From humble beginnings in Santa Clara, Cuba, God blessed pianist Erikson Rojas with musical talents that, for the beauty of His glory, flourished into a celebrated career with numerous performances throughout the world, including six appearances at Carnegie Hall, New York. Concert tours and festivals have presented him in solo and chambermusic recitals in European nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Austria, as well as in the Latin-American countries of Mexico and Cuba, thanks in part to the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Mediciâ€™s La Gesse Foundation and New Yorkâ€™s Center for Musical Excellence.Â He has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, most recently with the Vienna International Orchestra under Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer.
Mr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He has won the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition (three consecutive years), Cubaâ€™s Amadeo RoldĂˇn and UNEAC competitions, among others.
A pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Mr. Rojas is a graduate of Peabody Institute (Master of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma), where he also studied conducting privately with the eminent conductor Gustav Meier. Prior to Peabody he studied piano with Madame Eleanor Sokoloff at Curtis Institute of Music, and with Distinguished Professor Samuel Hsu at Cairn University (Bachelor of Music/Piano Performance, Bachelor of Science/Bible), where he also learned organ under Robert Carwithen. Other lessons and masterclasses in piano were with Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Susan Starr, Jorge Luis Prats, Charles Abramovic, and Paul Hoffmann. Mr. Rojas is a scholarship student of Min Kwon in Rutgers Universityâ€™s Doctor of Musical Arts program, through which he also studies with Juilliardâ€™s Martin Canin.Â Mr. Rojas is on the faculty of Eastern University, Ezperanza College, Cairn University, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music. He also holds a private studio and is Organist and Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at Redeemer UMC in Philadelphia, where he resides with his wife Diandra.
Praised for her expressive playing and rich evocative tone, violist Rachel Kuipers Yonan began her career in Minnesota, playing chamber music with her siblings. In the following years she has become a presence in the music world, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and China. National Public Radio featured her on â€śFrom the Topâ€ť from the Ravinia Festival, and Canadian Public Radio broadcast her from Le Festival du Domaine Forget. Rachelâ€™s appearances include concerts at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts and the Rochester Chamber Music Society.
A lover of chamber music, Rachel recently co-founded the Marinus Ensemble with her brother, cellist Joseph Kuipers. The Ensemble is a passionate group of international artists, dedicated to the performance of great music from the Baroque to Modern. Their aim is to allow culture and excellenceâ€”in short, beautyâ€”to reach broader audiences, and to find ways to reduce the distance between the artist on stage and the audience in the hall.
Beyond her own innovative work with the Marinus Ensemble, Rachel has been invited to perform at festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, the Prussia Coveâ€™s Open Chamber Music, Festival Mozaic, the Taos Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. Yonan has collaborated with such renowned artists such as Roberto DĂaz, Joseph Silverstein, Claus-Christian Schuster, James Dunham and Robert Levin; and coached extensively with Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley and Edgar Meyer.
Over the years, the viola has become Rachelâ€™s instrument of service and intercultural communication. After the horrific earthquake in Haiti, she organized a benefit concert for the Haitian orphans, raising over $30,000, and received personal thanks from the Haitian Ambassador. A year earlier in Baranquilla and Santa Marta, Colombia, she performed concerts to benefit impoverished Colombian orphans at the Hogar de la Providencia.Â Whether in schools or churches or orphanages, Rachel loves to share music with those who normally have no access.
Rachel serves as Artistic Director of the Marinus Ensemble, and was recently invited to join the faculty of Eastern University as an Adjunct Instructor of Viola. In 2011, she completed her Diploma in Viola Performance with Roberto DĂaz at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as the H.F. â€śGerryâ€ť Lenfest Fellow. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Rice University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance under James Dunham and a concentration in German Literature.Â
Beyond music, Rachel loves running in the rain, reading the literature of Hugo, Austen and Dickens, traveling to out-of-the-way places, and baking delicious fresh bread.
Jeremy Harting began his Classical guitar studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA.Â He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Ithaca College, where he received the Ford music scholarship and E.P. Johnson award.Â While at Ithaca College, Jeremy spent a semester abroad in London studying with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music.Â He went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Yale UniversityÂ and was awarded the George Lauder Greenway Fellowship and Eliot Fisk Prize.Â Â Jeremy completed his Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University in Bloomington.Â Â His dissertation examines the theoretical and historical principles of the solo guitar works of Roberto Sierra.Â Jeremy has played in masterclasses for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, Hopkinson Smith, David Leisner, Eduardo Fernandez, and William Kanengeiser.Â His primary teachers have been Ernesto Tamayo, Pablo Cohen, Benjamin Verdery, Ernesto Bitetti, and Nigel North.Â As a performer, Jeremy has appearedÂ throughout the U.S. and Canada including concert events at the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival, Acadia Guitar Festival (Canada), Pennsylvania Academy of Music Guitar Festival, Milford Arts Society (CT), Yale British Arts Center, Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, New England Guitar Society, Buskirk Chumley Theater (Bloomington, IN), The Miller Center (Reading, PA), Steinman Hall (Lancaster, PA), Bailey Hall (Cornell University), Wicker Park Art Center (Chicago), and the 92nd Street Y in New York.Â Dr. Harting has significant experience teaching pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate level students at various institutions including: Ithaca College, Indiana University, Yale University, and The Lancaster Classical Guitar Institute.Â In addition to teaching at Eastern University, Dr. Harting is also on the faculty at Saint Josephâ€™s University and Darlington Arts Center.