Berkshire Bach Ensemble Members 2018-2019

Musicians | “Bach at New Year’s” | 2018-2019        

Laura Lutzke | violin
Born and raised in New York, violinist Laura Lutzke enjoys a musically versatile career, with a passion for solo playing and chamber music. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as student of Lewis Kaplan, after which she moved to London and completed a second Master of Music in Violin Performance with Distinction with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an avid chamber musician, she is regularly invited to perform at festivals in the UK, Europe, Asia, and the USA. In New York City, she enjoys a wide variety of genres of music and performs with groups such as The Knights, Alarm Will Sound, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others. She is currently a member of the critically-acclaimed American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and she also acts as Co-Leader of Le Cercle de L’Harmonie classical orchestra in France.

Michael Roth | violin
Violinist Michael Roth is a native of Scarsdale, NY and received his early musical training with Frances Magnes. He is a graduate of both Oberlin College and Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts where he was the recipient of the Julian Olevsky Award. He is currently associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. In addition he is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal 2nd violin of the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Pops. He has served as concertmaster of the Princeton Symphony, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years. He regularly participates in the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, and plays frequently with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Cape May Music Festival, the Saratoga Chamber Players, and the Berkshire Bach Society.

Emily Smith | violin
Praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe), violinist Emily Daggett Smith has performed across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She made her New York concerto debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and has since performed with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, the Festival Mozaic Orchestra and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. She has given solo recitals across the country at venues including the Kennedy Center and Music in the Loft in Chicago. As an active chamber musician she has collaborated with many renowned musicians at festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society and Berkshire Bach Society. Despite her busy performance schedule, she is dedicated to education and serves on faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Pre-College, as well as the Juilliard School, where she is assistant for Laurie Smukler. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her teachers have included Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler and Donald Weilerstein.  She plays on a Johannes Cuypers violin, generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.

Joel Pitchon

Ron Gorevic | Violin and Viola 
Ronald Gorevic was born in London and has had an active career performing on both the violin and the viola. As a member of the Rowe, Chester, and Laurentian string quartets, he has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His recitals and quartet performances have been broadcast live on National Public Radio and he has recorded for the Centaur and Koch International Classics labels. A founder of the Prometheus piano quartet, he is currently principal viola in the Springfield Symphony, and has performed at Lincoln Center on the Great Performers Series and as the featured soloist with both the Springfield and Greenwich Symphonies. He has recorded the complete Schumann violin sonatas and Brahms’ own arrangements of the clarinet trio and clarinet quintet with viola replacing the clarinet. He is on the faculty of Smith College, the Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, Bard College at Simons Rock, and the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School.

Irena McGuffee
Liuh-Wen Ting
Alistair MacRae
Roberta Cooper
Peter Weitzner

Judy Mendenhall | Flute
Judith Mendenhall is the principal flutist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, has appeared in thirteen nationwide “Musicians From Marlboro” tours, and was a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aulos Wind Quintet and the Music Today Ensemble. Her career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher have brought her across the US and to Asia, Europe, and South Africa. Principal flute positions include the New York Chamber Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She is a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award from The New School University/Mannes School of Music where she is wind department chair and faculty, and is flute professor at Queens College. Current summer festivals include the Interlochen Flute Institute, the Aria International Summer Academy, and bi-annual master class and recital tours in Taiwan. She has recorded for Columbia Records, Delos, Koch, VOX, CRI, Bridge, and the Marlboro Recording Society.

Alison Hale
Gerry Reuter

Melanie Feld | oboe
Since 1980 Melanie Feld has been principal oboist of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and American Composers Orchestra, and is principal oboist of the Westchester Philharmonic.  She is the English Hornist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Since 1992, she has been a member of the orchestra with the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. For a number of years she was a member of the New York Pickup Ensemble, playing the annual Carnegie Hall P.D.Q. Bach programs. Her recording credits include albums on the Music Masters, CBS, Telarc, Harmonia Mundi, Decca, EMI, Nonesuch and New World Records. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she moved to New York City to attend the Mannes College of Music, and completed her graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers have included Leland Lincoln, Marc Lifschey, Stephen Adelstein and Ronald Roseman. She resides in Leonia, New Jersey, with her music librarian husband David Carp. Former members of the Carp household are son Joshua (father of Elliott Jordan Carp) and daughter Elizabeth; current inhabitants are cats Navy and Choco.

Stephen Walt | bassoon
Stephen Walt is principal bassoonist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. He has been a member of the Berkshire Bach ensemble since 1994. In 2017 he retired from his position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, where he had taught since 1999. He is currently Artist-Associate in Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College. Mr. Walt has performed with orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, including performances with the Borromeo, Lark, Muir, Amernet, and Shanghai String Quartets. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg. He has recorded for Naxos, CRI, Decca, Koch International, Gasparo, Nonesuch and Albany Records. He plays on a Heckel bassoon made in 1958 for his father, Sherman Walt, the eminent former principal bassoonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The instrument is nicknamed “The Brussels” as it was exhibited at the 1958 World’s Fair in that city as an example of German artisanship.

Allan Dean

Sycil Mathai | trumpet
Sycil Mathai, trumpeter, enjoys a global musical career that encompasses all genres. The New York Times called him a “terrific trumpeter”. From classical to experimental genres, his work spans ensembles like The Knights Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Argento New Music, Dave Sanford’s big band Pittsburgh Collective, American Composers Orchestra, artists Carter Burwell, and the dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris Dance Group, and movie directors Andy Kaufman, and The Coen Brothers. He has recorded for RCA, PBS, CBS, EA Sports, Warner Classics, and Sirius Satellite Radio. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Stevie Wonder. He is a graduate of Juilliard as a student of Mark Gould, and Texas Christian University as a student of Steve Weger. Recently, he served as guest Principal Trumpet for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, served as Co-Principal Trumpet of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and saw the release of a recording he made with The Knights orchestra featuring Yo-Yo Ma. He is on currently on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Arthur Haas | harpsichord
Arthur Haas is one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Baroque music in the United States today. He received the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975 and then stayed in France for a number of years as an active member of the growing European early music scene. While in Paris, he joined the Five Centuries Ensemble, a group acclaimed for its performances and recordings of Baroque and contemporary music. He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier period instrument ensembles, whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have won critical acclaim in the press, as well as Empire Viols, and the exciting new group, Gold and Glitter. He has recorded harpsichord music of Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Forqueray, Purcell and his contemporaries, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, François Couperin, and the complete harpsichord works of Rameau. Annual summer workshop and festival appearances include the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Portland (ME) Bach Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy from 2002 to 2011. He is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University and is a founding faculty member of Juilliard’s historical performance program. In fall 2012, he joined the distinguished faculty of the Yale School of Music.