The Players

          

 

Krystof Witek has been concertmaster of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Born in Poland, he came to the U.S. in 1987 to attend the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Joseph Fuchs and received his Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees. Winner of the 1992 Artists International Solo and Chamber Ensemble (1993) Auditions in New York, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Concertmaster engagements include the Fairfield County Chorale in Norwalk, the Stamford Symphony, New Choral Society of Westchester, Greenwich Choral Society, the Jupiter Symphony, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Avid freelancer, he has appeared with the MET Opera Orchestra under James Levine and Simon Rattle, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, NY Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwartz, the Little Orchestra Society, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, and the New York Pops. His solo CD features works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Lutoslawski. He has played in several Broadway shows and since 2002 has been in The Lion King orchestra

Susan Hytken Metcalf, associate concertmaster of the GSO, has been with the orchestra since 1993 and enjoys a distinguished and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral violinist, and teacher. A native of Eureka, California, she now resides in Jackson Heights, Queens. She is in great demand as a freelance violinist throughout the New York metropolitan region, and she appears regularly as a member of the Chamber Players of the GSO. As concertmaster of the South Shore Symphony in Rockville Centre on Long Island since 1994, she has appeared as soloist on several occasions with that group, performing Dvořák, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Sarasate. She teaches violin and chamber ensembles at the Spence School in New York City. From 1996 to 2011, Susan spent her summers in Boulder, Colorado, performing with the Colorado Music Festival. She plays on a violin made by William E. Hill and Sons, London.

David Creswell has been an integral part of the music scene of New York City for 20+ years, spanning nearly every musical style and setting: classical, contemporary, recording studio, stage, solo performance, opera and orchestra, including the NY Philharmonic. He has been part of over 30 Broadway productions, recently playing both viola and violin for the bluegrass musical Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and has been part of numerous film soundtracks and television events. A dedicated music educator, David co-developed a lecture series on the elegant intersections of tuning and mathematics, maintains an active teaching studio, and collaborates on pedagogical projects for collegiate students at the Juilliard School. He creates new arrangements of established chamber works, expanding and diversifying the viola repertoire to match the technical caliber of today’s talented young violists.

Daniel Miller, principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, is an active concert, theatre, and recording musician in the New York area. He performs with numerous ensembles, including the American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Pops, of which he is the assistant principal cellist. He has appeared as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, the New Amsterdam Symphony, the Yonkers Philharmonic, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He is currently playing the Broadway production of Wicked. A former member of the Orchestra Del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, he is also the cellist with Cuartetango, the tango string quartet, whose latest album  Masters of the Bandoneon has just received two Grammy nominations.

Phillip Bashor has been principal clarinetist of the Greenwich Symphony since 1989. Awarded a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory, he studied clarinet with Harold Wright, and chamber music with Rudolph Kolisch and Gunther Schuller. At the age of nineteen he played principal clarinet for Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bashor has been principal clarinet with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven and New Jersey Symphonies, Amor Artis, and the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has recorded the for Phillips, Columbia, Sony, and BMG labels. With the Lumina String Quartet, he premiered several new compositions at international festivals, including Rashid Kalimullin’s “Fantasy for Clarinet,” which was broadcast throughout Russia.

Diane Lesser, one of the top studio recording oboists in the country has been featured on recent recordings accompanying Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Madonna, Paul Simon, and on numerous soundtracks including Maggie’s Plan, The Forgotten Kingdom, and Remember Me. Ms. Lesser was heard on Chris Matthews and Good Morning America accompanying Andrea Bocelli in addition to hundreds of television and radio commercials. She is principal oboist of the New York Pops, Amici New York, Greenwich Symphony, and National Chorale, and plays English Horn with the Little Orchestral Society. She plays frequently with many sacred music groups and has played at the Grammy Awards, Sesame Street, the 1992 Olympics, the White House, the Madison Square Garden Mass for the visit of Pope Francis, and in the Roundabout Theatre production of She Loves Me at Studio 54.

Mark Davies has been a member of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and has served as principal bassoonist since 2002. He has performed with orchestras throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, and the New York City and New Jersey State Operas. He is highly regarded as a designer and maker of bassoon reeds, which are favored by leading bassoonists in the U.S. and abroad. Mark holds degrees from the Julliard School, where he studied with Loren Glickman.

Peter Reit, Principal horn of the GSO since 1989, also plays principal horn with the Westchester Philharmonic and Scandia Symphony Orchestras. He is currently in his twenty-eighth year with the Broadway hit The Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest artist with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and the American Ballet Theater. Peter is a very active chamber musician, performing with the Greenwich Chamber Players, with his wife Alyssa as a horn and harp duo, and with the New York Chamber Brass. He is featured on CDs of all musical genres, and has been heard on television, radio, and movie soundtracks. Peter is on the faculty at SUNY Purchase and Vassar Colleges.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Andrew Gordon is the organist/choirmaster at Diamond Hill Methodist Church in Cos Cob, and principal keyboard player for the Greenwich Symphony, where he was one of the featured soloists in October 2015’s performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto. At Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, he coaches singers and accompanies instrumentalists, and in the spring of 2015 stepped in there on short notice to conduct performances of Copland's The Tender Land. He is also the conductor in a recording of Seymour Barab's children's opera Little Red Riding Hood, due to be released shortly on the Centaur label. His music has been published by Oxford University Press.

 

 

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