Andrea Casarrubios | cello
Praised by the New York Times for having "traversed the palette of emotions" with "gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity," Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios has played extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and America. She has performed with renowned artists including Daniel Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Soovin Kim, Jeremy Denk and Ida Kavafian in venues such as Carnegie Hall and at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Ravinia RSMI, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Verbier Festival. Andrea is a first prize winner of numerous competitions and awards, and she is also a pianist and a composer herself. Andrea's latest album, Caminante, released in 2019 on Odradek Records, includes some of her own compositions written in the last five years. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and University of Southern California. Her cello mentors have included Maria de Macedo, Lluis Claret, Amit Peled, and Ralph Kirshbaum. As part of her doctorate degree in New York, Andrea worked with Marcy Rosen as a performance mentor and studied composition with John Corigliano. Andrea currently lives in New York City where she works as an advisor for Ensemble Connect in residence at Carnegie Hall, and from where she travels often. She has taught at The Juilliard School, Lake Champlain Music Festival, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, as well as masterclasses on tour.
Lydia Chernicoff | violin
As the founder and Artistic Director of Q CONCERTS—a chamber music series taken out of the concert hall, and defined by its daring programming, and lively, casual atmosphere—American violinist Lydia Chernicoff maintains an active career as a chamber musician, teacher, and concert curator in her home of Charleston, SC. She has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the US, and in Europe, China, and South America. Lydia is a founding member of Trio Appassionata, and has collaborated with the PostClassical Ensemble, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound. She has served on the chamber music faculty of Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, as the director of the Homewood Chamber Music Program at Johns Hopkins University, and has given masterclasses at Georgetown University, and for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. Lydia received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Violaine Melançon, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland where she studied with James Stern.
Ronaldo Rolim | piano
Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review), “mastery of phrasing, agogic accents, and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung), and “special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte) , Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is a winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions, and has performed extensively over four continents. Mr. Rolim has captured top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, Teresa Carreño, and the prestigious Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, and performed with groups such as the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Capella, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many of Brazil’s foremost ensembles. A passionate advocate of chamber music, he is a founding member of Trio Appassionata, and has performed with the Jasper, Aizuri and São Paulo quartets, besides members of Ensemble Connect, the Baltimore Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and Bronx Arts Ensemble, among others. Born in 1986, Mr. Rolim moved to the USA in 2005, where he studied with Flavio Varani, Benjamin Pasternack and Boris Berman.