DIRECTORS

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Simon Frisch is a New York-based American-Breton composer whose 2016-17 season includes premieres in New York, Europe, and Australia, in projects spanning performance, lecture, and multimedia collaboration. Recent international premieres include opening NYC’s 2016 Fête de la Bretagne with the semi-theatrical The Body Untied for soloists and baroque chamber orchestra, presented by the BZH NY and Région Bretagne, the “lovely and delicate” Sandglass Vespers for the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and the string quartet provost in New York, France, and the United Kingdom. Other collaborators of note include Orli Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony on a prepared piano project in October 2016 at the Pulitzer Foundation, as well as soprano Renée Fleming in adapting a cycle of Patricia Barber songs for their 2015/16 Higherprogram that “shattered musical boundaries” (Chicago Tribune), heard first in Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York, and later across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in recital.

Simon was winner of the 2014-15 New Juilliard Ensemble commissioning competition and a 2012 recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. In addition to profiles in Bretagne Actuelle and the Bayreuth Almanach, he has presented on his music and non-profit work at The Juilliard School and Columbia University. Currently composition and music theory faculty at The Juilliard School in MAP (Music Advancement Program), for talented children from backgrounds underrepresented in the performing arts, Simon also received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees there studying with Robert Beaser and Samuel Adler, and maintains a private studio.

 

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Anastasia Agapova, currently a member of the first violin section in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has been recognized with top prizes in national and international competitions, culminating with a Jury Prize at the 2006 David Oistrakh International Violin Competition and Second Prize at the 2004 International Competition for Young Violinists.

A native of Russia, Anastasia made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in December 2011, and in March 2013 performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has previously appeared as a soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus State University Philharmonic Orchestra, and opened the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s 2007-8 season.

Anastasia is also an active chamber musician, who has collaborated with members of eighth blackbird and was also part of the Dvořák American Quartet.

Ms. Agapova came to the United States in 2005 to study with Sergiu Schwartz and continued at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. She entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008 and graduated in May 2013.