Memberes of the Thurnauer Chamber Music Society
Yari Bond, cello, has made solo, recital, and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, has been featured on NPR, WNYC, and Vermont Public Radio and has been a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Mazerska Chamber Music Society in Stockholm. Bond has given premières and recorded the music of many contemporary composers. New York area performances include the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Philharmonia Virtuosi, American Symphony, Riverside Symphony, EOS, and the Queens Chamber Band. She was principal cellist of the Basically Bach Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, winning critical acclaim, and has also participated in the Yale, Aspen, Yellow Barn and New England Bach festivals. Bond teaches cello at Columbia University, The Special Music School of America and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and has studied with Aldo Parisot, Channing Robbins, and Robert Gardner.
Richard Goldsmith, clarinet, has premiered and recorded music of many contemporary composers, for which he has been acclaimed for his "technical mastery, breathtaking playing, and virtuosic flair" (The New York Times). He has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, North-South Consonance, Opera Northeast, the Erick Hawkins Dance Theatre Orchestra, and New York Philomusica, among others. On Broadway he has performed in Candide and My Fair Lady. He is on the faculties of Queens College, New York University, the United Nations International School, and Hunter College Elementary School. With an M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and B.M. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, his major teachers were Joseph Rabbai, Charles Russo, and David Glazer. His solo recording, Clarinet Fantasy, was issued by North-South Records.
Max Mandel, viola, is an acclaimed and active chamber musician. His affiliations include The Knights, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Metropolitan Museum Artists, The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. He is founder of the Metro String Quartet, with which he has collaborated with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Banff Center for the Arts. Private studies at the University of Toronto and The Juilliard School were with Steven Dann, and Samuel Rhodes. Mandel has been Guest Principal of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Nordica, Camerata Bern, and The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He is a fan of all kinds of music, from Mozart to Feldman to Ghostface, and considers himself very fortunate to have worked with great artists in many genres from Vera Beths to Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Mr. Mandel plays a 1973 Giovanni Battista Morassi generously loaned to him by Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence Quartet.
Sharon Roffman, violin, a 2003 Naumburg prize winner, has a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins with Itzhak Perlman. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Brentano and Shanghai quartets, among others, has been a frequent guest with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has spent several summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival. Roffman has performed internationally as a guest member of the Australian ChamberOrchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She is founder/director of ClassNotes, a chamber ensemble dedicated to introducing public school students to classical music through residencies and performances. Sharon is a professor of violin at Kean University and faculty member at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, her teachers have included Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Winograd, Patinka Kopec, Robert Lipsett, and Nicole DiCecco.