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Lisa Casal-Galietta

Violin


Violinist, artistic director and founder of the Red Door Chamber Players, Lisa Casal-Galietta, continuously strives to bring her love and passion of music to everyone she meets. Lisa has earned degrees in violin performance from the University of Akron and Stony Brook University, studying with Alan Bodman and Dr. Linda Sinanian. She has played in master classes for guests who include Victor Yampolsky and Eric Ewazen. Some of Lisa’s accolades include working with Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Newman, Todd Reynolds, Jonathan Haas, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mayes, Lukas Foss, Julianne Moore and David Amram. 
 
Lisa is the resident violinist for the Impetus Dance Collaborative and frequently works with Rhymes with Opera. She actively performs as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the New York and surrounding areas. Lisa balances her active performance schedule with teaching in her private violin studio and is an Adjunct Professor of Violin at Suffolk Community College.  


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Piano

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, pianist Fang-Yi Chu received her doctorate degree in 2018 at the University of North Texas, where she studied piano performance with Gustavo Romero and collaborative piano with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli. She earned her master’s degree at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum. Fang-Yi was invited to attend the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York in the summer of 2010 and 2011. As an experienced collaborative pianist, Fang-Yi was invited by American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and Musiktheater Bavaria in summer 2015 and 2016 and performed with singers in Austria as well as Germany. In May 2017, Fang-Yi was invited as an intern opera coach by The Druid City Opera Workshop at the University of Alabama. She is currently the pianist of The Red Door Chamber Players based on Long Island. Fang-Yi is an accompanist at Mannes School of Music and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.



Daniel Keene
Guitar

New York native Daniel Keene is a guitarist, lutenist, arranger, composer, and chamber player. A dedicated teacher, he is currently on the faculty at SUNY Nassau Community College and Adelphi University teaching courses pertaining to guitar and music theory.

A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel plays on an array of plucked string instruments, including the Renaissance lute, Renaissance bandora, Baroque guitar, nineteenth century guitar, modern guitar, and mandolin. He has concertized extensively in New York and along the East Coast as a soloist and chamber musician, performing at The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Opera America, New York Historical Society, Shapeshifter Lab, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Spectrum NYC, The Custer Observatory, The Staller Center for the Arts, The Buttonwood Tree, and at a multitude of other venues. Daniel is a member of The Red Door Chamber Players and The Samadi-Keene Piano & Guitar Duo. In addition, he has performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and Musical Amoeba. An avid performer of new music, Daniel has collaborated with composers from all over the globe, premiering many new works on guitar.

Daniel began studying music at the age of nine. He studied lute and guitar with Jerry Willard and William Zito, guitar with Stephen Leonard, composition with Dr. Joanne Metcalf, Dr. Sidney Boquiren, and Dr. Paul Moravec, and worked with tenor Jonathan Goodman, pianist Dr. Susan Sobolewski, and violinist Dr. Linda Sinanian on musical interpretation.


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Jennifer Girone-Virgilio
Cello

Jennifer Girone-Virgilio (cello) has performed in venues across the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as the Principal Cellist with the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists Opera; in Italy, as a part of the Opera, Theater, and Music Festival of Lucca; and acting on stage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as the role of “cellist” in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

Ms. Girone-Virgilio recorded the soundtrack to “The China Question”, a documentary directed by Brook Silva-Braga, which has been featured on CNBC. Additionally, she can be heard on Warner Brothers’ singer/songwriter Matt White’s album, “Shirley”.

Jennifer is a member of Rhymes with Opera, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the Red Door Chamber Players. She studied at The Hartt School with Steven Thomas, and Mannes College of Music with Paul Tobias. Ms. Girone-Virgilio is on faculty at the School for Strings, Virtuoso Suzuki Academy, and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.


Diana Golden
Cello


A passionate performer and avid chamber musician, cellist Diana Golden performs regularly with the Red Door Chamber Players and the Golden Williams Duo, as well as having performed on chamber music concert series of the Mandarax Music Ensemble, Bushwick Chamber Concerts, Music and More, Union City Chamber Players, and Standing Room Only. The founder and Artistic Director of the Firebrand Concerts Series, Diana has also participated in chamber music festivals including Killington Music Festival in Vermont, Musicorda, and Italian summer music festivals Zephyr and Musica Lozzo. 

 

Performing in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NYU’s Skirball Center, Davies Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall and other renowned venues, Diana has worked with ensembles such as the Albany Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Symphony by the Sea, Utica Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Cape Symphony Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic. Dr. Golden has performed throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California, and the United Kingdom. 

 

Dr. Golden has taught cello and coached chamber music at Rutgers University as a Graduate Instructor, and at the Riverdale Country School, WHIN Music Project, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Union City Music Project, Tufts University’s Applied Music Program, Open Access to Music Education for Children, Newcomer’s Academy, Belmont Saturday Morning Music Program, Lincoln & Lexington Public Schools, BASICS Music Is Instrumental, Four Strings Academy, Vibo Music Center, and privately. She has also given masterclasses at The College of New Jersey, South Texas College, and Saint Francis Preparatory School, and served as a Guest Teaching Artist for the École de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. This is Diana's second year teaching at Mountain Springs Music Festival. She completed a Licentiate of Teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and has received Suzuki teacher training.  

 

Diana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from Rutgers University, where she completed her doctoral research on Haitian art music. She also holds a Master of Arts in Cello Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dr. Golden’s primary teachers were Jean Michel Fonteneau, Mark Kosower. Felix Schmidt, and Jonathan Spitz. Diana has also received instruction from renowned artists including Bernard Greenhouse, Colin Carr, Fred Sherry, Steven Doane, Alan Harris, Matt Haimovitz, Philip Mueller, and Sadao Harada.

 

She was awarded a Hill and Hollow Artist Residency in 2013, John Baker Career Development Award, Sir Stapley Educational Trust Award, and a Bursary Award from the Royal Academy of Music. 

 

Diana’s recent projects have included performances at the United Nations, the Colburn School of Music and Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, followed by recording an album of Haitian cello music in June 2018. Her article “Staging the Nation Through Mizik Savant: Art Music of the Haitian Diaspora” was published in the Fall 2018 issue of The Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2. This April, she has been invited to present a lecture recital of Haitian music at the 5th Symposium of Caribbean Art Music held at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. 



Kristin Nikaj

Viola

Kristin Nikaj, Violist, is an active chamber musician, orchestral player, recitalist and teacher. She has performed throughout New York's premiere concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and Lincoln Center. Ms. Nikaj has also performed Internationally, touring throughout Italy and Switzerland in 2004. She has performed with numerous orchestras such as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Gateway Classical Society, New England Symphonic Ensemble and Charlottesville Virginia Consort.

In 2009, Ms. Nikaj graduated with a Master’s Degree in Performance from Mannes College where she served as principal violist of the Mannes Orchestra & the Mannes Opera Orchestra. Although she primarily performs classical, Ms. Nikaj occasionally collaborates with popular artists. Recent collaborations include Adele and Kid Cudi and television performances including: CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, ABC's The View, and BET's Rising Icons and The Monique Show.

In addition to performing, she maintains a bustling private studio of talented young musicians. 


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Sokol Nikaj
Cello


Sokol Nikaj, cellist, was born in Tirana, Albania. A National Cello Competition first prize winner, Mr. Nikaj also participated at the Summer Festival in Athens, and studied under Gjovalin Lazri in Artistic Lyceum “Jordan Misja”. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and performed in the Eckelshausen Festival, Schott Verlag, Rathaus Mainz, and at the Brandenburg Gate under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. He also toured with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Since arriving in New York, Mr. Nikaj has performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, Flushing Town Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Colden Center for the Performing Arts. He has performed as a guest cellist with the Corona Trio and was Goliard Concerts’ 2007 Herman De Jong Memorial Scholarship winner. Mr. Nikaj earned his master’s degree from Queens College in 2007. His principal teachers include Julius Berger and Marcy Rosen.


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William Roslak
Organ & Voice

William Roslak is an organist, choral director, and music educator based in New York City. He is a 2013 cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, where he studied organ and sacred music with Dr. Matthew Lewis, Dr. Steve Pilkington, Peter Richard Conte, and Bruce Neswick. William has held a variety of professional musical positions, most notably as the organ scholar at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, and as director of music at Westhampton Presbyterian Church in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY). He has worked extensively with both amateur and professional choirs as both a conductor and accompanist. As an organ recitalist, he has performed in venues such as St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Philadelphia), the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Garden City, NY), the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (NYC), and St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC).

William is currently the associate organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Connecticut, where he recently played for the U.S. visit of former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He is also a member of the choral faculty at the Special Music High School at Kaufman Music Center, as director of the Men’s Choir. William is currently pursuing his Master's in Choral Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. 


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Gregory K. Williams
Viola

Gregory K. Williams is a violist with the Red Door Chamber Players. He is the Acting Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Principal Violist with the Berkshire Opera Festival, and is the founding violist for Rhymes with Opera. He has also performed with the Albany Symphony, Symphony in C, the Syracuse Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. His recent performances include recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States. 

Mr. Williams is a candidate for the Doctorate in Viola Performance, at the Graduate Center, CUNY, under the direction of Karen Ritscher and Linda Sinanian, and is finishing his Dissertation on the unaccompanied viola works of Günter Raphael. Mr. Williams received his Master’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music, and his Bachelor’s Degree at Boston University. Mr. Williams currently teaches viola at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College.