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. As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. A firm believer in the healing properties of music, Gabriela and her colleagues have performed in cancer units in Boston hospitals and presented benefit concerts for cancer research organizations in numerous venues throughout the United States.
A fierce champion of 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, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area contemporary music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and Callithumpian Consort. She also plays regularly with Mistral Music, Alarm Will Sound, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Critics have acclaimed Gabriela as “a young violin master,” and “one of Boston’s most valuable players.” Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, “…Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez’s 1991 Anthèmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz’s upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-outs were miracles of color, texture, and feeling.” Others have remarked on her “indefatigably expressive” playing, “polished technique,” and “vivid and elegant playing.”
In 2012 Gabriela joined the faculty of Wellesley College. Gabriela can be heard on New World, Naxos, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records.
Clarinetist Rane Moore is well-regarded for her thoughtful, provocative interpretations of standard and contemporary repertoire. Fiercely devoted to the new music communities of Boston and beyond, Moore is a founding member of the Talea Ensemble which regularly gives premieres of new works at major venues and festivals around the world. Ms. Moore has recently joined the award winning wind quintet, The City of Tomorrow, and is also a member of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and is the principal clarinetist for the Boston Philharmonic.
Moore is also a regularly invited collaborator with Emmanuel Music, Boston Musica Viva, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Recent projects with legendary saxophonist Steve Coleman have yielded recordings and performances at The Villiage Vanguard, Newport Jazz Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival, and Jazz à la Villette in Paris.
Ms. Moore’s latest festival and series performances include high profile events at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Wien Modern, Warsaw in Autumn, ECLAT in Stuttgart, Darmstadt International Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, Ojai Music Festival, Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäßer Musik, Transit Festival in Belgium, Time Spans in Colorado, Contempuls 5 in Prauge, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow, June in Buffalo, as well as local and emerging series such as Monadnock Music, Rockport Music, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Town Hall Concerts in Seattle, and Trinity Wall Street in New York.
In addition to her very active performing schedule, Ms. Moore is on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory and has served in the ensemble-in-residence and guest teacher for advanced students in composition and clarinet at many universities and conservatories around the world.
Ms. Moore has recordings on over a dozen labels including Tzadik, Pi, Wergo, and ECM records. Critics have praised her “enthralling,” “tour-de-force,” and “phenomenal” performances.
Peggy Pearson is Artistic Director Emerita of, and oboist with the Winsor Music Chamber Series in Brookline, Massachusetts. She was Artistic Director of the Greenleaf Chamber Players at Purchase College, NY and a founding member of the chamber group, La Fenice. Ms. Pearson has toured internationally and recorded extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal oboist, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Music from Marlboro. Her full biography can be seen here.
“One cannot adequately praise oboist Peggy Pearson... Bach is, by now, in her DNA, and each time.....she had a prominent part the result was astonishment. She was stupendous all evening...”
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Operations Manager Stephen Kruse is a graphic designer by trade. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and attended the Eastman School of Music. His professional experience at publications, design firms and printers led him to start his own design and illustration business in 1986, which continues today. An amateur pianist from a musical family, his interests have extended to music and theater criticism. He became associated with Winsor Music in 1998 through the Chamber Series in Lexington, Massachusetts, as a volunteer. He joined the Winsor Music staff in 2004.