Founded in 1999 and based in Southern California.
The mission of the Hutchins Consort is to provide unique musical and educational performances with the eight scaled violins of Dr. Carleen Hutchins, which are the culmination of 500 years of research into the acoustics of violin family instruments; to perform pieces specifically written for this ensemble as well as arrangements of traditional repertory; to demonstrate the distinctions between these and traditional instruments; to facilitate the composition and arrangement of music specifically for the sonic palette that the instruments and their performers create; and to make performances available to a wide and diverse audience.
For further information and brief biographies of the musicians in this
consort, click here.
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THE ALBERT CONSORT
The Albert Consort was founded by Robert J. Spear in 2003 and is based
in Ithaca, in Central New York. Named for Spear's late father-in-law,
Albert Mitchell Zalkind, the group seeks to increase recognition of
the New Violin Family and the pioneering research of Dr. Carleen Maley
Hutchins through public performances of works written for consorts
of earlier eras, adaptations of multi-part string writing from all
eras, compositions written expressly for the violin octet, and pieces
that call for subsets of the octet or include other instruments, especially
the human voice. In addition, the group maintains a strong commitment
to education and holds lecture/performances for their community several
times each year. The members hope to create a pool of knowledge gained
from their experiences bringing an octet to life that can be used
by others who follow after.
Musicians of the Albert Consort:
began her studies with Josef Gingold and maintains an active career
as a violinist and soloist. She has been concertmaster of the Cayuga
Chamber Orchestra for over two decades and is an internationally renowned
pedagogue and clinician. She taught violin at Cornell University, the
Eastman School of Music, and the University of Tennessee, among others.
Linda was on the string faculty of Ithaca College from 1983 to 1996
where she was a founder of the Ariadne String Quartet. Her love of diversity
has led her to associate with the Suzuki Association of the Americas,
Brain Gym International, and now the treble violin!
Carrie is a founding member
of the Albert Consort who moved over a chair from the mezzo violin.
Carrie’s teachers include her parents,
Joan and Sanford Reuning, Pamela Gearhart, Charles and Heidi Castleman,
and William Preucil, Sr. Carrie plays both violin and viola professionally
and is violist in the Finger Lakes Strings, a quartet. She has taught
at numerous Suzuki Institutes and workshops in the US, Canada, Puerto
Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and Israel. She also serves on the Suzuki Association
Board of Directors.
Bill joined the Albert Consort in 2005, taking over the mezzo violin
chair from Carrie Reuning Hummel. Bill is a 2003 graduate of Ithaca
College with a master’s degree in performance. He comes from the
studio of Susan Waterbury. Always an active player, Bill has performed
with many ensembles from Georgia to New York. He currently plays in
the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra, and
the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Jaime is another welcome addition to the Albert Consort this season.
She is a 2003 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a viola major
in the studio of Debra Moree. While at the college, Jaime played in
the Apprentice Quartet under the school’s faculty string quartet.
Jaime has devoted considerable time to learning the alto and is a substitute
viola player for the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra. She also maintains
a private studio in Ithaca and another at the Trumansburg (NY) Conservatory
of Music, and has taught in the Lansing Public Schools.
Sera Jane Smolen
Sera received her PhD. in music education from the Union Institute and
is a founding member of the Albert Consort. She has been heard in regional
recitals, chamber settings, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Tri-Cities
Opera Orchestra, among others. She premieres new music annually and
is in demand in the US and Canada as a guest clinician. She is the education
coordinator of the New Directions Cello Festival.
Lizzy received her master’s degree in music from New Mexico Highland
University, and has studied cello with John Hsu, Lynden Cranham, and
Clelia Chelotti, among others. She has recorded with violinist Victoria
Patterson and performed with Ensemble Giocondo, the Kairos Trio, and
the Linden Duo. She is president of Music’s Recreation, which
produces Casual Classics, a family-friendly concert series. Lizzy teaches
cello at the Ithaca Music Academy and maintains a private cello studio
in Ithaca. She is a founding member of the Albert Consort.
Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Harrt School of Music
at the University of Hartford and his Master of Music degree from the
Ithaca College School of Music. Michael is a member of the Albany Symphony
Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
His teachers include Gary Karr, Robert Black, Mark Morton, and Henry
Neubert. Michael lives and teaches in Rochester, NY. He joined the Albert
Consort in 2005.
Nicholas is the newest player
on the newest instrument in the Albert Consort, and a virtuouso performer
on stringed bass instruments of many
eras. He received his DMA in Early Music at Stonybrook in 2004. He previously
studied with Paul Ellison at Rice University and has been mentored by
François Rabbath as a Fulbright Scholar. Nicholas has also won
awards for his compositions, many of which feature the contrabass. He
currently teaches bass at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and also
at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.
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Treble, Soprano, and Mezzo Violin Soloist
Sir Grigori Sedukh with accompanist Inga Dzektser
is a violinist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Quartet and the
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,
professor of string studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music,
and is the featured treble violin soloist with the St. Petersburg Hutchins
Violin Octet. In 1999 Maestro Sedukh became "Sir Grigori" when he received the title "Knight of the Order of Malta" from Prince Robert and Princess Kotchubay of Kurland in recognition of his special services in music rendered to the royal family. As comfortable in the recording studio as he is on stage, Sir Grigori has recorded three solo CDs (two of which are currently available from the New Violin Family Association) featuring his formidable skills on the Treble Violin (the highest voice of violin octet with a timbre which is often described as "angelic"), the Soprano Violin (tuned a perfect fourth above the normal violin), and the Mezzo Violin (tuned the same as the normal violin). He can also be heard on the ensemble CD, "The New Violin Family" by
the St. Petersburg Hutchins Violin Octet, which features Maestro Sedukh
as the Treble Violin soloist (also available from the New Violin Family
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The St. Petersburg Hutchins Violin Octet
Founded in 1994 by the joint efforts of the Catgut Acoustical Society (USA) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory Charity Foundation (Russia), the St. Petersburg Hutchins Violin Octet is composed of prominent and renowned Russian musicians (professors of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, international contest laureates, members of the distinguished Taneyev Quartet and soloists of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic). The concerts and recitals by the full Octet as well as solo performances by Octet members have created an artistic stir in a city not easily surprised by musical events. These performances have received favorable critical reviews in addition to radio and television coverage.
The St. Petersburg Octet disbanded at the end of 1999.