About the musicians

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Lynn Bechtold (Violin)

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Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout North America and Europe, and has collaborated with composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. A member of various groups, including EVOC, the SEM Ensemble, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, Lynn has performed around the world, and has been heard on CBC Radio, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, NHK-TV, WQED, and WNYC. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, DJ Spooky, Escort, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, VisionIntoArt, and Pablo Ziegler, among others. In addition, she’s performed with artists such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Dead Can Dance, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, SMAP, and Donna Summer. Lynn holds degrees from New England Conservatory, Tufts University, and Mannes, where she was one of the last students of noted violinist Felix Galimir. She writes electroacoustic music, and is on the faculty of Greenwich House Music School in NYC, and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Her music has been performed at the Music With a View Festival and the Composers Concordance Festival, and at halls such as the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Bohemian National Hall. Her duo Zentripetal’s album is coming out in 2013 on CCR/Naxos Records. Website

Hajnal Kármán Pivnick, (Violin)

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Hajnal Kármán Pivnick, is a violinist, teacher, and co-founder/artistic director of TENTH INTERVENTION. Her performances have taken her to major concert halls across the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Hajnal has performed under the batons of Zoltan Kocsis, Jeanne Lamon, Michael Stern, Sir Andrew Davis, Michael Gilbert and Peter Oundjian with numerous ensembles, including the IRIS Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-En, Bleecker StQ, Contemporaneous, Ballet Next, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra for the Next Century, Liszt Academy of Music Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and the Hungarian New Music Chamber Ensemble (UMZE). 

Hajnal is a member of the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and maintains a studio teaching Suzuki and Traditional Violin at Greenwich House Music and Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

She holds a Bachelor of Music from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Andres Cardenes and a Master of Music from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, studying with Eszter Perényi.

Hajnal frequently appears with New York City bands across many genres, including the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter AK, and indie-pop band Sky Pony. She most recently recorded with Son Lux for the original feature film score of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.

Jisoo Ok (Violloncello)

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Cellist, Jisoo Ok is a multi-faceted musician who has distinguished herself as an interpreter of classical, tango, jazz and contemporary music. She has closely collaborated with distinguished musicians such as pianist Pablo Ziegler, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto and clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera and performed with renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt and tango singer Sandra Luna. She performed worldwide in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Birdland, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival in Italy, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Miami International Piano Festival, Copa Fest in Brazil, Houston International Festival and SummerStage at Central Park. Ms. Ok’s recording appearance includes Eternal Tango which she co-produced with her husband, Héctor Del Curto and Rojo Tango with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott on Sony Classical.

Born in Seoul, Korea but grew up in New Zealand, Ms. Ok began cello studies at age eleven after studying violin. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry and she received chamber music coaching from Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann. Website

Edmundo Ramírez (Viola)

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Edmundo Ramirez performs in major concert halls such as Alice Tully, Bellas Artes in México, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Berlin, Carnegie Hall and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Solo and chamber music collaborations with the Absolute Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporaine, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Bremen Kammerphilarmonie, the Menninger Hofkapelle Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Voronezh Philharmonic and the Rebel and Dorian Baroque Orchestras. He worked with noted artists Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Mikhail Muntyan, Saleem Adbud-Askar, and in the world music and jazz genres with Bassam Saba, Goran Bregovich, Hector del Curto, Paquito de Rivera, Pablo Ziegler and Joe Zawinul. He has performed in festivals in Aix-en Provence, Menton, Bolzano, Recco Series at the Concertgebouw, World Music Festival in Dubai among some.  Recordings include the Sony, Enya and Arco labels.

Edmundo studied in his native Costa Rica and later at the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School and the Academia Chigiana in Italy. His teachers include Yuri Bashmet, Heidi Castleman, Victoria Chiang, Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle on the viola and chamber music with members of the Juilliard,Emerson and Tokyo String Quartet. He also enjoys playing the Viola d’amore and the Baroque Viola. Website & Music Blogs.

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