THE VIRTUOSI QUINTET, now in its 28th season, was formed in 1983 to showcase the soloistic talents of five exceptional New York artists. In February, 1985, the Quintet made its critically acclaimed Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Subsequently Musical America Magazine named the group "Young Artists of 1986".
Since that time the Quintet has made numerous national tours through Columbia Artists Management, and has appeared in major concert halls, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula and the Harvard Musical Association. As soloists with the Atlantic Sinfonietta, the Quintet was featured in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and has performed with the Sinfonietta in a series of CDs for Koch International Classics.
The Quintet has also recorded the music of American composer Robert Baksa on the Capstone and Musical Heritage Society labels. The Virtuosi were also the core winds for the Twentieth Century Unlimited chamber ensemble (Santa Fe, NM). The Quintet has performed frequently on WQXR, WNCN and WBAI Radio in New York City, as well as public radio stations in New York State, California, Maine and Ohio.
Elizabeth Condon, oboist, is a freelance artist in the New York area. In addition to performing with the Virtuosi Quintet, she has toured as a guest artist in chamber ensembles, and has performed as a chamber soloist in Italy and Swiitzerland. Performance credits include freelance work with the New York City Opera Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic and the Greenwich Symphony (CT). Ms. Condon has performed at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. Ms.Condon holds a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal teachers include John Mack and Elizabeth Camus. Ms. Condon is on the faculty at the Hoff Barthelson School of Music, Scarsdale and Hackley School, Tarrytown.
Douglas Lyons, french horn, lives in New York City and has given solo performances in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, Rome, Zagreb (Croatia) and Belgrade (Serbia). He has recorded with the chamber ensemble, i Soliti di Zagreb and was principal horn with the Zagreb Philharmonic. He has worked with the New York City Ballet, Los Angles Philharmonic, Grant Park Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Symphonica Toscanini. His other symphonic work includes playing principal horn with the Phoenix Symphony, Los Angles Master Chorale, Philadelphia Boys Choir, and tours with the Moscow Radio Symphony and Tchaikovsky St. Petersburg orchestras. Mr. Lyons' work in the Los Angeles studios includes performances on the Grammy Awards and the MTV Awards as well as many Fox TV shows and films. He is music director of the Lyons Chamber Players and also performs on the Electronic Valve Insrument.
James Jeter, bassoon, is the founder of the Virtuosi Quintet. He has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for StarWars in Concert. He has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its "Debuts and Encores Series" The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition to recordings with the Quintet, he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.
Larry Tietze, clarinet, is a member of Twentieth Century Unlimited, the SUNY Contemporary Music Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players. He has also performed with the New York Philomusica, Atlantic Sinfonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. He toured the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Goldovsky Opera and prior to that position was solo principal clarinet with the West Point Band.
Joseph Trent, flute, has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he served as associate principal flute, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony, New Haven Symphony, North Eastern Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Monadnock Music Festival, Radio City Orchestra and numerous Broadway productions. His performance career has taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Jordon Hall and numerous others. He serves on the faculty of many music programs in the greater New York area, and is a frequent performer on period instruments. He was accepted to the Royal College of Music historical Performance department for study with virtuoso Rachel Brown, and is perfecting studies of one-key baroque flutes. Mr. Trent holds diplomas from the New England Conservatory and Queens College.
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