Jessica Warren-Acosta – Flute
Hailed as “remarkable” by the Chicago Tribune and “one to watch, in more
ways than one” by Muso Magazine, Jessica Warren-Acosta has gained
worldwide recognition as a dynamic performer and a flutist who thinks
outside the box.
Highlights of the 2008-2009 season include appearances as a soloist with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well
as recitals with the Avalon String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, and
pianist, Kuang-Hao Huang.
Ms. Warren-Acosta has concertized on three continents and appeared as a
soloist with the Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Omaha Symphonies among
others as well as at numerous international music festivals including the
Spoleto USA Festival where she gave the American Premiere of Pascal
Dusapin’s Flute Concerto, “Galim”.
She has toured Latin America as an artistic ambassador to the United States,
soloing with orchestras and giving recitals to rave reviews. She has been
named a winner in several international competitions including the Artists
International Competition and the International Music Competition “Citta
di Padova” and has also appeared on several radio broadcasts including Karl
Haas’ syndicated program “Adventures in Good Music”.
In addition to her classical training, she has a great interest in the music of
South America and has made extensive trips to Perú and Ecuador to
familiarize herself with Andean instruments and performance techniques as
well as with the compositions of the region. Ms. Warren-Acosta’s CD of
South American music for flute, “Acentos” has been released on the
Filarmonika label and is available at www.filarmonika.com.
Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004.
The Avalon Quartet was selected in 2007 to succeed the world-renowned
Vermeer Quartet as quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, a
position the Avalon previously held at Indiana University South Bend.
Devroye has performed with the quartet in the United States, France and
South Korea, and has taught at the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet
Program and the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, WA.
Previously Mr. Devroye played with the New World Symphony in Miami
Beach. Having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson
Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004. Additional
orchestral performances include the New York Philharmonic and Grant Park
Music Festival. As a chamber musician Mr. Devroye has performed at the
Ravinia, Norfolk and Angel Fire festivals, and internationally at the Verbier
Festival (Switzerland), Rencontres Musicales d’Enghien (Belgium), and in
Gothenborg, Sweden. In 2005 he won First Prize at the Julio Cardona
International String Competition in Portugal.
Mr. Devroye holds a BA in Biological Science from Columbia University,
where he was awarded a Starr Foundation Scholarship while pursuing
concurrent viola studies at the Juilliard School. He received a Diploma from
the Curtis Institute of Music as a Bok Foundation Fellowship recipient. His
viola teachers have included Michael Tree, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel and
Harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed throughout the United
States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra
member. Ms. Williams has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions
including the American Harp Society National Competition, the National
Endowment of the Arts Artist Recognition Talent Search, the National
Federation of Music Clubs, the American Opera Society, Sigma Alpha Iota
and two-time award winner of the Anne Adams Award.
Among other solo engagements, Marguerite Williams has been featured as
soloist with the International Chamber Artists, New World Symphony,
Handel Society, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Roosevelt University
Chamber Orchestra; has premiered numerous compositions including
Augusta Read Thomas’ …The Soul is Light…; and is under high demand for
her performances of contemporary music including Berio’s Circles for voice,
harp and two percussionists. Recent performances have included
collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Maxim Vengerov, Jessye
Norman, Sting, Kanye West and appearances as royal entertainment for
H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam.
An experienced orchestra musician, Ms. Williams has appeared with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony,
Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
She performed as substitute Principal Harp for the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra (2008-2009 season), as well as Principal Harp of the Colorado
Music Festival (Boulder, CO). She was previously Principal Harpist of the
New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Philharmonic
Orchestra (Glyn Ellen, IL), and DuPage Opera Orchestra. Ms. Williams is a
founding member of the International Chamber Artists, Project Copernicus
and Fifth House ensembles.
Marguerite Lynn Williams attended the Eastman School of Music where she
received both a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate studying
with Kathleen Bride. She then attended Roosevelt University to study with
Sarah Bullen, where she received a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Studies.
Previously on faculty at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami from
2006 until 2008, Ms. Williams maintains a small private harp studio in
Chicago. Along with being a passionate pedagogue, she is an avid arranger
of harp music including two volumes of harp ensemble music published by
Lyon & Healy.