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Meet the String Faculty

VIOLIN
Salley Koo
Michael Roth
Elena Chernova-Davis
Yi-Wen Jiang

VIOLA
Kathryn Lockwood

CELLO
Tomoko Fujita
Christine Lamprea

BASS
Lou Kosma
Jeremy McCoy
Kevin Brown

STRING QUARTET IN RESIDENCE
Harlem Quartet

HARP
Kathryn Andrews
André Tarantiles

GUITAR
Stephen Benson
Oren Fader
David Graessle
Sylwia Kloc
Jason Priset
James Smith Jr.

BAROQUE 
Jason Priset
Theresa Salomon

 

Kathryn Lockwood
Kathryn Lockwood
Strings Coordinator and
Professor of Music
Viola
lockwoodka@montclair.edu
Kathryn Lockwood – Website

Bio

Violist Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed internationally for her exceptional talents. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, “…Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character.” She is the violist of the renowned Lark Quartet and the unique viola and percussion duo, duoJalal. As a member of Lark, she released two CDs: All Higdon and Composing America. With duoJalal, she released A Different World. As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, she performed internationally and was heard live on NPR’s Performance Today. She has collaborated on recordings with violist Michael Tree and composer Easley Blackwood. In 2005 Kathryn released a solo recital CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, Fireoptics, about which Strad declared “Lockwood is absolutely inside the music’s idiom finding appropriate tonal shadings.” A native of Australia, she moved to the United States in 1991. She has taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Music Institute of Chicago and National Music Camp in Australia. She earned her master’s degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan.

Tomoko Fujita
Tomoko Fujita
Assistant Professor, Chamber Music Coordinator
Cello
Tomoko Fujita – Website

Bio

Hailed as “first-rate” by the Boston Globe, cellist Tomoko Fujita enjoys an active musical life as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has recently performed on the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City with pianist Luba Poliak, and has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Itzhak Perlman, members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Juilliard String Quartets, dancer Wendy Whelan, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. As a founding member and the cellist of the Bryant Park Quartet for ten years, she has presented numerous concerts and interactive outreach presentations, nationally and internationally, and released a CD album entitled “BPQ”. Currently, she is a member of the New York Chamber Music Co-Op, a new creative performance collaborative in New York City. Dr. Fujita is a graduate of Rice University, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University. In addition to being the Director of the Stony Brook University Young Artist Program, she is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at Hofstra University, and coaches at the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. In the summers, Tomoko is in residence at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, VT.

 

VIOLIN


Salley Koo
Adjunct Professor
Violin
koos@montclair.edu

Bio

A violinist of great range and energy, Salley Koo has performed internationally as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.  Recent performances include appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Central Park, Music from Salem, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the National Cathedral and National Gallery in Washington D.C., Columbia Museum of Art, the Harris Theater in Chicago, the Nasher Series in Dallas, the Peoples Symphony Concerts, the Ojai, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Skaneateles, and Caramoor Festivals, and on tour alongside artists ranging from Bela Fleck to Dawn Upshaw to Gil Shaham.  Salley soloed with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, and returned to Lebanon this past season for the third time as artist in residence with the IMAGINE Workshop and Concert Series at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.  She is regularly invited as a guest artist with groups such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Knights.


Michael Roth

Adjunct Professor
Violin
rothm@montclair.edu

Bio

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. Mr. Roth 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, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years. As a chamber musician, Mr. Roth regularly participates in the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, and plays frequently with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Saratoga Chamber Players, and the Berkshire Bach Society.


Elena Chernova-Davis

Adjunct Professor
Violin

Bio

Prizewinner of the Aleksander Glazunov International Competition (Paris), Dr. Elena Chernova-Davis has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster in her native Uzbekistan and throughout the United States. After graduating with honors as a full-scholarship student from the Tashkent State Conservatory, she came to the United States to continue her studies with Misha Vitenson, Elmar Oliveira, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She is a recipient of the Concertmaster Fellowship and the Irene Alm Memorial Award for Excellence in Performance and Scholarly Research and has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Jeffrey Tate to name but a few. Collaborating with various New York ensembles including musicians from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, MET Opera Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony, her recent performing venues include Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Music Hall.


Yi-Wen Jiang

Adjunct-in-Residence 2021-22
Violin

Bio

Violinist Yi-Wen Jiang was born into a musical family in Beijing where both parents were professional musicians – his father a Concertmaster for over 35 years and his mother a soprano soloist. After hearing Beethoven’s violin concerto at the age of three, Jiang understood his life’s path: to become a professional violinist.

His rise in the musical world was meteoric. Jiang made his concerto debut at the age of 17 in Beijing. He won the top prize at the first China Youth Violin Competition, paving the way for him to study with Professor Han Li at the Central Conservatory of Music. Afterward, he received a full scholarship from McDonnell-Douglas at the St. Louis Conservatory, and moved to the U.S. in 1985 to study with Taras Gabora and Michael Tree. After St. Louis, he enrolled in the graduate programme of Rutgers University, where he studied four years with Arnold Steinhardt. Jiang credits Steinhardt with having the most influence on his playing, followed by highly influential master classes with Pinchas Zuckerman. After his prize-winning performance at the Montreal International Competition, he appeared as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony and Montreal Symphony, and was featured at many international music festivals by the age of 22.

In 1994 Jiang joined the Shanghai Quartet and over the next 26 years performed over 3000 concerts in 37 countries. Innumerable collaborations with eminent artists included the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Guarneri Quartets; cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell; pianists Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang – many of whom became lifelong friends. The ensemble featured at many of Europe’s and North America’s most prominent music festivals.

Active as a composer, Jiang has arranged dozens of pieces for string quartet and other instruments, many of which marry Eastern repertoire with Western influence. The most famous of these arrangements is a collection of Chinese folk songs called Chinasong, featuring music arranged by Jiang reflecting on his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China. The set of 24 pieces was recorded by the Shanghai Quartet with Eugenia Zuckerman and released on the Delos International label in 2002. In 2018, 38 of these arrangements were published by Flower City Publisher in Guangzhou.

Jiang is Adjunct-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and also teaches on the faculty at The Bard College Conservatory of Music.

 

CELLO


Christine Lamprea

Adjunct Professor
Cello

Bio

Christine Lamprea is a dynamic artist with a reputation as a firebrand cellist with a “commitment to the highest standards” (Palm Beach Daily News). Recent performances include the Schumann concerto at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the premiere of a concerto written for her by Jeffrey Mumford, as well as a last minute replacement for Lynn Harrell with Symphony Silicon Valley. As a recitalist, Christine recently performed premieres of her own arrangements of Colombian music for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. Other credits include Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Ms. Lamprea began her concert career in 2013 upon winning Astral Artists’ National Auditions, the Sphinx Competition, and the Schadt National String Competition. She has since performed with orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony. In 2018, she received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence for her contributions to the field as an artist of color.

Nicholas Tzavaras
Nicholas Tzavaras
Adjunct-in-Residence 2021-22
Cello
tzavarasn@montclair.edu

Bio

A Native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras is a much sought after chamber musician, soloist and educator across four continents. Recent reviews in the New York Times have called his playing “richly singing” and “beautifully nuanced.” Since 2000, Mr. Tzavaras has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet, playing more than 1500 worldwide. Mr. Tzavaras has recorded more than 22 albums, including the complete Quartets of Beethoven. Since 2009 Mr. Tzavaras has held the esteemed title of guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tzavaras is the coordinator of the string department and artist-in-residence at the Cali School of Music, a position he has held since 2002. He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories in China. Mr. Tzavaras holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He can be seen in the Academy Award nominated documentary “Small Wonders,” the motion picture Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep and with the Shanghai Quartet in Woody Allen’s Melinda Melinda. Mr. Tzavaras plays on a 1690 Antonio Stradivari cello generously loaned to him by the Beare International Violin Society.

 

BASS


Lou Kosma
Adjunct Professor
Double Bass
kosmal@montclair.edu

Bio

Lou Kosma received his degree in music education with applied double bass from Temple University.  He studied with Roger M. Scott and Edward Arian; Principal bass and Assistant Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Henry Portnoi, Principal Bass of the Boston symphony. During the summers of 1967 and 1968, he was a fellowship student at Tanglewood. After teaching for the School District of Philadelphia, he moved to New Jersey and taught in Belleville. From 1976 to 1989, he served as the orchestra and musical show conductor at Holy Family Academy in Bayonne. Mr. Kosma performed with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra bass section from 1978 – 2014, serving as Acting Assistant Principal in the 2009 – 2010 and 2011 – 2012 seasons.  Lou teaches privately and was adjunct double bass instructor at New Jersey City University for 29 years.  He is currently at NJCU as the Orchestra Director and Montclair State University as a bass instructor. Other adjunct positions included: Kean College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and SUNY at Purchase. While freelancing from 1976 to 1986, Lou assumed other affiliations for which he performed as Principal Bass for the American Ballet Theatre, Principal Bass of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Acting Principal for the New Jersey Symphony and recently playing with the New York Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony.  He was also a member of the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years. Currently, Lou is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In March of 2002, the Virtu Foundation honored Lou by naming its first double bass scholarship in his name and in February of 2014, Lou received the New Jersey Music Educators Distinguished Service Award at the NJMEA Conference in New Brunswick, NJ.

Jeremy McCoy
Jeremy McCoy
Adjunct Professor
Double Bass
mccoyj@montclair.edu
Jeremy McCoy – Website

Bio

Double bassist Jeremy McCoy enjoys an active career as both performer and educator.  He is former Assistant Principal double bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, leaving that position after more than 5,000 performances over the course of thirty-five seasons. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. McCoy began his professional career at age twenty as a member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, playing one season there before joining the Met in 1985. He has performed as recitalist for the International Society of Bassists, CBC Radio, and at Lincoln Center, and as concerto soloist at the National Arts Centre, with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and the Classical Tahoe Orchestra. Summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Banff, Mostly Mozart, Bowdoin, the Grand Tetons and Ottawa Chamberfest. A founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso, and frequent collaborator with Speculum Musicae, Mr. McCoy has premiered and recorded the chamber works of eminent contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici and Thomas Ades. As a commercial session player, Mr. McCoy has played on dozens of motion picture soundtracks and recorded with a diverse group of popular artists including Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Lou Reed, Sting and Natalie Merchant. His own recordings, “Dialogues with Double Bass”, an eclectic program of duos, and “Baroque Legacy”, a collection of transcriptions for double bass, are available on Bridge Records and MSR Classics, respectively. Mr. McCoy has given master classes throughout the United States, in Canada, Sweden and Japan and has contributed articles to “Strings Magazine”. He also currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. His institutional and private students hold positions with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China.

Kevin Brown
Adjunct Professor
Double Bass

 

GUITAR

Stephen Benson
Stephen Benson
Adjunct Professor
Jazz Guitar
bensonst@montclair.edu

Bio

Guitarist Stephen Benson is a freelance performer who has remained active on the studio, jazz and Broadway scene for twenty years. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, and a master’s from Manhattan School of Music. He has taught at Hartt School of Music and the Turtle Bay Music School in New York. Benson toured Europe as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio, performed at the Carnevale in Venice, Italy, for two years and at the Grand Canyon Music Festival in Arizona. He has worked extensively on Broadway in such shows as The Lion King, 42nd Street, and Wicked. He performs many styles of jazz from bebop to fusion to blues and R & B and has worked with artists including Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian and Evelyn Blakey.


Oren Fader
Adjunct Professor
Guitar
fadero@montclair.edu

Bio

Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader (www.orenfader.com) has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey, Danbury, and Omaha Symphonies. In addition to performing as a soloist, Mr. Fader is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Cygnus Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Taconic Music, Argento Ensemble, New York Festival of Song, Mark Morris Dance Group, Music From Japan, Poetica Musica, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Mostly Modern, Bach Oregon, Istanbul, Yellow Barn, Deer Valley, Bard, Sebago Long Lake, and Morelia, Mexico. With the group Poetica Musica he has represented the United States on State Department tours including concerts and outreach in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Copenhagen, Iceland, Gayana, Israel, Jordan, and Tajikistan. He performs frequently with mezzo soprano Jessica Bowers as the Bowers Fader Duo. For each of the past 4 years, they have presented “New American Art Songs for Mezzo and Guitar”, a program of songs written for the duo. To date, the duo has presented the world premiere of over 25 pieces. Their first recording, “Between Us All” (New Focus Recordings) has gotten excellent press from Opera News and American Record Guide. Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be heard on 50 commercial recordings and film, including classical guitar parts for the films “Everything Is Illuminated,” (Schreiber) and “Little Women” (Gerwig). His solo recordings include “Another’s Fandango”, featuring 500 years of guitar music (produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse), and “First Flight”, a disc of 10 premiere solos written for Mr. Fader by New York City composers. Mr. Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He is also on the guitar faculty of SUNY Purchase, Montclair State University, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.

David Graessle
David Graessle
Adjunct Professor
Guitar
graessled@montclair.edu

Bio

David Graessle is a versatile guitarist that has been featured on WFDU-FM, was a soloist at WPU’s 50th anniversary alumni concert, and was selected to play a masterclass for Jason Vieaux. He also studied ensemble playing in Italy, performing concerts in Rome and Venice. He’s performed hundreds of engagements as a soloist, with the guitar/mandolin duo World View, and as a member of the NJ Guitar & Mandolin Society. Currently, he is recording his debut album for solo classical guitar with works by Bach, Barrios and Villa-Lobos. Graessle holds an MA in guitar performance from Montclair State University where he studied with Darren O’Neill, a BA with teaching certification from William Paterson University, and is a longtime student of GFA winner Kevin Gallagher. A teacher at the Community High School of Bergen County since 1997, Graessle also chairs the music department and is the theatre department’s musical director. Additionally, he has recorded two rock albums with his band The Other Half, continues to perform as a duo with his twin brother, and is the founding director of Rockin’ Summer Camp, a musical summer program for teens.


Sylwia Kloc
Adjunct Professor
Guitar
klocs@montclair.edu

Bio

Sylwia Kloc – classical guitarist, educator, composer and singer-songwriter.  She has an extensive experience teaching guitar, guitar ensemble, chamber music, songwriting and guitar composition to diverse student communities in the tri-state area.  Sylwia is passionate about performing and writing all kinds of music, such as classical, folk, pop, and world music.  Her ability to blend different music genres inspired her to produce “We Will Fly” – a collection of songs for guitar, voice, cello and drums.  She is currently working on a solo guitar album, “Into the Sun”, which will be released in 2022. As an educator, Sylwia aims to inspire new generations of musicians, and establish life-long collaborations based on the love of musical arts.

James Smith Jr.
James Smith, Jr.
Adjunct Professor
Guitar
smithjam@montclair.edu

Bio

James W. Smith Jr. holds an MA degree in Music History and Literature from Long Island University and a DMA in Early Music Performance from SUNY at Stony Brook. Mr. Smith received educational training from the Lincoln Center Institute in Aesthetic Education and has served as a Senior Teaching Artist for the Tilles Center Arts and Culture Institute and Lecturer at Dowling College. Additionally Mr. Smith is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Suffolk County Community College.  Early Music America called James Smith’s baroque guitar playing “dynamically appealing.”  As an early music specialist Mr. Smith has performed on theorbo, lute and baroque guitar with New York City Opera, Early Music New York, and Polyhymnia, among other ensembles. Operas performed include: Handel’s Flavio, Almira and Agrippina; Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and L’Incoronation di Poppea; and Cavalli’s L’Ormindo. Mr. Smith’s repertoire and collection of historical replica instruments allows him to understand and demonstrate the evolution of the guitar’s technique and style from its 16th century origins through its flourishing in the 19th and 20th century literatures. His most recent project La Guitaromanie with Guitarist Sylwia Kloc is a lecture/demo showing the various types of guitars and historic notational systems, with a performance of compositions representing each era.

 

BAROQUE

Jason Priset
Jason Priset
Adjunct Professor
Lute/Guitar
Collegium Musicum
prisetj@montclair.edu

Bio

Based in New York City, Dr. Jason Priset is a regular soloist and performer in the United States. Priset has appeared in concert and as a soloist for Bach Vespers, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Early Music New York, Voyces of Staten Island, and the Riverside Symphony to name a few, including performances in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Priset holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Stony Brook University and specializes in a variety of plucked guitar and lute related instruments. Aside from an active performance career Dr. Priset is also the Director for the Lute Society of America Summer Seminar.


Theresa Salomon
Adjunct Professor
Early Music / Baroque Violin
salomont@montclair.edu

Bio

Violinist Theresa Salomon has had her interpretations praised by The New York Times as “sizzling,” the Washington Post as “virtuosic,”and the Frankfurter Allgemeine as “on the highest level”. She has performed with many of the finest early music ensembles and orchestras, as well as on numerous festivals in North America. She has appeared with Ensemble Repast, Four Nations, Artek, Rebel, Trinity Wall Street, American Classical Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Clarion, National Cathedral, Carmel Bach Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, among others. Studying violin in The Netherlands in the early nineteen nineties, at the time a hot bed of early music and historic performance practice, Theresa was swayed by the earthy sound of gut strings. During and after studies in her native Germany, The Netherland and Austria she traveled extensively and performed concerts in Norway, Brazil, Japan, Togo, Malawi and South Africa. She is also an enthusiast of contemporary music and has premiered numerous works, including a violin concerto on live radio with the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava. She has performed at the Gulbenkian Festival in Lisbon, the Prague Spring Festival and the Ostrava Days for New Music in the Czech Republic. Theresa has recorded music from Rosenmueller to Xenakis, as well as sound tracks to movies. Theresa is a member of the Orchestra of St Luke’s, curates and programs for the chamber music series “Friends of Mozart”, and lives is New York City.

 

HARP



Kathryn Andrews
Adjunct Professor
andrewsk@montclair.edu
www.kathrynandrews.com

Bio

Kathryn Andrews enjoys an eclectic freelance career performing chamber music, orchestral music, Broadway, and commissioning new music for the harp. On Broadway, Kathryn was the principal harpist for Rogers + Hammerstein’s Carousel starring Renée Fleming and has performed on Hello, Dolly!, Wicked, Cinderella, The Fantasticks, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She performs with Queens Symphony, Bronx Opera, On Site Opera, and The West Point Band. Chamber music projects include: Duo Scorpio, Trio Kavak, Foundry, and Wavefield Ensemble. Kathryn has performed with Florence + The Machine, Warren Haynes, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Weird Al Yankovic, Il Divo, Hanson, The Irish Tenors, Frank Patterson, Jane Monheit, and Joe Lovano. Recording credits include: Scorpion Tales, Two Bridges, Heirlooms, Carousel (Grammy® nominated), Carols for a Cure, Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin Marvin Hamlisch/Wycliff Gordon, and jazz albums with Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell, Steve Newcomb, and Glenn Crytzer. Kathryn holds master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Mannes. Passionate about teaching, she maintains a private studio.

André Tarantiles
André Tarantiles
Adjunct Professor
Harp
tarantilesa@montclair.edu

Bio

André Tarantiles adjunct faculty since 1999, has been referred to by The New York Times as “an expert harpist” and by the Newark Star Ledger as “clearly a virtuoso”. He received his BM and MM degrees in harp performance from Indiana University School of Music. Mr. Tarantiles has concertized throughout the United States and has performed as soloist in all the major concert halls in New York City. He has appeared on national television accompanying opera stars Aprile Millo, Benita Valente, Renée Fleming, Heidi Grant-Murphy, Jennifer Larmore, Marcello Giordani, Susan Graham, Ruth Ann Swenson, Ramon Vargas, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato. Formerly Principal Harpist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Opera National Company, Opera Orchestra of New York, New Jersey State Opera, Arizona Opera Wagner Festival and the Casals Festival,  Mr. Tarantiles is currently Principal Harpist for the Philly Pops, Glimmerglass  Festival,  Center for Contemporary Opera, Teatro Grattacielo, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Riverside Symphonia, Princeton Symphony, and Festival Musical de Santo Domingo (2001-2017). He has also performed in orchestras backing up headliners as diverse as Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Andrea Bocelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Jones, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Roberta Flack, John Denver, Lucie Arnaz, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Patti Lupone, Natalie Merchant, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Harry Connick, Jr.,  Jennifer Hudson and Rufus Wainright. He has toured with both Il Divo and Il Volo. His multi-faceted career has included stints at The Fantasticks (the world’s longest running musical), Radio City Music Hall, in multiple Broadway pits playing both harp and synthesizer, as staff harpist at the Papermill Playhouse and as a substitute in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. Mr. Tarantiles is featured on recordings for several labels and he is also the official harpist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He was honored to be invited to play several concerts as Principal Harpist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico in San Juan and at the Kennedy Center. His performance of Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp was broadcast throughout  Latin America on CER TV. Mr. Tarantiles is also currently a faculty member at The College of New Jersey,  Rutgers University and Bryn Mawr College and maintains private studios in New York City and New Hope Pennsylvania.