Appearing December 12:

Steven Greenman, Violin and Composer
Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive” and “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steven Greenman is a consummate musical artist. He is a masterful violin soloist with symphony orchestras, a soulful performer of klezmer music, and a virtuoso performer of East European folk music. Steven’s influential recordings, klezmer compositions and dedicated masterclasses have been internationally acclaimed.

Steven is recognized as one of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer violin music. International performances include Jewish Culture Festival (Poland), Internationales Klezmer Festival Fuerth (Germany), Harbin Summer Music Festival (China), University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China), Klezmer Musica Festival (Italy), and Ashkenaz (Canada). He has performed with the Klezmatics, Kapelye, Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble, Khevrisa, Budowitz, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Shtetl Band Amsterdam. At the forefront of the klezmer revival, Steven has established new klezmer ensembles: Khevrisa, Stempenyu’s Dream, Di Tsvey, the R2G Klezmer Trio, and the Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble. Steven’s thrilling collaboration with master pipa-player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles. 

Steven is renowned for his recordings Khevrisa – European Klezmer Music, featured on the Smithsonian Folkways label, and his self-produced recordings of his original Jewish and klezmer compositions, Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome.

Steven’s composed his virtuoso masterwork, Klezmer Concert Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra in 2018 and was the violin soloist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for its premier performance.

As a concert violin soloist, Steven has performed with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron, Canton, Firelands and Muncie Symphonies, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra. Steven performed the music of violin virtuoso David Rubinoff as a violin soloist with the Joseph Rubin Orchestra (Rubinoff and His Violin Concert – 2018).

Steven is the director and founder of the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Music Ensemble.

He has led klezmer music master classes at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), Internationales Klezmer Festival Fuerth (Germany), KlezFest London (England) and Master Class de Musica Tradicional Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in addition to numerous universities and colleges.

Appearing February 13:

Marina Ziegler, 17, is a junior at Copley High School. She began piano study at the age of four with her mother Mayumi Kikuchi. At the age of five, Marina began violin study at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Stephen Sims. Marina has also studied violin with Isabel Trautwein from the Cleveland Orchestra and Eugenia Postyreva at ClM. She currently studies with David Bowlin from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Marina has placed in or won many competitions in both violin and piano, including the Sigma Alpha Iota String Competition, State Buckeye Piano and Violin Auditions, and the 2020 Suburban Symphony Young Soloist Concerto Competition. She has performed in many venues in Northeast Ohio and in 2018 performed on both instruments in Japan. In the past few summers, she has attended the Tanglewood Institute Violin Workshop, Credo Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She currently plays in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra as assistant concertmaster.

Matthew Chang is a 9th grader at Hawken School who has been playing piano for nine years. He began his studies with Olga Radosavljevich and currently studies with Derek Nishimura in the Preparatory Division of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Matthew has been awarded the Olga Radosavljevich piano scholarship for the last two years. He studies music theory with Dr. Allen Yueh at CIM and has also studied with Adeline Huss. Matthew currently participates in a chamber music group at CIM with his coach, Carolyn Warner. His past piano experiences include Baldwin Wallace Piano Camp, Summer Sonata Piano Camp at CIM, the Intermediate Piano Camp at Interlochen, where he received a merit scholarship and participated in a piano trio chamber group, and CIM Composers Camp. Most recently, he attended the Indiana University Piano Academy, where he also received a merit scholarship. Matthew has participated in masterclasses with Sean Schulze, Antonio di Cristofano, Orion Weiss, Shai Wosner, Edward Auer, and Caroline Oltmanns. He has been selected to participate in honors recitals at CIM in addition to the Preparatory Showcase Recital in the spring of 2021. Recently, he was selected as one of the winners of the 2021 CIM preparatory concerto competition. His other musical experiences include playing clarinet in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and Contemporary Youth Orchestra. He runs cross country for Hawken and in his free time, enjoys solving math problems.

Isabelle Liu  began studying violin at the age of 6 and currently studies under violin professors Ilya and Olga Kaler in the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her previous teachers include Jory Fankuchen, Helen Kim, and Fabiola Kim. She has also received masterclasses from violinists Yu-Chien Tseng and Evgeny Bushkov.

Isabelle has won several competitions, including the Elite International Music Competition where she performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Silicon Valley Youth Music competition in 2015 and 2016, winning Grand Place in 2018. In 2021, she was a finalist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Young Artist competition and winner of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra Young Artist competition.

Isabelle has participated in many orchestras such as the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and California Youth Symphony Associate Orchestra, and CIM orchestra as a part of her YAP program. In the summers, she attended chamber music camps at Crowden Chamber Music, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy. In 2019, she passed the first round of the auditions for the San Francisco Youth Symphony, but could not attend the final round because of relocation to Los Angeles, where she attended the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.

Besides violin, Isabelle plays piano as well, passing Certificate of Merit for piano in levels 4 to 8 and receiving Branch Honors in 2016 and 2018. She has accompanied her school’s choir groups with violin and piano and participated in string orchestra throughout her school years

Emanuela Friscioni was born in Cantu’, Italy, where she started studying piano at the age of five. She obtained her Diploma in Piano Performance in 1997 at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in
Milan, with full marks, and then went on to study with famous professor Annamaria Pennella in
Naples, Italy. Important musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Aldo Ciccolini, and Bruno Canino
have also provided guidance in her formative years.

After her debut recital at the prestigious “Carducci Society” in Como, music critic Maria Terraneo
wrote: “Emanuela Friscioni’s depth reaches the true essence of expression and musical
meaning”.

Since then, Emanuela appeared as soloist with orchestras in Italy and abroad, performing both
traditional and contemporary repertoire. Notable performances took place in Italy (Milano,
Roma, Como), Switzerland (Lugano), England, and France (Paris-Salle Cortot). In the US, she
made her debut with a recital in Cleveland, Ohio, where she performed both solo and chamber
music repertoire with Cleveland Orchestra violinist Gino Raffaelli. This was followed by numerous appearances with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall, the Canton Symphony, the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Tupelo Symphony, the Lakeside Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra among others. Notable performances also include the South Shore Music Festival in Westport, CT, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival in Reno, the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, CO, the North East Ohio Keyboard Festival (Universities of Youngstown and Akron), live performances on WGBH Radio in Boston, as well as numerous recitals throughout the US.

As a chamber musician, Emanuela played in various ensembles with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and other esteemed musicians. She regularly performs with her husband, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Their four-hand and two-piano recitals have gained them many accolades, and wonderful reviews. Their recordings are regularly heard on radios throughout the Country and beyond.

In addition to her performing career, Emanuela is an accomplished professor of piano. Still in her teens, she built a private studio in Italy, with many of her pupils winning prizes and scholarships. After moving to the United States, Emanuela was on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music for 15 years. She is currently Director of the Creative Arts Academy at Cuyahoga Community College, where she creates, nurtures and manages orchestra, jazz, choir, photography, and dance programs with well over a thousand students, mostly from underserved communities. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Tri-C Piano Series. 

Emanuela is a Steinway Artist.

Appearing April 10:

Carl Topilow, Guest Conductor

Founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Carl Topilow’s eclectic programs have been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. He enjoys a dual career as both conductor and clarinetist, often finding an occasion to perform a selection with the Pops on one of his brightly colored clarinets. Carl is also conductor of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, based in Sandusky, and Music Advisor of the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer festival in Breckenridge, CO. He has served as principal pops conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. He was named Faculty Emeritus after 37 years as Conductor and Director of the Orchestral Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Topilow has performed as guest conductor with 125 different orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries. In addition to his concert with the Suburban Symphony, he will appear this season with  orchestras in Paducah (KY), Toledo, the Woodlands (TX), Youngstown, and the Ohio Valley Symphony.

Topilow’s wife Shirley is President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops  Orchestra. Their daughter Jenny is a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Their daughter Emily, a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, is pursuing her career in marketing.

Carl’s new book, The Orchestral Conductor’s Career Handbook, published by Rowman and Littlefield, is now available through www.carltopilow.com.

James Thompson Violin

Violinist James Thompson is forging a promising career as a versatile chamber musician, soloist, and
music educator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently on faculty at Music@Menlo and will be joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program in fall of 2021.

In 2014, Mr. Thompson made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles including the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Philharmonic. Mr. Thompson was invited to perform in Budapest as part of the First Bartok World Competition and in Sendai for the Seventh Sendai International Violin Competition.

Mr. Thompson has performed for chamber music festivals around the country, including Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, and the Taos School of Music. He has collaborated in concert with a multitude of established musicians including David Finckel, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, and a variety of musicians from both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music. An advocate for new music, Mr. Thompson has worked alongside composers Keith Fitch, Gabriela Lena Frank, Stephen Hartke, Libby Larsen, and David Rakowski, among others, on performances of their works.

Alongside his performance career, James Thompson is forming a strong reputation as a private instructor and chamber music coach. In 2019, he joined the faculty of Music@Menlo as both a coach for the Young Performer’s Program and a mainstage artist. Mr. Thompson has recently served as a teaching fellow
at both the Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival. He maintains a private studio and was on faculty at the Aurora School of Music from 2016-2019. He views his work with young people as an immensely important aspect of his calling as a musician, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share with everyone the joy he has found making music.

Mr. Thompson holds Artist Diploma, Masters, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he has studied with Jaime Laredo,
William Preucil, and Paul Kantor.

Appearing May 22, 2022

Moshi Tang, violin

Moshi Tang, an 11th grade student at Hawken School, fell in love with music before he could speak and started his first violin lesson at three and a half. Currently, he studies the violin with Joan Kwuon (faculty of the Colburn School and former faculty at CIM), and Sonata Duo with Carolyn Warner (member of the Cleveland Orchestra and CIM faculty). He also studies music theory, composition, and piano with Alissa Shuster (CIM and Kent State University). Previously, he has studied the violin with Liesl Langmack (CIM Suzuki Program) and Elizabeth Faidley (Manhattan School of Music). Moshi has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra since he was 12 and has been serving as concertmaster since he was 14. He is also an avid chamber music player and has played the violin, viola, and piano in various chamber ensembles for more than eight years, coached by CIM faculty and members of the Cavani Quartet. The violin-piano duo of him with his teacher Carolyn Warner gives several recitals every year at Judson Manor and other local venues. Moshi was a semifinalist in the triennial International Johansen Competition in 2022, and a winner of the 2022 National YoungArts Competition. He was also the 2021 state winner (Ohio) of the Music Teachers National Association Competitions in the categories of both Senior String Performance and Composition. Over the years, Moshi has won several local competitions such as the Concerto Competitions from the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, the CIM preparatory program, as well as several scholarship competitions such as the Cleveland Pops Gordon and Jean L. Petit Music Scholarship Competition, the Sigma, Alpha, Iota Strings Competition, as well as the Junior division of Carl E. Baldassarre Composer-Performer Competition. In past years, he has appeared as soloist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. In 2022, besides the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the Cleveland Area, playing the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the CIM Orchestra in March. He will be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto again with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall in November. In past summers, Moshi has attended many music festivals with scholarships, such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the National Youth Orchestra 2. This summer, Moshi is excited join the National Youth Orchestra organized by the Carnegie Hall, which will tour Europe under the baton of Daniel Harding and with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, performing in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and on the opening night concert of the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

Appearing October 2022

David Rothenberg, Pre-concert Lecturer

David J. Rothenberg is a member of the music history faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he has taught since 2005 and been chair of the Department of Music since 2015. He received his PhD from Yale University.

Rothenberg’s research focuses on music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, exploring connections between music, liturgy, visual art, and literature. His publications include The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music (Oxford University Press, 2011); Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, Symbolism, co-edited with Benjamin Brand (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and the Oxford Anthology of Western Music, Volume 1: From the Earliest Notations to the Early Eighteenth Century, co-edited with Robert R. Holzer (Oxford University Press, 2013, 2nd ed. 2019). He served as a senior editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2015), for which he wrote several entries including “Requiem.”

In 2007 Rothenberg was the recipient of the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society. He has received research grants and fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. In addition to his academic work, he is a regular pre-concert lecturer for The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and other musical organizations, among which he is now happy to count the Suburban Symphony Orchestra.

He lives near Shaker Square with his wife Elizabeth, a cellist in SSO, and daughter Beatrice.