Innsbrook Institute’s Artistic Director
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 Assistant to the 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 premier 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.
Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today. The Calidore String Quartet – violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi – made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain’s most prominent venues and festivals. Most recently in 2017 the Calidore was honored with the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The 2017-18 season continues the Calidore’s three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.
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 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.
University of Michigan, School of Music, Theater and Dance
Stephen B. Shipps pursued violin studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a BM, MM and Performer’s Certificate. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He began his career as an orchestral performer, serving as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber performer, Mr. Shipps was a member of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios. His recording career spanned all recorded genres and his solo and chamber recordings are available on Albany, American Gramaphone, Equilibrium, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Naxos. His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas series has yielded over two-dozen gold and platinum records representing over 20 million copies sold. His print editions are available from Encore Press in Detroit, E.C. Schirmer in Boston, Editio Amos in Prague and Lauren Keiser Publishing in New York. Shipps has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and the Prague Academy of Music. He is invited regularly for teaching residencies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music
Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, Cellist Matthew Zalkind performs regularly as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Utah Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, and many orchestras here and abroad. Mr. Zalkind performed the concerti with many celebrated conductors, including Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, and David Alan Miller. A frequent recitalist, he has given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Tongyeong Arts Center in Korea, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Moscow Conservatory, Juilliard School, and Beijing Concert Hall. Mr. Zalkind is a regular at numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours. As a two-year member of the Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured to Japan, England, Ethiopia, and every region of the United States with jazz legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Stanley Clarke. He garnered top prizes in the Washington International Competition, Isang Yun International Competition, Beijing International Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. Mr. Zalkind is in his second year as faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, after receiving diplomas from Juilliard and the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. He plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine maker Luigi Piatellini c. 1760, and a bow by John Dodd c. 1800.