The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) today announced the five artists selected to be part of the Bowers Program, the largest opportunity for classical artists and major early-career ensembles to integrate their professional lives with established chamber music artists. . The Bowers program, which began as CMS Two in 1994, has been a source of professional development for some of the world’s greatest classical musicians, including Hilary Hahn, Inon Barnatan, Alisa weilerstein, Anthony McGill, and the MirÃ³, Escher and Danish string quartets, among others.
The artists chosen for the Bowers program for the next three seasons – 2021 to 2024 – are: violinist Stella Chen, cellist Sihao He, violinist Richard Lin, violist Timothy Ridout and violinist James thompson. These participants were chosen from an international pool of applicants (180 applicants from 18 countries) through competitive auditions. They will participate in a rigorous three-season residency that will fully integrate them into all facets of CMS activities in New York and abroad. They will perform on the Alice Tully Hall stage as well as in cities in the United States and abroad alongside established CMS artists, appear in CMS education programs and in CMS recording projects.
âAfter weeks of careful consideration following a series of auditions – made all the more difficult by the consistently high level of applicants – we finally selected five new members to join the Bowers program. These musicians are even now fully prepared to take CMS They are determined and eager to delight our audience, inspire their new colleagues and of course help cement CMS’s brilliant and ever-evolving artistic profile, âsaid Wu Han and David Finckel, Co-Artistic Directors of CMS. âAs concerts and performances hang around the world in these difficult days, it is inspiring to look to the future and the contribution these young artists will make to chamber music and all our lives. â
The Bowers program has proven to be a springboard for many of today’s most famous chamber music artists, and it is key to the future of CMS itself. More than half of CMS’s current roster is made up of Bowers alumni as well as current and incoming program members, who perform on a par with CMS musicians of all generations. Since its inception in 1994, 91 individual artists and 11 ensembles have completed the Bowers program.
Learn more about the new artists in the Bowers Program:
Stella Chen is an American violinist who won the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition and is a recipient of the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award 2020. A Harvard graduate, she continues her studies at Kronberg Academy and Juilliard School, where she is teaching assistant for Li Lin. This season and next will mark his debut with the Chicago Symphony, the Ravinia feast, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Sihao He, originally from China, is a cellist who, at age 14 in 2008, won first prize at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia. Later that same year, he won the National Cello Competition in China. He has performed with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. His string quartet, Simply Quartet, won first prize at the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai.
Richard Lin, violinist, was born in Arizona and raised in Taiwan. He was gold medalist at the International Violin Competition in 2013. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, he released two albums under the Fontec label. His concerts for the current season will culminate in his Carnegie Hall The Stern Auditorium debut, with pianist Thomas Hoppe, is scheduled for June 2020.
London violist Timothy Ridout was selected as a BBC New Generation artist in 2019. Ridout studied at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence, and he completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy. He has performed as a soloist with the Lille Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as at the Wigmore Hall, the Louvre Auditorium and the Lucerne Festival.
Native of Cleveland, OH, violinist James thompson is currently at the Faculty of Music @ Menlo. He made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014, and has performed in the Perlman Music Program and the Taos School of Music. He has been invited to perform at the 1st BartÃ³k World Competition as well as at the 7th Sendai International Violin Competition. He is currently a candidate for an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the supervision of Jaime Laredo.