Sophie Webber, Cellist, Founder and Executive Director, Co-Artistic Director
“Passionate yet thoughtful… sublime to hear.” -Time Out Chicago
“Sophie Webber is an extraordinary musician and a first-rate cellist. Her spirit is always warm and engaging and her playing is consistently compelling.” -Dale Warland
British cellist Sophie Webber performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator in Chicagoland and abroad. She is the founder and artistic director for Fused Muse Ensemble, an Illinois non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public’s understanding of social issues through innovative classical music and mixed media performances. Sophie graduated with a Doctorate from the Indiana Jacobs School of Music and has studied under Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Richard Markson. Ms. Webber has received numerous awards, including the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Award for Cello (Trinity College of Music), and the Graduate String Prize at Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. As an educator, Sophie has served as cello faculty at Southeast Missouri University, the Oxford Cello School, Indiana University Summer String Clinic. She is currently on the faculty at Lake Forest College and the Music Institute of Chicago.
Iddo Aharony, Co-Artistic Director, Composer
Iddo Aharony’s diverse body of work includes pieces for a variety of ensembles and solo instruments, along with compositions for contemporary dance, opera and various theater and multimedia projects. His stage work, Oedipus: Opera-Theatre, was premiered in summer 2011 at the Israel Festival of Culture in Jerusalem. Aharony’s acoustic and electronic music has been performed by ensembles and musicians in the United States, France, Italy, Britain and Israel, including eighth blackbird, ensemble dal niente and Pacifica Quartet; and presented at festivals such as SEAMUS and the New York City Electronic Music Festival. Among his awards are the 2014 soundSCAPE festival composition prize and commission, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center and others. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel (born 1978), he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at the University of Chicago, where he has been working with Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Marta Ptaszyńska and Howard Sandroff.
Jeeyoon Kim, Pianist
Henriet Fourie, Soprano
Henriët Fourie, a native of South Africa, is based in Chicago, USA, where she enjoys a varied career as solo and ensemble musician. She is not only an experienced oratorio and opera singer, but is also an enthusiastic supporter of new music.
She has been a featured soloist at the Handel Week Festival (IL), the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music (MA), Outside the Box Festival (IL), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA (SC) and with CUBE Ensemble, one of Chicago’s leading new music groups. She is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce and the William Ferris Chorale. Some of her most notable solo appearances include George Crumb’s 20th century masterpiece Ancient Voices of Children, the Messiah (Handel), Gloria (Vivaldi), Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns), Coronation Mass in C Major (Mozart), Carmina Burana (Orff), and most recently Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams) with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. On the opera stage she has most recently performed the roles of Monica (The Medium), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Fortune (Coronation of Poppea).
Ms. Fourie holds degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the College of Charleston (SC) and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University (IL) where she studied with Julia Bentley
Joel Styzens, Multi-instrumentalist, Composer
Joel Styzens is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and hearing conservation advocate
Dawn Gingrich, Violinist
Award-winning violinist Dawn Gingrich has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. She has given frequent recitals at a variety of venues in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore, and has made solo appearances at the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Northwestern University. A prizewinner at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Ms. Gingrich has participated in music festivals all over the world, including Music Academy of the West, the Thüringische Sommer-Akademie in Böhlen, Germany, the International Musical Arts Institute, and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Paciﬁc, where she served as concertmaster for the inaugural season. Dawn began studying violin at the age of three with Barbara Bredemeier, and has since worked with Eric Rosenblith of the New England Conservatory, Zvi Zeitlin of the Eastman School of Music, and Laura Chen of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Dawn and her father Daniel Gingrich, associate principal hornist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, released their ﬁrst collaborative CD, entitled “Time Beyond Me”, which features a performance of the Brahms Horn Trio with Heng-Jin Park, pianist and founding member of the Boston Trio. Dawn has spearheaded and performed numerous benefit recitals for charitable organizations including the Cotlands Hospice for children living with HIV in South Africa, Jitokeze: Kenyan Women Building Sustainable Communities, and fundraisers for Congolese refugees living in the United States.
SooYoung Lee, Pianist
Dr. SooYoung Lee has distinguished herself as a dedicated teacher and a performer who has taught and performed across the United States. Recently, she was awarded, “Artist of theYear” receiving Kewsun Chai Prize from Korean American Community Service. Other awards and prizes include The Society of American Musi- cians,The St. Paul Federation of MusicTeachers, andThe Chicago Musician Club of Women’s Farwell Award. She has performed at the Preston Bradley Hall, Millennium Park,WFMT FM, San Filippo Estate, and more. Dr. Lee has taught piano and chamber music at MidwestYoung Artists (MYA), Merit School of Music, Northwestern Universi- ty’s National High School Music Institute, Bay Chamber Music Festival’s Next Generation Program in Rockport, Maine and at Loyola University. She has recently performed live on WFMT 98.7 FM with Kathleen and Peter Van De Graaf.
Dr. SooYoung Lee has participated in The Aspen Music Festival, studying under Ann Schein and Herbert Stessin. She also had the honor of performing in the master classes of Claude Frank, Menachem Pressler and Nelita True. She earned her Bachelor of Music with Laurence Davis and Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy with Frances Larimer from Northwestern University. She then received her Doctorate of Music with Dr. David Kaiserman, also at Northwestern.
Presently, Dr. Lee teaches piano, chamber music and theory as an artistic faculty at The Music Institute of Chicago and at the MIC Academy. She also is on the piano faculty at Lake Forest College and is also active as the president of The Society of American Musi- cians www.samusicians.com. Dr. Lee is a well-respected adjudicator, lecturer and concert director with a diverse background including being a live radio host, Dr. Soo Lee’s Music Saloon, for the Chicago Radio Korea.
Dr. Lee is the founder and artistic director of ARK Ensemble www.arkensemble.org since 2007.
Pascal Innocenti, Violinist
Pascal Innocenti grew up in Monaco (south of France) and began his violin studies at age 7. He then went on to Paris where he received first prize at the Rueil conservatory. While there, he was member of the Orchestre des prix du CNSM de Paris.
Just before making his way to the U.S. to play at the Aspen Music Festival for three summers, he appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonic de Monte-Carlo. Pascal earned his Masters in violin performance at the University of Cincinnati (CCM).
In 2009 Pascal Innocenti came to Chicago to join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Two years later he moved to Montreal where he performed with L’Opéra Bouffe du Québec as concertmaster and with the Montreal Imperial Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician and traveler, he then formed the Adagio Strings, performing and exploring the string quartet repertoire on board of Holland-America Line cruise ships, sailing all over the world.
Founder of The Innocenti Strings LLC, a contracting company which provides musicians for special events all across the United States, Pascal is now settled in Chicago with his wife, Isabelle Rozendaal, who also plays with Fused Muse Ensemble. Pascal is an active freelancer in Chicagoland and plays with various groups including the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his chamber music and orchestral work, Pascal loves baroque music and performs with period instrument groups like Baroque Band, the Callipygian Players, and Ars Antigua. When he isn’t performing, he enjoys cooking, yoga, and long distance running.
Isabelle Rozendaal, Violinist
Isabelle Rozendaal, a Chicago native, started her violin studies at age three, after which she studied violin at Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University. Adept in both modern and baroque violin, she has performed with many groups in the area including the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Callipygian Players, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Symphony Orchestra. She has performed live on WFMT radio station and has recorded with Cedille records. An active teacher in the Chicago area, she has taught at the Merit School of Music, and is on faculty at the South Side Suzuki Cooperative and the Chicago West Community Music Center. A social justice advocate as well as musician, she also received a B.A. in Environmental Justice from Oberlin College. When she isn’t performing or teaching, Isabelle enjoys playing viola da gamba, baking and doing yoga.