May-22-2018 •

Karen is a remarkable chamber musician who shares the passion for string quartets, new music, education and community. She has appeared as a guest musician with the Jaspers frequently over the past season and the Quartet is excited to welcome as a new member of the quartet a musician with whom they have established a dynamic chemistry.

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Apr-17-2018 •

Following a performance by the eight finalists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 14, Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano, was awarded the Janet Plucknett Award for Third Place.

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Mar-26-2018 •

On the 137th anniversary of the composer's birth, the Bartók-Pásztory Award honors a performer and composer who carry on the spirit and legacy of Bartok and of Hungarian music.

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Gregory Vajda
Gregory Vajda continues to be one of the most highly regarded conductors on the international scene. He was called a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung. He has been resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony for over seven seasons. He currently serves as the music director of the Huntsville (AL) Symphony, and is principal conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony (MR Symphony Orchestra), for both of which he conducts annually. He has been artistic director and conductor of Music in the Mountains (CA) and in 2014 was named Artistic Advisor to the Armel Opera Festival. In the 2017-18 season he conducts the Hungarian premiere of Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South at the Liszt Academy, a “Midnight Concert” series with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), guest conducts the Rutgers (New Jersey) Symphony, and tours China with the Budapest Symphony.