Appearing February 16: Our Young Soloist Competition Winners

Maude Cloutier, Violin
16-year-old French Canadian violinist Maude Cloutier, originally from Montreal, began playing violin at age four, and five years later was concertmaster of the Montreal Suzuki String Orchestra. She made her solo debut with orchestra at age 13 performing with the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra. She has won first place in many competitions across the United States, including the 2017 New World Youth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the 2019 Lakeland Young Artist Competition, and the 2019-2020 Suburban Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition. She also placed third at the 2018 Canadian Music Competition and was a semi-finalist of the prestigious 2019 OSM Competition, presented by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Maude is a student of the Cleveland Institute of Music in the Young Artist Program, where she studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Katarina Davies, Cello
Katarina Davies, age 17, a native of London, currently studies under Richard Weiss of the Cleveland Orchestra in the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to moving to Cleveland at age 14, she attended the Royal Academy of Music under Robert Max where she was awarded with runner up in their Lower Strings Prize and a commendation in Composition. Katarina has served as principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, was awarded first prize in the Cleveland Cello Society’s Scholarship Competition senior division in 2018, and was selected to play in an octet under the direction of Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst which performed in Linz, Austria. She studies piano with Joela Jones. This season, Katarina will also be performing the Rococo Variations with the Euclid Symphony as the inaugural winner of their Tom Baker Young Artists Competition.

Jamie Park, Bass
Jamie Park, age 15, is a sophomore at Hawken School and studies double bass at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Tracy Rowell. She began her musical training on bass at the age of 4. She won 1st place at the 2015 Sigma Alpha Iota Cleveland Alumnae Chapter String Competition and won 2nd place at the International Society of Bassists competition (14 and under) in 2017 & 2019. She was selected for the National Youth Orchestra 2 in 2018 & 2019 and has performed at the Carnegie Hall and New World Center. She has attended Peabody Bass Works, Oberlin Bass Works, and the International Society of Bassists Young Bassist program. She is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra since 2016, having served as principal bass.

Appearing April 5:

Carl Topilow, Guest Conductor
Guest conductor, Carl Topilow, is in his 24th year as founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. He is also music director of the National Repertory Orchestra, (a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, CO), and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky (OH). In 2018, he was named Faculty Emeritus at Cleveland Institute of Music, after serving as the CIM’s conductor for 37 years.

A frequent guest conductor both in the USA and abroad, Topilow has appeared as guest conductor for more than 120 orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries.

Topilow has assisted in the training of talented musicians and conductors for positions in orchestras in the United States and internationally and has supplied numerous young musicians the opportunity to perform as both orchestra members and soloists. His manner of presenting the music through musical illustrations and guides has enhanced the concert experience for audience members.

In addition to his work as conductor, Topilow continues to perform as clarinetist with orchestra as well as with piano in informal recitals.

Topilow’s wife Shirley is the President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Their daughter Jenny is a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and their daughter Emily is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University, where she majored in psychology, minored in marketing, and played in the university orchestra.


James Thompson, Violin
Violinist James Thompson is forging a promising career as a versatile chamber musician, soloist, and music educator. He is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, having studied previously with William Preucil and Paul Kantor.
Mr. Thompson regularly performs for top-tier 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 artists across the country including David Finckel, Soovin Kim, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, and a variety of musicians from both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
In 2014, Mr. Thompson was selected to solo with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall as part of the ensemble’s education series. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous local orchestras including the CIM 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 1st Bartok World Competition and in Sendai for the 7th Sendai International Violin Competition.
Alongside his performance career, James Thompson is forming a strong reputation as a private instructor and chamber music coach. This summer, he joined the faculty of Music@Menlo as both a coach for the Young Performer’s Program and a mainstage artist. 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.

Appearing May 17

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.