Innsbrook Institute’s Artistic Director
The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theater and Dance
Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony for twenty-three years, and the Aspen Music Festival for the past thirteen, David Halen is a frequent soloist around the world. In 2012, he added the appointment of professor of violin at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in addition to being Visiting Artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Georgia. At 19, he became the youngest recipient ever of a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Germany. Prior to Saint Louis, he served as assistant concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. Mr. Halen is the founding artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute and also artistic director of Boonville Missouri River Festival of the Arts.
Haerim Elizabeth Lee
Innsbrook Institute’s Co-Artistic Director
Originally from Deajeon, South Korea, Haerim Elizabeth Lee moved to America when she was eight years old and made her solo debut with orchestra at the age of ten. Lee has most recently been awarded the bronze medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition of 2014 as a member of the Evita Quartet.
Lee has a passion for exploring new works and has premiered new compositions and worked closely with composers. She has worked with Thomas Adès and will be performing the Canadian premiere of Bright Sheng’s piano quintet this summer at Banff Centre. She also has a deep-rooted love for collaboration among different art forms, including collaborations with the Boston Architecture School and with dancers from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her upcoming projects include collaborations with Korean traditional music and instruments.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the New England Conservatory studying with James Buswell, Masters in Music from Rice University Shepherd School of Music studying with Cho-liang Lin as a Dorthy Starling Scholar. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Music Degree at the University of Michigan with David Halen.
Christine Harada Li
Innsbrook Institute’s Co-Education Director
Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who is devoted to inspiring audiences through solo, chamber and orchestral music, and has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel. She frequently performs with the award-winning Koinonia Trio, which has been playing together since 2015. In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival and Academy, and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society. Christine graduated summa cum laude from University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). Currently, she is a Doctorate student studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan.
Innsbrook Institute’s Co-Education Director
Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active and multifaceted musician. He has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has also been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University symphonies. He is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music festival, and Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the States. Pierce started his cello studies at the Cottbus Conservatory in Germany and also appeared on stage as a member of the children’s choir of the Brandenburg State Theater in Germany, where his parents were engaged as operatic soloists. Currently, he is a Doctorate student at the University of Michigan, studying with Anthony Elliot for cello, and David Daniels and Martin Katz for voice. His previous teachers include Richard Aaron and Brandon Vamos.
The Colburn School
Robert Lipsett holds the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California where he has been on the faculty for 26 years. He has taught at the University of Southern California, and California State University. Lipsett received his B.A. in Music from California State University- Northridge. He serves on the faculty at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Innsbrook Institute and has given master classes at major schools around the world.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teachers Award from the White House Commission for Presidential Scholars. In addition, Lipsett has been an active solo artist, chamber music performer, orchestral musician and freelance commercial musician in motion pictures, television and the recording industry.
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
Considered one of today’s preeminent violin pedagogues, violinist, Kurt Sassmannshaus holds the distinguished Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His students include prizewinners of major international competitions, prominent soloists and chamber musicians, and orchestra leaders around the world. Many of them hold important faculty positions in European, Asian, and American Conservatories.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cologne, where he studied with Igor Ozim, Sassmannshaus received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Sassmannshaus has taught master classes in Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, China, and Australia and is a frequent judge in international violin competitions.
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Praised by Gramophone Magazine for his “captivating sensitivity” and “exhilarating authority,” Australian cellist Richard Narroway enjoys an international career as a sought-after performer, recording artist, and teacher. He has given performances in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, the UK and the United States, in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Koerner Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. As a result of his stylistic versatility, innovative programming, and wide-ranging musical pursuits, Richard has earned an international reputation as one of his generation’s most notable artists.
In 2017, Richard made his recording debut with Bach’s Six Cello Suites, released to international acclaim. Gramophone described the recording as “riveting…an adventure in expressive possibility.” Since its release, the album has been streamed over a million times, and continues to gain impressive traction around the world. In addition, Richard has achieved top prizes at several competitions, including the 2019 Manhattan International Music Competition, the 2010 Stulberg International String Competition, and the Third Beijing International Cello Competition.
Deeply committed to community engagement and innovation, he takes a particular interest in devising projects that bring classical music to a wider audience. In 2019 he completed a video series involving tutorials of the twelve Piatti Caprices, uploaded on Youtube. From 2016-18 he also served as co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Michigan, an organization committed to bringing chamber music to communities across the state.
Richard earned degrees from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, before completing a Doctorate at the University of Michigan, where he also served as teaching assistant. In 2018 he was named a Rebanks fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His former teachers include Hans Jensen, Richard Aaron, and David Finckel. Currently, Richard is Lecturer in Cello at the prestigious Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.