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Janet Goodman Guggenheim began her piano studies with her father when she was five years old and, in her hometown, Spokane, also worked with Margaret Saunders Ott .  At the age of ten she was the youngest student to have been accepted for summer master classes by the legendary piano teacher, Rosina Lhevinne, who was her mentor for many years. She made her orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of sixteen. A graduate of the University of  California, Berkeley, where she was awarded an Alfred Hertz Fellowship,she received her master’s degree at Juilliard, where she was the recipient ofthe Josef Lhevinne scholarship and won The Juilliard Piano Concerto competition.  She had further study in England under the tutelage of Ilona Kabos and Dame Myra Hess, and she performed concerts throughout Europe. She wasa recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation grant.  Prior to moving to Portland in 1995 she was on the music faculty at the University of California.  She was a founding member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco, and, with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, she was pianist of the Museum Soloists. She has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States and Europe.  For thirty years she has collaborated with the celebrated violinist, Itzhak Perlman, including concerts in Hong Kong, Taipei, Istanbul and Russia.  The Moscow concert encores are included in the DVD,“Perlman Live in Russia”.  With Michael Grebanier, principal cellist ofthe San Francisco Symphony, she has recorded on the Naxos label. She has been pianist numerous times on the Johnny Carson Show for Mr. Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg.  Additionally she has collaborated with violinists Young Uck Kim, Ivry Gitlis, Uto Ughi, Miriam Fried, Pinchas Zukerman, hornist Barry Tuckwell, and cellists Pierre Fournier and Matt Haimovitz.  In Portland she has performed with the Oregon Symphony under the batons of James DePreist and Murry Sidlin, and has collaborated with Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Emeritus, Michael Foxman. For recreation she enjoys hiking, bike riding  and skiing, and she loves to play with her three grandsons.

  Carol Sindell , born in 1948, began studying the violin with Josef Gingold at the age of seven. A year later she gave her first solo performance with orchestra playing a Mozart Concerto. At the age of eleven she was the youngest soloist ever to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Concerto under the direction of Robert Shaw. Her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was followed by successive orchestral and recital engagements. In 1962, Ms. Sindell had the honor of being accepted as a student of Jascha Heifetz, and the following year performed on an international broadcast as an outstanding representative of the Heifetz Master Class. While a student at the Juilliard School, she was influenced by mentors such as Ivan Galamian, and Erica Morini.

Ms. Sindell was the winner of the Friday Morning Music Club Competition in Washington, D.C., and the International Advisory Council Competition in Chicago. In 1972 she was awarded the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant for performance. After her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1974, she played throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe both as a soloist and ensemble player. She was a featured artist on a national tour with Music from Marlboro, playing at the Metropolitan Museum, Tully Hall, and the Smithsonian Institute.

  Ms. Sindell has participated in numerous festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest, Park City International Music Festival, and Rencontres Musicales in Arc-et-Senans,  France. As a member of the Florestan Trio, she has toured internationally, and recorded a CD. Other CDs include Duos for Violin and Cello, as well as numerous collaborations with other esteemed colleagues.

  In addition to a busy concert schedule, Sindell is a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Portland State University. She has made an outstanding career as a teacher and coach, and enjoys the accolades received by her many gifted students.

  Hamilton Cheifetz has been described in Fanfare Magazine as “unquestionably a magnificent player" for his solo recordings, and he has performed throughout  North America and in Europe, Asia, and Australia.   A native of Chicago,  Cheifetz began playing cello when he was seven and first appeared as soloist with orchestra at the age of eleven. He studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and later became the teaching assistant to Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the University of Western Ontario. The winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at Tanglewood, he toured the United States and Canada on the Music from Marlboro concert series and performed at the White House for President Carter and the members of Congress.  Cheifetz has appeared as guest artist with the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Oregon, and Milwaukee, and he toured nationally with the Paul Winter Consort. He presented a solo recital in the Sydney Opera House and has often been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His playing was highlighted, together with jazz great Dave Frishberg and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, on the CBS television special “Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side.” He performed duos in concert with Janos Starker which were broadcast nationally on NPR, and he appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.  He has been a featured artist at Chamber Music Northwest and other festivals including BargeMusic in New York and the Oregon Bach Festival.  Cheifetz is also Principal Cellist of the Oregon Ballet Orchestra.

  Cheifetz performed sold out recitals in Beijing and Tianjin, China in 2010 and performed with Third Angle Ensemble at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.  He returned to China with Third Angle in May 2012 for concerts in Nanchang and Beijing as well as master classes.  

  Hamilton Cheifetz is a member of the Subud International Cultural Association, a group of creative people working together to promote original culture and world peace. 

 

 

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