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Aalborg, Adelphi, Berlin, Concepción, Evansville, Indianapolis, Medellín, and Pittsburgh orchestras, among others, performing in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and across the US.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Nathan has performed at ChamberFest Cleveland, Giardini La Mortella, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Krzyżowa Festival, the Moritzburg Festival, the Musical de l’Orne, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, and the Verbier Festival Academy. He has been a concert artist with Omega Ensemble since 2016.
Nathan’s 2020-21 season includes the release of his debut CD with Rohan De Silva, a UK concert tour, and the launch of Opus Illuminate, an online concert series dedicated to the works of composers from underrepresented communities.
Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard. He performs on the “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1734, generously on long-term loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.
LAURA HAMILTON was Principal Associate Concertmaster for the Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra, where she led hundreds of performances over 33 years. She was concertmaster
for many of the Met's popular “Live in HD” videocasts, including Carmen,
Parsifal, Turandot, Faust, Salome, and Madama Butterfly. Previously a member of the
Chicago Symphony, she appeared there as concerto soloist with Maestro Sir Georg Solti.
In 2020 Laura was appointed Interim Artistic Director for the summer festival Classical
Tahoe in Nevada, where she is also Concertmaster. She also leads the orchestra and
teaches at Festival Napa Valley. She has performed in the Marlboro, Manchester, and
Bard Music Festivals, in summer festivals in Norway and Greece, and on the Met Chamber
Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall. She appeared as guest concertmaster for the Seattle
Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, and the
Adelaide Symphony in Australia. In 2014, while on leave from the MET, Laura served
for one season as concertmaster at the Sydney Opera House. A highlight of her Sydney
experience was a gala concert with famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann; her rendition of
Massenet's Meditation from Thais garnered rave reviews praising her “radiant,”
“serenely beautiful interpretation.”
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura is a graduate of Manhattan
School of Music, where she was the Nathan Milstein Scholarship recipient. Laura
Hamilton teaches violin and chamber music at New York University. She has
been visiting faculty at New World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music, and at
Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy. Her instrument was made in Venice in 1732
by the golden-age luthier, Carlo Tononi. Laura and her husband, cellist Lanny
Paykin, reside in Oakland, New Jersey.
SoHyun Ko, 14 years old, is the first prize winner of the 2020 Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She is now studying under Mr. Pinchas Zukerman and Mrs. Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.
She began studying violin at the age of 4.She was a student at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.
Many major TV stations such as MBC, KBS , SBS in Korea, broadcast her violin performances several times throughout the country.
When 8 years old in 2014, the Stiftung Mozarteum in Austria invited her to Salzburg. At Mozart Wohnhaus, SoHyun Ko played the Mozart’s original violin.
Austria National broadcast ORF recorded all her plays and broadcast them throughout Europe.
When 9 years old in 2015, SoHyun Ko met Mr. Pinchas Zukerman.
They performed together Bach concerto for Two violins in 2016 in Korea.
It was broadcast and appeared in many newspapers.
She held many solo recitals and played with many famous orchestras.
SoHyun Ko, 8 years old, was recorded as the youngest violinist who performed in the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center. All 2,500 audiences were very enthusiastic.
Especially at Cadogan Hall in London in 2018, she performed Mendelssohn violin concerto with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Pinchas Zukerman.
She won many first prizes at competitions, Mastmedia’s 17th Korean Strad Concours (2015), the 14th Korean Violin Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra (2013), the 40th Korean Violin Competition of the Hankook Ilbo (2012) and so on.
At 2018 HeifetzPEG, SoHyun Ko was elected as a Star of Tomorrow. Zigeunerweisen performed by 12-year-old SoHyun Ko, is now viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube.