STRATA

"Superb technical skills . . . all three musicians responded expressively to Bruch's distinctive style...the musicianship was exhilarating."                                    Independent Coast Observer

 

            The musicians of STRATA, Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; and Audrey Andrist, piano, have been performing together since 1988.  STRATA has appeared in concert throughout North America, most recently in San Francisco on the Composers Inc. series, where they presented world premiere performances of five works composed especially for them.  As resident artists at the 1994 Banff Festival of the Arts, they were presented in a wide array of concerts.  STRATA has appeared as the featured ensemble at the Music Teachers' Association of California's annual convention, and has recorded live for CBC Radio in Canada.  All three members hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where they gave some of their first performances as an ensemble.  Highlights of their 2001-2002 season include concerts in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Michigan.  The ensemble's debut CD, recorded in 1999, is available on the Arizona University Recordings label.  They have also recorded the music of Robert Maggio for CRI.

            NATHAN WILLIAMS has been hailed by critics for his 'outstanding musicality and flawless technique.'  He is the recipient of prizes and honors from the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition, the International Clarinet Competition, and the Naumburg International Competition.  He was a featured soloist at the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where Maestro Seji Ozawa presented him with the C. D. Jackson Award.  Mr. Williams is currently on the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and is principal clarinet with the Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina.  He and Ms. Andrist can be heard on a critically acclaimed CD of American music on the Albany Record label.

            JAMES STERN has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, most notably at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.  His summer activities have included performances at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival, as well as the Norfolk and Bowdoin Festivals.  He has performed in concert on "Voice of America," WNCN-New York, WCLV-Cleveland and on WVTF-Roanoke, in a concert broadcast from the "Sonoklect" Festival.  He has appeared as soloist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Stockton Symphony, and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Stern is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Maryland, College Park.

            Canadian pianist AUDREY ANDRIST is the 1994 first prize winner of the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and was presented in a cross-Canada solo recital tour as winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition.  She has appeared as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and the CBC Vancouver Symphony.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Andrist has performed in New York's Merkin Hall and Steinway Hall, at Place des Arts in Montreal, Spivey Hall in Georgia, on NPR's "Performance Today," and on the live program "Around New York" on WNYC.  She has participated in premieres of new works in Canada and the United States, and has recorded for Albany Records, Summit Records, Capstone Records, and CBC Radio.  Ms. Andrist currently lives in Maryland with her husband, James Stern, and their son, Kenneth.

 

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