Inna Faliks performs Beethoven's First Piano Concerto on Opening Night, August 7
Anna Burden plays the Schumann Cello Concerto August 9
Kathy Pyeatt performs Bernstein and Copland on August 11
Alastair Willis is guest conductor on August 21
Andrew Altenbach is guest conductor on August 14
Tessa Lark performs the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on August 16
Andrew Armstrong performs Mozart's Piano Concerto #25 on August 18
Maya Anjali Buchanan performs Korngold's Violin Concerto on August 21
Riana Anthony performs Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto on August 23
Spencer Myer plays Liszt's Piano Concerto #2 on August 25
PMF Music Director Victor Yampolsky

Claudia Lasareff-Mironof, viola

Violist Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a Master of Music and a Certificate in Performance from Northwestern University. She then became the principal violist of the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. Ms. Lasareff-Mironoff has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, members of the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Pacifica String Quartet, Roger Chase, Stephen Burns, Mathias Tacke, Ilya Kaler, Victor Yampolsky, William Wolfram, PINOTAGE, and members of Eighth Blackbird. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva and has been the principal violist of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Colorado Music Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and the Joffrey Ballet. During the 2007 season she performed with the Santa Fe Opera. Violist Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a Master of Music and a Certificate in Performance from Northwestern University. She then became the principal violist of the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. Ms. Lasareff-Mironoff has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, members of the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Pacifica String Quartet, Roger Chase, Stephen Burns, Mathias Tacke, Ilya Kaler, Victor Yampolsky, William Wolfram, PINOTAGE, and members of Eighth Blackbird. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva and has been the principal violist of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Colorado Music Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and the Joffrey Ballet. During the 2007 season she performed with the Santa Fe Opera. 

A champion of new music she has premiered and performed works by many composers. Her discography includes chamber works recorded for Albany Records and Innova Recordings. In 2005 she was the violist in Fulcrum Point's debut performance at the Ravinia Festival and performed in their Ear Taxi Festival performance in Chicago in 2016. She has performed regularly on WFMT since 1994 including a Dame Myra Hess Recital in 1998. Guest artist recitals and master classes include appearances at Northwestern University, Bowling Green University, Cal State Sacramento, Wheaton College, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, San Francisco State University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. She was the guest artist for the viola master class at the 2011Stulberg International String Competition.  

She has developed, coordinated, coached for and enriched chamber music programs at the university level as the Coordinator of String Chamber Music at Northwestern University (2000-04), the Coordinator of Chamber Music at Wheaton College (2004-10), and as the Director of the Chamber Music at North Park University (2011-16).She coached chamber music for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004-2006 and 2009-2014. 

In the spring of 2016 she performed on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now Series, Milwaukee’s Present Music and in the Chamber Music Milwaukee series at the UWM. She joined the Peninsula Music Festival for a week of performances in 2016 and will return for the 2017 season. Currently she performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Music Festival, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and is the Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Guest Lecturer at DePaul University and is a member of the Artist Chamber Music Faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy.  For more information visit: http://www.claudialm.com

Alexandria Hoffman, flute

Chicago native Alexandria Hoffman is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Flute Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Bachelor's in Flute Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University, graduating magna cum laude. Her principal teachers include Mary Kay Fink and John Thorne.

Alex performed as a fellow with the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland this past June. Later this summer, Alex will be competing as a finalist for the National Flute Association's Piccolo Audition and Masterclass Competition.

In addition to these accomplishments, Alex previously attended Centre D'Arts Orford where she studied with Mathieu Dufour, Robert Langevin, and Denis Bluteau. She has also performed in piccolo masterclasses for Jennifer Gunn, Cynthia Meyers, and Alyce Johnson.

In 2016, Alex was a featured soloist alongside Claire Chase in the International Contemporary Ensemble's concert of Cutting the Circle of Sounds by Salvatore Sciarrino. Other performance highlights include chamber concerts with noted jazz musicians Victor Goines and Branford Marsalis.

In her four years at Northwestern, Alex played in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she played piccolo in the Northwestern University Marching Band and served as music director for Sigma Alpha Iota’s Beta Chapter. She currently plays with the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Alex enjoys running and exploring her hometown of Chicago.

Freya Samuels, cello

Cellist Freya Samuels has been performing with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra since 1986.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Freya led an active musical life in Boston for several years. She was a member of the Opera Company of
Boston, the contemporary music ensemble ALEA III that was in residence at Boston University, and the Grammy-award winning New England Ragtime Ensemble. She also performed frequently with the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops Esplanade orchestras.

A highlight of these years included performing as solo cellist in the American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera The Lighthouse.

Other professional positions have included the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Victor Yampolsky, Music Director), The Toledo Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Des Moines Metro Opera, where she was principal cellist for eight summer seasons.

Currently living in Pittsburgh, Freya performs frequently at the Benedum Center with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and the Wheeling Symphony, Freya is an active teacher and chamber music coach.

Conner Ray, clarinet

Conner Ray is an emerging clarinetist based in the Chicago area. In 2016 he joined the 10th & Broadway Clarinet Quartet which has appeared around the Chicago area and abroad in the U.S. to champion exciting new works for clarinet. Prior to his appearance at the Peninsula Music Festival he was appointed associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2016. Other recent chamber music settings for Conner have included a successful performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at the Arts Club of Chicago as well as being a member of the winning group at the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition.

Conner was a finalist in a number of recent clarinet auditions including the Madison Symphony Orchestra, The United States Navy Band, The President’s Own Marine Band, and The Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Conner recently graduated with his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Steve Cohen, and he received his Bachelor of Music from Columbus State University (Georgia) under Dr. Lisa Oberlander. Conner happily supplements his work co-managing a local coffee shop in Evanston and is taking steps to open a new coffee shop in Chicago next year.

Dmitri Pogorelov, violin

Critically acclaimed violinist Dmitri Pogorelov is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and orchestra leader.
As a soloist, Mr. Pogorelov has appeared with Columbus, Flint, Palm Beach, and Spokane symphonies, as well as numerous orchestras in his native Russia.

An in-demand chamber musician, Mr. Pogorelov has performed with members of Vermeer, Avalon, Miami, Amernet, and the Fine Arts string quartets, the Lincoln Trio, as well as principal players of Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Colorado, and Seattle symphonies, Minnesota and Concertgebouw orchestras, Rochester and Florida Philharmonic orchestras, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Mannheim, and Darmstadt opera orchestras.

As first violinist of the Kontras String Quartet, Mr. Pogorelov has appeared at the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, WBEZ and WFMT Chicago. Dmitri and his Kontras Quartet colleagues have collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists – Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin. Additionally, they are the Resident Quartet at Western Michigan University. 
Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, 
Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger released by Albany, MSR, and Double Time Records.

A seasoned orchestral performer, Mr. Pogorelov has worked under Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, 
Sir Mark Elder, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Cliff Colnot, Larry Rachleff, and Esa-Pekka Salonen as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. Currently he serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH).

Dmitri is presently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro. Mr. Pogorelov holds degrees in music performance from DePaul and Lynn universities, having studied with Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.

Dmitri Pogorelov plays the “Radetzky” David Tecchler violin ca. 1720, on loan to him through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211

email: musicfestival@musicfestival.com

Phone: (920) 854-4060