Praised as ``an artist with an already expanding reputation and great future`` (The Well-Tempered Ear); cellist Andrew Briggs is a world traveler. Recent performances include recitals in Bergen, Netherlands and Narbonne, France; collaborations with the principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam, NL); recital performances in Paul Hall, NYC; with Axiom Contemporary Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, NYC; and concerto appearances in Wisconsin and Colorado. Last season, Andrew was a member of the Colorado Symphony cello section, principal cellist of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and guest artist on recital series in Chicago, New York City, and Denver. Completing his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, he recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his doctoral project, ``Piatti and the Body: An Integrative Approach to Learning the 12 Caprices, Op. 25,`` on Youtube.com. Currently Andrew resides in Paris, France as a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis, where he is studying and performing works of Duport, Debussy, and Poulenc.
Interested since adolescence by medicine she completed an observation internship at Nanterre’s hospital during high school. She then completed her medical studies at Paris 7 Descartes faculty, where she has been pursuing her psychiatric internship since 2015. Through her experience in Paris's famous university hospitals such as the Sainte Anne Hospital or the Mutualiste Montsouris Institute, she was able to develop her skills in the management of psychiatric pathologies of children and adults. Having an integrative approach in her training and practice, she is interested in different areas of care. She thus validates a university degree in attachment theory in 2018. This year she is doing a master's degree in Neuroscience at Pierre and Marie Curie University. She is particularly interested in the use of modern scientific techniques in the field of the psychiatrist. At the internationally renowned Neurospin laboratory, she will work on the development, at diagnosis aim, of a machine learning algorithm based on brain MRI.
Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender and jazz theory and arranging with Bill Peterson. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has written for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from chamber to jazz big band. Distinguished by an ever evolving rhythmic vitality, Sergio’s music synthesizes elements of jazz and Latin-American music to create a uniquely personal compositional voice. Sergio has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently studying harmony, composition, and musical interpretation with Narcis Bonet at the Schola Cantorum de Paris.
Mexican-American clarinetist, Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He is an alumnus of The Orchestra Now, a distinguished pre-professional orchestra comprised of graduate musicians from around the world as well as a recipient of a three year full-tuition scholarship to Bard College, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies.
Elias has been invited to teach and perform in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent engagements include concert performances at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center in New York City, teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia, and performing Weber’s 1st Clarinet Concerto on WMHT Radio New York. Elias has been praised for his « smooth acrobatic tone, fierce finesse » and « virtuosic dynamics. » (Millbrook Independent) and can be heard on the Hyperion Records label, and in the documentary film, « Forte, » scheduled to release January 2019. Recent awards include semi-finalist in the 2017 Matthew Ruggiero International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2018 USA Harold Wright National Clarinet Competition, and finalist in the 2016 Phoenix Symphony clarinet audition.
Elias has a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. He is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and was awarded an artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France. He is a candidate of the Cycle D’Execution Professionel Superieur at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Elias is a fluent English, Spanish, and French speaker.