Principal Musicians

Krystof Witek has been concertmaster of the Greenwich Symphony 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 New York City. She is in great demand as a freelance violinist throughout the New York metropolitan region. She appears regularly as a member of the Chamber Players of the GSO, and as Concertmaster of the South Shore Symphony in Rockville Centre on Long Island. She teaches violin and chamber ensembles at the Spence School in New York City. Since 1996, Susan has spent her summers in Boulder, Colorado, performing with the Colorado Music Festival. She plays on an instrument made by William E. Hill and Sons, London, 1900. In addition to her busy performing season, she is an avid student of tai chi chuan. She has studied with the Long River Tai Chi Circle on Manhattan's Upper West Side since January 2008.

 

 

Violist David Creswell has been performing in the New York area for more than ten years as an orchestra, chamber, and studio musician, while also keeping a busy schedule as a teacher and music coach. Mr. Creswell has been Principal Violist of the Greenwich Symphony since 2002, is Principal Violist of the Long Island Philharmonic, and is a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Mr. Creswell also frequently performs with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Creswell has played with such renowned artists as Kathleen Battle, Sidney Harth, and Anthony Newman. His recordings include numerous film scores and popular releases as well as chamber music and projects with music icons David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, Erasura, Linda Thompson, and Rod Stewart. He continues to collaborate on collegiate teaching projects for students of the Juilliard School with the renowned teacher Heidi Castleman.

 

 

Daniel Miller, principal cellist of the GSO, is an active concert, theater, and recording musician. In the New York area he performs with numerous ensembles, including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New York Pops, for 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 at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Danny has been heard on many Broadway cast recordings and with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minelli, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, and James Taylor, among many others. 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," just received two Latin Grammy nominations.

 

 

 

Principal bass Emil Botti has been a member of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since the 1978 season. Mr. Botti is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. His primary double bass instructors were Walter Botti, now retired New York Philharmonic, Orin O'Brien, New York Philharmonic member, and John Schaeffer, retired Principal Bass New York Philharmonic. He has worked professionally with the Caracas Philharmonic, Venezuela, as Principal Bass; the Waterloo Festival Orchestra; New York City Opera; Kennedy Center Opera, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore Opera; New Jersey State Opera; New York Grand Opera; the New York Pops; the National Symhony, Washington, D.C.; Wolf Trap Orchestra, Vienna, Virginia; New York Pops; New New Jersey Philharmonic; New Jersey Symphony; Brooklyn Philharmonic; Camerata of Westchester; and the Springfield Symphony, Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

 

Susan Rotholz, principal flutist of the GSO since 1999, made her New York debut to critical acclaim in 1981, as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award. Principal flutist of the New York Chamber Ensemble and of the New England Bach Festival, she is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Pops and The Little Orchestral Society, and has also served as principal flutist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater, and Stamford Symphony. In 2003, Bridge Records released her recordings of the complete Bach Sonatas for Flute and Fortepiano and the Partita for Solo Flute, with fortepianist Kenneth Cooper. With her husband, cellist Eliot Bailen, she is co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Sherman, Connecticut, now in their 27th year. She performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival, The New York Wind Soloists, the Cape May and Caramoor Festivals, and has performed with the Mostly Mozart, OK Mozart, and Marlboro Festivals.

 

 

Diane Lesser has been the principal oboist of the GSO since 1980, New York Pops, Amici New York, Long Island Philharmonic, among others. She also performs regularly in such vocal and instrumental ensembles as the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society, and National Chorale. For ten years she was principal oboist of the EOS Ensemble. Ms. Lesser has appeared as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Oklahoma's OK MOZART Festival, Dennis Keene Music Festival, Brooklyn's Bargemusic, and at the 1992 Festival Olympique Des Arts in Albertville, France. Active in the world of commercial music, Ms. Lesser can be heard on recent recordings accompanying Madonna on MDNA, Lena Park, Barry Manilow, Nell, Elaine Paige, Paul Simon, and Tony Bennett. She has also played at diverse venues such as the Grammy Awards, Sesame Street, the 1992 Olympics in France, and at the White House.

 

 

Phillip Bashor has been principal clarinetist with the GSO since 1989. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Harold Wright, principal clarinet of the Boston Symphony, and was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center for three summers. Mr. Bashor has been principal clarinetist with numerous orchestras, including the Cathedral Orchestra of Newark, New England Operetta, and Amore Artis. Principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Philharmonic for seven years, he also played principal clarinet with the New Haven and New Jersey Symphonies, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and played in thirty states with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company. He has performed throughout the world at the International Contemporary Music Festivals of Chamber Music with the Lumina String Quartet, and performed twenty-two works especially written for him.

 

 

Mark Davies has served as principal bassoonist of the GSO since 2002. Mark enjoys the life of a freelance musician and has performed with orchestras throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. In addition to his years with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, a sampling of the orchestras Mark has performed with include the Westfield Symphony, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Princeton Symphony.  He earned BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School.

 

 

 

 

Peter Reit, principal horn of the GSO since 1989, also plays principal horn with the Westchester Philharmonic and Scandia Symphony Orchestras and is associate-principal/third horn with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with such illustrious ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New York City Opera Orchestra. He is a founding member of the New York Chamber Brass, and has toured worldwide with the American Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. He performs frequently in a duo with his wife, harpist Alyssa Reit, and with both the Greenwich Symphony Chamber Players and the New York Symphonic Brass. Mr. Reit is featured on CDs of all musical genres, and has been heard on television, radio, and movie soundtracks. Mr. Reit teaches at SUNY Purchase, the Hartt School of Music, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and Vassar College.

 

 

James Hamlin, principal trumpet of the GSO since 1983, is a freelance player in the New York City area. He has played with many groups including the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New York City Opera. Currently, he plays principal trumpet for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as well as the GSO. One of his interests is the natural trumpet and he has played with groups such as The Grande Bande, Concert Royale, the Fairfield Old Academy, and New York Collegium. He has recorded on the natural trumpet on Sony Classical and other labels. Teaching is also a big part of his musical life. For twelve years he taught at the Eastern Music Festival. Now, he is trumpet instructor at the Juilliard pre-college and the Hoff-Barthelson school. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.M. and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

 

 

Larry Spivack has been principal percussionist of the GSO since 1999. He has also been a percussion substitute with the Broadway show The Phantom of the Opera for twenty years. As a freelancer in New York City, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony, and forty other Broadway shows. He is also a composer of music for theater, ballet, films, and concert works featuring percussion. He played in the premiere of Space, a quartet commissioned by the Isotone Chamber Music Series presented at the American Museum of Science and Energy. He adapted music for the Off-Broadway production of Engaging Shaw, produced by the Abbingdon Theatre Company. He is co-inventor of Cymbal Guy, a patented device that permits a percussionist to play a cymbal crash using a foot pedal. This instrument was featured in the Double Concertino for Timpani and Percussion commissioned by the Greenwich Symphony for its Young People's Concerts series.