As part of our mission, Bravo! Vail supports the next generation of performers, administrators, and music-lovers.
These innovative, hands-on programs provide young arts leaders with unique opportunities to connect and work behind the scenes with one of the top classical music festivals in the country.
Gain astounding insight and a unique perspective about the music and the personalities performing it as you watch and listen to professional pianists coach the Bravo! Vail Piano Fellows in Bravo's Master Class Series.Learn More
JENNY CHEN, piano
Jenny Chen presents a new generation of performers. Her passionate artistry expresses her individuality and sincerity about music.
CHELSEA WANG, piano
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe.
JENNY CHEN, piano
CHELSEA WANG, piano
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Merkin Hall, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Orford Music Festival in Orford, Quebec, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Temple E-manuel, among others. She is a prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions: the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, 2012 Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Senior Competition, 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition, the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. She was also a recipient of the 2012 Schubert Club Scholarship.
Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut (when she was still unable to reach the pedals of the piano) at the age of six, playing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. She has performed with many orchestras since then, including Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2011, Ms. Wang was chosen to perform in an all-Beethoven concerti concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Her festival appearances include the Pianotexas Academy and Festival (formerly known as the Cliburn Institute), Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, where she won the ‘Prix de Piano’ festival prize, Music from Angel Fire, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, Banff Piano Masterclass, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Wang has had the honor to work with many influential musicians and chamber groups, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Arie Vardi, Aldo Cicollini, John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Watts, Dénes Várjon, Jonathan Biss, Leonidas Kavakos, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, eighth blackbird, Emerson Quartet, members of the former Tokyo String Quartet, and more.
As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Wang frequently performs with violinist and friend Stephen Waarts. Together, they have performed across the United States and Canada, and have shared the honor of meeting and playing for the Belgian, Spanish and Dutch Ambassadors to the United States, his excellencies Johan Verbeke, Ramón Gil-Casares, and Rudolf Bekink, respectively.
Ms. Wang has been featured on many radio shows, including NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, “What Makes It Great” with host Rob Kapilow, along with other programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York’s WQXR, and Philadelphia’s WHYY Public Radios. Future recital engagements in 2016 include performances at the Morgan Library in New York, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Music at Evergreen Museum and Library, and summer Curtis on Tour performances in Spain and Germany.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang started learning piano at the age of four and violin at age seven. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. At Curtis, she holds a full-tuition scholarship as a recipient of the William A. Horn M.D. Fellowship. Previous instructors include Meng-Chieh Liu, Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.
Photo: Pete Checchia
2016 Chamber Musicians in Residence: Aeolus String Quartet
Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers.
These musicians benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and other renowned Festival musicians.
Ensemble Connect is a program for the finest young musicians in the country. The program is run by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
ZORÁ STRING QUARTET
"Exquisitely well trained, supremely blended, and broadly intelligent in their playing, Zorá Quartet makes you stop and listen very closely to their sound..." - Calgary Herald
Ensemble Connect is a program for the finest young musicians in the country. Run by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the program seeks individuals who are not only committed to musical excellence, but also to education. Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott invited five current Fellows—Adelya Nartadjieva, violin; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Madeline Fayette, cello; and Yoonah Kim, clarinet; and one graduate, Michelle Ross, violin—to come to Vail as Chamber Musicians in Residence to play a wide variety of music, and engage with Bravo! Vail audiences of all ages.
Photo: Deanna Kennett
ZORÁ STRING QUARTET
2017 Bravo! Vail Emerging Artist
The Zorá String Quartet (violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido, and cellist Zizai Ning) won First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. They also won the Sander Buchman Award, which sponsors their New York debut, and four concert prizes: the Friends of Music Concerts Prize (Connecticut), the Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize (AZ), the Paramount Theatre Prize (VT), and the Vancouver Recital Society Prize. The Quartet was named the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize winner at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition in 2015. As a result of winning the Fischoff Competition, they toured the Midwest and will appear at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Zorá Quartet has performed in U.S., Canada, and Europe, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Duke’s Hall at Royal Academy of Music in England.
In the summer of 2015, Zorá quartet was a part of Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Zorá Quartet also participated at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2014 and worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, Takács Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet. Zorá Quartet also performed in master classes for London Haydn Quartet, Keith Robinson, Koichiro Harada, members of Cleveland Quartet, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
Zorá Quartet has collaborated with the Pulitzer-prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw to perform her works with the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble in Fall 2013. In Spring 2014, Zorá Quartet was selected as the string quartet in residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany.
Zorá String Quartet members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University and were part of the Jacobs School of Music’s prestigious Chamber Music Performer’s Diploma from 2014-16. Some of their most influential mentors include the Pacifica Quartet, Atar Arad, Kevork Mardirossian, Eric Kim, and Grigory Kalinovsky.
Zorá Quartet aspires to educate individual students, serve as a mentor for collegiate-level string quartets of Indiana University, and initiate active outreach projects in Bloomington to introduce new audiences to chamber music. Part of the non-profit organization, Zorá Quartet has worked with Reimagining Opera For Kids (ROK) and performs in the Wylie House Museum, Waldron Arts Center, and the Art Museum of IU Bloomington to bridge the gap better with the local community.
Zorá String Quartet is currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, where they work closely with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley and Mia Chung.
The name “Zorá" was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian; it means "sunrise" in Bulgarian.
Photo: Chloe Ning
Instituted in 2016, the Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award supports and extends opportunities for students to pursue musical studies of the highest caliber. Recipients will have displayed commitment, dedication, and excellence in their musical studies. The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to a student in his or her pursuit of serious high-level music studies in an accredited program, camp, academic institution, or another similar setting, or to assist with the costs of instruments, software, or other materials essential to the student’s continued musical studies.
In a letter to Bravo! in December 2015, Luis wrote:
"Bravo has given me the means to grow as a person, and as a student. Through the chance to work with you as a teacher, I have gained a greater appreciation for my teachers at school and decided that I want to be a teacher. I am passionate about being a music teacher, and I see myself in a classroom, directing a choir, or teaching kids the piano or the guitar. I believe that a good teacher can influence what kind of a person a child will be when they grow up, and that music can help them through life’s rough patches. If I can help the next generations in any way, I strongly believe that it’s through music education.
I am the first of my family to be graduating high school, and to be moving on to college. This is all very new for me and your support has meant the world to me. Thank you for everything.
2017 Award Recipient:
We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2017 Luis Juarez Music Award. Based on his outstanding application and the recommendation of our Bravo! Education team, we are proud to present this award to Mr. Mack Callicrate.
Mack recently graduated from Vail Christian Academy and has been an Assistant Teacher in our After-School Piano Program for the past three years and has dedicated his time and energy to improving the experience for our piano students. He has been an integral part of our teaching team and has constantly proven to be a gracious and generous colleague.
Mack will attend the University of San Francisco this fall to pursue studies in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a concentration in dance and a minor in Political Science, Pre-Law. He hopes to participate in the school's 6-year program that allows him to receive his bachelors degree in the first three years and then his JD law degree after the next three.
Bravo! Vail recruits students poised to begin careers in arts administration. Earn a glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most successful classical music festivals in the country. Bravo! Vail is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 program. Please check back for information regarding the 2018 program.